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Writer's Meme, but only partial

Writer's Meme, but only partial

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WRITER'S MEME: Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of the top five favorite fics you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.

I was tagged by girlyswot, just like moonette1, and also just like moonette, I don't have enough fics to my credit to list five favorites.  Also, nearly all the prolific writers I know on LJ have already been tagged.  I know other great writers, and several of them are on my Flist, but they only have a few (excellent) titles and would be hard-pressed to name five.  So I'll not be tagging others, and I'll list only two fics:

Counting to Five Thousand -- I like to write tragic stories with moral uplift, in which Winter leads to Spring.  If it doesn't make me cry while I'm writing it, I think I've failed.  This story satisfies that requirement, but it has another -- I don't fully understand the story myself.  Oh, I know what happens, and why it happens, but at the core of the story is a profound mystery.  Our best intentions go awry and lead to awful results, yet sometimes from the worst disasters (even those caused by those awry good intentions) new blessings can come.  I don't understand why the world is like this, and it humbles me to think of it.  When I read that story I am in awe, not of my own writing, but of the truth behind it that I was trying to express.

"Take Any Shape But That" -- This is a single chapter from the middle of Returning Were As Tedious, my as-yet-unfinished Snape story.  What I like about it is that I was able to get into Severus Snape's head (something I was scared of doing), and did so without sentimentality or making him any nicer than he is.  The thing I badly want to do with Snape is show things from his point of view, make the reader understand (and maybe even sympathize a little with) him, without having them forgive him or think he's "nice".  It's the complexity I'm after, in all its tragic confusion.  And I think I approached that in this chapter.
  • I was kind of hoping you would do this. I've seen this meme floating around and I wondered which ones you would pick. You have quite a list to choose from! I'm glad you picked Take Any Shape but That. I so enjoyed reading that. It made me want to take a closer look at Snape. Have you made an outline of the entire story yet? Of course Counting was wonderful too. I did not see that story shift direction after that first chapter
  • Thanks for coming out to play, Ken!

    I haven't read your Snape-fic yet, but I will. I'm interested that you don't list The Torch or On the Headmaster's Wall - I wonder why you don't love them? Do they not meet the 'it made me cry' criteria? I have a similar criteria - my stories have to make me smile, and preferably even laugh!

    I loved what you said about 'Counting to Five Thousand': Our best intentions go awry and lead to awful results, yet sometimes from the worst disasters (even those caused by those awry good intentions) new blessings can come. I don't understand why the world is like this, and it humbles me to think of it. The world is like this, again and again this pattern of great good coming out of terrible ills and your story portrayed this in a really imaginative and powerful way.

    I'd say God has something to do with this. There's a verse at the end of Genesis when Joseph says to his brothers 'You meant evil against me but God intended it for good, to bring it about that many people should live, as they are today.' But that's a whole other debate.
    • I do love The Torch and On the Headmaster's Wall, Ros. It's just that I was trying to list the "top" ones, and so I limited myself to a less-than-majority fraction. I like Ct5K best of my finished works. The reason I picked it over the other two is the mystery I described above. But I'm very happy with the other two and I'm very glad I got to have the fun of writing them.

      God is the natural place to go for an explanation of mystery. But of course naming God doesn't explain the mystery; if anything, it deepens it and makes it even more humbling. (Not where I tend to go intuitively myself, but when I do go there I'm even more in awe...)
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