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I felt a bit at loose ends this week - I'd finished all the "big" books I'd been looking forward to (The Harbors of the Sun, The Bedlam Stacks, A Tyranny of Queens) and wasn't at all sure what to pick up next. But I came across some unexpected winners, wow!

What I Just Finished Reading

Lhind the Thief, by Sherwood Smith, which I had as part of the Light in the Darkness collection. Lots of really unusual worldbuilding, and great characterization.

Jackalope Wives and Other Stories, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon). In addition to the award-winning "Jackalope Wives" and "The Tomato Thief", there were lots of other delightful stories here. I loved the bird ones (of course.) $3.99 on Kindle today, and worth every penny!

What I Am Currently Reading

In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan, which I saw recommended by Martha Wells yesterday, and checked out on a whim. I have not laughed so hard in ages! Every single YA portal-fantasy trope is sliced and diced with consummate skill. I am very much looking forward to settling in to finish it this afternoon.

What I Am Reading Next

My hold of Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford, has finally come in! I have been waiting to dig in to this.

Question of the day: What books/movies/TV shows are you looking forward to right now?
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• J.K. Rowling First Look at "Strike" TV Series.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Emma Watson Wins Awards at Teen Choice Awards 2017.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Support Lumos and have a chance to meet the cast of Fantastic Beasts.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• The Leaky Cauldron posted Theatre News.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle posted Call for pinch hitters.
[livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest opened Claiming for the HP Next Generation Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] books_freckleshas posted Weasley Family Mini Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] snape_potter has posted The Secret Snarry Swap

Fandom Recs:
[dreamwidth.com profile] reccerrecced a Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy fic (M).

Archive News:
[profile] sycophant_hexSycophant Hex is currently up and running
• Fandom Haven Story Archive is moving to AO3

Discussions:
• Elayna wrote "Speakbeasty" Episode 43 MuggleNet

Essay/Meta:
• MuggleNet's New Podcast Reading, Writing, Rowling: Imagination and Fiction in the Age of Harry Potter.
• Richa Venkatraman wrote Celebrating Friendship: Luna Lovegood MuggleNet

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

New Editor: Welcome, Ustorycollector!

Aug. 15th, 2017 11:46 pm
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We have a new co-editor on the team for the [community profile] daily_snitch. ♥

Please welcome
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who will publish their first edition of the [community profile] daily_snitch tonight.

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Mrs and Mr Pond by TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel Agent Coulson and a couple of the Avengers are sent to pick up a pair of civilians to act as consultants in a matter SHIELD is currently investigating. Things don't go exactly as they expect. A delightful commentfic. I love Amy and Rory and they are so matter of fact and wonderful here.
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The Letter in the Wall by maskedfangirl. When the contractors open the bathroom wall, there's a package wedged between the pipes, addressed to Mrs. Hudson and dated 1888. The letter within reads as follows... I remember being very impressed with this the first time I read it, it's a very clever crossover with Dr Who canon/mythology.

Lead me to the Truth by lavellington

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Lead me to the truth by Lavellington John didn’t mind following two steps behind: two steps behind Sherlock was still miles ahead of everyone else. I'd describe this as a quiet, reflective and delightful story with great characterisation of John, a very different take on Harry and some wonderful humour, try this sentence for size. Since he had met Sherlock, John had come to a lot of startling realisations about his flatmate and himself. These realisations ranged from “This man is completely insane,” and “He’s right- I need the danger,” to “I will never have a girlfriend again,” and “The skull is in the bread bin.”

[Check-In]

Aug. 14th, 2017 05:26 pm
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(august - the sneakiest month. we'll do an early check-in for both last week and this week, then try to be on time next week!)


This is a weekly check-in! You do not have to check in, of course, but if you would like to comment on the last week, feel free!


If you have a deadline coming up, you can do it! If you need a deadline, feel free to ask!
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• J.K. Rowling and the stars of the miniseries Strike discussed casting, characters and more in a series of interviews.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
Newsweek and Mugglenet prove Pottermania is forever.
• Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and his brother Anthony Lewis to star in the new web series Nutritiously Nicola.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Lumos
will make a Fantastic Beasts special announcement Monday, August 14.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt # 205 (due on or before August 19): A year ago... I would've never pictures my life as it is now, Rental and Competition.
• @introvert-club posted Wolfstar Prompt # 15.
[livejournal.com profile] snape100 posted the Challeng 704: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Yorkshire Moors
[livejournal.com profile] slythindor100 posted the Week 5 Results Post and the Week 6 prompt of the on-going Harry/Draco LDWS.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest posted the Prompt List 2017 for the upcoming HP Next Generation Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] sirius_black opened Claiming for the 2017 Sirius Black Fest.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_crossgenfest posted the Weekly Roundup #2.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] capitu recced a Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced a Harry Potter/Severus Snape fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat a recced Albus Severus Potter/Scorpio Malfoy fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced a Hermione Granger/Severus Snape fic+art collaboration (R).

Resources:
Schedule of Upcoming Events from August 13 through 19 at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.

Archive News:
• OTW Q&A: Five Things Chien Said. Chien is a member of the Chinese translation team at OTW.

Discussions:
• Victor wrote Love, Not Fear: The Ministry of Magic as an Allegory for Discriminative Politics. (MuggleNet)

Essay/Meta:
• Minal wrote "I almost destroyed the world: In Defense of Albus Potter. (MuggleNet)

General Fandom News:
Register for Potter Pundits Summer School now! at the Hogwarts Professor. Free of charge, one week only, four free talks and a live webinar.
• @centrumlumina posted the AO3 Ship Stats 2017: Overall Top 100, Femslash Top 100 and This Year's Top 100.

Nifty:
[archiveofourown.org profile] dar_vidder created Phantasia: a Harry Potter vid series of 11 fanvids, set to the soundtrack from Disney's Fantasia.

Searches:
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

Community Spotlight:
[livejournal.com profile] sshg_giftfestA Severus Snape/ Hermione Granger Gift Exchange
The SSHG Gift Fest is an anonymous gift exchange that will take place in the holiday season, featuring the pairing Severus Snape/Hermione Granger. This year's sign-ups (authors | artists/crafters) continue until August 24; the fest starts posting December 1.


Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

some facts about doors

Aug. 13th, 2017 07:25 pm
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here's a post about doors. yes, that's right - doors.

why? well, since i started trying to replace our very narrow door with a door that i didn't hate (an astonishingly difficult task) i have learned many things. well, some things. well, i've basically learned the things that are in this post. and i thought - maybe this will be of some interest to the kind of people who like blake's 7. i mean - right? why wouldn't it be?

there's also some stuff about victorian stained glass, too.

here's what i know about doors now )

Lingering Pinch Hits For GenEx

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:55 pm
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There are two lingering pinch hits for GenEx:

Pinch Hit 1 - Alias (TV), Jason Bourne (2016), Dark Angel, The Vampire Diaries (TV), Wolverine (Movies)
Letter URL: http://slippery-fish.dreamwidth.org/2269981.html

Pinch Hit 4 - Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Crossover Fandom, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Chicago Justice (TV)
Letter URL: http://sidewinder.dreamwidth.org/1642094.html

If you are willing to claim either of these pinch hits, please either comment on this Dreamwidth post or email me at genexmoderator@gmail.com with your AO3 name and the number of the pinch hit you wish to claim. Pinch hits are due on the 5th of September.

Even if you can’t claim a pinch hit, I’d be much obliged if you could reblog this Tumblr post to spread the word about the lingering pinch hits.

AO3 Collection | Tag Set
Tumblr | LiveJournal RSS Feed
Requests summary | Signup summary | Letters post
Schedule | Rules and FAQ
 

The Madness of Angels by ayalesca

Aug. 13th, 2017 04:00 pm
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The Madness of Angels by ayalesca  Urban fantasy AU. In which John Watson is a war sorcerer recently invalided home from Afghanistan. In London he meets Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most irritating urban sorcerer and only consulting detective. There, John finds himself and Sherlock suddenly under attack by a mysterious and malevolent power—and drawn into a mystery that may tear London apart. A fusion with the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin, but no prior knowledge is needed. I read this some years back and had a sudden desire to read it again. A03 have it under deleted works and this link is via the wayback archive, a reminder, if needed, that once posted works tend to take on a life of their own! I very much enjoyed it, it's well written and absolutely fascinating.
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Joanne K. Rowling:
• J.K. Rowling's “Strike” Coming to BBC One This Month!
• J.K. Rowling Review: “Strike” Episode 1 is the Perfect Adaptation
• J.K. Rowling First clips released of BBC One/HBO 'Strike' mystery TV series
• J.K. Rowling Seven Questions for ‘Strike’ TV Talent

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
Fantastic Beasts' series actor Callum Turner comments on joining saga, for first time
A 'Fantastic' Surprise for LeakyCon 2017!
Meet the Man Behind Theseus Scamander!
Fantastic Beasts' actor Callum Turner briefs on auditioning with Eddie Redmayne, more
Lumos to make special announcement about 'Fantastic Beasts' film series this Monday

Communities:
[personal profile] sirius_black: Prompting is open for 2 more days.
[profile] one_bad_man: Another week of Bad Men
[community profile] hp_nextgen_fest: Prompting ends TODAY!
[profile] sshg_giftfest: THE FEST IS ON!!! TIMELINE, RULES, LINKS TO SIGNUP POSTS, AND OTHER GOOD STUFF

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[community profile] hogwarts365: HOGWARTS365: PROMPT 204 MASTERLIST

Fandom Recs:
[profile] kellychambliss recced one Severus/Sirius art.

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
[community profile] hd_prophet: Wednesday 9th August 2017

Archive News:
OTW: This Week in Fandom, Volume 58
[profile] sycophant_hex: Update... We Should *knock on wood* Be Up and Running Soon!

General Fandom News:
Birthday greetings to Ginevra Weasley!

Have a Laugh:
The Ron-and-Harry-Approved Way of Celebrating National Lazy Day

Nifty:
How the City of Champions Does “Potter”
Hamilton to Host Quidditch Canada National Finals
Wizarding Holidaymakers: How Wizards Do Beach Days

Community Spotlight:
[profile] drarryficfind

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.


26x icons (Various)

Aug. 11th, 2017 06:53 pm
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Some icons made for [community profile] iconthat, for Department S generally, and others spotted lurking on the hard-drive, including Doctor Who, Dracula (1968) & The Forsyte Saga. I like to save up and post in big sets, but that only means some things never get posted!

Teaser:




It serves him right after all; he should manage his affairs better )

Credits: textures by larmay, tiger_tyger & imemime_art. The usual rules apply - want, take, use, credit. Please no hotlinking.

Books and comics read in July 2017

Aug. 10th, 2017 07:45 pm
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Honourable Friends? Parliament and the fight for change - Caroline Lucas
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Orangeboy - Patrice Lawrence
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet vol 2
Sister Mine - Nalo Hopkinson
The Dark Lord of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones
Giant Days vol 1
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl
The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb
The Magpie Lord - KJ Charles

Giant Days vol 1 (four stars), The Magpie Lord (five stars) )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Beauty, Glory, Thrift - Alison Tam: contained SPACE and WOMEN, so off to a good start, but also an interesting plot and a world I wanted to see more of. Plus quietly optimistic when it could easily have gone a different way.

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