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April 2007 Challenge Bulletin

Release Date: 01 Apr 07
Category: Challenges

This is no April Fool's! Take up a HASA Challenge today!


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Birthdays!

Post your request at the Birthday Cards Forum

April 4th: RS writes "My daughter just turned 13, and wow, is it a new world for me! I was wondering if anybody is up to writing a drabble about Aragorn and his teenage daughter(s)...how he is able to cope with a bundle of raging hormones and an attitude! I would also like to see an interaction between Arwen and Boromir, or Eomer; Arwen and Gondorion society; or just Arwen and Aragorn."

Also, don't forget to create a story for the birthday card workshop. This serves the same purpose as the old HAWriters story and lets others put drabbles they write in an easily accessible location. Enter this story in the challenge for March birthday drabbles, so we have all of these in one place. (There are instructions on how to do all this at the top of each thread in the Birthday Cards Forum; if you need help just ask the Workshop Manager, Gwynnyd.) Any questions, contact Gandalfs Apprentice at:

gandalfs_apprentice(at)comcast(dot)net

If you aren't at your usual computer, you can send GA an email through HASA, too.

New Challenges

We don't have a new challenge yet for April. Make a suggestion in the prospective Challenges thread. When five people accept, you have created a new Challenge!

Open Challenges

Five for the Istari

  1. Marital Spats
    Closes 30 April 07: Marital spats always happen, even in the "perfect" couple, so what about Faramir & Eowyn? Arwen & Aragorn? Rosie & Samwise? Galadriel & Celeborn? Or any other Middle-Earth couple, for that matter? How do characters react in the crucible of love from fight to resolution?

  2. A Tale Within a Tale
    Closes 30 April 07: It's a common literary device to have a tale told within your main story. The device could be used in many effective ways: a taleteller relating a story for entertainment, as Strider does; a mother telling a child a story; someone relating a tale of the past; a herald passing on information. It could be a character telling a story about himself, or retelling an old legend for any number of reasons. The tale could be an essential part of the story, or a side story to the main plot.

  3. Mortality
    Closes 21 June 07: Lúthien, Elros and Arwen all decided to become mortal. In what way would their life be changed? How would this change affect the body and mind? Would Beren and Aragorn feel guilty?

  4. When Brothers Are Not So Close
    There are four options:
    1. Write the brothers as cool or distant
    2. An argument that needs to be resolved
    3. An AU with an outside force separating the brothers and how it might effect canon
    4. Explore the relationship outside of canon.
    You could include cousins or other people who share a brotherly bond.

  5. New Members 2006 - 2007
    This is a challenge for new members. By definition, a new member is any member who has been a member for fewer than four months or who, at the time of reading this, has written three (3) or fewer Tolkien fanfics. Choose one of the following - there are choices from any Age, from "The Hobbit," from "Lord of the Rings," from "The Silmarillion", from "Unfinished Tales", and three choices from the Peter Jackson "Lord of the Rings" - movies.

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