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!

Aug. 11th, 2009

Rec of hilarity and awesomeness.

Surely those of you interested in Snarry even a tiny bit have already seen this, but just in case, you must absolutely go look at Team Snitches Art for today.

I love [info]accioslash's art style and she uses it to perfection here, nailing her prompts to boot. It's hilarious, and there's something there for everybody. In fact, even my non-Snarry people would enjoy this---it's that awesome, and perfectly tame.

Go, all of you---srsly ALL OF YOU--and enjoy the artses and then give Accio some love: You Can't Win 'Em All

Aug. 10th, 2009

A very important and late-breaking Snarry Games Rec. Or, why I suck...

I have been horribly remiss!! I'd happily deluded myself into believing that I rec'd this story already. But despite my recollection of composing a rec for it, somehow, I haven't mentioned my Joan's fic. Clearly it's another one of those Only Happened In My Head situations, which I will obviously be discussing with my therapist in my next session.

In the meantime, I'd really like to encourage any of you who haven't already read Sex, Lies, and Audiobooks by [info]joanwilder (aka RaeWhit) to do so now.

Set some time aside--it's not her longest story but it'll take some time, time well spent--curl up on the couch, read it on the bus, or lay out in the sun: you'll enjoy it wherever you choose to read it. (Though I do advise sunblock if your choice has anything to do with the sun...)

It takes place ten years after Dumbledore's estate is settled, and he isn't quite done meddling with Severus and Harry's lives. There's a bit of a twist so I'm reluctant to give too much of the plot away. But I can say it includes a mystery, a journey or sorts, some understanding, literary quotes, a lot of emotional highs and lows, and some well deserved healing. There's even a cat. Snape's profession is unique and clever and well thoughtout and Harry's occupation is something you don't see every day either. I loved what distance and time and comfortable living did for her Severus, and her Harry will wrench and perhaps even break your heart. Luckily, [info]joanwilder mends it for you by the end.

And all of this is set against the colorful backdrop of a place called Lochdub and its inhabitants, borrowed from a TV show called "Hamish MacBeth". It's not necessary to be at all familiar with them; I went in uninitiated, but came out wanting to know them much better. You will too.

I'm going to go beg, buy or borrow a copy of Captain's Courageous, you should go read Joan's fic.

And don't forget to vote vote vote!

Aug. 9th, 2009

Recs. Again.

Well, this is some kind of record, me posting three days in a row (I think---they're sort of blending together). It wasn't my intention to rec so often, but once again I find myself bowled over by something unexpected, and I'd really love to encourage anyone who might still read this journal to go and read it.

The story I'm speaking of is [info]igtow's Connecting the Dotty

As with the last two surprising recs, I once again stepped out of my comfort zone to read this. My reading preferences (and if I'm honest, my writing preferences) tend to be for the newness, the first time or the getting together and the spark and mystery of things just beginning. [info]igtow's story is about a life, or rather, lives well lived. And something I usually avoid like the plague is MPreg (though admittedly, I have read and enjoyed one or two of them over the years) and while this story is not an MPreg at all, it is a key element, as the story demands that Harry & Severus have progeny.

So once again bravely ignoring the warnings, I jumped in, and then was so very glad that I did! [info]igtow's own summary was this: A gentle tale of growing old together. And that's true, but it's so much more than that. It's humorous and poignant and chock full of wonderful things and bittersweet things and everything in between that you would wish for these two to have and see and do in the years that they are together. You will cry a bit, but in a good way, I promise. Likely I'm not doing it justice here, so if you could, at least one more time, trust me and go read this, you will not be disappointed.

Seriously---when have I ever steered you wrong?

And while you're there and feeling sigh-y and yet satisfied after reading the fic, go look at [info]cluegirl's beautiful beautiful art: The Hero's Return

Aug. 8th, 2009

Wordes and Artses Recs!

Snarry Games recs!

Anyone who knows me and my fic preferences, knows that warnings which might include Genderbending and Het Sex would normally get a pass from me. And I have to be completely honest and tell you that I read this story with a sense of duty, though it helped that it was written by [info]synn. Basically, going in I was glad it had less than 3500 words.

DAMN if I wasn't blown away AGAIN, for the second time in these Games.

It was nothing like I had expected, reinforcing my recent realization that while "Warnings" can be helpful, judging a story and it's potential by them is incredibly foolish---something I've been guilty of in the past, but something that I will no longer practice. I would have missed Perfica's wonderful fic, and I would have missed this gem too.

And while I do this little PSA about not putting too much stock in the warnings, I encourage beg you to give this one a chance, if you haven't already. This story by [info]synn (aka ThreeSidedOrchid) is cleverly done and beautifully worded and unlike anything I've ever read before. Took me completely by surprise and won me over, absolutely.

Trust me. Go read Thrice Turned Then show her the love she deserves.

Once you're done reading take a look at this delicious work of art. Admittedly, I am biased, as the artist has become a friend and I watched this taking shape, but that bias does not make it any less true that this is YUMMY. Her art is amazing to me, a non-artist: the textures and the shading and the details... I don't know how she does it. And there's frosting. Make sure you gaze at it long enough...

Buttercream by [info]veridian_dair will hit your sweet tooth just right. Mmmmmmmm

Vote high and vote often...

Aug. 3rd, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

No! Not Christmas... Something so much better!


And while the other team has some nice things in the offering, I wanted to take this opportunity to point you toward the first two TEAM SNITCH entries. The games are mixed this time around, which means we have beautiful art entries as well as some incredible writing to show you.

The first entry is a gorgeous piece of art by the fantastic Ponderosa, and can be found here: A Firm and Fair Hand Heed the warnings before scrolling down to view the beautiful art. It's fantastic---rich and vivid and detailed. Just gorgeous.

The second offering from TEAM SNITCH is a bit of writing that I, admittedly, thought would make me too sad to really enjoy it.

I'm so glad that I was wrong!

The Shadowless Hereafter by [info]perfica is just incredible. I'm not surprised that's it's wonderful, as [info]perfica is a genius, but what I am surprised about is that I can come away from a story with those warnings (the very warnings that I usually avoid emphatically) feeling not only satisfied, but somehow as if I got my requisite happy ending. I still don't know how she did it, and I've been thinking about the story since yesterday.

Go. Read. Vote.

Jul. 26th, 2009

Art recs!

[info]veridian_dair has made some gorgeous artses!! Go see it!

There's a beautiful Snarry bookmark that she made for Azkatraz, and a Ginny/Hermione she did on a suggestion by my very own partner.

You can look at it here: Beautimus Artses