therealsnape: (zzz elfstedentocht)
Here's a birthday pic from the land of windmills and mad skaters - one of our iconic buildings (head offices of a major bank).

Have a lovely day with all kinds of wonderful birthday celebrations.
therealsnape: (Maggie Lady G. Have him Assassinated)
It seems that Rob James-Collier (Barrow) has made a little 16-minute movie to raise money for an MS charity. This is the best moment, of course, but do wait till the very end of the credits.

Mary as Princess Leila (complete with buns) is quite something, too.

You'll find the link here, just scroll down for the movie.

therealsnape: (MM/SS Heard the latest?)
This morning Lord S called my attention to this website.

I don't know whether it's Rowling we have to admire for putting this in the text, or people like tomhiddles for coming up with the idea.

I know that sometimes people have seen things in my stories that I didn't even realize were there. My readers' clever comments did make the story look better than it actually was, and full of interesting metaphors and allusions, so I'm not going to point out when this happened. I just smirked.

I wonder, is Rowling now smirking and nodding, "Yes, I didn't know it myself, but I'm actually that clever"? Or would she rather say, "Finally some of those dunderheads noticed!"

Here's this morning's Potterfind.

The story of Harry Potter might be over and done with (for now, we see you Cursed Child), but like any good story it will live on forever in our hearts. And, also all those times we re-read the books, because you can never re-read them too many times. Besides, reading them now gives us a brand new perspective because we can search for tiny little nuggets hidden in the text. Like, the fact that the first time Professor Snape and Harry meet, they talk about Lily Potter.

Pull out your copy or Sorcerer’s Stone, you’ll see. When Harry first sits down in Potions Class, Snape calls him out and asks, “What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?” Harry has no idea, of course, because this is Potions Day One. The first time you read this, the passage probably didn’t stick in your mind, because why would it? All it really establishes is that Snape is going to be hard on Harry during his years at Hogwarts, for reasons still unknown.

Here’s where it gets crazy. As Tumblr user tomhiddles notes, the potion Snape asks Harry is actually very telling. As they write, “According to Victorian Flower Language, asphodel is a type of lily meaning ‘My regrets follow you to the grave’ and wormwood means ‘absence’ and also typically symbolized bitter sorrow. If you combined that, it meant ‘I bitterly regret Lily’s death’.”
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I tried to repost my [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest story to [livejournal.com profile] quinquatrus and to [livejournal.com profile] hp_oldladysb, and in neither com the post showed up.

I tried to repost, thinking I'd made a mistake of sorts, but I got a message saying I couldn't queue up another post.

In the past, neither com was moderated to the point where posts where queued up, we could always just repost stories there. In both cases, nothing has been posted in those coms for over a year.

Is there some sort of reposting-problem that others are aware of?
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I'm an eager follower of The Austen Project, in which six famous, professional authors offer a new take on Austen's book. This summer [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss and I discussed the various books, and especially the recently-published Emma.

We were our usual critical selves, and then I thought it would be fun to try a re-write myself. The result you'll find below. It's my take on Emma and my entry for this year's [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest.

[livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss, ardent Austonian and beta-reader extra-ordinaire, offered invaluable advice, as always. Thank you, dear, for improving my writing and for five glorious years of Minerva-centered works!

Title: Sense and Persuasion
Rating: PG
Word Count: 7900
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, Pomona Sprout, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, Augusta Longbottom. In due course, pairings will develop.
Summary: Poppy Pomfrey has all the best characteristics of Emma Woodhouse, and the wisdom that comes with age. So when she interferes, it isn’t meddling. Not at all.
Warnings: None.

Sense and Persuasion )
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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.
therealsnape: (SS From Dungeons With Love)
Bear pictures all over the internet.

People getting legless on various continents because we have to drink the Bear's health.

Yes! It's your birthday.

You're a force of nature, dear Bear. Have a wonderful day, and a great year, and don't forget about us on LJ - we're so happy to have you in our lives.

therealsnape: (SS From Dungeons With Love)
Here's a traditional, Dutch way of celebrating. I hope you'll have a wonderful day and a wonderful new year in which the girls make it to publications and in which you'll have lots of interesting trips!

therealsnape: (snape default)
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.
therealsnape: (snape default)
Title: The True Story of the Hogwarts Pantomime Players
Rating: PG-13
Word Count:8400
Characters and/or Pairings: Filius Flitwick, Horace Slughorn, Charity Burbage, Albus Dumbledore, with walk-ons (or waltz-ons) from assorted Hogwarts staff

Disclaimer: The first attempt at introducing a Christmas pantomime at Hogwarts, which took place under the headship of Professor Armando Dippet, has been described in Hermione Granger’s translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Flourish and Blotts 2007, annotated for Muggles by J.K.Rowling, Bloomsbury, 2008). I have no intention of infringing on Ms Granger’s copyright. It is this performance to which Professor Dumbledore refers in his recollections.

Author's Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hoggywartyxmas, when a prompt on the true story behind the Hogwarts Pantomime was most intriguing. Professor Dumbledore collaborated graciously, freely gave of his time and memories, and even allowed me to reproduce a few photographs from his private collection. The other teachers, however, were less willing. My requests met with winces, shudders, and, in the case of Professor Flitwick, gagging.

But in the end I managed to collect enough documentary evidence to piece together the events of September to December 1982.

I hope you at least will enjoy the story. Heaven knows none of the protagonists did.

The True Story of the Hogwarts Pantomime Players )
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Minerva_Fest!


(banner by [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill; art by Kit466 [used with permission])


[livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest runs again, and it's the fifth celebration already.

Start thinking up prompts, dears. We want to give Minerva a very satisfying fest.
therealsnape: (snape default)


Lucius joins me in a toast. All the best for the new year, with great job offers, peacock feathers all around, and luscious blonds strewn over your garden path.
therealsnape: (snape default)
Originally these words were said to prompt an assassination (and here's an interesting though completely unnecessary bit of general knowledge: both the quote and the very word 'assassination' were coined in The Scottish Play. 'Assassin' existed (Arab origin), but this one was one of Shakespeare's finds).

Today these words are written in an attempt to stop scenes of unparalleled violence. Our excellent friend [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue has had an unmitigated load of shit recently, and now she is in hospital again. Several more days to go till the tests are ready.
Days filled with convincing people she can go to the loo and she does feel safe at home. She predicted she'll go crazy by midday today.

So here's the plan. We cheer [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue up by giving her something to read. Take her mind of the hospital misery for a bit. And below the cut you'll have all the inspiration you need cut out for you. I've checked out the first meme I've ever done here, and it's a list of 200 things. The idea is that you make bold what you have done.

So you could do that (on as much of the list as you feel like), or you could do that and add a few comments, or you could pick one of the things on the list that you have done and tell the story behind it.

ETA And now I've had time to bold the things I've done. If there's a story you're interested in, dear [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue, give me the number. Otherwise I'll just choose a daily dose of horror for you.

Or you could do something else entirely to cheer Lash up.

Here's the list of 200 things )
therealsnape: (MM Who? Me?)
Title: Minerva McGonagall and the Business of Ferrets
Prompt #: Minerva was not prompted to write this story. One might say she was driven.
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 17K
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva, Severus Snape, and assorted others. Listing them here would give away too much of the plot.
Summary: The kitchen burglaries by the ScAvengers seemed innocent at first; a mere teenage prank. But then Minerva and Severus realised they might have a far more sinister meaning.
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss did her usual magic as a beta and made this story so much better, as always.

Part 1

Minerva McGonagall and the Business of Ferrets, Part 2 )
therealsnape: (MM Accio Plot)
This story was written for the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest. And there’s a very special surprise for all of you: the amazing [livejournal.com profile] jodel_from_aol has turned the Minerva McGonagall, Spinster Detective stories into one of her great Red Hen Publications projects.

So now there is a virtual book, downloadable (not to kindle, alas, but to your PC), which has a cover, beautiful page lay-outs, and illustrations. I can barely contain myself.

It looks absolutely amazing, and I'm tickled pink she was interested in my stories.

Go check it out at Red Hen Publications

Title: Minerva McGonagall and the Business of Ferrets
Prompt #: Minerva was not prompted to write this story. One might say she was driven.
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 17K
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva, Severus Snape, and assorted others. Listing them here would give away too much of the plot.
Summary: The kitchen burglaries by the ScAvengers seemed innocent at first; a mere teenage prank. But then Minerva and Severus realised they might have a far more sinister meaning.
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss did her usual magic as a beta and made this story so much better, as always.

Minerva McGonagall and the Business of Ferrets Part 1 )
therealsnape: (zzz Glorious 25th of May)
Rest in peace, Sir Terry. And thank you.

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therealsnape: (SS Paris)
Today [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss made a post about the complete lack of reading skills in a) her students, b) journalists reporting on Maggie Smith's statement re. the future of Downton Abbey. It's not flocked, so you can hop over if you want to read it.

But there's hope yet. Trust the old curmudgeon, there's hope.

Read more... )
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Dears,

I'm currently translating Lord S's photography book. In his introduction, he makes a joking reference to a very well-known Dutch expression:

"I'm too young to sit behind the geraniums."

An expression used by people who are of retirement age, to indicate that they still actively enjoy and participate in life. As in, "I've taken up volunteer work / a hobby / photography, because I'm too young to sit behind the geraniums."

"Sitting behind the geraniums" is such a well-known Dutch expression that when Lord S sold his company and we invited two dear friends to a dinner shortly afterwards, they thoughtfully presented him with two potted geraniums. "Here, mate, now you can start sitting."

Is there an English equivalent?

[The two geraniums came to a sad end. Lord S neglected them, I finally took enough of an interest to plant them, they bloomed bravely for a few months and were then so annoyed by the complete lack of attention they left us for the Big Windowsill in the Sky.]
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Here are the traditional crocuses from Holland, combined with a tree. I hope you'll find this tree a suitable partner - at least for birthday celebrations.

Have a lovely birthday, dear!

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