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( Dec. 29th, 2011 09:50 pm)
Now that I've somewhat recovered from the one-two knock-out of Christmas and food poisoning, let me bounce gleefully back into the journal-sphere and thank [livejournal.com profile] adrolian for a tremendous gift. She's put a great deal of time and effort into translating The White Road from English into Mandarin (I believe -- please, [livejournal.com profile] adrolian, correct me if I'm wrong) and has posted the whole thing for Chinese readers to enjoy. As the story is nearly 48,000 words long, this represents a huge labor of love, and I'm both grateful and wide-eyed with admiration that she managed such a feat.

One of the things that never ceases to move and delight me in fandom is the constant gift-giving. Feedback, art, meta, translation: I've had them given to me, and I've basked in the glow of works created for others. When fans receive, they tend to turn around and share, and we all get to indulge. So this translation is a way of sharing across languages (because I could never do it myself), and the idea of someone putting that much effort into a story of mine makes me glow with pleasure.

For anyone on my friends list who reads in Chinese, and is interested in Snarry fic or canon fix-its, [livejournal.com profile] adrolian's translation starts here with an acknowledgments post, and can be sorted by tags.

Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] adrolian! *toasts you with a fizzy drink*

For those interested in seeing more of her translations, she's currently embarked on [livejournal.com profile] meri_oddities The Eighth Year, starting here.
Okay, let me just say this upfront: I have been incredibly blessed by this fandom, and among the extraordinary, unexpected gifts I've received have been the glorious artworks based on my fics. I love with a fierce love everything that's been drawn, painted, or inspired by my own Snarry passion, and I don't care if I'm biased: all these pieces are beautiful. All of them are intense.

Recently [livejournal.com profile] ac1d6urn hung out her commission shingle. I've always adored her work, both fic and art, and I was feeling flush with having just paid off a ten-year-long debt, so I pounced on her post. I had a couple of scenes in mind that I longed to see brought to life, and Acid selected "The White Road" as her source material. She singled out one of the most (for me) emotional moments in the whole fic, the pivot which retroactively justifies everything that came before and everything that will come after. It's a suffocating, painful, heartbroken moment, and it takes place in the Shrieking Shack, a lonely place full of terrible memories.

The result is phenomenal. Look at the wonderment and uncertainty she puts on Harry's face, the stunned tenderness with which he strokes Snape' hair. I wanted this to be the moment a piece falls into place for him, that small shift in understanding that changes things forever. Acid captures that. Harry looks so young here, but he doesn't shrink from the strange burden of having Snape, bloodsoaked and helpless, in his arms. The brilliant, spooky image of Ron and Hermione's disembodied arms casting Lumos is incredibly atmospheric; the way their shadows on the opposite wall point almost accusingly at Snape adds to the tension, the sense that nothing is promised, that Snape is still balanced before the wand of fate.

Speaking of Snape - oh my God, has Acid given me what I want here. She was unbelievably patient and generous with my begging quibbling, and she's created the face I was looking for, the grimace of pain and surrender, the hunched-over vulnerability of a lost soul hardly daring to believe. This is a Snape who has no choice but to let his weakness show, and the way he hides his face and claws at Harry's robes is exactly what I wanted. My heart aches every time I look at it, but I can't stop looking.

So go. Go see for yourself. I'm linking to [livejournal.com profile] ac1d6urn's journal so that you can leave feedback if you'd like, and because there's a marvelous tutorial included in her post, showing the steps she went through to achieve this painful, gorgeous image.

Thank you, my dear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

ALIVE by ac1d6urn
*waves and points excitedly* FLORAHART, LOOK!!!

Okay, I am very, very remiss in getting this posted, because I am an exhausted halfwit most of the time. But never mind that, o flist! Click here and enjoy the wonderful double portrait that [livejournal.com profile] enname drew for me!

I can't really express how much I love this piece. I adore pencil work, and this is just ravishing. [livejournal.com profile] enname traces the emotion between Harry and Snape with such heartbreaking subtlety - their faces, the little wrinkle in Snape's forehead and the way he allows himself to lean slightly against Harry, the way Harry shuts his eyes, tucks his head down, and presses back, holding tight. It's overwhelmingly tender and exactly as I imagined it. I adore the fact that she included Snape's fragile wristbones and that his borrowed pyjamas are slightly too short for his legs. I love the way their hair overlaps and blends together, and something twists inside me at the depth of serious yearning in Harry's face and at the haunting way Snape gazes up, allowing himself one moment's acceptance of what Harry offers. And I can't stop staring at Snape's cheekbone, so gaunt, so burnished with light.

But here, I'll stop wittering so you can see for yourselves (btw, if you like it, please let [livejournal.com profile] enname know):



Keep clicking through if you want to view a close-up of this drawing. It's worth doing because - well, simply because it's beautiful.

Thank you again, [livejournal.com profile] enname. I cherish this pic intensely, just so you know.

For those curious about context but who don't want to read the whole damn fic, this is the scene she's illustrating:

Excerpt from The White Road )

So there you have it, my friends. I am a very lucky writer, am I not?



Title: The White Road
Pairing: Snape/Harry, also Lily/Snape in a totally unconsummated sense, Lily/James
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hettishness but no outright heterosex, voyeurism, accidental incestuous overtones, a bloody moment.
Disclaimer: Is not, never was, never will be, mine
Summary: One day, comfortably set up in the afterlife, Lily Evans Potter switches on the telly and gets hooked on the Harry Potter show.
Word Count: ~46,000

A/N: This fic was written for [livejournal.com profile] florahart the Marvelous as a [livejournal.com profile] snarry_holidays gift. Heartfelt thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loupgarou1750 for encouraging me to change horses midstream and then urging me to sing, and to [livejournal.com profile] rinsbane for reading the early fragments and loving them. I'm sure, in some universe, this is epilogue compliant.


Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you . . .

– But who is that on the other side of you?


T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land


Part One )

Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Title: The White Road
Pairing: Snape/Harry, also Lily/Snape in a totally unconsummated sense, Lily/James
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hettishness but no outright heterosex, voyeurism, accidental incestuous overtones, a bloody moment.
Disclaimer: Is not, never was, never will be, mine
Summary: One day, comfortably set up in the afterlife, Lily Evans Potter switches on the telly and gets hooked on the Harry Potter show.
Word Count: ~46,000

Part Two )

Next

Previous
Title: The White Road
Pairing: Snape/Harry, also Lily/Snape in a totally unconsummated sense, Lily/James
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hettishness but no outright heterosex, voyeurism, accidental incestuous overtones, a bloody moment.
Disclaimer: Is not, never was, never will be, mine
Summary: One day, comfortably set up in the afterlife, Lily Evans Potter switches on the telly and gets hooked on the Harry Potter show.
Word Count: ~46,000

Part Three )

Next

Previous
Title: The White Road
Pairing: Snape/Harry, also Lily/Snape in a totally unconsummated sense, Lily/James
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hettishness but no outright heterosex, voyeurism, accidental incestuous overtones, a bloody moment.
Disclaimer: Is not, never was, never will be, mine
Summary: One day, comfortably set up in the afterlife, Lily Evans Potter switches on the telly and gets hooked on the Harry Potter show.
Word Count: ~46,000

Part Four )

Next

Previous
Title: The White Road
Pairing: Snape/Harry, also Lily/Snape in a totally unconsummated sense, Lily/James
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hettishness but no outright heterosex, voyeurism, accidental incestuous overtones, a bloody moment.
Disclaimer: Is not, never was, never will be, mine
Summary: One day, comfortably set up in the afterlife, Lily Evans Potter switches on the telly and gets hooked on the Harry Potter show.
Word Count:~46,000

Part Five )

Next

Previous
Title: The White Road
Pairing: Snape/Harry, also Lily/Snape in a totally unconsummated sense, Lily/James
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hettishness but no outright heterosex, voyeurism, accidental incestuous overtones, a bloody moment.
Disclaimer: Is not, never was, never will be, mine
Summary: One day, comfortably set up in the afterlife, Lily Evans Potter switches on the telly and gets hooked on the Harry Potter show.
Word Count: ~46,000

Part Six )

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