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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
So, I'm thinking about this universe. It's a good one. I heard it described as "Stephen King as directed by Steven Spielberg." Sounds about right. :D

I am going to, at some point, analyze the use of doors in Season 2. I'm not sure when, but it's just out there, and I need to address it. There are doors EVERYWHERE -- closing, opening, being broken down, being forcibly sealed... I've got to work the symbol out, and that will mean putting in some serious pretension time. :D

But at the moment, I'm thinking about Eleven, and her speech patterns.
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I didn't watch It in theaters, but I decided to get it now that it's streaming.

Verdict: Eh.
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I don't know if any of my readers are watching this or not, but I have writer-y thoughts about it. Not fic thoughts; I actually don't have any of those to start and abandon at the moment. Just writing technique thoughts about the show.
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So, I'm listening to HBP at the moment. I don't often listen to or read 6 and 7, but I wanted to.

Anyway, I'm in "Sectumsempra" at the moment, and Hermione chastised Harry about a potions reputation he didn't deserve... which is true, inasmuch as Slughorn thinks it's his own creativity. But Hermione seems throughout the book (and series) as though she believes she deserves that reputation... only she's no more doing original work than Harry is. She's following book directions; he's following Snape's personal instructions. They're really operating at the same level, maybe Harry slightly higher for recognizing that the marginalia are more effective. Neither is exhibiting brilliance.

I think I'd have really liked it if, after following "the Prince's" instructions for a while, Harry had begun to get the hang of improvising in potions. It feels like it would have also driven home the fact that Snape was actually able to teach him when he wasn't aware of doing so. Like, Harry's thought process would have gone from, "Did the prince write anything about this?" to "What would the prince have written if he had written?" to "Oh, yeah, I know that using the flat of the blade works for getting more juice, and I think what this potion needs is more juice, so..." That's what I always felt was missing in Hermione's brilliance. She's awesome at memorizing facts and theories, but not that good at synthesizing them. Ron's good at thinking on the fly, but bad at remembering facts. Harry's got a bit of both, and I think it would have been neat to see that integrated a little. The point of memorization isn't memorization, after all. It's having facts at your grasp so you can use them in new ways, when you don't necessarily expect to need them.

That's why the "You can always google that" mentality tends to bother me, for the record. You don't always know when something is going to come in handy. Oh, sure, you may think, "Whoa, I need to go look up X" if you know you're writing around something that intersects with X. But if X is a fact that you happen to have in your head and it gets dumped into the stewpot with other random fact M, and random knowledge C, then they brew together and come up with something you might never have thought to research in the first place.

Says the person who just spent ten minutes reading up on the history of the names of Santa's reindeer, which led to the Dutch for thunder and lightning (Dunder and Blixen are named for that). I will have to tell co-workers that "Dunder" was, in fact, the first name, followed by Donder, then only later by Donner. Because that, I'm sure, will be a useful fact to have in my head at some point...
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So, I binged the season, and I've been binging reactions to the season. Anyway, spoilers abound.
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In no particular order:
  • You know, Umbridge was a bitch and a terrible teacher, but was the Ministry wrong about the kids having a patchy DADA education and not knowing stuff like the laws about using defensive spells? I'd think that would be sort of important. If you're in a self-defense class, knowing what situations it's okay to do what in would be... well, kind of essential. They should do the Slinkard book first year, while the kids haven't mastered enough basic spellwork to really work a lot of practical spells yet anyway. They could also cover things like when it's okay to use magic out of school (Dementor attack) and when it's not (you're annoyed at your cousin). Seems like that sort of knowledge would be helpful.Read more...Collapse )
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So, I've been listening to OotP.

First, I hate Jim Dale's Luna voice. Just wanted to say that. But his Umbridge is impeccable.

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I was going to wait until I finished all of them, but I think I've been pokey enough. Here are some more.


Something involving Lupin and teenage Tonks. Something light with humor and awkwardness (some angst is also okay). for reannanshaw
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Sirius and Remus telling Harry a story about their time at Hogwarts that helps Harry see that his dad was a good person for Tsormick
[note: Alas, they never did get a chance, but I hope this attempt to fit it in the canon works. This just picks up in Shifts, after the fireplace conversation; Sirius had earlier wandered away muttering about his anger at Snape, and Remus just stayed in the kitchen]
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You mentioned in a previous ask the characters about a storyline where Sirius survived the DoM. Can I ask for the scene explaining how? for Siriuslyfan
(Note: Based on an AU where pretty much everyone lived and was more or less happy.)
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I'm here. I can't seem to buckle down and write anything fictional lately. (Literally, I'm not even writing crappy stuff; I'm just opening my files and going, "I know I know how to do this! So, you know... inspiration... kick in...? Any time now would be good."

Anyway, just to check in.
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I'm still here, and even mostly finished with the next couple of drabbles. I don't have any good excuse for my tardiness. (I've been trying to sleep better, which means no 2 am writing marathons, but I've been on vacation for a few days now and spent half of it zentangling and watching Geography Now videos, so I can't really place the blame there. Blame Barby the Geography guy. ;p)
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I'd love to see a glimpse of the original Capitol founders (Mother Laelia Grant et al) and their early vision/building of Panem for maraudercat
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How about one of young Teddy's dreams in which he interacts with his parents? for Anon 6
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Something from the Shifts-verse involving Dudley and Harry and/or Dudley and Lupin/Lewis Sarah 2
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Aaaaagh! I was two-thirds done with the latest set of challenges. I went to start number three and... I APPARENTLY FAILED TO SAVE THE OTHER TWO.

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Andromeda and Ted as Tonks goes to Hogwarts for the first time. for maidenjedi
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Young Lily and Petunia in the summer of your choice for Niki.
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I'd love to see Remus and Sirius (and/or Tonks) tuning into the second challenge in the Triwizard Tournament. I wonder how that translated to a listening experience (as I can't imagine it was much fun for spectators). for Sarah 1
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(Argh, this made me realize that my calendar was off in Stray. Oh, well. I'll fix it by ignoring the problem! ;p)
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I'd love to see more of your Reyna. How about what she was doing while Jason slayed Krios on Mount Othrys? for shiiki
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You said that Tonks, Remus, and Robards did a fair bit of work together in safe. So maybe one of those missions? for queen_bellatrix
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What about a Teddy adventure from year 2, 4, or 6 at Hogwarts? Or more excerpts from Phineaus Nigellus's diary? for Beth
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something cute with the potters? maybe going shopping before hogwarts?for wandlessherbologist
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maybe [Auror!]Lily (with or without Marauder company) on a mission somewhere between Hogwarts and being pregnant with Harry? for Leah
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Hmm... Johanna Mason, favorite memory pre-Mockingjay. for Anon 1
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Something with Al Potter and Jane please! early friendship, when they start dating or post hogwarts life with kids. for Maggie
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I'll take the first twenty, any of the fandoms I write in. (But please no afterlife.)

ETA: Got to 20!

ETA: (Anons, can I please have names?)
  1. maybe [Auror!]Lily (with or without Marauder company) on a mission somewhere between Hogwarts and being pregnant with Harry? for Leah
  2. Hmm... Johanna Mason, favorite memory pre-Mockingjay. for Anon 1
  3. Something with Al Potter and Jane please! early friendship, when they start dating or post hogwarts life with kids. for Maggie
  4. What about a Teddy adventure from year 2, 4, or 6 at Hogwarts? Or more excerpts from Phineaus Nigellus's diary? for Beth
  5. something cute with the potters? maybe going shopping before hogwarts?for wandlessherbologist
  6. I'd love to see Remus and Sirius (and/or Tonks) tuning into the second challenge in the Triwizard Tournament. I wonder how that translated to a listening experience (as I can't imagine it was much fun for spectators). for Sarah 1
  7. I'd love to see more of your Reyna. How about what she was doing while Jason slayed Krios on Mount Othrys? for shiiki
  8. You said that Tonks, Remus, and Robards did a fair bit of work together in safe. So maybe one of those missions? for queen_bellatrix
  9. Andromeda and Ted as Tonks goes to Hogwarts for the first time. for maidenjedi
  10. Young Lily and Pitunia in the summer of your choice for Niki.
  11. I'd love to see a glimpse of the original Capitol founders (Mother Laelia Grant et al) and their early vision/building of Panem for maraudercat
  12. How about one of young Teddy's dreams in which he interacts with his parents? for Anon 6
  13. Something from the Shifts-verse involving Dudley and Harry and/or Dudley and Lupin/Lewis Sarah 2
  14. Something involving Lupin and teenage Tonks. Something light with humor and awkwardness (some angst is also okay). for reannanshaw
  15. Sirius and Remus telling Harry a story about their time at Hogwarts that helps Harry see that his dad was a good person for Tsormick
  16. You mentioned in a previous ask the characters about a storyline where Sirius survived the DoM. Can I ask for the scene explaining how? for Siriuslyfan
  17. I'd love to see your take on the conversation between Dumbledore and Sirius after Sirius has been captured at the end of PoA where Sirius persuades Dumbledore to trust him for Anon 7
  18. I don't think I've seen anything on when Remus leaves Dora during DH after he finds out she's pregnant for Amanda
  19. Something with Maurice post-Hogwarts? Perhaps when he first moves to the US. for FFR
  20. something more from Andromeda when Teddy is young -if possible featuring her with Fleur and a young Victoire for Cate
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You know what? I can do some one-shots. I never did tell the story of how Harry came to live in 12GP, or why it was too small for Teddy to have his own room there. So...

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I need advice from those more visually oriented than I am.

I'm doing a program in late July which boils down to "Fix a dystopia." (Eg, you're playacting as Paylor, and now you have to fix Panem after the war.) The five books we might work with are THG, Divergent, Clockwork Orange, Lord of the Flies, and 1984.

Without using any copyrighted images, what central figure could I use on the flyer? It occurred to me to a kind of serious and somber one -- a silhouetted girl with a braid and a bow, with three birds flying in the air against a sunset -- but I'm not sure that would market to the audience (teens).

Not asking for art (unless someone is feeling SUPER generous, because I can't pay), just advice.
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In the last entry, during which I was kvetching about my apparently eternal writer's block, Amanda asked about more in the Shifts-verse. I mentioned this poor, abandoned little critter (which I actually like a whole lot, right up to and including the chapter in which I dropped it out of some weird existential despair). It was never finished, so I never archived it, but I do still have the links preserved from my old site. So, here's about half of Goblet of Fire from Sirius's POV, called Stray.

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