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Title: Vicious Rumours
Word Count: 96k
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans Potter, Severus Snape, Gideon Prewett, Fabian Prewett, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Helsing Gandolfsson (OC), Poppy Pomfrey
Additional Tags: Marauders, MWPP Era, Pre-Slash, Werewolves, Hogwarts Second Year, Hogwarts, Friendship, Family, Families of Choice, First War with Voldemort, POC James Potter, Peter is an actual character
Chapter Summary: Rumours are flying that werewolves were responsible for the destruction of Dunheath.

Excerpt:
"Not all wizards hate werewolves," Sirius pointed out, interrupting him. "Just stupid ones who don't know any better. You can't hate all wizards just because some of them are tossers. That's just as bad as wizards hating all werewolves."

"It's not the same thing," Remus burst out, trying to keep the pleading note from his voice. "You don't know what it's like, having all these laws and rules telling you what you can and can't do a hundred times a day. If I get caught breaking or forgetting one, it's not detention I have to worry about. I could go to prison. Wizards made those laws, and other wizards kept quiet and went along with it. Whether the three of you agree with them or not doesn't matter. It doesn't affect you -- at least not any more than you decide you want it to. I don't get to decide that. No matter how 'good' I am, I don't get to live my life in peace. I don't ever get to not think about it. If I say 'I hate wizards' -- if every werewolf in the world says it -- maybe your feelings will be hurt, but you still get to live your lives however you want. It's not at all the same thing as wizards hating werewolves."

Reminder: I am way more active on tumblr than LJ these days. Come find me there!
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
THINGS are happening. Yes, many things. I hope you will be excited about some of them.

I have been doing some editing. Yes, I can hear you groaning from here, but this is important to me. I have been learning a lot over the past couple of years regarding social justice issues, especially as they pertain to media, and I have come to realise that my stories contain a lot of problematic tropes. I have a lot of young readers, and I am not comfortable thinking that they could come away from my stories with unhealthy ideas about what is acceptable behaviour and what is romantic, so I am gradually going through and fixing things. In some cases, it's just a matter of word choice here and there. In others, some re-writing is required. I am also working on improving representation across the spectrum of race, gender, and sexuality, including adopting the popular headcanon that James Potter was black. I believe that my stories can and will be better.

Once each story has been edited, I will record a podfic (yes, even the porny ones) to increase accessibility for readers who have a difficult time with text. You can check my archive to see which stories have been edited and podfic'd so far, but here is a current list:

Painting Music - David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy), Paul/Noah, rated E, 3200 words
In Dreams Alone - Doctor Who, Ten/Rose, rated G, 400 words
Family - Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), Brianna/Roger, rated G, 700 words
Affection Falling Just Short of Love - WTNV, Earl Harlan, rated T, 4300 words
Oasis - WTNV, Cecil/Carlos, rated G, 400 words
Lazy Evening - WTNV, Cecil/Carlos, rated E, 1000 words
M.A.R.Y.S.U.E. Must Die? - Potterverse, OFCs, rated T, 12,000 words
The Plot Bunny - Potterverse, Severus Snape, rated T, 1800 words
Backstage - Potterverse, Remus/Sirius, rated T, 8300 words

And most recently, A Cure For Nightmares, my all-time most popular story, to which I have just added a new chapter, between Ch. 11, and what was Ch. 12.

I am way more active on tumblr than anywhere else these days, so if you're looking for updates on my writing progress, that's a good place to check.

There was something else I was going to mention, I think. Let me see ... what was it? Oh, yes!

There is a brand new chapter posted for A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year Two.

Excerpt:
EVENING PROPHET

23 December 1972

Village Destruction Result of "Hooliganism" Says MLE
At a press conference this morning Magical Law Enforcement spokeswizard Cornelius Fudge declared Tuesday's attack on the Muggle village of Dunheath to be "nothing more than hooliganism". The press conference was held in response to rumours that the attack was an act of terrorism.

"No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the incident," said Fudge, "and no further leads have been uncovered. If you ask me, it was probably an accident. Someone trying a spell they did not have the ability to control."

In response to questions regarding public safety, Fudge said, "As far as we know, this was an isolated incident that got out of hand. Let's not overreact. Fiendfyre is notoriously difficult to contain. The perpetrator or perpetrators are likely just as shocked by the results of their careless actions as anyone. This department does not anticipate any further incidents."

When asked if there was any truth to the rumours that the organisation known as the Death Eaters might be responsible, or that the attack might be linked to the Easter Murders, Fudge dismissed the idea.

"The Death Eaters are a respectable organisation dedicated to the promotion of Wizarding interests, and Voldemort is a respectable wizard. There is no evidence connecting the group to any sinister activity or acts of violence."

The wizard styling himself Lord Voldemort, who is rumoured to be the head of the Death Eater organisation, could not be reached for comment at the time of this printing.

Muggle officials are reporting the incident as a "gas leak", which is the sort of thing that can cause a large explosion under certain circumstances.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
My plan was to have this up much earlier in the weekend. Sorry. But here it is! So much dialogue, most of it written during bouts of exhaustion. Hope it's coherent.

Excerpt:
"They're going to figure it out," insisted Remus. "They're too clever not to."

"They won't," Sirius soothed. "It'll be fine."

"They will." Remus was in no mood for baseless assurances.

"They might," said Peter.

"Shut it, Pete," snapped Sirius. "You're not helping."

Chapter 18: Dunheath
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (magpie)
I've started tracking my monthly word count in an effort to try to set reasonable writing goals for myself. In the month of October, I wrote 8800 words (down from 16,000 in September and 12,900 in August). This month, I added one chapter to ACOC Year Two, one chapter to Trans*Figured, and wrote seven short pieces to complete A History of Cartographers. That's not too bad.

Here's what I would like to accomplish by the end of the year: I want ACOC Y2 to be longer than Y1, which means adding at least 11,000 words, or about two more chapters. I also want to finish Trans*Figured, which I think has around four more chapters of ~3000 words each. I already have a short sequel in mind for it, but I'm not sure I'm ready to talk about that yet.

So that's about 23,000 words I want to write between now and the end of December, or 377 words per day. I should be able to manage that, right?
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Chapter 17 is up!

Excerpt:

Alice Finch, a third year Gryffindor, raised her hand, and James nodded to her. "I'd like to learn about the hiding magic Gandolfsson talked about. That sounds really useful."

"I want to practice what to do if you have to face more than one person at a time," said Rishi Patil.

"I want to learn how to tell if someone is under the Imperius curse," said Egbert Bones.

"I want to learn silent magic," said Lily Evans.

James felt overwhelmed. He didn't know the first thing about any of magic people seemed interested in learning. He didn't realise he was giving Remus a pleading look until his friend was beside him, raising his hands for quiet.

pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Summary: Excuse me while I pour a bucket of subtext on a couple of unsuspecting 12-year-olds.

Excerpt:
"D'you want to go outside, Moony?" Sirius asked.

Remus shook his head. He looked better than he had in Potions, but he still seemed exhausted and unwell. "I'm going to meditate for a bit," he said, voice barely above a whisper. "You can go. I'll be fine."

"It's too cold out for me," Sirius told James. "You go ahead; I'll see Moony back to the room."

~ Chapter 16 ~
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Summary: The November moon and Sirius's newly tainted blood combine to exacerbate his quarrel with James.

Excerpt:
He felt restless, like he wanted to run and run and never stop. Taking the great staircase two steps at a time, Sirius almost flew to the third floor landing. He didn't want to go back to Gryffindor tower yet; all the rooms there were too small. Instead, he sprinted down an empty corridor, taking turns without paying any attention to where he was going. This part of the castle was cold and dark and silent, with only the faint glow of silver moonlight through the unglazed windows to light his way. Sirius yelled as he ran until his throat was raw, throwing inarticulate rage at the darkness.

~ Chapter 15 ~
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Thank you for your patience. I think I figured out part of what was giving me so much trouble: this chapter has a shit-ton of dialogue in it.

EXCERPT:
The feeling was hard to put into words. It was somewhere between a flutter and a tug, and he couldn't say whether it was in his belly or only in his mind.

The dormitory door opened behind him, and there it was again, just at the edge of his senses. Sirius smiled to himself, but didn't look up from his Transfiguration homework. He didn't have to.

"Hey, Moony."


Chapter 14: High-Strung
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Title: A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year Two, Chapter 13
Author: [personal profile] pica_scribit (complete fic archive)
Word Count: ~66,000 and counting
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Rating: T
Timeline: Marauders' 2nd Year (1972-1973)
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Severus Snape, and many others
Pairing: Remus/Sirius (pre-slash)
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters and the Wizarding world are the sole property of J. K. Rowling. I own nothing except my own ideas, and make no profit. No copyright infringement is intended.

Chapter 13 Summary: The brewing war touches the Marauders' lives for the first time. (Sirius & Remus's POV)
Note: I know I've been awful about updating this. So sorry. Apparently guilt is the only thing that can break through my writers block.


Excerpt:
Sirius scowled, shooing the owl away and glancing sidelong at James, ready to deflect any questions. But his best friend was still staring at his own short letter, a troubled expression on his face.

"Everything okay?" Sirius asked.

James looked surprised to find that Sirius was still there. He shook his head. "It's from Mum. Dad's in hospital."


(Chapter Thirteen: Dampened Spirits)

[Year One] * [Year Two]
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
New chapter done. Will post tomorrow. Sleep now.

Busy, Sorry

Sep. 3rd, 2010 05:45 pm
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I've been trying to do regular Saturday updates on A Conspiracy of Caretographers the past few weeks, but I'm afraid I've run short of time this week, so it's going to be a bit late. As most of you know, I'm in the middle of getting ready to move across the country, and as part of that, I'm doing a booth at the local flea market tomorrow to get rid of a metric ton of my stuff. Hopefully it will lighten the load and make my bank account a touch happier, but it hasn't been very conducive to writing fanfic. Should have a bit more time for writing next week. Sorry to disappoint.

Incidentally, I may be looking for crash space for me and my cat on our move. The route is roughly Charlottesville, VA to Seattle, WA if you want to check MapQuest and see if you're on my way. I don't have exact dates yet, so I'll probably post again closer to the time, but it will be mid-Octoberish.

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