Penname: Narya [Contact] Real name: Alex
Member Since: 25/10/08
Membership status: Member
Bio:
I am female, 20 years old, currently living in Scotland and studying for a degree in English; I'm an avid reader and I've loved LOTR ever since my Uncle introduced me to the Bakshi cartoon as a toddler. Apparently, I was a somehwat sadistic child - according to my Uncle, I always wanted to fast-forward to the bit where Frodo got stabbed...make of that what you will.

I developed my fanfiction habit by accident - unpacking my bags when I first arrived at university, I discoverd (gasp!) that I'd left my copies of The Hobbit, LOTR and The Silmarillion at home. Whilst googling to see if there was anywhere I could read them online, I stumbled across this site...and that was it. I was addicted.

I write and read whatever takes my fancy, both in fanfic and original work. Other favourite books include the Harry Potter series, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Richard Adams' Watership Down, Susan Hill's Strange Meeting, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong, Charles Terrot's An Alligator Named Daisy, Chris Woodings's Poison, Winifred Watson's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Hester Burton's In Spite of All Terror, Louis de Berničres's Captain Corelli's Mandolin and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, as well as anything by any of the following writers:

Chaucer
Shakespeare
Dickens
Austen
The Brontës
TS Eliot
PG Wodehouse
Thomas Hardy
Elizabeth Gaskell
DH Lawrence
William Faulkner
Rupert Brooke
Evelyn Waugh
Oscar Wilde
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ian McEwan
Ted Hughes
Haruki Murakami
Kazuo Ishiguro

I can't recommend any of the above works or authors highly enough.


What originally started me writing? Simple - envy. I was a tiny kid just out of nursery. It was the end of the day, and I was sitting on the rug with the rest of my class for show-and-tell, listening to one of the boys talk about the "book" his Mum had helped him make. It was only a few sheets of paper stapled together, with a Power Ranger on the cover and nothing on the inside, but my teacher was thrilled with it - she cooed over it, gave the boy a gold star and put the "book" in pride of place, smack in the middle of the display shelf.

Like a lot of kids, I was an attention seeker. I wasn't happy that the "book" had received so much praise (not to mention a much-coveted gold star) and my "artwork" merely a smile and a well done. I decided to make a book too - except mine would be better. Mine was going to be a proper big girl's book with words inside.

That night, I sat down with my Grandad and dictated a story about a little girl going on an outing to the fair. He found me a sheaf of plain A4 paper and helped me copy my story out, one sentence to a page, left me to illustrate it and then stapled it all together when I was done. Me and Grandad making "books" together became a bit of a weekly tradition. As I got further into school I found I didn't need to dictate the stories to him any more - I could write them myself - but I always gave them to him for approval before I showed anybody else. I've never looked back; I've been writing constantly since then. As I grew up I became more secretive about my work, hiding it from all but my siblings and a few close friends, to whom I often granted cameos - and then my Grandad died. He never got to see the best of my stuff; possibly he was unaware that I still wrote at all.

This coincided with me finding this site. I "lurked" for a while, then eventually decided it was time to start sharing again. I began to post Tolkien-related stories here, followed by original work on TMoA...and that brings me more or less up to date.

I'd like to say some thankyou's before I shut up - firstly, to my readers, for taking the time to check out my work. Secondly, to everyone who's reviewed my stories, for all your help and encouragement - it's greatly appreciated, believe me. Thirdly, to the other authors on this site whose works have given me so much pleasure, especially those who are on my Favourites list. Read their stories; they're all wonderful.

And last but not least, to Grandad, of course. God bless.

Disclaimer:

I own none of JRR Tolkien's characters or any other product of his extraordinary imagination; all stories are written purely for my own enjoyment (and hopefully the enjoyment of the readers!) and I make no money whatsoever from them.


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SOME NOTES ON MY STORIES

04/02/2010 - some of you might be wondering where and why Trapped and Under The Greenwood Trees have gone. I'm afraid the answer is purely selfish - I couldn't face all those WIPs staring at me every time I logged on to my account. They have not been abandoned for good - Trapped is about to undergo a re-write to incorporate it into my Second Chance storyverse, after which I will start re-posting. Under The Greenwood Trees has been placed on hiatus thanks to my decision to expand Second Chance into a series; since there were only 1000 words or so of it posted, I didn't think it would be any great loss to anyone. Between my new series, Three, the Trapped re-write, my Harry Potter WIP and my o-fic, I think I've got enough to be going on with - plus I don't think it's fair on the readers to be hanging on for updates that aren't going to come.

So there you go. Anything I've left up that is incomplete is almost certain to be updated in the near future and to keep getting updated. Thank you very much to all the lovely people who reviewed and favourited the stories I've taken down; just because I removed my work doesn't mean that I don't appreciate your support and encouragement hugely.

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Summary:

2009 MEFA Third Place Winner in the Adventure Category. 

Brandon wakes up in the middle of a forest in another world. Is it a dream? Or is he stuck in an unfamiliar place where his life might no longer matter? Please read and review!


Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Arwen, Balrog, Bill the Pony, Celeborn, Galadriel, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Sauron, The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Humor
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 50612 Read Count: 29877
[Report This] Published: 24/01/09 Updated: 08/07/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 12/05/09 Title: Chapter 22: The Voice

Ohh, so Brandon's beginning to feel the pull of the Ring...a lovely bit of writing there :-)

It was with a smile on his lips and a full stomach that Brandon fell asleep, leaning against the mighty trunk of a tree he'd never seen. His dreams that night were ones of magic and bliss, of golden stars in the pale clouds, of flying, and singing himself into the Nimrodel and down to the sea.

He could not have known that the darkness was stirring as he slept.


I love the contrast between those two paragraphs! Well done.

I'll send you an email about this and Moria soon.

Author's Response: Thank you! I like this chapter best out of the ones I've written so far! I can't wait for your email!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 14/04/09 Title: Chapter 1: Not in Kansas Anymore...

Best chapter yet, I think; my heart's still pounding! Detailed feedback coming up very soon via email.

Author's Response: Okay, thanks!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 30/04/09 Title: Chapter 1: Not in Kansas Anymore...

Another lovely chapter - like Dune, I was really moved by the descriptions of the Fellowship'd grief, and I think you ended on the perfect note, hopeful but not too chirpy. This is turning into a truly engrossing story; keep it up!

PS Sorry I haven't emailed about this one yet; I'll send you longer message in a day or so, but at the moment I'm in the middle of writing a history essay - oh, joy... :p take care and speak soon.

Author's Response:

Thanks! This chapter was so tough to write. I was so concentrated on Moria that I didn't really plan what I was going to do next! I was worried about sounding chirpy, your review has brought me a lot of relief.

Good luck with your history essay, I'm sure you'll do well!

I'll have some new chapters up soon. The swine flu has hit my town, and school has been cancelled until next week. 

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 14/05/09 Title: Chapter 23: Into the Eaves of Gold

Excellent again! For a second I thought you were going to deviate from the books and have the Orcs find them when Brandon kicked that twig - my heart was in my mouth :-) keep going!

Author's Response:

I did almost deviate from the books by having Brandon fall into the Celebrant. However, Moriah listened to my plot ideas and told me to give poor Brandon a break. So I did. I had it all written out but my internet crashed, and Moriah dissuaded me from re-writing it. I'm glad this version was good though! Thanks for the review!

*Mini Plot Spoiler* I may deviate from the books a litte further into the story

 

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 07/07/09 Title: Chapter 30: To the Other Shore

Oh, gosh...the tension builds like a thunderstorm in this chapter!! The next one's going to be an A-grade heartbreaker, isn't it? Poor Brandon :-( the internal monologue you give him is really moving and extremely realistic.

Something that jumped out at me was Brandon noticing that the stars and moon are the same as back home. I thought this was a lovely touch - an example of the details you weave into this story that set it so far above the majority of Tenth Walkers.

Author's Response:

I posted Ch. thirty-one not too long ago...it just might be an A-grade heartbreaker, I think whether it is or not will ulitimately be up to you :-). I'm glad you liked the monologue, I was afraid it was too over-the-top!

Ah, so you liked that little detail! Yay! Thanks for the review!

Summary: Another LotR-Civil War, Crossover! Sergeant Henry and his three best cavalrymen: Josh, Tom, and Mac are sent to Middle Earth not only to protect the realm of Arnor, but all of Middle Earth! If you are Members, please review, I want to know what you think! Chapter 6 is up!
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 11959 Read Count: 4911
[Report This] Published: 28/01/09 Updated: 21/02/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 22/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Ambush

Good start! You built up the tension really well when they were near the enemy, and their camaraderie when they realised what had happened was poignantly written. One thing - I think you meant "murmur" not "mummer" when Gandalf's casting his spell, and (sorry) I find it a bit too convenient that he can suddenly bestow all the skills they need upon them; I think it'd be more interesting to watch them learn tracking, archery etc. without supernatural interference. But maybe that's just me.

Other than that, nice work - your writing gets better all the time.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, I am glad you liked it, please keep reading! Dune

The Ottyssey by Kitt Otter Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 57]
Summary: After a freak accident involving a tongue and a voltmeter, I find myself facedown in Arda dirt in the body of a water-weasel. With nothing better to do, I take on the burden of making the Fellowship’s lives miserable.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Bill the Pony, Boromir, Frodo, Galdor, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Legolas, Merry, Pippin, Sam, Sauron, Ulmo
Genres: Action/Adventure, Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Challenges: Animal Transformations
Series: None
Chapters: 13 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 33766 Read Count: 14286
[Report This] Published: 29/01/09 Updated: 16/11/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 12/05/09 Title: Chapter 4: Make It So

LMAO!!

My dazed grin vanished. “Inconceivable!”

A Princess Bride reference? Or sheer coincidence?

“I’m sorry Strider, but they were just a pack of birds…”

Oh, if only he knew...

For a moment I thought this was turning into a Star Trek crossover, which would have been interesting...and poor Bill! Hope he gets back OK. Well done again, Kitt!

Author's Response: Bill'll be alright. It may not be obvious at first, but I wouldn't want anything to happen him. Oh, yes, Princess Bride! I love that movie. :D Not quite Star Trek crossover. I just sat down to write the chapter after watching some old episodes and... well, that's what came out. Thanks for the review, Narya!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 05/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Raise Hands: Who Else Has Days Like This?

Oh cute! Nice work; I love otters, and Frodo's temper tantrum was funny :)

Author's Response: Yay! More otter lovers exist in the world! Glad you liked it. That will not be Frodo's first tantrum, I'm afraid... : D -Kitt

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 09/05/09 Title: Chapter 2: Important Stuff Happens Here

This is a cute story you have going..."Kleenex of Nienna"...lol! I love this challenge, it's produced some fab fics.

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 09/05/09 Title: Chapter 3: I Hate Camping

*Gasps* she bailed!? Hehe I like this story a lot, Kitt; Frodo's OOC-ness is funny, though his treatment of Sam did make me feel slightly sad. Another thing I enjoyed was your take on the Council of Elrond and glossing over most of what happened - I do get tired of reading the entire "strangers from distant lands, friends of old" scenario over and over. Having Odi's perspective added another comic dimension.

Is this the end, or is there more to come?

PS those elf cookies sound good, if there are any going spare... ;-)

Author's Response: Yeah, I still feel bad about Sam. But we ain't seen the last of him. (shh). The Council has been done from every concievable angle... yet one thing that does not get old about it is, uh, Legolas. (teehee) Thanks for your comments, Narya! They've made my morning. :) And yes, cookies!!! *tosses over five bulky sacks*

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 16/05/09 Title: Chapter 1: Raise Hands: Who Else Has Days Like This?

Another hilarious chapter..."locker room-reeking lake" and "Manwë’s Blowdryer!" made me laugh out loud. And Gandalf's pretty irresponsible, giving alcohol to an innocent little otter! ;-) Also loved Odi's reaction to Gollum, and oh my life, that last line..."I think I left it in Rivendell"...LMFAO!!!!!!!!

Nice work again, Kitt!

PS - about your email...nope, I did not do it on purpose, but I have read JE recently so I think it must have just lodged in my subconscious.

Author's Response: Gollum is freaky. But in an already creepy Moria he’s super-freaky. Yes, I think Gandalf may have thought twice with the alcohol… yet Odi’s not the MOST innocent otter. :D When trying to think of a nasty, oily stench, locker room was first. To make it more potent, I guess I could have tagged on MEN'S... Thanks!!!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 02/07/09 Title: Chapter 8: Nobody Knows de Trouble I Seen

Woot, update! Funny as ever, Kitt; I love Odi's internal monologues, and the little plot tweaks you make :-) keep going, please!

Author's Response: The monologues are so much fun, though Odi hasn’t much of a choice but to talk to herself. I think it’s better that way – the plot would be skewed all the more if she could tell them what was on her mind. :D Thanks, Narya!

Daddy by meerkatalex Rated: G [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Everyone says that blood is thicker than water, but water's one of the strongest substances on earth.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: General, Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 81 Read Count: 966
[Report This] Published: 31/01/09 Updated: 31/01/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 21/02/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Gorgeous. Just lovely.

One of my cousins is adopted, but we all see her as much a part of the family as any of the rest of us. She has no wish to get to know her "real" parents - guess blood isn't always thicker than water.

Thought-provoking and skilfully written; well done.

Summary: Mark, a 19 year old from our time, finds a strange website that brings him to Middle Earth. He wakes up in the body of a wolf pup and is found by Gimli, who takes him in. Little does he know he will go on the adventure of his new life. Chapter 7 is up! Please review!!
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 9966 Read Count: 6244
[Report This] Published: 04/02/09 Updated: 20/02/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 05/02/09 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Council of Elrond

Oh this is nice :) you've portrayed the relationship between Gimli and Mith very well; I guess you're a dog lover too? Anyway it's very touching. Mith reminds me of my Grandma's old dog, an Alaskan malamute called Kai...he was great, he used to leap on my bed first thing on a morning too...sorry, I'm digressing!

It's an intriguing idea - I might have go at this challenge at some point. It makes a change to have a four-legged tenth walker!

I'm off to check out your other fics...I like the civil war too, but I haven't had a lot of time to read recently, what with exams and all.

I hope to read more about Mith soon!

Author's Response: You will, believe me I will probably add the next chapter later tonight! Thanks for reading! Dune

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 21/02/09 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Gates of Moria

Oooh can't wait to see Mith fighting the Watcher in the Water! Nice chapter; I like the relationship Mith is developing with Sam.

Author's Response: Thank you! You don't know how long I have been waiting for a review today, for this story and for Riders of Arnor! Sam was sad after loosing bill so of course Mith would try to comfort him and Sam would love him because, Sam loves animals. Thanks again for the review! Dune

Summary: Alex finds himself in Middle-Earth, but isn't exactly... Human?! Response to the challenge 'Animal Transformations' by Dunedain ranger of the North.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, General, Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Violence
Challenges: Animal Transformations
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1322 Read Count: 3351
[Report This] Published: 05/02/09 Updated: 16/02/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 05/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Short, sweet and most intriguing...so far it reminds me a little bit of "Official Fanfiction University" by Camilla Sandman (if you haven't read it then I highly recommend it!), but if Alex has turned into some kind of animal then clearly this story is going in a different direction to that one.

Your structure is really good - the contrasting sentence lengths add impact - but I'd double check your spelling next time, there are a couple of typos here. For example, "resembalence" should be "resemblance." I'm not being deliberately picky...it's just that you can clearly write well, and I think it's a shame not to make the story as good as it possibly can be!

I'll keep my eye on this; I really like the idea, I might even have a shot at the challenge myself next time I get chance.

Happy writing.

PS - DROTN is right, Alex is a very cool name :D

Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing - I've enjoyed writing this story so far, and no worries about pointing out the spelling mistake - I worry about grammar and spelling too much, but at the moment my wordpad is down so I'm having to type on notepad, which has no spellcheck. I have read Camilla Sandman's university story, and it's one of the best original stories I've read, ever. I hadn't got that in mind when I started writing this, I just wanted to rise to the challenge because it sounded so cool. Do have a shot at the challenge, as I've said, it's really good, and I hope that you enjoyed reading. Thank you for the review! meerkatalex

Summary: For anybody else who has ever felt that they need to hide their fanfic habit. Rated PG for one instance of bad language.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10094 Read Count: 13685
[Report This] Published: 08/02/09 Updated: 15/10/10
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 09/02/09 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 - Sian's view (xFanarix)

Writing is creative. It's almost magical.

Too true. All these responses have made me feel very proud of writing - both fanfic and original fiction. It's a privilege to write. I'm feeling less guilty about it by the minute. Thank you very much for adding your point of view; I always like to hear what you think!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 10/03/09 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

I'm so glad you chipped into this! :D

With fanfic, gratification is instant: You “publish” your storie with the click of a mouse, and literally within hours, you will see the hit count on your story, and begin to see the reviews come in.

And you can experiment: drabbles, dribbles, poems, ficlets and vignettes and character studies; strange POVs; AUs; long and rambling WIPs which you can begin to publish long before you even know yourself where they are going! There’s no market for any of that in the conventional publication world.



I never really thought of it that way before, but it's true - it's great knowing that whatever you publish, it's almost certain to be read and reviewed. I especially sympathise with the "long and rambling WIPs" bit; my two main fics are both WIPs and I'm having a great time just letting them take off in the direction they want to go in, as well as getting unbiased and helpful feedback along the way.

Because there is never enough canon.

Because there are always alternate universes to explore.

Because there is always hurt that needs comforting.

Because there is always the chance to see your ‘ship come in.

Because we love the characters and the world and the story, and we never want it to end.



I love that. And it's so very, very true.

Thanks for adding your thoughts!

Summary: Braun, a Minotaur of Middle Earth, has been summoned to help choose the fate of the world. Will he follow the rest of his kind and fight for Sauron or will he fight for the side of good! Sort of a crossover with Narnia! Please review! Chapter 3 is up!
Categories: Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 4155 Read Count: 2965
[Report This] Published: 12/02/09 Updated: 16/02/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 12/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Intriguing stuff, Dune - I like your idea. You've built up the suspense well in this opening, and you write really clearly. The only thing I'd suggest would be inserting a double line space between each paragraph; it'll make it easier on the eye.

Take care - Narya

Author's Response: Thanks for the tip, I will get right on that! Glad you read and liked this story! Dune

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/02/09 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 1: Attacked in the Dark

Nice job; your writing's improving all the time, and Braun engages the reader's sympathy successfully.

Nitpick: when Merry, Pippin and Sam follow Strider and Frodo up the stairs, I think you need a more dramatic word than "walk" to describe their entrance into the room. "Sprint," maybe, or "hurtle." You wouldn't just "walk" if your friend's life was in danger!

I like it though; I think this is an interesting and original idea. On to the next chapter!