Oct. 19th, 2005

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I normally recommend stories, and more rarely fanfic meta. But here is meta written for the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. It's a great read, posted by [livejournal.com profile] elements in [livejournal.com profile] fandom_lawyers:

Harry Potter and the Unforgivable Curses By Aaron Schwabach

Playful at times, "If you like Harry Potter, I hope you’ll like the article. If you don’t like Harry Potter, go away and read something else," at others serious, "The readers of Harry Potter will internalize its portrayals, particularly the uncertain quality of justice in a lawyerless society," it raises fascinating questions about memory charms and their impact on Sirius Black's trial. I was also interested in the argument regarding the killing curse as being based on the method rather than intent, and the cavalier treatment of Muggles is particularly worrisome. More technical but still illuminating are the implications of international law, and if the wizarding world is bound by various international Muggle standards since they do interact on a political level with at least the British Prime Minister.

Some of this may be a little heady for those uninterested in law, or in British law, but the wry, dry tongue-in-cheek tone keeps the article clipping along. I am now up in arms at the lack of representation at Sirius Black's trial. Enjoy.


ETA: Ha! I just saw the [livejournal.com profile] daily_snitch recommended it too. Good call.
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I've been telling people there's a large planet-sized backstory to The Albatross. This is the beginning of it.

I've lost all ability to see my stories at the moment, still utterly demoralized from a bashing at a writer's group. I didn't know the editor was going to be reading the stories we'd brought (or I would have brought something other than Keego Harbor), nor did I know he was going to hold them up and ridicule them to the rest of the group.

How bad was it?

Normally I produce at least two fanfics per month. I haven't written a single story of any length since August. I'm generally a fast writer (Beg Me For It was written in six hours, not counting the outline). It is now taking me an hour per paragraph as I Scourgify each one, plop it on the table, and sigh that it's shit and should never see the light of day.

Anyhow, despite this, I've finally managed to cough up some fic -- largely because most of it was written before the writing group. Here you go. *Icarus heaves a sigh of depression.*

No title yet, just the beginning of the backstory to The Albatross - Percy/Snape )

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