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http://lotr-community.livejournal.com/342837.html

There are only two days left to send a card to any member of the SWG a card to show your appreciation of their writing, beta work or simply being around as a member of fandom.
http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/birthday10/card-send.php

Nominating a story or sending a card is a great way to show your favourite writers that you appreciate them and feeling appreciated is worth more than gold dust.

August Teitho Contest

Have you been traveling during this summer? And have you asked for Directions? Well, let me ask for some from you, because that is our topic for August.
East and West, South and North are some of the most important directions, if you have a compass with you. But you do not need a compass to know that in Middle-earth, these are not just simple cardinal points, but also have a deeper, symbolic meaning. East is the direction to Mordor, and despite of the rising sun, it is a synonym of evil:
‘You left the East Wind to me,’ said Gimli, ‘but I will say naught of it.’ ‘That is as it should be,’ said Aragorn. ‘In Minas Tirith they endure the East Wind, but they do not ask it for tidings.
West, on the other hand, is where the Powers dwell in their beautiful land, and where the Elven ships sail to not return, the symbol of something good and pure. This is often reflected in the story, like the name of Aragorn's sword - Andúril, Flame of the West.

The cardinal points are not the only directions, though. Forwards and backwards, left and right - these are the directions that are relative to the viewer. It is the summary of Bilbo's journey from his own point of view: "there and back again". But these directions don't have to be only limited to space - backwards and forwards can also indicate moving in time, the progress and decay of civilisation or individual, dwellling on the past or looking forwards to the present.

Directions can also be any instructions or orders, describing the way or actions that someone should take. Asking for them can be connected with getting lost, which is a fact that's sometimes hard to admit (especially to a ranger). And not always the given directions help, as I'm sure many of you have had the chance to find out while arguing with a GPS.

And if you need any directions about writing your story or drawing a picture for Teitho, you can check our rules page!

The deadline for this challenge is August 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!

Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach

Danger in Ithilien - Chapter three

Danger in Ithilien

Disclaimer - These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain

With grateful thanks to Raksha and Ellynn. Most of this chapter was written by Raksha.

A/n This story was written several years ago and I have only just decided to edit and post it. It is a multi- chaptered story in much the same style as "Shadow and Thought".

Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don't.- Brett Butler, 'Knee Deep in Paradise'


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Not So Exciting, But So Very Important

Originally posted by kitty_committee at Not So Exciting, But So Very Important
I know a ringworm room isn't the most exciting thing in the world to be donating towards, but the  fact that our Humane Society is building one, says so much about where we are as a shelter, and to me, this is a thrill. I know the shelter staff feels the same way.

For many rescue organizations, treating kittens with ringworm, isn't even an option. Even though the condition itself is rarely life-threatening, sadly, it can still be a death sentence because shelters often don't have the funds, manpower, or space to treat it.

Because of all the generous donations this community has given over the years, you've helped make improvements in so many areas, the shelter can now focus on things that once seemed like distance dreams - like building this room.

I hope you'll choose to support this shelter dream and make a donation today!


And this room needs a name. Have you tried to say Ringworm Room out loud?  It's awkward, isn't it?  If you have any good ideas, we would love to hear them!


Mr Guilford offered up a very generous $5000 match today to help us buildout this room. So far, we've brought in a little over a $1000 today, so there's still $4000 left to match. We've got until 7:00 PM Pacific Time to meet this match.

I really hope you'll join me and help make this happen!

To make a donation, please visit our Firstgiving page.  Thank you so much!





Harry

One of my favourite baby photos of Harry. I'd only had him about three hours when I took this. He made himself at home at once and never cried for his mother or siblings.

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Cute kittens

I love this kitten LJ. There is currently a fundraiser in progress for the cats and kittens and every little helps.

This way for a video of cute kittens.

http://www.theittybittykittycommittee.com/2015/07/pantalones-de-loco-x-four.html

Ficlet Exchange


Sitting on the beach, wishing for a low key, multi-fandom, gen fic exchange? Then sign up for the Summer Ficlet Excange at great_tales! Signups open until July 29th.

Danger in Ithilien - Chapter Two

Danger in Ithilien

Disclaimer - These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain

With grateful thanks to Raksha and Ellynn.

A/n This story was written several years ago and I have only just decided to edit and post it. It is a multi- chaptered story in much the same style as "Shadow and Thought".

"They also serve who only stand and wait" - Milton

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Wealth and Want

Wealth and Want – Linda Hoyland

"Wealth and want equally harden the human heart." - Theodore Parker

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – The Bible – Luke 6.38

Rating G

The named characters belong to Tolkien and his heirs. Only the OCs are mine.

With thanks to Deandra.

Written for the Teitho "Money" challenge where it was placed second.


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Danger in Ithilien

Danger in Ithilien

Disclaimer - These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain

With grateful thanks to Raksha and Ellynn.

A/n This story was written several years ago and I have only just decided to edit and post it. It is a multi- chaptered story in much the same style as "Shadow and Thought".

Rating PG13



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