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*emerges from the depths* [08 Nov 2005|11:58pm]
New fic (OMGZ) -- Harry Potter. I'm not sure what I'll do with this fic besides post it on here, so please feel free to link around if you like it.

I've been sitting on this fic for (literally!) YEARS, got the idea from some of Dumbledore's words to Harry in their conversation after the Department of Mysteries. Let me know what you think.

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[11 Jan 2004|05:10pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

For completion's sake, although I'm sure everyone's read it by now:

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[13 Sep 2003|09:55pm]
[ mood | touched ]

I received a very touching comment today on FF.net -- the reviewer said that she had just realized it's been a year since I've updated "The Straight Road" and that she's kept checking all this time hoping that I've updated it.

I never intended to take a year to post the other half of the story. I've just had a lot of trouble finding the rhythm of it again. I want to post it because I think there's a lot of good material there -- some of the best stuff I've ever written is just sitting there on my hard drive waiting for me to come back to it. I don't know what's wrong with me. But the comment reminded me that I've put it off for far too long and that there are people out there who haven't forgotten about it.

So, for everyone who's remained friends with me this whole unproductive year -- thank you very much. I appreciate it with all of my heart, I honestly do. And I promise that I will get the next two parts up soon, without any more excuses. And if I laze around, you have permission to poke and prod me as much as necessary until I finish. :)

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[15 Jul 2003|02:15am]
Feel free to ignore if you like, but it may be interesting reading:

From TORn's GreenBooks: Could Frodo go to Valinor?
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[25 Apr 2003|11:54am]
[ mood | sore ]

Just a reminder that the Mithril Awards are taking nominations from now until May 24.

I wanted to let you know about a little, well, kink (sorry) I found in the nominations system. You're able to nominate more than one story, but you may only nominate one story for each category. So, if you nominate a story for "Best Lord of the Rings Story" and you want to nominate another story for that same category, you can't. I don't know if it says this on the site anywhere -- I'm sure it does, but I skimmed through the rules too quickly to pick it up. :(

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[28 Oct 2002|11:19pm]
[ mood | touched ]

I just remembered, I haven't posted this one on here yet. My beautiful Sam...he's such a blast to write; I love him. :)

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[28 Oct 2002|11:06pm]
Part the Second. :)

Please let me know what you think, even if you think it's terrible. I miss talking to you guys, I've been so busy lately. I have a research paper due next Tuesday and things should calm down significantly after that, so look for the next part of "The Straight Road" soon. I promise.

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[24 Oct 2002|12:11am]
[ mood | loving Bilbo ]

Oh yes, and before I forget...

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Update [24 Oct 2002|12:01am]
[ mood | stressed ]

I know it's been a month and a half since I posted Part 2 of "The Straight Road." I know you all are anxious to get to the next one -- I'm anxious, too. But unfortunately, I've been so incredibly busy lately that I haven't been able to devote the time to the story that it deserves. I also have been working on it very slowly -- I don't believe in "writer's block" per se, but I became lazy for a week or two after I got sick, and I still haven't picked up the pace on it yet. The good thing is that I've been able to rethink some plot elements and fine-tune them before I finish Part 3.

So, I am working, it's just coming along very slow right now. I'll work harder after midterms, when I won't have as much homework and studying to do. School is just insane right now, I have three papers due within the next two weeks, aside from my usual load of homework and my job schedule. :(

I'm off to bed...I have to be up by 6:30 for school tomorrow. Good night!

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[11 Sep 2002|07:19pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Another marathon writing session for me...I've been working on this for about nine hours now. My brain is completely turned to mush, but it's finished. :)

Grab a comfy chair and a snack, this one is long. Now, excuse me while I go into a coma for a while and try to get my brain back in shape so I can do my homework.

Comments are much appreciated, of course. <3

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[25 Aug 2002|07:04pm]
[ mood | itchy (damn mosquitoes) ]

Here's the last chapter of "The Way to Healing". I hope you all enjoy it. :)

(A mosquito hid under my desk and has bitten me four times. I'm off to go douse myself in alcohol.)

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[22 Aug 2002|12:14am]
[ mood | amused ]

I met my English Composition professor for this semester today. She seems like a very nice lady, and I enjoyed the fact that she was making adult jokes during the lecture. It was also great because she happens to be doing the exact same thing that I would like to do -- she teaches writing and literature at the college, and writes as a second income. (Although, she writes textbooks and technical manuals...I don't think I would like that very much.)

But the best part was about five minutes into the class, when she was discussing the course objectives, and she mentioned the fact that most of our writing would consist of critical analysis of a work of literature. She gave an example like this:

"Let's say that you went out to a movie for ...you saw Lord of the Rings. Now, after three hours, I don't want to hear just that you thought it was great or that it sucked, I want to know why you felt that way."

Heh! I liked her immediately. I'll have to ask her soon if she is a fan or not...I hope she is. :)

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[21 Aug 2002|12:36am]
[ mood | relaxed ]

Time is flying so fast...I feel terrible because it's taken me an entire month to update "The Straight Road", but I ran into a snag in the storyline and I had to rewrite a bit. The entire piece (not just the new chapter, har har har) just reached 100 pages, so that was certainly a surprise for me. I feel all accomplished and stuff. :)

The next part of "The Way to Healing" is up. By the way, this chapter ends with about as close to a cliffhanger as I will ever get. I'm not a big fan of them at all, but it seemed natural to end there, especially with the intense scene that starts the fourth part. I hope you enjoy. :)

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[21 Aug 2002|12:25am]
[ mood | touched ]

Sara (silverowl86) drew an illustration for "Home" for me. I am so happy and honored she did this -- she wants to be an illustrator, and she asked if she could draw a picture based on one of my stories. The picture came out so wonderful I almost cried. :)

Please, cut and paste links into your browser:

http://silverowlmoonbeams.deep-ice.com/frosampencilsketch.JPG (lead pencil version)

http://silverowlmoonbeams.deep-ice.com/homecolour2.JPG (colored pencil version)

Thank you so much, Sara! I really appreciate this.

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[14 Aug 2002|11:20pm]
[ mood | sore ]

Here's the second part of "The Way to Healing". I hope you enjoy it. :)

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[10 Aug 2002|11:20pm]
[ mood | busy ]

I'm working, I swear. My muse has been rather uncooperative lately, though, because I keep wanting to work on "Crossroads" rather than finishing up "The Straight Road." But I am trying to finish the second part, so hopefully it should be up in a few days.

Anyway, I'm going to post the first part of an earlier story, "The Way to Healing." Now that I look back on this story, there are certain things that I would have liked to have done better, but I am still satisfied with it for the most part, surprisingly.

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[20 Jul 2002|05:12am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

I've finished the first part of "The Straight Road." I've been working on it for almost 5 hours straight now and my brain is pretty much fried, so I only did a basic read-through. Please let me know if there are any spelling mistakes or errors.

This first part is LONG, so get comfy. :)

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Teaser [18 Jul 2002|04:34am]
[ mood | working ]

I promise I'm working...it's just slow going. :(

"That song was so beautiful, Mr. Frodo," Sam whispered, still in awe. He could hear her voice in his head, the echo of her melody still lifting his heart long after it was over.

Frodo smiled next to him, his eyes glowing bright in the candlelight. "Do you want to know what she was singing about?" he asked.

Sam laughed. "To tell you the truth, I'm a bit afraid to find out. It was such a lovely song and I'd be mighty disappointed if it were about something simple." He paused. "But then again Elvish songs are never about simple things, are they?"

"Some of them are," Frodo replied. "Elves have lullabyes, and children's songs, and simple hymns and songs of thanks. Sometimes the most beautiful songs are about the simplest things."

"Is your song about simple things?" Sam asked.

Frodo laughed quietly, a wide smile on his face. "Yes, I suppose it is. It's about the fields and hills of Valinor. It talks about how flowers of every color stretch for miles there, and the way the sunlight looks as it shines through the tree branches. And how clear and warm the water is if you swim in it." He sighed. "I'm not sure why it touches me so. I first heard it not long after I came here, when I still used to ache inside for home. Even though I didn't understand it at first, something about that song took the ache away." He was quiet for a moment. "Are you disappointed?"

"No, not at all," Sam answered after a short pause. "In fact, I think I like it even more now."

"I'm glad to hear that," Frodo said. His wide grin had been replaced with a warm content smile that crinkled up the lines around his eyes. He turned around and snuffed out the candle on the table beside the bed, then settled into the pillows once more.

They did not speak again, but lay next to each other like they had countless times before, in much more dire circumstances. Sam smiled as he listened to Frodo's even breathing, enjoying the presence of the friend he had missed for so long. He reached out, searching for Frodo's fingers, and he felt Frodo's soft warm hand grip his. A feeling of peace came over him as he fell into a deep sleep and untroubled dreams.

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[11 Jul 2002|04:08pm]
[ mood | okay ]

After continuous writing for months, I've come to the conclusion that "The Straight Road" is the most difficult thing I have ever written. Even worse than "The Way to Healing", and that was pretty damn hard.

I'm not the kind of writer that can bang out a fantastic story in one night. I work on SR for a few hours each night. Lately I've been doing a lot of editing and tweaking, and I can't seem to move past this stage. I'm forever second-guessing my ideas, wondering if they work well and if they will seem realistic. I look at it, and part of me wonders if people are even going to like it. There's a lot of dialogue, more than I've ever written. There's almost no action. And above all, there's very little angst. It's a happy story, and happy stories are harder to write because there's no conflict. Frodo's not homesick anymore, Sam is content, and both of them are settled down.

I made a decision about it...I'm going to finish the first chapter by the weekend and post it. Then I will post one chapter a week (there are five in all) until I finish it. Each week I will focus my work entirely on the current chapter and write any other ideas I have down in my notebook. There aren't any cliffhangers in the story and the overall pace of it is pretty slow, so I don't think people will mind too much.

Hopefully this will work. I'm not blocked, just...frustrated. Part of me wants to stay with Frodo and Sam in Valinor forever, while the other part wants to get to work on the new pieces that are planned. Putting all three of my post-ROTK stories together, they almost equal the length of a novel. That's pretty amazing when I think about it -- I'd never written something more than ten pages in my life when I started this.

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[05 Jul 2002|12:16am]
[ mood | touched ]

I watched the fireworks tonight, imagining I saw trees with golden bark and green leaves that bloomed and disappeared glittering into the water. I could see them sometimes when the lights were just right, and I wondered if an old wizard with keen eyes had something to do with it.

Now for a short piece with Rose Gamgee in it that is not as good as it could have been.

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