Author has written 5 stories for Lord of the Rings, Aeneid, and Great Expectations.
Well first: thanks for visiting this page (even if in error). Y'all can call me Jane, after one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite characters, Jane Austen and Jane Eyre, respectively, although I am not nearly as awesome as either of them. I live in that vast, (kind of) English-speaking country in the Western Hemisphere. No, not Canada. The other one.
I love fiction of all kinds, from LOTR to The Count of Monte Cristo (translated. I don't speak French, unfortunately). I just write fanfic for fun, so please excuse me if I mess up a few times with obscure culture stuff: I write during my nonexistent free time. Feel free to yell at me about my stories' problems any time; as long as your complaints are legitimate, I will do my utmost to correct things.
Right now my super-long list of favorite stories includes fics from (in alphabetical order) Aladdin, the Anne of Green Gables series, the Artemis Fowl series, Avengers/Thor movies, the Bartimaeus Trilogy, Beauty and the Beast, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Circle of Magic series, The Dark is Rising Sequence, Discworld, Doctor Who, Greek mythology, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Ivanhoe, Les Miserables, Lord of the Rings, Mansfield Park, Pan's Labyrinth, Pride and Prejudice, Protector of the Small Quartet, Sense and Sensibility, The Silmarillion, Song of the Lioness Quartet. As you can guess from this list, some of my most favorite authors of all time are Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Susan Cooper, Tamora Pierce, and, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter seem to have some of the greatest scope for fanfiction: some of the authors on here are really stellar, and the worlds are big enough (and, especially in Harry Potter's case, have enough plot-holes/loopholes) to give authors room to do a lot. Same goes for Tamora Pierce's world, although some of her books for younger readers/earlier books tend to have fics of corresponding quality and youth.
I honestly love all of the stories on my favorites list. Most are canonical, while others are a bit on the crack or OOC side, and a few are just fantastic! (as Nine would say); but all have good ideas, decent writing (or better), and are quite entertaining.
A little side-note: the first time I saw Joseph Wright's Vesuvius from Portici it immediately reminded me of some choicer Mordor shots; now I fervently believe Peter Jackson saw this painting at least once before working on ROTK. There's got to be at least one other LOTR fan out there who agrees with me...
On my stories
So far I've written 3 stories for LOTR, a one-shot for The Aeneid, and a poem for Great Expectations. I like many other books and fandoms, but I doubt I'll ever write for them, especially TV shows like Doctor Who (which, my fellow Americans, is a children's show) or the plethora of Tamora Pierce books.
If you're reading my stories and don't review, that's cool; but if you do have something to say, however nitpicky or problematic, please tell me. I take all ideas into consideration (though there's no guarantee I'll use them), and I love getting feedback on my successes/failures. Many are the chapters I have rewritten after reviewers pointed out things from the small (like a strange moment in which I can only assume I was trying to beat Emily Dickinson's record for most dashes used in one sentence) to the very large, like mixing up the timeline by 200 years. I have no beta, so although I edit and edit again, there's bound to be something I miss, and I rely on you guys to see whether story ideas actually work.
A Maiden of Rohan (LOTR, in progress): This started out dangerously close to a Sue-fic, but as time progressed (and as I learned a whole lot more info. about the Riddermark than I even knew existed) it turned into something a whole lot better: a coming-of-age tale about a girl who manages to stay a lot more interesting than I'd thought possible. After taking multiple litmus tests, I'm pretty sure the main character (technically) isn't a Sue, but she's just close enough to catch an interesting mix of readers. And honestly, I don't really care anymore, since I like her and that's all that really matters. The style is somewhat uneven from start to finish since both Saffi and I have done a lot of growing up over the last five-odd years. There's some experimentation, some mistakes, but overall the quality has improved since I started writing. It shouldn't seem too disjointed, though, since I periodically go back and revise the more glaring errors and inconsistencies both in form and content.
This story is winding down and will be finished, I promise, but I've always have difficulties with conclusions so don't hold your breath for me serving up a satisfactory ending any time soon. Sorry.
Here are the sources for the quotations at the start of each section:
Part 1 - "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
Part 2 - A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
Part 3 - "The Sail" by Mikhail Lermontov
Part 4 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, père; Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Part 5 - "Birches" by Robert Frost; "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
I heartily recommend reading all these works, although be forewarned - the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo, although containing exciting and quite modern things like recreational drug use, lesbian sex, and really explicit violence, is also very very very long, around 1000 pages or so. (Still not as long as War and Peace though.)
Song of the Outcast (LOTR, complete): This one-shot (entirely unrelated to A Maiden of Rohan)popped into my head on a dreary winter evening and worried at me until it got written. As the summary says, it's in essence an AU fic but surprisingly close to canon all the same (scarily close, to be perfectly honest). It was an interesting exploration of how changing one's perspective can alter the whole story.
On the Immutability of Fate (The Aeneid, complete): I was bored, and I was wondering exactly how Fate worked for the Romans, since Dido supposedly died before her allotted time had passed. I also wanted to find a way to explain Jove and Juno's relationship. ...Then I noticed that FF.net gives one the language choice of Latin, and I thought, wouldn't it be cool if I actually published a Latin fanfic in Latin? But alas, time constraints did not allow for translation, so instead I posted the original story.
Closure (Great Expectations, complete): I had to write it for an English class. It got written, I liked it, and then I forgot about it for a time. Recently I found it and still liked it, so I figured, why not?, and posted it here. I'm honestly not sure how good it is (or even if it is any good at all) in terms of literary value, but it's a fun character study of Estella, who's got to be one of the most misunderstood heroines ever. It's based on the original ending to the book because I honestly think that one is more realistic, more legitimate (in terms of Dickens's characterizations and such), and actually a much happier ending then the one everybody knows now. Please PM me if you agree/disagree/just want to talk about GE.
From Undómiel to Tinúviel (LOTR, in progress): As someone who doesn't believe in love at first sight, and especially not the kind of love that makes a person sacrifice her immortality for a (comparatively) scant 6-score years of marriage, I found myself bothered by the rather lame story we're given about Aragorn and Arwen. Tolkien left me disgruntled and unfulfilled, and Peter Jackson, stellar in so many other ways, failed me when it came to Arwen and just made me hate her as an annoying and rather useless character (this said, after many viewings I think movie-Arwen is starting to grow on me). So on another dark and dreary winter evening I started writing about their first meeting from her perspective, and somehow a fully-formed likeable Arwen appeared in my (probably diseased) mind. This endeavor is, I think, ironically my most original as well as being the most difficult by far. That said, I love writing in Arwen's voice since it's so coolly contemplative, so there will probably (hopefully) be more than one update per year.
writing nowadays: I know the time between updates has gotten super long, but that doesn't mean my stories are abandoned! It's just slow going. Real life is becoming more stressful/time-consuming but also more appealing, as in I don't feel the desire to withdraw from it all the time. For me, fanfic was something of an escape from hours of drudgery/loneliness as well as an outlet, and now that I'm doing more in life I don't need that kind of escape anymore. This is not to say that I don't need/want fanfic; rather, its place in my life has changed, and I think it's been a healthy change for me. Unfortunately the result is less frequent updates, although hopefully not a change in the quality of those updates.
Anyway, thanks for reading,