I got my Secret Santa assignment and I'm so excited! The only problem is that it's given me ideas and I don't know which one to write and I want to research all of them anyway!
I'm working on a Big Post of Doctor Who with my reaction to the last episode, this half of the season that we've had, and a bunch of recs for fic, vids, and meta. My attention keeps getting caught by more things to look and read, oops, but I'm getting there.
In the meantime, have a handful of recs.
Recs: 3 Harry Potter, 1 Sherlock BBC, 1 Avengers
From the Desk of Minerva McGonagall by selmak (at the minerva_fest) PG, 6700 words, summary: In all her years as a Head of House, Minerva McGonagall had never sent more than ten letters home to a parent in any given year. Then Fred and George Weasley came to Hogwarts. Perfect Minerva, perfect twins. Smiles and feels.
The Threads of Sisterhood by hondagirll PG, warning for some characters dying of old age, 4000 words, summary: Lucy was an accident. Or rather, five moments in the life and times of Molly and Lucy. Gen. This is a really lovely look at how a younger-than-everyone-else Lucy would be different, that everyone is different anyway, and that in the end it doesn't matter, because she's Molly's sister.
The Peculiar Resilience of the Refugee by Squibstress Teen and up, warning for brief, non-explicit reference to sexual abuse, Gen, 7777 words, summary: After the war, Petunia takes refuge at the Three Broomsticks. Leapt into my favourite Harry Potter fics with it's layers, hints of Muggles and Squibs and differences in the Magical World without beating the reader over the head with them, it's subtleties, and the believability of this friendship.
Fairy Tale of Regent's Park by Basingstoke two stories that are teen and up overall, 6163 words total, AU, summary: There is a swan, and he's not named Sherlock. And there is a duck, and he's not named John. I found this gem the other day. Give it a try. It made me smile a lot.
And There Are Deserts Still by Amy Teen and up, Gen, 9310 words, I would warn for acting without choice/being triggered/past brainwashing, non-fatal violence, and identity questioning, summary: "Freely we choose, and what we have chosen to become stands in judgment over what we may yet hope to be." Also, Clint bakes muffins. The friendship and understanding between Clint, Natasha, and Coulson in this is a thing of beauty, this fic explores the ideas that it considers wonderfully, and there's a depth to everything that I love.