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2024-03-12 04:36 pm

(Mostly) Friends Only


If you'd like to have an idea about what's on this LJ beyond the public entries, see my profile.
author_by_night: (Folks by ozqueen (quoted from To Kill a)
2017-09-05 07:51 am
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Help the people the thing that happened happened to

In light of articles about unhelpful donations to horrible tragedies (to which people have commented: "if you're so ungrateful, I just won't donate, then!"), and some general observations, let's talk about ways to be helpful - whether you've come across the pinnacle of inspired tears someone who happens to have a disability, heard about a terrible tragedy, or found out a friend is going through some rough times.

I think the first thing people need to realize is that it's not anyone else's job to make you feel like a good person, and while I don't think too many people actively believes this to be the case, I think that's how people can feel subconsciously. It's not even that unreasonable; something makes you feel upset or confused, and you feel like you need to do something, because it makes you feel like you've found a way to deal with it. I don't think most people LIKE bad news. Read more... )
author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-09-01 03:48 pm
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What would the wizarding world look like in 2017?

September 1, 2017 - nineteen years later.

Since some of my friends are still reading the books, I'm putting the rest of this under a cut. 

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Looking forward to hearing/reading what everyone thinks! And don't feel you have to limit yourselves to those questions - or even answer them at all.

author_by_night: (LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapide)
2017-08-31 04:59 pm
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Circling the Wagons Friending Meme

I've seen this friending meme before, and I thought I'd try it. I realize doing it right before a holiday weekend in several countries is a gamble, so if this attempt doesn't go anywhere (or very far), I may try it again. I'm posting this on both Dreamwidth and Livejournal. (Note: If you use both and are friends with me on both sites, you CAN post at both, or you can just say "and also on DW/Livejournal.") 

The idea is simple: Rather than doing a friending meme where you post all of these details about yourself, simply post in the comments saying "I'm in" or "I'm playing" or "Bueller? Bueller?" if you so desire. Then add other people who've commented.

Also, don't forget to pimp this in your own journal. Now go make some friends!

author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-08-28 04:02 pm

Dual Fandoms: Harry Potter, Buffy, and the Risk of Comparison

Spoilers for both Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer under the cut.

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In short, I love both series, even if they have various flaws, and even if there are some things I think one series did a little better. But as similar as they are, they are, in the end, quite different - and I don't think it's fair to criticize one against the other.

author_by_night: (LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapide)
2017-08-16 09:27 am

Interviews and Stupid/Awkward Questions

I got this from a fandomsecrets post, because yes, I sometimes go there despite the trolls. (I even met some of you there.) Although I go far less than I used to and don't comment much. 

Anyway, one of the secrets was about stupid/awkward questions at interviews and panels. I was going to write an entry on this anyway, so many as well roll with it.
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author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-08-05 11:03 am

Seven Facts About Ron Weasley

I'm on a roll with these! Well, I didn't post one yesterday, but I'm picking up the pace!

As with Ginny, this takes place over the course of a few years.
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(I haven't forgotten Hugo! I'm picking Hermione's up where I left off with Ron.)
author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-08-03 10:52 am

Seven Facts About Lyall Lupin

I was going to mainly focus on the trio, but I keep mentioning Lyall. So let's talk about Lyall. This does refer to Pottermore canon.
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2017-08-02 10:22 am

Seven Facts About Ginny Weasley

More seven facts! This is Ginny. While with Harry I went for about five years later, this follows Ginny over a few years after the war. 

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author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-07-31 04:37 pm

Seven Random Facts About Harry Potter

 Years and years ago there was a Twenty Random Facts meme where you wrote twenty random facts about Harry Potter characters. I've decided to do that for Harry, set five years after the war. I'm going to stick to seven random facts.

Spoilers for the last book.

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I'll probably do a few of these!  Let me know if there's anyone in particular you'd like seven - or more - facts about!


ETA: Also, plug: lindalupos recapped Deathly Hallows. 

author_by_night: (LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapide)
2017-07-29 07:14 pm
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Voice to What?: Don't Stop Believin'

Voice to What? is an experiment in which I'll sing/read various things, and see what my phone decides I was saying. This can only lead to hilarity. Or creepiness. Or both.

Let's start with Jo Don't Stop Believin'.

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*I swear I did not plan that. O_o
author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-07-21 07:16 pm

Er... second nostalgia post

For Deathly Hallows. And I can't really think of anything to say. :/

I guess I can ask a few questions! 

1. If you've been re-reading (or have re-read recently enough to remember), what are your impressions now versus then? 

2. Did you have any fan theories that came true, OR that were the exact opposite of what happened?

3. Did you write or read any fics that were eerily close to DH?

4. Anything else?

I am eventually going to do a Buffy/HP caption crossover. Or another one, I should say. Maybe over the weekend. :) And I will get to those drabbles eventually.
author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-07-21 09:11 am

Actual actual Deathly Hallows nostalgia this time

Since DW butchered my earlier post, I'm trying to re-post. (Take three. Sigh. I'm so sorry, guys.)

Not 100% sure why I'm being nostalgic - I've grown up, after all. I'm not the slightly naive 22 year old girl I was ten years ago. But I also think part of growing up is realizing some things will always stay with you. Besides, adulthood sucks sometimes, and one needs a retreat to simpler times.

So even if I feel I should be talking about properly adult things instead of squeeing over a book series I used to really love, screw it, my LJ/DW's going to be nostalgic today. :P

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Apparently I have the day to myself, so I may concoct a few drabbles or... something later.

author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-07-20 12:02 pm

Housing, Part I: Parks and Rec, Mad Men, 30 Rock and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I said I was going to do more Harry Potter nostalgia. Well, the fact that this post is Harry Potter related is nostalgic, I suppose, but mostly it's just your everyday putting characters from other media into Hogwarts Houses. :P

Here is my assessment. Feel free to add your own input. I tried to do this humorously, as opposed to doing it as Srs Bsns, although there's also analysis to it. 

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Again, let me know who you would Sort, and where. Also, feel free to request any other fictional Sortings!

author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-07-19 05:14 pm

Look what I found!

 Crack theories I wrote right before the seventh Harry Potter book came out!

And so commences a lot of nostalgia in the next couple of days. :P

(Obviously there are still spoilers for all books. Also, my current commentary will be in italics.)

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The Weasleys (Prewetts?) are descended from Godric Gryffindor.
Why it almost works: The  Weasleys are as Gryffindor as it gets, from the good points to the bad, and they are fiercly pro-muggle, which certainly could've stemmed from something, right? Plus, that could also very well make the Blacks descendants, and wouldn't the irony of that be delicious? (Plus, it would work with my Sirius = desendant of Ayla and Jondalar crack fics I never wrote...) Finally, Ginny would've therefore technically been saved by the sword of her ancestor, another thing that would be cool. Not to mention the red hair - now, obviously, red hair isn't rare in Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales or anywhere else, Godric could've been from at that time (he could've been a Dane, and red hair is not uncommon in Denmark, from what I understand), not to mention the fact that a red hair gene carrying down so long would be hard, but it's still another tidbit. Um... not really, I listed about 87 reasons why that wasn't significant, but sure. Okay. :P
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: It just seems very, very far-fetched. Plus, I like Ron for being normal, and being a descendant would take away from that. Though conversely, it'd be nice for him to have something to be proud of, because I don't get the impression he feels proud of much. You can deny being a Chess pro or good at Quidditch, but you can't deny being the descendant of Godric Gryffindor. 
But again, it's just something that I feel is far-fetched.

Willy Widdershins was a cover up.
Why it almost works: Umbridge noted that he eavesdropped on the trio and the to-be DA in OoTP, and that was why he got away with hexing the toilets. But isn't it rather convenient that around the time there were "rumors" that Voldemort was back, a random wizard hexed muggle bathrooms?
We know Umbridge was willing to send Dementors after Harry. Why wouldn't she do more to make the MoM look good, to prove that any wizard could cause mayhem?
It's also possible that Lucius Malfoy bribed Willy Widdershins to take those actions. It would definitely bring attention away from the Death Eaters, no?
 Think of the general population reaction - "oh, it was some bloke with too much time on his hands, that other incident may have been too."
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: That plot died, so unless it comes back to haunt someone in a significant way, we won't need to know whether or not that's true. Also, if anything, it was probably a plot that was supposed to serve as a red herring - make the reader wonder if it was connected to Voldemort, when it really wasn't. And it was too a way for the DA to get caught.
Andromeda Tonks  knows something about Regulus that could be useful to finding out he is RAB.
Why it almost works: Harry is going to have to find out about the connection somehow. It is very possible that Andromeda Tonks knows something important - she may even know that Regulus destroyed the Horcruxes. She's also been alluded to, but never introduced, which seems strange.
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: At this point, introducing a whole new character and making her the key to a huge discovery for Harry would be pushing it. Why would it even occur to Harry to ask her, anyway? He'll more likely find out about RAB by Kreacher, Remus (who would  probably know his best friend's brother's  first and last initials), Tonks (as in, younger Auror Tonks) and/or by simple looking around. 

He DID find out through Kreacher!

The "other trio" will accompany Harry on the Horcrux Hunt, whether it takes place at Hogwarts or beyond. Took me a minute to realize I meant Luna, Neville and Ginny. Also LOL at  "The Horcrux Hunt."
Why it almost works: If it hadn't been for them, the DoM scene may have turned out quite differently. Luna, Neville and Ginny are extremely useful. And why give them plots if they won't be used again? They all have traits, too, that would be useful - Luna's tendency to accept things that are hard to accept could be an asset, for one. And they'll need Luna and Neville's gentle composures.
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: It's less that it doesn't work - it's more that it'd have to be done carefully, because in the end, it needs to be the trio. I'm not convinced it won't work, but I am convinced that it'll be less the other trio joining, and more that they help out as a seperate group, or that in the final battle, Ron and Hermione are present in helping directly but not the rest. They did lead La Resistance, though! (Luna, Neville and Ginny, that is.)

Crookshanks is Regulus.
Why it almost works: It definitely doesn't; the only place it belongs is in a badfic at the pit of voles. (Unless the author can write it very well.) But it's an amusing theory to cross your mind. I want crackfic now.

ETA: After writing this, I'm not sure "crack theories" is the right term, but they're still not ones I think are remotely canon.

Maybe "would be cool if this happened" theories? Although Regulus being Crookshanks was definitely a crack theory.


What were some of your old theories? (Both crack theories and serious ones?)

author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-07-16 07:38 pm

Seriously, is it just me?: Random Harry Potter ramblings

(Harry Potter rant ahead.)

Red hair happens. Lots of people have had, currently have, and will have red hair.

So why does everyone compare Ginny to Lily on basis of that?
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author_by_night: (cool_large)
2017-07-13 12:35 pm

Drabble/ficlet requests (Harry Potter)

I wanted to write something for the Deathly Hallows anniversary coming up, but between RL kicking my butt and writer's block, that hasn't happened.

So instead, I'm taking requests for post-DH or DH drabbles/ficlets. Preferably nothing overly angsty (I mean, within reason all things considered). I mostly write  canon pairings, but may be able to experiment, so go for it. I also write gen.  I'm also most interested in "in between" fics - that is, between when canon closes and the epilogue. 

Alternatively, if you want me to write a missing moment piece for any of the books - since a LOT of you are re-reading - that's also fine.

I can't promise these will be done instantly, but I've set myself a deadline of September 2. :) Hopefully I get at least some done before then!

ETA: When I say not overly angsty, aftermath stuff is fine.  I just mean with RL stuff, I'd rather not write the slow and agonizing death of a character, you know?

Also, I've opened this to people not on my flist. :)
author_by_night: (Folks by ozqueen (quoted from To Kill a)
2017-07-12 12:31 pm
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Song Parody: Because if it's On the Internet (Then it Must Be True)

 (Guess this is country? It's not a parody of a song, just a parody of... everything on the internet, basically.)


I read today about
A very sneaky man
Who found a clever way
To bootleg imported ham

It seemed rather silly
I paused and scratched my head
But I was the silly one
For not believing what I'd read
Because if it's on the internet
Then it must be true
Because if it's on the internet
It's real for me and you
Hold your Trojan horses
If a woman named Helen O'Troy
Sends you a friend request
It's an evil viral ploy
Your children will get rickets
If they're exposed to too much sun
We used to believe the opposite
But a new study has been done
Because if it's on the internet
Then it must be true
Because if it's on the internet
It's real for me and you
There was a day, my simple son
When we fact checked all we heard
But in these dark and testy times
You can't take anyone's word
So hoist up your Saddle App
It's all on here online
Fact check you don't believe me
But it's all a waste of time
Because if it's on the internet
Then it must be true
Because if it's on the internet
It's real for me and you
Because if it's on the internet
Then it must be true
Because if it's on the internet
It's real for me and you

author_by_night: (Folks by ozqueen (quoted from To Kill a)
2017-06-23 03:54 pm
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The One Where the Cliffhangers are Pointless

It's the season finale, everyone! And ratings have been hit or miss. No worries, we know how to make sure you'll keep watching next year.

Let's roll it out!

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