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Project For Awesome! [17 Dec 2011|01:25pm]
It's Project for Awesome Weekend! P4A is a way to use the power of YouTube to promote charities. Visit: www.projectforawesome.com for more info, videos, etc.

I made my first P4A video this year! It's not super great because my video editing software is whatever came with my computer, but I got a kick out of the final result:


Check out all the videos and comment/like them to promote them. Let charities take over YouTube for a weekend and spread the word about awesome ways to decrease world suck!
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HP FICLET: Nothing [12 Dec 2011|10:47pm]
Title: Nothing
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Remus Lupin/Sirius Black
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Remus and Sirius spend a day together.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain.


Nothing )
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HP FICLET: Chocolate Frog Card [05 Dec 2011|10:20pm]
Title: Chocolate Frog Card
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Albus Dumbledore/Remus Lupin
Rating: R
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Chocolate and sex.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain.

Chocolate Frog Card )
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HP FICLET: How It’s Done [28 Nov 2011|11:44pm]
Title: How It’s Done
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Lucius Malfoy/Albus Dumbledore
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Lucius comes to Dumbledore for help.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain.


How It’s Done )
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HP FICLET: Courted By Both Sides [21 Nov 2011|11:56pm]
Title: Courted By Both Sides
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Lucius Malfoy/Horace Slughorn
Rating: R
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Horace has a somewhat expected visitor.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain.

Courted By Both Sides )
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HP FICLET: Curiosity Killed the… [14 Nov 2011|10:48pm]
Title: Curiosity Killed the…
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Horace Slughorn/Ginny Weasley
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Ginny has an unexpected visitor.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain.

Curiosity Killed the…  )
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HP FICLET: A Happy Ending (Snape/Ginny) [07 Nov 2011|08:08pm]
Title: A Happy Ending
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Severus Snape/Ginny Weasley
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Ginny brings up a suspicion at the wrong time.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain.

A Happy Ending )
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HP FICLET: Orders of Merlin (Fudge/Snape) [31 Oct 2011|11:16pm]
Title: Orders of Merlin
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Severus Snape/Cornelius Fudge
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Snape knows what he wants.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain in a few minutes.

Orders of Merlin )
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HP FICLET: Clueless (James Potter/Cornelius Fudge) [24 Oct 2011|10:44pm]
Title: Clueless
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: James Potter/Cornelius Fudge, James Potter/Lily Potter mentioned
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Fudge is not known for being observant.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain.

Clueless )
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HP FICLET: Gnorwlla (Ron/James) [04 Oct 2011|12:05am]
Title: Gnorwlla
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Ron/James
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Ron is back at Hogwarts and confused.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain. Written in, like, 10 minutes.

Gnorwlla )
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HP FICLET: Buns in the Oven (Luna/Ron) [26 Sep 2011|10:51pm]
Title: Buns in the Oven
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Luna
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Luna and Ron at home.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain

Buns in the Oven )
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HP FICLET: Discovery (Hagrid/Luna) [19 Sep 2011|10:25pm]
Title: Discovery
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hagrid/Luna
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Many years after Hogwarts,Luna goes to Hagrid for help.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain

Discovery )
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HP FICLET: In Hagrid's Hut (Peter/Hagrid) [12 Sep 2011|09:07pm]
Title: In Hagrid’s Hut
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Peter/Hagrid
Rating: R
Warning: creepy!Peter
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Wormtail fantasizes.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain

In Hagrid’s Hut )
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9-11 [11 Sep 2011|01:36am]
For years now, I've noticed this wonderful thing that happens like magic whenever someone mentions 9-11. The mood in a group or conversation completely changes. It softens. The memory hurts us all. And then, suddenly, people start sharing where they were when it happened and how they found it. Ten years later, people still talk about it. We have a need to share--with friends, with family, even with people we've just met. And we have a need to listen. Even if we didn't know anyone personally who died, it still touched us--and continues to touch us. It's something we all share and something we all have to remember. There is power in remembering.

Please feel free to comment here with your own story.

This is mine.

I was in Operating Sytems class, taught by the head of the Virginia Tech computer science department that morning. After class, I walked over to McBride to meet with my adviser. I ran into him in the elevator on the way up to the CS floor. Someone said that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center. Someone said it was a small plane and possibly the person in the plane had died. It sounded like some accident involving faulty navigation or a noncommercial plane. When my adviser and I got to his office, we tried to pull up CNN and then all the other news sources, but everything timed out with too much traffic overloading their servers. My adviser and I had a super quick meeting, thinking nothing more of it. Afterward, there was something to sign--a form or timesheet for my graduate research hours or something like that. So we headed to the main CS office. And that's when we realized something was very wrong.

One of the office interns was in tears. Everyone was listening to the radio or scrolling through news stories. The plane had not been a little one.

I headed home, but I needed to get gas to get 1 mile up the hill to my apartment. I stopped at the gas station at the bottom of the hill, just off campus, and tried my credit card. The reader was down. That was odd. I tried again with a different card. Still nothing. Luckily, I had $3 in cash, which was enough for gas to get home and back.

I got to my apartment and turned on ABC just as the second tower fell.

Fom then on, I was glued to the television set. Peter Jennings was like my lifeline. I called my mother up in Northern Virginia. She said my dad (a government employee) was fine. I can't remember now if he'd been sent home and was on the beltway somewhere or if there was a lockdown for a little while. But I remember being worried about him until she called me and told me he was home safe. That was after the towers fell. And after the plane hit the Pentagon. And after the plane went down in Pennsylvania. Every single second of the day, I watched the news. I'd turn the volume up so I could hear it from the bathroom even. I just sat there watching and crying and hoping.

I remember that night, when my boyfriend and I finally ventured outside. The streets were empty. We drove over to our favorite Japanese takeout place for dinner. We ordered and then sat there watching the TV that was on. Other people were sitting at the little tables, silently eating and watching the news coverage as well. I had this sense that, though the news was just showing the same thing over and over, there was something about watching it that was reassuring. It was quiet and strange. Maybe it was just that no one had words for it yet. No one knew how to talk. So we all just watched and waited for it to make sense.

I remember sleeping in front of the television. I remember waking up repeatedly to updated death & missing totals.

I remember going to Creative Writing class the next afternoon. We didn't talk about the current assignment. We didn't talk about the class at all, actually. The professor (a graduate assistant, I think, or maybe he was just a really young teacher) waited for us all to sit down and then he said that the lesson was canceled but we could just sit and write or sit and talk about it with each other. And so people shared. We talked about where we'd been and what we knew so far. We talked about how we all watched the news or listened to the news. We were a small class of people who didn't know each other because it was mostly non-majors taking this for a core requirement, but we all had this shared experience. We reacted to it differently but also in the same way. It was cathartic to be away from the television and talking about it. It was nice having a chance to share our emotions and thoughts with other people who understood.

I can't remember how long it took me to stop watching the news coverage 24-7. I can't remember turning off the television or switching the channel. I just remember life stopping and the whole world holding its breath in shock, then crying. The images of all those flyers of people missing. The president saying stupid things about going shopping. The seriousness even the Daily Show had. Everything was suddenly categorized as Before or After. I wasn't alive when JFK was killed, but soon 9-11 became an actual term everyone used, and then it became the defining event.

I visited Ground Zero for the first time a few weeks ago. I ended up following a group of a few hundred (a few thousand?) motorcycle riders there for a remembrance ceremony. I was amazed at how far along the construction of new buildings is. But I appreciate the displays and museum (which wasn't open yet). And I appreciated having a chance to just be there to quietly reflect. On the drive back home that same day, we passed the Pentagon. And it's rebuilt and functioning. For all the horror and loss and suffering--the lives lost on board the plans, in the towers, in the aftermath; the families destroyed; the first responders now developing illnesses; the soldiers and casualties in the Middle East--we're still here. We all still remember.
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My Dear Mr. Potter Project! [23 Aug 2011|09:58pm]

Perhaps you’re heard about the book, Dear Mr. Potter, which is a series of letters from Harry Potter fans around the world. If you don’t already have a copy, I highly recommend you get one because it’s great and inspirational and all proceeds go to benefit the Harry Potter Alliance! Find out more: http://thehpalliance.org/dearmrpotter/

I’d really like to make my copy of Dear Mr. Potter special by asking every Harry Potter fan I hang out with online or in real life to write a short letter I can insert into the book. It can have art, words, photos—whatever you want as long as it’s flat and can be inserted into the book (i.e., not a poem on a giant cloth banner or a wooden wand or a 50 page book). I would be honored if you would make a Dear Mr. Potter page about your experience as a fan and/or what Potter means to you (check out the book and the website for examples).

You can e-mail it to me as an attachment.

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HP FICLET: Unexpected Similarities (Peter/OMC) [22 Aug 2011|10:46pm]
Title: Unexpected Similarities
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Original Character/Peter Pettigrew
Rating: R
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Peter meets a Death Eater and finds out something they share
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain. Additional notes at the end.

Unexpected Similarities )
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HP FICLET: Bella's Initiation (Bellatrix/OMC) [15 Aug 2011|11:24pm]
Title: Bella’s Initiation
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Bellatrix/Original Character
Rating: R
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Bellatrix gets to know all Death Eaters
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain. Additional notes at the end.

Bella's Initiation )
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HP FICLET: All You Need is Love (Hermione/Bellatrix; also Hermione/Ron) [08 Aug 2011|10:10pm]
Title: All You Need is Love
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione/Bellatrix, Hermione/Ron
Rating: R
Warning: Non-con (no explicit rape, but you could definitely read it as implied. Hermione is of-age but please don’t read this if that sort of thing bothers you)
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: To Bellatrix, there’s no difference between pain and love.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain

All You Need is Love )
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HP FICLET: Something Different (Cedric/Hermione) [02 Aug 2011|12:05am]
Title: Something Different
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione/Cedric, various canon Yule Ball pairings
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: The Yule Ball comes with unforeseen complications.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain

Something Different )
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HP FICLET: Finally Admitting It (Harry/Cedric) [25 Jul 2011|06:46pm]
Title: Finally Admitting It
Author: KateKintail
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: unrequited Harry Potter/Cedric Diggory
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: JKR’s characters. I play for free and for fun.
Summary: Harry finally admits some things to Ron.
Notes: Written for the [info]hpdaisychain


Finally Admitting It )
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