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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Blah blah blah
I did my semi-annual attempt at drawing yesterday, and realized that the reason I have no luck whatsoever is that I'm horribly impatient with it. Even the best-turned phrase doesn't take as long as trying to figure out how to shadow a draped skirt on a girl sitting cross-legged on the floor. My answer, finally... "Oh, screw it; she's holding something and we can't see how the #@)$(#@& thing folds." This, of course, necessitated drawing a hand to hold something, when I'd carefully hidden everyone else's hands in pockets and against doorframes, so it wasn't a great solution. And of course, I just don't have the patience to work on the tiny section of paper that holds the hand. Which is back to my patience problem. Also, my "lack of a pencil sharpener" problem, because by then, the point of the pencil was wider than the finger I was trying to draw, and the cheap thing I had to sharpen with kept breaking off the point instead of making it narrower. Perhaps larger paper or less ambitious scenes would help...


Anyway, it was of Hermione and Ginny meeting Tonks at 12GP the summer before OotP. I thought about just writing the scene out, but it really doesn't go anywhere, you know? It's just Tonks introducing herself and the girls introducing themselves, and then they hang out for awhile. Hanging out is not, alas, a plot. No conflict, you know?
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polly_locket From: polly_locket Date: December 22nd, 2005 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, your bit of future fluff about Regan Weasley and Mira Lupin had no conflict and was still very satisfying to read. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2005 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, you're right. It took me awhile to figure out what they'd talk about, but it's not like there's a plot there... and it's still one of my favorite things. :)
sannalim From: sannalim Date: December 22nd, 2005 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
**has a general idea, but would like some more of your lovely description, please?**

Besides, genfic-friendship!fluff is always nice to read.
miss_daizy From: miss_daizy Date: December 22nd, 2005 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Ditto! My favorite thing to read, I think.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2005 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
sep12 From: sep12 Date: December 22nd, 2005 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Still, just-hanging-out can be fun to read (even without a conflict), for a really good writer. There was a Platonic!Remus/Sirius fic that I read forever ago where they were just waiting in line and holding a place for James (who never shows up) and it was so funny that I ended up crying from laughter. So it could be okay, but it's hard to write without having an end point to shoot for.

I've been reading Shades in short bursts all semester long and haven't had time to really respond to any of the chapters, but it's fantastic. All of it. Thanks for a year (and more) of great writing.

Oh, and Merry (insert holiday of your choice here) and Happy New Year to all. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2005 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! I.H.O.Y.C.... There's a greeting. Gut Ihoych! (Pronounced "Goot-ee-oyk").

Thanks, and don't worry about responding... I'm glad to know you're reading and enjoying.

It's the end-point that's tripping me up on this scene, but once I think of one, I'll do it, I think. And if you can think of where the gen!Marauder fic is (I'm calling it "Waiting for Potter" in my head), I'd love to know!
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: December 22nd, 2005 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm on holidays... write it for me (us) and I'll draw it for you? (*hopeful*)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2005 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Deal... if I can think of a good place for it to go. :)
sannalim From: sannalim Date: December 22nd, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, this would be, like, a pre-Shifts-timeline out-take?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Just barely pre-Shifts, but pre.
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