primsong: (bilbo rankin bass)
We have a new DWth community set up for our Ringers at Fellowship of Middle-earth, it's [community profile] lotrfellowship - all are welcome to come join in. At this point it's brand new and therefore pretty empty, but I'm sure that will right itself in due time. It's a moderated community, so you will need to "join" and I'll get you approved as soon as I can. I've sent invites to the few old-school folks I know are here already on DWth, if you're out there and I just don't know your handle over here, please do let me know.

The appearance, color, etc. will still be tweaked a little but a little remodeling doesn't mean we can't go ahead and move in. ^_^ Many thanks to Tinidril for helping out with this!
primsong: (lotrfellowship)
Our longtime online community, the Fellowship of Middle-earth, has become enough outdated that we are now looking for a new home, so I will be working on a DWth community over this next month to make them an appropriate nesting spot.  It's a small group of stalwart posters at this point but we've been together so long that we'd really miss on another if it were to simply float off into the ether.  Good people, worth a bit of time to make them a comfy home to stop in at.
^_^

I do wish we could easily insert emoticons into the text here, that's the one feature I think we're going to be missing.  On the other hand, we gain tagging.

primsong: (bilbo not at home)
My dear Rings fandom family is casting about for a new online home, it's so hard to go house-shopping with so many different preferences - not unlike trying to order pizza for a crowd! I do hope whatever is decided will be 'warmed up to' by any who are reluctant.

There's no place like home, and it is the personalities of those who gather that define the spirit and love in any place no matter what the decor. They are lovely people, I am sure they will find their collective way to a new hearthside where they can enjoy one another's company once again.
primsong: (prim's drabble write)
With thanks - or blame? - to both [personal profile] lost_spook and [personal profile] john_amend_all - I picked up that 5 fandoms meme today, except I don't seem able to think in 50-word bits just now, so after much pruning I've wrangled each one into a drabble-size instead. Brevity isn't always my strength.

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order. Okie-dokie...

1. All Creatures Great and Small
2. Doctor Who
3. Lord of the Rings
4. The Scarlet Pimpernel
5. Watership Down

2: Visit this site (http://plagiarist.com/poetry/random) to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble
(Pfft! I need more words than that!) for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.


Well, here's the results! )
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primsong: (one hoo hoo)
Happy Geek Day!

My blue "Doctor Hoo" t-shirt with all eleven Doctor Owls on it arrived in the mail just in time for it, I am so happy with it!  My kids keep repeating "I am SOOO JEALOUS!" though, so somehow I doubt I'll be able to keep this adorable shirt all to myself.

Hoo hoo!

What's the geekiest thing you own?  I think my geekiest of geek is still my mane hair from Shadowfax, in a tiny spice bottle with a label.  Ha! It's so stupid and cool at the same time.
primsong: (doctorsheep)
Elleth has made a fine collection of Middle-earth Dreamsheep, for any of you Tolkien fans who may want to snag a few.
:-)

Here at home, I'm incredibly pleased that we finally had the old aluminum-and-glass sliding patio doors replaced with vinyl ones - my uncle does this sort of thing for his job and he's been low on work (like so many folks out there) so we had him come in to take care of it, he's amazingly fast and very detailed in his work and I am so happy with them! I can't believe the difference in noise and temperature already. Yay! We switched out all the old windows in the house when we first moved in nearly six years ago but ran out of money before we could do the two patio doors, so it also feels like it is a lingering project "done at last!"

Of course, when one thing works another breaks to make up for it. My dryer is suddenly dead so I'm hanging laundry and hoping for clear weather, and then my little car's breaks went gronk so I'm having to drive my big station wagon while we figure how to fix it - and it's the kind where you can almost literally watch the gas gauge go down as you drive. All together now - Money makes the world go 'round...
primsong: (books)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] curuchamion, who had the good sense to yoink it from [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose, the more the merrier - and besides, I needed something like this today.
The instructions )
Whew! Considering I had to do them while popping back and forth on errands and other tasks, and the mood being all over the map I think I'm fairly pleased with how they came out. Tiny snippets like this are strangely difficult to do, because of the constraint of the story arc to a mere 50 words. But hey, it had poems for the prompts! I couldn't resist giving it a try.

All Creatures Great and Small )
Doctor Who )
Gilligan's Island )
Horatio Hornblower )
Lord of the Rings )
primsong: (books)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] padawanpooh for sharing the love - this was fun, even if it obviously can't be taken too seriously. (her experiment with pasting in a bit of Dickens, which was declared to be much like Asimov was rather telling, *snicker*)

Nonetheless, I enjoyed pasting in bits from various types of tales that I've written getting Dan Brown, Oscar Wilde, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Vladmir Nabokov (who?) and Stephen King (how did Rivendell Int'l Airport, a parody, land a Stephen King badge?) - then out of curiosity I went to "Stone of Erebor" where I had been aiming for a Tolkien feel for and bounced happily when it yielded this:


I write like
J. R. R. Tolkien

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Even knowing it's a questionable meme tool, it was worth it just because this made my day.
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It was just too tempting to see what [livejournal.com profile] stunt_muppet would come up with for a drabble, and I've allowed my own drabbling to be a bit rusty, so now I have to put this here.

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble of any pairing/character with a prompt. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level. (And as she suggested, if you absolutely can't write, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to offer drawings or icons or something instead.) I only write G-rated.

Fandoms I think I can manage at the moment: Doctor Who (no audios yet), LOTR, Star Trek TOS, Gilligan's Island, The Scarlet Pimpernel, All Creatures Great and Small, Get Smart and maybe M*A*S*H.

1.[livejournal.com profile] curuchamion, Three & Liz - Distillate of Starshine
2.[livejournal.com profile] siradaono, Beren & Luthien - This Shining Ember Burns my Hand
3.[livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, Five & Tegan - This is your Captain Speaking, plus bonus drabble "I Think I Used to Work for Those"
4.[livejournal.com profile] john_elliott, Susan & Barbara - My Sun was Always Setting
5.[livejournal.com profile] fantom_fan, Ten & Polly - It Will Come for your Children
6.[livejournal.com profile] dbskyler and [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, Liz & Ten in the same situation as the previous Polly one, further down the comments - Bewaaare
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primsong: (books)
Happy Almost New Year!

I never did manage to do anything for the fandom stockings this year, but I did manage to finally wend my way through all of my previous online-published writings and finish up my 'Master List' for fic and poetry at [livejournal.com profile] written_leaves. Go me!

Well, most of it - a couple tossers were tossed, otherwise...yeah, I think it's good to go. Now that it won't spam your flists with multiple entries each day, it's open for friending if any are so inclined. It's almost entirely either LOTR or Who with some original bits stirred in.

We're still finishing off all the unhealthy leftovers that invariably make their way into the home each Christmas, and some healthy ones too (the little carob squares are darn good even if they do look disturbingly like dog kibble). Peppermint Jo-jo cookies from Trader Joes are my friend. Finally watched 'Kung Fu Panda' and found it much better than expected, plus thanks to [livejournal.com profile] everloyal I'm getting to see all of the Ninth Doctor as last.

Hope you all have a Very Good New Year - surely 2010 has got to be better than 2009 was, though it had its moments too. Cheers!
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I'm busy ploughing my way through my Tolkien poems, posting them to the new 'master list' project at [livejournal.com profile] written_leaves in sets or occasionally alone. Thank goodness at some point in the past I started keeping a list of all my poems in the order of the story they are illustrating, it's proved invaluable as I go along.
More, mostly to keep myself updated )

No wonder I gave up on hand-copying them into a journal a while back. Onward!

Also made a batch of gingerbread dough today to try my hand at sculpting something for our Tolkien-themed Gingerbread Contest this year, yum... hard to leave the dough alone, I love gingerbread.
primsong: (books)
Well, I've done it - I've started a 'Master List' for fics and poetry. Egads, this is going to take a while!

Here it be: [livejournal.com profile] written_leaves

After looking at what various folks have done, I finally settled on making a new journal for exclusive use as a fic-list so I can take advantage of the tags and feedback here at LJ. I don't recommend putting this in your flist at this point - there are days where I'll be working on it for some time and the resulting multiple postings could spam you rather badly.

In my history, LOTR preceded DW, so it gets to come first - so far I have most of my LOTR fic up (or with links) and some of the other odd short bits, now looking at a mountain of poetry and trying to figure out how to proceed!

Once the poetry is conquered, then a couple random fics will find their way in, followed by the rather large set of Whofic waiting in the wings. I admit, now that I'm started in on it, I'm enjoying the idea of it all being nice and tidy this way.
primsong: (Default)
I've noted a few folks here have cobbled up a 'Master List' with links to all of their fics, and while I've enjoyed clicking around on them I really can't decide if it's worth the time and effort to do one myself. I mean, well - first of all there's so darn much of it and it would take a bit of doing... and secondly isn't it well enough served via the author searches at ff.net, Stories of Arda and Teaspoon? Hm.

Am I just contemplating giving up several hours to reinvent the wheel?

Those of you with lists for your fic, have you found them to be useful? Or was it 'meh, whatever' in the long run?
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Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch and [livejournal.com profile] curuchamion - because out of the onslaught of memes drifting past on every side this week, it's the one that I succumbed to. I think it's that randomness factor...

Describe three fics you think I will never, ever, ever write. In return (and if inspired), I will attempt to write a snippet of one of them.

For the record: I've published fic for Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings plus the obscure "Boo" books by Rene Gutteridge, with a snatch of dabbling in Star Trek TOS and Gilligan's Island. I'd be willing to attempt the Scarlet Pimpernel, All Creatures Great and Small and the original Get Smart as well, so I would add them to the table for seasoning.

No idea how long it would take me to tackle any that look intriguing, but I'm willing to try.
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I picked this memeish concept up from [livejournal.com profile] jjpor, who got it from our dear [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch:

1. What are the first lines of the fics you've written?

2. What do they say about you?


Opening lines for most of my Whofic )

And then for LOTR, minus poetry... )

My first thought was I haven't a clue what this says about me other than there seem to be a lot of seasons. Hm. I don't really concentrate on how something starts, I think I'm too focused on where it's going.

My second thought is nearly every opening line really sums up a key point in the story to follow, like headlines in a newspaper.
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Well, I guess the Geek Season truly has shifted - I not only have my Third Doctor plushie, I've actually stopped at a shop with my daughters so we could look for a properly ruffled vintage shirt for my son, who has happily agreed that if his sisters can find the proper pieces, he would wear a Three-like bit of fashion. We just bought even *more* classic episodes.

And I'm seriously thinking I'll sell my LOTR toybiz collection. They haven't been out for a long time. Anyone want a boxful, cheap? Let me know. I still think they're pretty cool and love the detailing in them but...well, I've somewhat moved on. Gotten past the "keep ANYTHING Rings oriented" phase some time ago and now getting pickier about what I'll keep from the pile.

I would love to find someone new to Rings, someone who has just discovered it and has that fire and passion for that world, just to bequeath some of the geekier things to an appreciative person who didn't get to have a crack at them when they were still in the stores.

Now? Well, unconfirmed reports of someone in Portland having a police box on their front porch made us all grin like loons and wish we had one too.

Such are the Seasons of Geek!
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I can't believe it. I actually finished a story - it's been a year and a half, but I have crawled over the finish line and my hobbit is still kicking (kicking me over it, in fact).

Stone of Erebor is done, 25 chapters long.

(I am sure those of you who crank out what appears to be an epic every week are shaking their heads at such paltry results for so many months, but better late than never)

Lordy, I'll never try to write a mystery again! If Bilbo or Bombur or one of the others comes and prods me, I shall just have to insist on a non-mysterious tale - perhaps I could bribe them with cookies.
primsong: (beach)
Hoorah - we have a new Theme Day upon us! I've managed to write a handful of goodies, mostly short bits, for the Grey Havens, Cirdan and Mithlond in general and the ship sets sail today. No doubt plenty of nautical flavor to this one.

For anyone who hasn't been by for a while, do drop in - the more the merrier, even if all you would like to do it a haiku or limerick. I almost stopped doing these for lack of participation, but at this point am grateful to those who badgered me back into it, because in spite of the archiving work they've been a lot of fun.
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To prove I can talk about something other than Percy - We've been working on updates for our boards and looking at the myriad ways one can try to outsmart the spam-bots (those 'type in the warped letters' things don't work anymore) - one of the simple ones was called 'The Humanizer' - it asks you one question, "Are You Human?" which you toggle yes or no. Seeing as it is only a matter or time until the bots are programmed to toggle one or the other, allowing at least half of them to get through, we are taking it a step beyond that.

I've put together an array of pictures, and they will soon be in an array of about 12 pictures a new registree will see. All a bot will know is here's a bunch of unlabeled images with boxes by them. A human being however can read "Click the boxes by all the pictures of Hobbits" and get in. Half of the pictures are hobbits, randomly sorted each time. The other half? In honor of Linaewen, they are images of cheese.

If a person can't tell the difference between Hobbits and Cheese, do we want them on our boards anyway? I think not. ;-)
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The past couple weeks have been such a whirl - thought I'd drop a couple updates here if only for myself...

Elanor Garden spring clean-up )

As the World Turns...the school... )

I am still thinking of and praying for dear Loth, and halavana too. Do send something if you can - let's fill her room with flowers and cards!

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