m_mcgonagall_65: (Merry and Bright)
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 10:40 pm
I want to post my Exchange piece to some archives, but my summary is too bland.  For the Exchange, it read:  Hermione attempts to bring Muggle appreciation to the staff at Hogwarts through Muggle literature.  I've never posted a poll before, but this seemed like the kind of thing a poll would be good for.[Poll #1802908]
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 11:34 pm
I can now thank [livejournal.com profile] dragonsinger954for my lovely crocheted banner, Complementary Talents.  I've already told you the things I love about it, so I will just thank you again, my friend, for such a lovely gift.

I can now admit that I wrote Book Club for [livejournal.com profile] lotrangel17.  I had a complete blast this summer rereading The Lord of the Rings as a Hogwarts professor and writing about falling in love over literature.  I need to thank [livejournal.com profile] morethansiriusand [livejournal.com profile] sshg316for doing a great job as my alpha and beta readers.  Ladies, you really made a difference in this story.  I couldn't have written it without your feedback, encouragement and brainstorming skills.  I'd also like to thank [livejournal.com profile] lady_rhian who beta read the first two chapters for me (before having to stop in order to get married).  You gave me a lot to think about in your feedback that I carried with me throughout the rest of the story.
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Saturday, November 5th, 2011 10:52 pm
A new round robin drabble challenge began this week at [livejournal.com profile] hgssroundrobin.  It's called "Under the Bed."  Wouldn't you like to know what is under the bed and what Hermione's mother has to do with it?  (So would I!)  I've just posted my offering.  I hope you'll go take a look.  So far, we don't have a lot of people watching this community.
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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 10:56 pm
I guess writing for the Exchange must have jump-started the Muse.

I wrote a little bit on the SSHG fic I started planning several months ago based on Jane Austen's Persuasion.  Yes,[livejournal.com profile] mollyssister, this is the fic I promised you in the [livejournal.com profile] morethanmolly community many, many moons ago.  I think I may be able to get past the block that I had encountered.  I think I will be working on it very slowly, but it feels good to be working on something.  I hadn't written anything in months before about April.  I was kind of afraid I would end up back in that state after the pressure of being so far beyond the deadline with the Exchang piece.

And in the back of my mind is a bit of plottiness for the second installment of my Severus/Minerva trilogy that I started in [livejournal.com profile] severusbigbang.  I have some revisions to make to Secrets Revealed to make the next installment work.

Don't anyone get too excited.  I don't think I will actually be publishing any of these things anytime soon, but it feels good to be stretching my brain a bit.
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Thursday, June 16th, 2011 12:56 pm
If I am British and I want to remind myself to be composed, to get a handle on my emotions, what would I say?  In the U.S. I might tell myself to, "Get a grip," or "Get a hold of yourself."
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 11:09 pm
... and signed up for the SSHG Exchange.  This is my first exchange, and I am extremely wibbly about it.  There are so many signed up this time and so many great prompts!  I hope I get something I feel like I can write.
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Saturday, June 26th, 2010 04:48 pm

My drabble at [livejournal.com profile] dyno_drabbles placed as runner-up this week!  Here is my pretty shiny...

dyno_drabbles runnerup

Here is my drabble.  I'm married to an identical twin, and this drabble is loosely based on real life.  Con crit and comments gratefully received.  The prompt for this drabble can be seen here.

Cut to spare f-list... )


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Thursday, June 17th, 2010 11:20 am

I haven't written anything in quite a while, so I was looking for something to get going again.  I signed up for[livejournal.com profile] dyno_drabbles this month.  I figured three drabbles with a deadline would do me good.  It's Fred/Hermione month; I figured a new ship would challenge my imagination.  By the way, the first round is posted, and the voting deadline is Friday at 11:59 p.m.  EST.  So I will just encourage you to take a few minutes to vote in the first round.

As I have been working on writing the drabble, I've read a few Fred/Hermione stories just by way of research because I'd never read in this ship before.  It's a pretty rare pairing, but you can tell there are some people out there who have a great deal of affection for this pair.  There aren't as many Hermione/George fics and I was curious about that.  What is it about Fred that would make him a better partner than George?

Very early into my HP fanfic reading, I read my first SS/HG story and was hooked.  I like SS/MM and I've been known to read some Dramione and Lumione.  There is so much fic in this corner of the world that I haven't really had time to look elsewhere.  It's been interesting reading Weasley-based fanfic.  It's a different branch of the HP fanfic world, and some different fanfic norms seem to apply.
So that's what I've been pondering this week and was just posting to get other people's outlooks on this.  The HP fanfic world is a very big place...
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Friday, January 29th, 2010 07:16 pm
I made the [livejournal.com profile] quiz_sshg this week!  Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] morethansirius  for the fun banner.

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Friday, January 8th, 2010 09:17 pm

SQUEEE!  The stories and art, crafts, etc. have posted in celebration of Severus Snape's 50th birthday.  I'm really looking forward to reading and reviewing!

My offering is located here:  http://severusb4.livejournal.com/11228.html.  It's SS/MM and rather angsty, both of which were departures from what I have written, but I had a lot of fun trying something new.  I hope you will have fun reading it.  Let me know what you think...

They're not big on allowing concrit on the site, but if you have some for me, let me know here.  It's the longest piece I've written, and I am open to improvements.
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Friday, January 1st, 2010 11:49 pm
Finally, very early this morning, I finished my [livejournal.com profile] severusbigbang  fic.  I had originally thought it might run 20,000 words but has turned out to be about 45,000.  Considering I hadn't written any fics longer than 1,800 words before, I have been quite surprised.  I am very happy that it is finally off to be beta'd.  [livejournal.com profile] sylvanawood  has been very patient.
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 07:42 pm
I've written 2,291 words just today!  That is definitely a record for me!  I know some of you put out thousands of words everyday, but I'm doing well to get 500 words in a day (just to put this in perspective).
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Monday, September 7th, 2009 01:09 pm
I wrote about 2,379 words this week and wrote all seven days.  It's pretty awesome output for me because I write. so. slow...  I'm glad the nice mods at [livejournal.com profile] 5_for_fivemade these inspirational "Just Keep Going" stickers.



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Saturday, June 20th, 2009 03:26 pm
I've signed up, and I'm working...


Sign-ups last until June 30.  Come on, and join us as a writer, artist, artisan, beta or cheerleader.  [livejournal.com profile] severusbigbang 
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Thursday, March 19th, 2009 11:16 pm

After almost a year (which is a horribly long time for such a short story), I've finally finished my Walking Club drabble series.  This last "chapter" is longer than the first two parts combined, and I feel pretty happy with it.  If you like silly fluffiness, you will find it posted at the following places:

At [livejournal.com profile] grangersnape100 :  click here
At Ashwinder:  click here
At The Petulant Poetess:  click here
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Saturday, January 31st, 2009 09:38 pm

Sadly, the stomach flu has been making the rounds in my family this past week.  Today is my day to have it.  On the positive side, I've been assured that the worst should be over in a few more hours.  Unfortunately, I don't even feel much like reading.  And I've been thisclose for about 10 days to finishing my Walking Club drabble series, but due to sickness and general busy-ness, I haven't been able to put the finishing touches on it.  *frustrated sigh*
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Sunday, December 28th, 2008 02:08 am
Would someone raised in a British Muggle environment, such as Hermione, know who Barney the Dinosaur is?  I want to use Barney as a simile/metaphor and would like to know if British Muggles know who he is or if he's just an American celebrity.
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Monday, November 3rd, 2008 06:56 pm

While I don't have as much writing output as others, my very first bits of fanfiction writing do qualify for this round of the[info]sshg_awards .  If you like humorous drabbles, you may like these.

Root Canal:  At Ashwinder    http://ashwinder.sycophanthex.com/viewstory.php?sid=18608

                       At TPP    http://www.thepetulantpoetess.com/viewstory.php?sid=9297

The Walking Club:  At Ashwinder   http://ashwinder.sycophanthex.com/viewstory.php?sid=18676

                                   At TPP    http://www.thepetulantpoetess.com/viewstory.php?sid=9408


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Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 11:17 pm
Chapter 2 of The Walking Club is posted at TPP and Ashwinder and has been getting some very nice reviews.  Thanks to anybody from the flist who has reviewed so far.  Here are the links:

TPP:  http://www.thepetulantpoetess.com/viewstory.php?sid=9408

Ashwinder:  http://ashwinder.sycophanthex.com/viewstory.php?sid=18676

In house remodeling details, we've got some of our kitchen cabinets installed.  Hooray!  It's starting to look like a kitchen!

And I managed to do some yearly unit planning for my kindergarten class today.  So I'm feeling a bit less stressed about that too.  (On the other hand, we have a prospective student open house in one week, and my room is no where near ready to be seen by the public...)
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Monday, July 28th, 2008 10:31 am
I've been working on a series of drabbles that starts out with student!Hermione and mentor!Severus, but that hasn't been going too far.  Then a couple of days ago, I thought of a continuation to my silly Walking Club drabble that I wrote in April.  It only took a couple of hours to write it up, which is a record for me and such a relief after banging my head against the wall on the other drabble series.  The Walking Club is Formed  is up at [profile] grangersnape100