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« Reply #775 on: 29/10/2007 16:52:02 »
Sharing writing is a wonderful thing.  :)

With your permission I'll show you some of mine though it's quite different from the things that have gone in here before.
I (used to) do a lot of creative writing together with other people, a kind of role play you could say, all in words.
It taught me a lot about the English language which after all is my 3rd and I still grapple with grammar, vocabulary and all the finer nuances of context.
But - it used to be a lot of fun and just perhaps you'll enjoy reading it too  :)

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“You are telling me that none, NONE!... of these vessels will take up my commission? Alandriel’s voice, tight and controlled, held in check by the awe inspiring presence of the regal elf, nevertheless betrayed her exasperation.

“My lady, the Teleri’s tone was soothing and appeasing as he shook his head slightly, “I have tried to tell you for a few days now. There is nothing that I can do; maybe at a later time. “

Alandriel bowed in return and he soon disappeared amongst a small crowd of elves that had gathered by the pier.

Now what?

“Still no luck, aye?”

Alandriel turned around.

Leaning nonchalantly against a stack of crates, scraping a piece of wood with a knife, was the same rugged, dark haired man she had talked to on a few occasions these past days: by her reckoning a Ranger from the North; one of a few that since the end of the War of the Rings seemed to have made the Grey Havens, or rather it’s environs their haunt; for adjacent to the ancient harbour had sprung up a new settlement, a village of sorts: a trading outpost, ideally situated closer to the mouth of the river Lhûn.

Fishermen mostly lived there, trading their bounty from the rich estuary with the few farmers that determinedly scraped a meagre living off the marshy land. Infrequently river-men from the North hawked furs and ivory there, the latter even attracting the occasional dwarf from the Blue Mountains. Peace seemed to have driven some of the more adventurous folk to seek out new opportunities in the largely empty lands of the West. The village, despite being not much more than a shanty town had nevertheless the feel of a warm and close-knit if not vibrant place common to communities forced to work closely hand in hand.

Yet these were ‘normal’ folk; rugged, yes  even rough, just like the man who had addressed her. What set him apart however were his eyes, the way he looked at her with that disconcertingly sharp gaze of his. What had brought the likes of him, for she had noted the presence of a few others, to the ancient and fading elf haven she could only guess. Maybe it had something to do with King Elessar’s renewed interest in the North and his resolve - so she had heard - to one day revive the old glory of what once had been the cities of the Kings of Arthedain. Mithlond after all had played an important role also as a port for many a party of allies, be it Númenorean or Gondorian. Maybe this Ranger had been sent to keep an eye out; and what better disguise than as in an official capacity of harbour master’s assistant?
Surely if she had been greatly troubled by the sudden exodus of many high lords and ladies some weeks ago and their subsequent return, others must have noticed too.

That is what had drawn her here: rumors of a great gathering in a mysterious place by the name of Tor-Ontó.

“No luck.” She sighed. “And there I was hoping that since the parties have all now returned, I would be able to secure passage.

“They are all taken. I’ve told you so before.” Another wood shaving fell to the ground. “See those?” With the knife he pointed briefly at the group of elves by the pier before returning to his carving.

“They have been waiting to set sail, now that the ships have returned…”

“Yet more elves are leaving these shores?”

He nodded and then lowered his voice so that Alandriel felt compelled to step closer in order to hear his words.

“They call themselves Cuiviémar, somewhere from the North. A strange sight - with their elaborately embroidered robes of grey or white, their thick fur cloaks. Dark haired yet fair. very fair so much so it is almost as if the light shines through them.

He lowered his hands and sheathed his blade, holding up the pointed piece of wood for her to see. “That will do.”

Alandriel nodded yet it was not the sharply pointed peg that held her attention but his last words. Some elves indeed could give that impression, especially the ones born under the light of the trees. Only once had she encountered such a being. But despite that only brief meeting, she could well understand the awe and uneasiness she had detected in the man’s voice.

Cuiviémar.

She only possessed a fleeting knowledge of the High Elven tongue but it had something to do with ‘to awake’, ‘awakening’. The exact term she had never heard before, of that she was certain yet it reminded her of another word.

Elves from the North?

Where from the North? By the looks of them and the manner of their attire they certainly had not come from any ‘North’ that she knew. And why were they leaving now? Did that have anything to do with what she had begun to suspect? To fear? Was he trying to tell her something? She looked at him sharply yet he only grinned back crookedly. Exasperatedly she sighed and pulled the hood of her cloak over her head. She knew she would not get anything further out of him. She had tried before - a few times and all in vain.

“Well then, let me know if a vessel becomes available, ANY vessel. Please! It is most urgent. You can find me…..”

“Yes, yes I know, my lady,” he said almost mockingly, “at the House of the Seven Stars, you’ve told me a few times already.”

Strange woman, and quite insane, wanting to set off this early in the year, and going North, of all places, he mused, watching the woman climb the stairs that lead to the promenade lining the harbour area. As she vanished into one of the many alleys he sighed and retrieved the large leather-bound harbour log from atop the stack of crates. So slight, almost fragile but my, her hair is the colour of her spirit! Don’t envy the captain that will take her on…..if indeed there is one foolish enough to do so; for that amount, why, she could purchase a new ketch!

His gaze wandered over the harbour and then he grinned. A single mast sailing boat, smaller than the elven vessels yet well built from some dark wood he did not recognize was just rounding the pier in search for suitable anchorage.

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Hahahaaaaaaaaaa yeah, much better than mine.
 

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« Reply #776 on: 29/10/2007 17:31:35 »
Yours is very good, and your writing is great in its own right! It is lovely Ben.. I wish you would continue on as I love reading it!
 

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« Reply #777 on: 30/10/2007 16:41:28 »
Well, when  i get the time, maybe i'll write a story off the top of my head onto here.
 

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« Reply #778 on: 30/10/2007 16:44:11 »
I would really enjoy that a lot. You do a great job and should continue if not professionally then for the pure enjoyment of it. It's great!
 

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« Reply #779 on: 04/01/2008 07:15:55 »
The Merry Go Round

The wind is slapping violently against my windows..
The rain is pounding down. My mind is filled with
morbid thoughts theres a part of me that can't be found.

The sleep I need I cannot find such worries so heavy on my mind.
I pull the covers up tight and secure but still I have a nagging fear.
So many years of pain and regrets so many things I wish to forget.

Where is love? Where is peace? In this world has it all ceased...?
Time slipped so quickly through my hands, never allowing for my own plans.
I once stood independent, strong, tall, now I feel so very small.

Life is funny the turns it takes. Its times like now I want to hit the
breaks. Slow it down, and let me stay on, but the merry Go round keeps
playing its song, round and round it goes again,I want it to slow down..but never end!
« Last Edit: 04/01/2008 07:20:17 by Karen W. »
 

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« Reply #780 on: 04/01/2008 10:39:34 »
Life is a merry-go-round for averyone Karen. Your writing has a chill about it that makes me shudder

Great words though and thought provoking.
 

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« Reply #781 on: 04/01/2008 16:54:36 »
I am sorry it had a chill for you... My whole point was that life "IS" a Merry Go round. We get caught up sometimes in  so many non important things and before we know whats happened we have taken the ride without slowing down to enjoy the most precious and beautiful things and before we know it its coming to a stop faster then we'd like and I for one find myself not wanting to get off at the proposed stop...I want to go again... You understand... but we can't choose when the ride stops we have no choice but to step away and allow others a chance to ride too...I guess its just I wish I had done some things differently on my ride.. took more time to smell the roses if you will. If I had worried less about silly things and paid more attention to what was important and not tried to make the impossible happen and maybe I should have let go of some things and tried to make things better in my life instead of beating a dead horse. ( Its a personal thing, sorry you don't understand)... I love life and love and people and I guess I am a bit selfish and want it to keep going ... with me in it! LOL....No one lives forever so by golly you all should live as loving full lives as you can.. Take some time for yourselves and make sure you find love and give love to  the world around you so you have a great ride! 
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« Reply #782 on: 06/01/2008 06:26:39 »
              My Gift

Last night again I struggled to find sleep.
Every way I turned I found no peace.
Every sound was dulled by the pounding pain,
droning away inside my brain.

Pulsating, echoing in my ears, sending
my heart racing and my eyes filling with tears.
Flickering flames from the fire,close by,
Helps bring the warmth and dries my eyes.

The hours pass slowly here, sitting alone in my soft
chair.It's warm and comforting I must say, to see the
sun rise on each new day. To hear the raindrops upon
my roof, makes me happy to hear them too....

And oh...the moon what a lovely site, with all the stars
twinkling in the night...The brisk cold air when I open
the door, how it stirs and chills me to my core. To snuggle
back down into my chair, and close my eyes if I dare.

What will the morning bring to me? When I open my eyes,
what will I see? I struggle to know why I fear it so,
just to close my eyes and let it all go.It gives me peace
to know for sure, that love is good and true and pure.

If All I leave in this world is love,I pray that, that
is good enough. It is not wealth or material gain but the
gift of my heart of which I gave. I have given such love and
taken it in, and it fills me up... again and again.

Its that which I hold so dear to my heart, the love I've
been given that I'll take when I part. A place that no evil
or pain can ever touch, this place in my heart that has been
loved so very much.
 

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« Last Edit: 06/01/2008 06:39:16 by Karen W. »
 

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« Reply #783 on: 06/01/2008 17:13:44 »
Profound and moving Karen !

You always write from the heart......
 

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« Reply #784 on: 06/01/2008 17:25:51 »
Thank you, I know no other way.
 

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« Reply #785 on: 06/01/2008 18:55:41 »
Thank you, I know no other way.

This is great....it proves you're a natural....just like you are with the diagram thingy !!

 

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« Reply #786 on: 06/01/2008 20:13:20 »
Hummm...is that a good thing? Oh My The diagram thingy is BAAAAAAAAAAd LOL..
 

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« Reply #787 on: 07/01/2008 17:54:27 »
             My Gift

Last night again I struggled to find sleep.
Every way I turned I found no peace.
Every sound was dulled by the pounding pain,
droning away inside my brain.

Pulsating, echoing in my ears, sending
my heart racing and my eyes filling with tears.
Flickering flames from the fire,close by,
Helps bring the warmth and dries my eyes.

The hours pass slowly here, sitting alone in my soft
chair.It's warm and comforting I must say, to see the
sun rise on each new day. To hear the raindrops upon
my roof, makes me happy to hear them too....

And oh...the moon what a lovely site, with all the stars
twinkling in the night...The brisk cold air when I open
the door, how it stirs and chills me to my core. To snuggle
back down into my chair, and close my eyes if I dare.

What will the morning bring to me? When I open my eyes,
what will I see? I struggle to know why I fear it so,
just to close my eyes and let it all go.It gives me peace
to know for sure, that love is good and true and pure.

If All I leave in this world is love,I pray that, that
is good enough. It is not wealth or material gain but the
gift of my heart of which I gave. I have given such love and
taken it in, and it fills me up... again and again.

Its that which I hold so dear to my heart, the love I've
been given that I'll take when I part. A place that no evil
or pain can ever touch, this place in my heart that has been
loved so very much.
 

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I'm not much for poetry but that's great.
 

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« Reply #788 on: 07/01/2008 17:57:36 »
Thanks Ben..  I very much appreciate your very kind words...Thank you Young man.That poem is also not much for good poetry..LOL
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« Reply #789 on: 16/01/2008 19:22:20 »
Love me in the Springtime, when all is green and new,
Love me in the Summer, when the sky is oh so blue,
Love me in the Autumn, when the leaves are turning brown,
Love me in the Winter, when the snow is falling down.

Love me when I'm happy, and even when I'm sad,
Love me when I'm good, or when I'm oh so bad,
Love me when I'm pretty, or if my face is plain,
Love me when I'm feeling good, or when I'm feeling pain.

Love me always darlin', in the rain or shining sun,
Love me always darlin', after all is said and done,
Love me always darlin', until all our life is through,
Love me always darlin', for I'll be lovin' you!

(my sister's not mine)
 

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« Reply #790 on: 16/01/2008 20:36:59 »
That is very pretty! It was nice of you to share it here in the forum!
 

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« Reply #791 on: 16/01/2008 20:49:07 »
 Thanks I'll tell her that!
That is very pretty! It was nice of you to share it here in the forum!
 

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« Reply #792 on: 16/01/2008 22:31:23 »
Nice.. good!
 

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« Reply #793 on: 06/02/2008 03:19:10 »
<font size="4"><i><font color="green">Autumn leaves falling</font id="green">
<font color="red">Dance upon a breeze</font id="red">
<font color="orange">Kaleidoscope of colour</font id="orange">
<font color="brown">Sleep cascading trees</i></font id="size4"></font id="brown">

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I really Like this poem Andrew! Very nice!
 

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« Reply #794 on: 25/02/2008 11:31:53 »
                   Synthetic Light

Yesterday was full of dreams, swimming round my head it seems..

Filling gaps and empty space, putting smiles on my old face!

What lies ahead I know not today, What was past has passed away!

Memories sweet and soft and true, sweet sweet thoughts of me and you.

Today like a lightening strike, your memories passed through me like the night

leaving me shivering in a synthetic light!

I wish I knew just what to do...So much sorrow in a world so blue!

Can it all be, but an illusion, caught within, with such confusion?

I'll close my eyes to dream again...and always keep it safe within.

That light I saw was bright and rare..I'll take it with me when I leave here!


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« Reply #795 on: 05/05/2008 01:14:29 »
as per karen's request:

and now to you I bestow this quote,
hold it in your hearts forever:
To each man what floats his boat,
unless it would sink another's.
 

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« Reply #796 on: 05/05/2008 03:20:32 »
nice.... thanks Science Guy.... nice to see you, please write some more....
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« Reply #797 on: 05/05/2008 13:23:48 »
as per karen's request:

and now to you I bestow this quote,
hold it in your hearts forever:
To each man what floats his boat,
unless it would sink another's.
What?
 

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« Reply #798 on: 05/05/2008 19:29:12 »
Do what makes you happy whatever floats your boat, but in so doing, make sure that your happiness does not destroy another's...( That is my interpretation)
 

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« Reply #799 on: 06/05/2008 04:54:33 »
yup.

the first part is me trying to tell you to live by this edict. ;D
 

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