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[identity profile] oloriel.livejournal.com


First off, Loke, I have to apologise for the delay. Initially I didn't quite know how to depict the whole thing, and when I had a vague idea at last, ambition grabbed hold of me and it took a while until I managed to deliver! I hope you like what I came up with! I'm afraid I fell in love with architecture so much that the actual topic of the picture has become quite secondary. Oh well. At least it's nice architecture? *sheepish look*

Title: Silent Witness
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] oloriel
Rating: Gen
Warnings: wonky perspective?
Summary: An illustration for Loke's SoWD story.
Here's the excerpt in question:

Then it slides forth, a grey spectre in the darkness of the night, feet leaving no trace in the snow, cloak and fiery red hair unruffled by the biting wind. His hood is drawn in deep, obscuring his face, but now he tilts his head back, and keen eyes, of deep and ancient grey but piercing still, gaze up at the house.
All of a sudden, there is a cry from a window above, anguished, frantic, the words whipped away by the howling wind; then a sound as of something heavy hitting the floor, a soft whimper, almost imperceptible, and, eventually, silence.
The stranger still watches, unmoving again, and the silence lingers. Snowflakes sail down ceaselessly, cover what little traces of life, of living beings walking here, there were left in the snow; but none dare touch the silent figure on the street.


Image (712x500 px) under the cut )

Hope you enjoy!
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Prizes for our Season of Writing Dangerously winners were technically due on Friday. If you're still working on yours, that's fine (I'm still working on one of mine!), but please check in with your author here to let them know that it's still coming.

If you've finished your prize, please post a link to the finished piece on the post above. If for some reason you have not posted the prize publicly (e.g., you've emailed it to your author), just drop us a line at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to let us know. It doesn't need to be posted publicly. But we do want to be sure that all of our winners get something for their hard work. :)

If for some reason you cannot complete the prize you signed up to do, then email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org so that we can make other arrangements.

And if you've finished your prize and shared it with the author, thank you!!! :)
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[identity profile] oloriel.livejournal.com
I finally managed to complete the illustration that [livejournal.com profile] silver_trails asked for as her SoWD prize. It's a scene from her fanfic Of Love and Duty. I'm afraid that Indis doesn't look as pleased as she should, but I hope you like it anyway!

Title: The minstrel's gift
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] oloriel
Rating: Gen
Warnings: N/A
Summary: Maitimo nodded and brushed Findekáno’s hand with his own, seeking for the familiar warmth. They were always careful around others, so Findekáno looked at him curiously. Maitimo smiled and was about to say something when he heard Erelfinë’s voice. They both turned around to see the Vanyar Elf singing along with the Teleri minstrels. Finwë looked worried, and Indis really pleased. The song’s quality changed and became something different and untamed, even if the words had not changed. They all listened in silence, and this time Maitimo was able to shake himself off the visions that Erelfinë’s singing conjured. The minstrel’s gift was strong in him.


Image (700x1000 px) under the cut )
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Well, here we are, September 23 and the official closing date for the Season of Writing Dangerously! Three cheers for all of our participants, whether you made your goal or not, and a huge thank you to everyone who participated and especially to those of you who were so good in supporting, encouraging, and helping each other.

If you did make your goal--congratulations! Feel free to display one of our lovely winners' banners. Winners are also entitled to request a custom piece of art or writing.

Claiming Prizes for Winners


How do I know if I won?
If you met your goals, then you won. Don't remember your goal? The original post for declaring goals can be found here. Remember that changing your goals during the event was allowed, so if you adjusted your goal since stating that goal and it no longer matches, no worries, you still have won!

If you're still having trouble finding your goal, please let us know, either in a comment here or an email at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

Determining if you have met your goal is done strictly on the honor system. You don't have to "prove" to anyone that you reached your goal. Publishing or posting your work is not required, and we trust participants to be honest about whether they completed their goals.

I won! Yay! What next?
If you won, you are entitled to display a winner's banner and also to request a custom piece of art or writing as your prize.

To claim your prize, leave a comment on this post with the following information:

Preferred format: (story, art, icon set, etc.)

Request: Include the details of your request here. For example, if you'd like an illustration of one of your SoWD stories, you should include a link to the story or the passage you'd like illustrated here. If you'd like a story or an icon set, describe what you'd like (e.g., "A story about Maedhros as a child" or "A set of banners and icons for my story" or "A series of drabbles about Losgar but with no graphic violence"). You can be as specific as you'd like, but remember that very particular requests are going to be harder to fill.


If you'd like the person who claims your request to contact you before beginning, you may include your contact information or a request to send a LiveJournal PM here. If you'd rather not reveal your contact information, you can request the person contact the SWG mods, and we will send your contact information to them. (Just don't forget to email us first at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org so that we have your email address! :)

Does my prize request have to be Silmarillion-based?
No. This challenge was open to all Tolkien authors and artists. However, your request should be based on one of Tolkien's works.




Creating Prizes for Winners (Anyone Can Participate!)


We also need volunteers to help us create the stories and art hard-won by this year's winners.

Who can claim requests?
Anyone!

While we welcome SoWD participants who want to help their fellow participants celebrate, SoWD participants are not required to claim a request, even if they made one. And authors and artists who did not participate in the SoWD are welcome to claim requests as well.

To claim a request, please do the following:

  1. Comment on the request you want to claim it. (Anonymous comments are welcome but won't show up right away until a moderator approves the comment. If you comment anonymously, please include your fandom name and a way we can get in touch with you, such as an email or a website where we can PM you or leave you a comment.)

  2. Complete the request and post it somewhere where your recipient can see it (i.e., not on a f-locked LiveJournal or a password-protected site). We encourage you to post Silmarillion-based art and stories here on [livejournal.com profile] silwritersguild but this is not required.

  3. Comment again on the request with a link so that your recipient can go forth and enjoy their prize!


Stories and art created for prizes must be posted before November 1! We will check in with anyone who has not posted their story or art by mid-October to make sure that the request is still being completed.

If for some reason you cannot complete your request, please email us as soon as possible at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org so that we can find a replacement. Likewise, if you have any questions, need help, or need to get in touch with your recipient, please email us.

You may claim more than one request. Please do not claim a request that has been claimed already. Once all requests have been claimed, then we will allow multiple claims, but first we have to ensure that all winners receive a prize.

Please don't claim a request unless you are reasonably sure that you can complete it. Yes, Real LifeTM has a disturbing tendency to derail a person at inopportune moments, and we understand that unforeseen circumstances and emergencies arise, but these should be truly unforeseen.

Recipients, please remember to thank those who create your prizes for you.

All questions, difficulties, or concerns should be addressed to the mods at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org or in a comment to this post.
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Congratulations again to our winners! If you met your SoWD goal this year, you are welcome to display a winner's banner. Either upload the banner(s) you want to your image host, or copy the HTML code beneath the banner(s) you want and paste it anywhere HTML is allowed.

Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] oloriel for creating the vast majority of these banners!

SoWD 2013 Winners' Banners )
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"Fantasy remains a human right ..."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, "On Fairy-Stories"


The 2013 Season of Writing Dangerously is a mere five days from ending. Some of us have cause to celebrate already; others of us (myself included!) aren't there yet and aren't sure if we will be. But I hope the last three months--whether you met your precise goal or not--resulted in something to be proud of, whether a story finished or a new friendship forged or something else entirely. I am personally of the opinion that any art made or any kindness shown in a world often sorely lacking in both is something special and to be proud of.

I am rereading Tolkien's letters for a research project I am working on. As I read the earliest letters, I am often struck by how similar to many of us he sounds. He worried that he wouldn't be taken seriously. He worried that his work wasn't good enough for an audience beyond those biased toward favoring him. He seized onto words of kindness offered by friends and publishers as motivation to keep writing during a time when his personal life left almost no room for creativity and it was much easier to quit than go on.

Like many of us, he also doubted at times if he would finish. He wondered where he was going with the massive and seemingly directionless story that would become The Lord of the Rings. And he worried that he didn't really have anything worth saying.

Sound familiar?

Tolkien's assertion that fantasy, of all things, is a human right may seem a little overblown in an era that had known tremendous sacrifice during two World Wars and witnessed one of the worst genocides in modern history. But that's part of the point. The essay from which this well-known quote comes, "On Fairy-Stories," argues in part for the power of and right to escapism through fantasy: When the world is dark, make your own light. Over the last three months, I have seen fans of Tolkien's fantasy world reach out to encourage friends and strangers alike. I have seen stories and art come into being that might not have been otherwise (and which will, in turn, bring enjoyment others). What a bright light Tolkien carried forth when he followed through on his right to fantasy! How grateful I am that he felt as strongly as he did that he had something worth saying.

I hope, in the next five days, that all of you will likewise believe you have something worth saying and find a way (whether with words or art) to say it, and keep carrying that light forth into the world.

SoWD participants should feel free to use the comments on this post as they please. I know some of you have reasons to celebrate! Please do! But if you need encouragement or need some last-minute help, don't be shy. Best of luck to all on the last leg of this journey!
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As we come into the final weeks of the Season of Writing Dangerously, Ray Bradbury could offer some advice to help those of us still plugging along to meet those lofty goals we set back in June ...

Get out of the way!

Sometimes you do just have to trust your intuition. Remember, Tolkien didn't write The Lord of the Rings with outlines and plans and word-count goals: He went where the story took him, suffering setback after setback due to real life, missing deadlines, going on far longer than he ever intended--and he wrote one of the best books to come out of the 20th century.

So, this week, we encourage you to step back and go where your intuition wants to take you, even if just for an hour or an evening. Set the outlines aside, forget your word-count graphics--forget your goals, even. Go where you end up and see what you discover while you're there!

Remember that these posts are for SoWD participants to use as they please. Celebrate, complain, ask for help, cheer each other on--whatever you need! I wish everyone an inspiring and productive week!

[Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11, my right hand here on the SWG, for this week's quote and the lovely graphic to go with it!]
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Believe it or not, we have less than a month left in the Season of Writing Dangerously. (Am I the only person who went "Eeeeeeek!" upon thinking on that? Where does time go??) As promised, we are going to repeat the assistance swap meet in the second third of the event in order to, hopefully, give the last little nudge needed to realize our goals!

If you need help with anything in order to meet your goals, please ask away! Whether you have a specific question, need beta-reading help, or could use some personalized motivation and cheerleading, this is the place to ask. Although you're welcome to help someone out in return, it's not necessary in order to participate.

As always, these posts are for SoWD participants to share their progress, cheer, rant, and whatever else they need, so even if you don't need to ask for specific assistance this week, feel free to comment.
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Hi all,

I am filling in for Dawn who is away on vacation and I am posting it a wee bit earlier since I have unexpected family obligations tomorrow.

This week's motivational post is all about those ideas ideas to write about, no matter the timing!



When I started on my projects for this year’s Season of Writing Dangerously I thought that I had my stories that I wanted to write at least a bit outlined. I knew what I wanted to write and in general I knew what I wanted for character development. Now, roughly two months later I have a story edited by my beta and I wonder what happened with my well thought out plans. Did the story suffer? No, the writing journey just happened, as much as I sometimes wish a story would go, it sometimes ends up very different. I am very happy with the end result, but I do admit that I am scratching my head how A&B suddenly became M+X.

Besides that, while I was writing it, many other ideas to write about came to me. One of them seemed to be that cute little plot bunny that lived for so long with a dear friend of mine so I adopted it, but it became a plot ninja! It was very hard to put that story on hold until I did meet the deadlines I had for my other story.

This week I would like to give you the opportunity to do two things:

1. Share your writing journey here: vent away! What went differently? What stumped you? Is there something with your story that has caused a writers block on your writing journey? Maybe other participants can help you solving it.


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
- John Steinbeck


2. Look at that corner, yes that corner where all those cutesy plotbunnies are sitting, looking at your ankles. Put them up for adoption before they turn into those viscious Plot Nazgûl! Fellow writers, if you see a plot bunny that has been put up for adoption, please let that person know. For those who do wish to avoid these plot bunnies, I have some Tevlon boots right over here!

Don't forget that these posts are SoWD participants' space to brag or vent about your progress and cheer each other on. So even if you don't want to talk about your story struggles above or want to put a plotbunny up for adoption, please feel free to use this space to talk about your projects, if you want.

And as always, if you have any ideas for how to cheer on and motivate your fellow participants in these posts--whether an inspiring quote or piece of art, or an idea for something that will encourage and help those working toward their goals, or something totally and wildly original--send me or Dawn an email or PM.
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"A book is a sneeze."
-E.B. White

When asked why he wrote Charlotte's Web, author E.B. White replied with the metaphor above. I love this metaphor and think it will make sense to more than a few others participating in this year's Season of Writing Dangerously. A sneeze is spontaneous, it feels really good, it clears your head, and it can get messy, just like the stories we write and the art we create. It is involuntary too--it's not like you can make yourself sneeze, and I suspect quite a few of us would say the same of our writing and art. It's not like you can force yourself into the right mode to do your best creative work.

But a lot of us try to do just that and eventually learn to trudge through stories that no longer inspire us or ideas long gone stale in order to get them done. As we head into the second half of Season of Writing Dangerously, I know quite a few of us are doing less sneezing than we are trudging.

But this week, I want to encourage our participants to try to recapture a little of that involuntary spontaneity that often marks the beginning of a new project. Stop. Drop what you're doing. And sneeze--or, put more plainly, work on your SoWD projects.

Now many of you will raise the point that it is a really bad time right this second ... fair enough. A sneeze is a quick action. Work for five minutes, write 20 words, edit a paragraph, post that story you've been putting off ... or if it's not so bad a time, pledge to stop surfing the Internet *stern look at self* and dedicate yourself to your project for the next hour. Or more. Perhaps without planning, dreading, and working up to making progress on our projects--by just sneezing--we will recapture some of the spontaneity that makes the first steps on a new piece so enjoyable.

As always, these motivational posts are for free use by SoWD participants. Feel free to share your progress, bemoan your struggles, or ask for help from your fellow participants. Now I have an hour-and-a-half and feel a sneeze coming on :)
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On our last motivational post, a lot of people confessed that they are losing steam. I think this is probably to be expected for a few reasons. Firstly is that most people get a strong start right out of the gate, but then this slows down after a while, whether because of flagging inspiration or real-life obligations or a little of both. (Unfortunately, as I've learned, the laundry does not do itself because you are in the middle of a really awesome story.) Secondly is that it is summertime for most of our participants, and I know more than a few of us have been away on holidays or doing other summertime things that take time away from being able to work on creative projects.

We're just about halfway through the Season of Writing Dangerously, though, so we still have a lot of time to make up on lost ground! This week, we are inviting our participants to share a snippet of something they are working on. Hopefully, this will not only help us look at what we've accomplished (versus angsting over what's still left to do) but will also result in lots of squeeful and encouraging comments that can help those of us who need it over the hump at the midpoint.

As always, these weekly posts are yours to do with as you see fit, so whether you want to brag or rant or you need to ask for help with something, please feel free to do so here. I still have something special in mind for the midway point of the Season, but I have family visiting from overseas at present and so have fallen a bit behind in fannish stuff as a result. Watch this space for an announcement in the next couple of days, when I will hopefully have my act together! Also, if you like to make banners and would be free to help out within the next few weeks, please do let me know, and I'll include you on the email to our volunteers about this special post. (If you've volunteered generally, no need to let me know again.)

Best of luck for a productive week! I look forward to seeing everyone's snippets!
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I am two days late this week! This is ridiculous. My theory that my brain works worst on Wednesdays (Wednesdays have been my least favorite day of the week since I was a little kid) is being proven by my attempts to make motivational posts on Wednesdays! My apologies, everyone.

This week's quote is in honor of muses ... or whatever that crazy, fickle force is that makes us write like unstoppable superheroes one day and then fritter away the entire uninspired day on Tumblr the next. I also liked it because this is, after all, the Season of Writing Dangerously, i.e. taking creative chances that might sometimes feel a little like madness.

"The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that technical ability alone was enough to make an artist ... what that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art of inspired beings."
~Plato


As always, feel free to brag, rant, plead for help, whine, celebrate, cheer each other on, and anything else related to your SoWD projects!

If you have a quote, image, video, or other idea that you think would inspire your fellow participants in one of these motivational posts, please do let me know. Also, we're coming up on the halfway point of SoWD in about two weeks, and we have something special planned for that occasion. If you like making banners and such and would like to help us out, please let me know. (If you've volunteered generally to help with SoWD, no need to volunteer again; you're on the list of people I will contact.)

Here's to a week of madly productive muses! :)
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Believe it or not, this week, we will be one month into the Season of Writing Dangerously. It has been awesome to see everyone talking about their progress on the last two week's motivational posts. It seems like a lot of us are reaching that point where we are wrapping up pieces for our goals ... except, in many cases, for that one thing. Maybe it's a question about canon or uncertainty about whether a piece is polished enough to post. Maybe it's difficulty getting started on a piece that could be helped by brainstorming with someone or even getting occasional encouraging emails from a fellow participant.

This week, we open the post to requests for help with the caveat that, if you ask for help, you also read through other's requests to see if you can help them! (You might not be able to, and that's fine. But please at least look first!)

You can ask for help with anything, from uncertainty about a word in Sindarin to a request for a beta reader.

Remember, too, that these posts are SoWD participants' space to brag or vent about your progress and cheer each other on. So even if you don't need any specific assistance this week, please feel free to use this space to talk about your projects, if you want.

As always, if you have any ideas for how to cheer on and motivate your fellow participants in these posts--whether an inspiring quote or piece of art, or an idea for something that will encourage and hep those working toward their goals, or something totally and wildly original--send me an email or PM.

Good luck, everyone! :)
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Yes, yes, I forgot to post the weekly motivational post yesterday. I blame the fact that I was actually working on my SoWD project when I should have been making the motivational post! :D

First of all, congrats to our Impetuous Participants. Since I was late with the post, if you've started your project as of my posting this, then you can claim your prize!

This week's motivational post comes from fantasy author George R.R. Martin. Whether you love his books or hate them, the quote below, to me, expresses one of the reasons why the fantasy genre is such a wonderful playground for the imagination. Hopefully, the quote will inspire you to wing off to your own fantasyland in the next week and make some progress on your projects! :)

“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.”

― George R.R. Martin


Please use the comments section of the weekly motivational posts as your own space. Whether you want to brag or blow off steam, feel free to share your progress and experiences so far. Links and snippets are most welcome. If you need help in any way, this is a good place to ask as well.
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"Do not be hasty, that is my motto."
-Treebeard, The Two Towers

Sorry, Treebeard, but this week, we will be hasty!

We've had around forty sign-ups for the Season of Writing Dangerously so far. How many of you have started working on your projects? Or how many of you are still procrastinating? *raises hand* For our very first weekly motivational post, we would like to encourage our participants to get started on their projects, whether just dipping in a toe or diving in headfirst.

Because what would Middle-earth be without some impetuosity? What it Sam had said, "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well ... tomorrow, maybe"? Or if Fëanor hadn't urged the Noldor to Middle-earth? What if Pippin had thought twice before swearing his sword to Denethor? What if Galadriel had longed for an ottoman, a blanket, and a remote control rather than to see new lands?

In honor of all of our impetuous characters and the writers and artists who love them, we offer the Impetuous Participant Award! How to earn this award? Start your project by this time next week. That's all. Just get started and see what happens.

Impetuous Participants are welcome to display one of the lovely Impetuous Participant banners or icons to show their membership among the people of Arda who didn't let grass grow under their feet. Many thanks to Elleth, Angelica, and Lyra for their work on these banners!

Impetuous Participant Banners & Icons )
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I meant to post these yesterday with the sign-ups and completely forgot. It was the last day of school, there is only one room in my school where I can access LiveJournal, and I was not going to have Internet access for the rest of the day, and in the rush to get done and get out and start my vacation, I forgot all about the banners! :^|

To use the banners below either ...

1) right-click to save the image to your computer and then upload it to your image host.

2) copy the HTML code beneath each image and paste it wherever HTML is acceptable.

Many thanks to Rhapsody for her help with making this year's banners!

SoWD 2013 Participant Banners )
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ETA: Comments on this post are now closed, as the event is over and the amount of spam being posted on this post is driving me crazy.

Starting on the Solstice, June the 21st, and running all through the Equinox on the 23rd of September, we invite Tolkien writers and artists to participate in the Season of Writing Dangerously!

  • Ever had a story that always remained on the backburner and you never had time to finish?

  • What about that NaNoWriMo novel that needs the finishing touches, be it editing or writing those final pages or chapters?

  • Or that challenge piece that you always wanted to finish but you never met the deadline for?

  • Or all those tantalising and muse-inspiring B2MeM prompts you wanted to write, but you had no time for because real life interfered?


We offer you the chance to get started on them! During the Season of Writing Dangerously, you can tackle those pieces you always wanted to write or finish. You don't have to pledge to finish; instead, you set your own goals to make as much progress as you think you can handle. Once you set your goal, we'll help cheer you on and participants will all receive a very special award at the end of the Season! (See below for more details on this very special award.) With whatever goal you want to set, we take you as seriously as you take yourself. It is your party; we only pass out the invitation to play!

The Very Special Award: This year, we wanted to offer an extra-special prize to encourage our participants to make the dash to the finish line! On September 23, we will make a post for those of you who meet your goals to celebrate and, of course, download banners and icons to show off your success. At this time, winners will also be able to request a piece of artwork or a story to go with a project they worked on for the Season of Writing Dangerously. For example, if you finish that novel that is collecting dust, you might want an illustration of one of the scenes. If you make progress on a painting, you might want a story to go with it. During October, our volunteer writers and artists will work to make your visions come to life!

How to Sign Up as an Author/Artist



If you'd like to sign up for this year's Season of Writing Dangerously, please leave a comment on this post. Include the name you'd like to be called and the goal you'd like to accomplish in the next three months. OpenID, anonymous comments, and logins from other sites LJ recognizes are all acceptable.

ETA: Writers, word counts are not the only acceptable way to declare your goal. You might want to finish a story, add a certain number of chapters, or write x number of stories. In these cases, you might not know your word count! :) That's fine. Remember, any goal that is related to a Tolkien-related creative project is acceptable. /ETA

Some people can't or don't want to use LiveJournal. If this is the case, please email us with your goal at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

Banners and icons for use by our 2013 Season of Writing Dangerously participants can be found here!

Frequently Asked Questions )
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Two years ago, we ran a summer event called the Season of Writing Dangerously. The goal of this project is to commit ourselves, as writers and artists, to spend a whole season working toward goals that we set for ourselves. For some people, this takes the shape of putting a dent in their pile of WiPs. For others, it involves starting new pieces. No goal is too big or too small, and each participant decides what she or he wants to spend those three months working on.

We have received numerous requests to run the Season of Writing Dangerously again, so we will be doing so this year. Sign-ups with open on June 21, here on this community. (As always, you can email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org if you can't or prefer not to use LJ.) Participants will declare their goal and hopefully celebrate their success (and claim a very special prize that we are working to put together) on September 23, when the Season officially ends.

Even though we are a Silmarillion group, all Tolkien-based projects are acceptable for the Season of Writing Dangerously, so if you know individuals or groups in the wider Tolkien fandom who might be interested in this, please do pass the word along. Full guidelines, more details, and sign-ups will be available on June 21!
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The Season of Writing Dangerously has ended this weekend, and we'd like to congratulate all of our participants: writers, artists, and cheerleaders! Whether you made your goal or not, it was exciting to see so many people dusting off old projects or embarking on new over the past three months.

If you participated in the Season of Writing Dangerously, we welcome you to commemorate your participation with a banner or icon. You can either upload one of the images below to your own storage space, or copy the code beside the image you want to use and paste it wherever HTML is acceptable.

If you made your goal--a special congratulations! Please let us know here, so that we can list the winners in our October newsletter. If you'd like to share a link to your project(s), please do, and we will include that as well.

Many thanks to [profile] rhapsody11 for her help with the banners! :)

Participant Banners ) Cheerleader Banners ) Winner Banners )
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The Season of Writing Dangerously has ended this weekend, and we'd like to congratulate all of our participants: writers, artists, and cheerleaders! Whether you made your goal or not, it was exciting to see so many people dusting off old projects or embarking on new over the past three months.

If you participated in the Season of Writing Dangerously, we welcome you to commemorate your participation with a banner or icon. You can either upload one of the images below to your own storage space, or copy the code beside the image you want to use and paste it wherever HTML is acceptable.

If you made your goal--a special congratulations! Please let us know here, so that we can list the winners in our October newsletter. If you'd like to share a link to your project(s), please do, and we will include that as well.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11 for her help with the banners! :)

Participant Banners ) Cheerleader Banners ) Winner Banners )

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