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So, I am writing a fic, and in this fic, there will be two sections that I am hoping to format in a very fancy way indeed. I am almost certain I have seen others do this in fic, but not often!

I want to post a section of the fic formatted to look like a printed memo with a handwritten note on the corner in dark ink. The problem is that I do not know how! I looked around the net and found some instructions for how to do a "style sheet." Is that what I am talking about? I would love some help! Web links to good tutorials other people have already written are cool, as long as I am reading the right ones (lol, sigh) and they are clear enough for a relative newbie.

Help would be most appreciated!
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I had a lot of fun writing for this fest! The fic is available at AO3:
http://archiveofourown.org/works/4853495
Mitzi Knows Best by twistedmiracle
Summary: Mitzi had always looked after Draco, ever since he was a newborn baby -- that was her job, and she would continue to do so, even if Draco didn't seem too pleased with Mitzi's attempts to help him.... But anyway, Mitzi knew best: she would make Draco happy again.

Notes: For This Bloody Cat (lulum26c).

Warnings: Switches POV. Unusually overbearing House Elf. Possibly too OOC Harry. (YMMV on that one!)
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I have written a fic for an H/D fest and would like help from an experienced beta. A person who was able to Britpick at the same time would be a real find, but that would be a bonus, not a necessity.

The fic itself is pretty dang dirty, but also lighthearted and cute. It's right around 11,000 words and due October 1.

If we've never "met" I might ask you to point me toward something you've written or beta'd before. :)
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Two people said they would look over the second chapter of "Green Beans and Fedoras," and two weeks later, neither of them has gotten around to looking at it. So... I just posted it anyway. I hope it doesn't stink!

At Skyehawke: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=20300

and,
At AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4223388/chapters/10439586
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So, this was wonderful! Wonderful. Sexy, poignant, satisfying.
I loved the way the writers used Venus and the rain to remind Harry and Draco of their past and hint at the meanings of their choices. I loved learning what had happened and finding out what was currently happening. It won't take you long, so read it! :D


http://archiveofourown.org/collections/hd_collab/works/4188681
Rating: Explicit
Relationship: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Additional Tags: Astronomy, Hand Jobs, Anal Sex, Switching, Non-Linear Narrative, HP: EWE, Hogwarts Eighth Year, Post Hogwarts, implied Neville/Luna, implied Ron/Hermione
Collections: Harry/Draco Collaboration Fest
Published: 2015-07-10
Words: 7441

Until It Rains (Don’t Keep Me Waiting Too Long)
By Anonymous
Summary: The last time Draco sees Harry, they’re on platform nine and three-quarters, and that last night in the Astronomy Tower feels so very far away. The first time Harry sees Draco again, it’s five years later, and that same night feels like yesterday. A story of Harry and Draco’s second (and first) chance.
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I had so much fun writing for HDS-Beltane (which just started posting today!) that I signed up to write for another fest!

You should stop by in September to look for my fic and read all the fic, but before that, maybe you want to claim a prompt!

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This was great stuff! This is a murder mystery/investigation plus a whole lotta relationship angst. I kept telling myself I should go back to it tomorrow, after I finished X, Y and Z in real life, but nooooo, I couldn't put it down! (As it were. ;)

A Private Reason for This by Femme (femmequixotic)
Summary: When the wife of a star politician in the Scottish Ministry turns up dead just outside Hogsmeade, Draco Malfoy and his murder investigation team are called in from the Edinburgh Auror force to find her killer. What DCI Malfoy doesn't expect, however, is to have an ex from two decades past end up in his murder room, endangering not only his case, but also his heart.
Rating: Explicit
Relationship: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Collections: H/D Erised 2014
Completed: 2014-12-31
Words: 92,189

Characters:
Draco Malfoy
Harry Potter
Pansy Parkinson
Lee Jordan
Susan Bones
Anthony Goldstein
Blaise Zabini
Zacharias Smith
Millicent Bulstrode
Hermione Granger
Aberforth Dumbledore
Orla Quirke
John Dawlish
Garrick Ollivander
Madam Rosmerta
Neville Longbottom

Additional Tags:
Bisexuality
Auror Harry
Auror Draco
Murder Mystery
Flogging
Aftercare
First Time
Kink Negotiation
Sectumsempra
Hogsmeade
London
Edinburgh
Second War with Voldemort
Politics
Ministry of Magic
Police Procedural
Voyeurism
Minor Character Death
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http://archiveofourown.org/works/2780708/chapters/6238094

You must take some time, set some time aside, I mean, and read "Another Mask Behind You" by lettered. I mean, you really must. Even if you read the first few paragraphs and think "what was TM thinking? This isn't earth-shattering at all?" You must continue reading it because you are going to love it. Just love it. Because Oh. My. Heavens that was so fucking excellent. I think lettered damn near killed me. I was desperate to find out how it would end and horrified that it was going to end. And then it ended. I wish I could read it for the first time again.

I guess the part I loved best was Draco's constant and never-ending determination to keep going, even though he kept fucking up, even though he kept contradicting his previous convictions and decisions. Lettered summed that up so well at the end with one conversational back-and-forth, but you see it over and over again in the fic, and your heart just breaks for him, even as you cheer him on to keep trying.

I also really loved the way Harry kept changing in Draco's estimation. He was ugly, and his eyes were tiny, and he was stupid, and then slowlyslowly, he became the sexiest man who ever lived who should always wear black tshirts and possibly Draco was just a little obsessed. That was wonderfully funny and touching. :D Really, so much of this was wonderfully funny and incredibly touching. Lettered made me laugh and she made me cry.

Go read the damn thing, even if it will take you a couple of days.


Another Mask Behind You
lettered
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2780708/chapters/6238094
Language:
English
Words:
116,557
Chapters:
4/4
Summary: Draco is a high-end prostitute who hides his identity. Harry unknowingly hires him. And then there is porn, questions about identity, domestic bliss, more porn, and truth as seen through a web of lies. (And then more porn. Seriously, if you don’t want sex scene after sex scene you probably shouldn’t read this. And please read the warnings.)
Tags:

dubcon
almost all of this is dubcon depending on your definition
non-con
the non-con isn’t super graphic but it does get quite uncomfortable
Suicidal Ideation
past suicide of a minor character
past death of another minor character
D/s elements
D/s elements but the dynamic shifts back and forth
BDSM
BDSM but it’s not formalized
threat of whipping
Dishonesty
Prostitution
Switching
Mentions of past abuse
Alcoholism
Smoking
Homophobic Slurs
negative attitude towards sex work
Pet Names
lots of pet names
Snowballing
hate!sex
Rimming
Felching
the felching isn’t graphic
but the rimming is
infidelity but it depends on your definition
not infidelity in an explicitly committed relationship
Exhibitionism
Semi-Public Sex
Long Hair
Dubious Consent
Non-Graphic Rape/Non-Con
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This long, delicious fic kept me up too late to write the review it deserved. But I had to finish it! It couldn't wait until tomorrow. ;)
This was wonderful. Really, just so wonderful. I loved Harry and Draco's insecurity. I loved Draco's progress. I loved the way Draco tried all those different approaches, to the problem, to Harry, to the speech, to simply having all that time.
Also, wow, the sex was HOT.

Tea and No Sympathy by who_la_hoop
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2734082
Summary: It's Potter's fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It's been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco's getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he's falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?


Collections: H/D Erised 2014
Words: 70,045
Chapters: 11/11

So many tags! Slow Build
Draco-centric
Tea Drinking
Swearing
Muggle London
Houses of Parliament
Malfoy Manor
flangst
Family Feels
Muggle/Wizard Relations
Coming Out
Heartfelt Conversations
Sarcastic Conversations
Owls
Competitive Card Games
Falling In Love
getting drunk
Enthusiastic Snogging
Hogwarts Castle
Sex In The Slytherin Dormitory
Frottage
Time Travel
Time Loop
HP: EWE
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This was freaking awesome. AWESOME! I loved so very, very much of it. Watch how ICMezzo integrates Draco's routine into the story. It's positively marvelous.

The conversations Draco has with his mother are usually bloody hilarious. I loved learning about Draco's anger and Narcissa's shock through the description the other gives of their accidental ("accidental?") magic. I also ICMezzo's adorable House Elf, Nettle. She gets to give a little speech partway through the fic, and it's awesome -- especially because of the sound effects!

The premise was beyond unusual, but it makes a frame around which ICMezzo hangs a great story. It doesn't distract or get in the way.

But most of all I was all caught up with Draco and his new life. I loved his awful relationship with his mother. I enjoyed his devotion to routine and control and normalcy. I loved watching him freak out, just a little inside, about how hot Harry is now. And I loved watching them move slowly and inexorably toward each other. LOVELY stuff! So glad I read it, and I bet you will be, too!

Fata Morgana by ICMezzo
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2725898
H/D Erised 2014
Published: 2014-12-22
Words: 16,290
Summary: “It’s only a mirage,” they tell Draco (and Pepper). “You must be imagining,” they dismiss him in turn. But Draco Malfoy is certain that something is out there, and, come hell or Harry Potter, he’ll find out. He will.
Contains: Dragons, mirages, and Arthurian legends. Also a recalcitrant crup and a house-elf on a tricycle. (I honestly don’t know how these things happen.)
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This was very good. If I may be so partisan, I want to say that this was written rather parentally. I feel an understanding of teenagers from this fic, and generational differences, and even changes in technology.

More importantly, though, this is a really good fic. The H/D is somewhat secondary, but that is not a detraction. Instead, it highlights both men as complete persons, living in a complete world. We see them as citizens, professionals, fathers and friends before we see them as sexual beings interested in one another. And the author writes these roles well, and grabbed my attention from the beginning of the fic.

http://serpentinelion.livejournal.com/432576.html
Author/Artist: oldenuf2nb
Beta: sassy_cissa
Glomp For: lunakat
Title: Leaves of Memory
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: One generation removed from the second great war against darkness, the wizarding world seems in danger of forgetting the lessons learned through loss and pain. Headmistress McGonagall has a plan to both teach the young exactly what the war meant, and to ensure that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome them home.
Rating:R
Warning(s): Can’t think of any.
Epilogue compliant? Yes. This takes place after the Epilogue.
Word Count: 19,577
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I loved this one! Daftfear's fic "Before the World Was Made" had me completely captured as soon as I started reading it, and now it is complete! This one is romantic, captivating, and (SO IMPORTANT) well-written!

You can start reading it here: http://daftfear.livejournal.com/25036.html

Title: Before the World Was Made
Rating: NC-17 eventually, PG for now
Warnings: EWE, bonding!fic
Pairings: Harry/Draco
Summary: Draco has done everything in his power to leave the past behind him. He’s established himself a successful business and built a reputation around the quality of his work and the breadth of his knowledge. But when aurors show up at his shop one afternoon, seeking his expertise on a peculiar item of questionable origins, they completely overthrow the precarious balance in Draco’s life. Trust Potter to bring danger and destruction in his wake, along with a painful reminder of all the things Draco is trying to forget.
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I just finished reading a long hd erised fic that I can enthusiastically recommend!

We start in an ordinary canon compliant 6th year, and things quickly change course. This fic is exciting, well-written, and often desperately funny. It is told from Draco's pov, and this Draco is on full display. We learn his insecurities, his fantasies, his weaknesses and his strengths. We watch him watch Harry and be unsure what he's seeing as Harry watches back.

When I got to the end of the first (of 2) chapters, and misunderstood it to be the end, I was in a bit of despair! (So I've linked for you the version that puts both chapters on one page.)

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2693312?view_full_work=true
Title: The Light More Beautiful
Author: firethesound
Recipient: lumosed_quill
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 81k
Warnings: [Spoiler (visit fic to view this list)]
Content/Enticements: blowjobs, handjobs, rimming, facials, switching, Auror!fic, clubbing, Quidditch, bad acronyms, bad jokes, ridiculous drinking games, and one exceedingly grumpy owl.
Summary: Thirteen years after Draco accepts Potter's help escaping the horror of his sixth year, he returns to England where he makes the unfortunate discovery that Potter is still as obnoxious as ever. And worse, more than a decade overseas hasn't been enough to dim Draco's obsession with him.
Author's Notes: To those who held my hand as I wrote and offered me endless cheerleading and and insight and reassurance, know that I couldn't have done this without you beside me every step of the way. Each of you is invaluable to me. The sentence Lumosed_Quill gave to describe Harry and Draco was "The light is always more beautiful when it shines through the darkness." And so this is a story told in two parts: first the darkness, and then the light that shines through.
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This was so damn funny and cute! Really, really charming fic! And the title is perfect!

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1793110
You First, Loser by zeitgeistic (faire_weather)

Summary: When Harry and Draco’s “not serious” three-year relationship results in a one-in-a-million pregnancy, they decide who will be the unlucky one to tell their families in a very mature and adult fashion that indubitably proves their inherently stellar parenting abilities: with a bet over a (probably rigged, let’s be real; Draco is playing) game of Exploding Snap.
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HDS-Beltane signups have been extended through January 3rd!

http://hds-beltane.livejournal.com/144615.html

Sixteen writers have signed up so far, so this fest has none of the overwhelming aspects that some fests do. Your work won't get lost in the shuffle, and the mods are both extremely helpful and experienced. This is a great fest, and it is ending! This is the last year! So I do sincerely hope that one or two of you will bop on over there and read through things, maybe even sign up. That would rock!

HDS stands for Harry, Draco, Severus. It accepts genfic, sexytimes fic, and everything in between. You can write no relationship, any of the three pairings, or a threesome. Beltane is a pagan holiday celebrating spring, warmth and fertility.
Just think about the combinations you could come up with when you add all that together and stir!
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You should seriously consider signing up for the VERY LAST iteration of the fest I founded 9 years ago. I handed it off to a couple of totally awesome mods a few years back, and they've done a bang-up job, but they're closing the fest down after this year, so this is your last chance!

Beltane


And -- admission of ulterior motive alert -- if you post a prompt that makes my brain go ZINGZONG, I will request the chance to write for you!
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This was positively lovely and it made me cry. It was moving, sweet, interesting and very much worth my time. The main underlying theme is reconciliation, but it's mostly a soft, gentle romance.

The Tapestry of Kinship by khalulu http://archiveofourown.org/works/2342486
Summary: Harry is at loose ends, Draco is good with needles, and Draco's young daughter wants to see a certain tapestry repaired. The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black will never be the same.

Career Choices: Harry: unemployed, budding artist?; Draco: single father, architect, acupuncturist

Notes: For phoenixacid and Prompt # 199 in the Harry/Draco Career Fair 2014 Fest.

Why does Draco have a picture of a goat on his mantelpiece? Why does Harry have a Dirigible Plum dangling from his doorknob? What kind of house does Narcissa have in Paris? The answers, dear reader, are within.
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This was adorable!

I love the way the ghosts of the war are literal, somehow making this fic both lighter and heavier. I love Neville! And I love the resolution. This was a very cute fic indeed. Well worth a read!

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2302295
Wish Upon a Star (As Dreamers Do)
by ICMezzo
Collections: Harry/Draco Career Fair
Career Choices: Harry: Hogwarts Consultant; Draco: Wishmaker
Rating:Mature
Relationship: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Words: 27027
Summary: There’s plant magic and celestial magic and dark magic and the normal magic that allows Harry to use a spell to clean his socks when Myrtle’s taken up in his laundry room again. Then there are wishes, and dreams, and love, and those are even more magical still.

Characters:
Harry Potter
Draco Malfoy
Neville Longbottom
Hannah Abbott
Hermione Granger
Minerva McGonagall

Additional Tags:
Fluff
Comedy
Astronomy
Stars
Plants
Ghosts
Stargazing
Romance
Post Hogwarts
HP: EWE
Wishes
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Here's a couple of fics I've been wanting to tell you about!

First is Chase the Wind by saras-girl.
Summary: Draco is up to something, Harry has no filters, and Hermione knows everything. AU Hogwarts fluff with no excuses.
Pairing: HPDM
Rating: PG13ish
Wordcount: ~10,500
Warnings: fluffy!verse, Gregory Goyle, all the autumn feels
http://saras-girl.livejournal.com/121219.html


This fic is sweet and cuddly, but also well thought out, well written, and interesting. The surprises are delightful, but there are nonetheless actual surprises. But that "fluffy-verse" warning is a very fair one. Honestly, I thought this fic had something of an Olivia Lupin feel to it, and since I loved all of Olivia Lupin's H/D fic, I loved this one as well. :D
(If that's a new name for you, here's how you find the works of Olivia Lupin, aka Lovely Slyth: http://olivia-lupin.livejournal.com/profile. I don't know if she's still granting access to new readers, but you are hereby encouraged to ask!)


Next up is The Bodyguards by dracogotgame
Summary: Harry and Draco are brought together for a seemingly dull security mission. Things however, are not as they seem.
Career Choices: Harry: Bodyguard; Draco: Bodyguard
Words: 51028
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2383430


This second fic I want to rec is a great deal longer! The plot really engaged me here. This fic relies very heavily on original characters, but they fit well into the known magical universe and simultaneously act like real people, both of which are refreshing. Harry and Draco struggle with their job but also with each other, and you get to watch. ;)
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This fic is absolutely lovely!
Excellent pacing, excellent dialogue, fabulous descriptions of both emotions and settings. I highly recommend this!

The Sun Will Come Out by momatu
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2299151?show_comments=true&view_full_work=false#main
Summary: Six-year-old Scorpius Malfoy needs a tutor. Several witches and wizards with the best credentials and impeccable background have been hired--then rapidly fired. Enter Harry Potter, who immediately hits it off with Scorpius. It takes a while longer for the Lord of the Manor to come around.

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