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So you got assigned to me and now you have to write a fic...

Hi! This is [personal profile] cryptaknight's writing journal. I saw this linked on an exchange request over at [ profile] smutty_claus and thought it might come in handy for those unfamiliar with me who've been assigned to write for me in an exchange. This is pretty HP-specific, with a little Monster High tossed in; if you want to know about another fandom, leave me a comment.

OMG I got [personal profile] cryptaknight! What do I do???

Slash: I don't tend to ask for slash, so this is probably a non-issue. Boy!slash is something I don't typically write, not because of an aversion, but simply because as a mostly heterosexual female, it falls well outside my realm of experience, and I don't feel I could do it justice in writing, especially writing of an R-NC 17 nature; I'm willing to dabble in lower rated fics, however, and certainly do not mind it as a pairing in fics I receive (especially if someone wants to write me Destiel, I'm just sayin'). I do enjoy femmeslash, but it is so very rare in my fandom. I've written it, and I'd be willing to again! At the moment, however, s_c is the only exchange I'm participating in, and it's a het exchange, so the point is largely moot, unless the writer plans a secondary, slashy pairing. F/F pairings I enjoy are Hermione/Pansy, Hermione/Luna, Lavender/Padma, and Clawdeen/Draculaura (the last one is MH; HP writers, just ignore it!).

Het: I like a wide, wide variety of het pairings. My bulletproof pairings are Zacharias pairings, though I am particular about how he is characterized (hint: go deeper than canon, while still keeping him in canon character; an explanation for his behavior at the Battle of Hogwarts is usually a plus).

I am a Draco fan, as well, but I prefer writers who tread carefully with Draco- I don't want him to be unrepentantly evil, but he shouldn't be fluffy, either. I like to see him dealing with the fallout from the last couple of canon books- ie, Voldemort living in his house, spending time in Snape's company, the choices his parents made, the choices he made. I love Draco/Hermione but it should be plausible. In general, I love my Slytherins; stories about Draco/Pansy, Theodore/Pansy, Blaise/Pansy, etc make me happy.

I also enjoy Ron when not with Hermione (though I would like their relationship addressed in some way- just say why they broke up). Ron/Lavender, Ron/Pansy: these are love.

I like reading about Neville, though I cannot write him. Same goes for Harry, same goes for Luna. I do not care for Ginny, for the most part. Sorry.

Other things I would prefer not to see are: MWPP/L, next gen, teachers other than Snape, Arthur/Molly, creature fic other than vampire/werewolf.

Threesome: I can enjoy a good threesome, but I prefer it as a sexual event or an angst-filled plotline (ie, a character torn between two lovers), rather than as a fluffy central ship. The exceptions to this rule would be my MH OT3- Frankie/Jackson/Holt, Stranger Things OT3- Jonathan/Nancy/Steve, and Star Wars OT3- Finn/Rey/Poe.

Gen: Hmm. Well, I like some romantic element, usually, even if it's just a sub-plot/side-plot, but I suppose if you were to write me gen, I would like something pretty plotty- an adventure, a mystery, something like that.

Dislikes: I covered this somewhat under "Het", but I'll expand. I dislike the following: non-canon characterization (it's fine to expand/develop/grow, but I want canon roots), goofy nicknames (Mione, Scorp, Dray, Sev, Siri, etc.; I don't mind relatively logical things like shortening Zacharias to Zach, or unique nicknames that play a role in the pairing), airhead females, unrepentantly evil characters (rapey!Snape, murderous!Draco), a lack of plot, overly fluffy fic, pregnancy fic, poor grammar, poor spelling, disregard to canon. Basically I dislike anything that is OOC or poorly written. Please be thoughtful and give me a plot and characters I can enjoy!

Kinks: My kinks are pretty tame- I like things like rough sex, shower sex, gotta-have-it-right-now sex, semi-public sex, light bondage (silk scarves and blindfolds, not whips and chains), anonymous sex (something involving a masquerade and mixed up identities would be amazing), teasing, oral sex, forbidden relationships, basically anything that gives the sex a hint of urgency or danger.

Squicks: NON-CON. I cannot stress this enough. It is not just a squick, it is a trigger, and I will be very, very upset with any sort of non-con. Just don't write it for me. Please. Angry or hate-sex is okay, as long as both parties clearly want it, but other than that, dub-con is best avoided as well. On a less serious note, I do not enjoy the following: anal, chan, scat, watersports, non-sexual bodily fluids, overly purple or euphemistic phrasing (ie "aching core", "throbbing sword", "tight sheath", "budding flower", "honeyed nether lips", and so on), mpreg, marriage law, women being treated as broodmares, men being treated as walking cocks.

Other: Canon-compliance is big for me; that said, feel free to ignore the epilogue if it will suit your story better. That said, Ron/Hermione, Draco/Pansy, Remus/Tonks, Bill/Fleur and Harry/Ginny are pre-epilogue canon, and should be dealt with in some way, even if it is a single line explaining that they broke up for X reason. I'm not a fan of edging up the characters in non-canon ways via tattoos and piercings and sudden obsession with Muggle music/clothes/devices. Try to work with the broad and fascinating universe we're given. Also, I really enjoy stories involving vampires and werewolves, so please don't be shy about including them. I'm not saying if it's not in canon, don't write it, but be mindful of the rules of JKR's universe and plot accordingly. Expanding is great, whether it's theories of magic or a deeper look at what it means to be a werewolf in her world- just aim to make it plausible.

ART: Just keep the characters canon, that's all I ask. I love art, and I love a wide variety of styles. Make sure Lavender, Draco, Bill, etc have scars. Make sure Hermione's hair is bushy. Give Ron freckles. And so on. That's all I ask.

If you have any art questions, feel free to ask below.

This journal has anonymous posting available. You can ask questions here anonymously and I will do my best to answer them for a fic exchange. But you'd have to check back to see what I've said.

Last updated: January 3, 2017.
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Title: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
Author:[personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing: Zacharias Smith/Lavender Brown
Summary: Lavender always did love a good makeover! But Smith? She feared it might be impossible. Can she make him presentable before the Quidditch League Christmas party? Will he win her over despite his surly sneers? Who is really the beast in need of taming?
Rating: NC-17
Length: ~12350
Warnings: None, unless shopping with ill-tempered Hufflepuffs frightens you! (It does me, a bit.)
Author's notes: Happy holidays, katmarajade! I was thrilled to write for you. I hope you don't mind that I took some liberties with your pairings; the bunny bit and I knew it had to be Zach and Lavender. Thank you to the smutty_claus mods for running this fest every year- it's a staple of my holidays and it just wouldn't be Christmas without it! Thank you also to K for cheerleading and beta-ing and helping me brainstorm when the story was being stubborn (much like our lovely pair).

( A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing )
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Title: An Inspection Most Thorough
Author/Artist: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing(s): Pansy/Ron
Word Count: 6,400
Rating: R
Warning(s): None that I can think of.
Disclaimer:Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Notes: Written for HP Rarefest on Livejournal. Thank you so much to K for her beta and cheerleading, and to the mods for their patience. I hope I've done the prompt justice.

( An Inspection Most Thorough )
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Gift For: [ profile] leigh_adams
Title: A Wedding and a World Cup
Author: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing: Zacharias/Parvati
Summary: Zach Smith gets more than he bargained for when he makes a deal with Parvati Patil.
Rating: R/Mature
Length: 6818 words
Warnings: None.
Author's notes: This story was written as a gift for the Smutty Claus exchange on Livejournal. I tried to do as much research about India and Indian wedding customs as I could, but I am sure I’ve gotten something terribly wrong. Please forgive me any mistakes! A big thank you goes out to my beta for her tireless cheerleading and her love for Zach, and to the SC mods for their patience and for running this awesome exchange.

( A Wedding and a World Cup )
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As some of you may know, two days ago it was [ profile] nightfalltwen's birthday. I'm so bogged down in school that I knew I'd flop if I offered her fic for her birthday. She graciously accepted drabbles instead.

She gave me: Draco/Theo, late night scotch, personal library in either manor... Orrrr Zach/Lavender pink frilly housecoat and a miserable rainstorm

I wrote both of them... )

Happy Birthday, [ profile] nightfalltwen! Thank you for being such a dear friend.
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Gift For: [profile] ely_baby
Title: A Likeness in Our Destiny
Author: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing: Teddy Lupin/Victoire Weasley
Summary: Victoire has never been anything but a pest to Teddy. So why can't he get her off his mind?
Rating: R
Length: 12,560
Warnings: None that I can think of!
Author's notes: Okay, so I was totally inspired to write Teddy/Victoire, but didn't like the ages I was given by canon, so I'm tossing out their bits in the epilogue and the recent Rita Skeeter articles. I wanted to write an adult/young adult romance, not young teen romance (especially for a smutty fest). So. Forgive me my futzing with canon. I hope the story overrides that. The title of the story comes from a line in Jane Austen's Emma, by which this fic was very loosely inspired. I also want to thank K for the beta and brainstorming sessions- couldn't have done it without you! And thank you to my giftee, for giving me a reason to be brave and dip my toes into the next-gen waters for the first time ever. These two were a pleasure to write, and I never would have tried it without your request. Have a very joyous holiday season, [profile] ely_baby, and I hope you enjoy your fic!

( A Likeness In Our Destiny )
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Title: Rewritten
Author: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Rating: PG
Word Count: 5307
Summary: When Hermione in a world she doesn't recognize, she must put the puzzle pieces together to find out why, and how it can be fixed… and if she wants to fix it at all.
Warnings: Alternative universe
Disclaimer: Harry Potter belongs to JK Rowling and Warner Bros. All fics posted at this community were written entirely for fun, not for profit, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Author's Note(s): Thank you, duet partner, for making me write something outside of my usual box. I had fun imagining how this story could be told, and revisiting canon to see how things might change if only one moment was different. I hope you enjoy it, too! Thanks go to K for the superb beta. If there are any mistakes they are my fault and not hers ;)

Rewritten )
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Gift For: [personal profile] nightfalltwen
Title: The Push
Pairing: Luna/Ron
Summary: Luna fancies Ron, and she's pretty sure he fancies her, too. He just needs a small push.
Rating: R
Length: 5350
Warnings: Scheming. Hufflepuffs. Mismatched socks. Fruity alcoholic beverages. Nothing terribly serious, however.
Author's notes: Merry Christmas, [personal profile] nightfalltwen! Thank you for running such an amazing fest. You deserve a gift, too! I know you've a fondness for Ron/Luna, and I couldn't resist letting Zach guest star. Cheers!

The Push )

Fic: Agora

Nov. 7th, 2015 01:52 am
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Title: Agora
Creator: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Lavender Brown/Draco Malfoy
Cliche: Forced proximity
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Rating: PG13
Word Count/Art Medium: ~10,800
Summary: Draco's found it difficult to go outside since the war ended. Lavender Brown might be an odd choice for an assistant, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Author Notes: I was listening to the song Agora, by Bear Hands, and the bunny bit. Draco seemed a natural fit, and once I had the fic idea, so did Lavender.

Agora )
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Title: Turning Pages
Author/Artist: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Prompt: 38- They keep running into each other in the same bookstore: once is chance, twice is coincidence, but after that, what is it?
Pairing(s): Harry/Pansy
Word Count/Art Medium: 6400
Rating: R
Warning(s): None? EWE, I suppose.
Disclaimer:Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Notes: Hatchards is a real book shop, but I've taken tremendous liberties with it, I'm sure. Any errors in London geography are solely mine. All of Pansy's book titles are real, and some of my favourite historical romances. Thanks so much to K for her beta and her support.
Summary: "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"
–Henry Ward Beecher
Pansy is not the type to frequent a Muggle store, but when she sees Harry Potter doing just that, her contrariness gets the best of her.

Turning Pages )
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Title: Pigs and Pawns
Author: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Recipient: [personal profile] teenage_hustler
Rating: R/NC17
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Pansy Parkinson
Summary: Hermione isn't the type to back out of a wager. Even if it means getting up close and personal with Pansy Parkinson.
Warnings: Infidelity. Pedicures. Smut, obviously.
Word count: ~3300
Author's notes: [personal profile] teenage_hustler, I hope this fic meets your expectations. I started from your prompts and things took on a life of their own. They gave me a hard time, for a while, but then Pansy and I figured out how to push Hermione out of her comfort zone. I think it worked out well for the pair of them! Thanks go out to K for the beta and encouragement and kicks in the pants, when needed.

Pigs and Pawns )
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Title: Howlcoming
Pairing: Frankie/Jackson/Holt
Summary: When two boys ask Frankie Stein to the big dance, she has to make a choice. Doesn't she?
Rating: PG
Word count: ~1200
Author's notes: This is a work of fanfiction based on the Monster High franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Written for Arjay, one of the bestest people on tumblr. Happy birthday, boo, and thank you always for encouraging my doll addiction in the best way possible!

Howlcoming )
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I wrote some drabbles to get some writing exercise on tumblr a while back, and most of the requests were from the MH fandom. I'm just gathering them here because I am a magpie with my own work. Most are no higher than PG13, I believe.

Spectra/Rochelle )


Clawd/Deuce, Music Festival )


Cleo/Deuce, Magical artifacts )


Rochelle/Catrine, Scaris )


Venus/Lagoona, Vegan restaurant )
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Title: Five Ways To Say I Love You
Pairings: Ron/Luna, Draco/Hermione, Zach/Susan, George/Lavender, Harry/Simone (Treats waitress)
Summary: The lives and stories of five couples intertwine as they navigate the holiday season and prepare for the Ministry's Christmas gala.
Rating: R
Length: ~18,600
Warnings: None? No major kinks or triggers.
Author's notes: nightfalltwen, I hope you enjoy this Christmas gift! You've worked so hard to make smutty_claus a wonderful fest; I really wanted to do something extra-special for you. Thank you for everything you do! Thanks also go to R and S for cheerleading, con crit, and beta-ing, and for slogging through this monster of a fic. Happy holidays to you and all the fabulous mystery authors and artists that make this fest so amazing every year!

(Five Ways To Say I Love You)
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Title: How To Get An Exclusive Without Really Trying
Author: [personal profile] cryptaknight
Prompt #: 8. Post-Hogwarts,EWE. At a Halloween charity Quidditch match between the Canons (Ron is playing for them, decked out in orange), Reporter!Pansy (decked out in all black) sneaks into the locker room after for an interview... and a little more.
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Ron Weasley/Pansy Parkinson
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Pansy is determined to get the interview that will set her free from the Quidditch beat, whatever it takes.
Word Count: ~3000
Warnings/Content: Dub-con, if you squint at it sideways. All the good stuff is consensual, however.
Author's/Artist's notes: Big thanks to my betas, who urged and propelled me to finish on time and got me over the hump (pun not intended). Hope y'all enjoy!

How to Get an Exclusive Without Really Trying )
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Title: One Year By Moonlight
Pairing: Draco/Hermione
Summary: When Hermione is bitten by a vampire, she finds an unlikely ally in Draco Malfoy.
Rating: NC-17
Length: 15,300 words
Warnings: Vampirism, and blood. Some violence. No warnings for the actual smutty situations.
Author's notes: L, you will probably figure out who I am before you finish this. I just hope you enjoy this epic pile of words, because it really was a joy to write for you. Have a wonderful holiday! ♥ you! Thanks to K and S for beta'ing and cheerleading, and especially to K for giving me one my favourite lines in the story.

One Year By Moonlight
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So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.

A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via [ profile] lj_releases).

They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.

LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).

Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.

(Click for big)

I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.

Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile

Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist

New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters

One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).

All friendslists will look the same.

Snippet from the locked post at [ profile] lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.


You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from [ profile] ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to [ profile] lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the [ profile] lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.

You can easily switch back to the old version.

Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.

ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!

ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test:

ETA3: Added more screenshots.

ETA4: Additional info at [ profile] ruljautonews:

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.


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