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I don't have too many "friends" here anymore, but I'll throw this question out to those of you on my list here. I haven't gotten an answer yet on Quora.

If Gollum had somehow been persuaded to voluntarily give up the Ring and survived Mt. Doom, do you think he would have been given permission to sail West in order to heal hundreds of years of carrying the Ring? 

Auditions scene from Sing! (2016)

I especially love the singing hippo. I wonder if a talent competition would ever take place in The Shire? No guitars or electronic keyboards, but they had flutes, lutes, and other stuff...

It's been a while...

I forgot I even had an account here, so swayed was I by the glamour and glitz of Facebook. However, it has become so opinion-heavy and drama heavy I thought I'd escape back here where it's relatively low key.

Since I was here last I was promoted to Quality Assurance Analyst at my company, at which I'm about to celebrate 9 years, and am now able to work from home full time. No more commute, no more office drama, no more bringing a dish to a potluck and then when I get my turn, there is nothing left except Flaming Hot Cheetos and a few wilted celery stalks. I do miss the free cake on birthdays though.

Hope you are all doing well. 

Frodo has uttered his immortal words: "I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way." Bilbo gets emotional over the departure of his adopted son, and Sam found out the hard way about what crashing Elven councils means. Now the Fellowship is departing Rivendell-two Men, one dwarf, one Elf, one wizard, four hobbits, one pony, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Feb. 23rd, 2015

I'm working through the trilogy again, this time on my Kindle, to brush up a bit. Currently, Frodo is in Rivendell, nursing his wound and enduring Bilbo's poems before he's saved by the bell-literally-to call him and the others to the Council of Elrond. I enjoyed re-reading Frodo's Karaoke moment in the Prancing Pony. I realize he was covering over Pippin blabbing about the Party and almost giving him away, but ended up drawing a lot more attention to himself when he grabbed the Ring by mistake. On to the Council.
I watched part of FOTR and most of the Two Towers yesterday on TV. At the scene in TT where the Orcs are hatching, Saruman makes a comment about them destroying "all who oppose us". But I could have sworn he said, "We will destroy all posers." Close enough. But the movies meddled too much with "how it REALLY went".
There is one interesting change at the end of ROTK that I think was appropriate. In the book, Frodo says that he gave the Ring up (I think). In the movie, he says "I lost it." But then again, the movie had Sam coming home at the end (the last of the 13 endings) without the Red Book and without Bill when he clearly had both when he saw Frodo off, so I guess we have to take it with a few grains of salt.

Dec. 26th, 2014

I hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas. I look forward to a safe and prosperous 2015.

Winding down

I managed to get my Yule fic finished and added to the queue; I had to finish it today or else I would miss the deadline due to the hectic holiday rush and be forever banned from the challenges and that would never do. I owe a debt of gratitude to an old Shirebound plot bunny and the movie A Christmas Story to help me finish it. No one licks flagpoles and there are no Chinese waiters singing but it still worked out more or less. I can't wait to see all the submissions. If I don't post again before Christmas, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thanks to an old plotbunny donated years ago to Shirebound's bottomless hutch, I think I've finally been given the much-needed direction for my Yule fic. Otherwise, I'd still be hitting my head on the keyboard crying, knowing I'd be forever banned from challenges if I can't come through.
Our family endured another challenge over the weekend: my cousin Jacque was traveling with three friends to Las Vegas for a bachelorette party on Saturday when a fast traveling storm left black ice on the roads in Kingman, AZ. She lost control of her vehicle and they rolled 20 feet down an embankment, turning over 7 times. Only a cactus (one of the tall saguaro indigenous to Arizona) stopped them from rolling more. She drives an Infiniti SUV with 6 airbags and all of them deployed; that and the cactus saved them from being killed. They all emerged with only bumps and bruises and we are very thankful.
I'm going to see Fleetwood Mac tonight; it was my birthday present from my mom. I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm struggling to write my Yule fic; it's just not clicking mostly because it's a topic I don't really know much about. However, I don't shirk from challenges so I will get it done.
Hope everyone is doing well.


Kimberly Klaus

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