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We Were Young Once ~ I  by Conquistadora 142 Review(s)
Starlight and MoonlightReviewed Chapter: 12 on 9/1/2021
Dear sister,

I first read your works when I was around 12 or 13 years old. We Were Young Once resonated very deeply with me then, everything felt so raw and so real, it was almost as if I could reach out and touch the characters and the world that you painted. Your writing also encouraged me to pen down stories of my own as well and to this day, this work of yours remains one of my absolute favorite Middle-earth fanfictions ever. Regrettably, I stopped writing once schoolwork and other ambitions started taking over and I lost my joy for reading then as well. However, in the past year, I ďconvertedĒ to Christianity (it feels so strange to call it a conversion since I always considered myself a Christian but Iíd never actually known God before then) and the Lord brought me through a lot of pain and loneliness. Now I am rebuilding (Iíve rediscovered my love for a lot of things as well!) and it is such a strange feeling to revisit this amazing story of yours, which has remained the same over the last years, but with me so changed. Now I know what resonated with me. Your story has the same type of timeless beauty and glory and depth as Tolkienís does. I do not know if you simply drew all of your inspiration from him or if you did indeed seek out the same God that Tolkien believed in for any of it, but I just wanted to say a huge thank you for bringing Thranduilís story to life and for touching all the lives of the readers who discovered your works.

I donít even know if you will ever read this note, but if you do, please, please, please keep writing! You are a great encouragement and I seriously think that if you havenít done so yet, you should post We Were Young Once on all the fanfiction sites you can (fanfiction net, Ao3, Wattpad, etc) so that as many people as possible can discover it! I know you havenít posted in awhile and life never stops to wait for any of us, but if ever you feel a bit more inspired than usual, maybe consider returning to writing some more concerning Tolkienís characters? Another fic by the likes of this one is perhaps too much to hope for but I keep thinking about how satisfying it would be to see you write a saga from the point of view of some of the Noldor (Maedhros, perhaps?) Or, if you donít like the Noldor very much (which is probably true ahaha), then maybe of Beleg? He has always been one of my favorite characters! Write what is in your heart, though! And I think I may get back to writing myself, too! Let me know if you ever need a beta reader, I would be soooo very honored to proofread anything you need for you.

I wish you the best. Merin sa haryalyŽ alassŽ. <333

Author Reply: Thank you so much for all your reviews! I absolutely read every single one of them, but as you know real life doesn't always give us all the time we'd like to do more enjoyable things.

Your story made me smile, because it sounds so familiar. I started writing this story in freshman year of college, and it's grown with me over the last 18 years (yikes!) through school, jobs, marriage and children. I think it has officially become my "emotional support story." :D I've really been missing it lately, but moving house, managing a home business, homeschooling and having a baby has really cut into my free time! Don't worry; I do plan on getting back to it soon, and readers like you inspire me a lot.

Congrats on your conversion! Reversion? Rediscovery? Whatever you want to call it. :) Funny you should mention it, but I am also a traditionally-minded Roman Catholic as Tolkien was, and it does color a lot of what I write. I do plan on cross-posting it to other fanfic sites, especially as it's gone through several cosmetic revisions over the years. As you say, Maedhros isn't really my cup of tea, but I do have plans for a fourth installment in which Thranduil finally goes to Valinor.

Thanks for volunteering! You are officially my new beta reader. (*Yay!*) I'll shoot you an email.

As always, thanks for reading and reviewing! It means so much. <3

Starlight and MoonlightReviewed Chapter: 6 on 8/31/2021
My, my!! Good lessons to learn from this chapter! Your OCs are literally AMAZING! They're so realistic and dynamic and I either absolutely love or absolutely hate every single one of them xD

Starlight and MoonlightReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/30/2021
I'm officially rereading this! And I'd forgotten how beautiful and talented your writing is! I love it so, so much!!!

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 18 on 11/14/2019
Thank you so much for your gorgeously written tale.

Author Reply: Thanks for all your great comments! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. :D

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 17 on 11/14/2019
BREATHTAKING CHAPTER!!! You couldn't write it better!!!

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 16 on 11/14/2019
At last he decided to talk to her!!!

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 15 on 11/14/2019
Love development of characters as they act intelligently or stupidly as their personality demands.

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 14 on 11/14/2019
Galdhrim's loyalty is amazing. Your story is difficult to put it down. Yesterday I read till 2 a.m but it was worth it!!!

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 13 on 11/14/2019
Thranduil and Amroth are so cute together!!!

mystarlightReviewed Chapter: 12 on 11/12/2019
This chapter made me cry. Last Alkarinwe's moments are absolutely touching and Thranduil is able to move on with the past at last.

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