FIC PIMP: Cartographer's Craft

Alright, I don't care what your primary ship for Harry Potter is: you need to stop right now and read sam_storyteller's "Cartographer's Craft." It is the pinnacle of all things HP fic and while it is the somewhat unusual ship of Harry/de-aged!Sirius, it works so absolutely that there is no denying the absolute awesomeness Sam manages to create.

Long story short, I discovered this fic almost 8 years ago, read it several times while I was active in the HP fandom, and only recently reread it after many, many years. And it is even more amazing this time around. It is both lighthearted and dark, funny and incredibly in-character, and filled with such an amazing cast of characters who stay true to character that it's almost ridiculous. It is my fan-prefered version of DH, and I cannot contain my squee for it.

The official summary is: In the summer after Harry's sixth year, Harry and Remus uncover a section of the Marauder's Map which has been hidden for the past twenty years, releasing a carbon copy of sixteen-year-old Sirius Black from its depths. As they prepare for the impending war, Sirius must find a place for himself in this new world, Harry must find a way to destroy Voldemort, and Remus must face his own past while trying to build a tenuous future with Tonks. And admittedly the first chapter doesn't make much sense except in retrospect, but it is absolutely amazing. Particularly after they get to Fourteen Back.

Which reminds me: Remus/Tonks has always been my HP ship, above and beyond any others. And it is so well written and developed here that it cannot be done better.

So, yeah, I don't care what you ship. If you've not read this fic, go read it now. If you've not read it in a few years, go read it again. It is brilliant and you'll love yourself for it.
OMG, I started this fic after you recced it, and fell in love. Then, since I had forgotten that Sam wrote HP fic, I took a tour through his stuff again and fell in love with the (tragically) unfinished Stealing Harry!verse. And then re-read all of them again. I've had little sleep for about 4 days, and it's all your fault. Thank you so much! ::hugs:: I had been needing a new obsession. :D How are you doing lately? Feeling better?
Sadly, I never did care for the Stealing!Harry 'verse - I could never get past the first fic - but I agree that so much of his stuff is amazing and wonderful and just all-round worth losing sleep over.

Cartographer's Craft may in fact be my favorite fic ever, or, if not, in the top three.

I'm mostly doing well. I turned in my two-weeks notice at Lowes Food yesterday, as my new job promised me better hours and better pay thru graduation and I am only one person. Saw a nutritionist and discovered my Navy-dieting landed me with gluten and dairy allergies, which makes finding food I can eat a tenuous project at best, but so far worth while. Took a few tests; did well on them, I think. That's it really. How are you?
Oh, no! Well, maybe the allergies will turn out to be temporary or at least lessen in severity. I'm glad you decided to quit the other job; that's a good step for your own sanity. ;)

Ah, see, I love the entire Stealing Harry!verse because it fixes what were such annoying holes in canon; Sam's Harry is so much smarter than Rowling's and I really kind of adore Snape in these.

But. Cartographer's Craft is sitting on my Kindle to be re-read many times in future.

Things are okay here; we've hired someone I recommended at work to help me out and I've been training her for the last week, which is fun but also puts me a bit behind on my normal job. Not too much, though, and I'm glad for the help.

I've also hit this place I always seem to hit, no matter what I'm doing, where the 'new' has worn off and I start feeling a little depressed for no particular reason. I'm fighting it off, but it's effortful. I'd like some effortless sometime soon. Sigh.

I'm so glad you're doing well in school, too! That's awesome.
I never got that far in the series - kid!Harry tends to bug me, but maybe I'll give it another shot. I'll admit that what I did read of it fixed so many potholes.

I hope you're right about the allergies though. I do feel better, but finding the right food is so hard.

(nod) I know what you mean about work. And about the "new". Hopefully spring will come soon and that will be enough. I know i want it to be spring badly.
Oh, god, I am so done with this winter shit. It needs to be seventy degrees (for more than a single day) pronto.

I had a bad flare-up of some kind of allergies a few years back, and I have absolutely never been allergic to anything before. I took some meds for a few months and haven't been bothered since, so maybe yours is something like that. More of an imbalance than a true allergy.

Hm. I frequently don't like kid characters, either, but the first fic to me was more about Sirius and Remus (and Severus, to an extent) than it was about kid!Harry. If all else fails, skip to Laocoon's Children Year One; it's still fabulous even if you didn't read all the bits that come before it. Though you really should read the bits. ;)

Cartographer's Craft was just heartbreaking in the best way, and then it fixed itself! That's one of my favourite things about Sam's fic is that he doesn't leave me brokenhearted. And Sirius/Harry was just hot like burning and so adorkable at the same time. I'm so glad I clicked on that link!
I hope so. There are almost no salad dressings even that are both gluten and dairy free. It's very limiting.

Cartographer's Craft was amazing. It was everything a fic should be and more, and was utterly beautiful and heartbreaking and perfect in all the right ways. I almost always love Sam's work, and when I don't it's more of a ship issue than anything else.
One of my favourite Sam series is the Lo Boeshane 'verse for Torchwood; it actually manages to fill in so many of the stupid holes in that series (and be hot and sweet and a bit heartwrenching but happy in the end).

Hrm. I don't think I could actually eat if I had to do without wheat and dairy. I believe I would starve to death as my diet tends to consist of various types of pasta and cheese. With tofu and veggies thrown in.
All my dad ever makes these days is pasta, which sucks. I've been making do with what I can, but, god, it's a little hard.

I absolutely adore his "The Difference Engine." There are not words for how much I adore that fic. Though, oddly enough, I've the sudden desire to read Inception fan fiction.
Ooh, I just got done with a re-read of Difference Engine not long ago. Gorgeous fic.

Huh, that is somewhat out of the blue, isn't it? I like some of the SGA crossovers/fusions out there, but straight-up Inception fic doesn't do much for me. Kind of like NCIS--love it mixed with other things, but it's boring on its own.

Now, however, I'm going to bed, as I have to get up at 6:30 and I've been going to bed around midnight lately with Sam's fics.

'Night, bb.
It truly is.

I got into Inception fic thru a AOS fusion. Sometimes I get in moods where I want to read/watch it though, IDK why. I guess its being bombarded by all the Leonardo DiCaprio stuff from the Oscars.