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Joined 04-30-07, id: 1268074, Profile Updated: 01-24-12
Author has written 5 stories for Diana Wynne Jones.

January 2012

I am teaching right now and expect to be done by the middle of February. Then I plan to be back to updating. It looks as if we just maybe hope-real-hard might get to keep our home, no thanks to any politician of any stripe whatsoever -- may their teeth rot and their hair fall out -- so I am greatly relieved not to have to think about packing up and moving right now.

I'll be posting a few old Tolkien fics here in the next days or weeks or months or years. My HMC fics will continue at their usual glacial pace.

I am constantly wracked with guilt when I am in a long dry spell between updates and I get reviews, and then I'm so bummed to have gotten reviews or favorites on a story I haven't updated in so long that I forget to thank the kind reader who took the time to send me feedback, whereupon I spiral into a new level of guilt-wrack. The fanfiction community, at least as I see it, is suffused with the spirit of generosity and giving. Creative work, on the other hand, is like a mugger that yanks you away from home and job and the everyday grind, demands everything you have to give, then after taking it drops you unceremoniously on some mean street-corner with nothing in your pockets but flatness and exhaustion. Days, weeks, months, years of it.

But enough of that! Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to review and fave. I'll try to get back to you. If I already did, please excuse me. If you have forgotten all about a story you read three years ago and wonder who this person is who is writing to you, well, please excuse that too.

And please do check out my books-and-writing blog, which enjoys somewhat more frequent updates, and where among other things I'm doing an in-depth reading of Howl's Moving Castle. It's here: .

I'm keeping my list of read-so-far Diana Wynne Jones novels and stories here:

A Tale of Time City
Archer's Goon
Aunt Maria/Black Maria
Believing is Seeing: Seven Stories

Cart and Cwidder
Castle in the Air
Charmed Life
Conrad's Fate
Crown of Dalemark
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Deep Secret
Drowned Ammet
Eight Days of Luke
Enchanted Glass
Everard's Ride
Fire and Hemlock
The Game
The Homeward Bounders
House of Many Ways
Howl's Moving Castle
The Lives of Christopher Chant
The Magicians of Caprona
The Merlin Conspiracy
Mixed Magics: Four Stories of Chrestomanci
The Ogre Downstairs
The Pinhoe Egg
Power of Three
The Spellcoats
Time of the Ghost
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland
Unexpected Magic
Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories
Wild Robert
Witch Week
Year of the Griffin

On the matter of writing, I am a relentless line editor, which means I weigh every comma, every phrase, and every word choice. For that reason, I seldom beta-read because I've found too often that new writers don't like having every word challenged; after all, they worked so hard getting each one of the bloody things down in the first place. It doesn't help when I tell them I put my own stuff through the same wringer. I've had a lot of fun working with Caudex, though, and learned a thing or two myself.

I haven't been a terribly frequent updater because of the above, and because I’m a “quilter”—a writer who works in patches of material, all out of sequence, that later have to be pieced together.

Special thanks -- again -- to all who have reviewed my stuff and even (WOW!) favorited me and/or my work. It’s such a pleasure to be able to share a love of a favorite book (or books) with other fans. As you have probably figured out, I am approaching senior citizen-dom. When I was just a teen-aged fangirl (long ago, when the earth was still a bubbling mass) we didn’t have the Internet, and it was very hard to find anyone with whom to share your latest literary obsessions.

My love and best wishes to everyone in 2012!


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Several Directions at Once by Tripleguess reviews
in which Michael doesn't spot Sophie quite in time. AU, HMC.
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,012 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/29/2011 - Complete
The Countess by Arehonda reviews
Present day: A young American woman studying in Cairo seeks to uncover the mysterious past of the wife of Thutmose's most trusted advisor, Count Sheftu.
Mara, Daughter of the Nile - Rated: K+ - English - Mystery/Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 12,301 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 33 - Updated: 5/12/2011 - Published: 12/10/2008
Embarazada by Caudex reviews
HMC, vaguely fluffy, a wee bit of plottage. Now Complete!
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 22,047 - Reviews: 105 - Favs: 155 - Follows: 61 - Updated: 8/19/2010 - Published: 8/7/2003
Stone of Erebor by Primsong reviews
Having left the Shire for good, Bilbo finally visits Lonely Mountain and his old friends, but Dain is suspicious of a non dwarf among them and when something goes missing, Bilbo finds himself drawn into ensuring its return. Complete.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Mystery - Chapters: 25 - Words: 73,238 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 2/6/2007 - Published: 6/26/2005 - Bilbo B., Gimli - Complete
Wise Counsel by Ghyste reviews
What? You thought all that stuff at the Council of Elrond just happened by itself?
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 589 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 83 - Follows: 7 - Published: 3/4/2006 - Elrond, Erestor - Complete
Fear by Ariel3 reviews
Story Now Complete Falls can be deadly, especially if you are a very young Frodo Baggins. A brooding cousin and a fabulous necklace form the backdrop for this tale of angst and heartache, dire injury and long healing.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 22 - Words: 87,285 - Reviews: 219 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 11/27/2004 - Published: 2/2/2003 - Frodo B. - Complete
Sam's Tale by Nilramiel reviews
Sam/Rosie And NO slash! Sam returns from the War of the Ring to find the Shire changed. But some things have not changed, including the sweet hobbit lass he has had his eye on. This is the story of Sam & Rosie!
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 33 - Words: 45,851 - Reviews: 197 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 3/13/2003 - Published: 2/3/2002 - Samwise G., Frodo B.
The Gift of Iluvatar by Ariel3 reviews
Repost: From the hobbits' fall at Mt. Doom to Sam's waking in Ithilien... the story Tolkien only hinted at.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,990 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 63 - Published: 3/12/2003 - Frodo B., Aragorn - Complete
And Left the Tenderness of Tears by Lurea reviews
Frodo seems very serene when he is leaving the Shire forever. Why? How does he come to terms with his grief and loss? How do any of us deal with grief?
Lord of the Rings - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 15 - Words: 63,441 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 22 - Updated: 1/26/2003 - Published: 11/24/2002 - Frodo B.
Thicker Than Blood by Ariel3 reviews
Epilogue added. From Frodo's fall at the ford to his waking at Rivendell the story Tolkien only hinted at...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 13 - Words: 25,102 - Reviews: 100 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/11/2002 - Published: 8/4/2002 - Frodo B., Samwise G. - Complete
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Rags of Time reviews
The Witch's fire demon has Howl's heart in its clutches, and our hero is as good as dead. I certainly hope the next update doesn't take another year.
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 42,324 - Reviews: 108 - Favs: 109 - Follows: 115 - Updated: 9/8/2011 - Published: 10/1/2007
You're a Mean One, Miss Angorian reviews
HMC book spoilers! A Grinchy companion piece to "How the Witch Stole Christmas!"
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: T - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 485 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Published: 1/4/2009 - Complete
The Wedding Suit reviews
Only three days left until the wedding and it's business as usual, with Sophie stressing and overworking and Howl constantly craving her attention. She'll never get everything done on time unless he gives her some peace. Or will she?
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,164 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 99 - Follows: 4 - Published: 4/8/2008 - Complete
How the Witch Stole Christmas! reviews
A Christmas-y crossover, with apologies to Dr. Seuss and DWJ. Rated T for mild implied language.
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 851 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/8/2007 - Complete
Sophie's Love reviews
Sophie's well ordered world is turned upside down, forcing her to confront everything that ever frightened her, so called overdressed boys not least!
Diana Wynne Jones - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 9,349 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 44 - Updated: 12/1/2007 - Published: 5/17/2007