Reviewed Stories April 2013
Since the previous Bulletin, 3 stories passed through review while there are currently 11 stories waiting for reviewers. Make an author's day and review a story!
Member participation is crucial for reviews. The more people are involved in reviewing, the more different opinions are represented. Having more people involved also 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, please 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 be, 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.
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!
Nightmares with Nightshirts by Linda Hoyland
Era: 3rd Age – Post-Ring War
Summary:Éomer's wedding night seems doomed to disaster when he learns of the customs of his new bride's homeland.
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes by Tanis
Era: 2nd Age - Pre-Rings
Summary: A very young Legolas asks a favor of his father at Mettarë.
First Sorrow by Ragnelle
Era: 1st Age
Summary: Heir of the House of Hador, fear not, lest Darkness claim you. Fear not the Fate of Men, be it soon or late, nor fear to grieve those lost. Main characters: Túrin, Sador, Húrin and Morwen. Warning: Deals with the canon death of a child.
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