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17 April 2014 @ 07:15 am
Happy Birthday stgulik!!!  
Happy Birthday, my dear and precious stgulik! I bless the day you found me. I love you so much, and I truly hope this day of all days is full of absolute awesomeness!

Oh, and of course, the professor wanted me to pass this message along:
Birthday Spanking Time
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13 April 2014 @ 12:25 pm
purchasing a virtually new, as in taken-out-of-the-box-and-played-with-twice iPad mini? We are asking $250 for it - they sell new at $300. I'll even throw in postage to the US.
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The Post of Doom, Gloom, and VroomCollapse )
Where Am I?: Writing Nook
I Feel: tiredtired
Choons: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies
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07 April 2014 @ 12:09 am
Gift For articcat621 FIC: Silver Lining (SSHG)  
Title: Silver Lining
Pairing: SSHG
Length: ~940
Rating: Soft R
Author's Note: The original prompt:, Severus/Hermione, with the prompt of cloud watching. I apologise, articcat621, that they didn't cooperate with the sexy stuff. I also apologise that this is so unrelentlessly fluffy and twee. I wrote it down so quickly and it's unbeta'd, so please don't blame poor stgulik, because she could have made this so much better. A promise is a promise, and I did promise a 500 word ficlet for the first person to answer the grangersnape100 challenge this week. Thank you articcat621, for rising to the challenge in such an awesome way. I'm sorry I went over. When DMuse wants to say something, it takes as long as it takes and sometimes between the two of us we get a little long-winded.

The characters in this little piece of silliness do not belong to me; they are the property of JK Rowling, who let my entire reason for reading the Harry Potter series die in the Shrieking Shack. Let's build a better world, friends.

This is dedicated to all my friends over a the SSHG Newbies page on Facebook, and all my SSHG shipper friends everywhere.

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Where Am I?: Writing Nook
I Feel: tiredtired
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04 April 2014 @ 04:40 pm
Well, I've had wonderful years in this lifetime. The 80's were pretty enjoyable. 2000 and 2012 were particularly good. But I must've really dredged up some bad karma for 2014, because we just can't catch a break with a full sail and a stiff breeze at our back.
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01 April 2014 @ 05:25 pm
Imagine our surprise when this afternoon we checked our mailbox and found this stunning collection of potions bottles and their holsters - a gift from the always magical sabrebabe. The tall bottle is simply beautiful in and of itself, and its holster is tooled deep green leather featuring celtic knots. These will be perfect for TheHubs™'s Steampunk Snape cosplay.

Bottles for Steampunk Snape

And if these weren't awesome enough, I got three HUGE skeleton keys (they've already been assimilated into the collection, so I'll post a separate pic of them as well).

Thank you, sweetie. This made our day, and thrilled both of us to pieces.

TheHubs™'s daughter and her friend are visiting from the UK this week, and we've had an absolute blast being with them. But alas, poor fellow - last night he chipped his front tooth, and now has to go and have it fixed. He's so miserable and self-conscious about it he won't even speak in public.

Anyhoo, hugs to all who needs 'em, and thank you again, sabrebabe, for making our day. And thanks to beffeysue and irishredlass, because you are also the type of friends that make me grateful to be alive and priveleged to have friends like you.
Where Am I?: Writing Nook
I Feel: gratefulgrateful
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Where Is Everyone? Folks, it's the last day to claim prompts at sshg_promptfest - and there are still over 150 prompts left on the shelf! That's a very high number.

Let me challenge you: if you aren't an sshg fan, why not try a short fic, or art? If you are new to sshg or to writing or drawing fanfiction, why not give this fest a go?

We are a happy bunch of fangurls who thrill to new writers, new artists, and new ideas.  The deadline is tonight at midnight, EDT. You can find these prompts HERE.

Have a look, and take a chance.

I'm issuing a challenge myself to anyone reading this has a different ship or doesn't write or art for sshg that often:

If you claim a prompt and submit an entry, I will write you a 1500 word fic based on YOUR prompt, and your pairing. I mean, ANY pairing. ANY. All you have to do is tell me after the promptfest, and I'll do it.

I'm ready to rise to your challenge - are you ready to rise to mine?
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30 March 2014 @ 08:26 am
Happy Birthday subversa!!!  
Happy birthday to you, dear subversa! You have been such an inspiration. Thank you for just being part of my world. I hope this special day is full of joy and ends with nothing but happy memories.

As always, the professor has a message for you:
Birthday Spanking Time
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Dear friends, if you haven't claimed a prompt at sshg_promptfest, please do so now. You will be glad you did, and more to the point, so will loads of readers who get to benefit from your talent. Think of them.

Also, hp_kinkfest is still taking prompts - go forth and prompt. Take a wild stab at something fun and quirky and kinky. I've prompted once, but I feel a great, overwhelming urge to prompt some more, this time outside my comfort zone. If you have any suggestions, I'll be glad to go with them - have a rare pair you'd like to see get a little dirty? Want to sail our glorious ship into BDSM waters? Let's do-ooo it!

I'm going to rise to akatnamedeaster's challenge and try to provide her with some prompts that involve her favourites. Let's all do the same.

And go - now!! to sshg_promptfest and CLAIM! There are still way too many unclaimed prompts there. Show our ship some love!
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27 March 2014 @ 06:30 pm
Happy Birthday gelsey!!!  
Happy Birthday, gelsey dear! I hope your special day is full of joy.

Birthday Spanking Time
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26 March 2014 @ 10:58 am
... I saw this on FB today and had to share:

Update - It's entitled Thoughts of Lily and the artist is on dA - audreymolinatti:

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I hope that all of you got your first choice on sshg_promptfest. If you haven't, please go and have a look. There are still loads of great prompts out there just waiting for a new forever home.

akatnamedeaster today wrote a breathtakingly inspiring post about prompting. As you know, her OTP is rather rare, and sometimes she feels like a fandom of one, but she encouraged everyone to prompt fests - any fest, be it your own or someone else's ship. In reply to her post, kitty_fic wrote: "Leave your prompts in all the prompt fests! You may encourage others to ship along with you or see the possibility where they never did before!"

That statement just hit me right where I live, and I made a pledge to myself to do just that. Does that mean I'll read every ship? No. Some simply do not appeal to me. But talented writers and artists who love rare pairs, slash pairs, fem pairs - they have found the appeal in these settings and situations and characters I never thought would interest me, and here I am, reading them and enjoying the wealth of talented creators in our fandom. And yet, my love for SSHG grows every day, along with my appreciation for other pairings and ships.

And while I'm never going to enjoy certain pairings or OT3s (sorry, SS/HG/LM fans), I still have the ability to spark the imagination of someone who does, if I just open up my mind to the possibilities.

It really inspired me to look at other prompt fests and give it a go. I may not write for all of them, but perhaps I can inspire someone else to write, and in doing so, be inspired in return. As someone far wiser than I'll ever be once said, "Don't knock it until you've tried it." My fandom isn't just my own beloved ship SSHG. It's all the pairings, all the ships. For SSHG to thrive, they all have to thrive. And if new blood is injected into SSHG by a writer or artist from a completely different ship, we can learn to see the possibilities of SSHG we never saw before. 
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26 March 2014 @ 08:26 am
I woke up this morning (cue Blues riff), with a million things going round in my head, so I figured I might as well get up and write about a couple of them. I'm working on a killer chapter right now - and not killer in the 'awesome!' sense of the word. It's very fraught with angst and gore and it's doing my head in, so my dear Muse decided to cut me a little slack and have some thinky thoughts on common phrases I use and overuse.

When I was a little girl, I very proudly wrote my Aunt Louise a thank-you note for a birthday gift. I remember feeling very grown up, and worked very hard to make sure the note was neatly written and said all the right things. When I saw her a little while later and asked if she'd received it, to my humiliation she laughed at me. "I got the biggest kick out it!" she said. "We laughed about it for days."

I was rather hurt and asked why. After all, I'd worked very hard to sound grown up! She rather contritely explained later that it wasn't the note itself but how I'd said it. "You said, 'thanks ever so much'. That's a really old fashioned thing to say."

Again, I was hurt and offended. They said it all the time in Little Women. She then went on to explain that the only person she ever remembered using that phrase was the cashier at the Pelzer Five and Dime, who always ended her transactions with the same phrase - every single time, in the same high-pitched, sing-song, nasal Southern voice: "Thanks ever so much, count your change, and come back!" Aunt Louise went on to say that, if you were a little kid with no money and were just looking around the store like little kids do, you were likely to hear her say that phrase dozens of times on any and every given day. The cashier never changed so much as a word of it for every customer she served. "Thanks ever so much, count your change, and come back! Thanks ever so much, count your change, and come back! Thanks ever so much, count your -" Well, you get the idea.

Now, I was probably around ten at the time, but that phrase has stuck with me even though I never met that cashier; and the Pelzer Five and Dime was long gone before I wrote that thank you note. It was very singular and florid, and had a rhythm to it that I suppose she had developed over many years, and once it had snagged in her head, she used it automatically. Like anything we do or say over and over by rote, that phrase was so ingrained she probably said it in her sleep and when she went shopping herself. But it made me think of catchphrases I tend to use, and overuse, especially when writing fanfiction, which usually involves the same characters over and over. It becomes a kind of shorthand, a way to identify certain characters by appearance or personality. When a reader can pick out an anonymous fic simply from the phrases I use, I'm not sure that counts as something to be flattered about. Perhaps it is, or perhaps it just shows that  I have my favourites, and I need to find some new ones.

Update: In reading Dicky's reply, it occured to me that I meant to mention that, when I moved to the UK, I realised that 'ever so much' is still very much part of the vernacular. I don't know why it's considered a bit old-fashioned in my neck of the US, but people here just don't use it anymore.

I wrote all this lengthy explanation to ask you: Are there any words or catchphrases you've heard someone use over and over to the point where it became almost a trademark? Do you have your own well-used words to describe our favourite Snarky Git and Insufferable Know-It-All, or any particular situation or event? I think it would be interesting to compare them.

And if you've made it to this point and haven't died or stopped caring what the point of the post is or even if there is one, thanks ever so much, count your change and come back.
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24 March 2014 @ 11:52 am
It's Prompt Claiming Time! Go Forth and Claim for the sshg_promptfest  
There are still some blinding choices out there - it was sooo hard to choose my number one choice but thankfully, I was able to have loads of alternates. Go on, you know you want to. Let's make this annual SSHG fest the best on LJ - because this ship has the best, most talented and imaginative writers on LJ.

SSHG Prompt Fest
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18 March 2014 @ 11:54 am
Happy Birthday mimimanderly!!!  
I would like to wish the happiest of birthdays to my precious mimimanderly. Although we don't get in touch as often, I think of you daily, and hope that your days are full of creativity and love and health and happiness. May this special day be even more so, and may you and your dear Muse find ultimate joy in one another. I wish you all the love in the world, my precious Mimi.

Birthday Spanking Time
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15 March 2014 @ 12:49 pm
William Shakespeare

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine teddyradiator, and sometimes voices.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

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Then please check out laralee88 's  A Lesson In Cabbages and Gobstones. It was great fun, beautifully written and so full of sexual tension it left me breathless. Go there right now and give her some love.
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05 March 2014 @ 01:48 pm

SSHG Prompt Fest

I want all my friends to participate this July! This is now a once yearly fest, so let's make it great!
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04 March 2014 @ 10:48 am
Happy Mardi Gras! Eat, drink and make merry in preparation for those 'darker joys of denial'. Here's a virtual slice of King Cake, along with some beads and dubloons. I hope you find the baby...

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01 March 2014 @ 11:24 am
This Is All stgulik's Fault  
Well, she's been on me to broaden my fanfic reading, and so I decided to give this fic a try. It's rec'd on Crack_broom, and called Everybody Wants To Rule The World. I'm still reeling from it. Rarely have I read something so visceral, so gut-churningly real. I feel soiled and disturbed by it, and once more in awe that someone can write something so dangerous. To call it dark is an understatement, but when something is so well-written...well, I am at a loss for words. I don't think I'll ever read it again, but it's gonna stay with me for a very, very long time. It's apocalyptic, and terrifying, and brilliant.

It's not easy reading, but I defy you to start and not finish it. Then please go and read something soft and light with a happy ending, preferably with a mug of cocoa and some chocolate chip cookies or something. You'll need it.
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28 February 2014 @ 04:31 pm
Last night logospilgrim mentioned her writing totems - those items one surrounds oneself with which provide inspiration, comfort and encouragement. I realise that all my life I have done this; I have collected souvenirs, grouped together small trinkets, gathered like things in vases, boxes and bowls. Things I can touch and glance at or reminisce over. As I read Logos' post, I looked around my writing desk and saw tons of such items; treasures given to me by friends, or picked up along the way on my journeys. In terms of money, they may not be worth a great deal, but to me they are priceless. They represent moments in my life, and dreams I had, because really, that's all we are doing when we write - we're sharing our dreams. I thought I'd share a few of my writing totems with you, because they mean such a great deal to me.

 As you can see, so many of my treasures are gifts from friends here. I truly believe they were sent to me imbued with love and support and encouragement, and they give me such contentment and peace when I look at them. If you have ever sent me anything, I want you to know that I keep them, and love them, and love to talk about the marvelous generous friends I have here, who daily give me the impetus to keep doing what I do.
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25 February 2014 @ 09:33 am
Happy Birthday andyissadangel!!!  
Happy Birthday, dear andyissadangel!! While I haven't seen you around much lately, I hope that this means that real life is treating you so well you don't have time to hang around here! I hope your birthday is full of happy things.

Birthday Spanking Time
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24 February 2014 @ 03:33 pm
With the girls arriving in just over 4 weeks, we're really pulling out all the stops to make the house and hearth feel like A Really Nice Place. We went to the dump today with about 20 bags of garbage, backseat full of cardboard, two dead printers (we go through printers like sailors on shore leave), a broken office chair, and mountains of paper.

It is a glorious, spring-like day here in SC - temp is 69, not a cloud in the sky, the sun like a big gold coin blazing away up there. We still have some things to do, mostly tidying up, but it just feels good to get rid of stuff that's been sitting around forever, taking up space and doing nothing else whatsoever.

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19 February 2014 @ 11:28 am
Happy Birthday kmhmd!!!  
Happy birthday to my beautiful, smart, funny, sexy, wonderful friend kmhmd. I owe this gorgeous lady so very, very much. Without her, I wouldn't be here, or writing, or possibly even alive. She was the catalyst, encourager and cheerleader who helped me find the true path of my life purpose, and I can never repay her or show her just how much she means to me. And to show just how cool she is, her son was born today as well.

Have a great day, sweetie - you and The Boy, and your entire wonderful family. And don't forget:

Birthday Spanking Time
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14 February 2014 @ 11:05 pm
I felt the earth move, and not in a good, sexy, Severus-wearing-leather kind of way. We had a small earthquake about 30 minutes ago, and I can put my hand to my heart and say that it unnerved the living crap out of me. It was a small one, so my friends with earthquake cred will consider it a very pussy earthquake (different sources report between 5.4 and 4.4, and it was centered just west of us).

I think I prefer my house not to move, thanks. Definitely not the kind of shake, rattlin' and rollin' I prefer to do of a Valentine's evening.
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14 February 2014 @ 08:19 pm
I found this charming gem of an art piece tonight. Sometimes art just makes you happy. This is such a piece. Enjoy:

Potions With Snape by Ripplen
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14 February 2014 @ 06:59 pm
Happy Birthday morethansirius!!!  
Happy Birthday, dear morethansirius! You are an amazing fandom friend, and the devotion and time you give to our great ship is appreciated more than I can ever say. I hope you had a marvelous birthday, full of hearts and flowers. And in the meantime:

Birthday Spanking Time