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Here's my entry for this year's [info]femgenficathon. It's my first attempt at Jane Austen fanfic, and I thoroughly enjoyed the writing. The story started out to be quite different; it was going to focus almost entirely upon Charlotte Lucas -- who ended up not even being mentioned. Ah, well. In such mysterious ways does the muse work.

Title: Solace and Solitude
Author: [personal profile] kelly_chambliss
Fandom: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Characters: Lydia Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Anne de Bourgh
Word Count: 3500
Summary: Mr and Mrs Darcy host a house party at Pemberley for Christmas. The invited guests have an interesting variety of responses.
Prompt: There are days when solitude, for someone my age, is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. -- Colette (1873-1954), French novelist.
Author's Notes: My everlasting thanks to those best of betas, [ profile] therealsnape and my beloved partner. And grateful thanks to [ profile] tree_and_leaf for historical background. La! Writing this story was such fun.


Solace and Solitude )
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Here's the story I wrote for this year's [info]femgenficathon, a multi-fandom fest for gen stories featuring women. The 2010 Masterlist has been posted; check if out, if you haven't already. In addition to several excellent HP fics, I enjoyed stories in a variety of fandoms (see my recs post here).

I've been a fan of Griselda Marchbanks since OoP, and I had a fine time writing her.

Title: Missive
Author: [profile] kellychambliss
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Griselda Marchbanks, Minerva McGonagall
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3900
Prompt: 37) Someone will remember us / I say / even in another time -- Sappho, (born 630-612 B.C.E., died circa 570 B.C.E.), Greek poet.
Summary: "As a rule, it's easier to write what one feels than to say it. But it's always a good deal harder than one expects." Griselda Marchbanks writes a letter.

A/N: This story is not the one I started out to write -- that one, as per the prompt, was going to be set in another time. But my mental time-turner got stuck near the end of Order of the Phoenix, when McGonagall gets hit by four Stunners and is taken to St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. So I wrote about that time instead of "another time." Many thanks to [personal profile] tetleythesecond, beta-reader extraordinaire.

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In Potter canon, we don't know Griselda Marchbanks's exact age, but when she comes to Hogwarts to supervise the O.W.L. exams in OoP, she's immensely old, and we learn that she administered Dumbledore's N.E.W.T.s. Canonically, Albus was born c. 1880; I've taken the liberty of birthing Griselda in 1870 (making her 27 at the time of Dumbledore's exams -- young for an examiner, perhaps, but that’s a story for another time).


Missive )
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I know most of you have read this story already (thank you all so much for the feedback!), but I wanted to go ahead and post it to my LJ for posterity's sake.  Written for the 2009 [info]femgenficathon

: Majesty
Author: kellychambliss
Rating: PG
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Queen Elizabeth II
Word Count: 6000
Prompt: #60 -- Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.    --Amelia Earhart (July 24, 1897 -- missing July 2, 1937, declared dead January 5, 1939), American pilot and author; first woman pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean; first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Summary: Once upon a time, there was a great queen and a powerful witch. . .

My thanks to my excellent beta readers, [info]therealsnape  and [info]mountainmoira



Majesty )


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