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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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Chapter Twenty of Shifts is up at the Quill. No changes, even though I'd thought about making some--Dumbledore's only reason for calling Remus up there instead of talking to him by message is exactly what he said. He's old and weary. I think he just wanted to talk face to face... and to get Remus to see what was happening at the school, though he doesn't say so.

And of course, to get Remus away from Grimmauld Place so that Harry doesn't see him there right away. ;)

A new gym opened down at the base of my street. If I start eating right, I can probably pay the fees with saved money on lunches and the idiotic junk I eat when I'm up late binging. Hmmmm.

Speaking of being up late, I'm going to try to fix that, too. All hail sleeping like a normal person. I'm going to bed before 12:30 tonight. It's a resolution sort of thing. It does, however, mean that I'm not going to finish a scene from "Little Bits of Junk." Oh, well. Maybe I can learn to start writing earlier in the day.

It would be nice not to be a night person. But it's just when my mind seems most active. Sigh. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn't work on that schedule.

It snowed again.

Is it ever going to stop? I checked my journal. I've been kvetching about the snow since November. That's about four months. Isn't winter only supposed to be 25% of the year? So why the winter weather 33.3% so far?
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murgatroyd314 From: murgatroyd314 Date: March 9th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Apparently there was a shipping error, and you got my winter as well as your own. I'll see what I can do about sending warmth and sunshine your way if you'll try sending some snow up here.
frenchbraider From: frenchbraider Date: March 9th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
If I start eating right, I can probably pay the fees with saved money on lunches and the idiotic junk I eat when I'm up late binging. Hmmmm.

Funny, that idea goes with shopping for me as well: Eat less, spend saved money on clothes, get thin, dress well :-)
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: March 9th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
This entry was awesome because it could have been written by me except for the part about the new chapter of Shifts being up at the Quill. All else also applies to my life - I should eat less and exercise more, I should sleep regular hours (ohmygodsomanynights I've watched you update and felt like an idiot for always being the first to comment on new writing/resisted commentin until I was no longer the first to comment), and will this winter never end??

The fact that it's 1:20 am and I've been home from choir for precisely half an hour doesn't really help my sleep pattern. Grrr.
imadra_blue From: imadra_blue Date: March 9th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Question. The Sugar Quill is where you are putting the final versions of Shifts at, right? Is there a link?

And I want to tell you that I'm willing to brave a story with Lupin/Tonks in it (because a little voice in the back of my head will always be whining "but he's gaaaaayyyyy!") just because I respect your rants and observations on canon and characterization so much.

I have another question for you. Maybe it's because I'm so into slash, but I wrote a few het pieces and I'm about to die because it was so unnatural for me to write it, even though I like the pairings. Do you ever have problems switching sexual preferences when writing, if you ever have? Het is so weird to me, there's a whole different chemistry than slash, a different expectation and interaction. On the other hand, while I on occasion have a hard time keeping male characters acting strictly male in slash, and despite my difficulties with writing het, I found it easier to have the male characters act more male when interacting with females. I thought this was funny, though I suppose it makes sense. These are just my strange observations in the middle of the night, so apologies.
gryfny From: gryfny Date: March 9th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Question. The Sugar Quill is where you are putting the final versions of Shifts at, right? Is there a link?

Fernwithy linked to it under the Chapter Twenty, but a link to the SQ is over here. And to Shifts is underneath.
http://www.sugarquill.net/
http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=2339&chapno=1
imadra_blue From: imadra_blue Date: March 9th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm blind. Or tired. Can I plead both? Thanks for the links!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 9th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. On the pairings question, the truth is that I'm uncomfortable writing romance in general--I'm only likely to write ones that I think are at least plausible in canon, which doesn't include most slash pairings. And when I write R/T, it's very much in the awkward, HP-mode of romance. I don't switch pairings around unless I'm joking (eg, Merry Brandybuck/Buffybot, or the current Neville/Marion), because I tend to try and keep my own fanfic world internally consistent, so if I pair R/T in one story, I'll pair them in all stories, whether it's a prominent part of the story or not--if Remus and Tonks are both in a story, then they're paired. On the whole, that's most of my stories. I don't tend to write pairing-focused stories at all, and that's where I tend to get awkward. I'm going along great guns with this Neville/Marion business, plot-wise, then I think, ACK! I have to do romance to do the challenge! Where am I going to get in the whole smooching thing! Do I gotta?

I definitely don't see Remus as gay--Sirius, possibly; Remus, no--but in fact, any pairing at all seemed odd to me. He always struck me as sort of monastic. R/T totally took me by surprise when I was reading OotP, and they had their little interchange in Petunia's kitchen, and absolutely out of nowhere, my head said, "Oh, look--it's someone for Remus." Which is so not the way I normally think.
imadra_blue From: imadra_blue Date: March 9th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to be very shippy in my younger days (when I was a teenybopper in other fandoms), but I'm very bunrt out. I adore characterization and plot, myself, and am very much into that and now find the shippy parts weird. Currently, I'm writing a Snape/Lupin which is mostly dialogue and Lupin characterization and when I get to the shippy part (it's not romantic, it never could be), I'm dying on it. I like a little bit of romance, but always feel awkward doing it, especially with het. I prefer character interaction. Very, very interesting, though.

Honestly? In canon? I know Lupin's not gay, but I enjoy portraying him as such in fanfic. Maybe it's my jealous tendencies, but Lupin generally turns me off. Then again 90% of all ship fics turn me off, and I'm a Lupin elitist like you won't believe, so I'm looking forward to Shifts, even though I'll cringe at Lupin/Tonks. I sort of see Lupin as very monastic, too, I don't generally see him as a sexual being, though for some reason, I still like Snape/Lupin and Sirius/Remus. I understand the story consistency, and I like that. I actually take all my OCs with me and though I have my AU fic (which I really, really dislike), in my more canon fics, they all the same internal consistency and who is with who, and who had this past. I actually have generations of pureblood family trees worked out with ideas for all the ancestors, background, etc.

I'm now rambling, but i enjoy talking about writing who knows their stuff, and since i'm getting to the point where i want genfic with plot, I'm now considering unnfriending a lot of slash comms I'm in, because it's so tiring, all the shippiness. What happened to the story? I could put up with almost any pairing for a good story. But thanks for putting up with me and responding. ♥
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 9th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, it's my jealous side that doesn't like the slash stuff--I mean, why fantasize about a Lupin who wouldn't be remotely interested in me?! ;P

(Seriously, it's mostly just that his personality reminds me so much of the young married dads I know--gentle sense of humor, adoring the kids, teaching one-on-one, and so on--that I can't unmake the association.)

The shipping in Shifts is pretty light, and I think it deals as much with the relationship with Sirius as it does the relationship with Tonks (or at least I hope it does; I try very hard to not let any romance overshadow a friendship), as well as the relationship between Sirius and Tonks and Sirius and his family. And actually, once they stop the whole should-we-or-shouldn't-we nonsense, it goes mercifully into the background while they work on things together.
imadra_blue From: imadra_blue Date: March 9th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha, well, being a lesbian, I don't really want him for myself, but that doesn't mean I want to let you all have him! ^_~ That might be why I like the slash.

You have a point on the dad bit, though I will say that I adore children, myself. I get along great with them. I have very strong maternal instincts. I also do not date women, and am just coming to terms with things, so I'm very uncomfortable about my feelings. Another reason I might like him gay, I can write him from my own feelings, and hell, you have to write from what you know. :)

Wonderful. I love Tonks, actually, and I just can't seem to get her down, so I tend to avoid her writing. She doesn't come to me like most Gryffindor characters do. (I do think she's a Gryffindor.) And i am a character itneraction, characterization, and plot h0r, so I think i shall be well-pleased, especially since this comes highly recced by other fanfic snob friends. I will definitely look forward to that, despite the fact that I know when Mr. Black dies, I will cry. Again. God, that was wrong. Poor, poor Sirius. *gets misty-eyed*

I really am emotional. *sighs*
sannalim From: sannalim Date: March 9th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tend to try and keep my own fanfic world internally consistent

My favourite fanfic authors are the ones who do this. :)
liwy From: liwy Date: March 9th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe because you live in New England?
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keridwen From: keridwen Date: March 9th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been kvetching about the snow since November. That's about four months. Isn't winter only supposed to be 25% of the year? So why the winter weather 33.3% so far?

Well, here's an icon that may help with that a bit. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 9th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snerk* Love it.
From: isabela113 Date: March 9th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm also trying to make the switch from night person, to well, any other time of the day person. So far, no luck, but if it works for you please share your secret!
veryshortlist From: veryshortlist Date: March 9th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would be nice not to be a night person. But it's just when my mind seems most active. Sigh. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn't work on that schedule.

It snowed again.


I know exactly what you mean, as my peak time is about 10PM. Which makes getting up every morning at seven hell.

Ugh, snow. And for that matter, unshoveled pathways. I thought that one of the perks of living in an apartment is not having to shovel your sidewalk. *sigh*
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