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Travelogue - Helsinki, Stockholm and Mariehamn
Helsinki
So began our tour from Turku to Helsinki, Stockholm, to Mariehamn and back to Turku again. First I had to get up early before 7 so I could catch the bus to the city centre, and then waited for the Onnibus to Helsinki. Once I got on there, it was an hour and a half of riding until I got to Helsinki. From then on, me and my friend tried to cram all we could before we had to get on the ferry to Stockholm, which wouldn’t be for another 6 hours. As you can imagine, condensing the experience of such a big city into such little time is a herculean task, but we managed to make a fairly decent day out of it.

We visited some of the shopping centres there as well as a few of the cathedrals, which has some of the most gorgeous architecture I’ve ever seen in a building. We also visited the free museum, which is worth going to at least once even though it’s short. One highlight was the Clubbing exhibition, although time will tell i
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The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 8

The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 8: Ambrette’s Subjects

With food in their bellies and a half day of work behind them, Shine headed back to Tony’s apartment with Curio. Although Shine wasn’t entirely sure how to retrace his steps back home from when Bauble dropped him off two days back, his golden vision helped guide him to where there were people. Once he got back to the city, the walk home was easy, and it gave him a sense of peace to see the fading light of the sky.
Shine led the way through the apartment complex, which was made up of several different floors, although Tony’s was only on the second. When they reached the floor, it led to a balcony area that led to the entrances of each apartment. They stopped after reaching Tony’s, the door with the flap at the bottom. A feeling of dread suddenly hit Shine. It was the first time he had ever gone out like this on such short notice, and didn’t know h
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The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 7

The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 7 – Ambrette’s Teachers
When they arrived at the ranch, the two had to rest. Although Shine didn’t vomit like last time as he got used to the sensation of flying at such a high speed, the nausea still caught up with him and wouldn’t let go any time soon. Oddly enough, to him at least, Curio didn’t seem as affected by it, only resting to catch her breath as one normally would after being exposed to the elements. She recovered once she adjusted to ground level again, and stood over Shine, blocking his view of the sky.
“Come on, you big furball. Do I have to drag you up to your feet?”
“You don’t have to stay if you don’t want to wait, this is my business.”
“I know, but I can help out too, ya know. Just don’t keep me waiting.”
Shine staggered to his paws, still dizzy from the ride. He shook his head, trying to get a grip on t
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Neckbeard extraordinaire, dilettante artist, fanfic writer, Moomin enthusiast.

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The Curious and the Shiny Art Contest! by StarlightCrux

Hello, followers, readers, and everyone else! I'm holding a contest for artists of all skill levels to make art of the fanfiction The Curious and the Shiny, and the details are down below.

Topic:
Anything in The Curious and the Shiny that strikes your fancy. It could be of the two main characters on their own or together, it could be of a side character that hasn't appeared yet in my art, it could be of a scene in one of the chapters, or anything else you have a creative vision for. All mediums are accepted, traditional and digital.

References:
Curio (Lucario) Reference Sheet by StarlightCrux   Shine (Luxray) Reference Sheet WIP by StarlightCrux   The Curious and the Shiny by StarlightCrux   Poke Team Epic (Shine and Curio) by StarlightCrux   Together (Curio and Shine) by StarlightCrux

Chapters:

The Curious and The Shiny Chapter 1
The Chase Arc: Dendemille's Daredevil
On their computer screen, Shine’s trainer Tony browsed through a folder of archived photos, footage and interviews from their documentary in the making. One clip featured a gathering of Pokémon playing in what appeared to be a garden. Another focused on one Kadabra in a small cabin, reading through a multitude of levitating books in a matter of minutes. Another was just pure grey as smoke covered the camera. When he saw that, Shine’s eye widened.
“Can you play that from the beginning?” Shine said in human tongue, his voice as certain and clear as a gentleman’s.
Tony clicked the backwards button, which resumed at the start of the fight. The two Pokémon were in a featureless room, facing each other in a battle stance as a security camera watched from above. As Shine remembered, off-screen, there was an audience of staff members taking notes from behind a pane of
  The Curious and the Shiny: Chapter 2
The Curious and The Shiny Chapter 2. Dendemille’s Pests

The first thing Shine did when Accendare landed was topple over to the ground and throw up. His head swam, his face felt like it was melting, and his whole body generally felt unpleasant. At that time, he didn’t want to think about Curio, about Tony back home, about Bauble or anybody else. He didn’t even want to think about himself. He locked himself up in his little bubble, only burst by the presence of Accendare and Adele beside him.
“Oh dear,” Accendare exclaimed. “Are you alright there? I wasn’t that bad, was I?”
Shine didn’t answer.
“Man, the trip really took the wind out of your sails, huh?” Adele said. “Hold on, I might be able to help you.”
Shine’s mouth was filled with a bitter tang as he ingested some sort of liquid. He didn’t know what it was, but after a moment, coherent thoughts st
  The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 3
The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 3. Dendemille’s Dealer

When Shine came out, the sky turned a dusky blue with streetlights illuminating the paths before him. Aware of the dangers lurking in the shadows, he turned his golden vision on, making the outlines of the buildings a milky white and everything else transparent. Almost everyone and their Pokémon were confined in the buildings, settling down for the day. All except a few Pokémon that looked particularly feline, scattered in various alleys and little hideouts further away from the town centre.
Shine took a deep breath, going through everything in his head that had already been ruled out about Curio’s whereabouts. The square was worth another check, but after that, it was safe to assume she wouldn’t be lurking there during the night. The windmill was out, as she likely had no reason to return there again. Everything else inside the town was out, as Shine as
The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 4

The Curious and the Shiny 4. Dendemille’s Mosher

Shine floated in a warm, self-contained place. It had been a while since Shine last felt that sensation, and that was the day Tony finally got his trainer’s license, and therefore could legally own Shine. As a token of their partnership, Shine let Tony place him in a Pokéball for a few seconds.
Whether it was a few seconds or however long Shine had been in the Pokéball at that moment, time didn’t exist. It might as well have been a microsecond or a year and it still would’ve felt the same to him in there. Just like his body. Even if he was as small as a Skitty or as big as a Wailord, he existed only as ephemera.
Then click. A white light shone into the space and soon enough, Shine felt his paws touch the floor once again as everything came back to him. The Claws t

  The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 5

The Curious and the Shiny 5 – Dendemille’s Brawlers

The band played the rest of their set, and while Curio and Pikachu were still carelessly dancing in the background, Shine had long since tuned out. He buried his head in his paws, deep in thought as he went over his potential battle strategy.
In terms of movesets, the two would be equally matched, as their types weren’t stronger than the other. If it was just a battle of rock paper scissors, he would have no issue, however, he was up against a Lucario. He was already handicapped from the start as he couldn’t wield the power of aura, and his golden vision was useless against a Pokémon that could read his mind.
Most importantly, he wasn’t up against just any Lucario, Shine was up against Curio. And Curio was a dirty fighter.
In the old days of GeL before the new director took over, each fight test held there was controlled by standard Pok
  The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 6
The Curious and the Shiny 6 - The Island Arc: Dendemille’s Riders
Once Delphox said his goodbyes as his trainer came to pick him up, the excitement of the party dwindled from there and everyone agreed to call it a night. Shine in particular let out a long yawn that echoed in the room. When he stretched, he felt the ache of his body that lingered from his fight with Curio.
Save for himself and Curio, the rest of the group said goodnight and went upstairs to the upper floor of the bar where they had a room. They stayed in the Pokéroom with the lights off and went to rest on the pile of cushions, talking very little. Eventually, they stopped talking altogether and nuzzled close to each other, feeling each other’s warmth as they were on the verge of sleep. Shine reflected on the past few days, viewing each event through a blurry lens. How he got to where he was at that moment in Curio’s embrace and the little details s
The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 7
The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 7 – Ambrette’s Teachers
When they arrived at the ranch, the two had to rest. Although Shine didn’t vomit like last time as he got used to the sensation of flying at such a high speed, the nausea still caught up with him and wouldn’t let go any time soon. Oddly enough, to him at least, Curio didn’t seem as affected by it, only resting to catch her breath as one normally would after being exposed to the elements. She recovered once she adjusted to ground level again, and stood over Shine, blocking his view of the sky.
“Come on, you big furball. Do I have to drag you up to your feet?”
“You don’t have to stay if you don’t want to wait, this is my business.”
“I know, but I can help out too, ya know. Just don’t keep me waiting.”
Shine staggered to his paws, still dizzy from the ride. He shook his head, trying to get a grip on t
  The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 8
The Curious and the Shiny Chapter 8: Ambrette’s Subjects

With food in their bellies and a half day of work behind them, Shine headed back to Tony’s apartment with Curio. Although Shine wasn’t entirely sure how to retrace his steps back home from when Bauble dropped him off two days back, his golden vision helped guide him to where there were people. Once he got back to the city, the walk home was easy, and it gave him a sense of peace to see the fading light of the sky.
Shine led the way through the apartment complex, which was made up of several different floors, although Tony’s was only on the second. When they reached the floor, it led to a balcony area that led to the entrances of each apartment. They stopped after reaching Tony’s, the door with the flap at the bottom. A feeling of dread suddenly hit Shine. It was the first time he had ever gone out like this on such short notice, and didn’t know h


Prizes:
Since I expect the pool of entrants will only be a handful, the options below will be small as well for something of this scale.

1st: 800 points/$10 equivalent through Paypal.

Runners up: A mention of your art in a journal feature.

Deadline: 13th August 24:00 GMT

Judging/Winner Announcement: 20th August 24:00 GMT

Rules/Guidelines:
-For those who are interested, please notify me that you're interested in the contest so I know who will be participating.
-Entries can be submitted at any time before the deadline.
-No NSFW/Fetish stuff. Anything else is acceptable.
-For the winner, I will send a private note to discuss the details of how the prize should be given out.
-For the runners up, please don't take it personally if your entry doesn't get picked 1st. I'm thankful for any art made of my work, and will be featured anyway in the journal at the end of the contest.

If you have any other questions regarding the contest, please let me know and we can discuss further. Until then, have fun!

Entrants so far:
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Hello dear readers. I'd like to give you a quick update of what I've been up to and what I plan to do in the future with this fanfiction.

In the last entry, I announced my plans for the summer holidays to find a part time job as well as student accommodation for next year. Since then, I've managed to find work in a convenience store, which hasn't worked out too badly so far as the hours are agreeable (20hrs a week) and the workplace environment is relaxed. I kept my expectations low and I wasn't disappointed, as it's just doing menial tasks around the store (doing the tills, managing the stock in the backroom, putting away deliveries), but it's given me confidence in my social skills as well as something else to do throughout the week.

On the flipside, since it's only been my 2nd week there, I've found it hard to switch off afterwards, which has affected my creative output as I often don't have a lot of energy after a 6-8 hour shift to do much else. This is only a matter of adjusting, so once I get used to everything, I will be able to keep a schedule on both. That, and I've signed up to do something for July that will be pivotal in writing the next arc to The Curious and the Shiny, but I'll get into that later.

I've also found a place to stay close to Uni at the start of next term and have almost secured it, so I've done most of what I set out to do last month.

Why am I mentioning July in particular, you may ask? During that month, I'll attempt to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, an offshoot of NaNoWriMo which allows you to set your own goals for your word count and also sets you up in a 'cabin', like a virtual writer's retreat where you interact with other people to share ideas and do certain assignments. With this, I plan to write the next 30,000 words of The Curious and the Shiny, which will require me to write almost 1,000 words a day, which is a bit of an undertaking. I also understand that anything can go wrong during that time, but still, I want it to be my main priority over the course of July outside of work, so I intend to write as much as possible. With 30,000 words, I would be able to complete The Island Arc as well as start The Limbo Arc, which is where the GeL plot would start.

I haven't got much to report outside of that, so thank you for reading and in lieu of a proper ending paragraph, here's some bonus art of a few sketches, some of which are part of a work in progress. I want to do a line up of Curio and her family, and so far, I've done Curio in her Riolu form (before GeL) and her timid younger brother Stumpy.

Curio (Lucario) Sketches 4 by StarlightCrux  Image by StarlightCrux  Untitled by StarlightCrux

Activity


I'm currently going through my newly written chapters with a fine toothed comb. Hooray for editing.
Finally wrapped up The Island Arc and concluded Curio's story about her family. Now I've started The Limbo Arc where we starting seeing the insides of GeL.
Wrote another 3k today! I'm finally starting to wrap up Curio's story about her family!
I've now reached half of my Camp NaNoWriMo goal! (15970/30k words) I've enjoyed writing The Island Arc so far but I'm thinking there's a lot that needs to be left on the cutting room floor in the edit. I want to find beta readers to help guide the story in the right direction, and it would be a pleasure if I could get readers who enjoyed my previous chapters to look at these new chapters.
Probably the biggest piece I've done so far character-wise (you might recognise some of these faces). Now onto the colouring. Yay.

Untitled Artwork by StarlightCrux
I went to see Bjork perform at the Eden Project last night and it was amazing. From the sets to Bjork's stage presence to the flute arrangements of classic songs of hers. I think I can die happily now I've seen one of my musical heroes play live.

On a side note, I'm absolutely knackered. Getting to there in the first place took multiple transfers by train and bus, and after the concert, my taxi ended up being 50 minutes late, which took a toll on my sleep since I had to get back early for morning today. Oh well.
I've finished most of chapter 11, which involves a Lucario getting drunk. As stupid as it sounds, I swear to god this makes sense in context.
Farting around a bit with Procreate now I’ve got an iPad. Plus some early previews of what Curio’s Mom and Dad look like (to be named).

Curio2 by StarlightCrux
Since I have CORE now, I've changed all the existing chapters of The Curious and the Shiny so that you're allowed to critique them.

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