Tolkien, artist

Some Accomplishments, Some Not

 Yesterday's goal was cleaning the bathroom. I got 50% (well, probably closer to 40%) of it done, and on my long list of places to go and people to see, I got 60% done. OMG - I have to give myself a failing grade for yesterday's accomplishments.

But, I did get the shower majorly washed even though I still want to tackle it again before Sharon arrives. I got the furnace filters, went to Barnes & Noble (had a 15% off coupon - spent too much but happy with my books), got to the art supply store and ended up with items that I will watercolor for this year's Solstice cards and two new specialized Winsor & Newton Series 7 000 micro brushes (call me happy), got groceries. I decided to leave the chocolate until next week.

In writing (well, I had to do something besides just laundry and waiting for chemicals to do their thing on my shower walls) I finished Section 1, Chapter 5 and started Section 1, Chapter 6. I'm dreadfully afraid of boring people to death, and I have, of course, a lot of editing to do before anyone else sees it, but I also have to remind myself that I am writing this because I feel compelled to tell her story and that it doesn't matter if I don't gather a following because of it. I also got two loads of laundry done and clean sheets on the bed.

Because of general frustration, I finally took a serious hunt and found my copy of Karen Wynn Fonstad's "The Atlas of Middle Earth". I was trying to figure out some travel times and hoped that her maps would be helpful. And they will be - but not in Valinor. So I called on a friend who has never yet let me down. I told Fiondil my issue and my speculated time frame, and he came back to me with the timeframe that he has worked out over the years. We're in accord, so that's a relief, and huge THANK YOU's go out to him and those few other friends who answer Emails promptly and generously share their knowledge. I don't know what I would do without all of you!

And thanks to all of you who commented on yesterday's "Tilting at Windmills" post.  I agree that it is pathetic that a firm could take such advantage of us, but it is partly our fault that DH didn't catch the charge and that I didn't pursue it stronger earlier.  But it should be ended now.  We'll find out for sure when our next bank statement comes.  Thanks again!  
  • Current Location: Running towards shower
  • Current Mood: optimistic optimistic
  • Current Music: Felix Mendelssohn - Athalia: Overture
The Atlas is an amazing resource, for Middle Earth. For Valinor, it really falls flat. I write Silm-based stories and many of them are in the Time of the Two Trees. Geography of Valinor is essential and Karen's map for that leaves a lot to be desired. But Fiondil has been dealing with that geography for a long time, he is a research fanatic, and I agree with his basic geography. So that's the direction I'll take until I am finally into Beleriand and can use the Atlas again.

- Erulisse (one L)
You're getting a LOT accomplished.

I adore "The Atlas of Middle-earth". What an amazing reference.
I'm not getting nearly enough accomplished, except in writing - LOL.

I agree, Karen's Atlas is marvelous for Eastern Arda. For Valinor...not so good. Eventually Helyanwe will be in Beleriand and the Atlas will be much more helpful then. Therefore, I have not returned it to the study, but have placed it next to me in the computer room. I'll need to refer to it more frequently in the upcoming months.

- Erulisse (one L)
I have found differences in interpretation between my reading of the texts and hers throughout, but I agree that the Valinor part is woefully incomplete. I suppose we should be happy she included it at all. (I completely disagree with her floor plans of certain buildings in Middle-earth comparing her vision to my own and how I read Tolkien's descriptions. She was a geographer by profession and not an architect.) So glad I write little to no LotR fics anymore; people used to want to argue with me about stuff like that in my work, saying things like, "That is not what the main room of the Meduseld looked like." After I had parsed every sentence in the texts and done research on mead halls and feasting hall, etc., etc.

Edited at 2011-08-11 07:47 pm (UTC)
LOL - If people want to argue with me, they are welcome to do so but I really don't give a D___M. As far as I'm concerned, everything not written by Tolkien is AU anyway, and is subject to individual interpretation and filtering.

The Atlas has its uses - in distances, not in her little 'pictures' of specific locations.

I look at the different artwork that has been created for LOTR and The Hobbit by a variety of artists and say, "Hey. They are not inaccurate or accurate, they are just their own personal vision. So is my (your) writing. Suck it up - LOL."

- Erulisse (one L)
That's it exactly. If he did not write something (many somethings) down in meticulous detail, then your interpretation, mine, Oshun's, are all equally valid. And sometimes what he said contradicted what he said two chapters back or in the 'other' book or in a letter, in which case I don't see what's wrong with taking the view you like best and running with it.

Oh, and some of his timelines make no sense. Just saying.
LOL - oh, so very true :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
who developed duck feathers long ago - garbage just slides right off the pretty, oily things :-)
You might not be happy with what you have achieved on the cleaning front but you have made a significant inroad that leaves you able to deal with it quicker when you decide to carry on.