gracerene

Recs Masterlist

I have a few different rec lists, so here is a handy-dandy post linking you to all of them. Be warned, I am a huge fan of smut and almost all of my recs are rated R or NC-17, so if you are looking for lower-rated fics, this is not the place for you. This is also almost exclusively slash pairings, though every once in awhile a het pairing manages to sneak its way in there.

I also dabble in fanfic writing, so if you're interested, you can find that HERE.

If you are curious about my likes/dislikes/preferences in fic because you want to make me something (or because you're just nosy), you can find those HERE.

Click HERE for my friending policy.

If any of the links are broken, please let me know!

Harry Potter Fandom
Harry/Draco Rec Masterlist
Harry Potter Rec Masterlist (multiple non-H/D pairings)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (all Credence/Graves)
Art Recs

Teen Wolf Fandom
Derek/Stiles Rec Masterlist
Teen Wolf Rec Masterlist (multiple non-Sterek pairings)

Other Fandoms
All for the Game Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Andrew Neil)
The Avengers Recs (multiple pairings, mostly Steve/Tony)
Check, Please! Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Eric/Jack)
Criminal Minds (multiple slash pairings, mostly Hotch/Reid)
The Dresden Files (all Harry/John)
Heroes Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Peter/Nathan)
The Hobbit Recs (all Bilbo/Thorin)
Hunger Games Recs (multiple pairings, mostly Katniss/Peeta)
Inception Recs (all Arthur/Eames)
James Bond Recs (all Bond/Q)
Kingsman Recs (all Eggsy/Harry)
Lord of the Rings Recs (multiple slash pairings)
Merlin Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Arthur/Merlin)
One Direction & BBC Radio 1 (Multiple slash pairings, mostly Harry/Nick)
Percy Jackson Recs (multiple slash pairings)
The Raven Cycle Recs (all Adam/Ronan)
Shadowhunters/The Mortal Instruments Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Alec/Magnus)
Sherlock (BBC) Recs (all John/Sherlock)
Smallville Recs (all Clark/Lex)
A Song of Ice and Fire Recs (multiple pairings)
Spartacus Recs (all Agron/Nasir)
Star Trek (AOS) Recs (all Kirk/Spock)
Starfighter Fic Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Abel/Cain)
Supernatural Fic Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Castiel/Dean & Dean/Sam)
Temeraire Recs (multiple slash pairings, mostly Laurence/Tharkay)
Thor Recs (all Loki/Thor)
The Vampire Diaries Recs (all Alaric/Damon)
X-Men Recs (all Charles/Erik)
Venom Recs (all Eddie/Venom)
Misc. Recs (multiple fandoms & pairing types)
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My Likes and Dislikes in Fanfic

I read in a ton of fandoms, but this is mostly geared towards Harry Potter. Most of these likes are pretty general, but they hold most true for my OTPs (in HP's case Harry/Draco and James Sirius/Teddy). I'm a lot less particular when it comes to the other pairings I enjoy.

And, of course, this is just a list of my general preferences. For just about all of my "dislikes" I can think of fabulous exceptions. If you are making something for me, I can pretty much guarantee I'm going to love it! <3

Tons of thanks to birdsofshore, from whom I stole this format/organization of ideas.

For a more generalized cross-fandom list of likes/dislikes, you can go HERE.

For a list of unclaimed prompts that I've left for various Harry Potter fests, you can go HERE.

updated March 2016

[Pairings]Favourite Pairings:

Harry/Draco is my OTP and I love them to pieces
Teddy/James Sirius is my favorite after Harry/Draco. I love a BFF friendship between them that evolves into more. With all the mutual pining and but he’s practically my brother and what will our family say that goes along with it. :D
Slash Cross Gen (In general) I like this best when the older guy is a bit more dominant/predatory with a more innocent younger guy, or with a more seductive younger character with a guilty/reluctant but can’t resist older guy. Favorite pairings include: Harry/Sirius, Draco/Severus, Draco/Albus Severus or James Sirius, & Charlie/Teddy [The only Cross Gen pairing that really comes to mind as a no-go is Harry/Scorpius]
Any pairing that shows up on any of my recs lists: A few favorites are James Sirius/Albus Severus, James/Sirius, Harry/Ron, Albus/Gellert, & Charlie/Draco
Secondary Pairings: When it comes to secondary pairings, I generally prefer canon couples. I'm actually much pickier about my secondary pairings that I am about the primary pairings I read, especially for Harry. If he isn't in the main pairing, I really only want to see him with Draco (provided Draco isn't in the main pairing either) or Ginny.


[Squicks]Squicks:

Infidelity (especially between Harry/Draco, I'm more okay with them cheating on their wives to be together, but still not my favorite of things)
Major Character Death (this is a pretty hard no)
Child death (miscarriages, fics where a child has died, or fics dealing with the aftermath of child death)
Rape/non-con (especially between Harry and Draco)
Unhappy endings (though ambiguous is generally okay, especially if hopeful)
Harry with any woman other than Ginny (mentioned in passing/in the past is okay, but not as a large part of a fic or a main pairing, even a secondary pairing)
Harry/Scorpius or James Sirius/Scorpius (pretty much my two main NOTPs)


[Dislikes]Things I would rather not read:

Mpreg (doesn't usually grab me--I'm pretty particular--but I prefer preg!Harry)
Heavy angst (I don't find suffering/angst to be at all cathartic)
Polyamory (just more of a pairings person, also not a huge fan of threesomes w/ my OTP generally speaking)
Breakup!Fic (for some reason this trope just depresses me)
Kid!Fic (not generally a fan of kid-centric H/D fic or overly cute children)
Character bashing (especially Ron and Hermione bashing)
Wand Insertion (IDK what to call this one , but please don't stick wands up any orifices...)
Genderplay (fics that focus on gender/gender identity tend to be more complicated for me due to personal reasons, so if you're writing a fic for me, I'd probably recommend you avoid it unless you know me really well. I'm also not generally a fan of fics that feature either Harry or Draco as a cis girl.)
Draco with long hair (this one's a bit silly, I know)
2nd person POV (generally speaking. I've read a few I've enjoyed, but it's a harder sell)
Sexual Terms (a few specifics: not crazy about men calling each other their "bitch" in a sexual context, please don't refer to assholes as a man's pussy/cunt, please don't use the spelling cum)
Fics without sex (this one is more "in general")
• This last one is pretty Harry specific, but I really prefer when Harry has never been involved with or at least never been in love with another man, and, to a lesser extent any women other than Ginny. I don't know why, but Harry being in love with somebody other than Draco makes me feel kind of gross. Except for Ginny. I can handle him just fine with Ginny. Not as bothered by it in Draco's case.

Tropes that aren’t my favorite:

• amnesia!fic
• rentboy!fic
• big gay hogwarts
• down and out!draco
• de-aging
• match-making
• time travel

• body swap


[Likes]General likes:

• Witty dialogue and banter
• Getting-together fics
• PWP, long!fic, short!fic, plotty!fic (ALL THE FIC)
• UST (especially when eventually resolved)
• 8th year Hogwarts, Immediately Post-War, and Post-Hogwarts are my favorites. I prefer the boys somewhat younger, early-mid 20's
• I enjoy Epilogue Compliant as well, but the others are my preferred Eras
• Pining
• Tattoos and scars
• Glasses!Draco
• Leather Jacket!Harry (+ Sirius’ motorcycle...)
• Acknowledgment of Harry’s crappy childhood, how that affects him in life
• Draco being a little bit taller, Harry being a bit more muscular
• Wearing each other's clothing
• Clever/Bookish/Brainy Draco
• Competent/Intelligent Harry
• Unusual jobs when done believably
• I have a thing for wrists and throats, characters being drawn to them, wrists being pinned to a surface, hands splayed possessively over a throat, exposed necks and collarbones...
• Draco having a support system in his Slytherin friends. I really prefer when they are a bit suspicious/mistrusting of Harry & co. Not hostile, but I don't love when Draco's "people" seem to be better friends with Harry than with Draco.
• I love Ron and Hermione, together and separately. If not together, I prefer straight!Ron and I really love lesbian!Hermione or don’t-need-no-man!Hermione (lesbian!Ginny is also great)

Favorite Tropes:

Creature!Fic: Veela, Werewolves, Vampires, bring it on! Slight preference for Creature!Draco
Forced proximity: Confined spaces, shared bed, forced to work/room together
Bonding!fic: Forced, accidental, physical, mental, it's all good!
Sex for ~reasons~: Sex magic, sex compulsion, fuck or die, sex pollen
Quidditch!fic: With all the sexy uniforms, rivalries, and locker room/shower!sex

Technical Things:

3rd person POV is my preferred tense (I also like 1st person, but it can be a bit more hit or miss for me, 2nd person is my least favorite but, again, I've read some brilliant ones)
Past and Present Tense are equally wonderful
Linear timelines (I like non-linear when it's relatively straightforward. I don't enjoy feeling confused about when things are happening; I'm too much of a control freak)

Things I adore (mostly in smut):

• DIRTY TALK
• BDSM: D/s dynamics, spanking, paddling, blindfolds, handcuffs, collars, ropes, restraints, kneeling, orgasm denial
• Blow jobs, especially on knees. Also love a good face-fucking (in fic)
• Intercrural and intergluteal sex
• Arse play, rimming, fingering, especially after having sex or when slightly sore (from previously having sex)
• Biting/Marking
• Rough or angry sex
• Sleepy sex and somnophilia
• Tender and intense sex
• Sex in places that aren’t the bed (Shower sex, wall sex, table sex, desk sex...)
• a/b/o dynamics, including, but not limited to: knotting, heat cycles, claiming, mates, etc.
• Power play. Inequality (in the bedroom).
• Age disparity. Cross gen.
• Professor/student, boss/employee, other power play scenarios
• Basically I just really have a thing for scenarios where the characters shouldn't be having sex/want to have sex.
• Dub con. I really adore dub con. Especially when the one getting it ends up really desperate for it.
• Praise!kink and to some extent daddy!kink (I really don’t like daddy kink for H/D at all though, and I prefer a lighter hand when used in general)
• Uniforms: boots, leather, buttons, buckles, gloves
• Thin nightshirts
• Partially clothed sex
• Cross-dressing is hit-or-miss for me, but for some reason I love a bit of panty!kink

• First times. Inexperience. Clumsiness. Innocence. Awkwardness. Nervousness. Either both partners are nervous or one being more composed and experienced. (if it's H/D, I generally prefer Draco to be the more experienced one).


[Sex Roles]Topping/Bottoming:

• When it comes to H/D I don’t mind who does what, and my preference is for switching, either explicitly shown or implied. That being said, I do adore top!Draco, if I had to pick just one. When it comes to Cross Gen, I tend to prefer the older character topping.

BDSM roles:

I tend to enjoy stories with Draco as the Dom. I believe Draco's vulnerabilities and disenfranchisement after the War would make him naturally want to take the dominating role. Likewise, I see Harry finding great relief and satisfaction in letting go as a sub. I have a really difficult time buying Harry as a Dom lately, for a plethora of reasons, so if that's what you prefer to write, it's probably best to stay away from BDSM-type things for me. :) [italicized part belongs to birdsofshore because I could not have put it any better]
HP: Slytherin

Fanfic Masterlist

PLEASE NOTE: As of December 2016 this page is no longer being updated. I cross-post everything to AO3, and it doesn't really make sense for me to continuously update this page, when AO3 functions perfectly well as an archive of my work.

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gracerene

Wednesday Words

Oh man, this might be the roughest writing week I've had all year. My motivation and muse were both completely absent, partially because I'm at a point where I'm really struggling with my HDBB fic and I felt too guilty about working on my other fics before making any progress on that one. So I think I'm going to switch to editing for the next few weeks and see if that helps reinvigorate...

Weekly Word Count (3/31- 4/6) = 1,503

What I Worked On:
Next Week's Goals
Other Fannish Activities!
  • Baseline modly things for[tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang

  • Responded to 16 fanfic comments

  • Read 105k words of new-to-me fanfic

  • Went fandom-free on Monday!
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HP: Ravenclaw/Books

What I'm Reading

What did you recently finish reading?

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
Most recent non-fiction read. Interesting read, though some of the language didn't quite resonate.

The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
Read as part of my Around the World Challengefor Liberia and I really enjoyed it! Liberia isn't a country I knew all that much about and I liked the blend of memoir with providing historical context.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Mixed feelings on this author but this was pretty cute! He curbed a lot of what I dislike about his style to appeal to a more mainstream audience, but I do wish there'd been a bit more actual romance.

What are you currently reading?

The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi
Current audiobook listen as part of my Around the World Challengefor Afghanistan.

Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance by Moya Bailey
Current non-fiction read.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar
I've heard great things about this debut novel and I'm very curious... I'm also debating using it for India for my Around the World Challenge. I'm about 1/4 of the way through though and I'm... really not impressed so far...

The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
Next Pulitzer Prize Winner. There are SIXTY-ONE short stories in this one, and so far I've not enjoyed a single one... yay...

What do you think you’ll read next?

Chronicles of Alsea Book 4 by Fletcher DeLancey
Trucking right along with my goal to read one book from this series a month!

Bell, Book and Scandal (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #3) by Josh Lanyon
Next MM romance read.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
This has been on my TBR list  (and on my physical bookshelf) for over a decade now and I am FINALLY making it happen! Doing double duty as my "owned hardcopy" read for the quarter, as well as part of my Around the World Challenge for Spain. This entry was originally posted here on Dreamwidth. Please comment there using OpenID
gracerene

March Writing Wrap-Up + April Goals

GOALS

March Word Count Goal: 17,672 / 15,000

2021 Total Word Count Goal: 48,495 / 150,000

2021 Total Writing Days Goal: 68 / 220

Despite the fact that, throughout the month, I felt like I wasn't really making great progress, this is actually my best monthly WC this year, so yay for that! I think finally working on some smaller projects in addition to HDBB has helped, particularly because I'm at a point in HDBB where it's a bit more of a slog and having other things to work on while that sorts itself out has allowed me to somewhat maintain my writing momentum.Collapse ) This entry was originally posted here on Dreamwidth. Please comment there using OpenID
HP: Ravenclaw/Books

What I'm Reading

What did you recently finish reading?

Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature by Angus Fletcher
The concept of this book was super interesting and I thought it was really cool to explore writing's "inventions". The breakdown as to the how behind why certain books make you feel certain things was just so fascinating and it definitely gave me a different lens to read books through. Definitely recommend, especially for my big reader and/or writer friends!

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter
Most recent Pulitzer Prize Winner read. I'm not wild about short story collections and this was basically exactly why. I'm sure they were well crafted but they were overwhelmingly boring as hell.

Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors
Part of my Around the World Challengefor Denmark. I'm not generally a fan of short stories (see above) but these were more like very short vignettes and I actually quite enjoyed!

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
I've enjoyed this author's fantasy works and I thought his foray into sci-fi was really interesting and engaging! Definitely a big departure from Eragon in a lot of ways (female MC, adult, sci-fi) and I thought it was cool to see his range.

What are you currently reading?

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
Current non-fiction read.

The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi
Current audiobook listen as part of my Around the World Challengefor Afghanistan.

Vino & Veritas Series by Various
MM romance series collaboration between a bunch of different authors so far I've really enjoyed 2/3 of the ones I've read and I've got the next few on deck to read this week!

The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
Nearly finished with this read as part of my Around the World Challengefor Liberia.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Mixed feelings on this author but I've heard rave reviews about this one, including from friends who don't frequently read in the MM genre, so I figured I'd give it a go!

Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance by Moya Bailey
Next non-fiction read. I got an ARC for this one and I'm really curious/excited!

A Burning by Megha Majumdar
I've heard great things about this debut novel and I'm very curious... I'm also debating using it for India for my Around the World Challenge. I originally planned to read something by Rushdie since I've been wanting to read more of his works, but this one has the benefit of being recent, written by a woman, and already on my kindle, LOL. We'll see how I feel after reading (it's also been mentioned as possibly a contender for the Pulitzer Prize, in which case, I'd use it for that challenge and keep Rushdie... only a few more weeks until I know for sure!) This entry was originally posted here on Dreamwidth. Please comment there using OpenID
gracerene

Wednesday Words

This week was a bit of a struggle, NGL. Two days of no writing + a day where I basically just wrote one paragraph. Exhaustion + busyness + a general lack of interest in writing. Which is a bummer, because I'm sort of working on three things (only one of which is an official priority) and I'm generally enjoying all of them when I can actually get my butt in gear to write... But I've more or less been hitting my weekly goals, even if my word counts are down and I'm going to need to do hella edits to flesh out my drafts...

Weekly Word Count (3/17- 3/23) = 3,746

What I Worked On:
  • [tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang: wrote 2 scenes... sort of. My second scene is basically missing an ending but that is future me's problem.

  • Potential [tumblr.com profile] hd-wireless: wrote 1 scene.

  • Unwanted Plot Bunny: wrote 1 scene.

Next Week's Goals
Other Fannish Activities!
  • Baseline modly things for[tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang

  • Responded to 6 fanfic comments

  • Went fandom-free on Monday!
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HP: Ravenclaw/Books

What I'm Reading

What did you recently finish reading?

Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
This was fascinating. Quite a broad scope and the author covers a lot of ground--it felt like any one of his chapters could have made for their own books but it certainly gave me a lot to think about.

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Pulitzer Prize Winner read that *wasn't* about war! Hooray! Interesting in that it was essentially YA before that was a real genre--IDK that it would have been considered for the PP today, but I actually really enjoyed it.

Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
Finished this audiobook as part of my  Around the World Challengefor Saudi Arabia and I thought it was a really fun book! I'm really glad I picked this one for SA.

The Seas by Samantha Hunt
A friend recommended this for some cool magical realism, which is a genre we both love, and this was really, really well done.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Part of Around the World Challengefor Nigeria which I was extra excited about for the queer rep. I didn't love this one as much as I expected but it was very good.

What are you currently reading?

Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature by Angus Fletcher
Current non-fiction read

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter
Current Pulitzer Prize Winner read. I'm generally not wild about short story collections, they're just not my thing, so this has been a bit of a drag.

The Patiences Stone by Atiq Rahimi
Current audiobook listen as part of my Around the World Challengefor Afghanistan.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
Next non-fiction read.

Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors
Next in my Around the World Challengefor Denmark.

Vino & Veritas Series by Various
Next MM romance reads! The first book in this series didn't wow me, but the authors for books 2 & 3 are a lot more reliable for me, so I'm hopeful I'll enjoy them!

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
I really enjoyed the Inheritance Cycle by this author back in the day (I'm actually planning a reread soon!) so I'm looking forward to reading this, which I believe is essentially his first proper novel since that series ended about 10 years ago... This entry was originally posted here on Dreamwidth. Please comment there using OpenID
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HP Goldenage Fic: holding on to me so tightly (Hermione/Ron, Explicit)

Reveals have gone up at [community profile] hp_goldenage so I can finally claim my Ron/Hermione fic that I've been wanting to write since last year's fest! I ended up claiming a different prompt in 2020 but this one stayed in my mind and I figured I'd revive it for 2021! I love this pairing though I rarely actually write them, so this was fun to play around with. :D

Title: holding on to me so tightly
Author: [personal profile] gracerene
Pairings: Hermione/Ron, past Ron/Lavender & Hermione/OCs, background Harry/Ginny
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: ~3,600
Content/Warning(s): mention of past character death, widower Ron, hurt/comfort, drinking, past relationship, getting back together, sofa sex, vaginal sex
Summary: Ron and Hermione dated when they were younger, but they'd each been dealing with too much and wanted such different things from life to make it work. They'd remained best friends for decades, and that was fine... Until a couple glasses of wine brought them together again.
Author's Notes: I saw this prompt for the 2020 fest and immediately got this plot bunny, but the timing just didn't work out. Thankfully, the fest returned in 2021 and I had another chance to write it! Lots of love to the mods for continuing to run this fest and to [personal profile] malenkayacherepakha for beta!

Read on AO3

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