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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

MEFA Reminder and some Coronation Screencaps....

Posted on 2006.09.05 at 21:07
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Here’s one more post about the 2006 MEFA’s, the Middle Earth Fanfiction Awards, plus some screencaps (yes, I tweaked them a little for contrast, sharpness, and also colour).

September is the last month to vote -- I think. Searching the MEFA site's FAQ's on voting, it only gives the deadline for 2005, but it was the last day of Semptember. I am assuming it's the same this year.

Register if you haven’t and put your keyboards to use for the stories you love and/or to support your friends in the fanfic community. Unfortunately, you must register even to browse the author list, but it is not difficult. You needn't give your date of birth or the name of your pet.

To make this entry more of a pleasure and less business-like, I have made some screencaps from the RotK Coronation Scene, in which a lot of award-related activities take place (so to speak).



~ Coronoation scene from "The Return of the King", theatrical edition, full screen version:






























~*~



I posted it a few months ago, but here is a list of the authors from my f-list whose stories and poems have been nominated this year:


just_ann_now: “Aglarond”; “Benison”; “Elfwine”; “Diplomatic Relations”; “For the Moon to Lead, and the Stars to Follow”; “Heirlooms”; “History Becomes Legend,”; “It’s a Thought”; “A Length of Haradric Silk”; “Lobelia’s List”; “Today”; “Thus Are Legends Born”; “Too Few Words”

Aratlithiel (aka abby_normal): “Scattered Leaves”

Ariel (aka elasg): “Starlight at Eventide”; “Inspirare”; “Passing Regrets”; “The End of All Things”

Cuthalion (aka belegculthalion):“Breath of Winter”; “Hands of Healing”; “Tinúviel, Tinúviel”; “…and hear the song of salt and sea”:

Daffodil Bolger (aka abby_normal): “Counterpoint” (‘Scherzo’):

illyria-pffyffin (aka illyria_novia): “Breeze”; “Divinity”; “Perspectives”; “Sam’s Voice”

Lily (aka lily_the_hobbit): “The Bond Between Us”; “Changes and Constancy”; “Dear Diary”; “Somewhere to Belong”

mariole: “An Army of Tooks”; “Bad Step”; “Merry’s Present”

mews_1945: “In Frodo’s Hands”; “Frodo Lad: First Yule”

shirebound: “Shelter”; “The Three Towers”; “Whispers of the Dragon”; “Healed”

silvermoonlady: “Heralded By Storms”; “Cierre, Min Heorte” (‘Turn, My Heart’)

white_gull: “Unspeakable”

~*~

These are only a very few of the stories competing. Many more are there, stories by authors whose names you will recognize, along with folk you probably haven't heard of. Some nominated fic is recently-written, but some noms have been around for a while (Bill the Pony's "Cloves and Kisses", for instance, is a fic that was recommended to me more than two years ago, before I had read anything).

Here is the link to the main page of the MEFA awards:

http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2006/



Finding Stories

If you are used to the simplicity of finding stories and authors at archives like WotM (West of the Moon), SoA (Stories of Arda), or OSA (Open Scrolls Archives), finding things at MEFA may be daunting.

After you log in, you must click the button called show filter. It will give you a big list to fiddle with in order to find the story or author of your choice.

Here's some advice I got from an extremely courteous MEFA admin. and fic writer, Marta:

We [offer a lot of choices for finding things, but] through the different filters. (...) I'll walk through it just in case. You can see filters by going to the page showing the nominations and click "Show Filter".

Filters are a little tricky because they remember what you are currently filtering by. Each time you press the "Display Selected Nominations", if you want to clear out what you're currently displaying just click the "Clear All Filters" button.

Otherwise if you're currently filtering for stories involving Frodo and you now select an author, it will only display stories by that author involving Frodo.

You can find an author by selecting their name from the author filter ["Browse Author"]. Then click "Display Selections". This will show all the stories by that author that you haven't specifically told the site to skip.

You can find a particular title by typing part or all of it into the white box beside the "search" button and clicking "search". This will show the stories that have that phrase in the title, author name, or summary that you haven't told the site to skip.

You can see all the stories that chose a certain race as their race (even if they didn't end up in that as their "Main Category") by using the "Genre, Race, Time Choice" filter.


Voting.

When you vote, even if it is a “final” vote, you still can go back and edit your review, which I think is great. If you don’t want to choose “final” for your vote, votes marked “hidden” will be counted in when voting ends, even if you never changed it to “final”. But “draft” votes don’t count.

Note: Voting is scored by the length of the review, not by what you say in it.

Quotes from the fic or other sources don’t count in the score. Quotes should be placed inside brackets [ ].

Each vote (review) is assigned a point value based on its word count:


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

This means that no matter what you write, in terms of raves or hisses, the score is based on the length of the review.

If you adore a fic but do not elaborate upon it, the story gets a low score. If you hate it and tell why at length, the story gets a high vote.

Personally, I said what I had to say and did not care about the score. Most authors who've been in this before said they valued the feedback most, not the score.

Here are some sample entries which show the word count. After you hit “Preview” on your vote/review, it tells you what the score is, so you can know for sure how many points you've voted.

1 pt. ~ Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

2 pts. ~ Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

3 pts. ~ Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

4 pts. ~ Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Here’s what a maximum score looks like:

10 pts. ~ Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah.


~ Mechtild</save>

Comments:


Ann
just_ann_now at 2006-09-06 03:11 (UTC) (Link)
If you wrote that 10-point story I would read it. Even though I'm not a fan of inter-species hanky-panky.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-06 03:56 (UTC) (Link)
I'd read it no matter who wrote it. Sounds like a hoot!
Shirebound
shirebound at 2006-09-06 11:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posting this, and for the screen caps! I always look forward to seeing those. *hugs*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-06 12:18 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Shirebound. :)
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-07 04:27 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, "the Lost Entry" syndrome. I know it well, LOL. Well, it was just a reminder and explanation to the dim (i.e. folks like me, when it comes to navigating MEFA). If people are as slow on the uptake as I am, they won't be paying much attention to deadlines and so forth. I really enjoyed reading your stories, by the way, Mews, not having read any before -- especially the one called, "In Frodo's Hands."
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Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-09-08 08:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the beautiful caps and the helpful iformation.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-08 15:17 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Este. *smooch*
Lily Dragonquill
lily_the_hobbit at 2006-09-08 18:28 (UTC) (Link)
I love your screencaps!
Thanks for this post.

Mind if I friend you?
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-08 23:21 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I love to make them, too! Thank you, Lily. Of course you may friend me. I don't post that much, but I try to make them count when I do, though. I rarely post about my personal life, I like to stick to my main interests (Tolkien, Frodo, the films, art, etc.).
Mariole
mariole at 2006-09-12 18:10 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the mention and the MEFAs info! It sounds complicated. I only get a chance to read occasionally, but it's nice to know the fics are out there for when I'm ready. Cheers!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-12 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
it's nice to know the fics are out there for when I'm ready. Cheers!

As someone used to say, "They've got a million of them!"
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-09-13 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
I've decided to join the voting although I don't have much time on my hands at the moment. Is September really the last month in which to vote?

I hope not.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-13 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
I looked on the site and it only shows the end of voting for last year, which was the last day in September at midnight. I'll ask. Voting started back in June, and the stories were all up before that, so they really do give a long time. But, if you get on board late, it's difficult to vote, unlike in other contests where you just click a box.

I get automatic email copies of all the "votes", which I stopped browsing with real attention weeks ago. I'd say the majority of reader/voters are other writers. I recognize names from the author lists, and many of the most dedicated reviewers I recognize as names from when Henneth Annun (HASA), which I browsed while waiting to see if Threshold would be accepted into their archives two and a half years ago. Otherwise, I haven't recognized the names of any voters (apart from Ann Marwalk and her friend Edoraslass, whom I know from Ann's LJ).
(Anonymous) at 2006-09-18 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :-)
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-09-18 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
That was me getting into a right tangle *grin*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-18 13:31 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome. And I got your email, Este. :)
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