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Title: Rendition 

          (sequel to Collateral—posted on HPFF as Rule Breaker—being edited to post on HPFT with new banner also by abhorsen.)

 

Title Inspiration: From V for Vendetta, "I remember how the meaning of words began to change; how unfamiliar words like 'collateral' and 'rendition' became frightening...I remember how 'different' became dangerous."

 

Additional InspirationAlso from V for Vendetta, "Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch we are free...I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch but one. An inch — it is small and it is fragile, and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must never let them take it from us."

 

Details: post-Hogwarts, rated either T or M, genres include action/adventure/romance/drama

 

Unofficial Summary: The war is over. The losses were heavy. As Draco and Hermione begin to rebuild their lives, the wizarding world is beginning to rebuild itself. But what type of world will rise from the ashes? And will what rises be worse than what fell?

 

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Hi Emily! Stopping by with some questions for you! (Sorry they're late; RL keeps getting in the way!)

  • You spent a lot of time writing Collateral, if I recall correctly -- do you feel that this will help you during NaNo because you're so well-acquainted with Draco and Hermione now, and be able to write quicker?
  • What made you decide that you wanted to write a sequel?
  • How do you feel that V for Vendetta has influenced this novel?
  • Have you always been a Dramione shipper? What do you feel is so great about this particular ship?
  • You have to ship Draco with anyone but Hermione. Who would you ship him with, and why?
  • You have to ship Hermione with anyone but Draco. Who would you ship her with, and why?
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4 hours ago, esmeraude said:

Hi Emily! Stopping by with some questions for you! (Sorry they're late; RL keeps getting in the way!)

 

Hi Isobel! I'm so excited to have questions to answer!

Okay, here we go!

  1. You spent a lot of time writing Collateral, if I recall correctly -- do you feel that this will help you during NaNo because you're so well-acquainted with Draco and Hermione now, and be able to write quicker?
    • I did spend a lot of time on Collateral! Over five and a half years, actually. I do think that will somewhat help me with the characters, at least. I am very close to my Hermione and Draco at this point and understand them very well. At the same time, though, I worry that I spent too long on Collateral and will feel weird breezing through its sequel. So I'm concerned with keeping the plot moving smoothly and logically.
  2. What made you decide that you wanted to write a sequel?
    • I loved writing Collateral. I loved getting into it so deeply. I loved the characters. I loved how it ended. But I did leave it very open. It's very much an alternate-DH novel and follows the trio's seventh year and the final battle against Voldemort. The ending left readers and me wanting a sequel, which I always knew I would pursue if I got a spark of inspiration.
  3. How do you feel that V for Vendetta has influenced this novel?
    • I realized the connections with V for Vendetta after coming up with the new title for Rule Breaker — Collateral. From the quote above, I found the title for the sequel. I knew that Rendition would deal with political intrigue and corruption, so I do see parallels with V. I also see parallels with the difficulty of the characters keeping their integrity and fighting for what they believe in. There will also be some similarity with The Hunger Games franchise in that way — what must be done to save a world that's teetering on the brink of destruction?
  4. Have you always been a Dramione shipper? What do you feel is so great about this particular ship?
    • YES. One of the very first Harry Potter fanfiction stories I read was a Dramione pairing that I absolutely fell in love with. I was hooked. From then on, I wanted to see where I could take the pairing. What sort of change and growth would Hermione and Draco have to go together to be a functional couple? What hurdles would they have to overcome? I really love how creative and in-depth Dramione stories have to be and go to make the pairing work. I just love these two as characters and think that canon-Draco had so much potential to keep going on his redemption ark post-DH. I like exploring that.
  5. You have to ship Draco with anyone but Hermione. Who would you ship him with, and why?
    • Definitely his canon-wife Astoria. I love that she's a blank slate for us to write her personality and beliefs. I like to believe she's different enough from Draco to change and improve him, to challenge him and make him a better person. He needs that type of person in his life.
  6. You have to ship Hermione with anyone but Draco. Who would you ship her with, and why?
    • Okay, this one is harder. Definitely not Harry or Ron. (Absolutely not Ron!) I guess it would have to be an OC. Maybe a female OC. QueerHermione brings me joy, after all! But I just think she's too smart for Ron and too much of a friend for Harry (though I prefer him with her over Ron any day). I also used to love Hermione/FredOrGeorge and Hermione/Charlie. So maybe those??? She's such a mystery since she's just so brilliant and wonderful and I basically only think Draco is good enough for her, haha. Though I did like her with my version of Theo Nott in Collateral. Ah, the potential. (This was a horrible answer; sorry!)

 

Okay, there they are! Thank you so much for the questions! Let me know if you have more!

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Hi Emily! :)

  • What sort of changes do you expect Hermione and Draco to undergo in Rendition?  
  • I know that you disregarded DH in Collateral; do you intend to introduce elements of it back into Rendition
  • I'm always interested how Dramione writers deal with Hermione's relationship with Lucius and Narcissa. How do you plan on tackling this? 
  • I recently finished Collateral and loved it, but I noticed that the ending really sort of tied things together nicely and didn't leave much room for a sequel. What sort of unresolved threads from Collateral do you plan on resolving in Rendition, and what new issues do you want to explore? 
  • What excites you most about Rendition?
  • As a writer, what do you hope to improve on in Rendition from Collateral (description, characterization, dialogue, flow, plot, etc.)? 
  • Are you planning on introducing any new secondary characters in Rendition? If so, who's your favorite of the new characters? If not, who is your favorite of the returning secondary characters, and what sort of arc do you want to explore with this character? 
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31 minutes ago, forever_dreaming said:

Hi Emily! :)

 

Hi Shreya! Thank you so much for your questions!

 

  • What sort of changes do you expect Hermione and Draco to undergo in Rendition?  
    • Post-war is going to be really difficult for them, I think. Rendition very much takes place in a reconstruction period. Hermione and Draco have only been together as a couple for three or four months at the start of the sequel, though they've been through a lot as friends in the months before that. So they won't just be rebuilding the wizarding world together, they'll be figuring out their relationship too. It's going to take a lot for them to grow together without pushing each other away.
  • I know that you disregarded DH in Collateral; do you intend to introduce elements of it back into Rendition
    • I think at this point, DH is essentially out the window. Parts of it made their way into Collateral (the Gringotts heist, for example), but I had to disregard it for the trio to return to Hogwarts for their seventh year. Rendition will be a completely new direction.
  • I'm always interested how Dramione writers deal with Hermione's relationship with Lucius and Narcissa. How do you plan on tackling this? 
    • Ah, the Malfoys. I really think that they will struggle at first with Hermione being a part of Draco's life. They switched their loyalties in Collateral, but I think they will still have trouble with their son's choices. I'm going to handle it with that in mind. They want what's best for Draco; they just struggle to see that he may have a different idea of what "best" means).
  • I recently finished Collateral and loved it, but I noticed that the ending really sort of tied things together nicely and didn't leave much room for a sequel. What sort of unresolved threads from Collateral do you plan on resolving in Rendition, and what new issues do you want to explore? 
    • Oh my gosh, YAY. I am SO happy that you read it! I hope you liked it! I'm actually revising it right now to improve the writing (Eesh, some of it is terrible!) before posting it on HPFT. The ending was definitely meant to close things off if I never got around to a sequel, but I did always have a sequel in mind. The unresolved threads to tackle in Rendition will be:
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Harry's coma, Draco dealing with life as an amputee—he won't immediately have a magical arm, the wizarding world rebuilding after the war and the overthrow of the Ministry (this is the big one!), the grief in the wake of all the deaths, etc.

  • What excites you most about Rendition?
    • Um, everything? Haha. But really, I'm so excited to tackle a bigger plot arc and fit a lot of moving pieces together. This novel will be a lot more of a mature undertaking, in terms of the writing abilities I've development since I started Collateral in 2009.
  • As a writer, what do you hope to improve on in Rendition from Collateral (description, characterization, dialogue, flow, plot, etc.)? 
    • Everything. Literally everything. Rereading and editing Collateral just shows me all of my previous shortcomings. It's been so long since I wrote Collateral and I can see how poorly I did with a lot of aspects in it. (It's soul-crushing.) So I want to be better at everything in this new novel.
  • Are you planning on introducing any new secondary characters in Rendition? If so, who's your favorite of the new characters? If not, who is your favorite of the returning secondary characters, and what sort of arc do you want to explore with this character? 
    • I have a new villain who I'm really interested in writing and know essentially nothing about. I'm really excited for her though! There may also be a slew of secondary characters and OCs that come in. I'm still not sure. And I'm also not sure about returning characters! Eep! I really need to think about this novel more...
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Howdy Emily! Having not read Collateral I am a bit at a disadvantage, but this story sounded very interesting for a Draco/Hermione story (usually not my cup of tea), so I thought I'd stop by with some questions!

1. How do you plan to address the immediate aftermath of the war, where people often, even if only temporarily, go their separate ways to achieve closure with their families and separate friends? Do you think it will challenge Draco and Hermione's relationship immediately if those groups are not supportive (which I am assuming they won't be - at least not uniformly)?

2. Do you view the society that appears to be coming from the quotes you've chosen above a result of a particular person or persons' machinations or as a somewhat natural, strong reaction to the causes of the war - oppression in rejection so-to-speak?

3. Will the story pick up immediately after the war ends or will there be a time jump?

4. Since you don't reference the British Wizarding World specifically, do you plan to incorporate international politics as well?

Hope you enjoy these on NaNo-eve (and Halloween)!

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51 minutes ago, TidalDragon said:

Howdy Emily! Having not read Collateral I am a bit at a disadvantage, but this story sounded very interesting for a Draco/Hermione story (usually not my cup of tea), so I thought I'd stop by with some questions!

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Hope you enjoy these on NaNo-eve (and Halloween)!

  1. How do you plan to address the immediate aftermath of the war, where people often, even if only temporarily, go their separate ways to achieve closure with their families and separate friends? Do you think it will challenge Draco and Hermione's relationship immediately if those groups are not supportive (which I am assuming they won't be - at least not uniformly)?
    • That's a great question! And actually, the first thing that I plan to address in Rendition. Since this novel begins almost directly after the fall of Voldemort, you hit the nail on the head! People will be going their own ways to grieve and reconnect and cope, and that pulls a lot of them apart and leads to a lot of emotional upheaval. I'm really excited to delve into that and embrace the post-war feelings openly.
  2. Do you view the society that appears to be coming from the quotes you've chosen above a result of a particular person or persons' machinations or as a somewhat natural, strong reaction to the causes of the war - oppression in rejection so-to-speak?
    • I think it's a combination. I think after a tragedy, people ask themselves "how can we prevent this from happening again?" and I think there will always be someone who takes advantage of that or take that sentiment too far.
  3. Will the story pick up immediately after the war ends or will there be a time jump?
    • Oops, I answered this above! It begins basically exactly where the last novel ends, give a few weeks. So right after the war.
  4. Since you don't reference the British Wizarding World specifically, do you plan to incorporate international politics as well?
    • Hmm, I hadn't thought about that. I think I'd assumed I'd focus on the British wizarding world, since it was the most directly affected by Voldemort, but I think the greater world would also be feeling some of the fallout. Perhaps I'll incorporate that! Thanks for making me think!

 

Thank you so much for the questions! I appreciate them so much!

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Hello Emily! This is Ysh and I'm dropping in at your nest on the eve of Nano (or day depending on where you're from) to wish you luck with your project and a couple of questions as well!

I haven't read collateral as well, but I'm interested to know how much from canon will Ron and Hermione's relationship come into play.

What is the one thing in Draco that draws Hermione to him?

How do Lucius and Narcissa deal with Draco's interest in Hermione (if that does happen)

I wish you all the luck with Nano! :D :conjureghost:

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3 minutes ago, FlamingQuilltips said:

Hello Emily! This is Ysh and I'm dropping in at your nest on the eve of Nano (or day depending on where you're from) to wish you luck with your project and a couple of questions as well!

I haven't read collateral as well, but I'm interested to know...

I wish you all the luck with Nano! :D :conjureghost:

Hi Ysh! Thank you so much for the questions!

  1. How much from canon will Ron and Hermione's relationship come into play?
    • Actually, I dealt with that early on in Collateral — thank goodness! Essentially, since Collateral takes place in lieu of Deathly Hallows, I didn't really have to deal with the Ron/Hermione relationship. I essentially was able to say that their crushes drifted off and they went back to being friends, and left it at that. Is that a cop out? Haha.
  2. What is the one thing in Draco that draws Hermione to him?
    • love this question! And I think I'm going to work it more explicitly into both the Collateral rewrite and Rendition. I think the answer is his loyalty. The Draco I write is damaged and scared of connecting with people when he and Hermione first begin to speak, but he grows so much through their friendship and becomes so dedicated to her as a friend. She sees that loyalty and devotion as it blooms into love between them, and she cherishes that he is the one person who becomes her sort of...partner, through everything happening to them.
  3. How do Lucius and Narcissa deal with Draco's interest in Hermione?
    • This didn't come up much in Collateral, but will be dealt with in Rendition. I think it will be hard for them. They want Draco to be happy, over everything else, but they have expectations for him and they live in a very prejudiced world. It's going to take a while for them to come around to seeing her how Draco does. I think they will. I hope they will! But I'll have to see how it goes as I'm writing it.

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Rendition Updates

Day 1:

  • 2,017 words; most of chapter 1 complete
  • confident about: characterization, description
  • unsure about: side-characters (who should they be?), additional padding for the chapter length

 

Day 2:

  • 3,242 words; chapter 1 complete, chapter 2 started
  • confident about: how chapter 1 turned out, plot outline of chapter 2, characters chosen to supplement this section of the novel
  • unsure about: new side-characters (I really need to stop calling the new OCs, "NAME1" and "NAME2"...)
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Day 3:

  • 3,982 words; halfway-ish through chapter 2
  • confident about: plot in the first half of chapter 2
  • unsure about: description ("show don't tell"), OCs' back stories (They have none at the moment.)

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Omg I fell so far behind over the last few days!

I'm currently just over 6,000 words, so I need at least 4,000 more to get back on track. That is...not going to happen tonight. But hopefully I can slowly make it up over the next few days.

 

Currently, I'm writing chapter 3, and having some difficulty with Draco. I was so excited to have him back in this series--he didn't show up in the first two chapters--but now that he's back, he's all awkward and weird and I don't know how to write him. I have no idea how to get his and Hermione's reunion correct. They've been apart essentially for six weeks, and now they're back together, and their current reunion feels so terribly stilted and unnatural. I literally hate the scene right now. I may have to skip it and come back to it, which I hate doing. Any advice?

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Okay, we're halfway through the month! And I am soooooo far behind! I'm currently sitting at 15,392 words (approximately 11,000 behind where I should be). I'm really happy with the chapters I've written so far, but I also know I have a long way to go with this novel. Here are my current updates:

Day 15 (haven't written today yet):

  • 15,392 words, 6 chapters complete
  • confident about: plot, Hermione's characterization, villains, interesting background things I've come up with
  • unsure about: pacing, emotions, balance of action and internal strife, DracoDracoDraco

 

Now, off to write for the day!

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