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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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First of all, gakked from rhapsody11, this one is freakin' hilarious....

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Because Jenni is in fact the online person I talk to the most and certainly one of my dearest online friends. And if you don't like Jenni, you have some sort of personality disorder because she's one of the nicest people I know. So this made me laugh.

Okay, now onto Friday memeage. First of all, the original thefridayfive:

1) This is the 1st of September, what do you want to accomplish by the 30th?
2) What does September make you think about or feel?
3) September is the ninth month; can you name nine memories so far from this year?
4) What does September have in common with three other months and can you name them?
5) The first weekend in September signals the end of summer for many even though it doesn’t really end for weeks. When does summer end for you?


  1. I start SCUBA training in less than two weeks now, so by the 30th, I would like to be much closer to my certification than I am now. I would like to have my applications finished for Towson. I would like to have finished my review work of first-level general chemistry, made a dent in second-level, and feel less queasy-nervous about taking organic this winter.
  2. September, for one, is the month of my birthday. Yet it never feels very celebratory. When I was younger, back in the quaint old days when schools didn't start until after Labor Day, I was usually in school for less than two weeks before my birthday arrived. That was just enough time for the year's room mothers to organize parties for...October onward. Even the summer-birthday kids got a big collective party at the end of the year. I don't think I had a single birthday party in elementary school. As though it didn't suck to go back to school for your birthday anyhow!

    These days, now that I've gotten over the birthday-party thing *twitch twitch*, I think of September as somewhat of a transition month. The summer is the biggest time of year for Bobby and me, followed by October and Halloween. September feels like the big breath in between the two. And I still don't really look forward too much to my birthday.


    • Diving the reef in Culebra. I didn't expect much. Somehow, I can never believe that such places really exist, even as I fight to protect them. But it was, you might say, love at first sight. And I know now that that trip and that moment changed my life.
    • Finishing AMC and the wonderful comments and posts from friends that followed that. It felt like a real accomplishment, even though I know that some will say it was "only" a fanfiction novel. But it was a big step for me as an author.
    • Deciding to go back to school to study biology. I will always remember standing on the beach in front of the Commander Hotel in Ocean City with my feet in the water and Bobby at my side, the moment we decided that we needed to change our lives.
    • Flying into San Juan airport and seeing all of these beautiful red-orange trees everywhere. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. They are called flamboyenes or flamboyant trees.
    • My first taste of fandom drama...eek! I was a mixture of emotions over all of it: hurt, confused, but mostly really pissed off. This is supposed to be fun, isn't it? But I lived, and I am wiser now.
    • Skating solo in the Freestyle Fanatics show at Skateland. Deciding that I was going to have fun and to hell with being nervous. Doing just that. Not knowing that it might be my last performance.
    • Staring into the ocean on the fishing pier in Ocean City and seeing two huge skates, about four feet across. It's hard to believe sometimes that such amazing life can exist right in one's own backyard.
    • When my sister moved to England. Again, I was a mess of emotions: so happy for her on one hand but so angry with the world on the other. And really, that characterizes me to this day.
    • My ten-year anniversary with Bobby, which we celebrated in Puerto Rico. Where we dove the Culebra reef. Where we fell in love again. Where we let that love change our lives....

  3. This is a bit of a ridiculous question.... Ummm...well like December, March, and June, it contains two seasons. Like May, it has a holiday that's meaning has been lost in the "Yay we're off work!" and "Yay Sears is having a sale!" mentality. (Those are Memorial and Labor Days, respectively. It always amuses me that on Labor Day, the people who don't get a day off are...the laborers?) Like February, for students, it means that we will be giving ourselves ulcers over the cost of our books and tuition.

  4. On the Autumnal Equinox. To Mandos with all the BS about "summer ending on Labor Day weekend." No. Summer ends on the Autumnal Equinox. Here in Maryland, the Indian summer usually lasts well into October, so it certainly feels like summer until at least that time.
And now for the fannish5:

What five characters have been underutilized in canon?

  1. Finarfin. Without a doubt, the most under-utilized and underappreciated Silmarillion character (in my humblest of humble opinions, of course) is Finarfin. The guy was the only one of the Noldorin elite with his head squarely where it belonged on his shoulders. He also had (and I will argue this until Entwives come home) the hardest job of any Noldorin king. Of course, I understand that the PoV from with The Silmarillion was written makes it hard to follow the life of Finarfin after Feanor took off with 90% of the Noldor with him. But still, the little that he does appear has led to the unfortunate fanon portrayal of his character as a wimp. *tsk tsk*

  2. Amrod and Amras. Each of the Feanorions seems to play a significant role in the history of the Noldor...except for the twins. They're born, then they get killed at Sirion. They're hardly ever involved in anything, and they have no canon personalities. Again, this has led to unfortunate fanon placing them as the Weasley twins with pointy ears.

  3. Orodreth. Orodreth seems like such an idiot in The Silmarillion because it seems that we only see him when he's screwing things up. Granted, it must have been tough growing up in the shadow of big-brother Finrod, but I think that Orodreth must have had slightly more gifts that Tolkien (or at least Pengolodh) seems to give him. For example, he stood beside his father in Tirion, trying to calm the Noldor. Now that seems like a rational and likeable guy. But after that, it's all downhill for poor Orodreth, who finds himself involved in lots of big canon events in much the same way that a store mannequin just stands there and looks pretty. I mean, I made him a parallel of George W. Bush in a story once. That's a sad state indeed.

  4. Ingwe. I could expand this to "the Vanyar in general," who wind up looking like absolute tools until they finally get off of their blond butts and march into battle at the end. But Ingwe especially doesn't seem to really deserve all that he has, namely being Teh Highest of High Kings of All of the Eldar. What made his so special as compared to Finwe and Olwe? It seems that the Noldor and Teleri collectively accomplished much more and advanced Elven civilization more than the Vanyar. I doubt that the Vanyar (and Ingwe) are the tools that they appear to be, and I would love to see more canon evidence of this.

  5. Celebrimbor. Again, he just sort of exists until he begins all of that tomfoolery with the rings. HoMe implies that he was born in Aman. We know that he was around in Nargothrond. And.... One would think that the second greatest craftsman of all of the Noldor--and a grandson of Feanor at that--would attract a little more press for himself. Celebrimbor almost feels to me like Tolkien needed a justification for his extraordinary talents so Tolkien decided, "A descendant of Feanor! That's it!" and forgot to write him into the story from there.
  • For a change of pace, I actually answered the Friday Five today. It's on Juno's journal, if you're interested.

    As for the Fannish Five. . . lemme think. . .

    1. Thranduil. The Wood-elves' greatest king. Unfortunately relegated to a nameless walk-on role in The Hobbit and a couple of paragraphs of teeny-tiny type in the Appendices.

    2. Fatty Bolger. He was one of the original conspirators back in Hobbiton. Then he gets dropped from the story like a hot tater.

    3. Elros. Dude, he was the only one of his family to choose the fate of Men! And then he walked away with the Amana freezer, the dinette set, and the island kingdom of Númenor! And then he built Númenor up into the greatest civilization of Men ever seen on the face of Arda. That's charisma.

    4. Collectively: Donnamira, Mirabella, and Belladonna Took. They are mentioned several times as the "remarkable" daughters of the Old Took. And they are "remarkable" because. . . ?

    5. Arwen. Because of poor dramatic planning on the part of the Professor, ninety percent of his audience has completely forgotten about her by the time the Watcher pops out of the Water. And so, when she crops up again nine hundred pages later in Minas Tirith in a wedding dress, Aragorn goes "hubba-hubba!" and the audience goes "huh. . . who?"
    • I saw your Friday Five at Juno's LJ. You are becoming a meme-sheep like us.... *evil grin*

      1. Agreed. I would like to think that a bit more stage-time would dispel some of the ridiculous fanon notions about the guy, but I've learned better by now....

      Still, I would like to know more about him.

      2. Yeah, I've always wondered about him. I've only read LotR once (and that was three years ago), but does he ever appear again? I think that if I was editing the story, I would have requested that he be cut.

      3. Again, agreed. Though I wonder if his lack of stage-time is primarily due to becoming mortal in an era when time was measured in decades and centuries. Although it would certainly be nice to see some of that charisma....

      4. I don't even remember them, so I'd say their collective remarkableness is not very remarkable at all. (?)

      5. Yes! When I read the books, I'd already seen the FotR and TTT movies, so I knew she would be important. When she appears in the Hall of Fire, I said, "Oh! She's important!" Then.... At some point, I wondered if the romance of Aragorn and Arwen was purely a movie!verse invention, until I read the Appendices, of course.
  • Omg LOL!!!!! Heheh Jenni ;)

    You know that Ellie really writes a fantastic Finarfin and is currently working on a Finarfin fic?

    And I hopefully have Amrod a great death in Oath's Foresworn... And it might please you a lot that Amras and Amrod will feature greatly in Written in the Starlight. The plans we have for them *grin* But I think there are more stories out there than you think :)

    And oh Celebrimbor... hmmm I have so many bunnies already!
    • You know that Ellie really writes a fantastic Finarfin and is currently working on a Finarfin fic?

      Yes! I think that I've read most of Ellie's stories, and we swap Finarfin fics. She's the only one to have read all that I have so far of "He Came Home".... >:^)

      But I think there are more stories out there than you think :)

      I know your story and Isil's and a few other, but I don't see them getting the same kind of press that the other Feanorions get. :^/ They often seem to get nudged to the background when they do appear.

      And oh Celebrimbor... hmmm I have so many bunnies already!

      Intriguing.... I look forward to that! *pets bunnies*
  • Oh wow! After reading your Friday Five, I realized that you have had quite a full year, with both exceptional and nerve-wrecking moments. Kinda like mine. :) And if I weren't so lazy, I'd be doing the Friday Five myself.

    I understand that the PoV from with The Silmarillion was written makes it hard to follow the life of Finarfin after Feanor took off with 90% of the Noldor with him. But still, the little that he does appear has led to the unfortunate fanon portrayal of his character as a wimp. *tsk tsk*

    Ah... I have also fallen into the trap of thinking Finarfin a bit of a wimp, really, but upon better thinking, I realize that his choice to stay behind was much harder, as was living with the constant doubt on whether he'd done the right thing or betrayed his people and his family by not joining them. But you know me...I'm too obsessed with Teh Genius Noldo&Co to pay much attention to Finarfin.

    They're born, then they get killed at Sirion. They're hardly ever involved in anything, and they have no canon personalities.

    Except for that creepy, evol burning of the ships&twin at Losgar. *shudders*

    Again, this has led to unfortunate fanon placing them as the Weasley twins with pointy ears.

    Ew! No! Nevah! What you say about the twins reminds me of a story I've read a while ago, involving both of them. True, it's as naughty a story as you know me to be reading, but what stays with me is the fact that one of the twins is red-haired while the other has hark hair, like their father, in this story. Fascinating thought. I like it.

    Orodreth seems like such an idiot in The Silmarillion because it seems that we only see him when he's screwing things up.

    Hat's off to whoever manages to make me even remotely appreciate Orodreth. Sure, he has it rough with so many outstanding family members he's unable to match... but please! Me no liketh at all. ;p

    As for Ingwe... I suppose he and his golden Vanyar people were so much appreciated by the Valar on account of them being so beautiful, shinny and obedient, I suppose. The Valar are Gods, after all, and they don't really mind having minions to worship them 24/7, do they? I mean, the instant one rises and says: "Heck, I don't wanna stay here and live by your rules anymore!", what do they do? Why, they banish him forever and keep him locked in Mandos until the end of the world! Hmph!

    I say that Finwe is the only High King. Feany is frantically nodding. I think I might have earned his forgiveness for calling him imaginary a few days ago, with this one.

    And Celebrimbor?... How could he appear so washed out (in canon, anyway) when he is a Feanorian? True, he learned many lessons from the unfortunate business resulting in the demise of his entire family, but still, he is the son of Curufin-most alike to his father, Feanaro. How far from the block could the chip have fallen? There must be more to Celebrimbor than those rings and the fact that he stood up against Sauron in Ost-in-Edhil (hope I got the name right!) to the point of losing his life.

  • LOL!!! Jenni not very liked...yeah right. That is funny. Ithiliel is my stalker. Haha.

    I would like to have finished my review work of first-level general chemistry, made a dent in second-level, and feel less queasy-nervous about taking organic this winter.

    *No comment.* ;P

    I don't think I had a single birthday party in elementary school.

    That is so sad!!! *throws party for Dawn, with nekkid Elves. There are benefits to being older! ;)*

    Summer ends on the Autumnal Equinox.

    Summer here ends on the first day of school. Summer in hometown ends in November.

    (in my humblest of humble opinions, of course)

    And completely unbiased...;) Though I definitely agree.

    Again, this has led to unfortunate fanon placing them as the Weasley twins with pointy ears.

    *TWITCH* I want to personally remedy this. Hopefully I will have time this month for the challenge.

    Orodreth.

    If someone can convince me Orodreth has a spine personality, I will be very impressed.

    It seems that the Noldor and Teleri collectively accomplished much more and advanced Elven civilization more than the Vanyar.

    *snerk* What, you don't think singing praises to the Valar advances civilization? *snerk* (The Noldor have obviously rubbed off on me.)

    Celebrimbor.

    You know, I think I've used Celebrimbor more than others in my [published] fics...Hmmm. (Not that that's saying much, given the grand total...) I know I've used him at least twice.
    • *No comment.* ;P

      You're evil.

      That is so sad!!! *throws party for Dawn, with nekkid Elves. There are benefits to being older! ;)*

      Woohoo! I wish you'd been my room mother.... :^P

      (Of course, when all this happened, you probably couldn't even speak coherently yet, much less arrange stripper-Elves. But heck....)

      *TWITCH* I want to personally remedy this. Hopefully I will have time this month for the challenge.

      I hope so! If not, challenges are good forever.... ;)

      If someone can convince me Orodreth has a spine personality, I will be very impressed.

      I think that he should have stayed in Valinor with his father. I love him when he alone of the Noldor, along with Finarfin, speak quietly to try to calm any rash decisions that may result in the deaths of hundreds of Teleri, a massive amount of betrayal, the pronounciation of dooms, and the banishment of 90% of a people from paradise. But his character goes downhill from there.

      *snerk* What, you don't think singing praises to the Valar advances civilization? *snerk* (The Noldor have obviously rubbed off on me.)

      Hee...well, they are credited with being experts in language, so I would imagine that this was their contribution. (I just wrote a long ramble to Alina about this and don't really want to type it again. Yes, I'm lazy. It's here (last comment).
  • And soon a new neice or nephew to add onto everything:)...
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  • On the Autumnal Equinox.

    Ha. Seconded. Especially since September has just started and it's already been ten times prettier than our shitty August. I like to pretend it's summer as long as possible anyway. Last year, I was still wearing short skirts in October (but then, we had a uncommonly fine October). ;-P

    Orodreth seems like such an idiot in The Silmarillion because it seems that we only see him when he's screwing things up.

    Actually, in most scenes he seems in dire need of growing a backbone. ;) But now your comment made me think. Because otherwise... we don't really see much of him at all, do we?

    Celebrimbor almost feels to me like Tolkien needed a justification for his extraordinary talents so Tolkien decided, "A descendant of Feanor! That's it!" and forgot to write him into the story from there.

    I may remember that wrongly, but I think in on of the HoMe issues there's actually written something along those lines. ;) I for my part think it's rather strange that he learned nothing from his family's history: Dear, you just made shiny stuff! If we can learn anything from the FA it's the fact that shiny stuff sucks!

    BTW, Caranthir complains that he's being neglected, too. *pats head* Yea, sure. ;-P
    • Ha. Seconded. Especially since September has just started and it's already been ten times prettier than our shitty August.

      *snicker* I would love to say the same, but we kicked off the month with a tropical storm, and both my hands and feet are numb as I type this....

      Stoopid Maryland weather....

      Actually, in most scenes he seems in dire need of growing a backbone. ;) But now your comment made me think. Because otherwise... we don't really see much of him at all, do we?

      Not at all! I love the beginning with him and Finarfin standing alone against the raging-mad Noldor, trying to calm them. That's a lovely start for a character who could provide some balance to his raving-mad kinsmen...but then, he always appears in the context of doing something spineless without the caveat added that (perhaps) he was attempting to behave in a peaceful manner to encourage others to do that same. So he just looks stupid and spineless.

      I think I need an Orodreth muse. I'd like to do a bit of writing about him (but he's so damned boring....)

      BTW, Caranthir complains that he's being neglected, too.

      Not by me, certainly! I think that he tops the list of Most Written-about Character in Felak!verse.
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