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I recced Pairing: Merlin/Pendragon last night to a friend because they were talking Merlin fandom and I was like "WELL I LOVE THIS ONE FIC?" We are both waiting for Check, Please! to get going again.

Making fandom friends is like a scary wire-balancing act where you WANT FRIENDS HIIII but also you probably don't share all your fandoms to the same degree so you aren't getting all their references and they aren't getting all of yours but you are so excited to be chatting with them an you want them to be your instant BFF but not in like a creepy way.

Anyway, now I'm re-reading the fic.

Oh my gosh, it's like a time capsule of a particular time in fandom. This fic should be the Library of Congress, it's a valuable artifact of FANDOM HISTORY.

V-gifts! I forgot about v-gifts! Probably because I never figured out how they worked.

And man, I could use the notes option on facebook. That way I could save notes on the jerkfaces I meet in groups so I would know to avoid them when they try to friend me.

...not that I ever used LJ notes in real life. Because I never paaiiiidd.
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So, I've started to use tumblr more actively recently. And by actively I mean, "definitely not the way the founders intended, the site HATES me, whatever." I mostly started it because I noticed that people leave tumblr (like all other sites) but by a quirk of the site, if you reblog something you basically get a permanent copy on your own blog. And I realized that three THREE of my favorite fanartists have taken down their fansites in the past few years and I PANICKED.

So one subblog is just me reblogging fanart. Great.

Then I noticed that while I was looking for fanart, I kept finding really fantastic meta. So I started a new subblog just for meta.

So there I am, my main blog where I'm experimentally crossposting, my art subblog, and my meta subblog.

I just reblog for the art. Virtually no added comments or tags, just a collection of fanart, messy and disorganized.

On my meta blog, I starting putting in tags. Not a lot, but making comments on meta I actually disagree with, or pieces I find particularly compelling or fascinating. On at least two occasions I've really written out entire response posts because the original meta was just SO interesting.

So, I'm pottering along for a few weeks, and this is tumblr so I'm not really sure how to measure success or anything so I start poking at my stats.

My main blog is still functionally unsued, so the only people I really interact with are [personal profile] lannamichaels, [personal profile] batyatoon and [livejournal.com profile] iceshade. Except...the occasional porn blog follower. :/

The fanart one is weirdly gaining a tiny following. Which is fun, and amusing as I seem to be followed by a lot of people who don't share my 'ships. Sorry! Hope you like the art! (Hope all of you don't unfollow me after my Draco/Astoria BINGEFEST tonight!)

The meta one, which is growing to be my absolute favorite little collection of mostly-organized awesome thoughts from the internet? Followed almost exclusively by porn blogs.

*sigh*

This would be the place on LJ where I would likely actually have conversation. Tumblr remains terrible for what I want.

That said, I have found a lovely group of people writing Cursed Child fanfic, so I just have to screw up my nerve and start leaving comments again?
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Ok, I'm at 97 words, just a few more, careful...

100 WORDS STOP WRITING STOP READ IT OVER.

Ooooh, those are extra words, cut 'em out. Replace with BETTER WORDS.

Lalalala, editing, this is great.

HOW DID I GET DOWN TO 96 WORDS.

Write moar words!

OH NO 100 WORDS AGAIN STOP STOP DANGER DANGER!

***

Put on repeat for three days because drabbles.
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I'm in the middle of writing a post-Cursed Child fic and really, I'm just lovingly crafting a throwaway moment where a random Gryffindor is like "WTF are those two Slytherins doing here?" and when James points out Albus has two Gryffindor siblings the Jerk-indor says "yeah but what about the Malfoy?" And James is confused, because, like, "Um, it's Scorpius. You have Albus, you also have Scorpius. Duh."

This is one of the things I want out of Cursed Child fic. And like, I almost prefer it without Albus and Scorpius dating, or before they're dating. Because that's the kind of family acceptance Harry got very early on in the books and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I love the found families element of Molly and Arthur just taking Harry into their large and warm family without a second thought (that Harry sees, at least). And it's not like the other kids were toting their own friends into the family that we saw! Harry and Ron were best friends, and Harry was clearly in need of some loving, so the Weasley crew scooped him up. Arthur even made sure to get World Cup tickets for Harry, who never would have even expected them or known what he was missing.* It's not even just Molly and Arthur; Fred and George pick up Harry at the beginning of the second book and they give Harry the Marauder's Map! This was long before Harry and Ginny were dating, so romance wasn't required. The Weasley's are just That Awesome and Welcoming.

*Arthur got a ticket for Hermione too, but I actually think it's safe to assume her parents paid him back. But while we're on that topic, Hermione is a great example of the Weasley's not caring that Hermione has a lovely home life - she's ALSO a best friend, of course she's invited along to everything!

And I want that for Scorpius, who grew up very loved but also very isolated and suddenly picked up this awkward, angry best friend of Albus on day one of Real Life. I want Scorpius who gets invited to every summer and every holiday because, well, Albus is coming, and you can't conceive of one without the other. I want James to bring them both sweets from Hogsmeade and Lily to grab Scorpius for her team in backyard Quidditch and I want everyone to know that when Albus isn't home during holidays he's at Malfoy Manner, where else would he be? Scorpius can't visit all the time, you know.

And it's ok that li'l James and Lily don't have bosom friends, because not everyone has super best friends, that's ok, Harry had two but frankly while Ginny had a bunch of super-close friends but Luna didn't hang out at the Burrow during the summers, you know?

I also understand that it seems like Harry ignored the deep friendship between Albus and Scorpius before Cursed Child, so this has to be happening after Year Four. I do think that James and Lily are both long over it by the time Harry grits his teeth and starts inviting Scorpius 'round for tea every second of every day. If they wanted to see Albus while they were at Hogwarts, they were going to also see Scorpius, so they're both very accustomed to the Albus and Scorpius BFF show. And if Harry could pull his head out of his butt faster, Albus probably wouldn't have been wound so tight at the end of the summer after not being able to see his best friend.

LISTEN I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ON THIS. THIS COULD BE LONGER.

(crossposted to tumblr as an ~experiment~.)
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[personal profile] copperbadge just gave an oral history of fandom on his tumblr and HE EXPLAINED WHAT WEBRINGS WERE FOR.

I literally had no idea wtf webrings were supposed to do when I stumbled on them circa...somewhere between 1999-2002? I remember just being really puzzled at them and poking at them and giving up on them entirely as something I would Never Understand. (No, really. I was so exited by them because they were about Things I Was Interested In, but I could. not. grock.)

I recognize how lucky I was to get into fandom post-ff.net (as much as I complain about it now.) It really informed my early fandom days of copying out giant swaths of fic and printing them out in teeny tiny print with the narrowest margins so I could inhale them on the morning bus rides to school. It's also been a great preserver of so much of the fic that would have otherwise been lost on personal servers and even LJs.

I love fandom, fandom culture, and it's weird, underground, oral history.

ETA: I recognize that a lot of fandom spaces are full of youths making the olds feel unwelcome, which suuuucks, but maybe it's the people I follow and the fandoms I've been in, but I still feel awfully young in fandom. Yes, even as the youths do things that mystify me and I find out that my fandom lexicon is completely outdated (lemons? squick? disclaimers???). Or maybe it's that I spend most of my time in old/closed fandoms. Or, really, it's probably that I am a fanfic snob and absolutely end up reading stuff by writers who have honed their craft -- unlike me, my stuff is adequate at best -- and I sorta wait for people to learn to separate between paragraphs when different people are speaking before befriending them. (I am a snob, write what you like.) So, in the end, still feel young, and it's wildly comforting to know there are people with rich, full, awesome lives still bopping around in fandom squee with us.

...is squee an outdated term too?
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The problem with getting back into fandom is that I have three windows open with probably around 70 tabs and I can't close any of them what if I miss a fic or a meta or a link somewhere interesting???

Plus, I've somehow gone from desperatly digging around the internet archive for some recced Harry/Ginny Harry Potter fics (yes, I finally found ones on deleted and purged journals WHYYYY) through some Due South nostalgia and now I'm reading a huge Captain America modern veterans-with-PTSD AU.

What.

I also now save fic links in:
My excel spreadsheet of doom (still labeled as Torchwood recs ha ha)
Random TextEdit Files (mostly labeled)
Diigo (ok, I only save meta in Diigo)
Evernote (because I am now terrified of deletions)

So good luck to future me who wants to find anything! My fandom saves are just as messy as everything else. *confetti*

ETA: AND NOW I'M READING CHECK, PLEASE FIC, SM I BLAME YOU I HAVE NO TIME FOR THIS.

Also I might need a pinterest account to save all the fic. #fandom
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I FINALLY found the corner of Livejournal where all the Harry/Ginny fic writers were hanging out around 2009. And so far, there's been very few "deleted and purged" journals.

Mind you, there has been nothing really updated since 2012. That said, there is SO MUCH FIC, I love everyone in this bar. *rolls around in the fic in sheer delight*
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This new Doctor Who spin-off looks like some kind of Torchwood-inspired high school AU.

I expect cameos from the all the Sarah Jane kids. And some tributes to Elisabeth Sladen.
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Read a college AU fic today in which the pairing-of-choice were paired to shoot a short film for a class assignment. The fic itself was tiny, it wasn't a masterpiece or anything, it was clearly an id-fic of more idea than in-depth, plotty, beta-ed execution. Which is fine.

BUT.

As someone was who WAS paired up in film class to shoot short films, EVERYTHING ABOUT THE ASSIGNMENT IS WRONG. It's a GIANT PAIN to film five minutes of material!! You DO NOT do it in a single shot, good lord, who are you, Hitchcock?????

YOU DIDN'T EVEN CHECK THE WHITE BALANCE, BOYS. THAT'S GOING TO COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU. I CAPSLOCK FROM EXPERIENCE.
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Attempted to go to The Outside today and See A Film.

And...failed!

I'm finding it more amusing than anything. I'll cap it off by trying to figure out tumblr while listening to the debate, yes?
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I want a fic about the founders where they purposely design Hogwarts as some sort of rejection of normative Muggle architecture. "This will be a purely magical space" they declare as they make a room that only appears when people want it hard enough, a huge room that purposely looks like it has no ceiling, staircases that will do everything to prevent you from getting from point A to point B in a timely fashion, and a freaking dormitory (with windows!) under a lake before Muggles even have the technology to make that possible.

Then they spontaneously dress in quasi-Elizabethean-looking clothes even though they built the school around 990 AD WHEN MOVEABLE TYPE HAD NOT YET BEEN INVENTED.

Cross-posted to tumblr as an EXPERIMENT.
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Thing the first: It's Yuletide letter season, or that one time a year when people suddenly re-active their livejournals. It's been fun. I should get popcorn.

Thing the second: So, apparently, when I was younger and capable, I wrote this massive Torchwood meta essay. And then, like a complete fail, apparently failed to respond to any comments? Wondering if I should do that now. Because I'm creaking back into fandom life.

But I digress.

There are a few legitimate comments on that page. And then, and I don't think you can see them, there are SIX AND A HALF PAGES OF SPAM.

I get emails every few days with another spam post. And it's GROSS STUFF. Weird transphobic porn advertisements. CONSTANTLY. D:

I finally logged in to turn off anonymous commenting. Let's see if that stops it? I can turn off commenting altogether, but I hate doing that. I was also tempted to fix some horrific grammar mistakes but I resisted. Let it live in all its mistaken glory.
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Oh, look, going through the Teddy Lupin tag I started reading a story and didn't realize until three chapters in that it was a Copperbadge story.

How the eff.
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HAHAHAHA.

Ok, so when I wrote that last fic I was literally just trying to channel the "Narcissa Malfoy is all about family, that is her redeeming quality, hmmmm," thoughts in my brain. (Plus some "Harry is an awkward turtle who is determined to be A GOOD GODFATHER SO THERE.")

BUT. thoroughly

IT TURNS OUT.

There is a whole subsection of Harry/Draco fic that circles around Teddy. From first glance, it looks like a lot of these fics either use the Andromeda and Narcissa family ties to get Harry and Draco to spend time together AND/OR use Teddy to give Harry/Draco babeez because Ginny is out of the picture.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

I feel like I'm going to accidentally trip over shared fanon a lot by accident, as I'm kinda reinventing the wheel over here. I only ever hovered in the gen spaces in Harry Potter fandom, which meant I missed most of what was going on, and even now I'm frankly trying to dig up more gen and canon-ships. So I'm missing the giant bulk of Harry Potter post-Deathly Hallows fic altogether.

I mean, I only found this because I went through most of AO3's "Teddy Lupin" tag after I posted. There is some really gorgeous godfather!Harry fic out there, all of it in the Harry/Draco tag as far as I can tell. LOLZ.
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It's really frustrating when I have a fandom idea that is definitely tumblr-sized: short, funny (to me, at least), rebloggable, etc. The problem is that while I have no inherent objection to peeking back into tumblr, I have very, very little motivation in figuring out how to do community in tumblr. And I know if I post there I want to talk to people. ON THE WORST CONVERSATION PLATFORM. UUUUGGGHHH.

I mean, I'm a 3L but I don't have unlimited free time.
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Title: Children's Games
Author: [personal profile] eldarwannabe
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: All Ages
Characters: Harry Potter, Andromeda Tonks, Draco Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy, Teddy Lupin.
Notes: This is a post-Deathly Hallows fic with no spoilers for Cursed Child or any of the post-book JKR stuff. Also unbetaed, so have fun.
Summary: "Andromeda had given him a key a few weeks ago, but Harry still felt awkward coming to her house."


Harry apparated onto the sidewalk in front of Andromeda's house )
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FOUND SOMEONE WHO SAW THE PLAY AND IS WRITING FIC.

On tumblr ugh, ugh, what is my life. I can't even figure out how to find other people to follow because tumblr is bad for a) comments, b) flists, c) everything.

(Also she saw it THREE TIMES. THE ENVYYYYYY.)

These are the most first-world problems in the world.
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This is basically the first time I have ever felt invested in Draco. Sure, Makani's fanart made me have a lot of thinky thoughts about the Malfoy family overall (and definitely shaped my long-term view of them), but after feeling horrible for Draco in books six and seven, he wasn't exactly at the forefront of my mind.

Now?

SPOILERS )

Might have to dust off some Harry Potter fic writing skillz and write something for myself. I haven't done this in a while.

But hey, I recently got a comment on my dead, ancient Marauder fic basically demanding more. Which, because it's on ff.net, came off as more amusing than irritating. Hi commenter! It's nice to know ff.net is still ticking! (Actually, HP fandom seems pretty alive on ff.net, to my mild horror.)

I know, I know. If I want fic, I'm going to have to write it. Unfortunate, because I hate my writing. *sigh*
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I actually went to dig up my old Pottermore account today.

And...it looks like old Pottermore accounts are defunct and I have to make a new one? But I love my old username! SeekerMugwump142, I hardly knew you!

Plus, it looks like they got rid of dueling. Which was the one feature I had fun playing with. :/

ETA: Oh, no, it looks like I can reclaim my house affiliation. PHEW. Imagine if I'd been resorted out of Hufflepuff???? D:

But it looks like all the cool features went away because "The new Pottermore has been designed to appeal to a more mature audience". Ugh, mature audiences. I can find those anywhere on the internet.

ETA2: Oh, it looks like my username is lost forever. :(

BUT I FOUND OUT MY WAND DETAILS AGAIN! "Sycamore wood with a Unicorn hair core 10 ¾ inches and Slightly Springy."

ETA3: Ugh, no, no Ilvermorny house for me. Odds are good that I wouldn't have attended anyway; the US is VERY POPULATED.

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