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Saturday, May 9th, 2009
4:05 pm - Update on MA thesis on HP fan fiction


With this message, I would like to thank all of you who answered my questionnaire at http://fanfiction.frontexperts.com (see the original message below) and have given me helpful feedback. Many of you who sent me emails with comments let me know that my questionnaire did not fully embrace your experience with fan fiction. Because a survey is a highly standardized research instrument, there was no way of avoiding this problem but I decided to broaden my research design according to the concerns conveyed to me. Thus, I would like to conduct a group discussion with fan fiction authors where they will have the opportunity to freely talk about their experience without being bound by narrow questions like in the survey.

Therefore, I am looking for Harry Potter fan fiction authors who will attend the LeakyCon 2009 from May 21st-24th in Boston and who would be willing to get together for an hour or two as a group to discuss their experience with me and the other fan fiction authors. As far as I can tell from the LeakyCon schedule, Saturday morning would probably work best to meet for the discussion. Also, it would give us a chance to get to know each other on Thursday or Friday. I will provide a space at the hotel where we will be undisturbed and make sure we have drinks and snacks. A group of 8-12 people would work best but if there are too few people for a group discussion, I would be happy to meet with any of you informally at LeakyCon to talk about your experience as a fan fiction author.

By participating in a group discussion, you would make an immense contribution to the quality and accuracy of my research. I am looking forward to meeting you in person and hearing about your life in Harry Potter fan fiction. If you want to participate please let me know until May 19th by replying to this message or at fanfictions@ gmx.net or petra.baumann@edu.uni-graz.at.

Thank you so much for your repeated help!

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Thursday, April 16th, 2009
1:15 am - Harry Potter Fan Fiction - Help with MA thesis!

I hope it's OK that I'm posting this message here. I do not have any financial interest whatsoever, this message regards academic research only!

My name is Petra Baumann and I’m doing research for my master’s thesis in sociology on Harry Potter fan fiction at the University of Graz, Austria. As a sociologist, I am especially interested in the social background of fan fiction authors: where they come from, how old they are, etc. Through my research I found that, many studies on fan fiction are done in the fields of literary studies, women studies, or cultural studies but there are very little sociological data available, especially on the Harry Potter fan fiction community.

In order to gather sociological data on Harry Potter fan fiction authors, I developed a short online questionnaire. If you are an author of Harry Potter fan fiction you would immensely help me with my research if you could answer this questionnaire at

The questions will take about 10 minutes to answer and there will be no spam or advertising when you click the link. The evaluation is done anonymously and the data will be used solely for academic research. If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or my research please feel free to contact me at fanfictions@gmx.net or visit my LifeJournal.

Thank you!

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Sunday, March 9th, 2008
12:58 pm - . . . Pants on Fire

Last week yet another memorist was outed (this time by her sister no less!) as nothing more than a lowly fiction writer; once again begging the question: why didn't they just publish their works as fiction in the first place?

Ego and greed, probably.

Not discounting these writers' duplicity in dealing with their publishers, what's truly troubling when these contretemps raise their ugly little heads is the press's haughty shock and awe that any half-truths (or quarter- or third-truths) should have wormed their way into the sanctity of somebody's memoir. Literary and social critics alike thump their thesauri and behave as if, pre-James Frey coming along and embarrassing Oprah with his million little lies, every memoir published was letter-perfect when it came to factual matters--that no details were added or enhanced (or omitted), that no dialog was fabricated, that nothing was tweaked to make the piece better (or at least readable).

By its selective nature, a memoir is not journalism; it is subject to the tricks our memories play on us; how and why events took place are filtered, consciously or unconsciously, by our prejudices, belief systems, etc. Plus, let's face it, folks: life, by and large, is boring. Even fascinating people have plenty of downtime where nothing of much interest happens. Knowing what to emphasize and what to ignore, where a chapter--let alone the real story--begins and ends (in reality, most people's lives have very few--and very long--chapters), is the writer's job.

And while we're talking about it, the very journalists looking down their collective nose at these memorists are prone to the same refractions they're pillorying; they shouldn't be, but they are. The truth is never more malleable than in the hands of a writer.

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
10:53 pm - Blues4Kali- A Cult Classic for the End Times


What will Winter Solstice bring in 2012? ...an instant of Karma? ...an ethereal spiral dance of the collective soul? ... cosmic judgment leveled against civilization's expanse? ...destruction of the world as we know it? ...a chance for a new start? ...the rise and the revenge of the Goddess? or simply another day in the life of paranoia? These are the false prophesies that your pastor warned you about!
Reality Exchange Program
"Makes DMT seem like a whip-it."

Crazy Bear said there'd be days like this. As usual, no one believed him. Now, all I want to know is: where IS that lifeboat, and how DO I ditch this ship of fools, without any of these bliss ninnies noticing that I'm already gone?
Captain, my ass. We are equal in this sea of madness.
That iceberg is looking awfully big.

Amana Mission is on a quest to save the world, and the only problem is, she can't remember why she got involved with such an obvious scam in the first place. Jesus saves. Christ. What a loser.
Kali kills first, and recycles later.
Hitchhikers, load up for a ride to the Other Side. You may wish you had gone Greyhound.
"What the...?"
*A cranky band of prankster peace warriors who absolutely cannot resist messing with each other's minds, no matter the cost.
*Cocky alchemy-dabbling quantum surfers, navigating the Ethersphere with hand-held computers, switching timelines to find a better party vibe and swap tips about the best temporary toilets for use as interdimensional portals.
*A burnt-out visionary hippie millionaire on a mission from Gaia to build a better "communitopia" by underwriting a convoy carrying telepathic priestesses.
*A wheelchair-bound mindpilot propelling a crystal-powered Seed Bank toward the post-Apocalyptic Garden, with psychic precision...and a predilection for high-velocity extreme driving.
*Hermaphrodite time-jumper fleeing a fate worse than death.
*Anarchist ghettoes where anything goes-except escape.
*Ancient Principals vying like sweatsoaked carpetbaggers for our loyalty as the Final Vote is tallied.
*Long-haired security patrols collecting a cannabis tribute tax from all pilgrims to the Valley of Fun.
*And an underground meat mafia bringing a black magic revival to a bloodless dreamworld gone bland.
All brought together by a secret psychedelic superdrug that tunes users in to reality through the eyes of another archetypal avatar inhabiting a different state of space and time. Mahayana made easy. Budding Buddha natures are running amuck on a virtual superhighway where all roads lead to the Bo tree and singularity.
Twenty-first century Tantra is about more than sex, drugs, and rock and roll.Confronting the Karma of every wasted breath is only the first step.
Welcome to the End Times. Kali awaits. She already knows who you are.
Do you?
The 21st century counterculture is even weirder than it appears on the surface. This is not your mommy’s MTV Road Rules.
Ride along on this mesmerizing, metaphor-packed bus trip toward ecstasy and enlightenment, as three real-time guides-Amana, Sissy, and Deva, let you in on what they learned when they asked what It was really all about, after all.
Become them for a multilevel metafictional tour of infinity and awaken yourself to the miracle-a-minute magic of mighty Mother Kali!

Read Online Novel Blues 4 Kali at www.blues4kali.com
2012 Prophecies

current mood: creative

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Friday, October 27th, 2006
8:57 pm - She's Come Undone/I Know This Much is True

I'm currently reading (nearly finished) with She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Despite my personal grievances with the book, I really like Lamb's writing style. Has anyone read this book or his other book, I Know This Much is True, and what have you thought of either?

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
1:25 pm - Felt Life


Bob the Gambler, Frederick Barthelme's fine 1997 novel about Ray and Jewel Kaiser and Jewel's teenaged daughter RV, concerns itself with the introduction of a fourth member into their pieced-together Mississippi family: gambling, and its effect on their love for one another.

Barthelme knows loss. The one-after-another death of his parents in the mid-Nineties, on the heels of the death of his big brother Donald in 1989, made it possible for Barthelme and his brother Steven (both of them college professors and, like Donald, writers) to gamble away more than $250,000 -- most of their inheritance.

Anyone familiar with the allure of gambling will easily understand Ray and Jewel's beautiful and twisted illogic when they risk all they have -- and all they don't. Barthelme's accomplishment here is that he makes it possible, too, for his non-wagering readership to comprehend how Ray can, on one hand, cherish a quiet night at home in front of the TV with Jewel and RV, and on the other (the hand holding the cards), risk losing it all.

Along the way, the Kaisers acquaint themselves with other artistic treatises on the subject -- most notably Jean-Pierre Melville's amazing film Bob le Flambeur (providing not only the book with its name, but also RV's nickname for her stepfather) and Dostoyevsky's The Gambler, whose protagonists' ill-fated systems and schemes are somehow lost on Ray and Jewel.

Bob the Gambler is infused with Henry James' "felt life." Just as there's no doubt that at some point Bruce Cockburn encountered a bullet hole in "Peggy's Kitchen Wall," equally convincing is Barthelme's elegy to an addiction that promises something (and it's not money) for nothing.

Barthelme's writing has always been about gambling: seeing how long he can draw out his sentences, his passages, the moments between his characters, until they reveal more than is on the page. Like Peckinpah's best slow-motion shots, meaning is not found in the action, the action resides in the meaning.

Writing in the same seductive tones as the addiction itself, Barthelme is clearly best friends with the fleeting yet inveigling sensation that comes from beating the odds: the feeling that he's somehow, if only for a moment, managed his own destiny.

current mood: irritated with the Internet

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Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
5:07 pm - Will Write for Food?

What follows verbatim is an e-mail posted to craigslist's "writing gigs" subscription list back on 5 June 2006. Written in response to several writers who had objected to the number of solicitations for writers to write for free (receiving, instead of payment, the glow that comes from having your work published or produced by organizations that advertise via craigslist), it sadly demonstrates how writers in particular, and artists as a whole, are perceived by many of the individuals who employ us.

I am getting a bit fed up with all these belly-aching writers. Of course writing is not profitable! It's an art! Can you imagine if all the painters and collage-makers complained as much as you do about not being rich? ...Listen "writers": you do it cause you love it. If you are looking to pay your rent then be a plumber. None of your favorite writers made a living doing what the world remembers them for, instead they were doctors (chekhov), or postal workers (bukowski), or installing air conditioners (vonnegut) ...writers who complain about not getting paid enough are like firemen who don't feel like people refer to them enough as heroes-- which is to say they are doing it for the wrong reasons. just because you write does not entitle you to literary attention-- it doesn't mean you are talented. i'm beginning to think it doesn't even mean you like writing.

so please, paying gigs and non-paying gigs-- keep 'em coming-- but can we try to keep the self-righteous whining to a minimum??

So the toils of plumbing, doctoring, postal work, and installing air conditioners are worthy of payment -- but not writing? And note how diabolically it's suggested that if you expect to be paid for your artwork, you're "doing it for the wrong reasons." Unfortunate, however, are the examples cited, as Chekhov, Bukowski, and Vonnegut all went on to enjoy lucrative writing careers.

They didn't achieve that status by accepting the wrongheaded notion that they should write for free.

current mood: lazy

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006
12:16 pm - Mere Words: A Writing-Related Blog

For those of you who are writers -- or if you're just interested in writing -- you might find Mere Words of interest, as it contains a fair amount of commentary on the subject as well as a writing contest (which ends tomorrow at noon, EDT).

current mood: effusive

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Monday, February 27th, 2006
8:39 pm - bookcafe - 5 books in 5 week challenge
bookaficionado Started yesterday - jump in & join in at bookcafe

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
2:22 pm
fanfics4life Check it out if you would like...

Stop in and share your fics with a whole new audience!
Find an awesome collection of great reads and great artwork!
Give your two cents and help others develop their own stories!
Participate in fun community challenges!

Don't be shy, please stop by!

If this type of post is not allowed, PLEASE just let me know and I will remove it! Just trying to spread the word, and I certaintly do not want to upset anyone doing so - thank you!! ^_^

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Monday, September 5th, 2005
4:38 pm - Hey

My name is Tina and I write fan fiction if you wish to check it out heres the site


I also created another community called Ask Us for anyone else who wishes to join in the advice given click on the bottom link for more info.


current mood: content

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Thursday, July 28th, 2005
8:57 pm
hp_fanatic222 Hi Everybody!!

I just wanted to inform everyone that the Official Mugglenet.com Live Journal Community has been created, and is officially open. It was created to serve as a haven for all Harry Potter fans, and can be accessed by searching the user name muggle_net or by clicking on the link below. Join, and share comments, questions, requests, suggestions, information, news, fan art, fan fiction, your love for the Harry Potter series, both movie and book, and anything else.


I hope to see you there.

I dont know if these type of posts are allowed. If they are not, im sorry. Just tell me and I will delete it.

current mood: happy

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5:32 pm - zinebookproject

DO YOU MAKE A PERZINE? (personal zine)




email me: polka_dot_press@yahoo.com

for details & submission guidelines & questions & mailing info!!

the project is seeking twenty zines & we have only selected eight! so send now for consideration!

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
3:26 am

Hi Everybody!!

I just wanted to inform everyone that the Official Mugglenet.com Live Journal Community has been created, and is officially open. It was created to serve as a haven for all Harry Potter fans, and can be accessed by searching the user name muggle_net or by clicking on the link below. Join, and share comments, questions, requests, suggestions, information, news, fan art, fan fiction, your love for the Harry Potter series, both movie and book, and anything else.


I hope to see you there.

Muggle_Net Moderator,

current mood: happy

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Monday, June 6th, 2005
9:47 pm

Hello Everyone!

I just joined this community. I am almost finished reading Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks. Now I am not sure what to read next. I have a few books, but I don't know which one to pick.

Maybe you guys can tell me which one you could pick out of these choices.

Little Altars Everywhere-Rebecca Wells

Smart Women-Judy Blume

She's Come Undone-Wally Lamb

The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing-Melissa Banks

The Summerhouse-Jude Deveraux

The Rescue-Nicholas Sparks

The Guardian-Sparks

Terms of Endearment-Larry Mc Murtry

Evening Star- Mc Murtry

Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas-James Patterson

Bridges of Madison Country-Robert James Waller

Well... Please help me decide!!!!


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Saturday, December 18th, 2004
1:37 pm - She's come undone, I don't know what she was heading forrr..
smai 'She's Come Undone'Collapse )

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Saturday, October 16th, 2004
11:53 am - 'Twelve' by Nick McDonnell

Hey there, I'm new to the community and I was hoping you could help me out. I'm doing a Creative Writing course at university, and I'm leading an in-class-discussion on 'Twelve' by Nick McDonnell. I'd appreciate it immensely if you could tell me your thoughts on the book, in particular any criticisms you have (I've found enough praise, now I need to find someone who hated it!).

Thanks everyone!

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Thursday, October 14th, 2004
11:32 pm - SO excited.

Reading is my FAVORITE THING. The best books I've read this year are as follows:
-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
-Dress Your Family in Courduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (naturally)
-True Notebooks by Mark Salzman, and
-Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
I'm always up for discussing a good book, and always looking for new authors!

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004
9:35 pm

This summer I read:
Drowning Ruth
Makes Me Wanna Holler
The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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3:42 pm

New here. Hello everyone! I guess to introduce myself I should add a few of my favorite books... here it goes (in no order whatsoever)
1) Trainspotting (pure genius), 2) Fat Kid Rules the World (yep, I love YA novels), 3) The Catcher in the Rye (I read this when I was about 13 or so and fell in love with it), 3)Geek Love (possibly the most messed up book I have ever read), 4) The Cider House Rules (Irving is awesome), 5) I Know This Much Is True, 6) Hearts in Atlantis (I have no idea how they got that movie from the book, the book was amazing and the movie was horrid)

Have many more favorites, in many many genres. I'll read pretty much anything (with the exception of Romance and Extreme Fantasy. Which is ironic, considering I'm a member of the SCA...)

Trying to figure out what books to spend my gift certificate for Chapters on. Any suggestions?

current mood: excited

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