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Brienne is a volunteer librarian at the University of Lannisport. She spends most of her time on the quiet third-floor shelving books and shooing fellow students who like to use the stacks to have sex; as if they didn’t have dorm rooms for such a thing. One of the worst culprits is Jaime Lannister, a star athlete whose father is a major donor to the university. It was made clear to Brienne that Jaime could set a whole shelf of books on fire and the library would apologise for getting ash on his clothes. 

But one afternoon, Brienne has had enough. 

She rushes over to break up the tête-à-tête between Lannister and whatever blonde he’d winked at down on one of the lower floors, only to find Jaime by himself, reading a novel. Turns out, the Lannister heir enjoys alternate historical fiction, especially romantic alternate historical fiction, and has to sneak away on the pretence of sex so he can read in quiet. Jaime swears Brienne to secrecy, he continues to read his favourite genre, and she recommends him some of her favourites. 

Until one day, it’s Brienne having sex in the stacks. 

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Two scenes (so far!) In You I Know: B playing Moonlight Sonata, and J&B dancing in the next room while Cat plays piano.

The waltzing scene is my favourite bit of this story (so far). I’m really happy that that stayed with you!

The whole thing with Brienne choosing that piece to play on the piano was the result of me trying to reconcile Brienne’s failures at being a lady with the expectations that would be put on her in that time and place. She’s not going to be good at it, but since she’s been out for years, she will have been in enough situations where she’s been expected to play that she’s worked out a tactic for dealing with it.

After I wrote that scene, I felt a strong need to play the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata on the piano - and OF COURSE when I went looking I found pretty much every piece of sheet music I’ve ever owned EXCEPT for the Moonlight Sonata. So then I had to order a new copy.

So this scene has the distinction of being the only thing I’ve ever written that’s resulted not only in making me play the piano but also in buying new sheet music.

What scene from one of my fics, if any, still sticks in your head? Send me an ask and let me know.

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#6 for After Everything

6. Which scenes did you cut, and which were added in (my fix-it series) After Everything?

I rarely cut entire scenes. I cut sentences and paragraphs, and occasionally as much as a page or so, but that’s usually as far as it goes. I generally have a sense that something’s not working or doesn’t fit before I get as far as writing an entire scene. So I cut a few paragraphs of Sansa’s internal reflections in Life’s Not a Song and re-worked them, mostly because they were “telling” a little bit too much in their original form, rather than reading like some details that Sansa was turning over in her mind.

So far as added scenes in After Everything go, they’re not so much added but expanded. The part after Jaime follows Brienne over the cliff in Beloved turned out to be longer and more detailed than I was expecting, and the sub-plot with Sansa and Theon in Life’s Not a Song turned out to be more significant than I had planned. 

The other stories in the series are mostly pretty short, so they didn’t need a lot of tweaking or reworking.

10 Questions Every Fic Writer Secretly Wants to be Asked

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17, 21, 37 from writer's asks meme

17. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?

start to finish. can’t write out of order or i break the thing in my brain.

21. answered here

37. Talk about your current wips.

i did this one already, but here’s a line from like chapter 10 (maybe 11, but probably 10) that i’ve been lolling at for a couple weeks:

“Why is it always Riverrun you’re teaching her to conquer?”

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11, 12, 23

11. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?

It’s a bit of both? I love the fun hobby side of it, the participating-in-fandom aspect of it, but it’s also something that’s very important to me. I had to give up my career for health reasons quite a long time ago, and being able to write is important to me for a bunch of reasons relating to things I have lost because of my health situation. I also just love writing - well, except when I hate it. ;) I can’t begin to describe how amazing it has been to me to not only get my writing back last May - after several years of thinking maybe I wouldn’t write again - but to be able to just continue writing ever since, without much interruption or loss of momentum.

12.  Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?

There have been episodes in various fandoms that have stood out and inspired me. I have such a difficult relationship with GoT that I don’t want to pick one episode in particular, but there are obviously episodes with some really key scenes in the development of the characters I’m writing atm.

In OUAT, Skin Deep was of course the big inspiration, particularly for stories like Plain Jane. In SGA, there were several episodes that got me writing, but The Shrine in Season 5 will always stand out to me as the ultimate John/Rodney episode. Their vibe in that was the inspiration for my last, and I think my best, SGA fic, Home.

23.  If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?

I don’t think I’d ever want to do that. Each fic is a product of a time and a particular point in a particular fandom. I might be able to tighten up some of the sentences and other technical aspects, but I couldn’t recapture the headspace in which the story was written. So yeah, I just prefer my older fics to stand as they are and speak for themselves.

40 Questions - a Meme for Fic Writers

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Hello! I appreciate your J/B fic recs, thank you! Could you spotlight the fic Extracurricular Activities by divine_twig, I think it's grand!!

First, I’ll link to the fic: Extracurricular Activities by divine_twig, which is great and I have recommended this multiple times before.

*sigh* okay. I don’t mean to single you out or hijack this entirely well-intentioned ask, but I’ve decided to do a preemptive post about my stance on messages like this in relation to the Fic Back Friday/Spotlight Saturday series. You can read this here, or don’t. Essentially I won’t be entertaining requests to feature specific fics for those two series, sorry! It’s important to me that I make these decisions on my own.

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End of year: #1, #38, #50!

1. First things first, did you have a good year?

It was better than last year. I did some really cool things. I said goodbye to some really cool people too, but that doesn’t have to be a lowlight. 

38. What was the best moment of the year for you?

Going to that Moomin park was something. Moomin everywhere. I bought overpriced pancakes, got my picture taken, what more could I have asked for?

50. What do you wish for yourself?

I want to write more this year. And I want to move out of my comfort space and have a relationship.

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Oooh! For the phone sex worker!J ' verse, could they maybe meet irl in the coffee shop? Maybe B is waiting for her friend Margaery, and B sees the Warrior fella she often sees ordering his usual frostino (such a J choice), and as he turns her way she looks away, but then M arrives and calls out, 'Hey Brienne!' and J somehow just *knows* this Brienne is *his* Brienne, and he goes over to the table to introduce himself? And B recognizes his voice? Maybe?

THIS IS SUCH A GOOD IDEA! My current thinking had Jaime going to see Doctor B Tarth give a lecture at Storm’s End University, and he recognises her voice instantly (and gets a hard-on in the lecture hall). 

I haven’t quite decided how I want to wrap up this verse yet; I still feel like there’s so much to play with!

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So does Chef!J take over for Addam? Does critic!B have to eat her words?

You’ll have to wait and see! I have the next prompt written; should be up in a couple of hours or so :) 

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5. Books or authors that influenced your style the most.

Markus Zusak and Alice Hoffman. Both use such precise imagery and their books are deeply emotional and I’m a sucker for crying, I guess. I’ve tried to emulate them in a lot of what I’ve written. One of Hoffman’s books actually made an appearance in a fic I wrote ages ago lol

6. Favorite character you ever created.

For a creative writing class years ago, I wrote about a teenager at war with her parents, and her hiding out in the garden shed. She was such a brat and I love her.

7. Favorite author.

Right now at this moment I’d say Neil Gaimen, but the above two are in close running.

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The word game: fire, tears, blanket

I have nothing for either fire or blanket, but you won’t be surprised to know that there are a few for tears :)

Tears

He had turned to face her, and was watching her with dark eyes, his expression something she couldn’t quite interpret.  Love, perhaps, though God knew she had done nothing to deserve it.  Love tinged with sadness, with quiet desperation.  It made the well of tears inside her rise up, threatening to overflow and drown her in sorrow. - from the next chapter of Things Left Unsaid.

He swallowed hard, tears stinging his eyes, a lump in his throat stopping the outpouring of emotion. - from the next part of Drinking to Forget

She was silent, and he could feel grief rising up within him, threatening to spill over and drown him in tears.

“I can’t bear this,” he said, his voice trembling.  “To - to have her back in my life, always out of reach, never able to touch her?  To have her a - a polite stranger?  The gods wouldn’t be so cruel!” - From a future chapter of Homecoming

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Where are you finding all these books for Belle? They're amazing, I love old books:-)

The blog that I reblog the book posts from, michaelmoonsbookshop, is an antique bookstore in the town near where I grew up.  It’s been there since I was a kid and it now has a tumblr!  I squealed when I saw that!

Anyway, I figured Belle would want a lot of those books in her library.  Or maybe they’re in Gold’s shop…

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Congratulations on your TEA wins! Thank you for posting!

Aw, thanks!  I know it’s sure a lot easier to scream into the void when you know there are at least a few folks screaming back about how much they enjoy your screaming.

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Fanfic ?: #10, #15, #20

10.  Is there a fandom you read fic from but don’t write in?

Yes. Recently, Game of Thrones. But there’ve been a lot over the years because I don’t write fic unless I feel really comfortable with the material. 

15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?

I don’t think so? None of my pairs are particularly rare. 

20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?

Not really. I definitely have a type when it comes to ships. I usually see them coming a mile away and know I’ll be trash for them. I suppose an exception to that is Swan Queen. I didn’t really see it until season 4 and then it clicked and I was like  “oh of course”. 

Sorry my answers weren’t more interesting! 

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#30, #35, #48?

what’s your favorite candle scent?

Woody scents are lovely

who is your celebrity crush?

I very much have a thing for Tig Notaro

who is your role model?

Hannah Gadsby. Really admire and look up to her

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TMI Tuesday: How are A Real Hero Belle & her knight faring? Have they succeeded in their pursuit of the next generation of leadership for Colliure? Is the little one learning about governing from mama and self defense from Papa? Anyway, love that story, thank you for posting!

Aw, thanks for asking!  I don’t exactly know what ARH!Belle and Rum are up to.  I kind of had an idea for something once, but I’ve decided to use that for another fic later on.  You know, a little while ago I found myself contemplating some headcanons for ARH!Rumbelle kids.  I came up with an eldest daughter named Lucy who has Rum’s coloring and whose true passion is travel.  This may become an issue if she’s to be the heir of Collioure because there’s a younger sister named Rose with Belle’s coloring who is a born politician- charming, ambitious, perhaps a bit ruthless.  And Gideon’s there too, the youngest, and by early adulthood well on his way to becoming a master wizard.  Naturally they all learn every solitary thing their parents can teach them.

Also, if I can say one more thing about ARH, I haven’t watched “Beauty” and I don’t intend to, but everything about Belle in this scene is so ARH!Belle in twenty-ish years, I love it.

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