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Story: After Winter, There Comes Spring

Title: After Winter, There Comes Snow
Author: Ysilme
Characters: Elrond/Glorfindel, Erestor, Original Feline Character
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Angst
Rating: PG
Content: pre-slash, aftermath of war, budding romance, Imladris, injury recovery
Words: ~6000
Disclaimer: This is a work of transformative fiction based on JRR Tolkien's creation, done purely for enjoyment. No money is being made. I promise to give the characters back more or less as I found them.
Notes: Written for Neiroel for My Slashy Valentine 2017. My most heartfelt thanks to curiouswombatkeiliss and lordhellebore for idea bouncing, hand-holding and for answering my endless questions, and to curiouswombat for beta reading. This story would not have come to life without you! All remaining mistakes are my own.
Summary Glorfindel wants to fulfil his vow to protect Elrond’s line, but this is not as easy as it seems when Elrond struggles with adapting to the changes after the War of the Last Alliance.

Read it on AO3, the SWG or Faerie.


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My Slashy Valentine 2017 has gone online at slashy_santa and offers once again a great collection of lovely stories!
Here is also a direct link to the collection on the AO3.

Nuinzilien wrote the loveliest gift for me: Many Paths to Tread, PG, Celeborn, Thranduil, Haldir, Rumil | Celeborn/Galadriel (implied), Celeborn/Haldir (implied), Thranduil/OMC | pre-slash, slash & gen | 4700 words.
Summary: When Galadriel sailed, she took the Golden Wood with her. Lord Celeborn and the remaining elves of Lothlorien move east into the Southern Eryn Lasgalen. But things are not quite working out as expected.
It's great fun, with a very down-to-earth Celeborn struggling with an uncooperative forest, and an awesome Thranduil having good advice as well as hot baths.


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The Professor!




Happy 125th Birthday, Professor Tolkien!


Lego Elves

Edit: and by coincidence, we're just watching the final scene of RotK, after having watched all six movies' extended editions all through December. *g* 

Merken

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test post - LJ issues

Just trying something... (with Firefox on Win7)

*I can upload images to scrapbook
*tag dropdown is here again (and finally works properly again; I had several issues a few weeks back)
*other drop-downs work
*the option "post to.XXX" and "to community XXX" now work, although I miss the old drop-down choice of the communities I'm member/mod of, but that might be intentional with the new version.

According to various reports, most issues seem to be an on-off thing, so it seems a good idea to try again later.
What might also help: trying another browser; disabling Ghostlery or NoScript if you have it running, or see if it's blocking stuff; disable your browser add-ons to see if they're causing issues; changing to a default style and see if this resolves anything. (I noticed that in some cases where flisties couldn't read or see comments, I could when I switched to "my journal view", as in added ?style=mine#comments to the URL)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this bother will end soon, it's really a nuisance!!! Sympathy cookies to you all.
Yay, time again to sign up! Go here at slashy_santa for another round of awesome storytelling!

My Slashy Valentine 2017


From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

Critical Dates:


  • Sign-up period: December 4th - December 18th

  • Assignments to be distributed by December 28th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: February 1st

  • Deadline for returning participants: February 8th

  • Archive opens: February 14th, 2017





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Pic of the Week - CW 39

Belated again, what's new... perhaps I should just rename this to "Pic of last week"? *g*

Temperatures have dropped singificantly, we went from a last heat wave to rather chilly autumn last week, and this week Siljan had to put all sensible plants inside in a hurry because we're having just about freezing at night by now. Brrrrr. But the swift change made for beautiful evening skies, and I was lucky to catch a particularly intense one: 

Flaming red sky at sunset



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Just two drabbles for this challenge which I didn't finish and probably never might. Written for the Sounds like Challenge at tolkien_weekly.

Characters: Thranduil, Legolas
Source: pre-Hobbit (book)
Disclaimer: Middle-Earth belongs to Tolkien, I'm just playing a bit with it for fun.
Note: Many thanks to shadowycat for looking this over! All remaining faults are my own.
Sounds like: Hare + Hare-brainedCollapse )

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Pics of the Week - CW 38

Our local castle, Steinsberg, but for once not only from the distance. *g* 
I went up there for a walk last week and took some pics from the inside, or rather, while following the outer wall which spirals inwards.
This is the upper part of the gate tower of the second gate; the gate opening is below the narrow walkway which leads to the guard's chamber.

Gate tower of Steinsberg Castle



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Story: Reunion

Title: Reunion
Author: Ysilme
Characters: Celeborn/Amdír
Genre: Hurt/comfort, slash
Rating: Teen
Content: Temptation, brotherly friendship, complicated relationships
Words: ~1800
Disclaimer: This is a work of transformative fiction based on JRR Tolkien's creation, done purely for enjoyment. No money is being made. I promise to give the characters back more or less as I found them.
Notes: Written as a pinch-hit turned stocking stuffer for Zinneth for Sultry in September 2016. Many, many thanks to curiouswombat for last-minute beta reading! All remaining mistakes are my own.
Summary: Arriving in Lothlórien for the first time, Celeborn meets somebody from his past, somebody who might not exactly be happy to see him again.

Read it on AO3 | SWG or Faerie.

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Sultry in September has opened

Between writing a pinch-hit myself and all the canning of the last days, I totally forgot to spread the word. So on the off-chance you don't know already, Sultry in September 2016 has opened with a lot of wonderful stories!
Go to the title and author list by the link, or directly to the collection on AO3 here.



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Survey: Fans of Femslash Couples

 (Reblogged from vaysh:)

This survey is for a bachelor thesis written at the University of Leipzig, Germany. It's legit, I think. The focus is for the most part on prejudice/threats/ostracism against femslash shippers.

Dear femslash-shippers,
I need your help. I’m writing my bachelor thesis about femslash fandoms. I made a questionnaire about personal experiences you had, while being a fan of a non-canon femslash couple. Please fill out this questionnaire and help me with my thesis. It will only take 10 minutes of your time. Here is the link:
https://www.soscisurvey.de/femslash/
I need as many people as possible to complete my questionnaire. If you happen to know other femslash fans, please tell them about the survey. Feel free to share the link. It would really help me a lot.

Thank YOU very much.
Anna (PinkDreama)


Edit to add: the survey seems to be rather specified; the first question reveals that it's only for non-canon femlsashers of TV-shows. Sorry if my reblogged request was misleading;  not being a femslasher myself I hadn't checked the survey first and didn't notice.
Merken

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Pic of the Week - CW 34

Only one week late, yay... ;o)
One of these hot, brilliant summer days... we were sitting on my sister's terrace for dinner when a few balloons rose up from the valley, The green area behind the row of houses is a gliding airfiled and commonly-used starting point for balloonists, and we're lucky to see balloons on most beautiful days during summer and early autumn. I love how the lowest balloon seems to just butt at the tiny singular cloud over there.

Balloons rising in the evening



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Pic of the Week - CW 32


Last week I was taking a walk around our castle, and on my way back was gifted with this beautiful sight. Despite its beauty, it reminded me of certain movie images of watching towards Mordor... *g* 

Evening sky walking down from the castle
I'm also in awe of the quality of pics my phone takes. 

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Pic of the Week - CW 29



The other day, we had one of these skies that seem like an enormous cupola, seemingly arching up much more and giving you the impression that the sky is higher and wider than usual. It's impossible to really capture this on a photo, of course, so such a pic likely is just a reminder of the impression you get when you take it.

Cloudy sky





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From the SWG's LJ (emphasis by me):

The SWG moderation team has been discussing improvements for our site and our group that we hope to undertake in the months to come. In keeping with our mission, we want to direct our efforts in the way that best benefits the Tolkien fan fiction community of which we are part. We have put together a survey to get a sense of how best to meet that goal.

We appreciate the input of anyone interested in Tolkien fan fiction and references/resources related to the legendarium. You do not need to be a member or user of the SWG or a writer of Silmfic to participate.

The survey takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the level of detail of your responses. We’ll leave the survey open for about a month and will collect responses during the first week of August.

Please feel free to signal boost this on other groups where this is acceptable. Thank you in advance to all who share their opinions and ideas with us.

Silmarillion Writers' Guild Site Use Survey

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Faerie is back online and has a new home!

As many of you know, the Tolkien Fanfic Archive Faerie has been offline for a few days due to provider issues and is now back online in a new place, at faerie-archive.com .
esteliel has moved all our accounts and stories, but it was recommended that you check if your stories and chapters open properly, if there are diacritic issues and if all tags are ok and so on.

There's now also a new LJ community, faerie_archive, as a place to go to for updates and news when the archive has a downtime or problems, other news, and a little bit of socialising (although that's still mostly happening in the rebirthed famous shoutbox).

Thank you so much, esteliel, for continuing to run the archive and for having moved everything so quickly to the new place. I can only begin to imagine how much work this must have been!







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Pic of the Week - CW 25

Two horribly hot days and one night of torrential rain this week - what could fit better than a life buoy? *g* 

Life buoy in Karlskrona Maritime Museum, Sweden
Taken at Karlskrona Maritime Museum.


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Pic of the Week - CW 24

 
For last week, I give you an older pic: the Mosque at Schwetzingen Castle Gardens, built by Nicolas de Pigage in the late 18th century.

Mosque, Schweztingen Castle Gardens

The gardens are an eclectic mix of the formal gardens of the time and the new fashion of landscape gardens, and the main aim of creating the Schwetzingen gardens was to successfully join both styles together in a natural way. Of course, various buildings in different styles were added throughout the large garden, like a Minerva Temple, a Bathing house,  an artificial ruin, and, as most famous and beautiful part, the mosque, which is also the earliest mosque-style building in Germany, built when the 'Turkish' style was in fashion. It hadn't been intended for religious service, but has been used as such occasionally over time, but also as a Jazz Club after WWII.


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Sultry in September Sign-up still open!

Sultry in September 2016 Rules & FAQ

Critical Dates:


  • Sign-up period: June 17th - June 26th (I AM WILLING TO OFFER EXTENSIONS ON THE SIGN-UP! JUST LET ME KNOW!)


  • Assignments to be distributed by July 10th


  • Deadline for first-time participants: September 4th


  • Deadline for returning participants: September 11th


  • Archive opens: September 18th, 2016




Full details are available here: http://slashy-santa.livejournal.com/83681.html


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Still without words...






 

A rainbow made of flower pics with a candle in the middle



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Pic of the Week - CW 23

Sorry for yet another garden/flower pic, but this is a special one: 

A bee orchid or Ophrys apifera (Bienen-Ragwurz in German), growing wild and in abundance in my parent's garden. It's considered to be extremely rare in Germany, due to the climate and because the bee pollinating it in warmer climates doesn't exist hereabouts.

Bee orchid in my parent's garden
A few years ago, my father discovered the first one and asked a botanist acquaintance, and learned about its rarity and that it's protected and considered a particularly endangered species, and he's not allowed to mow it down / has to take care not to mow or cut the plants. So the lawn of my parents is now full of little islands with these prezzies. :D

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Story: The Meaning of Snow

Title: The Meaning of Snow
Author: Ysilme
Characters: Elrohir/Erestor, Elladan, Cameos by Glorfindel, Galadriel and Celeborn
Genre: Drama/Romance, Hurt/Comfort, Slash
Rating: Teen
Content: Forces of nature, minor character death, non-graphic description of injuries, winter in the mountains
Words: ~8300
Disclaimer: This is a work of transformative fiction based on JRR Tolkien's creation, done purely for enjoyment. No money is being made. I promise to give the characters back more or less as I found them.
Notes: Written for Aglarien for MySlashyValentine 2016. My most heartfelt thanks to curiouswombat, keiliss and lordhellebore for idea-bouncing, hand-holding and beta-wrestling a monster on very short time, and to my flist for helping me figuring out travel- and survival-related issues. This story wouldn't have happened without you. All remaining mistakes are my own.
Summary: On the verge of adulthood and very much in love, Elrohir is reluctant to meet again the elf who does not return his feelings. But the pitfalls of travelling in winter bring them together in an unexpected way.

Read it on AO3 | SWG or Faerie.



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100 drabbles with Elrond: 15

Wow, it's been nearly a year since my drabble muse has stopped by. But inspiration came yesterday in the hardware store of all places, for a drabble for the current challenge of tolkien_weekly, and also just perfectly fitting into my much-neglected 100-drabbles-with-Elrond-challenge. I'm giving up on the loose timeline I had until the last drabble, though.



Written for the Cluedo challenge at tolkien_weekly for the prompt "hallway". Many thanks to curiouswombat for looking this over!


15. ConstructionCollapse )

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Pic of the Week - CW 20


Butterfly on a lantana blossom in the butterfly house on Mainau Island, Lake Constance.

Butterfly on lantana blossom

The visit to the house was awesome, the amount and variety of butterflies was the most I've ever seen in such a house. Taking pics was not so easy since the beauties rarely sat still, and every so often a misting unit came on in the part of the house where I was at the moment so I had to cover the camera. Most are lucky shots (and some are nicely detailed even without a macro lens! :o) ), and this is the one of them I like best.
I recommend viewing the image in larger version, just click on it.



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Pic of the Week - CW 18


We have tadpoles! :D

Tiny tadpoles in our tiny pond

Siljan has this tiny, ready-made pond of the size smaller than a bathtub - he loves ponds and wants a large one evenutally, but since that will take time, he got this small one a few years ago. It's horribly overgrown and always full of submerged plant life, but the few exotic (as in: not your typical and hard to come by pond plants) things that fit grow well, even if it always looks as if there were more plant material than water in it. Birds and cats alike use it to drink, and the birds to bathe, and now it's obviously also being used as a toad nursery. We used to have one or two toads somewhere in the garden, but hadn't seen them for ages.
The whole pond is full of them, and I really hope a few will survive. I'm also worrying what will happen to them, as they don't have many places to go from our garden - behind the plot, there's the much-used district lane which might prove a dead trap,  and the neighbouring plots are sterile pseudo-gardens not offering anything as food or shelter; so I hope we can catch them in time and bring them somewhere they might have a chance.



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Pics of the Week - KW 16 + 17

Week 16:  I got some shrub roses last week, so have one of my favourite rose pics to celebrate the occasion (taken at Villandry castle a few years ago): 

Roses at Villandry Castle
We had planned a trip to a local nursery last week, to get some herbs, and finally some roses four our wild chaotic overgrown natural garden, something I wanted for a while. I wanted impervious, wild or old variety shrub roses suitable as bee and insect food. For various reasons Siljan went alone and came home with a selection of three that looks very promising. I'll doubtlessly post pics of them at a later date! :o)

For week 17, I give you snow - or something snow-related. This week has been crazy, weather-wise: we experienced real, true Apirl weather of the best kind. Or so. Temperatures had been so warm already that I went out just in a T-Shirt, but on Sunday we had a bit of snow and hail, and a heavy thunderstorm at night. Monday was cold and brougth heavy rain, and on Tuesday, I woke up to a close, thick cover of over 2 inches of snow! The most we had all winter, although it was gone quickly. Poor Siljan, though, he needed to bring a lot of his plant darlings inside for the night again for four days.

The occasion seems fitting to show this curious sighting we once had in Denmark in summer: a private yacht from Greenland!

Greenland Yacht
When we saw it first we couldn't quite imagine what kind of boat this was; looking rather sturdy and in no way like something used for leisure, although nothing hinted at a professional or official use, too. The riddle was solved when we noticed the home port, Godthåb (Nuuk), and learned that it looks so sturdy because it needs to have ice breaking abilities, too.



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OMG, how awesome is this? Hear Moby Dick read in its entirety as an open project, and read by some of the most awesome voices, too! Among the readers are Tilda Swinton, Simon Callow, Stephen Fry, Sir David Attenborough, Fiona Shaw, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nathaniel Philbrick and many more... *heavy breathing*

Check out the link above for more info, including links to downloading and podcast sites, or chapter by chapter here to also see the awesome artwork that has been done for it and get a list of the individual readers.





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Pic of the Week - CW 8


Just a random window in a small open-air museum / historic township in Norway last summer.
It seems very fitting for my mood last week. ;o) 

Vintage window in Norway
Agatunet, Hardangerfjord, Norway

(I still haven't found out why upright images get cropped when I upload them into my gallery, sorry)


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My Slashy Valentine - the Reveals!


The reveals are up at slashy_santa for My Slashy Valentine 2016!

Over 50 awesome stories are waiting for you to give you a great reading time.
You can find them on the Masterlist or directly in the MSV 2016 collection on the AO3.


samtyr  wrote the loveliest gift for me, Starting Over. It's a Lindir/Erestor story with delightful hurt/comfort and a sweet Elrond/Celebrían in the background, starring also Gildor, Gil-galad and Thranduil and a few more, and also has lots of things and little details I love. (~6500 words) 
Summary: There are many turnings and by-ways in life.

I haven't managed to read much else so far, but it looks like a great collection once again with lots of well-known authors as well as a few new ones I'm curious to check out.

*****

On a technical side note, though: I noticed that you don't get AO3 notifications for stories  posted to a collection with later reveals, like in this case. I'm subscribing to various authors who participated, but didn't get a single notification. I know I didn't get any leading to a "mystery work" earlier, too. Does anybody happen to know if this is a new occurence or standard? Either way I find it frustrating.
 


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As we begin our second decade of Back to Middle-earth Month at b2mem, we're looking back and celebrating our first ten years by revisiting all the previous B2MeM events.

All prompts from the previous years are on offer. There are no sign-ups, no claims, and no deadlines. More information and links to all 3291 prompts can be found in our Intro and FAQs post. We also have a collaboration post for those wishing to work with other people.


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