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Below are the 8 most recent journal entries recorded in Pallas' LiveJournal:

Thursday, June 16th, 2005
3:18 pm
Short Piece of Fiction
Marie of RoumaniaCollapse )

Current Mood: determined
Friday, May 6th, 2005
12:02 pm
introduction post
It's nice to meet you all!

I'm Jen (or eyra), one of the betas. I'm 19, an English major, and a part-time bookseller at Waldenbooks (Borders Express, really), among other things. Occasionally I get the urge to study something to death, as was the case with the Norman Conquest. I took Old English my junior year of high school, developed an interest in pre-Norman politics, and took off from there. It was about a year and a half before I started on a different topic. I spent most of my time studying Saxon-Norman relations in the years after Hastings, but had an interest in most of the issues of the time period.

I'm here because I like the Norman Conquest, and I like Harry Potter. It took me awhile to get into the fandom, as the only fan fiction I knew about was on fanfiction.net, and the site scares me just a little. I wasn't enterprising enough to go on a search for other archives until last December. My favorite characters are probably the Marauders - lately I've been spending too much time trying to figure out Peter Pettigrew. I hadn't put much thought into the Founders before now, but your take sounded really interesting, and I'm looking forward to being a part of this.

And me. Well, I like a little tea with my milk, sugar, and honey. I would never poison a cat with it, not even my neighbor's, who is probably distantly related to Beelzebub. I have an inordinate fascination with thieves, thanks to Robin Hood, and the Pre-Raphaelites, thanks to John William Waterhouse. My teddy bear was appropriately named Fuzzy. He once belonged to my dad, and by the time he got to me he hadn't had any significant amount of stuffing for twenty years. He was a good bear.

Current Mood: tired
Thursday, May 5th, 2005
5:27 pm
Intro post
Hi, I'm fringedweller, and I'm one of the betas. I'm 26, work as an English teacher and I come from Wales. I'm not fluent in Welsh but I can handle simple translation requests or I can disappear to work on anything complicated. I studied Viking,Saxon and post-Conquest Europe as part of my degree and I'm dying to use the knowledge again. I love my job, but it's all English language and literature based and my historical knowledge rarely comes out to play.

I must admit that I'm envious of the fact that the writers are still in college, as my university time was the happiest time of my life so far. I met some fantastic people there, and it was there that the idea of The Fringedweller's Guide (http://www.fringedwellers-guide.net) was born. Go and check the site out, it's very funny, even if I do say so myself.

I like HP fic, but I'm more interested in the adults of the canon, or stories about characters when they're adult. I deal with teenagers everyday and to be frank, I don't need to read (often badly written) stories about them. This project interests me because you seem to be handling the founders in a way that I haven't come across before.

So...I never had a blankie, my first stuffed animal was a Siamese cat called Snowy, I once was owned by a cat I called Neville and unusually for a Brit, I hate tea. I love bad puns, my hero is Miss Piggy and I love to collect unusual jewellery. Feel free to wade through my journal, it's usually full of rants about the idiots that cross my path and angst about, well, just about everything else.

I look forward to working with you all!

Current Mood: cheerful
11:05 am
icebreaking post
Greetings, or something. I can't think of an eloquent way to start this off, so I might as well launch into the awkward explanation of who I am, starting with name and age.

My name is Erika, and my parents like to point on that they picked "Erika" because it is Scandanavian. I like my name because it means "powerful ever-ruler" when most girls' names mean things like "delicate flower" or "beautiful virgin." I am nineteen (and a half, or at least pretty close to a half). Despite the fact that I am nineteen, I'm told I often look and sound like a five-year-old, and you wouldn't be able to guess this wasn't true by looking at the blanket and stuffed animals on my bed. My blanket, like Pen's, is a pink baby blanket that I've had since birth. While I was also not creative with names-- "Blankie" served as the appelation for this beloved piece of cloth-- I was creative with genders. Blankie, despite being pink, was a boy. Blankie's staunchest companion was Snoopy, a stuffed replica of everyone's favorite beagle on Peanuts, who one of my parents' friends bought for me as a baby. I have one other stuffed animal on my bed at college, but that one has come into my life far more recently. It is a giant orange Friend Bear of the Care Bears, who could possibly eat Tokyo, and certainly eat me. The only way I keep myself alive is by feeding it the bedsheets.

I'm here because I was at the legendary dinner conversation that started it all, and witnessed Mar's geekgasm over the idea of an Irish Slytherin fighting a Norman Gryffindor. And I thought, "Here's the possibility of writing a Harry Potter fic that isn't the usual 'shippy drivel... yeah, I'm game."

I sort of ended up doing the Ravenclaw research by default, because Mar wanted Slytherin and Hufflepuff, and Pen wanted Gryffindor. From what I know of Rowena Ravenclaw thus far, she's going to be a Scottish noblewoman in the newly centralized Scotland, putting up resistence against the Normans at first but then wanting a more diplomatic answer to the conflict. She's widowed but very powerful, and her scholar son likes letters more than war. He'll probably be the one who suggests a school for Witchcraft and Wizardry. I possibly need to hit up the books some more.

I'm comfortable with being the Ravenclaw person though, as I have a lot of people around me who are interested in Scotland and would be willing to share resources. Ravenclaw's also where I (and online quizzes) tend to sort myself. I have the Ravenclaw t-shirt and at one point knitted a hugeass Ravenclaw scarf, which I gave away to one of my friends who people tease me about a lot.

Now that I'm getting into Completely Random Facts That No One Needs To Know, I might as well continue along those themes:

-I actually don't play much in the HP fandom. I read the books, and occasionally lurk in the fanfiction places. I used to be more active when Percy/Oliver was a viable 'ship.

-I am a comics MANIAC, and a lot of my fandom activity has to do with superhero comics. Marvel's bothered me lately, but I have a love for X-men when it's actually good. If I wanted to be really wanky, I'd say I was 'shipping Northstar/Iceman before it was cool... wait, I just did something really wanky. DC Comics brings me endless glee in the form of the Bat-family, the Teen Titans, and Young Justice. I HEART The Authority, and don't even mind Mark Millar's run all that much, even if people think he fucked it up beyond all recognition.

-I like children's literature more than I do adult literature. The Dark is Rising is my favorite fantasy series, though Narnia and Redwall will always have a special place in my heart. For some inexplicable reason, Lucy Maud Montgomery's books about Prince Edward Island are my crack.

-I am a-okay with slash, het, and femmeslash, but I have a lot of pet peeves with all kinds of 'shippy fic. Basically, I'm cranky and I want my 'shipfic to read like gen that just happens to have 'ships. Smut tends to look all the same to me, and I often find it boring, so I tend to have a strong dislike for PWP writers who think their smut is deep and revealing of someone's inner character when it is actually just smut. I don't think people should stop writing smut; it's just generally not my cup of tea.

-I'm not as bitter as I sound. Really.
2:54 am
An intro... (aka, my long procrastination)
Hey everyone! I'm procrastinating on packing my stuff up so I can leave later today so I figured I'd post my intro.

I'm Penelope (Pen) and I'm the oldest of the writers at the ripe age of 20 *smirk*. I'm not sure if this counts as a stuffed animal, but my baby blanket is pink and was given to me several months before I was born by my great-grandmother. My parents didn't know that I was female so asked her how she knew, she said she just did. She really was something, let me tell you that. Anyway, the blanket's name is Pinky (I was an original child, I know) and I still have her although she's now a scrap that fits inside my hand when I make a fist. As far as a real stuffed animal, the first one I remember was this bear that I never actually named. He was given to me not long after I was born and at the time was larger than I. I still have him, but he never received quite the amount of love that Pinky did and, therefore, is still in relatively good shape. I got involved with this because chasingtides and I had too much time on our hands at dinner one night. We got to discussing the founders and where they came from and the rest, as they say, is history*wink*

I'm in charge of Gryffindor (thanks to all those who sorted me into that House at hogwarts_elite -- if you don't belong and should, go get sorted, and that's an order!). At the moment, I'm not completely sure where I'm going with him. I am planning on his being some level of Norman noble who has taken residence in England following the invasion. Unfortunately, that's about as far as I am at the moment.

Random stuff:
1) I'm disabled and have a great interest in disability both in literature and fandom. In other words, part of my summer will be me working on some essay about disability in Harry Potter. Yay for research!
2) I leave on Tuesday for a trip to Europe for slightly over 2 months. I'm traveling and visiting friends and anyone who wants to host a crazy wheeling American. It should be great fun. Anyone who wants to follow my trip can do so at wheeledtraveler, but if you mention prydera anywhere on that journal, you will suffer a slow and painful death as my parents will have the trip journal address, but I'd prefer that they not have my personal journal address as well.

p.s. I'm looking forward to hearing about how many neighbor's cats receive tea from our betas.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
6:55 pm
Another Post
As the betas begin to trickle in and the writers become anxious for the school year to end, thus releasing us to write, I think this is a good time to introduce ourselves. The three writers of Pallas can explain their Founder(s) and what they think should happen, as well as why they want to write this, who they are, and what they named their first stuffed animal. The betas can tell us who they are, why they have become our betas, what their specialty is, do they really like Harry Potter, how they drink their tea, and do they feed their tea to the neighbor's cat when the guests aren't looking.

This is sort of an ice breaker, but since I'm the only one, at the moment, who has had contact with everyone, we are in need of ice breakers. If you can think of anything else to add to your introduction - your life story, that time you went to see the bearded lady at the circus and she had no beard, your favorite Harry Potter character, your favorite LJ community - feel free.


PS Anyone who wants to help me make Francis Milburg icons will win brownie points. I have several copies on photobucket that I can hand out for people to play with.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
4:38 pm
I made us a mascot!
Francis Milburg

His name is Francis Milburg.
2:48 pm
This is mostly just a testing post, making sure the community works and all of that rot.

The real posting will begin after final exams are over (ie the third week of May). I've been thinking that, since we won't be seeing anyone here face-to-face for a couple months, or at least not as a group of three, we can post some basic ideas up here, probably friends locked. The betas - who I am sure will be wonderfully helpful - can thwap us for not being historical and, damn, I should find at least one canon beta, too... This is going to be a tangled web encompassing fandom isn't it?... In any case, we have one historical beta and she seems to be cut perfectly for us, and others will hopefully be on the way...


Current Mood: amused
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