The HASA Playlists Challenge!
- Today we would like to invite all members to participate in the
HASA Playlists Challenge.
Some of you will now probably ask: "Just what in Arda is a Playlist?"
So, what is a Playlist?
Playlists are lists of HASA stories put together by authors and
readers, just as music lovers put together lists of their favorite songs.
- Stories in a series put in reading order.
- A collection of similarly themed stories, such as Hobbit romance or
critical essays on Men.
- A reader's "favorites" list, complete with explanations of why the
reader likes them so much.
- A collection of stories by multiple authors.
In other words, "Playlists" are something like self-made anthologies,
collections of selected literary pieces or passages.
Now you will probably and hopefully! want to know a few more details:
Where do I find these Playlists at HASA?
Why, in the "Playlists Section", of course: here!
And... is it difficult to make a Playlist because if this Challenge
is about Playlists, I guess that I will have to make one for this
It's not difficult at all. And yes, if you want to participate in this
Challenge, you will indeed have to make up a Playlist of your very own.
But don't worry! It's really not difficult at all. Here's what you
have to do:
1. Click on "My Playlists".
2. There is now a short sub-menu in the left-hand navigation.
3. Click on "Create Playlist".
4. You will now see a form for creating a list.
* Type in a title. It cannot be more than 50 characters, including
spaces. Make the title distinctive. Do not use double quote marks!
* Type in a description of the list. Use key words like your screen
name, characters featured in the stories, and so on. Each one of these
words is searchable.
* Select the type of playlist you are creating. If it is to be a
collection of your own stories, pick "Author Playlist." If you are
putting together a list of other people's stories, select "Reader
5. Click "Add".
6. The playlist is created and you end up on the "My Own Lists" page.
You are now ready to add stories.
If you are still not sure how that works, have a look at the FAQ page
in the Playlists section. If you still have questions after reading
the FAQ, don't hesitate to contact us!
Okay... so now I know how to make a Playlist. But how does this
Challenge work? And what kind of Playlist should I create for that?
Again don't worry. It's simple.
First you will need to create your Playlist (see the instructions above).
Make it as original and interesting as possible. Maybe a Playlist of
the weirdest couples in fandom? Or only stories about food? Stories
that feature only Nazgûl?
The title of your Playlist has to be: "Playlist Challenge: (your own
Example: "Playlists Challenge: The Drunken Dwarves Playlist"
Once you have created the Playlists of all Playlists, you are ready to
enter the Challenge.
You do this by signing up for the Playlists Challenge Workshop and
adding your Playlist to the Workshop.
It's a Workshop open for all members. Simply sign up here.
Then click on: "Add Playlist to Shop"
Follow the instructions.
Do all of that before midnight GMT/UTC on November 30. The Challenge
CLOSES on November 30.
What happens then?
From December 1 to December 7 there will be a poll featuring the
Playlists entered in this Challenge.
The three most popular Playlists will be featured in the weekly
announcement on December 11.
Well, are you up to that Challenge?
You can discuss the Challenge and possible Playlists here:
the Playlists Challenge Discussion
We would like to remind you to participate in the polls about the
contents and location of the Story Randomizer on the memberside of HASA.
The polls close on November 15.
Please take the time and cast your vote: here.
Visit the Challenges Section!
Three Challenges are closing soon:
A frustrating aspect of reading Tolkien's books is all the potentially
great conversations that never happen between various characters. So
here's the challenge: write a chat or scene between characters that
never interact (or interact very little) "onstage" in Tolkien's books,
that you feel should have interacted more for various reasons --
perhaps because they share a particular experience, have a history
together that isn't explored, or because it would have simply resulted
in hilarious dialogue or a great meeting of the minds.
The Challenge closes on November 28!
2. "Where the Stars are Strange":
What, exactly, lies east of Rhûn? Saruman was said to have gone east,
waaaay east, but then chose to return. The Blue Wizards went east and
never returned. Most of the players in the Ring War went as far as the
Sea of Rhûn, but never further. So what lies east of Rhûn?
This doesn't need to be epic. In fact, it might be more exciting to
give us just a short vignette - a glimpse into this uncharted
territory. Something to tantalize us and make us wonder.
The Challenge closes on November 30!
3. "Confessions on a Sleepless Night":
Take a character, any character who finds him or herself sleepless
when all those around are slumbering. Write about his or her thoughts
regarding another character who can be seen and is still asleep.
The Challenge closes on November 30!
Take the time and have a look at the Workshops of Middle-earth!
There are Workshops where you can tackle stories about your favourite
characters with the help and companionship of other HASA authors who
are just as fascinated by Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves or Rohirrim as you are.
These Workshops are the place at HASA to find like-minded readers and
writers to discuss the last hair on a Hobbit's toe or to dwell for
days on the hair colour of your favourite Elf.
Dark Powers Palace
Delving Into Dwarves
Musings On Men
We wish you a wonderful week at HASA!
HASA admin team