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Today's challenge:In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix...

Today's was easy and lovely because @capitu's Day Six fandom request was for dialogue-only drabbles so I get to fulfill her request while filling my day seven challenge! Just a little Harry/Draco interaction. 200 words.

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If one squints one could see a hint from Love Happened.
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Day 06: 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.

Gosh...fannish wishlist. First thing that comes to mind is art inspired by Twist of Fate...or Unexpected Turn...or heck, any of my stories. And second, I would really, really like to figure out where the recent rec is located for three of my really old stories that had a HUGE surge in activity on fanfiction.net last month. Morning After, Black Island and Realisation just SURGED in views and I have no idea why. Just those three, and just on FF so it is really weird and I'd love to know *why*

That's it. Can't think of a third one.
JUST THOUGHT OF A THIRD! Scrolling through the requests of others made  on the Snowflake Challenge posting for today made me think of a third, some new icons to use. I'm pretty much a default icon kind a person but it would be fun to have some different ones for my fandoms (HP, Martian, Capt America). 
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Day 5: 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.

The hardest part of this challenge is to narrow down what to rec...

Jolene by Romaine. 21K
This is one of the stories that stands out from all my fic reading. I love how Romaine created Harry and Draco in this story and they both are strong and intriguing characters. It involves gender-bending pansexual attraction. And is beautiful. Can't see a purple tie without thinking of it. 

Summary: Harry comes back from a mandatory holiday and finds that an Auror raid on his favourite establishment could expose his biggest secret. However, another has even more secrets than he does at stake.

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost by Bsmog. 91K
Summary: Tired of only being the Boy Who Lived, Harry disappears after the war, leaving only a mysterious letter behind. Five years later, Draco and his unlikely friends go on holiday and find magic where there is none and more on a mountain in Africa. EWE.

Beautiful story. I've re-read it several times and have no idea why it doesn't have more hits and comments. It deserves all sorts of adoration. A journey up Mt Kilimanjaro can heal many hurts. Beautiful

Bucky Barnes fanvid by Secretly to Dream. [personal profile] vaysh11  rec'd this video a couple of days ago and I'd never watched it before. Just a beautiful job of editing and matching clips to a hauntingly appropriate song. 

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Today's challenge is to reach out to someone in fandom whom you don't know and either leave a comment or friend request. 

Conveniently there is a DW friending meme happening so I scrolled through the posts and commented on someone's post - the only Martian fan I could find! I created a post on the meme, too. Alwasys feel like a dork when I write those, and have gone back three times to edit it to try and sound more interesting than I really am.

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Day 3: In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private

2017 Goals:

  • Finish YA manuscript and send pitches to five literary agents
  • Finish Firebond (please someone hold me to this, I need this story to be put to bed)
  • Write sequel to Solder Finish Sam/Steve Fic
  • Finish Chris/Mark Fic
 
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Day Two's Challenge: 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.

I've been mulling this over and at 51 there have been many books/songs/movies/tv shows that have had an impact on my life. But the one(s) that stand out are the Harry Potter books because they changed the trajectory of my life. I hadn't written words for pleasure in years (decades) but reading JKR's work, and re-reading, and listening to the audio, and watching the movies flipped a switch that I haven't been able to turn off. Six years after my first story I've written some 800,000 words. I can't stop thinking, day-dreaming, about ideas and plots and storylines. Both of my own creation and playing with her characters and plotlines. Being in the Harry Potter fandom has also introduced me to some pretty amazing and talented people, opening a whole new world of friendships. 

Crossposted from Dreamwidth

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I"m going to attempt the Snowflake Challenge again this year. An attempt to re-invigorate my writing mojo which is at an all-time low. The first challenge is three self-recs - so here we go:

1) Solder -34K / MA - this has been on my mind as Erised has been posting (and I haven't been able to read a single one, yet!). I wrote Solder for[personal profile] tryslora  in 2015 as a Erised pinch hit. It is the last story of any notable length I've written in the past year. I am pleased with how it turned out, especially since it was a story that I had started and abandoned earlier in 2015. As it is a story that involves addiction and recovery, please be sure to read the warnings, however the Solder-Harry & Draco are ever on my mind so I'm setting a goal of writing up a follow-up story to it. One that has been itching to be written as it is comes from Tryslora's original prompt  ("I’d kill to see a collar fic that is also a family fic, showing the two sides of life." -- doesn't that sound magnificent??) but I'm afraid to write it because it will be a challenge to provide the correct balance and nuance to it. But I want to take on this challenge in 2017.

2) Without Him - 4K / PG+? - I've written several Martian fics, the appeal of the psychological and physiological effects of Mark Watney being alone on an entire planet just can't be beat. The heartbreak and angst of being torn apart from a loved one just adds to the appeal of the situation (if you like that thing). Three of my Martian stories can be loosely linked together and I hope in 2017 to finish a longish fic that kind of takes place after this story and Homeward Bound takes place. The 2017 story will neatly sandwich between those and could be followed by Rain (if you like tragic endings) or Newton's Second Law (if you like happy endings)

3) Taps - 2K / PG - My only Captain America story that I've posted, this is just a little scene that I had in my head because when I think about Steve waking up in the 21st century I'm fairly obsessed with how he adapted, those early morning runs, the notebook, the feeling of being out of place and time. So Taps is an attempt to start feeling that out. My self-challenge for 2017 is to finish the Steve/Sam story that I've started and abandoned several times. 

First attempt at cross-posting, fingers crossed!

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Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing or trope. Try creating a different kind of fanwork. Or check out some types of fanworks that are new to you.


Well, this one is easy for me, since I have spent the last week writing a d/s story which I never thought I would have the nerve to do. It is definitely pushing my comfort boundaries. Here is a little snippet of what is turning into a much longer story than I had anticipated.

Warnings: Whipping Word count: 185 Pairing: Charlie/?
Snippet... )
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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.
WooT! Two-thirds through the challenge with only one skip. Three things I'd love to receive....hmmm.

1) The first one is something I don't ever expect to receive but it is the first thing I thought of -- in Twist, Draco is an artist, and I describe some of his drawings at various points of the story. I'd love someday to see artwork created from one of these descriptions.

2) Having a story translated into another language - this has already happened!!! Adigium21 just finished translating Twist into Spanish, which thrills me beyond all things. When she asked for permission I was shocked that someone would want to take on such an undertaking (Twist is ridiculously long). It took her over a year but she just has the epilogue to go, which is amazing.

3) Recs, I love recs! I see a lot of H/D recs, but would love to receive some for Charlie-centric fics that do not focus him being a sex-machine. Oh, and Cedric stories.
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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.
I'm doing this as stream-of-consciousness post, entering the first three stories I thought of:

Jolene by [livejournal.com profile] romaine24 - I didn't think I'd like it because Mpreg and gender-bending, while not squicks for me, are simply not plot-devices that I usually read, but this was wonderful. Beautiful writing and such caring between h/d that I have re-read it several times.

Nobody's Ever Died of a Broken Heart by [livejournal.com profile] frayach - I like happy endings, not afraid to admit this, I read angst fics very tentatively. I read this at first because I love Frayach's writing so much I had to try it. I am glad I did, even though it continues to haunt me because Harry's heartbreak and pain are so tangible.

Plums by [livejournal.com profile] frayach -As Frayach says in the warnings, HEED THE WARNINGS, and man, is she right. This is deeply kinky, it goes far beyond my comfort margins. Really. But it was intriguing, even if I had to read a few paragraphs covering my eyes with my fingers and skipping two paragraphs entirely, because once you know where it's going you don't want to read the words. Very, very memorable. Like all of Frayach's stories, so well written and intriguing (but not one I'll read again!).
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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.

Okay... this is a bit of a cop-out but I have too many stories going to break away and write something new for today's challenge. So, instead I made a silly word cloud using words from one of my stories (Cylch o Amser)....

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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.

Books, books, and more books... )
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Day 5
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

For me, it has to be [livejournal.com profile] omi_ohmy - she is simply lovely. As a beta she is so kind, and yet can push and encourage you to be a better writer, I can honestly say that my writing has improved 100% because of the insight she provides when pre-reading and editing. You wouldn't believe the tripe I've sent her and she has very gently sent it back, saying 'you can do better' and then shows me the way. Have you read her meta on meandering? It is spot on about how to think your way through a sex difficult scene.

It goes without say that her fics are amazing. She has written such incredible stories as The Comfort of Tea and Coffee, Cakes and Doornob Snakes and the Haunting of Draco Malfoy, as well humor-filled hotness like This Delicious Solitiude.

But, more than anything, Omi is all-things-kind. She cares, and it shows in her tweets and comments and the way she deports herself, in fandom and life.
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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. 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 sent friend requests to two new people today -  [livejournal.com profile] gracerene She has an amazing collection of recs for HP and Teen Wolf. I can't wait to start perusing the ones I haven't read (and I always love finding a rec list that is half-filled with stories that I have already read and loved, because I know that is there is a high chance that I'll like the other stories on the list as well. I also requested to friend [livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion whom I still waiting to hear from, but she has a very entertaining introductory essay to her locked-journal which is worthy a smile.
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Day 3

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. 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.



My Recs... )
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In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

[livejournal.com profile] hd_writers - I love this comm for the cheerleading and encouragement that it provides. They have weekly writing sprints in a chatroom to help encourage you not to get distracted by all the tabs in your browser whilst writing. Have to admit I've fallen off the wagon, but hoping to start participating in them again. Oh, and they have a Friending Meme going on right now!

[livejournal.com profile] little_details - A comm where writers can post research questions about something they are writing about and members in the comm who have knowledge about that topic (hopefully) respond back. I've never actually posted a question there, but I find the broad range of topics fascinating (What would a kindergarten classroom in East Germany in the 1960s have been like, or how would someone emigrate to Australia in the 1930s, etc) Today's gem that I need to dive in to more closely - a website that maps all (nearly all) the bombs that fell in London during WWII - http://bombsight.org/#10/51.4724/-0.1009)

Pinterest - Never saw the need to join Pinterest, but Posy Roberts shared her tip of creating Pinterest boards for the books she is writing. She creates visual story-boards for the photographs of people who resemble her characters, for the places that are featured in the stories, etc. I tried it out for my NaNoWriMo novel that I wrote in November, and really liked it. When stuck for words to describe things, it is so easy to go to the boards and be inspired.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] vaysh11 at Snowflake Challenge: Day 1
Day 1
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.
Well, I did many of the Snowflake Challenge last year, and planned to try and do them all this year. Day 1 is already making me feel uncomfortable, at this point anyone who follows me has either read my stories or already decided they're tripe, but self-pimp I shall:

Day 1 )
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[livejournal.com profile] ashiiblack  has been posting these Dreamwidth challenges and I've loved each day's posting and have followed through on a few: 

Day One -  Rec three of your own stories (urgh). I posted my 2012 Writing Summary which speaks of which stories I like and which stories have been popular, so that seems sufficient.
Day Two - Reccing other people's stories. I do that on Twitter every so often, less so here because it seems that I'm such a late-comer to the HP Fandom that everyone has already read the amazing stories that I'm discovering for the first time.
Day Three -  Challenge was reach out to new people in the Fandom and I did that via the lovely  [livejournal.com profile] hd_writers  New Year's Day Friending Meme (Hi, new friends!)

The newest ones are: 
Day 4 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.

Click for day 4 )

Day 5 Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven’t before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

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