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[personal profile] gracerene asked question #10 about Heat Wave, a Sirius/James fic from 2005. (And yes, actually remembering the writing process might be tough on some of these, but I'll try!)

10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?

It was for a fest and the pairing was specified in the prompt ("Sirius/James, Dom!Sirius, bondage, drawnout pleasure until James can't take it anymore. Playful, cocky, smirking Sirius"), so why did I choose this prompt?

I got interested in James/Sirius after OotP, which really shifted my mental image of the Maurauders. Since PoA there had been a fannish assumption, which I shared, that Sirius and Remus were the closest friends (possibly already in a relationship), and James was the leader. To me, OotP changed all that. It seemed clear to me that Sirius and James were the ones who were close, both from the way they interacted in the flashback and the fact that Sirius went to live with the Potters; his living with Remus or Peter was apparently never even considered. I also realized that Sirius was more of a leader type than I'd thought, and that to some extent James was taking cues from him, which makes the way the Prank played out make a lot of sense.

In light of all this, pairing them up began to seem a lot more interesting. I know I'd already started to write some J/S fic but hadn't gotten very far, and seeing this prompt was serendipitous since it gave some specific direction to stuff that was on my mind but still kind of nebulous. If the prompt had been Dom!James I doubt I would have taken it, because what I wanted to write about had to do with Sirius having the dominant role in their friendship and that dynamic progressing into a sexual relationship. Sirius feels like James will follow him anywhere and keeps pushing it further, and this prompt fit that concept perfectly.

And I mean, yes, I know it's a PWP and maybe I wasn't completely successful in getting all this background out onto the page. But it's what I had in mind when writing. There's still a small part of me that thinks I'm going to finish the other fic in this universe that I started on, because there's more I wanted to say about this pairing and what I thought would happen as they got older and realized there might be places they weren't comfortable going with it, not sexually but emotionally. (I remember an astute reader commenting with distress that they never kiss... There's a reason I wrote it that way.)

Anyway, that's one down. I'll have to get to the rest of these another day! And if you want to check out the rest of the questions or pose one of your own, the original meme post is here.

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And in other news, I wrote another [insanejournal.com profile] daily_deviant fest fill, just a quick little thing:

Love Letter (R, Ginny/Luna)
Prompt from [insanejournal.com profile] carpemermaid: Character A likes to pet and stroke and tease Character B while they sit in their lap.




Both members and watchers are welcome!
Click the banner to go to our birthday card!


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I wrote a thing for the [insanejournal.com profile] daily_deviant 11th birthday comment fest:

Once (R, James Sirius/Lily Luna)
Prompt from [insanejournal.com profile] tryslora: It'll be okay, just this once, right?


You too can fill prompts, or read fills, or whatever floats your boat!



Both members and watchers are welcome!
Click the banner to go to our birthday card!


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I still haven't finished reading all the Kinky Kristmas fics that were posted while I was out of town, but I can at least point to my own entry:

Nine Ways of Looking at a Book (R, Hermione/Minerva) [AO3]
Hermione has come back to Hogwarts to teach history. She finds herself looking to the future, too.

Now, this is a double-blind fest in which you don't know whose prompt you're picking, but how I didn't guess I was writing for [personal profile] kelly_chambliss based on the characters and kinks, the world will never know! I never got around to prompting anything and I wasn't sure I was going to write either, but come on now... Hermione/Minerva with book kink? How am I going to pass that up? :D

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What a great [livejournal.com profile] hp_halloween it was this year!

I got this sweet & lovely drabble from my sweet & lovely wife:

The Moon And I (PG, Luna/Hermione) by [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore

And I had the privilege of writing again for my friend [livejournal.com profile] dexstarr:

The Fall (G, Narcissa, Andromeda) [AO3]

I would encourage anyone who has some time to check out the entries if they haven't. Since they're all double drabbles it doesn't take long, and there are some real gems. Every year I'm amazed at the depth and beauty writers are able to pull off in 200 words.

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I always used to post about new books before I'd read anybody else's reactions. Never thought I'd get to do it again!

spoilers )

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The masterlist for [livejournal.com profile] severus_snape's annual fest is up! I wrote this ficlet:

By Now Should Be Antique (G, Filch & Snape) [AO3]
Argus doesn't know where Snape comes from anymore.

It's just a little thing, but I was pleased to be able to contribute. ♥

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catching up

Jan. 7th, 2016 12:39 pm
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A shamefully long time ago, I received this lovely gift in the [livejournal.com profile] hp_halloween drabble exchange:

Carry My Soul Into The Night (PG-13, Narcissa) by [livejournal.com profile] flyingharmony

It's great and just what I wanted, and I'm so sorry I didn't point to it until now! Better late than never?

As for me, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] reynardo:

Red Ribbon (G, Hermione & kids) [AO3]

Do read it on AO3 if you read it, since a typo somehow made its way into the LJ version. >_<

In more current news, [livejournal.com profile] severus_snape's annual fest starts posting on the 9th (naturally), and I've got an entry in there. And claiming has started at [livejournal.com profile] hp_kinkfest, which I hope to participate in, health permitting and all.

How are you all doing? I try to stay positive but life doesn't make it easy some days, does it?

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fly-by psa

Oct. 11th, 2015 09:45 am
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Today is the last day to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] hp_halloween! It's an exchange for 200-word ficlets, so the commitment is minimal, and such a fun variety of things always get written.

I really owe an update here, and replies to a bunch of people. I'm hoping to get caught up next week, health permitting.

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So this was my dream last night:

It took place at Hogwarts, but it was a cartoon, not live action. Hermione said something implying that Slytherins were terrible, and Pansy overheard her.

Then cartoon!Pansy launched into an elaborate musical number called "I Will Dye My Hair Slytherin", singing about her Slytherin pride and magically turning her outfit (and hair) into various Slytherin designs as she danced all over the Great Hall.

I'm deeply sorry to report that I don't really remember how the song went. I think the tune was something along the lines of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year".

Unfortunately, the rest of the dream descended into the usual dreamlike incoherence after the musical number. But when I woke up I had the alarming sense that I might actually be a musical and/or animation genius, and only the insecurities of my conscious mind are holding me back from realizing my potential.

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As much to remind myself that I need to come up with some prompts for these as for anyone else's awareness:

- [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest, in its fifth year, is taking prompts for this year's fest.

- And the (surprisingly) brand new comm [livejournal.com profile] dracomalfoy is starting a fest for Draco's birthday.

I love character-centric fests because the possibilities are so open. Write a favorite pairing? Write a brand new pairing that's never been seen before? (Minerva/Draco???? :O ) Write some gen? Yes, yes, all of the above!

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"What do they mean, NSFW?" I asked my computer screen. "If he's only in his underwear, how NSFW could it be?"

Harry Potter's Matthew Lewis is Attitude's new cover guy

*click*

"...I'm sorry I doubted you."

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Since the new X-Files miniseries was announced, I've been thinking about what it's like being in fandoms with open vs. closed canons.

I've always struggled with writing in open fandoms, particularly TV fandoms, because I felt like there was never enough time, even during the summer hiatus, to finish exploring the existing canon before there'd suddenly be more and more and more. It wasn't only a matter of getting jossed, but also of feeling overwhelmed by how many things were happening to the characters, and spending so much time mentally processing the stories I was being told (and discussing them with other people in fandom) that it was hard to focus on writing my own. This is a large part of the reason that I didn't start posting XF fic until a few months after the show had ended; for the first time, I could write it without feeling rushed or fearing that the rug would be pulled out from under any story I came up with before I finished it.

Cut for length )

What do you guys think? Do you tend to be hungry for new canon or do you like a long hiatus to focus on fanworks more? Do you stick with fandoms after the canon is closed or do you tend to move on to something where there's new material to look forward to?

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Today's topic was suggested by [personal profile] implicated2, who wrote: Would you be interested in doing some fic rec posts? I often enjoy posts that do something like "here is a theme I really enjoy in fic and here are some fics that do it well/interestingly."

Since it's on my mind already given yesterday's post, how about some stories where characters are shown navigating their kinks?

Doll (HP, Draco/Hermione, NC-17) by [livejournal.com profile] captainraychill
kink: attraction to dolls/sex with living dolls
I recced this before when it was new, and it's well worth reccing again. It's a powerful, insightful exploration of how early experiences shape our desires, of how crucial a part of our identity our kinks can be, of the intimacy of negotiation, and of the fear that Hermione puts so clearly: "I want to find everything I need in one person, but I don’t know if I can." The use of magic in this fic is particularly wonderful and adds to the depth and feeling of immersiveness.

Reproach (HP, Snape/Black, worksafe comic) by [livejournal.com profile] akatnamedeaster
kinks: nonsexual ageplay, crossdressing
For anyone unfamiliar with Kat's work, this takes place in an AU where Sirius and Severus survived the war and are in an established relationship. There's a disarming simplicity and openness to the images of Sirius soothing himself with his secret kink — it really feels like we are peeking in on a private moment, rather than something intentionally displayed, which speaks to the subtlety of Kat's drawings. It rings true that even in an established kinky partnership, there can be things that feel especially personal and scary to share.

perfect in a sickening sort of way (Star Trek Reboot RPF, Chris Pine/Zachary Quinto, NC-17) by [archiveofourown.org profile] perdiccas
kink: rape fantasy
It doesn't matter if you don't know who these actors are; everything you need to know is in the fic. This is an intense story that is very perceptive about the realities of fulfilling a taboo fantasy. There is a constant awareness of how high the emotional stakes are, the risks that are present no matter how well you negotiate, and the depth of trust it takes to step into it anyway. It's rare to see these themes handled so deftly, and I found it incredibly hot.


And wow, May's half over already. I'm doing a lot better at this post-every-day thing than I thought I would!

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The Salt & Pepper fest master list is up! I wrote:

But Not Narrow (PG-13, Hermione/Ron, Hugo/OMC) [AO3]
Naturally, Hermione is completely supportive when Hugo comes out of the closet. It's a bit more of a surprise when Hugo returns the favour.

I loved writing this. The prompt, from [livejournal.com profile] sdkshelly, was about a middle-aged Hermione figuring out that she is not straight, a concept that I was instantly drawn to. There were so many ways to go with it that I was actually a little overwhelmed at first and had a hard time settling on just one idea. But when I found the right one, the story just seemed to write itself, which is extremely atypical for my writing process, and was a pleasant change. :P

Meanwhile, I am sick as a dog, and have been for over a week. I keep thinking I'm getting better, and then it's like... nope, not even close. I can't really complain too much, because since I quit working in retail I get sick very rarely (money and people are filthy, it turns out) but I'm certainly looking forward to feeling better soon. :\

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[livejournal.com profile] hp_goldenage has started posting for their Salt & Pepper fest (fic/art of all genres focusing on characters over 50), and one of the entries will be mine!

Uh, I think I'm signed up for [livejournal.com profile] hd_collab? All I know is [personal profile] hannelore asked me if I'd be on a team with her and I said "sure". Anyway, sign-ups still seem to be open for that.


And I'm a week late with this, but rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. The heart and soul you put into Spock watered the creative ground from which all of our fandoms have grown, and continue to grow.

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I'm not sure I've ever recced a fanpoem before, but [livejournal.com profile] stuttermoan's Neville-centric sonnet Mum and Dad (G-rated) is quite a good one. It picks up the theme of Neville's forgetfulness and links it to his parents' loss of identity in a very sensitive and multi-layered way.

Wait, I think I have recced a fanpoem before... Yes, I had to go find it: fat again (Teen, Sirius/Remus), a free-verse poem in the style of cummings, written many years ago by [personal profile] bowdlerized, whose presence in the fandom is sorely missed.

I wouldn't mind writing some poetry myself, but I wouldn't know where to start. I only know how to do prose. When I read a good poem it's like a magic trick — I don't know how they're doing it!

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Happy Valentine's Day! My second entry for [livejournal.com profile] hp_kinkfest wasn't intended as a V-day fic, but it fits well enough:

Pink (R, Neville/Luna) [AO3]
Luna's cheeks are pink. So are other things.


Unrelatedly (though rather appropriate for a Luna post), random browsing brought me to the Deviant Art page of someone who makes the most amazing handmade plushies of fantasy creatures: Wood Splitter Lee's Original Fantasy Sculptures. Her creations have to be seen to be believed. Don't get your hopes up for seeing one in person, though... they're one of a kind and often auction for upwards of a thousand dollars. :o

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Now that I've claimed my [livejournal.com profile] severus_fest fic, if you go to my AO3 page you may notice something interesting, which is that I have posted exactly one hundred Harry Potter fics.

o_O

For some people this might not seem like a lot, especially considering that I've been in the fandom since 2003 (yikes), and it includes some drabbles and filks, and even my longer stories are short by most people's standards, BUT STILL. I write very slowly and leave a lot of things unfinished, so for me this is an accomplishment.

Here's some stats. Humor me.

Total word count: 124,115 (which makes the average fic wordcount 1241, of course)

Characters written (not including OCs): 62 )

Top 10 most frequently written characters )

M/M pairings written: 30 )

Het pairings written: 17 )

Femslash pairings written: 12 )

Pairings written more than once: 5 )

Here's to a hundred more? Well... maybe. I've been in this fandom for a long time, but one of the reasons for that is that the dizzying variety of characters makes it hard to get bored. Even with all those fics under my belt, it's not at all difficult to think of interesting things I haven't written yet.

Reaching my bicentennial might take another twelve years, though.

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Now that [livejournal.com profile] severus_fest reveals have happened, I can say that I wrote:

Unbreakable (R, Severus/Narcissa) [AO3]
When Narcissa left Spinner's End that night, she was not in Severus's debt.

I was somewhat unsure about this fic when I submitted it (I knew where I was trying to go with it, but wasn't certain it would come across), so I have to say I was really tickled to watch folks discussing it during the anonymity period and coming up with many of the same ideas for Severus's motivations that I'd had in mind, as well as some I hadn't even thought of. Snape just wouldn't be Snape without a dozen different possible reasons for what he does, would he?

This was a fun fest to write for and there were a lot of great entries. Check them out!

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