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Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
11:33 pm
who knows, this could work
I have a problem and I know there are people who, possibly, read this and can (if they so desire) help me.

I want to get "Heirs of Arda" into some good, popular archives. I just don't know any aside from the Henneth Annun cabal. Could someone point me in the direction of their favorite places so I can set about pestering/campaigning.

I am having a brief bout of confidence and I would like to exploit it.

Monday, December 13th, 2004
7:13 pm
Curtain down
The final chapter, where some stories end and others begin.

Elboron's epilogue

Elfwine's epilogue

Eldarion's epilogue

"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend,
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long,
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, goodnight unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends."

"Midsummer Night's Dream" Act 5, Scene 1
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
2:01 pm
whatever will I do when I am at last done posting?
Chapter 17 A battle and more reasons for Eomer to experience heart failure.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2004
10:49 pm
And so
Chapter 16

Where grief and war threaten all.
10:05 pm
Heirs of Arda is no longer a work in progress

Two years ago, I scribbled out the first scene. So many things have happened with me since then, but the story has remained mostly intact. I am so immensely proud of it.

Tonight I fashioned the final line.

Finishing a work is always an emotional experience for me, but this...this goes beyond. I am just... I feel really good about it. I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish and everything snapped together in a way that makes me feel it was right.

Thank you all who have read and commented. Thank you SO much for your support. There were times those reviews were all that kept me going.

Final tally, 18 Chapters and 3 epilogues
Sunday, December 5th, 2004
11:20 pm
At this point, it would seem more sensible to just email Sarmajere, but...
This is the apex of the story and is insanely long.

Chapter 15, The Fall of Minas Ithil
Friday, December 3rd, 2004
8:41 pm
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
7:52 pm
as promised
I am in the process of the last chapter, so here is the first of the last 5

Chapter 13
Saturday, November 27th, 2004
9:05 pm
*wakes up like a bear from hibernation, shakes off the snow*

I think most anyone who pays any attention at all to Heirs of Arda checks this journal.

(insert numerous and vociferous apologies)

I have three four chapters done and I think I have three two more to go, plus the epilogues.

I will start posting soon, once I am secure my muses aren't going to go on strike again.

So, this is just a heads up. If you care to, you might want to glance back over it to refamiliarize yourself (or look at the summaries) or you might want to just have some rocks handy to throw at my head.

Be back soon with chapters!
Thursday, June 3rd, 2004
10:38 am
in brief
This is more meant for my FF.net readers, but it won't hurt to post it here...

Just a quick meta-post, for anyone still reading.

HOA is my baby and I will see it through to the end.

That end is approaching. Believe it or not, I'm working towards something.

Updates: I'm sorry, I've been really busy and a little uninspired.

Minas Ithil: The one reviewer is correct, Faramir did not rule from Minas Ithil. But it is important to the plot, so please bear with me.

Slash: It is not my intention to use HOA as a gay-rights platform, nor do I intend to insinuate more and more slash themes. Chapter 10 was as bad as it will get, and likely it will be rare.

However, slash is a strong underlying theme. Think of it this way, it's a slash story with all the slashiness edited out.

I am sorry for any readers who are truly bothered by the idea of two men sharing a bed. It happens. Historically, it was very common. Within the context of this story, it is an accepted and unspoken truth that same-sex friends can be bedmates.

Never more than a kiss will be seen on screen. If you can't cope, I can't help you.

The story is set in a universe where Amrothos and Eomer are closer than friends. To pretend that's not so would violate the integrity of the continuity I am building.

To all my loyal readers who have stuck with me through the dry times and the gluts, the aimless chapters and the harrowing cliffhangers, I cannot express enough thanks. More than once, I've gone back to read these reviews to bolster my strength.

I am going to try and push through another couple chapters. I think we have 4 or 5 to go.

Stick with me. It will all be worth it.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2004
9:53 pm
It's the end of the world as we, well, you...know it
As a very special treat, or as a byproduct of an extraordinary glut of having nothing better to do, I give you not one but TWO new chapters of Heirs of Arda.

Chapter 11
In which there is much danger and a very sweet moment.

Chapter 12
In which the story moves out of Rohan and into Ithilien.
Friday, April 16th, 2004
8:41 pm
good god this number scares me
Chapter 10 is done!!!!

Er, somewhat slashier than previous (Eomer and Amrothos).

Sunday, March 28th, 2004
11:03 pm

Heirs of Arda, Chapter 9 is up.

yes, that was for you, in the back...yes, you. The one who is still reading.


Current Mood: relieved
Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
1:19 pm
Yes, amidst the chaos there is light...
Heirs of Arda, Chapter 8, has been released for your consumption. I apologize, but being at work I can't get you to the exact link. But go to heirsofarda.com and it should be there, or so my wife tells me.

Chapter 9 is in the finishing stages, it shouldn't be too long before the next installment.

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, January 5th, 2004
10:38 pm
I've decided to focus on things that matter
Look what my beloved and brilliant wife made me!!!

My baby loves me
She makes me hot webpages...

Okay, doesn't scan well.

Anyway, Heirs of Arda, for any of you two just tuning in, has been my pet LotR project for a year now. It centers around the sons of Eomer, Faramir and Elessar and all the trouble three princes can find. As Tolkien said, the troubles did not die with Sauron.

For those of you slightly in the know...Elfwine, Elboron and Eldarion had been looking into the mysteries of Helm and the possibility there is more to his story then is known. They just learned from the Dunlendings that he may be less of a heroic figure and more of a murderer.

For those of you who inexplicably are up to date on things, Chapter 7 just went up. Chapter 8 is done and will follow.
Thursday, December 18th, 2003
9:05 pm
holy crap
I just looked back and I discover I started HoA in Nov of 2002.

No wonder I've lost readers.

Um, oh, we have a new place to live. Yay.

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
5:58 pm
4 hours sleep whee
Since everyone is just dying to get my thoughts on RotK, here they are, all cut and stuff because not everyone is a lunatic like me and my wife, seeing it at midnight.

Spoilers and so on, bite meCollapse )

Current Mood: exhausted
Monday, December 15th, 2003
9:48 pm
Maybe I'll just call this my HOA journal...
Okay, so, chap 7 is in the can and chap 8 is in process.

There is no end in sight. This is going to be longer than the original trilogy, I swear. I have so many ideas, so many things I want to explore.

Now Beregond and Bergil are sneaking into the story. Eothain, freaking Eothain and Haleth are bugging me. To say nothing of this vast Faramir arc that I now have rattling around my empty head.

I think the signpost I just passed said, "Now leaving Sanity"


*mock glares at PGY*

I shall rival you if in no other way than in sheer word count, so there.

Current Mood: creative
Monday, October 27th, 2003
11:55 am
Well, gosh
Here I thought mention of HOA chap 7 would garner some interest.

Maybe I'll sit on it until NaNoWriMowhatsit is over.

Madonna Inn, T-Minus 3 days and counting.

Killing folks at my old company, less than that.

Current Mood: silly
Sunday, October 26th, 2003
1:18 am
cough cough cough
HOA 7 is in the editing stages

Current Mood: accomplished
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