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As some of you already know, I tend to hang around on the OCD spectrum, for better (often) and worse (sometimes). I spend a lot of time putting things in order and making lists and plans and FINISHING ALL THE THINGS, because I HAVE TO FINISH ALL THE THINGS, DAMMIT! I'm a completist, what can I say?

One of the things I felt compelled to finish this year was [community profile] trope_bingo, Round 3.

The premise of [community profile] trope_bingo is that you receive a bingo card listing a random assortment of common fanfic tropes. Your goal is to make a bingo by writing fics (or doing art, vids, fanmixes, etc.) featuring the tropes in a given line. Any fandom is fine. While creating one or several bingos is the ideal, you can qualify for each annual round just by filling one single square on the card during the calendar year of the fest.

I signed up for a 2014 card last January because it sounded like fun. But between RL and fandom commitments and my general laziness and procrastination, I didn't manage anything close to a bingo. In fact, I didn't manage to write a single [community profile] trope_bingo fic.

But as I say, I'm a completist, and my failure weighed on me. I kept intending to dash off at least one fic before the year ended, but being the procrastinator that I am (it's a veritable art form with me), I put it off and didn't manage to start writing until 6:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Still, I thought, six hours should be plenty of time.

Except that I didn't really have six hours, what with Uncle coming for tea and then our NYE plans for Peking Duck.

Thus I actually had about two and a half hours to write. Okay, maybe just two, if you subtract time spent sipping a little restorative. But I pulled something together nonetheless, using the tropes of "bets/wagers" and "kidfic." To me, these options immediately said "Snape and McGonagall." I managed to post the thing with ten minutes to spare before the big ball dropped in Times Square.

So I've actually qualified for the next round of Trope Bingo! I'm not even sure I'll try the next round (since I had such spectacular success with this one /g/), but I like to keep my options open. Plus, um. . .completist. Yeah.

Anyway, if you think you'll enjoy a piece of implausible Snape!fluff written in two hours, then read on!

Title: Imp
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Pairings/Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Neville Longbottom, OC; (background Minerva/Severus and Hannah/Neville).
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~1000
Warnings: Kidfic (I know, me writing kidfic. Can you fathom it??)
Summary: Severus loses a bet to Minerva.

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Imp )
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This story was my entry in the 2014 [info]hp_beholder fest. Although I didn't know it as I wrote, this year marked the end of this wonderful series. Beholder turned out a huge number of consistently high-quality stories and artworks featuring the HP characters I like best: those who, because of age or size or features, are rarely the focus of stories of love and romance.

I'm grateful and honored that I had the chance to participate in five of the seven editions of [info]hp_beholder. There are few others places in HP fandom where I would have found so many receptive, thoughtful readers for my OCs and for the pairings I was able to explore over the years: Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape in 2010, Eileen Prince/Sybill Trelawney in 2011, Minerva McGonagall/Alastor Moody in 2012, Rolanda Hooch/Aurora Sinistra and Fat Lady/Violet in 2013, and this year's most unusual Minerva McGonagall/Neville Longbottom.

My unending thanks to the fest's originator, [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth, who ran it from 2008-2012, and to [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi, who kindly gave us two additional years. Thanks, too, to [livejournal.com profile] odogoddess, my prompter/recipient, for suggesting such a fascinating, unlikely pairing as Neville/Minerva.

Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Title: Roses in December
Rating: R
Pairing: Minerva McGonagall/Neville Longbottom
Additional Characters/Cameos: Colin Creevey**, Filius Flitwick, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape, Pomona Sprout, Ginny Weasley
Word Count: ~12,600
Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *Possible underage sex -- Neville is 17*.
Summary: As teacher and student, Professor McGonagall and Mr Longbottom understand their relationship very well. But what happens when they are forced to become Minerva and Neville? Set during the DH year.

**It has been pointed out to me, quite correctly, that as a Muggle-born, Colin Creevey would not have been at Hogwarts during the DH year. But I prefer to believe that he found a way to sneak back and that Snape would just have chosen to ignore his presence unless an issue were made of it. We know Colin was there, sadly, for the Battle.

Many thanks to my superbly-helpful and kind beta , [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape, and to B for the gift of plot. "It's an homage, Perry."

Roses in December )
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Reveals have been posted at [info]hoggywartyxmas. I'm happy to report that (not counting the authors/artists I beta'd or knew from other sources), I correctly guessed eleven authors and two artists. That's right, my dears, you can't hide from Sybill Kelly and her Inner Eye (not even if you leave long comments on your own fic /g/).

My excellent gift, Four Christmases, was written by the inestimable [livejournal.com profile] squibstress; nobody does a better dysfunctional Minerva and Severus. Thanks again, my dear! (Yes, I WIN at exchanges again.)

For my contribution, I wrote "Hopeless," featuring a character I'd never written before -- Millicent Bulstrode. I've always thought there must be more to her than the little we see in canon and in JKR's interview comment that she is a "half-blood", so I really enjoyed exploring her possible backstory. Many thanks to you kind people who commented on it and/or recced it in your LJs; I sincerely appreciate the gift of feedback.

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Title: Hopeless
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Rating: PG
Word Count: 9400
Characters: Millicent Bulstrode, Pomona Sprout, Neville Longbottom, Pansy Parkinson, OCs
Summary: Millicent Bulstrode is hopeless. And that's not always a bad thing.
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: JKR owns the Potterverse. And she'll push you down if you try to claim it's yours.
Author's Notes: From my recipient ([livejournal.com profile] miss_morland's) list of lovely prompts, I used these: "a student's hopeless crush on a teacher" and "two unlikely friends."

My thanks to my ever-helpful beta, [livejournal.com profile] tetleythesecond, and to the wonderful fest mod, [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape.

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Hopeless )
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This story was my entry in the 2012 [info]minerva_fest. I thoroughly enjoyed writing Neville.

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Title: Life, Love, and the Headmistress
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss
Rating: PG
Word Count: 10,400
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, Pomona Sprout, Augusta Longbottom, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Hannah Abbott
Summary: Neville Longbottom joins the Hogwarts staff as a "junior instructor in Herbology" and finds himself thinking about life, love, and Minerva McGonagall.
Warnings: none
Author's Notes: As always, [livejournal.com profile] therealsnape, my best and wisest of betas, has improved this story wonderfully. Thank you, dear!

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Life, Love, and the Headmistress )

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