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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.

Another Fannish Note!

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For those of you who haven't seen already, we're doing a special project on SWG for July called Seven in '07. It seems that this year holds a special day--07/07/07--which got me thinking that all those sevens make it necessary to honor the House of Feanor.

So we've decided to do a compilation of creative work that will accompany a history of each member of the House of Feanor. The Feanorians have certainly inspired their share of creativity among fans of The Silmarillion, and we hope to acknowledge this. Generally, I steer away from Feanorians on SWG because they tend to overshadow the other characters ... and the authors who write about other characters. But in July, we're embracing everything Feanorian!

As part of the Seven in '07 project, though, we are collecting creative work related to the Feanorians. We are looking for short fiction, poetry, artwork, and excerpts of longer works. The full details are available on the Seven in '07 page on the website. The due date is Sunday, 24 June, and yes, that is very close. Unfortunately, I have to have it that way because I don't know how much Internet/computer access I will have around the time we are scheduled to move, so I'd like to have the whole project completed and ready to upload by the time moving day arrives.

But Feanorian fans on Ye Flist, I am begging, pleading, and cajoling for Feanorian-related writing and artwork to include in this project. Even one or two things would be wonderful ... though I'm not going to say no to one hundred either! We're going to make our best effort to put something up from everyone who sends something into us, so no fears about your efforts being in vain. But since part of the purpose of the project is to show the diverse creativity inspired by this group of Elves, the more authors and artists represented, the better!

As usual, you all are welcome to email me (DawnFelagund@comcast.net) or comment here if you have any questions or want to suggest something to be included.
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    It may be out of topic, but where did you find the pictures of Maedhros and Maglor for your avatar? I know all the others, but not those two.

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      Hi, Cath!

      The avatar was actually created by a friend of mine aramel_calawen. Looking at her userpics, she lists Anna Lee as the artist. I tried to find a homepage for her or a listing on dA--anything!--and came up pretty empty. I did find this for Maedhros and this for Maglor ... but the site isn't in English, so I can't tell much else, if this is her site (or archive) or simply someone else putting up her work. I also found a blog that looks like it might belong to her, but most of the characters won't even display in my browser, so I can't be sure.

      I hope this helps, if just a little. Sorry I don't have more proper information; I've wondered about this artist a good bit too because she creates such simple yet beautiful work, but I've had trouble tracking her down.
  • Taking inspiration from the exchange Rhapsody and I had on the forum, I one-clicked on Amazon last night and ordered The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics by Stanislas Dehaene. My plan, best laid and all that, is to get an entry on number sense slapped up the Refuge for 07.07.07. Although not explicitly Fëanorian, don't be surprised if I make an obscure dedication to my favorite long-suffering scientist hero. You all will know who I mean. :^)
    • What she didn't mention is that as a result, I am going to write a story for her too! ;) I just love how we inspired each other! Oh and I am compiling an e-mail. ;)
      • That's awesome! It always amuses me how conversations on SWG spin into tangents completely unrelated to the original topic. How did a question about Amrod and Amras at Sirion turn into speculation about numbers? Perhaps it's best not to ask, to accept the inspiration as it comes. :)

        I've compiled your drabbles and excerpts into a single document; I'm excited! This is taking shape for real! I wasn't sure if it was even going to work. (I know ... I should have trusted in the Feanorians to bring out the rabid fangirl in all of us. ;)
    • You're writing in nerd code now to other nerds. *ships deluxe "Kick Me" sign decorated with d4 dice and letters cut out from old issues of Nintendo Power* ;)

      Also, I got your story ... I can't wait to read it! Soon, I will need to read it, if only to have a moment not working on warrants, moving, or SWG, which are the three components of Life(tm) lately.

      I deserve a whole "Kick Me" suit. :^P
  • What a wonderful idea! I'll certainly try to come up with something!
    May I link to this in my journal for advertisement purposes? ;)
    • Absolutely! I would love it if you did! :)

      I'm very glad to see you online because I was wondering if you'd like to contribute some artwork ... ;)
      • I can try - I just have very little time on my hands at the moment, and even less to scan stuff... I'll try to get something done in time, but I can't promise anything at the moment. >_>

        You can, of course, have anything of the old stuff... ;)
        • Excellent! :^D How would you like to be credited? As Oloriel? Also, would you like me to link to a homepage?

          And ... final question: Is all of your art archived in one place? I'm on livingshapes but wasn't sure if that was where you kept everything ...

          Also, thank you! :)
          • livingshapes has all of the recent stuff, I think. I guess that would be the homepage to link to, too, because the Elfwood thing is hopelessly outdated and I haven't put anything on DA yet... Credit as Oloriel is fine.

            You're welcome! And of course I am trying in a mad dash to produce portraits of the Magnificent Seven instead of trying to finally get my room in order >_> we'll see how that turns out!
  • I am working on a pictures of Fëanor's family, I might send it to you if I managed to get it ready...

    But I do have some older ones also, If you want to use them?

    • Hi, Sil! Old, new ... whatever you'd like to contribute. :) Just point me in the right direction, and I'm happy to do the rest. Also: would you like to be credited as Silidir and is there a homepage you'd like me to link to?
  • Hi! *is here via oloriel*

    I like this idea quite a lot. I may even dust off some of my (ancient ancient ancient) Feanorian plot bunnies and see if any of them are viable, although I make no guarantees. It's been a while since I've been in this fandom, after all!
    • Hello! :) That would be excellent! And it doesn't have to be new stuff; anything about the Feanorians is fine if you have anything old lying around that might work.

      Either way, thanks for the interest and feel free to drop me a line here or on my email (DawnFelagund@comcast.net) if I can be of any further help. :)
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