Hear hear! L8Bleumr, your honesty and insight is spot on. I love reading your reviews (and all others) including the ones where you've kindly pointed out an error or two! I totally agree, it helps us as authors to grow and develope and encourages us, and us as reviewers to understand that authors are not fishing for compliments, but rather trying to get a feel for what readers like about our style/story etc. Very true and great advice here. - Iri
Author's Response: I'm glad you agree. Of course we would be lying if we said we didn't care about reviews, but you're right, they are about more than praise. I have learned quite a bit from some of my reviewers and it has helped me to improve. We're all in this together and we should help support one another.
Such emotion in so few words! What a talent! ~ Iri
Author's Response: You are way too kind!
This is a gorgeous depiction! I love how he checks to make sure there are no witnesses to an innocent yet childish act. Beautiful work! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I have wanted to expand this. Do you enjoy slash? I imagine Erestor or one of the twins watching Glorfindel here and falling in love. I would!
Hi NessaMahtar. Great structure and imagery. Who knew Gimli was such a poetic soul? : D No seriously, this is really nice. xx
Author's Response: Haha such a lyricist, that one ;) And thanks! =)
Lisse, in all honesty if your work ever extends beyond these short teasers I think you're going to make a wonderful author. After all if you can convey so much emotion, meaning and intent and capture one's attention so vividly in 100 words or less, imagine what you'll do with an entire tale?! ~Iri
Author's Response: lol Your review is better than My drabble!
Agreed! I also agree with Spiced Wine: when I first came to this site I was a timid little reader, always too terrified to write anything and never dreamed that I'd ever post anything of my own here. Well, how things have changed. I consider myself a chronic reviewer now, there are just some things that I can't leave unsaid. If I think of it whilst I'm reading something I usually comment. Even if it's the tiniest word (I believe I once left a comment for L8Bleumr that consisted wholly of the word 'Yay'). But I love to let others know how much I'm enjoying their works and how I appreciate their efforts. It's little shout-outs like these that remind me I might think I'm being a pain in the rear but I'm pretty sure most authors won't complain!! So well done for getting it out there and I hope more people tell YOU about your wonderful work ~ Iri
Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to read and review all of my little bits of stuff. Good luck to you in your own writing. I want to and plan to read you too!
Hello Whisper. We've not met yet I think. I'm Irial, a relative newcomer to this sight. I've heard of you through Lisse and L8Bleumr and I must say I'm surprised that I haven't heard your name tossed around more!! I'm in awe of how much emotion you can pack into such short chapters (it takes me ten years to say anything) and your literacy skills and vocabulary leave me envious. A pleasure to read and be assured that I will be reading the rest of your works!! ~ Iri
*beneath the unfurling leaves of the re-awoken trees*
That kind of imagery and vocab could keep me hooked for days on end. Wonderful! ~ Iri
That 'one kiss' sent little shivers running up my spine! So sweet! 'Eowyn's stare alone would have taken down a cave troll' - hahaha I love this phrase!
A beautiful re-imagination of the relationship between Eowyn and Legolas. Wonderfully written as always. I now have sweaty palms lol!! ~ Iri
Author's Response: omg, this is such an old story. I'm almost embarrassed for you to read it, but it's who I was back then. I sure hope I've improved. Still, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I just want to say thank you for all these reviews you've left. It's been fun to open my emails and see a bunch of alerts. It's very thoughtful of you to take the time to read and review them all. I wish there were more people like you, who knew the importance of a few kind words.
I'm so jealous of you! No matter what you are writing - epic adventures or shrot sidetales - you have an amazing ability to draw in your readers and dazzle them! If I was any more jealous I'd be turning green and bursting out of my shirt! ~ Iri
Author's Response: LOL. Well, don't lose your shirt over it. Gosh I wrote this so long ago. I'm afraid to go back and read these older stories. I know I'll see all kinds of things that will make me cringe, but that was my best at the time. Glad you enjoyed it though.
Oh so *that's* where you get your inspiration. Funny, mine lives under my bed. Another one hides in the car. Isn't it random where they pop up? What a great, fun little side-story!
Author's Response: Well, I try to keep them in control by shutting them in there, but they always manage to escape at the most inconvenient times, usually when I am nowhere near my computer.
Ah the price one pays for over-confidence and underestimating... Like father like Son? :D This and the previous chapter have your magic sprinkled all over them. ~ Iri
Author's Response: Legi learned from the best! Thranduil's charm definitely spilled over onto his son I think.
Aww, what a beautiful untold tale. Loved it! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Thanks Iri. It's nice to see a new review on an old tale. It was pleasantly unexpected.
Hello there! I have found another one of your tales to amuse me while I wait for you to update. This is a lovely concept, the masquerade! I can only imagine how events are going to turn out! Wonderful descriptions of the brothers. It's nice to see familiar names and traits, especially ones that I love! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Hi Iri. I haven't had a review on an old story in a long time. It's always a pleasure. I wrote this piece during a Haldir phase I think.
Three brothers - same hearts, different heads! It's amazing how siblings can be so close and similar and yet so entirely different! I like this style of the story, the short transitions between each of the brothers as their stories unfold. Very clever structure! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Thank you. Being an only child, I use my husband and his 5 siblings as an example as how different they can be. But when it comes to family, they are always together.
I've got a strange feeling about this... there seems to be a lot of confusion going on... which of course adds to the suspense and mystery that you are the master of! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Oh, they are confused alright and with good reason.
Nope. I actually thought Aranel was going to end up with Orophin, Haldir with Gliriel and Rumil and Laerwen were going to find their happy ever after. Nice twists! ~ Iri
Author's Response: Hehehe, I hoped it wouldn't be too obvious.
Beautiful. What a precious way to end the story. Of course Rumil would be first to marry. I like that as soon as they found each other they just knew it was right. And it's nice to see Orophin finally in a place where he feels the world is right to start his own family. As for Haldir - well some things never change right? ~ Iri
Author's Response: I've always thought of the brother's like this. Rumil is the sweetheart. Haldir is the sexy sly one and Oropphin is somewhere in between. And of all three, I never want Hal to change, lol.
Hahahaha! Definitely a pleasing alternate ending! ~ Iri
Author's Response: This came about after some friends and I got into a discussion about the servant, aka . . . the wine wench. We all agreed that we would settle for being her and hoped to get thrown across a table by Hal. LOL, such a naughty elf he is. Thanks so much for these reviews. It's always such a gift to read them.
Hi ziggy. I'm new to your tale but not your works. I'm looking forward to reading this promisingly magnificent tale and I'm a little glad that I've found it late because it means there are endless chapters for me to immerse myself into. I admire your prose, structure, vocabulary and imagination. And I love your Gimli. There's just something about him :D ~ Iri
Author's Response: Hi Irial- great to hear from you! And thank you- no pressure then:) I have recently started reading it through again in preparation for re-posting it on Faerie (a newer site where lots of writers have migrated from here) and found lots of things that need tweaking. So I hope this will not be disappointing!