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
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: 45783
[Report This] Published: 21/01/07 Updated: 02/09/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 14/08/07 Title: Chapter 31: The Second Wave

Your preview sounds rife with hilarity. Maybe you can rescue the movie Troy from its dogginess. Please, though, include Hecuba.

Author's Response: I shall definitely include Hecuba and some other major characters which they missed out from the film i.e. Cassandra and Aeneas as Hector and Paris\' cousin.

The Warlord by Scribe Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: A ringwraith's history.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 708 Read Count: 1060
[Report This] Published: 21/01/07 Updated: 21/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 21/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Warlord

Very nice! You could do a series on this theme.

Author's Response: Ha, thank you so much! I plan to write a story involving that character as well as the rest of the Nine.

Secrets by Scribe Rated: G [Reviews - 14]
Summary: The Witch-King has a secret.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Witch King
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 166 Read Count: 1412
[Report This] Published: 21/01/07 Updated: 21/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 21/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Secrets

That's unspeakably cute. Terry Pratchett says, "Do deformed rabbit. It's my favorite." Small quibble: Yet, to the residents' relief,
would be better punctuation.

Summary: Just a story I thought up, will have short chapters, but it is all original character!
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 749 Read Count: 5819
[Report This] Published: 22/01/07 Updated: 15/05/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 15/05/07 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

This is a great start. The typos I see in this section are "Ihad", "prepard" "stay out notice" and "who I saw". You have my deep grammatical admiration for using lay correctly *fawning*.

Author's Response: Thanks for the info! *Don\'t ever use school computers to check spelling!*

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 15/05/07 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Ooh, who is he? I like the suspense!

typos: "lay him"; the commas in "understand, why" and "confused, who" and "frightened, how"; missing comma: "your voice, Luthien,"; "love and longing flow out"; "he move"; "corradors"

Author's Response: Thanks, I will try harder!

Ribbons by Lily the Hobbit Rated: G [Reviews - 2]
Summary: ~Chapter Four: The Present~ Merimac steals hearts and kisses wherever he goes. One day a stranger turns up and proves to be quite a challenge. Will Merimac win her heart as well or will it be the other way round?
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Frodo, Other
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 7571 Read Count: 3041
[Report This] Published: 26/01/07 Updated: 12/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 08/02/07 Title: Chapter 3: Advice

I like the light style of this story. You've put together interesting characters (yeah, hobbits!) and I like the way they're interacting. My question: "irascible charm"? He strikes me as more easygoing than hot-tempered.

Author's Response: That was my first acossiation of \"irascible charm\" as well, but my friend, who is a native speaker unlike myself assured me that it meant \"scoundrelly - roguish but adorable because of it\" ... and that is just how Merimac is. I\'m growing more and more fond of characters that are only named in the family trees and I\'m glad you enjoyed reading about them. Thanks!

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 09/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: Encounter

Irascible actually means prone to anger. Maybe roguish, mischievous, wily or even mercurial would do.

Summary: A one-shot I did in one-shot, in fact precisely four minutes and thirtythree seconds. It's how I imagined the Battle for Middle Earth might have went. Please excuse allusions to books you feel may already exist. This is entirely coincidental... yeah.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1293 Read Count: 2846
[Report This] Published: 28/01/07 Updated: 28/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 20/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Whew! What a magnificent mess!

Hope and Faith by iggybaby Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: A song/poem about war and peace.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 91 Read Count: 1376
[Report This] Published: 30/01/07 Updated: 30/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 30/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

What lovely imagery! Also, I really like that I can imagine it either in Middle Earth or in the present world. My quibble: it should be o'er (line 4) and its (12).

Author's Response: I\'ll go back and correct those. thanx for the review! iggybaby

In Ten Words by sylc Rated: G [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Lindir has not done the homework set by his tutor, Erestor, which involves reading some important history books in preparation for a test. He goes to bother his very old uncle Glorfindel to ask him to summarise the books for him.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Glorfindel, Lindir
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1241 Read Count: 1134
[Report This] Published: 31/01/07 Updated: 31/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 31/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: In Ten Words

A quick Middle Earth history review with engaging character byplay.

Author's Response: Thanks, Ria! Glad you enjoyed it.

Wounded by GreenWood Elf Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 3]
Summary: "Beneath the tears and starlight. Find Lorien. Come in six months time." These whispered watchwords send Faramir in search of the Golden Wood, only to discover that enchantment masks a dangerous truth and some memories are best left in the shadows.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Boromir, Denethor, Faramir, Galadriel, Haldir, Original Character, Orophin
Genres: Angst, Drama, General
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 3689 Read Count: 2541
[Report This] Published: 01/02/07 Updated: 04/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 02/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter One The Lie

I like the way this is starting. The unanswered questions definitely pique my interest. Grammar quibble: the past tense of bid is bade.

Author's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. And thanks for pointing out the error, I\'ll correct it right away.

Summary: Young Glorfindel, recently reborn but suffering from chronic amnesia, has a stalker of about the same age called Ecthelion who doggedly tries to befriend him, claiming that they were very very close friends in their past life. Glorfindel finds this intensely irritating and thus hates him.
Categories: Book Verse Slash
Characters: Ecthelion, Glorfindel
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1139 Read Count: 2347
[Report This] Published: 02/02/07 Updated: 02/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 02/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: An Ecthelion-Free Zone

I enjoyed this.

Author's Response: Thanks, Ria. Glad to hear it! :)

Drop of a Hat by Armariel Rated: G [Reviews - 8]
Summary: Pippin notices something strange about Gandalf the White. Something is missing! And what to do about it? (Plotbunny by Shirebound)
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Bergil, Faramir, Gandalf / Olorin, Merry, Original Character, Pippin
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13155 Read Count: 4618
[Report This] Published: 03/02/07 Updated: 03/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 04/02/07 Title: Chapter 4: Epilogue

I especially like the epilogue, but the story is fresh and entertaining throughout.

Author's Response: Thanks Ria! Glad you enjoyed it. ~~~{~@

Summary: Captain Glorfindel aboard the U.S.S. Elfterprise.. silliness ensues. (Crossover with Star Trek)
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Galadriel, Gimli, Glorfindel, Legolas
Genres: Parody
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1590 Read Count: 2687
[Report This] Published: 04/02/07 Updated: 04/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 04/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: Complete Story

I really liked the line '"Dammit, Fin, I’m a doctor, not a... actually,” says Erestor, crossing his arms, “I’m NOT a doctor."' Good parody!

Summary: Little fic I wrote some time ago....

WARNING: Absolutely insane!
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Frodo, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Sam
Genres: Humor, Parody
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 444 Read Count: 1364
[Report This] Published: 04/02/07 Updated: 04/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 04/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: The real story

heheh. You know, the official story always did seem a little pat, and as a chocolate- and caffeine-addicted vegetarian myself, I can say that this sounds entirely believable.

Author's Response: Certainly, why wouldn\'t it be?

Summary: Poems and dramatic monologues from the viewpoints of various Tolkien characters.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Bilbo, Boromir, Elrond, Faramir, Frodo, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Legolas, Merry, Pippin, Sam, Saruman, The Fellowship, Witch King
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Fantasy, General, Horror, Poetry, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 44 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 10247 Read Count: 33711
[Report This] Published: 05/02/07 Updated: 19/04/11
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 06/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: Upon Meeting Arwen (Aragorn)

You used some excellent imagery. I particularly liked "scalded by snow, frozen by lightning." Also I like the parallels with the Odyssey: he's not a bad poetic image for Aragorn.

Author's Response: Thank you! Why, I didn\'t even think of the Odyssey, but yes, it does work. I figured Aragorn must surely be a poetic soul in his own way. ~~~{~@

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 06/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: Upon Meeting Arwen (Aragorn)

I feel that Tolkien must have on some level. The long wandering, the struggle to reclaim his rightful place when some people see him as just a wandering beggar . . . Arwen's long wait for him, and the fact that even the happiness of their union presages the end of the heroic age and the beginning of a mortal life that can only end in death: that seems a pretty good argument for taking Aragorn as an Odysseus figure. Also, Arwen is a brilliant way of solving the tension inherent in Odysseus' devotion to his grey-eyed goddess and his wife, since she unites both of those roles in herself. (Hmm, there's a lit paper in that, isn't there?)

Author's Response: Oh yes, definitely a lit paper...maybe you should write it and post it here;);) Those parallels make a lot of sense and I dare say Tolkien had them at least in the back of his mind....

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 08/02/07 Title: Chapter 16: Shieldmaiden (Eowyn)

I really like this one, particularly the image of the key.

Author's Response: Thank you! This one was rather a hard one to write. At first I felt it was a little too preachy and lacking in emotional appeal, but some readers told me otherwise. Thanks for commenting! ~~~{~@

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 06/05/07 Title: Chapter 17: A Morning of Pale Spring (Faramir)

Oh, lovely! I like the vegetal metaphor -- so true to Tolkien! -- and of course Faramir would have a poetic turn of expression. Another great one in your series.

Author's Response: I thought he would too. Thanks for commenting! This one was one of my own favorites, written in early spring after a number of very angsty poems...thought it would be nice to have a happy one for a change! thanks once more ~~~{~@

Summary: Merry and Pippin tearing up the ship...Aragorn stalking Elrond...Boromir abandoning ship mid-cruise...and a disaster to rival Titanic!
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Elrond, The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, General, Humor, Parody, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4268 Read Count: 1762
[Report This] Published: 06/02/07 Updated: 06/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 10/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Default Chapter

Wow! Lots of energy in this story.

I think maybe a PG rating is more appropriate than G, considering the Hobbit cannibalism and drinking contests.

Author's Response: Good point, Ria. I changed it to PG...