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Fantastic Beasts [Nov. 21st, 2016|09:37 pm]
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So I just saw Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. First impressions:

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Love Meme [Nov. 17th, 2016|03:04 pm]
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Click on the banner and go leave some love for a friend!
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looking back on old writing projects [Oct. 14th, 2016|06:46 pm]
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So, back when I was in high school (about 15-16) I worked on/posted (but never completed) a multichaptered longfic (~25k words were written before I stopped and I think that was about 1/3 or maybe, at best, 1/2 of what I had planned for it). I wrote and posted other stuff around that time but the thing with this fic was that it was (relatively for me) SUPER POPULAR. (It was a SW high school AU ok, yes, I wrote that shit.) The premise started out as a joke on a TFN thread and so the fic was originally meant as crack but I can't write humor to save my life so...it ended up being more like a mostly-lighthearted dromance or something lol. (For those in the know, it's Facades. I think I even had the first 3 or so chaps up on here.)

But, that's not the point. I the point is that recently, out of nostalgia (and because I still feel guilty for never finishing it), I went and looked at, read + schemed through most of the chapters. Things I discovered:

1) My writing has definitely improved. OMG. Some of the wording in that fic is so awkward. (Also, wow, I was even worse with typos and stuff back then...although I kinda already suspected that.)

2) I could actually write plot? I mean, it's cliche plot and helped along by mirroring the movies a bit but...it's plot! And it moves along at a good and mostly even pace...wow. Have I somehow sacrificed my plot writing ability by gaining more style skills?
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Semyon Vorontsov’s Account of the July 1762 Coup D’etat [Oct. 12th, 2016|07:58 pm]
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The following is an excerpt from an expansive letter (a sort of mini autobiography) written by Semyon R. Vorontsov to his friend Count Rostopchin in December of 1796. This particular excerpt is centered on his (rather emotional, even after so many years) account of the July 1762 coup d’etat, which brought Catherine II to power on the Russian throne. (Translated from here.)

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Dear Yuletide Writer [Oct. 2nd, 2016|02:01 am]
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A03 name: Alley_Skywalker

Dear Yuletide Writer,

First, I would like to say thank you for the time and effort that you are willing to put into making me a wonderful winter-holiday gift :) Length of fandom sections or the order the fandoms are in is no indication of how much I want fic for any given fandom; I would be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to receive fic in any of the fandoms I asked for. Optional details are optional, of course, but if you're like me and like to have lots of info to work with, I've tried to provide some info on the sorts of things I like (and don't) and give prompts for each of my fandoms.

GENERAL STUFF

Parings/Sex/Ratings:
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Genres/Themes (and such):
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Have fun! Happy Yuletide!
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(what's good on tv this fall season - my subjective opinion version) [Sep. 22nd, 2016|01:23 pm]
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Designated Survivor - one of the new shows this season I’ve been looking out for. I haven’t liked a Pilot this much in a while! (Though I had to laugh at like the eeevvviiilll general trope.) I don’t know if the show will be able to keep pace but we’ll see.

I missed the premiere of Bull on Tuesday because the tv freaked out. But oh well. I might go back and watch the pilot before next week’s episode. Maybe.

Another new show I’m looking to try has it’s premiere tonight -- Notorious. We’ll see how that goes. Also, you can really tell the fall season is gearing up! HTGAWM is coming back tonight, OUAT and Quantico are coming back on Sunday. (Apparently, I really like ABC shows best out of the broadcasting channels...) Some of the shows that usually came back in the fall have been pushed to winter/spring though (Reign, Homeland) but that’s ok. I think Teen Wold is coming back in November...

When it comes to non-US tv, I'm also watching Poldark now (which is surprisingly good, though wow is the fandom het-heavy) and that new Victoria show. (I can't believe the Victoria fandom is experiencing the plague of shipwars. It seems so odd. It's an entertaining show though. Melbourne is quite the romantic hero in this one lol. I'm still one ep behind. Ought to catch up before this Sunday.)
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Green But For a Season - immediate impression [Sep. 20th, 2016|01:03 am]
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Green But For a Season was pretty good! At the very least, the things I feared most did not come to pass. More substantively:


  • Gah. Jord/Aimeric hits all my power-dynamic-imbalances kinks and this story definitely played that up.

  • As though I needed to like Aimeric any more than I already do. But I absolutely do like him even more now. 😓

  • Some (not Aimeric/Jord related) things did make me roll my eyes a bit. But given the biases in the POV and the context of the series overall, they’re not out of place, so I’ll leave it be.

  • (It did feel more like a fic than a tie-in. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, more an observation.)

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A Storm Is Coming (Antonin/Bellatrix) [Sep. 1st, 2016|12:45 am]
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Author: alley_skywalker
Title: A Storm Is Coming
Pairing: Antonin/Bellatrix
Rating: PG
Word Count: 822
Summary: “[It was] their last summer before the rest of their lives, their first summer after Hogwarts."
Notes: Written for sirmioneforever

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RIP the fun that was NextGen [Aug. 27th, 2016|05:02 pm]
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I feel like the HP fandom, for once, isn't certain whether something should be considered canon or not. I mean...theoretically, with JKR's endorsement of it's canon status, there's little basis to claim that Cursed Child isn't canon. Though, I'd hate to put "AU" on every NextGen fic I ever write from now on. *shrug*

(Because, I mean, seriously? Voldemort/Bellatrix AND they have a child? Scorpius and Albus are BFFs and Scorpius ("the cinnamon roll") seems to have no other friends? Scorpius/Rose even if one-sided? I mean, it's not that it doesn't make sense but it's the most contrived fanfic ever.)

I think I feel about this play the way lots of people felt about the Epilogue. So, IDk. Maybe we can have some kind of EWE-like tag? Like CCWCC? Or NCCC (Not Cursed Child Compliant)? IDK. I didn't hate the Epilogue. It may have been a bit forced but in a big way, the story WAS headed that way all along. This whole thing is crap. I understand the acting and effects were great, according to the people who actually saw the play performed, and some of the scenes/ideas in the play are sweet and all...

Like, I know I'm personally gonna treat this the same as all non-movie SW "canon," i.e. IDFC. But I wonder how this will play out in fandom at large.
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May recs - Suits [Aug. 26th, 2016|10:28 pm]
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This batch of recs is for Suits. Fics are primarily het and gen. Ratings vary. Please always check fic headers and tags for warnings.

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