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A Lesson On Writing  by Lily Dragonquill 8 Review(s)
VirtuellaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/20/2008
This is a charming little story. You have portrayed the relationship between Bilbo and Frodo very well and there is a beautiful, calm and homely atmosphere to the piece. I would only quarrel with the use of the word "flabbergasted", because what Bilbo has told Frodo is not particularly spectacular, but rather common sense.


Author Reply: Thanks a lot for your comment. I always picture the atmosphere between Bilbo and Frodo calm and peaceful - well, most of the time at least ;) What Bilbo said might not be spectacular but if you have never looked at it this way it would come as a surprise as well.

LuthienTinuviel1225Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/19/2005
Dear Lilly

The reason i love your fics is because it is very easy to relate to them. Writers block is such a pain. You know what you wan tto say, it is on your tounge, but you just cant find the right words to write it down. SI shamefulkly have to admitt that i too like to play with hot wax.

wonderfull sotry.

yours Alexa

Author Reply: Thanks a lot, Alexa. Writers block is something every writer can identify with and, in letting Frodo suffer from the same, I managed to overcome mine. I think, next time I should listen to Bilbo's advice myself.

Ah... the temptation of hot wax is immense :)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/10/2005
Interesting images, and love the playing with the wax--have done that myself when disgruntled.

Disgruntled words and seedcakes. Lovely.

Author Reply: Glad you enjoyed it. Molten wax has a tremendous attraction.

Hobbit Lass21Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/9/2005
Oh I love this! Yay a new Lily the Hobbit story! Poor Frodo, I know exactly how he feels....about writers block and....*mumbles ashamedly* about sticking your fingers in hot wax. Thats my guilty pleasure......Though I usually wait until the candle's burned out!! I love the way this is written, as usual, especially the description of Frodo......fabulous job, once again!

Author Reply: Thanks a lot! I love to write about Frodo (as if that wouldn't be obvious :) ) and I guess Frodo shows many traits of myself - especially when I write a story focusing on something I am just experiencing (like writer's block).

DesideraReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/8/2005
Ohh, that was great!! Frodo gets talkative on cake?? *lol* How nice! And a very sweet idea! I also liked Bilbo's image of the disgruntled words! The idea of Frodo suffering from Writer's Block is very interesting. Ahh, the dreaded Writer's Block...*gg* But it's good for something if it inspired you to this!

Author Reply: It's quite unusual for writer's block to be inspiring :)
Glad you liked the idea of the cake :)

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/6/2005
Oh my, I was just going to ask for a poem about a "disgruntled" word - and there it is! Thank you FantasyFan :)

"Only when you feel them will your verses flow and satisfy you, as well as anyone else fortunate enough to read them."
That's so very true. Thank you for letting me belong to the "fortunate ones".
I enjoyed this little story.

Author Reply: It is an honour and a pleasure that you delight in my tales.

FantasyFanReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/6/2005
There once was a disgruntled word
Who insisted it would not be heard.
But with one bite of cake,
So his tummy won't ache,
An aspiring writer was cured!

I do love stries where Frodo learns from Bilbo, and it is easy to see why Frodo loved him.

Author Reply: What a wonderful poem!! Thanks for sharing this!

Sophia SilfaeryReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/6/2005
Well, if that's what happens when you stare at an empty word-document too long I'll have to try it more often.

"They were dancing like an elf-maiden he had never seen -- dancing like Lúthien the Fair with her long, dark hair flowing in the twilight."

That ranks pretty high on my list of all time coolest LOTR similes. Frodo is experiencing what pretty much all of us have gone through at one point or another I think. What a nice little scene :)

Author Reply: Thank you so much!
You know, Frodo in this story is pretty much me - because that was what I was doing yesterday afternoon, trying to go on with another story; but then, you cannot force words.

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