I had intended to wait until I could post the long version of this fic, but I seem to have stalled out on it, and I'm beginning to think it may never be finished. So I'm posting this one here for completeness's sake.

Title: The Lost World
Characters: Snape/Harry, background Harry/Ginny
Rating: NC-17
Word count: ~10,900
Contains: *Character death*
Disclaimer: Not mine. Written for entertainment, not profit.
Summary: His son may have found the garden, but Harry's the one who keeps going back.
A/N: Written for Snapecase 2012. Beta'd by Loupgarou.

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The Lost World )
Let me revise this post to say: the nominations for the HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards aren't closed yet, and the Snarry categories could use more suggestions from the past year. All other pairings too, of course, but I'm not qualified to speak things I don't read. Go take a look - maybe a fic you enjoy and an author who deserves more attention could get a little love by showing up in the awards. While you're there, you might consider voting for Rapture, a beautiful fic entered in the "Legacy Story" category. *drops large hint* (If you don't care for awards and polls and suchlike, please ignore this little trumpet blast.)






THE HP FANFIC FAN POLL AWARDS - FALL-WINTER ROUND 2013
Rules, Timelines, and How to Nominate a Fic

To Make Nominations/Ask Questions: hpfanficfanpollmod@gmail.com
Nomination period: October 1st - October 28th, 2013
Voting period: November 1st - December 31st, 2013
Winners announced: by January 10th, 2014


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Oh my. I read a Snape/Harry story today that seized me in a way no fic has managed to do in a very long time. It's one of those character studies that takes liberties with canon while doing something so interesting and presenting it with such enormous style and heart and self-awareness, that I'm happy to leave familiar interpretations behind and let the point of view wash away my own entrenched prejudices. Also, the tone of the story is so strikingly sure and delicate that I trusted the author immediately. Part of the great pleasure of reading this fic stems from the clarity of the language, the emotional intelligence, the persuasive details. I bow to the writer (whose identity I suspect I know) for having achieved something wonderful and unexpected.

Standing on the Shoreline, an entry in [livejournal.com profile] snape_potter's "First Time for Everything" fest.

Snarry as queer literature )

(NB: I got knocked off my posting schedule by some bad news last week, so I'm proceeding slowly and with caution. I haven't forgotten that I owe answers to prior comments, so please bear with me and don't be surprised if you get a comment notification two weeks after the relevant post has slipped your mind.)
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Okay, let me just say this upfront: I have been incredibly blessed by this fandom, and among the extraordinary, unexpected gifts I've received have been the glorious artworks based on my fics. I love with a fierce love everything that's been drawn, painted, or inspired by my own Snarry passion, and I don't care if I'm biased: all these pieces are beautiful. All of them are intense.

Recently [livejournal.com profile] ac1d6urn hung out her commission shingle. I've always adored her work, both fic and art, and I was feeling flush with having just paid off a ten-year-long debt, so I pounced on her post. I had a couple of scenes in mind that I longed to see brought to life, and Acid selected "The White Road" as her source material. She singled out one of the most (for me) emotional moments in the whole fic, the pivot which retroactively justifies everything that came before and everything that will come after. It's a suffocating, painful, heartbroken moment, and it takes place in the Shrieking Shack, a lonely place full of terrible memories.

The result is phenomenal. Look at the wonderment and uncertainty she puts on Harry's face, the stunned tenderness with which he strokes Snape' hair. I wanted this to be the moment a piece falls into place for him, that small shift in understanding that changes things forever. Acid captures that. Harry looks so young here, but he doesn't shrink from the strange burden of having Snape, bloodsoaked and helpless, in his arms. The brilliant, spooky image of Ron and Hermione's disembodied arms casting Lumos is incredibly atmospheric; the way their shadows on the opposite wall point almost accusingly at Snape adds to the tension, the sense that nothing is promised, that Snape is still balanced before the wand of fate.

Speaking of Snape - oh my God, has Acid given me what I want here. She was unbelievably patient and generous with my begging quibbling, and she's created the face I was looking for, the grimace of pain and surrender, the hunched-over vulnerability of a lost soul hardly daring to believe. This is a Snape who has no choice but to let his weakness show, and the way he hides his face and claws at Harry's robes is exactly what I wanted. My heart aches every time I look at it, but I can't stop looking.

So go. Go see for yourself. I'm linking to [livejournal.com profile] ac1d6urn's journal so that you can leave feedback if you'd like, and because there's a marvelous tutorial included in her post, showing the steps she went through to achieve this painful, gorgeous image.

Thank you, my dear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

ALIVE by ac1d6urn
Okay, let me just say this upfront: I have been incredibly blessed by this fandom, and among the extraordinary, unexpected gifts I've received have been the glorious artworks based on my fics. I love with a fierce love everything that's been drawn, painted, or inspired by my own Snarry passion, and I don't care if I'm biased: all these pieces are beautiful. All of them are intense.

Recently [profile] ac1d6urn hung out her commission shingle. I've always adored her work, both fic and art, and I was feeling flush with having just paid off a ten-year-long debt, so I pounced on her post. I had a couple of scenes in mind that I longed to see brought to life, and Acid selected "The White Road" as her source material. She singled out one of the most (for me) emotional moments in the whole fic, the pivot which retroactively justifies everything that came before and everything that will come after. It's a suffocating, painful, heartbroken moment, and it takes place in the Shrieking Shack, a lonely place full of terrible memories.

The result is phenomenal. Look at the wonderment and uncertainty she puts on Harry's face, the stunned tenderness with which he strokes Snape' hair. I wanted this to be the moment a piece falls into place for him, that small shift in understanding that changes things forever. Acid captures that. Harry looks so young here, but he doesn't shrink from the strange burden of having Snape, bloodsoaked and helpless, in his arms. The brilliant, spooky image of Ron and Hermione's disembodied arms casting Lumos is incredibly atmospheric; the way their shadows on the opposite wall point almost accusingly at Snape adds to the tension, the sense that nothing is promised, that Snape is still balanced before the wand of fate.

Speaking of Snape - oh my God, has Acid given me what I want here. She was unbelievably patient and generous with my begging quibbling, and she's created the face I was looking for, the grimace of pain and surrender, the hunched-over vulnerability of a lost soul hardly daring to believe. This is a Snape who has no choice but to let his weakness show, and the way he hides his face and claws at Harry's robes is exactly what I wanted. My heart aches every time I look at it, but I can't stop looking.

So go. Go see for yourself. I'm linking to [profile] ac1d6urn's journal so that you can leave feedback if you'd like, and because there's a marvelous tutorial included in her post, showing the steps she went through to achieve this painful, gorgeous image.

Thank you, my dear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. &hearts

ALIVE by ac1d6urn
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( Jan. 22nd, 2010 03:23 pm)
So, in the last-minute scramble to make my bids count during the help_haiti fundraiser, I singled out three possible candidates and threw my financial weight into the bidding. I won two out of three. [personal profile] camillo1978 pledged to draw a Snarry pic of my choice, and within a couple of days she contacted me with previews of an absolutely drool-worthy piece of art. (What? 'Drool-worthy' is a technical term.* Trust me on this.)

This is a pencil drawing, and the care she's taken to create a version of Snape according to my specifications is… well, phenomenal. Fantastic. He's hot, he's ugly, he's lined and tired and worn around the edges, and he's staring at Harry with a gleam of both amusement and erotic anticipation. His hand's beautiful, and he looks relaxed and inviting, somehow without sacrificing his identity as a greasy git.

Harry, standing in his undershirt, with his long, lissome arm, is the perfect foil. Go look. Go envy me. *smirk*

Ordinarily I'd link directly to the drawing, but in this case I'm linking to [personal profile] camillo1978's post so you'll know where to leave comments. Don't forget to click on the pic at the DeviantArt page to see it full-sized.

What Are You Hiding?

*In this instance, meaning, "Bwahaha, mine! It's all mine!"

ETA: Here's a close-up of the shorter-haired version of Snape's face )
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( Jan. 18th, 2010 11:48 pm)
I haven't even managed to leave comments in every instance (bad me!), but the recs are building up and I need to jot them down before my brain disintegrates.

1. First, a fic I've read twice now. I haven't yet found a way to articulate my response. I'm not speechless, exactly; it's just, how do I put my feelings into words when they're all contained in the fic, far more urgently than I could ever say them?

It's an epilogue, or continuation, to the extraordinarily beautiful, breathtaking fic in the final Snarry Games, [personal profile] mia_ugly's Rapture. I praise this fic at every opportunity because it affected me so profoundly. Now Mia gives us the aftermath of Severus' reunion with Harry, and it's autumnal, tightly-wound, blood-tinged poetry from start to finish, almost impressionistic in its language, each word given the maximum emotional shading. The ache builds throughout the story, one long drawn-out exquisite relentless cresting wave of want as Severus finds that his survival technique of self-denial makes it harder to hope, makes it hurt more to reach out and take back what he'd renounced, what he'd given up for lost, than to hold back, to deprive himself. The fic charts his passage toward release, making no promises along the way, and the air of suppressed passion throughout is unbelievably breathless. This fic has a heartbeat, strong, seductive, strained almost beyond endurance. And faithful unto death.

But the ultimate glory of it lies in the language, which is spellbinding and as beautiful as a knife made of bone. The hypnotic mutual awareness between Severus and Harry draws the reader helplessly in, witness to the way this self-exiled, emotionally flayed and bereft loner is wooed home by the one person he cannot stay away from.

Blood (but also roses)

Here follow several recs for the ongoing fest severus_shorts.

More below )

I hope you have time to enjoy some of these. So much to read and ogle, so little time! Remember to leave feedback (says the pot to the kettle) if something gives you joy.
So, after long silence, I feel like sharing my pleasure in some of the fics I've read over the last few weeks. It never fails to thrill me how much talent there is in our fannish corner of the world. I've read all of these more than once; some, more than twice. Here follows a smattering of beauty, humor, and melancholy:

Snarry-a-thon (hosted by [insanejournal.com profile] snape_potter, so for access on LJ you'll need to be a member. Otherwise hop on over to InsaneJournal):

Read more... )

HP Beholder:

Read more... )

And one bonus illustrated fic that everyone in need a bawdy laugh should go read:

Fruiting Bodies Don't bother your head about pairings. This is pure, unapologetic, ribald fun, and it kicks ass.
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