To Inherit a War, News

First of all, the fic is not dead, just... maybe on hiatus for a bit more.  There never has been and never will be a schedule to posting (Sorry, I have a job and this isn't it.) but I do hope to finish.  I'm like, halfway done already.  Maybe a little less than halfway.  There's a bit of new content, but most of it isn't ready to post.

I've posted To Inherit a War on, here's the first chapter, and the rest of it will probably be posted there rather than here, seeing how I've posted On Unions Civil and Otherwise on, and it would be nice to keep all my fanficcy goodness (or soul-suckingly pointless hobby, whichever it really is) in one place.  Also there is bonus content!  No, not an entire chapter, just one line.  But that's almost as good, isn't it?

Funny, I'm writing this like someone might actually read it, when I'm pretty certain that's not the case.

Skvarna for Kids! part I

Because I can, in fact, write original stories!  This is a fantasy for kids, it takes place as another story I call "A Shitload of Princes," which is decidedly not for kids, and was written with the sole purpose of making as much cool shit up as I could.  Note that I don't see the character staying in Skvarna for very long, so the working title is clearly going to get re-worked at some point, it's just not that interesting to me right now, since I have no idea what the plot is really going to be like.

I've got a thread for it here, and I'm looking for help developing the story, characters, and setting if anyone's interested.

And so, on to the story:

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To Inherit a War, Part VI

In the latest adventures of Nathaniel Rookwood, Adolescent Delinquent, (don't ask) Lucius Malfoy is an asshole, (this shouldn't be news) Slytherins are terrible at facing boggarts, (neither should this) and we start seeing just how alternate my character interpretations are. (supportable by text, contradicted by Word of God, but this particular god is one I consider to be DOA, because INSERT PRETENTIOUS BLATHERSKITE HERE)

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To Inherit a War, Part V

The story continues, and Nathaniel knows first aid, which is a bit like knowing kung fu, but actually pretty useful.  I realize that internet searches are an easy way to fact-check without hauling books up and down the stairs.  Oops.

(For the record, "Professor [remember her?]" is actually Charity Burbage.  And yes, Snape gave her props in the last part.  And, barring future alterations to the timeline, he's going to watch her die.  Fun!)

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To Inherit a War, Part II

Part two, ladies and gents.  There will eventually be some sort of titles for a lot of these (dang the scene changes are convenient so far) and probably some editing for style (especially later on, I rather like Nathaniel's attitude earlier on, and he  seems to loose it a bit as things go) but... well, it is what it is.

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To Inherit a War, Part I

This is my Harry Potter fanfic, (the other one) for those of you who know me.  For those of you who don't know me, it's still that.  It's a letter, (albeit a very long one) written by Nathaniel Rookwood, to Harry himself, in which Nathaniel tells the story of his own time at Hogwarts, trying to make use of wit, empathy, and a first-hand familiarity with modern first-tier psychological therapy and counseling to unravel the forces that shaped his story: the volatile bond between parents and children, the cultural narrative of adventure, the conflict surrounding the Dark Lord's vie for power, (or... something) and a troubling recurrence of victims who have become complicit in their own suffering.

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Chaos Theory and You, or: How to Be Smart and Still Get Your Room Clean

MY ROOM IS CLEAN.  That has not been the case in, like, years.  Not even kidding there.  When I make a mental map of my room, there are no longer areas labeled with question marks!

I did it with THINKING, and YOU CAN TOO!  That is, if you want to.

Here’s how:

1) Approach your room as a complex system with a minor malfunction, rather than a simple system with a major malfunction.  Don’t assume that you know why your room needs to be cleaned.  Don’t try to distract yourself from the task.  Instead, take this opportunity to study your room, since it’s probably not something you dedicate a lot of thought to.  Otherwise, it’s unlikely it would need cleaning.

2) Do not attempt to organize your organizational efforts.  Just like making lists of all the lists you need to make, this is a pointless waste of time.  What’s ore, if you really knew what needed to be done, you likely would have done it already.  So enter your room, and start fixing the first problem you come across.  Proceed to other problem areas as they begin to impede your progress.

3) Do not try to impose an organizational scheme onto your room.  As you make your way through your room, experiencing it as a complex system, make small alterations to that system to increase its efficiency.  For example, I did not designate a glove basket because I thought I should have a glove basket.  I designated a glove basket because I kept finding gloves and had nowhere to put them.  Likewise with the bowl for loose change.

4) Don’t perpetuate errors.  If a facet of the system of your room is generating mess, then tidying that area up and moving on will not prevent it from continuing to generate mess.  Take the time to move things around so that they function properly and can be maintained easily.  And the shirt you got in high school, but never wore?  You’re probably not going to wear it any time soon, so get rid of it.

5) Channel entropy, don’t try to block it.  When tidying up, the impulse is to arrange everything perfectly, but this could well be a mistake.  If a towel basket, for example, only contains towels effectively when the towels are neatly folded, then 2% of the time, the towels will be highly ordered (folded and in the basket) and 98% of the time, the towels will be highly chaotic (all over the room).  If instead, the towel basket holds the towels when they are neatly rolled, but also when they are stuffed into the basket, then 10% of the time, the towels will be highly ordered (rolled and in the basket) and 90% of the time, the towels will be moderately ordered (stuffed in the basket).  The less energy it takes to maintain a system, the more often that system will be maintained.

This all might sound very much counter to a good deal of advice on cleaning a messy room, much of that advice professional.  I myself have never found any of that advice particularly effective.

First of all, it is not conceptual.  It is very easy to come across instruction on what to do when cleaning your room, and very difficult to find any on how to approach it.

Secondly, such advice often suggests that one try to do anything but clean while one is cleaning- to turn cleaning into an opportunity to do crafts, for example, or to listen to interesting music, or to listen to a good book.  This is the very definition of boredom, and will actually make it harder to clean your room.

But worst of all, these other pieces of advice are not written in the most absurdly complex manner possible.  And what fun is that?

A Word About Reviews

I will do them, largely to keep myself thinking in ways that will serve me well.  If you know me, you probably know what this means.  If you don't, then... post a comment!  'Cause it would be awesome to have people who don't know me read this.

But when I do reviews, they will not be blind.  I will not read a chapter a day of a given book that I have not read, and then post about it.  That has  limitations up with which I will not put, and it's just not the kind of thinking that I'm aiming to be doing.  I will do sequential reviews, probably, (expect a play-by-play of Chorus of Stones!  Also, Utena!) but it'll be on the second (or more than second) run through.

This may become A Thing.  This may become the Thing that my wordpress account turns into.  I'll see how it goes.

Comments are welcome.  Comments are more than welcome.  It would awesome to have discussions about things with my nonexistent audience.  If this starts happening, expect me to lay down the law on what I believe to be good comment manners, and then only step in if shit really starts to hit the fan.  I don't want to micro-manage.  I don't even want to chaperone.  But I expect all prospective commenters to hold themselves to a high standard of respectful, intelligent, adult behavior.

And, finally, if you want to actually read the reviews I've written, it's all under the tag let's review.