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Dreamflower's Musings  by Dreamflower 118 Review(s)
NolemeReviewed Chapter: 17 on 9/12/2016
Very nicely written, good examples. If I were an author I'd use it as a summary guide. I have to agree with all you write, with maybe two buts - with the creative language and negative tags I'd argue it comes down to the author's reader scope. Simpler language might attract younger and less language proficient international readers. As for the negative tags, while I agree tags such as 'character bashing', 'implied slash' and 'OOC' are a turnoff for many readers, at the same time I'm very grateful for the author's honesty (probably they wisely wish to avoid flamers), as nothing annoys me more than when I start reading a story only to have it spoiled by the presence any of the above without any warnings.
Anyway, good read; always looking forward to your writings. N.

Author Reply: Vivid words do not have to be complicated; they can be quite simple. Some words just sound more exciting than others.

Warnings about character bashing and OOC are probably necessary, especially in some fandoms. It's usually best to use tags or drop-downs for most warnings, but in older archives, such things might need to be used in the summary.

Sometimes thing like that can also be put in a header for the story. Headers usually have a place for warnings.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 17 on 9/6/2016
Again, an excellent topic to get us thinking. I wish that I always wrote good summaries, but know that some are dead. Love the one from Fiondil!

Author Reply: We can't always get them perfect. I certainly have some that I think could use improvement. But some people don't even try!

DrummerWenchReviewed Chapter: 17 on 9/4/2016
Thank you, Dreamflower, for a useful and interesting essay!

*sideyes own summaries pretty hard* Wow, do they tend to the dry, minimalist end of the spectrum! Maaaybe I should consider rewrites.

Though even when starting out, I never understood why people said, "I suck at summaries." Do you ... /not want/ people to read your stories?

Author Reply: Some of my own are a bit dry and minimalist--it's hard to hit it out of the park every time!

Exactly. I am quite sure (as fanficrants attests) that I am not the only person who simply never clicks on a story that has "I suck at summaries".

As to why, I put it down to the following things:

1. The fear that the summary really does suck, and the hope that pointing it out will make the reader less likely to point it out.
2. False modesty and the hopes that someone will click on the story out of pity.
3. A lame attempt at humor.
4. (And this the most pervasive, I believe) New writers see it in older writers' summaries, and incorrectly believe it is the "cool" thing to say. It's a desire to fit into the culture of what "everybody" (which is false, since NOT everybody does it) does.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/3/2016
Is Dana's Annotated Tale of Years still available on the Internet? I should like to read it, if it is. I know it's no longer available on that URL you posted, more's the pity.

Author Reply: It is still available, but no longer at the original link. I will have to see if I can find the new link for you.

Author Reply: It is still available, but no longer at the original link. I will have to see if I can find the new link for you. It may take a little time.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/3/2016
You left out Sam's "glory and trumpet"! I'm pretty sure he spoke that phrase in just one place in The Lord of the Rings: when Frodo had mostly recovered from the effects of the Morgul knife wound.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 14 on 9/3/2016
Great! You restored this article to its entirety--thanks!

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 14 on 9/2/2016
Dreamflower, are you ever going to restore this essay?

Author Reply: I thought I had done so already. I'm not quite sure what happened to it, but I will see about as soon as I can.

Author Reply: OK, dearie, I got it fixed now!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 16 on 9/24/2015
I've been away or distracted by other things for too long, and rejoice to be able at last to read and comment on this. How well you have tied the song to the film and the whole story of Middle Earth PJ and so many other artisans and artists have done for us, and how I grieve that it is unlikely they will take us further.

I do not know this song as I do "Into the West," but it still moves me each time I listen to it, and as I hear Pippin/Boyd's voice again foreshadowing both current partings and the distant hope of reunions one sweet day within the wonder of Eternity.

Thank you so!

Author Reply: "as I hear Pippin/Boyd's voice again foreshadowing both current partings and the distant hope of reunions one sweet day within the wonder of Eternity."

Beautifully put, and perfectly in tune with what I hoped to convey.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 16 on 9/6/2015
Yes, a beautiful song and no-one else but Billy Boyd could have performed it that way!

Thank you for your interpretations. I liked them very much.

It's a farewell, for we may come together with friends to see it again; but a visit only and never the bright newness we experienced before.

That is very true! But we still have the memories of how it felt when it was brand-new. And that's something!

Author Reply: It's more than just something; the memories are special too.

KathyGReviewed Chapter: 16 on 9/1/2015
It is a truly lovely and poignant song.

Author Reply: It is, indeed!

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