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Except when I don't, of course. But lookee . . .

NASA Puts Its Research Online -- Free.

Remember that commercial with the actor who said, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV?" Well, I'm not a scientist, but I don't have to play at being interested in it. True, my understanding will probably be w-a-a-a-y below the level of most of these articles, but still.

Thanks, NASA!
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I swear, I should have been buying lottery tickets galore this month, because I am having a really lucky time.

How, you ask? Lovely writers are gifting me with lovely fic, that's how! I've already posted about the delicious Millicent/Wilhelmina story written to one of my prompts at [info]hp_crossgenfest. An then this weekend, I was staggered to see that a wonderful someone has filled yet another of my prompts:

An Unexpected Match by Anonymous (Minerva/Hermione).

Rush over and read it. As many of you know, I have reservations about this pairing, so it might seem odd to you that I requested it at all. But I really enjoy seeing how different writers approach the difficulty of making this romance seem both plausible and appealing. I'm pleased to say that this Mystery Author has struck just the right tone of restraint and directness.

I'm really stunned to see TWO older-woman stories at this fest. Stunned and thrilled.

\o/ \o/ \o/

Aug. 6th, 2016 07:04 am
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Remember back in May, when I waxed rhapsodic about how some lovely, brilliant person had claimed my Millicent Bulstrode/Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank prompt at [info]hp_crossgenfest?

Well, that lovely, brilliant person has actually written the fic, and what a doozie it is. Millicent and Wilhelmina are at their butchy best as devoted healers of magical creatures at "Kettleburn Memorial" (and isn't that the most perfect choice of names?) The Mystery Author builds a full and nuanced world; I loved all the details of the hospital and the patients and the dedicated healers. You'll find great OCs, fun cameos from the HP cast, and best of all, a lot of well-done Millicent and Wilhelmina.

Be sure to treat yourself to some delightful butch-on-butch cross-gen romance:

Be Better by Anonymous (Millicent Bulstrode/Wilhelmina Grubby-Plank; PG-13)

Femme Fic!

Aug. 3rd, 2016 06:48 am
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Remember the days when I used to sign up for 8-10 HP fests at a time and then wail about how much I had to write? Well, I'm a lot more restrained about my sign-ups these days**, picking only those that really intrigue me or that offer new and interesting challenges.

The intriguing fest I chose for this summer was [community profile] femmeremix. I'm always excited by ways to highlight and celebrate stories about women, whether gen or romantic, and this multi-fandom fest seemed just the ticket. Plus, I love remixing and being remixed; as I've said before, a remix is basically a fanfic of your fanfic. It's like being JKR, except without the billions.

Anyway, [community profile] femmeremix went live last weekend, and there are over three dozen women-centered stories to tempt you, including some excellent HP old-lady stories plus MY WONDERFUL GIFT! If you like thoughtful, well-written fics that explore the lives and psyches of older women, you'll love all of these.


Sadder and Wiser by Anonymous (Minerva; past Minerva/Poppy)

This story is based on Behind Layers by [livejournal.com profile] redsnake05 (which was one of the first OLSB stories I found during my early days in the fandom). The original looks at young Minerva and Poppy doing war work in the 1940s. The meditative, nicely bittersweet remix looks at the aftermath of their war work against Voldemort. The ending is just perfectly Minerva.


Perennial by Anonymous (Augusta, Neville)

This fic is a wonderful example of the pleasures and powers of remixing. It's based on a well-done drabble, Annuals, by [livejournal.com profile] miramiraficfic. To continue the gardening theme of both fics, if you think of the original drabble as a lovely, tight rosebud, the remix is the gentle yet pungent unfolding of the entire flower, ending with age, with the suggestion of petals about to drop, yet still beautiful. I love the characterizations here, the atmospheric details.


And finally, there's my gift, a real stunner that celebrates some of my favorite things: women, women's communities, a wide spectrum of gender presentation and of understandings of what "woman" is.

Well-Suited by Anonymous (Griselda, Rolanda, Wilhelmina, Millicent, Gabrielle Delacour, OFC)

I just love what my author has done with Bespoke, a story of mine that features butch Wilhelmina serving as mentor to baby-butch Millicent Bulstrode. Picking up on the notion of gendered mentoring, the new story offers a wonderful history of female community and tradition. . .plus a sensual romp through the tactile and visual delights of fabric and color. Each section focuses on a different, well-created character to give us a satisfying panorama of lived gender experience.

You're in for a treat with all of these stories. I hope you'll read and comment (especially since comments are rather thin on the ground in this fest so far).


**Yes, I am more restrained about the number of fests I undertake, but I still wail and whine and procrastinate. Surely that's part of the fun?

Back!

Jul. 12th, 2016 12:03 pm
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I am back in New York after a whirlwind and fun trip to Leviosa in Las Vegas. As always with HP events, the best part was meeting old and new friends. The second-best part was hearing fascinating HP panels and enjoying the vendors' rooms.

Worst part -- well, actually, it was mostly a smooth and pleasant trip, so there was no real "worst." But. . .I don't actually like Las Vegas, I never really understand the casino games, and my eyes and throat only just now recovering from the fact that the casino (which was very close to the open-plan cafe and the conference area) allows unrestricted indoor smoking. (I hadn't realized this; so many public spaces in the US are smoke-free that I honestly didn't know that in some places, you can still find yourself engulfed in inescapable cigarette smoke. Allergic much?)

But those negatives were pretty minor. Here are just a few of the good things:

Wonderful People I Met in Person for the First Time

[livejournal.com profile] alisanne
[livejournal.com profile] amorette
[livejournal.com profile] annietalbot
[livejournal.com profile] dementordelta
[livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic
[livejournal.com profile] lilyeyes
[livejournal.com profile] mywitch
[livejournal.com profile] noeon
[livejournal.com profile] teddyradiator
[livejournal.com profile] writcraft

*waves*

Wonderful People I've Met in Person Before and Got to Reconnect With

[livejournal.com profile] akatnamedeaster
[livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa
[livejournal.com profile] vaysh

*waves some more*

If I've left you off, my apologies!

I had to take my introverted, shy self in hand and risk barging up to people and saying, "excuse me, but are you . . ?" Actually, it wasn't much of a risk, because everyone was very kind and welcoming. (Thank you so much! I felt so at home with you all.)

I sat with Alisanne, Dementor Delta, and Lilyeyes at the Welcoming Feast and spent the costume ball with Mywitch, Kat, and Teddy, where we were eventually joined by Vaysh, Writ, and Amorette. I wore my full McGonagall drag and had a blast. (Although my home-made costume was nothing compared to some of the glorious outfits of the real cos-players. Professional-level wigs, make-up, and dress brought us fantastic versions of Snape, Umbridge, Hagrid, McGonagall, the Grey Lady, Not-Actually-Headless Nick, and more. Dolores Umbridge -- in full pink character -- actually came to the talk that Writcraft and I gave.)

Then I crashed the lovely and hospitable Snarry Suite, where I was welcomed despite the fact that I have never written a word of Snarry (though I have certainly read a lot of excellent stuff). Interspersed with all this were drinks with Writ, drinks with Writ, Femme, Noeon, Amorette, drinks with Teddy, Kat, and Mywitch, late supper with same. (Writ and Kat, don't think I've forgotten that I owe you drinks! I'm looking forward to seeing again and buying my round.)

The hotel/convention center was huge and sprawling and comfortable and had a fairly subdued (by Vegas standards) old-California-mission-style decor. Since the temperatures hovered around 105 degrees F every day, I rarely ventured outside, but the pool area looked pretty. (Yeah, I know people say, "but it's the desert; it's dry heat." Maybe so, but 105 degrees is still pretty damned hot, dry or not. Better than 105 humid degrees, though, certainly).

My sole trip out happened courtesy of the delightful [livejournal.com profile] aabbey, who's been my fine fandom friend for at least a dozen years now. *waves like mad* She had to be in Las Vegas for reasons unrelated to the con, so we had dinner together at the hotel, and then she proposed a drive along the Vegas Strip. It was a fun madhouse. The traffic was insane, but it's Vegas, so it was fine. It was great to catch up with you, dear.

I left early on the morning of the last con day, so I missed the final panels and the Leaving Feast, but I still managed to pack a huge amount of fun into my two-and-a-half days.

Oh, and swag. I got swag, namely -- two beautiful, full-color Snape art cards courtesy of Akatnamedeaster, fabulous "Snape Alphabet" buttons (all 26 of them!) from the generous Mywitch, and a copy of Drinking Cocoa's newly-published Snape book, which I can't wait to read. (And a promotional button, too.) Thank you, everyone!

I'll talk more about the panels and such in another post.
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Just reeling after Brexit (though recent polls and rhetoric make the result less of a shock that it might have been a year ago). Of course, I'm speaking as a not-Brit who has only read about the debate/vote from afar, so on many levels, I don't really know what I'm talking about. (But when does that ever stop people from talking? /g/)

Still, when answering the inevitable "qui bono?" I think it's safe to say that the "ordinary people" are not going to be the ones who benefit from this change. If anyone does benefit, it will be the very "elites" who were partly the target of LEAVE anger -- the rich, the corporations, the top-level politicians (probably mostly on the right, but some on the left, too). The Law of Unintended Consequences is going be passed big-time, and I can only hope that the average UK resident is not left significantly worse off than they are now (though I'm skeptical. "Ordinary" folks are rarely the winners, or even just not the big losers, in this sort of fraught, complicated change).

I can't help but relate this process to the current situation in the US (and a lot of so-called "developed" countries) -- all over, we're seeing this "populist," often racist/nativist surge of fury and fear that is threatening economic and social stability everywhere.

I find these movements terrifying and people like Trump and many other leaders beyond reprehensible, but it's a huge mistake (as we just saw in the UK and as is also true in the US) to just dismiss Trump supporters and LEAVE voters as "racist idiots" or "morons" who are too stupid to see their own interests or as "haters" who are somehow constitutionally and unavoidably "gonna hate" no matter what. When millions of people are saying, "we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore," we all need at least to listen.

No matter what the issue, politics or whatever, and no matter what side we're on, it's easy to demonize and/or ridicule our opposition, to cast them as obviously evil or stupid or both. But the reality is always much more complicated and human.

In the case of the US (and I'm sure the UK, too, though I don't know enough to say definitively), the "populist" anger is often legitimate. I'm angry, too. What's false are the targets of that anger.

We've allowed the rich and the corporations to define what it is we should be angry about, and surprise! it isn't them. To listen to the power elite, none of our current problems is due to income inequality or to the power structures that encourage and sustain and drive that inequality.

No, you didn't lose your job and your house because the system is gamed so that the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful and so that people like you get less and less. You lost it because of the Chinese people or the Mexican people or the Polish people or the Indian people or the Syrian people or the Muslims or the narrow-minded Christians or the liberals or the right-wingers or the people on food stamps or the femi-nazis or the gays or the atheists or the angry black folk or the "stupid" white working class. The outsized influence of special business interests? The rampant corporate expansion and corporate "welfare"? The dangerous corporatization of every important social institution? The constant, unchecked redistribution of wealth into the hands of a miniscule privileged few? The number of your elected officials who continue to support and increase these unjust systems? Nah, don't be silly! These had nothing to do with it! All that is done with your best interests in mind. Trust us! After all, we're clearly winners, right?

This pattern is exactly why I supported Bernie Sanders -- no, I wasn't naive enough to think that he would be able to accomplish all he promised. No, I didn't agree with his every proposal. But he was the first person in a long time to challenge the structures and the systems and the uncritical assumptions that have allowed things to get to the sorry state they are in now. Nothing will change overnight, but maybe now some improvement is possible. (If the US can only keep the Donald out of the White House and make a dent in the gridlock that is Congress.)

So -- angry much? You bet.

ETA: I'm not saying that I don't think Trump supporters are dangerously wrong, because I do. Nor am I saying that racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, nativism, sexism, etc. are not serious problems in the US, because they are. But the serious economic injustices are getting lost in the fray, and they are arguably the most dangerous at the moment.
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I've received a wonderful gift at [livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest.

[livejournal.com profile] code_switch has read one of my Minerva gen stories -- Much Abides, which features Minerva, Severus, and Albus.

The podfic version captures just the feeling I wanted -- anxiety, mystery, some humor, some pathos. The opening and closing music is particularly effective. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] code_switch!

Listen to "Much Abides" here.

Podfic!

Jun. 15th, 2016 01:29 pm
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Our own [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue, charter member of the Old Lady Smut Brigade (OLSB), doyenne extra-ordinare of Crone Manor, fabulous DIY-er, fine writer, and all-around good egg, has had one of her excellent stories prepared as a podfic in the ongoing [livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest:

Title and Link: Getting Ahead at the Ministry
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue
Podficcer: Anon for now
Pairing: Percy Weasley/Dolores Umbridge (and you KNOW Lash can pull this off)
Rating: R

Plug in the headphones and listen!
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On Friday, Partner and I went to see Love and Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation starring Kate Beckinsale. We really liked it. Here, watch the trailer.

Some Austen Background [for those who like that sort of thing] )

Film Review in Pluses and Minuses )

Bottom line: If you like your Austen sharp and biting and funny and unlike the rom-com treacly mainstream misrepresentations of her works (don't get me started on the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice), you'll want to see this.
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I recently took part in a fun fest called [info]wand_in_a_knot. The premise is that a participant gets tagged and given a short prompt; you then have 24 hours to create and post a piece of porn featuring any characters you like.

I received my tag at about 10:30 on the morning of Sunday, May 15; by about 10:40 on Monday the 16, my porny threesome was posted and frolicking.

Is the fic any good? Well, about as good as you would expect for something written between 5:00 p.m. and 3:20 a.m! /g/

I confess that I've done a little tinkering since the initial post, but not much. What you see is what I wrote in ten hours or so. So yeah, it's a little OOC and a little rushed and a little. . .um, shall we say, implausible, but it was a blast to write. Hope you enjoy!

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Title: Getting Along
Creator: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Threesome: Alastor Moody/Severus Snape/Minerva McGonagall
Summary: If you're going to serve in the Order of the Phoenix, you need to be able to get along.
Rating: NC-17
Word count: ~3100
Prompt: "Unresolved tensions"
Warnings: none
Creator's Notes: Such a fun prompt. At least a few of the tensions get resolved, though /g/. My thanks to [personal profile] therealsnape for her enjoyable help with brainstorming and for her usual expert beta job (and at such impossibly short notice, too!)

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Getting Along )
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Reveals have occurred at [info]daily_deviant's Banging Birthday fest, and I can lay claim to my story, written to an excellent prompt from [livejournal.com profile] songquake. When I saw "sapiosexuality" (being sexually aroused by intelligence) as a requested kink and "Minerva/Hermione" as a pairing option, I knew I'd found the prompt I wanted.

Now tbh, I don't think Minerva and Hermione would ever have a sexual relationship. But I always enjoy stories that make me say, "no, this would never happen. But if it DID happen, it would happen just like this." So that's the effect I tried to achieve here. I'm rather pleased with how the fic turned out; I hope you will be, too.

(Oh, and it turns out that my lovely Minerva/Severus gift, Adversaries and Anniversaries, was written by the always-excellent [livejournal.com profile] purplefluffycat. Thank you, my dear!)

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Title: Sesquipedalia
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Characters/Pairings: Hermione Granger/Minerva McGonagall, Parvati Patil, Ron Weasley, OCs
Rating: NC-17
Kinks/Themes Included: sapiosexuality
Other Content: cross-gen
Word Count: ~7000
Summary/Description: The story of Hermione Granger's relationship with Minerva McGonagall is polysyllabic.
Notes: Many thanks to both of my excellent betas, [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape and Boadicea12.

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Sesquipedalia )

Memes!

May. 12th, 2016 09:48 pm
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I've really been enjoying the current memes making the rounds, and now [livejournal.com profile] teddyradiator has tagged me to do them. (Thanks, dear!)

So here goes. . .

HP Meme )

Writing Meme )
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As usual, my dears, the first half of May has been hellishly busy, but things are quieting down now, and I'm ready to turn my attention back to fandom and LJ.

Several interesting fannish things are happening. . .to wit:

You still have three days to leave a wish list at [info]rarepair_shorts. It's a risk-free sign-up: you don't have agree to write a story in order to leave a wish.



[community profile] rarepair_shorts 2016 Wishlist Event!
Sign ups begin: May 1st
Wishlist revealed: May 16th
Posting for all members (new and old): May 16 - August 31
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Also, I have signed up for the [info]wand_in_a_knot porn fest. Once you get tagged, you have 24 hours to write a porny HP fic. I thought it would be a fun challenge, since I don't find it easy to write porn-on-command.

Of course, the perverse universe being what it is, I am sure I'll get tagged during the six days that I'll be staying with my brother in the House of No Internet and filling my time with family and visits.

But we'll see.

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Reveals will go up tomorrow (May 12) for [info]daily_deviant's Banging Birthday Fest, celebrating TEN YEARS of Daily Deviant. It's been fun, with a reasonable range of pairings -- lots of Next Gen and Harry and Draco and also a bit of Albus, Severus, Minerva, and Kingsley.

I have a fic in the fest, which I will post here after reveals.

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As some of you have noticed, the [info]hp_crossgenfest has been taking prompts, and I said something to [livejournal.com profile] torino10154 about how I had decided not to leave any because even though the fest said "open to all characters," most of the prompts seemed to favor Trio-Gen males paired with Next-Gen males, which is fine, but just not my thing. There's no point, I said, in crafting a lot of old-lady prompts if that's not really what the participants seem interested in.

Then I got a nice note from the mod urging me to go ahead and leave my prompts because they really did want some diversity. So I added a few of my old ladies, but I expected them to be ignored.

Well, shut my mouth.

Someone has claimed THIS: \o/ \o/ \o/

Username: kellychambliss
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank
Prompt: They are both tough, terse, and butch. When Millicent becomes Grubbly-Plank's assistant at a magical creatures veterinary hospital, she doesn't like the older woman. At first.
Likes: character-driven romance
Dislikes: crack!fic, pwp, non- or dub-con

I do hope it gets written!
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art by [personal profile] thilia


As some of you know, I'm participating in [info]daily_deviant's tenth anniversary celebration, the "Bangin' Birthday" fest. When I was invited to write for DD back in 2012, I was really chuffed; it felt like a validation of my participation in HP fandom. The comm has given me a lot of great reads and great gifts, and the Bangin' Birthday is no exception.

I've already recced my excellent Minerva/Severus gift here, and I've got a few more gems to send your way.

Of Monsters and Men by Anonymous (Severus Snape/Remus Lupin).

My favorite porny/kinky stories are always those in which the kink is firmly grounded in character; I like a nice, leisurely backstory and character development before we get to the racy parts, and that's the structure of this fine fic. Great world-building, too.

Sometimes you need to make your own opportunities by Anonymous (Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt).

I love stories that start with Order meetings (all organization and seriousness) and then move onto messy, intriguing personal dimensions. This well-written fic features one of my favorite m/m pairings, too. Both Severus and Kingsley sharply and plausibly depicted here.

Other fannish news:

• Nominations are open at [community profile] femmeremix on DW. I've become a total convert to remix fests, and I'm excited about a female-oriented one. All fandoms are welcome. In my own remixing experience, I've been lucky enough to receive fabulous gifts that give plenty of attention to women, but I've also often seen the following: "our remixer has skipped over the 99 awesome stories about women and remixed the 1 not-so-awesome story about men." (from the [community profile] femmeremix FAQ). It'll be great fun to see all the results.

Sign-ups open on 13 May.



[community profile] rarepair_shorts 2016 Wishlist Event!
Sign ups begin: May 1st
Wishlist revealed: May 16th
Posting for all members (new and old): May 16 - August 31


[info]rarepair_shorts is having its 2016 Summer Wish-List Event.

This comm hosted one of the first fests I wrote in, back in 2009 (and iirc, I also bullied some of you into participating, too, with fab results in terms of excellent gifts for ME ME ME!) So I have a soft spot for this group. Plus, you have to write only 2000 words or fewer. I think I'll sign up. As I've said elsewhere, I don't really have a lot left to say in HP fic, but I'm just not ready to retire.

• Posting at [info]femmefest begins on 3 May.

Here's another comm I have strong nostalgic feelings for. When I signed up to write for the 2009 fest, I didn't realize it was the inaugural year. I participated for several years after that, and even though I no longer contribute as a writer (there's not a lot of interest in the old ladies), I still enjoy reading and commenting. I'm always glad to see celebrations of f/f slash.
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I have had a fine run of excellent luck lately in terms of fandom gifts, and I want to share the wealth with you.

First, the talented [livejournal.com profile] fire_juggler has made podfics of TWO of my HP femmeslash stories. I'm really impressed; she does such a good job of providing subtly different voices that just bring all the characters alive. Thank you, Fire!

UnBound (Minerva/Wilhelmina)
I wrote this Minerva/Wilhelmina story was written for [info]minerva_fest in (I think) 2012.

Bespoke (Wilhelmina/Minerva, Millicent/Ginny)
This fic features two of my favorite HP butches (at least as I read them), Millicent Bulstrode and Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank. And Minerva, of course. You can read it as a sort of sequel to "UnBound" -- or, if not an actual sequel, at least a relationship in the same universe.

Second, my gift has been posted at the [info]daily_deviant "Banging Birthday" tenth anniversary celebration.

It's Minerva/Severus! (which sadly, hardly anyone writes any more) This fic pushes all my angsty/bantery/sexy MMSS buttons. It was written to one of my favorite tropes: Minerva (or Severus) loses a bet with the other.

Adversaries and Anniversaries by Anonymous (Minerva/Severus)
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Two and half weeks! That's how long it's been since I posted on LJ. My inner Gilderoy tells me that's far too long for you to be deprived of my presence, so I come bearing a photographic gift of apology.

To wit. . .I thought you'd all enjoy the sign from a church near my neighborhood:

Potter Sign photo Potter Sign_zpsah7w9jac.jpg

I didn't know there could be only one Potter, but apparently so.

In other news,

• I finished my taxes! The deadline is April 18, and I am a full eight days early. Plus I get a refund.

• I finally finished my long-overdue fest fic. It was quite a struggle, this one; I had it mostly done for several days and somehow just couldn't bring it home. (Apologies, mods!) But I managed in the end, and I'm reminded about just how much I do enjoy writing fanfic, even when the going ain't easy. I think the problem is just that I no longer have much that I am burning to say in HP fic. But I'm not ready to give it up just yet.

• We had snow today. April 9. Snow. Not much (certainly not as compared to the six inches that the Young Man got at his school), but more than enough. Any snow on April 9 is more than enough, frankly.

• Attention Snape/McGonagall fans -- something fun this way comes. Stay tuned.

• The Young Man voted in his first presidential primary. He was so excited (he's quite the political junkie) that he sent Partner and me a video of himself in the voting booth, pushing that "Bernie Sanders" button (he and I have had our Bernie t-shirts since last July).

No, I don't think Bernie will win the nomination, but I'm thrilled that he's done so well. (I do have some policy bones to pick with him, though -- I think his "free college" plan is flawed and would end up seriously de-valuing higher education if it were to be put into practice as he's describes it. [Not to mention the fact that his plan would put schools like mine out of business in no time.]) But otherwise, Bernie is someone to believe in.

• I am also sorry to see that Trump is faltering. Ideologically, Cruz is far more dangerous in the long run, yet he might be slightly more "electable" in November. Trump's nomination, I think, would make a Democratic victory a lot easier. Meanwhile, the country's descent into total madness continues on all sorts of fronts.

Fandom Fun

Mar. 9th, 2016 08:12 pm
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It was 75 degrees F in Rural Hamlet today! Of course, karma being what it is, this news is not all to the good. The warm weather means that the hated boxwood beetles are back in force. I'm going to have the boxwood tree taken down even if I have to chop it myself. But still, it's lovely to see spring starting. Might as well enjoy one of the few perks of climate change while we can.

And as Tennyson said, "in spring a fangirl's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of fic." He did say it. Really. Well, something close, at any rate.

So what's up with me and fandom?

I've signed up for the Leviosa Con in Las Vegas in July. Yep, paid my money and everything (not for the posh registration, just the regular). I hope to get some academic travel money from my school since I will be giving a presentation. It should be such fun. I've attended only one other con, DiaCon Alley in Canterbury, UK, in 2011, and it was one of the best trips of my life.

Plus, I'm working on my fic for the [info]daily_deviant tenth birthday celebration. 1000 words so far!

Here are a few of the HP fanfics I've read and enjoyed recently:

From [info]hp_goldenage (the main characters need to be over 50):

Love and Other Forms of Chaos by Anonymous (Millicent/Hermione; NC-17)

I love when stories about smart Hermione are smart themselves, and this one is very smart indeed. And well-characterized. And hot. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

In Celebration of New Friendships by Anonymous (Minerva, ensemble; PG)

I have quite a soft spot for quiet, reflective, well-characterized fics like this one. The setting: Post-DH. The premise: Minerva is asked to be godmother to Albus Severus Potter. All the cameos are a delight, particularly Hermione and Horace. And Minerva is spot-on.

From [info]daily_deviant:

For What We Yearn by [livejournal.com profile] purplefluffycat (Albus/Gellert, Bellatrix/Voldemort; NC-17)

Beautifully and thoughtfully dark, with the clever, inventive, thematically relevant use of magic that PFC does so well.

How about a piece of beautiful HP art? Try Harry Potter Stained Glass by Nenuiel.

An HP rose window! With extra panels. Featuring just about everyone. And creatures. And the Hallows. A triumph.

Oh, one last thing -- author sign-ups have opened at [info]hp_podfic_fest. You can offer your fics to be read aloud as a podcast. I've been lucky enough to have several of my stories recorded, and each one has been a total gem. You don't have to do a podfic to offer your stories, but if you've been thinking of recording something, do it!

Author sign-ups are here.
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Wot Sux

--I think my freezer is going on the blink. On Sunday, the ice cream was hard. On Monday, the ice cream was not so hard. Today, the ice cream was quite soft. In my experience, ice cream is always a reliable canary when it comes to freezer problems. I'm hoping that maybe I just need some more air circulation. I've thrown out the ice-furred lima beans and the baggies of leftovers of uncertain vintage. And I ate all the ice cream (it was my duty, as part of Project Freezer Repair). So there's more room in there now. Gods of the universe? Do you hear me? Make it be airflow problems, okay?

--American politics. Here's the best article I've read yet on Trump's frightening and rapid rise. As with most social phenomena, there's no one single explanation. There's always a complex cluster of causes.

What's worst about Trumpism is not just Trump himself, or the huge number of supporters he seems to have, or even the fact that many Republican party leaders have admitted in public that they find Trump a dangerous demagogue and yet intend to support him anyway if he is the GOP nominee. . .it's the fact that, as this article shows, he's probably just a symptom of a larger worrisome trend that will continue even if he eventually loses.

(NB -- I usually try to steer clear of politics in my fandom journal, but the issues here go beyond simple political opinion. We're facing a significant moral crisis of national leadership. Staying silent is no longer an option for me. Feel free to defriend me until November, if you like! Not that I intend to rant on a daily basis, mind you. But I can't swear that I won't get the call again.)

Wot Don't

--I went to see Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van over the weekend. It's not a perfect film, but it's a fun one to watch, and Smith has rarely been better. The things she can do with merely a glance or a single inflection. . .astounding. 81 years old and still at the top of her game.

--Friending meme at [info]daily_deviant


art by [personal profile] twilightsorcery


--the Salt-and-Pepper Fest at [info]hp_goldenage has begun posting.

Its first entry is a lovely piece of art --

Passing the Trowel by Anonymous (Pomona, Neville)

Meme Time

Feb. 27th, 2016 12:19 am
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Let's have some music.

Stolen from several:

List 12 albums that have stayed with you over the years in some way. Don’t take too long on this list – just a few minutes. These don’t have to be great records, or critical masterpieces, just ones that mean something to you personally.

In the order that they occur to me. . .

1. The Beatles, White Album (and Sgt. Pepper's and Magical Mystery Tour and Abbey Road and. . .)
2. Levant Plays Gershwin
3. Glenn Miller's Greatest Hits
4. Apollo 100, Joy See group description here.
5. Starring Fred Astaire -- All Astaire's songs from his RKO films of the 1930s.
6. Carole King, Tapestry
7. Harry Nilsson, Nilsson Schmilsson
8. Godspell -- I bought it to learn the music so that I could audition for a production at a local community theatre. I did not get a part, but I do still know all the words.
9. Derek and the Dominos, Layla
10. Guys and Dolls -- 1992 Broadway soundtrack album; again, I still know every word.
11. soundtrack to the film The Firm -- The tracks I like best are the original jazz pieces by Dave Grushin, particularly Memphis Stomp and Ray's Blues. When I was going through a particularly rough breakup, these songs, for some reason, were the only pieces of music I could bear to listen to.
12. Benny Goodman, The 1938 Concert at Carnegie Hall

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