Monday, February 25, 2008

New Forum Posts

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There are no members asking for birthday drabbles for February. Quick! If you are a
February baby, go and request your drabble! There is still a week left!

February Birthday Drabble Requests

And if you have a birthday coming up in March, be sure to go and request it at Birthday Drabble Forum

This week's focus:


One of the best ways to get involved at HASA is through our forums. People are discussing research questions and stories as well as having fannish squees regularly there.
Some useful forum links:

On Our Minds
"On Our Minds" displays the ten most recent posts in forums open to all HASA members. It's a good way to catch up on what you've missed, though the page can move quickly when lots of forums are active at once.

One Month of Posts
If you've been out of touch for longer than a few days you might want to use the "One Month of Posts" page. This page has just what it sounds like: a list of forums that have been posted to in the last month, beginning with the most recently updated.

Workshops are specialized writing communities. They allow you to share stories you aren't ready to post to the whole site, and many have interesting forums attached to them. Explore workshops to find a group of members interested in similar topics. (You must be logged in to see this link).

Now, here are some of the most recently-updated threads in HASA forum. Don't be shy. If any interest you, why not jump in?

From Afar Discussion
Subject: What did Boromir do…

Research Questions
Subject: Getting Faramir Drunk

Gandalf’s Apprentice, pro and con
Subject: The Scarred Man, new chapter in The Sword of Elendil

Here's hoping this week finds you having many interesting discussion about all things Tolkien. Because, really, you were trying to cut back on sleep anyway, right?

Hugs and Cookies,

PS- Do you have something in particular you would like included in next week's announcement? If so, please email HASANews(AT)henneth-annun(DOT)net.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Recently-Updated Stories


No requests have come in yet from February drabbles. If you have a birthday or other special occasion you'd like a drabble for, you can request it here.

This week's focus:


All of us writers love feedback. It is the lembas and miruvor that sustains us as we write our story, and leaving a few words about a story is always a nice thing to do, whether the story is new or old.

Every fifteen minutes HASA hilights a story chosen at random from the Reviewed and General stories in the archive. The current story is

Night Course in Pet Care by Werecat
A story inspired from this tantalising question: were fell beasts house-trained? Set in Carn Dum, it sheds light to an unknown side of the Witch-king and his, well, household. Introducing Fuinraw, the Chieftain of the Cats of Angmar.

Why not go to and check out the currently featured story?

Many talented writers are publishing every day. Check out these stories just added to HASA:

Reviewed Stories

Feanorian Fates by Alassante
A poem and a series of drabbles based on the series of events beginning with the creating of the Silmarils and including the kinslayings.

Stolen by Meril
A dark AU about Galadriel. (Adult)


General Stories

A Cat in King Elessar's Court by agape4gondor
A royal descendant of Beruthiel's cats spends time with us, reminiscing about life in Minas Tirith once a certain Hobbit arrives. (WIP)

A Light in the Darkness by Wildbearies
Haldir wakes after Helm's Deep suffering terrible injuries. As he slowly recovers, he recalls years before and the adventures (and misadventures) of his younger days. Definitely NC-17 for M/M Slash and sexual situations. Definitely AU, non-canon, angst. (WIP) (Adult)


Beta Stories
(Please note, you need to be logged in to view these stories.)

Blessed Day by AngelQueen
S.R. 1463-Faramir Took marries Goldilocks, daughter of Samwise.

Accursed Dawn by AngelQueen
A princess of Númenor finds what she needs in the darkness, but the dawn always comes. (Adult)

And now for your mid-month nuzgul. Because the only way to get stories to read is for someone to write them, and that requires our fangy little friends.

We know that Arwen has become mortal. But what does she think about it? Does she discuss it with anyone? Write a story where Arwen discusses the thought of dying with one other person. Anyone you like - it doesn't have to be Aragorn or Elrond.

If you don't feel the tickle of little fangs in your ankle yet, there are many more potential stories just waiting to be written. Read all of HASA's many story prompts in our Nuzgul hutch.

Do you have a suggestion you'd like to see added to the hutch? Submit it using the "Submit a Story Suggestion" form.

Happy reviewing!
PS- Do you have something in particular you would like included in next week's announcement? If so, please email me.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Resources and Challenges and


No members have yet requested a birthday drabble for February. If you have a February birthday, please request it here.

The following drabbles have been written in the last two weeks:

--- "A Final Toast" by Ignoble Bard for Jay of Lasgalen

Read this drabble here.


No website is truly free. HASA does not display ads or charge for memberships, but there are still costs associated with running the website. The website depends on member donations to pay its monthly hosting fee of $150.00.

Currently available funding: $389.67
To provide funding through: April 2008

If anyone would like to make a donation, you may do so here.


I wasn't able to post the monthly challenges bulletin last week, but it is up at the website. You can view it here.

(you'll need to be logged in to see it.)

This week's focus:


The HASA Research Library is a very useful resource for writers as well as for online discussions on book canon. You can find entries on characters, settings, events, and items, containing cited quotes about the item you are trying to find more information on. This portion of the site is available to both members and non-members here.

Would you like to get involved with Resources? If you like researching and want to help develop this section of HASA you can contact the Resources & Research Library through the contact form here.

What's new in Resources:

Timeline Events:
Elessar and Arwen visit the Hobbits at Brandywine Bridge
Elessar and Arwen dwell in Arnor awhile

Character Biographies
Morwen of Lossarnach

Rath Dinen

Marshals of the Mark
Grey Company

Good luck researching your story! If you enjoy this section of the site please feel free to thank the researchers, listed at the bottom of every entry.

And always remember, grasshopper: the path of wisdom leads through proper citations. *grins*


PS- Do you have something in particular you would like included in next week's announcement? If so, please email me.