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Thursday, June 19th, 2008
1:36 pm
Ten minutes of your time for my thesis?
Dear fanfic authors,

first of all I’m sorry if OT posting isn’t allowed in this community, but there’s no other way for me to do this; just delete this if it isn’t appropriate.

I’m a fanfic reader and occasional fanfic writer myself, so what did I pick for my thesis in communication sciences? Fan Fiction, of course. I designed a survey to find out more about our writing habits and media use; it takes about 10 minutes to complete.

If you could go here and fill it out, I’d be forever grateful. Of course I’ll publish some of the results at my journal in about a month or two, so you’ll know what happened with your answers.
The survey is completely anonymous; I have no way of finding out who gave which answers.

Please, please help a fellow fan out. It’s only ten minutes for you; it’s a very important part of my work for me.

This has been cross-posted like crazy, and I'm sorry for spamming you guys, I'm just a little desperate, too.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
3:23 am
Monday, February 23rd, 2004
11:05 pm
Happy birthday tommarrow sean
love emily. i would send you a card full of money...but......i don't think you really need that. xP

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, February 22nd, 2004
10:07 pm
YESSSS> They DiD It...Great speach Sean!!!!!!!!
Sean looked incredible and stole the show, i hope he becomes our future president like they said. god he is handsome.
Monday, February 9th, 2004
4:41 am
Monday, January 26th, 2004
5:03 am
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003
1:58 pm
Thanks to Lare aka freakspawn... I've figured out how to join communities! :)
So, this is a big HULLO to people here (though I'm sure some of you already know me from The Pony). :)
Monday, September 22nd, 2003
10:16 am
Friday, July 25th, 2003
7:01 pm
Before I said I love you. (Tales from Frodo's past)
These stories are a history I and my friend have created together. We both role play together. She's Sam and I'm Frodo. We've decided to go back into their past and write some of the events that have changed their lives.

I'm posting links to the first two chapters of "The Pain is Two Fold" Our first joint story. As well as a couple I've done on my own. We hope you enjoy. And let me know if you want me to keep posting future chapters here.

"The Pain is Two Fold" Chapter 1

"The Pain is Two Fold" Chapter 2

"Before I said I love you" (Tales from Frodo's past)

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, November 30th, 2002
4:45 pm
A Long-Expected Party
~A Long-Expected Party~

Bit of Earth's Official Line Party

Tolkien fansite BitofEarth.net is teaming up with the leader of all things online in Middle Earth, TheOneRing.net (TORN) and Regal Cinema Lloyd Center 10 (Portland, Oregon) to bring you "A Long Expected Party", a 36-hour marathon line party to celebrate the December 18th release of "The Two Towers."

The event will kick off at midnight on Tuesday, December 17th, and throughout the next day, passers-by will be greeted with the sight of Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, Rangers, Istari and Geeks camped out in singing, trivia-playing, costume-wearing determination in front of Lloyd Cinema 10. The bulk of the die-hard geeks will see the movie at 12:01 on the 18th, but many more will be staying for the 9am and noon showings as well. "There are a lot of mothers who want to come" notes TORN spokesperson Tanya Rezak, "...and some people's jobs just won't let them do a midnight showing." And of course, for most of these self-titled "Ringers," Peter Jackson has been holding them in anticipation since the release of last year's critical and box-office smash, "The Fellowship of the Ring," and one showing is simply not enough.

Nonetheless, the midnight option itself is proof of the mysterious draw of the Ring. Initially, New Line Cinema's contract with Regal forbade showing The Two Towers until 9am on the 18th, but with the encouragement of local fans and the assurances of a packed house in the state's largest auditorium, Robert Bob, Assistant Manager of the theatre, managed to secure one of New Line's coveted special showings.

The gesture is deeply appriciated, as while movies like "Star Trek: Nemesis" - another geek favourite to be released only two days before "Towers" - receive intensive studio support in promotion, the Long Expected Party is entirely a fan endeavor. Two local fans who like to call themselves simply "Sam" and "Frodo", appeared on KNRK's popular morning radio show, Gustav and Daria, on the morning of November 12th bemoaning the lack of retailer support in the release of the extended DVD for "Fellowship of the Ring," and were soon determined not to see a similar lack of geekish activity available for "Towers." The result is the Long Expected Party.

With the support of TORN and Lloyd Cinema 10, interest is high, and while a core 'Fellowship' of 100 attendees will be participating in the bulk of the organized events and guaranteed a seat at the midnight showing, many more are expected throughout the event. Created entirely by and for the fans of Tolkien's Middle Earth and Peter Jackson's inspired recreation thereof, the Long Expected Party is likely to be an epic unto itself!

To learn about the benefits of securing your "Fellowship" status, please Click Here

For more information, please contact BitofEarth's public relations director, Mr. Frodo, at mrfrodo@bitofearth.net, or call the BitofEarth offices at (503) 353-3095.

Current Mood: energetic
Friday, November 15th, 2002
1:27 am
Flowers in a Lightning Storm Updated

--New links on Bookmarks page.

--"An Autumn Interlude" has been added to Fanfiction.

--New Author Recs page.

--New buttons/banners on Feedback page.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2002
9:48 pm
sorry to anyone suffering crossposts!


What makes Lord of the Rings so wonderful for me is the fact that it is unique - our heroes aren't people with tormented beginnings and shady pasts, they are ordinary, every day people. From a race of ordinary every day people, as a matter of fact, their ordinariness and everyday-ness is more exagerrated than anything else, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...

It's the ordinariness of hobbits, especially in their extraordinary situation, that makes them so endearing to me. I write about three foot tall men with huge, hairy feet and no shoes who like to smoke and eat 6 meals a day. They jump up and dance on tables in strange pubs while singing songs about cows jumping over the moon, they make up songs about trolls, they ask for bed and breakfast when they've been captured by uruk-hai. How can i write them without humour? It's what I love about them most.

So this a community that celebrates the hobbits because they are ordinary and very, very funny. not to mention loveable. Their love isn't always epic and romantic, it's just as often about poking fun at eachother's weight and saying farewell to the beer barrel.

If you love this aspect of the hobbits and want to share in the squeeful funny glee of it all, join! and partake in the posts of adoration.

fics are welcome, slash, gen or het, as are items of interest such as news or pictures, quotes, or anything else applicable!
Sunday, November 3rd, 2002
5:09 pm
Sailing, sailing...
I regret that for a variety of reasons, I am leaving online fandom. This has been unofficial for a long time now, but I want to make it right by giving orangeblossomb the credit she richly deserves. Since the very beginning, she has been the proverbial power behind the throne, and since April, she has truly been the real Head Gardener who has kept BoE green and growing. I give her the title now, gladly and with gratitude for all she has done.

I'll miss you all.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Friday, October 25th, 2002
2:33 pm
Update: Project Elanor
Just an update on the status of Project Elanor, the community service project inspired by Sean Astin's 9/11 call for participation in the United Day of Service campaign. Since our first announcement of this project on TORN, we have teamed up with national youth literacy charity Reading Is Fundamental (www.rif.org) and they have formed an action committee to help find a suitable space for us to landscape as a children's reading garden. We have also received pledges of help during the actual event from over 40 local fans, as well as extensive financial donations and other gifts. Thank you cards to those donors to help will be sent out later this week.

The best news by far, however, is that our Founder, Victoria Bitter, was able to meet Mr. Astin himself on 9/11 and explain the project to him. He is well-known for being an active supporter of children's literacy, and his response was enthusiastic. Much to our delight and that of the staff at Reading is Fundamental, Mr. Astin expressed his appreciation for the project, indicating that he would like to support Bit of Earth in this endeavor and even participate in Project Elanor itself!

In light of Mr. Astin's generosity, the date remains fluid, as we wish to accommodate his schedule however necessary. Unfortunately, the attempts we have made so far to determine when he would be available have not been returned by his management. With TTT drawing near, we understand that they are likely quite busy, but we are confident that Mr. Astin is a hobbit of his word, and greatly looking forward to seeing this project through to a conclusion worthy of Sam's own garden!

Current Mood: optimistic
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002
10:42 am
New YahooGroups Mailing List Announcement:

RingbearersRemembered is a fanfiction community/discussion forum dedicated to the complex, intricate, and beautiful relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien's Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee. Please note that this is a slash-oriented list; if your tastes point in another direction, please follow them accordingly. Also note that this list is dedicated to Frodo/Sam as an OTP: while Merry/Pippin is certainly welcomed in side-mention, any other pairings are not. This is a haven for the Ringbearers; please treat them with all due respect:)

frodo_sam serves as a corresponding LJ community. Also, pay a visit to our sister community, cousbands, on LJ and YahooGroups as well.
Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
8:52 pm
In response to the Unity in the Spirit of America service program
In response to the Unity in the Spirit of America service program, in support of which Sean Astin will be appearing in Washington DC on the morning of September 11, 2002, BitofEarth.net would like to announce Project Elanor.

With the tear-stained excavations of Ground Zero now turning toward talk of memorial parks and rebuilding, and with the Pentagon scarred but standing, it is time for rebuilding, for planting, for new life and togetherness. As a fan community ostensibly organized in honour of a gardener, a father, a comrade, a companion, a servant, and a community leader, we see this call for service, for planting anew, as a call we feel particularly keenly, and would like to extend more than our mere good wishes.

Our plan is to select a charity organization in the Portland, Oregon area that supports reading programs for children, due both to Sam's role as the keeper of the Red Book of Westmarch and Mr. Astin's special interest in children's literacy, and to landscape the grounds surrounding it. The exact organization will be chosen by size and need, based primarily upon the amount of support we receive for Project Elanor. BitofEarth Head Gardener Victoria Bitter will lead this effort, co-chaired by BitofEarth Webmistress Orangeblossom Brambleburr, but while we send out a special plea to BitofEarth members, anyone at all is welcome to participate.

It is our hope to be able to thoroughly landscape the chosen site, complete with flower beds, pathways, and birdhouses and birdbaths to encourage wildlife, but the centerpiece of the project will be a plaque with a gilded nut - Sam's precious mallorn seed - and this inscription from Return of the King, taken from Frodo's final words to Sam: "...Your hands and your wits will be needed everywhere. You will be the Mayor, of course, as long as you want to be, and the most famous gardener in history; and you will read things out of the Red Book, and keep alive the memory of the age that is gone, so that people will remember the Great Danger and so love their beloved land all the more." It will be dedicated "From those over the Sea and those who labour in their spirit, that the Age of Men shall have been left in good hands. In love and Fellowship, the members of BitofEarth and their Company."

For those who wish to support this effort, tentatively scheduled for April 6 (Sam's reputed birthday and nicely into planting season) donations of seeds, bulbs, tools, work gloves, money, or other supplies may be sent to:

Project Elanor
PO Box 220251
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
United States of America

Also needed on the date itself will be good sturdy backs and strong arms willing to put spade to earth, and while the particulars will not be finalized for a while yet, we would much appreciate a rough headcount of Northwest Ringers who would be interested in participating, the better to choose our charity.

In Peace and Good Fellowship
Victoria Bitter (victoriabitter@bitofearth.net) - Head Gardener, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer,
Orangeblossom Brambleburr (webmistress@bitofearth.net) - Webmistress, Garden-Tender and Water-Bearer
9:23 am
FYI - Bit of Earth Staff
SquirrelMail is having trouble again; they are migrating another server and thus @bitofearth.net email will be unavailable fir a while.


Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, September 5th, 2002
3:45 am
To Whom It May Concern
It is the policy of BitofEarth.net to maintain our site with the utmost attitude of respect towards Sean Astin, Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other talented men and women who have given us such pleasure through their time and effort. This policy, we hope, is reflected throughout the site, both in the material we choose to publish and that which we do not, but as a fan community, we are reflected by our membership as much as, if not more than, by the site itself.

Unfortunately, it would appear that this respect is not shared by all, and we were greatly disheartened to see the recent article written by Bit of Earth member MsAllegro (a.k.a. Shawna Wells). While this article most directly concerns Elijah Wood, not Sean Astin, we believe that the actors have made it extremely clear that they are deeply connected to one another in a beautiful example of real-life Fellowship, and any individual showing such blatant disrespect to one member of the Fellowship by extension disrespects them all, as well as giving us no reason to believe she would refrain from creating a similar essay concerning Mr. Astin.

BitofEarth.net has confronted the issue of character and actor sexuality before, and once again, we will re-iterate our stance. "Slash" or homoerotic fan fiction, as it concerns only the fan writer's interpretation of the character of Samwise Gamgee, is neither encouraged nor discouraged by BitofEarth.net, but merely accepted with appropriate warnings under a neutral administrative opinion. RPS, or Real Person Slash, however, is not accepted by BitofEarth.net, as we feel that it runs contrary to what we perceive to be a respectful attitude towards Mr. Astin's clearly loving and devoted marriage, as well as infringing on the personal life of the actor(s). It must be said, however, that RPS, regardless of whether we personally may disagree with it, is disclaimed as fiction, and while we do not allow it on the site, we do allow shared links with sites which may contain RPS, and do not attempt to forbid our members from being active in the RPS community.

This said, we feel that MsAllegro's article crosses a line of decency and respect well beyond that of RPS. She presents a selection of gossip, rumour, blind items (from sites with such names as filth2go.com) and subjective observations, and then attempts to thus demonstrate her opinion about the actor's personal sexual orientation to be fact, or at the very least, a strongly supported probability. This, in our opinion, skates dangerously near the edges of slander.

BitofEarth.net maintains no position regarding the sexual orientation of any individual, and personally, the administrative staff could not care less whether Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, or anyone else is gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, or omnisexual so long as they are happy, but we also believe that simply by sharing their talents with us in a public media, they grant us no permission, explicit or implicit, to make claims about their personal lives.

MsAllegro has, we regret to say, crossed that line of respect in the view of the BitofEarth list owner and webmistress, and we feel we have no choice in good conscience but to withdraw our association with her. Due to her financial generosity in establishing our webhosting, we will retain her name on the Credits and Contributors page, but we will no longer maintain any links to or receive images from the Bag End Inn, nor will we continue to host any essays or creative works by MsAllegro (unless they are jointly credited to other authors). This is not a matter for debate. If, perhaps, she chooses to withdraw to a more respectful position concerning the actor's personal lives, we would happily welcome her back as an appreciative fan of Lord of the Rings and Sam Gamgee, but for now, we must part ways.

The Administrative Staff of BitofEarth.net

Current Mood: disappointed
Monday, August 19th, 2002
11:16 am
Gaffer in Special Edition DVD? (spoiler?)
Cross-posting this to my LJ and to bitofearth, and have sent a copy to TORn
cutaway so you can avoid spoilersCollapse )


Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, August 8th, 2002
4:12 pm
Got this information from someone on a Sean list who claims to have gotten it from Sean:

Here's the scoop straight from the horse's mouth.

Born to Sean and Christine:

Elizabeth Louise, Tuesday Aug 6th, 2:08 PM, weighing in 8 lb's 14 oz.
Big cheeks.
Everyone is healthy, and back home.

I don't know how accurate this is, but there you go.
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