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 daily_deviant
tenth birthday celebration. 1000 words so far!
Here are a few of the HP fanfics I've read and enjoyed recently:
(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.
:For What We Yearn
(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
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 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