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Bewildered by Dawn Felagund. Not all of the Eldar believed Valinor would be superior to Middle-earth. Having followed the man she loves from the land she loved also, Miriel struggles to cope with a strange life in a strange new land. (Short Story)




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Best News In A Month of Sundays

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:31 pm
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 I just got a phone call from the lady who is in charge of cats at the shelter and Haldir and Púca are being adopted together by a couple.  The couple have been looking for a Maine Coon to adopt and had been in communication with the shelter about Púc and Hal and came in to meet them today, they played with them for a while and fell in love with them, just like I did.  That is the best news I've had in years!!!  The weight of worry about them finding a good home has been lifted and I feel like I can breathe again.  I hope my kitties and their new parents have very long and happy lives together.


Edited to add Note to Self: Oh, woman up and get over it already, they're not dead and they found a home together with great humans who will love them!  And they did so within a month, only having to spend a very few nights in the shelter itself instead of a house with humans!     
There, that tells me.  I truly am grateful for my fur babies' sake.
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Paths to Good Intentions by just_jenni. Melian is bored and travels to Arda to see the Quendi. She meets Elwe. His people wonder where he is.




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#@$%^! Weather Radio!!!

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:18 pm
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The bad part about living on the coast: having to constantly hit mute on the freaking weather radio because of all of the damned small craft advisories when the weather turns nasty.  I have the stupid thing for tsunami warnings, but I'm getting tempted to unplug it and take out the batteries just because we've had 17 small craft advisories today.  >_<
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We were not born in Cuiviénen by Lyra. Morwë tells Oromë about the origins of his people, contradicting some stories the Vala had heard earlier.






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Turn All Your Flesh As Gold by anthropologyarda. Aulë's expertise does not lie in lungs and sinews. Mairon teaches his Master more than he intends.






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[admin post] Admin Post: September 2017 Challenge: Ancestors

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:51 pm
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SWG September 2017 Challenge Ancestors

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Silmarillion and in honor of Grandparents' Day, this month's theme is Ancestors. For this month's challenge, create a fanwork in which a character's resemblance or connection to an ancestor plays a central role. This challenge is completely open, without prompts, although feel free to use the comments to ask for or suggest more specific prompt ideas if you want.

Since I held off on announcing the new challenge because of Silmarillion40, then the deadline will be extended this month. If you want your fanwork to receive a creator stamp, it will need to be posted to the archive (or our DW or LJ for formats other than writing and podfic) no later than October 12. As with the Song of Exile, if you are writing for Silmarillion40 and wish to use the Ancestors challenge in your Silmarillion40 entry, please just let me know when you send in your Silmarillion40 piece, and I will award you your stamp.

I also never posted a links list for last month's challenge, Song of Exile. (We'll blame Silmarillion40 again for that too. ;) Click below the cut for list of last month's challenge entries and please consider leaving a comment if you enjoy an author's work! Remember that stamps for review challenges never expire, so you can keep adding to your stamp collection by showing love to our challenge creators if you want. However, if you need a reviewer stamp for May's Hero's Journey Matryoshka challenge or earlier, please let me know in a comment or an email to moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

August Song of Exile Challenge Stories )

Some final housekeeping ... I have not begun stamps yet for the Song of Exile challenge. Let's blame Silmarillion40 again for that, shall we? As I settle into the daily routine of the collection (and as the school year settles into a routine too), I will begin working on this. I appreciate everyone's patience these last few chaotic months!

If you're new to our challenges, you can find full guidelines--as well as past challenges--here.
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And She Slept by LadyBrooke. As Valinor is created, there are those who stay behind in the darkness to wait for those that come.




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Happy Birthday, Dawn.

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:25 pm
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It's been a while now since I first met you. I'm sorry that HASA is not around because I started reading and commenting on Another Man's Cage on there, when it wasn't finished yet--around 2005-6. (It is still my favorite--comfort food for my dark little Feanor-loving soul--without any close second. There may be better stories out there, including ones written by you! But that doesn;t matter. I still love that story with all my heart.) I know I knew you well enough to ask you to read my first Silm fic--a totally useless ficlet, which is still in existence, that I wrote in 2006. And then you Beta-read Maitimo and Findekano for me. There was no turning back for me at that point. We've barely had a spate in all those years--nothing beyond a few moments of irritation with one another. Usually me annoying you! I love ya so much, girlfriend, and consider you one of my besties although we are lucky to meet face-to-face once a year. I feel like you know me. Anyway, oodles of affection and big hugs on your birthday! (Wow! I cannot believe how old you are now!)

Have a happy, happy birthday and I hope you do something awesome and thoroughly satisfying this weekend.

Here's problematic picture of a long-suffering Maedhros. Wow! He looks fit after hanging from that cliff so long and they kept his pretty underwear with the Feanorian star for him throughout all of those years of torment and torture. He's no doubt looking good for Fingon who is due to show up and rescue him at any second.


Then in defiance of the Orcs, who cowered still in the dark vaults beneath the earth, he [Fingon] took his harp and sang a song of Valinor that the Noldor made of old, before strife was born among the sons of Finwë; and his voice rang in the mournful hollows that had never heard before aught save cries of fear and woe. The Silmarillion.
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"For of the Maiar many were drawn to his splendour in the days of his greatness, and remained in that allegiance down into his darkness; and others he corrupted afterwards to his service with lies and treacherous gifts."
~The Silmarillion, Valaquenta


Day Two of the Silmarillion40 event brings Melkor's corruption (or seduction?) of others of the Ainur into his service, an influence that will echo throughout the ages.

Young Gods by [personal profile] fernstrike. It began in Almaren - when the world was new, and the gods were young, and the World seemed full of possibilities. It began beneath the earth, under great halls, inside a dark mirror.




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Silmarillion40 Debut

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Happy 40th Anniversary, Silmarillion!

Today we are very pleased to announce the opening day of our Silmarillion40 compilation. Over the past couple months, about three dozen authors and artists have been busy creating more than eighty brand-new fanworks to celebrate the anniversary of our beloved Silmarillion. For the next forty days, we will unlock one or two fanworks per day and journey through The Silmarillion as told in fanworks.

Please check out today's fanworks and, if you like what you see, consider leaving the artist or author a comment.

Star Kindler by feanorusrex. Varda creates the stars. (Art)

Subcreation: A Collection by SWG Authors. Tolkien's theory of subcreation states that it is part of our deepest human nature to create secondary worlds. This collection of drabbles, ficlets, one-shots, and sketches follows the thread of subcreation across the span of the legendarium. (Ficlet Collection)
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Title: Are You Falling For Me (Like I'm Falling For You)?
Author: [personal profile] jedibuttercup
Fandom: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Rating: MA; het/slash/threesome
Wordcount: 11,000 words
Warnings/Notes: For the 2017 [community profile] iddyiddybangbang. Prompted by a reread through that ancient collection of iddy tropes, the Matter of Britain, and Hollywood's latest take on it, the very pretty and also quite iddy "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword." I borrowed Ioan Gruffudd's Lancelot from the 2004 movie, then stirred in bits and pieces from "The Romance of Arthur" for worldbuilding flavor. :)

Summary: In another world, what happened with Lancelot might have been the end rather than the beginning: a step toward the destruction of Camelot rather than a new-laid cornerstone. But to a fighter who'd lived most of his life as a nothing from nowhere, who'd wed for trust rather than romance, a companion for bed and battlefield was the best dowry Arthur could have asked for. [A Magic Made Them Do It story, with a twist.]

Are You Falling For Me (Like I'm Falling For You)? ) (or read at AO3)

Drive By Recs

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:48 pm
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It occurred to me today that while I've been posting the exchange gifts I've written here this summer, I've entirely neglected to post the gifts I've received!

Here are my gifts from [community profile] not_primetime and [community profile] rarepairfest, and the remix written for one of my stories in [community profile] circle_of_friends. All of them are well worth the read. :)



Exit Strategy (5111 words) by DesireeArmfeldt
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harold Finch, John Reese, The Machine (Person of Interest)
Additional Tags: Gift Fic, POV Third Person Limited, Canon-Typical Violence, Post-Canon, My First Work in This Fandom
Summary: Series finale fix-it fic.

The Art of Survival (3292 words) by OzQueen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Mummy Series, The Mummy (1999)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ardeth Bay/Rick O'Connell
Characters: Ardeth Bay, Rick O'Connell
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Huddling For Warmth, Skinny Dipping, Hand Jobs, Making Out, Blow Jobs, Facial Shaving, Bathing/Washing
Summary: "What is your plan of escape?" Ardeth asked. He had pulled his robes back on and was lounging by the fire, leaning back against his saddle. // "Steal your horse," Rick said. // "He will not obey just any man," Ardeth said dismissively. // "I'm not just any man, Medjai."

Dreadful Duty (the Second Impressions remix) (2884 words) by deird1
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lydia Bennet/George Wickham
Characters: George Wickham
Additional Tags: Remix, Crossover
Summary: A history of George Wickham, Watcher.
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Just ate dinner and figured I'd share what I had, since it turned out pretty damn tasty if I say so myself.  This is a sort-of-recipe, since I seldom, if ever, measure anything unless I'm baking.

 

Preheat oven to 500F (260C).  Set aside several thick cut pork chops or boneless country style ribs (enough to cover the bottom of the pan, leaving about 1/3 to 1/2 inch between each piece) and allow them to approach room temperature for an hour or so.  

Dump into a bowl: smoked Spanish sweet paprika, smoked Spanish hot paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, white onion powder (lots of all of the previous), allspice (a pretty good amount), cayenne pepper and/or red pepper flakes, ground cumin, fresh ground black peppercorns and some hickory smoke powder (a little of that last goes a long way).  Proportions are in order, more of the earlier ones, a bit less of the later ones, what I dumped into the bowl wound up being fairly close to 1/3 of a cup.  

Line a baking pan with a large sheet of aluminum foil and put the pork in the pan, leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch space between pieces.  Sprinkle with salt, then liberally sprinkle to coat with spice mix, then sprinkle a bit of evaporated cane juice (or raw sugar, but evaporated cane juice is better because the granules are finer).  Flip pork chops and repeat.  Make sure both sides are well coated with the mixture and the smidge of sugar, don't worry about the spices & sugar that are in the pan instead of on the pork chops, they help make the sauce.  

Carefully pour water (add a tipple of rum to the water, if you've got it) into the pan to come about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the pork chops, being careful not to rinse any of the spice mix off the pork (make sure to put the water in last).  Place in preheated 500F (260C) oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR.  Reduce oven temp to 375F (190C, give or take) and continue baking for 40 to 60 minutes more, depending on the thickness of the pork, then test doneness.  

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.  The initial high temp in the oven will brown the meat and caramelize the sugar while the water keeps the meat from drying out while cooking.  The spices, water and meat juices turn into their own sauce, just remove the pork chops and scrape everything into a lidded container to store the leftovers.  Serve drizzled with the pan sauce, some chopped fresh cilantro and a sprinkle of lime juice over brown Basmati rice with whatever veggies you like.


Trust me, you want to use a sheet of aluminum foil to line the pan, because you'll never get the pan clean if you don't, even if you oil it.  

For spices, check out
 www.thespicehouse.com, just watch the total in the cart, it adds up fast!  And don't worry about getting the glass jars, their little zip topped plastic bags they package the spices in keep them as well or better than jars.

Edited to add in the chipotle chili powder.  Like I said, I tend to grab related spices and spices that go well together and start concocting.

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