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It, and a lot of other good stuff, are at the Severus big bang on both livejournal and insanejournal. I especially recommend the takeoff on Harriet the Spy, and AnnieTalbot's "Rosemary" among the fics, and there's lots of great art - Sigune's shoes, and many others. Here's the link to mine: http://severusb4.livejournal.com/10818.html
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Just a brief ramble on two subjects:
1. Why Harry Potter is like Titanic, and why both of them annoy me, inspired by a conversation with Darkthirty.

2. Why Snape isn't weak, inspired by reading Mike-Smith, who thinks he is.

3. Finally, my problem with superheroes. Inspired by the conversation above.Read more... )
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This is just a quickie that I haven't revised - more a meditation than a formal essay. But heck, it is Sev's birthday, and I suppose this little essay could count as a celebration of sorts.

Author mary-j-59
Title Cedric and Severus
Genre informal essay
Length, Credits, warnings about 1,500 words, rated g. No warnings! Author's note: I wrote this some time ago and am now convinced Severus is not dead. That doesn't really render my conclusions invalid, IMHO. I look forward to comments, though!
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This was a question asked over on the whysnape board, and here was my answer. I have expanded it a bit as a result of the bitter word's excellent essay on Dunbledore and the comments that resulted. It is an informal essay/meditation, g-rated and probably about 500 words. Read more... )
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Here is the entry that I posted on Snapedom today for the Snape in Love challenge-

Hi - yes, it's still Lent, but it's Sunday, and something inspired me to write this song. It's sung by Severus (aka Michael Griffin) for his son's band's album - at Christopher's request. The marvel is that his dad agrees!

I will link to an mp3 of the tune later, if I can manage it:

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Also posted on Snapedom: here's a link my sister found of the two of us singing one of our songs!

http://tw.youtube.com/watch?v=PX70hXEBJzM

This was at the wizard rock concert on Sunday. One of the girls who was there filmed the concert and already has a couple of clips up - you can see another one, a sort of summary of the whole concert, on the gringotts grrls myspace page.
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Title Gift and Burden
Author mary-j-59
Type genfic/original crossover; complete short story, about 6,000 words. G-rated; no warnings.
Characters Severus Snape (aka Michael Griffin), Neville Longbottom, two OCs
Comments Thanks to my sister for reading and suggesting some changes; also for her encouragement! I was inspired to write this by the November challenge on Snapedom. More notes follow the story.

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TitleDoves
Authormary-j-59
genre Short story, complete, about 800 words.
rating, warnings, etc G-rated, not quite genfic (a parallel universe Christopher stoy. Does not fit with the rest of the series; in this one, Severus survived AND regained his magic and is teaching Defense at Hogwarts, and Chris, a Squib, is at choir school at home in Yorkshire. His sister, who doesn't come into this story, is a third-year Ravenclaw.) As always, concrit welcome (especially from pigeon keepers!) The story follows the cut:
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I am now unlocking this essay, having done a brief rewrite, but I'm sure I'll need to do another rewrite. Have I toned it down enough? Does it make sense to you? I have added a brief list of citations, but need to get exact info for some of them, particularly websites. Looking forward to your responses! I did try to outline it, but, at this stage, I'm not sure that makes sense, either. Otherwise -
Is it still too harsh? Too religious, for you atheists? (But the religious symbolism is right there in the book and bothered me mightily!)
Does it lose you anywhere?
Does it make sense? Or are there places where i seem to have skipped a step?
I'm really shocked at how harsh this ended up being, actually. But there were so many things that bothered me so much about DH, they have almost killed the beautiful things for me. And I still don't understand what *story* Rowling thought she was telling. It's seriously lacking in substance, for all its length. (Unless she meant the ironies I was spotting?)
Anyway:Title My final thoughts on Deathly Hallows
authormary-j-59
genreessay, about 8,000 words
rating, warnings, etc None, g-rated, but I do examine the religious symbols in DH. My thanks to Sigune and Nemesister for their criticism of my first draft - also to Sigune and The bitter word for inspiring me to write it in the first place.


The essay follows the cut:
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Okay - I am going to try to post it. I have saved it as a pdf and will be inserting it below - hope this works! Please go easy on the comments and corrections; my understanding of the story has been refined considerably thanks to the conversations I've had both here on livejournal and in real life. But, after rereading it, I've got to say a couple of my basic conclusions are unchanged. I still think, as I've always thought since July, 2005, that Snape is Harry's bodyguard. I still think he killed Dumbledore (if he did kill him) only because Snape himself had to stay alive to protect Harry. I'm going to add some notes at the end of the essay to explain how my understanding has changed, and to clarify points I no longer agree with. Here goes:

Title Severus Snape and the Great Mysteries: Love, Forgiveness and Redemption in Harry Potter
Author mary-j-59
Genre Essay, gen, about 9,775 words
Warnings and credits G rated. Thanks to all whom I credited below, particularly Jodel, logospilgrim, and John Granger. Thanks also to beyond_pale, Swythyv, Professor_mum and all you other brilliant livejournallers out there.

The essay follows the cut:

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title Severus vs Sirius: a short meditation on the nature of love
author mary-j-59
genre Essay, gen, about 4,800 words.
rating G. No warnings.
summary and credits What is the real difference between Severus Snape and Sirius Black? Is it simply that one is good, and the other evil? Or is it more subtle than that? Thanks to all whom I credited. The essay follows the cut:
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Title: The Blessing
Author:mary_j_59
Type: genfic
Category:short story, complete
Length: About 3,300 words
Main characters and/or pairings:Severus Snape, OFC
Warnings: Some religious imagery; a little minor bad language and implied violence. Nothing worse than the books, but some readers may find the traditional religious imagery disturbing. Please avoid if this bothers you.
Rating: G, or mild PG.
Summary: Autumn, 1978, and an old lady has an unexpected visitor.
Disclaimers and Notes: Thanks to my sister and aubrem for their criticism and encouragemnt. i'm glad you both liked it so much! And, of course, thanks to J.K. Rowling for writing such thought provoking books. I am merely borrowing certain aspects of her world and one of her characters. (But Margaret, and the themes of this story, are my own. They are just not for profit.)
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mary_j_59: (Michael)
A short story, about 1,600 words, rated G. Just a vignette about a father and son; a follow-up to "Legos". The story follows the cut:
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This is an informal essay, about 500 words, about Snape and his role in the Harry Potter Stories. Rated G, no warnings. The essay follows the cut-
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I sometimes look in on the whysnape fansite, and a fan called Sionna Raven had some fascinatiing things to say about Snape's true role and nature. As some of you know, I've pointed out that the colors of the Prince family crest are red and gold; Sionna gave the family motto, which is "miseris succerere". She translates this as "to help the unfortunate". This motto fits in very well with the protector/healer pattern I've noted in Snape. But the whole discussion is very interesting. You can see it at this link: http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=179&mforum=snape

So - what do you think?
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Title Walkman
Authormary_j_59
categoryficlet - 200 words, genfic
characters Severus Snape, Filius Flitwick, two orginal characters (Valerie Maxwell and Joanna Vance)
rating G
warnings none
Notes and credits As always, all characters and settings belong to, or were inspired by, j.K. Rowling, without whose work this story would not exist. This is the image that came to me *before* I wrote "Those Who Live By the Sword"; if you enjoy it, you might like that one, too!
I am including an lj cut as a courtesy; the story follows:
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Title: The Last Horcrux
Author:mary_j_59
Type: fiction
Category: gen
Length: short story, complete, approximately 5,660 words
Main characters and/or pairings:Severus Snape, Harry Potter, Voldemort, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, Neville, Draco and Narcissa Malfoy, Minerva McGonagall, also Fawkes and Nagini!
Warnings: Some violence (non graphic) and minor bad language. Character deaths.
Rating: pg or pg 13 - see above
Summary: Summer, 1998, and Harry has just disposed of all but one of the horcruxes. Before he can plan how to confront Voldemort and deal with the final one, he must deal with an old enemy who has his own ideas about what to do next.
Disclaimers and Notes: Thanks to my sister, who read and approved this for me. All characters and settings, of course, belong to J.K. Rowling, without whose work this story would not exist. The story follows the cut; as always, crit is welcome.

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mary_j_59: (Michael)
Title: Legos
Author:mary_j_59
Type: Fiction
Category: Gen
Length: About 1,900 words
Main characters and/or pairings: Severus Snape, two original characters
Warnings: None
Rating: G
Summary: Ten years after the war, at Spinner's End, and Severus Snape is still learning some unexpected lessons
Disclaimers and Notes: Inspired by J.K. Rowling, without whose work this wouldn't exist. the story follows the cut:

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Title:Snape as a Pillar of the Universe? Who is Severus Snape, and what is his role in the "Harry Potter" stories?
Author:mary_j_59
Type: Essay
Category: Gen, I think?
Length: About 5,900 words
Main characters and/or pairings: Severus Snape, Harry Potter, Hagrid, Buckbeak, Hermione, Draco Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, Albus Dumbledore - and others
Warnings: This is an examination of Snape's role in the books when seen by the light of books by the Inklings. It includes religious (specifically medieval Catholic) imagery and religious ideas, so please avoid if you find these offensive.
Rating: G
Summary:In his novel "Descent into Hell", Charles Williams originates the idea of a "terrible good". Is it possible that Severus Snape exemplifies this concept?
Disclaimers and Notes: I'd like to thank my sister and aubrem, who read this for me and approved it. The essay follows the cut - it is also at the Snape the half-Blood prince fest.
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This is the third of a series of four stories detailing the relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. It takes place on September 2, 1996, and is really more a vignette than a story (my sister tells me it comes across very well as the opening of a novel, but I don't know what will happen further on - I may continue if I get inspired!)

For now, it is about 4,100 words long. It is rated G, and the main characters are Dumbledore, Snape, and three Ravenclaw first years. The story follows the cut. This has not been beta read, except by my sister, so crit is welcome.
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