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Just a quick post to claim the two fics that I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost this year:

Title: Ribbons and Bows
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] kitty_fic
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1586
Summary: Harry comes home from work to a prettily wrapped surprise.

Title: Grey and White
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] vaysh
Rating: G
Word Count: 3 x 100
Summary: The world outside is grey and white.

Thank you to everyone who commented or recced or left kudos! And for those of you who have not yet seen the marvelous gift [livejournal.com profile] potteresque_ire made for me (and if not, seriously, where have you been? It's the bestest thing ever oh my God), here is a handy link: 9 Days of Snowmen. Go and scream about it and then leave lots of love!
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It's reveals time!! And yep, this was my fic! Honestly, I'm surprised mine wasn't the most well-guessed on the poll because of all the LEANING Draco did, haha! I'm always making him lean in my fics *happy sigh*. I had such fun writing this story, and this is absolutely all down to [livejournal.com profile] capitu's wonderful help. I was floundering and frustrated until she came along, and she turned it into a joy to write. This fic would literally not exist without her invaluable help, and I owe her all the cookies and hugs in the world! I'm so so happy that [livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn enjoyed her gift, and I was seriously overwhelmed by the response it's gotten - so many comments and recs! I've been squealing like a kid on Christmas morning over every single one. Thank you all so much!!

One thing I did want to mention, because a couple of people commented on it specifically: Verity, the stunning, sexy date of Harry's. I'm not entirely sure where she came from, but I kind of fell hard for her, and I'm so glad she stood out to readers too - as a plump, softly inviting girl myself, that positive response means more to me than I can express. I love you guys.



Title: Five Weddings and a Potions Accident
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco (side Ron/Hermione; Dean/Seamus; Ginny/Blaise; Neville/Hannah; Luna/Susan)
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~19,500
Warnings: A lot of sex, and boys being oblivious
Content/Enticements: Auror!Harry and Healer!Draco
Summary: In which Harry thinks he’s a playboy, everyone else knows better, and Hermione will kill Seamus if Ron tries to collect on that bet.
Author's Notes: To my dear giftee: After stalking your LJ, my brain kind of latched on to the idea of Auror!Harry and Healer!Draco, and this was somehow the result. There’s rather more sex than I usually write, so err, ‘sorry’ and/or ‘you’re welcome’, I guess? The biggest thanks to my Alpha reader, who singlehandedly turned this process from a frustrating chore into a joyful challenge, and to my beta, who somehow always manages to find time for me. Any remaining mistakes are my own, and absolutely nothing to do with these two wonderful ladies. Kisses to the mods for yet another wonderful fest. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
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Title: If at First you Don’t Succeed...
Prompt: PROMPT #3
Word Count: 6,000
Rating: NC-17
Contains (Highlight to view):A lot of bottom!Draco sex, for people who don’t like that.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Epilogue compliant?: hah, please.
Who is pregnant?:Draco!
Summary: After five years of not wanting children, Draco suddenly changes his mind. Harry is totally on board with this new plan...

This was my pinch hit for the [livejournal.com profile] harrydracompreg fest! I had a great time writing it, and it actually gave my writing muse a good kick in the backside, which was very needed after pouting for so long over that lost story. I've been writing a bit recently, so I have [livejournal.com profile] kitty_fic to thank for asking me to join in, and all the people who read and left lovely comments!

Read on LJ

Read on teh AO3
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A few other people were doing this stats thing last week, but it took me a while to work out a) how to use the stats page on ao3, and b) my total word count after holiday fests. But I finally worked it out, yay! So, here's my stats for the year 2015:

My five fics with the highest hit counts are: Unexpected Consequences (16097); The Rewards of Bravery (15003); Special Magic (7444); Make My Demons Run (6947), and Teach Me (5099).

Including holiday festfics, I wrote a grand total of 14 stories last year, and 11 of them were for the different fests I signed up to throughout the last 12 months, holy shit! My grand total word count for the year was a whopping 181,583!! That's like, two entire novels, I'm completely shocked.

While I'm here, I thought I'd list the fests I joined in last year, just so people truly understand how utterly crazy I went:I mean, man, that's a lot of fests, right? I had a lot of fun, but I will admit to getting a bit stressed out over it, so I don't think I'll be doing quite so much in 2016. Erised will be a thing, obviously, and probably also Smoochfest if they have a theme that calls to me, and I also signed up to [livejournal.com profile] hd_remix, now that I have a few fics in my arsenal for my writer to choose from. Everything else will just have to be down to if a prompt inspires me so much I can't stay away.

And now I think I'm getting a bit addicted to this ao3 stats page...
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Title: Time and Again
Author: lauren3210
Recipient: create_serenity
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco (blink and you’ll miss it Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Dean)
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 28,700
Warnings: None, really
Content/Enticements: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff; fast and loose interpretations of how both magic and time work; Auror case!fic
Summary: Draco has an important research assignment, and he needs Auror protection. Harry’s a little concerned, not only because he can’t even pronounce the places Draco’s dragging him off to, but because there’s the slightest chance he might do something stupid, like tell Draco all about that little crush he’s been harbouring for a while now...
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.


This was my story for this year's [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised and, just like last year, I had a fantastic time writing for this fest! Unlike last year, however, I had a bit of a tough time choosing what I thought would be the right fic idea, and this story went through several permutations before I finally settled on a case!fic, and by then I suffered from time constraints, which the mods were lovely enough to help me out with! I had a great time writing it though, with my favourite part being the drugged!Harry scene - which people have responded to so overwhelmingly positively that it gives me delightful shivers.

I also got an absolutely gorgeous gift from [livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn, called Conflict Management, and I'm already counting down the months until we get to sign up all over again!

A huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] indyonblue for being the most amazing beta and cheerleader anyone could ever ask for, and to everyone who read my fic, left lovely comments, or recced it. I love you. ♥
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I totally forgot to claim this fic! Now I have to go and reply to all the lovely comments!

Title: Of Infinite Longings
Rating: R/Mature
Word Count: 6,500
Summary: Draco likes books. Harry doesn’t, but he thinks he might like Draco.
Content/Warnings: A lot of talk about books being the best thing ever; author’s shameless use of characters to explain why books are the best thing ever; books, basically.
Author's note: Dear prompter, my brain decided that you meant Muggle literature, I hope that’s okay. None of the quotes used are mine, I just borrowed them to help make my point about books being awesome. Title taken from the poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.
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Title: Find the Balance
Co-Author: [livejournal.com profile] obliviateamores
Word Count: 15,000
Rating: R
Warnings: None
Summary: After Harry gives Draco his wand and goes back to using his own, they both start having trouble making it work. Finding out why is a lot simpler than fixing the problem.
Hogwarts Subject: Defense Against the Dark Arts

I really enjoyed the process of writing this! Being a mod, I came into this pairing as a pinch hitter, and I couldn't believe how easy it felt to slip into writing this with my partner. It felt as though we'd known each other for ages, and our writing styles and ideas blended together so smoothly that even now I would struggle at pointing out which bits I wrote and which parts were hers. I'd never collaborated on a project before, and I'll admit to being a bit nervous about it (what if she'd hated the way I wrote?), but it turned out to be nothing but fun, and I ended up making a new friend out of it! I can't wait to experience this all over again next year, and I really hope [livejournal.com profile] obliviateamores and I will find the time to collaborate on something else in the near future!
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Okay, as you all know, Make My Demons Run was my submission for this year's smoochfest! I LOVED writing this, guys, just so, so much. I love music, especially songs that tell an epic story, and I was so excited when I saw the prompt given for a story to be written based on two of Metallica's most epic songs: Unforgiven I, and Unforgiven II. James Hetfield wrote the first song about himself, about how he still feels complicit in the religious reasonings of his parents that led his mother to her death, in the ensuing alcoholism and anger issues that he dealt with and pushed his relationship with his wife to the edge. Perfect for Draco, right? The second song is about moving on from those mistakes, about accepting that while what he has done in the past may be unforgivable, that doesn't mean that there is no future for him. It's about learning that other people also have things in their past that they feel are unforgivable too. It's about realising that unforgivable doesn't mean unlovable, that it doesn't mean the end of everything. What a great tie-in to Harry and Draco, don't you think?

I don't usually plan my stories out much when I write them. I tend to start off with a vague scene in my head that encapsulates the prompt I'm working from, and then I work out how to get there while I'm writing. Sometimes I write out a vague bullet-pointed plotline, but what I end up with rarely even vaguely resmbles what I started with (also the word count somehow ends up way higher than I predicted). But this fic was different, because it spoke to me on such a personal level. I too have things in my past that I can't forget, things that I can't forgive myself for. There are times when I too think that I'm not deserving of the love my family and friends give to me, times when I sometimes stop and wonder how I could have just moved on from those things because how could I think that I have the right? I think we all have moments like that in our past, albeit maybe not to the extent of either Draco's or what Hetfield thinks about himself.

So this fic became very important to me, not just on a personal level, but also in regards to how I feel about the character of Draco Malfoy, and the ways in which I think Harry may have reacted in the aftermath of the war. These two songs became questions about these boys in my head: How would Draco feel about the things he knew to be right but never acted upon? Would Harry think about some of the things he'd had to do and hate himself for them? And while I thought about these questions, thoughts of how I could express that through the reimagining of these two songs began to form.

So, I've written this “DVD Commentary”, for anyone interested in seeing my thought processes as I wrote this story.

DVD Commentary )

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Title: Make my Demons Run
Songspiration: Unforgiven/Unforgiven II - Metallica
Prompter: [livejournal.com profile] snowgall
Title: Make my Demons Run
Prompt Number: 34
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: After giving evidence in defence of Draco at his trial, suddenly Potter is everywhere he turns as he completes his community service. Draco hadn't expected any of it, nor had he expected those long buried feelings he'd once had to come rising back to the surface. He definitely didn't expect what happened next.
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): Er, none?
Epilogue compliant? Nope.
Word Count: 28,500
Author's Notes: Dear prompter, I want to thank you for giving me the excuse to listen to two of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands on repeat. This was the perfect prompt for me, and I can't thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to write for it. I hope you enjoy it! Huge thanks to C for looking over this for me and cheering me on, and to the mods for another fabulous fest with a fabulous theme. Also, I want to thank my poetry professor for teaching me the tools I needed to transform the lyrics into a story, and I'm not even sorry for applying them to slash fic :D Title comes from the second song of the prompt, Unforgiven II, by Metallica.

Make my Demons Run

I fucking loved writing this fic, guys. I was a bit worried that I might not be able to join in with Smoochfest this year, because when the theme came up, I couldn't think of a single song I wanted to prompt. So I looked through the prompt list, thinking that if I couldn't think of anything, there likely wouldn't be anything that called to me either, and then I stumbled over this and I wanted to kick myself for being so stupid, because these are the most perfect fucking Drarry songs, ohmygod. So, I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] snowgall from the bottom of my heart, and urge everyone to listen to these two songs if they haven't already, because they're beautiful.

I have since written a DVD commentary for this fic, because I feel like this is my definitive Draco fic, and the process I went through while writing it is really special to me (also, seriously, my poetry professor would be so damn proud of me!), which I shall be posting soon. I hope y'all enjoyed it! <3

Beta?

Jul. 6th, 2015 09:36 am
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I was wondering if anyone on my flist would like to volunteer to beta read my [livejournal.com profile] hd_eighthyear fic for me? My usual beta has been very quiet for a while, and I don't want to disturb her if she's busy with RL things, so I could really use someone to go over this fic for me, if anyone feels inclined? It's almost done, and it's about 7k long (which is fairly short for me, yay!), and I just need someone to go over it and point out any mistakes I may have missed in my readthroughs. Thanks in advance! <3
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Title: Stuck in the Middle (With You)
Prompt: Prompt no.1
Word Count: 12,000
Rating: PG-13
Contains (Highlight to view): A whole lotta fluff! S
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Epilogue compliant?: LOL nope.
Who is pregnant?: *Draco and one other FC. *
Notes: Pretty sure this is my first H/D fic with no smut, so er, sorry? I've written a few angsty things recently, and this was a perfect opportunity to just write some fluffy stuff all about babies, so I hope you'll forgive my self indulgence. Dear [livejournal.com profile] eidheann_writes, your prompt made me giggle the moment I read it, and I hope you enjoy what I did with it!. Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] indyonblue for looking through this so quickly for me, and hugs to the mods for such a great fest!
Summary: Harry had thought that it couldn’t get much worse than the synchronised vomiting that was morning sickness.

I had great fun writing this, and although I never managed to get it to a point beyond a PG-13 rating, I kind of didn't care. I sort of just wanted this story to be a light-hearted, feel-good story, full of all the trying things expectant parents go through in the run up to a birth. Fun Fact: All of the things that happen to Draco and Pansy in this story have happened to me during my three pregnancies (and what happened to Harry too, actually). Yes, my husband literally crouched down in front of me and asked, "Is it coming now?", all while holding himself as though expecting to catch a wildly thrown rugby ball. Turns out even medical doctors can freak out and act stupid when there is a tiny human on the way! I hope y'all enjoyed it!
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Title: Teach Me
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lauren3210
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry
Kink/Trope Featured: Strip Poker
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3249
Warnings: Nuh-uh, unless thinly veiled reasons to have sex count? Oh, also some British names of various games.
A/N: Written for This Prompt by [livejournal.com profile] indyonblue So apparently a little bit of angst always manages to sneak in my stories somewhere, and I can’t write drabbles to save my life? Sorry about that, but I hope y’all enjoy!

Posting this here just to have it on my blog :)

Teach Me (at the [livejournal.com profile] dracomalfoy com)

Teach Me (on AO3)
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Title: Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
Pairings/Characters: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2113
Contents/Warnings: Bottom!Draco; rimming, sleepy sex; established relationship; massage!fic
Summary: Draco has had a tough day at work. Harry makes it totally worth it.
Notes: Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat! I wish I'd had the time to write something longer, but I had to write you something, because you're my fave basically, and I love you. So you got some smut, um, yay? And look at this! I WROTE A PWP!!11! For the first time, I actually managed to skip the 30k of angst I usually write before the sex, so I'm feeling quite proud of myself right now! :D

Sweet Dreams (are made of this) on AO3

Sweet Dreams (are made of this) on LJ )
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Title: The Rewards of Bravery
Summary: During an Auror mission gone wrong, Harry finds himself with an unexpected new power: he can tell when people are lying. It’s incredibly annoying, except for when Draco’s around...
Rating: NC-17 (just)
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 13,000

So yeah, this one was me. Could you guys tell? I bet you could!
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Title: Unexpected Consequences
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco; background Hermione/Ron, Ginny/Dean
Rating: NC-17
Warnings/Content: bottom!Draco (apparently this should be a warning); 8th year fic; some OOCness due to plot reasons.
Summary: Harry was going back to school. He was going to play Quidditch, sleep in lessons, hang out with his friends, and generally just enjoy being a kid for a change. And he was also going to do it while being bonded with Malfoy, because apparently life was just going to continue throwing curveballs at him. Harry didn't know why he expected anything different.
Word Count: 39,200
Disclaimer: 'That Picture' is a work of and belongs to alekina. The general non-profit, fair-use disclaimer for Harry Potter fanfiction and fanart applies.

Okay so, just so I know I have this on my own blog, here is my fic for the Picture Flash Fest that was hosted over at [livejournal.com profile] hd_remix the past week, now that its posting is completed. I haven't posted a fic in installments since my Teen Wolf writing days, so this was a fun experience for me. I originally wrote it as a (hugely long) oneshot, but [livejournal.com profile] vaysh and [livejournal.com profile] raitala very sweetly asked if they could instead turn it into chapters and post one on each day that the fest ran. (I guess I was the only participant ridiculous enough to write nearly 40k, haha!) It's had a lovely response so far, and I hope that everyone who gave this WIP a chance over the last week enjoyed the final piece.

I loved writing this story, tbh. I actually wrote it in less than a week, because work and other fests got in the way of me getting to it before then. But the prompt hit me so strongly that the words flew from my fingertips and the story unfolded before I really knew what had happened. I love when writing strikes me that way. There are probably things I would change about this story, had I had the time to think about it more, but I think a lot of writers feel that way about their fics. But I actually really love this story a lot, I think because it turned into a fic that I like to read myself, and I included lots of tropes that I love the most. It evolved into a story just for me, rather than just a fic written for a fest with someone else's idea in mind. I guess that might be why I love it so much. But anyway, here it is, for anyone who has managed to miss out on its posting and wants to read it now it's complete!
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I finally finished the last fic I was working on, and boy did that turn into a huge monster, good lord. But i kind of love it a lot, so I hope anyone who reads it will like it! And now I've moved on to my [livejournal.com profile] harrydracompreg fic, and I'm 2k into it so far today, so it's going well so far! I'm really happy with the prompt I've chosen, and so far it's coming together exactly how I imagined it. It's early days yet though, so I reserve the right to complain at a later date if my muse dries up suddenly!

I feel so good today. The sun is shining for what seems like the first time in forever, and I have washing out on my line - laundry always smells so much nicer if it can dry outside, don't you think? I've had a new idea for an original story that i am slowly planning out, and I'm really excited about it. None of the kids are ill, I'm not feeling ill, and Ben's not coming home from work in a bad mood because of the prick he works with anymore, so we're all feeling good. I'm in the middle of a rewatch of Doctor Who with my girls, and Rose/Ten just got their HEA so I'm doing my happy little shipper dance. And I've been nice and stable for a good long while, and while mentioning that might be tempting fate a little, it still just feels really nice to not have to consciously regulate my swings for a bit. I'm thinking I might go and read a book outside for a bit, once I've cleaned the bathroom.

What are you all up to today? Good things, I hope! <3
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Alert the press! Call the media! Because yes, it's true! The fic I have been wrestling with for a fortnight - and complaining about vociferously - has finally come to an end! Hallelujah praise the Lord, amen. Actually, let's give thanks to St Patrick, because the luck of the Irish was definitely with me today!

So, as I'm sure you'll all be pleased to hear, that's one fest fic down and three to go, and unless I get conked on the head and lose my brain entirely, there'll be no more whining from me, because - shocked gasp - I actually know what I'm doing for these ones!

And now I'm off to celebrate with a pint of Guinness and a gaelic word game with my mother, and whoever stumbles first has to tackle my mountainous ironing pile! (I may have been practising for just this very moment tbh.)
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I've just had to ask for an extension for this fic, and I feel so bloody awful about it. I've NEVER had to do this before, other fest mods will attest to this, I'm usually one of the first to hand in my submissions. I really wasn't going to do it, and I typed my fingers to the bone yesterday trying to get it finished, but I just couldn't quite get to the finish line.

However, on the plus side, if I do get granted an extension, I think that yesterday I had a sudden brainstorm on how to make this fic good. I've been struggling with this story, as you guys know by now what with all my whining, but now inspiration has finally hit. So, by the grace of the mods, hopefully I can now hand in something I really feel good about, even if it is a few days late.

Has anyone on my flist had to ask for an extension before? How do you deal with the guilt?

ugh

Mar. 13th, 2015 12:11 pm
lauren3210: (merthur)
omg, someone tie me to this chair and make me finish writing this damn fic! I'm procrastinating so badly I almost feel as if I should ask for an extension (which I have NEVER done before) but I know that if I do I'll just use the time to procrastinate some more. I have never had such trouble writing before, what has gotten into me?
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Special Magic
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,000
Warnings: Er, humour that most likely isn't all that funny?
Summary: Harry was seriously considering the fact that his partner might be completely insane.

A/N: For [livejournal.com profile] capitu, for her birthday, and because I love her. You're amazing and wonderful and all the other fantastic adjectives, and I hope you like this little fic!

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