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 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
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.