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It's been another hectic week but I'm now on the Christmas break. *sighs* in relief! What with a very difficult calving the other day which was touch and go for Dori and Skip being poorly, and also trying to get the accounts to the tax people and check all my farm records for an inspection next week and never mind the ongoing hassles of the day job, time to write has been in short supply.

However, that must now change and hopefully I'll make some real progress in the next two weeks. I do have some news about my project which is both exciting and terrifying. I've been a bit reluctant to speak up as there are still a long way to go but I did tell a room full of people about it at the Smial meeting last weekend so there's no reason not to mention it here. But until it's actually finished, I think I'll just whisper quietly behind the cut.

Edit: Except that I can't get the darn cut to work so just squint at this!

Do you remember that ages ago, about two and a half years it would be, I said I wanted to set up a website about Aragorn? Well I've been working hard on the material ever since but it's increasing become apparent that a website is not the most suitable place for what has become a fairly academic piece of work. Some of the chapters are around 30 pages long and are unlikely to be read at one sitting. Increasingly, I've felt that I ought to write a book.

If I'm completely honest, while on the one hand the thought of poking my nose into the world of Tolkien scholarship where so many more experienced noses have been before me, is a very scary prospect, on the other, I've found much to say in what is, to my mind, an under explored area. I'm not only rehashing what's all ready out there either. I do have some origin ideas which I feel some at least might enjoy reading.

My two betas, Cairistiona and Estelcontar have dutifully waded through every chapter and I recently sent the latest, 'The Importance of Hope', to Ruth who was very encouraging [for those who don't know Ruth, under the name of Elizabeth Currie, she and her husband, Alex Lewis, have published three academic books on Tolkien]. With her praise ringing in my ears, I visited the MD of ADC books the other week [actually on an entirely unrelated matter] but, fortified by a glass of mulled wine, I dropped it into the conversation that I had been writing a book. Fortunately, Andy has actually read my fan fiction and immediately I was offered a publishing deal subject to his reading the manuscript but possibly best of all, he would pay all the costs. We even discussed which pieces of Ted's art work to use for the cover! Yes, my head was spinning rather! And at the Smial meeting last weekend, he confirmed that he's planning a combined Ted Nasmith art exhibition and book launch next August! Even though he must have mentioned 'Liz's book' and 'the launch of Liz's book' at least half a dozen times, I can't get too excited yet as I still have a huge amount of work to do and, of course, he still has to approve it. But it is an incentive to finally get on and finish. So please excuse me if I become even more absent than I have been but I'm going to try and get a first draft together for approval by the end of January.

Oh and the title, 'From hobbit to hero, the making of Tolkien's king'.

Wish my luck!

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Date: 2011-12-17 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
Oh my, how thrilling! And what a marvelous title.

*bounce bounce*

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Date: 2011-12-17 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! It's also all a little scary though!

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Date: 2011-12-17 04:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bunn.livejournal.com
Wow, sounds really exciting. Hope the remaining writing goes well!

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Date: 2011-12-17 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! I would feel a lot more excited if the thing was actually finished and in the bag!

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Date: 2011-12-17 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curiouswombat.livejournal.com
Fantastic! What good news!

I am glad, too, that the outcome of the difficult calving was positive - and I hope Skip is on the mend.

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Date: 2011-12-17 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you. The heifer had a dead calf that was proving very hard to get out. The chances of a successful caesarian were only 50 50 so the vet favoured shooting her. I insisted we have one more try and this time it came away. And Skip is much better, thanks.

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Date: 2011-12-17 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellynn-ithilwen.livejournal.com
Yaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!! That's awsome news! *jumpy* Good luck, dear, and keep up the good work! *fingers crossed* *hugs* *happy dance with you*

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Date: 2011-12-17 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you so much *hugs* back! I just hope I can finish it. I've worked so hard at this yet I still have this fear that all inspiration will drain away and it'll never come together.

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Date: 2011-12-17 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzll.livejournal.com
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

\o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/

Yaaaaay!!!!! How very exciting and fantastic! Best of luck with the rest of the writing, and do keep us posted! *hugs* *happy dance*

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Date: 2011-12-17 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! I wish I had your youthful energy and the ability to pull things out of the bag at midnight when working all hours! *hugs* back

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Date: 2011-12-17 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harrowcatliz.livejournal.com
Yay that is so exciting! Good luck with getting it together.

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Date: 2011-12-17 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thanks Liz. If it all comes off, I do hope you'll come along. Good to hear from you. Sending *hugs* and best wishes.

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Date: 2011-12-17 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estelcontar1.livejournal.com
I'm sure that with publication as an incentive from now on the book is just going to write itself.

Love the tittle.

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Date: 2011-12-17 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Well it wasn't being terribly cooperative today!

Glad you like the title.

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Date: 2011-12-17 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vamp-ress.livejournal.com
Oh wow, congratulations! I had suspected that the idea for an Aragorn website had been buried. But this is *so* much better!

*raises a glass of wine to you*

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Date: 2011-12-17 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! *Clinks* back! I would still love to do the website once this is out of the way but I would steal my own thunder if I tried to do it first!

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Date: 2011-12-17 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rustica.livejournal.com
What an exciting early Christmas present!

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Date: 2011-12-17 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
I must admit I'm hoping that this news is a sign that next year will be a better one than this has been.

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Date: 2011-12-17 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
Yay, you let the cat out of the bag to the online fandom! *g* This is such a good project, and you'll be filling a huge gap when it comes to the study of Aragorn's importance in the legendarium as more than simply an archetype king that has to be there at the end so everyone lives happily ever after, a sort of generic box I think too many rather dismissively put him in. Can you tell that I can't wait for this to all come together! And come together it will.

And I love the title!

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Date: 2011-12-17 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Oh thank you! And that's a very good summary of what I'm about! Deep down I know you're right and I will finish this. I just have panics on days when I spent too much time staring blankly at the computer screen!

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Date: 2011-12-18 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindahoyland.livejournal.com
That is wonderful news! I shall certainly buy a copy! Congratulations, I can't wait to read it.
Thank you for the lovely Christmas card.

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Date: 2011-12-18 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! And you're the first person who has actually said they'll buy a copy! You're very welcome to the card.

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Date: 2011-12-19 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nierielraina.livejournal.com
*waves pom poms and cheers you on* How exciting!!!

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Date: 2011-12-19 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! I think I need it!

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Date: 2011-12-27 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rakshathedemon.livejournal.com
How very exciting for you, Liz! I look forward to reading your book when it is published; I'm sure it will be formidable. Do you have a title yet?

(unfortunately, there would be less demand for a book about Faramir; but thank the Valar for fanfiction, LOL)

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Date: 2011-12-27 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your encouragement, Raksha. Until it's 'in the bag' I can't help but worry how it'll turn out.

I'm sure you're wrong about Faramir but I know I couldn't write this about any other character but Aragorn!

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Date: 2011-12-31 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rs9.livejournal.com
Oh Liz! I am so excited for you! How thrilling! Can't wait, Can't wait!

I am trying to catch up on what I missed on LJ. This is such exciting news. I am so happy for you!

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Date: 2011-12-31 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I must admit I wake in the night in a cold sweat about it all. There are so many better scholars than me out there I do wonder what on earth I've let myself in for sometimes. I just keep telling myself that Aragorn's worth it!

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Date: 2012-01-14 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] endlessrarities.livejournal.com
I once read a great critique of Tolkein's work which decoted a whole chapter to Aragorn and said something along the lines of: 'Aragorn has all the qualities of a noble horse'. I.e. he's not very human!

This probably explains why I fell in love with him when I was in my teens!!

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Date: 2012-01-14 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
I also fell in love with him when in my teens [which was a long time ago!] and I also have that book!

It's partly because of that sort of criticism that I began this project in the first place. Nothing like the power of the negative influence!

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