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Aug. 21st, 2013

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Aug. 9th, 2013



It's going to be a fest for everyone, but will it be an exchange or a prompt fest?
hpholiday invites you to decide!
All genres, themes and pairings are welcome.
Text: once upon a time


Interhouse Fest Prompting Open

interhouse_fest was established in 2010 to celebrate the relations and relationships between the four houses of Hogwarts. All submissions must prominently feature at least two members of different Houses. We welcome all ships, ratings, eras, and genres!

Prompting: August 8 - 22
Sign-ups: August 26 - September 9
Due Date: October 28
Posting begins: November 1

May. 8th, 2013

Otter and Ferret


Otter and Ferret: Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger

Otter & Ferret
News Community | FAQ | AO3 Collection
Otter and Ferret 2013 has arrived! Works revealed on the following dates:

April 29, 2013: Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013 and Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013
May 6, 2013: Otter and Ferret Forever 2013

In addition, Otter and Ferret Forever 2013 will remain open for submissions until January 14, 2014!

Apr. 30th, 2013

bonfire rose


FIC: A Husband for Your Turn (Bellatrix/Rodolphus - PG13)

Title: A Husband for Your Turn (Betrothal Series #4)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Bellatrix/Rodolphus
Characters: Bellatrix, Rodolphus, Rabastan, Narcissa, mention of various others of the pureblood set, both canon and OC
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 5400
Summary: Bellatrix has been ordered to be receptive to Rodolphus's proposal -- but he still wants to persuade her for himself. The ensuing conversation forces two stubborn, hot-tempered, passion-driven individuals to face up to a few things they'd far rather avoid.
Snippet: “Every other man in there,” Rodolphus asserted, jabbing a finger up towards the glowing lights from the ballroom, “the ones that didn’t come to despise you, they would give up on you, sooner or later. Our political activities don’t figure into that. Even if they allowed it, even if they approved, they still wouldn’t be able to handle you. You would wear them out, and they’d just stop trying to have any sort of influence on you at all.”
“And why shouldn’t I want that?” Bella challenged. “I think a husband who would stay out of my way sounds ideal.”
“You don’t, really,” Rodolphus answered, catching her around the waist with one arm. His other hand stole up, twisting one of her dark curls around his finger. “You’re just saying that because you think it sounds shocking and independent.”

On LJ or On AO3

Apr. 28th, 2013

blue swirl


Last Day for Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013: 999 words or less of Dramione

Otter & Ferret Mini-Fest
On Dreamwidth | FAQ | 2013 Mini-Fest Details & Prompts

Link: Otter & Ferret

Description: Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest is a low-key mini-fest of small works of 999 words or less. No sign-ups are required and prompts may be filled multiple times.

Sign-up date/deadline: N/A

Due date: April 28, 2013

Posting date: April 29, 2013

Nov. 2nd, 2012



Proposing a mission statement and direction

Thanks to everyone who's contributed to the conversation about hphet's future so far, and also to the comms that boosted the signal.

To sum up:

  • Soft moderation/work stuck in queues is an increasing problem in many comms. (I would say this is not a problem in hp_het or hprarepairs - two major alternatives to hphet - but more generally speaking, I agree this is a problem).
  • Monthly pairing spotlights were suggested. I love that idea, but my only concern is that monthly might not be enough. That will only give us a smattering of OTPs. So we'd need to think about how else to do it.
  • Comment was made that artists and vidders are explicitly or implicitly restricted from posting in many comms. As an occasional artist and frequent vidder, I agree. (I always allow art and vids in my comms).
  • Recs were embraced, especially thematic ones.

In view of all that, plus the content in my earlier post, how about this for the beginnings of a mission statement? (Let's agree on the sentiment before we tackle logistics).

hphet is a place dedicated to het-themed Harry Potter fic, art, vids, and other media. It is for posting or recommending these works, and also for posting resources for locating these works elsewhere. Posts may be ad-hoc or in the context of structured themed/spotlight activities. Works with queer themes are welcome, as long as the work has significant het themes as well.

We have a special emphasis on communicating the current usability of resources for both creators and readers. [1] We do not see hphet as being in competition with other het-themed HP comms on LJ, except to the extent that we would like to offer something different that makes membership worthwhile. We see ourselves as a partner to other comms and fen in general, by helping to overcome some of the fragmentation in HP fandom and by helping readers and writers to connect the fandom dots across sites and forums.

[1] To give an idea of how I see this working in practice, a Lucius/Narcissa spotlight, written today, would identify lucissa as an actively managed place to post, while Blonde And Blonde would be identified as an archive that is no longer updated, but remains a useful source of content for readers. As far as I know, there are few current resources that make this sort of distinction, and it's an important one for readers and writers wanting to post or keep up with new work.


Oct. 28th, 2012



The future of hphet

So, through a couple of accidents of fate, I am now owner of hphet, which is not currently widely used. There are other, more active HP het comms on LJ. In fact, no one besides me has posted any fic here since February.

I think it would be good for us to think about what purpose this comm could/should serve to make it a worthwhile resource. It doesn't currently have a point of different as a hetfic-posting-comm. So what could make it "different" enough to be worth belonging to/watching as well as all the others?

Some ideas:

  • Aggregation of recs. I don't mean we become another crack_broom or anything. I'm not suggesting we run our own recs as the main focus, though that could be one element. I mean we point to any good het recs we find, both in comms and in public rec entries (as well as FB, Tumblr, and whatever other places we frequent). YouTube and DeviantArt for vids and art, too. Maybe we could run a regular call for recs about certain characters/couples/thematic elements, then at the end of the week, aggregate the comments into a summing-up post - something like that. This would rely on a couple of extra moderators and an active readership base.
  • Aggregation of go-tos. This is where we try to compile lists of where to go for different things. For instance, I only really know the LJ world, plus a couple of extra sites like Sycophant Hex and AO3. (Plus I'm aware in passing of various other sites I don't use because I think of them as unwieldy or they don't do NC17). And I'm an old fanfic hag so I still think of ff.net as the Pit of Voles, but maybe it's better now. So there are probably plenty of places for us to tell each other about. This one probably requires a bit less activity from the readership, but still some maintainers.
  • We could become a dedicated Shorts community and do challenges and stuff. In other words, we let the other het comms be general het comms, bow out of general het, and focus on <1000 word challenges, like rarepair_shorts does. Again, I'd need a couple of volunteers for this.

No idea what else, but I'm sure there's something. Really, what I'm trying to avoid is us just being another obligatory posting stop that just reaches exactly the same people.

blue swirl


Passing Over Community Ownership

Due to cutting back on fandom-related things, I am passing the community's ownership over to deslea.

Future questions about community management, moderation and the like should be directed to deslea.

Oct. 26th, 2012



FIC: Folie a Deux (Madness of the Two) (Bellatrix/Voldemort, NC17)

Title: Folie a Deux (Madness of the Two)
Author: deslea

Pairings: Voldemort/Bellatrix Lestrange
Rating: NC17
Wordcount: 3500.
Summary: Voldemort rewards his most faithful servant with her greatest wish. It summons memories he'd have rathered stayed buried, and sends them both tripping deeper into madness. Voldemort character study.
Warning: Worship-imagery that some may find highly blasphemous, Oedipal complex, just a whiff of a lactation fetish. (Oh, don't look at me like that. Have I ever led you astray?)

He gripped her chin and raised it even higher. "Do you love me, Bellatrix?" he demanded.

She did. Oh, she did. He knew that. But she gasped out, "No, my Lord."

"Love is a weakness, is it not? It is unbecoming of our kind."

"Yes," she whispered.

"One should never give one's self without condition, Bellatrix," he counselled. "Submission should be earned."

AO3 or my fic site (note that AO3 is slow today).

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