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I was tagged by @carpemermaidtales on Tumblr in the first line meme. Kind of excited to do this again -- I haven’t done a first lines retrospective in a while...this should be interesting. Here goes nothing: 

Sam stood under the spray of hot water, arms braced against the shower wall as he mentally replayed what had happened on his run.  (Connections - Sam/Steve)

Draco cautiously pulled Lucas's bedroom door closed. (Sea Glass - Draco/Harry)

"Beck to sleeping quarters, STAT." (Trip Home - Chris/Mark)

It was Christmas but there was no joy aboard the Hermes. (Marry Christmas, Mark - Chris/Mark)

"You are stark raving." Albus blinked at Scorpius. (Night Out - Albus/Scorpius with a side of Draco/Harry)

There was someone in his bed. (Starting Over - Charlie/Harry)

His heart still racing from the last hill they'd pedaled up, Mark pulled off his bicycle helmet and ran his fingers through his matted hair.  (Newton’s Second Law and Other Forces of Nature - Chris/Mark)

The rasp of metal against metal woke Mark with a jerk. (Rain - Chris/Mark)

Draco hated the blue and gold tile pattern of the third floor of St Mungo's.  (Solder - Draco/Harry)

Harry stared at Slughorn in disbelief, "Malfoy? Why not Hermione? I can't -"  (Firebond - Draco/Harry)

Johanssen's voice was muffled, Chris barely heard it through the beat of the Rolling Stones in his headphones.  (Without Him - Chris/Mark)

At last, the Hermes repressurized and gravity was restored. (Homeward Bound - Chris/Mark)

"Dad, they are here." My son, M.J., stood in the doorway of the kitchen. (Watney Out - Chris/Mark)

The five words were swirling through my head as I went into freefall, plummeting through space, fighting for the ability to breathe. (Million Miles Away - Chris/Mark)

I slammed down on the brake pedal of the hired Jaguar, skidding to a stop as the recorded voice told me to turn right, which would have been fine except there was no paved road. (Unexpected Turn - Draco/Harry)

Steve jerked awake, the echo of a scream still ringing in his ears. (Taps - Steve Rogers gen fic)

The beech tree was perfectly situated to catch a bit of breeze coming off the lake and still provide sufficient shade from the April sunshine, which seemed determined to force the last dregs of winter away. (New Path - Harry/Draco)  

Ginny shouldn't have noticed it at all.  (At Second Glance - Harry/Ron)

Harry shifted uncomfortably on the wooden chair, grimacing as needles of pain shot through his left leg.  (Bedside Manner - Harry/Charlie)

“Harry.” The urgency in Ron’s voice barely penetrated the fog of Monday morning paperwork. (Secrets Revealed - Harry/Draco)

It is interesting...seeing how I open stories, and I think it has changed a bit. I tend to open with an action, (might even be considered a pre-cliffhanger). And I’m dabbling a lot more with first person. I don’t think any of my early stories were first person. 

Please note if you click through that several of these stories deal with Major Character Death, other pairings, and potential triggers. Read the warnings on the AO3 descriptions.

AND I’ve gotten much more diverse with my pairings and fandoms - YAY!

Consider yourself tagged! 

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Cross-posting from my Tumblr.

The lovely @eidheann tagged me in the five fics meme where you rec five of your own fics. Eep. Instead of rec’ing, I’m commenting on my fics that are most significant to me. I'm sure if I were to do this next month my answers would be a different but these are the one's I picked today.

First one is easy. It’s the one I think I’m known for (I’m Oakstone730, by the way, *waves*), and certainly the most read (holy shit when did it pass 40K views on AO3?), shared, and rec’d: Twist of Fate.

Twist is significant to me in that it was the third or fourth story I wrote and due to its length (300K) I can see my writing evolve and improve from the beginning to the end. I also like it for the way I was able to wrap the canon of the books into a Harry/Draco Hogwarts story.

The Day After: The Missing Chapters from the end of Deathly Hallows would be my second fic that stands out. It was my first story, written in a frenzy in August 2011 before I even knew fanfiction existed, because I had read and re-read Hallows and felt so unsatisfied that I sat down and created my own ending. Full of typos. Harry/Ginny Ron/Hermione

Taps - this is my only Captain America offering, even though I have dozens of ideas floating around in my head, Taps is the only one which has been completed. Kind of completed. I actually have another 10K that I cut from it because I decided that less is more. For me the time just after Steve wakes up in the 21st century is the most evocative. How would it feel to be trapped between the two time periods and trying to move on? It’s a gen fic.

Solder - written as a pinch-hit for Erised. I like this one because it has components of stories that I tried to write several times in the past and couldn’t fit together, until I had to throw together a story in a few weeks and Solder was born. It is typical of my longer fics - combining high angst with fluffy moments. Deals with the difficult subject of addiction and the effects it has on a family - but with a tentative yet still positive ending. Harry/Draco

Smoke and Mirrors - Harry/Charlie. Although I’m known as a Harry/Draco shipper my true OTP is Harry/Charlie. This story is *not* for everyone. It’s BDSM but because I don’t wander too far from my favorite writing style it is also fluffy and angsty. This is one of those stories that asked to be written and I couldn’t stop until it was done.

That’s my five - but just a quick shout out to any Mark Watney/Chris Beck readers (all 4-5 of you...) I do have six Mark/Chris stories of varying degrees of angst, fluff, and death.

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Totally cheating and using the responses I posted from four years ago. Pretty much the responses would be the same.  Nearly half of my book are children's books. I think when we are young our imagination is captured far more easily and, plain and simple, there are just brilliant chlidren's books out there to be discovered and read.

I won't tag anyone - if you would like to do it, please do!

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Time Travel, History, Romance it has it all

2. To the Hilt by Dick Francis. I love Dick Francis, and this is pretty high on my favorite list by him

3. My Side of the Mountain by Elizabeth Craighead George. Loved the thought of a boy striking out on his own and his parents letting him.

4. Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler by I Forget Who. Again, kids going out on their own and solving a mystery to boot.

5. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Sometimes the answer to the most complex question is the simplest one.

6. Six Days of the Condor by Grady (?) A man, a reader for the CIA, goes out to pick up lunch for the office he comes back and everyone is dead. Start to a really bad day.

7. Little House Books, I've read them and read them.

8. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. Would that I could buy a vacation home in Tuscany and renovate it

9. Little Princess (followed and probably tied with) & Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (requirement: editions read must be illustrated by Tasha Tudor)

10. Harry Potter series, adventure, romance, good vs evil. - really pretty obvious.

11. Folly by Laurie King.Her writing is all excellent, but this one excels. A woman (carpenter) tormented by her own mental health seeks to rebuild her uncle's destroyed house in the San Juan islands. I was listening to this one while driving to Springfield and actually drove an extra hour around just to hear more of it. If you can get the audio all the better

12. Giver by Lois Lowry. Alternate history, a boy seeking a different future for himself

13. Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle. Loved it

14. Face on the Milk Carton by Carolyn Cooney. One day a girl in a cafeteria looks at her milk carton and realizes the little girl who is missing is a picture of her from 12 years before when she was a toddler. This one just captivated me by all the "what ifs"

15. Prince of Peace by James Carroll - two friends torn apart by love and war

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[livejournal.com profile] drarryxlover came up with this writing meme, and it was great comparing her writing clips, here are mine...

The questions:

1) Something old- A blurb from one of the first fics you’ve ever written.
2) Something new- A snippet from something you’re currently working on, or from the last thing you posted.
3) Something borrowed- A scene or section of dialogue from another writer’s story. Maybe something that inspired you or resonated with you. (Credit the writer and link to it if possible, please.)
4) Something blue- C’mon, you know you’ve written a really gut-wrenching bit of angst at some point. Let’s hear the saddest or angstiest thing you’ve got. Alternatively? Tell us about the last time you described the color blue.
My responses... )

...so, I re-read that last clip from Twist, and couldn't stand it: typos and epithets. Just re-wrote it, here is the new version:

re-write of angst from Twist )
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I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and do the 50 questions thing going around - I've really enjoyed the responses that other folks have posted already. I'm also posting a *blank* version of the questions so if you want to do it, you can just copy and paste it and not have to delete all the answers.

My Answers to the 50 Questions )

Blank Version of 50 Questions )
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[livejournal.com profile] icmezzo has a brilliant HP Voice Meme going on over on her journal - it is so fun listening to those who have posted a recording of themselves answering the questions she posted. I participated, but mine is horrendous, you can hear how terribly uncomfortable I am speaking - there is a reason why writing is my preferred method of communication. Regardless, come over and listen and play!

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[livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore's and [livejournal.com profile] capitu's Let Me Count the Ways... The HP Character Love Fest has ended and it was a wonderful week of sharing! Be sure to click on the clink and read the amazing offerings that were posted about so many of our favorite HP characters.

For my part I offered up....
Two little stories about Charlie - The Shed and The Cottage (excerpt) from WiP
A little bit of flangst for Cedric - Cedric's Last Letter
And a fic in honor Sybil Trelawney - Spirits and Divination

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Love Fest!

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HP Character Love Fest! Come and share the love. I've posted to Charlie's and Cedric's threads -- come and add your own smooch!

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In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

[livejournal.com profile] hd_writers - I love this comm for the cheerleading and encouragement that it provides. They have weekly writing sprints in a chatroom to help encourage you not to get distracted by all the tabs in your browser whilst writing. Have to admit I've fallen off the wagon, but hoping to start participating in them again. Oh, and they have a Friending Meme going on right now!

[livejournal.com profile] little_details - A comm where writers can post research questions about something they are writing about and members in the comm who have knowledge about that topic (hopefully) respond back. I've never actually posted a question there, but I find the broad range of topics fascinating (What would a kindergarten classroom in East Germany in the 1960s have been like, or how would someone emigrate to Australia in the 1930s, etc) Today's gem that I need to dive in to more closely - a website that maps all (nearly all) the bombs that fell in London during WWII - http://bombsight.org/#10/51.4724/-0.1009)

Pinterest - Never saw the need to join Pinterest, but Posy Roberts shared her tip of creating Pinterest boards for the books she is writing. She creates visual story-boards for the photographs of people who resemble her characters, for the places that are featured in the stories, etc. I tried it out for my NaNoWriMo novel that I wrote in November, and really liked it. When stuck for words to describe things, it is so easy to go to the boards and be inspired.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] vaysh11 at Snowflake Challenge: Day 1
Day 1
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.
Well, I did many of the Snowflake Challenge last year, and planned to try and do them all this year. Day 1 is already making me feel uncomfortable, at this point anyone who follows me has either read my stories or already decided they're tripe, but self-pimp I shall:

Day 1 )
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This is stolen from a vast number of other memes that I combined into just the questions I liked... play along and post your own if you like.

Oakstone's 2013 )
Template for your own meme... I have no idea how to make one of those nifty template boxes that everyone uses, so I'm just putting it under an LJ cut and you can copy and paste. If anyone can share how to make those boxes, it would be much appreciated!

Make your own meme... )
Too lazy time to eat rushed to put in links to all the stories I mentioned - they are all over here on AO3
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A continuation of [livejournal.com profile] ginger_veela's Writing Meme from earlier this week.  (My answers to Part I here)

My answers to the meme... )
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[livejournal.com profile] ginger_veela has a fun meme posted... self-evaluating your writing.

Just updated this -- [livejournal.com profile] eidheann_writes posted her meme and I loved how she provided the rationale for her answers so I added that to my responses here.

Here are my answers... )
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If you haven't explored this meme, go immediately to Writcraft's amazing celebration of Harry Potter. Many thoughtful posts, prompts, and fills (Mihnn's Harry and Hermione in the library is not to be missed...). Here is my attempt to fulfill Vlorahp's request for: Harry, Neville - parents.

Harry Appreciation
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I have enjoyed reading everyone's first lines today and am hesitant to throw mine into the mix. Overall, I'm not too impressed with my own first lines. I do notice first lines in stories (Dick Francis always had steallar ones), but I haven't quite been able to pull them off myself.

Roughly in reverse order of when they were written. Coincidentally, I've posted exactly 21 stories Hmmm, It seems my masterlist is not very mastery, I think, I'm closer to 24...need to check all three platforms and figure out what is missing where.

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Written for alafaye's 2nd Annual Cheering Up Meme (all fandoms, pairings). More prompts & fills are needed!
Title: Blind Date
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Summary: Harry helps his flatmate out of a bind.
Word Count: 1600
A thousand kisses, hugs and sweet dreams to [livejournal.com profile] omi_ohmy for her lightening fast edit and beta! Had to repost in order to get the new version posted because LJ is being dickish tonight.

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Come play on [livejournal.com profile] alafaye's 2nd Annual Cheering Up Meme!

What is it? A comment fest --simply reply to her post with your favorite fandom, pairing, and prompt. Why? Because we all need some cheer as we are waiting for the grass to turn green and convince us that we can safely put away the snow shovels and boots.

Start the prompting (definitely need some HP prompts!). Last year's post is here. It was in last year's Meme that I responded to the prompt "Sneak Attack Kiss" which resulted in my current Letter of Resignation WiP.
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[livejournal.com profile] ashiiblack  has been posting these Dreamwidth challenges and I've loved each day's posting and have followed through on a few: 

Day One -  Rec three of your own stories (urgh). I posted my 2012 Writing Summary which speaks of which stories I like and which stories have been popular, so that seems sufficient.
Day Two - Reccing other people's stories. I do that on Twitter every so often, less so here because it seems that I'm such a late-comer to the HP Fandom that everyone has already read the amazing stories that I'm discovering for the first time.
Day Three -  Challenge was reach out to new people in the Fandom and I did that via the lovely  [livejournal.com profile] hd_writers  New Year's Day Friending Meme (Hi, new friends!)

The newest ones are: 
Day 4 In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Click for day 4 )

Day 5 Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven’t before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

Read more... )
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] marianna_merlo my year of fanfiction writing summed up
Calendar Year: 2012
Total Stories Written: 15 (including current WiPs)
Total Words Written: 315,000 (aprox)
Average Words Per Story: according to FF 24,925
Shortest Story: DragonLover (300)
Longest: Twist of Fate (312K)

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