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I so need a new printer. I have to hand feed sheets one at a time… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I so need a new printer. I have to hand feed sheets one at a time because the rollers don't pick it up anymore. I bought this one in Buffalo, a city I left ten years ago, and I didn't buy it immediately before leaving. It's an HP DeskJet 540 And I'm printing Shifts for my mom for Christmas. I'm on page 317.

I need a break from feeding paper into the mangler. I signed up for fanfic100, to do pieces about Sirius and Regulus (as brothers, not slash). I haven't been approved yet, but I didn't see anyone else having claimed them as a pair. Sounds like a good way to get challenges without bothering you all for story prompts. ;)

I know I'm going somewhere with Shades--the introduction of that overblown little scenario is in there for a reason that intersects with Remus and Tonks, and I know how it intersects with them and what they're going to do with it, but I'm afraid it's too overblown for its function. Anyone else get that post-writing kind of, "Eek, should I have done that?" moment?
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inkpenpaper From: inkpenpaper Date: December 7th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I got that "Eek" moment about ten minutes after submitting my major work for English Extension Two. Please keep writing? I really like Shades.

I'm sure it will be fine. Don't doubt yourself.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: December 7th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm writing a seventh-year fic partly because it was the necessary context for a scene I was imagining in which Harry, having been dumped back in time, is having a chat with Salazar Slytherin.

Of course, this may not be particularly comforting. I like to write self-indulgent fanfic and hope somebody else enjoys it too, sometimes.
sreya From: sreya Date: December 7th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
The appearance of your "overblown little scenario" doesn't by any chance mean you're still thinking about that "second coming of Arthur" idea you were talking about a couple years back, does it? (Which would be completely awesome)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 7th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it's still in my head, though the spirit who appeared isn't the one who's going to be involved... if I ever do the thing. I really enjoy the idea and want to try it as a Potterverse idea--it's been done so often in original that the only way to make it non-derivative is to make it fanfic! (Though it's a little presumptuous of an untraveled American writer to write about a deep inner Britain, I suppose...) Am I thinking too far ahead and putting stuff into Shades that only has value for a story I may or may not write a very long time in the future? Is it worth it just for Shades? These are my panicked thoughts.
sreya From: sreya Date: December 7th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
If it adds something to Shades then that's good enough. Rowling herself included Merlin in the books, so the rest of the Arthurian lore is therefore pseudocanon, or at least fair game. I think the tricky part will be finding the way to continue making it feel native to the Potterverse, instead of a crossover. But if anyone could do it, you certainly could.
sreya From: sreya Date: December 7th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just thought of a suggestion - feel free to toss it out if it's no good, I'm exam cramming so my brain is working on overdrive and that's not always a good thing!

Anyway, it might help to keep the native feeling if Tonks at some point goes to do some research on the Lady and Merlin, and ends up finding random information that's rather unhelpful, sort of along the lines of a Trio library expedition. It needn't take up much time in the story, just a reference that she's picking up books to read through while eating breakfast in the pub or something.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 7th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, that works well--when she was investigating Fortescue, there was an open book on the subject, and she had asked Remus to look into possible Greyback involvement...
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: December 7th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a nice idea -- although to be honest when I saw where it was going, I did wonder if it would actually fit that well with Shades. It just feels like ... say perhaps such a major development that if it were to have been happening in the Potterverse during HBP, it ought to have been happening to Harry himself, rather than to Tonks and Remus? Or at least, to have been something he was/we were aware of? (In other words, I suppose I have a feeling it might have implications that would have affected the HBP plot, not just the Shades plot. But then I suppose that if it's largely just setup for a potential future semi-crossover story, it needn't overshadow the rest of it. Just vague thoughts.)
cheddartrek From: cheddartrek Date: December 7th, 2005 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)


I don't know if you're interested in Printer suggestions or not, but I bought a new printer last week and I am VERY pleased with the results. It's a HP PSC 1410 All-In-One. I got it for under $100 at an Office Depot. It's a Printer, Scanner, and Copier in one. It's also simple to use and small enough to fit on the end of my desk.

I know I don't post much around here, but I do come by to lurk every now and again. Shades is a brilliant story, and I'm enjoying it every bit as much as I enjoyed Shifts.

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