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Well it was somewhat timely...

My list of fiction that needs to be added here is growing but the updates are not!! Today we have had a couple fics added to the following lists:

Feel free to check out the rather extensive list of bookmarks that I have been building on AO3. I mostly read on my phone these days, to the days of updating my lists as I read are nearly completely over :(

If you do follow that link to my AO3 profile, then you will find that my reading has branched out into other fandoms. No doubt this site will slowly change to reflect that. But it will remain HP centric for now.

Also check out my twitter profile as I try to tweet out recs of what ever I'm reading at the time.

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Oh God, Oh Wow!!! <--- Speechless!!

Hmmm... I have just finished reading a series that has completely blown me out of the water and given a new meaning to epic.

I am upset, crying, smitten, snuffly, in love, and devastated all at once. It is difficult to condense my reaction to this story to a single word, or even a paragraph for that matter. Three stories, stories that make your heart sing, that make you believe in love between two divergent characters, stories that rip your heart out, that make you laugh, that make you cry... three stories that have re-awoken the love of 'the snarry that is'. Can I really express the sheer emotional outpouring that has commenced, since starting to read these stories, in mere words???

If you only ever read one snarry in your life, then this has to be it!

Yes, there were a couple of points that I didn't like so much, was never big on the whole student/teacher thing when the student is still in school. One can argue that 16 is not an age that is old enough for anything. The simple reality is that life often doesn't follow those paths that you desire it to follow, and the scenario shown here is not really that unbelievable. Two men(ish) locked into a room/s with only themselves for company, turning to each other for comfort and eventual love. Despite my preference for smut and well written smut at this, there actually isn't that much smut. Yes there is a sex scene or two (well maybe a few more than that), but they aren't written to be titillating, and I certainly wouldn't describe this story as an erotic feast. What catches the eye is the manipulation, the verbal sparring, the 'I don't love you's' and spark. Certainly I forgot that Harry is a teenager for much of the series.

So what is the name of this wonder of which I speak??? 'If you are Prepared' by Cybele, found on Walking The Plank.

Try it, I think you maybe pleasently surprised!!!

I'm Stunned

Yes it's official! I have managed to surprise even myself...

I updated my listings again for the second day in a row--I may have to see a doctor.

Anyway for enjoyment--more vampire offerings

( More Vampires and a touch of Snarry )

HP Cataloguing Project Update

Well it's an ongoing process trying to catalogue the many, many stories that I read on an ongoing basis. The project has lagged a little. But things are picking back up again. For those of you that dont know the address... hp.shan-chan.com

So where things are at is that I now have 3 themed lists live and one pairing. There are many lists still in the draft stages but I'm getting there. Today I updated both the Vampire list and the HPSS pairing list with two stories.

Now for a rec… Severus Sighs is having a Grand Challenge. Hmm… what does this mean for you and I? Well lots of lovely stories featuring everyones favourite potions master. And no not all of them are slash and even less are Snarry. It’s a Severus Snape focused Com so there is all sorts of delights for the discerning reader.

Go and check it out!

My First Ever Fic!!!

Yes I got busy and wrote my first ever fic... A challenge fic for the Severus Sighs yahoo group. As you can probably guess I'm totally stoked! I have never done anything like this before and so have become a little excited!

Anyway lets cut straight to the chase...

Title: Any Other Way
Author: quiltedelf
Pairing: Severus and Harry
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 962 give or take a few
Warnings: *mpreg*
Disclaimer: All characters owned by JK Rowling, I just play with them. No profit made on use of characters.
A/N: Severus Sighs Birthday Challenge prompt #3: ‘Severus sat back in his chair and surveyed the world they had created. He was satisfied.’

( Any Other Way )

Reflections... nearly a year later

It seems that despite having the time to read copious amounts of HP fanfiction, I never seem to find the time post on any of my sites...

Time to do something about that...

Recently I joined the Severus Sighs yahoo group here and quietly despaired that it was going to be one of those really busy ones where I really didn't follow what was going on and eventually set to special messages so that my inbox didn't fill up. Needless to say, I still get all of the emails coming through, and just as well as they are a prolific bunch of writers who often on the spur of the moment will have a challenge or something as long as it has Severus Snape in it!

Not only has reading all of these wonderful stories been fabulous, but they have convinced me to spread my wings and join in... as a beta! I have just participated in my first beta for a loverly lady fancypantsdylan as she writes her story for the snarry_holidays exchange. It has been an interesting experience for us both but a good one none the less.

In the meantime, I have been reading many loverly stories and I'd like to share a few with you...

The snarry_games have produced some wonderful fics and art and these are the ones I have read so far...

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I really don't remember how long I have been reading HP fanfiction now
but I was introduced to the glory that was HP and the Philosophers Stone
9 years ago. We were on holidays and we were staying in communal
accommodation, sharing with my aunt and her family as well. I was
pregnant at the time and was staying there with my father and daughter.
Due to the lack of anything to do and the general weariness that comes
with pregnancy and a toddler combined, I was going to bed with the
children. There really wasn't anything else to do as we were all staying
in one room together. Every night my aunt would read a chapter from this
new book, HP - PS, that everyone was raving about, and I was hooked, the
last afternoon we were there I borrowed it from my aunt just so I could
finish it before we left. I had to know how the story ended.

I can't remember the first ever fanfic that I read, I envy people who
can in detail describe their first adventure into that world. The only
thing that I am sure of is that it probably wasn't slash. The earliest
memory I have is that of Harry and Draco sitting together at the train
station and having a smoke. And Draco being surprised that Harry smoked.
It was what I now recognise as an Independent!Harry fic. I remember that
Harry 'rebelled' and did things he wasn't supposed to... yeah well that
does feature dramatically in many fics. Was it well written, probably
not, but then is that really a criteria when you are looking for
something specific? Mostly yes, good grammer, spelling and punctuation
are vital to help the reader relax, enjoy and understand where you are
going. A good understanding of English is also vital. I could list a
couple of my favourite 'English' mistakes easily.

For Example:

* Shutter instead of shudder, the first is a window covering,
the second is a full body shiver

* Brake fast instead of breakfast, no further comment

* Wither/withering instead of writhe/writhing, to wither is to
shrivel from lack of water, to writhe is to wiggle or contort your body

* Over use of the word lovely. 'his lovely eyes were a lovely
shade of green like the lovely emerald in his lovely ring.' And yes I
have read something very similar, except it was nearly a whole
paragraph.

* Onyx is not an eye colour, it seems that at one stage everyone
was using onyx to describe Snapes eyes, but onyx comes in several
different colours including white and green and the black is often dyed
that colour... really the best gift you can give a budding writer is to
give them a thesaurus, I use mine all the time and for example there is
listed in mine under black the following: dark; pitch-black; jet-black;
coal-black; inky; sable; and nigrescent. hmm no comment.



Perhaps I'm being too much of a literary snob, but I don't think so, I
can cope with the occasional spelling mistake, a finger burp as a friend
calls it. The occasionally bad use of tense can be ignored if the story
is good enough. But when the regular use of bad English, of the
incorrect use of words gets to the point that it is every time they use
it, then I lose patience and give up. I have seriously thought about
offering my time a beta reader, only I have also seen stories where the
beta readers comments are still enclosed in the text, or a paragraph is
written twice with the second one having some adjustments done to it.
Then of course is the authors note right in the middle of the text. Use
footnotes please, if you must have a note there. There is nothing more
disconcerting to come across a piece of text that has nothing to do with
the story in general.



But then perhaps I am being too harsh. I'm not sure, it could have
something to do with my job where I am always working/editing other
peoples writing. I work with people who are more highly educated than me
and others for whom the English language is a second language and not a
very comfortable one at that. I am accustomed to editing text and seem
to do it all the time regardless of what I am doing. So does that mean
that I am the perfect writer??? Not at all. I cant write fiction and in
momentary lapses of sanity, often dabble with the idea of writing my own
fic, but have no illusions of the quality of the work that would be
produced. So there is no threat of my having put out some dodgy work of
fiction and getting upset because someone lambasted it for being of poor
quality.



Anyway, until next time, when I lambast some poor soul's lifework.



Happy writing!!!

Some sweet Snarry recs

Harry Potter has over taken my life yet again… ok I admit it, I never did get him out and now he’s joined by Snape, Malfoy and other bits of hot goodness!!!


A couple of new (to me) stories that I just had to share…


Smitty the basilisk

Smitty is the child of the Basilisk that Harry slew in 2nd year, he speaks English, can write (this is his story after all!!!) is a matchmaker of the highest degree!!! There are various pairings, the main one being Harry/Severus with a little Ron/Hermione and Draco/? thrown in. Fun to read, it did lag in one or two places but work sticking it out!!!


Order of Merlin, First Class

Bloody brilliant!!! I mean really! I had to stuff my fist in my mouth so that I wouldn’t wake up the house with all my laughing!!! This plot devise has been seen before, but this is a rather different take on it. Harry is at a ministry function and being presented with an Order of Merlin, First Class, when our intrepid boy hero is bored witless and surrounded by idiots and so he goes and hides somewhere and finds something unexpected! A lovely humorous bit of Harry/Severus with a little something different. Oneshot.


On The Usefulness of the tie

Again a laugh a minute oneshot, Harry/Severus in a humorous angsty tussle with a tie… and just who is Ron playing games with too???


How Harry Potter saved the life of Severus Snape - And how the avenged themselves for long years of manipulation

Ah, such a beautiful subtitle, and that just says it all. Harry and Snape get revenge on Dumbledore… with a little bit of life saving thrown in. God how I laughed!!!!


Everybody wants to be a cat

Summary: Harry, in his Animagus form, finds himself getting tickled by his dear Potions professor. He discovers some very strange and disturbing things about himself…and another person.

This is definitely a good one, but then I have a definite weakness for Kitty!Harry so that is no surprise!!! Even more amusing is the tease about the pairing for the following story, which I believe has not been translated into English yet.


Pretty Little Drawings

Summary: Who hasn't ever drawn a naughty picture on a scrap in their homework notebook? Hmm? Harry is no exception to the rule. Except that it's his Potions homework, and he turns it in without realizing.

The interaction between the two protagonists is glorious with it’s snark, and the visual teasing that the two take part in is precise enough that I can actually visualise the images themselves. In fact the imagery used in this story could produce some amazing fan art if one was so inclined…

Sweet Harry Potter

As part of a web based project on CMS systems (yes that a bit of repetition for you who are in the know) I have started to put together a HP fic listing/rec site. It's ongoing and I don't think that it will ever end. There are that many fics out there and they are constantly growing. Never-the-less I am busily cataloging the ones that I have come across and trying to be objective about it all. Of course in the process of it all there are always one or two that you come across that just stand out. Either for being really bad or good! I am not fond of recommending WIPs unless they are outstanding, and I think that the following may just break that barrier...

Warning Adult Content Wings Eclipsing Night
Part 1: Beneath A Shattered Fountain
by kc_anathema

A Post War fic, with a strong slavery theme. Add a little veela!Draco and dark!Harry to the mix and you have a loverly little story about domination and love...? I am not fond of the dark!Harry theme that often runs through these stories, but this one is as subtly addictive as nicotine, just one puff, and then another and next thing you know you've spent the better half of the afternoon reading it to the exclusion of everything else.

Read it and love it! I did!!!

Long Time No Chat

It has been a while since the last time I posted. However this is not a
bad thing as I have been working on some projects.

In the pipeline I have two projects that I'm working on, besides the
overall general project of my main website, that is a database of manga,
specifically yaoi manga. I'm tossing up the idea of cataloguing my
collection and am experimenting with that. The second project I have on
the boil is that of a HP fanfic rec site. Yes I am getting obsessive
with the fanfics and HP along with Bleach are some of my favs.

Part of the reason for this is that I have to learn about this
particular CMS for work, and figured that I may as well have some fun
with it too!!!

Cataloguing is not something that I particularly enjoy, but would like
to develop some thing so that I can find just exactly what I'm after.
I'm hoping that the system that I'm trialling will do what I want it to
do. But we wont hold our breath till then.


In the meantime try out this little beauty --->
Union of Doom

I believe that be worth your while, if you're a Snarry fan!!!

Till next time!

More ByaRen | yes I'm obsessive!!!

What! More ByaRen???? I didn't know it was possible to become so obsessed with two people who are debateably not real!!! <---apologies to all who think otherwise, but just because they move and talk does not a fish make!

Anyway, away from fish to a dish much more entrancing.... ByaxRen, RenxBya, RenxByaxRen, ByaxRenxBya, no matter which way it's served it's still a tasty dish!

On to the fiction...

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It's a sad life take 2

I wanted to write about my experiences out and about, but really wasn't too sure were to start. So I'm going to start here -----> I recently went out with my Aunt, Sister and a couple of other people for Auntie Dear's birthday. There wasn't anything particularly special about the evening, except for the luscious men I met.

Man no 1. was the typical tall, broad shouldered seme.
Man no 2. was a younger guy, with darker hair that just gently brushed his
Man no 3. was some where inbetween the previous two