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It's the last day of the Snowflake Challenge! It's been good fun, and hopefully a sign that I'll manage to blog at least somewhat regularly this year.

Day 15: In your own space, share a favourite 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.

Oh, man, there are way too many to choose from. The very first piece of slash fic I stumbled across was like a lightbulb going off over my head. Then there's the first time I stayed up late IM-ing fandom friends, and the very first review I ever received. Getting into Meta and really *thinking* about what my hobbies meant to me, and to others, and re-reading the fic of my heart for the 15th time. The time a young lad wrote to me to say my teen fic had helped him come out to his parents, and how that email made me stop worrying about whether or not my friends thought I was weird for being involved in fandom. 

Just, yeah, it's been a blast - and I hope there's still plenty more to come! :3
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First things first - I finally got my millionaire achievement on GaiaOnline! :D

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This is my current avatar. Yes, I do spend too much time there.

Second, challenges: Day 13 - In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some." Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

My favourite trope is character A pining for character B, thinking they can never have them because of reasons. While all along character B is pining for character A, thinking they can never have them because of the same or completely different reasons. After we've had this nice angsty exploration something happens and they realise happy ever after is possible. (Or alternatively one of them dies and THEN the other finds out happy ever after could have been possible.) Any recs welcome! :3

Day 14 - 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 you 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.

Dear Fandom, 
Thank you for showing me how to put a story together, and how to use a photo editor. Thanks for finding me awesome friends who share my geeky passions, and TY for introducing me to more cool stuff than you can shake a stick at. For building my confidence, for giving me people to admire, and for helping me become the person I am today. 
You taught me that I wasn't alone, and for that I will always love you.

Finally, I did a little newsletter / round-up post thing of all the Bilbo/Bofur stuff out there as of yesterday. (What can I say, I'm hooked!) You can find it HERE.
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Day 7: In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Some of my flist will be well aware of this, others won't, but I am into politics. Like properly, 'it's my day job and I once stencilled my favourite Marxist quotes onto my bedroom wall' into politcs.

Sometimes I wish I wasn't because the hours suck, and the pay sucks, and everyone thinks you're scum if their bin doesn't get collected. But, mostly, it's challenging and interesting and, sometimes, you even feel like you're making a difference.

And that makes it all worthwhile.

Or almost, at any rate.
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First off, healingmirth has put together an index of all the recs made this yuletide - it turns out the one fic I thought hadn't been recced was actually recced twice, as were two of my others. Warm fuzzies everywhere!

Secondly, it's day 6 of the Snowflake Challenge ~

In your own space, pimp three comms or challenges 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.

Queer Fest (what took over from lgbtfest to all intents and purposes). There are a lot of reasons why I love this fest, but right at the top is their allowance of 'Any Fandom' prompts. There's nothing worse than wanting to take part in an exchange and not knowing any of the fandoms well enough to write in!

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth. I just like the gentle, friendly nature of the challenge. It encompasses so many different interests, and is incredibly low pressure!

Yuletide. Probably the biggest fandom fic exchange, it produces huge amounts of quality rare fic every year. For the most part it's a really positive, friendly exchange - but you can also follow the inevitable wank at yuletide_coal for extra added value,
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Annual post in which I realise how many words of fanfic I wrote (vs. how many words of thesis...)

Ashes to Ashes

Comfortably Numb, Alex/Shaz, teen. 1000.

Bad Education

Influence, Joe/Alfie, U. 300.

Brittas Empire

Just Another Day, Tim/Gavin, U. 1250.

Chasing Amy

Drop Everything, Banky/Holden, teen. 900.

Devil Went Down To Georgia

Deal, Devil/Johnny, teen. 1600.

Earthfasts (TV)

Moment in Time, Keith/David, U. 1000.

Harper Valley PTA

Harper Valley Hypocrites, gen, U. 1800.

One Direction

Cheating, Nick/Harry, U. 1800.
Date, Nick/Harry, U. 1900.
Ever Fallen In Love, Nick/Harry, U. 2550.
Halloween Fic, Nick/Harry, U. 2500.
Karaoke, Nick/Harry, U. 600.
Living in the Moment, Nick/Harry, teen. 1700.
Persuasion, Nick/Harry, teen. 1250.
Press backlash, Nick/Harry, teen. 2200.
PWP, Nick/Harry, teen. 600.
PWP 2, Nick/Harry, teen. 1100.
Rehab, Nick/Harry, U. 2100.
Sex Pollen, Nick/Harry, teen. 900.
= 19,200 words.

Red Dwarf

(Being Dead) Not The Setback It Used To Be, Rimmer/Lister, U. 1800.

Sherlock Holmes

Beginning, Holmes/Watson, U. 850.

Star Trek (DS9)

Fool, Garak/Bashir, U. 1000.


Crack!Fic, Jimmy/Clark, U. 1850.
Hero, Jimmy/Clark, teen. 500.
= 2,350 words.

The Hobbit

1. Thorin/Bilbo. Thorin suggests Bilbo learn through practice. 900.
2. Fíli/Kíli. Fíli is overprotective. 950.
3. Gen. One of Gandalf's spells goes awry, and Bilbo is forced to babysit. 450.
4. Fíli/Kíli. Fíli likes it when Kíli cries. 650.
5. Bilbo/Bofur. Ye ole courtship trope. 2000.
6. Bilbo/Bofur. Bilbo is injured, Bofur patches him up. 2600.
7. Bilbo/Bofur. Bilbo grows a beard. 1900.
8. Bilbo/Bofur. Bofur worries about Bilbo. 900.
= 10,350 words.


In Night & Ice, slash, teen. 12200.

Tucker's Luck

Where I Want To Be, Alan/Creamy, teen. 8250.

Young Dracula

1. Vlad/Bertrand, U. 200.
4. Robin/Vlad, U. 950.
5. Bertrand, gen, U. 700.
6. Robin/Bertrand, teen. 4350.
7. Robin/Vlad, teen. 1350.
8. Becky/Bertrand (kind of), U. 900.
9. Robin/Vlad, U. 3250.
10. Robin/Bertrand, teen. 1000.
13. Vlad, gen, U. 100.
14. Vlad, gen, U. 250.
96. Vlad/Erin, U. 250.
113. Robin gets kidnapped, Robin/Bertrand, teen. 4550.
Don't Ask Don't Tell, Jonno/Robin, teen. 10250.
Laying Low, Vlad/Bertrand, U. 550.
The Pursuit of Happiness, Robin/Bertrand, U. 3300.
+ five new chapters of echoes and memories. c. 6000.
= 37,950 words.

Fandoms written in = 16
Total word count = 101,800

Okay, so that was way more than I was expecting! I wanted to try writing in new fandoms, and it looks like I gave it a good go. Here's to trying a bunch more this year! :3

(I've also mostly completed transferring fic to AO3 now. There's some Harry Potter fic left that needs a good edit (that stuff is old!), along with a couple of fics that still remain WIP up on FFN.)
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After all the planning, and writing - and last minute rewriting! - Yuletide delivered big time this year. So many awesome fics! Here are some recs of brilliant fics from fandoms I'm most familiar with ~

Pretty in Pink. I'm going to kick off with my amazing gift fic, I turn around again, and it's love. 'Six moments in time for Andie and Blane, through college and parents and breakups and travel, out of the 80s and into the 90s.' It follows Andie as she goes to college and explores her relationship with Blane - how they grow as people, and how they make it work when they come from such different worlds. I love how we get to see what has happened to other characters along the way, and the ending is just perfection. Andie's spirit just shines through the whole thing.

Seriously, if you're a fan of the movie, go read this fic! :3

Now for my other recs, in alphabetical order by fandom ~

Addams Family. Merry Christmas, Lurch. This is the cutest fic of the whole bunch, imo. Lurch doesn't seem to be able to get into the festive spirit, and Morticia is worried about him. Luckily the rest of the family rally around, and the reason for Lurch's uncharacteristic behaviour is soon discovered. I just adore the way the author captures how much the family and household love and care about each other, for all their eccentric behaviour!

Blackadder. Pain and Painting. Prince George decides he wants a hobby; Blackadder has no choice but to assist. This is fantastic - so funny and in character, you'll think you're reading a script from the show!

Up next is another John Hughes fandom, Breakfast Club. There are two fics this year, and I'd highly recommend both of them. In the first,Go Fish, Brian gets his first ever blow job from everyone's favourite delinquent - and then afterwards arranges to go on his first almost date. It's hot, and funny, and adorable all in one package. The second, Isn't Life Swell?, is longer and explores Brian and Bender's friendship after high school. It's a really believable story of how they come to realise they feel more than friendship for each other. <3

Brittas Empire. Old New Borrowed Blue. Tim and Gavin are getting married - but nothing ever runs smoothly at Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre. This has all the manic wackiness of the show, as well as highlighting the good points of all the characters. ...Even Brittas. 

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Pocket Aces. Jake stays later and later at the saloon. Hank thinks he knows what the problem is. This is the fic I've been waiting for ever since I first watched Dr. Quinn - spot on characterisation, and more feels than I ever thought a story about Hank could give me.

Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. A Very Happy Hitchiker's Christmas. Ford attempts to give Arthur a good Christmas. This is achingly sweet while being laugh out loud hilarious - I'm giggling to myself in memory right now! 

Peter Pan. Hook, Line and Sinker. Captain Hook teaches Peter Pan a lesson. This is quite kinky, so probably not for everyone, but if that's your cup of tea this is a must read.

The Clangers. The House of Cards. 'This is a Clanger. She's just like you and me. Her name is Tiny Clanger.' This is just like being a kid all over again and watching an episode. 

Now to go read some more. :3
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Because, omg, the letters placeholder post has gone up. :D

Dear Yuletider,

First let me just assure you that you are my new favourite person, for having offered to write in one of these tiny fandoms of my heart! Really, I will be happy with anything you choose to write for these, but for those who like more guidance, here is a bit about what I like / dislike in fic, and some details about the fandoms.

Things I like: angst, pining, comedy, coming of age, friendship fic, social issues, family fic, slash, etc.

Things I don't like: Er, pass?

[Nb. Don't stress if you can't get all nominated characters into a fic. I'll be more than happy with just one!]

If you want to know more about me, I've got fandom accounts all over the place. Most of my fic is archived on the Ao3; my primary journal is at livejournal; and my current number one time sink is Tumblr. :)

Okay, okay, enough of my waffling. Onto the fandoms!

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Arguably the best comedy comes from Stan's home life. Stan lives at home with his mum, littler sister Olive, and her husband Arthur. The pair argue constantly, over anything and everything - from the effects of Arthur's 'little operation' to Olive's cooking. Olive is the butt of many jokes (eg. when Stan's fitting a new toilet and they have to nip next door to use Jack's facilities in the morning, Olive says: 'Oh, Stan, it was awful. The milkman whistled at me!' Stan responds with: 'Don't worry, love. He probably just mistook you for his horse.') and I would adore fic exploring her character. Arthur eventually runs off with a younger woman in the TV series, though in the tie in films they stay together and have a son ('little Arthur'), but either canon route is more than fine!

My all time omg can't even desribe how happy it would make me fic scenario would be Stan/Jack slash fic, complete with early 70s attitudes to homosexuality. Humourous 'everyone mistakenly thinks they're an item' fic, or serious angst, or absolutely anything inbetween. For inspiration here's a conversation between Stan's mum and his Aunt Maud (S2:EP4) on the issue:

Aunt Maud: Funny Stan hasn't got married, isn't it? Isn't he courting?
Mum: Oh, I don't know. He goes out with Jack most nights, his conductor.
Aunt Maud: Oooh.
Mum: What do you mean 'Oooh'?
Aunt Maud: Well, I hope he's not going to turn out like Uncle Herbert.
Mum: Oh, Maud, shut up!
Stan: Oi, hang on, hang on. What's this about Uncle Herbert? Why shouldn't I turn out like Uncle Herbert?
Mum: It's something we don't talk about, love. It's just, um, that he was, er, you know. But it's alright now 'cos it's legal.

I requested OtB last year too, here's my letter.
The first film (1971). There were 7 series in total, and 3 films, but this one sums it all up and reuses a lot of plotlines from the TV show.
I think all episodes are up on YouTube, just tap it into the search bar. :)

Pretty in Pink [Duckie Dale, Blane McDonough, Steff McKee, Andie Walsh.]

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 John Hughes teen movie, starring Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh, a working class 'zoid' who falls for Blane McDonough, one of the richiest 'richies' at their high school. In turn, Blane hangs about the record shope where Andie works, trying to catch her eye much to the disgust of his friends, particularly Steff McKee - who has always had a bit of thing about Andie himself.

The film in under five minutes.

Andie's friends aren't impressed either. Jenna thinks Blane is lame, and her best friend Phil 'Duckie' Dale is absolutely distraught at the idea - he's been in love with Andie since forever. Iona, Andie's boss and stand in mother, tells her she has to just go for it, and her dad tells her she deserves everything. When Blane gives in to his friends and parents, and breaks off their arrangements for prom, Duckie and Steff get into a bust up, and Andie creates the most hideous prom gown in movie history.

The original edit ended with Andie and Duckie dancing at prom together - the ending in the tie-in novel - but test audiences wanted to see Andie bag her man. It was duly done, and Blane tells the world what a dick he's been before they kiss and make up in the car park. Cue much sniffling into tissues!

Growing up I wanted nothing more than to be Andie Walsh, and she's still one of my fashion icons! I would adore anything Andie focussed. How her relationships change after going to college, her first time meeting Blane's parents, if she's ever reunited with her mother, does she keep in touch with Iona, etc, etc. Again with Blane, I'd particularly love anything focussing on the class differences between his world and Andie's, but please feel free to anything!

Steff McKee is the bad guy of the piece - a spoiled arrogant brat. But is there anything more to him? What's his home life like? Does he ever realise how much of an idiot he is, and does he do anything about it?

Finally, Duckie Dale. <3 The boy steals the show, and rightly so. From his quiff to his creepers Duckie's awesome, and I'd love to see anything exploring his character. I think Andie made the right decision not to change their friendship, but I particularly like the idea of something dealing with how Duckie moves on from it.

Cinema Trailer.
My fave fanvid.

Grange Hill [Alan Humphries, Tucker Jenkins, Sudhamani Patel, Trisha Yates.]

Now from an east side high school to an inner London comprehensive: Grange Hill hit UK TV screens in 1978, as part of a drive by the BBC to make their programming more relevant to modern children. It was an instant hit, portraying 'real life' scenarios and going on to run for 40 years before finally folding in 2008. Over the years it tackled just about everything, from animal rights, to sex education, to knife crime, though arguably the most famous storyline was Samuel 'Zammo' Maguire's addiction to heroin in '86/'87. (Here's the contemporary cast singing 'Just Say No' to drive the point home.)

My nominated characters are all from the first intake of Hillites. Peter 'Tucker' Jenkins was essentially the main character in the first couple of series; a mischevious kid who was always getting himself - and his mates - into trouble. He lived at home with mum, dad, older brother Barry and little sister Rhona. His arch enemy was Michael Doyle, a pretentious bully who's dad was on the local council. (Basically think: Draco Malfoy!) Tucker excelled at art, though not much else, and in the spin-off series ' Tucker's Luck ' he ended up going back to college, to get the basic qualifications needed to get onto an engineering course. He mainly hung around with sports fanatic Benny Green, and his old mate from primary school, Alan Humphries. Alan was the more level headed of the trio, though was usually the go to in a fight - espeically after he took up judo! Alan lived with his dad, a no nonsense kind of guy with a builder's yard and a penchant for insulting stuck up parents at PTA meetings. Alan's schooldays romance was with Susi McMahon, but she ditched him for a sixth form boy, even though Alan was the only one of his gang to scrape any o-levels. In Tucker's Luck his dad dies, and Alan ends up moving to Devon with his Uncle Vic at the end of the series.

L to R: Tucker Jenkins, Tommy Watson, Pamela Cartwright, Susi McMahon, Benny Green, Alan Humphries.

Then there's outspoken Trisha Yates. Trisha's older sister, Carol, was in the fifth form when Trisha started school, and this only seemed to set her up to think she could get away with anything. She flouted uniform rules, and was part of a canteen sit in against the unfair treatment of kids on free school dinners. In series two she was close friends with Cathy Hargreaves, before the latter went of the rails, and in between attending Madness concerts started getting more heavily involved in school activism. She got onto the school council in series three, and we last see her at the end of Tucker's Luck working as a clerk and agreeing to go on a date with Tucker. Finally there's Sudhamani Patel, a good friend of Trisha's - though she's much more of a goody two shoes! She lives with her parents, and works after school and Saturday mornings in her father's newsagents. He feels that Grange Hill is having a bad influence on his daughter, and is only just convinced to allow her to complete her third year there before sending to an all girls' school.

Here's Trisha, Cathy and Sudhamani giggling while Tucker sets light to the biology laboratory...

I know I said I was going to offer guidance but, seriously, I would be overjoyed with anything focussing on any one of these characters. What was it like for Sudhamani after switching schools? Did Tucker and Trisha go the distance? What actually happened to Alan's mother? Het, slash, gen - go for it!

Series one on YouTube.
Fansite 1.

Fansite 2.
Grange Hill Wiki.
Wiki page.


Oct. 4th, 2012 09:09 pm
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Because we're coming up to all the multifandom fests (fandom_stocking, yay!) and Christmas friending memes, here's an epic list of stuff I'm actively fannish about. Feel free to remind me of anything you know I've forgotten, or better still share some fannish squee if we have any matches. :)

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