LoveNotes is back and better than ever — OPEN TO ALL PRESENT AND PAST SPEW MEMBERS!

LoveNotes is a long-standing tradition here in SPEW, but as we did in the last couple of years, we're going to shake it up a little bit. Formerly, what would occur is that each SPEWer would provide four pairings and four prompts. Well, we're going to make it far more personal and far more interesting.

This activity is open to ALL SPEW members, both past, present, and hiatused. If you were in SPEW in 2006 and just happen to want to play, jump right in. Submit a usergroup request and, if it's been longer than five years (hence I won't remember you), send me a PM so I know to accept you.

This is how it works, kids! Each of you who wish to participate, post a thread in the Vault 713 SPEW sub-forum in on the MNFF beta boards, listing four pairings that you would love to receive. Also in that thread, you can select up to eight 'candy hearts'. Anyone familiar with Valentine's Day tradition in the US is aware of the existence of the small candy hearts with short messages on them. We're going to be pairing these pairings and candy hearts with...DRABBLES, BANNERS, POETRY, and ART!

How do we do that? Well, some lovely SPEWer is going to peruse your pairings and choices of candy hearts, select one of each, and write you a drabble/poem or create your work of art/banner about said pairing and candy heart. Then that SPEWer is going to PM me that creation anonymously, which I will post in your thread. At the end of this activity, which I have arbitrarily decided will be April 22nd, your secret benefactors will be revealed. But, from now to when that time comes, you all will be happily churning out goodies for one another in the spirit of friendship and really just getting to know what our fellow SPEWers.

There are a few guidelines to this activity, as usual.

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With that, 2014 SPEW LoveNotes has officially begun!

SPEW Summer Swap IV — Reveals!

The time has come to reveal the authors of the lovely fics produced for SPEW Summer Swap IV.

A Difference in Heights
Written for Maple by Sophie

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To Shatter December
Written for Soraya by Ellie

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There's an Answer
Written for Sophie by Soraya

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Thin Red Lines
Written by Maple for Jess

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Lost and Found
Written by Jess for Ellie

And that concludes our fourth run of the SPEW Summer Swap. You all are now free to post your stories wherever you like. :) Thank you for participating and your excellent stories!

Lost and Found — For Ellie

Title: Lost and Found
Characters/Pairings: Tracey Davis, Willa Davis (OC), Spoilery canon characters
Rating: 3rd/5th Years
Warnings: Mentions of character death; mentions of assault
Author’s Note: I would like to say I have a good excuse for this being late, but they're really just excuses. This was my fourth attempt to write something before I settled on an idea. Here's hoping it's better than the slushpile. :)

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Thin Red Lines — For Jess

Title: Thin Red Lines
Characters/Pairings: Oliver/Katie
Rating: Professors
Warnings: Strong Profanity, Sexual Situations, Self Harm
Author’s Note: BIG TRIGGER WARNING FOR SELF HARM!  If you are easily triggered, please do not read.

Inspired by If You Only Knew by Shinedown.  Lyrics from the same song.
Huge thanks to Lily for the beta and a huge thanks to an anonymous friend who helped me with a lot of things with this story.
Lastly, a note for Jess.  I was going to call this "If You Only Knew", but upon searching after writing this, I discovered that someone had already called a story this...and had used this song. :o ;)

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There's an Answer — For Sophie

Title: There’s an Answer
For: Sophie
Characters/Pairings: Remus/Tonks, and Kingsley makes a couple of appearances
Rating: 3rd-5th years
Warnings (if any): Mild Profanity
Author’s Note: Sophie, I think you’re lovely and fabulous and that you definitely deserve better than this. I'm just hoping this is your kind of thing, because it’s not particularly summery, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t write a story with no angst in it, so there is plenty of that. I do know that you like this pairing and Remus in particular, so I hope that ship-wise, at least, it’s to your taste. This story is inspired (loosely) by the amazing song I Know There’s an Answer by The Beach Boys — I hope I picked a song that you liked!

Thank you to my amazing beta for getting this back to me quickly and leaving some great suggestions (and who will be named after reveals).

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Secret SPEW VIII — Master List

Thank you all for a very successful and stress-free swap. I got all entries in more than enough time, and the quality this year is amongst the best I've seen in my years in SPEW. And, with no further ado, I present to you the authors of these fine works:

Behind My Smile, as requested by BrokenPromise, written by Helena/goldendsnidget92

Fairy Cakes, as requested by Helena/goldensnidget92, written by Sophie/the owl

It's oh so quiet, as requested by Sophie/the owl, written by Lily/Padfoot11333

Night Beneath the Stars, as requested by Maple/Maple_and_PheonixFeather, written by Ariana/lucca4 in a pinch-hit effort

Tea and Honey, as requested by Soraya/babewithbrains, written by Maple/Maple_and_PheonixFeather

Sinners and Saints, as requested by Lily/Padfoot11333, written by Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Hanging by a Thread, as requested by Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor, written by Soraya/babewithbrains

Now, with that, you are all free to post your stories as you wish, either on your personal LJs, on MNFF, or any site you see fit. Thank you all for your effort, and I hope this brought you a measure of, er, holiday cheer. XD

/SPEW Monarch out
candy canes

Hanging by a Thread — For Jess, Part 1 of 3

Characters/Pairings: Katie/Oliver, past Katie/Leanne, some vague Lisa Turpin/Colin Creevey if you squint, Dennis, Fred Weasley
Rating: Professors
Warnings:  Sexual Situations, Slash, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse, Violence
Author’s Note: Jess, you are amazing, and you deserve far, far better than this. The slash warning is for a past relationship, by the way, and I'm hoping you won't mind since I *think* you're partial to the pairing a little in your own Katie/Oliver head canon.

I would like to thank mah smiling nodders for helping me plot hash, getting my through my many writing slumps, answering my dodgy questions and basically just being there for me during dire situations. And, of course, my betas were just pretty damn amazing. Thank you all for putting up with me babbling about this story for ages — I shall name each of you when it is appropriate to do so, but for the time being, know that you're all fabulous!

The title is taken from If You Only Knew by Shinedown. I also wrote this with Save Me (also by Shinedown) in mind :) I don’t own either song, although they sound pretty good (If You Only Knew has pretty much became my smut song for some reason). Please note that the themes in this story are strong, and also, apologies for making this a lot longer than I expected it to be :/ It was only meant to be, at most, 10k, but somehow, it spiralled and became close to 18k. Anyway, happy holidays, everyone, and I hope you enjoy!

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