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So I've decided that I get to do an author's commentary post on anything I write, because otherwise I'll end up posting author's notes that are longer than the fics, and that's just tacky. Read or ignore at your whim; I do this as much for my own longer-term reference as to inform my Gentle Reader.

"Take This Oath" was the first fic I wrote when my writer-brain came back (there will be a post about that soon, that I'll link to as soon as I write), and it happened almost by accident. I was reading my way through the Vorkosigan fanfic on AO3,and hit "In This Stranger World" by [personal profile] lannamichaels and fell head over heels in love with the summary line: "Take this oath and press it between your palms." Then I read the fic.

Now, it's a gorgeous piece, and I love it, and I'm probably going to podfic it as soon as I get a microphone because I keep going back to read it out loud to myself. It's great. It just wasn't anything like the shape in my head that the summary line had started to form. If you've ever taken a sip of the amber liquid in the glass expecting hard cider, and gotten single malt scotch instead? Like that. Still good, possibly even better, but there's a moment where your eyes bug and you have to reboot your brain.

That seems to be a productive state of mind for me, because that half-formed shape in my head wouldn't go away. I finally sat down and wrote this just to give it some form. I have a well-established THING about fealty oaths, and loyalty, so it's probably not at all surprising that this is the first thing I've written and the first thing I posted.

(Timing notes: first draft, 10/11/12. Revised 10/26/12. Revised to post 11/23/12. Commentary written 11/23/12)

Date: 2012-11-24 11:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Oh, definitely. Especially in a fandom this small. If you consider fic from the point of view of it being a conversation, there are definitely things going on there that are sort of seperate, in some ways, from canon. (And then CVA showed up as a YAY SIMON book, which amuses the hell out of me. Canon talking back?)

Of course this has the unintended effect that the fic self-reinforces, leaving certain aspects not covered. I don't know what's going on in the Russian language fandom, or on other places, but there isn't much Dendarii fic being posted to AO3. It might exist elsewhere, but the AO3 fandom is heavily Barrayar-focused. YAY SIMON, indeed. ;)

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