Author has written 18 stories for Lord of the Rings.My fan fiction writing is confined to the works of Tolkien, and my favorite characters to write are Aragorn (particularly as Elessar), Gilraen, and various original characters. Generally, I write short stories and vignettes although I do dabble in poetry from time to time. Vignettes, however, are my all-time favorite type of fan fiction to write (and read) because they capture those sacred slices of time in a character's life and mind.
One of my strange habits as a writer is that of almost always (and unintentionally) including some form of the word "silent" (eg "silence," "silently," etc) and the word "shadow" in my works. But perhpas my most peculiar writing quirk is that I almost always write the last line of a story first, often months before I have a premise for the story itself. I keep a list of my last lines and let them brew in my mind; eventually, some of them actually find a home in a story.
My other interests include African-American literature, historical fiction, rhetorical theory, pugs (of course!), health and nutrition, and spinning (aka indoor cycling). These things keep me sane.
A favorite quote:
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. "It means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less."
—Lewis Carroll 1832 - 1898
Works in Progress
Tales of the Innkeeper: A simple innkeeper (OC) plays host to King Elessar. An ongoing series of vignettes in which a simple innkeeper (OC) plays host to King Elessar. NOMINATED MEFA 2007, BEST DRAMA: INCOMPLETE. Although the Innkeeper vignettes began as entirely separate entities, the series took on a life of its own, and the vignettes subsequently became chapters of a larger work. Tales of the Innkeeper, therefore, is now not only a collection of vignettes and ficlets but also a WIP short story.
The Scenes from Helm’s Deep Series
A collection of vignettes focusing on Aragorn's impression of the events surrounding the Battle of Helm's Deep
Come the Morn: In the moments leading up to the Battle of Helm’s Deep, Aragorn struggles to assuage his doubts. Part of the Scenes from Helm’s Deep series. Vignette written for ME Express prompt "Morning." Prequel to Green No Longer, but stands on its own, as well.
Green No Longer: During the aftermath of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, Aragorn realizes just how much has been lost. Part of the Scenes from Helm’s Deep Series. Vignette written for ME Express prompt “Green." NOMINATED FOR MEFA 2007, BEST DRAMA: VIGNETTE
Signs of Life: In the aftermath of Helm’s Deep, Aragorn struggles to hold on to hope. Vignette written for ME prompt "Life". Part of the Scenes from Helm’s Deep Series. Sequel to Green No Longer but stands on its own, as well.
Other Vignettes and Short Stories
All That Remained: After Arathorn’s death, Gilraen is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but the young widow learns that grief is no stranger to the House of Elrond. Will pain destroy the inhabitants of the Last Homely House, or will it bind them together? WINNER, THIRD PLACE, TEITHO "MAIDENS OF MIDDLE-EARTH' CONTEST.
A Most Important Task: Legolas enlists Gimli’s aid in a rather messy situation. A fluffly vignette written for ME Express prompt “Delegation”
A New Appreciation: Legolas gives Gimli a gardening lesson of sorts. Not actually a sequel to A Most Important Task, but it is written in the same style. Vignette written for ME Express prompt "Garden"
At Long Last: Elrond anticipates his reunion with Celebrían. Vignette written for ME Express prompt "Wish"
Cry of Life: When silence signifies only death, cries become a welcome sign of hope. Vignette. Not truly a sequel to Signs of Life, but it does contain an allusion to that vignette.
Expectations: Aragorn and Arwen share good news with Legolas. Vignette written for ME Express prompt “Childproof”
From Sunlight into Shadow: On Aragorn’s fourth birthday, Gilraen confronts her concerns for her son’s safety and well-being
On the Frequent Obstacles to Marital Bliss: Celeborn shares a bit of marital advice with newlywed King Elessar. THIRD PLACE WINNER OF TEITHO ME, MYSELF, AND I CONTEST; SECOND PLACE WINNER OF MC AWARDS 2007 "BEST ARAGORN FUN STORY"
Seasons: A collection of vignettes, each touching on the theme of the relationship between Legolas and Thranduil. THIRD PLACE WINNER OF TEITHO DRABBLES CONTEST
Shadows on the Wall: King Elessar tells Eldarion a story of his childhood in Rivendell
The King's Prayer: In the moments before his coronation, Elessar takes few moments for private preparation. Vignette written for ME Express prompt "Healing"
The Rabid Midwife: On the day that Eldarion was born, ’twas not all joy and glee. Vignette. A parody of Cry of Life
Timing: Strider works to save a fallen comrade, knowing that time is not on his side. Vignette written for ME Express prompt "Fire"
To Dwell Among Strangers: In the days following the Council of Elrond, one member of the Fellowship learns that life’s most difficult journeys are those that expand the boundaries of the heart. FIRST PLACE WINNER (TIE) OF TEITHO "CROSSING BORDERS" CONTEST; FIRST PLACE WINNER OF MC AWARDS 2007 "BEST LOTR STORY"