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Summary: A week after Dumbledore is removed as Headmaster, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, and Xiomara Hooch go drinking and debate ways to solve the crisis Hogwarts is laboring under. (1,800 words)

Note: This is a sidestory for Secrets, my retelling of CoS from Ginny's perspective. I'm not sure when I started writing it -- probably early 2003 -- but I stalled out after the first 200 or so words and posted that in 2004 as what I expected to be a permanently unfinished fragment. The thing is, the universe lives to make me eat my words. When I opened the file to tidy it up and post it to AO3 as part of a collection of other HP fragments, I suddenly needed to finish it. So I did, ten years late. *wry*

I suspect, based on the title, that I originally meant to have the teachers focus on the peculiarities of Ginny's behavior, but McGonagall has no reason to think Ginny's in particular trouble compared to the rest of the school, so I ended with a more general story.

A Problem Like Ginevra )


Ha, I win.

Oh, right, some notes! Note are useful things. McGonagall was apparently born circa 1925, which means that in 1943, she could have been a sixth-year, a seventh-year, or one year out of school. I'm assuming she was a seventh-year. Madam Hooch doesn't have a canonical first name; the two options are Rolanda and Xiomara, and I picked the one that sounds cooler. Similarly, Moaning Myrtle doesn't have a canonical last name. The one I gave her wasn't chosen completely at random -- it's kinda-sorta a word play on weeping willows -- but it's still pretty arbitrary.

oh my god, WHAT

Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:19 pm
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This morning my mom sent me an email with what seems to be the abstract of a presentation given at a recent-ish theological conference held at Drew University -- or maybe the theme statement of the conference as a whole? It's hard for me to be sure since the text is one of the best examples of academic jargon run amok that I have ever seen. To wit:

Some of the most recent, most significant, most discussed works in queer theory have interrogated how we conceive our relation to the future and the past. From Lee Edelman’s polemicized caution that certain forms of commitment to certain kinds of futurity serve to eradicate queerness, to José Esteban Muñoz’s insistence that queerness can be secured only by fixing our eyes on the glimmering horizon of the future, to Heather Love’s worries about our relation to the traumas and injuries of the past, to Carolyn Dinshaw’s insistence on the very queer ways the past and present long to connect, this body of work seeks to replace reliance on logics of repetition, linearity, periodicity, and teleology with images of temporal drags and co-presences, anachronisms and proximities, contaminations and touches across time. Just as the foundational works of queer theory revealed that conceptions of gender, sexuality and race are not natural or inevitable, but social and conventional—and, hence, ethical and political—this body of work underscores that even seemingly commonsensical categories like past, present and future are intimately bound up with desire and power.

and then it keeps going for two more paragraphs! )


I have no words. O_o

this was not in the plan...

Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:45 pm
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I was going to do a sort of chaptered pseudo-fic for my unfinished HP fragments, except that requires opening the files in question and when I did so, I suddenly really wanted to finish writing "A Problem Like Ginevra." Which is a McGonagall-POV "Secrets" sidefic I started in... I dunno, early 2003, probably? And I got about 200 words into it, lost interest, posted the fragment in 2004, and proceeded to forget about it entirely.

So far this evening, I have added over 600 words to the file, and have nearly maneuvered McGonagall, Sprout, and Hooch around to having the conversation that was the original point of the whole endeavor.

Send help?
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Two posts in one night! Goodness. :)

I'm a terrible person for making this take so long, but i'm so happy that people are sticking with it. I'm slooooowly writing charity auction fics, as well, haven't forgotten those!

And again, and as always, thank you, [livejournal.com profile] darkhavens for the beta! And Snow for the once-over and approval. :)

Also at AO3.

A savage place! as holy and enchanted.... )
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Yay, Summergen fics were 'revealed' today, so now we all know who wrote what! I got an extremely awesome fic for my prompt: “In between jobs, Sam and Dean would sometimes get a day – sometimes a week, if they were lucky. They'd pass their time lining their pockets.... They could go anywhere and do anything.”

It's Journeywork of the Stars by frozen_delight. That's the AO3 post, or you can read it - and many other amazing fics - at the spn_summergen 2014 Masterlist.

My own fic was written for the prompt: Dean has an encounter with Death after Metatron kills him but before his eyes open, demon black, for my_belle. Beta'd, of course, by [livejournal.com profile] darkhavens. Thanks, bb!

Also at AO3.
The AO3 Summergen works archive.

Title is from The Tempest - Act 5, Scene 1 - William Shakespeare.

This Thing of Darkness I Acknowledge Mine )

The 'little place in the middle of Missouri' is A Slice of Pie and they make *amazing* pies. :)

Next post - probably right before midnight - will be the next part of The World Where Yesternight You Died.

[picspam] mooooooore Kew

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:09 pm
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The shot I was most pleased with from last trip in early October: three lilypads in a row, in different colours.

Another seven photos. )

And my absolute favourite shot, from the oak walk (where I was very excitable and very pleased by ALL THE OAKS), is light through oak leaves:

Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:33 pm
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.


General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.


The Dispossessed )

Lucifer )

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Black Jewels )

And that is that. :-)
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... to be titled "This didn't annoy me.", with possible subcategories of "this book only annoyed me a bit" and "this annoyed the shit out of me but to my bafflement I still appear to extremely impatient for the sequel to come out".

Brought to you by once again finding myself describing Max Gladstone as "not annoying", when it might be more informative to say "he's writing about trans stuff and recovery from serious injury stuff and he just keeps getting it right to the extent that I had to reread to be sure I'd correctly understood the entire lack of awful, and then I burst into tears on the celeriac".
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As a species, we are dedicated
to post hoc rationalisation:
the tidying away of inconvenient emotion
the reduction of the self
to an ordered
                     of steps.
If this, then that. Well, no:
everything happens for a reason.
The reason, though, does not come carved deep into stone
(every conceivable dictator
being characterised by sublime indifference):
but is rather what you make of it.
This is what it means to tell the story of your life:
to take your whys and somehow give them form.
This is the solid ground of poetry:
two roads diverged; think, two things, both at once:
and every meaning you create is true
or true enough for now. Is this about...?

Yes. Yes, it is.

If only for this moment, we
are mirrored mirror twins.
I only wish I'd any clue
along which lines I'd break.

... the Internet is magic.

Oct. 21st, 2014 12:12 am
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OKAY, so, back in 2007 I went on a school trip to Rome for a long weekend. On our one free early-afternoon I ended up getting to spend much less time at San Clemente than I'd intended, because Italian lunch hours, which in turn lead to me and the others I was with eating one of the best restaurant meals I had ever had for astonishingly little money, and it was only as we were leaving that we noticed the discreet stickers on the door about the place having been voted best-restaurant-in-Rome the preceding two years running.

My mother will be in Rome next weekend.

My mother, who remembers me rhapsodising about this place, asked me if I could recall the name.

... as it happened, I could remember (1) that the name started with an N and (2) the approximate walking route to get to it from San Clemente. Ergo five minutes with online maps later I had identified La Naumachia as the most plausible candidate, despite a rebrand having apparently done away with the very memorable logo of a ship. I look forward to hearing her report on it.

(Having explained how I found it, she responded: HAH!!!! That's the sort of thing I do. Indeed it's how the rat I ever found the same hotel I stayed in back then.... you come out of the back gate of the Inquisition past the best water fountain in Rome, go under a bridge past a dubious bus stop and up the hill most of the way to the next metro station....)
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I took a break from crossposting old HP fic today and crossposted some old miscellaneous fic instead. So now my three tiny Captain America 3-sentence ficlets are up on AO3, as are the three 15-minute Ranma 1/2 ficlets I wrote back in 2004.

I am always slightly at a loss when dealing with 3-sentence ficlets. They seem too small to stand on their own, yet there isn't always a logical way to group them. Thus far, I've posted all the Narnia ones as standalones (though grouped into series or collections, as appropriate), and have done multi-chapter collected versions for Star Trek: AOS, The Dark Is Rising, and now Captain America, since those didn't have the timeline issues that were a concern for the Narnia ficlets.

When I finally finish my HP crossposting, I may try to knock off some of my random crossover fics. Or not. I might be completely burned out by the time I reach that bridge. *sigh*


On a completely unrelated note, I am in search of a good image-hosting website. I finished writing a Homestuck kinkmeme fill yesterday, but I think it might work best presented as a series of images rather than plain text. The thing is, since the images are a series of letters written from various characters to one another, it seems weird to store them on DeviantArt -- they're not really art, you know? But the only other place I post images is Tumblr, which is definitely not the right place for this sort of thing.

Advice, anyone?

Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 20th, 2014 01:52 pm
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Thank you so much for writing for me! I am delighted and grateful. :-)

In general I'm a massive queermo and very much in favour of Queers Being Awesome and Trans Folk Being Awesome and Ladies Being Awesome etc etc. I also have a lot of feelings about families lost and found and chosen. I'm not terribly interested in sex (er, in general, though also reading about it); I don't object but please do not feel obliged! By mid-winter I tend to be feeling a bit miserable so happy endings are much appreciated, but getting there the hard way isn't a problem.

I am sure I will love whatever it is you write! I am only too pleased for you to follow your own muse and will adore the result. (Tell me if I'm being too effusive?) However, slightly more specific notes on requests follow if you want something to bounce off.

Read more... )

Thank youuuuuuuu <333


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