Welcome to the March reviews bulletin.
There are 6 reviewed stories since the February bulletin, and 5 stories are currently in review.
Reviews are an important part of the site: there are the authors who sit waiting with bated breath and fraying nerves, and there are our intrepid reviewers to think of. So before looking at the stories: Thank you all for your work, authors and reviewers alike!
Stories in review
As I type this, there are 5 stories waiting for reviewers (remember to log in before you follow the link).
Of course, member participation is crucial for reviews. The more people are involved in reviewing, the more opinions are represented. Just as importantly, having more people involved means that stories pass through review more quickly - which is good for everyone.
If you are an active reviewer, why not go and check out a story? Or, if you are a writer, take the plunge and submit a story for review!
Becoming a reviewer
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Put one in, take one out
By submitting a story for review, you are asking nine other members to read and evaluate it. So why not do for the other authors who have a story in review what you'd like other reviewers to do for you: check out one of the stories already in review and give it a read. Put more simply: put one in, take one out...
Reviewed story spotlight
These stories have passed through review since the previous bulletin. Congratulations to all authors; well done!
Seasons of Gladness by Raksha
Summary: Four drabbles dealing with different kinds of happiness experienced by Faramir over many years. Originally written for, and loosely inspired by, the American Thanksgiving holiday.
Bee-Elves by Darth Fingon
Era: 1st Age
Summary: At the end of the First Age, Finarfin, political missionary, travels across Middle-earth and finds his way to Oropher's court. Much to his dismay. Written as part of a story swap challenge, using the following prompts: Finarfin and Mirkwood.
Songs for the Seasons by losselen
Summary: Prose-poems of loss, across a spectrum of emotions. They are as follows: 1. "The Kingfisher's Wing" - Aegnor for Andreth 2. "The Late November" - Elrond for Arwen 3. "The Tolling Bell" - Arwen for Aragorn 4. "Midwinter Spring" - Daeron for Lúthien
Balm by Armariel
Era: 3rd Age - Ring War
Summary: Frodo remembers the escape from Cirith Ungol. Non-slash.
Leithian by Russandol
Era: 2nd Age - Pre-Rings
Summary: Eärwen, wife of Finarfin, reads a book that was brought to Valinor from the Hither Lands after the War of Wrath. Written for the Probably AU Genfic Swap, following the prompts "Eärwen" and "Second Age". My thanks to JDE for the beta. ...
The Trees Were Burning by Nieriel Raina
Era: 3rd Age - Ring War
Summary: Wishing to fight with his people and disappointed to be instead sent as a messenger to Mirkwood, young Blákári, a dwarf of Erebor, finds himself beneath the trees, forced to join in a battle that is not his and to fight alongside a race he has been taught to despise.