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January/February News


2017 January Potluck Challenge

The 2017 January Potluck Challenge is ready for sign-up! For those of you who are new to this challenge, it's where we (1) give you a chance to finish up and post any challenges you did not finish during 2016, or (2) give you a chance at some of the prompts that did not get used during the past year or (3) both.

To join in, simply choose your prompt and claim it by
leaving a comment at the original post
. More than one person may claim a prompt. In addition, you are not limited to just one prompt. You may claim as many as you like; we do ask that you put each claim in a separate comment, as it will help us keep track of things better. If you want to, you may claim a prompt, finish it and then claim another. You may also comment to say if you are finishing up a story from previous challenges.

Your stories will be due in the moderator's queue by Friday, January 20, and will be unlocked on Monday, January 23. Please tag your story "month: 2017 January" and "challenge: 2017 potluck" Please remember to use the following header template (also found on the community profile page), and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

The 2016 Yule Exchange

There were eleven stories for December's Yule Exchange

The Choice by (for ). Deciding whether or not to sail has unexpected complications for Elladan.

A Dragon for Dora's Yule by (for ). Illness and bad weather make it necessary for Fosco and Ruby Baggins to stay with Bungo and Belladonna for Yule this year.

Home for Midwinter by (for ). Someone loves Maglor and eagerly awaits his return.

Journeys by (for ). Trapped in a cave by a rainstorm, Maglor and Maedhros reminisce and discuss future plans.

Keep the Home Fires Burning by (for ). It’s time at last for Gloín to leave Rivendell and return home.

The Last Homely House Welcomes Mr. Baggins by (for ). As Bilbo journeys to Erebor, the residents of Rivendell make plans for his return stay.

Out of the Shadows of the Past, A King by (for ). Boromir is faced with the unexpected revelation that Aragorn is heir to the line of Kings, and ponders what a returned King will mean to Gondor -- and to himself.

Salt by (for ). Erestor and Gil-galad take a mental health day at the beach.

The Ship of Light by (for ). Elwing is a troubled child, acting out to avoid facing the trauma of her past. During the survivors' first Yule at Sirion, mariners from Balar bring gifts to the refugees, and inspired by their benevolence, Elwing and Eärendil remake an old tradition into a new symbol of hope.

Something spicy by (for ). Lacking experience sometimes means making mistakes and can have unexpected consequences. Making new friends aren't the worst of those.

Winter Came Earlier by (for ). No context really; just a bit of fluff and a little heartbreak centering around a long-term relationship. I was asked for a story in which Elladan and Glorfindel loved one another. That’s what I wrote!

Winter Sons of Gondor by (for ). Boromir takes his younger brother on one last adventure before adulthood.

Attention Artists on MPTT!

Next month's fiction challenge is going to be "Art's Desire"; we will be asking authors to choose art from the MPTT Art Gallery to use as inspiration for their stories.

Because of that, we'd like to encourage you to upload more of your artistic creations to the archive over the next couple of weeks in order to give our writers a wider choice of possibilities. The new February story challenge will be posted right after the January Potluck Challenge stories are revealed.

If you have any questions, please email us at manypaths@lotrgfic.com


Display of special characters

The issue the archive was having with the display of special characters has now been solved, and everything should be back to normal. It had been caused by a change by the provider to the software the archive runs on.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you!

Other Items of Interest

If you are interested please check out our sister group, The Silmarillion Writers Guild.

Posted by: Dreamflower on 01/08/17 - 03:51 pm()

Display of special characters

The issue the archive was having with the display of special characters has now been solved, and everything should be back to normal. It had been caused by a change by the provider to the software the archive runs on.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you!

Posted by: Ysilme on 01/29/16 - 03:39 pm()

July/August News

2015 July Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge: Arrivals and Departures

The July Challenge stories, with the theme of "Arrivals and Departures" have now been posted. This month was our annual Fixed-Length Ficlet challenge, in which the participants chose a number between 101 and 400, to be used as their exact word count.

We had a bountiful crop of these little gems this year!

I Made a Promise by last_winterrose Fili watched as Kili makes and keeps a promise to their mother.
Departure by Ness Halbarad watches Aragorn depart for the Quest.
Arrival by Ness Aragorn ponders the arrival of the Grey Company.
A New Arrival by Talullah Red A new arrival at the family.
The New Folk - by Larner The arrival of certain individuals to Tol Eressea indicates they must in time depart as well.
What He Could Recall by Dreamflower Three times Frodo arrived someplace new, and then departed.
Telpelindë by Silver Trails Telpelindë says good-bye to Curufin(wë)
The Hidden Vale by Linaewen Boromir reaches the hidden valley of Imladris.
Never Too Late by Keiliss Maglor visits Rivendell long after the Last Ship has sailed and has an unexpected encounter.

In addition, two of our Round Robin Comment Challenge stories, written for last year's fifth anniversary, have been completed. They are:

For The Hobbit
Dreamfeast by KathyG, Dreamflower and LarnerWhat happened to Bombur after his fall into the Enchanted River?

For The Lord of the Rings:
The Trouble with Chestnuts by Contributing Authors ( Linaewen, shirebound, Dreamflower, Linaewen, KathyG, Raksha the Demon, periantari, and Larner.

We hope that you enjoy the stories and let the authors know!

The August Non-fiction Challenge
The August Challenge will once again have the theme "Nonfiction." You will not receive an element for this challenge; rather, we encourage all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's legendarium. You are free to choose your own topic!

The August challenge entries will be due Friday, August 21 and will be revealed on Monday, August 23.

Please tag your essay "challenge: non-fiction" and "month: 2015 august". Use the following special header for your nonfiction entry: Put "Nonfiction" as the theme, and as "type" indicate whether it is an essay, research, tutorial or other type of nonfiction. Make sure to put the name of your piece and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Sindarin Verbs by Scholar Sue").



Author:
Title:
Rating:
Theme:
Subject:
Type:
Author's Notes:
Word Count:





To indicate your participation, please leave a comment to this post, or you can email the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com. Remember: You do NOT have to wait for a prompt or element.

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our August challenge!






Posted by: Dreamflower on 07/19/15 - 02:27 pm()

July/August News

MPTT 5 Anniversary banner
Five years ago on July 27th,  the Many Paths to Tread Archive was opened. 



To celebrate, we set up a special Comment Fic Challenge. which was to be unveiled on the anniversary, but the stories are not yet complete, so we will be extending the challenge until the stories are finished! If you have not yet taken the chance to contribute, go have a look and maybe join in! We are also extending the Art Challenge for the same amount of time. We have only one entry there, but hope some of you might feel inspired to contribute still!

Thank you all for the support you have given the archive over the years!


 


The July Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge


The July Challenge stories, with the theme of "Summer Breeze" have now been posted. This was our annual fixed-length-ficlet challenge, in which each author chose a number between 101 and 400 as a word-count.

Storm Child by Erulisse (one L) As a summer thunderstorm inundates Imladris, Elrohir revels in the beauty of the clouds and strong winds.
A Child's Dream of Hope - by Larner As a young child, Faramir finds a dream to hold onto during a visit to Ithilien in his father's company.
A Hobbit Walking Party by Dreamflower A journey to celebrate the Midsummer holiday in the year of Shire Reckoning 1418 is marred by secrets.

We hope that you enjoy the stories and let the authors know!

The 2014 Tree and Flower Awards!


MPPT 5 Anniversary N


NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Just a quick reminder of the rules on nominations

-All stories must be posted at Many Paths to Tread by July 26 of this year. (Stories may be updated after that date, but must have been originally posted by that date.) -No self-nominations -Previous winners are ineligible for nomination. You may find the list of previous winners here. The only exception is a story which was nominated in the Work-in-Progress category in a previous year and placed may be nominated in a different category when it is completed. Stories previously nominated, but that did not place, are still eligible for nomination. -Only one nomination per category. You may nominate in as many categories as you wish. -Nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread on the nomination posts.

- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Races.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Type of work.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Source.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Genre.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Characters.
- This is the post for nominations of works in random Special Categories.

Nominations will be open from today until August 15. So you have two weeks to nominate. There have been a few changes to the Awards, you can find that information here.
Please remember to check other nominations to make sure that the story you want to nominate has not already been nominated this year. Check other possible categories as well as the one you wish to nominate for: a story about a character may also qualify as a drama or as a drabble or some other category!

Voting polls will open on August 29, and will remain open until September 15. We hope you will enjoy this year's MPTT Tree and Flower Awards!


The August Non-fiction Challenge


The August Challenge will once again have the theme "Nonfiction." You will not receive an element for this challenge; rather, we encourage all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's legendarium. You are free to choose your own topic!

The August challenge entries will be due Thursday, August 21 and will be revealed on Saturday, August 23.

Please tag your essay "non-fiction" and " '14 august". Use the following special header for your nonfiction entry: Put "Nonfiction" as the theme, and as "type" indicate whether it is an essay, research, tutorial or other type of nonfiction.
Make sure to put the name of your piece and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Sindarin Verbs by Scholar Sue").


<b>Author:</b>
<b>Title:</b>
<b>Rating:</b> 
<b>Theme:</b> 
<b>Subject:</b>
<b>Type:</b> 
<b>Author's Notes:</b> 
<b>Word Count:</b>


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I hope we'll have lots of participants for our August challenge!

Posted by: Dreamflower on 07/31/14 - 08:23 pm()

March/April News

March/April News

March/April News

Welcome to new members who have joined in March and April! We hope you are enjoying the archive!

The March Challenge

The March Challenge stories, with the theme of "Show Don't Tell" have now been posted. The theme was to write a story with no spoken dialogue, and the prompts were gestures which had to be included in the story. We’ve had 8 entries so far.

The March Show Don't Tell Challenge

Rounded Up in the Woods by Dreamflower Merry and Pippin set out to capture the last of the Ruffians in the Shire
Snow on the Mountain by Linaewen Boromir and Aragorn struggle to make a path through the snow on the Caradhras mountainside.
"More Than Meets the Eye" by Shirebound At Bag End, Thorin catches a glimpse of Bilbo’s potential.
Too Good to Share, by Jay of Lasgalen Elladan is searching for something - but Elrohir keeps quiet.
Snowdrops, by Himring Valacar, prince of Gondor, is sent to Rhovanion to learn the ways of his father’s allies and falls in love with Vidumavi, the daughter of his host.
The Ambush by Larner The dog fox finds his family's rest disturbed one evening.
In His Hands by Rhymer Sometimes the most important things of all can be conveyed without a word. A soldier of Gondor, serving under Captain Thorongil, is about to learn this lesson. He will never forget it, even as decades pass, and the world is changed.
Flight by Erulisse (one L) Galadriel crosses the Helcaraxë.

I hope you will check out the stories, and let the authors know how you liked them!
And authors, remember if you have not yet done so, to re-post your story here.

April 2014 Poetry Challenge

The April Challenge will have the theme "Laugh!"; in honor of the fact that April is National Poetry Month, we are asking the participants to try their hand at a humorous poem! Prompts will be a pair of rhyming words--you may use them in the poem or in the title or just use them as inspiration.

So try your hand at a bit of funny verse, be it a limerick, a filk, a parody, a clerihew or whatever you can come up with to give us a chuckle! This article about humor in poetry might give you a few ideas!

The April challenge poems will be due Monday April 21,and will be revealed on Wednesday, April 23. Please tag your story "challenge: funny poetry" and "2014 april". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.
To request your prompt, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our April challenge!

Back to Middle-earth Month was a huge success!

We have reached the end of March and another Back to Middle-earth Month. This year's event was huge, involving 44 different authors, 14 different artists, and many, many more readers and reviewers.

You can still find all the B2MeM stories and art here at the b2mem LiveJournal. A lot of them have been re-posted here at MPTT as well! If you created something for B2MeM and have yet to re-post it here we invite you to do so.

The Silmarillion (Re-)Reading Project 2014

The Silmarillion re-reading is underway! Summaries and discussions for chapters are posted twice a month. Remember, there are no deadlines for participation, so feel free to jump into the discussion at any time. Discussion posts can be found here at the Silmarillion Writers Guild LiveJournal

The Read LotR Aloud Project
The LiveJournal community read_lotr_aloud is a community project to read aloud The Lord of the Rings via LJ voice-post or other means of audio posting. Every other month a chapter is read, being divided up between the volunteers for reading. The community has already finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring, and is now up to Chapter X of The Two Towers. Please check out the Read LotR Aloud Project, listen to the readings, and consider participating!

It's a lot of fun! We'd love to have more readers!

The ToME Awards

The Tales of Middle Earth Awards will be a brand new review-based Tolkien-centric awards. The hopes are to launch the awards early next spring. If you are interested in taking part in these awards, you can join in the fun of building it from the ground up by joining the The Tales of Middle Earth Planning Community on LiveJournal.

Volunteer to take part in the planning, or in helping out with the awards when they are launched!


 

Posted by: Dreamflower on 04/09/14 - 08:40 am()

January/February News

January/February News

January Challenge

Here are the links to the January 2014 Potluck Challenge stories! As is our tradition every January, each author either chose a "leftover" prompt from one of 2013's challenges, or chose to complete a challenge they had begun earlier.

We had nine stories in January!

The Standard Revealed - by Larner The first one to serve as standard bearer for Aragorn fell in battle.
Haven by Linaewen Boromir and Faramir look out from the walls of Dol Amroth and talk about Elves.
Of Spices and Stewed Goat, by Rhymer Faramir receives an unexpected visitor in the wilds of Ithilien, leading to an afternoon of wine, cooking and memories.
An Oath Fulfilled, by Rhymer Lost in the darkness, the Dead have waited three thousand years for the Heir of Isildur to come to them, and now he is come. He is come.
Garnet and Gold, by Rhymer Long after the end of the Fourth Age, a unique treasure is uncovered in what was once the Shire. This is the story of some of those who owned it, and why they cherished it, and how they passed it on.
Return to Moria by Erulisse (one L) Legolas is getting ready to sail and has been invited to see Thranduil one final time. Taking Gimli with him, they ride to Moria following a route that Thranduil had suggested, but Moria holds many surprises for them. Gimli has a surprise as well, but is keeping it well hidden from his friend.
Messin about on the River - Linda Hoyland Aragorn has a surprise for Faramir
A Hearty Meal by Linaewen The men stationed at Gondor's Nardol beacon outpost prepare their evening meal.
Harsh Words by Linaewen As Faramir prepares to depart for Osgiliath, he finds himself regretting the harsh words that have passed between himself and his father.

Thank you all for participating! And I hope everyone will come and check out the stories!

February Challenge

"Fanon is any element that is widely accepted among fans, but has little or no basis in canon." ~Fanlore wiki
The Tolkien fandom and fan fiction have existed for decades and, in that time, have accumulated their share of fanons. From much-beloved (but noncanonical) pairings, to aspects of a character's appearance, to traits and historical events of a specific group or family, we all regularly encounter and most of us use fanons in our own writing and art. For February's "February Fanon-buster" challenge, select a much-loved or much-loathed fanon and write a story that does the opposite of that fanon. Your element will be three random words to be included in the story.

The February challenge stories will be due Friday, February 14th and will be revealed on Sunday, February 16th. Please tag your story "fanon buster" and " '14 february". Please remember to use the following header template found on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

To request your elements, please leave a comment to this LiveJournal post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com.

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our February challenge!

Back to Middle-earth Month is coming!

Back to Middle-earth Month 2014: Seasons of Middle-earth For this year's B2MeM, we are putting together a compilation of writing and art. (See the full B2MeM 2014 guidelines here.) Prompt claims will remain open until 21 February, so claim your B2MeM prompt if you haven't already!

The Silmarillion (Re-)Reading Project 2014
The Silmarillion re-reading is underway! Summaries and discussions for four chapters were posted during January. Remember, there are no deadlines for participation, so feel free to jump into the discussion at any time.

Ainulindalë summary and discussion Valaquenta summary and discussion
"Of the Beginning of Days" summary and discussion
"Of Aulë and Yavanna" summary and discussion

Three chapters are scheduled for discussion in February: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor" and "Of Thingol and Melian" (Feb. 9) and "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Edalië" (Feb. 23). See the full Silmarillion re-read guidelines and schedule for more information.

The Read LotR Aloud Project
The LiveJournal community read_lotr_aloud is a community project to read aloud The Lord of the Rings via LJ voice-post or other means of audio posting. Every other month a chapter is read, being divided up between the volunteers for reading. The community has already finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring, and is now up to Chapter X of The Two Towers. Please check out the Read LotR Aloud Project, listen to the readings, and consider participating!

It's a lot of fun! We'd love to have more readers!

The ToME Awards

The Tales of Middle Earth Awards will be a brand new review-based Tolkien-centric awards. The hopes are to launch the awards early next spring. If you are interested in taking part in these awards, you can join in the fun of building it from the ground up by joining the The Tales of Middle Earth Planning Community on LiveJournal.
Volunteer to take part in the planning, or in helping out with the awards when they are launched!


 

Posted by: Dreamflower on 02/03/14 - 09:10 am()

August/September News

The August Non-fiction Challenge


Without a Pocket-Hankerchief by Linaewen Deriving encouragement from Bilbo's example in dealing with sudden change.
Proud and Stern of Glance by Linaewen A defense of Boromir's character
The Classic Lord of the Rings Gapfiller: How to Keep Folks Reading When They Know How the Story Turns Out by Dreamflower Learn the techniques of classic fanfic authors in creating suspenseful gapfillers.


We hope you will check out the essays, and let the authors know how you liked them!


 


The September Challenge: Special Occasions


The September Challenge will have the theme "Special Occasions".  Stories should reflect a special time of celebration and be a recipe!fic. (A Recipe!fic is a story in which the recipe for a dish included in the story is given, either separately at the end, or within the body of the story.) The prompt for the challenge will be a type of dish, which must be mentioned in the story. The dish which is your prompt does not have to be the same dish as your recipe, though it can be if you wish.


The September challenge stories will be due Saturday, September 14th and will be revealed on Monday, September 16th. Please tag your story "special occasions" and " '13 September". Please remember to use the header template found on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com


I hope we'll have lots of participants for our September challenge!


 


The 2013 Tree and Flower Awards:


VOTING IS NOW OPEN!



Below are the links to vote for the works at Many Paths to Tread which have been nominated for the 2013 Tree & Flower Awards. Because we could not put links within the body of the polls, you may find the links to each story here.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the category of the different Races of Middle-earth..


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the category of Types of Work.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the category of the Source material.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the categories of Genres. This poll contains six of the eleven categories.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the categories of Genres. This poll contains five of the eleven categories.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the categories of Characters. This poll contains eight of the thirty-two categories, from Aragorn to Éowyn.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the categories of Characters. This poll contains eight of the thirty-two categories, from Faramir to Halbarad.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the categories of Characters. This poll contains eight of the thirty-two categories, from Legolas to Sauron.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in the categories of Characters. This poll contains eight of the thirty-two categories, from Théoden to Númenorean.


Vote here for the stories that were nominated in Special Categories.


 


The Fourth Anniversary Comment Challenge:



The following people participated in the 2013 Many Paths to Tread Fourth Anniversary Comment Challenge:


Linda Hoyland
Larner
Nautika
hhimring
Linaewen
the_winterwitch
Curious Wombat
Dreamflower


 


The ToME Awards


The Tales of Middle Earth Awards will be a brand new review-based Tolkien-centric awards. The hopes are to launch the awards early next spring. If you are interested in taking part in these awards, you can join in the fun of building it from the ground up by joining the The Tales of Middle Earth Planning Community on LiveJournal.


Volunteer to take part in the planning, or in helping out with the awards when they are launched!

Posted by: Dreamflower on 08/26/13 - 06:59 am()

June/July News

Welcome to Our New Moderator, Rhapsody the Bard! We know that she will be a valuable addition to our team!


The June Challenge: The Jewels of June
The June Challenge stories, with the theme of "Jewels of June" have now been posted. The element for these stories was a particular jewel. We’ve had six entries.


Letting go, by Linda Dawson As Elrond his looking at fatherhood on the horizon, he is finding that inner peace is more precious to him than even the Silmarils and just as out of his reach as the Silmarils. Elrond must make peace with his past so that he may put the inner turmoil to rest and be the husband and father he needs to be.
Gems of Light by Erulisse Feanor creates the Silmarils.
Smaug's Lament by aliensouldream Frodo ponders on a legacy of the past.
Questions on the Smiths - by Larner Young Estel has some questions about the great Noldor smiths his adar might have known....
Jewels of June by NecronomiJon Concerning the bearers of the Nine Rings.
Dreams of Boats by Linaewen Faramir tells Boromir of a disturbing dream.

I hope you will check out the stories, and let the authors know how you liked them!


The July Challenge:

The Time in a Bottle Fixed-Length Ficlet Challenge


The July Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge stories, with the theme of "Time in a Bottle" have now been posted. The element for these stories was a particular jewel. We’ve had five entries:

A Light From the Shadows by Ignoble Bard Unbidden memories catch Frodo by surprise
Rededication -- by Larner There are so many memories held in this room....
Remember Today by Linaewen Faramir bids his brother farewell as Boromir leaves upon his quest.
Lessons of Birds by Erulisse
Joy Like Swords by Dreamflower A moment Merry will keep in his memory forever.

I hope you will check out the stories, and let the authors know how you liked them!


Many Paths to Tread Fourth Anniversary Challenge


Members may recall that last year we celebrated our third anniversary of our Many Paths to Tread Archive with a special story challenge.

This year, we are going to do something a little different:

Our Fourth Anniversary Comment Challenge!

Here is how the challenge will work: On or by our Anniversary on July 27th, comment on at least four stories at Many Paths to Tread that you have never commented on before. When you have done this, comment HERE, on THIS POST, and tell which stories you commented on!

Participants will get a cool banner, and the knowledge that they will have made some fellow members happy for receiving some new comments on their stories!


The Tree and Flower Awards



Keep an eye open for more announcements about the Second Annual Tree and Flower Awards!


The August Challenge


The August Challenge will once again have the theme "Nonfiction." You will not receive an element for this challenge; rather, we encourage all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's legendarium.

The August challenge entries will be due Tuesday, August 14 and will be revealed on Thursday, August 16.

Please tag your essay "non-fiction" and " '13 august". Use the following special header for your nonfiction entry: Put "Nonfiction" as the theme, and as "type" indicate whether it is an essay, research, tutorial or other type of nonfiction. Make sure to put the name of your piece and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Sindarin Verbs by Scholar Sue").

<b>Author:</b> <b>Title:</b> <b>Rating:</b> <b>Theme:</b> <b>Subject:</b> <b>Type:</b> <b>Author's Notes:</b> <b>Word Count:</b> <lj-cut>

To indicate your participation, please leave a comment to this post, or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com , or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com,.

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our August challenge!


The ToME Awards

The Tales of Middle Earth Awards will be a brand new review-based Tolkien-centric awards. The hopes are to launch the awards early next spring. If you are interested in taking part in these awards, you can join in the fun of building it from the ground up by joining the The Tales of Middle Earth Planning Community on LiveJournal.

Volunteer to take part in the planning, or in helping out with the awards when they are launched!

Posted by: Dreamflower on 07/18/13 - 02:54 pm()

June/July News

  Welcome to Our New Moderator, Rhapsody the Bard! We know that she will be a valuable addition to our team!


The June Challenge: The Jewels of June


The June Challenge will have the theme "The jewels of June". Stories should reflect something of value (not necessarily something of material value, though it can be). Elements for the challenge will be a specific kind of jewel to be mentioned somewhere in the story.


The June challenge stories will be due Friday, June 21st and will be revealed on Monday, June 24th (this is an automatic extension of one week, due to the lateness of this announcement). Please tag your story "jewels of june" and " '13 june". Please remember to use the following header template (also found on the community profile page), and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


It's not too late to claim an element: just comment to this LiveJournal post.


The July Challenge:


 


Will be our traditional Fixed-Length-Ficlet challenge, with the theme of "A Moment in Time". Watch the LOTR Community Challenges at LiveJournal for the official announcement!


 


Also coming in July:


 


Many Paths to Tread will be celebrating its Fourth Anniversary! Watch for the announcement of special events!


 


The ToME Awards

The Tales of Middle Earth Awards will be a brand new review-based Tolkien-centric awards. The hopes are to launch the awards early next spring. If you are interested in taking part in these awards, you can join in the fun of building it from the ground up by joining the The Tales of Middle Earth Planning Community on LiveJournal.

Volunteer to take part in the planning, or in helping out with the awards when they are launched!

Posted by: Dreamflower on 06/16/13 - 10:50 am()

June/July News

The June Challenge: The Jewels of June


The June Challenge will have the theme "The jewels of June". Stories should reflect something of value (not necessarily something of material value, though it can be). Elements for the challenge will be a specific kind of jewel to be mentioned somewhere in the story.


The June challenge stories will be due Friday, June 21st and will be revealed on Monday, June 24th (this is an automatic extension of one week, due to the lateness of this announcement). Please tag your story "jewels of june" and " '13 june". Please remember to use the following header template (also found on the community profile page), and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


It's not too late to claim an element: just comment to this LiveJournal post.


 


 

Posted by: Dreamflower on 06/16/13 - 10:21 am()

July-August News

The Tree and Flower Awards!


Tree and Flower banner, banner for the MPTT Tree and Flower awards

In celebration of our Third Anniversary, we are pleased to announce the very first Many Paths to Tread "Tree and Flower" Awards!

Here are the rules:

1. Only stories posted at the Many Paths to Tread Archive are eligible.
2. Stories must be posted at the MPTT Archive by August 3 of this year to be eligible. All stories posted to the site prior to that date are eligible.
3. No self nominations.
4. Nominations will be made to screened posts at the LiveJournal Community. (If you have trouble accessing LiveJournal, you may email the mods at: aelfwina@gmail.com, virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com, or celeritassagittae@gmail.com. to make nominations for you.)
5. Stories may run in only one category; if the story is nominated in two or more categories the author may choose where to run it. Nominators may nominate one story per category, but may make nominations in as many categories as they wish.
6. Nominators are permitted to promote the stories they have nominated, though they cannot ask people to vote for any particular one.
7. Nominations will open on August 10, and will run through August 24.
8. The first round of voting will begin on August 27, and will continue to September 14. Votes may be cast in a poll at the LiveJournal Community or in a poll at the LOTR_GFIC_Community Yahoo!Group. Voters are asked to vote at only ONE of the polls.
9. The winners in each category will run in a second round of polls to select the top four winners overall. Voting for that round will begin on September 17, and run through September 20. Overall winners will be announced on September 22.
10. Places will be first, second, third and Honorable Mention in each category, and in the overall round.

This is a simple old-fashioned "ticky-box" awards, but we hope everyone will enjoy participating in it! Come and help us celebrate our Third Anniversary!


If you've been nominated for or have won a prize in the Tree and Flower Awards, you can claim your banner here.


The August Challenge: Nonfiction

The August Challenge will once again have the theme "Nonfiction." You will not receive an element for this challenge; rather, we encourage all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's legendarium.

The August challenge entries will be due Tuesday, August 14 and will be revealed on Thursday, August 16.

Please tag your essay "non-fiction" and " '12 august". Use the following special header for your nonfiction entry: Put "Nonfiction" as the theme, and as "type" indicate whether it is an essay, research, tutorial or other type of nonfiction. Make sure to put the name of your piece and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Sindarin Verbs by Scholar Sue").

Author: Title: Rating: Theme: Subject: Type: Author's Notes: Word Count:


The Special Third Anniversary Challenge: Upon the Hearth


The Many Paths to Tread Archive is three years old! To celebrate this milestone, we are posting stories from a very special challenge!

Upon the Hearth banner, banner for the LOTR genfic special challenge

We announced a Special Third Anniversary Challenge, for stories inspired by the poem in The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter III, "Three's Company, that begins "Upon the Hearth the Fire is Red", and includes the words that inspired the name of the archive: "...and there are many paths to tread".

This challenge was for both stories and art, and we had several authors and artists participating!

Standing Stones by Dreamflower Bilbo and young Frodo come across an astonishing sight in the Northfarthing.
Art: Towards the Moon or to the Sun by Oshun Icons, Photoshopping
“In Ships Made of Dreams” by Shirebound In the West, Frodo and Bilbo are encouraged to try something new.
The World Ahead by Linaewen Boromir must decide which road to take in his journey to Rivendell.
"Mirror of World and Time" by Ellynn Ithilwen Galadriel finds one very special place in her new homeland.
Art: Many Paths to Tread by Linda Hoyland Slide show, photography
Art: Standing Stone by Linda HoylandPhotography
Fare you well - Linda Hoyland Aragorn bids farewell to his Hobbit friends.
Hidden Paths by Linda Hoyland Aragorn’s thoughts as the Fellowship prepare to depart on their quest.
Shadows by Linda Hoyland Faramir is imprisoned in a realm of shadows
New Roads and Secret Gates - by Larner Faramir has the chance to learn more about the Hobbits and his brother's interactions with them as a member of the Fellowship of the Ring.
Walking Away-- Lothuial's Tale by Erulisse (one L) Lothuial, a Speaker of the People, is finally leaving her home in the Greenwood to join others, head to the Havens, and finally pass over the Sundering Sea to the West.
ETAPreservation by songspinner9 Merry and Pippin go foraging in the summer with a purpose...set about two years after their return to the Shire.

We'd like to thank all of the authors and artists who participated! Thank you for taking part in this birthday celebration, and allowing us to give the gift of stories and art to others.

Please drop in and read the stories or look at the art, and take a moment to thank the givers! We hope everyone enjoys them!


The July Story Challenge: Fixed-Length Ficlets


Here are the links to the July 2012 Lazy Summer Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge stories! For this challenge each author chose a number between 101 and 400 to be the exact word count for the story. The theme was "lazy summer", inspired by this quotation:(from Sam Keen): "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."

We have seven stories!
In the Cove by DreamflowerYoung Frodo has an important task: teaching his little cousin Merry to swim...
Clarity: A Fishing Story by ErulisseArwen reviews a lifesaving choice while fly fishing.
Keeping Cool by Linda Hoyland On a hot summer afternoon, Aragorn and Faramir are nowhere to be found.
Deep Summer by The Mad Hobbit Frodo fends off his eager serving lad on a hot day in Buckland.
A Catch Along the Brandywine by LarnerAt least one individual made a big catch along the Brandywine that lazy summer day!
As Unkind as Summer by Paranoidangel Elrond teaches Estel a lesson about hot summer days.
Week Without Thranduil 2/? by Sivan Shimesh Summary and Warning could be found in 1st chapter.


Thank you all for participating! And I hope everyone will come and check out the stories!


The July Art Challenge: Miniature


The theme for this month's challenge was "Miniature", and each artist was asked to create something tiny. Any media was allowed.

We had five entries this month!

Miscellaneous Small Things by Oshun
Smaug by Dreamflower
Sunset in Hollin by Dreamflower
Clocks and Daisies by LindaHoyland
Green Dragon by Erulisse

Artists, thank you so much for taking part in the "Miniature" challenge! And remember, we always take late entries!

We hope that everyone will go and see the work of our talented artists! And be sure to tell them how you like their work!


The ToME Awards

The Tales of Middle Earth Awards will be a brand new review-based Tolkien-centric awards. The hopes are to launch the awards early next spring. If you are interested in taking part in these awards, you can join in the fun of building it from the ground up by joining the The Tales of Middle Earth Planning Community on LiveJournal.

Volunteer to take part in the planning, or in helping out with the awards when they are launched!

Posted by: Dreamflower on 07/28/12 - 07:40 pm()

May-June News

The June Challenge: The Longest Day


The June Challenge will have the theme "The Longest Day". Stories should explore the idea of "the longest day", whether literally or metaphorically. Your prompt for the challenge will be a link to music that hopefully will inspire you.

The June challenge stories will be due Thursday, June 14th and will be revealed on Saturday, June 16th. Please tag your story "longest day". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Frodo's Amazing Adventure by Mary Sue").


To request your elements, please leave a comment to this LiveJournal post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com, virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com, or celeritassagittae@gmail.com.


I hope we have lots of participants for our June Challenge!


The May Story Challenge: Bunny Hutch


Here are the links to the May 2012 Bunny Hutch Challenge stories! For this challenge each author was assigned one of the many "plot bunnies" submitted by our members.

We had twelve stories so far this month!

Conversation in the Dark by Arwen75 Gollum goes to see Shelob
The Remarkable Daughters of Gerontius Took On the Ring Quest, a request for a tale leads to a mystery.
On the Road From Isengard by Dreamflower Legolas considers his reaction to finding Merry and Pippin at Isengard.
Awaiting the Death of the King by Erulisse (one L) After Galadriel sails, the world seems just a bit darker to Celeborn who has remained behind. He revisits his realm and makes a decision to visit an old friend.
Pukelwoman by Virtuella Elfhelm takes a message to Gondor.
Mellon by Antane An AU story about an orphaned Frodo working for the Gamgees
An Ending of the Hypothetical by Alfirineth After the announcement of Elrond's imminent departure from Middle-earth, Elladan and Elrohir spend a moment discussing their own fate.
He who laughs last... by Nath The Battle of Azanulbizar from a rather unpleasant PoV
Arandur by Linda Hoyland
A Quiet Talk - by Larner Gimli and Frodo have a quiet moment to learn more about one another.
We Shall Stand by Alma Heart It was not for his strength that the Witch King feared him. Cirion remembers his father.
A Son To Be Proud Of by Linaewen Boromir contemplates the relationship between his father and his brother as he prepares to leave upon his quest.
A Week Without Thranduil by Sivan Shimesh Thranduil figured that, after the war, it was time for Legolas to take on some responsibilities and assume his position as king for a week until his return from Imladris.

Thank you all for participating! And I hope everyone will come and check out the stories!


Authors: if you have not done so already, please upload your story here at the archive.


The May Art Challenge: Sky 


The theme for this month's challenge was "Sky", and each artist was given a particular sky-related element. Any media was allowed.

We had five entries this month!

"Eagle Interventions" by Dreamflower
"A Glimpse of Clear Sky Amidst the Reak" by Larner
"Sunset" by Nath
"Golden Sunset at Edoras"
"Rainstorm at Lake Evendim" by Erulisse (one L)
"I Will Not Say the Day is Done" by Margaret Watkins

Artists, thank you so much for taking part in the "Sky" challenge! And remember, we always take late entries!

We hope that everyone will go and see the work of our talented artists! And be sure to tell them how you like their work!


2012 Challenges: July through December


Here are the challenges for the remainder of 2012, for those of you who wish to think ahead!

July: Fixed-Length Ficlets. Theme is a quote (from Sam Keen): "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." The author will choose a number from 101 to 400 to use as the length of the story.

August: Non-Fiction. no theme or prompts.

September: Theme: The number "75" in honor of the anniversary of The Hobbit. The number will be used in the stories. Prompt undecided.

October: Theme: Autumn Prompt undecided.

November: Theme: "A River Runs Through It". River names will be the prompts.

December: Yule Fic Exchange


Comment Challenges


We have not done a comment challenge in quite some time!  If you have any suggestions for one, please let the mods know!  We'd like to have another one!


 

Posted by: Dreamflower on 05/27/12 - 08:48 am()

March News

The March Challenge will have the theme Spring/Green with a quote from Bilbo's Song just for inspiration! (The quote does NOT have to be included in your story): "In every wood in every Spring there is a different green." Prompts will be different shades of green. If you would like to participate please contact me by leaving a response to this post or by emailing me at virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com and I will send you your color. If you have not yet joined in a challenge, please include your email. Also, please tag your stories "a different green" and be sure to put the story title and your name in the subject line of your post using the header we have on the LJ user page. If there are any questions, please contact me at virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com!

Stories will be due in the queue on March 14th with a reveal date of March 16th. Late stories are always welcome!


The March Art Challenge theme is "A different green". Any media is welcome!

The following quotation is the inspiration for this month's challenge:

"I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see.

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen;
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green"


All art must be rated G or PG. See our ratings guidelines here! After the challenge, art will be archived at Many Paths to Tread.

Upload pictures of your project to your favorite photo-sharing site (Photo-bucket, Flickr, LJ scrapbook, etc.), and then post the picture to the community by Monday, March 26.

Include the following header:

<b>Artist:</b> <b>Title:</b> <b>Rating:</b> <b>Inspiration</b> <i>A different green</i> <b>Media:</b> <b>Artist's Notes:</b> <lj-cut>

Please put the following in the subject line: Art: Title of piece by your name (e.g. "Art: Portrait of an Elf by MarySue"). This is very important, in case there are also stories in the moderator's queue, so that we mods don't get the entries confused. Tag your entry "art: a different green".

Posted by: Cathleen on 03/10/12 - 10:03 am()

February News

The February Challenge:


The February Challenge will have the theme "Eye of the Beholder". Your story for this challenge will be a story inspired by art from last month's Art Challenge. Elements for the challenge will be one of the submitted art pieces. There were eleven works of art posted, and you may choose the one you wish to use. Since we may have more than eleven authors, you may choose one which has already been "spoken for".

Here are links to the Art Challenge entries behind the cut:

Art: Crickhollow at Twilight by Dreamflower
Art: The Sun-maiden's raiment by Rhapsody the Bard
Art: Tilion's Chase by Rhapsody the Bard
Art: Rauros by Elleth
Art: Arrival by Bethann
Art: Writing to Absent Friends by Bethann
Art: Letters from Home by Bethann
Art: Troth by Nath
Art: Minas Tirith by Ellynn Ithilwen
Art: Sauron and Huan by Huinárë
Art: I Espy with My Great Eye by pandemonium_213
Art: Deep in the Forest by Linda Hoyland


The February challenge stories will be due Tuesday, February 14th, and will be revealed on Thursday, February 16th. Please tag your story "eye of the beholder". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post with the title of the art you chose; I will respond with the code, so that you can embed it with your story if you want to.

If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com, virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com, or celeritassagittae@gmail.com.

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our February challenge!


January 2012 Potluck Challenge


We had eighteen stories and sixteen authors participate in this year's potluck challenge!  Congratulations and thanks to all who took part!


Back to Middle-earth Month!


March is "Back to Middle-earth Month", and as usual we will be partnering with the Silmarillion Writer's Guild to present a unique set of challenges.


Back to Middle-earth Month is an annual challenge that honors Tolkien's universe and encourages creativity based on it. All Tolkien-based creative work is welcome! This year, in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit, Bingo Baggins cordially invites you to a party in March to play--what else?--BINGO! Players will choose themed BINGO cards, each block of which contains a different challenge. The first player to complete a row of five challenges wins the game!

Below, you will find the rules for the game, which will begin on March 1 and run through the month. As we prepare for this year's event, however, we are hoping that B2MeM participants will first help us in other ways.

We need your help to create a range of diverse and fun BINGO cards! A form for sending your ideas to us can be found on the Silmarillion Writers Guild archive and will be coming soon to the Many Paths to Tread archive [just as soon as Dawn chases the bugs out of it on that site!].

We need help getting the word out! B2MeM is a challenge for the entire Tolkien fandom. All formats, genres, eras, characters, and ratings are welcome. If you know other writers, artists, or groups that might be interested in the challenge, pass the word along--the more the merrier!

(Please be a good citizen on your group and make sure it's okay to make promotional posts before posting about B2MeM on other groups.)

If you own/moderate a group and would like to become a B2MeM affiliate to help us to host the challenge this year, contact any of the community moderators, and we will send challenge materials to you.

We need graphic artists to help us make participant banners for the challenge! Participants can choose their banners or learn more about making banners here.


We hope that many members at Many Paths to Tread will choose to take part this year!


The MEFAs


We would like to congratulate all the winners and participants in the 2011 Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards!  Remember you are welcome to post your winning banners along with your stories here at the archive!

Posted by: Dreamflower on 02/04/12 - 12:07 pm()

2012 January Potluck Challenge!

Start the New Year off with a plan to write more fanfic!! It's time for our annual "Potluck" challenge, which consists of the leftover elements from all of the 2011 challenges. Just visit the group's LiveJournal page, select the prompt/prompts you would like to write and post a message for the mods so we can cross your choice off the list. Stories are due in the weekend of the 14th, for a reveal on Jan 16th. Hope to see you there! Questions? Just email a mod or leave a message on the group page or LJ.

Posted by: Cathleen on 12/27/11 - 03:44 pm()

October Challenge: Think Outside the Box!


The October Challenge will have the theme "Think Outside the Box!"  Your story for this challenge should be "against your type": if you normally write fluff, write angst; if you normally write Hobbits, try Elves or Dwarves.  Or, if you write mostly dialogue, write an entirely descriptive piece.  Elements for the challenge will be three random words to be included in the story.


The October challenge stories will be due Friday, October 14th, and will be revealed on Sunday, October 16th. Please tag your story "outside the box". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

To request your elements, please leave a comment to this Livejournal post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com, virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com, or celeritassagittae@gmail.com.

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our October challenge!

Posted by: Celeritas on 08/23/11 - 12:20 pm()

August News

Happy Anniversary to Us!!


MPTT Second Anniversary Banner


Today is the second anniversary of Many Paths to Tread Archive! To celebrate, we are announcing our new Wikis on Fanlore.


There is a Wiki for MPTT, and for our communities, LOTR_GFIC_Community and LOTR Community Challenges!


Check them out:
Many Paths to Tread
Lord of the Rings Community Challenges
LotR_GenFic_Community


We hope you will check our Wikis out, and feel free to add to them if you have pertinent information.


Attention LOTR Big Bang Participants!


Due to a number of unforeseen logistical problems with posting the stories at the LJ Community, the following change has been made:


Authors:


We are asking the authors to upload the stories at the Many Paths to Tread archive. I believe that most of our participants already have accounts there, but if you do not, it is a very simple matter to sign up. If you have any questions about it, please e-mail a mod.


In order to hide the stories until the reveal date, we will temporarily put the participating authors on validation status. This means that any non-Big Bang stories you upload will also be temporarily be hidden. In order to minimize this, we will wait until Thursday night to change the status and ask that you wait until Friday to begin uploading your stories.


We ask you to email a mod once the story is up, giving us the URL of the story. On the reveal date, we will make a master links post to all of the stories here at the LOTR Big Bang Community.


Once the links post is up, you are free to post your stories anywhere else you like.


Since you will be uploading your own stories, here is how to put the illustrations and art in:


How to post your images using the rich-text editor:



  1. Upload your image to your image host. You will need to copy the image's URL.

  2. In the Story Text field, find the icon with the green tree. It is located in the second row on the text editor, slightly right of center. Click the icon.

  3. Paste the image's URL into the Image URL field. Add a brief description of the image in the Image Description field. This will help visitors with screen readers understand what is on your page. Click the green Insert button in the lower-left corner.


The artwork has been added to your story! Fill out the rest of the story form and click Add Story.


Artists:


We ask that you provide your author with the URL for your art, so that she may include it in the story.


We also encourage you to add your art to the archive under your own name. To do that, on the MPTT site, log in and click Add New Story. Choose the "Artwork" Category. Then follow the above steps. In "story summary" put Art Gallery, and just mention which story it is an illustration for. Use the "chapter notes" field to provide a little information about the piece if you want to.


If you need any help with uploading your story or art, please email us.


We are sorry for the change in plans at this late date, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but after much discussion it was decided that this was the simplest solution to our problems.


Thank you for your patience! We have really been novices at this Big Bang stuff, and have learned a lot.


The August Challenge: Non-Fiction


The August Challenge will have the theme "Nonfiction." You will not receive an element for this challenge; rather, we encourage all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's mythos.


The August challenge entries will be due Sunday, August 14 and will be revealed on Tuesday, August 16. Please note that this is a change from our former, day-based pattern to a date-based pattern. From now on, all of our challenges will be due on the 14th of the month, and will be revealed on the 16th.


Please tag your essay "nonfiction." Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


To indicate your participation, please leave a comment to this post, or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com, virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com, or celeritassagittae@gmail.com.


I hope we'll have lots of participants for our August challenge!

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 07/26/11 - 07:31 pm()

June News

June News


The June Challenge: A Midsummer Night's Dream


The June Challenge will have the theme "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"; the theme is "dreams", and the starter/element will be a quote from the play. You may use your quotation in any way you like-- it does not have to appear in the story, it can be inspiration, or a title, or part of the summary. Of course, if you wish to use it in the story, you may.


Because this announcement is so late, the challenge stories will be not be due until Thursday, June 30, and will be revealed on Monday, July 4. Please tag your story "midsummer night's dream". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com, virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com, or celeritassagittae@gmail.com.


I hope we'll have lots of participants for our June challenge!


The July Challenge: Summertime Blues


We are going ahead and announcing the July challenge now, since we are so late in announcing the June challenge.


Our July Challenge at the LOTR GenFic Community is our ever-popular Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge! The Theme will be "Summertime Blues", and you should include "blue" of some kind in the story-- you can use any shade of blue, or simply a blue mood. All the stories will be Fixed-Length Ficlets. The element will be a number between 101 and 400. Interested authors can reply to this announcement and claim a number. No one will be allowed to have a number previously claimed. Whatever number is chosen will be the word count for your ficlet-- if you choose 237 your story must have exactly 237 words!


Stories will be due the weekend of Friday,July 15, and will be revealed on Monday, July 18. Please remember to use the template on the community profile page as a header, to put your story behind a cut, and to put the title of your story and your name as the subject. Tag your story "summertime blues".


To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post with the number you pick! If you have any questions, you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com or celeritassagittae@gmail.com.


I hope that we will have lots of participants for July’s challenge!


LORD OF THE RINGS GENFIC BIG BANG CHALLENGE!!!


 


big bang,banner


 


Deadline Extension for Big Bang Challenge


Due to the fact that we were late in sending out artist/author match-ups as well as some other factors, the mods have decided on a two-week extension for the rest of the schedule. Therefore the new deadlines are as follows:


Art due: July 4 through July 8 July 18 through July 22
Stories and art due in moderator’s queue: weekend of July 15 July 29
Stories and art revealed: on Monday July 18 August 1


Of course, if you are ahead of schedule, more power to you, and keep on going! If you have been worried about making it on time, you can relax a little!


The 2011 Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards (MEFAs)


The 2011 MEFAs are accepting nominations throughout the month of June! Already a number of stories from MPTT have been nominated! If you've read a story that you really like and would like to see it honored, consider nominating it for a MEFA! If you have never participated before, you will find that it is quite different from most fanfiction awards. Stories are awarded points based on reviews that the voters write! The MEFAs are a lot of fun, so check them out!

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 06/07/11 - 06:50 am()

April News

The April Challenge: Poetry


 


The April Challenge will have the theme "Poetry", in honor of the fact that April is National Poetry Month, and we are asking the participants to try their hand at a poem! To receive your element, respond to this post and tell me if you want a noun, verb, adjective or adverb. You will be given one word to use. You may use it in the poem or the title, or just use it as inspiration.

Because we have not done a poetry challenge before, Dreamflower will be making some posts about poetry at the LOTR_Community_GFIC email group. There will be posts about different types of poems and links to sites on writing poetry.

The April challenge poems will be due the weekend of Friday April 15,and will be revealed on Monday, April 18. Please tag your story "poem". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

To request your word, please leave a comment to this post, saying whether you want a noun, verb, adjective or adverb. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com, virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com, or celeritassagittae@gmail.com 

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our April challenge!


 


The 2011 Spring Comment Challenge is Still Going!


This is when we encourage our readers to leave feedback at Many Paths to Tread, the archive of this community and of the LOTR GFIC Community. Last year our spring and summer comment challenges were very popular and a lot of fun! As with those challenges, a banner and icon will be awarded for participants.


Take Five


The challenge this spring is to do five comments at Many Paths to Tread:


(1) Five stories by authors you've never read
(2) Five stories in a genre or form that you don't usually read
(3) Five stories based on sources you don't usually read
(4) Five stories about races you don't usually read
(5) Five stories about characters you've never read about before You can do all five in the same category, or mix the categories up for a total of five. Of course, if you decide you want to do more than five, that's great too! Just read and comment at the archive, and when you have finished your goal, you can leave a comment on this post or at the announcement post on the mailing list, telling which five stories you chose. The ending deadline is May 16, but you may post about your comments at any time between now and then. We hope folks will have lots of fun with the Spring "Take Five" Comment Challenge!

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 04/04/11 - 09:47 pm()

March News


The March Challenge: Lion and Lamb



The March Challenge will have the theme "Lion and Lamb". The story should show two sides of a character's personality; the prompts will be two opposite "mood words". The words themselves do not need to be used, but each should be reflected in the story.


 


The challenge stories will be due the weekend of Friday, March 18, and will be revealed on Monday, March 21. Please tag your story "lion & lamb". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com


I hope we'll have lots of participants for our March challenge!


 


2011 Spring Comment Challenge!


 


This is when we encourage our readers to leave feedback at Many Paths to Tread, the archive of this community and of the LOTR GFIC Community. Last year our spring and summer comment challenges were very popular and a lot of fun! As with those challenges, a banner and icon will be awarded for participants.


Take Five


The challenge this spring is to do five comments at Many Paths to Tread:


(1) Five stories by authors you've never read
(2) Five stories in a genre or form that you don't usually read
(3) Five stories based on sources you don't usually read
(4) Five stories about races you don't usually read
(5) Five stories about characters you've never read about before


You can do all five in the same category, or mix the categories up for a total of five.


Of course, if you decide you want to do more than five, that's great too!


Just read and comment at the archive, and when you have finished your goal, you can leave a comment on this post or at the announcement post on the mailing list, telling which five stories you chose. The ending deadline is May 16, but you may post about your comments at any time between now and then.


We hope folks will have lots of fun with the Spring "Take Five" Comment Challenge!



 

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 03/06/11 - 08:00 pm()

January News

January News


The January Challenge: 2011 Potluck


Once again we are having Potluck for the New Year! The themes and unclaimed elements for eight months of 2010 may be found listed at this LiveJournal post. (January and December are not included, as January is always "potluck" and December is always the Exchange, and we had no leftovers in May and June). If you would like to participate in the January Challenge, look through the elements posted, and choose one. Comment to that post with the number of the prompt you have chosen, and we will strike it from the list. For April, simply comment if you wish to submit an essay; for July, you do not need to choose a prompt-- just follow the instructions for that month. This is your chance to take part in a challenge you missed. Also, if you claimed a prompt for any month last year and did not finish your story in time, you may enter that instead.


Stories will be due in the queue the weekend of Friday, January 14, and will be revealed on Monday, January 17. Please tag your story " '11 potluck ".


LotRGenFic 2010 Yule Exchange


There were 18 stories for the 2010 Yule Fic Exchange! We had sixteen participants, and everyone turned in their story, and everyone recieved a story! We would like to congratulate all of the authors, and to thank them for their hard work! If you have not read and commented on this years entries, we encourage you to do so!


Several of the participating authors have already uploaded their stories here at MPTT. If you have not done so, it would be most helpful if you will do so soon, so that we may make the challenge series.


Once more, thanks to all our great authors!


The February Challenge: Hearts and Flowers


The February Challenge will have the theme "Hearts and Flowers". Each participating writer will be given three elements: a type of love (puppy,true,etc.), a type of heart (joyful, broken, etc.) and a flower. (The flower will also have its meaning in the language of flowers, but that does not have to be included.)


The February challenge stories will be due the weekend of Friday, February 11, and will be revealed on Monday, February 14. Please tag your story "hearts & flowers". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com


LORD OF THE RINGS GENFIC BIG BANG CHALLENGE!!!


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As you have seen, our new community, has opened to great excitement! LOTR GenFic Big Bang has 25 authors signed up to participate!


We still need more betas and cheerleaders to sign up! (Sign up as a beta. Sign up as a cheerleader. And we still are trying to get an idea of how many artists are interested in participating! Artists may comment here.


Back to Middle-earth Month


This year's Back to Middle-earth Month's theme will be Passport to Middle-earth. Each day, we will offer a new challenge to tempt your muses with themes based around favorite locations in Arda. The event will begin on March 1. More details will be coming soon!


LOTR Community Challenges now on Dreamwidth


LOTR Community Challenges is a mirror community on Dreamwidth! If you have a Dreamwidth account and would prefer to post your challenge stories there, you are welcome to do so!

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 01/10/11 - 12:38 pm()

October News

The October Challenge: Believe It or Not


The October Challenge will have the theme "Believe It or Not". Stories should contain something supernatural or unbelievable. The prompt for the challenge will be an adjective that will be used in the story. The adjective will be a word conveying a certain mood.


The challenge stories will be due the weekend of Friday, October 22, and will be revealed on Monday, October 25. Please tag your story "believe it or not". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


To request your prompt, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com


I hope we'll have lots of participants for our challenge!


The Remix


Our 2010 Remix Challenge was a great success! We had sixteen stories!


The September Challenge: Back to School


We had four stories in our September Challenge! If you have not checked those out yet, we hope that you will soon!


The Yule Fic Exchange


Sign-ups for the annual LOTR GenFic will begin with the official announcement sometime during the week of October 18, and last until November 1. Mods will immediately begin to work on and send out assignments. If you plan to participate, please comment to the LOTR_GFIC_Community on Yahoo! or by emailing the mods. We will need to know what sort of fic you are willing to write and what sort of fic you hope to recieve! We will also be in need of volunteers to pinch-hit and volunteers to beta.


The MEFAs


The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards are in full swing. Voting closes on December 15th, so if you have not begun to leave your reviews, then now is the time to begin! There are several stories from MPTT nominated!


Artists wanted!


We are pleased to have a few artists posting their work here in our Art Gallery, but we would like to see more! If you know a talented fanartist, please encourage them to post their work here at MPTT! Photographs of all kinds of LOTR related fanart are welcome!


LOTR Community Challenges now on Dreamwidth


LOTR Community Challenges is a mirror community on Dreamwidth! If you have a Dreamwidth account and would prefer to post your challenge stories there, you are welcome to do so!


Create for Life


During the weekend of 12 through 14 November, we invite writers and artists of all stripes to join us for Create for Life, a project designed to promote cancer awareness and raise money toward cancer research. Patterned after Relay for Life, Create for Life participants spend part of the weekend working in their favorite art form. Participants may collect donations from sponsors or use their participation to widen cancer awareness. All art forms--including writing--are welcome, and you do not need to pledge any minimum time or donation to the project to participate. We also welcome National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants and encourage them to work on their NaNoWriMo project that weekend as part of Create for Life.

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 10/18/10 - 04:42 pm()

September News

The Remix


The Remix Challenge is due this month! Participants are asked to use the header provided in this post and to follow those directions when posting their stories to the Live Journal Challenge Community. We look forward to seeing everyone's remixes!


The September Challenge


The September Challenge will have the theme "Back to School". Stories should deal in some way with education, whether in a formal or informal manner. Elements for the challenge will be a subject of study, such as reading, arithmetic, history, music, etc., and participants should include at least a mention of their element within the story.


The September challenge stories will be due the weekend of Friday, September 17, and will be revealed on Monday, September 20. Please tag your story "Back to School". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line. To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com


I hope we'll have lots of participants for our September challenge!


Odd (but Harmless!) Site Bug


It has come to our attention that there is a rather odd bug on the MPTT site. Luckily, it is also a harmless one! When you enter a new story and click "Preview," the preview pane will show your story belonging to the most recently added series on the site. This is just a glitch; your story will not actually be added to that series, and when you click to post your story, the series field should display correctly.


Hobbit Ficathon


hobbit_ficathon is a LiveJournal community for hobbit-centric fic challenges! The challenge for September is to write a ficlet featuring a gift or gifts.


The MEFAs


The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards are in full swing. Nominations are closed, and now's the time to begin Reading and Reviewing! There are several stories from MPTT nominated!

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 09/09/10 - 09:57 pm()

August News

Happy First Birthday, MPTT


On July 27, 2009 Many Paths to Tread ...


Went online. In that time, we have grown to 89 members and more than 1,000 stories! The mods, Cathleen, Dawn Felagund, Dreamflower and Pearl Took would like to thank all of our members for their enthusiasm and support! We hope that our archive will continue to grow and thrive over the years, and that we will have many more stories to share with the world.


To celebrate, we have added a few new features to our archive. You will notice that we now have a counter on our home page, as well as a feature that will show which members are online at any given time. We have also expanded the Most Recent stories sidebar, and have added a third skin choice for your viewing of the archive. In addition to that, we have also added a new category: Art Gallery! That's right! You may now display photos of your fan art here at Many Paths to Tread! You are still allowed to post images within the body of your stories as illustrations. But now you may display other art that you have created, including, but not limited to, drawings, paintings, photomanips, needlework, sculpture, collage, mixed media, and other created items!


We do have a few specific rules regarding the artwork, most importantly the ratings, which will be confined to G and PG, unlike fanfic, which may go up to an R. For more explanation of this and other guidelines specific to the Art Gallery, please see our ratings page.


Take a few minutes to explore our new "bells and whistles"!


Changing Skins


MPTT offers three different skins--or layouts--for members to choose from. Changing skins is easy! Click on Account and choose Edit Preferences. At the bottom of the page, you will find a drop-down box with the options for skins listed. Select the skin that you want and click "Submit." When you click onto the next page, the site will display using the new skin you've selected.


Arda is the default skin for the site. Ainulindalë is a "low bandwidth" skin that uses few graphics. Thror's Map is our newest skin, added in honor of our first birthday, and is patterned after the map found in The Hobbit.


The July Challenge: Fixed-Length Ficlets


We had a total of 16 stories in the July Challenge! Authors, if you have not already done so, you may want to take a minute to upload your story! We mods will see to it soon if you do not, but it would save us the trouble, and you would be able to make sure that all the characters, genres, etc. are the ones you want.


The August Challenge


The August Challenge will have the theme "Two Sides to Everything". Stories should include and argument, debate or disagreement between two characters. The element for the challenge will be the topic of the debate. (The mods would like to thank Nautika for her suggestion). We invite other community members to suggest future challenges.)


The August challenge stories will be due the weekend of Friday, August 13, and will be revealed on Monday, August 16. Please tag your story "two sides". Please remember to use the header template on the community profile page, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.


To request your elements, please leave a comment to this LiveJournal post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at aelfwina@gmail.com or virginia_lee_redcat@yahoo.com.


The Summer Comment Challenge: Scavenger Hunt


The Summer Comment Challenge is nearly ended! If you have been participating, and have not already done so, feel free to make a post telling of the items you found, and in which stories you found them, either in an email to our Yahoo!Community, or to this post on the LiveJournal Community or both.


The visit our Challenge Banner Page and choose your banner/icon set!


If you locate six of the items, you are a sharp-eyed Ranger.
If you locate eight of the items, you are an expert Elven archer.
If you locate ten of the items, you must be looking through a palantir.
If you locate all twelve of the items, you are proclaimed to be a Lord of the Eagles!


But if you are not quite finished yet, you have until July 31!


The Remix Challenge


There has been a gratifying interest in our Remix Challenge! If you have not already done so, please let us know as soon as possible whether you wish to participate, as we are going to start matching people up very soon! We will probably be sending out assignments in the next few days.



  1. Each writer will be assigned an author and you may choose from any of her stories for your remix. We are considering giving particiapnts the choice to request an edited list of the assigned author's work if you feel looking at a large number of stories would prove overwhelming.

    NOTE: Authors may choose to designate any of her stories as "Safe Stories", meaning those stories are not up for the remix.

  2. The length is still being discussed, but that is also much like the fic exchanges we do. The story should be longer than a drabble or one-page ficlet. More details on this with the official announcement.

  3. Each participant will indicate what types of stories/genres she is willing to write. This will help us in matching people to an appropriate author. Again, this is like the Yule exchange. If you have a preference, please state this, and conversely, please let us know if there are genres you will not be willing to write. This will assist us in matching authors up appropriately.

  4. The ratings will follow the GFIC main group standards which allow ratings G - PG13 only!

  5. We will announce the challenge on July 27th and immediately match up participants and hand out the assignments so you will have almost 8 weeks to finish by the September 22nd due date, which of course, coincides with another important birthday!

  6. It would help us immensely if everyone who is definitely decided about participating would drop us a line. That way, we'd be able to start the matching process in advance of the announcement.

  7. Participants will not be told who has been assigned to remix their story! The posting will be anonymous for a few days just for the fun of guessing who wrote what. In this spirit, we also ask that you not share the information with others regarding which author you are remixing!

    NOTE: We will need some volunteers to "pinch hit" in case of unforeseen circumstances in which someone is unable to finish the assignment. We do ask that you consider the time commitment of taking on this challenge and be prepared to finish it in time. It functions much like a Fic Exchange, in which another person is expecting to receive a story in turn for the one she is writing, so please consider this when deciding whether or not to join in!


Volunteers still wanted!


Would anyone care to make banners and icons for the group challenges? We would like to develop a pool of volunteers to draw from. We currently have just one person helping us with this and it would be of great benefit to have more people on board. We will provide details about what kinds of things we need as soon as we come up with helpers. Just email one of the mods if you would like to try your hand at it! For an example of the kind of thing we need, see the Challenge Banner page and the Commenter Banner page.


Odd (but Harmless!) Site Bug


It has come to our attention that there is a rather odd bug on the MPTT site. Luckily, it is also a harmless one! When you enter a new story and click "Preview," the preview pane will show your story belonging to the most recently added series on the site. This is just a glitch; your story will not actually be added to that series, and when you click to post your story, the series field should display correctly.


Hobbit Ficathon


hobbit_ficathon is a LiveJournal community for hobbit-centric fic challenges! The community has been in existence since 2004, but had become inactive. It is now under new management and we are hoping to once more begin announcing challenges there!


The MEFAs


The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards are in full swing. Nominations are closed, and now's the time to begin Reading and Reviewing! There are several stories from MPTT nominated!


And also, a very Happy Fifth Anniversary to the Silmarillion Writers Guild, which just happens to share our birthday! SWG is hosting a birthday event, beginning August 10 and welcomes all Silmarillion writers and artists. Please see the website for more information on how to participate!

Posted by: MPTT Mods on 07/27/10 - 07:20 am()

Notes from Your Webmaster!

Challenge Banners


For participants in July's "Short and Sweet" challenge, GamgeeFest has made an adorable set of icons and banners that you can use to show off your accomplishments. You can find the banners and the HTML codes to display them on our Challenge Banners page!


Archive Bugs


A couple of bugs have crawled out from under the rug in the past month that may affect authors' use of the Many Paths to Tread archive in minor ways. One is completely harmless, just slightly pesky, and the other I am in the process of correcting on another site and will apply similiar changes to the MPTT site as well.


Story preview and series. Currently, when you add a new story and click the "Preview" button, the preview pane will show that your story belongs to the most recent series added to the archive. Don't fret, though--your story isn't actually being added to any series, and when you click to add the story, the series will display correctly.


Adding multiple subseries to a parent series. Currently, authors are only able to add one subseries to a parent series. This is a bug--you should be able to add as many subseries to a parent series as you would like--generating from an error in how our database is set up. I am working with another webmaster on another site to resolve the problem and will correct the problem here as well as soon as we confirm that our fix works. In the meantime, unfortunately, authors are limited to adding only one subseries to a parent series.


Thank you to the members who have reported bugs! Please remember that if you encounter any problems with the site, no matter how small, to report them to me at websmith@lotrgfic.com so that I can fix them.

Posted by: Dawn on 07/11/10 - 10:15 am()