Penname: Whisper [Contact] Real name: Heather
Member Since: 19/06/09
Membership status: Member
Ever and Ever pic.

A year has past since I first began posting fanfiction. It was the best decision I have ever made.

Here's a little bit about Ever and Ever, which has been my child for more than a year now:
I've been told that Calahdra's story is AU, that she's a Mary Sue, that I haven't captured Tolkien's style. I say that all of that is garbage. The following is a response I posted regarding a comment NessaMahtar posed on my Formspring: "When I first started writing on LOTRFF, one of the first reviews I recieved included something along the lines of this: "For trying to write in the style of Tolkien, this is pretty good." Something about that comment haunted me for a long time, and I tried (in vain) to master Tolkien's style. When at last I threw my hands in the air, I had the biggest writing epiphany ever. I came to this conclusion: An author's style is their own, and they should never try to copy someone else's style if it means sacrificing their own point of view. After all, 'Imitation is suicide'."

And for that reason, it is my opinion that every single piece of Tolkien fanfiction is AU, that Tolkien's style cannot be copied, and that 'Mary Sue' is just another way of turning burgeoning authors away from the most competitive field of fanfiction there is.

Calahdra's story is my gift to the world, and although it will never live up to its literary parent, I can only hope that it might put smiles on the faces of as many readers as possible.

Now, I have started Ever and Ever's semi-sequel. It will take a while to gain some momentum; that, I can assure (my life is as busy as ever). But eventually, I hope to show more of Calahdra and Legolas' fate behind the tangled web that is Eomer and Lothiriel's romance.
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Reviews by Whisper
Summary: Seeking peace in the sanctuary of Rivendell, a fallen warrior and a refugee of war find that their greatest demons are yet to be overcome.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Celebrían, Ecthelion, Elrond, Erestor, Glorfindel, Legolas
Genres: Angst, Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 17 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 34224 Read Count: 15986
[Report This] Published: 21/03/09 Updated: 24/08/10
Reviewer: Whisper Signed
Date: 23/07/10 Title: Chapter 7: Too Late

So breathtaking. Your mastery of language leaves the reader with something that is simple and complex and marvelous all at once.
I'm desperately longing for more. -Whisper

Author's Response: Thank you! I am happy to see that people are still following this story - I've had major problems writing it, so it's relieving to know you're enjoying the use of language here! I hope to see you in my later chapters! ;)

Reviewer: Whisper Signed
Date: 28/07/10 Title: Chapter 10: Over the Diamond Waters

My goodness, these last two chapters are so marvelous. Glorfindel's sorrow, the reason for his despondancy was made so clear. Do not doubt your way with english, for you are a master of painting with words those emotions that have no explanation! How you do it, I have no idea, but I envy you your gift. Please continue writing! -Whisper

Author's Response: Thank you! I am so happy to see you enjoying the story so - I will upload as soon as I can! ;) Kasmi

Why Review? by Lisse Rated: G [Reviews - 10]
Summary: take the time to comment. It means so much.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 333 Read Count: 968
[Report This] Published: 05/08/10 Updated: 05/08/10
Reviewer: Whisper Signed
Date: 06/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I so very much appreciate this, Lisse.

When I first began posting a year ago, I remember going weeks without a single review. And when at last I would receive one, I would be so utterly ecstatic. Like, jumping up and down, singing to myself, blushing ecstatic.

I've mellowed a bit since then, but a comment (especially the constructive ones that really make you think hard about your writing. In the end, the harsher reviews are the ones that make you stronger...) still manages to speed up my heart a little.

The only way authors can truly grow is to receive honest, meaningful criticism from their readers.

Thank you! -Whisper

Author's Response: Well that is true, but is it not wonderful to get a pat on the back also. You do far more right than wrong. wouldn't it be nice to be told that?

Reviewer: Whisper Signed
Date: 07/08/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, I absolutely agree that pats on the back are wonderful! I think that what I was attempting to convey was that EVERY positive review means something to the author. If it's just a 'You're great. Keep writing!", that still manages to put a smile on my face every time. I really appreciate those reviews and I would hope that EVERY reader would take the time to do that. But the reviews that I look back on and smile at the most are the ones that are critical of my work in a "Some of this was iffy. You might want to change X, Y, and Z. But keep going anyways!" way, you know?

I hope that that did a better job of expressing my opinion...


Author's Response: you cleared it up nicely