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Matching expectations from previous Minerva Fests, there's some really wonderful stories and art already posted, kicked off by another FABULOUS installment in the series of Minerva McGonnagal, Spinster Detective stories.

Are you reading? You should be reading!!!!





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(banner by featherxquill; art by Kit466 [used with permission])

75 Absolutely Amazing Photos - 61-75

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A friend sent me this list of photos in an email the other day. This is such a crazy long list of (large) photos that I'll try to break it into bitesized cuts. I keep going back and staring in amazement at some of them. All of these photos are works of art, but sometimes it's because of the beauty of nature, other times it's timing the perfect capture, and still others it's inventiveness of composition.

There are so many photos that strike my fancy, so many locations I'd love to visit...



I hope you enjoy all of these!!!


75. THE FACE OF AN ICEBERG
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/the-face-of-an-iceberg/
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75 Absolutely Amazing Photos - 46-60

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A friend sent me this list of photos in an email the other day. This is such a crazy long list of (large) photos that I'll try to break it into bitesized cuts. I keep going back and staring in amazement at some of them. All of these photos are works of art, but sometimes it's because of the beauty of nature, other times it's timing the perfect capture, and still others it's inventiveness of composition.

There are so many photos that strike my fancy, so many locations I'd love to visit...


60. COLOGNE CATHEDRAL DURING WWII
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/cologne-cathedral-during-wwii/


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75 Absolutely Amazing Photos - 31-45

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A friend sent me this list of photos in an email the other day. This is such a crazy long list of (large) photos that I'll try to break it into bitesized cuts. I keep going back and staring in amazement at some of them. All of these photos are works of art, but sometimes it's because of the beauty of nature, other times it's timing the perfect capture, and still others it's inventiveness of composition.

There are so many photos that strike my fancy, so many locations I'd love to visit...


45. SHELF CLOUD OVER TIMISOARA
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/06/shelf-cloud-over-timisoara-romania/
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75 Absolutely Amazing Photos - 16-30

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A friend sent me this list of photos in an email the other day. This is such a crazy long list of (large) photos that I'll try to break it into bitesized cuts. I keep going back and staring in amazement at some of them. All of these photos are works of art, but sometimes it's because of the beauty of nature, other times it's timing the perfect capture, and still others it's inventiveness of composition.

There are so many photos that strike my fancy, so many locations I'd love to visit...



30. FOREST ON SHIPWRECK ISLANDhttp://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/ss-ayrfield-shipwreck-homebush-bay-sydney-australia/

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75 Absolutely Amazing Photos - 1-15

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A friend sent me this list of photos in an email the other day. This is such a crazy long list of (large) photos that I have to break it into bitesized cuts. I keep going back and staring in amazement at some of them. All of these photos are works of art, but sometimes it's because of the beauty of nature, other times it's timing the perfect capture, and still others it's inventiveness of composition.

There are so many photos that strike my fancy, so many locations I'd love to visit...

15. THE STAINED GLASS MAPPARIUM
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/03/stained-glass-globe-mapparium-boston/


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Update on Theresa :(

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For those friends who know mischievous_t, but might not have seen this update over on smokingbaby.



Originally posted by annietalbot at Update on Theresa
Theresa is in the final stages of her illness. We're told that she's sleeping more and more and eating less and less.

Her family and friends are with her constantly, and she knows that she is loved, both by those physically near her and by all of us who are far away.


Oh, aye, 'tis certain.

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William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own Christev be true.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?



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Wow! We're almost at the point where we can put out a call for original manuscripts!

But first we're advertising for submission queue interns. Anyone want to be part of the Story Spring Publishing QB team?

Here's the ad from SSP's website:

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Do you love books? Do you consider yourself a discerning reader?
Do we have the position for you! Story Spring Publishing is recruiting interns to staff our Submissions Queue.

Applicants must possess decisiveness, the ability to evaluate manuscripts against set criteria, and a solid understanding of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Reliability, flexibility, and strong follow-through are desired, as well as a positive attitude.

As a company, Story Spring Publishing fosters mutual respect, laughter, honesty, and getting things done. Have fun while earning industry experience with a 15 - 20 hour per month, volunteer commitment (dependent on number of submissions).

To apply, please fill out the form at this link.

Good luck! We look forward to welcoming you to the Story Spring Publishing team.



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Flist, let me know if you're thinking of applying!

So excited for this book!!

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There's a reason why my LJ is looking rather... sparse these days - a really, really good reason!

I've been spending lots of time working for Story Spring Publishing, and specifically working toward the release of our new book project:


This Crumbling Pageant

by

Patricia Burroughs


coming in May 2014


Now, I would say all sorts of things about swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance... but lemme just point you HERE to read all about it!

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And I could also talk about how you can get to see the cover before it's public reveal, or how you could win this WIN THIS WAND, right here!

But I'm going to encourage you to SIGN UP HERE for the newsletter!

(Psssst! The earlier you sign up for the newsletter, the more chances you'll have to win fun giveaways!)




You guys, obviously I can't post any spoilers or anything. But I can say that I'm working on this book, so I've read it. Cover to cover. And I LOVE it!

And I know you will, too!

Videos. Outstanding Videos.

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There are bajillions of silly HP videos out there, some good ones, and a very few simply outstanding ones. Here are a couple of outstanding ones for you.

Probably a lot of you will have seen these two before. They're new to me, and they're both so good I can't help but post them. They're mostly about the Trio, but have a lot of supporting actors in them as well. I like how both of them have caught the passing of time using clips from all the movies, as well as the message of the lyrics.

The first one especially struck me as just incredibly well done. The lyrics are serious in both songs, but again, the first video really touches me, and I feel the interpretation is simply wonderful. Made me cry. Definitely made me cry.

If you click over to youtube, you'll be sure to see all the appropriate credits.

The War





Marchin' On

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Yep, still Puffing along, which is a darn good thing, considering all the various Hufflepuff merch that fills my house (and empties my pocketbook)! :D


Your result for The Sorting Hat: A Comprehensive Harry Potter Personality Assessment [Test/Quiz]...

Hufflepuff

46% Ravenclaw, 65% Hufflepuff, 38% Slytherin and 53% Gryffindor!




You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;

The cardinal traits of Hufflepuff are loyalty, patience, kindness and hardworking. They are generally extroverted but not as socially ambitious as Gryffindors—they enjoy being around other people but do not require being in the limelight. Hufflepuffs place cooperation above conflict; they are also more emotionally balanced than some of the other houses. Unlike gryffindors, they do not have hot-tempers and are not as likely to become offended by criticism. Hufflepuffs are loyal to their beliefs and to their friends; once they've established roots, they stick with them. It takes a lot to convince them to change their worldviews. Although Gryffindors also exhibit loyalty, if their pride is hurt or their principles violated, Gryffindors will leave (whereas a Hufflepuff has stronger ties).

Hufflepuffs are much more steady and easygoing than the other Houses. They work hard, are very down to earth and not prone to flights of fancy. In contrast, the other houses are much more likely to be erratic in their behavior, especially Slytherins and Gryffindors due to emotional instability. Although Ravenclaws may also be hardworking and patient at times, they are more likely to be swept away by a new idea and abandon projects than a Hufflepuff would.There is another side to the Hufflepuff house, however:

Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot
And treat them just the same."
Good Hufflepuff, she took the rest a
And taught them all she knew,

Although some Hufflepuffs may clearly exhibit the traits of the house, others may simply not fall into any other category. Generally speaking, though, if someone doesn't exhibit any of the major personality traits of the other three houses, they most likely would fit the description of a Hufflepuff.

Want a shiny for your LJ (although I edited the code-they put in a million hard returns)?
You can get sorted here.

Story Spring Publishing!

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Hey, flist!

Has everyone heard about Story Spring Publishing? Have you maybe Liked them on Facebook, Followed them on Tumblr and Twitter? They're on LJ, too, you know. In fact, over at storyspringpub there's a game going on that's only for our LJ friends.

In anticipation of the release of Story Spring Publishing's first book, an anthology of 15 short stories called Thoroughly Modern Monsters, we're playing a guessing game. Play the game between now and October 1st, guess things like what the body count will be in the book, what kinds of monsters will make appearances. You can even repost the banner if you want, to let others know you're playing. :)

I am really excited about Story Spring Publishing, and very proud of Thoroughly Modern Monsters. I think you'll enjoy the variety of stories that are included in the book. So please - go friend. Follow. Like. And watch for the official release on October 1st!






Play Now! Guessing is over September 30 2013 (11:59 PM, GMT).

Movie Meme

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This meme I've stolen off droxy

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life.

There are 239 films on this list
Put x's next to the films you've seen
Add all the x's up
Have fun!

Note: this meme assumes you are young. There are no old, classic movies on this list. Many are Disney/Pixar. Some movie titles duplicate, or have remakes; this meme does not differentiate if you watched an original versus a remake.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch (wait, wasn't this a TV show?)
( ) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
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GRAND TOTAL:  71

Well, I don't like horror - the only reason I checked one or two horror titles is because I saw them when I was still with my ex, long ago... I wonder how old this list is, since it only has 1-4 of the Potter films. I've seen a ton of movies that weren't on this list, so could easily bring my total to 100 or 150 with a different list. :)

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Happy Birthday, ApollinaV!!

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To my first fandom friend, who has become one of my dearest RL friends --- Happy Birthday, apollinav!

AV Happy Birthday

And while I might be a huge slacker as far as presents go, there IS a present posted just for you over at the sshg_promptfest, and it's a beautiful art gift!

DETROIT PEEPS?

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Hey there, Detroit-area HP friends! I'm going to be in Detroit for a work meeting from June 27 - 30. I'll be staying downtown at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, apparently right across the river from that mysterious wonderland to the north, Canadensia. (crowd noise here)

My question is: is anyone nearby there who can come visit, maybe go out to dinner with, walk the river walk, maybe go to this cool fireworks show I've heard about? What say you all? Any HP peeps wanna hang out???

Note: hanging out time would have to happen before my work meeting, so either the 25th or 26th. I haven't made my travel plans yet, in the great hopes of meeting up with the coolest people on earth! :D
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Today feels a little fantastical.

I'm home today, didn't go in to work, sort-of-sick, left over from really-being-sick last weekend. And that leftover sort-of-sick has added to the feeling of somewhat separated from reality that I've been experiencing all day (for the better part of a week, truth be told).

But wait a sec, let me finish reading (re-reading, actually, for the who knows how manyth time) this last chapter of This Time by one of my favorite authors ever, subversa.

Okay. Done.

My biggest question after reading that story is: why am I not Hermione Granger, in my seventh year of wizarding education, head-over-heels with the "new" exchange student in our year. For, truth be told, I think I am head-over-heels with that student, it's the pesky little thing of it being all in my head... call you Adin, indeed.

The other factors adding to this little bit of unreality are my new pieces of art by two of my favorite artists ever, now two of my favorite new fandom friends, sempraseverus and foxestacado. And here we are getting closer to the truth of the matter: it's because of Misti-con! Going to Misti-con has put a serious crimp in my perception of real vs imagined life!

You know how sometimes you think, "wouldn't it just be great if everyone felt about fandom the way I do, if everyone thought that the best way to spend all day was thinking about my favorite characters, imagining them in new escapades, reading new stories about them, viewing new artwork, dressing up as them, etc?" Well, when you go to con, that suddenly becomes your real life. And with a con experience that is as intimate and all-enveloping as Misti is, can't you see how easy it is to get a little confuzzled as to what's real life and what's fantasy? And wow - it doesn't help matters when I decide to read one of my favorite stories EVER about Severus and Hermione.


Hmmm.... I'm a little torn, to be honest. Not that real life is bad or anything, but I think I might just keep this fantasy feeling going for a bit longer. Maybe I'll sort through my con photos (that link should work if we're FB friends; send me a friend request if we're not and you want to see them), try to decide which ones I'll share here. And either decide on another old favorite story to read or maybe listen to some Cabin Pressure episodes to keep me entertained for the rest of the day.

So how is everyone else doing? :)

BONFIRE for MISCHIEVOUS_T!!!

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It's a huge Fangirl Army Bonfire - all for Mischievious_T
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Can you FEEL it? Are you ready to DANCE around it?!?

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Lift your HANDS UP - show T your SUPPORT!!!
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I LOVE YOU, Dearest T!

Misti-Con Approaches: Will you be there?

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Hi! So excited about seeing people at Misti-Con! Will you be there? Who's coming?

Pottermore content question

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Hello out there!

Like a lot of you, I signed up for Pottermore as soon as I could. And, again like a lot of you, played around with it for a couple of weeks and then stopped.

I'm not all that interested in slogging through the games and images so much, but am Very Interested in the bits of additional backstory that have been released in Pottermore.

Does anyone know if there is an easy way to access that information (McGonnagall's history, etc), or if any websites are capturing and archiving it for the lazy sods among us?

Any assistance would be very appreciated! Thanks!

ETA: Solved!! Thank you drinkingcocoa for turning me on to PottermoreSpoilers! Yay!

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