Penname: Karlmir Stonewain [Contact] Real name: Karl W. Ploran
Member Since: 23/05/07
Membership status: Member
Bio:
Born in Holyoke, Mass. Presently residing with my cats in Chester, Mass.
I am a retired tool maker. My main interests are reading, building stone walls and Lepidoptera. I also have a taste for Classical Music and Classicist paintings. My favorite artist is John William Godward.

Trivia challenge for LotR movie fans: Identify the genus and species of the silk moth which Gandalf speaks to on the top of Orthanc Tower.

I first read Lord of the Rings in 1970 while in Vietnam. At the time, I was a big fan of Sci-Fi and fantasy novels. My interest in LotR was reinvigorated by the release of Peter Jackson's films, encouraging me to read the trilogy again.

I am presently working on a Middle Earth novel, set during the decade following the War of the Ring, as well as short stories featuring original characters created for the novel.

My favorite character is Arwen.

Some favorite quotes:

"The world is my country, humanity are my bretheren, and to do good deeds is my religion."
--Thomas Paine

"The mariner does not pray for wind. He learns to sail."
--Gustav Lindborg

"There is no expedient to which man will not resort in order to avoid the necessary labor of thinking."
--Sir Joshua Reynolds

"Men fear time. Time fears the Pyramids."
--Egyptian Proverb

"If you wish to be a writer--write!"
--Epictetus

"Soldiers fight and die to advance the wealth and luxury of the great, and they are called masters of the world without having a clod of earth to call their own."
--Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus

I would like to correspond with other members. I can be reached at karlmir@verizon.net

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Sacrifices by Ria Rated: PG [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Arwen realizes that Aragorn and her brothers are doomed.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Arwen, Elrond
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Challenges: Arwen's Thoughts
Series: A Challenging Face, But What a View!
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1250 Read Count: 1576
[Report This] Published: 27/10/07 Updated: 27/10/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 27/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very enjoyable. I could picture Liv Tyler arguing with Hugo Weaving. Is a sequel in the offing?

Author's Response: Thank you. I really appreciate the feedback from an Arwenist. I hadn't planned a sequel, but I've discovered what an interesting character Arwen is, and I'll definitely want to visit with her again.

Seven Years by Lira_of_Imladris Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 2]
Summary: A poem about how i was hurt by many people for seven years. Very angsty and a little bit of swearing, thought i should give ya a heads up. R&R
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Poetry
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Poems and Songs, My Original Stories
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 349 Read Count: 1377
[Report This] Published: 14/11/07 Updated: 14/11/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 14/11/07 Title: Chapter 1: Seven Years

Yeah, I know where you're coming from. It sounds like me when I was in high school - the geek with the thick glasses who had his own telescope and studied astronomy. Such kids usually get picked on by the "cool" kids. Don't worry, Lira. All that will change when you become famous.

Author's Response: Well actually, it was the teachers as well : ( Do you really think i\'ll become famous? ^_^ Thanks for reviewing - Li

Summary: A poem of Arwen, Luthien, and Elbereth Githoniel.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Three things were given to the Elves under the Sun: Poetry, Prose, and Song
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 64 Read Count: 3866
[Report This] Published: 22/11/07 Updated: 22/11/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 03/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

A beautiful ode to Three Graces of Arda.

Author's Response: You know, I was wondering if you\'d notice this one. It was the first one I wrote, and it took me a while to get up the courage to post it online. 8-) NZ

Summary: A view of Galadriel's Mirror after the Elves have departed Lothlorien
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Three things were given to the Elves under the Sun: Poetry, Prose, and Song
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 142 Read Count: 1694
[Report This] Published: 25/11/07 Updated: 25/11/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 25/11/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm not much for poetry, but I was really impressed by this one. In my own story, Galadriel's mirror is put to use again in the decade following the War of the Ring.

Author's Response: Intriguing. What is the name of your story?

Summary: An insight of what might have happened when Luthien met Beren.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Beren, Lúthien Tinúviel
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 383 Read Count: 1467
[Report This] Published: 28/11/07 Updated: 28/11/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 28/11/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Meeting

That was like poetry. Well done!

Summary: The continuation of My Quest For The Ring. Kind of journal entries as i continue my quest for knowledge about LOTR and my other fandoms that have led to this. R&R
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Challenges: My Portal to Middle Earth
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1038 Read Count: 5038
[Report This] Published: 08/12/07 Updated: 10/09/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 27/12/07 Title: Chapter 2: Part 2 - In New Zealand

Aha! Lira, I KNEW you had an obsession with Legolas. That's what I was teasing you about in my last review. There's nothing wrong with any obsession that moves you to write good fics. Keep obsessing and keep writing. I freely confess that I have a giant poster of Liv Tyler (as Arwen) in my living room. When guests ask who she is and why she's there, I always say, "She's my Muse."
By the way, did you get to visit Edoras?

Author's Response: Ahhhh, no offence to Legolas or anybody else who loves him as much as i did, he ran away, Ed\'s kinda sorta better, not to mention in Lira\'s Lies 6, he dies. Bitten by a vampire, poor bugger. Lucky person, you have a giant LOTR poster, i don\'t have one of those but i have a big Orlando Bloom poster, that counts, sorta. I haven\'t seen Edoras, i think that\'s in the North Island and i have never been there, besides, i haven\'t had time for sight seeing this year, my grandad died recently, i came for him and my gran. Thanx for reviewing - Li

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 08/12/07 Title: Chapter 1: Part 1 - My Heart Will Always Belong To You

Well, Lira, I've got to agree that you have a certain obsession with LotR, especially after reading all the stuff you've contributed to this website. You've also received your share of reviews. See? I told you that you'd be famous some day! Your journal is also a reply to my recent challenge. Access my bio to read it.

Author's Response: Hannon le, i\'ll put it on the challenge thingy in a second. Thanx for reviewing and thanx for all the other stuff you\'ve said, i really appreciate it. Thanx again - Li

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 14/04/08 Title: Chapter 3: Part 3 - Randomness

It sounds as if you're writing some AU stuff as a bit of a diversion. Yes, schoolwork can get overwhelming sometime. I can remember two times when my fiction/fan fiction writing had to be curtailed for several weeks. First, when I was writing a term paper on the Battle of Gettysburg. Next, when I was writing my engineering thesis. Shucks! Was that REALLY over 40 years ago? Just keep on truckin' Lira. Summer will soon be here with more time for your Elvish adventures.

For your explorations of Wiccan mysteries, I would suggest The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-paganism by Raymond Buckland. It might be available through Amazon.

Author's Response: Too bad summer\'s already gone here, remember, southern hemisphere has winter during your summer. But i\'m going back to NZ in May so i might have some time then. Thanks for the bok titles, i\'ll have to look for them when i have money and i go to Borders or something. Thanks for reviewing - Li

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 11/09/08 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 - Random Entry

Nice to see another installment of this essay. Are you planning to post Rolitaaria here?

Author's Response: Maybe, depends if people would like to read it I suppose . . . Nice to hear from you again though, I think I've kinda missed talking to everyone on here. Thanks for the review - Breia

Summary: Short poem about the fool on the hill and his lost love
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Other Canon Character
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 38 Read Count: 1503
[Report This] Published: 14/12/07 Updated: 14/12/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 14/12/07 Title: Chapter 1: The fool on the hill

Aw, the poor guy! That could have been me, but they didn't have cell phones thirty-five years ago.

Author's Response: Well originally I based it on the beatles song, but as I went on a found myself writing about myself waiting for my ex to call. :(

Summary: Eorl and his son Brego are ambushed by Easterlings! Eorl is injured but escapes. Can Brego take command of the Eorlingas under his father's commad and choose the path that will save his father?
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Eorl, Felarof, Original Character, Other Canon Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fantasy
Warnings: Violence
Series: The forming of The Mark
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 11195 Read Count: 11276
[Report This] Published: 15/12/07 Updated: 19/03/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 16/12/07 Title: Chapter 2: The choices of Brego

Good action. Well done! I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Author's Response: Thany You Karlmir, always nice to hear your reviews as they are usually compliments and everyone loves that. \r\nThe next chappter will not be untill at least tomorrow as I have work and alot of college work to do. :( sorry

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 05/01/08 Title: Chapter 6: The grief of Brego

I enjoy the way you've interwoven personal rivalries and politics within the frame of the military campaign. You might also want to include a few scenes of camp life to make it more realistic. A soldier's existence is really long episodes of tedium. punctuated by brief moments of terror. I look forward to your next installments.

Author's Response: Without giving too much away the next chapter has less conflict and is more about Brego\'s personal feelings so it will contain more camp life, thank you for the comment though.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 19/03/08 Title: Chapter 10: Homeward bound

The second half of your story shows considerable improvement as your writing style develops. Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to the next part of the series.

Author's Response: Thank you, as I said, it may take a while though.

Summary: Lira asks Legolas about the Valar. R&R
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Legolas, Original Character
Genres: Essay, General
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Lira's Chronicles
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1027 Read Count: 1173
[Report This] Published: 22/12/07 Updated: 22/12/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 25/12/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Something To Remember

That was a fun history lesson. Lira sure is chummy with Legolas. Is there a hidden message there? ;-)

Author's Response: Um . . . can i have an explanation on that last statement (literally). I just sneezed so my minds messed up now. Thanx for the review anyway, i\'m in NZ at the moment and surprisingly i\'m pretty bored so reviews are good coz they get rid of the boring stuff until i don\'t get any : ( Merry Christams or whatever ya celbrate - Li

The Inarls by Arana Rated: G [Reviews - 1]
Summary: A poem about the half creatures that I made up
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 100 Read Count: 1320
[Report This] Published: 22/12/07 Updated: 22/12/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 22/12/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Inarls

I don't know why, but I'm picturing Dr. Seuss characters as I'm reading this poem. It's certainly humorous.

Author's Response: I don\'t know who Dr.Suess is but, thanks any way! :)

Summary: Saeros is angry after Turin punches him in the nose. His plotting is interrupted after a maiden interrupts him and tries to calm him in the only way she knows how.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Saeros
Genres: Erotica
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1630 Read Count: 1313
[Report This] Published: 23/12/07 Updated: 23/12/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 24/12/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was certainly a happier ending than Tolkien's. The history of the First Age would have been somewhat different with Saeros still around. The eroticism was very artistic.

Summary: An account of how I became a writer of LotR fanfiction. These are just my opinions and experiences, so don't be offended if something rubs you the wrong way.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 3140 Read Count: 3664
[Report This] Published: 30/12/07 Updated: 30/12/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 30/12/07 Title: Chapter 1: Finding My Elf

Your essay is very thorough and articulate. Thanks for responding to the challenge.

Author's Response: Thanks. Your challenge got me thinking. It's good to reminisce.

Firelight and Shadow by katiekat Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Sitting around the fire Aragorn's mind begins to wander
Categories: Movie-verse, Lord of the Rings Slash
Characters: Aragorn, Legolas
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 2142 Read Count: 2789
[Report This] Published: 31/12/07 Updated: 31/12/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 01/01/08 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

I'd like to offer a few suggestions: First, delete the superfluous stuff above the first chapter, especially your Email address. Weird salesmen often cruise sites like this looking for people to add to their mailing lists. Those who wish to contact you can do so through your bio page under 'Contact Author.'
Your story contains explicit sex, so change the rating to NC-17. Legally, underage kids have to be warned not to read this sort of thing.
There's nothing wrong with changing Middle Earth to suit your story, but give it an AU warning first.
I would also recomend that you develop your characters a bit more before you introduce the sex scenes, otherwise it looks as if your writing about sex for the mere titillation of it rather than serious erotica.
Other than that, you've got the beginnings of a good story.

One Morning by Merry Rated: G [Reviews - 2]
Summary: On the morning of Merry and Pippin's departure from the Shire, two creatures are watching.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Merry
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 230 Read Count: 1237
[Report This] Published: 02/01/08 Updated: 02/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 02/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

At least their last years of retirement were comfortable in Minas Tirith.

Summary: My response to Karlimir Stonewain's challenge "Why I write LOTR fanfiction"
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3027 Read Count: 1674
[Report This] Published: 03/01/08 Updated: 03/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 06/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Confessions of a Fangirl

Great Essay! The biographical information made it all the more interesting. Thank you for responding to the challenge.

Author's Response: Thank you very much! Also thanks for putting out the challenges as I quite enjoyed working on that essay, If only the essays\r\nwe were asked to write in school were that much fun to write! ;) :)