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Ahhhh, research.

I finally managed to get somewhere with my funeral-detail angst.  Nothing about modern British knights' funeral, mind you, but just general funeral stuff, since my knowledge was sadly lacking.  I've made an alarming number of funeral-planning type searches in the past hour, if anyone happened to check my history.  But, it was much more cheering to me than I imagine it would be to most doing the same searches; I have made DECISIONS, solved problems, and discovered about fifteen more ways for plausible angst. *cackles*

And, to finish it off, I've just learned a bit about the Anglican Church.  [profile] cleo2584 was correct in that many priests are called Father; but their actual title is Reverend, and I'm going to defy the norm in sticking with that, since it didn't take me long to realize how awkward and even unnecessarily angsty it would be for Integra to address him as "Father" as she discusses her own father's funeral, and that is what she always called her own father, so yeah.

In case it isn't clear, this is Out of the Dungeon which I still hold so close to me.

And this is really exciting; I'm surmounting some problems I've had since the v. beginning, and so many more ideas and scenes are opening up - I'm not worrying about what'll fill the next few days of the story anymore.  And it answers [profile] givemethechild's doubt when she read a particular scene. 

One of the best links for my benefit.  And of course, Wikipedia on Anglican ministers.

So yes, yay, I've cheered, now back to doing it.
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(WIP fics are WIP-ing.)

So it's been kinda nice - I keep getting notifications that Welcome Home has been favorited.  I understand that it isn't "omg this is one of the best stories I've ever read," but probably just from a shippy perspective - "oh look, this is something kinda sexy to read when I'm in the mood."  Nevertheless, people do find it worth saving, and that's nice.

HOWEVER, I only have three reviews, when definitely more than that favorited it.  This is maddening.  You find it worth bookmarking; say something to me!  WHY are you saving it - what parts did you like?  PLEASE.  Give me an idea, and I may write MORE like it!

But I did not start an entry to rant about that.  I started an entry to squee over awesome Review #3.
That was totally delicious :P
 
I just love how they were relaxing on the bed, debating on how much they had really missed the other.
Absolutely made my day.  Particularly how she makes it sound better than it actually is, hem.

(Icon represents me on my WIPs.)
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Whatever my discontent with...Welcome Home (I have to say I prefer referring to it as "almost-sex scene"), I cannot deny I have given it one of the best summaries ever for its copy on fanfictionDOTnet.

Integra arrives home for the summer, and Alucard is waiting for her. Strange things happen when you are fifteen.



For the WIN. 

(Also, if you join [profile] integral_art, you can see the gorgeous art Jean drew for it.  TOO GORGEOUS FOR THE CHANCE PASSERBY.)

Drabbles next, hopefully.  Along with the usual myriad of other WIPs.  All hopefully.
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Have the new icons.  Not quite the new fic.

Have a different new fic, though - A Last New Year's Eve[profile] redandthewolf is proving to be amazing for me.  If only my New Year's resolution had been a community.  Well, I know what to do next year.

But look at the really, really, really nice review I got for it, from [personal profile] bratanimus:
Wow. I mean, really, WOW. I really, really liked this. You have a way with the physical actions of the characters, and impact of the environment; you know how to bring a scene to life. Remus rubbing his tongue on the roof of his mouth, Lily bouncing on her arm, the wall trembling behind them at the end, etc etc etc. Very vivid, very alive.

Even the exposition was evocative and complete, giving us tastes of other characters even though they are not the focus: Harry had a wonderful ability to make him forget unpleasant things. A sort of obliviator-field, as Sirius called it. So succinct and wonderful.

The hand holding and the "I love you's" actually took my breath away, which is something to be said for a fic. I adored the ending, from And what does one say through the end. The last sentence was so incredibly evocative.

And of course excellent use of the prompt. Such an economical piece, succinct and vibrant -- a fabulous snapshot of two people clinging to life, though love. I really, really loved this. Very glad you posted it. :D
Best I've gotten in a while, honestly.

But back to the icons.  A count of what I have now:
  1. Five Hellsing (one general/Alucard, two Integra/Alucard [*ignores the specific Girlycard*], one Integra, one Walter)
  2. Four Ouran (two pure Kyouya, one Kyouya-Haruhi, one Tamaki-Kyouya)
  3. Three Harry Potter (*cough* - at least one Lily/Severus now, finally, a general one, and [profile] buttfacemakani/humor)
  4. Two general writing (one negative, one neutral) and one slightly angsty Violet-/Klaus. :D
Have finally started going again on Out of the Dungeon - 5,447 words, and we're still barely halfway through day one.  When I post it, it's going to be CHAPTERED, ooooh.  Anyway, there are still many questions that must be answered, but at least I remembered certain important features like a will.  And I figure a lot of other details can be glossed over, as long as readers get the point of how angsty it is and how Alucard's helping her.  Hem.
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Just started my first Ouran fic.

I'm about two lines in, and already it feels like it's going to be so brilliant.

(So different from Hellsing and my Lily/Severus angst, y'know.  Tamaki is SO MUCH FUN.)

I won't say much about it now, except that it's going to go into [profile] thk_ouran_ot3 when it's done (because it will be done, dammit).

Icon replacement ahead.  This one actually isn't that inappropriate.

...And you know what would be really cool?  An Ouran mood theme.  Must investigate.

ETA:  Oh, and it already has a title.  How Haruhi Lost Her Fear of Thunder.
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So I'm finally posting a fic here again. Because 1) I feel better about it than the last and 2) I intend to crosspost it to a few communities. It's for [profile] redandthewolf 's second challenge, Tales of Whiskey and Regret.  I'm in the middle of a second story for the same challenge, let's see if I can finish it in time.  (Meanwhile, with Hellsing, I've done an amazing amount for Out of the Dungeon [fingers crossed that I don't get stuck, parts will be tricky] as well as the crazy bathtub scene which doesn't have a title yet.  But whee!

- Really, I don't have here a lily/severus tag or icon yet?  WTF and shame on me.

...OH, that's because I never even linked my first submission for [profile] redandthewolf.  Well, here it is now: Never Spoken, Never Forgotten.

Anyway.)

Title: Stability, Safety, and Happiness
Summary: It was the insensible force of adolescent attraction, but it was strong and consuming and had carried them on for how many months now?
Rating: PG-13 (tiny bit of language)
Warnings: none but what we know happens in canon
Word Count: 1,738
Author’s Note: Okay, I like this better than my submission for the last challenge.  A bit, anyway.  And it's odd, isn't it, how I handle my OTP....  Reviews with however you truly feel will mean ever so much.


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Thanks to the stunning encouragement from [personal profile] bloodrebel333 to Never Spoken, Never Forgotten, I'll post my latest gift-fic to [profile] freetheelves2.  She requested Theodore Nott/Hermione, so it's the first time I've written either of those characters (aside, I suppose, from a brief scene in Put a Light in the Window - although I re-read that story today and I decided it would be quite all right if it was Severed from me).  However, I felt confident writing Hermione due to the loads of canon I've read lately.

Anyway, this was my best go at Hermione/Theodore Nott - I didn't want to make it too challenging for myself.


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I briefly considered entering this journal for a Most Neglected Journal award, then realized I would lose.  Nevertheless, I feel really, really guilty.

It's not like I haven't had anything to update, either.  I've written and posted fic.  I have to, um, figure out what the last thing I posted here was - Mischief Managed

Well, there's been two more posted Hellsing things:
  • Afternoon Off, written last summer and not posted until this April because that's just how I do things.  It was written as a present for Jean, to match an amusing (but wonderful) picture she drew.
  • Sunday Morning Wake-Up (I want my title inspiration BACK): a v. short scene of mine and a very beautiful picture of Jean's.
Annnnd back to Harry Potter, I've joined [profile] redandthewolf, a community for Remus and Lily, shipped or otherwise.  I'm oddly excited about it, and submitted a story for their first challenge.  My first challenge!fic!  But I'm awfully un-proud of it, hence why it hasn't been posted here on fanfictionDOTnet yet.  However, I will link it here now - I called it Never Spoken, Never Forgotten.

Now [profile] redandthewolf is having their second challenge, and as I was looking over their prompts I got really excited and wrote some down as well as a start of five hundred words.  So you'll hear more about that.  Eventually.

And yeah, I haven't forgotten about nightmare-story or any of my other long-suffering (srsly) WIPs.  They're...among my priorities.

Also, it seems like I've given up my SOS reviews, since I read Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter trilogy, loved it to pieces, and didn't review them.  Meh.  Well, SOS does stand for Supply of Sanity (or was it Store of Sanity?), created in a time of great need which I am fortunately no longer in. 

Now, want to know the real reason for this entry?

Like many, I've been re-reading all the Harry Potter books in preparation for the seventh; right now I'm in chapter eight of the fifth book.  But just a little earlier tonight I was in chapter seven, "The Ministry of Magic," closely reading the descriptions of all the floors in the Ministry (which I think are the coolest thing, y'know).  And I got to Level Three, which is the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes including the Accidental Magic Reversal Squad, Obliviator Headquarters, and Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee.

Like a lot of things in Ms. Rowling's world, the obvious and most practical purpose a name suggests is not necessarily what it actually is.  Some things are silly and ridiculous or just odd.  In the names of the Ministry offices particularly, there seem to be a lot of hidden jokes.  So I puzzled over this - do they handle lame excuses from law-breaking wizards/witches, and the name is a deliberate insult to Muggles?  Is this a committee which actually creates Muggle-worthy excuses for other magical departments or whatever?  And then it hit me: it's a committee that creates excuses to present to the Muggles involved in magical catastrophes or accidents.

Once grasped, I knew this had to be one of the most brilliant jobs in the wizarding world.  Also, the committee must be almost entirely made up of Muggle-borns.

All day they receive news of catastrophes/accidents and invent the most plausible excuses for them Muggles would understand/believe.  They must have to stay up on Muggle technology, for excuses about gas lines and, y'know, technology, and wow.  Ooh, the fics that could be written about this committee.  Seeing how it has to be almost entirely Muggle-born, it could also be the headquarters of a secret Muggle-born society, for whatever purpose you like, etc.
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Have been writing tonight!

First, I re-read and edited my post-funeral scene (of Walter and Integra's big conversation - "Richard's a bastard traitor who tried to kill me but I shot him.  Oh and by the way, Alucard's back").  It doesn't fail quite as much as I thought it did!  Last main problem is perspective.  DAMN PERSPECTIVE.  Why can't we see how they're both feeling in one scene, huh.  But I think it's fixed it up quite a bit, yay - will be emailing it again to my two lovely Hellsing girls ([info]givemethechild and[info]mortal_maiden) for further critiquing.  And then posting!!!  I so hope.

Now I am working on my old almost-sex scene.  Siiiiigh.  It's so conflicting.  I don't understand how it can suck so much in places, and then be so incredibly decent to the point of possibly being described as "really quite good" in others.  CONFLICTION.  And both ways are really sunk quite deeply into the story, so re-writing is hard.  It's so long and well-drawn-out for a PWP, too.  Which gives me extra motivation for really fixing it up everywhere.

Have discovered through this that I have (perhaps mostly just had) a terrible tendency to write passively.  Not always in the passive tense, but I can be so inclined to write things "elegantly" that involve long phrases and nicer words than normal ones, that it comes off detached.  WTF, I just concritted an author about this the other day.  I'm really glad I can recognize it in myself, though.  Anyway, so am working on fixing that too. 

Word count 3,539 for this one, and just over 2,000, I think, for the post-funeral scene.

(I want to start a new Lily/Severus piece too, just a glimpse of their relationship.  Was inspired by this.)

P.S.  Yes I still remember that thing called the nightmare-story.  It's just that when I have so little time to write now, I really want to spend it on things which have so much more promise and are better-written.  Sigh.  Will have to figure out time to keep working on it, though.

ETA after reading a couple more stories written within the last six months:  WHY.  Why do I suck SO MUCH.  *a v. furious headwall*  And why did I actually SEND THESE to girls whose opinion MATTERS to me SO MUCH.  AUUUUGH. 

Thank God they lied, though, and told me they loved it, because I really couldn't have handled any other response in my extremely nervous state.  ...Those two stories were of a new sort of hardcoreness.
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Am currently having this exchange with a reviewer of After (yes, they just reviewed and oh God that thing is so old and bad):

Original review:
Is this a snape/lily thing or is it a james/lily
 
Because if its a Snape/Lily then ...no comment
 
but if its a James/Lily then its a good one

My response:

*cheerfully*  Sorry, it's Lily/Severus all the way.  That's my absolute favorite pairing and has been for nearly five years now, ever since I first entered fandom.  This piece is really old, though, and not very well-written compared to what I can do now - I'm currently working on something much better that uses a lot of evidence from the sixth book to support them.  I would really appreciate it if gave it a try when I do upload it, as I think you'll find it more convincing.

Thanks for reviewing, though I'm sorry you think its quality rests on which pairing it is.

Her answer:
Oh come to think of it the pairing seems interesting a bit like Hermione/Draco but snape isnt as good looking as draco is lol =P anyways I'm sorry if I offended you or anything but the story is good really

Me again:
Heh, I do hope you know that we could find out at any moment in the books that Draco isn't good-looking at all.  There's nothing in canon to support that; the conclusion is mostly drawn from Tom Felton and other popular fanfic stories.

Anyway, now is the time for me to confess myself so much a Ravenclaw that physical beauty is not the greatest factor I consider when loving a particular pairing.  Intelligence, wit, and maturity (to some degree) are actually just about the most important qualities to me.  And in those Severus (at least as a teenager, for relative maturity - compared to the Marauders' behavior, for example) succeeds greatly, which will always be why I find him hotter than Draco. ;)

Nah, you didn't offend me; I've heard worse insults to Lily/Severus over the years, you'll have to try harder than that.  Thanks again, though I really don't like this piece very much at all anymore, and I would be delighted if you read my more thorough Lily/Severus story - titled "No Tears for Spilt Potions" - when I upload it, as the pairing might seem much more plausible to you then.

*cough*snottyRaverin*cough*
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Got three reviews today for Mischief Managed!  I am ever-so-pleasantly surprised.  They are, in order:
  1. The emotional trip I've gone on while reading this - it's intense. A good kind of intense: you've not lost your talent for writing, especially when it comes to describing emotions.
    Lily reminded me of Harry in this chapter, like when she had the urge to laugh when she was threatening Sirius.
  2. Positevely, absoulutely, heart-wrenching AMAZING! 12 bazillion jillion stars!
  3. It's okay for an AU, I guess.
*dies laughing in delight*  I'd forgotten how much I loved the fanfictionDOTnet community.

...And okay, I'm replying to the reviews naturally, but before I type a quick "Thank you for reviewing.  *is amused*" to the last, I thought I'd look at his/her profile to see if they have a hobby of being pretentious and disdainful or what. 

Therein I found these two interesting tidbits:
Harry Potter Characters I Like-
...
3. Sirius Black (My love. I think he's a great friend.)
(Okay, for one I would really question her definition of friendship...)
Harry Potter couples I HATE-
1. Lily and Snape (EW! I don't mind Severus liking Lily, but Lily liking back is just stupid. Just because she stands up for him, doesn't mean she LOVES him!)
...And with both of them together, I find much is explained.  Ahahahaha.

(What I did end up reviewing back to her: "Thank you for reviewing. *is amused*  And I suppose I should be glad for that positive a response, since after looking at your profile I see Sirius is one of your favorite characters and Lily/Severus one of your least favorite ships, hm? ;)")

ETA:  Just got another brilliant one!
that's terrible. i'm glad james actually saved snape's life. it would have been awful for that to happen
The best part is how the first two words make you blink ("wow, that's quite outrightly harsh") and then you realize, oh.
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Quick announcement: [personal profile] original_lavi is my new journal for strictly original stuff.

Mischief Managed has been uploaded to fanfictionDOTnet.  If you can't believe it, click the link.


Now, to finish No Tears for Spilt Potions....
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Later, I will make a list of words I hideously overuse when writing and for which I need to find a variety of appropriate substitutes..
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I swear "Mono" by Courtney Love is one of the most perfect embodiments of everything a rock song should be.  I have had it for years, and whenever I come back to it I am always like oh man, play that again. 




...On a totally different note, the twelfth chapter (The Mirror of Erised).

This has always been one of my most favorite chapters, because omg Lily.

Christmas was coming.
Indeed.

Harry watched Hagrid getting redder and redder in the face as he called for more wine, finally kissing Professor McGonagall on the cheek, who, to Harry's amazement, giggled and blushed, her top hat lopsided.

...WTF.

A piercing, bloodcurdling shriek split the silence -- the book was screaming!

See note further down.

She was a very pretty woman. She had dark red hair and her eyes – her eyes are just like mine, Harry thought, edging a little closer to the glass. Bright green -- exactly the same shape, but then he noticed that she was crying; smiling, but crying at the same time.

a;lsdkfjasdlfka;sdkjf  ...Wah.

Harry felt as though his insides had turned to ice. He looked behind him. Sitting on one of the desks by the wall was none other than Albus Dumbledore. Harry must have walked straight past him, so desperate to get to the mirror he hadn't noticed him.

This is also related to my quote above with the screaming book: ...Mm, Ms. Rowling has improved a lot in describing unexpected turns of events. 

Chapter thirteen (Nicholas Flamel):

"I'm going to play," he told Ron and Hermione. "If I don't, all the Slytherins will think I'm just too scared to face Snape. I'll show them... it'll really wipe the smiles off their faces if we win."

"Just as long as we're not wiping you off the field," said
Aha, wow - that was cheerful, Hermione.
Little did Harry know that Ron and Hermione had been secretly practicing the Leg-Locker Curse. They'd gotten the idea from Malfoy using it on Neville, and were ready to use it on Snape if he showed any sign of wanting to hurt Harry.
Ahahaha, SO HARDCORE of them.

"You know how I think they choose people for the Gryffindor team?" said Malfoy loudly a few minutes later, as Snape awarded Hufflepuff another penalty for no reason at all. "It's people they feel sorry for. See, there's Potter, who's got no parents, then there's the Weasleys, who've got no money -- you should be on the team, Longbottom, you've got no brains."

There's that quote, and a couple ones before, and three more after it, and the conclusion is: God, but Malfoy does have a mouth.  He also must really be feeling suicidal to have come into the Gryffindor section just to mouth off.
Harry had reached the shed. He leaned against the wooden door and looked up at Hogwarts, with its windows glowing red in the setting sun. Gryffindor in the lead.
Oh, that's nicely symbolic.
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Single chapter, just a few quotes, so it won't go under a cut.

Chapter eleven (Quidditch)

First match ever, and exciting as Harry's broom is hexed during it.
She would never let them copy ("How will you learn?"), but by asking her to read it through, they got the right answers anyway.
Concerning the parenthetical note - I totally agree, Hermione, and have always agreed.

And it's so funny to see Harry and Ron (and a little later on, Hermione) plotting together for the first time about Snape and the third floor corridor.  They're still so innocent...and I really think it's the first time they're actually hunting out adventure on their own, where it doesn't directly concern them and isn't pulling them into it.

Marcus Flint seized the Quaffle and scored five times without anyone noticing.

Oh, that is such a true Slytherin.  Hee.  I approve.
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*looks v. guilty*

I didn't forget about this journal.  I recalled it intermittently, and the promises I had made to announce various things as they are released to the internet public, but...could not find the motivation to log out and back in to do so. 

Here I am though, for an entirely different purpose.  Because I've begun re-reading Harry Potter (for neither the second nor third time, okay) and I still want to make little comments at various points, and I do remember how a few friends of mine said they really enjoyed my notes.  So, here I am.

But before I begin, I am very much obligated to make the built-up announcements, and list what else I need to do here.

So, foremost, what I was hinting in my last few entries: [profile] integral_art.  This is a collaboration community of both [profile] givemethechild, Jean Farwig (artist, author, and musician extroardinaire) and myself.  More information is found in the profile. 

For its grand opening, we posted my Ties of Blood, previously known as the dungeon scene.   ...Yes, it is something that for once, I am still proud of and I think does justice to its content and purpose. ♥

I also uploaded it to fanfictionDOTnet, along with a (revised) version of the funeral scene - now appropriately titled The Funeral.

Eventually, now, I'm going to have to write an SOS of the thirteenth book of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Good Omens, and Lolita, as I will probably have finished it by that time.

Still working on a few dozen WIPs, naturally.  Have also written some original things that don't seem too bad.  Er, will post them too sometime?

So, to my comments over the first four chapters of the first book, now.

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Several moments pass, until Integra says simply, “There are some things…you can’t avoid or deny, or pretend they don’t exist.  They just are.  They may not entirely seem right, but – there they are, anyway.”




[Will be posting something big v. soon.]
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I bring to you today the lyrics to "Through Glass," by Stone Sour, which is Integra/Alucard ALL THE WAY, baby.

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