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Aug. 21st, 2016 04:38 pm
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There's an excellent story - obviously, since it's by [livejournal.com profile] purplefluffycat. I've always thought she has one of the best Slughorn voices in fandom, and now it turns out she excels at writing Luna, too.

Go check out A Horned Slug, Passant.
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Did you learn your new word for the day? If not, go to Sesquipedalia, the best way to learn at least ten good, long words.

For Hermione gets it off on them. And Minerva, as it turns out, does so as well. So when they meet, sparks fly. It's red hot and great fun. And it has Dutch food and New York bars.

Go read it now! And you'll end up like me: monosyllabic with admiration.
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Rushing in to get this last rec posted before the reveals.

At [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest, which has now sadly come to an end, there's the most amazing portrait of the Headmistress herself.

The prompt was to show the portrait of Minerva as Headmistress, the one that would be in the Headmaster's office.

I'm blown away both by the interpretation of Minerva - beautiful bone structure, wonderfully-sarcastic eyebrows - and by the pose, clothes, and background detail.

You'll find the masterpiece here.
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This week in the Minerva fest there's another fun entry. I Bow to Your Judgment" is the story of Albus's and Minerva's trip to NYC. Minerva is firmly in charge, Albus is frequently surprised, and the whole lighthearted, bantering tone makes this story a delightful one.

Also, that restaurant exists and it's seriously impressive. You want to check out the website, if not the actual place.
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There's a very busy week ahead, and I shouldn't be rec'cing, I should be prepping my lessons. But it's October Recs and it's [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest. The Headmistress and her friends deserve their applause.

Minerva's Day Out is a lovely piece of art. It has exactly the Minerva I love, with a tight, black bun and square glasses. The details are delightful, both from an artistic point of view and from an "I want that day out myself!" point of view.

Sunday Afternoon in the Staff Room is procrastinator's heaven. You can watch this for hours and hours and still find new details. So many teachers to find, and each just so, and all the details of the staff room are perfect.

And the last one: an excellent artist has embarked on a project that seems to be (it's still ungoing) all the teachers of Hogwarts, or perhaps all the friends of Minerva. Each portrait is in a beautiful frame, it's clearly a series, yet each one is very distinctive and each has their own attributes. I'll link to the Minerva Fest weekly roundup, for there you'll find links to the entire collection so far. It's here.

And I haven't even read the Irma/Minerva story yet. Plus, there's another week of Minerva Marvels ahead. Oh, I do love October.

Quick Rec

Oct. 9th, 2014 10:24 am
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Hop over to [livejournal.com profile] hp_silencio, where you'll find a wonderfully-written story where Minerva and Filius mourn for Severus's death.

This is a story to read twice. The first time, just let this exquisitely-written dirge of love and friendship wash over you.

The second time, note the way the author works with silence.

The principle of Silencio is to write a story without dialogue, and it is tempting to replace that by a stream-of-conscious-like memory of dialogue.

This author avoids that brilliantly. Every significant part of the story is played out without words, and yet it doesn't feel gimmicky - it shows how much can be said in silence, in body language, looks, actions.

In the entire story there is only one speech-tag, apologised, in the small scene featuring Sirius. And you'll find that the words that clearly must have been said are meaningless: what matters, what angers Filius with an anger this old school marm has felt herself more than once, is unspoken.

I've raved at indecent length in my comments and I'll not repeat that here - it is, after all, a Silencio story.

Go and read Vigil.
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When we were in Canterbury last year, we had lots of fun with hairpins.

No, nothing too kinky.

Just that I had to pin up our Minerva's black bun, and then, at the end of the ball, [livejournal.com profile] queen_of_snapes had to take all the pins out of [livejournal.com profile] cranky__crocus's spectacular long hair. And Queenie mentioned how the undoing Minerva's bun, hair tumbling over naked shoulders, whole thing being very sexy and, above all, easy (such a well-known fandom trope) couldn't be realistic at all, since the whole process was full of anxiety on the part of the unpinner and yelps on the part of the bun-owner.

Well, [livejournal.com profile] shadowycat made a drawing of the very moment. You'll find it here.

At the time, I even wrote a little ficlet about the hairpin thing. I never posted it, but [livejournal.com profile] shadowycat's lovely drawing reminded me of it so much, I decided to let you have a peek at it after all.

In the ficlet (I'm giving you the hairpin part of it) Rolanda, Minerva, and Poppy have a late-night drinking session with lots of gossip and stories. (No, you'll never get the full tale.)

At some point someone asks Minerva why she never does anything truly elaborate with her hair, and she says she always uses a simple binding spell. The girls feel there's more to it than that, and, with lavish amounts of liquor, bribe her into telling.

ficlet )
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I've not exactly been posting a lot lately, but that's mostly because life is full of work. Good from a business point of view, but boring. I work, I read your posts, I comment, and that's it.

Currently I'm in the middle of a three-day cramming course. Day one is completed, and I can't wait for Sunday evening, when I wave the little dunderheads goodbye. They're a nice lot, though. They work hard, are extremely polite, and do whatever is in their power. Their very limited power, alas. Still, one must hope for the best.

A quick and appropriate drive-by rec: Watch Teaching!Snape. I found it an incredibly funny take on Snape, and with each hour I spend in my classroom, I find it a bit more appropriate.

And a great one for the OLSB: a marvellous take on Rolanda and Aurora, by the fabulous Musyc. Sunrise Promises. A short, beautifully-written slice-of-life tale with some great bodies and two wicked minds.

I hope to be back soon with something more interesting!
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My dears,

[livejournal.com profile] wizard_love has the most delightful story featuring Irma Pince and Argus Flich. It explains why Filch took that course in Spellwork that is described in canon and why he hates Fanged Frisbees so much. Mrs Norris has a small but not unimportant cameo, and she, too, seen through Argus's eyes, is a thing of beauty.

It's beautifully IC, so Filch, who, like the troups of Midian, prowls and prowls around, knows all sorts of things he has no business knowing. However, to court Irma properly, he starts calling in favours, and that means we get all the gossip, too. Filius, you dirty devil!

And there's realistic descriptions of bodies. But we see Irma through Filch's eyes, too, so she's beautiful with silver strands in her hair.

Hop over and read A Long-Awaited Wish Come True.
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There, there, no need to spill the tea all over the keyboard. Here, have a kleenex to mop it up.

Now, back to the original topic. Yes, I want to rec a Draco story here, you read that one correctly. It starts when the Malfoys sit huddled together at a table after the Battle, it ends when Draco begins to feel that he may look at something resembling a future.

In the meantime, there is Rita - for this is a Draco/Rita story. Now it is over 15K, and normally I don't even read Draco drabbles, leave alone anything this size. The one reason to click the link the author had kindly sent me is exactly why each and every one of you should do the same: this is a story by [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill, people.

Brilliant, stunningly brilliant characterisation? Check.
Great descriptions? Check.
Red-hot sex? Check.
And then there's the way the language and images exactly fit Draco's character.
And there's Draco's future profession. I'm not going to give it away, but I totally loved it.
I haven't read anything this brilliant since ... erm ... that would be since Feather posted the Amelia/Moody.

So, do as I did, take a deep breath and click here.

And here's a little teaser. The LJ cut is one of my favourite lines, but not the start of this fragment.

The war has marked him as age has marked her and they're both flawed. )
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The delightful [livejournal.com profile] hp_halloween is posting the drabbles as I write.

Here's a great bunch. And for once, since it's drabbles, I'll not waffle for hours. The nominees are:

for full characterisation with a semi-colon

for showing us how Neville really felt

for a Gred and Forge dialogue

because it's Kelly's so take brilliance as given.

because it's everything you want in MM/SS

Enjoy!
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The to-do list continues to decrease merrily, and I think Professor Perry should have a Nobel prize as well as an Ignobel.
Peace suggests itself. If only great leaders would put 'start civil war' or 'start religious war' on top of their list, and followed it by 'improve infrastructure', 'set up health clinics', and 'find budget for independent research', this world would be a better place.

Well, I've the fic-writing to tackle today, so I'll procrastinate briefly here.

The very talented [livejournal.com profile] pyttan is working on a longish project: a series of seven Filius Flitwick stories. There will be a story for each of the seven books, and so far two of them are written. Well, comments are the breath of life for an author, as you all know, and here's your chance to procrastinate for the Greater Good: go and read these two wonderful stories and leave the author lots of love. That way we may get the other five.

The first two installments in The Filius Files are absolute delights.

Set during CS: Duelling Champion . Wonderful cameos of the whole staff, and a Latin saying that must find its way to an icon *updates to-do list*.

Set during OotP: A Theoretical Approach to Teaching. It contains a description of innovative, scholarly teaching that will gladden your heart. And a great description of Hogwarts staff room. And a Minerva cameo to die for - I've already tried to convince the author that this backstory must be written, but I was given to understand that there are technical difficulties.

Oh, and there's an interesting visualisation. By Professor Flitwick himself. That man's mind must command everyone's respect.
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There's a great fic up at [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts_houses

It's the best possible kind of Gen story. The one that makes you want to write lots of gen. (Therefore it's to be avoided when samhain smut must happen).

It's Pomona at her most Pommy-est.

It's a whole feast of other witches who are mentioned in the best possible way. It has Slyterin!Poppy, for instance.

So just hop over and have a lovely time in the Hufflepuff common room, the one and only House of Comfort
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There's a Bathilda Bagshot artwork up - the first one I've seen.

You'll find it here. I love what the artist did with the green shadows on her face, and with the mouth. A good mix between the harmless old lady and the creep.

The artist, ravenclawradiance, also did an interesting Umbridge - check her gallery.
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I've been catching up on my reading today, and here are a few gems you really should check out. I'm supposed to be doing all sorts of other necessary fannish things, so I'll be quick about it.

Did you ever happen to wonder how exactly a Minister for Magic is appointed? You'll find the answer in a description of events surrounding the election of Rufus Scrimgeour. It's not a fic. It's a fascinating collection of original Wizarding documents, varying from Wizengamot meetings to Ministerial Memoranda to the most informal of meeting notes from Albus Dumbledore's private office.
The artwork and layout alone make this a wonderful experience, and the story is hilarious a gripping tale of one of the most interesting times in wizarding history. You'll find it at [livejournal.com profile] springtime_gen: Ministry Business - Official or Otherwise.

Another fine [livejournal.com profile] springtime_gen story is As Clever Does. A character study of Horace Slughorn, Seamus Finnegan, Pansy Parkinson, and Luna Lovegood. The story describes the movements of these four characters during a single night and morning at Hogwarts, and the four portraits are brilliant. Horace is just so, in all his self-justification, Seamus will surprise you pleasantly, Pansy is a young entrepreneur who will go very far indeed, and Luna has just the right mix of quirkiness and intelligence. And each of them they are clever in their own way.

Since it's Friday today, and you could probably all do with a little relaxation, hop over to the Three Broomsticks. Rosmerta deals with her customers, Minerva deals with various annoyances, and for all of us the drinks are on the house. After reading some of Rosmerta's memories, you'll want a little something on the rocks to cool yourself down.
At [livejournal.com profile] femmefest: Friday Night at the Three Broomsticks.

And last but most definitely not least: a stunningly beautiful story of Griselda Marchbanks and Bathilda Bagshot (with background Gellert/Albus). The characterisations are exceptional; the description of dementia is both touching and painfully accurate; the story fits beautifully with canon, and the writing is unbelievable. If you read just one story this month, make it this. If you read just one this year, make it this, too.
For me it's the highlight of the three fests combined: over at [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder you'll find The Ladies of Godric's Hollow.
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Just hop over to [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder and read Fair is Fair and Life is Not (Though Tea Helps an Awful Lot).

It's Pomona/Filius.
It's beautifully written, with images that will bring tears to your eyes.
It's full of glorious touches of humour and wonderful details that'll make you feel as if you're present.

It's utterly brilliant. Get over now!


Oh, and for those of you who weren't in the same time-zone as The Wedding of The Century (on behalf of William's unborn children I'd like to protest - they might put up a good show, too, and it's not unreasonable to suppose they will do so before reaching retirement age), here's a link to what happened. I found this on [livejournal.com profile] shiv5468's journal and I loved it.

Hop Over!

Apr. 21st, 2011 11:17 am
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My dears, hop over at once for an absolutely brilliant romance. It's full of marvellous banter, a suitably drawling upper class hero, a feisty heroine, and old ladies for the win.

Ginny wishes to pursue her career as a Holyhead Harpies player. (BTW, Ginny is a visualiser, like us! And boy, does Draco give her an image to work with!)

Molly wishes only what's best for her darling daughter. She does feel, however, that the 'best' is not a 24-year-old who still lives at home, expect food on all occasions, and strews dirty Quidditch clothes all over the place without contributing as much as a knut in rent or a single Scourgify spell.

Draco wishes he hadn't lost the bet to his father, for now he has to accompany his mum all through the Season.

Muriel doesn't indulge in silly wishes. She just gets her own way.

For a thoroughly enjoyable read, go to Auntie Muriel's Guide to a Romantic Intervention"

If Only

Apr. 16th, 2011 09:17 pm
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In case anyone has missed it: there's a new [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss story up: In Its Deepest Being.

It's a Poppy / Narcissa story (yes, that's the pairing) and it's one of those gems in which every word is just so. Poppy's internal monologue is a masterpiece, and at the end you still don't know whether she's right in condemning herself or in justifying.

Exquisite.

If only I could hope that one day I'd be able to produce something like that.

(You can't, TRS.)

Instead, I'll just wax lyrical in my recs.

(Or you could put a sock in it and let people read the story.)
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In honour of International Women's Day, three recs of our dear Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, who is spreading her wings more and more in fandom. There was a time when one story per year was cause for rejoicing, but now we've had three great ones in as many months.

The first one is by [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue: Wilhelmina, a Love Story. It explores the growing relationship between Wilhelmina and Minerva, and it's a beautifully-written characterisation of Wilhelmina and her pipes. And the reason behind those pipes.

But there's more than pipes to The Wilster. She has a tool-belt, too. And Poppy loves that wishes she would be more careful with it; patching her up is a daily joy routine. An utterly enjoyable and heartwarming read with all of [livejournal.com profile] tetleythesecond trademark insight and wit. Patients and Perseverance

Finally, for a scholarly and educational finish, [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss wrote Miss Grubbly-Plank finds herself. In which we learn that the Forbidden Section of Hogwarts Library contains several highly instructive books on sex. Think Kama Sutra. But Kama Sutra à la Witchcraft - the pursuit of knowledge means more than reading alone. We get Radclyffe Hall and Virginia Woolf references. Miss Chambliss always does her research herself. And she clearly managed to find this particular part of the library in spite of the protective spells and gives us a fabulous overview of Wizard and Muggle sexology authors alike.

If you managed to miss any of these stories, go and check them out now!

And there's one non-Wilster story everyone should read. It has a gorgeous plotline involving among other things the wizarding escort service; there are fabulous funny lines galore, two IC Hogwarts teachers - why, even Rita Skeeter herself felt the story was worth writing. Hop over to Can't Buy Me Love. This story will make you love Sybill Trelawney and Gilderoy Lockheart. Go read it. It's by [livejournal.com profile] albalark.
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Friends,

Abandon whatever useful thing you're doing right now, forget about the harshness of Monday mornings, and hop over to enjoy a few Snapely Snacks.

During the [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest, we had the wonderful story A Charming Man, in which Gilderoy applies for a post at Hogwarts. It contained the tantalizing line Of course, I also have my own collection of hair-care products that I personally created

In my review, I said, "And he will offer them to Snape, I know he will."

The fabulous [livejournal.com profile] curia_regis has written that story (as well as A Charming Man, btw), and it's a little gem. Go and enjoy Silky Hair and Other Charms.

And while browsing the web, an absolute necessity on a day that is marked for ironing, preparing lessons, and generally being a useful member of RL, I found two great images of Snape in his study.

Sullen-skrewt drew this elegant art-nouveau version of Chez Severus.

And FizzingWhizbees created a wonderfully disgruntled Snape. I could live in those studies. I covet the litte occasional table with the snakey legs, and, most of all, I covet the amount of still empty shelf-spaces Severus has. Those books can be packed much closer, unlike my own shelves. Oh, for a Shrinking Spell.

Off now to RL. But at least I'm not the only one procrastinating now.

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