I had a whole post written up about the death of my uncle the night before last, but I'm trying to make my journal more of a lighthearted place, so I think simply mentioning it is enough. He was the last remaining link to the people who raised me, and now that he's gone, my brother and sister and I occupy the positions of elders in my family. It's unfathomable, and the rest of my life to the visible horizon feels different already.

In other news - well, not news, since my flist is far ahead of me on this front, but [livejournal.com profile] lokifan's Love Meme is busy spreading joy and providing a chance to comment with fondness and admiration to friends and vaguely familiar names you know only from this one memorable fic or that beloved piece of art. I was very touched by the sweet words people left for me, considering I've been an unproductive member of fandom for a couple of years now (something I hope to change with [livejournal.com profile] hoggywartyxmas, because by God, I really like the fic I'm writing, and I want to do it justice for my recipient's sake <3). Go over there and scatter some love if you haven't already, or add your own name. Don't be shy. I'm a little behind on paying compliments, but I'll get there.

Lastly, I'd like to point you to a marvelous short comic on deviantArt, although I suppose I ought to warn the unwary that Snape/Dumbledore is one of my favorite pairings, and you'll get an eyeful by clicking the link. It's beautifully drawn, amusing and poignant by turns, with a sprinkling of winter and a dusting of romance. And I urge you to read the artist's tongue-in-cheek description of what the heck led to this unconsummated kiss.

A cringeworthy event by lifeofapottedplant. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
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From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com


Isn't that a wonderful piece? Great use of perspective and partial framing, and her versions of Snape and Dumbledore are so full of life and variety. For both of them, you often see the same sets of expressions (sneering, twinkling), and Lifeofapottedplant ignores those conventions and gives them other things to do. Especially Snape. His moment of wonder and communion with the rain (apparently while high as fuck) and his uncertain/hopeful look when Dumbledore's about to kiss him - you just don't get to see Snape acting young or vulnerable very often.

And hi! Sorry for my very erratic presence, by the way. I've become sort of a fandom ghost (long story, bad life experiences), so I tend to be a bit late on getting back to people. And oh dear, I have a feeling my main contribution to fandom will end up being, not my stories, but my backlog of comments! It's flattering to have someone who's not the author/artist actually read them.

Somewhere along the way, though, I mislaid my ability to leave intelligent feedback. I still love proselytizing for my favorite fics, but my days of commenting effusively may be over. I hope not; it's always possible my pizazz will come back.

From: [identity profile] mywitch.livejournal.com


I've become a huge fan of lifeasapottedplant - such gorgeous pieces. Your icon is beautiful too, by the way.

I have the world's worst memory, so when I read fics, I write a little note about them to refresh my memory. There have been more than a few times where I've snagged one of your comments and threw it into my memo, because you have such a beautiful way of breaking what you've read and what you like about it. :D
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