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September 2005 Challenges Bulletin

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  • JunoMagic
    Hello, HASA! Birthdays! If you have a September birthday, now would be the time to post your request! Here are some requests to inspire you. Dawn Felagund
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2005
      Hello, HASA!

      If you have a September birthday, now would be the time to post your

      Here are some requests to inspire you. Dawn Felagund wants drabbles
      pertaining to Feanor's family but happy thoughts since this is a
      birthday celebration. Tanaqui desires birthday drabbles about any
      moment in Gondorian history OR interactions between your favorite
      culture and Gondorians. Arandil is indecisive with requests for Feanor
      or his eldest sons OR Legolas and Thranduil OR Elladan and Elrohir OR
      an evil drabble from the 'other side' and her last request is where
      Glorfindel deals with Arwen stealing his horse. Gandalf's apprentice
      would like anything involving Aragorn or Gandalf the Grey finding out
      something about the other.

      Post your request at the Birthday Cards forum.

      Also, don't forget to create a story for the birthday card workshop.
      This serves the same purpose as the old HAWriters story and lets
      others put drabbles they write in an easily accessible location. Enter
      this story in the challenge for September drabbles, so we have all of
      these in one place. (There are instructions on how to do all this at
      the top of each thread in the Birthday Cards Forum; if you need help
      just ask the Workshop Manager, Gwynnyd.)

      New Challenges: Two for the sons of Elrond [Elladan and Elrohir]

      The Pub Guide [February 4, 2006]
      Middle-earth is full of pubs and inns and guest-houses! From the
      "Green Dragon" to the "Prancing Pony" to the "Forsaken Inn", there are
      many places to get drunk and get merry in Middle-earth. Tell us about
      your favorite pub, inn or guesthouse in Middle-earth [canonical or

      Silmaril's are an Elf's Best Friend... [May 30, 2006]
      This challenge is to write a piece focused on a canonical gem, item of
      jewelry or an item adorned with gems. Show us the power and meaning of
      gems in Arda. (The challenge is also open to stories about jewels not
      specifically mentioned by Tolkien but which can still be clearly tied
      to a canonical source, such as an anonymous "random" jewel in a large
      canonical hoard.)

      The Oldies: Eight for the legs of Shelob
      These are closing soon, so catch them now or regret it forever:

      Word-of-the-Day Challenge [09/01/05]
      How about writing a piece of Tolkien-fanfiction that involves the
      "word of the day"?
      Just give the "word of the day" in the title and write - prose or
      poetry, elves, dwarves or hobbits, drabbles or longer pieces...

      Filk Fest 2005! [09/01/05]
      Just pick your favorite song from a movie or Broadway musical and
      rewrite it into Tolkien's universe. Any Tolkien topic is fine.

      Change One Thing, See What Happens [09/07/05]
      What would happen if one thing was changed during the Silmarillion or
      the Lord of the Rings?
      --What if Turin's father, Hurin, had given into Morgoth and had told
      him where Gondolin was?
      --What if Glorfindel would have lost to the Balrog?
      The possibilities are really endless. You would just write a story
      about the consequences of changing one thing, whether simple or

      An Exciting Drabble Challenge [09/16/05]
      Just how much suggestiveness can you fit into 100 words? Drabble
      series will be permitted, but each 100-word drabble should focus on a
      separate moment. Please mark your post appropriately since this might
      inspire some adult themes.

      Bookverse Improbabilities [09/22/05]
      Think of how the inconsistencies between the various drafts in the
      Silm, HoMe, and UT. There's lots of room to play there so let's play.

      Shall They Dance? [09/30/05]
      Write a story or possibly even a poem which would be centered around
      dancing - having the characters themselves dancing or having them
      watch others dance. Either way dancing plats an important part of the

      Tanka Time! [09/30/05]
      What is a Tanka?
      --has 31 syllables, arranged in five lines: 5-7-5-7-7
      --tends to use courtly/formal language
      --focuses on symbolism from nature and personal emotion
      Write a tanka, or a series of tankas, based on anything in Tolkien

      Quickies Qtr. 3, 2005 [09/30/05]
      The rules:
      --the story should be at least one typewritten page long, but not more
      than 3 typewritten pages. Definition of page - 1" margin all the way
      around, Times 12 pt. font., standard size paper.
      --There should be one viewpoint or one character as the main focus.
      --It should be one continuous scene.

      A few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
      --One of Grond's makers reflects upon his work.
      --The thoughts of each (or one) of the other Fellowship members at
      Aragorn's coronation, as Frodo is given the honor of carrying
      Aragorn's crown to Gandalf.
      --One evening, as the Ringbearers' ship nears Valinor, a graceful
      white bird alights on the deck and transforms... into Elwing, Elrond's

      And a poem for inspiration:

      by Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

      The goldenrod is yellow;
      The corn is turning brown;
      The trees in apple orchards
      With fruit are bending down.

      The gentian's bluest fringes
      Are curling in the sun;
      In dusty pods the milkweed
      Its hidden silk has spun.

      The sedges flaunt their harvest,
      In every meadow nook;
      And asters by the brook-side
      Make asters in the brook,

      From dewy lanes at morning
      The grapes' sweet odors rise;
      At noon the roads all flutter
      With yellow butterflies.

      By all these lovely tokens
      September days are here,
      With summer's best of weather,
      And autumn's best of cheer.

      But none of all this beauty
      Which floods the earth and air
      Is unto me the secret
      Which makes September fair.

      'T is a thing which I remember;
      To name it thrills me yet:
      One day of one September
      I never can forget.

      HASA Challenge Manager


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