Author has written 9 stories for Silmarillion.
Well met, travelers!
If you've made your way here, chances are it's because you're interested in my writing. Welcome. Please peruse what you find here and feel free to let me know what you think, if you so desire. Comments, PMs, and emails are all welcome.
My name is Dawn Felagund; my legal first name is Dawn, my legal last name is not Felagund. I am 31 years old and currently a graduate student in Humanities. My paid life's work is in education: I teach English at a school for boys with special needs. My unpaid life's work is as an artist and creator: I write stories and poems, study medieval calligraphy and illumination, and engage in other forms of nerdtastic fun. As part of that, I study and write about J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. I've authored several longer works set in Tolkien's world, as well as over 100 poems and pieces of short fiction. A glance at what's here reveals that, clearly, they're not all archived on this site. The majority of my work resides on the Silmarillion Writers' Guild, a group that I founded for discussion and writing about The Silmarillion. My older stuff can be found archived on Delicious. Someday, I'll get around to making sure the two match up.
Because of my work and school schedule, I'm not currently posting much outside of the SWG. In addition to the SWG, I manage several other fannish projects. Many Paths to Tread is a general Tolkien archive that I help to comoderate. The Heretic Loremaster is my blog, where I discuss literature, writing, and of course, Tolkien, from a slightly atypical perspective. All are welcome to participate in all of those groups. Stop by and say hi or drop me a message on this site! Like my namesake, I am a friendly sort.
That said, I will not engage in conversation with people whose manners come from the Dark Ages. I am happy to receive constructive criticism, but please know the difference between "constructive" and "just plain rude." There really is no excuse for rudeness in fan fiction.
So, I offer the following suggestions for enjoying my stories:
-If you don't like it, you don't have to read it. Really. The BACK button is just a click away. And when a person chooses to read a topic that s/he knows that s/he is not going to like, that person's subsequent displeasure is far more indicative of his/her lack of intelligence than my lack of skill as a writer.
-This is a hobby, folks. None of us are going to be nominated for Pulitzers for our fan fiction. At the end of the day, Mary Sue will not cause nuclear holocaust. Let's try to keep things in perspective and have some fun.
-We're allowed to disagree on canon and writing style. I swear to you that it will not knock the Earth off of Her axis.
-If you're wondering why I did something a certain way, there's probably a reason. Feel free to ask (politely)! My views on "canon" tend to deviate somewhat from the perspective taken by most of the Silmarillion writers on this site. That's fine. There is room for all of us in the sandbox. I'm happy to discuss these issues till the cows come home, so drop me a PM if you're curious.
I've met some wonderful people in this community and through this site in particular, and I hope to meet many more. In addition to story comments, I am happy to help authors with beta-reads, copyediting, and other conundrums; simply drop me a line and ask.
I hope that you enjoy my stories and the company! My best wishes to all,