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Marauders of the Round Table is up at SQ, with some fixes, one of which added a mistake, which I remembered to fix and forgot to send in the fix of. I don't know why I keep making little annoying mistakes--not the big ones, which I can explain by, you know, being wrong about something, but stupid little things.

I fixed up Chapter 5 of Shades (it's not up yet), and hope that I've made Dumbledore's actions clearer. I checked the location of the knot on the Whomping Willow, and it's definitely on the trunk. Harry can't get close enough to reach the trunk, but apparently Remus and Snape both just need to pick up a stick and reach with it. Long stick, apparently. Crookshanks (and, presumably, transformed Peter) just dodge the whomping branches to get there.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to give another shot to NaNoWriMo this year. It didn't go terribly well last year, though it did get me in the habit of doing a lot of writing every day... just not on what I'd planned to write, which I ended up really disliking by the end of the second week.
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nazgul_number_7 From: nazgul_number_7 Date: September 29th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
NaNoWriMo... how hard is that? I'm considering participation... but I've got five classes and three jobs and I don't know if I could keep up. Is it plausible for someone with a schedule like that to make sufficient progress? How'd you do last year?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 29th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Until I started hating my story, I was doing about 2000 words a day, which is target. Unfortunately, I only kept it up for a little over a week, then started to peter out.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 29th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
NaNo yes!
dipsas From: dipsas Date: September 29th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Long stick, apparently.


Maybe you could argue that Snape and Remus are full-grown men so they have longer arms - but unfortunately, being full grown also makes them bigger targets for the willow branches. I think we arrive at 'long stick, apparently' in any case... :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 29th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took out the sequence where Tonks and Remus have to dodge branches, at any rate. But it is kind of odd!
dalf From: dalf Date: September 29th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Is the mistake in question putting that the mauraders were in their 3rd year in the description of the Round Table, but having them be first years in the fic?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 29th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're third years in the fic, but I have James looking in a first year book and having to con a girl for a third-year book!
saturnial From: saturnial Date: September 29th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I just wondered if you'd seen this on the FA official woter wolvie thread - they had a list of ways that you know you're an obsessive NT/RL fan;

30. Your convinced Fernwithy is JK in disguise.

31. You've read Shifts so many times you can quote it off by heart.

32. Shades is on your LJ friend update list so you can recieve the goodness as soon as you get it.

Sorry if you've seen it, if not.... Are you JKR is diguise? O.O :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 29th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you JKR is diguise? O.O :P

I wish... no worries about finding a roommie to split rent with if I were!

I don't do the FA boards much--they're just so big; I think I'd end up with all my time sucked up. l) (I admit, I've been known to search to see if anyone's read something of mine, though.)

Thanks for the quotes. Nice way to start the day!
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: September 29th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
NaNoWriMo? I HATED that novel I forced myself to finish at the end of December, finally. But I'm doing it again. It really, really helped to finish that atrocity against storytelling. I got to know what sort of scenes I liked writing, what stuff is boring to me, what stuff I do plain wrong (action scenes), what actually comes across as interesting in my writing.

Have you checked out Holly Lisle's site? It was seriously a life-saver. Her articles are motivational not by trying to be - but by being pragmatic about writing and giving good advice while remaining infectiously upbeat about it all.

Here's an article about plotting that I'm using for NaNo this year. I'm not convinced it's going to lead to a stupendous, earth-shattering plot, but NaNo isn't about that.
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