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12 September 2012 @ 04:00 pm
20 21 slots down at hoggywartyxmas sign-ups with dear Horace Slughorn.

...no one happens to be especially skilled at Divinations around here, hmm?

Skilled enough to tell me how my Big Move later this month will go, how my job hunt will go, how my settling into life in a new city will go--settling into a house that is almost a city, with 10 very social people plus guests, 8 cats, a rabbit and a young ferret? How able I'll be to wrap my head around the idea of a new story--and goodness gracious, the writing of it? Or if I'll fall back into a pit of Writer's Insecurity and Writer's Despair, since I'm only half-way out of the last one I plummeted into?

What's that you say? No, you can't, just as you can't See even with your trained Inner Eye into the Great Beyond of a Fest, mystical and magical things that they are?

Ah. Sigh. Neither can I. Never can, in fact, although I usually have a bit less planned for the holiday season than I do presently.

But it seems that everyone's managed to sign up--even some who didn't think they'd manage--and 2012 is an apocalypse year, according to some historical Seers of Sybill's ilk. Nothing else to do in an apocalyptic year than party with dear friends (physical and fictional).

My brother just brought me food for no reason at all. Surely that is a kind herald to the gifts to come (chips/fries are very important in the science of Divination, you know). And winter is my season...

Alright, alright. Yesterday I didn't think I'd sign up out of fear that my story would be sub-par with my officially moving to a new place and more hectic pace and out of my decision not to join fests this year--but two others managed to find excuses, too. In the end, a year with 3 fests when one intended to join none at all is still reasonable: it only amounts to a quarter of a fest every month, after all.

Okay then. I've talked myself into it. If I feel like I'm dying of everything hectic in a few months, point me back here and tell me it's no one's fault but mine.

ETA: 22 down with my sign-up comment. Not sure why I'm still holding my breath. Good, there, a breath. Really acknowledging this Future Thing now. Hopefully HoggyWarty will be a calming influence in what will otherwise likely be a busy and somewhat frightening time full of change... Nerrrrrrves. Oh, Wilhelmina, please guide me through this winter!

Running Edit: 23, 7 left 24, 6 left 25, 5 left 26, 4 left 28, 2 left
therealsnape: txt Writing Fanfic is my Therapytherealsnape on September 13th, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
I'm overjoyed you signed up - it wouldn't be the same without you. And never mind the screaming story insecurity. We've all been there. I've recently sent a half-written story to dear Tetley, basically asking whether I should even finish; would anyone want to read the rest of the drivel? She said that yes, she might want to read the rest, which gave me piece of mind enough to scribble on.
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Sprout || OLSB.cranky__crocus on September 13th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Thank you. (: I realised as I was out sunbathing today (me, sunbathing!) that I wasn't quite sure I'd feel able to face you squarely in October if I hadn't managed the courage to sign up for your fest, given it's one of my absolute top favourites!

My insecurity hasn't been screaming quite at its usual wailing level lately, although part of that is that I haven't been writing much. I suppose it's the sort of dull oh-do-you-really-think-you-can-write-that?-go-and-have-some-tea-instead sort of insecurity rather than the raving you're-utter-crap-you-know-just-go-and-ask-Rita (which, I do try to argue, is a bit like asking Trelawney how well I did at predicting my next event of personal doom--she wouldn't know).

I'm glad you were at least able to send out your half-finished story! I don't quite have the courage for that. I do hope we all get to see it at some point, though. (: The world becomes a sadder place for every Real Snape story we don't get to read!