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 November, 12 2005

OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.

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 [261] Loved loved loved Lossarnach Yule! And as always...

I understood the old religion to be local to Lossarnach. Or is it more widespread throughout southern and western Gondor? How widespread is the Standing Silence? I had thought it was something that Faramir had started among the Rangers. Did they just do it because the Rangers were there? This is an even more obscure curiosity, but what are the summer observations of the three faces of the Goddess?

Thanks for putting in Heths age (I assumed it was what she was at the beginning of Blackbow). I think Im all straightened out now on the question I asked in an earlier post about her age in different stories. Is there anything significant about not being the youngest Ranger - besides the obvious of having some of the teasing deflected? How did Faramir adjust new recruits coming in to the idea of a woman being among the Rangers? I imagine that there's several months or more before new guys get leave, so there would be time to adjust, but was it just a standing order to never discuss Hethlin with anyone except another Ranger?

And finally, I thought you did a fine job on all the names! Not a one struck me as odd or out-of-place. :)

Posted:Feb 21, 2006 02:48 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [262] How widespread is the Standing Silence? I had thought it was something that Faramir had started among the Rangers.

I think it's a custom throughout Gondor: it's mentioned again in RotK before the feast at the Field of Cormallen.

Posted:Feb 21, 2006 12:24 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [263] I've been keeping up with the discussion about the Mile-Long Thread over in Mike's journal, and Rebecca has some good ideas about how to avoid another monster from growing. Here's some of my thoughts, for what they are worth.

1.) I don't think Isabeau should spend time sorting out this giant thread, unless there is some way one of us could help her. I think she should just declare it "closed to future posts" or something like that, with maybe a brief list of major topics covered in the journal entry, and then start over (if she wants to!) with new threads. Better to spend time writing!!!

2.) I don't think any of way of dividing threads would be completely clean - by time period, by topic (culture, religion, SK training, etc.), by character, or by story. Looking back through this journal entry, there's overlap between all of them, and this is particularly true when talking about different characters - mostly because much of our interest is in the interactions between them. Because of the overlap, my tendency is to recommend division by story or story-arc for specific questions. Maybe a "general" thread for catch-all type questions (Q about how Isabeau comes up with ideas, etc.), and perhaps a whole separate "forum" thread for our discussions (Imri & Elrohir, Tolkien's treatment of Arwen)? Not that things won't get mixed, but it would help, anyway...

What are you most used to from HASA, Isabeau?

Posted:Feb 22, 2006 18:33 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [264] Denise asked: What are you most used to from HASA, Isabeau? (In reference to the sorts of threads my forum there had).

Basically, I had a forum for each of my stories that was there, and I think I ended up with a couple of forums about general stuff-the degree of Mary-Sueness Hethlin exhibited was one of them.

I'll have to take a look at things and sort them out bit by bit. Gotta figure I didn't know how to do it right....

Right off hand, threads for the big WIPs leap to mind, Silver Swan, Ultimatums, Blackbow and Kin-strife. I'll do one for Lossarnach Yule if you all are interested in talking about it.

Posted:Feb 22, 2006 19:15 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [265] Well, you started a blog/journal entry for any comments and questions about your stories. Little did you know that a few of us rabid Unabeauverse fans were just bursting with the need to discuss fifty different topics concerning nearly every one of your stories and characters. And you and Altariel have been very prolific writers, which added to the content available for dissection!

Would you like Rebecca and me to repost our LY questions under the new thread?

Posted:Feb 23, 2006 02:23 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [266] Denise asked: Would you like Rebecca and me to repost our LY questions under the new thread?

That would be helpful. I'll delete the duplicate ones in this thread. Thanks, Denise and Rebecca!

Posted:Feb 23, 2006 06:41 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [267] I agree 100% with Denise about Isabeau wasting her time sorting this thread out. I'd be happy to do it but that would involve getting access, even if only temporarily, to the site that right now only the authors have, and I certainly don't want to presume that anyone would be comfortable with that.

As an alternative, we could just repost questions from this Monster Thread that are relevant to different story-arc topics, depending on how Isabeau decides to break it down. I agree that declaring this thread closed would be a good idea.

Regarding Denise's suggestion for a forum-like journal topic for us fanatic readers to go back and forth without necessarily directing anything at Isabeau -- I'm all for that. It couldn't be a "forum," per se, as this is a blog format -- that is to say, I couldn't start a new topic because it's not my journal. But if there was one topic for readers to hash things out among themselves I'd be more comfortable expressing my views about things like Elrohir, etc. Well, not that I've been shy before, but I won't feel like I'm necessarily asking Isabeau to read and respond to my lengthy musings about such things. I never did expect her to respond to everything I posted, but I did worry that it might look like I was! Of course embedded in that idea somewhere is the notion that it's okay to impose my views on the other readers... heh heh ;)

Posted:Feb 23, 2006 08:38 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [268] OK folks, I've started a couple of other threads. Have you got specific ones you'd like started, or suggestions about re-organizing these posts among new threads? We can close this one, but I'd like to have some sort of general forum, and this would serve once the threads were sorted. What does everyone think?

Posted:Feb 23, 2006 20:01 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [269] Can we assume that the journal entry for Silver Swan is open for CMC and Fourth Age also, and basically any other Heth-centered question or comment (Blackbow, Cage No Bird)? Would it also be a place for Noble Jewel & Reparation questions? Or is that too much stuff for one thread?

Trying to think like a new arrival to the journals... I'd tend to put all the reader discussions into a general or forum-designated thread - the Imri/Elrohir and Arwen discussions, for example, although both could technically go under a CMC journal entry. If I were just showing up, Q&A sessions and your feedback to comments on specific stories or characters would be the most interesting, and the things I would want to be able to easily locate again for future reference. Opinion trading about Tolkien's philosophies and relative merits of Heth's suitors would be interesting but probably interfere with easy reading in the story-specific threads.

Maybe also an Imrahil/Andra early days thread, for Ultimatums, Kin-Strife and one-offs like Motherless and Best Gift? Come to think of it, the way that yours and Altariel's web site is segregated seems a pretty darn good system to me, where those went under "Princes of Dol Amroth," so long as that doesn't end up putting too much into one thread. And if it does, you just start a new one!

Posted:Feb 24, 2006 03:37 GMT  Reply to this Comment

 [270] Denise wrote: Come to think of it, the way that yours and Altariel's web site is segregated seems a pretty darn good system to me

That's really helpful to know, thank you. I'll use those categories for blog entries. And I'd like to find out more about to what extent the website and the various LJ listings are any use for readers.

Posted:Feb 24, 2006 06:01 GMT  Reply to this Comment
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