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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Reviews by Karlmir Stonewain
Summary: Writing Therapy! An ever growing collection of poems I have written..
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1326 Read Count: 7313
[Report This] Published: 05/01/08 Updated: 15/05/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 22/04/08 Title: Chapter 4: Never Looking Back

I could think of at least a dozen incidents from my youth in which this poem would apply. Just remember, time devours all things--if you learn to look forward.

Author's Response: I think this was one of the few poems I\'ve written that I had in mind as a song...I showed it to a few of my friends and a couple could relate. I think that a lot of people can connect with a poem or song about heartbreak, but, in time, the pain eases.\r\nThanks for reading!\r\n~C\r\n\r\n

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 24/01/08 Title: Chapter 3: Kids like me.

Things apparently haven't changed much since I was a kid. There are always far too many of your peers who have no concern for your happiness while taking great delight in your misery, especially when they discover that you're the type of person who never hits back. Take heart in the fact that you have the potential for being a better person than any of them.

Author's Response: Part of the heirachy of schools....form against the kids who won\'t join you. \r\nBut no, things have\'t changed- granted, I\'m was a wierd little kid, but things did get better. I take that advice to heart, and thanks for reading!

Arrow of Mirkwood by owlett Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 22]
Summary: A young elf of Mirkwood sets out to join King Thranduil's army. Along the way she has many adventures and meets Legolas, and Legolas' younger brother, Armalas. This story is mostly comedy, but has serious aspects like battles. It also combines some things from modern society, like toasters. Please read and review. Constructive critisism welcomed.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Balrog, Bilbo, Boromir, Celeborn, Cirdan, Dain Ironfoot, Denethor, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Erestor, Faramir, Frodo, Galadriel, Galion, Gandalf / Olorin, Gildor, Gilraen, Gimli, Glóin, Glorfindel, Gríma, Gwaihir, Haldir, Imrahil, Legolas, Merry, Mouth of Sauron, Nazgûl, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Other Canon Character, Pippin, Radagast, Sam, Saruman, Sauron, Sean Bean, The Fellowship, Thengel, Théoden, Théodred, Thranduil, Witch King
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Humor, Parody, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death, Violence
Challenges: 100 Themes
Series: None
Chapters: 24 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 32354 Read Count: 25664
[Report This] Published: 07/01/08 Updated: 04/04/09
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 29/02/08 Title: Chapter 4: Three and a Half Pulleys

Lots of random silliness, humour and anachronisms, but very original and enjoyable.

Summary: Why I write fanfiction.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Essay, General, Poetry
Warnings: First Draft
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1137 Read Count: 3027
[Report This] Published: 07/01/08 Updated: 25/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 07/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: A scattering of thought

I can well understand your problems with depression and using fan fiction as a safety valve. That hadn't been my original intention when I joined this site, but I've already adapted several personal experiences into my stories. Thanks for expressing yourself the way you did and thanks for answering the challenge.

Author's Response: I find I can\'t control the way that FF and reality sometimes mix together. Recently I wrote a one-shot piece on\r\nhow I was feeling at the time, but from Elladan\'s viewpoint and a scenario that was already in my mind. :) Thanks\r\nfor reviewing

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 25/01/08 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Three years ago I thought I was crazy for getting so obsessed with the LotR books and films. Fun stories like yours have turned that idea completely around for me. I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing a couple of those werewolf/vampire stories you're planning to write.

Author's Response: xD Thanks very much! Yeah, we\'ve all been through that \"...Am I WAY too obsessed with this?\" stage, but I personally\r\nthink I\'m too far gone to care XD!

You Have My Sword by owlett Rated: PG [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Aragorn and Arwen live in troubled times. This task set for Aragorn tests his strength. Please read and review. Constructive critisism welcomed.
Categories: Movie-verse, Off Topic
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen
Genres: Humor
Warnings: Violence
Series: My Crossovers
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 660 Read Count: 1402
[Report This] Published: 07/01/08 Updated: 07/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 10/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: A Task Need Doing

I think Viggo Mortensen might have actually raised a few eyebrows like this. Somehow, he was able to take Anduril off the set and was carrying it around town.

Author's Response: Haha! Brilliant.

No Delicate Flower by owlett Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 1]
Summary: Arwen is a tougher elf than she looks. She has been sent to assassinate the Yellow Knight, and this is the story. Please read and review. Constructive critisism welcomed.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Arwen, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Humor
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1189 Read Count: 1237
[Report This] Published: 08/01/08 Updated: 08/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 09/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Assassination

I've always considered Evenstar to be vulnerable, but tough when the need arises. Your Arwen is certainly not someone who's going to be pushed around.

Author's Response: Thanks, Stonewain. I like the bit in the movie (not the book) where Arwen rides Frodo through the forest and across the river to save him from the Nazgul. I wanted to write a story showing that side of Arwen.

Helcaraxe by Dae Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Just a small poem based on Silmarillion. My first try, so don't be too harsh, please.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 103 Read Count: 1514
[Report This] Published: 08/01/08 Updated: 08/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 09/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Definitely good for your first poem.

Summary: Following callerofcrows advice I have decided to do my own rant about my lack f idea about Of Death And Men:
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 100 Read Count: 1423
[Report This] Published: 09/01/08 Updated: 09/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 14/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Try acting out the parts in your story as if you were really writing a play or screenplay. Get some of your friends to role play. That's what I do when I get stuck.

Author's Response: I have actually got over my previous writer\'s block now, I just never seem to have time to write anymore, I only get roughly 3 hours a week to write more. Thanks for the idea though, I will use it next time I have writer\'s block.

Summary: When the Enemy summons a vampire from Lower Earth to Middle Earth, and the tide begins to turn against the forces of Good, Gandalf summons the only thing that can stop him: Minalie, the last of the Ruby Kiss. AU and PWP
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Eomer
Genres: Angst, Erotica, Horror, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Graphic Sex, Kink, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 3701 Read Count: 8819
[Report This] Published: 09/01/08 Updated: 22/05/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 09/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: 01 Dilemma

I'm not trying to be facetious, but wouldn't Eomer become a vampire after drinking Mina's blood? Intriguing story, so far.

Author's Response: In most universes with vampires, the drinking of vampiric blood must be done at least 3 or 4 times before a human can become a vampire. But that is a good question because in some universes, such as Anne Rice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Moonlight (that new tv show), it only takes one time.\r\n\r\nBut thanks for pointing that out. I\'ll have to mention that in one of my later chapters.

Summary: Two poems I wrote about the King of Gondor and his wife.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: My Poems
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 102 Read Count: 2568
[Report This] Published: 10/01/08 Updated: 10/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 10/01/08 Title: Chapter 2: Arwen

Those were both enjoyable.

Author's Response: Thanks again, Stonewain. You\'re a real cool cat.

Summary: A month after his birthday, Estel felt like he was the last one to know that…
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Legolas, Thranduil
Genres: Angst, General, Other
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Elrond & Estel
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 805 Read Count: 1488
[Report This] Published: 11/01/08 Updated: 11/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 14/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: 1/1

This is a nicely done story. Were they celebrating the New Year by the setting of the Winter Solstice sun?

Summary: I was thinking about my Lira's Chronicles series and i realized that it would be easier to manage if i had a timeline for it so i've made one. Note that it only consists of stories that i've written or started writing and i may add to it over the next few months until i have - sadly - run out of ideas for it. R&R
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: First Draft
Series: Lira's Chronicles
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 167 Read Count: 1385
[Report This] Published: 14/01/08 Updated: 14/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 15/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Timeline

Thanks, Lira. This is going to come in handy, because I want to take a break from writing this spring to read all your stuff and a few other author's. I'll keep checking as you update it.

Author's Response: Coolie, have fun reading ALL of it coz i\'ve got a lot of stuff stowed away at the moment coz of my Lira\'s Lies series that seems to be getting hardert o write but i\'m sure that as soon as i\'ve finished the third one it\'ll be easier. To be honest i\'ve been waiting for you to review this but i don\'t know why exactly. I hope it does come in handy for you, it\'s already helping me, very useful things timelines, i should say thanks to my history teacher from last year . . . THANKS MR. STEWART . . . Thanks for reviewing - Li

Gold Rush by Smaug the Ranger Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Things in Valinor change for Galadriel when Gimli arrives in the West.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Galadriel, Gimli, Legolas
Genres: Erotica
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1 Read Count: 2338
[Report This] Published: 15/01/08 Updated: 15/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 15/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Complete

Very humorously done, although I would have thought that Gimli was too old for that sort of thing. Then again, Valinor could have been quite rejuvenating.

Shell by Naurring Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Ecthelion finds a reason to overcome his fears
Categories: Book Verse Slash
Characters: Ecthelion, Erestor
Genres: General, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1103 Read Count: 1292
[Report This] Published: 18/01/08 Updated: 18/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 21/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Shell

I nearly drowned in a boating accident when I was nine years old, so I can understand Erestor's feelings. Nice story.

Author's Response: Glad you liked it! :D

Summary: My sister came up with the title...
A tale of how I became to be a fanfiction writer.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 756 Read Count: 1379
[Report This] Published: 19/01/08 Updated: 19/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was fascinating! Thanks for responding to the challenge.

Author's Response: Thanks! It was a really interesting challenge, it made me think about how a story changed my life...

Summary: An ode to the reborn Gandalf
Categories: Movie-verse, Book-verse
Characters: Gandalf / Olorin
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: My Poems
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 65 Read Count: 1367
[Report This] Published: 19/01/08 Updated: 19/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 21/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: His Colour White

Gandalf would have liked this. Do another one about Arwen Evenstar.

Author's Response: I\'ll do my best and as soon as i can. Thanks for the challenge, I love it when people give me ideas.

Summary: Response to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge: What's In A Name? R&R
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 352 Read Count: 1100
[Report This] Published: 20/01/08 Updated: 20/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: What's In A Name?

Thanks for the enjoyable story on the evolution of your pen name and for responding to the challenge. Thanks also for the correct pronunciation of your name. I've had it wrong all this time.

Author's Response: I just had a thought the other night . . . what if people are pronouncing my name wrong??\r\n\r\nWhen i saw the challenge i\'m just like \'That\'d be interesting considering mine\'s changed three times\', it was very inspiring. Thanks for reviewing - Li

A World Apart by Enigma Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 37]
Summary: Two non-Sues end up in ME. Panic ensues, and Middle Earth is doomed.
Aoife is paranoid that she has OCD. Paula is as lazy as heck. Aoife’s a klutz. Paula’s a dreamer. Aoife is a hypochondriac. Best friends. Sisters in all but blood.
LOTR freaks.
But not so much that they’ve memorized every single line and Elvish phrase (well, not Paula anyway) but that they find the eye-candy . . . irresistible.
And when they find themselves in Middle Earth by some unforeseen twist of events, with massive concussions (Aoife is sure) things begin to get a little . . . out of hand.
Both will learn things about each other they never knew, never thought of . . . maybe they never wanted to know . . .
It’s not going to be easy. It’s definitely not going to be pretty. But it’s going to be one heck of a ride, and who knows what could happen next . . .
Categories: Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Balrog, Boromir, Faramir, Frodo, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Haldir, Legolas, Merry, Original Character, Pippin, Sam, Saruman, Sauron, The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, General, Humor, Other, Parody
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), First Draft, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 41450 Read Count: 23385
[Report This] Published: 20/01/08 Updated: 09/04/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 14/03/08 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10 - The Perfect Blend of Humiliation and Comedy

You seemed to ramble a bit, but really hit your stride by Chapter 7. I especially enjoyed Aoife's analysis of the Sue and her eventual liquidation. Your use of the girls' school locker as a portal to Middle Earth was an interesting twist on C.S. Lewis' wardrobe portal to Narnia. Please update soon!

Author's Response: Ha ha, yes, I do quite ramble on a fair bit, don\'t I? I did like chapter 7 myself, and think the whole thing went better from then on. Why thank you! I liked Aoife\'s little speech too, and Paula\'s Sue-slaying abilities. OH!!! That\'s so cool!! I never even thought of that!! I just wanted them to get to Middle Earth without having to hit their heads extremely hard (even though . . . that happened anyway . . .) and get them there without their whole portal being terrible and gruesomely cliched. That is so cool!! It\'s crazy how this little subconscious of mine works.
Thank you so much for the awesome review! It totally made my day! *beams and happy dances* As soon as my inspiration (read: chocolate) returns, I will have the next chappie up. Thanks again!!!
Enigma xxx

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 19/03/08 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 - Love is a Many Splendid Thing . . . Generally . . .

Well, I certainly hope Paula finds a bag of Cheesie-Poofs before she goes bonkers.

Author's Response: Then you and I hope alike, my friend. We hope alike. Except that if I was to give Paula cheese-poofs, she\'d probably tackle glomp the bag, and scoff the lot, getting very hyper on the high salt and sugar content, and then be possibly more bonkers.
However, it appears to be a risk we\'re both willing to take.
Thanks for the review, my like-minded friend!
Enigma xxx