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Boy, I'm just SPAMMING LJ tonight... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Boy, I'm just SPAMMING LJ tonight...
Anyway, snagged from at least three people on my Friends' list:

Pick a scene from a story I've written, and I'll give you the dvd-style "What the hell was I thinking?" commentary thing--though you might want to specify characters, or storyline, or plot. (You can ask more specific questions as well.)I'll give you the dirt, the anecdotes, the whole schmiel.

If you want spoilers for fics I'm working on, or are curious about what I'm thinking about storywise now, I might consider answering those, too. Well, some of them.


For easy reference, here are a couple of my handy links:

SugarQuill Profile

My better SW stories, at TFN

Pit of Voles Profile (the only place for my Tolkien!Sues, The Girl Who Aimed Straight and The Jewel of Brandy Hall)
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From: 88l71 Date: January 23rd, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a cool idea!

-Tim
mafdet From: mafdet Date: January 23rd, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because "Of A Sort" is a favorite fic of mine, I'll ask about that.

1. Ted Tonks. Who could resist a cat-loving Beatles fan? I can see why Andromeda fell in love with him. How did you come up with/develop his character?

2. You said something about a fic you were working on which featured (Nymphadora) Tonks cheering up Cedric Diggory on his first day at Hogwarts. Would you mind giving me a sneak preview? And does it involve funny noses? I'm really interested in the Tonks/Cedric interaction, because I'm fond of both characters. (OT - I wish people who STILL think that Hufflepuff is for "duffers" would take a good look at Cedric Diggory's character.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 23rd, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Ted Tonks. Who could resist a cat-loving Beatles fan? I can see why Andromeda fell in love with him. How did you come up with/develop his character?

When I started with Ted, he was going to be a sort of hippie-ish guy who led Andromeda into the edge of the counterculture. But he just didn't even come out that way as early as "The Doll Army," so I knew that wasn't who he was. "Tonks" is an aggressively unglamorous name, and it brought to mind a "regular bloke." Now, maybe it's stereotypical, but I think "regular bloke," and I hear The Beatles. All that combined to make Ted a kid who lived in a seedy flat in London and listened to the Beatles, idolizing Paul McCartney. And then he just bopped on stage with a song stuck in his head. I kind of got to know him as I wrote him, particularly in the interaction he had with Lucius during the Sorting, when Lucius tried to pick a fight and Ted refused to play along, but Gilderoy notices that he has cars on his hands that suggest he does, in fact, fight. So I had him leading a little fighting group. I figured he might well be someone who would know Lily better than James (very minor spoiler for the next section; he recruits her to their little group, the Muggleborn United Defense Squad, or M.U.D.S.). As for Dodger the cat, he just showed up. I knew they had a family cat, but the better I got to know Ted, the more I realized it was his cat, and he was sort of a shabby thing that no one else wanted.

2. You said something about a fic you were working on which featured (Nymphadora) Tonks cheering up Cedric Diggory on his first day at Hogwarts. Would you mind giving me a sneak preview? And does it involve funny noses? I'm really interested in the Tonks/Cedric interaction, because I'm fond of both characters. (OT - I wish people who STILL think that Hufflepuff is for "duffers" would take a good look at Cedric Diggory's character.)

I'll hold myself back from telling the whole story--I'm about halfway through it, and I'm actually anxious to finish it--but the spoilery stuff: It's a piece that bounces around in time, beginning when Tonks finds out about Cedric's death. She was a sixth year the year he came to Hogwarts, and they make friends his first night. She adores him, thinking his smile is "cute as a billywig's ear," and helps him through his own version of what Ashtur calls "Hufflepuff disease"--in Cedric's case, it's not because he's sorry to be in Hufflepuff, but because he loves the place at first sight and feels like he shouldn't, since his Ravenclaw and Gryffindor parents won't approve.

In another couple of fast forwards, Tonks finds out that Harry's story about what happened to Cedric isn't the first "wild tale" he's told, and when she finds out what he said about Sirius (she has been talking to Kingsley about all of this), she's thrown into a tailspin. She remembers two more incidents with Cedric, one in which the two of them rescue Percy and Scabbers from some bullies (thus handily taking care of her life debt to Peter from "Doll Army"), and one the first day of the next year, when she finds Cedric comforting the new kids.

At the end, she goes back to Hogwarts to get some answers from Dumbledore. She hears soft voices behind his office door, which stop abruptly when she knocks and quietly calls, "Professor Dumbledore? It's Nymphadora Tonks. I've come about Cedric." End story.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 23rd, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW, there are no funny noses, but she does change her face into her eleven-year-old self to surprise and amuse Cedric, and she has a "make-a-face" contest with her buddy, Daffy Apcarne, who always loses this game.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: January 24th, 2004 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Kewl! Thanks for answering. I like the idea of Tonks making friends with Cedric. I can't wait to read that story; another thing I wonder is just what was Scabbers thinking during the whole incident. (In and of itself, Peter's life as Scabbers would make a fascinating side-story that I haven't seen explored in a fanfic.)
calico321 From: calico321 Date: January 24th, 2004 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
What a fantastic idea! Especially since I've just discovered your stories (though, now all other fics pale in comparison ^_^)

Um, let me see...I loved McGonagall's story in 'Of a Sort', how she was so certain where she would be sorted and then the Hat's reaction to her. What inspired that wonderful twist?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 24th, 2004 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
What really clued me in to my version of McGonagall was the scene where she ran out of Hogwarts and rushed on Umbridge's people to try and rescue Hagrid. Normally, McGonagall seems very strict and prim and disciplined, and I believe she actually is, but her priority system seems to be based on protection.

I approached McGonagall with the assumption that her bookish self dominates her surface personality, as it does when she's older. She's an excellent student and she's never had any particular reason to discover that she rushes into battle when the situation calls for it--all she knows about herself for certain is that she's a bookworm, and nothing she knows of is more important to her. I decided to have her be from Hogsmeade for two reasons, the first just being that she would detest the illogic of going all the way to London just to take a train to Hogwarts. But the second reason was that I wanted her to have the idea of her "Ravenclaw-ness" reinforced by actual students, who also look at her and always see her as a little girl with her nose in a book. I got flack about why she thought so negatively about the House, but I really meant the reason to be what she stated: they haven't won at Quidditch. Her Quidditch fanaticism, usually suppressed, is the first inkling of her Gryffindor heart--she's dying to fly into the game. (I also love in canon that strict McGonagall is such a sports nut.) If Ravenclaw had been winning games, she might have been interested, but the fact that they're losing--and worse, that they don't care that they're losing--makes her dread being Sorted there. And since "everyone knows" she's a Ravenclaw, she just takes it for granted, and is quite unhappy.

The Hat, on the other hand, looks at some non-surface qualities, so it would see through the surface easily. I'm also trying to characterize the Hat in these stories.
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