Late, of course. Which is my middle name these days, but I don't have to like it.

So, the last time I tried this I didn't make it past day 3. I doubt I'll manage this year, either, but hey, my New Year's Resolutions are as follows -

WRITE MORE. POST MORE. EAT LESS SUGAR. (About four or five years ago, when my life started going to hell in a handbasket, my eating habits went to hell with everything else, and sweet things have become my reward for getting through the day.)

Minor resolutions: Vacuum Your Damn Room. Exercise More, Your Body Will Thank You in Another 10 Years.

So! Here we go. Two days' worth of Snowflake meme-ing, then I get to read some fic. I started [livejournal.com profile] hoggywartyxmas a few days ago (or some such - time is meaningless of late). Then Something tapped me on the shoulder and gave me a handbasket, and do you know what was in it? Go on, guess. I dare you.




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Day 1

Post a rec for at least three fanworks you've created. It can be your favorite fanworks, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator*.


You know, this one hasn't got any less embarrassing with time. I've posted so few fanworks, how can I keep talking about them? Fie on my writer's block.

1. The White Road My most popular fic, and probably the thing I'll be remembered for in my corner of fandom. I'm still pleased that I had the audacity to write a Snape/Harry fic from Lily's POV, because it taught me to love Lily. I'm also still happy that I played around with structure, even if it is a bit disjointed. I'd never tried anything like that before, and it was a serious challenge. And I still cherish that scene in the marsh reeds. And the moment when Snape holds his own hand. And Snape with his books.

Random bit of trivia: it never seriously occurred to me how incredibly squicky some readers might find the concept of a mother watching her son have sex. I guess I took the "voyeurism from the afterlife" idea, with its remoteness and hint of omniscience, a bit too much in stride.

2. The Blood of Stars, which is a work-in-progress and therefore not an ideal candidate for reccing. But this is, or will someday be, the angsty melodramatic romance fic of my heart, a thing I would once have scorned to write. It's likely that Snape and Harry are out of character here, very fanficcy and emotionally overwrought. And yet I'm determined to finish it because there's something personally compelling about it, scenes and moments I love and have spent way too much time designing. And it contains my favorite of all the endings I've ever written. (Yes, the end of the fic is finished. It's the frickin' MIDDLE that waits for me to have a decent life again, a life that contains writing.)

3. Well, now. From a WiP that's partly posted to a WiP that's not posted at all! Yes, this gets better and better. But I've recently rekindled my interest in the long version of a fic I wrote years ago for [livejournal.com profile] snapecase, entitled "The Lost World" and inspired by the urge to mix fairy tale magic and morality into the Potterverse. I had many more ideas for it than I could squeeze into the word count limit, and a different end than I gave the fest version. The longer Lost World is a rather strange customer, overindulgent and convoluted, and as of this reckoning, it steals from Tam Lin, Goblin Market, Beauty and the Beast, Psyche and Cupid, and throws in a bit of the serpent in the garden as well. I suspect it's not a likeable story, and perhaps that's one reason I stalled out. But it's back on the table now, even if I've only managed to revise a few scenes. We'll see. I want to get this out in fannish space if only because I've wasted lavished so many hours and words on it.

*fanworks you say would define you as a creator

I'd say the only thing that defines me as a creator is that I have a fixation on Snape. Otherwise, how would you answer that?
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