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.
Beta-reader: Yes
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Reviews by Ria
Summary: Elf &hearts Man. What could possibly go wrong?
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Angst, Mystery, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 768 Read Count: 3206
[Report This] Published: 31/12/06 Updated: 09/10/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 02/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

What a dramatic beginning: great start!

Author's Response: Yeah, maybe I overdid it a little. Thanks for your review!

Summary: Those who remain behind have to face the somewhat embarrassing consequences. A tale of elves lounging around in Ancient Greece.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Celeborn, Glorfindel, Lindir, Lindir
Genres: General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1014 Read Count: 1300
[Report This] Published: 03/01/07 Updated: 03/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 06/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Mistaken Identities

Oh, very clever!

Author's Response: Thank you for reading :)

Summary: A response to Faramiriel's Culinary challenge. Faramir ATTEMPTS to teach Eowyn how to cook. Disaster ensues!!!
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Faramir
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1557 Read Count: 2286
[Report This] Published: 03/01/07 Updated: 03/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 07/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Mission: Traumatise

Well, that does end in disaster . . . I notice Arwen manages to stay far away from the kitchen. I bet Strider's a pretty good cook, though.

Author's Response: Oh, you really think that? Maybe I\'ll write a story to show you JUST how wrong I think you are!

Summary: Hey people the funny lotr story is back. Her eis part 2 out of 3
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Arwen, Elrond, Faramir, Galadriel, Gollum, Haldir, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Saruman, Sauron, The Fellowship
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 513 Read Count: 4353
[Report This] Published: 06/01/07 Updated: 07/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 06/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I like the characterization of the Ring as vain. Maybe there's a Tenth Walker tale (with the Ring as the Mary Sue) in that.

I prefer narrative to screenplay style, but of course you chose to continue in the same style as the first part of the series. I'm curious to read "Feuding at the Fishing Hole" -- part 3.

RS

I Hate Yule by sylc Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Glorfindel visits Erestor, who hates Yule. The pair bicker.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Erestor, Glorfindel
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1247 Read Count: 1680
[Report This] Published: 07/01/07 Updated: 07/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 07/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: I Hate Yule

This is quite an engaging vignette.

Author's Response: Thanks, Ria. I\'m glad you enjoyed it.

Pendant Of Life by sylc Rated: G [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Celebrimbor admires a pendant belonging to Annatar. Annatar promises to make him one.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Celebrimbor, Lindir, Sauron
Genres: Mystery
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 652 Read Count: 1492
[Report This] Published: 09/01/07 Updated: 09/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 16/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: Pendant Of Life

What a lovely creepy idea! Would a gem like that be a feamir?

Author's Response: *laughs* I guess feamir fits it, huh! *hugs* Glad you enjoyed it, Ria. Thank you.

Summary: A response to Sharpe_and_Harper's "The Fellowship Meets the Fellowship." Pretty much the actors fall into Middle Earth and excitement ensues. Not a story I would normally do; I don't really like Actor Fics because I feel weird writing a story about a person who exists but I've never met. Please imagine that I do really know exactly what sort of thoughts Viggo Mortensen has!
Categories: Actor Fics
Characters: None
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 10380 Read Count: 14286
[Report This] Published: 11/01/07 Updated: 21/02/08
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 04/02/07 Title: Chapter 10: The Turn of the Tide

I love the concept of the story, and I really admire your bravery in tackling it. So far, the characters are interesting and believable.

Author's Response: Thank you! I was a little wary of it myself at the beginning, but I\'m having fun now. :)

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 08/04/07 Title: Chapter 13: A Morning Without Coffee

Maybe you could name this chapter "A Morning Without Coffee". I can't but imagine that there will be repercussions to Sir Ian's missing his coffee. (!) This chapter seems good even un-proofread.

Author's Response: Thanks! Haha, great idea. :) I will do so.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 15/02/08 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

I hope you'll update this soon. I've actually reread several chapters just to stay in touch with the story, but I'd rather have MORE.

Summary: And here's how the story begins. The rating's been changed more out of keeping things on the safe side than anything else. If something really nasty comes up, there'll be a warning. Completed
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fantasy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Shamballa
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 64171 Read Count: 19078
[Report This] Published: 13/01/07 Updated: 15/04/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 13/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Exchange

That's a great start to your story. I feel for Beregond, though: shot, stabbed at and hit by a car, all in the first chapter.



Author's Response: Yeah, I\'m mean like that. *whistles innocently* And, like Havoc said - that\'s just the tip of the iceberg.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 15/07/07 Title: Chapter 1: Exchange

I finally finished this story, and it's great. I like how Beregond developed alchemical powers without becoming so powerful that he disrupted the plot. I've never watched the anime (alas), but I got a real sense of its characters and world through your writing.

Author's Response: Well, yeah, I\'m not really in favour of all the: \"ZOMG! I now have a new convenient power and now I\'ll magically solve everything.\" After all, powerful or not, Beregond is still new in this alchemy business and he lacks the confidence. This will be more evident as the story goes on.

Summary: the story closely follows the tale of five friends and the paths that fate leads each of them down as they face illness, wounds, separation in battle, and loss. one in a search for healing of old wounds, one to find courage and independence, one to find a purpose in life, for another one a peaceful end, and one along for the ride.



Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 2657 Read Count: 849
[Report This] Published: 16/01/07 Updated: 16/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 30/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Arthion's return.

That's a good start. The descriptions are well done. I really like that you describe the characters more through their interactions than their hair and eye coloring. I think you can improve it by proofreading a bit, particularly the direct speech.

Summary: A few decades after his defeat on the Isle of Werewolves in the First Age of the Sun, Sauron goes back to Angband and after seeing Morgoth, enters a pub. A rather inquisitive balrog (who is left unnamed because Tolkien never named him *sobs*) starts to chat him up.
Categories: Book Verse Slash
Characters: Balrog, Glorfindel, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Other, Sauron
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1985 Read Count: 2112
[Report This] Published: 17/01/07 Updated: 17/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 17/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Angband Pub, Second Class

I really enjoyed the character of the Balrog bartender. Somebody ought to draw you up a picture of him. (I don't have the skill, unfortunately.)

Author's Response: *grins* Glad you like him; I also like him. :) Thanks, Ria. Happy you enjoyed the fic.

Summary: This story was written for a RMH list fic-challenge, which dared us to use the purple prose phrase "The dragon of his desire writhed beneath his tight-stretched trousers" in a fic and keep a straight face. Here's my quick stab at it. Starring Thranduil.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Thranduil
Genres: Erotica
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2443 Read Count: 1063
[Report This] Published: 19/01/07 Updated: 19/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 02/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nicely written -- I like how you worked the dragon reference into the conversation so that it didn't seem hideously purple.

Chance Encounter by Mordaen Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 105]
Summary: During their journey, the Fellowship meet up with a stranger not of their world. Will he be of help to them or would he hinder them? Kingdom of Heaven/LotR crossover. Mostly movie-verse with some book-verse
Categories: Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: Aragorn, Balian of Ibelin, Guy de Lusignan, Legolas, The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Torture, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 35 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 90467 Read Count: 44968
[Report This] Published: 21/01/07 Updated: 02/09/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 25/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Campfires and Whirlpools

I really like the beginning. Your characterization of the Fellowship is clear and entertaining. I hope you put in some more paragraph breaks in the last chunk of the story, though.

Author's Response: I definitely will try to improve my formatting. I haven\'t gotten the hang of html yet. I\'m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reviewing.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 13/04/07 Title: Chapter 15: Unexpected Guest

And here I thought they'd have found Paris, or Will Turner . . .! This is more drama for Balian, though.

Author's Response: Hmm, Orlando Bloom\'s good, but you can have too much of a good thing. :P Balian will just have to deal with his archenemy for the rest of the war. Poor him.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 22/04/07 Title: Chapter 16: Reaching an Understanding

Congratulations on trying out a new literary technique! That's one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing fanfic. You surprised me in this chapter (a good thing!): I thought you were going to have Guy be the goat and die instead of Boromir.

Author's Response: Thanks. I had quite a bit of fun writing Boromir\'s stream of consciousness.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 14/05/07 Title: Chapter 18: A Big Misunderstanding

I like the story, but I don't think the repeated Balian-abuse is exciting. It seems like he gets tied up and beaten or threatened every other chapter. =( He's such a Walter Scott hero, he should be able to find a way around it. Admittedly, that's all my personal opinion about the plot -- your writing is very clear and vivid, and I dig the way that you're really examining how he might see and understand Middle Earth.

Author's Response: Well, he\'s going to stop getting into so much of this sort of trouble from now on because all the misunderstandings have been cleared up now. It\'s going to be much more angsty in the later chapters when the war actually starts for real.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 15/05/07 Title: Chapter 1: Campfires and Whirlpools

Hurrah! Balian at Helm's Deep!

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 29/07/07 Title: Chapter 27: Voices and Headaches

I'm glad you're using so many of the great scenes from the extended edition. I liked it that they managed to include Saruman and Grima's ends even though they didn't have the Scouring of the Shire. You've really managed to take the movie's words and scenes and make them your own through the lens of Balian and by adding more -- it flows very well.

That said, I thought Legolas and Gimli were acting a mite childish in the last chapter.

Author's Response: I love the scenes from Extended Edition. The childish behaviour were all for the sake of comedy and they always struck me as being rather immature.