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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.

Communicating about the Mereth Aderthad

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If you want to know what the heck I'm talking about? Or would be interested in meeting up with other Tolkien fanfic people next summer in the picturesque mountains of Vermont? See this post on Dreamwidth or this post on LiveJournal and please comment there or message/email me if you're interested in further information about this.

I say there but it is worth saying again that this is a Tolkien fandom event, not a I-have-to-be-good-personal-friends-with-Dawn event. More details are on the posts above.

What I'd like to accomplish on this post is to decide how best for all of us to discuss this. So far, I have had about two dozen people express interest in possibly participating in a real-life Mereth Aderthad, and I'm sure there's more that missed the original post. My thought is that we need an online space where we can discuss plans and share news. I think this space needs to be members-only, since we will sometimes be talking about travel plans and locations and the like, and not everyone is comfortable with that in a public forum.

I would propose setting up an LJ community that defaults to members-only (although it is possible to make public posts for general announcements). Everyone who has responded so far is on LJ. It is possible to set email notifications even for those who do not regularly check their flist.

This is just one idea. If you have other suggestions, this is the place to make them. If we have multiple suggestions, I will run a poll on my journal and go with what the majority prefers.

Tagging everyone I've heard from so far: samtyr, indy1776, just_jenni, silver_trails, huinare, heartofoshun, engarian, shirebound, hrymfaxe, lignota, binkaslibrary, pandemonium_213, gratchets, oloriel, gingerrose, metamorphage, drummerwench, elfscribe5, angelica_ramses, duck113, ignoblebard, ithilwen, periantari.

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

  • LJ is always the preferred discussion venue for me. :)
  • A semi-private space like you suggest (an LJ community that defaults to members-only) sounds good to me. If anyone needs more privacy than that they can write you personally I think.

    I am still wondering about people who have not responded that I would like to see.
    • I agree. People who want to share very specific information probably won't want to use the comm, but even something as simple as announcing one is planning to participate, and therefore will be out of town, is not something most people want in public.

      Do let people know about it who you don't see on the list yet! At least one person who expressed interest happened by only because she was alerted by someone else. It's likely a lot of people missed the initial post. I am going to ask Angelica to put a notice in the newsletter as well (once we hopefully have a comm or something to point to ...) and put up an announcement on the SWG community (which will then go to Middle-earth News) so I hope that will generate more awareness/interest also.
  • An LJ community sounds like a great idea.
  • A LJ comm sounds good!
  • Another one for the LJ comm!
  • I like the idea of an email list, but an LJ comm would work too.
  • My preference is for an LJ Comm per Oshun's comment.
  • LJ works best for me probably.
  • *tiny raptor screech*

    This is such a wonderful and fun idea! I somehow missed the original post but I would definitely be interested, if I can figure a way to get my butt back out east. As seems to be the consensus on this comment thread, LJ would work just fine for me as a discussion venue.

  • An LJ community sounds just fine. I'd like to have a place where all the information can be found.

    ~Binka the OWL
  • An LJ Community would work well, I think.

    - Erulisse (one L)
  • (no subject) - vladazhael
    • Vlad, hi! I hope you don't mind that I've added you to my tagging list for future posts about the Mereth Aderthad (although once I set up the community, that will be less of an issue). Thanks for the feedback! :)
  • I say there but it is worth saying again that this is a Tolkien fandom event, not a I-have-to-be-good-personal-friends-with-Dawn event.

    I have to say LOL. That's all. XD
    • I'm glad someone finds me amusing. XD It's important, though; my biggest fear for this is that it would become cliquish! I am hoping that moving it off my journal and onto its own comm will ameliorate that a bit.
  • (no subject) - vladazhael
  • (no subject) - vladazhael
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