You have one of the most interesting ways of constructing a story that I've ever seen. Many people write drabbles, then string them together into a story: you seem to operate by putting up an outline with some pieces sketched in, others missing, then write the full story in fairly long chapters, then break it back down into bite-sized drabbles of deliciousness (love the individual headings.)
Just thought I'd comment on that!!
Author's Response: Thanks! I know how to write engineer specs, so most of my stories start out looking like functional requirement documents. The addition of dialog usually fixes that, however. : )
“Don’t be. He usually starts with, ‘What were you THINKING!’ and ends with, “If I EVER catch you …’ and then there’s a whole lot of stuff in between I don’t even want to think about. After the Drowning of Númenor … I thought I was about to be the first Ainu ever to be unmade.”
I am so in love with your Sauron! Is there going to be anything after he returns to Minas Morgoth or will this be the end? *sobs*
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I have another chapter book in the works, which occurs in TA 3016 or so. It's about a family reunion in the Mansions of Aule. Sauron is teased mercilessly by his sisters and female cousins, although it's not mean-spirited teasing.
What I find fascinating, as you "flesh" this out, is that even though I find that Sauron is probably the most charismatic (and even sympathetic) character at the negotiations, he is also clearly still the monstrous Maia of which we have been warned. (And yet I hate to think of him condemned to the Void now!)
Author's Response: Thanks for your review! Perhaps the Void will turn out to mean the Timeless Halls, where he used to live, and the Ainur who didn't descend to Arda after the Music still live. Sauron loves Arda more than most, and will miss it, but he'll most likely be with Melkor again in the Void. And alsothe Witch King and the rest of the Nazgul, I believe. Thanks again!