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As I say in my rec for [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library, don't let the title here throw you off. This is a very intriguing premise, and a promising start. Check out my full rec here.
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Yes, I know I should be in bed. But I just ran across this fantastic story and had to rec it on [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library and leave scads of feedback for it. (You know how I get sometimes.) See what's been keeping me up past my bedtime and spamming your f-list tonight here.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams for the link to her lovely icons page, whence I snagged this lovely gem. I have some others, though, that I have no idea where I got them, and the guilt is weighing heavily on my soul. Does anyone know where these three came from?

http://p-userpic.livejournal.com/57280084/11102969
http://p-userpic.livejournal.com/57280043/11102969
http://p-userpic.livejournal.com/57600886/11102969

Also, I just got done reading the latest installment of JK Phillips' "Unchosen," and man-- if you haven't read it, start it now. It's refreshing reading Buffyverse fic this good, and at the same time reminiscent of stuff I read when I first came to the fandom. I don't know how to explain it, except to say that there's a freshness to it similar to the fics spawned by earlier seasons, before the bone crushing angst of later seasons took hold. It's not light and fluffy, but it's not as ponderous as later stuff I've read, either. Or maybe, as later stuff I've written is fairer. At any rate, here's the link to her site.

Finally, Wee Hob is determined to go swimming today, despite the fact that it was 40 something degrees (Fahrenheit) last night, is in the 60's now, and I've said No repeatedly. If he asks One More Time he will not go swimming until after school lets out in another week and a day, even if it's a hundred out there.
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I've just now got to looking at the new installment on this, but I notice she has the following request on her home page:

Also, if anyone out there is really good at doing graphics, I have a request for a cover for Unchosen. I tried contacting Dusty, who did the beautiful cover for Death Brings Clarity, and had started on one for Unchosen (before I lost it in my computer theft), but I don't know if my contact info for her is still valid and I haven't heard back. So I'm looking for anyone else who would be willing to give it a try?

I'm almost sure Dusty is related to some of you on my flist, but if not, I also know there are a lot of talented graphics artists on it as well. If you have anything to offer either of her requests, go here and follow her links on the May 21 entry to get in touch with her. (I emailed her a bit of feedback and she was most gracious in her reply.)

I'll have to let you know what I thought of the story later. Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] sniggs for the original heads up that let me know this long languishing WIP was back in business. If you're at all a fan of the Buffyverse, you should check this author out. (Fair warning-- Buffy/Giles implied; sometimes more than that. But worth reading even if you dislike that sort of thing, for the kids, Giles as a dad and widower, and Ethan being Ethan.)
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I came home to a super obscurely groovy surprise tonight. [livejournal.com profile] willowgreen sent me a box of stuff from her stash of "obscure grooviness." Wee Hob and I were both delighted, he even though he's been under the weather for a couple of days with an odd spring fever (with actual fever. He had to come home from school yesterday, and he came in today and mostly slept tonight, with brief stints of soup eating and a shower.)

Anyway, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] willowgreen for your generosity. Now I have to come up with something equally groovy for [livejournal.com profile] snarkysneak.

But at the moment, bedtime I think. For those of you staying up later, I highly recommend the next chapter in Malora's continuing epic, Never Say Remember. Her dialogue is perfect, understated but full of meaning, and damned funny when it needs to be. She is the poster child for why people should finish a draft before posting anything-- this story is so tightly crafted and beautifully done, so unlike mine. Don't get me wrong, mine has its moments. But it wanders a lot, and I am seeing, reading it to Wee Hob the past couple of nights, how much could and should be cut. Ah well. Information for next time.
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Just a quick drive by to say I've posted a new rec to [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library which can be found here. I'll have to edit this post when I'm more awake, or just go read for yourself and see what I thought was worth staying up this late to read.


I'll have to post on the Confirmation tomorrow, as well; it was quite entertaining, in many respects. Short Version: Wee Hob done his family-- including you in the very extended universe of acquaintance-- proud.
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I just read another really outstanding and distinctive Hermione fic and wrote a rec for [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library. Go check it out. It's an unusual pairing, but that's part of what makes it so powerful. Well worth the time. Unless you're under age, in which case, move along.

Yes, I know, one can only procrastinate so long before one's brains dribble out of one's ears. But I'm not feeling great tonight, and I have been working on my story too. And working myself up to the idea of cutting my hair. Thanks to all for the votes and words of wisdom.
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I just recc'ed tambrathegreat's current WIP, Forgiveness, on [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library: check it out. I'm really enjoying it, and learning a lot from it, as you can possibly tell from my rec on that comm. Let me know, there or here, if you end up liking it, too. And by all means, leave a review for her.

And now, I have to get back to work. Lunchtime is about over. Cheers and happy day to all.
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I'm finding that sometimes you can navigate the dreck on FanFic.Net by clicking on the favorites of authors you enjoy. Another cool thing to do if you're procrastinating is to click on the profiles of people who review your work or add you to their alerts and see what else they like to read or have written.

Not that I would know that or anything.

That exercise today led me to Bluebird88 and three really nice one-shots dealing with the character of Snape. I recc'ed them on [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library, and you can find my entry here.

In other news, I'm 4,000+ words in on part 6 of "In Loco" already, mostly tweaking and reordering already written material, but adding some new connectors or things I know now that I didn't know when I wrote these parts. And Easter has been very relaxing, if only because I've been kind of sick and Wee Hob has been very good about letting me rest (or hugging me so he can get the virus in time for school tomorrow. Not sure which.) There were no confrontations at Mass this morning, but I did get another Death Glare. Wee Hob said he got a few himself. Ah well.

Happy Easter to all who observe it, and happy day to everyone else.
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I just read an amazing fic-- madqueenmab's "The Properties of Silver." See my rec at [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library here. If you think I'm using a few too many adjectives, well, you'd be right. But they're all well-deserved. This one's really a gem. It's a WIP, but being updated regularly. And even if nothing else ever gets posted on this, I'll never be sorry I read it. Go read, and leave a review. Tis the season to feed a deserving author's muse.
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I stumbled across this gem this morning and recc'ed it on [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library. Check it out:

Never Too Late rec.

Check out the community itself if you haven't yet. It seems to be getting off the ground nicely.

Boy drama continues, up and down. Like a roller coaster. Or a ship on stormy seas. Tomorrow he has an appointment with Dr. Wolfe, rescheduled from last week's ice storm. We'll see how it goes.
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Just thought I'd take time on this wintery night to point out a new community for recc'ing HP fics that are new or not as well known as they should be. I just recc'ed Malora's "Never Say Remember" there and thought I'd post the link here for anyone who missed my first rec or wanted more info.

The community is [livejournal.com profile] the_new_library, and the link to my post is here.

Ah, I love the sound of scraping snowplows in the evening. I suspect I am going to be housebound tomorrow with a Wee Hob. His doc already cancelled his appointment for tomorrow (bummer). He seems to be doing better in school so far, though. No suspensions this week yet-- gotta love that.

Peace, warmth, and safety to you, friends.
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Just a quick note to anyone who is looking for more "In Loco Parentis," that part 3 is beta'ed, but ffnet is not being so cooperative about letting me upload and format it for the site. Since I am starting to have real doubts about the wisdom of this experiment, and I am second (third? sixth?) guessing myself horribly, I am kind of taking it as an omen. But if I can get things to work, I'll post it as soon as I can.

Good weekend with the lad, he has the holiday off today, and tomorrow he will be in Regular (not Special Ed) classes. We'll see how that works, putting him in with friends as opposed to charming boys who, I have noticed, are in the office after school for detention Every Single Day. And, does anyone remember Calvin and Hobbes? Remember Moe, the first grader who shaves? And beats Calvin up for his lunch money? Yes, one of my son's tormentors looks Just Like Him.

While ffnet is not being nice to me, it's apparently let [livejournal.com profile] zeegrindylows through with a new epic in progress-- check it out: De Profundis. A promising start. And a heck of a title.

Another one I've been following that's excellent: Never Say Remember. Two universes, one with the Harry and Snape we know, one where Harry's mother didn't die, but suffered a horrible curse that affects her memory, and where Snape has married her and adopted Harry. I'm not doing the thoughtful presentation and characterization, the intriguing premise, and the beautiful writing justice. Give it a read; you won't be sorry. The author profile says it's complete and being posted regularly as it gets a final polish. Assuming ffnet cooperates.

I've sent a message to tech support, but if anyone has advice on getting ffnet to play nicely, let me know.

Or maybe I should scrap the story and start over....
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If anyone's interested, [livejournal.com profile] juno_magic, whose great fic "The Apprentice and the Necromancer" I have been following lately, has opened a writing community up from LotR to the world at large: [livejournal.com profile] there_n_back. I started to respond to the questions, then realized my answer is probably too long to fit in a comment, so....

Go check out the community if you like. But Don't click below unless you want to know way too much about my fandoms, favorite stories (Hard to pick-- only 3?) and WIPs (which you already know way too much about, if you're on my f-list.)

Writing Question Responses for new Community )
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Before LJ takes yet another opportunity to kick me out (seriously, WTF?) I had better get these recs posted. X posted to [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5.

One of my first LJ friends, and in fact the reason I ventured out here at all, is [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia. I have learned so much, and seen so many new possibilities from her writing. Here are my favorites from her numerous 2007 offerings, in no particular order:

Read more )
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Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5.

Here's 5 (more or less) fics I found outstanding this year, some because I stumbled across them as a fanfic judge. See? No Good deed ever goes unpunished. Or something like that.

Blood Oranges, by theblackmare )

For the rest of these, I can lift from my judges comments. (There was concrit, too. If I judged you for SOTHA or Lie to Me Round 7 last year, and you never got my comments, ask and ye shall receive. Even if I was mean, concrit is concrit. Just don't hurl rocks through my window or anything. Drop by my journal later and I'll post the categories I judged on those. I won't share scores, just the comments I wished I could leave at the time.)

Talking Heads, by washaway )

Undercover, by lorelei_frolick )

Old Bronze, by D M Evans )

And last but not least, something I didn't judge or get around to nominating, but which I recc'ed earlier in the year on my journal:

There Should Have Been Trumpets, by rahirah )

And I'll slip in a bonus 6th rec: Moon Magic by lit_gal. )

ETA: Is someone putting together a top5 of [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia's fics? I don't have time right now to look up links or anything, but I hope one of our mutual friends takes it up as a public service.

Surfacing

Dec. 18th, 2007 08:25 am
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Meme )

Well, I have been a most anti-social hobgoblinn of late. I have been doing a lot of reading and avoiding and am just now coming back to this forum to catch up, to the extent I can. I see [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat is already 11 entries in to her latest serial epic. I see from new friend [livejournal.com profile] zeegrindylows that there are 9 days until Christmas (well, fewer now-- I got that from an entry over the weekend sometime I just now read.) I see that the holiday weekend will be busier than usual for the hobgoblinn family, with 3 straight days and nights of services to sing/ usher (depending on whether you are me or Wee Hob). Except for my mom, who is getting a hard copy of my Harry Potter epic Lost Boys shipped to her today, I have purchased no presents whatsoever. Nor a tree, but I was planning to wait until closer to Christmas anyway. It's still Advent, ya'll. We've made it a tradition to trim the tree to stay awake between the vigil mass and midnight mass anyway. And, quite a few years, I have gotten a tree for free or almost waiting that late.

Still very bummed about K and her family. It is hard to watch people be in that much pain and be able to do pretty much nothing. But her guys are surviving, and all the rest of us in the extended friends and family circle will, too. Until, you know, we don't.

Going back through the overwhelming number of posts I've missed in the last two weeks, I am becoming aware I need to make a list cut here, soon. There are people I almost never read anymore, as our interests have diverged wildly. So if I cut you, please do not be offended or upset. Do protest if you have strong feelings about it-- like as not it's because you almost never comment on any of my ramblings, either. I may be doing us both a favor.

While everyone's still here though, Happy Advent to all. And thanks for all the kind words and hugs and condolences, too.

Oh-- one last thing. Before I continue on the Lost Boys sequel, which I still have some delusions of trying to get in shape to start posting by Christmas, I need to write something about K, for her young son to have as a remembrance of her when he is older. So send positive energy/ prayer that direction, if you would, because that's more overwhelming than trying to read back through over two weeks of LJ ephemera.

Oh-- one other last thing-- HP fans on my list should go read this Right Now. It's awesome. And non assholeish Dudley makes an appearance later, if the perfect Snape voice and wonderfully intricate plot and excellent writing are not enough inducement. Trust me.

ETA: It has rightly been pointed out to me that this is still a WIP. Read at your own risk. It's still really good, and it seems to be updated with some regularity. But-- just so you know. My apologies (again) to [livejournal.com profile] clavally.
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Nano wittering/ word count )
BTW-- is anyone else following Moon Magic? Snape and Faith (and Riley and Willow, and hey, a spell gone wrong, which explains why Willow's there). [livejournal.com profile] lit_gal is absolutely Nailing both Snape and Faith's voices here. I haven't seen that many crossovers that navigate both worlds well-- I told [livejournal.com profile] lit_gal I thought it was because combining the two worlds made the ridiculous aspects of both reach a kind of critical mass. But this is really off to a promising start. I highly recommend it.
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Just surfacing for a quick rec for a post Deathly Hallows fic that makes that epilogue seem almost worth it. This is funny (WARNING-- do not sip your beverage of choice while reading, unless your monitor screen is in need of a shower), with great middle aged AND child voices, but it also slips in some thoughtful points. Beautifully, beautifully done. Go read it now: [livejournal.com profile] mistful's Coda to an Epilogue: Twenty Years Later, Or The Kids Are All Right:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

(ETA: note that these links will expire by Sept 2008 when the author goes on to professional status and pulls down her fanfic. In which case, go buy Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Lexicon instead.)

I'm going to go now and supervise wee hob and his little friend, who have announced their intention to spend this overnight watching every movie we own and a few the visiting goblin brought with him. That and eat us out of house and home. Hope everyone is staying cool. I've got two WIPs to rec, but that will take more time than I have, what with the intermittent internet connection (someone has been trying to tap into my line, we think. The company should be out tomorrow to look into it.)

Hope all is well with everyone. I'll try to catch up more soon. Or post readable fic.

Hob
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NOTE: no actual spoilers in here, just random comments, recs, and a meme. But cut anyway, to spare the flist. )

Until next week, that is all.

Hob

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