delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
[livejournal.com profile] mywitch has embarked on 25 days of fan art. Today she picked MY prompt, and gave me half-dressed Lucius. Go. See. Marvel.

Hubba hubba!
delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
I just got the best comment ever on my Modern Major Death Eater (parody of Modern Major General) and I had to share:

"I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY I LOVE THIS IT IS PERFECTION THIS IS WHY THE INTERNET EXISTS"

lol

This is how I feel when I read a really good piece of fanfic, so I'm especially tickled :)
delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
delphipsmith: (KellsS)
[livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange has posted the reveal -- and with 180 items, it is a freakin' HUGE reveal! The quality of writing and art that comes out of SSHG never ceases to amaze me.

I have squee'd in no uncertain terms about the gifts I received, but now I know who my bestower of loveliness is and I'm thrilled to be able to properly thank [livejournal.com profile] sixpence_jones for my two phenomenal gifts, For Love and Loss (art) and All Shadows Pass Away (fic). I treasure both of them. ♥ ♥ ♥ to you, my dear!!

And on the flip side, I can now claim authorship of "Bide, Lady, Bide," a combination of the folk song "The Twa Magicians" and a very manipulative Lucius who very nearly gets caught in his own net, which I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] owlbait. So many people were kind enough to leave praise and comments; I am both thrilled and humbled.

Title: Bide, Lady, Bide (on LJ) (on AO3)
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] owlbait
Rating: Suggestive
Warnings: None
Genre: Romance
Summary: Lucius has a cunning plan. What will he do when it backfires?
Word Count: 8,521
Original Prompt: (Possible spoilers) Of the three prompts given, I've combined #2 and #3: (2) "Something inspired by "The Twa Magicians" - Childe Ballad verses here and Steeleye Span's spiffy version here. (3) "The Marriage Law Oopsie: With the war over, Wizarding Britain is worried about the rise in Squibs. In typical Slytherin fashion, Lucius connives to get his friend the girl of his dreams. He moves behind the scenes to get a Marriage Law passed requiring all Muggle-born witches to marry Purebloods. Lucius, recently widowed/divorced, petitions for Hermione. He engineers out all other escape routes in order to send her fleeing to Severus's offer. Finally, with time getting down to the wire for Hermione to accept another proposal or have to marry him, Lucius gets fed up and tells Snape to offer for Hermione, already. It seems our Sev has kept some things to himself. "What do you *mean* you aren't a pureblood?"
delphipsmith: (trust_snape)
The [livejournal.com profile] snapecase reveal went up a while ago -- so many great stories this year!! -- and I can therefore cop to being the author of "Wormwood and Gall." Thanks to all who were kind enough to leave comments!

Title: Wormwood and Gall (on LJ) (on AO3)
Age-Range Category: Three
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Severus Snape; Albus Dumbledore; cameo by Lucius Malfoy
Rating: G
Warning(s): Angst.
Note: No specific date is given for when Dumbledore hires Snape, other than sometime in 1981. It's unlikely Dumbledore would have hired him prior to Lily's death, since Snape would have been busy with his espionage work up until then, so I've placed it in late November of 1981, immediately after Dumbledore testifies on Snape's behalf. Also, no date is given for Lucius' appointment to the Board of Governors at Hogwarts, so I have (rather arbitrarily) placed that in the fall of 1982.
Summary: When Severus is offered the job of Potions Master at Hogwarts, he thinks that perhaps life might not be as desolate as it looked. Whether or not this is correct remains to be seen.
delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
Lucius has deerhounds, or maybe wolfhounds; we all know that, right?



And he's French -- he's got that certain je ne sai quoi, right? So I need a good name for a big French dog or two. And yes, I know, neither deerhounds nor wolfhounds are French, they're Scottish or Irish or something, but don't pester me with details. I looked at this list but it's giving me issues. The names that je comprends are dumb (Floffy? Floppi? Lucius would DIE of mortification) and I refuse to use a person's name (pas de Belle, pas de Sebastian) and I don't want to use a name je ne comprends pas (Fripouille? Guimauve? WTF?).

So somebody who knows French, or is French, or has French friends, help me out here: if you were French (or proud of your French heritage) and had a big deerhound (or wolfhound) or two, what would you call them?
delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
Finally getting around to posting re: the fic I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] lm_hgficxchange back in April (!!). [livejournal.com profile] laurielover1912 gave me a fabulous prompt and I had great fun with it though if I'd had time I'd have made a little more explicit. But that's planning for you, innit?

Title: That Is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie (read on LJ) (read on AO3)
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] laurielover1912
Rating: PG (although there's plenty of implication, so let your imagination go crazy; mine certainly did)
Warnings: A dollop of angst, a soupcon of UST, a generous handful of snarky banter, and a mystery involving goats and Ultimate Darkness -- oh wait, those aren't warnings, those are enticements, aren't they?
Summary: Five years after the end of the war, Malfoy Manor is suffering from a peculiar infestation and Unspeakable Granger is assigned to the case. Much has changed at the Manor, but thousands of years of Malfoy heritage cannot be lightly disregarded.
delphipsmith: (much rejoicing)
My [livejournal.com profile] lm_hgficxchange gift fic posted, and it's absolutely wonderful! It's from the pen of the talented [livejournal.com profile] rivertempest and she has outdone herself. The story has all my favorite things: clever plot, witty/snarky banter, a little UST, and Lucius in some truly monumentally funny situations. I laughed until I cried at the herbal tea and the men's wear :D

Go forth now and read Equal Opportunity -- you won't be sorry :)
delphipsmith: (pretty hair)
Optimistically overlooking my inability to crank out acres of fabulous words for SSIAW, I've signed up for [livejournal.com profile] luciusbigbang. Eek. I have no plot bunnies gamboling about, no drafts lurking in drawers awaiting rescue, no idea what I will do, so it's anybody's guess what the outcome will be. (Sadly, I've already written my Modern Major Death Eater piece, so that's out.) I like Lucius as a character but I find him more difficult to write than Severus, possibly because he's not as complex a character. Of course, as we all know, "It does not necessarily follow that a deep or intricate character is more or less estimable..." etc etc etc.

Other Notes of Note:

SSIAW week 3 is in full bloom, but my buds thus far remain tightly furled, alas. What with words like "doxy" "perdition" and "inoculate" staring me in the face, it's going to be a hard slog. (The moderator CLAIMS she chooses the words randomly, but one can't help but wonder...)

Wrote to my newspaper today as they have cruelly disappointed me by bailing on the Doonesbury/ultrasound story arc. They ran Monday's and Tuesday's, which got my hopes up ("Yay, my hometown paper has GUTS!"), then suddenly replaced today's with a re-run from months ago. Grrrrrr.

Fab article in the New York Times about "the slam-bang world of pulp magazines" exhibit. Since pulps were the original publishers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction they hold a special place in my heart, so I really enjoyed this piece. Hope to get to NYC in the next few weeks (Alan Rickman, my love, I know you're waiting for me!!) and maybe see it.
delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
Well, isn't that a nice pressie?




And here it is, for your edification and jollification:

--+--+--+--


Title: The Lighter Side of Death Eating, or, Is That A Krampus in Your Pocket Or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
Word Count: 466
Rating: PG
Summary: The spirit of Death Eaters, present
Warnings: Scary teeth?
Author's notes: Krampus (interestingly, a week ago when I wrote this piece, the article looked like this, which is a MUCH scarier picture!!)


The drawing room was crowded and noisy, the women's sparkling jewels and bright velvet robes contrasting with the black rags and the masks worn by the men: horned, goatlike, with sharp hungry teeth. Over the animated conversation and the pounding of the drums, Lucius waved a languid arm at the newest arrival. "Antonin!" he called. "Welcome!"

Dolohov made his way towards his host and accepted the proffered glass of Lagavulin, noting the heavy crystal appreciatively. "You do live well, don't you, Lucius? Quite the lord of the manor."

Lucius cocked a pale eyebrow. "The perquisites of breeding," he said. "When your family has been around as long, and has such exquisite good taste, as the Malfoys, one tends to acquire a certain patina of --"

"Заткнись, мудак," said Dolohov with a snort.

"Tsk, tsk. Such language." Lucius took a sip of the amber liquid, rolling it appreciatively in his mouth. "Vulgarity is the last refuge of the linguistically incompetent, Dolohov. Or don't they worry about such trivialities as literacy at Durmstrang?"

Dolohov opened his mouth to reply but just then the drums reached a crescendo and thundered to a halt, the sudden stillness causing the crowd to fall silent expectantly.

"Ah. That's my cue. Do excuse me." Lucius stepped forward, beckoning to a slender young man in a particularly vicious mask and a tall, aristocratic blonde witch in deep green robes.

The three of them moved to stand in front of the fireplace, facing their assembled guests. Behind them, above the carved stone mantel, hung a large oil painting of a muscular man, naked, with the head of a goat. His horns swept back in a long graceful curve, black hair hung curling to his shoulders, and his mouth was open in a vicious grin, displaying needle-sharp teeth. Branches of walnut and yew were fastened above and below, with holly berries scattered like drops of blood, as red as the eyes of the creature in the portrait.

"My wife, my son and I bid you welcome to this Krampus Nacht feast," Lucius said into the expectant hush. "Although we have suffered setbacks, tonight is a time to dwell on the successes the new year will bring. I bid you all, charge your glasses for a toast to the spirit of this eve." He turned and gestured to the portrait. "As he takes away the wicked children to meet their deserved fate, so shall we sweep away the blood traitors and the unworthy among us to create a better world." A murmur of approval ran through the crowd, and all around the room, hands raised crystal glasses of fine wine and whiskey.

Lucius raised his glass, Draco and Narcissa following suit. "To Krampus!"

The echo came crashing back: "To Krampus!" And the drums began again.
delphipsmith: (The Hair)
I have received the most excellent present ever. I knew it was coming, as it was a promised Christmas gift and I'd had a very small sneak preview, but the Real Deal arrived today and it's even more Lucius -- er, LUSCIOUS -- than I expected.

Behold, the rich and sensual artwork of the talented [livejournal.com profile] stellamoon, as gifted to me by the kind and generous [livejournal.com profile] nursedarry:



I especially love the attention to detail, like the carving behind him that hints at the aristocratic pile of stone that is Malfoy Manor, the expression of the eyes and the little half-smile. And of course the texture of the hair (or The Hair, as I like to call it). This Lucius, I think, has not yet acquired his snake-headed pimp stick and still believes in the possibility of happiness, which is a lovely Lucius to have on my wall.

Does this not rock beyond words? I think I will take him to work. Everyone will be green with envy :)

So to [livejournal.com profile] stellamoon and [livejournal.com profile] nursedarry: The undeserving recipient of your beneficence and skill offers her humblest and deepest gratitude.


(In an amusing twist, I had just completed a very demanding and complex freelance consulting job I'd been working on for two solid months; receiving this the very day I submitted my final report was like a sort of karmic "Congratulations!")
delphipsmith: (Kosh)
Here's the third, and longest, of my contributions to the [livejournal.com profile] hp_uk_meetup -- a nod to H.P. Lovecraft. Enjoy!

Shadow Over Wiltshire )

My other two contributions are here and here.
delphipsmith: (tonypm)
And the second ficlet, from the [livejournal.com profile] hp_uk_meetup. It's...um...quite silly. And should probably be read aloud to get the full effect. With apologies to Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan, of course.

Gilbert and Sullivan go dark side )

My other two contributions to the meetup are here and here.
delphipsmith: (BA beta)
Well, another [livejournal.com profile] hp_uk_meetup has come and gone, and I have permission from the hard-ass Head Nurse, who apparently managed the thing to perfection, to now post the little drabbles I wrote for it. Since one of the them is longish I'll put them in separate posts. Hugs to my recipients [livejournal.com profile] chthonya, [livejournal.com profile] croatoan6000, and [livejournal.com profile] daiseechain -- hope you enjoyed them!!

Herewith, drabble the first!

(Author's note: Full credit goes to my spouse for this one. He came up with the truly awful pun and I just ran with it.)

Lucius and the Long Arm of the DMV )

My two other bits of silliness are here and here.
delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
delphipsmith: (Sirius/dementor)
Well, now that the [livejournal.com profile] hp_uk_meetup is over, I'm allowed to post the flash fic -- aka drabbles -- and also the slightly longer pieces (resulting from my inability to control my wayward Muse) that I contributed for their edification, jollification, and delectation. Herewith, my G and PG offerings; I have a couple of R-rated ones but will save those for tomorrow. And can I just say, I had huge amounts of fun with this? Thanks [livejournal.com profile] nursedarry for inviting me to play!!


Irresistible (RL gen, G) )


Social Grooming (RL/SB, PG) )


Whiter shade of pale (HG/LM, PG) )


Lunacy (LL gen, G) )
delphipsmith: (The Hair)
Yesssssss! That's about all I can say. Only film negative moment: No Lucius!! I knew he wasn't in it but still, I miss the sneering. Draco has inherited Daddio's pimp stick, however, which is a nice touch. Only real-life negative moment: The fangirls in the audience went all gooey over the preview for the next Twilight movie, despite spouse and self booing loudly and shouting rude things about sparkly emo vampires. In sum, HBP was most excellent -- GREAT job with Snape, Ginny's gotten all tall and looks kind of like Donna from That 70s Show, and Lady Helena nearly stole the show with her gleefully mad capering-about Bellatrix LeStrange. I think living with Tim Burton may be affecting her.

Two thumbs up :)

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