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January 18th, 2020

06:34 pm: Fic index
If anyone's come here looking for my fic, the newest stuff (Lord of the Rings, plus 3 Avengers stories written in 2012) are on AO3. Stories written between 1996 and 2011 are on my website here. Its design is rudimentary, I'm afraid, but the stories are all there, and that's what matters. I really must update it with the newer stuff... or even embark on the mammoth task up uploading all the older stories to AO3.

August 5th, 2016

09:04 am: Searching for the Grail
Since this is ostensibly my fanfic journal, I suppose I ought to post this little story here, for the sake of completeness. I posted it on my main LJ a couple of weeks ago, and on AO3 a few days after that.

Searching for Grails, c. 1300 words of humorous medieval pastiche... with a moral, and all! "And so Sir Gawain did place a bid upon the Holy Grail, but ere it could become his, another knight rode up at a mighty wallop and stood against him in the bidding yard..." Malory tells us one version of the quest for the Holy Grail. How different would things have been had the knights had access to a few pieces of somewhat anachronistic technology?

On LJ here, or AO3 here.

March 18th, 2016

05:59 pm: Casting Shadows
Here's another story written for Back to Middle-earth month. I've got a few more ideas I'd like to write, but will have very little writing time between now and the end of the month, so I might not get round to them. But here's a link to this one, anyway.

Casting Shadows (or read it on AO3 here)

As King Elessar travels north on his first state visit to the northern kingdom, Strider the Ranger returns to The Prancing Pony. c.4100 words. Gen. Friendship. Some light humour. No pairings, no warnings. Written for one of the 2015 prompts asking for stories in which Aragorn returned to the Prancing Pony after he was king.

March 9th, 2016

06:02 pm: Kudos at all costs
Originally posted on my ladyofastolat LJ a couple of weeks ago, but I guess I ought to post this here for the sake of completeness.

So, Bunn wrote a collection of perfectly crafted, and very funny, micro stories about readers not leaving kudos on stories they liked on AO3. My attempt to leave kudos on it was temporarily thwarted by an issue of an accidental logout and a mislaid password. Rather a tiny, untraumatic adventure, granted, but it made me wonder what other adventures might be endured by readers who are determined to leave kudos, but find barriers in their way. I started by writing them in the comments on her LJ post, but my imagination wouldn't stop coming up with more, each one more far-fetched and over-dramatic than the last. In the end, I decided that I needed to compile them into a single file and post them somewhere, just so I could tell my imagination that this whole enterprise was over now, and it should stop tormenting me with new ideas. In the interests of spreading the insanity, I post a link here.

05:49 pm: Back to Middle Earth Month so far
Two stories so far:

War Stories

An old soldier waits for his captain to return. Surely he will return to fight for Gondor in her time of greatest need! But that time comes and passes, and Thorongil does not come. But then there is a knock at the door… c. 6700 words. Gen. Character study. Friendship. No pairings, no warnings. Original character and Aragorn. Written for one of last year's prompts calling for stories in which someone who had known Aragorn as Thorongil meets him again as king.

An Unseen Question

"The caterpillar started it." Merry and Pippin are infected with a sudden bout of investigative fervour. Can Rivendell cope with two lively hobbits whose hunger for answers threatens to surpass even their hunger for food? c. 3900 words. Gen. Humour. Friendship. No pairings, no warnings. Pippin and Merry, with some Frodo, and a little Gandalf and Elrond. Written in response to the question "if Frodo hung the Ring on a chain, why didn't the chain turn invisible?" I decided to turn the question over to Middle Earth's sharpest minds. Well, to Merry and Pippin, anyway.

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June 20th, 2015

10:03 am: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Shadow of War - now complete
The Shadow of War is now complete!

Title: The Shadow of War, chapter 1 of 26
Words: c. 156,000 in total (26 chapters)
Rating: PG (some mentions of violence, but nothing graphic.)
Genre: Drama. Epic. Adventure.
Relationships: Contains background Aragorn/Arwen and Éowyn/Faramir, but these are not the focus.
Characters: Aragorn, Pippin, Éowyn, Éomer, Mablung and various OCs (POV characters.) Also Faramir, Merry, Arwen, Legolas and Gimli (non-POV characters.)

Summary: It's fourteen years since the fall of Sauron, and Gondor is at peace. But old enemies are stirring beyond her borders, and some have infiltrated Minas Tirith itself, and are waiting for the time to strike…

You can read it in the following places:
Many Paths to Tread

June 5th, 2015

06:22 pm: The Shadow of War update
I've decided not to post any more updates of this story on this LJ. I'm posting it in 3 other places, so there are several other options for people who want to read it, without me cluttering up the Friends page of everyone's LJs with 26 separate posts.

The story can be found in the following places:
Many Paths to Tread

If anyone really wants me to keep posting it here, please say!

May 31st, 2015

06:29 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Shadow of War (1/26)
Title: The Shadow of War, chapter 1 of 26
Words: c. 155,000 in total (26 chapters)
Rating: PG (some mentions of violence, but nothing graphic.)
Genre: Drama. Epic. Adventure.
Relationships: Contains background Aragorn/Arwen and Éowyn/Faramir, but these are not the focus.
Characters: Aragorn, Pippin, Éowyn, Éomer, Mablung and various OCs (POV characters.) Also Faramir, Merry, Arwen, Legolas and Gimli (non-POV characters.)

Summary: It's fourteen years since the fall of Sauron, and Gondor is at peace. But old enemies are stirring beyond her borders, and some have infiltrated Minas Tirith itself, and are waiting for the time to strike…

Note: This is a long story, at 26 chapters (c. 155,000 words), but I've already finished writing it, and intend to post a chapter a day. It's a story told through many eyes (see listing above.)

However, war doesn't just affect kings and lords and their friends, but ordinary people, too - ordinary people from both sides. Therefore I also use several original characters. Some are outsider viewpoint types, appearing for just one scene. Some stick around for longer. For three of them, this is their second appearance in a story of mine, but no knowledge the previous stories is assumed. All relevant background is explained at the time. For those interested, though, Mínir comes from Grey in the Dark and Daerion from A Captain and a Cause. Trials of Manhood is also very relevant, too. In fact, in many ways, this story can be seen as sequel to that story, even though it's set more than sixty years later. However, it's a sequel that doesn't require you to read the original.

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May 19th, 2015

06:26 pm: Yay! Finished!
Yay! I've finished my Fourth Age Epic! 156,000 words (254 pages), which doesn't make it the longest story I've ever written, but makes it the longest I've written for at least a dozen years, and almost certainly the longest I've ever posted. Not that I've posted it yet. I'm going away on Friday for 9 solid days of roleplaying, and although I'll have internet access and plenty of spare time, I've learnt before that it really doesn't work to try to maintain a posting schedule while away. But, yay for finishing, anyway! It's consumed my brain for the last few months. It will be nice to able to sleep again, without lying awake writing story. It will be nice to wake up at dawn, and roll over and try to go to sleep again, rather than thinking, "if I get up now, I might get a scene or two written before work."

EDIT: I notice that in my previous post, I said "106,000 words now, and still several chapters to go. (By "several" I mean "probably 3 or 4," and therefore almost certainly actually 6 or 7.)"

It was 8 in the end. I've made far worse under-estimates in the past.

April 30th, 2015

09:51 pm: Escalating stories
I've been writing rather obsessively for the last few weeks. 106,000 words now, and still several chapters to go. (By "several" I mean "probably 3 or 4," and therefore almost certainly actually 6 or 7.) Late on Sunday, I finally reached the lead-in to the big scene I've been looking forward to from the start. "Scene," I say.

Late last night, I finished it. Said "scene" had taken 18,000 words. At the heart of it, was remained what I'd envisaged: a confrontation in words between two men. Hangers-on and minions got involved along the way, and added their commentary, but, still... 18,000 words! In what was originally envisaged as one two-player scene! It was all written in 3 evenings, with me being at work all 3 days.

I feel quite drained today, but very achievementy. It's years since I've written so much so fast. But... phew! *shakes head in wonder.* How these stories grow!

April 5th, 2015

09:43 am: Typo
Rereading what I wrote yesterday, I see that I have some warriors sheltering overnight in a deep ballet. Entertainment, I wonder, or are they disguising themselves as ballerinas to confuse their pursuers?

I really must write some more typo fics one day. I had such fun writing all the previous ones! :-D

March 29th, 2015

05:02 pm: Almost there...
At 18,000 words, the To Do list for my story, had I possessed one, would have read, "gather an army and ride out with it from Minas Tirith."

31,000 words now, and finally, finally, the pesky army is about to leave. About to leave, mind you. I've still got some farewells to do.

Curse you, characters. Why won't you ever stop talking?

March 18th, 2015

06:37 pm: It's only just begun
"No," thought [character.] "It isn't over at all. It's only just begun."

This is really not what you want to be writing when you're already 17,000 words into a story.

Trouble is, he's right.

March 8th, 2015

01:28 pm: Back to Middle Earth Month 2015: the story thus far
I'm really enjoying the prompts in Back to Middle Earth Month this year. After several months with no writing at all, I'm suddenly finding myself bursting with ideas. I've deliberately not browsed any new prompts since the start of the week, after that dreadful (but exciting) Monday night, when I was writing one idea until 1, was slow to fall asleep afterwards due to a buzzing brain, then woke at 5 with ideas for two more prompts, and lay awake for the rest of the night, mentally writing them.

Anyway, here are the stories thus far:

Daughters, Sisters, Wives
"I should have given you sisters," her mother said. "This is such a place of men." This is a tale of Éowyn and the girls and women who might have been her friends in the years of her childhood, the dark years of her growing, and in the years yet to come.
Written for a prompt calling for a gen story about Éowyn and her relationship with other women in Edoras. Gen. No warnings. Rated G. c. 4000 words

Trials of Manhood
While undergoing his Trial of Manhood, a young boy stumbles upon a wounded man...
Written for a prompt calling for a gen story in which Aragorn and Gandalf have an adventure somewhere in the East or South during Aragorn's Thorongil years. This is that adventure seen through the eyes of a boy who stumbles upon them afterwards. Gen. No warnings. Rated PG. c. 5700 words.

Of Herbs and Small Bunnies
"Tegoldir was saving the kingdoms of Men, when a tiny example of those people appeared at his elbow, sucking on a honeycomb." An assistant junior librarian of Rivendell, already sore beset by the classification challenges posed by Men, struggles to find stories that will entertain very small Heirs of Isildur over the years.
Written for a prompt calling for stories about the books in the library of Rivendell. Gen. No warnings. Rated G. c. 2450 words. Humour.

February 16th, 2015

05:37 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
This was written for the LOTR Community Challenges LJ, for the challenge posted on February 15: International Fanworks Day. The challenge was to write a story about people in Middle Earth engaging in fannish activity. I was assigned Faramir.

Title: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Words: 5200
Rating: G
Characters: Faramir, mostly, plus Boromir, Gandalf and Aragorn.
Summary: Faramir has spent his life in the shadow of great men. As a child, he found his heroes in stories. As he grows up, he seeks them in the world outside his window. But when future generations tell their tales of Faramir's time, who are the heroes who most inspire them?

The link to the story is here

October 25th, 2014

04:45 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: Forging a Path
Title: Forging a Path
Words: c. 4900
Rating: G
Genre: Gen. Character interaction. Friendship. Drama.
Characters: Aragorn, Halbarad, Boromir and Faramir
Summary: Twenty years ago, Aragorn and a close companion struggled side by side through the snow, desperate to save a life. Now, on Caradhras, Boromir is the one who works at his side. As they fight to forge a path together, past, present and future come together in the falling of the snow.

Note: Written for the September Teitho challenge, on the theme of Weather, where it placed joint first.

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September 27th, 2014

02:58 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: Grey in the Dark
Title: Grey in the Dark
Words: c. 11000
Rating: PG (some mentions of violence, but nothing graphic.)
Genre: Mystery. Drama. Character development.
Characters: Aragorn and an original male character, with quite a bit of Faramir and a tiny bit of Arwen.
Summary: Fog has descended on the lower levels of Minas Tirith, and a killer stalks the streets. In the Citadel high above the fog, Aragorn wants the killer found. Down where the fog is thickest, a young man raised on the streets is trying to find him, too. These two men, whose lives are so very different, will end up being brought together by the fog. Because in the fog, everything looks different. Everything is changed.

Note: I had the initial germ of idea for this one back in April, after I'd written and submitted my entry for April's Teitho challenge, on the theme of "Mystery." A few weeks ago, I came across the picture that had been one of the inspirations behind the story idea (points to icon) and suddenly saw the entire story in my mind. As well as this picture - which shows Glastonbury Tor towering above low-lying fog - the other inspiration was all those murder mysteries set in a fog-drenched Victorian London. So here we are: a murder mystery set in a fog-drenched Minas Tirith very early in the Fourth Age.

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12:30 pm: Fandoms past
Yay! I have just finished posting all my Stargate Atlantis fanfic to AO3! It's been an epic project, since I must have close on a million words of the stuff, and I reread everything before posting it. The official count is 71 stories, but the true number is 78, since I posted some of the silliest pieces as anthologies. I've been posting between one and three a day, and it's taken about six weeks.

I've also posted various stories from other fandoms, too. Diana Wynne Jones is all done, and The Dark is Rising is part done. A few bits and pieces in other fandoms are done, while others remain to be looked at.

However, I've decided not to post any of the X-Files fic I wrote back in the 1990s. There must be around a million words of those, too, but they're all in plain text format, written as they were in the dim and distant days of Usenet. Plus, my style's changed so much since then that I'm not entirely sure I'd like the stories if I could bothered to reread them, which I can't. I've also not posting any of the Star Wars stories - also probably close on a million words, all about Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn pre Episode One - since they were never intended for public consumption. They were gleefully self-indulgent angst and h/c-laden pieces written for myself and one other reader who shared my tastes. I learnt so much while writing them, since it was the first time I dispensed with any planning and just handed the story over to the characters and let them take over. I had enormous fun writing them. But I'm not posting them on AO3.

Since I've spent the last few months immersed in fandoms past, I've not even glanced at anything Lord of the Rings related since early in the summer. Well, except for one story, which I wrote a few weeks ago while taking a brief break from posting SGA stuff. I just need to step away from the computer for a few hours and go Woo-hoo! a bit, but I might even edit it up and post it later today. And after that, it's back to fandoms past. But the bulk of it's done now. The Big One has been conquered. Yay! :-D

August 30th, 2014

03:44 pm: Avengers fanfic: Together
Back in the summer of 2012, I briefly wrote in The Avengers movie fandom. Although generally a Gen writer, I found myself starting to ship Clint and Natasha, and wrote a short Clint/Natasha piece in August 2012. Unfortunately, my computer promptly died on me, leaving me with the story unedited and unbacked-up on its inaccessible C drive. I was computerless for over a month, and although I did eventually get the story back, that month without the ability to write or read fanfic managed to kill my burgeoning interest in the fandom. As a result, I never posted the story, and in time I forgot its existence.

However, I'm currently engaged in the rather daunting task of posting all my old fanfics on AO3, and I came across the story again, and reason that I might as well post it. So here it is.

Title: Together
Author: Rhymer (rhymer23)
Words: 4000
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Clint and Natasha. Cameo appearance by Tony Stark.
Relationships: Clint/Natasha, although non-explicit and understated.

Summary: Clint and Natasha have been dumped on a remote mountainside, with Clint gravely injured and unable to walk. Clint wants Natasha to leave him, to try to save herself, but Natasha... What does Natasha want?

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July 5th, 2014

08:38 am: Lord of the Rings fanfic: Remembered Trees
My imagination has been rather full of other worlds for the last few weeks, and I entirely forgot that I hadn't posted this story. I've been taking a break from writing short Lord of the Rings stories, but I do still mean to sit myself down and make myself start the long Fourth Age story that I've been shying away from since October. Maybe not until the autumn, though; there's a bit too much Morris dancing and walking in my schedule over the summer.

Title: Remembered Trees
Words: 3730
Rating: PG (References to war and injury, but nothing remotely graphic.)
Genre: Angst. Hurt/comfort. Love (Aragorn and Arwen.)
Characters: Arwen, plus Aragorn. Faramir and Legolas make brief appearances.
Summary: Aragorn is in grave danger, and only Arwen can save him, or so she most desperately hopes.

Note: This was written for the May Teitho Challenge, on the theme of "Yes, I do." It placed first. As an inveterate gen writer, I've just realised that this is the first time I've ever written a story focusing on a romantic relationship. Is it still gen because it's a canon relationship, contains nothing explicit, and is unlike to offend gen readers such as me? Or do I need to venture out of the gen classification for the first time? I'm shying away from AO3 posting until I can work this out. :-)

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May 22nd, 2014

10:20 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: In Vino Veritas
Title: In Vino Veritas
Words: 2700
Rating: PG
Genre / characters: Character study. Gen. Boromir. Faramir.
Summary: In the aftermath of battle, Boromir and his men celebrate the fact that on this night, at least, they are still alive.

This was written for the May challenge over on the Lord of the Rings challenge LJ. The theme was "character study" and my assigned prompt was "the character is inebriated." Writing drunk characters is strangely enjoyable. Writing drunk characters accurately is rather more challenging. :-)

In Vino Veritas (link goes to the challenge community's LJ.)

10:03 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: A Stranger Far From Home
I was in Italy for over a week (Pompeii! Herculaneum! Capri!) and have a LAN party happening tomorrow, and have spent most of this evening baking cakes for it. However, I seem to have an hour or so free to post fanfic, so here goes...

Title: A Stranger Far From Home
Words: c. 8200
Rating: PG (some mentions of violence, but nothing graphic.)
Genre: Mystery. Drama. Character development.
Characters: Aragorn (as Thorongil) and Morwen, Queen of Rohan, plus Thengel, with cameos appearances by a youthful Théoden and a teeny Théodwyn.
Summary: A crime has been committed in Edoras. On the same night, a stranger arrives at Thengel's court, a dark-haired, nameless stranger who wears a star on his cloak.


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April 24th, 2014

07:39 pm: I am the very model of a fantasy antagonist
I've committed filk. To the tune of Gilbert & Sullivan's Modern Major-General, Sauron sings us a summary of his vilest deeds, in an attempt to prove that he is the ultimate Dark Lord of fantasy fiction.

The Darkest Lord

In a fit of rashness, I've even committed myself to replying to comments in verse. I doubt that this was wise...

March 30th, 2014

10:28 am: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Swallow
One last Back to Middle Earth Month submission:

Title: The Swallow
Prompt: "'For our spring and our summer are gone by, and they will never be seen on earth again save in memory.'" (Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien") Write or create art about a character who has reached old age.
Summary: Having said his last farewells to the Shire, Merry visits Edoras and its King one final time.
Words: c. 4200
Rating: PG
Characters/genre: Merry, Pippin and Eomer: musings on mortality

Warning: This is not a deathfic. However, it does involve characters in the closing stages of their lives, discussing issues relating to death and mortality. Many people reading it have cried, although they do stress that they are "good tears."

The Swallow (Link leads to the B2MeM LJ)

March 23rd, 2014

10:06 am: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Ring and the Book
Another Back to Middle Earth Month offering:

Title: The Ring and the Book
Prompt: Picture prompt. (Picture shows a ring resting on an open book.)
Summary: While writing about his discovery of the Ring, Bilbo grapples with the temptation to tell a false tale.
Words: c. 1300
Rating: G
Characters/genre: Bilbo. Vignette. Character study. Mild angst. Musings on history and truth.

The Ring and the Book (Link leads to the B2MeM LJ)

March 20th, 2014

07:58 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: To Kill a King
Title: To Kill a King
Words: c. 5200
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, gen, angst, character study
Characters: Original character and Aragorn
Summary: In a city of old ruins, an assassin lies in wait for the man he has been paid a fortune to kill.


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March 19th, 2014

08:28 am: Lord of the Rings fanfic: Last Summer
This was posted a couple of weeks ago for Back to Middle-earth Month 2014, and I keep forgetting to post it anywhere else.

Title: Last Summer
Prompt: It's time for the summer fruits and berries: strawberries and blackberries are abundant, and in some places the trees droop with peaches and plums. The tomatoes and cucumbers are ripe on the vine. Create a story or a work of art featuring a Summer seasonal food. Bonus for including a recipe
Summary: It is one year on, and the Shire has never been more glorious. But to the hobbits of the Fellowship, even the sweet taste of summer can stir memories of the winter that has passed.
Rating: PG
Characters/genre: Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin. Gen. Flashback vignettes with framing story.
Author's Notes: A recipe for Summer Pudding, a traditional English summer food, can be found at the end of the story.

Last Summer (Link leads to the story on the B2MeM LJ)

March 13th, 2014

09:45 pm: Short!
Wow. For what must surely be the first time ever in the history of my writing, a story has turned out to be significantly shorter than I'd expected. I set out to write the start of what I thought would be a c. 5000 word story consisting of 4 separate scenes separated in time, but linked by a common theme. I'm going away for a long weekend tomorrow, but hoped to at least get the first scene done before leaving. Halfway through this scene, I realised that it was complete in itself, and didn't actually need the other 3 scenes. I am still reeling. This never happens to me! Never! I don't really know what to think. Am I ill? Have I been taken over by somebody else, somebody not cursed with Escalating Story Syndrome? :-)

March 3rd, 2014

06:15 pm: Blodwen and the dragon
Saturday was St David's Day, St David being the patron saint of Wales. In honour of this, the Google Doodle on Google UK showed a lady in traditional Welsh dress having tea with a dragon. "Someone should write a story to go with this," lindahoyland said, so, er... I did. It's just a piece of silliness written in an hour flat, but it provided me with some amusement, and it allowed me to procrastinate the weekly grocery shop and stay in and have another cup of tea, and that is also good, even though I had no dragons to share it with, only a still-sleeping husband and a hungry cat. :-)

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February 18th, 2014

09:49 am: Story length
I was writing a short story last night. "How long do you think you'll be?" my husband asked. "Not too long," I replied. "I don't think it's going to be a long one - perhaps under 3000 words." Then I paused and thought for a while. "Of course," I said, "that means it will end up being 5000 words long. They always do."

With that, I returned to my writing. Time passed. The evening got late. I wrote without looking at my word count, and reached the end at last. "5002 words," I read.

This amused me, because it is by no means an isolated occurence. A surprisingly large number of my short stories end up around 5000 words, especially those that I originally thought would be shorter. 5000 words is also my standard chapter length when it comes to long stories. There is a certain amount of intervention here, since I like my chapters to be fairly consistent in length, so if the natural end of a chapter arc comes before 3000 words or looks like exceeding 6500, I consider restructuring things. But, still, the majority of my chapters just naturally seem to come in at between 4500 and 5500.

The thing that intrigues me, though, is that I started writing fanfic back in the days of plain text files on Usenet. I didn't think in word count back then, but I came to learn that limit on post size was about 10 pages. I didn't think in terms of chapters back then (though I have no idea why not), and merely wrote my long stories right through, and then went back through them and inserted breaks every ten pages or so. I didn't like to split short stories into two posts, so tried to get them wrapped up before 10 pages.

And how many words are there in 10 UK-sized pages in Word? Roughly 5000. I honestly don't know if my muse naturally defaults to taking about 5000 words to tell a short story or a chapter of a longer story, or if I'm still hidebound by a habit imposed by the medium I worked in nearly 20 years ago.

February 11th, 2014

07:38 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Reins of Power, parts 4 and 5 of 5
Title: The Reins of Power, parts 4 and 5 of 5 (complete)

Story summary: At twenty, Aragorn discovers that he is the hereditary captain of a people he has never met, but it will take many years and he will endure many hardships before he becomes a true leader of men.

The Reins of Power I: The World of Men
The Reins of Power II: The Life of a Man
The Reins of Power III: Strangers on the Road

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February 10th, 2014

06:10 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Reins of Power, part 3 of 5
Title: The Reins of Power, part 3 of 5

Story summary: At twenty, Aragorn discovers that he is the hereditary captain of a people he has never met, but it will take many years and he will endure many hardships before he becomes a true leader of men.

Chapter summary: Five years after leaving Rivendell, Aragorn is on the cusp of assuming full command of the Dúnedain. Then an encounter in Bree leads him into deadly danger, and life will never be the same again.

The Reins of Power I: The World of Men
The Reins of Power II: The Life of a Man

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February 8th, 2014

06:34 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Reins of Power, part 2 of 5
Title: The Reins of Power, part 2 of 5

Story summary: At twenty, Aragorn discovers that he is the hereditary captain of a people he has never met, but it will take many years and he will endure many hardships before he becomes a true leader of men.

Chapter summary: Aragorn has been with the Dúnedain for two years, but although he is their chieftain, he is not yet in command. When three Rangers go missing, Aragorn faces his first real test as a leader, with men's lives depending on the choices that he makes.

The Reins of Power I: The World of Men"

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February 7th, 2014

10:18 pm: The Mouse of Sauron
Okay, it's a long story, and it does make sense, honest. When I was about 7, my grandma picked up a pattern for "Victorian mice," simple little anthropomorphic mice, with gathered lace skirts and simple felt coats. My Mum and I made these for a while, and sold them for charity at school fairs and the like, but we soon got bored. By 1986, we were making the mouse versions of the entire wedding party of Price Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. (I quote this only because it allows me to say that I'm not the only strange person here, and it's actually my Mum's fault, as much as mine.) A few years later, I made a few Arthurian mice. Over the years, I've made Morris dancing mice, characters from A Song of Mice and Fire, and various live roleplaying characters.

Here are some Lord of the Rings mice. Why? Just because. :-D

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February 6th, 2014

09:45 pm: Lord of the Rings fanfic: The Reins of Power, part 1 of 5
Title: The Reins of Power, part 1 of 5 (but see note below)
Author: rhymer23
Words: This chapter: 5440. Total: c. 32,000
Rating: PG
Genre: Backstory, character study, coming of age, some angst in later chapters
Characters: Aragorn, plus Halbarad (in later chapters), Gandalf (in one chapter), and several Dúnedain OCs.

Summary: At twenty, Aragorn discovers that he is the hereditary captain of a people he has never met, but it will take many years and he will endure many hardships before he becomes a true leader of men.

Note: I am posting this as a single story with five chapters. However, I could just as easily have posted it as a series consisting of five separate short stories. Each "chapter" is complete in itself, and there are no cliffhangers. However, each "chapter" makes references to the events of the earlier ones, and they are intended to be read in order. Each "chapter" is set some time – usually several years – after the previous one. All chapters are written, but need editing, so I'll probably post every few days.

This is my attempt to clarify my own head canon of Aragorn's backstory, in particular his life with the northern Dúnedain. Obviously, it's a subject that other authors have already played with, but I couldn't resist playing with it myself.

The Reins of Power, part one: The World of MenCollapse )

February 1st, 2014

09:13 pm: Fandom might-have-beens
Last weekend, while engaged in a somewhat eccentric fandom-related sewing project (pictures will be posted soon), I stumbled upon an episode of Sharpe on TV. This has caused me to work my way through my DVD box set during the week.

I first came across Sharpe on TV in spring 1995, when it was during its third year, and loved it. This was before Amazon and DVD box sets, and tracking down the episodes I'd missed was an adventure that ran for many weeks. I read all the books, rationing them to one a week, and was wildly enthused for months.

Then, in autumn 1995, I stumbled across The X-Files, which was just starting its second season on British TV. Within weeks, I was utterly obsessed. At the start of 1996, we got a computer with internet acccess. The first thing I did was look for X-Files Usenet groups. Within minutes, I'd discovered this thing called fanfic. Within weeks, I was writing it.

Obsession was nothing new for me. When I was 8, I was utterly obsessed with Swallows and Amazons. I made what I would now think of as fanart, and did what would now be called cosplay. I persuaded my parents to take me to the Lake District, where I visited the places the books were set, and did the sort of things the characters did.

At 9, I was similarly obsessed with The Lord of the Rings. At 10, it was The Three Musketeers and its sequels. At 11, it was The Scarlet Pimpernel. At 13, it was original series Star Trek. At 14, it was The Lord of the Rings again, far more hugely than before. In every case, I made up stories about the characters in my head, and made art. In every case, it was entirely solitary. It never crossed my mind that other people might feel the way I did, and that it would be possible to meet them. Going to university was a revelation, since for the first time in my life, I was able to meet people just like me.

So, in a way, I have many fandom might-have-beens, in that everything I've listed above could have led me to years of obsession, interaction, and fanfic-writing, had the internet existed back then. But Sharpe always strikes me as my greatest fandom might-have-been, since, for me, it missed the Internet Age by just a few months. Had we bought a computer just a few months earlier, Sharpe might have been my First Online Fandom, rather than The X-Files.

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