“Resolving a Misunderstanding” Anniversary

Resolving a MisunderstandingI began writing and posting Resolving a Misunderstanding to an ADMM (Albus Dumbledore/Minerva McGonagall) forum and to fanfiction.net back in mid-February 2012, and after a reviewer encouraged me to post to the Petulant Poetess, I began to polish up the story and to post it to that archive later that month, and then to Sycophant Hex – Lumos, as well.

Resolving a Misunderstanding was my first HP fanfic, and it became the basis for eighteen other fics begun between then and now—most of them completed.

An Archive of Our Own LogoSemi-coincidentally, I’ve begun archiving Resolving a Misunderstanding to An Archive of Our Own this month, six years after I began writing it, and four and a half years after I posted the epilogue to the Petulant Poetess and the Sycophant Hex – Lumos archives.

MMADfan FanficIn some ways, it’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since I began writing HP fanfic, and six years since RaM, especially since I’ve written so many stories set in the RaMverse since then; in other ways, it feels as though it’s a very long time ago. A lot has gone on in my “Real Life” since then, and there have been many changes, and in terms of my HP fanfic writing—which has hit occasional doldrums—I’ve branched out beyond ADMM, and I’ve also written several stories that are not set in the same fanfictional universe as RaM. I also think that my writing has gotten better, and that I’ve become more ruthless in cutting out “fat” — which is so easy to let slip into serialized fiction when you are writing over a longer period and people are likewise reading it over the course of months or years, and you feel you need to remind people of certain facts, events, or issues. However, this can make a story somewhat stodgy in spots once it’s finished, and repetition that serves to remind the reader of the serial of relevant facts that had appeared months before, in a finished story can seem tedious and redundant. I think I’ve gotten better at recapping and recalling earlier bits without going into tiresome detail that will feel over much once the story is finished.

RaMverseHere is a list of stories set in the Resolving a Misunderstanding universe, not including any that are excerpts posted separately on my blog or ffnet. You may find links to them all at the Petulant Poetess, or here for links to them on other sites.

Stories in Chronological Order

(by posting date of first chapter on the Petulant Poetess)

Resolving a Misunderstanding: 02/2007 – 05/2008
An Act of Love: 03/2007 – 03/2008
“Obliging Minerva”: 10/2007
“The Unsentimental Arithmancer”: 12/2007
A Holiday with the Headmaster: 03/2008 – 04/2008
Death’s Dominion: 03/2008 – 11/2008
“Now is Perfect”: 07/2008
“Cheering Charms”: 11/2008 – 06/2010 (WIP – drabble series)
“A Christmas for Aberforth”: 12/2008
“Invisible Lover”: 07/2009
“Enter, Peacetime”: 07/2009
“An Unexpected Shower”: 08/2009
A Long Vernal Season: 08/2009 – ongoing (WIP)
“The Sorting of Suzie Sefton”: 11/2009
“The Sunshine of Kindness”: 03/2010
Charming a Scottish Garden: 05/2010 – ongoing (WIP)
“The Cornish Pixie Prank”: 07/2010
Draco’s Heart: 09/2010 – ongoing (WIP)
“Minerva’s Mistletoe”: 01/2011

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