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Eileen's retelling of her life and her marriage to Tobias Snape. My own take on their relationship. Shares tenuos links with my previous fir, A Summer in York
Hope you'll like it!
I am happy to announce you that my new fic, The Rim of the Sky, is now online on fanfiction.net! Click on the link to read it. I plan to upload it also on AO3 when I'll get the invitation to the site.
I would like to thank kellychambliss for beta-reading it and correcting my English mistakes. If you find some more mistakes, they are all mine.
The Rim of Sky is a story I've had in mind for the last ten years - it was the backstory of Eileen and Tobias I envisioned while writing A Summer in York, but didn't manage to write back then. It would have probably been different had I written it right after ASiY, but the main scenes I planned back then are there. Those of you who have read ASiY will recognise some of the themes. It can in any case be read independently from ASiY (it's even more canon without the ASiY references, actually).
In any case, there you are: a Tobias/Eileen story, my take on their story, which hopefully varies from the main tropes about them. Only some bad language ahead. It's complete at 15000 words more or less.
I hope you'll like it.
How are you? Things are going on in a quite boring way here in Italy - not much to report after Christmas... Anyway, I have decided that the pandemic lockdown was a good moment to finally put down to paper an old plot bunny I've had in mind for years. So, as the subject says, I am now looking for a beta reader, especially to correct my grammar faults and my limping prepositions. As you know, I am not a native English speaker and my written English is not perfect.
The fic I need help for is complete at ~15,000 words. It features no sex, only some bad language. The main characters are Eileen and Tobias Snape. The story is mostly canon and shares some tenuous links with my old fic A Summer in York, but it is independent.
If you know someone who would be interested in betaing a Snape-related fic, please let me know, or point me to somewhere I can ask. You can share this post around.
Thank you!!! XXX
Good day, dear friends. Sometimes I return to this journal. Long story short, so far my family and I made it to 2021 without Covid accidents. We are also living in a very retired way, so much that I haven't met anyone apart from my husband (and the supermarket cashiers) during all the holidays. I haven't met my parents since the end of October!
Anyway, I'm here today to recommend you my favourites hoggywartyxmas entries! The fest is finished now and I have read all entries but one. My favourite pieces are:
The Unofficial Minutes of the Hogwarts Knitting Society (Irma Pince with a supporting cast of Hogwarts Staff Members. Also, the owner of a knitting shop.)
Summary: When Gilderoy Lockhart announces his plan for motivational lectures that will bring the fun back into teaching, his colleagues have to do something. But who would have thought it would involve needles and yarn?
A stellar excerpt from Irma's diary, featuring an OC who isn't what she seems to be and above all KNITTING.
Extracts from 'Letter Collection P' (Irma Pince, her correspondent 'M', Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, plus various incidentals, some of whom will be familiar...)
Summary: Selected correspondence from the Hogwarts Archives, in the form of personal letters between Librarian Irma Pince and a schoolfriend she refers to only as 'M'. These extracts span the years Pince spent training at the National Library of Magic, and are a window into the lives of two young witches in the mid 20th century. (HA 144/5 .k17 1961-1964 passim)
A beautiful after-Hogwarts corrispondence between Irma and "M".
Within a Forest Dark (Severus Snape/Minerva McGonagall)
Summary: Severus expects his journey at Hogwarts to be dark and lonely. He’s right. Mostly
One of those SS/MM that makes an unbeliever believe in Severus/Minerva.
The Gift (Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore)
Summary: The year is 1993, and the presence of one Mr Remus Lupin at Hogwarts means that this isn't the Potions Master's favourite Christmas ever. Maybe, just maybe, Minerva McGonagall can lift his gloom.
A brilliant watercolor comic about a sweet revenge.
Season’s Greetings from Hogwarts! (Pomona Sprout, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom and Irma Pince)
Summary: The Hogwarts Faculty tries to keep it together for the annual Yule card photo.
An hilarious animated cardboard by a beloved HP artist.
Christmas in the Hospital Wing (Rubeus Hagrid, Poppy Pomfrey, a team of Hogwarts House Elves)
Summary: No place in Hogwarts is immune to holiday preparations. Certainly not the Hospital wing. Regardless of whether there are any students (or staff members) in residence under Madam Pomfrey’s care. Not even if there are no students even spending the holiday break at Hogwarts. The Hospital Wing *will* be decked out for the season.
An illustration of a far better hospital than the ones we got used to this year.
(all entries are still anonymous)
I also have to thank the Anonymous author of the gift for me! Thank you for ‘Twas the night before Christmas, a pome (Snape, Minerva, Santa)
Summary: Bertie Bott’s Christmas Baubles aren’t universally admired
Thank you! Happy 2021 everyone! Good reading!
I posted my little entry for the Covid Corner here https://covidcoffeecorner.dreamwidth.org/3418.html
For those of us who are not directly suffering for the virus (as patients or doctors), who are safely at home and are not experiencing other kinds of troubles, the mai source of stress, I believe, is the constant stream of news and of talking, on tv and social media. Staying at home in itself wouldn't be that bad if we didn't know that there's a sword of Damocles contantly hanging on our head.
Understanding what's happening while you are buried deep into it it's very difficult. I believe this it the first time I am directly involved into something that will make history. I watched the fall of the Berlin Wall, I watched 9/11 on tv, but I wasn't there, and while I, too, lived with the effects of those events (and others), I didn't participate to them. Now, I am participating in the great lockdown, and hopefully seeing what will happen next (if and when we'll reach a post-lockdown - there aren't any signs for that).
I am an history enthusiast and I, as other people, have often asked questions as "how could nazism spread in Germany? How could people do this, ignore that?". With all due differences between the two events, I think that those of us watching the present situation with some coolness will observe some similar mechanisms. Our politicians don't know what to do, or they try to do something, but no one seems to know the "right" way to get out of the quagmire. People are foolishly believing any king of fake news they receive on their whatsapp. People are transforming into informers who report their neighbours walking in the streets. The social paranoia is so extended that people fear other people queueing with them for the supermarket. Social pressure and the stress is so heavy that many people who were normally reasonable become hysterical and believe in plots.
Do you now find so strange that, under some specific historical contexts, people can support the Nazi parti or become Nazis themselves? That people could report Jews or other social groups considered dangerous?
I find more and more understandable each day. May we all keep our logic and our humanity.
This line of our army's vehicles are carrying out of Bergamo the coffins of the Coronavirus deads, because they were too many for the local crematorium.
Yesterday was the first day in which I felt sad. I hadn't felt sad before - maybe worried, or a little angry, and tired of the seclusion, but not sad. Yesterday I thought of the people I know in the Bergamo zone. Many years ago, I was a guest of a lady living in the Bergamo province (quite far from the city), but I don't remember her surname, and I have no means to contact her now, to ask how she is. I know other people in the area, people I haven't spoken with in twenty years or so, but they came to my mind all together. There is a man I once cared for, who has now a wife a two children. I know through the social media that he and his family are ok. Or at least were ok until a few days ago.
Italy has surpassed China in the number of deaths. True, we are counting also the people who dies WITH the Coronavirus, not just OF the Coronavirus. 90% of the deaths had other diseases (cardiopathies, diabetes, immunodeficiencies, you name them). Other countries are considering in their numbers only the people who dies OF the Coronavirus. Still, the numbers are impressive.
There are some theories as why Italy is now the most impacted country. We are an old country, with an average age above 40 (I don't have exact data). And we continue to have many families with older and younger people living together (families in which the grandparents, or uncles/aunts, live with parents and children). But these are theories. In reality, we don't know. We rank as the 6th country for life expectancy (82,7 years; USA are 31st with 79,3) (according to other organizations, we rank as the second or third country after Japan and Monaco) and have one of the best healthcare systems of the world (again, there are contradictory reports). Still, we are exhausted.
There are still too many people in the streets for trivial matters, so maybe we will go into an even stricter quarantine. And maybe our schools will reopen directly in September.
School from remote is going to turn all the teachers and the pupils mad.
Yet, I thank everyday that I am facing all of this with my husband, that I am not alone, that we are all well, that I continue not to know people infected, etc.
Not many news is good news?
Continuing to work from home, as always. Working and household activities are sometimes interrupted by "flash mobs" of people playing the national anthem or singing from their balconies. There are synchronised balcony flash mobs in all Italy.
We are waiting.
The virus spread first in Lombardy, which is the richest, most populated region of Italy. It is also the region with the best healthcare equipments. Until some time ago, Italian healthcare depended from the state, but at some point in our history, its administration was trasferred to the regions (we have 20 regions). Now, there are many administrative and financial differences among our regions, with some regions who are more "virtuous" and therefore get more national money, and some more "defective" regions which are poorer. In money and in structures.
Even if there are some exceptions, northern Italy is more virtuous and richer, and the South is more defective and poorer. We have less hospitals, with lesser equipments, and less infrastructures to reach them.
There is also a long standing history of inner racism in Italy between the North and the South, with the South being picked our as dirtier, less organised, less socially cultured, more rebellious, etc etc. I am brutally summarising, but let's just say that the South is the most defamed part of the country.
THANK GOD the coronavirus spread first in Lombardy, first because they are better equipped, and second because otherwise people in Italy would have said that it was the South's fault for it. Because we are dirty, uncivilized, etc etc. That we were "asking for it".
After the first weeks of confusion, our government decided to lock down Lombardy to try to stop the contagion. However, before the lockdown was effective, many people ran away from Lombardy and other Northern regions to the South (many people living and working in the North come from the South). Some of them were identified and quarantined. Others are not.
Since locking down only Lombardy didn't seem a sufficient way to protect the rest of the country, last Monday we were all quarantined. Many activities have been closed (including museums, churches, restaurants, pubs etc) and we are all invited to stay at home and to go out only for groceries.
Despite the lockdown, some people continue to escape from Lombardy to return to their homes in the South. And there are still people not following the basic quarantine rules.
We are waiting for the contation to spread in the South as well, because of the irresponsibility of thos who moved from the North. With less hospitals, less resources, less equipments.
I live in Naples, the third most populated city in Italy. But the point is not only the number itself. It's the density. We have one of the highest density of population in the whole Europe. [Paris has an even higher density, with 20000+ people/km.] Naples has a 8059 people/km density. In the hinterland of Naples, some towns have a 12000+ people/km density. To make a comparison, London has a 5589 people/km density.
If the virus seriously spreads in Naples, we won't have enough rooms in the hospitals for everybody. They are trying to increase the number of ICUs in our hospitals, but the help of the population in following the rules is necessary.
We are waiting. And hoping. We are used to survive catastrophies. The peak here is expected to arrive in a month or so, at the middle of April. We hope that the quarantine so far will help to contain the numbers.
No words to spare about the UK decisions.