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September 11th, 2006


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01:12 am - Potterverse Tarot Fest Rules and FAQ


The Potterverse Tarot Fest
Frequently Asked Questions and Fest Rules



1. What is the Potterverse Tarot Fest?

The Potterverse Tarot Fest is an ongoing fanfic and fanart community, which has sporadic "rounds" of posting, using the 78 cards of the Tarot as the prompts/challenges, and offering prizes to the best examples in each round. (The prizes have consisted of banners to be proudly displayed in journals. Round One and Two prizes have been awarded and can be seen here, while round three is here.)

There are many parallels between the Tarot and J. K. Rowling's story (some intentional on her part, some not), and the many "meanings" of each card lend themselves to Potterverse interpretations, so we thought it would be a really fun fest theme.

The fest includes all genres of fanfic/fanart, gen, het, slash, canon rewrites, AU, etc. All fics/art must be based in the Harry Potter universe and have a tie to the Tarot, and all participants must have a LiveJournal, InsaneJournal, or Dreamwidth journal. An actual tarot card or reading does *not* have to appear in the work (unless that is a theme for a particular round).

2. Gulp. I don't know anything about Tarot. Can I still participate?

Absolutely. You don't need any prior knowledge of the Tarot at all. If a Fest Round is not going on, check out the Master List and see if a card inspires you! Anything that spawns a plot bunny is considered awesome in our estimation.

You might want to explore some of the links on the left-hand side of the community page, which go to some nifty Tarot resources online, including some neat artists who are creating their own version of Harry Potter-themed Tarot cards.

3. I know about Tarot already, and I have a different interpretation of a card that I want to use for my fic/art than what the comm says. Can I use it instead?

Yes! Half the fun of Tarot is the differing interpretations people can have on the same cards, just as half the fun of fanfic is the different interpretations people can have on the same characters. Which meshes together nicely, no?

4. Sounds neat! How do I get started?

The next round (Round Four!) signups begin on July 15th 2011 and run through July 31st 2011. Posting will begin on August 22nd. See the signup post and the Rules post for more info.

5. Is this an exchange? Will posts be anonymous?

Right now we have no plans to make an exchange fest, nor anonymous postings with guesses as to who wrote what. Each member of the comm has the power to post their own work and during fest rounds, each participant is assigned a posting date. We expect you to pimp your own work in your journal and encourage your friends to visit the comm to see it.

6. What are the STORY REQUIREMENTS?

Stories must be at least 1000 words and must be beta-read before posting. (Seriously folks, please take some pride in your work and at least get the spelling errors and punctuation fixed up before you post, all right? We reserve the right to pull down any story that does not meet community standards and ask you to fix it up.) Any type of fanfic, including gen, het, slash, AU, canon rewrites, etc... at any rating, is acceptable for the fest so long as it combines the Harry Potter universe with the tarot-based prompts.

EDITED for ROUND TWO and beyond:All stories must be posted in the hp_tarotcommunity and not in your own journal! (You must join the community to be able to do so.) In Round One we allowed people to post in their own journals and just follow with a link, but we've already "lost" several contributions forever when people's journals were deleted, they didn't pay LJ, or what have you. In keeping with the goal of trying to get one fic and one piece of art for every card in the deck, we'd like to avoid losing things that were done. Once the fest round is over, you may re-post and archive your work wherever you want. But during the fest, hp_tarot should be the only place it appears.

All posts must follow the following template:

Title:
Author:
Type: Fiction, Art
Length: Word count or size (one-shot, short story, novella, novel, series, etc...) All pieces must be at least 1000 words long. There is no limit. If you want to write a novel, go ahead!
Main character or Pairing:
Card:
Card Interpretation:
Rating: (Use G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17 please)
Disclaimer:
Warnings: (i.e. DH spoilers, Chan, Incest, Bestiality, Non-con, Death story, D/s, etc...)
Summary: No need to give away the whole plot, just enough to give readers an idea of what the story is about.
Author Notes: You might want to thank your beta-readers here, and put any other insights into your story.

After the above headers, please post the content of your story/art behind an lj-cut, regardless of the rating.

And yes, it's okay if you want to make your Tarot Fest story also conform to or meet some other challenge like 100quills, fanfic100 or what have you. Use a Tarot Fest prompt as a basis for the chapter of a WIP if you like! As long as the card you choose prompts the fic, that is what we most want to see. Just remember it must be posted HERE in the fest comm only during the fest.

7. What are the ART REQUIREMENTS?

Please use the same template above, and post all art behind a cut or with a fake-cut to where the art is archived. The art does NOT have to look like a Tarot card or be shaped like one, though it would be kind of neat if we ended up with a "HP Tarot Fest Deck" when all was said and done! All ratings are accepted.

All art will be hosted in a special server for HP Tarot to avoid Livejournal weirdness and the problems we've had with people losing access to their scrapbooks/Flickr/Photobucket, etc. All art submitted for the fest must come with permission from the artist that it is OK for us to archive and host the art indefinitely on our own server.

8. You keep talking about slash and warnings. Is there an age requirement for this community?

We have a don't ask, don't tell policy about age. We don't ask your age, you don't tell us. If people follow the rules, every post will be rated, and we leave it up to you to honor the ratings and not read things which are not for your age group. Since LJ now has its own age verification requirements, the burden is on the reader to be truthful.

The Authors and the Community Maintainers are not responsible for underage readers. The community is set to "Adult Concepts" but some submissions may contain same-sex relationships, explicit sex, or nudity.

9. What happens when each round of the Fest is over?

We will compile a master list of fics and art and hand out prizes and congratulations. The master list will be posted and pimped at places like hogwarts_today and daily_snitch.


10. What was the schedule again?

ROUND FOUR 2011:
Signups Start: July 15th 12 noon Eastern (US)
Signups End: July 31st 10pm Eastern (US) -- or as soon as all slots are filled
Submissions Due: each submission is due on its posting date (you post yourself)
Posting begins: August 22nd 2011
Posting Ends: September 26th 2011


11. SPOILER POLICY

At this point (summer 2011) we expect most readers of the comm to have read all seven Harry Potter books. No special efforts will be made to 'protect' readers from plot spoilers. References to the events in all seven books may be made in story titles, summaries, and notes above the cut.

12> WHAT ABOUT PRIZES? IS THIS A COMPETITION?

This is not a competition, but the fest does reward work well done! We give prizes to commenters, first of all, for the top commenter and the best comment of the fest, and to artists and writers based on nominations from everyone. We take nominations (anonymously and in comments) for anything that people want to praise. Best Romance? Best Post-war Snape? Best AU? Most Fun to Be Had On A Broom? Most Gorgeous Use of Sunlight in a Painting? You get the idea.

The prizes consist of a banner suitable for posting in your journal and userinfo.

HOWEVER, there's more in Round Four! Since the last time we ran this fest, I've been publishing original fic with a digital romance publisher. I've been writing a series called Magic University which is a very Potter-esque story, except that our hero arrives at Harvard and discovers he can see the magical buildings hidden on the campus. The Magic U books have a lot of Tarot in them, both in the plot and the themes, and I've gotten permission from Ravenous Romance to give away some copies of the ebooks as prizes! Everyone who wins a prize of any kind will get their choice of the Magic U ebooks, and the Top Commenter, Favorite Overall Fic, and Favorite Overall Art will each get a paperback of book one, as well.

13. You still didn't answer my question, and/or you've got a huge error in the FAQ here!

In that case, please comment below and let us know! We'll try to answer all comments with alacrity.


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From:luredbyvenus
Date:September 11th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
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I think it sounds great, and didn't notice any glaring errors. My only concern is the age requirement, I have no idea what the legalities are, but is it a good idea to allow kids where there is NC-17 fic/art? If the members post at their own journal and do a fake cut, will they be protected by the age requirement statement on their own journals? I'd hate to have someone get in trouble over this.
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 11th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I borrowed the don't ask, don't tell policy from some other fests. I'm not 100% sure what the legalities of it are, but given that age policies are essentially impossible to enforce, my understanding is that not pretending to be able to keep people out reduces one's liability. (i.e. if we try to do it and fail, we're liable for more trouble than putting the reposibilitiy on the readers to police themselves). Given that the way most comms enforce their age policy is by accepting statements from users saying "I am over 18" without any way to tell if they are simply lying, putting the burden on the readers to police themselves is the only thing that makes sense.
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From:luredbyvenus
Date:September 11th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
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That's true, there isn't a way to really know if someone is being honest about their age, and it should be left to personal responsibility. I should have checked other fests age statement before I posted. :)

I think the dates are good. I'm glad that the deadlines are after all the holiday festing is over. I also love that you've included all different catagories of fanfic instead of limiting it to slash.
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 11th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, my main concern on the dates was that we not conflict with all the many swaps and challenges. I have four stories myself I'm writing for various swaps so I know how it goes!
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From:hymenchan
Date:September 11th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
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WONDERFUL. I will sign up for one as soon as I can decide! :D
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 11th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure you'll pick something good!
From:kcstories
Date:September 11th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
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It sounds great, and I fully agree with the "don't ask don't tell" policy about age, but I would perhaps make it a rule to add "the author and community are not responsible for underage readers" or something to that accord to the disclaimer of R/NC-17 stories as well, just to be safe.




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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 11th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Good idea!
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From:pinkelephant42
Date:September 11th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Looks good ^_^
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 11th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
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All we have to do then is finish filling in the prompt table and we can ping the newsletters and comms so people can start eyeing what card they want to take...
From:lecharmediscret
Date:September 20th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
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This looks like a really good fest! I'd be interested in participating, but I'm going to be incredibly busy in the near future. If I don't claim a card, but manage to write something, what would be your attitude to receiving it?

I couldn't see if you'd posted a date by when you want the responses done by-has one been set?

Cheers!
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 20th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
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We'll start taking claims on October 1st, but to give people time to work up their stories, the community will open for posting of stories starting on February 16th 2007 and will remain open until March 31st.

We figured that way we'd be after all the holiday fic swaps, and we'd start right after the rush of Valentine's Day. Would that timing work for you, you think?
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From:vixyish
Date:October 5th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
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Hi there! I've discovered this community quite by accident, but I have a question.

I assume there is no relationship to the now-defunct
[Error: Irreparable invalid markup ('<lj-comm=hp_tarot_deck>') in entry. Owner must fix manually. Raw contents below.]

Hi there! I've discovered this community quite by accident, but I have a question.

I assume there is no relationship to the now-defunct <lj-comm=hp_tarot_deck>?

I've submitted two art pieces there, the second of which I don't think was ever used, because my submission deadline was just after the moderator became unable to administer the community anymore. I doubt if she ever even saw it.

I am wondering whether it would be acceptable to submit a piece I created for that deck to this challenge?
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:October 5th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
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I don't see why not, if no one ever got to see and enjoy the art we'd be honored to have it here. But many of the cards are already claimed and I wouldn't want to step on the toes of anyone who already did.

When the fest is over, we'll be keeping the comm open to all fic and art combining HP and the tarot and will be issuing periodic challenges, too, though!
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From:bk03
Date:October 16th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
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It sounds interesting, but at the moment I'm a bit swamped. So I don't want to make a claim until I know I can actually put the time into it.

I was wondering, are the claims going to stay open until you fill them all or is there a cut off date?
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:October 16th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
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Claims will stay open as long as there are cards not claimed. We didn't see any reason to cut it off, and figure as poeple finish their holiday swap fics and such, more may jump on board. So please do check back when you feel you have time. Now that the initial rush of claiming is over, it's down to about 3-4 claims per week.
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From:twistedm
Date:February 7th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
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i finally got around to friending, and lj informed me that i would not be able to post to the comm. so i'm dumb enough to not understand how i will be posting my fic. can you please explain, in small words? i'm clearly having a stupid day.

i am still looking forward to learning when i should be posting it. :)
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:February 8th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
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I will give everyone posting access starting on February 16th.

Until then, only mods can post. Once the fest starts, then everyone can post--though hopefully people will stick to their assigned days.
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From:twistedm
Date:February 8th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
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ahh. i now feel that i understand completely. thank you very much!

and i am glad to have a posting date! i look forward to psoting the new, improved version of the story on 2/20
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:March 1st, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
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It's totally cool, and in fact really neat, if you can work both interpretations into your fic!
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From:allie_meril
Date:March 19th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
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*curious* Will there be a Round 2 for the fest? I see that there are still a lot of open claims.
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:March 19th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes, there will be a Round 2 or something like it. My thought is to open the comm for general posting after April 1st, meaning people could do both unclaimed cards and also additional pieces on cards that had been done during the fest.

Then in mid-summer perhaps, open up claiming again for a month-long round of posting in the fall. Something like that.
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From:allie_meril
Date:March 27th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)

more questions... Feel free to answer anytime... No rush.

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So pretty much anything goes after April 1st? No bothering with claims, no deadlines?

And official claiming in the summer?

What if something is written for an unclaimed prompt during the free-for-all? Does it count for the official fest? I'm just spouting ideas, but it seems to make more sense to do the free-for-all after everything has been claimed and done, so there's no blurred lines about what was "official" and what was "extra." Er, take all this with as big a grain of salt as you like, of course: I'm just rambling.
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:March 28th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)

Re: more questions... Feel free to answer anytime... No rush.

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That's more organization than we have really thought about... :)

I think the idea was that during the free for all section it could just be any tarot-themed stories, not necessarily claims, but people are already nagging wanting to put in claims...

Have to think about it.
From:serkeien
Date:March 31st, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Open to general posting afterwards would be really nice.
Particularly considering that I didn't do finish my card and it's already the deadline.
-dracolaconic
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From:twistedm
Date:April 7th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
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hey there. am i "allowed" to post my fic to my own lj and corner of skyehawke, now? i assume that now that the official fest is over it's cool, but i thought i'd ask. you know how i love to ask you for permission. ;)
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:April 8th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
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Totally, post away!
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:June 29th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I have a question: Does the art have to be "original" - i.e. I must draw it myself or could I do a collage of movie clips to achieve my goal? Both is fine. I just need to know before I start.
Thanks.
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:June 29th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
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If you've got something in mind, we don't want to stifle your creativity! I'd say go for it--we're not going to restrict our definition of "art."
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:June 29th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Thank you *smiles* I have tons of ideas for most of the cards but I'll just wait patiently and then see if I can draw something myself or do a collage.
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From:zephre
Date:August 7th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
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OK, I have a question - I'm doing one piece of art for Round Three already, that is inspired by the cards but not a card image.

However, I am also creating an HP Tarot deck as a side project, and I love the idea of a collaborative LJ deck, too. In addition to my Round Three spread-based art, could I post one (or two?) of my cards, to fill in a gap on your master list?

I am thinking specifically of the Hanged Man and/or the Ace of Cups.
They weren't created specifically for this comm, but they were recently done.

Cheers!
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:August 7th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely you could! There are still some dates within this fest open for art posts, too. Have you seen the posting date schedule? There especially some dates near the end of the fest open...
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From:zephre
Date:August 8th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
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If you want to slot me in for one of the end-of-August times, I'd happily post my two cards.
Do you want me to go ahead and send them to you so everything links to the same place?
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:August 9th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
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You can send them to me anytime and I'll get them archived, but you post them later. How about August 28th? I've penned you in for that.
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From:zephre
Date:August 10th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
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works for me!
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From:cluegirl
Date:August 26th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
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Making sure I know what's what; I need to wait until the fest is over before I post my story in my own blog? (Wha-hey! Remembered to ask BEFORE I posted it over there!)
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:August 26th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
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Yes, thanks for asking! After the final date of posting, you're free to post it in your own blog(s), just like in most fests. It'd be nice to wait until after the awards are given (Sept 14th I think?) which is our version of a "reveal" I guess (since this fest isn't anonymous).
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From:lalalatentacles
Date:August 3rd, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
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I would like to claim The Tower's fic.
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:August 3rd, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
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Er, could you actually claim it at the proper post with the proper form and info? The actual place to do that is here:
http://hp-tarot.livejournal.com/60534.html
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From:lalalatentacles
Date:August 3rd, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
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Oh, sorry, I must have misread all the links. My bad.
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From:shefa
Date:September 20th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
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I realize the fest is nearly done posting, but I've just come up for air. I have a completed story of over 80k entitled "King of Swords". It contains several Tarot readings and... well, I think it fits this community, but I don't know whether stories need to be written specifically for the fest. Sorry to pop in late...
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 20th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
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Ooh, what's the pairing and rating?
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From:shefa
Date:September 20th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
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It's Snape/Hermione, rated R... It's already posted on archives. Is that okay?
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 20th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
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Once the fest is over, you can post it here since between rounds the comm is open to tarot-themed HP fic. So anytime starting Monday the 26th you can post. we'll have the post-fest awards nominations going on and such but that shouldn't be a problem.

Talk about coincidences, someone else just recc'ed me a tarot-themed SS/HG in the exchange fest! Here: http://sshg-exchange.livejournal.com/244386.html

Something in the air! :-)
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From:shefa
Date:September 20th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
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*grins

I beta read that one. :)

It's fantastic!

I finished King of Swords last October. It's 22 chapters long. Do you want me to try to post it with links all in a master post (not sure how that works, but I can ask the SSHG Exchange mods). Or is it easiest to just post chapter by chapter?

Thank you!

Here's the link to the story on ffnet, by the way.

:)
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From:ravenna_c_tan
Date:September 20th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
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One master post with the whole first chapter in it, and then links to all the other chapters at the bottom I think is the best way to get people to read it, actually.

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