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I am awash with endorphins after the relief of rescuing my fic from the clutches of doom the google server error earlier. I want to share some happiness around!

These are the things that are making my day sparkly.
Happy things... )

Wishing you all a happy weekend.
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I saw Fantastic Beasts again today, and WOW, more surprises - I absolutely LOVED IT.

NON-SPOILERY VERSION: I honestly think it overwhelmed me a bit on Friday - there was so much to take in, so many new characters, so many plot strands, and so many different beasts. This time I felt pretty clear in my head what was going on, after talking it through with friends and reading reviews and meta, and I could just sit back and enjoy it. I really, really enjoyed it, very much indeed. Almost everything that bothered me the first time feels resolved in my mind, I feel enthusiastic about some of the things I disliked, and I LOVEDDDD the things I liked the first time around. Specifics under the cut, with SPOILERS, so please don't read if that's a problem for you. Possible spoilers in the comments too :)

NEWT: I really got so much more from Eddie Redmayne's performance this time. I love the physical quirks he uses for Newt, and the facial expressions, the sparing eye contact, the way he hides behind his fringe, the awkward gait, and the whole way he speaks. After watching the film on Friday I felt that Newt could easily be on the autistic spectrum, and watching it for a second time with that head canon in mind, I feel pretty certain that Eddie is playing him that way, and doing a beautiful job of it. I think I had invested such a lot in the character of Newt after cosplaying him for months, and when he wasn't exactly as I had imagined, it really threw me. But I feel like I 'know' him properly now, and I'm so happy, I'm in love with him all over again. I'm so glad the 'hero' is this fabulous, quirky, earnest, apologetic, driven, focused, socially-challenged, deeply-caring character.

TINA! I really like Tina now! She clicked for me too! I can't remember the exact words, but at one point Graves says something like, "Tina. Always popping up where you're not wanted." And YES! She is! And she always will be, because she cares SO MUCH and she will never, never let injustice pass by. She will always be investigating, usually with that little frown on her face, because it's so important to her, and she's going to put the world to rights. Although I got no chemistry from the actors, I think the way the characters are written, they can work really well together (although I still think friends rather than romance would have been great).

CREDENCE OMG CREDENNNNNCEEEEEE. I just. I have- I- GUH. I could turn into an angst queen for this boy. God, he's SO COMPELLING, the character and the backstory and the way Ezra Miller plays him? My god. I'm gone. I'm trash for him. Amazing. And [ profile] vaysh kindly pointed out the news about a deleted scene which throws light on what happens to Credence, so I feel happier about that.

GRAVES OH YES. Really, everything I said last time and more. His clothes, his physicality, his spell casting, his voice, god, his voice. I'm now more concerned than ever about what the future holds for Graves when he's not Grindelwald, because apparently heaven on earth for me is Grindelwald in Colin Farrell's body, LOL. He and Credence in that alley are an absolute twisted, angsty, fucked up JOY. I was FLAILING with fangirl glee. I would watch those scenes a hundred times. NNNGGGGHH.

THE OBSCURUS oh gosh, it's so PRETTY and CLEVER.  I'm in love with it, it really took my breath away, it's absolutely stunningly executed. I was rapt watching it, and I hardly ever like special effects or things like that, they leave me cold usually.

THE PLOT STRANDS: I stand by my comments that there is too much going on in this film and that the tone is all over the place and that the characters suffer from the amount of EVENTS and THINGS crammed into the one film. Being a person who finds it hard to follow complex plots, and gets easily overloaded with information, I really struggled when watching it the first time. But now I've had time to digest, and have seen it again, I can appreciate much more all of the things that are happening, the breadth of the story that's being told, and the fact that this is a set up for a longer arc.

I feel a real dick that it took me two goes to appreciate what was happening, except that the five people I saw it with today said they were pretty lost, too. I think the film has been highly edited down from what was orginally written, and I think it's suffered. The HP films had the same problem, but of course anyone who had read the books could follow what was happening easily.

THE BEASTS: CGI creatures are never going to be my thing, but I enjoyed them a lot more the second time around, when I didn't feel bombarded with information.

THE HUMOUR: One new criticism I had this time was that some of the humour fell flat, and I'm not sure why. It seemed to be a problem for Eddie Redmayne, which I wasn't expecting, as I've seen him play humour beautifully. Maybe it was because the humour didn't quite fit with the way he played Newt? I'm thinking of the scene where he explains to Tina that the first sign of serious effects from a Murtlap bite was "flames from the anus." Personally, I think that should have been hilarious, but the audience stayed quiet both times I saw it. Then the scene where he woos the Erumpent, complete with noises and arse-wiggling? That was also strangely awkward and only mildly funny. Again, not sure why. I did love little moments like when he said "I'm more of a Chaser," but maybe that was because it was more of an HP in-joke?

Anyway, in general, I am just delighted, that I feel whole-heartedly positive about the film and the prospect of the whole series. Thank goodness I 'needed' to see it twice (had promised a group of friends we'd see it together this weekend), because I don't think I would have chosen to go back a second time after seeing it the first. So glad I did, though.

If you've read this far, thanks for bearing with my wild mood swings about the film. I felt pretty shitty to be so critical in my last post, but I did very much want to discuss the film, so I appreciate everyone who talked it over with me, and I'd love to hear if you have any more thoughts. ♥
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Wishing you a wonderful day from start to finish, [ profile] gracerene!

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If you feel like the world needs more love right now, the wonderful [ profile] lokifan is hosting a LOVE MEME at her journal. You can stop and leave some anon love, or ask for some for yourself, or both. ♥ ♥

I know lots of flisters are struggling this week and I'm sure there are many who could do with a little support. Please start a thread for yourself at the Love Meme if there isn't already one there, and let us love you all over. ♥
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Thank you so much to everyone for making my birthday full of amazing surprises! You are all quite incredibly kind and thoughtful. I was at work during the day but when I got home there were so many wondrous things and messages waiting for me. !!!! I had the best time. You certainly know how to spoil a bird.

Click for an embarrassment of riches )
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The amazing [ profile] dannyfranx has sent me a curlew pin badge! Her job is doing wonderful clever things to help birds and she managed to get her hands on this for me, and I love it. It's extra amazing because I have bought several of the RSPB's pin badges myself featuring shore birds, but I could never find a curlew one despite searching both in RL and on the internet. There didn't seem to BE one, so this is an extra-special surprise and has made me a very flappy bird indeed.

It is also particularly lovely getting post from danny because she decorates the envelopes so beautifully, it makes it seem quite magical. ♥

The other thing I got sent today was this marvel, and I must say ABOUT TIME TOO, because nobody had sent me any Justin Trudeau links for WEEKS.

I don't know if the embeddy thing works, if not, here is Trudy rating memes and tweets about himself. He gets a bit stern at one point, heh.

And lastly, the people at Three Patch Podcast are conducting a survey on Fandom and Sexuality, and it closes TODAY. Thanks to [ profile] gracerene for promoting it, because I hadn't seen this was happening at all, and it seems like a really worthwhile and interesting study, so please do take part if you have 30 mins to spare.

I hope everyone is having a good day?
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We're celebrating this glorious day over at [ profile] writsbdayparty! The cunning [ profile] akatnamedeaster and [ profile] amorette have done a perfect job of hosting the celebrations and keeping it secret, but the comm has now been revealed and everyone can enjoy [ profile] writcraft's gifts and join the party.

I made an attempt at angst in her honour and you can read it at the comm:

Title: Hope
Author: birdsofshore
Pairings: Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy, Albus Severus Potter/OFC
Word count: ~2800
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Angst, unrequited love, drunken fumblings, lack of a happy ending, ham-fisted attempts to write angst. Oh and unbetaed!
CC compliant, I think? With one minor spoiler.
Summary: It wasn’t supposed to be like this. They belonged together, didn’t they?
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There have been some amazing things lately (I'm not even nearly on top of it all) and here is a mere handful of the lovely stuff that is out there:

Recs: two art and two fic )

WELL, in other news, I finished and submitted something for a fest (I had technically dropped this one but managed to get inspired again literally in the nick of time, hoorah!). I think a couple of you spotted me already, heh.

ANNNNNND I'm going to see Cursed Child on Wednesday and I'm PRETTY DARNED EXCITED. I won't post anything about it on my public LJ, but if you're not already on my Cursed Child filter and would like to be added, please let me know!

Bonus Albus/Scorp photo from rehearsals which may be inspiring for Next Genners:

MY HEART. I don't know what's happening here but I WANT MORE OF IT.
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I've read your sign up and stalked you and I already love you a bit.

I'll do my very best to write you something special as a gift. Possibly something quite dirty. I think we're going to get along JUST FINE.

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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 is one of my all-time favourite H/D fics ever. A conversation about the art on the [ profile] hd_fan_fair banners (you can see the beautiful original here on [ profile] isinuyasha's LJ) made me realise that some of my newer friends might not have read this glorious story, and I need to do all I can to rectify this terrible possibility!

Author: [ profile] saras_girl
Title: All Life is Yours to Miss
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Ron/Hermione [past Draco/OMC and past Draco/Pansy implied]
Summary: Professor Malfoy's world is contained, controlled, and as solitary as he can make it, but when an act of petty revenge goes horribly awry, he and his trusty six-legged friend are thrown into Hogwarts life at the deep end and must learn to live, love and let go.
Rating: R
Word Count: 115,000
Warning(s): Nothing serious. Flangst, original characters, lots and lots of talking.

I just reread All Life is Yours to Miss this week and it hasn't lost a bit of its genius. It took me right back to Hogwarts as if I was discovering it for the first time. It's deliciously Draco-centric, but Harry is also present on every line just by the wonderful, warm, vivid way that [ profile] saras_girl evokes his character. Draco breaks my heart a little in this fic, he has so little self-worth and finds it so hard to open up and let any intimacy or joy into his life. But Harry mends it a thousand times over. He's so stubborn and determined and alive and loving and smart and honest and HARRY, even when an accident occurs and he is unable to move or communicate. It's the most wonderful thing to watch Draco slowly blossom and make connections within the castle, and then when Harry starts to recover, the relationship between them is funny and moving and frustrating and amazing and sizzles with UST.

The supporting characters are just brilliant. Madam Pomfrey, Hagrid and McGonagall are a delight, as are the pissed-off house-elves who start to serve up things like raw turnip sandwiches due to their unhappiness with Draco. And as usual with [ profile] saras_girl's writing, there's a great cast of original characters too, including the unforgettable Stanley, the oversized mint beetle who is Draco's pet, and stole my heart completely in this story.

I know it's long, but it's super, super worth it. I can't recommend it enough.

There is another reason I wanted to rec this today, and this is because the fic has just tipped over 100,000 hits on AO3. WOW! \o/ I think this deserves much celebration, not just for this fic, but for our wonderful, vibrant fandom, that still has so many passionate readers. ♥  If you've already read All Life is Yours to Miss, I'd love you to comment and tell me what your favourite part was (I think mine might be the exchange You can't argue with the Sorting Hat!/ I can argue with anything.) And if you've yet to read it, you have a massive treat in store, I promise.
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Draco's party starts THIS THURSDAY! I can't wait! And the best bit is that [ profile] capitu is back in time to run it with me \o/ \o/ \o/

Please go and see what we've got planned at [ profile] dracomalfoy, grab one of our gorgeous banners (such beautiful art, I could hardly pick one) and get your Draco-centric prompts ready.... I have SO many ideas.

art by [ profile] catplusfox banner by [ profile] capitu
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An amazing person has made some fanart for Euphoria! I'm over the moon!

You can find the art here at their tumblr.  It's so darned pretty and asksdfghjklfghjklghjklsdfhgjklfghjkl! (Warnings: boys kissing, cross-gen, Albus Severus / Scorpius, Albus Severus / Draco). I love the different dynamic in the two scenes, and the characterisations of the three of them.

 *bounces madly*

Hey, [ profile] capitu, does this count as a rec? :D
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I hesitated about posting this, because it might be annoying to read if you're NOT getting comments, but I decided to go for it anyway. It's not often we hear good news about comments!

I feel like there might have been an upsurge in commenting at AO3. I was lucky and had comments for my erised fic over the last few weeks, and I'm still getting the odd one on that fic which is lovely, but in general, I'm getting one or two comments (on other fics) most days. This is NOT usually the case for me, and it's quite delightful.

Do you think there might be a swing back towards interacting with writers, rather than just leaving Kudos or navigating away? It would be super if there was. Kudos and hits are all very well, but comments - oh, nothing makes my heart go pitter-pat like a real juicy comment. ♥ Thank you so much to all of you who still leave them, whether here or on AO3.

EDITED TO ADD: this is in no way meant to make people feel uncomfortable or pressured about comments. I know some people get stressed about commenting / not commenting. DON'T WORRY! Read fic and be happy.
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Dear [ profile] gracerene,

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, dear! You're a fandom marvel and I don't know how you find the time to do all that you do. You mod all the things (and really, the fests we need so badly. Cross gen? Next gen? YES PLEASE). You write such delicious smutty fics - I love your 'reasons' series, and your fest fics are a real treat, too. Your recs are incredible! And you read and participate in so many different fandoms, too. And your lovely, appreciative, thoughtful comments are such a delight. I'm so glad that we're kink sisters. I love to squee with you over git!Draco and daydream together about poor Albus getting thoroughly debauched.  Thank you for everything that you share with us here in fandom. ♥

I'm so sorry I come empty-handed this year. I do have something I want to give you, but I know you and the other [ profile] hd_erised mods will kick my feathery arse if I don't get cracking with my assignment, so that will have to wait a little bit longer! Meanwhile, please enjoy these virtual offerings. I hope your day brings cake, laughter, smut, fun, books, treats, and many many marvellous erised submissions ;)

Image heavy, inc slight NSFW :) )
♥ ♥ ♥
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I love this. \o/ Looking forward to finding some time to participate tomorrow.

Originally posted by [ profile] vaysh at Fandom Writers Appreciation Day: August 21, 2015
Fanfiction Writers Appreciation Day

From tumblr and [ profile] lbilover:
The point of this day is simple: on August 21th, writers and readers alike would go on AO3 (or any fanfiction website really [like: LiveJournal]), on Tumblr, and leave a comment on their favourite fics and/or send their authors a message about their works.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve already or never commented. It doesn’t matter if the author doesn’t know about this post. It doesn’t matter if the author already knows how much you love their work.

Just let writers know you love the fics they write for you, simple as that!

And well, don’t forget to keep leaving a kudos and a comment in the future, and make writers happy!

I'm going to try and spread a little love tomorrow. Maybe some of you will, too. ♥

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I'm SO happy about my assignment I could cry. Honestly. *hugs self* *hugs everyone* *sniffles incoherently*

The [ profile] hd_erised mods are goddesses. How can they match all those disparate people up and somehow make it all WORK?

I really really hope everyone is feeling good about their match. If you're feeling worried, I don't know if it helps, but last year I was pretty intimidated and unsure about writing for the super-fabulous tryslora, but it turned out to be a great experience.

Good luck, everyone!


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