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Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 Banner I Completed My Path

March is over and so is this year's Back to Middle-earth Month. This year's theme was a gameboard, with several paths to the center in order to "win" the game; I chose the Purple Path, and managed to complete it. Below is a round-up of my entries. Most are fanfic, but there is some non-fic, one artwork, and a recs list thrown in, as well as my "Act of Kindness", in which I offered to answer questions for people.

Full Moon The Man-in-the-Moon visits an old friend at a Merry Old Inn in Bree, while his doggy friends worry at home. (A Roverandom/LotR crossover, with a hint of Silm thrown in.)
The Rise and Fall of a Tyrant Lotho Sackville-Baggins was destined to grow up to rule the Shire...for a while. (A twelve drabble set)
The Advantages of Insomnia Bilbo spends a sleepless night in literary endeavor.
Concerning the Shire, Part One Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine. (Part 1/?)
Concerning the Shire, Part Two: Education Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine. (Part 2/? It will be continued.)
"Ungoliant and the Two Trees" Ungoliant attacks Laurelin and Telperion. (Art, mixed media)
Beyond the Dreams of Avarice "Bilbo went to sleep with that [song] in his ears, and it gave him very uncomfortable dreams. It was long after the break of day, when he woke up."-The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"- A drabble.
A Night By the High Hay Merry and Pippin take their sons on a camping expedition, and have an encounter.
Oldies But Goodies Rec list. These are works from authors who are either no longer in the fandom, or no longer write in the fandom very often.
Good husbandmen must moile & toile... Sam discovers much of the Gaffer's folk wisdom actually comes from a very old book.
Fruit and Flower Of the Sun and the Moon, in fifty-five words. (A dribble)
She Who Watches Adamanta knows that her time with her great-grandchildren will come to an end one day, and she must make the most of her time.
Rainy Day at Bag End Young Merry and Pippin are visiting Bag End, and face a dark and stormy morning.
Day After Day a Good Day Each part of the day has its own special blessings. (A four drabble set)
How May I Help You? I'll answer any question I can that will be helpful to the questioner in regards to the fandom. (This offer remains open even after B2MEM is over.)
The Perils of Perfection An essay on getting past the idea that your fanwork has to be "perfect."

Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 Banner I Completed My Path

I also found time to write and post a story for the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community March Challenge, which was h/c with a particular herb assigned as the prompt.


Now I hope to find time to look at all the [livejournal.com profile] b2mem entries I didn't have time for during the month.

But first I have to get some seedlings out in the garden this afternoon, plus write up the minutes for the Friends of the Library, to which I somehow ended up as secretary. Also need to find today's Lent post and go to Knitting Circle this evening.

I hope everyone's having as pretty a day as we are!
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[livejournal.com profile] wneleh over at [livejournal.com profile] fanthropology pointed me to this article: Steps to Achieve Fanfiction Fame by Marisha Aziz. The article was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, advising aspiring fanfiction writers to choose the most popular fandoms, find a well-loved 'ship, and use popular tropes in the hopes of becoming famous, and maybe even rich.

I decided to be a little more practical in my comment to the article, and point the way to become well-known within the your fandom. It's a rather "tortoise v. hare" approach, but it has served me well. Here was my reply:

Or there is the longer and more certain road to fanfiction success (and it will never lead to money or mundane fame). But it will slowly and surely gather you loyal readers and recommendations, and is less likely to embroil you in flamefests and 'shipping wars.

Step 1: Choose your fandom based on your own love for it and for the characters and source material. Study the canon closely and learn all the facts you can, even if you prefer to write Alternate Universe. After all, you need to know what you are changing and why.
Step 2: Read a lot of really good fanfiction to see what genre appeals the most to you. Choose something to specialize in, but remember you might want to occasionally branch out.
Step 3: Get an idea, find a gap that needs filling, or try to figure out what might have happened on the path not taken in canon.
Step 4: Write a story. Do your best. Make good use of spellcheck and grammar check. Edit the heck out of it to find errors the autocorrects will not. Find an experienced author you respect if they have the time and inclination to beta it. Follow her/his advice. Edit the story again.
Step 5: Choose an archive to post your story, maybe more than one. Make sure to write a decent summary about the story. Do NOT put "I suck at summaries." Read and review the stories of other authors. Do NOT ask them to read and review your own. That is rude.
Step 6: Update your story fairly regularly, and post any one-shots you write promptly. This will keep you on the front page.
Step 7: Reply to reviews and thank the reviewers, even the ones who only post a smiley face or say "good story rite mor". Ignore trolls. Thank those who offer con-crit, even if you do not intend to follow their advice, assume they mean well.
Step 8: Engage in forums and discussions about your fandom. Be polite but firm in stating your opinions.
Step 9. Expand your audience by finding more places to post.
Step 10: Repeat Steps 1-9. After a few months, you will have a lot of new friends and some will become old friends after a while. After a few years, you will find that more than a few people know who you are. You will gather kudos and likes and comments and reviews and recommendations, and people will seek you out for advice.

However, you are unlikely to get asked to erase the serial numbers on your story for mainstream publication, and if you go this route, you probably won't want to.


What advice would you give along these lines?

Yesterday!

Dec. 13th, 2014 09:04 am
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December 12, 2014

4:45 AM--Woke up with a cramp in my left foot. OWW! Couldn't really get back to sleep, so plotted some fic in my head.

6AM--Got up, fed cat, packed the DH's lunch and made breakfast (leftover pork chops, eggs and cranberry bread). Saw the DH off to work, got dressed and watched "Good Morning, America", and read the latest chapter of a friend's WIP fanfic.

10AM--Clocked in at work. I was with two co-workers.Read more... )
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I signed up for Fandom Stocking over at DW.

My entry is HERE if anyone is interested. There are still a couple of days left to sign up! I noticed a couple of my frends there already.
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In spite of having to work yesterday, I've had a rather nice weekend. Yesterday the DH and the DS got our dryer into the house, into the utility room! The dryer had been out in the garage, unuseable. When the delivery man had told us it wouldn't FIT in there, we went with our contingency plan of putting it into the garage--but then found that putting the proper outlet in there would be cost prohibitive. Finally with a tape measure we found that if we were careful it would fit--there was barely 1 1/2" leeway, and the washer faces in one direction and the dryer in the other, and the dryer is a little crooked due to the vent hook-up. But now, months after we bought it, we are finally able to dry our clothes in it!

Today after church the DH and I went in to Stillwater to have lunch at Red Lobster and to go to the library. Lunch was very nice; he had a platter with lobster, shrimp and crab, and I had rainbow trout with lemon garlic butter sauce; we also shared a dessert. We are both still full, and not in the least interested in supper!

My boss called and asked me to come in two hours early tomorrow. I said yes, since she's in a bind otherwise. But I am on the schedule way more days than I want to be. My usual shift is a chunk right out of the middle of the day, and it makes it really hard to do anything creative (like writing). Still, I'm hoping that it will ease up and I can go back to a slightly longer shift and fewer days. They've made some new hires--I just hope they stick, because we really need more people in the market part of the store.

This was an interesting article. I'm not sure that I agree with their "nine fandom personality profiles" or that they really understand fandom, but still interesting. How long before someone turns this into a quiz, do you suppose?
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My friend [livejournal.com profile] dawn_felagund (who is co-mod with me on Many Paths to Tread, and is also a mod of The Silmarillion Writer's Guild) is going to be a presenting a paper at Mythmoot.

She's planning to do it on why people write fanfic specifically for Tolkien, and she is trying to get as much information as possible on that, and on whether you think the Tolkien fandom is different than most other fandoms.

Here is the link to her post: Why Do You Write Tolkien Fanfic?

Dawn says she will welcome input from people who are not on her flist! I hope some of you will share your opinions with her on this subject!
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Haven't been around much because of various issues, one of which was computer trouble. I spent most of the afternoon letting a nice tech from Norton fiddle around with my HP, (so weird to watch the cursor doing all kinds of things without me) and now the pop-ups and strange links are gone, the speed is better, and I no longer have to hit a key 10 times just to type one letter!

But it took so long I didn't get to do any of the writing I wanted to, and I have to work tomorrow, so I hope I get my challenge fic for this month done. Tonight I take A. (my son's girlfriend's 14-yr-old daughter) to the library for knitting circle.

Something else awesome. The new issue of the OTW's online periodical, Transformative Works and Culture is up. There is an article about crafting in fandom which I was interviewed for, and some of my interview is in it here: Beyond Souvenirs: making fannish objects by hand. The article mostly consists of interviews, though the caption on a photo of one of my projects is slightly incorrect.

Anyway, if I'm not too pooped from work tomorrow, I hope to write!
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner


Day Two:

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so


Mark Watches and Mark Reads
This is a lot of fun; a guy who somehow managed to grow up without being spoiled for a lot of major popular culture, particularly various books, movies and TV shows that are big fandoms reads and watches them for the first time while blogging about his reactions. I first started in following his adventures a couple of years back when he did The Hobbit (book, not movie!). It's a blast to see his first reactions to things we who are familiar with a fandom take for granted.

Fandom in Stitches A comm that encourages fans to make fandom related quilts. I got about halfway through my quilt for "There and Back Again" before my printer went on the fritz and I couldn't print out more patterns. But I hope to finish it one day.

Organization for Transformative Works. If you are interested in the news of those who are trying to get more rights for fans, this is a great way to follow the work of the OTW, and to see what is happening in the world of copyright and trademark law as it pertains to fanworks.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner


Day Two:

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so


Mark Watches and Mark Reads
This is a lot of fun; a guy who somehow managed to grow up without being spoiled for a lot of major popular culture, particularly various books, movies and TV shows that are big fandoms reads and watches them for the first time while blogging about his reactions. I first started in following his adventures a couple of years back when he did The Hobbit (book, not movie!). It's a blast to see his first reactions to things we who are familiar with a fandom take for granted.

Fandom in Stitches A comm that encourages fans to make fandom related quilts. I got about halfway through my quilt for "There and Back Again" before my printer went on the fritz and I couldn't print out more patterns. But I hope to finish it one day.

Organization for Transformative Works. If you are interested in the news of those who are trying to get more rights for fans, this is a great way to follow the work of the OTW, and to see what is happening in the world of copyright and trademark law as it pertains to fanworks.
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I was interviewed by Dana Stirling, who is doing an article about fannish crafts!

She said it will be in an issue called "Material Culture" of the journal "Transformative Works and Cultures," which she believes scheduled for spring 2014. I'm one of five fans that she interviewed!

TWC is an online publication of the Organization for Transformative Works, which many of you may be familiar with.
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LJ Is Alive!
A Multifandom LiveJournal Friending Meme
Tumblr is great, but my fandom heart is in LJ.


My comment is here: http://asya-ana.livejournal.com/62625.html?thread=2426785#t2426785
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I just posted a little bit of silly at [livejournal.com profile] great_tales "Three Fandoms Walk into a Bar" challenge:

I've been working on a two-way crossover with two of these fandoms already. This story has nothing to do with that one, except that the worlds just seem to naturally mesh...

Title: At the Sign of the Poison Apple
Author: Dreamflower
Rating: G
Characters: Explained in the End Notes
Fandoms: Lord of the Rings, Shrek II, Once Upon a Time
Summary: There are hobbits who have adventures thrust upon them, and there are hobbits who go out looking for trouble adventure. Sometimes the latter find more than they could ever imagine.

At the Sign of The Poison Apple

So cool!

Jan. 3rd, 2013 07:28 pm
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I got the following email today:

Read more... )

Isn't that neat? I never had anyone translate my stories before!!! *grin* Hyperbole aside (because I know of a LOT of hobbit writers who are better than I am) it's really flattering!
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LJ being uncooperative is more than a little annoying right now!

I need to make a post about the new stories for the Yule Exchange. Can't. Because of LJ.

I need to find an old post to link to. On LJ.

And all of my friends seem to be MIA. So here I am over at DW. Do you suppose I will be able to import, or would that be affected by the troubles over at LJ?

This snowflake meme looks interesting. I might take that up!

In non-LJ news, I am waiting for the cable guy. Intermittent tiling on the TV; intermittent outages on my internet; and now intermittent outages on our landline. He's supposed to be here before 5. But I need to go into Stillwater--

because (good news) I have a new part-time job: teaching knitting and crocheting at JoAnns! But I need to get over there before they close to pick up and sign some paperwork so I can teach classes this weekend!

Other good news: I am listening to the cast recording of LOTR: The Musical.
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One silver lining from our current situation is that the DH has been available to come to church with me for a few weekends. Today we decided to go out to lunch after the service, and ended up at the local steakhouse.

As I was getting out of the car I heard a voice say: "Dreamflower?"

I immediately turned and responded (I always suspected I would answer to that name if anyone ever called me by it in person, and I was right, even though this was the first time it came up in RL, LOL!)

She recognized me by the decal on the back of my car ("The Road goes ever on and on..."). It was a lady I had met about three or four years back, at a social gathering put on by our (at the time) pastor's wife. We had clicked--she was a huge LotR fan--and I kind of turned her on to fanfic. She has actually left me a few reviews at SoA, but I've never seen her in person since then. We chatted for a few minutes in the parking lot, and she revealed that she is still following several of my stories (I did have another review from her about two months ago or so) as well as those of a couple of other SoA authors she mentioned. We spoke again as we were leaving the restaurant, and it made me grin so hard!

The service this morning was very nice...Read more... )

Anyway, I hope to get a bit of writing in this afternoon, and maybe we will start putting up our Hallowe'en decorations!
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One silver lining from our current situation is that the DH has been available to come to church with me for a few weekends. Today we decided to go out to lunch after the service, and ended up at the local steakhouse.

As I was getting out of the car I heard a voice say: "Dreamflower?"

I immediately turned and responded (I always suspected I would answer to that name if anyone ever called me by it in person, and I was right, even though this was the first time it came up in RL, LOL!)

She recognized me by the decal on the back of my car ("The Road goes ever on and on..."). It was a lady I had met about three or four years back, at a social gathering put on by our (at the time) pastor's wife. We had clicked--she was a huge LotR fan--and I kind of turned her on to fanfic. She has actually left me a few reviews at SoA, but I've never seen her in person since then. We chatted for a few minutes in the parking lot, and she revealed that she is still following several of my stories (I did have another review from her about two months ago or so) as well as those of a couple of other SoA authors she mentioned. We spoke again as we were leaving the restaurant, and it made me grin so hard!

The service this morning was very nice...Read more... )

Anyway, I hope to get a bit of writing in this afternoon, and maybe we will start putting up our Hallowe'en decorations!
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Yesterday's high: 113F
Today's predicted high: 113F
That's actual air temp, not heat index.
Remember this? It's even more applicable this year.

The only things left alive in my garden are some of my herbs and a few onions. But we had a pretty good harvest over the spring and summer! I have one more mess of okra left, and a couple of small eggplants.

I have a new keyboard and mouse! The DH needed to get our modem replaced, because our WiFi was not working for his laptop and phone. When he unhooked the modem, he got frustrated with all the wires and decided that it would help a little to have a wireless keyboard and mouse. I was surprised at how inexpensive they were-- and he didn't buy the cheapest one in the store either.

It's all hooked up now, and I am trying to get my fingers used to a larger keyboard and a more responsive mouse!

We may be going to OKC this afternoon-- he's got to go over on a business errand, and I don't know if I'm going with him or not.

Just a reminder to folks in the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community: If you have some stories you'd like to be eligible for the Tree and Flower awards, you have only today and tomorrow to get them uploaded. Only stories posted by Aug. 3 are eligible!
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Yesterday's high: 113F
Today's predicted high: 113F
That's actual air temp, not heat index.
Remember this? It's even more applicable this year.

The only things left alive in my garden are some of my herbs and a few onions. But we had a pretty good harvest over the spring and summer! I have one more mess of okra left, and a couple of small eggplants.

I have a new keyboard and mouse! The DH needed to get our modem replaced, because our WiFi was not working for his laptop and phone. When he unhooked the modem, he got frustrated with all the wires and decided that it would help a little to have a wireless keyboard and mouse. I was surprised at how inexpensive they were-- and he didn't buy the cheapest one in the store either.

It's all hooked up now, and I am trying to get my fingers used to a larger keyboard and a more responsive mouse!

We may be going to OKC this afternoon-- he's got to go over on a business errand, and I don't know if I'm going with him or not.

Just a reminder to folks in the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community: If you have some stories you'd like to be eligible for the Tree and Flower awards, you have only today and tomorrow to get them uploaded. Only stories posted by Aug. 3 are eligible!
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
Yesterday's high: 113F
Today's predicted high: 113F
That's actual air temp, not heat index.
Remember this? It's even more applicable this year.

The only things left alive in my garden are some of my herbs and a few onions. But we had a pretty good harvest over the spring and summer! I have one more mess of okra left, and a couple of small eggplants.

I have a new keyboard and mouse! The DH needed to get our modem replaced, because our WiFi was not working for his laptop and phone. When he unhooked the modem, he got frustrated with all the wires and decided that it would help a little to have a wireless keyboard and mouse. I was surprised at how inexpensive they were-- and he didn't buy the cheapest one in the store either.

It's all hooked up now, and I am trying to get my fingers used to a larger keyboard and a more responsive mouse!

We may be going to OKC this afternoon-- he's got to go over on a business errand, and I don't know if I'm going with him or not.

Just a reminder to folks in the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community: If you have some stories you'd like to be eligible for the Tree and Flower awards, you have only today and tomorrow to get them uploaded. Only stories posted by Aug. 3 are eligible!
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Here's that meme that practically everyone on my flist has done:

First TV show I had self-insertion fantasies about:
They were on around the same time, so I don't recall which was first, but I can remember making up shows about a "little sister" character for both "Bonanza" and "Hogan's Heroes". I suppose I was about ten at the time, and making those scenarios up was how I put myself to sleep at night.

First fandom in which I interacted (online and in person) with other fans:
My first and only online: LotR, and I guess, Tolkien in general. I started out at r.a.b.t./a.f.t. on usenet, and then discovered fanfic archives and LiveJournal.

However in my teens (back before the internet when the dinosaurs roamed), I was into The Monkees, and my small group of friends and I started our own chapter of their fan club. There were four of us and we were the only ones in it. I was president.

Pairing in the first slash fanfiction I read:
Merry/Pippin; very gennish-type mild slash, but written by my friend [livejournal.com profile] danae_b. I still don't read much slash, but I did enjoy her version of Merry/Pippin.

Pairing in the first fanfiction I wrote:
None. It was a story about Pippin's first few weeks at home after the Quest, and there weren't any real pairings in it, unless you count his parents. My second one did have just a tiny hint of Merry/Estella though.

First RPS/RPF I read:
I don't actually recall. I'm sure it was probably LotR-related, but I don't remember anything about it. I rarely read RPF unless it's something very short, like a drabble or vignette or a short humorous ficlet. The only RPF I've written myself was a little vignette about Dom appearing on the Ellen show.

There is one exception: I do like stories that feature J.R.R. Tolkien himself as a character, and as long as he is depicted fairly closely to being in-character (to what we know of him) it can be as long as it wants to.

First fanfiction I read that made me think, YES, this is exactly the kind of fanfiction I'd like to write.
The fanfiction that actually started me writing fanfic was by Lulleny: "The Prodigal Took". My first fanfic was actually a follow-up to her story, and when I emailed her to ask what I should do with it (because I didn't have a clue how one went about posting fanfic) she was kind enough to beta it for me and encourage me to archive it. I've also been greatly influenced by Baylor's "The Care and Feeding of Hobbits", and by stories by any number of my friends, including but not limited to, Shirebound, Budgielover, Lindelea, Larner, Grey Wonderer and a number of others.

First OTP:
Umm…I've never had OTPs. I'm not a 'shipper at heart, although there are a number of canon pairings I am quite fond of, and some fanon pairings I enjoy just as much (such as Dana's Moro Burrows/Celandine Brandybuck or SurgicalSteel's Halbarad/Serindë)there's no one particular one that I like to the exclusion of all else.

First RPS/RPF OTP: None. (see above)

First fannish friend I met in person:
The first one I met was [livejournal.com profile] marigoldg. I met her when she brought her mother to live in Mississippi. Shortly after that, I met [livejournal.com profile] coneygoil who lived in a nearby town. After we moved to Oklahoma, I traveled to Scotland for ScotMoot in 2007 and met a great many more people on my flist: [livejournal.com profile] ceshaughnessy, [livejournal.com profile] llinos, [livejournal.com profile] grey_wonderer, [livejournal.com profile] maniac1, [livejournal.com profile] pippinfan1, [livejournal.com profile] grav_ity, [livejournal.com profile] thebeecharmer, [livejournal.com profile] magicalrachel, [livejournal.com profile] angiet, Knitted Merry, Knitted Pippin and several other people who were not on LJ.

I got to meet [livejournal.com profile] danae_b when she flew up here and spent a week with me, and I have met [livejournal.com profile] the_arc5 several times when we have either met for lunch at Pop's on Highway 66 or she has come to visit me at the house.

But I really want to meet a lot more of my friends in person one day!

First character I formally roleplayed:
None.

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