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Title: The Pink Flamingo
Chapter: 12/13? (maybe)
Featuring: Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond, various OCs
Rating (if you worry about such things): Mature (R)
Beta: as ever, Red Lasbelin (also known as The Recipient)
Summary: Glorfindel's posting to Imladris should have been straightforward, a way for him to integrate into life in the Second Age while giving Elrond some much-needed assistance. None of that took into account the proprietor of the local house of ill repute, or the presence of a suspected arsonist.

A/note: took a while for life to settle down after the Event, but we're back!

The Pink Flamingo: Chapter 12 on AO3
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Need to update more often. Ummmm.

June SWG challenge fic is not yet finished but will be eventually. Have a strong urge to pick a song from the July/August challenge too, but fortunately I can't settle on just one. Life is very upside down and upsetting right now, but I will still get the new chapter of Flamingo to Red in a day or two -- yes I've been saying that for a while but I mean it now, cannot expect aspects of life to settle down just because I need a calm mind for writing. Need to get over that. Write out the angst the way I used to as a teenager (I can vaguely remember such a stage in my life, a long, long time ago --- and no, do not want those days back, thanks).

It's finally winter. Snow on the ground in Sutherland, rumours of a sprinkling of snow on the top of Table Mountain itself, snow on surrounding mountains. So yes, it's cold and we are Africa's children so we are huddled around our heaters, whimpering.

I swapped out my DW icons, I'll need to do that regularly. 15 slots, good grief. They don't let you buy more slots unless you have a paid account, which is kind of self defeating. Certainly not getting a paid account at this point. They cost more than LJ and I'm working with an exchange rate of $1 costing around R13, which makes $35 more than I'd be willing to pay for good antivirus protection.

My space bar is still jamming. The laptop is under warranty, which means I can't take it anywhere else, but they won't fix it under warranty as they'll call it wear and tear, so they'll come pick it up, take it away, fix it when they're good and ready and charge whatever they feel like on the day. I keep hoping one day I'll switch on and find it's just miraculously fixed itself. Might need to get my old laptop back from M though, purely to write with. It has a key missing but that's fine, I can type on it anyhow.

Grandmother section of the post under the cut --- grandchild dealing with A Situation. It was either this or one of the pictures where she looks like she's planning world domination - creepily focused eyes, dead serious face.
pictures )
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Sick unto death for a week! I do not recommend having a procedure that requires you purge your insides just before getting a massive cold. It seems to break down any kind of immunity. I didn't even check my mail for days, and for me that's unheard-of. I owe replies to comments from like a week ago and there are posts I want to comment on too. I am so sorry, I just couldn't. I'll be there tomorrow.

Writing? Hell no. Even reading is still a challenge!
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Happy birthday, my dear. Wishing you a year of achievements, happiness, and many wonderful memories. May all go well for you and yours. Much love.
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If you were in two minds about signing up for Ardor in August, here's a message from the universe just for you - sign ups do not close tonight, they've been extended till TUESDAY! See? You are meant to do it! Go here for the full post including the rules.

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No, I'm still alive. Just loooots of family stuff lately, all bunched together so I barely had time to breathe. Pink Flamingo is waiting patiently (because it's a nice, understanding fic). I have final edits to do on a chapter, (which should be a day's work really), and then the final chapter to write. I do not know what happened to my creativity, but it took off and hibernated. I have never experienced anything quite like it. I suppose at least part is to do with how quiet fandom has been lately.

My space bar sticking every third word doesn't help inspire me to type, lord knows. I need to get it looked at but it is such a business following the warranty instructions (knew there was a reason to get the extended warranty) and they will take it away and spend forever fixing what is probably a tiny problem so I keep putting it off.

My SWG Hero challenge fic will be late. I was on target and proud of myself but life happened (plus it was so cold that on two nights I just went to bed and left it - we people of the far south do not do single digit temperatures well). Current personal challenge is to finish it before the end of the month. I have to work this around a colonoscopy/gastroscopy and the prep therefor so we're talking less time than the calendar suggests :D

Otherwise life is as it is. Grandbaby is gorgeous and started smiling at 5 weeks (I told her mother she was talking nonsense, but the child does in fact smile, eyes light up and everything). She has discovered Making Sounds and has a sweet, very girly voice. She hardly sleeps at night. Daughter has that hollow-eyed, deathly pale vampire look. I say it's karmic revenge for her 3 months of colic.

I'll be crossposting this. I know I had all these ideas about using the two blogs differently but it's too quiet right now and I'm not exactly posting up a storm so that seems a bit silly really.
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Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, of both two and four legged children. I thought today was a good time to show you my daughter's early Mother's Day present...
brand new baby )
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The new SWG survey got me thinking, so here's a rare crossposting to set out where I stand now I've had time to think about all this.

My country was the 5th in the world to legalise same sex marriage and has allowed same sex partners to adopt since 2002, so that attitude has been my benchmark for what's legally acceptable. On my LJ profile page I warn anyone who is underage or is offended by homoerotic content that it's probably not the place for them. That warning has been up for years now. I am not changing it, nor am I marking my journal as containing adult content. My definition of adult content involves something far meatier than the occasional R-rated scene I write and I am not about to designate myself as a writer of explicit content.

There are posts I'd be sad to lose so I suppose I'll have to do a proper backup to DW or something, but my fiction is over on AO3 and my own website these days so they can go whistle. I doubt they're likely to fuss with the English side of LJ, but if they have a rush of blood to the head, they can go ahead and delete me. That's fine. Till then, while I will also post separately to DW, my LJ blog remains active.

(what? I can post on two blogs. I'm a writer. It's writing. It's muuuuuch easier than updating actual fiction!)
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There is this weird thing this site does to me, which is suddenly refusing to scroll unless I use the scroll bar. Doesn't affect any other tab I have open. This is the second time this week now.

Getting flu. Husband had it - still coughing - and now it's my turn. The very last thing I need right this moment. Pregnant daughter refuses to set foot in our house till it's plague-free :D

How pathetic is this post? But it's all I've got. I could talk about my dreadful stalemate with Pink Flamingo and the plothole that swallowed the chapter, but why depress myself further?

Trying to post once a week, take it in turns between the two journals, see how that works out. Will do better next time.

Helloo?

Apr. 12th, 2017 07:32 pm
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I'm curious. How many people that I know (or who have friended me, that's more to the point) are active on here? I have very little urge to crosspost but if the bulk of my current LJ f-list is wandering around in the silence here, I will have to rethink.

Anyone? No one? Three people?
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Day 15 - a letter to fandom.

Dear Snowflake mods,

When the word went out that there would be no Snowflake challenge this year, each of you raised a hand and said "I'm here, I can help, tell me what you need." And you gave us Snowflake 2017. I did all the days though I only linked a few (the ones longer than four sentences mainly :D) and looked forward each day to reading what everyone had written/produced for the day's prompt. For many of us, Snowflake has made the first two weeks of January a reminder of what fandom is all about, and that we are many and share a very special kind of joy. Life happens, but losing this would have been really sad.

Thank you all so very, very, very much for this wonderful gift your time and effort has brought us. And thank you for making the comm such a warm, welcoming place.

Love to you all,
~Kei
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Day 6 - Create a fannish wish list
Art to illustrate some story of mine that the artist fell a bit in love with? Just something they made because they like it. Getting a gift like that feels like sunshine inside. (heck, isn't this why we all mention art for this one?) More realistically I'd love an appropriate icon for Pink Flamingo, but I'd be horribly fussy about it so maybe don't offer :D

And feedback. I've never been up in the big numbers really, I didn't write E/G back when that's where the readers were (that's ironic, yes) and I don't write Feanorians now. But it is awesome to know there are a couple of people out there reading and liking something enough to say 'Liked this' or 'That was good' or 'Why is there no sex yet?' Sometimes that's why the next chapter happens. Sometimes that's why a specific archive gets used.


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Day 5 - Rec fanworks
Fan recs. Oh lord, now I need to find links :( Okay, there's Welcome to Imladris by SavioBriion which is about the early days of Imladris with gorgeous touches and such a fresh eye for an old story. And there's Pieces by AiElbereth, a great A/U --- Erond/Lindir, modern times, ballet. No really, even if you're not really into AUs, you need at least to look at it. Then Red Lasbelin wrote me Can't Take My Eyes off You for the 2015 MSV, it's Erestor and Glorfindel finally in Valinor and how it's not paradise but they're together. And Talullah wrote the most wonderful ofc in her [profile] lotr_community Yule fic, Home for Midwinter. Just so beautiful!

There'd be more but I'm too asleep to go look for more links.


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And this is what happens when you think you'll post batches of maybe 3 at intervals and then you get busy and time passes and then you realise there's only one prompt left!!! And so - multiple Snowflakes. Most of them are very short so it makes sense to combine them in one post though I might repost Day 5 with the fic recs on DW instead of repeating it here and link to the comm [edit - done that]


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Day 4 - Interact with someone
I do this whenever I find a fic I like because I don't need to know someone to comment to them. So I didn't go out and specifically find someone.

Day 5 - Rec fanworks
Fan recs. Oh lord, now I need to find links :( Okay, there's Welcome to Imladris by SavioBriion which is about the early days of Imladris with gorgeous touches and such a fresh eye for an old story. And there's Pieces by AiElbereth, a great A/U --- Erond/Lindir, modern times, ballet. No really, even if you're not really into AUs, you need at least to look at it. Then Red Lasbelin wrote me Can't Take My Eyes off You for the 2015 MSV, it's Erestor and Glorfindel finally in Valinor and how it's not paradise but they're together. And Talullah wrote the most wonderful ofc in her [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community Yule fic, Home for Midwinter. Just so beautiful!

There'd be more but I'm too asleep to go look for more links.

Day 6 - Create a fannish wish list
Art to illustrate a story of mine that the artist fell a bit in love with? Just something they made because they like it. Getting a gift like that feels like sunshine inside. (heck, isn't this why we all mention art for this one?) More realistically I'd love an appropriate icon for Pink Flamingo, but I'd be horribly fussy about it so maybe don't offer :D

And feedback. I've never been up in the big numbers really, I didn't write E/G back when that's where the readers were (that's ironic, yes) and I don't write Feanorians now. But it is awesome to know there are a couple of people out there reading and liking something enough to say 'Liked this' or 'That was good' or 'Why is there no sex yet?' Sometimes that's why the next chapter happens. Sometimes that's why a specific archive gets used.

Day 7 - Create a fanwork
Create a fanwork????? Ha. Gifties! One still to edit (why do you think I'm doing this, don't you know procrastination when you see it?) and two left to write. I took a few days off here. It was starting to feel like NaNo. Then back into the Flamingo.

Day 8 - In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself
Good listener.
I try and understand the other person's side, even if I don't agree.
I'm a good cook.
Can talk fandom and writing for hours if you'll let me (what do you mean, is that a likeable trait? of course it is!)

Day 9 - Send feedback to two fannish people
I don't need a special day to do this, that'd feel a bit fake. if I like it, I comment. If I'm on my phone, I leave kudos because I've learned the hard way that I don't always remember to come back.

Day 10 - In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme.
politics and world building!
good hair
long fic with twisty plots and several threads - they're easier to read than write
Erestor/Glorfindel
It has Gil-galad in it.

I no longer have to add 'Glorfindel returns' to this list, I think I'm all read/written out there.

Day 11 - In your own space, talk about a creator.
Erestor's Vanilla Elf brought me into this fandom back in 2004. I came looking for pictures of Hugo Weaving as Elrond and discovered an entirely new magical universe. This site was my gateway drug. Bless her for all the joy she gave me.

Day 12 - In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc
Read the Day 12 comments for some great multi fandom recs and while you're there, look for turlough's comment on that list, she linked to some DW comms - really useful stuff!

Day 13 - In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you.
Posting my very first fic on a couple of Yahoo groups (2004) and watching it sink like a stone, and then after the final part Elfscribe (I was in awe of how good she was, so this was Something) left the longest comment I'd ever seen on a group - it was such a huge OMG moment that it's the first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt, way ahead of things like first MEFA nomination or first MEFA win or the time I asked what on earth people saw in Erestor and Glorfindel and survived... though really, a moment? It's been an amazing almost 13 years.

Day 14 - Go forth and commit an act of kindness.
I hope I have done something kind today. I didn't do anything specific, I was just me? This was another one where I felt awkward about making a special effort.
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Okay. Wasn't going to participate this year and will probably do random batches in between other stuff, but tonight's writing has got sidetracked so let's see what I've got. (in other words, yes I'm overstretched but but but it's SNOWFLAKE)

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Day 1: Self recs.
The Pink Flamingo - the fic that made me start to love writing again.
Sanctuary - which is elves in modern times and the most fun I've had in ages. I spent days looking for local pictures, following a tourist map, and doing some fairly decent writing (I thought) but it didn't get much attention (Big Bangs don't somehow, probably because they're all there at once, no chaptered posts) In case it's not obvious, I love this fic :)
The Second Gamble - is the first time I've written from Idril's pov. I was dubious but liked her view of the world (and Valinor) a lot

Day 2: Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life
Lord of the Rings, the trilogy, because without those movies there would not have been a HUUUUGE Tolkien fandom to fall over and I would never have written the three fics mentioned for Day 1, or any of the other things that have given me so much pleasure/pride. Nor would I have met some of the best friends anyone could hope for or been part of the lives of so many people in such different places. My horizons have been broadened by fandom, and my tolerance for ideas and attitudes so unlike my own, and all due to the movies that brought to life the books I had grown up loving.

Day 3: Set some goals
Write every day!!! I've been doing that with my Christmas gift ficcies (till new year got in the way, but I'm back on the horse now) and I like how it feels.
Finish the fic that must not be named.
Read and comment on more fics - I did not read nearly enough fanfic last year.
Actually read more in general.

thanks, LJ

Dec. 27th, 2016 09:49 pm
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V. nice, LJ. My dropdown menu is broken, I can't access my tags or my userpics, and my hearts are gone.... and that's on my personal theme AND my customised LJ feed. Fix, thank you. Now!!

Carrie Fisher. Oh man, I was afraid of that. It's been too quiet since she had the heart attack. Rest well, Princess.

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”
- Yoda
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From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars... And you know the rest.

This is your final chance to sign up for the 2017 My Slashy Valentine. If you're hovering on the edge, just stop fighting and follow the links. Go on, you won't regret it. You'll have fun. You'll thank me *smiles widely* And remember, if you're stuck on what to request, send me a PM. I have all sorts of scary ideas.

Click this link for the rules and sign up page.

Sign-up period: December 4th - December 18th (in reality, whenever Red gets to the inbox on Monday)
Assignments distributed: by December 28th

Deadline for first-time participants: February 1st
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Archive opens: February 14th, 2017

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From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars...

Yes, you know the rest. It's mid-December and the final week to sign up for My Slashy Valentine 2017. I know life is busy and sometimes it's easy to forget the love of writing, and of Middle-earth, that drew us into this fandom, but the swap might be your best chance for a while to get in there and s t r e t c h those writing muscles. So go on, close your eyes and jump! And remember, if you're stuck on what to ask for, send me a PM. I have all sorts of scary ideas.

Click this link to read the rules and access the link to the sign up page
Come on, you know you want to!

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