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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: eucalyptus
date: Dec. 12th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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I know what you're saying about it being skeletal, although I wouldn't use that word, but sometimes that works. And maybe it's something that works for you because it forces you to be economical and choosy with your sentences and words. But I figured, about the ending, that you were probably rushed to meet the deadline, so I forgave it. :)

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