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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Judicious excisions
Well, I think, after a night to sleep on it, that I'm going to stick with Remus's POV in "Shifts." No, not just because it's "winning" in the poll, but because the arguments in favor make sense, and because I need to keep the story focused in some way. I may do a one-shot outtake or two. That said, I think part of the reason I was considering switching is that there are things I know--quite a few--that Remus would have either no reason to know or no inclination to think about. Most of them belong under the Trivial Pursuit heading, though, and are unnecessary to the story anyway. Better left out. But I can't resist sharing. Better here than crowding up the narrative.

  • The history of the Tonks house. It actually belonged to Granny Tonks. While Ted was at Hogwarts, she got a different job--originally selling cosmetics door to door, but eventually, and rather quickly, working at a corporate level, which required regular trips to New York for up to a few months at a time. It was a significant raise in pay, and when Ted was fifteen or so, they moved from their seedy little flat. When Ted and Andromeda eloped from Hogwarts at the end of their seventh year, they had no particular home to go to, and so moved in with his mother. Since she was away a lot, it started to be their home by default, and was where Nymphadora was born. Granny Tonks decided that "the children" ought to have a house, and claiming that she was away too much to take care of a whole house herself, got a small and fashionable flat, which was where she was killed by Death Eaters during the first war. Bella is probably a good suspect, but I wouldn't write Regulus off, or even Narcissa. It was definitely punishment for aiding and abetting Andromeda's "traitorous" marriage, and was sent to the young couple as a message. At any rate, she legally left them the house in her will.

  • There's a room in the cellar of the Tonks house where magic is off limits. It's around the fuse boxes, and magic is forbidden so that it doesn't mess up the electrical fields--the rest of the house is wired, but they don't bother with it, as the spells thrown around, plus Andromeda's binding spells, which are always in place, tend to make lights flicker and flare out and interfere with tv and radio reception. In the cellar, Ted has Muggle gadgets, including a computer and television, which work after a fashion, though all Ted has mastered, computer-wise, is playing various forms of solitaire.

  • Granny the cat had four litters of kittens during her time at Hogwarts, and every time, Dora had to be talked out of keeping the kittens herself. Finally, seventh year, Andromeda convinces her to "fix" the cat, though Dora grumbles that doing such a thing is actually "breaking" her. Her friends joked that sooner or later, Granny would catch a social disease. Granny is still alive and with Dora in her own flat. Three littermates from her last litter stayed together at Ted and Andromeda's, and have claimed Dora's childhood bedroom as their own particular territory. They are called Bludger, Quaffle, and Snitch, and may make an appearance without the full backstory of Granny's social life. Other kittens live with Dora's various friends, including one that went off to Romania with Charlie Weasley. Remus steadfastly refused to take one, on the stated grounds that he didn't really want a cat and was worried about it during full moons (damn, but lycanthropy provides a world of excuses for him!), but in fact, he just has the perfectly mundane worry that there might come a time when he couldn't afford to keep a pet. Well, since I'm staying in his POV, maybe that will sneak in, as it's involved with his occasionally strange uses of lycanthropic excuse-making.
There are a few other things, but those are the sorts of things I'm tempted to throw in just because, hey, they're in my head. And I know better. So those particular blocks of exposition have been excised. Probably.
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dipsas From: dipsas Date: June 21st, 2004 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Being very talented in wriggling out of things myself, I couldn't but laugh out loud at the last bit 'It's involved with his occasionally strange uses of lycanthropic excuse-making'.... The idea of Dora finding homes all over for Granny's kittens was so sweet, I thought, reading it, that...of course... your Dora did react that way and of course she has friends who ends up in all sorts of interesting places...
sreya From: sreya Date: June 21st, 2004 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
though all Ted has mastered, computer-wise, is playing various forms of solitaire.

Oh my gosh, I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I caught that. Too funny!

damn, but lycanthropy provides a world of excuses for him!

This is good, too. I can just see James & Sirius & Peter snickering over some of the ridiculous things Remus may have used this excuse for in school.

(The spell-checker complains about lycanthropy?! Isn't that a real word?)
sreya From: sreya Date: June 21st, 2004 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, forgot something and can't edit. If you've got a one-shot idea of something else Dora is working on, you could always submit it on SOTW for the Tales of the Phoenix anthology. Tonks hasn't been claimed by anyone yet. ;) Just figured I'd get the plug in where it looks appropriate!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 21st, 2004 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, lycanthropy is a real word.

:rolls eyes at stupid spell-checker:

Sure, I'll claim her. I don't know what story I want to tell. ("Shifts"-wise, I wanted to look at a ladies' day out with Miriam and Anna, but that's not all that amusing out of context. I can work with her job, though.)
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: June 21st, 2004 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
why don't yo ustore that kidn of backstory fopossible prequels? It's what I did when one character suddenl ygot far too much backstory adn memories and scenes of her youth.
melyanna From: melyanna Date: June 21st, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE your Dora's backstory. In fact, it has at times made it difficult for me to actually work on a Tonks piece set late in OotP — I keep writing things and thinking, "No, can't use that, that's Fern's!" Oh well. It'll get done eventually.

I'd love to see some of these things written just in vignette form if you can't get them into a story. The kittens are especially cute, and I can imagine your Ted Tonks playing solitaire into the wee hours of the morning. . .

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