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New story, "Comfort and Joy," posted to AO3

snow Tweed
I've posted "Comfort and Joy" to An Archive of Our Own today. I wrote the story for the HoggyWarty Christmas party and gift exchange.

"Comfort and Joy"
Summary: Minerva isn’t feeling very much Christmas cheer when the holiday begins, and it looks only to become gloomier. Set at Christmas 1980.
Pottermore disregarded.
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore, Poppy Pomfrey, a variety of other characters
Rating: PG/T

ETA: Now also posted to the Petulant Poetess.
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Celtic Cat
I just discovered that my Remus/Lily drabble, "Making a Memory," received third place in the HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards for Fall/Winter 2013-14. Here's the pretty banner they gave me!



Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fan Poll Awards, from the organizers, the nominators, the authors, and the voters! Check out the poll results if you're looking for some new, highly recommended fanfic to read.
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Time-wasting fun test

Celtic Cat
I thought this result was a little odd until I considered what the alternatives were ...

Your results:
You are Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard
65%
Geordi LaForge
65%
Will Riker
55%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
55%
Spock
54%
Beverly Crusher
50%
Worf
50%
Deanna Troi
50%
Mr. Scott
45%
Uhura
45%
Chekov
40%
Mr. Sulu
40%
Data
38%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
30%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
30%
A lover of Shakespeare and other
fine literature. You have a decisive mind
and a firm hand in dealing with others.


Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

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A D&D Test Meme

Celtic Cat

What Kind of D&D Character Would You Be?


Picked this meme up from irishredlass. It was kinda fun, but longer than I expected. 

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Wizard (7th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-14

Dexterity-10

Constitution-13

Intelligence-18

Wisdom-14

Charisma-14


Alignment:
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Detailed Results:Read more...Collapse )
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Celtic Cat
The Doctors Revisited UK Schedule | Doctor Who TV.


The BBC has releThe first four Doctors - Hartnell (1), Troughton(2), Baker (4), and Pertwee (3)ased its schedule for "The Doctors Revisited" in the UK. The first one airs Saturday, 12 October, at 2 p.m., to be followed immediately by "The Aztecs." The Second Doctor's special will be the following day, Sunday, 13 October, again at 2. The next episodes will be aired on successive Saturdays and Sundays, with each special followed by one of the iconic stories for that particular Doctor's era.

ETA: Although this is a BBC production, it will be broadcast on WATCH, a satellite station that is partly owned by BBC. Here is WATCH’s page with an overview of the eleven Doctors.

I've already seen the first eight, since I live in the U.S., where, unusually, we're getting this before they do in the UK. I imagine it's because there is a higher proportion of New Who fans in the U.S. who have little or no knowledge of the Classic series, so they've been trying to drum up additional interest in the 50th anniversary as the anniversary of the entire run of Who, not just the past 8 years of the new Doctors.

My own favorite "classic" Doctor was Three -- he was "my" Doctor, the one I first watched -- but each of the classic Doctors has something to commend, and when I re-watch old serials, whichever Doctor is in it at the time becomes my favorite in that moment. They are all "The Doctor."

I find as I watch the First Doctor serials that I enjoy him and William Hartnell's performance much more than I did when watching reruns of them as a kid, when they were aired by my local PBS station when the Third Doctor was between seasons. Then, I found him incomprehensible, and even though both the First and Third Doctors had a streak of superiority and arrogance about them, the Third Doctor was more accessible. It probably helped, too, that the production values were somewhat higher by the early 70s, so even though the sets and costumes may look cheesy today (and, to be frank, they often struck me that way even when I was a kid -- but I'd get so sucked into the stories, I'd forget that), the quality was higher than it had been in the early and mid-60s.

"The Doctors Revisited" is a good way to become acquainted, or reacquainted, with all of the Doctors, past and present.
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Hoggywarty Xmas Sign-ups

Celtic Cat
Just passing on that the Hoggywarty Xmas sign-ups have started. This is my first year, and I'm looking forward to it!
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HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards for Fall/Winter

Celtic Cat

With crisp autumn nights (well, in some places, anyway!) comes the next round of the HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards. Nominations begin soon!

Don't know if I'll have anything to nominate this round, but I'll look through the categories, some of my favorite fics, and then see whether the fic has already been nominated in a previous round. (Only in the Legacy subcategory for each category can a previously nominated story be renominated.)

In any case, I thought I'd pass this on -- if you love a fic, nominate it! Even if it doesn't "win," it's great for other readers to find new stories that others recommend so highly, and it's very nice for the authors, as well.



THE HP FANFIC FAN POLL AWARDS - FALL-WINTER ROUND 2013
Rules, Timelines, and How to Nominate a Fic

To Make Nominations/Ask Questions: hpfanficfanpollmod@gmail.com
Nomination period: October 1st - October 28th, 2013
Voting period: November 1st - December 31st, 2013
Winners announced: by January 10th, 2014



PLEASE PASS THE WORD ON TO ALL 'HARRY POTTER' COMMUNITIES BY POSTING A BANNER TO YOUR FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, TWITTER, PINTEREST, LIVEJOURNAL, ETC. BLOGS!

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"Not Entirely Tedious" posted to TPP

Minerva
I managed to get "Not Entirely Tedious" posted to the Petulant Poetess yesterday.

Summary: Young Professor Severus Snape shows up for a meeting, but the only other person there is the Deputy Headmistress. He wants to leave and return later, after the other participants will have arrived, but Professor McGonagall explains why that is impossible. Cross about having his plans for the day disrupted for a meeting that’s not taking place, Snape resents having to spend the afternoon with McGonagall. She doesn’t seem very pleased, either, but is content to relax and wait. Snape isn’t so patient, and soon manages to annoy his companion. Written for the HP Friendship Fic Fest 2013.

Canon-compliant, more-or-less, with the books. Not Pottermore compliant. Presumes an older McGonagall, born c. 1924, and a contemporary of Riddle. (Prompt at the end of the story.)

One-shot.

Characters: Severus Snape and Minerva McGonagall, with appearances by Albus Dumbledore, Filius Flitwick, and Pomona Sprout.

Rated M on TPP to avoid the anonymous spamming troll who trailed around my fics on TPP until I raised the ratings, requiring log-in for reviews. Content T.
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eBook formats of my fics

Celtic Cat
I've had Kindle (mobi) versions of many of my completed fics available for download for a while, and I've now added several in ePub format, as well. More will be joining them.

You can find the links to these eBooks here.

If you have any questions or problems with the downloads, let me know!
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"Not Entirely Tedious" posted

Minerva
"Not Entirely Tedious" is now available both on my blog and on An Archive of Our Own.

“Not Entirely Tedious”

Summary: Young Professor Severus Snape shows up for a meeting, but the only other person there is the Deputy Headmistress. He wants to leave and return later, after the other participants will have arrived, but Professor McGonagall explains why that is impossible. Cross about having his plans for the day disrupted for a meeting that’s not taking place, Snape resents having to spend the afternoon with McGonagall. She doesn’t seem very pleased, either, but is content to relax and wait. Snape isn’t so patient, and soon manages to annoy his companion.
Characters: Severus Snape and Minerva McGonagall, with appearances by Albus Dumbledore, Filius Flitwick, and Pomona Sprout.
Rated T/PG-13

Notes: Canon-compliant, more-or-less, with the books. Not Pottermore compliant. Presumes an older McGonagall, born c. 1924, and a contemporary of Riddle. Written for the HP Friendship Fic Fest, 2013.

"Not Entirely Tedious" on An Archive of Our Own.
(I'll be posting to TPP soonish, if you prefer reading there.)
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