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The spooks are drawing near​

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The winners have been announced for the One Shot competition! Check it out here: Event - Summer 2020 Oneshot Competition Winners

Additionally, the Hallwoeen Exquisie Corpse is still underway, and has a lot more room for signups! Check it out here if you like: Event - Bulbagarden Halloween Exquisite Corpse!

New Releases
Invasion of the Executives!, by @Jared DiCarlo
Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
  • Young Nori Carino is an official in-training, set to become the world's first Pokemon Rehabilitator, to help troubled Pokemon reform. He has moved to Sunyshore City to study under its Gym Leader, but finds trouble in balancing education with training, the Gym Leader's apathy, the expectations upon him, and harassment from various sources. Will he cope, or will he crack?
TEN SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT, by @Beth Pavell

New Chapters
Chapter 44: Messenger from the Heavens, from The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Episode 1b: In the Light of Reshiram! (part 2), from Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Four new chapters from Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet
Interlude: The Hero and the Guardian's Review, from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Performers of Harmony by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 10, from Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet

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Word of the Week: H.P. Lovecraft Month

blasphemous (adj.): sacrilegious against God or sacred things; profane. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Blasphemy, from the Greek blasphēmía (βλασφημία), ‘profanity’, was once a powerful force in the Anglophone world, taken very seriously and at the heart of artistic controversies (Blasphemy was abolished as a crime in the UK in 2008). Blasphemous is therefore in relatively rare usage today, seeming somewhat archaic, even backward.

‘Blasphemous’ was also one of H.P Lovecraft’s favourite words, used figuratively to describe things so alien or horrific to human perception, that they seem to offend humanity itself.
 
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A last little reminder that the Hallowe'en Exquisite Corpse is ongoing! The writing has already started, but there's still a chance to join in!

New Releases
Thin Disguises, by @Juliko
Yearly Log Session for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Death is Lonely, by @namohysip
  • Yveltal lives a quiet, sad life of killing only when ordered. Despite her benevolent intentions, her position in the pantheon is loathed, and the mortals shun her. Xerneas, who is always bothered by Yveltal's treatment and also beginning to loathe mortals himself, comes up with an idea that can make both of them happy.

New Chapters
Four new chapters of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Episode 2: All There in Black and White!, of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Tale #9: The Three Valleys, of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz

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Word of the Week

cyclopean (adj.): 1. denoting a type of ancient masonry made with massive irregular blocks.
2. of or resembling a cyclops. [Oxford English Dictionary]
3. massive in stature. [Wiktionary]

As is well-known, in Greek mythology the Cyclopes were a race of giant one-eyed creatures, famously appearing in Homer’s Odyssey. According to the Roman author Pliny’s Natural Historia, the Cyclopes invented this type of masonry. A cyclops can also be anything literally or figuratively one-eyed, or even ‘merely’ gigantic.

Lovecraft tended to use ‘cyclopean’ in the third sense, often when trying to impress upon a reader the size and oppressive horror of alien or dreamlike structures.
 
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Hello there! As some of you may know already, we have dropped the prizes of the Summer Competition.

We hope you are having a spooktacular time and are in the mood of some good writing! :)

New Chapters

Two new chapters of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Episode 3: Taking the Stage of Dreams, of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Sesson 1: The Dragon and the Angel, and Session 2: Into the Storm (part 1), of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Part 2 of Death is Lonely, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

accursed (adj.): 1. under a curse.
2. used to express strong dislike of or anger at someone or something. [Oxford English Dictionary]
3. doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; anathematised. [Wiktionary]

Accursed says it all – from the Old English curs, ‘curse’, it is a word with a very old pedigree, one that has scarcely changed over the centuries. ‘Accursed’ is also one of the few words Lovecraft used in a straightforward manner, usually using it in the second sense of something to be strongly disliked.
 
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The eternal question indeed...
No tricks here--here's some treats from the Workshop!




New Chapters
Chapter 45: Deluge and Desolation, of The Legendarian Chronicles, by @Chibi Pika
Month 1: January of Meetings (first part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Session 3: Into the Storm (part 2), of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
BACK TAXES, of TEN SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT, by @Dhelmise
Part 3, of Death is Lonely, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

loathsome (adj.): causing hatred or disgust. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Loathsome is not a light-hearted word – as synonyms for ‘disgust’ go, it’s among the strongest, connoting aversion to the point of hatred. The etymology goes all the way back to the Old English laþ, ‘hateful’, ‘evil’, etc, which goes some way towards explaining its modern usage. Laþ also gave rise to the less common loath, ‘unwilling’ or ‘reluctant’.

‘Loathsome’ was a favourite adjective for Lovecraft, tending to use it more accurately and descriptively than some of his other filler adjectives.
 
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New Chapters
Two new chapters from Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet
Chapter 11 from Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Part 4 of Death is Lonely, by @namohysip
Special Episode 7 - The Last Southern King, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

singular (adj.): 1. denoting or referring to just one person or thing.
2. exceptionally good to great: remarkable.
3. strange or eccentric in some respect. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Our Lovecraft month comes to an end with a word that turns up time and again in his horror: singular. Lovecraft used this in the vaguest possible sense, denoting something so strange, outré, and alien as to be described with the vaguest of adjectives. One often suspects this was his filler word when the thesaurus failed him.
 
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What a week! Time to take a load off...

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Hey all, the Exquisite Corpse is complete, and I'm just doing the final touches before getting it published. Stay tuned for when that shows up!

New Releases
Shadows over Hoenn, a choose your own adventure story from @Lone_Garurumon
A Blazing Final Battle, by @Skalesgon

New Chapters
Chapter 97 - Reaching Out, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip
Two new chapters of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Seteth's Secret, from Fifth Path Supports, by @BackSet

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Word of the Week

presenteeism (n.): the fact of being present at work, especially if one is too sick to be productive, or working beyond the expected hours

If absenteeism is the habit of being absent from work on a flimsy or mendacious pretext, then presenteeism is it’s opposite – being at work when one has every reason not to be. A condition beloved of employers, where all too often it is turned into a virtue, or worse, an expectation.
 
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Behold! The results of October's Exquisite Corpse! Collated for your amusement and (Probably) hilarious results.

New Chapters
Month 1: January of Meetings (second part) of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter 10: The Nimbasa Fun of The Journey to Mend Broken Things, by @Poke Dragon

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Word of the Week

boudoir (n.): 1. a woman’s bedroom or small private room.
2. where a French guy does it. [Homer Simpson]

For here in the boudoir, the gourmand metamorphosises into the voluptuary!

Boudoir
, from the French bouder ‘to sulk’, cognate with the more archaic English bower, in a literal sense is a room to withdraw to – sulk in, to be very literal about it. Confusingly, boudoirs are also the French name for the biscuits variously known as ladyfingers, sponge fingers, and savoiardi.
 
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Even Clemont is putting all his energy into NaNoWriMo!

Announcements and Events

Things are quiet on the forums, but for anyone participating to NaNoWriMo you all are very close to the final stretch! We hope you are having good writing sessions, full of inspiration and ideas! :D

New Releases

CASEFILES, by newcomer @enbytes!
  • A series of Pokémon themed horror short stories, inspired by the popular horror podcast "The Magnus Archives"

The Meaning of Power, by @Cresselia92
  • Two teenagers from another dimension looking for their father, and another teenager hunting his father from another dimension. Somehow, they join forces to oppose a newly formed Team Cipher, fighting new and more powerful Shadow Pokémon and threatening Ultra Beasts.

    A new adventure for three renowned tsunderes begins!

New Chapters

Three new chapters from Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon

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Word of the Week

satiety (n.): 1. the feeling or state of being sated [Oxford English Dictionary].
2. belt-popping fullness [Homer Simpson].

Lamentably, no, my gastronomic rapacity knows no satiety

Satiety
, a pithy and rounded word, from the Latin satietas ‘enough’, or ‘abundance’, which says it all really.
 
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Ash in the middle of running a mile (at Misty's behest) after forgetting the newsletter.



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The Winter Event is coming up soon! Stay tuned for more info!

New Releases
The Meaning of Power, by @Cresselia92

  • Two teenagers from another dimension looking for their father,
    and another teenager hunting his father from another dimension.

    Somehow, they join forces to oppose a newly formed Team Cipher,
    fighting new and more powerful Shadow Pokémon and threatening Ultra Beasts.

    A new adventure for three renowned tsunderes begins!

New Chapters
Chapter 14 of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Chapter 69: A Musical Battle! Perrine VS Gervasius!, of Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, by @Juliko
Chapter 98 - Overwhelming Forces, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

triumvirate (n.): 1. an official group of three people, especially a ruling council of three men and particularly two such councils in Roman history. [Wiktionary]
2. three guys giving orders. [Homer Simpson.

The most famous triumvirate is that of Julius Caesar, Marcus Crassus, and Gnaeus Pompeius, which fell apart after Crassus was killed by the Parthians, while Caesar and Crassus subsequently went to war with one another. For once, Homer is basically correct. A triumvirate was a special commission in Rome, and since has come to refer figuratively to any cartel of three powerful individuals.
 
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Keep an eye out for out Winter event, coming this week!

New Chapters
Month 1: January of Meetings (third part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Another chapter of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
Tale #10: The Gift of Adventure, of Tales from the Gentle Spring by @LightningTopaz
Session 5: The Maze of the Minotaur (part 1), of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends) by @LightningTopaz
Chapter Thirty Seven - Rejection of The Long Walk, by @Beth Pavell
Another chapter of Harry Potter and the Magical Creatures, by @SinnohEevee

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Word of the Week

apricity (n.): the warmth of the sun in winter [Wiktionary].

English is sometimes accused of being altogether dull and lacking in the kind of wonderfully precise words found in, for example, German. Apricity puts the lie to that, even if we must also acknowledge its Latin root. Apricity comes from apricus ‘sunny’, or ‘warmed by the sun’ (Also, in Medieval Latin, ‘delightful’). Not in any way related to apricots, though perhaps in a more ordered world it would be.
 
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Sometimes you aren't allowed to rest.
Here are your weekly announcements!

Announcements and Events
Don't forget about the review Secret Santa event that we're hosting. There's still plenty of room to join in on the festivities!

New Chapters
Episode 4: The Rufflet Has Landed, of Pokémon Storm Grey, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 15, of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Another chapter of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
Session 6: The Maze of the Minotaur (part 2), of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 99 - Together Again, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

mitzvah (n.): 1. any of the 613 commandments of Jewish law.
2. an act of kindness, a good deed [Wiktionary].

Yiddish words occasionally find their way into English as slang, but mitzvah (מצווה) is bona fide Hebrew, literally meaning ‘commandment’. Its secondary sense refers to a good deed or kindness, consistent with the law. Mitzvah in this sense connotes acting with the spirit of the law as opposed to the letter.
 
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Is it Spring yet?​

Announcements and Events
A reminder to all entrants in the Reviewing Secret Santa that you can start posting your reviews when ready!

New Releases
Pokémon: Jackie's Journey, by @LightningTopaz

New Chapters
Tale #11: Miracle Soup, of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 3: A White Vulpix, of Rudolph The Red Nosed Deerling[/url], by @Juliko
Episode 5a: We Will All Do Pokémon! (part1), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Another chapter of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
Session 8: Maze of the Minotaur, of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 11: To Battle or Not to Battle, of The Journey to Mend Broken Things, by @Poke Dragon

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Word of the Week

malaise (n.): a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or unease when the exact cause is difficult to identify [Oxford English Dictionary].

Midwinter is the season of malaise.

Literally ‘ill at ease’, from the French mal (‘badly’ or ‘wrongly’) and -aise (‘ease’ or ‘satisfaction’), malaise is similar to the literal ‘disease’ (dis-ease). Malaise connotes a generalistic idea of mental illness, a nagging or persistent feeling of being physically or emotionally run-down.
 
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Announcements and Events

The first Secret Santa reviews have been delivered. Little reminder that the deadline is January 17 if you want to gain double points at the Review League!

We hope that whoever has received their reviews has appreciated them, and that whoever has delivered them had fun! :3

New Releases
The Erthe Beyonde, by @Beth Pavell

New Chapters
Month 2: February of Progression (first part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter 100 - The World's Eyes of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

hansel (n.): 1. a gift given at the beginning of the year or to mark an acquisition or the start of an enterprise.
2. the first instalment of a payment.
(v.): 1. to give a hansel to.
2. inaugurate (something), especially by being the first to try it. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Hansel, also ‘handsel’, is a word that survived Latin but not, it seems, modern English. The lucky connotations of the word arrive in the language with Middle English, but the word itself comes from the Old English handselen, apparently borrowed from the Old Norse ‘handsal’, or literally ‘hand-gift’.
 
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Yeah! We made it to 2021, and Pokemon's 25th anniversary! (and The Legend of Zelda's 35th anniversary too!)​


Announcements and Events
Remember--the Secret Santa deadline is the 17th, You only have to read and review what you can, so hurry and get your reviews in!

New Chapters
Chapter 12: The City of Warehouses, from The Journey to Mend Broken Things, by @Poke Dragon
Disc 0, Chapter 2: Shining Leaves and Phantoms of the Past, from The Meaning of Power, by @Cresselia92
Episode 5b: We Will All Do Pokémon! (part 2), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Episode 2: Stories of the Stage, of Pokémon: Jackie's Journey, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 20 - Paxton Interviews Honey!, from The Joseph & Alice Podcast, by @JFrombaugh
Chapter 70: Who Will Win? Perrine VS Caiseal!, from Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, by @Juliko
chapter 6 - now's your time, from Love and Other Nightmares, by @diamondpearl876
Interlude: The Jeweled Champions, Live Onstage, from Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 101 - Dark Approach, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

withersoever (adv.): to whatever place; to anywhere. (Wiktionary)

For no other reason than euphony: withersoever, from the Old English ‘hwider’ (‘where’), a word worth using withersoever you choose to use it.
 
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Who else refuses to believe Brock reads that fast?

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The very last of the Secret Santa reviews are coming in - we're seeing stories up on page 1. that haven't been around for a while!

New Chapters
February of Progression (second part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
The Shining Goldeen, of Tales from the Gentle Spring, by @LightningTopaz
We Will All Do Pokémon! (part 3), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Session 11: The First Investigation, of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Part 13 of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
Episode 3: A Tale Before Teeing Off, of Pokémon: Jackie's Journey, by @LightningTopaz

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Word of the Week

callid (adj.): characterised by cunning or shrewdness; crafty. [Wiktionary]

Callid has a rather strange etymology, one that’s spawned a variety of apparently unrelated words. Callid comes from the Latin callidus (‘cunning’, or ‘clever’), in turn from callere (‘to harden’). Thus the same root word gives us both callid and callous (‘unfeeling and indifferent to the feelings of others’), as well as callent (‘knowledgeable or skillful’).
 
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I approach with more news! This one is a little lighter, with a new release and a handful of new chapters!

New Releases
You can Call him Agent P, by @BackSet
  • By day, Perry the Popplio is the star battler of Elio's Pokemon team. Also by day, he's Agent P, a secret superspy tasked with foiling the schemes of the evil Dr. Faba
New Chapters
Part 14, and Part 15 Part 15 of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
Two new sessions of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Episode 5d of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter Three - Nuzleaf of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?, by @SparklingEspeon
Chapter 102 - Clash at Null Village of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

kind (n.): one’s inherent nature: character, natural disposition.
(adj.): characteristic of the species; belonging to one’s nature; natural; native. [Wiktionary]

Kind once had a broader meaning than it does today (Most often used in the sense of ‘benevolent, gentle’, or ‘type, category’). Kind derives from the Old English cynde or ġecynde, which often meant something more like ‘natural’, or ‘inherent’. To be ‘kindful’, therefore, was to be ‘natural’; ‘kinderly’ was ‘naturally’.
 
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Ditto has the right of it

New Releases
Tales of Reborn: The Six Rifts of the Heavens, by @SilverRockets
  • A lot has changed in the past 10 years. Cities have been turned into fortresses, open fields are synonymous with death and the few trainers that still exist are only tools of the powerful. The heroes that once stood up against evil have all died. The only hope of saving Kanto lies in the hands of an eccentric group of trainers and criminals hired by a mysterious, masked man. Their task? To find and retrieve the six stolen Lights of a long lost world.
Paul's New Adventures, by @Huikyeong
  • Two years after the conclusion of his bitter rivalry, Paul heads to the Unova region to become stronger and compete in the Unova League. Little does he know how much his worldview will change...
New Chapters
Three new chapters of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Month 2: February of Progression (Third Part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Disk 0, Chapter 3: Bullies, Athletes, and Golden Bonfires, of The Meaning of Power, by @Cresselia92
Chapter Four - Monster of the Mines, of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?, by @SparklingEspeon
Episode 5e: We Will All Do Pokemon! (part 5), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 2: First Words, of Different Eyes, by @unrepentantAuthor
Settling In: 1st Spring - 7th Spring, of The Erthe Beyonde, by @Beth Pavell
Session 15: The Mill, the Mug, and the Monsters, of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz

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Word of the Week

lucent (adj.): glowing or giving off light. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Lucent, related to the Latin lux (‘light’), is perhaps less familiar than its cousin lucid (‘clear’, ‘easily understood’, ‘sane’), being reserved for poetic or literary usage. Lucent also gives us the wonderful lucency – to be entirely straightforward, ‘glowy’.
 
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A quiet week, a quiet chance to write and read. Hopefully your writing and reading sessions are going well! :D

New Releases
Birthday Boy, by @Max1996
If at first you don't succeed..., by @Ihsan997
  • Dunstan is a fourth-grade student in a cozy yet little-known village in the Galar Region. In such a small town without even a Pokémon center or access to a professor, becoming a trainer seems like a silly dream. Having recovered from the loss of his first ever Pokémon, however, the boy dusts off his knees and decides to try one more time to successfully bond with a Pokémon of his own.
New Chapters
Session 17: The Power of Pop, of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Five new chapters, of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
Month 2: February of Progression (Third Part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Episode 6a: The Trio's Triple Trouble! (part 1), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter Five - The Council of Baram, of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?, by @SparklingEspeon
P1.03 - Double Edge, of After Dusk Falls, by @Autofire
Two new chapters, of Tales of Reborn: The Six Rifts of the Heavens, by @SilverRockets
A new chapter of Paul's New Adventures, by @Huikyeong
Chapter 103 - Legendary Friendships, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

holophrase (n.): a word functioning as a phrase or sentence, as the imperative “Go!”. [Dictionary.com]

Also holophrasis, holophrase – from the Greek holós (ὅλος), ‘whole’, and phrásis (φράσις) – encompasses single-word sentences, from ‘No.’, to ‘Thanks.’, to a toddler demanding ‘Up!’. From holophrases, therefore, also the adjective holophrastic.
 
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We love you guys, and thank you for the great work!
Here's what's happening around the Workshop!

Announcements and Events
An update for the Review League is coming soon--stay tuned for more details!

New Chapters
February of Progression (Fourth Part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
P2.01 - Morning, of After Dusk Falls, by @Autofire
Chapter Six - Exam Day, of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?, by @SparklingEspeon
Chapter 7: Cerulean - Part 2, of Tales of Reborn: The Six Rifts of the Heavens, by @SilverRockets
Chapter Thirty Eight - The Wandering Barque, of The Long Walk, by @Beth Pavell
Session 18: The Rescue of Gaia (part 1), of Yearly Session Log for the Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz

Review Game
Autofire would like a review for the first two chapters of After Dusk Falls!

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

Word of the Week

oeillade (n.): a glance, especially an amorous one; an ogle. [Wiktionary]

While it looks rather like it ought to mean ‘to throw wine at someone’ (One supposes that would be ‘oenade’), oeillade is a direct loanword from the French (Alternatively spelled ‘œillade’), in which it can also refer furtive or conspiratorial looks. The word turned up in English in the 16th century, though it does not seem to have caught on.
 
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Hey there! It's been a tough Winter 2020/2021, but where I live, we're seeing signs of Spring, and it's giving me some positie energy! I wish you all the same!​

New Releases
Chaos Rising: Code of Heroes (Season 3), by @CynthiaLover
Dawn vs Paul, by @JediMaster362
Biomagicka: The White Wolf, by @DannyDrawsaLot
  • Jack's life was simple. Then he got a voice in his head, an axe in his hand, an a week-long ultimatum to find the God of the Tundra's pet wolf.
    And the worst part? He's not sure if he should.
New Chapters
Another two chapters of Paul's New Adventures, by @Huikyeong
Chapter 8: Mt Moon, of Tales of Reborn: The Six Rifts of the Heavens, by @SilverRockets
Two new updates of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
Chapter Seven - Maelstrom, of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?, by @SparklingEspeon
The finale of Chaos Rising: Dawn of Heroes (Season 2), by @CynthiaLover
P2.02 - Paper Lantern, of After Dusk Falls, by @Autofire
Chapter 13: An Old Rivalry Awakens, of The Journey to Mend Broken Things, by @Poke Dragon
Chapter 11 - The Highs, The Lows, of Star Performer, by @Fulcrum
Chapter 104 - Gateways, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

Review Game
Autofire would like a review for the first two chapters of After Dusk Falls!

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

Word of the Week

annihilate (v.): destroy utterly; obliterate. [Oxford English Dictionary]

You can blame this word’s awkward spelling and odd pronunciation on Latin roots. Annihilate comes from the Latin annihilatus, ‘to reduce to nothing’, from nihil, ‘nothing’. One of many 16th century coinages, annihilate was originally an adjective meaning ‘destroyed’, or ‘annulled’.
 
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