It looks like The Hobbit release and a nice winter break gave me both inspiration and time to act on it, so I actually cranked out one story and I have a couple more that I am working on. In fact, I have some 10 Tolkien fanfics sitting on my hard drive waiting to be finished (some of them have been in outline status for more than three years). This one, though, was short and sweet, inspired by the glimpse of the spiders in the Hobbit.
I feel slightly guilty about what I did, though. Poor Sauron.