linaewen: (Goro-kun)
Back in 2011, I started writing a story based on a baseball anime/manga I really enjoyed, called Major.  My intention was to fill in a few gaps that weren't really covered to my satisfaction in the anime. I managed 6 chapters before I got a bit bogged down. I kept meaning to finish the story, and pecked away at it over time, but never managed to get past the point where I had originally stopped -- one reason possibly being that I felt I needed a bit more information from canon to help me finish the way I wanted to, but that information was only available in Japanese!

Earlier this month, the manga chapters that covered the part I was interested in were finally translated (into Spanish, a language I can read but not speak any longer), and I was able to access the information I was missing. It wasn't anything earth-shattering, but it gave me a better feel for my characters and I was able to get inspired enough to complete the last two chapters of the story.

If anyone is at all interested in having a look and possibly a read, Dreaming New Dreams is posted and complete at Archive of Our Own.

Even though it took 5 years, I finally finished one of my multi-chapter Works in Progress! Whoo hoo!  Now to tackle the next WIP that's been neglected for far too long...
linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)

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Day 12

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?


In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom.

It is characters that make me fannish for the most part.  It usually happens that the characters I fall in love with are secondary characters and so they don't get featured as fully as the main characters do -- this leads to me being unsatisfied because there aren't enough "stories" for me to enjoy that involve my favorites.  The only solution is to write those situations and stories myself!  In addition, I seem to interpret the motives and intentions of characters differently than others at times, and writing to explain how I see and understand a character is only natural.  I also enjoy "what if" stories and AU, which works well for me when the characters I adore are the ones who exit the original tale early by dying.  ;-)

 
 

linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
So, it looks like it's been a little over a year since I posted a blog entry. Good thing my word for 2016 is "consistent" -- maybe it will help me be more consistent in updating! I'm mulling a catch-up post that will update any readers I have left on what my year was like in 2015, but that will be for later in the week -- or next week, after I decide what's important to share and what isn't!

For now, to get the ball rolling, I want to share some responses to the [community profile] snowflake_challenge , a fannish challenge that is taking place for the first few weeks of January. In spite of my intentions to be more consistent this year, I fell behind in posting my responses to the challenge almost immediately! But no matter -- this is a fun challenge, with no pressure, so I'm going to go ahead and share what I share and go from there!

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That's probably enough for one post!  The challenge continues for a few more days, so I may be adding to some of my fannish thoughts this week.  Until then, thanks for reading and have a great day today!

linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
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Day 13

In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some great examples include: complete a bingo, sign-up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep postponing. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback, or answering comments.

I have several goals that I would like to see accomplished -- this year, if possible!

1.  I want to finish two Works In Progress that have been dormant for far too long:
 
Dreaming New Dreams This one is almost finished, but it will take some research and a revisiting of the fandom (Major anime/manga) to get back into it enough to complete it.

Face of the Enemy This one has possibly four or five chapters left to bring it to a conclusion, but I am totally stuck in a place where I have to write a battle. I know a lot of what needs to be included in the chapter, but I left it too long and now I'm a bit blocked with writing it. However, I love the story, and I definitely want to finish it this year!

2.  I want to add more than just one or two chapters per year to my epic Work In Progress:
 
Lords of Gondor. I've been writing this one for something like ten years, so I think it's time to make some better progress. I used to be able to churn out a chapter a week, but those days are long gone. But a chapter a year is not acceptable!

3.  I want to post a "new" project:
 
My very first multi-chapter story that I ever wrote was called 110 Days (Lord of the Rings fandom) and was shared on a limited basis in an LotR community and its archive. I have wanted for some time to revise this story to correct some errors in the timeline and to make it more in line with book canon. It won't take much to get it in shape, because it's still quite good, if I do say so myself! I then want to start posting the edited and revised chapters on a wider basis in all the archives where I upload my writing.

If all this happens this year, it will be awesome (and a miracle), but these goals are actually doable if I behave myself and manage my time wisely and don't get writer's block. Of course, I'll be involved in other writing challenges throughout the year which I won't be able to resist because the prompts are so appealing, but these are my always-in-front-of-me goals that I will continue to pursue until they are accomplished!


linaewen: (Lords of Gondor by captinskywalker)
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Day Six

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

Tolkien's work changed my life! I can say it no better than C.S. Lewis when he wrote about the Lord of the Rings trilogy: " ...here are beauties which pierce like swords, or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart."

I first read The Hobbit and LotR in 8th grade -- over 40 years ago -- and my heart was broken, though in the best way imaginable. I fell in love that day, and have been an avid fan of all things Tolkien ever since. I have done my best to read everything by him and about him I could get my hands on. The tale of Middle-earth in all its ages is a tale I can read over and over again -- and I do so at least once a year. It never ceases to amaze me how I can always find something new in the story. I never get tired of it! One thing I enjoy is the tale's rich detail; it is more like reading a history of the world than a story. That history is about beings like me who struggle with moral choices and learn to live with their decisions. They have real-life temptations and failings, yet they work through them with honor, faith and joy. It is a tale of friendship and loyalty, of treachery and despair, of sacrifice and redemption. It was the characters in LotR who first inspired me to start writing and reading fanfiction after having my love for Middle-earth augmented even further by the films that have been produced over the course of the last 13 years or so. There's something about having 30 years worth of personal imagining suddenly visualized on the big screen -- one just has to write about it!

There have been other books, films, shows and fandoms that have gripped me, and still do, but nothing can compare to the intensity or the duration of my love for Tolkien's masterpiece!
linaewen: (Writing by Vermeer)
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Day 5

In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

My son is a creator. It has been a source of never-ending joy to me to have a son who is so much like me, with whom I can talk about fandoms and writing and stories. We have introduced each other to new fandoms and followed them together. He reads what I write, and I read what he writes. We share our ideas with each other, and in the sharing, we can see our way forward with our writing projects. My son wants to be a published writer, and he has the creativity and the original ideas to be a good one. He is definitely amazing!


linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
I saw this in my F-List at LJ and was intrigued by it, so I signed up for the challenge! I feel the need to be more proactive with my fic writing this year and this seems like a lovely, non-threatening way to get started on that.






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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

It's hard to choose favorites from among my own work, because I really do like everything I write, if I do say so myself! ;-) But here are a few that came to mind:

Dreaming New Dreams

I have written exclusively in the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit fandom, except for this story. It is a bit of a gapfiller for characters who feature in Major, a baseball anime and manga series. My love for the Major anime series (and later the manga) was such that I braved writing something unfamiliar and totally different than what I am used to and comfortable with -- that's why Dreaming New Dreams is one of my favorites of my own creations. It is not quite finished, as Real Life got to be demanding and I let my muse go dormant -- but finishing the story it is on my List of Things to Do in the coming months. This is a fandom that seemingly has very few fans and even fewer stories written for it, so this story has gone largely unnoticed. I also haven't shared it in my normal circles -- mostly because I never finished it, but also because it is so different from my usual LotR stuff. I am very fond of it, however, and feel it does justice to the series and to the characters.

Evil Undone

This was done for a Big Bang challenge. I took a one-shot story I had written previously and fleshed it out with more back story. I had a lot of fun with this one! It was a challenge to make a few changes to canon that altered the story in a very extreme way and then make it work, but I like to think it turned out to be (mostly) believable. I am considering returning to this someday and maybe writing a sequel, since I left it rather open-ended.

Reforged

This story came out of a plot bunny that I'd been nursing for a long time and finally developed for a Finish-a-thon challenge. It is tied to an older story that I am also very proud of -- The Best Sword Ever -- but the two stories diverge in how they end. This is very much one of my favorites, because it deals with an intriguing possibility that I haven't seen explored very often.

Sounds of Home

I tend to struggle with fixed length fics, but this was one that came fairly easily to me for a change. I love this one because it has cicadas in it, and I am nothing if not a huge fan of cicadas! It was great fun working them into one of my stories.

linaewen: (Star Trek Yay)
I'm very pleased that several of my stories have been nominated for the LOTR "Tree and Flower Awards" (full list of nominees HERE).  These awards are sponsored by the lotr_community and the story archive Many Paths to Tread.  Here's my lovely banner for being a nominee!  \o/


2013 Tree and Flower Awards Nominee


My nominated stories are as follows:

Favorite Vignette

Dreams of Boats
Faramir tells Boromir of a disturbing dream.

Favorite story inspired by the Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson

Astray on the Road to Bag End
Thorin Oakenshield gets lost on his way to Bag End. Based on Thorin's comment about losing his way in Peter Jackson's film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Favorite Recipe!fic

Something Hot Would Go Down Nice
The hobbits are tired of eating cold food on their journey and start daydreaming about how something hot would go down nice.

Favorite characterization of Boromir

A Son to Be Proud Of
Boromir contemplates the relationship between his father and his brother as he prepares to leave upon his quest.

Bearing the Warrior Home
Boromir's journey home and the boat that takes him there.


 
linaewen: (Lords of Gondor by captinskywalker)
One of the LotR writing communities I belong to is having a discussion based on a meme called "30 Days of Headcanon", in which each day you explain a little something about your own views of the "universe" you write.  I couldn't resist sharing a little something for Day 2, which concerned "something about a character you are hopelessly in love with."  That would be Boromir, of course.  ;-)

When I first started reading LotR as a young person in 8th grade, I was immediately drawn to the Men of the tale. I was very fond of the hobbits (Sam in particular) but it was the stories involving the Men that really piqued my interest. I started out as an Aragorn fan, but somehow, after a second reading of the trilogy, Boromir worked his way into my affections, and once he got my attention, that was that.

I still have old copies of the trilogy where I have underlined in green pen all the times Boromir was especially cool or honorable or strong. It was always special to me to see how many times he is mentioned or remembered with honor and respect by other characters even after his death! I've underlined every word of it. ;-) My favorite Boromir "adventure" in LotR is the time they spend on Caradhras, where I believe Boroimir's true character shines out as he is instrumental in saving everyone from the snow storm.

Boromir's fall from grace as he is tempted by the Ring endears him to me much more than it angers me, because he is shown as being very much a real person who has faults and weaknesses, and who has the strength of character to acknowledge those weaknesses in the end, even though it is after his fall. Sometimes it takes a hard fall to help people see clearly where they need to change, and I think Boromir was like that. After almost 35 years of loving Boromir, when the idea came to pursue how that acknowledgement of his own weakness and fault might have played out if he had survived at Amon Hen, I couldn't resist, and began exploring through writing Boromir's journey towards home and redemption. That was ten years ago, and I'm still working on it!

I'm only slightly less in love with Boromir's family.  Faramir and Denethor are such a part of Boromir in my headcanon that my love for him extends to them as well -- and even further, to all Men of Gondor!  Having so many awesome Men to write about makes for a pretty fun time, I must say.  ;-)

But Boromir is still my favorite, and there are still many stories about him to be written that I haven't discovered yet in my "universe."  Guess I'll go work on writing some of those now!
linaewen: (Writing by Vermeer)
While it may seem to some that I have been missing in action -- particularly in the realm of writing -- I have actually been rather busily inspired, judging by the list I recently made of  little things I have written of late.  While I've made only very slow progress (if you can even call it that) on my epic Works in Progress, I haven't been so idle in the "writing other stuff" department.

Since I have neglected to actually post many of these stories in my journals, however, I figured I'd better at least share the list here, with some links to places where the stories can be read, if anyone is so inclined as to look them up and see what I've been up to.  :-D

Dates included refer to the month when the stories were first written; some older stories are included as they participated in the Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards and received awards as noted.


2013
Bearing the Warrior Home (March 2013 - B2MEM) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7115
A Suitable Arrangement (Feb 3013) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7101
Astray on the Road to Bag End (Jan 2013) - http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?stid=9174

2012
First-Day Blessing (Dec 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7114
Kingsfoil (Nov 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7070
Morning Vigil (Sept 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7059
Reading Tolkien Chronologically (August 2012, revised edition of earlier work) - http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?stid=9058
The World Ahead (July 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7033
Going Home (June 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7022
Hoarded History (May 2012) - http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?stid=8974
A Son to Be Proud Of (May 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6998
Mint Green for Healing (March 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6995
Something Hot Would Go Down Nice (Jan 2012) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6982
Gone Missing (Dec 2011) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6983
Too Young (Oct 2011) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6984

2011
Green Grows the Holly -- MEFA 3rd place (Dec 2010) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6832
If Ever You'd Met Me -- MEFA Honorable Mention (Dec 2010) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6822
The Burden of Sons -- MEFA 3rd place (Dec 2010) - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6831
Fulfilled Rites - http://www.lotrgfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=1200
On the Subject of Brothers - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6833
Boots Made for Walking -- MEFA Honorable Mention - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6834
The Sun Also Rises - http://www.lotrgfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=1883
Reforged (Finishathon) -- MEFA 3rd place - http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6843
Evil Undone (LotR GFic Big Bang) - http://archiveofourown.org/works/255015/chapters/397097


OLD STORIES THAT WON AWARDS IN 2011

Gaffers and Gardens (HM)  http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6824


More to follow, hopefully!


linaewen: (Son of Gondor by wizzicons)
I have signed up to participate in the Finish-a-thon again this year, and I need everyone to help me by voting in the poll that will choose which story I will "finish" by the due date in June.  I have listed 4 stories in my poll, and state whether I am committed to finishing or writing a certain number of words in the next few months.

Click on the following link to vote!

http://multific.dreamwidth.org/48681.html

If you do not have a Dreamwidth account, you can sign in using your LJ OpenID -- yourusername.livejournal.com.  You'll be asked to approve access to DW and then you can proceed by clicking on the link for the poll.  If you have any trouble, let me know!

Thanks for your help in deciding what I'll be writing in the coming weeks.  ;-)

linaewen: (Writing by Vermeer)
This is a post from my LJ which I thought I'd share here as well.

I'm involved in the Finish-a-thon again this year and I need folks to help me decide which WIP or story idea will be the one I work on for this year's finish-a-thon.  Below is a link to the poll so if you have an account at LJ and care to participate, please cast your vote and help me out!

http://multific.livejournal.com/43125.html

If you are participating in the Finish-a-thon yourself, you can vote twice, if you are not a participant, you can only vote for one piece.

The stories I've included in the poll are as follows -- more info on the stories along with links to existing chapters are available at the above link, along with the poll:
  • Dreaming New Dreams -- a WIP based on the Major anime/manga series, which is about as far away from LotR as you can get, but it's been fun writing it.  As usual with me, it is still unfinished.  ;-)
  • Face of the Enemy -- a Boromir WIP that has been dormant for too long
  • Lords of Gondor -- my epic WIP which simply can't be left where it is
  • Plot bunny A -- this is a story idea that I've had which won't leave me alone (check out the poll to see what it is!)
  • Plot bunny B -- another persistent story idea which has intrigued me for some time (check out the poll to see about that one, too!)
THE POLL IS ONLY GOING TO BE UP FOR A WEEK -- so please vote now!  Thank you kindly!

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