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Title: House of Heretics (4/4)
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, mentions of Cormac/Astoria, Viktor/Pansy, also hints at various Slytherin ships
Word Count: <38,000, 8378 for this section
Rating/Warnings: R, mentions of infidelity and crime
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] acidpop25 kept an eye out for flow and phrasing, and [livejournal.com profile] grrarrg0908 battled my italics valiantly and came out triumphant. Any mistakes are due to my post-beta meddling.
Summary: Seven years have passed since Voldemort's defeat and Draco Malfoy is making do with the lot he's been given--distrusted by the most of the ministry, shunned by the House that he betrayed. When a ministry official goes missing, Draco is given the chance to help restore the Malfoys' place in society. But is Astoria standing in his way or is she just what he needs to be exonerated?
Author's notes: For Slytherins, the loves of my life. Narcissa probably wouldn't be here if not for Helen McCrory's performance in Deathly Hallows. The characters are JKR's, but Foxglove Bakery is Caroline's. Hope you enjoy reading! Written for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang. On the HBB site here and AO3 here.

iv. you'll make your real friends )

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Title: House of Heretics (3/4)
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, mentions of Cormac/Astoria, Viktor/Pansy, also hints at various Slytherin ships
Word Count: <38,000, 9877 for this section
Rating/Warnings: R, mentions of infidelity and crime
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] acidpop25 kept an eye out for flow and phrasing, and [livejournal.com profile] grrarrg0908 battled my italics valiantly and came out triumphant. Any mistakes are due to my post-beta meddling.
Summary: Seven years have passed since Voldemort's defeat and Draco Malfoy is making do with the lot he's been given--distrusted by the most of the ministry, shunned by the House that he betrayed. When a ministry official goes missing, Draco is given the chance to help restore the Malfoys' place in society. But is Astoria standing in his way or is she just what he needs to be exonerated?
Author's notes: For Slytherins, the loves of my life. Narcissa probably wouldn't be here if not for Helen McCrory's performance in Deathly Hallows. The characters are JKR's, but Foxglove Bakery is Caroline's. Hope you enjoy reading! Written for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang. On the HBB site here and AO3 here.

iii. cunning just like him )

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Title: House of Heretics (2/4)
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, mentions of Cormac/Astoria, Viktor/Pansy, also hints at various Slytherin ships
Word Count: <38,000, 9769 for this section
Rating/Warnings: R, mentions of infidelity and crime
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] acidpop25 kept an eye out for flow and phrasing, and [livejournal.com profile] grrarrg0908 battled my italics valiantly and came out triumphant. Any mistakes are due to my post-beta meddling.
Summary: Seven years have passed since Voldemort's defeat and Draco Malfoy is making do with the lot he's been given--distrusted by the most of the ministry, shunned by the House that he betrayed. When a ministry official goes missing, Draco is given the chance to help restore the Malfoys' place in society. But is Astoria standing in his way or is she just what he needs to be exonerated?
Author's notes: For Slytherins, the loves of my life. Narcissa probably wouldn't be here if not for Helen McCrory's performance in Deathly Hallows. The characters are JKR's, but Foxglove Bakery is Caroline's. Hope you enjoy reading! Written for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang. On the HBB site here and AO3 here.


ii. whose ancestry is purest )

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slumber: (why do i adore you)
Title: House of Heretics (1/4)
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, mentions of Cormac/Astoria, Viktor/Pansy, also hints at various Slytherin ships
Word Count: <38,000, 9150 for this section
Rating/Warnings: R, mentions of infidelity and crime
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] acidpop25 kept an eye out for flow and phrasing, and [livejournal.com profile] grrarrg0908 battled my italics valiantly and came out triumphant. Any mistakes are due to my post-beta meddling.
Summary: Seven years have passed since Voldemort's defeat and Draco Malfoy is making do with the lot he's been given--distrusted by the most of the ministry, shunned by the House that he betrayed. When a ministry official goes missing, Draco is given the chance to help restore the Malfoys' place in society. But is Astoria standing in his way or is she just what he needs to be exonerated?
Author's notes: For Slytherins, the loves of my life. Narcissa probably wouldn't be here if not for Helen McCrory's performance in Deathly Hallows. The characters are JKR's, but Foxglove Bakery is Caroline's. Hope you enjoy reading! Written for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang. On the HBB site here and AO3 here.


i. he left us quite downhearted )

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[livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang has officially launched.
Between reading all the other Big Bang stories and all of [livejournal.com profile] peyton07's fic recs, IDK how I'm gonna get any writing done this weekend, hah.

Title: House of Heretics
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, mentions of Cormac/Astoria, Viktor/Pansy, also hints at various Slytherin ships
Word Count: ~38,000 (AO3 clocked it in at 37341)
Rating/Warnings: R, mentions of infidelity and crime
Betas: The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] acidpop25, who kept an eye out for flow and phrasing, and [livejournal.com profile] grrarrg0908, who battled my italics valiantly and came out triumphant. Any mistakes are due to my post-beta meddling.
Summary: Seven years have passed since Voldemort's defeat and Draco Malfoy is making do with the lot he's been given—distrusted by the Ministry, shunned by the House that he betrayed. When a ministry official goes missing, Draco is given the chance to help restore the Malfoys' place in society. But is Astoria standing in his way or is she just what he needs to be exonerated?
Author's notes: For Slytherins, the loves of my life. Narcissa probably wouldn't be here if not for Helen McCrory's performance in Deathly Hallows. The characters are JKR's, but Foxglove Bakery is Caroline's. Hope you enjoy reading!

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That's the last I write something with plot for a long, long time holy crap. :|

I don't have much commentary you've suffered through enough :|, except I do want to thank [livejournal.com profile] grrarrg0908 and [livejournal.com profile] acidpop25 for the beta (I'd offer my firstborn if you like :|), and [livejournal.com profile] red_b_rackham, [livejournal.com profile] tanyareed, [livejournal.com profile] leigh57, [livejournal.com profile] jactrades, [livejournal.com profile] ivory88s, [livejournal.com profile] buckbeakbabie, [livejournal.com profile] flecalicious, [livejournal.com profile] champagnescene and [livejournal.com profile] alittle2happy for the support/cheerleading/what-have-you. ♥♥♥

And massive, MASSIVE thanks to [livejournal.com profile] firefly1344, who made me some amazing artwork to go with the story! ♥ (Please leave her plenty of love!)

Oh, and I also did art for [livejournal.com profile] ndnickerson's Nancy Drew fic rearview mirror.
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I totally flaked out of doing all of the [livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest days, and I wish I could say real life was to blame, but in reality, I ran out of things to say about Sansa that wouldn't be repetitive. I've read so little. :( Also, this is the last week of [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang and I've been editing on and off since getting the fic back from my lovely lovely betas.

I will be so happy come noon this Sunday, because that's essentially my buzzer going "Time's up! Pencils up! Submit what you have, please and thanks."

Because no matter how much I spend editing, I'm always going to find new things to fix. I probably waffled on the same thing five different times or something, IDEK. Blergh. Seriously. Editing is like the Doctor going to war with the Daleks-- you think it's the last time you face them, but you turn around and there they are again, challenging you in their new form.

I have battled italics, adverbs (still a few strays, but brain's too fried to figure out how best to reword those), prepositions, tenses (though I'm this close to admitting defeat), redundancies and repetitive wording, and today, it's "managed to" and other variations of prolonging sentences -- beware, "the fact that", for you are next. Or something. Yet I know, the next time I look, there will be something new to change, some stray word to pluck out and replace.

So glad there is a deadline for this.
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DONE WITH BIG BANG.

September 6:


38282 / 25000 words. 153% done! +4415

CONFETTI TIEMZ )

Well. There's still editing to be done. Details, details. :|
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I crossed the 25K mark on my [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang on July 10. I nearly broke 30K a week later, and then... I stopped. For about five weeks. Then I rearranged things (SOBBING I LOVE SCRIVENER), cut out-- oh, what's 10K words?-- and started writing again towards the end of August. In the interest of not getting ahead of myself, I will just post numbers and leave the commentary for another day, preferably when I have finished the whole damned thing. :|

September 4:


33867 / 25000 words. 135% done! +10126

I've apparently been working on this for 11 weeks so far )

In other writing news, [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts_houses (which I signed up for) has started posting, and will post throughout September. It's house-focused, and so far there have been some great pieces for it. I'm talking extreme minor characters (the Hufflepuff one is about a part-vampire once featured on JKR's site) and even an OC/OC one for Slytherin that was about Draco's grandfather's brother.

I also signed up for [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus and I have an outstanding prompt for [livejournal.com profile] interhouse_fest that I still have to sort out plot-wise but can't wait to start writing. Smutty Claus assignments get sent out September 21ish, so I'm hoping to knock both out by October.

And then it's No-Write November for me, thankyouverymuch. Whew.
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No, and far from it. BUT.

July 10:


25688 / 25000 words. 103% done! +5864

Best weekly total yet! Yay.

Week-by-week, in reverse )

So, that's out of the way. Now to, you know, finish it. Did I say I was 75% done? I actually haven't reached the end of the third part yet (there's four parts) so who knows how long's this gonna take, and every time I say "Okay, and then in the next scene THIS will happen" it takes about three more scenes before the aforementioned event even takes place.

*tears at hair*

Whatever.

Randomly, I want to read a scene where the Doctor picks up a Harry Potter character (Pansy Parkinson, for laughs) as a companion and takes them inside the TARDIS, and she's not impressed that it's bigger on the inside because wizards have the ability to do that too. This scene exists somewhere already, right?
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  • [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang is plugging along, but I think I'm officially blocked. I know what comes next, but not really how to write it. It could be because I spent the last couple of days in San Francisco and have had very little sleep and just need to step away for a bit, but. I don't know. It also doesn't feel like I'm at the halfway point of the story yet? Which could be a problem.

    June 19:


    14594 / 25000 words. 58% done!

  • Pottermore

    I have tickets to an evening showing of Deathly Hallows part 2. I'm mildly interested in what JKR has to say about the houses as per the Pottermore announcement. I would be disappointed if she ~ruined~ what's canon in my head by saying things about some characters that I didn't have in mind, but at the same time, the characters I like are minor enough that I don't think she's going to screw them up further. And the one time she touched a minor character, it was Blaise Zabini and I kind of loved what she did with him. It's not quite "In JKR I trust" but it'll do.

  • NHL Schedule

    Lots of bullet point stuff here. Kind of disappointed we won't be going to the Wild on a Saturday, even more disappointed that the home-and-home opener is against Dallas as opposed to the Wings, when the Hawks/Wings have traditionally opened the season in at least the last three years.

    St Louis on December 3 will be on a Saturday, though, as will Nashville (twice, even: January 21 and March 31) and the last game of the season in Detroit, April 7 (also Caroline's birthday!) so doing two out of four possible road trips will be pretty good.

    Not related to the schedule, but NHL-centric: WHOA FLYERS. WHOA.
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I wrote How I Married Your Mother for [livejournal.com profile] hp_canon_fest and the reveals went up yesterday so I can now post it in my writing journal and link you to it because I'm a shameless pimper like that. (Although if for some reason this is the third time you saw this post today then I apologize--I don't expect much crossover between this journal, [livejournal.com profile] creativeslumber, and [livejournal.com profile] draco_asteria. :|

The prompt I signed up for was: "Asteria is a criminal mastermind, Draco is her reluctant sidekick. The crime in question could be the heist of the century or something as simple as stealing an apple. Means, motivation, success up to the author."

[livejournal.com profile] carlyinrome and [livejournal.com profile] todaythesamesky helped cut out stuff and kept track of my tenses/POV, basically rock star beta work, so ♥♥♥ your way, ladies. :)

Read it (if you want) here, plskthx.

Beneath this cut you'll find writing-related musings, more for my benefit than yours )
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Random Writing Babble

I was reading an old application for a game -- think June 2008, almost exactly three years ago -- and realized that a phrase I used to describe my character's appearance back then is almost exactly the phrasing I used to describe a character in a fic I wrote this year. Granted, I was thinking of the same man while I was writing both, but the semi-self-plagiarization probably means I'm a little too used to using the same turns of phrases or something.

Blergh.

Read a couple of posts recently about POV and epithets too, things I'm not normally aware of when I write, and yep. I've been very recently guilty of them.

Double and triple blergh.

Glompfest Beta?

Due to [livejournal.com profile] alaana_fair's not-so-subtle pimping, PLUS the availability of an awesome prompt that I just couldn't say no to, I signed up for Glompfest. Which is funny, because I actually checked, and I have a total of two Harry/Draco fics in my archives, ahahaha. Also, don't look, because I'm not proud of either of them.

Anyway. Almost a third of the way through, and I was wondering if anyone on the flist would like to beta? It will probably be under 5,000 words. I hope.

Het Big Bang Tips and Beta?

I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang with a Slytherin-based plot in mind. It's 25k minimum, due September 20th or something close to that date, and I'm not allowing myself to start it until Glompfest gets done. I know 25K is peanuts to some of you (and you have my eternal admiration), but I've never written anything over 10,000 words. So. I need some help? Possibly a beta who will help point out plot holes, iron out loopholes and what-have-you, and then proofread along the way, if someone has the time. And if you've participated in a big bang before...

What generally works best in terms of outlining/planning so you know you'll reach 25K? How do you determine whether or not you have enough of a plot to make the minimum, but not too much that it goes way over? (I don't want to be unable to finish it, since deadlines seem to be my only motivation for writing things.)

General words of wisdom? Advice? Writing habits that really help and writing habits that really don't?

Thanks. ♥

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