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12 April 2014 @ 10:15 pm
Harry Potter - HET


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Includes: The Avengers (movieverse), The Dresden Files, Firefly/Serenity, The Hunger Games, The Inheritance Cycle, Stargate SG-1, Pirates of the Caribbean (movies), Star Trek (Reboot), Star Wars, Twilight, and 300

Original fiction - to be added at a later date
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13 October 2017 @ 08:55 pm
Okay, so, I want to TRY to do the Advent drabbles thingy, though I don't know if I'm going to formally sign up for anything in a group (though [personal profile] alisanne is mighty persuasive). And for that, I would like some prompts from you kind folks. Let's hold it to one apiece for now unless I tell you personally you can claim more than one! Then I will poke around for more if it needs filling. It's what, 26 drabbles? I won't start them until I get my current obligations done, but I'd like to at least mull them over.

Please don't hold it against me if I fail, but I really would like to write some more.

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05 January 2017 @ 06:07 am

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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them.

Does it count that I'm still hosting this friending meme?

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04 January 2017 @ 10:09 am

Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

I don't really do resolutions, honestly. Mum says my goals are the same thing, but I see goals as changeable and resolutions as, well, resolute, so there you go.

I actually have quite a list this year and I'm making every effort to not be overwhelmed. There's no set deadline for them, and they're just goals. If I don't do them, I won't die.

Under a cut and separated into categories for ease of things. Going to try not to chatter about them as I go.

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04 January 2017 @ 05:55 am
Dear Author/Artist,

First off, thank you for participating! And second off, I'm dreadfully easy to please, to be perfectly honest. I'm going to list a few general things below and some fandom-specific things, but take them more as guidelines than strict hard things, except perhaps my squicks. Just give me a nice little story or piece of art, and I'll be pleased as anything!

Things I Like

Plot over smut, an element of realism/believability, team or friendship fic, romantic relationships. The family of the heart or the family you make for yourself as well as blood family. Well developed characters and secondary characters having a moment to shine/being center stage.

Friendship/love in unexpected places, friends to lovers, bonding over (sometimes unusual) hobbies. Pretend relationships leading to the real thing, figuring out you have deeper feelings than you know. Wit and banter and cleverness, admiration for more than just the physical (if romantic). Cultural differences. Hurt/comfort.

Kinkwise, I can be pretty vanilla at times but aside from my few squicks, I'm open to trying new things. Kissing/foreplay, frottage, desperation, playfulness, half-clothed, oral. I don't mind most sorts of AUs unless listed otherwise below.

Squicks/Do Not Like

Having to suspend my belief in unbelievable ways. A/B/O dynamics (I find them unbelievable and absurd). Fluids not usually found in sex. Rape that is romanticized (unless perhaps it's a fantasy role play). Magical sex makes everything better.

The Grey Area

I'm not general into heavy kink/BDSM. That being said, if you do it well and it fits with the story and the characters, then I don't think I'll mind much.

The Fandoms

Stargate SG-1

I believe I chose the following:
Team SG-1
Sam & Janet

I'm generally hardcore Sam/Jack fan. I love them together. They break my heart. Team fic is love. I love how smart and brave Sam is. How much more Jack is than he portrays himself. Daniel's intelligence and nerdiness. Janet is awesome.

Prompts: The family we make; putting you first; everything went right but everything felt wrong.

Once again, so easy to please. You don't have to use any of those prompts!

The Dresden Files

I believe I chose:
Harry & Karrin Murphy
Molly & Harry
Harry & Bob

Honestly, I love Harry/Murphy hard but I didn't see that as an option on the let down. I even see a good argument for Harry/Molly (NOT underage). Molly/Ramirez. Honestly, there's so much to love. I am actually behind on reading the last book, but you don't have to take that into account. My favorite of all time was Dead Beat, though! I love the family dynamics that come up, Harry's found family, the way they all try to make it work.

I love friendship fic, so seeing a touching moment or someone saving someone else's ass would be awesome.

Prompts: It was like kindergarten all over again; if you don't shut up, I'll make you; you did WHAT?

Guidelines, people!

The Others by Anne Bishop

Any pairing/character

That being said, please let's not torture Meg too much, okay? I'm not looking for deviance here. I ADORE this series so hardcore. I've read or listened to it at least five times in the past year and a half. It's my go to right now. What isn't to love, honestly? The non-humanness of the Others. Meg's sweetness and willingness to help everyone. The dynamics that are formed between the Courtyard residents and the humans that make up their pack.

I'd love to see the past of just about anyone there. How did Tess know about the cassandra sangue? Just what incident did Burke go through that changed him so profoundly? Give me a tender moment between anyone. I love Meg/Simon. I love Meg and Sam. Or Meg and anyone (friendship). Or the friendship between Vlad and Simon that seems so different than most Wolves and Sanguinati. Grandfather Erebus. Jean. Hope. The old woman cassandra sangue who shaped Simon's entire life!!!

Seriously, so easy to please. I'm not even sure I have prompts for this, I just would love anything!

Harry Potter

I think I chose:
Hermione & Severus (Or SS/HG if you prefer)

Guys, this is my main fandom. I love rarepairs, on the whole. If you want to go outside of this list, I'm open. I have so many loves when it comes to this, and I'm really very easy. I love magic, seeing outside what the books showed us. I love Luna's quirkiness. I love my Slytherin boys. I like Snape. I love magical creatures.

Seriously, I love everything. So helpful, right?

This is where I get a lot of my main likes up above. Friendships, made families, finding commonalities where you expected to find differences. I would love almost anything here. I don't want anything hugely dark unless you want to find a way to break my heart perfectly. (Yeah, still helpful, I know, I know.)

Prompts: The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes; they share a hobby/talent they had no idea they shared; s/he never expected this...

Just no non-magical AUs please. Pretty much anything else is up for grabs!

The Goblin Emperor

I think I chose:
Csethiro & Maia

Ack. I know I chose more, but I apparently didn't note them down. Sorry!

I adore this book so hard, too. It's one of my other go-tos. I love the world building. I love Maia. I love the careful dance of relationships/friendships. The way he finds he has bulwarks, friendships, etc. The pronouns!!! The ears! The cultures! I could continue flailing happily away for hours.

I would love to see exploring those more in depth. Can Csethiro and Maia find more than duty and friendship? What kind of Empress is she going to be? What of the fighting on the plains? Does his cousin make another appearance, this time to help rather than harm? The list is endless.

Aside from Csethiro and Maia's relationship which I have such feels for, I also really like Csevet and Maia, as Csevet is essential the Emperor in all minor things. I think this binds them closely together too.

Jump forward in the future! Don't be afraid if that's what you want.

A few prompts: He was the Bridgebuilder, but she? She was the...; Lost in a footnote, at the bottom of the page; It was so unexpectedly expected; s/he always sought approval s/he thought s/he would never find.

Again, all of these things are merely guidelines! THANK YOU, dear creator, for taking a look here. I know I will love ANYTHING you create. Thank you for the time and care and creativity on my behalf.


PS - feel free to ask questions, if you wish.
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03 January 2017 @ 12:32 am

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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

I'm not sure if the simple act of reading a single book ever changed my life. However, I do have to say that the Harry Potter series changed my life in huge, significant ways.

It showed me that I can write. It taught me how. It gave me fandom, it gave me people -- it gave me all of you. I can honestly say that all of my close friends I met through Harry Potter fandom somehow. I don't have many friends near me. I have two coworkers I go out for drinks with, and I have my family. The nearest person I visit with otherwise -- Harry Potter fan.

So Harry Potter has changed my life, not just with the book but with the people it has given and continues to give me. I'm forever grateful for that.

I'm not sure I can say any other one thing has changed my life. It has enriched it, however. I have several series I hug to myself, near and dear to my heart. Books that I go to in times of certain things. Music I listen to as well. So much music touches my heart and soul.
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02 January 2017 @ 01:59 am
I love this challenge and I've done it for several years! YAY thank you everyone who is volunteering to run it this year!

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Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is always hard for me! In part because I vainly like a lot of what I've written, even if other people don't particularly! But let's see, what shall it be this year?

1. The Bridge Builders - Fandom The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Csevet Aisava/Maia Drazhar. PG-13. 3,250 words. A disaster strikes, and Maia is too busy dealing with it to take proper care of himself. His first nohecharei and Csevet try to take the burdens from his shoulders.

If you all don't know, the book The Goblin Emperor is a book I've dearly, dearly loved ever since I first read it a couple years ago now. I revisit it often. Maia touches me in so many ways. Plus there's lovely pronouns, and angst, and just... *hands* I wrote this last year for The Chocolate Box (note to self, finish your sign up soon!). So I'm really very proud of it.

2. Like a Devil's Sick of Sin - Fandom Harry Potter. Vincent Crabbe/Mandy Brocklehurst. PG-13, 750 words. Vincent wakes up to find someone surprising at his bedside.

A prime example of my love of rare pairs. I could have linked a bunch of them but as I just finished watching DH on TV, this one it was!

3. Chiaroscuro - Fandom Harry Potter</a>. Severus Snape/Luna Lovegood. PG-13, 2900 words. Once upon a time, there was a woman who wasn’t like other women. She saw the world differently. But her world was full of darkness, and she longed to bring the light back. The portrait of Severus Snape promises to show her how.

This is very differently, stylistically speaking, than a lot of my work, but I really loved it for that.

4. I Am Your Child - Fandom Star Trek (Reboot). Mostly gen featuring Winona and Jim Kirk. PG-13, 7150 words. Jim Kirk’s relationship with his mother changes as he ages.

And a final one that isn't HP. This fic wrote itself in about a day and a half, honestly. One of the few that ever did that of a great length. I really enjoyed writing it.

I would love if you all would take a look at any of my other stuff, though, and see if it's to your tastes.
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16 December 2016 @ 01:33 pm
So I know a lot of us are more connected this year, after secretlypadfoot hosted a friending meme last year. But I know we have even more people around this year, and I know I didn't meet everyone last year! So I decided that maybe for once I should go ahead and do something, and so I'm going to host a friending meme this year. This might not be the time of year for it, I don't know. But there's no harm in giving it a go, right? I love having more friends and a more active friends list this year, and feeling more connected all around.




And here's a little quiz for you to take. It's largely taken from dear Padfoot, with a few tweaks by yours truly. If you have suggestions to change it up, let me know!

Copy/paste from here!:
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17 January 2016 @ 12:41 am

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Day 15

In your own space, talk about what you're taking away from this challenge. Did you learn something? Did you interact with new people? Or did you try out different fandoms or formats or relationships? What's changed between Day 1 and Day 15 of this challenge? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I got to learn some things about the people on my friend's list, especially some of the newer people I don't know well. I haven't really gotten to interact with many new people, though there have been a few. There have been a few good conversations. I do wish there'd been a few more, or that I'd make a new friend or two, but on the whole I enjoyed getting to talk about fandom things and learning things about others. I still plan on going back through some of people's responses.

Overall though, it was just a lot of fun to do. I'll probably do it again next year. I really love learning more about you all.
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15 January 2016 @ 05:38 pm
Skipping Day 13 for now, because I don't have time to run down links.

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Day 14

In your own space, share your love for something fannish: a trope, cliché, kink, motif, theme, format, or fandom.

Oh goodness, there's so much I love in this vein. Some of the tropes I love:
~ My absolute favorite must be, I think, two people connecting over a hobby or a love of something else. I loved those old fics where SS and HG connected over music, for instance, even if I can't find those fics anymore. But I like other hobbies/passions too, connecting over animals, or something lesser known. I have several ideas for exploring this sometime.
~ I admit I'm a sucker for Marriage Law fics. Good marriage law fics.
~ Friends to lovers. Um. Gosh, what else. Outside forces bringing people together and them finding that they have things in common.

Honestly, I love me a good romance. I like my happy endings. Of course, I don't mind occasionally having my heart ripped from my chest either. I used to be good at that.I like a relationship where people communicate. I suppose that's a kink in and of itself since most fics don't do that.

Kink-wise? Hmm. Frantic need, half clothed sex, frottage, etc. It really depends on the fic. I'm not heavy on the kink, tbh. Some of the harder stuff makes me shy away. I guess I'm really rather vanilla, when all is said and done.

Plot -- I don't know if you'd call it a kink or a motif or what, but I really like there to be a plot or at least a tangible, believable reason that a couple is together. Make it real.

HP will always be my home fandom, no matter what else I branch into.
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12 January 2016 @ 02:30 pm

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Day 12

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?

In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

For me, it starts with the world building, usually. The premise, the world, how deep is it, how far does it draw me in. In truth, I think the world of Pern was truly my first fandom, for all that I've never written or played in it. I imagined so many stories, and told my brother so many stories. The world is rich and vibrant and so full of the best of everything.

And Harry Potter. The world with so much left in it to play with. So much fun left to have!

The characters, of course, are the next big thing. But honestly I think they sort of go hand in hand with the world building most of the time.

For a TV show or movie, it's got to be a combination of those things as well, I think.
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11 January 2016 @ 11:42 pm

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Day 11

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Oh, boy, this is a hard one. I have a hard time not using any caveats, especially since I seem to be an intrinsically contradictory person.

But here we go:

1. Physical - I like my hair. I also like that I'm stronger than I appear.

2. Mental - I like my intelligence, even if it gets me into trouble sometimes.

3. Spiritual/ephemeral - I like that I'm a good friend, or at always try to be. I have faith in my friends.

4. I like my imagination. I like it a lot. It keeps me easily entertained, and I like that too.
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10 January 2016 @ 11:20 pm

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Day 10

In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Honestly, Google is my absolute first go-to, unless I know someone else who has the answer. For Harry Potter, I generally go to the Wiki anymore, though you have to beware interview and Pottermore info. If I don't want that, I'll still go to the Lexicon. Sometimes I refer back to the books, of course.

For others, there's generally wikis even if I don't know them off hand, and google helps find them for me :)
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09 January 2016 @ 05:32 pm
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Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I've done this around the new year already, so some of this will be repetition for the regulars here, but as I'm making the entry public, I don't want to just link to that post. Consider this a slightly edited version.

~ Read at least 50 books, and try to be more prompt and thorough in the reviewing of them.
~ Write at least one, preferably two, original short stories, as well as do several fandom fests and maybe start on a larger scale original project.
~ See if there's any interest in resurrecting snape_ldws, and if there is, figure out the specifics and find a partner in crime. Also see if there's interest in a couple of other fandom sorts of things (a Weasley centric something, or perhaps Percy-centric; a sister comm to my favorite but long-retired romancingwizard).
~ In my personal life -- be brave. Look for a new job, keep self open to relationships, enact vague plans towards the future I want.

I know there's a few other things, but that's a good start, and I try not to let it overwhelm me.
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08 January 2016 @ 05:32 pm

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Day 08

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

I consider this done, with my recently expanded friend's list, my RPG stuff recently, and commenting on a couple of author's blogs :D
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07 January 2016 @ 05:31 pm

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Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Harry Potter - Oh it's so hard to choose my favorite bit of HP canon, honestly. There's so much of it. I love when Hermione found Crookshanks and took him home. I loved Buckbeak. I love the Weasleys (well, mostly ;) ). There's so much of it, I'm not sure I can choose one part firmly.

StarGate SG-1 - My absolute all time favorite episode of all time is Window of Opportunity, which is the time loop episode in Season 4. Most of my favorite episodes seem to be in Season 4, though given I don't own any of the later seasons, well... But that episode made so much squee for me, and I can watch it over and over again.

The Dresden Files - My favorite book in the series so far is Dead Beat. Sue is my absolute favorite bit of canon, and I will love her til the day I die.

I have so many other favorite little moments in all my favorite things, but these are some of my all time faves.
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06 January 2016 @ 12:06 pm

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Day 6

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

My challenge is this: Read and/or write pairings outside of your norm. So many people go "This is my pairing and it is all I ever read and write," but I've found from experience that pushing the boundaries of your "box" can really expand your horizons and you can find great enjoyment.

So find something that you wouldn't necessarily seek out, or at least don't turn away when it comes your way. Give it a try! Give it a go!
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05 January 2016 @ 11:42 pm

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Day 5

Leave feedback for a fanwork. Or multiple fanworks. It can be as simple as I liked this to a detailed list of all the things you loved about the fanwork. The key is to leave some sort of feedback.

If you've already left feedback in the course of a previous challenge, it totally counts. But you're free to leave more feedback.

Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!" If you feel so inclined, leave a link to the fanwork you left feedback for so others can check it out.

I tend to do this anyway, but I definitely left a couple of reviews today. However, it was on my phone, so no linking here.
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05 January 2016 @ 12:32 am

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Day 4

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Title: Reasons Why Severus Snape Hates the Class of ’98 (that have very little to do with Harry Potter) (3)
Characters/Pairing: Severus Snape, Patil twins
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Absurdity
Word count: Drabble series; 200 in this installment
Summary: Reasons why Severus Snape hates the class of ’98 that have little or nothing to do with Harry Potter.
A/N: 1&2. Suggestions welcome.


Everyone expected the Weasley twins to switch places. It was a running gag.

No one expected the Patil twins to do it too.

Severus caught on first, a few months into their first year. Miss Patil of Gryffindor turned in her first perfect potion. As Severus looked up, he knew. Something—the neatly tied-back hair?—clued him in.

“Miss Patil,” he said as she brewed next class.

“Yes, sir?” Eyes widened in that oh-so-innocent way the Gryffindor-Patil affected.

“Miss Padma Patil,” he said, quieter still. “You are excused from class.”

They improved. Even the Gryffindor-Patil wasn’t stupid, as much as she pretended sometimes. Through the years, he identified them from: hair; mannerisms; knife-work; even scent.

They corrected every time, once they figured it out. At some point, it became a challenge for them, he suspected.

“How do ye find out, Severus?” Minerva asked once. He’d mentioned he’d sent Ravenclaw-Patil out of class again. Other staff knew, now, that the twins occasionally did it in their classes too but could rarely catch them.

His mouth opened, closed. There was no way he could tell Minerva McGonagall that he currently caught them because Parvati Patil wore a perkier brassiere than her twin.