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December 2005 Challenges Bulletin

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    December Bulletin [Remember that all links are members side: you must be logged in to HASA for them to work.] Birthdays! - Post your request at the Birthday
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      December Bulletin
      [Remember that all links are members' side: you must be logged in to
      HASA for them to work.]

      Birthdays! -

      Post your request at the Birthday Cards Forum
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/threads.cfm?confid=5&forumid=482

      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:

      Browse the prospective challenges
      [http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/threads.cfm?confid=5&forumid=5]
      and perhaps there is one that inspires you.

      Maybe 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: 7 for the Rivers of Gondor [Lefnui, Morthond, Ciril,
      Ringló, Gilrain, Sernui, Anduin]

      All OCs, All the Time [December 21, 2005]
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/challenge_detail.cfm?NGID=325

      Come on! Write outside your canon-comfort zone and delve into the
      lives of the little people. But here are a few (hopefully inspiringŠ)
      prompts for you to muse on:

      Tolkien has been known to give notoriously short shrift to women
      and children. What would women's and children's lives be like in
      various Middle-earth cultures and locations? One idea might be to
      think about the wives, sisters, mothers, neighbors, and children of
      minor characters (e.g. Elfhelm, Beregond, Haldir, etc.)
      Is there a story back in "the mists of time" that you have always
      wanted to hear or tell, but that involves few or no canon characters?
      Think about the people "in the background" in any given scene: hobbits
      or men at Bree, an elven attendant or musician in Imladris, or stable
      boys in Edoras, a random orc on the march, for example. What are the
      details of their lives? What kinds of things do they worry or dream about?
      Explore a place or culture that's not given much "screen time" in
      the books/films: what is daily life like in Harad or in a dwarven
      hall, for example?

      Religion in Middle-Earth [December 25, 2005]
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/challenge_detail.cfm?NGID=360

      Take something from a holy text in our modern world, and move it into
      Middle-earth. For inspiration:
      Have a Biblical figure meet a Middle-earth figure. Maybe Maglor
      helps David write a psalm? Celeborn could teach Abraham a thing or two
      about giving kingly gifts. Or Mohammed finds a relic from Harad.
      Take a story from a religious text and recast it in Middle-earth.
      Maybe you could draw a parallel between the Flood and the Akallabeth,
      or Cain's banishment after murdering Abel and Maglor's wandering after
      the theft of the two Silmarils.
      Use a verse from a holy text to justify a character's action. Or
      even just have them think it.

      The Steward and the King [December 25, 2005]
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/challenge_detail.cfm?NGID=386
      Pick any aspect of the relationship between Aragorn and Faramir and
      write about it. It could be personal, business, or whatever, but it
      has to center on the King and his Steward. Did Faramir remember
      Thorongil? Are they friends? Do they play chess?
      Do they play mind games with the council members together? Do they
      like to escape their duties by being Rangers again? The possibilities
      are endless.

      Movieverse Essays [December 31. 2005]
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/challenge_detail.cfm?NGID=383
      Take a place where the books and the movies differ, and write an essay
      comparing and contrasting the book with the movie. The idea isn't to
      say one medium is "better" than the other, but to educate others that
      there is a difference. If you can show how the difference affected the
      movie as a whole, all the better. We all know Peter Jackson had to
      make some changes to the book, but those changes did, well, change the
      story line. An interesting essay could compare the books and the movies.

      Harvest Home [December 31, 2005]
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/challenge_detail.cfm?NGID=125
      This has been reopened. There was much suffering and privation in
      Middle Earth after the War of the Ring. Your challenge is to pick one
      of the peoples of Middle Earth who had suffered such losses as a
      result of the War of the Ring, and write about their first harvest season.
      For our members who live in the southern hemisphere - that means
      those of you in the land of Oz ;-) - it is spring that is in the air.
      The fields are ready for planting; farmers are looking forward to the
      next harvest. If you prefer to keep things seasonal, you may opt to
      write about the challenges these people faced in preparing for that
      first planting. With so many men gone, how did the women and children
      cope? How did the old folks help out?
      The word limit is 1500, be it prose or poetry.

      What's in a Name [December 31, 2005]
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/challenge_detail.cfm?NGID=179
      One of the most fascinating aspects of Lord of the Rings are the
      languages. From them spring the many beautiful names we all know and
      love i.e. Galadriel, Faramir, Finduilas, etc.
      Choose a character who has not had their name explained and
      write a short story that gives their name a back story.

      Quickies, 4th Quarter, 2005 [December 31, 2005]
      http://www.henneth-annun.net/members/challenge/challenge_detail.cfm?NGID=430
      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 prompts for inspiration:
      Among those kneeling to the hobbits at the coronation is Elrond.
      Elrond hasn't knelt to anyone since the First Age, when Gil-Galad --
      who perished in battle with Sauron -- was his lord and king. What are
      his thoughts?
      The first meeting of Tarannon and Berúthiel and her cats Somewhere in
      Hollin, Gandalf tells Boromir something about Faramir that Boromir
      never knew before.


      HASA Challenges Team
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