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Here, as requested by several reviewers on other sites, is a drabble postscipt to the Epilogue to my ‘Lord of the Rings’/‘Forgotten Realms’ crossover story LES MORTS DANSANT. A glimpse of Cierre's activities in the Undying Lands. 100 words, rating R.

What Cierre Did Next )
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Here is the Epilogue to my ‘Lord of the Rings’/‘Forgotten Realms’ crossover story ‘Les Morts Dansant. Previous parts can be found HERE.

Crossover between ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Book-verse) and the ‘Forgotten Realms’ stories set in the ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ game-world of Faerûn – the canon Forgotten Realms, in which ‘Tabula Avatar’ and its sequels never took place, and terrible things happened instead.

Summary: following the death of Eilistraee, goddess of the good Drow, a few of her worshippers decide to flee from Faerûn and find a way of reaching another world; Middle Earth, shortly after the end of the Ring War, during Éomer King’s courtship of Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth. When a vengeful Haradrim warlord carries out a devastating attack the Drow get caught up in it. After the battle Legolas has to deal with unexpected feelings and situations… 8,125 words. Rating R.

Les Morts Dansant: Epilogue )
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Here is the next chapter of my ‘Lord of the Rings’/‘Forgotten Realms’ crossover story ‘Les Morts Dansant. Previous parts can be found HERE.

Crossover between ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Book-verse) and the ‘Forgotten Realms’ stories set in the ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ game-world of Faerûn – the canon Forgotten Realms, in which ‘Tabula Avatar’ and its sequels never took place, and terrible things happened instead.

Summary: following the death of Eilistraee, goddess of the good Drow, a few of her worshippers decide to flee from Faerûn and find a way of reaching another world; Middle Earth, shortly after the end of the Ring War, during Éomer King’s courtship of Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth. When a vengeful Haradrim warlord carries out a devastating attack the Drow get caught up in it. In a world where ‘black’ is almost a synonym for evil can the Drow win friendship and respect? First they have to survive a brutal siege where they are heavily outnumbered… Warnings: extreme violence and multiple deaths. 8,800 words. Rating R.

Les Morts Dansant: Part 4 )
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A year ago today my beloved cat Shaka died. I still miss him very much.

While he was ill I started writing a rather sad ‘Lord of the Rings’/’Forgotten Realms’ crossover story called ‘Les Morts Dansant. I stopped writing it when he died but recently I picked it up again and I’ve now finished it. This isn’t the final part but I’ll post the concluding chapter, and then a short Epilogue, over the next few days. Previous parts can be found HERE.

Crossover between ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Book-verse) and the ‘Forgotten Realms’ stories set in the ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ game-world of Faerûn – the canon Forgotten Realms, in which ‘Tabula Avatar’ and its sequels never happened, and terrible things happened instead.

Summary: following the death of Eilistraee, goddess of the good Drow, a few of her worshippers decide to flee from Faerûn and find a way of reaching another world; Middle Earth, shortly after the end of the Ring War, during Éomer King’s courtship of Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth. When a vengeful Haradrim warlord carries out a devastating attack the Drow get caught up in it. In a world where ‘black’ is almost a synonym for evil can the Drow win friendship and respect? First they have to survive a brutal siege where they are heavily outnumbered…

9,725 words. Rating R.

Les Morts Dansant: Part 3 )
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Here is yet another in the ‘Ent Music’ series of crack!fic drabbles crossing Lord of the Rings with Last of the Mohicans and with titles taken from Adam and the Ants singles. Sometimes I wonder about myself…

Summary: Hawkeye reveals to Aragorn an incident from his past. PG, 100 words.

Friend Or Foe )
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And now a third in the series that started with the LotR ‘spelling mistake’ drabble Kings of the Wild Frontier. As I’m giving all the instalments titles drawn from Adam and the Ants songs I’m calling the series ‘Ent Music’.

Summary: It’s traditional to seal alliances with a marriage… Rating PG, 100 words.

Prince Charming )
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Following yesterday’s LotR ‘spelling mistake’ drabble I’ve come up with a sequel. Same crossover as for Kings of the Wild Frontier.

Summary: Sometimes allies come with unwelcome baggage... Rating PG, 100 words.

Stand And Deliver )
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Here is a LotR drabble inspired by a spelling mistake, or typo, that the Wombat encountered in a Tolkien discussion. Surprise crossover.

Summary: Merry and Pippin meet one of Treebeard’s allies. Rating G, 100 words.

Kings of the Wild Frontier )
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Or should that be "Drow me like one of your French girls"?

WriterConUK is next weekend; I’m looking forward to it enormously. There is – just barely – enough time for people who haven’t yet signed up to do so… see the sign-up post...

I’ve been devoting myself to writing Lord of the Rings crossover fic recently, probably because of the corrupting effect of living with, and beta-ing for, [personal profile] curiouswombat. The story on which I’m concentrating at the moment won’t be appearing on LiveJournal because, for some reason, it’s coming out with enormous chapters. Chapter One (which I wrote in only two nights!) is 13,400 words and Chapters Three and Four are even longer – way, way, over the LiveJournal character limit for posts. I believe that Dreamwidth has a bigger limit, and I might see if I can put it up here one day, but not yet.

The story, ‘The Dark Companion’, is based on the idea that the Quest of the Ring was successful only because of a long chain of coincidences, and lucky chances, and that any change is likely to make things worse in the long term even if it brings a short-term gain. Adding a Tenth Walker is unlikely to work out well no matter what abilities he or she can bring to the Fellowship.

In my tale I added Cierre, the Drow Ranger from the Forgotten Realms, who has featured in a couple of my other stories already. She arrives through a portal at Amon Hen just as the Fellowship breaks up, is just too late to save Boromir’s life, and joins with Aragorn for the pursuit of the Hobbit-abducting Orcs. She’s a lethal fighter, a skilled tracker, and a tireless and extremely fast runner; an ideal addition, in theory, but that isn’t how it works out. Black skin in Middle Earth tends to be the mark of the Enemy and she inspires mistrust in everyone they meet; she has her own enemies pursuing her; and a casual remark by Cierre, made in good faith, sets off a chain of events which could destroy everything.

I’m having more fun writing it than I have had in any other story outside the Tabula Avatar ‘verse. For the moment I’m posting it only at the Pit of Voles and at Faerie, the LotR fic archive that was set up as a refuge for people escaping from the wreckage of Lotrfanfiction.com. However I’ve also been producing banners for it and I’m posting them here (behind a cut, of course) as a preview. [personal profile] ellynn_ithilwen produced a couple of images for me to represent Cierre, using as her base pictures of Chinese actress Bingbing Li in her role as Ni Chang, The Bride With White Hair, in the Jackie Chan/Jet Li movie ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’. I’ve built several of the banners, and my current default icon, around those manips. She also produced for me a manip of Éowyn in a somewhat unusual guise…

Banners for ‘The Dark Companion’ )
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Here is Part Two of my ‘Lord of the Rings’/’Forgotten Realms’ crossover ‘Les Morts Dansant. The first part was a mighty 12,200 words but this is a more modest 4,300 words. PG. Part One is HERE.

Crossover between ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Book-verse) and the ‘Forgotten Realms’ stories set in the ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ game-world of Faerûn – the canon Forgotten Realms, in which ‘Tabula Avatar’ and its sequels never happened, and very bad things happened instead.

Summary: following the death of Eilistraee, goddess of the good Drow, a few of her worshippers decide to flee from Faerûn and find a way of reaching another world; Middle Earth, shortly after the end of the Ring War, where King Éomer is courting Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth and a vengeful Haradrim warlord carries out a devastating attack. Can the Drow, caught up in a fight they don’t understand, survive in a world where ‘black’ is almost a synonym for ‘evil’?

Les Morts Dansant: Part 2 )
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A couple of months ago, led astray by the Wombat’s Lord of the Rings obsession, I began re-reading all the Éomer/Lothíriel stories at the Pit of Voles and a few other archives. One outcome of that was the Winnie the Pooh/Lord of the Rings crossover story, told in drabble form, posted here recently. The other outcome, alas, had a much more drastic impact upon my fic writing.

I was smitten, once again, with the desire to write my own Éomer/Lothíriel tale. Of course I don’t write straightforward romances, and most of the possible twists have already been covered by [profile] lialathuveril with a skill and flair that would be almost impossible to match. And so what burned its way into my brain, and absolutely refused to get out until I started writing the story, was a crossover scenario. I’m afraid I’ve been writing this when I really should have been working on the WIPs for which readers are waiting; I just couldn’t resist.

Here is Part One: a massive 12,200 words. Rating PG13 bordering on R. Crossover between ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Book-verse) and the ‘Forgotten Realms’ stories set in the ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ game-world of Faerûn. This is the canon Forgotten Realms, in which ‘Tabula Avatar’ and its sequels never happened, and very bad things happened instead.

Summary: the good Drow goddess Eilistraee killed her brother Vhaeraun and then was slain herself. The headquarters of Eilistraee’s religion was overrun and her worshippers massacred. In the aftermath some of the survivors decide to flee to another world and discover a way of reaching Middle Earth. Meanwhile Éomer of Rohan is carrying on a promising romance with Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth; however a vengeful Haradrim warlord plans a devastating attack. The Drow refugees arrive just in time to get involved. Unfortunately in Middle Earth ‘black’ is almost a synonym for ‘evil’…

Les Morts Dansant: Part One )
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The recent WriterConUK Event was extremely enjoyable but, since I returned, I’ve found it hard to get back into the mood in which I was writing the Dawn/Sam drabbles and ‘The Witch’s Promise’. I’ve done a little work on ‘Tabula Avatar’ and ‘A Plague of Serpents’ but mainly I’ve been concentrating on the rather morbid Lord of the Rings/Forgotten Realms crossover which has been soaking up altogether too much of my time in the past couple of months. My mind is (like the Wombat’s) stuck a little too firmly in Middle Earth right now for me to write in any other fandom. However at least this morning I managed to regain some levity… and here is the result, born of reading a few too many ‘Tenth Walker’ stories at various archives.

100 words, rating PG.

If Peter Jackson Did Crossovers… )
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...Or, Bear and Back Again.

No ‘Five Times’ drabble today – I’ve been busy with something else. At the beginning of July the Lord of the Rings fanfic site Lotrfanfiction.com was bought by an entrepreneur named Keith Mander (promptly dubbed ‘SaruMander’ by some bloggers), who already owned a Twilight site and a Winnie the Pooh site, and he spoke of his intention to conflate the Twilight and Lord of the Rings fandoms. I posted here challenging him to prove his fandom credentials by writing an Éomer/Lothíriel fic involving Winnie the Pooh and Twilight crossovers. Although I was joking I found I couldn’t resist doing it myself and I have, at last, finished it.

Here is the result. A ‘Winnie the Pooh as the Tenth Walker’ story, with some Twilight, told in the form of twelve 100-word drabbles. Rating R. My usual Gimli/Galadriel obsession creeps in, of course…

The Rings At Pooh Corner )
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Today I received an e-mail from someone who wants feedback on a synopsis, sample scenes, and character outline for a Buffyverse fic that he doesn’t intend to write; he has the insane idea that he can pay someone to write it for him. I see from the header that he has sent the same e-mail to 441 other people, and he’s been pestering a certain well-known author on my F-list for a year, so you may have received it yourself. I took a look at it and have composed the following reply, although I haven't sent it yet:
behind a cut to spare the innocent )
Do you think I’m being too harsh? I’m inclined to think I’m not being harsh enough...

This month there is a challenge running at ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ looking for crossovers with fandoms that have not already been featured on the site; bonus points for non-obscure ones, mainstream fandoms that no-one has thought of crossing over yet. I’m interested but I haven’t come up with anything so far; at least not Buffyverse crosses. I’ve had a couple of ideas for crosses with ‘The Lord of the Rings’, however, although I’ve decided not to proceed with the one in which Detective Chief Inspector Taggart tells the Council of Elrond “There’s been a Mordor!”

Here are two LotR crossover drabbles, both taking place at the Council of Elrond, but not otherwise connected. Surprise crossovers, PG, 100 words each.
Hobbit Season! )

And he always gets to Mordor before you )
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Here is a half-drabble, LotR/BG crossover, that just popped into my mind. No cut ‘cause hey, 50 words, G.
The Mirror Hamster of Galadriel

“This is Boo,” said Galadriel. “A miniature giant space hamster, visiting from another universe, who has given us much wise counsel.”

The hamster peered out of Galadriel’s cleavage, causing Gimli to utter a low moan, and spoke. “Tell me, where is Gandalf? For I much desire to squeak with him.”
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I’ve been reading a lot of stories on ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ recently. One of the BtVS/Lord of the Rings crossovers there is apparently about Buffy being sent to Middle Earth by the Powers That Be to give indirect aid in the War of the Ring. I haven’t read the story, nor am I likely to do so, but I was inspired by the last line of the summary: ‘More specifically she’s to help the King of Gondor get on his throne.’ Here is my version in a 100-word drabble. Rating G.

Kingmaker )

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Belated Happy Birthdays to: [livejournal.com profile] keswindhover, [livejournal.com profile] arclevel, [livejournal.com profile] xwingace, [livejournal.com profile] ottawa_fan, [livejournal.com profile] marco_villalta, [livejournal.com profile] elsaf, and [livejournal.com profile] saifai.

Acting as beta for the Wombat’s BtVS/LotR crossover fic Return of the Key has inspired me to produce yet another piece of pure insanity. A triple-drabble this time; no crossover elements (except very loosely with Animaniacs!). For once there is no mention of my usual LotR Gimli/Galadriel ’ship; although, of course, I’d have worked it in if I could. PG, 300 words, set during Return of the King. Groan warning.

Lord of the Wings )

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] arclevel
“Well, I’m back.” The WriterCon UK MidiMeet was great fun. We stayed on until the Tuesday morning, to avoid possible problems with engineering works on the line like those that made our homeward journey last year somewhat circuitous and nerve-wracking, and saw Oxford with [livejournal.com profile] gillo and [livejournal.com profile] keswindhover, and Winchester by ourselves, before we set off for home.

I’ll post more about the event later. Those of us who did presentations have been asked to post summaries on [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk; mine will have to include the Lost Chapter. Last year the Wombat advised me not to write out a script but to work only from sketchy notes. I obeyed her, it worked reasonably well, and I did the same this year. I prepared a list of topics and first sentences, believing that would be enough to prompt my (normally excellent) memory, and to some extent it worked. Unfortunately I missed out a heading, lost my place, and omitted the topic of Plot altogether. If I do another talk next year (I’m trying to wiggle out of it and push the Wombat into doing one instead) I’ll follow my own instincts and do a much more detailed script. Sorry!

The return trip was comfortable and we had enough space to get out the laptop. I was able to beta-read CW’s next chapter of her BtVS/LotR crossover fic Return of the Key. I don’t like typing on the laptop, and so I didn’t do any writing on my own stories, but I did some planning. I also came up with the idea for one of my strangest crossovers ever...

Since Tolkien’s death his son Christopher has been pillaging his notes and rough drafts for an interminable series of rip-offs books. Unfinished Tales, The Book of Lost Tales, and so on; until it seems as if it will end up with Unfinished Crosswords and The Book of Lost Buttons. Suppose, however, that J.R.R. Tolkien had made some notes after reading the Reverend Awdry’s Railway Stories? What might have appeared posthumously? Here is my attempt to answer that previously unasked question with the first ever Lord of the Rings/Thomas the Tank Engine crossover fic. Two double-drabbles and a drabble. 2 x 200 + 1 x 100 = 500 words. PG.

The Book of Lost Trains )

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Here is yet another in the ‘War of the Rings’ Lord of the Rings crossover drabble series that [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy and I have been bouncing around between us. The complete series (including one done by someone else that fits exactly into the internal continuity) is now in Memories.

You Little Thief )

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ezagaaikwe


Sorry I haven't replied to comments on the last post yet; as you will see, I've been fully occupied in writing. The series of insane Lord of the Rings crossover drabbles/ficlets bouncing between [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy and me now runs: Everybody Knows Men Never Ask Directions, The Only Way To Travel, The Evils of Capitalism, There’s Something About Frodo, Be Adequite, In The Dark, and Hey Mr Clean, You're Dirty Now Too. Beer Good is going to be off-line for a week, he says, and I want to get on with ‘Tabula Avatar’ and ‘Came The Thunder’, and so I’m moving the War of the Ring on with a series of 7 linked 100-word drabbles. Chronologically they come before ‘Hey, Mr Clean’.

Seven Drabbles For The Dwarf Lords, in their Halls of Stone )

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