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31 December 2014 @ 12:55 am
A birthday, and three quick recs  
Happy Birthday, bottle_of_smoke! You've had such an incredible year, I don't think I can wish for anything more fervently than I did for you to have a head cold (we know why that was good!), but I do hope that everyone surpasses themselves in the gifts, cake and enjoyable fuss stakes on your behalf. You're a gem!

And, fanfic recs!

I am dipping in and out of hd_erised like a weak-willed swimmer at a cold beach. It's revoltingly hot or humid here most days, so in theory I have loads of reading time. In actuality, I have a disastrous house and garden after two months of Mr B 'doing' the housework and we still have boxes to unpack, so I am forcing myself to do things and then need brief comas to recover, so I've not made it through half as much as I ought. But I come bearing some real treats!

Firstly, my gift art! I don't know why more people don't request art, because you are likely to be on such a winning bet if you do. And I won hugely! It's a multi-page work called Fiji and it's utterly fabulous. The faces! The eyes! The hands! The story is simple: Hermione goes on holidays, so Harry is free to skive off, taking his grumpy assistant Draco with him. But the emotion that comes through the simple marks on paper is astonishing and beautiful, as is all this artist's work.

And now, fics! I think that Tea and No Sympathy was the first I managed to catch, and it was such a good start! It's long, 70K, but written in such an engaging style that it never feels as though you are labouring. Basically, Draco spells himself into a Groundhog Day style loop and becomes convinced that he needs Potter to get him out of it. I loved the fact that the author held out for a non-easy end on this one, it really paid off dramatically. A sterling blend of humour and drama, and with the most splendid little owl OC. No, trust me, Pip the Owl is totally a fully fledged (pun intended) character!

Similarly assured in its writing was House Style for Gryffindors. It's a fifth the length of Tea and No Sympathy, so if you're pushed for time, start here. Draco works on a wizarding version of the Tatler, along with half his schoolmates, including Hermione Granger. When editor Pansy hires Harry Potter for sports and general buffness, Draco takes refuge first in prossecco, then in refuge, and finally in denial. None of these work. It's the best kind of silliness, loaded with light, sparklng wit, but with a few moments that make you pause and say 'Oh …'

And I do have more, but my left hand is still meh, so I'll come back later. Have a marvellous New Year, you lot!
 
 
 
Ukobottle_of_smoke on December 30th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
So kind, thank you! I've been ordered to crash with cheese tonight so I think I might do that.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an excellent plan! A low-key birthday can be just the ticket, I hope it was fab!
connorblondconnorblond on December 30th, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
Aw - fic recs! *hugs you so tightly* THANKS!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I hope to have more up in the next few days, just need more typing mojo!
cassie_blackcassie_black12 on December 30th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
I've shamefully read none of the Erised fics so far. I think I left it too long and then got overwhelmed and didn't know where to start! Now I do ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
There are quite a lot of good ones in the last two weeks of the fest (I'm starting near the end and working my way back). And there were several others that were so nearly there! I sometimes wish I could just edit fanfic full time because, just like at my work, I so often say. 'the core of this is really good, we just have to work on the structure.' Alas, it's hard to do for fests with loomy deadlines and everyone busy on their own stuff. Anyway, more recs soon!
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on December 30th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
Are you actually a leftie as I am?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not, alas, but without being skilled enough to be ambidextrous, I do usually do a lot of things with my left hand, and I spin and catch left-handed. My left is also my more coherent typing hand, because I broke my right hand at the same time as I mangled my brain in my biggest cycling accident, so I rewired it with a left bias in the first seven weeks of recovery.

So now I'm favouring my left (which is down to being 133% of its normal size, hurrah!), my poor old right hand is all 'I am tired, and typo-ey. Surely you could just do a voice post?'
Hollyhollyxu on December 31st, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! And thanks so much for the recs, these look absolutely fab to read on snow days.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year and birthday to you! They are both jolly good snow day stories!
宝井かりん: Draco - Vertetakarai_karin on December 31st, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
Thank you for recs! I discovered a not-so-new tv series (the good wife♡) and have been marathoning it throughout the holiday, so haven't been reading docs at all~
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
I have always thought that I would be wholly sucked in by that series and have avoided it for just that reason! Must make time for ukulele practice!
宝井かりん: Draco - Vertetakarai_karin on December 31st, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh, it's so good~ great fleshed-out characters (Slytherin-like lawyers! Quirky judges!), great over-arching plot with good pacing. I like that it's has clever ways of telling the Case of the Week, but it doesn't forget to keep being a smart show. I like courtroom dramas in general and will watch even sub-par ones, but I have to say this is the best one I've seen on US TV.

It's very easy to get sucked in into it, ^^ but if you ever find a free time to start a new series, I'm definitely recommending it. (Although the title is awful...)

Edited at 2014-12-31 03:33 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
I know, it looks so good, and I LOVE most of those actors. But I am going to be strong! Practice! I'll wait for a year with news so horrible I decide to stop watching it and then hit the box sets ;-)
宝井かりん: Draco - Vertetakarai_karin on December 31st, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Knox Overstreet grew up to be a shrewd lawyer, I'm sure you won't regret it ^^;;

Edited at 2014-12-31 03:52 pm (UTC)
l.m.incandescent on January 2nd, 2015 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for the recs! I can't wait to try them. :) And good luck catching up on all the housework!
bk7brokemybrain: Draco beauty 3 HBPbk7brokemybrain on January 3rd, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the recs! The art is lovely. Happy New Year!