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      January Bulletin   12/31/2017

      January's bulletin is up! It includes information about recent staff/prefect bumps, the upcoming FROGS, some special awards, and more! You can check it out +here.

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  1. Archive Issues/Bugs

    That's because it's in the queue
  2. just.a.willow.tree's reviews

    Story and Author Name, including link: Love in Three Acts (M) by toomanycurls Warnings and Advisories: Violence, Sexual Content Genre Romance, Angst, Drama Length: chapter 3 and 4, not super long each Summary: Love in three acts: friendship, romance, betrayal. The story of Sirius and Remus. Ships: Remus/Sirius AOC: I want to get your perspective on the climax of the story and the followup/last chapter.
  3. Call for Stories - January

    Story Title: Truth or Lies Link: http://archive.hpfanfictalk.com/viewstory.php?sid=1608 Length (must be less than 5,000 words): 1.8k Are you available for live Q&A?: yes If so, which is your preference? (video, audio, text only): video
  4. Most Versatile Author Nominations

    Seconding. She just posted avatar fanfic today. I just can't with her breadth.
  5. Ask a Validator

    For now that's the best rating and advisory to use. We're working through the finer points of what a child abuse advisory means and where the lines are between ratings.
  6. Last month we ran our first ever prize based writing competition with a theme of Holiday and Diversity! We had 9 entries! Here are all the entries! And the World Went On by mannoy/malfoy Chai, Dancing, and a Friend in the Wee Hours of the Morning by 800 Words of Heaven First Lit, Last Burning (M) by MuggleMaybe in the dawn, we shall enter the splendid cities. (M) by Aphoride Overhauling Hogwarts by Nykizta Peppermint (M) by sapphicsunrise red luck by just.a.willow.tree Untitled, Undefined by Inara Alora/hufflepuffhunny7 war & mint by sihaya Staff and prefects read through every entry and graded them based on: Overall quality (25%) Integration of first line (20%) Use of theme (30%) Spelling/Grammar (15%) Originality (10%) We had very well written, fun to read stories. I highly recommend you read through them! For those who get first in their house, they will receive: Those who get second will receive: Now finally --- the winners @MuggleMaybe for First Lit, Last Burning! Summary: Anthony has always loved celebrating Hanukkah with his family. This year, with war darkening the world around him, he finds new meaning in the festivasl of lights. Why it's great: Renee did an amazing job writing about Ernie and Anthony's relationship during Deathly Hallows with a beautiful depiction of Hanukkah. Everyone who has read this story just falls in love with the beautifully complex story about love, hope, and letting the light shine. @just.a.willow.tree for red luck!! Summary: I never realized how much I loved the scent of peppermint, until it was three days till Christmas break and Rose still hadn’t asked me to visit her family. Why it's great: This story is so heartfelt as it explores coming out to a homophobic parent with the excitement of Chinese New Year. It's a great story of love, bravery, and family. @sapphicsunrise for Peppermint! Summary: Ginny always smelled of peppermint. Why it's great: Ginny/Luna with past hetero relationship hangups with a first declaration of love for each other???? How could we not? @Aphoride for in the dawn, we shall enter the splendid cities!! Summary: Advent is a time for hoping, for waiting, for believing; a time when gods descend to the earth, and the celestial is made temporal. A shame then, that Grantaire believed in nothing but Enjolras. Or, Grantaire lit four red candles, one each Sunday of Advent; each time, he was visited by a god: a god who performed miracles. Why it's great: Laura's writing is an art more often than not and this story is not an exception. @800 words of heaven for Chai, Dancing, and a Friend in the Wee Hours of the morning! Summary: It had sounded like a good idea at the time. Why it's great: Neville and Hannah are impossible not to love. If you've followed the Chai series, this will be a wonderfully delightful next story to read. Hannah and Neville are wonderfully written with the awkward nature you'd expect to see from Neville with a wonderful inclusion of Diwali. The admins want to take this opportunity to gift the extra prizes as follows: @TidalDragon -- You are a rickstar staffer and do such an amazing job with Gryffindor house. We appreciate you so much and want you to have a Gryffindor notebook and folder as a token of that heartfelt gratitude and appreciation. @nott theodore -- Sian left a ton of reviews through the snowball fight and has left the most reviews out of all of her house! and third overall on the site. For that dedication to authors and for leaving just the best reviews, we'd like to give you a Gryffie spiral notebook. @RoxiMalfoy -- You're new to staff but have jumped in with such enthusiasm and dedication that we wanted to give you a Snake spiral notebook to show our love. Congrats everyone and thank you for participating!! Please PM me with an address and name to send your awards to!
  7. just.a.willow.tree's reviews

    Story and Author Name, including link: Love in Three Acts (M) by toomanycurls Warnings and Advisories: Violence, Sexual Content Genre Romance, Angst, Drama Length: chapter 2 is 3k words Summary: Love in three acts: friendship, romance, betrayal. The story of Sirius and Remus. Ships: Remus/Sirius AOC: I feel like chapter 2 is the weakest but I not sure what to change to make this feel more authentic. Maybe it's the fact that I'm showing a strained time in their relationship that makes the flow and characterizations feel all over the place. Help me Obi Wan, you're my only hope.
  8. January Bulletin

    If your story doesn't show up after an update it could be that your update was too close to the previous one for the service we're using to recognize that there's something new (it keeps a list of stories you'd updated in the last 2 days). The other thing is that sometimes it's weird and doesn't include everything. Also if you think of better hashtags to use, let us know!
  9. just.a.willow.tree's reviews

    Story and Author Name, including link: Love in Three Acts (M) by toomanycurls Warnings and Advisories: Violence, Sexual Content Genre Romance, Angst, Drama Length: It'll be 4 chapters finished but now I just have the first chapter in at 3k words Summary: Love in three acts: friendship, romance, betrayal. The story of Sirius and Remus. Ships: Remus/Sirius Areas of Concern: I'm reposting this story on HPFT after doing some edits. I'd love a keen eye on the first chapter, characterizations, and flow.
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    If you haven't seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- don't read this thread. I've now seen TLJ twice and am excited to talk about it. I loved all the female roles in the film. I loved that men were wrong with their plans and methods throughout the movie (but I wish there were more real consequences for various male blunders) and I loved that it was women who saved the day. Specifically, Finn and Poe were poised to be the heroes of the movie as they were both instrumental in TFA's military success. In this film they weren't in positions of power and really didn't add to the success (well, staying alive) of the rebel forces. I liked that Poe was demoted, I liked that his coup was not the winning triumph it would have been in other films, I liked that they didn't find victory through some singled minded hero taking action. I loved Holdo's sacrifice and leadership. I loved seeing the main characters out of the loop with the plan. I feel like a lot of the backlash against the film is against the fact that the men weren't the heroes in the film and that they, for the most part, got in the way. Some other things I appreciated were that they didn't just kill Leia (but man I got teary at some of her scenes). I thought they'd do the cheap thing and have her die in the bridge explosion. I like that they killed Snoke off without explaining who he was. It kind of felt like a bit middle finger to old school fans (and I'm still curious about who he was) but it also felt like the franchise's attempt to not just be a complete repeat of past films. I'm not sure if I ship Kylo/Rey. I'd love for them to just be equal adversaries without there being a romantic spark between them. Kylo Ren is kind of the worst. I don't mean that because he's evil -- I can get over someone being evil (hello, Slytherin) but. I. cannot. stand. entitled. whiners. Every set back we see Kylo go through leads to a massive temper tantrum and rage fit. As sweet and endearing as it was for Ren to offer to help Kylo turn from the dark side, I just couldn't live with a more qualified female protagonist doing all the emotional labor for her less qualified male companion (e.g. Hermione to Ron/Harry). He just needs to grow up. Maybe that's his legacy from Vader -- being a whiny guy who turns to the dark side out of selfishness. Though, Luke going after him was pretty messed up. I like that showed Luke having such a failure. I also like that Luke modified the story when he first told Rey the story. He has real flaws and struggles with those in a meaningful way. Those are all the thoughts I can get out before dinner!
  11. Make-up

    I'm not great with eyeshadow. I feel like I know one trick and that's all I do with my eyes. Though, I am rather proud of the job I do with my eyes considering I always do my makeup in a moving vehicle (not while driving though!). I use mostly MAC products. I keep wanting to try a pallet but I like highly portable makeup.
  12. The X-Files

    WHO IS EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASON??? I'm not looking forward to it as much as I thought i would. I mean, the last new season was eh... okay. There were some hilarious and good episodes and some that made me yell "you're fox network, not fox news." I read that this season will be the last one Gillian Anderson does so... it's the end of the x-files. I'll always hardcore love seasons 1-6.5. I like the other 2.5 seasons but only because I forced myself to watch them when I wasn't in rage mode and found that they are good tv even if they aren't good x-files. I love both the lighthearted episodes and the mythology ones. We should all do a reweatch where people tweet a few lines about the episode they're watching and I tweet back in all caps which episode they're watching. It is magical
  13. Holiday and Diversity Writing Challenge

    Thank you all for your entries! We'll post results by Jan. 5th.
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