It’s a 2-fer! Moon, Ch. 20 *and* Decisions, Ch. 28, are up!

Both of these chapters were finished at about the same time, so – because I adore y’all and stuff – I decided to release them together rather than waiting.  So, without further ado’ing:

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and

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Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mapping Viking DNA in Normandy

Meridian:

**NOT** an update – just interesting (Normandy) Viking info

Originally posted on ThorNews:

Vikings Invading Normandy

The Vikings invaded and colonized Normandy and now scientists are looking for DNA traces. (Photo illustration: «Vikings», History Channel)

British scientists have started to collect DNA samples from Frenchmen to learn more about Viking colonization of Normandy.

– The aim is to learn more about the intensity of the Scandinavian colonization in the 9th and 10th centuries, says Richard Jones, senior history lecturer at the University of Leicester to Phys.org.

The team is also searching for Viking roots amongst residents in three areas of Britain.

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The British researchers collect DNA from a hundred volunteers on the Cotentin Peninsula, also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula, in Normandy.

Historians believe many Norwegian Vikings settled down in the area, although most Vikings in Normandy were Danish.

According to Phys.org, the French volunteers have been chosen because they have surnames that are of Scandinavian origin or that have been present in…

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A NOTE TO YOU

So imagine my surprise when the winners of the FANATIC FANFICS MULTIFANDOM AWARDS were posted yesterday and I discovered that I’d won not just one, not just two, not even three, but FOUR awards???!!!???

(Yeah, my poor li’l doggie still hasn’t recovered from all that noise!  She’ll be fine…it’s surprising how soothing a little bit of bacon can be…don’t worry, it’s lower-sodium, just don’t tell her that.)

Truly, thank you all SO MUCH for not just all your votes, but for your kind reviews, for your “likes”, for your patience between updates, and most of all, for being…you. 

Cause you rock.

Yes, you with the debilitating chronic illness that makes you feel like your energy plug is permanently pulled and your body is a war zone, yet you manage to read and vote and leave great reviews anyway…and you, yeah, you with the shitty job and the shitty boss, yet even after you’ve worked  yourself into exhaustion, you still manage to find time to read and vote and leave great reviews…and you, you with the shitty home life with too many crosses to bear, yet you still find a way to read and vote and leave great reviews anyway?  YOU ARE ALL SO AMAZING!  And yeah, you, you who suffer with ass-tastic fuck-nasty migraines, yet you read and participate when you can and yeah, you manage to leave great reviews anyway.  You moms with the progeny who scream and pull at you constantly while you’re trying to deal with life?  Yeah, you too – thank you for giving part of your VERY precious EXTREMELY rare free time to my stories.

None of us has a perfect life, not really, yet we’ve managed to come together in a way that helps us to make it through the days and the nights of our time on this planet.   You amaze and inspire me, and I’d love to share a coffee with any and all of you.

*clears throat with appropriate seriousness appropriately*

So:  Check this out (these came out huge, just pretend they didn’t…come on, work with me – you know, the way wordpress isn’t!):

~and~

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you.

 

Contest Reminder

Meridian:

What she said:

Originally posted on Gyllene:

Alright all you gorgeous writers, this post is just to remind you that we’re about half-way through the entrance phase for the Search Term contest!

We’ll accept fics until midnight on June 30th, so get those pencils sharpened and those typing fingers warmed up.

Remember, we want to know what some of the weirdest, strangest, and funniest search terms were that lead readers to your site, and we can’t wait to read the fics you write about them. The fics need to be between 500 and 5000 words, and for the small set of rules/information/where-to-send, click the banner below to take you to the contest page.

Send your entries to: contest@fanfictionaffliction.com

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And I swear that I am trying to get a chapter out to you. I know excuses, excuses, but I’ve been busy with the book blog.  I went a little crazy for a couple of weeks reading whatever I…

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Happy Saturday – EN: ATS, Ch. 9 is up!

I have super-talented friends and I have proof (both images link to the chapter):

Here’s a great banner that 4padfoot made for EN: ATS:

And here’s a great image made by Gyllene that you’ll be seeing again REAL soon:

(Voting closes I think tomorrow?? night in the Fanatic Fanfics Multifandom Awards, so, yadda:

*SEE BELOW FOR ULTRA-CONVENIENT LINK CONVENIENTLY CONVENIENT, ERM, BELOW*

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2nd Round of Voting opens on June 15th, 2015; 2nd Round of Voting closes on June 22nd, 2015. So…did you yadda in the appropriate manner or….?)

Lol, hope you enjoy the chapter!

STC, Ch. 16 is up + MY TURN!

1:  Without forcing you to search through this (very, very long/ginormous) post for the chapter (although I do like thinking that you’re reading the whole post which contains lots of eloquent witticisms, secrets of the universe, and sincere thanks…ok, so not that many secrets of the universe, but lots of the other two), here:

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2:  I MADE IT THROUGH THE FIRST ROUND OF VOTING IN THE FANATIC FANFICS MULTIFANDOM AWARDS!!!!  That was some stiff and plentiful competition, and I know that I have you fangtastic readers to thank for my (LUCKY??) *13* surviving nominations…that’s right, ladies and gennelmen, ***13***!!!  THANK YOU!!!

So, that being said, now it’s time to go vote again…yes, again, and, like, NOW. (Don’t worry – it’s hella shorter this time around.)  Round 2 – the final round, I think? – is open for voting:

2nd Round of Voting opens on June 15th, 2015.
2nd Round of Voting closes on June 22nd, 2015.
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For your ease and convenience (and because I’m proud as hell!), here are the categories in which I’m nominated and the relevant stories:

ALL-TIME FAVORITE TRUE BLOOD FANFIC:  (There was a LOT of STRONG competition in this category, as in them all, and I’m extremely honored to have not just one but TWO stories make it past Round 1 – y’all make me tear up!)
*ERIC NORTHMAN: AFTER THE SHOW
*THE MOON
FAVORITE ANGST FANFIC:  (To this day I feel both chagrined and oddly proud that I managed to write an angst fic, albeit a one-shot with extremely short angst…  I keep wanting to declare:  but I’m the ANTI-angst!  Really!  I am!)
*AT LAST
FAVORITE COMPLETE FANFIC:  (Ya know, I am kinda proud of that li’l fic…)
*VALENTINE’S NIGHT
FAVORITE ONE-SHOT FANFIC:  (Shhh – preening in progress*)
*AT LAST
*HE HAD YOUR EYES
FAVORITE RISQUÉ FANFIC(That ANYTHING I wrote was even nominated for this category astounds me, but that not one…not two…but THREE of my fics survived Round 1 in *THIS* category – and against such, erm, STIFF competition?? – makes me both laugh {THANK YOU!!) and…laugh {Oh, the irony!} since I’m kind of known as being anti-smut…  Either way, you guys rock my world, and I’m, yeah, I’m still in shock BUT IN AN AWESOME WAY!!)
*DECISIONS
*T
HE MOON
*
THE REVEALING OF ANDRE

FAVORITE ROMANCE FANFIC: (Awww, thank you!!)
*DECISIONS

FAVORITE UNDISCOVERED FANFIC: (This pleases Godric…)
*DECISIONS

FAVORITE WORK-IN-PROGRESS FANFIC:  (Voilà!)
*SOOKIE TAKES CHARGE

FAVORITE VETERAN AUTHOR:
*ME  (Out of all the nominations, I can’t believe I’m still in this one!)

Now, Imma ask you fine folks to remember to vote for Gyllene, too.  Not only is she a fantastic friend and a fantastic writer, but she’s also a fantastic banner-maker.  If you see a banner on my site AND it actually looks GOOD, there’s an extremely high chance that she was the one who made it.   She’s up for:

ALL-TIME FAVORITE TRUE BLOOD FANFIC:
*LOVER’S AMNESIA
*FAVORITE BANNER ARTIST
*FAVORITE CREATIVE ARTIST
*FAVORITE VERSATILE ARTIST


There are many other brilliant writers from our fandom who survived Round 1, including but not limited to: BonTempsBaby, California Kat, Chicpea, dream7me7to7sleep, ElfChef, hisviks, Kittyinaz, Morggy, and Queen of Area 5.  IF I HAVE FORGOTTEN ANYONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  Also, our own 4padfoot is nominated in many of the Artist categories.  I humbly suggest that you not forget them while voting in this MUCH SHORTER poll.

If you have made it down this far, here’s a treat to thank you for reading!
 
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WHAT?!?! Search Term Led to My Site Contest

Meridian:

New Contest! Read! Go write! :D

Originally posted on Gyllene:

Meridian and I were scrolling through the search terms that led readers to our sites, and we were cracking up! So, I had an idea about a possible contest . Write a one-shot (500 words minimum, 5000 maximum)  involving one or more of the search terms that led readers to yoursite. If you do not have a WordPress site, contact contest@fanfictionaffliction.com and I will happily supply you search terms from our own sites so you can choose the one/s to use.

When submitting one-shot please include your search term/phrases.

Contest opens on the June 17th, closes on the June 30th, voting will begin July 1st, ends  on July 7th, winners and banners will be posted on July 17th.

Rules:

1. All stories must be anonymous. Anyone found telling what they wrote will be disqualified from winning.

2. No posting on your own site until the contest is done and the voting is over.

3. Must be at least 500 words. 5000 words maximum. It…

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Story Recs: Supercharged Sookie – Part I

Meridian:

Do you like a strong Sookie, maybe even a Supercharged Sookie? The Fangbangers Anonymous site has spotlighted a couple of such fics, and one of ’em is my own dear Sookie Takes Charge!

Originally posted on The TB/SVM Writers Directory : Fangfuckingtastic FanFiction:

Because we like our Sookie best when frying a certain Southern 'gent's' ass... Because we like our Sookie best when frying a certain Southern ‘gent’s’ ass…

-Supercharged Sookie Part I-

We at the Directory love a smart or strong Sookie, preferably both, and feel it should be the standard rather than the exception to the rule. The only thing that can top a smart and strong Sookie? The Supercharged Sookie, a woman after our own hearts who is fully aware of her own power and has no issue kicking some ass, vampire or otherwise. While we enjoy the journeys of Sookie growing into those powers, there is nothing quite like a Sookie who has them from the get go. The only issue we encountered? We were spoiled for choice, so in the end we decided there will be two story rec posts for our beloved heroine, and we only though it was fair if we sandwiched an Epic Eric in between, so be…

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The Moon, Ch. 19, as requested

You guys said which fic/s you wanted updated next and The Moon came out on top, so here ya go!   I hope you enjoy, and maybe get a wee kick out of this chapter.  Also, it ends on a tiny bit of a Sevrin/Willa cliffie…don’t throw things, I don’t duck all that fast…

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Oh, and unless I can’t math right today (always a possibility), there are *6* days left to vote in Round 1 of the, well, here’s the handy dandy super convenient link:

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(GO VOTE if you haven’t already!  You are MORE than welcome to vote for me in the various categories in which I’ve been nominated {Did that sound gracious enough?  If not, I can try again…} I’m still SQUEEEING!!, btw, and also: THANK YOU!! for all the lovely nominations! – but regardless, do go vote if you’re so inclined!)

 

HAPPY FRIDAY!! And then this happened…

Hey, thanks for letting me know which story you’re wanting an update on first! At this point it looks like The Moon came out on top (it’s the Sevrin factor, iddin’ it…), then STC, then EN: ATS!!  :D  Now, I’m certainly not forgetting about Decisions and Andre, but TM/STC/EN: ATS will get attention first.

To that end, I was working on one  (two) of those fics when then this happened:  Sookie was something then that happened and then alluvasudden Eric was sitting in front of Sookie’s old, rundown farmhouse in his SUV in the rain

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listening to In Too Deep by Genesis:

And thus was wrought:

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I hope you enjoy this site-specific one-shot, and yes, I really and truly am working on one or more of the aforementioned fics, but you know Eric…he had a word or 3,000+ to share.  And he does have such a nice voice…

Aye yai yai….

Translation:  I just finished voting in the Fanatic Fanficts and…yeah, gimme a sec…

1:

Ok, my flighty little caffeine-addicted muse is starting to whisper a bit in my ear (unless it’s a ghost…), and she wants to know which fic you want me to work on next.  

Options in no particular order are:

Sookie Takes Charge
The Revealing of Andre
The Moon
EN:  ATS
Decisions
(I can’t list TwiFuckery because I don’t know any other fandoms all that well, so it’s on temp. hold…)

2:

Ok, about the voting:  this is basically ROUND ONE – this voting determines who will go on to, I guess, the final round of voting?  You can select up to 10 nominations in each category (unless there aren’t 10 options, then you can select up to 5).  You can vote once per IP address.

I highly suggest you use Control + F to find the nominations you’re wanting to vote for – you’ll see why.  The options are generally plentiful (sometimes VERY plentiful), and are listed story name first, not writer name.  I’d love it if you would vote for me, but please, do vote for your favorites! 

Now:  GO VOTE!!  (Pack a lunch…)  <3

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YOU GUYS!!!

You guys…you’re making me tear up over here (again)!  I’m stunned, flabbergasted, grateful, thankful, amazed…you just don’t know…

Thank you so very much to the person/s who nominated THE FUCK out of me over in the Fanatic Fanfic Multifandom Awards

Gylllene, also nominated a blue billion times, drew my attention to it earlier today so naturally I started looking for my name here and there, then I started seeing my nominations – a lot of nominations…  Being somewhat ***THRILLED*** and ***HOLY SHIT!!!*** about it, I started scribbling down the categories in which I was nominated…then the titles of the fics involved, and that list grew. 

And grew.  (You can see that list at the end of this post if you want.) 

Bluntly, even if I win nothing (and honestly, considering ALL THAT TALENT!?!, I probably won’t), I’m beyond estatic with my nominations.    :D

There are so many awesome writers nominated including but certainly not limited to (links lead to a story they’ve been nominated for, but many are nominated for far more than one story): 4PadFoot (Artist), Bertie Bott (Artist, too), California Kat, Cuinawen, Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel,  Gyllene (Artist, too)hisviks, Kittyinaz, Mommy4Thomas, Morggy, Queen of Area 5, Royal Ember, WhiteWolfLegend and many, many, many more.  When you see JUST how many awesome writers have been nominated, you’ll know why I stop here else you’d be swamped with names and links in this post!  If you see that I’ve missed you, please feel free to mention yourself in the comments below.

I had thought that these Awards were primarily for the Twilight and Twi/crossover fandoms with bits of other fandom love thrown in but I (happily!) guess not!!  There are a surprising number of categories and a fantastic FLOOD of writers and stories.  I’ve already stashed several to read later after I’m no  longer in a writing phase, and I can’t wait!

Relevant info:
Voting polls open on
May 31st, 2015.
Voting polls close on June 14th, 2015.

Convenient link linking conveniently to the Awards:

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Look, y’all – see???  THIS LIST IS HUGE!!!  If this feels at all braggy, well, it kind of is in a way – you fuckawesome readers THRILL me with your love and support and I’m happy-beaming over here!!  (No cats/dogs were scared in the making of this post, but only b/c they’re all asleep.)

All-Time Favorite TB Fanfic:
Eric Northman: After The Show
The Moon
Valentine’s Night

Favorite Angst Fanfic:
At Last

Favorite Complete Fanfic:
Anticipating
Valentine’s Night

Favorite One-Shot Fanfic:
At Last
He Had Your Eyes
Last Christmas
Shall We Dance
The Atrium

Favorite Risqué Fanfic:
Decisions
The Moon
The Revealing of Andre

Favorite Romance Fanfic:
Decisions
Sookie Takes Charge
The Moon
The Revealing of Andre

Favorite WIP Fanfic:
Decisions
Sookie Takes Charge
The Moon
The Revealing of Andre

Favorite Veteran Author:
ME!!!  (THANK YOU FOR THE NOMINATION!!!)

Also, thank you for reading down this far…   :D   Here’s an extraneous gif of Eric for your troubles:

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The Hubro is Back

Meridian:

Norwegian Owls – The Hubro is Back

Originally posted on ThorNews:

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Specially made sticks like this one allow more Hubros to survive. They are hunting from power poles. (Photo: Jan Ove Gjershaug/ Norwegian Institute for Nature Research)

Good news for all Hubro fans: The population of the Eurasian eagle-owl in Norway, or Hubro in Norwegian, may be on the rise. Now, it might be removed from the Norwegian Red List of Threatened Species.

The reason is a project improving power poles where many Hubros got electric shock and died. This year, the Norwegian Government spends five million kroner (about 650.000 dollars) on the task. In Southern Norway only, 200 power poles will be improved.

The project has led to that the Hubro does not simultaneously come into contact with two of the wires, gets electric shock and dies.

Norway’s Largest Owl

Eurasian Eagle-Owl CloseEurasian Eagle-owl. (Photo: Adrian Pingstone/ Wikimedia Commons)

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Damn it Eric!!

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The two saxon vampire guards heard screeching and crashing from inside the room they were set to guard.  After turning to look at each other they hear a female yell. “Damn it, Eric! They have already left.  They are not…

Voting Is Open for 24 hours!!

Meridian:

Okee dokee, y’all, time to do that voting thang ONE LAST TIME! Show your favorite writers, betas, and banner makers some of that delicious, tantalizing, exquisitely awesome fandom <3 at some between now and noon EST tomorrow. :D

Originally posted on :

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In response to yesterday’s announcement, a large crowd of writers, readers, and stalkers has gathered at the door. Soon they are led down a long, dark hallway to eventually arrive at a single door guarded by a face familiar to many, if not all.

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“Freakity frack fuck….that is Alcide….I want…” MistressJessica could not stop the words from tumbling out as she eyed the male guarding the door as though she didn’t know if she wanted to tackle the man or the door first.

“Hold her back,” Magsdonald whispered to the ones around them. They all quietly chuckled in response.

“Welcome back, everyone! I am glad that you guys were able to find time in your schedules to come back and vote to help keep the fandom on strong footing as we all move forward,” Alcide said, his deep voice cut across the gathering.  “We are to wait…

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What I am going to do is the following

Meridian:

It is with some trepidation that I reblog this and y’all know why, but I have a lot of respect for Robin/4padfoot, and I want that known, fwiw. While I do still feel the effects of that earlier pall, it’s also a new day. Birds are going to chirp (whether I like them or not), the sun’s still gonna rise (sorry pretty vamps), and all that crap, so, well, here. When Polls open again, please vote for your favorite writers, betas, and banner makers if you want – we/they do appreciate the love, especially after all that…ado’ing! <3

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An empty podium stands in the front of the room where everyone is waiting for notification about what is going to happen to our beloved fandom. A door in the back opens and in walks a simple woman surrounded by two very famous members of said fandom: Eric Northman and Godric.  The impressive vampires stand to each side of the podium to provide their support. The woman takes her place behind the podium and is nervously shuffling and straightening of her note cards.

*cough cough, deep breath*

“Testing….Testing… Can everyone hear me? Anyone still here? Heck, I’m continuing anyway. Okay, I am not an eloquent writer like some of the amazing women in this fandom. I don’t even have the ability to proof read my own posts often not finding the mistakes until days after it was posted so I will depend on someone else for that. *You know who…

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Thank You!

There’s some big ado ado’ing over the You Want Blood Awards, but instead of boring you with the asinine details, here’s the short-n-sweet of it all:  it appears that I am said to have at some point developed the amazing superpower of being able to “rig” the nominations…somehow. 

Now, when I developed said superpower and why it would only be used to rig fanfic award nominations I’ll never know  – I guess saving lives, countries, and my stock investments was already taken?

Anyway, long story short (again), my muse and I are miffed.  Hurt.  Appalled.  Irritated.  Confused.  But mostly miffed. 

And confused. 

My muse isn’t taking this so well.  She’s worried that if people are accusing her writer (me) of somehow magically being able to cheat on the nominations that maybe people don’t think she’s really all that good of a writer after all.  That thought is making me and her both sad.

I’m also insulted about that conspiracy theory/insinuation/what-have-you on behalf of everyone who was kind enough to nominate me.  You guys rocked my socks off with all those nominations!!!  I am blessed to have such awesome readers and do NOT like the idea that your sweet work on my behalf is being questioned.

So…all this negativity and…ugh!!! has really shocked me and I don’t know when I’ll resume posting.  I have several partial- to mostly-complete chapters and I hope they won’t gather dust for long.  You guys, and the characters themselves, don’t deserve that.  But for now, well, right this second I just ain’t feelin’ it.

Thank you for your support, your kind words, emails, and PMs…and lastly, again, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE NOMINATIONS!!  The Awards may be stalled out now, but YOU GUYS still rock my socks!

~Meridian

EN: ATS, Chapter 8, is up for your perusal!

Happy, erm, well, just MONDAY, y’all!  :D  I hope you had a great weekend and that your upcoming week is vastly tolerable, possibly even vaguely enjoyable!

Srsly, I hope you enjoy:

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The Purveyor

Oops, I ‘crastinated again…annnnd, here’s The Purveyor.  I’ve been told by the very patient and awesome Gyllene and Charity that it doesn’t suck (I guess that makes them pre-readers of this story, and I love giving credit where it’s so very highly due!), so that’s always a bonus! 

It’s hot off the, erm, fingertips, absolutely AU (we’ll pretend it’s TB, but, well, you’ll see…) and you have to promise not to throw things at me…   :D 

Anyway, here – enjoy, and be sure to tell me what you think!  (Reviews/muse, yadda…)

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Decisions, Ch. 27, plus VOTE!

○ Yup!  Decisions, Chapter 27, is up for your perusal!  For all you Eric lovers, I’ve given his voice quite a bit of air-time in this chapter.  I hope you enjoy it (and the chapter), and that you let me know what you think:

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○ Voting (UNLIMITED!) in the 2015 You Want Blood Awards is now open!!  As I may have mentioned (screamed, squee’d, whispered, shouted from the rooftops…), I’m nominated a (THANK YOU!!!) grand total of *22* times!!   I don’t know who all nominated me, but whoever you are, consider yourselves hugged enthusiastically (but not to the point of being creepy)…(much), sloppy-kissed (on the cheek…no, not THOSE cheeks…), and sincerely thanked!!

○ And on that note, I’d like to take this opportunity to send a huge shout-out to the brilliant and gorgeous Gyllene for making me the BEST banners!  (Obviously not the one to Decisions above, lol – that’s proof of my “skill”…).  Gyllene, however, truly IS extremely talented at making fantastic banners that are beautifully crafted banners I’m very proud to display/show off/stare at for hours.  She’s also up for some nominations, too…  (*cough*hint*cough*)

Now:  GO READ, and have a much-better-than-average/awesome day!  (Ok, just don’t get put in jail, alright?  Alright.)

And here’s an extra link to the new chapter for your ease and convenience (as a reward) jic you read all the way down this far (Thank you!):

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Voting is now open!!!

Meridian:

Voting – Unlimited – Now – Go!!! Well, have a coffee or three first…and maybe a cookie…but voting is unlimited from NOW until May 22. Have at it! (But mainly, just have fun!) <3

Originally posted on :

Voting is now OPEN!!!

There is unlimited Voting!

So vote every day for your favorites  and lets see how many total of votes we can get. Each time you vote in an award category you can vote for up to 3 different stories each time!

The polls close on May  22nd.  Click the button below to take you to vote!

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Winners will be revealed on May 29th!

Thank you for all off your support!

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Here People Still Were Using Runes in the 20th Century

Meridian:

Interesting bit about Vikings and Runes and Sweden and Norse things!

Originally posted on ThorNews:

Alvdalen Valley Sweden

Älvdalen in Sweden is so isolated that people recently stopped using runes, and they are still speaking their old Norse-influenced language. (Photo: Albert Jankowski / Wikimedia Commons).

In Scandinavia, use of runes ended during the 13th century. In isolated Älvdalen in Sweden, however, inhabitants not only continued using runes but also developed their own language with many Norse elements.

People in Älvdalen (English: the River Valley) used runes as late as the 20th century, so-called Dalecarlian runes. Deep forests and high mountains isolate the valley located not far from the Norwegian border. The area also has its own language, Elfdalian, still spoken by locals.

In the Nordic countries, runes were the dominant written language before the introduction of Christianity and the Latin alphabet in the 800-900s.

– This is probably the last use of runes in Scandinavia. It is quite exceptional, says linguist Henrik Rosenkvist to the research portal Forskning.no

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