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Fandom: The Silmarillion
Rating: Mature/Adult
Genre: Dark canon divergent AU, gen.
Wordcount: 4200 words
Characters: Maglor, Maedhros, Elwing, Eärendil, Elrond

Warnings: Choose Not to Warn, largely because I suspect there would be warnings I missed because it's a dark canon divergent AU. There's a ton of off-screen character death, on-screen suicide-by-battle, and no good answers.

Author’s Notes: Many thanks to Lyra for the beta. The title comes from Emily Brontë’s poem “The Night is Darkening Round Me.” This was written for SWG's Silmarillion40 compilation.

Read on: SWG or AO3.

Halloween #18: Blackbeard's Ghost

Oct. 18th, 2017 12:44 am
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North Carolina has many ghosts and strange stories and perhaps the most famous real life pirate of all met his end in North Carolina. Edward Teach was the name he used but you know him as Blackbeard.

Here is his story: )

This article was copied from here: http://northcarolinaghosts.com/coast/blackbeards-ghost/ The photos were added by me.

Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge was found several years ago and there is an exhibit of pieces of the ship and many, many artifacts as well as several education programs on the pirate himself and the salvage operation itself at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in the historic and quite lovely town of Beaufort, NC. The artifacts are fascinating and I think they give a real glance at life in the early 18th century.


North Carolina's Beaufort, by the way is pronounced bow-fort.
Dear god, that street has a lot of cats in varying degrees of feralness. One house with a large lot has at least a dozen hanging out there at any given point of time. Another house with a small lot has its own colony, at least three adult queens and two litters of kittens at distinctly different ages. Somebody is feeding these cats, but they're not doing anything to reduce the surplus population.

I kinda want to TNR the lot of them. Or, rather, I want to T them, have a rescue organization handle the N, and then give them an address to R them back to. (Except the kittens, who'd get rehomed, not returned.) With good timing the whole process wouldn't take much longer than a few weeks. But there's the iffy issue of setting up traps on other people's property....

(Plus the other issues of not having the time or energy to do any of this, let alone the cash. Can't save 'em all.)

Maybe I can put in a call to a cat rescue organization that does TNRs anyway. They might be willing to wade in and handle this. If they're not overwhelmed. (LOL. Of course they're overwhelmed.)

Write Every Day! October Day 17

Oct. 18th, 2017 01:25 am
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Forgive me for being behind with answering your comments. The heatwave of the last few days is totally draining me, and between being busy and having to deal with weird headache flares that were not quite a migraine, I found little time for being at my computer, and that I mostly used for writing. When looking trough some old files today to get together snippets and plot bunnies for one WIP, I found an abandoned Fandom stocking gift for a friend. I had completely forgotten about it but stil like it, so I took it out and wrote most of what was missing. Not much more than 200 words, I guess, but I also edited the existing part to some degree.

Tally:
Day 1-14 )
Day 15 on DW: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme (10/12)
Day 16 on DW: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme (8/12)

Let me know if I missed you or if you didn't check in for a while, so I can add you. Of course joining the fun is possible at any point.
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We Will Be Who We Are by Lotrfan. The Army of Valinor has come to Beleriand. Maedhros and Maglor feel they must join in this battle against Morgoth but are reluctant to bring Elrond and Elros into the conflict. War of Wrath prompt focusing on the relationships between the surviving sons of Fëanor and the sons of Eärendil they are fostering. (Short Story)

There was battle in the air by Lyra. "But Eärendil came, shining with white flame, and about Vingilot were gathered all the great birds of heaven and Thorondor was their captain, and there was battle in the air all the day and through a dark night of doubt. Before the rising of the sun Eärendil slew Ancalagon the Black, the mightiest of the dragon-host, and cast him from the sky; and he fell upon the towers of Thangorodrim, and they were broken in his ruin." (Artwork)



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My auction is here: https://fandomlovespuertorico.dreamwidth.org/2874.html?thread=216890#cmt216890

I'm offering: a set of a general banner, a participant banner, and an icon (mod or general) for one fest, challenge, exchange, bingo, etc. Sizes are negotiable.

I'm open to anything that doesn't hit my DNWs. Any fandom, original, or non-fannish.

I won't create anything using copyrighted photos I don’t own the rights to unless you-the-bidder took the photo; NSFW images or text. No exchanges, challeges, fests, etc. focused on RPF, ABO, incest, rape/noncon/dubcon, or porn.

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Whew!

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:29 am
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That feeling of immense relief when your fic exchange recipient leaves a comment/review saying they like it.
I have never seen the lights but Larry has. I asked him if they were really just car headlights and he said no and they are quite eerie to see.

This article comes from this site: North Carolina Ghosts.

The Brown Mountain Lights )


Where to go to see the lights

Brown Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest, and there a few nearby overlooks commonly used to observe the lights.

Brown Mountain Overlook, located 20 miles north of Morganton on NC highway 181, 1 mile south of the Barkhouse Picnic Area.

Wiseman's View Overlook can be found 5 miles south of Linville Falls on Kistler Memorial Highway, which is also Old NC 105 and State Road 1238.

Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook, which is found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at mile-post 310, 2 miles north of the NC highway 181 junction.

The lights are most commonly seen on clear, dry nights in the autumn. Moonless nights can be a boon to visibility. The lights are a relatively rare occurrence, and many people have sat on a car hood late into the evening staring into the darkness and seeing nothing. But it's definitely worth a look.

Innumerable Stars reveals

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:26 am
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Yes, another exchange! For Tolkien fic and art. The collection is here. (And people have sneakily been adding more treats over the past couple days (sssneaking, precious!), so it might also be worth checking back this weekend to see if there's anything new.)

I have two gifts, and I love both of them:

The Road from the South (1387 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Boromir (Son of Denethor II) & Elrond, Boromir (Son of Denethor II) & Faramir (Son of Denethor II)
Characters: Boromir (Son of Denethor II), Faramir (Son of Denethor II), Elrond Peredhel
Additional Tags: First Meetings
Summary:

Boromir hasn't truly rested since he left Gondor, and he knows that it should rightfully be Faramir on this quest, but that doesn't stop him from following the road north to Imladris.



A Better Lot (300 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms, The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aerin/Rían of the House of Bëor, background Huor/Rían of the House of Bëor
Characters: Aerin (Tolkien), Rían of the House of Bëor
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fix-It, Triple Drabble, Extra Treat
Summary:

Aerin and Rían change their stories.

Deleted scenes from iZombie

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:35 am
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Liv talking to her mother and brother. JFC, we should've seen some of these in season 2. They should not have been deleted! But maybe we'll get some family closure, finally, next season, now that zombies are officially a known quantity.

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Oct. 16th, 2017 04:52 pm
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OK, I know I shouldn't care and I don't much. BUT. So that asshole Woody Allen (he who made the funnest movie scene I've ever seen in my life dammit) got reported in the NY Times today for calling for "no witch hunts" of men pursuant to the Harvey Weinstein pile-on (deserved by the way).

This seems to me the perfect article on which to open up comments. NO COMMENTS ALLOWED. WHY NOT?

I had a lot of comments to make. Some of them might even have been approved. Have emailed the Public Editor.

So I settled instead for leaving a comment on the article about President Asshole and Senator Asshole (McConnell variety) making nice together today. Have suggested the expression on Senator Asshole's face was because he just ejaculated in his pants.

Not thinking this comment is going to get approved but what the hell lol.

It's a good thing I've never aspired to be a nice woman :-)

Happy Monday!

Sweetheart is getting bolder

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:37 pm
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She's been trying to get in the front door. Today she tried to slip in the back - at least until she was repelled by Callie!

Jenn referred to her being "home" the other day, meaning being on our porch.

We've got to get her moved, and fast. If we keep talking like that, she'll be our cat.

Now, last week she disappeared when it was time to grab her to go to the van. Next week, won't let her do that.

Also, Bookriot has a $500 sweepstakes to spend at whatever bookstore you like.

***************


How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy'

The Tomato Pill Craze

American cricket gets ready for take-off

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

How Amish produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

The Surprising Problem With Star Trek’s Most Celebrated Episode (And really, why not take that character back to the future or something?)

Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic

An Anarchist Is Teaching Patients to Make Their Own Medications (Sounds risky, especially if combined with self-diagnosis.)

Diwali Fireworks Are Limited In India Over Toxic Smog Concerns

Rohingya refugee influx inspires Bangladeshi aid - and worry

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from 100% match dad because of probation violation (UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.)

How can US rapist win joint custody of minor victim's child?

Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group hate group on religious freedom memo

Before You Hit 'Submit,' This Company Has Already Logged Your Personal Data

Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns?
Title: Ready
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 320
Rating: G

Read more... )

Write Every Day! October Day 16

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:54 am
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Today was a busy but productive day, also writing-wise: some editing for my original story, and continued NaNo-prep with one of the WIPs I want to finish; going through the written parts to see what I'll keep and what not, and writing up a new draft for what's missing.

Tally:
Day 1-14 )
Day 15 on DW: [personal profile] auroracloud, [personal profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] ysilme (10/12)

Let me know if I missed you or if you didn't check in for a while, so I can add you. Of course joining the fun is possible at any point.
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A Tyrant Spell Has Bound Me by Independence1776. After an ambush by Morgoth’s army destroys the Fëanorian camp, the survivors seek refuge in the Havens. Dark AU. (Short Story)




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THE GREENBRIER GHOST
A Tale from Haunted West Virginia
(https://www.prairieghosts.com/shue.html)

The history of the Greenbrier Ghost may be one of the most unique stories in the annals of ghostlore. This strange tale from rural West Virginia is not only a part of supernatural history, but of the history of the American judicial system as well. It remains a one of a kind event.. the only case in which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer!
The Story )

Zona's tombstone:


Author Sharyn McCrumb has written an excellent book about the Greenbrier Ghost. It is called The Unquiet Grave and tells the story of Zona Shue from several points of view. I highly recommend it.
This is the predicted weather today in the neighborhood I lived in before my move:

96°, 17% humidity

Yup, that's the searingly hot October I remember. Those poor firemen in California! They're such heroes.

I'll be running tons of errands today. It's always so satisfying to get them done. :)
(hat gut gefegt)
(ham wir zersägt)

What better way to spend a sunny afternoon in October than to plod down to the local sports pitch to watch a bunch of athletes running around and scoring goals in the blinding autumn light?
ABOUT A THOUSAND WAYS I would have said, until yesterday.


Just a normal afternoon down at some small-town pitch

Because yesterday I went with my olde Ring*Con pal Judith, her housemate and the housemate's boyfriend to watch the end-of-the-season games of the German Quidditch League.


I am not shitting you, this is real

We had timed our visit sort of randomly, but it turned out to be perfect because we arrived just before the finals. Since we were watching these matches in the shadow of the mighty Drachenfels, we decided to root for the most local team available, i.e. the Rheinos Bonn, which turned out to be a good choice, but tbh I was perfectly willing to cheer for everyone since Cologne wasn't involved anyway.


I love approximately everything about this

The first match (for third place), Looping Lux Leipzig vs. Hamburg Werewolves, was moving reasonably slow - not slow enough to be boring, but slow enough to give us a chance at figuring out the goings-on and the rules. (Judith had brought her copy of Quidditch through the Ages but strangely it glosses over the singularities of Lawn Quidditch, boo.) By a mixture of garbled book memories (made more complicated by the fact that half of us had read the books in English, and the other half in German), conjecture, questions to the assorted camp-followers and other experienced observers, and downloading the official rulebook of the German Quidditch Federation (yes, really), we managed (or thought we managed) to more or less know what was happening. At least until the snitch appeared and we got so distracted by watching what was going on there that we missed half a dozen goals that got scored in the meantime? Can't see everything at once, no wonder they have almost as many referees as they've got players.


The Rheinos are ready to rumble

The second match, Darmstadt Athenas vs. Rheinos Bonn battling it out for first place, was moving a lot faster; these really were a league of their own, and if anyone wants to question whether Lawn Quidditch is a real sport and can be taken at all serious, the answer after having seen this is a big, resounding Yes.

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Bad quality but this is what the hunt for the Snitch looks like. (The Snitch is worn in a sock attached to the butt of the guy in gold, which has to be torn off, kind of like in flag football?). Here, he is "hiding" behind the Rheinos' Seeker, who has no interest whatsoever in catching the Snitch because her team is (as yet) too far behind.


Scenes of general pandemonium

Once the sun dropped behind the mountain, it got rather cooler than we were prepared for (though Judith had brought a cloak and I had my trusty Ravenclaw scarf to keep me warm, haha), but we heroically stayed through a very exciting catch-up race. When the Snitch entered the pitch, Darmstadt was leading 100:30 but the Rheinos managed to score a lot of goals while Darmstadt were distracted by trying to help their Seeker, and in the end, they forced a tie break by catching the Snitch (only 30 points in Muggle Quidditch) and going into overtime, where the Rheinos remained the superior team and deservedly won. There were a lot of Snitch catches (by either Seeker) that weren't counted for some reason that I, being a total newbie to Lawn Quidditch, cannot guess at, but the Rheinos deserved the victory simply for the way in which they managed to turn the tide and power through.

In conclusion, A++ way to spend a Sunday, would do it again.

And how did y'all spend this very fine October weekend?

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