Tags: harry potter

eng :: a star danced

2 harry potter fics (!!): where the air is rarefied (lily/james), culture shock (lily, gen)

It feels somehow disloyal to not post these here, so, here's the two Harry Potter fics I've written so far in the year of our lord 2015

Title: Where the Air is Rarefied
Characters: Lily/James
Rating: PG
Length: 7k
Genre: Pretty much solid fluff. Who am I.
Excerpt: If pressed, later, she’d say it was exhaustion that caused her to forget who she was talking to, and it was that same exhaustion which prevented her from foreseeing the inevitable fall-out of telling James Potter, “Ugh, no thanks, I hate flying.”

Lily Evans knew she’d made a mistake as soon as the words were out of her mouth.


Title: Culture Shock (part 1 of 2)
Characters: Lily Evans, with some guest appearances from Severus Snape, James Potter, Mary MacDonald and some others
Rating: PG
Length: 2.5k
Genre: Character study
Excerpt: She first hears the word “Mudblood” bellowed at top volume out of a red envelope she will later learn is called a Howler.
Summary: Five times Lily Evans hated being Muggle-born.

The first summer after Hogwarts, Lily is so excited she can hardly stand it.
dw :: ten :: aloha

time for my bi-annual lj check-in, I guess

Everything else in my internet life is in a major throwback mode rn (I'll get to that in a minute), so I suppose it is only natural to also feel like visiting the ghost town that is livejournal. I do miss you, lj! Tumblr is the least social social media platform I have ever seen. I don't understand why fandom migrated to a website that doesn't even have a competent private messaging system. I want to take this up with the Council of Elders.

Anyway, I know it's been eons since I updated and I'm sure all 3 of you are on pins and needles, so my last year-ish in review:

Real life:
1. I think probably my most recent entries were whining about how everyone was moving away. So, that happened. It sucks. More and more the universe seems to be suggesting I move to Toronto, which is not actually something I really want to do, but not doing it increasingly feels like Macbeth trying to ignore prophecy, so, I don't know. Pretty much all my closest friends have wound up there, or are planning to wind up there in the next year or so.

2. I changed jobs. I started looking in January/Februaryish, interviewed for a position I really really wanted, did not get it, and the morning I got the rejection email and had big plans like "cry a lot", a friend from university texted me to tell me about a position in her department. I'm on casual contract, working 3 (soon to be 4) days a week, no benefits, and it's only a short-term contract for a short-term project (aimed to be finished by December 2016, though I'll likely be done before then), so it's not really The Dream, but it is a significant pay increase not to mention significant stability increase (for the time being), I like the work well enough (I'm a web writer), and I like my team. I wish it had a sense of permanence to it, because gosh golly would it be nice to be able to plan any fucking thing in my life ever more than 6 months in advance, but, y'know. ~Millennials~. In the meantime though I can't complain too much. Check back this time next year when my contract has expired.

3. Somewhat related since I'm working federally again, Canadian politics is a hot ass mess right now. I'm not sure which party I will vote for in October, but I sure know which party I won't be voting for. Contemplating a world where Harper wins yet another election is truly terrifying, and it is utterly baffling to me that this is even a remote possibility. If there is a God, the CPC will be decimated this election the way the Liberals were last election.

4. I started playing floor hockey. Sports??? Me??? Really? It is fun, although I am not very good. Most of my team is not very good either, so it works out, lmao.

Internet life:
1. Doctor Who starts on Saturday and I have never been less interested, womp womp. I think I would have been more interested if we had a new companion, but as much as I once liked Clara, 3 years of her is too much, especially after s8 gave her, like, four different wonderful exit points. It will be truly remarkable and sort of sad if what finally drives me away from DW fandom is not anything dramatically enraging like the 50th or River Song's life, but rather the sheer mediocrity of 5 years of Moffat with no end in sight, but here we are. Not with a bang but a whimper, and all.

2. The result of #1 is that I have been sort of fandom homeless for a while. I don't like being fandom homeless, because fictional escapism is my fave coping mechanism, so it's a restless feeling. I did briefly foray into Broadchurch fandom when s2 was airing -- I even wrote some fic (???!!) -- but a show that airs every other year with 8 episodes isn't very sustainable, fandom-wise. Can't w8 for s3 to come out in five billion years.

3. I've watched and enjoyed a few TV shows this year, although none in a "give me all the fic you have" way: Orphan Black continues to be one of my fave shows ever. Sense8 was wonderful, probably my favourite new show of 2015 so far, and I'm super relieved it got renewed. I watched Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 five years later and it was hysterical, R I P. I've got one episode left to watch of Humans, which is also great scifi. Daredevil I was shockingly into, as someone who wanted essentially nothing to do with Daredevil up until the point I watched it and developed a massive crush on Matt Murdock.

4. I'm also mega hyped for Jessica Jones, which at this point reads like a laundry list of my fave things, including but not limited to a female lead, a female superhero (!!!), a dark-n-gritty female superhero lead with PTSD who insists she isn't a hero but keeps doing heroic things anyway, a psychological thriller, Claire Temple, Krysten Ritter, and David Tennant. I bought the Alias omnibus about a month ago with a gift certificate, making it the first comic series I've ever read, and it was awesome. I can't wait. Jessica Jones is such a good character. The cast is gonna kill it. Eventually I'm gonna get to see love of my life Jessica Jones interact with love of my life Matt Murdock. Praise be to Netflix.

5. Aside from the Jessica Jones anticipation though, I started rereading Harry Potter, and I have completely relapsed into Harry Potter. Spoiler alert: I fuckin love Harry Potter. I had thought, when I started rereading -- since this is the first time I've read any of the books in about 5 years -- that perhaps my tastes would have changed and I'd find myself feeling differently about things and characters etc. Wrong!!!! My taste has always been amazing, Lily/James otp 4ever, etc. I'm 12 pages into a new Lily/James fic, in the year of our lord 2015. I will probably write more fic after I finish this one. What a time to be alive. I finished Prisoner of Azkaban (my faaaave) a few weeks ago and have been waiting to start GOF after I finish this fic. The most disturbing part about rereading is how old I now realize I am in comparison to these children. Harry & co are tiny babies! Lily and James get married, have babies and die before they are as old as I am! I'm older than the Cool Adults like Bill and Tonks! I'm so old my teacher crush on Remus Lupin is now just a regular crush! But anyway, it's been fun, I love Harry Potter, I wanna go see this mysterious play next summer, etc.

6. This was the summer of cons for me, since after seeing David Tennant and Billie Piper at Wizard World Philadelphia I ended up going to Montreal CC with goldy_dollar, shinyopals and lacunaz, where we saw Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, Caitlin Blackwood and Eve Myles. It was pretty cool -- I got to ask Eve Myles a question about Broadchurch, got a photo with Karen who is a doll, and we got an amazing group shot with Billie lmao. It was fun! Only Freema Agyeman remains on my gotta-catch-em-all Doctor Who cast list.
hp :: honeybadger don't give a shit

i'm not tagging this for the meme so NO HINTS 4 U

First, a comment of utmost importance directed in the general direction of Tumblr but also fandom at large:

Donna Noble is totally a Hufflepuff, guys. Red hair does not automatically put you in Gryffindor. Donna is brave when necessary because that is a basic requirement of all companions, but she does not get off on danger and excitement like Rose Tyler or Amy Pond. Donna would rather sunbathe by the pool than go see a stupid waterfall. Plz adjust all Sorting picspams accordingly, ty.

And before you ask the answer is YES this is very srs bsnss.

Second, I'm still doing the top 5 meme, but in the meantime, I decided to do the ship meme floating around the internet:

1. Think of up to 20 ships you support.
2. List them using descriptions of the characters involved rather than their names.
3. Have your f-list guess as many of the ships as they can.

I also tried to make it hard. I'm not screening comments or anything so just use the honour system you guys~.

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nothing is more serious than an internet poll

BBCA has some blog called Anglophenia and I guess they are doing a popularity contest for women this time (they did one for men a little while ago) and ANYWAY I DON'T FOLLOW IT BUT I JUST DISCOVERED THIS MATCH-UP THIS ROUND:



can't choose, won't choose
eng :: oh man is a giddy thing

david tennant plays a lot of douchebags (a list)

SO the other day firstofoct and I were chatting about different roles David Tennant has played (for a change) and we came to the realization that the majority of them have been assholes. And since we are super objective people, we decided to rank them in an incredibly fair and accurate manner based on how much of a douche they were. Our only rule was that the characters had to be from something we’d both seen.

For your enjoyment, here is that list.

_thirty2flavors & firstofoct present:
David Tennant Plays A Lot of Douchebags
(in order from least douchey to biggest douche)

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to :: kelly :: damn you got a hot ex

a fic rec, some fanart and some babbling

I. A Doctor/River rec? In MY lj? It's more likely than you think! To Make Us Children over at sail_your_sea is a nice look at the complications of a backwards relationship through the lens of the five stages of grief. PG, ~1000 words.

II. Through a coincidental Google today I found the greatest piece of Community fanart that ever has existed or ever will exist.

III. Am I the only one in the universe who has not registered for Pottermore? I feel as though I am. I generally gave up when it seemed like registration was opening at 4AM EST, but apparently today it was around 11! AND NO ONE TOLD ME UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. BOOOOOURNS. If someone were up to the task of registering for me I'd appreciate it, but I've probably missed that boat. I'm not DYING to get in, but ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT and I WANNA GO TO HOGWARTS :(

IV. You know what is a fantastic episode of Doctor Who? Midnight. Just throwing that out there. I wish more post-Midnight fic existed that didn't involve Ten and Donna having sex. And yeah that means if you have recs I will read them.

V. The Office continues to be a filthy tease:

With Robert set as CEO — although executive producer Paul Lieberstein says they'd love to have Robert's former competition, Nellie Bertram, return once Catherine Tate finishes a run in a play — there will still be a vacancy for the managerial slot at Dunder Mifflin. (Source)

The Office is a sinking ship but MOAR CATHERINE TATE ON MY TV ALWAYS! Also I choose to believe that quote indicates "we totally wanted to hire her but she was busy".

VI. In an incredibly uncharacteristic decision the other day, I stopped to buy shoes, and then discovered a 3-for-1 sale was on, and came away with 3 dresses, 2 pairs of shoes and a scarf (because at that point I was tired of trying stuff on) for about $120. I don't remember the last time I voluntarily purchased a dress for a non-specific occasion, let alone the last time I purchased three, but there you have it. This fits with the fact that I actually went out of my way to buy makeup the other day, eyeshadow and eyeliner and everything. I don't know, I guess I am nurturing a futile dream that one day I will break out of my cocoon and transform into a beautiful butterfly.

VII. For a very long post, this feels pretty uninformative. I would do a meme but there don't seem to be any going around besides the ship quote one which I already did. Hmmm.
dw :: ten :: aloha

harry potter and the sneaky hate spiral

First up, as a general disclaimer, I've been feeling incredibly mood-swingy these last couple days for some reason -- like, I'll be fine one minute and one innocuous comment later I'll be ready to BURN UTICA TO THE GROUND -- so if I've been snippy with you lately that is probably part of it. It started yesterday with a Sneaky Hate Spiral kind of day and has just not really stopped.

Anyway, I saw Harry Potter yesterday, and the few hours surrounding that event were basically the few on Friday where I didn't feel like burning things. Collapse )
dw :: ten :: aloha

jealous of my icon tbh

I. I am home! I am sure you all missed me in my three-day absence. The cottage was lovely and I am not excited to be back at work in the city where it is very hot and, strangely, even more buggy, but on the bright side I had a shower this morning. I also managed to swallow not one but TWO bugs when Frances and I went swimming at night. It was like they were on some kind of crazy suicide mission. There were lots of fireflies as well which was neat because lol evolution, what even.

II. Harry Potter on Friday! I don't love the movies that much, but I still quite like going to see them, if only because it is fun and it is the closest I get to engaging in fandom with most of my ~real life~ friends. We've gone to see them all together since Goblet of Fire, so it has become something of a tradition. I have seen almost no promo material because I find the WB puts out way more than it should and the clips/etc leave me feeling like I've seen everything. So yeah, I am one of those people who avoids "movie spoilers". Dealwithit.gif

III. A week or two ago on Amazon I found all the Doctor Who ~storybooks~ for $0.01 and, being curious, bought them, because I figured the lulz they could provide would outweigh the $0.01 fee. I opened the solo-Ten book to a random page just now and found this excerpt which suggests I am not wrong:

He was always making promises - to get people home, to chase the monsters away, to save the world. He knew deep down he shouldn't, that one day he might make a promise he couldn't keep.

The Doctor felt an emotion he wasn't at all familiar with: despair.
-The Shape on the Chair by Matt Jones


So that promises to be hilarious. Given how much I love summarizing terrible things, if these stories are EVERYTHING I HOPE FOR AND MORE I might make some posts about them. Would people find that amusing? I will ofc infuse them all with my natural wit and charm. ...Plus I get bored at work.