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March 12th, 2007

Happy Birthday, Remus

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OK, so I'm a bit late with the natal day felicitations. Meh. I'm sure he had a lovely day with Harry and the gang. [info]remus_reads has posted the Remus Lupin Ficlet Exchange 2007. You can find the Master List here. This is the first exchange I've ever participated in. Check out my gift fic - it's sweet and hopeful, and wonderful. Whoever wrote it knows my tastes well and did a marvelous job with the characterization. *bounces* Read them all, of course, but especially read the one for me. The entries are organized so you won't have a bit of trouble finding it. If you guess which one I wrote, before the reveal tells you, I'll write you a drabble, pairing and prompt your choice (no Snupin or Snermione).

It'll be Spring soon, and the weather here is finally reflecting that. My house is spotless (hey, we had to do something constructive during vacation) and is being aired out thorougly right now. All the windows are wide open and the ceiling fans are going full blast. It's a bit chilly in here, with the wind currents and all, but it smells so effing good I don't care that I'm wearing socks and a sweater. Even my cubbyhole office smells much bigger than it actually is - lol.

Those of you that I'm editing for - I'll get it done and back to you by Wednesday at the latest.

February 27th, 2007

There's a story lurking in the comments section

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of my previous entry. [info]imkalena came across a prompt I left for [info]schemingreader awhile ago. She liked it, and wrote a Harry/Remus that will knock your socks off, even if you're barefoot - it's poignant, and the conversation between them is so real it made me sniffle. I have no idea how to link to a comment, but it's the last four or five comments in my entry from 2/23. Go read, and tell her how marvelous she is, yeah?

RL whining - wow, I'm doing that a lot lately - sorry )
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February 14th, 2007

FIC: HP/SS: The Thirteenth Use of Dragon's Blood

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Title: The Thirteenth Use of Dragon’s Blood
Author: [info]jadzia7667
Rating: G
Word count: 1086
Pairing: HP/SS, preslash
Disclaimer: Not mine. They’re hers.
Warnings: None.
Summary: Deep undercover, Snape communicates the only way he can. For now.
Beta: The speedy and amazing [info]shamak. Thank you for your insightful comments and quick turnaround time.

The Thirteenth Use of Dragon’s Blood )

Knock Knock, anybody around?

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I need a quick beta for a ficlet, if anyone has time. It's HP/SS, a thousand words and so not fluffy. The title is: The Thirteenth Use of Dragon's Blood. That's not even pervy. I dunno what's wrong with me.

Any takers?

Minxie, are you here? *goes to AOL to see* She isn't.

I know this is probably a bad night to ask...but if anybody's around, that'd be marvelous.

February 6th, 2007

*baaing like a sheep*

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That map thingy'll be interesting to peek at over the next few days, I suppose.

real life ramblings )

February 2nd, 2007

REC: RL/PW: Fire and Ice

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Title: Fire and Ice
Author: smoke [info]islandsmoke
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Remus/Percy
Kink: ice play, temperature play, wax play, blood, whipping, bondage, Alpha!Remus, mind-fuckery
Challenge: February Fuq ~ Remus/Percy and ice play were both assigned
A/N: I chose Anniversary. My thanks to [info]busaikko for beta help.

Fire and Ice

Do not let the unfamiliar pairing or your distaste for Percy put you off this fic. It's entirely plausible and perhaps even inevitable, in the beginning. After that, it becomes rather original and the ending is mind bogglingly fresh and different. There isn't a ton of plot, but the porn is nicely spiced with it. Go. Read. Tell the author how much you liked it, if you read it and enjoy it as much as I did. Please? Thanks.

February 1st, 2007

Need a Beta?

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No, not me. Well, maybe. Probably. If I'm working with you already, however sporadically, or have said I probably will when February is over.

For the rest of the people that are looking for a beta, or that need one but don't know how to look for one, or that need one and refuse to acknowledge that fact, or that use their little sister or best friend as a beta, please go here, to Perfect Imagination and follow the instructions for writers. Everyone needs a beta, and some folks need more than one. Your beta should not be some kid down the street or someone who's afraid to offend you by pointing out errors and suggesting corrections.

Yes, this post is born of my frustration at reading fics that would be amazing if they were beta'd and I could read them without risking brain damage. I seriously thought my eyeballs were going to bleed when I was going through my links the other day. I discarded a lot of stories that had interesting summaries because, when I read the first page of the story, it was riddled with bad grammar, bad spelling, rampant misuse of vocabulary, and/or other technical errors.

The best idea in the world isn't worth the electronic space it takes up if you can't execute it with a degree of grace and technical skill.

If PI doesn't suit you, here's a short list of comms that can hook you up with beta service. These are not my reccomendations for beta groups; this is what I found when I did a search, using 'beta reader' in LJ's search box, and using interests as the search instruction. Anybody could locate comms the way I did, if they were serious about finding a beta.

I did try to choose comms that used good grammar and spelling in their profile information. I also tried to pick general beta comms, rather than ones for specific pairings or fandoms. I'd be here all day if I tried to list every single ship in the HP fandom, you know? Other than that, I cannot vouch for any of these comms. It's a place to start, though.

[info]beta_readers
[info]beta_search
[info]beta_tank
[info]betacommentary
[info]hp_beta

It is useless to tell people to get a beta without giving them ideas for how to go about finding one. It's also useless to tell them their fic is rife with errors, then not point those errors out to 'em. Since I don't want to beta for the planet, I opted for the first idea and decided to post this list.

In other news: )

January 9th, 2007

FIC: HP/BW: Healing Bond

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Title: Healing Bond
Author: [info]jadzia7667
Rating: G
Word count: 2257
Challenge: Forced Bonding Prompts, for [info]thematic_hp The prompt is: Harry is injured. The only way to help him is for him to be magically bound with Bill Weasley. (Or you can have Bill as the injured one.)
Pairing: Harry/Bill, preslash
Disclaimer: Not mine. They belong to JKR.
Warnings: None.
Summary: After a rather rough pickup game of Quidditch, Harry once again has to save the day…or the curse breaker.
A/N: This didn’t turn out at all like I originally thought it would.
Beta: The lovely [info]florida_minxie.

Healing Bond )

January 8th, 2007

Whee!

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My Forced Bonding fic for [info]thematic_hp is FINISHED! It's with the Beta Goddess just now, and when the edit process is finished, it'll get posted over there first.

*dances*

Next on my plate - the Harry/Hermione bunny that's been percolating in my fevered brain for awhile. *pets muse and feeds her chocolate so she'll stick around*

January 6th, 2007

FIC: RW/SS: Opportunity Knocks

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Title: Opportunity Knocks
Author: [info]jadzia7667
Rating: Maybe an R?
Word count: 1859
Pairing: Ron Weasley/Severus Snape, vague allusions to Harry/Hermione
Disclaimer: Not mine. They belong to that British woman over there.
Warnings: None. Really.
Summary: A random Auror sweep leads to something more.
A/N: This is aimed at [info]sweetsorcery because the last time I wrote this pairing, it was pretty cracky. There’s not near as much smut as usual, but there’s room for a sequel, maybe.
Beta: The lovely [info]florida_minxie.

ETA: I'd be interested to know your opinion of Snape's voice, if you are so inclined.

Opportunity Knocks )

January 5th, 2007

The Love Meme

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Someone put me up there a lil while ago. I have the warm fuzzies now. What a nice way to tell people you appreciate 'em. Here's the linkie, if you haven't seen this yet. You probably have, but you know - I just got over there to read today.

The Love Meme

December 23rd, 2006

The Giant Squid

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I had to laugh when I saw this news story. I've read a couple of Harry/Squid stories. They left me laughing and just a teeny bit squicked, but you know - it could be worse. It seems Japanese scientists have found a potential mate for our Giant Squid, so perhaps the Harry/Squid ship has finally sailed. Anybody want to volunteer to play matchmaker between the Hogwarts Squid and this one?

Giant Squid: Found

December 18th, 2006

Squee!

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Artist: [info]sh4rds
Pairing: Harry/Remus, toddlers
Rating: PG, maybe
Prompt: Christmas came early.
Squees: Romance, kissing, possessive hands, toddlers that look like the pairing in question, messy hair, glazed eyes, sappy smiles, disheveled clothing.

Whee! Y'all go check out my gorgeous giftart from [info]sh4rds It's got Harry and Remus and a Christmas tree, and adorable babies, and...and...yay!! Go see the pretty. [info]sh4rds is an incredibly talented artist, and this piece hits all my squee buttons at once.

The squees are what I gave her as part of the prompt - grin. I love smut, y'all know that, but I love happy family scenes every bit as much, and sometimes more than smut. This is exactly what I was thinking when I wrote the prompt. Thank you so much!

Harry/Remus giftart!!

December 16th, 2006

Femmeslash

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Oh my. [info]snapesgirl wrote femmeslash, featuring Domme Hermione in leather. Go. Read. Comment. Encourage her to write more of it. Link is Here.

This ficlet hit all my buttons simultaneously. *grins*

December 13th, 2006

Whee! My Harry/Ron ficlet

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[info]shocolate wrote me Harry/Ron with a baby. Whee! It's lovely. Go read it.

Parenthood

December 11th, 2006

ACK!

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*cracking up*

*calming down and considering plot points*

[info]insaneboingo made me think about Arthur Weasley smut. A bunny was born. I'm sorry, y'all - I'm gonna have to write it, after I get done with Story X, which is progressing nicely today.

Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy loathe one another. They feel strongly enough about each other to brawl in a bookstore. Why is that? Aside from the whole 'we're on opposing sides in the Light/Dark war' thing.

*ponders bunny with one side of brain, while working on Story X with the other*

December 10th, 2006

JKR Quotes and idle musing

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JKR: "everyone should keep their eye on Snape, I'll just say that, because there's more to him than meets the eye...."

Indeed. There'd have to be. Aside from the whole 'he was a Death Eater' thing.

Alan Rickman: "I think at heart Snape is basically quite an insecure person, he’s always longing to be something else that people will really respect like a black magician not just a school master. That's why he envies the more popular and successful boys like Harry. He does have a positive side though, even though Harry's a thorn in his side he doesn't let it worry him too much."

The insecure bit - absolutely. Snape is incredibly emotional, and nearly always reacts defensively. He's got walls that are miles thick. I disagree vehemently with the last bit. Harry affects Snape deeply - enough to make him lose his temper on a regular basis. He's not objective or detached at all where Harry is concerned. His emotions run deep and strong; he's far from a disinterested bystander and is completely incapable of distancing himself from anything that concerns Harry Potter, even peripherally. Anyone that sees Snape's character as disinterested or detached should probably read the books again. Just saying...

/idle musings.

December 8th, 2006

Calling all twisted, kinky writers: bunny for adoption

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There is no way I can write this, because I start laughing and making up ridiculous scenes in my head, instead of settling down to be properly Dark. Poor Minxie has her fingers stuffed in her ears, chanting, "lalalalala, I can't hear you." It's that bad. *snicker*

But, in the hands of the right writer, it could be powerful and unusual, twisted and sexy.

Pairing: Ghosts of Hogwarts/anybody you like.
Premise: It takes a lot of energy for a ghost to maintain his or her form in order to be visible to the staff and students at large. It's an important job to be the mascot for one's former House...in public. In private, a ghost has to do what a ghost has to do. All that energy has to come from somewhere. Sir Nick (or another ghost of your choice) has discovered the perfect method for replenishing his energy field.

It's the young ones that provide the most intense energy. It's the young ones that provide the most piercing pleasure. Sir Nicholas (or another ghost of your choosing) can taste their fear, smell their arousal, and grow strong on the muted sounds of their shame. It's truly a satisfying relationship...for a term.

I specifically was thinking that perhaps the ghosts get their energy from molesting unsuspecting Firsties. That's how they are able to manifest so easily, and possibly why Peeves is so poltergeisty - he's had an overload of chan energies in his diet.

I have Sir Nicholas and Harry in mind for this, but really, it could go so many ways. It could even go flangsty, if the student falls in love with the ghost. I'll leave the details up to whoever takes the plunge, yeah?

If anyone adopts this bunny, please link me to the finished story, so I can admire it. I know my limits; I can't write chan or particularly dark themes. Perhaps one of you will be able to turn this into a deliciously dark and rather frightening story.

December 5th, 2006

See that icon over there?

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Does anyone know how to add text to it? Ideally, I'd like it to say 'Goddess' above the rune.

ETA: Whee! Thanks to those who responded - I've got a couple uploaded. A couple others aren't working for me, but I'll figure it out.

Thank you, [info]carpe_slytherin for adding color to this - it's gorgeous!!

I got myself some extra userpics, so now I'm on a major icon hunt. I made a few; pagan and pride oriented, which was fun, but most of the images I have saved are .gifs, so I still have space to add 37 more icons.

*wanders off to hunt for some*

November 28th, 2006

FIC: HP/SS: Yuletide Cheer

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Title: Yuletide cheer
Author: [info]jadzia7667
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 2418
Pairing: Snarry
Disclaimer: If they were mine, the entire series would be rated NC-17
Summary: Prompt: Severus trying to decorate and Harry decides to flash him...
A/N: For [info]lilyeyes. A ‘Flamel Flame’ is similar to a Bunsen burner. There are no warnings for this story. Not even one. Not even a made up one. *g*
Beta: The lovely [info]florida_minxie

Yuletide Cheer )
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