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Independence1776
24 July 2025 @ 05:48 pm
This is the main index post for my stories. I do not warn for character death in my Tolkien fics, but do in my other fandoms. All stories which contain rape, noncon, or torture will have warnings. Wordcounts are generally rounded to nearest hundred; drabbles are labeled as such.

The sidebar links go to my profiles on various archives, which are my main posting platforms. SWG has all of my Tolkien fic (when I post Tolkien fic here, it's usually just links to SWG, and I don't always bother to do that). AO3 has my non-Tolkien fic. Ff.net has my juvenilia, and it will not be moved to AO3. I no longer post on Stories Of Arda or ff.net.

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Independence1776
07 August 2015 @ 08:44 am
Reading through all the messages on my SWG birthday cards nearly made me cry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, signed and anonymous both. I’ve already copied everything onto my computer so I can look at and read them without needing to go online; that's how much they mean to me.

Thank you so very much!
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Independence1776
04 August 2015 @ 04:02 pm
I saw Artist's Statement Part 2 by The Pale Rook linked on Diane Duane's Tumblr yesterday and thought it worth linking here. It's about valuing your creative works-- not in a monetary sense, but a personal and emotional one-- and not apologizing for or minimizing them.

The Pale Rook says:

I keep feeling that at some point I am going to be found out to be an imposter.  I feel bad when my work is considered valuable.

There.

Issue number one; I do not trust or value my talent.

And there’s more.

I worry that I am somehow going to get into trouble for showing off.  I feel that if I openly value my work then people might not like me.

I know.

Issue number two; please like me, please like me, please, please like me.

OK, so this is all deep down, little girl fear and anxiety stuff, it’s not up there on the day to day surface of things, but it’s still there, and in my experience the deep down stuff has a way of making itself heard in one insidious way or another.


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Independence1776
24 June 2015 @ 02:19 pm
Dear Author,

Thank you so much for writing a fic for me! I’m looking forward to reading it.

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Independence1776
10 May 2015 @ 10:17 am
Dai stihó, cousin!

Thank you so much! I’m very much looking forward to reading what you write.

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Independence1776
31 March 2015 @ 11:22 am
Here's a round-up of everything I wrote this month. I'll be crossposting them soon.

The Best Company: Books can keep people close even if they’re far away. Maglor and Elrond gen; rated General; about 750 words.

Khamûl's Sulfurous Exfoliants: After the Ring War ends, Khamûl and the rest of the Nazgûl open an exfoliant business. In order to expand it, Khamûl decides to open a stall at Tharbad’s Greenway Spring Faire. Gen crack; rated General; about 1050 words.

Two of my favorite tropes: a short rec list of three hurt/comfort and five Elves-in-history fics.

Art and War: Nerdanel will not fight. Nerdanel/Fëanor, implied Finwë/Míriel/Indis. Cuiviénen AU where Finwë never traveled to Aman. Rated Teens for mature themes; double drabble.
 
 
 
Independence1776
15 February 2015 @ 01:07 pm
I’d planned on making a rec list ever since I heard about the International Day of Fanworks, and then wanted to do the SWG’s own challenge regarding the event when I heard about it. That story is still in desperate need of editing, so it won’t be posted today. However, I saw no reason not to keep with my original plan of making a short rec list. (Okay, it’s not that short now. :P)

This rec list consists of a single story from each fandom I’ve written in, plus three bonus fandoms I very occasionally read in. I tried not to rec stories I'd recced previously. Warnings are not listed here, but are usually included with the story if they’re needed. Wordcounts are rounded.

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Independence1776
15 January 2015 @ 10:44 am
In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it.

I planned on reposting what I said last year, but I'm simplifying it instead:

Do what you love. Life is too short for you to spend time creating what others tell you "should" be creating.

Ignore the things you dislike; why waste your time focusing on them?

Support the people creating things you love. Tell them that; comments are love.

Have fun. Seriously-- what else is fandom for if not enjoying things we like?

Do what you love and have fun.
 
 
 
Independence1776
14 January 2015 @ 11:43 am
In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

Yay! The challenge I've been waiting for!

Here's some fics (and one meta) I enjoy, in no particular order:

~ Monster Culture by Alvitr. When Loki is injured by Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, Thor pleads his case to the All-Father and Loki is given the chance to repay his wrongs on Midgard in the care of Bruce Banner. Over the course of a year, the two navigate the city of Boston and try to figure out what it means to be human and what it means to be a monster. Bruce/Loki. Rated Teens; 40,000 words, no warnings.

~ On the Speciation of the Firstborn and the Followers by Pandemonium_213. Meta about Elves and Men and why, contrary to popular thought, they're actually the same species.

~ To See a World by Nightwing. Injured and alone, Legolas and Aragorn are forced to seek refuge in a wintry foreign land. But when darkness encroaches from within and without, they learn that refuge can become a deadly trap. Pre-LOTR. Gen. Wonderful story, though still a WIP with sporadic updates. 254,000 words so far; rated Teens.

~ Broken Things by Innin. Sauron was not always wholly evil, and after he was freed from Morgoth, he turned from the darkness for a while. But meeting a wandering minstrel proves too much for his newfound convictions, and leaves Maglor in grave danger. Sauron/Maglor. Rated Adult; 11,500 words; warnings: rape and graphic violence.

~ Driftwood by Pandemonium_213. When mortal fishermen rescue a half-drowned elf-man from the northern sea, Elrond's help is requested.   Elrond travels to the village of Mousehole, hard against Lindon's northern border, to find the recovering survivor who tells Elrond of his background and his mission, which promises to bring the innovations and wonders of Aman to Lindon. Elrond is intrigued as he attempts to discover just who this mysterious fellow is. Gen. Rated Teens; 9000 words; mild violence.

~ Last but not certainly not least: the first Tolkien fic I ever read and it catapulted me into the fandom.

Perchance to Dream by thegreytigress (originally posted on ff.net under a different screenname). Two years after the War of the Ring, a surprise attack on Cair Andros pits Legolas, Aragorn, and Faramir against a ruthless tyrant. All of Gondor is plunged into a brutal war with a cunning and violent adversary, and only their strength and faith in each other can save them. Gen. Rated Mature; 409,000 words; warnings are spoilers so I'm not giving them. Here be dragons, in other words.
 
 
 
Independence1776
13 January 2015 @ 03:00 pm
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

~ Lise is one of the few MCU writers I follow now that I've left the fandom. She writes an awesome Loki. (I haven't read all of her work-- she also writes pairing I won't touch with a ten-foot pole and in fandoms I've never seen.) Here's a couple of my favorites:

Life in Reverse: Home is where you make it. Or, the AU where Loki falls to Earth after Thor, wanders around trying to work out what to do with himself, and somehow ends up working for SHIELD. (Mostly because supervillains are so plebian.) Rated Teens; 115,000 words so far (it's a WIP), gen.

Remember This Cold: Her Steve/Loki series. Ratings and warnings vary; 277,000 words in twenty stories so far.

~ Lyra/oloriel is an utterly wonderful woman, a great co-writer and co-researcher (the Silmarillion re-read wouldn't have happened without her; it was her idea and she did a wonderful job executing it), and a good writer to boot. A favorite:

Golden Days: Nerdanel recounts the development of her relationship with Fëanor - from the earliest days to the estrangement. Pride and Prejudice in Valinor, really, with perhaps a helping of Much Ado About Nothing. Rated Teens; 57,000 words so far (WIP).

~ Elleth is a wonderful friend and writer, focusing mainly on female characters right now. A couple of favorites:

Our Share of Night to Bear: Aman lies in Darkness and the Noldor have been banished. The Rebellion has torn families apart and left children to fend for themselves in a darkened world with no one to rely on, while the leaders of the Noldor struggle to overcome their grief and rebuild order out of turmoil. Rated Teens, 5500 words so far (WIP). She's only a chapter and two prologues in and I'm utterly excited to see what happens next.

Down by the Hallowed Pool: After rescuing the Hobbits from the Barrow-downs, Tom Bombadil takes a blue brooch from the pile of barrow-treasures to bring to Goldberry, reminiscing about its bearer. This is her story. Rated Adult (Mature by AO3 ratings); 3700 words; complete.
 
 
 
Independence1776
12 January 2015 @ 10:39 am
In your own space, talk about what you bring to fandom. It can be something tangible, or not.

…And we're back to talking about ourselves. I miss last year's challenge, as it seemed to be more focused on what we love about fandom. Plus, if you've paid any amount of attention at all to my previous challenge posts, none of this will be new.

I write and read fanfic. I comment. I'm enthusiastic about what I like (and try not to care if people judge me for it-- I know people have silently, simply because, hi I'm a Fëanorian fan, a Loki fan (and a non-apologist one at that), a poly and femslash fan, and god knows what else). And anything I can think of to put in this paragraph sounds like I'm asking for a cookie because I'm not behaving badly, which is not at all the impression I want to make. (Though I really wish more people understood that fandom is made up of multitudes with thousands of interpretations and that there will never be a consensus about any of them.)

I'm a mod of b2mem (an annual Tolkien fanwork fest) and consider the Silmarillion Writers' Guild my online home. I maintain a list of Tolkien fanfic archives.
 
 
 
Independence1776
11 January 2015 @ 11:41 am
In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources.

Diane Duane sometimes answers questions about writing on her Tumblr. She doesn't tag everything consistantly, so check the writing and the writing advice tags. She's pretty much the only author whose writing advice I listen to, partly because she usually says somewhere in there something like, "This is what works for me; everyone's different."

The Silmarillion Writers' Guild reference section. There's all sorts of articles, from character biographies to academic-type meta to articles about interesting tidbits in Tolkien's languages.

The Many Paths to Tread archive has an awesome resource page. It has links to writing sites, general Tolkien resources, Tolkien's languages, names, flora and fauna, medical info (include links to mid to late 1800s medical texts), and a lot more. Frankly, it's good for non-Tolkien writers as well, there's that much general information.
 
 
 
Independence1776
10 January 2015 @ 10:58 am
Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 1 might be a good place to start!)

So this is the challenge I was dreading (and planning on skipping). I've been in fandom for over a decade; there isn't much new left for me to do. Save that the challenge's been reworded slightly from last year (yeah, I checked) so that just reading a new story is included.

Well, I'm doing that. Someone on Day 7 recced some fics in a genre I theoretically like but dislike 99.9% of the fic in it to the point where I don't even hunt it out to read and am incredibly leery when I do end up clicking on one. I'm in the middle of reading one of recs right now, and plan on at least poking at the others.

So I guess that counts.
 
 
 
Independence1776
09 January 2015 @ 09:59 am
In your own space, talk about what surprises you about fandom. It could be a pairing or fandom you never thought you'd like. A fanwork type you never knew existed. […] Talk about a talent you discovered you have. Finding folks who are geekier than you, or on the flip side, finding out that there is no one geekier than you. A person who changed your life. The possibilities are endless. Big or small, what unexpected surprises have you found?

There have been plenty of negative surprises over the years, but I'd rather not dwell on them.

Let's see… I started off as gen and het focused, and remain so. But I stumbled across femslash somewhere along the way (2009?) and liked it and then ran into poly in Merlin fandom. Haven't looked back; I think I've written (and I know I've read) polyfic in every fandom I've participated in since then.

Related to the above, MCU fandom is the only fandom where my main relationship was slash (though I haven't shipped Tony/Loki since IM3 for a variety of reasons), but it's also the fandom where it's easier for me to list relationships I won't read because I'll read or have read most of them. I never expected to be that much of a multishipper.

I remain impressed by the dedication Tolkien fandom brings to the fandom. The amount of research and care, the community that's formed over the years, that we build our own archives when we see a need for them (and strive to rescue the stories before HASA closes), that we have our own subculture that's different from other fandoms, and so many more things.
 
 
 
Independence1776
08 January 2015 @ 11:27 am
I woke up to lots of lovely treats in my stocking, so this feels almost too much, but here it is anyway:

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are.
 
 
 
Independence1776
07 January 2015 @ 11:42 am
In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.

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Independence1776
06 January 2015 @ 09:23 am
In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

When I first made my list of Tolkien fanfic archives, I chose not to include archives that were accessible only via the Wayback Machine. This was mainly because I wanted to list archives easily readable and complete. Also, it would double the list's length.

As time went by, archives on my list closed. And it seemed a disservice to the hard work of everyone to continue my somewhat arbitrary ignoring of fandom history and stories. So I made an addendum list of Wayback Only archives and linked it to the main list.

I am always looking for new archives to add to either list! My only criteria are that they are not actor-centric or Tumblr-only. Archives do not need to be active; I mark the ones that are with asterisks.

(Yes, I saved the posting of the addendum for this challenge. Quick posting of my fanfic and I do not get along.)
 
 
 
Independence1776
05 January 2015 @ 03:11 pm
In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity?

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Independence1776
03 January 2015 @ 11:04 am
In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Remember that we're talking about anything creative. Rec lists, running a challenge or a community. Pic spams, gif sets, fandom primers. Group re-reads and re-watches, with or without commentary or bad jokes. You get the idea. If you feel like you put creative energy into it, it counts.


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