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A guide to my fics (which is to say, a shocking exercise in self-promotion). - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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A guide to my fics (which is to say, a shocking exercise in self-promotion).

NOTE: LJ is buggered.  Typical.  They’ve time for rubbishing ‘improvements’, but sod the basics.  I shall be forced to fix links later, and fonts, and cuts, and what not.  I apologise for THEIR damned incompetence.

I am a shy and retiring person.  (The author waits for the sniggering to die away.)  Really, I am, in many ways.  (Pause for rambling.  I quite like taking the bus, for my own purposes.  It’s splendid if you don’t really care where you’re going or when you arrive, and I recommend it, far more than I would my beloved trains – yes, I am that much of an anorak, I’m a steam-train, heritage railway enthusiast – to writers, because one overhears such fascinating dialogue.  That said, I should make a point that I don’t think many ‘straight’ people realise.  There is, I think, an impression, that gay blokes spend a lot of time looking at other lads.  Well, at least in my experience, we spend quite as much time carefully not looking at other blokes.  Thank God for peripheral vision.)  And, being rather retiring, I tend not to do much in terms of promoting my fic.  Certainly, I do less of that than I do in promoting essays or the Britpickery community.  It’s a habit I am trying to break myself of.

 

So.

One-offs, for starters (i.e., not, or only partly, part of the main ’verse). 

 

 

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (here and here: http://wemyss.livejournal.com/51393.html#cutid1 and http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/wemyss/OTOOSBMONS01.html).

Characters: Snape; implied H/D. 

Setting / era: post-War.

Theme / summary: The Light has won.  Harry and Draco have led the Order to victory.  Severus Snape now awaits execution, a double-, treble-, quadruple-agent whose only loyalties, it seems, were to himself, and whose actions can never be excused.  He is allowed a final letter to the victors, and, not surprisingly, disagrees with their assessment of his loyalties, motives, and just deserts.

Type: subtly dark; bitter.

Format: purely epistolary fic, consisting solely of Snape’s chilling last letter.

 

http://wemyss.livejournal.com/39136.html#cutid1: Queen’s Weather.

Characters: HM the Queen and family; Harry, Draco, the Weasleys, Hermione, Nev, Blaise, Justin, the DA, the Gryffindors, Slughorn, Minerva, Hagrid, Kingsley, Tonks, the Tonkses, Remus, Aberforth, &c (all of the Victors); implied H/D, R/Hr, NL/LL, NT/RL, JFF/BZ, &c. 

Setting / era: post-War.

Theme / summary: It occurred to me – for rather obvious reasons – that, surely, the post-War Wizarding world had its own celebrations of a Certain August Personage’s Birthday.  I could not possibly fail to chronicle that.  (The Wizarding world’s celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday, involving the Trooping of the Wand.)

Type: humorous; ‘tribute’ elements (written for HM’s birthday); light.

NOTE: has been incorporated in a chapter in the main-’verse fic.

Format: indirect narrative / HM’s internal monologue.

 

http://wemyss.livejournal.com/4836.html#cutid1: In My End is My Beginning.

Characters: Snape; Lucius, Voldemort, Slughorn, Tobias Snape, Eileen (Prince) Snape, Regulus, the Marauders, all in memory. 

Setting / era: during the War.

Theme / summary: Severus, preparing for a spying mission, reflects on his past, his path, and his fate.

Type: character study; dark / bitter / uncertain; first part of a triptych with and http://wemyss.livejournal.com/32566.html#cutid1: After All, After All (Positively, Mr Shimpling / Absolutely, Mr Duke) and http://wemyss.livejournal.com/33386.html#cutid1: Thrice-Gorgeous Ceremony: a Hoose on the Merkat Square (Aberforth Reflects).

NOTE: has been incorporated in a chapter in the main-’verse fic.

Format: indirect narrative / Snape’s internal monologue.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS: glimpses of Snape’s canonical childhood; musings on class and social climbing; meditations on espionage.

 

http://wemyss.livejournal.com/32566.html#cutid1: After All, After All (Positively, Mr Shimpling / Absolutely, Mr Duke)

Characters: Derwent Shimpling. 

Setting / era: post-War.

Theme / summary: Derwent Shimpling, in the wings, waiting to go on, reflects upon the War, entertaining the troops, and the healing value of comedy

Type: character study; light; second part of a triptych with http://wemyss.livejournal.com/4836.html#cutid1: In My End is My Beginning and http://wemyss.livejournal.com/33386.html#cutid1: Thrice-Gorgeous Ceremony: a Hoose on the Merkat Square (Aberforth Reflects).

NOTE: has been incorporated in a chapter in the main-’verse fic.

Format: indirect narrative / Derwent Shimpling’s internal monologue.

 

http://wemyss.livejournal.com/33386.html#cutid1: Thrice-Gorgeous Ceremony: a Hoose on the Merkat Square (Aberforth Reflects)

Characters: Aberforth; Minerva; Flitwick; Albus remembered; all of the Victors; implied H/D, R/Hr, NL/LL, NT/RL, JFF/BZ, &c. 

Setting / era: post-War.

Theme / summary: Aberforth reflects upon the War as he prepares for a public event

Type: character study; light; third part of a triptych with http://wemyss.livejournal.com/4836.html#cutid1: In My End is My Beginning and http://wemyss.livejournal.com/32566.html#cutid1: After All, After All (Positively, Mr Shimpling / Absolutely, Mr Duke).

NOTE: has been incorporated in a chapter in the main-’verse fic.

Format: indirect narrative / Aberforth’s internal monologue.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS: written, in large part, in Scots; incorporates the livestock sales reports – goats included; Aberforth is the post-War Lord Provost (the Scots equivalent of a mayor) of Hogsmeade.

 

http://wemyss.livejournal.com/6587.html#cutid1: The Wand Chooses the Wizard.

Characters: Harry; Draco; H/D. 

Setting / era: post-War.

Theme / summary: Draco reflects on the relationship between endowments and sexual roles. 

Type:  sexually-charged character / relationship study.

Format: some indirect narrative; rather explicit.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS: rather explicit; definitely not for those not of age; ‘bottom-Draco’ fic; a challenge fic at the time.

 

http://wemyss.livejournal.com/4452.html#cutid1: To Say Nothing of the Dog.

Characters: Harry; Draco; H/D; Arthur; Remus; Trelwaney. 

Setting / era: post-War.

Theme / summary: Harry and Draco hide the consensual domination elements of their post-War relationship.

Type: darkish, bondage / domination themes.

Format: some indirect narrative; one of Trelawney’s visions; slightly dystopian.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS: D/s; spanking; a vision that may or may not be true; subtly disturbing; definitely not for those not of age.

 

And now, the fics of the main ’verse, which are, firstly, Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn, and secondly, its sequel, the WIP Under a Dragon Moon.  The always brilliant sgt_majorette recently coined the perfect portmanteau term for the two, which I shall use henceforward: Dragongate.

 

There is a one-off that spun off from the Dragongate fics, regarding Harry’s death after a long and prosperous life (and which is different to the main fics’s scene of Harry’s and Draco’s dying together after a long and prosperous life):

 

http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/wemyss/AV01a.html: A Valediction.

Characters: Harry; Draco; H/D; everyone, really. 

Setting / era: post-War.

Theme / summary: Albus appears at Hogwarts to an aged Harry and they stroll, conversing of philosophy, into the Light of the sweet hereafter; the Dance of Life and the communion of saints.

Type: character study.

Format: linear narrative.

NOTE: Written between OotP and HBP.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS: Densely allusive – some would say, simply, ‘dense’ – with lashings of subtle references to, amongst other sources, Donne, Milton, Langland, and The Dream of the Rood.  The most saccharine thing I shall ever, in all likelihood, write.

 

And then there are the main series of the Dragongate ’verse:

 

http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/wemyss/GOIGOH.html: Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn.

Characters: Harry, Draco, the Weasleys, Hermione, Nev, Blaise, Justin, the DA, the Gryffindors, Slughorn, Minerva, Hagrid, Kingsley, Tonks, the Tonkses, Remus, Aberforth, &c (all of the Victors); Tommy Marvel, his DEs, the Ministry crowd, Umbridge, the Dursleys; really, everyone is involved or referenced; overt H/D, R/Hr, NL/LL, NT/RL, JFF/BZ, &c. 

Setting / era: post-War (framed within the context of the last days and nights of Fifth Year and an imagined, prophetic version of a Sixth Year that might have been).

Theme / summary: Harry and Draco are sharing the same quasi-precognitive dreams of life after a Light victory in the War, in which dreams they are together.  Albus is trying not to meddle, although he is aware of the dreams: he fears that, should he meddle, he will prevent the future hope from coming to pass.  The vision of the future begins with Draco’s defecting to the Light, and goes on to the end of their long and happy lives in a distant and secure future – although not one without its challenges.

Type: romance, some would say; if so, only in the sense that there are elements of romance in Miss Read and Barbara Pym; a long slice of life showing the post-War.

Format: non-linear narrative; dream-fic: these are dreams of a possible future; GIGH has a major twist at the end.

NOTE: Written between OotP and HBP.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS: Densely allusive – some would say, simply, ‘dense’ – with far too many in-jokes, British cultural references, and puns. 

 

http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/wemyss/UADM.html: Under a Dragon Moon (also here: http://community.livejournal.com/wemyssfic/profile).

Characters: Harry, Draco, their OC children (in vitro, no damned MPreg), the Weasleys, Hermione, Nev, Blaise, Justin, the DA, the Gryffindors, Slughorn, Minerva, Hagrid, Kingsley, Tonks, the Tonkses, Remus, Aberforth, &c (all of the Victors); fugitive DEs, the Ministry crowd, foreign ministries, Petunia; really, everyone is involved or referenced; overt H/D, R/Hr, NL/LL, NT/RL, JFF/BZ, &c. 

Setting / era: post-War (framed within the context of the first days and nights of the summer after HBP and an imagined, prophetic version of a future that might yet be).

Theme / summary: Harry and Draco are sharing the same quasi-precognitive dreams of life after a Light victory in the War, in which dreams they are together.  This is in the summer after the events of HBP.  The vision of the future begins with Draco’s defecting to the Light in accordance with Dumbledore’s dying promise.  It goes on to a post-War in which resurgent Dark Wizards, escaped DEs loose on the Continent, try to foment a war between Muggles and Wizards, and the investigation uncovers the great lie that is at the heart of the Statute of Secrecy and the foundations of Wizarding society.

Type: spy-thriller / detective story / historical ‘mystery’ (sorry, but that is a complete Americanism).

Format: non-linear narrative; dream-fic: these are dreams of a possible future; UADM is a spy-thriller-cum-historical detective-story.

NOTE: Written between OotP and HBP.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS: Again, densely allusive – some would say, simply, ‘dense’ – with far too many in-jokes, British cultural references, and puns, and more WWN programming than anyone can imagine (yes, it will be a plot point in time). 

 

OCCUPATIONS, &c (throughout both series): The Victors take it in turns to run Hogwarts, the Ministry, and the re-opened Wizarding university, Domdaniel, closed since the days of the Statute of Secrecy, that shares Hogwarts’s fabric.  But they all have other lives that they but occasionally interrupt to perform these public duties.  Hermione is of course an academic (and involved in restructuring Wizarding education, with Harry’s and Draco’s help; she, Draco, and Remus also lead research into Wizarding genetics), but Nev is a celebrity Herbologist and a star of WWN’s Herbologist’s Question Time (although Trevor the Toad gets more fan-owls than anyone on the panel) and raises new strains of Wizarding plants and fruits, many of which the Twins purchase; Ron is the editor of Wizden’s Quidditcher’s Almanack (the Wizarding equivalent to the statistical publication for cricket, Wisden’s); Lee Jordan is the director-general of the WWN; Dung Fletcher is revealed as the Chief Unspeakable, under whom Seamus serves; Dean, who married Seamus, is a senior advisor to the Wizarding Treasury as well as a famous artist; Blaise (who married Justin) and Tony (who married Eleanor Branstone) run their families’s merchant bank, Goldstein & Zabini, located in Purse Lane, behind Gringotts; Remus (who is still living in delicious sin with Tonks) is an historian; Susan Bones is on staff at St Mungo’s (her partner, Millicent Bulstrode, stays at home wearing tweeds, raising Crups, and chewing on unlit cheroots); Terry Boot runs the leading bookmaker’s (in the gambling sense), the Wizarding equivalent to, say, Ladbroke’s or William Hill; Ginny is a senior Unspeakable, and married to Colin, who is the editor of the Prophet and of the Quibbler, both now owned by Luna (Colin also teaches photo-reconnaissance at the – Muggle – MoD Defence Academy Shrivenham); Harry and Draco farm in an aristocratic sort of way, own a mill making and selling organic wholemeal flour, and are owners and directors of the Wizarding world’s leading cider and perry makers and pre-eminent potters (of course), as well as being foster parents to Muggle-born Ravenclaw Rhys Jones-Morgan (OC), who goes on to become Bishop of Sherborne and whose son by Molly Creevey, Ginny’s and Colin’s daughter, becomes the (Wizarding) Bishop of Salisbury – Harry and Draco have also their own six ‘alembic babies’ (in vitro, NO bloody MPreg); Ted the Tinker Tonks and Aunt Andy (Andromeda) Tonks are independently wealthy; Carmichael and Connor police Q Division, as Aurors, down the Wizarding docks (in the subterranean Fleet Basin: Bazalgette was a Wizard, after all) and the Erumpent and Castle district; Aberforth is Lord Provost of Hogsmeade; Umbridge tries and fails to become the new Dark Lady; Slughorn becomes the Wizarding world’s king of arms (chief herald); Arthur is Minister; Snape is a don at Domdaniel; Narcissa is looking for a husband, as is ‘Tessa’ (her school nickname was ‘Contessa’, a la ‘Queenie’ Greengrass) Zabini, Blaise’s mum (which explains Krum’s haunted and hunted look); Mrs Figg looks after the senile Aunt Petunia at Harry’s and Draco’s country estate; Stubby Boardman chairs the WWN’s comedy panel game, I’m Sorry, I’m Not on the Floo, on which the Twins are prized panellists; the Grangers are forced during the War to join the Territorial Army as dentists to the troops, whinging all the way about being surrounded by warlike Tories; and so on.

OTHER ELEMENTS (throughout both series): Historic secrets, Wizarding religion, a plot against Blaise’s mum, rebuilding Wizarding society and its pre-Hogwarts and post-Hogwarts educational system; interactions with Muggles; indulgently lyrical descriptions of the English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish countryside; passages in broad Scots; indulgently lyrical descriptions of, to date, Trieste, Vienna, and the Tyrol, where much of the action in the sequel is set, with more to come from Provence to Plitvice in Croatia; in the sequel, a major spy-thriller element along with the historical issues; lots of WWN snippets and clips; the post-War world and the Restoration, with lashings of Wizarding London beyond Diagon; Wizarding politics; goblins and banking; Wizarding hymns and the Wizarding version of the WI (Bring me my wand! O clouds, unfold! / Bring me my hippogriff of fire! / I will not cease from mental fight, / nor shall my wand sleep in my hand, / ’til we have built Jerusalem / in Britain’s green and magic land); steam trains and canals and narrowboats and village cricket; how to run a watermill (Harry: ‘I have leat skills’); the Wizarding guilds; and, frankly, yet more, much more.

OCs and REAL PEOPLE making an appearance (throughout both series): HM the Queen, the Royals, the Muggle government; the villagers where Harry and Draco live quietly amidst the Muggles, notably the vicar (The Reverend Dr William ‘Call me Bill’ Priday, MA – Cantab, to his everlasting discredit – and DD), the PCC (run by Jack Sloper’s Muggle uncle as churchwarden), the organist (Martin Vizard), the formidable Lady P (Lady Penruddocke-Wyndham-Ludlow-Bruges, relict of Lt-Col Sir Gerald Noel Geoffrey Penruddocke-Wyndham-Ludlow-Bruges, KCB, DSO, MC, and bar, late the Light Infantry), and her nephew the Brigadier (Peregrine Heskin-Wentworth) at Shrivenham; the village sub-postmistress; various Muggle authorities, policemen, intelligence officers, military officers; various Continental aurors and ministry flunkies; various members of the Friends of St Mary’s Church, the village Coal Charity, the Lady Penruddocke-Wyndham-Ludlow-Bruges Trust, the village and district history society, the RSPCA, the RNLI branch, the village Concert Society, the Bowls Club, the Choral Society, the Operatic and G&S Society, the Gerald Penruddocke-Wyndham-Ludlow-Bruges Day Centre (meets in Sutton Littlecombe Village Hall every Thursday: contact the Parish Clerk for details), the Sutton Littelcombe Cricket Club, the Squash Rackets Club, the Friends of the Cottage Hospital, the Golf Club, and, in Draco’s case, another group of essentially the same membership, the local Conservative Association, the local Hunt, the bench of magistrates, parish councillors, and the Sutton Littlecombe Football Club; and far too many more. 


I don’t know that everyone will at all care for this sort of thing, but it’s certainly rich as plum-cake in terms of all that’s in it.

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serriadh From: serriadh Date: October 8th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this. I am keeping up with reading your Dragon Moon as it arrives, though I must apologise for my infrequent (read: nonexistant) reviewing.

I'm in that lazy state of knowing I'll enjoy Gates... if I settle down to reading it, but it's long and I can't quite summon up the energy at the moment. Please do not take this as a reflection on your work, as I said, laziness is a failing, and I have too much academic reading to do at present!

It's wonderful to have everything all in one place though.

Just one thing - in the synopsis for 'In my end is my beginning' you have a typo in Marauders.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 8th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good God, thank you for catching that.

How mortifying. Thank you.

And thank you so much for all your support.
serriadh From: serriadh Date: October 8th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good God, thank you for catching that.

I thought it would annoy you, which is why I told you.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 8th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed it wd have done.

And I am most grateful.
tiferet From: tiferet Date: October 9th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I've memoried this; I've liked your shorter fics and always meant to sit down and read the long ones when I have the time, and it'll be easier now that I know where they are!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 9th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks, you're always so kind.

I'm obliged for all your support.
themolesmother From: themolesmother Date: October 9th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I've put this in my memories. Looking forward to seeing these stories joined by more bits of the Dragongate-verse.

MM
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 9th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

You're very kind to say so.
pcornelius From: pcornelius Date: April 26th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)

And an appallingly frequent use of the word "minatory"

Do we ever encounter the full name of Lady P in Gates? It seems to me that it does not in fact appear until the sequel, perhaps because she is much the less present in the first story.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 27th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

I expect you're quite right.

On all counts.
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