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At least for the time being, I am changing the status of my journal to friends-only. If you would like to be added, please, comment below with a note, including how I do or should know you, and why you would like to be friended.

Snowflake: Day 9

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Day 9

In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) but you ended up loving. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I recently had this experience not with a fanwork, but with a fandom. I was telling a friend at work about it the other day. A couple of years ago, when Revenge first started, I had a coworker in Arkansas pitch the show to me, telling me that I really should watch it, but I was pretty "meh" and dismissed it. Sometime in 2012, I caught the show on netflix/hulu and mainlined everything that was available. It was pretty awesome. Then, I didn't watch TV again for about 6 months.

Last week, I decided to catch up on it all. The show is amazing! DH says that it's a bit soap-opery (from what he's overheard) but the writing it tight and twisted, and I love the premise, and the planning and the ways things go wrong almost even more than when they go right. The latest bombshell of the story has left me wondering where this is all going next, and so happy that there is more to come. I'm totally fangirling the show, though I haven't looked into any fan fiction (yet). It's almost so awesome that I am just starting to let it sink in about the little holes and flaws that can be explored that way, because the writing of the actual show is so engaging.



As for fanworks I didn't think I would like but got sucked into, I don't know any specifics off the top of my head. There are a few concepts that I didn't think I would like that somehow sucked me in.

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Snowflake: Day 8

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Day 8


In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.Day 8


In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.



This is tough, and even more personal than posting fic which people might like or not, comment on, or not. This is asking for personal interaction and confirmation. It's putting yourself out there and hoping that people respond to you personally. But here goes, anyway.

I've turned on anon commenting, so if you want to say anything anonymously, that's ok, too. :)

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Snowflake: Day 7

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Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Wow, I wrote a story... and I'm posting it. Awesome. It's out of order in my series, but I think it stands alone well enough.

Fic: Home for Christmas (Xander/Riley, NC-17)

Snowflake: Day 6

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Day Six


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. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


This is hard, I am not sure what to write about, and this post has been sitting open for the better part of a day while I think about it. I could name some of my favorite things... my favorite book, my favorite song, songs that play like the soundtrack through my life, even moments in fandom when things opened up and changed for me, finding a new sandbox, finding new friends. They didn't so much change me, as become a part of me, part of the stories and tapestry that made me who I am

I think I am good at leaving this open-ended like that, for now.

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Snowflake: Day 5

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Day 5

In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. 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 tough one, because I love all you guys, and it's hard to single anyone out. All of you guys are awesome. So, I picked out a few that always are on my mind (and if you aren't following these guys, you should be!)

geonncannon is a bit of my hero. He is an awesome writer, and one of the most prolific writers that I have ever heard of. I discovered him in the Stargate fandom, but stick around for his novels. He is dedicated to his dream of being a professional writer, and has totally worked toward that end. And his most recent news writing an official Stargate novel and writing episodes for a web series of his Riley Parra series. He totally rocks!

xanthe is probably the author that I have been following the longest in fandom. I have been reading her stuff for like 15 years now. Her work is engaging and beautiful. She is also the founder of the BDSM-universe that is engaging fandom. She has even given me permission to play in it, and I'm working on a long Hawaii 5-0 fic in it.

Snowflake: Day 4

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Day 4

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.


I will, if you will... Anyone out there, want to step and say hi? Heck, even if I know you very well... say hi anyway. I don't bite... (not unless you ask nicely, anyway)

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Snowflake: Day 3

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Day 3

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.


This is tough, you guys know all my stuff... You are my stuff.
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Snowflake: Day 2

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Day Two

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


#1 Has to be Heliopolis. I took over as archivist for this site in 2003, and it has brought me such joy, and allowed me to get to know so many people. I have learned so much while coding and keeping this site. It is one of my proudest accomplishments, and favorite places on the net.

#2 I know lots and lots of people will have this, but I love Archive of Our Own. Anything I am looking for, I can find here. It has drawn together so many people, with so many divergent interests and challenges, that I can not imagine fandom without it these days.

#3 That being said... livejournal/dreamwidth. They made fandom personal for me, in ways that mailing lists could not have even begun to. Words and stories became people and friends and communities. I never go long without thinking of this space, whether I am actually posting or not.

Snowflake: Day 1

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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.


Hmm, I think I have done this before, or something similar, but it is a good time to do it again, as I try to bring my personal archive into some semblance of order...

1) Because the challenge creator was very specific about including all kinds of fannish works, I want to include a link to my icon archive. Working on these little 100x100 art pieces allowed me to expand my digital graphics skills in so many ways, and to learn so many new skills and techniques, though experimentation and tutorials. I don't know if I could ever pick a favorite, as that is sooo dependent on my moos (and why we all have so many of them :), but I loved making the icons and working on the challenges, as well as talking with other fans, as they created enviable 'competition.'

2) My favorite fic I wrote: Faded Prayers
This is the story that automatically comes to mind when I think of my best/favorite stories - whether it actually is or not.
Cordelia waits for Angelus and reflects on what has happened and what is to come. (Post-Awakening.)
This was a challenge for YGTS? and was probably not at all what was expected. I don't remember the whole prompt, but it was something about sushi, and this ep, having just aired was very prominently on my mind. It's dark and twisted, but hopeful, and I am really proud of the imagery, and loved the way it just flowed. I loved writing for this group, and turned out some things I'm very proud of. (Pre-livejournal story on my archive)

3) My favorite other thing created for fandom: The Almost Totally Random Writing Exercise Generators
While this wasn't entirely my own creation, The Almost Totally Random Writing Exercise Generators are based on the random pairing Generator by Glowstick Chick (and tweaked by others, including docmichelle), I took the idea and ran with it, creating several versions of the generator for my own and others use. I even created some individual ones for some friends. While what I wanted sometimes changed between versions, I couldn't give any of them up, and still use them when looking for inspiration. I created this page to keep track of my versions.

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