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Sorting Tortall (Nealan of Queenscove)

Note: I use the sortinghatchats system - +here’s (M to be safe) a link to their ‘basics’ post. To briefly summarize, though, they sort everyone on two different (and equally important) aspects of their personality: the first (your “primary” house) is why you do things, where the second (your “secondary” house) is how you do things. Today, I'm sorting Nealan of Queenscove from Tamora Pierce's Tortall series. Primary (the “why”) Neal is definitely a Ravenclaw primary: Ravenclaw Primaries have a constructed system that they test their decisions against before they feel comfortable calling something right. This might be constructed by them, or it might have been taught to them as children, or it might have been discovered by them some point later in life. Neal's system doesn't necessarily make sense to anyone else - I don’t think anyone else ever fully understands his decision to leave the university and become a page, despite not liking it much at all - but it makes sense to him, and he stands by it no matter what. When he hears a good argument, he’s also happy to incorporate it into that system - but he needs to hear the argument first. When he starts helping Kel fight bullies in First Test, he says: “… I’m trying to justify to myself the fact that the best lesson I ever had on chivalry came from someone five years younger than me. When you put it that way, well, I guess I’d better help.” It didn’t become the right thing to do because he was worried about Kel or realized that bullies were bad - it became the right thing to do because she gave a logical, convincing argument. There’s one scene in Lady Knight that probably illustrates his Ravenclaw primary better than any others: the scene where he confronts Alvik over his mistreatment of Tobe. When Kel-the-Hufflepuff-primary sees what’s happening, she stops the abuse and buys Tobe’s contract. When Neal-the-Ravenclaw-primary sees it, he puts an illegal spell on Alvik and then intimidates him into silence by saying, “Who will impress the Crown more, swine? The oldest son of Baird of Queenscove, or you?” Even if Kel could do that, I don’t think she would. Neal, on the other hand, is fine with breaking the rules, as long as he’s not breaking his rules. Secondary (the “how”) Neal is an academic who loves to learn, which on the surface sounds like it points to a Ravenclaw secondary: Ravenclaw Secondaries plan. They collect information, they strategize. They have tools. They run hypotheticals and try to plan ahead for things that might come up. They build things that they can use later. They feel less at home in improvisation and more comfortable planning ahead and taking the time to be prepared. However, enjoying to learn doesn't automatically make you a Ravenclaw secondary - Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, and Slytherins can be academics, too. It's about how you use the knowledge and approach problem-solving, and Neal doesn't have the methodological approach that's described above. He could tell you all about the difference between strategy and tactics, but he doesn't tend to map out a strategy of his own - he just coasts on his innate skills, social status, and gut. That makes him a Gryffindor secondary: Gryffindor Secondaries charge. They meet the world head-on and challenge it to do its worst. Gryffindor Secondaries are honest, brash, and bold in pursuit of things they care about. Known for their bravery, it is almost a moral matter to stay true to themselves in any situation that they’re in. That's probably how he and Kel bond so quickly and so strongly despite having objectively little in common - Neal backing her up and not being a sexist jerk isn’t really a sufficient explanation for the strength of their friendship. Being two sides of the same Gryffindor coin, on the other hand, definitely goes a long way toward explaining how well they come to understand each other. Neal is generally pretty direct; he might change whether he’s saying something, but he doesn’t tend to change how he’s saying it. If it’s a fight that Neal believes is right, he’s in the middle of it. He’d generally prefer to use his words over his fists, but Gryffindor secondaries aren’t inherently more violent than anyone else - approaching the problem directly through sheer obstinacy is equally valid, and Neal is definitely the most obstinate person in the Protector of the Small series. He doesn’t deal with problems by shifting his presentation - he takes great pride and pleasure in telling people exactly what their deficiencies are and what they’re doing wrong to their faces, despite continually meeting with very mixed success. He picks a fight in almost every chapter he appears in. Neal doesn’t care about peace or harmony - he cares about being right. In summary: Neal is a Ravenclaw primary and a Gryffindor secondary. (Italicized sorting-related quotes from sortinghatchats)

abhorsen.

abhorsen.

 

N.I.F.F.L.E.R.s

Welcome to the N.I.F.F.L.E.R.s (the Nicest, Innovative Friends Found Leaving Exceptional Rewards celebration)! We are commemorating what an awesome, loving, altruistic community HPFT is by looking back at the recent gift-giving event, +The Nifflers That Stole Christmas.  During the month of December, you all left an awe-striking grand total of 786 gifts for your fellow Members, Prefects, and Staff!  For your tremendous display of Holiday Selflessness, following are some tokens of appreciation and recognition for all of the love given!  There were four participants who hit every single Wishlist (and at a staggering 48 threads, this was certainly a feat): @MegGonagall,  @ShadowRose,  @starbuck, and @Shadowkat678.  There were also some noteworthy individuals who left a little something for their fellow HPFT'er without having a wishlist of their own: @800 words of heaven, @TidalDragon, @forever_dreaming , @Veritaserum27, @Stardust.Soul , @Alwynse , @lovegood27 , and @Pixileanin.  Plus, each and every person who made at least one other person's day a little brighter with your fearsome awesomeness -- you're all completely exceptional human beings.  Thank You For Being Amazing! For everyone who participated! Whether it was planning this lovely event, making a wishlist, giving gifts, or playing Keep-Away From the Nifflers, we would like you present you all with this Niffler Nabber graphic!   Top Five Gifters! Throughout the event, @MegGonagall left 76 gifts, @ShadowRose left 65, @starbuck left 54, @Shadowkat678 left 53, and @Crimson Quill left 47. For this tremendous display of gift-giving, we'd like to give you all the Top Five Gifters. As a little extra something, please also accept these Niffler Tokens to further remember the event by!                                      Tremendous Acts of Selflessness We'd also like to recognize couple members who have stood out with their altruism. @TreacleTart's Holiday Wishlist was entirely centered around giving to others, without taking herself into account. It was a beautiful display of love and friendship! We'd also like to take a moment to recognize @800 words of heaven who left over 30 gifts without having made a wishlist of her own, asking for nothing in return for their gift-giving. For that, we'd like to recognize you both as the Most Spirited Gifters!     
A Touch of Creativity We'd also like to recognize @PaulaTheProkaryote for leaving some particularly creative and beautiful gifts! 
More Thanks It's without a doubt that HPFT is teeming with members who are kind-hearted, so an extra-special thanks to everyone who participated in the event! You're all amazing people who are truly endowed with the spirit of giving!  Here's hoping that everyone has had a wonderful December and January, and prepared to face the new year in style!    edit: credits: graphics by rumpels

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

 

Sorting the Arrowverse (Joe West)

Note: I use the sortinghatchats system - +here’s (M to be safe) a link to their ‘basics’ post. To briefly summarize, though, they sort everyone on two different (and equally important) aspects of their personality: the first (your “primary” house) is why you do things, where the second (your “secondary” house) is how you do things. Today, I'm tackling Joe West from the Arrowverse. Primary (the “why”) Joe West is a very strong Slytherin primary: Slytherin Primaries prioritize individual loyalties and find their moral core in protecting and caring for the people they are closest to. They often construct a morality system to deal with situations that are not addressed by their loyalty system. Joe has dedicated his life to the police force, and he talks a good game about the law… but when it comes down to it, his moral code is perfectly encapsulated in what he says in season three: "I’ve taken two oaths in my life. One is to uphold the law, and the other to protect my family. Guess which one takes priority." It’s not the only time he says something like that, either. When Earth-2 Harrison Wells shows up in S2, Joe gives Iris a gun and says, “I’m praying that Barry’s right and this Wells means us no harm, but… you can’t murder somebody that everybody thinks is dead, right?” There’s some benevolent sexism at the heart of Joe’s treatment of Iris that makes him particularly overprotective of her, but the same tendency to put on blinders and protect is true across the board. His morality revolves around his family. There is no right or wrong when Iris, Barry, or Wally is involved. There’s just Iris, Barry, and Wally. (I think that's probably true of Cecile as well, but we've seen a bit less of it.) He will lie to them and everyone else if he deems it necessary, shield them from even consequences that they probably should face, and use others for exactly as long as is necessary to keep them safe. It's not that he doesn't care about other people - he does! - but when it came down to it, even Eddie was a tool to keep Iris away from metahumans first and his partner second. He stopped objecting to the Arrow's kill-happy past when it was clear that the Arrow could help Barry. When his family isn't in danger, Joe reverts back to a more standard cop moral structure, but it's just a model. Secondary (the “how”) Joe is a Slytherin secondary, too: Slytherin Secondaries improvise. They are the most reactive secondary, finding their strength in responding quickly to whatever a situation throws at them. They improvise differently than the Gryffindor Secondary, far more likely to try coming at situations from different angles than to try strong-arming them. He routinely breaks the rules and manipulates the people around him in ways that they’re not necessarily comfortable with to ensure that his family is kept safe, no matter what, and we never really see him express guilt or remorse over it. His focus on their safety sometimes leads to conflict with all three of his children, but Joe doesn’t care - if he feels that what he’s doing will keep them safer, he’ll continue to do that at any cost. Sometimes that means keeping Iris’s mother away from her, or covering for Barry at work when he’s tardy (pre-Flash). Sometimes that means pressuring Iris, Barry, and Wally to stay away from superhero-ing, or the broader group to keep his kids out of it. Sometimes it means working with a man he distrusts, shrugging off the team’s incarcerating people without a fair trial, or letting a mass murderer go free in exchange for information. Joe doesn’t care: he’ll use any means he has at his disposal to keep them safe. Summary: Joe is a Slytherin primary and Slytherin secondary. How he ended up with three Gryffindor primary/Gryffindor secondary kids, two of whom he actually raised, I really don’t know.

abhorsen.

abhorsen.

 

You Matter, Thanks for Writing

Two years ago, in the midst of the MeToo fest that left me triggered every damn day, unable to sleep well and unable to function for months, I rediscovered fanfiction. In particular I came back to the Harry Potter fandom, and I in fact read everything I could get my hands on (like EVERY BIT) in one OTP since 2004 on. It took me three months, but I read millions and millions of words, and when I was reading it didn't hurt, and I could forget my own issues in favor of riding along with the characters I loved. I am convinced that if I hadn't had that outlet, I'd have done something even worse. After all, I did try to off myself at age 10. My family would be shocked to know that, and probably wouldn't believe me if I told them. I'm so damned normal, y'know? But I digress.  The fact is, it was all of those fanfic writers over the past decade or more who kept me company in the wee hours. Reassure me that there was hope, happiness, and smiles still to be had. I could imagine it for them, and by extension for myself. I didn't care if the grammar was good, or if the plot was particularly clever, or if I'd read something like it elsewhere. EVERY story in that OTP I read. (So long as it didn't hit on my triggers, loves.) This year I've had reasons to be down and stressed, no less than before really, but I've transformed from not just a consumer to a writer in the intervening time. I've made friends that I desperately needed through the writing, and was able to have some fun again. I can sleep for 6-8 hours, have lost weight, and even am doing WAY better about finishing my work on time than I ever have.  What I am trying to say is as fanfic writers, you might not get paid, and you might be writing for yourselves, which is great. But some of you might just have saved my life, and I wanted to just stop for a moment and say THANK YOU. You matter, thanks for writing. 

FawkesyLady

FawkesyLady

 

returns and golden ages

i have wanted to come back to hpft for more or less as long as i've been away from it. i don't even really think i could say i want to come back, because i was drifting into hiatus territory as soon as the old site went down in flames, and i haven't made my home here at all. instead, i migrated to twitter like so many others, staying in contact with the community while drifting further and further away from the forums and the experience of writing fic. i know my experience isn't unique. i'm guessing there are also people in the same boat i find myself in now - wanting to return to fic, wanting to get involved again, but having no idea how. the site is different. there are new people here who i've never properly met. there are new friendship ties and new groups and its so easy to feel like an outsider, especially compared to those who have been able to throw themselves into staff/leadership roles, or time-intensive events, and all the rest of it. seeing people return who were part of what was, to me, the golden age of my hpff experience (circa 2014-15) like @galadrieland @crestwood has made me want to do the same.  but my golden age was when i was in undergrad, when i had so much time to spend writing, and participating in the HC, and making graphics and being a prefect and editing the old QTR newsletter and sitting in giant Skype group chats. i miss being that involved, but i know that the days when that was possible for me have long since passed. so, i guess, at the heart of all of this, is a question. how do i come back? is it even possible? or do i start anew?

sapphicsunrise

sapphicsunrise

 

2018 Year End Wrap Up | January 7th, 2019

It's a bird! It's a plane! ... It's HPFT's Super Duper Year in Review!   It is officially 2019 and your prefects would like to present The 2018 Super Duper Year in Review! The past year has been a big one for all of us over here at HPFT and we'd like to take a look back at some of our biggest moments here on the forums and the archives. We've had a great year on the archives with a lot of incredible stories, many wonderful events on the forums, and some super fun stats to highlight, so prepare yourselves for a wild ride, because it's been one incredible year! First up: the Archives!   In 2018, the Archives saw a huge influx of new stories. Most of these stories were added during the months of March and April, in what has been dubbed "The Great Transfer".  The Transfer consisted of 1046 validations, of which 789 chapters were validated in April alone. There was a total of 2906 validations this year total, meaning "The Great Transfer" was approximately one-third of the total validated this year! This was all accomplished by a very small team of dedicated Aurors, with the help of the Admins, who gave up their time to read everyone's work and help grow the site to what it is now. We owe them a huge gratitude for all of their voluntary efforts! We look forward to seeing what magic they will continue to bring in 2019.      Sometimes finishing something can feel pretty super-human -- especially when it comes to completed novels! We'd like to give it up for the following individuals who took on such a great feat in the year 2018! You all truly are heroic! (Note: for the purpose of this collection, we chose stories marked as completed in 2018 on the HPFT archives that were greater than 25,000 words.)  We would like to present you with this little "I Completed a Novel in 2018" token graphic as a momento of your great achievement:
Congratulations! Icarus by @Stella Blue Raising a Hero by  @Tantrum  Home by @adorably cute An Inspector Calls by @PendleWizard The Rise of the A.W.L. by @Margaret Complicated by  @ShadowRose The Art of Surviving by  @esmeraude The Shenanigans of Lily Luna Potter by @greisful A Rollercoaster Called Life by @missclaire17 The Harder They Fall by  @victoria_anne Tess Covenshire & the Highcross Scandal by @KJ Cartmell Curiosity Is Not a Sin by Beeezie / @abhorsen. Ignite by Slide / @Wolfgirl Rabbit Heart by  @Pixileanin Even the Best Laid Plans by @potionspartner The Beasts Within by @Bardic Magic A New Life For Hermione - Version 1 by @Elena Liam Wren and the Dragon Wand by @KJ Cartmell A Little Bit of Hope by @CharmHazel  An Open Secret by @CharmHazel Keep Away by @Mistress Put Your Curse in Reverse by @frombluetored Delilah's Black Book of Poems by @Dark Whisper Have No Fear by Bardic Magic @Bardic Magic Put Your Guns Away, It's Tea Time by @frombluetored A New Normal by @CharmHazel Chicks Before Broomsticks by @banshee Rainfall [M] by @Leo Chasing Life, Seeking Love, Keeping Hope by @Bardic Magic Seek and Chase by @BellaLestrange87 Albus Potter and Slytherin's Office by  @Phoenix Potioneer Behind the Curtain by Cassius / @Cassius Alcindor The Joker and Her by @Illuminate The Fred Weasley Memorial Scholarship by @sapphicsunrise     Another type of super-heroics can be found in those who have a great sense of altruism. We would like to recognize the Top Five Reviewers of 2018, who left an extraordinarily long list of reviews to their fellow HPFT'ers, effectively spreading love and good-faith across our wonderful community!  @Stella Blue, @just.a.willow.tree, @Felpata_Lupin, @nott theodore, and @victoria_anne have all shown their true identities as superhumans (and who are quite possibly radioactively powered or have been bitten by some sort of reading spider in order to leave so many wonderful, loving reviews).  These heroes of written feedback have certainly vanquished the archnemesis, brevity  .  We'd also like to take a moment to recognize that of the five top reviewers, FOUR members hailed from Hufflepuff. These SuperPuffs are truly living up to Hufflepuff expectations, all in the name of love. There was a valiant attempt from the Puffs to get a monopoly on these spots (and during the year they achieved it for a time), but Sian held firm! Congratulations and thank you, Super-Reviewers!        January: The Second Annual FROGS awards took place in January! The top three winners in each of the 15 categories were presented with a chocolate frog card! A summary of the 2018 FROGS Award winners can be found HERE+ The Queue became unlimited, allowing for authors to post as many chapters at a time as they wanted to on the HPFT archives. We had a THREE-WAY TIE for First Place in the FROGS “Best Reviewer” Category; with @just.a.willow.tree, @Stella Blue, and @Felpata_Lupin - and this will forever be remembered as one of "the most Hufflepuff things ever"! (called as such by Maggie/Levana.) 💛🖤 February: We had 26 Participants in our 2018 Secret Cupid event, making up for a total of 13 matches. Participants spent the month of February spreading love to their secret-admirers, and several members went above and beyond for their partners. 💝 Our #1 Gifter for the month was @TidalDragon, the #2 Gifter was @just.a.willow.tree, and our two most creative Secret Cupids were @WriteYourHeartOut and @Ignatia.  Slytherin House brought back their Common Room Newsletter: The Silver Quill, after it had been on hiatus since October of 2016, and @RoxiMalfoy broke the emoji limit here on the forums, lol! (Fun Fact: There USED to be a limit of ONLY 75 emojis allowed in a single post.) 😅 The SQ Newsletter is now published on a quarterly basis (every 3 months) in the Slytherin Common Room.  Hufflepuff Staff/Prefect/Newsletter crew ( @Felpata_Lupin, @dreamgazer220, @LadyL8, and @Renacerá at the time) teamed up to leave every Badger on the HPFT archives a review under the secret reviewer name "Be My Badger"  March: Staff hosted the Spring Writing Event of 2018: Fic Feud!! During this event, participants in the competition were assigned a partner,  whom they had to write a 2-4 chaptered story with. Each match-up then had 4 elements chosen for them per each chapter. To make thing even more interesting, they were also able to sabotage another team by either assigning or blocking certain elements. There were 12 participants altogether, for a total of 6 collaborative stories written… 
And the Winners of our 2018 HPFT Fic Feud were: @pookha & @Levana, with their story: A Rescue in Space and Time. - Their assigned elements were: Chapter 1: Space Opera [theme], Humor [genre], Person of Color [inclusivity], and “It sounded like a good idea at the time.” [sentence] Chapter 2: Time-Travel [theme], Angst [genre], Anxiety [inclusivity], and “All great failures start with one spectacularly bad idea.” [sentence] Our Fic Feud runners-up were @Rumpelstiltskin & @victoria_anne, with their story: Mask of Truth. - Their assigned elements were as follows: Chapter 1: Fluff [genre], Angst [genre], Infidelity [theme], “I didn’t realize you actually had feelings. I’m going to have to reset my entire mental image of you.” [sentence] Chapter 2: Parody [genre], Dark/Horror [genre], Star-Crossed Romance [theme], “That’s all well and good, but I’m pretty sure she’s dead.” [sentence] April: Gryffindor House also gained several active new members during this time-frame, and made a HUGE comeback in both their Common Room and the House Cup from there-on-out ( @PaulaTheProkaryote has even now dubbed this happening as “The Great Gryffindor Revival of 2018”) 😆 🦁 May: In the spring, each of the four Common Rooms hosted their Annual Awards, giving all kinds or recognition to the amazing authors that can be found throughout our site! You can check out wrap-ups of each of the Common Room Awards here: Hufflepuff Gryffindor Ravenclaw Slytherin Slytherin livestream can be found HERE+  Gryffindor livestream can be found HERE+ Hufflepuff prepared for their CR awards with two review events: Badger Reveal and Badger Bingo, which saw 'Puffs teaming up to leave hundreds of reviews for each other @toomanycurls created the Review Transfer Tool; making it possible for members to save reviews from other sites back onto their stories, that might have otherwise been lost. HPFT spread to the wide-world of Facebook!! You can like our Facebook page +HERE, if you haven’t done so already - and don’t worry, it is set up as a private/closed community page, and the ML Team takes the security of our members here very seriously. Due to the nature of this platform, we do not use anyone’s real names or tag people in ANY posts on Facebook at all. 👍 The Muggle Liaison Team posted the very first Featured Fics Blog(s) as a way to create new custom content for the site’s social media outlets each month, and promote all of our wonderful stories that are featured here on the HPFT Archives!! June: The Graphics Talk section was added to the site, making it possible for members to request graphics, make new graphics, and offer pre-made graphics to members for use on both the forums & archives!! 🎨 The Prefects hosted their summer writing challenge, entitled the Prefects' Celebration Challenge. There were 12 phenomenal entries, and the full results can be found HERE+ Ravenclaw House revamped their newsletter "The Ivory Tower" according to members' answers to a poll and now have an established monthly posting! July: House Cup Finale happened, and every single house worked SO HARD to make all of their fabulous newspapers happen!!! Here are a few highlights from the event: All 138 of the incorrect guesses that Gryffindor House made for @teh tarik's Spinner’s End riddle, and the way that @Chemical_Pixie (who was still a rather new member at that time) really jumped in to help rally her house together. ❤️  The fact that Slytherin was the house to submit one of the most challenging puzzles/riddles in the first place; even trumping Tanya’s crazy Black Sabbath one - and then just about everyone on the other team's thought that it had to have come from Ravenclaw House too, lol. 😂 @potionspartner jumping into the heat of things and sneaking up late to stay online to help Ravenclaw House with all the various tasks that they had to do - talk about dedication!! And the fact that both @galadriel  or @hecate had NEVER MADE PICSPAMS BEFORE, and they totally NAILED every single one of the ones that they made for the Ravenclaw paper!!! 💙  @starbuck and her stealth-ninja-finding-skillz when it came down to the scavenger hunts.   Hufflepuff and their AMAZING layout, and all of the BEAUTIFUL, sparkly designs that @just.a.willow.tree used. @Dojh167, @MuggleMaybe, @Phoenix Potioneer's Founder's comics, and literally everything that was 'punny about that paper of theirs was just SO GOLDEN!  🤩 @Dojh167 made absolutely insane spreadsheets for basically every HC event Camp NaNoWriMo had a lot of participants -- many of whom reached or exceeded their goals for the month! August: All the houses eagerly anticipated the results of the House Cup Finale and final point tallying for the 2017-2018 House Cup! Ravenclaw House won the House Cup Finale! 💙 🧡 Hufflepuff House won the House Cup overall! 💛 🖤 House Pride Shoutout from @Renacerá: "Hufflepuff won the House Cup! We could not be more proud to be this year's HC Champions! Every 'Puff involved worked so hard (as we're known to do!) and really turned up for every event. We had a great time participating, and winning is just the icing on the cake (which we'll grab from the kitchens by our common room)!" Gryffindor brought back their Story and Member of the Month Awards! The two brand new prefects stepped up to bring back the Featured Fic and Leading Lion awards int he Gryffindor Common Room September: The Prefects opened the 2018-2019 House Cup Season with The Hogwarts Express event! Slytherin House WON the event, leading to their first time taking first place in a major site-wide House Cup activity 🎉 Slytherin House saw an amazing increase in membership this month, and thus the #SlytherinSquad was formed!! (As dubbed so by Deni, lol!) 🐍 Gryffindor House brought back their newsletter "Printed with Pride" after a long hiatus with great new content to keep the lions in the loop on the goings on about the Den each month. October: We had our very first Choose-Your-Own-Adventure event!!! All throughout the month of October, houses we tasked with finding their way through three CYOA Mazes that were designed by our Staff-Team, and then given various tasks to complete at the end of each maze. If you missed the event, or would like to they your way through the mazes again, they can all be found below... But BEWARE and enter at your own risk!! ☠️ Halloween Maze Adventure #1: The Dungeon by @toomanycurls Halloween Maze Adventure #2: The Little Hangleton Graveyard by @Alopex Halloween Maze Adventure #3: The Cave by @Renacerá Ravenclaw's @potionspartner made +this incredible map of the mazes!  Gryffindor begins their Common Room reviewing game, RvG and all staff are wildly impressed with the sheer number of reviews left on Gryffie stories in the first month of the game. November: NaNoWriMo was one of HPFT's most successful seasons this year! Whether you were a Rebel a full-on Nano’er, the Crazies Cafe was in full swing all month long, and we had something in there for everyone. We had aTON of engagement from the writing community on our SM pages this month - especially Twitter. And it was a lot of fun to see what everyone’s projects were and learn more about their NaNo novels along the way. ✍️ Prefect's Fall Writing Challenge - The [Insert Name Here] Challenge had 11 fantastic entries for their autumn/fall, myths & legends, and spooky prompts.  Full results can be found HERE+ December: The Muggle Liaisons opened the brand new Audio Talk section of the site, bringing Podfics back to HPFT via streaming on the brand new Wireless Wizarding Network tumblr page! Members can now request to have their stories read for the WWN - or offer their voices to be a Fic Reader for themselves - in this exciting new addition to the site! 🎙️ In addition to Podfics, our very own @PaulaTheProkaryote also introduced her first Podcast Series: Fantastic Myths and Where to Find Them as well! We brought back the Holiday Wishlists event via the Niffler’s That Stole Christmas, and 48 members signed up to help us come together and spread Holiday cheer throughout the month of December as we rounded up the missing shiny gifts that were stolen by those pesky Nifflers. 🎁 We went out of 2018 with a BANG on our Social Media pages! The Harry Potter Screenshot to see who you’ll be under the Mistletoe with GIF reached over 1,100 views on our Facebook page. And the customized Your 2019 YA Novel quizlet has now reached over 17,000 notes on the HPFT tumblr! 🔥 Gryffindor has broken its own record of RvG reviews each month since starting the game and shows no sign of slowing down #breakthespreadsheet     Because we all know, with great power comes great responsibility, we would like to recognize all the hardworking members of staff who have absolutely gone above and beyond to help continue to grow our fun and fantastic community! It is because of them that we have such a magnificent site with all manner of exciting events because when there's work to be done, this amazing team is here to save the day!  Thank you, HPFT Super Duper Staff!  Sidekicks usually don't get as much recognition as the heroes when, really, they're heroes in their own right. So, if the Staff of HPFT are Superheroes, then surely the Prefects are their heroic sidekicks! We'd like to recognize all Prefects who have taken a part in assisting Staff in 2018, helping in growing and maintaining the site! 

Of course, there are also so many of heroes who make up the heart of this community: the members. Without the member's avid support of the site, there would be no HPFT. It is because of all of you that we are all here, being amazing superbeings together! Thank you, super members, for being absolutely amazing!       Upcoming Events As we look back and celebrate the fantastic year that has passed, we would also like a moment to take a moment to shout out the New Year (hey, 2019 -- how the heck are you?) and look at a few upcoming events and activities that are sure to rock our world! In the near future, the community is looking at a revival of the +Writing Exercises subforum, with some fun revamping as done by a few Staffers and Prefects who decided to take the task under their wing! The first prompt can be found here! A huge shoutout to @galadriel, @Sleepingbagonthesofa, and @Chelts-rhj and @PaulaTheProkaryote for their hard work in prepping and getting this project off the ground! Also, according to the +HC Schedule, we're also anticipating the annual reviewing event to prepare for the F.R.O.G.s (the yearly site awards) will be taking place this month! While we don't know what the staff has in store for us yet, they did leave us all a teaser in the +January Bulletin and even gave away that this year's pre-F.R.O.G.s event is called The Magical Menagerie! Keep your eyes peeled -- we're sure to have a zoo of a time.   We are also excited to continue working on the +Great Collab of 2018-2019 as we move into the new year! This event is sure to put our time-management, creativity, teamwork, and resourcefulness skills to the test as we work together and against one another to write all the words!    A Final Thank You Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who has managed to make it to the bottom of what can only be described as a magnitude of gratitude. With a little bit of attitude! As a final note from us Prefects, all we can really say once again is thank you. This has been such a huge year for us! Prefects have come and gone, each one bringing something unique and wonderful to the job. We could not be what we are today without all of their hard work and dedication. This year we ran our opener event, which was the first Prefect run event and was an absolute joy to be a part of - from creation from execution. Each of our writing challenges throughout the year has seen a huge level of participation, and we could not be happier with the feedback we have gotten. To see everyone get so involved and excited for what we bring makes all the work entirely worth it.  If you'd like to join us on the Prefect team (or join our lovely staff), please put in an application! This month's applications are open until the 10th! Come join us in all our shenanigans- we know the staff would love to see your apps! 2019 is set to be another *super* year. We can't wait - bring it on!  _________________________ credits: graphics:
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If you'd like to post your graphics to your page, please rehost and credit the appropriate artist! post complied by: madi, rumpels, deni, sarah, emma   extra special thanks to @Renacerá, @RoxiMalfoy, @PaulaTheProkaryote, and @Ineke for their submissions and information!

adorably cute

adorably cute

 

Sorting the MCU (Peter Parker)

I’m a Brooklynite, so Captain America’s exchange with Spiderman in Civil War made my day and remains one of my favorite exchanges… like, ever. “Queens.” “Brooklyn.” Queens is not the best borough, obviously (which is why Steve wins the fight, in an art-reflects-reality kind of why), but Queens is still adjacent to the best borough and has the 7 train, so it deserves props nonetheless and may be the second best borough, all things considered. By this somewhat questionable logic, I decided to sort Spiderman. Note: When I sort, I use the sortinghatchats system - +here’s (M to be safe) a link to their ‘basics’ post. To briefly summarize, though, they sort everyone on two different (and equally important) aspects of their personality: the first (your “primary” house) is why you do things, where the second (your “secondary” house) is how you do things. Primary (the “why”) Peter is a Gryffindor primary, and it’s perfectly encapsulated in one of the first things he says in the MCU. When Tony Stark asks him in Captain America: Civil War why he does what he does, this is what Peter says: “Because I’ve been me my whole life, and I’ve had these powers for six months. I read books, I build computers. And yeah, I would love to play football, but I couldn’t then, so I shouldn’t now…. When you can do the things that I can, but you don’t, and then the bad things happen… they happen because of you.” That’s the pure, driven, idealism of a Gryffindor primary. From sortinghatchats: There’s a reason Steve (a strong Gryffindor primary himself) reacts the way he does to Peter in Civil War - when he asks Peter whether Tony told him anything else and Peter says, “That you’re wrong, you think you’re right. That makes you dangerous,” Steve’s immediate reaction it to tell him that he’s “got heart.” That’s a framing that Steve fundamentally understands and respects, and it’s because they share a primary and see the world through a very similar lens. That’s a thread that continues throughout Spiderman: Homecoming, too. Peter doesn’t always really know what he’s doing - he’s 15, awkward and clearly needed more guidance than he got - but he knows what’s right, and he knows that he needs to be making a difference in the world. Everything in his life revolves around stopping “the bad things” - he doesn’t think twice about quitting extracurriculars he seems to have enjoyed and disappointing the girl he has a crush on, because what matters is doing what’s right. Most superheroes would have left Liz at the dance - the stakes of doing nothing were just too high. The difference between Peter and other superheroes is that Peter doesn’t seem to regret it - nor does he seem to regret turning down an invitation to join the Avengers. That was a huge invitation, and it’s what he clearly wanted earlier on in the movie (and likely still would like to do in the future)… but leaving the dance and turning down Tony were the right things to do, so he did them and didn’t seem to dwell on it after the fact. Even after he puts on his new suit when he gets home, there’s no indication that he’s thinking about what he gave up - he’s just psyched to have the suit. And that’s not because Peter is incapable of hesitation, regret, guilt. He does hesitate (and ultimately refuse) to use his alter-ego as a party trick, even though it probably would have impressed everyone there and made his life a lot easier. He also clearly feels guilty about lying to May - it’s a necessary wrong, but it’s still wrong. Peter is only willing to give up being a superhero when his hero tells him, point blank, that what he did on the ferry was wrong. He did something to stop “the bad things,” and it made the situation worse. I wouldn’t call him burned at that point in the movie, even if just momentarily, but I do think that he’s slightly charred, and I think he stops being Spiderman because he’s confused about what the right thing for him to do is, especially since he doesn’t hesitate to pick it back up when the smoke clears and he sees it clearly again. He doesn’t have the tools he probably needs, but it doesn’t matter, because to Peter, right is right, and if he has to suffer or even die for it, so be it. Secondary (the “how”) His secondary is a little more hazy, though I do ultimately come down on the side of a Ravenclaw primary: The case for Ravenclaw is an easy one. Being bitten by a spider opened the door for Peter to become a superhero, but he walked through it on his own. While Homecoming doesn’t go into the details too much (which I actually liked), it’s made clear in both Civil War and Homecoming that a lot of Peter’s powers are things that he’s responsible for - for example, he tells Tony that he created the webbing, and we see him experimenting with it at school. He’s developed his tools, and with them, he’s confident and sure of his abilities. It’s also strongly implied (and even overtly shown, at a few points) that Peter absorbs a lot of knowledge that just isn’t very likely to be useful. He likes to tinker with electronics, and MJ mentions that he’d recently quit robotics lab (along with marching band). He seems to have a track record of looking for new things to learn, and a lot of them don’t seem likely to be particularly useful. In addition, Peter doesn’t really seem to rely on others the way a lot of the other MCU heroes do. When he’s buried in rubble, he initially calls for help… but he quickly decides that the only person who’s coming to save him is him. His friend Ned ultimately helps him, but it’s not in the strong, decisive way that other superheroes, both MCU and otherwise, gather people around them - Ned is helpful, but he’s not an integral part of Peter’s day-to-day hero-ing. There are points where Peter comes across as being great at improvising - there's nothing that could have prepared him for a huge Ant-Man or having to rescue Dr. Strange from a powerful villain in a spaceship, for example, and he clearly didn't prepare to break through the window on the National Monument either. However, I see both Ant-Man and Dr. Strange as actually being an example of his Ravenclaw secondary; he didn't pull those solutions from nowhere, he pulled them from pop culture. His finding a way to use them isn't evidence of him being exceptionally adaptable - it's evidence of his building up a broad toolkit that can be used in a wide variety of situations. To summarize: Peter is a Gryffindor primary and a Ravenclaw secondary. (Italicized sorting quotes from sortinghatchats.)

abhorsen.

abhorsen.

 

New year's resolutions

It’s that time of the year, isn’t it? Where everyone pelts you with details of how they’re going to turn their lives around and have whole new start. Gym memberships, diets, daily meditations, taking the stairs, drinking less, sleeping more, the works. You know the drill. Well, even those old fogies on this site – like me – aren’t immune, much as I would like to be. Who are you? I hear some of you asking. It’s a fair question. I’ve been a member for a while and pop my head up sporadically on Twitter, but I haven’t exactly been active these past few months. My author page is well populated but I haven’t updated anything in ages or responded to a review in longer. And therein lies the reason for this post. Yep, I’m making resolutions. Site-based ones, specific to HPFT (and, to a lesser extent, AO3). And they are: Get all my reviews answered by 31 December 2019. Check out the challenges more often to get my writing groove back. Actually try to do some writing. This relates to FF and OF, because I’ve not picked up a pen to write in goodness only knows how long. Months. I think the sum total of my output since about July is a couple of articles for the House Cup newspapers, and that’s not like me. Hang out on the forums more. Like, try to make it on there once a week. Open Twitter more. You know, actually communicate with people in this community. That’ll do me for now – five is more than enough. I have some of the other usual resolutions, too, like looking after myself and going to the gym more. So we’ll have to see how I go with finding time for all this stuff. But I will try. Some of you may be wondering why I’m bothering, if it’s such a peripheral part of my life. And I can’t lie, it is peripheral, but it’s still important to me. I like this community. I like writing. I like FF. And the people here are really nice and it’s really good to have that support. So, rather than drop off the ends of the earth like I have effectively been doing of late, I’m going to put more effort in. Peripheral, perhaps, but part of my overall wellbeing. So, roll on 2019. We’ll see how long my enthusiasm lasts, but it’s worth a try, right? 😊

melian

melian

 

Happy 2019, HPFT!

2018 has finally drifted to a close, and here we are at the beginning of January. Can you believe it? (I can't.) December absolutely flew by. I honestly feel like it just began, but it's actually already over! In the last four weeks, I've been traveling a lot to visit family, continuing the ever-stressful job search, moving forward with wedding planning, and juggling a ton of other life things. I've promised myself (again and again) to get to writing, but haven't done it. Same goes for reading. And sleeping. And finding a new therapist. Let's hope that those get accomplished in 2019 instead.   So, you might've seen that I stepped down from Staff this month! It's been a wonderful year with the phenomenal Staff team, and I've absolutely loved being an Auror. I'm going to miss it so much. But with wedding planning getting crazy and life in general swamping me, I think it's best to let another member step up to the plate. If you've ever thought it would be fun to validate archive stories, you should apply! It absolutely is, and the team is phenomenal! (I'll miss working with you every day, Staff! You're the best!) Anyhow, I'm still here on HPFT! Don't worry about me disappearing. But I'll be in and out a little more, rather than here basically always, since I'm trying to stabilize all of my obligations. So, some goals for 2019: find a therapist write more learn to cook do more yoga And that's it for now! I'll be back again soon with more #fun blogs! 🙃 Thank you all for a fabulous 2018, and let's make 2019 even better!

Renacerá

Renacerá

 

Reflections on 2018

Hey, everybody. I’ve been meaning to make a blog post for a while, but I haven’t really figured out what to say or how to say it or if I even should.  I know I kind of disappeared on you guys for a while towards the second half of the year, and I’m really sorry; I’m hoping to have more energy and time for the forums next year. And I’m writing this not because I feel like I owe any kind of explanation, but because I want to, because a lot of you guys have been my closest friends for the last few years, and I want to be a little more open about things. There are two major things I want to write about here, so please forgive me if this is kind of an incoherent ramble by the end.  The second half of 2018 was a struggle for me.  I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and I’ve been becoming more self-aware, coming to terms with things I’ve been struggling with more or less since high school.   I’m finally beginning to accept the fact that I’m not straight. There are a few things I’ve had running around in my head, but I haven’t officially put a label on it to more than a few people.  I’ve talked to my mom, who is amazing, and my small handful of friends IRL. I’ve had eye-opening conversations with my best friend and I’m starting to own up to things. But as it stands, that’s where I’m at, and that’s all I’m ready for. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for more than that, but who knows what 2019 will have in store for me.  And then, at the end of October, I lost my horse unexpectedly. He was 26, and I had him since I was 11 -- we’re pretty sure at this point that there was a cancerous tumor that no one could detect until it was too late.  It was devastating to say the least, and I always said he was my one and only -- that after he retired, I’d be done riding. But now that’s been changed completely, and I feel lost and I’m still struggling to fill that new-found time with something else.   My life isn’t going to be the same as it was. I’ve taken the winter off and come spring, I don’t know what will be in store for me there.  But I miss him every day and wish I had a better chance at saying goodbye than I did.  Looking forward to 2019, I’m feeling a drive and inspiration I haven’t felt in a long time. I’ve got a big birthday in March, and I need to start planning my life accordingly.  My job is wearing me out and I’m hoping to find a new one. I’ve got exciting vacations planned in the first half of 2019 that I’m really looking forward to.  I’m going to try and make more time to read and actually write. I have a next gen novel idea in my head (it kind of combines the plots of Haunting Shadows and Ashes of Eden, featuring an OC and Scorpius Malfoy) and the original fiction idea that I’ve been dying to write for some time now too.  If you’ve read this far, thank you. And thank you all for being so wonderful and warm and one of the friendliest corners of the Internet.  I love you guys, and I’m hoping to see more of you in 2019.  Until then, much love and many hugs to you all  💛💚💙❤️

dreamgazer220

dreamgazer220

 

Sorting the Buffyverse (Faith Lehane)

This is a gift for @Dojh167 as part of our December wishlist event - I hope it makes sense to you! ❤️ (If it doesn't, feel free to argue. )   Note: I use the sortinghatchats system - +here’s (M to be safe) a link to their ‘basics’ post. To briefly summarize, though, they sort everyone on two different (and equally important) aspects of their personality: the first (your “primary” house) is why you do things, where the second (your “secondary” house) is how you do things. I sorted Buffy Summers awhile back, and I'm finally following with her fellow slayer, Faith Lehane. There’s a pretty prevalent tendency to see Faith and Buffy as two sides of the coin - light and dark, Gryffindor and Slytherin, etc. I don’t think it’s that simple, though - and while Faith has a good Slytherin primary performance sometimes, I don’t think she’s actually a Slytherin primary or a Slytherin secondary. Primary (the “why”) Faith’s primary is a little hard, because by the time Faith enters the series, she’s just so, so damaged. I feel like I probably shouldn’t include Go Ask Malice in this, especially since I’m not including the comic books… but even without it, it’s very clear that Faith had a turbulent and abusive life before being called. The Faith we see early on in the show is not someone with a healthy primary - she’s someone who’s been badly hurt. It’s very, very easy to see her tendency to focus on herself and the people she’s closest to as indicating a Slytherin primary, but while Faith at her lowest looks a little like a petrified Slytherin primary, Faith at her best doesn’t look anything like a healthy Slytherin primary. Faith’s issue isn’t that she kicks people out of her inner circle; her issue is that she wants desperately for the world to be her inner circle, and she can’t deal with the pain that entails. She hits a turning point after she wakes up from her coma and runs off to Los Angeles. When Angel (and Wesley) protect her despite having very good reason not to, that centers her enough to choose to turn herself into the police. She only breaks out when Wesley tells her that Angel needs help. Once she’s helped them, she heads to Sunnydale, and pretty quickly adopts the potential Slayers as part of her community. That’s the key here - Faith isn’t particularly discerning about who she turns into her community. She just knows she needs someone. A Slytherin primary would have been more discerning - they would not have wanted as desperately as Faith did to belong to any group that would have her. She wants to belong with the Scoobies, with Gwendolyn Post, with the Mayor, with Angel (and Wesley), with the potential slayers... Even at her lowest, Faith doesn’t want to be alone, and at her best, she actively works toward positive relationships within those groups. That’s a Hufflepuff primary: Hufflepuff Primaries value people. They value community, bond to groups, and they make their decisions off of who is in the most need and who is the most vulnerable and who they can help. They value fairness because every person is a person and feel best when they give everyone a fair chance. She probably has a Slytherin primary performance, too, but it’s just an act. Secondary (the “how”) Her secondary is a lot more straightforward. Faith is a Gryffindor secondary through and through: Gryffindor Secondaries charge. They meet the world head-on and challenge it to do its worst. Gryffindor Secondaries are honest, brash, and bold in pursuit of things they care about. Known for their bravery, it is almost a moral matter to stay true to themselves in any situation that they’re in. Even as her why changes over the course of the show, especially after she escapes from prison, Faith’s how is always very straightforward. Faith doesn’t finesse or negotiate her way through anyway - she just attacks it. She says what she thinks, and she does what she says. Faith will jump into a manhole without knowing how many vampires are waiting for her on the other side, because “I don't know how many's down there, but I wanna find out, and I'll know when I land.” Faith barely has time to process that Angel has reverted to Angelus (again) before jumping through the glass and breaking out of prison. Faith attacks every situation she’s put in headfirst. In summary, Faith is a (burned) Hufflepuff primary with a Slytherin primary performance and a Gryffindor secondary. (Italicized quotes from sortinghatchats)

abhorsen.

abhorsen.

 

Sorting the Animorphs (Jake)

This is a gift for @facingthenorthwind as part of our December wishlist event - I hope you like it! I'm working on the others, too, but I'm not sure they'll get done. ❤️   I use the sortinghatchats system - +here’s (M to be safe) a link to their ‘basics’ post. To briefly summarize, though, they sort everyone on two different (and equally important) aspects of their personality: the first (your “primary” house) is why you do things, where the second (your “secondary” house) is how you do things. Today, I'm sorting Jake from the Animorphs series, by K.A. Applegate. Primary (the “why”) Jake is a Gryffindor Primary. Gryffindor Primaries trust their moral intuitions. They feel what’s right in their gut, and that matters and guides them. If they don’t listen to and act on that, it feels immoral. He does spend most of the series constantly re-examining his personal moral code, which would suggest a Ravenclaw primary. His personal loyalty to his brother and best friend contributes to his early commitment to the fight, which would point to a Slytherin primary. And, his broader loyalty to humanity - even human controllers - and his approach to the animorphs themselves tends to emphasize fairness, which is most typical of a Hufflepuff. But even at the beginning, his why is based around his gut. His analysis tends to center around justifying what he already thinks is the right thing to do, not really interrogating it, and when push comes to shove, his personal loyalties completely break down; a Slytherin wouldn’t have been able to do what Jake did in the last couple books. And, while he’s invested in humanity, his focus isn’t necessarily around individual fairness - it’s around saving the species as a whole. Most importantly, though: when Jake’s primary starts to fall apart as the trauma of the fight against the Yeerks continues, it’s very clear that he’s a stripped Gryffindor. His faith in his own moral compass is thrown off-kilter pretty early on, and as it continues to degrade, he starts to rely on Cassie to tell him what’s right and wrong. When her system breaks down, too, he keeps fighting, but he doesn’t really have a system he trusts or lives by, which is probably part of he makes the choices he does at the end of the war and why his life post-invasion is one of the bleakest. The war damages Jake’s inner sense of who he is as a person, and that’s not something that ever really recovers. Secondary (the “how”) Jake is all Slytherin Secondary. Slytherin Secondaries improvise. They are the most reactive secondary, finding their strength in responding quickly to whatever a situation throws at them. They improvise differently  than the Gryffindor Secondary, far more likely to try coming at situations from different angles than to try strong-arming. Jake wants to have a plan going into missions, because going into a confrontation where they’re outnumbered 5-1 on a good day and might have to face the king of “look at me transform into my new favorite death!creature from the fourth planet of a dying star” without any semblance of a plan is suicide. However, his knack for  adapting when the plan goes wrong is clear in his results: he’s the leader, and he gets himself and his fellow Animorphs through three years of fighting without losing anyone. (More or less. Megamorphs and other deleted sequences don’t count.) He’s not the only one in the Animorphs who can improvise on the go, but his improvisation is different than, say, his cousin Rachel’s; Jake will absolutely charge, but he won’t just hammer the door until he breaks it down - he’ll find another way to achieve his goal. He’s just as happy to win by tricking people as by beating them openly; as long as he’s winning, nothing else matters. When he’s forced into impossible situations, Jake will go to some pretty dark places to achieve his goal, and they’re not the places a Gryffindor secondary would go. He’s the one who definitively ends the war between the Andalites and the Yeerks, and he saves the human race - but the cost is really, really high, and his means aren’t something that would probably even enter most people’s heads. Tl;dr, Jake is a Gryffindor primary and a Slytherin secondary. (Italicized quotes from sortinghatchats.)

abhorsen.

abhorsen.

 

In the Spotlight | December 25th

Welcome to the December edition of In the Spotlight, where we take a look at those awesome people and stories that have hit home runs this month. We'd also like to wish you all the happiest of holidays! In this edition, we will be featuring not one -- but four fantastic Order of Merlin Recipients: the Muggle Liason Team. We've also brought the winner of the Prefect's Autumn Challenge out to play in this edition, too, featuring their winning entry as well as interviewing the author. Of course, there will be the usual shenanigans included as well. We hope that you're all enjoying The Nifflers That Stole Christmas holiday gifting event that has been going on -- we know that we Prefects have been having a blast!   As we move forward into a new year of HPFT madness, we sincerely hope that you all keep on keeping on.❤️  
  With so many amazing staffers around, it is sometimes difficult to pick just one of them to be handed an Order of Merlin. So, this month, the Prefects decided that a single featured person would have been impossible, so we opted for four, instead. The Muggle Liaison Team here at HPFT does so much to keep our sitewide and house-specific social media up and running, bringing us new and fun content every single day. Thanks to their hard work, not only does the site get advertised across Social Media platforms, but our hard-working and dedicated members' stories do, too! Thanks so much for all your dedication, Muggle Liaisons ( @PaulaTheProkaryote, @RoxiMalfoy, @victoria_anne, and @ShadowRose)!   P A U L A ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is your favourite memory from being apart of the HP community? My favourite memory is when I went to see PoA at the midnight showing and the fire alarm went off in the middle of it and a bunch of witches and wizards were filing out looking absolutely goofy in a parking lot full of muggles. It made me so happy and it's such a distinct memory for me.    What is your favourite SM platform and why? Least favourite? My favourite is definitely Tumblr. Tumblr has its faults, but overall the community there is thriving in any fandom you can think of and there’s so much original content being generated there. I can get lost scrolling my dash for hours. My least favourite is Instagram. Until they can send samples of the food I’m looking at, it doesn’t really do much for me. From a Muggle Liaison
standpoint they also aren’t super helpful with linking so it’s the one I struggle with the most.   What has been your favourite part of being an Muggle Liaison? Really just finding new ways to reach out to members and bring content to their fingertips. We spend a lot of time finding ways to promote their stories and site events and it’s really cool to see when that pays off.   What is your favourite [forum-appropriate] meme? All my memes are forum appropriate! What are you talking about? 😜 Can I use my own meme? I did a change my mind meme that makes me laugh every time I see it:    What is a ship you dislike, and why should it sink? I'm of the belief that I'll never sink anyone's ship, but I'm not a fan of Lily/Severus. A lot of his behavior is problematic to me in a way that I can't really justify/redeem. I'm really into healthy relationships with good communication and boundaries and it's hard to find a Snily that portrays that. That's not to say I don't enjoy him paired with others, just not Lily. Especially since Jily is my OTP.  What’s a stereotypical Midwestern thing you do? So I picked up the phrase "ope" ironically when it was a big meme a few months ago and it stuck. Now I say it 24/7. I'm embarrassed that this is who I've become.  If one song could sum up how you feel at this moment, what would it be? It's definitely because I just saw them at a show the other night, but "Blur" by Seaway is definitely my song of the moment. Sometimes it feels like time is slipping away before I notice! Especially deadlines! 😅   D E A N A ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is your favourite memory from being apart of the HP community? In my state, there is a Harry Potter fangroup, and they have events called “Harry Huddles” hosted at various locations all year-round. I’ve been a member of this group for going on 5 years now, and one of my absolute favorite events is, coincidentally, coming up next weekend!!! The annual “Weasley Sweater Christmas Party” is hosted every year at the end of December, and everyone wears an HP-themed sweater and brings an HP-themed gift for the white elephant gift exchange. Last year was probably my favorite/most memorable year ever though, because it was the first year that I actually made/got to wear my own homemade “Weasley sweater” with my initial on it, and I stole this awesome “Lumos” lamp from someone in the gift game, haha!! (Seriously though, ALL the Slytherins in our group are crazy- ruthless when it comes to the three-steals rule in that game, lol!!) It’s AWESOME though, and I am super excited for this year’s party!! 👍🎉   What is your favourite SM platform and why? Least favourite? Recently, my favorite has become Twitter; which is saying something considering that I used to be on Facebook, like, ALL the time, lol! I love how interactive Twitter has become, and it's so easy to share things there. I also like how easy it is to keep in contact with people on Twitter, and keep up with your notifications via their mobile abbreviations interface. It's SOO easy to switch between accounts on Twitter as well, which is the most convenient thing of all from an ML standpoint. I hate having to sign in and out constantly (I'm looking at you, Tumblr) whenever you need to change to a different account to post something… The only thing that would make Twitter even better is an adding an edit button. Cuz, like, I hate having to delete entire posts over typos. 😅 The SM platform I'm probably the the least fan of right now is Snapchat. It took me the longest time to even get the hang of using it, and now that I am more familiar with it, I still just didn't get what all the hype is all about? You can't save anything on there, and everything you post is deleted after 24 hours, which seems entirely pointless in my opinion. 🤷‍♀️ The Bitmojis are cool and are super fun to play with,  and sometimes they have fun photo filters. But otherwise, I have no use for Snapchat, really. I guess maybe that just means I'm not a chatty person IRL, or my life really just isn't that interesting, lol!   What has been your favourite part of being a Muggle Liaison? Honestly, I think my favorite part of all of this is how joining the Staff/ML Team has kind of made me have to talk to people, lol. I know I’ve said this before so it’s not a big secret by now; but I used to be somewhat of a lurker on these here forums, lol. I was certainly NOT a talker at all, and I mostly used to just kept to myself. Granted, I am still awkward as all get out sometimes; but anymore, I feel as though I’ve most definitely come out of that “shy/quiet” shell quite a bit. I have made so many friends here at HPFT; some of which I know will be long-lasting. And it's all because I decided to step out of my comfort zone and dive in head-first, getting involved in this amazing community full of so many wonderful people!! 💕 Being on the ML Team, (and also the Slytherin CR Team, even) and working so closely with others on a daily basis; communicating and sharing ideas to get various projects done, and then seeing the fulfillment of such ideas come to life… It's difficult to describe the feelings that come along with those things, but I truly do love every single person on the team SO MUCH!! It's a labor of love, and we're all extremely passionate about what we do for the site. And when you share that passion with like-minded people, it's hard NOT to get super-close. So yeah... I am very grateful that doing this job has made me talk to people, because otherwise, IDK if I'd even have HALF of the AMAZING friends that I do now!!!    What is your favourite [forum-appropriate] meme? Because I'm pretty sure that everyone here knows by now what a night-owl I am, I thought this one seemed pretty fitting, lmao!!! 😂🤣 And because it was SOOO HARD to pick just ONE, and it is also Christmas time, I just had to include this one as well, lol!!! 😛 These are honestly both so freaking ME, it's hilarious, haha!!!     What is a ship you dislike, and why should it sink? I know a lot of people are going to probably throw things at me for this one *cough*Madi*cough* - But, like, I just absolutely can NOT get behind the Dramione ship. AT ALL. They are just two completely different people from two completely different worlds, and Hermione hated him all throughout the books. And not without good reason either. He was quite the little shit to ALL of  them, and I just feel as though someone with Hermione Granger’s intelligence and potential would not resort to settling down with someone like Draco Malfoy - no matter HOW MUCH he “changed” after the War. - And I say that with the utmost amount of love and respect for my boy, lol! 😅 But there was a reason he ended up with someone like Astoria Greengrass in cannon. Honestly, if I absolutely HAD to ship Hermione with anybody other than Ron, I’d be more apt to get behind seeing her with Harry than I would with Draco. Even though I myself know how she feels when it comes to having one of those guy friends who are more brotherly-close, and nothing in the way of romance is EVER going to happen with them. (Clearly I am not a Harrmione shipper either, haha!) 😜 But I just do not support Hermione Granger with Draco Malfoy. I’ve read some pretty good fics about the two of them together over the years, but no one has been able to change my mind yet, lol. It’s just NOT a Ship that I can get behind. Like, at all. Sorry y’all. 😬   What is your favourite part about writing your Draco/OC novel? One of my favorite things about writing this story (i.e. my mission in life) is getting the reader to change their perspective on the Malfoy Family. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do sometimes; especially with a character as hated and flawed, and one who has as many skeletons in their closet as Lucius Malfoy does. But it can (and has) been done, lol! One of my absolute FAVORITE moments so far was this summer, when Eva read through the Novel, and she started out the story hating Lucius’ character with he was first introduced - which is exactly what I want people to think, btw. 😉  Draco hates his father, so therefore the reader should despise this man as well. He’s a vicious, low-life, murderous, Death Eater… But then you learn that there’s more to the story that even Draco doesn’t know about yet, and that Lucius Malfoy may actually have a heart after all… and you start to feel bad for him, and you find yourself rooting for these two men (Draco & Lucius) to both get their shit together, lol. 🐍 But anyways, when @just.a.willow.tree read through the Novel, I’ll never forget her first reaction to Lucius when he comes into the story in Chapter 14. In her initial review, Eva had said the following: And I remember reading this review for the first time and screaming - because THIS is the whole entire POINT of the entire TITLE of the whole Novel, lol!!! 😅 It’s about choosing LOVE instead of War; which is ultimately what ends up separating Draco from his father in the end... And I wasn’t even upset at all that someone out there was complaining about Lucius - no. This literally MADE MY WHOLE ENTIRE DAY, lol!!!! ---> Fast Forward a bit, and then we get to Chapter 18, where my #WritingGoals as a fanfic author were officially completed, haha!! 🙌 Because, in her follow-up review to this one, Eva was then quoted saying the following: In this very same chapter (18), @adorably cute also recently left me a review. And even though it started off as an all-caps-screamo-review (due to all of the shocking revelations that were made in the chapter, I can assure you, lol!) the END of her review said the following about Lucius Malfoy: Both Sarah and Eva’s opinions of Lucius were changed at this point of the story, which is honestly what I live for in writing this fic. Not to mention, I was also recently informed by @Rumpelstiltskin that LNW-Draco is one of the only Draco Malfoys that she can stand to read - because she typically despises him as a character. And that, to me, is progress, lol.  But, honestly, it is the little things like this that are my personal favorite parts about writing this Draco/OC Novel!! I have always felt like Draco (and therefore, by extension, his family) were all just misunderstood/too harshly judged in cannon, and I’ve found myself questioning their true intentions/motives far too often. I was constantly curious about what would have happened if certain roles had been revered - or better yet, what if Draco HAD taken Dumbledore up on his protection offer at the end of book 6? (That was my biggest question of all.) And so... Love, Not War has become my passion-project/in-depth attempt at answering that particular question; along with exploring so many other things about these characters as well. And I absolutely love getting the opportunity to change other people’s perspectives of this typically hated family along the way!! (Even if only for the duration of this ONE fanfiction story, lol!) 💚😁   If you owned a boat, what would you name it? I’m really torn between the “S.S. Ariel” 🛳️ - both because the Little Mermaid is one of my absolute favorite Disney Princesses, and Ariel Bloomer (AKA: my faceclaim for my MC Roxi) is the name of the lead singer from one of my FAVORITE bands of all time: Icon For Hire!!💗 And then the other boat name that I really like is the “Ship Happens” ⛵ - because A) it’s just funny as hell, and because B) you can’t help but to laugh when you hear it. Also, this is just the story of my life if we're being honest. I mean, let’s just be totally real here, lol!! 😂😆   T A Y L O R ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is your favourite memory from being a part of the HP community? my forever favourite hp memory is when the last book came out, and i remember waiting in line to get the book at midnight, and everyone was decked out in hp gear and there was just this energy and everyone was so excited and it was contagious. and y'all, i pulled the first all-nighter of my life finishing that book, and my parents woke up the next morning to find me full-on sobbing over the final battle.   What is your favourite SM platform and why? Least favourite? for completely non-hpft reasons, i really, really love instagram? i do a lot of things for the #aesthetic, so that platform is really quite perfect for that lol. i also love twitter for hpft stuff, because i feel like that's where i get to do the most interacting with other members of the community. least favourite is facebook, because most of the people i went to high school are all having kids now, which is really terrifying for me to think about because at this point in my life i feel like i've only just nailed down the whole 'keeping myself alive' part of things, and i was definitely one of the more responsible people at my high school, so the fact that those people are now responsible for entire other humans is scary.   What has been your favourite part of being a Muggle Liaison? getting to work with such a bomb-ass team. also i really love people's reactions to their featured fic picspams bc it just makes me so happy every time that someone tells me they like something i made.    What is your favourite [forum-appropriate] meme? this is from one of my character pinterest boards, and it gets me every time.   What is a ship you dislike, and why should it sink? is it bad that i have a shit ton of potential answers for this?? there's just a lot of ships i'm not a big fan of, tbh. but like, i think the main one i'm going to go with is snily (snape/lily), because a) james and lily are perfect, b) i feel like their relationship dynamic is a bit obsessive on snape's side which is not at all a healthy foundation for a relationship, and c) controversial opinion time, i don't like snape and don't think he deserves her after all of the things he did, both in his death eater phase and his double-agent phase. (that being said, i have no problem with people loving snape as a character - we've all got our own interpretations and opinions of characters and this just happens to be mine. if you're a die-hard snily shipper, then by all means, freaking go for it. one of the cool things about the hp fandom being so big is that there's room for a whole range of different opinions, which is super awesome. also, why did my answer to this question just turn into a speech about intra-fandom tolerance? this was not the question? lol.)   What is one thing you can’t believe your parents tricked you into believing as a child? not necessarily something they 'tricked me into,' but i came to the realization that santa wasn't real at like 7? and when i confronted my parents about this (on easter of all days), their response was 'santa claus is a metaphor.' and as a small child i had a weirdly large vocabulary but didn't fully understand definitions of things, so i somehow got confused between metaphor and metaphysical. i spent the next 2 or 3 years believing that santa claus just..... existed in an alternate reality?? idk.   If you were sent 100 years into the past what would you say to prove that you were from the future? i'm just going to retell the entire shitshow that was the 2016 american election cycle because all of it together is so incredible bizarre that you absolutely cannot make that shit up.
      We have two amazing Head Students to recognize this month -- @Sleepingbagonthesofa and @greisful! Please give it up for these two amazing people, for rocking it out on HPFT and making all our time here that much more memorable!   D E N I ' S   I N T E R V I E W What is your favourite place to visit on HPFT? The Writer's Nests! I just love being nosy and seeing what everyone else is getting up to. Writers Journals especially, I love stopping in and having a read whenever I've got a chance!  If there’s one story of yours you would like to tell us about, what would it be and why? I was going to go with another story but it always comes back to this one. Yaxley (M), a labour of love, my baby, my constant nightmare. Having started this nearly a year ago I feel like the story is definitely hitting it's stride now. It's a Marauders Era enemies to friends to lovers story about Sirius Black and an occasionally dramatic, always morally grey OC called Cassiel Yaxley. Where I am right now things are starting up so I've been having a lot of fun  weaving in different elements of the plot and seeing some of the reactions. Think drama, thestrals, duels, heap loads of angst and a little bit of romance thrown in.  What is your favourite part about writing Sirius Black in your novel Yaxley? I generally just enjoy writing characters who are a bit of a twat. One of the funnest things about writing him in Yaxley is that the main character, the person who's perspective we get on the story does. not. like. Sirius (at least at first...). Because of that I get to take the normal way he's portrayed and turn all the bad aspects up to a ten and watch it play out! In general he's just such a fun character to write.  From your profile about me page, it’s clear you love The Emperor’s New Groove. When did you first see this movie and why did it resonate with you so much? Me? Love... Groove? No idea what gave you that impression. What's not to love? It's clever, the characters are amazing, the villain incredible and it has some of the best one-liners. I don't remember when I first saw the movie, we had it on video when I was younger so I must have been really wee the first time. It has always been my favourite film. Nothing else has ever really come close. There must be something about it, maybe some character in particular, that appealed to the four year old me who either wanted to be a mad scientist or an empress... What is the most “useless” talent you have? Hmmm... The most useless? This is when I realise that most of my talents could be classes as utterly useless... I can rap the whole of Alphabet Aerobics. I've never found a use for that but it's just a thing that I once spent far too much time learning how to do. I live for the day when the only solution to a problem is someone singing that song... that's my time to shine! What is your favourite childhood memory? This is more a collection of memories, when I was younger we always got pretty heavy snow around our house. It became a  tradition for me and my siblings to climb up the nearest mountain, split off into teams and race back to the house on sledges. There were always accidents, tears (one year we straight up lost a sledge and still don't know what happened to it) but at the end of the day there was always a cup of hot chocolate and a good laugh when we got home. Besides, the girl's team always won!   G R E I S F U L ' S   I N T E R V I E W What is your favourite place to visit on HPFT? This might sound really dumb but I love visiting the Earworm thread or the 50 Books Challenge thread just to see what people are listening to or how many books they've read or what books people are reading. I usually disappear for like weeks at a time so I don't check the forums often but when I do, that's where I go. If there’s one story of yours you would like to tell us about, what would it be and why? One story of mine that I get super excited to talk about is actually one that isn't up on any fanfic websites and one that I haven't even started writing it's just an idea with snippets here and there but I love it so much and I'm so excited to eventually write it one day. It's called Thick as Thieves and it was heavily inspired by Ally Carter but like the magical version of her art thieves series. I'm just so pumped for it. Essentially James Potter gets sucked into some thievery shenanigans, like Oceans 8, 11, 12, 13 but not nearly as clever. You’ve managed to publish 34 stories on the HPFT archives in just over 18 months. How do you do it without getting burnt out? It's time to tell you all the truth but most of the stuff that I've "published" on HPFT are actually old stories for the most part, I was just slowly migrating all of my things over to the archives but if you look at stuff that's actually brand new, there's not much of it. Now that I've outed myself as a fraud, I guess I can't really answer how I keep from burning out. What has been a site activity you’ve enjoyed participating in recently? I haven't really been active on the forums for the past few months since school started up and, I'm not gonna lie, I'm not very active when it comes to sitewide activities because I've participated before and I know how time-consuming they can be and I don't have enough time to devote to participating (I barely have time to shower I'm not gonna lie). BUT. I do participate in the Ravenclaw review battle usually and I love doing it, it's a lot of fun and it just motivates me to leave as many reviews as possible. I just love watching peoples review count go up so I try and sprinkle them on stories as much as I can. If you could only keep five (5) of your current possessions, which would they be and why? My phone, I'm going to count all 200 novels that I own as one possession, my salicylic acid, my witch hazel, all of the 80 something pens in my pencil case. What do you want your tombstone to say? I think about this a lot and it's usually something my friends say about me but I can never remember them but let me see if I can visit dig something up. I think my favourite thing I've been told "Your nose could bite people's head off" so maybe that just for the giggles.     This month, we saw @ShadowRose's fantabulous Jily Orange Cardamom [M] take the December Site-Wide Story of the Month. As such, we have prepared a review column to feature this fluffy AU and have prepared some interview questions for the ever-so-talented Taylor!   R E V I E W   C O L U M N There is something to be said about how adorable coffee shop AUs can be, and Taylor really hit that nail on the head with Orange Cardamom. We are all-too-familiar with the canonical romance of James Potter and Lily Evans, and we're all well aware of the tragic turn that fate had in store for them. But what if we were to look at their story from the beginning, in a story with a Muggle spin, in a time where the future might not seem to loom so ominously over their heads? Orange Cardamom is an alternate universe piece, featuring James Potter and Sirius Black, owners of Padfoot & Prongs Coffee Co. and, of course, a potential new barista -- Lily Evans. Lily's specialty, the orange cardamom latte, might win her more than just a position at James and Sirius' buisness. In fact, having work beside the new barista might be more than James can handle.  This story is the epitome of sweet, fun, and fluffy, and weaves a beautiful Jily origin story. Of course, no Jily would be complete without the antics of Sirius Black on the side, and the dynamic duoism of James and Sirius are certainly brought to life in this. A definite must-read for those of you perusing something wonderfully happy and light. 
  I N T E R V I E W    W I T H   T H E   A U T H O R What inspires you to write? i feel like i get a lot of inspiration from music and song lyrics, because i'll just hear a line and my brain will run with it. so much of the novel i'm currently writing is based on snippets from songs, and i can actually point out scenes that were directly inspired by certain songs/lyrics. i also, get a lot of inspiration from things that happen in real life, and it only takes a little tweaking to turn them into a story or a moment in a story. and half the time, those aren't even intentional - there's a scene in one of my jily AUs that's literally almost directly a retelling of something that happened to me in real life, and honestly i didn't even realize the similarity until i was mid-edit and was like, 'oh god that's why this sounds so familiar.' What is a genre/trope that you’ve never written before, but want to try?  there's only one bed!! what ever will we do?? guess we'll just have to ~* share it *~ Published authors you look up to? sooo i don't actually read a lot of published fiction. most of the published books i read are nonfiction (and mostly political stuff because that's my line of work anyways) so honestly like.... Michelle Obama? does that count? If you could give one piece of advice to your fellow writers, what would it be? stop being so hard on yourself!! i know this is horribly cliché, but especially when you're writing things for free on the internet (and not as like, a paid author), the only person you should really be writing for is yourself. if other people like what you're writing, great!! if they don't, screw 'em. you're writing for free and you should be doing it because you love it and not because you're trying to please anyone else. (easier said than done, i know.) the one exception to this: if you're writing a kissing scene, please please please never use the phrase "their tongues battled for dominance." i have no idea who invented that one but it's the literal worst and it makes me aggressively cringe every time i read it anywhere. If you could witness any historical event, which would it be and why? (Note: You’re only allowed to view the event, not interact with it in any other way.) the 1963 march on washington. i would've just loved to feel the energy of those crowds and to hear the famous 'i have a dream' speech in person. or like, maybe the first time someone managed to create a corgi. Please create your own Hogwarts House and list some of the traits and qualities found there. this hogwarts house of mine doesn't have a name because i can't think of a good one, but our colours are black and gold (because they go with everything, duh), and the common room is full of super trendy minimalistic black and white decor and a bunch of coffee machines (did i just.... turn my apartment into a common room?  yes, yes i did. let it happen.) our primary trait is being able to bullshit our way out of absolutely everything, with some extra splashes of a constant internal desire to overachieve at all times and an entirely inappropriate sense of humour. we throw great parties.     The Common Rooms were as busy as always this month, spreading some love by nominating and voting for their respective Story of the Month and Member of the Month winners! We are happy to share a glimpse of the Common Room winnings with you all (as well as some fun interviews with December's winners), so that we may all celebrate together!     Gryffindor House has spent an unimaginable amount of love and energy in their RvG Review battles, but that doesn't mean they didn't have time to choose some of their Housemates to stand in the spotlight. Gryffindor's Featured Fic was A Woman's Place [M] by @Chemical_Pixie and @Alwynse represented their House with taking the title of Leading Lion. Congratulations!   A B B Y ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is the most Gryffindor thing that you do/quality that you have? Jumping in head first, in a blaze of fire and fury. I’ve moved to two countries, not knowing anyone nor the language. Played Settlers of Catan with some of the smartest people I know--and won. Auditioned for things last minute and have gotten roles. Wandered into parts of a castle that… were technically off limits. Swam in an icy river while it was snowing. Currently, I resigned from my job without having another one lined up (but now I have an offer, post-resignation, so it’s all kinda sorta good). So… next, I’m apparently jumping into a new career field! What is your favourite thing you hold in your House? Why? The Sword of Gryffindor: slaying murderous beasts, destroying Dark objects, and protecting friends circa the tenth century.  How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? I’m not a woodchuck, so I wouldn’t know. And I’d rather the wood be left as trees so I could have another forest to explore!  If you could only eat one meal from now on, what would it be and why? Brunch. From waffles to avocado toast to breakfast burritos, the possibilities are endless. Need I even mention tea? No, this answer isn’t cheating. This answer appreciates a vast array of worthy entrees which fit into one meal.   A U B R E Y ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is the most Gryffindor thing that you do/quality that you have? This fight/flight mechanism that will leap to someone's aid without a second thought. Bravely and sometimes stupidly, on the borderline of panic.  What is your favourite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why? Currently, the RvG Gryffindor Reviewing Competition. We Gryffies can get pretty competitive! What is the most non-Gryffindor trait you have?  I love, love, love learning. I am always reading a book or listening to an audio course. Usually history or socio-cultural topics.  What is one life skill you'd like to learn and why? Just one? Oh man... how about I develop the skill of being a car mechanic that is fluent in Classic Mayan and Old Norse? I'd like to know about how a car works so I wouldn't feel like such a blonde bimbo when I walk into the car shop. And that's exactly what I am -- I'm blonde and I don't know anything about cars. It irks me that I meet that stereotype so well. The lipstick and heels probably don't help though, haha. As for the Classic Mayan and Old Norse, well, why wouldn't someone want to be fluent in those languages?!     Hufflepuff had a fantastic NaNo by the sounds of things! Great job Hufflepuff! That didn't stop them from nominating their Housemates and spreading that monthly love around, though.  @Felpata_Lupin's Francis made for a swim-tastic Story of the Month and @WriteYourHeartOut made for a well-deserved 'Puff of the Month!   C H I A R A ' S   I N T E R V I E W What is the most Hufflepuff thing that you do/quality that you have? The most Hufflepuff-y thing that I do? Does "enjoying sleeping in too much" count?  Jokes aside, I think my main Puff characteristic is that I always believe in people and their good intentions (to the point where it gets naive). I will always give the benefit of the doubt and there is almost no limit to the second, third, tenth chances I can give. That, and I love warm and comfty things. And cuddles. What is your favourite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why? I really, really love to write for the Newsletter, especially the interviews. I have a lot of fun thinking up questions for my fellow Puffs and even more fun reading their replies.  Also, it's nice to feel involved in the behind the scenes stuff a little bit and have the chance to contribute to the site in some small way.  What is one job/career that you would NOT like to have? I would never, ever want to be a doctor! I have a bit of a bad relationship with medicine and hospitals and all that... it scares me too much... I do esteem deeply people who choose that career, I think it's noble and generous, but it's really not for me... For what are you most grateful for right now? My HPFT fam! I've formed some of the most deep friendships within the community, I've met so many wonderful people (both through the internet and in person) who've been by my side in some really hard times during the last few years and I couldn't be more grateful for it. Not to mention the lovely trips around Europe. I just can't imagine my life without HPFT now!   !   T A N Y A ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is the most Hufflepuff thing that you do/quality that you have? Maybe... being a bit too kind sometimes? Putting other people's happiness and needs before my own? I don't know! haha What is your favourite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why? We have this one topic called The Description Game which is basically just one giant compliment to anyone who posts in it and it's pretty much the most Hufflepuff thread you could possibly imagine. It's so lovely. What is the very first career (that you can remember) that you dreamed of becoming as a kid? Same one I dream of having now: a Broadway performer. I was in jr. high, sitting in the auditorium, watching the high school's production of 42nd Street, and I remember thinking to myself as I watched, "I want to do that." Please list three [3] positive adjectives to describe yourself :). 1. Understanding
2. Trustworthy
3. Creative     While Slytherin House may have cancelled November, they've wasted no time in settling in for the long winter ahead. In fact, Slytherin has chosen @Diogenissa's spooky Hallow Fences [M] won, with a plot as chilling as the December we're facing, and @Finefrenzy__ was chosen as Snake of the Month for all of their dedication to the House.    R H I ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is the most Slytherin thing that you do/quality that you have? The Slytherin trait I probably identify with most would be self-preservation. While fortunately it isn't something I have to use very often, when I go into 'crisis mode' I am always looking out for number one. Whether it is for a loved one, or myself, I am a strategist and always calculating several steps ahead. I like to have an exit plan to any situation that makes me unhappy or uncomfortable. What is one thing you hope to accomplish in the upcoming New Year? A personal aspiration for me in 2019 is to work on my health and return to full-time work since fracturing my spine in July 2018. What is a plunny that you have but haven’t found the time to write, yet? I have two plunnies bouncing around my head at the moment. The first is a Oliver Wood/Lavender Brown recovery fic, and the second is a OF that follows a young assassin called Yesult.  What is your favorite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why? I love the camaraderie in the Snakepit. We are all here for to support each other. A reflection of that makes the EvS Review Battle my favourite activity that we do here in the Pit. I love to see snaked supporting other snakes     Ravenclaw has been settling into the winter spirit in the best way possible -- around the hearth with some hot cocoa. They also had a super-stellar NaNo and gained themselves a new 'Clawsome Prefect! Meanwhile, they've also been celebrating their House just as much as everyone else! @ReillyJade's Slytherin Secrets [M] took the spotlight as their Story of the Month, and @MadiMalfoy took on the title of 'Claw of the Month. 
J A D E ' S   I N T E R V I E W
  What is the most Ravenclaw thing that you do/quality that you have?  My head is always in the clouds! I'm constantly daydreaming, whether it's about writing, weekend plans, etc. And because of this, I'm always getting sidetracked from what I should actually be doing... such as answering these questions, for instance.  Lol. I've always been pegged as a procrastinator, but I'm not actively avoiding things. I just spend far too much time in la la land!  What is your favourite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why?  I absolutely adore the Blue vs. Bronze reviewing challenge! I don't get to participate in it as often as I would like (see Question 1, haha), but it's always fun to do. I love getting the opportunity to read and review the work of my fellow 'Claws. What has been the most challenging part of writing this novel so far?  Following the trend, the biggest challenge has simply been time, or lack thereof. A large chunk of the problem is that adulthood is stupid and busy, meaning that I don't have nearly as much free time as I'd like. And even when I do have that time, sometimes the motivation to actually write isn't there, or I want to experiment with other ideas I have. So, yeah... I just wish I had more time to work on it, along with the proper focus and attention necessary to do it right.  Do you have the rest of your novel planned out or are you more of a “panster” with writing?  There have been a few stories where I've just said "let's see where this goes," but for the most part, I'm a planner. I typically don't have elaborate notes or anything; in most cases, I'll just have the stories planned out in my head. Slytherin Secrets, though, is a bit of an anomaly for me. I have a chapter-by-chapter outline with detailed notes. But, it's worth noting that this outline only exists because I wrote it five or so years ago while I was bored in class. Lol. As you can see, my head-in-the-clouds problem has been around for quite some time!    M A D I ' S   I N T E R V I E W   What is the most Ravenclaw thing that you do/quality that you have? Hmm....this is kind of a tough one. It's probably my perfectionism -- I have to do things perfect quite a lot of the time, but I'm (slowly) learning to not worry about it so much and just get things done acceptably. I also love to read and learn new things like all the time, so very Ravenclaw.  What is your favorite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why? Definitely gotta be the various game threads we've got going on! Rebus Puzzles, "Think Pink", 20 Questions are so much fun and they can really make you think! They're very Ravenclaw games to play, but they remind me a lot of the extra credit questions I'd have on exams in high school so they are just a nice way to build our knowledge, problem solving skills, and just have fun when we're not doing the Blue vs. Bronze Review Battle! If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with all the extra time? Oooh this is a dangerous question.....if I didn't have to sleep and had those 6-8 hours available to me, I would probably just be so much more productive. I'd read more scientific papers to stay up to date on my field, get my homework & grading done sooner, and also actually make it to the gym! Basically just get my life more together Which Harry Potter spell/charm/curse would you most like to be able to cast? I would LOVE to be able to cast the Undetectable Extension Charm! Not only would traveling be so much easier, but also I would be able to have more things with me at the same time without killing my back and shoulders from the weight!     Our Autumn Prefect Challenge, the [Insert Name Here] Challenge, came to a close this month as we revealed the winners in our December 7th Blog Post.  While we received an insane number of amazing entries, we each filled out our ruberics and let the numbers do the work. We were very enthusiastic to see that @TreacleTart's entry Aguardiente took first place! We are proud to present the Prefect Challenge Winner's Featured Section to you all!, and please help us extend a hearty Congratulations to Kaitlin once again!      R E V I E W   C O L U M N Aguardiente is a fantastic nod to an old Ecuadorian myth, brought to life by Kaitlin's wonderful storytelling. The legend of Guagua auca goes something like this, though the story seems to vary here and there: the Guagua auca is said to be a demon created from the soul of an unbaptized child. It mimics an infant's cry, which lures unsuspecting people who believe that there is a troubled, possibly abandoned infant somewhere nearby.  Kaitlin's story gives subtle cues to Ecuadorian culture as we follow a man named Javiar, who has perhaps had a bit too much to drink. With liquid courage, however, oftentimes comes grave mistakes -- even so much so as to not heed the warnings that could very well save someone. But does Javiar heed those same warnings of the demonic Guagua auca? You'll have to give it a read to find out.  The legends itself is creepy, but Kaitlin really brings the spookiness to life in Aguardiente.  Your anxiety will peak as you plead with Javiar to listen, praying that he doesn't hear and follow the spine-chilling sound of a babe's cry in the night. The descriptions in this make for some beautiful imagery and when they turned unnerving -- it was masterful.  This is a definite must-read for anyone who likes a good Dark/Horror fic or is really into myths and legends!    I N T E R V I E W    W I T H    T H E    A U T H O R   What inspired you to write about the myth of the Guagua cua?  I just got back from a 14-month world trip and I've been struggling with how to blend my experiences traveling into my writing. I've also been frustrated with how little representation there is for Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa in all types of writing. When I saw the Prefect's Challenge, I thought that might be a chance to explore the oral history of one of the places I had an opportunity to visit. I wrote about Ecuador because I spent three months there and really fell head over heels for it. Quito, in particular, is such a beautiful place and I really enjoy descriptive writing, so setting the story there allowed me to really try and build the image of the city in words. What was the most difficult part about writing this story?  The most difficult part of writing a story about any culture that is not my own is being accurate and being sensitive. I want to bring more diversity to fanfiction and just writing in general, but I don't want to do it in a way that speaks over people from that region or whitewashes their culture. Looking back, if there was anything you could change about the story, what would it be and why? I would've spent a bit more time on the description of the city. Quito is a stunning place to visit. It's in a huge valley surrounded by five volcanoes. The skyline sprawls for miles and miles. In the center of the city, you have the Basilica De Voto Nacional, which rivals The Notre Dame in Paris and adds a beautiful focal point. At night, the view is even more spectacular as the city is all lit up. I hoped that the little bit of description I included might encourage people to visit Ecuador or even just look up photos and information. Had I had a bigger word count, I definitely would've gone a lot deeper into that. If you were to choose a second myth to have written instead, which would it have been and why? Ah. That's always hard for me. I actually had a list of like twenty myths/legends from quite a few different countries and I kept going back and forth over which to write. I considered stories from Mexico like La Llorona, El Cucuy, and La Chupacabra, but I'm already writing a whole novella focused on Mexico and have a one-shot about El Cucuy. I also considered writing about the haunting of El Muro De Las Lagrimas (The Wall of Tears), which is an actual place in The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It was a penal colony where prisoners were forced to build a pointless wall in an inhospitable climate. Many of them were unjustly sent to the penal colony and most of them died there. In day, you can visit the rui ns of this wall which are the only reminder of the atrocity that happened there. Lots of locals believe the area is haunted by restless spirits. current     If you aren't already aware, this is our recent blog addition -- the Monthly Dilemma! Each month we will be asking you a question and you can respond to each question by commenting in the corresponding blog post. Anyone who comments in the blog post with an answer to the question is put into a randomized raffle to win a little prize. You will have until the 15th of the following month to answer the question to be entered into the raffle. Winners will be announced in that month's Monthly Dilemma section. Last month's raffle winner was @LadyMarauder! Please contact a Prefect to let us know where you would like your one [1] review to go (same for previous winners, ofc, if you haven't already done so)! 
  This month's dilemma is: what is the worst way to travel long distances? You have until January 15th to answer! This month's winner will receive one [1] free review on a story of your choice.   _________________ credits:
graphics [headers & dividers] -- deni
monthly dilemma question -- chelts | monthly dilemma drawing -- emma
interviewers and courriers -- deni, madi, sarah, rumpels
review columns/picspam -- rumpels | prefect reviews -- sarah
layout -- rumpels        

Sleepingbagonthesofa

Sleepingbagonthesofa

 

the musical muse challenge: results + awards!

the musical muse challenge: results + awards! Hello HPFTers! It's been a while. Maybe too long of a while. I honestly meant to have these results up a lot earlier, but I'm just kind of lowkey going through it right now? Uni + the future are both daunting and I just really wish I could put a pause on the world for a few months. Anyways, now that I'm done oversharing, let's get down to business So a few months ago, I hosted a challenge called The Musical Muse Challenge in which anyone who was interested dropped me a comment, I stuck my Spotify playlist on shuffle and then assigned them a lyric from whatever song it fell on. Then it was up to the participant to take it from there! I was interested in how they would be inspired by the lyric and whether it would be different from what I'd consider. (Spoiler alert: they were.) The entries were lots of fun to read and I had a hard time whittling it down to the top three because every entry had something I loved about it  But before I announce who won, check out who entered! ENTRIES 1. beautiful fantasy (t) by @Alwynse 2. dum vivimus vivamus (m) by @sunshine_locks 3. out of the magical world (m) by @StarFeather [ch7-8]  4. rinse and repeat (m) by @VaguelyCreativeName 5: sisyphus (m) by @ShadowRose 6. six segments of a satsuma (t) by @Aphoride   Make sure you send them all a lot of love! ^.^ Now, onto the winners of the challenge   In third place, we have dum vivus vivamus by sunshine_locks! I thought that this was such a beautiful piece because it made me feel so many things. Certain aspects of Radha's personality and life resonated with me deeply and I really appreciated the growth in her character. It was interesting to me how the lyric I used to recognise myself/it's funny how reflections change reflected the growth in her character whereas I probably would've written something a lot darker haha. Ultimately, it was the little details that were scattered throughout the one shot that really won me over. The 16k+ didn't feel like too much at all ❤️ As a reward, you have earned 2 reviews and some WJ questions! If you want me to review anything in particular, just let me know   In second place is rinse and repeat by VaguelyCreativeName! After reading this one shot, I just had to honour the entry with an award. The reason for this is because the lyric that was given was a lot more ambiguous than others in the challenge - and i don't know what you're saying but you're talking so loud from intention by kiiara - that I didn't know what I would've come up with if it was me who had gotten it. But 'rinse and repeat' really surprised me by how well it took the prompt and ran with it. Remus' internal monologue was really powerful and evoked something strong in me. Julia articulated Remus' struggle very beautifully and did so in less than 1000 words. You have earned 3 reviews, WJ questions and an aesthetic/picspam. Lemme know what you want your picspam on as well as any specific stories you'd like reviewing (or if you just want me to have at your AP) Aaaand in first place, it's Aphoride with six segments of a satsuma!!! ❤️ My review for this was largely incoherent because I was just blown away by everything in it. I adored Scorpius even though he made my heart hurt and the pure lyricism in the one shot amazed me. The lyric given was the power of youth is on my mind from 'Old Money' by Lana del Rey. When I assigned it, I personally envisioned something to do with the wizarding wars, something action-packed and all viva la revolucion. This was not that and that's precisely why I set the challenge. The one shot encompassed the same atmosphere of the song (though that wasn't a requirement) and weaved in the lyric in a more philosophical, poignant manner.  Your prizes include 4 reviews, WJ questions, an aesthetic/picspam and a spot on my (seriously needs to be updated) recs page on tumblr! Again, let me know if you want anything reviewed in particular as well as what you'd like in your picspam As for everyone who entered my challenge, thank you for doing so! It was tons of fun to read what your lovely minds cooked up.   note: graphics made by me. unfortunately, they're looking a little blurry even though they weren't like that when i downloaded them so. i luv interneting.

dirigibleplums

dirigibleplums

 

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge Winners!

Hey! So I'm here to announce the winners of our joint challenge  @nott theodore! thank you so much to everyone who entered our challenge! ❤️ we had a lot of fun reading and judging them! It's always difficult to choose as you are all so talented but results are as follows:   3rd place: Just a touch of Envy by @juls   This piece is focused on Ginny Weasley using the sin 'Envy'. Ginny is struggling with her feelings about Harry during her time at Hogwarts without him. We thought that the characterisation of Ginny was outstanding. Ginny's inner monologue was engaging and detailed. We loved the sin being used in such a realistic way. You have won 2 reviews and a recommendation in the correct thread! Please PM either of us if you want your reviews on specific stories! Well done, juls!    2nd place: Trick Step by @Chemical_Pixie This piece is focused on Angelina Johnson using the sin 'Pride'. Angelina is trying to prove herself to her friends. We loved the characterisation of Angelina, taking what we know about her from canon and expanding it to create such a vivid character in Angelina. We thought it was cool that this story could have very easily by a missing moment from canon as Abby does an amazing job tying into events in chamber of secrets. It is good to see the consequence of her 'sin' too.  You have won 4 reviews and a recommendation in the correct thread! Please PM either of us if you want your reviews on specific stories! Well done, Abby!    1st place: Daughter of the Sea (M) by @dirigibleplums This piece is focused on Albus Potter using the sin 'lust'. Albus Potter sees something that he likes and willing do whatever it takes to get what he wants. We loved this piece, it was twisted but Plum's writing is so rich and vivid. This piece really stood out to us because Albus' characteristic was so interesting and unique. We thought the way the sin was written was excellent with the way it explored the idea of control coupled with lust. You have won 6 reviews, your story in our signatures and a recommendation in the correct thread! Please PM either of us if you want your reviews on specific stories! Congratulation on being our winner, Plums!      a special thank you to the talented @Sleepingbagonthesofa for the graphics, if you would like to use your graphics then please credit her.  ❤️          

Crimson Quill

Crimson Quill

 

*sigh* tumblr is back at it again

i'm supposed to be working on this lab report that's due in like 1 day but i just had to stop by and waste my time so here we go. we're all on tumblr, so we're all familiar with the tendency that tumblr has with being up the ass of one celebrity one week and then completely turning against that celebrity en mass (i probably spelled that wrong but it's midnight) usually for no seemingly apparent reason. they did it with taylor swift and they did it with jennifer lawrence and occasionally they try and do it with emma watson. every once in a while i'll come across a post that tries to shit on emma watson and its got a bunch of notes and it's literally people just saying that she's useless and doesn't contribute anything to feminism and we should stop idolizing her and so on and so forth. and i'd first like to start off by saying that i don't think people idolize emma watson which sounds weird because i'm going out of my way to defend her right now but hear me out. you don't hear about emma watson nearly as much as you hear about rihanna or beyonce or zendaya, people aren't hyping her up as much or really paying her much attention in any way. if anything, i'd say emma watson does her work pretty quietly without trying to draw attention to herself for the most part. and what i don't really understand is why?????? emma watson minds her business for the most part, she does feminism work pretty quietly, she cares about the environment, like nothing about her is in any way offensive you know what i mean? she's just minding her own business and i don't really understand why tumblr is always trying to get everyone to turn on her. she even said that everyday she's learning more about feminism and trying to educate herself and expand her view and opinions to have a better understanding. so yeah, that was my spiel, i just want people to leave homegirl she's just living her life and doing her best.

greisful

greisful

 

Prefects Fall Writing Challenge Results | December 7th, 2018

Prefect Fall Writing Challenge: [Insert Name Here] Results The entries were spooky, pumpkin-filled and autumnal. From urban legends about Hogwarts staircases to funerals to Greek myths, the entries to the Prefect Fall Writing Challenge had it all! If you haven't read all the entries, we highly recommend you do: @Chelts-rhj Queen of the Underworld  -  Prompt: Myths and Legends @Amortentia1992 In The Forest (M)  -  Prompt: Halloween/Autumn @Finefrenzy__ Eyes Like Steel (M)  -  Prompt: Halloween @Chemical_Pixie Trick Step (T) - Prompt: Myths and Legends, Autumn @northbound24 A Halloween Wake - Prompt: Halloween @potionspartner The Sound of Sacrifice (T) - Prompt: Pumpkins (Autumn) @juls Ghost in the Attic (M) - Prompt: Myths and Legends @Diogenissa Hollow Fences (M) - Prompt: Myths and Legends @Alwynse Pie-Eating Barbarian - Prompt: Autumn @TreacleTart Aguardiente - Prompt: Myths and Legends @StarFeather Chaos Around a Ginkgo Mountain - Prompt: Autumn   However, there can only be three winners! They are as follows... [drum roll] 🥁 Third Place Pie-Eating Barbarian by @Alwynse Prize: Award Graphic, PicSpam related to your entry, WJ Questions Alwynse writes about a fun fall festival where Lily Evans agrees to go out with James Potter only if he wins the annual Pie-Eating Contest. Marlene plays a great antagonizer of Lily about her true feelings for James. This is a cute, fluffy piece great for a quick pick-me-up!   Second Place The Sound of Sacrifice by @potionspartner Prize: Award Graphic, PicSpam related to your entry, WJ Questions, One (1) Additional Review Barbara puts a twist on the purpose of those ever-present pumpkins during Halloween and the autumn season. This story follows the life and sacrifice of one of Hagrid's giant pumpkins during Harry's third year at Hogwarts. The pumpkin takes its sacrifice as the reason for Harry being able to continue his journey to defeat Voldemort, which is a nice touch for something most people consider to be a background element to the plot in Prisoner of Azkaban that gets the spotlight.    First Place  Aguardiente by @TreacleTart Prize: Award Graphic, PicSpam related to your entry, WJ Questions, Customizable About Me Dividers, Feature in the Prefect Blog Kaitlin weaves a tale of a young man walking alone through the streets of Quito, Ecuador late at night. He has memories of his aunt telling him of a ghost story about the Guagua auca, a demon that takes the form of a baby. As he moves along and remembers more of what she told him, the streets get more and more eerie and deserted, and he begins sobering up. His senses heighten as do the readers' until the climactic ending. Her use of a true myth from Ecuador illustrates Kaitlin's knowledge of other cultures and draws upon it for this beautifully written story.    Congratulations to our winners and all of our participants! Your participation reviews will be coming soon.  Prize winners can contact a Prefect about what story they would like their additional review(s) on! @TreacleTart please contact @Rumpelstiltskin about how you'd like your About Me Dividers to be customized if you'd like them. Please rehost and credit @facingthenorthwind for all prize graphics. 

MadiMalfoy

MadiMalfoy

 

don't be this participant

i'm a research assistant for a cognition lab and yesterday i was running this participant on an eye tracker but she couldn't take her glasses off because she's hella blind and i was like okay you can keep them on. the eyetracker doesn't like glasses, it glitches out pretty bad most of the time. so i couldn't get the eyetracker to work, her drift on the screen from the spot she was supposed to be looking at was so bad i couldn't even finish the calibration because it was just like,,,,,,not on the screen. so i said to her that it wasn't working but i'd be willing to explain to her what would have happened if she had gone through with the study. she said no that she was perfectly willing to reschedule for today, saturday, so i did. 20 minutes has gone by since she was supposed to show up and she still isn't here. i even sent her an email telling her to call me so i can come let her into the building since it's usually locked on the weekends. and i'm so annoyed because i was perfectly willing to give her her extra credits yesterday because she showed up to the study but she insisted on rescheduling even though she apparently had no intention of showing up like girl,,,,,,,just take your credits and go!!!!!! and now i don't know if i'm supposed to mark her as a no show or still give her the credits since she showed up the first time. long story short i'm very annoyed with this girl for wasting my gotdamn time.

greisful

greisful

 

October, November, and Damn...the Year is Ending?

I didn't get around to posting my blog for October, so this one gets to cover two months...which may actually be a good thing. To be honest, I don't remember much of October. It was a month of trying to settle into our new home here in New York. It was a month of adjustments and changes and a lot of sleep for me—I deal with stress and anxiety by hibernating. November was both better and worse. It was incredibly stressful: my fiancé and I did a ton of wedding planning; I started applying to dream jobs—and being rejected; and we found out that our apartment...has bed bugs. Now, people of HPFT, if you've ever had bed bugs...I am so sorry. It's been an absolute nightmare. I basically haven't slept well in a month. I've been eaten alive, had the exterminator come twice (meaning we all had to leave the apartment for 6 hours, including our kitty who does not like leaving his dominion), spent over $250 on sprays/products/medical supplies/cat boarding/etc., and Googled way too many things about these godforsaken monsters. Bed bugs...are a nightmare. So, you could say that it's been a difficult month. On the upside, though, I did some editing for NaNo! I didn't get nearly everything I wanted to finished, but I was able to edit and post three chapters of Collateral (M) which makes me feel really happy and excited! It means I'll be moving along nicely when things calm down a bit for me and I have more time to write. Unfortunately, that will be sometime in the distant future after we get rid of the aforementioned bugs and put our home back together. We're going into the final month of 2018. It hasn't been the best year, but it's had its definite positives. 33 days until 2019. Let's do this.

Renacerá

Renacerá

 

In the Spotlight | November 23rd

Welcome to the November '18 issue of In the Spotlight -- your monthly recap of achievements, complete with extras and interviews from all the wonderful people we've recognized this month. We have for you all the usual suspects (Order of Merlin, Story of the Month, and more) as well as the brand new Monthly Dilemma for you all to answer AND last month's drawn winner. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry in the Prefect's Autumn Writing Challenge! We have had a marvellous time reading all your entries and should have results back to you relatively soon. Until then, sit back, relax with a hot beverage, as we bring in some of the coldest parts of the year.     The November Order of Merlin was awarded to the one and only @galadriel! Nim is a wonderful force of enthusiasm that has descended upon HPFT. She has been so kind as to entertain us all with a few interview questions! How long have you been a part of the Harry Potter fanfiction community?
Ah, I think I ventured into the world of fanfiction back in 2013 and joined the HPFT forums in 2016 when it was brand new. I went on hiatus in 2017 though and found my way back in 2018 - so that's about 4-5 years of being a part of the community. 
 
What is your favourite part about working behind-the-scenes?
I love being on the other side during events! It's so great to see the different ways in which each of the housesapproach the tasks and the fun that everyone has. I also love the feeling of satisfaction I get from being able to give back in some way to a community that's been a huge part of my life over the last few years. 
 
Favourite type of fanfiction to read/write?
Angst angst angst. Minor characters, mishaps, murder, suspense, interesting sub-plots! Anything that hits me with all the feels. 
 
What is your OTP?
I... don't think I have one? I like some pairings more than others, but I'm not opposed to reading anything as long as it's written well. I'm currently shipping Hermione/Neville so, SO hard though so if anyone has recs, send them my wayplease ! 
 
What is your favourite non-HP fandom?
I'm going with my top three - Merlin, Doctor Who andLoTR - because it's too difficult to pick just one. 
 
What are three of your favourite writing locations?
My little writing corner at home is my top favourite because I've set it up in a way that it induces creativity, with paintings and posters all around it, and the wall adjacent to my desk is covered with bookshelves. When I want a change of scenery, I usually go to a little bookstore nearby - the coffees they serve are all delicious and they have a space for writers and students to sit and work so I tend to have interesting conversations with people there. My third haunt is an outdoor cafe for when I don't want to be within four walls and it also satisfies my caffeine needs. 
 
If you HAD to cut one of your characters out of one of your stories, who would it be and why?
Gosh this is SUCH a difficult question. Umm. I'd go with Jamila, one of the minor characters in the novel I'm writing. While I like her and wouldn't want to cut her out, she's not as important as the other characters and cutting her out wouldn't lead to major holes in my story.      This November, we recognized @teh tarik's To Boil Telephone Porridge | 煲電話粥 [M]. We have featured this story in our In the Spotlight in the past as both the winner of the Spring Quarter Prefect Challenge as well as for winning a Story of the Month title for Slytherin House's monthly awards. As such, it is with great pleasure to see this story featured as sitewide Story of the Month. R E V I E W   C O L U M N As stated above, this story has run miles across the HPFT Forums and our hearts, so much so that it has been recognized for its glory on a number of levels. If you haven't read To Boil Telephone Porridge, I cannot emphasize enough to click the above link. The plot follows the life of Daniel, his journey to discovering himself, and how he is shunned by his family and society in doing so. It explores Malaysian politics and society and what role they have in negatively impacting the LGBTQ community as well as what kind of impact an ostracising family can have in life and relationships. Most importantly, it explores self-acceptance, external acceptance, and allowing forgiveness.  This story has such a strong message weaved throughout its depths. It is truly a pleasure to read and absorb.      November also brought in two new Head Students with it! We recognize @WriteYourHeartOut and @potionspartner for their incredible feats on the Forums and the Archives, who have a knack for spreading that sense of wholeness and community that HPFT is known for. We had the opportunity to ask them some fun questions and they, in turn, bestowed upon us some wonderful answers.    T A N Y A ' S   I N T E R V I E W Why did you pick the House you are in?
I always get sorted intoeither Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw when I take sorting quizzes, and I do feel pretty evenly split between the two, but I think the reason I always choose Hufflepuff over any of the other houses is simply because Hufflepuff's are who I, at the end of the day, aspire to be like. I don't always feel like a good Hufflepuff, but calling myself one anyway keeps me consistently trying to be a better person. If there’s one story of yours you would like to tell us about, what would it be and why?
Unsurprisingly, I would say Lying Josephine [M]. It's been my baby for eight years, and it's very close to my heart. Even though I'm terrible at actually getting myself to write it, I'm really attached to the characters and the story line and the relationships and all of it. I wish I could just finish writing it already, because I love where it goes, and I have a handful of really wonderful and loyal readers who I desperately want to share the full story with and see their reactions and talk about these secret moments I've had planned for so many years. Someday it will happen! Tell us your favourite joke.
It's cute that you'd think it would be something appropriate for this site. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken and how did you break it?
My mom's van. I was camping with some friends, and I guess the sound we all heard the engine making meant it needed oil... And I also guess you shouldn't drive two hours without any... But how were a group of teenage musical theatre nerds supposed to know that?! What character would you like to trade places with for a week, if you had to choose one?
Janet from The Good Place, probably. She knows all the things! Like. Every unanswered question about my life I would suddenly just know. (Which is both amazing and terrifying, but totally worth it.) What was your favourite TV show growing up?
I really loved Hey, Arnold! as a kid. And as a teenager, probably Dawson's Creek. Hard to choose, though, cause I grew up in the90's, and everything was the best then.   B A R B A R A ' S   I N T E R V I E W Why did you pick the House you are in?
Because Claws are the best! I love random facts just for the sake of knowledge. People at work often roll their eyes at me because of my "gifted" answers to questions. A few weeks ago, we actually took a Harry Potter personality test as part of a training exercise. The asinine computer tried to tell me I was a Slytherin. I was so horrified that I refused to when they asked us to stand up when our house was called. (Not that I have anything against Slytherins. It just isn't me. I always get caught when doing even slightly questionable things.) 

If there’s one story of yours you would like to tell us about, what would it be and why? 
That's a hard one. I've only been writing for just under a year, but my works are fairly varied: slow-burn, tohumor, to psychological thriller. My main characters are everything from the expected to the obscure HP characters to pumpkins and cows. However, I guess I'll pick: I Hate Multi Colored Days. I wrote it for the Unreliable Narrator Challenge. It's looking at the challenges of having autism from a little boy's perspective. It's also an autobiography of my family.  If you know anyone who has autism, I encourage you to read it.

What is your favourite emoji? 
Emojis? Those are those cute little faces everyone adds to their sentences instead of periods, right? Just kidding. I've tried to use them occasionally but have spent less than 0.001% of my brain power contemplating them. I've seen some people use one hiding behind a sofa. That one is cute. 

If you were magically transported into a movie, which movie would you prefer it to be?
Definitely a Jane Austen romance: Emma, Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sense ability.  HP comes in second place.  

Name one mythical creature you wish actually existed. 
House Elves. I hate cleaning my house.

If you were moving to a foreign country but could only pack four [4] items, what would they be? 
1. Bottled water. I don't like carbonated water some countries thrive on.  2. Chick-fil-A It's more American than apple pie  3. A soft pillow. Not that other countries don't have them, but you can never betocareful about getting a good night's sleep. 4. My family-although they would hate the move, I'm not leaving without them.   
\O/ This is where we all get to peek in each other's common rooms to help celebrate their monthly achievements! Please put your hands together for these phenomenal members and stories.   Gryffindor House saw @Crimson Quill as their member of the month and @Sleepingbagonthesofa's Yaxley [M] as their story of the month! They have both been so kind as to entertain us with some responses to interview questions!    A B B I ' S   I N T E R V I E W Give us your best House Pride shoutout! 
what can I say? our bunch are loud, proud and slightly insane.  What is your favourite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why? 
I love that our common room has been so lively currently! they have been introducing lots of stuff recently, I love RvG. I always have a lot of fun reviewing and I think reviewing is a great way to encourage writers and it's nice to be giving love to my fellow housemates so it's a nice game to little push to review more too.  If animals could talk, which one would be the most annoying?
I feel like it would be a dog, that sounds mean but I think they would always want your attention or need something so they wouldn't leave you alone which can be good thing for some people or just not for me. If you could go anywhere in the world (no matter the cost) where would it be and why?
Somewhere I could see Elephants in their natural habitat so India or Kenya..something like that    D E N I ' S   I N T E R V I E W Give us your best House Pride shoutout!  I present to you... This tweet that I stole off the Gryffie Group Chat! (And thank you to Sam who tweeted this, allowing me to be very lazy months later!  ) What is your favourite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why?
The Common Room was has been so busy recently are there are so many things to choose from! It's quite small but every month Gina includes a game in Printed with Pride, I love having a go and seeing what everyone else's answers and results were. It's such a nice wee thing to look forward to.   What was the last song you sung along to?
Africa by Toto.  If you were given an unlimited amount of money to open a museum, what kind of museum would it be?
I would have a museum containing all of the socks, hairpins and pens that I've lost over the years along with cards that would tell me where the hell I lost them in the first place.    Hufflepuff recognized the wonderful @Dojh167's Pretty Little Thing this November as their housewide story of the month!    Ravenclaw recognised the lovely @Margaret as their member of the month and @Chelts-rhj's Queen of the Underworld as their in-house story of the month!    M A R G A R E T ' S   I N T E R V I E W Give us your best House Pride shoutout!
I'm not fully sure what this is asking (and I'm sure I'm missing something obvious).  What is your favorite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why?
Probably the Nargles. It's great to see all the stories that get nominated and perhaps learn of some excellent stories you'd overlooked. And, of course, it's amazing to have one of your own stories nominated for an award. What is your least favorite trope/cliche?
Falling in love solving everything and/or the plot just being a device to get two people together. I'm not a fan of romance anyway, but it particularly irritates me when I'm reading a really interesting premise and it turns out the whole thing is just a device to get two characters together and the whole plot is forgotten or tied up quickly in order to focus on the romance. Or when a character has a serious problem like PTSD from the war and then falls in love and is instantly cured. What was the last thing you Googled?
Well, I googled this site to come on here, but the last thing I went looking for information on may have been the new philosophy short course in the new Junior Cert. syllabus.   C H E L T S ' S   I N T E R V I E W Give us your best House Pride shoutout!
‘Claw Pride!! Thank you to all the super smarty pants that support me and my random writing capabilities! Couldn’t do it withouty’all.  What is your favorite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why?
While I don’t often put my ideas in, I really like ‘think pink’. I mean, I’ve been agonizing over “Bottle death and brew glory at sea” for weeks now. It’s what I doodle on my yellow notepad when I’m pretending to be working.  What is your favorite scent?
LAVENDER! Omg. I have this lavender eucalyptus candle form the renfaire I work at during spring. It never lasts me all year. Pick a month and give it a tagline!
September- Voir la vie en rose, one leaf at a time.    Slytherin saw the lovely @juls as their member of the month and @Rumpelstiltskin's We, Lawbreaking Citizens [M] as their in-house story of the month.   J U L S ' S   I N T E R V I E W
Give us your best House Pride shoutout!  First off, I just want to thank my Slytherin family for voting me as 'Snake of the Month'. That just tickled me to death (in a good way, I assure you.) I love how welcoming everyone has been since I've joined. I'm so happy I took Elena's advice to come here.

What is your favorite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why?
I'm going to have to say the 'Count to Ten before the Staff Interrupts'. I think I'm the cause for it being bumped up to '15'. Sorry!!! We did get quite a few wins, and I rather enjoyed the camaraderie of it all.Hopefully it picks back up after NaNo. Another - the Review Swap thread. None of us can EVER get enough reviews. Or give enough reviews. Enjoying each others prides and joys just brings us all closer. And, of course, the Basilisk Bodega. Where we all just climb in our baskets with our plushies, blankets, drink of choice and just chat away. What would be a perfect day for you?
A perfect day for me is a nice cup of coffee (hot or iced), a book to read and some time to write. OR - going somewhere special with my boyfriend and having fun. Gatlinburg is our close place of choice. So much to do there. We haven't even gone to one of the dinner shows yet. But we did go to 'The Titanic' for my birthday one year. If you could have any super-power/magical ability, what would it be and why?
My friend, Mandy, had a character once ask one ofcharacters, if I would want to fly or be invisible. I picked invisible. I still would. It's a lot easier to not to be noticed in life. Be in the background. I was a shy person back when, and I hated to have to speak in class. I even quit violin when I found out we had to do a recital in front of the school. I'm a bit more outgoing than I was back then - but, not by much.
R U M P E L ' S   I N T E R V I E W Give us your best House Pride shoutout! 
Go, SlytherWIN!  Thank you, Snakes, for being a huge part of my life -- you're all a part of my family and I'm not sure what I'd do without you lovelies. #fraternity #familia #love #loyalty   What is your favorite activity/event/thing you hold in your House? Why?
There's a lot of places I love in the snake pit, but I think my mostfavorite thing is the Silver Quill (our quarterly newsletter). It's awesome to be able to explore the previous quarter of Slytherin achievement and celebrate with my housemates.   If there are only two types of people in the world, what are the two types?
Slytherins and Not-Slytherins. Describe your favorite time of day using only emojis. 🌠🌜🌉🦉🐐     If you aren't already aware, this is our recent blog addition -- the Monthly Dilemma! Each month we will be asking you a question and you can respond to each question by commenting in the corresponding blog post. Anyone who comments in the blog post with an answer to the question is put into a randomized raffle to win a little prize. You will have until the 15th of the following month to answer the question to be entered into the raffle. Winners will be announced in that month's Monthly Dilemma section. Last month's raffle winner is @Pixileanin! Congratulations, you have won -- one free review! Please contact a Prefect to let us know where you'd like it.  This month's dilemma is: what is the most overrated holiday food?  You have until December 15th to answer!  This month's winner will receive one [1] free review on a story of your choice.  _________________ credits:
graphics [headers/dividers] -- deni
monthly dilemma drawing & question -- sarah
interviewers -- madi, deni, sarah, nix, rumpel
review column -- rumpel | prefect reviews -- nix
layout -- rumpel
 

Sleepingbagonthesofa

Sleepingbagonthesofa

 

cassie clare: why she makes me tired

cassie clare: why she makes me tired (a spoilery criticism of some of the reasons i am losing interest) Okay so I planned to write this post a few days ago, but then midterms and assignments claimed my soul I am living the dream life, people. Every day is a dream. Anyways, I was inspired to write this particular topic when I was scrolling through tumblr the other day and I saw Cassie Clare had released another snippet of QoAD (which I didn’t read because your girl doesn’t need any spoilers tyvm ). I’m pretty sure I saw the name ‘Alec Lightwood’ as I noped the hell out of there which, for some reason, incited such a visceral reaction in me that I had to come here and say something. Because apparently I think I know a lot. Feel free to disagree. This post is essentially a criticism of Cassie Clare and the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I know a lot of people don’t read her stuff because they disagree with her behaviour and her past actions. However, I was already invested in TDA by the time I fully looked into it, so I kind of really want to see how it ends? That doesn’t mean I don’t have my criticisms, of course. It’s been a while since I’ve read any of the books in the entire Shadowhunter series and I have to reiterate that I do enjoy them a lot. I think Cassie Clare is a great writer, if a little too heavy on exposition and describing every-little-thing, and her characters really hold up her stories. That being said… 1.       She really needs to learn to let go of her characters. I get it. It’s hard to let go of your characters, especially when you’ve poured so much into them. I’ve been there myself actually with the Dormitory 2.6A series because it was so significant to my development as a writer and I had so many ideas about them that didn’t make it into the original story. Writers get attached. Regardless, my girl needs to learn to let them go. "Them" meaning the cast of The Mortal Instruments. When she wrote TMI, she had a bit of overlap with The Infernal Devices, the biggest being Brother Zachariah (my one true love ❤️), but most of it was quite subtle. A passage here about Magnus remembering “the gas-lit streets of London”, or a mention of a book with a faded note from a Will Herondale there. It was very organic. This is not the case with TDA. At every chance she gets, Cassie Clare mentions TMI characters in TDA and quite frankly, it doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand why Clary, Jace, Alec and so on have such an invested interest in Emma or Julian and the rest of the Blackthorns when they were just some of many children who were left distraught by the Dark War. Actually, I do know why – because Cassie Clare doesn’t know how to let them go. Their contributions to the TDA storyline are so bizarre and out of place. At least Jem has a viable reason to turn up in Lady Midnight – he and Emma are both the last living Carstairs – but Clary? Not so much. Like. I don’t understand why she would tell Emma out of all people a secret she can’t reveal to anyone else. Like. A seventeen year old kid. None of it makes sense. It just frustrates me because it bogs down an otherwise really good book. 2.       Speaking of bogging down… she has so many unnecessary scenes in her books. Look, I love TDA. Mostly because of the characters, yes, but I still really enjoyed reading Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows (more so the first). But there’s a reason why each book keeps getting bigger and it’s because she doesn’t cut the unnecessary scenes. You can really tell with LoS because it takes like five chapters for one event in the Seelie Realm to occur and I’m just like,,, pls. We know you can do better. It just takes away from the book in the end, I feel? Because it just means that the subplots are going at a pace slower than what I would usually be hooked by since there’s so much to cut through. I don’t understand why her editors aren’t telling her to trim down the unnecessary bits. It’s not even about characterisation because her characterisation is amazing without all of these extras. 3.       Love triangles. I’m not really a fan of love triangles, but Cassie Clare apparently is. Throughout the entire Shadowhunter Chronicles, she has had: -          TID: Jem, Will and Tessa (the only love triangle I’ve actually been okay with) -          TMI: Simon, Clary and Jace (a v boring and unnecessary one) -          TMI: Maia, Simon and Izzy (…just… why) -          TDA: Emma, Julian and Mark (I’m really glad this didn’t go the direction I thought she’d take it) -          TDA: Kieran, Mark and Christina (probably going to be a polyamorous relationship tbh) -          TDA: Kit, Livvy and Ty (again: why. just why.) There are probably more that I’ve missed out, but you get the point 😕 I don’t understand why there always needs to be a love triangle, even when the two protagonists have been in love with each other for years (like Emma and Jules). It’s not a very interesting or original way to make their relationship turbulent, especially if you’ve done it so many times within one world. 4.       She’s… never going to stop I’ve decided that I’m probably going to stop reading after QoAD 😕 As in, I won’t be buying new installments because my girl is not finishing with TDA. She has plans to write a trilogy set after TID called The Last Hours and another one set after TDA with the younger Blackthorns called The Wicked Powers. And that doesn’t include all of the special releases such as The Bane Chronicles, Ghosts of the Shadow Market or The Tales of Shadowhunter Academy. I personally believe that we don’t need to know everything about the world of Shadowhunters. We don’t need to know if and how everything gets resolved with the Clave’s corruption and the dated views of Nephilim society. It’s nice to leave a few things unresolved! I actually really like it! Idk everyone, I just feel like a lot of it might be a money grab? Don't get me wrong, I do think Cassie Clare clearly enjoys writing in this world, but I also think she manages to conveniently include a lot of fan favourites in series that should otherwise not feature them and that loyal fans buy them for that. For example, Jem has turned up in TDA and his involvement in GOTSM was really pushed. Will, Tessa and Jem all featured in TOTSA as did the story about Malec adopting a warlock baby. TLH will naturally include Will, Tessa and Jem/Brother Zachariah since the main characters are their children. TWP will probably include Jem and Tessa again. And probably Malec. You see what I mean? Sigh. Anyways, I know I’ve just ranted for a long time, but I guess I’m just tired of it all? Sometimes, writers just need to learn to let go. I guess that's what I'm trying to say ultimately. Another shining example would be JKR. The HP series doesn't need any more additions imho, we have it all sorted  

dirigibleplums

dirigibleplums

 

NaNo Helpline

With the NaNo season already well underway, your Prefects would like to present The NaNo Helpline !  Over the past month, we've asked you wonderful people to send in some of your burning questions to be answered. We've also contacted a couple members of HPFT who are highly experienced in the ways of NaNo to give some advice for any new/returning NaNo participants. To tie things off, some of us decided to share some stories of our personal NaNo experiences with you, so that you can learn from our mistakes and victories. We hope you enjoy! We asked you to send us questions, and now we are answering them! Hang on tight!  Dear Prefects, I fear I may have to sever ties with those who insist coffee is the superior caffeinated beverage. How do I correct the error of their ways (because tea is clearly superior) while maintaining these friendships? Sincerely, Tea is Best. while us coffee and tea drinkers may have our differences, i think the important thing here is that we're all united against the real enemy here: those freaks of nature who somehow function with no caffeine whatsoever. -taylor Why isn't that an option for Race to the Death... We would be a united force against the functional humans?!  - Deni Some of us drink both tea and coffee....because either way I get caffeine! It's gotta be a slow correction -- almost imperceptibly keep offering them tea (with a variety of flavors to choose from) whenever you are with them and make them try a different kind each time. This should make them warm up to drinking tea subconsciously. After a sufficient amount of time has passed, the next time they ask for coffee at your place, tell them you're all out but you do have some strongly caffeinated tea they are more than welcome to have instead. They'll still be your friend, and you'll have converted them over to tea in what seems like no time! - Madi Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee -- coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee. - Rumpels   Dear Prefects, I'm out of caffeinated tea. It's 2am and I'm coming up on a really intense scene. My eyes are itchy from lack of sleep, but my hands twitch from excitement. Do I go to bed or keep writing? Love, An under caffeinated and overstressed Nano Participant Dear U-C and OS NaNo Participant,  I have hit this point many a time (in fact, I was in this exact boat on Nov. 2nd just last week!). In this instance, I did end up writing out the next scene because then I was able to complete the chapter I've been unable to finish for months. In years past though, I've decided to jot down a couple notes about the scene, maybe a bit of dialogue I want to use, and then called it a night. In this case, if you're out of caffeinated tea and this upcoming scene is very intense, my recommendation would be to go to bed. Take a few notes, and then shut that computer off (or just close the laptop, you know) and sleep on it because then you can come back at it with a fresh brain the next day.  Love,  Madi Dear Prefects: The cursor keeps blinking on my blank MicroSoft Word document. How do I fill the page with words? Sincerely, Panicking Wordsmith Dear Panicking Wordsmith,  All that it takes to fill the page with words is a good attitude and a goal! Play that perfect playlist for the scene you want to write, or if it's a completely new story, pick something out that feels like it's the right fit for your idea. Keep a beverage close by (preferably tea or coffee, or water for hydration!) and just go for it! The first step is always the hardest when it comes to a blank document.  Sometimes if it's just not happening, a little diversion within the realm of reason is okay too! I usually go find some songs and collect them for how I want the scene to play out/characters to feel, and generally just look for inspo! Then once I feel okay about things again, I open up that document and start typing away.  Love, Madi
  Dear Panicking Wordsmith, If you can believe, it you can achieve it! Grab nice warm cup of coffee (or tea, I suppose 🙄) and settle in with your favorite playlist. The caffeine will fill you with energy and the playlist will have you inspired to write all the words. If you're still having trouble, I recommend treating yourself to a break. I'm partial to a nice Netflix binge. There's nothing like an episode of your favorite to show to make you feel loose and ready to roll. Or pinterest, to gather all sorts of random images related to your story and get those creative juices flowing again! Love, Sarah
How do you manage academia and NaNo without sacrificing the 50k goal? In the 5 years I've been doing NaNoWriMo, I've been in school (undergrad, and now graduate school). In my first year, I did attempt the 50k goal and what I can tell you is that it is going to be so very hard and challenging! But, it is possible. What I tried to do is just find a few minutes throughout the day during the week to get 100 words here and there. Then I would dedicate a half hour to an hour depending on the night to NaNo. Weekends, all NaNo, baby! I didn't quite make it to 50k, but I got to 42k, so it is totally doable. If you think about it like it's your stress relief from school, it becomes a lot easier! Love,  Madi  
If your NaNo goal is to complete a fic, and your word count is going up but your fic is also getting insanely longer, how do you prune it shorter? This is something I usually don't struggle with during non-NaNo events, but I have realized it is an issue, so thank you for bringing it up! Often what I do is just get words on the page so that I stay on track with my goal for the month and don't worry about the number of words. Then when I have a bit more time I go back to the chapter/one-shot/etc and comb through it for general edits and also scene edits -- are they necessary? do they seem to fit here or could they go elsewhere? can I just cut it completely? It's very much about the second-look editing process for me, but for others, they just go for it and don't worry about it being too long! Love, Madi   Turning your WIP into dialogue-only is certain to shorten your word count. Alternatively, you could try cutting out all dialogue all-together to the same effect  .  A more plot-driven way to achieve this is to simply kill off all of your characters in one go, which will end your story and therefore complete your NaNo goal, rendering you a champion of champions.  A final solution to your problem is to be conscious of your plot arch while writing, which can be a bit tricky in the fast-paced world of NaNo. Just keep asking yourself, "Is this important to the story? Does this matter? Will this 'event' move the plot along and ultimately aid in the story progression? Does this matter?''  You've actually set yourself a bit of a difficult goal here, as word counts can be trimmed during editing and any unnecessary fat can be removed. However, since you're racing against 30 days to complete a story of an unknown word count is a bit more difficult than setting a concrete word count in that regard. My best advice is to repeat the mantra, "is this important" and, if it isn't, skip it.  --Rumpels   Dear Prefects, NaNo is overshadowing my other responsibilities in life. How can I balance the thing I most want to do (NaNo) with things that I least want to do (RL responsibilities)? Yours truly, She-who-needs-to-sort-out-her-priorities Dear She-who-needs-to-sort-out-her-priorities, Life is all about balance! Try using NaNo as a reward. For example: I can only open this word document of the story that I just got an idea for once I've finished my laundry. If (or when) that doesn't work, then oh well, you do you, girl. Who needs clean underwear anyway? Love,  Sarah     
Dear Prefects, I have these amazing and wonderful, fully developed characters in my head. I've spent hours finding the perfect pictures and optimal settings for their picspams. Every time I make one, I think of more ideas for graphics. I'm worried that I'll be consumed by pictures and not by words for NaNo. What do I do? From, A Picspamming Procrastinator Dear Picspamming Procrastinator, A picture speaks a thousand words, right? Use your picspams as inspiration for that scene you just can't develop, that chapter you just can't finish, or that story you've always wanted to write. Tell the story; what is your picspam saying? Perhaps, see above advice for additional information about "balance". But uhh, maybe avoid the other above advice and stay off of pinterest. No need for temptation. Love, Sarah
Dear Prefects, I'm laughing at my own jokes a bit too much. Am I that funny or that sleep deprived? From, A Lethargic Comic  Dear Lethargic Comic, You are just as funny as you think you are! But just to be safe, ask yourself after a night of sleep, is the joke just as funny the next morning?  Probably not. 😜  Love, Sarah
After the hype of the first week I really find myself struggling to maintain enthusiasm to write. What's a good way to keep the energy going? The best way I've found to keep the energy going is a good support system! Find a great group of people who are motivating, encouraging, and loving. It'll feel good to be apart of something so wonderful and you'll feel more energized and pumped up every time you offer the same support to someone else! Also: coffee, your favorite snack food, and a dance party (solo or not) with a solid jam. -Sarah
The real question here is how much caffeine are you willing to drink at any given interval? I find that as long as I am passionate about what I'm writing, it's much easier to keep up your energy to write. Make sure you are in love with your characters and plot (which comes right down to make sure you are writing for yourself first). Then you'll find yourself happy to wake up and tap away at your word document over a cup of tea in the morning, sneak in a dozen words during an important meeting at work, and spend your evening splattering your ideas across the canvas.  Also, Sarah's dance party idea is revolutionary.  -Rumpels   When writing OF, how do you balance the need for external validation while being conscious of how much you share on a public forum? The important thing to keep in mind is your comfort level and safety. How much do you feel comfortable sharing at any given time? And, of course, basic internet safety protocols. While it's not damning to expose who you are as a person, it's important to make sure you're not giving away any personal information along the lines of fine location and intimate personal details. When it comes down to it, personal safety is going to reign supreme over validation every time, in my opinion. -Rumpels   How do you persuade your government to make November an academic holiday? Start a petition! Get 3 billion signatures!  (I mean, this always works, doesn't it? ) -Rumpels   Every year I find that I stray more and more from outlines during NaNo. Any tips on how to stay somewhat on track?  Bribe your muse to cooperate with you. Staple a copy of the outline to every surface in your home, so it's always in sight. For on-the-go outlines, make sure to bring a stick of lipstick with you, so that you can write the outlines on your car windows and office computer monitor. Teach your dog to talk. Teach your dog to remind you to stick to the outline. Have custom bedsheets and pillowcases made that have your complete outline on them. That way, you won't ever be tempted to stray from your outline, even in your sleep. While sticking to your outline isn't absolutely important, in my opinion, a good way to stick to your outline might be to remind yourself that on-the-spur inspiration that would take you away from your outline might ultimately change where your story will end. You've taken the time to plan your story so that A meets Z, so taking F - P on a different path from what you've already plotted might mean that Z can no longer be Z, if that makes sense. When inspiration strikes, try making a note of your idea IN your outline for the editing/rewrite stage. While you're trying to put as many words on paper as humanly possible during NaNo, you might not be able to think about how it will affect your plot or characters as clearly as when you're in the editing stages. At that point, you'll have a more concrete idea of where your story is and how the change will affect it overall.  -Rumpels   We are very excited to bring in some experts of NaNo past who were so kind as to answer some questions for us! Please give it up for @Gryffin_Duck  @scooterbug8515 and @Wolfgirl! Thank you so, so much for taking the time to get back to us! You all are simply NaNo legends and we're very excited to share your answers with everyone.   G R Y F F I N _ D U C K 1. What are your top three pieces of advice for anyone who is interested in participating in NaNo? 1. Write as much as you can, when you can, especially early on. It's only 1667 words per day, but there will be days when you are too busy to write. If you have a buffer built in early, you can not write on those days when you're busy, rather than forcing yourself to write when you really should be going to bed. 
2. Find your writing buddies! Whether they're online or you know them in real life, NaNo is much easier with a support system of others who are also participating. Last year I did NaNo without many writing buddies and it was the year I struggled the most. 
3. Ignore your Inner Editor, to a degree. You don't want to be deleting and rewriting too much during NaNo, but if something is annoying you, be it a character's name, a few typos, or a certain scene, take the time to fix it. Without that in the back of your head, you'll be able to concentrate on new words. 
2. Are there any tips/tricks you've learned through your experience and NaNo that helps you be successful? Definitely build that buffer of word count as early on as possible. I try and build it the first weekend in November. I have much more steam in the beginning of the month, so it's easier to get ahead than play catchup during the last week.  I owe most of my NaNos to rat races. If I'm doing a rat race I can ignore the internet and not get distracted by other things. If I'm not rat racing, I'm much more likely to get distracted. 
3. What was one of your favorite NaNo experiences?  I did my first five NaNos with my sister and that was the best. We wrote together both in real life and virtually and it was such a great bonding experience. She was too busy to NaNo during college, but now that she's graduated, I'm going to get her back into it one of these years!   S C O O T E R B U G 8 5 1 5 1. What are your top three pieces of advice for anyone who is interested in participating in NaNo? My top three pieces of advice for those looking to participate are: 1.  Don't let the word count intimidate you, it is more manageable than you think and you don't have to do the 50k to participate
2. Don't be hard on yourself about your goal.  The event is all about taking time to write.  The extreme deadline was created to push you not to judge you.  So if you write just a few words during NaNo that makes you a winner because you didn't have those words before.  
3. Connect.  Connect with someone who is going to be an amazing cheerleader, an amazing partner during this event, an amazing competitor... whatever keeps you motivated.  Having people cheer you on or working while you are working helps loads.  It inspires and reminds you, you aren't alone.  There are several ways you can connect either here or on the NaNo forums (just practice your usual internet safety as always.) 2. Are there any tips/tricks you've learned through your experience and NaNo that helps you be successful?  One of my favorite tricks to help with your word count particularly if you are going for the big 50k  One of those tricks is don't delete it just mark it off with a thing I like to call "the brackets of these are not the words you are looking for"  it allows you to mark a scene or collection of words as 'deleted' but they are still there buffering your word count.  You spent the time writing don't count it all as a loss.  Some of my friends have a garbage word file, where they cut and past the would be deleted scenes - the words still count as they should as you spent creative time and energy writing them.  My favorite tip is to write ahead, do your best to create a word count buffer.  Writing 1667 every day is insane - straight up.  But writing 2-3k every few days with 500 in between is more manageable.  By creating a word buffer it gives you an ability to allow for crazy days where you can't write and not be thrown off your mark. This also applies to modified goals... write ahead. 3. What was one of your favorite NaNo experiences?   My favorite NaNo experiences is participating with my local region's writing events. We physically meet up together to spend some time writing.  It is enthralling to spend time with fellow writerly types.  Hearing the clack of keys all around is magical, you can almost feel the creative juices flowing around the room - it is inspiring.  I have made a lot of great friends there, we bounce ideas off each other, race each other and celebrate together. Most of your times together is a few hours a couple of nights a week, but we also have an annual event where we spend 6-8 hours writing.  Most of us take breaks here and there during the day-long session but that much writing in a day is wicked fun, particularly when doing it with others.  I can't wait to do it this year.   W O L F G I R L 1. What are your top three pieces of advice for anyone who is interested in participating in NaNo? Piece of Advice Number One: Set yourself a goal. Being a Panster is great (long-time panster here), but you've got to have daily goals if you want to hit your word count. My general goal is to write 2500 words per day (to hit my self-imposed monthly goal of 75k). My general weekly goal is to publish as new chapter of Tip of My Tongue every Tuesday, and usually to push out 2-3 chapters on other fics too (I've got 35+ WIPs published, plus a swath of unpublished ones, so I've got to juggle just to keep them all updating semi-regularly). I've got a monthly goal of 10-15 chapters posted.  Goals like this are handy because they don't have to be specific for what I want to work on, but they do mean that I have something to push myself to achieve. I often talk myself into writing, even when I might be tired or distracted or just really want to watch one more episode of The 100, by bribing myself to watch it, or eat a tasty snack, or do whatever else I want AFTER achieving the word-count goal I've set for myself that day. I forgo sleep almost every Tuesday to push out a new chapter for ToMT, that kind of thing. Until it's done, I ain't moving from my computer. Piece of Advice Number Two: Don't burn yourself out. Don't go into NaNo looking at that looming 50k word-count goal like it's some enormous mountain you've got to scale as fast as you can. Don't grind and grind and grind just to hit your word count. The goals of Advice Piece 1 are flexible, y'all. There are some days that I definitely don't hit my daily 2500 words. I might not write anything at all, some days. I might make up for it on another day. Maybe I skip today because I'm exhausted, or out of sorts, or have killer cramps, or a social function to attend. Maybe tomorrow I'll write 5000 to make up for it. Writing is about being flexible and having fun. Have goals, but recognise that if you're grinding and forcing out every sentence, the writing will read as though it was forced out. If you want it to flow, you've got to be enjoying what you're working on. I do my best writing when I'm so in the zone that I don't even have to think about spelling or the order words go in. Sometimes I don't even see the keys or the screen as I smash out the fics; I'm in my head and it's playing like a movie and it's flowing through my fingers onto the page. You want to write a fic that feels like that. If you open something and it's not inspiring that immersion, work on something else.  For real, no one said you're only allowed to work on one fic at a time, or that you can't juggle. Writing should be fun. If you're struggling to focus on the fic you're writing, start a new one. Dust off an old one. Do whatever you need to to shake things up and get the creative juices flowing.  Piece of Advice Number Three: DON'T EDIT!!! November is an edit-free month. You're not going to go back and agonise over that paragraph you just wrote. You're not going to comb through every sentence for typos, or fragments, or passive voice, or anything else. You're not even going to re-read what you've written. Not yet. You're not doing NaNo to publish as you go, you're doing it to slam that novel onto the page. Let it be messy. Let it be atrocious, if that's what it takes to get it out there. Let it be full of errors and things that make you cringe. You can edit in December. Edit when it's done. No one's first draft is pretty. Your fic's first draft is like a baby taking its first steps. There will be stumbles, and you'll be wobbly, and maybe you'll fall a couple times..... But when you get it all out there, it's going to feel so goddamn good. Fine-tuning is for later. It's for when you've hit your word count goal and you've rewarded yourself with a Snickers, and you've got a real-life novel on your hands. It's called Nation Novel Writing Month, not National Novel Editing Month. 
2. Are there any tips/tricks you've learned through your experience and NaNo that helps you be successful? Yes. Nothing is perfect. And that's ok. You're never going to make every single one of your readers happy, and that's 100% ok. The most important thing I've learned about writing, in general, is that I have to enjoy what I'm writing. I've got to like my characters, and my plot. No one else has to. If they don't like what I've written, they need not read it, and more fool them. When you give yourself permission to enjoy what you're working on, and to forget what everyone else might think of it, you're free to write the story exactly how you want and that is when it will flow.  Tips for hitting that goal are to set yourself small goals. Tell yourself that you'll write 500 words in a day. Just one chapter. Anything that suits you, that you can achieve but will still push you just that little bit. Count them like pennies. On their own, they are small, almost inconsequential. But you put enough of them together and you've got yourself a dollar. Enough dollars and you're rich. Most people set a 50k word goal for NaNo, and that seems like a lot, but it's only 1667 words a day. Just 1667 words a day, and you'll hit that goal. Participate in Rat Races as often as you're able. Word sprints are the best way to hit those small goals because you've got someone to race against, and if you're competitive like me, you want to hit the highest word count for the sprint. And at the end you've got one more chapter, or 500 more words to add to the pile. Baby-steps, y'all. 
3. What was one of your favorite NaNo experiences? I haven't officially participated in a long time, to be honest. I suppose the fun is most often had in places like HPFT and FB groups when you can commiserate with other authors over the challenges of having a writing goal, and the triumphs of achieving that goal. The last time I officially did NaNo, I wrote my first complete Original Fiction story, which I plan to publish on Amazon in early December of this year. And though there's been a time-lapse between then and now, (and a good deal of tears throughout the editing process and cursing of myself for a moron when the words don't want to come) it's feeling so goddamn good to know that in just a month's time all the blood, sweat and tears that went into writing that novel are finally going to start paying off.   And finally, some of us have left some of our previous NaNo experiences here for your enjoyment!  M A D I M A L F O Y I've been doing NaNoWriMo since 2014 when I decided to overhaul my Dramione novel Love Makes Me. Now I know you're all like, wait a second, aren't you doing this year too? And the answer to that is, yes I am doing that this year as well. 🙃  Turns out I've been writing it for all of my NaNo years, and this is it's third and final iteration, where now I'm just trying to get new chapters out to finally finish the dang thing after 6 years of writing it!  What my first NaNo experience taught me, which is when I attempted the big 50k, is that it's tough when you're in school to try and achieve that large volume of writing. I managed somewhere around 42k that year, and while I was upset I didn't hit 50k, I was still happy with how I'd turned the story around (obviously not anymore) and where it was headed. Something else I learned is that late night writing isn't my best, but does get me more words on the page. I also determined that just finding a few minutes throughout the day to write really helped in the long run because I could just plop out 100 words here and there versus sitting down for 3 hours trying to write 2k words.  Tips of mine:  - Always have a beverage at hand, whether that be coffee, tea, water, pop (soda), alcohol -- just something to keep you hydrated as you write.  - Rat races really do help -- even if you just do them for yourself! - Background noise (loud music for me) is very helpful to keep focused on what you're writing, especially if it's mood music for the scene.  - Buddy system -- have someone who periodically checks in on you and keeps you accountable, and you for them! NaNoWriMo isn't something that you should force yourself to do -- it's a challenge enough sometimes just to write regularly during the year, let alone during a month-long event dedicated to writing. Rebelling with a lower word count or heck not even a word count goal, just something is all that really matters. NaNo is a time to really dive deep into your writing and you get to do it with thousands of your closest friends all at the same time, so enjoy it!   R U M P E L S T I L T S K I N I've been participating in NaNo since 2013, which is nothing compared to some of you. My first year, despite all the prepping I thought I had done, I was nowhere near ready for the madness that was about to ensue. There was not enough time in the day or coffee in the world that could help me finish my word count goal. In fact, I think I came about 20,000 words short of my 50,000-word goal. At first, I was pretty disappointed in myself for failing NaNo. That is, however, until I realized that I wrote 30,000 words. \O/ That was better than nothing. That was a lot better than nothing. My first successful NaNo year was the following year, in 2014, when my outlining turned from simplistic to overly detailed, chapter-by-chapter outlines. And from there on out, I've been rebelling ever since (at approximately 20-25 k each NaNo month). If there was one thing I learned from my first and only successful shot at NaNo was that I do not want to kill myself over 50,000 rather unusable words and would much prefer to not kill myself by writing a 25,000 somewhat usable words.  But that was my personal take on completing a successful NaNo month. I don't like to do huge editing rehauls -- I like to write, edit a bit, and get on with my life (see: other reasons why Rumpelstiltskin really isn't looking into publishing  ).  What I did take away from the successful NaNo year was to bring: --a well-detailed outline of each chapter I'm planning --coffee --a nice pair of slippers -toys to keep my hands busy -a great support system of friends to motivate me when I'm getting off track NaNo shouldn't be about pain, but it is a relatively exhausting deflating time for some people when you feel like you aren't meeting your word count goal. Just keep in mind that, even if you don't meet your 50 k word count goal, each word you write is still a word written. \O/ Happy NaNo'ing! #teamrebel   F A C I N G T H E N O R T H W I N D I logged into my nanowrimo account a week or so ago to discover that I had been a member for ELEVEN YEARS. terrifying. I have definitely won at least twice, but records have been lost, so we will never know I guess.  I know that one year I managed 10k in one day! I have no idea how. I think the last time I won was in 2011.  My favourite activity is finding new word processors specifically for NaNo, because I'm a monster.  My tips: RAT RACES. They are an absolute godsend! If you get stuck on a scene, feel free to just write [COME BACK TO THIS] and move on. Don't worry heaps about not making exactly 1667 words a day -- on days that you have more time to write, feel free to write more so you have a buffer! And if you have fallen behind, hopefully there will be a day where you can knock out heaps. Meetups can help with that -- the NaNo forums will have a group for your area.   _______________ A huge shoutout to everyone who submitted questions and to the three NaNo Legends who helped us out by answering a few questions! We hope you're all having a wonderful NaNo season! May the caffeine be strong and the words flow forth! ❤️  _______________________ credits post contributors - emma, deni, sarah, madi, rumpel, taylor
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it's been a hot minute but let's talk about exo

hi it's me, in case anyone remembers i'm the one who kept posting blog entries during the summer because i had literally nothing to do and that's how i wormed my way back into the hpft community. i'm back at it again with yet another post that has nothing to do with writing or reading whatsoever. welcome.  in my defense i haven't totally disappeared off the face of the planet, i still check on the forums once in a while even though i just lurk, i just mostly scream into the void that's twitter these days. but anyways. i don't know how many people on the forums listen to kpop but i'm here to discuss it. i'm here to talk about my kings, my BOIS: exo. i've literally been waiting over a year for their comeback, it's been so long since there's been a brand new exo album and brand new songs for me to listen to on repeat for the next two months. y'all, my crops were withering, plague had taken over my farmland, the drought was so hard for me. there's only so many times i can put what u do on repeat okay. i was absolutely elated when i heard they were having a comeback, finally the drought was ending, my village was thriving.  and i'm kind of disappointed if i'm being honest. like in terms of marketing, i know sm did everything right and delivered what the fans asked for and i'm happy, but in terms of music, i'm a little bit disappointed. see, with exo, every album they've come out with has just improved on the last. Exodus improved on XOXO (Call Me Baby was better than Growl). Ex'act improved on Exodus which I didn't even think was possible but they did it (Monster and Lucky One were way better than Call me Baby at least in my non-professional opinion). The War essentially told me that i wasn't allowed to be sad and stressed about my future because we were gonna bop through the summer (Ko Ko Bop was on the same level if not a teeny bit better than Monster/Lucky One but only because it fit the summer vibe of,,,,,everything). and while i think don't mess up my tempo is a bop and i already have it on repeat, i don't think the entire album is an improvement on The War. the album was good, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't get me as hyped up as the war does (i'm done capitalizing now that took way too much effort). i just feel disappointed in a sense and maybe that's because i expected another album full of bops similar to what was in the war to push me through the last few months of this semester. personally i'd rank the album somewhere in between exodus and ex'act? and don't mess up my tempo as somewhere around the level of call me baby? it should be noted that none of these ratings that i'm giving have been proved to be statistically reliable so if you think don't mess up your tempo was super amazing that's cool. and before i leave, can we just take a moment to talk about jongdae's half mullet? like what in gods name was that? mullets in general are disgusting but a half mullet? that's literally a sin and no one should ever do it i can't believe they did him dirty. also if i ever see my boi jongin in a mullet ever again i'm going to scoop out my eyeballs he's had one one too many times enough is enough.

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