parakletos's blog: That stop-start thing- is NaNo the answer?

    I've had an eventful year in many ways. My knees got so bad I could hardly walk (now healed) and I had a (thankfully) small tumour removed last month. I've also changed jobs, seen my kids start their first jobs and we'll end the year with my wife under threat of redundancy. In amongst all this I've been trying to write. I know that many here have had lot lot of 'real life TM' stuff to deal with too.

    parakletos's blog: Gender Swap

      I have time on my hands following an operation and I've been writing a one off exploring gender issues with Harry turned into a girl, but still with a boys mind. I've had a trawl around but I can't find anything similar, anyone know of anything out there? There's plenty of Fem!Harry stuff, but its either Girl Who Lived i.e. born a girl or Shagging Draco kind of stuff.

      On, and why does everyone call fem!Harry Harriet? Perhaps for ease s/he becomes Hari after the change (Welcome to Wales), but a girl I'd think she'd be more like Heather or some other flower.

      Sovran's blog: The Law & the Heart

        Kenneth Schneyer, known here on Metafic as Rhetor, has recently had a book of his original science fiction published by Stillpoint/Prometheus. Check it out on Amazon here:

        Pick up a copy; it's worth the read.

        The Sins of the Fathers - Chapter 12: St Crispin's day by parakletos

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          Once again Harry awoke to the sound of raised voices.

          It was becoming an all too familiar occurrence, and one that was both worrying as well as confusing. They were arguing about him, of course; it was always about him.

          A less discreet place than the entrance hall of the house might exist, but he doubted it. The sound unerringly travelled all the way up the house’s wide staircase to the topmost landing and his bedroom. Why they couldn’t bicker in Black’s study or his aunt’s quarters he did not know.

          Chatmandu's blog: Yes Jo, undermine your characters as written

            Because your characters Harry and Hermione got along SO well together in the books. Why do I think she has been hanging out with Steve Kloves?
            Oh dear God! Seven years after the last book and she just reignited the shipper wars.

            Chatmandu's blog: Would Jo's Pensieves actually work?

              Just as Miguel Alcuberrie proved Star Trek's Warp Drive is mathematically possible (physically possible? Oh... Ah... Hmm...) the on-line article titled Study: Your brain sees things you don't is about something that sounds similar to what Jo describes in her Pensieve scenes.

              parakletos's blog: Writing Excuses 8.43: Realistic Melee Fighting with Wesley Chu

                Shameless plug for this podcast. A useful 15 mins on writing melée fights. I particularly like the discussion about entertaining versus realistic.

                Check it out.

                October 27, 2013 - 3:56 pm - Posted in Guest, Live, Scenes, Season 8
                Wesley Chu joins Brandon, Mary, Howard, and a live audience at GenCon Indy for a discussion of writing realistic melee fights. Wes has lots of martial arts experience, he learned rope-dart fighting from Scorpion, he has worked as a stunt man, and his latest book, The Deaths of Tao, is out this week!

                parakletos's blog: Sins of the Fathers chapter 11

                  I'm now working on this chapter so I thought, as a way of keeping me honest, I'd blog my progress.

                  I have my outline, but reviewing it today, there's the possibility that I'll split it into two, possibly three chapters. I'd like to avoid long chapters as I need to keep the momentum on this going and I think a chapter of more than 10k words would be unwise.

                  Current word count : 0

                  The Sins of the Fathers - Chapter 11: Chapter 9 and 3/4 by parakletos

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                    9 3/4: Letters From Home

                    The Burrow

                    14th September

                    My Dear Ginny,

                    What a joy to receive a letter from you so soon after your arrival at Hogwarts. I wish Ron would write, but he — like his brothers — doesn't. What's a mum to do, eh? Boys!

                    The Sins of the Fathers - Chapter 10: 8th September by parakletos

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                      He was awake.

                      His pleasure at his finally being awake was tempered by a general disorientation that had him gripping the sheets as he waited for it to pass.

                      Judging by the pale light creeping through the large infirmary windows, he guessed that it was somewhere between five and six in the morning. Reaching for his glasses, he was pleasantly surprised by the way they sprung into his hand from the side table next to his bed.

                      So, my magic is back, good!

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