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May 2016 Challenge: Waiting

The theme for May 2016 is 'Waiting'. Stories should feature the theme of your character waiting for something or someone. All prompts are based on a situation from your chosen source. The sources are The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or the Silmarillion. Leave a comment with your chosen source and one of the mods will give you a prompt.

The May challenge stories will be due on 18th of June 2016 (we chose this date since we're late in posting this challenge, RL intervened in the lifes of all the moderators). They will be revealed on 21st of June 2016. Please tag your story (Challenge: Waiting) and (Month: May 2016). 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 own name in the subject line. ( e.g. : A Good Story by Mary Sue ). Do remember to include the LJ cut. If you have any questions, please email the mods.
I hope you have fun writing your story, and look forward to reading it!

Thanks for participating!

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Dangerous daggers I bear about me...
Rating: G
Theme: Riddle Poems
Elements: I will let readers guess a while.
Author's Notes: An alliterative riddle-poem
Summary: A poem loosely modeled on Anglo-Saxon alliteration
Word Count: 58

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Author: Crazypreacher
Title: A Riddle in Two Rubaiyat
Rating: G
Theme: Riddles
Elements: The prompt for this riddle was the word "garden", yet it isn't the answer.
Author's Notes: _
Summary: _
Word Count: 63

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Time on One's Hands - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Time on One's Hands
Rating: G
Theme: Riddle Poem
Elements: Guess! (The answer to the riddle.)
Author's Notes: For RabidSamFan for her birthday
Summary: Someone guards a letter left for the host to a party.
Word Count: 146

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"A Small and Passing Thing" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: A Small and Passing Thing
Rating: G
Theme: Riddles
Elements: Assigned prompt and answer are revealed below
Summary: Far from home, we are remembered.
Word Count: 55

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"Oh dear", by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: Oh dear
Rating: G
Theme: Riddle
Elements: (see solution of the riddle below)
Author's Notes: A little silly (sorry!) but sort of canonical. Also, not exactly poetry, but there is rhyme.
Summary: If you recognize the source in canon, you will know the solution right away.
Word Count: 29 words

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Changes to the MPTT Registration Process

As those of you who are MPTT authors very likely already know, we have been fighting the good fight against comment spam for several months now. The pattern is the same: a bot registers for a new account, cleverly bypassing all captcha and other obstacles we try to throw in its way, and immediately spams dozens if not hundreds of stories with link spam in comments. This is obviously distressing and annoying to our members--who have been wonderful and patient with us through each attack--and can take hours for the mods to repair.

As a result, we have decided to begin manually registering members. If you already have an account with MPTT, this will not impact you. For new members registering for an account, instead of self-registering using a form that automatically creates the account, we now require new members to email us with the pen name they want, and we will set up the account for them.

Yes, this will create a minor inconvenience for new members, who will have to wait a couple of hours before they can beginning posting stories and commenting. But we hope it will save our authors much frustration in believing they have a new comment on a story only to find they are being peddled Rolex Watches and Cheap NFL Jerseys from yet another Internet shyster.

ysilme and I ( dawn_felagund) have spent today making the changes to the MPTT site to reflect this new approach to registration. As always, we welcome all questions or comments at manypaths@lotrgfic.com or on this post.


April 2016 Challenge: Riddle Poems

The April Challenge will have the theme "Riddles"; in honor of the fact that April is National Poetry Month, we are asking the participants to try their hand at a riddle in poetic form. Prompts will be a possible answer to a riddle, or you may use it as a word in your riddle; you may decide which way to use it.

A riddle poem can rhyme, like this classic riddle Bilbo asked Gollum, in "Riddles in the Dark"

An eye in a blue face
Saw an eye in a green face.
"That eye is like to this eye"
Said the first eye,
"but in low place
Not in high place."

Or it can be alliterative, like this Anglo-Saxon poem:

Riddle: The Sea Suckled Me
loose translation by Michael R. Burch

The sea suckled me; the wild waves washed me;
I was rocked by breakers in my restless cradle.
Footless but fixed, I opened my wordless mouth to the life-giving floods.
But soon some man will come to consume me,
slip the point of his knife savagely into my side,
slide it down, ripping the flesh from my bones,
then slurp me in raw, smiling as he sucks me down.

It can even be a haiku:

Blue and white flickers
Red and Orange light and warmth
slowly melt away.

Tessa Conte, from Tessa's Blog

Or it can be any other poetic form you choose. You may opt to leave the answer out of your post, and allow your commenters to guess the answers, or you may put your answer at the bottom of your poem if you wish.

The April challenge poems will be due Friday April 22,and will be revealed on Monday, April 25. Please tag your story "challenge: riddles" and "2016 april". Please remember to use the header template below (also found on the community profile page), and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

To request your prompt, please leave a comment to this post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your elements. Or you can email the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com.com

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our April challenge!

[Answers to sample riddles:]1. Sun on daisies 2. An oyster 3. A candle

Spammers at the archive

Dear all,

We have suffered two consecutive spam attacks today. We were quick on the mark and locked the spammer accounts as soon as the first violation reports came in. Our moderator Ysilmë has started to delete the reviews and have been in touch with many of you already.

If you have received one or more email notifications alerting you of a new review for one of your works, you may find that the link is no longer working, because the spam reviews have been deleted from the database.

Thank you for the very prompt reports, we ask you to keep alerting us at the mod account if it happens again.

On behalf of the MPTT mod team,



Reminder: Fandom Favorites Rec Challenge!

Just a reminder of our February Challenge. This year it's a rec challenge, and you can find the details at THIS POST!

You can make three recs per comment: a self-rec, a rec for someone else's fic, and a rec for someone else's art. And you DO NOT have to make all three recs, though it would be nice if you did (some people prefer not to make self-recs). The recommended works DO NOT have to be posted at this community or at Many Paths to Tread, our community archive. They can be from anywhere! The rest of the rules are on that post.

The challenge will run all the way to the end of the month, so don't miss a chance to signal boost some good stories and art!


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