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I received a rather nasty message asking about the status of MoW, so I thought I'd jot a quick note here to update anyone who might still be following the story. 

After a long spell of being horribly discouraged about MoW (I just can’t shake the feeling that it's one of the reasons people call FFN the ‘Pit of Voles’), I managed to get a pretty good start on chapter 25 over the weekend. Now that my Exchange fic is complete, I’m going to focus my attention on finishing not only the chapter, but the entire story.   I hope my muse cooperates.

 I am sorry for the delay. 

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[profile] hilaritasetlux drew a scene from MoW!!!  *jumps up and down excitedly*



This is a scene from chapter 9, in which Severus is stuck sitting in a hospital bed at St Mungo's.  I love his hair!  It's just perfect.  [profile] hilaritasetlux drew it to bribe my muse.  It seems to have worked because I've written more in the last two evenings than I have in probably an entire month.  Thanks for the inspiration H, and keep up the drawing!

*skips off, clutching picture to chest*
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A while back,

[profile] hilaritasetlux gave me a challenge to write if I got stuck on The Magic of Wands. Well, I got horribly stuck yesterday, so I decided to write her challenge.  It's short, not beta-read, and unpolished...so proceed with caution.

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Finally!  After an epic struggle with my muse and several re-writes, chapter 23 of The Magic of Wands has been posted!

This week has flown by and Portus is quickly approaching.  I'm officially attending on Friday and will be lurking on Saturday.  This is my first convention and I'm going alone, so if you see a short girl looking extremely lost and frightened, that'll be me.  :) 
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Some quick notes/reasons why I chose Blackthorn for Severus’ wand.
First, here are just a few of the websites I looked at: 

http://www.tarahill.com/treelore/trees
http://www.the-tree.org.uk/BritishTrees/blackthorn.htm
http://www.symbolictrees.com/
http://www.wicca.com/celtic/celtic/sactrees.htm

The following Blackthorn description is taken from http://www.wicca.com/celtic/celtic/sactrees.htm
BLACKTHORN
Blackthorn is a winter tree. Its white flowers are seen even before the leaves in the spring. It is black barked with vicious thorns and grows in dense thickets. The wood is used in the cudgel shillelagh and Blasting Stick. Its thorns are used to pierce waxen images. Blackthorn indicates strong action of fate or outside influences that must be obeyed.

As soon as I read this description of Blackthorn, I thought Severus Snape. Imagine a tree with black bark and no leaves, only white flowers and thorns. One might think of Severus Snape’s attire and hair as being almost a dark bark, his pale skin, the white flowers (though comparing Severus Snape to a flower seems odd to me).

The Blackthorn’s fruit is called sloe. Immediately, the phrase “sloe-eyed” came to my mind. I’ve always thought that expression to mean someone with dilated or very dark eyes. Severus Snape most certainly has dark eyes.

It has thorns…dearest Severus definitely seems to have thorns of his own: his words.

…and doesn’t it just seem typical that it would be a winter tree?  This also goes along with his winter birthday as well.

As far as the symbolism behind the wood…“Blackthorn indicates strong action of fate or outside influences that must be obeyed.” I think that speaks for itself.

http://www.symbolictrees.com uses the following symbolic words for the Blackthorn:

Inevitability

Preparation

Constraint

Strife

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