Shiny News!

May. 31st, 2010 11:15 pm
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Did you know that you can now read the opening five chapters of Wayfarer online for free? Well, you can. But there are only 22 days left until the book's official North American release -- and it should be trickling into stores before then, so keep your eyes open...


In other news, I'm going to be a guest at Infinitus 2010, a gigantic Harry Potter convention being held in Orlando, Florida from July 15-18. I'll be on a panel for Friday's Keynote Luncheon with Naomi Novik, Karen Healey, and Ali Wilgus, talking about making the transition from fanfic writer to professional novelist -- it should be great fun and I'm really looking forward to it!
At present I am about as far out of HP fandom as it is possible to be without actively loathing (or, I suppose, not having read) the series, but that being said --

I have just spent half the afternoon listening to Wizard Rock and it is entirely [ profile] lizbee's fault.

The last time I checked out any WR it was Harry and the Potters and I thought it was lame, so I never bothered to listen further. But this guy -- he's actually good -- like, professional-quality-I-could-imagine-hearing-this-on-the-radio good.

The first one I listened to (and which grabbed me right away) was "The Flying Motorbike", but "Luna" has a zany Scissor-Sisters-meet-the-Bee-Gees vibe that made me laugh out loud, and "What You Believe" is my current favorite. And it really doesn't matter if you haven't read the books, either; you might even enjoy the lyrics more if you haven't.

Is that a rec? Why yes, it is. Go now and check out the album preview of Musical Decree Number Twenty-Four.
You know how spoiler )?

Now I know why that "Duelling Club" chapter in CoS was so important. Because spoiler )

This strikes me as even more interesting now that I've taken a second look at CoS, because sort of spoiler )

Ironic, no?
Gacked from the ever-wonderful [ profile] fuseno8, whose links bring all the authors to her yard -- a v. interesting article about the difficulty of translating HP into Hindi. [ profile] becominghuman, I thought of you:

Should You Address Prof. Snape with Respect?

And in other HP news, I am driving into Toronto today to have supper with [ profile] melissaanelli! I haven't seen her in person since October 2002, which is far too long, and our e-mails to each other in the last couple of years have consisted mostly of MAJOR NEWS followed by thoughtful comments like "ajhdkjlhsdkjldfsklsdkd;". But then, she's one seriously busy lady these days, for some odd reason.

More later.
Think post-DH fic, circa the Epilogue, or maybe a few years earlier.

Think high-stakes adventure genfic with plenty of excitement and danger, lashings of humor and a sprinkle of romance (with a certain dreamy-eyed naturalist, perhaps). And let's not forget the cameo appearance by the Giant Squid.

And it's called...


Seriously, wouldn't that be awesome? I order all of you to go out and write it right now. Round-robin style if necessary.
Ever since I read DH I've been feeling a bit sad that everything in this post, pretty much, is a SPOILER )

So here is the idea I don't have time to write, but it makes me feel a little better just thinking about it: The Idea, which is mine... until I check the book again and realize there's no way it could work )


*shakes fist in the direction of the UK* CURSE YOU, JO!


No, not really. But it was harsh of her to do that spoilery thing ), I think.
People are asking me what I thought of Deathly Hallows, and I don't want to disappoint them, but the fact is, I feel like I need to re-read it to decide how I ultimately feel about it. Yet I have no desire to re-read it any time soon, so that makes me feel like I'd better just keep my mouth shut. In the meantime I'm afraid you'll have to put me down as "ambivalent".

I will say, however, that I am pleased and surprised that in my Snapefic "If We Survive" (which is SO NOT CANON otherwise, alas) I anticipated by more than five years the idea of SPOILER )

I was also right about MOAR SPOILERS PLS )

And with regard to the deaths in general: Spoilers -- O RLY? )

Finally, some things I really did love: Guess what's under here? )

So there, some thoughts. Not a full review, but better than nothing, right?


Jul. 21st, 2007 08:48 am
rj_anderson: (HP - Alastor Moody - Charisma)
No spoilers here, only statistics:

Start Time: 12:15 a.m.
End Time: 2:45 a.m.
Time I Actually Got To Sleep After Lying In Bed With My Mind Racing: 4:30 a.m.
Quality of Sleep: Appalling
Just for some perspective here, I'm not really a big fan of the HP movies. I don't have anything against them, and I've taken the time to see every one in the theatre so far... but I just don't get all excited about them, or normally feel any great desire to watch them more than once.

However, I've just come back from seeing OotP, the movie adaptation of my least favorite book in the series, and...

...I loved it.

No, really. I think it's the best movie yet. In fact --

*glances around nervously, whispers behind hand*

I think it's actually better than the book.

*runs away from lynch mob*
My Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom is:
Remus Lupin kills Dobby whilst eating spaghetti alfredo
Get your Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom

Yeah, I find Dobby annoying. Though admittedly, not as annoying as Grawp.
Before you click on the cut below, I don't wish to sound all arrogant-like, but I did totally call one of the biggest shockers of Book 6 two days before the novel came out. So even though this is pure speculation on my part, and not based on any inside knowledge or even rumor about the contents of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you might want to steer clear if you're hoping to be surprised.

I wanted to write this up in a more sophisticated, essay-like form, with references and whatnot to back up my ideas, but I don't have time for that right now. So I am afraid you will have to put up with a condensed version of a very informal chat I had with [ profile] cesario instead, for which I do apologize.

My predictions for HP Book 7, including the real reason Snape is so hard on Harry, the meaning of the gleam of triumph in Dumbledore's eye, and what we're seeing on the cover of the American version, among other things that could very possibly turn out to be SPOILERS )

Now I am going to go and re-read books 1-6 and cry, thanks.
In certain sectors of Doctor Who fandom there is a crack-brained theory with which I happen to agree completely that Spoilers for 'The Sound of Drums' )

But anyway, all this cracktastic theorizing has made me decide that what the fandom really needs is an awesomely bad vid of this ) set to Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney's "The Girl is Mine".

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

And on a more serious note, on my way to the SCBWI conference I figured out the plot of HP Book 7, or at least the most important bits Snape parts. I'm not kidding, either: I think I really did, in much the same way I figured out that Snape would *mumble Mumbledore* two days before Book 6 came out. But I'll save the details for a later post.
In order to protect myself from HP 7 spoilers, which apparently are already floating around the web (somebody on a non-HP community I visited yesterday had a spoiler icon and was using it freely, which made me furious -- my only hope now is that it was a made-up spoiler instead of a real one), I am having to disable anonymous commenting for the next six weeks.

Since I have several regular commenters who don't have LiveJournals, I feel very sorry about this, but as usual the few jerks out there have spoiled it for all the decent people. I will restore anonymous commenting after July 21st.

Also, if you're on my f-list and you plan to read and discuss HP 7 spoilers in your journal, could you let me know here in comments so I can take you off my default view until after the book comes out? Thanks.


May. 6th, 2007 06:08 pm
rj_anderson: (Harry - Slow to bleed)
Clearly, [ profile] lizbee has written the last word in HP fic and no further stories need to be written.

*chortles once more over the second-last line*
This thread is the best HP-related thing I have seen in days. And yes, that includes both the OotP trailers.

[ profile] sydpad + [ profile] twirlynoodle = genius.
I've had a request from one of the people involved in the next Accio conference in the UK to design a new logo for them, since TPTB have been balking at the one they used for the previous conference. I can't take on the project myself -- I've got enough on my plate right now already -- but I told her I'd post a heads-up on my LJ.

Anyone interested in exercising their mad graphic design skillz for eternal fame and glory, or at least the profound gratitude of the conference organizers?
Er, so who's planning to go to Prophecy, then?

Here's proof of how far I'm out of the HP fandom loop these days -- I had no idea the conference even existed until [ profile] melissa_tlc mentioned it in passing -- naturally assuming I'd be there. And why not? It's only a couple hours' drive! Only, I just found out about it last week. Erm.

So now I'm trying to decide whether it's worth going to the whole shebang (or part of it at least), or whether I should just try to zip into Toronto one day during the conference for a casual meet-up. What say you, loyal readers? Will you be there?
Thanks to the brilliant and talented [ profile] cesario, and no thanks to Canada Post for hanging onto the package for so long --


Now I just have to find the right place to display them. Thank you thank you thank you, [ profile] cesario!
[ profile] dichroic has written a delightful short HP/Sherlock Holmes crossover fic which I think will entertain quite a few people on my f-list...
So there I was getting the baby ready for bed tonight, not thinking about anything in particular, tra la la, when all of a sudden I was mugged by two humongous HP plot bunnies. Did you think I'd pretty much forgotten about HP for the time being and was just sitting here waiting for Book 7? I bet you did. I know I did.

The premise of the first and lesser bunny )

However, the second one really freaked me out when I thought of it, and the more I thought about it from various angles the more fearfully plausible it became, until I began to think that if JKR doesn't do something along these lines in Book 7 I won't just be disappointed, I'll actually be surprised. I ran it past [ profile] lizbee and [ profile] cesario and they agreed that it was definitely worth posting for public consumption, so here it is, the plot bunny that ate the fandom )

So there you have it. Fire away.


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