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It's been a little while since I've talked about stuff going on in my life, so here's a quick update! :D


I've finished my [livejournal.com profile] hd_collab fic, and am just putting the last touches on my [livejournal.com profile] hd_eighthyear entry, so I am now officially without writing commitments! (Well, until [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised comes around again, anyway :D) I thought about getting involved in both the [livejournal.com profile] hd_fan_fair and [livejournal.com profile] bottom_draco fests that are getting ready for sign ups, but in the end I decided against it. I'm really not all that interested in the Pottermore theme of the former, because I tend to think that the world ends with the last words of the book (well, before the epilogue, because fuck that noise tbh) and is then passed on to the fans to do with as they wish, and Pottermore just strikes me as unnecessary. I know other people don't feel the same way, and I'm glad they get some enjoyment out of it, but it's just not for me so, maybe next year? I looked over at the bottom!draco prompts, but nothing really grabbed me, so I'm happy to leave that one too. Although I hope it's still on next year! But right now I'm comfortable in the knowledge that I've written 17 (holy shit!) HP stories over the past year, so I'm not really feeling the need to throw myself into all of the fests, like I was earlier in the year. I do have a few ideas for expanding my Sweet Dreams fic that I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat's birthday - I'm thinking of turning it into a series of short fics, jumping back and forward in time, giving little glimpses into Harry and Draco's life together. Just for my own amusement really.


Has anyone here watched the Netflix series Sense8? YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS SHOW OMG!!11! No, seriously, it's so awesome, my friend described it as "it's so good and so weird and so wonderful." Because it is, it's super weird at times, and you're not sure if you're even supposed to be laughing or if it's just really bad acting, but you get over that pretty quickly because everything else about this show is perfection. Like, a trans character! Played by an actual trans actress! Lesbians! Gays! A very religious female Hindu scientist who can make bombs out of spices! An African bus driver! A kickass North Korean business woman! Daryl fucking Hannah! And let's not forget the orgy! An honest to god ORGY, where everyone who's getting off gives no fucks about whose hands are on whom, good God, it was delicious. I mean really, YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS SHOW!!!11!



I really love summer, guys. My mum used to say that she was sure I was at least part reptilian, because all I ever want to do with my life is lie half asleep in the sun. And it's true, I do! Ben has been home from work the past two days, so all I've been doing is laying around in our garden, soaking up the sun and trying to forget the fact that I have a house to clean and a job to do and kids to look after. I really hope the weather stays like this for a while, because man, I hate it when British summers last for like a fortnight before going all dull and grey all over again. Just let me have some sun, okay? Although, they could take the hayfever down a notch, because I don't even suffer from it usually, but the pollen count is so high this year that even I'm suffering from itchy eyes and gross phlegmy sneezes and a stuffed up nose. Not cool, summer, not cool at all.

Oh also, my eldest has started her work experience this week, bless her heart! She came home last night absolutely knackered, and fell asleep before I could even finish making dinner. It's really weird looking at her right now, because until now I've never seen her wearing anything other than either her school uniform or skinny jeans and superhero t shirts, and all of a sudden she looks so grown up in her blouses and tailored trousers, wearing actual shoes on her feet rather than Converse sneakers. She's also been doing her hair nicely, which is extra weird because I wasn't even sure she knew what a brush was! I don't like this growing up lark, I really don't.


So yeah, that's me recently. What have y'all been up to?

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Date: 2015-06-23 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] this-bloody-cat.livejournal.com
Oooh! So many future things from you! So excited now! :D

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Date: 2015-06-23 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
You're an angel! <3

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Date: 2015-06-23 06:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] besamislabios
Sense8 is all kinds of awesome, I love, love, love it!!! :D

I really love summer, too, and I can't wait for it to be back on this side of the planet. Enjoy yours!

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Date: 2015-06-23 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
Yes me too! I don't know who I love the most they're all so lovely! (although Lito in the dry jacuzzi will forever make me laugh until I choke!)

And thank, I hope I will! Although I doubt it will be too long before it starts creeping back your way again :D

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Date: 2015-06-23 08:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] besamislabios
oh yeah, that scene and the one in the car, Lito's priceless!

I hope it gets renewed. :D

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Date: 2015-06-23 06:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gracerene
Ooo, sense8 has been on my list forever! I've heard good things. :D

And yay finishing with fest commitments! :)

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Date: 2015-06-23 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
YES WATCH IT!! It's so so weird, but so awesome and amazing that the weirdness just becomes amazing by default, haha!

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Date: 2015-06-23 07:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capitu
OH god. 17 fics in the past year! That's amazing! :D:D:D

Of course I'm sorry to hear neither Fanfair or bottom_Draco grabbed you, but it's so exciting to hear about your plans. And ersied. ;) There's erised coming!

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Date: 2015-06-23 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
I know, right? And as most of them are over 20k long, that's an awful lot of words, what am i doing with my life? :D

And yeah, none of them really caught my attention but that's okay, because ERISED IS COMING!!!

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Date: 2015-06-23 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huldrejenta.livejournal.com
I also have rather mixed feelings about Pottermore and the info we find there. If I was 17 and just finished the book series, I would probably devour every last bit of information I could find, haha :)
But I strongly believe that when a work is released into the world, it has its own life beyond the author's intent. Pottermore info is something strange in the middle; it's not canon, but it does come from the author herself. I kind of like background info about the magical world and so on, but I'm not too fond of elaboration of her characters, particularly when it's "this-is-what-really-was-going-on-in-canon" info.
I admit that I was a little sceptical when I saw the theme for this year's fan_fair. But I've been pleasantly surprised by the creativity and diversity of the prompts :)

Goodness - 17 fics in one year, that's very impressive!

Yay for summer - I can't really brag too much of our Norwegian summer so far, it's been rather wet and chilly, but it's too soon to give up on it yet ;)
I hope you guys get all the sun you wish for :D

And gosh, yes, all that growing up stuff with the kids is scary! <3

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Date: 2015-06-24 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
Exactly, you put my thoughts into much better words than I did, lol! And I agree, as much as I find the extra background info of the magical world interesting, in a "hmm, cool" and then move on kind of way, for me, if it's not explicit in canon, then it's not valid. I kind of treat anything on Pottermore as JKR's own headcanon, which she is absolutely entitled to have, I just don't feel like I need to either read them or agree with them, that's all. And yeah, some of the prompts were really creative and cool, they just didn't grab me and make me want to write now omg, haha!

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Date: 2015-06-23 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celestlyn.livejournal.com
I'm so happy that you have written 17 fic! I shall have to look 'em up because I'm pretty sure I haven't seen that many. But then I'll only read the HD ones, anyway. Look forward to your erised.

Sense8! OMG! I loved that show, but omg...they sure weren't subtle about their agendas. I have no issue with that tho. I wasn't impressed with the first few shows that were typically all disjointed, but once I saw some cohesive storytelling I got engaged and then I was all in. The only thing I was unclear about was the end. Did the guy die? She injected him with something and I wasn't sure what it was.

Summer! Yep, I love it too. I'd live in the tropics year 'round if I could. Instead I live 90 miles from the Canadian border, which means rather long, chilly winters. So when summer comes and I can enjoy a good 5 months of nice weather, I don't care if it hits 100 every day. I'm the last person who will complain about the heat, as long as it doesn't come with humidity. We had a record breaking early spring this year, so my gardens are coming along nicely. I've already harvested herbs, radishes, lettuce and soon will have snow peas, squash and tomatoes. Beans, cucumbers and watermelon will be awhile yet. Anyhow, I'm loving it!

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Date: 2015-06-24 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
If you look in my masterlist, I think there's 13 H/D fics up there, and 1 for another pairing. And then I have my smoochfest, Collab, and EighthYear entries still waiting to be posted/revealed, which would make 17 (I think? I suck at math!).

Oh yes, summer and long, hot days, I love them so much! And your garden sounds lovely, far nicer than mine, which just has a trampoline and a saggy washing line in it, haha!

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Date: 2015-06-24 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
duh, I forgot to reply to this bit when I replied, because I'm an idiot occasionally, lol!

At the end of Sense8, because the Whispers guy could see into Will's head, the only way to stop him from tracking Will - and by extension the rest of their cluster of sensates - was to either kill him, or keep him unconscious. That's what the injection was; drugs to knock him out again once he started to come around. I'm guessing that if the show gets renewed, the 2nd season will start with Riley having to keep Will unconscious until they can either get rid of Whispers, or at the very least, get him to a place that he can't divulge the information about to Whispers through their connection (a windowless room, or something, idk).

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Date: 2015-06-24 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] obliviateamores.livejournal.com

Hayfever is absolutely the worst... This year has been ridiculous. I have weird steroids that you squirt into your nose, plus prescription antihistamines and I'm still all itchy and sneezy. I've stopped wearing eye makeup because my eyes water and it's gone in about half an hour.


I just reread that paragraph and realised I accidentally typed gayfever instead of hayfever... It made me laugh, anyway.


I am pathetic enough that British summers are too hot for me... I overheat and get incredibly grumpy and all my friends start to dislike me.
Lucky you to enjoy it :)

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Date: 2015-06-24 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
My husband has all of that too, and he's still feels absolutely terrible. I don't usually suffer from it, but for some reason it's really hitting me this year. It's so gross.

(lol, gayfever, I'd be totally up for that, haha!)

My husband is like that too, he gets incredibly grumpy whenever the weather starts to get hot. I love it though - we were in Greece once during a heatwave, and the air was so hot you could feel it rolling over you if you so much as lifted a finger, and I was in heaven - Ben, not so much, lol!

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Date: 2015-06-25 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smirkingcat.livejournal.com
i'm glad that summer is working for you- summer is working for me too- but i have no sun V_V)
and yay for growing up - *hugs* you will get used to it, and that she is doing awesome is just a compliment to how awesome you were to her in the past! *huge applause for that*

i'm very happy of reading you are writing new fic (yay for tbc to have birthday) and WOW you did a lot of fics already this year awesome!
i'm in taking a brake from writing time- and trying to read stuff and enjoy my time - its not like to do list is empty XD
no comment on tv or netflix for me because not available- but i'm glad you enjoy

i hope your summer stays lovely <3

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Date: 2015-06-25 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauren3210.livejournal.com
I know, right? So many stories! My daughter decided to add them all up for me the other day, and together they come to a word count of over 250k! (and that's not including the ones that have yet to be revealed, wow) I'm taking a bit of a break now too, to concentrate on some other writing I'm doing. I hope you enjoy yours!

No Netflix? That's an absolute tragedy! Or maybe not, because I often find myself getting sucked into whole tv shows instead of doing any actual work, haha!

I hope you enjoy your summer too! <3

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