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Which is to say, I spent the last four days doing that thing I do a few times a year where I get sucked into a Harry Potter mega-epic and can't do anything for a few days but read it. (This time it was [livejournal.com profile] aspenlight's A Year Like No Other and A Summer Like No Other--I have managed to close the tab without plunging into the third story, which has been a WIP since 2008, but that was still a million-plus words of fic in four days.)

So that's meant no writing for four days, or reading anything else, or watching anything, or, um... well, the less said about the state of my apartment the better...

AND it means that despite writing myself a note I once again missed my LJ-versary, but, guys as of Friday I'd been on LJ and in LJ-based fandom for NINE YEARS. Nine years!

I guess I am really for real not a noob anymore. *g*


May. 5th, 2010 02:27 pm
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I am on what could be Day 13 of a streak of writing at least 750 words every day, thanks to 750words.com - apparently all I needed was a sticker chart and some funny statistics! Hooray, positive reinforcement for nerds. (Every day it analyzes my writing and two days out of three it tells me my writing is mainly concerned with Death. Including the time I was writing about The Doctor cuddling a baby while chatting with Rose. IDEK.)

Anyway, the downside of this new spate of writing arrived last night, on Day 12, when I realized that this seems to accelerate the rate at which I write myself into a corner/decide everything I am writing is a terrible idea/come up with even more terrible ideas I could be writing instead.

And so a poll, so I can go get a soda and some drugs for my headache and the rest of you can already be pretending you don't know me when I get back. )
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Moving on to something more productive than the topic of my last post: you guys, sometimes I am really, really, really slow to realize things.

Like, for example, I just realized in a burst of light on Saturday, May 1, in the year 2010, that Neville Longbottom is pretty much the archetype of everything that makes my favorite characters my favorite, and that is why I like reading good, long fic about him so much and think glumly that there is too little of it.

And then, also this weekend, also in the year 2010, I read Night-blooming Heartsease for the first time (I know! But I'm slow and also I used to be a lot more averse to deathfic, I guess.) and of course it was fantastically brilliant and I should have read it a long time ago but now I have read it and I'm not aware of any other Brilliant Neville Epics that I have been putting off reading so I'm at a bit of a loss.

I have read all the Lust Over Pendle stories twice, and I have read Helen's Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property at least three times, and that one - Strange Bedfellows? - where Draco is Neville's secretary also twice, so, um. If anybody wanted to rec me fic where Neville is awesome and quietly competent and gets the guy or girl or whomever, that would be fabulous.

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/553190.html.
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(Icon irrelevant except that Amy is even awesomer than this fic and tomorrow is Saturday which = DOCTORDAY. AGAIN. AND EVERY WEEK FOR MANY WEEKS.)


The awesome fic is Harry Potter fic which I totally assumed, upon reading the title, was Harry Potter fic where Harry is raised by Vulcans, and you know what? I was not entirely wrong. This really is, I think, a lot like the story of what would happen if ten-year-old Spock found out he was, incidentally, also the Boy Who Lived. Or if Jim Kirk had been raised by Sarek and Winona Amanda after losing his parents and then found out he was the Boy Who Lived.

Uh. This was meant to be a fic rec, not a horrible-plot-bunny generator. MOVING ALONG.

This story also, not coincidentally, reminds me a bit of--was it [personal profile] synecdochic's?--story of what SGA might have been like if they had just turned the stupid-generator off. And God knows the world needs more stories of that variety, so here:

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

...Yes, it's on ff.net, and yes, it's a WIP, and you know what, I don't care. But for my own fic-following convenience, I have attempted to turn the RSS feed option into a DW feed: [syndicated profile] hpmethods_feed. That should update when the fic updates. The link it serves up goes to the author's profile, where notes for each new chapter will appear, so I think that makes sense.

(The last time I attempted to create a feed of a blog it wound up bringing me every comment posted to that blog and I had to open a service request and let [staff profile] denise sort me out, so now I'm really skittish about feed-creating. But this one seems okay, so far.)


Aug. 28th, 2008 05:43 pm
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Something to ponder while I'm off at archery:

What do we know about Ianto Jones, or about Hufflepuff (Hogwarts, Wizarding society in general) that says Ianto couldn't in fact have actually been a Hufflepuff, now living undercover while exploring the Muggle approach to Unexplained Phenomena with Torchwood? The two cosmologies fit together oddly quite easily, in my head.

(I think, born in August 1983, Ianto would have been a very young first year during Harry's fourth, yeah? I checked Sorting in GoF, and none of the students sorted are specified between Dennis Creevey and Laura Madley.)
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It's not just me, is it?

The only rational response to this post at Celebrity Baby Blog, once you finish making little heart hands and going DAVID THEWLIS ILU, YOU ARE MY FAVORITE, is to start reading Stealing Harry again for the embarrassingly-large-numbered time.


Although "I don't have Celebrity Baby Blog bookmarked, so this doesn't come up" is probably also a valid response. I guess.


Jun. 24th, 2006 07:45 pm
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So up until yesterday, I hadn't even gotten my vacation time for [livejournal.com profile] vividcon approved, nevermind bought plane tickets, and I kept thinking that it was waaaaaay at the end of the summer when it is, in fact, about six weeks from now. So. Um.

Anybody need/want/have room for a roommate? I'm quiet, I promise! YAAAAAAY [livejournal.com profile] giddygeek!!!

Also, I've just spent most of the day finishing rereading [livejournal.com profile] sam_storyteller aka [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge's Cartographer's Craft. It's massive (the .pdf version is 581 pages, including the, you know, poems--no, shut up, they're brilliant!) and takes place post-Half-Blood Prince, and basically I don't even want to read book seven now, because for one thing it will be missing all the sexy bits. And, you know, probably Sirius. It's one of the smartest, best, most breathtaking pieces of fanfic I have ever, ever read. And I really want a t-shirt that says Cartographer's Craft Spoiler! )
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Just finished reading HBP, well behind the rest of the civilized world, and, yep, it turns out I was spoiled. Damn you, guy on a random Fark thread!

It did make for an interesting reading experience, though. Spoilers ahoy, if there's anybody left who hasn't read it. )
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So, I don't know if you know this, but I have a weakness for kidfic. And today [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge posted, pimping the Raising Harry Ficathon, for fic in which Remus and/or Sirius are in a parental role toward Harry, be it AUs or in-series godfatherliness. The website includes a link to [livejournal.com profile] domus_felicus's 'Remus and Sirius raise Harry' fic listing, and I've been reading my way through it. I'd already read [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge's Stealing Harry saga, and quite enjoyed A Promise Worth Keeping, by Cas. But another of the stories, further down the list, included one of the more unfortunate instances of the misuse of spellcheck autocorrect that I've seen in a while.

"You know what she’s been saying the whole period?" Ron nearly shouted, spinning around to face his friend, furiously gesturing with his arms. "Oh, well, Harry probably shot the Avada cheddar at Voldemort ... "



Jul. 6th, 2004 07:40 pm
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trio fic from [livejournal.com profile] laurakaye which totally supports my assertion that wizards are polyandrous because baby-wizards need two daddies, and also made me incoherent with fluffy delight: As-Yet-Untitled Schmoop

[livejournal.com profile] resonant8 wrote Fascination, F/K, NC-17, which made me totally incoherent in a totally different way. Guh.

[livejournal.com profile] estrella30 posted Scars over at [livejournal.com profile] ds_flashfiction which, eeee! Little Ray and Stella and, y'know, don't be frightened by the fact that it's for the scars challenge, it's adorable and sweet and sad, because you want them to stay right there forever and you know they won't, you know what's waiting for them when they grow up.

[livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl wrote Touch in which Ray. Touches. And thinks about Fraser. Touching. And. Good lord, there need to be more words that mean 'guh', because. Guh. Also, nrrngr.

and, first last, [livejournal.com profile] pearl_o got my day off to a wonderfully nonverbal start with a spot of not exactly bondage for Fraser and Ray. With a side of Issues, because who doesn't love those?

And now I'm going to go try to string together a few words of my own, but if you read these you'll understand why I may just be staring at my computer all night in a daze.
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Okay, they got me. )

And in other news, the Red Wings rock (sorry, Wild fans!) and I love them so much there are no words to describe it. And, despite circumstances, I didn't start trying to mentally hook up our recently-divorced goalie* with any of his teammates until late in the third. Very late.

Things I love less than my guys include: the gents of Section 203B, row 23, who divided their time between insulting a veteran defenseman (tip: if you have a problem with players pushing the absolute limits of career length, don't watch the Wings) and pointing out hot chicks to each other (sample dialogue: "Just below the rail, white top, white top! She's not playoff material, but it's a Monday night, you gotta make do." "Oh, yeah, I'll take that. Hey, game's on. Get off the ice, Murphy!") and, oh yeah, chit-chatting about their wives and an upcoming wedding for one of the party. I was torn between a) wanting to hit them, b) wanting to make sure they weren't checking me out, and c) wondering what, exactly, is so great about guys anyway.

* - Speaking of recently divorced goalies, can anybody name an unmarried or divorced NHL player other than Sergei Fedorov (and Manny Legace, but I'm guessing most of you couldn't name him anyway)? I'm excepting the guys under, say, age 25, who just aren't married yet, since "Sharing a downtown bachelor pad with a teammate and spending off days playing video games" seems to be a normal part of the pro hockey player life cycle. After that, they seem, to a man, to get married and produce broods of adorable children, but maybe my sample is just skewed somehow.
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Rereading Lust Over Pendle, and have hit a bit of a snag. Most of the Britishisms I've managed to sort out by context or being enough of an Anglophile to already know what they're on about, but...

I suspect most of them hear "Longbottom" and add mentally "Bring your own whippet".

I'd try to explain the context, but I'm not even sure which parts are relevant. Help?


Jan. 9th, 2004 03:22 pm
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For those with a toe in the Potterverse, I found this theory really interesting: Knight2King. There's obsessive textual analysis and one really quite interesting theory about how it's all going to shake out based on the chess game in Philosopher's Stone as foreshadowing of the Second War. The analysis does therefore ask you to believe that not only does JKR know exactly what she's doing, but she has known since she wrote book one. Personally, I find myself willing to buy that part, and for the rest... really interesting.

Also, I've been thinking about the HP books a lot lately. Specifically about OotP, which didn't hit me quite the way I thought it would. I was wrapped up in it while I was reading it--scared for the twins, and everybody else I was briefly convinced was about to die--but when I hit Sirius' death it just didn't register. Which is weird, because if you'd told me beforehand, I'd have expected to be really broken up over it. Maybe it was the way it was presented - much like Anya's death in "Chosen," it was very wham-bam-good-bye-secondary-character-whose-death-was-foreseen-by-all-who-paid-attention - but, still. Sirius is dead, like Anya, like Spike briefly was. And Sirius has been my favorite character since September of 1999 when I read PoA, so what gives? Why don't I care, and why didn't I ever?

I think the answer, or part of it, is that the books aren't really authoritative anymore, in my mind. That is, JKR's version of events is just that: a version of events, one I can cheerfully set aside in favor of Resonant's or A.J. Hall's or, if I'm having that kind of day, Helen's. Rowling might well say Sirius is dead, but I don't have to take her word for it.

I don't know precisely how common this view is, among people who read and write HP fic, but I suspect it's not just me.
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Hey, [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis, and anybody else who's for some reason inclined to think I might know what I'm on about here!

Go read these:

The Art of Make Believe by Abaddon, in which a boy named Harry Potter has a little talk with a guidance counselor named Hallie, and makes a little wish.


Christmas, Iowa Style and The Weary World Rejoicing by [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky, in which a post-Buffy-and-world-saving Riley and a post-apocalypse-that-gets-the-job-done Xander and Anya and Spike, respectively, observe the season.

(So they're a bit past the sell-by date for this year, so what? Fic does not go bad. Read it.)
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Last night at work I hit a new third-shifting low: dozed off crouching on the floor. Now, I've fallen asleep sitting down in odd spots before, at other jobs, but crouching? Not cool.

Spent a lot of my shift hoping that I'd get a phone call about the job I interviewed for and be able to quit before tonight's shift, but it's looking like no. Still, there's always tomorrow.

I figured out why I keep killing characters: it's because if I didn't, I'd be That Girl Who Keeps Writing Kidfic. I think I'd rather be known for killing puppies, honestly.

Which is to say: wouldn't it be cool if Due South had a story like Small Fry or A Nick in Time? Ray and Fraser as themselves in four-year-old bodies (there's really nothing about that scenario that's not funny and adorable), or returned to their seven-year-old selves, memories and all (I bet seven-year-old Ben would be as bewildered by Chicago as seven-year-old Harry was by Hogwarts, and I bet pre-adolescent Ray still proudly introduced himself as Stanley and told people he was named after Marlon Brando...) It would be really, really cute. And I don't even want to think about how many puppies I would kill to make up for it if I actually tried to write it, so no.

But, y'know, if it was out there, I'd be first in line to read it.
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I've conquered the LAN! In celebration of being online with my own computer, I offer my first-ever bit of HP fic, a decidedly odd Sirius snippet. Medium naughty, pairing, um, odder than it initially appears, and unbetaed, with apologies for the title. The Hip made me do it.

Sirius Dreams )


Jun. 28th, 2003 06:53 pm
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So, now I've read Order of the Phoenix, and I want to read some HP fic, which I'd never gotten into much before. Naturally, I'd really, really like to see post-book fic, but there are some pairings I'd be happy to read older stuff for, if I could just find it. I've been to fictionalley.org, and ... what is going on? How do you actually find things there? Haven't they ever heard of search engines? I suppose I'm just spoiled by DSA and 852 Prospect and all the nice easy-to-use slash archives I read at, but this wackiness with forums and threads and all that is making me feel old.
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(Trying to cover my eyes and ears at the same time)

I haven't heard HP:OotP yet. My copy dispatched from England sometime yesterday, and projected delivery date is sometime around July 2. So. Thanks to everybody who's using cut tags. I'm rereading Azkaban, and trying to talk to my American-version-reading baby brother as little as possible. Spent three hours today sitting next to him at a minor league baseball game while he read it - bursting into laughter and at one point closing the book and making a horrified/saddened face. Argh.

On the other hand, I'm spending a lot of the time I'm not spending reading, writing. The kidfic is up to 11,200 words, and within another few scenes or so, Fraser, Ray, and the kid will all be in the same country! I, um. Seem to have a thing for setup.


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