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Tolkien Femslash Week has concluded, and the following cards have achieved BINGO:

Art: B9: Abstract Style, I15: Restricted Palette, G31: Lineless Art, O37: Hand Study

Book Titles: B5: Her Name in the Sky, I15: Sing You Home, N22: Fall on Your Knees, G32: The Dark Wife, O44: Waiting in the Wings

Pairings: B9: Elf/Hobbit, I16: Textual Ghosts, G31: Human/Ainu, O37: Dwarf/Hobbit

Rare Characters: B5: Tatië, I17: Finduilas of Dol Amroth, N22: Smeagol's Grandmother, G33: Aerin, O43: Eilinel

Rec and Review: B9: Is by your favourite author, I17: Is hosted outside the SWG, G31: Is by an author you haven't read before, O41: Features your OTP

Third Age Locations: B9: Dorwinion, I17: Ered Luin, G32: Lothlórien, O37: The Lonely Mountain

If you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

And of course you are welcome to keep creating for any prompts that catch your inspiration. If your fanworks are posted to any of the usual places before Saturday, July 30 and you have opted into the newsletter feature, they will still be included there.


(Finally, I’d like to thank the Academy SWG and my intrepid co-mods, bingo-planners, card-makers, site coders, troubleshooters, number-drawers, and anyone who had a hand in making this game such a success - that includes anyone who played. Thank you!)
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The final four (!) numbers for today, July 24 are: B9, B5, G32 and G33
Yesterday's numbers were: I16 and B7

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.

Happy creating, and thank you for participating! The final set of cards that have achieved bingo will be posted tomorrow for you to check. Thank you for an awesome game and a treasure of femslash fanworks!
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Several more cards have achieved Bingo! And more are coming tonight, so if you haven't won yet, there's still a chance that you will.

The Graphics card has achieved BINGO - twice! - with the prompts:

B8: from the LotR Movies
I15: from the Silmarillion
G31: from other sources
O37: from the Hobbit movies

and B8: from the LotR Movies
I17: Negative Space
N27: Pastel Colours
G36: 540x255px x3
O43: A Tolkien Quote

See the card here.

The Clichés, Fluff and TLC card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:
B7: Candlelight
I12: Flowers
G33: Betrothals
O42: Insomnia

See the card here.

The NSFW and Kink card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:
B8: Lingerie
I16: Loyalty Kink
G31: Vanilla
O37: Oral Sex

See the card here.

If you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

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The numbers for today, July 22 are: I16 and B7
Yesterday's numbers were: B8 and N21

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 22 are: B8 and N21
Yesterday's numbers were: N27 and O44

We've got our first BINGO of the game!

The Lyrics and Poetry card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:

O37: Bring wings to the weak and bring grace to the strong / May all evil stumble as it flies in the world - Janelle Monáe
O41: I sing for love, I sing for me, I’ll shout it out like a bird set free - Sia
O42: You were the first person on Earth - Tracy Chapman
O43: Let me find you and the song (forever) between us - Eloise Klein Healy
O44: And I said Venice and you heard Vegas / But now I say either way, let’s go - Ani DiFranco

See the card here.

If you have achieved Bingo with this card, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

Find the TFW Bingo page here



You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 20 are: N27 and O44
Yesterday's numbers were: I11 and G36

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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[personal profile] elleth

The numbers for today, July 20 are: I11 and G36
Yesterday's numbers were: I17 and O42

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
elleth: (Silm: Varda)
[personal profile] elleth

The numbers for today, July 19 are: I17 and O42
Yesterday's numbers were: G31 and I15

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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[personal profile] elleth

The numbers for today, July 18 are: G31 and I15
Yesterday's numbers were: O41 and N19

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.

And as one of the organizers, I just want to say how happy it makes me to see people playing, there is so much femslash all of a sudden that it's hard to keep up! :D Thank you for the enthusiasm! ♥
elleth: (Sandman: Delirium Dreams)
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The numbers for today, July 17 are: O41 and N19
Yesterday's numbers were: I12 and O43

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
elleth: Galadriel smiling before a flowery background, with the letter "G" (LotR: Galadriel - G)
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(Many thanks to [profile] lignota for the suggestion of a daily post!)


The numbers for today, July 16 are: I12 and O43
Yesterday's numbers were: N22 and O37

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The Tolkien Femslash Week Bingo Parlour is OPEN!


In a joint effort to celebrate the erstwhile International Day of Femslash in mid-July, The Silmarillion Writers’ Guild and Silmladylove have joined together to play a week-long bingo game involving the women of the entire Legendarium in love and lust. As announced in the SWG Newsletter, the game will run from July 15 - 24, with two bingo numbers being posted daily around Midnight CEST/6PM Eastern.

While the SWG and its satellite groups on LJ and DW only accept Silmarillion-based responses (see how the SWG defines Silmfic), responses for all of Tolkien's canon are welcome and may also be posted to the Silmladylove AO3 collection or the #tolkien femslash week tag on tumblr.

Use the link below to find out how to play, claim your bingo cards, and find the daily bingo numbers! Happy creating!

Enter the Bingo Parlour!
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The SWG moderation team has been discussing improvements for our site and our group that we hope to undertake in the months to come. In keeping with our mission, we want to direct our efforts in the way that best benefits the Tolkien fan fiction community of which we are part. We have put together a survey to get a sense of how best to meet that goal.

We appreciate the input of anyone interested in Tolkien fan fiction and references/resources related to the legendarium. You do not need to be a member or user of the SWG or a writer of Silmfic to participate.

The survey takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the level of detail of your responses. We’ll leave the survey open for about a month and will collect responses during the first week of August.

Please feel free to signal boost this on other groups where this is acceptable. Thank you in advance to all who share their opinions and ideas with us.

Silmarillion Writers' Guild Site Use Survey
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The June edition of our newsletter has been posted on our website!

In this month's news, we welcome several new members to our group. I am also happy to announce that Oshun and I will be returning to present for a second year at the New York Tolkien Conference, this time as co-presenters (so that we have to be able to attend each other's talks) of "The Borders of the (Fictional) World: Fan Fiction Archives, Ideological Approaches, and Fan Identity."

Speaking of Oshun, she has authored this month's character biography on Thuringwethil. Thuringwethil has startled more than one first-timer to The Silmarillion, not because she's That Scary but because who expects vampires in Tolkien? However, as Oshun shows, the literary history of vampires is deep, and it is likely from this--not pop culture--that Tolkien was drawing when he created Thuringwethil (sorry, Bela Lugosi). Thuringwethil, like most of Tolkien's female characters, is only partly sketched, but that of course makes her all the more fascinating for fanfic writers.

If you're looking for something to read, the archive has been hopping, with almost four dozen stories and poems added and updated during the month of May. If nonfiction is more your cuppa, the Around the World and Web section features articles and new publications from both professional and fannish writers about all aspects of the legendarium and Tolkien fan culture.

If you're looking for something to write, this month continues the "Proverbs" challenge, which asks you to create a story based on one of Tolkien's many proverbs. For something a little different, we revisit the "Sibling Rivalry" challenge, which asks authors to write "an AU story where an original character--you!--tries to influence his or her canon sibling in some way or in which you choose a sibling to influence you." Around the World and Web has challenges, exchanges, and calls for papers from groups outside the SWG.

Many thanks to this month's contributors: Oshun, Rhapsody, and Elleth, and a special thank-you to Russandol for putting all the pieces together!
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As many of our authors know, we have been fighting an uphill battle against spammers on the archive recently. Our site mod and intrepid coder Russandol has made several modifications to our site software in an attempt to thwart these people. Unfortunately, the spammer has still found their way around these modifications, and we were hit with another wave of spam last week.

As a result, we have decided to slightly modify the account registration process. In the past, new members were able to sign up for an account and immediately begin posting stories and comments to the site. This left us open to our spammer, who registers and hits us with dozens if not hundreds of spam comments within minutes of registering. As a result, new accounts will have to be approved by a moderator before the new member can begin using their account.

If you already have an account with us, your use of the site will not be affected. New members will unfortunately be inconvenienced by having to wait a short while before they can begin posting and commenting, but we hope the lack of regular spam attacks on our authors will mitigate this inconvenience. Because we have moderators all over the world, we are generally able to approve new registrations within a few hours. In the unlikely event that new members do not hear from us within 24 hours, they should query us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

New members can assist us in getting their accounts approved quickly by including something Tolkien-related in the bio section of the profile they fill out at registration. If a member registers without a relevant bio, we will attempt to find this person on other fandom sites. If we cannot confirm that the registration is legitimate, then we will contact the member for confirmation at the email address they used at registration. Our FAQ has more information on the procedure we will be using.

We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we've worked to stop these attacks on our site. As always, questions and comments are welcome on this post or at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.
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On Friday, 11 March 2016, we will be briefly taking the SWG archive offline in order to install some much-needed protections against the spam attacks that have been afflicting our archive lately. Russandol will be doing the work between 9:30 and 10:30 AM GMT. The archive should not be down for more than an hour, and the main SWG site should not be impacted, just the archive.

As always, we can be reached at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org if you have any questions, need any assistance, or notice anything unusual once we bring the archive back up.

We very much appreciate everyone’s understanding and hope that a sharp reduction in spam attacks will make up for the hour or so we have to go offline to make that happen! :)
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Important ETA: After some light public shaming of our host on Twitter by Rhapsody (three cheers for Rhapsody!), they magically found the time to address our support ticket. The problem should be solved now BUT if you continue to notice special characters displaying incorrectly or any other unusual issues with the site, please let us know! This problem was caught by a member; y'all letting us know when something's fishy really does make a huge difference.

Also, Many Paths to Tread (MPTT) was having the same issue, which should also be resolved, so the above goes for that site as well. (Rhapsody and I both mod there as well, and our sites share the same host, so our problems tend to co-occur, and reporting a problem on one of the sites triggers a fix on both, when needed.)/ETA

For the past two weeks, we have had an ongoing issue on the archive with special characters either showing up as a question-mark placeholder or not showing up at all. Since our host had just done some upgrades, I suspected that was the cause and hoped that the issue would be quickly and quietly resolved when I submitted a support ticket. Well ... fast-forward two weeks, and I haven't even heard back from the host much less seen a fix for this problem, so I wanted to let everyone know that we are aware of it (and no, it is not just you or just your system!) and that we are actively seeking a solution to the problem. Rhapsody is about to try another, slightly more forceful way of contacting them, so I hope that will light a fire under them to get this sorted.

I regret that this issue has gone on for so long. I know that it is unsightly at best and makes stories with a lot of special characters essentially unreadable. We very much appreciate everyone's patience while we get this sorted, and I hope to have good news to report very soon.
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Our January 2016 newsletter has been posted on our website!

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/january2016.php

In this month's news, we have our annual New Year's letter from the moderators, summarizing our past year and looking ahead to what we have coming in 2016. We also had a [brief] return of our plagiarist [quickly quashed!] and are looking forward to this year's Back to Middle-earth Month in just two months.

This month's character biography focuses on Rían and was written by Robinka. Rían is one of those characters we know very little about, whose relationship to a major male character is her defining quality in the text. Robinka makes a strong case for inferring several key characteristics about her, however, namely that she was a gentle, peaceful character who may have felt out of place among her people. Robinka's biography is excellent and is well worth the read!

More than twenty stories were added or updated on our archive last month, so if you missed some of them due to holiday mayhem or a cookie-induced coma, check out the list of archive updates for December. If you're more in the mood for nonfiction, Around the World and Web this month contains articles on everything from how academia treats Tolkien to the compatibility of Tolkien and feminism to stinkbugs. (Yes, you read that last one correctly. You'll have to read to find out how Tolkien and stinkbugs are related!) If you're looking for something fannish to do in the New Year, the announcement section includes information on courses, readings, fic swaps, and calls for papers.

This month, we introduce a new challenge "But I Won't Do That." What is something your character won't do? And what happens when they end up in a situation where they must do it anyway? We also revisit the "Terrible Twos" challenge: What was your character like or what happened to them when they were two years old?

Many thanks to Robinka, Rhapsody, Elleth, and Angelica for their contributions to this month's newsletter and best wishes to all of our members and friends for a New Year full of creativity and joy!
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We are a few days late this month--actually, I should rephrase that I am a few days late this month since the contributors all had their sections finished early--but at last, the September 2015 edition of our newsletter has been posted on our website.

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/september2015.php

It has been a quiet month for site news after the busyness surrounding our 10th birthday. The winners of our birthday contest were drawn this month, and we welcome six new members to the SWG.

This month's edition features a biography of Aranwë. Who, you might ask? (I did!) Aranwë is the father of Voronwë, the mariner of Gondolin. If the name didn't ring a bell, that's because he's barely mentioned. Nonetheless, Oshun teases out what we do know about his character--and his name--that might reveal more about his family and his past.

We had an immense number of stories shared on the archive last month in honor of our 10th birthday, so if you're looking for something to read, we encourage you to check out the story list, which is full of lots of quality stories. If nonfiction is more to your tastes, Around the World and Web has several interesting articles on a variety of topics, as well as announcements about myriad fannish and scholarly events (and some that fall in between!) going on in the Tolkien community in the near future.

If you're looking for something to write, check out our challenges section. "Of Stories Left Untold" is our featured challenge this month and is a gap-filler challenge that asks writers to create a story for an object, place, or person that must have had one. "With a Bit of Fairy Dust" is our revisited challenge that challenges writers to mix Middle-earth and fairy-tale tropes.

Thank you to this month's contributors--Oshun, Rhapsody, Elleth, and Angelica--who created all of this month's content so that all I had to do was copyedit and code. (And, no, I still couldn't manage to be on time!) Do check out this month's edition--they've put together an informative and entertaining read!
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Hi, all,

Our July 2015 newsletter has been posted:

http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/july2015.php

It's a bit later than usual, but the 10th birthday announcement earlier in the week took up most of my time and also gave me a good excuse to allow a bit of a delay on the newsletter this month! :)

If you missed the announcement of our 10th birthday celebration, check it out here: http://silwritersguild.livejournal.com/261334.html

This month's newsletter includes a biography of Bëor by Oshun. Bëor himself doesn't do a whole lot in The Silmarillion, but he establishes a line that will feature prominently in all of the major historical events in the later ages of Arda and forges an alliance between the Eldar and Edain that will also persist through the ages.

If you're looking for something to read, we had many new additions to the archive last month and several articles and videos featured in our Around the World and Web section. If you're looking for something to write, our new challenge "Of Stories Left Untold" challenges writers to expand one of the many untold stories of the legendarium. If there's a place in Middle-earth you'd like to visit, use it as a setting in a story for the "Holidays in Arda" challenge. (Or roll your own unique-to-you prompt using our prompt generator! http://silmarillionwritersguild.org/birthday10/story-generator.php)

Many thanks to Oshun, Rhapsody, and Angelica for their contributions to this month's newsletter. I hope everyone enjoys it!

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