Author has written 2 stories for Lord of the Rings.
2001 was a lousy year for me in many ways. Living in NYC and going through 9/11 was horrid. Added to that, my mother became very ill and I was out of work. Luckily, my mom got better, but I couldn't find a job for the longest. I had a lot of time to cruise the net and I discovered this site. Most of the stories weren't exactly awesome, but a few were pretty good. Mostly I walked away thinking I could do better than most of the writers here. Long story short - a friend dared me to try. Of This World came from that, and I was shocked at how long it ended up being. It's not the greatest thing I've ever written or will write, but I love that I can see my writing style evolve and I know exactly the moment I let the story 'go' in my head and allowed my characters to use me as a conduit for their tale. Since the writing of that story life has taken many interesting turns. I've had ups and downs, and I'm now getting my MA in Education and teaching high school English to a bunch of ungrateful teenagers. =)
I've been unable to write for a long time, and once in a while there are fresh and entirely original characters that rear themselves up in my head and call out for a little attention. One day I'll give them my full focus and pump out that novel that's buzzing in my head. Until then, I know there's always this site to remind me that I'm completely capable of doing it.
Thanks to everyone who's read my work and those still reading it. The reviews have been much appreciated and gave me boosts of confidence when I needed them the most.