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Journal Entry: Sat Apr 12, 2014, 7:25 AM


Sympathetic Magic can also be found on fanfiction.net (although not all the chapters are up yet) here: www.fanfiction.net/~ls269

Here is the order of chapters:

All Is Full of Love ls269.deviantart.com/art/All-i…
The Best of Both Worlds ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-B…
The Vinculus Charm ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-V…
The Hypocritic Oath ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-H…
The Last Night ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-L…
Vengeance ls269.deviantart.com/art/Venge…
Meg and Guillotine ls269.deviantart.com/art/Meg-a…
The Slytherin Common Room ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-S…
Hemlock and Vanilla ls269.deviantart.com/art/Hemlo…
Knockturn Alley ls269.deviantart.com/art/Knock…
Desconfianza ls269.deviantart.com/art/Desco…
Flesh Wounds + Flesh Memories ls269.deviantart.com/art/Flesh…
Blue Satin ls269.deviantart.com/art/Blue-…
Spilt Milk, Part One ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spilt…
Spilt Milk, Part Two ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spilt…
Spilt Milk, Part Three ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spilt…
Spilt Milk, Part Four ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spilt…
Spilt Milk, Part Five ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spilt…
Spilt Milk, Part Six ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spilt…
Spilt Milk, Part Seven ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spilt…
A Single Candle ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Sin…
Rosura ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Rosura, Part Two ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Rosura, Part Three ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Rosura, Part Four ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Rosura, Part Five ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Rosura, Part Six ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Rosura, Part Seven ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Where the Action Is ls269.deviantart.com/art/Where…
Rosura, Part Eight ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosur…
Splintered ls269.deviantart.com/art/Splin…
Torn ls269.deviantart.com/art/Torn-…
The Green-Eyed Monster ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-G…
The Corona ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-C…
Professor Caladrius ls269.deviantart.com/art/Profe…
Divination ls269.deviantart.com/art/Divin…
The Plan ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-P…
Furious Calm ls269.deviantart.com/art/Furio…
Full Fathom Five ls269.deviantart.com/art/Full-…
The Descent, Part One ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-D…
The Descent, Part Two ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-D…
A Taste of Things to Come ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Tas…
A Taste of Thing to Come II ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Tas…
Curly Hair, Feathers and Flame ls269.deviantart.com/art/Curly…
The Porcelain Bitch ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-P…
A Little Corner of Paradise ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Lit…
A Means to Nothing ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Mea…
A Beautiful Accident ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Bea…
Less Broken ls269.deviantart.com/art/Less-…
Two Romantic Reunions ls269.deviantart.com/art/Two-R…
Constructive Agony ls269.deviantart.com/art/Const…
White in the Moon ls269.deviantart.com/art/White…
Lily and the Unicorn, Part One ls269.deviantart.com/art/Lily-…
Lily and the Unicorn, Part Two ls269.deviantart.com/art/Lily-…
Lily and the Unicorn, Part 3 ls269.deviantart.com/art/Lily-…
Monochrome ls269.deviantart.com/art/Monoc…
Foe Fire ls269.deviantart.com/art/Foe-F…
Jaded ls269.deviantart.com/art/Jaded…
Possession ls269.deviantart.com/art/Posse…
A Wife, a Mother, and a Corpse ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Wif…
Damage Limitation ls269.deviantart.com/art/Damag…
The Viceberg ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-V…
The Cavalry ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-C…
Otherworldly ls269.deviantart.com/art/Other…
The Thaw ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-T…
The Angel in the Ice ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-A…
The Loose End ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-L…
Spinning Plates ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spinn…
Spinning Plates, Part Two ls269.deviantart.com/art/Spinn…
The Fall ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-F…
The Rise ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-R…
Sympathetic Magic ls269.deviantart.com/art/Sympa…
Once Upon a Time ls269.deviantart.com/art/Once-…
The Soulless Redhead ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-S…
Happily Ever After ls269.deviantart.com/art/Happi…
Sanctuary ls269.deviantart.com/art/Sanct…
Never, Never, Never Land ls269.deviantart.com/art/Never…
Day and Night ls269.deviantart.com/art/Day-a…
Smoke ls269.deviantart.com/art/Smoke…
Shades of Red ls269.deviantart.com/art/Shade…
The Man who Lived ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-M…
Rosemary ls269.deviantart.com/art/Rosem…
Pandora's Box ls269.deviantart.com/art/Pando…
The Witch and the Wardrobe ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-W…
Smouldering ls269.deviantart.com/art/Smoul…
Miss Morgan ls269.deviantart.com/art/Miss-…
Notes on the Bad Guy ls269.deviantart.com/art/Notes…
The Nightmare Guide ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-N…
Creepers ls269.deviantart.com/art/Creep…
Another Argument ls269.deviantart.com/art/Anoth…
Darkling ls269.deviantart.com/art/Darkl…
The Cavalry Again ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-C…
Medicine ls269.deviantart.com/art/Medic…
The Silver Lining ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-S…
Dittany ls269.deviantart.com/art/Ditta…
The Furies ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-F…
Danae ls269.deviantart.com/art/Danae…
Memento Morry ls269.deviantart.com/art/Memen…
Accio Heart ls269.deviantart.com/art/Accio…
At Death's Door ls269.deviantart.com/art/At-De…
Bleeding the Witch ls269.deviantart.com/art/Bleed…
Paint it Black ls269.deviantart.com/art/Paint…
The Pure-blood Prince ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-P…
The Garden of Eden ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-G…
Two More Romantic Reunions ls269.deviantart.com/art/Two-M…
Like Waking ls269.deviantart.com/art/Like-…
On the Sidelines ls269.deviantart.com/art/On-th…
Resurgam ls269.deviantart.com/art/Resur…
The Ghost of Christmas Past ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-G…
The Black Widows ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-B…
The Liberus Charm ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-L…
Cupboard Love ls269.deviantart.com/art/Cupbo…
Tabula ls269.deviantart.com/art/Tabul…
Mrs. Malfoy ls269.deviantart.com/art/Mrs-M…
The Coast Road ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-C…
The 'No Contest' Contest ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-N…
Impressions ls269.deviantart.com/art/Impre…
Tea and Sympathy ls269.deviantart.com/art/Tea-a…
The Red Queen ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-R…
Worlds Away ls269.deviantart.com/art/World…
A Travelling Doctor ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Tra…
Down Among the Dead Things ls269.deviantart.com/art/Down-…
Death and the Maiden ls269.deviantart.com/art/Death…
A Conspiracy of Idiots ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Con…
Narratively Speaking ls269.deviantart.com/art/Narra…
Angels with Runny Noses ls269.deviantart.com/art/Angel…
Accidental Grace ls269.deviantart.com/art/Accid…
Before the Plunge ls269.deviantart.com/art/Befor…
Supper-time ls269.deviantart.com/art/Suppe…
Despair, Full Stop ls269.deviantart.com/art/Despa…
The Right Murder ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-R…
All is Full of Hate ls269.deviantart.com/art/All-i…
The Phoenix and the Unicorn ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-P…
The Proper Future ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-P…
Eat Slugs ls269.deviantart.com/art/Eat-S…
Well Met by Moonlight ls269.deviantart.com/art/Well-…
Still Life ls269.deviantart.com/art/Still…
A Chance ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Cha…
The Potter-factor ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-P…
From Russia with Love ls269.deviantart.com/art/From-…
The New Young Widows' Club ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-N…
Mrs Fearless Pure-blood Gryffindor ls269.deviantart.com/art/Mrs-F…
Instant, Earnest, Breathless Believer ls269.deviantart.com/art/Insta…
Benighted ls269.deviantart.com/art/Benig…
Epilogue 1: Statistically Significant ls269.deviantart.com/art/Epilo…
Epilogue 2: Sunlight and Weeds ls269.deviantart.com/art/Epilo…

One-shot fics:

Always Winter, Never Christmas ls269.deviantart.com/art/Alway…
Potions ls269.deviantart.com/art/Potio…
The Goddess of Death ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-G…
The Goddess of Waking ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-G…
Scars ls269.deviantart.com/art/Scars…
Comfort and Joy ls269.deviantart.com/art/Comfo…
Days of Dunder ls269.deviantart.com/art/Days-…
Northern Comfort ls269.deviantart.com/art/North…
Northern Comfort, Part Two ls269.deviantart.com/art/North…
The Maltese Hippogriff ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-M…
Memos from Purgatory ls269.deviantart.com/art/Memos…
A Kind of Potion ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Kin…
Night Ramblings ls269.deviantart.com/art/Night…
The Dark Snitch ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-D…
Yesterday's Slug Club ls269.deviantart.com/art/Yeste…

Essays:

Musings on the Muse ls269.deviantart.com/art/Musin…
Tragic Consolations ls269.deviantart.com/art/Tragi…

Spinners--End Challenge entries:

Days of Dunder ls269.deviantart.com/art/Days-…
Northern Comfort ls269.deviantart.com/art/North…
Northern Comfort, Part Two ls269.deviantart.com/art/North…
The Liberus Charm ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-L…
The Maltese Hippogriff ls269.deviantart.com/art/The-M…
A Kind of Potion ls269.deviantart.com/art/A-Kin…

Hello, dears,

Thought I’d write an updated journal entry, trying to make sense of all my thoughts and feelings on finishing my new story (for Sympathetic Magic readers who don’t know which story I’m talking about, please see this journal: ls269.deviantart.com/journal/E… And then these two journals, which get progressively less optimistic: ls269.deviantart.com/journal/S… ls269.deviantart.com/journal/C… )

It’s been weird. The contrast between finishing this and finishing Sympathetic Magic is pretty alarming. The contrast between the 61 comments I received for the last chapter of SM and the zero comments I received when I posted a chapter from the new story here is pretty disheartening. But I’ve fought through all this and finished a story that I love, and that’s the most important thing.

And you know what? I don’t think I could have done otherwise. There were all these images in my head, and I had to communicate them. Probably everyone feels this way about the things they love, and the things they want to do. And probably most people have to pursue their dreams without any encouragement at all. I was very lucky the first time – I was lucky that people found something they could identify with in Sympathetic Magic.

But, whether lucky or not, I have to go on writing. I can’t choose not to. They key – and it’s not easy for a neurotic girl like me, but I can see it clearly, in theory, in my head – is to wrap up that lucky moment and keep it with me, and never use it to belittle my new work by comparison.  I’ll always take it with me, the kindness and encouragement I had from my DA readers, and I’ll try to use it keep myself going rather than shut myself down.

In rational moments, that seems like the most logical thing in the world. Is a good thing less good because it’s gone? Of course not. You should treasure good things from the past, and never use them to devalue the present.

Now, having said all that, I should add that I don’t have many rational moments. But – and here is the key to fighting depression, for me – I can remember that there were rational moments. If you know that it’s possible to be another way – to think about things differently – then you know that despair doesn’t cover everything. It doesn’t stretch from horizon to horizon, reach back into the past, and discolour the future. It seems like it does, but it doesn’t. It’s temporary, just like everything else. If something is always recurring, then it’s also always leaving.

It helps me to remember that. Plus, all this rejection will be good practice for the inevitable and persistent rejection I’m bound to receive from agents and publishers. So I’m bitter but grateful, pessimistic but hopeful, and I hope that all makes sense.

Well, after all that, I’m sure you’re just dying to hear what the story is about. I always find that a difficult question to answer, because all my stories start off with the characters, and the plot is just something that sweeps along after them, as if they’re all wearing long, billowy cloaks.  I once asked a reader what he thought Sympathetic Magic was about, and he said it was about despair, and how it’s always wrong to give in to it, no matter how tempted you might be.

Curiously enough, this new story is also partly about despair, although I can’t say I’ve come down so unequivocally on the side of not despairing this time. My stories are always the places where I work out issues like these, but, maybe because my life has taken a darker turn since SM, this story is a lot darker, and finding real, substantial hope is a lot harder. Not impossible, though. There’s always love in my worlds. A lot of the time, love makes things worse for the characters, but it’s always their redemption, as well as – in a few cases – their downfall.

So here’s how I’m describing the story at the moment: It’s a love-story-mystery, set in Victorian Oxford – very steampunk, very gothic. It’s about a man who’s taken a magic potion to forget the woman he loves, and then meets her again – as a quiet, nervous little stranger, who feels no inclination to talk about their past. As the action unfolds – and via a series of flashbacks that intersperse the story – both he and the reader piece together who this mysterious woman is, what she’s running from, and why he chose to forget her. It’s set in a variety of lovingly-described locations – from Edinburgh to India – and has a core of ineffectual, English sweetness, despite all the dark events.

So, anyway, that’s pretty much all my news (except for the depressing, realistic stuff, like mortgages, lack of job security, lack of baby, or any hope of ever having a baby. That stuff underpins pretty much all of the above, but doesn’t really need to be gone into right now).

I should say sorry for not being on DA much, and for being a bit slack about contacting old friends – I just figured you wouldn’t want to hear about all the grim, grey, gruesome stuff. Don’t know why I’ve changed my mind now. I should probably apologize for that too.

At least there’s something positive to add now. I wrote a book. It’s 350,000 freakin’ words – it’s about characters I love – and I loved writing it. That’s not too shabby, as comforts go.

Lots of love,

Lucy.



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JustBecause62 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
so it's been years since I first discovered and read Sympathetic Magic, and it seems like you're not on dA much anymore, but I think I should tell you that I'm going through all the HP books again and my favorite thing is interepreting everything Snape does as an extension of the way you characterize Severus. because it is SO. SPOT. ON. everything Snape does makes perfect sense from your Sev's narration and it's a joy.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
Happy birthday! :iconcakeplz:
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NightMustFall Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Have you seen this "movie"? :)
For some reason I think you will enjoy it :)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmsntG…
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Melorik Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Oh dear oh dear oh dear, 

It's been such a long time since I ventured on this site that I completely forgot the birthday of my favorite writer. Please pardon my boorishness and absentmindedness. I hope that you will accept this belated "Happy Birthday" and best wishes. 

As an aside, congratulations as well on the addition to your family; may he have the prose of his mother. 

Wishing you all the best, 

Sam (aka. Melorik the Mad)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Happy birthday! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz:
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ls269 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thanks, Cathy! :hug: :hug: :hug: 
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Happy birthday! :iconcakepinkplz:
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ls269 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thank you! :hug: :heart: 
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Veronika-Art Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Happy Birthday dear Lucy, I hope you have a wonderful day. Thinking of you and wishing you the very best!!!! Many many hugs to you dear Lu... :heart: Love from South America
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