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
Amazing Grace by Nazgrrl Rated: G [Reviews - 6]
Summary: A response to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge: What's in a Name?
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 785 Read Count: 1444
[Report This] Published: 20/01/08 Updated: 20/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I must admit that I never imagined that someone would have so complex and interesting a history behind a pen name. I'm afraid to post my own story now, because it pales in comparison. Thank you for responding to the challenge, Nazgrrl.

Author's Response: You should post it. I certainly didn\'t write this essay to scare off the author of the challenge. 8-) You certainly welcome to that part of my history. You can keep it even!! (Not that it is worth keeping) As I said to Gemini, I thought I owed people an explanation of why my name doesn\'t correspond to the poems I write. NZ

Labels by Celestial Rated: PG [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Responding to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge of What's in a Name?
How I threw away others labels and made a name for myself.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 388 Read Count: 1511
[Report This] Published: 20/01/08 Updated: 20/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Overcoming Labels

A nice, from-the-heart story and a well-chosen pen name. I like the astronomical connotations too. Thank you for responding to the challege.

Author's Response: Thanks!\r\n

Summary: Humorous internal thoughts of Orlando Bloom, as he fights with obsessive mental imagery and filth. Or just embraces it? [please pay attention to warnings you under-age-rs!]
Categories: Actor Fics
Characters: Original Character, Orlando Bloom
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 7257 Read Count: 7230
[Report This] Published: 22/01/08 Updated: 31/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 22/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I can't understand Elsie's modesty after such a wild night. Anyway, good beginning!

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 23/01/08 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

I like the way Orlando describes his fantasy girl as Naked Elsie. You must understand, however, that certain feminists are probably already plotting to beam you to the Phantom Zone for this.

Author's Response: That\'s fair enough. Haha. I am just trying to write from a man\'s perspective. \r\nI am grateful for your reviews.\r\nHomegrown.\r\n\r\n

Wild Horses by Anwyn Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 4]
Summary: *Sonfic* Inspired completely by the song "Wild Horses" Which is beatifully performed by Natasha Bedingfield. This is my first attempt at doing a songfic, but I was so completely taken by the lyrics I couldn't help but give this a shot, I hope you enjoy it.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Eowyn
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1070 Read Count: 1360
[Report This] Published: 23/01/08 Updated: 23/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 24/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: "I'll run free too..."

A masterful description of Eowyn standing upon the great stone porch of Meduseld as Aragorn and his friends ride up the gate path.

Author's Response: Thank you very so very much, It means alot :)

Summary: Galadriel has seen time both as a force of decline and as an inescapable and repetitive cycle. Looking back on the past, she makes a decision for the future.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Celeborn, Galadriel
Genres: Fantasy
Warnings: None
Series: A Challenging Face, But What a View!
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1226 Read Count: 1648
[Report This] Published: 24/01/08 Updated: 24/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 24/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is the first story I've read, so far, in which Galadriel and Celeborn share an intimate moment. It's too bad that they drifted apart by the beginning of the Fourth Age. Do you think they were eventually reunited in Valinor? Very nice story.

Author's Response: I\'d love to think that they were. Maybe that\'s a story to be written. I\'m glad you enjoyed the story. One story I\'ve found that shows tenderness between Galadriel and Celeborn is Gythia\'s \"Hand in Marriage,\" which has an interesting take on their relationship as well.

Summary: A poem based on Silmarillion
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 126 Read Count: 1745
[Report This] Published: 24/01/08 Updated: 24/01/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 28/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'll have to read The Silmarillion to fully appreciate this poem, but it's very nicely done.

Author's Response: Thank you. And this book is worth reading.

Summary: After an argument with her father, Amara runs away and ends up in the hands of a ruthless slave trader. It's up to the twins, Estel, and Legolas to find her and bring her home.
Formerly called Somewhere Out There.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Legolas, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Torture, Violence
Series: In Her Eyes
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 3985 Read Count: 4853
[Report This] Published: 26/01/08 Updated: 20/04/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 16/03/08 Title: Chapter 2: Loss

Ah, kids! What is it about kids that makes them think they're indestructible? I used to wander off like Amara does and I could never figure out why it always drove my parents crazy.

This is very well written. About what time in Middle Earth history is the story taking place?

Author's Response: i used to do that too. It takes place about 10 years before the fellowship. Sorry for the delayed response

Summary: As the title says it, it's the diary of Legolas during the quest. It starts in Rohan.
Categories: Lord of the Rings Slash, Movie-verse
Characters: Legolas
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1461 Read Count: 3384
[Report This] Published: 27/01/08 Updated: 26/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 27/02/08 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Very good, so far. For a little more realism in a diary, you might insert a Quenya date for a chapter title; i.e., 2 Sulime 3091 TA.

Author's Response: Thanks, it seems like a good idea, but I\'m not an expert in any form of Elvish and as he is writing in the Common \r\nTongue, I might insert a date in the Common Tongue. Thanks again!

Family Court by Ria Rated: PG [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Because I have a drabbly mind, this Mary Sue parody slipped in. How are all of Legolas' Mary Sue wives going to resolve their claims?
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Namo / Mandos, Original Character
Genres: Parody
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Sillier Stories
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 637 Read Count: 2692
[Report This] Published: 28/01/08 Updated: 17/02/09
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 28/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: A Bad Day at the Ring of Doom

Given what I've read on this website, so far, there should have been more like fifty or sixty plaintiffs in the courtroom.

Author's Response: A class action suit, perhaps, against the injustice of Canon?

Kevin's Tale by Glassiel Rated: G [Reviews - 1]
Summary: He was a logical person! How could this be happening?
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: Tales of the Eldandili
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12477 Read Count: 1132
[Report This] Published: 01/02/08 Updated: 01/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 01/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Kevin's Tale

A very absorbing story. Are you planning to do a sequel?

The Mirror by Celestial Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: Someone asked me if I was interested in writing a poem about Galadriel's Mirror after the Fourth Age...so here it is!
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 125 Read Count: 1181
[Report This] Published: 03/02/08 Updated: 03/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 03/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: A forgotten pool

That's a lovely poem of The Lady of Light's mirror lying abandoned in the weed-wild garden of Caras Galadon. In "Arwen's Journey" the mirror is still being occasionally used by one of Galadriel's protegees.

Author's Response: Ah...thanks for the review. This one was kinda hard to write- partly because I\'ve never thought about it before, and it was a wiered rhyme sceme.

Summary: A response to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: First Draft
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 280 Read Count: 1258
[Report This] Published: 04/02/08 Updated: 04/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 04/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Thanks for responding to the challenge. I had a feeling that your story would be interesting, and it was.

Author's Response: You think that was interesting? I suppose for someone outside of the **sob** intense drama of my life, it would. I frankly think it is rather boring, especially compared to, say, Junior, Celestial, and Nazgrrl\'s responses. Well, thank you for reviewing, and for creating the challenge. OEG

Summary: Another response written again to answear one of Karlimir Stonewain's wonderful challenges, this time its "Whats in a name"
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1083 Read Count: 1951
[Report This] Published: 04/02/08 Updated: 04/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 08/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Of all the responses to this challenge so far, yours is the most philosophical. I hadn't realized that your pen name was Rohirric. Thanks for responding to the challenge.

Author's Response: Thank you very much. Yes, the penname is Rohirric though it took a little digging around as I mentioned till I found out its\r\nactual meaning, and I find the meaning behind most names quite intresting hence why I couldn\'t resist responding to this \r\nchallenge ;) Thank you again for putting fourth such a challenge, I always enjoy responding to them.

Summary: Response to the "Why I review Fanfiction" challenge put fourth by Karlmir Stonewain
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1607 Read Count: 1628
[Report This] Published: 10/02/08 Updated: 10/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 10/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Thanks for the very revealing essay, Anwyn. You certainly take your reviewing seriously and I'm sure it's greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work.

Author's Response: Hmmm, yeah, it does seem like I take this pretty seriously eh? Well, I do look at fanfiction as I do most things in that if\r\nit is worth doing at all it is worth doing well, and same goes for the review though I am trying to make it a habit to reivew\r\nmore often as there are many wonderful stories on here. Thank you very much for your review on my review of reviews lol ;)

Summary: A romance that takes place 5 years after RotK, can Legolas and Aragorn help Idril and Angrod have a true romance or will everything go against them.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Legolas
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 17036 Read Count: 7592
[Report This] Published: 11/02/08 Updated: 11/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 11/02/08 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

I've only finished reading two chapters, so far, but this is very good. I look forward to reading your other stories too.

Author's Response: Thankyou ever so much for you fantastic review. When I posted this on FF.net I was constantly flamed because of the way I write.\r\nThe reason I write the way I do is because I am British and have lived in the USA for nigh on 7 years and there is a big differenc e between American english and British english.\r\nI hope that you get a chance to read the rest of the fic soon and I await to hear what you think.\r\n\r\nCrystal

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 16/02/08 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

I'm glad to see that you got through your writer's block. Your story is very absorbing. Don't pay any attention to the flamers on FF.net. I've heard from more than one quarter that most of them are anal-retentive twits who merely like to hear themselves talk. If you're going to deviate a bit from the canon, give your story an AU warning. That will usually defuse half the critics. My only other suggestion is that you put Elvish phrases in italics to set them apart from English.

Author's Response: Thank you for your response once again, it is a great thing to know someone other than my BETA reader has faith in my writing and is willing to give me some sensible ideas as to what needs tweeked - even if it is a minor thing. I am currently brainstorming on Chapter 9 and it should be up soon - I hope!\r\n\r\nI have a friend that I bounce ideas around with for each chapter and helps me emensily with the male aspect of the story. At the moment he has been unavailable due to his work but he has said that sometime in the next few weeks we will be able to bounce ideas around again. Please bare with me as it goes.\r\n\r\nCrystal.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 18/02/08 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 8

I liked the idea of the diary entries to let the reader know what's going on in the characters' minds.

Author's Response: I am rather glad that you liked the Diary inserts, and I hope to incorparate a few more into the story line, I find that it helps to bring the story together.\r\nI am at presant writting the next chapter and it should be up soon, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.\r\n\r\nOnce again thankyou for you fantastic reviews they make me want to type faster to get the story out.\r\n\r\nCrystal

Summary: Title gives away most of the plot. Not sure when it fits in with my Lira’s Chronicles series. Lira wakes one morning to find her arm bruised and bleeding and this event sparks many others as dark and darker but who is the cause of it all and will Lira be able to stop it before she loses everything. R&R
Categories: Book-verse, Crossovers, Off Topic
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Glorfindel, Legolas, Original Character
Genres: Angst, Drama, General, Horror, Mystery, Other, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Graphic Sex, Rape, Torture, Violence
Series: Lira's Chronicles, Things I'll Never Finish
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 4944 Read Count: 4689
[Report This] Published: 16/02/08 Updated: 23/02/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 16/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Needle In The Night

You should have saved this for the next Halloween challenge. A spooky beginning, to say the least.

Author's Response: Halloween challenge ay? Meh, not really interested to be honest. I haven\'t heard from you in ages, thought you\'d gone dorment. Good to hear from ya anyways and i hope ya keep reading. Thanks for the review - Li

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/02/08 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 - The Angel of Music

Excuse me for the obvious generation gap, but what does "Emo-ism" mean?

Author's Response: It\'s alright. Emo-ism is a word i made up for this fic but what it is is people who cut their wrists. Hope ya liking this so far and i\'ll probably update tonight. Thanks for reviewing - Li