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Fandom snowflakes days 7 and 11
Sunday 26th January 2014 3:10 pm

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.

Day 11
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.

I covered both of these by writing a House of Eliott ficlet set after series 3: Caught in the Middle.
Summary: Caught up in Bea and Evie's quarrel, Jack tries to get them to make up.
On AO3

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A few bits
Friday 24th January 2014 9:05 pm

I was going to post earlier in the week, but then I spent half of Wednesday afternoon when I should have been working, trying to establish why my internet was down, which knocked me out for the evening.

In other news:

My bedroom light switch fell off. In fact it was about a week and a half ago, but of all the things that have broken/fallen off in this house it's one I've never come across anything like before. But given that it's fixed with clips on other side (which have broken) and it regularly gets moved about when I turn the light on and off I suppose it's not that surprising. I am hoping that when I'm well enough I'll be able to find something to replace the switch, rather than needing to get the whole box on the wall replaced.

The people across the road have moved. Which wouldn't ordinarily been that exciting news, but they're the ones who owned the friendly cat and I will miss him (if not hi 'help' with the weeding).

The advantage of working from home this week is that I've been able to have the Australian Open tennis on in the background. Although I've been too busy to pay it much attention and this morning it was only on the TV, not on the radio and you can't do anything else while watching tennis. And it seemed like every time I looked up they were spinning the camera around. I am looking forward to the Men's Final on Sunday, though, it could be interesting. Or it could be a complete thrashing.

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Me update
Monday 20th January 2014 9:01 pm

The thing with being dizzy is that when you're really bad, lying down and doing very little makes you better. But after a while you have to remind your brain that actually it's not normal for the room to be spinning and lying down and not doing much doesn't help with that. So this weekend I decided I'd done enough lying down and I was going to sit up as much as possible. And then I decided I was well enough to work today (from home, car journeys when dizzy can make me travel sick, even when I'm driving).

Today I nearly got through a whole day with only lying down at lunch, but not quite. So definitely just as well I didn't go in. But after dinner and a lie down I feel better.

The most annoying thing is that getting up makes me dizzy. Because being asleep only helps me gain energy, it doesn't help my brain work out what signals it's being misfed from my inner ear. So I still had to get up ages before I started work so I could spend most of that time lying down and recovering from getting up, getting dressed and having breakfast.

I missed the first class of the term of ballet last week and am likely to miss the second this week (especially annoying as I missed the first two last term due to being ill, plus I have to pay in advance). And a dinner last week that took a month to organise because it was so hard to find a date we could all make, so now needs reorganising. But the timing could have been worse as next week I'm going to the theatre twice (once to see Punt and Dennis, the other time to see the local amateur panto). One time has e-tickets, so if I couldn't go I could at least email them, but for the other time I'm the only one who can pick the tickets up, since they require my credit card.

On the plus side, I managed to finish the first draft of my [info]blakefest fic. What I found helped was Written? Kitten!. Before I was ill I set myself the goal of writing 100 words before I went off and watched TV or whatever. I opened the page in such a way that I couldn't see the word count and then all of a sudden a kitten would pop up. And then generally another one would pop up before I stopped. I did have a read through of the whole thing at the weekend, when I deleted 300 words and added a question mark. At some point I will go back and put something in between the dialogue, although typically for my first drafts I have two people speaking, so every other paragraph is the same person. And then somewhere in the middle one person must logically have two paragraphs in a row. At least I can bung the whole thing in Written Kitten and at least I'll get kittens for adding non-dialogue.

I have also just got round to watching the first episode of the second series of The Bletchley Circle (ie the one from two weeks ago) after someone told me just under two weeks ago that it was good. And it was - so I'm glad last week's episode is taking up space on my PVR (recorded just in case I liked it). ITV Player was not a help, though, as it showed me three adverts during the first advert break and then refused to show me any more, telling me that Adblock was preventing me from seeing the adverts.

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Fandom snowflake days 6, 12, 13 and 15
Sunday 19th January 2014 2:31 pm

Aka the ones I'm not (properly) doing.

Day 6
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.

I don't think there's any one thing that changed my life. I could point to lots of things that had I not seen/heard/read then I wouldn't have gone somewhere/met someone/etc, but the same could be said of everything in life. So I really don't have an answer to this one.

Day 12
In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom?

I think it'll still be there. Beyond that, I have no idea. I'm not Arthur C Clarke. I'm still happily on email lists and forums.

Day 13
In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some great examples include: complete a bingo, sign-up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep postponing. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback, or answering comments.

I've already done this one with the gen prompt bingo. Which I used to help me choose a prompt for [info]b2mem.

Day 15
In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it.

I'm not going to challenge anyone to do anything - I think people need to decide what sort of thing will challenge them and whether they want to be challenged in the first place.

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Fandom snowflake day 9
Saturday 18th January 2014 8:21 pm

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 sure I have more than three of these, but the ones that come to mind are Yuletide ones that wowed me at the time. They are all in fandoms I never thought to read in the first place, and more so, never thought I'd like any fan fiction for.

The Running Order (698 words) by AdaptationDecay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Drop the Dead Donkey
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: And now... Drop The Dead Donkey. This fanfiction was first broadcast in December 2008 when Jonathon Ross had been suspended from the BBC for leaving abusive messages on Andrew Sachs' answering machine, the collapse of the Icelandic banking industry was pushing the UK further into a recession and retail chain Woolworths was about to cease trading after sixty years on Britain's high streets.

Money Is Cheap (3983 words) by Ayla Pascal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Keeping Up Appearances
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Richard Bucket/Hyacinth Bucket
Characters: Richard Bucket, Hyacinth Bucket
Summary: The global recession is hitting everybody hard. But none as hard as Hyacinth Bucket. With her financial situation growing dire, Hyacinth is faced with the decision of whether to shop at Aldi and if own brand biscuits ought to ever grace her kitchen table.

Apocalypse Farm (1081 words) by beedekka
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Edwardian Farm RPF, Wartime Farm RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands, Peter Ginn, Henry the Dog (Wartime Farm)
Summary: Oh no! Those pesky zombies get everywhere. Ruth, Peter and Alex may be experts in recreating life in the past, but can they escape a future of UNDEAD DEATH?

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Thursday 16th January 2014 8:42 pm

I know I have comments to reply to, loads of posts I have starred in my RSS reader, and Fandom Snowflake days I want to do. But I came over dizzy on Saturday night and am still recovering. I am at least now well enough to be really bored and frustrated at not being able to do anything - or I can at least start something that involves sitting down and end up having to lie down before I finish it.

On the plus side, I have re-watched all but the last episode of The House of Eliott, thanks to the BBC for putting it on YouTube and [info]lost_spook for telling me it was there. I'll probably have a whole post about it when I'm well enough, but for now it's perfect because it doesn't move much and it doesn't require much brain. It's a bit longer than I can concentrate for, but it doesn't require me to watch a whole episode in one sitting (or lying) anyway.

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Fandom snowflake day 10
Saturday 11th January 2014 7:44 pm

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.

I have three things, not all necessarily fannish.

I'm counting my 'which Swordspoint book to start with' request I made to [info]just_ann_now as my first one.

The second is for wallpapers I can use on my computer at work, as I get bored looking at the same wallpaper for a while. It doesn't have to be fannish, bunnies and kittens work too. But my monitor's resolution is 1920x1200.

The third is for interesting blogs/LJs/DWs/Twitters/Tumblrs etc (ie anything I can follow by RSS feed or in TweetDeck). Also doesn't have to be fannish - it can also be funny or bunnies.

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Friday 10th January 2014 1:16 pm

I am tired today because I spent last night learning and dancing Ceroc. This is all the fault of my sister's friend, who danced with me at her wedding, I enjoyed it and decided to have a go.

It is partner dancing and at first I had a horrible revelation that I was going to have to touch men's hands! I'm not that keen on touching as it is, but with someone strange who might have sweaty hands... But I got used to that and mostly you're just linking two fingers, so you don't get too much sweaty hand experience. And some of the women who knew what they were doing were pretending to be men.

In one sense it's easy because the men lead, so they signal and you do what they tell you. On the other hand, it's hard to work out what they're telling you sometimes and also hard to toe the line between guessing what they're trying to do and going too soon vs being cautious and therefore not really doing anything. Also there's the trouble of not being able to choose for yourself what to do, which the women there kept pointing out they all struggle with. Which is perhaps why they like dancing the man's part sometimes...

I haven't decided whether I'm going back again yet. On the one hand I enjoyed it, and I remember (if vaguely) starting ballet and having no clue, so if I kept at it I'd be less lost. On the other hand, there is quite a bit of spinning - as far as I can tell a lot of the moves involve the man or the woman or both spinning. I left before the end (mind you, the end is at 11pm and I usually go to bed at 10pm) because I was dizzy. And I'm tired today because of the dizziness from last night, not because of the lack of sleep (I went in to work an hour late).

So if I go back I'm going to have to make sure to dance less, which is hard because I'll try and sit every other dance out, but then people come up and ask you to dance. Partly they don't want to take no for an answer and also I feel bad for saying no. And I'm not sure I really want to explain all that to everyone there.

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Flooding and fandom snowflake day 8
Wednesday 8th January 2014 7:57 pm

I have purposely skipped days 6 and 7, although I may come back to them later. Day 8 is:

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are.

Consider this post my love meme.

But so it's not all about that, I have to be typically British and talk about the weather. Mainly because it's been exceptionally rainy and floody lately. My journey to work the past two days has taken twice as long because I have to go over the river and one of the bridges is closed due to flooding. Also I think some of the villages nearby have flooding too, so there are more people on the roads.

I've seen an aerial photo of one of the bridges that's still open and it's a long bridge with lots of arches underneath. Usually there's plenty of space to get boats beneath the arches. Now you're hard pressed to tell where the arches are. And I can't work out where the river banks are, except that there didn't used to be so many trees and buildings (and an outdoor swimming pool) in the river.

I got lucky, though, because I went to see Cats on Sunday in the city. The main road leading into it is flooded, so all the other roads are really busy, but that would have been the park & ride bus's problem. But worse than that, I suspect from what the people who live nearby said, the park & ride car park is flooded. And for a while the trains were cancelled due to the line being flooded. So getting there could have been interesting.

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Gen Prompt Bingo card
Monday 6th January 2014 7:37 pm

I kept seeing people posting their Trope Bingo cards and although I'd like to do something like that, I don't like most of the prompts on it - and similar for the other bingo cards I found. And then I came across [info]genprompt_bingo (by randomly clicking on people who had posted a comment to say they'd done today's Fandom Snowflake) of all things. This one has prompts I could do and no deadlines, which is even better. Read more...

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Fandom snowflake day 5
Sunday 5th January 2014 8:25 pm

In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

I decided to do this one without looking at anything, so it would be whoever springs to mind first. And there were two. With both of them they write stories I really enjoy and are also lovely to talk to.

First there's Nilmandra who I thought of when I was watching the Hobbit at Christmas (or as the ticket said: 2D The Hob). Aside from having written some great Tolkien stuff in general, in particular it's History Lessons, History Lessons: The Second Age and History Lessons: The Third Age that stick in my mind and I re-read.

The plot of each of these involves Elrond and his children and something happens so that he (and others) end up telling them stories of the First, Second and Third Ages. The stories are much more interesting than reading The Silmarillion (and involve more Elrond) and are a great way to get to know the history of Middle-earth.

The other one is [info]lost_spook who is one of those annoying people who writes something and it's always great every time. The bonus is that she writes all sorts of Doctor Who eras and some uncommon fandoms that we share (eg Press Gang and Chalet School). So I end up reading most of what she writes - and with the crossovers when I only know one fandom I always enjoy those too.

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Fandom snowflake days 3 and 4
Saturday 4th January 2014 7:28 pm

Day 3
Post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. 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.

I've posted it before, but it seems timely again now: Malcolm Tucker IS Dr Who! - it's Malcolm Tucker as Doctor Who, featuring him swearing at everyone (of course). It's amazing how many space and world-ending related things he said in The Thick of It.

A Vorkosigan fic I read this summer, which is Simon Illyan/Alys Vorpatril set during Memory: Anamnesis.

A fic which I will be reccing at calufrax later this month (assuming someone else doesn't get there first). This is the A03 version, nearly 60,000 words of Four, Sarah and Harry adventure: The Freedom of Lindos

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.

On reading people's friends/reading lists on LJ and DW I came across someone who I used to follow and then stopped when our interests diverged and then discovered they'd converged again, so I re-followed them.

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Year in fic meme
Friday 3rd January 2014 7:38 pm

I couldn't do this in December because it includes my Yuletide fics and I thought that the two posts a day thing was getting a bit much. Read more...

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Fandom snowflake days 1 and 2
Thursday 2nd January 2014 7:59 pm

Day 1
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.

This was hard to pick three - I ended up deciding they had to be three from different fandoms.

1. Sarah Jane of the Chalet School (Doctor Who/Chalet School) is the longest thing I've ever written at 26,000 words - for me that's a lot. I'd never written anything near that length before and it was the first Big Bang I tried, so I had to do a lot more work in plotting it - I couldn't just hold it all in my head. I re-read it a year or so ago and it wasn't too bad either.

2. Hoops and Bumps (Press Gang) is a Yuletide fic that I struggled to write because although I had a week off in November when I listened to the tennis, I was also ill. But I discovered it is possible to write while feeling crap, as long as it's an early draft and you can take out all the nonsensical bits later. My only problem with this fic is I think that I can never write anything in Press Gang that's as good again.

3. The Atlantis Sacrifice (Stargate Atlantis) is a bit of a failure in that it was written for a 25,000 word Big Bang and I only managed 24,000. I wrote it because I had bits of ideas for Jack/Elizabeth fic and no one had written anything long for that pairing (not surprising, given that no one had written much for it, given that it's a rare pairing). So I wanted to be the one to write something long. It started off being about the pairing and ended up being more about Elizabeth coping with living without Atlantis. I'm just really proud of how it came out.

Day 2
Promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

There are a lot of things I follow in my RSS reader, but most are not fandom-related. This being fandom snowflake, I stuck to the fandom-related ones.

1. PicoWriMo is one I don't always get to participate in, due to work being busiest in November. It came out of NaNoWriMo, but the idea with Pico is that you pick your own target - so number of words, finishing something, writing every day etc. And the community there is really encouraging and seeing how much other people have got done makes you want to write yourself.

2. Adventures with the Wife in Space. This was a blog of a man and his wife sitting down to watch every episode of Classic Who. They were on the Third Doctor when I started reading, but they have finished now. It was interesting and amusing as the wife in question (who watches New Who, but hadn't seen Classic) came out with funny comments. The best ones were on the worst episodes. They're about to start a follow up watching Blake's 7: Adventures with the Wife and Blake.

3. This is cheating a bit (by my rules anyway), but when I was looking through the Yuletide fandom list last year I thought that The Queen (of Twitter) was perfect for a Yuletide fandom. It's a satirical Queen Elizabeth II.

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Yuletide reveals
Wednesday 1st January 2014 6:03 pm

The Yuletide authors were revealed while I was driving at 50-60mph on a motorway through the rain, while the wind was trying to push me onto the hard shoulder. I've had better journeys.

My assignment was for The Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains Were Identified (Blog Post), which I was excited about, as that was the one I'd wanted to write most. Except that by the time I'd finished writing Doctor Who fics I was convinced I couldn't write anything. Writing OCs helped no end - for some reason I could make myself write my own characters, but struggled to believe I could write any others. I ended up writing The Phantom of the Newspaper. It's cracky (my recipient said "go to town" so I did), involving psychics, ghosts and newspaper reporters. Of all the things in it I'm most proud of the names because they came really easily.

The whole fandom has some great stuff on Yuletide and it's been such a good, fun fandom this year. For next year I'm tempted to make all my requests off-ball things I wouldn't usually consider fic in.

Once I'd finished that work had calmed down to the point where there was hardly anything on and I didn't have anything on in the evenings either, so I had plenty of time. [info]dbskyler had written some fics about Gita saving the world from aliens and requested it and I thought that would be fun to write. I still prefer hers over mine, but I wrote A Lovely Bloom, involving Sarah Jane, Gita and a very important flower.

After that I was done. Except that I mentioned being bored to hhertzof and she told me to look through Yuletide requests and write a treat. So I did (and made her beta it). One of the requests stood out as something I really wanted to see (and would have requested myself if I'd thought about it). So I wrote it. And reminded myself in the process how much I liked SJA. Sibling Secrets is about Sky going to visit Luke at Oxford.

This one was an example of writing the fic in such a way that the recipient would enjoy it. My first draft had a lot more detail about Oxford, specific shop names and a make of car that might not be known outside this country. I could tell from their request that they were American, so I took a lot of that out. If it had been for someone who knew Oxford then I would have made it even more location-specific because they might have enjoyed that, even if it meant the fic didn't make as much sense to everyone else.

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The Grauniad reply
Wednesday 1st January 2014 12:04 pm

The other day I posted a photo caption from the front page of the Guardian where it had the "caption goes here" text.

Well, in today's paper they printed this letter:
Guardian letter

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