It's House time again! Thanks to everybody who's been reading and commenting on the fic as it's posted, I really appreciate it. Thanks also to [ profile] logastellus, [ profile] lizbee and [ profile] cesario for early feedback on this chapter.

First, links to the previous chapters: Part One | Part Two

And now:

"Do you mind telling me exactly what we're doing here?" asked Wilson... )
Thanks to some helpful comments from [ profile] logastellus and others, I ended up reworking a couple of scenes in the last post. You may or may not want to check that out, but in any case here's a link to Part One for those who missed it.

And now, on to Part Two:

"You can't be serious," said Foreman... )

Thanks again to [ profile] logastellus, and also to [ profile] lizbee, for early comments. Feedback is my friend.


Mar. 29th, 2006 10:40 pm
rj_anderson: (House Cameron What)
Why, why, WHY is it that just when I come up with what I think is a great idea for a diagnosis, and spend half the day researching it and the other half writing it into my Housefic, do I come across a story (and in this case a canonical story) that's going to make all my hard-won and carefully developed ideas seem derivative and old hat?

*curses the writers of "Clueless" bitterly*

It's not that the diagnosis in that episode is the same as the one in my fic, it's just that in one conversation Foreman and House mentioned practically all the tests and all the treatments I'd come up with over the past 24 hours. Gnarr!

Also, why was this episode so dark and moody-looking compared to the entire rest of the season? Did they hire the lighting staff from The X-Files or what?

I've decided to post this in installments, in the hope that feedback will help keep me going. It's hard to find time to write these days, but I really want to get this story written. So, here's the first part:

The afternoon sunlight streamed through the glass doors of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital... )

Comments and criticisms welcomed, as always.
[ profile] cesario has written me a very special multi-fandom crackfic for my birthday. With illustrations. And a fancy invitation at the beginning. And it's hilarious.

And [ profile] piecesofalice wrote me House/Cameron schmoop, or at least as close to schmoop as House, being House, could be plausibly expected to get. It's delightful, too.

Thanks to everyone who sent me virtual gifts and well-wishes (including [ profile] pwcorgigirl's inadvertent gift of the best turn of phrase I've seen in ages) for my birthday. It was indeed very nice, and tonight I'm going out for a leisurely, romantic, sit-down dinner with my husband and no kids. Woo!
In the last 24 hours I have written three of the BESTEST HOUSE/CAMERON CONVERSATIONS EVAR.

Well, maybe not that good, but I like them. I'm just extra-happy because up until yesterday my brain was stubbornly refusing to provide me with any actual House dialogue, but now House has taken up residence in my frontal temporal parietal ear -- uh, whatever lobe applies -- and he's on a roll. So is Cameron, which is also a relief because until yesterday all she wanted to do was drink coffee and emote, but now she's talking back.

So yay for potential Housefic! Now I just have to figure out, y'know, the actual story.

That shouldn't be too hard, right?


Ficlets Ahoy!

Jan. 18th, 2006 09:02 pm
rj_anderson: (Sawyer by littleasianpixi)
A while back I said I'd post links to all the drabbles and other quick-fics I'd written for the "Stump the Author" meme, so here I am making good on that promise.

Doctor Who )

Doctor Who/X-Files )

Remington Steele )

House )

I also wrote Snape/Luna for [ profile] lizbee, but since that ended up being revised and expanded into the middle part of "Opportunities", there's no need to repost it here. I still owe her a Snape/Lily drabble, however, which I plan to write as soon as I can think of a suitable idea.
Written for the [ profile] omniocular January challenge, for which I drew the names of Luna Lovegood and Hermione Granger... although a couple of other characters decided to come along for the ride.

"A timely and well-characterized story that explores the confict between duty and compassion, revenge and forgiveness in a frightened and bureaucratic society." - [ profile] omniocular

Title: "Opportunities"
Author: R.J. Anderson ([ profile] synaesthete7)
Rating: PG
Length: 2600 words
Summary: The walls have ears, and when the record of Luna's conversation with a wanted man reaches the Ministry, Hermione feels compelled to intervene.
Author's note/Disclaimer: It is surely unnecessary to point out that these characters aren't mine, except for a couple of minor ones that are. Kisses to Jo Rowling, without whom etc. And many thanks to [ profile] lizbee, [ profile] cesario and [ profile] pharnabazus for their beta-reading services.

Opportunities )

Comments and criticisms welcomed.
I have to confess that in general, the idea of Narnia fic makes me squirm. LotR fic also lacks any appeal for me, but Narnia in particular will always be my first fantasy love, and the prospect of wading through a host of "edgy, subversive" Narnia stories (however technically well-written) in search of something I could enjoy frankly nauseates me.

However, as with most rules, there is at least one shining exception, and I'm so very glad that I made it when I came across this link in the comments of [ profile] kalquessa's LJ. Because the author of this story has faced the problem of Susan head-on, and written a postscript to the series which not only plausibly and (I think) fairly explains how Susan might have come to forget Narnia, but also addresses the question of whether or not she might, as Lewis intimated in one of his letters, yet find her own way to Aslan's Country in the end.

It's simply but beautifully written, it captures the spirit of Lewis without attempting to imitate him, and it did my heart good to read it. I think many of you will enjoy it too.

The Queen's Return by [ profile] honorh.


Jan. 3rd, 2006 12:30 pm
rj_anderson: (Severus Snape D&L Lies)
In the felicitous absence of my children (they're across the road playing with a friend, and the baby is asleep) I have written Snape/Luna, for which [ profile] lizbee is entirely to blame. And not only did the universe not end, I find myself dreadfully tempted to fix it up and submit it as an honest-to-goodness fic. Only I won't, because I have to write Hermione and Luna gen for [ profile] omniocular's January Challenge instead.

In other news, [ profile] omniocular replied to my post-rejection inquiry by telling me that they like my art, but not so much my fic. My fic, they say, is a bit too prone to telling rather than showing what the characters feel and making general statements rather than giving specific details (this on the basis of "Bewitching the Mind...", "First Impression", "Cold Water" and "Cry", links to which I submitted as part of my application).

I do not in the least reproach them for this, as it's a worthy ambition to avoid an over-expository style, but it's ironic seeing as my just-written Snape/Luna consists entirely of dialogue without any speech tags and only five words of exposition (and I was thinking about cutting those), and I deliberately wrote "Secrets and Lies" in impersonal third without once telling the reader what any of the characters were thinking. So one could say that particular problem has already corrected itself...

I guess the moral of the story is that I need to write more recent stuff in this less expository style. And that it needs to be gen (by the "no romance, please" definition of gen that [ profile] omniocular seems to be using, anyway -- I know that by the other working definition of "no graphic sex and let there be an actual plot, please" I've never written anything but gen, but that definition appears to be less common).

Anyway, once I've written the Snape/Lily drabble I also owe [ profile] lizbee and figure out something Houseish to write for [ profile] cesario, I shall post links here to all the shortfics I've written in the last few days. It doesn't add up to much, but it's still good to be writing again.

Speaking of good and writing, if you haven't seen [ profile] junediamanti's splendid Snape genfic The Shipping Forecast, go and read it straight away. It's funny and quirky and heartbreaking and a great deal more plausible than the author makes it sound in the summary, and it indulges my long-held belief that Snape's present speech pattern is self-taught rather than the one he was brought up with. So of course I was bound to love it.

More later, since all the children have returned at once and my son is regaling me with the entire plot of Home Alone II.
Nicked from an old entry of [ profile] doyle_sb4's:

A -- go to the list of my fic (on the sidebar of my LJ's front page) and pick out a line or two from one of my stories. (Must be a full line, please -- no sentence fragments or speech tags or other such nonsense.)
B -- I will respond with which story of mine I think it's from.
C -- House Points and a drabble to anyone who stumps me.

I should warn you, mind, that the drabbles are all likely to suck, being written without so much as a moment's reflection, and probably typed with one hand while NAK*, like most things I type these days. But anyway...

*Nursing At Keyboard, for those who don't hang out on parenting communities.
[ profile] sannalim, I received your delightful Christmas card/picture and message today -- thanks for the lovely thought and the kind words!

I am going to try to write something today. We'll see how far I get. I'm afraid to even mention what I'm writing lest I jinx the whole process, but I had something of an epiphany about a certain fictional character last night just as I was drifting off to sleep, and it was far too cool for me to just ignore it...

(Hint: The proposed title of the fic is "Galatea". See if you can guess the fandom and the characters just from that.)
Some random linkage for a Friday afternoon:

Community plug: [ profile] housefic_meta. Right now they're looking for recommendations of "Classic" House fics, by which they really seem to mean "really well-written House fics of any sort, even if nobody's heard of them". So in the end, some useful recs could come out of this. I personally plan to submit a couple (recs, I mean). It's hard to find good Housefic.

Also, probably everybody in creation has seen the best Christmas lights display ever, but here it is in case you haven't. Snopes has the backstory -- it's the real deal, cooked up by an electrical engineer with delusions of grandeur and waaaay too much time on his hands. Now if only I could get my kids to stop playing it over and over and over...

Finally, [ profile] ursulav has just posted an amusing story about editing one of her manuscripts which I think will be of special interest to [ profile] lizbee, among others.

* * *

I should probably have mentioned a couple of posts back, since there seems to be some honest confusion on the subject, that I did enjoy GoF. In fact, I probably enjoyed it as much as PoA or more so -- definitely more than I did the first two movies, anyway. Not that any of them were actually painful to watch, IMO. Of course the books are better, but aren't they always?

The best thing about the film, though, I haven't yet seen mentioned anywhere -- costuming spoiler ). Comedy GOLD, man. I nearly spit my water all over the row in front of me.

Also, I love Neville like whoa, shiny shoes and all.
How long has it been since I even read HP fic that wasn't written by somebody on my LJ friendslist, let alone recced it? But I came across this one today and having mentioned it to two people already, I figure I ought to post something about it here.

As I just finished explaining to [ profile] lizbee, it's a clever, well-written, HBP-compliant Snape genfic -- WiP, but the author seems to be updating pretty regularly. I have a few niggles, but that's inevitable. The best thing about the fic is how dryly funny it is, and how the author manages to portray Snape's interpretation of certain events and people as being eminently logical -- even brilliant -- yet at the same time completely wrong. She also shows a plausible flip side to many of the events we're familiar with from canon, as well, which gave the story a freshness that it might otherwise have lacked.

Anyway, enough of my promotional blather: The Diary of the Half-Blood Prince, Part I by CareCrystal.

ETA: I originally said that this fic had some bits in it that were movie rather than book canon, but I've since realized that said bits were in the books and that I am an idiot, so I withdraw the objection. Also, the latest chapter explains everything I thought was slightly "off" in the fic and the rationale is sheer brilliance, so all I can say is -- GO READ THE FIC.
November seems to be a popular month... hope you have a wonderful day, [ profile] penwiper26!

Elsewhere, last week's episode of "House" has given me a slew of mad fic bunnies, and I have also had spoiler ) (otherwise known as "Crystalline Green" by Goldfrapp, apparently) running through my head for the last forty-eight hours... which would be all right if it had more than one riff, but it doesn't. Agh.

Last week's "Lost" did not give me bunnies of any kind, probably because spoilers )

So much Christmas baking, so little time. Sigh.
I must say, this is rather good:

Firelight trembled of the space beyond concerning its properties, that reveals the superb black eyes, hitched nose, and dilute, almost bloodless lips of Severus Snape.

This came from translating the paragraph from English to Dutch and back again. I have to agree with [ profile] hedda62 -- the amusement is endless. It's like Markov all over again.
So where are the cool kids submitting HP fics these days?

I've done my duty by Fiction Alley, of course, and eventually I'll probably get around to putting this fic up at the Pit of Voles, just for the sake of those who have me on Author Alert. The Sugar Quill is no longer an option, alas, but I'm open to other suggestions as to where I should put this "Secrets and Lies" thing so that people who've read and liked the Darkness and Light trilogy (and hey, even some who haven't) would be likely to see it...
Here it is at last -- the promised post-HBP Snapefic. A very early draft of the first few paragraphs appeared in this LJ a few months ago, but there have been quite a few changes, not to mention additions, since then... hope you enjoy it!

Secrets and Lies )

Author's Note: Heartfelt thanks to my betas [ profile] lizbee and especially [ profile] cesario, whose shrewd and practical observations about characterization, tone and structure helped make this story a great deal better than it would have been otherwise. Any shortcomings that remain in this final draft are entirely my own fault.

This story follows the events of "The Potions Master's Apprentice" and "Personal Risks", and is meant to stand as a more canonically viable alternative to the popular but now unfortunately AU "If We Survive". I have tried to take into account Snape's character as presented in OotP and HBP, for whatever that may be worth. I have not addressed the question of Snape's apparent megalomania in announcing himself to Harry as "I, the Half-Blood Prince!" but my take on that scene* would be better served in essay form, or perhaps in a brief genfic.

As always, comments and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for reading!

* The short answer is that I think he was simply trying to let Harry know in the quickest and most direct way that it was his textbook he'd been cribbing off all year. Vain as Snape undoubtedly is in some respects, I really can't imagine that he'd still be preening himself on a ridiculous self-bestowed (or possibly Lily-bestowed) title that he'd used as an adolescent, especially as the term "half-blood" isn't that prestigious and any fool would know he wasn't really a prince...

Oh hey, now I don't have to write the essay or the genfic. Go me!
[ profile] lizbee, I saw this and naturally, thought of you. But other squid fanciers and ocean-loving folk on my friendslist might be interested as well.

("Bone-eating snotflowers"? Now I'm intrigued.)
I just watched this again to see if it was as eyebuggingly, earwormingly horrific as I remembered, and yes, yes it was. I think the cracked-out dancing girls may actually be the worst bit, because dude, the choreography. Anyway, the only way I could make the pain go away was to share it, once more, with the rest of you:

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

In other and completely unrelated news (unless you think that Leonard Nimoy reminds you of Snape, which is possible in a random sort of way), I have actually started writing a post-HBP Snape/Maud fic, to serve as a more canonical alternative to the now-AU If We Survive.

I've been moving toward a less romanticized portrayal of Snape for a while -- you can see it in "Cold Water" and "Bewitching the Mind, Ensnaring the Senses", both of which were written after OotP. But the "Spinner's End" chapter of HBP was, in a strange way, comforting and confirming to me: it showed that I hadn't been that far off the mark in guessing what Snape might be like, how he might converse, in a situation where he was on reasonably civil terms with the others present and his hatred of James Potter & Co. wasn't uppermost on his mind. (Plus, so totally Snape pulling the wool over Bellatrix's eyes and manipulating the situation to play out with his and Dumbledore's planned endgame, but I digress.) So while Snape is certainly not any normal person's idea of a good date, and I can no longer imagine him in a situation like the one I wrote in IWS Ch. 3 (pity, as I rather liked that crimson turtleneck), I still don't think he is hopelessly screwed up when it comes to all human relationships.

Anyway, the fic. Don't worry, it's short -- I have not completely parted ways with sanity. But the challenge of writing Snape again, given what we now know of his personality, was too tempting to resist. [ profile] lizbee and [ profile] cesario have seen the little bits I've written so far and seem to think they're all right, so I shall continue as time and responsibilities permit, and hope to have something to post here soon.


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