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SO! I spent the last week laying in bed with a nasty virus. I can't remember the last time I got taken down so hard by an office bug . . . it was really miserable. And for once, I do know who to blame.  A certain coworker who will go unnamed. Oh yes. I saw you coughing as you brought those files to my in box. The way you wiped at your nose (without a tissue too! gross!) and noted the merry glimmer of sharing in your eye. Oh unnamed coworker. You are too considerate, really. Coming to work, spreading the joy with every sneeze and sniffle. But fear not, my friend. One day I will return the favor ten fold . . . oh yes . . . *if I had a goatee, here's where I would stroke that bitch*

Ok *cough* sorry. I had to get that out of my system. Long story short, I got sick. It sucked. I gave it to my hubby too, so both of us spent a week under blankies and doing nothing fun. I didn't get any writing done over the period, but there's a chapter of Heart and Home half done and another for Strange Companions that I need to finish editing, so new stuff out soon ^_^ 

In other projects, world building has been eating my life. I got started on a history and culture section for each area of the world for my book, and it is turning into a far more detailed endeavor than I planned. I guess it's good though. Better to have too much background and not use it, than to need it and not have it. I'm kind of eager to get back into the chapter writing but I think having the world complete first will help with keeping things coherent 300 pages in . . . so yeah :D 

The webseries thing is coming along I guess. I have to sign some kind of contract, which I've not done before. Legal stuff makes me nervous. But that's the legit way to go. We're putting together 6 scenes and then we get to tear them apart for practicality, budget, and casting. I am not looking forward to that bit either. I suppose we'll see how it goes. Still months away from getting anything on film, much less online but I've been told the teaser trailer will be the first thing. For crowdfunding/advertising, I guess - I'm actually not allowed to say much on it yet, but since so little is progressing, it doesn't matter. Just another way to eat my time xD

I finished Codex Alera and the Firekeeper Saga. Both were quite good, though I felt like the wrap up in Codex Alera was too shallow. It's not that I don't like happy endings, but when your hero stands against world-ending badness and wins, there is usually some sacrifice involved. It feels . . . wrong . . . to have a completely joyous finish without suffering one single casualty or loss. Firekeeper's Saga didn't concretely end, it just kind of wraps up the immediate story and gives you the sense that it will go on. I don't think more books are planned, but I like that the world and characters feel real enough to just continue living after the book closes. That, to me, is the sign of a great story. The characters should live on in your head well after the ink runs out.

So that's it for an update. I'm sure I've forgotten something, but it can't be that important :D  Just glad to be back - hugs! (the non-contagious kind)

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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
On this birthiest of days, I'd like to wish you a

HAPPY BIRDDAY


 Crazy Dancing Puffin (Look at him go!)
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Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
There's nothing like a dancing penguin for celebrating :D  Here's to one more level!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Omg you just exposed a painful parallel there - because I don't like leveling up!
Too much homework.
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Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Grinding.  The only way to level.  Nobody likes it but everybody does it xD 
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CelticDragon0 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Thanks for the llama!
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Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Llamas were meant to be shared :D 
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CelticDragon0 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Heh!
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Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks Jack ^_^  I appreciate the links!
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Welcome! 
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