And on Monday we took the canoe out from Saltash and explored Tamerton Lake, which we have never been to before!
Up into the Hamoaze, carefully avoiding the speedboats, and under the railway bridge.
Tamerton has a huge and inexpensive housing estate, so it wasn't one of the quietest places we've ever canoed, as there were lots of people come down to the river to paddle on a hot day, but it was interesting to wander around. There were a lot of fish about, you could see them leaping enthusiastically as the tide turned.
And here's a photo on our way out of the lake again, notable mostly for the Heavenly Seagull, top right.
What else has happened? Oh, I finished writing my Sutcliff Swap fic, so that's all ready to go when the collection opens. It has a terrible lack of historical notes, and I somehow feel something is missing, but I can't think of anything very historical to add. It's a Sword at Sunset story and didn't seem to need as much research as I sometimes do. Or perhaps writing Tolkien fic has spoiled me for things that can be quickly researched via Google.
I drew three new things, but they are all for Tolkien Reverse Summer Bang, so I'm not supposed to post them yet.
Oh, and I wrote some Silmarillion things!:
Spirits, Names, and Why It’s Important to be Specific 1,465words but not all mine.
This was a collabfic: two people wrote the first two chapters and I wrote the last one. I feel it actually works surprisingly well, given that it was written by three people who didn't know each other. But it was a very fun idea (sadly, not mine!)
The Passing of the King 966 words.
which is a short thing about Elros, Elrond's brother, and his death. I decided I'd like a version of him that was more weird and Elven than people often write.
Lingering in the Hither Lands 13575 words.
Thangorodrim is broken, and the Elves believe that Evil has ended forever. There's a certain amount of tidying-up to be done.
I feel this one is very self-indulgent really, and I almost didn't post it because... well, I already wrote Return to Aman, which is LONG and all about Maglor and Elrond, because when I wrote Quenta Narquelion, I had to work out how 'love grew between them as little might be thought' and ended up convincing myself so thoroughly that it made me sad. ONLY, Return to Aman can't be a fix for Quenta Narquelion, because I wrote them at the same time, and ended up dealing with a lot of things differently.
So, Lingering in the Hither lands was my very self-indulgent attempt to at least partially fix things for Maglor and Elrond in the Second Age in a way consistent with both Quenta Narquelion, and also with the 1937 version of the Silmarillion where Maglor doesn't wander off singing sadly into the sunset. But I somehow feel I really should make more effort to write things that don't have Maglor in them. Or Elrond, possibly, though given that all of Tolkien's works DO have Elrond, I feel that's somehow less of a problem.