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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.

Oh Why Not ... (Fandom M-Type Thing!)

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I have planning to do for tomorrow, which is the last day of school before Spring Break and I'd usually give the kids a break, but the clinical director is bringing one of the self-contained students to observe my class because they're going to be transitioning him into it. Yaaay. [Not.] So why not procrastinate just a leeeeetle bit more by doing the fandom m-type thing grabbed from heartofoshun?

Ask as many as you want!

A - Your current OTP(s)/OT3(s)/OTX(s)

B - A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind

C - A ship you have never liked and probably never will (be nice)

D - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t (again: be nice)

E - Have you added anything cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what

F - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom

G - Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it

H - What is your favorite source text for fandom stuff (e.g., tv shows, movies, books, anime, Western animation, etc.)

I - Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why

J - Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr

K -Say something nice about someone in any of your fandoms

L - Say something genuinely nice about a character who isn’t one of your faves (chars you’re neutral on are fair game, as are chars you dislike)

M - Say something genuinely nice about a ship that you don’t ship (or its shippers, or anything related to you)

N - Name three things you wish you saw more or in your main fandom (or a fandom of choice)

O - Choose a song at random, which ship or character does it remind you of

P - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)

Q - A ship you’ve abandoned and why

R - A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships

S - Show us an example of your personal headcanon (prompts optional but encouraged)

T - Do you have any hard and fast headcanons that you will die defending, about anything at all (gender identity, sexual or romantic orientation, extended family, sexual preferences like top/bottom/switch, relationship with poetry, seriously anything)

U - 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms

V - 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms

W - 5 favorite ships and 5 kinks you like best for said ships

X - top 5-10 characters who are yoUR PRECIOUS BABIES AND YOU WILL DIE DEFENDING THEM

Y - What are your secondhand fandoms (fandoms you aren’t in personally but are tangentially familiar with because your friends/people on your dash are in them)

Z - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go (prompts optional but encouraged)



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/378467.html
  • B, E, and Z.
    • Oh, you wonderful, wicked person, you gave me Z without any prompts! :D

      A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind

      Would anyone chuck tomatoes at me if I said Maedhros/Fingon? MaeFin was all the rage when I started writing. But I didn't see it myself. Well, I was convinced. Several excellent MaeFin writers (lookin' at you, Oshun!) made it a pairing I'll now seek out and have even written a handful of times myself.

      Have you added anything cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what

      I don't know that I have. I'm not much of a humor writer. While I like my rare humor pieces, they never get much traction.

      Probably the closest that I come to this is the idea of Caranthir as an "empath" or highly gifted in mind-speak. I didn't mean this comically, of course, and as far as I know, no one has taken it that way (unless they're making fun of me), but it's probably the weirdest thing out of my brain that others seem to nonetheless find makes some kind of odd sense and use at a pretty high rate.

      Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go

      *cackles* What to ramble about??

      Well, while we're talking about Caranthir, let's talk about Caranthir. Caranthir possibly more than any of his brothers has always been full of questions and contradictions to me. That's why I gave him abilities in mind-speak: because his hatred of Finarfin's family just comes out of nowhere. So back in the day, in my mind, I thought that something had to happen, and it had to happen where it wasn't too obvious to anyone else, and since the Finarfin!kids are canonically gifted in mindspeak, then that is where the rift occurred, in the Felakverse.

      When I started in the fandom, everyone talked about the "3Cs"--Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin--and lumped them together as the three villainous characters who were hard to justify in the way that Maedhros, Maglor, and the twins were. But I've never been able to justify Caranthir's inclusion there. He clearly has a temper and/or a problem with cloaking his true feelings behind propriety, but he is remarkably open toward multicultural connections, forming relationships with the Haladin, the Dwarves, and the Easterlings. (The latter didn't work out well, but not for anything he did wrong.) Actually, roaming off-topic--but hey, I'm rambling, right?--when I researched the Journal of Tolkien Research paper recently, I realized this was true of the Feanorians more generally. I thought it significant, for instance, that the Green-elves would not let the Edain stay in Ossiriand but did let the Feanorians stay there after Nirnaeth Arnoediad. It makes one wonder if they were really so awful, if the normally reticent Green-elves had no problem with them.

      Caranthir has been a poster child, perhaps more than any other--even Maedhros! my purported favorite!--in the need for fan-writing to counteract the bias in The Silmarillion. It is depressing to me when fans won't acknowledge that possibility. (I am fine with them not preferring that interpretation or liking their Feanorians villainous but to see no potential problems in the Silm? Baffles me.)
      • P & Q :D
        • Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)

          Here are some AUs that I'm contemplating writing someday! :D

          • The Unadventures of Parafin*, Son of Fëanor. The records do not show (and so few people remember) that Fëanor had an eighth son: Parafinwë, who overslept and missed the Oath and stayed in Aman all these long years because he gets seasick and has Raynaud disease (thus ruling out passage by ship and Helcaraxë). Well, his brothers and his father have been given a second crack at life (under supervised probation, of course) in 21st-century Aman and Parafin may finally be the one who gets to show them the ropes in the new, unfamiliar world. Or not.


          • "Maedhros did deeds of surpassing valour, and the Orcs fled before his face; for since his torment upon Thangorodrim his spirit burned like a white fire within, and he was as one that returns from the dead." Because he did. An undead!Maedhros AU.


          • broadbeam posted this amazing prompt for last year's B2MeM Marketplace: "Any aspect of a futuristic Middle-earth and of the final battle, fought against a very different Middle-earth backdrop." I purchased it but haven't done anything yet except for a little planning in my head. The finer details aren't in place, but I expect it will involve Nerdanel, quantum entanglement, and intelligent war machines.


          *This idea came from my husband. I periodically ask him if he can name all seven sons of Fëanor. He usually comes pretty darned close, but last time, he neglected Curufin and, while hemming and hawing trying to remember, suggested, "Parafin?" which was so unintentionally hilarious that I knew I had to use it someday.

          A ship you’ve abandoned and why

          I don't think I ever have, actually. Most of the pairings I write are canon, which makes them rather hard to abandon (as a writer who--contrary to that whackadoodle AU list up there--tends not to be too AU in her work ...) The non-canon pairings I've written I could see myself returning to someday, with the exception of a handful that I wrote to fulfill requests from friends, like the Arien/Fëanor story I wrote a LONG time ago. But I was never committed to that pairing in the first place; it was a PWP request from a friend, and the resulting story wasn't even that good (probably because I didn't believe in the pairing and am awful at PWP). But that's the closest I have ...
  • N, O and T please. :)
    • Name three things you wish you saw more or in your main fandom (or a fandom of choice)

      1. Commenting. Not kudos, not hearts, but good ol'-fashioned you-talk-to-me-I-talk-to-you commenting. I have never understood the difficulty of typing a line or two to mention what one liked (or didn't) about a story.

      2. I wish more new Tolkien fans would get on-board with Tolkien-specific archives rather than relying almost wholly on AO3 and Tumblr. I am inherently uneasy about trusting large institutions with our community. Also, Tolkien Fandom is different from Fandom and pretending that our needs will always be the same is simply false. (As the hoopla over AO3's Silmarillion "piped tags" has proven.)

      3. I would love to see more nonfiction/meta. Most of the Tolkien fanfic people I know blow many so-called "scholars" out of the water in terms of knowledge. I'd love to see more of this shared.

      Choose a song at random, which ship or character does it remind you of

      The first song to shuffle on my MP3 player was Celtic Legend The Dance of Ogrin. This is one of the songs that I have always imagined being played in the mid-night dance scene in Another Man's Cage, so the character would be Maedhros, the pairing Maedhros/Annawendë (OFC). I've always loved this particular song for this scene because it's so energetic, and I can easily imagine a communal line dance-style dance being developed for it (only in a circle, involving the switching of partners).

      Do you have any hard and fast headcanons that you will die defending, about anything at all (gender identity, sexual or romantic orientation, extended family, sexual preferences like top/bottom/switch, relationship with poetry, seriously anything)

      I'm very open as a reader. I am always willing to let the author do their job of bringing me into their head and convincing me of their vision of the canon.

      As a writer, I will die defending the idea that the Fëanorians were not evil, were not villains, but were complicated people who became ensnared in events much larger than themselves and made some poor decisions in the process of coping with those events. I will die defending the notion that a lot of what we see (or don't see) of the Fëanorians has less to do with who they were and more to do with who wrote The Silmarillion, their access to balanced information, and their biases/agendas.
  • J,K,L!
    • Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr

      I'm staunchly monofandom, so I mostly ignore stuff about other fandoms on Tumblr. Seeing other people into something makes me glad that they've found something they clearly enjoy, but it never makes me want to find out what all the hype's about. (In fact, it wears me out pretty quickly, so I tend to just scroll-scroll-scroll so as not to become one of those people who harshes others' squees.)

      I have looked at more Hobbit and LotR stuff than I usually do because of Tumblr. Because I will always brake for Elves. :)

      Say something nice about someone in any of your fandoms

      I will say something nice about someones: my comods for SWG, MPTT, and B2MeM. :D I am, I like to joke (after The Hangover), a "one-man wolfpack." I detested groupwork in school and would much rather do everything myself than to try to collaborate with people who either care less or know less than I do.

      My fandom comods have cured me of the notion that collaboration can never work, or that it can never work for me. I have learned much from my comods over the years--PHPMyAdmin from Rhapsody! email from Russa! diplomacy from you!--and our projects are always better for the collaboration involved. Now if only I could replicate y'all in my professional life, I'd be all good. ;)

      Say something genuinely nice about a character who isn’t one of your faves (chars you’re neutral on are fair game, as are chars you dislike)

      Hmm. This is hard because I don't have characters I dislike so much as I have characters I haven't had a chance to like yet. :) But I'll go with Manwë and Varda. I find them dull, honestly. (I written about several of the other Valar who are less goody-two-shoes and therefore more interesting to me.) They represent, though, an ideal, a purity of vision that I think is absolutely essential to Tolkien's world, much as Melkor is essential. He provides the "Melkor ingredient," the "marring" that gives us all the interesting story fodder, but they give us the ideals that make fighting against him worthwhile and keep hope/estel alive.
  • G and I. :)
    • Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it

      Probably Faramir/Eowyn! I thought she was lucky to get to marry him. I felt he was far superior to the other guys in LotR. ;)

      Once I started writing fanfic, it was definitely Fëanor/Nerdanel. I love this pairing and still do. When I received a request to write Fëanor with another character (twice! and from the same devious friend!!), it was difficult to do. And neither pairing is one that I came to believe in, the way I often can when writing a new pairing. (Although one of the resulting stories is one of my favorites of my stories.)

      Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why

      Tumblr could make me dislike every fandom but Tolkien if I let it. I'm monofandom and don't get the "total media slut" thing (to quote Henry Jenkins). Not that I think it's bad or wrong to hop from fandom to fandom, I just don't get it. (I also don't get TV fandoms because I can't absorb "canon" from TV shows; even True Blood, the closest I've come to being multifandom, feels in no way familiar enough for me to write about it, and I adored that show.) And as I noted to Dreamflower in an earlier comment, seeing others excited about something I'm completely unfamiliar with never makes me excited about it. If anything, it makes me repulsed by it--not as in "disgusted" but as in "I don't want to know anything more about this."

      This kind of makes me sound like a jerk. I've always been that way, though; when I was a little kid, my mom would say, "This style of clothing is popular this year," and that would make me avoid it, even if I liked it. I guess that persists even now (and probably has deep psychological roots that are really getting to be tmi ... ;)

      Anyway, I very much believe that everyone must find their own joy, so I just scroll on past the multifandom lovefests on my dash and am happy that my followers are happy. They don't need a stamp of approval from little ol' me. :)
  • C, D, and/or Y. :^)
    • A ship you have never liked and probably never will (be nice)

      Fëanor/any of his sons. I have no problem with incest in fanfic, per se; I've read some sibling stories that I've liked. I think it is the parent/child dynamic that I find off-putting (coming as I do from a family grievously harmed by a pedophile in our midst; even among adult characters it's just ... no), and it simply is not how I see the characters. At all. You've read AMC, so you know I see a very strong bond between Fëanor and his sons that, to me, explains a lot of what happened, but I'm very adamant that those kinds of strong bonds don't have to be romantic/sexual. (I don't write much MaeFin either, for the same reason, although it is a pairing I personally love to read.) In fact, I personally find them more interesting when they're not.

      A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t (again: be nice)

      Hmm. I suppose Maeglin/anyone. I've never been able to get into the Maeglin story, even though it seems to have Dawn written all over it. I want to find him as fascinatingly complex as the Fëanorians; I suppose I've just not read enough Maeglin fanfic. (Yet other characters/groups--like the Numenoreans or the Gondolin lords--are attractive to me even though I know relatively little about them and haven't read much fanfic about them, although what I have read has been superb.)

      What are your secondhand fandoms (fandoms you aren’t in personally but are tangentially familiar with because your friends/people on your dash are in them)

      I'm so monofandom. As I noted above, I tend to scroll past stuff on Tumblr that is about Fandoms Other Than Tolkien. Mostly this is because TV/movies are not something I can absorb canon from, and there are comparatively few book-based fandoms. So it is probably no surprise that those "secondhand fandoms" are all book-based. :) Through Oshun, I am more familiar than I'd be otherwise with Shakespeare fandom. Because I am an American geek in the 21st century, I am passingly familiar with ASoIaF/GoT and Harry Potter fandoms.
  • (no subject) - metamorphage
    • X - top 5-10 characters who are yoUR PRECIOUS BABIES AND YOU WILL DIE DEFENDING THEM

      Yes, this one with the odd and slightly crazy-eyed capitalization!

      You're going to sense a theme here. ;) People I know through Tolkien will be rolling their eyes and saying, "Here she goes ..."

      1. Fëanor. There seems to be a pretty significant Fëanor-is-evil contingent again, currently on Tumblr. I've never gotten this. Tragic, yes, but evil? (I'm not even going to get into the narrative bias of The Silmarillion since I have to do 4-9 more of these things!) I think this viewpoint largely misses the point of the story.

      2. Maedhros. I once read a comment on a poem about how Maedhros is the true villain in The Silmarillion and wrote a 350,000-word novel in response so yeah.

      3. Nerdanel. In my early days, it was popular to blame the female relatives of male characters who did dumb/destructive shit for said dumb/destructive shit. Thankfully, I haven't seen that in a while, but the whole idea that Nerdanel left Fëanor and if only she'd stayed in an unhappy marriage then everything would have been different was pretty commonplace then. Besides I just love Nerdanel: She is one of the few realistic female characters in the legendarium. Christopher Tolkien cut quite a bit about her from the Silm, which is unfortunate because she was written as both interesting and well-rounded independent of her marriage to Fëanor.

      4. Caranthir. Caranthir gets a lot of undeserved flak in my opinion. People tend to lump him in with Celegorm and Curufin, and his epithet "the dark" doesn't endear him either. But of all the Noldor except Finrod Felagund, he seems to have formed the most meaningful cross-cultural relationships.

      5. Finarfin. The wimpy!Finarfin characterization was popular when I first started writing. I even exploited it myself once or twice for comic purposes ... But in reality, Finarfin's responsibilities as King of the Noldor in Aman post-Darkening and after losing 90% of the Noldor to the Exile were pretty considerable, and no wimp would have stepped to that task. It probably would have been easier to slink off the Middle-earth in the shadows of his two luminary brothers than to lead the people he was left with in the situation they found themselves in.

      6. The Avari. Okay, this is a group of characters, so I suppose I'm cheating a bit, but the obvious bias against this group because of apparent philosophical differences with the Eldar has always been so obvious and disgusting to me in the texts, especially Laws and Customs among the Eldar. Not least of all because I am probably more akin to the Avari in spiritual beliefs than the Eldar. But I will forever bring up the bias against this group whenever it is relevant to do so.
      • (no subject) - metamorphage
        • It's in volume 10 of The History of Middle-earth (Morgoth's Ring). It was part of a late draft of The Silmarillion.

          I have it, if ever you want to borrow it. :)
          • (no subject) - metamorphage
            • I have them all, but they take up half a bookshelf, so they're quite an endeavor! :D I have not read them all (I haven't read the four LotR volumes except for The Notion Club Papers but am pretty familiar with the Silm volumes. Shockingly ... ;)
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