madeleone: (hermione gr)
So, I can now admit to writing for Besieging Miss Granger for [ profile] krissy_cits. The original prompt was: Hermione keeps bumping into Severus Snape, and she starts to wonder if it is REALLY coincidental or not.

I will admit I set out to write a much different story. I'd expected it to be a short 4 to 5k fluffy fic about Severus having a crush on Hermione but unwilling to reveal his feelings. Somehow along the way, that morphed into a mystery/stalker fic--at least Severus wasn't her stalker. Sometimes I hate it when plot bunnies escape their cage and go haring off on their own. :-) I'd like to thank my totally awesome beta [ profile] delphipsmith for her patience and amazing beta skills. She's a real peach.

I've enjoyed all of the great fic and art created for this fest. There are still a few fics I've not had a chance to read yet, but I will soon. I must say it all was excellent and I am in awe of the talent we harbor here in our little corner of the fandom. Many, many thanks to the wonderful [ profile] sshg_giftfest mods [ profile] delphipsmith and [ profile] dreamy_dragon73 for all they do to keep the fest going.

ETA:I almost forgot to mention that the background for this fic, Logralo's, the business shared by Luna, Hermione, and Neville, originally appeared in in a short ficlet titled Phoenix Feathers at Dusk that I wrote way back in 2009 when I was just trying out my fanfic wings. It was posted over at hpcon_envy in response to a prompt by bambu345. It's also at (where I post as magalena). It's certainly not necessary to read it before Besieging Miss Granger, but it shows how Logralo's got started. I always thought it would be fun to expand into that universe a bit so I had fun with it here.
madeleone: (hermione gr)
Now that the weather is finally getting nice I've been busy in my flower beds getting them ready for summer. In the past week and a half I've spread 40 bags of mulch and it's looking good. During this process I've come to the conculsion that the local wildlife is trying to kill me. That I haven't had a heart attack yet is purely miraculous.

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fairy garden )


Jan. 28th, 2016 01:58 am
madeleone: (hermione gr)
It's been a week since we got back from our Arizona trip so I thought I'd better sort through and post a few pictures. Otherwise I've been known to procrastinate then eventually forget about doing it. For anyone who missed it, we flew into Las Vegas, rented a car and drove 1.5 hours south east to a little town called Dolan Springs (the name baffles me as there was no hint of a springs anywhere that I could see--very dry and deserty). There we rented an small guest house at and ostrich ranch. ( The Joshua Tree Ostrich Ranch and Guest House).

Warning: Pic-spam ahead.
Pics under the cut )
madeleone: (hermione gr)
Awoke to the sad news of the loss of Alan Rickman. My children obviously know me well, as I received either a text, email or phone call from all four of them, commenting on the news and knowing how sad I would be.

Not being a huge David Bowie fan myself, when I heard about his passing earlier in the week, I was sorry to hear of it but not greatly affected. However the news of Alan's passing was heart wrenching to me. Like someone else here on my flist said--this one was personal.

When I became a Professor Snape fan and by association Alan Rickman, I started collecting his films and I have a good number of them already. I'll have to work on completing the collection, sadly I thought I'd have many more years of movies to enjoy and eventually to add from his body of work.

So I bid a sad adieu to a great man, he'll always be the voice of my Severus Snape.
madeleone: (hermione gr)
I hadn't menioned it before but hubby and I are off on a trip. It was sort of a last minute adventure, which I didn't plan or make reservations for until just before Christmas. See, I had a Delta travel voucher where when you buy one round trip continental US ticket, you get a companion fare for free(pluss taxes etc.) BUT, it was going to expire Jan 31, so I had to start exploring ideas quickly. I really liked what we did when we went to Scotland and Ireland last year--we rented a car and stayed in cottages and explored the area we were in. So I started exploring similar choices and found Home Away. We were interested in Arizona, as it is somewhere we've never been before. Anyway I found this listing Near Kingman AZ for a guest house rental on an ostrich ranch. Yeah, I know weird, right? Well, guess where I am right now? Yup, that's right the Joshua Tree Ostrich Ranch and Guesthouse. And getting here turned out to be more difficult than I ever expected due to some flight delays.

clicky-clicky )
madeleone: (hermione gr)
I've finally got around to posting my [ profile] sshg_giftfest story, The Librarian, at both AO3 and and will likely post to a couple of other archives soon.

I'm just wondering if anyone else is having issues with's review response system (which doesn't let you repy in the reviews online, but links you to send the commentor an email message). I keep getting emails with new reviews, but when I try to click on the review response link it goes to a page that says 'we cannot find the review you are replying to'. And on the site if I click on the reviews it says I have x-number of reviews but it only shows the first eight reviews, which are from the first two days I posted. The rest of the reviews that I received email notifcation of aren't there. I know it must be something wonky with but is it doing this to everyone or just at random? Weird.


In other news, a brief real life update. Had a lovely family holiday celebration at our youngest daughters house in Manistee, with all four kids and their families the weekend before Christmas. Grandkids were cuddled, gifts were exchanged, games were played, much food was enjoyed and a good time was had by all. The biggest surprise gift was from oldest daughter: she and hubby gave us a card, after we read it there was a flap taped on that said open this for surprise (which I thought was a gift card...hey it was about that size) but it was much better, because under it was an ultrasound picture. Yup! Grandchild #5 is on the way, due in mid July. This will be #2 for that daughter...our family is growing.

Then hubby and I had a quiet Christmas day the next week with just the two of us. One son came out for gifts and dinner. (he is the only who is single and he still lives nearby).

New Years Eve and day were also quiet time as well which is fine with us, we aren't really big partiers. Movies and reading for me and football games for hubby.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and are looking forward to the coming year!


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