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Ten Things You Wish the SWG Archive Could Do ... (That It Actually Does!)
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at December 5th, 2016 (05:49 pm)

Earlier this year, we asked for feedback on a survey about the SWG site. Our software is aging and we face the challenging decision of where to take the site next. Wherever we go, we want it to be useful to the authors and readers who use our site for sharing Silmarillion fan fiction.

But as I read through the suggestions for what we could do to make the site better, I kept bumping into wish-list items that the site already does. So in our December 2016 newsletter, I wrote an article called “10 Things You Wish the SWG Archive Could Do (That It Actually Does).” I’m going to reprint that article separately in an attempt to reach as many SWG users as possible because it's nice, if the site is capable of doing something you'd like it to do, that you know how! :)

So if you ever wished that the SWG archive would send you alert emails, let you make rec lists, allow you to copy from MS Word and keep your formatting, comment on Reference articles, generate story stats, and post images and podfic, read on!

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russandol [userpic]
December 2016 Newsletter Posted
by russandol (nelyo_russandol)
at December 3rd, 2016 (06:11 pm)

Our December newsletter has been posted over on our site!

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/december2016.php

This month we continue with the "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques" challenge, which asks writers to imagine character groups, both formal and informal, that might have existed in Arda. During December why not gift a story to someone who inspired or encouraged you over the last twelve months, as we are revisiting "A Gift of a Story"?

Our News section prompts you to help us expand the Library of Tirion, presents 10 Things You Didn't Know the SWG Archive Could Do, provides an update on Mereth Aderthad, and calls for Back to Middle-earth 2017 Moderator Volunteers, amongst other topics.

This month's character biography is on Emeldir the Manhearted, written by Robinka. Before there was Eowyn, there was Emeldir, barely mentioned in The Silmarillion but the savior of her people whose brave deeds allowed the survival of one of the most important family lines among the Edain.

As usual, if you're looking for something to read in our archive, our newsletter lists new and updated stories, short works, poems, and non-fiction. Around the World and Web brings you featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom beyond the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild, from a biopic on J.R.R Tolkien to a fanfilm on the untold story of Glorfindel, and to the published results of a recent fandom and sexuality survey.

Many thanks to our contributors this month: Angelica, Dawn, Rhapsody, Elleth and Robinka. We all hope you enjoy our December newsletter!

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Lord of the Rings Secret Santa 2016 signups close TODAY!
by A fine specimen of hypermagical ultraomnipotence (empy)
at November 15th, 2016 (09:15 am)

There's still time to sign up for the 2016 round of Lord of the Rings Secret Santa! Signups close at midnight PST on the 15th.

You can find the rules here.

The important dates are:
- Signups: November 4th to 15th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 16th.

- Assignments due: December 17th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 24th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 1st.

You can sign up HERE.

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Lord of the Rings Secret Santa 2016 signups are OPEN!
by A fine specimen of hypermagical ultraomnipotence (empy)
at November 11th, 2016 (07:33 pm)

Greetings from your friendly neighbourhood elves! (Hopefully of the Tolkien variety rather than the tiny and twee North Pole type. ^_~)

So, it's that time of the year again: time to sign up for the Lord of the Rings Secret Santa exchange! Slash, femslash, het and gen, fic and fanart; you can request it all, so why not join in? Sign-ups will run from now until November 15th.

Previous years' stories and art can be found, as usual, via the website or on the lotr_sesa community.

Please note that this is an FPF challenge. (i.e. Fictional, not real people fiction/RPF.)

We're always open to all the Peoples and Ages of Middle-earth, which means that characters from The Hobbit are welcome too!


The Rules (2016):

1. Your story (or fanart) is due December 17th 11:59 pm Pacific Time (you can check what that is in your time zone here) and will go online December 24th -- please post it to the community (and nowhere else, until January 1st) and we will make it public on Christmas Eve.

2. Naturally, it'd be better if you didn't talk too much about your fic/art beforehand in places where your recipient could see it. Also, as a matter of fairness, please make your story more than 500 words (1000 is better). For fanart we'd expect you to spend at least a couple of hours on your work.

3. Please only sign up if you plan on actually fulfilling your end of the bargain. If you're going to be late or cannot complete your assignment, please let us know so we can discuss alternate arrangements. In addition, there will be a pool of emergency replacement writers/artists, so that everyone who signs up gets their gift.

4. Signing up: the sign up form can be found here (or here if the main link gives you an error message). If you need help with signing up, please don't hesitate to contact the mods.

5. This year's timeline (2016):

- Signups: November 4th to 15th.

- Assignments sent out: On or near November 16th.

- Assignments due: December 17th.

- Stories/art revealed: December 24th.

- Author/artist names revealed: January 1st.

6. When you're done, please add your story/art to the collection on AO3. All gifts will be revealed on December 24th.


That should be it. Assignments will be sent out shortly after signups close, hopefully on or very shortly after November 16th, giving you approximately four and a half weeks to finish your assignment. We realize that it's not possible that everyone gets to write their OTP, but we'll do our best to make sure you don't have to write something that squicks you, so be sure to let us know your preferences.

Have fun -- and spread the word!

dawn_felagund [userpic]
November 2016 Newsletter Posted!
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at November 3rd, 2016 (10:23 pm)

Our November newsletter has been posted on our site!

This month, we welcome several new members to the SWG. We have also announced the dates for our first Mereth Aderthad event as 14-22 July 2017, so we hope you will join us in beautiful northern Vermont next summer for a week of fellowship with other Tolkien fans and creators.

This month's biography is Morwë, one of the leaders of the Avari. In this essay, Oshun explores many of the deep issues connected with this most minor of minor characters: issues of bias and symbolism in the canon, as well as intriguing connections between Tolkien's work and real-world scripture and myth.

If you're looking for something to read, this past month was hopping on the archive, with more than four dozen stories added or updated last month. Additionally, Around the World and Web has articles and discussions related to Tolkien's world.

If you're looking for something to do, check out our challenges "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques" and "Back to Nature." Around the World and Web has other writing challenges to tempt your muses.

Many thanks to this month's contributors: Oshun, Rhapsody, Elleth, Angelica, and Russandol. We hope you enjoy this month's edition!

russandol [userpic]
October 2016 Newsletter Posted
by russandol (nelyo_russandol)
at October 3rd, 2016 (06:47 pm)

Our October newsletter has been posted over on our site!

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/october2016.php

We premier a new challenge this month with "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques," which asks writers to imagine character groups, both formal and informal, that might have existed in Arda. To get into the spooky seasonal vibe, we revisit the "Halls of Mystery" challenge and offer a quote from Tolkien's eerie poem "The Mewlips." Citizens of Middle-earth from near and far are invited to journey to next summer's Mereth Aderthad for a week of feasting, fellowship, and fandom next summer. Hop over to the mereth_aderthad community to learn more, and to take part in a survey about the event.

This month's character biography is on Ungoliant. With spiders crawling throughout the legendarium, Tolkien seemed to have an arachnophobic streak. Just in time for Halloween, this month's biography features Ungoliant, one of Tolkien's earliest characters whose mysterious presence peopled (spidered?) his stories with creepy, eight-legged nemeses.

After the summer holiday lull, this month we bring you a long list of new and updated stories, short works, and poems, if you're looking for something to read in our archive. Around the World and Web is bursting with featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom, from the Not Oxonmoot-moot to Lúthien as Tolkien’s Badass Elf Princess.

Many thanks to our contributors this month. We all hope you enjoy our October newsletter!

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Question
by Silver Trails (silver_trails)
at September 25th, 2016 (07:46 am)
nerdy

current mood: nerdy

Hi! I have a question for you. If Teleri had Swan Ships, what do you think Noldor would put on theirs? A Dragon? Jewels? A Hammer? I just need this small detail for a fic. What do you think?

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Enki and Innana
by jaredmith (jaredmith)
at September 24th, 2016 (05:01 pm)
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The myth Enki and Inanna.

Tells the story of the young goddess of the É-anna temple of Uruk, who visits the senior god of Eridu, and is entertained by him in a feast. The seductive god plies her with beer, and the young goddess maintains her virtue, whilst Enki proceeds to get drunk. In generosity he gives her all the gifts of his Me, the gifts of civilized life. Next morning, with a hangover, he asks his servant Isimud for his Me, only to be informed that he has given them to Inanna.

I was reading this the other day, and thought "Maybe how Luthien takes the Silmaril from Morgoth is like Tolkien's G rated version of this?"

What do you guys think?

dawn_felagund [userpic]
September 2016 Newsletter Posted
by dawn_felagund (dawn_felagund)
at September 2nd, 2016 (10:26 pm)

Our September newsletter has been posted over on our site!

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/september2016.php

Our Around the Fire challenge continues this month, so if you're looking for inspiration, do check out some of the great requests we've received so far (many of which are still orphans and looking for an author, just saying ...) If you'd be interested in meeting up with other SWG members and Tolkien fanworks creators next summer, hop over to the mereth_aderthad community to learn more.

This month's character biography is on Guilin. A relatively minor character, Guilin nonetheless embodies the tragedy that defined the Noldor of the First Age. Oshun makes the case not only for his heritage as a Noldorin noble but also a tragic figure in line with Turin.

August was a relatively light month on the archive, but we do have some new and updated stories, as well as several fascinating articles of interest, if you're looking for something to read. If you're looking for a writing challenge, Around the Fire runs for one more month, and we revisit With a Touch of Fairy Dust, in which you drop a Tolkien character into a fairy tale. Several other events are running now in the Tolkien fandom, from writing challenges to conferences.

Many thanks to heartofoshun, rhapsody11, ladyelleth, and angelica_ramses for their fabulous work this month on my very tight schedule!

russandol [userpic]
August 2016 Newsletter
by russandol (nelyo_russandol)
at August 4th, 2016 (09:17 pm)

The August edition of the SWG newsletter has been posted on our website!

We have lots of news to report this month, including a last call to participate in a SWG user survey to help us focus on the right improvements for our SWG community, a wrap up of the Femslash Bingo project, a report on the presentations by heartofoshun and dawn_felagund at the NY Tolkien Conference, and our yearly visit to Númenor for Akallabêth in August. We also welcome three new members to our site.
This month’s character biography is Radagast, by heartofoshun. Radagast the Brown, 'Lover of Birds', is one of the Istari (Wizards) who were sent from Aman to assist the peoples of Middle-earth in their struggle against Sauron. If you watched The Hobbit movies, you either hated or loved him, bird droppings in his hair, bunny sledge, and all. In this article Oshun explores the Radagast described by Tolkien, as well as the quest he may have been sent to Middle-earth to perform.

If you're looking for something to read, you are in for a treat this month. As well as the usual selection of works completed or updated during July, this newsletter lists all Akallab
êth in August works completed during the last 12 months, as well as links to all Femslash Bingo works whose authors opted to be included in our newsletter. Around the World and Web is crammed with featured articles and publications about all aspects of the Tolkien legendarium and fandom, from the Lay of Aotrou and Itroun to further details about the NY Tolkien Conference.

Finally, if you're looking for inspiration, this month we continue with the “Around the Fire” Challenge (and tempt you with the list of requests
already submitted), invite you to visit "Akallabêth in August", and give you a quote by Erin Morgenstern.

Many thanks to our contributors this month: Oshun, Rhapsody, Angelica, Elleth, and Dawn. We all hope you enjoy our supersized August newsletter!

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