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Chicks and Ducks and Sheep better scurry...  by Grey Wonderer 35 Review(s)
PIppinfan1988Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/17/2008
Miracles *do* happen...I'm at a LOSS for words to describe this awesome, brilliant story, lol! I am so in love with your hobbit wee ones -- Tooks and Brandybucks alike. I liked your Paladin here -- but you know I've also enjoyed your earlier tales, too. :-)

You have child psychology down to a TEE, which I feel greatly adds to your wonderful tales. This was a fantastic story about lambing -- and I've learned something new, too! "lambing jug"! Can't say that I'd ever need to use it, lol, as I never write about sheep. I'll leave that to you since you always do an excellent job of it, lol.

Dumpling...hmmm....Dumpling...Merry...Dumpling...Merry...there's just something about that combination that seems awfully familiar....hehehe. ;-)

It was WELL worth the wait to not have to deal with other things while reading and enjoying your tale. Absolutely LOVED every single word!

I'm so glad you're back to writing! I hope you continue -- you have been so missed. By me!

Author Reply: You can explain the miracles to Merry for me. LOL
I am so very glad you enjoyed this and I always love it when you review with words like brilliant and awsome. Makes me blush.

The child psychology comes in to play because I have the mind of a child. I'm using it right now. hehehe

That 'lambing jug' may be the only educational thing I've ever put into a story so you'd better find a use for it! It's all your getting.

When I was writing this one I realized that I have yet to post "Dumpling" to Stories of Arda. It was a challenge story for Marigold and for some reason I forgot to put it here. I'll have to do that, maybe as an extra chapter for this one.

I seem to be writing a lot all of the sudden so I'm glad to know you are still in the mood to read, dear friend of mine.


nancylea57Reviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/17/2008
i think your missing the biggest hint in the world he took you on as a client hoping to get sneak peaks at your work and not have to wait for them to be published.

Author Reply: Oh! That's it! My therapist is a secret fan-fiction reader! LOL

Now that's a plot bunny if I ever heard one.

Poppy MuddyfootReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/17/2008
I haven't even read the story yet and I'm already laughing out loud. (Well, not too boss might hear.) If the story is anywhere near as creative as the disclaimer, I already love it! Thank you for making my day so much better. Poppy Muddyfoot

Author Reply: Thank you for making my day better by saying such nice things. I started playing with my disclaimers a while back because I was tired of just posting the usual, Not my characters, no profit made, yadda, yadda, and more yadda. It was then that I began to go a bit nuts with them. They get the point across but it's more fun this way. Hope your boss doesn't hear you! : )

TopazTookReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/17/2008
I, of course, loved this sheep-based story. (I am sure your Cloud did, too, and is proud to have many namesakes within it.) Merry's internal dialogue is great, too -- I especially liked where he "only just" resisted the urge to shout "it's a miracle" in answer to the lad/lass question. It's also nice that Pervinca, while opinionated, is not mean and is shown as just a little kid -- oh, wait, that's goats. There's no goats in this story, are there? -- I mean, a little lass herself. Who is obsessed with naming the sheep. Another good sheep name is, of course, "Baa."

I'll be watching for the duck-feather-based sequel in the future.

Author Reply: Thank you! You are one of the sheep people on my flist thanks to Baa, so I am glad that you enjoyed it. The next time I write about sheep I'll have to remember to name one after Baa. Cloud was pleased by the way. hehehe

Glad you enjoyed Merry's thoughts.

Nope, no goats this time. I think I used all of my goats up in "Strike While the Iron is Hot". I like the 'kid' pun all the same. Love a good pun!

I might just have to write that duck-feather story. Maybe Baa can turn up in that one.

Shelley6441Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/17/2008
I love your writing style - little Pippin is beyond adorable; I think he and Sam are my favorites whenever someone writes about the adventures of our dear hobbits when they were little lads.

I especially like the dialogue between the children - Pippin's especially. He is obviously a very curious and sweet-natured child. Your story made me laugh, and that is always a good thing.

Thank you very much!

Author Reply: Thank you so much for such a lovely review. I often write the hobbits as children and although I haven't written Sam very often as a child, I do adore him. For a while I was nervous about writing him but I do it more often now.

Sometimes my stories are nearly all dialogue! I'm all talk and no action. hehehe Glad you enjoyed that.

I love when people laugh while reading these. I do think that's a very good thing!

Esquire_of_RohanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/17/2008
Cute! I really enjoyed this one!

Author Reply: Thank you. I am always glad to hear someone has enjoyed one of these. Thank you for the review!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/17/2008
You were fibbing to your Analyst you bad girl!

Pippin is learning to be a diplomat with his sister. Survival skills need to be learned early.

Great stuff GW!

Author Reply: I did lie to the Analyst but hey, like you say, survival skills! I have to lie to stay out of the psych ward. (giggles madly)

With three older sisters I think Pippin either learned to be a diplomat early on or a little charmer. With Pip I suspect it was both.

Thanks so much for reviewing!

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/16/2008
Oh! GW! *cough, splutter, snort*this is just hilarious! I do point out occasional typos but I don't take pleasure in it. *looks up to the sky and whistles innocently*. Of course I don't and I mainly only do it if the mistake changes the meaning of a sentence.

“Fine! I am wasting my life! I am writing stories that will never make me rich or famous and I am using another author’s characters! I am not doing anything important with my life. There! Are you happy now?”

As your alternative analyist I diagnose that you are wrong on all counts but the last question. You are making lots of people, especially me, very very happy.

KEEP WRITING and I even enjoy the sheep!

Author Reply: At one time during my fan fictin writing hobby, if the readers didn't point out the typos then no one did! I was so without a clue when I started on all of this that I didn't know anyone was having their stories edited or read over before posting. I ran mine through a spell check and then merrily posted them. I always joked that I had mine beta'd by the readers and was grateful for it! LOL *If* you should find Waldo, er any mistakes, please point them out to me. I have learned so much that way. Love the whistling innocently. hehehe

Awwwwww, thank you! I am in love with humor and so if I am making you happy then I'm happy too!

The sheep enjoy you too! : )

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 7/16/2008
This is so funny, GW! And I love your sheep obsession myself! Heh!

Author Reply: Will you be my therapist? You understand me. : )

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/16/2008
Ah--that's our Pippin. And Pervinca did get to name it after all! Love that she's not all that original.

I once had a tankful of tropical fish, and the busy little catfish was Sam, of course, and the swordfish were Eowyn and Faramir, and the neon tetras were named after Thorin and company....

Author Reply: Imagine having to name an entire flock of sheep! It's a wonder that Pervinca wanted that job. Oh, well, a sheep by any other name and all that.

I have a friend who has named her fish after the members of the A-Team. Remember that show? Her last group of fish were named after the Three Musketeers. Naming fish seems to be more interesting than naming sheep. LOL

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