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These may be strange and difficult times, but (at least where I live) there's Spring weather and birdsong to enjoy.​

Announcements
Remember that our Spring event, the latest Trainers of Fanfiction, is ongoing! The latest entry can be found here.

New Releases
The Pokemon Hunger Games Sinnoh, by @Ducky Mioda
Fallen (Diodeshipping), by @Epic-Ash-Fan
Pokemon Big Brother: Season 1, by @Ducky Mioda

New Chapters
Act 21: A Show in Silver (part 1) and (part 2) of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 37: Combined Strength, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Chapter 86 - Titan's Shadow, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip
CHAPTER NO. 4 THE GRUNT HUNT, of Platinum Never Tarnishes, by @Leafy Feathers

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Word of the Week

isochronous (adj.): 1. happening at regular intervals; isochronal
2. happening at the same time; simultaneous [Wiktionary]

Once his sleep was an isochronous event; these days it was apparently random.
The isochronous complaining of the customers was too much to bear.


Another one of our Greek friends, and something of a mouthful to boot, isochronous is a combination of, ísos (ἴσος), ‘equal’, and khrónos (χρόνος), ‘time’. Also potentially something of a false friend, having two senses with similar but crucially different meanings, this is one word which thrives on context.
 
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Hey all! Here's another weekly update.

Announcements
No new announcements to make of here, but we hope everyone has been having a great time reading and writing~

New Releases
Pokémon: Stars of the Indigo Stage, by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon: Stars of the Indigo Stage
Prema Kannagi: A Move to Adjudicate, by @System Error TEEN: - Prema Kannagi: A Move to Adjudicate
  • Prema Kannagi is the future head priestess of her family's age-old shrine, set to open a branch in Veilstone to bolster waning interest in their faith. She however is uncertain of their future in this new city, especially as a group she encountered there in the past threatens to spitefully undermine her reputation...
New Chapters
Chapters 1-3 of The Pokémon Hunger Games Sinnoh, by @Ducky Mioda TEEN: - The Pokemon Hunger Games: Sinnoh TEEN: - The Pokemon Hunger Games: Sinnoh TEEN: - The Pokemon Hunger Games: Sinnoh
Act 23 and 24 of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony EVERYONE: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony

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Word of the Week

pique (n.): a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride.

(v.): 1. arouse (interest or curiosity)
2. (be piqued) feel irritated or resentful.
3. (pique oneself) pride oneself. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Pique, sometimes mistakenly spelt ‘peek’, from the Old French pic (‘a sharp point), has radiated into quite the plethora of senses. Pic is where we also get pike (in the sense of ‘a long spear’). Interest may be piqued; one can suffer a fit of pique; one can pique oneself.
 
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I know exactly how you feel, Ditto.

New Releases
@canisaries brings us another one-shot about stubborn dragons and a stubborn Charizard. , Attack of the 50-foot Brent
Likewise, @Lone_Garurumon brings us a Dragon Ball one-shot, Witnessing the Birth of a God

New Chapters
Chapter 38: Counterattack, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Act 25: A Show in Silver (part 5), and Act 26: The Stormy Stage of Mt. Citron, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 16 - Joseph & Alice Interview Shauna!, of The Joseph & Alice Podcast, by @JFrombaugh
Episode 2 - A New Way to Tell The Story, of Pokémon: Stars of the Mystery Stage, by @LightningTopaz
Another chapter of Prema Kannagi: A Move to Adjudicate, by @System Error
Chapter 8: Duality of Thoughts, of The Journey to Mend Broken Things, by @Poke Dragon
Is't possible? After a long hiatus, chapter 5: one foot in front of the other of Love and Other Nightmares, by @diamondpearl876
Chapter 33: No Time Left, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration, by @p-bugle
Chapter 87: Sunken Eyes, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

piquant (adj.): 1. having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetising flavour.
2. pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind. [Oxford English Dictionary]
3. Causing hurt feelings; scathing, severe. [Wiktionary]

From the Old French pic (‘a sharp point’), piquant adds to the radiation of meanings along with pique and pike. Piquant is perhaps most commonly thought of as a flavour adjective, though its sense of engaging, charming, stimulating, etc, appears in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women. The archaic sense 3 recalls “a fit of pique”, or “to be piqued”.
 
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Announcements

Oi, people! A little reminder that the Trainer of Fanfiction event is still ongoing. If you want to ask questions to the featured characters, you're more than welcome to do so. :3

New Releases

Fifth Path Supports from @BackSet
A series of short stories set in the same universe as my fanfic Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, done in the style of Fire Emblem supports, hence the name. Contains mild swearing, violence, and Lorenz.

Pokémon Idol School: Season 1, by @Ducky Mioda
Based on the 2017 South Korean survival show Idol School, the aim of this fanfic is to form a 12-member musical group consisting entirely of Pokemon out of 40 trainees! Brock (Pewter City Gym Leader), Elesa (Nimbasa City Gym Leader), Korrina (Shalour City Gym Leader), and Brawly (Dewford Town Gym Leader) will be our mentors for this season, and you can only expect the contestants to get better as the show goes on, with the public getting to vote for those that should advance further into the competition! This is season 1 of... Pokemon Idol School!

New Chapters

Chapter 2 of Fire Emblem: Fifth Path by @BackSet
Chapter 4: Lay of the Land, of Orre: The Desert, by @Ryoma Maser
Act 27: The Stormy Stage of Mt. Citron (part 2) and (part 3), of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter Thirty Six - Alone, of The Long Walk, by @Beth Pavell
Chapter 2: Mirror Ash and Mirror Serena! The Perils of a Dangerous World! of Pokémon Mirror Adventures: A Tragedy of False Smiles, by @InfiniteBakuphoon
Chapter 66: A League of Their Own, of Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, by @Juliko
Book 2, Chapter 1: Mount Mistral, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Instruments of Creation, by @The Desert Cat
Chapter 3: A Persisting Grudge, of Prema Kannagi: A Move to Adjudicate, by @System Error

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Word of the Week

dolorifuge (n.): that which mitigates or removes grief. [Wiktionary]

Time and compassion are an ancient dolorifuge.

Also defined by The Guardian as something or someone which alleviates feelings of pain or sadness – dolorifuge is a Victorian coinage, composed of the Latin dolor (‘Pain’ or ‘grief’, from which we get ‘dolorous’), and fugo (‘to chase away’, ‘to exile’, ‘to dismiss’).
 
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If you're looking for the newsletter, here it is!​

Announcements
Nothing this week!

New Chapters
ii. notorious, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi
Vs. Felix, and The Birth of a Friendship, of Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet
Act 29: The Stormy Stage of Mt. Citron (part 4), and Act 30: A Challenge in the Canyon, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 4: A Stale Issue, of Prema Kannagi: A Move to Adjudicate, by @System Error
Chapter 34: Developing Pieces, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration, by @p-bugle
Chapter 88 - New Home, Old Friend, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

Review Game
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Word of the Week

supernaculum (n.): excellent wine one would wish to drink to the last drop.
(adv): to the last drop, to the bottom. [Wiktionary]

This vintage is both a guilty pleasure and a personal supernaculum.

Nay, it shall be an overflowing bumper, an you will; and I will drink it super naculum.”
- Walter Scott, Peveril of the Peak

An inelegant coinage from Latin, supernaculum seems to take its origin from the rules of a drinking game. The word’s connotations with excellence, or at least tastiness, allow us to use it in a figurative sense to refer to any desirable drink.
 
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We know how you feel, Psyduck

Announcements and Events
Trainers of Fanfiction's entering it's final weeks now - only three more characters to go!

Completed Stories
@System Error has finished Prema Kannagi: A Move to Adjudicate

New Chapters
iii. nuestro, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi
Act 31: An Adventure on the Fly (part 1) and (part 2), of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 39: Burning Spirit, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika

Review Game
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Word of the Week

gobbledegook (n.): language that is meaningless or made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Darling, make a note of the word ‘gobbledegook’; I like it, and I want to use it more often in conversation.

Also gobbledeygook, first attested to US Representative Maury Maverick in March 1944, now widely used as a synonym for nonsense and assorted blatherskite. Probably in reference to a turkey’s gobble, although I have never heard of a turkey able to use much in the way of technical language.
 
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I don't know about you, but it's been a tad too warm lately... Summer has begun!​

Announcements
We've amended the forum rules slightly since the last newsletter. Most of the changes are to streamline the section for content warnings, which we suggest you read up on. The rules can of course be found in the first post in this thread!

New Releases
Pokémon: The Jewelled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz
Erica Lee's Adventures in Vagrus, by @Ducky Mioda
Chaos Rising (Season 1: Heroes Rising), by @CynthiaLover

New Chapters
Act 33: An Adventure on the Fly (part 3), and Act 34: In the Garden of Melodies, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 89 - Your Name, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

xenodochy (n.): reception of strangers; hospitality. [Wiktionary]

Xenodochy is a virtue much debated in these troubled times.

The Greek xenos (ξένος), ‘foreign’, or ‘alien’, is probably most associated with xenophobia (1: A fear of strangers or foreigners; 2: A strong antipathy or aversion to strangers or foreigners). Xenodochy, perhaps, is the antidote to xenophobia if it is not the antonym – because xenodochy is not just hospitality, but hospitality offered to people you don’t know.
 
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It's pool time, much to Torchic's chagrin!

Announcements and Events
So, summertime is here. What does that mean? Simple: a new seasonal event will go live very soon! Look forward to its announcement next week, everyone! :D

New Chapters

It's The End of The Digital World As We Know It! (Part 1), of Digimon Savers: Gaomon's Quest, by @Jared DiCarlo
Episode 2: The Three Trails and Episode 3: The Ruthless Rival, of Pokémon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz
Another chapter of Harry Potter and the Magical Creatures, by @SinnohEevee
Chapter 40: Crisis in Hoenn, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Many new chapters of Chaos Rising (Season 1: Heroes Rising, by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 18 - Paxton Interviews Nessa!, of The Joseph & Alice Podcast, by @JFrombaugh
Many new chapters of Erica Lee's Adventures in Vagrus, by @Ducky Mioda
Act 35: A Change of Plans, of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
iv: nostrum, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi

Review Game
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Word of the Week

animadversion (n.): 1. criticism or censure.
2. a comment or remark, especially a critical one. [Oxford English Dictionary]

The general knew he would face fierce animadversion for his defeat.

A curious concoction of a word, from the Latin animus, ‘mind’, and adverto, ‘to turn to’ or ‘to give attention to’, animadversion does not at first glance look like it ought to mean what it does. Indeed, the connotations of ‘anima’ are especially complex. From ‘anima’ we get ‘animal’; ‘anima’ is cognate with the Greek ánemos (ἄνεμος), sometimes translated as ‘breath of life’.
 
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Oops! Sorry the newsletter's a bit late this week!
Leon's Confession, by @Skalesgon EVERYONE: - Leon's Confession
Broken, by @InfiniteBakuphoon EVERYONE: - Broken [Spell of the Unown 20th Anniversary AU; One-Shot]

New Chapters
Part A, Chapter B: A Stanton City Shopping Run (First part) of Erica Lee's Adventures in Vagrus, by @Ducky Mioda EVERYONE: - Erica Lee's Adventures in Vagrus
Chapter 9: Of Tremors and Training, of The Journey to Mend Broken Things, by @Poke Dragon TEEN: - The Journey to Mend Broken Things
Three chapters of Pokémon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor (some Isle of Armor spoilers ahoy!)
Two chapters of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony
Five chapters of Chaos Rising (Season 1: Heroes Rising), by @CynthiaLover MATURE: - Chaos Rising (Season 1: Heroes Rising) Chapter 13 up
Chapter 35: The Black Horse, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration, by @p-bugle TEEN: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration
Chapter 9: It's the End Of the Digital World As We Know It, of Digimon Savers: Gaomon's Quest, by @Jared DiCarlo MATURE: - Digimon Savers: Gaomon’s Quest
v: narsil, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi TEEN: - the envy of eden
Chapter 90 - Incomplete Memories, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip TEEN: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation

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Word of the Week

pollard (v.): cut off the top and branches of a tree to encourage new growth at the top.

(n.) 1. a tree whose top and branches have been pollarded.
2. an animal that has lost its horns or cast its antlers. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Pollarding is an ancient forestry practice – the term derives from the Middle English poll, ‘pate’ or ‘scalp’, which explains why a pollard can also be a hornless animal. Pollarding has traditionally been done to manage natural resources by taking advantage of the regenerative abilities of trees.
 
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I sometimes feel as if I'm mid-fight and have found myself severely outmatched. But that's no reason to stop fighting.​

Announcements and Events
I'd like to add a little reminder that our Summer event is still taking signups! It's our second oneshot competition, and you have a week to register your interest.

New Releases
Tales from the Gentle Spring, rebooted from Live from the Fireside, by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Tales from the Gentle Spring (Tale #1: The Minstrel and the Shoemaker)

Completed Stories
Digimon Savers: Gaomon's Quest, by @Jared DiCarlo MATURE: - Digimon Savers: Gaomon’s Quest (COMPLETE!!!)

New Chapters
Three more chapters of Pokémon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor (some Isle of Armor spoilers ahoy!)
Act 38: Our First Musical, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz EVERYONE: - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony
Four more chapters of Chaos Rising (Season 1: Heroes Rising), by @CynthiaLover MATURE: - Chaos Rising (Season 1: Heroes Rising) Chapter 17 up
vi: noted, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi TEEN: - the envy of eden

Review Game
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Word of the Week

coppice (n.): an area of woodland in which the trees are periodically cut back to ground level to stimulate growth.
(v.): cut back (a tree or shrub) to ground level to stimulate growth. [Oxford English Dictionary]

The coppice, from the Old French copiez, is the sister practice to pollarding, working under the same principles. Coppiced trees are cut back to or near to ground level, causing the tree to grow a mass of new branches from the stump. A coppiced wood is called a copse, the word having passed into generic use for a small wood or thicket.
 
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Another weekend of regaining energy! Summer's rolling along, and it's time for me to relax.

Announcements and Events
Summer One-shot sign ups end 23:59 GMT

New Releases
Prema Kannagi: The Interview, from @System Error
  • Prema Kannagi is the future head of her prestigious shrine, which has secured an interview with a famous family of reporters. In the process, an issue she knows she must eventually face head-on gets brought up. How will she handle it?
Completed Stories
@CynthiaLover has finished Chaos Rising (Season 1: Heroes Rising

New Chapters
Three episodes of Pokémon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz
Act 39: The Blazing Tale of a Hero (part 1), of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Tale #2: The Nine Talonflames, from Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Detention with Professor Byleth from Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet
Chapter Three of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Chapter 41: Team Magma, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Chapter 67: Going Out in a Blaze of Glory, of Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, by @Juliko
vii. nonconformist, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi
Chapter 91: Bonds Inseverable, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

lief (adj.): 1. beloved, dear, agreeable.
2. ready, willing.
(adv.): readily, willingly, rather. [Wiktionary]

You are as lief to me as anyone else.
I am your lief and loyal servant.
I’d as lief write my own examples.


The archaic lief, from the Old English lēof, remains the last of a family of derived words now sadly out of use in modern English. To be agreeable was to be liefsome; lēofspell was good news; lēofwende was kind and loving; to be liefest was the superlative.
 
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Commence writing!


Announcements and Events
The writing phase for the Summer One-Shot competition is underway! Deadline is 23rd August!

New Releases
The Godslayer, by @namohysip

Completed Stories
Prema Kannagi: The Interview, by @System Error

New Chapters
Three new chapters of Pokemon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Tale #3: Moltres' Song, of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 4 of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Part A, Chapter 9 of Erica Lee's Adventures in Vagrus, by @Ducky Mioda
Confidence, of Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet
Chapter 36: The Pallids Sing of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration, by @p-bugle
viii. nondeterministic, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi

Review Game
namohysip would like a review of whatever part of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation you like!

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

Word of the Week

female (adj.): of or denoting the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) which can be fertilised by male gametes.
(n.): a female person, animal, or plant. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Female is an example of an eggcorn – an erroneous word or phrase that enters common usage and may become accepted usage. From the Old French femelle, ultimately the Latin femina, femelle became female due to an assumed etymological connexion to ‘male’ - in fact from the Latin masculus.
 
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Many of us right now.

Announcements and Events

Oi, everyone! Only two weeks left until the end of the "Right Character, Wrong Genre" one-shot competition, which will end August 23. Hope you are having fun and some good progress so far. :D

New Releases

EzloSpirit's Original Short Fiction Collection, by @EzloSpirit

New Chapters

Three new chapters of Pokémon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Tale #4: Knight of the Swanna, from Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 5, from Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path[/URL], by @BackSet
ix: nidifugous, of the envy of eden, by @kintsugi
Chapter 92 - Rediscovery, of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

wrength (n.): the state or condition of being wrong; wrongful; wrongfulness. [Wiktionary]

How wearying it is to pick apart the wrength of the Internet!

As long is to length, so wrong is to wrength. A word from Middle English, in turn apparently derived from the Old English ‘wrengþu’, the word also appears in Scots, which attests to its age.
 
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The hat's gone back, everyone! Here's what's going on around the Workshop!

Announcements and Events
The Summer one-shot competition deadline has been extended to 6th September--so there's a little more time to write.

New Releases
@ZephyrSpecs debuts with Crossed Wires

Completed Stories
@canisaries has finished Seiren - for really reals this time

New Chapters
Chapter 42: Team Aqua, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Part 2 of Galar's Darkest Hour, by @Skalesgon
Tale #5: The Day the Pokémon Danced of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Episode 18: The Dancing Dragon Beyond the Hills from Pokémon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 37: A Tea Party Prelude, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration, by @p-bugle

Review Game
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Word of the Week

glib (adj.): 1. fluent, but insincere and shallow. [Oxford English Dictionary]
2. smooth or slippery. [Wiktionary]

The etymology of glib seems to be uncertain, but whether it derives from the English ‘glibbery’, or the Low German ‘glibberich’, it’s solidly Germanic. Glibbery (‘slippery’) gives a clue as to the nuances of ‘glib’ - it is language that may be clever, artful, even persuasive, but at it’s heart is insincere, superficial, even deceitful
 
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There's perhaps some part of every pokémon fan that just wants to see giant monsters fight each other.​

Couple more weeks left in the oneshot competition! Be ready.

New Releases
Danganronpa | ~ Tunnel Of Hope ~|, by @Blaine. MATURE: - Danganronpa | ~ Tunnel Of Hope ~|

New Chapters
Tale #6: The Minstrel's New Song, of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 19 - Joseph & Alice Interview Diantha, of The Joseph & Alice Podcast, by @JFrombaugh
Part 3 and 4 of Galar's Darkest Hour, by @Skalesgon
Act 45: Training for a Stage Battle, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 93 - Protect, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip
Chapter 6 of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Schemer vs Schemer of Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet

Review Game
Skalesgon would like a review for the first two parts of Galar's Darkest Hour!

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

Word of the Week

elliptic (adj.): 1. relating to or having the form of an ellipse.
2. (of speech or writing) using or involving ellipsis, especially so as to be difficult to understand. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Ellipses – three dots, not two, neither four. Five is right out. And also oval-shaped. Ellipses are one of those types of punctuation that are easily overused and abused, especially when used as a result for a full stop. Elliptic, or elliptical writing deliberately plays off the ellipsis as an excuse not to finish a full sentence, resulting in writing that is less stylish than it is annoying.
 
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It's the last week for the one-shot competition, so be sure to get your entries in!

New Releases
@CynthiaLover kicks off with Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2)
@SparklingEspeon debuts with Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Espurr woke up in the middle of the woods without any memory of how she got there. Seeking sanctuary in a secluded village with only a gaggle of children and a hyperactive fennekin for company, it falls to her to get to the bottom of the strange events affecting the entire world... before the dark forces stalking her catch up.
New Chapters
Part 5 and Part 6 of Galar's Darkest Hour, by @Skalesgon
Episode 19: Strategy in the Cards of Pokémon: The Jeweled Towers of Armor, by @LightningTopaz
Act 46: The Show of Fire, Ice, and Lightning (part 1), of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz

Review Game
Skalesgon would like a review for the first two parts of Galar's Darkest Hour!

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

Word of the Week

cincture (n.): 1. a girdle or belt.
2. a ring at either end of a column shaft. [Oxford English Dictionary]
(v.): to encircle or surround. [Wiktionary]

One of many 16th century coinages from the Latin, cincture is simply from the cinctura, ‘belt’. Cincture may be most commonly encountered as the name of the ceremonial belts worn by various Christian denominations.
 
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Announcements and Events
Summer 2020 seems to have been unkind on many of us writing here, so we've decided on a second extension to the Summer One-shot competition - new deadline is now 13th September. However, posting can begin from now, so anyone who finishes their one-shot can post at their leisure.

Summer One-shot Releases
Munchkins and Mythology, by @LightningTopaz
  • What happens when Gary joins Ash and the gang for a night of tabletop roleplaying, but ends up getting on Brock's nerves when he ends up making the wrong kind of character for the campaign Brock is attempting to run...
Compound Eyes on the Surreal Sky, by @Aozora
  • The story of how Sabrina became a Gym Leader.
Completed Stories
@p-bugle has finished Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pathways of Aspiration

New Chapters
Four new chapters of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Tale #7: Brian and Epona, of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 1 - Tricky, of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep, by @SparklingEspeon
Chapter 9 - Secrets Revealed, of Revelry in the Dark, by @Jared DiCarlo
Chapter 94 - Resonance, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

Review Game
Skalesgon would like a review for the first two parts of Galar's Darkest Hour!

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

Word of the Week

ulotrichous (adj.): having woolly hair. [Wiktionary]

Wooloo and Mareep are both obviously ulotrichous pokémon.

A strangely recent word, first recorded in 1855, ulotrichous comes from the Greek oulótrichos, oûlos being ‘thick’ or ‘fleecy’.
 
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Hello, peeps! The entries for the Oneshot Competition close today, and with that will start the public vote for the Best Entry. It would be advisable to read them all before voting, there is some really cool stuff to be found here! ;)


Summer One-shot Releases

Over and Out, by @diamondpearl876
  • A story about expecting more from others than they can give, grief, feeling real, and finding the path to healing.
Fl4k3s, by @Cresselia92
  • #831\1 is a regular clerk like any other: meek, respectful, and hard-working. However, his life is turned upside-down when he has a fateful encounter with unknown entities: the terrifying distortions, hellbent in corrupting everyone and everything.
Heist in Acorn Hall, by @Daren
  • When a young Pokémon of a good family finds himself drawn into a family scheme he could use nothing more than the help of a good gentleman’s personal gentleman ... too bad his is on vacation. Of course a hardened warrior is the next closest thing, right?
How to Round Up Enchanted Objects (Without Getting In Trouble), by @TRNatalie
  • A oneshot inspired by a book series called The Wizards of Once that follows the children of two feuding groups trying to come together to defeat a great, ancient evil. In this story, an Assistant Bodyguard tries his best to keep a Warrior Princess out of trouble.
Nori Carino: The Question of a Journey, by @System Error
  • Claris Willins, a child actress. Nori Carino, who lives in a trailer park. A rich girl and a poor boy who became the best of friends. What seemed like a story of true love is derailed by one incident.
risk you, by @kintsugi
  • Rei did it all right: he and Pikachu stopped Gengar, defeated the legendary pokemon that stood in their way, and saved the world from the falling star. So why is he waking up in the woods again?
Munchkins and Mythology, by @LightningTopaz
  • Which explores what happens when Gary joins Ash and the gang for a night of tabletop roleplaying, but ends up getting on Brock's nerves when he ends up making the wrong kind of character for the campaign Brock is attempting to run...
The World May End, But Grief Never Does, by @Ryoma Maser
  • Kumatora didn't feel like she would fit in Tazmily when Lucas and his father Flint invited her to live with them, little did she know that Lucas would need her more than ever when she pieces something together none of them would expect.
Stranger in a Strange Land, by @Flaze
  • What if you woke up in another world all of a sudden? What if you realized everything you believed in was a lie? What if the friends you've made were all secretly resenting you? Daniel was just a normal fourteen year old trainer trying to do his best in his journey, but a sudden shift lands him in a situation, and environment, unlike anything he'd been raised to believe.
Machina Est Amor, by @Beth Pavell
  • Sing, O divine engine, of the pride and folly of man, that pride which struck down the valiant princeps for his hubris and brought disaster upon the Legio Alastor. Thus were the servants of the Machine God humbled, and the will of the Omnissiah made manifest.
New Chapters

Five new chapters of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 7, and Chaptet 9 of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Act 47: The Show of Fire, Ice, and Lightning (part 2), of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Tale #8, of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Four more chapters from Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet

Review Game

Skalesgon would like a review for the first two parts of Galar's Darkest Hour!

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

Word of the Week

ya’aburnee (n.): lit. ‘you bury me’, expressing the feeling of not wishing to live without the addressed.

Well-attested online, yet strangely resistant to precise definition, ya’aburnee (يقبرني) is an Arabic term of endearment, expressing the hope that you would die before whomever you’re speaking to, as you could not bear to live without them.
 
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Announcements and Events

Remember--the public voting for the one-shot competition is open! So get your votes in if you can!

Summer One-shot Releases
What's Past Is Prologue, by @unrepentantAuthor
PMD: Hard Mode, by @The Walrein

New Releases
Pokémon Storm Grey, by @LightningTopaz

New Chapters
Three new chapters of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 9 of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Chapter 43: Dance of the Ancients of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Act 48: The Show of Fire, Ice, and Lightning (part 3), of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 95 - Regroup, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

Review Game
Skalesgon would like a review for the first two parts of Galar's Darkest Hour!

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

Word of the Week

bedog (v.): 1. to refer to or treat like a dog; to follow like a dog, harass, torment; bully.
2. to become or behave as a dog. [Wiktionary]

Sometimes it’s nice to come across an unusual word with bonafide English origins. Bedog is all Old English, or at least mostly – the prefix ‘be-’ goes all the way back to Proto-Indo-European. And, pleasingly, it means pretty much what you’d expect it to mean. Perhaps we could update it as ‘bedoggo’ for the modern slang.
 
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Announcements and Events
The vote for Best Overall fic of the Summer One-shot competition is still ongoing! Poll will close soon, so remember not to procrastinate if you're planning on voting.

New Chapters
Episode 1a: In the Light of Reshiram! (part 1), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Eight new poems, from Nori's Poem Anthology, by @Nori
Four new chapters from Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 68: The Top Four! Caiseal VS Ethan!, of Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, by @Juliko
Chapter 96 - Stubborn Hopeful, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

Review Game
Skalesgon would like a review for the first two parts of Galar's Darkest Hour!

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

Word of the Week

gourmand (n.): 1. a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much. [Oxford English Dictionary]
2. like a gourmet, only fatter. [Homer Simpson]

Of surprisingly uncertain origin, but unsurprisingly borrowed from the Middle French gourmant, gourmand, connoting gourmet, suggests a somewhat more refined form of gluttony – or perhaps not, because gourmand so easily comes sardonic.
 
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