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"Small Hands", chapter 2

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:35 am
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Here's one more chapter before move-preparations swallow me up completely!

Summary: Two late-comers to Cormallen are nervous about meeting the Ring-bearers. In the process of getting to know them, they learn a great deal about hobbits... and their new king. Characters include Aragorn, Pippin, Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Gimli.

Links to Chapter 2:

http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7551

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12572274/2/Small-Hands
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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!

So my mother had a small stroke.

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:34 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
She's talking just fine (which is great, she's a real chatterbox) and even though she has some weakness on one side, it's already improving.

And while we were gone dealing with this, the cops broke into our house to search for our escaped neighbor. Which is ridiculous - they didn't have a warrant, and they certainly didn't have probable cause, and they definitely did not have our consent to a search.

I must say, they're really pulling out all the stops here. The cops, the state troopers, a joint NY/NJ task force, a helicopter... all this for some dude who ran out of his house, handcuffed, in his undies. It's either overkill, or they're hiding something big.

Sappho Prompts

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:26 pm
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[personal profile] hhimring
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)

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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Jul. 19th, 2017 03:56 pm
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[personal profile] baranduin
Harry and MF kinda sorta hanging out together on the patio. They had a snooze though Harry kept an eye on him. Actually this morning Harry achieved a sneak attack on MF, he was so pleased.



Three more pics of Harry beneath the cut.

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[personal profile] hanarobi is just leaving to go have dinner with her niece. Today we did nothing but sleep late, then watch Bahubali 2 on youtube without subtitles. We watched the first one, with subtitles, last night. She liked them! Which is good since they're almost three hours each.

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)

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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Jul. 18th, 2017 10:34 am
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Jumping on a very nice bandwagon today.

Happy birthday, dearest Mewsie. I see your name so often in so many ways ...



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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They were already a bit more semi than feral, and now they've been upgraded! Nellie is Sociable, and Kid Blink is Friendly But Shy. It is crucially important that we don't fall into the trap of giving Nellie more attention just because she is friendlier.

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Marrying Later, Staying Single Longer (Nifty animated graphs!)

The Power of Inclusive Sex Education

Tech giant releasing 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno; that's a good thing, really

Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement

Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

Swiss glacier yields bodies of couple missing for 75 years

The Prisoner Who Painted Dachau’s Horrors (Some of the paintings are reproduced in the article.)

Puerto Rico economic crisis hits island's only zoo

The Summer of Misreading Thucydides

'Inappropriate' and 'Insulting.' Most Americans Disapprove of Trump's Twitter Use

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

Republican attempts to replace Obamacare fail

Separatists proclaim a new state to replace Ukraine

A video of a woman in a skirt sparks outrage in Saudi Arabia

Australians see woman's shooting by police as US nightmare

Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye.

'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat

UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials

mews1945's birthday

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:33 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
I'll always love you
Feeling your sweet spirit near
nestled in my heart

Ooh.

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:00 am
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[personal profile] idleleaves
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...)

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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)

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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Jul. 17th, 2017 01:41 pm
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Book meme gacked from [personal profile] el_staplador! 50 questions about reading!

1. You currently own more than 20 books: I was probably born owning more than 20 books, given my family ...

2. You currently own more than 50 books: Aren't there some 0s missing from the '50'?

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Dragons

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Dragons
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My Scroll.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 10:43 am
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Books finished:
Speak Its Name by Kathleen Jowitt. I think I wrote about this mid-read but I've finished it now and enjoyed it a lot. I hope we find out more about Lydia and Colette. Their first date had my stomach all nervous just like on a first date :-) Not to mention this was a finalist this year for the Betty Trask Award and Prize, a yearly award that celebrates first novels written by authors under the age of 35, who reside in a current or former Commonwealth nation.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. So sad. Plus I got confused by the interweaving of the narratives but I think I wasn't paying as much attention as I might have been. I can see rereading this for the beauty of the language but oh the characters made me sad.
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris.
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Jul. 17th, 2017 10:24 am
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Meme gacked from everyone :-)

Mountain or beach person?
Beach please. Preferably with lots of trees and mountains nearby. But yeah, give me the beach, preferably of the cold stormy kind rather than the tropical kind though really, that's kind of picky. The ocean is good.

Coffee or tea?
Both though they are for separate purposes and times of day. Coffee is for first thing in the morning.

smoothies or milkshakes?
None since they're all pretty much carb bombs so a no-go for me. If I had my druthers, however, I would vote for the bubble tea type smoothies I used to get, it's the bubbles :-)

vanilla or chocolate?
Vanilla. No question.

sun or moon?
Moon. The sun gets too warm for me to warm to it very often.

home body or traveler?
Hard to say. I love to travel and I love to stay home. Having said that, I am getting ridiculously excited about moving to Laramie for many reasons -- but one of them is that I get to move to a new place. I haven't moved in so many years and it's built into my DNA from being an Air Force brat that I GOTTA GO, so moving somewhere, and especially to my best friend's house, is pretty much the most exciting thing that's happened in years. One of my post-move dreams is for me and [personal profile] hanarobi to load up the car and do a wandering US/Canada road trip visiting various flisties.

Sunrise or sunset.
Don't know. Think both are probably pretty darned inspiring.

Mermaid or fairy?
Hmm. I have always found fairies faintly silly so I guess it's mermaids?

Sun or rain?
A nice mix of both, with the balance tilted more strongly to coolness, cloudiness and rain. With occasional sun breaks that make us all go, "So that's the sun! Nice looking! Warm!" And then the clouds come back and we all go, "That's better."

watercolor or acrylic?
Don't know. I don't paint myself and don't think I have particular druthers in either direction. However, in my coloring app on my ipad I usually post-process pics with a watercolor filter so there's that lol.

Eep! It's Monday and [personal profile] hanarobi is coming tonight!

Harry, get ready to have TWO fooders in the house!
Midnight Fluff (currently known as Summer Slick on account of having done a huge shed), prepare to meet a second fooder in this house!

Why did I sign up for this again?

Jul. 17th, 2017 02:15 pm
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So I volunteered to produce a hand-out for the Grey Camp at Drachenfest and I love and loathe the job in equal measure. I mean, I get to put in such awesome shit like,

"for young adepts of the Grey Path aged 6-16 (or the equivalent age among your people)"

"Uiriel offers translations into English, French, Latin and Sindarin"

"Wanted: DWARF (M/F) as embassador to the Dwarven colony in Aldradach. Requirements: respectable beard, hard-drinking,"

On the other hand, I despair over the question of how to inclusively address all the different magic-workers and it's literally impossible. Because even "magic-workers" doesn't work with clerics and priests (their power isn't magic! In fact, they probably hate magic! They ~*~work miracles~*~). "Supernatural powers" will get you in a fight with shamans, druids and witches who insist that their powers are perfectly natural. And so on. So all I can do is list the lot and hope I won't forget anyone! [SPOILER: I definitely will, there are so damn many options.] Nobody wants to be an "etc."!

Yeah, I thought presenting this thing as an in-character newsletter was a good idea but now I'm not so sure...
I'll have to do it with them there, which isn't ideal, but what can you do?

(And they progress so rapidly! They no longer panic when I stand up, but just kinda look at me.)

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6 Terrifying Powers You Didn't Know The Government Had

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As US hits 50,000 cap, refugees must prove they have American connections

Amid disputes, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea

200 Environmentalists Were Murdered Last Year

A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment (The Atlantic asks the same question I had: Where was all this rethinking and non-judgmental reporting when these "opioid-dependent newborns" were mostly black?)

My Visit With One of the Forgotten Prisoners of Guantánamo

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Turkey’s Erdogan turned a failed coup into his path to greater power

Year after coup, Turkey's opposition on the march. But to where?

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Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

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