It is the mark of a good fairy-story, of the higher or more complete kind, that however wild its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears it, when the “turn” comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a peculiar quality ... In such stories when the sudden “turn” comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart's desire, that for a moment passes outside the frame, rends indeed the very web of story, and lets a gleam come through.
My Slashy Valentine 2019
My gosh I can’t believe it either, but it’s already time for My Slashy Valentine 2019
by Spiced Wine on December 04, 2018 14:20
Fandom Stocking 2018
So it is Fandom Stocking time on Dreamwidth, which is always fun, if you want to receive a little gift for the festive season.
Singh up’s are from now until the 15th, please go to the link below to post your stocking (example is shown). Join the DW Fandom Stocking community to see all updates.
by Spiced Wine on December 01, 2018 11:19
Tolkien Secret Santa
Hello all, well it is coming to that time of year again and if anyone is on Tumblr, the Secret Santa is a very low level exchange you may want to check out.
- November 1st: Sign-ups are open
Please click here for instructions on joining as well as the signup form.
- November 27th: Sign-ups close
Sign-ups close at 11:59PM GMT. You can check that in your timezone here.
- November 30th: Assignments sent out
This will begin on the morning of the 30th; assignments will be sent out by 11:59PM GMT on December 1st.
- December 14th: Anonymous gift posting + Last call for dropouts
From today, you can start posting your gifts anonymously. If you really cannot make the deadline, December 14th is the absolute last day for you to drop out so our pinch-hitters have enough time to make something for your giftee.
- December 24th: Gifts reveal
Tag your giftee! All gifts posted after today should be tagged with your giftee’s URL, this blog’s URL (@officialtolkiensecretsanta), as well as the hashtag #tolkiensecretsanta2018. Gifts will begin to be reblogged by Boxing Day. Be sure to let us know if you explicitly do not want your gift to be reblogged.
- How do I post my gift?
Starting December 14th, you can begin to anonymously post your gifts. “Anonymously” means that you post your gift on your blog, without adding your giftees name (@userxy) if it is before the 24th. At this stage, just include the hashtag #tolkiensecretsanta2018 and our URL, @officialtolkiensecretsanta. Then, for the big reveal on December 24th, simply reblog your post tagging your giftee and including, again, the hashtag #tolkiensecretsanta2018. Easy as blinking!
- How long should fics be?
There is no official minimum or maximum for length of fic. However, we recommend a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 1200. The goal is ultimately quality rather than quantity, but we want the gift to have some substance as well as not being too unwieldy.
- What if I’m making something by hand?
This is a digital gift exchange, so your best bet is to take a high-quality photograph or scan of your piece and post that for your giftee.
- What if the gift is audio?
If you’re making a playlist, you’re advised to create it using YouTube or Spotify. This is because 8tracks, for all intents and purposes, has cut off streaming outside the US and Canada. Creating a YouTube or Spotify playlist will allow your gift to reach your giftee wherever they are, and will let others tune in as well once it’s reblogged to our blog!
- What if I need to give my gift early?
If you need to give your gift early for whatever reason, there are two things you can do to be part of the big reveal on the 24th. You can post your gift early - anonymously - and we will reblog it on the day, tagging your giftee on your behalf. Alternatively, you can schedule a post for the 24th with your giftee mentioned. Be sure to tag #tolkiensecretsanta2018 so we can reblog it!
- I’m in X timezone, how do I make sure I give the gift in good time?
As wonderful as it is to have participants worldwide, it does pose a bit of a headache for gift-giving - you don’t want the surprise to be ruined early, after all! It’s advised you post your gift around 11am (GMT), as this will still be the last hours of the 24th in Auckland (our marker for the east) and it will be the very beginning of the 24th in Anchorage (our marker for the west). It may be uncomfortable to work out timing, so we advise scheduling your post. Alternatively, you can message the blog (with your giftee’s URL please) and we can find out their timezone for you.
- What if my gift will be late?
If you are giving the gift late, please message this blog with the URL/email of your giftee and how delayed you will be, so we can follow up.You’re also encouraged to send your giftee an ask on anon so they can know about the delay directly from you. Again, be sure to tag #tolkiensecretsanta2018 when the gift is finally posted so it can be reblogged.
- What if I’m not sure I can commit to the gift exchange?
Many participants have said that the anticipation of getting a gift, and ultimately receiving something wonderful, is one of their favourite aspects of the event. Therefore, nothing is more disappointing than not receiving a gift when you thought you would. You must be quite certain of your commitment before you sign up - remember, this closes on November 27th, just before midnight (GMT). If you really, truly cannot make a gift in time, it’s your responsibility to message the blog by December 14th so a pinch-hitter can be found for your giftee.
This gift is exchange is an entirely volunteer-run event. If you’re enjoying it, do consider sending a message to @fernstrike (mod fern), @feanope (mod fea), @moringottos (mod m), and @raisingcain-onceagain (mod rc)! We absolutely love hearing how much fun you guys have participating :)
by Spiced Wine on November 01, 2018 16:26
Sultry in September Stories are now live
And all the wonderful stories are now up on AO3! Thank you to all the amazing authors who participated this year :)
Full Master List
Aglarien wrote The Magpie for Alexcat
Alexcat wrote Be Careful What You Wish For for Nuinzilien
Alikuu wrote Fëanorian Hospitality for Kalendeer
Amyfortuna wrote Mourning Into Joy for The_Wavesinger
AndiiErestor wrote Fools in Love for Amyfortuna
Burning_Nightingale wrote Oh, Revenge for Cirilla9
Cirilla9 wrote Tales of the thousand and one nights for DragonofMordor
DragonofMordor wrote One Moment in Forever for Tiltedshadow
Elladansgirl wrote Convincing Abilities for Mawgy
Erlkoenig wrote Nothing Gold Can Stay for Burning_Nightingale
Erlkonig wrote To Love None Better Than You for Aglarien
Erlkonig wrote Be Still, and Let the Dark Come for Kasura
Hennethgalad wrote To The Sea. for Erlkoenig
Ignoblebard wrote Forging a Bond for Mangacrack
Kalendeer wrote Do Not Ask for Permission for Hennethgalad
Kasura wrote The Chasing for Ingoldos
Lynndyre wrote Visit for Samtyr
Mangacrack wrote In a World Beyond Control for Gabriel
Marchwriter wrote Borderlands for Solanaceae
Mawgy wrote Remember Me for Ulan
Narya wrote Comfort and Joy for Marchwriter
Nuinzilien wrote The Door to Maybe for Lynndyre
phyncke wrote What's In a Name? for Ignoblebard
RaisingCaiin wrote Histories, Full of Stars for Narya
RaisingCaiin wrote In That Deepening Evening for AndiiErestor
Raiyana wrote The Soldier and the Spy for Phyncke
Samtyr wrote Splitting Heirs for Tabru
Solanaceae wrote Blossom of Hours Unleashed for Raiyana
Tabru wrote In the Third Year for Elladansgirl
Talullah wrote Bay of Terns for Alikuu
Tiltedshadow wrote And All the Devils Are Here for RaisingCaiin
The_Wavesinger wrote (Take Heed of the) Stormy Weather for Talullah
Mawgy also wrote Cutbacks as a special gift to the Sultry in September/My Slashy Valentine mods! Thank you, Samtyr!! :)
Gabriel Wrote: The First Time...Ever I Saw Your Face. For Aglarien.
by Spiced Wine on September 21, 2018 18:02