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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae  It's ages since I wrote anything, but I hope you like this little fic.  If you're at all familiar with 'Gone with the Wind' you'll know where I got the idea from.​

Title: Sold
Author:Vickyducky
Word count: 565
Warnings: Some swearing (once)
Rating:PG 13

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoat Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Draco rolled over in bed )
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Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas for tomorrow! I hope Santa is good to you and that you and yours have a peaceful and joyful day, whether you celebrate or not.

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I'm so sorry dear Jae, this year seems to have run away with me, and this weekend in particular! I hope you had a really lovely day and that your year ahead brings you all you want and more.

I found this on the interwebs and it seemed appropriate!

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Happy New Year all!

Strictly speaking it's just under an hour until 2012 starts here, but I don't think I'm going to last.

To (probably mis-)quote HMQ 2011 is not a year I shall look back on with unalloyed pleasure! Still it could have been a lot worse, all those I care about are in one piece. Nevertheless I'm very much hoping for better times in 2012.

Wishing you all good luck, good health and much happiness in the year ahead, and always.
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I hope Santa brings you everything you wanted, and you have a wonderful day tomorrow, whether you celebrate Christmas or not.
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Something completely utterly wonderful has happened! I'm so thrilled!

A good while ago [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae posted a link to The Harry Potter Podfic fest, where you could submit Christmas themed fics for participants to choose to read and make podcasts of. Two years ago now I wrote 'Christmas Spirit' to fill the [livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100 Christmas challenge of writing a fic containing a list of 31 prompts. It's always been one of my favourite things I've written, partly because it was really fun to write, but also I think because it turned out exactly as I'd imagined it. So I submitted it to the fest and thought nothing more of it, not expecting it to be picked - but it has been! I'm really honoured that [livejournal.com profile] jenepel chose it and read it - it's here. She reads it beautifully, although I have to admit it's odd for me to hear my words read in an American accent, lol! There's also very nice cover art by [livejournal.com profile] fire_juggler. Thank you to all three of you!

I'm so happy
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I have a friend and colleague who says that, usually through gritted teeth, when one of the management team have been particularly obnoxious. This is not work related but goodness, people can be hard work can't they? Me included I'm sure.

On a more cheerful note I seem to have finished my Christmas shopping and can now attempt to relax about it and enjoy myself.

My son is a 'sheep worrier' in the school Christmas extravaganza (nothing so simple as a nativity play, lol) although he is under the impression that he is a sheep warrior! I did try to explain but it got too complicated.

Only this week and one day next week at work and then I've got five blissful days off. Most of them spent in the bosom of my family, but like I said - Smile, and rise above!

Happy Holidays!
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My son is going on a residential trip with his school next week. He'll be away for four nights, and he's really excited about it. They get to do lots of fun things like mountain biking and a night hike and I'm sure he'll have a good time, but even though I know it's completely irrational I can't help imagining 'Lord of the Flies' scenarios.

He's got a subluxation of his knee cap which he's having physio for, which includes some stretching and strengthening excercises he's supposed to do each evening. The other night while he was doing them I said "When you're away you don't have to do your excercises if you don't want to, if you think the others will make fun of you. I won't be cross if you don't want to do them in front of the other boys." He looked at me as if I were mad and said incredulously "I don't care what other people think! It's my health, they can say what they like!"

I spend a ridiculous amount of time worrying about what other people think of me, and by that I mean making myself feel terrible by imagining that all and sundry are thinking badly of me, particularly now I think about it, people who really don't matter at all. I'm so pleased that D has enough self-worth not to be like that. I just hope it lasts through adolescence.
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how many different pieces of classical music are indelibly associated in my mind with Tom and Jerry cartoons! Even more than put me in mind of adverts.
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I don't think I'm overstating things if I say that there is a perception amongst many British people that the press and media in America are quite insular. And arrogantly, we like to think that we are better informed. But actually I'm beginning to think that that's not the case at all.

Firstly, a disclaimer: I almost never watch television news reports because I hate the presenters, and I only rarely read a newspaper (although my husband does bring home the Daily Mail ,but that's more in the nature of Heat magazine with the odd rant about how public sector workers are going to bankrupt the country. Because public sector workers don't pay taxes, or work for their pay or contribute to their pensions like everyone else does. Oh wait, except we do.).

But on the four days a week that I go to work, I listen to the Today programme on Radio 4, which I'm sure likes to think of itself as a very serious news show, and hear several headline bulletins throughout the day.

And yet, if it weren't for things I've seen people tweeting about, I'd have absolutely no idea that the whole Occupy Wall St and all the other places it is going on, was happening at all. This seems like it should be a big news story to me, and yet I haven't heard a single mention of it. This afternoon there was a passing reference to the 'anti-capitalist protesters' camping outside St Paul's Cathedral. But only because apparently tourists and worshipers don't like having to walk amongst the tents to get to St Paul's. There was nothing about what is actually being protested about, or the wider context and global nature of the protest.

Listening to the BBC you could be forgiven for thinking that the only thing that has happened anywhere in the world for the last fortnight was Liam Fox's travelling companion fiasco.
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I know that there's a way to search a community for all the posts made by one person - I think you change/add something to the url, but I can't remember what/how to do. Any ideas anyone?

ETA: found it in the FAQs - duh! For future reference the bit to add is ?poster=username
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...where you think you must have upset/offended someone but you really really can't think what it is you've said/done, only they seem a bit off with you? And actually it's probably nothing to do with you at all, you're just paranoid, but you can't help it niggling at you?

No? Just me then.
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For a change I'm not moaning about my lot, something nice happened to me today.

I'd been having an email conversation with one of my colleagues/friends, just about figure skating and the vagaries of the scoring, and I put at the end of my email that everything would be much better if I ruled the world. It's something I say every now and then to indicate that I can talk a good game but realise that I'm likely to be oversimplifying things. And then A replied and at the end of her email wrote

"And I would like the world you ruled"

which really touched me. I know it was a throw away reply to my nonsense, but I think it's one of the nicest things anyone's ever said to me.
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I expect everyone except me has already seen this, but in case you haven't...

Pointless

Aug. 16th, 2011 04:29 pm
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A week or so ago I watched 'Shrek forever after' on the telly. I liked it, it was much better than the third one, which I know I saw and was really disapointed with, but now can't remember anything about! But the thing that struck me the most and has been driving me mad ever since, is that Rumplestiltskin looked exactly like Jeremy Abbott! But the thing is nobody I know in real life has the least idea who Jeremy Abbott is, so I have no one to share this with. And I know that of the (two) people who read this journal, half will also not have a clue who Jeremy is, and the other may know but almost certainly won't care how many animated fairytale characters he resembles, but I'm sorry I just had to get this off my chest or I might burst! So on the extreme off-chance that somebody someday who does know and care happens across this post, here is the proof:
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Both times have been in 3D even though it's a pain having to wear the glasses over my own glasses! I tried to see it in 2D both times, but last week it was only on in 3D in Brid and last night the 2D was sold out! So I don't know if it was some trick of the 3D but in several places I couldn't help feeling that Alan Rickman looked a lot like the Face of Boe! He was excellent though, and I shall be trying to say eq......ually whenever possible. I cried a little bit, do I really need to cut for spoilers? Just to be on the safe side then )

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Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:37 pm
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I'm sure this makes me the worst Harry Potter fan in the world, wizarding or otherwise, but what is this Pottermore people keep signing up to?

A book rec

Jul. 21st, 2011 07:41 pm
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Hi, I'm still here! Going on holiday on Saturday and I can't wait, a whole week off work!

Anywho, I just read this book : Man's World by Rupert Smith.

It's two separate narratives that are woven together very cleverly. It's quite clear from the beginning how the two overlap but it's not too horribly contrived. They are the stories of two gay men, one set at the end of the 1950s and the other in the present. I enjoyed the historical one more, simply because I found the characters more appealing, but also because it is about the development of a relationship and Michael's tentative coming to terms with his sexuality and I like first time fics. The present day plot-line covers any number of gay 'scene' cliches and most of the characters are objectionable in someway, but it all ties together so nicely at the end that I can't really find fault. The writing is skillful and the plot moves along at a good pace. I really recommend this book, I'm quite tempted to read it again.

Incidentally I checked out the author's website to see what else he had written and to my surprise he also writes erotic fiction as James Lear and wrote 'The Back Passage' which I found so disappointing a couple of years ago. Man's World is a much better book, though with a great deal less sex!
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(It says Happy Birthday Fran!, in case you can't read it!)

These little tubs of Marmite are called
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I just know there's a fic prompt in there somewhere, lol!

And from the smallest Marmite container to the largest jar!
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Have a wonderful day, Fran
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I hope you had a wonderful day. I'm so sorry to be late with this, but yesterday just disapeared in a black hole somewhere! Anyway, I've cobbled together a small fic for you. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use the 'Spreadable Butt' prompt from so long ago, my brain wouldn't cooperate, but I hope you like this anyway.


Title: Let him now speak
Author:Vickyducky
Word count:
Warnings:One use of strong language
Rating:PG 13

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoat Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Let him now speak )
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