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Jan. 23rd, 2011

Happy Birthday!

It's [info]joanwilder's birthday today!

Joan, I wanted very much to write something for you, even a drabble, but it seems my idea maker is still on the fritz. And if I were even a little bit organized I'd've actually sent the small collection of items, which I'd intended for Christmas, at least in time for your birthday...

So, all that I have for you is my wish that this year brings you the answer that will leave you finally feeling well and able to enjoy your life.

And a prodigious money tree.

Love you bunches and I am so very glad you were born!

Sep. 13th, 2010

Wee Kitteh!

On Tuesday, Sparky rescued a kitten from under our neighbors car -- it was not the neighbor's kitten. It's surprisingly clean and seemingly healthy (we'll know for sure after next Tuesday's vet visit). There were actually several kitten rescues that day, and one of our neighbors saw two girls doing some suspicious azalea bush lurking, so the general consensus is that they dumped them there. Can you believe some people?

Anyway, she's adorable and so so teeny tiny, though I swear she's grown in the short time she's been here. We're assuming she's a she, anyway. And she's adorably uncoordinated, so we've named her Tonks.

Coupla Pics )

Sep. 5th, 2010

Quick funny

My partner saw this:

And said very seriously: "So that's what Clay Aiken has been up to!"

I don't know if that's mean or not, and if it is, to whom exactly, but I nearly wet myself laughing, and I had to share it. And I do enjoy 'Bullet Proof'... can't say the same for anything Clay's ever put out.

In other news, the Eminem obsession lives on and if anything, I love him even more now. I. Can't. Help. Myself.

Jul. 31st, 2010

Doin' important stuffs

Pinched from [info]shocolate:

Your result for The 3 Variable Funny Test...

the Cutting Edge

(67% dark, 42% spontaneous, 26% vulgar)

your humor style:

Your humor's mostly innocent and off-the-cuff, but somehow there's something slightly menacing about you. Part of your humor is making people a little uncomfortable, even if the things you say aren't themselves confrontational. You probably have a very dry delivery, or are seriously over-the-top.

Your type is the most likely to appreciate a good insult and/or broken bone and/or very very fat person dancing.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: David Letterman - John Belushi


The 3-Variable Funny Test!
- it rules -

Take The 3 Variable Funny Test at OkCupid

Fairly accurate though I'd be more likely to cringe at the things he says would make me laugh... I do appreciate good dry humor and bit of darkness.

Also--Have the new Eminem CD... )

My god I'm tired. That's all for now. Hope everyone else is all right.

Jun. 12th, 2010


Pinched from [info]shocolate:

Tweet from Warwick Davis...

The end of an Era - today is officially the last day of principal photography on 'Harry Potter' - ever. I feel honoured to be here as... the director shouts cut for the very last time. Farewell Harry & Hogwarts, it's been magic! x

Oh! Got a little teary-eyed.

In other news...

Actually, there's no news, I just needed a segue. Real life still sucks eggs. Same shit different day. *shakes a fist at the universe* Srsly. Look, universe, it's been 42 years of fairly consistent suck -- low-level suck, comparatively, but unfailing, persistent and sucky just the same. How bout you cut the crap and send me something good? Let's start with the winning Powerball numbers. /whining

Tiny bit of fic wankage, please forgive. )

So, how've you all been? What've I missed fandom-wise and your Real Life? Anybody have any good news? Big fun? Good animagus story recs?

Apr. 5th, 2010

Although it may seem like it, I haven't abandoned fandom, I swear. Just plain old overworked and overtired (I think there's an underpaid supposed to be in there somewhere too...)

So, hope everyone is well and playing nicely together. I'm sure I've missed everything wonderful, which is regrettable, but necessary (for my sanity).

Snarry stuffs )

For Non-Snarriers, a meme: )

Jan. 23rd, 2010

Happy Birthday, [info]joanwilder!!

Couldn't let the occasion go by without wishing you a Happy Birthday and letting you know that I'm glad you were born!

I have an awesome story for you... well the beginnings of one, and I swear I'll have it for you before your next birthday er, when things calm down for me soonish. *looks sheepishly at you* Maybe we can celebrate your Unbirthday!

In the meantime, our pal, [info]veridian_dair generously provided me with an offering to place at your feet a pressie to give you in lieu of the failed ficage.

As you might know, your Two if by Sea is one of my favorite stories. Cath and I both agree the most sensual scene in that story occurs in Chapter 4.

So for you, here is Cath's rendering: Hands on Therapy )

Happy Birthday Glitter Graphics

I wish you MANY MANY MORE!!

And OMG if anyone else hasn't checked this out, please go look at [info]veridian_dair's own birthday gift to our Joan. Careful on the clicking, it's NWS. Seriously, Veridian did NWS, and did so beautifully!! License My Roving Hands Guh!

Jan. 1st, 2010

Happy New Year and all that...

Well, it's the end of the year, the end of a decade even. Natural to feel introspective, I guess, though I've been sort of floundering around in my own head for the last year or so, to be honest. I can't say that I'm sad to see 2009 end -- I'm trying to go into 2010 with hope that it'll be a better year. Just about all anyone can do, I think. To start things off right, [info]veridian_dair has provided me with some inspiration:

Awesome right? Veridian says she can't take all the credit for it, because she used 'brushes', which I imagine makes sense to people who know about such things. All that I know is that she took my words (a little running half-joke between [info]joanwilder and me, actually) and made it into an image I can see and share. Sounds like a creation to me.

So, may 2010 bring us all a healthy green money tree!

Dec. 7th, 2009

Christmas MEME

Not big on MEMEs -- I usually do the ones that pique my interest, but rarely post the results. This one gave me a giggle so I thought I'd share it.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, jadzialove sent to me...
Twelve rainy days drumming
Eleven raspberries piping
Ten lesbians a-leaping
Nine icons beta-reading
Eight soundtracks a-wanking
Seven cucumbers a-writing
Six movies a-reading
Five di-i-i-ill pickles
Four wank fics
Three gilmore girls
Two green olives
...and a tiramisu in a snape/harry.
Get your own Twelve Days:

FIC: If Only

I totally forgot to post this. My real-life distractions have really been beating me down (for the last year and a half, if I'm honest), kicking me into 'hiding' mode. Not complaining but just wanted you all to know that it's not you, it's me. heh

On to the ficage:

This story was written for the 2009 Snarry Games, which turned out to be the competition's swan-song, and I was lucky enough to be on the Gold Medal team. Though it was mighty close for sure. (I'm ashamed to admit that I have yet to read Team Cauldrons' entries -- the 'distractions' you know.)

If Only )

FIC: If Only - Part 2

If Only - Part 2 )

Nov. 2nd, 2009

Recs, of a sort

It's been a while, is everyone all right? Healthy, happy... in a post-Halloween sugar-stupor?

Firstly, I read a story yesterday that is utter madness and so completely enjoyable, it defies description. It's H/D and the last offering for the The Big Harry/Draco Career Fair, a really clever fest that puts Harry and Draco in unusual (for them) occupations. If you like to read well-written hilarity that touches on politics and the ridiculousness of bureaucracies, as well as delightful banter of a very British-y nature, then this is the fic for you. Seriously, it's soooo much fun! Little Red Courgette * giggles* You'll love it, I swear. Absolutely nothing squicky... unless you're adversely affected by vegetable puns.

Couple of Movie Recs )

Oct. 5th, 2009

Yay Snitches!

Team Snitch Gold
2009 SNARRY GAMES Team Snitch Gold Medalist!

Congratulations, Snitches. For two years running, I've had the great good fortune to be a part of an awesome team for the Snarry Games. Congratulations too, to Team Cauldron for excellent competition.

And I'm extremely pleased with my individual score, so thank you very very much to everyone who voted for being so very generous.

Oct. 3rd, 2009

Yay artses!

The absolutely wonderful [info]veridian_dair has made artses for me again! If you read my Dystopiary Deluxe and wondered what the Dystopiaries might look like, Veridian plucked it out of my imagination, so you can see it too:


And the best part is, there is no pairing in the scene, so EVERYBODY can safely go look at it. Don't forget to say nice things to Veridian!

Sep. 24th, 2009

Sights wot I saw...

I think it's obvious by now that I'm not a chatty person. Rarely do I think I have anything share-worthy or even mildly interesting enough to put down here. And I'm not sure any of this qualifies as interesting, to be honest, but I've been sort of making note of things for a little while and so I thought I'd share anyway.


Humor in Religion )

Heh. Hopefully you got a giggle or two out of it, as well.

Sep. 21st, 2009

Fic Rec

I've started and restarted this rec so many times my fingertips hurt. Likely, it's not even necessary --- I think it's been rec'd to pieces in the last few hours. So the necessity is entirely mine, I think, if only to express what is overwhelming me.

Squeeing over a delightful fic is a common enough thing, and though I'm slightly biased, I happen to believe that the Snarry portion of the HP fandom has an absolute abundance of incredible writers. So the Squee opportunities are wide and, because of personal tastes, often varied.

Every once in a blue moon, a story comes along that sweeps through Snarry-dom that is so breathtaking, it almost rocks the pairing on its foundations. The kind of story that, although it sounds trite, brings the phrase "instant classic" to mind, the sort of story that will inevitably be included with the short list of Greats, of ship-defining, universal favorites.

[info]mia_ugly's Rapture is that sort of fic.

The premise is that Harry receives the gift of a time-travel gadget (very well chosen) from a well-intentioned Dumbledore (bequeathed posthumously) with no note telling him what he's meant to do with it, or instructions on how to operate the thing, and in typical Harry fashion, stumbles blindly into a twenty-five-year old Severus Snape's miserable existence. I'd hate to give too much away, but what follows is breathtaking and desperate and heartbreaking and hopeful and ultimately extremely, wonderfully satisfying.

Mia is a master, and her writing style is such that the words leap of the page and assemble themselves into beautiful, vivid images. The way she manipulates words is uncommon and incredible while being... economical, there's not a wasted scene or moment. And the history that she gives Severus Snape is wrenching and fully rounded and so completely believable for the man he becomes. Watching Harry slowly breach Snape's prickly armour, when their banter offers some needed humorous relief, is a treat.

Please go read this story and then shower Mia in the praise she so richly deserves.

Sep. 20th, 2009

Snarry Games

Support Team Snitch - Reaching for Gold!

Today is the last day for [info]snarry_games posting, but that doesn't mean it's the last day for reading! There's still plenty of time to read and vote! (And this isn't an official rec because I'm way far behind on the reading myself, but today's Snitch entry, our last offering for the competition portion of the Games, is a magnificent work by the incredible [info]mia_ugly. Truly saving the best for last.)

Sep. 16th, 2009

REC of pure delight

I know this has probably been rec'd everywhere under the sun by now, but I'm a tad behind on my reading, so I just finished it today.

As the subject line says, this story is pure delight. Here's the particulars:

Title: The Fourth Deathly Hallow.
Author: [info]gingertart
Genre(s): Fandom Crossovers and Literary and/or Historical
Prompt(s): Code of Honour
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: PG; None

Summary: From the private journal of John. H. Watson MD; not intended for publication. Being an account of the strange case of the Fourth Deathly Hallow; in which Dr John H. Watson and Mr Sherlock Holmes save a life, discover the true secret of Professor Moriarty, unravel a time loop or two, encounter a femme fatale, imbibe potions, break into and out of a wizarding mansion, hide in a male brothel, go shopping, track down a magical artefact, almost attend a ritual sacrifice, fail to be Obliviated and totally ignore the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy of 1692, all in the company of a lank-haired, irascible but secretly besotted schoolmaster, a bemused aristocrat and an increasingly perceptive and enamoured young hero.

If that summary doesn't draw you in, I don't know what will. Because it's that and sooo much more. Well written, well thought out, well paced, clever clever plot, excellent mystery, excellent characterizations all around, one of the most brilliant 'Snape Lives!' scenarios I've ever read, and the two worlds fit so beautifully together. And more than anything else, it's delightful fun. I'll admit I'm no expert, but [info]gingertart seems to have a great handle on the Holmes's England and all of its inhabitants. It's truly a wonderful tale and I plan on visiting this one often.

As the warnings will tell you, there's nothing scary in this one, not even for the non-Snarriers amongst you. It's truly a wonderful read for everybody.

Go read: The Fourth Deathly Hallow and then go give [info]gingertart the love she so richly deserves!

Sep. 13th, 2009

Hungarian, even!

I have been translated.

Well, not me, actually, but my story: Shifting. This was my very first attempt at Snarry and I feel pretty good about it. It ended up with a 2nd Place win for the Challenge that inspired it. Written pre-DH, it's the story I think might help people who don't get Snarry maybe understand a little better, as the premise of the story is to convince a third party (whose first person POV is the story) of the match.

The very lovely [info]yatze contacted me a while ago and asked if she could translate a couple of my fics, and I was thrilled and flattered, but assumed, like the other two people who'd asked the same thing of me, that I'd never hear from her again. I'm so glad I was wrong!

So, if you read Hungarian and would like to check out her translation, go here: Váltások

The reviews are lovely---I had some fun with the Google translator, but I think I got the general idea.

Sep. 11th, 2009

If Only

I'm a tad behind on reading the Games fics so I don't have any recs today, but I just realized that I neglected to mention that my own fic posted.

So, if you aren't following the [info]snarry_games (Why???) or you don't normally read Snarry but might read mine, or if you're finally ready to take that leap (and truly, my fics are generally pretty safe, I think), or if you're just bored silly and willing to distract yourself with just about anything, even if it's something you never read, then maybe you'd like to give my offering a try:

Title: If Only
Team: Snitch!
Genre(s): Time Travel
Prompt(s): Consequences, Seeking Knowledge
Rating: Rated NC17
Word Count: ~13,500

Summary: Things look rather dire for Severus Snape, until he awakens in a strange room, where he learns 'What Might Have Been' and whether or not he has the mettle to embrace 'What Could Be'.

If Only

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