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All my writing is now archived at slumber@DW. HP is quite clearly my fandom, though way back in mid-2000 I also dabbled in others (QaF, Kill Bill, Peter Pan, Rainbow Boys, As Told by Ginger, Uptown Girls--yeah, I don't know either :\) and they're all listed here. I'm dividing the HP fics into fics (anything above 1000 words), ficlets (501 to 999 words), and drabbles (500 and under), just because I've too many drabbles. I also added the year I wrote the fic, to (hopefully) excuse my older work. :|

If the way I've organized this is a little off-putting, I have also tagged fics by word count, rating, and character (and there are a lot of minor ones; I didn't realize til I started tagging), so if you'd like to browse through that way, feel free to do so here. Most of it are under the "character" and "fic" tags.

As always, feedback of any sort is always appreciated, even if it may be years behind. Happy reading! ♥

Fics | Ficlets | Drabbles | Other Fandoms

( Ficcage this way. )
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Because tags just aren't enough anymore, here's a directory of my fics. I'm dividing the HP fics into fics (anything above 1000 words), ficlets (501 to 999 words), and drabbles (500 and under), just because I've too many drabbles. I also added the year I wrote the fic, to (hopefully) excuse my older work. :|

If the way I've organized this is a little off-putting, I have also tagged fics by word count, rating, and character (and there are a lot of minor ones; I didn't realise til I started tagging), so if you'd like to browse through that way, feel free to do so here. They'll be under "character" and "fic".

As always, feedback of any sort is always appreciated, even if it may be years behind. Happy reading! ♥

Fics | Ficlets | Drabbles | Other Fandoms

Ficcage this way. )
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Daily Tracker

I got a little lucky with NaNo because I had more time than I anticipated in the first four days. The word count is great (I stopped somewhere around 23k today thinking that was it, then realized I could break the halfway mark if I did a slightly longer session so I went for it) and I'm more than happy with it, but I'm only just nearly done with the second part of a seven-story collection, so reaching 50k is probably not the end of it for me. Which. IDEK. *flail*

THE GOOD NEWS is I also set deadlines for finishing parts of the fic, and I'm on schedule for it, if not a bit ahead, so at least I'm still on track for finishing?

THE PROBLEM is I have absolutely nothing for part 3, so I'm probably going to get stalled out a bit there? I'll try to think up plot for it, because as much as possible I would like to write things in order, even though technically each part can stand on its own.

Definitely done writing for the day, though. XD How is everyone else doing? Non-NaNo peeps, are you sick of these updates yet? I'm not going to post too much too often (that's what Twitter is for, har har) so dun worry. XD
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Title: Countdown to the End of the World
Characters: Theodore Nott, Draco Malfoy, Mrs Zabini, Blaise Zabini
Rating: G
Word Count: 1266
Warning(s): Allusions to zombies?
Summary: "How do we get there?" Draco asks the afternoon he nearly gets bitten on a food run. He swears up a storm and throws a hissy fit but Theodore makes him wait the requisite five hours anyway. Rules are rules, Theodore reminds him, earning only a stream of colorful curses from Draco. He doesn't stop glaring at him for at least an hour after he is finally allowed back in.
Author's Note: Written (and currently hosted at) [ profile] hp_zombiefest. This fic takes place in the same universe as the fics I wrote last time, Dead Men Walking and The Quibbler's Guide to the Rising, though you don't need to read either to follow this one.

( Countdown )
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you're welcome.

ps i guess you can say this is nsfw but what are you doing checking LJ at work huh? <.< >.>
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Originally posted by twissie. Reposted by slumber at 2012-10-24 19:58:00.

So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.

A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via [ profile] lj_releases).

They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.

LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).

Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.

(Click for big)

I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.

Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile

Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist

New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters

One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).

All friendslists will look the same.

Snippet from the locked post at [ profile] lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.


You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from [ profile] ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to [ profile] lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the [ profile] lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.

You can easily switch back to the old version.

Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.

ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!

ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test:

ETA3: Added more screenshots.

ETA4: Additional info at [ profile] ruljautonews:

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.

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  • Signed up for Nano! I'm not entirely sure why, what with [redacted] happening in November and not having plot and time and all of that, but. I signed up. Right now I think I'm doing Teen Wolf which, EL OH EL, but [ profile] theaeblackthorn gave me plot that I might be able to play with. WE WILL SEE I will try to spend this weekend plotting it out.

    The PLAN for Nano:
    - 2-hour writing blocks on Monday evening (3000-word goal) -- 12000 max
    - 4-hour writing blocks on Wednesday (6000-word goal) -- 24000 max
    - 1.5-hour writing blocks weekday mornings (2250-word goal) -- 27000 if 3x a week, 45000 if 5x, not counting Thanksgiving
    - at least 2 4-hour blocks on weekends (min 6000-word goal) -- 18000 not counting Thanksgiving

    Not entirely sure I'll be able to pull off the daily morning thing and the last time I did the 4-hour writing blocks I came up with a little under 10k SO THIS MIGHT JUST WORK. The problem is, and has always been, plotting. Also focus. I'll honestly need to have legit plot before November though. What do 50k words look like plot-wise? Seriously, this is my problem.

  • Getting a new laptop. Been sitting on this decision for the last year, but I bought my Mac in 2007 and have never updated its OS, which is a problem because I'm four behind and it's hard to install new software now because, you know, BEHIND. <.< >.> I was going to update it, but it turns out it can go as high as the OS Lion, but not the Mountain Lion (which is newer).

    The laptop itself is still working, it is, but the memory's catching up to it, I think, and I'd much rather replace it now and move my files over before, you know, having the hard drive crash and fail and I end up losing everything.

    But it's still in good working condition at 5 years, I am impressed, so it's not even a question that I'm sticking with Apple. Before I had my Mac I had a shitty Acer laptop that died within 2 years. In that time I have had to take it to random service places and paid out of pocket for things to get fixed. Meanwhile Apple customer service has never done me wrong -- it faltered a few days after my warranty expired and they serviced it for free. I dropped sparkling water in it and fried it WAY past the warranty expiration AND THEY SERVICED IT FOR FREE (IT WOULD HAVE BEEN $850) BECAUSE I ADMITTED IT WAS MY FAULT. Like. What even.

    I'm thinking it's just time, too. EXCITED. :D

  • Considering getting this too. I don't tend to be frivolous but ngl bags are kind of a weakness. D: Also I travel a lot and it'd be nice to have a purse that my laptop can easily slot out of when I'm going through security and just in general too, IDK look it looks professional and not a diaper bag I love my Vera Bradley messenger bag but I wouldn't have bought it if a friend hadn't given it to me because diaper bags idk.

  • HOCKEY. Okay maybe not really but HOCKEY. IS. HAPPENING. Going to a charity game this Friday. The 2010 Blackhawks that I like are playing and fasjf;asjfkasl;dflaksj yes I just want to see some goddamn hockey already. I should be going to AHL games but IDK, never get around to looking at ticket prices and stuff. I have a friend who works for the Wolves and can get me free tickets but it's a matter of waiting on her too, because the last time we tried to do that she texted me two days before the game I'd wanted. :|

  • Potted Potter. It is showing in Chicago and I am watching it this November AND I CANNOT WAIT. It's been a long time since I was in a theater urgh. Also considering Kinky Boots because my friend said it was fun and Groupon has 35% off for it IDK. Probably not though already spending so much monies. :|

Sorry, this is just random rambling because I felt the need to update. :|
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I don't often do flist cuts (I feel like this is the first in... three, four years? PROBABLY EIGHT ACTUALLY, lol, I am a hoarder okay <.< >.>), but I just did a little flist trimming. Took out deleted LJs (all of the strikethroughs are making me so sad :(), comms I don't really follow anymore (Torchwood ILU, but lbr you were never really one of my fandoms :\), and people who have unfriended me and whose journals are primarily flocked (IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE, BUT IT'S OVER NOW, IT MUST HAVE BEEN GOOD, BUT I LOST IT SOMEHOWWWWWW).

Technically, none of you should be concerned, and I wasn't going to make this post at all, but it occurs to me that if I accidentally cut someone I shouldn't have (which is likely, I did have 13 pages to go through :|) they might end up thinking it's about something it isn't about, so here's the explanation for what's going on.

So if you're reading this and you've been unfriended by mistake, let me know and I'll add you back. Also, SORRY, DID NOT MEAN IT I PROMISE. <3

Comments are screened.
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Oct. 8th, 2012 06:01 pm
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Convinced my family to try deep dish at least once in Chicago


Didn't think of it until we were at the airport


And only bc I saw Uno was here


Deductions for the host/tour guide fail, points for effort?

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Title: we are not shining stars
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Susan Bones, Ernie Macmillan, Zacharias Smith, Hannah Abbott, Megan Jones, Justin Finch-Fletchley
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2344
Summary: This was not how their last year at Hogwarts was supposed to go.
Additional Notes: Title taken from fun.'s Carry On, which could be a Hufflepuff anthem. Thanks go to [ profile] ccharlotte for letting me email her bits and pieces of this before this was done, [ profile] intrepidy for the beta, and Hufflepuffs for generally being brilliant. Originally written for [ profile] hogwarts_houses and posted here.

( It is only the first week of the new term and Susan thinks they must have been right, must have known what was going to happen. Dumbledore is dead and Hogwarts, she hears, is surrounded by Death Eaters and Dementors. )

Title: Lady Luck
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Cormac McLaggen, Katie Bell, various others
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 2304
Summary: His heart's in the right place. It's just his execution that leaves a lot to be desired.
Additional Notes: Do you ever get those days when you sit down to write one story and something else pops out? Yeah, that was this. Huge thanks to [ profile] ccharlotte, always, and [ profile] thegrownupthing for the beta. Thanks to [ profile] iulia_linnea for giving me an outlet to explore my Cormac feels and, of course, for organizing one of my favorite fests ever. Originally written for [ profile] hogwarts_houses and posted here.

( Cormac is five the first time a girl clocks him in the head. )
slumber: (dorky)

Sometimes (okay, usually) I feel so lazy that any kind of movement feels like so much effort.


But other days I feel like I can be Katniss.

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Title: the start is the hardest part
Pairing: Zacharias/Pansy
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Word Count: ~14,000
Summary: "In case you were wondering," she says once they're both settled at the kitchen table, hands wrapped around warm mugs of tea, "I haven't got any designs on your family name."

"Didn't think you did, but glad to hear it all the same."

"I'd rather be destitute and dishonorable than birth potential Hufflepuffs."
Notes:Written for [ profile] het_bigbang. Beta'd by the lovely [ profile] y3llowdaisi3s and [ profile] kalisgirl.

( the start is the hardest part )
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Living on the edge

Things I tried last night:
- homemade absinthe
- a Cuban cigar
- standing on the questionably stable wooden floor of our balcony for longer than a minute

Possibly the last part was what made me the most nervous.

Remember when our watch parties just had themed cupcakes?

On the actual Opening Ceremony

It needed more TARDIS.

Remember when Chicago bid for the 2016 Olympics?

Neither do I but I needed to connect this last bit somehow.

Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters

I want this poster in my life. Unfortunately they're not selling it yet.

I also want the Loop one, since I work in the Loop and tend to be in the area a lot. If you do want to get an idea about what the neighborhoods are like in this city, check out the Tumblr because holy ACCURATE, Batman.
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Books are very patient objects. We buy them, and then they wait for us to read them. Days, months, even years. That’s okay for books, but not for new authors. If people don’t read them, the authors never make it to a second book.

Posted this on Tumblr as well but asjfk;jaskldfjal;skfjaslfj I WANT. Unfortunately this was printed in a language I couldn't read, so even if I COULD buy it, it'd remain (ironically) unread.
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Just finished watching In Time. As a movie it was a great big meh--the premise was interesting only for the first few minutes, and then you start substituting time for money, the puns get old fast, and yeah, the plot barely holds itself together.

But I'll be damned if it wasn't an incredibly good-looking movie.

Forget Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, and Amanda Seyfried (who are all pretty but obvs you expect them to be as at least Timberlake and Seyfried are the stars of the movie). Check out the ~Timekeepers, who look to me like a grown-up casting for Theodore Nott, Blaise Zabini, and Draco Malfoy (a little bit):

The first five minutes also featured Matt Bomer, and while I'm no White Collar fan, I can certainly appreciate him:

And then, of course, Alex Pettyfer who unrelatedly is apparently gonna be in that male stripper movie AWESOME, my sometimes-headcast for Zacharias Smith:

So basically I don't think it had much by way of anything else, but the eye candy was very much appreciated.

comm pimp

Apr. 17th, 2012 02:46 pm
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[ profile] capitolreaping

Happy Hunger Games

And may the odds be ever in your favor.

BAM. Who's got two thumbs and is District Four's first member? :D FINNICK I'M COMING FOR YOU.

It's completely new but it sounds pretty promising, based on the profile info, because it's not just about sorting or anything-- of all the fandoms, I'd say THG is probably one that's ridiculously appropriate for a landcomm. There will be "games" that'll have one volunteer and one drawn tribute from each district competing. It'll operate like a LIMS thing, and the Sorting is different because it plays on the whole idea that the Capitol is in control all the time. They make the final decisions but District mayors can try to bribe them with coin earned from activities. IDK IT JUST SOUNDS SUPER INTERESTING OKAY?

But there aren't a lot of people yet, so it's not quite where it could be for the concept to work, I don't think. So you should consider joining (and tell them I sent you, there's no ~referral program yet but there could be!) and sign right up especially if you're into The Hunger Games.


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