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Claiming my [ profile] hd_fan_fair fic. \o/

and OH GOSH! I forgot when I started writing this that it is my FIVE HUNDREDTH POST on LJ! I was trying to think of something special to mark the occasion, but instead, here is more smutty nonsense from me (probably quite fitting in a way...). Thank you all VERY MUCH INDEED for putting up with me on here and making it a fun, creative, supportive, surprising, sometimes bizarre and frequently joyful place to be. ♥

But, back to fan_fair: I wrote Here Be Dragons, for [ profile] writcraft's brilliant prompt. I then also got [ profile] writcraft to beta it, which I know is a little unorthodox *cough* :D Many thanks to her for the great inspiration and then some very patient betaing. Thank you to dear [ profile] lq_traintracks for much support and advice. Thanks also to lovely [ profile] shiftylinguini for suggesting Draco might have a tiny pet dragon. Ethel is all for you, my dear! ♥

Last but not least, thank you to everyone who was able to read and comment. I'd like to give you all a grateful hug!

Title: Here Be Dragons
Author: [ profile] birdsofshore
Animal: Dragon
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Draco/OMCs, brief mention of past Harry/OMC
Warnings/Content Notes: Light BDSM, light D/s themes, Auror!Harry, Suspect!Draco, mild kinkiness, some affectionate suggestion that Ron might not be the hardest working Auror ever, dragons doing what comes naturally, and lots of UST. Also, yes, this *is* basically a blatant excuse for 22,000 words of Draco in leather.
Summary: Harry doesn’t want to waste his time investigating illegal dragonhide trading, whether it involves a fetish club in Knockturn Alley or visiting a remote island in Wales. Why the bloody hell does Malfoy always have to be up to something?
Word Count: ~22k

A few extra notes on the fic (me waffling, really):

- Ethelinda means 'noble snake'. I make no comment about whether she deserves that title based on her behaviour, but it amuses me to think of Draco optimistically naming her that when she was a hatchling.
- The fantasy name generator was a great help to me for the other dragons' names.
- I don't know if anyone spotted my deeply hilarious, to me anyway Cursed Child reference. I would like to use this particular bit of CC canon in every fic I write from now on, but I guess it would out me pretty fast. :D
- I feel fairly certain I have pinched the idea of a Wizarding magazine called Alohomora! from another writer's fic, but I cannot remember where. If it was yours, please let me know!
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The amazing and talented [ profile] agentmoppet has made a podfic of my story, Aural Gratification, in which Harry gets hooked on the sexy voice of an audiobook narrator (GUESS WHO) and *cough* has a bit of a sexual awakening in the process. They did a fantastic job! I love their eloquent and dryly humorous delivery, which imo was perfect for this frankly ridiculous story. Also, I am DELIGHTED at the concept of someone making an audio recording of my smutty story about Harry listening to smutty stories. :D How perfect is that?

You can listen to it here on AO3. Please leave [ profile] agentmoppet lots of love if you give it a try.

[ profile] hd_fan_fair finished posting this week and I was incredibly lucky, I had some gorgeous things written and drawn for my prompts and I feel super-spoiled. I am going to rec every single one of those, not because I feel obliged, but because I loved them A LOT. ♥

(Ugh, I got so excited I missed one out! If you saw this post earlier, please check back now so I can tell you about all 6 of them ♥)

Title: Professor Potter and his Magical Menagerie
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Harry Potter descends on Hogwarts with a horde of magical beasts. Professor Malfoy is not amused.
Word Count: 7,500

Gosh, this is so delightful. I've been longing to read a story based around this prompt (Harry is the Hogwarts gamekeeper who brings chaos to the castle) for ages and the MA did such a charming job with it. It's smart and funny, and Draco trying, and failing, to be a menacing, unpopular professor is hilarious!

Title: Art: Eldritch Horror Seeking Same
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Something is wrong with the Giant Squid, and Hermione is not going to rest until she’s figured this out. She’s not planning on letting anyone else rest either, but that’s ok, because Pansy likes an adventure, Ginny likes whatever Pansy likes, Ron didn’t have anything better on that weekend, and Harry and Draco needed to get out of bed soon anyway, before Teddy broke anything else.
Word Count: 681

Ahhhhhh, this is just about the most glorious thing I have ever seen. It's so warm and wonderful and funny and has touched my life with joy. It's quirkily beautiful, and if you haven't seen it yet, PLEASE go and leave the artist some love, it's astonishing.

Title: Under the Same Sky
Rating: NC-17
See fic for detailed warnings: non-sexual puppy play
Summary: “It wasn’t…” Malfoy stops and there’s something tentative in his voice, the hint of an apology in his words. “It was never about you, Potter.”
With memories of the war still fresh on his mind and Malfoy back in London, Harry's past refuses to stay buried. As Harry tries to grapple with life and love, Malfoy seems determined to make him confront his deepest desires and Harry has to try not to lose his heart all over again.
Word Count: 38,695

This completely floored me. I wasn't sure what to expect from a 40k exploration of non-sexual puppy play, but it's WONDERFUL. The kink side of it is so sensitively and thoughtfully done, and the sex (which is completely separate from the pet play) is SMOKING. I adore stories about two people finding their way through a new kink and this is one of the best I've ever read. It was so satisfyingly insightful.

Title: Whoo Knew?
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Despite having had a crush on his Auror partner for years, Draco's been biding his time and waiting for the perfect opportunity to make his case. But when Harry subscribes to a new wizarding personals service, Draco gets a wake-up call. With each new message that arrives for Harry from a hopeful suitor, it becomes more and more clear that the time to act has arrived.
Word Count: ~19k

Whoa, this is a dream of a fic. Such gratifying pining, and the snarky banter, and so bloody funny and hot as well! Harry was particularly irresistible here, and Draco's characterisation is smart and sharp and made my heart ache for him. Gorgeous stuff.

Title: Winging It
Rating: NC17
See fic for detailed warnings: non-magical AU
Summary: When Draco accidentally bonds with a newly-hatched dragon, and a queen no less, his life will never be the same.
Word Count: 17,700

I was so intrigued to see this prompt claimed (a Pern/HP crossover) and the MA really nailed it. There are so many little details here that make the story work in the Pern verse but with recognisable canon characters, and the two worlds are meshed together beautifully. And then the slight dub-con brought on by the dragonriders' telepathic bond with their mating dragons really hit the spot for me, with a delicious dynamic between Harry and Draco. I don't think you need to be familiar with Pern to enjoy this story, btw, it makes sense as a stand-alone.

Title: Art: Auror Peacock Extraordinaire
Rating: PG-13
Summary: As part of a new departmental initiative, Harry finds himself with a partner he never asked for... and Draco Malfoy.


OK, so my prompt was for Harry to get a highly intelligent, trained animal to help him with his Auror work. A PEACOCK. And for Draco Malfoy to be the peacock trainer.

SO. The MA has taken this utter nonsense and made it a thing of beauty and wonder. And costumes. And shirtlessness. AND GENIUS. I was waiting for this to post allllllll through the fest, and of course I had to wait until the last day because that's how good it was. But it was worth it. ENJOY.

There was so much wonderfulness at fan fair that I was not able to keep up as much as I'd have liked. There are several more entries over there that I have my eye on for when I get a chance, so tell me if I missed something which you loved?

I also want to note the fact that the amazing [ profile] hp_nextgen_fest has started posting with some absolute corkers to enjoy, and the [ profile] hd_fanart fest has also begun! I hope you get time to enjoy all of the lovely things people have created for us, and leave tons of comments instead of using that shitty 'like' feature which I am gutted to see appear.
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I am so worried about the referendum here in Britain about whether we will stay in the European Union (I am strongly REMAIN, but I fear that the LEAVE campaign with its racist, fearmongering lies will be successful).

But anyway, YAY WIZARDS. My usual strategy for when I don't want to think about something.

Fantastic pets and Fantastic Beasts )
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This year [ profile] hd_fan_fair are continuing their themed fests with a pet fair. I always love this fest and would really like to claim something, but I have to admit, I am not great with pets, or animals, or even creatures at all, really. If anyone can prompt a scenario that is slightly kinky or sexy which has some connection to animals or magical creatures (er... but not like that, sorry. Bestiality is not one of my kinks) I would be MOST GRATEFUL. You can find all the info if you click the banner below...

Claiming at this year's [ profile] hd_fan_fair is open!

(and how delightful to see Stanley back again! The other banner with [ profile] naadi's dragon on is equally lush, too....)

And, while you're there, you might want to think about CLAIMING a prompt, and I have left some THRILLING AND RIDICULOUS prompts that you might like to consider. ;)

Prompts this way... )
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A bit late, I know, but I'm claiming my [ profile] hd_fan_fair fic. \o/

Title: One Night at the Leaky
Author: [ profile] birdsofshore
Inspired by Pottermore entry: #C4. Gamp's Old Gregarious Beer
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, background Hermione/Ron, Seamus/Dean
Warnings/Content Notes: Post Hogwarts, drinking games, Truth or Dare, drunkenness, tomfoolery, UST.
Summary: Harry should have known better than to accept a drunken dare. Especially when Malfoy was sitting right there, looking like that and wearing those bloody tight trousers.
Word Count: ~12.5 k

A/N: I do love [ profile] hd_fan_fair. Somehow the prompts always make me want to write something funny and light. This one came after two fics that were quite tough for me in different ways, and it was such a refreshing change. The only problem was that, after Euphoria, I had absolutely zero smut left in me. So, be warned, there is no bumming in this. No kink. Not even a hardening cock. Sorry! People very kindly forced themselves to read it anyway. :D

Thanks so much to [ profile] fantasyfiend09 for her help and advice, and to [ profile] writcraft for her patience and support with my last minute panics.

One Night at the Leaky
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Title: Golden Age
Author: Anonymous
Inspired by Pottermore entry: B8. The Hufflepuff Common Room
Rating: R
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco; off-camera: Hermione/Pansy
Warnings/Content Notes: Environmentalism, alternative religion (or lack there of), unshakable socialism, food, hugs, a secret society, and perhaps some very interesting Muggleborns – it’s just a huge, liberal, Hufflepuff party.
Summary: The Celtic druids once made a decision that kept magic in abundance in Britannia, but they couldn’t account for the technological advances Muggles would make centuries later. Now magic is dying on the isles, and this is not a dark lord that Harry can fight. OR: Harry Potter doesn’t save the world this time, but he does get a lot of hugs.

Golden Age )

I hope Rectober is going well for you? I apologise for not having time to do much Rectober housekeeping at all this year, but I see wonderful recs here, there, and everywhere, and I still hope to come through with a list of contributors when it's all over.
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Phew! I thought I was going to have to chuck myself out of Rectober for a while there*. I was aiming for a rec post a week, and time was ticking. But here I am, with 3 delicious art recs which I hope you enjoy.

banner by [ profile] capitu

* p.s. nobody actually gets chucked out of Rectober, and you're all amazing - I see people reccing every day fgs! You're the best! But even one rec over the month is a triumph for Rectober, and if you're interested, it's not too late to sign up and start reccing. Just click on the banner for more info.

3 art recs: H/D, Harry/Scorpius, and Stucky )
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The Draco birthday party at [ profile] dracomalfoy is going with a swing. We have tasty prompts of all varieties, and some delicious fills have been posted - do you fancy hand-to-hand combat dripping with UST, or is Draco with his hair in a bun more to your taste? Perhaps you'd prefer blow jobs, crossdressing, daddy!kink, drunken letters, magical wishing candles, medical kink or a hilarious Muggle AU where Harry and Draco get their mobiles mixed up? WE HAVE THEM ALL \o/

art by [ profile] catplusfox, banner by [ profile] capitu

There's plenty of time to pick a prompt and create something to celebrate Draco's birth. All pairings and all kinks / tropes are very welcome.

Then there's the fabulous [ profile] hd_fan_fair which opens prompting today with their intriguing new Pottermore theme.


Fandom feels bubbling with excitement and creativity at the moment \o/

Lastly, happy birthday to another beloved, but definitely NOT a git: [ profile] this_bloody_cat. I'm so sorry my brain did not co-operate this week to let me write anything for you. But I'm thinking about you and hoping you have an extremely splendid day.  ♥ Thank you for all that you do for fandom: modding, your gorgeous fic and art, all your recs and comments and general loveliness, and may the next 12 months bring you everything you desire. ♥♥
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Er, I just realised I never claimed my [ profile] hd_fan_fair Career Fair fic. From last year. I'm only a few months late.

Anyway! Surprise! This was me! I think most of you worked that out by now, as reveals were in November or something. But in the interests of having everything nice and tidy on my journal, I present this simple tale of audio books, wanking, obsession, and... well, more wanking, really. Plus a little bit of piss-taking of some of our favourite tropes.

Title: Aural Gratification
Author: [ profile] birdsofshore
Rating: NC-17
Career Choices: Harry: Ministry of Magic desk job; Draco: m/m romance narrator
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Ron/Hermione, past Harry/Ginny (brief mentions)
Warnings/Content Notes: mild, internalised, non-angsty homophobia.
Summary: Harry's not gay – he just likes listening to exciting stories about Aurors. It's not his fault that the narrator's voice is so smooth, so expressive... and really rather hot.
Word Count: ~11k
Author's Notes: [ profile] gracerene always leaves the best prompts. She's evil that way. I had a lot of fun with this and was absolutely delighted that people took what was basically an extended bit of nonsense to their hearts. Many thanks to my wonderful betas: [ profile] lumosed_quill, [ profile] omi_ohmy, and [ profile] raitala.

Aural Gratification

E.T.A: I forgot, I also wrote a little sequel, Aural Fixation, which is just a short PWP set in the same verse.
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banner by [ profile] capitu

Ahhh, I sort of dropped the ball with reccing. I've been all wrapped up in my [ profile] hd_erised fic (finally fell in love with it *beam*) and didn't feel like reading much at all. A lot of what I read was mostly from other people's Rectober posts, though, so thank you very much indeed to all who provided me with great suggestions of what to read.

4 recs: 2 fic, 2 art )

Oh, and there are still TWO WHOLE DAYS OF RECTOBER LEFT. So, if you signed up but never managed a post yet, there's still time! if you were aiming for 4 posts but only managed 3 *shifty eyes*, there's still time! If you've only just heard of Rectober, why not jump on board for the last 2 days?

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banner by [ profile] capitu

Here's my second offering of recs for you! I've been busy writing my [ profile] hd_erised, and not had much time for reading. What I have read has mostly been from other people's rectober posts, and very glorious and diverse they have been, too, but I didn't want to re-rec things. Luckily my talented flist provided me with these two beauties. They're both short and gorgeous.

Two fics )
Three art )

If you're looking for something to read, maybe fancy trying a new fandom even, please have a browse at our reccers' journals under the rectober tag. Here's the participant list, and we're adding to it all the time.

If you fancy jumping in to rectober, it's not too late. There are still over two weeks left to share recs for all fanworks in any fandom. I've been having a great time reading everyone's posts - thank you all so much.
birdsofshore: (curlew)
Is it still the first week of Rectober? Yes? *phew*

banner by [ profile] capitu

I pledged to do one rec post a week, so here it it is. My first recs are all from [ profile] hd_fan_fair.  \o/ This is one of my very favourite fests and I always love the crazy, original, hot, crackish and awesome things that come out of it, and the possibilities of all the different professions.

4 recs, 2 fics, 2 art )

I'm a bit behind with my reading, but I've been so excited to see the wonderful flurry of recs across my flist this week! Rectober is in full force and it's not too late to jump in and join us. Participants list here if you fancy browsing for recs,using the Rectober tag, and all the info is here if you'd like to sign up and start reccing.  ♥
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Well, it was my birthday last week, and I had the most amazing time. Me and Mr Birds and the boys had a really super family day planned, and that all went well and I'll tell you about it in a bit. And I had a great time later, seeing my friend and going out to the cinema, and that was fabulous, too.

But, the thing that really floored me was the ~~FANDOM LOVE~~. OMG, you chaps really know how to make a person feel special. The internet connection where we were was a bit crappy, but I kept getting bursts of it and then just DYING with laughter or hotness or just perfectness at the things that were happening on LJ. [ profile] catplusfox just said it was like I was buried in fandom love, and, wow, it's a great thing to be, that's all I am saying.

I have to share all the brilliant things with you. I honestly feel like the luckiest bird ever. Take a deep breath, because it's all too good and too much fun.

An embarrassment of riches )

I was going to also talk about RL stuff that happened that day, but it got too long, so I'll do birthday part 2 very soon.
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First of all, WOOHOO! I reached 10k on my [ profile] harrybang! I know this is a puny little milestone, but it was hard won. Thank you to my delightful cheerleaders (or people who have just tolerated me, LOL). It's very rough around the edges at the moment, but, ignoring that small fact, that's hopefully a fifth of the fic done! \o/

Promoting wonderfulness )
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Time to claim my [ profile] hd_fan_fair fic. This was a fabulous fest, I thought. I loved every bit of it, from the whole theme, to the prompts, to the amazing fic and art, the book cover designs, and the generous and enthusiastic commenters. I didn't manage to read everything yet,  but I found some real favourites.

Here's my contribution::

Title: Rarely Pure and Never Simple
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: Harry never thought taking a job as Draco Malfoy's bodyguard was going to be easy. Add in a curse that makes Malfoy even more of an obnoxious git than usual, and Harry's got serious problems.
Word Count: ~29,000
Author's Notes: Thank you to my delightful betas. [ profile] omi_ohmy, you saved this fic many times over with your patience, advice, and your gentle encouragement! [ profile] who_la_hoop, you have the power to turn straw into gold. The parts of this that you grappled with are infinitely better for it. Smooches to both of you. [ profile] capitu, thank you for this dream of a prompt!
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This is the last day of Rectober! Do jump in if you want to participate; even one good rec is a fabulous thing  ♥

I am so happy I managed to complete my own challenge which was to post recs twice a week for the whole month. Some weeks it was hard, and personally I would struggle to fit that in every month, but I enjoyed it, and I'd definitely like to rec regularly again, perhaps monthly rather than weekly, I'm not sure.

Anyway just one final rec as I am short of time today, but it's a corker:

today's rec... )

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN RECTOBER! I'll post something wrapping it up in the next few days, but it's been great to see so many recs flying around during the month, and I have discovered some new favourite fics and made some new LJ friends, as well. \o/
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I am SO INTO writing my [ profile] hd_fan_fair fic now that I am an unkempt mess, growling at anything that tries to prevent me from writing all day and night, such as meals, personal hygiene and my children. Last night I was trying to write something super romantic and UST-ish, and I suddenly got hit by such a MASSIVE WHOOSH of Drarry feels, that it nearly knocked me over.

Then this morning I woke up and checked LJ on my phone in bed. A terrible habit, I know, but the baby has a habit of waking me up about 5.30 am and then going back to sleep, leaving me just lying there staring at the ceiling. And I saw [ profile] raitala's latest, absolutely incredible [ profile] hd_level_two art HERE and I got whooshed so hard again I went a bit giddy. Her art always used to leave me breathless and flushed, and now she has discovered animation I swear she may actually kill me.JUST LOOK AT THEM! The words, they are all gone.

Then over breakfast the gorgeous [ profile] marianna_merlo had made such a lovely post about OTPs. Just another super nice fandom discussion that reminds you what a great community this is.

Finally I get home at the end of a long day and [ profile] citrus_lime has drawn me totally NSFW art:

Don't click unless you want to see a naked Draco Malfoy with his hands tied giving Harry a blow job. Gosh, who would want to see that? )

I am also just about to submit my [ profile] hp_drizzle fic, yay! This fest looks so original and I had a hoot writing for it. And [ profile] mini_fest is accepting prompts from today! Go and leave your Christmassy based HP prompts for any pairing.

So in short, I basically adore this kind of day, where I feel like I've fallen in love with Harry and Draco all over again (and all of you, too), and I want to shout it from the rooftops.


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