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FINDERS KEEPERS, my first novel, a middle grade fantasy, is coming from Zharmae Press in February 2015.

Before that, I spent a good long time writing young Legolas stories, so it might be helpful if I gave a list of those that I've written in chronological order of Legolas's age in them. I give his age in both Elf and roughly equivalent human years.

The Seeds of Time, 11/4;
Paths of Memory, 11/4;
When Shadow Touches Home, 11/4;
All Those Who Wander, 11/4;
Battles Won, 11/4;
Heart's Ease, 11/4;
Legolas's Begetting Day, 20/8;
Watch This! 20/8;
Growing Under Shadow, 27/11;
Paths Taken, 27/11;
Good Neighbors, 30/12;
Visitors, 33/13;
My Brother's Keeper, 35/14;
See the Stars, 39/16;
A Matter of Heart, 40/16;
Prodigal Sons, 40/16;
Joinings, 41/16;
Gifts, 42/17;
The Novice, 42/17;
One Year in Mirkwood, 42-43/17;
The Tide of Times, 50/21;
The Warrior, 50/21;
Time's Turnings, 83/young adult;
Thranduil's Begetting Day, 83/young adult;
Fire and Shadow, 110, young adult;
Sacrifice Under Shadow, 278, adult;
Spring Awakenings, 278, adult;
Glorious Summer, 279, adult;
A Creature of Fire, 290, adult;
Tangled Web, 461, adult;
A Spring of Joy, 471, adult;
Home for Now, 471, adult;
A Question of Duty, 538, Adult

Additionally, Nilmandra (my beta) has written three stories using my characters as very welcome gifts. They're called "First Celebrations" (in which Thranduil meets his future wife), "Eilian's Begetting Day," and "Ithilden's Begetting Day." In exchange, I wrote a similar gift story for her called "Celuwen's Begetting Day," which takes place when Celuwen, Eilian, and Gelmir are all the human equivalent of 14. I also have another story called "The Decision," with Thranduil as the main character, and one called "A Moment of Joy," with Eilian and Ithilden in the years before Legolas came along. These single-chapter stories are all on Stories of Arda. Finally, Bodkin wrote a wonderful story called "In the West," in which she takes all my characters to Valinor and shows the return of many of the dead ones from the Halls of Waiting. Thank goodness! I have a Live Journal account here: http://dawtheminstrel.livejournal.com/
bullet More Dangerous and Less Wise by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 11/23/2008
Legolas and his brother learn something surprising about their father's past.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 4 Published: 11/12/2008
bullet Home for Now by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 3/29/2008
Set right after "A Spring of Joy." The Nazgul have come to Dol Guldur and Thranduil's family struggles to live a normal life.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 4 Published: 9/4/2006
bullet The Ties that Bind by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 2/22/2008
Thranduil's family gathers with other wood elves to celebrate their ties to Arda and to one another. An early birthday fic for Dot.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 2/22/2008
bullet Losses by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 11/5/2007
Eilian struggles with questions of reputation and honor. A few moments with Thranduil, but other than that, all OC. An early birthday present for The Karenator.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 11/5/2007
bullet The Spy by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 8/9/2007
Before he was Legolas's bodyguard, Beliond was a spy for King Thranduil. This is the story of one his adventures near the Sea of Rhun. Chapter 2 is a gift for Perelleth.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 2 Published: 6/21/2005
bullet Letting Go by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 8/2/2007
For Bodkin's birthday. Thranduil's grandson is betrothed to another only child. The fathers come to terms with the betrothal and one another.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 8/2/2007
bullet All Those Who Wander by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/29/2007
Young Legolasís family struggles to readjust in the wake of the loss of his mother. Chapter 7 added as a missing scene, that could also be attached to "My Brother's Keeper."
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 7 Published: 9/18/2005
bullet Paths of Memory by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 5/28/2007
Thranduil walks the paths of memory, where his sons are still small. Fluff/angst. Chapter 3 added as birthday present for Meckinock.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 3 Published: 10/20/2004
bullet The Seeds of Time by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 4/10/2007
After the end of the Watchful Peace, the Shadow spreads north in the Woodland Realm, and the queen must watch her sons be swept up in duty.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 8 Published: 3/13/2007
bullet Visitors by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 2/19/2007
An encounter between races. For Dot's birthday.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 2/10/2007
bullet Eilian and the Lembas Maiden's Kiss by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 11/21/2006
What was it young Eilian did to offend Alfirin so much that she was wary of him even years later? Three chapters. OCs plus a glimpse of Thranduil. A slightly early birthday present for The Karenator and a very late one for Elliska.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 3 Published: 11/17/2006
bullet A Father and Son Camping Trip by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 8/9/2006
An eagerly awaited camping trip goes awry. A Beliond story for Perelleth on her birthday.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 8/7/2006
bullet The Help of a Friend by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/30/2006
A birthday fic for Bodkin. It links to "In the West," a story she wrote using my OCs. Even in the Undying Lands, elves need the help of friends.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/30/2006
bullet Wood-elves by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 6/20/2006
Young warrior Thranduil spends time with his Silvan friends, Beliond and Maltanaur. A birthday fic for Nilmandra.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 6/20/2006
bullet A Moment of Joy by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 5/26/2006
Set years before Legolas's birth. A young Eilian and adult Ithilden work out some of their differences. A glimpse of Thranduil, but otherwise OC. An early birthday present for Meckinock.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 5/19/2006
bullet Thranduil's Begetting Day by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 3/17/2006
Men and Elves gather to celebrate Thranduil's Begetting Day. A cast of thousands, mostly OC. And, I fear, a descent into farce. My apologies.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 3 Published: 3/11/2006
bullet Gifts by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 2/25/2006
A gift for Dot on her birthday. Glimpses of Legolas and Thranduil, but overwhelmingly OC. Legolas's oldest brother and his wife come to a decision.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 2/25/2006
bullet A Spring of Joy by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 5/31/2005
2951 TA. Smaug and three-quarters of the Orcs of the north are dead, and the Wood-elves live in a fragile peace that Legolas struggles to preserve as captain of the Home Guard.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 8 Published: 5/8/2005
bullet A Creature of Fire by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 4/24/2005
Set in the year 2770 TA, this story follows Legolas through adventures both personal and canonical.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 11 Published: 3/11/2005
bullet Time's Turnings by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 2/20/2005
Legolas is a young warrior, testing his skills and trying to earn the respect of his father and older brothers.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 12 Published: 1/10/2005
bullet A Matter of Heart by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 12/28/2004
After a traumatic experience, Legolas struggles to return to using weapons. His oldest brother seeks romance.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 6 Published: 12/8/2004
bullet Good Neighbors by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 11/28/2004
Legolas and Thranduil deal with their Mannish neighbors from Esgaroth and visitors from elsewhere in Middle-earth.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 10 Published: 10/29/2004
bullet Glorious Summer by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 10/10/2004
Legolas is learning his role as a newly minted lieutenant, while, at home, his brother Eilian is a newly minted husband.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 10 Published: 9/9/2004
bullet The Decision by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 9/4/2004
An answer to the farewell fic challenge at the Mirkwood Castle Yahoo list, which is, sadly, going off line in early October. Jay of Lasgalen wrote the opening paragraphs (in italics) and the rest is mine.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 9/4/2004
bullet My Brother's Keeper by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 8/25/2004
An adolescent Legolas wrestles with decisions over how far his care for another should go.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 7 Published: 8/10/2004
bullet Legolas's Begetting Day by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 8/1/2004
Legolas is turning 20 (about 8 in human years). His friends spend the night and his family remembers the day he was born. Story complete.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 6 Published: 7/20/2004
bullet Tangled Web by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/9/2004
Legolas helps to defend the Woodland Realm, while, elsewhere, unknown forces are on the move. Great events are astir in the Woodland Realm in 2941 TA. This is how they looked to the Wood-elves. Ch. 17. Going Home.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 17 Published: 5/30/2004
bullet Celuwen's Begetting Day by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 5/28/2004
Celuwen spends the morning of her 35th begetting day with Eilian and Gelmir. OCs galore. A birthday present for Nilmandra.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 5/28/2004
bullet Paths Taken by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 5/18/2004
A practical joke goes wrong and Legolas and his oldest brother learn some things about confidence and courage.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 8 Published: 5/2/2004
bullet Spring Awakenings by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 4/26/2004
Legolas and his brother Eilian deal with problems at Elven settlements. Love and disaster are both in the air.
Rating: R Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 15 Published: 3/14/2004
bullet Battles Won by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 3/8/2004
Two-chapter fic. Little Legolas's older brother comes home on leave, and they engage in battles both physical and emotional.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 2 Published: 3/7/2004
bullet Sacrifice Under Shadow by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 2/29/2004
Legolas joins Mirkwood's most dangerous patrol, learns about a time in the youth of his brother Eilian, and experiences a change in their relationship.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 7 Published: 2/10/2004
bullet Fire and Shadow by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 1/31/2004
A young warrior Legolas is in a patrol sent to investigate trouble in the Grey Mountains, with his brother Eilian in command.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 8 Published: 1/13/2004
bullet Heart's Ease by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 1/29/2004
Single chapter fic. Little Legolas grieves for his own mother and is enamored of his friend's.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 1/29/2004
bullet The Warrior by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 12/28/2003
Legolas joins a warrior patrol for the first time, coming to terms with his body guard, his fellow warriors, and the reality of battle.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 10 Published: 11/29/2003
bullet The Tide of Times by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 11/23/2003
Legolas comes of age; Thranduil goes to a meeting of the White Council
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 13 Published: 10/18/2003
bullet Growing Under Shadow by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 10/8/2003
Shadow continues to spread through the Woodland Realm; Legolas gets his first adult bow.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 10 Published: 9/6/2003
bullet When Shadow Touches Home by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 8/28/2003
Shadow spreads through the Woodland Realm and the family of its king. The death of Legolas's mother separates his family members just when they need one another the most.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 11 Published: 7/27/2003
bullet A Question of Duty by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 8/16/2003
The decision to accompany Frodo must have been difficult for Legolas, given that he was needed in Mirkwood.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 9 Published: 7/16/2003
bullet The Novice by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/24/2003
Legolas is a novice warrior, struggling toward adulthood.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 12 Published: 7/14/2003
bullet One Year in Mirkwood by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/18/2003
The continuing adventures of Legolas as a novice.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 15 Published: 7/16/2003
bullet Joinings by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/16/2003
Legolas's first kiss and the wedding of his oldest brother. An attempt at canonical elf sex.
Rating: PG-13 Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/16/2003
bullet Prodigal Sons by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/16/2003
Legolas learns a lesson in responsibility, as he and a friend take a forbidden trip into the forest.
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 8 Published: 7/16/2003
bullet See the Stars by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/16/2003
Thranduil and his sons battle spies in the Woodland Realm
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 7 Published: 7/16/2003
bullet "Watch This!" by daw the minstrel Last Updated: 7/16/2003
Little elves fight boredom with a sled and a stairway. Shameless movie-verse.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/16/2003