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Rolling with it...
Well. So there are some things that need to be announced, or at least chatted about, and although I'm not truly the right person to be making announcements, I'm at least a decent sort to start chatting.
First of all, and most importantly, Spenser Hemmingway is stepping down from his Senior Administrator and Trinkets Tsar role, "effective May". That may or may not mean tomorrow, but regardless it is certainly soon. I don't know details, but Sir Ollivander told us that Spenser / Eric has accepted a college position in creative writing. Fitting, I would say!
Anyway, hopefully those who know more, and perhaps our long-time SIYE icon himself, may be able to provide more information, but in the mean time, let's wish him well!
Secondly, Hannah / GinnyWeasley777, has agreed to take on the Trinkets and get them charged up again. Thank you Hannah! In return, I will assume full responsibility for Challenges.
Thirdly, I am aware, and somewhat disheartened, by the fair number of minor unresolved technical problems on the site, including failures in new account approval, review responses, and (for some authors) an inability to edit old chapters. I don't personally have the control (and perhaps not the know-how) to fix these problems, but the appropriate authorities have been alerted.
I will admit that this is a difficult time for SIYE. We are limping along, but we are not dead yet, especially if authors, readers and volunteers continue to make things happen.
Er, what's so grand about today? Sixth anniversary of Alan Rickman's last on-stage performance?
No silly. I mean, yes, BUT today is April Fool's day and what better way to honour it than with a "Pranks" Challenge? Indeed, it is not just the twins who can pull a prank. Somebody has just wronged Harry and Ginny, and they're going to get even in the most fitting and funny way possible. Tell us about it! Please note that these shenanigans need not take place on April 1, however they're certainly welcome to borrow from the spirit of this fine day!
Challenge award categories are:
People's Choice Award
Most Gratuitous Use of the Word Belgium in a Serious Screen Play
Authours, please have your stories submitted by July 15, 2017 to line us up for an awards announcement on August Fool's Day. The usual caveats apply as far as judges not having to read Restricted stories, or read past the 20,000th word of a story.
Everyone, please feel free to suggest new challenge ideas whenever they occur to you!
Authours, please do not feel unloved for the next while if you don't receive reviews on your stories -- the function is temporarily unavailable, and will hopefully be restored reasonably soon!
For those wondering about the recent outages, they were the result of denial of service attacks. Why hackers might wish to target a site that brings the joys of free, heart-felt fiction to the world, we may never know. But with your patience and the technical skills of generous volunteers like Bear (who donated a good chunk of his time thwarting the attacks) we shall persevere!
Happy reading and writing to all!
P.S. While we wait for word about the reviewing function, anyone who feels strongly (hopefully positively) about any of our new slate of stories is welcome to leave a comment in this thread.
Update to the Update: two days ago I was able to log on just long enough to write the message below when the site crashed for more than another full day, which rendered the challenge 'extension' fairly meaningless. Furthermore, I have it on good information that at least one authour attempted to submit a story but was thwarted in doing so.
So, although I'll leave the old message in its original form below, Hannah, Sir Ollivander and I were quite unanimous on wanting more than just a 24 hour extension, so perhaps we should set the new deadline as midnight, March, 20.
And now, let's all dip into out stores of Felix Felicis and hope for a bit of server stability!
[The problem with SIYE crashing is at our host server site. I personally have not learned what the problem(s) is/are but we are definitely in contact to find out why and when SIYE will be stable. -Sir Ollivander]
Friends, seeing as how many times the site has been down in the past few days, I think it's only fair that we extend the submission deadline by a day in case there were any other authors attempting to submit stories. So let's say that we will accept any stories submitted before midnight SIYE time on March 16th.
Shortly thereafter, the category will close, and stories will be open for People's Choice voting.
"Oi, what a plank..." Stumbling his way back up toward the castle, Harry shook his head, disgusted over his sudden bout of awkwardness.
It should have been simple -- find Ginny down by the lake shore, return her lost Potions essay, chat cheerily, and forget his Ron/Hermione problems. Instead, he'd found himself tongue-tied and twisted, floundering for a cringeworthy minute, then beating a hasty retreat before her initial gratitude could turn from puzzled bemusement to full-on laughter.
He couldn't figure why he had turned so divvy in front of Ron's little sister. He was even more puzzled that this bothered him so much. Derision had been a constant feature of Harry's younger years, easily ignored, so why care now? Was it just because her... her...
... her eyes had sparkled like the sun-kissed lake? Hair gleaming in the warm westerly glow -- an irridescent crown of-?
Harry jumped, whipping about, setting his gaze on... Michael Corner.
The Ravenclaw smiled and waved. "Harry, have you seen Ginevra Weasley? Her friends told me she might be by the lake."
"Uhh..." Harry stared dumbly, rubbing his jaw with the grace of an obliviated ape.
"I'm trying to find her." Corner pulled out his wand in a non-threatening way. "She was having difficulty with some of her DADA spells, and I intended to offer..."
Corner gaped. "Eh? Beg Pardon?"
Blinking at his own outburst, Harry shook his head.
"So you haven't seen her?" Corner raised an eyebrow.
Seen her? Harry frowned. In all these years, he'd never truly seen her, had he? The little girl from Platform 9 3/4? The living, quaking body that had clung to him down in the Chamber? The charming young woman with-
"Oh, sorry." Harry nodded. "I guess I never saw her, Michael. Say, have you tried the library?"
"Library?" Corner scratched his head. "I just came from there but... Perhaps we just missed each other?" He turned back toward the castle. "Okay, well thanks Harry."
Michael Corner had retreated out of sight past a heavy thicket before Harry loosed a long conflicted sigh. Then, preparing to make his own way up the hill, he heard something. A voice. A voice of gentle concern, a lilting D major arpeggio on a fine harp...
"What's the matter, Harry? Did I say something to upset you?"
Slowly, Harry turned to see two eyes gazing tentatively up at him; eyes wide, deep, and very... beautiful?
And there was a hand -- Ginny's hand; small and gentle; reaching inquiringly. "Are you okay? You look a bit peaky."
Harry's words failed him, but no matter, for his fingers (far wiser than brain or heart) had found the courage to act, to meet the proffered hand. To accept it. Cherish it. Draw it close.
Part two of 'little scribble', per Martin's request :)
My charming witches and gentlewizards, we have one wonderful story in hand. Are more forthcoming? Will Pleurocoelus's Cretaceous muse come through for him? Other hands helping Harry to pluck up the courage?
Please note that we are always on the lookout for judges. If you judged in recent challenges, you may expect to hear again from GinnyWeasey777 or myself soliciting your kind opinions for this round. If you haven't already judged, then do consider dropping us a PM or e-mail to volunteer.
Finally, it is not too early to consider topics for Challenge 2017-2. Below are some promising concepts from earlier. Please voice your choices here in this forum, and/or propose new topics.
1. It's not just the twins who can pull a prank. Somebody has just wronged Harry and Ginny, and they're going to get even in the most fitting and funny way possible. Tell us about it!
2. Someone is going on a magical creature hunt. The challenge would be to tell why they are hunting the creature, do they find it, and tell about the journey.
3. Years into their marriage, Ginny discovers something surprising about Harry. Tell us about it.
4. Harry ran away for all the wrong reasons. Ginny has finally tracked him down. What happens next?
Four short weeks until March 15 challenge deadline, mates! Poor Harry will languish if you don't give him that kick of inspiration. Poor Ginny will wonder, again, whether she'll ever find that perfect arm about her, banishing the old fears...
In case it's any help, here's a little scribble to spark some creative engines.
Harry's knuckles whitened... then he released the edge of the table and glowered at an empty chair across of him.
Chewing her lip, Hermione listened to the thuds of Ron stomping petulantly up the steps toward the dorms. She loosed a weary breath, and patted her friend's arm. "I'm sorry, Harry."
"Sorry?" Harry's brow crinkled. "What are you sorry for?"
"I, er..." Hermione's chewed lip grew paler. "I'm sorry that Ron's being so impossible, but I can't really take your side either."
Harry stared at her. Hermione looked away, shaking her head. "Sorry, I just can't. The two of you will just have to sort it out for yourselves."
She turned from the table and made her way quickly, quietly, toward the girls' dorms. Harry stared after her for a long moment, incredulous and hurt. Alone.
Indeed, their latest row had (once again) cleared the Common Room. Harry's weary eyes swept the empty chamber. The gaggle of first-years had fled an hour ago. Dean and Neville had long since packed up their chess match. Even Ginny had given up on them -- her favourite desk vacated, jumper gone from the chair-back, not a hint of...
Huh? Harry's eyes caught a glimpse of... something fallen into the shadowy space between the wall and the bookcase -- perfectly hidden but from his odd current vantage. He crossed the room, knelt down, stretched his arm into the narrow crack, and pulled out -- a scroll. Upon which he saw flowing script, neatly stating, 'Potions Essay 12. Ginny Weasley.'
"Oi!" Harry blinked. "Wouldn't want to lose this, would you Gin'? I reckon it's due tomorrow."
He pursed his lips. "Where did she say she was off to? For a stroll by the lake?" He glanced at his own swotting -- parchment strewn about from the argument, lessons driven from his mind by the frustration of having such a git for a best friend. He gazed at the window, at the late sun playing off moody clouds and felt a vague longing for...
For what? For fresh air? A friendly face to chat with?
Harry shrugged. "Well, at least she'll be glad to have her essay back." He pulled on his cloak, and made his way to the portrait hole.
Remember, the categories for judging are Best Overall, Most Romantic, Most Unexpected, and the People's Choice Award.
1. All general submission rules apply. Stories over 20,000 words are discouraged but not prohibited. R-rated stories are allowed but discouraged. Judges are not required to read stories over 20,000 words or any R-rated stories.
2. All entries must be submitted under The Carpe Diem Challenge (2017-1) sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE time on Wednesday 15th March 2017.
3. Only completed stories will be accepted. Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapters and the story is completed by the deadline. All stories still go through the same approval process as normal submissions so please don't wait until the last minute to submit your story.
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Harry potter has a twin. Daniel Potter is the boy-who-lived, he survived the killing curse due to his mother's blood protection. Harry got a fragment of Voldemort's soul. How will history change and how far is Harry willing to go in his desire for power? Tags: Dark!Harry Dark!Ginny Soulbond H/GRating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure Words: Chapters: 8 Published: 2017.03.25 Updated: 2017.04.28 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 2553 Reviews: 20
Ever wondered what would have happened if Harry's foot hadn't sunk into the trick step, when he went to investigate Barty Crouch's sudden appearance in Snape's office in his fourth year? Read on to find out! Compliant till a part of the chapter "The Egg and the Eye" of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.Chapter 10 up - please read and review!Rating: PG Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance Words: Chapters: 10 Published: 2016.11.07 Updated: 2017.04.25 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 8256 Reviews: 77
At the height of the first wizarding war, Albus Dumbledore seeks out a mythical artefact to help bring hope to those he believes will be affected by the prophecy.Rating: PG Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Angst, Drama, Fluff, General Words: Chapters: 3 Published: 2017.04.07 Updated: 2017.04.22 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 1663 Reviews: 25
Lazy Sunday mornings in bed lead to introspection. Introspection leads to conversation, and not the light-hearted kind.Note: All the warnings are only mentioned in the fic and are not explicitly detailed.Rating: PG-13 Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Angst Warnings: Death, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.04.19 Updated: 2017.04.20 Status: Completed Hits: 745 Reviews: 3
Harry had never friends, so he imagined one: a red haired girl he kept forgetting to name. Ginny imagined a shy boy with untidy hair and bright eyes, who knew nothing of magic, so she told him. He dreamt of a world of magic and of a girl who wanted to be his friend. She dreamt of a boy who loved to hear her voice, no matter what. Then dreams become a reality when Harry met Ginny.Rating changed for later chapters.*Nominated for 2014 November/December DSTA for Best New Story and Best Romance* *Nominated for 2016 January/Feburary DSTA for Best Comedy, Drama, and Romance*Rating: PG-13 Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Humor, Romance Warnings: Dark Fiction, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 50 Published: 2014.11.13 Updated: 2017.04.13 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 67599 Reviews: 276
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours. Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?Rating: PG Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Drama, Fluff, General, Romance Warnings: Mild Language Words: Chapters: 31 Published: 2010.08.13 Updated: 2017.04.11 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 144681 Reviews: 707
Cast out of Hogwarts after the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny Weasley's future was adrift until a chance encounter four years later opens up a new opportunity for adventure and the future.Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Crossover Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Violence Words: Chapters: 8 Published: 2015.08.21 Updated: 2017.04.05 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 8848 Reviews: 26
The year after the war was a confusing time for the teen warriors. They had fought against the greatest evil - what was next? Follow them as they try to find out. Canon pairings.Rating: R Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Drama, Romance Warnings: Disturbing Imagery, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 24 Published: 2012.02.26 Updated: 2017.04.05 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 69692 Reviews: 216
Trix by GHL (PG-13) ** Winner of the DSTA for Best Comedy **
"But now old friends are acting strange..." - Joni Mitchell. Voldemort is dead; Harry and Ginny are in love and living the dream. What's not to like, right? Then, a sudden rash of strange incidents piques Harry's anxiety. After years of war, are people just having difficulty adjusting to peace? Or is someone out there playing dirty 'trix'?The story is set three months after the end of 'The Prevailing Counterpoint', and builds on characters and events elaborated therein. TPC is probably not required reading if you accept that Dumbledore and Snape are dead; that Lupin, Tonks and Fred are alive, and that Slytherins are fundamentally neurotic.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Humor Warnings: Death, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: 137286 Chapters: 14 Published: 2014.11.07 Updated: 2016.06.20 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 22889 Reviews: 98
The war has been won, yet the aftershocks continue. The scattered survivors are left to pick up the pieces and find ways to move on. Join the various members of the extended Weasley family as they struggle to rebuild and cope with the consequences. And of course there are still Death Eaters left to find.Rating: PG-13 Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Drama Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use Words: 194934 Chapters: 31 Published: 2015.06.16 Updated: 2016.01.13 Status: Completed Hits: 75086 Reviews: 474
The Weasleys find themselves facing imprisonment and shame after remaining loyal to a man they always trusted. Can Ginny save her parents from the horrors of Azkaban, and what will she discover about herself in the process? Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Drama Warnings: Mild Sexual Situations Words: 20158 Chapters: 1 Published: 2015.07.08 Updated: 2015.07.10 Status: Completed Hits: 5594 Reviews: 26
Splinters by GHL (PG-13) ** Winner of the DSTA for Best Romance **
In the secret mists of time, a truth has been shattered. The path to victory has been cursed with despair... and nobody realizes it. It is 1995 -- the summer of their discontent. Sequestered within the grimy walls of Grimmauld Place, Harry and Ginny begin having strange dreams of an era long past and events yet to come. Are the dreams somehow real? Is fate taunting them with tragic visions of doom, or are they being granted a precious chance to survive... and fall in love? Note: this story presumes canon until Chapter 4 of OotP... beyond which things begin to go haywire.Rating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Drama, Romance Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence Words: 175693 Chapters: 19 Published: 2015.08.01 Updated: 2016.03.06 Status: Completed Hits: 31527 Reviews: 277
***Winner of the Most Romantic in the Carpe Diem Challenge*** On realising what had been right in front of him all this time, Harry replays that moments in his head that led to him falling for Ginny.Rating: PG Category: SIYE Challenges, SIYE Challenges Genre: Angst, Drama, Fluff, General, Romance Warnings: Mild Language Words: 5722 Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.02.19 Updated: 2017.02.19 Status: Completed Hits: 1484 Reviews: 12
***Winner of the Best Overall, Most Unexpected, and People's Choice Award in the Carpe Diem Challenge*** It was a small wedding, and the honeymoon was, fortunately, delayed.Rating: PG Category: SIYE Challenges, SIYE Challenges Genre: Romance Words: 6226 Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.03.19 Updated: 2017.03.19 Status: Completed Hits: 1551 Reviews: 5