I liked this very much, thank you! It is a beautiful take on the subject. Your prose is smooth and kept me happy all along the ride.
Author's Response: :) Thank you very much!
I have to agree with this entirely. After seeing the Friday essay, it is good to see your essay and Undomiel57's essay here.
Fanfiction is not adulation like the way people treat celebs. They auction apple cores someone ate and consider it a worthy effort for time and money.
I got started on fanfiction in quite a dramatic manner, that which I still cannot believe.
I did not know that I was writing slash and AU until about three months or so ago. But it has been a wonderful experience. Perhaps they call it geeky and timewasting, but I would not settle for less.
I have met people in this world whom I would never have met otherwise. To read their stories, to read their AUs, to read their brilliant essays, it has been a wonderful journey.
Yesterday marked an important day in my life. The Song of Sunset, my first work, reached a wonderful 100 reviews on the site where I archive it. It was one of the most satisfying days of my life.
I am ever grateful to all who have encouraged me in this world...people with a shared passion for words and beauty.
((Eragon was a disaster, but then Paolini's beta was his sister and his managers were his parents))
Author's Response: Gah, that Friday essay made me furious - I know people are entitled to their own opinions and all that, but sheesh, talk about ignorant! This wasn't actually a response to her essay - I originally wrote this around a month ago, but every time someone adds to the round robin it pops up in the Most Recent box again, like when you add another chapter to a WIP. Congratulations on your review milestone, and thanks for leaving your thoughts! (How exactly did you get started in fanfic, btw?)
Well, we need the sequel!
Wonderful essay. I am sorry for being so late. I heard news of it somewhere in the midweek. But I was offline badly, means I couldn't come even if life depended on it.
By Stars' Light : This is my personal favourite among the wonderful author's tales. Stray is a very close run too. I know the genres that are embodied in Stray need an author of exceptional talent to manage it.
Dark Prince: I smiled at the Mary-ness of Van. It is a favorite of mine too.
Het: I confess I don't read much. But your recommendations will make it to my reading list.
Pande: I really have no words. She is the scientist. Mine don't compare anywhere near her works.
Celebrian's Journal: Epic. Grossly misunderstood. Wish it hadn't happened. Wonderful writing. Rightly nom-ed in MEFA.
Honoured, happy and awed by the fact you chose to include Sunset in such elite company. For a newcomer, I cannot dream of more.
Thank you for this essay.
Author's Response: Thanks, J. You are a very talented writer. I am happy to include your panoramic story in the list.
The Silmarils... the three Jewels that of old Feanor wrought, blending the light of the Two Trees within them; around which the fate of Arda and the Children of Iluvatar are woven...
This beloved tale of beauty, hatred, love, light, darkness and hope comes to you in poetry format.
I like your take on the Silm. It is one of those rare, rare gems one finds once in a long while.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your words. I am reading THE SHADOW OF LIGHT... love it! I will post more about the Silmarillion soon...
Hello, it is a nice story. But some polishing wouldn't go amiss:) Maybe some beta work would help a lot. The plot is intriguing.
An excellent depiction of the war eve. Thank you, for sharing this.
Hello Undomiel. Between RL crashes and the rest of this curious world, I have been notoriously behind on things.
It is a pleasure, as always, to see what a long time presence in this community has to say about trends and themes. I have always found that a great amount of research goes into these essays than you admit to.
1) Erestor - A wonderfully unexplored character with great potential. When I first came across stereotyped Erestor stories on LoM, I knew I would never give him the same role in any story I wrote. I am glad that you think my version achieves the destereotyping to some extent. I haven't read many other versions. I have a strictly limited set of authors I read, because my tastes are rather esoteric. But I agree with you on Glorfindel's Stray.
2) Incest : I loathe incest in stories. But once I like the plot then it draws me in. It is not about slash or het or gen for me. I write in every genre, including crackfics, and I know that each genre has its own pros and cons.
The Journal of Maglor remains a project close to my heart. I don't support incest nor do I go against it. It is all about people, politics and psychology. I don't believe in just classifying someone as passionate and someone as not so. It is all about circumstances. I know my views are not shared by most of the readers/writers. But I remain committed to what I think is something waiting to be explored. I don't read much in these genres though.
Language - My blushes, Undomiel! That's one of the highest compliments I have received about my Journal arc.
Sauron - I did never understand the appeal of this genre. Sauron raping people makes me queasy.
Political plots - What would be there in Sunset without politics: just sunsets. I am glad that you think it works out as the plot develops.
(Was it Endor you meant? Just curiosity.)
Thank you for sharing these recommendations. I look forward to reading them soon.
Author's Response: It's a great thing to see you here! I hope that the lack of feedback here isn't putting you off from posting. I like your stories. Many others do too. Just because they don't tell you that they like it don't mean that they don't like it. I know that writing a story like The Journal of Maglor and the rest of The Song of Sunset isn't easy. The Journal of Maglor is one of the best works I read in this fandom. It puts you on the same scale as any O-fic writer. Keep writing, Jdav.
You are a poet at heart. Your works reflect that. So whatever people say, you gotta keep writing. Incest wasn't something more than a sex scene in all the stories I read. But in your story it is perfect. Choreography of words!
Sauron raping Maglor and Legolas for fun and mpreg into the bargain. Want the link?
The Song of Sunset is a panorama of politics. Galadriel, Maedhros, Oropher, Celeborn, Ereinion and dear Finrod! Fingolfin, Curufin. You have a load of politicians from the republicans to the democrats! Endor! Thanks, Jdav! Thank you for bringing some spirit back into this fandom!