independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
Back to Middle-earth Month (B2MeM) began in 2006 with an anonymous announcement on LiveJournal that encouraged people to pick a day of the week and post something Tolkien-related on it during March.

There_n_back jumped on board with prompts in both 2006 and 2007. The Silmarillion Writers’ Guild encouraged people to participate in 2006 and began holding events of its own in 2007. In 2009, Many Paths To Tread and SWG coordinated for the first time. In 2012, Arda Inspired on DeviantArt joined in and the B2MeM LiveJournal community was created. B2MeM has been hosted on LJ ever since. Over the past couple of years, we've expanded to other sites. In the summer of 2017, we moved from LiveJournal to here.

You can find more details about B2MeM's history in our Fanlore article.

Main Community: this community on Dreamwidth

Mirrors (please note these are admin posts only): LiveJournal community, our Tumblr

AO3 Collection: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/b2mem/profile
independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
1. The LiveJournal community will be closed to new fanworks on August 1.

2. B2MeM has been imported onto Dreamwidth. If you have not already commented and you have posted one or more fanworks on the LiveJournal B2MeM community between 2012 and now, please comment here or on the linked post to acknowledge you have read the linked post and know that your fanworks are now hosted on Dreamwidth. If your DW username is different from your LJ name, please tell us. You only need to comment on one post.

After August 1, we will be privately contacting everyone who has not commented in order to inform them of the import. Please help us by letting us know you know.

Acknowledging the import is just that: if you do not want your fanworks on Dreamwidth, please let us know.

Thank you to everyone who has commented so far or who will comment in the future.

Reminder

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:33 pm
independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
B2MeM has been imported onto Dreamwidth. If you have not yet done so, please comment here or on the linked post to acknowledge you have read the post and know that your fanworks are now hosted on Dreamwidth. If your DW username is different from your LJ name, please tell us. You only need to comment on one post.

After August 1, we will begin privately contacting everyone who has not commented in order to inform them of the import. Please help us out by letting us know you're aware.

Acknowledging the import is just that: an acknowledgment. If you do not want your fanworks on Dreamwidth, please let us know.

Thank you to everyone who has commented so far or who will comment in the future.
independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
In June, we asked the members of this community to take a poll regarding the future of Back to Middle-earth Month on LiveJournal. (Read the original post and the reasons behind our asking here.)

66 people took our poll. We greatly appreciate you doing so.

Importing the LiveJournal community to Dreamwidth



Our first question asked about importing the B2MeM LJ community to Dreamwidth.

94% wanted an import to Dreamwidth at the same security levels (public or members-only). The other 6% were evenly split between higher security levels or no import. The import to Dreamwidth, both entries and comments, has been completed.

In the following weeks, we will contact via PM any member of the LJ B2MeM community who has posted one or more fanworks here in order to inform them of the import. So that we do not contact you about this, please comment on this post if you have read and understand that your fanworks are now hosted on Dreamwidth. If your LJ name is different from your DW name, please mention that. Furthermore, if you do not wish to have your content on Dreamwidth, let us know and we will delete your posts there. You can do this by PMing Indy1776, Dawn_Felagund, or Zdenka (DW; LJ is Lignota) or by emailing the mod team at b2mem.mod@gmail.com.

Because it fits best here even though it’s out of order: our final poll question asked you to consider removing the TOS-mandated adult content warning on the LJ community after we import it to DW. 80% said to keep the content warning on LJ. We will leave the content warning in place.

To make it clear: we will not use any such content warning on Dreamwidth. (DW explicitly welcomes diverse content; an adult content warning on DW is specifically for adult-only content.) If individual posters wish to use it, that is their prerogative. But it will not be a community-wide thing because we do not want to exclude minors from our event.

Hosting B2MeM in the Future



Our second question was: “Where would you prefer B2MeM to be hosted in the future?”

54 people (82%) said Dreamwidth.
12 people (18%) said LiveJournal.

The next two questions concerned hypothetical behavior: how you think you would act if B2MeM was hosted on either LJ or DW. Because the poll allowed multiple answers via checkboxes to these two questions, the percentages do not round up to 100%.

29% said they would not participate on LJ. 35% said they would post fanworks and 53% said they would comment. 24% said they would leave links to fanworks posted elsewhere. 68% said they’d view fanworks posted on LJ.

9% said they would not participate on DW. 64% said they would post fanworks and 83% said they’d comment. 46% said they’d leave links to fanworks posted elsewhere. 83% said they’d view fanworks posted on DW.

There are significant differences between how people would participate on LiveJournal versus Dreamwidth. Dreamwidth outperformed LiveJournal in every active participation category. The especially concerning answer was where people wouldn’t participate: there were three times as many who would not do so on LJ as on DW. Furthermore, nearly twice the number of people said they would post fanworks on Dreamwidth as opposed to LiveJournal.

Our modly preferences for Dreamwidth aside, it is clear that the community wishes to and needs to move to Dreamwidth to survive.

Back to Middle-earth Month will be hosted on Dreamwidth in 2018 and beyond.


What This Means for B2MeM on LiveJournal



The LiveJournal community will be a mod-post only mirror in 2018. All mod posts will be crossposted from DW to LJ and it will be possible to comment on them. No fanworks can be posted to the community after August 1. After that date, if necessary, another import will be run for those fanworks posted on LJ between now and then.

We have created a feed on LJ of the Dreamwidth community if you wish to follow that: http://b2mem-feed.livejournal.com. The feed is completely automated; if something is publicly posted to DW, it will appear in the feed. Subscribing to it works the same way as friending someone. The feed is set so that only things above a cut can be read; full fanworks will not be inundating your flist. You will have to click the link in the feed posts to visit Dreamwidth to look at the fanworks. There are two major downsides to using an RSS feed: posts in the feed disappear after two weeks and comments on posts on the feed itself are not seen by the people who wrote the posts. Any comments left also disappear with the posts. To be explicitly clear: comments on the feed posts will vanish unread.

If you do not have a Dreamwidth account, you can comment on DW using OpenID. (Read more about OpenID here.) Everyone who has ever posted or commented on the LJ community has an OpenID on DW because of the import. If you have an account on DW, you can claim your OpenID. We will continue allowing signed anonymous comments on Dreamwidth for those who have neither a DW or OpenID account.

We know this is a major change with a multitude of emotions wrapped up in it. I will not deny that it was difficult to write this post. Yet this is the end of an Age and the start of another. May it be a long and creative one!

If you have any comments or questions, please ask them here or email us at b2mem.mod@gmail.com.
independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
The poll about the future of Back to Middle-earth Month on LJ will close on June 26 at 11:59 PM Hawaiian time. We made this poll because we want member input into where B2MeM should host future events due to LJ’s new TOS and the issues surrounding it. If you have not yet done so and are interested in this, please read the post here and take the poll.
independence1776: Drawing of Maglor with a harp on right, words "sing of honor lost" and "Noldolantë" on the left and bottom, respectively (B2MeM Mod)
[personal profile] independence1776
The poll about the future of Back to Middle-earth Month on LJ will close on June 26 at 11:59 PM Hawaiian time. We made this poll because we want member input into where B2MeM should host future events due to LJ’s new TOS and the issues surrounding it. If you have not yet done so and are interested in this, please read the post here and take the poll.
independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
As we’re sure everyone is aware at this point, LiveJournal has changed its Terms of Service with the new User Agreement. This new agreement says that any content deemed adult under Russian law must be marked as adult on LiveJournal or the journal/community risks deletion without prior warning; “adult” can mean any LBGTQ+ content, no matter what the actual rating is.

We have already changed the adult content settings on the LiveJournal comm to protect the members of this community. This is not a change we agree with; we simply have dozens of members who have not participated in recent years and we do not want to risk their work being deleted. We have not and never will require slash, femslash, and poly fanworks to be rated higher than gen or het fanworks.

The new “adult content” setting means that minors cannot participate on LiveJournal and any person who isn’t logged into LJ must click an age-check banner both to enter the community and also to read individual posts.

Another part of the new ToS says any post that receives more than 3000 hits in 24 hours is subject to review under Article 10.2 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-03. (Go here for an English translation of the law.) While we do not and cannot know how any B2MeM posts fare hits-wise and we believe that fandom is not the target of this law, it is something we are wary about.

Furthermore, there was a recent report that LiveJournal has implemented a new spam blocker. We do not know what the algorithm detects. It is indiscriminate and targets both locked and unlocked posts. This has resulted in some journals and communities in another fandom being deleted without warning; some of them have not been restored despite asking.

We do know that AO3 and DeviantArt are on the whitelist. It appears that smaller fandom archives such as SWG or Faerie are not and links to them are thus considered spam.

Given the above information, we are seeking your input on the future of Back to Middle-earth Month on LiveJournal. We are interested in your opinions on importing the LJ comm to Dreamwidth and which site you would prefer B2MeM to be hosted on.

*** Please click here to fill out a five question survey about this.***


You do NOT need to be a member of B2MeM on LiveJournal to participate; the survey is hosted offsite. We encourage everyone interested in the future of B2MeM no matter your primary platform to answer these questions. We also encourage you to signal boost this survey so that we can reach as wide an audience as possible.

If the decision is made to move to Dreamwidth, we will not delete B2MeM from LiveJournal. The LJ comm was created as a way for multiple groups to participate in B2MeM without needing to be hosted by a particular group. As B2MeM became its own thing, not run by the groups, the LJ community became even more a necessity. There are half a dozen years of history on this community, as well as an untold number of links pointing to it. This is not something we take lightly.

If Dreamwidth becomes our new home, the LiveJournal community will turn into a mod post only mirror for 2018. No participant content will ever be deleted from LJ by the mods unless we are explicitly asked by the creator. There is a way for LJ participants without DW accounts to comment on Dreamwidth posts via OpenID.

If you have questions or would prefer to talk about this via email, please contact the mod team at b2mem.mod@gmail.com.

The poll will close on JUNE 26 at 11:59 PM Hawaiian time. We will post a reminder a few days before then.
independence1776: Drawing of Maglor with a harp on right, words "sing of honor lost" and "Noldolantë" on the left and bottom, respectively (B2MeM Mod)
[personal profile] independence1776
As we’re sure everyone is aware at this point, LiveJournal has changed its Terms of Service with the new User Agreement. This new agreement says that any content deemed adult under Russian law must be marked as adult on LiveJournal or the journal/community risks deletion without prior warning; “adult” can mean any LBGTQ+ content, no matter what the actual rating is.

We have already changed the adult content settings on the LiveJournal comm to protect the members of this community. This is not a change we agree with; we simply have dozens of members who have not participated in recent years and we do not want to risk their work being deleted. We have not and never will require slash, femslash, and poly fanworks to be rated higher than gen or het fanworks.

The new “adult content” setting means that minors cannot participate on LiveJournal and any person who isn’t logged into LJ must click an age-check banner both to enter the community and also to read individual posts.

Another part of the new ToS says any post that receives more than 3000 hits in 24 hours is subject to review under Article 10.2 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-03. (Go here for an English translation of the law.) While we do not and cannot know how any B2MeM posts fare hits-wise and we believe that fandom is not the target of this law, it is something we are wary about.

Furthermore, there was a recent report that LiveJournal has implemented a new spam blocker. We do not know what the algorithm detects. It is indiscriminate and targets both locked and unlocked posts. This has resulted in some journals and communities in another fandom being deleted without warning; some of them have not been restored despite asking.

We do know that AO3 and DeviantArt are on the whitelist. It appears that smaller fandom archives such as SWG or Faerie are not and links to them are thus considered spam.

Given the above information, we are seeking your input on the future of Back to Middle-earth Month on LiveJournal. We are interested in your opinions on importing the LJ comm to Dreamwidth and which site you would prefer B2MeM to be hosted on.

*** Please click here to fill out a five question survey about this.***


You do NOT need to be a member of B2MeM on LiveJournal to participate; the survey is hosted offsite. We encourage everyone interested in the future of B2MeM no matter your primary platform to answer these questions. We also encourage you to signal boost this survey so that we can reach as wide an audience as possible.

If the decision is made to move to Dreamwidth, we will not delete B2MeM from LiveJournal. The LJ comm was created as a way for multiple groups to participate in B2MeM without needing to be hosted by a particular group. As B2MeM became its own thing, not run by the groups, the LJ community became even more a necessity. There are half a dozen years of history on this community, as well as an untold number of links pointing to it. This is not something we take lightly.

If Dreamwidth becomes our new home, the LiveJournal community will turn into a mod post only mirror for 2018. No participant content will ever be deleted from LJ by the mods unless we are explicitly asked by the creator. There is a way for LJ participants without DW accounts to comment on Dreamwidth posts via OpenID.

If you have questions or would prefer to talk about this via email, please contact the mod team at b2mem.mod@gmail.com.

The poll will close on JUNE 26 at 11:59 PM Hawaiian time. We will post a reminder a few days before then.
[identity profile] mirach-ravaia.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: green path: Darkness falling
Format: craft
Genre: tatting
Rating: G
Warnings: -
Characters: Arwen
Pairings:
Creator’s Notes (optional):
Summary: "Above her brow her head was covered with a cap of silver lace netted with small gems, glittering white;" - when darkness falls, stars go out. I wanted to recreate the cap of Arwen Evenstar that she had when Frodo first saw her.

Read more... )
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (bag end 2 by <lj user="danae_b">)
[personal profile] dreamflower
(Continuation of my "Concerning the Shire" series of backstory.)

B2MeM Prompt and Path: Purple path; Square 4, Wild Card--"Complete any prompt from the Orange path" (non-fiction). I chose Worldbuilding.
Format: Essay
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Characters: Hobbits
Pairings: n/a
Creator’s Notes (optional): This essay is basically backstory I have constructed for my version of the Shire, concentrating on a few aspects of Shire society, and some explanation for how I came up with that backstory.
Nearly all quoted references in this section are either from the Prologue of LotR, or from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Letter #214 or Letter #153. I hope to later footnote this more thoroughly.
Summary: Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine.

Concerning the Shire, Part Four: Law and The Legal System
Read more... )
[identity profile] curiouswombat.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” Mahatma Ghandi. Green Path.
Format: Ficlet
Genre: Family
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Reader angst from knowing what happens next.
Characters: Arwen
Pairings: Arwen/Aragorn
Creator’s Notes: I know it is a bit late - but I woke up with this in my mind this morning!
Summary: Arwen writes a last letter to send to her family 'In the West', now that Aragorn has made his decision to die.


The Last Letter )
zdenka: A bird made of flowers. (cheerful)
[personal profile] zdenka
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Meta on Fandom (orange path)
Format: I don’t know, statistics?
Genre: nonfiction, meta
Rating: n/a
Warnings: n/a
Characters: n/a
Pairings: n/a
Creator’s Notes (optional): I had a request to look at the numbers again at the end of the month and see if anything had changed, and I thought other people might also be curious.
Summary: A quick update to my earlier post on B2MeM statistics.

Read more... )
hhimring: (Tolkien)
[personal profile] hhimring
B2MeM Prompt and Path: "The gods were gathered on guarded heights, of doom and death deep they pondered. Sun they rekindled, and silver Moon they set to sail on seas of stars." JRR Tolkien, Völsungakvida en Nÿja (Purple Path)
Format: Ficlet
Genre: Inspired by artwork, vignette, (emotional) hurt/comfort
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Characters: Vana, OFC (elf, Vanya, child)
Pairings: None
Creator’s Notes: This ficlet was written to go with the  lovely artwork created by Mithrial for this year's B2MeM: "Again Yavanna Sang and Nienna Wept" and to thank her for showing us so much beauty in that scene. (Legendarium Ladies April helped me to work out who the characters featured should be.)
Summary: Vana the Ever-Young learns from a child. A vignette set during the events surrounding the Creation of the Sun and Moon.


Read more... )
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (bag end 2 by <lj user="danae_b">)
[personal profile] dreamflower
Continuing the "Concerning the Shire" entries from B2MeM March '17.

B2MeM Prompt and Path: Purple path; Square 4, Wild Card--"Complete any prompt from the Orange path" (non-fiction). I chose Worldbuilding.
Format: Essay
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Characters: Hobbits
Pairings: n/aCreator’s Notes (optional): This essay is basically backstory I have constructed for my version of the Shire, concentrating on a few aspects of Shire society, and some explanation for how I came up with that backstory. I hope to later footnote this more thoroughly.
This section is more fanon and RL history than anything told us, so consider this as some wild speculation.
Summary: Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine.

Concerning the Shire, Part Three: Occupations, Business and Trade
Read more... )
independence1776: Drawing of Maglor with a harp on right, words "sing of honor lost" and "Noldolantë" on the left and bottom, respectively (B2MeM Mod)
[personal profile] independence1776
In order to comply with the April 3, 2017 LiveJournal User Agreement that says users must mark material "estimated by Russian legislation as inappropriate for children (0-18) as 'adult material,'" we have marked this community as containing Explicit Adult Content. The vast majority of the entries are and will continue to be safe for minors to view; we are simply being cautious because we-the-mods cannot edit the adult content settings on individual posts.

If you are older than 18 and logged in, your experience will not change. If you are younger than 18 and logged in, you will not be allowed to join or view the community. If you are logged out, you will only be able to view the community’s content after confirming you are over 18 on an intermediate banner page (it’s a simple button click). We welcome anonymous comments if you want to participate.

We are both sorry and angry at the idea of excluding minors. B2MeM has always and will always welcome everyone's participation. Please, please use anonymous comments if you want to participate.

We do NOT agree with the new User Agreement. This was not a change we wanted to make, but given the circumstances, we felt it best to make this change to protect our members and the existence of this community. We do not know precisely what could be covered under this agreement and do not want to risk this community's deletion.

The mods are discussing how to keep B2MeM safe and what the future could look like. If you have questions or concerns, please comment or contact us at b2mem.mod@gmail.com.
[identity profile] kayleelupin.livejournal.com
B2MEM Prompt: For the Purple Path “Things that go bump in the night” – at least, very loosely.
Format: ficlet
Genre: family, friendship
Rating: PG
Warnings: mentions of death, nothing graphic
Characters: Eomer, Periadoc Brandybuck, mentions of Theoden, Eowyn, Elfwine, Lothiriel, Pippin, Merry and Estella
A/N: For Shirebound, for wee hobbits everywhere, and for Dreamflower 😊 (also posted to wee_hobbits community) Fourteen-year-old Perry is the equivalent of 8 1/2 years old in Man-years. (I follow Dreamflower's lead on hobbit ages.)
A/N the Second (edited): I didn't consider Perry an OC, since Dreamflower had said Tolkien wrote Merry's son's name in a letter to her friend (my apologies for misremembering, I looked up the reference again). But Dreamflower herself has called Periadoc an "OMC" on at least one occasion, so I will amend my tag to reflect that.
Summary: The Son of the Hall keeps a firm watch over the Hall’s most recent guests from the South, on the banks of the Brandywine – and has a somewhat sobering conversation with his king.

Read more... )
[identity profile] alasse-mirimiel.livejournal.com
B2MeM Prompt and Path: Step Ten - Secondary Colours/Blue Path
Format: art
Genre: Gen
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Characters: Random dragon
Pairings: None
Creator’s Notes (optional): I was so close to finishing on time! Still, this is the first time I managed to complete all the prompts \o/
See you all next year!
Summary: He loosed upon his foes the last desperate assault that he had prepared, and out of the pits of Angband there issued the winged dragons, that had not before been seen; and so sudden and ruinous was the onset of that dreadful fleet that the host of the Valar was driven back
dawn_felagund: Illustration of a river from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." (Hobbit river)
[personal profile] dawn_felagund
Well, everyone, we've made it to April and through another B2MeM! If you want to celebrate what you accomplished this month--whether you started a path or finished several--you will find banners to celebrate every achievement below the cut. Many thanks to the banner artists: [profile] indy1776, [personal profile] ysilme, and [profile] lignota.

To use the banners, copy the HTML code below the image of your choice and paste it wherever HTML is permitted, or you can save the image to your computer and upload it to the image host of your choice.

And finally, congratulations to all of our participants on your accomplishments this past month. Enjoy your banners!

Click for Achievement Banners )
dawn_felagund: Skeleton embracing young girl (B2MeM moderator)
[personal profile] dawn_felagund
Well, everyone, we've made it to April and through another B2MeM! If you want to celebrate what you accomplished this month--whether you started a path or finished several--you will find banners to celebrate every achievement below the cut. Many thanks to the banner artists: [livejournal.com profile] indy1776, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, and [livejournal.com profile] lignota.

To use the banners, copy the HTML code below the image of your choice and paste it wherever HTML is permitted, or you can save the image to your computer and upload it to the image host of your choice.

And finally, congratulations to all of our participants on your accomplishments this past month. Enjoy your banners!

Click for Achievement Banners )
independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
We want to thank everyone for participating in Back to Middle-earth Month! We had over 280 fanworks posted for B2MeM, mostly on LiveJournal but also some on AO3 and on Tumblr. We loved seeing newcomers and veteran fans alike. We also want to thank anyone who reviewed, whether or not you created something else for B2MeM.

We want to thank our moderators: Independence1776, Linaewen, DawnFelagund, Zdenka, and Ysilme, as well as our new tagging volunteer Just_jenni.

The gameboard and prompts will remain available for use year-round. If you are still working on fanworks, feel free to post them in the LiveJournal comm and/or AO3 collection, along with whatever archives or sites you normally use, no matter when you finish them.

We hope to see you again next year!
independence1776: Movie!Elrond with a book, along with the words "A book is food for the soul." (Books are soul food.)
[personal profile] independence1776
Welcome to the Celebrations post for B2MeM 2017!

A wise Hobbit once said that it is dangerous business, stepping onto a path and seeing where it takes you. This month over thirty creators stepped onto a path. In all, they created more than 280 fanworks. Some ran into the real-life equivalent of barrow-wights and sentient willow trees; some made it to their destination more or less unscathed; some are walking still. We want to offer a chance for all of this month's B2MeM quest-takers to celebrate what they accomplished and share where they are going!

Here you can talk about which path(s) you chose, maybe mention unposted works you're working on or what you'd like to do with the B2MeM prompts you didn't reach or get a chance to use, why you didn't (or did) get as far as you wished, and talk about your creative process if you'd like. You can also include a list (with or without links) to your works for this year's B2MeM.

It doesn't matter how much or how little you accomplished this month: everyone is welcome and this space is open for celebrating, sharing, and squeeing!

Please comment on LiveJournal.

Profile

b2mem: (Default)
Back to Middle-earth Month

July 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2345 678
910111213 1415
16171819202122
23 242526272829
3031     

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 28th, 2017 11:01 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios