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Breakthrough! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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Breakthrough!
Yes! I got my structure for the Shifts sequel! It came to me on the bus home.

I'm going to invert the Shifts structure... instead of hearing from Remus except on full moons, I'm going to have it Tonks's POV, and hear from Remus only around full moons. I mean, I realized that more or less, the interesting stuff that happens to Remus happens on or around the transformations, and it just clicked.

I like when that happens. It's a cool feeling when the lightbulb just goes on.

After much interior hemming and hawing, I'm going to stick with Remus calling her Dora, because that's embedded in this ficverse, even though he does call her "Tonks" twice in HBP. I'll think of some workaround for that.
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keridwen From: keridwen Date: July 29th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. That structure almost gives me shivers. (Poor Remus!)

I'm really looking forward to seeing what you write, especially since the "Interludes" will take on a whole new meaning. :)
sannalim From: sannalim Date: July 29th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yay, I can't wait!
contrail From: contrail Date: July 29th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really looking forward to reading it. It'll be neat to get to spend a lot more time inside your Tonks's head this go round.

-Contrail
threnody From: threnody Date: July 29th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
W00t for finding structure!

Also, hmm. As a matter of meshing your ficverse and canon, perhaps he stuck to Tonks when we saw him because 1) that's what the people he was talking to call her, and/or (in light of their disagreement) 2) to distance the two of them in peoples' minds? Or to keep private exactly why they broke up. Molly knew why, and he seemed to get a lot of flack for it from her end. Er, at any rate, switching to calling her by her surname would indicate a permanent break because of a fight or somesuch, where continuing to call her Dora to others would make it seem like he still had fond feelings for her. An extremely private person wouldn't mind throwing people off if it would keep them from asking too many questions and prying into their personal life. And maybe it would be a symptom of trying to convince himself as much as he's trying to convince others.

Um. I'm reading 'Shifts' for the first time at the moment, and in general think about characterisation around a bit too much. :)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: July 29th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
That's what I did in my "big discussion" fic: I don't use "Nymphadora" as a name until Remus is ready to deal with the issues between them.
darreldoomvomit From: darreldoomvomit Date: July 29th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
That sounds super duper. I can't wait.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: July 29th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! I anxiously await the first chapter :).
pathstotread From: pathstotread Date: July 29th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. First attempt at commenting made LJ go kablooey. Stupid html.

For the record, it makes me all mushy-happy that he calls her "Dora", so I'm glad you're sticking to that. I actually just finished reading Shifts (well, re-reading the first chapters and finishing the later ones - I got behind), and while I haven't reviewed - because I'm horrible - I just wanted to tell you how much I loved it. I even pimped it on my journal (and interestingly enough, got my friend - a confirmed R/S shipper - hooked on it). Wonderful, wonderful story.

As for the Dora vs. Tonks thing, I remember one line from Shifts where Remus refers to "Dora and Kingsley" in an Order meeting, and then we see Fleur asking Bill who "Dora" is, which reminds Remus to be careful of using that name in mixed company. So IMO, that's all the basic reasoning you'd need for him calling her Tonks in HBP. (Except he does refer to her as "Tonks" in the hospital scene, which you'd think would be more intimate and thus a proper time for a more intimate name. Hmm. Ignore me, then.)
threnody From: threnody Date: July 29th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Except he does refer to her as "Tonks" in the hospital scene, which you'd think would be more intimate and thus a proper time for a more intimate name.

Well, not if he wanted to keep from baring his soul in front of God and everybody. He obviously didn't want to talk about it just then (well, or anytime, I suppose) and in light of Dumbledore's passing probably felt like keeping it from getting too personal. Or, y'know, there's the angsty route where calling her 'Dora' leads to a slippery slope of giving in, especially since he was skightly unhinged about Dumbeldore. Also not something a body would want to do in front of an audience.

(And dude, I so agree on the Shifts front. I've had to mop myself up several times while reading.)
pathstotread From: pathstotread Date: July 29th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Or, y'know, there's the angsty route where calling her 'Dora' leads to a slippery slope of giving in, especially since he was skightly unhinged about Dumbeldore. Also not something a body would want to do in front of an audience.

Oh, I like this route of thinking. This I can accept. :)

I'm now all a-flutter over the thought of an HBP-era sequel to Shifts. Fic should not make me this happy, I swear.
dalf From: dalf Date: July 29th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
An amazing idea! I am looking forward to it!!!! Plus we know a lot more about what she is doing than Remus (though very few exact details) ..... it can nicely tie into the HBP sotry and the Remus story that way.

I won't even complaine about the Dora.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: July 29th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that sounds not only workable but perfectly inspirational. :-) I am looking forward to reading this like you wouldn't believe....very few authors (I can think of 4, total, and that's in 3 different fandoms) can write fic that makes it into my "personal canon," and you are right at the top of the list.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: July 29th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant. Yay!!
From: psalm_27 Date: July 29th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm having a total fangirl moment. Yay for the Shifts sequel!
From: nothing_gold Date: July 29th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm joining the 'yay' chorus. I cannot wait to see your take on the little knowledge we were given in HBP. I will suppress the urge to squee. :-)
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: July 29th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liek breakthroughs lie kthat. i had oen for a stor ythat's nearly due ()although I'm too passed otuto write it up now..meh.)
I 'should'I kwno i dont' have to) read more wolf-related remus fics. i alwys shyedawya form transformati nstuff. lie ti wa bout areal person's not so nice private side and i idnt' feel lie ktapping into that.
which probalby means ther'sstuff in hbp i'll hav eto forcem yselfthrough...yeah I know 8headdesk* I"m not even halfway in.
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