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I have 2 things I've been working on, both missing their dates now. One for Boromir which I wanted for the terrible day in February; and one for today, when Faramir is carried off the field, back to Minas Tirith and the father who does not deserve him. (But Gondor, Faramir assures me, does deserve a champion, so I try to share him...)

Maybe writing this much down will prod me to work tomorrow. But I cannot let the day pass.

I also read the drabble prompts last night, as I would like to catch up. Blade, eh? I think I may have already emptied my soul for that word, but we'll see.....
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Seen all over lj:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. — Alfred Hitchcock (we *almost* share a birthday)

When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?

April

Apr. 15th, 2011 03:43 am
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Home By Morning

Whatever the Valar intend me to do
There’s naught with the power to keep me from you
Whatever I grieve for, whatever I rue
There’s naught with the power to keep me from you

No giant spider, no bodiless rider,
no terror by fire that crosses the land
no dark, no bright, no perilous fight
can come between us when I reach for your hand

I stand on the line when the shadow creeps in
But I will be with you before day begins
We harry the dark and we weep for our sins
But I will be with you before day begins

No orcs that creep, no nightmare sleep
No fathomless deep, no wizard’s scheme
No endless hour can raise the power
To keep us apart when you’re in my dreams

A hand on a swordhilt, a hand on a bow
A kiss that consoles me wherever I go
One more day of fighting, one more day of woe
A kiss that consoles me wherever I go

No black spell singers, no death that lingers,
No icy fingers that reach for the soul
No hiss, no bark, no wings in the dark
Can touch my heart when you keep me whole

No time, no chance, no circumstance
No wave that carries me over the foam
No winter’s breath, no fear, no death
Can keep my heart from coming home

Whatever the Valar intend me to do
There’s naught with the power to keep me from you
Whatever I long for, whatever I rue
There’s naught with the power to keep me from you
There’s naught with the power to keep me from you...
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The International House of Logorrhea, a free online dictionary of weird and unusual words to help enhance your vocabulary.


The International House of Logorrhea is the sort of site I love, but don't really use effectively as intended - I'm not really good at looking for an alternate word in the midst of writing; it breaks my flow.

I do play with Thesaurus style reference while editing, but I'm still more likely to beat myself about the brain than to actually look words up.

But I am the kind of logophile who loves to read this type of reference.( I was a great dictionary reader starting as a kid. I really don't understand people who can just look up a single word without being led down a never ending path.) If I can cram them into my brain, I can use them that way.

Anyway, I thought I'd share this link, in case you are one of any category of word reference users.

It includes interesting glossary groupings, which I am hoping I might use during the my process, and it is a component of The Phrontistery, which has many other free word lists and unusual word related resources.
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[livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed was playing with the Gender Genie, so of course I had to as well...

Inspired by an article in The New York Times Magazine, the Gender Genie uses a simplified version of an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, to predict the gender of an author.

I randomly ran some of my stories - everything I submitted came back male. Interesting. I think my writing is marked ny my use of triads and adjectives, and is all basically relationship oriented (not romantic relationships, but the interactions between people.) On the otherhand, I think my style is straightforward and simple. Hmmmm.

scores )
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As some of you know, I write occasional (het) erotica at home. One of the things that keeps me from writing more, and keeps me focused on particular points-of-view, is language. There isn't a lot of language that is both erotic and comfortable for me. So I do check out the occasional het, or femme-slash story looking to pillage adjectives and nouns.


I encountered one in my travels this afternoon, and read it with Jim ([livejournal.com profile] notarysojac) who is still home sick.

It was SO bad that it was almost fun to read - I am easily amused by Jim, (who currently sounds like Tom Waites warming up to sing La Grange) clutching his head like a stuuned monkey and muttering *Good Grief* at least once a paragraph (it started before we got anywhere near the NC-17 section, too.)

It's easily in my current top two for headclutching bewilderment. (Jim is currently insisting it deserves the top *honors.*)

There was to be no pillaging of language here.

I don't mind if you decide to go for crude language - just make a choice. (actually, I do mind, but only because it's inappropriate for the fandom) But don't waver between totally clinical and language that would be inappropriate in a back alley when used by two perverts with only one cigar between them.

Obviously, I have no idea of the author's age or gender - and this story did nothing to convince me they have any idea about sex. But I do know that If you think oral sex is going to taste like strawberries, chocolate or cinnamon, I'm afraid you are in for a disappointment somewhere down the line.

But let me get to the point that drove me to recount this. Sir or madame: your heroine does *not* have "golden hair on her vagina," because the vagina is an INTERNAL organ. If you meant vulva, perhaps you should say that. And if, by some stretch of the imagination, you actually meant vagina -- I have no idea how her partner could possibly see that from where she was. But, just..... eeeeewwww.
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I don't write the risque for outside the house, but I do write it at home. Jim says I can't write plain sex, because everything my language touches becomes erotica. (He can't write smut without leaving a joke or a really bad pun lying in wait for me somewhere)

I was terribly constrained in the beginning, by my age and upbringing, and my lack of ease with terms for body parts turned into letters on the page. This lead to a scene in my first try being referred to as the PBJ. (As low-carbers. there is a plethora of peanut butter in my life, but in this case, it is short for Poorly written Blow Job - though Jim later admitted it wasn't really that it was bad, it was the stunned wrongness of me typing those words.)

Anyway, there is a standing family joke that there is no sex in my sex, and so "helpful" friends sometimes send me articles to give me ideas.

this is one of them.

Pour some fructose on me - an illustrated oral sex guide using photos of fruit


I suggest, in oh, so many ways, that you swallow before you look ---


** in the ten minutes it took me to post this, they seem to have added a sign up page to the site. I'll try to post a direct version later if there's no getting in.....
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" less of a sauce, more of a glaze"

this gets my vote for phrase that should never, ever have been used in a sexual context. But Jim was rather taken with "It is the one drawback of fellatio as conscientious as hers that it eliminates the chance for small talk and poetry alike."

The longlisted passages for the Bad Sex in Fiction award
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Confession.


I have a terrific urge to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100. The real dilemma is - do I want to try and sign up for Faramir, knowing that I'll be forced to use places in canon that I avoid in order meet the challenges (after all, how much sleight of hand can a girl get away with?)

Or do I talk myself out of trying for the official list, and try writing them in North's voice?

Might the constraints of the official not be better for me?
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just a quick note to people I am hoping to fic with -

I am still thinking about exploitable situations, but my sweetie came home from work with a miserable throat and completely congested. because of his blood pressure, there isn't much I could do to help. He took the last dose of "bp safe" robitussin in the house and fell asleep on the couch. I could not even put him to bed, because we have another leaky seam, so the bed is partially dismantled with a vise clamping the patch till tomorrow.

(yeah, now that he's curled up on the living room floor with his blankey, it's already funny to me so go right ahead and laugh) I am so glad we bought that inflatable mattress when we went to Boston! It was a great deal even at the time, and it has saved my butt twice now.

So, if you have an idea for shared fic, let me know -
you can write to me at *any of my names*@gryphonsmith.com
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from danachan

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?

Since I had never written any, I can safely answer this with More since I now have two pages of entries at HASA, which does not include most of my drabbling with you guys (yet)...


What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2003?

I only write LoTR/gen - but they all surprised me. Writing for Faramir surprised me the least, since he has been speaking to me most of my life. Writing love poetry in Denethor's voice was unexpected. Writing first person heroic in the mind of a first age orc approaching Gondolin was another...


What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest.

Most emotionally satisfying:The three part Breathe that includes Peace Like A River

Best Writing: probably Slouching Toward Gondolin

Best Poem: If you make me choose between Home By Morning and Ascension, I will expire on the spot like rumplestiltskin...

Surprised Myself By Writing: The Tarot Drabbles, and All These Wore Wings

Biggest Thrill: having my stories quoted in other peoples stories


Did you take any writing risks this year? (See above for unexpected pairings, etc.) What did you learn from them?

It's all risky, It's always worth doing. I learned to write, whether I ever show the piece or not.

Biggest Risks - I said it out loud in public - The Raven and The Blade! People accepted it. Woohoo!
I let a few people find out about/read some stories in my private arc (North's stories).
After 26 years, I wrote erotica for Jim.


Do you have any fanfic or pro-fic goals for the New Year?

To keep going. To be challenged like the Lotr100 and the HASA online challenges revved me up this year.

Story wise, I would *love* to assemble and finish the seen and unseen parts of my arc that deal with Faramir and his Father in a form I can share out here. Even if not all in one story...

I would like to actually write the crazed project that Flick and I have been bashing about with Lee - both for its surreal nature and to see if I am cut out for collaboration.

I want to keep writing stories that make Jim draw me pictures. (see this icon)

in german!

Nov. 20th, 2003 06:43 pm
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I recently had a request from a German LoTR archive that specializes in Gimli to translate my story "Gifts of Life." The archive is called Naugrim, and my story is here.

This was a real kick for me, since I seldom write dwarves, and in fact, I wrote this for the Crossover challenge at Henneth Annun where we swapped stories and had to write about a race of Arda we had not written for before. I drew Gimli without Legolas, and Orcs.

This story is Gimli and Merry sharing ale, traditions and making gifts for the wedding of the King. I have to say, a dwarf story just looks completely right in German. I can't wait to show it to Jim - he speaks a little German, (mine is rudimentary - mostly words I remember from my grandmother Muench, therefore mostly about food!)
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I sent my four element drabbles to review at Henneth Annun, and much to my surprise, the were not only accepted, they did much better than I expected. Review at HASA, although it is the luck of the draw, can be *very unfriendly* to short works, no matter what their quality, and this was sort of a test case for me, to see if that could be overcome.

I expected a heavy round of delines that left nice comments, and comments telling me that short forms are not stories, and that I had not stuck to Middle-earth mythology.

Unbelievably,*no-one* gave me the usual no plot / no length pull-down. I had two declines, one for the standard "undistinguished writing" without comment that I almost always get these days, (maybe I have a rabid anti-fan?) ...
but the last review covered almost every single thing I expected to hear - I was mentioned for: factual errors, unworkable AU, I had misspelled Andúril (well, that was true, I uploaded from the uncorrected copy. Must learn to called my drafts different things, LOL! But I am always amazed that people will decline for one misspelled word, instead of leaving a note about correcting it.) AND: *drumroll* :  "Also, the grail legend has no place in Middle-earth." Ta-da!


I love the idea that I might be corrupting the purity of Tolkien's mythology by speculating using Myth, Celtic Culture and Catholicism - oh, and allowing Arwen to have a moment of choice and epiphany. I wonder if this reviewer realizes that christian mythology took the grail legends from the Celtic tradition. I sure am glad the professor doesn't know his writing took me to such outlandish places! From now on, I should endeavor to stick to the kind of sources he might have used himself.... oh, wait! LOL!

Honestly, I take criticism pretty well, and consider it seriously even if I don't incorporate it in the end. But I have no desire to stop speculating because of cannon police. fiction = speculation.

I love - I think - I write. Learning as I go...

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