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Jan. 25th, 2015

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2014 Ebook and the 2015 Event

I just wanted to give a couple of B2MeM-related updates, so here goes!

  • The ebook for the 2014 event is still very much in the works. I have all the pieces and just have to put them together. I am very regretful over how long it is taking; I was poised to finish it and then decided to step up to coordinate the HASA Rescue Project, which pretty much derailed everything else fannish I was working on at the time. Now that the Rescue Project is winding down, I can hopefully take the final steps to produce the ebook. The hardest stuff is done; I am really, really close, which is all the more frustrating! :)

  • As some of you may know, I am in graduate school for like forever working on my MA in Humanities. Well guess what?? I am finishing this year! \0/ But ... preparing to write my Master's thesis means that the commitment B2MeM requires just isn't something I can shoulder right now. I will need to focus this spring on finishing my final course and finalizing my thesis research. dreamflower02 and indy1776 will be stepping up this year to co-coordinate B2MeM and I am very, very grateful to them for taking on this commitment.

  • The 2015 event is in planning, and an announcement should be forthcoming here soon. Please remember that if you need to reach the B2MeM mods, the best way is by emailing us at This account auto-forwards to several of the mods (including all of the coordinators) and so is the best way to get a quick response.

Apr. 19th, 2014



Mistress Butterbur and the Ranger by Baranduin

B2MeM Challenge: 2014 Seasons of Middle-earth
Title: Mistress Butterbur and the Ranger
Author: Baranduin
Rating: G
Warnings: Rather fluffy
Characters: Strider, OFC
Summary: This combines two of the winter prompts: two or more characters snowed in plus a story highlighting a recipe. This story is an excuse for wallowing in food :-) I know this is being posted outside the fest timeframe though I believe that's all right. If not, I'll remove asap.
Notes: Thanks for Phil Rickman for Merrily's name ...

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Apr. 8th, 2014

B2MeM moderator


B2MeM 2014 Compilation eBook Email Sent

All authors and artists who contributed work to this year's B2MeM compilation should have received an email with details on the compilation eBook and instructions on how to grant us permission to include your piece. If you did not receive this email, please check your spam folder; if you are still missing your email, comment here or email us at so that I can resend it. If you do not want your work included, you do not have to respond; however, I will be sending out a reminder email to everyone who hasn't replied by about 1 May, so if you don't want to hear anything further from us, you can reply that you're not interested, and I will remove you from our email list.

Apr. 7th, 2014



The Antithesis

Title: The Antithesis
Author Name: Makalaure
Prompt: Staying warm against the wintry weather.
Summary: Maglor and a strange boy meet during a gelid winter. AU.
Rating: Teens
Warnings: Mature themes, character death, mentions of violence.

Disclaimer: I do not own The Silmarillion.

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Apr. 2nd, 2014



"Things I did in March: A General Thank-you", by Himring

Title: "Things I did in March: A General Thank-you"
Author Name: Himring
Prompt: "In the Willow-meads of Tasarinan", etc.
Summary: I enjoyed this year's crop of stories a great deal!
Rating: General
Warnings: bad verse; mild spoilers for several stories
Author's Notes: Thank you to all the participants and especially to the moderators!

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Apr. 1st, 2014

B2MeM moderator


B2MeM 2014 Thank Yous!

We have reached the end of March and another Back to Middle-earth Month. This year's event was huge, involving 44 different authors, 14 different artists, and many, many more readers and reviewers. None of this would happen without our awesome team of volunteers.

First, I want to thank this year's moderators. For these people, B2MeM started months ago, as we began planning this year's event. These tasks range from fun (writing prompts!) to less fun (writing rules), and of course, once March rolls around, these are also the people managing things behind the scenes and continuing to offer advice as issues arrive during the event. I want to give a huge thank you to this year's mod team: angelica_ramses, dreamflower02, huinare, indy1776, marta_bee, mirach_ravaia, nelyo_russandol, rhapsody11, and tarion_anarore.

Many other people help in varying capacities throughout the month of March to keep the event running smoothly. Many, many thanks are in order for our volunteers, who give up their own time for writing, reading, and creating to make sure that B2MeM is enjoyable for all.

indy1776 and lignota have been handling the community tags for three years now. They always do a great job ... and a very important one. On a community that can produce more than 100 new entries during the month of March, their efforts keep things organized and make it possible to find writing and art for specific characters, genres, and formats from the over 1,000 pieces archived here.

dreamflower02 was our faithful volunteer who unlocked each day's stories and art, and indy1776 was her backup. Their job involved finding the right piece from sometimes dozens in the queue and making sure we had something new and wonderful to read and look at each day.

huinare and tarion_anarore compiled the weekly summaries of what was posted each week, the featured review challenge for the week, and any announcements (usually flung at them last-minute by me). In the midst of a busy month, their efforts helped to make sure that stories and art didn't get lost in the shuffle and made it easy to see what was new for each week.

huinare was also my partner in crime in scheduling. We ended up with 52 pieces of writing and 16 works of art to fit into 26 days for the compilation, a balancing act that required trying to simultaneously achieve a somewhat equal word count each day while presenting a balanced mix of characters, time periods, and genres.

Graphics are always a huge part of B2MeM. This year, we required graphics for participant banners, review awards, and grand prizes. heartofoshun, indy1776, lignota, tarion_anarore, and the_winterwitch all helped make the beautiful icons, banners, and other graphics that our participants can use to commemorate their participation this year.

This year's betas were on-call in the months leading up to B2MeM and during March, ready to lend assistance to any author or artist who needed help polishing a project. Thanks to these volunteers' generosity, not a single beta request this year went unfilled (and most were filled within a day). Thank you to aliana1, astris_eldalie, elvewen, hhimring, hrymfaxe, ladyelleth, lindahoyland, shirebound, tarion_anarore, and with_rainfall for offering your support and expertise to this year's participants.

B2MeM originated as a shared effort between the Silmarillion Writers' Guild and Many Paths to Tread. It has grown well beyond that, in a large part thanks to the people who talk up the event each year, pass on information about participating, and encourage their friends to join in. I can't possibly know everyone who has a hand in this, so thanks to each of you who helped us to get the word out this year.

Likewise, many, many people have supported our writers and artists this year through their comments. Since many of the B2MeM pieces are posted off-site, I can't know who all of you are, but speaking from my own experience as a writer and artist, I know your words and encouragement meant a lot to participants this month, and I thank you for taking your time to support this year's writers and artists. It was awesome seeing the comments roll into report reviews for the challenge and all the wonderful things you all had to say about each other's writing and art.

Finally, I want to thank and congratulate each of you who participated in B2MeM this year as a writer or an artist. Whether you created something for the compilation or shared your work on one of our open posting days, this year's collection was extraordinary, and the time and talent each of you put into your work is truly a gift to our community. I have worked as a fiction editor for literary magazines before, and the craft I have seen this month--not to mention everyone's patience, cooperation, and understanding with the mods as we put everything together--surpasses anything I've worked on before. Thank you all.

(If I happen to have left someone off the list, please know it was not intentional and please also let me know so that I can make the correction! You can email me directly at or message me here on LiveJournal.)
B2MeM moderator


Review Challenge Announcements and Grand Prize Banners

Before we get to the banners, I have a few announcements regarding this year's review challenge.

First, it appears to be impossible to complete review challenge #12 (review a piece with three or fewer first-level comments) right now. This is awesome in that it means that everyone has been very generous with comments! But it is a bummer if you're trying to complete this challenge. The mod team has decided to open challenge #12 to all B2MeM stories, regardless of the year written, so that those of you who want to complete this challenge and collect this stamp can do so.

When you're finished the individual review challenges, if you would like all of your stamps put together into a single graphic for you, we will be glad to do that. Either comment here or on the review challenge page, or send us an email to If you have been reporting your challenges, you do not need to let us know anything but that you're ready for your graphic to be made; we'll do the rest. If you have not been reporting your challenge, please let us know which stamps you need. Thank you to those of you who have contacted us so far--I will have your graphics to you in the next few days!

Below the cut, you will find award banners for the grand prizes for the review challenge. I still hope to add some icons--at present, we have only banners--so if you'd like an icon to display, keep checking back. [ETA ... a HUGE thank you to lignota who saw my message here and sent me a set of icons! <3] Many, many thanks to heartofoshun, lignota, and indy1776 for their assistance in making the banners!

To display your banner, you can either right-click to save the image you want, then upload it to the image host of your choice (Photobucket, Image Shack, Shutterfly, etc.). Or you can copy the HTML below the image and use it wherever HTML is acceptable.

The total reviews needed for each level of grand prize are as follows:

60+ reviews: Silmaril
50-59 reviews: mithril
40-49 reviews: platinum
30-39 reviews: gold
20-29 reviews: silver
10-19 reviews: bronze

All of your reviews for B2MeM 2014 pieces count toward the grand prize, even if you also used those reviews to claim stamps. (Reviews for past stories count if they were for challenges #12 and #13.) You do not need to report your reviews; simply claim the banner you want and enjoy!

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Mar. 31st, 2014



B2MeM 2014 Weekly Roundup: March 24-31

Welcome to the Week 4 roundup post! Thanks to all of our intrepid writers, artists, readers, and reviewers, we've completed an entire year in Middle-earth during the month of March! As open posting resumes, there will still be opportunities to post and comment on new fanworks. In the meantime, check out our spring compilation stories and artwork, as well as this past week’s non-compilation contributions, which are varied and vivid. Please note that some works may contain adult material; these have been marked with an asterisk*.

This Week’s Stories and Artwork


Bear It Still For Me A While, by cairistiona7/Cairistiona.

Gaining Favor, by kinirohana.

Nightingale*, by moetushie/Zeen.

No Regrets, by mirach_ravaia/Mirach.

Once Upon a Springtime in Doriath, by binkaslibrary/Robinka.

Queen of the Guarded Plain, by zopyrus.

Return of the Birds, by laura_isabel.

Sam in my garden, by dreamflower02/Dreamflower.

Spring After Winter, by blslarner/Larner.

Spring in Imladris, by the_winterwitch/Winterwitch.

Spring Returns, by blslarner/Larner.

The Constant Gardener, by tehta.

The Music of the Land, by dreamflower02/Dreamflower.

The Steward’s Blessing, by lindahoyland.

The Twins of Imladris Paper Dolls, by the_winterwitch/Winterwitch.

Water Cold, by baranduin.

What The Eye Sees, by burning_night.

With Springtime Comes Hope, by ignoblebard.


If We Be Friends, by heartofoshun/Oshun.

Missed Connections, by suzll/Suzelle.

Pollination, by tehta.

Snowdrops, by hhimring/Himring.

The Swallow, by rhymer23/Rhymer.

Vanquished Shadows, by lindahoyland.

When the Moon Hits Your Eye, by zopyrus.

Review Challenge Spotlight

This week’s featured review challenge is:

Review something that was recommended to you! (Find recommendations on the weekly roundup posts.)

See the review challenge guidelines for a full list of challenges and stamps.

Saw a piece of art you loved? Read a fic you’re still thinking about? Share your recommendations in the comments section of this post!



Four Seasons in One Day

Title: Four Seasons in One Day
Author Name: ignoblebard
Prompt: Four Seasons in One Day (noncompilation)
Summary: Legolas guards Gollum
Rating: General
Warnings: None
Beta: None
Author's Notes: I thought it would be interesting to write a character that had a major change from the morning until the night.

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Mar. 24th, 2014

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Gaining Favor

Title: Gaining Favor
Author Name: kinirohana
Prompt:"In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion!
And I said that was good.
I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir!
And I thought that was best.
To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!
It was more than my desire.
To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah! the wind and the whiteness and the black branches of Winter upon Orod-na-Thôn!
My voice went up and sang in the sky.
And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambarona, in Tauremorna, in Aldalómë,
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long,
And the years lie thicker than the leaves
In Tauremornalómë.

After finishing this song Treebeard walked on silently through the silent woods." (The Two Towers, "Treebeard")
Summary: Dislike of Dwarven axes wasn't the only reason the Ents destroyed them as they ran from their crimes.
Rating: Teens
Warnings: Tree carnage, acidic sarcasm
Author's Notes: If there is something wrong with the formatting, please forgive me. Please leave constructive criticism.

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