kiki_eng: Laena Geronimo of The Like playing violin (Laena playing violin)
In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The following is probably roughly what I would send someone who showed up in my inbox going Hi, I'm new to fandom and you seem nice - help?

Links )
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In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

My goal in general is, sort of "be happy" and that's sort of a lot of moving parts and can feel a bit like climbing a mountain; it's an ongoing process. One of the things that I've realised over the past couple of months is that the way that I had been conceptualising my volunteer work with the OTW was making me unhappy. It's something that I carry out under my fannish identity, so I had been mentally slating it with things like consuming and producing fanworks and that really was not working for me.

So, I've changed how I think about and approach those things, and am so far much happier. I have a kind rhythm for how I maintain my real life relationships, that I don't really have to think about that much, I just sort of have a sense of when I need to meet with or call or e-mail or write to or whatever someone and do it. So, I am hoping to fall into a kind of pattern with fandom again, that I don't have to think about too much.

So, January is sort of boot-camp for that for me, doing [community profile] snowflake_challenge and then a Second Half of January Meme, and then February is my personal Femslash February. So I'm hopeful.
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In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The Kids from Yesterday by My Chemical Romance

I love the entire album that this song is from - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys; I love the concept, that it is this post-apocalyptic sci-fi thing, that part of that is the use of fake radio as a framing/narrative device, that they produced music videos as part of that and that entire aesthetic - that we have brightly clad heroes facing down an evil establishment in the desert, that there is a comic book sensibility to it, and that a comic book was in fact produced. That is all really good for me.

The Kids from Yesterday is my favourite song off of that album. I love the start, how it kind of sounds like a video game wait screen, how inviting the drum line is to an audience - it's like an invitation to clap or do whatever your rhythm thing is, it's so easy - and how it builds. ...and then the song itself is this, like, sincere appeal to live your life, to go for it nobody what anyone says. It's acknowledges the darkness of life and encourages you to make something to light it up, that that light lasts after we're gone. ...and it's art and sadness all tied up together and an acknowledgement of your past self.

"We are the kids from yesterday, today" is my favourite line in this, because on a meta level this is the album they made when they were in the midst of turning thirty and they decided to go cosplay in the desert with Grant Morrison, so there is that thing of holding on to bits of your childhood self, like your playfulness, and becoming or in some ways refusing to become reconciled with your adult life. This song, to me, is about finding yourself, and being true to yourself, and facing down the darkness and winning. So, yeah, it is my favourite song on that album and I love it.

The Official Music Video is all concert footage and there are a lot of crowd scenes and it closes on this really lovely collection of messages that are part of the whole MCR thing, including "art is the weapon"; it's awesome. The video has its roots in a fanvid by RosaLui that's really great and very fannish, and the story between those two videos is ace, too. I recommend checking them out if you haven't already.
kiki_eng: Totoro holds purple umbrella and sits with child on hill, apparently observing clouds.  Cursive text: "perfect" (perfect)
In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Do something nice for someone in fandom.

Write a note to someone telling them how awesome they are.
Buy paid journal time for someone who would appreciate it.
Write a fic for yuletide's New Year's Resolution collection, even if you don't need to.
Leave a comment on a fanwork.
Make a fannish friend a fanmix or fannish knitwear or a picspam of their fave or a fic written just for them.
Make a transformative work of someone's transformative work - translate a thing, or art or podfic or remix, or whatever.
Check out someone's wishlist on the snowflake challenge or elsewhere and if you can do something for them, do so.

(People being excellent to each other is my favourite thing.)
kiki_eng: text: "i ate ALL your bees" (Black Books) ("I ate all your bees.")
Let me tell you about my adventures in watching Christmas films by Hallmark and other studios producing similar work. I feel like I am checking off a vanilla square for kink bingo with this, but no, that is not the case, this, I do, because it is [community profile] snowflake_challenge time, and today's challenge is to create a fanwork, and my mind is a bit fried now and the level of mental activity I feel up to is about Hallmark movie. Oh, yes, there is no Love Actually in this list, there is no Die Hard. None of those, only partially because I hate the first and haven't gotten around to the second yet. Today, today is the day of the pure, the simple, roughly hour and a half romcom, covered in fake snow and glitter.

It's January, you say, I don't need this in my life, you say, too bad. It's happening, you don't have to stay, but you'll be missing out if you do: it's gonna be magical.

Number One, kicking it old school: On the 2nd Day of Christmas. You know who's in this film? Who the romantic hero is? No less than motherfucking Mark Ruffalo, circa 1997. Aw yiss, baby faced Mark Ruffalo, playing a department store security guard, that most revered of occupations. In super sketch romcom logic he ends up taking a criminal home for Christmas, because charging her on Christmas eve would be un-Christmas like, and detaining her in handcuffs until Boxing Day isn't some weird-ass kidnapping-adjacent shit. They bicker, which is fabulous and the whole thing is this tropey explosion (kid fic! fake dating!) that I ended up emailing about in capslocked wonder, liveblog-fashion, to an SGA friend, because guess who else is in this glorious piece of cinema history: David Hewlett. David Hewlett is the villain; he's got a fabulous costume with red velvet or something and fur and fake facial hair. Would reccomend.

Number Two: A Princess for Christmas, starring Katie McGrath of Merlin sporting an American accent, the cover art looks like some posh British version of Labyrinth. It's not, that's not the movie, the movie isn't even it's title, I don't know what they were doing. It feels like a depressing mid-West Christmas version of The Princess Diaries with siblings. There are two kids in this thing, their dad got Black-style removed from the royal family tapestry when he married their mum and now they're both dead for some reason and their aunt, Katie McGrath who works in an antique shop, is their guardian and things are going kinda shitty for her because she's single-parenting and she didn't plan for this shit and we open on her having a bad day. They end up getting invited to Christmas at grandfather's castle and she goes for the escape and then there are cliches and romance. Katie McGrath is very pretty; it was a good time for me.

Number Three - another I would like to be a princess, thanks film: A Royal Christmas. "Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of Cordinia, wishes to marry his young love Emily Taylor, a humble seamstress from Philadelphia. But Leopold's mother, Queen Isadora has other plans for her son." a humble seamstress from Philadelphia - gold. So, yep, she's just a modest girl of the people with an unusually accurate last name and her prospective mother-in-law hates her with the power of a thousand suns and acts like a child in an attempt to get rid of her and there's something about her wanting to be a fashion designer and true love conquers all, eventually. If you watched number two and could have made it through without caring about Katie McGrath, you're fine, this'll do ye.

That's it. I'm done. I feel this has already gone too far downhill. I don't even particularly like Christmas. It is nearly as far from being Christmas as it can possibly be, depending on how you measure it. No more!

I am sort of under the impression that Hallmark makes roughly a dozen of these films per year, so if you do decide this is your jam, you are so set. Have fun.
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In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So, I'm a reccer and I haven't written fic in over a year, which actually means that choosing which of my fic to write is pretty easy. I'm going with female-centric things that are rather thematically linked.

Victory: Coffee!
Bomb Girls
Kate Andrews/Betty McRae | PG-13 | 1,479 words
Betty catches her singing little snippets to herself sometimes, overhears her when she's wiping down tables, and it makes Betty smile.
I wrote this as a present for [personal profile] calvinahobbes and it makes me smile because of that - the places that I wrote for her. The fic is coffee shop au fluff with pining and is one of the most popular things I've ever written.

be one traveler
Lost in Austen
Elizabeth Bennet | PG-13 | 1,477 words
Summary: Elizabeth Bennet returns to Hammersmith.
This is a fic that I wrote out of yuletide; I wrote a fic for my recipient and then the fandom didn't let me go and I kept thinking about it and ended up writing this kind of more reflective piece after. It's about friendship, and moving, and figuring out your life, kinda.

Space
Bandom
Z Berg/Tennessee Thomas | PG-13 | 2,639 words
It's going to be the first time Z's ever seen The Deep End Club and Tennessee's maybe a little nervous about that.
I wrote this for bandom holidays. It's a Valentine's Day fic, and it's a close to canon piece about Tennessee Thomas and every article about her moving to New York, and missing someone and sort of obliviously pining.
kiki_eng: Annie Monroe of The Like wearing sunglasses (bandom) (Annie wearing sunglasses)
In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

These are always weird to make. Here goes:

1) Suggest a topic you'd like to see me discuss for the Second Half of January Meme that I'm doing.

2) Rec something for [community profile] fancake's Old Fandoms round or rec a fanwork for [community profile] bestthingever that's less than three months old and the best thing ever.

3) Make something for [community profile] fan_flashworks. Any type of fanwork. Any fandom. Check the comm out and make a fanmix or a diorama or a podfic or a rec set or a vid or a fic or whatever riffing off of the comm's prompt. Right now it's "Fortune". (So make something old-timey style about seeking fortune, OR figure out what fortune-telling at a slumber party would look like in your fandom, OR make a fannish cootie-catcher, OR do something about what gambling is like in your fandom, OR be angsty and focus on terrible things happening because that's part of fortune, too - do whatever.)

4) Tell me about a femslashy thing you love.
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In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

TRADITION!

(Link to Fiddler.)

I've done the snowflake challenge for a couple years running now and I like it. I like the way it starts off a new year, when things feel sort of fresh and full of possibility. I am totally cynical about everything, but I love how people are at the start of the new year, how in the early hours of the morning in a city - where often people make it a policy to ignore everyone as much as possible - people will wish strangers happy (I think that's great) and I love that sort of boundless optimism that can show up at the beginning of the year - I can do things! This is easy! I could make a post every day and so on. Things are shiny and new and optimistic in the new year and I feel like [community profile] snowflake_challenge is a really good match for that, and it had that attitude even before it adopted this time slot. It's incredibly friendly and kind of affirming and the mods are fabulous each year. It's a really lovely time.

I enjoy starting off my fannish year with this challenge; it makes me happy. I discovered yesterday that I had not checked my reading list for well over a week; I've been sort of failing at dreamwidth/fannish activity/communication for a while, so, the thing where the snowflake challenge means structured posting is good for me this year - even if/when I opt out of some challenges that's still better than I've been doing, and so in that vein, and in that vein of wild optimism/delusion*, I further challenge myself, to the old December meme from a few years ago - shifted to January and cut in half.

(*I do actually think it'll be fine.)

Pick a date below and give me a topic you want me to discuss. You can request multiple topics (as long as they’re on different days — one topic per day!).

Dates )

Heads Up: I tend not to link a lot of RL information to my fannish identity, so, if you request something to do with that I might not feel comfortable writing about that and ask if there's something else you're interested in - or I might be fine. Depends. (Sorry that's a bit vague.)
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In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I feel like if I hadn't gotten into fandom the way that I did it would have happened some other way. I got into fandom through a newspaper article about fanfic. The article included some sites and I followed it up and went looking for fic. The first fic I ever read might have been a HHGTTG one, but I'm not exactly sure. I read a lot of Wolfstar and Jack/Daniel fic on archives, and then I met [personal profile] readbystarlight and she ended up giving me a fairly comprehensive SGA primer, which was how I got onto livejournal.

Livejournal is, I think, where I chose this name, and I've used it everywhere else since. I had at least one name before this, but I'm not active anywhere that I used a different name and I wasn't really that active before I was kiki-eng, anyway; I talked to people on forums sometimes. kiki-eng is the only name I've ever made a fanwork under - apart from my RL name, obviously, and all of the history rpf performance pieces and fic I've done under that for classes.
kiki_eng: Laena Geronimo of The Like playing violin (Laena playing violin)
In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I tend not to spend time thinking about my creative process, so writing about this is slightly more challenging than other things might be.

Recs are sort of just how I work. I rec because I see links between fanworks or because I want to share something with someone or because I've decided that I want to post a journal entry and I've decided that it's going to be a rec or because I want to do a reccing thing. There are some things where I'm looking for a fanwork to complete a rec set, where I'm not actively searching, but someday I will maybe find it and then make that rec set. A lot of times I'll decide to do something, open a bunch of bookmarked fanworks in tabs and then narrow through them until there's only three or four, figure out an order that makes sense to me, then start writing the recs from the top. (Somewhere in there re-reading or viewing or listening happens, at least once, often more than once.) Why or what I want to do with a rec set matters a lot and changes the process.

I probably have, like, forty fannish projects that I want to complete - recs and fics and other things - so, if I'm having issues I'll generally shelve something for later and pick up something else to work on.

Writing fic for a deadline is different. In an exchange, I start with my recipient's preferences, review the canon with that in mind, mull things over for a bit, brainstorm, then write. The brainstorming usually flows into writing. A lot of times I just start writing things and eventually something will stick and I'll end up writing that story. Sometimes I have a plan. Usually it's sort of a combination.

I like exchanges and deadlines because they make me write things and that generally gets me into a sort of writing zone, where I will write things without deadlines after. Challenges are also good for that. Prompts can also be inspiring.

There are a chunk of stories that I want to write that don't start off tied to a fandom, so, I know what tropes or tone or the rough plot I want to do, and then I'll think about how to do that and build the story around that, like: I want there to be more woke-up-married femslash fic. I think I've read one, ever. > That is a thing I'm going to have to do myself, isn't it? Yep. > Leverage? No. White Collar? No. Calvin and Hobbes? Susie Derkins/Rosalyn where they both go into academia and there's a conference in Vegas that they're both presenting papers at and then they... not go with it, but they can't annul it for some reason. They decide that it would look too bad, Rosalyn's going for tenure and doesn't want any shit attached to her and maybe coworker that she doesn't actually like ended up being her witness and he's totally telling everyone, so it's not like a quiet annulment is on the table here, and Susie's working on her Master's or PhD or something, and Susie would totally not go with that shit without a reason, so she would maybe have really, really liked Rosalyn and allowed herself to be persuaded because she's fucking charmed against her will and, yeah, it's only temporary, and she would be internally cursing her decisions a lot, *head-desking* or maybe she got into an argument with Calvin and she opened her mouth and said something really stupid and now she feels obligated to see this thing through. OR, there's that scavenger hunt marriage that turns into more fic that I want to exist. [U of Chicago runs a giant one and some people have actually gotten (briefly) legally married to check off a thing on the list] I want the one where they end up staying married and it turns into more. So I would have to research how that paperwork actually works, but: University AU, Shenanigans. Shenanigans and then love. So, bandom? Greta is actually a Chicago person. So, pair her with Victoria or Z Berg? With Victoria I can have her hanging out with Cobra Starship people and with Z I can do The Like and Panic and her and Ryan and Jon being friends? Probably they would have signed up together. How many people do you need on a team for this thing? So, yeah, Greta/Z-Berg... okay, that's odd. It happens because of Pete? Or maybe Jon? IDK. Probably Pete, but Greta and Z end up on the same team, and they get along because... > *goes to youtube for Greta interviews since I don't know her as well* > look, there's a thing on the first page... they seem really different. I could maybe do something with that Joni Mitchell bit? Like, that sort of works with the way Z Berg's solo stuff is. Greta used to hang out in graveyards. Okay, a graveyard, that's a thing that could be useful. So... I could see them not getting along at first. Greta sort of seems like she might sit at the front of class and Z not so much, despite being really, really into books and stuff, so they might write each other off or rub each other the wrong way at first before figuring out all of the things that they have in common . ...Greta knows Michael Runion and has performed Suicide Pact. *listens to both versions*.

Anyway, yeah, I don't want to do the canon review that I'd have to if I was writing Calvin and Hobbes, so if I actually did this I would write the Z/Greta fic. There's apparently just one fic with that ship up on AO3, so it would be cool for there to be more, and I just wrote a story with Z Berg in it, so that would be way easier. ...and then I would do canon review and start plotting and writing. I do think that the Calvin and Hobbes fic would be a lot of fun, but: work.

...and I feel like I have written enough, if slightly randomly, about my creative process.

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