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The [livejournal.com profile] severus_snape reveals are up; do have a look at all the lovely things people generated. My own contribution is not to everyone's taste, of course -- while I usually strive to reward both casual and analytical readers, the former definitely got short shrift this time.

Regardless, I am exceedingly grateful to those of you who have decided to interact with my work. Thank you for your kindness -- your words really have meant the world to me; I cherish your comments deeply, and I cannot thank you enough for sharing your thoughts and responses to my work. For those who didn't care for it, and have presumably withheld an opinion in deference to the expected positive nature of the fest, please know that I very much welcome your criticism and thoughts. I would like to grow as a writer, and would appreciate furthering my understanding of where I am going wrong.

If you're just now considering giving it a try, I'd suggest getting into a nice, calm frame of mind first. Try this:

... or you could even just open this playlist in a second tab and turn it down low.

Standard distribution note after the jump:

Philosophy of Fanworks (AKA standard distribution note): )

If it's something you'd like to do, I'm happy to chat in the comments here about what I think I wrote -- although what you think you read is certainly just as valid, and perhaps more so. Again, thank you for choosing to interact with my work. ETA: Warning, don't click into the comments if you don't want my ideas intruding into your perceptions.

As I mentioned above, I both welcome and delight in constructive criticism -- how else would a person grow? More importantly, though, I am a firm proponent of the belief that the reader/viewer is an intrinsic participant in any work of art or fiction -- there is a kind of alchemy that occurs when you take someone's words into your head, when a scene blossoms up, having precipitated through the lenses of your own experiences, the emotions that you bring to bear upon any topic. That's not there in the text -- it's in you, the Reader. I consider all Storytellers (artists, authors, musicians alike) to be involved in an intimate dialogue with their audience, and the success of any Story depends upon the audience's willing collaboration.
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