HP - Draco - Makani

H/D Recs: Fic & Art

Now that my reading binge is done,here are the remaining recs to roound up the ones posted a few weeks back:

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H/D Art Recs
HP - cover - Harry

Oh my ship, what you do to me...

FYI, the H/D Directory can now by found here - will repost on LJ but I managed to accidentally delete the original entry *facepalm*. The good news is that I'm in the process of editing it so peeps can follow new reccers for more recent H/D goodness :D

Thanks to my recent fic!binge that turned into a walk down memory lane - god, why isn't there any H/D post-DH meta, why? - I've gone through my old H/D recs from 5+ years back and I've come to realise that between developments in canon and me no longer being a teen, my tastes have changed...or maybe not so much changed as I find myself unwilling to read fic where there's Hurt and little to no Comfort or just angst angst angst. Powerful Men by frayach is an example of strong writing and extreme angst that has me wincing now where in yesteryears I probably would have been more willing to embrace the darkness.

It seems that while I've always hated death fics, mindfucks or fics that end in betrayals, I used to have a higher tolerance for them. That isn't to say that I don't enjoy Dark fics or those with high doses of angst and omg, the high from a fic with a balance of slash and canon where Harry and Draco are both complete berks to each other is kinda brilliant...

It's just that I've come to the conclusion that following Deathly Hollows, I need a certain kind of Draco and Harry, both of whom grow up and mature ultimately (esp in post epilogue fics) but don't lose that essential self. Harry being a bit dense but still possessing that doggedness and moments where he can go off the handle. Draco, having come into his own but still with a definite bite. And things going pear shaped when they're together.

Compared to pre-DH fanfics, I think the Draco I love is a lot more...grey. Where before I could read a Hero of the War Draco, I now need the one that came out of canon needing to hold onto his family and friends but still unwilling to actively murder someone face to face. Where previously one of the ways to get Harry acknowledge Draco was to put him on a pedestal for having turned spy for the Order and having to kill or sacrifice those who were closest to him because of the line dividing the Order and the DE, I find it almost anathema to me now. I need the Draco who loves his family and his friends, who can't lower his wand necessarily until their safe...yet won't actually kill someone or let them kill someone when its outright murder. I like the balancing act that JKR did with the Malfoys where they weren't actually good or evil but a family and...together.

So while there are fics I used to adore and recced back in '05, I can't embrace them nowadays since events and characters don't ring true anymore. There are exceptions, particularly with crack and AUs (If You've a Ready Mind by Maya for instance) but generally the fics I'd rec to people coming into fandom post series nowadays wouldn't include as many fics pre-DH. It's harder to put my post-HBP hat on or my pre-GoF spectacles and I don't expect non-shippers to find it any easier to swallow generally.

The good thing is that there's quite a bit and quite a few favorite authors are still churning out fic. Then there's femmequixotic whose written more H/D fic after DH was realeased than before and snegurochka_lee and phoenixacid whose constant stream of recs over the years made it easier to locate the ficcy goodness.

Now that I've gone through the bulk of fics from fave fests and authors from recent years though I find myself hunting for newer authors but also more than anything, meta on Draco and H/D post series (most of it seems to be post-HBP or pre-OotP). 

I want thoughts of the Malfoys during DH, speculation on post war events (the trials and media and recovery) and the gap between the last chapter and the epilogue and considering the longer life spans of wizards, the possibility of H/D after the war - whether its immedaiate or 19+ years down the road. And I really want meta on Draco, on him not necessarily being a hero but for being human and fleshed out in a way that so many of us wanted see pre-HBP but despaired of ever getting from JKR - re-reading The Gods Themselves by ljash kind of drove that particular point home.

Ok, god, will shut up now. Damn OTP >_<
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Recs! Of the HP variety!

Its been a few years since I went on a Harry/Draco binge but between catching up with hd_holidays, the other fests and fandom faves, am totally a happy shipper XD For the first time though, instead of reading on the laptop, I've been transferring fics to epub format for reading on my Nook Touch - especially since most reads are at least 25k words long.

It helps that certain archives allow you to download multi-chapter fics in one go: Archive of Our Own has the option to load the "entire work" and Hex files has a printable story format. There's also a story export script for ff.net. The only sites that don't make it any easier are skyehawke and LJ :( Still, am glad most fests now host fics on external sites and on a single page.

Working with Chrome, Notepad ++ and Calibre, its easy to convert the fics to epub files with manageable sizes :D And I find I scroll less and read more when I'm on the Nook too XD

Anyway, I've compiled a list of recs under the cut and also updated my old Starter Kit with titles from recent years.

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Oh and a general shoutout: ADD ME ON GOODREADS - am always looking out for titles to read so the more friends there the better :D
anime - amatsuki - smile - summer


Ack, where did all the time go? Have been completely MIA since September :(

Totally blame the new job - its busy and exhausting but not crazy stressful though the business is undergoing a change in management tomorrow so things are a bit up in the air at the moment.

Have been off the fandom radar for a while - been visiting tumblr but RL eclipsed everything, especially when my wallet, ebook reader and brand new replacement phone (which I hadn't even paid the bill for yet) got frickin' stolen from the office in November. After tears, money and lots of shopping to replace stuff (and trying to figure out which books and android apps to download) I'm sort of back to normal. Still haven't really recovered my ebook library yet though ;_;

On the RL front, it's been a year of highs (new job! family visit! awesome housemates! improved health! growing my hair! great vacations!) and lows (stolen stuff! housemates leaving! tight budgets! exhausting work!) but the year ended on a positive note - Christmas with the housemates and our very own turkey (which I roasted and didn't destroy \o/) donated by our land lady

Fandom-wise, it was a quiet year, shuffling between fandoms (only kept up with watching Community, Big Bang Theory and Modern Family) despite finding new loves early on (Downton Abbey, Tiger & Bunny, The Good Wife) though there were the commissions that kept me going and a recent odd obsession with a Kpop group called T-ARA which I blame on Ham Eunjung. I can trace it all back to the Dream High kdrama, which left me with a lot of mixed feelings but also an urgent need to find out more about the actress playing Baek Hee- it was a downward spiral from that point >_>

I have a feeling RL is still going to eat into most of my fandom time but I'm going to try to keep up with things here in future. It's been 7 years since I got my LJ (New Years Eve 2004) and while we might not share the same fandoms, or maybe read posts on RSS or DW instead, and find our lifstyles and relationships changing too, I'm thankful for the years of friendship and fandom love that's all because of you <3 Happy New Year guys!
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Reasons to be extra happy...

  1. ...it's my birthday tomorrow! Found several online e-clubs that send coupons for your birthday (Baskin Robbins, Blenz, Boston Pizza, Marble Slab Creamery, Starbucks, Vera's Burger Shack etc) so this week is going to be pretty sweet :3

  2. I have a new job! I also canceled some art commissions that had taken a while and sold some stuff on ebay (sort of an end-of-summer cleaning). Ultimately I'm super happy at the moment that things are working out well and things are coming together.

  3. Due to budgetary constraints I've been eating less random stuff and since returning from banff last month I've lost 4 kgs o_O That's 1kg (or 2 lbs) a week which had me all shocked and \o/ at the same time.  Just 12kgs more to go to reach my highschool graduation weight haha

  4. The new TV season has started and my fave shows are back - particularly Downton Abbey and Modern Family though I was rather underwhelmed by the season premiere for Community (still have hopes for episode 2!) and I admit I skimmed through Big Bang Theory and Fringe so can't say much yet. Looking forward to the Good Wife tho and am curious about some of the new shows (Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Pan Am, Awake, Smash)

  5. I got my commish sketch from teat2am of adult!Toph too:

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* reading book - discworld - susan

You guys...

Downton Abbey, DOWNTON ABBEY!!!

Season 2's premiere had me laughing, crying and squeaking so damn much. Oh man, why can't there be more awesome dramas like this? The depth and complexity in regards to the characters, their relationships and the way events of the period impact their lives...I just have hearts in my eyes right now <3 <3

God damnit, when is episode 2 coming out???

I never expected DA to be this good when I first started it - though I was predisposed towards liking Mary Crawford since I recognized Michelle Dockery from the Discworld Hogfather movie where she plays Susan (Death's granddaughter). I love the richness of Mary as a character - Sybill is easy to like but in many, many ways an innocent. So it's Mary who really owns my heart (as does Anna) and Mr. Bates...oh lordy, I admit I want to shake him and hug him to death at the same time. Really do want to see more of him...

TBH though, each character makes the whole story that much better, so as much as I want to srsly strangle O'Brien and Thomas, their actions give quite a bit of food for thought (the baby!issue in the s1 finale and the lighter!scene in this season's premiere)

In regards to romance, I'm rather invested in Anna and Mr Bates as well as Mary and Mathew though when it comes to Sybill, I'm interested in seeing a bit more character growth. Still, I find it hard to believe that so many things happened in a single episode!Am kinda wondering where the characters will be by the end of the season *flails*

I hope we get to see Gwen at some point in S2 and at least some of the romances working out in the long run. I wonder if the writers might have enough for a third season - on one hand, we'd get MOAR but on the other hand, the wil they/won't they might get overly drawn out. Still I'd cheer like mad if we get more episodes.

Need to find any Downton Abbey comms here now (though I'm already following the tag on tumblr - here are some of the posts I've liked)

P.S - To anyone trying DA for the first time, do NOT watch the PBS version, which is a hackjob - view the the UK broadcast.
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Talk about random...

Had a H/D dream last night which hasn't happened in ages, omg. I know its 'cause I stayed up warping a pic in photoshop (Qinni's Draco Malfoy) to better suit the Draco in my head:

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Might have ended up more like movie!DM than my Dufour!DM but it was enough for sweet dreams XD

Oh and AM I UR MAN? had me wondering about advertising trends in the Wizarding World - not to mention, Harry's reaction MWHAHAHAHA
anime - amatsuki - smile - summer

*ducks head and waves*

[001] Didn't realize I'd become such a lurker this summer! Last year, apart from a few hectic weeks with the family, I was still getting familiar with my new home town. This year though has been pretty awesome and I've been hanging out with my favorite housemates whenever I can - not to mention the 3 weeks with the family in Richmond :D That part was actually very chill and relaxing and my mom already misses Vancouver - especially since Dubai is worse than a sauna at the moment. I just got back from a 4 day-3 night bus tour to Banff and it was fabulous :)

[002] While July was mostly a hiatus from the internet, this month had me lurking on LJ, DW and tumblr in particular. My own posts can be found here if anyone is interested. Personally, I find all the shiny on that site is impossible to resist for long. I just wish I could figure out how to locate individuals to follow. Does anyone have any tumblr recs or methods they find successful when it comes to finding tumblrs with similar interests?

[003] I bought henna, amla and indigo online and I'll be trying a two step process to darken my hair to a deep brown (since the current color has copper toned highlights at the moment and I don't want any more damage from hair dye). Oh and my hair has never been longer, woot! I find it a little awkward when sleeping but generally I think my excessive oil production is working out better with the longer locks of hair XD

Last year I tried to be more budget conscious and used the cheapest shampoos I could get my hands on (Suave, Sunsilk etc.) but the damage to my hair from home hair dyes made it necessary to get something better. In the end I picked up a litre of Pureology Repair Shampoo, AG Peppermint Shampoo and Paul Mitchel Super Strong Conditioner during Trade Secrets' half off sale. I could feel the difference from the first shampoo and my hair is so much better now - thank god for MakeupAlley!

[004] Posted a wikipedia userscript to clean up and simplify the site (can be found here) and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out :D

[005] Have been playing badminton and volleyball in the backyard in the evenings and I'm hoping to continue through to the start of Winter (especially since a couple of us want to get more fit) - its so much damn fun! We had our first and last barbecue of the summer the weekend before last and apart from the food, we just kept moving for about 6 hrs -frisbee, volleyball, lacrosse, badminton \o/. The next day it was hard to get out of bed though >_>

[006] How have I lived my life without trying Xiao Long Bao before now? Small morsels of heaven that melt in your mouth - not to mention, following them up with tan tan noodles and much later with gelato is probably my idea of a perfect afternoon now *_*

[007] I've been keeping to a pretty decent regimen of daily face wash, the occasional apricot scrub and a weekly oat and pumpkin seed face mask so I was floored when I tried my housemate's Kiss Me Magical Facial Peeling Gel which cleared off a hell of a lot of dead skin on the sides of my face *_* I admit I kind of want to go to the far east for cosmetics now....

[008] Have switched my reading list to Good Reads (here) and was wondering if any of y'all have lists there? I'm rather in love with the site at the moment so any excuse to open a tab would make me a happy ducky.
* hug - jeff/annie

Rec: Community (TV Series)


Community has a super enthusiastic fanbase which is why the campaigning for Troy in this year's FMM led to a surprise win that put a smile on so very many faces - even those who had never watched the show.

But that's 'cause the show itself is awesome - whether its animated gifs and youtube vids directed at the casual internet browser or marathons of the series watched for the umpteenth time *cough-cough-me-cough-cough*, it makes you fall over laughing while also just feeling so darn happy, charmed and in love.

I watched the show at around the end of last year and with every repeat I noticed more cultural references, meta jokes and geek!love. Nowadays I usually play it in the background while on the laptop :D

My favorite characters are Annie, Abed and Troy but its definitely an ensemble!show. Each member of the study group brings something unique. But its also the homages to fandom loves and awesome parodies (so many that you would need to visit tv-tropes' entry to track them all) that make it memorable. Or better yet: CommunityTropes! 

The links above offer glimpses of the brillance of this show and I just want to encourage y'all to give it a try. Each of the first nine episodes for season 1 showcases a member of the study group and we see the characters come into their own through to the final episodes of the season, where we get not one, but three different finales: the EPIC paintball war, the spanish final and the end of year dance.

My favorite episodes might actually be in the second season though - a Dungeons & Dragons episode that's pure awesomesauce, a Zombie!Halloween set to ABBA music of all things, and revisiting paintball for a glorious 2 part finale that pays homage to first, ol' Westerns and then Star Wars <3