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Welcome, Trainers and writers alike!

This is a dedicated thread for hosting all editions of our (bi)weekly community newsletter focusing on the Writers' Workshop! You'll find things like event announcements, fic and chapter announcements and updates, review requests, and RP signup announcements -- all contained in this thread! We've had prior iterations of our newsletter in the past featuring on community updates, but in short, we're hoping to have more variety than before and make our newsletter a great resource for readers, reviewers, and lurkers alike.

Stay tuned for all we have in store, please! We'll be posting these on the official Bulbagarden Tumblr as well, so feel free to follow us there to keep updated!



Newsletter Schedule & Directory

Our current posting schedule is still to be determined, but look out for new editions of the newsletter to be posted either weekly or biweekly on Sunday nights!

Issue 1: April 28, 2024
Issue 2: May 12, 2024
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Credits

Newsletter Writer: @lisianthus
Word of the Week Columnist: @Beth Pavell
Moral Support: @Blanc
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Issue 1: April 28, 2024
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Writers' Workshop Newsletter, Issue 1: April 28, 2024

Welcome to the first edition of our Writers' Workshop newsletter! We're delighted you stopped by to read :enzap:

The Writers' Workshop newsletter is intended to be a (bi)weekly roundup on all the activity Bulbagarden's official writing area has received! We showcase new works, fic updates, announce events, and even offer writing tips! Be on the lookout for more newsletters once every few weeks, or stay up to date by following Bulbagarden's official Tumblr page!



General Announcements

Our Spring One-Shot fic contest held with our friends over at Shippers' Paradise is almost over!
If you're writing for it, please note that our posting deadline is May 5th, at 23:59 GMT! Remember that we ask you to start posting only 48 hours before the deadline. If you're looking to read, be rest assured -- we hit a record number of participants this time around, so you'll be pleased to see fics written for a variety of categories by a variety of writers! You'll also be able to vote on your favorite work as well. More information here!

Our Review League now offers prizes! By reviewing your fellow users' works, you can in turn get points to redeem for prizes ranging from fic reviews to free social media advertising of your works! Please consider checking out our Review League here -- we'd really appreciate it! Two reviews of other users' works can net you one free review, so let's try to support each other!



Recent New Works
This is a listing of new works that have been published within the past month! Normally we summarize the past one/two weeks' entries, but in the interest of giving more of our authors' hard work a greater chance in the spotlight, we're going from about a month back to now.

A Contemplation, by @Audrelite. A Contemplation is an Everyone-rated short story focusing on Lucas from the DPPt games, reminiscing on his new appointment to a prestigious position at a job helping to survey the stars above. Recommended if vivid descriptions and introspective prose appeal to you.

A Beautiful, Brilliant Panoply, by @Audrelite. A Beautiful, Brilliant Panoply is a Teen-rated romance-oriented work focusing on two Elite Four members -- Lucian of the Sinnoh League, and Shauntal of the Unova League. Similar to the above, this work is recommended if you enjoy very descriptive prose. Please note that this story contains mild suggestive themes.

To Sacred Profundities — Olympia-centric Vignettes, by @Audrelite. True to the name, To Sacred Profundities is an Everyone-rated collection of ten short stories (or 'viginettes') all centering around Gym Leader Olympia, from the Kalos games. As with the above, this work features steady prose that should leave readers with a feeling that they're reading a seasoned author's work.

All Together Now, by @Blackjack Gabbiani. [Spoilers for the SV main story ahead!] All Together Now is an Everyone-rated story focusing on Arven reuniting with the AI copy of Professor Turo, alongside the friends he's made in Paldea. If you prefer a more dialogue-heavy story, or would like to read about events likely still fresh in the mind of many Pokemon fans, please enjoy! It's reccomended to read this author's previous story, Safe Passage, for more clarity on their AU.

Something About the Night Sky, by @Audrelite. Something About the Night Sky is another romance-oriented work featuring Lucian and Shauntal, only this time it is Everyone-rated. As I'm sure you have been able to catch on with this author, this work is full of rich, introspective writing.



Recent New Chapters
With that, we turn to our new chapters for our ongoing works! This time, we're going to be only going over our past two weeks of activity, as we have quite a few multi-chapter works being still updated here.

Part 5 ('The Encounter') of Village Pokemon, by @Spiteful Murkrow. Blurb: Somewhere, far beyond shifting forests and meadows of long-blooming flowers, there is a village of Pokémon that hides away from strange creatures called 'humans'. A local Espurr and her friends go out to gather needed supplies from the world outside, and in the process, set events into motion which forever change their haven. Everyone-rated.

Episode 87 ('The Costumes for a Spooky Tale') of The Shimmering Companion, by @LightningTopaz. Blurb: In addition to the plays that the gang performs as part of the main theatrical fantasy (a rebooted collection itself), this collection will explore what goes on offstage, on the group's days off, what goes on in rehearsals, and even full plays--including some not seen in the main theatrical fantasy. Everyone-rated.

new drabble! from @Teebs96's personal drabble thread. Whitney x Bugsy romance fluff, very cute as it should be! Everyone-rated.

Chapter II.XVI - Understanding of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Guardians of Balance, by @StolenMadWolf. Blurb: As a new wave of natural disasters begin to spread around the world, a human wakes up to find himself transformed into a Pokemon. Thrown into an increasingly fractured and endangered world, the human known as Sam will find himself thrust into an adventure unlike anything he could ever imagine. An adventure where there is far more than meets the eye... Mature-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Episode 9: The Colorful Stage of Crystal of Pokemon: Diamonds of the Colorful Skies, by @LightningTopaz. A theatrical story told with many of the characters from the Pokemon anime. Everyone-rated.

Chapter 176 - The Value of Regret of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip. Blurb: Don't you hate it when your life is a lie? It started with getting stabbed. Later, mugged. Then, he forgets them both. Owen had lived a simple life with simple dreams, but an ancient conflict catches up with him, as does a forgotten past. With answers easily slipping away and chaos rising the more he fights to find them, there was no telling what hides in his forgotten core, and what he will become once unleashed. Fighting your fate is one thing. But what about fighting your design? Teen-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Interlude: The Glory of the Sea (part 1) of Pokemon Lightning Yellow, by @LightningTopaz. A reimagining of the original Kanto anime saga. Everyone-rated.

Chapter 10: Vindictive Challenge of Nori Carino: Abyssal Despair, by @System Error. Blurb: A beloved nature show host perishes in a freak accident during an underwater filming expedition, shocking the world. Knowing the public will call for the tragic culprit's blood against the host's wishes, his producer appeals to the Officials to have Pokemon Rehabilitator Nori Carino train and 'cure' her in attempt to save her life. With a new assignment cast upon him weeks after his first and word quickly spreading, Nori finds his friends splintering, and his foes using the moment to come after him. But those problems pale in comparison to his crippling fear of water and her not being used to being out of it. What does it take to care for a Pokemon? Mature-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Episode 23: A Tale in the Gardens of Pokemon: The Stage of Crystal, by @LightningTopaz. Blurb: After a successful tour across Waku, the Niji Troupe became household names in the Tawame scene there--and the budding Tawame scene in Europa took notice. After receiving an invitation to come to the world famous Naranja Academy, Ash and the others took the chance to perform as a chance to introduce the wild and spirited Tawame world to the Paldean stage--with potential to tour other Europan regions too. But little did the gang know that their two honorary members would end up joining the troupe for good! Everyone-rated.



Recent Non-Pokemon Works
Though we mostly have Pokemon-related works here, we do accept mostly any kind of fiction! Feel free to read through our listings for the past month! (Hint: there is only one work.)

A Rainy Day in Chun-Nan, by @Catz. A Sonic fanfiction. Everyone-rated.



Word of the Week

(Columnist: @Beth Pavell)

Several years ago now, I started a weekly column showcasing words, almost any words, words that seemed interesting, or appropriate, or weird. Time makes fools of us all, and so does full-time work, and so over time the column petered out. But for its not-so-grand reboot we come back to the obvious starting point:

logophile (n.): a lover of words [Oxford English Dictionary]

The etymology of logophile couldn’t be simpler: from the Greek logos (λόγος), ‘word’, and phílos (ϕίλος) ‘loving, dear’. The Greek construction doesn’t make for an everyday word. Some might accuse it of being something of a ten-dollar word – be a wordie if you really must – but I rather think a two-syllable noun with a very straightforward meaning is good enough for anyone’s conversation.

It’s a glib point, but often forgotten, that as writers our tools are words. Everything we do, we do with words, and our art is in choosing. Why this word, and not any other? Each word is a well of meanings, connotations, ideas, and usages, many of which we won’t care about in the moment. Some of these usages will be hopelessly obsolete and irrelevant. Using unusual words in fiction is sometimes looked upon with suspicion, which I think is a shame. But I think they can be loved nonetheless – and you never know, one day they might just come in useful. Such is the reward for joyfully, freely, unashamedly, mining the world for all the vocabulary it has to offer.

Thanks again for providing your thoughts here, Beth -- interestingly enough, one of our spotlighted works in @Audrelite's Something About the Night Sky uses this word! Try to spot it, eagle-eyed readers!



Afterword & Credits

I hope you enjoyed our inagural edition of our Writers' Workshop newsletter! Here's hoping it'll be of use to many of you. Please feel free to drop me (@lisianthus) a message about anything you'd like to see changed or otherwise be included to our newsletter, and I'll try to hear you out! o7

Credits:
@lisianthus, Newsletter Writer
@Beth Pavell, Word of the Week Columnist
@Blanc, Moral Support
 
Issue 2: May 12, 2024
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Writers' Workshop Newsletter, Issue 2: May 12, 2024

Welcome to the second edition of our Writers' Workshop Newsletter! Here's hoping I'll be able to get this out at a reasonable hour here :enzap:

The Writers' Workshop newsletter is intended to be a (bi)weekly roundup on all the activity Bulbagarden's official writing area has received! We showcase new works, fic updates, announce events, and even offer writing tips! Be on the lookout for more newsletters once every few weeks, or stay up to date by following Bulbagarden's official Tumblr page!



General Announcements

Community voting is now live for our Spring One-Shot fic contest held with Shippers' Paradise! Our deadline for community public voting is May 27th, that's in two weeks! Try to read all the fics and get your vote for our Readers' Choice Award in time, you have lots of time to do so! Feel free to give reviews to every entry, too :enzap:

Our Review League now offers prizes! By reviewing your fellow users' works, you can in turn get points to redeem for prizes ranging from fic reviews to free social media advertising of your works! Please consider checking out our Review League here -- we'd really appreciate it! Two reviews of other users' works can net you one free review, so let's try to support each other!

Be on the lookout for some exciting changes coming to the Workshop in the near future! :bulbaWave:



Recent New Contest Works
This is a listing of new works that have been published within the past two weeks! We have lots of contest entries this time around, so please enjoy their hard work if you have the time -- I promise it'll be worth your time, seriously. No blurbs in the spoilers this time, you'll just have to click on them to know what they're about! You'll enjoy them more that way o/




Recent New Works
This is a listing of our non-contest works published in the past two weeks! ...Because of the large amount of entries we've received for our one-shot contest, we actually only have one. :chansey: Blurbs will be provided in the spoiler tag as always!

Washed Away, by @Cavespider_17. Washed Away is an Everyone-rated multi-chapter short story focusing on Markus Du Bere, a rich boy with very strong opinions on everyone and everything not rich. He even goes as far to buy powerful Pokemon for battles... but will Markus have a change of heart while on his Gym Challenge, thanks to a certain Pokemon he didn't want?! You'll need to read more to find out!



Recent New Chapters
With that, here's the recent new chapters for our ongoing works posted in the past two weeks! ...Again, owing to our one-shot contest, there is also only one blog that's updated (twice). Enjoy in any case, but please take a look at the hard work present in our contest entries!!

Entry 8 and Entry 9 of Lissi likes to write!, @mastermind lissi's drabble thread. The eighth entry is a short Taylor Swift songfic, and the ninth focuses on Ethan and Silver of Johto fame.



Word of the Week

(Columnist: @Beth Pavell)

thesaurus (n.): 1. A treasury, as of a temple, etc.
2: a ‘treasury’, or ‘storehouse’ of knowledge, as of a dictionary, encyclopedia, or the like. [Oxford English Dictionary]
3: an erudite or loquacious dinosaur of the therapod suborder.

Today, a thesaurus is most commonly a text that lists words with their synonyms – it tells you “what’s another word for this?” Roget’s Thesaurus (1852) popularised this current meaning – the full title of the first edition read: “Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to the Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition”. You’ve got to appreciate the thoroughness of that description. But what about sense 1: a treasury? Well, the Greek thesaurōs (θησαυρός) rather pleasingly means just that, a storehouse, or treasury. A thesaurus is thus a treasury of words, like piles of ingots waiting for an author to plunder.

And if that evokes images of dragons and lonely mountains, it should. As a matter of, as far as I can tell, complete coincidence, Old English gives us word-hoard, which is exactly what it sounds like (Perhaps it would be translated in modern English as vocabulary). The word appears in Beowulf:

“Him se yldesta ondswarode
werodes wisa, wordhord onleac”

(The most senior answered him, the leader of the band, unlocked his word-hoard)

Who knows whether word-hoard was ever in common use – it apparently only turns up seven times, but we also have hardly any surviving Old English texts to study. Perhaps it was an Old English cliché; perhaps not.

I really like the thought of a thesaurus as a treasury of words! Writing can be like a grand adventure to portray equally grand stories -- remember to gather stray words you find in your word-hoard!! They'll be very useful down the road. :enzap:

Thanks as always for your thoughts, Beth~



Afterword & Credits

Hopefully you enjoyed our second edition of the Writers' Workshop newsletter! Most of its contents were taken up by our contest fics -- contests don't roll around every day, so please take a few moments to participate by reading and voting! Hopefully you enjoyed, anyways -- feel free to drop me (@lisianthus) a message about anything you'd like to see changed or otherwise be included to our newsletter, and I'll try to hear you out! o7

Credits:
@lisianthus, Newsletter Writer
@Beth Pavell, Word of the Week Columnist
@Blanc, Moral Support
 
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Writers' Workshop Newsletter, Issue 3: June 2, 2024
I know, this is a week later than our usual schedule, but there's a good reason for that!! We just finished up our Spring One-Shot contest last week, so I was wanting to spread out the spotlight a little more -- so this'll serve as a reminder to those who weren't aware or forgot about the contest, that our results are posted. More on those in a bit.

But, welcome! The Writers' Workshop newsletter is intended to be a (bi)weekly roundup on all the activity Bulbagarden's official writing area has received! We showcase new works, fic updates, announce events, and even offer writing tips! Be on the lookout for more newsletters once every few weeks, or stay up to date by following Bulbagarden's official Tumblr page!



General Announcements

Bulbagarden's annual volunteer staff drive is here yet again! We're accepting applicants for our Forums (including the Writers' Workshop if you'd like!), our news team (BulbaNews), our public Discord server, and Bulbapedia, so please feel free to apply if you're interested, even if you're new here!

Our Review League now offers prizes! By reviewing your fellow users' works, you can in turn get points to redeem for prizes ranging from fic reviews to free social media advertising of your works! Please consider checking out our Review League here -- we'd really appreciate it! Two reviews of other users' works can net you one free review, so let's try to support each other! Whenever you review a fic from our latest contest, you'll get double the amount of points you'd normally get for reviewing, so try and take advantage of that offer!

Be on the lookout for some exciting changes coming to the Workshop in the near future! :bulbaWave:



Contest Winners

This is a list of our winners for our 2024 Spring One-Shot fanfiction contest! You can see all of our entrants in our last edition, but this time, we'll be commemorating our hard-working winners only! Everyone did great, so I really do urge you check out the winners' works at the very least, if not all of our entrants' contest works. I'll be properly giving small summarizations of these works in a future issue, but for now, please enjoy!




Recent New Works
Here's a listing of our recently published new works from the past three weeks! As things have calmed down from our contest, we've been lucky to recieve some new works, so feel free to check them out!

Dark Dreams, by @Cavespider_17. The girl writing this newsletter is regrettably unable to give a proper summary of this work because she is sensitive to violent content, but -- Dark Dreams is a Mature-rated one-shot focusing on a Gym Battle gone wrong, rather, a Gym Battle fought to the bitter end. Content warnings for explicit violence, blood, and death, so if you are sensitive to those topics, please think about clicking before you do!

osu!, by @DragonRoar87. osu! is an Everyone-rated drabble measuring 99 words (by my count), and features a pretty humorous double-meaning involving both Dendra's signature catchphrase and a certain infamous rhythm game that has inflicted wrist injuries on many. Check it out if you're in the mood for a bite-sized, humorous story!

In All The Right Places, by @Audrelite. In All The Right Places is an Everyone-rated triple drabble (meaning exactly 300 words!) shipfic featuring Lucas from the Sinnoh games, and Leaf from the Kanto games. Look out for the subtly romantic and overtly sweet undertones in Leaf's observation of her beloved's fashion sense as they ready themselves for a 'glamorous celebration'.

Engineer Buddy: Fixing Burnt-Out Wires, by @System Error. Author-provided blurb: As an adult trainer plans the Pokemon journey he never had when he was young, he recounts the incident that motivated it. He was once an electrician who worked at the Sunyshore Gym. But one little indiscretion and a conflict with the Gym Leader and his pupil, a certain Pokemon Rehabilitator, changed his life forever. Everyone-rated.

Battle From the Heart (Season 1: The Sinnoh Saga), by @CynthiaLover. Battle From the Heart is a Teen-rated journeyfic series that seems to be loosely based on the Pokemon anime in some ways, set in the Sinnoh region. Find out how the main character Geo and his Ralts, Lora, navigate their journeys together!

Coltar: Dear Log, by @Cavespider_17. Author-provided blurb: The year is 1563. Alexis Xanthe, a young man in his twenties is aboard a cargo ship ship until it was overturned by a giant pokémon in the sea. He grabbed what supplies he could before pulling himself aboard a piece of wood from the ship's hull. It dawns on him that he is the sole survivor from the shipwreck, as he clung desperately onto the raft. His raft eventually arrived on the shores of an unknown island (later named Coltar,) inhabited by pokémon. Alexis keeps a journal, of his survival, hoping to be saved. Everyone-rated.



Recent New Chapters
Here's a listing of our new chapters for our long-running fics posted in the past three weeks. Our new chapter amount is a bit higher than usual, so my apologies if I've missed anything! :confused:

Chapter 5: Fast & FuTurious of Timeslip (SV AU), by @Nekodatta. Blurb: To put it simply, [Timeslip is] a slow burn AU romance about Professor Sada and Turo from the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games, that changes a singular but drastic thing about them and is now having fun exploring all the possible ramifications of it. And feels. Lots of feels. And time travel shenanigans... Teen-rated, warnings for light swearing and violence.

Katy mentioned!! (You're so sweet.), from @Teebs96's personal drabble thread. A cute Bugsy x Whitney romance fluff piece, in which Katy attempts to help Bugsy learn how to make macarons! Everyone-rated.

Special Episode 13 of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip. Blurb: My body’s age is the world’s age. My life is tied to the world’s life. Through me, all spirits are granted the privilege of the living world. And to me, all spirits are meant to pass through on their departure. The fabric of reality is dictated in my being, and should it ever need to be modified, those with divine power may change it… carefully. Teen-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Sailing for Tomorrow's Dreams of Pokemon Crossing: Fly Me to the Moon, by @Cherry_BombBees. Blurb: “What kinds of trainers do you see yourselves becoming with these starters by your side? Where do you see yourself in the future? What new horizons do you see yourselves reaching?” Teen-rated for mild language and violence.
Interlude: The Angel in Green of Pokemon Lightning Yellow, by @LightningTopaz. A reimagining of the original Kanto anime saga. Everyone-rated.

Chapter 12: Perfect Backup and Chapter 13: What Are the Odds? of Penny Saves Paldea, an S/V fic where glitches are canon, by @KatrinaSForest. Blurb: Scarlet & Violet's glitches are all canon. The "anomalies" affect some people more than others, but no one's sure why. Our main quartet, along with the Team Star bosses, is off to discover what's wrong with their home. Well, when they aren't butting heads or bickering with each other, that is. Sometimes you don't want the answers even when you find them.

Episode 11: Meeting Dad on the Route of Magic of Pokemon: Diamonds of the Colorful Skies, by @LightningTopaz. A theatrical story told with many of the characters from the Pokemon anime. Everyone-rated.

Episode 24: The Pecha Boy in Paldea of Pokemon: The Stage of Crystal, by @LightningTopaz. Blurb: After a successful tour across Waku, the Niji Troupe became household names in the Tawame scene there--and the budding Tawame scene in Europa took notice. After receiving an invitation to come to the world famous Naranja Academy, Ash and the others took the chance to perform as a chance to introduce the wild and spirited Tawame world to the Paldean stage--with potential to tour other Europan regions too. But little did the gang know that their two honorary members would end up joining the troupe for good! Everyone-rated.

Chapter II.XVII - Laying Plans of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Guardians of Balance, by @StolenMadWolf. Blurb: As a new wave of natural disasters begin to spread around the world, a human wakes up to find himself transformed into a Pokemon. Thrown into an increasingly fractured and endangered world, the human known as Sam will find himself thrust into an adventure unlike anything he could ever imagine. An adventure where there is far more than meets the eye... Mature-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Chapter 24 - Recurrence of Once a Thief, by @Spiteful Murkrow. Blurb: Two years ago, Lyle left Outlaw life for what he hoped was forever. But when wartime hardship pulls him into one last job, a stroke of fate brings Lyle and his fellows across an Axew thief after a legendary treasure, along with the army nipping at her heels. ... But why would the army send troops after a treasure during a war? And will things really be as simple as snagging it first? Teen-rated.

Chapter 2 (Crouching Croagunk, Hidden Purugly) and Chapter 3 (Turtwigs and Stones May Break My Bones) of Battle From the Heart, by @CynthiaLover.

Chapter 7: To Virto, Chapter 8: Celebrations, and Chapter 9: The Differences Between of Coltar: Escaping His Shadows, by @Cavespider_17. Blurb: Aaron Piscar, youngest son of Ellio Piscar, ruler of Elktan, is desperate to celebrate the End of Cycle. However, his father isn't so keen. In fact, his father has effectively forbidden him from leaving the citadel as he is worried his son will be attacked. Aaron and Ellio get into a very one-sided battle, which is considered treason, and Aaron ends up running away from home with his best friends, Mylious and Clarence, with his older brother, Erik, close behind. They run away to Colran, where things seem much different, and Aaron has to confront how he feels about his father and how he rules Elktan with an iron fist. Teen-rated for mature themes and abuse.

Chapter 2 of Wallace en Paldea, by @Welkamo. Blurb: Wallace's world opens up on an exchange trip to Paldea. Chapter is Teen-rated and has content warnings for: internalized ableism, anxiety/impostor syndrome, mentions of xenophobia, and mild paranoia.

Chapter 11: Kricketot of 108 Reunions (a shiny-based writing challenge), by @KatrinaSForest -- a fic series based on IRL gameplay shinies! Blurb: Spiritomb is meant to be 108 spirits justly bound and punished. But this time 107 of those spirits are innocent. When tracker-turned-medium Indigo accidentally binds himself to the Odd Keystone, he sets off to connect each ghost with the descendent of their beloved Pokémon. How will he recognize these Pokémon? Well, they might have a certain...sparkle. Teen-rated for dark themes.

Log #2 ~ #13of Coltar: Dear Log, by @Cavespider_17. Everyone-rated.

Entry 10 and 11 of Lissi likes to write!, @mastermind lissi's drabble thread. The tenth entry is Gloria-centric, and the eleventh is about a very tired player-character. Everyone-rated.

Chapter 12: Stringent Expectation and Chapter 13: Deep Anguish of Nori Carino: Abyssal Despair, by @System Error. Blurb: A beloved nature show host perishes in a freak accident during an underwater filming expedition, shocking the world. Knowing the public will call for the tragic culprit's blood against the host's wishes, his producer appeals to the Officials to have Pokemon Rehabilitator Nori Carino train and 'cure' her in attempt to save her life. With a new assignment cast upon him weeks after his first and word quickly spreading, Nori finds his friends splintering, and his foes using the moment to come after him. But those problems pale in comparison to his crippling fear of water and her not being used to being out of it. What does it take to care for a Pokemon? Mature-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Chapter 18: Truths and Secrets and Chapter 19: If Only, If Only You Didn't Come Out Today of Coltar: The Prophecy, by @Cavespider_17. Blurb: When a peace summit in the neutral town of Marsten is interrupted by a trainer and a rogue charizard, war between the two Coltese regions: Colran and Elktan erupts. James, a fourteen-year-old Colran boy finds himself in occupied Fehahra. With his bloodline mercilessly being hunted by Elktan, James must find a way to live in the new upside-down world. Meanwhile, an ancient prophecy has failed once more, and has decided to reroll its candidates.



Recent Non-Pokemon Works
We accept any kind of fiction here, although we mainly have Pokemon-related works! Feel free to read through our listings if you'd like. :enzap:

Chapter 12 (No Stopping the Leaf Gale Girl) of Shooting Star Rider (Season 1: Cosmic Forces), by @CynthiaLover. Teen-rated, warnings for mild language.

Pitch Meeting, by @Welkamo. A Rhythm Heaven fanfic. Everyone-rated.

Berceuse, by @Welkamo. Another Rhythm Heaven fanfic. Everyone-rated.



Word of the Week
(Columnist: @Beth Pavell)

Hola weġ - the sunken lane. The holloway is half a tunnel, made chthonic and fey when trees on either side lock their branches together, and the way becomes a tunnel half-earth and half-tree. You see daylight at the further end, an oval of sky framed with laced branches, the world outside too bright to see.

holloway (n.): a way, road, or path, through a defile or cutting. [Oxford English Dictionary]

The Oxford English Dictionary removes all the mystery from them, Wikipedia dully redefines them. Holloways seem to manifest in softer rock, the sandstones and chalks of the country. Some are sunk deep enough that their walls look like cliffs, hidden by brambles and almost forgotten. Around Shropshire and Staffordshire you can find holloways with paved roads running along them, not quite forgotten so much as hiding in plain sight. It is the nature writer Robert Macfarlane who captures them best in his book Holloway – part poetic exploration of the hollow way, part melancholic tribute to the late Roger Deakin.

Holloways seem quite quaint to me, I think... makes lots of sense a nature writer would be the one to profile them, then. @Beth Pavell, the writer of this column, actually has a work where she makes use of this word! Please take a look at the prologue of her Teen-rated work, The Long Walk, if you'd like to see it used 'in action'. Thanks for your thoughts as always, Beth!



Afterword & Credits
This one admittedly took quite a lot out of me to type up in one go (at least three hours if not more), but I'm glad it did, because that means the Workshop is really active, right? Thank you all very much for contributing to that activity, everyone! Hoping you found this newsletter of use to you as always, and please let me know if you have any suggestions by messaging me on the forums (@lisianthus)!

Credits:
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@Beth Pavell, Word of the Week Columnist
@Blanc, Moral Support
 
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Writers' Workshop Newsletter, Issue 4: June 16, 2024

Back on schedule now, hello again! The Writers' Workshop newsletter is intended to be a (bi)weekly roundup on all the activity Bulbagarden's official writing area has received! We showcase new works, fic updates, announce events, and even offer writing tips! Be on the lookout for more newsletters once every few weeks, or stay up to date by following Bulbagarden's official Tumblr page! (I'm actually going to start publishing these on our Tumblr starting from this week's entry. :enzap:)

General Announcements

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Recent New Works
This is a listing of all the new works that have been published to our Workshop in the past two weeks! For some reason, we have a lot of works here set in or otherwise connected to the Johto region, so enjoy!!

Tempered Skies, by @Railgun. Tempered Skies is a Teen-rated romance chapter fic set during the events of the HeartGold and SoulSilver games, between Jasmine and Lance. This work is recommended if you enjoy slowburn romances and learning more about the culture of different regions of the Pokemon world!

Coltar: Before Dawn, by @Cavespider_17. Coltar: Before Dawn is a Teen-rated one-shot set in the author's signature Pokemon AU, but you don't need to be familiar with it to enjoy! As it is rated Teen, there are some violent and potentially uncomfortable topics present, but if you enjoy tense plots told within a smaller wordcount, this work is for you!

Trials of Tampinell ~Ryu’s Retribution~, by @JollyVG. Trials of Tampinell is a Teen-rated chapter fic following Ryu, a former ninja from the Johto region who decides to pursue the path of a Pokemon Trainer through challenging the new League in the region of Tampinell. Interestingly enough, the story and characters taken from a Pokemon tabletop RPG the author participated in, which could make for interesting plot points!

that's a real lasting legacy, by @mastermind lissi. that's a real lasting legacy is an Everyone-rated chapter fic about Ethan from the Johto games. We'll know more as the fic itself is updated more, but it's been started off with Ethan battling a certain Trainer who calls himself 'Maroon'. Some may recognize Maroon's real identity, but regardless of the mystery there, this should prove to be a fun battle-centric story.

ressentiment, by @KOT0NE. ressentiment is a Teen-rated one-shot focusing on Paulo from Pokemon Masters: EX. Be warned that there are spoilers for the main story of the game within this work, but it is a very neat character study regardless! Even if you're not familliar with PMEX, this work is easy to follow and is reccomended if you enjoy more introspective pieces! Please look at the content warning at the start of the fic for important information about it!

blue about food, by @Tyropop. blue about food is a small Everyone-rated one-shot focusing on a dinner date between Liko and Dot from the new Pokemon anime series, Pokemon Horizons. Be warned that there are references to food and eating disorders present in this work, so if you are sensitive to those themes, please read with caution.



Recent New Chapters
Here's a listing of our new chapters for our long-running fics posted in the past two weeks. As always, there are quite a few, so apologies if any have been missed!

Episode 91: The Dancing Tailow on Steam and Episode 92: Reading Through Fact and Fantasy of The Shimmering Companion, by @LightningTopaz. Blurb: In addition to the plays that the gang performs as part of the main theatrical fantasy (a rebooted collection itself), this collection will explore what goes on offstage, on the group's days off, what goes on in rehearsals, and even full plays--including some not seen in the main theatrical fantasy. Everyone-rated.

Chapter II.VI - Getting the Bearings of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Mercenaries of Dawn, by @StolenMadWolf. Blurb: Nearly a decade before the events of the Meteor, and twenty-five years prior to the arrival of a new human to the Pokemon World, there are no Rescue or Explorer teams. Instead, there are only mercenaries.On the Air Continent, a young Combusken mercenary takes up what seems to be an unusual, but otherwise regular job. However, the events of that night will send him on a grand adventure across the continent. It is the tale of a fierce rivalry, the support of friends, one desperate plan... and a tale that will shape the future.

Chapter 10: Glimpse into Reality of Coltar: Escaping His Shadows, by @Cavespider_17. Chapter blurb: Aaron Piscar and his friends are about to get one of the worst reality checks of their young lives. Elite Lord De Jou, ruler of Colran, has dragged him and Clarence into a festival battle to show them what a real battle could be like. Even with the festival's limiters in action, Lord De Jou, his Lord Interrogator and one of his fellow Lords will not hold back. Not even for the 14 year olds caught up in their fun. Teen-rated for mature themes and abuse.

~Chapter XI: Ascension~ and Chapter XII: Progressionof Insurgency, by @Jewel the Quaxly. Blurb: Pikachu's life turns upside down after meeting a peculiar boy with the ability to speak to pokemon. Only he didn't fall apart. He was put back together. Funny, since he didn't even realize there was anything to be put together in the first place...but the world has a funny way of working out sometimes. Teen-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Chapter 19: If Only, If Only You Didn't Come Out Today, Chapter 20: All That Turns to Dust, and Chapter 21: Interrogation of Coltar: The Prophecy, by @Cavespider_17. Blurb: When a peace summit in the neutral town of Marsten is interrupted by a trainer and a rogue charizard, war between the two Coltese regions: Colran and Elktan erupts. James, a fourteen-year-old Colran boy finds himself in occupied Fehahra. With his bloodline mercilessly being hunted by Elktan, James must find a way to live in the new upside-down world. Meanwhile, an ancient prophecy has failed once more, and has decided to reroll its candidates. Teen-rated, content warnings avaliable at fic introduction.

Chapter 29: Dissonance of Another Way, by @redspah. Blurb: Sue, a lowly comp-sci student with no knowledge of Pokémon, must persevere within their world after waking up as a Gardevoir. With the locals and their language completely alien to her, even the refuge she receives feels uncertain. Local deities invading her dreams and using her as a pawn don't help, either. As Sue uncovers this world's scarred history, her god-mending task becomes increasingly clear, as does its difficulty. Despite that, and her limited grasp of her own powers, she keeps trying, for her goal remains the same. To survive and make it home, no matter what. Teen-rated for moderate suggestive themes, strong language, and moderate violence.

Chapter 14: Mixed Bonds of Nori Carino: Abyssal Despair, by @System Error. Blurb: A beloved nature show host perishes in a freak accident during an underwater filming expedition, shocking the world. Knowing the public will call for the tragic culprit's blood against the host's wishes, his producer appeals to the Officials to have Pokemon Rehabilitator Nori Carino train and 'cure' her in attempt to save her life. With a new assignment cast upon him weeks after his first and word quickly spreading, Nori finds his friends splintering, and his foes using the moment to come after him. But those problems pale in comparison to his crippling fear of water and her not being used to being out of it. What does it take to care for a Pokemon? Mature-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Chapter 2 - Off to Tampinell of Trials of Tampinell ~Ryu’s Retribution~, by @JollyVG.

Chapter 4 (Team Galactic's Cosmic Clash) and Chapter 5 (Shooting Staravia) of Battle from the Heart, by @CynthiaLover. A journeyfic set in the Sinnoh region, focusing on a young man and his Ralts companion. Teen-rated, content warnings avaliable for each chapter.

Chapter 6: Let Me Be Your Rival! of An Account of Rayquaza's Chosen or Mare Birch's Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Quest to Save Humanity, by @BackSet. Blurb: Mare Birch is not happy. Her mom finally kicked her asshole dad to the curb, which is good, but now she's getting remarried and they're moving to Littleroot Town in the Hoenn region, which is bad. To make matters worse, she keeps having horrible nightmares of two titanic Legendary Pokemon engaged in a monumental clash. Thankfully, she has an out. Her Uncle is going to send her on a Pokemon Journey! That should help clear her head and make things better, right? Teen-rated, content warnings available at fic introduction.

Interlude: A Stage at Sea of Pokemon Lightning Yellow, by @LightningTopaz. A reimagining of the original Kanto anime saga. Everyone-rated.



No new non-Pokemon works this week as far as I'm aware! There are quite a few new fics to go on your backlog, though, so hopefully you'll still enjoy!



Word of the Week
(Columnist: @Beth Pavell)

Withersoever

For no other reason than euphony.

withersoever (adv.): 1. To (or in) any place to which; wherever.
2. Whether to one place or another; no matter what place; wherever.

Why wherever, when withersoever can be? The Old English gem wither (‘where’) is at the heart of this one, compounded wonderfully together to form a word that wends and weaves on the tongue. Withersoever shall we wander, we wordsmiths of the web? Middle English had a rich array of compounds like these, including anywither and wheresoever, both of which deserve wider use in modern English.

And yet citations in the Oxford English Dictionary span a surprising length of time. “Thei shull be so lyȝht and swyft, That whidur-sever they thenk they may be lyft.” (The Castle of Love, 1320), to “With Victor Hugo inspiration is..to be followed blindly whithersoever it may lead.” (The Spectator, 30 May 1885). From Middle English to Modern, albeit probably not in common use. The OED records a steep drop off in usage between the middle of the 19th century and the 1950s – 100 years for a word to go from being relatively normal to obscure.

This Word of the Week was a bit of a tongue twister, wasn't it? It's very interesting to see how the English language has evolved over time, so I appreciated the small excerpts featuring our chosen word very much! Your observation about the word not being utilized too much in Modern English rings true for our Workshop as well, as no fics feature it as of the writing and publishing of this newsletter. If you'd like, you could change this, readers... (lol).

Thanks as always for your thoughts, Beth, this column is something I look forwards to being able to include every entry!



Afterword & Credits
Thankfully this entry was easier to write up! I'm getting better at doing these quickly, I think... I'm always quite surprised with the amount of chapter fics we see updated around here, which is a good thing! I hope our authors will continue to feel welcome to participate here for a long while coming -- we have a fic that's been continuously updated for over six years now, which I personally think is quite neat. :enzap:

As always, please let me know if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments by messaging me on the forums! (@lisianthus) o//

Credits:
@lisianthus, Newsletter Writer
@Beth Pavell, Word of the Week Columnist
@Blanc, Moral Support
 
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