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It's my birthday today, and sunny-gorgeous in Buffalo.

Already, this is a better day than last year's birthday was. I've discussed this with people, I think.

A lot of people left me Facebook comments wishing me happy birthday, and the girls on my floor too. There's some almost-end-of CADS party that we're all suppposed to go to later, and I guess that's the celebration enough. It feels just like any other day would anyway, cause I'm at college, but I don't feel any more grown up.

It's pretty cool to think that I've gotten through this summer program, which is sort of like an entire semester squished into three weeks. It's really hard, but at least I know the campus now. The worst thing, I think, is that there's no real privacy in the dorms. Maybe in a few years I'll be getting my own place. Until then, I guess I'l learn to tolerate sharing a shower with a bunch of other girls.

Anyway, I had a point originally.

Birthday. Right. It's going fine. When I accomplish something worth celebrating, perhaps things will feel different.

I am reading the seventh Harry Potter book and it feels just like it did at the very beginning. That good and new and amazing.
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So, way back when, I used to read all these fics and most were crap. A few were passable. A rare one or two were absolutely brilliant.

The others are simply amusing and cracked out.

Like the one where Justin moves to NYC, and he gets an apartment in Brooklyn, where all his neighbors speak Spanish. Brian comes to visit, and the first words out of his mouth are 'God, your apartment's tiny' and the second thing is, in Spanish, "let's fuck". And then Justin corrects him on conjugation, since he's been babysitting for Maria next door, playing pattycake with little Angela and learning basic Spanish.

Or the one where Rodney needs a wife to round out his perfect image, but ends up falling for John, his relationship counselor instead.

Or the one where Draco runs away from England, and opens a Chinese restaurant in Budapest.

I don't come across much like that, anymore.

And I don't help much, cause I don't really write like that either. They say you should write what you'd like to read, but I can't seem to do that. Cause there's a difference between what I want to read and what I end up writing.

But I don't know what the hell I'm complaining about because the books I am going to read are piled five deep, in two piles, and I cannot imagine a better thing.
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At work today, we watched the 4th Harry Potter movie on repeat.

Coworker Q: Wasn't it sad how Hermione got pregnant in the sixth book?
Coworker A: What books are you reading?
Coworker D: Must be one of those online stories.
Me: AHAHAHA.

Am currently eating most Ukranian meal ever. Boiled potatoes, smoked salmon, sour cream and kefir. All I need is some vodka, and it'll be peeerfect.
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Dear Harry Potter Fandom,

When I first met you more than four years ago, I was young, naive and not yet familiar with fanfiction. Oh, how that would soon change. At first, I read the classics. At FanFiction.net. I read everything and anything [more or less]. I thought about you all the time. I talked about you with stars in my eyes. Then one day I discovered slash, and I've never been the same since. It's you who showed me how interesting schoolboys in love could be, and for that I am forever grateful.

We had so much fun together. I have grown as a reader because of you, I have become inspired, learned so much. I'm a more tolerant person because of you, more knowlegeable.

But now, I am breaking up with you. It's time to move on. I need to love other people. And let's face it, you don't excite me like you used to. You haven't for a long time, probably more than a year. I just didn't want to admit it. I knew you, your quirks and your ways. I couldn't summon up the strength to leave you.

Now I can.

Just know that you've left me forever changed. That I will remember you, even as I'm getting involved with other books. Or other shows.

Love, Ren.
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Every time I read Get There Faster, I get creeped out.

But I do anyway.

It's a creepy, amazing fic in which Harry feels alone and isolated after OotP. [which incidentally was what I was talking about with [livejournal.com profile] _richdoe_ today]

Harry blames himself for all the things he has no control over. He stays at the Weasleys' and becomes convinced that if he had only practiced the Unforgiveables, he might have been able to save Sirius. People he loves might not die, if only he were more prepared. And so he practices the killing curse on bugs and garden gnomes, all lesser creatures.

The other part of it is Ron, who can tell, somehow that Harry's tormented inside and tries to be understanding, and eventually asks Harry why the garden's so quiet. At which point Harry distracts him with sex.

So yeah. There's boysex. But it serves a purpose.

Like most of what I read, this is seriously fucked up. [The other stuff I read is pure comedic fluff. Sometimes I read normal stuff too. Rarely, though.]

other scary stuff )
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GOF squee:
I've just gotten back from seeing GOF [in a half-empty theater] and it. was. amazing. Absolutely wonderful.

Neville was brave, and had an actual role in this film.

Rita Skeeter was her usual outrageous, overly made-up and the [second] most interesting character in the film.

Voldemort though. Oh Voldy, how are you hot even without a nose? How do you do it? Someone referred to him as sensual in this film, and I couldn't see how he could be. But he was. In the way he talked, the way he tsked over Cedric [that made you very sure that he would have to have thoroughly fucked him and then killed him.] the way he walked and held himself. I swooned, right there in the cold theater.

I liked it. It was dark and gritty. And that scene where Hermione says "...Victor's really a more physical type of bloke" and then gets how unbelievably dirty that sounded? Was one of my personal favorite scenes.

[No one's surprised about that, right?]
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1. There was actually a point in Voldemort's life when he wasn't a megalomaniacal villian. He used to be more subtle. Once he read in a book about a fourteenth century serial murderer who left the same mark on all his victims. He thought it would be a wonderful thing, to leave his mark on every person he killed. After a few years of random murders, badly reported, there were copycat crimes. A witch in Bath who killed her husband cast a dark mark over her cottage, apparated to Belfast, and the murder was attributed to the same person who always cast the dark mark. She came back to England a few years later. When people ask about her slight brouge, she tells them she lived with a sick sister for a few years.

2. In the early days, they weren't called the Death Eaters. A novice reporter was sent to cover a mysterious death of a small-time business-man. She got her facts mixed up and mixed the murders up with a band of the same name that was playing that weekend. The name stuck, and to this day Voldemort insists that the name came to him in a dream. Severus knows better.


[The crux of the matter? is a great title for a story. i think i shall use it sometime. ]
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Author: [livejournal.com profile] superren
Pairing: Lucius/Severus
Rating: PG
Words: A little under 500.
Summary: At age twenty-three and a half, Lucius expects to live a long life, filled with debauchery.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] jateshi in the I Didn't Get To Go to the Witching Hour Fic-athon.

What else is a disgraced man to do? )
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Harry Potter

And We Are At Our Apogee. Draco wants revenge, but Harry doesn't remember. Takes place in California.

Draco, merrily on high. Draco takes a group of children caroling. He comes to Harry's house, and they have sexual tension. And delicious Christmas dinner.

Past and Future A summary of Snape's life, in cauldrons.

Fly Fishing For Beginners. A retired Snape sends a request for classic Muggle literature to his local bookshop, which happens to be run by none other than Harry Potter. The two get re-acquainted again, and end up in a quasi-relationship.

Maps to the Stars' Homes. Harry wanders around the world. Non-linear, with flashbacks to the war, and afterwards.

And Tell Me Who is the Victor. Harry is a journeyman in a war he does not quite understand. He is stationed with Snape. They get very close. There is sex involved. Then disaster strikes.

Between the Lines. Harry discovers a secret in his Potions text and a friend in the Half-Blood Prince.

[How to function without hoping] Sirius walks for years through many worlds to get home to Remus, and Harry. He finds the world very much changed, and takes up work as a private eye. Lovely, sparse and perfectly characterized.

and maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me. Five things that never happened to Ron Weasley.

Freudian Slip Draco is obsessed with Harry Potter. His parents get fed up with hearing about Harry. They send him to a psychologist. Hilarity ensues.

The Twisted Sister Affair Sirius and Remus are private investigators. They're hired by a woman searching for her missing brother, but the case gets complicated very quickly. R/S, and cute without being saccarine.

Detective Remus investigates a series of werewolves' murders, and is drawn back into the Wizarding World by Bill Weasley.

This Year's Love In which Albus Severus dates Scorpius Malfoy, cries a lot and I love it to bits, of course.

Quantum Leap. In a multiverse of endless possibilities, everything we imagine exists somewhere. The bad choices we didn't make, the good choices we should have made and, most of all, the choices we wish we'd made. This is a story about the choices that change the world. Slightly H/D. Terry Pratchett references.

Scratch Harry/Snape. Snape teaches Harry how to defeat Voldemort, and in the process Harry develops a fixation. He comes on to Snape and Snape does not say no. Then he gets fired.

Rapture Harry's always stared at Snape from across crowded halls, and he time travels as an adult, to where Snape is around his age. Ugly, scarred, broken, Snape tries to keep Harry out of his heart, and fails.

http://helenish.talkoncorners.net/stories.html


Cute Snape/Draco comic.

Gorgeous Snape/Draco art.

A Story in 26 parts Remus/Sirius, 25 scenes overlaid one over another. Beautiful.

http://sites.google.com/site/fragmentedspace/

Queer as Folk

Mere Anarchy. Stuart and Vince finally do it. Brill fic, all science fiction references and fashion mockery while in the act. Best QAF UK fic ever.

The last scene of QAF, as it should be. Yes, the show is candy-coated garbage, nothing more than soft-core porn. But it's entertaining. It makes me want to get up and dance. And that's enough for me.

call it a good marriage. "And I say, you nag the little hustler together, you change the shitrags on Mel's hellspawn together, eventually Ben will cave in and let you get a puppy together and he'll probably even let you name it Little Astro. You're fucking married. You've already done the heavy lifting, tomorrow you're just having a big party so Deb can die happy."

Divergence A post-414 AU. Brian moves out to LA because he has a cancer relapse.

Once and Again. Michael talks to Justin about their favorite subject. Interesting for a minute.

Any Port In A Storm Brian and Justin stay at Jennifer's while the loft is fixed. Hilarity ensues.

mojokitten's QAF fic.

Growing Up Kinney. Gus's voice is amazingly funny. And realistic.

The Gravitational Efects of Rotation. Brian and Justin travel all over and fuck all over the world. But in the end it's all about them. And they end up together anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] throughadoor 's QAF commentary. Brilliant and so right. Like what I think, but expressed in a coherent manner.

[livejournal.com profile] paddies 's QAF icons

Queer as Folk Screencaps Collection. Pretty straightforward.


Generation Kill

Porn Skirmish

No Place For A Street Fighting Man Doc Bryan is not interested in dead people. They don't have problems he can solve; they don't have problems at all. He'd throw his body on the fire to help a dying man (woman, child), right up until that last breath, the moment when they ascend to that most blessed state of Not His Problem.

That's What She Said Nate is turned into a woman, Brad glares at lots of ass-staring. Nate makes a pretty woman. Then? Sexual Healing! Yeah. Genderswitch.

Ocean At some point during the paddle party, Rudy announces that they should all go down to the beach and watch the sun rise over the ocean. It's a hundred percent the gayest thing he's ever said.

BTVS

Big Rock Candy Mountain: Five things that never happened to Andrew Wells.

That's not description enough. Andrew becomes a Scooby and everything changes. The dialogue rings so true, it was like watching an entire season of Buffy in one sitting. 350K long, and absolutely amazing words they are. Just like Buffy only with more gay sex. And things don't turn out well in the end just like Buffy, too.

Cruel Intentions

Competitive Sport. Cruel Intentions fanfic. Contains wonderful imagery "I lay him flat like a continent," spoiled rich kids, blowjobs, drug dealing and dark sexualized humor. So basically, right up my alley.

SGA

The Best Things In Life Are Free. John and Rodney as teenagers, inserted into their own version of Can't Buy Me Love. Sheer brilliance, and long too.

Discworld

Death Insurance A most unusual relationship. DEATH/Vetinari. Funny.

Original fic.

The President's Son. The third child of a upwardly mobile politician is gay, and this story is basically about trying to get some peace and get laid. I'm pretty sure the author's first language is not English, and yet he manages to tell one of the most compelling stories I've ever read on nifty.org.

The Ordinary Us. This is the story of seventen-year-old Quinn Moore. He has a loving family, good friends and a girlfriend he's deemed as perfect. Quinn's also gay, not that he's about to admit it. He likes things just the way they are, thank you. But then he meets Jude Landon, and everything in Quinn's comfortable world is turned upside down.

Joe College Stupid title, but an awesome story about a boy's journey from late high school to the end of college. Witty, self-aware, amazing and god-i-wish-this really-was-said dialogue. Good stuff.

Patience, A Steady Hand Inception Vikin AU, helenish, yeah.

Here's Looking at you, Kid. Underage dating drama. Casablanca references. Overzealous all caps words. Hot as fire in Australia.

http://www.100.chaobell.net/main/?page_id=3 One Hundred Candles.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/44958?view_adult=true Bruno is a campaign manager for Sen.Fairchild, pining for his boyfriend in Canada. Exactly as awesome as it sounds.

Other Stuff:

360 degree view of Paris skyline.

Info on Nightly Programs at Kitt Peak observatory. Amateur astronomer programs in Arizona, $40 bucks for the night.
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Today is the first day of the The Witching Hour. I want so much to go. A bunch of fangirls in one city discussing the HP books, squeeing about Harry/Draco love, getting to meet at least some of the artists and writers who make me all hot and bothered/are ginormously talented, would be heaven.

But I'm too young, and can't go. *emotear*

In about a week, we eleventh graders must take a pre-SAT test. I'm kind of looking forward to it. The reading passages are always interesting.
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A few days ago when it rained torrentially, I was stuck outside, because I took the wrong bus home from Lark street. I found shelter on some random person's porch, waiting for the rain to stop. She noticed, invited me in out of the rain, and I spent a rather pleasant half-hour in her lovely, neat house. The woman was a grandmother, and she had many good books on her shelves. In my opinion, people who have Oscar Wilde and books on Hindu culture, when they are white American middle class, are rather cool people. I feel like I should give her a thank you note or something.


It took me two days to read the sixth Harry Potter book, and in the end, I loved it. So much. The books finally got shippy, to my great delight. Harry spent all year trying to find out what Malfoy was up to, which led to some great lines like "From then on, Harry became obsessed with Draco." So much better than "Who's Cedric, your boyfriend?" of OotP.

How can I wait to find out what happens next? It might be two years or more. *wails*

When I mentioned this long wait to my mother, she just reminded me of all the great fic that I'd read between now and the premiere of the seventh book. I love my mum. It's lovely how she puts up with my interests even though she doesn't quite understand them.

ETA: I forgot to add: If one speculates that in Rowling's universe, werewolves represent gay people, then Fenrir Greyback, the wolf who takes a lot of pleasure in biting small children to the point that he purposely places himself near them at the full moon, is the pedophile who makes all the other homosexuals look bad, and gives them a bad reputation that most don't deserve.

See? It makes perfect sense.
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You know what I'd really like to read about? Harry Potter dying over the summer at the Dursleys by choking on a peanut, or tripping down the stairs while on his way back from the loo or something like that, completely not taking into account that Harry is the chosen one. And then the Wizarding World would have to find a new savior. The next time they could someone who is not an eleven year old boy, and a bit more mentally stable. Which would be lovely.

Can you tell I've read too many Final Battle fics? Cause hooboy, have I.

*sigh*

I'm typing this from a new computer. He's so new and shiny. His name's Bruce. He's a Mac, and rather different from my old comp, which is to say works regularly, and doesn't freeze. (so far *knocks on wood*)

Have I mentioned it's shiny? And the graphics are pretty good. Life, she is good to me.
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Am feeling quite linky today. The first one is about adult fans of stuff like Star Trek, and Harry Potter. The second is an article about slash. They're just here for me to clean out my cluttered favorites list. Don't click. Seriously, if you don't want to waste your time don't.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/features/rejuvenile/ This is neat.

And so is this. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,2-536-1173508,00.html
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Summer is going well. Summer school has started. Saw Ginni, and Dakota. And usual idiots from school whom I did not wish to see again. Oh well.

Work starts on the 12th. *does first job dance*

Under the tags, are fic rantings. Just so you know. About a Remus-centric fic. That rocks, according to the really long rant.

Squee )
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I really should get into a regular sleep routine. Otherwise I end up here, at four in the morning. Before that I was polishing up a drabble I wrote awhile ago. As I am not the type of person to write an epic novel, short staccato bursts of creativity may be better for my sanity. Or not.
It's about 180 words, and kind of random. Harry/Draco. Rated a very tame 'G'.

Read more... )

And I also recently learned how to do lj-cut tags, did you notice?
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Okay, as I saw the third Harry Potter movie last Friday (and today is Wednesday) I just have to say that I'll reserve judgement until I've sen it about three more times. Just saying, cause lately all people have been talking about on LJ is the third movie. And for good reason, it bloody rocked the casbah. Though Lupin as a werewolf looked like a toothy, plucked chicken. But I'm not whining (well maybe just a little...)

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