Life in general

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:11 pm
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Or what I'm doing on my summer vacation...

Long time, no rl update. The reason is that my life is rather quiet, for the most part.

It's hot here... very hot, mid-90s and so humid that the air drips.

I spend my days playing games on Facebook, which I would leave but for my game addiction.

I also do quite a few things in the Babylon 5 fandom - an update every two weeks of fandom things like fics, art and newsishness, I mod and post at a rewatch group as well. we are over halfway through Season 4. If you're a fan, join us at either Lj or Dw. Our name is B5_revisited. Once a year, I mod a B5 fan celebration called Babylon 5 Love and we post B5 fics, art , metas... anything every day for a month, usually Feb because well, you know, love!

I am doing Sins this year (Or is it still Ardor in August?). I have the story in my head but not typed yet. Starting this week.

Signups for the Oeam Big bang close at the end of the month as well. We have several. I wish we'd get a big bunch but OEAM apparently doesn't reach far and I'm just not a Tumblr person... NO clue what one does there.

OEAM is still up and running - the self upload site that EVERYONE swore they wanted so they could post to... um, I post there and maybe one more person now and again. It's a lovely archive and I monitor it nearly every day. It doesn't show up right on Google and I can't fix it. After Tallulah, Elfscribe and Marius (and others as well) worked and worked and worked, my webhost sent me a note telling us that we were using too much band width and if we didn't cut it down, they were going to shut us down. We - well Tallulah - worked tirelessly to do all the things they suggested to no avail. SOOOO I got us a new webhost and we were never able to get the site uploaded there. We realized that we were not using what they said anyway. They were doing this in an attempt to get me to change to a $40+ a month site, which I refused to do. So as one of the fixes, we sort of got off the search engines. We are at www.ofelvesandmen.com - nothing more. That is us.

I'm still old and still mobility impaired. I work on gaming, fanning and I've taken up reading cozy mysteries and belong to a group at FB that discusses one a month. It's fun. I am trying to spend more time reading than I have in past years. I also have a new overlock sewing machine... brand new - not even out of the box yet. I have to learn how to use it now. There are lots of nice videos at Youtube (you can learn to do almost anything there). I ma making some little craftish sewing projects and hope to make a few clothes as well when I get the hang of this thing.

Larry works at home and is working lots of long hours so I'm on my own most of the time. Sometimes I think it would be nice if he had an office off the premises... but then again, he is here all the time and I kinda like that, too.

That's all I can think of... gotta grab a shower and then it'll be time for Chinese takeout and British mysteries on PBS - our Saturday night excitement. I do love my Midsomer Murders!

So what are all y'all up to this summer? (Really! I want to know!)
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Hi everyone!

Here is this week's subbed News Zero.

NEWS ZERO (2017.07.17) - Ichimen (warning about smartphone in bath) [AET + winkychan].mp4_snapshot_00.15.jpg

You can get here at my journal.
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Hi!

We're [livejournal.com profile] arashiproject   and we work in reuploading the dead subbed files made by old subbing teams, in the respect of their rules.

We have opened 3 new masterposts for [livejournal.com profile] rosevic87_subs , [livejournal.com profile] pikanchi_subs and [livejournal.com profile] yuizaki_libra , you can read everything in this entry.
If you have any of the missing files, please let us know in the Dead Links masterpost.

Membership is moderated, just click join and wait for approval.

Feel free to advertise this other Johnny's communities as there are not only Arashi subs listed :)

Thank you for your help and support :)
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Hi everyone!

I've uploaded the complete mp3 collection of Matsumoto Jun's radio show "Jun Style".
You can get it here at my journal :)

~Enjoy

Write Every Day! July - Day 21

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:43 am
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I woke up to a very weird comment on a PWP I wrote a while ago which was basically a sort of smug mockery of the fic and me? So that wasn't a good start into the day at all, and I just don't get why people feel the need to do that in the comments of a fic, sigh.

But I didn't want to spend the day feeling sad, so I decided that I definitely deserved some hot dads now and bought Dream Daddy, a gay dad dating game that has suddenly been all over my twitter. And it's very cute indeed! Obviously I had to go and make a Valjean dad and see if I could make him date the most Javert-like dad. :D

It's actually a super cute game, and I've been having fun with it! I might even offer it for Yuletide.

I managed to write another 500 words of my WIP as well - which was supposed to feature a conversation but so far has been mostly kissing. /o\ Failing at communication is truly what they're best at.

Tally:
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Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 19 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)
Day 20 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (6 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!
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Arrows Through Archer Nash Summers
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1547280700
ISBN-13: 978-1547280704
Amazon: Arrows Through Archer Nash Summers

After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears. Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company. Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another. But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.
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Hearts of Darkness Andrea Speed
Gay - Fantasy
Paperback
Publisher: DSP Publications (November 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634775481
ISBN-13: 978-1634775489
Amazon: Hearts of Darkness Andrea Speed

Kaede Hiyashi is sick and tired of living in the shadow of his father, supervillain Doctor Terror. Brilliant but crazy, Doctor Terror sends his son to Corwyn, California, for reasons Kaede can't imagine. Sent to accompany and protect him is Ash, a genetically modified supersoldier raised and trained by an infamous death cult.

Corwyn is lousy with superheroes, led by the obnoxious Dark Justice. Kaede finds himself dancing around Dark Justice as he digs into his father's mysterious business and teaches his socially awkward--but physically lethal--bodyguard to acclimate to "normal" life. Can these two wacky supervillains figure out what Doctor Terror wants them to do, solve the riddle of the villain known as Black Hand, and keep Dark Justice from raining on their bloody parade? The course of love--and world domination--never did run smooth.
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Come to the Oaks: The Story of Ben and Tobias Bryan T. Clark
Gay - Historical
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Cornbread Publishing; 1 edition (March 6, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997056231
ISBN-13: 978-0997056235
Amazon: Come to the Oaks: The Story of Ben and Tobias Bryan T. Clark

In 1845, as America is drowning in its own racial conflict, in a time when forbidden love has to remain a secret, can two young men find love when one has everything to lose, and the other has nothing? For Tobias, a young African man, life has ended before it began. Snatched abruptly from his homeland and enslaved into the Antebellum South, grand homes and majestic oak trees meant little to him. Now he is considered the property of other men, but his spirit would not be broken. The awkward Benjamin Nathanael Lee lives a privileged life. His father owns the largest tobacco plantation south of the Mason Dixon line. Ben wants little to do with the harsh realities of running a plantation—that is, until he meets Tobias, the one person that changes everything for him. Wealth, greed, and power brought them together. The same now threatens to separate them forever. The two men are on the verge of losing the one thing that matters: their love for one another. Against the odds, they steal off and embark on a journey to find freedom: the freedom to love one another and to live a life without the chains of slavery. Come to the Oaks is the tale of a forbidden romance—a love forged by two young men as they journey through a land that is tearing itself apart.

CAKETASTROPHE!! (By Special Request)

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

I was perusing the Cake Wrecks Facebook page the other day (where every follower gets a free invisible puppy!!) when I came across a rather unusual request:

Ahh, so you want to pop open the hood and take a gander inside the wrecks, is that it, Jennifer?

Well, I'm glad you asked.

BEHOLD!!

 

And BEHOLD!!

 

KEEP BE-HOLDING!

 

Hey, Jennifer, you ever wonder how cupcake cakes (ptooie!) keep their icing from falling through all those big gaps?

NOW YOU KNOW.

 

We just saw last week how a gender reveal cake failed to actually reveal anything - other than plain yellow cake - but here's the opposite problem:

The cake was blue inside with pink icing.

Oy.

 

Now I'm going to show you my absolute favorite cake cake wreck of all time, Jennifer, and which I've been hanging onto for just this moment.

First, though, let me explain what (we think) happened:

A bakery was unable to sell a Halloween cake in time, but they didn't want to throw it away or reduce the price. So instead, they simply flipped the entire cake over, icing side down, and re-decorated the other side to make it into a generic birthday design.

CW reader Shannon had no idea of the skullduggery at work until she cut the cake, and found this:

That's a whoooole lotta icing, right there.

(And think how fresh!!)

 

And finally, I know I posted the video of this over on FB a week or two back, but here's a quick .gif reminder of the importance of proper wedding cake support:

OUCH.

(Watch the original video here to see them both continue to laugh hysterically, which is just adorable. Cutest couple ever!)

 

Welp, I hope that satisfies some of your blood lust for caketastrophe, Jennifer!

And hey, for the rest of you, the request line... IS OPEN.

 

Thanks to Cherie O., Leann S., Jaunna, Fribby, Sarah, & Shannon G. for reminding me of those times bakeries accidentally left scissors, a paring knife, and other various cutlery in their cakes - because that was a HOOT. (And also because "TRAUMATIC BIEBER" *still* makes me snort-laugh.)

*****

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Write Every Day! July - Day 20

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:21 am
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So umm, because I have never heard of moderation I actually went back to the National to see the first part of Angels in America again, live in the audience as they broadcast it (which was a fun experience with all these giant cameras around us, fortunately I sat in the second row so no audience reaction shots, phew). :D I have a ticket to see the second part at the NT as well when they film it next week, but damn it, I'll never see this play done so well again in my lifetime, and also I very much prefer paying £15 for a seat here to $100 on Broadway.

I came back home completely starved and barely managed to post the next chapter of my slavefic, which I finished editing before I left for the theatre. I also wrote a few paragraphs of chapter 51, so all in all a very good day. I'm still happy about the 50 chapters milestone, even if I still have no idea how many more it'll take - there aren't that many plot points left, but quite some emotional development, so hopefully I'll get to finish this year...

Tally:
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Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 19 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Gah, I'm low on word count totals...

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:34 pm
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...which usually happens when I go on vacation. I get in the habit of not writing much and then have to ramp back up. So, yeah, tomorrow and this weekend will be a ramp up because I'd kind of like to be done with the 3 novels in 3 months challenge.

That said, I am enjoying the current novel. Jaden is cute and causal. Padma is formal and serious and blushes every time Jaden flirts. They're both seriously forceful personalities and man, I might even get a sex scene or two into this story if they go the way I think they are. Whoot! It's been AGES since I got to write sex scenes! :D

I did not get my steps today because my hubby has apparently come down with the cold I had a while back. He's feeling mungy and heading for miserable. Lovely. I was hoping that it would pass him by since it hadn't hit in so long but no luck there.

Not much else happening right now, honestly.

Goals for tomorrow include writing more than 1200 words (like 2500 words or more), getting my steps and exercises, taking care of the hubby (as much as possible given that I'll be at work all day) and getting groceries. Because tomorrow is grocery day.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Sappho Prompts

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Tolkien Femslash week is doing a challenge which invites you to make prompts from a list of Sappho quotations (or fragments).
The current SWG challenge suggests combining the song prompts with the Femslash challenge, if it works for you.

I like Sappho so I thought this  was a lovely idea. I made up some prompts, in case anyone is interested, i.e. I picked quotations and added a f/f pairing from the Legendarium that came to mind.(I'm afraid some of the more popular pairings are not included.)

They are posted to Tumblr but I'll also copy them in below.

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My Little Pony

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:17 pm
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From Felicia Day's tumblr... this sounds awesome!

Hey guys! Just a shoutout for the airing of my My Little Pony episode! It will premiere August 5th on Discovery Family! I do a voice with William Shatner, so it’s super special and fun episode, please tune in!!!

Dirty-Minded Decorators

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Aw, look at the sweet cake for Sarah-Maude's second birthday:

[squinting]

 

Although, those balloons look a little odd, don't they? Let's take a closer look...

[eyes bulging] Great Scott! Hide the children!!

And I KNOW you see what I see, people, so don't even try to accuse me of having my mind in the gutter. It's the Fireman cake all over again.

Eric N., thank goodness this was for a safely oblivious 2-year-old. Still, given how obvious those balloons are, I'm pretty sure I'd steer clear of this bakery in the future. Unless it was for a bachelorette party, of course.

*****

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I'm home

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:28 pm
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Well, I got home yesterday but I was so tired after the drive that I just didn't get around to posting. Also didn't get around to getting this week's story ready for publication so there'll be another gap of a week. Next week though!

Work was insane once I got back. I thought I left good instructions but nope, not good enough. I need to do some cross training so the next time I go away (my birthday in September or October for a week-long seminar) I won't come back to a desk piled high with orders.

My own fault for not checking with my backup to make sure she knew what to do.

The trip itself was lovely. The drive down to Lincoln City, Or was nasty. Heavy traffic for a good 2/3 the way. But it was quiet and calm and relaxing once we got there. We visited Tillamook, saw the Air Museum there (super cool place, look it up--well worth visiting especially for history buffs), the Tillamook factory for lunch, ice cream and goodies (including far too much fudge), and then went back to Lincoln City. Second day we went on a hike to a really beautiful waterfall with a bouncy bridge, then drove down to Agate Beach which had no agates at all. Lots of sand and 25 mph winds but no agates. That was okay because we went back to Lincoln City and I found a slew of agates on the beach there.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. No clue yet. I'll figure it out eventually. Suggestions welcome as always from those who know how to handle agates.

Then we drove home yesterday and collapsed.

I got writing every day, not much but a little, keeping my streak alive. I just finished Chapter 3 of the new lesbian romance. Jaden's ex-date the Jerk Ravinder just got tased for being a jerk. I get to open the next chapter with Jaden whining because she messed everything up. Should be fun to write, provided I get the time to write much tomorrow.

Goals for tomorrow include exercises (because I've put on 3 pounds in the last month, damn it), writing (lots, please), too much work and not enough time, and making BBQ chicken with... something. Not sure what else yet.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Write Every Day! July - Day 19

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:34 am
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I have no idea how it got so late, but at least I managed to do an entire first edit pass through my next WIP chapter today, and even wrote an additional 500 words of the next chapter. Bed time for me now!

Tally:
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Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Initial Discomfort

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Monograms can add that perfect crowning touch of elegance to your wedding cake.

 

Or, they can look like this:

Proof that sometimes it's better to quit before letting your five-year-old write on the cake.

 

Still, it could be worse.

The monogram could match the rest of the cake:

Hey, it's not easy to make tinfoil look this good.

 

If you do find a mistake in your cake's monogram, don't panic. There are plenty of seamless ways for your baker to fix the error.

This isn't one of them.

 

Now, I'm all for sharing new words, broadening folks' horizons, furthering education, etc, but if you have to explain to the baker of your wedding cake what a monogram is - a "T, J, and H" put together, for example - then maybe, just maybe, a few alarm bells should go off.

Or I suppose you could just take your chances.

After all, what could go wrong?

Heh.

Aheh.

Heh.

At least the quotes add a little something "extra."

 

Thanks to today's wedding wreckporters Anony M., Hilary R., Cyndi P., & Cyndee M., who think all bakers should be required to ask, "Can I quote you on that?"

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Write Every Day! July - Day 18

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:50 am
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My Tuesday was incredible and exhausting - at last it was time for my two show day at the National to see the current production of Angels in America and it was GLORIOUS and everything I'd hoped it would be! I've never spent an entire day at the National before - I was there literally from noon to midnight, and spent 8 hours in my seat, but it was so worth it.

This felt like a defining production, I don't think I'll ever see this play again done so well in my lifetime. I know that 8 hours in a theatre sounds like a lot, but this truly went by much more quickly than some 2 hour plays I've seen. And the experience of getting to spend an entire day delving deeply into these characters and this story is indescribable.

After the show I made adorable stage door friends - Russell Tovey was just so so impressive in Bent, and then this, I just had to tell him how impressed I was, and he was so happy to hear that I'd come to see Bent especially. Andrew Garfield really impressed me as well - I don't know how you can go through eight hours of emotional upheaval on stage like that, again and again, it was so stunning! And I sat center front so I got to see every single tear and drop of sweat (and uhh Russell Tovey's balls for his full nudity scene /o\).

So, writing-wise, as I should probably have expected, I didn't get much done. We had a two hour break between part 1 and 2, and I'd brought my tablet, but I was just way too emotionally wrapped up in the play to write. I think I managed to edit a sentence or two before I gave up. But I don't regret a single bit of this day! (And I have a theatre-free day today, so hopefully I can catch up now.)

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Day 14 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 15 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

[admin post] Admin Post: "New Directions" Challenge Stories

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:39 pm
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SWG Challenge New Directions

Below is the list of stories submitted for the New Directions challenge. Please remember that while "late" entries do not receive a stamp, they are more than welcome on the archive, so if you're still working on this challenge--or haven't started it yet but want to--please carry on! Links on the list below go to the Table of Contents, where you can find author's notes and more information about the story. If you enjoy a story, please consider commenting and letting the author know.

Annael's Reunion by Kaylee Arafinwiel. After far too long, Annael of the Grey-elves reunites with one he thought lost.

For Those Who Hold a Silmaril In Their Hands by LadyBrooke. Erellont is young when Finrod leaves, and his uncle goes with him.

Legolas of Gondolin by Silver Trails. This is an introduction to my view of Legolas of Gondolin.

The Manly-Hearted Woman by oshun. This is a story of Haleth.

New Directions by hennethgalad. the friends of Eärendil, returning from Valinor
+ mystery guest...

Of Huor of the House of Hador by StarSpray. Six moments in the life of Huor son of Galdor.

Of Voronwe's Parents by Himring. Two vignettes featuring the parents of Voronwe of Gondolin.

A Second Chance by Grundy. "She whom he had loved was Amárië of the Vanyar, and she was not permitted to go with him into exile."

The Snakes and the Flowers by Lyra. A young Vanyarin poet makes some clever observations, the relevance of which only grows apparent in good time.

Sunset to Sunrise by Tyelca. A quiet night at home for Arien, Bearer of the Sun.




If you have not seen our current challenge, Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song, check it out! Fanworks for this one are due by 11 August 2017 to be eligible for a stamp.

As I am in the midst of the Mereth Aderthad, stamps will be later than usual this month. I will try to have them updated by the middle of next week. If there are any drastic changes to that timeline, I will let everyone know.

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