pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Magpie Lewis)
Ugh. Got off work this morning at 6:00 completely exhausted. Home and to bed by 7:00 with pleasant classical radio playing softly. And then awake again for no particular reason around 11:15. I need to sleep more. I have a sort-of date this evening, and I have to go to work after, so more than four hours of sleep would be nice. *sigh*

But now my brain is active and I can't seem to sleep. Unfortunately, my brain seems to want to tell me things about the YA fantasy novel I've been working on off and on for about ... 15 years now? I will write this someday! Yes. I've never devoted the time to it that it deserves, and it has evolved a lot since the initial inspiration. I've realised that my notes for it are in a complete mess. I have eleven different files for it. Three of them are labeled "Chapter 1". I need to do some serious organisational work in it at some point.

But in a way, I'm glad I've waited on it. I think it has the potential to be a lot better book now than it would have been if I wrote it ten or even five years ago. I've become a lot more aware of literary tropes, problematic themes, and MarySueishness. There will be feminism. There will be awareness of social issues. There will be characters of colour. There will be lesbians (story has a predominately female cast). There will be no slut-shaming. There will be people who are not thin and conventionally attractive, and they will not be asexual. There may be a trans character. No more than two other characters will express romantic feelings for my protagonist. There might not have been *any* of these things if I had written it in my early 20's.

In short, I want to be a combination of Tamora Pierce, David Levithan, and J. K. Rowling, and write an interesting story with a fun and diverse cast, which also promotes socially-aware, life-affirming messages. Someday.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - SS - The Plot Bunny)
I really wish I could come up with an excuse for Natalie Lupin to meet Helsing Gandolfsson. Would his rank misogyny be any match for that fierce little girl? We'll probably never know.

Geeky confession: Sometimes I forget that Natalie is an OC.

ETA: In other dorkery, I'm also researching what is the optimal day of the week and time of day to post new chapters, based on patterns of internet usage. Looks like Mondays at around 2:00 PM (Pacific Time), since most of my readers are US-based (according to ff.net stats), but I still haven't broken the statistics down by age and gender (here assuming that most of my readers are women in their 20's and 30's).

Ooh!

Oct. 12th, 2011 09:57 am
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Y'all need proof that I'm writing? I gotcher proof right here!

"Concealment," the Defence master began, once everyone had found their seats. "There are many methods of hiding items and people one does not wish to be found. You lot are too inept to be able to do it effectively yet, and I'm not going to waste my time trying to teach you. However, it is possible that one or two of you may not be too stupid to detect objects concealed by magic."
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Wizards Dressed as Muggles)
I seem to have achieved some sort of low level of internet fame. I don't know what it means, but in the past few weeks...

...someone has asked to use one of my OCs in their own story.
...someone has asked if they can translate some of my stories into Italian.
...someone has asked if they can use my stories for a Potterfic podcast.

Guess I did something right!

Weekend!

Aug. 13th, 2010 12:36 am
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
It's now officially my "weekend" until next Thursday. I got home early this afternoon, and have spent the last few hours typing up, organising, and expanding upon the eleven hand-written pages of notes I jotted down at work over the past week. Most of them were for Year Four, but I figured out some important stuff for Year Two as well regarding the new DADA teacher, and I'm really happy with how it's going. My plan for tomorrow is to finish and post Chapter Three (fingers crossed), and then go through my Year Two notes and organise them into something like a coherent story. Wish me luck!
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
The next chapter of A Conspiracy of Cartographers is happening, folks, but it's been like pulling teeth. I had two important original characters to build for this chapter, as well as a completely new location. I even invented my own Wizarding boardgame, since I was getting tired of the boys playing Exploding Snap and Gobstones all the time, and frankly, so were they. I have over 4000 words written and every hope that it will be done and posted tomorrow. I apologise in advance for the lack of Remus, but there's something important I have to do with Sirius before I can bring him back into it.
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Tender)
(Formerly a Very Secret Post on my Very Secret Filter)

Title: Take This Longing
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Word Count: 9204
Genre: Drama, Angst, Smut
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Explicit sex, strong language, dirty talk, jealousy, suspected infidelity, violent images, no happy ending because canon is a cruel mistress.
Timeline: April 1981
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Harry Potter, Unnamed Flirtatious Muggle (OC), Albus Dumbledore, Alexandre d'Argenson (OC), Amabilis (OC)
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius, hints of Remus/OMC and Sirius/OMC
Synopsis: If Remus doesn't need him anymore, then what's the point of anything?
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. Please don't sue me. Take This Longing lyrics are the property of Leonard Cohen.
Author's Note: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] rs_games 2010. This was a bit of a change for me. I don't usually do first person narrative, but Sirius wanted to tell you this story in his own words. For someone who hates confrontation almost as much as Remus does, I find it surprisingly easy to write snarky, angry dialogue. Lord, how I've missed writing porn!


Excerpt:
It seems like everything is moving away from me these days. Father and Regulus are dead. We hardly ever see Andromeda and her family anymore. Peter's too busy looking after his sick mother to keep in touch. There's still James, obviously, but he's got Lily and Harry to think of now. Even the Aurors decided they didn't want me, because apparently loving you and working in law enforcement was a "conflict of interests".

I could live with all that. Sure, I'd growl and rage and shake my fist at the sky, but so long as I still had you, I could grit my teeth and get through anything the world threw at us. But if I'm losing you, too, then what have I got left, Moony? What's the point of me? Of everything I've ever done? What is there left to fight for?


Title: Menage a Trois
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Word Count: 6262
Genre: Smutty, smutty smut. Also? Smut. Not quite PWP, but almost, with a helping of hurt/comfort tacked on at the end.
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Aside from it being a M/M/M threesome involving an OC? Nothing too kinky. Some French pillowtalk.
Timeline: 10 March 1981
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Alexandre d'Argenson (OC)
Pairing(s): Remus/Sirius, Remus/Sirius/OMC
Synopsis: Remus wants something a bit different for his 21st birthday, and of course Sirius can refuse him nothing. This is what might have happened if Alexandre had had a couple more days to get to know Remus and Sirius before he and Remus went on their disasterous French mission.
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. Please don't sue me.
Author's Note: This was written largely for my own perverted amusement, and does not fit with my personal canon of Remus/Sirius's continuity, but after what I did to poor Alexandre in my [livejournal.com profile] rs_games fic, I couldn't very well refuse him when he asked for this.


Excerpt:
"Are you jealous, Padfoot?" The bastard sounded amused.

"No," Sirius said too quickly. "Why? Should I be?"

A little huffing laugh tickled his ear. "He's not planning to steal me from you, if that's what you're worried about. If you hadn't been so busy noticing him noticing me, you might've noticed him noticing you, too. Not that I could blame him."

That gave Sirius pause. "He was?"

"Mm-hmm. He wants both of us. Together."
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Marauder's Map)
So I thought I would have a little fun tonight re-combining first and last names from my family tree to come up with a few good wizard names, since the Marauders need more classmates. I very quickly gave up experimenting when I realised there were enough real names on my family tree that were already perfect for wizards. You seriously cannot make this shit up. I have a ton more than this, but these are some of the best.

Edit: I've gone through and marked the names I am using so far in my new fic.

Why yes, I *do* have Lestranges on my family tree... )
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - Madeleine Yaxley)
I doubt anyone ever looks at it except for me, but I just revamped my original characters page, making it all awesome and tidy and more like the Lexicon. I apparently have almost thirty OCs appearing in my fics. True, many of them are incidental characters, but I have grown fond of a number of them. I even have a picture of Madeleine now.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - Madeleine)
Title: The Night Before - Fallen
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Sympathetic!Peter/OFC. I know, I know; no one wants to read Peter fic or anything with an OC in a leading role. Just give them a chance, all right? They might even surprise you.
Word Count: 1585
Genre: Romance, Drama, Angst
Characters: Peter Pettigrew, Madeleine Yaxley (OC)
Pairing(s): Peter/Madeleine
Synopsis: Unaware that the final battle is only hours away, Peter asks the beautiful woman in his bed why she would want to be with someone like him. AU diverging from canon at the end of OotP.
Timeline: June 1998
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Please don't sue me.
Author's Note: The Night Before is a series of oneshots in which the whereabouts of various characters on the eve of the final battle are explored. It is a spinoff from The Power of Two, and takes place concurrently with Ch 11 of that fic. Feedback is my drug of choice. Please report any errors or inconsistencies.

Excerpt:
"I thought you were dead, Peter."

Peter. She was the only one who ever called him that anymore. The others all followed the Dark Lord's lead, rubbing his schoolboy nickname in his face, a constant reminder of the friends he had betrayed.

(Fallen)
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - Madeleine Yaxley)
Title: The Education of Madeleine Yaxley (1974 - 1975)
Wordcount: ~16,000
Rating: M
Warnings: Underage sexual activity, sexual abuse, attempted rape, masturbation, dubious consent, group sex, incest
Genre: Drama, Smut, Coming-of-Age
Characters: Madeleine Yaxley (OC), Cartimandua Venuti-Yaxley (OC), Cartimandua's unnamed lover (OC), Rabastan Lestrange, Rodolphus Lestrange, Bellatrix Lestrange, Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Horace Slughorn, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew
Pairings: Madeleine/Everyone, Rodolphus/Bellatrix, Lucius/Narcissa, Bellatrix/Narcissa, Rabastan/Bellatrix, Rodolphus/Rabastan
Summary: Madeleine Yaxley tries to be a good pure-blood girl, but when you're 15, sometimes it's hard to know what the rules are.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Hufflepuff - Respect the 'Puff)
*Someone* suggested that it was not a very good idea for me to include the SCA in Chapter 9 of The Power of Two, even though it amused me greatly. That same *someone* also took me to task for breaking the so-called "fourth wall". Well, I thought it was fun, but it's probably out of place in a story that's not a parody. Anyway, I've done some edits of the chapter now, and I've found someone else to teach Harry, Justin and Luna swordplay. I have, however, tacked the original chapter ending on as an "alternate ending" at the bottom of the page. Are you happy now, Sweetie? I love you.

Edit: Although I should probably actually post the edits before I announce that they've gone up, shouldn't I. Gimme a minute....

OK. It's live now.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Magpie Lewis)
Dammit! It looks like I've been bunnied again. And not a little one, either. Every since I finished M.A.R.Y.S.U.E. Must Die!, I've had another Maggie Lewis bunny nibbling at me.

It all started the other day at work (I'm a field archaeologists, for those of you who don't know). We were climbing some really steep hills carrying all our equipment, and like the big geek I am, I said that I wished we had flying broomsticks. Then I immediately wondered if there are wizard archaeologists, and whether they might not, in fact, ride shovels instead? I do tend to think of my trowel as my "wand".

So I have decided that young Maggie is going to pursue a career as a wizard archaeologist once she leaves Hogwarts. It's going to be called Magpie Lewis and the Mirror of Ravenclaw, and in the grand old tradition of Indiana Jones, she shall be working against Nazis Death Eaters who are collecting Founders artefacts during the first war.

But I absolutely *cannot* start writing it until I finish with the Weasley twins. No matter how many notes I've taken.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - FW & GW - tPoT)
As some of you will be very please to know, I wrote eight more pages of my Weasley Twins story, The Power of Two tonight, which is something like half a chapter. This will be the first update of this story in nearly two years. Yes, I suck. But you love me anyway, don't you? With any luck I will have something to post for y'all tomorrow. I've just posted newly re-edited copies of the previous chapters on my website, so if you want to go refresh your memory, it starts here. That is, for anyone who's not bothered about watching some football game that's apparently going on tomorrow.

Edit: I knew it! I just typed in Marvola's answers on this quiz, and I got:







What Harry Potter Mary Sue cliche are you?




You are high on sugar.
(Character images from www.fairydollz.com)
Take this quiz!


pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Badfic - Sparklypoo)
Title: M.A.R.Y.S.U.E. Must Die! - Part Four - The D.T.U.C.
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Rating: PG-13 for sexual references, language and some violence
Word Count: 10168 (complete!)
Genre: parody, fandom mock
Characters: Madeleine Yaxley (OC), Maggie Lewis (OC), Marvola Elfynchyld (OC), Peter, Dumbledore, Special Agent Sam "Boggart" Humphries (OC)
Pairing(s): Remus/Maggie, Remus/Marvola, Peter/Madeleine
Synopsis: Maggie and Madeleine each try to get rid of the new girl at Hogwarts in their own way.
Timeline: September 1974
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Please don't sue me. Some of Agent Humphries' dialogue comes from the film The Maltese Falcon.
Author's Notes: The previous chapters now also include footnotes, which you may wish to backtrack and read, if you have not already. I would like to thank [livejournal.com profile] eskimosatan for allowing me to use the concept of the D.T.U.C. in my story. This chapter is dedicated to the memory of Humphry Bogart, a brilliant actor, who passed away fifty years and a couple of weeks ago. Feedback is my drug of choice. As usual, please report any errors or inconsistencies. My other stories can be found here.

[Part One] [Part Two] [Part Three]

(Part Four - The D.T.U.C.)
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Badfic - Sparklypoo)
Title: M.A.R.Y.S.U.E. Must Die! - Part Three: Glamour
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Rating: PG for some language
Warnings: Chatspeak, abusive punctuation, pairings of characters who hate one another, excessive magical ability, textbook description of a 'Sue
Word Count: 1942
Genre: Crackfic, Fandom parody
Characters: Maggie (OC), Madeleine (OC), Marvola (OC), Peter, Remus, Sirius, James, Lily
Pairing(s): Remus/OC, Remus/'Sue OC, Peter/OC, James/Lily
Synopsis: Madeleine and Maggie scour the Hogwarts library looking for something that will help them in their battle against the too-perfect, thoroughly annoying new girl.
Timeline: September, Marauders' 5th year
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Don't sue me, please.
Author's Note: Parts One and Two can be found on my webpage. Feedback is my drug of choice. Please let me know if this gave you a giggle. As usual, please report any errors or inconsistencies.


(Glamour)
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Badfic - Sparklypoo)
Title: M.A.R.Y.S.U.E. Must Die! - Part Two: Marvola
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit
Rating: PG for allusion to sex and some language
Warnings: Chatspeak, anachronism, abusive punctuation, broken dress code, nauseating descriptions, gratuitous misspelling of "Voldemort", excessive magical ability, Sorting Hat's 'Sue song
Word Count: 2531
Genre: Crackfic, Fandom parody
Characters: Maggie (OC), Madeleine (OC), Louisa (OC), Marvola (OC), Hagrid, McGonagall, Remus, Sirius, James, Peter
Pairing(s): Remus/OC, Remus/'Sue OC, Peter/OC
Synopsis: A new girl arrives at Hogwarts. She's perfect. She's beautiful. She has curves in all the right places. Everyone loves her. Everyone except Madeleine and Maggie, that is.
Timeline: September 1, Marauders' 5th year
Disclaimer: I am not J. K. Rowling. I own nothing. Don't sue me, please.
Author's Note: Part One can be found here. Feedback is my drug of choice. Please let me know if this gave you a giggle. As usual, please report any errors or inconsistencies. This story is dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] babb_chronicles and all its giggle-inducing, inspirational badfic quotations.


(Marvola)
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Badfic - Sparklypoo)
Title: M.A.R.Y.S.U.E. Must Die! (1974)
Wordcount: ~13000
Rating: T
Genre: Crack!Fic
Characters: Madeleine Yaxley (OC), Maggie Lewis (OC), Marvola Arwen Raevyn Yvette Salazara Umekiko Elfynchyld (OC), Sorting Hat, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Lily Evans, Louisa Chambers (OC), Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore, Special Agent Sam "Boggart" Humphries (OC)
Pairings: Remus/Maggie, Remus/Marvola, Peter/Madeleine, James/Lily
Summary: A new girl arrives at Hogwarts. She's perfect. She's beautiful. She has curves in all the right places. Everyone loves her. Everyone except Madeleine and Maggie, that is.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - RB/SS - EftDoRB)
I've just gone through almost all my stories (though not Survivor's Guilt yet) and fixed them according to the official canon timeline.

1) Marauder birthdates: I'd been operating off the idea that the Marauders were born in 1959/60 rather than 1958/59, which is more likely correct. You wouldn't think it would make such a difference, but it does. If the Marauders finished school in 1977 rather than 1978, that's four years instead of three between Hogwarts and the fall of Voldemort. A lot can happen in a year. But I think I've fixed most of those issues.

2) Regulus's dates: The posting of the official Black Family Tree on the HP Lexicon has given me no end of trouble. It gives firm birth and death dates for Regulus which were in slight conflict with the dates I had given him in my Diaries of Regulus Black story. The biggest problems with this were, a) I can't actually change the dates on the scanned images of the diaries, and b) I had to move the entry mentioning the death of Regulus's father by more than a year to bring it in line with his dates on the tree.

3) Bye-Bye Bellatrix: I originally had Bellatrix Lestrange in the same year as the Marauders, and even dating Peter for a while. This (once again according the the official family tree) doesn't work. Bellatrix was apparently born in 1951, which means she would have left Hogwarts before the Marauders ever got there. Hence, I've had to bring in a stand-in to fill the role. Meet Madeleine Yaxley, my new Slytherin OC. She's here to seduce Peter and lead him astray.

If you see anything I've missed, please let me know!
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Survivor's Guilt)
I need a good death/disappearance/other reason why the Marauders' sixth year DADA professor did not return to teach for a second year. Any ideas? You will be credited on the chapter page if I use yours.

Edit: I think I might have just had a marvelous idea. Well, at least it seems marvelous to me, but I haven't been to bed.

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