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[yawns hugely] I am going to go home and nap hard, y'all, it's been a week.

* My sister took the (very vast) majority of photos on our DC trip - I plan on aquiring them and putting together a post this weekend. The short version - yay DC! yay [personal profile] bookshop! yay monuments! omfg my feet!

* I need to put together a post on the Castle season finale. Enough time's passed that I can probably be reasonable about it.

Onto the linkspam:

* More fanfic meta - this piece by [personal profile] copperbadge and Fan the Flames [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna (author Catherynne M. Valente).

* Actually, [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna's on a bit of a roll - you should also check out The Lost World, which is about Lost in specific (spoiler warning!) and genre shows in general. Good stuff.

* The Third Virtual Season of Torchwood, [livejournal.com profile] tw_itallchanges, has wrapped up and, folks. It was brilliant.

* Also brilliant is Janelle Monáe's new album, The ArchAndroid. [has it on repeat]

* Arizona Fights Back Against Boycott Threats Due to Immigration Law. Warning - if you're anything like me, you won't be able to do anything but mutter dicks under your breath for a good five minutes after reading. DICKS.

* Current-ish status on the Gulf oil spill, courtesy of BoingBoing.

* The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a comic about the MMR vaccination 'controversy'. Relatedly, an older article from Wired: An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All.

* Last night, group of people banded together on MetaFilter to help keep two Russian woman from being sold into sexual slavery. Really (as far as I can tell, anyway. Hell of a hoax if it's not true).

* Follow Friday! I've named both these people before but it bears repeating - if you like my linkspams you should absolutely be following [personal profile] cofax7 and [livejournal.com profile] rm (although the latter is only posting on LJ, which may be cheating). Both have regular link posts and a bunch (fanfic! recs! meta! stuff!) of other interesting things besides.
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* NEW WHO, YOU GUYS, NEW WHO. I'm sure there is stuff to critique and dissect and discuss in 'The Eleventh Hour' but I find myself completely unable to do so because NEW WHOOOOOOOOO. [personal profile] copperbadge and [personal profile] jonquil have hopping posts here and here if you're looking for fannish spaces to squee/discuss in.

* While we're on the topic of Whoverse-ness, those as might be interested should check out [livejournal.com profile] tw_itallchanges - it's a virtual season three for Torchwood (ignoring CoE, yay!) and amazingly fantastic so far. New episodes come out on Friday (they're cuurently up to episode 7).

* And the new Dresden Files book is out today! And Hayate x Blade 6 is winging its way to me and there's new Castle to watch and it is a very good week to be fannish [twirls around].

* It has not, however, been a good week with regards to the US military (this is a terrible segue):

# On BoingBoing - Iraq: Wikileaks video of US military killing journalists and Wikileaks: More background material on Iraq massacre leak

# On the NYTimes - Afghan Investigators Say U.S. Troops Tried to Cover Up Evidence in Botched Raid

# On Nieman Watchdog - U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan are committing atrocities, lying, and getting away with it

* Via [personal profile] cofax7 - The Collapse of Complex Business Models: About 15 years ago, the supply part of media’s supply-and-demand curve went parabolic, with a predictably inverse effect on price. Since then, a battalion of media elites have lined up to declare that exactly the opposite thing will start happening any day now.

* Privacy and Control by Bruce Schneier: People, including the younger generation, still care about privacy. Yes, they're far more public on the Internet than their parents: writing personal details on Facebook, posting embarrassing photos on Flickr and having intimate conversations on Twitter. But they take steps to protect their privacy and vociferously complain when they feel it violated. They're not technically sophisticated about privacy and make mistakes all the time, but that's mostly the fault of companies and Web sites that try to manipulate them for financial gain.

* [livejournal.com profile] fiction_theory on the cost of art: That is part of what I believe divides good art from bad art. The good artist pays up out of their own pocket and does not ask others to sacrifice to unwillingly, unknowingly things for them, does not force people to become participants in something by virtue of ramification. The bad artist? Makes sure the check goes to another table, makes sure they get a free ride, ropes people into being part of their art whether they want to or not. Discusses Amanda Palmer and Erykah Badu in particular.

* 420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief: All of which begs the question. If one of these two drugs is implicated in dire health effects, high mortality rates, and physical violence--and the other is not--what are we to make of our nation's marijuana laws? Or alcohol laws, for that matter.
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* I was going to do a quick Favorite Fictional Heroines post today but then saw [personal profile] cofax7's mention of the upcoming [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon. Perfect, right? I think I'll participate, spend the extra time putting together a really epic picspam.

* Via the OTW (y'all should go read that post, btw):

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

* Also via the OTW, Francesca Coppa gives a talk on Things We Don't Have in the Future ...and how fanartists can help! I'm still watching - it's a 50min video - but she's doing well so far.

* Everyone's seen [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's post on fannish crazy and celebrities sometimes needing to set boundaries , right?

* Apparently there are shenanigans going with Torchwood, RTD, and Fox. Normally I'm the wait and see type, even with ideas as ridiculous as this, but I'm still royally pissed at RTD and will instead be ignoring the whole business. If only for my own peace of mind.

* Although I will encourage [personal profile] copperbadge's shameless self-promotion by pointing out that an excellent Torchwood USA already exists.

* I finally had to take Fall Out Boy's 'This aint a scene, it's an arms race' off my favorites playlist (don't look at me like that) because I can't unhear the misheard lyrics. I'm a little man, I'm also evil, also into cats, also into cats is distracting, yo.

* The Strange Maps blog looks really interesting, as do some of the blogs and resources it links to [goes to investigate].

* Finalement! Enfin! by [livejournal.com profile] tsubaki_ny: It’s crazy how people can hate each other. It’s crazy how nobody can hate like people who are closely related. It’s not sane. Today I am reading about hope and human kindness, but today I am also reading lies. I am reading lies from people who are pampered, protected, and oblivious, but I am also reading lies from people who should know better. I am reading lies from people who have suffered much the same, but who build themselves up by having one convenient, perpetual, scapegoat nation to look down upon..

* I won two doujinshi translations on [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti - super exciting! Now I just have to pick the books and (carefully, carefully) scan them.

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I wrote two stories for Yuletide - my assignment and a last minute Yuletide Madness ficbit.

Recoil and Grace (The Sandman, Morpheus/Lucifer, 4613 words) for Grenegome: Child, I have no knack for storytelling.

story notes )


Life Less Ordinary (Blue Beetle, Gen-ish Jaime/Traci, 582 words) for museofspeed: "New rule. From now on, no taking your sister off planet unless you have explicit permission or it's an emergency.".

story notes )


So, both my stories included Traci 13 as a prominent character, because she's amazing and I love her.

(Traci 13, being awesome)

Which made the story I got for Yuletide extra special:

Like what she sees by Katarik (Blue Beetle/Extended DCU): Traci has some thinking to do.

It's a wonderful character study of Traci, the places and people she's been (she's got a brief, complicated canon backstory) and the person she is now, set before her first appearance in Blue Beetle. It's a lovely, almost lyrical piece and definitely incorporated into my personal canon.
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Oh man, I am nowhere near finish trawling the Yuletide archive - apperently I rellay do have too many fandoms. Or they keep sneaking new stories in when I'm not looking (which wouldn't give them much time but it could theoretically be done), one of the two.

But I do have a couple to highlight - three four short stories and three lovely long ones, a convenient and varied selection to fit your New Years schedule! /dork

* all your heart-melodies - Lilo & Stich: At seven, Lilo wants to grow up to be an intergalactic space hero. This is my so-far favorite Yuletide story - it's quick and simple and very powerful. On growing up and childhood dreams.

* Four Times Hardison Told His Nana He Was Sorry, And One Time He Said He Was (But Totally Wasn't) - Leverage: Sometimes, a geeky fanboy has to do what a geeky fanboy has to do. Oh, Alec. You are my favorite <3 <3 <3.

* Synthesis Song Soul and Thousand Voices, One Fight - Metropolis the Chase Suite (Janelle Monae): Music is the lens through which we view the soul; music is how we make ourselves whole. | The revolution started with Cindi Mayweather, but it will not end there. Two really, really nice ficlets for Janelle Monae's amazing Metropolis album (and if you don't own it, you need to get on that stat. I'll wait). I'm 90% sure they were written by the same person but, even if not, they really should be read together. The first is a closer look at Cindi, how she was made and where she's going, the second a wider look at the revolution. Top notch stuff, very lyrical, a must read even if you haven't heard the music.

And the longer (15K+) fic:

* No Man's Land - Crossover: Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lord Peter Wimsey: "We're all dead to you, aren't we?". This hits all my long!scifi!plot! buttons with a vengeance (there are not nearly enough fics that do). Takes place during Jack's second time through World War I.

* Clean Linen - Heyer novel crossover: April Lady and The Unknown Ajax: Claud Darracott isn't looking forward to going home for Christmas: for a Dandy like Claud, there's nothing to do in the country, and on top of that, the Darracotts will be a sorry bunch, because his cousin Richmond, in Paris with Wellington's Army of Occupation, has still not returned. Being trapped by a blizzard at a country inn on the way turns out to be a blessing in disguise, when he meets Felix Hethersett. But inviting Hethersett to the family home seems to have been a mistake: something's afoot there, and whatever it is, with the Darracotts, it's bound to be a mess.... The author has a really fantastic period voice - the idioms, fashions, and attitudes of the time roll off the page effortlessly. If you're a fan of period romance (and I know I am) but wish it was queerer (and I know I do), this is the story for you. Also, there are hijinks.

* Not Gonna Write You a Love Song - American Idol RPS: "Adam can never write a song about this." Speaking of queer romances, this is a fun'n'sweet one starring his Glambertness and Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter for Milk) [pets them both].

I'm tagging Yuletide favorites as I read them on delicious, if you want recs in real time.


And while I'm here - Happy New Years, folks! I'mma go out tonight with a bunch of friends (if they aren't all housebound due to flu), will let you know if adventure and/or hijinks ensue.
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* [personal profile] cimorene's collection of lesbian moments - I would like to point your attention in particular to Kiera Knightly and her unbuttoned shirts.

* easy by west by [personal profile] ciceqi - A FF7 Fairytale, Cid/Vincent, and written for meeeee. Seriously contemplating printing out a copy to sleep with at night.

* [personal profile] hiimdaisy's Persona 4 comic of Ultimate Truth and lols. (Spoilers up through Yukiko's arc.)

* Mamma Mia, the movie, which I saw for the first time last night and adored.

* The Comic Con reading of the unaired 13th Middleman episode. Which I have not had a chance to see, yet - it's enough to know that it's there. Waiting.

* The Middleman Boxset, which is out, and 'likely in stock' at my Borders, and *mine* at 7:30pm tonight.

* John Barrowman and John Barrowman's autograph which [personal profile] nepenthe procured for me at Comic Con and is winging it's way to me as we speak.
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An ol'fashioned roundup of stuff. Some of it's cool! Some is interesting! Some is really random!

Firstly, some music videos - I've been watching Sara Bareilles' 'Fairytale' and Sarah Blasko's 'No Turning Back' vids over and over and over. 'Fairytale' is one of those songs I've memorized (and may or may not randomly sing at the bus stop) and the music video's this really cool theatre-set up, all shifting sets and costume changes. 'No Turning Back' is fully animated and quirky and *gorgeous.* Also hella catchy.

Also, [personal profile] zanzando's been educating me on the work of Wolfgang Petry - you can see the two music videos she linked me to here - 'Verlieben, verloren, vergessen, verzeih'n' and 'Wahnsinn.' Both are in German.

Dave McKean's posted twitpics of his latest paintings - 'La Roue' and 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'.

An optical illusion - usually I'm pretty good at convincing my brain to override my eyes, once I know what the trick is, but *damn* if I don't still see that as two distinct colors. And this one! She spins both ways, it's crazy.

[livejournal.com profile] thehoyden's posted new fic! DS9 Fic! Exile is New Trek inspired AU, Garak/Bashir, and a delicious read.

There's an excellent post on Steampunk and Race over on Racialicious: The Intersection of Race and Steampunk: Colonialism’s After-Effects & Other Stories, from a Steampunk of Colour’s Perspective

And lastly, [livejournal.com profile] halcyonjazz has posted on the AvatarFail here: On the Avatar racefail. Nothing that hasn't been said before but, as she points out, "it's really not about saying what's been said, it's about spreading it".
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I... I just saved my 1100 fanfic to my delicious account. I have had said delicious account since April 8 2008, just over a year, which makes for... what, 73 fics a month? 2 fics a day? On average and with really sloppy math? Yikes.

There are *still* fics in my LJ memories that I haven't moved over.

I have 133 fandoms tagged. The top five are Merlin (177), the Marvelverse (77, shush, it totally counts as one fandom), New Trek (59), SG:A (53), and Torchwood (36). This makes sense, seeing as Merlin was the first fandom I really got into *after* getting the delicious account - I saved things as I read them.

The first fic I saved was SGA: City on the Edge of Forever, the pilot by [personal profile] synecdochic (SG:A, gen) She wasn't just provisioning an expedition. There was a very good chance she was equipping a colony.

The tenth was A Stare Like Yours by [livejournal.com profile] vituperatist (Bleach, Yoruichi/Soi Fong) Yoruichi moves like a cat in bed, which didn't come as much of a surprise, all things considered.

100th: Untitled by [livejournal.com profile] lupercali (Harry Potter, Remus/Sirius) "Moony attempted to make sweet love to the piano, one of its legs has been forever claimed. If I took it away, all hell would break loose," Sirius said smoothly. "I wouldn't want to deprive you of your one true love."

500th: Can You Picture That? by [livejournal.com profile] cofax7 (Supernatural, gen) Tickle-Me-Chucky was going *down*.

1000th: Hearts Are Won, Empires Fall by [livejournal.com profile] lozenger8 (Psych, Shawn/Gus) Shawn loves Gus. He love, love, love, love, loves him. Adores. Loves to the power of googolplex and one.

And the 1100th: just wait for it by [personal profile] seperis (Merlin/Smallville, Lex/Arthur, Merlin/Arthur) What the fuck, Merlin thought in utter shock, staring at Uther--Uther--across a rich mahogany desk in rural Suffolk, fate was like a bad Hollywood remake, then?

Yay, fic!
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It's Wednesday! Week's only half over, but I've been busy. I've -

* Watched 29 episodes of American Idol S8

* Done a lot of chores that don't bear repeating but, damn, there were a lot

* Fallen in love with Adam Lambert

* Fallen in love with Kris Allen

* Read so much Star Trek fic, both new school and the original series

* Listened to Adam's rendition of 'Mad World' over and over and over

* There might also have been a lot of RPF/Bandom fic

* Walked 6.5 miles (Monday through today, not counting the additional mile I'll walk tonight)

* Went to the Dallas Day of Decision rally

* Watched the Xena/Gabrielle vid 'Boom Boom Ba' over and over and over

Also, I've read some books )

Nameless is fantastic. I mean, I love Sam's ([personal profile] copperbadge) work and I loved the draft he posted online, but his 2500 beta experiment really paid off <3 <3 <3.
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It. Is a beautiful day (76 degrees, slightly cloudy, light breeze, and suddenly Texas doesn't seem so bad) and I am quite enjoying it. Am at my parent's ranch, hanging out with my sister for the last of her spring break, being slobbered on by various animals (cats, dogs, donkeys and horses so far) adoring the weather, and reading lots of Merlin!fic and watching lots of Merlin!vids.

And [livejournal.com profile] bookshop has just pointed me to 'Camelot's Sweethearts, which I think I will print out (in, uh, a really small type size) [Edit: okay, maybe just the first 20 pages] and go read by the pool. Maybe with a cat.

Tonight, I will hook up my laptop to the ginormous plasma TV and watch all my Merlin vids (and possibly some others) again, hurray. I've done this before, when I thought everyone was out of the house, only then my father came in, then my mother and then, just as 'If I Was Your Girl' came up, my sister and her boyfriend. Who stood there and watched the whole thing with slightly puzzled looks on their faces. I explained that it was a academic analysis of the homoerotic subtext in BBC's Merlin (yes, verbatim, I was kind of proud of myself), they laughed at me and wandered back out. I now feel totally justified in putting this stuff on the screen whenever.

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Guess who's driving the Marvel Crack Van ([livejournal.com profile] crack_van) for March! YES, it is I! I'm really pumped about this, reccing is my favorite fannish activity (after reading) and now I get to do it in an organized, public manner. And the three drivers before me (it's a new permanent fandom at the Crack Van, uh, garage. I'm so proud of it) didn't rec any of the stories I was planning on, the field is wide open. Hurray!

Speaking of recs, the Crack Van driver before me ended hir run with Five Times Faiza Hussain Meets a Superhero, which I missed on Yuletide. Y'all, Faiza Hussain is British, Muslim, a doctor, has healing powers, is a major fangirl, and is the current wielder of Excalibur in the Marvel-verse. She is amazing, this fic is perfect, and I totally need to pick up the current issue of 'Captain Britain and MI: 13' when I'm at the comic shop.

...I've been pretty hard on myself lately, regarding fannish matters - the little voice in my head is all 'why don't you contribute more' and 'it's not *that* hard to make friends' and so on - but, in the past two months, I've done four fanart pieces, gotten two of them published in a *steller* anthology, continued to quietly mod [livejournal.com profile] doujin_market, recced a metric ton of fic over at my delicious page, made nine LJ posts, and occasionally talked to people. And, y'know? That's not bad.
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I have committed fanart! Clamp Campus Detectives fanart, in honor of the truely fantastic Suoh/Nokoru fic [livejournal.com profile] chrysa wrote for me for Yuletide - A Christmas Caper.

But. I'm at my parent's for the holidays, and it turns out they don't have a scanner, so. The posting of today and tomorrow's pieces will be delayed, our apologies for any inconvenience.
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This just in: job hunting sucks (big news, right?). In the general sense and also in the 'coming in second for a position you really wanted' sense. Especially when you lose out because the other candidate had more non-profit experience on paper and you were too big a coward to bring up the work you do for the OTW. Fuck.

Also sucking: moving. Or packing to move, as the case may be. I have way too much manga (and books, and comics, and toys), I think it's been breeding. It would explain some of the random shojo manga that's been creeping in...

So this isn't a totally negative experience for anybody reading this [waves], things that are most emphatically not sucking:

* Comic books and fanfiction about comic books. I've just blown my way through Birds of Prey (fun, mostly), 52 (Renee Montoya, i. just. you <3), and Cable & Deadpool (so, so awesome). For fanficiton, well. I point you towards my DCU and Marvelverse tags on delicious. Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption by Elspethdixon and Seanchai (Avengers, Tony Stark/Steve Rogers) in particular, 'cause I've got it open in another tab and it's still amazing halfway through my fifth read-through.

* Ball jointed dolls (wait, hear me out!) - they are pretty, so, so pretty, and my boy has finally arrived. And I've meet tons of local doll-type people through the Den of Angels forum, so.

* Jeeves and Wooster. Hugh Laurie + Stephen Fry + P.G. Wodehouse = Wonderment, for srs.
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Spent the week sick and working, always a terrific combination, but I woke up today feeling better and work-free, so we're good. Spent my morning repotting my tomato plant, poking around the (brand new, itty-bitty second-story apartment patio) garden, and keeping the cat from going through the rails after the birds. Texas' weather has been alternating between gorgeous and omgtheskyisfalling for the last couple of weeks and today's one of the good ones, so... yeah. Shaping up to be my favorite kind of Sunday.

In more fannish news, I've started up a del.icio.us account - the theory being it's easier to tag something as you're reading it then remembering to post it to the Livejournal later. I don't have anywhere near all my fan-type bookmarks up, yet, but it's getting there.

Been watching a ton (meaning: all three seasons of the 'new' stuff) of Doctor Who and loving it to teeny, tiny pieces. I mean, yes, campy and cheesy and plotholes, sure. But there's also a real depth of emotion and character that really gets to me.

Speaking of, the second episode for season four just finished downloading - I think I'll finish up here and pop it in the viewer.

Mmmm, weekend.
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Yuletide 2007 is up in all it's glorious, glorious, ficcy goodness. I'll be posting recs as I read (for, oh, the next month or so - there are over 2000 stories this year) - Yuletide is all about the small fandoms, so expect a lot of small, strange gems.

1602 )
Hot Fuzz )
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang )
Live Free or Die Hard )
My Boss, My Hero; Ookiku Furikabutte; Night at the Museum; Pan's Labyrinth; Psych )

ETA: So far we've got 1602, Hot Fuzz, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Live Free or Die Hard and uh. The writing this year is absolutely fantastic and, while I am a woman of my word and will bravely continue on, the list is going to be very long.
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Tuesday - OTW Links )


[Kingdom Hearts] Desiderata by [livejournal.com profile] dual_avi (Riku/Sora). Savior, the men whisper. Legendary, beautiful, he will deliver us from this hell. Riku doesn't believe in any savior. He just wants the Heartless gone. Read this. Read this right now because it's beautiful and heartwrenching and freaking fantastic.
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I'm in the middle of attempting to acquire acquiring health insurance and, well, the last time I was this frustrated with our health care system I ended up with all four of the Play Arts FF12 figures. So. In an attempt to keep myself off of eBay (but not the internet; I'm not that strong) I went looking for fanfic (porn fanfic = acceptable alternative to toys, REALLY, BRAIN, BELIEVE ME).

And I found it. Found it a lot, it was a veritable fanfic breakthrough, of epic proportions. Or lj-cut proportions. At least.

Wednesday: Bleach, Deathnote, Hikaru no Go, Reborn!, and xxxHolic fic )

Also, I've remembered (I've been humming it for the past half hour, just noticed) - I started on 'Once Upon a December,' from Anastasia, with my voice teacher today. I love this song. The humming shall continue.
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Which is totally conceited and also untrue, but I *did*, and now I know better. [profile] nepnthe, are you paying attention? You need to read these. Right now (NaNowhat?)


[Harry Potter] Juvenilia: Part One & Two by [profile] geekerypokery/[profile] mrmoonpants (Sirius/Remus, pre-slash, wip). Sirius Black, he thought, for no reason at all, and felt his stomach do another slow, leisurely flip inside him. Thanks to [profile] chirachira for pointing this out - it's a wonderfully constructed, long (always a favorite) Marauders fic set in their first year at Hogwarts (and how often does *that* happen?). And the characterization (my biggest, best-est button) races past spot-on to approach personal canon.

[Harry Potter] pair by [profile] mrmoonpants (Sirius/Remus). "But alas, I am, in fact, Remus Lupin's boyfriend!" Sirius declared, a little more loudly to be heard over them. "We are, it turns out, soul mates and life companions, and thus, we are dating! Seeing each other! Going together! A couple, a twosome, and a grand romance!" He banged a fist on the table for emphasis, declaring climactically: "Au pair!" And then, apparently inspired, "En flambé!" And then it turns out that she's written other stories. This one is my favorite - it's hysterically funny (to the point where I tear up just thinking about it) without being crack (per say, and stranger things have happened), as well as having excellent characterization, length, sex  etc. Sirius decides to play boyfriend, it's probably a joke, and Remus isn't laughing (much).


Nov. 6th, 2007 06:06 pm
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Tuesday: Fic - Reborn and Harry Potter )

Wednesday: WGA Strike News and Meta )

Sunday: A *lot* of High School Musical Fic )


Edit 2 (still Wednesday): If I have to start coding these things by hand I WILL, DON'T THINK I WON'T. Still no love, Me.

EDIT 3, FROM THE FUTURE (2009): HA! I did start coding by hand and I never went back. IN YOUR FACE, LJ.


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