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Dec. 11th, 2008 | 07:08 pm

YES, thankfully, dmhgficexchange has nearly finished its latest round, save for a reviewer thingy we are tacking on the end because the reviews haven't really been there lately. You know, like a blitz kind of thing. As always, I am astonished at the quality of gifts we received but I haven't had a lot of time to read/view them yet. I've seen all the art and some of the more recent gifts, but I still have to read Rizzle's and sandi_wandi's and streetscribbles' and floorcoaster's, oh, and I haven't read vexia's or reetinkerbell's (those are just the ones off the top of my head too). So I've got a lot left, and I want to save those for a day when I can really dedicate myself to them.

That said, there are a couple I need to rec immediately because I kind of flailed around and choked when I read them, they were that good. It was a three or four way tie.

Leap Year by basicaquatics
(Attica, YES, omg, you should be proud of this one. It is my favourite of yours, and honestly, it really bothered me that it ended so abruptly. I needed more. Serious case of writer envy here!)

Operation Cheer Up Granger (But Don't Die Trying) by peskywhistpaw
(This was SO funny . I had to stop myself and comment several times because I laughed so much. I think it's an instant classic. And I hate that term, but that's the closest thing I can think of to describe this fic. It is just so awesome.)

Stone Dragons by gravidy
(It's never hard to recommend something by gravidy, and this fic was such a smart, compelling read, but I am recommending it in particular because of the things it does that I've never seen done in the fandom before. She always manages to find that empty hole to wedge open. Fantastic story.)

The Nothing Fights by somandalicious
(I didn't get this one at first. When I did, I was immediately overcome with writer envy. And when it was over, I felt like the author must have a really great boyfriend or husband or partner because the kind of love she portrayed was just so familiar to me. I'm not sure why it's considered satire though. It's really not.)

Oh, and in case you are curious which one was mine.

Title: To Cease Upon the Midnight* by eucalyptus for andbehinddoor47
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Draco struggles to tell the difference.
* Recced by hogwarts_today; nominated at dramione_awards! AKJFKDJF.

This is not the fic I thought I would submit. It took me ages to get it in because I completely switched gears halfway through the writing period, but now that it is, I like it. I tried to use a lot of the new canon. And oh, about the ending? I wanted something that was a little fatalistic, that was based on my idea that the best thing that could happen to Draco is for him to do it all over again, but that was also a reference to the poem the fic was loosely based on and titled after. If you have read and studied Keats' Ode to a Nightingale, and if you read the ending carefully, you should see that the ending doesn't necessarily have to be what it is. You are free to interpret it another way, and that was my intention. In a way, it is more fitting than I thought it would be, but it is probably not a good thing to have to explain your ending, no matter how clever you think it is! XP

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from: geewhiz
date: Dec. 12th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)

For a second I was all aslfkjasl;djf b/c I didn't know if she was on your flist and you know sometimes expressing love that to ppl you're not flisting with can seem odd.

Oh, you've got a comment on the reviewer post about where to send nominations (and at the moment the master list post with names revealed is more accurate than one without names (w/o names is the one currently linked to from the reviewer post) - I'll try to update the anon soon but tbh I've got a shitload of artwork to upload this weekend for yuletart - we start posting on Monday D:).

I can get on board with that. I'll check on the deadline day to see what is on my entry and I'll nominate the appropriate number.

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from: eucalyptus
date: Dec. 12th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)

She's not on my flist. Does that make you a stalker? Because if it does, that makes me a stalker too. If you stalk in pairs, does that mean you are inherently not a stalker? Just wondering.

I've answered the comment and put up the post. Thanks for telling me! UM, oh my word, I had no idea you were also running yuletart. I will join. It's not more involved than fic, is it? I mean, it's just a header and a graphic.

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from: floorcoaster
date: Dec. 12th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)

She's on my f-list, and you're on my f-list, so it's all good, by my math. ;D

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from: geewhiz
date: Dec. 12th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)

Here's the link for the more accurate post: http://community.livejournal.com/dmhgficexchange/326847.html I'm just so tired from this round I can't even think about it anymore.

You know, I think it might, but at least we'd be together in our stalking. The conversation would be good! I was just thinking about SF again and I am really looking forward to seeing you, Ali, and J again. I will probably cry at some point. And probably fall over drunk.

I'm co-modding with glockgal and bzzinglikeneon, and while it's an exchange, I'm finding it's going very differently than ours does. But yeah, we have to download all the art, watermark it, upload it to Anita's site, and tag it. Which isn't hard, but quantity does make it a long day.

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