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.
You know, on occasion, I have difficulties with fandom. There's some weird-ass crap going down on tumblr right now about comments and kudos and I am in that middle stage of BOFQ-dom that means I've seen the arguments before but I am not ready to sit back and just let them slide by as the silliness we old'uns have figured out already. So yeah, I engage, to some degree. Because we all learned fandom from those who were here before us, right?
I mean, honestly - I would not be the person I am today with people in fandom gently (or not-so-gently sometimes) letting me know that I should maybe think deeply about things and see if perhaps I could have a better, kinder, more diverse, or more accepting way of thinking. And I have come around, in so many ways.
So thanks, fandom, for making me a better person, and making me want to stand up for people who can't stand up for themselves. And making me want to help shine the light a little brighter for others to find their way in fandom. We can do it. Fandom is a community we build together, one of support and love and awesome fucking fanworks.
Thanks to everyone who has opened my eyes, been kind to me, educated me, provided endless entertainment and thought-provoking content, thank you all for being part of something that is one of the very best parts of my life. <3
In your own space, create your own challenge. Whatever your challenge is, and have fun with it!
I'm going to challenge everyone to finish one WIP this year. Whether it's something you started just before the new year or something that's been in your WIP folder for a decade, complete it this year. You can do it! *\o/*
In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.
Well, I'll just go with writing goals, which I set last year when I signed up for my writing comms. I've gone for a daily habit of doing something writing-wise every day, whether it's writing, editing, outlining, soundboarding, thinking through issues, or whatever. On top of that, I'd like to write 200,000 words of fic and post at least 100,000 words.
I don't really have any life goals because I haven't written them in a while and when I'm not a work it's difficult for me. So I'll do life goals in early February when I'm back on the job.
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.
Yeah, so I've been trying to finish this Stranger Things OT3 story for alpacapanache since the beginning of the damn year. It keeps expanding on me. But I nearly finished last night, and I was DETERMINED to post it today, so that is what you get. Technically it's been created within the time frame of the Snowflake challenge, if only completed today, not just created today. Anyway. Here it is.
Coming Up for Air (8039 words) by kisahawklin
Fandom: Stranger Things - Fandom
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jonathan Byers/Steve Harrington/Nancy Wheeler
Characters: Jonathan Byers, Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler
Additional Tags: Sharing a Bed, Pancakes, Bacon, Good Parent Joyce Byers, Billy Hargrove Being an Asshole, just figuring things out, how does this shit work anyway, lots of Steve being an asshole and ignorant about sexuality, But he's working on it
Summary: A couple of days after the climax of the second season; set before the epilogue (school dance). Nancy and Jonathan and Steve figure stuff out.
Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life.
Well. I'd have to say Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I started watching it immediately when it came out, but I broke up with my bf (he was the one that wanted to watch it) and then moved cross country (twice) and picked it up again in season 5, right after my brother moved in with me at my mom's house. The episode? The Body. OUCH. And when the season ended I was DEVASTATED. My dad had bought a computer so I was on the internet ALL THE TIME looking for... I didn't even know what.
I didn't know at the time, but it was fandom. I was looking for fandom. And I found it. I had dabbled in fandom a little after The Mummy. I had basically inhaled everything Brendan Fraser ever did and found a mailing list with people who loved him and... tried... to form friendships. I emailed with a couple of people who shared my squee, but it was awkward and not fun and I wasn't super good at it. Plus my bf (yeah, the Buffy one) looked down on it (internet friends aren't REAL friends) and just... I never quite got it. I did write my first official piece of fanfic, and won a prize - a piece of actual film from The Mummy. I don't have the fic or the piece of film anymore.
But anyway - I wasn't wholeheartedly in the Brendan Fraser fandom (is it really a fandom? I have my doubts about this) and I fell out of it and didn't keep in touch with anyone and just generally was like... not broken up about it.
Buffy, I started looking for fic, and found a mailing list, and made some online friends, and... holy shit, they were real friends. We talked about meeting up IRL, and... WE. DID. IT. I met up with... I dunno, like, eight? "Strangers" from the internet. At one of their apartments in California. I couldn't even believe it. And I visited them several more times over the years - including once in London (yes, one of the girls was from London!). So that was, I think, my introduction to fandom dynamics and the shift from online to IRL and the ways fandom could bridge that, and I will forever be grateful for that, because several fandoms down the line, it brought me my wife, and several friends that I am absolutely certain will be life-long, and I have met many, MANY fans IRL now and nearly every experience has been brilliant. So thanks, Buffy. It's been real.
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!
My favorite trope is found family/team. But, because I tend to gravitate toward canons where that is a theme, it tends to be a theme in almost all the fanworks I like to consume (or at least a vast majority). So that said, I think my next favorite trope is fake dating/marriage. I could literally read hundreds of thousands of these. I probably have. Below are some of my very favorites.
Ordinary Life by astolat and Speranza. McShep, 20,043 words, explicit.
THIS FIC, Y'ALL. This is one of my top 3 SGA fics of all time. Pieces of it come up all the time in my daily live. Port Salut cheese will always remind me of this. Seeing Raytheon anything will mean I say "I know who Raytheon are," in zoetrope's accent. Like, I just love everything about this fucking fic. And the podfic by zoetrope
No Refunds or Exchanges by astolat. McShep, 10,659 words, explicit.
Shit, I just realized I totally used this title for an SPN fic I wrote, heh. Whoops. Anyway, this is amaaaaaazing and I like it a lot because in it, Rodney is just a decent human being with principles and it's kinda nice. I mean, I like a lot of other things about it, but the Rodney with a moral compass is nice. Also you can tell how old it is by Rodney's full name on the marriage certificate, heh.
This Side of Paradise by thefourthvine. Jensen/Cougar, 17,031 words, explicit.
This is a Yuletide fic, and it's so fun. I think mostly because Jensen is so certain Cougar is straight.
Imaginary Boyfriend by me! Cougar/Jensen, 4,713 words, teen.
Stealth crossover with Criminal Minds, White Collar, Psych, and Leverage. Based on an ad I saw for Imaginary Boyfriends. This was such a blast to write.
Come on baby, let me know by Lenore. Wincest, 6,572 words, explicit.
I'll just leave you with this summary: They don't just have to pretend to be gay. They have to be the gayest!
Fake It Til You Make It by me! (Yep, TWO self-recs!) Wincestiel, 33,467 words, explicit (but for violence and warnings - PLEASE NOTE THE WARNINGS - not sex).
This one started as a fun romp and turned into a "I want to fix everything about Sam and Dean ever." It was fun and then cathartic to write, so there's that. Plus there's a gay cruise.
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.
I've done this a few times now, and I don't know that I could pick 3 fanworks out of the almost 400 I've made that "define me as a creator" so I'm just gonna throw a few things here that I'm proud of lately.
perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition, 5610 words, explicit, Sam/Kevin hair washing turns into porn. This came almost completely in a single day, after not having written for months, and it was such a joy. Sam/Kevin is an unusual pairing for me, but one I like, and one I'm happy to write about, especially for omens. I just really like it, okay?
We Three Kings, 127,578 words, explicit, Wincestiel. This was just such a trip. It's the first serial I'd written sort-of on purpose, and I really liked the way it kept me writing all year. I'm not a huge fan of WIPs, as I don't feel like they get the kind of editing I prefer, and this definitely suffers a little from that, but it's still a cohesive tale and I really, really like what I did with it, so yeah. I'm proud of this fucker.
Let the Bodies Hit the Floor, 1667 words, teen for violence, Jensen/Cougar. The prompt for this was "Jensen is the scary person in Jensen's life" and this is one of the stories I'm proudest of. I feel like I really did the team justice here, which doesn't always happen for me in the Losers fandom.
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.
Okay well, I went through the stuff I've recently watched, like Stranger Things, The Good Place, The Magicians (this one came sooooo close guys), Lethal Weapon, and This Is Us - all of which I highly recommend, by the way.
But the one I decided to do because it is just SO GOOD is Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's so good, and I'm SO LATE to it. I saw a lot of good about it when it first came out, and consistently throughout its run (it's in S5 right now) and the thing I like about it is that there are these terrific, quirky characters (and DIVERSE - my god the diversity is amazing) that are so interesting and the show is never MEAN to them. The humor comes from their quirks, but they're not mocked for them. The entire ensemble is always supportive, they always try to do the right thing, they just... are kind, across the board. I cannot explain how much the way they treat each other soothes my soul.
Honestly guys, I don't even know what to tell you. I've honestly been meaning to watch it for years, but when Rosa came out as bisexual, it just managed to get me over the hump and put it on my list. I downed the whole thing in a week over Christmas vacation. Best week I ever spent. If you like found family, team, and acceptance, please gift yourself this show. It is brilliant.