I love your writing. The Elder Days is much neglected, although it's my favorite time to read of and write in. ( Such incredible characters! How can they be so ignored! )
You really have a talent. Do you also post on the Silmarillion Writers Guild? It is an excellent site with some super authors ( the best, in my humble opinion, since Silmarillion lovers tend to be intelligent, mature-minded and write beautifully ) and hosts Silmarillion-based stories. ( I don't post there now, but I read there )
I touched on Elurid and Elurin, myself but not what happened to them, just within the story of the attack on Doriath. I like what you have done with their story very much.
I am not surprised you have not many reviews - and I mean that as a compliment, lol, strange as that may seem, since Silmarillion-based stories are not read as much as LOTR-based ones, although they are invariably written with marvelous skill and detail. It's a great shame, but those who do read them appreciate them. They tend to draw a more serious and mature readership in general. A lot of Silmarillion lovers read on the SWG, but it wouldn't hurt to have your work here and on there also; other authors such as heartofoshun, Kenaz and Ignoble Bard post on both sites, and you definitely belong with those writers.
Author's Response: Yes, I love the Elder Days too - the Elves of that time are so fascinating, both flawed and incredibly stubborn and determined, and so...busy! I haven't got round to posting anything to SWG yet - I admit I'm a bit lazy and am not terribly good at keeping up to date on more than a couple of archives! But yes, there are some excellent writers and wonderful pieces of work there. I wanted to write a story with hope. It was never going to be a happy story, considering how it started, but I like there to be a bit of light at the end of the tunnel! I guess I didn't post this fic in anticipation of reviews - it's always lovely to hear someone read and enjoyed it, but I wrote this fic because I quite simply adore my Elves! If I post it and one person reads it and enjoys it, I guess that's all I can ask for - and it sounds like you're one such person, so hooray! Thank you for the lovely feedback - it means a lot that you've enjoyed reading it, as I really have enjoyed writing it. The fic is actually 100% written now - I just need to run the final chapters past an additional set of eyes before I post. Best wishes (and apologies if the paragraph formatting plays up when I post this!) Enismirdal
...but I wrote this fic because I quite simply adore my Elves!
I know exactly what you mean. :)
The joy of writing of them is why I write, although obviously, if some-one likes a story, that's such a thrill too. I'd write offline anyway, as I always used to -- it's all creating a story and feeling it open around you in the end, and living within it, watching as the characters grow and become so real they exist beyond you.
I also love the complexity of incest when it is dealt with well, and write of it myself, so both the characters and the mention of that interested me.
Giving up is so very simple. The greatest act of true love is not to die. It is to live for the one you love. In spite of the sorrow, in spite of the despair. Very beautiful, very sad, and very true.
I would have liked to nominate this for the MEFAS had I known about it. Not that my search skills are wonderful, but I couldn't find it on this years noms. Still, there is next year.
Author's Response: Incest...yeah, tricky subject. I know it's not something everyone can deal with reading about, and I can understand why. This was one situation where I could imagine it, perhaps, emerging due to circumstance - get two lonely adolescents together who have no one else in the whole world, and they might well turn to each other. I figure they're not hurting anyone else, so who can really judge them? As far as I know, this fic hasn't been nominated for the MEFAs - not least because it's still not posted anywhere in its entirety. I'm not all that big on awards these days - I think they're a great way to publicise good fics, certainly, and to encourage authors, they're just not my cup of tea!
tricky subject. I know it's not something everyone can deal with reading about, and I can understand why.
It is, but there are some instances I can imagine it, and some which are irresistible to me d;-)
This one had not occurred to me, but the way you write these too, I shall forever more, now.
I love to plug and recommend good authors, I don't go for awards myself, but I am enthusiastic about good fics and shamelessly plug them wherever I can. :D
This is a truly wonderful story, and I love the relationship between these too. I was so glad to see an update.
The description of their seeing the battlefield was so very real, very sad and disturbing.
Author's Response: Thanks! There's one chapter and the epilogue to go, so it's nearly over, I'm afraid. When I thought about the wars in the First Age I just couldn't help but imagine how truly horrific they must have been, the extent of devastation and destruction. It must have been heartbreaking to see. At least the twins have each other to see them through it!
Such a pity it's coming to an end. Do you have any other Muses tapping you on the shoulder?
Author's Response: I've been a bit dry this last year or two, unfortunately - as I'm doing a lot of work-related writing it's kind of stifled my ability to write for pleasure. I've been focusing on writing *anything* at all recently, which has meant I've produced large amounts of self-indulgent and entirely unpostable tripe!
I did a recent audit and found about 4 fic-starts that I thought had enough potential to be worth continuing and finishing. Most of the other stuff I'm working on is original fic... There's a fic set in Gondolin that is probably worth a second look, and one or two other things, some of which might need a rethink but may eventually go somewhere. If only I thought I could get away with writing slash at work!
Oh god! I just found a fic I can't even remember starting. This one, I must finish...it's a ficlet about Glorfindel and Ecthelion as children. The things I have tucked away... *giggle*
Sorry, just rambling now! (And apologies for the fact that paragraph breaks seem to get eaten by the interface so all my replies come through as ugly blocks of dense text.)
I just found a fic I can't even remember starting. This one, I must finish...it's a ficlet about Glorfindel and Ecthelion as children. The things I have tucked away... *giggle*
This sounds excellent! I hope you do find yourself inspired to finish some you already have, or write more.
It's rare one reads Elves written like this, and I have never read Thranduil ( whom I like ) as so beautiful and dangerous.
Gorgeous writing!! Quite apart from the plot and storytelling, your use of language is masterly and gorgeous.
Author's Response: It's a joy to hear you enjoy the writing! Thank you!
This is an amazingly written chapter. I feel rather punch drunk after it in fact. ( In the best possible way ) There is a way you write battles which is so oddly intimate and beautiful that it's unique to any fanfic I have thus far read.
Author's Response: Ooooh, I am happy to hear that!!!! ;) I am drunk with your review, in fact. ;) Thank you!
I am glad to find and read you on this site and many thanks for your reply. I do love the way you write, the emotional depth to this story -- and the mystery. I have only just started it, but I am very intrigued, you have a superb way with words and description. This is wonderful:
A splash of crimson hurled against the sky.
I love lush prose, ( so unfashionable, lol. I don't care, it shows language skills ) but short, sharp shocking sentences like that are incredibly effective when placed just so. Your writing also shows real gutsy, unashamed emotion, which I adore in writing.
Author's Response: Ooh, it's great to see you herer! I laugh when I see my prose of my teen years, and wish I could do it again - I guess I lost the guts over the years. But thank you for your encouragement, as I will push myself to get back that unashamed emotion and flourish. Thank you so much!
Don't follow all these sheep whom are taught that emotional and poetic prose is infra dig these days. The only books I remember and love are vivid with description and feeling and written from the heart and gut. The way they try to teach authors to write now caters for the dumbest comon denominator, the people who pick up a book on holiday or read magazines and have no real knowledge of language. Any-one who can write short, sharp sentences now can write a book. It is lazy, it is unimaginative. You have a gift for passionand you are not * untidy * with it, or purple or sprawling. If that passion for words and emotion is inside you, it's not lost, you may just have tucked it away after being told it's unfashionable, which is warg turd to be frank. Books are not written to be savored these days, they're written for an audience who is time-poor, but that is no excuse and will change.
I love the way you write and I'm an avid reader, but of the tens of thousands of Tolkien fanfic stories out there on many sites, I am impressed by only a small percentage. You're in that percentage, so please keep on!
Author's Response: How right you are. Your words are great encouragement - it is so endearing to know that there are readers and writers out there who still do value the passionate and lurid. I shall treasure your words and come back to them whenever I am in need of strength. Thank you again!
This is becoming most intriguing, that is all I can say. Lovely descriptions and a lot of mystery.
Which I like :)
Author's Response: That is good to hear. I hope it keeps up ;) Thank you!
Fascinating. Terribly intense, dark, gut-wrenching and addictive. Good grief, how well you write!
Your portrayal of Thranduil is also the most beautiful I have read without a doubt!
Author's Response: Good grief, how you do encourage me so! ;) Thank you so much. I'm glad you're finding my portrayals enjoyable! I hope you enjoy the next chapter as wel. ;)
I'm so sorry it's finished, but I have been enthralled by this. Just reading you could teach so many writers how to set a scene, how to write deep emotion, how to describe beauty and pain. It has a depth which is not often seen, and more's the pity.
Thank-you very much!
Author's Response: Awww, thank you so much for keeping me company through this journey! I have immensely enjoyed hearing from you, and hearing you were pleased by my story excites me to no end. Thank you!
I spent yesterday and today reading this and you are a classy writer! Your descriptions are luscious and your characters deeply drawn and you spin an absorbing tale! I mostly review on this site but I will copy this to your LJ to make sure you get it.
Author's Response: Thank you for wonderful review and feedback, xFanarix--I so appreciate it! I am truly pleased that you enjoyed reading this odd little tale. I hope to update soon. *hugs* Patty.
I think this reads neatly, taking out unneeded characters usually does that. Is this one of your earlier works, as '' Chains '' has more description and less dialogue, I recently read a piece ( non Tolkien ) which was incredibly dialogue heavy, and excellent so I don't find that a bad thing in short bursts, but I think in Chains you balance dialogue and description very well and I do like reading a nice mix of both. I think Chains was spot on for the balance.
Well done, hugs, you worked hard and really made it much neater.
Author's Response: Yes, this was my very first fic, so it still has some bugs in it *Pokes it annoyed* It'll be right one day! Thanks for reviewing! And ypu've given me more confidence about Chains, but I'm still editing it tommorow
What a wonderful chapter. The innocence and curiosity of the hobbit children is such a huge contrast to the pain and emotional weariness of Alex and Katie, which is beautifully written and comes across vividly. the caress given by two life-long friends who find themselves together at the end of all things. And both friends knew that it was truly the end. Super phrasing, and brings a lump to the throat. :(
Author's Response: Thank you. I tried.
I was looking at my - very short - list of stories I read again and again and there are four. That's not many in a fandom which has thousands. I do read new stories of course and look for others when I have time, but certain ones just don't become '' over-read ''.
They have to have a great plot, atmosphere, be quite long and have a good knowledge of Tolkien. That's not actually as easy to find as it might sound, in published books either, 99% of mine go to charity shops after I've read them, 1% get read to death.
The Iraqi president the Mouth of Sauron? O_o. Whoo boy.
I'll be very sad when this is finished, but I will still read it. I'm also glad you said in your bio you had plans for other * serious * stories and possibly a prequel to this.
Author's Response: Thank you. It means a lot to me. I may or may not start my new stories--and the prequel/companion to this--before this is finished, but in case I do, keep an eye out.
Oh, I am very sad to see this come to an end, it has been an epic journey. Well done. I especially like that it is open to both a prequel and possibly a sequel, there is a lot of room in this story to go back, onward or even within it, if you wished.
I think you mentioned a sequel first, and I would love to see one, since especially Maglor's journey to the New World sounds very interesting, and the people he was involved with in America and how they tied in to those in this story.
( Oh, I was watching some documentary where it showed that if mankind vanished, everything would crumble after 1000 years and there would be no visible sign of modern man, - they pyramids and the wall of China would last, but nothing we have built - so eventually those who survived would at least live in a beautiful world again. :( ) You could turn this into a future Middle-earth if you wished.
Author's Response: Hmmm...I'll have to think about it. Those are some good ideas you have. I think I was planning to write a prequel about Maglor's journey to the New World, and perhaps I'll write something about Gandalf's time back on earth.
This is the story you said you were overhauling? I think it's terrific! I would love to do something like this, but I would be pants at it. It brings together two subjects which I am disturbingly enthusiastic about , '' Lost Civilizations '' a la Graham Hancock, and Middle-earth, as an actual historical fact. I love your parodies of MS's but this '' serious '' story is wonderfully written. Whether you amend it or not, I am going to read it. It's so much more intriguiging than '' Falls into Middle-earth ''. Wow, two subjects which I have enthralled me since I was small in one story! First it was Atlantis, which fascinated me, then of course after the Silm it became Atalantë and Beleriand somewhere under the north Atlantic. Just... ooooh!! ( jumpy up and down oooh ) I've only read these two chapters as yet and I'm engrossed!
Author's Response: Glad you like it. I\'m not truly \"overhauling\" it; I\'m mostly going to revise some dialogue, because a lot of it sounds like it comes from \"The Final Sacrifice\" (a cheesy movie advertised as \"the worst thing to ever come out of Canada.\" Watch the MST3K version of it on youtube; I guarantee it\'ll give you a laugh).
I have to laugh, Katie is so like me, so petrified of basically everything in RL, and a coward, antisocial, hates small talk, cringes at the idea of ' hanging with friends ' ( unless they talk Tolkien ). If she's like that at her age, she'll be the same at mine. Terrific story, and believable too!
Author's Response: Actually, I look back at my story, and I realize that Katie is quite a bit like me as well. I never even realized it until I wrote a few chapters about her. I\'m relatively confident she\'s not a Mary Sue, but I\'ll run her through the Mary-Sue litmus test, just to be sure. ;)