Today is the day I think of as my anniversary in the fandom. It is the day I put Breathe up at HASA, closed my eyes, and fell among a nest of the most loving, encouraging friends and peers one could ever not have dared to hope for.
I hoped I would be posting a story today - it's so close to done. I badly want it to happen, but I also don't want to harm it while I am not at the top of my form. I am going to be lenient and give myself the rest of the week.
I also want to post about a project I was part of that I am very proud and happy to have had a chance to try.
At HASA, Avon goaded us into drabbling, chapter by chapter, The Lord of the Rings. I think she meant it half in jest at the beginning, but it happened, and in fact, we went on to do the Silmarillion as well.
If you think getting an idea down in 100 words is a trick, trying to get someone else's idea of an entire chapter wedged in was awesome. We had to resort to sitting on the luggage to try and close it, as it were. Poetry, prose poems and games formed around the familiar lines. It really was exciting to see each chapter flow, and learn what someone thought could be used to represent the feeling in the pages.
The Lord Of The Rings drabbles are now posted to the public archive, and can be seen here. I have one in each book, and have decided not to be all shy about saying so. They are The Great River in FotR; Journey To The Crossroads in TT; and The Passing Of The Grey Company in RoTK.
I can't wait till the Silm drabbles go public - (there are still a few chapters straggling in.) Drabbling the Silm (and reading the Books Of Lost Tales) made me fall in love with the first age in a way I thought had passed me by. (I am still not crazy about the Valar, but, hey...) I hope all the people who tell me they have Silm anxiety will read them and play the game of how many things were packed into that line....
In the meantime, go see the LoTR drabbles, if only to seealtariel tackle the Bombadil chapter in his own style of verse.
I wish you could all see the notes that were exchanged during this project (and if you are a HASA member, i recommend peeking at them. It was amazing to see people express what they were trying to accomplish with their last four words.