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Unwinnable Fight 2

So Much TQP Love!

Posted on 2006.08.28 at 13:30
So I submitted "Harry Potter and the Unwinnable Fight" to The Quidditch Pitch.

I gotta tell you, folks, there's just nobody in the whole wide world of fandom I'd rather be sending my stories to than those folks.

Story -- all 39,500-odd words of it -- submitted this past Wednesday.

Reply received within an hour or so that's it's been accepted, and I'll hear from a beta within 4 days.

Sunday's "Day Five," and no beta, so I drop a quick note, because if something's gone wrong, I want to help.

Reply -- very apologetic reply, in fact! -- within the hour. I'm starting to feel like Graham Chapman asking to replace a dirty fork.

I reply assuring that no apologies are necessary, I just want to be of help if there's a problem.

Within another hour, a beta, Thevina, is introducing herself, and predicting she'll have beta'd copy to me on Tuesday, and also makes very kind comments about the story. Am I happy? Hell, yeah. Thevina, by the way, is also apologizing for the delay!

Again, I demur apologies, and thank her for her work.

This morning? Fully beta'd story in my In-Box. Yeah, that's right. I've already sent it back to her, and expect to see it on-site by the end of the day.



thesteppyone at 2006-08-28 17:53 (UTC) (Link)


you couldn't by chance tell me the address for the marvelous people at The Quidditch Pitch could you? I haven't made my way over there yet and would like to check it out.
Cheers ;)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-28 18:08 (UTC) (Link)


I can indeed:


They're a "re-hoster" of some of Shari's stuff, and you can find much slippery goodness there from... Well, most of my Friends List, frankly.

BTW, if you're interested in my story, it's also hosted here in my LJ, but locked to a "restricted" sub-group of my flist because it contains "adult themes." Usually, when I make a known grown-ups aquaintance here I offer them access, but, I dunno, I thought, "Hi, you don't know me, but let me fawn all over you and send teenage wizards to rub your backside, and by the way, do you want to read my smut?" Might have the potential to be a mite-bit creepy.

But if you're interested, let me know, and I'll hook you up.
maple_mahogany at 2006-08-28 17:59 (UTC) (Link)
maple_mahogany at 2006-08-28 18:00 (UTC) (Link)
This one too!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-28 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
OK, any more maple_mahogany love from me gets creepy, or earns a beat-down from a man with a great guitar, so, Thanks! I've snurched that one, too.
maple_mahogany at 2006-08-28 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
You can't snurch it - it's mine! I'm just agreeing the TQP is great. ..now give it back thief!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-28 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
Man, I keep screwing up with you, don't I? My apologies, I thought those were from TQP's stash. WIll unsnurch momentarily.
dream_wia_dream at 2006-08-28 21:45 (UTC) (Link)
pssst...if you want iconses: http://www.thequidditchpitch.org/Icons.htm

The Cheerleader Icon is a Maple especiality.

The story will be up later tonight once Thevina posts it back to the upload folder. I'll make sure it happens.

Hee...glad you're happy with the site. We do try. And it's really nice to hear that people are happy with the site.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-28 21:52 (UTC) (Link)
SO much TQP Icon Love!

Thanks so much!

And, yes, you folks do so thoroughly rule.
dream_wia_dream at 2006-08-28 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
And it's posted to the site now:
Because when I went to look in the upload folder before, I completely missed the story. *headdesk*
I shall have to give it a read later tonight. Yay! Something new and long to read.

Glad you like the icons. I need to do more, for variety's sake.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-28 18:31 (UTC) (Link)
OK, unsnurched.
maple_mahogany at 2006-08-28 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
You get very excited, don't ya?
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-28 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm a little sensitive where you're concerned. I know I keep planting foot in mouth pretty much every time we communicate. Since I'm usually good at not doing that, it bugs me.
maple_mahogany at 2006-08-28 18:36 (UTC) (Link)
No worries!

Have fun working with Thevina, she's an amazing writer!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-28 18:19 (UTC) (Link)

So Much maple_mahogany Love!

You rule. Icon Snurched!
Madam Minnie
madam_minnie at 2006-08-29 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
Awww! We love you too! *mwah*

Now to give Thevina a back massage, foot rub and chocolate after that 39,500 word beta-read. Hee! Oh and I've friended you, most of my journal is f-locked due to adult material as well, so... :)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-29 00:28 (UTC) (Link)
They don't make enough Chocolate to treat thevina as well as she deserves!

So, shall I reciprocate with the "adult-material" friending?
Madam Minnie
madam_minnie at 2006-08-29 00:45 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! Yes, please!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-29 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
OK, you're in.

The only new thing it gets you thus far is the completely non-smutty prologue of "Harry Potter and the Unbreakable Bond." (It gets smutty later -- TRIO! -- and I don't want people to get partway and then lose out.)

Everything else that's restricted was just uploaded to be read in one Glumph at TQP.
thrihyrne at 2006-08-29 02:18 (UTC) (Link)

If I could expire from giddiness and rapture...

... I would have, from these posts.

You are so very welcome. I wish I were paid IRL to be an editor; I really do enjoy it, and your story had all kinds of nuance and magical theory and guilt and teh hawt het. I think now that I neglected to mention that in my beta; sorry. There was definitely hot, though I also *really* loved the awkward undertones with Ron and Viktor when Viktor is applying the salve. I've written het but tend toward slash, especially in HP (came over from and am still active in Tolkien fanfic).

We're glad that this experience has been a good one; that's what we aspire to! Keep writing!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-29 09:27 (UTC) (Link)

Re: If I could expire from giddiness and rapture...

Well, I'm glad you didn't! I'm hoping you'll beta for me again!

Thank you for saying such lovely things about the story! It was a real labor of love.

When I write smut, it's mostly going to be het, because that's the direction my own arousal goes. That said, what I'm working on now -- much more slowly -- is a "trio" piece, that may be way too ambitious. So I'm going to have to get my slash on there to some extent.

I really did like the Ron and Viktor scenes, especially that "Durmstrang Elixir" scene. I'm glad it worked as well for you.

And I'll tell you: I've never had anything but a great experience working with you guys at TQP, and I'll keep returning there with my stuff from now on.
abovethestars at 2006-08-29 12:14 (UTC) (Link)
Congrats about the story and I love your Unwinnable Fight icon! WooHoo!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-08-29 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much. It really is a thrill having it up at TQP.

...and I made two Icons for it! How pathetic am I?
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