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Title: Masks
Author/Artist: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Prompt #: 28- “Astoria is married to Draco through a pre-arranged marriage. She doesn't like her husband and his cheating ways. She's in love with Draco's best friend, Theodore Nott - has been for years. One night, she decides to taste what infidelity is like.”
Pairing(s): Draco/Astoria, Theodore/Astoria
Rating: NC 17
Summary: Everyone wears masks in Astoria’s world. One night, she decides to take hers off.
Word Count: ~5700
Warnings/Content: Infidelity
Disclaimer: (optional) None of these characters belong to me; they belong to JKR and etc, yada yada. ;)
Author's/Artist's notes: Thanks to my betas for their cheerleading and valuable input. I tried to meet as much of the prompt as I possibly could, and had much fun doing so! This is my first Astoria fic, but I really enjoyed writing her. I hope y’all enjoy reading!

Masks )
cryptaknight: (Olivia: Bettie Page)
Gift For: [livejournal.com profile] yamapea
Title: Yours, Viola
Author: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing: Ron/Pansy (background Draco/Hermione)
Summary: Pansy just wants to forget the night she spent with Ron Weasley. Unfortunately, Ron won’t let her.
Rating: NC-17
Length:~11,600 words
Warnings: EWE
Author's notes: Sincere thanks go out to K, S, and R for the beta work, plot bunnies, late-night chats, and just generally letting me whinge and vent and cheering me on. I adore you all. Yamapea I wish you a very happy holidays, indeed, and I hope this fic can play a part in a lovely holiday season.

Yours, Viola
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Gift For: [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss
Title: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cryptaknight
Pairing: Zacharias Smith/Susan Bones
Summary: Susan needs Zach’s help on a case- and gets a lot more than she bargained for.
Rating: R
Length: ~8350
Warnings: None that I can think of!
Author's notes: Merry Christmas, [livejournal.com profile] thimble_kiss! I very much enjoyed writing this pairing, and I hope I did them justice for you. I used your prompt “Old friends falling into bed and having to sort out the consequences to their friendship,” which sparked all sorts of ideas and was so very much fun to write; I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I liked writing it. My thanks go out to K for her patient and thoughtful beta. The standard disclaimer applies: Harry Potter and its associated characters do not belong to me; they belong to J K Rowling, Scholastic, and Bloomsbury, etc.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt )
cryptaknight: (Pin up: hammer)
Now that the reveals are up, I can sneak on and post this one!

Title: Seen Clearly, For The First Time
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] luvscharlie
Author: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Rating: Hard R
Pairing(s): Charlie/Penelope
Summary: When Penelope makes Charlie question everything he is, that's when he's found himself.
Disclaimer: This is a work of fanfiction set in the Harry Potter universe – all recognisable characters and settings are the property of J. K. Rowling and her associates. No copyright infringement is intended. No profit is made from this work. Please observe your local laws with regards to the age-limit and content of this work.
Warning(s): None, I don't think.
Word Count: ~5,100
Author's Notes: The middle bit of this fic is heavily inspired by the song Sometime Around Midnight, by The Airborne Toxic Event, and I did borrow a line here and there. I had to deviate from the song at some point, however, because I just can't resist a happy ending. [personal profile] luvscharlie, I tried to include a few of your prompts, and I truly enjoyed writing this fic so I hope you enjoy reading it! Thanks to K for the beta. Much love.

Seen Clearly, For The First Time )
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Gift For: [livejournal.com profile] snegurochka_lee
Title: Showstopper
Author/Artist: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing(s): Draco/Hermione
Summary: An attempt to save his failing business has an effect on his life that Draco never imagined.
Word count: ~7200 words
Rating: NC17
Warnings: EWE
Author/Artist's notes: Thank you to K for the beta and oh, so much feedback. Thanks to S and L for cheerleading and giving me their input along the way. There's no way this would have gotten written without you lot. I wish a very happy holidays to [personal profile] snegurochka_lee, and I hope you enjoy the fic. Any potions/science errors fall squarely on my shoulders- please don't blame Draco and Hermione! Happy reading!

Showstopper )
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Title: A Nice Girl
Pairing: Charlie Weasley/Pansy Parkinson
Rating: NC17
Warnings: None
Word Count: ~5200 words
Authors notes: Aside from the usual disclaimers, this fic was originally written with [livejournal.com profile] 15pairings in mind, with the prompt "Shut up and listen." It grew into a gift fic. Hope you enjoy it, [livejournal.com profile] nightfalltwen!

A Nice Girl )
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Gift For: [livejournal.com profile] nightfalltwen
Title: Strata
Author/Artist: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing(s): Hermione Granger/Michael Corner
Summary: Hermione discovers more than just artifacts on an archaeological dig.
Rating: NC-17
Word count: ~3100 words
Warnings: No warnings necessary, I don't think.
Author/Artist's notes: Thanks first of all to Nightfalltwen, for giving me the opportunity to write a pairing I hadn't done before, and a terrific plot bunny. Thanks to the IRL folks who looked over the story.

Strata )
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Title: Not Bad At All
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Ginny/Zacharias, implied Trio
Word count: ~5300 words
Author’s note: This is unbeta-ed, so I’d appreciate concrit, if you have any. I actually wrote half of this 6 months ago, and came back to it as a way to jumpstart my creativity so I could get on with some original writing. It’s probably the first thing I’ve posted in years, so be gentle. Oh, and beware of angsty!Ginny.
Disclaimer: Standard- I don’t own any of the characters; they belong to J.K. Rowling and the publishers of her books.

Not Bad At All )
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Just testing out the auto-crosspost to LJ from Dreamwidth.

Still not sure about Dreamwidth, but willing to give it a chance. Also, I'm greedy with my username.

Oh, and if you have a Dreamwidth lemme know and I will friend you.
cryptaknight: (Tanner: blanket)
So, did anyone else watch the John Edwards forum on MTV? (Should I be admitting I still watch MTV? Oh, well.) I found it really interesting. I had been leaning towards Obama, and will still wait to hear what he has to say before I decide one way or another, but I have to say Edwards won me over a little. I especially liked what he had to say about his proposed College for Everyone program, universal health care, and the environment. I also agree with his views on topics like the war in Iraq, Darfur, and stem cell research. I'm glad I got a chance to hear his points of view, because the media seems like it focuses so much on Hillary vs. Obama, and I didn't know too much about Edwards before this show. MTV is, for the most part, grown into a cesspool, but I have always liked their Rock the Vote campaigns. Good on them, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the other candidates handle the forum, because if MySpace graphs are to be believed, Edwards rocked it.
cryptaknight: (Fight Club: Jack's wasted life)
While I'm waiting for a friend to get here with sushi, I figured I'd do the career test everyone else is doing.

1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top fifteen results. I posted all the results, because, um, most of the stuff I would actually want to do is down towards the bottom, ie writer at 34.

My Results )

ETA: Pbbbbbtttt at no one telling my HTML absolutely failed.

Fan Art

Sep. 13th, 2007 10:30 pm
cryptaknight: (Waterhouse: Sorceress)
Title: Tonks Before the Battle
Media: Charcoal
Character: Nymphadora Tonks
Rating: G
Artist's notes: As I believe I mentioned, my store's current community relations manager is leaving at the end of the month (since I'm interviewing for her job :P). She dressed as Tonks for the Harry Potter release, so I did a pic of Tonks for her as a sort of thank you, and I thought I'd share it with you all here.

Art under the cut. )

Con-crit is always totally welcome and heartily needed. ;)
cryptaknight: (Waterhouse:  Tristan and Isolde)
I started watching the Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice today. It is utterly lovely. How did I go this long without watching it? I was just at the part where Darcy confesses his love to Elizabeth, and she's upset because Fitzwilliam told her Darcy was the one who broke up Jane and Bingley, and is about to let Darcy have it, when I had to go to work. So sad. But I'll finish up the first disc tomorrow.
cryptaknight: (Belly dancer)
This is a minor thing to complain about, I know, in the grand scheme of things, but I am feeling very WTF that the results show for So You Think You Can Dance is not on until Monday, especially as what's airing tonight instead is reruns of That 70s Show and Cops. Besides, what does that mean for the dancers? Do they only get two days to learn two routines? I mean, how would that affect the partnering? I'm confused. I hate it when airings of shows are randomly changed for no apparent reason, in ways that make no sense. According to Fox.com, even stranger, next Wednesday is Part 1 of the season finale. Bzuh? I suppose maybe they're not airing the Monday episode live... Still, random and irritating.

And yes, I know my level of disgruntledness is out of proportion, but with it being summer and all, there are maybe three shows I look forward to, and SYTYCD is one of them. Meh.
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I picked up my pre-ordered copy of Eclipse yesterday; I was so glad I pre-ordered, because we got well over a hundred copies in, and were sold out by 7 pm. Anyway, I started reading as soon as I got home, and finished up about an hour ago.

Somewhat spoilery review of Eclipse. )
cryptaknight: (Waterhouse: Sorceress)
I'm testing Semagic right now. I used to use an LJ client back in the old iMac days, and I'd forgotten how convenient it was, especially if LJ was experiencing technical difficulties, or if I wanted to post to multiple accounts in quick succession (ala RPGs). So something positive has come out of all the drama, for me at least.

Also, I do have accounts on IJ, GJ, and Vox (cryptaknight at every one of 'em), although they are not used at all, in the case of IJ and GJ, and are a RL journal, in the case of Vox. I don't intend to leave LJ, but I figured better safe than sorry, and that way anyone who does choose to leave (and I totally understand why you might want to) can friend me, etc.

Wow, could I use any more parentheses in less sentences? (((( )))) There.

In other news, I had a customer complain about my quad the other day, demanding to know why I'd placed the Koran/Qu'ran in Religious Fiction. *sigh* Islam/Islamic scripture, etc, happens to share a bay with religious fiction, and as the ratio is 2/5 to 3/5, so although the shelves are clearly labeled as "Islam," and "Islam, Islamic Scripture, Sufism," the header sign is "Religious Fiction." Or was. I switched it to just plain "Religion." Tomorrow, time allowing, I'm going to look at the flow of the section and see if I can rearrange it so that sort of thing isn't an issue, but sheesh. Sometimes I think people just look for things to wank about.
cryptaknight: (Harry: eye)
Happy birthday to JKR, and to Harry Potter, as well!

That is all.
cryptaknight: (Anita Blake: Power of pr0n)
So today I picked up the first volume of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter graphic novel, mostly because I found myself unable to resist the gorgeous artwork, but also because I like the idea of a graphic novel geared towards a female audience, and because it's Guilty Pleasures, so it's vintage Anita at her zombie-raising, vampire-slaying best. It's been forever since I read GP, but it's come back to me now. Phillip and his tragic self, crazy ass Valentine and Nikolaos, vulnerable and only sort of powerful Jean Claude, and Edward as cold and calculating Death. It really made me miss the early books in the series, and made me want to re-read... up to Obsidian Butterfly, anyway. I was like, Bert! What happened to Bert? And Dolph is sort of pleasant. Oh, and the wererats, realized with ink and paper, are pretty intimidating. I could never quite picture them before. Anyway, it was kinda pricey at $20, before my discount, but I'm glad I snagged it. It was really a beautifully packaged volume.
cryptaknight: (Fight Club: Jack's wasted life)
I present to you the 48 Laws of Pimpology.

Law 1 Purse First, Ass Last
Law 2 Get a Name in a Game
Law 3 Don't Chase 'Em, Replace 'Em
Law 4 Keep a Ho in Arrears
Law 5 Prey on the Weak
Law 6 When Pimpin' Begins, Friendship Ends
Law 7 Pimp the Game
Law 8 Don't Let Your History Be a Mystery
Law 9 Learn the Rules
Law 10 Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
Law 11 Avoid Gorillas and Godzillas
Law 12 Ain't No Love in This Shit
Law 13 Pimp Like You're Ho-less
Law 14 Better a Turnout Than a Burnout
Law 15 Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say
Law 16 Give Motivation and Inspiration
Law 17 Get You a Bottom Bitch
Law 18 Cop and Blow
Law 19 Turn Ho Ends into Dividends
Law 20 Get In a Ho's Head
Law 21 A Ho Without Instruction Is Headed for Self-Destruction
Law 22 Keep Hoes on Their Toes
Law 23 A Ho Joins a Stable to Ruin It
Law 24 Set the Trend
Law 25 Grind for Your Shine
Law 26 The Game Is to Be Sold, Not Told
Law 27 Keep Your Game on the Low
Law 28 Be a Leader
Law 29 Play One Ho Against the Next
Law 30 Prosperity over Popularity
Law 31 Look Out for Suzy Choosy
Law 32 Turn a Tramp into a Champ
Law 33 Bring Your People with You to the Top
Law 34 Show Respect to Get Respect
Law 35 Trust Nothing but the Game
Law 36 Be Internationally Known, Nationally Recognized, and Locally Accepted
Law 37 Let a Ho Know
Law 38 Wreck a Hater
Law 39 Switch Up
Law 40 Don't Down 'Em, Crown 'Em
Law 41 Keep Your Front Up Till You Come Up
Law 42 If You Can See It, You Can Be It
Law 43 Talk Shit andSwallow Spit
Law 44 You Need Fire and Desire
Law 45 Get Rid of the Word "If"
Law 46 Move and Shake Like a Pimp Shakes
Law 47 Pimpin' Is What You Do, Not Who You Are
Law 48 Don't Believe the Hype


From Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game by Pimpin' Ken.


I had a full blown entry done earlier, but LJ was down for me for most of the days. I'm tired now, so instead of insight, you get Pimpology. The number of middle aged white men I see buying, or at least perusing, this book is highly amusing.

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