Aule and Yavanna by AncaXBre (SFW)

Aug. 26th, 2016 07:00 pm
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Fandom: Tolkien
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Aule and Yavanna
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pencil?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] ancaxbre

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a beautiful work. The way Aule and Yavanna are depicted both as personifications of their respective elements and as people is very intriguing. And I love the myriad of details and the serenity of their faces.

Link: Aule and Yavanna

Imzy?

Aug. 25th, 2016 10:09 am
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I joined yesterday, mostly to snap up my name and look around. Who else is there? How do you find people? Also I have invites, although I imagine that everyone who wants to be there has already joined by now. But if not, and you'd like one, let me know!

I gather it's based on Reddit structurally, which is an interesting idea for a community-based site, although I still think I like the DW-type platform better. Especially the ability to have an individual journal, instead of having to create a "community" for yourself (although I gather the personal journal aspect is coming?). Anyway, we'll see what happens. If it ends up being a viable replacement for Tumblr, I'm all for it.

Malory Beazley Guest Post

Aug. 25th, 2016 10:20 am
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Banner by caitie of an OTW-themed guest access lanyard


"I’ve been most inspired by the compassion and generosity of fan creators. I’ve read incredible fics that have shifted my view on what makes great storytelling and inspired me to be a better writer. I’ve seen fan art that has moved me on a profound level and ignited my creative spark. I’ve watched fan films and theatrical productions that remind me that joy is the best motivator, not “shoulds” or “oughts.” "

Malory Beazley discusses FAN/FIC Magazine plans, her fanfic trilogy, and the tag whose growth she’s followed at AO3: http://goo.gl/nMaFff
turlough: gold statues from the tomb of Tutankhamun ((other) dreaming of the past)
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Fandom: Tolkien
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: the glory and fall of Numenor with assorted kings, elves, Maiar and Valar
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] breath-art

Why this piece is awesome: A beautiful work from one of my favourite Silmarillion artists. The colouring in this piece is not as bright and jewel-like as in many of the artist's other works. But to my eyes the more sombre palette adds to the gravity of the piece. The way the colours darken from the top towards the bottom also cleverly illustrates the progressive darkening of Numenor as can be seen in the various depicted scenes from its history.

Link: glory and fallen of Numenor

This Week in Fandom, Volume 22

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:46 am
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This Week in Fandom, we want to know who's reading The Fifth Season & when you first saw the word 'shipping' http://goo.gl/LGDqOq

The Dreamwidth Meme

Aug. 22nd, 2016 07:23 pm
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This meme stolen from [personal profile] melannen and [personal profile] extrapenguin, to help repair the lack of posts in my journal lately.

21 Questions, With Answers! )

So about those WorldCon updates...

Aug. 22nd, 2016 12:30 am
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I ended up being too busy attending WorldCon (and staying up late hanging out in the evenings) to have much time to write about WorldCon. Now it's our last night and I'm full of so much to say that I don't know where to start. I attended so many great panels and readings (and a few duds), reconnected with a few people and met a ton more, and basically had the best time I have ever had at a con entirely because of the people. It seems clear that the way to fix the feelings of social isolation I sometimes deal with at cons is to know people. Talk to people, get introduced to people, and spend a good amount of time hanging out with people I already know. In this case, having [personal profile] renay, [personal profile] justira, and [personal profile] seimaisin as my social center gave me a comfort zone, and the opportunity to be introduced to more people helped me make more connections -- and hopefully lasting ones. I want to talk more about specific panels and events, but that will be better served by a fresher brain, so I'll leave it for now.

If you've followed the news at all, or follow me on Twitter, you already know that Lady Business did not win the Hugo award for Best Fanzine. File 770 is a deserving winner with an amazing community and a long history in fandom, and its editor, Mike Glyer (who also won Best Fanwriter), did amazing work last year to track and report on the developing Hugo controversy, among everything else that goes on. Really, it's an honor to have taken a strong second place (as borne out by the stats), especially in our first year on the ballot. The ceremony was excellent, both entertaining and well-run -- and fortunately Fanzine was pretty early in the program, so we were able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the show! And then we had an awesome night, making the rounds of the parties, including George R. R. Martin's legendary Hugo Losers Party. (After File 770's win was announced, we literally turned to each other and said "now we can go to the Losers Party!") Even if we're never nominated again (although I do hope we will be), the experiences we had last night will be with me always. If you were there to be a part of it, thank you. And to everyone who voted for us and supported us in so many ways, THANK YOU.

Although next year's Helsinki WorldCon is probably out of my reach, I am delighted that San Jose, CA won its bid to host in 2018. Barring some catastrophic event or schedule conflict, I will be there, and I hope to get the chance to form such wonderful community bonds again. Come if you can! I'd love to see you there.

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