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The Thrum of Tookish Bowstrings, Part 1  by Lindelea 3 Review(s)
Hai TookReviewed Chapter: 29 on 4/16/2020
With the crazy that is life right now I forgot this story! I'm glad to have read through an end, for now anyway!

I hadn't really expected to go back to the Convocation! I liked reading it all from Faramir's point of view and his interactions with the Quereir! I was especially touched by Sandy and Rusty determining to go with the families that would have been banished!

I'm glad Farry remembered so much of Heldi's training that he was able to survive and to eventually think to set the fire! Personally, I'm glad Pippin ended up on hand to take care of his son at the end!

I truly am impressed by the history you have built through so many stories and over such a long time! Ferdi is practically canon for me these days! Thank you for a nice read and a good time getting back into some fanfic from a familiar author! I will keep an eye out for part 2! Thank you!

Author Reply: I'm glad you returned and got to see the rescue!

I do have a habit of returning to the same scene to examine it from a different perspective. I have always been fascinated by the phenomenon of witness reports to an accident, how they can differ based on the person doing the reporting, and how we can look at the same thing and notice completely different details.

It is so encouraging to hear about the things you liked! Fanfic in general and SoA in particular are my comfort food at the moment, in a manner of speaking. I just had the oddest mental image... Fanfic as a person, and myself as a cat, curled in its lap.

I am working on part 2, though it may be some time before I have written far enough ahead to start posting chapters (oddly enough, I don't like long stretches of time between chapters... you'd never guess that from the number of WIPs languishing on my list... but I'm chipping away at them again). In the meantime, because ADHD seems to work in my favor when I write on two stories at the same time, I can work on part 2 and a WIP (currently Bill's story) and have new chapters ready without a long wait.

But I'm probably talking too much. I have the advantage of working remotely, and I worked almost until dawn last night/this morning, and it seems to be making me giddy, or chatty (kind of like a little kid trying to stave off bedtime. LOL!). But because I'm only working part-time these days, I can take today off and read fanfic to my heart's delight! So it's all good, if people can put up with me blathering on and on in my reviews and review replies.

So nice to hear from you! Stay well.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 29 on 4/15/2020
Excellent plan!

Glad Snowdrop has a nice backstory, and a family wanting him home! He did his duty and more, I'm thinking. And I rejoice Pip and Merry were able to be there at the rescue. No, Pippin will understand that his son wants some simple comfort for now.

Nicely done!

Author Reply: Oh, yes. You can thank Middlest for that; she campaigned for Snowdrop's happily-ever-after. (And I was hoping that Merry and Pippin being in on the dénouement would not stretch people's credulity overmuch... I think it was plausible. Hope so, anyhow.)

Man, I could use some simple comfort right now, myself! I think I will go and snuggle a very large, very shaggy dog for a bit.

Thanks for leaving a good word. Hope this finds you well.

MirkwoodmaidenReviewed Chapter: 29 on 4/15/2020

Hello! I think this works very well as an end of Part I. Poor Farry so glad to see him in the arms of his Da at long last. I found that very moving. And So glad to see Uncle Merry and with his priorities straight...always carry the Hall's best in a hip flask. :-))

Baking Bread update. It turned out really well and "only" took 4 and 1/2 hours. Two rising periods of one hour each!

Please tell me you are simply moving on to another story for now and not just taking a break from writing. I have grown very fond of our shared missives via our reviews. It is a highlight in my day whenever I find a new chapter or review waiting!

Stay Safe and ((virtual hugs))


Author Reply: You never know when a bit of brandy will come in handy! (Hey, that rhymes. Perhaps a hobbit has written down a song about it somewhere. Either a jolly Bucklander, rejoicing in the contents of his handy flask, or a Took singing about "drunken Brandybucks"!)

I'm so glad to hear your feedback. This story (in total) may actually come out two or three times this length when all the parts are added together. That said, I needed to take a break from a story involving much research, as this one does (with its retracing of journeys and such). Though I find it hard to believe, I'm still exhausted from being viciously attacked by that stick of butter. (Monty Python comes to mind: "It's a widdle bunny-rabbit!")

As a bright spot, I realized that if I broke this one up into parts, one of those parts could be a story that has long been sitting on the shelf, with the working name "Farry and Ferdi go to Gondor"! Perhaps now that story can get a proper title, even if it is "Part 2".

Ooo! So many people are baking bread these days! I used to bake all our bread when the not-so-wee-now hobbits were younger. They loved kneading small loaves of their own and making them into fancy breads. I hope you slathered it with lots of (tamed or defanged) butter and enjoyed every bite!

Signing on and finding your notes (or new postings) are definitely highlights in my day! I don't anticipate taking a break from writing. The ideas are all still there, bubbling away.

I just have to figure out how to manage my current energy levels. Happily enough, I do get an infusion of energy simply chatting back and forth like this, and that can often translate into some time spent writing. (I used to gently - I hope it was gently and not desperate sounding like the pleas at fanfic dot net [Please R&R!] - ask for people to leave reviews for that very reason, having always had energy issues, and I leave reviews for the same reason, in hopes of offering encouragement... and spark the motivation for them to write on.)

In short (do I ever write anything "in short", I ask myself?), I still plan to post a new chapter of something or other, two or three times a week, just in case it might brighten someone's day. And I'm glad to hear that you find this little corner of the Web as diverting as I do.

Author Reply: p.s. (((virtual hugs)))!

To paraphrase the old television show we're binge-watching at present (I think it has 8 seasons! Yay!): "Let's be careful out there." (in other words, stay safe, and I hope this finds you well.)

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