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Well I didn't write anything for this contest...(is guilty), but I have written three new fanfics! (Or rather, finally typed them up since I actually wrote them last August. XD)
http://www.fanfiction.net/~wickfield

And I was also wondering if I could take this opportunity to ask my fellow Dickensian writers about a Uriah Heep fic. I'm trying to write a version of Uriah Heep's history (four parts), but can't decide which POV to use - first person, third person, or something like this:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5299014/1/Foolish_Romanticist

Tips?

You mean you didn't write anything for the "Something new" challenge? It's only been up for two days. No one's written for it yet, not even me. :-) *removes guilt*

Second person fics (like the one you linked to) are interesting, but I find that they start to feel gimmicky and strained after a while. You might try first person and see how it goes. You're good at getting into Uriah's head. Personally, I find the inside of his head a rather unpleasant place to be, but I promise I'll read it anyway!

I haven't written much Dickens fanfiction, but I'd suggest 3rd person for Heep (and most villains). Third person is more flexible (IMHO): your story can still portray his POV without being limited by it.

I started a Little Dorrit story for "Something new"...hopefully it'll be finished sometime this week. :)

You haven't written an LD story before? I thought you had -- must've been thinking of someone else. Can't wait to read it! :-)

No, only Nicholas Nickleby and Bleak House. So far. :)

Well, after struggling with writer's block, I finally finished the LD story today:

http://tulgeyforest.blogspot.com/2011/06/arthur.html

Comments & criticism are appreciated. :)

It's wonderful, Marian! I love this: "They are strange, beautiful eyes—they have seen brighter places and better people, have known goodness and kinder words; but their expression is stifled by a deep sombreness." And this: "it is a comforting thing, merely to watch him and know that such eyes exist." It's splendid to get Amy's point of view of that moment. And natural that she would be surprised.

I haven't finished mine yet. I do have a new DC story, though: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7098429/1/Miss_Betseys_Namesake

That's a great story! :) Love the picture of Aunt Betsey, her change of heart, and getting ready to meet the baby girl.

And thanks for the feedback!

Gina is entirely right. That paragraph about Arthur's eyes is perfectly magnificent and lovely. I also love the bit about his restraint or conquering of his fear:
"But his rigid brow has long since conquered the fear; now it guards the remnant emotions within, except in flickering instances when his gaze—set directly upon his listener—shines so warmly that it seems to have words of its own, and can't quite keep them back."
Very telling. I always want to know what Arthur was like as he grew up in China, how he grew into such a kind person, and how he summoned up the courage to oppose Mrs Clennam.

Thanks for emailing the link to your story, Gina. You did a great job! ^_^

"That paragraph about Arthur's eyes is perfectly magnificent and lovely."

*blushes* Thanks! :)

"I always want to know what Arthur was like as he grew up in China, how he grew into such a kind person, and how he summoned up the courage to oppose Mrs Clennam."

Me, too; it'd make an interesting prequel. There must have been some good friends or influences in his life.

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