Sunday, October 21, 2007

Announcement: Recently-Updated Stories


The following members have birthday this week. If you're in the drabbling mood, why not write them 100 words as a birthday card?

RAKSHA THE DEMON (October 31) requested "I'd particularly like something about the relationship of Faramir and Gandalf, but anything Faramir will do (except slash, no thanks)."


The challenge to write a story in a pub or at a party is now closed. As there were less than five entries, it here.

The following stories were written for it.

"Orc-Men Treacherous and Vile" by Afriendman (Warning: Adult)
The story of the Squint-Eyed Southerner, servant of Saruman. Rated Adult for profanity, gore, and the eating of human flesh (so far). Black humor, some satire of modern life.

"Brotherly Love" by Jay of Lasgalen
A series of five drabbles for the HASA Quickie Challenge for a story set in an inn or at a party. This is both.


All of us writers love feedback. It is the lembas and miruvor that sustains us as we write our story, and leaving a few words about a story is always a nice thing to do, whether the story is new or old.

Every fifteen minutes HASA hilights a story chosen at random from the Reviewed and General stories in the archive. The current story is

No Living Man by Elana
In which the Witch King learns that, for an inhabitant of Middle Earth, the knowledge that no living man can harm you is no reason to get cocky. AU. Humor.

Why not go to and check out the currently featured story?

Many talented writers are publishing every day. Check out these stories just added to HASA:

Reviewed Stories

Valour Without Renown by Forodwaith
The War of the Ring cost Hama's daughter everything she holds dear. Can she find the necessary strength to rebuild her life? An attempt to write of the War from the perspective of a very ordinary inhabitant of Middle-Earth. No explicit violence, but scenes dealing with the aftermath of war.

Glimpse of Glory by Linda Hoyland
All she has to do is ask, and the Ring will be hers, by the Ring-bearer's own will. What thoughts coursed through the mind of the greatest Elf in Middle-earth when Frodo made his offer? 100 words as counted in MS Word. Written for a challenge.


General Stories

Wild Roses by Nieriel Raina
GREENWOOD PRINCE SERIES: They have always been friends, despite the pranks he pulled on her. Nearing adulthood, Celin decides she can't take it any more, and ends their friendship. Will Legolas realize that he loves her? Can Celin ever love him back. (Work-in-Progress.)

Light From the West by Armariel
Companion piece to "Bear Me Away!" and "Anemone" which recount Frodo's adventures in the West. In "Bear Me Away" he speaks of reading letters to Sam through his star-glass. Here are excerpts from those letters. (Work-in-progress)


Beta Stories
(Please note, you need to be logged in to view these stories.)

Amid the Powers and Chances of the World by Azalais
A mortal woman is brought to Rivendell for healing in the summer of 3018, and thus becomes entangled with both Men and Elves in the events of the War of the Ring. How will destiny and choice shape the lives of the two Kindreds? October 2007 update: The Dead watch the road that leads to the sea, and Legolas watches them. (Work-in-progress)

What Enemy is This? by Agape4Gondor
Haldir and Legolas - will their friendship stand the test of an elleth? Turned from drabbles into a full fledged tale. All sorts of adult themes throughout. Slash and HET. (Work-in-progress, Adult.)


Because the only way to get stories to read is for someone to write them, and that requires our fangy little friends.

The Only Thing to Fear....

Fear of flying. Fear of heights. Fear of spiders, snakes or other less savory creatures. Fear of the dark. Fear of small places. Those are all silly fears, of things that are really nothing to be afraid of.


Right! Still, most people suffer from one or another such irrational phobia. Would the heroes of Middle-earth be any different from us? I don't think so. But what secret fears might they be hiding?

The Challenge: give them fear! Maybe Boromir is truly creeped out when he finds ants in his bedroll. Or Aragorn has sweaty palms and a heart thudding in his throat when he is forced to venture once more into the darkness of Moria. Perhaps Pippin was secretly nearly wetting his pants when sitting high on Treebeard's shoulders. Or...

You get the idea.

This nuzgul is just in time for Halloween. Why not give us a drabble (or three) about your favorite character getting completely weirded out by his private tormentor? Could be fun, right? And with one more entry, this nuzgul becomes a full-out challenge and so it will be viewable from the public side of the site. Which is always nice.

If you don't feel the tickle of little fangs in your ankle yet, there are many more potential stories just waiting to be written. Read all of HASA's many story prompts in our Nuzgul hutch.

Do you have a suggestion you'd like to see added to the hutch? Submit it using the "Submit a Story Suggestion" form.

Happy reviewing!
PS- Do you have something in particular you would like included in next week's announcement? If so, please email

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