October 2nd, 2014

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The Tree + Flower award over in the Tolkien fandom ended last week, and I won a few new shinies:

(1) First Place, ft. Dwarves: Beneath a Bitter Rain

The War of the Ring did not only affect Gondor and Rohan. A look at the aftermath of the assault on Erebor and Dale.

(2) First Place, ft. Resident of Doriath: Girded

A conversation between Galadriel and Melian, on the nature of safety.

(3) First Place, ft. a Numenorean: When We Were Very Young

"And it came to pass that Tar-Palantir grew weary of grief and died. He had no son, but a daughter only, whom he named Míriel in the Elven-tongue; and to her now by right and the laws of the Númenóreans came the sceptre. But Pharazôn took her to wife against her will..."

(4) Second Place, ft. Sauron: Ea

"What do you think science is, at its root, but the pursuit of the spark that birthed the cosmos? We would be heretics, each and every one, were there room for heresy in truth." A conversation between Celebrimbor and Sauron in Eregion.

(5) Third Place, ft. Bilbo: Apple Bruised Makes Apple Pie

Bilbo-centric (obviously), near the tail end of the Hobbit. Spoilerific summary: [Spoiler (click to open)]After being injured at the end of the Five Armies, Bilbo receives some much needed care. Spoilers for the Hobbit book.

I'm very pleased to have won these awards, and also to have been beaten by some very worthwhile stories. Please check out all the winners, here. And of course those folks that didn't; the MPTT archive is just loaded with stories worth reading and reviewing.

(I linked to AO3 here, but that's mainly because MPTT seems to be down. I'm sure it will be fixed soon, they're almost never down. If you want to support this site --and please, please do, they're a great group-- you can find links to my stories and all the winning stories on MPTT at the general list of winners.)
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PSA: MEFAs and the HASA closure

I'm sure everyone who reads this LJ in the Tolkien fandom knows the HASA archive is closing down at year's end. It's the real end of an era, and like a lot of people I'm sad to see it go. Really sad, actually. Though I have been enjoying looking back at some of my old favorites as I help out with the HASA rescue project.

Sentiment and reminiscences aside, though, the archive's closing is sure to affect other sites as well. At least one that I'm aware of and involved with: www.mefawards.org . This is the archive related to the MEFA fanfic awards, which has all the information and reviews left for every story nominated for those awards. And, the real point here, links to an archive or other site where the story was posted. If the author gave a HASA link back when it was first nominated, that's the link mefawards.org uses. Which means, come December, that link won't work anymore.

I mentioned this problem to some of the MEFA volunteers a few days ago, and aranel_took stepped up to take care of it. She's more than a bit good, to abuse a Sherlock phrase. :-) She just asks that you leave your name, title, and the new URL you prefer to use, as a comment on this LJ. Or if you prefer not to use LJ comments, you can also email her this information at the address she listed.

Click to get to the MEFA post of link updateage.

This isn't limited to HASA links, btw: if you want to change the links posted to the MEFA archive site for any reason, now's a good time to send in the new link. And please feel free to pass this link around to anyone who'd be interested.