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Um. 2018 is one third over.
I am completely thrown. To say that April flew by would be an absolute understatement.
I know I say every month that it feels like the last month went by quickly, but I really do mean it this time! I didn't even make monthly goals in my bullet journal, and now the month has ended! I can't believe that. And, I suppose, it's time to admit that I didn't come remotely close to the one vague goal that I did have of participating in Camp NaNo and editing the remaining 44 chapters of Collateral. I edited...half. of one. Soooo...not a success. I do want to say, though, that I could not appreciate the lovely @ShadowRose more! Taylor, you were such a sweet NaNo pen pal, and I wish I hadn't essentially done nothing this month. Congratulations on all of the words you wrote! You're a champion and it was wonderful getting to know you throughout April!
So, what did I accomplish in the last thirty days?
I cut all my hair off again—and it looks and feels awesome!—which I really needed to do (because why did I think I should try growing it out?? I love having short hair!).
My oldest sister came to visit for a week, which was lovely and not even that stressful somehow.
I got another tattoo—and it is stunning and gorgeous and reminds me of home every time I look at it.
I went to a concert and a play and a kit-tea party for my friend's cat's birthday.
I validated 270 chapters on the archives.
So it wasn’t a completely unsuccessful month. True, I wrote essentially nothing. True, I haven’t actively worked on my apartment search for our move this summer. True, I’m stressed and tired essentially all the time. But look, not every month (or months, or year...) can be perfect. And that’s okay.
This community is lovely and growing, and I’m so happy to be a part of it! Thanks as always for reading my monotonous life updates! It’s good for me to try to keep track of my monthly progress.
Until the end of the coming month! May it be a good one!
I can't believe that I haven't been on this site in almost two years (maybe three?) and I am so sorry for vanishing the way that I did!
For those of you who don't know or remember me, I'm Gabriella Hunter. Most folks just called me "Gabbie" and remember me from the old HPFF site and what a shock! I just found out that the site closed down but luckily, most of my stories are saved on my hard drive and I'm really excited about making a fresh start! I haven't actually written anything in about as long as my absence, so about two years. I left a lot of stories on awful cliffhangers, cause that's just how I roll and I feel so bad about it. Hahah. I really miss the feeling of just losing myself in my work and I missed my friends so badly. I thought that you guys would be furious with me but here I am and I'm glad that I'm back!
The past two years for me were pretty....something. I'll just say that. I haven't had many good moments and I've been trying to get my life together but I'm happy to say that I can start posting again and hopefully reconnect with all of my old friends and make some new ones along the way. I have new stories, new chapters and characters in my head. There are a lot of loose ends to tie up and I hope that you guys won't mind me rambling on about it!
I work night shift right now so if you guys ever need anything, I'll most likely be awake in the wee hours of the morning like some kind of demonic vampire. Be sure to shoot a message if you can and I'll try to answer you guys back whenever I can!
So, if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen a status that looked like this a week or so ago.
I and Jo Raskoph left reviews of the offending story letting them know that I'd written it and hadn't authorised any translation. I've historically been a little hesitant to have translations of my work on other sites. However, this I suspect is mostly to do with the fact I've only been asked about How to tame a Marauder, and that's 284000 words long and I am concerned the nuances in the text would be lost. Also, it's kind of my baby and I like to have control over where it's posted, as I'm sure you can appreciate.
The fic in question here, Marauders' Mayhem, was written in about an hour for a challenge and I'd not really looked at it since. In other words, it's not something that's quite as dear to my heart as HTM is, so I was a bit unsure whether I wanted the translation to be online or not. It's only a one-shot, so how much did it really matter if the translation wasn't quite right? Nuances and the like don't seem so important when you're only talking about 2000 words.
Anyway, yesterday I received a review on one of my other stories, at AO3. It wasn't a review, though - it was a note from the person who had posted the translation to the German site. It seems that there had been an account on Wattpad under the name melian225, which is the name I always use when melian isn't available (AO3, FF.net, Twitter), where apparently a number of my works were posted. I need hardly say that this person was NOT me - I'm not a fan of Wattpad and have never posted my stories there.The person who had translated my story approached the Wattpad version of myself, asking for permission, which was given. As such, they believed they did have authorisation to post the translation. Only after receiving my and Jo's reviews did they question that, and approached the person at Wattpad. Guess what? Instead of responding, said person deleted their account.
So, I was asked, what did I want them to do? They would love me to give approval for the translation to remain online, but if I didn't, they were happy to remove it.
Well, I don't know about you, but I very much appreciate it when people are open and honest with me like that. From the sounds of it, it was very much an honest mistake, in which they believed they were doing the right thing. And, like I said, this story isn't exactly my baby.
Long story short, I've given my approval for it to stay up there. But I wanted to share my experience. Sometimes, what looks like plagiarism isn't really - and if you reach out to someone, sometimes you can start a dialogue that furthers friendship and cooperation.
Wattpad, though ... I'm getting a bit sick of Wattpad. As I'm sure a number of us are.
April 23, 2018
Welcome to the debut of the revamped, bimonthly Prefect Blog!
Aspiring to further add some creative material to our already amazing and ever-growing site, your Prefects are proud to present this collaboration of fun, facts, and frivolity. In addition to expanding upon the preexisting monthly site awards (the Order of Merlin and the Story of the Month), we have planned some exciting content to present. We're hoping to provide not only entertainment, but some meaningful, relevant, and informative material as well.
Without further ado, here are some interviews with previous Order of Merlin winners as well as a review of April's Story of the Month!
Our wonderful staffers bring an indescribable light and life to the HPFT community, from the detailed and fun events that they plan to their presence on the site in general! The Order of Merlin is awarded each month to a staffer who has gone above and beyond in their duties, and the Prefects wanted to feature interviews with each staffer who wins this award.
To make up for lost time, we’re going to compile a set of interviews from all of the previous winners from 2018, and from this month forward, we will continue to feature interviews with future Order of Merlin staffers! This month, we will be featuring the Order of Merlin winners from February and March: @Alopex and @abhorsen.. Next month, we will feature April's winner, @RoxiMalfoy as well as the May Order of Merlin winner (to be announced, so keep an eye out). And now, here are the interviews:
Letter to the Lost by @Crimson Quill
Everyone, if you have not yet read Abbi’s beautiful story yet, head over there immediately (and leave her a review while you’re at it)! This story has that distinctive writing style that we have all come to love and expect from Abbi, and with the added bonus of being from the wonderful "Sirius Black is Gay Challenge." The pairing is perhaps one of the rarest pairs I have seen yet (Sirius Black/Caradoc Dearborn), yet Abbi manages to highlight how these two bring out the best in each other in a single short section.
This is a story about love and loss in the midst of a cruel war, and you will read it and love it. I can’t say more without giving away the crux of Sirius’s amazing development, but just know that this story is more than worth your time, and definitely deserves to be April’s Story of the Month.
This wraps up the debut of our revamped Prefect Blog! We hope you enjoyed this issue, and if you did, make sure to keep an eye out for the next one on May 7. If you have any questions you would like to ask future Order of Merlin winners, feel free to post below, or just leave a comment! Any and all feedback would be appreciated. Thank you for reading!
- The Prefects
graphics by just.a.willow.tree
And the results are in!
So if you’ve been hanging out on the forums at all for the last few months, you may have noticed that I hosted my very first challenge here at HPFT, called the “Say Goodbye Challenge”, and I’m here today to present the results!
In case you’re not familiar with the challenge, here’s a quick recap of the details:
The challenge: In less than 5,000 words, I want you to write me a one-shot where your main character has to say goodbye. It doesn't necessarily have to be to a person; it can be a special place or a significant object from their lives as well. It can be a permanent goodbye or a temporary goodbye; the choice is yours. The point of this challenge is to express the character's emotions, and show the significance of the thing or person they're saying goodbye to; I want you to really make me feel for the character. Show me rather than tell me; be creative!
I didn’t think I would get many entries at all, so it’s an understatement to say that I was blown away by the 14 entries I received. And then I started to read all of the entries, and I knew that grading was going to be really, really difficult; it wasn’t just the quantity of the entries that shocked me, but also the quality of them -- although I suppose that shouldn’t have been as much of a surprise, given how talented everyone here is.
For grading, I had a total of 5 categories: interpretation of the challenge, plot, characterization, description/dialogue, and emotional impact. The entries with the highest scores had the highest emotional impact and the best take on the prompt.
Complete List of Entries:
May We Meet Again by clairevergreen (clevernotbrilliant) Burdens (M) by BlackPixie Shattering, Dying, Healing (M) by Felpata_Lupin Don't Know How to Say Good-bye by StarFeather Good-bye, Ron by StarFeather Farewell Thoughts by DanyFire Pandora's Secret by Phoenix Potioneer Percy by Pixileanin Then Time Stood Still (M) by Levana Pedestal by sapphicsunrise a caged soul (M) by justawillowtree Clippings (M) by pookha Goodbye, Jus by Felpata_Lupin Live and Be Well (M) by Pen2Paper
So without further ado, please join me in congratulating the following authors!
In 3rd Place:
a caged soul (M) by @just.a.willow.tree
What You Win: an additional prize review of your choice and a favorite story
In 2nd Place: Percy by @Pixileanin
What You Win: 3 additional prize reviews on stories of your choice, and favorite story
And the winner of The Say Goodbye Challenge is...
In 1st Place: Then Time Stood Still (M) by @Levana
What You Win: 5 additional prize reviews on stories of your choice, a favorite story, and a picspam representing your story
And because I had so many amazing entries, it was so difficult to narrow it down to just three places. These were the other two pieces that stood out to me the most:
Shattering, Dying, Healing (M) by @Felpata_Lupin
Clippings (M) by @pookha
If you’d like to keep your prize graphics, don’t forget to re-host and credit @just.a.willow.tree!
And that’s a wrap! Congratulations to all the winners!
Please PM me with the stories you would like your prize reviews on, and @Levana, message me if you have any specific images you’d like to include in your picspam.
Thank you to everyone for making my first challenge such a roaring success -- and if you’re looking for a good angsty fic to read, please read any of these stories mentioned in this entry. I can’t recommend them strongly enough.
Language fun + odd fixations = this blog post
So I have a tend of picking up and overusing little phrases or words for periods of time. Sometimes I'm conscious of where these come from, sometimes I'm not. I recently became aware of someone I've spent a lot of time speaking with using a word that I had often been aware of myself using but had not observed from others, in this case "eep." I suspected that I had passed the usage of the word along, but I did not know where I had picked it up from, or who else I may have spread it to.
This interested me, so, as you do, I did some research into the usage of the word on our forums. I was very interested in what I found and welp now here's this
Most uses were for the spelling "eep" notes have been made where there are extra Es
@Stella Blue 6/25/16, Writers Journals
@Veritaserum27 7/4/16, Reviewing Talk (*eeeep - only use of 4 Es)
@dreamgazer220 8/4/16, Monthly Awards & Actvities
@MuggleMaybe 8/7/16, Hufflepuff Basement (*eeep)
pointlessproclamations 8/21/16, Monthly Awards & Activities (this usage was actually edited into the post by Stella Blue)
dreamgazer220 8/22/16, Site Announcements, Resources, & Help
dreamgazer220 8/27/16, Monthly Awards & Activities
@esmeraude 1/10/17, Hufflepuff basement (*eeep)
Veritaserum27 4/1/17, Monthly Awards & Activities
MuggleMaybe 8/11/17, status post on a Hufflepuff's page
@forever_dreaming 9/21/17, status post on a Ravenclaw’s page (*eeeeep - only use of 5 Es)
@danicasyer 10/25/17, Other Fandoms
@Renacerá 10/29/17, Writers Journals
dreamgazer220 12/9/17, Story Challenges
Stella Blue 1/15/18, Writers Journals
Stella Blue 1/15/18, Hufflepuff Basement (*eeep)
@victoria_anne 3/3/18, Hufflepuff Basement
Dojh167 3/4/18, Hufflepuff Basement
dreamgazer220 4/7/18, Novel Nests
Dojh167 4/8/18, Hufflepuff Basement
MuggleMaybe 4/15/18, Hufflepuff Basement (*eeep)
Ten users have used some variation of the word a total of 21 times. Of those, 8 of the users and 18 of the times were by Hufflepuffs, with the remaining to users and 3 times being Ravenclaws.
My data is naturally limited by the fact that I do not have access to other house common rooms or staff/prefect areas of the site, which may reveal that the usage of this word is not as predominantly Hufflepuff as this data implies. I welcome any additional contribution of data.
The use of four and five Es as unique to Ravenclaw users suggests there may be a distinct house culture associated with accepted spellings
I was surprised that my own uses of the word were fairly limited and appeared late in the pattern. While I believe I have been using this word for at least two years, it is possible that my use has been limited to deleted house cup event threads or twitter chat messages (both of which would be primarily Hufflepuff exchanges)
Occurrences of the word seems to have natural peaks and valleys. It would be interesting to research if these periods follow house cup events, during which time these users have higher exposure to each other’s enthusiastic outbursts.
The word seems to be most often be used to convey flattered gratitude at receiving an honor, an expression of excitement, or embarrassment for a transgression
While occurrences are often in the same subforum, the spelling "eep" was never used twice in the same thread, though in one case "eeep" was used twice in the same thread (though on different pages), in both cases apologizing for a double post
A quick search of TDA returned 200 results since 2013, with only one usage appearing during 2017
The subforum most likely to contain the word is the Hufflepuff Basement, with 7 out of 21 uses found there,
Dreamgazer220 has used the word the most, with 5 recorded instances
Stella Blue has the distinction of being the one person to use the word twice in a single day, though she varied the spelling on that day, from "eep" to "eeep" an hour and a half later. The only other user to have fluctuated spellings is Veritaserum27.
MuggleMaybe seems to be the most consistent in her use of the word, which she has used once for each calendar year, each time with the less common spelling of “eeep”
So people may have noticed I don't really blog here much (or anywhere, idk why I felt that I needed to be location specific...whatever bex)
there's no 'reason' other than, my life is boring and I don't have much to say.
I saw a post on tumblr recently where this girl essentially listed the highlights of her thoughts throughout the day. I wanna do that.
There's no want or need for this, but I feel like people only know me from my work on TDA. I actually hope that you do because my graphics are a lot better than my actual writing (and i'm in a huge graphics rut right now, so that speaks volumes.) This won't be a daily thing, because I assume a lot of my thoughts are the same, and my life isn't that exciting - not enough for my to blog about my brain DAILY. Maybe this will be a monthly thing....maybe we'll never speak of this again. We'll see how it goes!
bex's brain 13th April, the highlights:
omg remember that girl who started crying two years ago and you were the only one around to cheer her up? Why were you the only one there???? why???? why were you trusted with someone who CRIES? It's weird because I still see her now, and we're just like awkward acquaintances. Oh lord why was I there....I SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT WITH CRYING PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY WHEN I DON'T KNOW THEM! I JUST MAKE JOKES. TERRIBLE JOKES. My social skills are roughly about Chandler Bing & Rosa Diaz level. Ugh god that girl probably hates me. I don't care, but she should hate me. She should also judge herself for allowing me to see her cry bc people should be able to tell just by looking at me that i'm not equipped for this level of social interaction!
you know now that i think about it, every fic i've written so far in the past 18 months....snape has seen some action???? i dont even plan it, one minute he's being snarky, next minute he's sleeping with someone???? Clara fancied him as a kid, Eleanor's well yknow we all know what Eleanor's doing, Hermione and Snape are like meant to be together obviously - i just???? the weirdest thing is - I don't find him the least bit attractive. Would we chill and be sassy? Absolutely. Would I date him? gooD LORD NO
i'm betraying my otp. I'm a terrible person who's betraying her otp. I'm writing a snape x oc. forgive me snamione FOR I HAVE SINNED
OHHHHH I KNOW WHY I KEEP GIVING SNAPE LOVE INTERESTS. To make up for the fact that I keep killing him in all my fics. Literally. every. single. fic. With all the women he's getting I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind.
wow stood up too fast. you know i haven't felt this in FOREVER - idk why people get het up about this stuff, i didn't actually mind that
okay i googled the whole standing up too fast thing....this is why people freak out about it. it was a one off, so it's all good!
i really need to finish my script. or maybe i shouldn't because my writing is horrific
well okay then i need to stop writing ff til my script is done idc how hard it is bex stop arguing with urself and do it
i can't believe i thought i could do proper crosswords that don't have the answers, just impossible hints. I AM NOT A RAVENCLAW I REPEAT, I AM NOT A RAVENCLAW
well actually i'm a slytherclaw, but i have the ravenclaw creativity rather than their ability to solve riddles. If i had to solve a riddle to get in my common room i'd be sleeping outside. voluntarily. like i'm not here to make myself look an idiot, i already do it subconsciously
this episode of Brooklyn nine-nine is a masterpiece i'm not ready for the fact that i'm almost caught up [here's a visual++]
speaking of the nine-nine this show has really made me aware of my flaws because i'm so jake, and i love him to death but omg there's times when he can be annoying as heck. However as I said, I am jake, so I'm aware of my flaws....but changing them sounds like it involves a lot of effort and i'm not about that
it's been a while since easter and my sister hasn't even touched her easter egg. i'm gonna give her two more days, then it's mine.
i want some flares so bad. like high waisted flares, if this summer's good i'd wear them ALL THE TIME.
i need to save up money for those flares
it's 3am why am i still thinking about my sister's easter egg and those flares??????
Reading all these seems perfectly normal to me because....well they're from my head. Maybe I've just revealed to the world that I'm slightly less sane than we all thought? Let me know if I should be carted off in a straight jacket? Otherwise I hope you enjoyed getting a teensy little snippet of the life of bex!
April 7, 2018: Reflections after five years
(Or twelve, depending on how you look at it)
@RoxiMalfoy did one of these last week, and having come up on my own milestone, I’m jumping on the bandwagon
I can’t believe it was this long, but I first joined the Harry Potter fandom twelve years ago. It was a very sudden thing. I had read half of the first book years before and not really gotten into it much (…what was I thinking?!), so I forgot about it until around April 2006 when a friend found out I’d never read the books and told me I had to. So I did – I read all six that were out at the time, and searched the internet for anything more I could devour. I found a forum where people were discussing theories for the next book, and jumped right in.
People were also writing fanfiction there, and I tentatively (and very skeptically, I’ll admit) had a look around – I had never read fanfiction before, but I was already unfairly judgemental about it because I’d heard it was stupid. (A reputation that very much bothers me now, but I’ll save that for another blog.) Anyway, I opened up one Marauders fanfiction and was sucked in. I began writing my own first fanfiction a few months later (which took six and a half years to finish, but that’s another story ). The rest, as they say, is history. That forum, and particularly the fanfiction part of it, became a beloved community for a few years.
In 2013, I heard that forum was going to shut down. Most of the activity had died out a few years before, and it was somewhat of a ghost town, but it was still kind of sad to say goodbye to it. I decided to move my two stories to a new place, and I thought of HPFF, because someone had once recommended a story to me there years before (it was Delicate, in case anyone wondered ) Aside from reading the one story there, I’d never had much to do with the site – it was just so big and kind of seemed overwhelming, but I created an account there. That was five years ago, to the day.
I never planned on writing more stories, I just intended to finish the one I was working on at the time. But I discovered the HPFF forums and entered challenges and got constructive reviews and read incredible stories by talented authors and made wonderful friendships and improved so much as a writer. Whatever I may feel about HPFF now, I will always treasure what I got out of it and the amazing community atmosphere that flourished there at that time. Especially because during all these years I’ve been moving around a lot for my fieldwork, and HPFF was like my internet home, the one thing that was constant.
Of course, I was devastated when that all fell apart, and I don’t know what I would have done if HPFT hadn’t risen from that wreckage, keeping all of the good things intact and leaving behind all the bad. It’s true I’ve had a lot of trouble writing since the Drama at HPFF two years ago, but what always picked me back up again was the community here at HPFT. Despite my intense writers block for years, it was honestly the encouragement I got here that motivated me to finish my latest WIP. People here are so encouraging and understanding, and you are all what really make this place amazing. The community is the heart of this place. Even though I’m basically not around anymore due to my remote living situation, I always feel so welcome whenever I check back in, and see all these messages that I appreciate so, so much. It’s easy to feel disconnected out here, but you always pull me back in with open arms. Even if I never wrote another word again, I’d still stick around on the periphery just because I love all of you.
I have high hopes for writing this spring, though. For the past few weeks I’ve actually been wanting to write again, which hasn’t happened for two years. I don’t have internet where I live, which is frustrating, but also probably very good for my productivity – I can’t just waste time on Twitter, I actually have to write Only time will tell, I guess.
Anyway, just in case it got lost in this very long, rambling description of my journey for the past five years as part of this community (or twelve, if you count the wider HP fanfiction community), it’s been so rewarding to be a part of HPFT. I’m always so thrilled to see the incredible support here and how thoughtful and intelligent everyone is here. Thanks, HPFT, for everything. This place is awesome, and I'm so happy to be part of the HPFT family. for everyone.
By now you know how this works, right?
Welcome to my March, fam! Yeah, I know, I'm a bit late... but Easter and aunt time... you know how it goes... It was definitely better than February, but I think we can still work on making things better... But let's just get started!
1 - Peaceful day, the snow falling, tea in the morning, the great announcement of Secret Cupids.
2 - And waking up in the morning to find out that I'm Head Student. And then a carbonara and a nice movie with friends. And the best part is that it's Friday!
4 - Weekend maybe a little lazy, but some little step has been taken. And it's always lovely to find new ways to emotion yourself.
6 - Progresses with my reading, Harry Potter on TV, fairly good day at work. Sleepy but happy.
7 - The day at work goes slowly, but it's nice to be in a team that makes you feel at home. There's a lot to do, but there are always the small daily progresses. And the weekend is already approaching...
8 - Waking up and discovering that it's sunny, realizing that after all I didn't lose my phone, laughing about feasts and namedays and M&M's and technical support, celebrating women's day with chinese food and latin music. Andiamo a comandare!
10 - When Mathematics (actually more like the Settimana Enigmistica) helps you getting out of the pyramid and finally there is the time to judge challenge entries.
12 - Learning a new dance, receiving a new (wonderful) review, sitting at the piano (after ages), waiting with trepidation the Roman weekend.
14 - The translation proceeds, soon I'll be able to share my OF novel (well, those bits of awful first draft) with my beta reader of trust. And meanwhile the Roman weekend grows near...
16 - Friday night, tomorrow I'm leaving, ready and super pumped! Goodnight, world!
17 - The magic of Rome, always unmatched. The new experience of the Stadium and of Rugby and finding out that JK Rowling is in the stands too. Tiring day, but every moment has been wonderful.
22 - Spaghetti with clams, friends who get passionate about my stories, laughing in the office (because seriousness is overevaluated), the weekend approaching...
25 - A weekend of rest, feeling loved, a pizza and a game of cards with friends.
26 - HPFF closes. Strange, the news saddened me at first, but at the same time I'm feeling a happiness shrouded in melancholy remembering the stories, the friendships, the growth (both as a person and as a writer) that site has given me. And I'm so grateful that the community still exists in HPFT. Sad, yes, but a good kind of sadness.
28 - And here I am again, reflecting on the magic of books, on how you can get passionate to a story and feeling the characters near, real, friends. And wondering why on earth did the hen cross the road...
31 - A strange day, a bit melancholy, but a few steps forward have been taken and I'm happy at least of having shared some love through reviews. And tomorrow is Easter.
Carbonara is a "sauce" (not the right term, but I wouldn't know how else to say it) for pasta, made with eggs and guanciale (pork cheek), but you can use bacon (just don't let anyone from Rome hear you... )
Andiamo a comandare! (literally Let's go command) is a wacky song (and lyrics from that song) by Fabio Rovazzi, which was a Summer Hit a couple of years ago.
Settimana Enigmistica (literally puzzle week) is an Italian weekly magazine of crossword puzzles, rebus, riddles, logic games etc.
Day 10 refers to an Escape Room I did with a group of friends, and I solved the last riddle, so I was quite proud of myself...
In case you were wondering, my beta reader of trust is my little B @victoria_anne
The second half of day 28 is something that goes back to Uni days... I sent my friends a pdf that was going around, about a hen crossing a road and various historical figures (scientists, politicians, philosophers, etc.) giving their interpretation about the why. It was quite hilarious and after that my friends replied giving the reason our Professors and friends would give, which was ten times more hilarious. Now we are bringing it back while we are planning a gift for one of us who's getting married (we have this tradition of making a silly gift to accompany to actual gifts for graduations, weddings and various occasion)
And I think that's all! Hope you had fun reading! I noticed that my main happy thought was Weekend is coming and I'm not sure if that's a good sign...
See you at the end of April, my loves!
It's been another month and I've still barely written anything in 2018. But hey, this month was a crazy one, so I'll pretend it's okay.
On the first of March, the bookstore where I worked had a small fire...and then the sprinklers went off and flooded the store. For a couple of weeks, I worked alongside the rest of the staff to clean and begin repairs, but then most of us were laid off. I miss it a lot, despite understanding why they couldn't keep us on, and finances are now tighter than they were before.
So that kept me busy and stressed throughout the beginning and middle of the month. The last week or so has been a bit better, though, and I'm starting to get back on track. I'm even going to be a Camp NaNo rebel next month and hopefully (finally) get all of Collateral (M) onto HPFT! So, let's cross our fingers!
This month's anxiety update is mixed. It was definitely better than last month, though I did have a few hard days here and there. I experienced more stress this month, but not as many near-panic attacks.
So, we have actual writing goals for next month! Keep me accountable for these if you can, because I'll definitely need the encouragement:
edit all 50 chapters of Collateral
participate actively in Camp NaNo (see my NaNo Novel Nest!)
not lose my mind
The weather in the northern hemisphere is finally warming up slightly. So hopefully that will also encourage me to kick myself to be productive. Let me know if I can help any of you!
Ten years ago, the word “forum” was completely foreign to me. I had no idea what being a part of an online community was like. I had always been taught that it was dangerous to chat with “strangers from the internet.” (You can tell how well I took that particular lesson to heart as a youngster, haha!!) Ten years ago I wrote just for fun. I never would have imagined sharing any of my work with other people. My writing was for my-eyes ONLY!! Ten years ago, the idea of sharing my writing with those strangers on the internet scared the hell out of me...
I don’t even recall the exact detail of events that lead me to HPFF. I just remember that I was researching something for a scene that I wanted to write for my own Harry Potter story. So I was Yahoo-searching something (because in those days, yahoo’s search engine was all the rage, lol!!) and a story that another fanfic author had written on HPFF popped up in the search results. Curious, I clicked on it to see what it was, and thus I discovered the world of Harry Potter Fanfiction. I was amazed!! There was an actual term for what I was doing, and thousands of other people were doing it too!! Who knew?
But of course, in my own self-critical opinion, MY story was not nearly good enough to be posted online for all the world to see. It was very much a part of me back in those days, and I simply was not ready to let other people to read it. I was far too happy to just continue keeping it all to myself. Little did I know the levels of growth and feelings of accomplishment that awaited me through the experience of writing fanfiction with others... Sure, I had read the announcements on the HPFF homepage about checking out their forums before, and even clicked over there a few times during my anonymous guest reading visits. But it all just looked so confusing, and a little bit intimidating, so I admit that I was hesitant to join. I believe that it was the “Title Help” section that finally drew me in. I remember thinking: "These people are going to help me come up with chapter titles and summaries? They talk about stuff like that there? How cool is that!?"
So, on March 28th, 2008, I signed up for my first ever online forum account; and I haven’t looked back since!! I have met so many wonderful and supportive people in this community, all of which have helped me to grow and develop my own personal writing style. I eventually came out of my scared little writing shell of shyness; and on December 9th, 2008, I FINALLY posted the first chapter of my Novel to the HPFF archives!! (Back in those days, the story was called “All is NOT Fair in Love & War” and it was going in a totally different direction that what “Love, Not War” is traveling in now though). But I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way!! I can’t even believe how hesitant I was in the beginning. It’s so silly to even think about how irrational my reasoning was back in those days...
But looking back on my early days now, I am simply stunned by HOW MUCH I’ve grown since I first started writing. And when I think about that fact that it has now been TEN YEARS to the day, I am left breathless in awe and wonder. My writing is certainly not what it was ten years ago, that’s for sure, and I own the majority of that to THIS community!! Had I never clicked “join” on this very day ten years ago, I don’t even know if I would have stuck with writing after college. Who knows?? I mean, I barely have time for it as it is right now, but it's still one of my dearest passions. My loves. My favorite methods of escape. When real life gets to be too complicated, when work gets too stressful, when the business becomes too much... I sit down and I write. I immerse myself in the fantastic world of HP; and I write about Draco, and Roxi, and Lucius, and Saleena, all of their complex relationships and problems. Because sometimes, I confess, it is far easier to deal with their issues than it is to focus on whatever else is going on in RL at that moment. (But aren't we all a little guilty of that on occasion though?)
Don’t get me wrong, I'm not one of those people who run away from their problems. Not in the slightest. It's just that I am happy to have writing - and writing Harry Potter Fanfiction in particular - as a means of a temporary break/escape from it all from time to time. And had I not met all of you lovelies here, I honestly don’t know if I would still have stuck with it after all of these years... As some of you may know or remember, I did take a two-year hiatus from 2012 to 2014 while I was in college, and I almost didn’t return after that. When I did, I wrote a few new chapters back in 2014, but that was when I realized that the story wasn’t going in the direction that I wanted it to anymore. So, in January of 2015, I decided to scrap everything and start all over with my Novel! I have been in the re-writing process with LNW for three years now. The only reason I did not delete the whole thing and start all over, was because I did not wish to lose all of my old reviews/feedback on the story. I was editing the chapters as I went before the HPFF forums closed in the spring of 2016. After that incident, I sort of just abandoned everything over there and I took a break for a while. (9 months, to be exact.) With the opening of HPFT’s archives, I was excited to have a real fresh start with my Novel. I finally started posting the newly re-written chapters on January 2017, and to-date our archive is THE ONLY place on the internet that hosts all of my stories in their most updated form.
...When I started writing this blog last week, this was originally going to be the part where I write the conclusion, and wrap up my bittersweet feelings of how it’s been an incredible ten years, and how I cannot wait to see where the next ten will take us!! And while that is still true; as most of you all have seen/heard by now, the announcement came on Monday that the HPFF Story Archives will be closing next month, on April 28th. The fact that this announcement came in three days before what would have been my ten-year forumversarry has, admittedly, thrown me into several emotional tangents off-and-on all week that I was not quite prepared for. Just when I thought that I had buried all of my feelings about that place and finally moved on with my life... BAM! Here we go again... I guess a part of me has known all along that the site was running on borrowed time anyway. But that still didn’t make the official announcement any less shocking, or any easier to digest. The more naive part of my brain had convinced me that the old version of LNW would always be around on HPFF for me to refer back to and reference when needed throughout my rewriting process. After all, feedback has always been SO important to me; which is why I have been using all of my old reviews from there as I go through the editing process with my Novel. But now, in a month’s time, all of that will be deleted. Permanently. Nearly 20 years of history, just gone. And I’d be lying if I said that I did not have some very mixed feelings about that...
So yes, I went through the whole process of backing everything I had left over there up on Monday night - something that I probably should have done two years ago, but I was clearly being lazy, lol! But it was SUCH a humbling experience, let me tell you. Seeing some of the old reviews that I had gotten - reviews that are now almost ten years old - it really reminded me of how far I’ve come as a writer, and just exactly how much I have improved and grown over the last decade. I confess that I had not logged into my HPFF account since last year’s CTF event, so it felt a bit strange to be back there again. But I’m glad I spent the time that I did on Monday night (staying up til nearly 5am, lol), saying goodbye to the place that first gave me the confidence to share my stories with the world. It was a very bittersweet process, to say the very least. Overall though, I’ve dealt with my feelings on HPFF for the most part. That’s why I was not around for the first 10 months of this forum being open. That’s why it took me so long to jump back in and finally get involved here. I was scared. I was hurt. I was sad. I was emotional. And I felt lost. But once I was ready; once I finally put those hurt feeling aside and moved on, I came back here and I immediately jumped into the CTF reviewing event that was going on last spring. And everyone was so welcoming, and so friendly and inviting. It just made me feel as though no time had passed at all!! I was able to just pick right back up where I had left off at and start again. Not all the old faces were here, but there were many familiar ones, and several amazing new ones!! And I instantly fell in love with the feeling of community again.
I cannot even begin to tell you guys how important, how special, how meaningful, how absolutely AMAZING if feels to know that no matter what happens, no matter how much time passes, no matter what crazy circumstances that RL may throw my way; YOU GUYS - my HPFT Family - will ALWAYS be there for me. This place really is like Hogwarts; always there to welcome you back home, lol! And I really do mean that, genuinely, from the bottom of my heart!!! HPFT is not JUST a website, just a forum, or just an archive. Sure, it is comprised of all of those things, but for me; HPFT is and always will be its MEMBERS. You guys are what keep me going, and y’all are why I do what I do. We are all connected through our love of writing and HP/other fandoms alike. Nothing can tear us apart, and just knowing that simple fact alone fills me with so much joy and hope for the future!!
Ten years it’s been. I’ve made so many friends from so many different part of the world. I’ve pulled so many all-nighters in so many different HC competitions. I posted my first ever Novel and received over 500 reviews for it. This year I won my first site-wide award! I even learned how to make graphics over the years too!! It has been one hell of a ride, that’s for sure! And yes, absolutely, I cannot WAIT to see where the next ten years take me!! Because, for as long as I live, I cannot see myself outgrowing Harry Potter, lol. And, at the rate I’m going, (as @Rumpelstiltskin often likes to joke) I’ll be 80 years old by the time I finish LNW, lmao!!! That is TOTALLY a joke though, haha!! I really am hoping to have it close to being finished here within the next few years. ...In all seriousness though; it’s not often I feel compelled to Blog about things. It’s not often I bare my soul, or make myself vulnerable in such a way as this. But today was a big day. And,in light of recent events, I could not allow it to go by and NOT say anything. I’ve told people in private before my feelings about the site and the community before, but I felt that it just needed to be said publically. Because I know a lot of people are hurting right now. A lot of people out there feel lost, sad, and emotional over Monday’s announcement. And that’s okay. I was there too. But then I realized something… The community is still here. It’s not lost. There is still a place for us. We still have our little corner of the internet to call home. And after ten years, and am beyond grateful for that!! I will probably carry several of the friendships that I have made here with me for the rest of my life.
If you’re new here and you’ve just read this entire rambling novel of a blog post - welcome!! I probly haven’t ‘met’ you yet, but I love you just for being here!! And everyone else, because let’s face it, y’all know I’ve talk to like practically everybody now pretty much at one point or another (like, seriously, what’s a stranger? haha!!) I love you ALL so much!!! This community means the absolute world to me. Y’all are my family, and I would do anything for any one of you, be it within my power/capability to do so. This community of wonderful, supportive, encouraging, uplifting, amazing, funny, talented, accepting, inclusive, loving, kind, helpful, and just overall amazing people have done so much for me over the past decade. So it is my honor, my privilege, to be able to give back and do for you all now as a staffer. Being on the staff team for the past 8 months has probably been THE BEST experience in the whole entire Ten Years I’ve been around here, lol! I just love being a part of something so great, and being able to help my online family out here fills my heart with so much joy!! 💗
So happy ten years of writing Harry Potter fanfiction to me. Even though it hasn’t been ten years here at HPFT, specifically, I know that there are some of you here in the community who I have known for the vast majority of the last decade. I love you; all of you, old and new, or not, lol!! Thank you for simply being here, for contributing to the community. Big or small, your contributions and your presence here matters. No matter how small/insignificant/unimportant you may feel, I am here to tell you that YOU ARE IMPORTANT, and you DO matter!!! Just look at me, I was a notorious background lurker for six years. So I know all about hiding out in the shadows, lol!! But even our fabulous lurkers are ever so lovely, and I just adore you ALL to pieces!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! Thank you; all of you, for making this place what it is. To anyone who has ever read my story; and especially all of those who have left me Reviews over the years, THANK YOU!! Anyone with whom I have ever held a conversation with; be it here on the forums or on social media, Thank You!!
Your love and support mean more to me than words can describe!! I truly am beyond excited for the future of this Community, and I cannot wait to see what the next ten years will bring us!!
Love, Deana 💚
The 22k WIP where Remus and Sirius raise baby Harry (pacing!!! how do)
The 11k WIP starring Anthony Goldstein, Ministry Prosecutor
Slug Club Redemption Arc (there were Slytherins in the Battle of Hogwarts)
Hufflepuffs in the Time of Death Eaters (a blatant excuse for a deep dive into the traditions and culture of Hufflepuff house and how they adapt to 1997)
Harry faces a war crimes tribunal for all those Unforgiveables he did in DH, starring: that Goblin he Imperiused. #justiceforbogrod
The Jewish wizarding community helping Muggleborns during the War
Academic Recluse Harry??? (Harry becomes a big name in the DADA research community under a pseudonym, never tells anyone)
Dudley's daughter is magical: I am fond of redemption arcs I guess
Remus Lupin's lavender marriage to Tonks (bad things will stop happening to the people he loves if he just Marries A Girl And Isn't Gay, right? right? wrong) [16/03/18]
Lily and Petunia growing up with their dad as a coal miner; closures starting in 1960s; Petunia increasingly resentful towards Lily partly bc while she was away at fancy boarding school, they sometimes didn't have money to keep the lights on bc of strikes etc. [17/03/18]
Remus/Sirius tattoo of last words they say (challenge entry) [1/04/18] COMPLETED 7/05/18
Animal eats snitch and disrupts Quidditch game; Newt has to work with Rolanda Hooch to find it (?) [1/04/18]
Broom tampering corruption, Hooch clears wrongly blacklisted player. [1/04/18]
The Norbert Incident -- What kind of people are willing to smuggle a dragon at short notice? [5/04/18]
Five times the two way mirror was used and one time it wasn't [5/04/18] ("This is a two-way mirror. I’ve got the other. If you need to speak to me, just say my name into it; you’ll appear in my mirror and I’ll be able to talk in yours. James and I used to use them when we were in separate detentions.")
Unrequited Elphias Doge/Dumbledore [12/04/18] -- what does this refer to??? I have no idea? If I discussed this with anyone please let me know.
Cadmus Peverell - No Second Prize [12/04/18]
Percy Weasley working at the Dept of Magical Transportation uncovers a lot of affairs because it's like when the bank contacts you about unusual activity on your credit card, except it's your floo network, and Percy accidentally ends a lot of marriages by letting one party know that there's been unusual activity on the floo. [5/05/18]
James/Lily last words soulmate AU [6/05/18]
Remus Angst Alone Challenge entry [6/05/18] COMPLETED 16/05/18
Lily/Narcissa faking dating uni AU/Love, ___ Challenge Entry [12/05/18]
The AU where Remus never forgave Sirius for the Snape Incident [21/05/18]
The longform journalism article about the DADA in the Battle of Hogwarts for Wizarding Britain (tie in with Imperio Fic) [21/05/18]
Fake responsa on wixen and Jewish law (tie in with Imperio Fic) [25/05/18]
If anyone wants to hear more about/bounces ideas about any of these, PM me any time. (why are all my stories about the War, oh my god)
Hi again, my loves!
If you saw my previous entry, you know what this is about, so I'll skip tedious introductions this time
I haven't been as good at following through with this in February as I'd been in January... then, again, this has been a bit of a difficult month, what with stress at work, car misadventures and just general low mood (and you'll probably notice that some of these happy thoughts are actually a bit on the melancholy side...) I'm hoping in a great March, though!
Anyway, here it goes!
1. Since it's quite late, I'll just go with this: it's great to feel part of something.
2. Sometimes we feel inspired by someone and sometimes we are of inspiration for someone. And maybe sometimes a bit of both. And maybe the message of this day, come in many phases and many different ways, is that it's always worth fighting for what is right, also when surrender seems the most logical and simplest thing.
3. A wonderful day, made of little conquers and a lot of imagination, plus a pinch of cheeriness. Ed è subito sera.
5. Monday's fatigue can be overcome, letting go to the pleasure of dancing and being carried into the fantastic words of reading and writing. And then, finally, the deserved rest.
6. At times I get cross and I strike fear (so they say... I disagree, I'm cute and cuddlesome) and at the restaurant they give me a discount. And maybe for Sanremo's fault there's no Harry on TV, but also this has its bright side... more time for reviewing, for instance.
7. Lovely night with Claretta and Fabietto, remembering the old working (mis)adventures and telling each other all our news. Maybe we'll soon have a pastry chef among us. And maybe next meet-up will be earlier than two years...
8. Too tired and sleepy to actually remember the good things of today... but I'm smiling, so I imagine it was a good day. Maybe I'm just happy of existing.
9. Morning reflection on yesterday's happy thought in the twilight sleep: existence and unicity, the mathematical translation of the beauty of being human and being alive. And then there is the Forecast in the queue, waiting for the green light to go down the slide of the water park...
10. If the good day is seen at morning, today couldn't be but a proficuous day, since it started putting up the chandelier.
12. Happiness is: watching a fun movie in the morning, bachata notes on the bus, "But are you on the bus?", "Thank goodness there are buses!" Happiness is also: a message or a phone call from a friend asking how you are, a hot cup of tea in your hands, meeting someone you haven't seen in ages, "No, he doesn't send mails anymore, he only sends phone calls!"
15. The sun, the streets of the city center, the chatting of a child, the reviews that make you smile, feeling loved and appreciated... dinner ready once you get home (I think I said this somewhere already, anyway... even if we don't always agree, aunts are a great invention...)
16. The calm of Friday night after the storm of a week to forget... and the promise of a weekend without any worry (mostly) before me. Goodnight world, tomorrow is another day.
18. Sometimes a day in pajamas and sweet doing nothing is what is needed.
22. Laughing and joking and feeling a bit like children, despite the frenzy of these days and all the responsibilities of being adults.
24. My little pet (meaning my car) has finally come back home, all lucid and sparkling. My Justin story is almost finished (and it'll be an entry for three challenges at once... yes, I like easy win) and I managed to leave a few reviews I wanted to leave. In conclusion, a good Saturday, and tomorrow, I hope, will be a good Sunday.
26. The warmth of home when outside it's freezing, the tango notes, the time and inspiration to write.
Ed è subito sera (literally, And it's suddenly evening) is a poem (and a line from the poem) by Salvatore Quasimodo
Sanremo is a city in Italy, more precisely in Liguria region, that every year hosts the Italian Song Festival, also known as Sanremo Festival, or just Sanremo. It is a bit of a big deal here, which is why the TV programming tends to be influenced by it...
The second part of day 9 is obviously a reference to our silliness at work... the Forecast is an application that we developed, it's been scheduled in a way that makes it run a bit too often, so we put a control to avoid that it runs twice at the same time. And we've compared it to the light signals in water parks. We've compared it to a ton of other things, actually. Yes, we are crazy.
Day 12 contains bits of conversations that were hilarious for various reasons. I would go into details, but it's too late for it...
The calm after the storm (original title La quiete dopo la tempesta) is also a poem, by Giacomo Leopardi
Tomorrow is another day, instead, is a quote from the movie Gone with the wind by Vivien Leigh
February was a really hard month, to be honest. My anxiety was higher during the second half of this month than it has been since last fall, which is really frustrating. I worked around 50 hours and between six and seven days a week. I didn't get enough sleep. Without boring you with details, there were a lot of factors contributing to this being a not-great 28 days.
At the same time, February went by really quickly. I can't believe it's almost March. The older I get, the less I seem to live in the moment, which I suppose is probably a bad thing...
So, I have some real goals I want to achieve for March. Most importantly, I want to write. I haven't written anything this year. Nada. Not one word. And writing is something that I really enjoy, obviously, so I want to make time to do it. I'm hoping to have more chapters of Collateral (M) edited and posted by the end of March. Then maybe I can actually get around to posting its sequel, which I wrote 30,000 words of during NaNo.
In sum, I'm hoping that March will be better than February was. Already, the last few days of this month have given me hope that next will be better. I've read some great stories in the queue, had some great conversations with members here, and know that there are exciting things coming for the site next month. If I can get my own life in some semblance of order and get to writing things in March, I think that will help a lot.
Thanks as always for reading the ramblings! Maybe next month's blog will actually be about writing.
Hello, all! It's time for us to announce the winners of this year's FROGS awards! If you didn't catch our livestream from earlier this evening, you can find it +here.
First off: thank you to everyone who nominated, reviewed, and voted in this year's FROGS awards, and congratulations to everyone who was nominated, whether or not you won. HPFT is home to some incredibly talented people, and we can't express how glad we are to be part of this community. We hope you enjoyed this as much as we did.
All of that said: we'd like to unveil our special, limited edition set of chocolate frog cards. We're including small versions of them in this post, but if you click on them, you'll find the full version hidden behind them. I'll also be uploading the entire collection +here on my deviantart. Please use only the mini-version in your story notes, since the full version is so big; however, you're welcome to include the full size card as a chapter image, on your profile/in your writer's journal here, and anywhere else you hang out online.
Congratulations, @Felpata_Lupin, @just.a.willow.tree, and @Stella Blue!
Most Versatile Author
Congratulations, @abhorsen., @nott theodore, and @BlackPixie!
gods without grace (M) | beyond repair | silence.death. (M)
Congratulations, @dirigibleplums, @MuggleMaybe, and @poppunkpadfoot!
Congratulations, @esmeraude, @AbraxanUnicorn, and @Rumpelstiltskin!
the skull beneath the skin (M) | erasure (M) | spiral (M)
when dahlias bloom (M) | immortal misconceptions (M) | hormones (M)
Congratulations, @dirigibleplums, @AbraxanUnicorn, @Deeds!
Best Original Fiction
from | I am | the wind chimes are calling to me | fall in love with a writer
Congratulations, @Stella Blue, @Rumpelstiltskin, @Alexis Black, and @manno-malfoy!
nights like these (M) | a candle (M) | when I go out with you (M)
Congratulations, @banshee, @abhorsen., and @Dojh167!
Best Non-Harry Potter Fanfiction
silence cuts loudest through the chaos (M) | hero (M) | an age of change (M)
Congratulations, @1917farmgirl, @banshee, and @scooterbug8515!
when I go out with you (M) | and the world went on | before the sun sets
Congratulations, @Dojh167, @manno-malfoy, and @toomanycurls!
Best Depiction of a Mental Illness/Disability
the department (M) | keyframe | dead eyes and red eyes (M)
Congratulations, @poppunkpadfoot, @forever_dreaming, and @abhorsen.!
Best Major Harry Potter Character
beyond repair | icarus (M) | after life (M)
Congratulations, @MuggleMaybe, @Stella Blue, and @MegGonagall!
Best Minor Harry Potter Character
liar (M) | jigsaw (M) | first lit, last burning | lightning love (M)
Congratulations, @Felpata_Lupin, @nott theodore, @MuggleMaybe, and @toomanycurls!
when dahlias bloom (M) | hero (M) | love, not war (M) | house of stone (M)
Congratulations, @dirigibleplums, @victoria_anne, @RoxiMalfoy, and @WindingArrow!
secret keeper (M) | shenanigans, capers, and hi-jinks (M) | prisoner | red luck
Congratulations, @poppunkpadfoot, @abhorsen., @Crimson Quill, and @just.a.willow.tree!
Best Rare Pair
parisian scars (M) | logarithmic (M) | war & mint
Congratulations, @Crimson Quill, @val, and @sihaya!
Even though you didn't necessarily win your categories, congratulations on being finalists, @abhorsen., @ailhsa23, @BellaLestrange87, @clevernotbrilliant, @dreamgazer220, @esmeraude, @forever_dreaming, @manno-malfoy, @MuggleMaybe, @nott theodore, @PaulaTheProkaryote, @pookha, @Rumpelstiltskin, @Shadowkat678, @sihaya, @Stella Blue, @TreacleTart, @Veritaserum27, @victoria_anne!
Thank you all again, and I hope you enjoyed the livestream and enjoy your cards! Please remember to rehost & credit them to me (abhorsen.) if you want to use them.
Recently my family have interest in Nahoko Uehashi's fantasy novel series Moribito. The covers for the series were illustrated by Makiko Futaki who created some important spots for studio Giburi's works such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighborhood Totoro, Laputa, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Her talent in drawing nature, animals and spiritual creatures is said to be indispensable such as Oumu with Nausicaa, doves gathering around Sheeta and kodama spirits that inhabit trees at Princess Mononoke.
Uehashi's Moribito World illustrated by Makiko Futaki.
I have a dream to illustrate for my stories (If I could, for my original fantasy) by myself near future like Makiko Futaki.
These are Futaki's works for Uehashi's Moribito Series.
← This is Balsa, a wandering spear-wielder from the kingdom of Kanbal.
← In Uehashi's world, many wonder creatures appear and strange things happen.
This is Hugo. He takes a very important role through the series.
Sadly, Futaki had passed away in May, 2016. I noticed that after I started reading Moribito Series. I heard she had written her own book, too. I'd like to read it as well.
Hello, my beautiful HPFT family!
January is over and I'm here with a blog post...
A little explaination: one of my new year's resolutions for 2018 was to keep a diary in which I would note a happy thought each day. Since I had the idea here (we had a thread for new year's resolutions in the Hufflepuff CR) and since I love you guys and since I've incredibly followed through with it and I'm proud (I've only skipped one day), I thought I'd share it with you.
I don't know if it'll be particularly interesting, and some things won't probably make much sense (a lot of my happy thoughts are HPFT-related, actually, so I guess you are lucky ) and I will be translating from Italian, which is always a bit hard...
Anyway, I will be making an entry each month and maybe you will enjoy reading it... (?)
So, here it goes!
1. The start of a new year and a new adventure. Sit down around a table and spend hours of cheeriness with dear friends. Maybe a small damage can happen, like a paper bag that succumbs to rain, but the beauty of it is that for every small damage a solution can be found.
2. A bit of frenzy, but there's always space to exchange a laugh with the colleagues. And then old memories of a few years ago come to mind and you find yourself wondering: "Who knows if Nanterre is still in A league?"
3. Starting the day with 2 new reviews and a nomination for FROGS has no price.
4. When work isn't either too much nor too little and you can face it with a smile. Pamper myself with some good food and enjoy a night that is only for me: read, write, do what I love most.
5. Man shall not live by bread alone, where bread is a synecdoche for food and food is a metonymy for material good. But anyway food is important and it's always the right occasion for a dinner out with friends.
6. The best part of a Skywalker night with the Matematti? Going to bed at 2am and then staying awake another hour chatting about books and old memories.
7. And after such an intense intergalactic weekend, the fifth movie is a must, right? Hunger Games, here I come! And in the wait, one or two review I didn't have time to leave earlier.
8. Liar is in the voting round, something genial (even if I can't remember what) surely was said in the office and the promenade is hesitated in the Slow Waltz. Mezzanotte per sognar, fanta-sti-car...
9. Giuliana changed her name in Giulia and the Due Diligence is harder to understand than the eleven dimensions in Subatomic Physics. At least our order of tea has arrived and my challenge had its first entry. The balance is always positive.
10. Getting misty over the emails between Simon and Blue and fantasising of future trips. Back to Sicily this summer? The answer is always the same: 42 CPD
11. Falling in love all over again with your own characters, while lying on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. What's better than that?
12. An email by [insert name of person who writes very ungrammatical, and hilarious because of that, emails], an unexpected review, new objectives and... the relax of Friday night. Everything else can wait tomorrow morning...
13. House tidied, new chapter of Jimmy posted, long owed review left. Proficuous day, I can feel proud of myself.
14. Another proficuous day, on the site but not only there. Ready to face a new week! (Okay, maybe not, but anyway satisfied with the weekend, even if on the [insert name of the company I work for] values there's still to work...)
15. Sometimes Mondays are hard, but finding myself sharing the wonderful love of my favourite online community is something that always makes me smile. And then there is the dancing, and nothing is better than dancing.
16. SVTHSA is probably the most adorable story I've ever read (and the first completed book of 2018), on Italia1 there is Harry Potter and the tea tradition in the office is by now established. Extremely happy in this moment.
17. In an emotionally exhausting day, the best part is finding yourself surrounded by your friends' affection and knowing that you are not alone.
18. Surely not a day when everything went smoothly, but at least the fanfiction gives great satisfactions. And tomorrow is Friday and that in its own is a great news, right?
19. Tiresome day closing a complicated week. The up side? Having a cheery dinner with my "adoptive family". And knowing that weekend has finally started.
20. Night out with friends like we hadn't had in ages. Laughing at old adventures and remembering the era of the "Can you make a coffee?"
21. And now the weekend is over and I haven't done half the things I wanted to... but at least the day was proficuous review-wise. Objectives for the week to come: start reading a new book, do the Appraisal, reviews like there's no tomorrow. And maybe finding the time to take the car to the tire repairer and change the burned out light bulbs. All absolutely manageable, right?
22. Right turn in Fox Trot and it finally seems to start dancing. And I also found the time for a little step forward in my FROGS reading. Monday gone, -4 to weekend.
24. Having fun at work when the servers are full of schifezze [filth] and you can run the proc onda(energetica); The tiredness is there, it can't be denied, but you feel it less if you can joke about it.
25. New book started - check, reviews - check, Appraisal... I tried but the server wasn't collaborating, migration... we are working on it. All in all, a productive day.
26. The to-do-list is still infinite and now the flu is advancing, too, but there still are upsides: an unexpected review, a message from [insert friend/possible romantic interest name here] and finally the weekend.
27. Health is what it is, yet the day was proficuous. Proud of myself. And now, goodnight.
28. That thrill of positive nervousness when posting a new story...
29. And then another Matematto announces that he's getting married and you find yourself re-reading old email trails and plannings of foolish graduation presents...
30. At home at 7.15 warming next to the radiator. Organizing an aperitif with ex-colleagues that had been thought more than two years ago. First reassuring review on a story I was/am full of doubts about. And tonight there's The Prisoner on TV. To hell "female little problems".
31. A day that starts with a lot of Hufflepuff pride and that ends more or less the same way (it's possible that I talk about Harry Potter in the office a bit too much...) The pleasant numbness of being on the couch in pajamas and with a pen in hand. The beautiful feeling of being home.
And now a few due notes (credits/translations/explainations) that you can feel free to skip:
Nanterre is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris. And a few years ago its basket team was promoted in A league (and I and some friends happened by chance to be there during their celebrations...)
Man shall not live by bread alone is a line from Matthew's Gospel.
Skywalker night = Star Wars marathon.
Matematti is the nickname of my group of Uni friends, coming from the union of matematici [mathematicians] e matti [crazy].
Mezzanotte per sognar, fanta-sti-car... is a line from Un bacio a mezzanotte, a 1952 Italian song composed by Gorni Kramer (music) and Garinei & Giovannini (lyrics) and popularized by the vocal group Quartetto Cetra.
Most of day 9 refers to work stuff and it would be too long to explain...
Simon and Blue are characters in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (in brief SVTHSA) by Becky Albertalli.
The answer is always the same: 42 refers to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
CPD stands for chi può dirlo, which means who can tell, a recurrent line of a colleague of mine.
Italia1 is a channel of Italian television.
"Can you make a coffee?" has a story of its own (something regarding a boy I never went on a date with... ) and that, too, would be too long to explain.
proc onda(energetica); Proc stands for procedure and it's a command in the programming language I work with. Onda energetica is the Italian rendition of Kamehameha from Akira Toriyama's manga/anime DragonBall. So basically that's me and my colleagues being silly...
The Prisoner obviously means Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
PS - Now I'm nervous that I'm going to bore you all and I'm super scared of pressing that Submit Entry button... why do I do this to myself?
So it seems that I'll be blogging at the end of each month (except December, which I inadvertently missed). Welcome back!
It's a new year, and I'm really hoping that it will be a good one. January was rough. Things were busy and stressful: work, family illnesses, exhaustion, and general chaos kept me running. I didn't sleep enough. I didn't complete some of my start-of-the-year goals. But I'm still here and still plugging away.
I have a lot of resolutions for 2018. I want to learn to cook. I want to get back into yoga. I want to write and read and bullet journal. And more. I think I'll be able to accomplish at least some of those, but this year is definitely going to be a busy one.
I'm making a big move at the end of June to NYC (or, more likely, New Jersey since it's more affordable and I can still commute to the city for work). My boyfriend and I have lived where we are in New England for two and a half years, and we'll be leaving a lot behind to pursue our careers. We're excited to start there, and we're planning to get engaged, so we know that this will be a great move for us. But it's still hard to leave this place behind. It was our first real home together, and we have a lot of friends who we won't get to see as often after we go. It's going to be hard.
I'm really hoping that 2018 is going to be the year that I get into my career-job in publishing. I've been interning and working part time for the last two and a half years, and I want to really dive in when I get to New York. It's the center of publishing, so it's the perfect place to start my career.
I'm also hoping that this move won't set back all the positive work I've done for my mental health. I suffer from really severe anxiety and depression, and 2017 was one of my hardest years. I've finally found an SSRI medication that works for me, though, and I hope it can keep working despite all the life changes I'll be going through.
In sum, 2018 is going to be busy. I really want it to be good, and I'm happy with the goals I've laid out for myself. I'm excited and ready to jump in. I'm just not sure where that leap will lead.
I'm sure there's more to say, but I won't keep chatting for now. I'll likely come back to this topic in a future blog. I just have a lot to look forward to this year. I'm so glad that I'll have this community behind me while I go through it all. Thank you as always for reading!
To say that 2016 was the worst year of my life would be an understatement. For those that don’t know, I lost my father a few days after completing Nano.
It should have been a happy time for me, not only had I completed Nano in three days (my personal best), but it was my first time delving into Original Fiction.
Losing my dad completely destroyed me. My father was my everything, from raising me alone, to being my best friend in the whole world. I had never been closer to anyone as I was to him, and it hit me hard.
My father was the person who got me into Harry Potter (It’s why I have his name as the wand part of my Deathly Hallows tattoo. Because he is the strongest person I know). I remember it well, I was around 13/14, and I had a week off from school because I was extremely ill. My dad needed to go shopping, but didn’t want to leave me alone, so he took me with him. We went down the book aisle of the supermarket, and I saw the box set of the first four books on the shelf. My dad brought them for me because he thought that it might cheer me up, and I became hooked on them from the first book.
Most of my Harry Potter memories come from my dad. He would listen to the audio books on his computer pretty much every day – he must have listened to them millions of times – he would watch the films all the time. He would make sure that we went as a family to see the films as soon as they came out. He would buy me each new book at the midnight release. He was as much of a fan as I was, to be honest.
It’s why I told him about my fan fiction as soon as I started writing it. I wouldn’t let him read any of it; because I was too embarrassed at the beginning, but he would be there ready to give me ideas if I was stuck, and offer help if I needed it. He was so proud of my writing, and would encourage it all the time. He was my muse.
He loved Nano, and would brag to anyone who would listen about my word count. He would tell everyone he knew that I was a writer. He would tell people about how I was going to be an author one day, and that I wrote books online. Every Nano, we had a few traditions that we followed every year. As soon as I was done planning, I would get a Chinese for dinner. He would buy me my Nano stash so that I had energy when I was writing, he would be on hand to make me a hot chocolate as encouragement. Whenever I got writer's block he would take me for a drive along the seafront, and not care if I listened to my iPod as we drove... the shock and admiration from him whenever I told him my word count, and how quickly it increased was what kept me writing so much.
I have never seen him prouder than he was when I completed it in three days, and I am so glad that he was able to see me achieve that.
He was such a massive part of my writing, and I believe that’s why I wasn’t able to write for such a long time. When he left, I lost my muse; I lost my reason for writing.
I had never felt as alone as I had in the last 14 months. Not only did I lose my dad, I realised how little my siblings and mother seemed to care about me (I won’t get into that at all, it’s much too long). I ended my relationship of twelve years, because he kept telling me to basically get over my dad’s death because he didn’t want to deal with it (It had been two weeks when he first said this) and that I was being too dramatic by crying at my dad’s funeral. He also told me that I had to sell all of my dad’s things, and get rid of his cat. Yeah, he was kicked to the kerb, and my cat is my baby, I would choose that cat each time!
I was left to deal with absolutely everything alone, and it was hard because I always had my dad there to guide me, and I ended up with no one. I know that I should have come on here, you have all been so supportive and loving, and I love you all. But, I was in such a dark place. A horrible, awful, dark place. I had never felt such pain and loneliness and did so many stupid things in my attempt to try to cope with it all. I hid myself away; I took myself away from everything because I didn’t have the energy to be myself. I didn’t want to be alive, and I didn’t want to drag anyone else down with me.
I’m no longer in that bad place, and that is thankfully because of one of my siblings (I have five), my friends, and my new boyfriend. They have made me want to stay alive; they have made me see that my dad is always with me. My new boyfriend – you’ve probably seen me gushing about him on twitter/instagram/snapchat all the time – has made me want to write again. He wants to talk about my dad all the time, he wants to make sure that he encourages me to write, because he says that it’s what my dad loved, and that I should continue it. He makes me want to be me again, and to stay alive, and I can never thank him enough. He saved me from a downhill spiral.
Because of his encouragement, I wrote four new chapters.
There wasn’t much point to this blog, except that I felt like I needed to write it so that you all knew where I had gone. I disappeared, and I’m sorry. I feel like I’m ready to come back though, and I’m going to try and be more involved because being around you all makes me so happy.
Thank you for letting me ramble, and rant, I really appreciate it (and I hope you can forgive all of the punctuation and grammar mistakes. I'm a little rusty ) . I hope to talk to you all more!
Last post for 2017. I hope this last year has been good to everyone.
Ahhh...I'm guessing I was supposed to update last year?? It was left here too, ready for me to continue - well played, Blog, well played!
I'm re-reading the books and there is so much that I miss about the books that the movies left out. Like in the Mirror of Erised, Harry sees his whole family, not just his Mum and Dad. And when Snape refs the second Quidditch game against Hufflepuff and Ron fights Draco in the stands and Neville joins in and takes on Crabb and Goyle. It was Seamus that says: "Nearly Headless? How can you be nearly headless?" during the feast, Neville was with Harry, Ron, and Hermione when they discovered Fluffy, it was Harry that said: "I wasn't looking at its feet, I was too busy with its heads.", that Ron actually has more lines in the book - and Peeves!!! It just makes me wish they did a re-make of the movies but make them stick to the books.
Ok, so, I'm also booked for an HP event night on June 2 with ladies from my work. I'm getting costume ideas, but want to break away from the usual. I saw this AWESOME Narcissa Malfoy coat on Etzy, but it was over $400aud to buy Any ideas??
Hey everyone! Voting threads for the FROGS categories will be open soon, in the meantime here is a full reading list for your perusal!
Best Humor (Fan)fiction Nominations
Hormones (M) by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap @Deeds
Immortal Misconceptions (M) by @AbraxanUnicorn
When Dahlias Bloom (M) by @dirigibleplums
In Which Ron and Harry Discuss Everything But Quidditch by @Veritaserum27
Best Romance (Fan)fiction Nominations
A Candle (M) by @abhorsen./Beeezie
Nights Like This (M) by @banshee
When I Go Out with You (M) by @Dojh167
Skewed Toward Truth (M) by @MuggleMaybe
Thrill (M) by @nott theodore
When Spring Doesn't Return (M) by @Rumpelstiltskin
Best Minor HP Character Nominations
Peter Pettigrew in Liar (M) by @Felpata_Lupin
Crookshanks in Hermione's Betrayal by @forever_dreaming
Anthony Goldstein from First Lit, Last Burning by @MuggleMaybe
Roxanne Weasley in Jigsaw (M) by @nott theodore
Olive Hornby in Dear Myrtle by @Stella Blue
Lysander Scamander from Lightning Love (M) by @toomanycurls
Best Angst (Fan)fiction Nominations
Beyond Repair by @MuggleMaybe
Gods Without Grace (M) by @dirigibleplums
Haunting Shadows (M) by @dreamgazer220
silence.death. (M) by @poppunkpadfoot
This Misery Will Suffice (M) by @BellaLestrange87
Best Family/Friendship Nominations
Fred II & Victoire Weasley in Shenanigans, Capers, and Hi-Jinks (M) by @abhorsen./Beeezie
Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil in to the end of time (M) by @clevernotbrilliant
Dumbledore family in Prisoner by @Crimson Quill
Chloe & her family in red luck by justawillowtree/ @just.a.willow.tree
Peter Pettigrew and Sirius Black in Secret Keeper by @poppunkpadfoot
Best LGBTQIA+ Character Nominations
Hannah Abbott in When I Go Out With You (M) by @Dojh167
Albus Severus Potter from And the World Went On by @manno-malfoy
Albus Severus Potter in the 'Before the Sun Sets' Series by @toomanycurls
Best Major HP Character Nominations
Albus Severus Potter from And the World Goes On by @manno-malfoy
Hermione Granger from After Life (M) by @MegGonagall
Lily Luna Potter from Icarus (M) by @Stella Blue
Petunia Evans/Dursley from Beyond Repair by @MuggleMaybe
Best Dark/Horror (Fan)fiction Nominations
Erasure (M) by @AbraxanUnicorn
Muggle Studies (M) by @esmeraude
The Skull Beneath the Skin (M) by @esmeraude
Spiral (M) by @Rumpelstiltskin
Got You (M) by @sihaya
Bruises (M) by @TreacleTart
Best Original Fiction Nominations
a garden of weeds (M) by @ailhsa23
The Wind Chimes Are Calling To Me by @Alexis Black
Fall in Love with a Writer by @manno-malfoy
I Am by @Rumpelstiltskin
From by @Stella Blue
Best Original Character Nominations
Brendon Greengrass from Sidenote: Greengrass dys/function by @abhorsen./Beeezie
Dahlia Darzi from When Dahlias Bloom (M) by @dirigibleplums
Hero Blishwick from Hero (M) by @victoria_anne
Piper Stone from House of Stone (M) by @WindingArrow
Roxi Zarooni from Love, Not War (M) by @RoxiMalfoy
Best Depiction of Mental Illness/Disability Nominations
Words and Silences (M) by @Shadowkat678
The Department (M) by @poppunkpadfoot
keyframe by @forever_dreaming
Dead Eyes and Red Eyes (M) by @abhorsen./Beeezie
Best HP Rare Pair Nominations
Cormac McLaggen/Eloise Midgeon in Logarithmic (M) by @val
Dorcas Meadowes/Marlene McKinnon in war and mint by @sihaya
Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil in Parisian Scars (M) by @Crimson Quill
Best Non-HP Fandom Nominations
Silence Cuts Loudest Through the Chaos (M) by @1917farmgirl
Hero (M) by @banshee
Age of Change by M C Crocker/ @scooterbug8515
Most Versatile Author Nominations
Best Reviewer Nominations
Last month we ran our first ever prize based writing competition with a theme of Holiday and Diversity!
We had 9 entries! Here are all the entries!
And the World Went On by mannoy/malfoy
Chai, Dancing, and a Friend in the Wee Hours of the Morning by 800 Words of Heaven
First Lit, Last Burning (M) by MuggleMaybe
in the dawn, we shall enter the splendid cities. (M) by Aphoride
Overhauling Hogwarts by Nykizta
Peppermint (M) by sapphicsunrise
red luck by just.a.willow.tree
Untitled, Undefined by Inara Alora/hufflepuffhunny7
war & mint by sihaya
Staff and prefects read through every entry and graded them based on:
Overall quality (25%)
Integration of first line (20%)
Use of theme (30%)
We had very well written, fun to read stories. I highly recommend you read through them!
For those who get first in their house, they will receive:
Those who get second will receive:
Now finally --- the winners
@MuggleMaybe for First Lit, Last Burning!
Summary: Anthony has always loved celebrating Hanukkah with his family. This year, with war darkening the world around him, he finds new meaning in the festivasl of lights.
Why it's great: Renee did an amazing job writing about Ernie and Anthony's relationship during Deathly Hallows with a beautiful depiction of Hanukkah. Everyone who has read this story just falls in love with the beautifully complex story about love, hope, and letting the light shine.
@just.a.willow.tree for red luck!!
Summary: I never realized how much I loved the scent of peppermint, until it was three
days till Christmas break and Rose still hadn’t asked me to visit her family.
Why it's great: This story is so heartfelt as it explores coming out to a homophobic parent with the excitement of Chinese New Year. It's a great story of love, bravery, and family.
@sapphicsunrise for Peppermint!
Summary: Ginny always smelled of peppermint.
Why it's great: Ginny/Luna with past hetero relationship hangups with a first declaration of love for each other???? How could we not?
@Aphoride for in the dawn, we shall enter the splendid cities!!
Advent is a time for hoping, for waiting, for believing; a time when gods descend to the earth, and the celestial is made temporal.
A shame then, that Grantaire believed in nothing but Enjolras.
Or, Grantaire lit four red candles, one each Sunday of Advent; each time, he was visited by a god: a god who performed miracles.
Why it's great: Laura's writing is an art more often than not and this story is not an exception.
@800 words of heaven for Chai, Dancing, and a Friend in the Wee Hours of the morning!
Summary: It had sounded like a good idea at the time.
Why it's great: Neville and Hannah are impossible not to love. If you've followed the Chai series, this will be a wonderfully delightful next story to read. Hannah and Neville are wonderfully written with the awkward nature you'd expect to see from Neville with a wonderful inclusion of Diwali.
The admins want to take this opportunity to gift the extra prizes as follows:
@TidalDragon -- You are a rickstar staffer and do such an amazing job with Gryffindor house. We appreciate you so much and want you to have a Gryffindor notebook and folder as a token of that heartfelt gratitude and appreciation.
@nott theodore -- Sian left a ton of reviews through the snowball fight and has left the most reviews out of all of her house! and third overall on the site. For that dedication to authors and for leaving just the best reviews, we'd like to give you a Gryffie spiral notebook.
@RoxiMalfoy -- You're new to staff but have jumped in with such enthusiasm and dedication that we wanted to give you a Snake spiral notebook to show our love.
Congrats everyone and thank you for participating!!
Please PM me with an address and name to send your awards to!
We've been copy-pasting a lot of the information regarding staff apps into the application announcements every three months. Instead of continuing to do that, we wanted to streamline the process a little by making the information more accessible - and the bulletin less lengthy!
How Does HPFT Staff? (and how do I join?)
Every month, the HPFT admins post an application for all site staff/prefect positions on google forms. Once a member puts in an application, we keep it on hand for three months - so, for example, an application from March might be used to fill a staff position in May.
All full staff members are involved in the decision-making process. Outside of existing staff moving from one role to another, we don't make any bumps without someone putting in a formal application, and we really do rely on those apps to help us with our decisions. Most staff members don't have access to the applicant's username until they've finished initially marking the application, because it's important to us to reduce unintentional bias and even the appearance of favoritism as much as possible. That doesn't mean other staff members can't voice concerns once the admins say which member the application came from, but the process does help us seriously consider whether our concerns are fair.
Members are encouraged to apply to as many roles as they'd like - it's all on one application, and we don't have any restrictions on post count or time spent as a member. Previous experience might be helpful and you're welcome to reference it in your application, but there's also a lot of guidance available, so don't hesitate to apply just because you don't have any experience.
Auror: Expected to validate 7-10 chapters a week, participate in semi-annual CA reviews/discussions about potential archive changes, pitch in on sitewide activities, and grade applications every three months. (Minimum age: 18.)
Gamekeeper: Expected to participate in brainstorming and coordinating forum activities/events, including keeping tabs of prefect/staff activity discussions to make sure they don't conflict and get done in a timely manner, as well as grade applications every three months. While Gamekeepers are not expected to run all or even most site activities, they should be at least tangentially aware of most activities happening on the site and take a leadership role in activities more often than other staff members. (Minimum age: 16. Must have been a staff member or prefect for at least 3 of the past 12 months.)
Muggle Liaison: Expected to make regular posts on the site's social media (including both reblogging and creating original content), assist in outreach to other sites where applicable, brainstorm new ways to improve our social media presence, pitch in on sitewide activities, and grade applications every three months. If time permits, they may also help with individual houses' social media accounts as needed, especially tumblr. (Minimum: 16.)
Prefect: Expected to contribute to certain site activities (i.e., the Order or Merlin, the site story of the month, and seasonal writing competitions) and common room activities. The specifics may differ depending on the culture of your specific common room, but could include posting monthly/annual competitions and contributing to the house newsletter. (Minimum age: 13.)
Professor: Expected to moderate the forums 2-3 times a week (including approving new members, checking posts on the forums to ensure they follow the rules, making sure that master lists and links remain up-to-date, and contacting members where necessary), pitch in on sitewide activities, and grade applications every three months. (Minimum age: 16.)
In conjunction with that, staff members/prefects are required to fill out a short checklist documenting a basic level of activity every month--10 posts a month just about anywhere on the forums/archives about just about anything (including-but-not-limited-to posts, status updates/replies, reviews, new chapters, and nominations). Everyone is allowed an occasional no-questions-asked skip for the month, but it should be infrequent. As a rule, full staff positions probably require 3-5 hours a week on the site, and prefect positions probably require 1-2 hours a week on the site. That's not a hard and fast rule, though - as long as you're checking the site regularly, completing your ten posts, and fulfilling whatever other duties you have, we'll be happy.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of the staff privately or ask in a reply here! ❤️
last edited June 11, 2018