kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
I primarily write in the Tolkien fandom, with forays into other worlds as time and interest allows. As a result, my Tolkien stories are listed first, with other fandoms following in alphabetical order.

Note: Ionnath-Estel (The Sons of Hope) is currently offline for completion and revisions.

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Here Be Tales! )
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Gondolin: Hidden City)

100 Tales

December 2005: I claimed this table in FF100 with the intention of writing 100 drabbles or ficlets about Gondolin.

December 2012: SEVEN FRIGGING YEARS LATER years later, I've written...nine.

In an earnest attempt to develop a more regular writing habit, I am going to reinstate this table, but will be eliminating the Gondolin restriction. These prompts will hopefully cover a wide variety of fandoms, or may even include original writing outside of any fandoms.  Here's to hoping there will be more stories, however small, in 2013.
100 Tales )
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Ardor in August 2017

Due to moderator illness, sign-ups have been extended until Tuesday, June 27!

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for Ardor in August! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

 

Critical dates:
  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 25
  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th
  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th
  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th
  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017
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Ardor in August 2017

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for Ardor in August! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

 

Critical dates:
  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 25
  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th
  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th
  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th
  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017

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Ardor in August 2017

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

 

Critical dates:
  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 25
  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th
  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th
  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th
  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017



Read more... )
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Off crutches as of yesterday, but foot has blown up like a little ham. Boo.
Work is killing me.
I'm in despair with the political climate here.
I'm not sure what to do re: the LJ TOS thing... I don't post much anymore, despite my best intentions. When I have fic, it's posted to AO3 and Faerie and linked here, so I will probably continue on in that vein. I don't intend to leave LJ unless there is some sort of significant crackdown. I'll crosspost from DW, but that might be as much effort as I'm prepared to take at this point-- I can barely stay abreast of one F-list; I know I can't stay on top of two.

I'm going to go buy some arch supports and count that as my adventure for today. Since I'll be laying around with my foot up for the duration, how about a meme?


Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you between one and three sentences from that story.
kenaz: (Elves: Thranduil)
Chronicles.jpg
A series of related works tracing Thranduil's life from his youth in Doriath, to the Third Age and beyond.
This is a bit of an experiment for me, as I've only ever written standalones or epics.  I'm a little antsy that these stories have not evolved in their logical-- and chronological-- order; I will leave it to you to decide if you wish to start at the beginning and remain at the mercy of my high ambitions and low followthrough. The origin of this series is Second Harvest; I had always wanted to write a Thranduil/Haldir story, and Ardor in August gave me the opportunity to do just that.  When a Tumblr-based exchange gave me another Thranduil prompt, the seeds of a larger universe was sewn.  When I received-- and completely defaulted on-- another Thranduil prompt for yet another Tumblr exchange, I became determine to redeem myself by writing yet another story.  And so it goes.

Nota bene: some minor revisions have been (and may continue to be) made to the previously-posted stories for the sake of continuity. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] heartofoshun for all her encouragement! Adventure!!

In Chronological order:

  • The Arrow Finds Its Mark: Thranduil really hadn't anticipated an audience. (G; Haldir & Thranduil genfic)

  • [more to come!]

  • Second Harvest: Thranduil receives an unexpected-- and unwanted-- visitor.  (Haldir/Thranduil slash; R)

  • Weeds in Their Silver Hair: Thranduil seeks the resting place of his father in the Dead Marshes. (R for horror elements)

  • [STILL more to come!]

kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
When I was a kid, Cracked magazine was considered kind of a mediocre knock-off of Mad magazine... juvenile humor and pop culture parodies. Yet somehow, in the 21st century, it has reinvented itself as a sort of hotbed of Millennial think pieces. This one was floating around my FB yesterday, so I decided to read it. And it really, really resonated with me, so I'm sharing it with y'all.

I was born and raised in the midwest and am only one generation removed from the farm. What I perceived as small minds and intolerance and the cruelty toward and mistrust of anything that could be construed as "Other" were what sent me screaming out of my hometown and into New York City as soon as I finished high school. The fact that I have only visited my home state 3 times in a quarter-century (one of those times being for a funeral) speaks volumes about how alienated I felt from the place I was born. But when I read this article, I saw in it SO MANY members of my family, of my neighbors, from the dead or dying coal and steel towns my friends and I were all running from. I admit that I have been guilty of occasionally looking down my nose at the "rubes" I had grown up with... and now I am paying the price. Those of us who live in big cities or well-manicured suburbs have ignored the fears of a whole lot of Americans-- some of those fears are simplistic, misguided, or even utterly reprehensible... but some of them are absolutely, positively REAL--and we have ignored them to our peril.

I don't agree with everything in this piece, and some of you might not agree at all, but I think it's worth a read and does give some perspective to the reality we are now stuck with.

How Half of America Lost it's Fucking Mind - Cracked Magazine
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
If it wasn't for these mini-exchanges, I'd never write anything!

Tropes/kinks I tend to like: angst, hurt/comfort, trust issues and/or jealousy, betrayal or perceived betrayal, altered states of the mind, unreliable narrators, mind control or mind games, friends-to-lovers, snark, court politics and intrigue, witty banter/snappy dialogue, redemtive arcs...and did I mention trust issues? Love those.

Tropes/kinks that are NOT my thing: mundane AU, high school/coffee shop AU, kidfic, gender swaps, unadulterated fluff and schmoop (though happy endings and happily-for-now are fine!), crack (unless specified for a specific prompt), extreme kink (unless specified for a specific prompt)

DNWs: underage, A/B/O stuff, scat or other bodily-function play (not under any circumstances, please!), graphic descriptions of torture/violence/gore/injury, mpreg, or grown-ass men acting like sulky teenage girls.

My requests...

Marvel Comics Universe
I'm fine with pretending Civil War didn't happen and extending The Search for Bucky Barnes that begins after Winter Soldier indefinitely. I'm new to the fandom so I'm not a stickler for canon.

Bucky & Natasha
I want to see Natasha trying to figure Bucky out, either post-Winter Soldier or pre/during Civil War. Your story does not have to comply with the Marvel Comics canon (i.e. The Winter Soldier and the Black Widow trained together and had a relationship in the USSR), but it can if you think it is useful. I am a Steve/Bucky shipper, so if you do want to use the Black Widow/Winter Soldier past relationship theme, please don't carry it into the present for this story as I'm much more interested in them trying to forge a friendship than a romantic relationship. Hey, I don't know... maybe Natasha has been carrying a torch for him but he's been wiped so many times he doesn't remember her and only remembers Steve... maybe she's convinced he's still trying to kill Steve because she knows what kind of things HYDRA and the Soviets did to people... anything exploring their tentative, awkward, suspicious dance toward friendship-- even if it doesn't quite get all the way to friendship-- is great!
Bucky & Thor or Steve & Thor or Steve & Bucky & Thor....BUDDYFIC!!! :D
C'mon, I mean... Thor is the epitome of Hail Fellow Well Met! The other Avengers might not be ready to trust Bucky, but Thor is totally willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and makes Grand Overtures of Friendship that poor, shell-shocked Bucky finds a little overwhelming. Or Thor wants to help Steve try and find Bucky and wants to understand their relationship. Or the three of them have an adventure! Maybe there's beer involved, or a pit stop at some weird roadside attraction/dive bar. It doesn't have to be crack (but in this case, it totally can be), I just dont want it to be angsty. Whatever the setting, I like my Thor to be amiable and magnanimous (if sometimes a little LOUD and OVER THE TOP), my Bucky to be "bloody-but-unbowed"-- he's broken, but not beyond fixing-- and my Steve to be a Good Man who's trying really hard to Do the Right Thing. This can be sometime post-Civil War or I'm happy to pretend Civil War didn't happen and have The Extended Search for Bucky Barnes that begins after Winter Soldier instead. I'm new to the fandom so I'm not a stickler for canon.  :)
Bucky / Brock Rumlow
Ok, I am *reeeeeallly* stepping out of my comfort zone for this one, but hey-- that's what these things are for, right? I guess what I'm aiming for is Brock trying to see just how compliant the Winter Soldier is. Maybe even seeing if he can get the Winter Soldier to... well...Bucky Barnes is still in there, though, and there's only so much a man can take before he snaps. Maybe he nearly kills Brock, maybe he turns the tables on him. Either way, Brock doesn't get what he wants. Or at least not enough of what he wants to justify the beating (or punishment from Pierce, or humilation, or whatever reckoning you choose) that he gets from it. PLEASE NOTE: Dub-con is obviously necessary, but please stop it short of rape. The Winter Soldier may feel like he has no choice but to obey an order, but Bucky's still in there somewhere, and frankly, he'd rather die fighting than let someone like Brock get what they want. Drugs, mind games/mind control, power dynamics, daddy kink...obviously this one goes to darker places than my other requests. Do what you need to do, short of rape and graphic descriptions of torture/violence/gore/injury.

Stranger Things
Adventurefic with the kids! I don't really have any preferences in this department-- write or create whatever you want. I love all the kids, but Dustin and Eleven are my particular favorites. I really haven't chased down fanwork in this fandom yet, other than seeing a few great pieces of fanart on Tumblr, so I really have no preconceived notions about what should be covered here, or any particular gaps that I want to see filled. And I don't have a personal headcanon-- I just like the kids a lot, and would like to see your interpretation of them, funny or scary, art or fic, adventure or character sketch. Anything goes!

The Simarilion
Something in Doriath or Gondolin. In Doriath, gen or Mablung/Beleg; in Gondolin, gen or Glorfindel/Ecthelion. Buddyfic, Battlefic, Adventurefic, TheEndIsNigh!Fic, Elven politicking and subtle machinations, courtly manners, character sketches, subtle foreshadowings of how things will end... really, anything goes here. You could also write other characters from Gondolin or Doriath if you prefer, even if they weren't nominated for this exchange (I won't tell!)... I just ask that Beleg/Turin *not* be the center of the story if you pair them at all. I feel like I've already read and written a lot in that direction, so would be interested in reading other things. No explicit sex in this fandom, please. R rating is fine.

I'm easy to please, so I'm sure I will be happy with anything you have to offer! :D
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
Aglarien wrote Travelers in the Wild for Ignoblebard
alexcat wrote Right on Target for phyncke
Amy Fortuna wrote Escape from Bondage for maitimiel
Amy Fortuna wrote Forging Victory for Scribe_of_Mirrormere
Angelstar3999 wrote Harvest Lyrics for Nuredhel
Azzy wrote A Game of Madmen for Memaizaka
BurningNightingale wrote No Armor Against Fate for moetushie
catalectic wrote Beings Brighter Than Have Been for Kalendeer
Chaotic_binky wrote Falling for You for Neiroel
Cirilla9 wrote The Elven Kings Under the Sky for alexcat
Deathangelgw wrote Silence at the Library for Mawgy
DaydreamBelieversDaughter wrote Spirits of Fire for Cirilla9
Elleth wrote And Last of All for The Wavesinger
Ignoblebard wrote Lovely, Dark and Deep for lynndyre
Jade/ElladansGirl wrote Planned Comfort for Angelstar3999
IdleLeaves wrote Full Circle for Marchwriter
just_jenni wrote For the Greater Good for mahmfic /MM8
Kalendeer wrote Souls of Cinder for Sleepless_Malice (this is an epic work in progress!)
Luxa wrote The Heat of a Common Room for Zinneth
lynndyre wrote A Foundation on Which to Build for Nuinzilien
mahmfic /MM8 wrote I've held many things in my hand, and have lost them all for monkiainen
maitimiel wrote A Forest Tale for Elleth
mangacrack wrote King's Landing for Azzy
Marchwriter West of the Dark, East of the Sun for just_jenni
Mawgy wrote I See You for Samtyr
Memaizaka wrote We Never Lost Control for DaydreamBelieversDaughter
monkiainen wrote Let's Walk Along the Wire for TAFKAB
Neiroel wrote Human Customs for Aglarien
Nuinzilien wrote Let Them Eat Cake for Luxa
Nuredhel wrote Wolves and Water for Jade/Elladansgirl
phyncke wrote Dead Man's Party for catalectic
samtyr wrote The Hidden Path for BurningNightingale
Scribe_of_Mirrormere wrote Hatching a Plan for Amy Fortuna
Sleepless_Malice wrote Metamorphoses for Urloth
TAFKAB wrote Well Met by Moonlight for Deathangelgw
Urloth wrote The Warmth He Gave for mangacrack
The Wavesinger wrote Aftermath for IdleLeaves
Zinneth wrote Ashes for Chaotic_binky

Welcome TAFKAB and Kalendeer to the Slashy Santa Swaps family!

Moetushie was unable to complete her assignment. Thank you, Amy Fortuna for stepping in to pinch hit!

Thanks for being a great bunch of enthusiastic participants-- please be sure to THANK YOUR WRITER and enjoy all the other wonderful stories written for Sultry in September!
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
Hi LJ friends!

This week, the Slashy Santa account received an email from a writer who has just started in the Tolkien fandom, but who has already completed an 80k-word Haldir/Legolas story and is looking for an LOTR-friendly beta. I told her I'd throw her request out here to see if anyone is game. I know nothing about the writer or the story, other than the size and pairing. She has a couple of stories in other fandoms under the penname Devi the Wynter Wytch.
If anyone is interested in taking a crack at it, let me know and I'll put you in touch!


Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] ignoblebard! :D
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
OMG, I miss writing.
And I miss all of *YOU*. And being an active participant in Fandom.

SA and Botswana were amazing. Probably the most amazing thing I've ever done. I swam with my horse in a lake with hippos. I napped in a hammock while a bushbuck grazed at my feat and a vervet monkey threw pieces of bark at my head. I mean, COME ON. I got to recite Morning Resh on the edge of the earth at sunrise, and drink gin and tonics in the company of zebras at sunset. I was awakened by baboons. BABOONS!
Plenty of pics on FB and Instagram, if you're interested.

Sultry in September is wrapping up! Looking forward to another rousing round of stories, but sad that I'm only participating in a mod capacity-- it's a bit of a downer to only be able to play administratively.

There aren't enough hours in a day. I'm scrambling to finish local documentation for the "new" (ok, I've been playing with it since the 1.0 release) archival software-- drafting tech specs is actually something I enjoy, and it's the closest thing to "Writing" I've been able to muster in nearly a year. 2.5 years in and I'm still not convinced that moving into management has improved my life. Well, it has improved my horse-life tenfold, but my fantasy life is a desiccated husk of its former self, and I didn't realize just how heavily I depended on it for my sanity.

The current plan is to finish up the outstanding commentfics I solicited a while back, and then maybe make myself some sort of trope bingo card. I can only bash things out in fits and starts, so Ionnath remains on hold, dammit. I'd like to try a couple of Bucky/Steve drabblets... we'll see. I can't believe Ionnath is just withering on the vine, though... I keep a file full of notes and inspirations, but don't have time to develop them.

The horses are good, except that Artie somehow ripped a big hole in his face and just got the staples out this week. I had to take the caveson off his bridle while it healed, and I bought him a beaded brow band in South Africa, so now we do our dressage while he looks like the little QH cow pony he really is. Zetti is in fighting form, 19 going on 9, spooking BIG at sprinklers and motorcycles... He had been getting some supplementary sweet feed over the summer because he lost some weight, but I think it's safe to say we can end that little regimen now. I nearly bailed on him over the weekend when his spooking and bucking reached epic proportions... I was finally able to channel it into the most gorgeous trot I think I've ever gotten from him-- truly exquisite!-- but then he snorted, passaged, and side-passed all the way back to his paddock and I had one of those humbling moments where I had to acknowledge that if he really wanted to get me off and bolt, there's not a damn thing I could do about it. It's a good thing he was only 85% committed to losing me! :D

Got an email from a rare books dealer today offering me a 1st ed. copy of the Silmarillion for $250. I declined. But my work life and fantasy life are officially intertwined!

TL;DR: I miss you guys, I miss writing, life is busy.
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
Yeah, yeah, I went off radar again. I've had 2 more conferences, some difficult human resource issues at work (I'm confident in my ability to manage projects, but still find it hard to navigate the PEOPLE issues... Someone's spouse passed away, a person wasn't upfront with me about the status of a grant-funded project, someone working with the registrar got a case of "loose lips" about the price of some acquisitions...) so there were a lot of fires to put out.

P. Has busted his butt in the Guillermo Del Toro exhibition at LACMA and it is SPECTACULAR. If you are anywhere close to LA and like GDT's work, please come see it. It has props, costumes, models and concept art for all of his films, but also parts of his own art collection! He is an avid collector of art, ephemera, memorabilia, and books in the realm of horror, the occult, fantasy, victoriana, "freaks," and other spooky themes. He calls his house "Bleak House"-- one of P's tasks was to recreate GDT's Storm window: he has a room in Bleak House where the window looks like it's perpetually dark and stormy all the time. It's exceptionally well-done and I'm glad P got a chance to flex his creative muscles instead of just his tech muscles. GDT was apparently a delight to work with, engaged and enthusiastic and appreciative. I got to go to the opening, and he was there, being incredibly gracious with fans and posing for lots of pictures. I didn't approach him-- I find those things uncomfortable. Ron Perlman was also there, and equally accessible to people. He's much shorter than I would have imagined. I actually hung out with GDT's daughters and their friends for a while because we were the last ones there, waiting for our respective family members to finish working. They were bright, funny, eager to chat, and vaguely embarrassed by their dad's popularity-- in short, incredibly normal! :)

Now I'm on vacation and this is my last night with wifi (or electricity!) for two weeks! On the planes, I watched all 3 Captain America flicks and am now converted to Bucky/Steve. Clearly, I have a lot of fics to catch up on-- any recs?? Particularly post-Winter Soldier gap fillers dealing with Bucky's memory returning and PTSD and angst? These things push all my buttons!!!

I have not forgotten about the outstanding commentfics I still owe! Keiliss's is almost done! And I need to read and respond to hhimring's comment fic for me! I may be an absentee participant, but fandom and my fan-friends are never far from my heart!

Once again, I'll pimp my Instagram account-- username Kenaz. It seems to be easier for me to take pictures of my life than to write at present.

Hope you all are well. I miss you. I really do!
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
My, how time flies, and I have been really negligent in promoting some really wonderful gifts that I received quite a while ago!

The Chocolate Box exchange was delightful-- perfect for someone like me who isn't capable of committing to longer works right now.

I was lucky enough to receive not one but TWO gifts!  First, there is the phenominal story Hunger by Sath. It is Éowyn/Tar-Míriel, and a followup to her original Éowyn/Tar-Míriel fic (which totally turned me on to the idea of Tar-Míriel-as-Witchking idea) Not By The Hand of Man.

I was also gifted with a beautiful drawing of Glorfindel and Ecthelion by [livejournal.com profile] lynndyre! It is absolutely delightful! I encourage you to visit the original post on AO3 to fawn over her skill!  I love that they're having a moment of joy... these two always break my heart.

Meanwhile, I'm still accepting requests for commentfic! [livejournal.com profile] keiliss, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme and [livejournal.com profile] jaiden_s, yours are coming up!
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
Doing all the matching for AinA has whet my appetite for writing... and yet, I am realistic as to what I can reasonable accomplish. With that in mind, I would like to attempt some commentfic.  Within the Tolkien realm (that's the only fandom in which my brain can possibly focus at the moment) please comment for any sort of mini-scenario (emphasis on the word MINI), a snippet of dialogue, a description, or some other BITE-SIZED thing you would like me to [briefly] elaborate on. Slash, Gen, Femmeslash, any time era.

PLEASE keep your expectations low... Work takes up 90% of my mental energy, and the horses (yes, that's plural now!) take up 90% of my physical energy. I really *want* to write, but life is pulling me in other directions right now... I PROMISE to write at least ONE SENTENCE for every comment.  Public accountability is helpful to me (even though I have failed in the past...).

I am going to attempt to knock these out as quickly as possible-- little to no proofreading/editing/fretting/second-guessing myself/perfectionism/strict adherance to my own personal headcanon. I'm trying to expand my mind!

Thanks, guys! 
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
There will always be one person who routinely requests the same thing, or a variation on a theme, for every single exchange (hi, guilty as charged!)

I will always be introduced to fandom tropes that I had no idea were a thing and I will feel old and out of touch.

There always seems to be an overarching theme. Last AinA, for example, was The Summer of Feanorian Incest Fics. I saw the first request come in and panicked (see below: That One Request)... and then a bunch of others came in and I cycled from relief to astonishment to amusement.

Certain pairings seem to go in and out of vogue (I'm looking at you, "Angbang" and "Silverfisting," and formerly Legolas/Everyone!), but Erestor/Glorfindel are, apparently, A Thing forever.

There will always be this freaky synergy where at least two people will make the same very, very, obscure and very, very specific request!  And I have to go back and double-check that it really is two different people making that obscure and specfic request, and figure out if they might be thrilled to write for someone who shares their same obscure and specific request, or if that will be a total bummer/bore for them.

There will always be That One Request that you will gnash your teeth and rip your hair out over. Whether it's the unlikeliness of the pairing, the outrageous crackiness of the scenario, the type of kink desired, or the parameters of "must have.."/"please don't include..." There is always ONE that makes you tremble in fear of ever finding a writer for it.

There will always be a bold handful of people who are incredibly generous and flexible with their writing requests to help you manage That One Request. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, you delightfully game souls! I hope you know who you are!
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kenazfiction at The clock is ticking!
Sign up NOW for Sultry in September 2016!
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Critical Dates:

Sign-up period: June 17th - June 26th (I AM WILLING TO OFFER EXTENSIONS ON THE SIGN-UP! JUST LET ME KNOW TODAY!)
Assignments to be distributed by July 10th
Deadline for first-time participants: September 4th
Deadline for returning participants: September 11th
Archive opens: September 18th, 2016


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kenaz: (Elves: Thranduil)

Sultry in September 2016 Rules & FAQ

Critical Dates:


  • Sign-up period: June 17th - June 26th (I AM WILLING TO OFFER EXTENSIONS ON THE SIGN-UP! JUST LET ME KNOW!)

  • Assignments to be distributed by July 10th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: September 4th

  • Deadline for returning participants: September 11th

  • Archive opens: September 18th, 2016



Full details are available here: http://slashy-santa.livejournal.com/83681.html
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)
Bravenet changed their coding a little bit, which killed our signup form. It is now up and running, so sign up and spread the word!

http://www.slashysanta.com/signup.html
kenaz: Kenaz, 6th rune of the Elder Futhark, the symbol of fire and light, both literal and figurative. (Kenaz: Stone)

Sultry in September 2016 Rules & FAQ

Critical Dates:


  • Sign-up period: June 17th - June 26th

  • Assignments to be distributed by July 10th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: September 4th

  • Deadline for returning participants: September 11th

  • Archive opens: September 18th, 2016

By popular demand, we will reveal to you the name of your recipient at your request. Some people find it easier to write or to personalize a story if they know the identity of their recipient.  Other people find that thought absolutely horrifying! Now, you can have it either way. If, at any time during the writing period, you wish to know the identity of your recipient, you may ask us.  Since other writers do not want to be "spoiled," we ask that you please keep this information to yourself!


  • All stories must be a minimum length of 1,200 words. Stories must be complete and in their entirety.


  • Submissions must be new, complete, and previously unreleased, and written specifically for the assignment you receive.


  • If you have defaulted on ANY previous Slashy Santa-sponsored exchanges, you will NOT be permitted to participate in this round. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. This may be a disappointment to some of you, but it is far more disappointing for a hard-working participant who strove to meet the deadline to discover they did not receive a story because their writer dropped out.


  • Manners are mandatory!! Be kind to your readers, be kind to your writer, be kind to your overworked admin. Just as you are required to turn in a finished, beta'd story, you are required to acknowledge the person who wrote for you in a timely fashion. If you're going to be out of town when the archive opens, consider making an LJ post to that effect, or alerting the moderator if you think it's going to be more than 3 or 4 days before you can get in touch with your writer. Even if you *hate* the story you are given-- and we certainly hope that's not the case!--common courtesy dictates that you should at least say "Thank you for writing this for me." If you cannot gracefully thank the author who wrote for you, you may be asked to sit out the next round and contemplate the meaning of the word "Courtesy."


  • Stories shall not be released to the general fandom on any group, list, or website until they are released on the Slashy Swap collection. After the publication, feel free to post or archive your work anywhere you would like.


  • Authors are responsible for posting their own stories on or before the due date at the Slashy Swap collection at AO3. If you have any questions, difficulties or need an AO3 invitation, please email the moderator: slashysanta@gmail.com

PROHIBITIONS / RESTRICTIONS


  • No fiction involving a minor in a sexual situation, even in flashback, no matter how vaguely alluded to, will be permitted. Period.

  • No songfics.

  • No het pairings as anything other than secondary characters or plots.

  • No bestiality. (Tolkien characters that manifest as cognizant beings are fine. If in doubt, ask us.)

  • No RPS (real person slash) will be accepted.

  • No blatant Mary Sue, Marty Stu, or self-inserts.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Can I ask for femslash?

Yes! We had our first femslash stories during the 2013 My Slashy Valentine swap, and we'd love to have you join us.

Q: I see a main focus on Elves, Men, Valar and Maiar. What about Dwarves and Hobbits?

A: In previous swaps there was less emphasis on Dwarves and Hobbits, but due to the release of the Hobbit movies, that's starting to change. We're happy to try and accommodate any request, though it is dependent on having writers able to fill these requests. You can help this process by spreading the word to your fellow Dwarf and Hobbit writers.

Q: I just received my assignment and it fits perfectly into part of a series I've been working on. Can I use it anyway?

A: We'd prefer your story to be original and created solely for your recipient, but so long as your submission fits the assignment you received, can be read and understood as a standalone, and it's new and unreleased, then go ahead.

Q: Yikes! I've been working on my story, but there was a family emergency and I don't think I'll make the deadline. What should I do?

A: Let us know! The Slashy Swap team have families too and understand that emergencies sometimes happen. The sooner you tell us, the easier it will be for us to come to a mutually agreeable solution.

Q: Unfortunately, the emergency has turned into something longer term and I won't be able to finish my story after all.

A: Again, please let us know as soon as possible so we can find a replacement to finish your assignment.

Q: I signed up for the previous exchanges, but never turned anything in. Can I still participate?

A: No. It simply isn't fair to those who met their obligations, or to the person who didn't get a story.

Q: Do I need to have my work beta read? I don't have one!

A: While we will not strictly enforce the use of a beta, we strongly encourage it. At the very least, please proof read and run a spell and grammar check. If you need help finding a beta, let us know and we'll direct you to some beta resources. Remember, you're writing a gift for someone, so make your story as perfect as it can be.

Q: HELP! I received the worst assignment in the world! What were you thinking? I can't write this!

A: It was likely an oversight. Please contact us and we will do what we can to find another assignment that is more to your taste and ability. If you already confirmed you would accept it, we can't make promises, but we'll do the best we can to help.

NOTE: In some rare instances, it may not be possible for a request to be filled to the requestor's exact specifications. This may occur if no author is willing to write the elements in the request (some examples are BDSM, fetish, rape, MPREG, or character death). In this case, the participant will be asked to revise their request so that we'll be able to match it.

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