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So flist, did you know that taking care of someone who has just had open heart surgery is a bloody lot of work? I suppose that's obvious, but it is. This is why I haven't been around much. :P

I am supposed to take the kid camping with a big group of friends this weekend. Not sure how this is going happen. I will be doing a lot of back and forth, I guess. I know friends will help, but I may be out of touch again this weekend and I may need to mainline coffee.

I think I may have gained back all the weight l lost in the last round of Game On. I am not going to worry about it, though, because that would be self-defeating and whatever, really. And….the next round starts on June 2nd! I will be so, so ready and I will continue to drink wine and eat chocolate at the end of these long days until June 1st.

Right, I'm a bit of a drag here, so in other news – FIC FOR ME!!!!

Prizes from the last round of [profile] game_is_on (because [personal profile] romaine and I kicked their arses (of course, they kicked the collective arse of me, [personal profile] lyras, and [profile] elizassecret this last round. Wait a moment, [personal profile] romaine seems to win all the time *note to self: put Rom on my team again next time):

Bingo! by [personal profile] torino10154: Remus and Sirius, along with Regulus, Severus, Dumbledore, and a few others play Bingo in the afterlife. This is a quick, short, snappy back and forth between Remus and Sirius that is sexy, funny, and sweet. YAY! And it's mine, but you should read it and leave a lovely comment. :D

Step by Step (A Beginners Guide to Bringing James Potter to Your Bed) by [profile] gryffindor_j: Scorpius has been tasked with seducing James – by Teddy!! Scorpius follows the step-by-step given to him by Teddy. They include "bring him to me," which I have on good authority was said with a wolfish growl. I don't think I need to tell you anything else. I have to share this one with Rom, which I don't mind and we both, I'm sure encourage you to share our good fortune and leave some love.

Written for me at [community profile] hp_beholder: Dogs of War by [personal profile] alimsiemanym. It is a gritty, carefully crafted story with an unflinching portrait of war. Mind the warnings, but read it for the believable, intense and incredibly touching relationship and the genuine characterizations of Moody and Scrimgeour. A really moving, vivid, and detailed fic.

I wrote, The News Today (Morning Edition), which I'll repost here soon. It has the pairings: Augusta/Moody, Minerva/Arabella, and Arthur/Molly. That's right. I not only wrote het, I wrote het that wasn't James/Lily and I wrote Weasley het. I am rather pleased with how some bits of this turned out. :)

I planned, and still plan, to do some more recs from [community profile] hp_beholder. In the meantime, check out the masterlist and just pick something to read/view. Don't go by pairing or the authors and artists you know (except, of course, for mine). You really can't do that at this fest. It is such a fabulous fest and the overall quality is really stellar.

And…Remix is live! I ended up writing a pinch hit for it. Go and peruse the amazing archive. I've only had time so far to read a couple, and they have both been great fun. The fandom tag page is here (http://archiveofourown.org/collections/Remix2010/fandoms) at Archive of Our Own.

That's all for now. Need to get some sleep so I can get up and do it all again. How are you, dear flist?
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As usual, [community profile] hp_beholder has some amazing stuff. As usual, I am behind on reading and commenting and rec'ing, but here are some I have particularly enjoyed so far:

Title: Swings and roundabouts
Rating: PG
Pairings: Dudley/OC, Petunia/OC
Word Count: 1,980
Summary: In which Dudley finds, and loses, and rediscovers love, and Petunia hopes he'll find himself.

A very easy to read, nicely written story with great flow and pacing. The pairing works so well—don't let the OC frighten you off. Petunia was really well portrayed. And the author throws in a couple of lines that let you know that this more likeable Dudley is still completely Dudley.

Title: The rest of the mornings in the world
Rating: R
Pairings: Horace Slughorn/Cornelius Fudge
Word Count: ~5,500
Summary: After the Battle of Hogwarts, Horace finds an opportunity to repay a favour to an old friend.

The exploration of Slughorn's character is brilliant. The author looks at his feelings about how the war(s) went and his role and how it might affect him after in a way I hadn't thought of. The friendship between Horace and Cornelius builds and changes for reasons I won't mention for spoiling it, but it is lovely and poignant. A beautifully done story.

Title: Zinnia and Honeysuckle
Rating: R-ish
Pairings: Hooch/Sprout // Hooch/Neville (if you squint)
Word Count: ~1,200
Warnings: Featured Character Death.
Summary: Muggle plants bloom out of season in the wizarding world. They flourish and wither at the whim of magical energies, a barometer of wizard emotions.

This one is just so pretty. There are several lovely vignettes—a little melancholy, a little sweet. It is very easy on the eyes and beautifully written.

Title: A Small Touch of Luck
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Severus Snape/Filius Flitwick
Word Count: ~8,800
Warnings: a gratuitous "wand" joke
Summary: After the war, Severus finds himself dealing with excessively apologetic former colleagues, struggling through a difficult recovery from his injuries, and holed up inside Hogwarts in order to avoid the Ministry. Strangely, Filius is somehow making it almost enjoyable.

This features an utterly charming, wise, wonderful Flitwick and an IC, snarky, but daring to hope for something different in life Snape. The author takes time to develop their relationship gently and beautifully and it is romantic and funny without being soppy.


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