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The Salt-and-Pepper Fest is going on at [community profile] hp_goldenage. I love reading stories about the HP characters in their so-called golden years, and as usual, this year's fest offers quite a few gems. Check these out:

The Full Measure of Time by Anonymous
A well-characterized story that acknowledges the losses of age without losing the pleasures of living.

An Open Book by Anonymous
(Severus and Minerva)
A thoroughly-enjoyable look how cleverly (and snarkily) Hogwarts might be run if Minerva were headmistress and Severus were her deputy.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Anonymous
Older now, Ginny loves her home, and after you read this story, you will, too.
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I've finally caught up with reading/viewing at the excellent [community profile] snapecase fest, and I must say, it's a feast of fine writing and art. I've never seen so many well-written, thoughtful examinations of Severus's childhood, youth, and relationships with his parents. I like stories in which Tobias and Eileen are presented with nuance and complexity, not just as cardboard abusers/victims. And we've got those fics in spades here.

Here are some of my favorites:


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Today's Snowflake Challenge is to "post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create." Since I was planning to do a rec post for [info]daily_deviant's Kinky Kristmas anyway, I can do the proverbial "avian-destruction-with-a-single-stone" thing.

Kinky Kristmas was great fun this year, as always, and I still have a lot to read before the reveals on Sunday. As usual, you'll find a wide range of pairings, tones, and kinks. Here are a few of my favorites:

Nine Ways of Looking at a Book by Anonymous [personal profile] pauraque. (Minerva McGonagall/Hermione Granger)
I've already recced my own superb gift, but it deserves another mention. Book fic! Old-lady fic! Writing fic! And beautifully written and characterized to boot.

Unquestionable; Unforgivable by Anonymous [personal profile] purplefluffycat. (Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald)
Another intelligent, well-characterized story that offers a lot of insight into young Albus.

Imagine by Anonymous [personal profile] tjs_whatnot (Luna Lovegood/Alastor Moody)
Even though I love rare pairs, I approached this one with some trepidation, since I don't usually love chan. But the author handles the whole thing brilliantly -- the "pairing" is Luna's fantasy, presented in a way that makes sad sense. The characterization and writing are excellent; one of my favorites of the fest.

Moonbeam in the Palm of His Hand by Anonymous [personal profile] writcraft (Severus Snape/Remus Lupin)
A nice take on the post-war AU trope in which Snape and Lupin survive. The sex is subservient to character and atmosphere, which is my favorite type of kink fic.
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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)
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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 [ 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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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 [ 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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Yes, it's winter. Yes, I know it snows every winter. It's snowing right now, of course. Partner is looking at probably at least two feet of the stuff [60 cm] in NYC, with more to come; my elderly friend in DC says she thinks there's already over two feet on her deck.

But just because it happens every winter doesn't mean I have to like it!

Nor do I. In fact, I hate it. But it's here and it's drear and while I won't get used to it, I'll deal with it.

One way I've dealt with it is to sit slug-like on the couch all day and catch up with the Snape Fest over at [info]severus_snape.

It's a dandy little fest, with several excellent stories that reassure me that yes, there are still plenty of interesting things to say in HP fandom!

Here are some recs:

Dim Sympathies (Severus, Minerva, Albus, Harry, Sir Cadogan, Sir Cadogan's trusted steed; PG-13)
A fascinating and original story with a unique take on how magical portraits are created, one that also explores the ethical implications of the notion of keeping bits of a person's consciousness around for eternity. The whole thing is rendered in an effectively poetic, imagistic style, and the ending is perfect.

K155 Me (Severus/Harry, NC-17)
I love non-magical AUs that keep the characters' traits and personalities beautifully intact. Severus is a technophobe chemistry professor, and Harry is his neighbor in this well-written, clever tale.

Last Chance Saloon (Severus, Narcissa; PG-13)
Here's another genre I really enjoy when it's well done: Voldemort-wins dystopias. The premise here is an excellent one: a resistance group formed by disenchanted Death Eaters and headed by. . .guess who?

An Association (Severus/Narcissa; NC-17; infidelity)
A really intriguing character study of Narcissa -- she's believably pragmatic, self-interested, canny, insightful, and beautifully Slytherin to her core. The story is described more than narrated, but I think this approach works well for Narcissa's sense of clear-eyed, calculating distance. And Severus matches her. These are not "nice" people -- but they are compelling ones. If you like stories about power negotiations, you'll enjoy this.

Stay warm! Stay home! Get drunk! If you're in the US on the East Coast or the mid-Atlantic region or even parts of the South, you aren't going anywhere anyway. At least eat a lot of comfort food.
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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.

I've left a lot of fest comments lately, but I decided not to count those and instead to leave feedback on a story that I read several weeks ago, really enjoyed, and somehow never got around to leaving a response.

From Valley Broad and Fen by [personal profile] realmer06 (Helga Hufflepuff/Salazar Slytherin)
Written in an effective poetic, archaic style, this fic creates vivid portraits of the Founders; I really enjoyed the characterizations.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The next story doesn't represent new feedback, since I actually did comment on it when it was posted, but I never got around to making the rec post that I'd planned. So I'm going to argue that reccing it here constitutes "new" feedback, since it's new to you. Disagree with me if you dare.

Susan Bones's List of Worst Days Ever by [ profile] katmarajade (Susan Bones/Terry Boot)
This story has the best Susan Bones voice I've ever read. Here's what I wrote at the time of posting: What a fun, fine story! Susan's voice is terrific, and I love the way you keep the pace of the story clipping along despite the fact that the main character is silent and immobile. Very cleverly done. Everyone is sharply-characterized and vivid. Excellent job. I really enjoyed this.
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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.

I may have to do this day's challenge three times, since I want to write a review of the film Carol and also feel the itch to drabble.

But the first order of business is a rec post. I find myself both sad and ecstatic: sad, because I have finished reading all the entries in this year's stupendous [info]hoggywartyxmas fest, and ecstatic because the fest, always excellent, was simply top-notch this year. Rec-able story and art followed rec-able story and art with amazing regularity. Choosing a representative sampling for this rec post has been tremendously tough and also tremendously fun. I want to thank the Founder of the Feast, [ profile] therealsnape, for running one of the best fests in HP fandom and all the clever creators for giving these wonderful gifts -- 12 days of the best holiday presents ever.

Just when I think there's nothing new to be written in HP, along comes [info]hoggywartyxmas! Long may it reign.

(NB -- I've already recced my own fine gift here and some excellent Hoggywarty art here.)

Hoggywartyxmas Recs! )

And so many more gems -- a pithy, perceptive Albus/Alastor (of sorts), a delicious poetic parody of "A Visit From St. Nicholas," a well-done set of biblio-drabbles, a detailed artwork showing our friends partying at Rosmerta's, a Minerva/Severus ghost story, some lovely, bittersweet vignettes of solitary Christmases. . .I could go on, but you get the point: [info]hoggywartyxmas is terrific.
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Day 03

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.

(NB -- I'm skipping Day 2).

For this sort of thing -- reccing one's own work -- I enjoy picking a guiding theme. The first time I did the Snowflake Challenge (2014), I chose the theme of 'firsts'. This year, I've chosen the theme of "stories I've written in which the title is a corruption of homage to a famous work of literature."

Of Rhinos and Men (Snape/Moody; R)
Title references Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, which is itself a quotation from Robert Burns. The story is one of my rare forays into m/m slash, and it does indeed feature a rhino, though not (you may be pleased or sorry to hear) in a carnal sense.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Snape (Snape/McGonagall; R)
Title references Wallace Stevens's poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. There's always something dark-bird-like about Snape to me; I can't believe his patronus is not a raven or a crow or a blackbird singing in the dead of night, taking his broken wing and learning to fly.

Miss Grubbly-Plank Finds Herself (Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank/Irma Pince; NC-17)
Title references Radclyffe Hall's classic story of what used to be called gender "inversion," Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself. Miss O is a woman who feels more at home as a male. Her first name is "Wilhelmina," and I can't help but think that JKR is making a deliberate allusion to this story in her naming of Grubbly-Plank. There's no narrative reason that we need to learn G-P's first name in canon at all; JKR seems to go out of her way to introduce it. So no coincidence, if you ask me.

Reflections in a Golden Frame (Mirror of Erised with Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy, Charlie Weasley, Molly Weasley, Minerva McGonagall, Alastor Moody, Albus Dumbledore, Filius Flitwick, Rolanda Hooch, NC-17)
Title references Carson McCullers's novel Reflections in a Golden Eye. This fic is the closest to crack!fic that I've done and was written with much authorial snickering.
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The ever-fabulous [ profile] tjs_whatnot has written a wonderful fic for me as part of the comment-fest at [info]daily_deviant. In just 1000 words, she's given us smoking-hot, kinky Minerva/Hooch that also offers excellent characterization and setting. (Character will always be my favorite kink, and TJ doesn't disappoint). Read it now! You won't be disappointed, either.

Good to Be Scottish by [ profile] tjs_whatnot (Minerva/Rolanda, 1000 words, NC-17)

I've also managed to catch up on [info]mini_fest, so here are some of my favorites from that fun fest:

A Part of Yesterday by Anonymous (Severus/Petunia; NC-17)
I just love this -- my favorite story of the fest so far. It's poignant and sadly plausible .and well-characterized and filled with inventive magic. Great ending.

This Year's For Me and You by Anonymous (Remus/Sirius; R)
A well-characterized epistolary story. The voices of teenaged Sirius and Remus ring true.

A Pair of Brass Cufflinks by Anonymous (Remus/Sirius; PG)
Another fun, well-characterized story of teen Marauders being teen Marauders. . .(if they'd been teen Marauders who weren't the bullies of canon, that is).

I've already recced this fine art, but I think I had it in a flocked post. So I thought I'd repost the rec here, so the the artist can maybe get a well-deserved Hot Rec at the Daily Snitch:

Snowed In by Anonymous (Minerva/Severus, G)
A beautiful, calm holiday scene.
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2015 marked my sixth year of participation in [info]hp_halloween. It's a really fun, low-pressure fest: all you have to do is to write a 200-word drabble.

I've had the chance to write all sorts of different characters and pairings: Bellatrix, Luna, the Grey Lady, Severus, Minerva/Septima, Minerva/Rolanda. I've also received some wonderful gifts, and this year's is superb: Auntie Muriel AND Bathilda Bagshot, courtesy of one of my favorite HP writers:

A Better Afterlife by [ profile] _hannelore (Muriel Prewett, Bathilda Bagshot; PG)

Thank you, dear! I love it.

~ ~ ~

Since they are so short, I always have time to read and comment on all the drabbles posted, no matter what the pairing. Wow, have there been some gems over the years. Here are just a few of my favorite drabbles from the 2015 fest:

Alone by [ profile] shadowycat (Severus; PG)

Poignant and plausible.

First Night by [ profile] hikarievandar (Narcissa; G)

This one's just terrific -- atmospheric, layered, and beautifully characterized, all in 200 words. This writer's previous entry (2014) was also top-notch, iirc. I'm going to have to read everything they've written.

Red Ribbon by [ profile] pauraque (Hermione, Rose and Hugo Weasley; G)

Talk about telling a full story with strong characterizations in 200 words: this one's a textbook example of how to do it right.

~ ~ ~

And here's mine for this year. It's nowhere close to my best work, but I had an ulterior motive in writing it, so I had to sacrifice quality. Don't feel you need to comment. I include it here only for posterity.

Happy Halloween (Neville/Hannah; Hermione; PG)

Looking forward to next year!
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Reveals have gone up at Remix Redux 2015 and Remix Madness 2015, and now I can lay claim to the following fics:

1. My official "Remix Redux" was a Star Trek: Voyager story for Miri Cleo, a writer new to me whose fic list offered a wonderful cornucopia of stories featuring Captain Janeway. I debated between remixing her fine, angsty Janeway/Crusher story, To Uncreate a Memory, but finally I couldn't resist lure of returning to one of my favorite VOY pairings, Janeway/Seven. Cleo's story is from Janeway's pov; my remix offers Seven's view. The result:

Penchant (The "Poetry" Remix) (Janeway/Seven; PG; ~1500 words). (With many thanks to my fine beta-reader and VOY friend of old, [ profile] aabbey)

Here's Cleo's original: Poetry (Janeway/Seven; PG; ~600 words)

2. For Remix Madness, I did a very short remix of an atmospheric little piece by [ profile] astrogirl2. Her's is from SS's pov; mine is from MM's.

The Taking of a Toast and Tea (the "Rest for the Weary" Remix) (Minerva/Severus; G; 318 words)

I think of it as taking place in the "Adela" universe (stories here and here), but you don't need to have read either of those stories to enjoy the remix.

Here is AstroGirl's original: Rest for the Weary (Minerva/Severus; G; 330 words).

I was lucky enough to receive two excellent Remix gifts; I can now reveal their authors:

Older and Wiser (Wilhelmina/Irma) was written by Epikoinos.

Like Nobody's Watching (Janeway/Paris) was written by Syrena of the Lake.

Both of these writers are new to me. I'm off now to read everything they have written!

If you get a chance, check out all the HP remixes at Redux and Madness -- fun reads all.


Jun. 29th, 2015 08:10 pm
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Many years ago (1999, to be exact), I got sucked into the world of fanfic for the first time when I became obsessed with the character of Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager.

Once I found fanfic, I lurked and read for several weeks and then decided to try my hand at writing. After a couple of apprenticeship pieces, I wrote and posted my first real story, Swing Time, a humorous piece of gen/soft romance featuring Janeway and one of her crew members, Tom Paris.

Fast-foward to 2015 and the Remix Madness fest. Remix Madness is an offshoot of the more formal Remix Redux, a multi-fandom exchange in which one is assigned to write for a particular person. In Redux, there are various rules governing who can write what (to request a particular fandom, for instance, you have to have written a certain number of stories in it.)

But "Madness" is not an exchange: it's a brief (three- or four-day) free-for-all in which people offer their stories for remixing, and anyone can choose to write for anyone in any fandom. There's no minimum word count.

Well, I threw my hat into the ring, and when "Remix Madness" went live this afternoon, I found that some dear soul has remixed my "Swing Time" story. They did a fabulous job -- caught the tone and spirit of the original perfectly. The characters' voices are spot-on. I'm pleased that my old story is still being read and pleased to have this chance to revisit it.

Even if you don't know the VOY fandom, I think the stories should be easy to follow if you'd care to give them a try.

Here's the delightful remix = Like Nobody's Watching.

I also wrote something for Remix Madness, and I'll cop to it in a week or so, when reveals go up.
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The archive for the 2015 Remix fest opened this afternoon. And to my delighted surprise, my anonymous author chose to remix one of my OLSB rarepairs: Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank/Irma Pince.

My original story was the first-ever fic I wrote for daily_deviant back in 2011: it's called Miss Grubbly-Plank Finds Herself, and it was written for the prompt of "sexology."

I had such a fun time writing that story, but I thought that it (and the pairing) were something of an acquired taste, interesting only to OLSB crones and their allies. So I never expected it to be chosen for a remix. But I'm very glad it was. For her new version, the author chose a different plot and timeline from my original, though she kept the characterizations remain intact (always important to me). I love book- and library-fic, and this remix gives me both.

Here is is: Older and Wiser.

Go read and enjoy. Please don't forget to reward the author with comments.

But that's not all, folks! There are five HP stories in this year's Remix, plus hosts of other fandoms. Browse the archive; you're bound to find something appealing.

Since stories are still anon, I can't reveal mine yet. You'll have to possess your souls in patience until next week.
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I want to get in a couple of [info]femmefest recs before the reveals later today (Sunday.)

I have a soft spot for this fest because a) femmeslash, and b) it was one of the first few fests I participated in, back in 2009, and I didn't realize that I was part of the inaugural year. I've dropped out in the last few years because very few participants are interested in older-woman fic, and I hated to be the Cheese That Stands Alone, giving fits to the poor mods as they try to match me.

This year's fest was small, focusing almost exclusively on the Trio generation with the Black sisters showing up occasionally. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading.

Here are my favorites:

grazed knees by Anonymous (Ginny/Luna)
A beautifully written and characterized story, very poetic. Moving, painful, and uplifting. My favorite of the fest.

Potions Partners by Anonymous (Lily/Narcissa)
My first [info]femmefest story was Lily/Narcissa, and it's a pairing I continue to enjoy. This one is fluffy and fun.
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Today is the first day of posting for [info]femslash_remix, and the very first story is an well-written for ME by the always-excellent
[ profile] _hannelore. She chose to remix Down to Earth, a Minerva/Rolanda fic that I wrote for the 2011 edition of [info]dysfuncentine, an anti-Valentine's Day fest that focused on dysfunctional romantic relationships.

"Down to Earth" features a sort of experimental Minerva, one who is younger, more subdued, and more insecure (personally, not professionally) than I usually write her. I think there is canon justification for such an interpretation (based on the way she's willing to yield to Albus's judgment, puts herself in the background, etc.), and I wanted to give the idea a try. I'm so pleased by the way Hannelore picks up the tone and characterizations of the original and gives us a perfectly-plausible Pomona backstory (with bonus Augusta)!

Go read Up in the Air now. (Minerva/Rolanda, PG, 1100 words)

And while I'm here, I'll share this with you: Dedicated Mom Builds Amazingly Detailed Hogwarts out of 400,000 Lego Bricks.

Sorry, kids-I-never-had: your mom would never have been that dedicated! But it's a really fun thing to look at. It has floating candles, magical portraits, a nicely-eerie Slytherin common room (complete with Draco), a wonderful dungeon potions lab (didn't Lego have a kit for this, though? Is that what she used?), and there's even Peeves hanging near the staircase (in front of Minerva). The lit version is great.

But I have a big question: who actually has a "Lego room" in their house? When the Young Man was a kid, his room sometimes looked like a Lego room, but it doubled as his bedroom. I remember reading once that Marlene Dietrich had an entire "gift-wrapping" room in her house, but then, she was an extravagant Hollywood diva. Maybe this kid's "Lego Room" is just a playroom with lotsa Legos. 400,000 of them. Which his mom took.
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Back in the day (i.e., my early days of fandom), there were several fests dedicated to Severus Snape: [info]snapelyholidays, [info]snapecase, and a few others. I really enjoyed them: they always had a range of interesting pairings and interesting takes on Snape; I liked seeing the different but plausible versions of his character. Sadly, those fests died, and for a while, we had no Snape-centric exchanges.

But everything old is new again, and now we have the excellent [info]severus_fest, run by that wonderful boon to HP fandom, [ profile] akatnamedeaster.

I've spent the evening drenched in Snape (no, not like THAT; I play for the other team), and the result is some recs for you. Hope you enjoy them.


Every Saint is an Accident by Anonymous (Severus/Petunia; NC-17)
I have a sneaking fondness for this pairing, especially when it's done like this, all twisted and bitter and painful and aching and yet with such vulnerability and need underneath, on both their parts. This version of Severus is rough, raw, and believable. Great world-building overall.

The Second Time Around by Anonymous (Severus, Eileen/OMC, Stubby Boardman; PG-13)
I really enjoy those stories that show Snape as a snarky Eeyore on one hand and a caring (in his Snapey way) human being on the other. And I'm completely sold on his prickly but loving relationship with his mother. Severus's voice is spot-on, as in his thoughts about why he never drinks: There wasn't a chance in hell that he'd be any more sweet-tempered drunk than Da was, and Merlin knew, he was a vicious enough bastard stone sober.


"And A Horrible Scene Met His Eyes. . ." by Anonymous (Harry; Severus/Argus; PG)
Remember that scene in PS where Harry sees Snape being treated by Filch for (we learn later) a bite from Fluffy? I've always thought that scene just drips with UST, and this hilarious art proves it. They have eyes only for each other. Be sure to watch the background long enough to spot Mrs Norris.

Snapebastian by Anonymous (Severus, the Dark Mark; PG-13 [though probably NWS])
This powerful piece envisions Severus as St. Sebastian, being shot not by arrows by by wands. You won't be able to look away from the expression on Snape's face.


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