emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (hermione)
TITLE: Hermione Granger, Witch on a Mission
FANDOM: Harry Potter
CHARACTERS: Hermione Granger, Weasley Family, Ron Weasley
PAIRINGS: Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley
WORDS: 427
SUMMARY: New Year's Eve at the Burrow.
STORY NOTES: Got back in the proverbial writing saddle and contributed to this year's [community profile] fandom_stocking . Wrote a Romione drabble for [personal profile] akashasheiress .

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (emma)
 I've been slowly wading my way through my creative sludge in my spare time but I as of yet have nothing to show for it. As a result this journal has suffered in the wake of quicker less thought needed avenues like twitter/tumblr. Mostly twitter. That said, there is a lot of fan stuff that I don't share there that I would here but it's that extra step of having to come over to DW/LJ to post where honestly I haven't cultivated new friends on for awhile. There are a few holdouts but even those post infrequently. It's mostly become a comm place for me of late, and I enjoy that still but I do miss some of the friendships here that is hard to get some of the same interaction on the more distracting platforms of twitter/tumblr.

Anyway, as a way to restart the activity on this journal I wanted to mention that besides my main tumblr account (that is more reblogs than blog posts that I put here too) I've begun a more fanfic focused tumblr which will be what I'm reading, what I'm thinking, what I'm writing, fic recs, etc on the fandoms I follow (mostly Comics, Glee, Harry Potter, Mass Effect, Merlin, Smallville but I sometimes talk about other ones that I probably won't ever write for or older ones like Star Wars. Just depends. I never thought I'd find something to challenge HP/Smallville and then I found Glee last year.) With that outlet, it will increase what I write here and hopefully energize me enough to start writing again.

Sometimes I think too much, and that keeps my creativity from coming out. More writey, less thinking.

That business out of the way, I regret not producing anything for Porn Battle. I had about 500 words down but it was the last night, hours left on the deadline, I was dead tired and it was my first real attempt at writing fic for public consumption in over a year and I just wasn't feeling it. I came to the realization that really I should have the ideas ready before PB starts, it just creeps up on me every damn year. Especially now that it's only once a year.

Also I'm probably reading way too much, cuts into my writing time badly. I was able to shut it down during Nanowrimo but now not so much.  That brings me to a frustrating moment I had this weekend while reading a fic. That moment when you are reading a great fic that you are enjoying for being original and unique but then the latest chapter out comes all the tropes/cliches that the fandom is filled with.

In this case, Harry Potter. A soul bond resulting in mind speak, instant marriage, married rooms at Hogwarts, instant adulthood and the arrival of a huge inheritance/lordship for Harry via Gringotts.  All in one chapter. Sigh.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
 Today happens to be the birthday of one of my dearest friends (♥) and I promised I would spam her internets with birthday wishes, so I thought it would be only appropriate to mark the occasion with this:

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (fantasy)
I just had to write this out because I thought it was a good idea and I had to put it somewhere lol. I was talking the other day with a fellow Potter enthusiast and I started thinking, boy wouldn't it have been fun if Warner Bros. had decided to create a straight-to-disc animated feature of Harry Potter that say came out when Deathly Hallows Part 1 became available and it covered some of the storylines that weren't able to be covered in the films.

Sort of like the Animatrix dvd that went with the Matrix movies or the Batman anime thing that went between Begins and Dark Knight.  I definitely think the Remus/Tonks storyline would have been perfect for something like this since their marriage and baby were pretty much erased from the film, with a series of 10 minute shorts with the voices of the film actors doing the parts.. you could even maybe have done one segment focused on Ron after he left Harry/Hermione and his struggle to get back to them.  Maybe have shown some of the Hogwarts life while the trio was on the road, how things changed etc. THE DUMBLEDORE BACKSTORY!

I have too many ideas.

I see ads for the DH2 video game. It looks good but I really hope it was better than the kinect-friendly DH1 game I have. It was my least favorite experience with a Potter video game because it basically was like a really bad shooter.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)

Six months she hadn't seen me, it's like I'm a Frankie First Year. I'm only her brother... - She's got lots of them, but there's only one Harry. )

ETA: I had half of this post written Saturday night with everything divided between the things i liked, the things I was disappointed with and moments I thought was funny and then the stupid browser went back a page when i pressed backspace (even though I was in the friggin text box) and i lost the draft.. Never composing in a web entry box again.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (actress)
So whether we like it or not the end is coming and on Wednesday and Thursday, were the London photocall and premiere for Deathly Hallows Part 2. And it's just so interesting to see the pictures and how time has passed. 10 years. It's strange but Smallville just ended in May and now comes Harry Potter and both started in late 2001 and ending in Summer 2011. Strange how two of my fandoms line up so perfectly like that.

This was the photocall and OMG its crazy to see the kids now. If they were American actors I'm sure they'd have been snatched up for a CW show they look so great. XD

And from the premiere that was shown live on Youtube which was AMAZING. And the speeches were so emotional, I was so happy to catch that part live.

Also there were some great moments caught on video:

Here are the speeches from the end of the premiere.

And after the photocall there was also a press conference where this great question was asked for the cast to give their character's favorite line. Only wish Dan had been there to find out what his was.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
 Yes, I am still alive. And I decided when it hit July that I'd go ahead and reread the entire Harry Potter series for the rest of the summer. Seems only appropriate with the final movie releasing this month, and it being four years since I read Deathly Hallows and the last time I had reread the entire series.

It's taking me a little longer to read than I used to, but that's because I've found it more entertaining for myself to read aloud and do voices for the characters and that's plenty slower than silently reading.  I'm almost done with Sorcerer's Stone and hope to be at least done with Prisoner of Azkaban by the time Deathly Hallows 2 comes out next week.

I'm really excited with all the Potterness this summer feels so expect more ahead. I have even been toying with doing short videos after I finish each book to talk about what parts I had forgot about that were unique to the book and something like that.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)

The trailer is out! I'm really excited and can't believe we're past the halfway point between Parts 1 & 2. I admit it wouldn't be a Harry Potter trailer without the "ooh, that's an interesting change" moment but I was surprised there wasn't like a final spoken line at the end. That is usually the memorable part to me of a HP trailer.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (actress)

Above was my PC's wallpaper for February, a crossover I'm sure many comic fans would like to see given the similarities of the two. From my recollection it was drawn by Terry Dodson (looks like his style anyway).

February was much busier than January and as a result I did not get much writing done the latter half of the month. I have outlined the next 3 chapters of His Girl Friday, and started dusting off Great Power, Great Responsibility & Great Love. WRITING TOTAL: 5,281 words (2,784 in H/HR PB XI Submission "Not According to Plan"; 2,497 in CHLARK PB XI Submission "Left Behind")

Shout out to the March birthday babes: [livejournal.com profile] calamityjamie (15th) & [livejournal.com profile] axolotl_lan (25th). Have awesome birthdays this year! ♥

PS: Just posted last night a wallpaper post for the members of my community, [livejournal.com profile] capes_and_cowls.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
TITLE: Not According to Plan
FANDOM: Harry Potter
RATING: Not Safe For Work (MA/NC-17)
PROMPT: jealous, tease, hands, know
CHARACTERS: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown, Hermione Granger, Professor Horace Slughorn, Ginny Weasley
PAIRINGS: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger, implied Ron/Lavender, implied Ginny/Dean
WORDS: 6010
SUMMARY: With neither Weasley free and a Christmas party to attend, Harry and Hermione put in motion a plan to go together and make their crushes jealous. At least that is the plan Harry is following.
  • An alternate take of the situation surrounding Slughorn's Christmas Party from Chapter 15 "The Unbreakable Vow" in Half-Blood Prince.
  • Written for Porn Battle XI
  • Abbreviated version of story for submission posted in this thread

Not According to Plan )
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (naruto)
2010 isn't coming to an end. *covers eyes & ears* LALALALALALALALALALA.

My November MBP's wallpaper was the "Ministry Six in the veil room" from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It is a screencap I color adjusted a long time ago and only now got around to using since Deathly Hallows premiered in the month I figured I'd go with an HP theme. And on that note for the DH premiere weekend I had this wallpaper on my Samsung Galaxy S.

November may be National Novel Writing Month, but it was just a month full of writing fail. I honestly don't know where the time went but literally every time I had free to write for NaNoWriMo, the time would pass by and I'd have nothing to show for it. The best thing to come out of the month was that I brainstormed a few new ideas worth pursuing and have a new title for my main project. I hope to return to my fanfic this month with the holidays giving me some time so we'll see. WRITING TOTAL: 142 words.

I will step away from my denial to wish a Happy Birthday to the December babies: [livejournal.com profile] bloodshed (8th), [livejournal.com profile] darthphere (12th), [livejournal.com profile] kalaylee (15th), [livejournal.com profile] blue_onion (19th) & [livejournal.com profile] corvidae9 (26th). I hope each and every one of you not only have an awesome day but a month as well, and a happy Christmas. :)

Now this is the time of year when we all like to do something nice for our friends. Some ask for addresses to send Holiday cards, but I don't because let's be honest I don't need the reality check of how little attention my posts get. Last year I think I tried writing a short fic for every friend's birthday but I ran out of steam near September so as much as I would like to I won't be writing for everyone for Christmas hell I can barely write for myself these days. So, what I'm planning to do this year for Christmas is a post where I write a short positive sentence or two to each friend on here. I haven't decided if I'll leave them anonymous to make it more fun and if I have the nerve I might even include a short personal video message to all uploaded to youtube.

Looking forward to seeing Tron and Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

It freaks me out that only a short nine years ago this movie franchise debuted, and now we are only eight months away from the last film being released. I decided a few years ago after experiencing the atmosphere of an opening night crowd when watching The Dark Knight that I would make it to a midnight or opening night screening of any future big movie, and for me it doesn't get bigger than Harry Potter. I went to a Harry Potter Marathon AMC had on Thursday that started at 6pm with Order of the Phoenix, followed with Half-Blood Prince at 9pm and then the midnight premiere of Deathly Hallows Part 1. Then on Saturday Morning I went ahead and saw Deathly Hallows again this time in IMAX.

There's a lot I want to say but I'll try to keep it as short and concise as possible. On the trailer front, 127 Hours looks AMAZINGLY PRODUCED but i'll never see it, Yogi Bear actually looks funny, Cowboys & Aliens looks PHENOMENAL, and the Green Lantern trailer I need to see more of it and also didn't have it in front of the IMAX HP so big blow to the movie if it's not on IMAX.

These are dark times. There is no denying. )

ETA: I started this post 10 days ago, and busy life kept me from finishing until today. LONG POST AFTER ALL. :)
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
TITLE: Show and Tell
FANDOM: Harry Potter
PROMPT: forest, grass, morning
CHARACTERS: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger
PAIRINGS: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
WORDS: 2002
SUMMARY: After losing his wand and finding out the truth about Dumbledore's past, Harry doubts the love he has experienced. Hermione takes it upon herself to show him that he is loved and can love again.
  • Another alternate take, this one on the camping scenes in Chapter 18 "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore" in Deathly Hallows.
  • Written for Porn Battle IX
  • Version of story for submission posted in this thread

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
TITLE: A Tutor Treat
FANDOM: Harry Potter
PROMPT: lessons
CHARACTERS: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger
PAIRINGS: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
WORDS: 2676
SUMMARY: Harry and Hermione study for the First Task late into the morning and Hermione tries a rewarding method. WARNING for underage sexuality.
  • An alternate take on the studying scene in Chapter 24 "The First Task" in Goblet of Fire.
  • Written for Porn Battle IX
  • Version of story for submission posted in this thread

Twenty Ten

Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:23 pm
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (smallville)
Happy New Year! It's going to be weird writing '10' from now on but I'm looking forward to keeping the momentum going from this Fall and continuing the progress towards my career.

It's crazy that it's January already but it's a new year and the one change on here at least will be that I won't be doing birthday drabbles. While a fun concept I started to falter the last few months of 2009 before I just completely halted producing any. It started to stunt my creativity being confined to specific stories that weren't the pressing stories I wanted to develop but I still enjoyed making the ones I did because for everyone I was writing them for. ♥

Instead this year I hope to get to writing my fics that have been on hold for awhile now, and an original story I'd like to develop into something real. I'll get more into that in my writing goals post next time. It is however a new month as well and with that brings my desktop link. Here's my macbook pro's december wallpaper. It's from Case Closed/Detective Conan. I enjoyed the show when it aired on Adult Swim a few years back, but it wasn't a show that really was worth rewatching (much like american procedural shows, once you know the case it ruins the atmosphere of the episode) and an annoyance that didn't come to pass because only 50 or so episodes were shown was how the show was stuck in the same spot of never evolving regarding the main character's youth/size problem or that his love interest was still kept in the dark. Those that know me, know that those points would drive me crazy, especially considering it is still that way in Japan after numerous manga chapters and anime episodes. It's a great looking wallpaper though, and I love the characters. ^_^

A new year also brings a new calendar to put on the wall. 2009 was Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince and for 2010 I went with an old favorite of mine that I haven't really paid much attention to lately thanks to the awkward storylines - Naruto. Went with the Shippouden version because I like the designs of the characters.

Before I go, I wanted to let you know if you missed it that I made a new icon post over at [livejournal.com profile] capes_and_cowls just a few days ago. Also I'll be doing another post there probably next weekend bringing a new members only feature that I'll reveal here first, I'll be making available a few wallpapers that I find from certain splash pages of the comics that are just asking to be turned into desktop covering space. They won't be as numerous as the icons, but there are definitely times in my iconing periods that I come across pages that would work for that, and now I'll be turning them into usable wallpapers. :)
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (celebrity)
If you've been paying attention to LJ today you'll have noticed that I've been very busy today catching up on everything. After all that fun stuff I got deluged with other tedious life things to do, like knowing about the car theft I talked about previously, today the water heater decided to stop working. It was fairly new, bought only in June 2008, but it comes out it's a slightly faulty model. Thankfully the parts warranty lasts 6 years so it was covered in that area but what looks like a simple wire to replace is a pain in the butt to actually remove. I had to make shift tools and use them for other purposes to get the faulty piece out. Of course by the time I got it out, the store was already closed so it wont get resolved till tomorrow to find out if that was truly the problem or not. If not a true repair man will have to be called in. It's strange to realize how much hot water is taken for granted, and what timing is this that it happens on the day southern CA is the coldest its been since maybe last Winter.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly some of my fabulous LJ friends had their birthdays today. I'm talking about [livejournal.com profile] misshapenmuse and [livejournal.com profile] weasleygirl89! I hope today was a great day for you both and expect sometime down the road a birthday drabble to come out (hopefully not two months from now, lol). Happy Birthdays!! ♥

Lastly, my phone is a Razr3. I've had it for over 2 years now. The contract I agreed to has now expired and honestly I'm just waiting to get into a better financial position before diving into the smart phone market and getting an iphone because those phone plans are expensive! I really want one though. ;3 Anyway, the flashiest I get with this phone is using the bluetooth to upload ringtones onto it, and changing the wallpaper on it. Since I just recently switched to a more Smallville flavored wallpaper I thought I'd go ahead and show off all the ones I've used so far (from first to my current): My Razr Wallpapers )
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
TITLE: Trysts
FANDOM: Harry Potter
CHARACTERS: Sirius Black, Bellatrix Black
PAIRINGS: Sirius Black/Bellatrix Black
WORDS: 437
SUMMARY: They're secret, immoral meetings of pleasure and Sirius Black can't get enough. WARNING for Blackcest.
STORY NOTES: Long awaited, this was written for the precocious [livejournal.com profile] pojypojy's birthday back in August. I'm sorry this took so long to get done but I honestly couldn't write a word for about two months. I love your portrayal of Bellatrix and this is the only ship of hers that I really can get behind. Enjoy!

Trysts )
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (harry potter)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Saturday morning I finally had my chance to see the long awaited sixth film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Like every other Potter fan I've been eagerly waiting for this one to come out and it was definitely a long two years since Order of the Phoenix. I still can't believe that I missed out on the midnight/opening night crowds and didn't order ahead of time, I definitely regret not doing that. The opening weekend crowd was still good, laughed loudly at all the funny parts but there was that extreme fanaticism that comes with opening night - I still get chills thinking of when I saw Dark Knight last year.

This is beyond anything I have imagined )

I'm sure I've missed some things from the movie, looking back there was just so much in this one that I had to comment on it. I'm sure it being my favorite book has something to do with how giddy I am in discussing it. I know this was really, really long and more stream of consciousness than an outright review so if you read it I adore you even more (and if you're female I'm going to go out on a limb and say you have nice skin. ;) ). This took a few days to get together and now I can go back and read everyone else's thoughts and watch all the behind the scenes videos online as I can no longer be spoiled. I'm definitely going to see this film a few more times. Who's with me? :)
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (celebrity)
So it's been roughly two and a half weeks that I've owned a Xbox 360 and the amount of gaming I do has tripled or more (of course prior my gaming time was non-existent so that's not saying that much). I went ahead and purchased some affordable used games because I'm at the point where I won't pay more than $25 for a game unless it's something I absolutely need and most games these days are in the $50-60 range. Since they were used I made sure to try them all right away in case I had any defects (none) and here's what I think so far.

8 Gaming Distractions .. Somewhat )

Having a lot of fun with the 360, and this doesn't even cover the media capabilities I now have in regards to playing things from my computer onto my TV through the 360. Nearly a perfect machine, I just wish it had a blu-ray player so I could start getting those. I know Microsoft is pushing digital downloads since HD-DVD lost but I've always had a more tactile response to things I own. As I complete games or come up with things to say about them I'll post again about video games.

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