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Hmm. Almost done with the challenges. What to do next...? I REALLY… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Hmm. Almost done with the challenges. What to do next...?

I REALLY want to do the time around Haymitch's Quell, and that generation, but aside from the Quell itself (which I'd guess everyone has done), I'm not sure what the story is. I'll have to consider it carefully. I'm so comfortable inside Haymitch's head that I feel like I should challenge myself by going into someone else's, but he's the only one with access to both D12 and the rest of the world, so I'll probably stick with him. Maybe I'll do a one-shot first to see if it's at all interesting.
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: June 20th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
How about Haymitch's mentor? Presumably that was the one other District 12 victor whom we never learn much about and who's dead by the time the story opens, but he or she would also have D12 and Capitol access.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 20th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
In my long stuff, I've had the other victor dead before the Quell, and Haymitch was mentored by a loaner from District Two who mostly ignored him.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: June 20th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear -- I'd forgotten about that. I think part of it is the fact that I have a couple of random challenge ideas in my head for whenever you make a call, and one of them is "So what was the story of the first D12 winner anyway?" (This isn't a hint -- God knows you've gone above and beyond with the challenges already). I would happily spend as much time in your Haymitch's head as you cared to make.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2013 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
What about trying out the voices of one of the older mentors, and have them watching the Quell and Haymitch's victory? It'd be interesting to see from maybe Seeder or Chaff's pov. Beetee, Mags, Lyme, Woof(and in my headcannon Wiress and Brutus,48th and 49th victors) are also mentoring by then. Maybe one of them might be an interesting mind to play in. Especially if one of their tributes was one of the two unspecified in the final five.

Happy to read anything you write though.

From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


But not Brutus!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 20th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
They don't have D12 access, though. I think I'd like to have the Quell in the story, but not have it be the whole thing. I want to get into the time after, with the new head peacekeeper and the whippings that Ruth first gets a reputation for treating and so on.

I might do a one-shot in Chaff or Seeder's POV, though.
From: queen_bellatrix Date: June 22nd, 2013 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
As a story outline, this sounds absolutely amazing! I've always adored your first generation stuff in challenge calls, and was rediculously excited when you first began mulling the idea of a fic. I love the idea of the quell almost being background or backdrop for what comes after; the aftermath of the games has always been just a bit more interesting to me than the games themselves. And of course, there's the bonus of seeing more of your Glenn and Ruth, who I really, really adore at the moment *grin*

Anyway: just a massive seconding of this idea!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to see your version of Maysilee's perspective, but of course then you'd have to stop before the Games ended, unless it was like a Lovely Bones thing.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 21st, 2013 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I will do a one-shot from Maysilee's perspective during the games, but before she died (Lovely Bones was a freaky book; I did not care for it).
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

how about...

1. Haymitch's Quell from the perspective of Maysilee's sister, Ruth, Dannel or Digger (or a mix of all of them), or

2. Haymitch, dealing with post-Victory aftermath, or

3. Effie getting on with her life, post-Mockingjay (perhaps with the fertility struggles?), and finally

4. There is always next-gen-related stuff. (Perhaps an angsty, teenaged Pearl or Indigo learning about the Games and the War?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 21st, 2013 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: how about...

It's definitely going to be past generation around the Quell. I guess I was gauging interest... maybe there's not so much. I think I'm doing it anyway. :D
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your one-shot from Digger's POV was great--her insights into Haymitch's thought process and her observations of the Capitol folks were fun to see. Although then you have the opposite problem that you would have with the one of the other mentors...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 21st, 2013 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
True. Plus she dies only a little way into the time period I'm looking at.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2013 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
How about something happy not involving hyper-violent Hunger Games world at all? I HATE stories where people keep dropping dead. They make me unhappy and upset. Whilst i compulsivley read your stories, there were several times I didn't get any sleep. Play in another world for a while. Hunger Games never had as much scope as some of the others anyway. It almost like most of those characters were kept flat for a reason, and there you are, happily fleshing them out and giving them hopes and dreams and family and so on.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 21st, 2013 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry -- that's where my head is at the moment.
valerie_valerah From: valerie_valerah Date: June 21st, 2013 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I will enjoy whatever you come up with. I love your Haymitch, and I'd be interested in seeing a young Ruth and Glen, and Donnel, etc.
torturedbabycow From: torturedbabycow Date: June 21st, 2013 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Your Haymitch is so fabulous, I see nothing wrong with sticking with him. You can always issue some (specifically non-Haymitch) challenge calls if you want to stretch your writing muscles in a different direction. ~_^ Or maybe some interludes in other heads like you've done before?
Dashinista From: Dashinista Date: June 21st, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to see some fleshing out of pre-Quell Haymitch's life, particularly being an intelligent, literary boy in a situation where books are rated "somewhere between hair ribbons and rainbows" (to borrow a phrase from Katniss). Maybe more Haymitch-Hazelle interaction?

I'm also desperate to read YOUR version of Haymitch's Quell, it has been done a lot but I can honestly say I haven't found a version that I like or that is authentic / in the same voice as canon. Your Haymitch is wonderful and I'd love to see more of him.

Also, how did The Capitol audience react to Haymitch as Tribute? Maybe some one shots of people watching the Quell / Reapings.

Oh! And how about public perception (D12 or Capitol or indeed other districts) of how Haymitch is perceived after the Quell and at random snapshots towards the 74th Hunger Games, and how that changed after he bought two victors home.

Phew, lots of suggestions there! Sorry - I just love your Haymitch voice so much!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 21st, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! The enthusiasm is infectious... makes me want to start this afternoon! :D
Dashinista From: Dashinista Date: June 21st, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I can't wait to read what you write next :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm probably too late here,but I think the early stages of the rebellion is really interesting. The different triggers for different people to get involved, how they took that first risk of making contact with each other, and anything they achieved prior to the books.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 24th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be honest, I never really understood how Haymitch using the force field as a weapon counted as a challenge to Capitol authority enough that Snow felt the need to kill everyone Haymitch cared about.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 24th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be honest, that confuses me as well. Whatever it was, Katniss saw it right away, but that might be because they share a brain and always know what's going on in the other one's head. Maybe it was that he laughed when he figured it out? That he won by trying to get out of the arena instead of by playing the Game, and was thereby ignoring the Capitol's purpose? I don't know. It's kind of a mystery, maybe worth looking into.
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