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angsty post is angsty

i always feel sad as the year draws to a close. that's when i look back on the year fandom had and realise how drastically we've changed as we've aged. i was moving some of my fic bookmarks over to delicious today, and one of the ones i transferred was beautiful world. that was the fic that introduced me to slash. i still remember how i felt when i read it three years ago: torn apart by the story and amazed that a piece of fiction could do that to me. irresistible poison, eclipse, sex magic, bond, love under will, underwater light -- remember those? they were my training wheels when i first discovered H/D fandom. some of them i adored, others i couldn't get into, but H/D fandom wouldn't be the same without them.

back then, writing H/D was an entirely different craft. almost all H/D fics were set in hogwarts. stories were chaptered and posted on schnoogle or FF.net. the angst was more situational than emotional -- it came from war, fighting for survival, forced allegiances, family obligations, and house rivalries. we had an open canon: no one knew what would happen next, and some of the best stories would be become AU the moment we got a new book.

our harry and draco aren't fumbling teenage boys sneaking around behind their housemates' backs anymore. they have nothing to fear from death eaters and voldemort. forget N.E.W.T.s and quidditch; they're adults, and they have children, marriage, and work to deal with. yeah, we still have murder mysteries and 8th year fics, but there's a certain maturity to the H/D fandom closing the decade that its younger counterpart didn't have.

the worst part is waiting for fandom's inevitable demise. we only have two movies left to go. i don't think HP fandom will ever completely disappear, but it sure as hell is dwindling. some of our best writers have left already. people (myself included) are losing interest, and it's kind of painful to see it happening. i know things change, but it sucks that it has to happen to something that was the only stable thing i had during my horrible teenage years.

btw, here's the picture that prompted this impromptu sobfest:

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Fandom poll for you guys

First of all, this basic account thing is totally not working for me. I went ahead and paid for the next month. Whether or not I get the full year will depend on whether I can get a job this summer :x

I have to say, I'm a little embarrassed posting after such a long break :"> I'm so sorry, guys! I promise I'll return after all the craziness of this semester calms down. I'll be staying in Los Angeles over the summer doing an internship, so I should have lots of free time to write (and hopefully finish SKoM, which has been hanging over my head like a horrible storm cloud for months).

The main reason for this post is (unfortunately) school related. I have to write a big final research paper for my Advanced Writing class, and I chose feminism within slash fandom as my topic. It's actually been fun -- I got to talk to Henry Jenkins, who's a huge fandom scholar, and I found out he's going to be a professor in my major here at USC next fall! -- but now the deadline is approaching and I need to actually start writing.

Before I get into the theoretical stuff, though, I want to give a short introduction to our LJ branch of slash fandom. I was wondering if you guys could fill out this poll for me. It's got ten simple multiple choice questions (with one short answer), and it shouldn't take too long. If you don't want to fill out the whole thing, please at least answer the last two questions.

Also, if you guys could pass this on to people on your flist, I would really appreciate it! I want to reach as many as possible, in case my flist is too selective of a sample.

Thanks! ♥♥♥

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Someone nominated me for Best Mod at fandom_of_stars! :> :> Thanks, mystery nominator ♥

I'm currently typing this on my fabulous new Macbook while I wait for the files on my PC to transfer onto my Western Digital. Yay for splurging on electronics! However, as pretty as the Macbook is, I've just realised why I didn't get one years ago when they started coming back: they're not compatible with anything, and they're complicated as hell :(

Anyway, time for a fest pimp: hd_career_fair is a new H/D summer/fall fest that will take the place of H/D inspired this year. It focuses on putting Harry and Draco in unusual careers, and guess what? HUSTLING IS NOT EXCLUDED :D Clearly, it's my type of fest and should be for anyone who writes rentboy!fic, particularly of the rentboy!Harry variety. Oh, and in case anyone's frustrated with the number of H/D fests going on, allow me to say that this one is run by fabulous people and therefore worth your consideration at the very least.

Also, posting for hp_nextgen_fest starts in three days! We have some great fics and art lined up, so definitely consider watching the community if you're interested in anything from Scorpius/Lily to Harry/Scorpius/Teddy :)

ETA: Forgot one :x hd_smoochfest is another upcoming H/D fest, and it looks to be one of the more chill, fun ones. I don't think any info is up at the comm yet, but keep an eye on it if fluff never fails to put a stupid grin on your face :D
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Beta appreciation post

So a few nights ago, I was minutes away from giving up on my hd_hols fic when, lo and behold, angels descended from heaven and saved me from fest suicide.

Those angels = betas.

*cue "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"*

Betas are the most underappreciated people in the fandom. Yeah, some of them just fix missing periods and misspelled words, but there are also some who go so far as to suggest ideas for alternate endings and help rewrite major scenes. In the end, all they get is a little mention in the author's notes for everything they do, and IMO that's totally unfair.

I can't begin to express my gratitude for all the people who have betaed for me in the past, especially the ones who listened to my endless whining and put up with my insecurity and doubts and patiently guided me through ways to fix my problems, step by step. I can't even imagine how frustrating it is to work with me on a fic, especially in the last few weeks before a deadline when I'm hysterical and sleep-deprived and tempted to delete everything, but they did it. My fics would have been utter crap without their amazing advice and unwavering encouragement.

Thanks for everything, guys ♥ ♥ ♥ (Here, have a shirtless!ZEfron icon as a token of my gratitude :p)
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Terminus: y/n?

Guys, I can't decide whether or not I should register for Terminus. I know the obvious choice should be "yes", considering I live in Chicago, but I'm having trouble bringing myself to do it. And I guess I should decide soon, since I'd much rather buy a ticket from someone who can't go than pay $200 at the door.

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My top 10 HP fics

I took the new member survey thing for hd_readers, and after I listed my five favourite H/D fics (except I cheated and I ended up listing way more than that), I started thinking about my favourite fics in general. Thus, I present to you, my top 10 HP fics.

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Does this constitute LJ drama?

In response to the hd_worldcup drama: really now?

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I think this is the best part about not being LJ famous: 42730488 people aren't going to read this post, twist it around, argue over it, and write angry response posts to it. I can ramble and make irrational points in peace. Yay for semi-anonymity!

OMG I REALLY NEED TO GET BACK TO WRITING SKOM. srsly, I'm so sorry for the lack of updates, guys :( I keep trying, but the mothereffing fic won't let me work on it. It squirmed out of my control somewhere around chapter 15, and now I'm stuck with a disaster that refuses to resolve itself. GUH. Okay, screw homework, I'm going to write RIGHT NOW. Wish me luck :|

(tbh, this entire post was just an excuse to pimp ldws again :D)