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Wrong turns - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Wrong turns
Chapter Fourteen (The Evans Temper) of Shifts is up at SQ, tweaked to put a bit stronger emphasis on Remus's appearance charms, to reinforce that Petunia doesn't know who he is.

I hate taking wrong turns. I wrote about 1100 words of a scene last night to start the next chapter, realized I was struggling with both language and plot logic, and ditched the whole thing at 3:30 a.m. The new scene I started is better (more focused, less of an issue with, "Wait a minute... they still have several hours before they should be even starting to talk about this...," plus, hey, Sirius welcoming Remus to the House of Black), but obviously, it's going to run yet another day late. Grrr. I realized I'm also going to actually have to commit to a theory about how the Order communicates, other than the portraits, since Snape's communication forms an important part of the chapter. And I can't wrap my head around how the white bird thing Dumbledore sends Hagrid is more efficient (or less noticeable) than Umbridge's fireplace.

Good Lord, I'm getting severe stage fright.

Which is fun. I always liked the work-up to a performance. But I'm in total fingernail rapping, toe-tapping mood.
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author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: February 10th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You'll get through it. I do know the feeling... and I don't want the fic to end. I hope that it's going to carry on for a while, even after Sirius dies. :( At least the fic I finished in Sept. had a happier ending; I still almost cried when I posted the last chapter though, and you may as well. Our fics, after all, are sometimes like our babies.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: February 10th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but stage fright only means you're getting ready for the performance.

Glad to see it was just a matter of restarting. I'm addicted to my early morning Shifts fix.
kokopelli20878 From: kokopelli20878 Date: February 10th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

I trust you

You're a great writer - you'll carry it off with aplomb!

What better way for Sirius to go out than knowing that his last Marauder has a mate, which means good things for Harry (not that Sirius will have a lot of time to contemplate that, but hey, it's the intent that counts.)

erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: February 10th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
We wot'n have toetapping here. Use phineas...
cleversimon From: cleversimon Date: February 10th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would it help to know that a total stranger who has been compulsive devouring this fic start to finish has complete confidence in you?

'Cause if it does, I, you know, do.
cleversimon From: cleversimon Date: February 10th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Compulsively. I have been compulsively devouring it. Oy.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: February 11th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooo, good luck!! Or rather, break a leg. Or two. I'm sure it will be wonderful. :)
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: February 11th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)


Are you nuts? I should think it was quite impossible for Your Fernwithyness to write anything that was of even slightly questionable quality... :) Go on, write! I'm already suffering from Shifts withdrawal symptoms.

I see your rant pulled a disappearing act - why? It was a good one!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wha-?

The McCartney rant? It's f-locked because I didn't feel like actually having the argument. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wha-?

And, PS, thanks. But I'm perfectly capable of writing severe crap from time to time. I just erase it. :)
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