Hello everyone, welcome to the first post of 2018!
I’ll freely admit here that the creative juices haven’t been flowing especially well this past week – apart from finally managing to finish off a backstory for my DND character, and getting down about 1200 words on a little idea I’ve been playing around with for a few years now, I haven’t gotten any writing done. But, I should be back to a more regular, structured schedule this week, so I’m hopeful that more progress will be on its way!
Since I’ve been so unproductive on That Fic this week, I thought I’d talk about something new for a change (yes, shocker, talking about something OTHER than That Fic?). It’s not really new in the sense that I’ve been playing on and off with the idea for the past few years, but since it’s something that I want to pursue once That Fic is done, I thought I’d start talking about it now, give a bit of a sneak preview.
So, I love Tolkien. Love the movies, love the books, love the fandom. And since having discovered the online community of fans a few years back, I’ve discovered a passion for Silmarillion fanfiction. Seriously, love it to pieces. Silmarillion fan writers are some of the most talented, creative, and inspiring writers I’ve ever encountered.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, therefore, that they inspired me to write my own Silmarillion fics.
The big one that I’ve been developing over the past few years is a Modern AU, inspired by the amazing LiveOakWithMoss on ao3, and her famous Dancing With My Punchlines. I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone, it’s a fantastic epic of drama and humour and angst. I actually just finished a re-read of it, which is probably what kickstarted my interest in my own idea again.
Technically speaking, this AU is not really part of the Silmarillion proper, though it’s not really a part of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit either. There’s a lot of characters that overlap between books, and the time period in which they co-existed in canon is not covered in very much detail by the Professor. The closest I can say is maybe something like a mixture of the Akallabeth and the first Appendix? For those of you familiar with the timeline of Middle Earth, it’s from the Second Age.
Not gonna lie, this one is a biggie, and it intimidates me more than any other piece of creative writing I’ve done. The Second Age is really not my forte, lore wise, I’m more familiar with the First and Third Ages, simply because there’s more information available on them. But that doesn’t really matter as much in a Modern AU set in Earth, I guess.
This has undergone quite a few major changes. Having started this in high school, I originally thought about setting the characters as teenagers in high school, before I realized that it wouldn’t work for the story I wanted to tell. It’s now set in the midst of their university years, and I’ve scaled back a lot of the things I wanted to shoehorn in there, and let things reveal themselves at their own pace.
One thing I will remark on is the truly convoluted timeline I somehow managed to put together for translating the absolutely ridiculous family trees of both Finwë and Thingol into some kind of thing that makes sense within human lifespans. I actually put that together several years back for another story that I don’t think I’m going to work on now, but I can repurpose that massive timeline for this one. It looks like a giant rainbow from all the colour coding of dates, and I stunned my friends into silence when I showed it to them, and it’s quite possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done. Certainly the most prep work I’ve ever put into a story.
(If I ever end up publishing this idea, which probably won’t be for a few years yet, I may post the Rainbow Timeline, just so you can all see how massively complicated it is)
I’m going to stop rambling about it now, since I don’t want to commit too much to something before I get That Fic done, but hopefully, this isn’t the last you hear about it. If That Fic is a labour of love, this Tolkien fic is a passion project, and I really hope that I can share it with you all one day.
That’s all from me for now. Happy New Year, everyone!