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I Have Written Some Things!

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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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.

I Have Written Some Things!

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Well, when it rains it pours, in a good way this time. Some of you might remember a few weeks ago when I had mad deadlines for things and was biting my fingers till they bled (how I react when stressed out!). Both being due simultaneously meant that they were both published within the past two days.

My article "Fictional Scholarship: How the Peter Jackson Films and Fandom Archives Make Tolkien Fan Fiction Writers into Competent Critics" is out in Mythprint 52:1. It is a shortened version of my Mythmoot paper (which will eventually be available for free online in the proceedings) but does introduce some new data and expands on some of the points I couldn't really delve into in my Mythmoot paper because of time. Unfortunately, I don't have a link for this one, but Mythopoeic Society members will get it as part of Mythprint. There were no strings attached on this article, so I can reprint it wherever and whenever I want, and I will post it on the Heretic Loremaster in a couple of weeks. I just want to give Mythprint the courtesy of having it first for a while.

And my article In a Stone House by the Sea: The Founding and Governing of the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild is available in Signum University's Eagle. (Here is the entire March edition of the Eagle.) The timing on this was perfect because, believe it or not (and I am still having trouble believing it), the SWG's tenth begetting day* is tomorrow.

*Just like an Elf, the SWG has a begetting day and a birthday because I set it up on March 15 and then chickened out about doing anything with it until later in the year, having been utterly unqualified to start anything of that scope, even as I imagined it then. Uli pushed me in the summer to try to actually, um, get people to join, so I count the end of July as its birthday.

Finally, I wrote an essay, We Are Fëanor? Thoughts on Reading Moral Ambiguity into the Characterizations of the Fëanorians, which I posted to the Heretic Loremaster and also Tumblr. (Also a reminder that heretic_lore will display HL posts on your friends page. I don't use the HL very much these days but it [and the entire Midhavens site] will be getting a facelift and some renewed attention once my MA is done and then I hope to have regular updates from me and People Not Me.)



This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

http://dawn-felagund.dreamwidth.org/360962.html
  • Congratulations on all accounts! :o)
  • Love your article on the founding of the SWG. I truly appreciate all you do for fandom. I don't think all the tales of M-e will ever be told.
    • Thank you! It was surprisingly difficult to write. When Curtis, the editor, asked me at Mythmoot if I'd be interested in writing it, I of course agreed right away, thinking it'd be a quick and easy piece to put together. HA. I angsted over it for weeks before sending it off. The SWG and Tolkien fandom are so important to me, I wanted to do right by them both.
  • I'm looking forward to reading the Mythprint article when you put it on HL.

    Your article on the SWG is lovely, Dawn.

    Though this line made me boggle: "the people who won’t join because Fëanor’s mother is listed on the site’s character list as Míriel Serindë and not Míriel Þerindë."

    Seriously? People won't join the SWG because it uses the spelling used in the Silm itself rather than in an essay that most people probably haven't even read?

    Your conclusion brought a smile to my face. I want to quote the penultimate paragraph in its entirety.
    • Thank you so much! *blushes* It was surprisingly difficult to write. How to distill ten years and so many people and experiences into an article? Curtis the editor didn't put a word limit on me, but I didn't think he'd exactly appreciate "SWG: The Epic Journey!!" either! :D

      Seriously? People won't join the SWG because it uses the spelling used in the Silm itself rather than in an essay that most people probably haven't even read?

      Yes, seriously. And your reasoning is the same as ours. The character list was generated from the Index of Names when the site was first built; we will add characters from UT or the HoMe, of course, but the base list is from the Silm. Since we're a Silmarillion group, it isn't fair to expect people who have read The Silmarillion but don't have access to (or want to read!) UT and the HoMe to boggle through names from those texts in place of names from the Silm. I am more interested in being friendly to newcomers to the Silm than smoothing the perceived emotions of fictional characters.

      I explained this to the person who asked, but since neither the person nor their story ever appeared on the site, I can only assume this answer wasn't satisfactory! :)

      I'm glad (and relieved!) that you liked the conclusion. I angsted over that probably more than the rest of the article (except for the first paragraph, which also received considerable hand-wringing!)
      • You are very welcome! I'm not surprised it was difficult to write; things like that always are because they mean so much.

        it isn't fair to expect people who have read The Silmarillion but don't have access to (or want to read!) UT and the HoMe to boggle through names from those texts in place of names from the Silm.

        That is exactly what I thought. And I'm one of those people who uses HoME as reference, not fun reading. (*looks at the reread* *laughs semi-hysterically* I honestly hadn't read most of the drafts before it; I got HoME for the essays.) And there are times I'm tempted to use the Silm names despite the Quenya versions being more accurate to the location.

        I am more interested in being friendly to newcomers to the Silm than smoothing the perceived emotions of fictional characters.

        Me, too. They're fictional; their opinions don't matter in the slightest. But on the politics side of things, at least two years ago, that's how some fans on Tumblr were identifying themselves as Fëanorians: they used the thorn whenever possible in all seriousness. It was also the only way AO3 had to spell Míriel's name until someone asked them to change it (it's now both versions, which I find utterly ridiculous).

        And on a random note, not everyone knows how to do a thorn! I don't; I can copy/paste it, but I've yet to figure out the keyboard command for it. (Though I just realized my computer has an Icelandic keyboard layout, so I'll play around with that and figure it out AKA over ten years in the Tolkien fandom, a Fëanor sympathizer, and I'm just now bothering to learn this.) I fail to see why the thorn is a deal-breaker or why your answer was unsatisfactory.

        It works tremendously well. I felt like I was wrapped up in a big blanket and I simultaneously had a desire to paint the images of the beach house.
        • But on the politics side of things, at least two years ago, that's how some fans on Tumblr were identifying themselves as Fëanorians: they used the thorn whenever possible in all seriousness.

          I didn't want to say where this particular inquiry about the spelling of Miriel's name on the archive had come from but ...

          ;^)

          When things like that happen, I always view it as the SWG (or MPTT/B2MeM/whatever) just not being a good fit for that person/people. And that's fine! It won't be for everyone. We don't take sides in fictional politics, for one. And one of our priorities is making newcomers to the Silm feel comfortable and want to keep reading/discussing/learning. If the former is something a person cares about and the latter doesn't matter to them at all, they're just not going to find us a good fit for their needs. Recognizing that early on is probably best for all parties involved.
          • I am not surprised.

            That's how I try to look at it, too. But I can't help but feel a little sad that something so small is the reason someone doesn't want to use a wonderful site.
  • Congratulations, dear! Both articles are lovely. The one about the founding of the SWG is very moving, and the Feanor one gives me thinky-thoughts. There may be Comments later!

    (((hugs)))) Ten years! And MPTT is coming up on six! Wow!

    • I remember when I started in Tolkien fandom and HASA was just turning four. I was like, "Wow ... that's so long to be around." And now I'm the founder of a decade-old group and a mod on one creeping up on six. Wow indeed! :)

      Thank you for reading both and your kind words. I look forward to any comments you may have! :D
  • wow congrats! Will check them out when i can! =)
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