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Hello, everyone! I am indeed alive.

I took a bit of a break from LJ. I didn't plan to, it's just that my to-read list made me feel less "ooh, yay, I have so much fun stuff to look forward to" and more "fuck, there are so many stories I ought to be reading."

Want turned into should. And that's silly.

So instead of stressing myself out about "having to" stay up to date with everything, I took some time off. I hope to backtrack a little bit, but I'll likely not do that a lot. Forgive me if I haven't been commenting on your posts lately. <3

Ugh, I'm reading my third Erised story right now, and they've all been soooo goooooood so far. Gods, I've missed fic and LJ and all these fests andβ€” UGGH. You know?

And I finally saw Fantastic Beasts a week or two before Christmas, by the way. I'd promised to go see it with friends, that's why I had to wait so long. I forget when it was, but I liked it a lot, though, I've got to say. I knew literally nothing about it, somehow, so that was fun. Although, okay, I knew Alison Sudol would appear in it, and that she'd have what I thought would be a cameo β€” except it turned out she played Queenie and had a giant part, so I was very very delighted. :D

I love her music and have for years. I was thrilled when I saw a random tweet once, early on, that she'd be in it. It was pure accident too, because while I have a Twitter account, I'm never on there. Eee, and she was so beautiful. Her album Pines is one of my favorites ever, and it means a lot to me. I listened to it a lot a couple of years ago, taking comfort in the story of it. It starts out really atmospheric with slower songs about being down in the dumps, and going through the motions, but for each song it gets catchier and brighter, and towards the end it's about moving on and being optimistic – and feeling alive. UGH. Also, it has a nature theme and whatnot, of course, what with "Pines" and I love that. I love nature, and the woods. The forest where I live is like my second home.

But anyway, enough about that.

How are you doing? Good, I hope. How was your holidays? I celebrated Christmas with my mom, aunt and cousin. My brother lives in Hong Kong and although he and his girlfriend usually come back home to Sweden to celebrate with us, they didn't this year. But it was nice. We had a very nice and relaxing evening with good food, silly jokes, and presents.

My cousin asked what the best part of 2016 had been for each of us, and I honestly said that finding this community was one of the most meaningful things. You people are so supportive and accepting, and affectionate, and there's a fun and creative vibe traveling through this fandom, and I love it. It's very rewarding, being a part of it, and it's inspired me a lot the last few months. Sappy again, yeah, but still true.

In fact, it was exactly a year ago, almost to the minute, that I had the idea to re-read a classic Harry/Draco fic. I know this, because I was talking to one of my best friends about it on Skype chat at the time. I've mentioned her before – her nickname is Q, and we met through HP fandom in 2004.

I looked it up in our chat history, and, well, yeah. It was exactly a year ago. I know I started reading it that evening, and I was already consumed by the fic the very next day. Skimming the chat history was hilarious because there's clear evidence of me losing my mind over it. LOL. I remember that, though. It was so nostalgic reading it and remembering the first time around. It was so sentimental, and reading about the wizarding world again made me remember how much I loved it and the characters, and the pairing. Ugh.

When I finished the fic I went, "Soo... I can, uh, kind of imagine reading another."

And I did.

And here we are. <3
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