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  • #346708

    debbieolch
    Participant

    New for 2018.

  • #655280

    Anonymous

    Sweet, man!

  • #655281

    Anonymous

    Greeting everyone. I hope 2018 brings out the best in your writing efforts.

  • #655282

    Anonymous

    I’m having a good month so far.

  • #655283

    Anonymous

    It looks like things have been kind of quiet on here. I hope everyone is doing well. As for me I still haven’t got back into things just yet, but I’m trying. :mrgreen:

  • #655284

    Anonymous

    I was just wondering how you were doing.
    Good to see you here.

  • #655285

    Anonymous

    I dusted off my Linkedin profile.

  • #655286

    Armonkl
    Participant

    Hi im new here. Whats the lounge for?

  • #655287

    cypher
    Participant

    thorn wrote:
    > Hi im new here. Whats the lounge for?

    It’s a chat room, to keep in touch with each other and ask other writer-related questions that are not covered on the other boards. Welcome to this part of the Forum. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #655288

    Anonymous

    My shirt’s still wet.

  • #655289

    Armonkl
    Participant

    Noizchild wrote:
    > My shirt’s still wet.
    If it makes u feel any better, I just got back after being in the rain and rolling around in the mud for an hour, soaked to the bones and dried mud caked to my skin.

  • #655290

    Anonymous

    Great description, Thorn. It put a little sunshine on this otherwise dreary day.

  • #655291

    Anonymous

    thorn wrote:
    > Noizchild wrote:
    > > My shirt’s still wet.
    > If it makes u feel any better, I just got back after being in the rain and rolling
    > around in the mud for an hour, soaked to the bones and dried mud caked to my skin.

    Wow!

  • #655292

    Anonymous

    *Waves a half-hearted, belated happy new year*
    Currently back in UK as there has been some sadness at Chez Motty. At the end of January, I was summoned back to UK as my father took very ill. Sadly, he passed away at the start of the month. At moment all is on hold with writing, uni, Freyja becoming a well-rounded french doggy *cough*never gonna happen*cough*

  • #655293

    cypher
    Participant

    Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > *Waves a half-hearted, belated happy new year*
    > Currently back in UK as there has been some sadness at Chez Motty. At the
    > end of January, I was summoned back to UK as my father took very ill.
    > Sadly, he passed away at the start of the month. At moment all is on hold
    > with writing, uni, Freyja becoming a well-rounded french doggy *cough*never
    > gonna happen*cough*

    So sorry to read this MissMotty (you will always be MissMotty to me) and I offer my sincere condolences. It’s hard to lose a father.
    While you are in England, though, please pop in and join in the chatter like you used to.

  • #655294

    Anonymous

    My site maintenance is coming along.

  • #655295

    Anonymous

    Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > *Waves a half-hearted, belated happy new year*
    > Currently back in UK as there has been some sadness at Chez Motty. At the
    > end of January, I was summoned back to UK as my father took very ill.
    > Sadly, he passed away at the start of the month. At moment all is on hold
    > with writing, uni, Freyja becoming a well-rounded french doggy *cough*never
    > gonna happen*cough*

    Sorry for your loss Miss Motty. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • #655296

    Anonymous

    One section of the site finished, a lot more to go.

  • #655297

    Anonymous

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! :mrgreen:

  • #655298

    Anonymous

    I worked hard today.

  • #655299

    khwybebm50
    Participant

    On that note (working hard– ) working for a major company we take multiple online customer service chats simultaneously pretty much all shift every day. Some businesses with online customer service & project research chat availability will take in two chats simultaneously others take three per online customer service rep(i.e. CenturyLink & some other major retail business names you’d recognize easily), and every so often at work get “unique” chats in. However, I seem to get the strangest ones more often than my teammates. Yesterday morning, early in my shift, I received a unique-funny, not unique-strange or, um explicit unrelated to absolutely anything we do.

    Instead of customer name in the name field (so we know how to address them), it was a phone number, the area code was from a neighboring state, and went like this:

    (me) standard greeting ending with ‘and how may I help you?
    (customer) Love you!
    (me) How may I be of assistance this morning?
    (customer) No thanks!
    (me) standard chat closing wishing the customer a happy day.

    LOL!!!!!

  • #655300

    Anonymous

    Camp is going great and work is getting done.

  • #655301

    Anonymous

    Back in France. I arrived back a few weeks ago. Have been unwell, so thankful of uni allowing me to restart MRes in September. The upshot of a number of doctor visits is that OH is now sulking because bread is one of a number of banned substances in the home, due to my diagnosis of Coeliac disease. This means that he has to go out for breakfast if he wants “proper French breakfast”. On the plus side, given there is now only gluten-free bread in the house (which I have told OH is horrid), the current toaster is the first we have had to survive more than 2 months ๐Ÿ˜€

  • #655302

    Anonymous

    Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > Back in France. I arrived back a few weeks ago. Have been unwell, so
    > thankful of uni allowing me to restart MRes in September. The upshot of a
    > number of doctor visits is that OH is now sulking because bread is one of a
    > number of banned substances in the home, due to my diagnosis of Coeliac
    > disease. This means that he has to go out for breakfast if he wants
    > “proper French breakfast”. On the plus side, given there is now
    > only gluten-free bread in the house (which I have told OH is horrid), the
    > current toaster is the first we have had to survive more than 2 months ๐Ÿ˜€

    No bread and in France has got to be rough. I imagine you’ll adapt but I certainly feel for you.

  • #655303

    Anonymous

    I’m about done with this short story I’m writing. I plan to be done by tomorrow.

  • #655304

    maxiuomc48
    Participant

    Noizchild wrote:
    > I’m about done with this short story I’m writing. I plan to be done by
    > tomorrow.

    That’s great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #655305

    Anonymous

    I finally finished it yesterday.

  • #655306

    maxiuomc48
    Participant

    Noizchild wrote:
    > I finally finished it yesterday.

    Good job! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #655307

    Anonymous

    Now to finish the collection.

  • #655308

    maxiuomc48
    Participant

    Noizchild wrote:
    > Now to finish the collection.

    Keep up the writing, I’m rooting for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #655309

    Anonymous

    Thank you, I have two stories left.

  • #655310

    Anonymous

    Rosedarling wrote:
    > Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > > Back in France. I arrived back a few weeks ago. Have been unwell, so
    > > thankful of uni allowing me to restart MRes in September. The upshot of a
    > > number of doctor visits is that OH is now sulking because bread is one of a
    > > number of banned substances in the home, due to my diagnosis of Coeliac
    > > disease. This means that he has to go out for breakfast if he wants
    > > “proper French breakfast”. On the plus side, given there is now
    > > only gluten-free bread in the house (which I have told OH is horrid), the
    > > current toaster is the first we have had to survive more than 2 months ๐Ÿ˜€
    >
    > No bread and in France has got to be rough. I imagine you’ll adapt but I certainly
    > feel for you.

    I’m grateful for living in a city. That said, there’s still not many people who understand when I ask at a restaurant on our one night a week out if something is “sans gluten”. I am also grateful, as much as many people don’t like them, for Amazon.

  • #655311

    Anonymous

    New month, new projects.

  • #655312

    margery65w
    Participant

    Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > Rosedarling wrote:
    > > Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > > > Back in France. I arrived back a few weeks ago. Have been unwell, so
    > > > thankful of uni allowing me to restart MRes in September. The upshot of a
    > > > number of doctor visits is that OH is now sulking because bread is one of a
    > > > number of banned substances in the home, due to my diagnosis of Coeliac
    > > > disease. This means that he has to go out for breakfast if he wants
    > > > “proper French breakfast”. On the plus side, given there is now
    > > > only gluten-free bread in the house (which I have told OH is horrid), the
    > > > current toaster is the first we have had to survive more than 2 months ๐Ÿ˜€
    > >
    > > No bread and in France has got to be rough. I imagine you’ll adapt but I
    > certainly
    > > feel for you.
    >
    > I’m grateful for living in a city. That said, there’s still not many people who
    > understand when I ask at a restaurant on our one night a week out if something is
    > “sans gluten”. I am also grateful, as much as many people don’t like them,
    > for Amazon.

    Move to the USA. Everybody is on the gluten free bandwagon.
    One store even sold gluten free water:) Really! That is what the label said.

    Many restaurants have gluten free menus these days. Mostly its a fad.
    The number of people who really have celiac is very small. Some more have some lack of tolerance.
    And the number who claim to have problems is much greater than reality, which makes it harder for
    those who do have it to get much sympathy.

  • #655313

    Anonymous

    New projects this month. I might get some things done too.

  • #655314

    Anonymous

    noobienieuw wrote:
    > Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > > Rosedarling wrote:
    > > > Lbeauchesne wrote:
    > > > > Back in France. I arrived back a few weeks ago. Have been unwell, so
    > > > > thankful of uni allowing me to restart MRes in September. The upshot
    > of a
    > > > > number of doctor visits is that OH is now sulking because bread is one
    > of a
    > > > > number of banned substances in the home, due to my diagnosis of
    > Coeliac
    > > > > disease. This means that he has to go out for breakfast if he wants
    > > > > “proper French breakfast”. On the plus side, given there is
    > now
    > > > > only gluten-free bread in the house (which I have told OH is horrid),
    > the
    > > > > current toaster is the first we have had to survive more than 2 months
    > ๐Ÿ˜€
    > > >
    > > > No bread and in France has got to be rough. I imagine you’ll adapt but I
    > > certainly
    > > > feel for you.
    > >
    > > I’m grateful for living in a city. That said, there’s still not many people who
    > > understand when I ask at a restaurant on our one night a week out if something
    > is
    > > “sans gluten”. I am also grateful, as much as many people don’t like
    > them,
    > > for Amazon.
    >
    > Move to the USA. Everybody is on the gluten free bandwagon.
    > One store even sold gluten free water:) Really! That is what the label said.
    >
    > Many restaurants have gluten free menus these days. Mostly its a fad.
    > The number of people who really have celiac is very small. Some more have some lack
    > of tolerance.
    > And the number who claim to have problems is much greater than reality, which makes
    > it harder for
    > those who do have it to get much sympathy.

    That may be the case, but I’ve always felt that anyone claiming “gluten free” to have more money than sense. We have a couple of restaurants in La Rochelle that have gluten free options. Most of the others are getting better at understanding when I ask, and we haven’t had too many issues. Freyja collie wouldn’t cope with the USA. She thinks La Rochelle is doggy heaven because there is saucisson and cheese and fish and saucisson and…

  • #655315

    Anonymous

    Today went much better.

  • #656618

    Noizchild
    Participant

    Let’s see if this goes through.

  • #656851

    Looks like the Writer’s Lounge and the Reading Challenge has dried up into ghost towns.

    I can almost see the tumbleweeds rolling in the wind. ๐Ÿ™

  • #656874

    Noizchild
    Participant

    There is an annoying fly flying around me.

  • #657010

    Where have all teh people gone? ๐Ÿ™

  • #657020

    Noizchild
    Participant

    Trying to get access to post.

  • #657023

    Rob Vargas
    Moderator

    @noizchild:
    There’s no doubt that these forums still have issues. Your posts are not helping.

    Try to come up with something to discuss that doesn’t look like you inadvertantly posted here instead of Twitter.

  • #657049

    lbeauschene
    Participant

    Currently waiting to find out if the funding for my original MRes will be available in September or if I need to submit a new subject. As a result, I’m in discussion with friends and colleagues in France, UK and Germany about possible alternative subjects. Current consensus is, there is little to no study into my original subject, so it should stand, but funding bodies are a law unto themselves, so it would make sense to have an alternative. These discussions led to an “invasion” of La Rochelle as it has been deemed a subject requiring firsthand knowledge of the area. This is a very technical student term for “visiting a friend and getting drunk and recovering from the hangover with coffee, cheese, saucisson and pastries on the beach.” In Freyja-collie speak, this means an excuse to achieve her life long ambition of being fat as she shamelessly “thin faces” every one into giving her all the cheese and sausages she can eat. After 3 days, we are no closer to coming up with an alternative subject, but I now have 7 new ideas for novels.

  • #657089

    Noizchild
    Participant

    @rob Vargas, I did post a topic in the Tips section.

    • #657092

      Rob Vargas
      Moderator

      Then why the post “testing” if you can post?

      Look, you haven’t broken any rules. I’m not going to delete these posts nor are you even close to being “moderated” in any way. Not by me.

      As I told others, these forums need discussions, conversations, if they’re going to succeed.

      I’m going to push for that. We can’t make these forums work right. We can’t alter the usability. But we CAN make posts that invite participation. So let’s do what we can do.

  • #657098

    wdarcy
    Participant

    I want to second what Rob just said. The only way this forum will go on at all is if we have discussions and conversations. Even arguments and disagreements, as long as they’re civil. But posting about flies buzzing around does not invite participation. Save that stuff for Twitter and Facebook. This forum is about writing–both the craft and the business.

    –Warren

  • #657125

    Noizchild
    Participant

    @rob Vargas, before when I didn’t have permission to post and applied for it, I wasn’t sure if I was approved and I had been posting before and it wouldn’t post. Hence why the testing post.

  • #657143

    Rob Vargas
    Moderator

    Testing post? You posted three off-topic posts within two hours.

    I go back to my first response: That isn’t helping.

  • #657146

    Noizchild
    Participant

    This was before I realized that I had to get permissions to post. When I clicked post, it never came up.

  • #657587

    lbeauschene
    Participant

    I finally received a decision on the funding for my MRes. Sadly, the study area I was hoping to resume (the effects of chemicals and rising sea temperature on marine life) has been turned down. Fortunately, my second choice has been approved, so I will be looking into the genetics and behavioural traits of sport horses and why some lines are favoured over others. The funding panel were “intrigued by the applicants hypothesis that there is a gene present in these lines that makes horses from those lines susceptible to undesirable training practises through a willingness to please.” The uni are particularly happy to be the centre for a study which could potentially have a far reaching impact on sport horse breeding round the world.
    In other news, one of the novel ideas that was started with the invasion of La Rochelle has started to take shape. OH says he knows it will be a good idea as I’m only 5,000 words in and I’m already nit picking and writing a list of places I need to visit!

  • #657601

    Noizchild
    Participant

    MRes? What are those?

  • #657614

    lbeauschene
    Participant

    A MRes is short for Master of Research.

  • #657627

    Noizchild
    Participant

    Ah, I see.

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