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This and that, and recs of fic.

I am evidently ridonkulously homesick because I have the University of Florida/University of South Carolina football game on the TV and I hate football, whether college or NFL. But it's a South Carolina home game and (despite the fact that I am highly ambivalent about USC and its athletics program) I'm all HOME! WOOBIES! *sniffles*

Anyway. I caught up on two Spooks episodes today while procrastinating from writing and was going to rant about a certain plot development that occurred at the end of 8x03, but then [info - livejournal.com] reserve distracted me this awesome photo and I really think someone should write Harry/Draco fic based on it. *eyes certain segments of my flist speculatively* I am willing to beg, trust me.

Two fic recs! One's Snape/Draco, one's Harry/Draco.

The first is Clean and Filthy by [info - livejournal.com] entrenous88. It's a 5,000 word post-HBP Snaco written for the [info]daily_deviant kink costumes. It's got Spinner's End, power plays and Draco dressed as a French maid. Oh, and there may be a scorching hot boot. It's gorgeous and oh, it makes me miss Snape/Draco so much. I think once I finish some of these fics I'm working on at the moment, I might reward myself with a wee bit of Snaco writing.

The second is Cornbread and Sweet Tea by [info - livejournal.com] sor_bet and it's the prompt I chose to have written for me for the [info - livejournal.com] ownficfest. It's a Harry/Draco AU that takes place in the American South, and I adore how [info - livejournal.com] sor_bet weaves actual canon into the story while picking the characters up and making them truly Southern--and yet keeping them totally in character. It's a wonderful read and take it from this Southerner, it's spot-on. \0/

Have realized that it's six-thirty and I haven't eaten yet today. Hm. Probably should remedy that...


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Thinking: calm calm
Singing: Gamecocks vs Gators

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Fic rec liek woah.

Drop everything and go read this fic.

I don't care if you hate Harry/Draco. Drop everything and go read this fic.

Blood and Brimstone is the latest offering in [info - livejournal.com] hd_career_fair. It's a fusion fic, a melding of the Potterverse with the world of Wicked Gentlemen, and it is phenomenal.

It had me at inventor!Draco.

You don't have to have read Wicked Gentlemen to understand this fic (though if you have, you'll love the side appearances by various WG characters); the author weaves the worlds together seamlessly, explaining what you need to know along the way.

This story goes beyond fanfic. It's a masterful, amazing, incredible tale that reads like something you'd pick up in Barnes & Noble. It's breathtaking. It's gorgeous. It's the kind of story that makes me wish I could write this well and that makes me so grateful that I had an opportunity to read something so beautiful.

If you love a good story, if your idea of an amazing night is curling up on the couch with a novel that captivates you and draws you into an entirely different world, read this fic. You won't be sorry.

It's 42,000 words of utter brilliance.

Blood and Brimstone by Anonymous
Thinking: blown the fuck away blown the fuck away

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Two H/D recs

Work continues to be ridiculous this week--lots of stress, lots of exhaustion, and I've been getting in to work an hour early every day. Blech. Will be glad when it settles; I'm behind on RL and fandom again, dammit. :/

But I've two fics I've read that have been highlights of the past few days, and I don't want anyone on my flist to miss them because they're delightful.

Rec the first: I was having a significantly crappy day last week and [info - livejournal.com] noeon wrote me a little pick-me-up Harry/Draco porn that utterly and completely made my day. In just a few thousand words we have brutally hot cigarette smoking, an angry, possessive Harry, a snarky, turned-on Draco, anal beads, and…well, I can't say the rest because it'll spoil it. It's delicious and sexy and if it doesn't make your toes curl, I don't know what will. It's just gorgeous. And will leave you incoherent. :D

If you're in the mood for a bit of brilliantly sexy, scorchingly hot, beautifully written smut, you must read this.

Yielding to Uncertainty by [info - livejournal.com] noeon

Rec the second: Let me say up front that this is not your usual Harry/Draco fic. The language is dense and tersely descriptive all at once, and it's very, very, very British, which is something I adore and crave in this fandom and surprisingly (and sadly) do not get enough of.

It is not an easy fic to read, and it's long--40,000 words long. You can't just fly through it. And if you're not British, some of the references will go over your head no matter how well-steeped you are in the culture--do not be afraid of this. Seriously.

Because it is so very, very, very, very worth the effort. Not to mention, meant to be savoured.

This fic is amazingly, beautifully, incredibly written, it's funny as hell, and it reminds me of those deliciously charming novels about the lower gentry living in rural English villages. Reading it made me ache to live in one, to be honest, as those sorts of novels always do. I adore this Harry and this Draco--and don't even get me started on how fantastic the supporting cast is. If you don't walk away loving Narcissa and Pansy and Blaise and Scorpius and Albus Severus, you…well, you need to go back and read the damn fic again, that's for certain. And then there are the OCs. I am in love with Dr. Vickers like you wouldn't believe, and would be more than happy for him to be my Rector. (Also, I'm entirely thrilled that the author chose to make Harry and Draco bisexual and to have them sincerely have been in love with their wives. That's a die-hard kink for me in H/D fic. I. Love. That.)

I cannot stress enough how amazing this fic is. It goes beyond fanfic and into the realm of literature, to be bluntly honest--it made me remember why I chose to focus on British authors when I was in grad school. If you have any love at all for Britain and its culture, you must read this fic.

It's witty, it's sharp, it's complex, it's wound through-and-through with legend and history and Anglicanism, it's shot up to the top of my all-time favourite HP fics list, and I suspect it will stay there for a very, very, very long time. (And I desperately want to know who wrote this because I want to give them a mad fangirling. The author of this fic gave me everything--and I do mean everything--that I've been gagging for in a H/D fic. Brava, whomever you are, and thank you. I'm awed and delighted by your work.)

Drink Up Thy Zider: A South Hams Pomona by Anonymous (for now)

Off now to work on my [info - livejournal.com] ownficfest fic, which yes, is late. Sigh. One day. One day I'll turn a damn fic in on time. Today is not that day. :/
Thinking: busy busy

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And Puff, that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar

  • Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary died. This makes me ridiculously sad...my dad had all their albums and I grew up on them. He even used to sing Puff the Magic Dragon to me as a lullaby when I was little. Anyway. For Mary.

  • If you like Snarry and you've a love for Regency romances (and come on, how can you not?), then you should immediately hie yourself over to today's [info]snarry_games postings and read [info - livejournal.com] ze_dragon's charming, hysterical, deliciously filled with cross-dressing Harry and Draco and Snape in a cravat fic, The Unexpected Bride. While betaing it, I laughed my head off at the machinations of Lord Snape. \0/ It's a fantastic, delightful story, and if Harry Potter wandering around in an Empire-waist dress being pursued by a rakish Snape doesn't charm your socks off, I don't know what will. :D Go. Read. For realz.

  • Work sucks. Writing sucks. Bah. Double bah. Must sleep soon.
Thinking: blah blah
Singing: Peter, Paul and Mary: Puff The Magic Dragon

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Recs, and can someone please tell Kanye to stop dropping his drawers in public?

Kanye West, you're an asshole. And I don't even know Taylor Swift's music, but I'm about to go download her album from iTunes whether I like it or not just so she'll get some money. It's the least I can do as a protest for such douchebaggery. Somebody needs to get that man into therapy or rehab. Fast.

I've been really tired for about a week or so now; I think I've got some sort of low-grade virus that isn't bad enough to cause me to feel okay with staying home from work, but which is just draining enough to make me fatigued and brain-dead for most of the day. :/ It's been fun, let me tell you. I meant to spend all weekend writing. Instead I spent most of it sleeping, and I'm still ridiculously tired. Very annoying, let me tell you. Particularly when one has deadlines which one is not going to meet because one is so zonked one cannot think, much less write coherently. *sadface*

Anyway. Two recs for my flist....

There's an H/D fic in [info - livejournal.com] hp_summersmut that I got to beta and it's fantastic and I think everyone should read it. Voices From The Fog by [info - livejournal.com] noeon. It's a smidge under 14,000 words, it's set in Amsterdam, it has cigartette smoking (shut up, it's a kink for me), it has a Harry that I adore and a Draco who is deliciously standoffish and snarky, and I love it so much I've forced Noe into writing me a sequel. Srlsy, go read it.

And for those Snarry fen on my flist, you should run now to the [info]snarry_games and check out [info - personal] bethbethbeth's Everything He Ever Wanted, which I also got to beta. It's one of the most original takes on the epilogue I've seen, and it's charming and chilling and has the best ending ever. \0/ Although I'd kill for a sequel to it as well. *eyes Beth* So go read it too.
Thinking: effing tired effing tired

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Oh, yeah, it's so clear, all the bad things are gone, all the good things are here

I just walked in the door from a weekend down in NJ, seeing the Old 97's at Maxwell's. Am trying to catch up this evening, especially on comments for my club!fic (oh, hey, did you know I posted that damn 12,500 word H/D club!fic Friday? *G*) but for now a quick update before I attempt to find some sort of food...

Bandom Fic Rec - [info - livejournal.com]supergrover24 has posted her [info - livejournal.com]bandombigbang fic and anyone with any interest in Panic At The Disco should read it. It's a Jon/Ryan Bewitched AU and it's really, seriously fantastic. Let me put it this way. I'm not a huge PATD girl, and I usually don't like Ryan Ross. Jodie made me love him in this fic. So yeah. You should definitely read this one. Also, Jodie writes seriously excellent pr0n, even when it's not explicit. I'm just saying. *g* You can find it here: Sing To Him, Each Spring

Old 97's - What can I say other than they were absolutely fantastic? Both Murry and Rhett did opening sets of their solo work before the whole band took the stage. And they played Weightless! I've wanted them to play that song for years and I'm not joking. They never have at any concert I've been at until last night, which made me ridonkuloulsy happy. Also, [info - livejournal.com]djinnj, [info - livejournal.com]ze_dragon and I decided to go to Maxwell's early to grab dinner before the doors opened. The waitress seated us, and we looked over and the whole damn band was at the table next to ours. Seriously. There was massive, albeit quiet, flailing over that. TRUST ME. (The four of them appear to have excellent table manners and a great love of alcohol and French fries. *g*)

Knitting - I appear to have been sucked into the knitting vortex this weekend. I have about eight inches of a garter stich scarf done already. Dammit. *eyes [info - livejournal.com]djinnj, [info - livejournal.com]ze_dragon balefully* Also I may have spent four hours today on a bus knitting. And another half hour on the T. /0\

Food now. BBS. *g*
Thinking: recumbent
Singing: Old 97's - Weightless

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Birds in the trees sing their day full of song

[info] - livejournal.comgoseaward sent me a link this weekend to a flickr account of a man who, as she put it, got tired of being restricted to shopping in the men's department. (Goosey knows me very well. *G*) He photographs the outfits he puts together, and OMG, you guys, they are ridiculously cool. And I'd wear a good half of them myself. Seriously. Like this one. And this one. And this one. And this one. No, really, I could keep going on and on and on with the linking. This man is my new favourite person. And my new fashion inspiration. \0/

Okay, so two Viktor stories that I read last night that were awesome?

The little death by [info] - livejournal.compauraque (NC-17, Viktor/Cedric) - Lovely, lovely d/s that ties into the development of the relationship, and the descriptions...you feel this fic, you don't just read it. You're there, even in the quiet moments, pulled in by the way [info] - livejournal.compauraque draws a scene. Absolutely beautiful.

Hero Worship by [info]snegurochka_lee (NC-17, Charlie/Viktor) - I know this fic got rec'd a lot across my flist earlier this month and with good reason. It's funny, charming, sexy as hell, Albus Severus and James make delightful appearances, and woven throughout the story is the difficulty of coming out, of accepting sexuality, whether one's own or someone else's. Really fantastic.

I need more Viktor slash, dammit. Did you know the only Viktor tag on [info] - livejournal.comcrack_broom is Viktor/Hermione? And that it only has eight uses? This is sadmaking, people. Very. There needs to be a LOT more Viktor boysex in this world. I'm just saying.

Anyway, here's a scrumptious Harry/Scorpius rec from last night too...

The Seventeen Series by [info] - livejournal.commarguerite_26 (NC-17, Harry/Scorpius, starts with Seventeen and the four sequels are linked at the end of each) - This starts off with the seduction of Harry by one Scorpius Malfoy, pre-seventh year, and continues the development of their relationship into the beginning of term. Lovely conflict, very sexy, and a scorpion tattoo makes an appearance. \0/ A really delightful story arc that reminds me in a way of pre-HBP Snape/Harry Hogwarts fics. :D

And now, must go shower as I'm headed over to [info] - livejournal.comnoeon's place this afternoon for some Memorial Day movieing. \0/ \0/ \0/

ETA: OMG, [info] - livejournal.comgmth has found the most hysterical sex product ever. NSFW, obvis. *dies laughing*
Thinking: cheerful cheerful
Singing: Ella Fitzgerald - I Got Rhythm

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