Since the previous Bulletin, 3 stories have been reviewed and there are currently also 8 stories in review. Reviews couldn't exist without authors and reviewers. So Thank You all for your work. BUT... we always need reviewers!
As I type this, there are 8 stories waiting to be reviewed (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.
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 Sell-sword and the Prince by Lady Bluejay
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: The Battle of the Pelennor was not Imrahil's first meeting with Isildur's Heir. Years before the future king led a young prince in a daring raid on Umbar, and then nudged him towards finding a wife. The story starts as a high adventure and ends as a light- hearted romance.
A Tree Grows in the Pass by Larner
Era: 4th Age
Summary: During their first term of service with the Rangers of Ithilien the son of King Elessar and the son of the Prince of Ithilien, inspired by tales told of the visit by the Ringbearers, decide to seek certain relics within the Pass of Cirith Ungol.
The Measure of a Man by Virtuella
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: Déoric has lost a leg and his best friend on the Pelennor. He is set to lose even more things after his return to Edoras, but Éomer discovers the young man's unusual talent. A coming-of-age story.