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Saturday, September 26th, 2009
10:05 pm - Chat?
Am in chat. Anyone else?

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Thursday, July 9th, 2009
7:47 am - Fic announcement
Some of you may recall my attempts at finishing NaNoWriMo in 2005. I had had an idea for a "Snape and Lupin in Nazi Germany" fic, and actually wrote about 9,000 words before the story stalled completely. I am very pleased to announce that, due to the urging of my friend Karen, the patience of [info]_lore, and the beta work of [info]red_day_dawning, [info]knitprincess, and [info]neonsatire, that situation has been remedied.

*drum roll*

Presenting my contribution to the Snupin: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut project:

Title: The Chemical Wedding of Albrecht Grindelwald
Rating: R for Nazi medico-magical experiments
Pairing: Snape/Lupin pre-slash
Illustrators: [info]mayflo, [info]shadowycat, [info]zephre

Summary: December, 1938. As Christmas approaches, Heidelberg, home of the Student Prince, prepares to host a great celebration. All is in readiness for the wedding of the Führer's favorite, Albrecht Grindelwald, as he prepares to take a young and beautiful bride: the castle, the guests, the spells that will ensure a long and fruitful marriage.

Only two men know why Grindelwald is to marry here, and marry now: Remus Lupin and Severus Snape. Why have they come from the future to disrupt the greatest moment of the Wizarding Reich?

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009
8:40 pm - My thanks to....
[info]skree_ratling, for writing a fic that I absolutely 100% love: Once Upon A War. Parts of it won't make sense if you're not familiar with the SCA, but it had me longing for Cooper's Lake by the end of the first paragraph.

And for those who haven't seen it...

Here's my exchange gift to [info]arionrhod, Wedding Bell Blues. If you don't like Bridezillas or extreme snark, don't click...;)

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
7:43 pm - Belated Christmas thanks
To the following kind and generous people:

To [info]harpnfiddle, for a beautiful little Teneriffe lace butterfly.

To Una and her mother, for a plush bathrobe that nearly makes me swoon every time I put it on.

To [info]helwen, for a curious and very effective little "lotion bar" that looks like soap and becomes shea butter hand lotion when rubbed between the palms.

To [info]arionrhod, for a lovely flower arrangement with balsam, juniper, and a snowglobe.

To the anonymous fandom writer who fulfilled my request better than I could have imagined.

To everyone who sent me a holiday card and brightened my living room with reminders of friendship.

To Todd and Barbara, for a wonderful book on the Middle Ages.

To [info]bronze_ribbons, for a curious, elegantly quirky little book on the little-known and fascinating aspects of travel in Italy.

To all my friends, here and out in the world, for being you. *hug*

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
10:14 pm - Even more Snupin Santa recs
Here are my art recs. So much good stuff!

Art )

And one more fic rec:

Five Times Lupin and Snape Should Not Have Had Sex at Order Headquarters (But Couldn't Help It). Very, very funny fic that mixes lust, Snupin, Extendable Ears, and virginal voyeurs.

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10:02 pm - Snupin Santa recs
I know, I know…God knows it's taken me long enough, but here are my recs from Snupin Santa…
Read more... )

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Monday, November 17th, 2008
10:54 pm - Snupin Santa fic is done
Thank GOD.


Now I need to finish my Fantasy Fest fic and polish off War Wounds....

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Sunday, October 19th, 2008
11:36 pm - Commission work from Karasu Hime
Look at the super-gorgeous work [info]karasu_hime did for me! It's based on my story Motherless Child. It's a commission, so please, no copying or use without permission.

A Quiet Night at Home )

current mood: delighted

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Sunday, October 12th, 2008
7:24 am - Princess Bride meme

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

(after long description of Count Rugen's eyes bulging out and face going black after he has a coronary):

It was disgusting, unless you liked that sort of thing.

Inigo loved it.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
6:50 am - Natalie Tena interview
Wherein the woman who plays Tonks says "she needs to die."

Am I the only one who finds this odd?

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Thursday, August 21st, 2008
11:39 pm - Obligatory Naked Daniel Radcliffe Post
Annie Leibovitz does it again!

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
11:32 pm - My new favorite silly comic
Behold the wonder that is Happy Burger.

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Friday, August 15th, 2008
6:16 am
Is it terribly cynical of me to think that the studio has pushed back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince because the movie isn't coming together so well in the studio and they're taking the extra time to re-edit it?

In short, could it be that they're delaying it because it sucks and they're hoping to save it in post-production? Because otherwise this move makes zero sense economically.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
9:57 pm - Torchwood fic
I found this fic by [info]copperbadge, and it is the funniest thing I've seen in weeks:

Trying to Communicate.</i>

Do not attempt to consume beverages while reading. Seriously.

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Saturday, July 19th, 2008
9:30 am - Harry/Slughorn picture
Am I the only person who thinks that this picture looks like Slughorn is asking Harry for something rather dirty in exchange for that bottle of Felix Felicis?

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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
8:07 pm - Fan art!
I just received the loveliest tribute - [info]mystkyten did a fabulous digital illustration for my story Motherless Child. Go! Take a look! The Snape-Lupins at home, with werewolf pup!

current mood: excited

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
7:24 am - LivelongnMarry
I was high bidder on two auctions (for fics by [info]celandineb and [info]mnemosyne_1, and have accordingly made a $200 donation to Mass Equality, the Massachusetts organization that works to preserve equal marriage here in the Bay State.

I did in honor of an anonymous woman who killed herself in the 1950s. She was a good friend of my aunt's who evidently fell in love with Betty and told her of her feelings, and Betty (a lifelong homophobe) reacted so violently that the woman committed suicide. $200 isn't much, especially when measured against a human life cut short. But it's the only way I can think of to balance the scales, since I'm the last person left who knows the story.

So - may my donation help preserve marriage equality in Massachusetts, and extend it to out of staters (they're working to repeal a 1913 law that prevents non-residents from marrying here should gay marriage not be legal in their home states). There has been enough tragedy.

UPDATE: The Massachusetts Senate voted to repeal the 1913 law today. It now goes to the House. Governor Deval Patrick has already said he will sign the repeal legislation when it comes to his desk.

God, I love my state.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
10:11 pm - Message for my fellow Snupineers....
Psst. Head to [info]lupin_snape and contribute prompts to the Fantasy Fest. I did, and I feel so much cleaner and purer and more holy than I did before.

*looks angelic*

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
9:55 pm - This poem always makes me giggle
It Was A Famous Victory, by Franklin P. Adams )

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
7:19 am - And in the department of "gratuitous and senseless changes"....
The sixth Harry Potter movie is reportedly to begin with the Millenium Bridge collapsing in a Death Eater attack.

Just one tiny little problem: the book takes place in 1996-1997. The bridge wasn't begun until 1998 and wasn't completed until 2000. I'm sure they'll call it something else, but anyone who knows London will recognize the bridge instantly, and a lot of them will wonder just what is going on.

*claps very, very, very slowly*

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