ErestorFin
ACOTER: ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ELVEN REALMS
Day 5, Forenoon: Suspects and Successors


Fandom: LOTR
Pairing: Erestor/Glorfindel
Other characters: Elrond, Celeborn, Thranduil, Legolas, Tauriel, Mauburz, Námo, Estorel and Lórindol (the sons of Erestor and Glorfindel), Elvoron and Ellón (remember them?)
Rating: PG-13 overall
Warnings: This is humour, no angst, no drama, just warm fuzzies.
Spoilers: Elves are mentioned who appear in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Beta: Eveiya

For all my lovely friends in the LOTR fandom, especially the ones who need a bit of a cheer-up at the moment.

Summary: Every year, Elrond, Celeborn, Galadriel and Thranduil meet up for a conference in Rivendell. This time, it's a battle of elks and egos.


( Day 5, Forenoon: Suspects and Successors )


You can read this story on AO3 as well.
Made by the most lovely Miss Sayaye
ACOTER: ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ELVEN REALMS
Day 4: Twists and Twins


Fandom: LOTR
Pairing: Erestor/Glorfindel
Other characters: Elrond, Celeborn, Thranduil, Legolas, Tauriel, Mauburz, Námo, Estorel and Lórindol (the sons of Erestor and Glorfindel), Elvoron and Ellón (remember them?)
Rating: PG-13 overall
Warnings: This is humour, no angst, no drama, just warm fuzzies.
Spoilers: Elves are mentioned who appear in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Beta: Eveiya

For all my lovely friends in the LOTR fandom, especially the ones who need a bit of a cheer-up at the moment.

Summary: Every year, Elrond, Celeborn, Galadriel and Thranduil meet up for a conference in Rivendell. This time, it's a battle of elks and egos.

( Day 4: Twists and Twins )

You can read this story on AO3 as well.
Made by the most lovely Miss Sayaye
ACOTER: ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ELVEN REALMS
Day 3: Budgets and Bets


Fandom: LOTR
Pairing: Erestor/Glorfindel
Other characters: Elrond, Celeborn, Thranduil, Legolas, Tauriel, Mauburz, Estorel and Lórindol (the sons of Erestor and Glorfindel - remember them?)
Rating: PG-13 overall
Warnings: This is humour, no angst, no drama, just warm fuzzies.
Spoilers: Elves are mentioned who appear in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Beta: Eveiya

For all my lovely friends in the LOTR fandom, especially the ones who need a bit of a cheer-up at the moment.

Summary: Every year, Elrond, Celeborn, Galadriel and Thranduil meet up for a conference in Rivendell. This time, it's a battle of elks and egos.


( Day 3: Budgets and Bets )


You can read this story on AO3 as well.
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ACOTER: ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ELVEN REALMS
Day 2: Boulders and Brothers


Fandom: LOTR
Pairing: Erestor/Glorfindel
Other characters: Elrond, Celeborn, Thranduil, Legolas, Tauriel, Mauburz, Estorel and Lórindol (the sons of Erestor and Glorfindel - remember them?)
Rating: PG-13 overall
Warnings: This is humour, no angst, no drama, just warm fuzzies.
Spoilers: Elves are mentioned who appear in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Beta: Eveiya

For all my lovely friends in the LOTR fandom, especially the ones who need a bit of a cheer-up at the moment.

Summary: Every year, Elrond, Celeborn, Galadriel and Thranduil meet up for a conference in Rivendell. This time, it's a battle of elks and egos.


( Day 2: Boulders and Brothers )



You can read this story on AO3 as well.

Made by the most lovely Miss Sayaye
After an uploading-marathon lasting several evenings, all my LOTR fic can now be found on AO3, with exception of a few bits and pieces which make no sense to store in the archive. You can still find everything including fanart etc. on my website, Vanilla Elf: The Most Boring Life of Master Erestor of Rivendell.

CAW
Sometimes a crow is more than only a bird.
Erestor/Glorfindel, Asfaloth, Glorfinkle, Lindir, Námo

HAIL THE VICTORIOUS DEAD
The Halls of Waiting are a well-organised civil service. Alas, mistakes do happen.
Boromir, Námo, Faramir

ACOTER: ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ELVEN REALMS
Every year, Elrond, Celeborn, Galadriel and Thranduil meet up for a conference in Rivendell. This year, Glorfindel's untiring and somewhat excentric efforts to win Erestor's love add to the general chaos - as does Elrond's wine cellar.
Erestor/Glorfindel, Haldir/Rabbit, Celeborn/Galadriel, Thranduil, Elladan, Elrohir, Orophin, Rúmil, Legolas

SWORDS AND PACIFIERS
SAP picks up where ACOTER ended - the relationship between Erestor and Glorfindel shows an amazing result.… "Swords and Pacifiers" brings you all the clichés you know about pregnancy - from strange food cravings to mood swings - but also some flashbacks regarding Glorfindel's past. The Balrog slayer has a very sad secret…
Erestor/Glorfindel, Haldir/Rabbit, Celeborn/Galadriel, Thranduil, Elladan, Elrohir, Orophin, Rúmil, Legolas

THE KNAVE
This is the story of Orophin and Elladan, and how they finally found happiness. Some ties not even death can cut - and life is a never ending gamble. It is also the story of Erestor and Glorfindel, and how they cope with their little Elfling, Estorel.
Elladan/Orophin, Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond/Gil-Galad, Elladan/Elrohir, Orophin/OFC, Haldir/Rabbit, Rúmil, Námo, Amaris, Mauburz

FINDING NÁMO
The keeper of the souls of elves finds that the separation between life and death is not as clear-cut anymore as it once was.
Elladan/Orophin, Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond/Gil-Galad, Elladan/Elrohir, Orophin/OFC, Haldir/Rabbit, Rúmil, Námo, Amaris, Mauburz, Legolas Gil-Galad/Amaris

THIEVING MAGPIE
The one where Erestor is a thief: If you catch a thief, do you have to keep him?
Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond/Original Male Character(s)

THE RASCAL
Celeborn and his advisor Orophin are trying to talk Elrond into a treaty that would be of great advantage to them, and a big loss for him. Will Erestor be able to help his lord? And will Glorfindel finally manage to tell Erestor how he feels about him?
Erestor/Glorfindel, Erestor/Orophin, Celeborn/Galadriel, Elrond/Original Male Character

SHELTER
Glorfindel learns that he does not know as much about Erestor as he thought. And Erestor finally confronts a part of his past he tried to forget...
Erestor/Glorfindel, Erestor/OFC

PAINTING THE WOODS RED
Lórindol aka Nonfindel tries to charm the king of Mirkwood - alas, Thranduil is not overly cooperative...
Tranduil/Nonfindel, Legolas

YULETIDE TALES 2003: THE (TW)ELF DAYS OF YULE
This series contains bits and pieces which belong in the "Knave" universe and lead on to the sequel, "Finding Námo".
Erestor/Glorfindel, Elladan/Orophin, Elrohir/Námo, Elrond/Gil-galad, Celeborn/Melpomaen, Galadriel/Rúmil, Haldir/Rabbit, Mauburz, Legolas, Thranduil, Amaris, Melpomaen

YULETIDE TALES 2004: THE TW(ELF) DAYS OF YULE
12 ficlets, leading through the 12 Days of Christmas - funny, sappy, melancholic tales. Best read with a hot cup of cacao.
Erestor/Glorfindel, Gil-galad/Amaris, Celeborn/Galadriel, Orophin/OMC, Elrond/Glorfindel, Celeborn/Melpomaen, Elrond/OMC, Thranduil/Original Male Character, Elrohir/Námo, Lórien/Vairë, Haldir/Rabbit, Legolas, Gimli

YULETIDE TALES 2005: (NOT) THE TW(ELF) DAYS OF YULE
Yuletide tales for my two series "Glorfindel Lion-heart" and "The most boring life of Master Erestor of Rivendell". You will read about the deeds of our heroes in the future, and about their past. But no matter how different these tales might be, they have one thing in common: love.
Erestor/Glorfindel, Oropher/OFC, Aragorn/Arwen, Galadriel/Rúmil, Thranduil, Legolas, Mauburz, Elrond

YULETIDE TALES 2006: VELVET AND GOLD
Your first love might be your last love.
Erestor/Glorfindel, Legolas/Estorel, Gimli, Elrond

WILD HUNT / NOCTURNE
What is legend, what is truth? And where does Middle-earth end, and our world begin? (Set in the Elizabethan Age)
OFC, Erestor

GLORFINDEL LION-HEART
Glorfindel wishes he had a lion-heart. And Erestor.
Erestor/Glorfindel, Erestor/Legolas, Celebrían/Elrond, Sloe, Melpomaen, Thranduil

(THE RETURN OF) ACOTER: ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ELVEN REALMS
Every year, Elrond, Celeborn and Thranduil meet up for a conference in Rivendell. And this year, it's a battle of elks and egos!
Erestor/Glorfindel, Elrond, Legolas, Thranduil, Celeborn, Tauriel, Mauburz, Estorel and Lórindol, Thranduil's Deer, Asfaloth

  • I haven't moved the additional notes; they made sense 12 years ago to those of us who frequented the EOAS tag board. They are still on the website, though.

  • I've removed all song lyrics.

  • I'm new to AO3, and haven't read my own fic in a decade. So I'd be very grateful if you could give me a heads-up if you find a character or, more importantly, a warning missing etc.

Have fun reading!
Made by the most lovely Miss Sayaye
ACOTER: ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ELVEN REALMS
Day 1: Elk and Ego

Fandom: LOTR
Pairing: Erestor/Glorfindel
Other characters: Elrond, Celeborn, Thranduil, Legolas, Tauriel, Mauburz
Warnings: This is humour, no angst, no drama, just warm fuzzies.
Spoilers: Elves are mentioned who appear in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Beta: Eveiya

For all my lovely friends in the LOTR fandom, especially the ones who need a bit of a cheer-up at the moment.

Summary: Every year, Elrond, Celeborn, Galadriel and Thranduil meet up for a conference in Rivendell. It's a battle of elk and egos.

Author's notes: "A.C.O.T.E.R." was the first fanfic I ever wrote, and it was the beginning of my long journey with Erestor and Glorfindel. Much fun was had, but as it happens, the two left one day and I thought they'd set sail for Valinor. It was a sad moment; a bit like two close friends moving to the other side of the world. I missed them very much, but I should have known that they were not gone forever. So what can I say - I returned from the premiere of "The Hobbit"; and they were sitting on my sofa. Tricky Elvses!

Thranduil's list of requirements was inspired by countless band riders that I worked through during my years in the music business. Those requirements are real!


Day 1: Elk and Ego

Coming soon: Day 2
Made by the most lovely Miss Sayaye
As I have to work on Easter (please insert random, furious swearing here) we can't go to HobbitCon (Bonn, Germany, 30 March - 1 April 2013).

Confirmed guests appearing at HobbitCon:


Sylvester McCoy (Radagast, also the Seventh Doctor)
Mark Hadlow (Dori)
John Callen (Óin)
Dean O'Gorman (Fili)
Adam Brown (Ori)
Peter Hambleton (Gloin)
Stephen Hunter (Bombur)
Graham McTavish (Dwalin)
James Nesbitt (Bofur)
Jed Brophy (Nori)


plus workshops, speeches and much more.

We're selling two tickets (#51 and #52) plus three nights directly at the con hotel/venue (29.03.-01.04.2013).

The original price for this was EUR 822.00, but we're selling everything for EUR 270.00 per person (registration charge has to be paid by the buyer).

Save me from further headache, please... any takers?
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"The Last Journey of HMS Dover" is a naval ghost story set in the late 18th century, taken from my book "The Radiant Boy - Four Ghost Stories from the Age of Sail". While the book is only available as a paperback, you now have the unique chance to download this one tale all through November for only £ 1.99.

My revenue per purchase is £ 1.23, and that will go 100% to the animal shelter which I've supported for quite a while. At the moment, the cat house is in dire need of renovation, and I hope I can drum up some funds with this "Hallowe'en Special" so the kitties will get a new home before Christmas.

HMS Dover prepares for her last journey, and so does Captain Ashley. After more than forty years at sea, all he longs for is a hopefully long retirement in the country, surrounded by his family and dogs. Unfortunately, there are rumours of a haunting aboard, and Captain Ashley knows only too well how the reputed presence of a ghost could influence the morale of his superstitious tars.

Of course there are no such things as ghosts, only creaking floorboards, the rustling of rats helping themselves to the provisions and the wind blowing eerily in the rigging...


Click here to buy:

THE LAST JOURNEY OF HMS DOVER

Written by Emma Collingwood
Illustrations by Amandine de Villeneuve
Edited by Timothy T. Tarbottom, Esq.





Just like the book, this story comes with a book curse. ;-)

Please spread the word; thanks in advance for buying the story and I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Made by the most lovely Miss Sayaye

I know that it's Saturday and therefore a bad day for posting, but please, do read this entry and follow the links inside; it's important for fans, whether they are in the LotR fandom or not.

"(...) LOTRFanFiction.com is a fan fiction archive, just like TwilightArchives.com (another site I snapped up a couple of months ago).

The thinking is that I can leverage the technology behind the Twilight site’s redesign to quickly rejuvenate the LOTR site. Plus, plenty of opportunities for cross promotion and integration (SSO, for example).

The longer term thought is that with the combined user base, I’ll be able to quickly enter and dominate new fandoms, hopefully creating some returns. (...)" - Keith Mander, in his blog

 

Every two or three years, some clever clogs "discovers" that wonderful thing called fandom and tries to monetize on it (Fanlib, anyone?); Keith Mander is only the latest, you can read all about the case here (many thanks to esteliel for her work). None of them seems to be able to use Google, or they'd realised by now that, no, you can't make money with a fanfiction archive. All legal problems aside, you have the basic rule that the one with the money is the one to set the rules. In the case of a website, that would be the advertisers. Sooner or later, one of them will stumble over Erestor/Glorfindel tentacle porn and demand that such filth shall either be removed, or they wouldn't want to see their products advertised on that site anymore. It's happened in the past, it will happen again.

The thing is: fanfic writers are not employees. They won't write the stories your advertisers want to read; they'll write what's coming in their heads, period. Could be G-rated romance, could be NC-17 orgy. So even if authors wouldn't mind that some git makes money from their work, they would mind very much if their writing was restricted and censored. Without authors, no stories. No stories, no advertising. Simples.

The Keith Manderses of this world are like locusts, hopping from one green pasture to the next and leaving dust behind. But that's their nature. On the other hand, we have the ones who really think a locust would enter a field and only eat the weed. We have the "I don't care what happens as long as I get my porn" crowd. But the driving forces in every fandom, the ones who keep it alive are usually those who do care. And once their gone, the archive is dead.

"Yes, but there's ff.net and they also make money and some websites have donation buttons and..."

Running a website, especially a large one, costs a ton of money. Webspace, traffic, maintenance, software, backup, taxes, staff, time etc. - you don't get that for free. Something like ff.net isn't run by one person sitting in a garage and doing it in their spare time. Does ff.net make a profit? I guess so. Only very few people who are not fans would invest so much money and time into a website if it didn't make some sort of profit. But I doubt that it's much.

That's not really the point, though: if you put your story up on ff.net, you know what you get. And you know there are ads and you know that, indirectly, you generate income for the people running the website. That's not the case with LOTRFanFiction.com, though. People archived their stories there because they wanted to share their work with other fans on a fan-run platform. None of them agreed to write for Keith Manders. None of them volounteered to secure his pension fund.

Keith's very open about his business tactics and intentions:

"(...) My approach would be to directly contact site owners who are unaware of their site’s value and who’ve never experimented with online advertising. They’re usually surprised when you contact them with an offer and this eases the negotiation process. The potential with this approach is far greater.

Using information on popular search keywords is a good starting point. I think it’s wise to concentrate on topics that are not immediately commercial in nature as you’re more likely to discover a site created out of passion, rather than for profit.
(...)"

There. All you need to know. I can understand that Adora, the previous owner of the site, got tired and didn't want to carry the costs anymore. But if she says that

"(...) That doesn't necessarily mean there are any intentions to turn it into a cash cow. Indeed, with the existing cost of the server, in addition to expense involved in making improvements in the first place, this is not and will never be a hugely profitable enterprise. He knows that... and if his only interest was making money, he wouldn't be doing it with a niche site based on a very specific interest. That's not how you turn over a high-level profit. (...)"

then I can only say that I wish she'd googled her new business partner before she sold her website.

Under the name of erestor , I started writing LotR fanfic back in 2003. And just like with my current fandom, I never archived my work anywhere but on my own websites. Why? Because there will always be a locust, and there will always, always be one who feeds it salad rather than insecticide. In the past, I've been offered £500 for Joyful Molly and $ 1'200 for Good Boy, Sparky; I've been asked to "hype" stuff for money, and I doubt I'm the only one. You can't blame people for accepting such an offer - as long as they sell only their own stuff. A fanfiction archive, however? That's a different kettle of fish.

This is not about a website getting a new owner; it's not about better functionality and software upgrades and getting used to a new layout. It's about, in Keith Mander's own words, "quickly enter and dominate new fandoms, hopefully creating some returns". Well, good luck with that, Buster!

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Huh? I tried to delete a prehistoric community (and I did switch to the community name first!) and deleted my LJ instead! I won't try that again. Phew, I already saw six years of my life disappearing into cyberspace. 

So, if you got an "unfriended" note - ignore.

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