Molesworth the Hufflepuff

Request for book/fic recs

I am finding myself in the mood for some slightly schmoopy, sad-happy romance - sort of, girl meets boy, girl doesn't think she's good enough, boy turns out to be brilliant at making her feel good enough. Anyone have any recs? (I guess Bridget Jones and Persuasion would be the obvious ones, but I'd rather not go back and reread when there must be plenty more out there. Hmm, although I should probably reread Persuasion anyway.)

Suggestions for fic or published books welcome. Avoidance of sexism = a plus.

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1. I am so far behind on fandom stuff - I do apologise for any failure to respond to feedback, and I hope nobody's feeling ignored. :-/ I still have fics to post from last year's holiday fests, not to mention the various spring fests I participated in.

2. I won an award - my first ever! Thank you so much to [personal profile] therealsnape for pointing it out to me, as I'd have been oblivious otherwise.

The award was for best drama-angst story (I am nothing if not predictable) at the HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards. As I said, I've been nominated before but this is the first time I've ever won an award, and it's a lovely feeling. Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees - it looks as if there was so much good stuff in the nominations for readers to investigate.

Edit: So I should probably link to the award-winning fic, yes? :p It was Into the Silence, one of several fics I still need to repost to my journal. Snape genfic, set during DH, and a story I'd been wanting to write for a while, so I'm delighted that 1) my recipient seemed to really appreciate it and 2) readers in general seem to like it enough to give it an award. Thank you so much to anyone who voted/nominated.

3. I recced genfic at crack_broom in July; I'll try and get around to reposting the recs here, but in the meantime please feel free to check out the gen tag over at the comm.

4. Something else I'm excited about: I am about to become an editor at my favourite newsletter, quibbler_report! It's probably only going to be for a few months, but QR has been my happy place since my early days in fandom, and I'm so happy to be a part of it for a little while. With any luck, I'll be posting my first issue on Wednesday.

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Just making this official - I've recently turned my life upside down (literally :p), so am taking a break from LJ/DW until I get myself settled. All is good, and you can contact me via the address on my profile if you need or want to do so.

Take care, all. <3

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While I've been dashing around trying to roll up my life, takingitinturns has been rolling along, producing lots of lovely Harry/Ginny fic for us all.

1. My gift is here and it's fabulous: One Small Difference, by snuggle_muggle, PG-13, 9,600 words.

Ginny wakes up in a world in which everything is different. Instead of being married to Harry and pregnant with their third child, she is in a place where Harry has been dead for years and Death Eaters are running the country. Trying to figure out what's happened, she realises that it comes down to one small difference in her own life.

The worldbuilding is very strong in this alternate universe; snuggle_muggle paints a dark picture with a few deft brushstrokes, but it isn't all dark. Certain Weasleys are no longer dead, for example. The author does a great job of showing Ginny's conflicted emotions as she tries to navigate this new world and find her way back to the old one.

I loved it, and it's a great read.

2. Oh, and I wrote a story, too: The Affair of the Wedding, PG, 3,000 words, in which Lily's wedding to Scorpius is bringing the Potters and the Malfoys together whether they like it or not. I had fun with this and I hope you do, too, if you read. :)

3. Also, a quick rec for a story that was posted right at the beginning of the fest and was perhaps a little overlooked for that reason: They Tell Me by luna_plath, R, 1,800 words. Author's summary: He’d brushed his fingers over her spine, lightly touching her naked back, thinking that maybe this was what people called closure.

This is a gorgeous take on a postwar Harry who is healing but not quite there (if he ever will be). It's quiet, a little sad but also hopefull, and the way luna_plath portrays the relationship between Harry and Ginny is just beautiful.

4. I'm going on holiday this evening. Anyone want to throw me some recs for stuff I can put on my kindle? Preferably posted on AO3 (for ease of conversion); the longer and plottier the better. :)

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Game of Thrones

I don't think I've talked about it here, but I am really loving the second series of Game of Thrones. We watched the first series in one big gulp, and it's kind of fun to be waiting anxiously for a new episode each week this time around. It's about six years since I read the books, which is probably why I don't really care about any of the changes they've made, and am just flailing at how much fun (and grimdark, and pretty) everything is.

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(No spoilers for Dance with Dragons, please!)

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I've been very remiss in pointing out some gift fics I've received recently, so here they are. First of all my [community profile] hp_beholder gift is a beautiful story of Arthur and the entire Weasley family coming to terms with their loss just after Deathly Hallows: Burrowing, 3,000 words, rated PG/Teen. It's such a convincing look at how they all might react. Just lovely.

Then there was Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect at springtime_gen, which has one of the best first lines I've read in ages: Over a month had passed, but Hogwarts still smelled of blood and dust and smoke. It's a fabulous look at the rebuilding of Hogwarts, focusing on Minerva McGonagall's point of view, but with appearances from many other staff and pupils.

Unfortunately I haven't had a huge amount of time to read at either fest, but while I'm here, have a few more recs for stories I've enjoyed:

The Bucket List of one Hermione Granger is a warm, ostensibly light-hearted look at post-war Hermione with some serious undertones. Hermione is trying to plan her future life - while also dealing with what she's done to her parents in the past.

Primrose Path brings to life the world of the Death Eaters without ever glorifying their choices. Each character brings a different point of view, until the story winds up with a chilling look inside Bellatrix's mind. It's short, sharp and perfectly executed.

Homecoming is another Minerva-and-Neville story, which seems pretty popular this year, a development I am completely in favour of. I particularly liked this one because it's short but very full, with lots of interesting insights into both characters.

The Bow That Is Stable is one of those treats of a story that sheds light on various characters, in this case through the lens of parenthood. While Ron, Fleur, Angelina, Draco and Harry and others deal with their children (and in the case of Teddy, his parents), the author paints a full picture of life in the next-generation wizarding world. The story is gorgeous, detailed, occasionally heart-wrenching and ultimately hopeful.

Chosen and Accepted, Andromeda Tonks/Augusta Longbottom, rated PG. This story draws on parallels I'd never really considered between the two women's lives and dresses it up beautifully in a moving, understated story.

One More for the Road, Sirius/Rosmerta, rated R. A lovely story that plunges us straight into the hectic atmosphere of the first war against Voldemort, with Sirius discovering unexpected benefits of doing a favour for his mate.

Fire in the Deep, Grey Lady/Bloody Baron, rated PG-13. I am a tiny bit ambivalent about reccing this, because, well, nothing can excuse the Bloody Baron's crime. This story does not do that, but it does provide a context and a possible explanation, which is something that I feel needs to be done with care. It also contains some of the most beautiful writing I've come across recently; I could roll around in the prose (and maybe if I did that for long enough I'd assimilate some of the author's writing ability).

I'll finish with a gorgeous piece of art that made me grin: Time Traveler, in which Arthur Weasley travels back in time and encounters Helga Hufflepuff. It's G-rated and so very pretty!

If you enjoyed any of these, please do let the writers and artist know. <3

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Recs and nomination thanks

Couple of recs from the always wonderful [community profile] hp_beholder fest:

The Chelmsford List - Stan Shunpike/Mundungus Fletcher, R, 5,860 words. Author's summary: "Baffling Prison Escape + Wizards = Not Really All That Baffling. That's why this isn't an escape story. But it does involve wizards and prisons."

I'm nicking [personal profile] magnetic_pole's word for this: it's a brilliantly stylish fic about two dodgy wizards and what happens when they end up doing time together in a Muggle prison. It's appropriately gruff, hilarious and a little sweet. If you read, you will enjoy.

Adamantine - Millicent/Hooch, PG-13, 7,600 words. Author's summary: "St Mungos is turning people away and there are dozens of bodies heaped in the Hogsmeade cemetery, but it's not until Harry Potter dies that people start panicking."

If you enjoy a good dystopia (and I do), then this is for you. We know from the opening line that 1) this is not going to be a happy story and 2) we are in good hands. Millicent and Madam Hooch are the only two people left at Hogwarts with immunity to a disease that's sweeping wizarding Britain. With students and staff falling ill every day, Hogwarts is hanging by a thread, and various characters have to make some gut-wrenching choices. The supporting cast (particularly Pansy) is well-drawn, and the story is very well executed.

There are lots of other stories that I have my eye on over there, too, whenever I have a moment.

Secondly, a couple of my stories have been nominated for an award at hpfanficfanpoll (in the drama/angst category - LOL @ self for being so predictable). Because I fail at life at the moment, I haven't posted either story here yet, but you can read them at these links if you're interested:

Into the Silence, Snape, gen, PG-13, 5,500 words. Summary: Severus's year as headmaster of Hogwarts presents many challenges. Acceptance is the greatest of them all.

The Survivors, Petunia/Severus, NC-17, 3,900 words, WARNING for coercion and non-con. Summary: In the aftermath of Lily's death, Petunia's life is falling apart -- until Severus Snape turns up offering help. But Severus has his own reasons, and Petunia has never understood magic.

Thank you so much to whoever nominated these stories! I see I'm in good company in that category, too. *eyes xylodemon and pale_moonlite*

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Remixes and more

1. Remix has gone live, and as usual it's fascinating to see what someone has done with my stories! In this case, the writer picked up on a section in my Harry/Ginny story, Pilgrimage, which dealt with Harry encountering Petunia again, and expanded it to give us Petunia's viewpoint. Most of you know that I am fascinated by Petunia, and I really enjoyed my remixer's take on her. You can read it here - it's short, and all the HP story hit numbers are looking very forlorn, so do give it a try if it sounds interesting to you!

*In a huge coincidence, I was thinking about this very story the day before Remix, deciding that it's probably my favourite of my own H/G stories. Was I picking up some vibes from my remixer, perhaps? *g*

2. If anyone correctly identifies the story I wrote I will eat my hat (or at least, write you a drabble). Feel free to guess in the comments.

3. Does anyone feel like beta-reading a 7000-wordish gen story?

4. Comments screened for the purposes of items 2 and 3.

5. I am kind of failing at life at the moment. Sorry. :-/ Should be back soonish.

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Timeline: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I ended up making a timeline for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in order to get events straight for some of the stories I wrote last November and December. (I know there are other timelines out there. I'm just anal-retentive.) Writing it up for my own reference, and in the hope that it may be of use to others.

There isn't a lot to go on in several places, but some dates are pleasingly specific.

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