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Some fanworks challenge information

Just a reminder that you have a month to sign up and prompt in the Forest fanworks challenge. Probably because of the move over here to DW, we've had a lot fewer sign-ups this year: it would be lovely to see some more participants.

Information about the Forest Fanworks Challenge is here.

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I've signed up for Remix Revival, so my Marlows fic is available to be remixed as part of that exchange. If you'd like to participate, there's information here.

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I'm also going to nominate some of the rarer characters and relationships in the fandom for Fandom Growth, an exchange for ultra-rare fandoms, characters and relationships. If you're interested, there's more information here.
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[personal profile] rattfan2017-07-20 05:50 pm

Is this the famed "Orange juice and cream?"

Many moons ago, someone mentioned vainly trying to discover what "orange juice and cream" as enjoyed by the young Marlows, had been.  My friend Dr Gillian Polack posted the following on Patreon recently and when I read it, I instantly wondered whether this could be it?  I myself know zilch about cooking, but must admit I'm tempted to give this a go, though putting it in a pan over a hot plate might have to replace the "slow fire."


 ORANGE FOOL.

Mix the juice of three Seville oranges, three eggs well beaten, a pint of cream, a little nutmeg and cinnamon, and sweeten to your taste. Set the whole over a slow fire, and stir it till it becomes as thick as good melted butter, but it must not be boiled: then pour it into a dish for eating cold.

From the 1842 edition of A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy; and Adapted to the Use of Private Families.  Mrs Rundell (Maria Eliza Rundell, 1745 – 1828). 

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[personal profile] chatringer2017-07-11 11:14 pm
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Fanfic

Well, I have just written my first fanfic. I have posted it in AO3 but don't know if it is available immediately or not. It's a bit of a work in progress -I shall edit and add to it in due course but wanted to get something posted rather than delay any longer as I have been meaning to write this for some time and have finally managed it. I've never done anything like this before so hope I haven't made too many mistakes!
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[personal profile] chatringer2017-07-07 12:51 pm
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Marlow cousin

Just finished re-reading The Ballet Family Again by Jean Estoril. A minor character is Tarn Marlow, the not very nice brief girlfriend of the son of the family. I was just wondering if she could be the unpleasant cousin Nicola mentions at the start of Autumn Term?
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Forest Fanworks Prompt Meme Challenge 2017

Returning for a third year!

The idea of the prompt meme is to have a fairly low-pressure form of commitment to create Forest-based fanworks, but with a structure that will create bit of a sense of occasion. Signed-up creators can browse the available prompts left by other fans and choose ones they'd like to fulfil, rather than (as in a gift exchange) having a recipient assigned to them. But there will be a sign-up period and a deadline, followed by reveal of the collection.

Rules and guidelines:

You must have an AO3 account to participate. You can get an invite code here. The waiting-list is currently short: about 3-4 days.

For those unfamiliar with AO3 here's the AO3 FAQ dealing with collections and challenges, and here's the specific bit dealing with sign-ups for prompt memes on AO3.

Prompting

You must specify at least 1 fandom in each of your prompts: you may specify (up to) all three Forest fandoms, and 6 characters in each prompt.

You may make up to 6 prompts. They may be as detailed (or not) as you like, but somewhere in the middle hinterland between 'anything at all about anyone at all' and a detailed plot outline for your Ginty/Patrick/Giles crime caper with bonus tentacles tends to get best results. State clearly any non-negotiable Do Not Wants: e.g. underage sexual content.

The default setting is an anonymous prompt: you can de-anonymise your prompt if you wish. Anonymity is not absolute: in a small fandom like this, it is probably a bit compromised from the start.

You may prompt for art or fic.

Here are the prompts for previous years: feel free to repeat unfilled ones (or even filled ones that you'd like to see a different take on) or use them for inspiration:

Prompts 2015

Prompts 2016

Filling Prompts

Works may be of any length, but must be complete and finished.

Please include all the characters/relationships prompted for, unless the requester has stated that they're happy with works about just one or two of the prompted characters/relationships.

You may claim as many prompts as you like and can reasonably commit to.

There can and may be multiple claims on the same prompt.

There are no restrictions on content or rating, but obviously, do try to be respectful of your requester's prompt, especially their DNWs.

Ratings and Archive Warnings can be helpful, but Choose Not To Warn is sometimes the only possible option too.

Schedule:

There's no nominations period this year; I think the tagset is fairly comprehensive, except for works based on The Thursday Kidnapping (of which we haven't had any yet.) If you want to request a character who doesn't appear to be in the tagset, comment below, and I'll add them. Once characters have been added to the tagset, you'll be able to request them.

Signups open: from now, Wed 31st May. Sign up here, by clicking on the 'Prompt Form' link on the left sidebar.
Signups close: Sun 20th Aug 2017 08:00PM BST
Assignments Due: Fri 08th Sep 2017 08:00PM BST
Works Revealed: Sun 10th Sep 2017 08:00PM BST
Authors Revealed: Sun 17th Sep 2017 08:00PM BST

Any questions, just comment below or PM me.

Enjoy prompting and creating!

Review linked from the J community

Just putting this here since it's in the LJ community and I'm here now. The Marlow's and the Traitor isn't my favourite of the books, but it's interesting to see someone else's take on it...

http://michellecooper-writer.com/blog/2017/03/the-marlows-and-the-traitor-by-antonia-forest/
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How Trennels was built.

I know this has been brilliantly covered in fanfic, but I have been searching back through old threads and can't see that it has ever been discussed in a thread here. In Peter's Room we are told as a casual aside, that Trennels was built by a Joshua Marlow, who made his pile in the slave trade.
Presumably this is historically likely. No-one got to build a house like Trennels without doing something dubious at some point; if not the slave trade, then employing children in the mines / being a slum landlord / driving small farmers off their land etc. Maybe AF was inspired by a real life stately home that she'd visited that had been built using money from the slave trade.
My question is this really: why did AF toss this fact into the story at all? Would an original child reader have queried how Trennels existed? There seems no need to mention it at all.
Peter is romanticising Malise at the point where he thinks about Joshua. Is the mention of one dodgy ancestor meant to alert the reader to the possibility that Malise might not be all he seems?
Is it a sneaky dig at the Marlow's Protestant forebears? Patrick's ancestors were busy being martyrs for their faith and suffering discrimination for being Catholics - but look what the Protestants (with their Protestant work ethic and all) did?
Is it too much of a stretch to wonder if AF had Mansfield Park on her mind, given MP and PR's themes of play-acting and love triangles, and indirectly answered the question of whether the Bertrams were slave-owners?
What do the younger Marlows think about living in a house built with slave money? Peter seems to think of it as accepted and unremarked family history. The entail means of course that they can never wash their hands of it, but do they ever have any sort of conversation about it? (And yes, this will be my prompt for the summer fic fest if we have one again!)
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Autumn Term

I have just discovered, randomly, this blog, with an 8-part read-along of Autumn Term.  Don't know if anybody else has come across it, but it seems worth a read.
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Fic

One of the unused prompts for the summer fic exchange was about the Marlows having children. I haven't written that prompt exactly but I have written a few scenes about Nicola and her children, including a new, longer one posted today. All on my LJ.
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Yuletide

Just to let people know that the Marlows series is eligible for the Yuletide fanfic exchange this year, with the nominated characters Geoff Marlow, Pam Marlow, Peter Marlow and Giles Marlow.

Yuletide sign-ups continue until Monday 10th October at 9am (UTC).

Information about Yuletide can be found here.

An interesting lighthouse film from 1948

For TMATT aficionados, a bit of Pathe 1948 footage showing the daily routine at a Lancashire lighthouse, including filling up the oil in the lantern and polishing the reflectors.
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What would the Marlows be reading now?

I found myself pondering this in between my summer holiday reading. One of the favourite features of the AF books is the references to books the characters are reading / have read; and many people, like myself, seem to have tried new authors simply because Nicola was reading them.
Although the series crept into the eighties most of the books they mention are from previous decades, apart perhaps from Nicola's book token buy in RAH? So, I started to wonder, if AF had kept writing until the present day, what books would the Marlows be reading now?
Would Karen have found escape from her own strained family set-up in the dysfunctional families of Anne Tyler?
Would Ginty have adored the Hunger Games, seen herself as Catniss and enjoyed lots of lovely fantasies about hiding out in a cave with Patrick, nursing his injuries and kissing him as much as possible?
Would Nicola have enjoyed the archeological detective stories of Elizabeth Peters? Presumably she'd have been keen on Patrick O' Brien, as AF was.
I don't suppose Rowan gets much time to read - a page or two of a Dick Francis or one of his successors, before falling asleep at night. What might she take on holiday if she ever gets the chance?
And Rose, having read everything in the Trennels playroom, will be a fan of Jacquelin Wilson. Will Chas like Harry Potter?
I'm stuck on Lawrie. I'm thinking she might be into some of the Youtubers' spin-off books; that's if she ever has time to read any more, what with spending all her time on Youtube watching make-up videos?

I'd be interested to know what other books people think they might be reading now?
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Prompt meme closed and author reveals complete

The collection is closed and the authors have been revealed. We had 12 stories this year from seven writers. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! If you haven't yet commented or left kudos on a story you enjoyed, please do so: it means a lot to writers to know that their efforts are appreciated.
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It's been a good season for Jan/Rowan fic...

A Crack in Everything (1671 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rowan Marlow/Janice Scott
Characters: Janice Scott, Lois Sanger, Rowan Marlow
Summary:

Jan considers Rowan's decision to take up farming and her own feelings about it.



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Please do leave feedback; it is by such that the fanwriter lives.

Just a reminder: I'll close and reveal the collection tomorrow (10th Sept) at midday (UTC).
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Coming early this year!

Nominations for Yuletide, the annual small fandoms exchange (What's that?) open on 9th September. Here's a schedule for Yuletide 2016, and here are the eligibility rules. The Marlows books (the Players books count as a separate fandom in AO3 terms) are all eminently eligible, and there's been some great Yuletide fic in years past.

You can make 3 fandom nominations and nominate 4 characters for each fandom. That means a bit of co-ordination is probably desirable to get a good spread of characters. Please feel free to discuss co-ordinating Forest-related nominations below or at the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide nominations post here. Nominating doesn't commit you to signing up, so if you're still undecided, think you might only want to write treats &c. you can make nominations. You will need an AO3 account to make nominations, however.
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Prompt meme fic keeps on coming...

Missives (1242 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rowan Marlow/Janice Scott
Characters: Janice Scott, Rowan Marlow, Pamela Marlow
Summary:

Jan throws a line to Rowan



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If anyone's dashing to finish before the collection closes, some RL stuff means I probably won't be able to close it and do reveals until Saturday morning: so shall we say Saturday 10th Sept, 12pm (UTC)?
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Fic coming in thick and fast...

The Corridor of Uncertainty (3921 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nicola Marlow/Miranda West, Nicola Marlow/Patrick Merrick
Characters: Nicola Marlow, Miranda West
Summary:

Nicola comes to stay with Miranda for their last half term weekend in Upper VI (most likely some time in the Forestian 1970s-80s!)



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More fic

Uncertain glory of an April day (2048 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anthony Merrick/Helena Merrick
Characters: Anthony Merrick, Helena Merrick, Patrick Merrick
Summary:

Anthony Merrick has been persuaded to stand to become the local MP. He tells his wife and son.



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Please do show your appreciation! Quick reminder that the prompt meme collection will close on Friday 9th September at 8pm (UTC), and authors will be revealed shortly afterwards.
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Prompt meme fic still rolling in

The Apology (1324 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ginty Marlow/Patrick Merrick
Characters: Ginty Marlow, Patrick Merrick
Summary:

Patrick gets the chance to visit Ginty in Ireland.



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There's still a week left to post your fanworks, or even pick up a new prompt. You'll need an AO3 account to claim prompts: you can get one here (it takes about a day on the current waiting list).
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New fic in the prompt meme

Pearls of Great Price (2246 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peggy Levy, Ann Marlow, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Judaism
Summary:

Always walking the fine line between assimilation and segregation.



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