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Back in October, I participated in [info]hp_concrit_fest, a fun and useful fest in which participants pledged to provide -- you guessed it -- concrit. Based on people's comments and on a later "group beta" that I conducted on my flist, I have now revised the original story into one that (I hope) is better.

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Title: Much Abides, Version 2
Author: [profile] kellychambliss
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore
Summary: When Minerva awakens, she find herself near the Forbidden Forest with no idea how she got there.
Rating: PG-13
Word count: ~4800
Warnings/Content Notes: None
Author's Notes: My grateful thanks to my wonderful original beta, [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape, and to the excellent flisties who participated in my "group beta" on this story: [livejournal.com profile] perverse_idyll, [livejournal.com profile] albalark, and [livejournal.com profile] minervas_eule. My thanks, also, to the thoughtful participants at [info]hp_concrit_fest. It really does take a village to write a story! Any remaining problems with it are all my own.

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Much Abides )
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Back in the fall, I took part in a fascinating fest, [info]hp_concrit_fest, in which participants were required both to leave and accept detailed concrit. It was an exciting experiment, and I learned a great deal from people's thorough, kind, and helpful responses to my entry.

In particular, I realized that I have become a bit lazy in my characterizations. Since I normally write for people who already like and are very familiar with my favorite characters and pairings, I think I've begun to take a few shortcuts in providing sufficient explanation and background for relationships. Many of the [info]hp_concrit_fest participants wrote primarily H/D or Severus slash; most of them had little experience outside canon with older women characters and/or with Minerva/Severus. Thus they needed much more justification and development of a Minerva/Severus relationship than I am accustomed to providing for fellow Snagonagall fen.

Of course, maybe it's not "laziness" as such; maybe it's just the nature of writing fanfic in a particular subset of a canon universe. In a long-established fandom like HP, we have many well-developed "sub-canons," if you will, that have branched off from the original canon. Thus even if you know the original canon well, coming fresh into a sub-canon can be difficult, like entering an already-established society for which you have to learn the rules. I found myself in a similar situation when reading H/D fics for the fest: since I've read very little H/D, and since I don't have a pre-existing belief in the pairing, I need more preparation (than H/D fans would) before I can enter into the spirit of it.

Anyway, what I'd like to do here is to post my story mostly as originally written. Then, at the end, I'll ask you some questions based on the concrit I received. I'd love to hear your thoughts about possible revisions.

Title: Much Abides
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore
Summary: When Minerva awakens, she find herself near the Forbidden Forest with no idea how she got there.
Rating: PG-13
Word count: ~5100
Warnings/Content Notes: None
Author's Notes: My grateful thanks to that best of betas, [personal profile] therealsnape.

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Much Abides )

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My Questions )
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The reveals have been posted at Remix Redux 11, and now I can claim my fic:

Title: Conversations With Yourself
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Characters: Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Moaning Myrtle, Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1750
Summary: In his head, Severus talks to himself about life and death, Potter and Draco, souls and Sectumsempra.

This story is a remix of an excellent fic by [livejournal.com profile] lunabee34 called Conversations With the Dead. It's short -- 600 words -- but it made a real impression on me, especially the last line. The original is told from Draco's pov; my remix is from Severus's.

My thanks, as always, to that best of beta readers, [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape

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Conversations With Yourself )
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Many of you know that when it comes to making visual art, I am the most total and terminal of the totally and terminally inept.

So of course, I decided to create an art work for my April [info]daily_deviant entry.

One of the kinks this month was (basically) "clown sex." Who could resist a prompt like that? Not I, certainly. And it just cries out for something visual.

But damn -- a visual artist, I ain't.

My partner, however, is.

And she loves me (or did before this).

So she agreed to help me create the following, um, piece of "art." The deviant idea is all mine. The Photoshop skills are hers.

Poor thing, she doesn't even like HP.

Open it. I triple-dog dare you.

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Title: As It Sounds
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss and Boadicea12
Medium: Photoshop
Characters/Pairings: Severus Snape/Albus Dumbledore
Rating: NWS
Kinks/Themes Chosen: coulrophilia: sexual attraction to clowns, mimes, or jesters; sexual arousal from clowning, miming, etc.; incorporation of clown play into sex
Other Warnings: I've already mentioned Snape and Dumbledore in the same breath as "clown sex." What, you need more warnings?
Summary: When Albus suggests using makeup and a Muggle camera to spice up their sex life, Severus is dubious but willing.

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As It Sounds )
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Here's my entry for [info]deeply_horrible's "Bring Back the Bastard!" fest. As my ever-patient betas know, I waffled terribly over this fic. I couldn't have done it without you, dears, or without the support of [livejournal.com profile] verdeckt, the excellent mod.

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Title: The Headmaster
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Beta Reader(s): [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape and [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland
Word Count: 5250
Characters: Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, portrait!Albus
Rating: R
(Highlight to View) Warning(s): torture (mostly offstage)*
Prompt: "He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the burden of being a man" (Samuel Johnson).
Summary: Decent human beings couldn't or wouldn't do the things the Headmaster was required to do -- ergo, he couldn't be decent.
Notes: I'm extremely grateful to my beta-readers/handholders/therapists and to our excellent mod for her extraordinary patience.

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The Headmaster )
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The reveals have been posted at [info]hp_darkfest, and now I can admit to having written the following fic. I warn you, Albus isn't pretty.

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Title: Things Needful
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall
Summary: A wizarding war is coming. Preparation is all.
Prompt: Image; a copy of the prompt pic is embedded in the story
Rating: R
Word count: ~3000
Warnings: See below
Spoilers (Highlight to read): Coercion, thoughts of sexual threat
Author's Notes: My thanks to my excellent beta, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, who totally saved this story, and to [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp for being such a fine mod.

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Things Needful )

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