Geek Chic: Baby Slytherin

I know, I know. On Wednesdays we write about Winchesters. You can all tweet your disappointment at me later. I got sidetracked, okay? It’s the end of term for me, and I wrote a 17 page essay in six hours today. So instead of blogging about Winchester angst, I decided I need to do something a little cuter and fluffier.

Let me tell you about Baby Slytherin.

My brother recently phoned me (while I was in a crowded restaurant no less!) and told me that in a few months, I’d be Auntie Collectress. Yes, coming summer 2015 is the affectionately (and somewhat biasedly) named Baby Slytherin. So like any good auntie, I immediately took to the interwebs to find cute baby clothes. Here are my Harry Potter favourites for the geek chic wee wizard, and just in time for Christmas.

Welcome to House Slytherin

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The Collectiva Diva Asks 5 Questions to Your Favorite Fanfic Writer: Xylodemon

Xylodemon is a beast. With 226* works across 17 fandoms on AO3 and new stuff coming out all the time, this writer has a knack for taking canon and transforming it into something simple and easy and totally unexpected. Her characters are clear and consistent, and her reimagined Supernatural codas are some of the best I’ve ever read. You may recognize the handle from either a fanfic rec by the Collectress or I, because her stuff is just that good (her demon!Dean is spot on). Read on to discover how she got started in transformative fiction, the inspirational words she has for aspiring writers and links to her favorite work.

(*note: it’s now 227, since she just released a coda for the Supernatural episode “Fan Fiction” which is lovely, BTW)

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

Want your favorite writer to answer 5 questions? Let me know over on Twitter @collectivadiva

1.) What/Who inspired you to write fanfiction?

Weirdly, it just kind of happened. Way back in the day I was in a usenet RP for the Wheel of Time books, and I loved it. I had a kajillion characters and read all the threads, even stuff I wasn’t involved in. A friend of mine there told me I’m probably like reading fanfic, but I didn’t pay too much attention at the time because she was into Harry Potter and I hadn’t read it. I ended up reading some eventually, mostly Lord of the Rings and X-Files. Then I finally broke down and read Harry Potter (I was convinced it would be garbage, turns out I was wrong), and I read a ton of fanfic, and from there it made sense to just write some. My first fic was pretty terrible, but I guess first fics usually are.

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Fanvid of the Week: Harry Potter “The Black Parade”

Vidder: dazzleme7

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Potter world lately. Like many, I grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and at least 25% of my geek references are HP oriented. This vid is the epitome of my teenage experience: Harry Potter + My Chemical Romance = my senior year of high school. So perhaps I’m reccing this out of a sense of nostalgia, or maybe it’s because I view the “black parade” as a metaphor for the people we’ve loved and lost, or maybe it’s just because it’s a combination of a fraking good song with a fraking good story. Whatever the reason, watch this and remember why you loved Harry Potter.

Always,

The Collectress

Geektivities: 5 Nerdy Burlesque Shows to See in L.A. (NSFW)

I am slowly coming into my own as a sexually liberated 30-something woman; discovering what turns me on and engaging freely with the raunchy. As an avid smutty fanfiction reader, I am always looking for a sexy fandom mashup, and apparently, that’s a thing now.

Enter fandom burlesque. Yes, I said burlesque–as in performances in a variety show format, performed in cabarets, clubs, and theatres, featuring bawdy comedy and female striptease. This isn’t just a sex show, though. These productions create a tongue-in-cheek atmosphere that pokes fun at my favorite fandoms. While some of these great performances have come and gone, do not fear! A few of the shows mentioned are coming up this month and tickets are still available.

Enjoy and be sure to click on the links for ticket info and previews.

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

1) The Goonies Parody Burlesque

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What: “The Boobies” create a parody performance of the 1985 cult classic “The Goonies”.

When: Mondays @ 9:30pm

Where: 3Clubs 1123 Vine Street, Los Angeles

Cost: $15

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Hey Potterheads, Let’s Talk About the Quidditch World Cup

Ms. J.K. Rowling has been busy of late. With the film Fantastical Beasts and Where To Find Them  becoming a reality, and the Harry Potter theme park an attraction for Potterheads of all ages, it seems that the Harry Potter fandom has plenty to be excited about.

But wait, there’s more.

Ms. Rowling has penned a bit of “gossip” about the Boy Who Lived and his two closest friends visiting the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Fans of the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows should be sure to read this one. You can find the ficlet here.

Perhaps Rowling’s return to the famous trio indicates a longer work is in the cards.

We can only hope.

Always,

The Collectress