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Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share your love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I have to give all of my fandom/RP love to [community profile] x_project. This May marks fifteen (15) years since the game first started on LJ, having moved here last year. I've not been there that whole time, having joined in 2011, but it's still been a huge part of my life, and still is. I've made many awesome friends there and I'm extremely grateful for my time there. And we're still going strong! <3
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Day 14

In your own space, create your own challenge. Whatever your challenge is, 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.


I don't know if it counts as a challenge, but for a long time now I've wanted to run a fic exchange on AO3 centered around fic that meets the Bechdel test. I even made a collection there, but I have no real idea on how to organize or run an exchange, so that's as far as I've gotten with it. Which is to say nowhere.

So I guess my challenge would be for someone to do that, haha, or just to write more female-centric fic in general. I love the Misses Clause challenge in Yuletide for that very reason, and love to browse through that tag in the collection each year.
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Day 13:
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.


Here are some writing goals I want to accomplish this year:

· Write 75,000 in 2018 (signed up for GYWO to help with this)

· Create and submit a short story for submissions ending Oct. 31st this year

· Take part in the 2018 NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge

· Continue to meet with my cousin on a weekly basis (as we did starting Feb. 2017)

· Win at NaNo 2018

Those are pretty big and broad goals, but I know I'll be able to at least take part in all of them. I'm hoping to succeed at all of them too, and a lot of them will feed into each other (i.e. word count goes up for things I take part in, meetings encourage keeping up with writing, etc.). So here goes nothing, 2018.
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Day 12

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a podfic, an icon, a sketch, a meta, or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Cross stitch. Draft an essay about a particular medium. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of book you love, a ship manifesto, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Not sure if this link will work or not, but posted a review of the latest book I've read, The Disaster Artist, here. Hopefully it works! :)
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Day 11

Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Unfortunately I can't share the fanwork(s) that most changed my life. That'd be an old, old RPG that used to exist on GreatestJournal (RIP). It changed my life in two major ways: first and foremost, it's how I met my wife, and second, it got me back into writing in a big way. I think I still have a bunch of the old logs saved on my computer somewhere, but the site is forever lost in time like GeoCities and Netscape. Good memories though, and I'll be forever grateful for it. :)
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Day 10
In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (Or a few!) Tell us what makes it work for you, and why it appeals to you so much. Talk about what you like to see in fanworks featuring that theme most. Feel free to include recs and examples! 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 have a lot of these, to be honest. I suppose if I had to pick one, it'd be the classic slow burn situation. I like to write (and read) longform fic that builds things up over time rather than just jumping into things.

Other than that I read a little bit of everything, I suppose. :)
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Day 9

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.


Will You Call My Name? - My first fic of any decent length, really. It was an assignment for Yuletide, and I was extremely happy with what I was able to come up with for the recipient. It was the first of many fics I'd write in this fandom, actually, and it's one of my favourite things I've ever done. Very fluffy and slice-of-life/meet cute, but I still like it.

Dungeons and Dungeons - Another Yuletide gift, I'm fond of this one because it was so fun to write. It was also better received than I expected, which is always a nice surprise. Archer is such a fun show, and writing in that universe is an extremely fun experience. This one is one of my favourite humourous works.

A Blank Slate - Ok, this is also a Yuletide gift. It seems my favourite things are all things I write for other people for Yuletide, hah. This one eclipsed Will You Call My Name? for my longest fic, I do believe, and it's probably the one fic I've worked the hardest on from start to finish. I even went to a beta for help throughout writing it, and I think that shows. It's a slow burn, which has become my favourite thing to write, and I'm very proud of how it all turned out.
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Day 8

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.


This clip from Pitch Perfect was the scene that launched a thousand ships, hah. Or, well, at least a thousand fic ideas for one ship, for me at least. It was a movie I went to see with my wife and sister, with no expectations at all going in, and I left wanting to write all the fic for it. In many ways it jump started my desire to write again period, especially with respect to fanfiction, so it'll always hold a special place in my heart. :)
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Day 7:

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.


Haha, ok. Here it is! Now to post this and go leave some comments for other people. :)
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Day 6

Leave feedback for a fanwork. Or multiple fanworks. It can be as simple as I liked this to a detailed list of all the things you loved about the fanwork. The key is to leave some sort of feedback.

If you've already left feedback in the course of a previous challenge, it totally counts. But you're free to leave more feedback.

Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!" If you feel so inclined, leave a link to the fanwork you left feedback for so others can check it out.


I'm going to cheat here a little bit at first and pimp the gift I received for Yuletide this year, for which I've already left feedback. It's a fic from the movie Mr. Right, starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, which you can read here, and I highly suggest you all go read it. If you haven't seen the movie it's based on, then go see that first, then read it. You won't be sorry, I promise, especially if you're a fan of surreal films, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, or any combination thereof.

Also, here's another fic I highly recommend, also from Yuletide, and I left a comment on it today: it's titled 'i'll sing a song for you (singe ich ein lied für dich)', based on the movie Atomic Blonde, and is located here. It's rated Mature and has some sexual content in it, fyi, but it's so beautifully well-written and gives much more breadth and depth to one of the film's most interesting characters. Definitely check it out if you enjoyed the movie, or great fic in general. :)
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Day 5

Recommend a fannish or creative resource. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


So years ago, my wife and I spent an inordinate amount of time playing Lord of the Rings Online (aka LOTRO). This was pre-marriage, and we were still long distance then, so playing the game online was way for us to regularly interact as well as have fun and hang out with other people.

One of the things you can do in the game is forge legendary weapons - at least you used to be able to, I'm assuming you still can now? Anyway, whenever I'd make a good one, I'd go to this site to come up with a Sindarin name for my newest, coolest weapons, haha. I spent a lot of time agonizing over picking the perfect names for my items, which would only be replaced within a short amount of time, as such is the nature of MMOs, but it was always fun to play around with in the meantime.

The page looks like it still works, at least the pre- and post-fix translations are there, which is awesome. Hopefully this resource, albeit a very specific one, can be useful to someone else out there, and I know I'm bookmarking it now that I've found it again. :)
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Day 4

In your own space, create a fannish wishlist. No limits on size or type of fanwork; just tell us what you’d like to see. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. And if you grant a wish, do the same thing!


· More We're The Millers fanfic. Not in a shippy way, even though none of them are related, but just more fun adventures that pick up where the movie left off. Or before, even, I suppose.

· I read something somewhere once about how well Buffy Summers and Dean Winchester would get along. I wrote a little something about that once, and I'd love to see more crossover between the two of them in particular.

· More Zombieland fic in general. It's a perennial Yuletide nom/request for me, because it really does need more love.

· If I'm really being selfish, I'd love to read more MCU fics about Darcy/Jane and Natasha/Maria.
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Day 3

In your own space, post recs 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.


Cheating a little bit here, but I posted a list of recs from Yuletide 2017 to my journal not too long ago, which you can find here.

There are six (6) fics listed there, with a summary and/or comments added to each one. They're all worth checking out if you're into those fandoms and/or genres, so go and have a look! :)
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Day 2

In your own space, share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


If I'm being honest, the best thing to come from fandom for me was meeting my wife, through an old GJ role-playing game. That takes the cake, obviously. :)

Other than that, I'd have to say my favourite memory was playing an OC game that inspired me to try my first ever female character (I'm male). It was really intimidating, but I'm glad that I tried it for so many reasons. It lead to me joining another game (with another female OC) where I met my aforementioned wife, it also lead me to play many other similar characters over the year, and to write a lot of fanfiction with female characters too.
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Day 1

In your own space, talk about why you're participating in Snowflake and, if you’ve participated in the past, how the challenge has affected you. What drew you to it? What did you take away from it? What do you hope to accomplish this year? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


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I'm participating this year because I want to try and jump start my writing efforts for 2018. I've taken part before, but it's been a few years I believe, and I don't know that I've ever actually completed the whole thing. I know that's not required, but still.

I was drawn to it from seeing someone else take part years ago, and it made me want to give it a shot. Not enough to finish it, apparently, hah, but it looks like fun. And that's what drew me back to it this year, to see if I can have some fun with it.

I hope to improve both the consistency and the quality of my writing this year, which is probably what 99.9% of the participants want to do, I'm sure. I did take some steps toward this last year, mainly by pairing up with my cousin who is also trying to write consistently. We meet on a weekly basis to exchange tips, advice, and to review each other's writing. My plan for 2018 is to keep that up, and to enter more exchanges/contests over the year. We'll see how it goes.

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