SHREW

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:36 pm
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Yesterday I got to see a tiny shrew very close-up and it was very exciting.

So I was sitting on a muddy path in a wooded area because of reasons (ok, exhausted after climbing) when I saw movement and a tiny thing scurrying past me. I figured that glimpse was all I'd see, but I turned round to see where it'd gone and it was on the path on the other side of me, and with great caution so as not to startle it I managed to dig my phone out of my coat pocket:

longshot in which a tiny shrew may be visible among rocks and moss

THEN --

Cut for blurry close-ups and blurry worm death )

Curtains (Special #7) -- original

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Title: Curtains
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 100 apiece
Rating: G

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Wood Pidgeon, York

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:43 am
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I get the impression these are perfectly normal birds in the UK, but they're quite a novelty to me. Those fancy collars! There were three in the yard of the pub we stayed in, but they wouldn't sit still to be photographed. Here's one from the walk into town:

Tawny owl

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:50 am
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Short-eared owl
[Grainy photo of a short-eared tawny owl sitting on a lawn]

I know this isn't the greatest photo of all time. In my defense, I did take it from behind a dusty windowpane in an upstairs bedroom where I was crouched breathlessly lest I frighten it off.

There've long been barn owls living at my partner's parents' home in rural Norfolk, but I'd never seen any other type of owl there. I was surprised, therefore, to see this tawny owl (h/t to [personal profile] shapinglight for corrected identification) sitting on their lawn at dusk a couple of weeks ago. I worked out that it was watching a group of four partridges who were pecking through the pebbles in the drive, closer to the house. They seemed a rather optimistic target, given that the owl wasn't much bigger than they were.

The owl flew off and returned to the lawn several times whilst I watched, but never made a move on the partridges, who eventually moved onto the roof of the house and over to the other side.

Czech phone call

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:39 am
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Today I had to make a phone call in Czech. Not an easy thing to do, as my Czech is nowhere near as good as I wish it were. I Believe me, I tried to speak English first, then German. None of that worked very well, so I had to try in Czech.

And... it worked. At least in the sense that communication worked. I understood nearly everything, and the lady at the other end was super-pleased and helpful and wonderful.

Okay, I know I made some grammatical blunders that I'm aware of by now, and probably others that I just didn't notice. But the point is that this kind of worked, even on the phone. HAH!

In retrospect, it was fun, too. I need to work on this language more seriously, though. I haven't been doing that for years, sadly.
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Title: At The Fae Court
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 200 apiece
Rating: G

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[admin post] Admin Post: "New Directions" Challenge Stories

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:39 pm
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SWG Challenge New Directions

Below is the list of stories submitted for the New Directions challenge. Please remember that while "late" entries do not receive a stamp, they are more than welcome on the archive, so if you're still working on this challenge--or haven't started it yet but want to--please carry on! Links on the list below go to the Table of Contents, where you can find author's notes and more information about the story. If you enjoy a story, please consider commenting and letting the author know.

Annael's Reunion by Kaylee Arafinwiel. After far too long, Annael of the Grey-elves reunites with one he thought lost.

For Those Who Hold a Silmaril In Their Hands by LadyBrooke. Erellont is young when Finrod leaves, and his uncle goes with him.

Legolas of Gondolin by Silver Trails. This is an introduction to my view of Legolas of Gondolin.

The Manly-Hearted Woman by oshun. This is a story of Haleth.

New Directions by hennethgalad. the friends of Eärendil, returning from Valinor
+ mystery guest...

Of Huor of the House of Hador by StarSpray. Six moments in the life of Huor son of Galdor.

Of Voronwe's Parents by Himring. Two vignettes featuring the parents of Voronwe of Gondolin.

A Second Chance by Grundy. "She whom he had loved was Amárië of the Vanyar, and she was not permitted to go with him into exile."

The Snakes and the Flowers by Lyra. A young Vanyarin poet makes some clever observations, the relevance of which only grows apparent in good time.

Sunset to Sunrise by Tyelca. A quiet night at home for Arien, Bearer of the Sun.




If you have not seen our current challenge, Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song, check it out! Fanworks for this one are due by 11 August 2017 to be eligible for a stamp.

As I am in the midst of the Mereth Aderthad, stamps will be later than usual this month. I will try to have them updated by the middle of next week. If there are any drastic changes to that timeline, I will let everyone know.

Pigeon!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:16 pm
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I had to check the comm profile to try to decide if this was legit, as this was clearly not a wild pigeon; it was obviously someone's sleek, well-fed and well-cared-for homing/racing pigeon.

However, it was definitely "unsupervised", as it was hanging out at a gritstone crag eating bilberries and watching the climbers.

It wouldn't quite let people touch it, but was otherwise very comfortable with humans and happy to let you get very close.

I took a lot of photos of it trying to get a shot of the tags on its legs, as I was worried it was someone's beloved pet and lost. But when I got home, I found out that the "report a found pigeon" websites (they exist, naturally) say in rather weary tones not to even bother unless the pigeon's been around for at least 48 hours; apparently they like to take pit stops.

Pigeon with beautiful iridescent neck

Cut for more pigeon )
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Title: Mother & Son
Fandom: The Faculty (AU)
Character: Casey Connor, Mrs. Connor
Length: 2x 300
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty nor the character

Everything is going to be okay, mom )

Honeymoon (Special #8) -- original

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:09 am
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Title: Honeymoon
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 100 apiece
Rating: G
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Title: Truth And Rumor
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 200 apiece
Rating: G

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Insect Season

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:43 am
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Cattails and water skippers in a local ditch.

skippers and cattails

A very vivid ladybug on a maple tree.

ladybug on maple

Great crested grebe

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:18 pm
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Urban great crested grebe nest
[Macro image of a great crested grebe sitting on its nest.]

I spotted this great crested grebe brooding on its nest in the canal at Westerdok in Amsterdam. I thought its nest was a remarkable construction: the usual twigs, but also bits of plastic rubbish, and finishing touches of hollyhock. I was also impressed by the two female mallard duck bodyguards who immediately rushed over when I started taking photos. They didn't quack, but eyed me up silently as they circled the nest at a careful distance.

We were staying on a barge nearby for three nights and I checked on the grebe morning and evening. I don't believe it stirred from the nest in that time, so hopefully soon there will be some freshly hatched urban grebes learning to navigate the Dutch canal system!
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Title: Let us Cling Together
Fandom: Gemfire
Character: Erin/Gweyn
Length: 200 apiece
Rating: T
Summary: Erin and Gweyn's alliance came a little too late but they're determined to make it work. And are not plotting against each other, honest. Part of my obsession for writing postgame fics for characters who ended up in exile in my headcanon (i.e. virtually everyone but Terian).

on AO3: archiveofourown.org/works/11522052
 
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Title: Without A Spell
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 100 apiece
Rating: G

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Prompts: Specials

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:12 pm
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click on the previews to see the pictures in a bigger version

Special Challenge One


spe-pic #1

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Challenge # 5 is closed now. We have nine fills written by four authors for this round. Thanks to everyone for participating.

Today something new: a special with some extra rules. Please read them before writing, thank you.

Special challenge one - One picture, two drabbles

Writing period: 16.07.2017 - 23.07.2017




spe-pic #1

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klick on the previews to see the pictures in a bigger version


Every picture shows two characters.
Chose one image.
This time you can't combine the pictures, but of course, you can play with as many pictures as you want.

Your mission is to write two drabbles (exactly 100 words), x-fills are okay (200 words, 300 words, etc.) but both ficlets should be the same length.

Drabble one should be written through the eyes of character A; drabble two describes the same situation through the eyes of character B.

As ever you can replace the characters on the images with any other character of your choice (male or female) but try to stay as close as possible to the situation shown in the picture.



Please visit the FAQ for more information.

We also have an AO3 Collection. Feel free to add your work there, too. But please post it first to this community, thanks.


Good luck and have fun!

Writing-Archive: Original Works

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:09 pm
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Title: Admit One by Author: [personal profile] cyberiad_queen
Title: Almost perfect by Author: [personal profile] cyberiad_queen
Title: Angel of shadows by Author: [profile] yberiad_queen

Title: Bright departures by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli

Title: Caution by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli
Title: Cold Welcome by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli

Title: Escaping the clouds by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli
Title: Escape by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli

Title: Festivities by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli

Title: Paint on the bricks by Author: [profile] yberiad_queen

Title: Shelter from the storm by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli

Title: The book by Author: [personal profile] cyberiad_queen
Title: The ridesby Author: [personal profile] marycatelli
Title: Their first fair by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli
Title: The glamorous life by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli
Title: The rainbow by Author: [personal profile] cyberiad_queen
Title: Too long by Author: [personal profile] marycatelli
Title: The Hipster by Author: [personal profile] cyberiad_queen
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Title: Chance Encounter
Fandom: The Faculty (AU)
Character: Casey Connor, Zeke Tyler
Length: 3270
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty nor the character
also fills a bingo picture prompt for [community profile] getyourwordsout

Are things clear between us? )

[admin post] Admin Post: July 2017 Challenge: Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:14 am
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July 2017 SWG Challenge Just an Old-Fashioned Love SongDuring the month of July, fanworks creators around the world celebrate love. July has been reserved for honoring both the femslash and slash genres. Half of the world is sultry with summer heat, and half of the world seeks nearness and warmth to banish winter's chill.

For this month's challenge, you will use a popular love song as a prompt to inspire a fanwork about romantic or sexual love. You will choose your own prompt from the list of love songs below. More than one participant may choose the same song, and you may use any aspect of the song--the title, all or part of the lyrics, the mood or style of the music, or the music video--or any combination!--to inspire your response. You don't need to claim a prompt or comment or do anything but create your fanwork! Any pairing or poly relationship is acceptable for the challenge.

Our friends at Tolkien Femslash Week will be hosting their challenge as well, and as always, feel free to combine our challenge with your work for their challenge. If you do, please make a note in the summary or story notes so that we can award stamps accordingly.

Since I am a day late in posting the challenge, the due date for stamps will be 11 August 2017.. Late stories are always welcome but will not receive a stamp.

If you're new to our challenges, check out the full challenge guidelines here.

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