Book-a-day: Day Thirty

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:55 pm
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30. Would save if the house burned down

Eh, in reality *knock on wood* I'd grab a family heirloom book, one of the old ones from my great-grandmother's collection, but if we imagine a hypothetical scenario where it's just books I acquired and treasure personally purely for reading value? I guess Moomins again!

Book-a-day Masterlist:

1. A favourite from childhood: Comet in Moominland, Scandinavian (anti-)apocalypse zen for kids
2. Best bargain: The Little Book of Wonder Woman and much vintage Marston bondage
3. Blue cover: A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages and why bad ale was an actual problem in 16th century England
4. Least favourite book by (favourite) author: The Plumed Serpent, or that one time D.H.Lawrence thought that neopaganism, fascism and group sex would make a trendy book in the 1920s
5. Doesn't belong to me: Perhaps the wind shall carry us to infinity - 1970s alternate history shapeshifting spy robot sci-fi from an actual Nobel Prize nominee
6. Give as a gift: art books
7. Forgot I owned it: The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth
8. Have more than one copy: North and South, explaining industrialism and also that if you want a man to marry you, you should offer to invest in his company
9. Film/TV related: The Eagle of the Ninth and cross-cultural friendship, also, colonialism
10. Remind me of someone I love: Harry Potter & love for fandom
11. Secondhand bookshop gem: Can Jane Eyre be happy? where you also learn whether Daniel Deronda is circumcised and where Fanny Hill keeps her contraceptives
12. I pretend to have read it: see it says Frontier Wolf but this is a qualified statement...
13. Makes me laugh: The Red House Mystery of how every upper and middle class Englishman c.1920s is 1) actually bisexual, 2) a crappy amateur sleuth
14. An old favourite: The Widow from Valencia, a cloak and dagger story of a 17th century Spanish widow's secret identity seduction of a handsome dick
15. Fictional father: Moominpappa
16. Can't believe more people haven't read: if you ever wanted to read a mystery where Apollo is a paint store manager, Malpertuis is the book for you ♥
17. Future classic: The Song of Achilles will probably be remembered for putting NC-17 RPF proudly into the mainstream
18. Bought on recommendation: Moon over Soho and jazz vampires from Rivers of London
19. Can't stop talking about it: Wolf Blood with Romans, Celts, werewolves and polyamory ♥
20. Favourite cover: Wilhelm Tell rocking balloon trousers
21. Summer read: Hotel Babylon and the underbelly of the industry
22. (Possibly) Out of print: The Art of Worldly Wisdom and how to use your enemies like a shrewd Spanish Jesuit
23. (Improvised) Books I'd like to read: non-fiction about hymens and about hijras, and fiction about cross-cultural identity and Muslim Americans
24. Hooked me into reading: I just love books, okay
25. Never finished it: Mountain Cat Murders, with not enough murders or mountain cats
26. Should have sold more copies: Wolf Blood
27. Want to be one of the characters: The Golden Ass (it is donkey shape-shifting for character growth, but yes, technically it means I want to be an ass...?)
28. Bought at my fave independent bookshop: Is Heathcliff a Murderer? (also telling you why Dracula comes to England rather than neighbouring Germany, and other things)
29. Have re-read most often: Tarzan and the City of Gold with lost cities, games of thrones, hunger games, weirdness, and lions ♥
30. Would save should the occasion arise: heirlooms & Moomins

Bonus: I cannot believe I read this (Since [personal profile] osprey_archer agreed that this is clearly the entry missing from this meme!) - coming soon as a separate feature. What can I say, weird things galore.

Drabble: Slytherin Wisdom

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:08 am
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Title: Slytherin Wisdom
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): James Sirius Potter/Scorpius Malfoy (implied), Albus Severus Potter, Lily Luna Potter, Harry Potter/Severus Snape (implied).
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen100/[insanejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen100/[community profile] hp_nextgen100's prompt # 128: Wisdom.
Rating: PG
Length: 100 x 5
Warnings: Plotting children, sly Slytherins.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Slytherin Wisdom )

Pirates! Corsaires! Buccaneers!

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:45 pm
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One day I am finally going to write a Generation Kill Age of Sail / Pirates & Corsaires historical AU, and not a small one like the Liberty and Power I wrote for [personal profile] pjvilar.

And when I do, the following things are going to be in it:

1. Gráinne Ní Mháille of Ireland (Elizabethan era), revered lord of land and sea and pirate queen celebrated in the Padraigh Pearse lyrics version of Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile.

2. Lalla Aicha bint Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami (Reconquista era), female Muslim cleric, merchant, pirate queen, prefect of Tétouan and queen of Morocco. Known as Sayyida al Hurra, she controlled all of Western Mediterranean while the Barbarossa brothers controlled the eastern. (Here is an interesting article, The Origins of Amazigh Women’s Power in North Africa.)

3. Jacquotte Delahaye of Saint-Domingue (Golden Age of Piracy), French-Haitian female buccaneer who allegedly faked her own death! and lived as man for years! and led a pirate community of hundreds! and took over an island in the Caribbean and proclaimed it a freebooter republic! Actual Black Sails plot = her life.

4. Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm of Sweden (Great Northern War era), privateer, entrepreneur and shipping queen, running a premium plundering business in the Baltic Sea with her childhood sweetheart (with the blessing of King Charles XII of Sweden, they were legit privateers during the war, i.e. had a legally sanctioned pirate empire).

5. Robert Surcouf of Saint-Malo, Brittany (Napoleonic era), a successful French privateer who famously had the following exchange with a captured British officer:

Officer: "You French fight for money. We English fight for honour."
Surcouf: "Sir, each of us fights for what he lacks the most..."

I don't know how, but I've been burning to use these anecdotes in a story. You are welcome to grab them, the more the merrier!

Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 41, 2017

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:03 pm
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Happy Monday, everyone!
Mine's going pretty well (see previous post). *g*

Here's the list:
Ali's List of Fics: October 9 - October 15 )
And here's what's coming up:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

Drabble: Afternoon Decadence

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:28 pm
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Title: Afternoon Decadence
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100's prompt 501: Low.
This is part 83 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Authors Notes: Harry accomplished the impossible.

Afternoon Decadence )

Weekly Random Post of Random

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:50 am
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How do HP and ST:Discovery connect? )
Happy Sunday, dears! And never forget, love trumps hate. <3

Drabble: Broken Balls

Oct. 14th, 2017 07:02 pm
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Title: Broken Balls
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt.
Word Count: 100 x 9
Rating: R
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] snape100/[insanejournal.com profile] snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt # 712: Snape's Library - Broken Balls: When Fortunes Turn Foul.
This is part Twenty-Four of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Broken Balls )
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Quote of the day courtesy of Toni Morrison

Fest season is in full swing, and I have several things cooking at once, which is both splendid and terrifying. What about you? Any looming creative deadlines?

With the whole exchange/fest bonanza thing in mind, I have reformatted the Sutcliff Monthly Challenge at [community profile] sutcliff_space. You can now go here and browse 8 quotes to set your creative juices running for Sutcliff fanworks - or non-Sutcliff, you know, the more the merrier, happy if this helps. I'll make a masterpost of historical music and of artworks as well, but later. I was just too lazy to code it prettily right now. :)

Also, I forgot that neat code to see the notes on the bookmarks other people have made for your work. I was sure I had it saved, but I cannot find it. Perhaps you remember, f-list?

Also, I realise I haven't posted recs in a while, as opposed to the previous steady stream. Should anyone care for a particular kind of rec post, drop me a line, I'll see what I can come up with.

Fic: Going Home

Oct. 13th, 2017 06:50 pm
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Title: Going Home
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Summary: Home is where the heart is.
Word Count: 365
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365/[community profile] hogwarts365's prompt # 213: “Home's where you go when you run out of homes.” ― John le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Wasted Hours, Overeducated.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Going Home )

Fic: Of Trust and Spice

Oct. 12th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Title: Of Trust and Spice
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Summary: All's fair in love and coffee.
Word Count: 670
Genre: Humor.
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hp_coffeehouse/[community profile] hp_coffeehouse prompt # 7: Pumpkin Spice.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Of Trust and Spice )

Yay, Birthday!

Oct. 12th, 2017 01:31 pm
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The happiest of birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] minuial_nuwing!



Many Happy Returns, Lovely! ♥

Wednesday Reading Meme

Oct. 12th, 2017 11:00 am
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Wednesday reads on a Thursday, here we go.

What I've just finished reading

I was planning to read some poems by Kalidasa, and it really was just a few poems, but those were poems well-chosen, a good read at a good time. Here is one:

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!


I also read Queen of Atlantis, a short story by Sarah Rees Brennan (here). From the first paragraphs this story did not grab me and felt like something I wouldn't enjoy, reminding me a bit of Celia Rees' Sovay, but [personal profile] isis posted about it and I decided to keep going - which I am glad for, since it evolved into the kind of thing I enjoy! It is a fantasy/allegorical setting with a very good coming of age arc of choice for the female protagonist. There are some elements of darkness of horror, and there is a tinge of a kinda Scandinavian gloominess. Like a modern and secular Andersen story. (There are no mermaids in this, but water and underwater are the very fabric of the story.) This was good.

What I'm reading right now

Still Cinderella in the South, South African Tales by Arthur Shearly Cripps (1917). Still interesting.

What I plan to read next

I am feeling the urge to read some Publilius Syrus (a Latin writer of Syrian origin, whose style of moral maxims Seneca was a fan of and wanted to emulate). He was a superstar mime writer in his lifetime, and is now remembered for the Sententiae extracted from those. "It is a bad plan that admits of no modification", "A good reputation is more valuable than money", "You should go to a pear tree for pears, not to an elm", etc.

Drabble: Finding Azizi

Oct. 11th, 2017 01:43 pm
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Title: Finding Azizi
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Percy Weasley.
Word Count: 100 x 8
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[insanejournal.com profile] snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 597: Find.
Summary: Azizi investigates.
Part Thirty-Two of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Finding Azizi )

Drabble: Key to His Lock

Oct. 10th, 2017 11:33 am
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Title: Key to His Lock
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Draco Malfoy
Word Count: 100 x 8
Rating: NC-17
Challenge: Written for [insanejournal.com profile] neville100/[community profile] neville100's prompt# 366: Lock and Key.
Warning(s)/Genre: Flirting, Erotica.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Key to His Lock )

Drabble: Moments

Oct. 9th, 2017 03:18 pm
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Title: Moments
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] draco100/[community profile] draco100's prompt 28: Moment.
Warning(s)/Genre: None, romance.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Moments )

Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 40, 2017

Oct. 9th, 2017 11:58 am
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Happy Monday, all!
At this point I'm just glad I made it to Monday. *exhales* Call weekend was busy.

Here's to a fabulous week for all of us! <3

Ali's List of Fics: October 2 - October 8 )
And here's what's coming:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

Drabble: Happiness Is

Oct. 8th, 2017 05:19 pm
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Title: Happiness Is
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100's prompt 500: Watch.
This is part 82 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Authors Notes: The boys decide to live for now.

Happiness Is )

Weekly Random Post of Random

Oct. 8th, 2017 07:21 am
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Picture of the week )
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone! And never forget, love trumps hate. <3

Drabblers, lend me your...quills?

Oct. 7th, 2017 07:36 pm
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Okay, so in case you may have missed it, or just didn't know about it, [community profile] hp_halloween is once again running their fab fest this year. If you're having any misgivings, I want to reassure you, this is a fabulous thing in which to participate!
Low pressure, high fun. :)

All you need to do is signup by noon tomorrow at LJ or DW and you, too, can play.

It's only 200 words, people! And you get to give someone a gift. Plus you then get to wallow in yummy drabbles when they post. What more fun could you ask for? *g*

Don't make me start naming people! :P

Seriously, if you're at all interested, come and sign up. It's a hoot. <3

Drabble: Plots Revealed

Oct. 7th, 2017 07:44 am
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Title: Plots Revealed
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Albus Dumbledore, James Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 8
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] snape100/[insanejournal.com profile] snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt # 711: Snape's Library - Advanced Potion Making.
This is part Twenty-Three of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Plots Revealed )