May's Challenges

Canon with a Twist

Have you ever wondered, what if just one thing had been done differently in the canon? Maedhros had decided to hold off on meeting Morgoth? What if Oromë had taken a different road and hadn't discovered the Elves for another five centuries? What if Haleth had taken Caranthir's offer to stay in Thargelion? What would have changed?

This challenge asks you to think about just that. Choose a single moment in Tolkien's canon and have the character make a different choice. How does history change? Or how does fate fulfill itself? The response may be any length and format--poetry, drabble, or fiction--but should ask what might have happened if one thing had changed.

If you have ideas for compelling story hooks for this challenge or know of any good examples of stories that satisfy this challenge (either your own or someone else's), please feel free to share them in a comment or in a post to the group.

Thanks to Jenni (Digdigil) for this month's challenge!

The Quote of the Month Challenge

The Quote of the Month challenge asks you to write based on the themes and thoughts the quote inspires or about the event in which the quote occurred. You may write in any format--poem, story, essay, or drabble--with any characters, genre, or rating.

"Now in Mithrim there dwelt Grey-elves, folk of Beleriand that had wandered north over the mountains, and the Noldor met them with gladness, as kinsfolk long sundered; but speech ata first was not easy between them, for in their long severance the tongues of the Calaquendi in Valinor and of the Moriquendi in Beleriand had drawn far apart."
-The Silmarillion, “Of the Return of the Noldor”

News and Announcements

The Beta-Version of Our Website Is Online!

This month, I have completed the beta-version of our website and uploaded it on free Geocities webspace. I invite you to take a look at it and share your thoughts and feedback with me.

The SWG Website!

Please do not hesitate to report troubles or offer suggestions to me. I am very new at web design and appreciate all help folks are willing to give me.

I will be adding and updating the site on the free webspace throughout the month as I have time to do so. I am currently researching PHP/SQL in preparation for setting up our archives and forums, hopefully some time this summer. I will be taking a vacation in mid-June to Puerto Rico; upon my return, I will be purchasing a domain name for our group, at which point I can introduce more features to the site without fear of exceeding my (itsy-bitsy) bandwidth allotment.

Submit Your Group or Site to Our Yellow Pages!

As discussed on the Yahoo! group, one of the features of the Reference section of our website will be the Silmarillion Yellow Pages, a listing of groups and sites that have to do with The Silmarillion and writing.

If you have a group or site that you think fits the bill for our Yellow Pages, don't be shy: sign up! Hopefully, this will one day be a good way to connect Silmarillion groups with people who might otherwise have never found--or found only with difficulty--the group or site that fits their needs. No group is too large or too small, and everything from canon resources to fiction archives to RPGs are acceptable! Guidelines for submitting a group and the necessary forms can be found on our site.

LiveJournal Posting Tutorial

Because posting to LiveJournal can be tough for the uninitiated, I have replaced our old and no-longer-pertinent FAQs with a step-by-step illustrated tutorial for how to post in the silwritersguild community. All you need to post in our community using this tutorial is a free LiveJournal account; you do not need to be a member of or have silwritersguild friended in order to post.

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