May 8th, 2008

anime - amatsuki - smile - summer

hd_worldcup: Tarot Prompt - The Hermit

"Upright: Caution. Discretion. Need for prudence. Counsel sought and taken. Inner calm. A need to reach into one's inner resources. Assimilation. Planning. A wise guide or spiritual mentor. A time to stand back and reflect upon circumstances

Reversed: Refusal of counsel or assistance. immaturity. Isolation from others. A negative resistance towards help. Groundless suspicions about the motives of others. Imprudent actions or decisions. The continuation of bad habits or unproductive lifestyles. Foolish obstinacy. The reliance on one's own resources that are inadequate." -

I actually read the next round's fics already and should have the commentary up in an hour - the upcoming post also includes two recs!

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anime - amatsuki - smile - summer

hd_worldcup: Tarot Prompt - The Chariot

"The Chariot represents struggle, but not one that the seeker will definitely lose. The Chariot suggests that the seeker actually has a good chance of prevailing if he or she does not give up. Accomplishment can be achieved with effort and resources mix with strong direction. It is symbolic the strength associated with battle (think any roman epic). It speaks of fortitude and perseverance. This card could also represent that control is necessary for the victory. It is a hero’s journey. Possessing strength of conviction.

It could also represent a possible voyage or journey. It can be a physical one or one of spiritual discovery. You create your own destiny.

Reversed - Incompletion, not finishing cycle. Unsuccessful. Defeat. Failure. To lose something in your grasp at the last moment. Sudden collapse of plans. Conquered. Overwhelmed. Failure to face reality. Captive of your own fears." -
WOOT! Two recs in this round and one of them happens to be a top favorite too!

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I think I've come to understand why I've enjoyed the hd_worldcup so much overall. It's because the writing has been pretty comfortable to read (more or less) and whether or not the story connects with me, each author has managed to bring something different to the contest. It hasn't been just, "oh yay, H/D fic" but rather, the competition aspect made people and the teams try harder to get something that isn't the staple fare.

I've never had a fest where I've found over a dozen good reads. It's what I always hoped for after looking wistfully at past snarry_games and now that the fest is almost over, I've got to say it's been the highlight of the season. It feels like a celebration of the awesomeness that is the H/D ship and for that, I am thankful to everyone who has participated and stressed over deadlines and headdesked over stories which were killing them. Thank you ♥