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The other day, [livejournal.com profile] sarea_okelani, [livejournal.com profile] slitherhither, and I decided that we were going to form our own informal book club (because real book clubs are intimidating and there's way too much pressure to be insightful), and reread the Harry Potter series again. Every other time we get together we talk about how we've forgotten so many things from our first reads (mostly me, because my memory is not even a sieve, it's a springform pan that long ago misplaced its bottom), and how we sped through the last book especially just because we needed to find out what happened next. So I've started on the first book again, to read while I'm bored at work and/or avoiding work at work.

It got me reading some of my past Draco/Ginny works again, and while there's definitely room for improvement, I'm totally enjoying some of the things I wrote years and years ago. Which is nice. I tend to go in circles of liking what I write when I write it, being really pumped when I finish and post it, and then, after all the dust has settled, thinking it was complete and utter garbage. It's nice when it comes back around to the part of the circle where I think I'm actually kind of decent at writing.

I also found deep in the recesses of my GoogleDocs a really cute D/G fic about them falling into a choose-your-own-adventure book that I was a few scenes away from finishing. Damn this short attention span and constant writer's block; if only I had finished it when I'd had the inspiration and could've posted it. It's totally adorable, lol. Alas. And the D/G fandom's so dead now; everyone's long since moved on to other fandoms, myself well included, that there's really no point in trying to spruce it up and post it, even assuming I had the time slash gumption slash writing spirit. Ah well, insert dreamy nostalgic sigh here.

on 2015-10-22 02:47 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nutmeg-44.livejournal.com

It's funny you're reading the series right now because I just started rereading (read as listening to audiobooks via youtube) the series as well. It has the comforting feeling of coming home when I listen to Stephen Fry's soothing voice narrate. I didn't think I was an audiobook person but Fry makes it worth it.


The fandom is still here. Perhaps a little smaller and a lot more busy with life things, but here. In fact, the DG Forum over at FFN just announced its annual Winter Fest. Plus, stories keep gettinv posted at FIA. We wouldn't mind reading that choose-your-own-ending story. Could be exactly the sort of Goosebumps nostalgia we want to read.


Pretty please?

on 2015-10-25 09:51 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] adelagia.livejournal.com
Stephen Fry is a national treasure. :)

I guess fandom felt more dead to me because so many of the people I made friends with through fandom aren't in it anymore! But glad to know there are still people invested in D/G; such a good ship.

on 2015-10-25 10:09 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nutmeg-44.livejournal.com
He really is! He makes everything better. I've been rewatching Jeeves & Wooster.

The fandom isn't dead. Some of your old friends are still here lurking in FIA and FFN's DG Forum. Anise is trying to get the FIA hopping again, maybe you should help her. And if all your friends are gone, just make some new friends. We're all there. I promise.

If you write it, we will come...

on 2015-10-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] slitherhither.livejournal.com
Have you been buying more bakeware?? :))

The fandom is not dead! I agree with nutmeg_44. But it's not the beehive it used to be.

on 2015-10-25 09:51 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] adelagia.livejournal.com
Haha, I haven't. Thinking about it; don't know what to buy, though! Maybe will ask for some for Xmas... :)

on 2015-10-23 12:19 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] idreamofdraco.livejournal.com
Oh man, the liking-disliking-liking circle is a vicious one. But it's really nice to come back to something you wrote ages ago and realize it wasn't as awful as you first thought it was! Sometimes I even find these little things that are so clever they make me wish my current writing was as good as my old writing. Buuuut it's not super often that happens. ;)

I wouldn't say the D/G fandom is completely dead yet! We're still hanging on! Not quite as active as we used to be, of course, but FIA always has at least one story on the "stories updated in the last 10 days" list, but most of the time there are more. And as nutmeg_44 said, The DG Forum just began our annual fic exchange. :D

I've always loved your writing, so if you ever chose to finish up and post the choose-your-own-adventure story, I'd definitely read it! I completely understand not having the inspiration to finish, though. I have so many stories that I started years ago that I fear will never be completed. :(

on 2015-10-25 09:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] adelagia.livejournal.com
Re: rediscovering something clever you wrote -- I know!! When that happens, I'm like, I wrote that? I'm amazing!! Lol.

Yeah, so many WIPs just languishing away in my documents folders... :/ It's hard to pick something back up when I haven't touched it for so long. There's one I know I had notes for somewhere and a general plotline, but it's all so distant and monumental!

on 2015-10-25 10:13 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nutmeg-44.livejournal.com
Hovering in your replies...

I think you should spend some time rereading the WIPs and seeing if the original plot bunny hops back into view. Or maybe even plot bunny v.2.0. Who knows, maybe in the rereading you find inspiration to change the whole direction of the story and make it better. I'd be so here for that.

on 2015-10-25 10:31 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] adelagia.livejournal.com
I have been rereading the WIPs -- which was what inspired this post in the first place! :) I think my level of investment just isn't high enough at this point, unfortunately. But thank you for saying you'd read it if I wrote it; that means a lot :))

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