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 [ 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 [ 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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From: [personal profile] delphi

I'm so glad you're doing the Snowflake Challenge! (I hear you about finishing - this is a daunting one - but I'm just always glad to see these posts from certain folks, as they never fail to be interesting.)

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From: [personal profile] delphi

I hear you. I'm doing Get Your Words Out this year, and this being Day 2 (and the Monday of a long weekend), I was all happily productive while also doing the important stuff like laundry and making lunches and cleaning the kitchen. I realize that tomorrow I'll be lucky if I can muster the energy to get my coat off after getting home.

But - for my own sanity, I'm trying to take failure out of the equation and stop thinking of certain things as unfinished. I mean, as a reader, I don't care if you finish this challenge. I get to read each individual post you do make, and I'll enjoy howsoever many you end up writing. Each one's a net gain of happiness in my life, not a percentage of some potential finished product. So too with a good WiP. It's something nice in the world that wasn't there before.

From: [identity profile]

It does not surprise me to know that you're still working on The Lost World; you were never ready to turn it in. :P Good luck with it, and all the rest! *hugs*

From: [identity profile]

Hah! Am I ever done with anything? I can fuss and fiddle until the end of time!

But you're right. This fic niggled at me, and I've never been able to shake it. Right now it stands at 50K words, and there are still scenes I have to draft. AAAAAAAGGHHH.

Thank you for the luck and good wishes, m'dear! You've been incredibly supportive, and very understanding in the face of my creative collapse. *hugs*

From: [identity profile]

Happy New Year! So happy to hear there may be something new coming from you in the future. I'll be eager to see how everything turns out. Good luck with the snowflake challenge. I was doing pretty well the last time I did it, but that brain aneurysm and stroke stalled my progress.

From: [identity profile]

Hello, hello, hello! Accio, my dear, it's so good to see you out and about it fandom again! I have missed your presence in a big way, even though I've mostly been lurking myself.

Yeah, I fell down on the Snowflake challenge because it was a choice (not really) between life and fannish pursuits, and life doesn't really leave much room to say no.

I didn't realize you'd had an aneurysm - or was that the cause of the stroke? In any case, it's still shocking after all this time. And I'm so glad you've won back enough energy and focus to reappear on the scene. It must mean that things are better with your body and mind, and your life is becoming your own again. *hugs*

From: [identity profile]

I love that river scene in Blood of Stars - even now not having read it for years, it is emblazoned across my mind's eye. I don't care if they are extremes of themselves that fic is vivid.

Well you know how I feel about The Lost World in more than a few words, so I am delighted it is back on the table. DELIGHTED. ESCSTATIC. CROSS EYED WITH JOY. See, I am shouting about it even. That might have been the best thing I read all week.

From: [identity profile]

Helloooooooo!!! It is I, the human vanishing act, the abandoner of conversations! I'm thrilled to see you, despite my dereliction of duty here! I should really just accept that I'm not fully functional or sentient on work nights and resign myself to week-long stupors, but every Monday or so I have a brief resurrection and fool myself into thinking I can sustain it.

That is a longwinded apology for not replying until now.

I'm delighted you still remember the river scene! I am determined it not be the last word I post on that story. Sadly, the fic will never be what it might once have been if I'd managed to write it in the first delirious flood of inspiration, but eh. Life had other plans. And yes, extremes - I'll happily let people kick this one around for gross crimes against characterization because I'm going to write it with grand, melodramatic gestures for maximum angsting and purple-prosing about, and I barely even feel guilty.

Hah! Oh my. THANK YOU for being quite possibly the only person who will read The Lost World (jumbo version) and not stop halfway through to ask, "WTF is this…?" It's grown much weirder and up-its-own-arse, which is always the case when I fiddle with things for too long. But I fixed the scene where Al and Harry talk in the garden, OMG (cue hand-flailing here) - the scene that gave me such involuntary shudders of dislike that I couldn't stand to be in the same room with it. The horrible blot is better now, and the removal of that eyesore is part of what made it possible for me to work on the fic again.

Also, THANK YOU FOR SHOUTING. It's nice to be on the receiving end of such an enthusiastic welcome, especially for a fic that has long since passed its sell-by date. :D

From: [identity profile]

So I only just worked out what the Snowflake Challenge is. Wow, colour me an idiot.


You think you have dereliction of duty ... I vanished for nigh on a year. Not that anyone noticed. My name is 'nemo.' At least you start conversations! I am going to keep this short though so you don't feel pressured to read and construct a long reply.

Of course I remember it! I've been toying around with drawing it for years now. Although given that I have officially abandoned art, it is only in my head. And given everyone else commits gross crimes against characterisation, I am sure it will be fine. There is always room for grand, melodramatic angsting amongst the spare minimalism. And your purple prose is lovely.

I WAS FORCED TO STOP HALFWAY BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT MUCH OTHER HALF. But definitely not because of 'wtf is this..?' i love it irresponsibly and utterly and so want to read the rest. Thus I am pleased the eyesore is sorted and you surivived the encounter.

FIC HAS NO EXPIRY DATE. And it soothes my inner mind eye.

Edited Date: 2017-01-11 09:50 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile]

my eating habits went to hell with everything else, and sweet things have become my reward for getting through the day.
*sigh* Same. (Also *hugs* if you'd like them; I know I would.) Three resolutions of my own, too.

3 days of Snowflaking is better than I've ever managed despite wanting to do it every year!

From: [identity profile]

*hugs back* Sorry for the laggardly response, dearest Kiwi. I'm apparently deluded about the time and energy I can salvage from my job. January has run roughshod over me in much the same way that December did, and I'm behind on everything, including posting and pledges to myself.

About five years ago, my body changed drastically, to the point that I scarcely recognize it anymore. Of course, it doesn't help that I keep feeding it sugar. *scowls*

Snowflaking obviously went off the rails, alas. :(
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From: [personal profile] delphipsmith

"The White Road" was the story that convinced me Snarry could work, after years of flat denial on my part. Years later and I've yet to find anything Snarry that comes even close in terms of conviction, depth, and creativity. Excited to hear that you're expanding "The Lost World" !

From: [identity profile]

Thank you, that's such a lovely thing to hear! Especially because I know how it feels to be won over to a ship I'd previously resisted. It doesn't necessarily mean embracing it wholeheartedly or actually jumping on board, but the possibility stops seeming pointless or purely baffling.

The Lost World is such a weird fic. It has good things about it, but I'm not sure they're specifically HP-related good things. It will be a relief to get it wrapped up!


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