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The past weeks after my holiday have been quite hectic. I was assigned to 2 projects on the opposite side of the country. I mean, I’m in the Netherlands, a minuscule country compared to others, but still, three-hour drives one-way is not the standard here. Especially from the deep south where I am to the most northern end. And that’s exactly what I had to do for three to four times a week, spent 6 hours a day (on a good day) in my car. That atop of the 8 hours a day working with petulant, non-cooperative…people who tend to suck out your soul with their never-ending complaining.

Long post continues below the cut )
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Hillyminne over at Tumblr has been kind enough to create a Katie/Marcus sketch for me.


Isn't it lovely?




If you like it as much as I do, please don't forget to show the artist appreciation. You can find the original here. So you know, her other pieces are awesome too.
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Before I forget, I'm reccing GEN-stories over at crack-broom this month.

I think I have nice list to promote. Three of my recommendations are posted already and three more (maybe 5) will follow before the end of the month. Go check them out and if you're inclined to do so, leave some love for the authors.

Next month (October) I'm reccing 8 Katie/Marcus fics. Most of them are hidden gems, in my not so modest opinion, and I want to make sure that they're not forgotten. I'm a bleeding heart, I am. ;)

November will be dedicated to Ron Weasley. My poor cinnamon bun deserves more love than the HP fandom is willing to give him, and I'll make sure he gets it one recommendation at a time.

So, in case you're bored and/or have time to waste, go check crack-broom and the recommendations provided there. Not only by me but the other reccers as well.
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Hullo, lovelies, I'm back!
With a heavy heart, I finally have to admit to myself that my three-week holiday is about to end. Of all the things on my/our laundry list of things to do during the past three weeks, I/ we managed just a few. None of those was writing, no even a simple story outline, unfortunately. I feel like my head's gonna explode with all the story ideas and inspiration to continue works in progress. Lounging on a sunbed for two weeks can do that to a person. I filled a small pocket notebook (oily from the sunscreen) with my hieroglyphic penmanship and I'd hoped to at least work those out into more readable drabbles. Alas, my brain is still on standby and refuses to cooperate on the more creative things in life. I blame the steroids I'm currently on; it's making me restless and hopefully, I can stop using them shortly. (In the past complaining about a writer's block helped me cure of it, so don't mind my whining.)

But on the bright side, me and my lover-man are another step closer to buying our dream kitchen! Yes, we're that old grown-up! :) It'll cost an arm and a leg and most probably a kidney and a part of my liver, but we're getting that sodding kitchen, even if it's the last thing I'll do! Dammit, I'm getting old! >:(

Let's see, what else... Oh, I had a second interview last Friday for a possible new job opportunity. Although I've started last May with my current employer, I'm so ready to leave them that I dread come Monday when I have to go back to the office. Gah, no, IT is not my thing, I was not made for it and certainly do not have the mindset to dedicate 90% of my time to my job like most of my colleagues. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I decided to take the plunge and throw away my secure job of 9 years for this fiasco. So, please, keep your fingers crossed, light a few candles, and please pray to whatever god/deity/ spaghetti monster you believe in on my behalf to help me get the job. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

So, that brings me to Fuerteventura. We had a blast there. The hotel we stayed in was overrated and too expensive for what they offered, and the foods caused me to get sick the first week. I've Ulcerative Colitis, so I'm a bit sensitive to certain foods and drinks. Should've known better, I guess, thank god it was a not too bad flare. A few pills and I'm almost as good as I was before we left to Fuerteventura. It wouldn't have been the first time that I got hospitalised for it.

Aside from the utter depressing shithole the hotel was and the hot-knife twisting in my gut, the island itself is just gorgeous with its black landscape (in short, Fuerteventura is a volcanic island that's been grazed bare by the too many goats on the island), and the almost never ceasing wind (hence the name). There are grand exotic beaches for as far as the eye can reach and the surf's is just wicked! Biarritz (in France) is still the best thus far (European wide), but Fuerteventura is a good second in my opinion.

What else... oh, we made some new friends of the animal kind, lounged lazily on the beach, and on the last day on the island, we somehow wound up on a nudist beach one day when we walked a little bit too far to the left on the beach. I thought I'd be too prudish for that kind of thing but what they say it's true: No-one cares how you look without your clothes on, which was very liberating. Putting our clothes back on that evening felt very restrictive, lol!

Here are a few pictures:

We made some new friends of the animal kind )

The skeleton belongs to a sperm whale for those who are interested. Those are free-range donkeys (two of four) that freely roamed the streets of Morro Jable. I don't think anyone owned them. The parakeet (at least, I think that's what the green bird is), was part of a colony that lived in the palm trees there. And then the chipmunks, those cheeky little bastards just ran up your legs to snatch the peanuts from your hands!

Some more landscape pictures )

Again, a wonderful holiday and I'm very sorry that it's over. *deep sigh*

However, we do have something great to look forward to (no, not the kitchen). We're going to London!!! We're leaving 26 October and we've tickets to the HP studio tour for the 27th. So, excited about that! I'm trying to convince my BF to buy tickets for Mama Mia! as well, but he isn't having it just yet. Apparently, doing the HP tour is more than enough torture. Honestly, that man can exaggerate like the best of them. But, that's okay, I'll wear him down in time to get my way. ;)

Oh, before I forget, let me know if you got the cards, yeah? I wonder how long it'll take before you get your card.

So, how have you been?
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We're finally here!

A room with a view )

I'm offline for the next two weeks! Laters!
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This is hilarious, my kind of humour. Gotta love The Hoff in this one.

Postcards!

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:46 am
rosevalleynb: (Night sky)
Happy Monday my lovelies,

I've just posted the first cards! You should receive your card somewhere next week if everything goes according to plan. The next batch will be posted from Fuerteventura somewhere between 29 August and 10 September. London follows between 26 - 30 October.

If you'd also like to receive a card from me, sign up here. Comments are screened. Or send me an email here: rosevalleynb@gmail.com.
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This is me and how I feel about the pairings that I read and write. Yes, Sansan is a new obsession addition on that list.



That's all I wanted to say.
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An excerpt from a Marriage Law fic I'm still working on (hi Elizabeth). As I couldn't find a way to incorporate this bit in the body of the story, I'm putting it here. The official story will begin approx. 1 year after the scene beneath the cut.

The official release will be somewhere in November? I think, I dunno... it's a slow process.

So, since I'm rubbish in naming my fics, can anyone to help me out here?

Marriage Law Fic )
rosevalleynb: (Night sky)
Beetle Eyes and Bubotuber Pus (3718 words) by RosevalleyNB
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katie Bell/Marcus Flint
Additional Tags: cauldron poisening, Potions, Alternate Universe - Hogwarts, minimal dialogue, Pre-Relationship, Awkward Crush
Series: Part 3 of One of These Days
Summary:


‘I wanna lick your face.’

Bell had said it. Marcus was sure she had, Bole and Pucey had heard her too. Girls like her - -well, girls in general, did not say such things to him. Nor did they sniff his neck or stand so close that he could feel their tits pressed against his back. Bell had done all those things. To top it off, she kept staring at him like in the same way his perpetually dieting Aunt Beatrice looked at chocolate cake after a week-long fasting.

Or

Marcus Flint has an admirer and he's being an utter tool about it.

Sequel to Scrubbing Cauldrons.



Beetle Eyes and Bubotuber Pus )

Postcards!

Aug. 8th, 2017 04:37 pm
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A long, long time ago, I can still remember... how people used to send postcards when they went on holiday.

I remember how excited I used to get when my friends sent me one from the exotic locations they were at, at the time or spending hours to choose the right one to send to them from wherever my family was, driving my parents mad with indecisiveness. The messages were always the same cliche; it's great here, or it's too warm, and usually, you'd draw the sun with the temperature in it.

That was long before the internet and smartphones took over, though, and sending cards seems like a long-forgotten tradition these days. I mean, my eight-year-old niece just sent me a WhatsApp to tell me how much she was enjoying her vacation. A #$%!@ WhatsApp! Where's the fun in that?

So, I've decided to do things completely different this year. Instead of apping a pic of us drinking cocktails on the beach, I'm going to send postcards! Yay? YAY!!

As you may or may not know, my lover-boy and I are leaving for Fuerteventura in three weeks, on the 28th. If you want to be included in the mailing list, please leave your address details in the comments or send me a pm. All comments are screened, and no one else will be able to see the info but me.

I will only use the details you provide to send you a card from Fuerteventura and maybe London (going there end of October) and X-mas time with a small treat, if you want. If not, I'll delete the info as soon as the card is sent from Fuerteventura.

Oh, and I promise to keep the cards clean. :)
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Title: By Any Means Necessary
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rosevalleynb
Pairing(s): Alicia Spinnet/ Terence Higgs
Rating: PG-13
Warning(s): Reproductive coercion, mention of underage (nothing in detail)
Challenge(s):
[livejournal.com profile] rarepair_shorts*, Prompt: Discreetly Indiscreet
[livejournal.com profile] fanfic50 prompt 46 (table 8). Deception
[community profile] genprompt_bingo round 12. Prompt bingo card: An Ethical Dilemma.
[livejournal.com profile] mixandmatch100 prompt 14. Sabotage
Word count: 8x100
Summary: Terence knew that Alicia was not that kind of witch. It didn't mean that he was not that kind of wizard.

Author's notes: Unbetaed. *Will x-post to rarepair-shorts as soon as the wishlist event is over.

Read after the cut or on AO3

Read more... )
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Happy Sunday, everyone! Ready for your morning run? 🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻

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Title: A Little White Lie
Pairing: Katie Bell/Marcus Flint
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] fanfic50 prompt 13. Tongue-tied. (prompt table 8 here). [community profile] genprompt_bingo round 12. Prompt Extraordinary. (Bingo card here).
Rating: M (R)
Word Count: 1955 words
Summary: "I don’t know, never really measured it," Marcus answered, which was one of the biggest lies he had told in his life. Or, just a random snippet from Katie and Marcus' day-to-day life.
Author's Notes: Written in an attempt to cure my writer's block. Worked to an extent, I think. There's probably more to this one-shot, but typing this out was enough frustration for now.


Read more... )
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So, since my writer’s block refuses to leave me alone, which I blame on certain aspects in my professional life that bled into my personal life, I’ve been focussing my time on polishing up my Turkish. A girl needs a hobby, ya’know. Also, it would be kind of nice to talk to my granny without stammering and searching for the right words (or using the wrong ones) to say.

Now, what better way to do this than surf youtube for old Turkish movies (copyright? what copyright?) I remembered from my childhood and my late dad’s favourite songs. Well, one movie led to another music clip, and that led me to a fan video, which in turn led me to the Turkish series I’ve been hooked on for the past few weeks. It’s called ‘Beni Bӧyle Sev’, which can mean ‘Love Me Like This’ or ‘Love Me as I Am’. Both translations apply to the story line, by the way.

In short, it’s a story about a poor girl and a rich by falling in love (including crazy friends for comic relief) and the all the drama as well as the comedy that usually surrounds such topics. That’s a very brief synopsis because each episode is almost two hours long and there are 90 episodes in total. Yeah, binge watching is a bit problematic in that sense.

A lovely, wholesome series, and as it was broadcasted on of the state regulated channel, the most sexual thing to happen between the couples on screen is hugging and a quick peck on the cheek. If such a series had been aired in my younger years, it would have saved my parents a lot of panicky searches for the remote or putting their hands before my and my sisters’ eyes each time ‘wanton’ behaviour was shown on the telly. Violence and gore and blood was never a problem (I watched ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street' with my dad when I was eight if I remember correctly), but a bit of skin or frisky couples got them in the highest state of alert. Remember the song ‘Boys, Boys, Boys’ by Sabrina and the music clip to go with it? My mum gave my dad an earful, accusing him of letting me and my sister watch porn! Ah, the joys of growing up in an immigrant family. ;)

However, I digress as usual.

Back to the series, or more specifically, the fan video that has led me down into the rabbit hole that is ‘Beni Bӧyle Sev’. It was actually the song that first caught my attention. It is from 1973, sung by singer Füsun Önal, it’s catchy (to me anyway), and I remember my parents singing or humming it occasionally (oh the nostalgia) whenever they were reminiscing about their younger years.

Anyway, what struck me the most when I first watched the video was the lead actress and how much she resembled the Katie Bell I’ve created in my mind. I’m not the one to appreciate the pastel coloured aesthetics of models in strange poses who are supposed to represent certain characters within a fandom. You can usually find them on Tumblr, mood boards they’re called I believe. Although, I can understand why someone would like them, using real people to represent fictional characters has never sat well with me. Also, it ruins imagination in general, I think.

Then this fan video happened, and I've been forced to reconsider my stance. The first time I watched it, I couldn't help but feel as if was watching my Katie in the flesh. What’s even worse, I can see my Katie AND Marcus in this (imagine him having had his teeth done).

Am I the only one? What do you think? Does she, he, or both somehow fit your imagination?


Beni Boyle Sev )

PS. If you have any tips on how to get rid of a writer's block, please share!
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Last May, I recced a bunch of Millicent centric fics for [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom. If you've most those and love Millie fic as much as I do, please go and check them out. Don't forget to leave the authors some love, they deserve it.

Currently, I'm reccing multiple rarepair over at crack-broom (1 a day), the first one (Arthur/Molly) I've just posted. I'll post a compilation here once the month is over.
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Title: Predators of the Night
Author: [livejournal.com profile] aleathiel
Word Count: 4583 words, complete
Alternate Links to Fic: none
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/ Draco Malfoy
Rating: R
Author's Summary:During the party after Draco's initiation Millicent stays on the outside, watching the guests. But her foray into the Malfoys' garden reveals unexpected truths, about herself and about the people she has walked away from.
Author's Website: here
Why everyone should read this: If you're in the mood for something angsty, this is your fic. The premise is simple: a girl in the shadows, a party, and the popular boy she's pining after. Still, the author's way of storytelling and vivid descriptions makes it feel like you're dancing alongside Millicent in the moonlight, despite everything happy and carefree. Then mood shifts, and you'll wish she never stopped dancing.

Excerpt )
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Title: Ode to broken Things
Author: [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic
Word Count: 14308 words, complete
Alternate Links to Fic: Right here
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/ Victor Krum
Rating: NC-17
Author's Summary: "Krum's in town," Harry says finally. "I just thought you should know."
Author's Website: Author's AO3 page
Why everyone should read this: Originally written for the hp_beholder @ insanejournal. I'm not sure where to start with describing how much I love this fic. It has everything that I love and want to read. Strong but flawed characters, check. Sudden end to romance, check. Pregnancies and paterneties kept secret, check. Meddling friends and families, check. Second chances, check. Satisfying ending, check. Not to mention how incredibly well this is written and how believable the characterisations are. It just made me forget it's written in the first-person POV, which is normally a no-go for me. But in this case, just go. Read. Enjoy.


Excerpt )
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Title: The Wrangling of Wyverns
Author: [livejournal.com profile] angylinni
Word Count: 3358 words, complete
Alternate Links to Fic: None that I could find
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/ Adrian Pucey
Rating: R (a light one)
Author's Summary: Millicent is stuck with a replacement Wyvern wrangler after her partner Higgs is called back to England to deal with a loved one's accident. Cursing her luck, she gets much more than she bargained for when Adrian Pucey is the one that shows up to take Terence's place.
Author's Website: Author on AO3, most of her HP fics are also archived on [livejournal.com profile] bell_flint, [livejournal.com profile] gryff_slyth100 and [livejournal.com profile] overcomingrvlry
Why everyone should read this: According to the author's notes, [livejournal.com profile] angylinni wrote this because Millicent often gets the short end of the stick in fics. And she's right about that, the poor girl seems to be surrounded by drama in most of the fics she's the leading lady in. I've recced a few here, and I'm guilty of doing it as well. That's why this one-shot is so refreshing. True, the author briefly touches Millicent's insecurities about her body in the passing, but it's not the primary focus, and it's over in a few sentences. The focus is Millicent and her crush on Adrian Pucey that decides to rear its head upon meeting him again after many years. Of course, Adrian isn't exactly immune to the new, grown up Millie either, and he knows exactly how to woo the girl. Swoon, sigh, and smile in enjoyment. Brief mentions of Alicia/Terence (yay!).

Excerpt )
***

Title: Ten Things He Never Knew
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jbeaners48, J_Maria on Ao3, J. Maria on FFN
Word Count: 2110 words, complete in 11 chapters
Alternate Links to Fic: n/a
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/Draco Malfoy
Rating: PG-13
Author's Summary: Their relationship has always been one-sided, or has it? Millicent & Draco, ten-song drabble fic.
Author's Website: Author's FFN site
Why everyone should read this: First of all, don't let the songfic part in the summary scare you off. The mentioned songs are merely used as inspiration for this eleven part drabble series. Second, if you're not all too into rarepairs (and Millie/Draco is sure one) but want to explore, this is a nice and easy starting point. In eleven drabbles the author has managed to tell a complete story of a girl who, after years of pining, has finally given up on her crush, only for him to finally notice her when she's ready to move on. The way the J_Maria has written this, you'll root for Millie and want to kick Malfoy's arse for keeping her hanging on. And by the time you reach the last chapter, you'll be left confused about how you want it to end because the author, as evil as she is, has left it open for interpretation. After reading this for a few times, I'm still not sure how I want it to end. Millicent/OC side-pairing.

Excerpt )
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Title: Not Given Up Yet
Author: [livejournal.com profile] snorkackcatcher
Word Count: 2500 words
Alternate Links to Fic: Right here
Character: Millicent Bulstrode
Rating: PG-13
Author's Summary: Half-blood Slytherin Millicent Bulstrode reflects on her time at Hogwarts, the years of wasted effort she put in trying to be accepted by the popular students of her House, and what she intends to do about it
Author's Website: Author's LJ, FFN
Why everyone should read this: Originally written for the [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon, set in The Half-Blood Prince. This is a brilliant, well-written fic exploring Millicent's character and her point of view with regards to the changing world around her and her status as half-blood amidst purebloods. The author has done such a great job in giving Millicent her own voice. You can almost hear her speak to you as the story continues, unwillingly showing hints of vulnerability beneath the tough-girl facade. This is the Millicent I would've liked to see in the original books, not the one-dimensional caricature JK made her out to be (like with most Slytherins).


Excerpt )
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Title: Fall on Your Knees
Gaining Access: n/a
Author: ivyblossom on AO3, was [livejournal.com profile] ivyblossom on LJ. Is [personal profile] ivyblossom on DW.
Word Count: 2143 words
Alternate Links to Fic: None that I'm aware of
Character: Millicent Bulstrode
Rating: PG
Author's Summary: Even people like Millicent have stories to tell. Sometimes, they're not very pretty stories. This story was originally written and posted in 2002.
Author's Website: the author's AO3 page
Why everyone should read this: Millicent is sent to a Muggle primary school after her family suspects she's a Squib. Here, she's bullied relentlessly until she snaps. This is one of those stories that makes you want to reach into the fic and pull the character close to your chest to console them. It's a sad story all around, one that will stay with you.

Excerpt )
***

Title: Wrong Side of The War
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hollycomb
Word Count: 6780 words
Alternate Links to Fic: Right here
Pairing: Millicent Bulstrode/Theodore Nott
Rating: NC-17
Author's Summary: Ten years after the war, Millicent runs into Theo Nott, who she had a strange relationship with at Hogwarts.
Author's Website: Author's LJ fic-list
Why everyone should read this: I have a soft spot for Millie/Theo and this fic was one the first fics I read about them, and was sold. This piece, originally written for [livejournal.com profile] hp_porninthesun, is humorous at times and endearing in others. It's a wonderful and well-fleshed out portrayel of these two characters, their vulnerability and the undertone of what could have been if it hadn't been for the war and their parents' part or lack thereof in it. And of course, a lovely tale of catching up in more ways than one. :)


Excerpt NSFW )
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This little should have taken place right after Marcus sees Katie and Charlie Weasley getting cosy with each other in Chapter 12, the beach scene.


Edit 18-7 to give more background:

Chapter 12 as posted was actually the first version I wrote. However, the dune scene, where K and M have their 'talk' felt lacking somehow. So, juts to see if something else worked better, I cut Marcus' scene short and wrote what's posted under the cut. That felt even worse, so I went back to the original version.

Looking back, I guess I didn't know how to end the chapter in a way the original one ended. So, instead of fretting about it and write another version, I went with V1.




Deleted scene ch12, Alof )
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He's practically ancient with ailments that come with old age but he's still as cute as a young kitten.

My baby, Sam.

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As mentioned in an earlier post, I had some trouble finishing up 'Lifetime...'. In a now deleted post I mentioned that I had finally pinpointed what was causing my troubles, which was straying from the original story outline. So, once that was cleared up, chapter 22 almost wrote itself.

Now, going back to the original plan means that I have a few thousand words writting that are left 'homeless' so to speak.

The part below the cut is a moment between John and Grace Bell the night before Katie and Marcus' Ministry wedding. FYI- before you get confused at Katie's presence there; feeling emotional and traditional (and hormonal, but we won't say that aloud), she insisted on spending her last night as a single witch with her parents. She almost succeeded in that, but that's a deleted scene for another time.

Without further ado, I bring you John and Grace Bell with a cameo of Tamsin Bell. Not edited because I couldn't be arsed to do so.


ALOF, CH22 Deleted scene )

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