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: 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.
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.
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.
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
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: 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
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!
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
We the mods encourage creativity and we wanted to remind you that you can switch paths at intersections. There’s also the option of just picking what prompts you want to work with, but that would be individual and not something we can help with.

If you do use these alternate ways to move around the board, continue tagging for whatever path the prompt comes from.

You’ll likely have to be looking at either the board or the text list for the following list to make sense. All intersections are either Wild or Acts of Kindness squares.

List of switches )
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
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, but we still remain primarily on LJ.

Please check the sidebar for links for information about the current event. If you are on mobile, the links are at the very bottom of the screen below all the entries.

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

Main Community: this community

Mirrors (please note these are admin posts only): on Dreamwidth or on Tumblr

AO3 Collection: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/b2mem/profile
Each year has a different subcollection; 2014 has its own collection.

Participating Groups
If you want to affliate with us, please email the mods at b2mem.mod@gmail.com.

The Silmarillion Writers' Guild
Many Paths to Tread/LotR GenFic Community
Arda Inspired
dawn_felagund: Skeleton embracing young girl (B2MeM moderator)
[personal profile] dawn_felagund
Back to Middle-earth Month 2017--Night and Day--has officially begun!

Click the link below or the image of the gameboard to open the full-sized gameboard. Please note that this is a very large image that make take a few minutes to load on slower connections. We have provided a smaller copy of the gameboard here so that participants can see how the paths are placed on the board. A text-only version of the prompts can be found here.

While any path/prompt can be used to inspire any kind of fanwork you want (including reviews and rec lists), three paths have been created with specific types of fanwork in mind: the blue path for artwork, the orange path for nonfiction/meta, and the yellow path for recs. Once you choose the path you want, begin at the S and complete each square until you reach the F.

Once you open the full-sized gameboard, some squares are clickable and link to the page needed to complete the square (for Wild and Act of Kindness squares) or link to a full-text copy of poetry prompts.

Click to open the full-sized gameboard.


Click to open the full-sized gameboard


Quick Links


dawn_felagund: Skeleton embracing young girl (B2MeM moderator)
[personal profile] dawn_felagund
Below the cut, you will find each prompt on each path, from start to finish, in text-only form, including a section on how the gameboard is set up to aid users with colorblindness.

Text-Only Prompts and Colorblind Accessibility )
zdenka: Badge with text "B2MeM Moderator." (b2memmod)
[personal profile] zdenka
Here are the rules for posting and tagging your fanworks in this community. Please either comment here or email the mod team at b2mem.mod@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Posting )


Tagging Rules )
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
Hey everyone! Given the changes in mods over the years, we felt it would be a good idea for us to do this so you know who we are.

Independence1776

Indy ([livejournal.com profile] indy1776) has been a part of the Tolkien fandom for over a decade. While she can normally be found writing about Maglor, Elrond, and some of the people related to them, her reading taste is far more varied and encompasses the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age and beyond. (She has a not-so-secret love for Maglor in history and Elves in the present day.) She first participated in B2MeM in 2009, started volunteering for B2MeM in 2012, became a mod in 2013, and became head mod in 2015.

Linaewen

Linaewen ([livejournal.com profile] lin4gondor) fell in love with Middle-earth several decades ago when she began reading Tolkien -- since that time, she has done her best to read everything written by him and about him she can get her hands on. She eventually turned to writing in the fandom when she ran out of things to read, and because there were not enough stories about Boromir. She has been a Boromir fan since the beginning, and he and his fellow Gondorians feature heavily in much of her writing. Linaewen first participated in B2MeM in 2013; this is her first year serving as a mod.

Dawn Felagund

Dawn is the founder and owner of the Silmarillion Writers' Guild, which helped to first popularize Back to Middle-earth Month more than a decade ago. This is Dawn's twelfth year moderating B2MeM. It's to the point that she forgets which year belongs to which event. (Even Bingo.) Dawn writes mostly Silmarillion-based fiction and essays and is especially in love with the House of Finwë. When not doing fannish stuff, Dawn can be found making art and stories, designing websites, teaching, standing on metaphorical soapboxes, and schlepping around the countryside in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

Zdenka

Zdenka ([livejournal.com profile] lignota) grew up with Tolkien's books but discovered fandom relatively late. She first started writing Tolkien fanfic in 2011. She enjoys a wide variety of Middle-earth characters, settings, and genres, but she most often writes Silmarillion-based gen and femslash. She sometimes attempts Tolkien-inspired poetry. Zdenka has been helping out with B2MeM since 2012 by doing tagging for the B2MeM LJ community. This is her first year as a mod.

Ysilme

Ysilme has loved Tolkien since her first visit to Middle-earth at age ten, but discovered the online fandom only in 2013. She most enjoys exploring the lore and culture of Elves through the Ages with a strong focus on the Second Age and Rivendell. Mainly a fanfic writer and reader, she occasionally also dabbles in other fanworks like drawing, podfic, and making banners and icons for various LJ communities. Together with Dreamflower, she co-mods the project Read Lord of the Rings Aloud on LJ. She first participated in B2MeM in 2014 and became a mod in 2016.
zdenka: Badge with text "B2MeM Moderator." (b2memmod)
[personal profile] zdenka
As in past years, brave volunteers will be tagging posts to the b2mem LJ comm for character, prompt, etc., whenever people don't tag their own works, so that it's possible for others to find the fanworks they want later on. Right now we could use another person to help out.

Taggers should be comfortable with a wide variety of content, because you may have to read or at least skim the work in order to tag it properly, and careful about accuracy. If you're not completely sure how about the details of tagging work right now, that's fine; that will all be explained, and I'll be happy to answer any questions that come up during the month. :) It's preferable to have a volunteer for the whole month, but if someone wanted to only do two weeks or something like that, we might be able to work something out.

I will be honest: tagging is a significant time commitment. The posts come very fast during March (which is great, because it means lots of new works are being created!), and it can be challenging to keep up.

I'd be grateful to anyone who can help out. Please comment here or email me (zdenka.waldner@gmail.com) if you're interested in volunteering or have any questions about how it works.
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
This year's B2MeM will present prompts and challenges on a gameboard format. There are multiple paths you may choose from to follow. Below are the rules for progressing along the gameboard, as well as questions we anticipate participants may have. If you have a question you do not see answered here, please ask in a comment or email us at b2mem.mod@gmail.com.

Rules and FAQs )
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
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
~"Walking Song," The Fellowship of the Ring

Since the beginning of the days of Arda, light and dark have stood as counterpoints and as often as not mingled in the middle: first primal light shimmering upon the air itself, then gathered into the Lamps and next used to give rise to the Two Trees, the final fruits of which made the Sun and Moon and illuminated all of Arda. For this year's B2MeM, we invite you to take those hidden paths that run between the extremes of day and night.

Back to Middle-earth Month--affectionately known as B2MeM--is a month-long holiday of the Tolkien fandom, during which participants are encouraged to celebrate Middle-earth by creating fanworks about it. This year's B2MeM will present prompts for fanworks on a gameboard. Participants can choose any path on the board that appeals to them and use the prompts to make fanworks with the goal of reaching the center of the board before the end of the month. This is a self-challenge, not a competition. There are paths available for participants who want to work on a fanwork every day, as well as those who want to spend March crafting just one or a few pieces. As always, all creators of Tolkien-based fanworks are welcome, and fanworks from all Ages, about all characters, and of all ratings and genres are welcome on the B2MeM community.

B2MeM will begin on March 1 and run through March 31. The gameboard will be available on February 28. Watch this community, the Dreamwidth community, or the B2MeM Tumblr for further announcements as we draw closer to the start of this year's event. Please help us spread the word to other Tolkien fans and groups that may be interested in participating. Two banners are available to use and can be found below the cut; more icons and banners will follow as we approach the start of B2MeM.

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
Hey everyone!

We're looking for a moderator for Back to Middle-earth Month 2017. This position is ONLY for the 2017 event; it is not a long-term commitment.

The timeframe is from December through April and the time spent modding varies immensely from week to week depending on what we're doing and how intensive the event is. Planning is usually done via email and Google documents with occasional mod-locked posts on the B2MeM LJ comm. Planning will begin by the end of the second week in December.

Our ideal moderator is:

~ available several hours a week, spread across the week (so near daily). The workload varies, but at a minimum is heavy during the planning periods and during the event itself.

~ comfortable collaborating with a small group of people. Modding is not a unilateral thing; all decisions are agreed upon as a group.

~ comfortable editing and discussing documents such as event explanation posts, FAQs, and guidelines.

~ has participated in B2MeM at least once.

Please email the mods at b2mem.mod@gmail.com on or by December 4 if you are interested. We will email you when we have made a decision.

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