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Do you like Criminal Minds?
Do you like puzzles, bingo, drabble challenges or graphic challenges?
Do you like making new friends who have similar interests to you?
If so, you should join crimeland!!
crimeland is a Criminal Minds "land comm" or challenge community. Basically you join one of four teams (Garcia, JJ, Morgan, Reid) and then you participate in different challenges to earn points for your team. I'm a member of Team Reid (of course!) so I urge you to try to join that team if you can! You put your team preferences in order and the mods will try to give you your first preference. When you join, please put me (the_gubette of Team Reid) as your referrer. Thanks!
Your result for The Golden Compass Daemon Test...
You are a confident person with a strong sense of self. You can be loud and jocular, and you don't really care who hears you. You don't spend too much time stressing about how other people see you. If they like you, well, good for them. If they don't like you, well, that's their own problem.
People need to earn your respect in order for you to really start taking them into consideration. You might bend yourself over backwards for a friend or family member, but you aren't going to give that sort of special treatment to any old Joe Blow. Your loved ones know that under that bold, brash exterior, there is a person who is loyal and even clannish at times. You will fight to defend your friends and family from any and all comers. With these special few, you drop that joking exterior and be your real self.
Your daemon's form would represent your confident ways, your joking and insensitive manner, and your secret tendency for softheartedness. He or she would probably help you criticize all the idiots whom you meet on a day to day basis, and back you up when you are on the defensive.
Suggested forms: Magpie, Raven, Kangaroo, Wild Boar, Baboon.
This fest will be for case-centric fiction. Though pairings are allowed, a case must be the focus of the story. A rules post will be up sometime this weekend.
There are several ways to participate in this fest. Prompting starts May 2. Anyone can submit a prompt, and later, anyone (and everyone!) is welcome to claim prompts for fiction. We hope to have some amazing participation!
Please join and watch cm_casefiles, and consider participating in the fest!
The cm_casefiles mods,
the_gubette and daftfear
So I'm really loving all of the fics at hd_holidays, but this one is just so adorable that I had to make sure everyone read it.
Twelfth Night, or Harry Potter is a No Good Tosser
It's told from the POV of Draco's son Hayden, who is a squib. Basically, when Draco found out that Hayden had no magic, he moved them to the muggle world so that Hayden wouldn't feel left out.
Hayden's POV is so child-like, but also wise beyond his years, all at the same time. Even if you're not a Draco/Harry shipper, you'll love this story. It's great!
Pairing: Draco/James Sirius
Summary: James Potter should be used to having his world turned upside down by now; it's been happening pretty regularly since he was fifteen, but Draco Malfoy redefines the phrase, along with everything else in James's life.
Warnings: Angst, smex, cross-gen, infidelity.
OH. MY. GOD. This is just beautiful. Absolutely fucking beautiful. It's infidelity, which I usually don't read much of, but there are so many other layers to this story, and though the infidelity is essential to the story, there are so many other aspects of the story that just about everyone can relate to. (Most especially, that one person that you just couldn't ever walk away from, no matter how screwed up you were together. Staying apart was never an option.) It's absolutely worth the read.
So I just tweeted (twitted? twit? twat?) about this article I came across, but I want to share it on LJ as well, because I was so touched by these amazing parents.
Parents allow their 8 year old son to live as a girl
God bless these parents, who can recognize that their child feels different and put their child's needs above what society (and apparently, the Catholic Church) feel is "normal" in order to meet those needs. I can't imagine how hard it must be for a transgendered child to grow up. These parents are so brave and loving and amazing, and I hope that other parents will follow their example and encourage their children to live their lives in the way that will enable them to be their healthiest and happiest.
Word count: ~18,000
The winsome, winsome elder tree
Beneath whose shade I sit reclin'd;-
It holds a witch within its bark,
A lovely witch who haunts the dark,
And fills with love my mind.
This. Is. Beautiful. I can't even adequately describe the beauty of this fic. Be sure to check the warnings if you're sensitive about that kind of thing, but I loved it. Harry and Draco are perfectly in character, with Harry fiercely and passionately in love, and Draco as cynical and snarky as always. Snape is perfect in his role of guardian over the boys, and the ending is just... tragically gorgeous.
Read it now!!
Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...
The Rarity (QTAF)
Quirky Traditional Alpha Female
You have an unusual and unbelievably precious combination of traits, especially in a woman. Not only are alpha females extremely rare, but traditional ones with nerdy/geeky interests are even more scarce. Unlike the other types, I can't give you a description because I'm not sure if you actually exists. I know this is not a compatibility test, but you are the girl of my dreams. Please, oh please message me! (Not to sound desperate or anything.)
You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.
You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.
You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.
When picking a date, consider: Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Late Bloomer (QTAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), or The Manga Geek (QLBM).
Prompt: 15. He who can, does. He who can't, teaches the Dark Arts.
Warnings: Character death, angst.
Summary: The people Harry loved had a funny way of dying—so why should it be so strange that he fall in love with a dead man?
Read. This. Fic. I wasn't so sure about it at first (no offense intended whatsoever, my dear maja_li) because today has been a crap day and I wasn't sure if I could handle character death/angst today. But I loved this. It's a phenomenal premise, such original ideas, absolutely brilliant!
Title: Alpha and Omega
Prompt: 21. A butterbeer a day keeps the mediwizard away.
Warnings: Non-graphic sex, angst, character death (not Draco or Harry)
Summary: Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end ("Closing Time" by Semisonic)
This was actually an idea I'd been bouncing around in my head for a while, and I was thrilled to get a chance to write it for this fest. I really fell in love with this as I was writing it, and I am more proud of this fic than anything else I've written. Please check it out!
Alpha and Omega
I'm still a bit behind on my fic reading, but I'm catching up tonight, so keep a look out for more recs from me!
Please please read these fics, they're phenomenal!!
Title: Non Faux Pas
Prompt: 3. A poisonous toadstool never changes its spots.
Warnings: Non-magic, slight OOC, graphic sex, rimming, top!Draco
Summary: When Harry agrees to take etiquette lessons with his best friend, he learns much more than he planned.
This is the original fic I submitted for hd_worldcup. I absolutely loved writing it, and the reception seems positive! Check it out!
Non Faux Pas
Title: Enchantment; Loss
Prompt: 23. A snitch in time saves nine hours of Quidditch.
Summary: Harry wishes for one thing only.
GUH. There are really no words to describe this and do it justice. It's AU to the extreme - yet still stays true to canon characterizations. There is such a feeling of longing throughout the entire story, and a hopeful ending the relieves the ache. Truly beautiful.
Title: Veiled Threats
Prompt: 18. "This one time, at Hogwarts..."
Warnings: Mpreg, misbehaving Veela, dirty words, dirtier sex.
Summary: No one had any idea what had really happened that eventful year, but then there was that one day they all remembered…that one time, at the final battle at Hogwarts when everything changed and Harry and Draco disappeared. According to the authorities, the savior had been kidnapped and the Minister had no other choice than to issue a warrant for the immediate arrest of Draco Malfoy on charges of treason.
Veela! Oh, how I love a good veela fic. And this one is great! It is the perfect blend of creature fic classics and new innovations and creativity. If you have a kink for creature fics, you must read this one!!
And this isn't a fic rec, but the cutest piece of
Title: Draco Malfoy in 'Drunk as a house elf'
Prompt: 14. Drunk as a house elf.
Warnings: Naked butt.
Summary: A certain Gryffindor plays a prank on Draco Malfoy with help from Dobby the house elf.
It's adorable! And I'm not just talking about Draco's bum. Check it out!!
Draco Malfoy in 'Drunk as a house elf'
Title: Interpreting Draconis
Team: AU! (YES! We rock!)
Prompt: 2. "Time is Galleons, little bro, time is Galleons."
Warnings: Implied minor character death.
Summary: Draco, the Deaf son of a wealthy businessman, has always had the best of everything, including a habit for rapid signing and a reputation for having a short fuse. When his father disappears, the interpreters who have been on the receiving end of Draco's attitude and temper refuse to work for him. Enter Harry, our 'new on the block' interpreter with a heart of gold, exemplary skills, and a few secrets in his pocket.
So of course I adore everything that dacro writes, and this is no exception. It's non-magic, but I love, love, LOVE Harry's characterization - it's dead-on for his canon personality. Draco is too, because I know deep down that Draco is a big ol' softie and JKR just got him a bad rep. I also love that dacro informs us about the Deaf community, but it never sounds wordy or over our heads. Fantastic!!! Go read it now!