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31 October 2020 @ 10:10 am

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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.
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30 October 2020 @ 05:32 pm
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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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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13 February 2012 @ 09:03 pm
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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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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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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16 February 2011 @ 07:45 pm
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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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 valkyriekat_47 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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Author: diabolica
Title: Passing Judgement
Characters: Barty Crouch Sr, Barty Crouch Jr
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 275
Prompt: Barty Crouch Jr + another canon character, Incarcerous
Summary: We must act. Decisively. It must end here.
Notes: Written for the final round at darkarts_ldws. Originally posted here. Mad beta love and hem kissing to catsintheattic, not just for looking this over but for supporting me throughout the LDWS experience. Tremendous thanks to dexstarr, a fierce competitor and graphic whiz extraordinaire, for the beautiful banner above.

Text that appears in italics is quoted directly from GoF, Chapter 30. ... And just for the lulz, this is what I used for inspiration.

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Author: diabolica
Title: Intoxication
Word Count: 447
Prompt: Bellatrix Lestrange + another canon character, Entrancing Enchantment
Summary: Barty straightened, smoothing his robes. Of all the people to find him being sick.
Warnings: None
Notes: Written for Round 1, Challenge 7 at darkarts_ldws. With this drabble, I squeaked into the finals! *squee*

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Title: If You Didn’t Get it Right the First Time ...
Author: diabolica
Characters: Lucius, Snape, Draco
Word Count: 760
Rating: G for Gen
Warnings: Unbeta’ed. Spoilers (highlight to read): Fluff. No, seriously. Fluff. Also, Snape!lives AU, ‘cos if I was going to go fluffy then I wanted everyone to be one big happy family, lalalalala . . .
Notes: For my darling talesofsnape on the occasion of her birthday. Her prompt was: When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. --Oscar Wilde Upon seeing this prompt, I was attacked by rabid bunnies of the most pernicious sort, which led me deep into uncharted territory. *shudders*

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27 January 2011 @ 07:03 pm

Author: diabolica
Title: Book of the Dead
Word Count: 346
Rating: PG
Prompt: Igor Karkaroff + canon character of choice, Avada Kedavra
Notes: Received Mod’s Choice in darkarts_ldws Challenge 6. Mad beta love to catsintheattic for her help in wrangling this into shape. Much love as well to dexstarr for the shiny banner.

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20 January 2011 @ 10:05 pm

Author: diabolica
Title: Betrayal and the Price of Belonging
Word Count: 450
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Prompt: Draco Malfoy + another canon character, Legilimens!
Notes: Received Mod’s Choice in Round 5 of darkarts_ldws. Again, super many thanks to catsintheattic for a thorough beta and to the Moste Talentede dexstarr for the gorgeous banner. Originally posted here.

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And my drabble for Round 4.

Author: diabolica
Title: Ossuary
Word Count: 300
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Prompt: Narcissa Malfoy + another canon character, Dark!Accio (dark use of the Summoning Charm)
Notes: Much love to catsintheattic for beta-reading. Originally posted here.

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21 December 2010 @ 07:15 pm
Reposting my drabbles for Rounds 1 and 3 at darkarts_ldws

Author: diabolica
Title: Exchange
Word Count: 380
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Prompt: Severus Snape + another canon character, Legilimens!
Notes: Received mod’s choice in Round 3 of darkarts_ldws. Mad beta love to catsintheattic for her help with this. Thanks again to dexstarr for the lovely banner! Originally posted here.

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Author: diabolica
Title: Destreza
Word Count: 386
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Prompt Lucius Malfoy + another canon character, Sectumsempra
Notes: Many kisses and much gratitude to catsintheattic for her sharp eyes and sharp observations. Originally posted here.

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27 September 2010 @ 07:17 pm
For talesofsnape, who gave me a prompt last week that I've only now worked out how to use.

Title: The Lure
Prompt: Severus ensnared
Character: Snape
Word Count: 100
Notes: Also managed to work in another prompt from mijeli on this one too!

‘My Lord, I have news.’

Simple words. As a rabbit cannot see the slip, the knot, the loop before the mechanism trips and he is already airborne, dead, so Severus was blind.

It was not until an old man whose eyes twinkled incongruously behind half-moon spectacles touched his cheek and said We never change, do we, Severus? that he realised the gravity of it. He dressed his love in funeral white and wove a pretty noose to hang her with, when he should have been the one to swing.

‘You have news, Severus?’

‘Yes, my Lord. It concerns a prophecy.’
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20 September 2010 @ 07:09 pm
For mijeli

Title: The Garden
Pairing: Theodore Nott/Draco Malfoy
Prompt: Death. Wall. Ivy.
Word Count: 200

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For dexstarr

Title: Enchaîné Nécessairement
Prompt: Candide. Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds. Preferably applied to Narcissa.
Word Count: 100

In the gallery, shielded from common view, Narcissa held her mother's hand, listening to them—the audience—baying like hounds. The Council of Magical Law could put Bella in chains, but Crouch’s histrionics left no doubt who was truly in control.

Mother spoke for the first time since they had entered the Chamber. ‘How can Bartemius Crouch pass judgement on his own blood?’

Narcissa, linked to Bella by the purest of bonds, thought of her baby boy and felt the crush of what she knew and could never tell Mother. It was for the best, and could not be otherwise.
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17 July 2010 @ 06:29 pm
As previously pimped, I had entered a drabble in this week's deatheaterdrabs challenge, which centred around the Dark Lord himself and ... *flappy hands of glee* I won! I even got a super fun shiny for it. See?

And here's a repost of my drabble, which originally was posted anonymously here.

Title: Rhetoric
Author: diabolica
Word Count: 615
Rating: PG
Prompt: Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.
Warnings: Propaganda liek woah
Notes: Many thanks to catsintheattic and paya27 for excellent suggestions and to the Mods at deatheaterdrabs for posting a prompt that brought my Muse out of hiding.

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07 June 2010 @ 08:35 pm
Title: Without Being Told
Author: diabolica
Character: Draco
Word Count: 100
Prompt: Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
Notes: Written for the Draco’s Birthday Drabblethon at hd_birthdaybash this weekend. Originally posted here.

His mother's eyes are unreadable, the colour of slate. Draco watches them for a long moment, willing her to speak or to give him a sign. Approval. A go-ahead. Her lashes lower themselves into a near-invisible fan, then rise again and still. Nothing.

His aunt's eyes are alive with excitement, a gleam to match her scythe of a smile. Her bright anticipation hums along the floor and raises the hairs on Draco’s arms and neck.

Draco asks himself what Father would do, and that decides everything. Untested, unmarked, Draco straightens his spine and opens the door to greet his Lord.
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Title: Liquorice Allsorts, or: An Acquired Taste
Author: diabolica
Character(s): Lily, Snape
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Word Count: 1 100
Disclaimer: Lily and Snape belong to JKR. I promise to return them in the exact condition they were in before I borrowed them. Really.
Summary: ‘What is it with you and the Slytherin?’
Notes: For amylouise09, whom I treasure as a beta and as a friend. Thank you for all you do for me. With many thanks to catsintheattic and paya27 for their beta work, which made this a much better story than it otherwise would have been.

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15 March 2010 @ 10:23 pm
Title: In Transit
Author: diabolica
Character: Snape
Word Count: 475
Rating: G
Summary: He arrives on the first of the month, in funereal black, with a list.
Notes: For kribu, who did me a good turn. Her prompt was: something Snape-centric would be lovely. Preferably with an alive Snape, post-DH. With much beta love to catsintheattic for the above-and-beyond sanity check.

I would also note that though Lake Peipsi is a real geographical feature of eastern Estonia/western Russia, I’ve taken serious authorial liberties with the Lake’s personality.

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07 March 2010 @ 08:55 pm
Because I do a fair amount of beta reading (much of it for non-native speakers), I decided it would be a good idea to compile a list of my favourite grammar and style resources on the web. That way, I'll have a place to point people if I get questions on where to find this or that rule. Then, while I was at it, I decided to throw in some HP-specific resources for things like canon details. This page will be updated as I find and organise new sources. Have a favourite reference site? Tell me, please! In fact, I'd love to know what sites my flisters use for reference.

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06 January 2010 @ 02:57 pm
Title: A Spot of Lunch
Author: diabolica
Characters: Theo Nott, Pansy Parkinson
Word Count: 740
A/N: I promised to bribe princessteradia’s muse with some Pansy/Theo in exchange for a bit of her George/Gabrielle. When I asked for a prompt to feed the bunnies, here’s what she gave me: Missing scene from Master of All, perhaps? I haven't written in Pansy... so where is she? I don’t think you need to have read Master of All He Surveys to understand this one (though it’s a wickedly fun Theo-centric exploration of magical theory and highly recommended), but just to anchor this piece: After the War, Theo is an evil genius plotting who-knows-what with a crack team of highly talented witches and wizards. Pansy, in my view, has left Britain following her unfortunate outburst in DH Chapter 31. Now Theo has come to see her.

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12 December 2009 @ 03:52 pm
Title: Covenant
Author: diabolica
Characters: Snape, Narcissa, Lucius
Rating: G for Gen
Warnings: OMGFluff *hides*
Word Count: 1100
Summary: ‘I think,’ she said slowly, ‘I’ve just been rather soundly kicked in the ribs.’
Note: Thanks and hugs to catsintheattic and paya27 for beta-reading at extremely short notice and for their very helpful questions and suggestions.

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