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August 2017 Challenge Song of Exile

"But it is most likely that you shall fly from the Land of the Star with no star to guide you; for that land is defiled. Then you shall lose all that you have loved, foretasting death in life, seeking a land of exile elsewhere. But east or west the Valar along can say."

~The Silmarillion, Akallabêth


Create a fanwork about exile or exiles. About being exiled. About the people who are exiled. About the decision to exile, the leavetaking, the consequences. About metaphorical or symbolic exile.

You may use the Akallabêth quote as your prompt, or feel free to comment here suggest other quotes, artwork, or popular media that addresses the concept of exile. (Or jealously hoard your prompt to yourself like it's magical jewelry!) Or use no prompt at all--anything goes this month!

(If you love your prompts, I've posted an initial set as the first comment.)

August is traditionally the month that the SWG celebrates fanworks about the Second Age. Second Age fanworks are, of course, welcome for this month's challenge, but it is not required that you set your response in the Second Age.

To receive a stamp, your fanwork must be posted to the SWG archive on or before September 10, 2017. If you're new to our challenges, you can find the full challenge guidelines here.
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Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song Challenge

Below is the list of stories and art created for the Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge. Please remember that "late" entries are more than welcome--they just don't receive stamps. Do check some of them out (or go wild and read them all!), and if you like what you see, please consider commenting to let the author or artist know.

And They Say He Was Lost ... by Robinka. A drabble for the SWG challenge “Just an Old-fashioned Love Song”, inspired by “We Belong” by Pat Benatar. Back when things were better.

Far From The World We Know by Himring. At the top of Elwing's white tower. Earendil has landed, back from traversing the pathless sky, and Elwing has flown to meet him.

For Love of Silver Stars by LadyBrooke. The sun’s dying rays faded over Doriath for the first time, and Lúthien looked at Nimloth.

Into the Deep by Hrymfaxe. Fanart showing "the relationship between Ulmo and The Sea."

I've Hungered for Your Touch by Oshun. Caranthir is offered a chance to read an unpublished diary entry. It’s a copy of a recently discovered ancient manuscript apparently written by Haleth the Hunter. It’s a follow-up to my previous story The Manly-hearted Woman, but can be read independently of that one.

New Directions. part two. by hennethgalad. in part one, the crew of Eärendil were sent back to Beleriand from Valinor in a new ship. in this part, the wind changes for the Ainumanä and the crew meet some strangers.

Picking Up the Pieces by Grundy. After the Fall of Gondolin, Maeglin's more than a little broken. Is there any hope for him?

Ride the Night to the End by Silver Trails. The story is set a few days after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. It's written from Maedhros' POV.

Stolen Evenings by Tyelca. A collection of short stories, each one focusing on a different pairing sharing one (stolen) evening.

Swans by Dawn Felagund. Against Maedhros's wishes, Fingon is off to a summer retreat in the mountains, a retreat designed by the Valar for newly reembodied Elves. Amid games of kickball and group therapy, Fingon makes a friend, discovers the Noldor haven't actually invented everything, and begins to grasp the complexities of his post-reembodiment relationship with Maedhros. Maedhros/Fingon, set in my Republic of Tirion verse.

Up Where They Belong by Lyra. A Justification of a Homoromantic Reading of Maedhros and Fingon.

Your Song by Kaylee Arafinwiel. "But Lúthien came to the halls of Mandos, where are the appointed places of the Eldalië, beyond the mansions of the West upon the confines of the world. There those that wait sit in the shadow of their thought. But her beauty was more than their beauty, and her sorrow deeper than their sorrows; and she knelt before Mandos and sang to him..."




Some housekeeping notes ...

I have caught up on the document where I track stamps. I'm going to be updating collections and uploading them, a few per day, for the next week, so they should be finished by next week. (I regret how far behind I've fallen on this, but it has been quite the summer!)

Remember that you can always claim stamps for reviewing, but if you need a stamp for a challenge before May's "Hero's Journey" Matryoshka challenge, please let me know by comment, email, Great Eagle ... whatever, I'm pretty easy to find.

Because I'm also late in posting this links list (getting the trend here?? ;), then the new challenge will be announced tomorrow, on Tuesday. It will be a lower-key challenge since we already have Silmarillion40 and the annual Akallabeth in August challenges running as well.

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to a few people who have really done an incredible job of commenting on the stories and art produced for our challenge. First of all is Oshun, who is the first person to reach 50 comments on this year's challenge stories! I want to recognize also a few people who have reviewed at least one challenge story or artwork every month so far this year: Himring, Lyra, and Oshun. Thank you so much for your encouragement of our authors and artists!

And the biggest shout-out goes to Lyra, who not only makes all of the stamps but keeps my late-running, disorganized butt in line. Seriously, these challenges would not be half as well-run as they are without your help, Lyra--thank you!
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Silmarillion 40 Compilation

If you've signed up for a prompt for the Silmarillion 40 Compilation and you'd like to claim more prompts, you can begin doing so today! Please continue claiming prompts by commenting on the Silmarillion 40 sign-up post or emailing us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

Please make sure to include the following information:

  • Your SWG username

  • An email address where we can contact you

  • Any prompts you'd like to complete (make sure to let us know if you plan to create writing or art for those prompts!)


The list of prompts can be found here.

Complete guidelines for the Silmarillion 40 event can be found here. Do not sign up until you read this page.
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Silmarillion 40 Banner

On September 15, 2017, The Silmarillion will celebrate its 40th anniversary of publication. It was Tolkien's life's work, it took more than his lifetime to publish, and it is the reason we are all gathered here, so we cannot let this occasion pass without a celebration.

In honor of The Silmarillion's 40th anniversary, we will be putting together a compilation of stories, poems, and artwork about--what else?--The Silmarillion. More specifically, we will post a story and/or artwork each day for forty days, beginning on September 15, giving a fannish retelling of this book that we all love.

What Is This Event?

We will be putting together a compilation of stories, art, and poetry that spans the entire Silmarillion. What is a compilation? It's a permanent, themed collection of fanworks, housed on its own section of the site, similar to an online magazine. A new fanwork will be released daily, beginning on September 15th and for forty days afterward. Read more... )

To Participate

  1. Please begin by familiarizing yourself with the full Silmarillion 40 guidelines on our site. By signing up, you are indicating that you have read and understand the guidelines, including the publication rights the SWG will acquire.
  2. Check out our list of prompts.
  3. Comment on this post (comments are screened) or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org and include the following information:
    • Your SWG username*
    • An email where we can contact you
    • Prompt(s) you want (please let us know if you will be writing or creating art for each)

*If you don't have an SWG account already, provide the username you'd like us to use. We will register an account for you when we post your work using the username and email address you provide.

If you'd be willing to collaborate with a person creating fiction/poetry or artwork for the same prompt, you can let us know that as well.

Formats of fanwork other than writing and artwork are welcome; please just let us know what you'll be creating and what you'll need from us (such as file hosting for a podfic, et cetera).

We will contact you to let you know the prompt you will be completing and remind you of the due date. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, feel free to query.

If you'd be willing to pinch hit, please let us know.

Questions on this post are welcome as well. We may unscreen your question if it will be useful to others and doesn't contain personal/contact information.

Signal boosts are welcome and appreciated!

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Title: Into the deep
Artist: hrymfaxe
Genre: Fanart
Warnings: None
Characters: Ulmo/the sea

Prompt from the Just An Old-Fashioned Love Song Challenge: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish - and more specifically this part of the lyrics:

Scent of the sea before the waking of the world
Brings me to thee
Into the blue memory


Artist note: When I read those lyrics I was immediately reminded of this lovely story by [personal profile] pandemonium_213: Ulmo's Wife, and its wonderful mix of science (evolution) and the world of Tolkien, not to mention the relationship between Ulmo and The Sea. This is more like an illustration of Pandë's story than an original idea of mine, so credit goes to her along with my thanks for the inspiration.

Another idea employed here is that of the Valar being able to change their form, so Ulmo starts out man-shaped, but ends up as specks of light floating in the embrace of his lover.

Link to post at my DW journal
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July 2017 SWG Challenge Just an Old-Fashioned Love SongThis is a friendly reminder that if you'd like to collect a stamp for our current "Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song" challenge, you must have your story posted to the SWG archive on or before August 11, which is a little under a week away. This challenge requires participants to choose a love song from the list and use any part of it or its video as a prompt. Find the full challenge at the link above; if you're new to our challenges, you can find the full guidelines and FAQs here.

A few stories have already been posted. You can check out the "Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song" stories here, and if you like a piece, please consider commenting to let the author know.

Stamp Collection Update: I still have not updated stamp collections for the New Directions challenge. I apologize for the delay in doing so. BUT! I am beginning work on them now, so I hope they will be ready to go within the next couple of days. Thanks, everyone, for your patience; this kind of delay will not be the norm going forward but the unfortunate result of a rather chaotic summer.

Also, an important note about reviewer stamps: After today, I will be tracking reviews only for the Hero's Journey, New Directions, and Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenges. You can still receive stamps for any of the earlier challenges; just let me know if you review a story in those challenges, and I'll update your collection.
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The SWG's August 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

Like every summer, we celebrate Akallabêth in August, during which we invite you to discover or re-read stories, essays and poems about Númenor and the Second Age posted in our archive. We also invite you to participate in our Silmarillion 40th Anniversary Compilation. We also invite you to participate in our Silmarillion 40th Anniversary Compilation. This month the SWG mod team welcomes our four newest members.

Our latest challenge “Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song” asks you to choose a song from our list of song prompts and use any aspect--the title, the lyrics, the music, the video--to create a story about romantic or sexual love.

Our character biography this month is Haldad, by Oshun. In a rare reversal of Tolkien's usual modus operandus, August's character of the month is best known for his relationship to a famous... woman: Haleth.

Are you looking for something new to read? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of July. For information on what is happening within the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section is crammed with recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, our newsletter is only possible through the contributions from a team of SWG volunteers. Join me in thanking Oshun, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our newsletter content this month.
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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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July 2017 SWG Challenge Just an Old-Fashioned Love SongDuring the month of July, fanworks creators around the world celebrate love. July has been reserved for honoring both the femslash and slash genres. Half of the world is sultry with summer heat, and half of the world seeks nearness and warmth to banish winter's chill.

For this month's challenge, you will use a popular love song as a prompt to inspire a fanwork about romantic or sexual love. You will choose your own prompt from the list of love songs below. More than one participant may choose the same song, and you may use any aspect of the song--the title, all or part of the lyrics, the mood or style of the music, or the music video--or any combination!--to inspire your response. You don't need to claim a prompt or comment or do anything but create your fanwork! Any pairing or poly relationship is acceptable for the challenge.

Our friends at Tolkien Femslash Week will be hosting their challenge as well, and as always, feel free to combine our challenge with your work for their challenge. If you do, please make a note in the summary or story notes so that we can award stamps accordingly.

Since I am a day late in posting the challenge, the due date for stamps will be 11 August 2017.. Late stories are always welcome but will not receive a stamp.

If you're new to our challenges, check out the full challenge guidelines here.

Prompts )
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The SWG's July 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

This month we encourage you to participate in our latest challenge. Based on our character biography collection, “New Directions” prompts all fandom writers and artists to create works about a character they’ve never written or drawn before. We also welcome two new members to SWG.

Our character biography for this month is Brodda, by Himring. As the Easterling who marries Aerin against her will, Brodda's story is suggestive of the Easterling people's political situation in Dor-lomin and reveals a character who, rather than serving as a loyal stooge to Morgoth, acts primarily out of self-interest.

Are you looking for something new to read? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of June. If you are keen to know what is happening within the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest, fandom events, and calls for papers.

As always, our newsletter is only possible through the contributions from a team of SWG volunteers.  Join me in thanking Himring, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our
newsletter content this month.

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The Hero's Journey challenge closed yesterday. (When I say "closed," I mean that challenge entries posted going forward will not receive a stamp. If you are still working on your story, you're welcome to post it under the challenge! I'm still working on mine, in fact.) Here is the list of stories written for this challenge. If you check them out, please consider letting the author know if you like their work by leaving a comment. All links go to the Table of Contents, where you can view additional information about the story.

Before the Dawn by Grundy. Though all seems bright in Gondolin, Idril is troubled.

Companions on a Quest by oshun.

The Crownless Queen by Tyelca. She is a Queen without a crown and he is a shining opportunity. Or, how Ungoliant and Melkor poisoned the Trees and stole the Silmarils.

A Day in the Life by hennethgalad. The youth of Glorfindel in Valinor. (Additional installments in this story can be found here: The Hero's Journey 2 | 3 | 4 | 5)

A Hero of the Day by Robinka. Just an ordinary day out there on the Northern Marches of Doriath. Or maybe not so much…? Featuring your tall, strong, and handsome, not to mention favorite, wardens and some surprises.

In the Darkest Days by LadyBrooke. Elu has gone to Valinor with Finwë and Ingwë, and those left behind are forced to make up for their absences, no matter how young the ones left behind are or if they have to find their own families.

Let Us Sing Together by StarSpray. There are strange things dwelling in the forests of Eriador.

One Woman's Journey by Lyra. From the bliss of Valinor to the turbulent shores of Middle-earth, the life of Galadriel never gets boring.

Safety Net by Fernstrike. The year is 502 of the First Age. Doriath has already seen the Shadow seeping into its borders - and for Oropher, one of Thingol's chief counsels, it will not be long before it pierces into the vibrant heart of the realm.

A Tale of Two Lirillos by Kaylee Arafinwiel. Lirillo the prince and Lirillo the Maia - an adventure of Alqualonde's youngest prince, coming of age during a time after the Trees, just before the sun and moon. Will the grandson of Olwe prove a match for Ulmo's servant, or will the Maia be up to the task of shepherding his young namesake into this new world intact?

Water Music by Ysilme. As he walks, water is bringing back memories.




I'm interested to know if you all liked this challenge format? This was the first time I've ever used this format. I know I learned from the experience, if we do it again: 1) Don't allow just one month to complete this challenge. 2) Make the prompts sets have different prompts because people will ask for multiple sets. 3) Be clearer on word count expectations, when they exist. If you participated, what did you like and what would you change? If you didn't participate, what would have to change about the challenge to make it something you might want to try?

Perhaps most importantly: Should we do it again next year?

I will be working on stamp collections tonight and tomorrow. If Tuesday arrives and your is not correct, please let me know. If you have commented on a 2017 challenge entry for Strength & Beauty or earlier, please let me know so that I can award you your stamp, as I am not monitoring those challenges any longer.

Finally, remember that our New Directions challenge is currently underway:

This month, we challenge our authors and artists to attempt creating a fanwork about a character they've never written or drawn before, using one of the best resources on the SWG website: our character biography collection. From our list of character biographies, choose someone that you do not know much about or have not written/drawn before. Read the character biography and create a fanwork about that character.


Fanworks must be posted by July 15 to receive the stamp for this one.
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SWG Challenge New Directions

Writing challenges are ostensibly about pushing ourselves to take creative risks that we might not otherwise take. In fan fiction, this includes writing about characters whom we are normally content to forget are even in the book.

This month, we challenge our authors and artists to attempt creating a fanwork about a character they've never written or drawn before, using one of the best resources on the SWG website: our character biography collection. From our list of character biographies, choose someone that you do not know much about or have not written/drawn before. Read the character biography and create a fanwork about that character. (Helpful hint: We have no way of knowing if you read more than one biography before choosing your character!)

While you're exploring the biography collection, we encourage you to let our biography writers know in a comment if you enjoy their work. Biographies take hours to days to research and write and often do not garner the kinds of attention and comments that stories do. So let's show our biography writers some love for the valuable work they do for our group!

Fanworks must be posted by July 15 to be eligible for this month's creator stamp. Review challenges never expire, but if you are commenting on a 2017 story for the Strength and Beauty challenge or earlier, please let me know through a comment here or an email to moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org so that I can give you your stamps.

I will try to update stamp collections within the next week. Also remember that the Hero's Journey challenge deadline has been extended to June 24. Full challenge guidelines can be found on the SWG site.
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SWG May Challenge Hero's Journey Matryoshka ChallengeOver the past few weeks, as I've been hearing chatter about the current SWG challenge, I hear numerous people who want to try it but aren't sure they're going to make the current deadline. This is the first time we've done a challenge like this, and it's very much been a learning experience. And it actually is a fairly challenging challenge! :) Given all of that, I've decided to extend the deadline to receive stamps two weeks, to June 24. Stories posted by June 24 will receive a creator stamp.

I will still post the new challenge on June 15, as scheduled, so there will be a slight overlap with two challenges going on, but I think we can handle that.

All this said, late challenge entries are always welcome, so please don't feel like if you miss the new deadline, you can't post your story as part of the challenge; however, late entries do not receive a stamp. (And this isn't me trying to be punitive or create a sense of urgency but trying to save my sanity! :) Review challenges never expire, though if you review a story for Revolution (February 2017) or earlier, please let me know so I can give you your stamps.

It's definitely not too late to request prompts for this month's challenge, especially in light of the deadline extension. You can read more about our current challenge and how it works, and learn how to request your prompts, here.
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The SWG's June 2017 Newsletter has been posted!

This month we bring you an update on the survey about the new LiveJournal Terms of service, and on the import of our SWG LJ community toDreamwidth, and we welcome three new members to SWG. If you haven’t seen it yet, have a look at our latest challenge, “The Hero's Journey Matryoshka Challenge”.

Our character biography for this month is Erellont, by Oshun. As one of only three companions of Eärendil to venture into the West, Erellont receives only passing mention in The Silmarillion, but his character is open to inference and poses unanswered questions.

Are you looking for something new to read? Our newsletter lists all the stories, essays, and poems added or updated on our SWG archive during the past month of May. To keep up to date with the wider fandom world, our Around the World and Web section includes recent articles of interest as well as fandom news and events.

As always, our newsletter is only possible through the contributions from a team of SWG volunteers.  Join me in thanking Oshun, Elleth, Angelica, and Dawn for creating and compiling our newsletter content this month.
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If you have content on our LiveJournal community [livejournal.com profile] silwritersguild, and if you are aware that we have imported the content of the LJ community to Dreamwidth, please comment here. If your LJ name is different from your DW name, please include it.

(If you commented on my last post, you don't need to comment again. I have your name recorded on my trusty sticky-note pad!)

This would be a huge help to us, since we will need to contact everyone who has posted to our LJ community to alert them of the import. If we know you know about it, you save us from having to privately contact you! :)

If you need to learn more about it, the decision about the Dreamwidth import is explained here, as well as how to contact us if you don't want your community posts on Dreamwidth.

However, commenting now does not mean that you agree or consent or like our decision ... just that you know we've imported your work. You still have every right to tell us to take it down, and we will. You're just helping us out by not making us contact you to tell you something you already know about.

Thanks to everyone who has commented so far and in advance to all you lovely people who are getting ready to comment right now! :)
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At the end of April, I requested member input on two questions related to our LiveJournal community: 1) Should we comply with the troubling new Terms of Service or refuse to do so, even at the possible risk of losing our LJ community? 2) What, if any, backup of this community should we make on Dreamwidth? (Read the original LJ post here; read it in our newsletter here.)

My comoderators and I had discussed these questions already and were uncomfortable with complying with the new ToS, which essentially forced us to lock the community as "adults only" because our community includes slash fiction and discussion of slash/LGBTQ+ issues. We do not feel that stories and discussions about LGBTQ+ people are "adult," nor do we believe that they are harmful to children, and we do not think that, in the year 2017, it is a reasonable request to label them as such. It flies in the face of our group's values to insist that some of our members' sexual orientations and gender identities are somehow "harmful" and needing to be locked away. It is also contrary to foundational SWG policy and values to require authors to lock their content from certain users--in this case, minors.

However, since we are potentially jeopardizing this community in refusing to comply with the ToS, it did not seem fair to make that decision without member input. The SWG is not democratically run, but we do value our members' input and try to honor it whenever possible.

We posed the two questions via an anonymous survey on Google Forms. Fifty-four people responded. Based on the results of the survey, 44% of participants supported not following the new ToS. 4% felt we should comply only if LJ insisted that we must. 37% felt that we should comply. 15% offered other ideas or variations on the choices:

  • 6% did not want to comply but only if the community was backed up to Dreamwidth first.

  • 2% felt we should comply only as a last resort.

  • 4% felt that we should comply (and offered additional explanation as to why).

  • 4% didn't know.


(Please note that percentages are rounded and so do not add up to 100%.)

Survey data, therefore, shows a slight majority preference for not complying with the new ToS. Coupled with a strong moderator preference for this course of action, this is how we will proceed. Obviously, we hope that LJ will not attempt to enforce the ToS and our community can continue to exist as it has for more than twelve years now. But we're prepared to accept the consequences if they decide to take a hard line on the new rules.

The next issue concerned backup to our Dreamwidth community. We've had a community on Dreamwidth since 2011, but it is little used aside for admin posts. 87% of survey participants felt that we should import posts from the LiveJournal community to the Dreamwidth community at the same access level (i.e., public or members-only). While a few people preferred access levels to be stricter (i.e., members-only or mods-only), and a few people shared other approaches to consider, no one opposed a Dreamwidth import outright.

Given this strong preference for a full import, I imported the LiveJournal community (both posts and comments) to Dreamwidth tonight.

In the weeks to come, we will be reaching out to members who posted to LiveJournal and are not aware of this import. Anyone who does not wish to have their content posted to Dreamwidth can let us know, and we will delete their posts from the Dreamwidth community. You can let us know by commenting on the LJ post about this subject or sending me a private message on LJ, using the account your content on our community is found under. There is no deadline for doing this, so if you're not sure how you feel yet or find this a year or five years after the import, we are still willing to delete your content, if that is your preference.

If you have content on our LiveJournal community, and you have read this post and understand that we have imported all content to Dreamwidth, please comment here to let us know so that we do not contact you about the import. If your LJ name is different from your DW name, please include this information.

As always, questions are welcome on this post as well, or at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.
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SWG May Challenge Hero's Journey Matryoshka ChallengeThis month's challenge is a Matryoshka challenge based on the theme of the hero's journey archetype, in honor of the upcoming volume Beren and Lúthien (which will hopefully be published before the challenge closes). Your story does not have to be about heroes, journeys, Beren and Lúthien, or follow the archetype, but prompts will be loosely inspired by it.

How a Matryoshka Challenge Works


Matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, are hollow figurines that contain progressively smaller figurines inside each level. For this challenge, you will be sent several prompts via email. You will use these prompts to create one fanwork. You will start your story using the first prompt. You will open each subsequent prompt only when you reach a predetermined milestone in your story. (The milestones will be clearly stated in each prompt.) Your challenge is to incorporate each prompt into your story as you write, figuring out how to creatively work in a tricky prompt or (if you're brave!) being willing to take the story in a new direction to fit the prompt.

Again, you can write any story you want to fit the prompts! It doesn't have to be about the hero's journey. The challenge is to use them all, in order, in one story.

How to Participate


If you want to participate, please comment here with whether you would like an easy (3 prompts), medium (5 prompts), or difficult (7 prompts) challenge. If you want the prompts sent to an email other than that which you have registered with the SWG site, please let us know that as well. (Comments are screened.) You may also email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org with whether you would like an easy, medium, or difficult challenge.

This is probably our most experimental challenge on this year's schedule. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, and that's fine. If your eyes are crossing and head spinning just thinking about it, rest assured that next month's will be much more sedate.

Challenge stories are due on the SWG archive by June 10 in order to be eligible for a stamp. As always, late responses are welcome but will not receive a stamp.




Stamp Collection Update: I made headway on the stamp collections this weekend but did not finish them. I'm going to make my best effort to do so this week. If you wake up Saturday morning and your stamp collection is not updated or is incorrect, you can let me know then. If anything changes, I will post here about it.

Also, the banners, which I make, are always free for the taking, no credit necessary, and feel free to link to the image on the SWG site.
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SWG May Challenge Hero's Journey Matryoshka ChallengeThis month's challenge is a Matryoshka challenge based on the theme of the hero's journey archetype, in honor of the upcoming volume Beren and Lúthien (which will hopefully be published before the challenge closes). Your story does not have to be about heroes, journeys, Beren and Lúthien, or follow the archetype, but prompts will be loosely inspired by it.

How a Matryoshka Challenge Works


Matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, are hollow figurines that contain progressively smaller figurines inside each level. For this challenge, you will be sent several prompts via email. You will use these prompts to create one fanwork. You will start your story using the first prompt. You will open each subsequent prompt only when you reach a predetermined milestone in your story. (The milestones will be clearly stated in each prompt.) Your challenge is to incorporate each prompt into your story as you write, figuring out how to creatively work in a tricky prompt or (if you're brave!) being willing to take the story in a new direction to fit the prompt.

Again, you can write any story you want to fit the prompts! It doesn't have to be about the hero's journey. The challenge is to use them all, in order, in one story.

How to Participate


If you want to participate, please comment here with whether you would like an easy (3 prompts), medium (5 prompts), or difficult (7 prompts) challenge. If you want the prompts sent to an email other than that which you have registered with the SWG site, please let us know that as well. (Comments are screened.) You may also email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org with whether you would like an easy, medium, or difficult challenge.

This is probably our most experimental challenge on this year's schedule. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, and that's fine. If your eyes are crossing and head spinning just thinking about it, rest assured that next month's will be much more sedate.

Challenge stories are due on the SWG archive by June 10 in order to be eligible for a stamp. As always, late responses are welcome but will not receive a stamp.




Stamp Collection Update: I made headway on the stamp collections this weekend but did not finish them. I'm going to make my best effort to do so this week. If you wake up Saturday morning and your stamp collection is not updated or is incorrect, you can let me know then. If anything changes, I will post here about it.

Also, the banners, which I make, are always free for the taking, no credit necessary, and feel free to link to the image on the SWG site.
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On Tuesday, I will be closing the survey about how to handle the [livejournal.com profile] silwritersguild LiveJournal community and using the results to discuss with my comods how we want to proceed. If you have not taken it yet and want to, please take the survey here.

In light of LJ's new and draconian Terms of Serve, we are seeking member input on whether we should comply with the ToS, and whether (and how) we should back up the community on Dreamwidth. (Please note that we are not considering shutting down the LJ community but whether we're willing to risk LJ suspending our account by not complying with a ToS that defies important values of the SWG.)

If you'd like to read more on the decision and why we're making it, see this post.

If you'd like to know why the mods are willing to let this community close rather than comply with the ToS, my thoughts on that are here. (Hint: It has less to do with access by minors and more to do with marking content containing LGBTQ+ characters as "adult.")

Thank you to everyone who has shared responses with us so far.
dawn_felagund: (swg logo)
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On Tuesday, I will be closing the survey about how to handle the [livejournal.com profile] silwritersguild LiveJournal community and using the results to discuss with my comods how we want to proceed. If you have not taken it yet and want to, please take the survey here.

In light of LJ's new and draconian Terms of Serve, we are seeking member input on whether we should comply with the ToS, and whether (and how) we should back up the community on Dreamwidth. (Please note that we are not considering shutting down the LJ community but whether we're willing to risk LJ suspending our account by not complying with a ToS that defies important values of the SWG.)

If you'd like to read more on the decision and why we're making it, see this post.

If you'd like to know why the mods are willing to let this community close rather than comply with the ToS, my thoughts on that are here. (Hint: It has less to do with access by minors and more to do with marking content containing LGBTQ+ characters as "adult.")

Thank you to everyone who has shared responses with us so far.

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