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Holiday Card Sign-up [06 Dec 2014|10:37am]

Do you like getting mail?

Would you like to find mail in your mailbox over the holidays?

Ah, you would? Then leave your address in the (screened) comments. If you'd prefer a card for a particular holiday, let me know; otherwise I'll send out roughly New Year's-timed cards. ♥
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Advertising cool things [30 Dec 2013|11:48am]
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Sign up.
Share your ‘to-be-read’ list.
Get paired with a buddy.
Your buddy chooses what you read.
You share your thoughts on the book at the end of the month.
Easy as that!

(Seriously, this looks pretty awesome. I'm excited at the idea of getting to do a bit of interactive reading!)
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Beacon Hills! [14 Dec 2013|01:11pm]

Where do you stand in the fight for Beacon Hills? Are you a proud hunter or a determined werewolf? Join beacon_hills, an interactive challenge comm for MTV's Teen Wolf and find out. The 6th Phase is starting and we'd love to have some new members joining in the fun!

You can either become a Hunter or a Werewolf. Both teams are great (but psst I'm on Team Werewolf).

Apply here, let them know I sent you | Got a question? Ask here
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Anonymous Love Post [15 Oct 2013|10:49am]

One of the things I love about Hogsmeade @ hogwartsishome is Madam Puddifoot's and the Snaps Cup. I get an excuse to tell other people how wonderful I think they are, and it's honestly probably my favorite part of Hogsmeade. However, not everyone signs up for Madam Puddifoot's or the Snaps Cup, and not everyone feels comfortable leaving comments on only some threads and not all threads (and, well, not everyone on my FL is in hogwartsishome!).

So, in service of love, I give you an Anonymous Love Post. You can comment under your LJ name or anonymously; IP tracking is turned off. Leave notes, praise, thank yous, gifts -- any sort of love in the comments.

ETA: This post will remain open for the foreseeable future. Comment away as long as you'd like.
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[REC] [FIC] Harry Potter: To Do, a tale about a tail, with a tail end.; Wormwood and Gall [04 Feb 2013|08:13pm]
Title: To Do, a tale about a tail, with a tail end.
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: shiv5468
Characters/Pairings: Hermione Granger/Severus Snape, with appearances by Lucius Malfoy and George Weasley
Genre: Romance/humor
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 10084

This is a witty, witty piece of fiction. There's a bit of "indelicate" humor in here (to quote the fic itself), and the characterization is a great piece of fanon hilarity---a slightly shy, somewhat matured Severus, an annoying Lucius, and an uber-organized Hermione. This is definitely a fic that has you giggling out loud.

Title: Wormwood and Gall
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: delphipsmith
Characters/Pairings: Snape, with appearances by Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Lucius Malfoy
Genre: Gen (dark)
Rating: G
Word Count: 3400

The characterization in this fic is fantastic. Dumbledore is amazingly, perfectly crafty---the supreme chessmaster. McGonagall is earnest as ever, and Lucius Malfoy dangerous as ever. But Snape is the center of this fic, and his arc is wonderful. You can feel the tension in this piece, the swing upwards, the fall. Wonderful.
y sueños, sueños son

A response to Barnes and Noble: A Tribute [04 Feb 2013|05:56pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

I don't usually spend a lot of time reading the New Republic very often, but my, I have fallen in love with Barnes and Noble, a Tribute: What the reviled chain did for our literary culture. I grew up in a very rural area, and I remember the oasis that B&N, Waldenbooks, Borders, and all the other chain book stores offered. Where I grew up, there are few libraries and fewer bookstores. Because the towns are small, the libraries are small---and they don't have much funding for new books. The library in my hometown remains composed mostly of mysteries/thrillers and children's books, with a bit of the classics and science fiction. Although you could browse and find new things, there just wasn't that much. Let's just say you wouldn't have much luck finding Tolstoy in there---let alone Yeats.

The nearest library to me was a 15 minute drive; the nearest bookstores were a Waldenbooks and a Borders in the nearest mall, which was about an hour's drive away. Given the drive, I didn't get to go up to Borders very awesome, but I cherished every chance. Whenever I was up there, I could just browse at will. The selection was amazing. I don't know how much I learned leafing through those books. I read poetry and turned myself on to Neruda; I flipped through manga, looked at history books (biographies of Ben Franklin? why not), browsed the language learning materials, picked up books on computing because I wanted to learn about XHTML. Libraries certainly allowed you to sit all you want---but I could sit all I wanted in Borders with both a much better selection. In fact, I could bring a book into the cafe and dunk a biscotti into my hot chocolate while reading, an activity strongly discouraged in my local library. If I got tired of reading, I could pretend to read and surreptitiously listen to the people talking books and life at the table next to mine.

That's gone now, and that's sad. Sure, that type of store's not gone from every city. I currently live in a town with a fantastic local bookstore, and the entire town patronizes them heavily; the shop is always full, there's readings all the time, and it's a wonderful place to run into people, or just sit in a chair flipping through a book. Still, not every area is big enough to support a bookstore like ours. Some places desperately need to benefit from chain economics---or else they simply can't support themselves, and the community they engender. Places like Borders were so fantastic for that sense of community and wonder. As wonderful as browsing a site like Goodreads is, as much as you can get a feel for a book by flipping through the pages available on Google Books, there's nothing quite like standing in a bookstore with rows of books surrounding you, offering you their knowledge, the worlds they contain.

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[FIC] Harry Potter: The Arc of Years [23 Jan 2013|05:50pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Title: The Arc of Years
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Word count: 3430
Characters: Pansy Parkinson, with appearances by Tracey Davis, Millicent Bulstrode, Blaise Zabini, and the Parkinson family (OCs)
Summary: A series of moments from Pansy's school years; how is it that she came to yell "There he is"?
Author's Note: This was written for the 2012 hp_holidaygen fest as a gift for aliciadances. Her requests were "Hidden canon moments, anything marauder era!, trio era characters who aren't the trio"; this one has focused a lot on hidden character moments for Trio-era characters.

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[REC] [FIC] Harry Potter/Petshop of Horrors: Berlin; Harry Potter: Don't Look Back [13 Jan 2013|12:20pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Title: Berlin
Fandom: Harry Potter/Petshop of Horrors
Author: atdelphi
Characters/pairings: Grandpa D/Dumbledore
Rating: G-ish
Word count: ~3500

As strange is it sounds to have a HP/PSoH crossover, it also works incredibly well; the petshop is certainly one which deals in magical creatures. In addition to the novelty factor, though, this is simply well-written and incredibly fun. It features a younger Dumbledore, trying to acquire a certain phoenix from Grandpa D. It's hard to say exactly what emotional resonances the fic finds; only that it does, and that in some ways it's like observing a dream. Well worth the reading time.

Title: Don't Look Back
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/pairings: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Lucius Malfoy, Harry Potter; background Hr/R
Rating: PG; warnings of off-screen character death
Word count: 4000

"Wow," was what I thought when I finished this fic. This is a gorgeous piece, surreal, bittersweet, and mysterious. It's a tale of loyalty, and love, and the little stories that make up people's lives. It's also got a beautifully ambiguous ending and is set in a dream-library---what more can one ask for.

y sueños, sueños son

[FIC] Harry Potter: To Find a Safe Place; I'll Be Home for Christmas; Little Moments of Understandin [29 Dec 2012|04:50pm]
[ mood | getting ready to work ]

Title: To Find a Safe Place
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: Gen
Rating: G
Characters: Remus Lupin, Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey
Word Count: 977
Summary: Remus is sure that he shouldn't be at Hogwarts. Written for Martine of Ravenclaw over at hogwartsishome.

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Title: I'll Be Home for Christmas
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: Gen
Rating: G
Characters: Sirius Black, Lily Potter, Harry Potter, James Potter
Word Count: 422
Summary: Sirus Black is always glad to be home for Christmas. Written for Chelsea of Ravenclaw over at hogwartsishome.

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Title: Little Moments of Understanding
Fandom: Harry Potter
Genre: Gen; romance if you squint.
Rating: G
Characters: Lily Evans, James Potter, Remus Lupin, with a touch of Lily/James
Word Count: 1558
Summary: Lily knows that James Potter is a well-meaning fellow. He's just such an idiot sometimes.
Author’s Note: Written for Kerri for the hh_sugarquill Christmas fic exchange. The prompt was "when Lily realized that she didn't hate James". This got a bit into privilege and stereotyping, so I hope it's not too heavy for you. I've always thought that wizarding views of Muggles would be very important to Lily, and that it would be difficult for her to date someone who didn't try to really understand the Muggle world.

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[REC] [ESSAY] Sherlock: The Semantics of Healthcare [13 Dec 2012|01:04pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

Title: The Semantics of Healthcare
Fandom: Sherlock
Author: wellingtongoose
Characters: John Watson

This is a quick guided tour through Britain's healthcare system---and with respect to fandom, exactly what John Watson would have been doing in Afghanistan (hint: it's not going on patrol and shooting heavy artillery). It's therefore certainly useful for fic writers; however, it's also just an interesting read for non-Brits who might be wondering about how the healthcare system in Britain works.

y sueños, sueños son

Language Log: English or Engelsk? [08 Dec 2012|10:01am]
[ mood | fired up ]

So, I am a language nerd. I mean, I'm a professional linguist---I'm pretty much guaranteed to be a language nerd. So posts like English or Engelsk?, over on Language Log, are incredibly fun for me.

The post deals with the murky history of English, which is quite murky indeed. Here in the US, I would say that many people know that there are a lot of borrowings into English from Latin; many educated people also know about the large number of Norman borrowings. Relatively few USians, though, are aware of the large Norse influence on English. We're not very big on teaching the Danelaw over here; at most, maybe it gets mentioned if you discuss Beowulf in English class. The whole LL post is about the relation of English to Norse, and so is about language contact and change in particular cultural situations, in this case the Danelaw.

The claim that they discuss is one in a recent paper by Norwegian linguist Jan Terje Faarlund: English is actually a Scandinavian language. If you know anything about the Scandinavian languages, it's not as silly as it sounds upfront. English is immensely syntactically similar to the Scandinavian languages (i.e., its sentence structure is very similar), it's morphologically similar (i.e., its system of word endings is similar), and it has a lot of lexical overlap. English and the Scandinavian languages are in some sense the strange red-headed stepchildren of the Germanic language family: Guys, they're weird.

What the post does is nicely debunk the hypothesis. The discussion in the comments is also worth reading---especially if you've ever really wondered what an "infinitive" is.

I'll remove my nerd cap now, but before I do, please allow me one little squee of happiness for fun!linguistics.

y sueños, sueños son

[REC] [FIC] Harry Potter: May the Second [03 Dec 2012|03:05pm]
[ mood | procrastinatory ]

Title: May the Second
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: pepperam
Characters/pairing: Harry/Ginny, with mentions of Ron/Hermione, Bill/Fleur and Molly/Arthur, starring the whole Weasley family
Rating: R
Word Count: 8465

The morning after the Battle of Hogwarts, Ginny is trying to deal with her broken family---while wanting nothing more to escape and to find Harry. It's a wonderful fic on numerous levels. The grief of the Weasleys is palpable, and the portrayal of how a person can feel trapped among mourners, can feel weakened by needing to be strong, is incredibly accurate and moving. The fic is also excellent in describing how Ginny and Harry's relationship---though they only dated briefly---has developed, especially while separated in the war; it is deep, but also tentative and unsure.

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[REC] [FIC] Harry Potter: Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect [29 Nov 2012|06:35pm]
Title: Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: xylodemon
Rating: PG
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Dumbledore's Army
Word Count: 2700

This is another lovely fic from the most recent springtime_gen fest. At this point, I've probably read it a half-dozen times, and I love it each time. It deals with the aftermath of the Battle of Hogwarts, and the rebuilding of the castle. I love how alive the castle is, how Minerva perseveres, how each student's arrival shows how much they have changed (and yet also remained the same) over the years---and how much the teachers and students care about their school.
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[REC] [FIC] Harry Potter: Switzerland; Saturdays Are for Football [28 Nov 2012|07:43pm]
A pair of Blaise recs for today!

Title: Switzerland
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: ofankoma
Rating: PG
Character/pairings: Blaise Zabini, Justin Finch-Fletchley
Word count: 9300

Blaise's snark in this fic is so good, but he's much more than the usual snark machine. He's thoughtful (if jaded) and truly, beautifully human and well-rounded. Justin is also quite excellent here; he banters, and is witty and smart (not a stereotypical "Hufflepuff duffer"). The fic also deals well with some of the inevitable results from the war in a plausible and interesting way---and oh my has it got the utter tedium of many political meetings down.pat.wow.

Title: Saturdays Are for Football (The Rest of the Week Is for Everything Else)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: pitry
Rating: PG-13
Character/pairings: Blaise Zabini, Dean Thomas
Word count: ~4200

This fic deals with the remaining racial tensions after the Second Wizarding War---and it does it brilliantly. There is healing here, yes, but also hurt and rage. The fragile friendship between Dean and Blaise is well done, and the way that Blaise slowly comprehends what racism during the war really meant for Muggle-borns reads true.
y sueños, sueños son

[REC] [FIC] Harry Potter: A Bit O' Magic [25 Nov 2012|04:42pm]
Title: A Bit O' Magic
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: lash_larue
Rating: PG-13
Character/pairing: Argus Filch, Mrs. Norris
Word count: 4750

This is a fic that will turn your perceptions of Filch and Mrs. Norris on its head. The fic paints both in a sympathetic light, while keeping both perfectly in-character; it simply views the world from Filch's eyes. It's an incredibly touching portrayal of the relationships that can develop between people and animals, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I teared up at the end.
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