huinare: (serious business!)
*boring philosophical discussion*
*someone gets eviscerated*
*boring philosophical discussion*
*someone becomes/dissects/kills/discusses an animal*
*boring philosophical discussion*
*people get really drunk*
*someone gets flayed*
*boring philosophical discussion*
*someone experiences unimaginable mental and/or physical anguish*
*awkward interaction that even the author doesn't know whether it's UST or just awkwardness*
*boring philosophical discussion*
*aggressive geophysics and/or natural landscapes*
*someone gets immolated*
*boring philosophical discussion*
*damned if you know what anyone looks like even now, except their eyes which you will know entirely too much about*
*people get really drunk*
*pretension of variable nature*
*someone gets horrifically mutilated*
*boring philosophical discussion*
*everyone is dead or wishes they were*

Although satirical, this is not altogether inaccurate, especially if one has access to a broad sample including WIPs.
huinare: (orc signal flags)
The short version: I liked this film much more than I had anticipated/than I liked the second one (which I was not much a fan of). In fact, I tentatively seem to have liked it quite a bit. Enough to think I want to see it again in the theatre.

The longer and spoilery version:
Read more... )


Sep. 14th, 2014 10:26 pm
huinare: (l'exil et le royaume)
I imagine most people this effects have seen the news already, but the Hennuth-Annun Story Archive will be closing at the end of this year.

I was not particularly active on HASA, but this is sad news nonetheless.

[ profile] aliana1 is holding a public wake/appreciation post for HASA.
huinare: (курумо)
I gather that the artist goes by Alllor. I love their style (when one considers my aesthetic sensibilities as reflected in my own artsy shamblings, tihs probably makes sense, and yes my Russian Tolkien fandom fixation is apparently here for the long haul).

Left to right: Olórin, Aiwendil, Curumo. That particular Curumo is the one from The Black Book of Arda. I have possibly mentioned that he is a tragic lunatic genius double-dealer who is obsessed with that chalice (among other things). <3

ETA - also, have video footage of Christopher Tolkien. It never would have occurred to me to look for this, but I randomly happened upon it.
huinare: (lemur)
My topic: 100 Literary Characters Who Have Affected Me

Two years into the challenge and I'm already on post #3! Tremble in awe!
In the tag, I will be including the occasional "appendix" post as a shout-out to television/film characters whom I find personally meaningful for whatever reason. I was thinking of making those part of the challenge, but then I noticed that my topic as chosen two years ago was specifically literary characters. Just as well, really. The first literary character I blogged about was Bagheera, and already we have another sentient big cat coming down the pipe:

Ratha from Clare Bell's "Named" series )
huinare: (kurume - cray cray)

[Yes I am counting this as one of my defunct (delayed) 100 Things posts, my topic of choice having been "fictional characters who have affected me." If the pictures don't explain that sufficiently, we're probably not very well acquianted.]
huinare: (l'exil et le royaume)
I follow a grand total of 3 television series and 1 podcast, and even that seems to be too much for me to keep tabs on.  I've fallen ~3 months behind on Welcome to Night Vale! Not sure if there are any other fans here besides [ profile] aliana1, but I think more than a few of you would get a kick out of it. To me, it's a bit like Beckett meets Lovecraft.

If any of you should want to check it out, here's a quick link to one of the feeds (most recent at the top), which I always have a ridiculous amount of trouble locating from their main page.

I had to start catching up with "A Story About Them," and this morning I listened to "Parade Day."  Like many long-running media that begin less seriously, it has gotten more serious in terms of plot events and continuity (like, one really roots for these goofy characters and is concerned for their fate), but they've so far managed to retain a lot of the original deadpan bizarreness, which I appreciate. I still have 5 episodes until I'm caught up (and apparently there has been a mayoral election? *bites nails* *is VERY partisan*).

One awesome thing which Night Vale does is to give new musical artists broader exposure during the "weather" segment. I discovered the song I want played at my wake and/or reception and/or Tibetan sky burial, "This Too Shall Pass" by Danny Schmidt, via the weather. The episode "Parade Day" features "Take Up Your Spade" by Sara Watkins. This somehow reminds me of Mumford and Sons meets Sarah McLachlan (maybe it's just me).
huinare: (mairon)
  Mairon: Huinárë, we need to talk.
  Me: Yes, I know, I'll work on it tonight, I promise.
  Mairon: Your promises tend to be empty, yet this was not what I wished to speak about. I wanted to bring your attention to the fact that you appear to have named our latest story after a series of collectors' plates.
  Me: ... Well technically, the story title has a definite article in front of it whereas these plates don't, and also their gardens are plural and ours is singular.
  Mairon: It's close enough to be embarrassing. Although, this one isn't half bad.  I require the Cranes of Eternal Life.

  Me: I am not buying you a collectible plate.
  Mairon: You do not think I deserve a collectible plate?
  Me: Okay, how about Goldfinches of Virtue?

  Mairon: We're done here.
huinare: (pallandë)
Welcome to the wrap-up, where I'm not linking to the original post because now it's done and I'm too lazy! hurrah!

Thank you very much to everyone who participated, whether it was by writing drabbles, ficlets, or using the opportunity to pick up an unfinished work. I was delighted to see the variety of work this spawned. I will likely host this little challenge again next June (and maybe make some banners or something y/y?)

Attn: I will make a round-up post of links to stories next week (8 Jul). If you would like your work(s) to be included in the round-up post, please do drop a link in the comments section below before then.
Multiple links are acceptable if you archive in multiple places (links to LJ, dA, etc. also cool).
[ETA - if someone does not have LJ but happened to write something for this, anon is now enabled so people who aren't registered on this site can comment here. I'd thought I had it enabled before, but no.]

ETA 2 - Behold, the shiny new AO3 collection! Do make use of this. Posting to the collection should be open now. Many thanks to Zdenka/[ profile] lignota for doing most of the work involved in setting this up.
huinare: (kurume)
Welcome to week 4 (challenge details here yadda yadda)! We still have a week until July 1st, so we're not off the hook yet. I'm excited that finished stories have appeared on the scene!
Discussion in comments, if so desired. Woes, gloating, links to your stories? Optional discussion topic for all: Are there ways in which your writing has changed since around this time last year--in terms of writing style, themes, plot devices, characters, or whatever else? Go!
huinare: (curumo ii)
If I understand correctly (based upon the really inadequate in-browser translations and my limited grasp of the orthography), a Russian entity at some point in the recent past--or possibly present--made a musical of the Russian fanfic The Black Book of Arda?
Just linking to my tumblr thing for simplicity's sake.

I have been cursing loudly in my intrigued befuddlement for the past hour or so.
huinare: (mairon)
A slightly belated welcome to the third week of this here.

Have another update/progress/discussion post thing. Any progress in your writing, frustrations, new plot bunnies? Feel free to gab. General discussion question (all welcome, participants or otherwise): Are there particular characters you tend to victimize select more frequently as subject matter when writing sad, scary, or otherwise not-lighthearted stories? or particular groups/settings/time periods? Put another way, are there certain characters who just can't seem to catch a break from you in your fanworks?
huinare: (mairon)
Welcome to the second week of this thing!

How is everyone doing? Discussion, writers' angst, other stuff? Put it in this thread!

Also, discussion topic: Do you have music you're using or plan to use as inspiration for your stories or mood music during your writing process? This question extends to anyone, whether you are participating in the challenge or no: What are some songs, or types of music, that get you in the right mood for writing sorrowful or doomful fiction (or making art of the same nature)? Links or lyrics welcome!
huinare: (default)
I bid you welcome to June of Doom & Gloom. I am in a hurry, so details may be found here.

Anyone who likes is free to post discussion/venting/bragging/whatever in this post. I will make weekly posts for this purpose.

huinare: (mairon)
Friendly vaguely sinister reminder that my laid-back angst/darkfic/generally-not-very-happy Tolkien fanworks challenge begins June 1st. See this post for details.

i will inflict a kickoff post at the beginning of June--possibly on the 2nd, as I will be traveling on the 1st.
huinare: (hand)
Feel free to signal boost this post if you think anyone in your circles would be interested.  I will post a reminder nearer the end of May.

What: A laid-back challenge to produce Tolkien fanfic (or fanart) of a doomy and/or gloomy flavor during the month of June.

When: Any time during June.

Where: On your LJ, archive(s), or wherever else you post your writing/art.

Why: Because I am self-serving and want to motivate myself to write/read more Tolkien fic. Why not?

Who: You, if you want. Or not you, if you'd rather not.

How: There are no official rules, deadlines, or other things that would cramp our doomy and gloomy style. The criteria are highly subjective (see "What is this doom and gloom you speak of?"). I will endeavor to host weekly update/chit-chat/rant posts on my LJ. That is all.

What is this doom and gloom you speak of? I believe this varies a lot depending on the person. It probably goes without saying that the unmitigatedly fluffy or optimistic is not what this challenge is about, but aside from that it's subjective. If you rarely create or read/view dark and/or angsty fanworks, something mildly sinister may be pushing the envelope for you. Others among you may be comfortable writing perfectly ghastly and depressing things. Just follow your heart, such as it is.

Questions, concerns, bribes? Comment here! } =)
huinare: (the king in yellow)
So I think I meant to try and solidify plans for this...well, quite a while ago...since it seemed there was some interest: I proposed the idea in January during the Fandom Snowflake Challenge (bit of discussion in comments).
Then I forgot about it.
So now I want to gauge again whether there's still interest. What better way to retain my tenuous grip on Tolkien-fic than by hosting a low-key challenge that generally fits my inclinations? =P

This pretty much sums it up:
- The theme would be anything that's overall dark/grim/horrific/sad, but it's up to you as an author to decide what fits. Mileage varies on what one considers dark (Melkor only knows I'd set the bar on that way too high--or low, if you will--if I tried to define what 'dark' is).
- No other rules, deadlines, contests, or anything of that sort; just a casual challenge that people may write for at any time during the month of June. I would host occasional update/discussion posts much like [ profile] aliana1 did for her 2013 Bechdel Test Challenge. That would be the extent of formalities.
- I'm still liking the name "Doom in June," but I googled it just now and it's also the name of some metal festival \m/. Anyone familiar with copyright thingies; could using the same name for a casual fannish writing thing potentially call an Issue down upon me or other participants?
huinare: (the king in yellow)

This is really riveting and creepy.  Hard to categorize, although some of the background music is reminiscent of GoT music to me.
huinare: (smokes)
Day Fifteen
In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it.


Many have already challenged us all to review/comment more on others' work.  This is a fine idea.

I'm not the type to suddenly issue a challenge, however, I will take this opportunity to throw out an idea which has occasionally surfaced in my brain: Would anyone be interested in a Tolkien darkfic/angst/horror/etc challenge at some point?  I don't know what a proper name would be, but basically an "everything is bad and it all hurts" type thing.

Yeah I know I'm full of surprises and no one would ever have expected a query of that particular nature from me.

On that happy note, I hope everyone has enjoyed this lovely little challenge!  =D
huinare: (corvidae)
Day Twelve
In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom?
The blurb that accompanied this prompt mentioned how the internet was a game changer in terms of fandom. Let's step this up technologically: what's the next "game changer?" )


Day Thirteen
In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some great examples include: complete a bingo, sign-up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep postponing. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback, or answering comments.

Well, erm, seeing as how I barely wrote or read anything during 2013, my goal is just to write and read (+review) more.  I actually do tend to review/comment on most of the stuff I read (at least in this particular venue where I know those whose stuff I'm reading).  By which anyone who's seen my comments or dearth thereof can probably assess how little I read last year.


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