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  • If you'd be willing to help out as a beta reader for the Silmarillion40 compilation, please let me know either by commenting here with an email address (comments are screened) or by emailing us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to express your interest. As authors who need beta help let us know they are ready for a beta, we will send along summaries and other information to beta readers.


  • The question has arisen a couple of times now about the regular monthly challenges and the Silmarillion40 compilation. If you're creating something for Silmarillion40, it is totally okay to also use the monthly challenges as part of your Silm40 fanwork, if you want to. However, since you will not be able to post your fanwork before the deadline of the current challenge, then you will need to let me know that it is a challenge entry as well, and when I post your fanwork to the archive for Silm40, I'll make sure I label it accordingly. The fanwork must be received by us before the close of the current challenge to receive a stamp, however. In other words, since the deadline for the current Song of Exile challenge is September 10, then we must have your fanwork on or before September 10 if you want a stamp for the challenge. The same will hold true for the October challenge, when it is announced.


  • Speaking of stamps, I have finally caught up on the stamp collections. If something is missing or incorrect on yours, please let me know. (There is one stamp--5 Reviews for New Directions--that has not been added to anyone who has earned it ... because I have not made it yet! >.< I hope to knock this item off my to-do list in the next couple of days. And there are two new participants whose collections I need to put together still; those two will receive emails when their collections are ready.) I cannot thank everyone enough for your patience while I got caught up after a summer that proved a bit more chaotic than expected!
linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
Sorry about forgetting to post a check in yesterday.  Tuesdays are like that sometimes!  So, what kind of a writing day has it been today -- or the last two days, if today hasn't gotten going yet?
  •     I thought about my fic once or twice
  •     I wrote
  •     I did some planning and/or research
  •     I edited
  •     I've sent my fic off to my beta
  •     I posted today!
  •     I'm taking a break
  •     I did something else that I'll talk about in a comment
Wednesday Discussion:  Tuesdays are often difficult for me to get any writing done, probably due to the fact that my schedule is different and it's more prone to interruptions.  Is there a day of the week that is regularly difficult for you as far as writing goes?

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:04 pm[personal profile] shirebound
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I'm reading your wonderful posts every day, but don't have time (or energy) yet to post or write. Every day is full, morning to night, of things I need to accomplish to get this move complete. It will take a few more weeks before the world stops spinning, but I'm *starting* to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just have to keep reeaaaching for it....

Love to you all.
linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
Hello on Monday!  What kind of a writing day has it been today -- or yesterday, if today hasn't gotten going yet?
  •     I thought about my fic once or twice
  •     I wrote
  •     I did some planning and/or research
  •     I edited
  •     I've sent my fic off to my beta
  •     I posted today!
  •     I'm taking a break
  •     I did something else that I'll talk about in a comment
Monday Discussion:  Do you like to write from image prompts?

linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
Hello and welcome to a new writing week for our WIP Challenge.  What kind of a writing day has it been today -- or yesterday, if today hasn't gotten going yet?
  •     I thought about my fic once or twice
  •     I wrote
  •     I did some planning and/or research
  •     I edited
  •     I've sent my fic off to my beta
  •     I posted today!
  •     I'm taking a break
  •     I did something else that I'll talk about in a comment
Discussion question(s) for Sunday:  When you aren't writing for whatever reason, do you use these daily posts to check in and say so?  Or do you only check in when you have accomplished something?

check in day 18

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:13 pm[personal profile] lilly_c posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
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How is the writing going today? What about the last two days?

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wrote
5 (83.3%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
1 (16.7%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
0 (0.0%)

had a cheeky break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
1 (16.7%)



Discussion: what are you working on this weekend?

check in day 16

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:31 pm[personal profile] lilly_c posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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wrote
2 (33.3%)

edited
1 (16.7%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
3 (50.0%)

had a cheeky break
1 (16.7%)

dealt with life
3 (50.0%)



Discussion: reading. What kind of fics do you like to read?

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Aug. 16th, 2017 07:18 am[personal profile] shirebound
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I don't know why I'm so hard on myself, I really don't. Around 11:30 a.m. yesterday I started feeling panic because I hadn't yet started two important projects I had planned to tackle that morning. But then I made myself think back to what I had already accomplished since waking, and felt better:

* Fixed the shower head
* Showered
* Found some things Shiremom was looking for
* Went through two cartons and found places for everything
* Walked Pippin 3 times (once in the rain)
* Went through the mail
* Tried in vain to figure out what the switch in the hallway is attached to
* Tried in vain, for a third time, to get someone at the Social Security Admin. to answer the phone
* Ate breakfast and lunch
* Went online and printed out new voter registration forms
* Enjoyed reading recent posts on Dreamwidth and LJ
* Responded to sweet comments
* Found the light bulbs and set up a few lamps
* Moved my bed to a new position
* Sent two texts and one email

It's been less than a week since the moving van arrived, and Shiremom and I have a lot already. I'm proud of us. :)

[admin post] Admin Post: August 2017 Challenge: Song of Exile

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:56 pm[personal profile] dawn_felagund posting in [community profile] silwritersguild
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August 2017 Challenge Song of Exile

"But it is most likely that you shall fly from the Land of the Star with no star to guide you; for that land is defiled. Then you shall lose all that you have loved, foretasting death in life, seeking a land of exile elsewhere. But east or west the Valar along can say."

~The Silmarillion, Akallabêth


Create a fanwork about exile or exiles. About being exiled. About the people who are exiled. About the decision to exile, the leavetaking, the consequences. About metaphorical or symbolic exile.

You may use the Akallabêth quote as your prompt, or feel free to comment here suggest other quotes, artwork, or popular media that addresses the concept of exile. (Or jealously hoard your prompt to yourself like it's magical jewelry!) Or use no prompt at all--anything goes this month!

(If you love your prompts, I've posted an initial set as the first comment.)

August is traditionally the month that the SWG celebrates fanworks about the Second Age. Second Age fanworks are, of course, welcome for this month's challenge, but it is not required that you set your response in the Second Age.

To receive a stamp, your fanwork must be posted to the SWG archive on or before September 10, 2017. If you're new to our challenges, you can find the full challenge guidelines here.

Rotten boards and Dip in Road

Aug. 15th, 2017 05:27 pm[personal profile] primsong
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Still poking away at repairing my house for eventual sale, learning all kinds of stuff - with Hubby down in CA I am free to run amok with power tools unsupervised, hee hee....

Finished replacing the rotten boards on the back deck with some caveats on it being 'successful' - I can't figure out why some of them refuse to lay flat when the boards themselves are not bent and the under structure was still sound. Better luck, I hope, with the rotten boards in the front steps that are next, I have them cut, sanded and half-stained in the garage at this point. Woot!

Busy chipping away at our very hard soil trying dredge up enough dirt to fill a dip the torrential rains this last spring dug by one corner of the house. Got a chunk of new gutter so I can do my best to replace the bad gutter section responsible for that - hope I can figure that one out, as the October Rains will be here before I know it. Also learned how to play with the air compressor so I could get the car's tires back up to snuff. ;-) Learned air compressors are fun!

Hope everyone else is also getting some of those summer projects out of the way while they can.

September sign up

Aug. 15th, 2017 10:56 pm[personal profile] lilly_c posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
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It's time to sign up for the September WIP challenge!

Some people join the challenge midmonth, or comment on check-in posts without signing up, which is fine -- I'm glad there's a way for the challenge to be useful in a variety of ways.

But for those of you who find the commitment of signing up useful, please leave a comment with the below information.

Signups will be open until the end of August.



  • Level of challenge: 1 chapter, 1000 words, 1 fic finished, whatever you like
  • Fandom(s) involved: if you know at this point
  • What you're looking for from the challenge: this could be as vague or specific as you like: someone to be accountable to, someone to remind you to write, someone to bounce ideas off, etc.
  • What you could offer other participants yourself: ditto!
  • How people should contact you: DW message, e-mail, IM etc.
  • Time zone: useful for seeing who might be up for a writing session at a time convenient to you


Copypaste below:



I couldn't continue to run this challenge without assistance with the daily check-in posts. Many thanks to everyone who's helped with the check-ins before!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping out. A week per person would be ideal (I usually assign weeks running Sunday-Saturday just for consistency). I'm happy to help come up with suggestions for discussion topics (& Friday or Saturday is usually the general chat/snippet/beta-seeking etc. post).

(& if you've completed a fic through the challenge, don't forget our collection on AO3! If you need AO3 invites, let me know.)

check in day 15

Aug. 15th, 2017 10:52 pm[personal profile] lilly_c posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
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How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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1 (25.0%)

edited
1 (25.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
1 (25.0%)

planned
1 (25.0%)

had a cheeky break
1 (25.0%)

dealt with life
1 (25.0%)



Discussion: midway. As were roughly halfway through the month (give or take a day), how are you getting on with your goals?
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Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song Challenge

Below is the list of stories and art created for the Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge. Please remember that "late" entries are more than welcome--they just don't receive stamps. Do check some of them out (or go wild and read them all!), and if you like what you see, please consider commenting to let the author or artist know.

And They Say He Was Lost ... by Robinka. A drabble for the SWG challenge “Just an Old-fashioned Love Song”, inspired by “We Belong” by Pat Benatar. Back when things were better.

Far From The World We Know by Himring. At the top of Elwing's white tower. Earendil has landed, back from traversing the pathless sky, and Elwing has flown to meet him.

For Love of Silver Stars by LadyBrooke. The sun’s dying rays faded over Doriath for the first time, and Lúthien looked at Nimloth.

Into the Deep by Hrymfaxe. Fanart showing "the relationship between Ulmo and The Sea."

I've Hungered for Your Touch by Oshun. Caranthir is offered a chance to read an unpublished diary entry. It’s a copy of a recently discovered ancient manuscript apparently written by Haleth the Hunter. It’s a follow-up to my previous story The Manly-hearted Woman, but can be read independently of that one.

New Directions. part two. by hennethgalad. in part one, the crew of Eärendil were sent back to Beleriand from Valinor in a new ship. in this part, the wind changes for the Ainumanä and the crew meet some strangers.

Picking Up the Pieces by Grundy. After the Fall of Gondolin, Maeglin's more than a little broken. Is there any hope for him?

Ride the Night to the End by Silver Trails. The story is set a few days after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. It's written from Maedhros' POV.

Stolen Evenings by Tyelca. A collection of short stories, each one focusing on a different pairing sharing one (stolen) evening.

Swans by Dawn Felagund. Against Maedhros's wishes, Fingon is off to a summer retreat in the mountains, a retreat designed by the Valar for newly reembodied Elves. Amid games of kickball and group therapy, Fingon makes a friend, discovers the Noldor haven't actually invented everything, and begins to grasp the complexities of his post-reembodiment relationship with Maedhros. Maedhros/Fingon, set in my Republic of Tirion verse.

Up Where They Belong by Lyra. A Justification of a Homoromantic Reading of Maedhros and Fingon.

Your Song by Kaylee Arafinwiel. "But Lúthien came to the halls of Mandos, where are the appointed places of the Eldalië, beyond the mansions of the West upon the confines of the world. There those that wait sit in the shadow of their thought. But her beauty was more than their beauty, and her sorrow deeper than their sorrows; and she knelt before Mandos and sang to him..."




Some housekeeping notes ...

I have caught up on the document where I track stamps. I'm going to be updating collections and uploading them, a few per day, for the next week, so they should be finished by next week. (I regret how far behind I've fallen on this, but it has been quite the summer!)

Remember that you can always claim stamps for reviewing, but if you need a stamp for a challenge before May's "Hero's Journey" Matryoshka challenge, please let me know by comment, email, Great Eagle ... whatever, I'm pretty easy to find.

Because I'm also late in posting this links list (getting the trend here?? ;), then the new challenge will be announced tomorrow, on Tuesday. It will be a lower-key challenge since we already have Silmarillion40 and the annual Akallabeth in August challenges running as well.

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to a few people who have really done an incredible job of commenting on the stories and art produced for our challenge. First of all is Oshun, who is the first person to reach 50 comments on this year's challenge stories! I want to recognize also a few people who have reviewed at least one challenge story or artwork every month so far this year: Himring, Lyra, and Oshun. Thank you so much for your encouragement of our authors and artists!

And the biggest shout-out goes to Lyra, who not only makes all of the stamps but keeps my late-running, disorganized butt in line. Seriously, these challenges would not be half as well-run as they are without your help, Lyra--thank you!
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Silmarillion 40 Compilation

If you've signed up for a prompt for the Silmarillion 40 Compilation and you'd like to claim more prompts, you can begin doing so today! Please continue claiming prompts by commenting on the Silmarillion 40 sign-up post or emailing us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

Please make sure to include the following information:

  • Your SWG username

  • An email address where we can contact you

  • Any prompts you'd like to complete (make sure to let us know if you plan to create writing or art for those prompts!)


The list of prompts can be found here.

Complete guidelines for the Silmarillion 40 event can be found here. Do not sign up until you read this page.

check in day 14

Aug. 14th, 2017 09:24 pm[personal profile] lilly_c posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
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How is the writing going today? what about yesterday?

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wrote
6 (75.0%)

edited
2 (25.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
0 (0.0%)

had a cheeky break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
4 (50.0%)



Discussion: when life gets hectic can you write? do you wait until things calm down?
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Wowee, I don't know where to start, except to say that I'm NEVER MOVING AGAIN. Never ever. The past weeks have been intense, but 7 days of 400-miles-a-day driving got us to New Jersey just hours before the moving van -- which had taken a different route across the country -- pulled up in front of the cute little house Shiremom and I will be renting from my brother. We've only really had time to unpack the essentials, stack up unopened boxes to go through as we find the time, find the supermarket, and introduce Pippin to the neighborhood. Pip goes wild every time she sees squirrels, a new experience for her! If she could climb the trees after them, she would. She'll have to make the transition from city dog to country dog in her own special way. She was such a good girl on the journey. I made the back seat as comfy as possible for her.

We've slept in the new house for the past few nights, and it seems to be a quiet neighborhood (except for a few barking dogs). My busy brother and sister-in-law have been able to help out more than I had anticipated, and one of my nieces and her fiance arrive in town today also for a visit. I need to get down to Philly to see my dad and bring him up here (about a 40-minute drive), and my "to do" list is still quite long. But.... the Big Move is done!

Shiremom is very very happy, but I'm too tired to be anything but relieved. I suspect that a quiet joy will fill me in the weeks to come when the craziness of the past months starts to ease.

It's been frustrating to be so out of touch with your lives (especially hard since halfway through the trip my computer broke). I'm limping along on Shiremom's 14-year-old laptop at the moment. I'll start reading my flists on Dreamwidth and LJ again starting tomorrow, but not backtracking. Please oh please point me toward any posts since July 30th that you'd like me to read!

*love*

check in day 13

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:24 pm[personal profile] lilly_c posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
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Sorry about disappearing last week, RL kind of imploded on me and all of those things had to be bumped up to the top of the list. I'll definitely be around this week, even if RL decides to implode again. I'm not around from the 23rd to the 30th with travelling but I think one or both of those weeks are already covered.

Anyway, I'm rambling on. How is the writing going?

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3 (50.0%)

edited
2 (33.3%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
1 (16.7%)

had a cheeky break
1 (16.7%)

dealt with life
3 (50.0%)



Discussion: what are you working on this week? any deadlines?
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