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new Swordspoint fic by Ann
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(Originally posted at DW, but didn't crosspost for some reason.)

just_ann_now has written a new story. in the Swordspoint verse. How Richard met Alec, and what came after. It's a first time fic, and a first night, which means this fic is not for the kiddies. But neither is it for people who are looking for a PWP or anything too explicit. Somehow Ann walks that line I am never quite able to toe: explicit in the sense of not fading to black, but never graphic - I don't think she actually describes anything beyond a kiss - while still managing to be incredibly erotic.

More than that, she has completely nailed Alec's voice. The abandonment. The shyness laced with defiance. Richard's, too, but Alec here is precisely how I imagine him in my head.

All in all, a very nice read. Those of you who like this fandom are missing out if you don't give it a read.


http://community.livejournal.com/_riverside/65085.html


good vs. evil, Star Trek style
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I had an "OMG, how did I miss this?" moment just now, when I read a post over at [personal profile] edoraslass's journal. Apparently Lady Branwyn had a birthday a few days ago. I know I can be really slipshod about wishing people a happy day, but Branwhy is a good friend and I like to recognize the anniversary of when she entered the world. Several years ago, when we were living in the same city, we were part of a dinner club with other local Tolkien fans/fanfic writers. I also got to know Lord Branwyn and her adorable (if skittish!) kitten. Good times. I hope she is still living it up.

I usually recommend a story by the person on birthdays like this, and so I looked around her SOA page, where she posts most of her work. So many good things to choose from (and so many that I am behind on reading), but one jumped out immediately: The Long Race. Before his wedding to Eowyn, Faramir must prove himself. Not really humor or drama or any other typical genre, but with camaraderie and cheek to spare - it makes me grin just remembering it. Do yourself a favor and read it, if you haven't already.

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This picture is the footer over at the FB page for Lord of the Rings: War in the North (a video game). Any guess who/what the guy with the glowy staff is supposed to be? The only thing I can think is Radagast, which would just be wrong. Ideas?

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speculative fiction vs. fan fiction
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Over at Cecile's poll on speculative fiction (h/t Werecat), she asks first how many people write speculative fiction, and second what other of several related activities you do. One of those "others" is that you write fanfiction.

That caught me offguard, because to me fanfic in my fandoms can be speculative fiction. My fiction usually isn't because I tend to focus on different apsects of the universe than the speculative parts (race/class/gender issues, theodicy by any other name, family drama, etc.) but I also have read peoples' fan fic that is every bit as much speculative fiction as published authors. Werecat jumps to mind as a good example of that. Or Thundera Tiger. I'm sure I could come up with others.

So what do you think? Is fanfic properly separated out from SpecFic?

(P.S.: For more on the genre, read this.)
(P.P.S.: Do take the poll if you like. It was quick, painless, and seemed written by a genuine fan [no bad stereotypes, etc.])

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I was listening to The Devil Went Down to Georgia and had a crazy thought: filk it to tell the one-on-one fight between Morgoth and Fingolfin as a battle of songs. It could really work, but I'm scared to try it because everything I try to write comes out feeling very leaden these days.

I'm tucking the nuzgul away, though, because I think it could be a lot of fun. In any event, imagining the scene is kind of nice.

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thoughts on "my" 'verse
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I'm up late (or early) because I can't sleep again. Probably not the best time for blogging, I know. But [personal profile] rabidsamfan has a pretty interesting poll going on and I wanted to get my thoughts down. Do go vote in that poll, btw, if you haven't already.

RSF asked whether we ever cry at our old fic. My first thought was that she meant she read an old story and it was so bad, she was literally reduced to tears. I'm often ashamed of my old stuf, but never that much. Turns out though she meant something else entirely. Are we ever reduced to tears by the sad or dramatic or whatever stuff that we wrote?

I've often described my fanfic-writing like journalism. See, I have this really involved world playing out like a movie in my mind. There are some corners that are really well imagined and other corners that I haven't discovered all the details. But it's all there to be discovered. And it's all a reflection of me because ultimately "my" world is a reflection of my own self. I think about something, some theme or even some sensation, and somewhere there is a character that jumps up and it's obvious that this character's experience is pertinent to what I'm thinking about. But I don't dream up the story; it's just there. The trick is finding a POV, a snippet that I can unravel enough so it's not just reality but there's an actual narrative to it, a plot structure that functions as literature. In many ways, my private fantasy world which is the backdrop for my fanfic is more "real" than reality. More potent, closer to the ideal than the messy world with all of its frustrating details that can get in the way of a good story.

Why shouldn't I cry at that? My stories are snippets of a world that I hope has more pathos than reality because the details I am aware of are the ones that matter to the issue I want to work with. And I cry at the news, at the horrible things people do to each other. In a very weird way I care about my characters. Yeah, I know they're not alive, I'm not crazy or anything, but in a very real sense they are alive to me. Sometimes more alive than actual people I know in RL.

Incidentally, this is why it's so hard for me to write longer-length pieces. Think about that scene in The Hours where Ed Harris's character talks about trying to capture all the details of a single moment in time. It's impossible, and developing a larger story-arc is that much more impossible. It already feels like I am reducing the situation, to mention this detail and not that one. Fanfic for me isn't constructive, it's reductive, and at a certain point it no longer captures even the basics of my world. It's not laziness. There's a reason why my stories are usually less than 5,000 words and are the results of months of mental percolation, until they basically write themselves.

So to answer RSF's question: of course I cry over my stories if they're sad. They are in many ways more real than reality, at least to me.

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From [profile] mrowe:

1. Reply to this post with "RAINBOWS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee

Btw, please specify LJ or DW icons - I can do either, but will assume LJ unless you tell me otherwise...

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Fic Rec: Five Moves that Denethor and Faramir Never Made
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Over at LJ, [profile] mraltariel wrote chess!fic. A five-drabble series featuring Denethor, Faramir, a smidgen of Gandalf, and of course the game of kings. Highly recommended.

Five Moves that Denethor and Faramir Never Made

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Over at FB, journalist Nicholas Kristoff wrote,

I'm taking my eldest son to begin college tomorrow, and then I'm headed for Libya. What should I bring, other than my flak jacket & helmet? Any suggestions for most appropriate book or DVD to while away any firefights? Any other useful accoutrements you suggest for a Libyan trip?


I suggested the best five-book trilogy ever written for its mix of humor and adventure. But the comment got me thinking: what book would you recommend for a fictional character in dire straits? I mean, we do have a few examples of book-worms. Picard and Data have a thing for hard-boiled detectives and Shakespeare; SVU's Detective Munch shows a proclivity for public intellectuals like Noam Chomsky; and I'm sure there are others. And then you have Hermione, first-rate nerd and Muggle - I wonder what books she was carrying around in her enchanted handbag during Deathly Hallows? Not reference works but stuff to keep up her spirits.

So... just what books would you recommend to some fictional character facing a situation like Mr. Kristoff? And why? I'd be interested to know.

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