Author Spotlight: dirgewithoutmusic

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I’m back today with another Author Spotlight! While I do enjoy giving individual story recommendations, some authors really deserve all of the recognition I can give them. Plus, if you enjoy one of their stories if gives you an automatic jumping off point to more high quality tales. Sometimes, you can even cruise through the stories they’ve bookmarked to find even more great stuff!

Today, the spotlight is on dirgewithoutmusic. Everything this author writes is gold. Seriously. I have cried reading some of their stuff before. The level of emotion they can put into a one-shot is impressive. They write a lot of interesting character studies, as well as speculative alternate universe stuff. They have a large body of work that spans fandoms both large and small, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. They can be found on Archive of Our Own.

Here are some of my favourites of theirs.

we must unite inside her walls or we’ll crumble from within (arguably Canon, series of one-shots)

stories for the ladies of hogwarts, who cry, waver, giggle, trespass, and who deserve our respect all the same

Absolutely amazing character studies of the ladies of Hogwarts – all houses are represented.

boy with a scar (AU, series of one-shots)

A series of “what if” rewrites of Harry Potter, books 1-7. Cross-posted from tumblr. So far includes: What if Neville was the Chosen One, and James and Lily survived? What if Neville was the Chosen One, and James and Lily were tortured by the Lestranges? What if Neville and Harry were both killed as infants, and there was no Chosen One? What if Petunia refused to take him in, and so Harry was raised in Hogwarts? What if Petunia had raised Harry like a son? What if Harry was Sorted Slytherin? What if Harry was a squib? What if Harry was a girl? (cis) What if Harry was a girl? (trans) What if Ron was the Chosen One? What if Hermione was the Chosen One? What if Harry and Hermione met before Hogwarts? What if the Dursleys died, and Dudley was left on Lily and James’s doorstep?

That’s right. All those HP what-ifs you never thought you’d have answered. They exist and they’re great.

once a queen or king of narnia, always a king or queen (arguably Canon, series of one-shots)

All my Pevensie tumblr fic

A series that depicts what it was like for the Penvensies to rule Narnia and then leave it. Susan especially has several fics, but they are all represented and every single one will rip your heart out.

after the scouring (arguably Canon, one-shot)

Let’s talk about Sam crying over rabbit stew, because a brace of coneys had been a spot of luck, once; because even then, even when he still had his pots and his pans, when Frodo had not yet snarled at him and told him to go– Mr. Frodo had still been gone too far by then to ever come back again.

Rosie, who did not cry easy, chopped onions so he would not be the only one with wet cheeks to scrub off. She asked him about herbs and spices, about stirring and cooking times, about what loaf would go best with it all. Sam said, “Rosemary, tarragon.” Part of him still rang against the greening metal of a copper pot dropped down a chasm and left somewhere on the edges of Mordor, but she saw him breathe deep and reach for thyme.

(a story for Rosie Cotton)

Oh man, this story was so fantastic. I hope they write more Tolkien stuff because this was so satisfying.

I could honestly list everything dirgewithoutmusic has ever written as a favourite and not be lying. That’s how good they are. They’ve written stuff for Emelan, Star Wars, Avengers, Tolkien/Narnia crossovers, Ender’s Game, and so many more. I would find it extremely unlikely if you didn’t find something of theirs to love.

That’s it for this week, folks! Let me know if you check these out, and don’t forget to drop the author a comment as well!

FFF: Author Appreciation How-to

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Hello folks, and welcome back to another Fanfic Feature Friday! So, I’m going to be recommending some great stories at the end of the feature. First, I want to talk a little bit about showing appreciation for fanfiction authors.

Though it’s true (for the most part) that fanfiction authors can’t receive financial compensation for their work, there are other ways to make your appreciation known if you’ve enjoyed their stories.

The most basic of these is to ‘like’ their story. If you have an account on fanfiction.net, you’re able to ‘favourite’ stories. Each time you do this, the author is sent an alert notifying them that you’ve done so. If you read stories on Archive of Our Own, you’re able to give a story ‘kudos’ whether or not you have an account. Again, the author is sent a notification about it.

As a fanfiction author myself, I can tell you that every time I get that notification it brings a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart. (Cheesy, but no less true for it.)

You can also ‘follow’ or ‘bookmark’ a story or author to receive updates on their new posts.

An even more satisfying feeling as a fanfiction author is when someone leaves a comment or review on your story. A favourite is great, but it’s even better when accompanied by some kind words. Tell an author what you liked about their story: the humour, the characterizations, the plot, the world building. Tell them you’ve never seen that character pairing but will now seek it out because of their story. Tell them their writing is captivating, or that you just couldn’t stop reading.

There’s really something frustrating about people liking your work, but never knowing why they like your work. So drop a few comments here and there and help an author out. Boost their self-confidence.

There are also more ways to show appreciation if you’ve loved a story so much that those things don’t seem like enough. (Most of these are easily accomplished and planned for on Archive of Our Own, which has features to enable all of them.)

You could write a gift fic for a favourite author of yours. Writing about their favourite fandom or pairing and presenting it as a gift to them.

You could make some fanart of their story to present to them if you’re artistically inclined.

With their permission, you could even write fanfiction of their fanfiction, or inspired by their fanfiction. I cannot stress enough to ask permission to do this first. But if they accept, what you’re doing is telling them that you loved their story just as much as the original work is based on – after all, fanfiction is a labour of love, and imitation is a great form of flattery.

If you’re into sound and accessibility (and have the permission of the author) you could record the story being read or acted aloud to made a ‘podfic’. Yay for audiobooks!

If you’re fluent in several languages, (and have the permission of the author) you could ask to translate their work into another language, to make it accessible for more people worldwide.

There are so many things you can do to show your appreciation for the people who write stories out of love for them, and who rarely ask for anything in return.

With that in mind, the fics I’m recommending today are those that I feel have gone sadly under-appreciated and deserve a little love.

Harry Potter: Icarus by MarbleGlove (Novella Length, AU)

Some successes are only measured in how long you last before falling. Hermione writes a letter and begins a relationship.

Loyalty by anamia (Short, Canon-Compliant)

“Helga knows without even having to look with her inner eye that they will break apart, that the ties that bind them will thin and fray and snap. She does not ask to see when; half the talent of a Seer is knowing which questions are better left unasked.”

Close To The Dragon’s Fire by lordhellebore (Short, Canon-Compliant)

The first time Neville visits his parents at S. Mungo’s – from Alice’s perspective.

Samaria: La Folia by Kit (Short, Canon-Compliant)

In the 19 years since they first called the lightning, not much has changed. Rachel and Gabriel sing a duet.

Teen Wolf: automatic by seventhswan (Short, AU)

Pop quiz: show me how you’d kill me.


That’s all for this week! Let me know if you check out any of these, or previous recommendations – and be sure to show the authors some love. If you have any questions or recommendations of your own, let me know in the comments below!