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Music-related nitterings and junk under the cut )

Life is good; tiring, stressful, and frustrating, but good.

LJ DDoS

Jul. 27th, 2011 01:46 pm
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This is just a quick note to all my friends here on LJ that this is the first time in three days I've been able to get on. In case you're wondering why I'm not commenting, it's because the site has been timing out for me.

In fact, I'm not certain this will even post properly. If it does, at least you will understand why I've been nonexistent around here lately.
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In a review of one of my previous postings, someone once asked if we would ever see how or why Glorfindel chose to come back to Middle-earth after perishing in Gondolin.

In this quadrabble, written (of course) for Back to Middle-earth Month, I answered the question.

Decisions, Decisions )
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This is another bit from my Back To Middle-earth Month offerings, a tribble, submitted for Day #21: Mirkwood:

Poros Crossing )
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This year is going by altogether too fast. )
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This is belated, but no less heartfelt...


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Birthday shinies under the cut )

I hope your birthday celebrations were the finest ever, and the year to come full of promise and satisfaction.
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Not long ago, I ended up writing a crack!fic drabble as a gift for [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02. I should be shot for this...

With apologies to Monty Python:

Surprise! )

Torn

Jul. 9th, 2011 04:19 pm
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This week's story deals with yet another person sailing to Aman - this time, Glorfindel. This story also fits into my "IDD!verse" with a number of other stories and novels. For a complete table of contents of all the posted stories belonging to this story arc, click here.

I think one of these days, I'm gonna do one of those post-dated Table of Contents for all of the fan fiction I've posted here - and get all the stories related to I Dhaerlend Dadui's story arc gathered together in the order they need to be in. Another thing to add to my To-Do list.

And now, without further ado...

Torn )
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Life has been pretty good - mostly - on the Real Life™ front.

Miscellaneous yickety-yak under the cut )

And so, with everything, I think I'm sitting on the cusp of life taking a new and interesting turn. All in all, I'm happy with the idea of change too.
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Considering the recent silence from the fellow who kicked up a hornet's nest by purchasing the Lord of the Rings Fan Fiction Archive site on the sly (apparently the deal went through in April and it took until July for either the former owner or the new owner to come clean about it) I've not said much myself about the issue lately.

One of the really good things that happens when someone comes in an blunders about in a manner that makes all the LOTR fandom angry (very politely so, in this case) is that someone will write something so spectacular that it deserves rebroadcast. For me, this was when [livejournal.com profile] caras_galadhon wrote her A Love Letter to LOTR. In this letter, written from the perspective of a fandom insider, I found everything that I have ever felt or thought about fandom spelled out with passion and clarity.

However, comma...

One last vent under the cut )

I don't know whether to thank you or curse you, Keith Mander. I tend toward the latter, frankly...
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A few of us here participated in a Q&A community, started up by Lev Grossman, wherein he asked fandom-related questions in preparation for writing an article for TIME magazine on the fan fiction world. The questions themselves were very germaine to discovering who we fanfiction writers are, what we do, why we do it, and so on; and Mr. Grossman's interactions with those of us who commented was consistently respectful and genuinely curious.

Well, the article is due to come out to the news stands tomorrow (Friday, June 8th), but for those who wish to read it beforehand, it has already been put up on TIME's website. In the LJ community, Mr. Grossman bemoans the fact that his article was cut by 1000 words, but the words that remained were good ones.

Read the article: The Boy Who Lived Forever.

After all the kerfluffle over Keith Mander and his utter ignorance of fandom and what it's about, it's like a breath of fresh air to see that someone from the outside came to us properly and really "got" what he was hearing. This gives me hope that, someday, so many of us won't have to cringe or hide our fannish natures anymore.
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Musing and Thoughts on the current LOTRFF embrogglio under the cut )
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I have no idea if you have been using LOTRFF as your archive, but you should be aware that it has been sold to someone who wants to turn it into a for-profit enterprise. Aside from the obvious violation of the "Fan Fiction is a NOT-for-profit activity", and/or the potential mine-field involved in a tussle with the Tolkien Estate over the revenues, I personally have a great deal of trouble with the idea that this guy essentially intends to make money for HIMSELF through the use of MY hard work.

Here's his blog, where he talks about it:

http://www.keithmander.com/?p=1191#comments

Note that I speak up, and that I'm less than happy about his plans.

I have deleted all my stories from LOTRFF, as I hadn't posted to that archive in a while (long story - in essence, I got reamed for not responding to a review as quickly as the reviewer wanted me to) and so feel this as not much of a loss. But some of my friends have used LOTRFF as their main archive for years.

Just thought you all should know. FanLib kerfluffle, Take Two, anybody? :-p

A huge hug of thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nierielraina for bringing this to my attention.
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Yesterday was the twenty-eighth anniversary of my twenty-nineth birthday.

Nattering under the cut. )

So I'll take Pandë's delightful birthday drawing and print it out so I can frame it and hang it somewhere close to where I keep Lisa's pencil sketch that she did for In The House of Elrond. I'll save all the lovely graphics to my HD so that I can give myself a warm, fuzzy feeling when I peek in next time.

Birthdays are landmarks of sorts. This has been a good one.
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I actually survived today's adventures... )
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I hate dentists. )

Life sux sometimes, don't it?
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As I said, B2MEM gave me another opportunity to find a few characters who normally don't get much exposure. This week's Little Bit - a tribble (no, not the Star Trek furry pest, but a triple-drabble of exactly 300 words) does exactly that.

Waste )
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This is another piece I wrote for the Back to Middle-earth Month that fits into my I Dhaerlend Dadui !verse. I had a lot of fun exploring some of the peripheral characters of Tolkien's canon during that month of challenges, and in this one, it was Erestor's turn. Someday, I suppose I will need to write his story - or, at any rate, the story that seems to be slowly coming into view that is his personal history.

Anyhoo, without further ado...

Expecting Nothing )

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