Author has written 238 stories for Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.
10/8/16: For those still around and reading this, I found a website (someone may have told me about it, but if so I don't remember who - thank you, if it was you!). It is called The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources and is edited by S. L Uckelman (dmnes.org/names). Clearly many of the names will fall outside Tolkien's world, but I've found it a good starting point for getting new names to use in your LOTR fan fics. Begin by choosing those that 'sound' like they belong in Tolkien, and then see if you can make a valid argument for them (origin, meaning, spelling) in Middle-earth. Hey, it's easier than trying to think of one off the top of your head.
9/18/16: Wow, been quite a while since I updated this information. Just wanted to let you know that I am still around, and still trying to write (it goes slowly). I did get ambitious and start a website/blog (mymindlessdrivel.wordpress.com), but it remains to be seen how often I will add content there. I will try, though, to pass along interesting and/or useful information there, even if I'm the only one who ends up reading it! :)
8/31/14: Yes, I've been very quiet lately. My muses have abandoned me, but I've been doing a lot of reading lately so hopefully I will be inspired sometime again soon. In the meantime, I just created a Pinterest board for Elfwine Chronicle images (www.pinterest.com/dalleyan/elfwine-chronicles-images/). As I find them, I will try to post images of places or people that strike me as illustrating a place or person from the stories. Feel free to add some of your own if you find something.
2/10/14: Ah, another year gone. Life goes on; my writing...not so much. And, yet, I eternally cling to hope it will return again. I do enjoy creating stories. In lieu of writing my own tales, I have found some good reading via books recommended to me by others: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer; the Percy Jackson series (original and then the continuation via Heroes of Olympus); and Elantris, and the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Good stuff if you've reached an impasse on your reading list.
4/7/13: It's been a while. I removed some notes from here since they no longer apply. My Muse is sadly elusive of late, so not much is being produced, but I hold out hope. After all, I still have a lot of story starts that I would like to finish (especially the missing Elfwine Chronicle 106). Hope life is treating you all well in the interim, though I know many of you are facing challenges, as am I.
10/12/08: Favorite quote? "Of all the things I've lost, I think I miss my mind the most." (author unknown, but it sure sounds like something I'd say...)
1/1/07: Happy 2007, y'all! I'm not much of one for talking about myself, but decided I ought to tell you a little bit, since this is called a "profile" rather than a "blog"! I've been writing stories in various capacities most of my life, though usually just for my own amusement or in letters to friends with a similar interest. I was aware of fan fiction through the old printed fanzines from Star Trek days (the original series) and then Star Wars, so I discovered online fanzines when I was done reading the most recent Harry Potter book and needed something to tide me over until the next one came out. That led me here, got me involved with LothirielofRohan who also writes Harry Potter fiction in addition to LOTR, and after I read her first LOTR story, I watched the movies and bought the books and...well, the rest is history. I'm single, living in the somewhat-chilly-just-now Southern California though I'm originally from Kentucky. My main focuses outside writing are Church work and genealogy. Though I work as a secretary now, in my younger days I worked on race tracks and horse farms (thoroughbreds and standardbreds). So now you know! (Not that you really cared!)
And thanks to all my faithful readers/reviewers for making this such an enjoyable experience.
7/5/06: Since I am frequently getting questions about how I come up with the names for my characters, I will attempt to post some websites that I use somewhat to accomplish this. I don't claim to be an expert, by any means, and those more in the know than me may think my efforts laughable, but I do the best I can to make them somewhat acceptable and believable. In general, I use Old Norse for Dale and Dwarf names, Old English for Rohirric names, and Adunaic or Sindarin/Noldorin Elvish for Elf or Gondorian names. It can be challenging trying to come up with some reasonable meaning, with something that sounds decent and figuring out how much can be left out while still retaining the meaning. I watch known names for their root words and how they were formed to try and take my best guess.
5/6/06: If anyone is interested, many of the names for both Gondorians and Rohirrim have various accent marks in their absolutely correct form. Due to the fact that I change "format" on my stories, for various reasons, and some of those formats won't always accommodate special characters, I leave the names/words without those accents. It isn't that I don't know they belong there, but rather that they can be difficult to KEEP there!
Also, although I've said my stories are complete before I post them, The Adventures of Theodred is a special case. It will eventually conclude in some fashion, I promise, but since it needs to be written chronologically, it may take awhile. Especially so since their travels are sending them into "virgin" territory. Tolkien didn't really provide a "travel guide" to Middle Earth, and it is proving challenging figuring out routes and what challenges would be encountered, how long the trip would take, etc. To some extent, I can "create" new roads and circumstances since it is some 40 years after the War of the Ring, but marshland is still marshland, waterfalls are still waterfalls and shallow unnavigable waterways still would be so. I am doing as much research as I can on the matter, and will stay as true to Tolkien as I can, but my readers will simply have to "work with me" on some of it. However, if you need to know some of the details I've already worked out, for one of your own stories, feel free to ask! No sense your re-creating the wheel!
2/21/06: In case you're wondering, originally I had the notion to give all my Elfwine Chronicles a one word title, but that was too restrictive in some instances, so a few have longer titles. For the most part though, when I can, I stick with that protocol for naming them.
Also, I still welcome suggestions for future Elfwine Chronicles. You just never know what I'll do with them (or when). It was clear back in June that lsoa suggested using the Beren & Luthien tale in an Elfwine story. It took all this time to actually do that story, but it finally showed up. So you just never know what will strike a chord with me. You may have had experiences, or witnessed things between spouses or with children, that I haven't seen, but that would make good stories. Any more, since starting this series, I find myself doing "field research" wherever I go, trying to collect ideas!
12/7/05: Several of you alerted to me to some "story theft" taking place. I sent an email to Support and they assure me that they are doing Administrative Testing and using these stories (possibly because they are short oneshots). I suspect they didn't expect such an uproar and thought they'd have them taken down before anyone saw them. The most recent occurrence now says in the title or summary that it is an admin test and not to review. So do not be alarmed by it, though I do thank my faithful Rohirric posse for chasing down these apparent perpetrators! I'm glad it didn't turn out to be a story thief, and I did email one reviewer to alert her where to find "the real McCoy".
10/31/05: FYI, if you reread any of my stories and think something is different, you may be right. As I have learned more about Tolkien naming conventions, I find some of my earlier attempts unacceptable. (Ardrien probably isn't pleased with a feminine name ending...) Most could be dealt with by a minor change, but that is the reason for the change - to make them more nearly acceptable. They may still be lousy names, in the eyes of purists who know more about this than me, but they should be a bit less laughable now.
Also, as the Elfwine Chronicles have progressed, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep everything consistent to a timeline. When a later story requires something that contradicts an earlier story, I fix whichever one is easiest to tweak. Consequently, you may see some slight changes in those stories.
Same old, same old:
All stories that I post have been completely written before posting, so you won't have to worry about whether or not a story will be finished.
For the record, most of my stories are not over PG. The only reason one would be PG-13 would be if the subject matter was rather mature and I didn't want to risk offending anyone, but it won't be because there is anything particularly risque in it.
Regarding The Elfwine Chronicles: At least two of the basic ideas came from TV commercials by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were modified to the LOTR universe and characters. Since not everyone will have seen these commercials, I did not mention them in the stories themselves, but did want to give credit where credit is due.