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oz. : (15 July 2018 - 04:30 PM) congrats france. I Guess. Ew.
Newt Scamander. : (15 July 2018 - 12:41 PM) Yeah that's what happened with my other stories too, I'm just real inpatient :lol:
abhorsen. : (15 July 2018 - 12:08 PM) And it's not super uncommon for validators to just knock out a lot of the queue in one sitting.
abhorsen. : (15 July 2018 - 12:07 PM) Actually, you shouldn't be dissuaded by what looks like a back log! Often, we have a fair amount of chapters on hold waiting for changes to earlier chapters in the story (e.g., if a story needs a violence advisory, we'll only reject C2 for it and hold C3-C20 until C2 is fixed.) So what the queue looks like can be misleading.
Newt Scamander. : (15 July 2018 - 10:39 AM) Awesome :hug: I don't like posting when's there's a heafty backlog drives me nuts cause I'm impatient lol :lol:
abhorsen. : (15 July 2018 - 10:17 AM) The oldest things I'm seeing in the HPFT queue are from 3 days ago. :happy:
Newt Scamander. : (15 July 2018 - 09:27 AM) is there a back log on hpft atm? x
SiriusAura92 : (15 July 2018 - 06:00 AM) Hey all!! The first two chapters of the audiobook for my HP Fanfic are now available!! If you've got the time, give it a listen and let me know what you think :) https://www.youtube....uh7xysB1EKNvaO4
cheriechapstick : (14 July 2018 - 10:25 PM) As many flaws as ootp movie has, it's one of my favorites simply because I my opinion its one of the prettiest looking ones! It brings me home to this world ��
miss atomic... : (14 July 2018 - 06:32 PM) please vote for mc if you haven't yet, we need a tiebreaker! http://the-dark-arts...howtopic=146443
prongsbeak : (14 July 2018 - 03:46 PM) I'm in a huge rut!!! :hide: I can't seem to finish the graphics I start making... :( and I need to make a full revamp on my gallery... O_O
Newt Scamander. : (14 July 2018 - 12:40 PM) Bahahahahaha all good, lol
jellybean jones : (14 July 2018 - 09:21 AM) karni, i def thought i voted yesterday but i must have done so in my mind...my bad haha
Newt Scamander. : (14 July 2018 - 01:58 AM) Would love some opinions here please guys xx http://the-dark-arts...howtopic=146475
hamylton. : (13 July 2018 - 03:35 PM) Same. Despite my alarms going off at the same time each day, I seem to wake up anywhere up to 3 hours after

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