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If you are here, mostly I use this Dreamwidth Journal for posting and linking my fanfics, as well as for occasional personal posts and photos, and as a back-up for my LiveJournal. You will find that most of my posts, though, concern the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and tend to be very hobbit-centric.

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Who's hanging out here today?
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From [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland:

Greed: Very Low
Gluttony: Low
Wrath: Very Low
Sloth: Medium
Envy: Very Low
Lust: Very Low
Pride: Very Low


Take the http://www.4degreez.com/misc/seven_deadly_sins.html" target="_top">Seven Deadly Sins</a> Quiz
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I've entered one of my WIPs in the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang and they need a few more artists if they can get them.

The following fandoms are left:Read more... )

Mine is in The Hobbit fandom (natch!) If anyone artistic is interested, artist sign up is here.
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To all my friends who celebrate, a joyous and blessed Easter Day! And to everyone, I hope this day is a happy one!

Lent

Apr. 18th, 2014 09:15 pm
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This seemed very appropriate for Good Friday:

Lent

Apr. 17th, 2014 09:30 pm
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Tonight, something a little different:

Here is a recipe for Paska--A Traditional Easter Bread

I very well may give this a try!

Lent

Apr. 16th, 2014 06:59 pm
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The Legend of the Sand Dollar:
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Lent

Apr. 15th, 2014 10:04 pm
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This is hauntingly beautiful:



The words are more Christmas than Lent, but it's just so lovely I had to share.

Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold)
Text by Edward Esch
Translated to Latin by Charles Anthony Silvestri

Light,
warm and heavy as pure gold
and angels sing softly
to the new-born babe.
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Taken from several people on my flist:

Name five ‘non-sexual kinks’ you have as a reader/writer: that is, five writing techniques, themes, settings, or character types that really draw you into a story. (If they are different for you as a reader than as a writer, please name both!)

1. I will call this one "turnabout". In every fandom there seems to be a character who gets the lion's share of attention (especially in hurt/comfort). In hobbit-fic, this character is almost always Frodo. I'm a sucker for fics in which that's turned around, and Frodo gets the chance to take care of someone for a change. And in any fandom, I enjoy it when the designated "caregiver" character gets the chance to be the "care-receiver" for once.

2. "Fluff with a bite". Drabbles are really good for this, but I've seen it in longer stories as well: sweet, light, inconsequential domesticity, with a sentence or two dropped in near the end to remind the reader that this won't last--something's happened/will happen to break your heart and spoil it all.

3. Opposite of the above: "Angst plus fluff", in which a sad, seemingly desperate situation is ameliorated by happy moments that remind the reader "this too will pass, and hope will endure as long as love does."

4. One theme I love is the triumph of compassion, in which things like mercy and forgiveness win the day; or in which the lack of these qualities cause the downfall of the villain(s). I suppose that is why LotR remains forever at the top of my favorite stories.

5. Friendship. Deep and loyal friendships that motivate the characters to help and to care for one another. I really love to read (and write) about how these friendships were formed and cemented.

I like to write about all these things, and even more to read about them.

Lent

Apr. 14th, 2014 10:08 pm
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From A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor:

"My dear God, I am impressed with how much I have to be thankful for in a material sense; and in a spiritual sense I have the opportunity of being even more fortunate. But it seems apparent to me that I am not translating this opportunity into fact. You say, dear God, to ask for grace and it will be given. I ask for it. I realize that there is more to it than that--that I have to believe I want it. 'Not those who say Lord, Lord, but those who do the Will of My Father.' Please help me to know the will of my Father--not a scrupulous nervousness nor yet a lax presumption, but a clear, reasonable knowledge; and after this give me a strong Will to be able to bend it to the Will of the Father."

Lent

Apr. 13th, 2014 09:12 pm
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When I went looking for something to share for Palm Sunday, I came across this:

The Legend of the Donkey's Cross

Lent

Apr. 12th, 2014 09:39 pm
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Soweto Gospel Choir: their music never fails to make me feel uplifted.

Lent

Apr. 11th, 2014 09:09 pm
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St-Francis-Canticle

The Canticle of the Sun

by Francis of Assisi

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing. To you, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens you have made them, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather, through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy those who endure in peace, for by you, Most High, they will be crowned.

Be praised, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whose embrace no living person can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those she finds doing your most holy will. The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks, and serve him with great humility.

(translated by Bill Barrett from the Umbrian text of the Assisi codex.)

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Is 50 years old!

http://gma.yahoo.com/video/celebrating-50-years-small-world-152035342.html

This was actually yesterday. But goodness, it makes me smile and feel old at the same time. I think they call that "nostalgia".

And now it will be stuck in my head all day. *grin* I've had worse songs stuck there.

Lent

Apr. 9th, 2014 09:40 pm
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This one seems appropriate for today. It's a favorite of mine:

Lent

Apr. 8th, 2014 08:26 pm
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I found this very cheering!

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Here are the lads in their home on top of my desk, left to right, Sam, Frodo, Merry and Pippin.

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More details and pics of them individually can be found here at [livejournal.com profile] lotr_crafts!

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