nursedarry: (Fan Art)
This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. And you need to see it too.

Go now.

Goggle.

Comment.

In the Garden of Eden, by Anonymous, rated PG.
nursedarry: (Thank you)
I've got EVEN MORE stuff - [livejournal.com profile] lomonaaeren has gifted me with the most beautiful sleepy!H/D and I can't thank her enough.

This day has been brilliant.

Pad over to the big bed and climb in with these two as they learn to trust one another and themselves. Then just bask in the warmth of it all.

Fear, Beauty, Courage, Glory
nursedarry: (Thank you)
Just for change of pace, I also prompted a pairing I don't often read, but I can see so easily:

Snape appears in Malfoy Manor (as a ghost, as human, just as long as he can feel and communicate) on the first Christmas Eve after the War. Lucius finds him by the fire in the drawing room. All Snape knows is that he can't stay there for long.

I'd love this to be romantic/sweet rather than smutty - don't need a high rating, just a bit of angst and a lot of "awww." These are two hardened and ebil men; they'd have trouble showing/discussing their feelings, so it might be a little awkward to have a cuddle or romantic moment, but they try anyway. I'm after bittersweet here - happy ending not required, but closure is.


And did my Mystery Author deliver?

Oh yes, s/he did! It'll make you smile and cry and awwwwww, and....just go read it!

Christmas Eve, Rated PG
nursedarry: (Fan Art)
Yeah, so, this [livejournal.com profile] mini_fest prompt I put up:

Pairing: Pansy/Ginny
I want PURE FILTH - dirty talk, toys (Christmas presents, maybe?), the works - I draw the line with watersports and scat. Not fussed about the era or infidelity. Want it consensual, that's it. Bring it on.


Challenge accepted. On the Loose, NSFW

ALSKIJAKDSJHLGDHASGSGGGGFFFHHJJJJK!

*cough*

Thank you so very much, Mystery Artist. I love it.
nursedarry: (Fan Art)
I got beautiful, beautiful fanart!

It's a happy/tragi story with some of the loveliest art with one of my favourite things, ever - grabbing and playing with each others hair! Yeah, I love that, I can see it, I think all my fandom OTPs do it (hell, I KNOW they do!).

I am so in love with this, I just want to sink my hands into their hair myself and tell them both it'll be okay... WOW. Happy sigh.

Thank you so much, Mystery Artist.
nursedarry: (Happy)
Right, first the stuff that can't be cut!

Once again, I was unable to write for [livejournal.com profile] hd_smoochfest (I need to have a word with the mods to try to get them to work better around my schedule) but I DID manage to throw down a prompt. And that prompt was picked up and masterfully filled with the funniest, awkward bonded-to-the-bum-and-then-have-tea-with-the-future-in-laws fic imaginable. I urge you all to stick yourself firmly to The Dangers of Faulty Handwriting and then squee all over it.

In addition - these super-sweet flisties all have birthdays this month and I'm sorry this mention is a bit delayed.

[livejournal.com profile] phoenix_on_ice (my future wife), [livejournal.com profile] disapparater, [livejournal.com profile] kiraohara, [livejournal.com profile] the_flic, [livejournal.com profile] winter_june, [livejournal.com profile] autumn_veela, [livejournal.com profile] suelink, [livejournal.com profile] geminai5, [livejournal.com profile] jelly_baby23, [livejournal.com profile] fr333bird, [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae, [livejournal.com profile] adelev, [livejournal.com profile] infernallysly, [livejournal.com profile] mizorekibishi, [livejournal.com profile] moon_foot, [livejournal.com profile] crystalp734, [livejournal.com profile] becoming_wen, [livejournal.com profile] lilyevans102, [livejournal.com profile] otakuwench, [livejournal.com profile] angelpoppet, [livejournal.com profile] goldylost, [livejournal.com profile] tray_la_la, [livejournal.com profile] moonlitdark, [livejournal.com profile] lttlelola, [livejournal.com profile] lea_anberlyn

Please enjoy these choccies and have a wonderful day!
chocolates

And speaking of birthdays, this is for everyone!
THANK YOU


I'm trying to thank everyone individually who sent lovely stuff and birthday wishes, so if you've not heard from me yet, you should by the end of the weekend. If you don't, please hit me with a very large wad of money stick, and I'll be sure to be in touch.

Also, as many of you already know, I've had to give up co-modding [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom as my RL gets busier, and I'm very sorry to have to step down. I want to say a HUGE thank you to [livejournal.com profile] cassie_black12 and [livejournal.com profile] lore for being the best damn co-mods ever and all the reccers who have helped make the Broom a great place for great fandom goodies. And welcome to new mods [livejournal.com profile] scarletladyy and [livejournal.com profile] wwmrsweasleydo!

This is the boring RL move update )

That's all from me for now. I'm still here and am keeping up, back to posting the [livejournal.com profile] hd_prophet, but just being a bit quiet these days. I know! Colour me surprised!

(TB friends, I'm sure you'll be hearing from me after the 16th:)
nursedarry: (Thank you)
I had a lovely birthday full of cake and wine and a long walk and beautiful weather.

There was also lots of packing.

I'll be posting a proper thank-you when we're all settled next week, but in the meantime, thanks again for all the tweets, PMs, comments, texts, gifts, love, kisses, and friendship.

I'll see you all in a few days from the northwest!

nursedarry: (treacle tart)
Before I say anything about me, I must thank the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] star_sailor13 for the most amazing and beautiful [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays gift in the shape of I Want, I Need. I love it, and I'm so chuffed she created something just for me! *hugs art*

Okay, on to the fic...

Title: This Foolish Lover's Game
Pairings: Harry/Draco, Ron/Hermione, Blaise/Charlie
Summary: Harry and Ron are sent to elite Auror training, and guess who’s also there. Somehow, Harry and Draco manage to learn a few things before falling into bed between the sniping and sparring in order to become the best of the best of the best. EWE.
Rating: NC17
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. All Top Gun characters herein are the property of the Scott estate and Paramount Pictures. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: Crack, fluff, naughtiness, the threat of karaoke
Word Count: ~8K
Author's Notes: Dragon-sized thanks to my beta, [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith. Written for the fantabulous [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae for [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays. Strangely enough, I decided on the plot for this prompt just days before Tony Scott’s death (may he RIP). I’m not sure he’d be too pleased with this homage to his best-known work, but I hope you all will be. The title is taken from Take My Breath Away.

The highway to the danger zone begins here...
nursedarry: (Porn)

I'll preface this post by saying I just had to share the grateful-gleeful-embarrassed feeling I got tonight as I opened my latest PWP ficlet, recently returned from my beta. Her comments were particularly funny and fresh, as this poor girl doesn't know anything about the fandom (except perhaps the contents of the 5-minute video snippet I forced on her. She's lucky I sent her that bit - the beginning, as it were, rather than the end - but we're not going to talk about that.).

I love my betas. I have several, plus all those lovely random people I co-erce into reading and commenting on stuff before it gets posted (I'm looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] treacle_tartlet, [livejournal.com profile] nicevenn, [livejournal.com profile] noeon and [livejournal.com profile] sati_lotus). They know what I'm trying to say, rather than what I am saying, usually badly. Let's face it, unless there's an anvil falling on someone's head, I'm not a very convincing fic writer. I can and do like to make people laugh and I enjoy writing fanfic, so I'll keep on doing it. And thanks to my betas, I'll keep inflicting it on you.

Now as I find myself drawn into other fandoms where I want to explore greater romantic or darker themes, I need my betas more than ever. That's not to say I couldn't write those things in HP - I have done - but I preferred my cracky comfort zone, which I'm finding doesn't sit so well in the Iraqi desert or Bon Temps, Louisiana. Maybe it never sat well in HP, either, but I enjoyed reading it as much as writing it, so I reckon there's a place for any genre everywhere, just in differing amounts.

Smut is even more difficult for someone who writes for the Department of Health for a living, or at least, this someone. In my Day Job, not only do I usually write in the passive voice, I often use proper scientific lingo and big words, with simple themes and very little description. This does not ordinarily make for good smut. And never romance: my initial drafts typically sound like Planned Parenthood-meets-Mills & Boon. I pick up something by [livejournal.com profile] oldenuf2nb or [livejournal.com profile] septemberoses or [livejournal.com profile] cjmarlowe and turn green with envy at how effortlessly I find myself happily sandwiched in-between their characters mid-coitus, their narratives brimming with emotion without sounding clinical or clichéd.

I cannot stress how much I value my betas' instructions in this. Tonight, [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith's learned advice and hysterical comments had me feeling so good about the writing experience (as well making me giggle over how she can shoe-horn Lucius Malfoy into anything), I felt compelled to say THANK YOU to her and to [livejournal.com profile] cassie_black12, and especially [livejournal.com profile] groolover for their years of difficult service to me as betas, and more importantly, as friends.

Please excuse the grammatical errors in this post. I'm sure it also could have been sexier.

nursedarry: (SWParty)
These amazing people all have birthdays in January!

[livejournal.com profile] maja_li, [livejournal.com profile] teganscrush, [livejournal.com profile] missymoo83, [livejournal.com profile] galidor, [livejournal.com profile] brissygirl, [livejournal.com profile] oncelikeshari, [livejournal.com profile] marianna_merlo, [livejournal.com profile] eevilalice, [livejournal.com profile] teenageworrier, [livejournal.com profile] hd_my_otp, [livejournal.com profile] citrus_lime, [livejournal.com profile] hallowdraconis, [livejournal.com profile] merb14, [livejournal.com profile] aigooism, [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith, [livejournal.com profile] faithwood, [livejournal.com profile] yazzigazzi, [livejournal.com profile] dariuchka, [livejournal.com profile] chosenfire28, [livejournal.com profile] blamebrampton, [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis, [livejournal.com profile] njphelps, [livejournal.com profile] cimmonade_91

And for you, I have four Blackadders and a cake, because [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith is not only a fan of all his incarnations, she has also been a drinking buddy good friend of mine for over 30 years.

blackaddercake


And I’d like to thank these folks who all sent me (gingerbread)men to put in my mouth as well as other sparkly pretty things:

[livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith, [livejournal.com profile] winter_june, [livejournal.com profile] arineat, [livejournal.com profile] joan_waterhouse, [livejournal.com profile] demicus, [livejournal.com profile] capitu, [livejournal.com profile] nenne, [livejournal.com profile] cassie_black12, [livejournal.com profile] knowmefirst, [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa, [livejournal.com profile] sesheta_66, [livejournal.com profile] vampira6, [livejournal.com profile] dysonrules, [livejournal.com profile] groolover, [livejournal.com profile] vic_vega66, [livejournal.com profile] frayach, [livejournal.com profile] fireflavored.

And to everyone who sent me gorgeous fic, cards, art (lordy, thank you again, [livejournal.com profile] mayfly_78!), pressies, and well-wishes…


Winter-Snowflakes-thank-you-cards-pink-brown-front



Self-indulgent introspection )

Thank you again for all your support during an interesting 2012 and a very Happy New Year to everyone on my flist! Xx
nursedarry: (Heart tattoo)
Just FYI, in lieu of sending holiday cards this year (or spending Christmas in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary), I thought I'd give something back to the Somerville Foundation which, like you, supported me during a very chaotic year. This foundation supports adults born with a heart condition. I've signed up as a Helpline Volunteer and Medical Proof-Reader.

It's strange to think that without my mitral valve packing up, I might never have known I'd been born with Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (PAPVC), and I was fortunate to have both repaired at the same time, exactly eight months ago. Thank you again to everyone for all your prayers and kind words.

As I feel very fortunate to be in good health THIS holiday season, I'd like to do what I can to help others be able to say the same next year.
nursedarry: (FC Deaths)
First of all, huge apologies to everyone I didn't get around to sending pumpkins to - the wifi where I was staying over Hallowe'en was a bit dodgy and I managed to get out a few, but not nearly enough. Hopefully, I'll be somewhere more convenient next time. Thanks muchly to [livejournal.com profile] winter_june, [livejournal.com profile] dracones, [livejournal.com profile] ldydark1, [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa, [livejournal.com profile] nicevenn, [livejournal.com profile] sophia_clark, [livejournal.com profile] knowmefirst for my yummy noms.

Flu season and RL work continue to eat my brain, but thanks to you all, I'm still smiling. Here's a little something [livejournal.com profile] sati_lotus sent me to make me laugh and it worked. (Naturally, I'm all for the suggestions at the bottom where the number three would be on a normal dart board. Aside from another explosion - there's been at least one too many of those as it is.)

Dartboard
nursedarry: (AllanGlasses)
I'm sorry this is so late, but here's a big THANK YOU to [livejournal.com profile] sra_danvers, [livejournal.com profile] capitu, [livejournal.com profile] knowmefirst, and [livejournal.com profile] invidious for the groovy pencils, and [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa, [livejournal.com profile] goldylost, [livejournal.com profile] knowmefirst, [livejournal.com profile] ldydark1, [livejournal.com profile] joan_waterhouse, [livejournal.com profile] nenne, [livejournal.com profile] kayladie for the adorable pandas!

I'm shattered; work is crazy with flu season starting next week and the NHS restructuring is landing on my desk soon. Also, my referral to the gym for Phase IV of cardiac rehab came through, and I am spending all my free time (!) there. I actually cried when I got on the cross-trainer. IKR, WTF? But I was just so delighted to get back to the gym after nearly a year.

Anyway, I'm taking a break this weekend and going to this for absolutely no reason. *cough*
nursedarry: (BandAid Heart)
Hello everyone! Yes, some of this barely-controlled joy is pharmaceutically derived, but it's also the result of sleeping well, eating well AND FINALLY HAVING THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF CIRCULATING OXYGEN IN MY BODY.

I came home from hospital yesterday. It is very weird to think that exactly this time last week, I was on an operating table with a bunch of people's hands in my chest. I have an enormous scar now, but at least my heart is working like it should be! A good trade, I think. Evidently, it wasn't pretty: my heart had become "grossly enlarged" and my pulmonary veins were more of a mess than the angiogram and MRI had indicated. The surgeon fixing them was able to re-route them all to the left atrium. I had my mitral valve repaired (annuloplasty), with the aid of some Gore-tex sutures to replace a couple chordae tendineae and a synthetic ring (for which the other surgeon gave me the serial number - in case of recall, I guess - EEEK!) There's a chance that I'll eventually need the valve replaced, but not any time in the near future. They also performed a pulmonary vein ablation procedure to control my atrial fibrillation.

The following people should be sainted for acting above and beyond the call of duty with their visits, gifts and hand-holding whilst I was being jabbed and lines and drains were being yanked out of me: [livejournal.com profile] meredyth_13, [livejournal.com profile] accioscar, [livejournal.com profile] mayfly_78 and [livejournal.com profile] felidaeryl. [livejournal.com profile] sati_lotus kept me laughing and I even got a nice tweet from my favourite True Blood vampire - THANK YOU, ALLAN!

Huge thanks also goes to [livejournal.com profile] alovelycupoftea, [livejournal.com profile] vaysh11, [livejournal.com profile] groolover and [livejournal.com profile] dysonrules for finishing up [livejournal.com profile] hd_remix. I owe you my mod life, ladies!

Finally, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE HERE for your lovely messages, vgifts, e-cards, emails, healing thoughts, and well-wishes. I could NOT have got through this as easily as I did without my internet friends, and I thank god for all of you.

I'm still going to be lying low on LJ for awhile whilst healing and getting back fully into RL, but it should be back to business as usual in the virtual world in the next few months.

nursedarry: (AllanGlasses)
Hello - just poking my head out of RL to say THANK YOU to eveyone who left such lovely (and suggestive!) comments on [livejournal.com profile] hp_love_anon. My fandom friends are some of the bestest people in the whole damn world! *hugs computer*

Huge thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] o_k_go for that sweet little innocent gift over at [livejournal.com profile] hd_fanart.

OMG, it's the return of [livejournal.com profile] ass_news! Or it will be on Wednesday if I get my shit together by then. It's going to have to wait for the weekend...

And, I don't suppose anyone's see this yet. I've absolutely no idea what kind of prompt to leave...*cough*
nursedarry: (AllanGlasses)
Hello - just poking my head out of RL to say THANK YOU to eveyone who left such lovely (and suggestive!) comments on [livejournal.com profile] hp_love_anon. My fandom friends are some of the bestest people in the whole damn world! *hugs computer*

Huge thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] o_k_go for that sweet little innocent gift over at [livejournal.com profile] hd_fanart.

OMG, it's the return of [livejournal.com profile] ass_news! Or it will be on Wednesday if I get my shit together by then. It's going to have to wait for the weekend...

And, I don't suppose anyone's see this yet. I've absolutely no idea what kind of prompt to leave...*cough*
nursedarry: (Thank you)

Time Period: Hogwarts Era, 6th-8th year, AU or EWE
Place: anywhere at the school, the train
Object/Word Prompts: House Unity, tracle tart, Harry's glasses
Action: being made to hold hands
Gimme the most cliched school smut you can think of - suggestions are (please don't feel you need to use them all!): drinking games, partnership working, detention, caught after curfew, Prefects bath, etc, etc. Yeah, like you don't know who left this prompt, huh?


What I got was...

EXACTLY THAT!!! Did she guess it was me? Probably.

It looks long and daunting *smirk* but you will race through this like a slice of treacle tart and LOL at nearly every paragraph!

Thank you, thank you, [livejournal.com profile] kiraohara for Shackled.
nursedarry: (FicRecs)

Time Period: Hogwarts Era, 6th-8th year, AU or EWE
Place: anywhere at the school, the train
Object/Word Prompts: House Unity, tracle tart, Harry's glasses
Action: being made to hold hands
Gimme the most cliched school smut you can think of - suggestions are (please don't feel you need to use them all!): drinking games, partnership working, detention, caught after curfew, Prefects bath, etc, etc. Yeah, like you don't know who left this prompt, huh?


What I got was...

EXACTLY THAT!!! Did she guess it was me? Probably.

It looks long and daunting *smirk* but you will race through this like a slice of treacle tart and LOL at nearly every paragraph!

Thank you, thank you, [livejournal.com profile] kiraohara for Shackled.
nursedarry: (Thud)
OMG, you guys! LOOK AT THIS!!!

My lovely gorgeous wonderful and most talented artist/friend [livejournal.com profile] wincest_drarry chose my Strawberries & Cream in SW19 prompt for the Boys of Summer fest at [livejournal.com profile] hd_fanart and look what she drew!

HARRY

Or rather, someone drew on him. And then he went and...spurted cream...all over himself.

Unfurl your tongue and go lap up THIS!
nursedarry: (Thud)
OMG, you guys! LOOK AT THIS!!!

My lovely gorgeous wonderful and most talented artist/friend [livejournal.com profile] wincest_drarry chose my Strawberries & Cream in SW19 prompt for the Boys of Summer fest at [livejournal.com profile] hd_fanart and look what she drew!

HARRY

Or rather, someone drew on him. And then he went and...spurted cream...all over himself.

Unfurl your tongue and go lap up THIS!

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