Life in general

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:11 pm
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Or what I'm doing on my summer vacation...

Long time, no rl update. The reason is that my life is rather quiet, for the most part.

It's hot here... very hot, mid-90s and so humid that the air drips.

I spend my days playing games on Facebook, which I would leave but for my game addiction.

I also do quite a few things in the Babylon 5 fandom - an update every two weeks of fandom things like fics, art and newsishness, I mod and post at a rewatch group as well. we are over halfway through Season 4. If you're a fan, join us at either Lj or Dw. Our name is B5_revisited. Once a year, I mod a B5 fan celebration called Babylon 5 Love and we post B5 fics, art , metas... anything every day for a month, usually Feb because well, you know, love!

I am doing Sins this year (Or is it still Ardor in August?). I have the story in my head but not typed yet. Starting this week.

Signups for the Oeam Big bang close at the end of the month as well. We have several. I wish we'd get a big bunch but OEAM apparently doesn't reach far and I'm just not a Tumblr person... NO clue what one does there.

OEAM is still up and running - the self upload site that EVERYONE swore they wanted so they could post to... um, I post there and maybe one more person now and again. It's a lovely archive and I monitor it nearly every day. It doesn't show up right on Google and I can't fix it. After Tallulah, Elfscribe and Marius (and others as well) worked and worked and worked, my webhost sent me a note telling us that we were using too much band width and if we didn't cut it down, they were going to shut us down. We - well Tallulah - worked tirelessly to do all the things they suggested to no avail. SOOOO I got us a new webhost and we were never able to get the site uploaded there. We realized that we were not using what they said anyway. They were doing this in an attempt to get me to change to a $40+ a month site, which I refused to do. So as one of the fixes, we sort of got off the search engines. We are at www.ofelvesandmen.com - nothing more. That is us.

I'm still old and still mobility impaired. I work on gaming, fanning and I've taken up reading cozy mysteries and belong to a group at FB that discusses one a month. It's fun. I am trying to spend more time reading than I have in past years. I also have a new overlock sewing machine... brand new - not even out of the box yet. I have to learn how to use it now. There are lots of nice videos at Youtube (you can learn to do almost anything there). I ma making some little craftish sewing projects and hope to make a few clothes as well when I get the hang of this thing.

Larry works at home and is working lots of long hours so I'm on my own most of the time. Sometimes I think it would be nice if he had an office off the premises... but then again, he is here all the time and I kinda like that, too.

That's all I can think of... gotta grab a shower and then it'll be time for Chinese takeout and British mysteries on PBS - our Saturday night excitement. I do love my Midsomer Murders!

So what are all y'all up to this summer? (Really! I want to know!)

Write Every Day! July - Day 21

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:43 am
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I woke up to a very weird comment on a PWP I wrote a while ago which was basically a sort of smug mockery of the fic and me? So that wasn't a good start into the day at all, and I just don't get why people feel the need to do that in the comments of a fic, sigh.

But I didn't want to spend the day feeling sad, so I decided that I definitely deserved some hot dads now and bought Dream Daddy, a gay dad dating game that has suddenly been all over my twitter. And it's very cute indeed! Obviously I had to go and make a Valjean dad and see if I could make him date the most Javert-like dad. :D

It's actually a super cute game, and I've been having fun with it! I might even offer it for Yuletide.

I managed to write another 500 words of my WIP as well - which was supposed to feature a conversation but so far has been mostly kissing. /o\ Failing at communication is truly what they're best at.

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Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 19 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)
Day 20 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (6 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!
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Title: A Queen for the Fourth Age

Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel

Summary: Elessar’s great-great-granddaughter is set to become the Two Kingdoms’ first queen. After all, she was firstborn, before her twin brother – the Princess’ Champion.

A/N: For “A Woman’s Sceptre”. Eldacar Telcontar first appeared in my ficlet “Two Princes” as a very young prince – I’ve never written him as King or with children before.

 

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B2MeM Prompt: “On silver necklaces they strung The flowering stars, On crowns they hung The dragon-fire, in twisted wire They meshed the light of moon and sun.” JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit

Format: Short story/chapter

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Characters: Galadriel, Idril, Elwing, Nimloth, Faniel Finwiel, OCs

Creator’s Notes (optional): The Lindarin OCs are Fiondil’s, used with permission.

Summary: Some time (but not too long) after Idril welcomed Galadriel to Alqualonde, the two ellith – and two others – go to a favoured tavern for a drink, and fall in with…surprising company.

 

 

 

 

 

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B2MeM Prompt: The Darkening of Valinor (Purple)

Creator’s Notes (optional): Inspired by Fiondil’s “Nightfall in Aman”, this is a reworking of my own “Silence Falls” written for B2MEM previously, and includes it.

Summary:  Idril remembers, as she walks on the shore of Alqualondë.

 

 

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Title: Morning Hath Broken 2/3, Doriath

Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel

Summary: Oropher remembers.

A/N: Emma and I place Oropher’s birth during YT 1499, at what would be 14,364 solar years – six “years” and less than one Valian year before the rising of the Moon and Sun. This would make him a little more than two and a half in human maturity.

 

 

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Title: Morning Hath Broken

Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel

Summary: One fair morning in Harlindon, Oropher tells the story of the Iathrim's first sunrise to the most precious light of his life - his only remaining son.
A/N: For the prompt “'Boys, sound the bells, the sun rose from the west today. I doubt we'll see it set.' -Dessa, 'Sound the Bells'” given randomly by the Silmfic Prompt Generator, and the February Challenge “Revolution”. Also for Keiliss, for her birthday. An alternate POV of Fiondil’s “Arin Etarácië”, at least within the frame story. My atto indonyo told us how the Exilic Noldor in Fingolfin’s train saw the first Sunrise, as they stepped onto Ennorath’s shores. What of the Iathrim?

 

 

 

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Vocabulary: All are Sindarin unless otherwise noted.
Iathrim – “(All The) People of the Fenced Land”, i.e. folk of Doriath
Cyrnanor – “Sun-rounds”, years. Singular would be coranor

Helvui – “Fluffy”, Thranduil’s toy rabbit

Laes-nin “my baby”, Oropher’s most common endearment for Thranduil

Anor – Sun

Ada – “Papa/Daddy”

Arin Etarácië”, (Quenya) “Morning Hath Broken”

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Title: What Uncle Glorfi Says…

Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel

Summary: …should stay with Uncle Glorfi. And when it doesn’t…

A/N: Inspired by Fiondil’s “Blades of Destiny” and also his Glorfindel in general.

 

 

 

Write Every Day! July - Day 20

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:21 am
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So umm, because I have never heard of moderation I actually went back to the National to see the first part of Angels in America again, live in the audience as they broadcast it (which was a fun experience with all these giant cameras around us, fortunately I sat in the second row so no audience reaction shots, phew). :D I have a ticket to see the second part at the NT as well when they film it next week, but damn it, I'll never see this play done so well again in my lifetime, and also I very much prefer paying £15 for a seat here to $100 on Broadway.

I came back home completely starved and barely managed to post the next chapter of my slavefic, which I finished editing before I left for the theatre. I also wrote a few paragraphs of chapter 51, so all in all a very good day. I'm still happy about the 50 chapters milestone, even if I still have no idea how many more it'll take - there aren't that many plot points left, but quite some emotional development, so hopefully I'll get to finish this year...

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Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 19 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Sappho Prompts

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Tolkien Femslash week is doing a challenge which invites you to make prompts from a list of Sappho quotations (or fragments).
The current SWG challenge suggests combining the song prompts with the Femslash challenge, if it works for you.

I like Sappho so I thought this  was a lovely idea. I made up some prompts, in case anyone is interested, i.e. I picked quotations and added a f/f pairing from the Legendarium that came to mind.(I'm afraid some of the more popular pairings are not included.)

They are posted to Tumblr but I'll also copy them in below.

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Write Every Day! July - Day 19

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:34 am
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I have no idea how it got so late, but at least I managed to do an entire first edit pass through my next WIP chapter today, and even wrote an additional 500 words of the next chapter. Bed time for me now!

Tally:
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Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)

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Dragons

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:52 pm

Write Every Day! July - Day 18

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:50 am
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My Tuesday was incredible and exhausting - at last it was time for my two show day at the National to see the current production of Angels in America and it was GLORIOUS and everything I'd hoped it would be! I've never spent an entire day at the National before - I was there literally from noon to midnight, and spent 8 hours in my seat, but it was so worth it.

This felt like a defining production, I don't think I'll ever see this play again done so well in my lifetime. I know that 8 hours in a theatre sounds like a lot, but this truly went by much more quickly than some 2 hour plays I've seen. And the experience of getting to spend an entire day delving deeply into these characters and this story is indescribable.

After the show I made adorable stage door friends - Russell Tovey was just so so impressive in Bent, and then this, I just had to tell him how impressed I was, and he was so happy to hear that I'd come to see Bent especially. Andrew Garfield really impressed me as well - I don't know how you can go through eight hours of emotional upheaval on stage like that, again and again, it was so stunning! And I sat center front so I got to see every single tear and drop of sweat (and uhh Russell Tovey's balls for his full nudity scene /o\).

So, writing-wise, as I should probably have expected, I didn't get much done. We had a two hour break between part 1 and 2, and I'd brought my tablet, but I was just way too emotionally wrapped up in the play to write. I think I managed to edit a sentence or two before I gave up. But I don't regret a single bit of this day! (And I have a theatre-free day today, so hopefully I can catch up now.)

Tally:
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Day 14 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 15 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)

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[admin post] Admin Post: "New Directions" Challenge Stories

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:39 pm
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SWG Challenge New Directions

Below is the list of stories submitted for the New Directions challenge. Please remember that while "late" entries do not receive a stamp, they are more than welcome on the archive, so if you're still working on this challenge--or haven't started it yet but want to--please carry on! Links on the list below go to the Table of Contents, where you can find author's notes and more information about the story. If you enjoy a story, please consider commenting and letting the author know.

Annael's Reunion by Kaylee Arafinwiel. After far too long, Annael of the Grey-elves reunites with one he thought lost.

For Those Who Hold a Silmaril In Their Hands by LadyBrooke. Erellont is young when Finrod leaves, and his uncle goes with him.

Legolas of Gondolin by Silver Trails. This is an introduction to my view of Legolas of Gondolin.

The Manly-Hearted Woman by oshun. This is a story of Haleth.

New Directions by hennethgalad. the friends of Eärendil, returning from Valinor
+ mystery guest...

Of Huor of the House of Hador by StarSpray. Six moments in the life of Huor son of Galdor.

Of Voronwe's Parents by Himring. Two vignettes featuring the parents of Voronwe of Gondolin.

A Second Chance by Grundy. "She whom he had loved was Amárië of the Vanyar, and she was not permitted to go with him into exile."

The Snakes and the Flowers by Lyra. A young Vanyarin poet makes some clever observations, the relevance of which only grows apparent in good time.

Sunset to Sunrise by Tyelca. A quiet night at home for Arien, Bearer of the Sun.




If you have not seen our current challenge, Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song, check it out! Fanworks for this one are due by 11 August 2017 to be eligible for a stamp.

As I am in the midst of the Mereth Aderthad, stamps will be later than usual this month. I will try to have them updated by the middle of next week. If there are any drastic changes to that timeline, I will let everyone know.
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Title: To Protect and Serve (for tolkien_weekly's prompt, "Serve")
Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel
Summary: Wiseman, Alaska’s newest police officer  looks back, while he’s set to begin his first day. (Set in Fiondil’s “Elf, Academy” ‘verse, and tagged to EA 3, Chapter 85, “Prince Legolas’ First Day”.)
A/N: Finally, Elladan pulled up across the street from the station. “You’ll do fine,” he told Legolas. “Just don’t take over the station immediately. Give it ten minutes or so before you do.”
Legolas stared at his friend in disbelief and then, seeing the glint of humor and mischief in the peredhel’s eyes, he allowed himself to relax and chuckled. “I was planning on waiting a good half hour before taking over,” he quipped and Elladan barked out a laugh.
“Good luck,” he said as Legolas climbed out of the car and then he drove off, leaving the prince to face the Mortals alone.

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Ooh.

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:00 am
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My YOI Ship* Bingo card. There are ships I love and have written, there are ships I love and haven’t written, and there are ships that will be a challenge. Nice mix. :D

* Both platonic and romantic relationships count for this - eee.

Yuuri K/Minami Phichit/Leo Otabek/Yuri P Yuuri K/Victor Michele/Emil
Chris/Yuuri K Yuuri K/Yuri P Phichit/Yuuri K Mila/Victor Otabek/Victor
SLASH Hiroko/Toshiya YOUR CHOICE Mila/Sara/Isabella Victor/Chris
Victor/Yuri P Otabek/JJ/Leo Otabek/JJ JJ/Isabella Anya/Mila
Leo/Guang-Hong Minami/Yuri P Emil/Sara Seung Gil/JJ Leo/JJ

Write Every Day! July - Day 17

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:44 am
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Today the booking for Fun Home in London opened, which I'm super excited about after seeing it twice in NYC. I've already booked two tickets for next summer today, and I'm sure those will multiply... :D

That was the most exciting part of today really, but at least in addition I also managed to write another 600 words of my slavefic, which means that the draft for this week's chapter is finished! Now all that's left is to edit it in time for Thursday (and get started on chapter 51, of course...)

Tally:
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Day 13 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor , [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 14 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 15 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)

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Dragons

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Write Every Day! July - Day 16

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:26 am
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I wrote around 600 words of a review of yesterday's show - those are mainly just a memory for myself since my brain's a sieve, and it's proving really useful when I can't quite remember details of a specific Les Mis cast/staging I've seen.

I also wasted way too much time on Stardew Valley and LOTRO today, but hey, it's Sunday. I did manage to work a bit on my WIP after I tore myself away from that, but I only managed a couple of paragraphs. Still, I've got both characters in a state of undress, and I'm really determined to bring this chapter to a satisfying ending tomorrow. ;)


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Day 13 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r[personal profile] iberiandoctor , [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 14 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 15 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)


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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.
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