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”
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For those anticipating a new chapter of A Long Vernal Season following the poll results, it is in the works. I’m happy to report that Severus and Poppy are enjoying their holiday … so far! I’ve been writing in bits … Continue reading
A Holiday with the Headmaster has a new ToC . . .
After giving An Act of Love its own table of contents, I decided to do the same for A Holiday with the Headmaster, a shorter chaptered fic at about 65K words. I did revise and expand the chapter summaries slightly from the summaries available on the Petulant Poetess, but it’s a romantic holiday story, rather lemony, so I kept the summaries simple.
Now each of the longer chaptered RaMverse stories has a table of contents here on the blog. (A Holiday with the Headmaster is set toward the end of Resolving a Misunderstanding in August 1957, but it can be read on its own.)
An Act of Love now has its own ToC
Since the other longer fics I’ve written each has a table of contents here, I added one for An Act of Love, which was kind of neglected — despite having made Death’s Dominion possible!
I’m always a little surprised by how many hits the tables of contents do receive, even for older stories, not just for works-in-progress, so here’s another one.
More About the Knucker
Did you like the Knucker in Malcolm’s story in chapter 25 of Charming a Scottish Garden?
Read more about it on The Dragon Stone. Scroll down for a version where the beast feasts on “pudden.” There’s a nice photograph of a knuckerhole, too (a different one from the one below, which I found on Wikimedia).
Sorry I didn’t post this with the story update announcement, but until someone mentioned the Knucker in a review, it didn’t occur to me to include a link to some info about the “real” Knuckers! There are a number of sites about the Knucker legend, but I liked the little snippet at the end of this “Dragon Stone” page.
- A knuckerhole, Chanctonbury Dew Pond
Photo by Margaret Anne Clark, Hampshire, UK.