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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-08-09 04:13
Subject: Going dark and other bits and pieces...
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Location:sofa
Music:West Wing
Tags:b'day, going dark, rl, writing

...or the state of me.

Me, me, me... )

And, it's time to wish [profile] debjunk a wonderful natal day...

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-07-05 12:37
Subject: An Angel's Touch - Chapter 32
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Credits and notes as for Part I, except that, since OWL and RL are keeping Annie so busy, the final beta passes on this and subsequent chapters are by geyer.

An Angel's Touch )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-06-24 05:11
Subject: Happy Birthday!
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To dear [personal profile] selene2, who first roped me into writing Harry Potter and to [profile] princessteradia, one of my more recent friends. May you both have a wonderful day. and may it just be the beginning of a truly spectacular year.

zwani.com myspace graphic comments
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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-06-22 16:46
Subject: Snicker! Sounds about right.
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Donna Noble
Donna Noble
Take Which Doctor Who companion are you? (girls) today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.</p>

You're Donna Noble! Oi! Wotch it, Martian boy! The Doctor thinks he can spout all kinds of ridiculous technobabble and 'Last Time Lord Angst' at you just because he's from outer space, huh? Well, you're not having any of it! You've got a heart of gold and a will of iron, and you're a rather boggling combination of a romantic idealist and a staunch realist. But you never let logical paradoxes get to you; you prefer to shoehorn the universe into a little box of your own perception. More often than not, it fits... probably because the universe is too intimidated to argue!

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-06-21 03:50
Subject: One of my drabble prompts...
Security: Public
Tags:fic, ginny, severus

Title: Burned Fingers
Rating: Mature
Characters: Severus, Ginny
Author's Notes: Beta-ed by geyer, alwaysjbj and bambu345.

Burned Fingers

for Severely Lupine

Ginny made her way down the passage the Room of Requirement had created, her husband's words still burning in her ears.

"At least she sees me!"

"You never loved me. You only ever loved the legend of me."

"You didn't want to be my wife. You just wanted to be Mrs Harry Potter."

Suddenly behind her there was a whooshing sound. Turning, she saw a wide floor-to-ceiling wall of purple flames... and it was advancing. She began to run. She could see the exit ahead. Just a few feet more and she would have made it.

As she reached out for the handle, another line of fire, this one black, erupted into life, and she staggered backward. There was no option.

"Help! I'm stuck in the walls! Help!"

The door eventually opened, and as if fuelled by the new air-flow, the black flames billowed toward her.

"Let me out!"

Ginny could barely see the figure beyond the flames, but the voice was unmistakeable. "Well, well, Mrs Potter. To what do I owe the dubious honour?"

"I wanted to see you," Ginny answered.

"Me?" Snape drawled. "Are you sure you didn't simply intend to remove any valuables that might be lying around? I warned you ten years ago that if you ever encroached on my privacy again that you would get your fingers burned. Catch!"

A vial soared through the flames, and Ginny would have dropped it if it hadn't landed against her breast.

"Drink it all, Mrs Potter."

"You're joking—"

"I do not joke when people intrude upon my privacy. Drink the contents of the vial, Mrs Potter, and then come forward and explain yourself."

For the first time, Ginny's fury faded enough for her to wonder if this was such a good idea. She gulped down the Potion, its chill cooling her ardour as well as her body, and she actually reached back toward the purple flames, thinking to return to the Room of Requirement, from whence she had conjured the passage to Snape's private quarters. The flames sent pinpricks of blazing ice through her fingertips, stabbing toward her heart, and she let out a sob of pain.

"I said forward, Mrs Potter. You have carried your scheme too far to turn back unscathed."

Her heart in her mouth, Ginny composed herself and walked, head high, through the black flames. The sight which greeted her was rather more pleasant than she had expected. The headmaster's bedroom was large and round, the walls panelled in lustrous oak to a height of about five feet, and it was in this panelling that her doorway had appeared. A huge four-poster bed, its hangings already closed for the night, was draped in velvet the purple-indigo of morning's early hours. A fire blazed high in the hearth and Severus Snape rested an elbow on the mantel, but his wand was pointed directly at her. The flames cast flickering light over his bare torso and feet. His trousers had obviously been pulled on hastily, and though they were buttoned far enough to hide the triangle of his pubic hair, Ginny could see the dark line that began just below his navel.

Ginny had never really considered what the body under Snape's teaching robes might be like. She had chosen him, partly because she knew Harry would be repulsed by the idea, and partly because she was sure that Snape would pounce on the opportunity to screw a beautiful redhead whose name, as he had pointed out so frequently over the last few minutes, was Mrs Potter. She licked her already glossy lips.

"Well, I apologise for doubting your motives," he remarked in a silky drawl. "You do seem rather inappropriately dressed for burglary."

To her surprise, Ginny felt her nipples harden under the thin layer of lace that was all that covered them. "I told you I wanted to talk," she answered.

"And, in that, you lied. A woman does not come to a man's bedroom in such a state of undress merely to talk. Either her intent is seduction, or the appearance of it with the later intent to blackmail, and I am not such a fool as to think the likes of Ginevra Potter would be sufficiently attracted to a humble headmaster to risk the prestige she worked so hard to attain, even if he weren't twice her age and generally considered an ugly git. What do you want?"

"Revenge." Her hand went to the bow that secured her underbust corset, and she slowly pulled at an end until the knot unravelled. "Harry claims he's in love with another woman. He says she sees the real Harry."

Severus snorted. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And you thought of me?"

"Thanks to Minerva's legacy, you're Harry's boss, even though you still hate the very sight of him. Think how much fun you could have screwing his wife, Mrs Potter, taking her in every way possible, ways even he never had me." The corset fell to the floor, leaving Ginny in nothing but a lace shift that did little to conceal her curves. She bent down and gripped the thigh-length hem, pulling it up over her head and dropping the fabric to the floor.

"Any way I want?"

"Look, Snape, whatever floats your boat! Chain me up, tie me down, anal, oral, come in my hair if that's what it takes, the sleazier the better."

Snape set his wand down on the mantelpiece, prowling toward her with feline grace. "A two minute upright against the bedroom door? Is that sordid enough for you?"

He backed Ginny up against the bedroom door proper rather than the entrance she had used and then spun her around, so her cheek pressed against the wood. "I don't want to see your face—" he informed her in a velvety whisper, his breath making the skin below her ear tingle. He grabbed a handful of her hair, tugging her back from the door and using his other hand to open it. "—in my private quarters ever again." He pushed her out onto the stairway, which immediately began to descend to she knew not where. Her shift and corset were thrown in her face almost as an afterthought.

The door slammed with a finality that can only be managed by five inch thick iron-studded wood.

"You could have sent her back the way she came," suggested a lilting voice from behind the bed-hangings.

"No, I couldn't," Severus responded, as he undid the buttons on his trousers. "Doing the walk of shame past all those portraits in the dead of night should be enough to put even her off trying it again." He pushed his trousers down to his hips and then parted the hangings far enough to perch on the edge of the bed while he finished undressing. "She meant you, you know. I've noticed him watching you, the last couple of months. It's not too late for you to trade up."

Two feminine hands grabbed his shoulders and pushed him down into the mattress. A messy curtain of hair tumbled over his chest as the woman leaned over him to press her lips to his. "I see the real Severus, too, and it's him that I love."

It was nearly an hour later, just as Severus was almost falling asleep, that she asked, "If I hadn't been here, would you have said yes?"

Severus pushed her sex-tousled hair away from her face, so he could see her eyes, and more importantly, so that she could see his. "In an instant."

She froze, and then her mouth twisted into a determined pout as she tugged the pillow from under his head and began to pummel him with it until he begged for mercy.

"As if I would want Potter's leavings, when I have you," he answered honestly this time.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-06-06 21:26
Subject: Free at last!!!
Security: Public
Tags:random

The exchange fic went off last weekend. There are bits I might have done differently with more time, but, what the heck? It's done.

My website is finally letting me upload again and has been updated with a year's worth of writing, and that's actually more than I realised. I might think about doing banners for a few of the fics that have a generic banner at the minute, but that's for filling in time when hubby has the TV on.

I've caught up on the exchange and I have resigned myself to the fat that I am not going to work my way back through many many pages of FL, but I have been looking over my FL over the last couple of days and I'm hoping to stay current until the next 'emergency' hits.

Now, if the muse allows, I shall have to try to get back up to speed on my twenties etiquette and history and make some headway on 'An Angel's Touch' before it becomes the birthday fic that covers two years worth of birthdays.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-05-30 21:45
Subject: Does the Dance of Exchange Fic Happiness
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Location:on the sofa
Mood:tired but happy tired but happy
Tags:ss/hg ex

It is finished, and I hope even though it was done in rather more of a rush than most of the fics that the recipient won't feel like she's been short changed. All it needs now is for my beta to check over the last scene (assuming that my cheerleaders approve of how it turned out), for me to make any changes she suggests and for me to copy the code into an email and send it off.

Fingers crossed.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-05-25 12:41
Subject: Still going (in between naps at any rate)...
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Mood:not flapping too much... yet
Tags:ss/hg ex

It's been a not quite so productive week this week, between headaches and unavoidable gardening, but for the most part I've still been plugging away. I have six days left, and 26K done. There are a number of scenes I still need to add before the end is in sight, but no more than I cleared last week, I don't think.

Fingers crossed the headaches stay away, and I don't have too many 'sleepy' days, and I'll get there.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-05-18 07:47
Subject: I will not earn the Eye of Shiv... I will not earn the Eye of Shiv...
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Tags:ss/hg ex

19.1K 19.9K And ogling Richard Armitage for an hour to give my brain a break.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-05-17 05:39
Subject: Progress report for anyone who's interested.
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Tags:ss/hg ex

Not quite 17.5K. Still working on 'the middle' bit, but IF I can break my usual habit of thinking 'what happens next?', and if I can say instead 'what scenes do I need to show now to allow the reader to see their relationship progress?', then I may be closer to finishing than it feels like at the moment.

Bats eyelashes at Scarlet, if she isn't at a hospital somewhere...

Fourteen days and counting. Meep!

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-05-14 19:16
Subject: Squeeeeeee!
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SSHG Quiz

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-05-05 12:42
Subject: Bleh!
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Tags:bitch, moan, whine

I tried to catch up on my FL this morning. Made it to skip=100 (skipping fic including the Snuna Exchange for fear of getting sucked in) and then my brain cried for mercy. Soz to anyone with anything way important that I've missed. Just poke me if you think I need poking.

Have managed 900 words so far on the 'middle bit' of the exchange fic. Part of me is quite happy with this. It's looking promising for finishing before 1st June, but also annoyed with not being able to manage to stay up for more than about four hours at a time without crawling off for a nap, some of which run to six or seven hours. Also, becoming less than convinced I'll manage to pull off a decent fic and still have time to play with atses. Just don't see it happening and all my betae say I have to finish the fic now I've started rather than play with arty stuff.

I should do a rec for <lj user="one_bad_man", but I figure if I stick my head under the duvet some kind soul might take pity and do one for me. Otherwise, it can wait until after my post-dinner nap.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-27 13:02
Subject: This election just got personal...
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I feel dirty.

Up until now, despite the fact I do believe in democracy I would have been quite content not to cross the doorstep on polling day. I really have nothing to particularly make me want to vote Labour given their recent track record. On the other hand, I was brought up in Thatcherite Scotland, so I can never in this lifetime imagine voting Tory. Voting for LibDem who seem to always come third in a first past the post system, well, that always seemed a wasted vote.

Now I have to make up my mind because today I got a leaflet through the letterbox from the BNP. So now I have to vote if for not other reason than the vote against them.

Oh, in case you wonder what I did with their nice glossy leaflet, I burned it, but just the fact that it was in my house is still making my skin crawl.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-24 06:40
Subject: Yes, I'm completely insane...
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Mood:indescribable indescribable
Tags:rl

Just a quick RL post, though I already wibbled about most of it over on one_bad_man. Last RL post I think the highlight was that hubby got me out on the bike again for the first time this year. Since then...

About a week worth of waffle )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-23 13:46
Subject: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee! I can haz promptses!
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I haz promptses! I haz promptses!

I the SSHG mods!

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-19 10:09
Subject: Help required
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Okay, any of you who know me will know that I hate being wrong, and someone has accused me of being wrong. Last night I received the following review. Wonderful story, but "Despite being tall for this era, Phineas Nigellus was still a couple of inches shorter than his companion," was a bit jarring. People weren't that much shorter in the 1920s, and the well-nourished were not short at all. So someone who was 'tall for this era" in the 20s would have been 6 foot plus. Aside from that tiny note, I love this story! Now, I seem to recall that the average height for a British man in the 1980's even was only 5' 10'. My dad is in his eighties and compared to most men his age, I've never been aware of him being grossly short, but I'm about three inches taller than he is. Anyway, I trawled through dozens of web pages last night trying to find something like a definitive table. No offence to our American cousins, but I'm specifically looking for British data. Apparently, compared with their contemporaries whose families remained in Britain, the descendants of the Mayflower settlers shot up. The best I've found is the somewhat vague statement that the average height in Britain has been consistently rising by about ¾" per generation. If I have made a factual error, then I should correct it. If on the other hand the reviewer is talking bollocks...

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-18 18:02
Subject: Life is good.
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Tags:awards, rl

This weekend has been busy, but I feel good about the stuff I've managed to get done.

The details )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-16 12:37
Subject: A Belated Birthday Fic for Shiv
Security: Public
Location:sofa
Mood:content content
Tags:b'day fic, granger, he/se, hermione, hg/ss, one-off, one-offs, severus, shiv, snape

I know some of you prefer to wait for OWL, but (like my little Rose/Scorpius ficlet) I won't be adding this there until I clear off two WIPs, so you can guess how long that will be.

Title: Birthday Bouquet
Author: TalesOfSnape
Unbearably sentimental, but I like it anyway. Safe for work )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-06 12:56
Subject: Some fonts...
Security: Public
Mood:tired tired
Tags:fonts

A friend of mine has been doing a rebuild after having some IT problems. To help her out, I volunteered to do a ZIP file of all the fonts I had installed on my netbook, so that she could do one installation rather than have to seek out and install a whole load of fonts one at a time. All the fonts that didn't come as part of Windows XP are free fonts I've downloaded from one site or another. A few are designated for non-commercial use only, but they're all generally available free of cost. Nevertheless, if you're in a similar position to my friend, they might form a reasonable set of fonts for graphics and such if you don't want to have to search things out one by one. Anyway, there's a ZIP file here. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1FWSPIPZ

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-04 12:45
Subject: An Angel's Touch - Chapter 31
Security: Public
Tags:an angel's touch, b'day fic, geyer, he/se, hermione, hg/ss, severus, snape, ss/hg

Table of links to all chapters

Credits and notes as for Part I, except that, since OWL and the House Cup are keeping Annie so busy, the final beta passes on this and subsequent chapters are by geyer.

An Angel's Touch )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-04-01 05:33
Subject: Thank You, Whoever You May Be...
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Tags:charlie awards

Some kind person has seen fit to nominated, Leap of Faith, my collaboration with [personal profile] bambu345 in the first ever round of 'The Charlie Awards': http://community.livejournal.com/charlie_awards/

Whoever you are, thank you for thinking of this story, especially as it has been complete for quite a while now.

All you Charlie fans on my f-list, why don't you take a look over there next time you need a break from writing exchange fic and the petulant Potions master? I know that I'm hoping to grab enough time (somehow) to see if I've missed any gems.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-25 15:51
Subject: Feeling the Love
Security: Public

As I mentioned last night, I only lately caught up with months worth of LJ PMs. In the middle of them was this lovely gem.



I'm so glad that you were all kind enough to think of 'An Angel's Touch'.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-22 20:00
Subject: The Evil Bunny Has Been Conquered - Sort of...
Security: Public

I've written and posted the evil plot bunny fic. If NSFW isn't an issue for you, you can find it here . It's not been beta-ed and though I did do a spell-check I haven't even had time for a read through. In fact, I'm typing away here while I'm waiting for people to finish chatting and for the game to start properly.

Not a fluffy fic. This is definitely not spawned by my Hufflepuff side, but I hope some of you will enjoy it nevertheless.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-22 13:55
Subject: Evil bunnies
Security: Public

I need to write 'An Angel's Touch'. For one thing, I spent a couple of weeks re-reading it and all the historical research and if I don't write soon, then I'm going to have to go back to the beginning again. For another, it was supposed to be finished by 1st October 2009, and I really don't want to still be writing it come 1st October 2010.

So why is it that the bunny is nibbling at my ankles about something completely different? Yes, it would be nice to write something for my [profile] one_bad_man post, but it's already two in the afternoon, I have a headache and we have people coming over tonight, so isn't it just a bit stupid to start something that's probably going to be bigger than a drabble?

<----bad bunny!

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-13 13:25
Subject: Hugs to everyone who voted for me...
Security: Public

Just to prove me wrong, the one OWL awards category where I came away with anything - I'm officially third rate - was the crossover category, where I had two nominations. I really can't complain though. I don't remember the winning fic in that category, but I know I generally enjoy bluestocking's fics, and they're always intelligent and each is wonderful in its way. As for the fic that came second, that was one of my absolute favourite fics of the year. I really adored Scoffy's Magnum Opus, and I have to say that I'd have voted for it.

Anyway, it'd take forever to congratulate everyone on my FL individually, so just HUGS! HUGS! HUGS! to everyone who won something, and even bigger

HUGS!

to those of you who were nominated, but didn't make it to the final list.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-05 17:59
Subject: I'm an idiot...
Security: Public
Tags:moron me

Ask me why! )

Just had to vent or I'd be head-butting the keyboard in frustration at how thick I am sometimes.

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-04 20:48
Subject: Between the Darkness and the Light (145-154)
Security: Public
Tags:'thorns amongst the blooms' series, drabbles, he/se

Table of Links to All Entries in the Series

Between the Darkness and the Light )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-02 13:51
Subject: An Angel's Touch - Chapter 30
Security: Public
Mood:listless listless
Tags:an angel's touch, b'day fic, geyer, he/se, hermione, hg/ss, severus, snape, ss/hg

Table of links to all chapters

Credits and notes as for Part I, except that, since OWL and the House Cup are keeping Annie so busy, the final beta passes on this and subsequent chapters are by geyer.

An Angel's Touch )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-03-01 08:00
Subject: An Angel's Touch - Chapter 29
Security: Public
Mood:blah blah
Tags:an angel's touch, b'day fic, geyer, he/se, hermione, hg/ss, severus, snape, ss/hg

Table of links to all chapters

Credits and notes as for Part I, except that, since OWL and the House Cup are keeping Annie so busy, the final beta passes on this and subsequent chapters are by geyer.

An Angel's Touch )

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talesofsnape
Date: 2010-02-28 15:56
Subject: An Angel's Touch - Chapter 28
Security: Public
Mood:blah blah
Tags:b'day fic, geyer, he/se, hermione, hg/ss, n angel's touch, severus, snape, ss/hg

Table of links to all chapters

Credits and notes as for Part I, except that, since OWL and the House Cup are keeping Annie so busy, the final beta passes on this and subsequent chapters are by geyer.

An Angel's Touch )

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