Gen Ex Letter 2017

Jul. 10th, 2017 02:04 am
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My apologies! I've had a very busy week, and I won't be able to finish this letter before assignments go out. I'll try to have it done by the end of Wednesday (or if I don't manage that, as soon as possible).

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Dear Artist or Author,

Thank you so much for making art or writing for me! I'm happy that we share a love for these fandoms and characters. I mean the prompts as suggestions only, in case it's helpful to have a starting point (and it’s fine to make art from my fic prompts or fic from my art prompts). If they don't work for you or if you have an idea you like better, then feel free to go with what inspires you. I don’t want this to be stressful, and I’m sure I will love what you make.

General Things

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Crossover Fandom [fanart, fanfic]

Aliera e'Kieron (Dragaera) & Csethiro Ceredin (The Goblin Emperor)
Arien (Silmarillion) & the Balrog of Moria (LotR book)
Csethiro Ceredin (The Goblin Emperor) & Tazendra (Dragaera)
Faramir (LotR book) & Hector (Iliad)
Finduilas of Dol Amroth (LOTR) & Uinen (Silmarillion)
Goldberry (LotR) & Indis (Silmarillion)
Goldberry (LOTR) & Melian (Silmarillion)

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Dragaera - Steven Brust [fanart, fanfic]

Aerich & Khaavren & Pel & Tazendra

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The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien [fanfic]

Dís & Thorin Oakenshield

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The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien [fanfic]

Boromir & Denethor & Faramir
Boromir & Faramir
Elrond & Faramir
Éomer & Éowyn
Éomer & Éowyn & Théodred
Éomund & Éowyn
Éowyn & Ioreth
Éowyn & Théodred
Éowyn & Théodwyn
Galadriel & Goldberry
Hild & Helm's daughter
Nazgûl & Sauron

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The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien [fanart, fanfic]

Aredhel & Maeglin
Celebrían & Celebrimbor
Celebrimbor & Narvi
Celebrimbor & Finduilas Faelivrin
Celebrimbor & Maglor
Celebrimbor & Orodreth
Curufin & Finrod
Elendil & Elrond
Elendil's wife & Tar-Míriel
Emeldir & Morwen Eledhwen
Finrod & Edrahil
Finrod & Haleth
Haleth & Guardswomen
Morwen & Rían

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Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [fanfic]

Aral Vorkosigan & Piotr Vorkosigan
Miles Vorkosigan & Piotr Vorkosigan
Simon Illyan & Aral Vorkosigan

Some things I wrote

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:19 pm
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Here are the things I've written since the last time I shared stuff here, mostly drabbles and ficlets. It's all Tolkien, for The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings.

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Drabbles, drabbles everywhere

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:13 pm
zdenka: A woman touching open books, with loose pages blowing around her (book guardian)
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The Multifandom Drabble Exchange 2017 has just been revealed. (This is the same drabble exchange that was run on Imzy last year, but since Imzy is no more, it has now moved to AO3.)

Oh my GOSH you guys. I have ten gifts (or maybe eleven, since something on my gift page is currently stuck in a weird AO3 limbo). I feel like someone just handed me a big basket of puppies and kittens. I'm still in the middle of reading my way through them, and then there's the rest of the collection(s) to look forward to.

I was hoping to go on a treat-writing spree myself, but I was so busy/tired/distracted with Chess that I only managed a set of three drabbles for my recipient. Maybe next time!

The main collection (with one drabble for each person): here
The treat collection (with all the rest): here


Edit: It turns out the extra one was a glitch, but I'm so not complaining. I've read my gifts now and they are all just great.

Enlightenment apostasy

Jul. 15th, 2017 12:09 pm
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(A friend recently posted about feeling depressed at the extent to which people seem perfectly content to embrace beliefs about the world that fly in the face of our observations of it. This started out as a comment and got out of hand.)

Yeah, I hear that.

That said: I find it really helps me, when I'm disoriented in the way you describe, to remember that the Enlightenment is fairly recent, historically speaking.

The idea that we can arrive at accurate beliefs about the world by observing it, studying it, experimenting with it, taking careful records, making predictions and checking to see whether our predictions are accurate... that idea is just a few centuries old.

The idea that we can converge on beliefs about the world through that process...
That the same experiment can be expected to get the same result whether performed by Christians or Jews or Pagans or atheists, by conservatives or liberals, by materialists or spiritualists...
That the observable world itself can be the source of a set of shared self-reinforcing beliefs...
That reliance on that process can form the cornerstone of a community just as reliance on a set of stories about God that we inherited from our ancestors does...

...these are really new ideas, historically speaking. Our culture has not fully assimilated them, not even close. Most of us weren't raised in the community of believers in the process of observing our surroundings and reasoning about them rigorously and communicating about them reliably. We don't really have social practices that reinforce that process.

So, sure, we often reject it. We often stray from that path and return to the older practice of performing culturally endorsed beliefs about reality in order to reinforce group boundaries and affirm group loyalty without reference to a shared observational practice.

That's unsurprising. Humans have been doing that before we have records; probably since before we were recognizably human.

And the alternative is genuinely hard! And honestly, as community-centering practices go, it lacks a lot: it de-centers individuals, it doesn't directly address moral issues, it doesn't distinguish between emotionally satisfying and emotionally alienating claims, it doesn't speak to our fears about nonexistence and loneliness, etc.

The one thing it has going for it is a promise to converge on shared truths if followed assiduously.

And for a lot of us that just isn't enough, or isn't always enough. We may embrace the tangible benefits of the practice, the tools and medicines and crop yields and cherry-picked theories that reinforce our culturally endorsed beliefs, but we tend to reject the practice itself. Heck, even the thing we call "science" is riddled with those practices, like any other human institution. Those habits run deep.

So, sure, of course we continue to practice the old ways, choosing the practice of performing cultural beliefs despite contradictory observations over the practice of centering and converging on observable patterns in reality.

We will continue to do that for a long, long time. It's a natural consequence of being the sort of systems we are.

So anyway, as I say, remembering that helps me approach Enlightenment apostasy with compassion during periods where I start to fear it as the end of the world. And I find that helps.

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