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(RannaDylin) the Ant and the Spinach Leaf: podfic

First up in the LOTRO recordings series: A fable I originally wrote in high school and then adapted with some Middle-earth references for telling at Ales and Tales. We recorded it for the first episode of the podcast. 


Hawkquisition: Dragon Age fanfiction series

So Dragon Age recently drew me back into writing fanfiction (or writing at all, apart from Latin stories for curriculum, which is sort of like fanfiction for the textbook and totally awesome!), once my headcanon about my latest Hawke had reached the critical point where I just wanted to get it all written down.

I thought I’d just write down the four or five scenes that I had in mind. However it appears I am not much for one-shots like that, and it turned into a story which turned into a series. Because, um, I like characters. And Dragon Age has SO MANY CHARACTERS. And I keep wanting to bring yet another one into the story. So it gets long. Generally, a good thing!

Here is the overview of the series (I’m writing part 3 now, but have two more stories in the series planned out…well, they have a little abstract paragraph, at least, and a few plot notes scribbled in my notebook and maybe one or two dialogues in there too). I’d love feedback if you read any of this! Tell me what you’re thinking! I love when a story prompts a bit of a dialogue between author and reader, really.

Master list of the Hawkquisition series, to be updated when new stories are added:

Part I: To Remain at Your Side

Hawke arrives at Skyhold without her Fenris? Surely he didn’t willingly let her go off alone. So she must have left without telling him. He’s not going to be pleased when he finds out! This is what happens next, as Hawke travels to Weisshaupt, reuniting along the way with her lover, family, friends, and the Inquisition itself…

Read it at: DeviantArt  |  |  AO3

To Remain at Your Side: Part I of Hawkquisition Series

To Remain at Your Side: Part I of Hawkquisition Series

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Now I’m writing! And knitting!

Some things have been happening. Only I have posted them at Deviantart, not here. Time to rectify that!

It is mostly all about the Dragon Age, for I have played through DA: Inquisition three times now (plus cycling back through the first two games to bring my total count up to 4 times for DA: Origins, 3 times plus one current playthrough in progress for DA2, and 3 times for Inquisition) and am clearly obsessed enough that fanfiction had to happen. So it did.

Knitting also happened and was very cool.

I will direct you to the Deviantart posts in lieu of a longer post for now, but I might write up more here later.

The knitting:

I wanted to knit something inspired by DA, and the various heraldry symbols for all the factions and characters turned out to be suitable to convert to a color-knitting chart. So I made some bookmarks as swatches to try out my charts, and to try out some different knitting techniques! I usually knit fair isle for colorwork, so I did that first (the purple/yellow Templar bookmark). Then I tried intarsia – first time I’ve used that technique! It was…a crazy lot of ends. (the blue/white Templar bookmark) Finally I made the green Tevinter bookmark in double knitting and that is my new knitting obsession. I want to knit everything in Alaisdair Post-Quinn’s Double Knitting class on Craftsy, which was what I watched to figure out how to make the bookmark! But now I want to drop the DA knitting (no…actually, I really don’t) and knit all the samples in that class! aaaagh!

Three Dragon Age Bookmarks by durandir on DeviantArt

The stories: (Spoilers for DA:I and DA2 below the cut)

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Unfortunately, I have no Ales and Tales writeup for you this week, as this Monday I was with family for Christmas and couldn’t handle the A&T lag on my netbook. Someone who was there, post some pictures pretty please? 🙂

Instead, I offer the first chapter in a collaborative story project that was born from the Winter Blogmoot at the home of poor absent Telwen. Though we’ve since heard from Battlemaiden, we’re going ahead with the fictional search. I open with this chapter, and will be creating a Table of Contents page here to keep track of the chapters each writer adds. (There are eight so far, and if you want to join us in writing, feel free to do so at the google group!)


By Ranna Dylin

A flash of coppery hair. A girl’s laughing voice, singing along to the strumming of a lute. She turns, and her grey-blue eyes meet mine, for just a second, before—

Linett woke up, suddenly, with the image burned in her memory but without any idea what the dream had been about. There was something familiar about the singer, though. Was it someone Linett had met, or just caught a glimpse of, a glimpse now risen to the surface as she slept? She could not shake the feeling that she should recognize the girl with her lute and her copper hair.

It was a bit early yet, but she rose anyway, unable to sleep again with this mystery prying at her. It occupied her thoughts as she stopped by the kitchens of Duillond for a breakfast muffin; it distracted her all morning as she tried to carry on with her research tasks in the Scholars’ Enclave. It troubled her so that she barely noticed when the elf Lennidhren, senior researcher, drew near.

“A message has come for you,” Lennidhren said, jolting Linett from her reverie. The elf handed her an envelope, smiling, and drew up a chair nearby. “Good news, I hope.”

“You know,” said Linett, breaking the seal and trying to look stern, “in Bree we have a saying: Curiosity killed the cat.”

“Ah, but I am no cat,” Lennidhren pointed out, “so I think there is no danger. And after all, we would not be researchers were it not for our excessive curiosity, would we, my dear?”

Linett conceded the point with a grin and a nod as she unfolded the letter and quickly read through it. Then the grin vanished and she sat up straighter and read through it again, more slowly. Lennidhren tilted her head and frowned in concern but sat silent until Linett finally found her voice.

“From my cousin Linnore,” she said. “And now…now I remember. That face. Lennidhren, I dreamed of a woman last night, a minstrel who seemed so familiar, I’ve been trying to remember her name all day. It seemed so important somehow, yet it wasn’t much of a dream, just a glimpse of her really. But I remember her now. Linnore knows her better than I. And it seems…she’s gone.”

“Gone?” the elf prompted.

“Linnore writes that Telwen, that’s the minstrel’s name, I remember now, had invited a few friends to her house but they arrived to find it boarded up. And it seemed to have been unoccupied for some time, too. She travels a lot, Telwen – a family of traveling bards, performing in town after town. That’s how I remember her, I think, for we met when their show came to Bree some years back. Ah, but she was still just a girl then; she must be a grown woman by now. She might be on the bards’ circuit again, but for her house to be abandoned even as she invites friends there…”

Lennidhren nodded. “Something isn’t right.”

Linett rose suddenly from her desk and gathered her cloak from its hook, her staff from where it leaned against the wall. “I must see this house.”

It wasn’t far to Telwen’s home, a stately abode in a Falathlorn neighborhood near the refuge of Duillond. Linnore met her there, summoned by a message Linett sent ahead with her raven-friend, though the bird seemed to pout at being used as a carrier pigeon, and would not quite look at Linett when it arrived with her cousin at Telwen’s house.

Boarded up the house was indeed, and a note on the door indicated that it was to be reclaimed by the Housing Commission for delinquency of payments.

“Can Telwen have fallen on hard times, and been unable to afford the payments?” Linett asked.

Her cousin shook her head. “As far as I know, she owned her home outright. Shouldn’t have been any payments left to make. This notice – I think it’s to cover something. I don’t know if there even is a Housing Commission in her neighborhood.”

Linett tried to force the door but found it too firmly boarded for that. So the two of them started searching the grounds for any clue. But it was Frigga the raven-friend who found what they sought. Its loud caw drew Linett’s attention, and she looked up to see the raven flying down from a hole in a hollow tree, with a bit of paper tucked in its beak.

Linett took the crumpled paper from Frigga and unfolded it carefully. It seemed to be a page torn from a book, with words carefully handwritten. Names. She showed the list to Linnore.

“I recognize some of these,” her cousin said. “Hey! Even my own name! And these – they were here for the party too. Maybe it’s some sort of guest list?”

“But is it Telwen’s writing?”

Linnore shrugged. “I couldn’t say for sure. But here’s one that wasn’t at the party. And another. I’ll warrant they’re friends of Telly’s, though. Don’t you think?”

It seemed as good a theory as any other they could come up with then. “The first thing to do,” Linett decided, “is to find these friends. You write to the ones who were at the party. I’ll take the list back to Duillond and see if we can track down the rest. Between us all, maybe we can find out just what’s become of this bard.”

Ales and Tales at Bag End – and Horazio’s tale of the Mice of Evendim!

What I learned at Ales and Tales this week:

There is nothing cuter than a Hobbit sitting in a chair.

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Round 2 of the Story Prompt Game

It was such fun the first time, let’s do this again!

First, congrats to Gaiagil, Harperella, and Luxbra, whose comments were selected by the magic generator of random numbers to provide the framework for a story including Barliman Butterbur, a Haunted Mirror, and Dragons. Which made for a great combination, and a tale with which I am very well pleased, posted earlier as In the Mirror.

Everyone’s welcome to play again in this round. If you didn’t win last time, you may either submit your previous suggestion again or go for something different – if you won, then you have to come up with something new. 🙂 A repeat of the rules:

  • * ** Comment on this post with ONE thing you want me to include in the story.
  • * ** It could be an object…a person (perhaps a game NPC?)…a place…just about anything.
  • * ** Maybe you want to suggest something that you would just love to see a story about – or maybe your suggestion is as silly as “A mean-spirited slug” with the goal of making the story more interesting as I have to work to fit it in. 🙂
  • * ** IT MUST BE LORE APPROPRIATE. I have to be able to use it in a story that sounds right for telling in Middle-earth. It doesn’t have to be all Hobbits and Elves – it could be ants, slugs, and spiders, after all, for Middle-earth lacks none of those! But I shall have to disregard any suggestions such as elevators, or Death Stars, or hippogriffs – anything that could not reasonably be found in Middle-earth.
  • * ** I’ll give it a week or so for comments to be made, then pick three at random and use those three in a story.
  • * ** If I use your comment in the story, I’ll have a prize for you in-game! (Though I’m still working on sending out prizes from last round…but it’s coming!) This’ll work best if you have a Landroval or Nimrodel character, as my alts there are more established and better able to come up with a nice prize, but if you’re on another (North American) server, chances are VERY good that I already have an alt there (because Blogmoots can happen on any server and I have to be ready!) and can do something for you too. But it probably won’t be quite as nice as you’d get on Landy or Nim.

Okay, there you go…let’s hear those suggestions!

Blogger Gatherings!

Click the button for reports from the 2010 Spring Blogger Gathering, hosted by Linett of Nimrodel!

Berethron of Brandywine hosted the 2010 Summer Blogmoot.

The Winter Blogmoot was held on December 4, 9 p.m. EST at the home of Telwen of Silverlode.

Next up: The Spring Blogmoot of 2011 shall return to Nimrodel with Tuiliel (Whart, aka user-1027520) hosting! Linett is looking forward to another local moot!



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