I was not particularly active on HASA, but this is sad news nonetheless.
aliana1 is holding a public wake/appreciation post for HASA.
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I will do this, but understand that it's out of sheer hubristic pride + OCD-driven desire to do each prompt in this challenge, and that I neither require nor expect nor even necessarily desire answers.
I do, however, require a certain fill-in-the-blank format, which is detailed as follows (that is, leave three words/short phrases):
Huin, I will never forget that time when _________. I am always vaguely uneasy that you will someday ascend to ________. Never stop __________.
I intended, for this, to write a story inspired a couple months ago by a song and living in my head since. That isn't what happened, as usual. Instead I drew Mairon as I imagine him in the as-yet-unwritten story. As might be expected, he doesn't have the most socially acceptable reasons for looking vaguely smug and contemplative.
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.
I'm counting Day Four done, as I'd inadvertently filled the prompt a couple times very shortly before it went live.
Gwenniel sprang first to mind, as I was recently checking deviantArt (which I don't do frequently enough) and found both art and writing by her that I really enjoyed. Gwen posts a lot of Tolkien--mainly Silmarillion--as well as Naruto (which I cannot claim any knowledge of). Her writing is insightful, and she has a distinctive art style with great use of soft colors and shadow. She writes/draws a lot of Elves, but, being what I am, I'm choosing something else to recommend:
Story: "Of Eru and Melkor" (philosophical and not-quite-rosy view of the nature of Eru)
Art: Thuringwethil. I love this character design!
It's difficult to even know where to start, as I hardly suppose I need to disclaim. Eventually I decided to go with a theme to make choosing easier. Or rather, a character: Melkor!
- http://lauren-draws-things.tumblr.com/ Lauren frequently posts clever and diverting Tolkien cartoons under the tag "I'm Sorry Mr. Tolkien." Observe at right. --->
- http://b2mem.livejournal.com/ Back to Middle-earth Month, an annual month-long March event encouraging Tolkien fans to create and comment on new fanworks. The format is different each year. 2012's Bingo game was an overwhelming (almost overbearing, really) success which has remained with us to this day in both fame and infamy.
- http://saurongorthaur.blogspot.com/ This may be going against the purpose of promoting community, as this project is no longer active, but I wanted to share something that brought me hours of entertainment back in the day. I happened upon "Sauron's Blog," a cracked-out series of purported diary entries written by the maintainer of Periannath.com, sometime in 2007 which is right when the seeds of my 'verse were sprouting in my mind. Frankly I have to wonder how much subconscious influence this had on me. The earliest entries are more succint and pure gold.