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Posting this from my phone but it isn't ideal for DW, or commenting on fics.

I'm going on holiday at the end of the week anyway so will be dropping off the radar for a bit, until I'm back home and can fix my computer. In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe and well in this crazy weather, and may the muses be kind!
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 Dear Creator,

 Hi! 

I'm so excited we're a match; I love the concept of this exchange, and I can't wait to see what you come up with. Worldbuilding is a huge geeky obsession of mine, so I'm sure I'll love whatever you're inspired to make. 

General Stuff 

Given the focus of this exchange, I'm not going to go into a massive list of things I love to see in shippy or smutty fanworks (although I'm open to receiving it unless there's a fandom-specific DNW in my signup that says otherwise. If you do want inspiration in that direction, I put some ideas in my Innumerable Stars letter last year). 

I'm very monofandom so have basically requested all the flavours of Tolkien that were available in the tag set – within that, I'm very easy to please, and I enjoy all kinds of fanwork content. Basically, if it's not in my DNWs, I will undoubtedly love it! 

If you would like more ideas, here are some general things I love that seem vaguely relevant to this exchange, but as always, if you're inspired to do something different then please ignore all of this and follow your heart; I don't want this to be stressful, life's tricky enough without making fandom hard too. (And feel free to take fic prompts and turn them into art, make fic out of the meta prompts, create illustrated meta, swap things around and blur the boundaries wherever you like.)

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 Happy to answer these on here as well, just ask me in the comments - original question list included below the cut.  (I've already answered 11 and 12, and will cross post my answers to 30 and 32 in due course.)
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Another three-in-one post.

This is actually a set of fandom goals for Day 13, but they cover challenges and writing process, so I'm going to count them for Days 11 and 12 as well.

Cut for length.

 

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 Day 2 - Rec At Least 3 Fanworks You Didn't Create

I've seen lots of recs for fics in response to this challenge (and found some wonderful new things to read! :D ) so I've decided to go for an art theme:

JRR Tolkien and Bilbo Baggins, by bunn.

A beautiful painting of the two of them in Oxford.  I can smell the wet stone and feel the night air on my face just from looking at it.

Miriel Weaving, by Alystraea.

Every time I look at this gorgeous piece, I spot a new detail.

In Which Beruthiel's Cats Explore Middle-earth, by Lynndyre.

Adorable sketches of kitties causing chaos.  Never fails to make me smile.

Day 5 - Promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them

Faerie.  

Faerie is my fandom home.  I was never comfortable on ff.net; I used lotrfanfiction.com when that was still around, but after that site went out with a whimper, most of my favourite writers reconvened over at Faerie.  It's fan-owned and run, it's super-friendly and supportive, and the shout box function makes it feel like a cosy, Tolkien-themed coffee shop.

Innumerable Stars

Innumerable Stars is a Tolkien fandom gift exchange for all works by Tolkien or associated with Middle-earth.  I participated for the first time this year after not being very active in fandom at all for about five years, and had such a great experience.  It's very welcoming, very well-organised, and I love that it's open to fanworks based on Tolkien's non-ME writings as well as the games, films etc. associated with Middle-earth.  The minimum requirements aren't scary (500 words for fic) so even if I'm time poor, I'll definitely be participating again this year.

One Sentence Only

A multi-fandom, prompt-based community; members create one sentence stories in response to prompt tables.  Again, this is great for me and anyone else with a demanding, unpredictable schedule.  If I'm working late in a hotel in the middle of nowhere, I can take a few minutes before bed to respond to one of the prompts, and go to sleep feeling like I've achieved something.

Day 8 - Post self-recs for at least 3 fanworks you created


This doesn't come naturally to me at all; every time I get asked to do something like this, I can hear my Grandma's voice in my head telling me not to show off!

I've gone for short-ish pieces that stand alone and don't require knowledge of any of my other stories.

Nocturne.  A chance encounter by moonlight takes an unwary student by surprise.

Gen.  Maglor; original female character.  1,226 words.  Rated T for one use of mild language (I could probably have got away with G).

I picked this one because I loved writing the setting and the music visualisations, and it because it shows a more mysterious, powerful, otherworldly side to my modern Maglor.  

Because My Land Is Fair.  An adventure on the North Moors goes awry for two young hobbits. Luckily, help is at hand...

Gen.  Fimbrethil; original Entwife characters; original Hobbit characters; Tom Bombadil.  8,653 words.  Rated G.

I wrote this for the Tolkien Reverse Summer Bang 2018 to go with bunn's gorgeous artwork (which is embedded in the fic). Essentially, it's Hobbit children meeting Entwives, with a dash of Puck of Pook's Hill thrown in for good measure.  Not quite as fluffy as it sounds.

Comfort and Joy.  It's the festive season in Gondolin, and Voronwë finds himself intrigued by the Captain of the Guard of the Secret Way.

M/M.  Elemmakil/Voronwë.  2,354 words.  Rated M for sexual content.

Written for Sultry in September 2018.  I'd never considered this pairing before I got my prompt, but I loved writing them together and will probably tell more of their story in future.  


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 Day 6

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post. 


I feel guilty doing this before I've done the rec challenges...I will get to them!  

1) I am currently writing a story about Maglor in modern times, set in St Andrews, Scotland.  I can't draw and my digital manipulation skills are non-existent, but I would love a picture of him somewhere in the town.  Maybe out on the pier, or on West Sands, or wandering through the cathedral ruins.

2) Icons, especially Tolkien-themed!  I am shockingly lazy about making/finding my own (see Innumerable Stars letter and under cut for favourite characters).

3) Anything from my Innumerable Stars letter, or featuring any of my other favourite characters from Tolkien's legendarium.  

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I will come back to Day 2 tomorrow :)

Day 3

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

For me, it's 'The Shadow of the Past', the second chapter from The Fellowship of the Ring.

I first fell in love with Middle-earth via the Bakshi cartoon.  I was tiny - not even at school.  My uncle used to babysit for me on a Saturday night so my parents could have some peace, and one night he brought it with him.  I adored it; never mind The Lion King, my heart belonged to the Hobbits and Elves of Tolkien long before most of the Disney Renaissance films had left their cultural stamp on my generation.

When I was finally given a copy of the book (I was seven, maybe eight?) I read through 'Concerning Hobbits' and was honestly bored - but I was a patient kid, and I knew what was coming.  I giggled my way through 'A Long-Expected Party'; as I recall, the Bakshi film doesn't spend long on it, or else it didn't really stick in my memory.  But with 'The Shadow of the Past', I was sucked right into the story I recognised and loved - the folly and tragedy of the Second Age, the threat of Mordor creeping into the cosy, homely Shire, the promise of magic and adventure and the inevitable sorrow and loss to come.  Honestly, I still find it hard to put into words, but that is still my go-to passage whenever I need a Tolkien fix.
 



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Day 1: My Happy Place

It will surprise exactly no-one who knows me to read this, but my happy place is St Andrews, Scotland.  I spent four years there as an undergraduate.  I loved the town, I love the friends I made there, and I loved being surrounded by history and the sea.  (Celebs popping up for the golf on occasion were an added entertaining bonus.)  I adored spending cool summer afternoons at the beach or lazing in the cathedral grounds, book in hand - and that was also the period in my life when I first got really into fandom.  I shyly posted a couple of one-shots at the erstwhile lotrfanfiction.com, got some good feedback, started chatting to people, and the rest is history.

I work in Manchester now, and live in Clitheroe, neither of which are very much like St Andrews at all - but I married someone I met there (we actually met in the Students' Union on the first night, although it took us eighteen months to get our act together romantically), and we had our wedding ceremony in the university chapel.  Some of our friends have done the same thing.  In non-wedding years, we try to get up there for a long weekend if we possibly can, to walk the streets and see what's changed - and revisit what hasn't and (hopefully) never will.  Dolphin-watching from the end of the pier.  Sunset on West Sands.   If we're very lucky, the Northern Lights over the Eden Estuary.

I'd love to move back one day, but until my firm decide there's a role for me in our Edinburgh office, I'm happy enough where I am and lucky to have had such a wonderful place to call home for four years.


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Wishing all the best for all of you. 

22nd Dec

Dec. 22nd, 2018 07:15 pm
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Taking a quick breather from the festivities (and procrastinating on editing exchange fics) to cross-post some old responses to ask memes on Tumblr.

Writer's Ask Meme )

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday period and finding the time to relax.

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Hi to everyone who has migrated over from Tumblr! I have been sporadic at best with my posting on here but plan to use it more in future :)
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Over the last few weeks I've accumulated a bunch of snippets that I'm not planning to post separately on Faerie, SWG or AO3 - either because they're just too small, or because at some point I plan to expand them, or work them into a longer fic. For now I'm popping them on here so I've got them all grouped together; I'll do something with them eventually!

Expect appearances from the usual suspects - mostly Noldor, plus various OCs (including the Paradox crew) and a few other guest stars. Content ranges from festive fluff to mild horror/gore. Nothing NSFW. Nothing more than 500 words, most significantly less.

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Dear creator,

Hi!  Thank you for creating a gift for me; I'm very happy we're a match, and I can't wait to see/read about your version of the character(s) we have in common.

I am very easy to please in terms of content, rating and style. Portraits, comics, mood boards, fluff, gen, angst, smut, vignettes, darkfic, horror – it's all good.

I've chosen these characters because I love them, am fascinated by them, want to see more of them, or some combination of the three. I've written brief prompts for most characters and groups on my list, but I'm very open to your ideas and I'm always excited to see other people's interpretations. Don't feel bound to my thoughts; those are only intended as starting points, and as long as my DNWs are avoided, I will love whatever you come up with.


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As some of you know, there was a lot of discussion after B2MeM about other fandom events it would be nice to have happening in the Tolkien community.

One of the events mentioned was a reverse Big Bang, where artists produce artwork, authors claim the art they like best and write a long-ish short story based on it. Well, [personal profile] raiyana has been hard at work setting up an event for this summer - officially I am her co-mod, but I will be completely honest and say that so far she has done all the difficult stuff (sorry, Raiy; work has been crazy).

We have a Dreamwidth community here and a Tumblr blog here - if you'd like to come and join us, we'd love to have you on board! Please spread the word to your fellow Tolkien lovers too.
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This is in response to the gift prompt posted on the LLA Tumblr account for on 11th April – a little late as I have been/am still working on other things, but there's still plenty of April left.

Reply to this with a female Tolkien character and a prompt, and I'll write you a ficlet (300 words or fewer).

Happy to write named canon characters from any Age, “textual ghosts” (term coined by Dwimordene – see here), characters whose gender isn't confirmed in canon, and original characters (yours, mine, or a brand new OC - just give me a race and any key details and I'll go from there).

Prompts can be anything you like (a picture, a quote, an object, a place, a colour, a mood, a piece of music...).

Shamelessly nicked from Elleth/Vefanyar – I saw the idea on Tumblr and couldn't resist.
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B2MeM Prompt and Category: Prompt No. 20, Nocturne (Initial Prompts)
Format: Short Story
Genre: Vignette
Rating: PG
Warnings: Mild language
Characters: Maglor, OFC
Pairings: N/A
Creator’s Notes (optional): Nocturne: a night-piece, music that evokes a nocturnal mood
Summary: A chance encounter by moonlight takes an unwary student by surprise.

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Will post to the community and tag up properly tonight.
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This morning I finished drafting my first B2MeM snippet - it's rough around the edges, but overall I'm happy with it. 

Those prompts are an absolute gift to the muses...
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