May. 11th, 2025 11:51 pm
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While I'm catching up on my tardiness this weekend (*hangs head in shame*) there are some recs I've been meaning to make for a long time. (There are actually many more than this. Like recs from dracotopsharry, and recs from erised. I am so behind omg BUT CATCHING UP and these are the two that have been waiting the longest, I'm so sorry authors!)

Thoughts about praise kink )

Fic and art recs! )

If anyone knows of more I'd be interested to know about them. And, obviously, I recommend checking these out!
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This post is so terribly, embarassingly belated (I'm sorry! This month has been a shitshow but that's a story for another post!) and I hope you'll forgive me, but I absolutely could not skip making it when there was so much fandom love that made my birthday at least a thousand times better. So from the bottom of my very tardy heart: thank you!!

Especially thanks to [ profile] lumosed_quill for an absolutely delicious-looking v-gift and to LQ and [ profile] eidheann_writes, [ profile] capitu, [ profile] blithelybonny, [ profile] nia_kantorka, [ profile] ani_mage, [ profile] khalulu, [ profile] zeitgeistic, [ profile] smirkingcat, [ profile] khalulu, [ profile] disapparater, [ profile] birdsofshore, [ profile] gracerene, and [ profile] firethesound for lovely birthday messages and emails!!

ALSO, if you have not yet seen them, I absolutely recommend high-tailing it over to the following incredible gifts!

Unexpected by [ profile] birdsofshore - NC-17, 5 x 100 words
Birds described this as "a little recreational hair-pulling for your birthday" but it's by birds so clearly we know it's going to be more than that. And lo and behold, it is. Five drabbles - all of which do feature the aforementioned hair-pulling - and each one is fantastic and full of delicious tension. And then together they tell this story that's all about how their relationship changes, and with that about how one act can take on so many different meanings within the same relationship. It's beautifully written and just...go read it!

Orchideous by [ profile] anemonen - G, digital art
This is a scene from my fic Any Instrument and while I don't think Ane knew this, it's one of my favorite scenes. She did a phemomenal job of capturing it. Phenomenal. Harry looks so focused and open (and his eyelashes! I didn't notice them before but Ane, they're a perfect detail) and the colors fit the mood I had in mind beautifully. It's always an incredible gift to see something I've written come to life, and to see how it looks in someone else's mind, and on top of that this just hits the nail on the head. And on top of being perfect for the scene, it's a beautiful drawing, full of detail and movement and color, and you will most certainly enjoy having a gander!!

In conclusion: fandom is the best. You are all the best. Fandom and you make life that much richer, and I am grateful for it every day of the year!
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Sooo I did not plan to participate in Rectober because time, but as it's happened I've just had a chance to dip a toe into what's going on over at [ profile] hp_silencio and ran into some lovely stories. I adored writing for silencio last year and was very sorry not to have time to be a part of it this year, and these stories all reminded me of what's so great about it - how authors build tension and focus on the structure of their language and create really lush, evocative stories with no dialogue at all. Pretty impressive, and all of these are great reads.

Beyond Dreams by Anonymous - G, 1,050 - Harry/Draco - Fighting for the Snitch can sometimes be more than they ever imagined.
Draco and Harry fighting for the snitch is a familiar story, but the way this author tells it gives great insight into what it means to Draco. Cool motifs around the difference between waking and sleeping and the meaning of dreams also make it memorable.

Her Private Symphony by Anonymous - PG-13, 1,065 - Harry/Ginny, Hermione POV - The only thing that gives Hermione hope is the music made by her best friends.
This was so unexpected and so fricking cool. Hermione's voyeurism takes on such different dimensions because it's aural instead of visual, and it's a complex, moving look into the costs and victories of the war. Evocative and emotional.

Touch the Ground by Anonymous & Anonymous - R, 1,350 - Pansy/Hermione, mention of Harry/Draco - Pansy remembers, with perfect precision, how Hermione tastes against her lips.
The build up here is fantastic. Their hesitation and attraction, and the tension between the two, is palpable, and the language is beautifully lush and sensual from start to finish. A lovely story and a great experience.
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SO MUCH GOOD FIC. So much good fic that reccing is hard because narrowing it down is so difficult. Just go over to [ profile] hd_erised and read everything. Everything.

Some things to start with:

Another Mask Behind You by [ profile] lettered - NC-17, 120k - Draco is a high-end prostitute who hides his identity. Harry unknowingly hires him. And then there is porn, questions about identity, domestic bliss, more porn, and truth as seen through a web of lies. (And then more porn. Seriously, if you don’t want sex scene after sex scene you probably shouldn’t read this. And please read the warnings.)
If anything, I think this summary sells the story short because while the sex is hot - and hot damn the sex is scorchingly, meltingly hot - there is so much more to this fic than the sex. The hidden identity component becomes a fascinating device for exploring the evolution of these two men's beliefs about themselves and each other. Draco, especially, is explored in such beautiful, complicated ways as he sees who he could be without the baggage attached to being a Malfoy post-war. The whole story is moving and engaging and the end had me quite literally gasping out loud. It was so easy to get invested and so worth it, and even at 120k (which really flew by) I would've been happy to read more.

House Style for Gryffindors by [ profile] femmequixotic and [ profile] noeon - NC-17, 11.5k - The Slytherins have always ruled the Sortilegus, a wizarding society magazine popular since the Middle Ages which lost most of its staff during the recent Unpleasantness (informally known as the Campaign against Noses). Pansy Parkinson has just been made the youngest witch ever to head the publication and has been charged with livening up the magazine and helping it move into post-war society whilst maintaining tradition. Which is all fine by Draco until she brings Harry Potter on staff, an obvious attempt to force Draco into a nervous breakdown by requiring him to work cheek-by-jowl with his arch nemesis.
This fic is so brilliant snarky. Draco is delightful - snappy and clever and just a bit hilariously oblivious, and his interactions with Harry are fantastic. There's an excellent cast of secondary characters - Blaise and Pansy are everything wonderful you could imagine about Slytherins running a fashion mag - and the hilarity that ensues at the big main event at Hogwarts is, well, hilarious. To say the least. One of those fics that is seamless and lovely and feels like such good, indulgent fun. Like a good cocktail in fic form.

On the Turning Away by [ profile] blamebrampton - PG, 25.5k - It's one thing to be good at not making a besotted fool of yourself over a man when he's busy being the most famous wizard in the world and you're tucked away quietly in Wiltshire. It's quite another when you have to see him every morning.
This story was positively lovely. It was full of fabulous lines and descriptions that were funny and warm and clever. Every line of dialogue hits the nail on the head; I could read these conversations forever. Harry and Draco are both more adult, in a really charming way - they have a different sort of appreciation for each other and come to slowly enjoy each others' company on new terms, but without forgetting the past. There's also a fabulous OC, a fabulous Luna, and a moment with Lucius that is positively priceless. The whole experience of reading was a pleasure.

A Private Reason for This by [ profile] femmequixotic - NC-17, 92k - When the wife of a star politician in the Scottish Ministry turns up dead just outside Hogsmeade, Draco Malfoy and his murder investigation team are called in from the Edinburgh Auror force to find her killer. What DCI Malfoy doesn't expect, however, is to have an ex from two decades past end up in his murder room, cocking up not only his case, but also his heart.
I don't even know where to begin. As evidenced by the at least half a dozen lengthy comments I've left? (*cringes* Sorry, MA!) Anyway. Whew. Deep breaths. This was my gift, so perhaps I'm biased, but jfc, it's perfection. It's so beautifully written that it felt less like reading a story and more like taking a trip into another world. Every setting and every character felt so perfectly, amazingly real. The way they speak to each other and know each other, the complexity of everyone who is in this story, is mindblowing. And I haven't even talked about the plot yet, right? Well. It's a murder mystery, and it's a really good one. There are interesting, viable suspects and the pursuit of the killer is excellent. Draco's team - Pansy, Susan Bones, Lee Jordan and, in this case, Harry Potter - are all motivated to solve the case by different and equally compelling reasons that tell us so much about them, and seeing how they work together is a pleasure. (The whole cast of secondary characters is a thing of beauty.) And the relationship between Harry and Draco...holy shit. They're brought together by the case, but it goes so much further. Their relationship becomes - already is, in some key ways - really close, and they challenge each other and know each other. And the sex is fucking steamy as hell, and there are also not-quite-sex scenes that blew my mind for the sheer intimacy between these two. There's no amount of flailing I can do that will really convey how much I love this story. I will say, though, that this is one of those stories that I wanted to read all in one go but also had to ration out so it wouldn't end, and then when I got to the end just started reading it again. Which I highly recommend doing, and then we can be speechless together.

Tea and No Sympathy by [ profile] who_la_hoop - NC-17, 70k - It's Potter's fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It's been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco's getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he's falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?
I was not necessarily expecting to get totally sold on the time loop premise. I got totally sold on the time loop premise. It's brilliantly done. Draco's reactions to repeating the day are so telling. He evolves slowly and beautifully over time as he rethinks/re-imagines his options and gets to know Harry. This characterization of Draco in general felt really wonderful and spot-on. There's snark and cleverness, but also that desperation and frustration that we see in the books, and his evolution in this story is one I can absolutely see as an extension of canon. And the depiction of Harry is brilliant as well, as is the whole world of the story. Thoughtful and skillful and wonderful.

Un Noël Très Parisien by [ profile] noeon - NC-17, 14.5k - When Draco crossed paths with Auror Potter at a political function in Paris, he was not expecting their former animosity to change into something rather more intriguing. But he could be certain their casual flirtation would not last more than the night, couldn't he?
Somehow, someway, this fic came out feeling like the best parts of the holiday season. It's got a wonderful, festive, glamorous feeling in parts, and really moving warmth and nostalgia in others, and loads of humor and wit all the way through. Harry is fabulously (hotly) confident, Draco is both wonderfully skillful and doing Slytherin proud in moments of sneakiness. Hermione and Pansy, as their besties, are a delight as well. And while it's going along being funny and charming, the feels are building and building, towards a conclusion that is hot, then gut-wrenching, then sweet.
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Can you believe that December is half over? I cannot. Really, I can't. There might be some denial involved, but wow, that flew by. And if December is half over that means Erised is half over (definitely in denial about that! I want more!) and this is post is going to be so long already that it's probably best to get reccing before the list gets any longer!

Erised Fic Recs )

Erised Art Recs )

And one non-Erised Advent Rec ) And if you want to talk about it after, I am so all about that.

Enjoy these fantastic stories! And really, go check out H/D Erised in its entirety. There's so much amazing writing and art coming out every day that it was, tbh, a bit difficult even to pick stories to rec. We are one hell of a lucky fandom.
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There are exciting things afoot over at [ profile] hp_concrit_fest! Part of what's been so valuable is having the chance to sit down and really think about how different authors balance different aspects of storytelling. It's got me thinking about stories that take narrative risks. It doesn't always work, but when it does the results can be phenomenal. A few of those fics, below.

Fear and Loathing at the Phoenix by [ profile] curiouslyfic - NC-17, 20k, H/D - Harry's Hunter S. Thompson. Draco's his attorney. It's the Tenth annual Victory Day and there's Journalism afoot.
So, I don't especially like Hunter S. Thompson. Not my cuppa. I was not expecting to like this fic. Holy fuck, I love this fic. Ten years after the war Harry's a journalist (nom de plume: Regulus Black), Luna's his editor, and Draco's his (very necessary) attorney (aka: Malfuck). He won't go to the Ministry's official events in commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts; Instead he goes to, essentially, a Wizarding Harry Potter Con. People are cosplaying a million different Harrys and Dracos (aka: Malfakes) and everyone elses, and Draco and Harry are wandering around taking it all in. It could've been entirely cracky. Instead, somehow, it turns into a meditation on who these people are, what the war did to them, why they're together, how their shared experiences during the war, their history together, makes them indispensable to one another. It also gives an extraordinary sense for how surreal it would be to actually be Harry Potter or Draco Malfoy, what it would be like to try to parse the world after becoming that famous. And the writing, damn. It's gut-wrenching, gorgeous, emotional, sad, funny, hot. Everything. Exquisite.

On the Couch by [ profile] frayach - NC-17, 26k, H/D - It’s a Mind Healer’s worse nightmare to lose a patient to suicide, but Mind Healer Nick Nichols can attest to the fact that a murder/suicide is even worse. If only Dr. Freud had come up with a sure cure for love.
This story is told through the eyes of Draco's therapist. It's quite a trip to go on this journey with him, to learn Draco as he does, to figure out what's going on between Harry and Draco as he does. It's sort of the opposite of Fear and Loathing at the Phoenix - instead of being inside the space of the story with Harry and Draco, you're placed outside of their relationship. Instead of feeling distanced from the emotional core of their relationship, this choice and the way it was executed had me hooked. I had to know more, to keep reading, to find out what would become of them. Their attraction is so strong, so irresistible, that it pulls everything along with it, and starting from this vantage point, with this distance, only made that more apparent. Very compelling, very intense, and brilliantly executed.

Salvation and Sacrament by [ profile] abbycadabra - PG-13, 16.5k - "It seems as if everywhere I go, I find the nowhere in somewhere, or make it of anywhere."
This is another "story in the style of," this time Dave Eggers. Who I like more than HST, but mostly inasmuch as I'm pretty solidly "meh" about Dave Eggers. This one also takes on a bit of a different temporal structure - it starts by telling you the ending, and then gets you there. Because of the eventual destination (as revealed in the first line) that seemed like it was going to be rather a big challenge. And yet, it got me there. And it got me there in such a brilliantly unexpected way. This story explores Harry's hero complex and his guilt - where it comes from and where, without a war to fight, it would go - and does it starkly and unflinchingly. And while Harry is the focus, the same is true of Draco. Just as we get the darker side of Harry's "saving people thing," we see the strength the war brought Draco. It's an unusual portrait of the characters and I can't think of another fic that left me feeling this way about the two of them, or that made me feel so okay about this particular end point.

I think all of these stories are quite extraordinary, though mileage may be especially variable around narrative/structural things. They're also all fics I love talking about, so if you're so inclined (or have recs for similar) please come chat!
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I'm so woefully behind on Career Fair and quite sad about it. Everyone's raving about this collection of fics and, indeed, every time I've gotten to sit down and get into one it's been so, so worth it. I'd wanted to wait until I was caught up to get reccing on these but, you know, there's always room for more Career-Fair-related rec posts, and at this rate there probably will be. For now, a few of the Career Fair entries I've been flailing over lately:

Just Pick the Right One (or Harry Potter Needs to Get a Job) - NC-17, 10k - From the moment he left the Aurors, Harry had been making an increased nuisance of himself with his new found free time. So his friends, instead of killing him and feeding him to the Manticores (plan A), decide to ask the help of a professional.
This is so, so funny. Harry's friends are perfection. The jobs Draco comes up with for Harry are pure gold. The way they handle each other is fantastic. And the way this story is funny - it's just so clever. It's smart humour and silly humour and the way it's constructed - the plot, the clarity of the writing - just lets that humour shine through. It was a really, really fun read, the kind of fic that just made me go "wow, I'm in a better mood. Thank heavens for this fic."

REVOLVEVLOVER - NC-17, 46k - The work Harry does is justifiable. It’s justice. He works for his country, and his country is a republic—the magical side, anyway. It’s not laudable work, it’s not work he’s proud of, but it’s necessary work. Harry has always taken the necessary jobs that no one else has the stomach for. It's just that he's never deciphered a kill sheet and seen Draco Malfoy's name on it.
This summary led to a real, honest to goodness bug-eyed double take. Draco, Harry, political intrigue, ethical quandraies, repressed or previously undiscovered but potentially irresistible feelings? I am so there for everything about this. But then, getting that excited about something before you read it comes with a potential for being let down. Did that happen? Fuck no. I was sneaking off to read this all day. So gripping, so awesome, so damn cool. There were a million little details that made this pop; the number of feelings I have about Harry's hair and Draco's glasses could be their own post. And, while being super cool, it's all always working towards plot or characterization. Speaking of which, the damn plot...damn. Everything that happens in the last third of this story had me completely on the edge of my seat. Gripping and memorable and awesome.

The Sleeping Prince - NC-17, 25k + art - Harry is miserable and tired of being an Auror, coasting through life until he’s forced to make some changes. Spurred on by his passion for drawing and working with best-selling author Draco Malfoy, Harry develops a charm which gives children a magical, interactive reading experience. But when it’s time to test the spell, the two men find themselves trapped in a nightmarish fairy tale world. Can they escape unscathed, or is Draco right in his assertions that there is no such thing as a happily ever after?
This is one of those stories that sucked me in completely. I could feel the world Harry and Draco were exploring. It was intricate and beautiful and scary and breathtaking. The art and story complement each other perfectly to create an incredible atmosphere that left me on the edge of my seat and had my heart aching for these two. And I am absolutely not going to spoil the ending, but damn, that ending - whew. Superb and one to remember.

Where the Shadows Fall - PG-13/R, 19k - Four years ago Draco left England without a second thought. Now Harry Potter has shown up on his doorstep looking for a yeti.
This fic is so beautiful. The setting is lush and vivid and the images stuck with me to create an atmosphere for the story that feels really special. And I love, love and adore, the way things unfold between Harry and Draco. This Draco feels so substantial - he's grown and changed, but he's still him and Harry is wonderful - he's charming and open-hearted and stubborn and a teensy bit dense but still smart and brave. And the Luna here is fantastic! Really, this story has a bit of everything - it's funny and subtle and emotional and sexy. And the Yeti hunt? Perfect in all sorts of unexpected ways. This is the perfect story for curling up with a cup of tea, and, in fact, that's a little bit of how it feels. Gentle and nourishing and lovely.
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It may be October 29th, but it’s not over till it’s Rect-over, right?

One of the things I struggle with most is keeping things short, thus doing a couple of fests recently that had strict word limits. It's had me thinking about what makes a good shorter piece of fiction and why the short fics I love work. The process brought me back to a lot of short fic I really love. This rec list is inspired by that – a few favorite short pieces that, in under 4k (sometimes much less) manage to tell a complete story/build a complete word/create big emotional impact.

The Way (We Break) by nishizono - R, 647 words, Harry/Draco - Harry doesn't hate Astoria. He doesn't hate the way she cries when Draco recites his wedding vows, or the way Draco toys with her curls during the reception. He doesn't hate her, but god, he hates Draco.
The structure of this story is so simple, the writing is so clear, and the ending is so "oh, fuck." The author establishes everything you need to know with a few lines that make the relationship between Harry and Draco just exactly clear enough. And have I mentioned the ending? Not just because it was such a moment, but because it filled in so many blanks effectively and capped the piece beautifully, in no small part because it kept me thinking about what comes next.

Cicadas by [ profile] rhoddlet - R, 900 words, Harry/Draco
This story does an incredible job of setting a scene. The language is so visceral. I could feel the heat, the intensity of these moments. Reading this felt like the grueling, stillest parts of summer spent waiting for the heat to break. By the time the pivotal moment arrives I was already invested enough to be shocked and moved. I remain amazed that anyone could fit all of this into, essentially, a couple of pages.

I Am Your Shadow by [ profile] eidheann_writes - NC-17, 3,128 words, Harry/Draco - Love (n) An intense feeling of deep affection. Yield (v) To give up or surrender (oneself).
Okay, technically I've already recced this here, but there's no way I could leave it off a list of short fics because the words:feels ratio here is out of control. This story is devastating in the best of ways, and eidheann has such a perfect sense for what to say and what to leave open to interpretation. So perfect that, months later, I still think back to this ending and just wonder.

As the Hand, the Glove by dulcemia - NC-17, 3357, Harry/Draco - "I say it again: the spirit loves/ the flesh, as the hand the glove."
Unf. If you'd like to die by smut, clicking above is not a bad way to go. Draco is so deliciously Slytherin and the tension, the wanting, is just palpable. Sentences are structured and words chosen to heighten all of that and it works beautifully, not just to make for a good read or a hot story (which would be more than enough) but to create an atmosphere that's crisp and clear and a perfect complement to the featured kink.

Kailash, When it Rises by mirabella - R, 3626 words, Harry/Draco - Harry can't sleep.
I swear this fic is bigger on the inside. The way time moves in this story is so precise and lingering that it feels like hours have passed even though it can be read instead of twenty minutes. In creating this super-slow sense of time, the story replicates the experience that Harry is having - of waiting for something while times dawdles and sticks. There are so many little choices along the way - rituals, habits, invocation of sounds - that compound that sense, and the end result is masterful.

Still working out what exactly makes short fics really work, but there are some good clues here - all this intentional language, tight storytelling and, perhaps most noticeably/surprisingly for me, a willingness to trust the reader. Lots to think about, and I'm still thinking. Short fic recs and/or insights are more than welcome!

Rectober #1

Oct. 8th, 2014 10:12 pm
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banner by [ profile] capitu

For my first rectober post, going for fics from a variety of fests. There have been so many good ones going on!

Title:A Fejedelem
Author/Artist: Anonymous (part of [ profile] hp_silencio)
Pairing(s) Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwad
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1069
Summary: There is the line between them, the one Albus cannot cross and the one Gellert does not see.
Why I loved it: This is a pairing I find really fascinating but haven't read a lot about. This fic does a fantastic job of juxtaposing the beginning and end of their relationship and exposing Dumbledore's feelings about it. It's really visual and unfolds beautifully, and the sense of magic is so strong throughout, both as described and in the writing itself.

Title:Play/Pause (a Time to Remember)
Author/Artist: [ profile] this_bloody_cat (part of [ profile] hp_drizzle)
Pairing(s) Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 3,500
Summary: In hindsight, Draco should have known change was often unstoppable when it came heralded by one Harry Potter.
Why I loved it I read this on a rainy morning when I was kind of cranky and it was just pure fun. Loads of snarky banter and great details and I loved the fliratious antagonism between them. Also feature a fantastic, amusing Pansy and Draco in wet clothes, and really, how are you going to go wrong with any of that?

Author/Artist: [ profile] pasdexcuses (part of [ profile] hd_smoochfest)
Pairing(s) Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: R
Word Count: 18,700
Summary: Malfoy would never admit it, yet losing the Remembrall was a blessing in disguise. Or maybe a curse. But that was not the point here. The point was, the Snitch didn’t get involved until third year. Before, there was the Remembrall.
Why I loved it This is such a cool story. Draco and Harry go back and forth, daring each other to do various outlandish things, and the basic premise is a lot of fun. But it's more than that - in the process of pushing each other to fulfill dares, they push each other to confront things without ever giving up their messy, complicated, prickly natures/relationship. It's one of those stories that explains why these two makes sense together, why they're exactly and perfectly right for each other. And it's a beautifully paced, evocative pleasure to read along the way.

Title:Every Step of the Way
Author/Artist: Anonymous (part of [ profile] hd_fan_fair)
Pairing(s) Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~200 + Art
Summary: Draco is arrested for prostitution, but instead of being sent to Azkaban he’s put in a new rehabilitative Ministry program that requires him to go to therapy instead of jail. Harry, his therapist, is going to have his work cut out.
Why I loved it This is for my prompt, so perhaps I'm a little biased but jfc, this...everything about this. It's incredible. Every panel is so meticulously constructed. The images are gorgeous and rich and suggestive of so much emotional depth and change. The accompanying text is perfection. The tension builds beautifully and the ending is fantastic, and the amount of time you could spend just staring at this totally hotness is not to be underestimated. Totally fantastic.
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Every time I check the internet there's something new and exciting to squee about!!

[ profile] this_bloody_cat wrote me a wonderful ficlet!! *flails* Not Quite Entirely Unlike Tea - Figuratively speaking, Draco wins all the tricks.

This story is so charming! Draco and Harry are off to tea and bridge at Malfoy Manor, which is not Harry's all-time favorite activity. Draco, scheming Slytherin that he is, decides to spice things up with a bit of under-the-table action. Harry, being the dignified adult that he is, obviously manages to keep his composure entirely. Entirely. Lucius and Narcissa are wonderful, Draco is fantastically deviantous, and Harry is a flustered, charming bucket of wonderful. Do check it out, either on LJ or on AO3!

AND THEN! Two of my prompts posted to Smoochfest!!

The first is a lovely piece of art based on Casablanca: As Time Goes By - “Not an easy day to forget...I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.”
Then, a darling fic based on The American President: The Minister - Harry meets Draco again years after the war ended. Harry is now Minister and Draco is a lobbyist. Harry decides to pursue a relationship with him, but his very public life interferes.

I was so excited to see both of these prompts claimed!! Both movies screamed H/D to me and I loved what these creators did with them.

Speaking of prompts, claiming is open through June 30th at this year's career fair!

Claiming at this year's [ profile] hd_fan_fair starts on June 17th!

I've claimed a prompt and cannot wait to get started. AND I've had a prompt claimed for art! Mystery artist, if you're out there, I'm so, so psyched to see what you do with it!! Very much part of the crowd that will have trouble waiting for posting to start!

But in the meantime, I'm also chomping at the bit to get cracking on HP Silencio!


There's a prompt I want so badly. It's already half written in my head, and since submissions have to be under 5k, I figure it's totally compatible with other fest commitments. There are two days of prompting left, and claiming starts on Saturday!

tl;dr: I love fandom!!! And am kind of beyond myself with excitement!
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Summer is road trip season! For me, at least. When spending 10+ hours in the car, podfic is essential. This one is excellent.

Turn is completely engaging. The world [ profile] saras_girl builds is full of incredible depth and detail. Harry and Draco are totally charming, full of awkward fumbling and forging ahead (Harry) and dry, snarky affection (Draco). Their home, their pet, their job, their friends...all of it pops off the page and feels so real. This story also does a fantastic job of running the emotional gamut. It's funny, it's sweet, it's bittersweet, it's sad, it's hopeful, it's hot - all right there in 307k wonderful words.

[ profile] mab's reading of Turn captures absolutely all of that. Her Harry has the perfect combination of uncertainty and awareness, her Draco is as sly and witty as you could ever want even as he's settled into the routine of a comfortable life with Harry (for now...!). The OCs take on voices of their own that totally matched my imagining of them. The emotional range is there, and the pace and cadence of Mab's reading is absolute perfection.

The audio quality is also really, really great. There's no static, no feedback, no echo. It's really crisp and easy to hear. A few of the chapters were remastered for audio quality and it's really paid off with a professional-level recording.

So! If, like me, you're going to be putting in some hours in the car this summer - or doing chores around the house, or looking to curl up with a glass of wine and let someone read to you - this story and reading are not to be missed, and you should absolutely check it out!.
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Still racing to catch up on DTH before reveals, so this list is not at all comprehensive. Nor am I sure it could be, because this fest has been so, so excellent. There are tons of amazing stories and so much great art, and it's been a pleasure to follow along and be immersed in these incredibly well-told, hot, evocative fanworks. I absolutely recommend checking them all out. There are loads more that I could've recced. but a few that have especially stuck with me are below.

This has just been the kind of fest where you think 'gee, I'll just rec a couple of things' and wind up reccing something like a sixth of what's been posted and could still rec more because hot damn there's been some quality fanwork going on. Jeez. )
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Hurtfest!! There were many awesome reads and lots and lots of feels and, yes, there was hurt. But it was some damn good hurt. Also some damn good sex, character development, plot twists, and writing. A few that especially stood out (and are totally worth the hurt, with a whole week left before reveals):

And I Know the Spark - (NC-17, 15.5K) - This starts with a familiar premise; Draco is willing to give up his relationship with Harry in order to save him. This author does a superb job of showing what that costs him. Draco’s sacrifice is the heart of the story; the things he has to do, and what it does to him, are given admirable depth and respect. What it means to be a Death Eater and a spy and a person in a terrible situation is never taken for granted. Parts of it turned my stomach and made my heart just break for them, even while it was living in my throat for the whole last third. The suspense and, well, all of it really, had me rooting for them so, so hard.

I Am Your Shadow - (NC-17, 3k) - This story was one of the first posted for hurtfest and it’s stayed with me and demanded several re-readings. The author does an amazing job of conveying Harry and Draco’s emotional states. I don’t want to say more for risk of giving it away, but this one just gets more devastating with time and the ending gave me actual, physical chills. Like, whoa. Just. Whoa. This story does a phenomenal job of getting at the slippery nature of feeling and love and desire, of flatness and intensity, and the ending is the perfect cap to it all. This one will make you feel and make you think, and if anyone wants to talk about the ending, I want to talk about the ending.

A Multitude of Sins - (NC-17, 44k) - I didn’t mean to read a 44k fic in one sitting, but once I started this I couldn’t put it down. The sun set. Dinnertime came and went. And I was totally absorbed into the incredible cadence and detail and atmosphere of this story. It’s a non-magic AU where Harry is a priest, Draco is one of his parishioners, and Bishop Dumbledore has tasked Harry with getting through to a reclusive, socially isolated Draco. I was, admittedly, a little skeptical about the premise, but it worked. They’re still them, and while this story is ostensibly about religion, it’s also a story about loving two impossibly incompatible things. Beautifully written, totally engaging, and with the kind of detail that makes AUs work.

Stop All the Clocks (This is the Last Time I’m Leaving Without You) - (NC-17, 44k) - I’m not a crier, really at all. Holy shit, this story made me cry. And cry. And cry. I’ve seen some people avoiding it on that count. Recommendation: don’t. In between (and during) bouts of crying, this story reminded me why I love the people I love and made me get in touch with them. It was cathartic and refreshing and an experience, and it's such a universally human story that it transcends its pairing. But it doesn't neglect it's pairing. Draco and Harry are so on point, so wonderfully themselves. Their love story is epic, and it’s heartbreaking precisely because this author does such an incredible job of showing why, and how deeply, they fell for each other. Which means that there's also happiness, and love, and (fucking hot) sex, and humor. It's the whole package, and it's worth the pain. Get the tissues, set aside some time, and read. this. fic. Instant classic.


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