Drabble: Watching the Weather

Jun. 26th, 2017 05:58 pm
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Title: Watching the Weather
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for [community profile] harry100/[insanejournal.com profile] harry100/[livejournal.com profile] harry100's prompt 314: Stormy Weather
Rating: PG-13
Length: 100 x 2
Warnings: Silliness, jealous!Severus.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Watching the Weather )

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Jun. 26th, 2017 05:46 pm
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Wow, I haven't actually logged into this thing in... I don't know how long. I don't know how many of you are still around these parts but... *wave?*

Basically, seeing so many people talking about Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary had me thinking about my beginnings and fandom. The friends I made, how I grew as a writer. I know there are a lot of you that I still speak to outside of the LJ community and I think it's a real testament to how pervasive fandom is and how it truly does connect all of us. That so many of us grew beyond the pseudonyms and let each other into our lives.

Harry Potter did that for us. It was a common ground. It let those of us who were weirdos in our own little world find other weirdos and realize... we weren't that weird after all. That we had people. That we weren't alone in the world. For some of us who were unpopular in school, it was such a refuge.

As Harry Potter turned to Torchwood/Doctor Who (for me any way), it brought me to meet a whole new host of people. To meet creators that eight-year-old me could never have expected I would be friends with writers and actors and costume designers. To actually KNOW people who put shows on TV and write movies and comics. To count some of them among my closest friends. It's quite a feeling really.

I've spent most of my day re-watching Torchwood while working my day job. Missing my first ever cosplay and the people I met because of it. Missing RP because god knows I don't actually have time to write when the aforementioned day job runs me ragged.

So today turned into revisiting fandoms and nostalgia and all sorts of other good things. So if any of you felt that same wave of nostalgia and decided to come back to LJ today... please say hi. I know I've missed you all. ♥

Coming Out as a Slytherin

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:39 pm
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Ars Technica published an article by me on Pride Day (yesterday, traditionally the last Sunday in June) entitled “Coming Out as a Slytherin.”

In the article I detail how there have been a series of “closets” whose doors I have had to kick down, from coming out as bisexual in the 1980s, to coming out as a pro who also wrote fanfic in the 2000s, to, eventually, realizing I had to come out as Slytherin, too.

In the article I talk about the pervasiveness of the anti-Slytherin bias in the books, which carries right through from Harry’s first hearing of the word through the epilogue:

“One of the magics of the Potter books for me was that as I read them, I was transported back to feeling like a kid again. … My journey as a fan… started from a childlike devouring of the books where I took Harry’s journey at face value. Harry hated Snape and Draco? I hated Snape and Draco. Harry thought all Slytherins are bad? I thought all Slytherins are bad. It’s a book for kids, right? A simplistic worldview is appropriate and comforting.”

“But the moment I leapt into fandom headlong was also when book six, Half-Blood Prince, came out. In that book, Harry keeps on thinking that Snape and Draco are villains. It’s also a book where many adult readers started realizing that Snape and Draco are victims. I went back and re-read the entire series through Snape and Draco’s eyes and what I saw was very different.”

“I guess you could say it was the Potter fandom equivalent of being woke.

Read the rest of this entry »

Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

from the department of random

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:41 pm
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Oops, where did the last month go? I seem to have fallen out of the habit of regular posting again, so let's make an effort to change that. Some random things I neglected to post about recently:
  1. Wayward Daughters is actually happening! Well, it's called Wayward Sisters, but still – I never thought this would actually happen. Here's hoping it takes off, I really want this show.

  2. Bizarre yoghurt flavour of the day: coffee/orange/chocolate balls. Not bad, actually!

  3. [community profile] holmestice: the anonymous period is nearly over, and I actually managed to read almost everything I meant to read, yay! Some lovely fic in there, including my own gift, an ACD Holmes/Moriarty fic about the early period of Holmes becoming aware of Moriarty's existence. Fabulous! ♥

    And here's a guessing post, if anyone wanted to take a stab at guessing what I might have written. Not that it's any great mystery if you know me at all, or have been listening to my Sherlockian ramblings for the last few months. *g*

  4. Doctor Who: MISSY MISSY MISSY. I'm so in love with her, and with the show, and I really need to write a proper post, but the suspense is killing me, and I really need to see the finale before I can properly sort out my thoughts. In the mean time: OMG MISSY!!!!!1!!11!eleventy!1!

  5. Over on [community profile] wintercompanion, we're busy preparing for Summer/Winter Holidays, which will start on the 1st. Some really fabulous entries again! And we're still waiting for more.

  6. My [community profile] everywoman fic still needs some editing, and then I need to spend the weekend focusing on my NPT fic. Why is everythin so busy at the moment, including work? *hides under blanket*

There, that's a start, right? Here's hoping I'll manage to post more frequently again!

Murder on the Poirot Express

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:35 pm
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Oh what the Dickens, just watched the trailer for the new Murder on the Orient Express after reading [personal profile] osprey_archer's post about it.

Now, it goes without saying that David Suchet succeeded in making Hercule Poirot his opus magnum and everything else is a feeble makeshift, but I actually struggle to articulate what rubs me the wrong way here:

Is it Poirot's blondness and the puffy size of his 'fashionable' "I am a slumming member of the Russian royal family" moustache?
Is it the general 'Lord Voldemort's excellent vacation' cartoonish sinister-ness of the atmosphere?
Is it that Johnny Depp really isn't the little black dress of cinema?
Is it the fact that the trailer uses 'Believer' by Imagine Dragons as theme music?
(Seriously. I mean, in that case they could have cast Dolph Lundgren as Poirot. Go all the way.)

Nothing against Sir Kenneth Branagh, but there are plenty of other things he could have done. I keep hoping he's going to make more Shakespeare. Miss Marple would have been bearable, but Poirot? Unnecessary.

Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 25, 2017

Jun. 26th, 2017 12:05 pm
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Well, I've survived another Hell week. Tomorrow it's back into the fray. *sigh*
Hopefully we'll all have a great week! <3

Ali's List of Fics: June 19 - June 25 )
And here's what needs to be done:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )
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During the Dionysius dramatist competition, in 431 B.C. (yes, I hasten to update you on such a clearly topical event), Euripides came last.

Seriously. He was the third.

Sophocles came second, and Euphorion came first.

Now, because arithmetic is some shady mojo-jojo and the results of Greek fanfic fest from 2500 years ago weren't the most interesting thing ever to me, I kind of assumed that Euphorion was Euphorion, poet and grammarian. Big mistake, since that poet Euphorion was born around 275 B.C., and although time-travelling just for the sake of leaving long-dead celebrities like Sophocles and Euripides in the dust totally sounds like something a Greek poet would do... I have to admit it is somehow unlikely.

Who ARE you, Εὐφορίων ??? )

In case anyone has heard anything about this Euphorion's works, their possible titles and subjects, or anything about him, please tell me. If you haven't, tell me anyway. ([personal profile] sineala, maybe [personal profile] lysimache knows?)

Daily Happiness

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:20 am
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1. Not only is it my day off tomorrow, but it's my birthday, too! That was a nice coincidence.

2. I bought a couple manga tonight and I have to say, I am so happy I finally discovered how to buy ebooks on Amazon Japan. Not only do I prefer the interface of Amazon to the iTunes store (I hate that you can only buy things through iTunes itself and not a webpage), but I can use my own credit card rather than having to get someone to buy me a gift card. With iTunes I always hesitated to buy anything because once I used up the gift card amount, I would have to ask someone to buy me one again, and I'd have to pay up front for it. With Amazon, I am really casual about buying manga, because it's just like $4 here and there. I also like how it's just automatically downloaded to my kindle app and I can load it on my device or delete it in seconds, rather than having to go through iTunes (again).

3. Jasper was being super cute and silly while he was napping tonight. He actually got even sillier after I posted this picture. (I didn't think it was possible.)

Drabble: Getting to Lunch

Jun. 25th, 2017 05:22 pm
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Title: Getting To Lunch
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100's prompt 485: Stroke.
This is part 67 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Authors Notes: Draco can be distracting.

Getting to Lunch )


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