Penname: Ria [Contact] Real name:
Member Since: 08/04/06
Membership status: Administrator
Bio:
**CURRENTLY IN THE THRALL OF NANOWRIMO**

Mine is a Callimachean muse, and a relentlessly silly one. That means I tend to write fluff, satire and randomness. "The Campfire" and "A Sweet Snore" are my fluffiest; "Mary Sue Productions" is an example of satire (go figure); and "Radagast Departs" and "Beside the Well" fit into the random bucket.


I have adopted Ithilion the Mini-Balrog.

My favorite pre-modern authors are: Ovid, Sei Shonagon and Shakespeare. My favorite authors from before the midcentury are: Jane Austen, P.J. Wodehouse and Raphael Sabatini. My favorite recent authors (at the moment) are: Harry Turtledove, Lois McMaster Bujold, Judith Merkle Riley and Jennifer Crusie.

Please try my new challenge, Wild in the Woods.
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Challenges by Ria
Summary: Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Certainty? In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes." Tolkien tells us lots about death in Middle Earth: now I want to hear about taxes.

Some ideas are hobbits protesting a pipeweed tax, a royal assessor or auditor trying to tax Smaug, the Dunedain dealing with border tariffs, one of the ancient characters trying to figure out depreciations on their land or possessions . . . but those are starters. Any tax-themed story is welcome.
Categories: None Characters: None
Summary: How about a crossover or combination of Lothlorien with another famous forest of literature?

* Midsummer Night's Dream
* the Hundred Acre Wood
* Sherwood Forest
* Hansel and Gretel's forest
* Longfellow's "forest primeval" from "Evangeline"
* a literary forest of your choice

Can Haldir hunt a heffalump? Will Galadriel fall madly in love with Bottom the weaver? Will eating all the lembas make Hansel and Gretel sick? Did the lover Gabriel wander into Middle Earth or did Evangeline while she was searching for him? Go wild!
Categories: Crossovers Characters: None
Summary: Write a story of life at one of the great elven settlements (Gondolin, Nargothrond, Doriath, Rivendell, Lothlorien, etc.) from the point of a woman living a traditional (ie, not warrior-maiden) life there, and using Sei Shonagon or something from her Pillow Book as an inspiration.

More information on her at this short article and this other one.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: None
Summary: Write a story focusing on Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. One idea is the story of how she stood up to Sharkey. She should be sympathetic, but not any nicer than she appears in the books.
Categories: None Characters: None
Summary: Write a story (canon-friendly, please) featuring the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The story should include candlelight. The principles are:
(Unity) To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
(Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
(Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
(Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
(Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
(Creativity) To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
(Faith) To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Categories: Book-verse Characters: None
Summary: Write a story featuring Imladris' plumbing prominently. Because it has been asked, "Does Imladris have plumbing?"
Categories: None Characters: None