I’ve been steadily publishing A Long Vernal Season to An Archive of Our Own, and it’s posted through Part Eight (Chapter Eighty-Eight: Back to Brewing).
Primary Characters: Severus Snape, Poppy Pomfrey, Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore, Filius Flitwick, and Gareth McGonagall Continue reading
The nominations have closed, and the voting is open, in the HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards.
There are many categories, each with subcategories, so go over and check out the fics that other fans have nominated as their faves.
I’m really pleased that a couple of my fics are in the “Legacy” subcategories for a couple categories — Resolving a Misunderstanding and Death’s Dominion, for Minerva x Anyone and Gen, respectively. And they’re in very good company — in fact, my most recent fic rec, “Gin a Body Meet a Body,” is there with RaM.
Take a look at the fics in your favorite category or categories, enjoy them (or not!), and then vote for your favorites! You’ve got two months for lots of reading!
Now that I’ve archived all of my completed fics on AO3, I’m posting my works-in-progress, beginning with A Long Vernal Season.
It will take a while for the story on AO3 to catch up with where it is on TPP — I have posted the first thirteen chapters so far — but I hope to post between 10 and 15 chapters each day, when I’m able, until they are caught up, then I will begin posting the other WIPs.
I’m excited about being able to offer readers an additional archive to read my stories on.
Here’s the description from AO3: Continue reading
“There is no hope for me. I feel it. I know it. There will come a moment … I have no hope, not for me, not for anyone. I do not know why I continue,” Severus said […]
“There is always hope, Severus, even if it is not for ourselves,” Minerva said. “No matter the setbacks or the defeats, there is always hope. We will not surrender to despair, we will not capitulate to Darkness. Even should we die, we will die with hope for tomorrow. Even in our final breath, we will know that our triumph will come. We will die with that hope in our hearts, if we must, but today, we shall live in it. Even should he win the day, that pathetic little toe-rag who fancies himself a lord of wizards, even then, we will know that it will not last. Hope will shine before us always, an eternal star that urges us forward even as we pass through the valley of despair. So proceed with hope, Severus, not only with regret and recriminations, no matter where it leads you, even if it leads you into darkness and death. Hope will be there. Remember it and look to its light even if you breathe your last, and that hope will carry you beyond the darkness. Hope, love, faith: they together shall vanquish the Dark, and it is in us that they live.”
“And when we are dead?” Severus asked, morose and cynical. “Where, then, is that hope? Where, then, love?” Continue reading
I’m adding a new recommendation to my fanfic recs page. This one features Minerva McGonagall and Severus Snape, who are facing a difficult Year 7 with Death Eaters in the school, Voldemort gaining power in the wizarding world, and open battle looming in the future. But they also have some ordinary Hogwarts business to take care of—and in the shadow of the Dark Lord, which presents some potential problems—and some personal issues between them, including the killing of Albus Dumbledore the previous spring.
I really enjoyed “Gin a Body Meet a Body.” There was tension, doubt, empathy, and tenderness, all beautifully played out without any false notes or over-writing. Both Minerva and Severus remained in character. Severus was of the sort of in-character interpretation that I prefer, rather than as relatively flat as he sometimes appears even in canon, where we are so often tantalized with a rich array possibilities for his character, his personality—his soul, as it were—which then dissolve into just a few single notes. Squibstress takes those possibilities and creates a rich character.
If you’ve never considered a Minerva/Severus fic, but are open to try one, I’d definitely recommend this. If you already enjoy the pairing, I’d say this is a “must-read.”
“Gin a Body Meet a Body”
by Squibstress Continue reading