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Here is the place to discuss my stories and my idea of the Fourth Theme of the Ainulindalë.

I am looking forward to hearing what you think about my ways to Middle-earth and I will try to answer any question you might have...

Comments & concrit are always welcome!

Yours
JunoMagic
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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (8)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 8 2006
Write *whatever* you feel like: a drabble, a poem, a filk, a short story or a novel...

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 8. Aragorn takes the “Paths of the Dead” at daybreak; he reaches Erech at midnight. Frodo leaves Henneth Annun."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, at the B2MEM Workshop, "Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge"  at HASA, at the writers' workshop “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.




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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (7)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 7 2006
Write *whatever* you feel like: a drabble, a poem, a filk, a short story or a novel...

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 7. Frodo taken by Faramir to Henneth Annûn. Aragorn comes to Dunharrow at nightfall."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, at the B2MEM Workshop, "Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge"  at HASA, at the writers' workshop “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.


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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (6)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 6 2006
Write *whatever* you feel like: a drabble, a poem, a filk, a short story or a novel...

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 6. Aragorn overtaken by the Dúnedain in the early hours. Théoden sets out from the Hornburg for Harrowdale. Aragorn sets out later."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, at the B2MEM Workshop, "Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge"  at HASA, at the writers' workshop “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.




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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (5)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 5 2006
Write *whatever* you feel like: a drabble, a poem, a filk, a short story or a novel...

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 5. Théoden reaches Isengard at noon. Parley with Saruman in Orthanc. Winged Nazgûl passes over the camp at Dol Baran. Gandalf sets out with Peregrin for Minas Tirith. Frodo hides in sight of the Morannon, and leaves at dusk."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, at the B2MEM Workshop, "Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge"  at HASA, at the writers' workshop “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.




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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (4)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 4 2006

Write *whatever* you feel like: a drabble, a poem, a filk, a short story or a novel...

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 4. Théoden and Gandalf set out from Helm's Deep for Isengard. Frodo reaches the slag-mounds on the edge of the Desolation of the Morannon."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, at the B2MEM Workshop, "Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge"  at HASA, at the writers' workshop “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.




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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (3)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 3 2006

Write *whatever* you feel like: a drabble, a poem, a filk, a short story or a novel...

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 3. Théoden retreats to Helm's Deep. Battle of the Hornburg begins. Ents complete the destruction of Isengard."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, at the B2MEM Workshop, "Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge"  at HASA, at the writers' workshop “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.




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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (2)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 2 2006

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 2. Frodo comes to the end of the Marshes. Gandalf comes to Edoras and heals Théoden. The Rohirrim ride west against Saruman. Second Battle of Fords of Isen. Erkenbrand defeated. Entmoot ends in afternoon. The Ents march on Isengard and reach it at night."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, at the B2MEM Workshop, "Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge"  at HASA, at the writers' workshop “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.




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  Ring-a-Ring-a-Challenge: Writing Cues for B2MEM (1)
  By:JunoMagic  March, 1 2006

Write *whatever* you feel like: a drabble, a poem, a filk, a short story or a novel...

And here's the Challenge:

In the "Tale of the Years" Tolkien tells us about what happens to certain characters each day of March 3019. We challenge you to write about the character(s) he does NOT mention.

Today's entry in the "Tale of the Years" is:

"March 1. Frodo begins the passage of the Dead Marshes at dawn. Entmoot continues. Aragorn meets Gandalf the White. They set out for Edoras. Faramir leaves Minas Tirith on an errand to Ithilien."


So what happens to the characters NOT mentioned in this entry by name? Or characters, such as wives, children or bad guys, that must have existed, but were never mentioned at all?

Here's your chance: tell us about the characters that Tolkien did not mention for this day in Middle-earth, March 3019!

Share your takes at HA, HASA, at “There and Back Again”, or here at TFF!

- a challenge brought to you by
the Henneth Annûn Story Archive,
the Henneth Annûn Yahoo Group,
There and back Again - a writers' workshop, and
Tolkien Fan Fiction.




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  A Quick, Constructive Review?!
  By:JunoMagic  February, 18 2006
Apart from those practical considerations, a review also has to fit the story it is written for:

For a really short piece of writing (a drabble, or a short short), or for the review of a single chapter of a multi-chapter story, it simply doesn't make sense to try and take into account every aspect I outlined in chapter 3 of my essay ("How to Write a Review" in "How to Review").

I believe what we need is a way to write a short, but constructive and balanced critique that fits the reviewing needs of drabbles, chapters or short shorts and matches what little time for reviewing we have.

But how?

When I wrote my loooong essay I thought about that, too. I even found one idea for writing short reviews online and included that approach in the relevant chapter.

After I posted the essay, I was asked by many readers who found that essay helpful to post this "recipe for a short review" separately for easy reference.

So here it is: my "recipe" for a quick, constructive review.

Please remember that this is only *one* possible way of writing a short, constructive and balanced review. There are many other approaches that are just as "right" or "wrong" like this. Just like with writing a story, there are no "ultimate truths" or "indisputable laws" for reviewing.

A possible "recipe" for a quick, constructive review:

1. We begin our comment with a short summary of the story, or, if we review a single chapter of a long story, with what we perceived as the point of this chapter.

Just two or three sentences.

This will show the author if the point she or he was trying to make came across. This will also put us and the author on even footing – both of us will know on which understanding of the story or chapter the following critique is based. We have to remember, the author has no telepathic powers as a rule – she or he won't know how the story came across for us if we don't tell them.

***


2. Then we move on to the review.

In a short critique, we will write only about those aspects of the story that we noticed most of all: the aspects we enjoyed most of all and the aspects which bothered us most of all. Mayhe only one aspect, or two or three, rarely more.

But even in a short review, we can use the “sandwich technique” and frame the negative content of your critique with positive impressions. This may be a detail of a description, or what this chapter tells us about a certain character...

It is a good idea always to start with positive impressions, in order to get the author's friendly attention and to show that we appreciate the effort that went into writing this story.

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3. Only after we have highlighted some positive aspects we move on to criticizing it.

In a short review we will probably mention only two to three aspects of the story that in our opinion still could be improved on.

At this point in the critique, we tell the author which aspects of the story were not effective for us and especially *why* we feel that way.

If we review a single chapter of a long story, it is very important that we analyse how this chapter, its plot and characterizations fit in with the story as a whole. What does the chapter contribute to the story?

Even in a short critique it makes sense to quote the passage of the story that did not work for us. We should also take care to make clear *why* xyz was not effective in our opinion. For example we could say: “In my opinion the passage (...) was not effective, because (...).”

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4. Each aspect we criticized should be connected with a concrete suggestion for an improvement.

It is not a good idea to format criticism and suggestions as two separate lists. Especially in a short critique this leaves the impression of a very harsh, uncaring review.

Concerning this aspect of a critique, we should keep in mind the meaning of suggestion: to suggest means “to mention or imply as a possibility, to offer for consideration”. We should never give orders or act as if we are some kind of “fiction police”.

Our suggestions should also be concrete, and if possible, we should use examples to illustrate them.

For example we could say: “I believe that the passage (...) could be more effective if you do (...) instead of (...), because this (...). For example (...)”

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5. The critique should end on a constructive, upbeat note to balance its negative content.

For example, we could quote our favourite line or give an example of what we enjoyed about the story or chapter, or relate an instant reaction to the story or chapter (an exclamation, a smile...).

If we can say clearly what we like and why, that will help the author just as much to improve as our negative criticism. Improving means to keep doing what was good, and to work on what was not yet as effective as it could have been. To be able to do that, the author also needs to know what was good and effective about her story in the first place.

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6. Last but not least, we should not forget friendly greeting at the very end and make sure that the author has a way to contact us if she.

After all, we want our comment to be heard and understood by the author. If we are friendly and polite in our critique, the author will be more likely to think about the negative criticism in that critique.


This short critique will be about twelve sentences long and take us maybe fifteen minutes to write.

But it will be a real, constructive and helpful review, even if it is short, and not just a comment.

Well, what do you think about this? Any questions? Suggestions?

How do you review?
How would you like your stories to be reviewed?
Last Comment: February, 20 2006 04:24 GMT
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  The Fourth Theme of the Ainulindalë
  By:JunoMagic  November, 11 2005

Music of the Ainur

As the flame roared higher, the music expanded into the void.

As light and sound met, matter condensed. Born from fire and song, Arda grew into lands of greens and blues, fields and forests, mountains and glens.

Hand in hand, the Ainur gathered to sing life into form and shape.

From the music, words grew: a story.

The plot thickened and there was love in Arda, honesty, valour and dreams.

But then Melkor’s discord struck and destroyed that heavenly harmony.
Now there was hate, disrespect, loneliness and strife.

The way the world is today.

But still the Ainur keep singing.



~~~*~~~


At the end of "The Lord of the Rings" I have always felt bereft at the thought of the elves and magic leaving Middle-earth for it to become the world as it is today. Delving deeper into Tolkien's Eä, I have found more questions than answers.

If Eru created elves and men as his children intending them to live in Arda, why does he allow the Valar to call the elves away from Middle-earth?

If he cares about men, why does he allow the Valar to more or less ignore them?

What will happen when Morgoth returns?

Is a thriller set in post-war Gondor really the only tale left to tell about Middle-earth after "The Lord of the Rings"?

~~~*~~~


I have set out to explore with my stories what could lie beyond the War of the Rings, and ultimately, what Eru's reason might have been to create men and elves - my Fourth Theme of the Ainulindalë. This is the shared background of most of my stories. Somehow most of my writings end up linking together in my very own Juniverse, with three long stories so far and a number of short tie-ins.

~~~*~~~


Here is the place to discuss my stories and my idea of the Fourth Theme of the Ainulindalë.

Warning:
Canatics and purists beware, my approach to the interpretation of canon and authoritative sources is that of a lawyer and an historian - sneaky, and therefore probably much wider than what you will be used to. Additionally I am interested in how someone from our modern world can survive and perhaps even find a home in another universe (and the other way around). Therefore I cross between the world of today and Middle-earth frequently (in both directions).

~~~*~~~


I am looking forward to hearing what you think about all this! I will try to answer any question you have...

Comments,
concrit
and congratulations (*wink!*) are always welcome!

Yours
JunoMagic
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