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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. Book/Film Pet Peeves

    THIS. Like the part in the books where he sticks up for Hermione after Snape called her an insufferable know-it-all and it's not even mentioned in the movie. Speaking of character assassinations, don't even get me started on what they did to my precious Ginny Weasley. Why was the shoe-tying scene necessary? WHY?! Also, "Size is no indication of power. LOOK AT GINNY."
  2. Stella Blue's Reviews

    Kristin's review thread is back?! Story and Author Name, including RATED link: Haunting Shadows (M) by dreamgazer220Warnings and Advisories: eating disorders, sexual content, substance abuse, violenceGenre: angst, drama, hurt/comfort, romance, crime/mysteryLength: Chapter 9 is 2850 wordsShips: Fred Weasley I/OC, OC/OCSummary: Areas of Concern: This is a big chapter - not length wise, but content wise, so I'm curious to see how the reveal goes in terms of narration and story-telling; it goes back and forth between past and present, so I'm wondering what you think about that, and how effective it was to reveal some of the truth; I'm also curious about characterization in regards to reactions. Also: this has a trigger warning for a panic attack, so if you're not comfortable reading that, I totally understand! Thank you!
  3. Unanswered reviews are back down to 0, and I wrote the first 800 words of chapter 13 of Haunting Shadows! All around a productive Sunday night. :computer:

    1. Felpata_Lupin


      Read your replies! :wub: And so thrilled you are working on HS!!! :greenstars:Also, thank you so much for the review on Jimmy... :$

    2. dreamgazer220


      Of course!! I've been meaning to get around to it anyway, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity :wub:  And I'm excited about HS, too -- I really want to try and finish it this year. 

  4. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Thanks, Hayden! Can't wait to read it Possible Participants: Entries: May We Meet Again: clevernotbrillaint +Burdens (M): BlackPixie
  5. The Say Goodbye Challenge! Challenge Deadline: March 2nd, 2018 Accepted Fandom(s): Harry Potter, The 100, The Raven Cycle, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, original fiction** Accepted Length: One-shot up to 5,000 words.Accepted Sites: HPFTAccepted Ratings: A-M as accepted on the archives Challenge Details: The challenge, my friends, is simple. In less than 5,000 words, I want you to write me a one-shot where your main character has to say goodbye. It doesn't necessarily have to be to a person; it can be a special place or a significant object from their lives as well. It can be a permanent goodbye or a temporary goodbye; the choice is yours. The point of this challenge is to express the character's emotions, and show the significance of the thing or person they're saying goodbye to; I want you to really make me feel for the character. Show me rather than tell me; be creative! If you’re stuck, I have a list of 50 characters and 30 places you can choose from. You can switch up to three times, and you don’t have to use your prompts at all. Up to three people can use the same prompts. **Please note that while the following fandoms are accepted and encouraged, my prompt lists are strictly for HP. If you want to do one of the fandoms listed above and need some help, let me know and I'm sure I can think of something Rules: Must be posted to HPFT -- let's support our archive, ya'll. Must follow the site's rules and guidelines. Must have for dreamgazer220's Say Goodbye Challenge somewhere in the summary or story notes. Can switch your prompts up to three times. Up to three people can use the same prompt. Multiple entries are allowed. Can be combined with other challenges. No pre-written stories. Can be any genre or era. Only accepting one-shots or drabbles. Rewards: Each entry will receive a review from me. 3rd Place: ONE additional prize review, (possibly) a prize graphic, and a favorite story. 2nd Place: THREE additional prize reviews, (possibly) a prize graphic, and a favorite story. 1st Place: FIVE additional prize reviews, a picspam representing your story, (possibly) a prize graphic, a favorite story, and eternal glory. (I’m hoping that I’ll be able to have someone to make the prize graphics for me, so that could be subject to change.) So come one, come all! Sign up and if you manage to make me cry, you get bonus points.
  6. just.a.willow.tree's reviews

    Hey, Eva! This review thread is super generous, so I thought I'd swing through - if you don't mind! I will mention that this story has some darker undertones (depression, anxiety, and PTSD are included), so if there's anything you don't feel comfortable with reading, I definitely won't be offended! And I know you have time constraints, so the number of chapters you look at is totally up to you. I'm pretty flexible and can come back and re-request more if it's a story you like and are interested Thank you! Story and Author Name, including link: Haunting Shadows (M) by dreamgazer220 Warnings and Advisories: eating disorders, sexual content, substance abuse, violence Genre: angst, crime/mystery, drama, hurt/comfort, romance Length: currently at 12 chapters with 35,147 words Summary: Ships: Fred Weasley I/OC, OC/OC Areas of Concern: One of my major goals is to finish this novel this year, and it's been a while since I've looked at the beginning/the story as a whole. I'm curious about characterization, pace, and suspense as well as anything else that catches your eye!
  7. Quidditch

    Title: Friday Night Flights Author: clairevergreen Link(s): HPFT (M) Length / Completed: 10,580 / No Pairing(s): OC/OC Genre(s): general Summary: Reasons for recommending: This is a fic unlike any other I've read before. Claire brings us to the magical world of the USA, where No-Majs and wizards co-exist and Quidditch is everything. Her characters are so relatable, they come to life on the page, and the relationships she's built feel so authentic. It's only three chapters in, but so far it's been a really fun journey discovering Thea and her world, and you really want to root for her and the Fort Mill Eagles. Everyone who loves Quidditch fics should read this!
  8. Kevin, your review was an amazing surprise. Thank you :sad::hug::wub:

    1. TidalDragon


      Every word deserved. :)

  9. Review Tag

    Read and reviewed untrue, untrue by just.a.willow.tree
  10. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Definitely! Also, welcome to HPFT Possible Participants: Entries: May We Meet Again: clevernotbrillaint
  11. Holiday and Diversity Writing Challenge Winners!!

    Congratulations, guys!!
  12. Best Original Character Nominations

    Character Name: Brindley McCroy Story/Stories/Series Title: The Harder They Fall Link to Story/Stories/Series: The Harder They Fall (M) Author: victoria_anne Reason for Nomination: There is so much to love about Brindley - but what I love about her most isn't that she's a Hufflepuff, but that even though she's technically Finn's love interest, she's so much more than that. She's strong, knows when to put him in his place, and really helps him become a better person without putting her own individuality at risk. She's honest and there's so much sass that there were so many times I'd laugh out loud with her comments, and she has so many layers. Her story is really interesting, and Bianca does an amazing job of giving its own focus and simply adding onto HTF without taking anything away from Finn. (Plus, she convinced a brooding Slytherin to build a pillow fort. I think that should say enough about how awesome she is.)
  13. Best Reviewer Nominations

    Archive Name: PaulaTheProkrayote Link to Author's Page: +here Reason for Nomination: Paula's reviews are always such a joy to receive. Whether or not they've been requested, they're always so detailed and thorough, and you can tell she's read through the entire piece and has given some thought to the review. She's always so positive and encouraging. Her reviews constantly leave me smiling and give me something to think about.
  14. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Awesome! Let me know if you need any prompts, otherwise can't wait to see what you come up with. I am equally excited and terrified to read this, but thank you! Hey Val, welcome to HPFT! And yes, absolutely; I have everyone down on one list until I receive entries to make life easier. Let me know if you need any prompts, otherwise I can't wait to see what you come up with Possible Participants: Entries: May We Meet Again: clevernotbrillaint
  15. January Bulletin

    These bulletins are always such a great way to see what's been going on at the forums, and Branwen, those graphics are gorgeous! Congratulations to everyone who was highlighted and featured this month -- very well deserved awards! And congratulations to Emily on your promotion -- you've been an awesome Prefect and I know you'll rock the queue as Auror. Kayla and Shaza, I'm so sad to see you both step down, but I hope you won't be strangers to the site! Thank you for everything you've done and good luck this year I can't believe it's time for the FROGS already! The categories look great and it'll be awesome to see who our nominees will be this year. And as always, big thanks to the staff for everything you guys do to keep this community wonderful
  16. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Yesssss I can't wait! I'm so glad! I'm excited to see what you come up with!! Absolutely! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!
  17. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Sure! How about character 42, Teddy Lupin? Numbers Left: Characters: 1-10, 12, 13, 15-17, 19, 21-22, 24-25, 27-29, 31-41, 43-46, 48-50 Places: 1-6, 8-9, 12-15, 17-18, 20-22, 24-30
  18. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Sure! Character 20 is Cho Chang and Place 19 is an empty street. Remember, you can switch one more time and you can also completely disregard these prompts; let me know if you think they'll work for you! You know I feel that in my soul But I'm excited to see what you come up with!
  19. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Sure! Character 7 is Peter Pettigrew and place 12 is Diagon Alley. Let me know if these work or if you want to switch!
  20. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! :wub: :grouphug:

  21. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    Yay, more people! And sure thing: How about the Astronomy Tower? Sure! How about: James Sirius Potter and The Black Lake?
  22. Your Preferred Reviewing Method?

    I love getting reviews from 'That Special Reviewer'. I try my best to leave them in exchange as well to that person if I read something of theirs, but it's just so flattering and amazing that they've spent so much time thinking about my story and putting that much effort into the review. Of course, I love any and all reviews I get -- sometimes the short and sweet "This is so good!" are more than enough to motivate me to post another chapter or keep working on a story and make my day. But yeah, I love receiving 'That Special Reviewer' the most. In terms of reviews I give, it seems my method is pretty similar to Kristin's. It depends on the story, and back when I had a review thread, it also depended on if it was requested or not. The requested reviews I always took more seriously, especially since that person usually asked for specific feedback on something, and tended to treat reviews similar to comments I would leave in my creative writing workshops. Start with positive, any constructive criticism in the middle, and end with an overall note about the story as something positive. I always try to find (and it doesn't take much, tbh) at least a few things I like about the story and make sure I point them out, even if the review tends to lead more on the honest constructive criticism. If I'm reading multiple chapters at a time, my reviews will be a more condensed version of this. In general, though, it's almost always positive feedback, reactions, sometimes stream of consciousness, and a positive note on the overall story. Someone told me once to think of reviews as conversations about the story, and that's helped me immensely with the way I write reviews. But all reviews are so great.