A Challenge

Apr. 8th, 2017 10:12 pm
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I enjoyed [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland's challenge, so I am issuing one myself.

In the spirit of Linda's original challenge, this story should feature an animal companion of one sort or another, and include these six words:


I don't have a banner to offer, but I hope that some of you will rise to the challenge!
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Linda Hoyland issued a challenge: http://lindahoyland.livejournal.com/851464.html?style=mine#comments

So here is my response!

Reubens challenge


It was a pleasant late afternoon, the rock wall on which Strawberry lay was warm and she was stretched out to her full length basking in the early summer sun. She was beginning to feel the least bit hungry, but not hungry enough to move from her prime spot.

"Good evening, Strawberry. You look like a very contented cat. Can you bear my company?" She opened her eyes to see her person standing beside her. He placed a soft hand on her head and she butted it firmly, letting him know she welcomed his attentions. He began to stroke her, and she purred loudly. He gave her a smile and she looked into his eyes and blinked slowly to show her affection. He boosted himself atop the wall, and she stirred herself to allow him to hold her.

Climbing onto his thighs, she kneaded them thoroughly, and then lay atop one of his arms--the one with a missing claw on its paw. With his other one he began to pet her again. Together they watched the sunset, until the stars appeared and light shone through the window behind them.

They were content, enjoying one another's company, until they heard footsteps coming. It was one of her other persons. "Mr. Frodo, it's getting late! Rosie's putting supper on the table." He glanced at Strawberry, and gave her a pat. His hand was not as soft but it was pleasantly warm.

Strawberry sat up at the interruption, and licked her paw twice, and then jumped down and ran off. She really was quite hungry now, and if her people were going in to supper, then there was likely a dish of cream by the kitchen door.

This was fun! I may issue my own challenge! And I hope some of you other cat persons will take her up her challenge too!
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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?
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I'd like to thank several friends for encouraging me to post this on LJ. I also have it posted at ffn and AO3.

This is my first (and likely my only) Harry Potter story. It has been percolating for quite a few years, and since no one was interested in taking on my persistent plot bunny, I finally gave in and wrote it myself. There is no Harry Potter in this Harry Potter story. It is very much about Arthur Weasley, his worries, his job, and his ability to cope.

Summary: The summer before Ron's first term at Hogwarts, Arthur Weasley finds himself at the center of a criminal plot.
Word Count: Slightly over 8,700 words, including Author's Notes.
Beta: Dale, of the snorkack Yahoo group. I'd also like to thank the group for research help, [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland for Brit-picking, and my husband for being a sounding board.
Rating: mild PG, for spells used in kidnapping

The Temptation of Arthur Weasley
Read more... )

Hmm...that's my only HP icon.
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Today I posted my very first Harry Potter story. It's a little bunny I've been resisting for a long time, and finally I realized the only way out was to write it.

It's about Arthur Weasley, and is sort of an adventure story and sort of a character study. It takes place before Ron, Harry and the others go to Hogwarts.

The Temptation of Arthur Weasley
The summer before Ron's first term at Hogwarts, Arthur Weasley finds himself at the center of a criminal plot.

I also wanted to post it at AO3, but for some strange reason, no matter which way I tried to paste it, it stripped out all the line breaks. I tried both Rich Text and HTML. I tried to copy it directly from my file; I tried to copy it from the doc file at FFN; I even made a private post here at LJ, and copied that, both trying the HTML version and the Visual Editor. The only thing I did NOT try was typing it in directly! No matter what I did, I just ended up with a giant text wall of doom. Any other AO3-ers have any idea of what's up?

And speaking of LJ posts, would anyone rather read it here? I'd definitely put it behind a cut, as it's rather a lengthy one-shot.

All the other places I post are Tolkien-only.
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It's been a long time since I made a post. I am determined to start posting more often, and am going to try to make a post every day this month.

However here it is almost bedtime, and I had yet to post. So have a pic of Miss Belladonna Took on our front porch.

Bella 1

Also, finally finished and posted my [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community fic, Nothing So Mortifying, in which Frodo helps Merry through a difficult time. It's a day late, but at least it's done!

I hope to be a little more informative tomorrow!

New story

Feb. 22nd, 2015 03:46 pm
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I just posted a new story at SoA. It's a tribute to Fiondil, and it features one of his OCs in the "Elf Academy" series and Legolas: Gabriella's Story
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I got this warning through [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants. Apparently a website has cropped up that is trawling through LJ, looking for anything tagged fanfic, and then reposting it WITHOUT PERMISSION.

Here is a link: http://www.donotlink.com/framed?561309

The link diverts you from the original. It takes you to a separate page that will not show up on search engines, in order to defeat the thief's purpose of attracting search engines. (The site is full of advertising.) But as you can see, a lot of people have been complaining.

I don't know if any of my friends may have been victimized, but there's a Complaint Page, which you can go to and make him take your stuff down.

I don't have time right now to see if he's lifted any of my stories, but I will be checking as soon as I can.

(And I'm using my fanfic tag so if he steals this entry he won't be getting any real fanfic, LOL!)
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This time it's a writing meme, taken from several people on my flist.

Pick a letter and I will tell you about it. Then do it yourself if you like! Read more... )
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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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I wrote a new installment of my series "A Mother's Work" this year, but did not get to post it yesterday, so here's a belated Mother's Day story!

Rating: G
Summary: Even in Gondor, a mother's work is never done.

A Mother's Work: Rose
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Pick any passage of up to 500 words or less from any fanfic I’ve written, and stick that selection in a comment. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place.

(Like Marta, I will be flexible with the word limit.)

While I've got fic posted in several places (Many Paths to Tread, ff.n, and even a few at AO3), this is where ALL of it lives: My Author page at Stories of Arda"
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A library in OKC is sponsoring a Fanfiction Contest Unlike most such contests, there's no age limit, and the only restrictions seem to be entry length (2500 words or less) and the ability to show up in person on the day the winners are announced. OKC is a little bit of a drive, but certainly close enough for me to be there if I can get a Saturday off.

I've culled through my stories for ones of appropriate length. I tried to avoid stories that relied too much on OCs or minor canon characters, or too heavily on my own special universe. I've included one poem and one drabble set, the rest are fics. So now I need some help narrowing these down to the one I'd like to enter.

[Poll #1895961]

ETA: There is one other rule: it must feature a canon character.
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Now that I've tended to everyone else's wins, I can turn to my own, and show off my spiffy banners made by Ellyn and Nath!

Behind the cut: Read more... )
dreamflower: (Bilbo writing)
Guess what? My muse is not content with my juggling four WIPs, it has decided to add a fifth one, and a very ambitious one at that, into the mix!

I am tackling a "biography" of Bilbo!

For one-hundred-and-eleven years, Bilbo Baggins dwelt in Bag End, in Hobbiton of the Shire, save for a brief journey into the Wide World. This is his story.

Eleventy-one Years: Too Short a Time, Book One, The First Fifty Years at Many Paths to Tread
Eleventy-one Years: Too Short a Time, Book One, The First Fifty Years at Stories of Arda

I hope that I will be able to keep up with all of it. I am several chapters ahead on "Ancestress" now, a couple of chapters ahead on "In the Court of the High King" and "Cado's Year", and I had three ready of this one before I started. "The Prisoner and the Hobbit" of course, will await the pleasure of [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213's Dark Muse.
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I am so excited!

Remember a few months ago, I began collecting links to fanfics about The Hobbit?

Well, I now have a website: Off Into the Blue for Mad Adventures!

There are links to every fanfic for TH posted before the end of 2011 that I could find, from as many sources as I could collect! Please check it out and let me know what you think!

I haven't even read a lot of these stories myself, and am looking forward to browsing through them!
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I need a title for a person in a story I am working on, a crossover set in the late 1940s. I need a British character to have a minor title; it needs to be something sort of ancient and that would draw respect, but also not to be so high up that the person would get a lot of attention-- he'd be able to mostly maintain a low profile outside his home community, so I don't want him to be a Duke or anything like that.

So what kind of title would be suitable, and what would be the correct form of address for it? It does not actually need to be attached to a real place, as I will be inventing that.


May. 20th, 2012 08:22 am
dreamflower: (Boromir by piplover)
I recently posted a Yule exchange fic that I did as a late pinch-hit for Linaewen. She had requested a story about one of Boromir's adventures on the way to Imladris...

A Horse is a Horse Of Course


May. 13th, 2012 10:41 am
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Fixing to head off to church, but before I go, here's a question: I KNOW that somewhere in FotR, Boromir explains what happened to his horse on the way to Rivendell, but for some reason I simply can NOT find the passage this morning. Can someone point me to it?

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