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MEFA nominations final: jan-u-wine a nominee

Posted on 2010.06.16 at 22:56
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antane, who knows jan-u-wine's work from the LOTR Scrapbook (the "compleat" archive of her LOTR pieces), has nominated seven of Jan's poems for the MEFA competition.

The nominated poems:

1. And I Don't Mean To
2. Harthad (aka “Harthad Uluithiad” and “Bronwe Athan Harthad”)
3. Not So Easily Mended
4. Unbroken
5. Across So Wide a Sea
6. Anniversary (March 13, 1420 S.R.)
7. And Come What Sorrow Can
The first five poems have been featured here in "Mechtild". See links below to see which images went with them. The last two are viewable only at LOTR Scrapbook (individual links provided below).

Jan writes:

Thank you, Antane! Writing in the LOTR universe is such a joy to me, so it's doubly nice to be recognized with nominations for the MEFA's. Since few people would ever have read any of my work without it being featured on Mechtild's LJ, I'd also like to thank her for being such a generous friend and collaborator.

This is the first time I've been nominated for these awards, so I was a virtual stranger to the site. There's so very much to explore there, so much beautifully written prose and poetry, and so many intelligent and thought-provoking non-fiction works as well. Please, do yourself a favor and pay them a visit. Since the purpose of these works being posted is (at least in part), a competition, pay mind to the vagaries of scoring, which Mechtild has told me has more twists than Rosie's Ribbons. I'll let her explain, since I'm still trying to figure it all out.


1. About the MEFA's.

Be sure and visit the MEFA site, enjoy stories new and old, and vote for your favorites. If you aren't registered, it's easy to register at MEFA. Navigating the stories is easy, too. You can search many ways, and you can make a "Wish List", which makes note of stories you hope to read, which you can click later. Participating can be a lot of fun.

Here's MEFA's home page: http://mefawards.net/MEFA2010/index.php?page=index

Here's a link for voting tips: http://mefawards.net/MEFA2010/index.php?page=FAQreviewing

2. Note on how MEFA entries are scored (if you participate).

Votes are actually reader comments; comments are scored according to their length. This is from MEFA's info on voting and scoring:

Note that characters with diacriticals such as É, æ, and ð are not counted. This is for technical reasons. If you want them to count toward your vote length you should transliterate them (i.e., E for É, ae for æ). Spaces and anything inside [square brackets] are also not counted (also anything between quotation marks).

Each vote is then assigned a point value based on the number of characters:

1-75 characters 1 point
76-150 characters 2 points
151-300 characters 3 points
301-450 characters 4 points
451-600 characters 5 points
601-750 characters 6 points
751-850 characters 7 points
851-925 characters 8 points
926-1000 characters 9 points
More than 1000 characters 10 points

The MEFA scoring system is meant to encourage feedback, although, unfortunately, there is no way to give lenghthy feedback of a critical nature, unless your purpose is to enhance that piece's point count.

Let the voter, therefore, beware!

Go forth, read and enjoy this word-ly festival of all things Middle-earth!


Links to poems appearing in Mechtild:

~ “And I Don’t Mean To".

~ “Harthad Uluithiad” and “Bronwe Athan Harthad”.

~ "Not So Easily Mended".

~ "Unbroken".

~ “Across So Wide a Sea”.

Links to poems on LOTR Scrapbook:

Anniversary (March 13, 1420 S.R.

And Come What Sorrow Can


primula_baggins at 2010-06-17 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations to Jan. She writes beautiful poetry and deserves the recognition.
mechtild at 2010-06-17 21:09 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Primula. I think so, too (natch, lol!). :)
antane at 2010-06-17 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
You are quite welcome, Jan - thank *you*!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

mechtild at 2010-06-17 21:09 (UTC) (Link)
Antane, thanks so much for making this post possible! P.S. I ordered some of the books you recommended, Peter Kreeft's "The Philosophy of Tolkien", and it's come in through our interlibrary loan service. Woo hoo!
jan_u_wine at 2010-06-19 14:08 (UTC) (Link)
thank you again, Antane! I don't think that poetry is the easiest form to read and appreciate, so I am doubly happy about the nomination....I feel like Sally Fields at the Oscars: you like me....you *really* like me...

Of course, I *do* know that there are folks out in fan-dom that like the poetry. But it's always nice to be reassured. And nicer still to have more people read. I do look forward to reading the comments.

Though the poems (mostly) stand well on their own, I have come to realize, in the last few years, how much they are *framed* and enlarged upon by Mechtild's essays and choice of art. She has a lovely eye, and a wonderful mind. So a large thank-you must go to her, for her love of LOTR and her wonderful support of an oft off-course poet.

thank you again!

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lavendertook at 2010-06-17 19:48 (UTC) (Link)
Best of luck, to Jan! I will come back to this post and read, reread, and give feedback.
mechtild at 2010-06-17 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for stopping to say woo hoo, Lavender. I think it's great that her work's been nominated.
jan_u_wine at 2010-06-19 13:59 (UTC) (Link)
LT, it's nice to see you, and thank you very much. I hope that RL is treating you with much more kindness these days. I look forward to seeing a post from the wonderful Bingo soon! (and need I mention that I do hope there are Oliphaunts involved!)
(Anonymous) at 2010-06-18 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
Sincere congratualtions to Jan, and thanks to Antane for nominating her beautiful work for the MEFA competition. I must head on over there and take a peek. Good luck Jan.

Thank you, Mechtild for sharing the exciting news, and welcome back.

~ Blossom.
mechtild at 2010-06-19 04:16 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Blossom. It's great to see you! (so to speak *g*)
not_alone at 2010-06-18 20:34 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for letting us know about this, Mechtild and many congratulations to Jan on her nominations. I've never heard of these awards before and will definitely follow the link and take a look round asap. I'd actually intended to do that much earlier but first of all I went to read the two poems of Jan's on the LOTR Scrapbook (so beautiful) and from there I followed the link to Fellowship of ME site which I'd never seen before (how did I miss that?) and spent far longer than I'd intended having a good look round there!!
mechtild at 2010-06-19 04:20 (UTC) (Link)
I am not sure of the history of the MEFA competition, but I have thought it came out of the Henneth Annun archive and fanfic communtiy, which sponsored the writing and reviewing of Tolkien-based fanfic over the years (not just LotR, but any Tolkien work). A lot of people from your f-list have had fics nominated at the MEFA's over the years, or I believe so.

Anyway, thanks so much for coming over to congratulate Jan. I would love more fans to have a chance to read her work.
jan_u_wine at 2010-06-19 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
thank you so much, dear Paulie! Btw, while you are on the Scrapbook site, I hope you'll look at other writing archived there. There are some absolutely wonderful fics and essays there. (I also have some prose work on the site, if you are interested). In regard to the "Fellowship" site, this site was founded after Decipher (who hosted the original fan-site for the movies) dropped the ball on keeping the LOTR fan-dom properly fed and watered, as it were. Some of the mods from the Decipher site went off on their own and formed "Fellowship". It really is a great little community, though I don't have time to visit any longer. I hope that you will, though, and, if so, please give them my loving regards. take care!
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mechtild at 2010-09-15 23:30 (UTC) (Link)
Fexalira, are you sure you posted this comment to the right LJ entry?
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