No cutesy Latin title 7 + a few fanfic and reminder of new blog links

Last installment here.

OT, collateral attractions, and things I think about

Fanfic links

Over the years I’ve learned that my tastes in fanfic are apparently much broader than the average reader’s, so please make sure you read all the warnings before starting a story. But it’s been one of my greater pleasures this fall, often at lunch, to see when the new installment of one of the stories I follow has posted.

And, a reminder

Although I assume you have seen these links here already, or elsewhere, please check out and follow the crop of Richard Armitage blogs (and blogs that have Armitage as a regular topic) that appeared during the summer. Gen 5? I’m losing track.

The things that keep a blogger writing? Lots of comments, interactions, likes, and page views.

In no particular order, keep your eyes on:

~ by Servetus on January 4, 2015.

53 Responses to “No cutesy Latin title 7 + a few fanfic and reminder of new blog links”

  1. I’m the first commenter! That never happens! Anyway, I want to second your recommendation for alkjira. Coincidentally I just discovered her stories this evening and find them very entertaining. Thanks for the other links, Serv, I’m always on the lookout for new fanfic. Happy New Year!

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    • lol — well Mazel Tov! I have an author subscription to alkjira now. There was also a Chanukkah fanfic (Ori / Kili, I think).

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  2. I finally changed my desktop from Thorin to a sea turtle today. I’m happy you’re still enjoying my shorts, so much better than eating them. Did I just channel Bart Simpson there for a second? Thanks Serv!

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    1. Thank you for the many interesting links!
    2. A very happy, healthy and fulfilling new year to you!
    3. I was a trekkie even before a Tolkien-fan and so I am nitpicking… I’m sure you are speaking of Mr Spock’s death in Star Trek II: “I have been, and always shall be, your friend…” – Kirk dies in Star Trek: Generations.

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  3. a lot of great stuff here about fandom. I particularly enjoyed the “fandom isn’t friendship” piece.

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    • Thanks. I thought that was an interesting one, too, and it was easier to think about the problem w/r/t Cosby, whom I have watched over the years but whom I’ve never been a particular fan of.

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  4. Hello! MistakenMagic here, I just wanted to say thank you so much for being kind enough to recommend ‘A Remover of Obstacles’. Your post has definitely made my week!

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    • You’re very welcome. YOU make MY week, every time you post. Your story had a big effect on me:

      https://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/me-richard-armitage-fandom-desire/

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    • Oops, I have to apologize, because that was a different PTSD story. Nonetheless, I am jazzed every time I see your story appear in my mail — you write SO convincingly about the trauma themes that fascinate me, and about their friendship / love for each other.

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      • I was a little confused, but not to worry, reading about your experiences and thoughts on desire was very interesting. I’m pleased you like the way I’m handling the trauma themes: Obstacles-Thorin and I have a few things in common, but there are still many things beyond my personal experience, so I’m doing my best to handle his story with care and sensitivity, and to keep it as true to reality as possible. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the fic, and I hope to get Chapter 12 to you in a week or so!

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        • I honestly CANNOT wait.

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        • What an AMAZING chapter. Totally rush read it, going back to reread and savor.

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          • Oh gosh, thank you so much! This chapter was a really tough one to write and I am quite horrifically sleep-deprived, so your feedback really does mean a lot to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed the update!

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            • The way you describe Thorin’s physical reactions to his recognitions — wow, spot on.

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              • Great work! I, too, cannot wait for more.

                Thanks for the tip, Serv. 🙂

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                • Oh gosh, thank you so much! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the fic. I’ll try and get Chapter 13 to you as soon as possible 😉

                  And thank you again, Servetus, I honestly didn’t expect to get any kind of shout-out for this story, so I really appreciate you linking it on your blog!

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                  • you keep writing, we’ll keep reading!!

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                  • Another GREAT chapter!

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                    • Thank you! Not a whole lot of Bagginshield this time, but it’s a part of Thorin’s healing process that needed to happen. However, there will be a lot of Bilbo next chapter, and I am very excited about the sheer amount of fluff it will bring 😉

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                    • I’m not hardcore Bagginshield, I am hardcore hurt/comfort, and I loved the way these conversations between Thorin and Dis were written although I found Gandalf’s strategy to force the conversation slightly less plausible. And all the Durin family love at the end — perfect!

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                    • another FANTASTIC chapter. Loved how Thorin turned into problem solver and also how he let down his shields. Also, the smut. Thank you!

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  5. Verspäteten Dank für die Lese-Tipps, besonders die Fanfics.. 🙂

    Smaug the Terrible … Hamster brachte das eine oder andere Schmunzeln auf mein Gesicht; The Hardship of Courtship … ließ mich sogar laut lachen. 😀 Alkjiras andere Sachen werde ich demnächst lesen, und ich bin sicher, dass es sich lohnt. Da ist echtes Talent für Situationskomik.

    Die anderen Fics habe ich teilweise angelesen, und eine werde ich verfolgen; bei den anderen weiß ich es noch nicht. Es gibt soooo viel Geschichten, die bereits beendet sind, dass ich jedesmal zögere, eine zu lesen, bei der niemand sagen kann, ob sie je beendet wird. seufz Wo kann ich beantragen, ein Jahr ausschließlich mit Lesen verbringen zu können?

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  6. Very interesting links,Srvetus.Thank you!

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  7. Hello again! It may just be me being a bit of a technophobe, but I can’t see a reply option on our thread? Anyway, so sorry it’s taken me an age to reply, but I’m so pleased you enjoyed Chapter 14 and that cheeky bit of smut 😉

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    • It only nests 10 times, I think. Keep going! I am enjoying this so much I kind of don’t want them to get out of the hospital … or if they do, maybe there can be an outpatient sequel? 🙂

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      • Well, I won’t give too much away, but we’re only just approaching the half-way mark of the fic (big turning point in the plot coming up soon too!) so there is plenty more to come 🙂

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        • really? Oh, that’s such good news!!

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        • Wow, great chapter! I would say Arendt uses both intentionalist (Nazis always wanted to kill Jews, even if not all Nazis were rabid about it) and functionalist (the needs of the program determined its ultimate shape) features in explaining the Holocaust, but on the whole, is more of a functionalist.

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        • That was a super evil plot turn, but the idea of Thorin reading Eichmann in Jerusalem while sitting behind the door close to Bilbo — that is just such a beautiful, beautiful picture. Thank you for that.

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        • LOVED the last chapter — that spontaneous confession of fidelity from Thorin just made me grin. Keep going!

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          • Hello! I’m so sorry I never replied to your last few comments, but it honestly does mean the world to me that you’re still reading ‘Obstacles’. I do really appreciate your loyalty and I’m so glad you’re enjoying this evil plot turn. Your comments have definitely influenced and inspired a few lines in recent chapters, so thank you again for reading and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend 🙂

            P.S. I thought it was about time Thorin used his words, that scene was so much fun to write, even if it was also painful!

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            • You don’t need to reply! Just keep writing! I love hurt/comfort, so feel free to hurt them a few more times. I will love watching them paste each other back together.

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            • Excellent chapter. I love warm family feelz.

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            • Somehow I don’t think I’d pick the last ten pages of Eichmann in Jerusalem as bedtime reading 🙂 but this was another sweet chapter. Looking forward to seeing how Bilbo and Thorin work out this new phase in their relationship and if Thorin’s release accelerates Bilbo’s move toward independence in any way.

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            • Bilbo wants to change! Yes!!! Foreseeing lots of h/c and feelz.

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            • thanks for the update. You made my day!

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            • Another fantastic chapter and yes, Thorin does seem that clueless. Well, maybe this will be an incentive to Bilbo to get himself discharged from the hospital …

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            • loved this chapter!!

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              • Hello! I just wanted to check in to say I really do appreciate your continued support with ‘Obstacles’ – it means so much to me that you’re still reading and enjoying. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! 🙂

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                • you’re still a highlight of my week!

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                • great chapter. Will Miss Sylvan fall for Thorin? 🙂

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                • another great chapter! Yeah, I don’t think there is much that therapy can do against one’s horrible dreams. I wish.

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                • aaand Thorin asks the million dollar question. Another fantastic chapter.

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                • Lovely happy chapter ending. My heart was racing, too 🙂

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                • Fantastic chapter, and you totally made it make sense. Keep it up!

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                • Another really great chapter, one with a lot of emotional truth in it.

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                • I haven’t left you a comment in a long time, but you left me crying at the end of this chapter (I am still here).

                  Incidentally, tulips are a bulb flower.

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                  • Hello there! It’s wonderful to hear from you again – and please don’t worry about not leaving a comment, I’m only sorry I haven’t replied for so long! Many apologies for the tears hands over tissues, but I promise you’ve just survived the last bit of proper angst before the fic comes to an end.

                    Thanks so much for spotting that tulip issue! I was looking at flower seeds on various websites based on the flowers’ meanings (just to add another layer of symbolism y’know) and I didn’t realise the tulip seeds I was looking at wouldn’t bloom for a good few years – which is why people usually go for tulip bulbs instead of seeds. I’m sure Sam wouldn’t want Bilbo to wait that long for them to flower, so I’m just searching for a replacement 😉

                    Any suggestions are most welcome!

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  8. I really don’t want it to end! Not sure what I’ll do when I can’t be anticipating what will happen next. Maybe you can write a “Fili goes to uni” fic with strong supporting performances from Thorin and Bilbo!

    re: flowers — no idea. Tbh we buy all the ones we put in as seedlings to avoid the whole pain in the ass seeding process.

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