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Recs: Gen Art, Two Femmeslash Fics and a Slash Fic

Apr. 12th, 2010 | 10:07 pm

Just a lazy rec post: links to some beautiful, excellent fanwork I’ve enjoyed and admired over the last few days. The first piece is a picture, the others are short stories. (The quotes are from my comments on the work.)

Boys’ Night Out (Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, G) by naadi. (So beautiful, I thought immediately – the way you paint moonlight and movement and emotion. But the magic of the story in this picture was completed when, after first searching in vain on the ground, I found…)

That Which We Cannot Learn (Rowena/Helga, unrequited, PG) by anonymous. (These two young women and all the rich details of this moment are so vivid, that this as such would be enough, and then you reach for the future, and the alternative future…)

Four Colours Poppy Pomfrey Loves and One She Hates (Poppy/Minerva, R) by anonymous (Beautiful, memorable, like always... when I read about these characters – written by quite as wonderful ladies, I must assume. It’s particularly excellent how you mention…)

Youth (Remus/Sirius, PG-13) by duck_or_rabbit (Why do I find out only now that you’ve written a LLAL story! And a beautiful, excellent, refreshing one. The separation of the dialogue…)
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Fic Meme: The Draft Fic

Apr. 11th, 2010 | 03:42 pm

No, this text is not a draft. This is the second instalment of my unconventional response to the fic excerpt meme: I’m posting an excerpt from one old, completed fic – without any explanation, but with a link – at a time.



He reaches to grab the album from me and that’s when I see the ragged cuffs he’s pulled over his hands from under the sleeves of his robes. He’s wearing my ancient sweatshirt, the one that was falling apart and that I ditched on his demand.

Perhaps that’s not such a bad sign. He’s talking more than usual, too, and I can’t see any bottle. Finally back so close to him I find it hard not to cling to the hope that there’s life still waiting for both of us, shared life.

“I just,” he continues, pressing the album against his chest, “wanted to touch this.”

“You’ve made great progress in touching since I got you back in June,” I say playfully, lifting my arm across his shoulders and reaching to stroke his face. When I feel him tremble I can no longer hold myself back. I try to pull him into a tight embrace, but he remains stiff.

“That is worse,” he repeats.

Uncomprehending, I stare ahead, then lower my eyes – and end up following his persistent gaze. There’s a sheet of thin paper on the patch of snow in front of his feet. It takes an effort not to focus on the fact that he’s wearing only slippers, no socks.

For a brief moment I’m afraid he’s found some of my recent secret drafts. But no, this sketch has fallen from between the pages. I bend to pick it up. He shudders, and when I turn to examine his face, he’s closed his eyes.

Instead, four young men stare at me from this quick charcoal drawing I must have made in May 1981.


Click here in case you got interested.
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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 15 / 21 (PG-13)

Apr. 5th, 2010 | 12:23 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Fifteen: The Rejected Gift
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Invited by someone mysterious, Remus goes where he hasn’t admitted he could belong.
Word count: around 7,500
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: Any comments will be treasured.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here, the second part of Chapter Eleven here, the third part of Chapter Eleven here., the first part of Chapter Twelve here, the second part of Chapter Twelve here, the first part of Chapter Thirteen here, the second part of Chapter Thirteen here, the first part of Chapter Fourteen is here and the second part of Chapter Fourteen is here.

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Chapter Sixteen is here

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Fic Meme: The Fic With Plastic Chairs

Mar. 31st, 2010 | 10:47 pm

duck_or_rabbit tagged anyone who’s a writer. This is the meme she’d snagged from flists: Post a paragraph or a scene from as many of your fics or WIPS as you want, with no explanation attached. I’m happy to do it her way: posting excerpts from finished fic. Or not exactly... I feel like posting one excerpt at a time (not a whole scene albeit several paragraphs).



Here, however, time seems to have stopped. The only sign of life are the pink and purple plastic chairs down towards the far end of the open depressing space.

“Perhaps you’d better go back…”

I’m not sure whether I mean just back to the more prospering and pleasant parts of Beirut, or back to where we’ve stayed for a while in Crete, or back to his home in Zanzibar – whether I mean he should wait there for me or not. After all, I’m drifting again.

I hope I am. Or am I coming back: exploring new places only in order to take farewells of those people who’ve surprised me and made me feel something akin to affection again? The people who taught me to accept the gifts of simple pleasures, after what I used to regard as the end of all those lives which mattered?

In any case Omar only nudges my arm, as if unintentionally, while adjusting the rolled-up carpet on his shoulder. Glancing at the grin on his brown bearded face, I realize that he is adjusting himself to the surroundings as well. He looks appropriately dusty and unassuming in his simple robes. Like a businessman from somewhere farther in Arabia or Africa, certainly, but not like the wealthy tramp he is.

I’m wearing Muggle clothes, since in the case of a rather blond and unmistakably European man they look less suspicious. I’ve agreed to borrow a neat white button-down shirt from him for the occasion of possibly meeting an old friend’s family, too.

I insist on only borrowing. And Omar has never actually insisted otherwise. He shares with me only what is an adventure for him.


No explanation, okay – just a way for you to get there, if you got interested.
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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 14 / 21 (PG-13), part two

Mar. 28th, 2010 | 09:23 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Fourteen: Walls of Cover and Confinement, part two
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Some images of the more distant past evoke more recent and painful ones.
Word count: around 5,800
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: Any comments will be treasured.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here, the second part of Chapter Eleven here, the third part of Chapter Eleven here., the first part of Chapter Twelve here, the second part of Chapter Twelve here, the first part of Chapter Thirteen here, the second part of Chapter Thirteen here and the first part of Chapter Fourteen is here.

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Chapter Fifteen is here.

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 14 / 21 (PG-13), part one

Mar. 28th, 2010 | 09:06 pm

Dear friend, perhaps you'd like to let me know, if you happen to get interested in (and have a chance to look at) any bit of this story. I wonder if you can think of anyone else who could possibly do so.

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Fourteen: Walls of Cover and Confinement, part one
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Neville takes an important role in Remus’s new brotherhood.
Word count: around 5,300
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: Any comments will be treasured.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here, the second part of Chapter Eleven here, the third part of Chapter Eleven here., the first part of Chapter Twelve here, the second part of Chapter Twelve here, the first part of Chapter Thirteen here and the second part of Chapter Thirteen here.

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The latter half of Chapter Fourteen is here.

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Request: invite code for Dreamwidth?

Mar. 21st, 2010 | 10:33 am

Could anyone please help me get an invite code for a Dreamwidth account?

EDITED I've now got an account. (I'm paulamcg on DW, too.) Thank you so much, lyras and st_aurafina!

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 13 / 21 (PG-13), part two

Mar. 21st, 2010 | 12:47 am

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Thirteen: Volunteering to Change, part two
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus transforms, and takes Harry sightseeing.
Word count: around 9,500
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: I’ll love any comment on any chapter at any time.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here, the second part of Chapter Eleven here, the third part of Chapter Eleven here., the first part of Chapter Twelve here, the second part of Chapter Twelve here and the first part of Chapter Thirteen here.

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The first half of Chapter Fourteen is here

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 13 / 21 (PG-13), part one

Mar. 21st, 2010 | 12:36 am

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Thirteen: Volunteering to Change, part one
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Further shared memories and another special visitor help Remus understand what a revolution as well as transforming willingly can mean.
Word count: around 10,100
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the beginning of Part Two of the novel: The Sacrifice. I’ll love any comment on any chapter at any time.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here, the second part of Chapter Eleven here, the third part of Chapter Eleven here., the first part of Chapter Twelve here and the second part of Chapter Twelve here.

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The latter half of Chapter Thirteen is here.

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 12 / 21 (PG-13), part two

Mar. 14th, 2010 | 08:37 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Twelve: The Magic of Needs and Flames, part two
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus cooperates with his new allies on some (metaphorical) battle fields.
Word count: around 5,300
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the second half of Chapter Twelve. I’ll love any comment on any chapter at any time.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here, the second part of Chapter Eleven here, the third part of Chapter Eleven here. and the first part of Chapter Twelve here.

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The first part of Chapter Thirteen is here.

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 12 / 21 (PG-13), part one

Mar. 14th, 2010 | 08:25 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Twelve: The Magic of Needs and Flames, part one
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus returns to a childhood scene – also in a memory of how a goblin taught him a lesson.
Word count: around 5,700
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the first half of Chapter Twelve. I’ll love any comment on any chapter at any time.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here, the second part of Chapter Eleven here and the third part of Chapter Eleven here..

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The latter half of Chapter Twelve is here

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 11 / 21 (PG-13), part three

Mar. 7th, 2010 | 03:45 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Eleven: Children to Serve, part three
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus shares his secret and whatever he has got to offer.
Word count: around 7500
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the last third of Chapter Eleven. I’ll be grateful for any feedback.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here, the first part of Chapter Eleven here and the second part of Chapter Eleven here.

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The first half of Chapter Twelve is here.

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 11 / 21 (PG-13), part two

Mar. 7th, 2010 | 03:15 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Eleven: Children to Serve, part two
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus invites two visitors and discusses werewolves.
Word count: around 8,300
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the second third of Chapter Eleven. I’ll be grateful for any feedback.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here, here and here, Chapter Ten here and here and the first part of Chapter Eleven here.

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The third part of Chapter Eleven is here.

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 11 / 21 (PG-13), part one

Mar. 7th, 2010 | 02:14 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Eleven: Children to Serve, part one
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus seeks and offers help.
Word count: around 8,200
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the first third of Chapter Eleven. (In the latter parts of the chapter we’ll meet more canon characters again.) I’ll be grateful for any feedback.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here and here and here and Chapter Ten here and here

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The second part of Chapter Eleven is here.

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Recs: Genfic and Remus/Sirius

Feb. 28th, 2010 | 08:38 pm

Once again some recs other people have probably done ages ago... If you haven't seen something among these before, click the link to see my more detailed praise - as well as the fic/art itself, of course!

The Detectives at Number Twelve (PG-13) by lyras: a fascinating, excellently-written story which combines an exciting plot with exploration of what the characters’ roles in the (post-DH) society can be – and the central characters are elves, one of them the author’s wonderful original character!

Threads Uravel (PG-13) by norisis: a well-thought-out, moving story about what led to the tragedy at Halloween 1981, in wonderful introspection from all four Marauders’ perspectives.

All Will Be In Order by shimotsuki has been updated with Chapter Five: The Full Moon (PG): memorable scenes of interaction between Remus and Sirius, Sirius and Molly, Remus and Molly as their relationships develop between GoF and OotP.

My Dearest Bellatrix (PG-13, Remus/Sirius) by dear_tiger: an irresistible historical AU in which during the first world war Sirius writes some letters to his fiancée but mainly focuses on a couple of young men, who resemble those we’ve learnt to love as his closest friends in canon.

Letting Go (PG, Remus/Sirius) by epithalamium: the amazing artist’s wonderfully skinny Remus and Sirius in a moving embrace – in the glorious colouring of her new technique.


(I'm afraid that just at the moment I'm forgetting something else I've enjoyed and admired recently in the fandom...)

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 10 / 21 (PG-13), part two

Feb. 23rd, 2010 | 07:57 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Ten: The Shelter of Companions, part two
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus makes some friends.
Word count: around 6,200
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the second half of Chapter Ten. I’ll be grateful for any feedback.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here and here and here and the first half of Chapter Ten here

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FIC: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter 10 / 21 (PG-13), part one

Feb. 23rd, 2010 | 07:31 pm

Title: Remus Lupin and the Revolt of the Creatures, Chapter Ten: The Shelter of Companions, part one
Author: PaulaMcG
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: (subtly, eventually) Remus/Sirius
Chapter summary: Remus makes some friends.
Word count: around 6,100
Disclaimer: Remus won't help me make any money.

Notes: This is the first half of Chapter Ten. (While I think I’ve now – after the second beta round – finished the editing of the final action scenes in the last chapter) I’ll always be eager to polish any chapter further on the basis of concrit, too. I’ll be grateful for any other feedback as well.

Chapter One can be found here, Chapter Two here, Chapter Three here and here, Chapter Four here, Chapter Five here and here, Chapter Six here and here, Chapter Seven here, Chapter Eight here and here, Chapter Nine here and here and here.

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The second half of Chapter Ten is here

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Fic Recs: het, slash, gen, femmeslash

Feb. 14th, 2010 | 11:19 pm

Today I’ve finally taken some time to enjoy reading fanfic and here are some (mainly belated) recs.

What It Takes (PG-13) by shimotsuki: HBP-era Remus/Tonks with wonderful original werewolf characters!

A Lethifold Has Got Me (PG-13) by dear_tiger: A wonderfully disguised Remus who continues to love “a bad man” – in 1984.

Beyond the Frame (G) by st_aurafina: A wonderful portrayal of a wonderfully minor canon character: Sir Cadogan – with Hermione (genfic).

Complementary (R) by inksheddings: Ginny/Luna, a short gentle scene for Valentine’s Day!

Oh, and this gem I found yesterday:
Transitions (PG-13) by epithalamium: Beautiful first-war-era Remus and Sirius, also illustrated by the author.


More detailed praise only in my comments on the fic entries, so you just have to click on the fic links now!

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Squee/Rec: Remus/Luna Art

Feb. 13th, 2010 | 11:35 pm

Squee: the amazing epithalamium has illustrated my story Challenges Like These!

Rec: I recommend that you take a look at this beautiful, evocative picture of Luna and Remus: Which is Hidden.

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