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Dear Fandom 5k Writer
Sunday 25th March 2018 3:14 pm

WARNING: at the bottom of this letter is THE LIBRARIANS SEASON 4 SPOILERS

Dear Fandom 5k Writer,

In this I have tried to give some ideas of what I like, but they are mainly the things that I've remembered I like. As long as it's not on my dislikes list, then I probably like it. I've given prompts and ideas in case you're the sort of person who finds them helpful. But feel free to disregard them if you want - as long as you write something that features the characters I've requested I'll be happy. I like all the other characters in the fandoms I've requested, so feel free to add in anyone else you want.

Likes
- Stories that feel like a piece of canon
- Stories that make me laugh
- Stories that make me cry
- Stories that give me warm, fuzzy feelings
- Banter
- Friendship
- Time travel/playing around with time
- For shippy things: feelings conveyed with just a few touches or meaningful glances

Dislikes/DNWs
- Non-canonical (permanent) character death
- Anything that requires an adult rating (aside from language, if it's appropriate to the canon)
- Bodily fluids described in detail
- Any relationships not explicitly stated at some point in canon
- AUs that change the setting
- For shippy things: power imbalance

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Fandom Questions Meme
Saturday 24th March 2018 6:23 pm

Things are busy at the moment (in a good way, ie with things I want to do rather than with work), so have some more meme questions.

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Fandom Questions Meme
Wednesday 21st March 2018 8:04 pm

This seems like the sort of unimportant thing I feel like talking about today.

1. What was the first fandom you got involved in?
The Bill. When we first got the internet in 1996 I came across the official site and the forum. And then when they changed the forum design and decided I'd come back when they put it back to how it was... I forget when I did go back, but it was after I had a pseudonym to use on the internet. I only left when MikeB's site shut down (it had become the alternative forum when the official site got rid of its forum).

2. What is your latest fandom?
It's a toss-up between Carry On (Simon Snow) and Victoria (Drummond/Alfred). With the former I wrote a fic for Yuletide and I have been reading some fic. I keep meaning to read more but there never seems to be the time and I am really behind on B2MeM reading. With the latter I got into it late last year when I watched the second series of Victoria quickly before the Christmas special. I have written a couple of fics and started reading most of the fics on AO3, but they're pretty much all terrible (like missing capital letters, missing punctuation levels of terrible). Judging by the author's notes, I am not touching the fandom beyond that with a bargepole.

If I count things where I've read or written at one fic but nothing else, then I could also count Daisy Dalrymple, Taskmaster, Discovery and Belinda Blnked. I don't know what the bar is for saying you're in a fandom.

3. What is the best fandom you’ve ever been involved in?
I think it would be The Bill. I'm still friends with people I met in that fandom and they live on the other side of the world. It was when first used a chatroom (on the official site) - we used to have chats at 12pm on Sundays and after an hour the UK people would go to lunch and the Australians to bed.

And I enjoyed what we called London Trips. They started off as trips to the studio, to hang around outside and accost actors and crew, and then go to the pub. As time went on we spent less time outside the studio and more time in the pub.

4. Do you regret getting involved in any fandoms?
No. But they've either all been nice or I've just read some stuff occasionally and then that's not something you regret in quite the same way. They haven't all been great. I was in Stargate fandom when it was ridiculous and people literally couldn't understand how I could be friends with Jack/Daniel shippers when I was a Sam/Jack shipper (I later also became a Jack/Daniel shipper - I imagine shipping both would have blown their minds). The Bill fandom got a bit horrible during the soapy era (with accusations of homophobia and the coining of the word heterophobia). I ended up only going to the off topic side of the forum, but then it turned out that was the best part anyway. So I don't regret being involved in either of them.


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A week off with sport
Sunday 18th March 2018 6:24 pm

I took this week off from everything that wasn't work and sleep (ie the things I have to do) to watch the Winter Paralympics. Mostly wheelchair curling, because there are only so many times you can watch someone sky down a hill before it gets samey. Although, as with the Olympics, I preferred the snowboarding to skiing.

I don't know what I'm going to do with myself next week. Aside from catching up with everything...


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The monster is slain
Sunday 11th March 2018 5:19 pm

I have finally finished my long Last Leg fic. On the one hand, I've been living with it for about 8 months, so it's hard to leave it. On the other hand, I spent three hours (with breaks when my eyes started gazing over) reading through it this afternoon and I never want to read it again. I don't care any more if anyone reads it or it's any good, I just care that it's done.

Strictly Romance (25,277 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: The Last Leg RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Jonnie Peacock/Josh Widdicombe
Characters: Josh Widdicombe, Jonnie Peacock, Alex Brooker, Adam Hills
Summary: A year after their holiday romance in Rio, and as Jonnie starts on Strictly Come Dancing, Josh and Jonnie have another go at a relationship.


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Stuff and nonsense
Wednesday 7th March 2018 3:14 pm

(I can't keep titling posts "Things")

While I didn't have a hamster I thought I'd get some holidays in. I was going to Chester anyway for a wedding and I'd already made some tentative plans to go to Edinburgh. Said plans got less tentative and then I thought I could go somewhere else. The only weekend I had free when it wasn't the Easter holidays was last weekend. I then discovered that staying on a Friday or Saturday night was twice the price. Which worked out well because I ended up going to Bath on Sunday when there were trains running (if not all of them).

I've heard a lot about the snow elsewhere in the country, but it wasn't as bad where I was. It still wasn't great, but we didn't have the 7 inches of snow they apparently had in Bath. I worked from home on Thursday because although there wasn't enough snow to completely cover the ground, the weather forecast said it was going to get worse. I was at the point of deciding the forecast was wrong when people at work went home because it was so bad there. Work is only 10 miles away!

After being out in -4C (in seven layers, not including coat, scarf, hat and gloves), 5C (ish) felt really warm. Bath was good, although I did loads of walking. The Waterstones there didn't have a separate social history section, but their 20th century history section had quite a few books I'd got or read, which was pretty good. I looked in the crime section for Daisy Dalrymple, because having read ebooks I'd never seen any covers in person. They had three, very brightly coloured, one of which was Superfluous Women.

One of the things that has bothered me about the books is the way all the women are married off (or about to be). Yet after the war there were a lot more women of marriageable age than men. Which turned out to be a good thing in the end because no longer were women expected to just get married. They could have jobs and no longer was spinsterhood something to be pitied. Turns out this is the book that does deal with this. And in the acknowledgements, the author has read the same book I have on the subject. On the basis that money spent on books when you're on holiday doesn't count, I bought it.

While I was there I went to a comedy club that had a few new stand ups doing short sets. Some of them were funnier than others. Some of them were better than others. Although the best ones were the ones that were confident. The nervous ones didn't come across as well. It was interesting that quite a few had notes written on their hands to remind them of their jokes.

Between my cold and the cold I've been in a lot, so it was good to get out and about. Although I seem to have ended up going out nearly every night this week. And I like Bath: it's pretty and you can get to everything in the city centre. I was sad to leave until I was walking home from the station and it was so quiet. And then I realised how much I missed the quiet. I like cities to visit and they're handy to have nearby, but I couldn't live in one.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – March
Thursday 1st March 2018 8:17 pm

This month I'm going to learn AngularJS.

It was frustrating me a bit that work has been so busy with project work that I haven't had time to do any programming. My programming to do list never gets shorter. And then I remembered years ago I was just starting on jQuery and I was talking to someone who was starting on AngularJS. Both of these are programming languages that could be described as Javascript (a programming language) with knobs on. This person said that Angular was better and that was pretty much the gist of the conversation from what I remember.

Having looked it up, I discovered that actually although they're both Javascript with knobs on, they're different knobs. With similar grammar but different words. I'm not sure how much I can learn in a month, given how much (little) French I (re-) learnt in a month, but I won't know until I try.


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