Elaura, I have no idea how on earth you can continues to fuel your stories with such creative plots... Your skill with writing is truly baffling and I greatly admire it. This newest twist with the attempted murder is quite intruiging. Of course, the minor plotlines between Elaura's relationship with the other characters is also always amazing. And I *love* her conversations with Namo and Melkor... 'Its a Smal World'- you clever girl you.
The only thing I am sad about is I realized i am soon coming to the end... Well, I know you are continuing with the story, but regardless I will be sad when I won't be able to just read chapter after chapter of new material. I was never one for patience :)
Thank you, as always, for sharing your world with us!
Author's Response: The characters keep talking and I keep writing. It helps that I'm a little nuts. My brother keeps asking me when I'm going to publish, but I'm afraid writing for money would sour it. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to let me know how I'm doing. I can't really put into words how much it means to hear from all of my readers.
I love that you've given Legolas such a wonderful sense of humor; the bantor between him and Aragorn was great!
Author's Response: It would be pretty sad if they couldn't laugh, wouldn't it? I mean, what's the point of being blessed if it isn't any fun? Thanks for the review!
I love that Elaura finally got the jump on an Elf, I can just imagine how surprised any elf would have been but especially Maglor!
I have really enjoyed watching Elaura's character grow, it's amazing to see her learn that she can't be a busy body and be involved in everything all the time, especially now with a family on the way. It's amazing to see her learn when and where she needs to be part of things.
"“It’s a place they send teenagers from thirteen to eighteen years old. Like a jail, but with teachers. The children are supposedly taught how to be good citizens, but I think it was just a place to hide us while our minds caught up with the development of our bodies."
Author's Response: That's how I thought of highschool anyway. The anticipation was written on every parents' face in August and dread that we would soon be released again in Spring. Thanks for the feedback!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this:
"You thought the purple dinosaur was bad? I’ve got Smurfs, Snorks, Fraggles, and Teletubbies where he came from. You never should have tried this,” there was great anger in her voice and Aragorn and I both took a small step back; the Evil One’s fear of the beasts she mentioned was apparent and we did not wish to see anything which could strike fear in his heart." HILARIOUS.
And I thought it was great to have a chapter from Legolas' point of view and allow Elaura to show him her world.
Author's Response: Thank you! Legolas needed to get his feet wet in the writing arena. I have to admit, sometimes I'll reread and wonder, 'who wrote this stuff?' I'll often laugh when I'm writing, too. Is that conceited? Most of all I look forward to hearing what the readers think. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me feedback. It's a little hard knowing whether things I think are funny really are . . . no laughtrack. Thanks again for reading and reviewing.
Another great chapter, i'm glad you put in the druedain and the valar's gift for them. i always found them fascinating when i read the books, they have a feel as if they could stilll be out there deep in forests waiting.
grrrr to saruman still mucking about in things, when he should be concerned about his closest companion.
Were the bandits actual canibals or was that just to scare them, if it was they have sunk low.
thanks for writing, i'm looking forward to chapter 118 and no worries about myspace and deviant art, they are sometimes problematic with my computer and we have broadband. x
Author's Response: Ooh! Shoot, I haven't even thought about your art. Another book in the series got in my head and I've been writing on that one. It takes place about forty years after the War of the Ring and has many of the same characters and some new ones. They wouldn't get out on my head.
LOL... Elaura dressing up as an old woman- CLASSIC stuff! Loved the whole scene, I was laughing out loud.
I'm also glad that you managed to figure out a way for them to head into battle... I was afraid things could get boring in peacetime. Glad to know that Gimli's ax will once again be used! :)
Author's Response: Oh, you know how it is, trouble will always crop up; there are some people who just can't stand to be happy. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Sorry it's been so long, but I'm still writing. I won't leave you hanging. Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Brilliant chapter again, something about this story makes you absolutly believe while reading it, i get swept up when reading about all the magic stuff and while it could sound so wrong, you do a wonderful job of it.
mant partings indeed in this chapter, i love hallas now but cannot wait to see how you write the funeral and especially mirkwood. keep up the great work x
Author's Response: Thanks! I do try to keep things as down to earth as possible, but I would imagine, in a world so permeated with magic, if there were any time in Middle Earth's history that the Valar could be free with their blessings, this would be it. Theoden certainly deserved it.
Great chapter, interesting dream of amlug for us to ponder. love the interactions between the elves and elaura especailly the family side with thranduil.
poor aragorn, elaura and thranduil for suffering as they do, i drink enough milk for all of them in a day.
cannot wait for more, thanks for wriiting. x
did you get my myspace message about my artwork?
Author's Response: Oh shoot! I haven't been on myspace in some time. I'm checking it out now. I'll answer you there.
I'm not sure if you are aware, but 've noticed quite a few times in various chapters that quotaton marks are put in the wrong area. Example:
“Nonsense, it will be done all the quicker were I to take care of it personally,” Aragorn replied.”
I honestly don't really care about grammer as much; I get what you are trying to say. But in case you care, I thought I'd let you know.
So many interesting developments. Elaura- a Wizard! Who would have thought. Once again I am surprised that you character gains such great achievements, yet never does it seem strange or cheapened. THe story just makes sense.
Oh, but I am excited to see that Elaura has a new adversary! Peace is sweet, but conflict is fun! (Well, I am writing this review near the beginning of the chapter, in case by the end the Warden is cool with Elaura and my words seem to not make sense)
Author's Response: Actually, I do care very much. That particular typo has become a bad habit, I'm afraid. For some reason, my brain seems to think every paragraph should end in a closed quote. Thank you for letting me know there is one in that chapter. I haven't gotten around to fixing much of Book three as I'm currently writing it, but I will. I just reread a chapter in which Eowyn is cursed with contractions . . . which I try to reserve for the speech of Elaura, Dwarves, and Hobbits, for the most part.
Such detailed desription of the surgery, it always plays out like the camera on a CSI autopsy where they go through the bodies but much more involved as the patients are not dead yet lol. i like the little mention of namo in this chapter and how elaura reacted to the energy drain, good thing gandalf intervened before she hugged every citizen of gondor. the battle was good, much fluffier than i had imagined before i read it. though gandalf was going to be lynched by elaura's family when he used the pregant warrior thing against her.
thanks for updating, hope you are well, i'll go read the next chapter x
Author's Response: Thank you! As I've said before, the story writes itself. I know some folks might have been hoping the Wizards' duel would be more exciting, but I expect there will be enough opportunities for the magic feathers to fly in the future. Personally, I'm hoping Elaura doesn't have too many more opportunities to ply her craft in surgery, though as you'll find in Chapter 115, that is unlikely. ;)
I adore that Macavity shows up. I'm curious- Why did you name him that? Is it pronounced Mac- Cavity???
Author's Response: Macavity, pronounced ma-ca-vi-ty with the emphasis on the second syllable, is based on a stray cat that wandered into my folks' house one day and claimed them as his staff. The original Macavity in T.S. Eliot's poem "Macavity, the Mystery Cat" and the Broadway musical "Cats" based on Eliot's works was ginger colored and a bit more dastardly than the long-haired white Macavity of my books and his short-haired, black and white namesake.
I'll never get enough of this! I love it so much!
As I've said before, you are an excellent writer and I can't wait until you update! I hope you have doing good, it's been a while since we talked.
Author's Response: Ah, great to hear from you again! Everything is going well here. I've managed to keep my back from spasming for almost two months, so I think I've finally learned (after 38 years) how to pick things up and what exactly 'too heavy' is. I certainly hope your life is happy and healthy!
Greetings Elaura! I looked over the review per your request and I have no trouble reading your story- it is separated well by paragraphs.
I will say, some fanfics with Legolas falling in love with a modern woman can be very silly and poorly written. Yours is not. Its interesting... I am usually very skeptical about fanfics and how storylines go, but for whatever reason, yours works. I get it.
I was even thinking "Why do I love this story so much and spend whatever free time I have reading it? In many ways, the plot could be silly and annoying. Everyone loves the main character. She bagged the hottest elf. She's super awesome at everything..." But you have written this story, thus far of what I've read, very well. I believe it. Elaura is not annoying. She slowly became good at things and there were struggles. Events are tied in extremely well to Tolkien's books. The characters are simply brought to life in a different way through your words. You've done a great job. I almost wish you hadn't done a great job & I thought of all this first ;) lol
As always, I look forward to continuing reading! I'm interested in Maglor, what further use the Vala will have for Elaura, when she'll finally end up meeting Legolas' fam in Mirkwood, Arwen showing up, and babies! Of course, I have no idea how far you have written, but you do have a hell of a lot of chapters!
Many many thanks for the time you put into this!
Author's Response: Hello again! Thank you for checking on that paragraph thing for me. I guess I'll have to wait until mps clarifies to figure out why it doesn't look right to him/her.
Oh this was such a great chapter! It even almost makes me wanting to cry, knowing they will not be parted! Ah, I have no words to describe my utter happiness with this story :)
Author's Response: Aww, you're making me blush! It's good to hear from you again. Hey, if you get the chance, could you look over mps' review and let me know if you are seeing what he/she is? The last thing I want is for the story to be hard to read.
i love this series. it is so much better than most other "dropped in middle earth" fics.
but please, please, paragraphs! it is hard to read.
Author's Response: Thanks! I love to hear from new readers. I don't understand what you mean about the paragraphs, though. I'm trying to keep it as readable as possible. Can you explain a little better? SInce it looks okay to me, and I haven't heard of this problem before, tell me what skin you're using and whether you use Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, or another browser and I'll try to reproduce the problem you're having. I'll do my best to fix any errors, if you tell me what and where they are. Thanks for the review, hope to hear from you again.
Thanks for the swift update! I'm soo glad Eowyn is okay! Poor Hilda! I loved this chapter and look forward to reading the next. Until then cheerio!
Author's Response: Thank you! I couldn't leave you all hanging very long. Naturally I couldn't resist a little suspense, but my mother would have killed me if I hadn't written the rest immediately. As always, I love the feedback and I'll have the next few chapters up soon.
hannon le for this chapter. it started of great with the breakfast then poor hilda, ive seen this problem in big dogs and its not nice at all, glad you made her all better.
i love how you write the girls getting together in this, you make them have fun while still retaining elveness.
cannot wait to see more of the contest, do we get to see more ellyn hotness, can you have elrond and celeborn fight it out - that i'd like to see.
thanks for writing and updating this x
Author's Response: Ohh, I don't think I covered anything between Elrond and Celeborn . . . maybe I'll write a little vignette just for you, since you're such a loyal reader. Your reviews are great too, they give me wonderful ideas.
great chapter, glad you didnt have eowyn get injured or die, she is one of the best characters especially the way you write her. i like how you have everyone react differently and eowyn learn from her fights as well as the untried soldiers.
poor elaura blinded by the daz whiteness of gandalfs mind, made up for it with the end bit there, thaks for writing
Author's Response: Thank you! I suppose if a glance at Sauron's mind could make Pip catatonic, a look into Gandalf's couldn't go unpunished either. I did used to put on a blindfold when I was little, just to see if I could get around. Never tried it with romance, though.
Oh my goodness! Eowyn... I hope Elaura can help! You big meanie, leaving the chapter on a cliffie like that! - I hope the next one won't be far away! Needless to say I enjoyed every bit of this chapter as I do the others, and because I have not long ago read the one before this, I can't get the image of Maglor in leather out of my head! Hehehehe! I look forward to reading the next one, so until then, you take care!
Author's Response: Hee-hee. At least I didn't leave you hanging for long. The mental image of Maglor in his fighting clothes is hard to shake, I'll admit. Well, I need to go work on chapter 112, now. Thanks for reading and the feedback. I'm really glad you are enjoying my story.