fernstrike: (Cityscape)
 please take a moment to mourn my entire post that i just lost by accidentally clicking away and returning to a blank autosaved draft

Essentially, it consisted of the jubilant announcement that I have at last finished my entry for the Hero's Journey Matryoshka Challenge. It was definitely a challenge!!! I definitely enjoyed it nonetheless. 

Then, an apology for the absence because I was travelling in Europe with my mother.

Then I ranted a bit about my writing projects, which were basically:
  1. Camp NaNoWriMo this July. An 80k word overhaul of my 2016 attempt.
  2. Golden Point Awards entry (a Singaporean literary competition).
  3. Writeup of my Russia trip.
  4. Writeup of my Europe trip.
  5. Completing my first 'villain treatise' (which is basically a quasi-analytical rant)
Then I was excited about starting Malay lessons in two weeks!

And then I mentioned the books I'm currently reading now that I have time - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes, and The Unfinished Tales by Professor Tolkien.

Sorry for this slapdash summary, I'm so heartbroken about that lost post and it's too late to write it nicely again :(

fernstrike: (Me)
I've decided to start posting links to my fics, as I write them. This is the most recent, written for B2MeM 2017, with the prompt Tyranny from the Purple path.

Faithful

Format:Short story.
Genre: Tragedy/Drama
Pairings: None.
Characters: Original characters; Isildur; Amandil; Elendil; Sauron.
Rating: Teen and up (see warnings)
Warnings: Moderate violence; Character death (it's Númenor under Sauron...so death by sacrifice, essentially).
Summary: The tenuous relationship between the King and the Elendili is coming to its breaking point. When Isildur steals the fruit of Nimloth, what follows brings the already-heavy boot of tyranny down harder upon the Faithful - especially the gifted healer, Nilûphel.
Notes: This grew far beyond what I'd originally intended, and now stands at nearly 5000 words! I tried to incorporate lots of elements of the lore and legendarium, and it's my first time writing anything Second Age, so I hope everything turned out well enough. I created a lot of OCs for this - I might like to explore them more in future, as well as the Akallabêth in general
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fernstrike: (Me)

Yesterday I was out in shorts, catching some rays in the garden of the uni residence - today I'm back in layers and fluff and the sky is steel grey. The weather in Spain is mad! Folk have begun to trim the dead branches of trees, though. There've been little bonfires burning since this morning, punctured by the sound of chainsaws trimming the boughs. Grey skies, cold, and bonfires makes me think more of 'autumn' than 'spring'. Who'd've thought the equinox was just yesterday?

I've begun work on a new pet project of mine. I'm taking a look at Norwegian mythology and fairytales, and I'm going to make some urban-fantasy-ish remixes of these stories. Think Asbjørnsen and Moe meet Holly Black. Most will probably be set in my ancestral home county of the Trøndelag. I really want to bring a sense that the myths are alive in Norway; that they're not just off in some inaccessible part of the mountains, but could be found in the copse of woods behind your house, or on the edge of the city at night. Stories a grandparent may have told you about things in the woods and rivers; the reasons behind unspoken rules; a weird part of the city or a deserted backlot; a body of water, an abandoned farm, a little woodland somewhere. I'm getting advice from family who've lived there longer than I ever have, and I'm excited to share some of the stories as they get written!

Pictured: The nøkk, a malevolent water spirit. Art by Theodor Kittelsen, "Nøkken" (1904).

In other news, my next entry for B2MeM is well underway and I'm looking forward to sharing it hopefully by tomorrow evening, if not by today! I also have an account now on Many Paths To Tread (under the usual penname, Fernstrike), which I'm so happy and excited about.

Usually my afternoon would be free, and I would spend it in the library writing something - ideally, those Norway stories. This weather especially gives so much inspiration! Unfortunately, two lectures were rescheduled for today (darn it all), so the chill writing sesh is a no-go.

Have a great day everyone!

-S

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