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Next month's fiction challenge is going to be "Art's Desire"; we will be asking authors to choose art from the MPTT Art Gallery to use as inspiration for their stories.

Because of that, we'd like to encourage you to upload more of your artistic creations to the archive over the next couple of weeks in order to give our writers a wider choice of possibilities. The new February story challenge will be posted right after the January Potluck Challenge stories are revealed.

If you have any questions, please email us at manypaths@lotrgfic.com

January 2017 Potluck Challenge

Welcome to the 2016 January Potluck Challenge! For those of you who are new to this challenge, it's where we (1) give you a chance to finish up and post any challenges you did not finish during 2016, or (2) give you a chance at some of the prompts that did not get used during the past year or (3) both.

To join in, simply choose your prompt and claim it by leaving a comment on this post. More than one person may claim a prompt. In addition, you are not limited to just one prompt. You may claim as many as you like; we do ask that you put each claim in a separate comment, as it will help us keep track of things better. If you want to, you may claim a prompt, finish it and then claim another. You may also comment to say if you are finishing up a story from previous challenges.

Your stories will be due in the moderator's queue by Friday, January 20, and will be unlocked on Monday, January 23. Please tag your story "month: 2017 January" and "challenge: 2017 potluck" Please remember to use the following header template (also found on the community profile page), and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.



If you have any questions, please comment here or e-mail the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com.

Prompts are behind the cuts.

December--Yule Exchange Extra PromptsCollapse )

November--GratitudeCollapse )

October--Spooky AtmosphereCollapse )

June--June BugCollapse )

May--WaitingCollapse )

2016 Yule Exchange Links

2016 MPTT YULE BANNER

The 2016 Yule Exchange stories have all been posted and unlocked! Please check out the links below and let the authors know if you like their work.

Recipients, please remember to thank your author if you have not done so already.

Authors, we will begin archiving this year's Yule Exchange stories on Many Paths to Tread next week. If you can add your own story to the archive before then, this is extremely helpful. If you cannot--no worries, we will add it for you and let you know when we do! The 2016 Yule Exchange series can be found here (Once you've added your story to the archive, click here to add your story to the challenge series.)




2016 Yule Exchange Stories


The Choice by keiliss (for heartofoshun). Deciding whether or not to sail has unexpected complications for Elladan.

A Dragon for Dora's Yule by blslarner (for dreamflower02). Illness and bad weather make it necessary for Fosco and Ruby Baggins to stay with Bungo and Belladonna for Yule this year.

Home for Midwinter by talullahred (for indy1776). Someone loves Maglor and eagerly awaits his return.

Journeys by indy1776 (for dawn_felagund). Trapped in a cave by a rainstorm, Maglor and Maedhros reminisce and discuss future plans.

Keep the Home Fires Burning by shirebound (for elwenlj). It’s time at last for Gloín to leave Rivendell and return home.

The Last Homely House Welcomes Mr. Baggins by dreamflower02 (for shirebound). As Bilbo journeys to Erebor, the residents of Rivendell make plans for his return stay.

Out of the Shadows of the Past, A King by lin4gondor (for blslarner). Boromir is faced with the unexpected revelation that Aragorn is heir to the line of Kings, and ponders what a returned King will mean to Gondor -- and to himself.

Salt by red_lasbelin (for keiliss). Erestor and Gil-galad take a mental health day at the beach.

The Ship of Light by dawn_felagund (for talullahred). Elwing is a troubled child, acting out to avoid facing the trauma of her past. During the survivors' first Yule at Sirion, mariners from Balar bring gifts to the refugees, and inspired by their benevolence, Elwing and Eärendil remake an old tradition into a new symbol of hope.

Something spicy by ysilme (for red_lasbelin). Lacking experience sometimes means making mistakes and can have unexpected consequences. Making new friends aren't the worst of those.

Winter Came Earlier by heartofoshun (for silver_trails). No context really; just a bit of fluff and a little heartbreak centering around a long-term relationship. I was asked for a story in which Elladan and Glorfindel loved one another. That’s what I wrote!

Winter Sons of Gondor by elwenlj (for lin4gondor). Boromir takes his younger brother on one last adventure before adulthood.

Author: Ysilme
Title: Something spicy
Rating: PG
Theme: 2016 Yule Exchange
Prompt: Gildor as a main character with any or all of these prompts: spice, miscommunication and gold.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to dawn_felagund for last-minute beta reading!
This was written as a pinch-hit and came out much different than intended; the characters clearly had their own mind about screen time. I had a lot of fun with the prompts and hope you enjoy these three as much as I did, red! Happy Holidays!
Summary: Lacking experience sometimes means making mistakes and can have unexpected consequences. Making new friends aren't the worst of those.
Word Count: ~1800

Something spicy, for red_lasbelinCollapse )
Author:Dreamflower
Title:The Last Homely House Welcomes Mr. Baggins
Rating: G
Recipient: Shirebound
Request: How did the residents or Imladris react -- and adapt -- to Bilbo coming to live there permanently? (Possible ideas: Did anyone know that he was coming? How frail or vigorous was he when he arrived? Did anyone meet him at the border? Was he alone? Who set up his room? How did someone react who had never seen a hobbit before? What kind of luggage had Bilbo brought, and was it enough?)
Author's Notes: There are references and some quotations from previous stories of mine. It is not necessary to read those to understand this story, but I will place links at the end of the story for those interested. Also, I pay a little tribute to Lindelea, in the use of her name for Bilbo's pony, taken from her delightful story "The Tenth Walker". I will also link that at the end as well.
Summary: As Bilbo journeys to Erebor, the residents of Rivendell make plans for his return stay.
Word Count: 6, 019

The Last Homely House Welcomes Mr. Baggins


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Author: Talullah Red
Title: Home for Midwinter
Rating: G
Theme: 2016 Yule Fic Exchange
Elements: Maglor gen, living with Avarin found family/family of choice in the East, and something involving winter. Hurt/comfort would be lovely, as long as it isn’t Maglor reminiscing about his past.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to Himring for the superquick beta!
Summary: Someone loves Maglor and eagerly awaits his return.
Word Count: 2129
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The Choice for Oshun by Keiliss

Author: Keiliss
Title: The Choice
Rating: PG
Beta: Red Lasbelin (deserves a medal for putting up with my last minute submissions)
Theme: Yule fic exchange
Elements: A post-LotR story involving Elladan and Elrohir choosing to go to Valinor
Author's Notes: it could have been longer, but it couldn't have been shorter :D
Happy New Year, Oshun.
Summary: Deciding whether or not to sail has unexpected complications for Elladan
Word Count: 5,755
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Salt for Keiliss from Red Lasbelin

Author: Red Lasbelin
Title: Salt
Rating: PG
Theme: Yuletide Exchange
Elements: Erestor, dawn, ochre, salt
Author's Notes: They would not cooperate with dawn, dear. I really hope you enjoy this.
Beta: E. Moulan
Summary: Erestor and Gil-galad take a mental health day at the beach.
Word Count: 2,012

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Author: dawn_felagund
Title: The Ship of Light
Rating: PG
Theme: 2016 Yule Exchange
Prompt: Elwing and Eärendil's first Yule in Sirion. I'd like something light and dark, please. Given the circumstances they would be traumatized, but the people around them would be making efforts for them and the other children. If you're one of the Nimloth-survives type, it's fine by me.
Summary: Elwing is a troubled child, acting out to avoid facing the trauma of her past. During the survivors' first Yule at Sirion, mariners from Balar bring gifts to the refugees, and inspired by their benevolence, Elwing and Eärendil remake an old tradition into a new symbol of hope. For talullahred.
Word Count: 6,300

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Author: Oshun/Heartofoshun
Title: Winter Came Earlier
Rating: G-rated
Theme: Melancholy/longing/established relationship
Elements: Only my own—a winter theme.
Author's Notes: None.
Summary: No context really; just a bit of fluff and a little heartbreak centering around a long-term relationship. I was asked for a story in which Elladan and Glorfindel loved one another. That’s what I wrote!

Beta for this is IgnobleBard, the most awesome enabler in the world.

Word Count: 1,401
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