Penname: Uvatha the Horseman [Contact] Real name: Elizabeth
Member Since: 27/05/11
Membership status: Member
Bio:
I'm an engineer specializing in game theory and data analysis. When I write, it's in Python.

I picked up a pen for the first time in April 2011. and learned the craft of writing from the 'how to' books sold on Amazon.

I recently joined a Writer's Group that meets at the local library. In addition to receiving instruction in the craft, my stories undergo professional quality editing. The editors are merciless about 'show not tell' and having good hooks at the end of chapters. Right now, they're on my case to stop using modern colloquialisms and write medieval-sounding dialogue instead. I don't know how to write medieval dialogue, so they're making me go learn.

Special thanks to my two copy editors, my niece and daughter, both of whom are in middle school. (My husband will not read my stories. "Ewww, slash! Get it away from me!")

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I first read 'The Fellowship of the Rings' thirty years ago when a friend from summer camp made me promise that I would. I remember struggling with it at first. I thought it was *too cute* ('They have become shy of the Big People') but because I promised my friend Id finish it, I kept going. By the time the hobbits were hiding from the Black Riders, I was drawing pictures of the Witch King in my Algebra notebook.

I keep a Nazgul in the front hall, complete with black robes, armor, weapons, and Nazgul ring. He was too heavy to move for the Christmas party, so instead, we decorated him with reindeer antlers and paper chains. (Khamul is the long-suffering Nazgul.) The other ladies in the PTA must be used to me by now, because they didn't say too much.

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I write LOTR fanfiction from the evil characters' point of view. My theme is, 'How does a good character fall into evil?' (or as Elrond said, 'Even Sauron was not evil in the beginning.')

There are many paths into evil. I don't explore psychopathy, because its almost too simple to be interesting. Psychopathy means the character was born without a conscience or the ability to experience empathy, and will never change. Theyre sub-human predators. They have few moving parts and dont evolve over time, so theyre less interesting to write about. Ive never been able to get inside Melkors head, so he hasnt been one of my POV characters.

On the other hand, the narcissistic personalities, which look just like psychopathy, are more complicated than normal. Someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, even in its extreme version, Malignant Narcissism, still has a conscience, even if theyre able to suppress it. I interpret Sauron as being a malignant narcissist. Then there are people who commit evil deeds who are not evil themselves. People can behave badly for many reasons anger, jealousy, fear, acting on bad information, or throwing in their lot with someone whos evil and choosing to follow them.

Web Site: www.uvatha.com
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Stories by Uvatha the Horseman
Summary: In the last year of the Third Age, the Nazgul spread out to search for "Shire..Baggins". Tempers run short, and they fight among themselves as much as they search for the Ring.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Adunaphel, Nazgl, Witch King
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: The Khamul Stories
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 16335 Read Count: 7627
[Report This] Published: 07/01/12 Updated: 02/06/12
Summary: Shortly before the War of the Ring, Radagast and Faramir accidently cross the border into Mordor when Radagast insists on seeing a rare bird up close. They are captured by Orcs, but Radagast insists he can talk their way out of it. (slash Sauron/Melkor)
Categories: Book Verse Slash
Characters: Faramir, Morgoth / Melkor, Mouth of Sauron, Nazgl, Radagast, Sauron, Witch King
Genres: Drama, Family
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), First Draft, Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8168 Read Count: 6691
[Report This] Published: 12/09/11 Updated: 17/09/11
Summary: During the Age of the Trees, Mairon-Sauron, a loyal and responsible Maiar, begins to crave independence. (slash Sauron/Melkor)
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aule, Morgoth / Melkor, Sauron
Genres: Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), First Draft
Series: The Mairon Stories
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9193 Read Count: 5270
[Report This] Published: 04/09/11 Updated: 16/01/13
Summary: Shortly before the War of the Ring, Ilvatar commands Sauron, once Aul's favorite, to find a way to reconcile with his former master, but Aul refuses to see him. (AU) (slash Sauron/Melkor)
Categories: Book Verse Slash
Characters: Aule, Eonwe, Eru / Iluvatar, Feanor, Manwe, Morgoth / Melkor, Mouth of Sauron, Nazgl, Oss, Radagast, Saruman, Sauron, Tulkas, Uinen, Ulmo, Witch King, Yavanna
Genres: Angst, Family, Friendship
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 20 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 37469 Read Count: 14808
[Report This] Published: 03/06/11 Updated: 18/07/11
Summary: At the end of the Second Age, the forces of Elendil and Gil-galad besiege Barad-dr. When the defenders are starving, the besiegers make an offer. "Kill your Master, and we will lift the siege."
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Nazgl, Sauron, Witch King
Genres: Drama
Warnings: First Draft
Series: The Khamul Stories
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 11343 Read Count: 1535
[Report This] Published: 04/02/12 Updated: 20/02/12