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 My agenda's about a mile long for the next couple of weeks, and so I'm not going to be posting much and will be limiting my online time to just enough time to keep up with you all (I may have to set a bloody timer the way I do with Miss M . . . time just *evaporates* when I'm here :-D ).  

But before I make myself scarce, I've a few fic recs for you.

First, perverse_idyll  has a new *short* fic she wrote for accioslash  (there's a big 'thank you' community in her honor that has started, accio_is_love .  Mostly Snarry and a lot of mpreg since that's her thing, but such a lovely thing to do for a very lovely person).  It. Is . . .  well everything you'd expect from a perverse_idyll  fic:  bittersweet story, gorgeous language, perfect characterization, leaves you unable to get it out of your head so that you are compelled to re-read it several times.  It's called New Life.  Go read it.  Now.  I'll wait.  ::g::    Did it, or did it not leave you with a lump in your throat?  Thought so.  ::unbearably smug Snape-ish smirk:: 

Second, an older story, That Dear Octopus, I stumbled onto because the author wrote a short fic set in that same universe for the lupin_snape  Fantasy Fest.  You may know westernredcedar  as the author of  An Ecstacy of Fumbling , which I rec'd on Know It Alls a while back.  This story may interest even those of you who aren't much for Snupin (yes, perverse_idyll , I'm talking about you ::g::), as it's mostly about Severus's relationship (or lack thereof) with his mother.   ::dangles Eileen fic in front of Pervy::  And also, his relationship with his grandmother Prince, who was a Malfoy who got disowned and is now Minerva McGonagall's lover.  ::gotcha!!!::  Seriously, it's good.  Go read this one, too.  :-)

Most of you all have been keeping up with the minerva_fest  (great job mod-ing, kellychambliss !).  But for those of you who might have missed it (I know I got seriously behind and still have some catching up to do), here's one in particular that you shouldn't miss: Un/Bound.  Set right before the start of DH, it's the story of Minerva and  Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank getting ready to spend one last night together before Wil must go into hiding.  It's lovely, perceptive in its view of both characters as they prepare to meet each other, bittersweet and yet full of anticipatory zing. 

Have fun reading, and I'll be thinking of you while I've got my nose to the grindstone.  ::g::

P.S.  If you are in the U.S., it's election day, and it's an important one, so hie yourself to the polls and VOTE!

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kellychambliss
Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to read Perverse Idyll's fic! I'm saving it as balm for what are bound to be election-return woes.

I'm so glad you've been enjoying minerva_fest. I'm mightily impressed by the quality of the stories; there are several that are going straight to my "all-time-favorites" list. If you haven't had a chance to read the last posted story, do give it a try; it's stellar.

Have fun working!

*goes back to reading student research proposals*

ETA -- PS -- Speaking of voting: Don't forget the Minerva Fest poll! /g/

Edited at 2010-11-02 11:24 pm (UTC)
albalark
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Election outcome 'round here? Ick. We're in for a rough next couple of years. And if it's the same where you are, Pervy's fic may not make it all better, but I can guarantee that you'll forget about everything else while you are reading it. :-)

The minerva_fest has been spectacular, and I have *got* to make some time today to leave comments for the last several pieces!!! You are right, that last fic is amazing; definitely a keeper.

I am *so* bad at figuring out author styles, I will likely miss every single one, but I'll vote today while I'm at it.

And now, back to work. ::looks at piles on desk and sighs::
perverse_idyll
Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
Oh, a lovely rec to add to your wonderful feedback! I feel positively spoiled, my dear, especially considering what a seat-of-the-pants fic this was. But I bow to your kindness.

Ah ha ha, yes, you've got me - I've bookmarked That Dear Octopus to read next week, after I finish - I will finish, I will - my snapecase entry. The fic sounds fascinating, and the women in it irresistible. Basically, you had me at Eileen, but the idea of a Prince as Minerva's paramour is mouthwatering.

Oh, argh, I need to be shaken by the scruff and thrown back into the minerva_fest, because there's a scattering of comments I absolutely need to leave. Did you happen to read Dark and Fearsome, the musings of Walburga Black on her relationship with Minerva? It may take a few phrases or paragraphs to absorb the style, but it's extraordinary. The voice is fierce, sensual, bleak, proud, and makes a dangerous amount of sense for such a ravaged view of the world.
albalark
Nov. 5th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
Spoiled? Nah. Not a bit. :-) You write better by the seat of your pants than most people do when they've everything planned out in advance and lots of time. ::bounces in chair trying to be patient for snapecase::

Oh, argh, I need to be shaken by the scruff and thrown back into the minerva_fest, because there's a scattering of comments I absolutely need to leave.

Me, too. I've been so guilty of drive-by reading for the last of the fest, and I need to *make* the time to comment today. Dark and Fearsome was indeed extraordinary, and so is The Lost Country. Both of those and I'll Be There For You and His Eulogy, Her Goodbye are on my short list for KIA unless Kelly gets to them first.

Edited at 2010-11-05 11:06 am (UTC)
kellychambliss
Nov. 5th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm conflicted about reccing any of them to KIA -- not because they aren't excellent, but because I keep thinking that mods shouldn't show favoritism. But I've already broken this rule by reccing two items to crack_broom last month, though I justified this hypocrisy because my goal was to pick two works (one art, one fic) that I thought epitomized the fest.

But the Walburga one and the one about Minerva and her mother: I'm dazzled by them. And by "Moka Pot" and the one with Griselda (I love stories that try to make ethical sense of the wizarding world). And "I'll Be There for You." These are probably my top five, but there are several more that I really enjoyed and think are done well. I had turned in 12 prompts to the original prompt-claiming session, and seven of them got used, which was tremendous fun.

I've put "Octopus" on my ever-lengthening reading list as well -- because politics being what they are, I need a lot of opportunities to escape into another world. (I don't have a TV, so I was spared the worst of the relentless, nasty campaigning on both sides, but it's still inescapable.)
albalark
Nov. 6th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
I keep thinking that mods shouldn't show favoritism

I hadn't thought of that. I was reluctant to do the rec-ing because it's your fest and I didn't want to pre-empt you. :-) But if you'd rather not be seen as picking favorites, I'll be happy to post anything you think is worthy. And there were so many! I hadn't gotten to Moka Pot, and just got started reading Fighting the Good Fight, nor have I read Free Falling and the one about Min and Albus. I got so behind! I can't wait until RL stops interfering with fandom life. ::g::
kellychambliss
Nov. 7th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
It's very kind of you to give me precedence, but do feel free to rec whatever you like to KIA. I'm sure I'll go ahead and rec the fest things after a month or so (when their original provenance has faded from most readers' memories), but in the meantime, the field is yours.

And now I can say "thank you so much" for reccing "Un/Bound." I had such problems writing for this fest and at one point had even withdrawn as an author. But finally I pulled myself together to write a last-minute entry, and I'm so glad you think it came off well.
albalark
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
It may take me a month to get the recs written, considering how snowed under I am at the moment. :-( Ehn, we'll work it out when the time comes. :-)

As for Un/Bound, it certainly doesn't read as if it was a last-minute thing. The characterizations in particular were outstanding - and I guess that's how I should have known it was you. :-) I'm pants at the guessing thing, though I had my Very Strong Suspicions concerning the author of Overheard at Hogwarts. ::pats self on back::
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