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Woo-hoo! The Quill fora are back! I did my first day back at work… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Woo-hoo! The Quill fora are back!

I did my first day back at work today. It's the longest I've spent on crutches at a stretch since I did this, and I think I ruled out any chance of crutching a quarter mile to a bus stop. I'm going to have to cab it. Blah. I have a blister on the heel of one hand, and had awful tendonitis in the wrist of the other. Not to mention my good foot cramping up after half a block getting to and from lunch.

Nonetheless, it's very good to be out of the house and doing something to actually earn a paycheck. (I'm way too much of an old Puritan to like not having a job to do.)

Speaking of jobs to do, I think that pranking Narcissa notion may be a bad idea in Shifts. Trying to think of a follow-up is tripping me up more than the story has tripped me up so far. I'm going to give it one more go (maybe two)--you know, working out (gasp) long term story plans, which have been very vague thus far--but if I can't make it work, I'm going back and editing out the idea.

EDIT IN: One more thing on the OC vs. Mary Sue post--

If you're writing an AU, making an OC central to it generally backfires. You're already driving the canon characters in new and exciting directions. An OC... well, how would that be interesting, as no one would see how s/he has changed in the changed universe? S/he could be in a strong supporting role--a child the canon character didn't originally have in canon or whatnot--but an AU formed around an OC is just baffling. What's the point?

I feel a bit...: happy happy, but achy

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sophonax From: sophonax Date: September 7th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You said "fora."

You are my new hero.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 8th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I tried stridently (but unsuccessfully) for the two years I worked in the Buffalo library to get them to change the sign that said "Indexes" to "Indices." No one, I was told, would know what that word meant.

:headdesk:

I give people more credit than that.
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: September 7th, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. Nothing irks me more than an AU which isn't about the central characters. Why else do you HAVE them in an AU, if not to do interesting things with them? Of course, having OCs in an AU is almost necessary, because the story will twist away from some OCCs, but...it's not about them. OC-focussed stories in the normal universe are different.

Speaking of AU stories, I have to add that I just read your Lady Vader fics and recced them on my lj; I am in no way a Star Wars fan (not that I don't like it, just not interested), but they were gripping and plausible. Not that I would expect anything less from you, of course. :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 8th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks! Of course, I must object to your characterization of Anakin in the rec, on principle--;)--but I'm erally glad you enjoyed the stories. They're probably my own favorites among my stories.

I'd point, though, out that I was one of three on those stories--the fantastic ami-padme was my partner on both (and the primary political theorist), and of course ladyaeryn was the third partner on the first.
sreya From: sreya Date: September 8th, 2004 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
fora, flora, fauna....

I know, I know, it's technically correct, but... that's the direction the word leads me in, instead of "plural of 'forum'"

Re: Narcissa prank -- they don't have to actually follow through on the prank. I'm sure Sirius suggested all sorts of crazy and insane ideas while cooped up in that awful place, and rarely followed through. Or the idea could be a catalyst for something else, finding out some information about the Malfoys, etc. The idea doesn't have to be completely scrapped, maybe just a little reworked.
sreya From: sreya Date: September 8th, 2004 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, sorry, Fern. Don't know why LiveJournal posted a zillion copies of that comment -- maybe it's Padfoot's way of growling at my comment about not following through on his ideas?

I think I've got all the copies deleted now, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 8th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's where it was starting to lead with me. I think maybe a failure of some scheme to come together could contribute to why he's moping and drinking when the kids come at Christmastime.
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: September 8th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Speaking of jobs to do, I think that pranking Narcissa notion may be a bad idea in Shifts. Trying to think of a follow-up is tripping me up more than the story has tripped me up so far. I'm going to give it one more go (maybe two)--you know, working out (gasp) long term story plans, which have been very vague thus far--but if I can't make it work, I'm going back and editing out the idea.

Dear Fern - "long term story plans" sounds lovely. :) As for the prank, I think it probably couldn't have come off properly in OotP or it would have caused a huge upheaval at the Order. Sirius might come up with some rather fanciful fantasies involving diagrams of Malfoy Manor, Buckbeak, exploding dungbombs, and something that Narcissa really values, only to have Remus nix it. Not directly nix it, of course, but by default simply because he was busy and never had time to actually sit down to "plan it" the way they used to - the way Sirius would want to do it. I get the impression from the Shrieking Shack scene that it was the planning which was as much fun as the adventures themselves. By the time Remus does have a chance to sit down w/Sirius (Christmas?) Harry and the Weasleys are already at Grimmauld Place and Sirius probably would have gone off the whole idea. I think it could work better (as a furthering of the plot, ie. Sirius' slow descent into depression and further madness) to have the prank NOT come off, more so than having one actually happen. Well, just brainstorming a bit!
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