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Day One: March 1



Day 1 Icon Margaret Atwood once wrote: "We are learning to make a fire." Create your own story, poem or piece of art around this.
Responses:
Whitewave, Chibi Comic Strips
Allie Meril, Legend and Truth
Rhyselle, Untitled
Moreth, Touching the Stars
Indy1776, Untitled
Marta, From the Ashes
Lanyon, incendiary
Dawn Felagund, Learning to Make a Fire
Applegnat, Sight
Nefret, Making Fire
Noliel, Three Wishes
Isabeau, Firebug
Larner, Reasons During the Quest to be Grateful
Linda Hoyland, Dust and Ashes
Robinka, Reunion
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Mirach, Arien the Naked Flame
Oloriel, Learning to Make a Fire
Fireworks, Untitled
Golden, Lads
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Two:: March 2: Mercurial Monday!

For Mercurial Monday, we offer B2MeM participants the choice of two prompts. Participants may choose whichever they prefer. In addition, the second prompt may be used in place of any other prompt in the challenge!


Day 2 Icon Think of the most dangerous situation you can face. Have you ever been in such serious danger? What is the greatest danger that you have experienced? Think or write briefly about your experiences (or lack of experiences!) with danger.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where the characters face a great danger
or
where characters reflect on their reaction to a great danger.

Responses:
Dwim, The House of Húrin
Dawn Felagund, On the Rocks
Indy1776, Untitled
Isabeau, Shield Man
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Oloriel, Untitled
Golden, The Monster
Lanyon, resistance
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!
What is the most tedious, routine work that you have to do? Write down a few tedious or routine tasks that you're sometimes required to perform. How does doing routine work make you feel? Would you like to have somebody do it for you?

Now write a story, poem or create an artwork where characters have to deal with tedious jobs.
Day 2 Icon
Responses:
Whitewave, Chibi Comics
Marta, A Rose by Any Other Name ...
Rhyselle, Tree Duty
Lanyon, ennui
Applegnat, Earth
Larner, From a Guardsman's Letter Home
Moreth, Gathering the Heroes
Nefret, Tedium
Linda Hoyland, Tedium
Fireworks, Not Every Important Job has to be Glamorous
Oloriel, Untitled
Lanyon, resistance
Indy1776, Scales
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Three: March 3

Day 3 Icon In two or three sentences, write about the happiest moment you've experienced in the past two days.

Create a story, poem, or artwork based on the circumstances, experiences, or feelings associated with that moment.
Responses:
Marta, When Winter Comes
Whitewave, Happy Chibi Comics
Dwim, All She Wants to Do Is Dance
Lanyon, frozen
Angelica, Happiness
Dawn Felagund, Snow Day
Rhyselle, A Queen's Duty
Larner, An Unexpected Gift
Independence1176, Joy
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Nefret, Worth It
Linda Hoyland, Free at Last?
Lady Roisin, Honeymoon Is Over
Golden, Joy
Fireworks, All in a Day's Work
JDE, And Thus It Began
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Four: March 4

Day 4 Icon What is a role model to you? Do role models require certain qualities for you? How should people relate to their role models?

Write a story, poem or create an artwork based on characters who are role models for their people.
Responses:
Whitewave, Chibi Role Models
Lanyon, headlong
Oshun, To My Father
Larner, I Want to Be Just Like ...
Independence1176, Joy
Rhyselle, Role Model
Marta, A Man Alone
Linda Hoyland, Second Chances
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Isabeau, Essay
Raksha the Demon, Aspiration
Nefret, Strength
Dawn Felagund, A Poem for My Father and Creator
Golden, Role Model against her Will
Fireworks, Mettle
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Five: March 5

Day 5 Icon Consider something that you regret: something that you did and wish you could undo, something you didn't do and wish that you had. Think or write briefly about what you would do if you had a second chance and how you think your life might be different without that regret.

If your character would have a chance to start anew and with a clean slate, what would he or she do with such a chance? Write a story, poem or create an artwork where this is offered to them or how they execute such a chance.
Responses:
Lanyon, bald
Marta, Reading Between the Lines
Isabeau, Bitter Victory
Linda Hoyland, Clarity
Nefret, Innocence
Rhyselle, Regrets and Resolve
Whitewave, Regrets, I've Got a Few and Chibi Interviews
Larner, Making Things Right
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Dawn Felagund, The List
Golden, Cherry Pie
Oloriel, Last to Die
Lady Roisin, Esquire of the King:: Prologue: Silent Secrets
Fireworks, Enough Is Enough
Indy1776, If
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Six: March 6

Day 6 Icon "Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable."
-Leonard Bernstein, American composer

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where this quote is validated.
Responses:
Linda Hoyland, Sweet Harmony
Lanyon, hush
Isabeau, Liquid Numbers
Marta, As Little Might Be Thought
Rhyselle, Variations on a Theme by Ilúvatar
Whitewave, Chibi Comics
Larner, A Lament for Gandalf
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Indy1776, Noldolantë
Mirach, Tinfang Warble
Nefret, Speaking without Words
Golden, The last one left
Dawn Felagund, Song of Creation Denied and Thwarted
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Seven: March 7

Day 7 Icon Imagine this! You are walking in the woods and sudden a tree whispers to you ...

What does it say? What is your reaction?

Capture this moment in a story, poem or piece of art.
Responses:
Whitewave, Of Whispering Trees
Marta, Leaf and Twig
Mirach, The White Tree
Rhyselle, One Rainy Day in Fangorn Forest
Allie Meril, The Most Beautiful
Linda Hoyland, The Life of the Trees
Moreth, For, lo, the winter is past ...
Larner, The Tree-guard
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Isabeau, Tree Song
Nefret, A Glimpse of Eternity
Robinka, If I were a wood elf ...
Oloriel, Untitled
Lanyon, tra-la-lally
Ignoble Bard, Sporting Woods
Golden, Just a summer day
Indy1776, Choices
Dawn Felagund, Look
Fireworks, Bridging the Distance
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Eight: March 8

Day 8 Icon Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Is it? And ugliness? Is it also relative?

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where the contrast beauty/ugliness plays a central role.
Responses:
Linda Hoyland, True Royalty
Marta, Behind Blue Eyes
Oshun, A Real Beauty
JDE, Wildfire
Larner, What Might Have Been
Rhyselle, The Fallen One
Isabeau, Wallowing
Whitewave, Cinder-Soot and the Snarky Prince
Raksha the Demon, Glitter
Nefret, Maitimo
Fireworks, In the mouths of Hobbits
Lanyon, stunned
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Lady Roisin, His Match
Golden, Something to hold onto
Indy1776, Fire
Dawn Felagund, Truth
JDE, And Thus It Began
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Nine:: March 9: Mercurial Monday!

For Mercurial Monday, we offer B2MeM participants the choice of two prompts. Participants may choose whichever they prefer. In addition, the second prompt may be used in place of any other prompt in the challenge!

Day 9 Icon Think of a person that you admire. The person can be someone from history, from fiction, or someone that you know--anyone!

Write down three to five adjectives that describe why you find that person admirable.

Now write the opposites of those three to five adjectives.

Write or draw something from the point-of-view of a character who displays some or all of the "negative" adjectives on your second list.
Responses:
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Linda Hoyland, Autre temps, autres moeurs.(Other days,other ways)
Dwim, Fëanor
Larner, Plans for Seduction
Lanyon, diverging
Dawn Felagund, The Mountains and the Sea
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!
In your opinion, what are the qualities that a hero must possess? Write down at least three of these qualities.

Now write a story, poem or create an artwork that shows those qualities in action.
Day 9 Icon
Responses:
Whitewave, The Heroic Shieldmaiden
Linda Hoyland, Autre temps, autres moeurs.(Other days,other ways)
Esteliel, Honesty
Independence1776, Defense
Dwim, Fëanor
Lady Roisin, Elendur's Hero
Nefret, Echoes
Marta, Heroes
Fireworks, Heroes
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Ten: March 10

Day 10 Icon "Traveling is a fool's paradise. We owe to our first journeys the discovery that place is nothing."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write a story, poem or create an artwork that proves or disproves this quote.
Responses:
Whitewave, Eärendil the Voyager
Marta, Catharsis
Surgical Steel, The Far Side of the World
Oloriel, Untitled
Linda Hoyland, The Return of the Wanderer
Larner, What Was Found
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Lanyon, syllables
Indy1776, Longing
Moreth, Straight Through Reach The Track
Nefret, Endurance
Fireworks, Allegiance
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Eleven: March 11

Day 11 Icon How do you define your sense of humor? Is your sense of humor something can be universally appreciated? Think or write briefly about a time when your attempt at humor was misunderstood, or when you misunderstood another person's attempt at humor.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork that shows different views of humor.
Responses:
Oshun, That's Not Funny!
Larner, Miscalculation
Marta, Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
Whitewave, On Types of Humor
Linda Hoyland, A Merry Meeting
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Lanyon, intentions
Nefret, Gifts
JDE, And Thus It Began
Lady Roisin, The First Sword That was Broken
Fireworks, S-Word Play
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Twelve: March 12

Day 12 Icon How would you define innocence? Write down at least three words or phrases that represent innocence for you.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where one observes or realises the innocence of herself or himself, someone else, or a group.
Responses:
Whitewave, From the Mouths of Babes
Marta, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dwim, Beyond the Pale
Linda Hoyland, The Age of Innocence
Fireworks, Untitled
Larner, Preservation
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Lady Roisin, Hands of Evil, Fingers of Life
Nefret, Reflections
Lanyon, lost
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Thirteen: March 13--Friday the 13th!

Day 13 Icon What makes you the most afraid? How would you react if you had to face this situation? Think or write briefly about your greatest fear and how you would face it.

Now write a story, poem or create an artwork where the characters have to confront their greatest fears.
Responses:
Fireworks, Unraveled
Linda Hoyland, The Brave Die Only Once
Whitewave, What Are You Afraid Of?
Oshun, My Greatest Fear
Marta, House-Hunting
Larner, What He Cannot Say
Lady Roisin, Ashes onto the Water
Nefret, A Swift Death
Lanyon, procrastinate
Indy1776, Gone
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Fourteen

Day 14 Icon What is your favourite season? Why?

Create your own story, poem or piece of art which shows what you like the most about your favourite season and how your character would appreciate (or not) the same things.
Responses:
Dwim, Fair-weather Friends
Whitewave, Seasons
Larner, The Promise for Next Year
Hrymfaxe, Mablung of Doriath Character Study in Sketches
Marta, Spring's First Thaw
Linda Hoyland, The Best of Seasons
Fireworks, Untitled
Oshun, The Threat of Spring
Oloriel, Untitled
Indy1776, Fire
Lanyon, loves
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Fifteen: The Ides of March

Day 15 Icon In T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the speaker in the poem poses the following question:

"Do I dare disturb the universe?"

Over the course of the poem, the speaker answers this question. Show a scene or experience in a character's life where she or he answers this question.
Responses:
Linda Hoyland, The Hour of Destiny
Marta, Walking Down Narrow Streets
Oloriel, Untitled
Dwim, Strange Gifts
Fireworks, Stroke of Genius
Larner, The Question
Raksha the Demon, Beyond Hope
Pandemonium, Till Fire Purge All Things New
Whitewave, Not Another Cross-Over!
Hrymfaxe, Untitled
Nefret, Duty
Indy1776, Fate
Lanyon, fireworks
Erfan Starled, Creation
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Sixteen:: March 16: Mercurial Monday!

For Mercurial Monday, we offer B2MeM participants the choice of two prompts. Participants may choose whichever they prefer. In addition, the second prompt may be used in place of any other prompt in the challenge!


Day 16 Icon Are you an adventurous person? Think or write briefly about the greatest adventure in your life.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where the characters share an unexpected adventure.

Responses:
Fireworks, An Unexpected Adventure
Whitewave, Not Another Cross-Over!
Marta, Turtles All the Way Down
Indy1776, Choices
Lanyon, resistance
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!
What are your limits? What some things that you can't do? Won't do? Write down at least two of each and consider how you discovered these limits.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where a character discovers his or her limits, manages to respect his or her limits, or is pushed over his or her limits.
Day 16 Icon
Responses:
Larner, Never Say Never
Linda Hoyland, Weary beyond Joy or Sorrow
Marta, Where the Stars Are Strange
Indy1776, Untitled
Lanyon, resistance
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Seventeen

Day 17 Icon A stereotype is a generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, used to describe a group. Think about a group that you identify with, either in your real life or in Tolkien's works, and write down at least three stereotypes that do or might exist about that group.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where characters break stereotypes.
Responses:
Dwim, Irredeemable
Whitewave, Not Another Cross-Over!
Marta, Country Comforts
Fireworks, Untitled
Linda Hoyland, More Than Meets the Eye
Larner, "A Hot Meal Anticipated," "Experience," and "Relative Strength"
Oshun, A Letter to Fingon
Rhyselle, Beating Down the Pain
Hrymfaxe, Untitled
Nefret, Unexpected
Indy1776, Fëanáro
Lanyon, no
Esteliel, Courage
Erfan Starled, Gossip
And thank you to Dawn Felagund for today's banner and icon!

Day Eighteen

Day 18 Icon Craft a story, poem or artwork where your character is in bed and he or she awakes to a future leader, heir, or current leader standing outside the window, staring into your character's face with a giant smile. What's going on?
Responses:
Linda Hoyland, Glad Tidings
Larner, Waking on a Winter Morning
Oshun, Like Mother, Like Son
Fireworks, Untitled
Whitewave, Silmarillion Wars
Lady Roisin, Past the Wall of Night
Indy1776, Ladder
Lanyon, tranquility
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Nineteen

Day 19 Icon If you could pass on three pieces of wisdom to future generations, what would they be?

Now, from the point of view of a character, what three things would this character want to pass on to his or her children and grandchildren? How similar are they to yours?

Write a story, poem or create a piece of art which reflects this.
Responses:
Oshun, The Bar Joke
Larner, Thoughts to Live By
Dwim, Advice
Whitewave, Silmarillion Wars
Fireworks, At Peace
Marta, A Game Well-Played
Linda Hoyland, Like Father, Like Son
Indy1776, Star
Lanyon, advice
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty

Day 20 Icon We all have experienced this. Due to illness, a family event, work, you didn't have as much time to study for an important test as you needed or finish a project you promised to do. Think of a specific event that you went through of which you felt unprepared for and write briefly about the preparation that you were able to do, the reasons that you didn't get to prepare as well as you wanted, and of course, the outcome.

Write a story, poem or create a piece of art where a character is unprepared.
Responses:
Whitewave, Silmarillion Wars
Fireworks, A Different Kind of Preparation
Marta, Lake of Fire
Linda Hoyland, "Thine and thy heirs," "The Bridegroom," and "Ancient Wisdom"
Larner, Don't Know as I'm Ready for This
Lady Roisin, I Won't Dance
Indy1776, Responsibilities
Lanyon, sentence
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-One

Day 21 Icon Describe a big storm from your memory and place it in Tolkien's world.

Write a story, poem or create a piece of art that reflects this impressive moment.
Responses:
Indy1776, Devastation
Marta, In the Beginning
Dwim, The Horn of the Kine
Surgical Steel, Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On
Oshun, Uinen's Revenge
Larner, Cleanup
Linda Hoyland, Stormy Weather
Whitewave, Alone He Set Forth
Fireworks, Wisdom of the Ages
Lanyon, death-wishes
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Two

Day 22 Icon According to the Romans, the basic principle of the law is that agreements should be respected under all circumstances. Do you agree with this? Is there a time in your life when you had to break this principle? When someone broke an agreement with you?

Now write a story, poem or create an artwork where characters are forced to break this principle.
Responses:
Dwim, Melkor
Larner, Foresworn
Linda Hoyland, The Conscience of the King
Whitewave, Alone He Set Forth
Fireworks, Wraithlike
Marta, Heresy
Indy1776, Words
Lanyon, prosecuted
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Three:: March 23: Mercurial Monday!

For Mercurial Monday, we offer B2MeM participants the choice of two prompts. Participants may choose whichever they prefer. In addition, the second prompt may be used in place of any other prompt in the challenge!


Day 23 Icon You find an old dusty bottle and, when you pick it up, a genie pops out! What three wishes would you make and why?

Now, imagine that your character bumps into a genie (or a Middle-earth variation of it) and she offers to grant your character three wishes. What are the wishes and why would he and she wish for them?

Create an artwork, story or poem how your character mulls it over or goes about it.

Responses:
Whitewave, I Dream of Genies
Fireworks, Wishes
Marta, Wishing
Lanyon, falling
Dwim, River of Dreams
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!
What is the greatest sacrifice you can be asked to make? Think or write briefly about this.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork where the characters make their greatest sacrifice.
Day 23 Icon
Responses:
Dwim, Sacrifice
Esteliel, Maglor throwing the Silmaril into the ocean
Marta, Birthright
Larner, Encounter
Mirach, A Sacrifice for Gondolin
Indy1776, Untitled
Rhapsody, The Burden of Truth
Lanyon, falling
Linda Hoyland, Responsibility
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Four

Day 24 Icon Choose your favorite line or quotation from a non-Tolkien source. It can be a book, movie, poem--anything you can think of!

Write down that quote.

Now create a story, poem, or work of art that relates to it somehow, either the quote itself or the meaning that you take from it.
Responses:
Fireworks, One Day at a Time
Brynnhilde, The Answer
Whitewave, The Silmarillion Wars continues ...
Marta, Birthright
Larner, A Rude Awakening
Dwim, In the Dark
Rhapsody, The Burden of Truth
Indy1776, Words
Lanyon, unblemished
Robinka, The Good, the Bad, and the Queen
Linda Hoyland, The Last and Greatest Adventure
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Five

Day 25 Icon What are your fondest memories of your childhood? And the saddest? Write briefly about a memory that is particularly powerful, whether it is happy or sad.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork based on those feelings and experiences
or
based on a character's memories.
Responses:
Marta, Birthright
Indy1776, Home
Fireworks, Grief
Larner, I Remember ...
Whitewave, The Hidden Years in Tatooine
Whitewave, In Angband-Death Star
Linda Hoyland, The Salt of the Earth
Raksha the Demon, Between Shadow and Sun
Lanyon, insurmountable
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Six

Day 26 Icon Think of a teacher who played a key role in your life. What qualities about this person influenced you? Write briefly about this person: a short character sketch, scene, or conversation involving her or him.

Write a story, poem or create an artwork about a character who educated his people in some way.
Responses:
Indy1776, An Unwanted Lesson
Oshun, A Ponderous Tome
Larner, Hard Learned Lessons
Fireworks, Wisdom's guises
Marta, Tutelage
Whitewave, The Hidden Years in Tatooine
Linda Hoyland, Well Taught
Lanyon, patience
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Seven

Day 27 Icon Imagine this, a relative of your chosen characters passes on and lives your character a trunk. He or she opens it when...

Capture that moment in a piece of art, be it a drawing, story or poem.
Responses:
Indy1776, Memories
Larner, Hope Fulfilled
Whitewave, In Angband-Death Star
Marta, A Bird in the Hand
Lanyon, smeared
Linda Hoyland, Leaves from the Past
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Eight

Day 28 Icon What's your favorite month of the year? Consider or write briefly about why this month is special.

Picture your character during this month, his or her activities or reflections. Try to cover this in a story, poem or piece of art.
Responses:
Indy1776, Creation
Whitewave, The Hidden Years in Tatooine
Larner, Spring of Memories
Fireworks, Yestare Wish
Linda Hoyland, Rebirth
Lanyon, love-lies-bleeding
And thank you to Dawn Felagund for today's banner and icon!

Day Twenty-Nine

Day 29 Icon What if you have been falsely accused of something? Take that emotion and write a story or poem or create a piece of art what your character would do. What would he or she do: set the record straight or walk away or ...?
Responses:
Larner, Presumed Guilty
Dwim, Become What You Are
Fireworks, Dearly Bought
Indy1776, Pain
Whitewave, In Angband-Death Star
Marta, A Bird in the Hand
Linda Hoyland, My Looks are Against Me
Lanyon, villain
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!

Day Thirty:: March 30: Mercurial Monday!

For Mercurial Monday, we offer B2MeM participants the choice of two prompts. Participants may choose whichever they prefer. In addition, the second prompt may be used in place of any other prompt in the challenge!


Day 30 Icon Think of an experience when you realised that you suddenly understood an idea, a skill, or a concept you had been struggling with--it might be something related to a class that you took or a specific skill you were trying to perfect it. Translate this moment to your Middle-earth character and capture this in a story, poem or piece of art.
Responses:
Whitewave, In Angband-Death Star
Lanyon, unbreakable
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!
Bob Dylan says "Don't criticize what you don't understand." Do you agree with this? Have you ever been criticized by someone who didn't understand you? Think or write briefly about this experience.

Now write a story, poem or create an artwork where unfounded criticism plays a central part.
Day 30 Icon
Responses:
Fireworks, Long Memories
Larner, Accusation
Indy1776, Fantasy
Marta, A Bird in the Hand
Linda Hoyland, Leaves from the Past
Linda Hoyland, False Impressions
And thank you to Oshun for today's banner and icon!

Day Thirty-One

Day 31 Icon As a citizen of Middle-earth, one day you wake up with a choice: yesterday or tomorrow. Which would you pick and why?
Responses:
Rhapsody, The Burden of Truth
Dwim, In a Handful of Dust
Fireworks, Choices
Larner, The Debate
Whitewave, In Angband-Death Star
Marta, Tomorrows
Indy1776, Choices
Linda Hoyland, I believe in Yesterday
Lanyon, smile
And thank you to Rhapsody for today's banner and icon!