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Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 13

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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.

Ahh, goals.

RL mundane goals:
- get taxes done on time
- get Social Committee paperwork squared away
- get alternate course sorted out (the one I wanted is full up)

Fannish/writing goals:
- complete at least one line on my [community profile] trope_bingo card
- write a story for [community profile] romancingmcshep
- finish my SGA/HP xover
- Actually *read* all the Harry Potter books (only got as far as half way through the third one)

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Whoa, in the home stretch!

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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.

I actually feel like I kinda did this the other day, when I wrote Lily's Lullaby. It wasn't exactly written for Snowflake, but participating in Snowflake is what got me motivated to sign up for [community profile] trope_bingo, which is what inspired me to write the Lullaby. And then [personal profile] lunabee34 made a comment about it. And it turned into a discussion that led to a fic. I blame her entirely, BTW. So yeah, basically, this is my Snowflake fanwork.

On AO3:

Title: Family Secrets
Rating: PG13
Pairing: Hermione/Ron, Harry/Draco (so very pre-relationship)
Word Count: ~4700
Trope Bingo Fill: CHARACTER IN DISTRESS
Teaser: 'He'd expected to be sad, but in that happy way that came from filling in missing pieces, the same as every other time he'd learned something new about his family. Harry hadn't expected that, almost a year after defeating him, Voldemort would still be able to strike from the grave and take yet something else away from him.'

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Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 11

Once more into the fray!

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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.

There are several.

Star Trek TOS - it was my escape and saved my sanity when I was younger. Also, my first fandom love. It has become that fondly remembered fandom of my youth.

Buffy - This was my second online fandom, but the first one where I actually met people from yahoo groups and LJ in real life. It was the fandom that led to Vulkon in Tampa, CreationCon in Seattle, and Writercons all over the place. I met some wonderfully brilliant people through Buffy, and discovered new side of fandom. Previously, I'd only been to fan run lit and gen cons, and while they are fun, WriterCon was an entirely different demographic, filled with educated, funny, smart engaging women.

SGA - We built a Stargate. What else is there to say?

This entry was originally posted at https://shaddyr.dreamwidth.org/398930.html. Please comment wherever you want.

Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 10

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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.

First times
I have an absolute weakness for first time fics - getting together in any way really (all the tropes), be it slow burn, awkward clueless fumbling, enemies to lovers, fake relationship to real - those first times make me happy.

Sharing a secret
Something happens that causes two characters to share a secret they would not have otherwise shared. Especially when one is shared unwillingly and the sharer feels horribly exposed and vulnerable, and the other chooses to share an equally sensitive fact to make them feel better, or even the playing field.

One of my faves - SGA, hot like a very hot thing made of ghost peppers and lava, MIND THE WARNINGS BEFORE READING - Target Practice.

Up against the wall
Even better when preceded by an argument that results in passion fuelled snogging. Guh. Just... yeah. *fans self* Do I really need to explain?

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Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 8 and 9

Uh-oh! Got behind! Catching up!

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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.

Hmm. So many things I adore in canon. I think one of my favourties is in SGA: Midway (4x17) when Sheppard order McKay to vent the atmosphere. McKay does it, but he's obviously distraught to follow the order. And the look on his face when he finds Sheppard alive - yeah. The subtext here SCREAMS to be noticed. The little bit at the end where Sheppard has locked himself in the cockpit is pretty fantastic as well.

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.

SGA:
And Poppies For Remembrance

This is one of my very favourite SGA stories that I wrote. It's a remembrance Day team!fic. I don't think it gets as much love as it deserves because it's rated G and it's not shippy/slashy at all. I would love it if more people read it because I think it's a wonderful look at a different side of Rodney. And his team being his team.

BtVS:
Talent

I love Spike. I loved him fully un-souled and un-redeemed, back when he drove Buffy to absolute fury and almost got himself staked on a daily basis. I thought he had a talent for driving her insane, and that's what this little fic is about.

The Pretender / BtVS Crossover:
Convergence

This is the longest fic I've ever completed. I often write a crossover when moving from one fandom to another. This one has Jarod off to Sunyyhell to find an artifact - it all started with a snippet I wrote back on the Bloody Awful Gutter yahoo group where Ms. Parker met Spike in a dark alley. If you liked Pretender and Spuffy, I think you would like this.

This entry was originally posted at https://shaddyr.dreamwidth.org/398451.html. Please comment wherever you want.

Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 7

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

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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.

Is it just me that has a yen to shout out LOVE MEME! to the tune of Love Shack?

Ok. I was a little freaked out about this, and then started reading other people's and found out, oh. That's pretty much the default for *everybody*. I feel better now.

Well, then. I would be delighted if you wanted to tell me:
- a (hopefully FOND) memory of something we did
- something you like about me
- something you like about one of my stories
- whatever you think fits the whole LOVE MEME prompt

This entry was originally posted at https://shaddyr.dreamwidth.org/398184.html. Please comment wherever you want.

Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 6

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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've left several comments on fics in the last few days, so I'm calling this one done.

This entry was originally posted at https://shaddyr.dreamwidth.org/397954.html. Please comment wherever you want.

HP filk - Lily's lullaby

So, I was working on a fill for the trope bingo card was trying to come up with something for 'kid fic' or 'character in distress' but that's not exactly what I got. Filk happened instead.

Dear god, I did not mean to write this, but I just started thinking about Lily again and how much she loved her little boy. And you know, as a mom, when you are trying to put your toddler down for a nap and they are overtired and being fussy, you sometimes make up songs that you sing to them, and these become lullabies that you may sing over and over. And sometimes you add words as things change. I might know a thing or two about that, just maybe.

Also, I figured that Lily and James, they were young and they were in love and they were probably feeling trapped and desperate and afraid, and when you feel that way, you tend to cling to the ones you love, and... well, I just think that this song could very well have been something Lily sang to Harry.

And dammit, now I have something in my eye.

Lily's lullabyCollapse )

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Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 5

And we're a third of the way through!

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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.

Not sure I can recommend anything that isn't already well known. Like many, I use Wikipedia for a lot of basic writing research. A will troll specific fandom wikis like the HP or the Stargate wiki when I need a specific factoid about an episode or scene. And Google. How the hell did I write fic withouth google? Oh yeah. Re-watched ALL THE OLD VIDEOTAPES. Yes, that's right kids, VHS and Beta. And no, not that kind of Beta. *sigh*

But oh! For my Web Design course, one of the things I had to do was create resource list for web developers. Not sure how useful that might before anyone on my flist, but here it is!

A crap ton of links to various online resources for web developers:Collapse )

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Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 4

Another day, another Snowflake...

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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!

I think I still hope for the same thing I wished last year - and I have already seen the same echoed by a number of people I read - fan art is THE BOMB!

On a side note, I did get my wish fulfilled a bit this year when I was bemoaning the fact that I wanted a very specific image of Draco for the story I am writing, and the wonderful and talented [personal profile] danceswithgary just went and created a manip for me! And when I finish my story, you too can see this fabulous art! Which is just another reason *I MUST FINISH!*

Anyway... yeah. Fan art for a fic just seems so awesome to me because it means someone who actually has art talent liked something I wrote well enough to try and interpret it. And that is so many kind of flattering and Squee inducing. I think the same is true of podfic; if anyone ever felt the desire to record one of my stories, I'd be delighted.

In addition to that... well. McShep is my SGA OTP, but I also adore reading McKay with Cadmen, because Rodney + Laura= snark and heat and I am totally down with that. Also, Vala and John as a pairing was shockingly pleasing. So more of those, at any time, would be pleasing to me.

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