Author has written 23 stories for Harry Potter, RENT, Glee, and Lord of the Rings.
Unimportant things about me: I am a social worker in her mid-twenties. I am also, maybe, a rabblerouser. I love dance, exercise, animals, data/stats, books, and children. I want a small house out of town with room for goats, chickens, and Maine Coon rescues; with a garden for vegetables and wildflowers, pumpkins sprawling from their mounds, a wooden hut whose walls are green beans and Morning Glories; an oak tree, a willow, maples, maples, maples, a hammock hung beneath--I am a child of the mountains.
Much of the fanfiction on this account was written by me between 2004 and 2009 when I was quite young; please excuse the varying quality. I am currently only active in the Lord of the Rings/Tolkien fandom. I don't really write romance, so you won't find that in my stories, but I do focus a lot on meaningful relationships between characters, and I am not opposed to reading good romance of any kind.
On canon: I am a fan of canon. That being said, many characters in Tolkien's world lend themselves to a much wider interpretation of canon than his more well-developed characters allow (ones who Tolkien himself admitted were created as an afterthought; Legolas, for example). From a sociological and fan studies perspective, I love looking at the ways fan writers interpret canon, and how fanon then develops (I may or may not have written my senior undergrad thesis on this very topic--okay, I did).
Random writing note: I like to write humorous things and serious things. My writing is often a way of processing my work and my personal life. Because I work in the fields of child maltreatment and sexual assault, my writing can sometimes dip into dark and 'controversial' topics, but I will never post anything without appropriate warnings.
On writing weaknesses: I can't spell homonyms and don't notice when I substitute near-homonyms; I struggle with spelling rules involving double consonants, as well as when to "drop e and add -ing." I used to be ashamed of it (once upon a time I was an English major--it didn't end well), but now I just try my best. So if you see "deer" written somewhere instead of "dear," "turn" instead of "term," etc., please let me know, and I will fix it. I have attention...issues, and I am thus working on sustaining plot; I also really need help with 3rd person Point of View. I am working on "getting into" my characters' heads, instead of just writing from a detached/clinical observational viewpoint.
On constructive criticism: I live for constructive criticism. My entire life and self is an ongoing project. I want to become a better writer. That being said, I'm also human, so deliver feedback with the appropriate sensitivity, and--more importantly--rationality. For example: "I don't like you story because a), b) , and c)_. One way you can improve C is by _" is much preferred to "I don't like your story because your characters are bad." I need to be able to fit your feedback into my existing schema, or adjust my schema, so please give me a little to work with. I don't mind bluntness, but I do want to understand! Thank you, writers and readers!
LOTR WORK, ORGANIZED CHRONOLOGICALLY
Stories About the Fellowship
Stories After the Quest
A note on "Universes": I haven't quite sorted out yet whether all of my Fellowship tales are in the same "universe" as the Mirkwood Series I am working on (most of which take place prior to the War of the Ring). At this point, any stories involving Legolas and OCs in the Mirkwood Series should be, at least, internally consistent... And those stories--and my headcanon--are mentioned in some of my more 'canon' writing, so make of all that what you will. I've no idea, honestly. Good luck.
A pointless note on flora and geography: I have lived all my life in two mountain ranges in the eastern United States. I lived briefly near Lake Michigan, and have visited the the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. However, I know best rivers and hills and the things that grow in the Appalachian and Green Mountains. I don't like to take guesses about flora I've never seen. You will notice, therefore, that when I mention plants in my stories, they are almost always plants that I intimately know. I've gone so far as to compare European climate zones and Hardiness maps with Middle-earth maps, and then compare all that to the climate of my own home, trying to figure out where to slip in plants and which ones will work. Obviously, that was a little obsessive, and maybe not a great use of my time... So, yes, maybe joe-pye weed and Queen Anne's Lace shouldn't grow in the Shire, or maybe trillium are inappropriate for Mirkwood, and perhaps elderberries would find Minas Tirith inhospitable, but I've decided I can't be bothered because I am not a scientist, and I only know what I know.
I honestly write best when crafting a story around a prompt or challenge. Please feel free to reach out to me with a request or idea.
I hope you enjoy the stories on my page, as I enjoy the stories on so many of yours!