Tolkien, artist

Playing the Fool

 So there is an annual event taking place for the month of March called Back To Middle Earth. Last year's event was confusing for me, although I enjoyed reading the stories that were submitted by the variety of authors. But this year seems to be much more straightforward and some of the themes have me interested.



So, fool that I am, I will probably participate in this. But I am NOT an author. So I'm a bit nervous about putting my own writing "out there" into the public eye. I think if I had not made such good on-line friends among the authors who write Tolkien fanfic, I would never dream of doing this. As it is, I will step into that lake very gently, one toe at a time, and I will still try and do some artwork for this month-long challenge since artwork is also acceptable and is what I would feel more comfortable submitting in so many ways.

Writing

I feel like a child writing a story for a class. Shy, but having
to turn the story in because it is a class assignment. I can't think
of why I feel that way for a voluntary challenge. Silly me!

I survived Thursday without Chickie, and here I am ready to dive into Friday. Even though I went to sleep earlier last night, I'm still exhausted. I would allow myself to sleep later in the morning, but I know from experience that I would regret that because I would not be able to do those things that I so love in the morning - reading through and responding to my Emails, writing in my blog, and commenting on stories in the works on my various critique boards. I also leave the house early enough in the morning to read at the shop for another hour, or go to Caribou coffeeshop for a nice cup of coffee and some oatmeal. I do these things to relax and to keep my stress levels lower, but they are starting to become stress makers in their own right and that is something that I have to watch. Stress can be a great motivator, but it is also a killer, and I always know when I'm under too much stress because of some physical reactions that I develop. So I will continue trying to do whatever I can to allow myself to relax and I will try and keep my stress minimal. I hope you have a stress-free day.
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I always know when I'm under too much stress because of some physical reactions that I develop.

Oh yes, I do too. It depresses my immune system. I hate to think of you so exhausted.

Re: the B2ME month. I say, brilliant!

I feel like a child writing a story for a class. Shy, but having to turn the story in because it is a class assignment. I can't think of why I feel that way for a voluntary challenge. Silly me!

I always feel like this. :)

I had a look at it this morning, and might write a few small ficlets, but not to post on SWG or collect the passport thingies, because if I set my mind on doing it, I just won't. I have two stories going and that is really enough. So I may write one or two if something pops into my head. I am doing one now, and may put it up later.

I read the guidelines again, and think I will use the prompts, and record them daily, but just do them in my own time. I see I can collect the little pictures, so I may do that.

Hugs and take care.



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I do know that I don't have to post publicly, but what is the point if I don't? I don't get the bug very often, but Nan Elmoth spoke to me and I just had to write. Others in the prompts are also pecking at my brain. It all depends on time, desire, and ability to write the first drafts in between customers since my first drafts are always longhand. After that I hit the keyboard for at least two more revisions and often more. Ideally I would like to drabble. Realistically, I tend to ramble more than drabble.

- Erulisse (one L)
just hoping to get uploading solved - consider me totally computer illiterate when it comes to uploading anything at all :-)
Realistically, I tend to ramble more than drabble.

I don't drabble at all. I just like long stories, but drabbles that are part of a longer story, like Esteliel's, I feel add to it.

I do know that I don't have to post publicly, but what is the point if I don't?

I think you should post it publicly. :)
Will you do it on here or SWG? Their site is very user-friendly, but let me know if you get stuck.

I will probably put it on LOTRFF, but not on SWG, because anything I do will be flashbacks of the series, which won't really stand alone; they'll only mean something to any-one who reads the 'verse.
Probably on SWG since I focus on Silm stories and timelines. I thought about putting it on LOTRFF also, but first I need to put it onto Lizard Council and let my fellows crit it. If I survive that process, I'll post :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
when it does come to posting on SWG or LOTRFF, I'll ask you for help because I'm clueless...
when it does come to posting on SWG or LOTRFF, I'll ask you for help because I'm clueless...

Of course. It's easier than it looks, especially SWG. :)
The first step is always the hardest -- I was very nervous the first few times I posted stories online. But it does get easier. Looking forward to seeing your contribution! :D

I'm glad to see you survived Thursday. *sends good vibes for Friday*
I was panicking with my first story, less than two years ago. I told you once, I believe, that you would getbitten by the bug. So well done, and go for it! You'll feel very happy you've done it.

You are evil, Russandol. I don't need another bug in my life. I am trying to keep things short and sweet, however. No 20,000 word tomes for this kid.

- Erulisse (one L)
You are evil. But truly, if I started writing a large tome I wouldn't have time to beta my friend at SOA and I wouldn't have time for my artwork or my DH, both of which would suffer very unquietly.

- Erulisse (one L)
You know, for this year's B2MeM challenges, you don't even have to post anything publicly. If you scroll down through their guidelines here:
http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/b2mem2011.php

you'll see that point #5 on 'how to participate' says that you don't even have to post publicly - they'll take your word that you've completed that day's 'assignment.' The SWG and MPTT sponsor the challenge, but they don't require you to post a response in either place - and there's no deadline.

All of that said? I look forward to seeing what you write. I remmber how I felt when I posted my first Tolkien fanfic - I was so freaking nervous that no one would like it, and that was partly because I had an agenda: I wanted to show that you could write a hurt/comfort fanfic that was medically accurate and still a good story. People liked the digital amputation revision and likes Serindë and the rest is history. :D
I cannot imagine anyone not liking Serinde - she's a great character. And I'll post - I'll be that brave. And then I'll find a handy rock to hide under...

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh, there are people who don't like her. I've heard from some of them at great flaming length. I've decided to take that as a compliment - that I've created a character who's multidimensional enough that she inspires strong reactions. The long complaints I get about her usually aren't of the 'she's really flat and one sided' variety, it's usually more 'why's she such a bitch' sort of comments.

So don't be discouraged if not everyone likes what you write. I think your tactic of putting it on the LC first as a sort of 'safe place' is smart - get opinions of people you know and trust first. I did that with the first smut I posted - put it up filtered to about five or ten people who I knew would be constructive with any criticism.
Oh, I'll treat it the same as my artwork. People will have their own reactions to it, but I will be true to my own interpretation. I'm far from expecting anyone at all to like it, but I'll put it out there anyway.

And I can't imagine writing anything without pulling it by my fellow Lizards first. It's such a great group of people and I don't have to take every suggestion, only give it due consideration. They won't flame me, and that's what's important at this juncture.

- Erulisse (one L)
Good luck! I gave last year a miss too as it seemed too complicated and I hate being tied.

This year I'm going to see how many drabbles I can write and am posting them on my LJ.I like it that you can do as few or as many as you like.