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Aug. 18th, 2017 09:01 pm

Meme Time

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Finally decided to join in:

Kissed any one of your Livejournal friends? No
Been arrested? No
Kissed someone you didn't like? Yes
Slept in until 5 PM? No
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Aug. 18th, 2017 05:22 pm

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Today was kind of stressful for a whole bunch of reasons. Plus, we had a ton of smoke blowing in from BC, so it was dark and smokey on top of that. Lovely. But! There are also lots of nice little things, so I'm going to concentrate on that instead.

✿ I found out that there is a lovely little walkway down by the Snye! Normally, I don't go to that area - when I was growing up, that part of the city was kind of sketchy. But it's really clean and nice now. Hopefully it won't be so smokey tomorrow; it would be so nice to go down there in the morning for a good, long walk.

✿ I asked directions from a stranger, and Did Not Die. (...I unfortunately didn't find the thing that I was looking for, either, but that's not the point.)

✿ To reward myself for Not Dying, I had cake. And it was delicious. Chocolate and raspberry with white chocolate shavings, mmm... It was quite a cake, though. I kind of wish I could have shared with someone (but only kind of). It was a lot of cake for one man to handle. (But I defeated it! So. ;V )

✿ Did a little bit of driving practice today! Result: I Did Not Die, I did not damage the vehicle, my mother did not have a heart attack, and I did not have to go out into the smokey air for a second time! Groceries were obtained! Practical left-turn practice happened! Driving during construction also happened! ... xD It was a short but fruitful session.

✿ There was a LGBT display at the library (yay!) and one of the books they had available was the manga My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. Started reading it this afternoon; holy shit, is this manga ever adorable. And it isn't all that often that I get to read about a Canadian character in works by authors from outside Canada, so that is really nice. (Though I must admit that I find it funny that the first thing out of Mike's mouth is... profuse apologies. xD It makes sense with the situation but ffffff. Very Canadian.)

✿ It's always so nice to be able to watch artists streaming while they work. <3 Caught some of Elli's stream yesterday and today, and it's just very relaxing to watch. Plus, getting previews of what people are working on is always cool. I am SO happy to hear about the Tistow bookmark set (even though it will be a while before this comes out xD ) Prints are lovely, but kind of a pain because I have so little room in my living space. But bookmarks, now, THAT's something that I have room for, AND something I can use. Most excellent.

✿ I'm going to try a new brownie recipe tomorrow! This one, which is gluten-free and uses black beans in place of flour. I don't have GF requirements, but the idea of using beans as a flour replacement just seemed really interesting to me, so I'm looking forward to trying it. Plus, my pal Tesla recommended this one, soooo hopefully it'll turn out as nice for me as it did for her. Have any of you tried something similar?

So. Yes. Lots of nice little things. I feel pretty good. Have a nice weekend, everyone. <3
Aug. 18th, 2017 07:32 pm

Some Film Complaining

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1 - I have doubts, grave doubts, about this 4DX film thing. It strikes me as gimmicky, Castle-level gimmicky.

2 - I think I know why I am so disappointed by the idea of Blade Runner 2049. We're spending lots of money to recreate the way 35 years ago thought today would look. Where are the films about what today thinks 35 years in the future is going to look like. So much has changed since 1982, you'd think that would be reflected in our vision of the future.

Think about it - Dennis Villeneuve + all the money + a free reign to envision a future.

I think I won't enjoy Blade Runner 2049 because Ryan Gosling is one of those actors with whom I do not jibe but I'll probably give it a go.

3 - I've figured out what really didn't work for me about the characterisation about the A-Team film. I've been rewatching the show on UK Spike and it struck me. The film make BA be the one with the pre-existing criminal record when in the show, it's quite clear that Face is the one with criminal tendencies. BA is not a thug. He is lovely. He wouldn't hurt a fly (unless that fly were a fool etc). Changing that alters the team dynamics.
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Aug. 17th, 2017 02:48 pm

National Black Cat Day

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august 17th national black cat day
Aug. 17th, 2017 12:35 pm

Femslash Exchange 2017

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Always Human
Sunati/Austen

A Redtail's Dream
Kielo Miettinen/Swan of Tuonela
Jonna Kuikka/Riikka Skärsholm
Jonna Kuikka/Paju Kinnunen/Riikka Skärsholm
Åsa Skärsholm/Ms. Seal
Anu Kantanen/Åsa Skärsholm
Kokko/Swan of Tuonela

Stand Still, Stay Silent
Sigrun Eide/"No-Arms"/Tuuri Hotakainen
Sigrun Larsen/Ingrid Pedersen
Agneta/Female co-worker/Sigrun Eide
Stine/Hilde Rasmussen
Agneta/Sigrun Eide
Sigrun Eide/"No-Arms" (SSSS)

The Silmarillion
Aerin/Morwen
Haleth/Original Female Character(s)
Almarian/Núneth
Tar-Ancalimë/Nessanië
Aerin/Original Female Easterling Character(s)
Haleth/Lúthien

Lord of the Rings
Arwen/Gilraen
Goldberry/Lady of the Blue Brooch
Vidumavi/Original Female Character(s)
Mithrellas/Nimrodel
Malbeth/Original Female Character(s)
Ioreth/Original Female Character

Crossover
Haleth/Goldberry
Tuuri Hotakainen/Aino (The Kalevala)
Ensi Hotakainen/Kielo Miettinen
Ensi Hotakainen/Oona Kuikka
Erendis/Penelope (Odyssey)
Aug. 16th, 2017 09:53 pm

Reading Wednesday

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Finished reading: Circling North by Charles Lillard. Some Canadian poetry has a certain... aesthetic, and I can't quite figure out exactly how to describe that aesthetic. But I figure, the Canadians on my flist probably know what I mean. Reading Lillard's stuff, there's definitely a sense of "Boy howdy, this sure is some Canadian poetry, all right". It's not just the sense of place; it's something else, too. ...But unlike some of the Painfully Canadian stuff I have read, it didn't put me to sleep.

Currently reading: Arctis, selected poems of William Heinesen, translated by Anne Born. This guy sure has a way with words, and I bet his stuff is even more beautiful in the original Heinesen was a Faeroese poet who wrote mainly in Danish. Lots of beautiful nature-based imagery here, and a definite sense of arctic-as-place, which I appreciate. "Winter Dream" is probably my favourite of what's in this collection so far.

Also Currently Reading: With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I haven't managed to get very far with this one because it's a huuuuge hardcover, and taking it on the bus to work with me would be ridiculously impractical. So. Anyway, it's an epic novel set in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 17th century. Only one chapter in, but it's great so far! I just... wish this book weren't so huge.

Reading next:
I'm trying to read through all of the books I bought in Victoria last time I went there. Not sure what the next will be, but probably another volume of poetry.
Aug. 15th, 2017 05:23 pm

Shippy silliness

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This month's thing on tumblr seems to be that if your OTP couldn't have a fanvid to it, it isn't a "real" OTP e.g. http://andsmile.tumblr.com/post/36476364343/iris-goo-goo-dolls-if-your-otp-doesnt-fit

And I know it's mostly a joke but it does strike me that none of my OTPs fit the song.

I actually like Iris.

It doesn't fit because the big kicker moment, "And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am" into swirly strings

does not fit any of my OTPs.

Let us recap-

Kira Nerys/Odo: Neither of the give two figs about what the world thinks. Their problems are all character-based. See one of them being a freedom fighter and the other one having been a collaborator.

Susan Ivanova/Marcus Cole: Again, the problem is all character-based. He loves her, people three universes over know this. She knows this. She probably loves him but won't admit it because everyone she loves dies. Or worse.

Aeryn Sun/John Crichton: Their problem is really not the other one not knowing who they are. It's that one of them is a super-soldier (or not far short) for the Peacekeepers, who are really misnamed, in a way, and the other one contains the secrets of wormhole technology and everyone wants to kill him. They have ... cultural differences.

Zechs/Noin: Okay, so yes, Zechs doesn't want the world to know who he really is. For good reason. But Noin is one of the people who knows. She, quite literally, already knows who he is. And doesn't care. It really doesn't fit.

Fai/Kurogane: (Spoilers) No, Fai really doesn't want Kurogane to know who he is. He doesn't want anyone to know who he is. Because damn right, they wouldn't understand. Well okay, it turns out that they do but ... plot. Plot! Kurogane is exactly who he says he is, so that point is moot.

Rogue/Gambit: Oddly like Fai/Kurogane, no, Gambit really doesn't want Rogue to know about his past. He would like to disown it, if possible, or you know, do something to wipe it off the ledger. Rogue doesn't give a damn re: the world but has huge problems with regard to her mutant power and what that means. So while the big sweeping chorus doesn't work, I will willingly agree that the opening verse

"And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now"

works for them.
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Now that authors for [community profile] raremaleslashex are revealed, I can de-anon the SSSS fic that I wrote:

Reconciliation. [DW crosspost]. G/0+, 2.1k, Emil/Lalli. Emil tries to reach out, and Lalli decides that maybe he forgives him.

A few people guessed this one when it was still anon... I didn't think that my style is that distinguishable, but apparently my friends are good at picking it out. xD

I'm starting to think about what to nom/offer/request for [community profile] trickortreatex... Hmm!

More about that )
Aug. 13th, 2017 06:21 pm

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Oof. It was too hot to sleep last night, and I expect it'll be the same this evening. This happens every year, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Anyway....

✿ I picked up Karo's art from the frame shop, and it looks great, and - more importantly - I was able to find a place to put it without having to remove anything else. *_* So, now Sakari and Veeti can keep me company while I waste time on the internet, yay! xD

✿ Signups for [community profile] femslashex are open now. I'm looking forward to poking through the requests, even if I'm not signing up myself. When I think about it, I don't know if I will sign up for [community profile] yuletide this year, either. The last two years have been great, but I'm not sure what I would even request. And if I want to write something, of course I can do treats. So, who knows. It's just nice to take a break from deadlines - aside from self-imposed ones.

✿ I finished three fics this weekend, and I'm really happy about it.
+ The Things We Lost - aRTD gen with Hannu and his mother, set during SSSS's year 0.
+ Complement. Self-indulgent Lalli/Emil/OC fic - Niko is the OC in this case. xD I want to do more with this relationship some time... ehhh maybe later.
+ Two Weeks in Victoria - Not fanfic. Stuff with characters from an original romance thing I've been throwing ideas around for. It's so nice to finally write something (somewhat) substantial with Jacques in it! I'm still having trouble with his voice. He's fun to write, though.

Aaahhh I have so many self-indulgent things that I want to write... Fffffu. Maybe it's a good thing that I'm taking such a break from exchanges. xD
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From Musesfool, the OPI Nailvarnish Colors as Prompts fest. Full details here - http://musesfool.dreamwidth.org/953230.html

(I may be working on a couple already.)

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One of the weirder Freeview channels was showing the 2003 version of the Lion in Winter. Which was an odd experience. Because I know the film very well. And it's not that it's bad.

Part of the problem is that, to pinch a line from Douglas Adams, very little money has been spared to show no money has been spared, but most of the crowd scenes looked like extras had been told to look like they're having lots of fun.

Nothing wrong with their Henry or Eleanor, though the characters are read very differently. I think there's a conscious decision to underplay the theatricality of the roles, which makes very little sense to me but it does affect the feel of the thing. The other problem is that of the younger people, Rafe Spall as John is by far the strongest actor, and that really skews things because where the film one is just a sulky lump, he's actually cruel to the servants, but he's very good at making you feel sorry for John.

I would have watched the rest of it but a friend called and we went to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

So I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the opening best of all. I entirely understand anyone who complains that parts of it feel like a less fun retread of the Fifth Element, but bits of it stand up on its own. Luc Besson continues to be a magnificent director, he just needs help with his scripts. Like, possibly someone going "people don't speak like that" every now and again. It would be a good start.

I think having slightly stronger actors in the lead roles would help too. Because Clive Owen and whoever played General Okto-Bar did a much better job of coping with the dialogue than Dane DeHaan or Cara Delevigne.

But I happily forgive all of that for the visuals. I am a Cinema du Look girl, and always will be.
Aug. 13th, 2017 09:29 pm

Links (part 2)

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Cartoons:

From Post-it notes to published cartoonist - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37623414

Journalism:

How do we respond to threats after our endorsement? This is how -
http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/2016/10/16/publisher-response-to-threats-after-republic-endorsement-clinton-trump/92058964/ From before the last US election. Could also be filed under, "awesomeness F! yeah!"

Law and Order:

How maths can get you locked up - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37658374

How do we beat youth violence? Switch focus away from punishment -
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/22/youth-violence-epidemic-punishment-knife-crime-public-health-scotland

Miscellaneous:

Will India's tax evasion amnesty scheme curb 'black money'? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37640399

The London Zoo gorilla and six other more successful escapes including Ken Allen the Orangutan -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37652722/the-london-zoo-gorilla-and-six-other-more-successful-escapes-including-ken-allen-the-orangutan

Cheran: The town that threw out police, politicians and gangsters - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37612083

News:

Thai king's death: Who holds power now? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37672088

What should tourists do in Thailand after King Bhumibol's death? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37651953

The desperate children of the Calais Jungle - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37654552

'We don't have a future' - Hanjin crews return to uncertain fate - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37604082

In pictures: How a rebel fighter became 'Syria's Banksy' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37523340

Photography:

In pictures: Assignments 2016 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37623447 The British Press Photographers’ Association selects the best news, features and sports photography from the last 12 months.

Politics:

'Cut her mic' moment left me flabbergasted - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37661794 From before the last US election.

Science:

Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016) - https://www.outsideonline.com/2112086/obituary-great-barrier-reef-25-million-bc-2016

Sport:

Football:

Ronald Koeman and Pep Guardiola: Two disciples of Johan Cruyff - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2016-2017/ronald-koeman-and-pep-guardiola-two-disciples-of-johan-cruyff_sto5907289/story.shtml

Fifa urged to give red card to Israeli settlement clubs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37633012

Rugby union:

Anthony Foley: Munster coach's death an 'outrageous loss' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37672789

Technology:

English man spends 11 hours trying to make cup of tea with Wi-Fi kettle -
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/12/english-man-spends-11-hours-trying-to-make-cup-of-tea-with-wi-fi-kettle I recognise this kind of stubborn.
Aug. 13th, 2017 08:50 pm

Links (Part 1)

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Back to several parts because of absence last Sunday.

Language:

How brothers became buddies and bros - https://blog.oup.com/2016/04/brothers-buddies-bros-oed-update/

Law and Order:

Should Waney Squier have been struck off over shaken baby syndrome? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37672451

Literature:

Can song lyrics ever be poetry? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37637797

Miscellaneous:

Do footballers need lessons on sexual consent? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37642436

Hollie McNish: The things new mothers aren't always told - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37630561

The Wide, Strange World of Modern Mummification - http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-wide-strange-world-of-modern-mummification

'England's darling' and Scotland's saint - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36701131

The Woman Who Survived the Lowest Body Temperature Ever - http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-woman-who-survived-the-lowest-body-temperature-ever

Yom Kippur, Donald Trump, and Apologizing Like You Really Mean It - https://medium.com/@jelenawoehr/yom-kippur-donald-trump-and-apologizing-like-you-really-mean-it-75320f3211df From before the last US election

Fussy-eating toddlers 'not the fault of parents' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37642587 Which anyone who knew young me and my poor unfortunate mother could tell you, but it's important that people know.

How can a company repair a damaged reputation? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37630983

My final year at Oxford, when I felt punished for having ME -
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/oct/18/oxford-university-punished-me-students-expelled-ill

Music:

Kings of Leon: 'We had to leave our comfort zone' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37654801

How Shakin' Stevens' new album led him to the brother he never knew -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37628772

Politics:

Why do we need new parliamentary boundaries? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37661581

What if only goats voted in the US election? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37645141 From before the last US election

US election: My secret life as a Texan Trump supporter - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37618233 From before the last US election, and not from a Trump supporter, but from someone suffering from an email address typo.

Troubled Families - anatomy of a policy disaster - http://notthetreasuryview.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/troubled-families-anatomy-of-policy.html

Sport:

Golf:

Gary Player on Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and how to stay healthy at 80 -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/37685650

Technology:

Jennicam: The first woman to stream her life on the internet - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37681006
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Mayweather will win Mayweather vs McGregor. He was always going to. He won it the minute it was announced as a boxing match, not that he would have agreed to an MMA match (nor should he have been expected to). Mayweather is very proud of the 0 in his defeats column and, at this stage of his career, he’s not going to risk it. If he thought there was a chance of losing, Mayweather wouldn’t have agreed to the fight.

People keep saying that it just takes one punch to knock someone out, and that that’s the beauty of boxing. But Mayweather’s style of boxing has always been to avoid getting hit and he has faced far better boxers than McGregor. Mayweather’s counter-punching style is also going to frustrate the heck out of McGregor, making a wild haymaker from McGregor more likely, which opens him up to a body-shot from Mayweather. And Mayweather body-shots are a thing of vicious beauty.

McGregor went into this knowing all of that, and is making no bones about being in this for the money, so I don’t think even he thinks he’ll win. He’ll still try, bless him, but he’s not going to win.

McGregor has one chance - he can win if Mayweather turns up too old. There’s no way of telling when that will happen to an athlete (Bernard Hopkins was fine till he hit 50, other people are too old at 30.). I think this is unlikely to happen to Mayweather for 2 reasons.

1 - Mayweather keeps himself quite near to game shape in between fights. I suspect this causes less wear and tear and keeps him fresher than if he kept having to do big weight cuts before each bout.

2 - Like I said before, Mayweather is really proud of that 0. If he thinks he’s lost a step, he’s going to call the fight off.

I can see the match going a couple of rounds, because, weird match against Ortiz notwithstanding, Mayweather hasn’t gone less than 10 rounds since 2006. I don’t think it will reach 10 rounds, mind you, because I really do think McGregor’s going to go for a haymaker and get body-shot before then. I can see it going 4 rounds. That’s long enough that people are going to think they’ve got their money’s worth and won’t complain too much. Although, in the UK, I do not understand why you’d pay to watch this freakshow (let us call it what it is) when you could listen to it on the radio for free.
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The Case For The Prosecution:

I feel a bit mean about putting the Expendables in here because the film does exactly what it says in the tin. It's an action movie that's basically an excuse to cast every old action star we love in one film. I think people were expecting more from it than it could ever actually deliver (probably where I fit), and then other people wanted something really OTT, which I think Stallone was trying to avoid, so they didn't get what they wanted either.

The excuse of a plot works solidly. The surrounding cast are decent, especially Sandra and General Garza. I personally find that there's too much CG but you know, nothing that can be complained about. Nothing that can be raved about either and I think that's why some people are down on it.

I'm also not sure every scene could be as good as Tool's scene, without the film becoming unwatchable in the sense of being too intense.

The scene itself:



Why the scene is so good:

It's Mickey Rouke. Actually bothering. When he actually bothers, he's exceptional. He hits regret and the living with it, and that there is no living with it (when it's about something as serious as this).

Even at the time, I said one of the messages of the film was "these are cool guys but being a mercenary is a shitty thing to be", and this is the scene where that's really brought home. It's incredible. You know those scenes that will never get the credit they deserve, because of the film they're in. This is one of those.
Aug. 11th, 2017 08:30 pm

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Yesterday sucked. But today was better, and I'm glad.

Nice little things:

☆ My copy of Ursula Vernon/T Kingfisher's Halcyon Fairy Book arrived today. <3 I've read some of the stories in it, but not all, so this will be some nice chill-out reading. I'm really, really looking forward to it.

☆ Speaking of Ursula Vernon, her novelette The Tomato Thief won this year's Hugo in its category, yay! (Go read it, it's great.) It's just, I've been a fan of her work for years, and always nice to see her getting such recognition. Her stuff's great.

☆ I received notice that my frame order is complete~ Which means I'll get to pick up Karo's lovely art tomorrow. <3 I still am not 100% sure where I will put it in my room... I think I might need to move some things. Well, it'll be easier to figure it out once I have the actual picture on hand.

☆ Farmer's market tomorrow. <3 It's usually on a weekday, which of course means that I can't go, so the few occasions when it's on a weekend are always nice. I like going down and looking around, even if I don't end up buying anything. Sometimes it's nice to be around people - as long as I don't have to interact with them to any large degree.
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This thing, which is technically a response to the SWG's "Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song" challenge (using the Smashing Pumpkins' song "Thirty-Three" that was in fact an Important Song to the nascent love story of Dawn and Bobby Felagund), got out of control because it was also inspired in myriad ways by the Mereth Aderthad, most obviously [personal profile] grundyscribbling's idea of the Feanorian Family Vacation and [personal profile] hrymfaxe's request for fail!sex. It ended up *gulp* 15,000 words, which probably means that just my hardcore readers will bother with it, but at least it was fun (if long!) to write. Here is the Official SummaryTM from the SWG archive:

Against Maedhros's wishes, Fingon is off to a summer retreat in the mountains, a retreat designed by the Valar for newly reembodied Elves. Amid games of kickball and group therapy, Fingon makes a friend, discovers the Noldor haven't actually invented everything, and begins to grasp the complexities of his post-reembodiment relationship with Maedhros. Maedhros/Fingon, set in my Republic of Tirion verse.


I am just posting it to the SWG for now: Swans. I will likely cross-post it later this weekend; preparing a 15K-word story for posting is tedious and I'm ready to be done with it for tonight!

I also finally created a series for these Fifth-Age stories I've been writing lately--Republic of Tirion--so they're all in one place and in order.

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