thanks, LJ

Dec. 27th, 2016 09:49 pm
keiliss: (kei_gold by red_lasbelin)
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
keiliss: (c_tree_yellow by meathiel)
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
Deadline for returning participants: February 8th

Archive opens: February 14th, 2017

keiliss: (bast by moonvoice)
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
Assignments distributed: by December 28th

Deadline for first-time participants: February 1st
Deadline for returning participants: February 8th

Archive opens: February 14th, 2017

keiliss: (blom by rlf_icons)
Title: The Pink Flamingo
Chapter: 7/?
Featuring: Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond, various OCs
Rating (if you worry about such things): currently pg-13. Later, who knows?
Beta: as ever, Red Lasbelin.
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: They're back!

The Pink Flamingo: Chapter 7 on AO3
keiliss: (blom by rlf_icons)
Title: The Pink Flamingo
Chapter: 6/?
Featuring: Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond, various OCs
Rating (if you worry about such things): currently pg-13. Later, who knows?
Beta: as ever, Red Lasbelin.
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/n: Only three weeks this time. Go me!

The Pink Flamingo: Chapter 6 on AO3
keiliss: (bday_cake by maethiel)
All the best for the year ahead, [livejournal.com profile] indy1776. May it bring all the good you could wish for.

keiliss: (lovetherain_by_rainbowgraphics)
Happy birthday, dear Oshun. Wishing you what I am sure you're experiencing, a day filled with love and family. Here's hoping the year ahead has more to recommend it than the one that's just passed.

The picture is something I thought you might like, a special favourite of mine - Nonchaloir by John Singer Sargent. Love the pose, that almost boneless relaxation. I cannot see her without thinking 'Aredhel in Valinor' (whatever - dark haired lady in white, taking a nap before dinner after a long day's hunting with the guys)

keiliss: (blom by rlf_icons)
Title: The Pink Flamingo
Chapter: 3/?
Featuring: Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond, various OCs
Rating (if you worry about such things): currently pg-13. Later, who knows?
Beta: as ever, Red Lasbelin.
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.

The Pink Flamingo: Chapter 3 on AO3
keiliss: (bubbly by toocuteicons)
Horseback safari, Limpopo province

Hope you're having a lovely birthday, [livejournal.com profile] kenazfiction, and that the year ahead brings you in abundance all those things that make you smile and give you joy. Wishing you health, achievement, laughter, love and demanding muses.
keiliss: (starcurtain_by_rainbowgraphics)
Not doing Day 8. The names on my f-list are all of people whose journals I read and whose lives I'm interested in, no random additions.


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Day 9 - in your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.
Okay. I WILL:
finish ANSWERS IN THE DARK. Needs another 8 to 10 chapters. And I will not let the difficult thread make me cry again. It is not the boss of me.
take on [livejournal.com profile] kenazfiction's challenge to write something every day. (wonder if Snowflakes count? *g*)
be more patient and keep my sense of humour. Life is short.
not get in a situation where I am stretched too thin again. Make sure there's time to enjoy playing in this particular sandpit.

All right, that's more than enough :D
keiliss: (starcurtain_by_rainbowgraphics)

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Day 7 - In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much

So many – there are books I’ve read way more than anything by Tolkien, a tv series I loved, but I’ve been running with Tolkien, the only fandom I currently create in, and of all the many possibilities I’ve picked the piece below the cut, something I've read over and over for its power and imagery, especially the final paragraph. If possible, try and read it aloud. Some passages just work best that way.

~~~o~~~

Read more... )
keiliss: (starcurtain_by_rainbowgraphics)

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Day 6 - In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it.

I don't know about having fun with this, but what I wish people would do is be more at peace with their choices, less upset by others' reactions. If someone doesn't like something you love or are good at writing, just let it go. Someone doesn't like your choice of genre, tense, voice, fandom, OTP, deeply personal headcanon? Well they're entitled, so don't let it bother you. We all have personal dislikes, some more logical than others. If we were all the same, there'd be no point in fanfiction. And if they're rude about it, they don't deserve to be taken seriously.

I was always a bit out of step with fandom fashion -- I wrote Glorfindel/Gil-galad when everyone around me was writing Glorfindel/Erestor (whose corner of fandom has shrunk dramatically, and who I now write with great affection), and I love my Elwing -- but it's taught me some useful lessons about going with my personal flow. In the end it's no good allowing someone to make you second guess your choices when this is something you do for pleasure and they are not paying you by the line.

Challenge: do what gives you joy and don't let other people's likes/obsessions spoil it for you.

keiliss: (starcurtain_by_rainbowgraphics)

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Day 4 - In your own space, create a fanwork.

Said I wasn't going to do this, but on second thoughts - Placeholder!
keiliss: (starcurtain_by_rainbowgraphics)

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Day 3 - In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

Something I'd not done before: Love Over Gold
A reworking of the Little Mermaid (not as dark as the original fairytale but no fluff and no talking fish) for last year's AinA. I struggled to find my way into the prompt, but once I got away from the 'sweet fairytale' concept and tried for a touch of darkness, an edge of sorts, (and some unDisneyish sex), I found a challenge I really enjoyed wrestling with. Some of the comments made me wonder if I'd gotten that all across as I'd hoped, but I think there is an expectation when you see mention of a fairytale in the summary or tags. Anyhow I felt I learned a few new things writing it and I liked how it came together.

Something I had fun writing and still makes me smile: Snowed In
Summary: Gil-galad, his Herald and his SO (Senior Organiser?) are separated from their hunting party by a blizzard and are forced to spend the night in a cave.
This was for B2Me 2014. Here because this is what I most like writing, the kind of story I can just relax and have fun with, and the people I love (lacking poor Glorfindel who had to try and look after a bunch of useless courtiers out in the snow and so missed out) I didn't outline anything, I just put them in a confined space and let them talk while I wrote it down. And they obliged by being themselves.

First real Silmfic: The Boys of Summer
The idea of writing this scared me, but I liked writing in Gildor's pov so that helped a lot, that and the bitter sweetness of him and Glorfindel. From the summary: This is about Gildor, son of Lalwen, and Glorfindel of the House of the Golden Flower and a little of their experience during those six days of horror that were the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. It was like the story was there, waiting to get out (does that make sense?) - Maeglin even got into it. The battle itself was confined to what Gildor knew and experienced, otherwise I wouldn't have known where to start, though someone needs to write that story, just those six days. But this - I feel good about the way this turned out, and writing it was an experience a little like flying.

An E/G fic because this is what I like to do: The Wheel Turns
Because it would not be my list if there wasn't an Erestor/Glorfidel fic (Love Over Gold is on here for totally different reasons). And because I do love this one. Set in Minas Tirith early in the 4th Age, Glorfindel helping Erestor come to terms with the fact of mortal aging. I was going through something very difficult at the time of writing, and maybe it shows a little. Oh - swap fic the recipient never acknowledged, btw. If it had been weaker or if I'd liked it less, I would have second-guessed myself for a long while after. Why do people do this?
keiliss: (starcurtain_by_rainbowgraphics)

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Day 2 - In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

Comments are always wonderful, as is fan art - maybe something illustrating a scene in Even Quicker Than Doubt? An icon that fits my Answers Glorfindel would also make me happy. Heh, no idea why I find this so hard to answer, guess it just feels odd to ask for gifts.
keiliss: (starcurtain_by_rainbowgraphics)

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Day 1 - Talk about why you're participating in Snowflake.

Because it's how the year starts?
Because it's a great way to catch up with other people from all corners of fandom.
Because it's mainly about YOU, not about ME (except for those scary 'be proud of yourself' challenges).
Because it means I go into the year aware of all the things I love about fandom.
Because it makes me smile?

HELLO JANUARY!
keiliss: (c_merryandbright by rainbowgraphics)
Hi.

If you think I don't have your email address and you'd like a seasonal e-card, please PM me with it. I really, really wanted to do physical cards again this year but everything conspired against it so here I am, very late and even more disorganised than usual.

Thank you :)

(*goes back to wrestling with words*)
keiliss: (red cloak)
From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars... Last call for My Slashy Valentine 2016! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up. No need to overthink it, just close your eyes and JUMP!

Go to this link to read the rules, or straight HERE for the sign up page.

Sign-up period: December 6th to December 20th
Assignments distributed: no later than December 27th

Deadline for first-time participants: January 31st
Deadline for returning participants: February 7th

Archive opens: February 14th, 2016

keiliss: (kiss by raina)
From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars...

Sound familiar? Yes, it's that time again. If you still haven’t signed up for Slashy Valentine 2016, now is the time to close your eyes and jump, get into the whole community spirit of group wailing and hand-wringing joyful creativity. And if you can’t think what to ask for, PM me. I can help.

Click this link to read the rules, or else go HERE for the sign up page. Come on, you know you want to!

Sign-up period: December 6th to December 20th
Assignments distributed: no later than December 27th

Deadline for first-time participants: January 31st
Deadline for returning participants: February 7th

Archive opens: February 14th, 2016

The Iliad

Aug. 14th, 2015 12:50 pm
keiliss: (fae by thefairyhill)
Today the British Museum is hosting a live reading of Homer's Iliad from start to finish using more than 60 artists. The live feed can be found HERE.

I have a limited data cap and know I should only listen for a few minutes but I'm absolutely enthralled. The woman currently reading is bringing every word to life.

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