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31st-Oct-2020 10:10 am - Friends Only
Thinky - Julie Delpy

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For me, fandom is all about interaction, discussion and commentary. So anyone interested in writing, giving/receiving concrit, and general fannish squee is welcome here! But my journal is almost entirely friends-locked, and it makes me nervous to be friended by people I've not previously met. I’m shy like that. *g*

If you're interested in reading my fic, I'd love to get to know you! All I ask is that you drop a comment on this post before adding this journal, particularly if we have never met/interacted previously, just to let me know. If you add without commenting or introducing yourself, I will not add back.
30th-Oct-2020 05:32 pm - Fic List
Thinky - Julie Delpy
Hi! I'm Diabólica (call me D.) and this is my LJ, which houses a collection of fan fiction in the Harry Potter fandom and some musings about things I'm reading/thinking. If you'd like to read the fic, you can find a list under the cut. Anything listed here is intended to be read only by those 18 or older.

Most fics here are public, but some of those with higher ratings are f’locked. Selected HP fics are also publicly available at The Petulant Poetess, and my Millennium Trilogy fics are publicly available at the Pit of Voles. Fics posted to other LJ comms are listed in my Memories. (Note that some may be members-locked at the respective comm.)

Note on Ratings: Anything marked ‘Adult’ will contain explicit sex or violence. Anything marked ‘Darkfic’, predictably, contains dark themes. Anything marked ‘Gen’ is usually warning-free but suitable for an adult audience. Each fic contains warnings in the header for any potential triggers (violence, infidelity, child abuse, etc.) that might be contained in that fic.

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Thinky - Julie Delpy
Let's try this again.


So, er, this is my entry for the 2014 luciusbigbang, and it's kind of a huge victory for me. See, I haven't written anything longer than, say, 1500 words in the last five years. I didn't even think it was even possible for me to find time anymore to write a thing. Let alone for a fest. With a deadline. But you know what? With the right encouragement and caffeine, all kinds of crazy shit becomes possible.

Title: The Unusual Courtship of Lucius Malfoy
Author: diabolica
Beta: pyttan and talesofsnape
Cheerleader: imera
Genre: Gen with het overtones
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Pairing: Pre-Lucius/Narcissa
Characters: Lucius, Narcissa, with cameos from various other pre-war characters
Word Count: 7,000
Summary: In love as in chess, it can be difficult to fix one’s tactics when the other party is an expert at deploying the element of surprise.
A/N: Many thanks to talesofsnape for convincing me to sign up for this year’s LBB, for supporting me throughout, and for reading and commenting so astutely on an early draft. Thanks as well to toblass for all her efforts in brainstorming plot points and cheering me to the finish line. pyttan deserves much love for helping me find the way forward when I was utterly stuck. I ♥ you lot muchly.

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Thinky - Julie Delpy
Title: Mother of a Son
Author: diabolica
Character(s): Narcissa/Snape
Rating: Adult
Content Info: Porn. Also, adultery (see pairing). And Snape has a mummy!kink, which he will most certainly not admit.
Word Count: 900
Summary: Severus’s concerns are few: to stay alive, to keep Lily alive. To take pleasure, when the opportunity arises, in a woman’s body.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to subversa for beta-reading this piece and offering invaluable suggestions. If not for her, no one would ever have read this. Originally posted here at one_bad_man.

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Thinky - Julie Delpy
I've been kicking around the idea of writing some meta about the beta reading / editing process. As you may know, I do a lot of beta reading and I was thinking it'd be useful to put down some of my thoughts on how it works, how a good beta can help a writer achieve a better end product, ideas for getting the most out of the process. Things like that.

Now, my own experiences may not be fully representative for various reasons. So in order to make this meta more comprehensive (and hopefully more useful), I'd like some input from the flist: Tell me about your beta experiences!

As a writer, what do you think makes a good beta? What qualities do you look for in a beta, and do those qualities change depending on the story you're working on? Do you prefer to use the same beta every time, or do you like to switch depending, for example, on the nature of the story (or the fandom)? Do you regularly call on more than one beta? What do you expect from a beta when submitting your work? How have you gone about finding a beta for past projects? Have you ever had a project for which it was particularly difficult to find a beta? What particularly good (or disastrous) beta experiences have you had? (Without naming names. *g*)

I also would really like to hear from people who DON'T use betas, either for (a) particular type(s) of work(s) or as a rule. I'm curious about the reasons people have for not wanting to have their work beta read (lack of time, difficulty of finding someone available, previous horrible experience, etc).

If you do any beta reading, I'd like to hear about your experiences as well. What have you learnt about the writing process from editing other people's work? What are your own strengths/weaknesses as a beta? Do you like to beta only particular types of works (e.g., pairing-specific works or only genfic, some genres and not others)? What do you expect from writers who submit their work to you? Is there anything you wish writers knew when they send you something to beta?

Please feel free to answer any or all of these questions (or just tell me what you think) in the comments. I'd be fascinated to know your thoughts on the process. Thanks!

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Lisbeth - Nemesis
Title: Combustible Materials
Author: diabolica
Character(s): Lisbeth Salander, Zala
Rating: PG
Word Count: 380
Author's Notes: scarlett71177 was kind enough to make me the most gorgeous pair of icons for my Millennium OTP, Lisbeth/Mimmi. In return, I offered her a drabble. Her prompt was ‘clove cigarettes’. Scarlett, darling, I really ought to have warned you about my tendency to overthink a prompt, so I’m sorry this is so long in coming and I hope it pleases.

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Right, so. Apparently, I write Millennium Trilogy fic now? :) I solemnly swear that I am not abandoning the Potterverse; I just got a prompt that demanded Lisbeth/Mimmi fic. I blame pyttan. :P

Title: Balance
Author: diabolica
Fandom: Millennium Trilogy
Pairing: Lisbeth/Mimmi
Rating: PG
Summary: Lisbeth thinks of a way to put her relationship with Mimmi back in balance.
Word Count: 1 370
Notes: Written for this picture prompt from pyttan. Missing scenes from Chapters 5 and 6 of The Girl Who Played with Fire. Much love to pyttan and catsintheattic for beta reading.
Disclaimer: The Millennium Trilogy and all related characters belong to the estate of Stieg Larsson, which is rightfully the property of Eva Gabrielsson. No copyright infringement intended, and no money is being made.

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Thinky - Julie Delpy
Title: The Burning
Author: diabolica
Word Count: 360
Rating: PG for language
Prompt: The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the sky. --Jack Keroauc
Warnings: None
Author's notes: Winner of Challenge 13 at deatheaterdrabs. Originally posted here. Many thanks to Jack Kerouac and Malcolm X for inspiration.

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Thinky - Julie Delpy
Title: Flight
Author: diabolica
Characters: Narcissa, Regulus, Lucius
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Word Count: 1 060
Summary: Even obscured by ashes his face was gim, Narcissa noticed. ‘What’s wrong?’
Notes: My thanks to amylouise09 for her beta work on this story. Though she was hopeful I’d continue, the story feels finished to me, so I’m posting it anyway. Any suggestions on where to go from here are welcome.

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Magick Moste Evile

Author: diabolica
Title: Curiosity
Characters: Bertha Jorkins, Winky, Barty Crouch Jr, Barty Crouch Sr
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 650
Prompt: Barty Crouch Jr + another canon character, Levicorpus! (nvbl)
Summary: Delivering these scrolls in person wasn’t strictly necessary, but Bertha had always wondered what her boss’s house looked like inside.
Notes: Written for the final round at darkarts_ldws. Originally posted here. This is another ‘director’s cut’ version, as the original had to be 450 words exactly, but I’m afraid I bit off a bit more story than I could chew. Many thanks to regulus_kat for running this contest and for making me this lovely banner. Dedicated, with love, to pyttan, who cheered me on throughout the LDWS and whose portrayal of Winky inspired me to try writing a house-elf.

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