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Announcements and Teasers
The Oneshot Competition is now in its final week! Get pumped, get finished! And remember, you can start posting your stories in the final 48 hours, i.e. 23:59 GMT on Friday 6th. (Put more simply: Saturday morning, UK time.)

New releases
In the Face of Adversity by @Felly
Cyrus Falks: Ace Attorney by @BackSet

New chapters
Chapter 25 of PMD: Pathways of Aspiration by @p-bugle TEEN: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration
Chapter 11 of PMD: Instruments of Creation by @The Desert Cat TEEN: - Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Instruments of Creation
Chapter 59 of PMD: Hands of Creation by @namohysip TEEN: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation
Chapter 2 of Digimon Savers: Gaomon's Quest by @Jared DiCarlo MATURE: - Digimon Savers: Gaomon’s Quest
Week 405a of Live from the Fireside by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Live From the Fireside: Season 16 (Week 405a: The Legend of Callan, part 1)
Interlude, Episode 78b and 79a of Pokemon Shine Diamond by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon Shine Diamond
Letter 26 of Flying in the Dark by @diamondpearl876 TEEN: - Flying in the Dark
Chapter 15 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika TEEN: - The Legendarian Chronicles

Completed stories!
None this week.

Review Game
Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +2 points in the Review League!

Word of the Week
desert (n.): that which is deserved or merited; a just punishment or reward. [Wiktionary]

After obsessing over words, she ultimately got her just deserts.

To receive one’s ‘just deserts’ is a typically misspelled idiom; like many such idioms, partly because the reason why it exists is not well known. This sense of desert comes from Middle English via the French deservir (‘To deserve’). Outside the idiom, this sense is no longer commonly used. So while your just deserts may well be dessert – and I hope they will be – they are not quite the same word.
 
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We've got a lot of new stories this week thanks to the competition, so I'll need to get to maximum reading power to go through all those entries!

Announcements and Teasers
The writing portion of the oneshot contest is concluded! If you've signed on as a judge, now is the time to start reading!

Contest entries
Since we've had a large turnout for the contest, let's group 'em all up here. Best of luck to all participating!
The Chemist of Grandbell by @lapisora
Dispatch Deferred by @unrepentantAuthor
Hear That Which I Desire by @Beth Pavell
hey hey, what can I do by @PeaceSign
Hope You're Proud by @Felly
kunāne by @kintsugi
Mail for Welltown by @canisaries
Prayers Unheard by @namohysip
SWAP! by @Cresselia92
To See Your Smile by @UselessBytes

New releases
Places We Call Home by @windskull

New chapters
Chapter 60 of PMD: Hands of Creation by @namohysip TEEN: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation
Chapters 3 and 4 of Digimon Savers: Gaomon's Quest by @Jared DiCarlo MATURE: - Digimon Savers: Gaomon’s Quest
Chapter 16 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika TEEN: - The Legendarian Chronicles
Chapter 2 of In the Face of Adversity by @Felly TEEN: - In the Face of Adversity [Once Upon a Time]
Interlude and Episode 79b of Pokemon Shine Diamond by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon Shine Diamond

Completed stories!
None this week!

Review Game
Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +2 points in the Review League!

Word of the Week
banalise (v.): To make banal or commonplace. [Wiktionary]

Funny cat pictures have long been banalised by Facebook.

A comparatively recent word, banalise dates from the mid-20th century. Another word that deserves a new lease of life in post-millennial culture, it has endless applications for memes, themes, and other digital impedimenta run into the ground through repetition.
 
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Another week, another newsletter!

Announcements
A reminder to everyone that the Summer 2019 Oneshot Contest's final deadline for voting is Sunday September 22nd, noon GMT! If you haven't voted, you may wish to now!

New Releases
Nothing to announce this week!

New Chapters
Completed stories!
Nothing to announce this week!

Review Game
Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +2 points in the Review League!

Word of the Week

Copacetic


copacetic (adj.): in excellent order [Oxford English Dictionary]

When we became freaky beatniks our life was copacetic.

Where does copacetic come from? Nobody really knows. The word seems to have become popular during the early 20th century in America. Various theories to its origin have been put forward – perhaps it comes from the Cajun coup esètique, or maybe New Yorker Italian copasetti, or perhaps it’s an African-American word. Ironically, then, the origins of copacetic are anything but.
 
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Announcements
And the results are in! You can find the winners of the Summer Oneshot Competition here. Thanks to everyone who participated, either as author, judge, or voter. I know it's something we've all heard from me before, but we mods plan these things while you all make them work.

New Releases
Broken Things from @Persephone
Light Through the Blinds, by @roule

New Chapters
Episode 82: Dealing With Defensive Types of Pokémon Shine Diamond, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 7: Locating the Source of Land of the Roses, by @Misfit Angel
Chapter Twenty Nine: Invicta of The Long Walk, by Beth Pavell
Hariyama from The Alola Pokédex, by Persephone
Chapter 61 - Enemy of the Enemy, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip
Chapter 3: Customary of Places We Call Home, by @windskull
Chapter 18: The Titans of the Elements, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika

Completed stories!
Nothing to announce this week!

Review Game
Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +2 points in the Review League!

Word of the Week

overmorrow (adv.): On the day after tomorrow [Wiktionary].

I’ll have to finish it off overmorrow now.

Sometimes, you have to wonder just why words fell out of favour. Overmorrow is formed in basically the same way as tomorrow, from morrow (‘The next day’ or ‘morning’), and is a much snappier way of saying ‘the day after tomorrow’ - and yet it’s obsolete, in much the same way as ereyesterday (‘The day before yesterday’).
 
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Someone got a bit early for the Glimwood Tangle streaming...

Announcements and Teasers

Hello, everyone! The mod team is still waiting for your feedback about the Summer Oneshot Competition. Did you like it? Or maybe you didn't like it? Was the time too little for the prompt? Or good enough? Do you have suggestions for future themes? Feel free to give your opinions and feedback here. We'll be more than glad to take your comments and work on future events!

New releases

All For Our Emperor by @Beth Pavell

New chapters

Episodes 82 and 83a of Pokemon Shine Diamond by @LightningTopaz
Week 405c of Live From the Fireside by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 12 of PMD: Instruments of Creation by @The Desert Cat
Interlude of Land of the Roses by @Misfit Angel
"The FireLord Part Two" of Short Story Compilation by @Patrick Haines
Chapter 60 of Pokemon: A Marvelous Journey by @Juliko
Chapter 19 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika
Special Episode 5 of PMD: Hands of Creation by @namohysip

Completed stories!

Nothing of note this week.

Review Game

Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +2 points in the Review League! In this case, however, the one who unsticks the game will receive an additional +10 points, for a total of +12!

Word of the Week

enervate (v.): make (someone) feel drained of energy or vitality.
(adj.): lacking in energy or vitality. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Nothing quite so enervated her as being forced to hang out with drunk co-workers.

The enervate response was typical for a weekend.


Sometimes you just want a more complete synonym for tired. Alongside exhausted and shattered, Latin gives us enervate, a word used in medical contexts to mean the removal of a nerve, which is revealing. Enervate is insidious, creeping, debilitating tiredness, the sort that demands more than coffee to remedy.
 
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24 hours for one new Pokemon? The Trio were not impressed.​

Announcements and Teasers
Nothing this week!

New releases
Mercy No More by @gloch
750p an Hour by @p-bugle
Mirror Adventures: A Tragedy of False Smiles by @InfiniteBakuphoon

New chapters
Chapter 5 of Digimon Savers: Gaomon's Quest by @Jared DiCarlo MATURE: - Digimon Savers: Gaomon’s Quest
Chapter 4 of In the Face of Adversity by @Felly TEEN: - In the Face of Adversity [Once Upon a Time]
Chapter 20 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika TEEN: - The Legendarian Chronicles
Week 405d of Live from the Fireside by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Live From the Fireside: Season 16 (Week 405d: The Legend of Callan, part 4)
"Normal 1.3" of Broken Things by @Persephone MATURE: - Broken Things
Letter 27 of Flying in the Dark by @diamondpearl876 TEEN: - Flying in the Dark
Chapter 4 of Places We Call Home by @windskull TEEN: - Places We Call Home

Completed stories!
Nothing of note this week.

Review Game
Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +2 points in the Review League! In this case, however, the one who unsticks the game will receive an additional +10 points, for a total of +12!

Word of the Week: Schadenfreude

schadenfreude (n.): pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune. [Oxford English Dictionary]

German has a certain mimetic reputation as a language with a word for absolutely everything, often cited as a rich source of loanwords for English. Schadenfreude, from schaden (‘harm’) and freude (‘joy’), fills a genuine conceptual gap, giving us some useful shorthand for the spiteful humour that comes from seeing someone else have a bad day. Although, perhaps not always ignobly. Schadenfreude isn’t necessarily limited to the pleasure that comes from seeing someone’s undeserved misfortune.
 
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It's October, everyone! Get spooky!

Announcements and Teasers
Our review game changes. The Review League point bonus for leaving a review as part of the Review Game is now +6 points. Also, if the game stalls for a month then one of the moderators will pick up a request - so if you are procrastinating be aware you may be sniped!

New releases
Guardian Angel From Hell by @UnofficialBlaine
Brownies, Hope, Despair and Destruction by @MunchlaxKing88
The War In Heaven by @ProphetL
Cyrus Falks: Ace Attorney by @BackSet

New chapters
Bonus Chapter #4 of Pokemon: A Marvelous Journey by @Juliko TEEN: - Pokemon: A Marvelous Journey
Chapter 21 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika TEEN: - The Legendarian Chronicles
Week 302e of Live From The Fireside by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Live From the Fireside: Season 16 (Week 405e: The Legend of Callan, part 5)
Interlude and Episode 83b of Pokemon Shine Diamond by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon Shine Diamond
Gengar of The Alola Pokedex by @Persephone EVERYONE: - The Alola Pokedex
Normal 1.4 of Broken Things by @Persephone MATURE: - Broken Things
Chapter 62 of PMD: Hands of Creation TEEN: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation
The FireLord Part 3 of Short Story Compilation by @Patrick Haines EVERYONE: - Short Story Compilation (The FireLord-Part Two)

Completed stories!
Nothing of note this week.

Review Game
Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +6 points in the Review League! In this case, however, the one who unsticks the game will receive an additional +10 points!

Word of the Week – Okay

okay (excl.): used to express agreement or acceptance.
(adj.): satisfactory but not especially good.
(adv.): in a satisfactory manner or to a satisfactory extent. [Oxford English Dictionary].

According to the OED, O.K apparently first appeared in 1839, and for almost as long people have offered competing theories as to its etymology. It could be an abbreviation for “all correct”, but some theorise it’s related to the Chocktaw okeh (“it is so”). The OED shows that both okay and okeh were in use at the same time in the 1920s. Which is correct? The truth is, nobody really knows, okeh?
 
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Sliggoo's soulless, blind eyes haunt you in this spooky month of horrors... Let's get going, everyone!

Announcements and Teasers
Nothing to note this week.

New releases
Pokemon: The Tales of Two Js by @Grass Type Gardenia

New chapters
Episode 84a of Pokemon Shine Diamond by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon Shine Diamond
Week 406 of Live from the Fireside by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Live From the Fireside: Season 16 (Week 406: The Beast Slayer)
Chapter 16 of The Worldslayers by @Sike Saner TEEN: - The Worldslayers
Chapter 30 of The Long Walk by @Beth Pavell TEEN: - The Long Walk
Chapter 2 of Guardian Angel From Hell by @UnofficialBlaine TEEN: - Guardian Angel From Hell
"Drifblim" of The Alola Pokedex by @Persephone EVERYONE: - The Alola Pokedex
"Normal 1.5" of Broken Things by @Persephone MATURE: - Broken Things
Chapter 13 of PMD: Instruments of Creation by @The Desert Cat TEEN: - Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Instruments of Creation
Chapter 63 of PMD: Hands of Creation by @namohysip TEEN: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation
Chapters 22 and 23 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika TEEN: - The Legendarian Chronicles
Numerous updates to Cyrus Falks: Ace Attorney by @BackSet TEEN: - Cyrus Falks: Ace Attorney (An Interactive Fanfic) (Back in Buisness)

Completed stories!
Nothing of note this week.

Review Game
Patrick Haines would like a review of chapter 3 or 4 of The Archsage War.

Remember, reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +6 points in the Review League! In this case, however, the one who unsticks the game will receive an additional +10 points!

Word of the Week – Fremdschämen

fremdschämen (v.): to feel ashamed about something someone else has done; to be embarrassed because someone else has embarrassed himself (and doesn’t notice). [Wiktionary]

To feel fremdschämen at the sight of a colleague’s Facebook posts is the quintessence of team-building.

Perhaps fremdschämen can be thought of as vicarious embarrassment. If schadenfreude is the basis of spiteful humour, fremdschämen is the basis of cringe comedy. Fremdschämen isn’t quite cringeworthy, which doesn’t specify the rather sweet condition that the cringe comes from something someone else has done.
 
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Another week, another newsletter!

Announcements
Nothing of note this week! Be on the lookout, however, as a winter event will soon be upon us...

New Releases
New Chapters
Completed stories!
Nothing to announce this week!

Review Game
Beth Pavell would like a review of the Maiden's Peak chapter of Kanto: There and Back Again.

Remember, all reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +6 points in the Review League!

Word of the Week: Teem

teem (v.): 1. to be full of or swarming with.
2 (of water, especially rain) pour down, fall heavily [Oxford English Dictionary]
3 to bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply.
4 to empty [Wiktionary].
Sometimes, when you unpack the rare or obsolete senses of words, all sorts of meanings tumble out. Teem comes to English in two ways. Firstly, from the Old English teman, ‘to bear or support’, which also gives us the homophone team. Secondly, from the Norse tœma, ‘to empty’.
 
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November is here, and winter is coming ...


Announcements and Teasers
Keep an eye out soon for news of the Workshop Winter event - we'll be giving you all plenty of lead time on this so there'll be a chance for everyone to participate.

New releases
The Slenderman by @Greninjaman

New chapters
Part 5, Chapter 27 of A Blond Ray of Sunshine by @Antoshi
Chapter 24 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika
Chapter 2 of Mirror Universe Adventures: A Tragedy of False Smiles by @InfiniteBakuphoon
Update to A Tale of Two Js by @Grass Type Gardenia
Numerous updates to Cyrus Falks: Ace Attorney by @BackSet
"shibboleth" of saffron gods by @kintsgui
Week 407a of Live From the Fireside by @LightningTopaz
Episode 84b of Pokemon Shine Diamond
Chapter 14 of PMD: Instruments of Creation by @The Desert Cat
"Crobat" of The Alola Pokedex by @Persephone
Chapter 65 of PMD: Hands of Creation by @namohysip

Completed stories!
With Letters 28 through 33, @diamondpearl876 has committed heresy by finally completing Flying in the Dark! Congratulations!

Review Game
Beth Pavell would like a review of the Maiden's Peak chapter of Kanto: There and Back Again.

Remember, all reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +6 points in the Review League!

Word of the Week

pudding (n.): 1. a cooked sweet dish served after the main course of a meal.
2. a sweet or savoury steamed dish made with suet and flour; the intestines of a pig or sheep stuffed with oatmeal, spices, and meat and boiled [Oxford English Dictionary].

Pudding demonstrates how words can slyly drift away from their original meaning over time. Pudding is perhaps being slowly supplanted by dessert, and indeed in modern British English the terms are more or less interchangeable. Puddings were originally similar to sausages, the word deriving from the Old French boudin – which is why black pudding is recognisably a sausage.
 
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Countdown to Sword / Shield: 4 days left!

Announcements and Teasers

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

New releases

None this week.

New chapters

Normal 1.7 of Broken Things by @Persephone
Chapter 25 of The Legendarian Chronicles by @Chibi Pika
Chapter 5 of In the Face of Adversity [Once Upon a Time] by @Felly
Chapter 27 of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration by @p-bugle
Chapter 28 of A Blond Ray of Sunshine by @Antoshi
A new installment of Yu-Gi-Oh! Temporal Memories by @UselessBytes
Week 407b of Life From the Fireside by @LightningTopaz
Episode 85a of Pokemon Shine Diamond by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 98 of How to Conquer Kanto in Eight Easy Steps by @AceTrainer14
Numerous updates to Cyrus Falks: Ace Attorney by @BackSet

Completed stories!

None this week.

Review Game

Beth Pavell would like a review of the Maiden's Peak chapter of Kanto: There and Back Again.

Remember, all reviews done as part of the Review Game are worth an extra +6 points in the Review League!

Word of the Week

sublime (adj): 1. of very great excellence or beauty.
2. (of a person’s attitude or demeanour) extreme or unparalleled.
(n.): producing an overwhelming sense of awe or other high emotion through being vast or grand.
(v.): 1. change directly into vapour when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling.
2. elevate to a high degree of moral or spiritual purity or excellence.

Sublime is an especially pliant word, capable of being pushed into service wherever connotations of supreme excellence are needed. Sublime suggests an almost religious level of excellence, even when no god is in the picture.
 
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