Sad news...Hey all,
So I'll post the links to the challenge fics later, but first I have another announcement to make. My friend David died in Memphis this morning. I got a call from his dad... apparently, it was a heart attack, probably from a congenital issue that nobody knew anything about. He was 34 years old.
When I started writing D/G, I kind of dragged David into the fandom... I remember that before the seventh book, we had long talks where we would spin ENDLESS theories about what might happen. He never really wrote D/G, but he did start writing Luna-centric fics with D/G as a side pairing.
I'm still in shock... maybe I dreamed the entire thing...
Please join me in remembering a D/G fan who we lost today.
Posted by Anise on Jun 10, 2014 05:22 am (13 Comments)
Four Days Until the Challenge Fics Are Due!
Yep, it's June 4th, so there are only four more days to get those summer challenge fics in. They're due on June 8th. My birthday! Yay! We'll have lots and lots of lots of virtual quadruple cake with extra icing and homemade chocolate gelato. Because virtual birthday cake has no calories. And it can't trigger migraines.
And just to inspire everybody a little bit more, here's the banner for semper_x_eadem's fic, Family Feuds and Inlaws Wooed. There's still more exchange art coming-- sunnystorms' piece hasn't gotten done yet, and I just know there's one more... and alotua, if you're reading this, you will not believe it, but your exchange fic WILL GET DONE. I'm still working on the last chapter. I never give up on anything, you see...
Anyway, here's the banner!
Posted by Anise on Jun 04, 2014 04:22 pm (1 Comments)
2014 Summer Challenge Fics Due Soon!
ETA: The billing for the family business TOTALLY took over this month... I'm still chained to the laptop... so yes, the due date will be pushed back a few days. June 8th is the new date. My birthday! Yay! :)
So.... is everybody writing their challenge fics?? The due date is June 1st! Okay, don't tell everybody, but... (looks around)
I think it's going to be pushed back a few days. A ZILLION TONS of things to do fell on me in the past week. So I don't think my own fics are going to be ready by June 1st!! I'll announce the changed date soon.
And don't forget, you can get to the prompt thread by clicking on the pic above. This one was fun to do!! :) I just love Ginny's dress. When I have time... on that mythical day when the stock speculation works out, or I win Powerball even though I never buy tickets... then I'll work with the Marvelous Designer program and come up with some really authentic clothes for Draco and Ginny.
Posted by Anise on May 30, 2014 07:37 pm (5 Comments)
2014 Summer Challenge Fics-- Post Them Here!
So... this is a good time to write those FIA D/G Summer Challenge Fics! Remember, they're due on June 1st, and the link to the prompt thread is in the news post below this one. A change in the rules: everyone can post their own fics to the Challenge Fics thread. I discussed this with Wolfstar, and we're going to be on the honors system when it comes to eventually voting for the best fics. We will KNOW who wrote them, but we're all grownups... we CAN vote for the best fic whether or not we know who wrote it. So click on the new pic above to see where we'll be posting our fics!
And you might not want to even ASK what's really going on there... Draco's kind of mystified as to why Ginny had any issues with the date, though.
Posted by Anise on May 22, 2014 06:01 pm (2 Comments)
2014 Summer Challenge Prompts Are Up!!
The full list of prompts for the summer challenge is UP!! :) Just click on the pic above to go to it. Also, the full list of updated rules is right here.
June 1st: All challenge fics due, to be sent in to: email@example.com. (Remember-- these can be SHORT!!)
June 14th: Voting begins (we will have a poll up)
June 25th: Winners announced
NEW ones, too. (whispered mysteriously.)
Posted by Anise on May 18, 2014 06:17 am (2 Comments)
The FIA D/G 2014 Summer Challenge!
It's time for the FIA D/G Summer Challenge 2014! Yay!
OVERALL THEME: Summer.
Object that needs to be in the fic:
Come to this thread right here, clickety click and add YOUR suggestions in these categories. All of the input comes from you! :) Because you're very special.
Here's the timeline:
May 14th: All theme submissions due
May 28th: All challenge fics due. (Remember-- these can be SHORT!!)
June 11th: Voting begins (we will have a poll up)
June 25th: Winners announced
Full rules are right here, so just click.
Posted by Anise on May 07, 2014 03:04 pm (1 Comments)
Wrapping up the Exchange
Rainywinters/Jaden Malfoy, our AMAZING winner of BEST FIC, SWEETEST FIC, BEST PORTRAYAL OF GINNY WEASLEY, and BEST KISS.
So here's a shorter version of the post on LJ (and if you want to see the whole thing, it's right here.
First of all, I just want to thank everyone for participating, more than I can say. Seriously. This is how we make our D/G community what it is... through writing and reading. This is how to build a fandom that LASTS. So a huge yay for everybody!
The 2 art pieces for the exchange are put together and posted on LJ! Those are the ones by Kashmira and writerdragonfly, and they're right here.
So, there is a SPECIAL banner for EACH winner, and it's based on a scenario in their fic!! I also have some "general" banners not tied to fics (D and G in the magic forest, for example.) Anyone who wants one of those can DL them on the day they're posted.
The banners are going to be posted on LJ and also on FB (and the Tumblr account, once I find the password...), one per day. The first three are posted on LJ today, though, because these authors already have at least one chapter of their fics up in the Recent section of FIA. So I want to make sure that they have the chance to DL the pics and then add them as banners to their fics. They're right here.
Chapter 2 of *Malfoy, Master of Death* will be up on the FIA forum soon! Yay! Here's the link to Chapter 1.
And we will have a NEW 2014 SUMMER CHALLENGE! The post about it will be up tomorrow.
And... and thanks for being a D/G writer and/or reader! :)
Posted by Anise on Apr 27, 2014 04:14 pm (0 Comments)
New Poll About Challenges!Hey all,
So the clear winner to the last poll-- and the answer to the question about what we should do next, now that the the exchange is over-- was to start up the challenges again. Because I've about had it with LJ, they'll be at the same place they were last time: on the FIA Forums? Yay! (Didn't know we even had those? Look at the link in the upper right hand corner!) So, go over to the poll on the left, pretty much , and start answering it.
I really would have liked to have a poll with a LOT of options but to be honest, I don't think I can do that on the front page. So the plan is to have a BASIC poll here and then get people over to the forums for a discussion thread.
And here's the discussion thread. You just click on this link...
Let's get it started!
Posted by Anise on Apr 22, 2014 07:50 pm (0 Comments)
The Winners List and Author Reveal are UP!Hey all,
YES!! It's all up! All the winners and authors for the 2014 exchange!! And there's more going up in the next couple of days, so be sure to keep watching.
Posted by Anise on Apr 15, 2014 12:50 pm (0 Comments)
Just a few more days to get those votes in...Hey all,
So... exchange voting has been extended until Friday. And then that's it! Winners will be announced a few days after that, exciting prizes will be given out, and much fun will be had by all. :) If you haven't voted yet, DO EET. Do not make me send a nom nom kitty over there.
Posted by Anise on Apr 02, 2014 02:03 pm (2 Comments)
The Noms Are UP!!!The nominations for the 2014 D/G Fic Exchange Revival A Go-Go are IN!! It's an official Day of Yayness! (tm) :)
Here are the links to the lists. Get your votes in by April 1st, and remember to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nom List, Part One
The Nom List, Part Two
Posted by Anise on Mar 25, 2014 11:46 am (0 Comments)
Exchange Noms are Now ClosedHey all,
So… Noms for the D/G exchange are now closed.
There’s just one fic prompt that suffered the slings and arrows of a few outrageous flaker-outers, and that has been assigned to the ULTIMATE reliable backup author. :P It’s the only one that will not be eligible for noms.
The nomination categories will be up on Monday, and then you will all have one week to vote for your favorites. :) It's time to vote, vote like the wind! Remember to send your votes in by email. email@example.com
Posted by Anise on Mar 23, 2014 01:54 pm (0 Comments)
Where the Fics Are...Hey all,
So... I just thought of something that may not be immediately apparent... we don't have a ton of fics on here lately, and the reason is that they're all on LJ. For the exchange. :) (Another good reason why the challenges will be on the FIA forums from now on, btw!!)
So. If you want to read some really excellent D/G, just head on over to the LJ page. The link is in the lower left hand corner of the front page of FIA.
Also, some people have really been looking for some mysteriously missing fics by some authors. I just found a bunch of them-- completely by accident, actually. (It was very weird.) There's a new thread in the FIA forums with the info )in the find a fic section). The link to the forums is in the upper RIGHT hand corner of the screen. It's click clicky clickety time! :)
Posted by Anise on Mar 19, 2014 08:06 pm (4 Comments)
New Poll, Yay!ETA:: Here's a poll option I forgot to include until it was too late, and I don't think I can go back and fix it.
Creating a new Classics list. :)
Let me know what you think!
The Why Does D/G Matter poll was finally retired. I loved it so much… I just couldn’t resist keeping it up insanely past its sell-by date. Anyway, the final results were:
D/G is the OTP and always will be
Draco and Ginny were the two most horribly overlooked characters in canon
We will be getting new canon soon, lots of room for growth
D/G fanfic supports our original writing
D/G doesn't matter! Also, I hate chocolate.
And oo, OO! I ran the numbers, and I've figured out that we must have had around 100 votes, maybe even more. :) This is a good thing.
And now, here's the brand NEW poll! The exchange is going really well, and I'm looking forward to where we're headed AFTER it. Here are some ideas about where to go next... so I would love some input! :) There's isn't an "other" option, but I think it's better to talk about this in the comments anyway (because otherwise, I won't know what you mean...) So read and vote!
And if you haven't read the exchange fics yet, DO EET. Then nominate. And vote on those. And get valuable prizes. :)
Posted by Anise on Mar 15, 2014 02:29 pm (2 Comments)
Nominations Extended One WeekHey all,
Due to reality being what it is... and that pesky twenty four hours in a day thing... and the work season crunch really starting up... and Anise having to finish the first 15,000 words of Death: A Love Story (the ofic) and submit by yesterday for a writing group... and the techie article that's supposed to be in for Seeking Alpha by this weekend... and, you know, fill in the blank... the nomination period for exchange fics will be extended by one week. All noms will now be due on March 21st. But that's STILL sooner than you think, so read and review and nominate! Yay!
Posted by Anise on Mar 13, 2014 01:46 pm (0 Comments)
The Total and Complete FIA Forum Revamp of Doom Is ComingYep, and I'm working behind the scenes on it right now. As soon as I finish the complete backup, big chunks of the forums are going to be archived in Forum Heaven (or maybe Forum Hell; I don't know.) And we're going to keep what's actually useful. And you, yes, YOU have a chance to help, and to shape the new forums!
The discussion board is a new topic right here. So come on over and join the Oo Shiny New FIA Forum plans! Yay! :)
Posted by Anise on Mar 06, 2014 07:22 pm (0 Comments)
Exchange nominationsBTW... I KNOW that poll about why D/G still matters has been up forever!! But I really like it... I guess I just can't stand to take it down...
Here's the categories list-- it's the same one they used to use in past years.
WE NEED REVIEWS. Whoever leaves the most reviews on the exchange fics will receive a special prize (said enticingly.)
That having been said, I am NOT!! going to try to keep track of who reviewed in terms of being eligible to nominate and vote. Work it out amongst yourselves!!!
And remember to send in your nominations!! They're due on March 14th.
We will start voting on March 21st. :)
Here's the Nom List again:
Best Fic Overall
Sweetest Fic Overall
Darkest Fic Overall
Funniest Fic Overall
Best prose/passage that knocks you flat on your ass
Best portrayal of Draco Malfoy
Best portrayal of Ginny Weasley
Best Minor/Supporting Character
Most in Need of a Sequel
Best Interpretation of the prompt
I would say to just copy, paste, and then insert your choices underneath each category. I don't think they literally had a template before.
And don't forget to email them to:
Posted by Anise on Mar 03, 2014 02:06 pm (0 Comments)
The Ginormous List of the 2014 FIA D/G Exchange of Doom A-Go-GoHere it is!!
And do not forget to review. Because…
1.) The sheer joy of reviewing
2.) Whoever leaves the MOST reviews will get a special prize!!
3.) Don’t make me come over there with that Draco/Hermione/Gollum fic, because I WILL come over there. Nobody wants that, RIGHT??
(It’s kind of a good cop/bad cop thing… ;)
NOTE: New fic! this is the next to last one. The very last fic JUST got reassigned to a backup author, so it will be just a little while.
The Ties That Bind, for Baroness_Black, Part One of Four
Rescue Me, for Dyk3adellic Part One
A Singular Love, Which Is Far From Common. For semper-x-eadem Chapter 1
Dreaming About The Things That We Could Be, for Marinka
Double-Pointed Needles, for breereeves-- Chapter One
The Love We Deserve, for a_gypsys_dance
The Deteriorating Psyche, for Pan: Part 1
A Change of Policy, for Natasha_ohl7
Intertwine, for idreamofdraco
Red Sky at Morning, for Rinney: Part One
Murder at Malfoy Manor, for Javastix
Vanished, for Sunnystorms This is Part One, there is also a Part Two.
Christmas Cookies, for LifeofDracoandGinny
What Lies Ahead, for Gin0cide
Her Secret Boyfriend, for Writerdragonfly
The Art of Paying Attention, For akiamaya
Lighten Up, for Ori
Family Feuds and In-Laws Wooed, for Eustacia_Vye28
A Malfoy Down the Hole, for Hipokras
A Game of Thrones, for Rae—Part One
Shopaholic and Thief, for xcassisx
From Ground Up, for Seegrim, Part One
We All Come From the Goddess, for Anise, Part One
Secrets and Truth, for rainywinters
Of One-Night Stands and Drastic Plans, for aislyn813, Part One
Altered Images and Mirrored Truth, for Javastix
Posted by Anise on Feb 27, 2014 05:29 pm (13 Comments)
Almost Time to Post the Links!Hey all,
So even though we still have just a couple of fics we don't have in yet, here's what I think I'll do. I'm going to post the complete list of links to all the fics we have up for the exchange. The mods used to give everyone a week or two for nominating, and then the voting started.
PLEASE let me know what everybody thinks of that time frame.
And the list should go up tomorrow night! :)
Posted by Anise on Feb 25, 2014 07:46 pm (0 Comments)
What should still be on the FIA Forums?So the title pretty much says it all... even in the middle of the exchange, I'm thinking ahead to what's going to happen afterwards. The FIA Forums haven't been used very much at all for a long time. But they ARE there, and I COULD see some valuable things that they might still be used for. So that's what this topic is about:
Just click right here. I think that you need to have already registered to comment, but a lot of people have-- and if not, it's really easy to do.
So head on over there and join the discussion! :) This is one of the topics we need to talk about to really decide how we're going to shape FIA for the exciting future. EXCITING, I tell you! Let's all do the Exciting Dance. :)
Posted by Anise on Feb 20, 2014 03:29 pm (0 Comments)
Fic Posting Has Begun!!Yes, that's right-- we have STARTED to post exchange fics on the LJ page. Just click on the icon on the lower left hand side of your screen, because I gave up coffee today, and I don't really feel up to typing out the link... :P
Anyway, I will post the Big Long List of Links in a couple of days. And you know, even though at one point I thought I was COMPLETELY going to lose my sanity over this exchange, I'm glad we revived it again.
Glad, I tell you!!!
(yelling was not a good idea)
(the headache of no coffee)
Anyway. More soon. :)
Posted by Anise on Feb 15, 2014 06:17 pm (4 Comments)
The State of the ExchangeOkay, y'all, we have eight fics up on LJ as of right now-- and I've decided that I'm not posting any more of them until we get more in. I'm just not. It doesn't make sense.
So thanks to those who have sent their WONDERFUL fics in, and to those who haven't... I still have the flu. It's really bad. And I could COUGH ON PEOPLE. So write, write like the wind!!!
Posted by Anise on Feb 06, 2014 04:03 pm (0 Comments)
You Just KNOW That I Had to Do This...
Okay, y'all, I'm SURE that you've seen quotes from that upcoming interview where JKR says that she SHOULD have written H/Hr instead of R/Hr. (And if you haven't, what are you doing reading this blog?? Anyway, we're happy to have you here. We will convert you to D/G.)
Understand, I don't really have a dog in the hunt one way or the other with R/Hr vs. H/Hr. I've read good and bad fanfic for both pairings, and there are good arguments to be made for both.
No, the reason for happiness in D/G-land is that if H/Hr was what JKR should have done, then, by logical extension, H/G IS THE MASSIVE FAIL OF ALL TIME AND EVEN THE AUTHOR ADMITS IT.
Which means, by logical extension, that D/G is supported.
(break for the Happy We Were Right All Along Dance. :)
Why is this important after six and a half years? Why do we still care? Well, it's all in the rest of that D/G essay... but basically, it's because of what these books meant and what the theme really was. They weren't just children's entertainment; they were about something important. And H/G represented the total trashing of that vital theme at the end of DH, especially in the Epilogue of Horror and Doom.
Anyway, more later, but for now, HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!
And in other news, we're almost done getting in fics for the exchange!
Now let's all eat chocolate. :)
Posted by Anise on Feb 03, 2014 08:43 am (8 Comments)
This Is Your Mind on D/G Crackfic
So I was trying to figure out exactly how to make the paragraph spacing work in LJ so that posting the fic exchange fics wouldn’t be one ginormous unspaced mess. And I posted a short fic to test it out… And don’t even ask. Just don’t. But if you want to see the crackfic product of a mod’s mind in the last days of getting the fics in, this is it.
Posted by Anise on Jan 30, 2014 07:33 pm (0 Comments)
Some Betas Have Stepped Up(insert cute pic)
We have three wonderful, amazing human beings who have volunteered to be last-minute betas for Exchange fics. That means that if you need them, contact them NOW. THIS MILLISECOND.
Because posting full email addys is just asking for spambots, here are their names:
What you're going to do is copy the name, click on "Search" in the upper right hand corner of the screen, paste the name into the "Search" box, and then click "Contact" and send a nice letter asking if they might be able to beta for you. Easy peasy! :)
Posted by Anise on Jan 23, 2014 07:14 pm (2 Comments)