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      January Bulletin   12/31/2017

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Stella Blue

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  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda/Simonverse

    I didn't realize there was a thread for this book, which is silly of me because with Julie around, of course there'd be a thread Thanks to Julie nagging, I read this book a few months ago and loooooooooooooooved it. I am stoked for the upcoming movie. Most of you have covered what I was going to say anyway, and I'm really not eloquent when I'm tired at this hour, but I'll just throw in my two cents about a coupld of things
  2. Languages

    Adding these all into the list! *If you're adding your name to the list, just copy it and paste into your post to add into it.* Arabic - TreacleTart Bulgarian - Nhaz Dutch - Ineke French - 800 words of heaven; TreacleTart; Felpata_Lupin; Lost Muse German - Lost Muse; Nhaz Hindi - 800 words of heaven; Lost Muse; FlamingQuilltips Italian - TreacleTart; Felpata_Lupin; Nhaz Mandarin - just.a.willow.tree Russian - Nhaz Sanskrit - FlamingQuilltips Serbian - SnapeLove Spanish - just.a.willow.tree; TreacleTart, sunshine_locks, Stella Blue Tamil - FlamingQuilltips Telugu - FlamingQuilltips, sunshine_locks
  3. The X-Files

    I don't know how there wasn't already a topic for this, so I'm here to fix that. I can't be the only fan. Does your heart leap when someone suggests spontaneous human combustion? Can you explain the scientific nature of the whammy? Do you miss the brick-like cell phones and giant teal windbreakers of the 90s? Are you unable to keep from smiling when you hear Cher's cover of Walking in Memphis on the radio? If the answer to any of these is yes, or even if it's no but you like the X-Files, then come hang out with me in this topic. Here's a few questions to start a discussion... - What originally got you into the X-Files? - Favorite episode(s)? - Do you prefer the funnier episodes or the scary ones? - Thoughts on the revival?
  4. Your Preferred Reviewing Method?

    I think the type of review I leave depends on the story. But generally, my reviews are a combination of reactions to particular things, and sometimes philosophical thoughts about something I noticed in the chapter, and what I thought of the chapter overall. If I offer CC, I tend to do it in the middle, because as previous people have said it's nice to start and end on a good note. I also tend to be a bit more focused in requested reviews, because usually people are looking for specific things and so I address all of those. But yeah - a little of everything In terms of what reviews I like to receive - honestly I just love the fact that everyone reviews in a different way, because it means that sometimes I get the stream of consciousness where people react to certain things, and sometimes people read the whole chapter before remarking on their opinions on it as a whole, and I really like that mix of a little of everything.
  5. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    Omg Thank you for sharing.
  6. Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra

    Bahaahaha! Well, I'd like to be a firebender because I think it'd be really nice to be able to boil water and make tea in an instant. (My love of tea rivals Iroh's.) But in terms of what I'd actually be - Idk. My zodiac sign is an air sign and I do think my personality is the most air, so that's probably what I'd be. I am also a fundamentally irritating person, so it fits
  7. Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra

    HAHAHA yes omg. I totally agree with you on several points of this - Korra's arc over the last two seasons was amazing and Korrasami always felt so natural, as opposed to Kataang in TLA which just felt forced. Also yes Aang could be really obnoxious and frustrating! I do think that in terms of overall storytelling, TLA was done much better, but that's because the whole thing was planned out from the start, whereas with LoK I remember there was some weird thing going on with Nickelodeon which I think really impacted the storytelling and rushed some things, not to mention that they had fewer episodes to develop the story - but given that, they did go into a lot of important issues pretty deep (especially for a kids' show) and did it really well. I thought it was a bolder story and of course I really appreciated having a female character as the protagonist. But overall, I think all the seasons of ATLA were strong, but LoK had some ups and downs. I wasn't a huge fan of S2 because of the love triangle nonsense, Unalaq being a boring villain, and the rushed conclusion to that season's big threat. But the last two seasons made up for it as they were amaaaazing. tldr: I love both shows and each of them did some things better than the other. Ozai is kind of a stereotypical villain, yeah. Honestly the most interesting thing about him is just that he is voiced by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) The villains (particularly the later season ones) in LoK are great. I really liked Azula too. I think it's because she just tries SO hard and really wants to make her father proud, and is really humanized by her fear of failure (which mostly just comes out at the end). Despite her attacking my favorite character Zuko, I felt bad for her at the end because she's become so twisted and obsessed and ultimately loses everything when she fails. I also love her because of her aggressive beach volleyball tactics It's only season 2 that has annoying romance plots, really Korrasami is so worth it in the end You should watch. Right?!? and beyond that, why would they stay together? Most 'relationships' at that age last like, two weeks, at most.
  8. Hi there and welcome to HPFT! :hufflepuff: 

  9. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    I know little about filmmaking either but I don't think one has to know a lot about filmmaking to know that it's possible. After all, Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey in a major role with only a month until the release of All the Money in the World, so... the least they could have done for FB is recast Johnny Depp for this. Who cares if he had a contract. So did Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, I'm sure. Also agreed about the fact that Depp just looks wrong for the role. There is no way in which Grindelwald should resemble a troll doll, but alas, here we are.
  10. AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :wub::wub::wub::hearteyes::hearteyes: :bighug:THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE REVIEWS OMGGGGGG

    1. forever_dreaming


      Awww haha you’re welcome! I’m not done yet either hahaha I just fell asleep before I could finish xD More reviews coming~ <3 -hugs- 

      ok but really, your cliffhangers KILL me, I’ve been wondering about Lily’s family the entire night hahaha 

    2. Stella Blue

      Stella Blue

      and a sotm nomination too?! Thank you!! I just.. :wub: You are too good to me!

    3. forever_dreaming


      You’re welcome, and you totally deserve it! ❤️

  11. So uh... what time does the snowball fight start? Did it already start? I can't find a start time :P

    1. abhorsen.


      Each fight starts on Saturday at 12am GMT - so in 5.5 hours. :D

    2. Stella Blue

      Stella Blue

      Oh perfect! Thanks :)

  12. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    Wow, yeah, this is pretty terrible. I hadn't framed it like that yet but put this way, he is the literal worst choice for this role. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I really, really hope you're right. Our society has a tendency to forgive white men for anything, which is just now starting to change in terms of abuse/harassment, but right now there are no consequences for what he did to his wife.
  13. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    well worded, sam. I don't think JKRs statement really explained anything. It seems to just say "Because reasons." That's not good enough for me - you'd have to have some pretty convincing reasons to justify keeping an abuser cast in the film, and tbh I don't think any reason could be good enough to convince me. A lot of people are in the film industry are rightfully having to face consequences for things they've done, and it's ridiculous to me that not only is Johnny Depp spared from that but is starring in a huge film like this. Nothing about that makes sense, nor does the fact that JKR is defending him. Honestly, why didn't they recast him? There are plenty of other talented actors out there who are not abusers.
  14. That was really fast. So you're absolutely a ninja :ninja: 

    1. toomanycurls


      I wanted to publish a new chapter to test @HPFTchapters :whistling: 

  15. Guess who posted a thing

  16. Archive Wish List

    I have a couple of questions - I think the first one was raised once before but I can't remember. 1) Is it possible to have the reviews you've left show chronologically (like on HPFF)? As is, when I click on the "reviews I've left", they're in some sort of order that I can't figure out, clumped by story, but the one on top is a story I reviewed over a year ago. I'd love to be able to see the most recent reviews I've left on top because I often enjoy reading people's responses, and as it is now, I can never find the reviews I've left, unless I were to specifically search the forums for each story. 2) When adding a new story: I'd love for the ships drop-down menu to be specific to fandom, like the character list is. Right now there's a lot of ships to sort through that often don't pertain to the fandom selected. Thank you so much!
  17. Does anyone else keep accidentally typing 'fluffies' instead of flurries? xD

  18. Soooooooooo this fits PERFECTLY in with an unwritten plunny that has been floating around in my head for like, a year. Problem is it's going to be a novel and I have minimal time to write these days and the absolute last thing I should be doing right now is signing up for challenges but........... !!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE TO Just... list me as a maybe, because I may not actually get very far with it and I don't want to let you down BUT I'M REALLY EXCITED
  19. December Bulletin

    Thanks for everything you've done as an Auror, Laura! You've been wonderful. Many congratulations - to Hayden and Emily for being featured members, to Olivia for the Order of Merlin, and to Ysh for story of the month!! Very well deserved all of you! Congrats to all the featured stories as well! And happy birthday to all the December babies Branwen, once again those awards and graphics are beautiful I love this new bulletin!
  20. Eeeeee I just saw your lovely review, thank you so much! :bighug::wub: 


    Yessss! I've been looking forward to this ever since I ran out of chapters to read on HPFF years ago I love this story and am so glad you're posting it here! Very exciting. Congrats
  22. Stranger Things

    In other news, Steve is the best. Also, despite my mini-rant there, I did really love the season! I like that they dealt with a lot of the after-effects that everyone would be dealing with following the events of S1. And I really liked Kali and hope she's back in S3 - I think there's a lot of potential with her character.
  23. So sorry to do this but I'm going to have to withdraw from this challenge. Hannah Abbott is now available if anyone else wanted to write about her!
  24. November Story of the Month Nominations

    Title: to the end of time Author: clairevergreen Link to Story [+Rating if Mature]: (M) Warnings [if applicable]: sexual content Why do you think this Story deserves to be Nominated?: This story is a series of snapshots about Parvati and Lavender over time and the characters are portrayed so wonderfully - as individuals as well as their relationship to each other. And the story showcases Claire's incredible ability to say a lot in few words. It's just a really great story
  25. Learning to Write Again

    I can totally relate. There was about a year, starting about May or June last year when we all started to move to HPFT, when not only did I have no inspiration to write anymore, but also just lost all my love for writing and my heart wasn't in it anymore. It felt like a chore. I also only had one reader so there was minimal pressure to keep pushing through the writer's block. It was kind of hard getting back into writing after that, as you've said. But, I just dove right back in and it turned out okay. One thing that helped me was to read some past reviews that people had left for me years ago, which reminded me that people liked my writing. It's a great way to boost your confidence about your writing so you feel good when you're starting off again! And as others have suggested, challenges can be great to actually prompt you to put some words on paper. HP, other fandom, original fiction prompts, whatever you're feeling. Nonsense! Of course you're good at writing! Besides, I think the fact that you've been spending the interim editing only means you're keeping up your writing skills, because editing uses those same skills. You're looking over your past writing, improving it to your current standard. That means you're a better writer than when you began writing Rule Breaker all those years ago. Hope NaNo has been productive and that you've been able to get back into the swing of things a bit!