October 2005 Challenges Bulletin
- October Bulletin
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If you have an October birthday, now would be the time to post your
request! A few requests to help the creative juices flow. Juno Magic
turns 30 this month. She loves Elrond and Gil-galad. To make her
day, she'd love something about her OFC character Nihil [in her
Elrond/Nihil story "The Tides of Time and the Bones of the Earth"].
Raksha the Demon prefers Faramir in any situation except slash. She's
especially interested in drabbles featuring Faramir as a warrior -
Ranger, Captain, or as Prince-Steward (JRRT implied in HoME that he
and Imrahil alternated accompanying Aragorn as war-commanders, one
would stay home and hold the fort, the other would go with the
armies), or Faramir working with Aragorn as his Steward.
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.)
Perhaps you have an idea for a new challenge. Post it in the
prospective challenges and encourage others to join in the fun. Get
five interested writers and you have a challenge.
The Oldies: Ten for the Fellowship and the One Ring that binds them on
These are closing soon, so catch them now or regret it forever:
Put Down That Can(n)on, Mr. Tolkien! [10/06/05]
Throw caution (and canon) to the wind and put together those dream (or
perhaps nightmare) couples that have been floating about in your
brains. The only requirements would be that these should not be
couples as conceived of by Tolkien and they should both be canon
characters (no OFC or OMCs please).
A Short AU Challenge [10/08/05]
Change canon in some significant way, and write an AU piece centering
on that change -- but tell it in 5,000 words or less.
One Pint Too Many [10/17/05]
Write a story where alcohol is involved, dealing with how the altered
state of mind would make people interact differently than the way they
Tolkien's Challenge [10/20/05]
Choose a piece of land anywhere in Middle-earth and follow it through
Chance Meetings [10/22/05]
Write a story about a character whose life was impacted by the Quest
for Erebor. Extra credit if you manage to tie your story into the
events of The Hobbit.
Write something (prequel, sequel, missing scene, poem, drabble etc.)
based on a story by another author. It can be fun to explore other
writers' universes, character interpretations, ideas etc. Please
ensure that you have the inspiring author's permission to use or refer
to his/her story. Please identify the inspiring story and credit its
author in your work.
The Only Thing to Fear... [10/31/05]
. . . is fear itself. Give them fear! What is the deepest fear of
Boromir? What causes Aragorn to wake in terror? Does Elrond panic in
the watches of the night? Take any character and tell us what
Runaway Aragorn [10/31/05]
Aragorn is disgusted with being king. How does he cope with his
desire to return to his Ranger days?
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil [10/31/05]
Death-fics: most of us have a love/hate relationship with them. Any
characters, as long as it involves around-death introspection:
regrets, prayers, thoughts for loved ones.
Urban Legends [10/31/05]
It could be great fun to come up with all new urban legends, or to
twist ours into an Middle Earth appropriate story.
HASA Challenges Team