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(Happy Mew Year!) )

In fandom life, [ profile] hp_holidaygen is done and almost dusted for the year, though I have a fair number of reviews to catch up on (apologies to anyone who may feel I've been modly absent - there's been a fair bit of work behind the scenes but I will read and respond to all the entries!). The number of entries has steadily dropped over the four times the fest has run (suggestions for reversing this trend would be most welcome) but the quality certainly hasn't. If you've not been over there yet, I heartily commend it. Masterlist is here.

As a mod, I feel it would be unfair of me to point to particular fics, and it would be difficult to make a selection anyhow as they're all worth a look. But I hope no-one will censure me for mentioning three.

First up, my wonderful gift In a year we all will be together (PG - Aberforth Dumbledore, Andromeda Tonks, Minerva NcGonagall, Harry Potter) from [ profile] reverdybrune. I always like to read Christmas-themed fic at this time of year (well, slightly before this exact time of year, but you know what I mean). The theme of light in the darkness fits the Christian holiday, the season and my mental state, and [ profile] reverdybrune delivered this beautifully in her tale of characters starting to repair their world and relationships around the Christmas after Voldemort's final defeat. I even shed a few tears. :)

Secondly, on the assumption that if you read my journal you might have a passing interest my fics, my contribution to the fest was The Last Christmas (PG, Albus Dumbledore) for [ profile] slam_girl. She was interested in (among other things) younger Dumbledore; following one character through the holidays/some other event; a 'reunion of sorts'; and a character who's been through a lot of holidays reflecting on that. From those developed the idea of Albus Dumbledore 'visiting' Ariana and Gellert, bringing in memories of former Christmases and his younger self. Unfortunately Albus' reflections were more about the guilt of his past and his fears for the future, so although I felt the fic had elements of all the requests, I'm not sure it hit any of them completely. Still, I was happy with the way it turned out and I hope my recipient was too.

And finally, I have to mention [ profile] snorkackcatcher's For the Greater Good (PG-13 - Elphias Doge, Albus Dumbledore), because it revived for me that feeling of journeying deep into the wizarding world that made me fall in love with fandom and fanfiction. [ profile] snorkackcatcher does a terrific job of evoking the atmosphere in Europe during Grindelwald's rise, and showing Albus' reaction to it (and Grindelwald) through Elphias' eyes.

[un]popular characters and themes in hp_holidaygen )
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Logged on yesterday for the first time in a few days, and was very amused by [ profile] mctabby's D/H pairings microchallenge. So much so, I couldn't resist joining in, despite being 4 days behind everyone else:

D/H in 25 words )

On a less silly note, my hp_holidaygen gift was posted last week - and not only is it a lovely Percyfic, it's a missing scene, also featuring Lucius, Fudge and Umbridge.
*is happy*

And [ profile] kennahijja gave me a totally unexpected and really wonderful gift - a Lucius/Minerva ficlet!
*is ecstatic*

That doubles the number of Lucius/Minerva fics I've seen, including mine (the very first fic I wrote, four years ago when I was a total newbie and didn't realise that Lucius/Minerva would be considered seriously wierd, compared to, say, Dudley/Slughorn). If anyone's come across any others, I'd love a pointer.

(And if you're reading this and thinking 'how the heck could that ever work', check out Hijja's ficlet.)

Fic rec

Dec. 12th, 2006 09:45 pm
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My idea of job hell is working in an outbound call centre. The runner up is doing a job where you go in on Monday and know exactly what you're doing every day until Friday. So, it's not quite as bad as it could be, though it's bad enough doing mind-numbing work without being patronised as well.

On the upside, they're giving us a free lunch tomorrow, and they also have a few internet terminals for a quick mental escape at lunchtime. So I've been very grateful that [ profile] hp_holidaygen is posting fics daily.

The best so far in my book is Reindeer Games - a perfect blend of canon characterisation, foreshadowing and humour, with a seasonal flavour. Read it even if you don't like MWPP, Snape et al, and don't miss it if you do.

I also second [ profile] kennahijja's rec for Tabby Cat, featuring Animagus!Minerva and Growing-up!Harry.

On a completely different note, I've been teaching my Mum how to use Livejournal, but she's not very confident when I'm not sitting next to her giving her step-by-step instructions. I always just use LJ's interface and code the formatting myself, but I'm wondering whether she'd be better off using an interface. Do any of you have experience of one, and/or an opinion on their user friendliness?

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