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Balcony Scene (200 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fingon | Findekáno/Maedhros | Maitimo
Characters: Maedhros | Maitimo, Fingon | Findekáno
Additional Tags: Valinor, Romance, Fluff, Romeo & Juliet - Freeform, Moon

In Valinor, after Maedhros and Fingon's re-embodiment.
A light and fluffy variation on the famous rescue, with a little bit of help from the Bard.

Reccing a fic I beta'ed

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:39 pm
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I failed the Matryoshka challenge myself, but I managed to beta a great fic that Robinka has written for it.
It features a lovely Beleg, both brave and kind, not without a sense of humour.
It is entitled "A Hero of the Day" and she posted it to the SWG Archive yesterday.


Jun. 24th, 2017 11:31 pm
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It is useful to take notes on future paths for the story, IF --

You remember to consult them later.

It is very annoying to do so after several weeks of trying to figure out how to get the heroine to do something risky to look back and realize that I had made a note of the perfect motive, which would not only get her acting, but tie back into the other plot thread, AND put a time limit on her decision. 

my ios app finally expired

Jun. 24th, 2017 05:27 pm
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Jun. 24th, 2017 01:08 pm
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See. Sime & Schuster, 2017

Li-yan and Haley live very different lives. Although both are of the Akha people, they are a generation apart: Li-yan is Haley’s mother, although they have been separated since Haley was a few days old. Haley grows up in the Los Angeles area in an upper middle class home; Li-yan grew up without plumbing or electricity. All that connects them is a cake of pu-erh tea that Li-yan left with Haley at the orphanage, and has, miraculously, stayed with her.

Li-yan starts her life in the Akha people, a small group living in the mountains between Thailand and Laos and the Yunnan district of China. Even in 1995 their lives are almost Stone Age; they have no modern conveniences, still wear traditional dress, have their medical problems dealt with by a wise woman, and abide by traditional Akha laws and superstitions. Pretty much their only contact with the 20th century is when they sell the tea that they pick from their small allotments. Li-yan’s life seems to be set: as the daughter of the wise woman/midwife, she will step up to that job when her time comes.

Three things change Li-yan’s life forever. She is very good with languages and is sent on to college, where she first encounters a flush toilet. She has the misfortune of falling in love with the wrong man; she was born on a Pig Day, while San-pa is born on a Tiger Day. They are mismatched and cannot wed- but they secretly have a child together. And one day a jeep comes rattling into the village bearing a man who wants to buy their tea directly rather than going through the middleman. He knows they have special teas, from special, old trees, that will be worth a fortune on the open market. All these things combine to end up making Li-yan a woman of both China and America.

Lisa See has dealt with Chinese women coming to terms with being in America in ‘China Dolls’; in that book, it was WW 2. ‘Tea Girl’ deals with it in 1995 to the present day. The children adopted by white Americans (almost always girls) face different challenges growing up than the Chinese who arrived as adults in earlier years- easier in a lot of ways, but not knowing why they were given up and what kind of linage they might have.

The plotting is so complex in this book it can be hard to keep track of, but it all comes together in the end perfectly. The descriptions of life in the forest village bring the place to life. Li-yan is a very complex character and the others are pretty vivid, too, especially Li-yan’s mother. Five stars out of five- not surprising for a book by Lisa See!

Final Imzy Screen

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:11 am
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I feel like I've been refreshing the imzy page for 24 hours, waiting for the inevitable.

This looks like the end-game screen. (I wanted to save it here for posterity.)

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 06:10 pm
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Went in to hospice for a few hours and stopped at a couple of yards sales. Total score at the first one: a box of patterns, and I grabbed every one that was vintage (okay, what *I* consider vintage; I don't consider the 80s vintage. Plus, all the 80s patterns are of baggie clothes)- a lot of 50s and I'm pretty sure some 40s. Got 16 in all. And bought a lidded basket to carry them in. At another all I found was a wool hat, that I think is called a Breton. It's round, at any rate. And then one had a wool skirt (just for 'normal' wear, nothing fancy) and a piece of fabric that is 3 yards long and I think 60 inches wide, and feels like a very thin wool, and looks like some Indian print in dark red and golds. Enough to do something really cool with it!

On the down side, I screwed by back up bad yesterday and it's been killing me today. Bah.

Home again

Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Home late last night after a lovely, lovely train journey up the coast to Portland, and then east to Minneapolis. Once I got there, I bumbled my way to the delicious breakfast place my daughter and I found last year (The Buttered Tin) and after that, in perfect weather--low seventies, cloudy, tiny drops of rain--made my way to the hotel for Fourth Street Fantasy.

Other than a somewhat jolting experience at the opening ceremonies, which made it clear yet again that many of those who have always assumed their perfect safety in any circumstance (and who thus find argument entertaining) simply do not comprehend the paradigm for those who have always had to be wary, to at least some degree, while maneuvering in public spaces. I trust that learning happened.

After that, things went so very well. So many great conversations, over delicious food. Interesting panels, lovely weather. Another thing occurred to me: I so seldom get that quick-back-and-forth of conversation, as my social life is about 95% online, that I found myself frequently behind a couple steps. At least, I think it's due to that and not (I hope) to me dulling with age.

The con was splendid right to the last moments: my return train was to leave Mpls. at ten-ten that night, and I did not particularly look forward to sitting at the Amtrak station for six hours, but I didn't have the discretionary cash for adventuring about. However after delicious ice cream sundaes (yum, yum, yum!) [personal profile] carbonel generously offered to take me home, then drop me at the station, though it was not even remotely in her way.

My six hours passed so pleasantly it was emblematic of the entire weekend for me: after the fast pace it was so nice to sit quietly, watch some BBC animal planet documentaries . . . and, to my utter delight, the resident kitting--after doing considerable showing off by leaping to wall and ceiling beams and down again--curled up in my lap to purr. When you realize that I rarely get to see cats except in youtube vids when the news is too fraught, you will understand how that was the perfect close to an excellent weekend.

Thence an equally lovely train trip back, much reading and some writing achieved.

And this morning, I hauled my aged bod to yoga, for a much-needed session. This last couple weeks has been all about the head. Exhilarating, but not good for the bod. I used to be so active, until the arthritis turned all my joints into a constant ache; now exercise is something I have to do, so I've some tricks to keep my lazy ass in gear.

Anyway, it occurred to me as I sweated and stretched that the fundamental good of yoga is to strengthen all those muscles we otherwise do not notice that hold the body upright. Especially someone like me with rotten posture (I've had the child-abuse shoulder hunch all my life, and when young fought against it in dance, constantly hearing, "Shoulders down, Smith!" The only time I didn't have it was in fencing, oddly enough) it's easy to turtle. But I feel much better and stronger overall when I keep up with the yoga.

So--that, and to my desk to catch up!

A bit of writerly stuff to pass on: an indie writer I met through a fantasy bundle project last summer, C.J. Brightley, has put out a call for fantasy stories of the uplifting sort, and asked me to pass it on. Submission data here.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:20 am
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Stuff I've been reading. I don't know that I've finished anything lately but I do keep chewing on a variety of things.

Speak Its Name by Kathleen Jowitt. Description from amazon (maybe from the author who we know here on DW :-) A new year at the University of Stancester, and Lydia Hawkins is trying to balance the demands of her studies with her responsibilities as an officer for the Christian Fellowship. Her mission: to make sure all the Christians in her hall stay on the straight and narrow, and to convert the remaining residents if possible. To pass her second year. And to ensure a certain secret stays very secret indeed.. Really enjoying this so far. I have a love of English ecclesiastical sagas like Susan Howatch's Starbridge series. Highly recommend!

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris. Ploughing through this. I'm in agreement with him that the Abrahamaic religions need to be history and gone from this world, not that that's going to happen in my life. But I do agree with him. Though one of the reasons it's so hard to plough through this book is he's all kinds of irritating and kind of an asshole. But continue on I will, unpleasant as it is, and that's coming from someone who has no interest in any kind of affiliation with any of the Abrahamic religions. So far.

The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Nellakantan. A prequel to the Baahubali movies!

The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion by Candace Du Puy and Dana Dovitch. I have skimmed this all the way through and couldn't feel my hands or my feet by the time I got through it. 46th anniversary of my abortion is coming up on July 1, I'm trying to invite this in since repressing it for so long almost killed me last year (as well as my baby, I understand that). Might go through it more, piece by piece but maybe not. At least that's what the authors suggest, don't go in farther than you can stand at a time.

The Making of Buddhist Modernism by David L. McMahan. Oh my this is very very academically oriented. Not sure I'll get through this. On the other hand, looks like I can lend this one out, so if anyone's interested just let me know :-)

Happy Froday -- we're looking at temps in the lower 90s the next few days. This is probably the weekend I go see Wonder Woman :-)

This Was the Final Week of IMZY

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:44 am
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The grand IMZY experiment reverted to read-only mode a week ago and it goes dark today.

Before it went read-only, I scheduled a number of posts to publish, which I've captured and re-edited slightly to make it a little clearer at a glance.

Thank you all endlessly.

Here's a document of my final week of posts on IMZY, in chronology:

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm
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I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/free-british-irish-records-2445715211.html

*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*

random powers and purposeful plans

Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:45 pm
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An interesting element of trying to randomly generate personalities and powers so there is no correlation. . .

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Songs of Sorrow and Hope

Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:22 pm
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Songs of Sorrow and Hope: The Art of Jenny Dolfen by Jenny Dolfen

A collection of her work, from drawing to full paintings, with some discussion of techniques, quite a bit about inspirations (a lot of Tolkien), and a walk through of how one work was completed.

A lot of lovely stuff.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:27 pm
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Hey Project Runway peeps, new season starts August 17!

Enjoying lots of new summer icons from [personal profile] casey28, check them out on her journal :-)

The 404 pages are already here

Jun. 22nd, 2017 03:48 pm
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I wanted to check out some scheduled posts another Imzy user had made, but found that they weren't available. The dreaded 404 pages are popping up now.

I do hope the site is somehow archived. :'( I also hope the staff is doing okay. I can't imagine how they're feeling about all this.

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