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August drabble

August 21st, 2010 (02:23 am)

I've just woken up in the middle of the night and realised that -- for the first time since it started -- I've forgotten to enter man_challenge :-(

So, as you do, I thought, "Post your drabble!"

And that got me thinking about Draco, and how much I love him. For one thing, he's single-handedly responsible for getting me writing again, and enjoying it. I'd never actually stopped writing, but producing chapters of my LOTR fics had been getting harder and harder... Since 3 January, though, I've happily written over 60,000 words about Draco.

And, because most of my Draco stories have been challenge responses, and have had to comply with the recipients' requests, each time I've written him, he's been a slightly different character. I've just finished a story where he was all Mills&Boon and bodice-rippery (it was told from Hermione's POV!), and now I'm writing one where he's permanently drunk, falling over clues and interpreting them through Firewhiskey goggles.

The strange thing is that, unlike with Legolas, I don't seem to have much inclination to write an on-going series about him. He's such a chameleon, I don't seem able to settle on a version I can call 'my Draco'.

He has, however, got me into writing drabbles!

When I was preparing my talk for writerconuk, it occurred to me that drabbles come in two types: there’s the type that’s like a scene from a film, built mostly from dialogue; and there’s the type that’s like a still from a film, built mostly from description (of the setting and of a character’s thoughts and feelings). My own drabbles tend to be of the first type.

This month, I was lucky enough to come second at dmhgchallenge, and I was pleased because this one was condensed down from about 1000 words of a fic I started but abandoned, because I couldn't see where it was going :-)


The prompt was

Title: Friends without benefits
Rating: R
Warnings: Adult banter

Outside the bedroom door, the party’s in full swing.

“Never seen a girl adjust her tits before,” says Draco. Granger’s lipstick bounces off his head. "Ow!"

Smoking under a bed,” she says, “you could set the house alight!”

“One, Granger: I wasn't under the bed; two: I was only thinking about smoking. Why’ve you been crying?”

“Why d’you think?”

“It’s been almost six months.”

“They’re showing off her engagement ring.”

“Ah.” He makes a real effort: “Would a shag help?”

“From you?”

“I am your date.”

She huffs, but she sits down beside him. “Just give me a cigarette, Malfoy.”


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)

Hmm - I think I tend to drabble small scenes more than stills too...

I really do like writing drabbles - the discipline is good for me I think. (Actually, it might well have helped me do the stuff that has got me into the Nursing Times Awards Finals - an transferable skill!)

I was thinking about the way change in fandoms suddenly sparks writing again - as moving Dawn to Middle Earth did for me - and it has just occurred to me, as if in a flash, that Dramione fic is very much the equivalent in the Buffyverse of Spuffy fic.

I've just finished a story where he was all Mills&Boon and bodice-rippery... and now I'm writing one where he's permanently drunk, falling over clues and interpreting them through Firewhiskey goggles...

He's such a chameleon,

That sums up the ways that Spike is written in different things... hmm... not sure how useful this insight is - but it amused me, anyway!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)

it might well have helped ... the Nursing Times Awards Finals

I'm sure writing drabbles does hone your skills, because it really forces you to be concise but still be clear, and you have to suck as much extra material into the 100 words as you can by choosing every one of them with care. It's like writing a poem, really.

Yes -- thinking about it, Spike and Draco both run the full range from villain to hero (in Spike's case) or good father (in Draco's case, assuming that that's what you're really seeing in the epilogue), so you have a lot of scope, whether you pick a bit of canon and stick to it, or go off in your own direction.

Posted by: daiseechain (daiseechain)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)

I can see why the drabble placed. It really is a perfect capsule story.

Writing Draco V. Writing Legolas: The reason you can still keep finding stories in Draco might simply be because he's not fixed in your head as a set of characteristics. With no definitive version of him, you can keep finding new things to say about him.

I think we reach a point in our writing sometimes, where we've said everything we have to say on a particular character and the impetus that drove us to write them in the first place has ceased to be because we've now got it all in print somewhere.

Characters we don't have firm visions of, otoh, are chameleons we can change at will, just by giving them a new background to stand against.

I want to read your bodice-rippery Draco! It's very important that I read your bodice-rippery Draco! For, er, comparative literature purposes...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Yes, I think you're right. Legolas came into my head more or less fully formed (whereas Eowyn had to develop), and the emphasis of my LOTR stories has always been on an exotic setting and an intricate plot, and the stories have always featured lots of OCs with their own sub-plots.

My Draco stories, otoh, have all been almost exclusively about him (and Hermione), and about magic (which I've really enjoyed playing with).

I am hoping to get back to Legolas, though. Maybe I should give him a brain injury...

I want to read your bodice-rippery Draco!

It's my Imperius Curse story! The challenge starts posting tomorrow & I don't think we're anonymous in this one, so I'll give you the link as soon as I can -- I think I've tied the plot up pretty tightly, so it will be interesting to hear what you think :-)

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm 2

Maybe I should give him a brain injury...

This is one of the saddest, and yet hopeful, Tolkienverse stories I have ever read. It requires very little Silmarillion knowledge (which is about all I have!) - just that Maglor is thought to be the last of the exiled to still be serving penance in mortal lands...

Although perhaps not a brain injury but a major physical injury might also be interesting - I would assume that elves do, eventually, recover from a spinal fracture... but it would be very incapacitating for an energetic warrior to be unable to move unaided for a month or two - or possibly even longer, before the nerves regenerated and he began to get some movement back, slowly...

Even a major shaft of femur fracture would incapacitate for a while, like Tindómë in Return of The Key...

Edited at 2010-08-21 05:37 pm (UTC)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)

a major physical injury ... a spinal fracture

Oooo! What a good idea! Thinky thoughts...

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Snoopy dancing - JudeBennet

Hurrah - I've given Ningloreth thinky thoughts! Does a Snoopy dance!

My personal take on it would be that an elf would need to be immobilised, with the spine in perfect alignment for some time. 'My' twins use traction for bone injuries, but expect them to heal faster than a human would.

Ooh! Spinal traction! Gardner-Wells tongs, skull calipers and halo traction... basically all the stuff I was used to in orthopaedics in the late 70s and early 80s, which had not changed for some time...! That would keep an elf in forced immobility and confinement...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: August 21st, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)

Yes, I'm really getting excited about this. Though I'll need to finish Winter Magic and my plot_wout_porn salt mine story first...

Posted by: Rapidez (larapidez)
Posted at: January 13th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)

All right, this is quite sad, but it creates a deeper story behind and in my romantic mind, they will end up together anyway. :D
Thanks for writing and sharing those drabbles!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 15th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)

I'm glad you like this one, because I was pleased with it! And I agree with you, they're bound to end up together.

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