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  1. Ok, so - I have written 1,948 words. Yes, I am WAY behind It's OK, I will catch up. But, has anyone noticed that Christmas is coming up?? I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! Yes, I have been Christmas shopping and not writing. To be fair though, I have 5 babies to shop for. Even though my eldest is 14 and into Anime and Pokemon, I'm still looking at HP stuff to buy. Which also reminds me. A friend's son is turning 11 this year, so he is getting a HP birthday. I'm going to crochet something small up for him and post it from "Mrs Weasley" The last few days I've spent moving my sites to a new hosting server that is more economical and that reminded me to update here. Here are a few lines from what I have written though
  2. PP: Music

    My Story Soundtrack so far: In Love Again - Rogue Traders Wings - Delta Goodrem Enough - Delta Goodrem Hall of Fame - The Script Tell These Hands - Sara Storer Back Outback - Sara Storer
  3. First Words

  4. Get ready. Get Set. And.........

    So, I lied in 2007, I wrote New Beginnings (MA) and wrote 33,560 words. This is the most I have written, not the 28,297 from the year before. I figured this out as I updated the NaNoWriMo site of my previous attempts and word counts. I'm missing documents from 2009 - 2010 or I may not have labelled them as "nano" and can't remember what they were In any case, as I type this, there are 52 minutes to go till NaNo starts here in Sydney, Australia. I decided to continue writing my original piece. I've no real idea where to start - I just plan on writing. I added my word count widget to my profile picture, so this will show my progress. Good luck for those doing NaNoWriMo 2017
  5. NaNoWriMo 2017

    Thanks I have an editor already waiting in the wings for me to complete as I want to publish, so fingers crossed.
  6. NaNoWriMo 2017

    The countdown to NaNoWriMo is on again. I participate EVERY year and I fail every year. I expect no different this year. Why do I do it? Because I've been working on my original fiction since 2009 and have yet to complete my first draft. It's a historical fiction based on a true timeline of events in Australia. As such, its also dealing with real towns and the longer I fail at writing, the more "life" goes on and towns change. But, I have spent over $2000 of my own money in research for this, so I can never give up - nor do I want to. Life has also played a massive part in the "no writing" aspect. I work full time and have just recently had baby #5. Motherhood kinda has to be a priority I came close to finishing NaNo once - my first year in 2006, with Draco and Ginny Pudding (MA), it sits at 28,297 words and I have yet to move all of it here to HPFT. The title was inspired by the HPFF Cliche Cafe, part of the NaNo fun on the forums of the time. It's the most I have written for NaNo - My least being 450 words last year Hopefully this year I will succeed, I just have no idea if I'll try and write my OF, start another, or write FF. Below in an excerpt from my original fiction - A first ever peek. I've never posted it publicly before. I have 3 more days to decide...I'll keep you updated.
  7. Nanowrimo Sign-Up Thread

    HPFT Penname: Elena NaNo Username: Elena78 NaNo Project: Unknown yet
  8. You Know You're a Harry Potter Fan When...

    When you need inspiration so make HP things like Molly The scarves are knitted and are called Illusion Scarves. The Patterns can be found here: Dark Mark and Gryffindor This is a c2c (Corner to Corner) Crochet CAL for a blanket. Pattern is here: The Harry Potter CAL!
  9. Archive Issues/Bugs

    Awesome - Thanks
  10. Archive Issues/Bugs

    Just transferring some stories and the story shell is automatically adding this in: "Series: Darkest Before Dawn, Darkest Before Dawn (Dawn)" - How do you remove this?
  11. Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger

    Does the original author have to go there for it to happen? JKR gives enough for Draco. HBP was full of his emotions to not just succeed at his task but that pure fear he had to deal with too, if he failed. It’s why Dumbledore could appeal to him and why Snape had to be the one to kill Dumbledore. Draco’s soul was not tarnished yet. While people hate the Epilogue, including myself, JKR gave Draco the redemption he needed. He wasn’t a friend, but nor a foe. Regardless if you like Cursed Child or not – JKR gave her approval. Draco is full of kindness and friendship. Teenagers grow into young adults and mature. Draco was not the same by the end of DH as he was at the beginning of PS. The fan fiction world is full of non-JKR approved scenarios, characters, situations, love triangles, alternate endings, different realities – That’s the best part of fan fiction. We get to go where JKR didn’t. We get to play with her characters and world and put them in stories we’d like to see play out. Hell, we can do a cross-over and throw them all into an arena and may the odds be ever in their favour. JKR may not have written it herself – but she encourages the fan world – the creativity and writing. It’s the fans that limit each other by criticising so hard or saying things like “JKR didn’t write that so it’s not right.” The only true canon compliant story is the HP books themselves. Everything else is fan based. There are literally millions of original characters and RPG characters that JKR never wrote, yet they each have a valid existence and story because a fan made them up and wrote them into her world – which JKR allows. Personally, you don’t have to like this pairing – and that is OK. There are a few pairings that I don’t like. But just because JKR didn’t pen it herself, doesn’t mean things can’t happen if situations changed or characters took a different path 😉
  12. It depends on how you intend on publishing. For example, if you want your work available free online, you can post to Gluttony or HPFT or AO3, or any other archive that allows for Original Fiction. You can publish on your own website - MANY are publishing to Wattpad - and some even go right to Kindle or iBooks. If you are more serious, like I am - I want to try for a main publishing company. I want my book in book stores. This is why I'm very vague about what I'm writing and keep it close to my chest. Fanfiction is easier because it has its audience with an already established world and characters. But they aren't your own. Even if you create an Original Character - You are still inserting them into an established world. Then you have to ask, are you writing fanfiction for yourself or for reviews? We all love feedback and readers and our own “fans”, but do you REALLY love what you have written because it’s the story YOU want to tell and hope that readers like it too, or are you writing to get their approval? With original fiction, it’s just you and your own mind, your own story and characters and world. You have no idea if anyone will love it, like it, or hate it. But is it a story you really want to write and publish? Or do you just want people to love it and follow you? JKR never once thought of a fan base – she just had a story to tell and wanted to share it. There was NO WAY she could predict how much it would take off. But imagine if she didn’t, and just hid away in fanfiction and Harry was possibly a character in Charmed or Buffy?
  13. Title: Alice (M) Author: LunaStellaCat Length / Completed: 4 Chapters, Completed Genre(s): General Summary: Frank Longbottom not only has to deal with injuries and new recruits. He has to deal with his overbearing mother. Reasons for recommending: Wow! I have never read an Alice/Frank story before. This one hit me all in the right spots. It pulled at my heart strings. LunaStellaCat has given these characters a life we never got to know from the books. She gave them love, family, work, and all that goes along with it. And although you know how it’s going to end, what you get is unexpected, emotional, and left me speechless. This was such a fantastic read!
  14. Elena's Reviews

    Welcome to Elena's Reviews If you are after CC reviews, do not read ahead If you can lure me into your story, love the characters that you have written and can make me a "fan" of your work, then what are you waiting for, request a review. I will not read on FF.net. I'm sorry, I have tried but its just so messy. I don't tumble - so no tumblr. Anywhere else Is fine. Where I post is in my sig, I am Elena everywhere except AO3, I am Elena78 there. I will read HP Fan Fic only for now, nothing Fantastic Beasts as I have not read/seen the book/movie yet. If you have a chaptered fic, let me know how many chapters there are so far or if it is complete. I will read and review ALL chapters as one request. I love Dramione and Drinny fics, so throw them at me. I am open minded about most ships and characters though, just rate your links so I know what to expect - No incest, rape, or beastialty. Use the code below to request [b]Name:[/b] [b]Story Name (and link + rating):[/b] [url=insert story url here]Insert story name and rating[/url] [b]Chaptered Fic?:[/b] [b]Genre:[/b] [b]Characters/pairings:[/b]
  15. Elena's Reviews

    Just finished abhorsen's story. I will be following. Back to Alice for LunaStellaCat
  16. Elena's Reviews

    Hello my lovelies I apologise for my absence and I want you to know that none of you are forgotten. I am currently 14 weeks pregnant with baby number 5 and fatigue is killing me. I work FT and being a FT mother leaves me about -50 hours in my day. But I want you ALL to know, I will get to all your stories, I apologise if the reviews are sporadic - but they will happen. I've read ahead on a couple of your stories, I just need to go back and review - This happens too, especially when I'm so drawn in.
  17. Elena's Reviews

    Starting on abhorsen's story now
  18. Elena's Reviews

    Hi Sarah Thank you for this brilliant read. I was hooked from the start and left wanting more. My only advice to you is have faith in yourself. You have a brilliant way of telling a tale and you do not need to justify your story, your thoughts or where you want to take it. That's the brilliance of writing. You are the creator and get to weave your own tale within this world. I've favourited your story so I can keep reading. Keep doing what you are doing.
  19. Hermione Granger/Sirius Black

    Let me see where they are... HPFF: Now and Then - Moments of Time (M) Stirring Passions (2 Chapters) (M) Gluttony: Stirring Passions (3 Chapters) (M)
  20. Ginny Weasley/Draco Malfoy

    I don't think it has to go too far AU. One thing I loved about CC was how Ginny got angry with Harry with his lack of ability to fix things. It was as if Harry still needed prompting as an adult as he was as a child. This shows that Ginny has the ability to turn against Harry if pushed far enough. Much like my Dramione explanation, Draco is not all bad. There is good in him and it's why I love this ship so much and why they are described as fire and ice. Ginny's fiery temper melts Draco's ice. Lucius, I'd say wouldn't mind the Weasley's at all in a world without Voldemort. Apart from Bella, I'm fairly certain most only thought that way because they were too frightened of the consequences. You can harbour views about purity of blood without being crazy like Voldemort.
  21. Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger

    I agree. The admins should add one...it should be able to be done...perhaps in the suggestion thread?? 😂😂 I just added a couple from my IPad....did they work?? In order for this ship to work legitimately, one of the characters need to change. Either Draco deals with his upbringing and changes his point of view or Hermione changes. It brings the story Lure of the Darkside to mind on HPFF. It was a confronting read with Hermione being on the Dark side, but it was done so well that your heart just felt for them both. But let's not forget that JKR gave room for redemption for Draco anyway, regardless if you like the epilogue or not, it's there. It also shows in Cursed Child and a small not her Dramione fans was in there too, toward the end. My my heart squee with delight
  22. Draco Malfoy

    I love Draco's character and think even JKR doesn't give him enough justice. It's not till HBP that we get to see the real Draco. The thing is, Draco was raised a certain way with certain beliefs. You can't just change that overnight. He's meant to be Harry's nemesis and as the story is told through Harry's eyes, we're not supposed to like Draco. He's brought up evil, manipulative, discriminative, and spoiled. He boasts and loves to talk the talk. But HBP showed us a vulnerable Draco. He now has to Walk the Walk...a path he never imagined. It was always spoken about, but now the threat is real. It's not just all talk. He's task is not easy. This is why it took its toll on Draco it wasn't just murder Dumbledore, but to get DEs into Hogwarts!! Let's not forget, unlike Harry, who needs Hermione and Ron to survive each book (let's face it, Harry is the dumbest, luckiest hero) - Draco succeeded in his task and got to the point of disarming Dumbldore. But this is the first part of Draco we see a glimpse of hesitation. To think about the path he really wants to go down. He enters into a discussion with DD, and his options. He thinks he doesn't have any, that if he doesn't kill DD, that Voldemort will kill him and his family. Even when the DEs turn up and goad him, he still cannot say the words. In that moment, Draco made his choice. But we don't see the story from Draco's POV. We only get glimpses when Harry is present. I think overall, Draco was just a boy who finally had to walk the walk at 16, but it was on the wrong side. A reality he didn't think he'd have to face. The fact that Narcissa saved Harry and then didn't fight in the last battle says a lot. I believe that given the right circumstances, Draco is just as worthy as any other 'good' character.
  23. Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger

    Guilty pleasure is very correct. I've read so many over the years that there are times I simply crave one. Or a good "Hermione Make-over" fics where Draco is a God...many would be disgusted...I lap that stuff up now.
  24. Cursed Child first thoughts SPOILERS

    I loved CC 😊 It's not written by JKR, just given her approval and she helped get her world right, Nyt that's why it's considered canon. JKR admitted she was done with Harry, that this was next Gen, and given these facts....it's always going to read like fanfiction. It's not from JKR's hand. I don't know if spoilers are needed now, but I think this is a fabulous read and a nod to fans in a way. There were some things that you KNOW came from the fan world. I feel like it almost gave some of us approval. For example, I'm a huge AU writer, and there was so much that validated my storylines. Other people would be adamant that these events could never happen, but CC allowed it to or at least, showed us a pathway. Many think that this is a bad thing. For me, I say bring it on. Fan fiction has opened my mind up to others possibilities, alternate endings, prequels, and different views on JKRs world. CC restored that in me when I thought it was lost forever.
  25. Hermione Granger/Sirius Black

    I have two unfinished fics that I hope to some day finish about these two. One is. Time travel and the other is a UST, AU Fiction. I can appreciate a well written version of these two 😊