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  1. Tag Requests

    Because I forgot to ask for these aaaaages ago, they're all for stories already up Can we have added, under pairings Nicolas Flamel/Perenelle Flamel, Gellert Grindelwald/OC, and Viktor Krum/Hermione Granger; and Perenelle Flamel as a character tag All for HP. Thank you!
  2. Best Lines!

    Warning: run-on sentence ahead, but I do kinda like it? (Though, second warning: do not try this at home.) #justDurmstrangthings (Translation: Vechnaya pamyat - a Russian toast, traditionally called at funerals, meaning 'Let him/her be remembered forever', because Durmstrang kids are a cheerful bunch )
  3. Call for Stories - November

    Story Title/Link: Bluebird Author: Aphoride Length (chapters / words): One-shot (It's 5269 words on the story shell/chapter count - but there is a hella long author's note at the end so it's actually a bit less ) Summary: Wings arc from your body as you begin to soar, rising and curving towards the sun as it filters down towards you through the ink-blue sky. Water fills your lungs in a steady drip, drip, drip, and you are drowning instead. Would you be willing to participate in the livestream? If yes, by video or audio only? Yep, potentially - depending on timezones, set-up, etc. Definitely up for twitter questions, though, whatever happens!
  4. L'optimisme/Imperium

    I've written, I've written! Also, in the next chapter, there's a couple of new characters being introduced. One of them's a little bit of a secret (for now...) but, to celebrate me actually breaking writer's block ( ), here's a snippet introducing Druella Black, nee Rosier:
  5. COUNTDOWN DAY 3: Dear...

    Dear Tom, Now, dear, it's that time of the year again... the one where you and I sit down and have a little chat. It's NaNo, and this means that you and I are going to have to co-operate - or, rather, you're going to have to co-operate with me. We've got some catching up to do (ahem, your fault, not mine) and we're very busy, so we've got a tight schedule for the next thirty days. (Think of it this way, maybe: the better we work together, the quicker you get to the end, hm?) So, hold still there, don't wriggle - it doesn't have to hurt, but wriggling is only going to make it worse. Oh, and do send in Albus on your way out - I need to have chat with him too. Love, Your author p.s. please pass on the message to Cygnus, since you'll almost certainly see him before I will, won't you? X Dear muse, Don't make me lock you in a cage again. Neither of us likes it. We're adults, let's at least pretend that's true. Love, Aphy
  6. Pajama Party Check In

    Wooooo party time! I have on my super-comfy black-and-cream pyjamas and fluffy white slipper-boot-things. Halloween is mostly over for me now, sadly, though I didn't have a costume... #corporateworld2k17
  7. Holy Association for Divinity and Ecclesiastical Studies

    ELISABETH - LISA - MY QUEEN, I'M SO GLAD YOU'VE RETURNED! I'm also so excited to see you're writing again - hopefully soon enough it'll be on bookshelves somewhere, yes? Anyhoo - question-time! 1. How much inspiration are you taking from the people in your department? If you're taking a lot - i.e. basing characters on real-life people - is it a bit awkward or does it just help you write/plan? 2. Are you planning or pantsing it this year? 3. How are you writing Lucifer? Classic ugly demon or modern suave, well-dressed, Queen's-English-speaking gentleman? I'll be back!
  8. A Scandalous Affair, by esmeraude

    ISOBEL You know, I'm so excited to see you writing again - and especially the Blacks (even if it's not The Skull Beneath the Skin ) - because, honestly, you write them so well and so darkly beautifully. SO yes - super excited me! Anyway, questions! 1. I know it's not your first time writing period-set novels, or even in this period - are you looking forward to it? 2. At this early stage, do you have a character you like the most or are most excited about writing? 3. Are you changing your writing style for this or will it be more of the same, beautiful writing? 4. I'm curious because I'm currently writing about a similar time-frame atm in Imperium - what's your take on what pureblood society is like the months/few years after Grindelwald's defeat? I'm looking forward to seeing your first chapter...
  9. L'optimisme/Imperium

    Ah haha, I'm glad you think so And yeah, sorry - I meant to update both in September and October, but I only ever updated L'optimisme in September - so now I'm a chapter behind on that and 2 chapters behind on Imperium. But I will catch up - don't worry! Yeah, his original birth date was... freaky to say the least I literally just pushed it back 10 years, from 1938 to 1928 (which, tbh, seems much more like what JKR probably intended in the first place... since then he and his siblings would have been born in a three year gap or so, from oldest to youngest), and it makes so much more sense! It has been difficult in parts, but most of its been solved for me by pushing Cygnus' birth date back - so far, at least Oh no, that's not really a spoiler. Why, on the other hand, might be... But nah, he's kept himself out of marriage by basically throwing himself into work: managing estates, sorting stuff out, 'leading' his cousins and other family - being a bit of a spokesperson/manager-type figure; it suits him, he does it well, and so he sort of avoids marriage by being too busy to be married Love. For both of them, pretty literally. I never really got the whole 'marrying someone so much older than you' thing, tbh, so I kinda liked the idea of writing it and making it believable as a kind of challenge to myself - so Adelaide and Lycus, it was a kind of mental and emotional connection: they understand each other very well, they share a lot of the same interests, and they're well matched in terms of intelligence. (Ofc, Abraxas is suspicious about this - as I think a lot of people probably would be, yk - and Adelaide isn't really the best at dealing with her relationship with Abraxas as his stepmother.) The Aurors - okay, so this part of the story hasn't exactly come up yet explicitly. But it's not a spoiler, so here goes: essentially, the Aurors don't really know. Things are being covered up and tidied away, and the Aurors and Hitwizards might know some weird stuff is going on but not much. The problem for the purebloods starts coming up when they can't keep a lid on it any longer - after a while, things start to leak out, even out of a group as tight-knit as them, especially because they're all so well-connected and people let things slip when they don't mean to. Cygnus, my poor baby! For Tom, it probably started mostly just coz Cygnus was rich, well-connected, could protect him in a way, and was handsome - so Tom's not going to mind him, at least, and what he could get from it is so much more than what he could lose, you know? But Cygnus confuses Tom because Tom knows, in a kind of oblique way, that Cygnus loves him and maybe is in love with him, but he doesn't know what that means in a real, personal sense. He likes it, though, because he enjoys the fact that Cygnus cares for him, and that Tom can manipulate him so easily because of it - and Tom plays with it, too, teasing him and annoying him, etc. always seeing how far he can go before he has to go back and apologise, pretend at being contrite. Fundamentally, though, Tom doesn't understand, and Cygnus somehow has found a way to tap into a part of Tom Tom doesn't like to admit is there: the part which wants to be loved and cared for, and which likes being cuddled and looked after. Tom just can't deal with it - it's a fine line for him and he approaches it incredibly logically and coldly, but it's not quite as simple as 'it's just manipulation', even if he can't understand or even contemplate how it's not that simple, yk? Okay, so Eileen's story in my head (what I have of it, at least) is pretty sad from start to finish. In this, though, she will get something of a happy ending - she will be happy for a while. She grows in this, and the ending for her is a victory for her. (I think actually she might be the only character, other than Tom, who gets a victorious/happy ending? I think? ) Thank you so much for the questions, lovely
  10. L'optimisme/Imperium

    L'optimisme Language shapes the world, for good or for evil. In silence, wounds fester and arguments begin. And what are wars, but arguments out of control? Albus/Gellert X Imperium Men become accustomed to poison in degrees - Victor Hugo It is October 1949: Lycus Malfoy is dying, quarantined in his house alone but for his wife, Adelaide, who still hopes there is a miracle cure; Eileen Prince has vanished into a muggle life, washing the dead and arranging flowers, away from the sneers she endured at school; Cygnus and Orion Black are at war with each other even as they bury their secrets six feet deep. There is a murderer on the loose, shrouded in paranoia, and the old structures, things of blood and age and time, are starting to crumble. And a ship arrives from Lübeck bringing Tom Riddle home. *** Welcome to my (faintly ridiculous) Novel Nest! L'optimisme I'm doing a slightly strange NaNo this year: my primary focus this time is going to be the (much needed) edit of L'optimisme. I'm hoping to get a way through the first 10 chapters, since I've already done the first two - adding stuff in as much as altering the old (bad) phraseology from the best part of four years ago I'm also updating storylines, to streamline them and pull them in line with the characters as I know them now, since it's been so long. I'm intending to rewrite some sections and scenes in their entirety, so it kinda counts for NaNo? (Though I'm behind on updating this by a chapter or so, so I might end up updating - who knows? :P) It follows Albus and Gellert from 1899 (though with some mentions of previous years, childhoods, etc.) all the way up to the duel in 1945, and it starts with the day everything ends for them in Godric's Hollow, from the morning to the afternoon and Ariana's death. It will end post-duel, with Gellert in prison and Albus as Deputy Headmaster and bathed in the glory of his victory. Editing, though, is gonna take me way back to the beginning and the first explorations of how Gellert steals the Elder Wand, Gellert's relationship with his parents and his backstory, his absolute belief that he can deliver paradise on earth to Albus, for Albus, with or without Albus, using politics to scream at Albus not to forget him; Albus' life post-Gellert and pre-Hogwarts, the start of his friendship with Nicolas Flamel, and the start of the lies he tells to his friends (and to himself) as he stumbles under the guilt of killing Ariana and loving Gellert. Imperium My other project - depending on muses, time, etc. - is Imperium, which is (like L'optimisme) a story I've wanted to tell for so, so long. I want to plan it out a bit more - maybe the first half of it or so, and then write a couple of chapters this month, because I'm even more behind on updating it than I am on L'optimisme Essentially... Cygnus is fighting with the pressure from his family to have a son with his wife before his haemophilia kills him young, to stop his affair with Tom and move on, grow up, and accept the (staid, dull) life of a pureblood gentleman; in opposition, Orion, his cousin, has carefully managed to keep himself out of that line of duty for his own reasons, with his own secrets to hide, and knows far too many of Cygnus' secrets than he should. Duty is paramount - but the great families are struggling with the concept: what does it mean, to be a dutiful pureblood? (They're all pretending that their world hasn't been shaken by Grindelwald's fall, by the war which ravaged Europe in both worlds, but it's a thin lie and everyone knows it's only a matter of time.) Eileen ran away after Hogwarts, having been bullied mercilessly; her one friend and tormentor and hopeless unrequited admirer was Tom, who moved her around like a piece of chess board, always conscious that she was the only person lower than him in Slytherin eyes. Tom's back, though, and he's found her again, with the same smile and the same demanding insistence that she follow - and so she does, until a muggle man walks into the funeral parlour and asks for funeral flowers for his brother, lost over Germany in 1944. (She doesn't think on the other man who comes in to see her - handsome and charming and ill - who asks her for favours; she doesn't ask questions, but she thinks he wants to marry her.) Adelaide Macmillan is Lycus Malfoy's second wife - second and last. Thirty years younger than her husbands, her friends mock her for her marriage, her family have distanced themselves from her, and Lycus is dying - slowly but definitely. Abraxas, Lycus' only son, resents her and her role in his father's life, certain that her care is killing him quicker, that she isn't strong enough or clever enough to save his father; they both are certain, though, that there is some kind of cure. If only they could find it... Adelaide is desperate, though, and time is running out. Tom has hidden his third Horcrux in Albania, stolen books from the remains of Grindelwald's former palace - now a pile of ashes - and got a job at Borgin and Burke's. He has half an eye for precious objects, new and dangerous things, and both eyes firmly on a bloody, brutal future: he intends to prove himself to them all, to prove his heritage and his blood, to prove his power, and vengeance has always been his favourite taste. (Oh, and there's a murderer - people are dying, quietly and violently, and their bodies are going missing the night after burial. The word Inferius is being whispered, but only softly, and the rumour grows that there's a Dark Lord rising; Tom Riddle lies in wait, and he is not content to be patient.) X So. Hopefully I'll be back at some point with updates, etc. but if you have any questions, hit me up! And thank you if you actually made it all the way through this #Aphrambles
  11. Nanowrimo Rebel Sign-Up Thread

    HPFT Penname: Aphoride NaNo Username (if applicable): Aphoride NaNo Project: L'optimisme/Imperium Goal: 25,000 words
  12. victoria_anne's reviews

    Story and Author Name, including link: Imperium (M) by Aphoride Warnings and Advisories: Mature (Hate Speech, Sexual Content, Substance Abuse, Violence) Genre: Horror/Dark, Drama, Angst, Crime/Mystery Length: Novel/Novella (2 chapters atm) Summary: Chapter 2: in which Eileen is found in her seclusion by an old friend, Adelaide receives a visitor she wasn't expecting, Tom gets what he wants (again), and Cygnus and Orion Black have very different ideas of how far 'duty' follows a man. Ships: Tom Riddle/Cygnus Black, Eileen Prince/Tobias Snape (eventual), Eileen Prince/spoilers Areas of Concern (if any): So many What do you think of Eileen's visitor and her relationship with him? Is it actually mysterious or is there just not enough for it to make you curious? How is Adelaide (she's like one of my first major OCs so I'm nervous :P) - is she interesting or just kinda dull in this chapter? Do you have any thoughts on Tom and what he's getting up to; his relationship with Cygnus, etc.? Any thoughts or comments on the general shape of the plot so far, characters, writing, etc. would be amazing <3 Thank you so much, lovely <3 <3
  13. :thanks:Thank you Laura for validating our stories between doing your job or writing your stories.  I really appreciate for your dedication to this site. :grouphug:

  14. Omg, this is so so lovely, thank you And a huge congratulations to everyone else who was featured - every story on this list is super worthy and you're all amazing!
  15. Heya Aph! Are you still doing beta'ing?

    1. Aphoride


      Ahhh, sorry, I didn't see this until now! Unfortunately, I'm not - I keep meaning to get the thread deleted, and then forget *hides* I'm super busy right now with work and studying, and it would be so unfair of me to say I could because in all likelihood I'd just never get round to it :/