My first involvement in Silmarillion fan fiction was strictly as a reader. I spent a large portion of my day reading stories on ff.net. I actually read all of the Silmarillion stories posted there that pertained to my favorite characters, i.e. the House of Finwe, Ecthelion, Glorfindel, and a few of the more interesting Valar. Most of you on my flist, I knew first as authors I admired rather than as friends.
However, I haven't read fan fiction except for beta purposes in probably over a month now. And I miss it. I have become so caught up in writing that anything else related to fandom or creativity has suffered. On one hand, this is good; I have had my most productive month in a while. In the past month, I will have completed a novella, two short stories, and an original drabble series. I don't even want to speculate how many words that will be.
I also recognize my potential for burn-out though. After NaNoWriMo in November and twenty holiday stories immediately after, I didn't write except when I had to (to meet my posting schedule for AMC, for example) for almost two months.
I don't want that to happen again.
And so I am declaring 26 through 30 June to be my reading week. Just reading...no writing. The muses are going to get their own vacation that week. I am going to read the stories that I have meant to read for months now, including those posted at silwritersguild that I have neglected. And also, I am going to go to ff.net and read stories by authors whom I do not know. I don't like that my participation in the fandom has become so insular, that if I am not doing a beta for a friend, then I am probably not reading. When I do read for fun, it is always stuff posted on the LJs of my flist.
What I would like to ask of you, my flist, is to recommend to me one story that you think I should read. It can be one of your own stories or someone else's. If I have read it already, I will let you know, and you are free to recommend another if you'd like. You're welcome to recommend longer stories, but I can't guarantee, of course, that I'll finish them in a week. I will read anything, any rating, het or slash, and I have no squicks, so don't let such worries stand in the way of suggesting a story that might bother
I don't care on what archive the story you recommend is located. I belong to them all, lurk on them all, and have read on them all at one time or another.
There are some stories that I've started and want to finish or that I have intended to start. Here are the ones that I can remember right now. There might be more, and I'll add to the list as I remember them. If you're listed here, you're welcome, of course, to make another recommendation.
- Anything posted on silwritersguild within the past months that I have not already read.
- frenchpony: the last chapter of "Four Hands Around"
- rhapsody11: "Requiem"
- digdigil: both multi-part stories that you've been posting in your LJ over the past weeks
- ann_arien: I seem to remember some Glorfindel smut posted the other day.... >:^]]
- isil_elensar: I really want to read the prologue that you post to your original story, if it's still up?
- tehta: I need to finish "Strange Fortunes"
- There is a story on ff.net called "Fire" by the author Blodeudd. (I hope that I have spelled that properly; I have the worst time with her username!) If you haven't seen it and like Feanorians, check it out. It is wonderful! I hope to catch up with this story as well.
So what are your recommendations?
Additionally, those on my flist who want to do their own version of Reading Week, I encourage you to join me by reading at least one story each day and taking a chance on a new author as well!