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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
A beautiful, sweet little fic about two lovers in their own silent world. I was truely touched by this story and it's quiet poetic take on the relationship between these two bishounen. It needs to be said that there is no smut at all in this story, and it doesn't need it either. enjoy!


Title: Summer Breeze
Author: feathers_of_ice 
Pairing: Renji x Byakuya
Rating: PG-13

Summer Breeze

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More Renji x Byakuya

Yes I have no life, I have just finished reading this fic, written by artemisms , and it's fabulous!!!

An AU with Renji as the sweet student and Byakuya as the Prof! There were also cameo's of other characters and Rukia was married to Ichigo!!!

I'm not sure if I can say it's well written as I have a slight problem with differentiating between liking and well written. One thing is certain tho, there were no areas that jarred, rarely any language that didn't sit true. And well honestly after reading the whole 10 parts plus an epilogue, if there were any bits that weren't quite right, I don't remember them!

I especially like the 10th part and epilogue! Sweet!!!

check it out ---> Part 1

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Renji x Byakuya Fan Fiction x 3

It becomes apparent that there is something wrong with your life when everything revolves around when you read fanfiction. Or YAOI for that matter.

Here's a few of my favourite time wasters, work avoiders........ well you get the drift!

Friday Funny

I love this one...


The 2007 version of I WILL SURVIVE

SING IT GIRLS!!! (Maybe in your head, if you are reading this at work!)

Ready... Set... Go...


At first I was afraid, I was petrified.
When you said you had 10 inches, Lord I almost died!
But I'd spent so many years just waiting for a man that long,
That I grew strong,
And I knew that I could take you on...

But there you are, another lie,
I was ready for a Big Mac and you've brought me a French Fry!
I should have known that it was bullshit, just a sad pathetic dream,
Should have known there was no Anaconda lurking in those jeans!

Go on now - go, walk out the door,
Don't you promise me 10 inches, then turn up with only 4!
Weren't you a brat to think I wouldn't find you out!?
Don't you know we're only joking when we say size don't count??!!

[Chorus]
I will survive! I will survive!
Cuz as long as I have batteries,
My sex life's gonna thrive!
I will always have good sex,
With a handful of latex!
I will survive! I will survive! ...Hey! Hey!

It took all my self control not to laugh out loud,
When I saw your little weiner standing tall and proud!
But to hell with your ego and to hell with all your needs,
Now I'm saving all my lovin' for a cordless multispeed!

[Chorus]
I will survive! I will survive!
Cuz as long as I have batteries,
My sex life's gonna thrive!
I will always have good sex,
With a handful of latex!
I will survive! I will survive! ...Hey! Hey!
Swiped this meme from cynbaby cos it looked like fun!!! Go your hardest!

Go to IMDB.com and look up 10 of your favorite movies. Post the first three official IMDB "Plot Keywords" for these 10 picks. Have your friends guess the names.

1. Barefoot / Alien Contact / Alien -
2. Bizarre / Twin Brother / Surrealism -
3. Warrior / Sword / Asia -
4. Romance / Armadillo / Car Accident -
5. British / Manga / Airplane -
6. AIDS / Homosexual / Gay Friend -
7. Cult Favourite / Film In Film / Hercules -
8. Evil Prince / Poison / Shark Infested Waters -
9. Surveillance / Music / Drag -
10. Surprise During End Credits / Child Abuse / Drag Queen -

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Putting together the list was really fun and there were so many other ones that I could think of but just couldn't fit them all in.

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Byakuya smiled!!! SWEET!!!

Here's Byakuya at his pervy best!!! A sweet little smile!

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How to prove you have no life!!!

Its Easter Sunday and what am I doing? Well not going to church that's for sure! I'm reading yaoi! I have just discovered yaoi_daily, yes I know that is totally slack, but I have really fought the live journal thing. I didn't like the idea of having to sign up with yet another journaling site to access yaoi. But now that I have its hard to not use it!

One of the loverly things I discovered today was in yaoi_daily in the comments of the post, a discussion on the loverlyness of older ukes. What is it about older ukes and their much younger semes that makes them so attractive? I don't really have much of an ides, but I'm sure that with even thought given to it, I will come up with something.

--shanchan

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