It’s been a while, but there is a new chapter of A Long Vernal Season posted to the Petulant Poetess.
Sorry for the long dry spell, but other aspects of life were unfortunately taking the energy that I usually use for writing. I have, however, been continuing to work on-and-off on the Rolanda Hooch novella-length story, “Stray.” It’s about two-thirds finished, and I want to finish it before I post any of it.
Chapter One Hundred-Twelve: Association
Tuesday, 6 April — Wednesday, 7 April 1999
Severus goes out for the evening and sees the power of association. The next morning produces some unexpected visitors.
Characters: Severus Snape, Gareth McGonagall, Morgana McGonagall, Gwen Burns, Filius Flitwick, Twiskett
Note: I am going to try to post no chapters or stories to the Petulant Poetess rated below M, simply because I’ve had some trouble with spammers “commenting” in the review sections of my stories on TPP, posting what is essentially nonsense, being cut-and-pasted text from my blog or other blogs. Some of it has been removed by TPP, but (I presume) their staffing is stretched by the more fundamental aspects of running the website — reading and approving fics for posting to the site — so it’s a pity to bother them about such things. Anyone who wants to review a chapter rated M or above needs to log in. I believe this will discourage the pathetic munchkin who is trolling around my stories (and presumably others as well). I wouldn’t be irked by it if the person didn’t so often also give one- and two-star ratings when they leave their nonsense.
Fortunately, in the case of this chapter, there are strong themes and some strong language (sort of), so I didn’t feel that an M rating was completely bizarre. Besides, many TPP authors rate every chapter of a story the same, rating it according to the highest-rated contents of the fic, so this is not entirely out of line with other stories posted to TPP. So going forward, all chapters of A Long Vernal Season will be rated M or MA.
Speaking of ratings, a few months ago, I raised the rating of Resolving a Misunderstanding on fanfiction.net to M despite not changing any content. I heard that ffnet was cracking down on mature stories and deleting ones that were not properly rated or ones rated M that had (forbidden) MA-rated content. I thought that although in my judgement, the romantic content in the ffnet version (which I always edited for the site, bowdlerizing when necessary) fit the description for T-rated fics, there is always room for individual interpretation and I did not want to have my account deleted. (There have been tales of entire accounts deleted for one offending story, with no notice to the account holder.) So in accord with the maxim, better safe than sorry, I bumped up the rating to M.