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Hello dear wonderful readers!

 

This is a shout out to everybody who is waiting for Sirius finally getting back in the court room and – hopefully – the Wizengamot pulling out the stick from their *** and leting  him go. Those of you who are following my story The Heart's Desire for a while already, have gotten used to rather regular and quick updates.


So, you ask, why is Zaira slacking now? Has she written herself in a corner?


No. Don't worry. Actually the next chapter is one of those where I actually do know with a lot of certainty what's going to happen. But my writing time has been brutally diminished in the last two weeks. And I'm not talking about that time where I'm sitting down on my couch or at my kitchen table relaxed and just a little bit giddy with a glass of wine / cup of coffee / box of chocolate. I'm talking that half hour on a train commute or that sleepy hour at midnight before I crawl into bed. I've been meeting myself coming back lately, and the Muse got bored and wandered off sulking, since I'm just no fun. :-/

 

I hope for things to get slowly better during the next week. So, I'm sorry for keeping you waiting! Just know that it's honestly not me sadistically cackling while enjoying your frustration and suffering.

 

To show you that I'm indeed still alive and working on it when ever I can, for those of you who are curious, a tiny little sneak peek:

 

Be aware that until the chapter is finished, things can still be changing.

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Veritaserum. The magical potion that makes one speak nothing but the truth. For me it has become an illness. An illness that attacks creativity. The idea for such a potion is self-evident. Imagine there to be magic. Imagine you could ''bottle fame, brew glory and even put a stopper in death.'' A truth serum? Top of the list.

 

Now the difficult thing when writing in a magical universe like Harry Potter, is to remember that magic is just a different method. Sometimes it will seem highly superior to the Muggle way. Sometimes it is astonishingly old fashioned and even backward. What it never is, is a universal solution to all kind of problems.

 

Sadly enough many fanfication authors, and maybe even more fanfiction readers, seem to think of it that way. And Veritaserum becomes the magical mess-remover for all complicated and angsty plot lines.

 

The favourite field of application for this potion is of course the tragic case of Sirius Black. Now, don't get me wrong. I love the character of Sirius. I think killing him of like that was a waste. I write stories about him because I feel there is so much more to tell. So the question is... how can we save him? Now, before you raise your hand, remember that we want to write a story. A story needs a plot. If possible an intriguing, original plot.

 

Possible summary: There was a problem. I took a potion. The problem was solved.

 

Anyone think that one is fascinating? Yeah, me neither. So for Merlin's sake, forget that damn Veritaserum! If you want good reasons, here are a few:

 

  • J.K.R. stated herself that Veritaserum is unreliable, and therefore never to be used at a trial, much like a Muggle polygraph. That's why it could not be utilized to prove Sirius' innocence in the books.

     

  • Yes. Did you notice? It is NEVER used to PROVE anything. It's a device to get information. Whether that information is reliable is a questionable matter.

     

  • Sirius was innocently imprisoned for 12 years. He was on the run or hiding for another 3 years. Now, did anyone ever wonder why he didn't simply demanded to be questioned under Veritaserum?

 

For me, as an author, it's a question of pride, credibility and creativity to NOT use Veritaserum but find another way. That's what we call a plot.

 

In real life there are no quick and fast instant solutions. And thankfully there is no such thing in Rowling's magical world. Do we all long for it sometimes? Of course. But if we do, we are just looking for comfort, not for an intriguing story to read. Stories need conflict. The author's job is to solve it. So, as an author, we should embrace it! And see what lies behind the next cliffhanger...

 

; ) Zaira

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Hello everybody,

I have been a bit tired these past few weeks, and that has shown with my writing and pretty much everything else fanfiction related.

But things are looking up. I have finished the new chapter of  Shadow of a Doubt, which means there will be an update to that story soon.

Here is a tiny little Sneak Peek:

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Sirius- I won't look back


So I felt like trying my hand again. And what better object than Sirius? I haven't done any sketching in years, in regard to that I rather like it.

It's called  "I won't look back"'. I'd say Sirius is about nineteen. The age where - in my story 'The Heart's Desire' - he saw his brother for the last time.
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Hello dear friends,

 

I know quite a few of you are waiting impatiently for updates by now. And I can tell you that there probably will be a new chapter for 'The Heart's Desire' within the next week. For 'Shadow of a Doubt' I have to do some more plotting, and I can't really concentrate on it right now while trying to handle the chapter of THD. All will come in due time.

 

But please remember, I do have a real job besides writing fanfiction. A job that often keeps me working ten hours straight without a lunch break, and that needs a lot of brainpower, energy and sometimes emotional endurance. I don't want my writing to become work that needs to be done, it will only lose by that. And I have enough actual deadlines to meet as a lawyer, where people's jobs, financial support or personal safety is at stake. I don't want to put up deadlines for my writing.

 

I spend a LOT of my free time dedicated to my writing. I take my laptop everywhere, much to the amusement and sometimes annoyance of my friends and family. I write on trains and busses and in cars, I write at airports, I write at night while my husband is sleeping next to me. But writing takes time and balance and inspiration. Sometimes you write two pages in an hour, and sometimes a single paragraph will take all evening. But I write because I love it and enjoy it. And I love it when you enjoy it. But for that you need to be a little bit patient, and if you are, I promise you I won't let you down! : )

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Unposted scene:  During a Leglimency session Snape sees his worst memory inside Sirius' head.

This shows my theory that memories, whether watched in a pensieve or read through Leglimency can never be taken as absolute truth. They are the production of our minds, and therefore subjective. We also tend to add stuff that we assume but did not actually have seen or heard.

It really was an experiment, but definitely too long and unrelated to the story in general tomake it into my story ''The Heart's Desire''.



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Hello everybody!

My name is Zaira. I am a fanfiction writer, and have so far mainly posted my work on www.fanfiction.net. It's mostly Harry Potter fanfiction, and this journal will be all about that.

It will be a place to post my stories, give you news on updates, additional scenes, occasional sneak peeks, and babbling on about what is on my mind in regard to my writing, Harry Potter, and life in general...

I will be happy to see you around. : )

All the best,
Zaira x

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