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Msg# 3226

Re: Adjust character counts/point values? Posted by Naresha January 01, 2005 - 6:20:24 Topic ID# 3222
Hmmm... I do think that this conversion chart is definately fairer - although I'm sure the ASC had good reasons for doing it that way. But Marta does raise a good point - why not just do a literal thing? One character equals one point. Might help in breaking some of those ties!

Resha



Marta <MartaL0712@netscape.net> wrote:

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, angelabrooks@y... wrote:
<snip>
> So here's a suggested conversion chart:
>
> Characters Points
> 1-100 1
> 101-200 2
> 201-300 3
> 301-400 4
> 401-500 5
> 501-650 6
> 651-800 7
> 801-950 8
> 951-1100 9
> 1101+ 10
>

This seeems a much more equitable point distribution. Question,
though: why use points at all? Why not just use straight character
counts. One character = one point, up to some maximum. So if I write
a 351-character comment it's five points under the old point, four
under the new -- why not award the story 351 points and be done with
it?

Marta


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Msg# 3227

proposed FAQ revision - categorization Posted by Marta January 01, 2005 - 16:56:58 Topic ID# 3227
Hey guys,

I was talking to Tanaqui about some confusion we both had over this
year's categorization scheme. Based on that conversation, here's what
I hope is a more thorough FAQ on that subject. Ainae, would you like
to post it to the website?

(Some of the particulars might need to be tweaked, based on what we
decide in this post mortem.)

*****

Q: What are the categories? How are they organized?

Categories can be divided into three kinds:

- Races & Places: Men, Elves, Hobbits, Orcs, Rohan, Numenor
- Genre: Humor, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Horror, Mystery, Crossovers
- Time/Books: _The Silmarillion_, _The Hobbit_, _The Lord of the Rings

Within each category, there may be subcategories. Some apply to all
categories, such as poetry and drabble, while other subcategories
apply to particular categories, such as pairings for Romance. Awards
are made in each subcategory, but there are no "overall" winners for
a whole category or set of categories chosen from amongst the winners
of the subcategories.

Q: What about subcategories?

There are several mandatory categories. If the piece you are
nominating is a WIP, a poem, or a drabble, you need to note that in
the subcategories spot on the application. All of these pieces will
only run against other WIPs, poems, or drabbles.

Beyond that, the awards organizers have the discretion to create
subcategories where there are many stories in a particular category
and a significant number are similar in some way. For example, last
year "Romance" was divided into several subcategories based on
pairings -- i.e., Rivendell, featuring Haldir, Faramir/Eowyn, etc.
While most of the subcategories are created by the awards staff,
based on their overview of all stories nominated, please feel free to
suggest other subcategories than the mandatory ones on your
nomination form if you feel a piece would do well in a particular
subcategory.

Q: But my story is a romance about elves during _The Hobbit_. Can it
go in all three categories?

No. Each piece can only be nominated in one category. So when writing
your nomination, sit down and think about the story. Why do you like
it so much? Is it because it is a romance? Or because it provides an
interesting perspective on events of _The Hobbit_? Or because it
offers some insight into Elvish culture? If you're not sure, ask the
author. (We'll also check with the author to make sure he or she
agrees with your categorization.) But whatever you decide, each story
can go in one and only one category. The main category acts as a
catch-all for any stories which do not fit into one of the
subcategories.

Q: I've heard some talk about categories or subcategories being
viable. What does this mean?

For a category or subcategory to be viable, it must include at least
five stories by at least two authors. This usually isn't a problem
for the main categories, but ensuring that viable subcategories are
created can take some work. Let's look at the situation where there
are only three poems nominated in the subcategory _The
Silmarillion_/Poetry. One of two things can happen:

(1) Those three poems will be moved to other subcategories, based on
the nominators' second and third choices for categorisation. Perhaps
some of them could be moved to Elves/Poetry, for example.

(2) Poems may be moved in from other categories (such as
Elves/Poetry, for instance) to reach the 5 stories x 2 authors
minimum for the _The Silmarillion_/Poetry subcategory.

In either case, pieces will have to be moved from the nominators' (or
authors') first choice to create viable categories. The aim of the 5
x 2 minimum is to ensure a reasonable level of competition in all
categories with no walkovers.

Q: I won the "Luthien and Beren" award but my story is about Sam and
Rosie. What does this mean?

The names of the awards are just titles, themed appropriately to the
overall category. They don't necessarily reflect the content of the
stories that win them. The stories that get the highest number of
votes in the romance category or any and each of its subcategories
win the "Luthien and Beren" award, regardless of their content.
Awards in all other categories have similarly themed titles.

Q: Do subcategories also get their own awards?

Yes. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in the
subcategories as well as the main categories. These winners will have
the right to use versions of the same banners as their counterparts
in the main categories which have been tailored to reflect the
particular subcategory.

*****

Marta

Msg# 3228

Re: Adjust character counts/point values? Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 01, 2005 - 22:10:54 Topic ID# 3222
-----Original Message-----
From: Naresha [mailto:north_shore_fruitcake@yahoo.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 6:20 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Adjust character counts/point values?


>Hmmm... I do think that this conversion chart is definately fairer -
although I'm sure the ASC had good reasons for doing it that way. But Marta
does raise a good point - why not just do a literal thing? One character
equals one point. Might help in breaking some of those ties!

I can't really put my finger on it yet, but I don't think the literal thing
is a good thing. And it would actually make ties worse. How would you
break them? There's nothing left beyond seeing which had the most votes.
And how many ties were able to break at that point this year? One, I think.
All the others came down to characters. Yes we didn't have any that matched
character-for-character this year, but it *could* happen.

I think the points also makes it more equitable. Like I said, I can't put
my finger on why, but I'm sensing trouble if we go for actual characters.
I'll switch it to the this point scale this year and we'll see how it goes.

And since it's January, except for open polls, all that suggestions and
changes are closed now.

Now we look at categories. I'll make a separate post in a bit.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3229

Re: proposed FAQ revision - categorization Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 01, 2005 - 22:11:31 Topic ID# 3227
Thanks. It will require a little bit of revision to account for authors
picking their own categories, but otherwise it's great. I'll add it to the
Q & A.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 4:57 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] proposed FAQ revision - categorization



Hey guys,

I was talking to Tanaqui about some confusion we both had over this year's
categorization scheme. Based on that conversation, here's what I hope is a
more thorough FAQ on that subject. Ainae, would you like to post it to the
website?

(Some of the particulars might need to be tweaked, based on what we decide
in this post mortem.)

*****

Q: What are the categories? How are they organized?

Categories can be divided into three kinds:

- Races & Places: Men, Elves, Hobbits, Orcs, Rohan, Numenor
- Genre: Humor, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Horror, Mystery, Crossovers
- Time/Books: _The Silmarillion_, _The Hobbit_, _The Lord of the Rings

Within each category, there may be subcategories. Some apply to all
categories, such as poetry and drabble, while other subcategories apply to
particular categories, such as pairings for Romance. Awards are made in each
subcategory, but there are no "overall" winners for a whole category or set
of categories chosen from amongst the winners of the subcategories.

Q: What about subcategories?

There are several mandatory categories. If the piece you are nominating is a
WIP, a poem, or a drabble, you need to note that in the subcategories spot
on the application. All of these pieces will only run against other WIPs,
poems, or drabbles.

Beyond that, the awards organizers have the discretion to create
subcategories where there are many stories in a particular category and a
significant number are similar in some way. For example, last year "Romance"
was divided into several subcategories based on pairings -- i.e., Rivendell,
featuring Haldir, Faramir/Eowyn, etc.
While most of the subcategories are created by the awards staff, based on
their overview of all stories nominated, please feel free to suggest other
subcategories than the mandatory ones on your nomination form if you feel a
piece would do well in a particular subcategory.

Q: But my story is a romance about elves during _The Hobbit_. Can it go in
all three categories?

No. Each piece can only be nominated in one category. So when writing your
nomination, sit down and think about the story. Why do you like it so much?
Is it because it is a romance? Or because it provides an interesting
perspective on events of _The Hobbit_? Or because it offers some insight
into Elvish culture? If you're not sure, ask the author. (We'll also check
with the author to make sure he or she agrees with your categorization.) But
whatever you decide, each story can go in one and only one category. The
main category acts as a catch-all for any stories which do not fit into one
of the subcategories.

Q: I've heard some talk about categories or subcategories being viable. What
does this mean?

For a category or subcategory to be viable, it must include at least five
stories by at least two authors. This usually isn't a problem for the main
categories, but ensuring that viable subcategories are created can take some
work. Let's look at the situation where there are only three poems nominated
in the subcategory _The Silmarillion_/Poetry. One of two things can happen:

(1) Those three poems will be moved to other subcategories, based on the
nominators' second and third choices for categorisation. Perhaps some of
them could be moved to Elves/Poetry, for example.

(2) Poems may be moved in from other categories (such as Elves/Poetry, for
instance) to reach the 5 stories x 2 authors minimum for the _The
Silmarillion_/Poetry subcategory.

In either case, pieces will have to be moved from the nominators' (or
authors') first choice to create viable categories. The aim of the 5 x 2
minimum is to ensure a reasonable level of competition in all categories
with no walkovers.

Q: I won the "Luthien and Beren" award but my story is about Sam and Rosie.
What does this mean?

The names of the awards are just titles, themed appropriately to the overall
category. They don't necessarily reflect the content of the stories that win
them. The stories that get the highest number of votes in the romance
category or any and each of its subcategories win the "Luthien and Beren"
award, regardless of their content.
Awards in all other categories have similarly themed titles.

Q: Do subcategories also get their own awards?

Yes. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in the subcategories as
well as the main categories. These winners will have the right to use
versions of the same banners as their counterparts in the main categories
which have been tailored to reflect the particular subcategory.

*****

Marta






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Msg# 3230

Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 01, 2005 - 22:45:35 Topic ID# 3230
These are the present categories as they stood from 2004

1. (Topic) Races & Places
a. Men
b. Elves
c. Hobbits
d. Orcs
e. Rohan
f. Numenor
2. (Topic) Genres
a. Humor
b. Adventure
c. Drama (includes Angst)
d. Romance
e. Horror
f. Mystery
g. Crossovers
3. (Topic) Time/Books
a. The Silmarillion
b. The Lord of the Rings
c. The Hobbit

Topics will stay the same: Races/Places, Genres, and Time/Books

So what are we going to do? Rethink some of them. Time/Books doesn't seem
very changeable, but there might be a genre that wasn't represented or one
that needn't be there. And we might want to reorganize Races/Places. Maybe
places are only subcategories that can become main categories with 20
stories (I went ahead and made that the minimum, making that decision
final.)

Let's start with suggestions to add and remove or combine. There will
probably be a lot of polls on this one unless it seems like unanimous
support here in the dis


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Msg# 3231

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins--continued Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 01, 2005 - 22:49:06 Topic ID# 3231
Sorry, accidentally hit Send to soon. I'll continue below. (Actually, I
just needed to finish one word.)

-----Original Message-----
From: Ainaechoiriel [mailto:mefaadmin@earthlink.net]
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 10:47 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


These are the present categories as they stood from 2004

1. (Topic) Races & Places
a. Men
b. Elves
c. Hobbits
d. Orcs
e. Rohan
f. Numenor
2. (Topic) Genres
a. Humor
b. Adventure
c. Drama (includes Angst)
d. Romance
e. Horror
f. Mystery
g. Crossovers
3. (Topic) Time/Books
a. The Silmarillion
b. The Lord of the Rings
c. The Hobbit

Topics will stay the same: Races/Places, Genres, and Time/Books

So what are we going to do? Rethink some of them. Time/Books doesn't seem
very changeable, but there might be a genre that wasn't represented or one
that needn't be there. And we might want to reorganize Races/Places. Maybe
places are only subcategories that can become main categories with 20
stories (I went ahead and made that the minimum, making that decision
final.)

Let's start with suggestions to add and remove or combine. There will
probably be a lot of polls on this one unless it seems like unanimous
support here in the dis...

...discussion.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
Blog: http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com

Msg# 3232

Re: proposed FAQ revision - categorization Posted by Marta January 01, 2005 - 23:01:01 Topic ID# 3227
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> Thanks. It will require a little bit of revision to account for
authors
> picking their own categories, but otherwise it's great. I'll add
it to the
> Q & A.
>

I've been trying to keep up with the post-mort, but I'm sure I've
missed some of what's been decided. Feel free to revise as you see
fit.

The FAQs were pretty good this year, especially for the first year,
but I think there's a lot of room for improvement. If you like I can
write up more on other topics that I think would be good to address.
But I think I should wait until I know just how nomination and voting
will work (which will depend I think on whether we're computerized or
not). That is, if you'd like for me to.

Marta

Msg# 3233

Two category suggestions Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 01, 2005 - 23:04:19 Topic ID# 3233
You'll find these in the Categories Post Mortem. You can add some, too.

1) Gondor

Why? Because there were 27 stories in Men/Gondor in 2004. Of course, if we
say that all places are graduated categories (a term for categories that
have to graduate up from subcategories), this becomes moot.

2) Villains

This could replace Orcs because Orcs was a little hard to make viable and
there are other baddies out there without a category at the moment, like
wraiths, Uruks, Trolls, Saruman, Sauron, spiders....

Discuss if you would like. Or if you don't. ;-)


--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3234

Re: proposed FAQ revision - categorization Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 01, 2005 - 23:06:44 Topic ID# 3227
Sure. I've borrowed a silly thing from ASC. The FAQ isn't so much a FAQ as
a set of rules. The Q & A is more of a true FAQ. Should I change the
names?

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
Blog: http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com



-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 11:01 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: proposed FAQ revision - categorization



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> Thanks. It will require a little bit of revision to account for
authors
> picking their own categories, but otherwise it's great. I'll add
it to the
> Q & A.
>

I've been trying to keep up with the post-mort, but I'm sure I've missed
some of what's been decided. Feel free to revise as you see fit.

The FAQs were pretty good this year, especially for the first year, but I
think there's a lot of room for improvement. If you like I can write up more
on other topics that I think would be good to address.
But I think I should wait until I know just how nomination and voting will
work (which will depend I think on whether we're computerized or not). That
is, if you'd like for me to.

Marta






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Msg# 3235

Re: Two category suggestions Posted by Marta January 02, 2005 - 0:45:02 Topic ID# 3233
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> You'll find these in the Categories Post Mortem. You can add some,
too.
>
> 1) Gondor
>
> Why? Because there were 27 stories in Men/Gondor in 2004. Of
course, if we
> say that all places are graduated categories (a term for categories
that
> have to graduate up from subcategories), this becomes moot.
>

I don't understand the advantage of making it its own category. Yes,
there were a lot for a subcategory, but would there be less if it was
its own category? Even as their own category, it would still be the
same number competing against each other.

I think many people were confused by the categorization scheme (I
know I was at points). The simpler, the better, at least IMHO. I
think if we make Gondor its own category you'll have some stories
nominated for Gondor and some for Men, where they maybe should be
competing against each other.

In short, I oppose this move. Pretty strongly, actually.

> 2) Villains
>
> This could replace Orcs because Orcs was a little hard to make
viable and
> there are other baddies out there without a category at the moment,
like
> wraiths, Uruks, Trolls, Saruman, Sauron, spiders....
>
> Discuss if you would like. Or if you don't. ;-)
>

This I definitely like. I haven't heard any people opposed to this
move, actually.

A suggestion of my own (and whap me over the head if this is too late
to bring this up) - could we have a Dwarves category? I think it
could be viable, and if it's not, there's really nothing lost; we
just have to move the pieces to other categories.

Remember what Aragorn said: "We shall make such a Chase as shall be
accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds - Elves, *Dwarves*, and
Men." Give Gimli his day!

Marta
(a book!Gimli fangurl)

Msg# 3236

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Marta January 02, 2005 - 0:53:40 Topic ID# 3230
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> These are the present categories as they stood from 2004
>
> 1. (Topic) Races & Places
> a. Men
> b. Elves
> c. Hobbits

All good. As I mentioned before, I suggest we add Dwarves.

> d. Orcs

I agree with the suggestion that this should be changed to "Villains"
or something like that, to be more inclusive.

> e. Rohan
> f. Numenor

In the interest of fairness and simplicity, I think these should be
made into subcategories of Men.

Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For pieces
about interactions between different races?

> 2. (Topic) Genres
> a. Humor
> b. Adventure
> c. Drama (includes Angst)
> d. Romance

All good.

> e. Horror

I think we had a hard time making this viable, and many of the ones
nominated could have been nominated for Adventure or Drama. Maybe
drop this? (I am not a horror fan, so perhaps I don't see why this
distinction is so important.)

> f. Mystery

Good.

> g. Crossovers

Good, but we may need to decide whether pastiches are viable, or
whether there needs to be a real interaction between the two worlds.

I think the first prize winner for Crossover, Altariel's _A Christmas
Carol_ piece (sorry, I'm forgetting the exact title), was a pastiche
more than a genuine crossover.

Possible additions:
- Poetry
- Research Article
- Drabble
- Alternate Universe

> 3. (Topic) Time/Books
> a. The Silmarillion
> b. The Lord of the Rings
> c. The Hobbit
>

All good. I would suggest adding:

- Fourth Age and Beyond
- Movieverse

Also, maybe change the topic name from "Time/Books" to "Source
Material"?

Marta

Msg# 3237

Re: Adjust character counts/point values? Posted by Naresha January 02, 2005 - 5:23:33 Topic ID# 3222
Well the only thing I can say in favour of going point-for-point is that there would be very few comments that would have identical numbers of characters. But I can see your point!

Resha


Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net> wrote:


I can't really put my finger on it yet, but I don't think the literal thing is a good thing. And it would actually make ties worse. How would you break them? There's nothing left beyond seeing which had the most votes. And how many ties were able to break at that point this year? One, I think. All the others came down to characters. Yes we didn't have any that matched
character-for-character this year, but it *could* happen.


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Msg# 3238

Re: proposed FAQ revision - categorization Posted by Naresha January 02, 2005 - 5:58:43 Topic ID# 3227
Might be an idea - avoid any confusion on the subject!

Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net> wrote:Sure. I've borrowed a silly thing from ASC. The FAQ isn't so much a FAQ as
a set of rules. The Q & A is more of a true FAQ. Should I change the
names?


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Msg# 3239

Re: Two category suggestions Posted by Naresha January 02, 2005 - 7:46:23 Topic ID# 3233
> 2) Villains
>
> This could replace Orcs because Orcs was a little hard to make
> viable and there are other baddies out there without a category at > the moment, like wraiths, Uruks, Trolls, Saruman, Sauron,
> spiders....

Definately a fan of this one!!! Much more encompassing. Still not 100% sure about the Gondor one - but the other main realms have their own section, it seems mean to leave Gondor out, esp if there are enough to make it viable. But Marta did make some valuable points about it all!

Resha


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Msg# 3240

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Chathol-linn January 02, 2005 - 8:05:41 Topic ID# 3230
Hello. I'd suggest having a 4th Age category somewhere. And could we
consider changing "Men" to "Humans?" Regards - Chathol-linn

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--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> These are the present categories as they stood from 2004
>
> 1. (Topic) Races & Places
> a. Men
> b. Elves
> c. Hobbits

All good. As I mentioned before, I suggest we add Dwarves.

> d. Orcs

I agree with the suggestion that this should be changed to "Villains"
or something like that, to be more inclusive.

> e. Rohan
> f. Numenor

In the interest of fairness and simplicity, I think these should be
made into subcategories of Men.

Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For pieces
about interactions between different races?

> 2. (Topic) Genres
> a. Humor
> b. Adventure
> c. Drama (includes Angst)
> d. Romance

All good.

> e. Horror

I think we had a hard time making this viable, and many of the ones
nominated could have been nominated for Adventure or Drama. Maybe
drop this? (I am not a horror fan, so perhaps I don't see why this
distinction is so important.)

> f. Mystery

Good.

> g. Crossovers

Good, but we may need to decide whether pastiches are viable, or
whether there needs to be a real interaction between the two worlds.

I think the first prize winner for Crossover, Altariel's _A Christmas
Carol_ piece (sorry, I'm forgetting the exact title), was a pastiche
more than a genuine crossover.

Possible additions:
- Poetry
- Research Article
- Drabble
- Alternate Universe

> 3. (Topic) Time/Books
> a. The Silmarillion
> b. The Lord of the Rings
> c. The Hobbit
>

All good. I would suggest adding:

- Fourth Age and Beyond
- Movieverse

Also, maybe change the topic name from "Time/Books" to "Source
Material"?

Marta





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Msg# 3241

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Naresha January 02, 2005 - 8:48:29 Topic ID# 3230
The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm wrong someone (I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the Race of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as Men

Resha

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Msg# 3242

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Chathol-linn January 02, 2005 - 9:35:28 Topic ID# 3230
Hello. It is a small departure from the canon, and so much more
inclusive. I hope we can consider using "Humans." Regards - Chathol-linn

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The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm wrong someone
(I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the Race of Men. I
know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it canonically
correct, I think it is best to leave it as Men

Resha

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consider changing "Men" to "Humans?" Regards - Chathol-linn



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Msg# 3243

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Naresha January 02, 2005 - 9:42:04 Topic ID# 3230
Phew! So I'm not imagining things! :-) Can I ask why you want to use Humans??? I have no issue with you suggesting it - please don't think that - I'm just wondering why, especially when the category is Races and the Race is Men. Unfortunately for us girls, political correctness wasn't really big in Tolkien's time! :-)


Chathol-linn <chathollinn@comcast.net> wrote:
Hello. It is a small departure from the canon, and so much more
inclusive. I hope we can consider using "Humans." Regards - Chathol-linn

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The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm wrong someone(I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the Race of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as Men

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Msg# 3244

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Marta January 02, 2005 - 10:25:55 Topic ID# 3230
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Naresha
<north_shore_fruitcake@y...> wrote:
> The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm wrong
someone (I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the Race
of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it
canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as Men
>
> Resha
>

Ah, but then we get into the fact that Eowyn was "no living man". :-)
I don't think Tolkien was very consistgent on the subject.

Personally, I prefer Men. If I read a fic where, for example, Aragorn
was referred to as a "King of Humans", I'd probably wince. It seems a
bit un-Tolkienish somehow. But I don't feel all that strongly about
this one.

Marta

Msg# 3245

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Naresha January 02, 2005 - 10:46:04 Topic ID# 3230
Marta <MartaL0712@netscape.net> wrote:
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Naresha
<north_shore_fruitcake@y...> wrote:
> The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm wrong
someone (I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the Race
of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it
canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as Men
>
> Resha
>

> Ah, but then we get into the fact that Eowyn was "no living man". > :-) I don't think Tolkien was very consistgent on the subject.


True... But it does seem like that exception is in the minority!!!


> Personally, I prefer Men. If I read a fic where, for example,
> Aragorn was referred to as a "King of Humans", I'd probably wince. > It seems a bit un-Tolkienish somehow. But I don't feel all that
> strongly about this one.

Same here. You're right - Humans just isn't a Tolkienish term! I don't reeeeeeally mind if it gets changed, but I really do feel that it is the Race of Men - that's what Tolkien set it down to be! We still hear the term Mankind! I don't see any reason to change it - plus it might add to the confusion - with people not understanding!

that's just my feeling on the subject.
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Msg# 3246

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by dwimmer\_laik January 02, 2005 - 11:20:48 Topic ID# 3230
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Marta" <MartaL0712@n...> wrote:
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Naresha
> <north_shore_fruitcake@y...> wrote:
> > The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm wrong
> someone (I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the Race
> of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it
> canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as Men
> >
> > Resha
> >
>
> Ah, but then we get into the fact that Eowyn was "no living man". :-)
> I don't think Tolkien was very consistgent on the subject.

The confusion between the two isn't accidental, of course, it's
deliberate and required or the Witch-king would've stayed the heck
away from any battlefield that Men fought on.

If we are very concerned that "Men" by itself is too exclusive, how
about "Race of Men", "Race of Elves", "Race of... [fill in blank]"?
Compromise by using Tolkien's names, but adding "race of" so that we
are clear that the term is being used collectively in the universal
sense of "mankind" rather than the narrower (and lower case) men=males?

If the Awards wish to remain accurate vis--vis Tolkien, then there's
very little to recommend "Humans". If the Awards wish to be more
accurate and inclusive according to contemporary standards, then
"humans" will work.

Dwim

Msg# 3247

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by sulriel January 02, 2005 - 11:30:02 Topic ID# 3230
> > > The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm
wrong > > someone (I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was
the Race > > of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but
to keep it > > canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as
Men> > > > > > Resha
> > > > >

<snipped>>> If we are very concerned that "Men" by itself is too
exclusive, how> about "Race of Men", "Race of Elves", "Race of...
[fill in blank]"?> Compromise by using Tolkien's names, but
adding "race of" so that we> are clear that the term is being used
collectively in the universal> sense of "mankind" rather than the
narrower (and lower case) men=males?
> > If the Awards wish to remain accurate vis--vis Tolkien, then
there's> very little to recommend "Humans". If the Awards wish to be
more> accurate and inclusive according to contemporary standards, then
> "humans" will work. > > Dwim


I never considered that "Men" didn't mean "Race of Mankind". I like
Dwim's suggestion to add "Race of..." to each of the Race categories.

Sulriel

Msg# 3248

Re: Two category suggestions Posted by dwimmer\_laik January 02, 2005 - 11:55:24 Topic ID# 3233
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...> wrote:
> You'll find these in the Categories Post Mortem. You can add some, too.
>
> 1) Gondor
>
> Why? Because there were 27 stories in Men/Gondor in 2004. Of
course, if we
> say that all places are graduated categories (a term for categories that
> have to graduate up from subcategories), this becomes moot.

I would go with the "graduated categories". Start all places as
subcategories for their respective races (so presumably "Mirkwood"
could be a subcategory as well, and so could "Erebor"). Then if a
category goes beyond the 20 story limit, graduate it to a category
proper.

In revising the FAQs, I assume this will be explained, and perhaps on
the main page where nominations are listed publicly, a link could be
made: "Explanation of categorization". That would cut down on a lot of
confusion, I think, or at least make it simpler to point to the
explanation.

The only trouble might be that some stories might not fit the Race
(category): place (subcategory) schema well. Turin, for example, could
be "Men: Doriath"; Tuor could be "Men: Gondolin". But since
classification is the author's responsibility, the author would have
to sugges that. If enough authors make that suggestion, one might then
create a new Race/place subcategory. However, the downside is that
those sets of stories would *likely* be extremely "specialized"--only
Turin stories, or only Tuor stories or what not--and so that might be
too narrow to be desireable.

But I assume we're not going to get that many cases where the author
feels absolutely compelled to suggest an entirely different
subcategory. Most people, presented with a pre-defined list, will find
a way to fit within the list's options. Only in a total free for all
or in a situation where the list's options are a very poor fit for its
intended...er... "listees"... does one tend to get suggestions, or
such is my experience.


> 2) Villains
>
> This could replace Orcs because Orcs was a little hard to make
viable and
> there are other baddies out there without a category at the moment, like
> wraiths, Uruks, Trolls, Saruman, Sauron, spiders....
>
> Discuss if you would like. Or if you don't. ;-)

I agree: Villains makes more sense than Orcs, and should make for a
more varied and interesting selection of stories. Not to imply that
the Orcs stories weren't a lot of gruesome fun this year, of course,
but variation=spice of life.

Dwim

Msg# 3249

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Marta January 02, 2005 - 12:41:55 Topic ID# 3230
> I never considered that "Men" didn't mean "Race of Mankind". I like
> Dwim's suggestion to add "Race of..." to each of the Race
categories.
>
> Sulriel

That compromise works for me as well.

Marta

Msg# 3250

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Amy Miller January 02, 2005 - 16:22:13 Topic ID# 3230
Can you see the angels dancing on that pinhead?

Race of Men, Race of Elves, Race of Dwarves, Hobbits, and Ents. The Free PEOPLES of Middle-Earth. That's Tolkien, that's how it should be catagorized.

And there should be a separate catagory for AU, regardless of political correctness.

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Msg# 3251

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Chathol-linn January 02, 2005 - 16:27:35 Topic ID# 3230
What about Race of Humankind? That works for me. Best regards -
Chathol-linn

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> I never considered that "Men" didn't mean "Race of Mankind". I like
> Dwim's suggestion to add "Race of..." to each of the Race
categories.
>
> Sulriel

That compromise works for me as well.

Marta





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Msg# 3252

Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in the database Posted by avonaus January 02, 2005 - 16:58:43 Topic ID# 3202
>
> > > I'm not really in favour of people being able to
> > > nominate their own work full stop - but if they are
> > > going to be able to then they may as well be able to
> > > nominate any sort of work.
>
> Can I ask why? ANd exactly what do you mean by "any sort of
work"???


Difficult to answer the why without inadvertently insulting someone
but I'll try. Please bear in mind that this is just how I feel and
how my personal ethics work - and I do realise that that doesn't
seem to be instep with the majority here. IMO - in a contest
situation where entry is only by self-nomination (eg: most cooking
contests) then of course you self-nominate (enter). In other
competitions, such as most fanfic ones that I've seen, where being
nominated is seen as some sort of honour (eg: nomination buttons are
available) then in my view one wouldn't nominate one's own work.
Now, obviously (and I'll admit that I was surprised when I realised
this) people do. It just seems such a peculair thing to do - maybe
it is a cultural thing. Anyway, to me allowing it seems to make the
nomination process a bit of a mix of things - but that's just my
opinion and I realise that I'm in a minority.

<i>ANd exactly what do you mean by "any sort of work"???
</i>

Sorry - the sort of work which was under discussion: WIPS and
incomplete works. If you are going to allow self-nomination then I
can't see why you would only allow it in some categories. Hope that
is clearer.

Avon

Msg# 3253

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Chathol-linn January 02, 2005 - 17:00:23 Topic ID# 3230
Hello. If one doesn't like "King of Humans" then no need to say it.

As for categories, I hope we will consider "Humans" as the category
instead of "Men." It is more inclusive. Best regards - Chathol-linn

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Marta <MartaL0712@netscape.net> wrote:
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Naresha
<north_shore_fruitcake@y...> wrote:
> The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm wrong
someone (I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the Race
of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it
canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as Men
>
> Resha
>

> Ah, but then we get into the fact that Eowyn was "no living man". >
:-) I don't think Tolkien was very consistgent on the subject.


True... But it does seem like that exception is in the minority!!!


> Personally, I prefer Men. If I read a fic where, for example,
> Aragorn was referred to as a "King of Humans", I'd probably wince. >
It seems a bit un-Tolkienish somehow. But I don't feel all that
> strongly about this one.

Same here. You're right - Humans just isn't a Tolkienish term! I don't
reeeeeeally mind if it gets changed, but I really do feel that it is the
Race of Men - that's what Tolkien set it down to be! We still hear the
term Mankind! I don't see any reason to change it - plus it might add
to the confusion - with people not understanding!

that's just my feeling on the subject.
Resha


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Msg# 3254

OT: Commercial for a TV Show Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 19:00:27 Topic ID# 3254
If you ever watch just one episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the
one to watch is on right now on ABC. I have only seen one part of one
episode and it was the conclusion of the one that is on right now. And I
needed a box of Kleenex's.

For a home makeover show? Yeah. These guys are doing a great thing. A
14-year-old kid applied to have his home made over for his family. His
parents are deaf. His younger brother is blind and autistic. What they do
with this house to help with safety and communication and a learning/play
environment for the younger boy is incredible and heart-warming. For those
not in the US, I'll spoil below just in case you're interested.





















Now, it's been awhile since I've seen the end and there's another hour
before I see the end now but what I remember is incredible rooms for each of
the members of the family. The mom has her craft area with video to see
what Lance (younger brother) is doing. Stephen, older brother, gets an
Outback-themed room where he can have a place to just be himself. (He's
incredible,s o helpfuul for his family). Dad gets a workshop full of tools.
And Lance, he gets a huge playroom with places to crawl, swing, learn, play,
all his Braille books and stuff. And a brand new swing set outside (Lance
loves to swing). And Stephen gets a scholarship. Oh, and Marlee Matlin
drops by.

Okay, commercial over.


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Msg# 3255

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 19:16:39 Topic ID# 3230
Okay, I usually read through everything and then reply to the short ones
first, but I wanted to jump right on this one.

It's going to stay Men. Because "Men" is what's used throughout LOTR.
Tolkien doesn't say "Humans" and he doesn't say "Race of Men" and "Race of
Elves" everywhere. Elves, Men and all free Peoples, etc.

Race of Men, etc., maybe conclusive but it's clunky as a title.

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> > > The only thing I have against that - and correct me if I'm
wrong > > someone (I'm not an expert by any means!) - is that it was the
Race > > of Men. I know "Humans" is politically correct - but to keep it >
> canonically correct, I think it is best to leave it as
Men> > > > > > Resha
> > > > >

<snipped>>> If we are very concerned that "Men" by itself is too exclusive,
how> about "Race of Men", "Race of Elves", "Race of...
[fill in blank]"?> Compromise by using Tolkien's names, but adding "race of"
so that we> are clear that the term is being used collectively in the
universal> sense of "mankind" rather than the narrower (and lower case)
men=males?
> > If the Awards wish to remain accurate vis--vis Tolkien, then
there's> very little to recommend "Humans". If the Awards wish to be
more> accurate and inclusive according to contemporary standards, then
> "humans" will work. > > Dwim


I never considered that "Men" didn't mean "Race of Mankind". I like Dwim's
suggestion to add "Race of..." to each of the Race categories.

Sulriel






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Msg# 3256

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 19:30:48 Topic ID# 3230
I know that Free Peoples is a thought but it does limit us to just two
categories in Races/Places (if we make places graduated categories). What
about some other category title to put in other Free Peoples that aren't
already mentioned (Elves, Men and Hobbits will definitely be viable, I
think. Ents isn't so likely.)? Any ideas?

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Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


Can you see the angels dancing on that pinhead?

Race of Men, Race of Elves, Race of Dwarves, Hobbits, and Ents. The Free
PEOPLES of Middle-Earth. That's Tolkien, that's how it should be
catagorized.

And there should be a separate catagory for AU, regardless of political
correctness.

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Msg# 3257

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 02, 2005 - 19:44:41 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Cat. PM: Make all Places (ex. Rohan,
Gondor, etc.) graduated categories.
Requires 20 stories to become a main
category, otherwise stays sub.

o Yes
o No
o No opinion


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Msg# 3258

Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Marta January 02, 2005 - 19:55:40 Topic ID# 3
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com wrote:
>
>
> Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
> MEFAwards group:
>
> Cat. PM: Make all Places (ex. Rohan,
> Gondor, etc.) graduated categories.
> Requires 20 stories to become a main
> category, otherwise stays sub.
>
> o Yes
> o No
> o No opinion
>
>

Can someone please explain to me the advantage of graduated
categories? It will make the categorization more complex, and I have
talked to several people who found it confusing this year.

Also, what about banners? It's hard enough keeping up with and
finding distinct titles for the three awards per category. Having
subcategories and even sub-subcategories makes it much easier for
everyone to keep it straight.

I'm sorry if I seem hostile to this. I'm not. I just can't for the
life of me see why it's better to have a Gondor category instead of
a Men/Gondor subcategory. There would be the same number of stories
running for the same number of awards; the difference is that the
latter is simpler for people to wrap their minds around, I think.

Marta

Msg# 3259

Re: Two category suggestions Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 19:56:52 Topic ID# 3233
-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 12:45 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Two category suggestions



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> You'll find these in the Categories Post Mortem. You can add some,
too.
>
> 1) Gondor
>

>I don't understand the advantage of making it its own category. Yes, there
were a lot for a subcategory, but would there be less if it was its own
category? Even as their own category, it would still be the same number
competing against each other.

It goes to the idea of graduated categories. Men/Gondor had 27 stories in
it this last year. More than Rohan and more than Numenor. If I'd had the
gift of foresight, it would have been a main category in 2004.
Unfortunately, I'm mainly gifted with hindsight. Thus the suggestion.

I'm really liking the idea of places being graduated categories though.
They may not be the only appropriate graduated categories but they are
perfect for the idea.

>I think many people were confused by the categorization scheme (I know I
was at points). The simpler, the better, at least IMHO. I think if we make
Gondor its own category you'll have some stories nominated for Gondor and
some for Men, where they maybe should be competing against each other.

That will be up to the authors now. So the author can decide if he/she'd
rather his/her story be represented in Men or Gondor. Simpler may be easier
to understand but I don't want to just have 5 categories. I want a balance
between all-out and too much.

>In short, I oppose this move. Pretty strongly, actually.

Well, there's a poll now for making all places (Rohan, Numenor, Gondor, any
other place that comes up) into graduated categories. Meaning they are
subcategories, but if 20 stories end up in one of those subcategories, it is
graduated to a main category.

> 2) Villains
>
> This could replace Orcs because Orcs was a little hard to make
viable and
> there are other baddies out there without a category at the moment,
like
> wraiths, Uruks, Trolls, Saruman, Sauron, spiders....
>
> Discuss if you would like. Or if you don't. ;-)
>

>This I definitely like. I haven't heard any people opposed to this move,
actually.

This one was mentioned throughout the seasons last year so I won't surprised
if this one is approved.

>A suggestion of my own (and whap me over the head if this is too late to
bring this up) - could we have a Dwarves category? I think it could be
viable, and if it's not, there's really nothing lost; we just have to move
the pieces to other categories.

I've added it to the database. I'm for it if it can be viable. If we
decide to say Yes to it though, we'll need three awards titles so be
thinking on it.

>Remember what Aragorn said: "We shall make such a Chase as shall be
accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds - Elves, *Dwarves*, and Men."
Give Gimli his day!

Thanks for the quote. This is why I won't make Men into "Race of Men". Just
Men.
--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

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Msg# 3260

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 20:12:32 Topic ID# 3230
-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 12:54 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:

>In the interest of fairness and simplicity, I think these should be made
into subcategories of Men.

That's my idea for graduated categories.

>Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For pieces about
interactions between different races?

Good idea. It was a useful sub-category for LOTR last year. I've added it
to the database.

> 2. (Topic) Genres
> a. Humor

> e. Horror

>I think we had a hard time making this viable, and many of the ones
nominated could have been nominated for Adventure or Drama. Maybe drop this?
(I am not a horror fan, so perhaps I don't see why this distinction is so
important.)

This was more easily viable than Mystery. I'd see Mystery go before Horror.
Maybe they could be combined into something like Suspense?

> f. Mystery

>Good.

> g. Crossovers

>Good, but we may need to decide whether pastiches are viable, or whether
there needs to be a real interaction between the two worlds.

>I think the first prize winner for Crossover, Altariel's _A Christmas
Carol_ piece (sorry, I'm forgetting the exact title), was a pastiche more
than a genuine crossover.

Well, I don't know. First, you'd have to define pastiche. If not for your
example, I wouldn't have known what it was. And we did only have one story
like that last year so I doubt it would be viable. Is there a term that
covers both?

>Possible additions:
- Poetry

I still think I don't want that as a main.

>- Research Article

I doubt there would be enough to be viable.

>- Drabble

Same as poetry.

>- Alternate Universe

Not sure I like that as a main either. Should a Men/AU and a Men story be
separate? Couldn't they both compete together? They could both be quality
stories. And what about the delimmiting line between AU and non-AU? Some
are obvious. Some aren't. Take my story Immortal. It poses a conversation
between Merry and Legolas before Merry and Pippin die. It didn't happen in
the books. So it's AU. But it *could* have happened. Nothing in the
precludes it. It fits the timeline notations in the Appendices. So it's
not AU.

Is it, or isn't it?

And remember that authors are going to choose their categories. If an
author chooses her Men/AU story to be in Men, will that be allowed if there
is an AU category? Or do we let there be both and let the authors choose
which one they'll be in?

This one is in the database.

> 3. (Topic) Time/Books
> a. The Silmarillion
> b. The Lord of the Rings
> c. The Hobbit
>

All good. I would suggest adding:

- Fourth Age and Beyond
- Movieverse

>Also, maybe change the topic name from "Time/Books" to "Source Material"?

No, because it plays double-duty. Books should be obvious. But Time
because it provides a place for a story if you just can't find another
appropriate category. You can probably set it in time. Fourth-Age and
Beyond I could see would be a good addition, even though there isn't a Book
for it, so it can't play double-duty, but it does cover that other time
after LOTR.

And that brings up other perfect opportunities for graduated categories:
First Age, Second Age, etc.

As for movie-verse, we have the same issues as for Alternate Universe. If
we have it, do we allow authors of movie-verse stories to place their
stories elsewhere? Or what about those that combine book and movie? I do
that. Again, having it be the authors choice may make this a lot easier.
We could just have the availability of the category there and the author can
choose whether the story goes there or not. And if one isn't viable well
then, it's not viable.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

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it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3261

Re: Two category suggestions Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 20:20:51 Topic ID# 3233
-----Original Message-----
From: dwimmer_laik [mailto:dwimmer_laik@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 11:55 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Two category suggestions



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...> wrote:
> You'll find these in the Categories Post Mortem. You can add some, too.
>
> 1) Gondor
>
> Why? Because there were 27 stories in Men/Gondor in 2004. Of
course, if we
> say that all places are graduated categories (a term for categories
> that have to graduate up from subcategories), this becomes moot.

>I would go with the "graduated categories". Start all places as
subcategories for their respective races (so presumably "Mirkwood"
could be a subcategory as well, and so could "Erebor"). Then if a category
goes beyond the 20 story limit, graduate it to a category proper.

Yes, exactly. Some wouldn't make any sense. Like romance as a subcategory
of Elves graduating to a main. There already is a Romance main category.
But some are very appropriate, like these places and separate ages of time.

>In revising the FAQs, I assume this will be explained, and perhaps on the
main page where nominations are listed publicly, a link could be
made: "Explanation of categorization". That would cut down on a lot of
confusion, I think, or at least make it simpler to point to the explanation.

Yes, there would be an explanation.

>The only trouble might be that some stories might not fit the Race
(category): place (subcategory) schema well. Turin, for example, could be
"Men: Doriath"; Tuor could be "Men: Gondolin". But since classification is
the author's responsibility, the author would have to sugges that. If enough
authors make that suggestion, one might then create a new Race/place
subcategory. However, the downside is that those sets of stories would
*likely* be extremely "specialized"--only Turin stories, or only Tuor
stories or what not--and so that might be too narrow to be desireable.

>But I assume we're not going to get that many cases where the author feels
absolutely compelled to suggest an entirely different subcategory. Most
people, presented with a pre-defined list, will find a way to fit within the
list's options. Only in a total free for all or in a situation where the
list's options are a very poor fit for its intended...er... "listees"...
does one tend to get suggestions, or such is my experience.

Exactly. I don't think we'll have a huge problem with this. I think we'll
make (and we'll need to come up with this) a list of suggested subcategories
but also let authors know they can add something of their own as suggested
subcategories.

> 2) Villains
>
> This could replace Orcs because Orcs was a little hard to make
viable and
> there are other baddies out there without a category at the moment,
> like wraiths, Uruks, Trolls, Saruman, Sauron, spiders....
>
> Discuss if you would like. Or if you don't. ;-)

>I agree: Villains makes more sense than Orcs, and should make for a more
varied and interesting selection of stories. Not to imply that the Orcs
stories weren't a lot of gruesome fun this year, of course, but
variation=spice of life.

Right but we did have some stories that didn't have a logical place, like
for the Witch-King. This will solve that.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

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it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3262

Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 20:26:53 Topic ID# 3
Sorry but there was call for a Gondor category this year because Men/Gondor
had so many stories in it. It seemed to make more sense than Rohan or
Numenor since they had so few.

This makes it possible for us to have that flexibility. It shuldn't be too
hard to come up with three awards titles for them. Rohan and Numenor
already have some. We can use the ones from 2004 if necessary. Would it be
hard to find some for Gondor. We could go with places like the Pelennor,
Ithilien, Minas Tirith or Dol Amroth, etc. We could go with three known
kings. Or Stewards. We could go with the troubled family of Denethor,
Boromir, and Faramir.

Graduated categories just makes us more flexible.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 7:55 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: New poll for MEFAwards



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com wrote:
>
>
> Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the MEFAwards
> group:
>
> Cat. PM: Make all Places (ex. Rohan,
> Gondor, etc.) graduated categories.
> Requires 20 stories to become a main
> category, otherwise stays sub.
>
> o Yes
> o No
> o No opinion
>
>

Can someone please explain to me the advantage of graduated categories? It
will make the categorization more complex, and I have talked to several
people who found it confusing this year.

Also, what about banners? It's hard enough keeping up with and finding
distinct titles for the three awards per category. Having subcategories and
even sub-subcategories makes it much easier for everyone to keep it
straight.

I'm sorry if I seem hostile to this. I'm not. I just can't for the life of
me see why it's better to have a Gondor category instead of a Men/Gondor
subcategory. There would be the same number of stories running for the same
number of awards; the difference is that the latter is simpler for people to
wrap their minds around, I think.

Marta






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Msg# 3263

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Chathol-linn January 02, 2005 - 21:41:38 Topic ID# 3230
Hello! What about "Men and Women" instead of just Men? And leave the
others as-is. No need of "The Race of." Regards - Chathol-linn

-----Original Message-----
From: Ainaechoiriel [mailto:mefaadmin@earthlink.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 8:32 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins

I know that Free Peoples is a thought but it does limit us to just two
categories in Races/Places (if we make places graduated categories).
What
about some other category title to put in other Free Peoples that aren't
already mentioned (Elves, Men and Hobbits will definitely be viable, I
think. Ents isn't so likely.)? Any ideas?

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said,
"for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Miller [mailto:amy_j12000@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 4:22 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


Can you see the angels dancing on that pinhead?

Race of Men, Race of Elves, Race of Dwarves, Hobbits, and Ents. The Free
PEOPLES of Middle-Earth. That's Tolkien, that's how it should be
catagorized.

And there should be a separate catagory for AU, regardless of political
correctness.

RubyG


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Msg# 3264

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by aelfwina January 02, 2005 - 22:01:23 Topic ID# 3230
Oh, now! We don't say Hobbits and Hobbitesses, and we don't say Male Elves and Female Elves, and we don't say Dwarves and Dwarvettes. It simply isn't necessary. People *do* know when Men means " human" and men means "male", and it's very important that we not mess with that. It is after all, the reason that both Eowyn and Merry were needed to kill the Witch-king: Eowyn was a Man but not a man, and Merry was a man but not a Man. Let's not mess that up.
Dreamflower
(Barbara)
----- Original Message -----
From: Chathol-linn
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 9:40 PM
Subject: RE: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


Hello! What about "Men and Women" instead of just Men? And leave the
others as-is. No need of "The Race of." Regards - Chathol-linn

-----Original Message-----
From: Ainaechoiriel [mailto:mefaadmin@earthlink.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 8:32 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins

I know that Free Peoples is a thought but it does limit us to just two
categories in Races/Places (if we make places graduated categories).
What
about some other category title to put in other Free Peoples that aren't
already mentioned (Elves, Men and Hobbits will definitely be viable, I
think. Ents isn't so likely.)? Any ideas?

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said,
"for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Blog: http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com



-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Miller [mailto:amy_j12000@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 4:22 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


Can you see the angels dancing on that pinhead?

Race of Men, Race of Elves, Race of Dwarves, Hobbits, and Ents. The Free
PEOPLES of Middle-Earth. That's Tolkien, that's how it should be
catagorized.

And there should be a separate catagory for AU, regardless of political
correctness.

RubyG


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Msg# 3265

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 02, 2005 - 23:04:22 Topic ID# 3230
We won't. If this was just a general area, I'd be all for the PC of "human"
but this is about Tolkien and Middle-Earth and the term just wasn't used.
Men stood for all men and women of the human race. I'm not rewriting
Tolkien so I'm not changing this. Sorry, Chathol-linn, but this isn't about
being politically correct. Our theme is Tolkien and Middle-Earth. And just
as aelfwina said, Tolkien used just that very same play on words. No living
man. Well Eowyn wasn't a living man. Though she was of the race of Men.
It gave WK a false sense of security. He didn't plan on a woman being a
Man.

--Ainaechoiriel
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-----Original Message-----
From: aelfwina [mailto:aelfwina@cableone.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 10:01 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


Oh, now! We don't say Hobbits and Hobbitesses, and we don't say Male Elves
and Female Elves, and we don't say Dwarves and Dwarvettes. It simply isn't
necessary. People *do* know when Men means " human" and men means "male",
and it's very important that we not mess with that. It is after all, the
reason that both Eowyn and Merry were needed to kill the Witch-king: Eowyn
was a Man but not a man, and Merry was a man but not a Man. Let's not mess
that up.
Dreamflower
(Barbara)
----- Original Message -----
From: Chathol-linn
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 9:40 PM
Subject: RE: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


Hello! What about "Men and Women" instead of just Men? And leave the
others as-is. No need of "The Race of." Regards - Chathol-linn

-----Original Message-----
From: Ainaechoiriel [mailto:mefaadmin@earthlink.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 8:32 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins

I know that Free Peoples is a thought but it does limit us to just two
categories in Races/Places (if we make places graduated categories).
What
about some other category title to put in other Free Peoples that aren't
already mentioned (Elves, Men and Hobbits will definitely be viable, I
think. Ents isn't so likely.)? Any ideas?

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said,
"for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
Blog: http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com



-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Miller [mailto:amy_j12000@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 4:22 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Categories Post Mortem begins


Can you see the angels dancing on that pinhead?

Race of Men, Race of Elves, Race of Dwarves, Hobbits, and Ents. The Free
PEOPLES of Middle-Earth. That's Tolkien, that's how it should be
catagorized.

And there should be a separate catagory for AU, regardless of political
correctness.

RubyG


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Msg# 3266

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Marta January 02, 2005 - 23:41:23 Topic ID# 3230
Hi Ainae,

>> In the interest of fairness and simplicity, I think these should
be made
>>into subcategories of Men.

> That's my idea for graduated categories.

Perhaps I'm not understanding exactly what you mean by graduated
categories. If Gondor became a graduated subcategory, would it have
to have its own banners distinct from Men? Or could it use the same
banners, just as Men/Poetry or whatever? It seems keeping it as a
subcategory is just much simpler than making it its own category.

>> Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For
pieces about
>>interactions between different races?

> Good idea. It was a useful sub-category for LOTR last year. I've
added it
> to the database.

Which means we probably need to think of awards names at some point.
Gimli and Aragorn seem natural choices, as they symbolize inter-race
friendships to me. Maybe Fingon as well? (Or was it Finrod? The first
Elf to meet the Men in Beleriand.)

This brings up another issue that I've been going back and forth on.
The awards names are confusing! If you aren't involved in the MEFAs,
you probably do not know why Lothlorien is Elves/First and Imladris
is Elves/Second, or whatever. I've talked to probably five or so
people who share this opinion. I know it's anecdotal, but... I really
think we should consider having a theme for the different awards per
categories but calling them [Category]/[Ranking] instead of "The
Imladris Award" or whatever.

Is this at all negotiable?

>>>2. (Topic) Genres
<snip>
>>> e. Horror

>> I think we had a hard time making this viable, and many of the ones
>>nominated could have been nominated for Adventure or Drama. Maybe
drop this?
>>(I am not a horror fan, so perhaps I don't see why this distinction
is so
>>important.)

> This was more easily viable than Mystery. I'd see Mystery go before
Horror.
> Maybe they could be combined into something like Suspense?

Yes, that would work well. But if we do so we will need to define
what should be nominated in each category. More on this below.

<snip>
>>> g. Crossovers

>> Good, but we may need to decide whether pastiches are viable, or
whether
>>there needs to be a real interaction between the two worlds.

<snip example>
> Well, I don't know. First, you'd have to define pastiche.

For me, a pastiche is a piece written in the style of another - for
example, Dwim's "The Hamster". A crossover is a piece that has
characters from two worlds interacting, or has some connection beyond
simply style. Fileg & Flick's "Rogers & Hammerstein" crossover is a
good example of this -- you have elements of Rogers & Hammerstein,
but also Lord of the Rings.

I think both can fit in this category. I certainly wouldn't recommend
creating a main "Pastiche" category (though I suppose it could
conceivably be its own subcategory of Crossover).

I think we really need a category guide on the website. Describe what
the different categories represent, so people know where a piece
might best fit. Something similar to the one for the Mithril Awards
(http://www.viragene.com/tolkien/categories.html). And yes, I'm
volunteering to write this if you're interested.

<snip>
>> Possible additions:
>>- Poetry
> I still don't want that as a main.
<rearranging>
>> - Drabble
> Same as poetry.

I'm afraid I don't see why. Can you explain your reasoning? They
certainly take a distinct skill and are as much a distinct genre as
any of the other categories. It takes a very distinct skill to first
find a story that can be told in a hundred words, and second to
successfully create a story arc in that amount. Yes, you're often
only telling a moment, but it still has to set the stage, present a
conflict, and resolve it, all in a very few number of words. Also,
remember this year that all of the HASA birthday drabbles will be
publicly accessible because the challenge closed on the 31st.

Poetry is even more a specialized genre, with its own distinct words.
Often the poems I nominated I loved more because of their mastery of
the form and their genius as poetry, rather than because they were
good drama or told a scene from LotR. The category they were
nominated in was secondary to the fact that they were poetry. Also,
remember how small some of the poetry categories were.

These are two things I write. I think you mentioned in your comments
that you weren't really interested in, and also that you didn't
really write poetry. I don't mean this as a criticism of you - but is
it possible you don't see the distinctions as well as people who do
write these forms? (I know I have this problem with genres I don't
write or usually read.)

>> - Research Article

> I doubt there would be enough to be viable.

As I stated when I first suggested this in the original post-mort, I
personally can nominate enough. Some are only available on the
members-only side of HASA, but if you'll allow this category, I will
offer these authors hosting space on my own personal site. Even
without that, I can think of at least eight essays offhand that I
would like to see nominated.

>> - Alternate Universe

> Not sure I like that as a main either. Should a Men/AU and a Men
story be
> separate? Couldn't they both compete together?

Sure - just as a story about Elves in the Elves category could
conceivably compete with a story about Elves in the Silmarillion
category or the Drama category. It's up to the nominator (or the
author) to decide whether they think it works best as a genre piece,
a race piece, or a time/books piece.

> They could both be quality
> stories. And what about the delimmiting line between AU and non-
AU? Some
> are obvious. Some aren't. Take my story Immortal. It poses a
conversation
> between Merry and Legolas before Merry and Pippin die. It didn't
happen in
> the books. So it's AU. But it *could* have happened. Nothing in
the
> precludes it. It fits the timeline notations in the Appendices.
So it's
> not AU.

No, that's not AU. AU (at least in my opinion) is a story where
Tolkien (or whatever canon - PJ's scriptwriters in movieverse, I
guess) say something happened some way but the author decides to take
it another way. Gollum dies escaping Mirkwood. Merry & Pippin are
recaptured by the uruk-hai. Denethor lives. Frodo dies in Mordor.
Frodo doesn't sail West with Elrond & Co. Elrond decides to not let
Pippin go on the Quest after all. Aragorn marries Finduilas or Eowyn.
You name it -- these are all scenarios that Tolkien explicitly said
didn't happen. Very different from a gapfiller, or a scenario that
Tolkien didn't say happen but could have.

> And remember that authors are going to choose their categories. If
an
> author chooses her Men/AU story to be in Men, will that be allowed
if there
> is an AU category? Or do we let there be both and let the authors
choose
> which one they'll be in?

I go with the latter. We didn't have any problem with
Elves/Silmarillion on top of the Silmarillion category, did we? I
don't see why this has to be any difference. If the author thinks her
story is primarily about Men and secondarily AU, then he or she can
choose to put it in Men/AU. If it's primarily an AU, they might
choose to put it in AU.

<snip>
>> Also, maybe change the topic name from "Time/Books" to "Source
Material"?

> No, because it plays double-duty. Books should be obvious. But
Time
> because it provides a place for a story if you just can't find
another
> appropriate category. You can probably set it in time. Fourth-Age
and
> Beyond I could see would be a good addition, even though there
isn't a Book
> for it, so it can't play double-duty, but it does cover that other
time
> after LOTR.

Fair enough. I can see why you need to include Time. But if we
include movieverse, I think we maybe need to have it
as "Time/Source"? Because the movies are not a book.

Re: Fourth Age - I do think it's important that this includes *and
Beyond*. Case in point - I recently started a story about Tom
Bombadil teaching St. Patrick his song he used to drive the snakes
from Ireland. This would most likely be post-Fourth Age (Sixth Age, I
guess? Or seventh?) but certainly fits under "and beyond".

> And that brings up other perfect opportunities for graduated
categories:
> First Age, Second Age, etc.

Yes, that would be good. I'm not sure how you could phrase this, but
if you go this way, you might want to draw a distinction between Ring
War-era (or possibly post-Quest for Erebor (post-TA 2941?)) and
events that happened earlier in the Third Age. Maybe combine it with
Second Age?

This can be hashed out later, though.

> As for movie-verse, we have the same issues as for Alternate
Universe. If
> we have it, do we allow authors of movie-verse stories to place
their
> stories elsewhere?

Sure. We allow stories set in The Hobbit to also be nominated for
Drama, or whatever.

> Or what about those that combine book and movie? I do
> that.

And you're not the only one. I think it would be the authors' call.
It's certainly *eligible* for movieverse, but if the authors think it
fits better elsewhere, that's fine, too. This isn't an effort to
relegate movieverse or hybrid stories to one category - but instead
to give movieverse gapfillers and similar stories a place to compete
against each other.

> Again, having it be the authors choice may make this a lot easier.

About this - I'm confused on one thing. Does the nominator suggest
categories and the author chooses whether those are acceptable (or
possibly suggest their own)? Or do we just say to the authors "Story
[X] has been nominated, a list of categories is available at URL [Y],
where do you want it to compete?"

I say nominators should make suggestions that are passed along to the
authors, and then authors can accept those suggestions or make their
own. This does two things:

1. If a category proves nonviable, we have backups without going back
to the author for further suggestions.
2. Nominators are probably more involved in the awards than authors.
So they know the categories already. This saves authors from having
to read through the categories and decide where their story best fits.

> We could just have the availability of the category there and the
author can
> choose whether the story goes there or not. And if one isn't
viable well
> then, it's not viable.

Yes, that seems like a good plan.

Marta

Msg# 3267

graduated categories; was: Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Marta January 02, 2005 - 23:51:20 Topic ID# 3267
Hi Ainae,

> Sorry but there was call for a Gondor category this year because
Men/Gondor
> had so many stories in it. It seemed to make more sense than Rohan
or
> Numenor since they had so few.

I see the point you're making, but I tend to want to solve the
direction the other way. Yes, it doesn't make much sense to have
Numenor and Rohan as their own categories but Gondor as a subcategory
of Men. That's why I suggest do away with Numenor and Rohan as
independent categories and make them subcategories of Men.

If we're going with graduated categories, I really think we need to
do away with the idea of calling First, Second, and Third prize as
awards with separate names. Theme the banners, that's fine, but for
those who aren't involved in the discussion of the awards it just
gets too confusing. I know it's cute and clever, but it also causes a
fair number of complaints that I've heard.

> This makes it possible for us to have that flexibility. It
shuldn't be too
> hard to come up with three awards titles for them. Rohan and
Numenor
> already have some.

Yes, I could easily come up with three awards for Gondor. It becomes
increasingly hard, however, to have *unique* awards names.

<snip>
> We could go with the troubled family of Denethor,
> Boromir, and Faramir.

That's my first instinct. But then you run into the problem of using
those characters for awards elsewhere.

> Graduated categories just makes us more flexible.

I see they make us more flexible than we were this year - where we
were stuck with independent categories for Rohan and Numenor but not
Gondor. But I don't see why this is more flexible than having all of
them as subcategories of Men.

Marta

Msg# 3268

Re: graduated categories; was: Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 03, 2005 - 0:39:30 Topic ID# 3267
-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 11:51 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] graduated categories; was: Re: New poll for MEFAwards

>I see the point you're making, but I tend to want to solve the direction
the other way. Yes, it doesn't make much sense to have Numenor and Rohan as
their own categories but Gondor as a subcategory of Men. That's why I
suggest do away with Numenor and Rohan as independent categories and make
them subcategories of Men.

Then vote Yes on the poll.

>If we're going with graduated categories, I really think we need to do away
with the idea of calling First, Second, and Third prize as awards with
separate names. Theme the banners, that's fine, but for those who aren't
involved in the discussion of the awards it just gets too confusing. I know
it's cute and clever, but it also causes a fair number of complaints that
I've heard.

If I understand this right, you're saying do away with the awards titles?
No.

> This makes it possible for us to have that flexibility. It
shuldn't be too
> hard to come up with three awards titles for them. Rohan and
Numenor
> already have some.

>Yes, I could easily come up with three awards for Gondor. It becomes
increasingly hard, however, to have *unique* awards names.

I don't think it would be that hard.

> We could go with the troubled family of Denethor, Boromir, and
> Faramir.

>That's my first instinct. But then you run into the problem of using those
characters for awards elsewhere.

It isn't that hard. We only had two such awards with that problem in 2004
and they were easily solved.

> Graduated categories just makes us more flexible.

>I see they make us more flexible than we were this year - where we were
stuck with independent categories for Rohan and Numenor but not Gondor. But
I don't see why this is more flexible than having all of them as
subcategories of Men.

Marta, if the poll is voted Yes, then they will be subcategories of Men. And
Mirkwood would be a subcategory of Elves. Or Silmarillion. Or LOTR or
whatever. But if there were then 20 or more stories in that subcategory,
that's worthy of becoming a main category. It was discussed here during
December with overall positive thoughts and the decision was made. Final.
There will be graduated categories. Period. The question right now is
whether all places will be.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

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Msg# 3269

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 03, 2005 - 1:16:23 Topic ID# 3230
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Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins



>Perhaps I'm not understanding exactly what you mean by graduated
categories. If Gondor became a graduated subcategory, would it have to have
its own banners distinct from Men?

Yes.

>Or could it use the same banners, just as Men/Poetry or whatever? It seems
keeping it as a subcategory is just much simpler than making it its own
category.

No, it would not longer be a subcategory under Men. It would be a main
category under Races/Places and may even have viable subcategories of its
own.

>> Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For
pieces about
>>interactions between different races?

> Good idea. It was a useful sub-category for LOTR last year. I've
added it
> to the database.

>Which means we probably need to think of awards names at some point.
Gimli and Aragorn seem natural choices, as they symbolize inter-race
friendships to me. Maybe Fingon as well? (Or was it Finrod? The first Elf to
meet the Men in Beleriand.)

Yes, we'll need to think up some award names if this is decided to be a new
category. Right now I's just a suggestion.

>This brings up another issue that I've been going back and forth on.
The awards names are confusing! If you aren't involved in the MEFAs, you
probably do not know why Lothlorien is Elves/First and Imladris is
Elves/Second, or whatever. I've talked to probably five or so people who
share this opinion. I know it's anecdotal, but... I really think we should
consider having a theme for the different awards per categories but calling
them [Category]/[Ranking] instead of "The Imladris Award" or whatever.

>Is this at all negotiable?

No. And to which I say, "too bad." Sorry, but that's that. We added the
bars under the banners so someone seeing my Witch King award would know it
was for 3rd place in the Horror Author category. MEFA doesn't mean much
when it's just the letters either. It doesn't take much investigation
however to find out what it means. With the bars on the bottom of the
banners, it's even easier to tell what the Witch King Award stands for. You
don't even have to click.

Look, I said this before when I first started these awards, I couldn't come
up with a good gimicky name for the overall awards, like the Mithrils or the
One Rings because all the ones I thought up were already taken. So I came
up with separate awards titles for each of the awards. That's the fun part
for me. I don't begrudge my Best DS9 General Story 1998 award because it
has a generic name, but it is rather boring. When discussion came up at ASC
to come up with a name for the awards (like ASCEM has the Golden O's), I
suggested the ASCIIs. It made sense. ASC is in ASCII and the format of the
newsgroup is ASCII. But we ended up sticking with neither. It's still a
great awards schema but it's a bit boring.

I wanted these to not be boring. As long as I'm admining them, there will be
awards titles. Someday when I hand this off, it will be up to the new admin
to see what changes will be made. Or I might decide this is like the
comment-based system and non-changeable.

I can try and write up something more in the Q & A (soon to be renamed the
FAQ) to try and help with the confusion, but there will be awards titles.
Period.

> This was more easily viable than Mystery. I'd see Mystery go before
Horror.
> Maybe they could be combined into something like Suspense?

>Yes, that would work well. But if we do so we will need to define what
should be nominated in each category. More on this below.

Well, what do you think of when we say "suspense" stories?

>I think we really need a category guide on the website. Describe what the
different categories represent, so people know where a piece might best fit.
Something similar to the one for the Mithril Awards
(http://www.viragene.com/tolkien/categories.html). And yes, I'm volunteering
to write this if you're interested.

Okay, but I do feel we're setting the bar rather low. I tend to believe
people are fairly intelligent. They'd know a Romance from a Suspense from a
Crossover from a Drama from a Humor.

><snip>
>> Possible additions:
>>- Poetry
> I still don't want that as a main.
<rearranging>
>> - Drabble
> Same as poetry.

>I'm afraid I don't see why. Can you explain your reasoning?

Not always. We went through this a LOT back in the early days of the post
mortem. Being that I hate research (and going through all those posts sure
feels like research) and repeating myself, and I have an unreliable memory,
I'm rather loathe to try at this point.

> They certainly take a distinct skill and are as much a distinct genre as
any of the other categories.

Yes, and that's why they are separate for author categories. Not every story
writer can be a poet. But I don't want ten thousand Poetry subcategories.
What I mean is I don't want Poetry/Men, Poetry/Romance, Poetry/Elves,
Poetry/Drama. With Poetry/Author/Elves, Poetry/Author/Men. Do you see the
problem there? And they all get the same awards titles and banners. Yuck.

> It takes a very distinct skill to first find a story that can be told in a
hundred words, and second to successfully create a story arc in that amount.
Yes, you're often only telling a moment, but it still has to set the stage,
present a conflict, and resolve it, all in a very few number of words. Also,
remember this year that all of the HASA birthday drabbles will be publicly
accessible because the challenge closed on the 31st.

Yes, but they are still dramatic drabbles or Elves drabbles or humorous
drabbles. They are still stories the product of an author. They are not
their own genre. They are a format.

>Poetry is even more a specialized genre, with its own distinct words.

Again, it's a format, not a genre. Drama is a genre. Poetry is a format.

>Often the poems I nominated I loved more because of their mastery of the
form and their genius as poetry, rather than because they were good drama or
told a scene from LotR. The category they were nominated in was secondary to
the fact that they were poetry. Also, remember how small some of the poetry
categories were.

The author gets to choose the category so an author can decide where they
will compete.

>These are two things I write. I think you mentioned in your comments that
you weren't really interested in, and also that you didn't really write
poetry. I don't mean this as a criticism of you - but is it possible you
don't see the distinctions as well as people who do write these forms? (I
know I have this problem with genres I don't write or usually read.)

I don't understand this. Aphasia stepping in. I did get some of it. I do
write poetry. I don't write it formally. I don't write sonnets or whatevers.
But I have written some poetry and probably will in the future. You can
read it at HASA if you like. Several of the poems are in my forum.

>> - Research Article

> I doubt there would be enough to be viable.

>As I stated when I first suggested this in the original post-mort, I
personally can nominate enough. Some are only available on the members-only
side of HASA, but if you'll allow this category, I will offer these authors
hosting space on my own personal site. Even without that, I can think of at
least eight essays offhand that I would like to see nominated.

Then we can put it to a poll. But yes, those research articles would have
to posted on a public (not members-only) site BEFORE Nomination Season
starts. Not after.

>> - Alternate Universe

> Not sure I like that as a main either. Should a Men/AU and a Men
story be
> separate? Couldn't they both compete together?

>Sure - just as a story about Elves in the Elves category could conceivably
compete with a story about Elves in the Silmarillion category or the Drama
category. It's up to the nominator (or the
author) to decide whether they think it works best as a genre piece, a race
piece, or a time/books piece.

Yes, I think as I write and I did get to that. They could both be available
and then the author could decide. We'd have to make our note to the authors
a lot longer though. "Think about your story. It could fit into more than
one category, so please look over the list entirely before making your
decision as each story can only compete in one category."

> They could both be quality
> stories. And what about the delimmiting line between AU and non-
AU? Some
> are obvious. Some aren't. Take my story Immortal. It poses a
conversation
> between Merry and Legolas before Merry and Pippin die. It didn't
happen in
> the books. So it's AU. But it *could* have happened. Nothing in
the
> precludes it. It fits the timeline notations in the Appendices.
So it's
> not AU.

>No, that's not AU. AU (at least in my opinion) is a story where Tolkien (or
whatever canon - PJ's scriptwriters in movieverse, I
guess) say something happened some way but the author decides to take it
another way. Gollum dies escaping Mirkwood. Merry & Pippin are recaptured by
the uruk-hai. Denethor lives. Frodo dies in Mordor.
Frodo doesn't sail West with Elrond & Co. Elrond decides to not let Pippin
go on the Quest after all. Aragorn marries Finduilas or Eowyn.
You name it -- these are all scenarios that Tolkien explicitly said didn't
happen. Very different from a gapfiller, or a scenario that Tolkien didn't
say happen but could have.

That could be your opinion. Personally, I don't find it AU, but some might.
Some are easy to spot, I'll grant you. Dwim's LDID, every Mary Sue fic ever
written.... But some are slippery.

> And remember that authors are going to choose their categories. If
an
> author chooses her Men/AU story to be in Men, will that be allowed
if there
> is an AU category? Or do we let there be both and let the authors
choose
> which one they'll be in?

>I go with the latter. We didn't have any problem with Elves/Silmarillion on
top of the Silmarillion category, did we? I don't see why this has to be any
difference. If the author thinks her story is primarily about Men and
secondarily AU, then he or she can choose to put it in Men/AU. If it's
primarily an AU, they might choose to put it in AU.

Yeah, that's what I came around to.

<snip>
>> Also, maybe change the topic name from "Time/Books" to "Source
Material"?

> No, because it plays double-duty. Books should be obvious. But
Time
> because it provides a place for a story if you just can't find
another
> appropriate category. You can probably set it in time. Fourth-Age
and
> Beyond I could see would be a good addition, even though there
isn't a Book
> for it, so it can't play double-duty, but it does cover that other
time
> after LOTR.

>Fair enough. I can see why you need to include Time. But if we
include movieverse, I think we maybe need to have it
as "Time/Source"? Because the movies are not a book.

Nobody said we're going with Movie-verse yet. It's still just a suggestion.


>Re: Fourth Age - I do think it's important that this includes *and
Beyond*. Case in point - I recently started a story about Tom
Bombadil teaching St. Patrick his song he used to drive the snakes
from Ireland. This would most likely be post-Fourth Age (Sixth Age, I
guess? Or seventh?) but certainly fits under "and beyond".

I agree and I do think it needs to be in there.

> And that brings up other perfect opportunities for graduated
categories:
> First Age, Second Age, etc.

>Yes, that would be good. I'm not sure how you could phrase this, but
if you go this way, you might want to draw a distinction between Ring
War-era (or possibly post-Quest for Erebor (post-TA 2941?)) and
events that happened earlier in the Third Age. Maybe combine it with
Second Age?

Depends. I see it as Second Age graduates because it has 20 stories. It now
becomes a main category under the topic of Time/Books. It has it's own
subcategories: 7 stories fall under Pre-Last Alliance and 13 others are just
floating about nebulously in the Second Age.

That's how it would work. Subcategories would still have to be viable. But
this would save us from having Silmarillion/Second Age/Pre-Last Alliance. I
don't want sub-subcategories.

>This can be hashed out later, though.

> As for movie-verse, we have the same issues as for Alternate
Universe. If
> we have it, do we allow authors of movie-verse stories to place
their
> stories elsewhere?

>Sure. We allow stories set in The Hobbit to also be nominated for
Drama, or whatever.

Okay that could be doable, but what about the splices....

> Or what about those that combine book and movie? I do
> that.

>And you're not the only one. I think it would be the authors' call.
It's certainly *eligible* for movieverse, but if the authors think it
fits better elsewhere, that's fine, too. This isn't an effort to
relegate movieverse or hybrid stories to one category - but instead
to give movieverse gapfillers and similar stories a place to compete
against each other.

And if it ends up unviable?

> Again, having it be the authors choice may make this a lot easier.

>About this - I'm confused on one thing. Does the nominator suggest
categories and the author chooses whether those are acceptable (or
possibly suggest their own)? Or do we just say to the authors "Story
[X] has been nominated, a list of categories is available at URL [Y],
where do you want it to compete?"

The latter, and they'll make three choices just like we did when we
nominated in 2004.

>I say nominators should make suggestions that are passed along to the
authors, and then authors can accept those suggestions or make their
own. This does two things:

>1. If a category proves nonviable, we have backups without going back
to the author for further suggestions.

We'd go to their 2nd choice.

>2. Nominators are probably more involved in the awards than authors.
So they know the categories already. This saves authors from having
to read through the categories and decide where their story best fits.

Perhaps, but authors know their stories best. And since stories can fit
into more than one category, the author should rightly be the one to decide
where they will compete.

> We could just have the availability of the category there and the
author can
> choose whether the story goes there or not. And if one isn't
viable well
> then, it's not viable.

>Yes, that seems like a good plan.

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Msg# 3270

AW: [MEFAwards] Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in the datab Posted by elanor of aquitania January 03, 2005 - 3:15:48 Topic ID# 3202
Avon wrote:
> In other
> competitions, such as most fanfic ones that I've seen, where being
> nominated is seen as some sort of honour (eg: nomination buttons are
> available) then in my view one wouldn't nominate one's own work.

Hi Avon,
you are not alone in this feelings ;-)
Here is another of the minority, who thinks
that nomination buttons should be given
only for stories nominated not by the authors themselves.

Best wishes Elanor

Msg# 3271

AW: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by elanor of aquitania January 03, 2005 - 3:34:45 Topic ID# 3230
Marta wrote:
> > e. Rohan
> > f. Numenor
>
> In the interest of fairness and simplicity, I think these should be
> made into subcategories of Men.
>
> Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For pieces
> about interactions between different races?

I agree to both,
1) subsume Rohan and Numenor into Men
2) Cross-cultural for stories showing evenly various Races

(for me the Men of Middle Earth are NOT humans of our earth,
therefore I do not think that we should use Race of Humans
(answer to Cathol-Linn),
Men means mortals with a varying lifespan (up to 500 years),
while Elves might live as long Middle-Earth exists)

> > e. Horror
>
> I think we had a hard time making this viable, and many of the ones
> nominated could have been nominated for Adventure or Drama. Maybe
> drop this? (I am not a horror fan, so perhaps I don't see why this
> distinction is so important.)

I think this should be still a separate category, because terror and torture
IMO does not belong into Adventure and Drama.
But Horror was somehow the wrong name of this category this year.

But maybe one could make a subcategory in Drama for such a
kind of stories which describe the terror and extinction of the
protagonists.

> Possible additions:
> - Poetry
> - Research Article
> - Drabble
> - Alternate Universe

I support definitely Research Article, but also the other
proposed categories.

> > 3. (Topic) Time/Books
> > a. The Silmarillion
> > b. The Lord of the Rings
> > c. The Hobbit
> >
>
> All good. I would suggest adding:
>
> - Fourth Age and Beyond
> - Movieverse

I agree to that.

>
> Also, maybe change the topic name from "Time/Books" to "Source
> Material"?

Agree here also.

Elanor

Msg# 3272

AW: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins (poetry) Posted by elanor of aquitania January 03, 2005 - 4:11:06 Topic ID# 3272
Ainaechoiriel wrote:

> Yes, and that's why they are separate for author categories.
> Not every story
> writer can be a poet. But I don't want ten thousand Poetry
> subcategories.
> What I mean is I don't want Poetry/Men, Poetry/Romance, Poetry/Elves,
> Poetry/Drama. With Poetry/Author/Elves, Poetry/Author/Men.
> Do you see the
> problem there? And they all get the same awards titles and
> banners. Yuck.

Hi Ainaechoiriel,
I do not understand what the problem is.
Why is it a difference to be in
Poetry/Men or in Men/Poetry ?

I see no difference concerning the Award.
You surely will find appropriate Award titles :-)

For me the only difference is that Poetry
collects all poetry which for me is more important
than to find poems about men in Men.

But this my personal feeling.
This is no point dear to me,
I readily accept also to find poems in the category Men ;-)
Yet I would have thought it an improvement
if poems were collected in their own category.
But since you see it as a worsening
I try to understand your reasoning.
Maybe I simply cannot understand
because our minds work differently.

Best wishes Elanor

Msg# 3273

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Naresha January 03, 2005 - 4:53:01 Topic ID# 3230
And the other thing is - the category is Races and Places! It implies that it is "The Race of..." at least to me! :-)

Resha


Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net> wrote:
Okay, I usually read through everything and then reply to the short ones first, but I wanted to jump right on this one.

It's going to stay Men. Because "Men" is what's used throughout LOTR. Tolkien doesn't say "Humans" and he doesn't say "Race of Men" and "Race of Elves" everywhere. Elves, Men and all free Peoples, etc.

Race of Men, etc., maybe conclusive but it's clunky as a title.

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Msg# 3274

Re: AW: [MEFAwards] Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in the d Posted by Naresha January 03, 2005 - 5:37:29 Topic ID# 3202
elanor of aquitania <elanor@codacode.net> wrote:
Avon wrote:
> > In other competitions, such as most fanfic ones that > > I've seen, where being nominated is seen as some
> > sort of honour (eg: nomination buttons are
> > available) then in my view one wouldn't nominate
> > one's own work.
>
> Hi Avon,
> you are not alone in this feelings ;-) Here is another > of the minority, who thinks that nomination buttons
> should be given only for stories nominated not by the > authors themselves.
>
> Best wishes Elanor


What about a compromise? Well a sort of comprimise! What if self-nominated stories need a second? It's often done in meetings - someone puts forward a vote, someone else needs to second that vote.

Resha


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Msg# 3275

AW: AW: [MEFAwards] Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in the d Posted by elanor of aquitania January 03, 2005 - 6:30:43 Topic ID# 3202
Resha wrote:
> What about a compromise? Well a sort of comprimise! What if
> self-nominated stories need a second? It's often done in
> meetings - someone puts forward a vote, someone else needs to
> second that vote.

Hi Resha,
do you mean a second for the nomination itself?
I think that is out as far as I understood Ainaechoiriel.
It might be rather problematic for an unknown author
to get a second during the nomination process.

But a second opinion for awarding the nomination button
could probably still be discussed.

Yet I think as soon as self nomination is allowed
it becomes politically problematic.
Well known authors would not have a problem
to get a nod from a second.

But unknown authors?
This would become another contest IMO
just for securing a nomination button.

I would think one could limit political problems
if only those self nominated stories get a
nomination button which have received
at least one review.
That could function as the seconding
by another member of this list.

But I admit, unknown authors
might again be put at disadvantage
as they might find less readers.

Best wishes Elanor

Msg# 3276

Re: AW: AW: [MEFAwards] Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in t Posted by Naresha January 03, 2005 - 6:51:23 Topic ID# 3202
elanor of aquitania <elanor@codacode.net> wrote:
Resha wrote:
> What about a compromise? Well a sort of comprimise! What if
> self-nominated stories need a second? It's often done in
> meetings - someone puts forward a vote, someone else needs to
> second that vote.

> Hi Resha,
> do you mean a second for the nomination itself?
> I think that is out as far as I understood
> Ainaechoiriel. It might be rather problematic for an
> unknown author to get a second during the nomination
> process.

That was what I meant. But I can see the problems associated with it.

> I would think one could limit political problems
> if only those self nominated stories get a
> nomination button which have received at least one
> review. That could function as the seconding
> by another member of this list.
>
> But I admit, unknown authors might again be put at
> disadvantage as they might find less readers.

The other option is creating a new button for self nominators. I can understand your issues with allowing self-nomination. But we encounter problems whereve we turn it seems with this - if we disallow self-nomination, lesser-known readers are denied a chance to become more noticed. However, if we allow it, then it can become a source to receive an award nomination. That's why I suggested that a story had to receive a second nomination to be viable - it means that someone has read it and thinks that it is worthy of being nominated! I can't think of a better way of eliminating said political issues unfortunately! :-( Actually, I can't think of too many other ways period!

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Msg# 3277

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by dwimmer\_laik January 03, 2005 - 13:45:57 Topic ID# 3230
> > This was more easily viable than Mystery. I'd see Mystery go before
> Horror.
> > Maybe they could be combined into something like Suspense?
>
> >Yes, that would work well. But if we do so we will need to define what
> should be nominated in each category. More on this below.
>
> Well, what do you think of when we say "suspense" stories?

I think I'd rather see both Horror and Mystery *offered* as categories
to authors whose works are nominated. *If* they fail to meet the 8x2
requirement, then move them to different categories or perhaps make
"Mystery" a subcategory of Drama and Horror a subcategory of Action.
Horror seems to be very physical, very visceral to me--so it fits in
my conceptual schema with Action Adventure, while Mystery, because it
focuses more on problem-solving and relations, fits more naturally
with Drama.

The reason I suggest this rather than the new conglomerate category of
"Suspense" is that I do see a distinction between Mystery and Horror.
Horror is supposed to scare you or repulse you--to incite horror, in
other words. Suspense *may* be used to do this, but it isn't
necessary, either. Take "Pippin's Crucible"--that was pretty horrific
in its descriptions--warm red puddles on the ground, staring dead
eyes, desire to cut off feet, etc. It could've run as horror if the
author had wanted, I think. But it isn't a mystery story. Mysteries
are puzzles--the point isn't necessarily to frighten, but to present
pieces of a problem, and see how the characters go about figuring out
how to put them together and then solve the problem. That, to me, is a
different set of writing skills from Horror. I can do horrific; I
cannot do mysterious because I tend to get lost in my own attempts to
be clever.

<snip>

>
> Not always. We went through this a LOT back in the early days of
the post
> mortem. Being that I hate research (and going through all those
posts sure
> feels like research) and repeating myself, and I have an unreliable
memory,
> I'm rather loathe to try at this point.
>
> > They certainly take a distinct skill and are as much a distinct
genre as
> any of the other categories.
>
> Yes, and that's why they are separate for author categories. Not
every story
> writer can be a poet. But I don't want ten thousand Poetry
subcategories.

> What I mean is I don't want Poetry/Men, Poetry/Romance, Poetry/Elves,
> Poetry/Drama. With Poetry/Author/Elves, Poetry/Author/Men. Do you
see the
> problem there? And they all get the same awards titles and banners.
Yuck.

I think the trouble we're having here is that we have two competing
categorization standards.

There seem to be two bases on which to make a category or subcategory:

1) Content-based differentiation--we don't want to judge hobbits
against elves against men, and so on and so forth, because it takes a
certain kind of eye to capture the feel of these different races.

2) A distinctly different skill needed to write a particular kind of
work (I cite horror, as per my argument above, and also mystery,
drabbles, poetry).

Ultimately, two is the more basic argument that grounds (1)--it's just
a general statement, which is applied specifically in (1). So for me,
ultimately, the second criterion is the court of final appeal.

What I think we have here is a conflict internal to criterion 2, then:
that certain categories that should be approved if we appeal only to
criterion 2 in terms of broad skill sets can also be disqualified as
categories, also by appeal to criterion 2 in the guise of (1).

So the argument (I think) is that there would be such differentiation
in terms of *content* among poems (a category argued to be justified
by criterion 2) that the whole category would consist of nothing but
highly specialized categories (criterion 2 at work again in the guise
of (1)--it takes different skills to write poetry that sounds hobbity
or that deals with hobbit-specific events/ways of life, etc., from
those it takes to write about Elf-centric events, etc.).

The implied conclusion is that such a degree of specialization would
make competition far too narrow to be meaningful, either to the
competitors or to the general fandom readers.

In this case, I think it is arbitrary that Poetry isn't a category in
its own right. It could be, very easily, and there would simply be one
fewer subcategory within several major categories. It would have its
own subcategories, yes, but all we would need are three award names
and a subcategorial schema that is more broad than content-based
distinctions can draw (so avoid (1)). However, since it worked out
well enough to put poems under other categories as subcategories,
inertia will provide its own argument for keeping them there.

Poetry is certainly a law unto itself in terms of writing--the
format/genre distinction is not, I think, clearly viable. What is a
genre but a particular way or format for telling about a certain
event, after all?

Given all this, my suggestion would be to decide whether (2) or (1)
should prevail when it comes to setting up new categories and then act
accordingly and consistently until some unmanageable problem forces a
reevaluation. (The same argument can be made for drabbles, btw.)


Gotta go move siblings back into dorms.

TTFN,

Dwim

Msg# 3278

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by avonaus January 03, 2005 - 15:02:07 Topic ID# 3230
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> >I think we really need a category guide on the website. Describe
what the
> different categories represent, so people know where a piece might
best fit.
> Something similar to the one for the Mithril Awards
> (http://www.viragene.com/tolkien/categories.html). And yes, I'm
volunteering
> to write this if you're interested.
>
> Okay, but I do feel we're setting the bar rather low. I tend to
believe
> people are fairly intelligent. They'd know a Romance from a
Suspense from a
> Crossover from a Drama from a Humor.

I'd second the suggestion for a category guide. I don't think it is
always clear where a piece belongs, particularly because different
sites categorise differently. I got a second for drama for 'To Sing
of War' so presumably it did fit into the MEFA's classification of
drama, but over at HASA it is listed as General because none of my
stuff fits into their drama classification, just to give an example
of where confusion might arise.

Avon

Msg# 3279

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 03, 2005 - 17:05:34 Topic ID# 3230
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Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>

>
> Okay, but I do feel we're setting the bar rather low. I tend to
believe
> people are fairly intelligent. They'd know a Romance from a
Suspense from a
> Crossover from a Drama from a Humor.

>I'd second the suggestion for a category guide. I don't think it is always
clear where a piece belongs, particularly because different sites categorise
differently. I got a second for drama for 'To Sing of War' so presumably it
did fit into the MEFA's classification of drama, but over at HASA it is
listed as General because none of my stuff fits into their drama
classification, just to give an example of where confusion might arise.

Yes, but where would you put it, if you were in charge of putting it into a
category. And that's what we're going to do in 2005. Let the author
choose. We're leaving length up to authors, with only suggestions. They
don't have to stick with them. Do we then need to spell out genres?

--Ainaechoiriel
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Msg# 3280

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 03, 2005 - 17:20:22 Topic ID# 3230
Nothing personal, Dwim, but I have a very hard time reading your posts
sometimes. Aphasia + long sentences don't mix well. I'll try though.

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 1:45 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins


> Well, what do you think of when we say "suspense" stories?

>I think I'd rather see both Horror and Mystery *offered* as categories to
authors whose works are nominated. *If* they fail to meet the 8x2
requirement, then move them to different categories or perhaps make
"Mystery" a subcategory of Drama and Horror a subcategory of Action.

The only problem with that is they we decided to stay with 5 X 2 and a
viable subcatgory has the same requirement as a category: 5 x 2. So if it
wasn't viable as a category, it wouldn't be viable as a subcategory either.
>Horror seems to be very physical, very visceral to me--so it fits in my
conceptual schema with Action Adventure, while Mystery, because it focuses
more on problem-solving and relations, fits more naturally with Drama.

>The reason I suggest this rather than the new conglomerate category of
"Suspense" is that I do see a distinction between Mystery and Horror.
Horror is supposed to scare you or repulse you--to incite horror, in other
words. Suspense *may* be used to do this, but it isn't necessary, either.
Take "Pippin's Crucible"--that was pretty horrific in its descriptions--warm
red puddles on the ground, staring dead eyes, desire to cut off feet, etc.
It could've run as horror if the author had wanted, I think. But it isn't a
mystery story. Mysteries are puzzles--the point isn't necessarily to
frighten, but to present pieces of a problem, and see how the characters go
about figuring out how to put them together and then solve the problem.
That, to me, is a different set of writing skills from Horror. I can do
horrific; I cannot do mysterious because I tend to get lost in my own
attempts to be clever.

I agree that Horror and Mystery are different, but I do think both have an
aspect of suspense. We don't know what horrors await us around the corner or
we don't know where the mystery lead. But perhaps there is some other term
that might encompass both?

>I think the trouble we're having here is that we have two competing
categorization standards.

>There seem to be two bases on which to make a category or subcategory:

>1) Content-based differentiation--we don't want to judge hobbits against
elves against men, and so on and so forth, because it takes a certain kind
of eye to capture the feel of these different races.

If by this you mean content as opposed to format, then yes, this is where I
come from.

>2) A distinctly different skill needed to write a particular kind of work
(I cite horror, as per my argument above, and also mystery, drabbles,
poetry).

For me, this is a case for author comments, not stories. In reviewing a
story you aren't reviewing so much skill. A story has no skill. In
reviewing an author, you review skill to craft that story. During a review
of a story, the skill of the author may come into the discussion. But that
is still meat more for author comments than story comments. And so this is
a better place for subcategories than categories.

>Ultimately, two is the more basic argument that grounds (1)--it's just a
general statement, which is applied specifically in (1). So for me,
ultimately, the second criterion is the court of final appeal.

Oh, I think when we get down to calling on distinctly different skill sets
we're going to see a lot of different opinions as to what those skill sets
are. It's more subjective than criterion 1. Is it about Elves. Yep. Then
it's Elves. Content can be judged rather easily.

>What I think we have here is a conflict internal to criterion 2, then:
that certain categories that should be approved if we appeal only to
criterion 2 in terms of broad skill sets can also be disqualified as
categories, also by appeal to criterion 2 in the guise of (1).

You lost me.

>So the argument (I think) is that there would be such differentiation in
terms of *content* among poems (a category argued to be justified by
criterion 2) that the whole category would consist of nothing but highly
specialized categories (criterion 2 at work again in the guise of (1)--it
takes different skills to write poetry that sounds hobbity or that deals
with hobbit-specific events/ways of life, etc., from those it takes to write
about Elf-centric events, etc.).


>The implied conclusion is that such a degree of specialization would make
competition far too narrow to be meaningful, either to the competitors or to
the general fandom readers.

>In this case, I think it is arbitrary that Poetry isn't a category in its
own right. It could be, very easily, and there would simply be one fewer
subcategory within several major categories. It would have its own
subcategories, yes, but all we would need are three award names and a
subcategorial schema that is more broad than content-based distinctions can
draw (so avoid (1)). However, since it worked out well enough to put poems
under other categories as subcategories, inertia will provide its own
argument for keeping them there.

>Poetry is certainly a law unto itself in terms of writing--the format/genre
distinction is not, I think, clearly viable. What is a genre but a
particular way or format for telling about a certain event, after all?

I don't agree. Historical fiction is a genre. It can be in the format of
poetry, short story, vignette, novella, novel, movie, tv show, miniseries,
etc. Romance is a genre in the same way: poetry, short story, vignette,
novella, novel, movie..... You get my point. Poetry can only be in the
various formats of poetry. It's not a genre.

>Given all this, my suggestion would be to decide whether (2) or (1) should
prevail when it comes to setting up new categories and then act accordingly
and consistently until some unmanageable problem forces a reevaluation. (The
same argument can be made for drabbles, btw.)

Okay, though I get lost again in the criterions, you helped me put my finger
on why I don't like poetry as a category.

Content, not format. Poetry is a format. Drabble is a format, Vignette is a
format. The subject of a story is the content. The genre of the story is
the content. The characters in a story are content.

So, I'll make this rule:

Categories are based on content, not format. Subcategories may be based on
format.

--Ainaechoiriel
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Msg# 3281

Re: AW: AW: [MEFAwards] Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in t Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 03, 2005 - 17:24:20 Topic ID# 3202
Elanor said it well on this one: it's for the unknown authors to have a fair
shake. And that means also that no, there will not be a separate button for
self-nominations. I won't make unknown authors into second-class citizens.
Also, it might influence a reader/voter, by making them think that a
self-nominated story is inferior--before they even read it. I've been on
the outside of too many other awards to want to make others feel that way.

The test of whether a self-nominated story was worthy of being nominated is
how it does in the awards.


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-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 6:51 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: AW: AW: [MEFAwards] Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in
the database (nominations)




elanor of aquitania <elanor@codacode.net> wrote:
Resha wrote:
> What about a compromise? Well a sort of comprimise! What if
> self-nominated stories need a second? It's often done in meetings -
> someone puts forward a vote, someone else needs to second that vote.

> Hi Resha,
> do you mean a second for the nomination itself?
> I think that is out as far as I understood Ainaechoiriel. It might be
> rather problematic for an unknown author to get a second during the
> nomination process.

That was what I meant. But I can see the problems associated with it.

> I would think one could limit political problems if only those self
> nominated stories get a nomination button which have received at least
> one review. That could function as the seconding by another member of
> this list.
>
> But I admit, unknown authors might again be put at disadvantage as
> they might find less readers.

The other option is creating a new button for self nominators. I can
understand your issues with allowing self-nomination. But we encounter
problems whereve we turn it seems with this - if we disallow
self-nomination, lesser-known readers are denied a chance to become more
noticed. However, if we allow it, then it can become a source to receive an
award nomination. That's why I suggested that a story had to receive a
second nomination to be viable - it means that someone has read it and
thinks that it is worthy of being nominated! I can't think of a better way
of eliminating said political issues unfortunately! :-( Actually, I can't
think of too many other ways period!

Resha


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Msg# 3282

OT: Ice Storm coming Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 03, 2005 - 22:21:23 Topic ID# 3282
Back in 2002, KC had an ice storm that knocked out thousands of houses'
electricity. And now there's another ice storm headed our way. In 2002, I
was one of the lucky ones who didn't lose power. But it is possible that I
could lose power now. Which will mean no internet here at home. Let's hope
not. I'd go into withdrawal without my computers!

So this is just a heads up. Hopefully, it will all be fine.


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Msg# 3283

OT: checking out Posted by erin\_hobbit\_ofbt January 04, 2005 - 0:34:48 Topic ID# 3283
Greetings all ~

Just a quick note to say that I am unsubscribing from the group, but
it is *not* for any discontent or other trouble. My main reason is
just that I have too many E-groups, and I am utterly able to keep up
with or contribute to the planning of next year's MEFA's. Therefore
I hope everyone will please excuse my exit.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Ainae for conceiving of this
and putting in more work than my wee mind can imagine, and also to
every single person involved from top to bottom. The 2004 MEFAs were
a joy and a pleasure to me, and it was my very great honor to have my
stories included. I shall hope to see these delightful awards
continued in 2005!

I'll still be around, if anyone comes looking for me, I just won't be
right here. Thank you again for letting me be a part of this. ;-)
Peace and be well, and a wonderful new year to all!
Cheers ~

Erin

Msg# 3284

Re: AW: AW: [MEFAwards] Re: PM suggestion: just found this one in t Posted by Naresha January 04, 2005 - 4:24:47 Topic ID# 3202
Fine by me, Ainae!!! Was just making another of
my odd suggestions! :-)

--- Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net>
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---------------------------------
Elanor said it well on this one: it's for the
unknown authors to have a fair
shake. And that means also that no, there will
not be a separate button for
self-nominations. I won't make unknown authors
into second-class citizens.
Also, it might influence a reader/voter, by
making them think that a
self-nominated story is inferior--before they
even read it. I've been on
the outside of too many other awards to want to
make others feel that way.

The test of whether a self-nominated story was
worthy of being nominated is
how it does in the awards.

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Msg# 3285

AW: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins (Content precedes Posted by elanor of aquitania January 04, 2005 - 5:46:58 Topic ID# 3285
Ainaechoiriel wrote:

> Categories are based on content, not format.
> Subcategories may be based on format.

My heartfelt thanks for these clearing words!

Elanor
whose mind works the other way round
preferring categorization based on format
to that based on content ;-)
but who can easily adapt to the actual scheme

Best wishes for weathering the ice storm!

Msg# 3286

graduated categories; was: Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Marta January 04, 2005 - 21:08:41 Topic ID# 3267
Hi Ainae,

> >I see the point you're making, but I tend to want to solve the
direction
>>the other way. Yes, it doesn't make much sense to have Numenor and
Rohan as
>> their own categories but Gondor as a subcategory of Men. That's
why I
>>suggest do away with Numenor and Rohan as independent categories
and make
>>them subcategories of Men.

> Then vote Yes on the poll.

I think I did, but I'll make sure I did. Thanks for clarifying.

>> If we're going with graduated categories, I really think we need
to do away
>>with the idea of calling First, Second, and Third prize as awards
with
>>separate names. Theme the banners, that's fine, but for those who
aren't
>>involved in the discussion of the awards it just gets too
confusing. I know
>>it's cute and clever, but it also causes a fair number of
complaints that
>>I've heard.

> If I understand this right, you're saying do away with the awards
titles?
> No.

I was saying that. I'm sorry, I didn't realize it was non-negotiable.

>> Yes, I could easily come up with three awards for Gondor. It
becomes
>>increasingly hard, however, to have *unique* awards names.

> I don't think it would be that hard.

Okay. One of the main reason I can think of not to create more awards
is the difficulty in finding unique award names. (I think you told
me, back when I proposed poetry last Spring that one of the reasons
you were against it was the difficulty of finding suitable awards
names. But maybe my memory is faulty.

>>> Graduated categories just makes us more flexible.

>> I see they make us more flexible than we were this year - where we
were
>>stuck with independent categories for Rohan and Numenor but not
Gondor. But
>>I don't see why this is more flexible than having all of them as
>>subcategories of Men.

> Marta, if the poll is voted Yes, then they will be subcategories of
Men. And
> Mirkwood would be a subcategory of Elves. Or Silmarillion. Or
LOTR or
> whatever. But if there were then 20 or more stories in that
subcategory,
> that's worthy of becoming a main category. It was discussed here
during
> December with overall positive thoughts and the decision was made.
Final.
> There will be graduated categories. Period. The question right now
is
> whether all places will be.

I keep going over this in my head, trying to understand why you (the
collective you; not Ainae specifically, but everyone who's in favor
of graduated categories) sees subcategories as more important than
categories. The same number of stories compete for the same number of
awards whether they run as Gondor or as Men/Gondor. And I can see
practical advantages (mainly simplicity of the category scheme) in
keeping it as subcategories of the race rather than as its own
graduated category.

I think this is my fault. For the life of me I cannot remember the
discussion that occurred. I'm not saying it *didn't*, just that I
have no recollection of it. Can you perhaps point me to the first
message in that thread and I'll go read it myself?

To paraphrase Boromir (ironically, of Gondor ;-) ) "If this is the
will of the group, Marta will see it done." If this is a non-
negotiable either because Ainae wants it or because most people have
alreaedy agreed with it, then I'll accept it. I'm just trying to
*understand* it, and if I could read over where this was first
discussed, I think that would help a lot.

Marta

Msg# 3287

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Marta January 04, 2005 - 23:13:30 Topic ID# 3230
Hi Ainae,

<snip>
>> Or could it use the same banners, just as Men/Poetry or whatever?
It seems
>>keeping it as a subcategory is just much simpler than making it its
own
>>category.

> No, it would not longer be a subcategory under Men. It would be a
main
> category under Races/Places and may even have viable subcategories
of its
> own.

Okay, I think I just had a "Eureka!" moment and saw at least one of
the advantages of graduated categories. For example, let's say Gondor
had twenty entries, seven of which were poems. So as its own category
you could make a subcategory (Gondor/Poetry). But if you only allow
one levels of subcategories, you could not have (Men/Gondor/Poetry).
I was assuming that a subcategory could have its own sub-subcategory.
Maybe this is a misunderstanding on my part.

>>> Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For
pieces about
>>> interactions between different races?

>> Good idea. It was a useful sub-category for LOTR last year. I've
added it
>> to the database.

>Which means we probably need to think of awards names at some point.
> Gimli and Aragorn seem natural choices, as they symbolize inter-race
> friendships to me. Maybe Fingon as well? (Or was it Finrod? The
first Elf to
> meet the Men in Beleriand.)

> Yes, we'll need to think up some award names if this is decided to
be a new
> category. Right now I's just a suggestion.

Sure; sorry I jumped ahead. I think this stems from my
misunderstanding (previously mentioned) that it was hard to think up
awards. Sorry about that.

>> This brings up another issue that I've been going back and forth
on.
>>The awards names are confusing! If you aren't involved in the
MEFAs, you
>>probably do not know why Lothlorien is Elves/First and Imladris is
>>Elves/Second, or whatever. I've talked to probably five or so
people who
>>share this opinion. I know it's anecdotal, but... I really think we
should
>>consider having a theme for the different awards per categories but
calling
>>them [Category]/[Ranking] instead of "The Imladris Award" or
whatever.

>> Is this at all negotiable?

> No. And to which I say, "too bad." Sorry, but that's that. We
added the
> bars under the banners so someone seeing my Witch King award would
know it
> was for 3rd place in the Horror Author category.

Okay, that's better - if people are seeing the banners. I archive
most of my stuff at HASA, where banners aren't allowed. And I'm still
building my own site. So I hadn't even gotten around to looking at
the banners where I had won! I thought they just had the
subcategories on them if there was one.

> MEFA doesn't mean much
> when it's just the letters either. It doesn't take much
investigation
> however to find out what it means.

That's true. But MEFA is used so widely, I think most people who have
heard about the awards know what the acronym means. When I'm
introducing them to people (for example, people whose stories I
wanted to nominate) I usually did so as "The Middle-earth Fanfic
Awards (MEFAs)". Instant education.

> With the bars on the bottom of the
> banners, it's even easier to tell what the Witch King Award stands
for. You
> don't even have to click.

Just so I'm clear... does the sub-bar have just the category (and
subcategory where applicable)? Or does it have the place as well.

> Look, I said this before when I first started these awards, I
couldn't come
> up with a good gimicky name for the overall awards, like the
Mithrils or the
> One Rings because all the ones I thought up were already taken. So
I came
> up with separate awards titles for each of the awards. That's the
fun part
> for me. I don't begrudge my Best DS9 General Story 1998 award
because it
> has a generic name, but it is rather boring. When discussion came
up at ASC
> to come up with a name for the awards (like ASCEM has the Golden
O's), I
> suggested the ASCIIs. It made sense. ASC is in ASCII and the format
of the
> newsgroup is ASCII. But we ended up sticking with neither. It's
still a
> great awards schema but it's a bit boring.

I think this is where you and I are coming at this from different
directions. I don't care about a snazzy titles. Why do I value my
awards? Because they represent the accolades of my piers. Anyone can
name an award anything they like; for me it really doesn't matter, if
I don't value the person's opinion who gives the awards. I'd much
prefer something be easily understood.

But in the end, that's just my opinion. And though I am committing a
fair amount of time and energy, in the end they're not *my* awards.
If the catchiness is part of what makes it fun for you, then so be it.

> I wanted these to not be boring. As long as I'm admining them,
there will be
> awards titles. Someday when I hand this off, it will be up to the
new admin
> to see what changes will be made. Or I might decide this is like
the
> comment-based system and non-changeable.

Can we have a list of what is negotiable and what's not? I have to
say, I keep feel like I'm stepping on your toes. It's not what I
intend to do, but if I understood what you're not willing to change,
then I could try to be more respectful of that.

<snip>
> Well, what do you think of when we say "suspense" stories?

I really don't know, immediately. Probably mystery or something
rather similar.

>> I think we really need a category guide on the website. Describe
what the
>>different categories represent, so people know where a piece might
best fit.
>>Something similar to the one for the Mithril Awards
>>(http://www.viragene.com/tolkien/categories.html). And yes, I'm
volunteering
>>to write this if you're interested.

> Okay, but I do feel we're setting the bar rather low. I tend to
believe
> people are fairly intelligent. They'd know a Romance from a
Suspense from a
> Crossover from a Drama from a Humor.

Yes, I agree for shorter pieces. But longer pieces often bridge
genres. I have a piece that has about equal elements of humor and
drama; I've seen others that include hybrids of drama and romance,
drama and action, romance and humor, etc. I don't think it's always
so cut-and-dry. And besides, this is a rather simple way to make
things clearer. Even if it is setting the bar low, I don't think it
will hurt.

<snip>
>> They certainly take a distinct skill and are as much a distinct
genre as
>>any of the other categories.

> Yes, and that's why they are separate for author categories. Not
every story
> writer can be a poet. But I don't want ten thousand Poetry
subcategories.
> What I mean is I don't want Poetry/Men, Poetry/Romance,
Poetry/Elves,
> Poetry/Drama.

But you already have Men/Poetry, Romance/Poetry, Elves/Poetry,
Drama/Poetry - at least as often as they're viable. I don't think
you'd have to have this many subcategories.

For me, the bottom line comes down to why I think a certain piece is
worth nominating. Often, it's *not* because it's a fine piece about
elves, or of the romance genre, but because it's a good use of a
certain form. And as such, I think such stories should be judged
against other poems rather than against elf pieces or romances.

<snip>
> With Poetry/Author/Elves, Poetry/Author/Men. Do you see the
> problem there? And they all get the same awards titles and
banners. Yuck.

Sorry, I don't see the problem - I'd just put them all in
Poetry/Author, and not bother with subcategories beyond that. Maybe
I'm not understanding why you feel the need to subdivide further?

<snip>
>> These are two things I write. I think you mentioned in your
comments that
>>you weren't really interested in, and also that you didn't really
write
>>poetry. I don't mean this as a criticism of you - but is it
possible you
>>don't see the distinctions as well as people who do write these
forms? (I
>>know I have this problem with genres I don't write or usually read.)

> I don't understand this. Aphasia stepping in. I did get some of
it. I do
> write poetry. I don't write it formally. I don't write sonnets or
whatevers.
> But I have written some poetry and probably will in the future.
You can
> read it at HASA if you like. Several of the poems are in my forum.

Sorry, I might be confusing you with someone else. RL has been really
grisly lately, and my memory is iffy at best. (And sorry if I'm
coming across as more antagonistic than I usually do. I think I might
be, but it's not intended if I am.)

>>> - Research Article

>>>I doubt there would be enough to be viable.

>> As I stated when I first suggested this in the original post-mort,
I
>>personally can nominate enough. Some are only available on the
members-only
>>side of HASA, but if you'll allow this category, I will offer these
authors
>>hosting space on my own personal site. Even without that, I can
think of at
>>least eight essays offhand that I would like to see nominated.

> Then we can put it to a poll.

Excellent. Should I go ahead and create one, or add it to the
database? Or is there anything else you need me to do?

> But yes, those research articles would have
> to posted on a public (not members-only) site BEFORE Nomination
Season
> starts. Not after.

Sure. But just so I understand - why is this so? You allow stories
written in a language other than English, don't you? This doesn't
seem that different to me.

<snip AU>

>> AU (at least in my opinion) is a story where Tolkien (or
>>whatever canon - PJ's scriptwriters in movieverse, I
>>guess) say something happened some way but the author decides to
take it
>>another way.
<snip examples>
>>these are all scenarios that Tolkien explicitly said didn't
>>happen. Very different from a gapfiller, or a scenario that Tolkien
didn't
>>say happen but could have.

> That could be your opinion. Personally, I don't find it AU, but
some might.
> Some are easy to spot, I'll grant you. Dwim's LDID, every Mary Sue
fic ever
> written.... But some are slippery.

With all due respect, it doesn't really matter what an individual
reader considers AU. With the category guide we get to define what is
AU for the purposes of this award, and authors get to decide whether
their story fits that category

<snip>
>> I can see why you need to include Time. But if we
>>include movieverse, I think we maybe need to have it
>>as "Time/Source"? Because the movies are not a book.

> Nobody said we're going with Movie-verse yet. It's still just a
suggestion.

As is my suggestion that we change it to "Time/Source". If we decide
not to make movieverse a category, the suggestion is moot.

<snip>
>>> As for movie-verse, we have the same issues as for Alternate
>>> Universe. If
>>> we have it, do we allow authors of movie-verse stories to place
their
>>> stories elsewhere?

>> Sure. We allow stories set in The Hobbit to also be nominated for
>>Drama, or whatever.

> Okay that could be doable, but what about the splices....

As I've said before, it's up to the author. The author could place
them in LotR or movieverse, or some other category that fits (hobbits
or drama or whatever) - whichever they thinks fits best.

<snip>
> And if it ends up unviable?

So be it. If it's not viable, we can always move the stories to the
second and third choices just like any other category. And we can
rethink about it for 2006. But I really think there are enough
stories out there that it probably won't be.

Marta

Msg# 3288

Movieverse Posted by angelabrooks@yahoo.com January 04, 2005 - 23:55:04 Topic ID# 3288
I like the idea of a Movieverse category. And if it does become a
reality, I'd like to suggest

The Arwen at the Fords of Bruinen Award
The Elves at Helm's Deep Award
and
The Going to Osgiliath Award

as potential titles.

Elana

Msg# 3289

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 05, 2005 - 0:04:57 Topic ID# 3230
-----Original Message-----
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To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins

>Okay, I think I just had a "Eureka!" moment and saw at least one of the
advantages of graduated categories. For example, let's say Gondor had twenty
entries, seven of which were poems. So as its own category you could make a
subcategory (Gondor/Poetry). But if you only allow one levels of
subcategories, you could not have (Men/Gondor/Poetry).
I was assuming that a subcategory could have its own sub-subcategory.
Maybe this is a misunderstanding on my part.

Right. I don't want to have sub/subcategories and I think my new revelation
that I think categories should be based on content and subcategories *may*
be based on format (or content, if that wasn't understood) should help.

Sometimes I don't know what I think until it's clarified through discussion.
That's why I can't just run out a list of what's negotiable and what's not.
My brain just isn't that cooperative anymore.


> Yes, we'll need to think up some award names if this is decided to
be a new
> category. Right now I's just a suggestion.

>Sure; sorry I jumped ahead. I think this stems from my misunderstanding
(previously mentioned) that it was hard to think up awards. Sorry about
that.

No apologies. I jumped ahead just as much when I mentioned about picking
names for the Dwarves awards if Dwarves becomes a new category.


> No. And to which I say, "too bad." Sorry, but that's that. We
added the
> bars under the banners so someone seeing my Witch King award would
know it
> was for 3rd place in the Horror Author category.

>Okay, that's better - if people are seeing the banners. I archive
most of my stuff at HASA, where banners aren't allowed. And I'm still
building my own site. So I hadn't even gotten around to looking at
the banners where I had won! I thought they just had the
subcategories on them if there was one.

Sorry for snapping. For places where you can't put banners, I'm all for
adding the award in text: Winner of the Morgoth Bauglir Award for 1st Place
Horror Fiction in the 2004 Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards.

I need to remember to add that to my story on ff.net and HASA. I have the
banner on my own site.

>That's true. But MEFA is used so widely, I think most people who have
heard about the awards know what the acronym means. When I'm
introducing them to people (for example, people whose stories I
wanted to nominate) I usually did so as "The Middle-earth Fanfic
Awards (MEFAs)". Instant education.

So is the bar. See below....

> With the bars on the bottom of the
> banners, it's even easier to tell what the Witch King Award stands
for. You
> don't even have to click.

>Just so I'm clear... does the sub-bar have just the category (and
subcategory where applicable)? Or does it have the place as well.

Yep, it also includes the place. Viv did a very classy job with them, I
think.

>I think this is where you and I are coming at this from different
directions. I don't care about a snazzy titles. Why do I value my
awards? Because they represent the accolades of my piers. Anyone can
name an award anything they like; for me it really doesn't matter, if
I don't value the person's opinion who gives the awards. I'd much
prefer something be easily understood.

>But in the end, that's just my opinion. And though I am committing a
fair amount of time and energy, in the end they're not *my* awards.
If the catchiness is part of what makes it fun for you, then so be it.

Yep that's sort of what it comes down to. The MEFAs are my little baby. I
created them and so I want them to retain the parts I feel are important.
Even the gimicky parts. ;-)

>Can we have a list of what is negotiable and what's not? I have to
say, I keep feel like I'm stepping on your toes. It's not what I
intend to do, but if I understood what you're not willing to change,
then I could try to be more respectful of that.

Unfortunately, I often don't know until I get there. Let's see what we've
hit so far:

1) Comment-based. A definite.
2) There will be gimicky award titles
3) Banners will be creative and not overly standardized
4) Authors can self-nominate with no recriminations
5) Categories based on content.

I can't remember any others at this time.

>> I think we really need a category guide on the website. Describe
what the
>>different categories represent, so people know where a piece might
best fit.
>>Something similar to the one for the Mithril Awards
>>(http://www.viragene.com/tolkien/categories.html). And yes, I'm
volunteering
>>to write this if you're interested.

>Yes, I agree for shorter pieces. But longer pieces often bridge
genres. I have a piece that has about equal elements of humor and
drama; I've seen others that include hybrids of drama and romance,
drama and action, romance and humor, etc. I don't think it's always
so cut-and-dry. And besides, this is a rather simple way to make
things clearer. Even if it is setting the bar low, I don't think it
will hurt.

Okay then, if you'll write it. Sounds too much like homework to me. ;-)


>But you already have Men/Poetry, Romance/Poetry, Elves/Poetry,
Drama/Poetry - at least as often as they're viable. I don't think
you'd have to have this many subcategories.

Dwim helped me find my opinion. (Really does happen through discussion for
me, a lot of times.)

>For me, the bottom line comes down to why I think a certain piece is
worth nominating. Often, it's *not* because it's a fine piece about
elves, or of the romance genre, but because it's a good use of a
certain form. And as such, I think such stories should be judged
against other poems rather than against elf pieces or romances.

As mentioned above, Dwim helped me realize I base categories on content.
Not skill level or format. So that the poem is about Elves means it should
be Elves/Poetry. Format is one possible means of subcategorizing. To
eliminate the confusion, I made that a rule: Categories are based on
content.

> I don't understand this. Aphasia stepping in. I did get some of
it. I do
> write poetry. I don't write it formally. I don't write sonnets or
whatevers.
> But I have written some poetry and probably will in the future.
You can
> read it at HASA if you like. Several of the poems are in my forum.

>Sorry, I might be confusing you with someone else. RL has been really
grisly lately, and my memory is iffy at best. (And sorry if I'm
coming across as more antagonistic than I usually do. I think I might
be, but it's not intended if I am.)

Iffy memories, I understand. Be careful. I know why you've been stressed
with RL. Let me be a warning to you, and anyone else. As far as I know, I'm
the only person who has gotten aphasia from stress. If you start to have
memory loss, lack of concentration, inability to do things you used to be
able to do....you're running into trouble. See a counselor, try finding
ways to reduce your stress (some things you can reduce, some you have no
control over). Stress can kill. Don't let it get to the point it got to
with me. I'm a writer. To not be able to trust my ability to read or put
words together in a way that makes sense is scary. And the neurologists
can't find any "hardware" reasons for it. No brain tumors or dementia or
alzheimers (too young for that anyway). This started at a time of severely
high stress. And it hasn't let up even though the stress has. Stress is
dangerous. Sure, we all need some or we'd be dead. But there has to be
balance or we begin to break. Take care of yourself.

Okay, off the soapbox.

>Excellent. Should I go ahead and create one, or add it to the
database? Or is there anything else you need me to do?

Just add it to the database for now. Let's get on to more suggestions of
new categories if we can. Then we'll take a look at the list and make
decisions (mostly with polls).

> But yes, those research articles would have
> to posted on a public (not members-only) site BEFORE Nomination
Season
> starts. Not after.

>Sure. But just so I understand - why is this so? You allow stories
written in a language other than English, don't you? This doesn't
seem that different to me.

That's been in the rules from the get-go. Any nomination has to be on a
public website, otherwise all the MEFA winners would have to sign up at
every website to read the nomination. It has to be in a place where no
sign-ins are necessary. And just to have some sort of deadline (there are
literally tens of thousands of stories in the LOTR fandom), we have a
cut-off date. We can't legitimately make a deadline on each end. "Must be
posted between May 1st and April 30th, 2005" like ASC does (must be posted
between Feb 1st and Jan 31st) because we aren't an archive. If we did that,
we'd have no good way of policing it, and we'd be throwing out the chances
of some very good stories that were written years ago. With 30000+ stories
out there, we can't possibly have read them all to say we've found all the
good ones that were posted by now so that we can now limit ourselves just to
this year's new crop. There are still so many out there that were posted
before that we just haven't found yet. So we have a deadline on the other
end only. Think of it as making things easier for the adminstration. We
need to know that when Nomination Season opens and all those nominations
come rolling in, they all have valid URLs to public sites. It also keeps
this scenario from happening: the day before Nomination Season ends, Author
X posts her story to ff.net just to get it nominated. If Author X wants to
do that, get it posted by the day before Nomination Season starts.

So, Marta, you might want to offer any of those Research Article authors a
secondary public site for their articles, if you have the space. It may
likely become a category (under Genres).


> That could be your opinion. Personally, I don't find it AU, but
some might.
> Some are easy to spot, I'll grant you. Dwim's LDID, every Mary Sue
fic ever
> written.... But some are slippery.

>With all due respect, it doesn't really matter what an individual
reader considers AU. With the category guide we get to define what is
AU for the purposes of this award, and authors get to decide whether
their story fits that category

Yeah, but defining it can be tough. Look at the trouble we had a HASA on the
review guidelines. Let's put up some definitions and then we can put them
to a poll.

Here's mine:

An AU story is one that concretely diverges from the source material. For
the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the
Rings. Examples of concrete diversions would be "What if" scenarios, new
characters, etc.

I'd define Movie-verse as stories that are based primarily on events in the
Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films rather than on the books by Tolkien.

And for splices and blends, I'd just let the author categorize them
somewhere else.

> Nobody said we're going with Movie-verse yet. It's still just a
suggestion.

>As is my suggestion that we change it to "Time/Source". If we decide
not to make movieverse a category, the suggestion is moot.

Okay, I've warmed up to this, but only if movie-verse makes it as a
category.


Re: Movie-verse
>> Sure. We allow stories set in The Hobbit to also be nominated for
>>Drama, or whatever.

> Okay that could be doable, but what about the splices....

>As I've said before, it's up to the author. The author could place
them in LotR or movieverse, or some other category that fits (hobbits
or drama or whatever) - whichever they thinks fits best.

Yep. See, I *am* persuadeable. ;-)

<snip>
> And if it ends up unviable?

>So be it. If it's not viable, we can always move the stories to the
second and third choices just like any other category. And we can
rethink about it for 2006. But I really think there are enough
stories out there that it probably won't be.
I'm just a contrary author. I don't like calling any of Trek stories AU
either, though especially the later ones had to diverge from the source
material because the source material ended the war and split up the crew
before I was done with either! I liked to call myself canon-compatible,
meaning my stories could conceivably fit nebulously in the timeline between
seasons or episodes or whatever. To me an AU means something is
significantly different. Like Gollum not being there, or Bashir did get
kicked out of Starfleet. If all the characters act like the characters and
all the events of canon happened, then, well it's not AU to me. And should
I ever finish my present lot of ST stories, I might end up back compatible
to the canon (war over, crew dispersed). In fact, I even have one story that
is! I like to bend the canon timeline rather than break it.

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Msg# 3290

Re: Movieverse Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 05, 2005 - 0:07:25 Topic ID# 3288
Ooh, good ideas. Scenes from the movie that diverge from the book. How
about the Arwen Stole Asfaloth Award. ;P Or the Should-a Been Glorfindel
Award. Where Was Tom Bombadil Award. Hey we can have with this.

(On a serious note, I like the ones you've suggested. I just had fun playing
with the ideas....Merry at the Black Gate Award...)

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-----Original Message-----
From: angelabrooks@yahoo.com [mailto:angelabrooks@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 11:55 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Movieverse



I like the idea of a Movieverse category. And if it does become a reality,
I'd like to suggest

The Arwen at the Fords of Bruinen Award
The Elves at Helm's Deep Award
and
The Going to Osgiliath Award

as potential titles.

Elana






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Msg# 3291

Re: graduated categories; was: Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 05, 2005 - 0:14:53 Topic ID# 3267
Last one, then I've got to get to bed. Since some of this was covered in the
other e-mail, there will likely be some snippage.

-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 9:09 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] graduated categories; was: Re: New poll for MEFAwards



Hi Ainae,


>> Yes, I could easily come up with three awards for Gondor. It
becomes
>>increasingly hard, however, to have *unique* awards names.

> I don't think it would be that hard.

>Okay. One of the main reason I can think of not to create more awards is
the difficulty in finding unique award names. (I think you told me, back
when I proposed poetry last Spring that one of the reasons you were against
it was the difficulty of finding suitable awards names. But maybe my memory
is faulty.

Some categories are harder than others. Poetry would be hard. Gondor being
a place, it's easy to come up with smaller places within it or significant
people. LOTR was easy with three books. The Hobbit was easy with three
places on the journey, Rohan was easy with the three royals, etc. Some were
trickier.

>I keep going over this in my head, trying to understand why you (the
collective you; not Ainae specifically, but everyone who's in favor of
graduated categories) sees subcategories as more important than categories.
The same number of stories compete for the same number of awards whether
they run as Gondor or as Men/Gondor. And I can see practical advantages
(mainly simplicity of the category scheme) in keeping it as subcategories of
the race rather than as its own graduated category.

>I think this is my fault. For the life of me I cannot remember the
discussion that occurred. I'm not saying it *didn't*, just that I have no
recollection of it. Can you perhaps point me to the first message in that
thread and I'll go read it myself?

Me? No. My memory is likely worse than yours and my aversion to research
goes far back before the stress that damaged me. Hey, I picked an MA
program without a thesis for a reason! And I'm not envious of Dwim and all
her homework at all! What I remember is that there were questions in the
beginning of the Post Mortem about fairness of categories which kind of blew
me away. When Shadow975 and I were brainstorming we weren't thinking of
fairness. Fairness never came into it. Who knew Gondor would have so many
stories and Numenor so few? It was all just brainstorming. But yes, Gondor
was mentioned specifically. People thought it had been unfairly left out
when it had loads of stories and Numenor and Rohan weren't left out and they
didn't have as many combined. Even during Check Ballot season, seeing so
many Men/Gondor nominations, I thought hey, we're going to have to have a
Gondor category next year. It was more of a lack of foresight than
anything. So now, with graduated categories, it allows for lack of
foresight.

>To paraphrase Boromir (ironically, of Gondor ;-) ) "If this is the will of
the group, Marta will see it done." If this is a non- negotiable either
because Ainae wants it or because most people have alreaedy agreed with it,
then I'll accept it. I'm just trying to
*understand* it, and if I could read over where this was first discussed, I
think that would help a lot.

Thanks, Marta. Now, go have a cup of hot cocoa and curl up with a lovely
kitty cat and relieve some of your stress. I worry about you. (And quite
frankly anyone else who has too much stress.)

--Ainaechoiriel
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Msg# 3292

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 05, 2005 - 0:17:51 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Post Mortem: Honorable Mentions will be
given to non-winning tiers and stories
that fall within how many points of 3rd
place?

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- 3, 9 votes, 69.23%
- 5, 2 votes, 15.38%
- 1, 2 votes, 15.38%
- no opinion, 0 votes, 0.00%



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Msg# 3293

Re: Movieverse Posted by Naresha January 05, 2005 - 8:04:53 Topic ID# 3288
Hehehe! I like them! This looks like fun!!! :-P

Hmm...

That B**** Stole My Part Award? :-P Erm...

Elves at Helms Deep?! WHAT THE?! Award...

Didn't Erestor Have an Opinion Award?

Okay... Stopping now! They're crappy I know! But
I can't think properly - had my wisdom teeth out
todya! :-P I'm sore and swollen and my brain
doesn't want to work properly.

-Resha.


--- Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net>
wrote: -------------------------------
Ooh, good ideas. Scenes from the movie that
diverge from the book. How about the Arwen Stole
Asfaloth Award. ;P Or the Should-a Been
Glorfindel Award. Where Was Tom Bombadil Award.
Hey we can have with this.


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Msg# 3294

Part of the web site is temporarily down Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 05, 2005 - 11:08:50 Topic ID# 3294
The part that contains the winning banners. Because I ran out of space with
earthlink, I put them on my own server. Well, because of my caution, they
are unreachable at the moment.

Why? Ice storm. And kittens. You see, the server is on a switch box. To
keep the kittens from doing anything to it by stepping on the keyboard, I
switched the switchbox to the ohter non-existent computer. That was fine,
until my electricity apparently flashed. I connect to my home computers
remotely while I am at work. The other two booted again and I am able to
connect to them. The server, however, probably popped up a no keyboard
error which halted the boot process. So there's nothing I can do about it
until I get home and switch that switchbox back to the server and reboot it.
So, not only is there no web site (from my server), I can't read some of my
e-mail addresses (that reside on the server) and I can't convert those .avi
files to .mpgs like I've been doing because they live on the server. I can't
update the web pages to say they're down, because they live on the
server....

Aren't computers fun?


--Ainaechoiriel
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Msg# 3295

Re: Part of the web site is temporarily down Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 06, 2005 - 0:23:15 Topic ID# 3294
The server is online again so the web site is available.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Ainaechoiriel [mailto:mefaadmin@earthlink.net]
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 11:11 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Part of the web site is temporarily down


The part that contains the winning banners. Because I ran out of space with
earthlink, I put them on my own server. Well, because of my caution, they
are unreachable at the moment.

Why? Ice storm. And kittens. You see, the server is on a switch box. To
keep the kittens from doing anything to it by stepping on the keyboard, I
switched the switchbox to the ohter non-existent computer. That was fine,
until my electricity apparently flashed. I connect to my home computers
remotely while I am at work. The other two booted again and I am able to
connect to them. The server, however, probably popped up a no keyboard
error which halted the boot process. So there's nothing I can do about it
until I get home and switch that switchbox back to the server and reboot it.
So, not only is there no web site (from my server), I can't read some of my
e-mail addresses (that reside on the server) and I can't convert those .avi
files to .mpgs like I've been doing because they live on the server. I can't
update the web pages to say they're down, because they live on the
server....

Aren't computers fun?


--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3296

Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh my! Posted by Marta January 06, 2005 - 17:26:55 Topic ID# 3296
Hi Ainae,

>> Okay, I think I just had a "Eureka!" moment and saw at least one of
the
>> advantages of graduated categories.
<snip>
>> if you only allow one levels of
>>subcategories, you could not have (Men/Gondor/Poetry).
>>I was assuming that a subcategory could have its own sub-
subcategory.
>>Maybe this is a misunderstanding on my part.

> Right. I don't want to have sub/subcategories and I think my new
revelation
> that I think categories should be based on content and subcategories
*may*
> be based on format (or content, if that wasn't understood) should
help.

It does. If I were running the awards, I might opt for sub-
subcategories, but who knows? And the bottom line is, as I said
before, it's *not* my awards. Now that I understand the reasoning, I'm
fine with graduated categories and will stop arguing against them.

Thanks for putitng up with me until I figured out why I didn't
understand.

<snip>
>> that's better - if people are seeing the banners. I archive
>>most of my stuff at HASA, where banners aren't allowed. And I'm
still
>>building my own site. So I hadn't even gotten around to looking at
>>the banners where I had won! I thought they just had the
>>subcategories on them if there was one.

> Sorry for snapping.

It's okay. I was feeling pretty irritable myself, so I probably
interpreted things in an uncharitable light.

> For places where you can't put banners, I'm all for
> adding the award in text: Winner of the Morgoth Bauglir Award for
1st Place
> Horror Fiction in the 2004 Middle-Earth Fanficiton Awards.

Sure. Their might be less verbose ways to word it (i.e., "MEFA Winner:
Morgoth Bauglir Award (Horror/1st Place)", or "MEFA Winner: 1st Place,
Horror (Morgoth Bauglir Award)", or something like that). But I think
it's up to the individual author to decide exactly how they want to
word it.

Can we put this suggestion into an FAQ somewhere, so people know? I
think if we didn't his I'd be satisfied.

<snip>
>>But in the end, that's just my opinion. And though I am committing a
>>fair amount of time and energy, in the end they're not *my* awards.
>>If the catchiness is part of what makes it fun for you, then so be
it.

> Yep that's sort of what it comes down to. The MEFAs are my little
baby. I
> created them and so I want them to retain the parts I feel are
important.
> Even the gimicky parts. ;-)
>

And I can understand and accept that. I guess the hard part for me is
that I have a hard time knowing what's up for negotiation and what
you're not willing to change. For example, when we have a poll on
something, is it a done deal - whatever the result is, we'll go with
that? Or is it just a tool for you to figure out what people like, so
you can make a better decision? Or is to sometimes one and sometimes
the other?

I guess this is where I get confused. It's like some of the time the
decision is made by the group, and sometimes it's made by you, but I'm
never quite sure which it is. If I were running the awards I would
probably do it all one way or all the other: *either* every issue is
votable and if the group decides to change something it's changed;
nothings off-limits. *Or* everything is decided by Ainae, and the rest
of the group can try to convince her, but there are no issues that are
decided solely by popular vote.

> >Can we have a list of what is negotiable and what's not? I have to
>>say, I keep feel like I'm stepping on your toes. It's not what I
>>intend to do, but if I understood what you're not willing to change,
>>then I could try to be more respectful of that.
>
> Unfortunately, I often don't know until I get there. Let's see
what we've
> hit so far:
>
> 1) Comment-based. A definite.
> 2) There will be gimicky award titles
> 3) Banners will be creative and not overly standardized
> 4) Authors can self-nominate with no recriminations
> 5) Categories based on content.
>
> I can't remember any others at this time.
>

Okay. Can you put these in a file somewhere, so we can refer to them
later if we need to? (I'd do it for you, but you might want to add to
it later.)

<snip>
> >But you already have Men/Poetry, Romance/Poetry, Elves/Poetry,
>> Drama/Poetry - at least as often as they're viable. I don't think
>> you'd have to have this many subcategories.
>
> Dwim helped me find my opinion. (Really does happen through
discussion for
> me, a lot of times.)
>

The same happens for me. I can accept your opinion, now that I
understand both yours and my own better.

<snip>
>>> I don't understand this. Aphasia stepping in. I did get some of
it. I do
>>> write poetry. I don't write it formally. I don't write sonnets or
whatevers.
>>> But I have written some poetry and probably will in the future.
You can
>>> read it at HASA if you like. Several of the poems are in my forum.

>> Sorry, I might be confusing you with someone else. RL has been
really
>> grisly lately, and my memory is iffy at best. (And sorry if I'm
>> coming across as more antagonistic than I usually do. I think I
might
>> be, but it's not intended if I am.)

> Iffy memories, I understand. Be careful. I know why you've been
stressed
> with RL. Let me be a warning to you, and anyone else. As far as I
know, I'm
> the only person who has gotten aphasia from stress. If you start to
have
> memory loss, lack of concentration, inability to do things you used
to be
> able to do....you're running into trouble. See a counselor, try
finding
> ways to reduce your stress (some things you can reduce, some you
have no
> control over).

I have a lot of those problems, though probably not on the same level
as you. Try not to worry about me; I am seeing a counselor for it, and
for me, there's a definite reason; a lot of those are symptoms of
depression and PTSD, both of which I've been diagnosed with. So at
least with me I have a name and reason, which helps a lot.

I have been trying to take it easy. I spent much of last night curled
up with _Now We Are Six_ (a book from the Pooh series) and a mug of
hot cocoa. Thanks for the suggestion; it did me a lot of good.

<snip>
>> Excellent. Should I go ahead and create one, or add it to the
>> database? Or is there anything else you need me to do?
>
> Just add it to the database for now. Let's get on to more
suggestions of
> new categories if we can. Then we'll take a look at the list and
make
> decisions (mostly with polls).
>

Okay, I'll do that.

>>> But yes, those research articles would have
>>> to posted on a public (not members-only) site BEFORE Nomination
Season
>>> starts. Not after.

>> Sure. But just so I understand - why is this so? You allow stories
>> written in a language other than English, don't you? This doesn't
>> seem that different to me.
>
> That's been in the rules from the get-go. Any nomination has to be
on a
> public website, otherwise all the MEFA winners would have to sign up
at
> every website to read the nomination. It has to be in a place where
no
> sign-ins are necessary.

Yes, I understand it's an award - but I was wondering why it was
necessary. You have in the FAQ:

Q: Can I submit my German translation of my story?
A: You can nominate it, or any other language story, but whether or
not it will be voted on depends on whether or not there are any voters
who can read those stories.

This same thinking could apply to stories at archives with log-ins.
Just as with foreign language stories, only a subset of the readers
will be able to read it. So perhaps it is not in the best interest of
the author in question. They're restricting the pool of people who
could read it and vote for it. But I don't see how it's fundamentally
different from allowing stories that aren't in English.

I'm not really questioning this policy -- just trying to understand
it.

> And just to have some sort of deadline (there are
> literally tens of thousands of stories in the LOTR fandom), we have
a
> cut-off date.

I see what you're saying here. But would it make more sense to have
the deadline be the *end* of nomination season instead of the
beginning? People shouldn't be checking ballots or reading stories
before this, anyway.

<snip>
> So, Marta, you might want to offer any of those Research Article
authors a
> secondary public site for their articles, if you have the space. It
may
> likely become a category (under Genres).
>

I'll do that. Thanks.

>>> That could be your opinion. Personally, I don't find it AU, but
some might.
>>> Some are easy to spot, I'll grant you. Dwim's LDID, every Mary Sue
fic ever
>>> written.... But some are slippery.

>> With all due respect, it doesn't really matter what an individual
>> reader considers AU. With the category guide we get to define what
is
>> AU for the purposes of this award, and authors get to decide
whether
>> their story fits that category

> Yeah, but defining it can be tough. Look at the trouble we had a
HASA on the
> review guidelines. Let's put up some definitions and then we can
put them
> to a poll.
>
> Here's mine:
>
> An AU story is one that concretely diverges from the source
material. For
> the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of
the
> Rings. Examples of concrete diversions would be "What if"
scenarios, new
> characters, etc.
>

I pretty much agree with this definition, except with the last bit:
new characters. We know from book!canon that Barahir was the grandson
of Faramir; but we do not know that he was the *only* grandchild. So
to give Barahir a sister isn't necessarily AU -- it's filling a gap
but not positively breaking canon. Maybe:

Examples of concrete diversions would be "What if" scenarios, new
characters where existing canon prohibits them (for example, giving
Boromir and Faramir a sister), etc.

I also think you might tweak your definition of canon a little, maybe:

For the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord
of the Rings (for bookverse stories), and Peter Jackson's trilogy of
movies (for movieverse stories).

Besides that, though, I like your definition.

> I'd define Movie-verse as stories that are based primarily on events
in the
> Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films rather than on the books by
Tolkien.
>

That sounds good.

> And for splices and blends, I'd just let the author categorize them
> somewhere else.
>

Or they could run in either the movieverse category or the appropriate
book, if the author feels they are predominately one rather than the
other.

>>> Nobody said we're going with Movie-verse yet. It's still just a
suggestion.

>> As is my suggestion that we change it to "Time/Source". If we
decide
>> not to make movieverse a category, the suggestion is moot.

> Okay, I've warmed up to this, but only if movie-verse makes it as a
> category.

Good. Should I add it to the database?

<snip>
>>> And if it ends up unviable?

>> So be it. If it's not viable, we can always move the stories to the
>> second and third choices just like any other category. And we can
>> rethink about it for 2006. But I really think there are enough
>> stories out there that it probably won't be.

> I'm just a contrary author. I don't like calling any of Trek
stories AU
> either, though especially the later ones had to diverge from the
source
> material because the source material ended the war and split up the
crew
> before I was done with either!

I can't even imagine writing in an evolving canon. At least with
Tolkien, it's all pretty much written and won't be changing... Trek
would be much more tricky.

> I liked to call myself canon-compatible,
> meaning my stories could conceivably fit nebulously in the timeline
between
> seasons or episodes or whatever. To me an AU means something is
> significantly different. Like Gollum not being there, or Bashir did
get
> kicked out of Starfleet. If all the characters act like the
characters and
> all the events of canon happened, then, well it's not AU to me.

I don't think it has to be a significant change -- just a concrete
one, no matter how minor. For example, I've often toyed with the idea
of making Gimli Balin's son instead of Glin's son, and writing the
Council of Elrond with it Balin coming. For me this is not that
significant of a change; the key point is that Gimli is the son of
*one* of _The Hobbit_) dwarves, not necessarily which one. But it
would still be an AU.

Whereas, for me, Denethor physically abusing his sons is just so
contrary to how I see his character, that I have a hard time with
stories where this plays a role. It feels very OOC to me. (And I know,
that's just my opinion.) But I know that canon never said Denethor
*didn't* abuse them, and so I can't properly call such a story AU.

And from your other email on graduated categories:

*****

> Some categories are harder than others. Poetry would be hard.
Gondor being
> a place, it's easy to come up with smaller places within it or
significant
> people. LOTR was easy with three books. The Hobbit was easy with
three
> places on the journey, Rohan was easy with the three royals, etc.
Some were
> trickier.
>

Is it fair to say that Time/Books and Races/Places are generally
easier than genres? I.e., Rohan is easier than Drama?

<snip>
>> I think this is my fault. For the life of me I cannot remember the
>> discussion that occurred. I'm not saying it *didn't*, just that I
have no
>> recollection of it. Can you perhaps point me to the first message
in that
>> thread and I'll go read it myself?

> Me? No. My memory is likely worse than yours and my aversion to
research
> goes far back before the stress that damaged me.

Fair enough! And given that I now understand the reasoning a lot
better, it's a moot point.

> Hey, I picked an MA
> program without a thesis for a reason! And I'm not envious of Dwim
and all
> her homework at all!

I am a research geek. Always have been, always will be. When I turned
in my undergraduate honors thesis (a 40-page research paper, so
nothing like a masters-level thesis) at the end of my *junior* year, I
think my advisors' eyes grew wider than anyone's I've ever seen. I'm
just that kind of person.

> What I remember is that there were questions in the
> beginning of the Post Mortem about fairness of categories which kind
of blew
> me away. When Shadow975 and I were brainstorming we weren't
thinking of
> fairness. Fairness never came into it. Who knew Gondor would have
so many
> stories and Numenor so few? It was all just brainstorming. But
yes, Gondor
> was mentioned specifically. People thought it had been unfairly
left out
> when it had loads of stories and Numenor and Rohan weren't left out
and they
> didn't have as many combined. Even during Check Ballot season,
seeing so
> many Men/Gondor nominations, I thought hey, we're going to have to
have a
> Gondor category next year. It was more of a lack of foresight than
> anything. So now, with graduated categories, it allows for lack of
> foresight.
>

A very good thing. Remember, not even the very wise can foresee all
ends. ;-)

Marta

Msg# 3297

Re: Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh my! Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 06, 2005 - 22:46:18 Topic ID# 3296
-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 5:27 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh my!



Hi Ainae,

>It does. If I were running the awards, I might opt for sub-
subcategories, but who knows? And the bottom line is, as I said
before, it's *not* my awards. Now that I understand the reasoning, I'm
fine with graduated categories and will stop arguing against them.

>Thanks for putitng up with me until I figured out why I didn't
understand.

Thanks for putting up with me in return. I realize I'm a rather strange
being. And this whole brain warp thing I've undergone doesn't help.

>Sure. Their might be less verbose ways to word it (i.e., "MEFA Winner:
Morgoth Bauglir Award (Horror/1st Place)", or "MEFA Winner: 1st Place,
Horror (Morgoth Bauglir Award)", or something like that). But I think
it's up to the individual author to decide exactly how they want to
word it.

Right, you can write it up however you want.

>Can we put this suggestion into an FAQ somewhere, so people know? I
think if we didn't his I'd be satisfied.

Again it feels like setting the bar low to me, but yeah, we can do that.

<snip>
>>But in the end, that's just my opinion. And though I am committing a
>>fair amount of time and energy, in the end they're not *my* awards.
>>If the catchiness is part of what makes it fun for you, then so be
it.

>And I can understand and accept that. I guess the hard part for me is
that I have a hard time knowing what's up for negotiation and what
you're not willing to change. For example, when we have a poll on
something, is it a done deal - whatever the result is, we'll go with
that? Or is it just a tool for you to figure out what people like, so
you can make a better decision? Or is to sometimes one and sometimes
the other?

That's just the way I am. I'm the same with my beta readers. Some things I
write are negotiable. Some are not. When I was writing my BTVS/Angel fic, I
needed contributing authors to help with the characterization and dialogue
(among other things). The author that got the job of characterization and
dialogue had the authorization to rewrite my dialogue so that it still said
what I wrote but sounded more in character in that witty way that BTVS was
written. But there were times when I told him he couldn't change a word.
Because that was the way the inspiration hit me.

Anyway, what I'm getting at is that I am just that way. Some things are
negotiable. Some are not. The ones that I put up for a poll go the way the
poll goes. Or quite frankly, I'd have a different banner up for one of my
awards (won't say which one. It's not that it's a bad banner but it's not
the one I voted for).

>I guess this is where I get confused. It's like some of the time the
decision is made by the group, and sometimes it's made by you, but I'm
never quite sure which it is. If I were running the awards I would
probably do it all one way or all the other: *either* every issue is
votable and if the group decides to change something it's changed;
nothings off-limits. *Or* everything is decided by Ainae, and the rest
of the group can try to convince her, but there are no issues that are
decided solely by popular vote.

I dont like to be a dictator, but I also don't want to let these awards get
away from me. If it had all been up to the majority in the beginning, the
MEFAs would have been the Mithrils. I was in on that discussion early and
promoted the comment-based concept. The majority didn't want it, were
afraid of it, or whatever. The majority went in a way I would not. I left
the discussion and the group. Two years later, I decided to create the
MEFAs. The important (to me, I suppose) stuff would be how I wanted. Others
would be negotiable. And since I mostly just borrowed from ASC and then
just tweaked, well, that makes the first year a bit of an experiment. I'd
never been the administrator for the ASC awards though I had been some small
part of the staff. This was an experiment. We're all learning as we go. I
just know some more of it than everyone else.

> 1) Comment-based. A definite.
> 2) There will be gimicky award titles
> 3) Banners will be creative and not overly standardized
> 4) Authors can self-nominate with no recriminations
> 5) Categories based on content.

>Okay. Can you put these in a file somewhere, so we can refer to them
later if we need to? (I'd do it for you, but you might want to add to
it later.)

Okay, I'll put it in the Files sections.

<snip>
>I have a lot of those problems, though probably not on the same level
as you. Try not to worry about me; I am seeing a counselor for it, and
for me, there's a definite reason; a lot of those are symptoms of
depression and PTSD, both of which I've been diagnosed with. So at
least with me I have a name and reason, which helps a lot.

I have some PTSD myself, though I'm not sure how it fits into the aphasia.
Stress is a campaign for me. No one else should have their mind degrade the
way mine has because of stress. I've come to be content with some of it.
(God once told me He was keeping me weak so I could see Him better. And I
now wouldn't trade that for my old brain back.) But it can be annoying and
the aphasia is a bit scary to say the least. (BTW, God said that before the
aphasia.)

>I have been trying to take it easy. I spent much of last night curled
up with _Now We Are Six_ (a book from the Pooh series) and a mug of
hot cocoa. Thanks for the suggestion; it did me a lot of good.

Good for you! I'd like the hot cocoa but I'm dieting again so I can't afford
the calories. I had a hot tea today instead. (Just 3.5 pounds to go to get
back to my 110 goal.)

>Yes, I understand it's an award - but I was wondering why it was
necessary. You have in the FAQ:

>Q: Can I submit my German translation of my story?
A: You can nominate it, or any other language story, but whether or
not it will be voted on depends on whether or not there are any voters
who can read those stories.

>This same thinking could apply to stories at archives with log-ins.
Just as with foreign language stories, only a subset of the readers
will be able to read it. So perhaps it is not in the best interest of
the author in question. They're restricting the pool of people who
could read it and vote for it. But I don't see how it's fundamentally
different from allowing stories that aren't in English.

>I'm not really questioning this policy -- just trying to understand
it.

To me, it's not the same thing. One is about access the other is about
education. Even if someone nominates a Norwegian story, as long as it's
accessible (without login) everyone has access to it. Not everyone can read
it or will bother to do so with an Norwegian-English dictionary at hand.
Allowing stories that are on log-in sites restricts the access to only those
voters with a login. Whether they know the language or not.

> And just to have some sort of deadline (there are
> literally tens of thousands of stories in the LOTR fandom), we have
a
> cut-off date.

>I see what you're saying here. But would it make more sense to have
the deadline be the *end* of nomination season instead of the
beginning? People shouldn't be checking ballots or reading stories
before this, anyway.

I honestly don't think I can say why right now, but the idea of changing
that just doesn't sit right with me. People can be reading stories (and
voting early) all year long! I advocated that through all the seasons last
year. We're always reading. That's where we find stories to nominate. If
you find a story you think is worth nominating, make a list, write your vote
and save it. Then nominate when the time comes and vote with that time
comes.

Anyway, this was decided early on. At this time, I'm just going to add it
to the non-negotiables.

Oh, I just remembered why (and it's still going to be non-negotiable).
Remember that these awards are inspired by (and largely borrowed from) the
Alt.StarTrek.Creative Awards. We only have nominations because we don't
have our own archive. If we had our own archive, every story posted to it
by the deadline would be nominated by default. We don't have that so we
have to mimick it, via open nominations. But the ASC Award year begins the
first day of February and ends the last day of January. We can go with the
beginning because of the gazillions of stories out there we'd be tossing
out. But we can go with an end date. And it's good to have a perfect year.
Start of May to end of April. (Only the poll suggests changing that just
this once. It was May in 2004 just because I just decided to do this in
April. May was the next month. When the schedule came out to end in
October that did turn out to be a problem. I was reading stories and trying
to get my last votes in while waiting for trick-or-treaters at my sister's
house. End of September will be easier on everyone I think.

Anyway, Nomination Season marks the end of the MEFA year. The beginning of
it. That's why it's the deadline. Just like it is for ASC. At the ASC
Virtual Staff Offices we're discussing awards now. Getting the FAQ
straightened out, testing the voting web site and vote-counting software
etc. Come Feb. 1st, we SOS maintainers (status of stories. I'm the SOS
Maintainer for DS9) will compile our lists of stories posted throughout the
year, sort them by category and give them to the Admin who will then make
the check ballots and decide on the voting schedule. So no voting actually
happens until March or April, but the Awards did start on Feb. 1st. So, if
I don't have The Honored done by Jan 31st (it's very highly likely I won't,
even though I started it 8 years ago), I won't have an eligible story.
Unless I decide to go against my usual habbit and post the one chapter I
have and let it run as an incomplete. Got less than a month to decide....

Anyway, that's why we have the deadline. The more I borrow from them, the
less work I have to do. And it IS the inspiration for these awards. The
ASC Awards work. And if it's not broke, why fix it?

Anyway, it's on the non-negotiable list now.
>
> Here's mine:
>
> An AU story is one that concretely diverges from the source
material. For
> the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of
the
> Rings. Examples of concrete diversions would be "What if"
scenarios, new
> characters, etc.
>

>I pretty much agree with this definition, except with the last bit:
new characters. We know from book!canon that Barahir was the grandson
of Faramir; but we do not know that he was the *only* grandchild. So
to give Barahir a sister isn't necessarily AU -- it's filling a gap
but not positively breaking canon.

Good point.

>Maybe:

>Examples of concrete diversions would be "What if" scenarios, new
characters where existing canon prohibits them (for example, giving
Boromir and Faramir a sister), etc.

Good addition. I like that.

>I also think you might tweak your definition of canon a little, maybe:

>For the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord
of the Rings (for bookverse stories), and Peter Jackson's trilogy of
movies (for movieverse stories).

>Besides that, though, I like your definition.

Okay, any objections to these? Marta, can you put them in a separate post
so they're not buried in here? I really need to finish this post and get to
my chores. It's trash dady tomorrow and I have 3 cat boxes to clean. Yay,
aren't you jealous?

> I'd define Movie-verse as stories that are based primarily on events
in the
> Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films rather than on the books by
Tolkien.
>

>That sounds good.

> And for splices and blends, I'd just let the author categorize them
> somewhere else.
>

>Or they could run in either the movieverse category or the appropriate
book, if the author feels they are predominately one rather than the
other.

Exactly.

> Okay, I've warmed up to this, but only if movie-verse makes it as a
> category.

>Good. Should I add it to the database?

There's no real place for it. It's not a category. I think we can remember
this one.

>I can't even imagine writing in an evolving canon. At least with
Tolkien, it's all pretty much written and won't be changing... Trek
would be much more tricky.

It worked for a few years, but then they did something really drastic and
ended the war.... And the series. Ah well.

>I don't think it has to be a significant change -- just a concrete
one, no matter how minor. For example, I've often toyed with the idea
of making Gimli Balin's son instead of Glin's son, and writing the
Council of Elrond with it Balin coming. For me this is not that
significant of a change; the key point is that Gimli is the son of
*one* of _The Hobbit_) dwarves, not necessarily which one. But it
would still be an AU.

Right, that's why my first story, though written as canon-compatible, became
AU. They finally gave Bashir a back story and it wasnt the one I'd written
for him. I still count that story as part of the history of my other
stories though, except that I ignore the part about his family history and
go with the canon one now.

>Whereas, for me, Denethor physically abusing his sons is just so
contrary to how I see his character, that I have a hard time with
stories where this plays a role. It feels very OOC to me. (And I know,
that's just my opinion.) But I know that canon never said Denethor
*didn't* abuse them, and so I can't properly call such a story AU.

Yep. Even if it seems OC, it's still in the realm of possibility, so it's
not a concrete change.

>And from your other email on graduated categories:

*****

Re: award names
>Is it fair to say that Time/Books and Races/Places are generally
easier than genres? I.e., Rohan is easier than Drama?

Yes and no. When the category, like LOTR, offers up three obvious titles,
it's easy. The Silm wasn't as easy. It wasn't really hard though. But for
the genres, it wasn't hard either. Look at Crossovers. The actors of the
three hunters had all done other movies.... For Drama we picked three angsty
characters. For Humor, we tried for three funny characters, etc. Romance
was the three main Elf-Man romances.

>I am a research geek. Always have been, always will be. When I turned
in my undergraduate honors thesis (a 40-page research paper, so
nothing like a masters-level thesis) at the end of my *junior* year, I
think my advisors' eyes grew wider than anyone's I've ever seen. I'm
just that kind of person.

Hmmm...you do research for fun? That could prove useful.....

> It was more of a lack of foresight than
> anything. So now, with graduated categories, it allows for lack of
> foresight.
>

>A very good thing. Remember, not even the very wise can foresee all
ends. ;-)

Ah that does make me feel better! ;-)

Off to those cat boxes.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
Blog: http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com

Msg# 3298

Re: Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh my! Posted by Marta January 07, 2005 - 9:18:55 Topic ID# 3296
Hi Ainae,

> >Thanks for putitng up with me until I figured out why I didn't
>> understand.

> Thanks for putting up with me in return.

You're welcome.

> I realize I'm a rather strange
> being.

Welcome to the fandom! 3'6" hairy-footed hole-dwellers... walking
trees... things that go "gollum"... I think we both fit right in. ;-)

> And this whole brain warp thing I've undergone doesn't help.
>

No, it really doesn't. Which is why I try to read everything at
least two or three times before forming an opinion. Of course,
sometimes my own stuff requires the same.

<snip award titles>

> >Can we put this suggestion into an FAQ somewhere, so people know?
I
> > think if we didn't his I'd be satisfied.
>
> Again it feels like setting the bar low to me, but yeah, we can do
that.
>

You may be right... but I took one major lesson away from my time
admining at a major fanfic archive and moderating for several Yahoo
groups: "Make it idiot-proof, and they'll build a better idiot."
What I mean is, it may seem like setting the bar low to you and me,
but the chances are pretty good that it could cause confusion or
problems for someone. In my experience it's better to spell things
like this out, and hope it wasn't really necessary.

> <snip>
> >And I can understand and accept that. I guess the hard part for
me is
>> that I have a hard time knowing what's up for negotiation and
what
>> you're not willing to change. For example, when we have a poll on
>> something, is it a done deal - whatever the result is, we'll go
with
>> that? Or is it just a tool for you to figure out what people
like, so
>> you can make a better decision? Or is to sometimes one and
sometimes
>> the other?
>
> That's just the way I am. I'm the same with my beta readers. Some
things I
> write are negotiable. Some are not.

<snip examples -- but boy, you do write in a lot of different
fandoms!>
> Anyway, what I'm getting at is that I am just that way. Some
things are
> negotiable. Some are not. The ones that I put up for a poll go
the way the
> poll goes.

Okay, but the relationship between beta and author or between co-
authors is much more intimate than what we're dealing with here.
Believe me, I know! I am part of a beta circle with four other
writers, so I am very familiar with that kind of relationship. But
this means that when I suggest changes to the people I beta, I know
what kind of suggestions they're receptive to and they have a pretty
good idea of what exactly I mean.

Whereas here, I don't intrinsically know what's negotiable and
what's not negotiable. The more I talk to you about these awards the
more I get to see where you're coming from. But it's still a work-in-
progress of sorts.

I don't think anything needs to be done about this (or even *can*
be) -- I'm just pointing this out so we're both aware of the
potential difficulty.

<snip>
> >Yes, I understand it's an award - but I was wondering why it was
>> necessary. You have in the FAQ:
>
> >Q: Can I submit my German translation of my story?
>> A: You can nominate it, or any other language story, but whether
or
>> not it will be voted on depends on whether or not there are any
voters
>> who can read those stories.
>
> >This same thinking could apply to stories at archives with log-
ins.
>> Just as with foreign language stories, only a subset of the
readers
>> will be able to read it. So perhaps it is not in the best
interest of
>> the author in question. They're restricting the pool of people
who
>> could read it and vote for it. But I don't see how it's
fundamentally
>> different from allowing stories that aren't in English.
>
> >I'm not really questioning this policy -- just trying to
understand
>> it.

> To me, it's not the same thing. One is about access the other is
about
> education. Even if someone nominates a Norwegian story, as long
as it's
> accessible (without login) everyone has access to it. Not
everyone can read
> it or will bother to do so with an Norwegian-English dictionary at
hand.
> Allowing stories that are on log-in sites restricts the access to
only those
> voters with a login. Whether they know the language or not.
>

Okay, I think I can see what you're saying. Personally, I think most
people are much more likely to join an archive than learn a foreign
language to read a story, but I do see the distinction you're
drawing.

[moving deadline for public posting to end of voting season]
> Oh, I just remembered why (and it's still going to be non-
negotiable).
> Remember that these awards are inspired by (and largely borrowed
from) the
> Alt.StarTrek.Creative Awards. We only have nominations because we
don't
> have our own archive. If we had our own archive, every story
posted to it
> by the deadline would be nominated by default. We don't have that
so we
> have to mimick it, via open nominations. But the ASC Award year
begins the
> first day of February and ends the last day of January. We can go
with the
> beginning because of the gazillions of stories out there we'd be
tossing
> out. But we can go with an end date.

I understand why have to have an end date; for me the question is
why it has to be the *beginning* of nominations season.

Since we're having a nomination *season* (instead of one day where
everyone has to post all their nominations together), it seems to me
logical that people are getting their nominations together during
that season. Of course you can start getting those nominations
together beforehand, just like you can vote early - but the whole
concept of a season suggests you don't *have* to.

Now, for me (since I do most of my reading at HASA) one key
component of getting my nominations together is making sure the
piece is publicly accessible. Usually this is just a matter of
hunting down the appropriate link, but if it *isn't* available, it
seems logically like this would be the time to get that problem
resolved. It's kind of a mixed message - "You have nomination season
to get your nominations in, but you should really have all that
organized beforehand so you can make sure it's all publicly
accessible."

I'm sorry if I'm going on about something that's non-negotiable. I
understand the need for a deadline, and I understand the value of
borrowing from the ASCs... but like you've admitted, the ASCs are
their own archive, so things work differently for them.

Anyway, that's my $.02 on this matter.

> > Here's mine:
> >
> > An AU story is one that concretely diverges from the source
> material. For
> > the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord
of
> the
> > Rings. Examples of concrete diversions would be "What if"
> scenarios, new
> > characters, etc.
> >
>
> >I pretty much agree with this definition, except with the last
bit:
> new characters. We know from book!canon that Barahir was the
grandson
> of Faramir; but we do not know that he was the *only* grandchild.
So
> to give Barahir a sister isn't necessarily AU -- it's filling a
gap
> but not positively breaking canon.
>
> Good point.
>
> >Maybe:
>
> >Examples of concrete diversions would be "What if" scenarios, new
> characters where existing canon prohibits them (for example,
giving
> Boromir and Faramir a sister), etc.
>
> Good addition. I like that.
>
> >I also think you might tweak your definition of canon a little,
maybe:
>
> >For the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The
Lord
> of the Rings (for bookverse stories), and Peter Jackson's trilogy
of
> movies (for movieverse stories).
>
> >Besides that, though, I like your definition.
>
> Okay, any objections to these? Marta, can you put them in a
separate post
> so they're not buried in here?

Good idea. I'll do that.

<snip>
> >I am a research geek. Always have been, always will be. When I
turned
> in my undergraduate honors thesis (a 40-page research paper, so
> nothing like a masters-level thesis) at the end of my *junior*
year, I
> think my advisors' eyes grew wider than anyone's I've ever seen.
I'm
> just that kind of person.
>
> Hmmm...you do research for fun? That could prove useful.....
>

*sigh* I really am a hobbit at heart you know... "they liked to have
books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and
square with no contradictions." If the topic doesn't interest me,
then I'm not likely to put in the legwork, but yes, I do do interest
for its own sake.

(Btw, the quote above? I pulled it from an essay I'm writing
attempting to collect all quotes describing hobbits in one place.
That should give you a clue how far this research tendency goes.)

Marta

Msg# 3299

definitions for MEFAs- AU Posted by Marta January 07, 2005 - 9:22:34 Topic ID# 3299
Ainae and I have been toying about with official definitions for the
MEFAs. Since it's buried in a long email, she asked I repost:

*****

An AU story is one that concretely diverges from the source
material. For the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit,
and The Lord of the Rings (for bookverse stories), and Peter
Jackson's trilogy of movies (for movieverse stories). Examples of
concrete diversions would be "What if" scenarios, new characters
where existing canon prohibits them (for example, giving Boromir and
Faramir a sister), etc.

*****

This is Ainae's definition, with my tweaks worked in.

So what do you guys think? Does anyone have further suggestions?

Msg# 3300

Re: definitions for MEFAs- AU Posted by sulriel January 07, 2005 - 18:15:40 Topic ID# 3299
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Marta" <MartaL0712@n...> wrote:
>
> Ainae and I have been toying about with official definitions for
the > MEFAs. Since it's buried in a long email, she asked I repost:
>
> *****
>
> An AU story is one that concretely diverges from the source
> material. For the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit,
> and The Lord of the Rings (for bookverse stories), and Peter
> Jackson's trilogy of movies (for movieverse stories). Examples of
> concrete diversions would be "What if" scenarios, new characters
> where existing canon prohibits them (for example, giving Boromir
and > Faramir a sister), etc.
>
> *****
>
> This is Ainae's definition, with my tweaks worked in.
> > So what do you guys think? Does anyone have further suggestions?


I have a comment in the form of a question, and it comes from my not
understanding other people's understanding of canon and AUs.

People seem to think that because I'm a canon-freak, I don't like (or
whatever) AUs, and that isn't true. I differentiate between a
legitimate AU and a canon mistake by it's relevance to the plot.
That is what was explained to me when I entered this fandom and it
makes a lot of sense. But I've seen a lot of resistance along those
lines and given the wide range of ideals, I'm wondering if the MEFAs
need an official AU definition. It seems out of step with the way
the rest of the process.

My suggestion is to let the readers decide with their comments.

Sulriel

Msg# 3301

Re: definitions for MEFAs- AU Posted by Marta January 07, 2005 - 22:34:21 Topic ID# 3299
<snip>
> given the wide range of ideals, I'm wondering if the MEFAs
> need an official AU definition. It seems out of step with the way
> the rest of the process.
>

This proposed definition came about because someone (was it me? I
can't even remember any more!) suggested a category for AU. So Ainae
asked (legitimately) what exactly AU was -- different people have
different criteria. I answered that we don't have to debate what
the "true" definition of AU is, we just have to figure out what the
MEFAs means by that term, for our own purposes. If a piece wants to
run in the AU category, it should fit the official criteria.

This is the same for other things. I just filed my residency form to
get in-state tuition rates. My state defines the term "permanent
resident" as someone who has maintained a permanent residency in the
state for at least twelve consecutive months in the last five years
(or has been travelling outside the state with a branch of the U.S.
armed forces for the same time period) at the time you file the form.
It doesn't matter if you've been living in the state one day short of
the twelve months and plan to continue living there until kingdom
come. *You* may consider yourself a permanent resident, but if you
don't meet the official definition, you don't qualify officially.

Similarly, an individual author may consider her piece AU even if it
doesn't meet the MEFA's official definition. I suppose s/he could
mention it in her summaries - but I don't think it doesn't really
belongs in the AU category. Technically, I suppose the author *could*
put it there, but this would be our guide to say what belongs in a
particular category.

At least that's my take.

Marta

Msg# 3302

Why I'm not replying Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 07, 2005 - 23:19:31 Topic ID# 3302
My hands hurt too much to type tonight. They need a rest. (Repetitive
Stress Injuries from typing on this laptop instead of my ergonomic keyboards
on my desktops.)

Ouch, that hurt.


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Msg# 3303

Re: Digest Number 265 Posted by bljean@aol.com January 08, 2005 - 23:10:02 Topic ID# 3303
In a message dated 1/8/2005 3:07:17 PM Pacific Standard Time,
MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com writes:
Ouch, that hurt.
*hugs*

Appreciate all you've been doing. Hope you'll feel better soon!

Lin


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Msg# 3304

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 09, 2005 - 3:12:46 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Start the awards year in April rather
than May so we finish in September
rather than October?

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- Yes, 7 votes, 53.85%
- No, 1 votes, 7.69%
- No opinion, 5 votes, 38.46%



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Msg# 3305

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Bridilliel Nealay January 09, 2005 - 14:06:10 Topic ID# 3230
I apologize if someone previously mentioned this, (I took an oath of abstinence from the computer for a month. An early New Year's resolution, if you will.) but what about Dwarves? They are the most neglected- and in my opinion the most fascinating- race of Middle-earth.

Also, I think it would be nice to have a section dedicated to articles and essays.

Cheers,
Bridilliel

Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net> wrote:


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 12:54 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:

>In the interest of fairness and simplicity, I think these should be made
into subcategories of Men.

That's my idea for graduated categories.

>Also, maybe consider adding a "Cross-cultural" category? For pieces about
interactions between different races?

Good idea. It was a useful sub-category for LOTR last year. I've added it
to the database.

> 2. (Topic) Genres
> a. Humor

> e. Horror

>I think we had a hard time making this viable, and many of the ones
nominated could have been nominated for Adventure or Drama. Maybe drop this?
(I am not a horror fan, so perhaps I don't see why this distinction is so
important.)

This was more easily viable than Mystery. I'd see Mystery go before Horror.
Maybe they could be combined into something like Suspense?

> f. Mystery

>Good.

> g. Crossovers

>Good, but we may need to decide whether pastiches are viable, or whether
there needs to be a real interaction between the two worlds.

>I think the first prize winner for Crossover, Altariel's _A Christmas
Carol_ piece (sorry, I'm forgetting the exact title), was a pastiche more
than a genuine crossover.

Well, I don't know. First, you'd have to define pastiche. If not for your
example, I wouldn't have known what it was. And we did only have one story
like that last year so I doubt it would be viable. Is there a term that
covers both?

>Possible additions:
- Poetry

I still think I don't want that as a main.

>- Research Article

I doubt there would be enough to be viable.

>- Drabble

Same as poetry.

>- Alternate Universe

Not sure I like that as a main either. Should a Men/AU and a Men story be
separate? Couldn't they both compete together? They could both be quality
stories. And what about the delimmiting line between AU and non-AU? Some
are obvious. Some aren't. Take my story Immortal. It poses a conversation
between Merry and Legolas before Merry and Pippin die. It didn't happen in
the books. So it's AU. But it *could* have happened. Nothing in the
precludes it. It fits the timeline notations in the Appendices. So it's
not AU.

Is it, or isn't it?

And remember that authors are going to choose their categories. If an
author chooses her Men/AU story to be in Men, will that be allowed if there
is an AU category? Or do we let there be both and let the authors choose
which one they'll be in?

This one is in the database.

> 3. (Topic) Time/Books
> a. The Silmarillion
> b. The Lord of the Rings
> c. The Hobbit
>

All good. I would suggest adding:

- Fourth Age and Beyond
- Movieverse

>Also, maybe change the topic name from "Time/Books" to "Source Material"?

No, because it plays double-duty. Books should be obvious. But Time
because it provides a place for a story if you just can't find another
appropriate category. You can probably set it in time. Fourth-Age and
Beyond I could see would be a good addition, even though there isn't a Book
for it, so it can't play double-duty, but it does cover that other time
after LOTR.

And that brings up other perfect opportunities for graduated categories:
First Age, Second Age, etc.

As for movie-verse, we have the same issues as for Alternate Universe. If
we have it, do we allow authors of movie-verse stories to place their
stories elsewhere? Or what about those that combine book and movie? I do
that. Again, having it be the authors choice may make this a lot easier.
We could just have the availability of the category there and the author can
choose whether the story goes there or not. And if one isn't viable well
then, it's not viable.

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Msg# 3306

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Marta January 09, 2005 - 18:02:56 Topic ID# 3230
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Bridilliel Nealay <bridilliel@y...>
wrote:
> I apologize if someone previously mentioned this, (I took an oath of
abstinence from the computer for a month. An early New Year's
resolution, if you will.) but what about Dwarves? They are the most
neglected- and in my opinion the most fascinating- race of Middle-
earth.
>
> Also, I think it would be nice to have a section dedicated to
articles and essays.
>

Hi Bridiliel,

Good for you for taking a break! Sometimes I wish I could convince
myself to do that. I suggested both of those categories, and I think
others thought they were a good idea. I'm sure there will be a poll at
some point.

The other two categories that're drawing a lot of discussion right now
are movieverse and "Fourth Age and Beyond". They would be in the Time/
Books category. What are your thoughts on this?

Marta

Msg# 3307

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Laura January 09, 2005 - 19:06:17 Topic ID# 3230
::jumping in from a somewhat forced abstinance::

Hey people!

I wanted to bounce in and second Bridilliel's suggestion of dwarves and critical essays. I don't know how viable either category would be, but I can think of a few suggestions already. The dwarves definitely need more publicity, in any case, and there are some really good critical essays out there.

>> Marta wrote:
>> The other two categories that're drawing a lot of discussion right
>> now are movieverse and "Fourth Age and Beyond". They would be in the
>> Time/Books category. What are your thoughts on this?

I would endorse a separate category for "Fourth Age and Beyond." We'd have to nail down what is meant by "Fourth Age," though. I know of some who consider that to be anything after the departure of Elrond's ship, but I also know of some who tend to look much further down the timeline.

A Movieverse category sounds like a good idea, but I'd be concerned about drawing the line. I know of several stories that fit both movieverse and bookverse. Also, this seems to me to be one of those categories that might fall into problems of cross-categorization. Where would you place a story that was set in Gondor, had elements of movieverse in it, and was also set about fifty years after the War of the Ring? You could place it in Men, Movieverse, and Fourth Age and Beyond. That might not seem like a big problem as the author would be the one deciding, but what if there were three more stories with the same scenario? And what if their authors chose to put them in different categories? They wouldn't be competing against one another anymore, and it seems to me that a lot of the discussion about categorization was done in an effort to get similar stories to compete. But if you open up too many categories that share ground with other categories, you take the edge off much of that competition. That's my two cents, for what it's worth.

Thundera Tiger

Msg# 3308

New file uploaded to MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 09, 2005 - 22:37:50 Topic ID# 1
Hello,

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Msg# 3309

Categories Recap Posted by Marta January 09, 2005 - 22:42:28 Topic ID# 3309
Hey guys,

I hope no one minds, but since there's been so much discussion on
categories I thought some of the comments might get lost in the
shuffle. So in an effort to procrastinate working on school stuff
(and keep my mind from just wandering), I did a recap.

I've taken the proposed category additions and revisions and quoted
what I think are the major quotes from the discussion. I won't
pretend to have caught everything, and I may have made an error on
who said what or in what message. But I hope it helps.

I've also stated where it's undecided, where Ainae has stated a
position or where she (or we as a group) seem to be leaning in a
direction but no definite decision has been made.

So check it out. It's in the files section.

Marta

Msg# 3310

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Bridilliel Nealay January 10, 2005 - 19:19:15 Topic ID# 3230
My thoughts are we'll need many more volunteers. ^__^

Actually, I think it'll be more than worth the extra effort. Even though I generally don't like movieverse, having its own category will be nice. I love the idea of having storieds sorted through the time period.


Marta <MartaL0712@netscape.net> wrote:

Hi Bridiliel,

Good for you for taking a break! Sometimes I wish I could convince
myself to do that. I suggested both of those categories, and I think
others thought they were a good idea. I'm sure there will be a poll at
some point.

The other two categories that're drawing a lot of discussion right now
are movieverse and "Fourth Age and Beyond". They would be in the Time/
Books category. What are your thoughts on this?

Marta





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Msg# 3311

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 9:25:36 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: What will our more standard size
banners be? Choices can be viewed at
http://home.earthlink.net/~ainae/mefa/ba
nnersizes.html. (Posting that link
here will probably add a space in
there. Delete it.) (We may round up
the winning banner to an even number of
pixels for width and height.)

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- 468W x 60H (ex. ad), 0 votes, 0.00%
- 250W x 73H (ex. Ff.net logo), 1 votes, 11.11%
- 200W x 148H (ex. Best of Trek), 0 votes, 0.00%
- 350W x 100H (ex. Story of the Month), 3 votes, 33.33%
- 175W x 155H (ex. Angel Hon. Mention), 0 votes, 0.00%
- 173W x 84H (ex. Award Winner), 0 votes, 0.00%
- 291W x 152H (ex. Witch King Award), 3 votes, 33.33%
- 212W x 130H (ex. Kings of Gondor and Arnor), 0 votes, 0.00%
- 400W x 129H (ex. Mayor or Hobbiton), 2 votes, 22.22%
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Msg# 3312

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 9:26:44 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
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o 350W x 150H (ex. Story of the Month)
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Msg# 3313

Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 9:42:40 Topic ID# 3
Since we had a tie, with sizes 4 (Story of the Month) and 7 (Witch King)
receiving 3 points each, there's another--though shorter--poll to decided
the tie breaker. This one only runs for a week, so get your votes in.

Only 9 people voted last time. Democracy works best when there is
participation. And sorry, I didn't put a "no opinion" in this poll. If you
don't have an opinion, leave it blank.

And now that I'm at work with my ergonomic keyboard (I;ve got to wean myself
off the laptop in the living room at home. It's not like I can't watch TV on
my computer in the home office), I'll try to catch up with MEFA business
today.


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Msg# 3314

Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Naresha January 11, 2005 - 10:10:37 Topic ID# 3
Well you've got at least one vote, because I just
voted then! :-) Hope the RSI improves!!!

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Msg# 3315

Re: Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh my! Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 10:55:53 Topic ID# 3296
-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 9:19 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh
my!


>Welcome to the fandom! 3'6" hairy-footed hole-dwellers... walking
trees... things that go "gollum"... I think we both fit right in. ;-)

I like to think of myself as a short Elf. ;-) The LOTR Exhibit even said
so...if I stood on my tippy toes.

>re: aiming low...
>You may be right... but I took one major lesson away from my time
admining at a major fanfic archive and moderating for several Yahoo
groups: "Make it idiot-proof, and they'll build a better idiot."
What I mean is, it may seem like setting the bar low to you and me,
but the chances are pretty good that it could cause confusion or
problems for someone. In my experience it's better to spell things
like this out, and hope it wasn't really necessary.

Yeah, I see that at work. (I'm a tech support technition--and there's that
aphasia again)

> <snip>
><snip examples -- but boy, you do write in a lot of different
fandoms!>

Yep, and now I'm even writing in another fandom under a secret penname.

>Whereas here, I don't intrinsically know what's negotiable and
what's not negotiable. The more I talk to you about these awards the
more I get to see where you're coming from. But it's still a work-in-
progress of sorts.

Yep, thus is my brain....

>I don't think anything needs to be done about this (or even *can*
be) -- I'm just pointing this out so we're both aware of the
potential difficulty.

Understood.

<snip>
> >To me, it's not the same thing. One is about access the other is
about
> education.

>Okay, I think I can see what you're saying. Personally, I think most
people are much more likely to join an archive than learn a foreign
language to read a story, but I do see the distinction you're
drawing.

Perhaps, but not everyone wants to join every archive out there. I think
(and I could be wrong) generally people have theirusual haunts and that's
where they go to look for stories. Me, I go to ff.net. Occasionally, I got
to HASA (but most of those stories are also on ff.net). I don't really go
anywhere else unless a specific link is provided, and if a login is
required, I usually back myself right back out of it. Unless it's a story
I'm dying for, I won't bother with yet another username and password.

>I understand why have to have an end date; for me the question is
why it has to be the *beginning* of nominations season.

If for nothing else than to not have an overlap. The stories for the 2004
MEFA Awards ended on April 30th. The 2005 Awards year is from May 1, 2004
to March 31st, 2005 (because the poll ended saying that we will start up one
month early). The 2006 Awards year will be April 1st, 2005 to March 31st,
2006.

If we did it the other way, we'd have overlap: 2005 Award year is May 1st,
2004 to May 15th, 2005. 2006 Awards year is April 1st, 2005 to May 15t,
2006

So what Awards year does April 17th, 2005 fall within?

In te overlap case, I'ts two years: 2005 and 2006. With no overlap, it's
just 2006.

I don't want an overlap.

>Since we're having a nomination *season* (instead of one day where
everyone has to post all their nominations together)

Yeah, that would go over well. Even with an electronic system we'd have a
horde of complainers because of time differences, etc.

>, it seems to me
logical that people are getting their nominations together during
that season. Of course you can start getting those nominations
together beforehand, just like you can vote early - but the whole
concept of a season suggests you don't *have* to.

You've got a month and ahalf to do it as it is, and it worked well last
year. We had nearly 600 nominations. Seems to be plenty of time.

>Now, for me (since I do most of my reading at HASA) one key
component of getting my nominations together is making sure the
piece is publicly accessible. Usually this is just a matter of
hunting down the appropriate link, but if it *isn't* available, it
seems logically like this would be the time to get that problem
resolved. It's kind of a mixed message - "You have nomination season
to get your nominations in, but you should really have all that
organized beforehand so you can make sure it's all publicly
accessible."

I would hope that it's also an encouragement to authors. If you want your
stuff read widely, get it out to a public site. Otherwise, tell th author
of that otherwise wonderful story that yo'd love to nominate her story for a
MEFA but you can't since it's not publicaly accessible. If she could please
post it somewhere else, you'd be happy to nominate it next year.

Said author may then become curious as to what she just got passed up for,
decide to look into it and investigate it somewhat. She may then decide
that, yes, she would like to be considered for such a thing, and post her
story to a public site so that it can be included the next year.

Even HASA has a public side. If you're reading something great there now on
the Members only side, see if the author would like to submit it or if she
has posted it somewhere else that doesn't require a login. Many of the
stories on the HASA members Only side are Members Only because the authors
haven't decided they want it public yet. That might mean they also don't
want it public for these awards yet.

If I read a great story on ASC on February 1st, I still know it's not
elligible until the next year.

>I'm sorry if I'm going on about something that's non-negotiable. I
understand the need for a deadline, and I understand the value of
borrowing from the ASCs... but like you've admitted, the ASCs are
their own archive, so things work differently for them.

Yeah, but the more I borrow, the less work I have to do. And really, this
does take up a LOT of my time. Certain season especially. Which is a good
thing I'm not more insufficiently reluctant over at ASC. ;-) It's also why
I have over 8800 unread messages for the Henneth-Annun mailing list,
something I used to be very active in.

>Anyway, that's my $.02 on this matter.

So noted.

And I'll say this here and only once. This message will self-destruct in 10
seoncds in order to maintian secrecy: There's not really any way to police
it. Just don't nominate anything that isn't at a public site, and nothing
that is that has a posting time stamp showing after March 31st. (ex. Ff.net
shows when something was posted and when it was updated.)

Okay, now I expect you all to promptly forget I said that. I will heartily
deny it at all times in the future.

>
> Hmmm...you do research for fun? That could prove useful.....
>

>*sigh* I really am a hobbit at heart you know... "they liked to have
books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and
square with no contradictions." If the topic doesn't interest me,
then I'm not likely to put in the legwork, but yes, I do do interest
for its own sake.

I've actually said at one point: I hate research. I'd rather just know
everything up front.

>(Btw, the quote above? I pulled it from an essay I'm writing
attempting to collect all quotes describing hobbits in one place.
That should give you a clue how far this research tendency goes.)

I'll remember this. I may ask your assitance in the future.....
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Msg# 3316

Re: definitions for MEFAs- AU Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 11:14:41 Topic ID# 3299
-----Original Message-----
From: sulriel [mailto:Sulriel@htcomp.net]
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 6:15 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: definitions for MEFAs- AU



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Marta" <MartaL0712@n...> wrote:
>
> Ainae and I have been toying about with official definitions for
the > MEFAs. Since it's buried in a long email, she asked I repost:
>
> *****
>
> An AU story is one that concretely diverges from the source material.
> For the MEFAs, this means The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord
> of the Rings (for bookverse stories), and Peter Jackson's trilogy of
> movies (for movieverse stories). Examples of concrete diversions would
> be "What if" scenarios, new characters where existing canon prohibits
> them (for example, giving Boromir
and > Faramir a sister), etc.
>
> *****
>
> This is Ainae's definition, with my tweaks worked in.
> > So what do you guys think? Does anyone have further suggestions?


>I have a comment in the form of a question, and it comes from my not
understanding other people's understanding of canon and AUs.

>People seem to think that because I'm a canon-freak, I don't like (or
whatever) AUs, and that isn't true. I differentiate between a legitimate AU
and a canon mistake by it's relevance to the plot.
That is what was explained to me when I entered this fandom and it makes a
lot of sense. But I've seen a lot of resistance along those lines and given
the wide range of ideals, I'm wondering if the MEFAs need an official AU
definition. It seems out of step with the way the rest of the process.

>My suggestion is to let the readers decide with their comments.

Or rather, the authors. But that is a good point. In so many other places
we're saying, let the author decide. Length, we suggest, but let the author
decide. So may be we don't need a definition at all. Or maybe, as with
length, we provide a suggested or working definition, but still leave it to
the author to comply or not.

Discussion?

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3317

AW: [MEFAwards] New poll for MEFAwards (two banners) Posted by elanor of aquitania January 11, 2005 - 11:15:05 Topic ID# 3
> o 350W x 150H (ex. Story of the Month)
> o 291W x 152H (ex. Witch King)

Here arises a problem:

the banner size of the "story of the month" is 350 W x 100W

but we are expected to decide between
350x*150* and 291x152,
here both banners would have the same height

May I ask how most people use the Award?

Do you want a long flat award with enough space
for pictorial decoration and award text as shown in
"story of the month"
to fit within the lines of your summary?

Or do you prefer an award that looks like an award
like "witch king"
but which might not fit into the space allowed for a summary?

For now I am undecided, though I know what looks better
for me, because I do not know how people use their awards.
And because I do not know what number I am expected to vote about:
banner as shown on external link or banner size as given in poll.
I expect banner as shown.

Best wishes Elanor

Msg# 3318

Re: definitions for MEFAs- AU Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 11:18:38 Topic ID# 3299
-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 10:34 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: definitions for MEFAs- AU



<snip>
>This proposed definition came about because someone (was it me? I can't
even remember any more!) suggested a category for AU. So Ainae asked
(legitimately) what exactly AU was -- different people have different
criteria. I answered that we don't have to debate what the "true" definition
of AU is, we just have to figure out what the MEFAs means by that term, for
our own purposes. If a piece wants to run in the AU category, it should fit
the official criteria.

Yes, that is how it came about. But Sulriel's point never made it to my
mind before she said it. I think it certainly bears merit.

>This is the same for other things. I just filed my residency form to get
in-state tuition rates. My state defines the term "permanent resident" as
someone who has maintained a permanent residency in the state for at least
twelve consecutive months in the last five years (or has been travelling
outside the state with a branch of the U.S.
armed forces for the same time period) at the time you file the form.
It doesn't matter if you've been living in the state one day short of the
twelve months and plan to continue living there until kingdom come. *You*
may consider yourself a permanent resident, but if you don't meet the
official definition, you don't qualify officially.

True, but in this case, the schoool categorizes you. (And we did that for
the 2004 MEFAs.) but this year the authors will categorize their own
stories. So to go back to this analogy, you would say whether you were a
permanent resident or not.

>Similarly, an individual author may consider her piece AU even if it
doesn't meet the MEFA's official definition. I suppose s/he could mention it
in her summaries - but I don't think it doesn't really belongs in the AU
category. Technically, I suppose the author *could* put it there, but this
would be our guide to say what belongs in a particular category.

So a suggested definition?

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3319

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 11:27:25 Topic ID# 3230
-----Original Message-----
From: Laura [mailto:thunderalaura@juno.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 09, 2005 7:04 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins



>::jumping in from a somewhat forced abstinance::

Hi!

>Hey people!

>I wanted to bounce in and second Bridilliel's suggestion of dwarves and
critical essays. I don't know how viable either category would be, but I can
think of a few suggestions already. The dwarves definitely need more
publicity, in any case, and there are some really good critical essays out
there.

I would n't call any category critical essay. Nonfiction perhaps, or Essay,
or Article, but not "Critical". It has a bad connotation.

>I would endorse a separate category for "Fourth Age and Beyond." We'd have
to nail down what is meant by "Fourth Age," though. I know of some who
consider that to be anything after the departure of Elrond's ship, but I
also know of some who tend to look much further down the timeline.

Yeah, being a non-scholar of all this, I just kind of break things up by the
wars. The Last Alliance of Elves and Men ended the Second Age. The big
breaking of the world brought on by the last war between the Valar and
Morgoth brought on the Second Age. And the War of the Ring ended the Third
Age, though I know it's really not as simple as that. That's just how my
mind works. Would it be easier to have a Post-War of the Ring rather than a
"Fourth Age" to get us out of this quandry?

>A Movieverse category sounds like a good idea, but I'd be concerned about
drawing the line. I know of several stories that fit both movieverse and
bookverse. Also, this seems to me to be one of those categories that might
fall into problems of cross-categorization. Where would you place a story
that was set in Gondor, had elements of movieverse in it, and was also set
about fifty years after the War of the Ring? You could place it in Men,
Movieverse, and Fourth Age and Beyond. That might not seem like a big
problem as the author would be the one deciding, but what if there were
three more stories with the same scenario? And what if their authors chose
to put them in different categories? They wouldn't be competing against one
another anymore, and it seems to me that a lot of the discussion about
categorization was done in an effort to get similar stories to compete. But
if you open up too many categories that share ground with other categories,
you take the edge off much of that competition. That's my two cents, for
what it's worth.

Well, that is the beauty of letting the authors decide. If they don't
compete together, oh well. And no, in th e2004 MEFAs we did a lot of moving
around to try and get the categories viable. I really wanted all the
default categories to be viable. This year, I don't think we should
manipulate unless we have to. If elves doesn't come up viable (not likely)
then oh well, it doesn't. Or Mystery or whatever we decide as the default
categories. So, if Author A decides her story should be in Elves,
Movieverse, and Fourth Age... In that order, but Author B decides on
Movieverse, Elves, and Fourth Age, and Author C decides on Fourth Age,
Movieverse, and Elves, the only consideration on moving them is viability.
If Elves, Movieverse, and Fourth Age are are viable, we won't move these
stories from their first choices. If, say, Movieverse turns out not viable
even with Author B's story, then Author B's story would move to Elves,
Author B's second choice. I want there to be less manipulation this year.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3320

Re: Categories Post Mortem begins Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 11:57:29 Topic ID# 3230
-----Original Message-----
From: Bridilliel Nealay [mailto:bridilliel@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 7:19 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories Post Mortem begins


>My thoughts are we'll need many more volunteers. ^__^

We will, and I'll probably put the call out in March. I won't draft the
2004 volunteers into 2005. Everyone will have to sign up again. Thus, I'll
be clearing out the Staff group. Doesn't mean you can't volunteer again.
In fact, I'd love it if you would! I just want to keep it down to just
staff and I get confused easily. Have no worries, nothing goes on over
there that can't be said over here. The archive is public. Anyone can read
the messages. It just keeps this list a lot cleaner of all the boring
staffy things. Like this Post Mortem. Some of you may be getting tired of
it. Some may not. Well, this is the prper place for the Post Mortem, but
once everything is decided, you don't need to sit through all the posts
about category viability and which authors have been contacted and what not.
We can do that admin-y stuff over at the Staff Group and spare everyone else
the details.

So, that becaem quite a tangent, huh? Anyway, I'll put out a call for
volunteers, much like we had last year in March. To get you thinking about
it, this is what we'll need: *Author Contacters (remember you can get an
author's permission when you nominate, if you'd like. I'll provide a form
for them in the Files section that you can copy into an e-mail. Otherwise,
staff will contact authors.)
*Categorizers (these people gather nominations by the 1st choice category
and collect them so at the end of Nomination Season we can see what's viable
and what's not. This basically takes the place of the Status-of-Stories
Maintainers at ASC.)

We won't worry about Vote Counters until Voting Season is closer. And heck,
we may not need them except as a backup, if we get the electronic stuff to
do all we think it can do.

>Actually, I think it'll be more than worth the extra effort. Even though I
generally don't like movieverse, having its own category will be nice. I
love the idea of having storieds sorted through the time period.

I think some of these suggestions are ready for polls.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
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Msg# 3321

Re: New poll for MEFAwards (two banners) Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 12:10:26 Topic ID# 3
-----Original Message-----
From: elanor of aquitania [mailto:elanor@codacode.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 11:16 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: AW: [MEFAwards] New poll for MEFAwards (two banners)


> o 350W x 150H (ex. Story of the Month)
> o 291W x 152H (ex. Witch King)

Here arises a problem:

the banner size of the "story of the month" is 350 W x 100W

>but we are expected to decide between
350x*150* and 291x152,
here both banners would have the same height

Yes, they are nearly exactly the same height and if the 152 should win, it
will probably be rounded off. But the width of the two are not the same.
They are different by at least 50 pixels.

>May I ask how most people use the Award?

I don't know.I put my awards at the top of my pages. I don't know about
other people.

>Do you want a long flat award with enough space for pictorial decoration
and award text as shown in "story of the month"
to fit within the lines of your summary?

That will depend on how people design the awards. We're only decided size
with this. So don't look at what's in the example banners. Just consider
their size.

>Or do you prefer an award that looks like an award like "witch king"
but which might not fit into the space allowed for a summary?

Again, we're not deciding the look of the banners, just their size.

>For now I am undecided, though I know what looks better for me, because I
do not know how people use their awards.
And because I do not know what number I am expected to vote about:
banner as shown on external link or banner size as given in poll.
I expect banner as shown.

The size quoted is the size of the banners on the external link. I opened
them in Microsoft Photo Editor and did a Resize to check their pixel sizes
(I didn't change them at all). Then I posted them with their sizes.

So just look at the sizes and decide which size you'd like best if you won
the award. Vote for that one. If you're still undecided, don't vote.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3322

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 12:32:12 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Shall we replace Orcs with
Villains and let the individual species
of villains be graduated categories?

o Yes
o No
o No opinion


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Msg# 3323

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 12:33:25 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Suggested new category
under Genres: Alternate Universe

o For
o Against
o No opinion


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Msg# 3324

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 12:34:40 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Suggested new category
under Races/Places: Cross-Cultural

o For
o Against
o No opinion


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Msg# 3325

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 12:36:53 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Suggested new category
under Races/Places: Dwarves

o For
o Against
o No opinion


To vote, please visit the following web page:
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Thanks!

Msg# 3326

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 12:39:50 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Suggested new category
under Genres: Movie-verse

o For
o Against
o No opinion


To vote, please visit the following web page:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/surveys?id=1591185

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Msg# 3327

Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by sulriel January 11, 2005 - 13:28:03 Topic ID# 3
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com wrote:
> > > Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
> MEFAwards group:
>
> Category PM: Suggested new category
> under Races/Places: Cross-Cultural

I don't remember what this one is suppsosed to be. If it is for a
mixed race/place category, .... should it be defined by
race/place ...??? or something else. ?

I'm prepared to vote, but I want to be sure I understand the question.

Msg# 3328

Re: New poll for MEFAwards Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 13:42:33 Topic ID# 3
-----Original Message-----
From: sulriel [mailto:Sulriel@htcomp.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 1:27 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: New poll for MEFAwards



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com wrote:
> > > Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
> MEFAwards group:
>
> Category PM: Suggested new category
> under Races/Places: Cross-Cultural

>I don't remember what this one is suppsosed to be. If it is for a mixed
race/place category, .... should it be defined by race/place ...??? or
something else. ?

>I'm prepared to vote, but I want to be sure I understand the question.

We had a LOTR?Cross-Cultural subcategory last year. This is for stories
that have several races in them. You can't put the story under Men because
it also has a lot of Elves, or vice-versa. A story about Gimli and Legolas
might go here, for example.

--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3329

Category PM, a few things still Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 16:11:20 Topic ID# 3329
Okay, most of the new suggestions are up in the polls. But there are a few
that are not. Yet.

1) Fourth Age and Beyond
While it sounds good, it might cause some confusion as to when the
Fourth Age actually began. I have suggested a Post-War of the Ring and
Beyond as a rewording. It doesn't sound as good but it might be easier.
Any other suggestions?

2) Suspense
The idea here is to group Horror and Mystery together. Any other
suggestions on a category name that could encompass the two?

3) Non-Fiction
This would encompass anything not poetry or fiction. I don't want "critical
essays" because I don't want the word 'critical" in there. But there are
other options: Essay, Article, etc. What should we use?


--Ainaechoiriel
MEFA Admin and Founder

"This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.

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Msg# 3330

Re: Category PM, a few things still Posted by sulriel January 11, 2005 - 16:21:33 Topic ID# 3329
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:> Okay, most of the new suggestions are up in the polls. But
there are a few> that are not. Yet.
>
> 1) Fourth Age and Beyond
> While it sounds good, it might cause some confusion as to when
the> Fourth Age actually began. I have suggested a Post-War of the
Ring and> Beyond as a rewording. It doesn't sound as good but it
might be easier.> Any other suggestions?


I like Post-WotR and Beyond.
my only other thought would be to have a 'modern' category, which
would be anything set in a real-world historical context


> > 2) Suspense
> The idea here is to group Horror and Mystery together. Any other
> suggestions on a category name that could encompass the two?


Suspense is good, and if there are enough to sub-cate, then you can
split horror, mystery and whatever.


> > 3) Non-Fiction
> This would encompass anything not poetry or fiction. I don't
want "critical> essays" because I don't want the word 'critical" in
there. But there are> other options: Essay, Article, etc. What
should we use?>

again, I would suggest simply going with 'Non-fiction' and split into
sub-cates if obvious ones become viable. I see an essay as a
presentation of an opinion on a matter and an article more of a
informational, factual collection of research. I'm sure that other
people might have different definitions, and non-fiction would be
more inclusive as a main category.

Sulriel

Msg# 3331

Re: Category PM, a few things still Posted by Bridilliel Nealay January 11, 2005 - 16:25:01 Topic ID# 3329
Although Post-WotR and Beyond doesn't sound that great, it will lessen
the confusion, which is always a good thing. Besides, it doesn't sound
THAT horrible.

Joining Horror and Mystery together by creating Suspense sounds like a
good idea. At the top of my head, I can't think of anything better.

I think Articles/Essays will be fine, but I don't like Non-Fiction.

Well, there's my two slips of latinum.

On Tue, 11 Jan 2005 16:13:31 -0600, Ainaechoiriel
<mefaadmin@earthlink.net> wrote:
>
> Okay, most of the new suggestions are up in the polls. But there are a few
> that are not. Yet.
>
> 1) Fourth Age and Beyond
> While it sounds good, it might cause some confusion as to when the
> Fourth Age actually began. I have suggested a Post-War of the Ring and
> Beyond as a rewording. It doesn't sound as good but it might be easier.
> Any other suggestions?
>
> 2) Suspense
> The idea here is to group Horror and Mystery together. Any other
> suggestions on a category name that could encompass the two?
>
> 3) Non-Fiction
> This would encompass anything not poetry or fiction. I don't want "critical
> essays" because I don't want the word 'critical" in there. But there are
> other options: Essay, Article, etc. What should we use?
>
> --Ainaechoiriel
> MEFA Admin and Founder
>
> "This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the Elves," Elrond said, "for
> it is Windows-compatible, and freeware at that." --H.F.
>
> http://gabrielle.sytes.net/mefa The Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards
> Blog: <http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com/>
> http://www.ainaechoiriel.blogspot.com

Msg# 3332

Re: Category PM, a few things still Posted by Marta January 11, 2005 - 17:53:56 Topic ID# 3329
> 1) Fourth Age and Beyond
> While it sounds good, it might cause some confusion as to when
the
> Fourth Age actually began. I have suggested a Post-War of the Ring
and
> Beyond as a rewording. It doesn't sound as good but it might be
easier.
> Any other suggestions?
>

How about just post-Ring War?

I know that the Fourth Age officially begins when the Ringbearers
sailed from the Grey Havens, but for me post-Ring War is a little more
encompassing. For me, the post-RW era begins at different points for
different races.

Men - anything post-"Many Partings". So Eowyn's and Faramir's wedding
would be post-Ring War even though it occurred during the Third Age.

Hobbits - post-Grey Havens. The Occupation and subsequent Scouring are
really tied to the Ring War because Saruman went there kind of to take
revenge on the Hobbits, I think. And all of the other post-Scouring
but pre-Havens events are so tied to book events, I think they're very
different from other post-Ring War stories.

Elves - In the case of those Elves who came to Minas Tirith, post-
"Many Partings". For the others, post-Fall of Dol Guldur.

I think it really comes to what the author thinks - is it a gapfiller
to events in LotR (even if those events occur after the Ring's
destruction)? If so, it probably belongs somewhere else (perhaps in
LotR). Or is it an extrapolation into the Fourth Age or beyond, maybe
based on the Appendices? If so, it probably goes here in post-Ring
War.

> 2) Suspense
> The idea here is to group Horror and Mystery together. Any other
> suggestions on a category name that could encompass the two?
>

I know I suggested this, but I think most people suggested we try to
make both categories viable instead of combining them?

> 3) Non-Fiction
> This would encompass anything not poetry or fiction. I don't want
"critical
> essays" because I don't want the word 'critical" in there. But
there are
> other options: Essay, Article, etc. What should we use?
>

Nonfiction works good to me. Essay and Article have different
connotations, I think: essay suggests you're presenting a certain
viewpoint, article that you're trying to present all the facts without
bias.

Marta

Msg# 3333

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 23:11:55 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Shall we replace Horror
and Mystery with Suspense or keep them
separate and see if they're viable?

o Combine them in Suspense
o Keep them separate
o No opinion


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Msg# 3334

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 23:14:37 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Suggested new category
under Genres: Non-Fiction?

o For
o Against
o No opinion


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Msg# 3335

New poll for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 11, 2005 - 23:22:12 Topic ID# 3
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
MEFAwards group:

Category PM: Suggested new category
under Time/Books: Post-Ring War

o For
o Against
o No opinion


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Msg# 3336

Re: Category PM, a few things still Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 23:25:36 Topic ID# 3329
-----Original Message-----
From: Marta [mailto:MartaL0712@netscape.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 5:54 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Category PM, a few things still



> 1) Fourth Age and Beyond

>How about just post-Ring War?

Sounds better.

>I know that the Fourth Age officially begins when the Ringbearers sailed
from the Grey Havens, but for me post-Ring War is a little more
encompassing. For me, the post-RW era begins at different points for
different races.

>Men - anything post-"Many Partings". So Eowyn's and Faramir's wedding would
be post-Ring War even though it occurred during the Third Age.

>Hobbits - post-Grey Havens. The Occupation and subsequent Scouring are
really tied to the Ring War because Saruman went there kind of to take
revenge on the Hobbits, I think. And all of the other post-Scouring but
pre-Havens events are so tied to book events, I think they're very different
from other post-Ring War stories.

>Elves - In the case of those Elves who came to Minas Tirith, post- "Many
Partings". For the others, post-Fall of Dol Guldur.

>I think it really comes to what the author thinks - is it a gapfiller to
events in LotR (even if those events occur after the Ring's destruction)? If
so, it probably belongs somewhere else (perhaps in LotR). Or is it an
extrapolation into the Fourth Age or beyond, maybe based on the Appendices?
If so, it probably goes here in post-Ring War.

Well, if we have this category, we'll have to just let the authors decide if
it's Post-Ring War or LOTR or whatever. We can't have four different times
of demarkation for Post-Ring War. That would be just as confusing as Fourth
Age is for some people. Maybe even more so. So we'll just say Post-Ring
War and leave it at that.

This goes to poll.

As do the others.

Thanks for your comments, Marta, Sulriel, and Bridiliel.

> 2) Suspense
> The idea here is to group Horror and Mystery together. Any other
> suggestions on a category name that could encompass the two?
>

>I know I suggested this, but I think most people suggested we try to make
both categories viable instead of combining them?

Made it a poll question.

> 3) Non-Fiction
> This would encompass anything not poetry or fiction. I don't want
"critical
> essays" because I don't want the word 'critical" in there. But
there are
> other options: Essay, Article, etc. What should we use?
>

>Nonfiction works good to me. Essay and Article have different connotations,
I think: essay suggests you're presenting a certain viewpoint, article that
you're trying to present all the facts without bias.

This is also a poll.

Bridiliel said:

>I think Articles/Essays will be fine, but I don't like Non-Fiction.

I do think Non-Fiction works best. We don't want a category with a / in
the title because / separates categories from their subcategories.


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Msg# 3337

Categories, anybody got any categories? Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 11, 2005 - 23:33:14 Topic ID# 3337
Well, all the so-far-suggested categories, besides those that were nixed
from the start, are in the polls. Democracy will reign. I meant to hide
the results until the polls closed but since I forgot on the first one, I
left them all visible.

Last call for any new category suggestions. Otherwise, we'll run with these
and think up the three award titles for the new categories the polls give
us.

And then we'll be done with the Post Mortem! And we can all take a break
and read, read, read. If you find a great story, be sure to note it down
for nomination!


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Msg# 3338

AW: [MEFAwards] New poll for MEFAwards (two banners) Posted by elanor of aquitania January 12, 2005 - 3:45:27 Topic ID# 3
> The size quoted is the size of the banners on the external
> link. I opened
> them in Microsoft Photo Editor and did a Resize to check
> their pixel sizes
> (I didn't change them at all). Then I posted them with their sizes.

Hi Ainaechoiriel,
I still do not understand, I am very sorry.

Is the "story of the month" banner
350W x 150H = 52500 pixel as in the poll
or is it
350W x 100H = 35000 pixel as on the external link ?

If I measure the banner on my screen
I get 9.2 cm W x 2.6 cm H
which agrees very well with the ratio 3.5 in 350 / 100.

For the "witch king" both URLs agree that this banner has the size
291 W x 152 H = 44232 pixel

I measured 7.7 cm W x 4.1 cm H
for which the ratio 1.9 agrees well with 291 / 152.

Could you say again which is the relevant size?:
a) poll 350 x 150
b) external link 350 x 100

Sorry for being such a bother
Elanor
- contrite apology for being so dense

Msg# 3339

Re: New poll for MEFAwards (two banners) Posted by ainaechoiriel January 12, 2005 - 9:42:28 Topic ID# 3
Ah, you're right. I typed it wrong in the poll. the external page is
corred. It's 350W x 100H for Story of the month. I can't edit the
poll without throwing out all the current votes, so just take this as
a notice. the correct size again is 350W by 100H for Story of the
Month.

--Ainaechoiriel
whose other computer is still having issues in spite of the new power
supply. Thus she's posting via the web.


--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "elanor of aquitania" <elanor@c...>
wrote:
> > The size quoted is the size of the banners on the external
> > link. I opened
> > them in Microsoft Photo Editor and did a Resize to check
> > their pixel sizes
> > (I didn't change them at all). Then I posted them with their
sizes.
>
> Hi Ainaechoiriel,
> I still do not understand, I am very sorry.
>
> Is the "story of the month" banner
> 350W x 150H = 52500 pixel as in the poll
> or is it
> 350W x 100H = 35000 pixel as on the external link ?
>
> If I measure the banner on my screen
> I get 9.2 cm W x 2.6 cm H
> which agrees very well with the ratio 3.5 in 350 / 100.
>
> For the "witch king" both URLs agree that this banner has the size
> 291 W x 152 H = 44232 pixel
>
> I measured 7.7 cm W x 4.1 cm H
> for which the ratio 1.9 agrees well with 291 / 152.
>
> Could you say again which is the relevant size?:
> a) poll 350 x 150
> b) external link 350 x 100
>
> Sorry for being such a bother
> Elanor
> - contrite apology for being so dense

Msg# 3340

Re: Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh my! Posted by Marta January 12, 2005 - 15:10:49 Topic ID# 3296
Hi Ainae,

Snipping much of the general chit-chat and where we seem to be in
agreement.

<snip>
> >re: aiming low...
<snip>
>> it may seem like setting the bar low to you and me,
>>but the chances are pretty good that it could cause confusion or
>>problems for someone. In my experience it's better to spell things
>>like this out, and hope it wasn't really necessary.

> Yeah, I see that at work. (I'm a tech support technition)

Yes, so you'd have run into the same thing!

I don't think we have to bend over backwards to accommodate people,
but if there are simple things we can do like this, even if they seem
like aiming low to us... well, it's probably not a bad idea.

<snip>

>> Personally, I think most
>> people are much more likely to join an archive than learn a foreign
>>language to read a story, but I do see the distinction you're
>> drawing.

> Perhaps, but not everyone wants to join every archive out there. I
think
> (and I could be wrong) generally people have theirusual haunts and
that's
> where they go to look for stories. Me, I go to ff.net.
Occasionally, I got
> to HASA (but most of those stories are also on ff.net). I don't
really go
> anywhere else unless a specific link is provided, and if a login is
> required, I usually back myself right back out of it. Unless it's a
story
> I'm dying for, I won't bother with yet another username and
password.

*shrug* I don't mind signing up for new log-in information, as I just
add it to a list I keep. But I guess I'm weird like that. It's not a
huge deal, so I won't argue the point further.

Likewise, I understand what you're saying about the deadline for
public posting. I still think it should be at the end of nomination
season, but I can see your point. And it's your awards, and not worth
continuing to discuss; it's really not a big deal to me. So I'll drop
that point.

<snip>
>> I'm sorry if I'm going on about something that's non-negotiable. I
>>understand the need for a deadline, and I understand the value of
>>borrowing from the ASCs... but like you've admitted, the ASCs are
>>their own archive, so things work differently for them.

> Yeah, but the more I borrow, the less work I have to do.

I understand that. I think we can borrow from the ASC until it causes
a problem with these awards - but be flexible to adapt? I mean, my
impulse is that we shouldn't say no to a change just because ASC does
it a different way - but the ASC way can still be the default?

I know, this is all easy for me to say - I am not putting in as much
time as you are.

> And really, this
> does take up a LOT of my time. Certain season especially.

I appreciate that. It takes up a lot of mine, too, and I don't do half
of what you do. Thanks. :-)

Marta

Msg# 3341

Re: Categories, anybody got any categories? Posted by Marta January 12, 2005 - 15:32:42 Topic ID# 3337
> Last call for any new category suggestions.

I think this pretty much covers it for me. It might be useful to have
an "Other Races" category for pieces centering on the less commonly
portrayed races - Ents, all the different animals, Ainur, etc. - but I
don't know that it's really critical.

> Otherwise, we'll run with these
> and think up the three award titles for the new categories the polls
give
> us.
>

Sounds like a plan. Well done, Ainae, for getting us this far.

> And then we'll be done with the Post Mortem! And we can all take a
break
> and read, read, read.

You two. Relax...

> If you find a great story, be sure to note it down
> for nomination!

Just a quick question - how will the nomination form change? Will it
be the same, minus the categories and subcategories spaces? I only ask
because I like to prepare my nominations as I read.

Marta

Msg# 3342

Re: Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh my! Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 13, 2005 - 12:09:24 Topic ID# 3296
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To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories... graduated and sub- and new ones, oh
my!



Hi Ainae,

>Snipping much of the general chit-chat and where we seem to be in
agreement.

likewise

<snip>
<snip>

<snip>
> Yeah, but the more I borrow, the less work I have to do.

>I understand that. I think we can borrow from the ASC until it causes
a problem with these awards - but be flexible to adapt? I mean, my
impulse is that we shouldn't say no to a change just because ASC does
it a different way - but the ASC way can still be the default?

That's already what we do. We differ quite a bit now from ASC. The biggest
change has been in there from the beginning: nominations. But I don't see
the deadline as "problem" to be fixed. It makes everything a lot less
confusing for me, though, that's for sure.

>I know, this is all easy for me to say - I am not putting in as much
time as you are.

Thanks.

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Msg# 3343

Re: Categories, anybody got any categories? Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 13, 2005 - 12:13:01 Topic ID# 3337
-----Original Message-----
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To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Re: Categories, anybody got any categories?



> Last call for any new category suggestions.

>I think this pretty much covers it for me. It might be useful to have an
"Other Races" category for pieces centering on the less commonly portrayed
races - Ents, all the different animals, Ainur, etc. - but I don't know that
it's really critical.

I had thought of that. There's the option of Heroes, to be like Villians.
We can almost guarantee that Men, Elves, and Hobbits would graduate to their
own categories. But Dwarves may not.

Shall we put this up as a poll? It would negate the present poll on
Dwarves right now.

>Sounds like a plan. Well done, Ainae, for getting us this far.

Thanks.

> And then we'll be done with the Post Mortem! And we can all take a
break
> and read, read, read.

>You two. Relax...

And I'm hoping: write, write, write

> If you find a great story, be sure to note it down for nomination!

>Just a quick question - how will the nomination form change? Will it be the
same, minus the categories and subcategories spaces? I only ask because I
like to prepare my nominations as I read.

I'll try to get one together today while I'm bored at work and
procrastinating writing. ;-)
--Ainaechoiriel
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Msg# 3344

2005 Nomination Form in Files Section Posted by ainaechoiriel January 13, 2005 - 12:28:34 Topic ID# 3344
If you'd like to get an early start on gathering your 2005
Nominations, you can get a nomination Form from the Files Section of
the Yahoo site. I'll probably have it on the web site soon, as well.
(You'll know the difference fromt eh 2004 form in that the 2005 does
not include categories.)

Just remember that you can't post the nominations until Nomination
Season begins in April. But you can gather them up for that time.
You can even 'vote early" as with last year. Just write up your
votes while the stories are fresh in yourmind and save them somewhere
so you can copy them into your ballot in Voting Season.

--Ainaechoiriel

MEFA Admin and Founder

P.S. We are halfway done with our surprise....

Msg# 3345

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 17, 2005 - 3:03:21 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Cat. PM: Make all Places (ex. Rohan,
Gondor, etc.) graduated categories.
Requires 20 stories to become a main
category, otherwise stays sub.

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- Yes, 11 votes, 78.57%
- No, 1 votes, 7.14%
- No opinion, 2 votes, 14.29%



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Msg# 3346

Newbie Posted by Talullah January 17, 2005 - 8:55:17 Topic ID# 3346
Hi,

I'm known online as Talullah. I write and read slash. I joined the group
briefly last year, but I quit because I had no time to participate. This
year things will be hopefully slower and I'll be able to nominate, read and
vote. I am fully aware of the rating limitations, no worries about that.

That being said, I'm looking forward to the 2005 awards.

Regards

Talullah

PS: A silly question: I received an excel file to start voting soon -- I
thought the nominations would only start in may. Is that file for last year
or am I
confusing things?

Msg# 3347

Sorry I haven't been around much Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 18, 2005 - 11:11:36 Topic ID# 3347
Busy, busy, busy. And then my water heater's temp and pressure valve
decided it needed to be replaced. I'm still working on that one.

Ah, the fun of being a first-time homeowner.


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Msg# 3348

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 19, 2005 - 3:01:21 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Tie-breaker run-off: Vote Vote Help





Question
What will our more standard size
banners be? Choices can be viewed at
http://home.earthlink.net/~ainae/mefa/ba
nnersizes.html. (Posting that link
here will probably add a space in
there. Delete it.) (We may round up the
winning banner to an even number of
pixels for width and height.)


CHOICES AND RESULTS
- 350W x 150H (ex. Story of the Month), 4 votes, 50.00%
- 291W x 152H (ex. Witch King), 4 votes, 50.00%



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Msg# 3349

Re: Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by Naresha January 19, 2005 - 3:28:01 Topic ID# 123
Can I suggest that maybe we just have TWO options
for the banner sizes? Then banner artists can
have a choice. If I remember correctly, we had 9
votes a piece last time and now we're down to 4 a
piece. I don't really want to know what a third
vote would bring us to!!! :-) So that's my
suggestion - just have 2 banner sizes to choose
from! Maybe we could put it to another vote next
year and see what happens?

Naresha


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POLL QUESTION: Tie-breaker run-off: Vote Vote
Help



CHOICES AND RESULTS
- 350W x 150H (ex. Story of the Month), 4 votes,
50.00%
- 291W x 152H (ex. Witch King), 4 votes, 50.00%



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Msg# 3350

Tie Breaker that wasn't Posted by ainaechoiriel January 19, 2005 - 15:07:29 Topic ID# 3350
Well, the run-off poll we had to break the banner size tie didn't
break it. It's tied 4 to 4. Shall I put it up again or just make an
executive decision that 4 people won't like?

--Ainaechoiriel
posting from the web again.

Msg# 3351

AW: [MEFAwards] Tie Breaker that wasn't Posted by elanor of aquitania January 19, 2005 - 15:44:31 Topic ID# 3350
> Well, the run-off poll we had to break the banner size tie didn't
> break it. It's tied 4 to 4. Shall I put it up again or just make an
> executive decision that 4 people won't like?
>
> --Ainaechoiriel

If you do not want to make an executive decision now,
I would prefer that you put it up again.
I think we have enough time for another round ;-)

In contrast to Naresha I would prefer a single banner size
as I am in preference of corporate design ;-)

Best wishes Elanor

Msg# 3352

Re: AW: [MEFAwards] Tie Breaker that wasn't Posted by Naresha January 20, 2005 - 5:20:55 Topic ID# 3350
--- elanor of aquitania <elanor@codacode.net>
wrote:

---------------------------------
> Well, the run-off poll we had to break the
banner size tie didn't
> break it. It's tied 4 to 4. Shall I put it up
again or just make an
> executive decision that 4 people won't like?
>
> --Ainaechoiriel

If you do not want to make an executive decision
now,
I would prefer that you put it up again.
I think we have enough time for another round ;-)

In contrast to Naresha I would prefer a single
banner size
as I am in preference of corporate design ;-)

Best wishes Elanor


Perhaps put it up once more and see what happens
- unless you feel really strongly about one over
the other. Like I suggested, we could always
have both choices this year and see what people
think.

Resha

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Msg# 3353

Re: AW: [MEFAwards] Tie Breaker that wasn't Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 20, 2005 - 23:54:51 Topic ID# 3350
Well, it already ran twice and still came up a tie. So we will leave both
sizes up. Gives the artists a choice.

Executive decision decided.

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Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 5:21 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: AW: [MEFAwards] Tie Breaker that wasn't


--- elanor of aquitania <elanor@codacode.net>
wrote:

---------------------------------
> Well, the run-off poll we had to break the
banner size tie didn't
> break it. It's tied 4 to 4. Shall I put it up
again or just make an
> executive decision that 4 people won't like?
>
> --Ainaechoiriel

If you do not want to make an executive decision now, I would prefer that
you put it up again.
I think we have enough time for another round ;-)

In contrast to Naresha I would prefer a single banner size as I am in
preference of corporate design ;-)

Best wishes Elanor


Perhaps put it up once more and see what happens
- unless you feel really strongly about one over the other. Like I
suggested, we could always have both choices this year and see what people
think.

Resha

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Msg# 3354

Re: AW: [MEFAwards] Tie Breaker that wasn't Posted by Naresha January 21, 2005 - 8:24:19 Topic ID# 3350
Woohoo! One more issue resolved! I like this
decision :-P

Resha.

--- Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net>
wrote:

---------------------------------
Well, it already ran twice and still came up a
tie. So we will leave both
sizes up. Gives the artists a choice.

Executive decision decided.


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Msg# 3355

Another tie looming..... Posted by ainaechoiriel January 21, 2005 - 22:06:29 Topic ID# 3355
The poll to decide if we combing Horror and Mystery together into
Suspense is presently tied 5 for combining and 5 for keeping them
separate. Please do go over and vote. I hate to have to run a poll
twice.

--Ainaechoiriel

Msg# 3356

Re: Another tie looming..... Posted by Antoinette Brenion January 21, 2005 - 23:09:01 Topic ID# 3355
I have voted in every category. Thanks for the reminder.

RiverOtter

Msg# 3357

Re: Newbie Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 22, 2005 - 0:34:20 Topic ID# 3346
Yeah, that file is for last year. And this year, we're going to start in
April. It was rough ending Voting Season on Halloween last year. This will
make it end in September. Should be easier.

Glad to have you on board, Talullah!

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Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 8:55 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Newbie


Hi,

I'm known online as Talullah. I write and read slash. I joined the group
briefly last year, but I quit because I had no time to participate. This
year things will be hopefully slower and I'll be able to nominate, read and
vote. I am fully aware of the rating limitations, no worries about that.

That being said, I'm looking forward to the 2005 awards.

Regards

Talullah

PS: A silly question: I received an excel file to start voting soon -- I
thought the nominations would only start in may. Is that file for last year
or am I confusing things?



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Msg# 3358

Computer in a coma Posted by ainaechoiriel January 25, 2005 - 14:33:38 Topic ID# 3358
Just in case you've been wondering where I've been, the computer I
read MEFA messages (and 5 or 6 of my e-mail addresses on) is in a
coma. Yes, the motherboard. It turned itself off a few days ago and
I haven't been able to get it back on since. Another motherboard was
purchased on Ebay and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I hope it comes
soon.

In the meantime, I'm checking those e-mails via the web, and thus
much less likely to reply. I'm just odd that way.

All the polls that close 1/25/2005 will be closed tomorrow if they
haven't closed automatically. Yahoo does that sometimes.

--Ainaechoiriel
waiting for a motherboard

Msg# 3359

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:19 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Suggested new category
under Time/Books: Post-Ring War

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- For, 14 votes, 87.50%
- Against, 1 votes, 6.25%
- No opinion, 1 votes, 6.25%



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Msg# 3360

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:22 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Suggested new category
under Genres: Non-Fiction?

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- For, 14 votes, 82.35%
- Against, 1 votes, 5.88%
- No opinion, 2 votes, 11.76%



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Msg# 3361

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:27 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Suggested new category
under Genres: Movie-verse

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- Against, 8 votes, 42.11%
- No opinion, 1 votes, 5.26%
- For, 10 votes, 52.63%



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Msg# 3362

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:41 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Suggested new category
under Races/Places: Cross-Cultural

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- For, 12 votes, 66.67%
- Against, 4 votes, 22.22%
- No opinion, 2 votes, 11.11%



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Msg# 3363

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:41 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Suggested new category
under Genres: Alternate Universe

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- For, 15 votes, 78.95%
- Against, 2 votes, 10.53%
- No opinion, 2 votes, 10.53%



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Msg# 3364

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:43 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Shall we replace Horror
and Mystery with Suspense or keep them
separate and see if they're viable?

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- Keep them separate, 9 votes, 52.94%
- No opinion, 0 votes, 0.00%
- Combine them in Suspense, 8 votes, 47.06%



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Msg# 3365

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:43 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Suggested new category
under Races/Places: Dwarves

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- For, 18 votes, 94.74%
- Against, 0 votes, 0.00%
- No opinion, 1 votes, 5.26%



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Msg# 3366

Poll results for MEFAwards Posted by MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com January 26, 2005 - 2:58:53 Topic ID# 123
The following MEFAwards poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:


POLL QUESTION: Category PM: Shall we replace Orcs with
Villains and let the individual species
of villains be graduated categories?

CHOICES AND RESULTS
- Yes, 17 votes, 89.47%
- No, 1 votes, 5.26%
- No opinion, 1 votes, 5.26%



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Msg# 3367

Computer Update and Closed Polls Posted by ainaechoiriel January 27, 2005 - 10:32:17 Topic ID# 3367
Well, my computer has a new motherboard and a new install of Windows
and everything else is being reinstalled.

I thought I was ready to go with Outlook, so I'd be back to my e-
mail, but alas, no. It wants the installations CD which is not in the
drive and I'm not at home to put it in the drive. So it will have to
wait, and I'm still posting from the web and checking in only
sporadically.

But I did notice the polls had closed. In a nutshell, these are the
results:

Ocrs are gone as a category, but can be revived as a graduated
category. In their place we now have Villains.

Other new categories in Races/Places are Cross-Cultural and Dwarves.

Genres gains these new categories: Alternate-Universe, Movie-Verse,
and Non-Fiction. Horror and Mystery will NOT be combined into
Suspense at this time, but will try their chances at viability
separately.

Post-Ring War will be added to Time/Books

That means we are ALMOST through with the 2004 Post-Mortem. Now we
just need Awards titles. I'll post another post on that and see if
my brain comes up with any suggestions.

--Ainaechoiriel
slowly resurrecting her computer

Msg# 3368

New Categories and Awards Titles and some others thrown in, as wel Posted by ainaechoiriel January 27, 2005 - 10:49:24 Topic ID# 3368
Let's look at our categories and their awards titles: (when making
suggestions TRY for a grouping of three. I know it's not always
possible to have a brilliant thought in a group of three, but try
when possible.)

Note: when replying, make a separate post for each category, and use
a subject line to match. It will be easier to follow that way.

1. (Topic) Races & Places
a. Men
1) The Faithful of Numenor Award
2) The Kings of Gondor and Arnor Award
3) The Ruling Stewards Award

These are good, but do we want to suggest any challengers to replace
them? The order is presently historical.

b. Elves
1) The Lothlorien Award
2) The Imladris Award
3) The Grey Havens Award

Presently just three main places where one might find Elves at the
time of the Ring-War. Why no Mirkwood? Because it is used elsewhere
and it didn't play a big part in LOTR.

c. Hobbits
1) The Ring-bearer of Bag End Award
2) The Master of Buckland Award
3) The Thain of The Great Smials Award

There has been quibbling about the order. Shall we change any of
these, swap the order around, etc.?

d. Dwarves
1)
2)
3)

We need some. Shall we go with Dwarves from The Hobbit? Or ones
mentioned in LOTR? There's Gimli and Gloin. Dain is mentioned, too,
I think. Any other thoughts?


e. Villains
1)
2)
3)

Three of our biggest villains were used for Horror. Not that that
can't be changed. So that's one option: move the Awards titles from
Horror to here and find new ones for Horror. What else might we use?
Races of evil beings? The Balrog Award? The Uruk-Hai Award? The
Cave-Troll Award? Etc. Toss some suggestions out there.

f. Cross-Cultural
1)
2)
3)

We need some for here. Shall we go with cross-cultural friendships?
It's a good place for the Gimli and Legolas Award. But what else
could we use there?

2. (Topic) Genres
a. Humor
1) The Tom Bombadil Award
2) The Bilbo Baggins Award
3) The Barliman Butterbur Award

Presently using the three most humorous characters Shadow975 and I
could come up with in our brainstorming session. From LOTR, that
is. Feel free to offer suggestions (goes for any category here).

b. Adventure
1) The Battle of the Black Gate Award
2) The Battle of the Pelennor Fields Award
3) The Battle of Helm's Deep Award

Presently reflects in reverse-chronological order the three major
battles of LOTR.

c. Drama (includes Angst)
1) The Turin Turambar Award
2) The Frodo Baggins Award
3) The Nimrodel and Amroth Award

Presently reflects the three angstiest people Shadow and I could
think of in our brainstorming session. I've since been thinking
Faramir is a pretty angsty guy....

d. Romance
1) The Luthien and Beren Award
2) The Tuor and Idril Award
3) The Aragorn and Arwen Award

Presently shows the three main Elf-Man unions, in chronological order.

e. Horror
1) The Morgoth Bauglir Award
2) The Eye of Sauron Award
3) The Witch King of Angmar Award

Could be swapped to Villains, but then what would we put here? We
could put other scary things: The Mirkwood Spider Award? The
Shelob's Lair Award? The Moria Award?

f. Mystery
1) The Shadows of Cuivienen Award
2) The Barrow-Wight Award
3) The Pukel-Men Award

I've been thinking the Dead Marshes might be a good replacement for
Shadows of Cuivienen. What do you think?

g. Crossovers
1) The Pirates of the Caribbean Award
2) The Hidalgo Award
3) The Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Award

Still a good set, but can we update them? Orlando has been in Troy
and will be in Kingdom of Heaven. Dom is in Lost. Billy Boyd was in
Master and Commander. What other movies/tv shows have our actors
been in that we might choose?

h. Alternate-Universe

We had some silly ideas for this one. Such as the "Arwen Stole
Glorfindel's Horse Award" or some such. But seriously, we do need
three awards. They CAN be silly if we want to go that way. (The
Tenth Walker Award....) or they can be serious. What say you?

i. Movie-Verse

This might be a better place for "Arwen Stole Glorfindel's Horse". ;-
) What other movie changes would make good titles?

j. Non-Fiction

This poses a challenge, doesn't it. What might we title our awards
here. Maybe for great libraries? Systems of writing (Tengwar,
whatever the Dwarvish runes are called, etc....) or languages
(Rohirric, Sindarin, Dwarvish....) Put your thinking caps on....

3. (Topic) Time/Books
a. The Silmarillion
1) The Ainulindale Award
2) The Valaquenta Award
3) The Akallabeth Award

Presently three of the main time eras/book divisions in the Silm. In
chronological order.

b. The Hobbit
1) The Shire Award
2) The Mirkwood Award
3) The Lonely Mountain Award

Presently three main places Biblo visited on his journey. In
chronological order.

c. The Lord of the Rings
1) The Fellowship fo the Ring Award
2) The Two Towers Award
3) The Return of the King Award

Presently the most obvious grouping of three in this whole list, LOTR
being a trilogy and all.

d. Post-Ring War

I'm coming up blank myself at this time. But let's discuss together
and we may come up with something brilliant.

--Ainaechoiriel
Almost done. I actually think this is the fun part. :-)

Msg# 3369

Just for fun.... Posted by ainaechoiriel January 27, 2005 - 11:13:45 Topic ID# 3369
I'll be hanging around in the Chat room on the Yahoo site today if
anyone wants to drop by.

Note: I am at work, and thus have to be somewhat surrepticious about
this and obviously, doing actual work will take precedence. So if I
seem to be delayed in answering. That'll be why.

So, if you're bored like I am, come and join me!

--Ainaechoiriel

Msg# 3370

Re: New Awards Titles - Horror & Villains Posted by Naresha January 28, 2005 - 9:20:08 Topic ID# 3368
I would like to see The Shelob's Lair award in
Horror. I don't think it really fits as a
Villian award personally. The Mines of Moria
Award could become a Horror award as well. The
Eye of Sauron Award would work well in
Villians... The Wolves of Isengard Award? (for
either!) Could we fit a Palantir award of some
sort in there somehow? Sorry - I'm not familiar
enough with the books to be better at picking
things! Think of this as TBC! I shall think on
it some more and come back if I think something
up! Plus it's 220am and I need sleep! :-D

Naresha.

--- ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net>
wrote:

---------------------------------
<snip>

e. Villains
1)
2)
3)

e. Horror
1) The Morgoth Bauglir Award
2) The Eye of Sauron Award
3) The Witch King of Angmar Award

Could be swapped to Villains, but then what would
we put here? We could put other scary things:
The Mirkwood Spider Award? The Shelob's Lair
Award? The Moria Award?
<snip>

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Msg# 3371

Re: Dwarf Categories Posted by Laura January 28, 2005 - 11:06:50 Topic ID# 3371
>> d. Dwarves
>> 1)
>> 2)
>> 3)
>> We need some. Shall we go with Dwarves from The Hobbit? Or ones
>> mentioned in LOTR? There's Gimli and Gloin. Dain is mentioned, too,
>> I think. Any other thoughts?


Rather than going with individual dwarves, why not go with locations like we've already done for elves? There could be the Khazad-dum Award, the Lonely Mountain Award, and the Aglarond Award. Or the Glittering Caves Award, however you want to phrase it. That might be easier than trying to dig up pictures of Gimli, Gloin, and Dain. Gimli would be easy, but the other two could be difficult to find.

That's my two cents, anyway.

Thundera Tiger
(Who is thrilled that there is a dwarf category)

Msg# 3372

Re: Horror Awards Posted by Laura January 28, 2005 - 11:09:08 Topic ID# 3372
More two cents from me... (I think I'm up to 4 cents now...)

>> e. Horror
>> 1) The Morgoth Bauglir Award
>> 2) The Eye of Sauron Award
>> 3) The Witch King of Angmar Award
>> Could be swapped to Villains, but then what would we put here? We
>> could put other scary things: The Mirkwood Spider Award? The
>> Shelob's Lair Award? The Moria Award?

I think turning the current Horror Awards into Villain Awards would be a good idea. In place of that, could we put Paths of the Dead Award, The Dead Marshes Award, and The Shelob's Lair Award? Those are all fairly spooky places. Or we could have people associated with those places. The king of the dead, for example, or a Houseless One. Or I suppose a Balrog Award might work. Just throwing out ideas here.

Thundera
(Having now exhausted her spare change supply for the day)

Msg# 3373

Re: Dwarf Categories Posted by Bridilliel Nealay January 28, 2005 - 14:05:09 Topic ID# 3371
I really like Thundera's suggestion, and am thrilled as well that I
will be able to read more fanfiction about Dwarves! It's so hard to
find. Well... to me anyway.


On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 17:03:19 GMT, Laura <thunderalaura@juno.com> wrote:
>
>
> >> d. Dwarves
> >> 1)
> >> 2)
> >> 3)
> >> We need some. Shall we go with Dwarves from The Hobbit? Or ones
> >> mentioned in LOTR? There's Gimli and Gloin. Dain is mentioned, too,
> >> I think. Any other thoughts?
>
> Rather than going with individual dwarves, why not go with locations like we've already done for elves? There could be the Khazad-dum Award, the Lonely Mountain Award, and the Aglarond Award. Or the Glittering Caves Award, however you want to phrase it. That might be easier than trying to dig up pictures of Gimli, Gloin, and Dain. Gimli would be easy, but the other two could be difficult to find.
>
> That's my two cents, anyway.
>
> Thundera Tiger
> (Who is thrilled that there is a dwarf category)
>
>
>
> Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>
>

Msg# 3374

Re: Dwarf Categories Posted by ainaechoiriel January 28, 2005 - 16:51:40 Topic ID# 3371
Still don't have Outlook up and running.... Maybe after this weekend.

Anyway, I, too, liked the suggestion for Dwarves being places, as
with Elves. The Khazad-Dum Award sounds good, as does The Lonely
Mountain (but we'd have to find another for The Hobbit if we did
that) Award. And since I prefer longer names to shorter ones, I'd go
with the Glittering Caves Award, except that in this case, I tend to
like it's proper name: Aglarond.

--Ainaechoiriel

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Bridilliel Nealay <Bridilliel@g...>
wrote:
> I really like Thundera's suggestion, and am thrilled as well that I
> will be able to read more fanfiction about Dwarves! It's so hard to
> find. Well... to me anyway.
>
>
> On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 17:03:19 GMT, Laura <thunderalaura@j...> wrote:
> >
> >
> > >> d. Dwarves
> > >> 1)
> > >> 2)
> > >> 3)
> > >> We need some. Shall we go with Dwarves from The Hobbit? Or
ones
> > >> mentioned in LOTR? There's Gimli and Gloin. Dain is
mentioned, too,
> > >> I think. Any other thoughts?
> >
> > Rather than going with individual dwarves, why not go with
locations like we've already done for elves? There could be the
Khazad-dum Award, the Lonely Mountain Award, and the Aglarond Award.
Or the Glittering Caves Award, however you want to phrase it. That
might be easier than trying to dig up pictures of Gimli, Gloin, and
Dain. Gimli would be easy, but the other two could be difficult to
find.
> >
> > That's my two cents, anyway.
> >
> > Thundera Tiger
> > (Who is thrilled that there is a dwarf category)
> >
> >
> >
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >

Msg# 3375

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles - Men Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 18:40:10 Topic ID# 3368
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...> wrote:
>
> Let's look at our categories and their awards titles: (when making
> suggestions TRY for a grouping of three. I know it's not always
> possible to have a brilliant thought in a group of three, but try
> when possible.)
>
> Note: when replying, make a separate post for each category, and use
> a subject line to match. It will be easier to follow that way.
>
> 1. (Topic) Races & Places
> a. Men
> 1) The Faithful of Numenor Award
> 2) The Kings of Gondor and Arnor Award
> 3) The Ruling Stewards Award
>
> These are good, but do we want to suggest any challengers to replace
> them? The order is presently historical.
>

I would recommend

1) The Numenor Award
2) The Gondor and Arnor Award
3) The Riddermark Award

Or even:

1) The Gondor Award
2) The Riddermark Award
3) The Harad Award

(for the three main mannish powers at the time of the Ring War)

Obviously if Gondor and Rohan become their own categories we will need to change this.

Marta

Msg# 3376

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles and some others thrown in, as Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 18:45:31 Topic ID# 3368
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...> wrote:
>
> Let's look at our categories and their awards titles: (when making
> suggestions TRY for a grouping of three. I know it's not always
> possible to have a brilliant thought in a group of three, but try
> when possible.)
>
> Note: when replying, make a separate post for each category, and use
> a subject line to match. It will be easier to follow that way.
>

<snip>
> b. Elves
> 1) The Lothlorien Award
> 2) The Imladris Award
> 3) The Grey Havens Award
>
> Presently just three main places where one might find Elves at the
> time of the Ring-War. Why no Mirkwood? Because it is used elsewhere
> and it didn't play a big part in LOTR.
>

How about:

1) The Galadriel Award
2) The Elrond Half-elven Award
3) The Cirdan Award

as the three bearers of the Elven Rings?

Marta
]

Msg# 3377

Re: Dwarf Categories Posted by Laura January 28, 2005 - 18:48:24 Topic ID# 3371
Ainae wrote:
>> Anyway, I, too, liked the suggestion for Dwarves being places, as
>> with Elves. The Khazad-Dum Award sounds good, as does The Lonely
>> Mountain (but we'd have to find another for The Hobbit if we did
>> that) Award. And since I prefer longer names to shorter ones, I'd
>> go with the Glittering Caves Award, except that in this case, I tend
>> to like it's proper name: Aglarond.

Ooops, forgot that the Lonely Mountain was spoken for... Maybe the Erebor Award, instead? Except that sounds bizarre... Could we change the award in The Hobbit section to the Smaug Award?

Thundera

Msg# 3378

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Hobbits)` Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 19:08:41 Topic ID# 3368
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...> wrote:
>
> Let's look at our categories and their awards titles: (when making
> suggestions TRY for a grouping of three. I know it's not always
> possible to have a brilliant thought in a group of three, but try
> when possible.)
>
> Note: when replying, make a separate post for each category, and use
> a subject line to match. It will be easier to follow that way.
>

<snip>
> c. Hobbits
> 1) The Ring-bearer of Bag End Award
> 2) The Master of Buckland Award
> 3) The Thain of The Great Smials Award
>
> There has been quibbling about the order. Shall we change any of
> these, swap the order around, etc.?
>

Thain needs to be "The Thain of Tookland" instead of "The Thain of the Great Smials"
award, I think? He is ruler of a whole clan, not just head of a certain hole.

Also, maybe should "The Ring-bearer of Bag End" to "The Mayor of the Shire"? Those are
the three major positions in the Shire. Thain, Master, Mayor.

Also I stand by my earlier statement that the order should be reversed:

1. Thain
2. Master
3. Mayor/Ring-bearer

Marta

Msg# 3379

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Dwarves) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 19:19:49 Topic ID# 3368
> d. Dwarves
> 1)
> 2)
> 3)
>
> We need some. Shall we go with Dwarves from The Hobbit? Or ones
> mentioned in LOTR? There's Gimli and Gloin. Dain is mentioned, too,
> I think. Any other thoughts?
>

I'd go with homes of the Dwarves.

1) Moria
2) The Lonely Mountain

I'm not so sure about the third. The Iron Hills? Wahtever the mountains west of the Shire
are? Or is there a major home of the Dwarves in the Silmarillion I'm forgetting?

Marta

Msg# 3380

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles and some others thrown in, as Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 19:28:37 Topic ID# 3368
> f. Cross-Cultural
> 1)
> 2)
> 3)
>

1) The Legolas and Gimli Award
2) The Gandalf and Bilbo Award
3) The Merry and Eowyn Award (or possibly the Pippin and Beregond award)

Marta

Msg# 3381

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Humor) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 19:33:50 Topic ID# 3368
Sorry, I seem to keep forgetting to change the topics.

> 2. (Topic) Genres
> a. Humor
> 1) The Tom Bombadil Award
> 2) The Bilbo Baggins Award
> 3) The Barliman Butterbur Award
>

I personally think we can have the same character feature in two different awards, so long
as the titles are unique. For example, here... we have The Bilbo Baggins Award for humour,
and I really want a "Gandalf and Bilbo" award for cross-cultural.

If that's a problem, maybe have "the Quickbeam award"? Or take a completely different
tack, and have three characters used for comic relief in the movies (perhaps
inappropriately ;-) )? In which case:

1. The Merry and Pippin Award
2. The Ents of Fangorn Award
3. The Gimli son of Gloin Award

Marta

Msg# 3382

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Romance) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 19:44:37 Topic ID# 3368
> d. Romance
> 1) The Luthien and Beren Award
> 2) The Tuor and Idril Award
> 3) The Aragorn and Arwen Award
>
> Presently shows the three main Elf-Man unions, in chronological order.
>

I recommended earlier that we change this to the three main romances of Lord of the
Rings, as I think they would be more recognizable?

1st: The Aragorn and Arwen Award
2nd: The Faramir and Eowyn Award
3rd: The Sam and Rosie Award

Marta

Msg# 3383

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Mystery) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 19:50:31 Topic ID# 3368
> f. Mystery
> 1) The Shadows of Cuivienen Award
> 2) The Barrow-Wight Award
> 3) The Pukel-Men Award
>
> I've been thinking the Dead Marshes might be a good replacement for
> Shadows of Cuivienen. What do you think?
>

That might be good, unless you choose to put it in horror instead. I also suggested Barrow
Downs Award for horror, which I think is too similar to Barrow-wights? How about:

1) The Entwives Award
2) The Palantiri Award
3) The Pukel-men Award

Marta

Msg# 3384

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Crossovers) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 19:57:31 Topic ID# 3368
> g. Crossovers
> 1) The Pirates of the Caribbean Award
> 2) The Hidalgo Award
> 3) The Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Award
>
> Still a good set, but can we update them? Orlando has been in Troy
> and will be in Kingdom of Heaven. Dom is in Lost. Billy Boyd was in
> Master and Commander. What other movies/tv shows have our actors
> been in that we might choose?
>

My vote is for the "Troy" award because Sean Bean was that as well. Ian McKellen was in X-
Men as well, which could be good. David Wenham was in Van Helsing and Moulin Rouge
(but a bit part in Moulin Rouge, so that may not be the best idea).

I'd use a more recent movie loike that to replace "Indiana Jones" (sorry, John R-D!)

Marta

Msg# 3385

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (AU) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 20:12:36 Topic ID# 3368
> h. Alternate-Universe
>
> We had some silly ideas for this one. Such as the "Arwen Stole
> Glorfindel's Horse Award" or some such. But seriously, we do need
> three awards. They CAN be silly if we want to go that way. (The
> Tenth Walker Award....) or they can be serious. What say you?
>

That's one way to do it. Another way might be to take three common AU plotlines. Maybe:

1. The Boromir Lives Award
2. The Faramir Goes to Rivendell Award
3. The Frodo Dies in Mordor Award

Or something like that?

Marta

Msg# 3386

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Movieverse) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 20:26:57 Topic ID# 3368
> i. Movie-Verse
>
> This might be a better place for "Arwen Stole Glorfindel's Horse". ;-
> ) What other movie changes would make good titles?
>

How about three main departures in the three movies

(FotR) 1. The "Arwen Steals Asfaloth" Award
1. The "Let's Skip the Old Forest" Award

(TTT) 2. The "Elves at Helm's Deep" Award
2. The "evil!Faramir" Award
2. The "Aragorn Dies" Award

(RotK) *sigh*... entirely too many here...
1. The "Denethor's Missing Palantir" Award
2. The "Retaking Osgiliath" Award
3. The "Go Home, Sam" Award
4. The "Legolas vs. the Mumak" Award
5. The "Arwen Dies" Award
6. The "Merry at the Black Gate" Award
7. The "Scouring? What Scouring?" Award

Marta

Msg# 3387

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 20:33:21 Topic ID# 3368
> j. Non-Fiction
>
> This poses a challenge, doesn't it. What might we title our awards
> here. Maybe for great libraries? Systems of writing (Tengwar,
> whatever the Dwarvish runes are called, etc....) or languages
> (Rohirric, Sindarin, Dwarvish....) Put your thinking caps on....
>

I'd go with sites of libraries. How about:

1. The Imladris award
2. The Orthanc Award
3. The Minas Tirith Award

Marta

Msg# 3388

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (The Hobbit) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 20:35:17 Topic ID# 3368
> b. The Hobbit
> 1) The Shire Award
> 2) The Mirkwood Award
> 3) The Lonely Mountain Award
>
> Presently three main places Biblo visited on his journey. In
> chronological order.
>

If we go with my suggestion to use "The Lonely Mountain" for Dwarves we'll have to use
something else. Laketown, Beorn's House, the Misty Mountains, something like that?

Marta

Msg# 3389

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Post-Ring War) Posted by Marta January 28, 2005 - 20:52:16 Topic ID# 3368
> d. Post-Ring War
>

How about three areas that *weren't* absorbed into the Reunified Kingdom?

1. The Shire Award
2. The Fangorn Award
3. The Druedain Forest Award

Or maybe three Elves that stayed into the Fourth Age?

1. The Celeborn Award
2. The Legolas Award
3. The Elrohir and Elladan Award

Or maybe three areas that saw piece in the Fourth Age?

1. The Ithilien Award
2. The Mordor Award
3. The Breeland Award

Or how about the *sons* of Aragorn, Faramir, and Eomer?

1. The Eldarion Award
2. The Elboron Award
3. The Elfwine Award

Marta

Msg# 3390

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Dwarves) Posted by Laura January 29, 2005 - 1:40:17 Topic ID# 3368
Marta wrote:
>> I'd go with homes of the Dwarves.
>> 1) Moria
>> 2) The Lonely Mountain
>> I'm not so sure about the third. The Iron Hills? Wahtever the
>> mountains west of the Shire are? Or is there a major home of the
>> Dwarves in the Silmarillion I'm forgetting?

I suggested the Aglarond Award for #3, but if you're looking for the mountains west of the Shire, those would be the Blue Mountains. Or if we wanted to do Silm references, there's the dwarven cities of Belegost and Nogrod. Of course, the dwarves can lay claim to the elven strongholds of Menegroth, Nargothrond, and Thranduil's halls, too. Dwarves took part in the construction of all three. Or Mount Gundabad where the Grey Mountains and Misty Mountains meet. Some believe Durin woke there, and it was a huge meeting place for dwarves until the Orcs overran it.

Thundera

Msg# 3391

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Movieverse) Posted by Laura January 29, 2005 - 1:47:11 Topic ID# 3368
Marnie wrote:
>> How about three main departures in the three movies
>>
>> (FotR) 1. The "Arwen Steals Asfaloth" Award
>> 1. The "Let's Skip the Old Forest" Award
>>
>>(TTT) 2. The "Elves at Helm's Deep" Award
>> 2. The "evil!Faramir" Award
>> 2. The "Aragorn Dies" Award
>>
>>(RotK) *sigh*... entirely too many here...
>> 1. The "Denethor's Missing Palantir" Award
>> 2. The "Retaking Osgiliath" Award
>> 3. The "Go Home, Sam" Award
>> 4. The "Legolas vs. the Mumak" Award
>> 5. The "Arwen Dies" Award
>> 6. The "Merry at the Black Gate" Award
>> 7. The "Scouring? What Scouring?" Award

::snort:: Huge support over here for the "Scouring? What Scouring?" Award. I very much like that one. Can I add another one to the RotK? What about the "Disappearance of the Grey Company" Award. I understood why the Rangers weren't in the third film, but it still irked me.

Thundera

Msg# 3392

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Laura January 29, 2005 - 1:50:27 Topic ID# 3368
Marta wrote:
>> I'd go with sites of libraries. How about:
>>
>> 1. The Imladris award
>> 2. The Orthanc Award
>> 3. The Minas Tirith Award

I like those. Could we add "scrolls" to the title to make it sound more...scholarly? Something like "The Imladris Scrolls Award" and "The Orthanc Scrolls Award." Just a thought.

Thundera

Msg# 3393

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Dwarves) Posted by Marta January 29, 2005 - 8:14:14 Topic ID# 3368
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Laura" <thunderalaura@j...> wrote:
>
> Marta wrote:
> >> I'd go with homes of the Dwarves.
> >> 1) Moria
> >> 2) The Lonely Mountain
> >> I'm not so sure about the third. The Iron Hills? Wahtever the
> >> mountains west of the Shire are? Or is there a major home of the
> >> Dwarves in the Silmarillion I'm forgetting?
>
> I suggested the Aglarond Award for #3,

<snip>

Oh yes, Aglarond works fine for me. I had completely forgot about it. Thanks for the
suggestion. :-)

Marta

Msg# 3394

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Movieverse) Posted by Marta January 29, 2005 - 8:50:59 Topic ID# 3368
> >> (FotR) 1. The "Arwen Steals Asfaloth" Award
> >> 1. The "Let's Skip the Old Forest" Award
> >>
> >>(TTT) 2. The "Elves at Helm's Deep" Award
> >> 2. The "evil!Faramir" Award
> >> 2. The "Aragorn Dies" Award
> >>
> >>(RotK) *sigh*... entirely too many here...
> >> 1. The "Denethor's Missing Palantir" Award
> >> 2. The "Retaking Osgiliath" Award
> >> 3. The "Go Home, Sam" Award
> >> 4. The "Legolas vs. the Mumak" Award
> >> 5. The "Arwen Dies" Award
> >> 6. The "Merry at the Black Gate" Award
> >> 7. The "Scouring? What Scouring?" Award
>
> ::snort:: Huge support over here for the "Scouring? What Scouring?" Award. I very much
like that one. Can I add another one to the RotK? What about the "Disappearance of the
Grey Company" Award. I understood why the Rangers weren't in the third film, but it still
irked me.
>
> Thundera

I felt much the same way. I *wanted* to see Halbarad, for one thing. But I'll save that rant
for another place...

I'm glad you liked my "Scouring? What Scouring?" idea. Does anyone else have any
additions? And Ainae, how shall we decide which one to go with.

Marta

Msg# 3395

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Marta January 29, 2005 - 8:52:06 Topic ID# 3368
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Laura" <thunderalaura@j...> wrote:
>
>
> Marta wrote:
> >> I'd go with sites of libraries. How about:
> >>
> >> 1. The Imladris award
> >> 2. The Orthanc Award
> >> 3. The Minas Tirith Award
>
> I like those. Could we add "scrolls" to the title to make it sound more...scholarly?
Something like "The Imladris Scrolls Award" and "The Orthanc Scrolls Award." Just a
thought.
>
> Thundera

That would work, though I'd suggest "Scrolls of [X]" rather than "[X] Scrolls". Or maybe
even "Archives of [X]"?

Marta

Msg# 3396

Just a test.... Posted by ainaechoiriel January 29, 2005 - 21:03:35 Topic ID# 3396
Finally beat my computer into submission and got my Outlook e-mail
program working again.

But....none of the latest day's MEFA posts have shown up in my
inbox. Thus this test. It's odd. I've got no MEFA mail since the
22nd of January.

Not even on the server. Very strange.

So let's see if this one shows up.

--Ainaechoiriel
perplexed

Msg# 3397

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Hobbits)` Posted by ainaechoiriel January 29, 2005 - 21:16:54 Topic ID# 3368
Just a quick note: I'm going through these collecting suggestions on
the web since they're not in my inbox.

We already did change the Ring-Bearer of Bag End to The Mayor of
Hobbiton.

--Ainae


--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Marta" <MartaL0712@n...> wrote:
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
wrote:
> >
> > Let's look at our categories and their awards titles: (when
making
> > suggestions TRY for a grouping of three. I know it's not always
> > possible to have a brilliant thought in a group of three, but try
> > when possible.)
> >
> > Note: when replying, make a separate post for each category, and
use
> > a subject line to match. It will be easier to follow that way.
> >
>
> <snip>
> > c. Hobbits
> > 1) The Ring-bearer of Bag End Award
> > 2) The Master of Buckland Award
> > 3) The Thain of The Great Smials Award
> >
> > There has been quibbling about the order. Shall we change any of
> > these, swap the order around, etc.?
> >
>
> Thain needs to be "The Thain of Tookland" instead of "The Thain of
the Great Smials"
> award, I think? He is ruler of a whole clan, not just head of a
certain hole.
>
> Also, maybe should "The Ring-bearer of Bag End" to "The Mayor of
the Shire"? Those are
> the three major positions in the Shire. Thain, Master, Mayor.
>
> Also I stand by my earlier statement that the order should be
reversed:
>
> 1. Thain
> 2. Master
> 3. Mayor/Ring-bearer
>
> Marta

Msg# 3398

Re: Just a test.... Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 29, 2005 - 21:41:41 Topic ID# 3396
Well, I figured it out. I hadn't setup the mefaadmin account yet. I was
still thinking I'm in here as ainae@earthlink.net.

--Ainaechoiriel

-----Original Message-----
From: ainaechoiriel [mailto:mefaadmin@earthlink.net]
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 9:03 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Just a test....



Finally beat my computer into submission and got my Outlook e-mail
program working again.

But....none of the latest day's MEFA posts have shown up in my
inbox. Thus this test. It's odd. I've got no MEFA mail since the
22nd of January.

Not even on the server. Very strange.

So let's see if this one shows up.

--Ainaechoiriel
perplexed







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Msg# 3399

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Bubbles January 29, 2005 - 22:44:27 Topic ID# 3368
Ooh! If we go with texts, how about the Red Book of Westmarch?


> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Laura" <thunderalaura@j...> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Marta wrote:
> > >> I'd go with sites of libraries. How about:
> > >>
> > >> 1. The Imladris award
> > >> 2. The Orthanc Award
> > >> 3. The Minas Tirith Award
> >
> > I like those. Could we add "scrolls" to the title to make it sound more...scholarly?
> Something like "The Imladris Scrolls Award" and "The Orthanc Scrolls Award." Just a
> thought.
> >
> > Thundera
>
> That would work, though I'd suggest "Scrolls of [X]" rather than "[X] Scrolls". Or
maybe
> even "Archives of [X]"?
>
> Marta

Msg# 3400

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Naresha January 29, 2005 - 23:53:22 Topic ID# 3368
>> I'd go with sites of libraries. How about:
>>
>> 1. The Imladris award
>> 2. The Orthanc Award
>> 3. The Minas Tirith Award

> I like those. Could we add "scrolls" to the
> title to make it sound more...scholarly?
> Something like "The Imladris Scrolls Award"
> and "The Orthanc Scrolls Award." Just a
thought.


Well given Ainae likes long titles... Howza bout
something like:

The Library of Imladris Award
The Scrolls of Orthanc Award
The Archives of Minas Tirith Award

??? What do ppl think? Just trying to put some
more variety into the titles!

Naresha

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Msg# 3401

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Movieverse) Posted by Naresha January 29, 2005 - 23:59:29 Topic ID# 3368
--- Marta <MartaL0712@netscape.net> wrote:

---------------------------------

> i. Movie-Verse
>
> This might be a better place for "Arwen Stole
Glorfindel's Horse". ;-
> ) What other movie changes would make good
titles?
>

How about three main departures in the three
movies


> (FotR) 1. The "Arwen Steals Asfaloth" Award
1. The "Let's Skip the Old Forest"
Award

> (TTT) 2. The "Elves at Helm's Deep" Award
2. The "evil!Faramir" Award
2. The "Aragorn Dies" Award

> (RotK) *sigh*... entirely too many here...
1. The "Denethor's Missing Palantir"
Award
2. The "Retaking Osgiliath" Award
3. The "Go Home, Sam" Award
4. The "Legolas vs. the Mumak" Award
5. The "Arwen Dies" Award
6. The "Merry at the Black Gate" Award
7. The "Scouring? What Scouring?" Award

----

I like definately agree with "The Elves at Helm's
Deep award" and the "Arwen stole Asfolath Award"
but as for the RotK ones... The only
criticism/suggestion I would like to make is
perhaps find one that is equally well known as
the two I mentioned above. I for one don't
really know too many of those ones that are being
talked about - I remember some of the scenes in
the film, but they don't seem to be as well
talked about as BIG departures from the book. I
can't think of one atm b/c I'm not familiar
enough with the books, btu I'd like to see a
better know RotK departure for the third award.
But I do like the idea of having one from each
film/book.


Naresha

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Msg# 3402

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Romance) Posted by Naresha January 30, 2005 - 3:04:11 Topic ID# 3368
--- Marta <MartaL0712@netscape.net> wrote:

---------------------------------


> d. Romance
> 1) The Luthien and Beren Award
> 2) The Tuor and Idril Award
> 3) The Aragorn and Arwen Award
>

> I recommended earlier that we change this to
> the three main romances of Lord of the Rings,
> as I think they would be more recognizable?
>
> 1st: The Aragorn and Arwen Award
> 2nd: The Faramir and Eowyn Award
> 3rd: The Sam and Rosie Award


Personally, I don't think them being
"recognisable" is too much of an issue. I don't
know a lot outside of LotR - but even I know of
Beren and Luthien! And for me - no offence Marta
- I don't think of Faramir/Eowyn and Sam/Rosie as
being icons of Tolkien romanticism. I mean.. Sam
adn Rosie was going to happen - just a matter of
when. With ppl like Aragorn and Arwen, there is
always that element of angst attached to it.

More suggestions:

The Trin Turambar and Nienor Nniel Award
The Finw and Miriel Award
The Treebeard (Fangorn) and Wandlimb (Fimbrethil)
Award
The Tom Bombadil and Goldberry Award
The El and Aredhel Award

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Msg# 3403

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Romance) Posted by Bridilliel Nealay January 30, 2005 - 12:04:11 Topic ID# 3368
I prefer Marta's suggestion's over having the three main human-elf
romances. I mean, apart from Luthien and Beren, the elf-human
relationships aren't the greatest of Tolkien romanticism icons either.
At least, that's how it always appeared to me.
It was quite uncommon for an elf and another species to become
romantically involved. However, I feel Luthien and Beren should still
be up there, simply because of their symbolism.

Another problem with having romance as
> 1) The Luthien and Beren Award
> 2) The Tuor and Idril Award
> 3) The Aragorn and Arwen Award
is Aegnor and Andreth don't get mentioned this way. I know they didn't
get married, but I think their relationship is significant. There's
also Mithrellas and the first Lord of Dol Amroth.

Also, what if the winners' story had nothing to do with elves or
humans? Marta's sugggestion would also bring similar problems. Perhaps
we could have four different options-elf/elf, elf/men, men/men,
hobbit/hobbit- for first, second, and third place? Then the winner
could pick which one is more fitting to their story. For example...

Romance
1) a. Elrond and Celebrian
b. Luthien and Beren
c. Faramir and Eowyn
d. Samwise and Rosie

2) a. Galadriel and Celeborn
b. Arwen and Aragorn
c. Gilraen and Arathorn II
d. Peregrin and Diamond

3) a. Feanor and Nerdanel
b. Tuor and Idril
c. Denethor and Finduilas
d. Drogo and Primula

Perhaps it's a bit much. ^__^

Well... that's my two slips of latinum.
~Bridilliel

On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 20:04:09 +1100 (EST), Naresha
<north_shore_fruitcake@yahoo.com.au> wrote:
>
> --- Marta <MartaL0712@netscape.net> wrote:
>
> ---------------------------------
>
>
> > d. Romance
> > 1) The Luthien and Beren Award
> > 2) The Tuor and Idril Award
> > 3) The Aragorn and Arwen Award
> >
>
> > I recommended earlier that we change this to
> > the three main romances of Lord of the Rings,
> > as I think they would be more recognizable?
> >
> > 1st: The Aragorn and Arwen Award
> > 2nd: The Faramir and Eowyn Award
> > 3rd: The Sam and Rosie Award
>
>
> Personally, I don't think them being
> "recognisable" is too much of an issue. I don't
> know a lot outside of LotR - but even I know of
> Beren and Luthien! And for me - no offence Marta
> - I don't think of Faramir/Eowyn and Sam/Rosie as
> being icons of Tolkien romanticism. I mean.. Sam
> adn Rosie was going to happen - just a matter of
> when. With ppl like Aragorn and Arwen, there is
> always that element of angst attached to it.
>
> More suggestions:
>
> The Trin Turambar and Nienor Nniel Award
> The Finw and Miriel Award
> The Treebeard (Fangorn) and Wandlimb (Fimbrethil)
> Award
> The Tom Bombadil and Goldberry Award
> The El and Aredhel Award
>
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Msg# 3404

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Romance) Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 30, 2005 - 17:58:56 Topic ID# 3368
-----Original Message-----
From: Bridilliel Nealay [mailto:Bridilliel@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 12:03 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Romance)


>I prefer Marta's suggestion's over having the three main human-elf
romances. I mean, apart from Luthien and Beren, the elf-human
relationships aren't the greatest of Tolkien romanticism icons either.
At least, that's how it always appeared to me.
It was quite uncommon for an elf and another species to become
romantically involved. However, I feel Luthien and Beren should still
be up there, simply because of their symbolism.

The reason I picked the three main Elf/Man unions was because they WERE
rare. And each of the three were important.

>Another problem with having romance as
> 1) The Luthien and Beren Award
> 2) The Tuor and Idril Award
> 3) The Aragorn and Arwen Award
is Aegnor and Andreth don't get mentioned this way. I know they didn't
get married, but I think their relationship is significant. There's
also Mithrellas and the first Lord of Dol Amroth.

Yes, Luthien and Beren were first. But Tuor and Idril were very important,
too. Their offspring is Earindil. And we all know who he is. If he hadn't
been part Man and part Elf, he couldn't have been the one to do what he did.
Andreth and Aegnor cannot be put into the same category. They are a story.
And Mithrellas and the first Lord of Dol Amroth is a legend (though perhaps
based in truth, a legend still). We all can agree that Luthien and Beren
and Aragorn and Arwen are very important, but take a closer look at Idril
and Tuor and you'll see that these two are far more important than the other
pairs you mentioned.

>Also, what if the winners' story had nothing to do with elves or
humans? Marta's sugggestion would also bring similar problems. Perhaps
we could have four different options-elf/elf, elf/men, men/men,
hobbit/hobbit- for first, second, and third place? Then the winner
could pick which one is more fitting to their story. For example...

You perhaps weren't around when this came up last year. The Awards titles
have nothing to do with the stories that win. They have to do with the
category. Period. Any Adventure story could win the Battle of Helm's Deep
Award. It didn't have to feature Helm's Deep. So "no" to all your breakdown
of suggestions.

--Ainaechoiriel
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Msg# 3405

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Ainaechoiriel January 30, 2005 - 18:00:55 Topic ID# 3368
-----Original Message-----
From: Naresha [mailto:north_shore_fruitcake@yahoo.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 11:53 PM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction)


>Well given Ainae likes long titles... Howza bout
something like:

>The Library of Imladris Award
The Scrolls of Orthanc Award
The Archives of Minas Tirith Award

>??? What do ppl think? Just trying to put some
more variety into the titles!

Thank you! I wasn't quite sure what to do with those suggestions yet, but I
knew I didn't want them to all be Scrolls of, Scrolls of, Scrolls of. I do
like the variety!

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Msg# 3406

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles and some others thrown in, as Posted by angelabrooks@yahoo.com January 30, 2005 - 22:01:28 Topic ID# 3368
My thoughts on award titles


> d. Dwarves

If not places, which would be good, how about famous dwarves:

1) The Durin the Deathless Award
2) The Thorin Oakenshield Award
3) The Gimli Son of Gloin Award

Which is also one from the Silm, more or less, one from The Hobbit,
and one from LOTR

> f. Cross-Cultural

If we don't use Luthien and Beren in Romance, they could also fit in
here.

> d. Romance

I like
1) Arwen and Aragorn
2) Faramir and Eowyn
3) Sam and Rosie


> h. Alternate-Universe

Common AU plots would be good. I'm not too familiar with what some
would be, besides Boromir Lives. Tenth Walker, maybe?


> i. Movie-Verse

I still like
1) Arwen at the Fords
2) Elves at Helms Deep
3) Going to Osgiliath

If we really wanted one from each movie, we could use "Sam, Go Home."
But then we'd have to choose from Elves at Helms Deep and Goining to
Osgiliath for TTT, and both of those are more significant changes to
the plot, to me.


> j. Non-Fiction
How about famous writings:
1) The Red Book of Westmarch
2) The Book of Mazarbul (sp?)
3) The Scroll of Isildur
also
Translations from the Elvish
There and Back Again

> d. Post-Ring War

I really like
1) Eldarion
2) Elboron
3) Elfwine

As the three leaders of Men in the next generation. The Fourth Age is
the Age of Men, after all.


>I actually think this is the fun part. :-)

Me too!

Elana

Msg# 3407

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Naresha January 30, 2005 - 22:14:33 Topic ID# 3368
--- Ainaechoiriel <mefaadmin@earthlink.net>
wrote:

> > The Library of Imladris Award
> > The Scrolls of Orthanc Award
> > The Archives of Minas Tirith Award
>
> Thank you! I wasn't quite sure what to do with
> those suggestions yet, but I knew I didn't want
> them to all be Scrolls of, Scrolls of, Scrolls
> of. I do like the variety!
>
> --Ainaechoiriel

LOL! Thought you might! I like scrolls - but
generally the type that have jam and apple and
stuff inside them! ;-P

Resha


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Msg# 3408

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Romance) Posted by Naresha January 30, 2005 - 22:56:57 Topic ID# 3368
I know Ainae has replied on this - but just to
add another perspective to it all... :-P

To do your system would require us to create 12,
or 16 different banners minimum. Given we vote
on the designs - I'm assuming we will do the same
thing this year as last year - we need variety.
We seemed to have a little trouble getting the
bare miniumum of three for each category in the
2004 MEFAs - so god only knows how we would get
nearly 20 for just one category!!!

Resha, just adding her two cents as usual.


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---------------------------------

Also, what if the winners' story had nothing to
do with elves or humans? Marta's sugggestion
would also bring similar problems. Perhaps
we could have four different options-elf/elf,
elf/men, men/men, hobbit/hobbit- for first,
second, and third place? Then the winner could
pick which one is more fitting to their story.
For example...

Romance
1) a. Elrond and Celebrian
b. Luthien and Beren
c. Faramir and Eowyn
d. Samwise and Rosie

2) a. Galadriel and Celeborn
b. Arwen and Aragorn
c. Gilraen and Arathorn II
d. Peregrin and Diamond

3) a. Feanor and Nerdanel
b. Tuor and Idril
c. Denethor and Finduilas
d. Drogo and Primula


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Msg# 3409

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by sulriel January 31, 2005 - 7:35:14 Topic ID# 3368
> > > The Library of Imladris Award
> > > The Scrolls of Orthanc Award
> > > The Archives of Minas Tirith Award
> >


I especially like these choices.

Sulriel

Msg# 3410

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Movieverse) RotK Posted by sulriel January 31, 2005 - 7:47:29 Topic ID# 3368
I really like these two:

"Scouring? What Scouring?"
"Disappearance of the Grey Company"

and for a third, I think Halbarad could have his own award.

"What happened to Halbarad?" Award

(..and I have several thoughts about the Grey Company and Swan
Knights sitting out the battle, but I'll resist.)

Sulriel

Msg# 3411

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Antoinette Brenion January 31, 2005 - 9:15:20 Topic ID# 3368
The Library of Imladris Award
The Scrolls of Orthanc Award
The Archives of Minas Tirith Award


Excellent choices expanding on the size of the collections as well.

RiverOtter

Msg# 3412

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Nonfiction) Posted by Marta January 31, 2005 - 9:51:14 Topic ID# 3368
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "sulriel" <Sulriel@h...> wrote:
>
> > > > The Library of Imladris Award
> > > > The Scrolls of Orthanc Award
> > > > The Archives of Minas Tirith Award
> > >
>
>
> I especially like these choices.
>
> Sulriel

As do I.

Marta

Msg# 3413

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (Movieverse) RotK Posted by Laura January 31, 2005 - 10:06:38 Topic ID# 3368
sulriel wrote:
>> I really like these two:
>>
>> "Scouring? What Scouring?"
>> "Disappearance of the Grey Company"
>>
>> and for a third, I think Halbarad could have his own award.
>>
>> "What happened to Halbarad?" Award
>>
>> (..and I have several thoughts about the Grey Company and Swan
>> Knights sitting out the battle, but I'll resist.)

Oh, yeah, that's where all the horses went at the Morannon. Didn't you know? ;) When Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Eomer, and co. ditched the horses, Imrahil, Beregond, and Halbarad took them away and enjoyed popcorn and sodas on the sidelines. **wanders away grumbling**


Thundera Tiger

Msg# 3414

Re: New Categories and Awards Titles (several) Posted by Marta January 31, 2005 - 13:31:54 Topic ID# 3368
(quotes are from Elana...)

[Dwarves]
> If not places, which would be good, how about famous dwarves:
>
> 1) The Durin the Deathless Award
> 2) The Thorin Oakenshield Award
> 3) The Gimli Son of Gloin Award
>
> Which is also one from the Silm, more or less, one from The Hobbit,
> and one from LOTR
>

Those would be good categories. But is there any art of Thorin? I
don't even remember that many book illustrations of Thorin
specifically, and while I haven't seen all the fanart available by
any means, I can't remember *any* with him. (I guess there might be
the same problem for Durin, but I think you could use art of Moria
for those banners, not just of Durin himself.)

Maybe we could broaden the second award to include *all* of The
Hobbit dwarves? Maybe, "The Thorin Oakenshield and Company Award" or
something like that? I can think of some nice bookart with the whole
company of Dwarves, and you could use movie shots from the Council
scene, since I guess at least one of those dwarves is supposed to be
Gloin.

[Cross-cultural]
> If we don't use Luthien and Beren in Romance, they could also fit in
> here.
>

That would be a good one for here. Or even Thingol and Melian?

[Romance]
> I like
> 1) Arwen and Aragorn
> 2) Faramir and Eowyn
> 3) Sam and Rosie
>
>

Of course I like those myself (having suggested them...) but I
understand that some people have objections. I suggested these three
names for two reasons:

1. More people have read _The Lord of the Rings_ than _The
Silmarillion_. (There aren't any romances in _The Hobbit_, at least
not that I can remember offhand.) So I think more people will be
familiar with those couples than are familiar with Beren/Luthien and
Tuor/Idril.

2. Of the stories entered this year, I'm almost certain there weren't
any Tuor/Idril ones, and I don't think there were any Beren/Luthien
ones either, or at least not very many. On the other hand,
Faramir/Eowyn was its own subcategory, and there was also a Hobbits
one. (I know, not exclusively Sam/Rosie...) It makes sense to honour
these popular pairings with an award themed to them.

I wasn't trying to comment on the importance in canon of one pairing
over another... more on their relative popularity in the fandom. And
I'm hardly impartial! As I've said, before I don't care much for
Elves, and until recently I didn't read Silmfics at all. So I'm not
that familiar with who gets a lot written about them and who doesn't.

[Movie-verse]
> I still like
> 1) Arwen at the Fords
> 2) Elves at Helms Deep
> 3) Going to Osgiliath
>
> If we really wanted one from each movie, we could use "Sam, Go
Home."
> But then we'd have to choose from Elves at Helms Deep and Goining
to
> Osgiliath for TTT, and both of those are more significant changes to
> the plot, to me.
>

I see what you're saying, an I don't have any major objections to
that. Is there any way to phrase the last one so it applies to all
the changes in Osgiliath from book-verse, both in TTT and ROTK.
Perhaps "The 'Osgiliath is Overrun' Award"?

Marta