Author has written 2 stories for Harry Potter.
I just started a Yahoo Group titled royalflushbylansydyr. It's the homepage on my profile. I'm going to be updated the Current Status every couple of days or so, to let you know how far along I am each chapter.
I don't like putting long Author's Notes in my story as I try to keep a fairly accurate word count and the A/N just inflates that count. So, a lot of what I've wanted to say is going to be typed here, mostly at the bottom in the spoiler section.
First off, a little bit about me. I'm 25 years old, in the Army and currently deployed to Iraq. I've been here almost a year and am going to be back home pretty soon. The only reason I started worrying about this account is the story I just started posting, Royal Flush.
I've tried writing other stories at different times, but I've always been unsatisfied with how they turn out. Usually I stop getting ideas about the story soon after the first couple of chapters, and trying to force the idea always seemed wrong. Royal Flush is the first story that I've tried writing that I'm actually enjoying the writing and finding out what comes next just in time.
I don't make any notes for a story when I write. That's one of the big things I'm going to go back and fix about Royal Flush when I'm done writing it. My biggest problem with the story is the timeline. I'm purposely not mentioning any dates because I'm having to move back a year from when I originally envisioned the story taking place. When I go back and fix the story, I'm going to start by writing out a detailed timeline which I'll eventually post. I'll probably also add dates into the story so people don't have to try to do any math to figure out if I have the flow of time correct.
Now for some of the mechanics behind my writing. There are three main cliches in HP Fanfiction that I really really dislike. And, interestingly enough, I'm using all three during my story. I might not like them, but, as Michaelangelo said to the Pope, "It works, mate! The fat one balances the two skinny ones out!"
First: A Harry/Hermione pairing. I guess you could always say I've been a member of the Orange Crush faction, as I've heard it called in other places. I've always believed in H/G and R/Hr. I don't mind reading fanfiction that has a good reason WHY Ron and Hermione won't get together, but JKR made it painfully obvious many books back that they were adolescently attracted to each other. That's why I always laughed at the Harmonians, especially after book 6 came. However, when Royal Flush came to me, Hermione was the only character that I felt acted the correct way for the story. I couldn't see Ginny acting the way I needed. So Hermione it was. I didn't exactly find out why Hermione and Ron broke up, not until I was actually writing chapter 7. That's the way my mind works sometimes writing these stories. (Oh, I didn't even know a thing about Fred and George until Hermione revealed it to Harry)
Second: Buff!Harry or Muscle!Harry. I'm a fan of Dungeons and Dragons. And as any nerd like me could tell you wizards do not have strength! So, when I see all these fanfics describing Harry's new workout routine and making him into some sort of athletic god, it annoyed me. A wizard's strength is in his wand, or in his mind. If Harry wanted to get powerful enough to defeat Voldemort, he should be buying Sudoku books, or logic puzzles. Have him filling out crosswords at least. But instead, he's acquiring weights, running around the block, and working himself into less of what a wizard should be, by my classical definitions. I know people will disagree with me on this, saying that the body's endurance can help with the spell casting, but I think the final duel between Potter and Snape at the end of book 6 shows the clear advantages of someone who disciplines his mind, like Snape, over someone who is too mercurial in his emotions. The mental discipline is what makes the spells more powerful, or less able to be blocked. It's what makes the wizard a better dueler. It doesn't matter if you can't dodge spells if you can successfully counter each and every one of them. Dodging forces you to move to other positions, and an accomplished dueler can take advantage of that fact, controlling the movement of the battle.
Third: FilthyRich!Harry. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I'm tired of Harry discovering his inheritence, which usually is somewhere in the realm of the gross national product of OPEC, and then spending all sorts of money, buying weapons that would not seem out of place in a duel of demi-gods and armor that Zeus himself would have trouble penetrating. Where's the challenge of making him fight Voldemort if Voldie can't get past his defenses? Why not give him a head-mounted heat-seeking wand turret that automatically tracks different targets and stupefies or body-binds enemies? (Please nobody put something this ridiculous in your story, it's sarcasm). That's why, when I was keeping this story mostly in the realm of believability canon-wise, I put a stupidly-large sum of money in Harry's vaults, more than I think has been put in his vaults before. At least that I've seen. And no, I'm not interested in finding a story where Harry inherits half the wealth of Asia and South America combined.
Yet, all these cliches seemed to work when I saw them in Royal Flush, so I'm not going to argue with the genius that is my subconcious, and I put them in.
Now, a little bit about Royal Flush itself. The story started out as a plot bunny that hopped into my head while I was watching a 'B' movie called "Aces." It's about these three chicks that play poker and figure out how to cheat at the Poker scene. It has bad acting and hot chicks, one of whom gets topless at one point in the movie, so it was a decent movie for me to watch out in Iraq. The rest of this will have some spoilers for my story, so don't read it unless you want to find out about the story.
I I'm writing this spoiler right after I finished typing up Chapter 7, before I started writing Chapter 8, but some of this spoiler
L will be dealing with conflicts in later chapters, so truly, do not read the spoiler unless you want some surprises spoiled.
A couple of acknowledgements that I meant to put in some A/N's for the chapter, but forgot...
Being called a "green-eyed devil" by the business man in Chapter 3 is an homage to James Clavell's character Dirk Struan in his novel Tai PanTruly a great read, all of his books are great. It's a shame he died after writing so many good books.
In chapter 7, When Harry tells Hermione that he'd teach her to play poker, if she didn't play against him, I have to admit to lifting this line from my favorite trilogy of all time, The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. The line comes from the first book, Daughter of the Blood. This trilogy is truly my favorite of all time. I've read all three books at least 40 times each.
My idea for Fred and George breaking up with Alicia and Katie came from Jeconais' fanfic, This Means War where Harry helps prevent the twins from making the mistake I had them make. I don't think I actually stole the idea as such, but it's close enough that I want to give this extraordinary author credit for the idea. Oh, but my thoughts about marrying the other set of twins and having 2 kids total who are pretty much twins? My idea totally, as well as F&G's theory on parentage, an idea of which I'm quite proud of. I think it's my favorite line in the story so far.
Now, back to the plot bunny and the behind the scenes...
During the movie, I got a flash of an idea with Hermione nagging Harry about cheating while playing poker against the muggles.
That was it. The whole plot bunny. It was a pretty small bunny. But it must have eaten some C4 instead of lettuce and carrots for breakfast because it exploded. Instead of growing into a story like some plot bunnies. Amidst the blood and guts and pieces of fur now sticking to the inside of my brain, I found the story that was inside the plot bunny.
A story where Harry Potter, sick of the problems so prevalent in the wizarding world, walks away. And in a manner in which he can't be found. He wants to be found, but he wants his friends to really work at it. And I think he overestimates their desire to butt into his business. So, instead of being gone for 6 months to a year, The-Boy-Who-Lived is missing for 9 years. Almost 10 (See, there's my problems with not writing out a timeline. I liked the idea of missing for nine years, but the dates in my head say he's been gone for 9 years and 8 months, closer to 10 years).
Instead of active searching, it's a coincidental glance by a woman who was one of Harry's best friends. A woman who's been semi-outcast from society for her desire to work instead of raise children. Who can blame her? The society? I can see both sides being right in this argument. Not only does Hermione have the right to live her life the way she wants it, but the society, a stagnating, self-destructing, lazy world expects a bit of conformity in their most basic thoughts and actions. So when Hermione takes a stand, she's not put on a pedastal for being a reformer, a rebel; she's shunt aside to a corner, in the dark, useful, but forgotten. It's her being alone that gives her the opportunity, the one in a million shot of seeing Harry's face on her TV screen.
I have glimpses of other characters' lives right now, but they're not fully fleshed out yet. I do know that we'll be meeting Ron and Lavender and their kids (which I have no names for right now). I know a lot about Draco, and he has changed since the end of book 6 in canon. I'm not saying he's changed for the better or for the worst, maybe a little bit of both. He's much smarter and more patient than we've seen in canon, but he's still ignorant, and we know that ignorance more freely begets confidence that knowledge.
I see Hermione nagging Harry, not for cheating at poker, but I can't tell you why she's mad at him, not yet. They're going to get together, I hope that's obvious by now, even though I've never been a H/Hr fan. I see a few old friends from the DA. I see a homecoming for Harry when he heads back to England, even though it won't be what people suspect. I see a lot for this story.
Originally, this was going to be a short story where Hermione finds Harry, Draco interferes with their new romance, but gets taken care of, the end. As I started writing, I realized this book had the potentional to be much more, so I'm going to take it farther than I originally intended. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I enjoy creating it.
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