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2017-01-28 03:40 pm

Snowflake Challenge: Day Six

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.

01. Go and vote for Marie-Philip Poulin for Captain for the 2017 Canadian Women's Hockey League All Star Game: HERE. Tell me about it, maybe?

Marie-Philip Poulin is sometimes called the Sydney Crosby of women's hockey, because she's a two time Olympic gold medal game-winning-goal-scorer for Canada, and she's good. I feel like game winning goals are kind of her thing, along with being just a fantastic person in general?

Like, she just seems like she has a good sense of humour and is kind of a French Canadian dork and also this fucking amazing role model of a human being:

Here is:
a gifset in which Poulin is doing that role model thing
a gifset of some of her on ice encouragement
a a photo of her tackling an ex teammate (I think) into a foam pit at the winter classic a year ago
a gifset of Pou on ice fails, basically

Marie-Philip Poulin is great, and I want to watch her make terrible jokes as she picks out her all star game team roster or try to steal all the goalies or be super casual and relaxed about the whole thing, because that seems like a her thing to do. And I want to watch her take the ceremonial puck drop at centre ice in the ACC and skate around there with a "C" on her chest.

You can vote every 24 hours until Thursday February 2, and anything helps and is amazing.

02. Meta on Reccing. Especially before 2003 and after 2013, and especially on non-journal platforms, though anything is good.

I have a project in my back pocket that involves compiling a lot of meta on reccing. Those "especially"s are where I have fewer links and where help would be really useful.

03. Tell me about a femslashy thing you love.

I love to hear what people are interested in and excited about, and femslash is love. ♥
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2017-01-13 02:19 pm

stronger than

01. Your Mother by [personal profile] ghost_lingering
Saga | R | 1:27 | Alana & Hazel
Audio: If I Should Have A Daughter by Sarah Kay

This is a really engaging comics vid that packs a really strong emotional punch. The source is a still medium and it's set to spoken word, and it moves and pulls you in, and just might make you cry. It's about love and strength and unrelenting optimism in the face of terrible things.

02. L.E.S. Artistes by [ profile] cherryice
Terminator Movies | R | 3:30 | Sarah Connor
Summary: Sarah Connor. To tell it straight, I'm trying to build a wall.
Music: L.E.S. Artistes - Santigold

The story of the Terminator films, about Sarah's voyage, fighting the darkness with all you have, and hammering yourself into a weapon in the fire. This vid hurts a bit - there's a kind of rawness to it, well-executed.

03. Hammerhead by [personal profile] such_heights
Doctor Who | PG | 3:34 | Martha Jones
Summary: Prove 'em wrong, girl.
Music: A Brand

A vid about Martha fighting, and shining, and winning. I love Martha so much, and this reminds me why, with her facing down everyone's shit, and always carving her path and making friends. Martha Jones talks to people and she listens and she fights, and she saves the world, and herself. This vid captures her perfectly.

04. Rescue by [personal profile] cosmic_llin
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries | PG | 3:46 | Phrynne, Dot
Summary: We don't need no rescuing, we're ok.
Song: Rescue by Yuna

Phrynne faces the world fearlessly and Dot faces her fears; it's a vid about them and all the women of the Phyrnne Fisher verse facing things down and being there to support each other as they do, in good and bad times. This is such an uplifting vid.

(This post is for [community profile] snowflake_challenge. Details about the fifth day are here.)
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2017-01-03 05:02 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Two

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

This book basically ate my brain when I read it as a kid and I became thoroughly obsessed with it. It consumed me, basically, in a good way - it sparked a lot of creativity and some of my early independent writing had its roots in that book's style, sensibilities, and humour.

Looking back on it, I think one of the greatest gifts it gave me was its characters, especially Morwen.

Cimorene showed me that I could have my own adventures, they didn't have to look like anyone else's, and I didn't have to fit in at home to be happy; I could find my own place. That was a really valuable thing to have, and to have pre-puberty, I think.

Morwen, though, was who I wanted to grow up to be. She was magic and clever and lived alone with a bunch of cats and she was happy. She kept her house neat and tidy, exactly how she liked it, was a skilled baker and ciderer, and was working on organising her library. She put up barriers to keep crap from entering her life (none of this nonsense, please).

I think Morwen let me grow up imagining a future for myself where being by myself and living by myself and doing the work I wanted to do was an option, and that option a given.

She introduced me to witches as independent women with deep lives, strong friendships, and morals. You could probably write a strong meta piece about Kazul, Morwen, and Cimorene - a dragon, a witch, and an improper princess - living outside the bounds of polite society and facing down the patriarchy (wizards): feminism and fairy tales in the enchanted forest and mountains of morning.

Morwen made me want to be a witch when I grew up, and she set me up pretty well for meeting the witches of the Discworld - and feminist texts for that matter. ...and you know what? I've got two feet on the ground, know I'm never going to fly on a broomstick, have been filing taxes for years, and I still want to be a witch.
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2017-01-01 12:11 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day One

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.

This is a rec set I made for [community profile] snowflake_challenge last year, on a fannish trope I love. These are some of my favourite stories in general, and reading them I feel like they sink into my bones; they're all really satisfying for me and I'm really happy to have recced them together. (recced: 3 bandom fic, 1 hp, 1 tsn)

SGA, Harry Potter (were you ever in HP?)
I did a December meme last year, shifted and made into a Second Half of January meme - the title was a prompt that was given to me, and I wrote a rec set/playlist of 10 vids in those two fandoms. It's kind of about home and scary things and standing strong and going fuck it - so, life, basically, and some of the major themes in those two fandoms.

"Femslash! Now that you brought it up :D"
Another prompt from the second half of January theme. This post is half rambling meta about representation as a queer woman and half recs. (6 fics: bend it like beckham, bandom, pitch perfect, glee, merlin, elementary and 2 vids: grey's anatomy, xena) It's a pretty messy entry in some ways. Femslash and representation both mean a lot to me; I have a lot of feelings about stories.
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2016-12-23 12:14 pm

[community profile] snowflake_challenge needs volunteers to run this year

[community profile] snowflake_challenge is a posting challenge that runs annually for the first fifteen days in January. Some of the challenges are fannish in nature, some of them aren't, but they're all designed to be as do-able as possible for people and to encourage expression and creativity and caring and happiness, basically. It's a super-chill challenge, you do as much or as little as you like.

The mods are fantastic. In addition to posting a new challenge each day, they also post a ton of comments on the participants posts - the "I did it!" posts that they make on the comm and the post that they made on their journal or tumblr. The mods do an amazing job at setting a tone of encouragement and enthusiasm throughout the challenge and I've had some really great interactions as a result of the challenge and that tone.

I'm going to be so sorry to see it go, if it does, because that's the thing: it is a lot of work to run a challenge like that and they can do it because they have a team of multiple people trading off and making schedules behind the scenes, I imagine. This year has been a year of changes for a lot of people, though, and a lot of the old mods can't run the challenge this year, so they need new people.

So, if you've loved this challenge, or are excited about the idea of it, I encourage you to help out however you can - spreading the word or volunteering.

This year has been fairly crap for a lot of people in many ways, and, I kind of think of [community profile] snowflake_challenge, as, like, an extended More Joy Day. We could use some more joy this coming year, I think.

(The official how to help post is here. Yes, there are three links to the same post in this entry.)
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2016-01-15 12:40 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Fifteen

In your own space, talk about what you're taking away from this challenge. Did you learn something? Did you interact with new people? Or did you try out different fandoms or formats or relationships? What's changed between Day 1 and Day 15 of this challenge? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I love [community profile] snowflake_challenge. It always gets me about and talking to new people and learning about the things that excite them. Sometimes I make friends. :) It's very cool.

This year I completed every challenge, which meant that for each day I was commenting at least once in the comm and writing a journal entry or leaving a comment to someone somewhere. I've been more active that way in the past two weeks than I have in the past year, it feels like, and it gave me the push to do a Second Half of January Meme. I'm excited.

This year I recced some Hallmark Christmas movies, which was weird to me, but fun; I might do some more recs in that kind of vein in the future. I also discovered how much I miss writing about kink, holy shit, so I'm thinking about doing something about that. I feel like I've been less precise this year, and that's been good; I've been more relaxed and less critical of my posts, creating them. It's been nice.

The people in the [community profile] snowflake_challenge were so nice this year! Like, it is always a good batch of people, but people this year seemed especially lovely.

...and I made some of them cry! ...with MCR, which was not my intention at all, and I kind of feel bad, but MCR.

I still have a chunk of posts that I need to check out. I just finished my rec post for yesterday today, so have a chunk of posts of people sharing fannish love to look at. It's exciting. [community profile] snowflake_challenge is exciting. I love everyone in this bar. The mod work is flawless and makes the challenge. I am so appreciative of that, especially the older I get; I see it more. (Learning from the mods is something that happens for me in some challenges.)

I'm just really appreciative of how fantastic and welcoming and enthusiastic that entire community is. ♥
kiki_eng: black and white, a man in a suit stands in an office building at night, his back to the viewer (Torchwood) (Ianto in an office)
2016-01-15 11:26 am


Ways of Going Forward by [ profile] redbrickrose
Tennessee wants to say "Where have you been?" or maybe just "Fuck you." She takes a deep breath and says, "Sleeping. It's..." she glances at the clock, "3 am. And my birthday was ten days ago."
Tennessee Thomas/Charlotte Froom | Rating: PG | 5,800 words
This fic is raw edges and tentativeness and history. When Charlotte calls Tennessee in this fic it's awkward and terrible and the timing isn't perfect and both of them are still hurt, but it's a beginning. I love how broken they are in this - how much hurt there is, and how much pining. I love how they don't really let go of each other and how, having all of this history together, they start up again, and how that beginning has an echo in their past; it's really lovely. There's this thing where things aren't really resolved in this, their relationship isn't definitively settled, but they've taken some first steps together. It's hopeful.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles by [ profile] igrockspock
Summary: After the end of the war, Luna makes two surprising discoveries: her father attempted to give Harry to Lord Voldemort, and Severus Snape is alive.
Luna Lovegood & Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna Lovegood & Severus Snape | Rating: PG-13 | 7,069 words
Harry Potter
It's a post-war fic about the aftermath of the war and Luna dealing with the revelation that her father is not the man she thought he was, that his principles are not what she thought they were. It's about Luna making her way back to her father after that realisation and her and Snape figuring out the business of living, after the war. It's about letting people in when you've been hurt, and Snape and Luna helping each other.

Time is but the Stream by [ profile] chaosmanor
"I've been feeling like I've been swimming in two different time streams at once, ever since this started," Patrick said. "The 'now.' And the 'then.' Like being in two places at once. And I think I know why."
Andy Hurley/Patrick Stump | Rating: NC-17 | 27,846 words
I love this story to pieces. There's this line that Patrick says in this - "I fell in love with a philosopher who would read Thoreau to me, and we'd talk about living beside a lake in the silence. I wound up choosing the band over them, which was really sad, but I think of them sometimes, and wish them all the best." and he's talking about Andy, and he says it on-air, just this matter of fact thing that is part of the narrative of his life for him; this fic destroys me in so many different ways. Patrick and Andy fell in love and then changed their relationship - broke up, so at the present that this story begins in they're friends and bandmates. (I love ex-lovers being friends and being able to move forward together.) Right at the beginning of this story there's this tiny comment that Andy makes, and him making it has nothing to do with his past with Patrick, but it takes Patrick back there and, yeah, hits him right in the face, and the story unfolds from there. There are two time-streams weaving back and forth in this and the end brings them into harmony, brings them into harmony. It's utterly lovely.

Buyer's Remorse by [ profile] SilviaKundera
Summary: When Eduardo Saverin has a sudden vacancy for a best friend, no one on earth expects Sean Parker to fill it -- least of all Sean himself.
In which Sean Parker accidentally grows up, stumbles into a priorities readjustment, and helps Eduardo kick True Love's ass like a boss.
Eduardo Saverin/Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker & Eduardo Saverin | Rating: PG-13 | 18,674 words
The Social Network
The Social Network is the story of the birth of a website and the death of a relationship and the fandom is a lot of people trying to fix that relationship. There is a lot of fic about reconciliation in this fandom. As the character who sets the wheels in motion in the film, Sean Parker is not the typical focus of a reconciliation fic, but he is in this one. Sean Parker makes an overture of friendship toward Eduardo Saverin and things spin out differently from that. Sean, in his way, puts a lot of effort into his relationships in this and in trying to help his friends reconcile. Sean. So there's Eduardo's relationship with Sean, which is fascinating and hilarious, and then Eduardo and Mark's reconciliation, which is a long road, partially because they don't realise it's possible for a long time. The fic is ridiculous, funny, and interesting.

The Dark Ocean Bottom. by [ profile] Pennyplainknits
Summary: Stressed and ansty after the end of the tour, Brendon escapes to London, and finds more than he bargains for.
Ryan leans his elbow on the table, puts his chin in his hand. "So, why are you here?"
"I," Brendon pauses... "I just couldn't be there. I needed to be somewhere else."
"Yeah," Ryan finally takes a sip of his tea. "Yeah, I know how that feels."

Brendon Urie/Ryan Ross | Rating: NC-17 | 24,054 words
It's post-split fic, with that delicate between them, and they end up alone in a strange place and find each other. It's really great. There's this thing where, rebuilding their relationship after Ryan has left the band, they build something new. There's a chunk of typos in this, but the tone of the piece is great, and there's this wonderful OT3 element in it, and a really satisfying coming home bit, with pieces slotting together.

(This post is for [community profile] snowflake_challenge. Details about the fourteenth day are here.)
kiki_eng: black and white, a man in a suit stands in an office building at night, his back to the viewer (Torchwood) (Ianto in an office)
2016-01-13 06:29 pm

such exquisite agony

([personal profile] lucifuge5 said "kinks" over at today's snowflake challenge post and this is really not what they meant, there were qualifiers around that, but this is where my head went, so yeah, have some good old-fashioned vidded canon heterosexual D/s kink.)

What Is Love by [ profile] milly
Fifty Shades of Grey
Christian/Anastasia | Rating NC-17 | Length 2:49 | Song: What Is Love by Haddaway
Description: Baby don't hurt me.

[ profile] milly writes "I know what I did. I'm sorry. I think." I feel that you already have all the information you need about this vid, basically. There's something brilliant about making this vid to "that song from A Night at the Roxbury"; cliches and kink and kinky cliches, it feels like everything I could possibly have wanted out of that film condensed to an enjoyable two minutes and forty-nine seconds including slightly pointed ending note, instead of whatever the canon was.

The New Pollution by [ profile] meiou_set
Edward/Lee | Rating R | Length 3:38 | Song: The New Pollution by Beck
Summary: She's got a hand on a wheel of pain.
Warning: cutting/self-harm

I love this vid, it is a joy. It is bright. It is fun. It is breezy and cheeky and I am filled with warm fuzzies as I watch it. [ profile] meiou_set has done an excellent job of capturing so much of what makes Secretary good - this is in fact the vid that made me watch that film. I love how much of this is about Lee and Edward's reaction face, and if I continue writing about this it's just going to devolve into me writing "pretty" over and over and some smiley faces.

where i end (and you begin) by [personal profile] penthesilea
Verfolgt (2006)
Elsa/Jan | Rating NC-17 | Length 2:55 | Song: Caramel by Suzanne Vega
Summary: There's a gap in between / There's a gap where we meet / Where I end and you begin

Femdom! Age gap! Age gap with an older woman! (Some of us are pretty excited about that kind of thing.) There's an older woman putting a young man on his knees and spanking him set to Suzanne Vega, in black and white. (There are other things.) [personal profile] penthesilea does a really good job of capturing sensuality and conflict in this, especially inner conflict; it's lovely.
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2016-01-12 08:49 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Twelve

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?

In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I don't really tend to do fandom that way? Fandom is usually not about the canon for me, like, my first steps into online fandom were not motivated because of a source material I really loved; I went looking for fandom because I heard about fanfic and it sounded like an interesting literary thing? Like, for me it was another source of stories, I am pretty sure, and that's still kind of how I do fandom. I'll read in fandoms I don't know if they're writing tropes that are interesting to me or I stumble on a summary that's really intriguing.

Sometimes the fandom will pull me into the canon, and sometimes not. Like, Generation Kill made me watch the source material, which is really great, but the mini-series didn't make me want fic, it just gave me a crush on Alexander Skarsgård and opinions about Nate's face - like, my appreciation of the fandom was enhanced by my having watched the mini-series, but watching the mini-series wouldn't have sent me looking for the fandom, and how I appreciate and interact with the canon and the fandom are different things.

I tend to take on more of a consumer role in fandom, so my motivations for being in a particular fandom tend to be more in line with why you might listen to a CD or watch a particular drama, than having fallen in love with a CD and needing more, or needing to change something somehow.

When I create prompts for things like exchanges that tends to be more motivated by my love of stories in general than a particular canon. I'll go for things that seem interesting to me, or like there's a lot of potential there - like, one of my prompts for a yuletide fandom was zombies, not because I particularly like zombies, but because I felt that fandom/trope match-up had a lot of potential.

When I'm picking yuletide fandoms I've gone with: canons that have really great worlds I'd be interested in seeing more of [Alice (2009)], canons with unrealised ships that I've gotten really invested in [Pasta (TV)], canons with characters I have fallen in love with [Sungkyunkwan Scandal], canons where I'm invested in the creation of fanworks for fanworks' sake [Michael Buble Being Stalked By A Velociraptor (Tumblr)], canons I fell in love with and just want more of [Shakespeare Retold - Much Ado About Nothing]. ...and sometimes canons fall more into one category.

When I'm writing something it's usually for an exchange, and I'll sign up to write canons and characters I'm familiar with and would be comfortable writing in a lot of different ways and reviewing source material a lot, and then I get my recipient's request and just try to make them happy and write where our tastes overlap as much as possible. When I write something outside of an exchange it's a fandom that I'm comfortable writing in and a theme or trope or story that interests me, basically. Usually I'm motivated to write for the sake of writing, but sometimes it's because I've fallen really hard for a particular dynamic [Remus/Sirius] and want to explore that, or, an idea snags me and I start giggling and then there's a line and then there's a story [Someone needs a hero. Someone is holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night.] - it varies.

My fannish engagement isn't really me falling in love with a series of canons, but falling for a series of fandoms and the stories they like to tell, that's what lures me in.
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2016-01-11 12:21 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Eleven

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1) I tend to be patient.
2) I care about this world - the environment and how we treat each other.
3) My brain does pretty well with logic and problem-solving and brainstorming and stuff like that.
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2016-01-10 06:15 pm

Snowflake Challenge: Day Ten

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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2016-01-09 02:04 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Nine

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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2016-01-07 06:22 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Seven

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.
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2016-01-06 11:57 am
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Six

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.)
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2016-01-04 07:36 pm

Hallmark Christmas Movies

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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2016-01-03 10:25 am
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Three

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.

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.
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2016-01-02 12:00 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Two

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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2016-01-01 12:49 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day One

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.


(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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2015-01-05 09:36 am
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Five

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.
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2015-01-03 12:46 pm
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Snowflake Challenge: Day Three

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.