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You can now read my sorta-allegorical, sorta-parody fantasy story "The Plausibility of Dragons" on Lightspeed Magazine! http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-plausibility-of-dragons/
A one shot I wrote last year is now available at the normal places.
So, England finally won the World Cup, but at what price? A bittersweet piece.
Its been a while since I posted an entry and even longer since I published anything. I have loads of ideas but preciously little time/energy/inclination to thresh out the idea into something bigger. I allow stories to grow in my head but it appears that once i have let the thing loose in my brain that it enough and it fades from memory never to take form again.
I do have to add that it is the same with my songwriting but at least musically I've been working on learning scales for the first time in life/
In a move that surprised anyone my plan to finish writing the story by the end of 2014 failed miserably. However, I did do enough so that a recent break enabled me to finish what should be the penultimate chapter. I say should be, because I am thinking that the final chapter may get split in two. It's taken me 5,000 words to set the scene and I know that word count will increase when I begin to revise it. A lot of commercially published works have chapters of 10k words or more, but this is fanfic and apart from a few honourable mentions 10k is rare.
The next chapter is up at Phoenix Song for those interested. In an effort to bring the whole thing to a end, I've skipped one of the chapters I'd originally planned. TBH it was a bit dull as it was all reflection by the characters, but only time will tell if the narrative falls over because of its absence.
The next chapter is on the verge of being posted and work is underway on the final two chapters of the story.
When I started this story, I kept the timeline straightforward and, more importantly, the thing was plotted out. Ill heath and other issues have meant that six years later I still haven't finished it. Once I started to work on the final chapter (the two chapters are being written at the same time) I felt a real lifting of the burden of having two unfinished chapters and my thoughts started to turn to the next project.
If anyone has a copy of this, the Latin translation of CoS, or has better Latin than my very rusty O-Level, can they provide a translation of:
“Open in the name of Slytherin, the greatest of the Hogwarts Four.”
Aperite Slytherin nomine , quatuor potissimum necromanticas, as given by Google translate, is ,even to my eyes, sadly lacking. Slytherinus, I think, is the Latinised version of the name and as Hogvartensem for Hogwarts. Or perhaps you've seen it in a fanfic somewhere and you can point me to it.
I originally wrote this fic for the SIYE Time-Turner challenge, but never got around to completing it until now. Even then its been a bit of a struggle as Canon!Harry is an atypical British teenager and is not a randy git and I found another word that means something different over here to the land of the brave etc...So joining the more guffaw inducing 'fanny' and 'rubber' is the lowly 'homely'.
At the height of H/G fanfic fandom, Livejournal was the place to be and a lot of communities ran ficafests. Imagine my surprise to find that the Taking Turns community pops up again inviting entries (H&G only). It is linked to the HP reunion community on Lj so you might want to try that out as well.
So, this does not relate to HP in any way, but I think it fits the spirit of MetaFic. Back in the 1990's a groupo of friends and I used to get together regularly and watch wrestling on TV. It really was this crazy soap opera for us. In the process of watching it, we were always surprised by the illogical way the plots would play out and then just fizzle and die without resolution. One of my friends, James, would regularly say that he could write better wrestling plot, and actually wanted to write for the WWE.