Sunday, August 15, 2010

HASA Reviewed Stories Augusy 2010

Since the previous Bulletin, 6 stories have been reviewed and there are currently also 6 stories in review. Reviews couldn’t exist without authors and reviewers. So Thank You all for your work. BUT... we still need more reviewers!

As I type this, there are 6 stories waiting for reviewers (remember to log in before you follow the link).

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 (and when you do, remember: 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.

Becoming a reviewer
If you're not an active reviewer, but think you can spare a bit of time... – even if you just review one or two stories in a month, every review is welcome. If you are logged in, you can sign up here if you've been a member of HASA for thirty days or more.

Daunted by the idea of reviewing? Don’t worry, reviewing at its simplest comes down to asking yourself: “Would I recommend this story to someone?” Then, whether the answer is 'yes' or 'no', you can make a choice from the capsule reasons to clarify your decision. If you want to, you can add a few more words to convey what you (dis)liked about the story, but just the capsule reason is perfectly fine as well.

Forum discussion
And for all (potential) reviewers, there is a forum thread about reviewing. Feel free to drop in and have your say if there’s anything you want to say or ask about being a reviewer.

And remember: even if you think you're too critical or not critical enough: your review is only one of nine, and all points of view are welcome. Not every reviewer has to review every story and in the end it does all level out to a balanced judgement.

Reviewed story spotlight
These stories have passed through review since the previous bulletin. Congratulations to all authors; well done!

The Temptation of Hope by Raksha
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: Captain Thorongil must make a choice that could alter the path of two realms as well as his own destiny and the fates of Denethor, Finduilas and Arwen.

The Queen's Fool by Aruthir
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 2nd Age - Pre-Rings
Summary: Tar-Ancalimë was Númenor's first ruling queen- daughter of a love sundered by pride. Here is a tale from the dying days of her long, long reign- seen through the eyes of her Fool.

A Mother's Hope by lindahoyland
Rating: General
Genre: General
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: Gilraen receives news that will change her life for ever.

A Race, To Be Like Me by Imhiriel
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: Time of the Trees
Summary: Fëanor contemplates the reactions to his Oath. Drabble. MEFAwards 2008: Honorable Mention - Races: Elves: Drabbles

Worse Than The Witch King by Virtuella
Rating: General
Genre: Humor
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: As her wedding day approaches, Eowyn finds some old Gondorian customs not at all to her liking.

Choice of Heirs by Larner
Rating: General
Genre: Drama
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: The rumor is that Bilbo has brought his young cousin Frodo to Hobbiton to become his heir. Not everyone in the village is pleased with that idea, however.

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