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Fandom Snowflake Day 5
Saturday 21st January 2017 8:36 pm

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

I decided for this to not post more than one per fandom or ficathon.

The West Wing: His Will To Make Known by ETraytin. While CJ is out with the flu over Thanksgiving, her traditional duties fall upon other members of the staff. Leo is left to make an important decision.

Stargate Atlantis: Operation Making Christmas by nagi_schwarz. Someone in the science department taught the Athosian children about Christmas. John Sheppard has a plan to bring them Christmas, complete with Christmas trees, reindeer, Santa, presents, and an elf. Rodney is along for the ride.

Doctor Who: Side Quest by Annariel. Harry is collecting equipment for the Doctor when he runs into an adventure of his own. Can he foil the evil Dr. Richards, while at the same time helping the Doctor and Sarah fend off an alien invasion they somehow never quite have the time to explain properly to him?

Vorkosigan: The Huntsman's Reel by Philomytha. "Somewhere in this party," said Captain Illyan, "there are four Cetagandan assassins."

The Librarians: A Boy and His Gargoyle by honorat. Jacob notices how Ezekiel feels about Stumpy’s demise and recruits Cassandra to do something about it. Because someone needed to write this.

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Fandom Snowflake Day 7
Friday 20th January 2017 7:00 pm

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something.

I wrote a very spoilery fic set immediately after this week's Librarians episode:

Dismantle the Sun (518 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: The Librarians (TV 2014)
Characters: Cassandra Cillian, Flynn Carsen
Summary: After And The Fatal Separation (season 3, episode 9), Cassandra and Flynn talk. Major spoilers for that episode.

It shows the craziness of the fandom that it had 16 kudos after 24 hours. Especially crazy given that lots of people won't have seen the episode yet and it's gen.

After I wrote it I was curious about my Librarians fic stats. I've written six, four of which have Flynn in and four of which have Cassandra in (not all the same four).

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Fandom Snowflake Day 3
Thursday 19th January 2017 7:00 pm

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I am doing this all topsy-turvey in a random order after it's all finished.

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

I've been thinking about this since [info]just_ann_now posted her goal. Mine is going to be the same: to comment on everything I read. The corollary being, if I get to the end of it and I like it.

I started doing this years ago, in LOTR fandom, when I was new to fanfic. I did largely keep it up (as far as I can remember) but AO3 made me lazy. If I like something, but can't think of anything to say, then I just click the kudos button. Or if I like it and can't be bothered to think of something to say then I just click the kudos button. I felt slightly guilty that I read most of the SGA Santa fics and just kudosed them all. And yet when it was all on LJ, I did comment to everything I read and liked, so it's not hard.

And Teaspoon doesn't help by not emailing you to tell you when the author replies and I don't always remember to go back and do that.

I've been doing it since [info]just_ann_now posted it, in fact. I've already realised that I do need to think of something to say other than "I liked this" or words to that affect.

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End of year fandom meme
Thursday 22nd December 2016 6:58 pm

1. Your main fandom of the year?
I couldn't decide how to count this, so I looked back through my blog and I talked about Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Star Trek, The Bill, The Avengers, The Guild and Star Wars.

2. Your favourite film watched this year?
The only films I've seen this year have been Star Trek, Fantastic Beasts and Finding Dory. I liked them all pretty equally, but if you were to hold a sword to my neck and force me to choose, I'd go for Finding Dory.

3. Your favourite book read this year?
I looked back through my Reading Wednesday posts and there's nothing that particularly stands out.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?
Red Dwarf XI. "He shouts formica and invents gravy." Can't be beaten.

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?
LJ and DW, being my only online fandom communities.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
The Guild and Green Gables Fables. I rattled through both of those pretty quick.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Maybe the news that the new Star Trek TV series is going to be on Netflix. Or no Graeme Garden on ISIHAC.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
I suppose the man that was on my TV that I was most excited about was Tosh Lines.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Felicia Day.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Charlene being back in The Librarians.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?
Reading SGA Santa fics has made me miss Stargate Atlantis. Watching late 1980s The Bill makes me miss that it's not on anymore.

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I think I have quite enough to be going on with, thank you.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Red Dwarf XII. Although that won't be until autumn, so that's more my fan anticipation for next year. For New Year it's more Charlene on The Librarians, as I'm assuming/hoping she'll be back at the end of the season (I am happily unspoilered).

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Fandom snowflake day 7
Monday 8th February 2016 8:29 pm

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.

When thinking about what to do for these, the piece that stood out for me was the first scene of the first episode of The Librarians. Which I managed to find on YouTube:

When I first saw it I knew very little of what it was about. The first couple of minutes of this are not that exciting, with some military people and bad guys shooting at each other. And then the Librarian falls into the scene (literally). And is unconcerned about all the people standing around holding guns and is more worried about a magical artifact. At the end of the scene he introduces himself and I wanted to know more about what a Librarian did. And what sort of person he was.

There are some TV series it can take a while to get into it. Having watched all thirteen episodes of Dark Matter, I still can't decide if I like it or not. But with The Librarians, I knew I was going to like it by the end of that scene. Which is why it stands out so much.

And as a bonus, here's a [info]festivids fanvid for the first two series of The Librarians:

It shows how fun The Librarians is, but also fits the action to the words (which is how I think all fanvids ought to be). (warning: it is set to a Taylor Swift song - although I enjoyed it anyway)

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Fandom snowflake day 4
Saturday 6th February 2016 6:56 pm

In your own space, create a fanwork.

I have finally done this one! I had a whole load of things I could have finished off, but having spent January not writing it was really hard to get back into it. Now I have, I feel more confident about being able to get some writing done. Which is just as well, given that I signed up for [info]dw_guestfest.

This is a Star Wars Prequels fic and came out of the idea of Qui-Gon lives and then in Return of the Sith Obi-Wan is on the council and therefore outranks him. I had an image in my head of Qui-Gon calling Obi-Wan "Master". Which somehow ended up being 700 words long...

The New Master (705 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Summary: The Jedi Council are concerned about Anakin. AU where Qui-Gon survived Naboo and took Anakin as his Padawan.

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Fandom snowflake day 12
Monday 18th January 2016 9:24 pm

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged? In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom.

The answer to this depends on whether there is any more. You can be as fannish as you like about something, but if no one else has heard of it and there's no fandom, there's not a lot to go on. And if there's a lot of official stuff, it feels like there's no need to go to fandom.

So Star Trek, for example, I love. I've seen all the TV episodes (including the animated series) and all the films. I take a day off work to go and see the latest film on the opening day. I read a lot of (Original Series & TNG) books, mainly in the 90s. I think, on the whole, that was enough. I wasn't there for the shipping, just the adventures, so that was everything I needed.

When I got into Doctor Who I decided it wasn't going to be like Star Trek and I wasn't going to get into the fandom either. I was trying to come up with an explanation, but the truth is that I don't know what happened there. Although, a lot of it was SJA fandom, rather than Doctor Who fandom.

Looking back, I think it ends up being the people, rather than the fan creations to consume/create or the even the original source materia. I met people through The Bill and Stargate and Doctor Who/SJA fandom. I'm still friends with some of those people. Those are the fandoms I had the most fun in.

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Fandom snowflake day 13
Sunday 17th January 2016 5:18 pm

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

Here are some Yuletide recs! I didn't keep a list when I read them, so I just went through my emails of author replies. Read more...

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Fandom snowflake day 10
Friday 15th January 2016 9:11 pm

In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing?

For canon facts, wikis are always good. For Star Trek, Memory Alpha (film & TV canon) and Memory Beta (book canon) are great. Through Memory Beta I now know how Crusher and Picard came to be married (still can't quite get my head round it though). The Doctor Who Legacy wiki is the best source of information about the game.

Most other fandoms-specific wikis tend to be a rehash of Wikipedia and don't tell you a great deal.

For hanging out, it's all LJ and DW. Twitter is for real life, Facebook similarly, given it's names, not pseudonyms. I'm not into looking at pictures (except of bunnies), so I don't have a Tumblr.

Going through my bookmarks for other resources, which got a bit long... Read more...

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Fandom snowflake day 14
Thursday 14th January 2016 8:36 pm

In your own space, share your love for something fannish: a trope, cliché, kink, motif, theme, format, or fandom.

I have a few tropes I love. No idea why, but I love them anyway:

- Two people who were lovers, but decided it didn't work and are now friends

- Parent/child relationships when neither of them are related

- Aliens made them do it - but not the actual thing, that's boring, it's the ways they get out of it, and the aftermath if they don't (or if they do) especially if the two (or more) people in question don't secretly fancy each other.

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Fandom snowflake day 11
Wednesday 13th January 2016 7:59 pm

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.

This is hard, so I am trying not to think about it for too long.

1. I am organised. Which is how I end up organising other people...

2. I am generally on time (exceptions for unexpected three hour train delays and such like).

3. I am good with rabbits (I once visited some neighbours who had a rabbit who didn't like people - but I got that rabbit to come to me. I spent more time on the rabbit than the people, but then rabbits are just more interesting).

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Fandom snowflake day 9
Sunday 10th January 2016 9:35 pm

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

- Finish Lynda Day at the Chalet School. Or at least make it to a second draft. Last year I spent the first few months getting over the last few months of the previous year, and then it all went to pot. So although I intended to finish it last year, it just didn't happen. Hopefully this year won't be like last year.

- Participate in Not Prime Time. Now that The Librarians fandom is big enough, I could do it entirely with fandoms I write usually, if it wanted.

- Learn all of Penny's songs/parts in songs, so I can play her in the Dr Horrible Sing-a-long at Nine Worlds. And also learn Anya's "It Must be Bunnies" song, so I can hold up lots of bunnies.

- Finish some of the half-finished/half-started fics sitting around on my hard drive.

- Not sign up for SGA Secret Santa (but read the stories in it).

- Watch all the stuff on my PVR from last year and the year before. Or delete it if I'm just not going to watch it.

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Fandom snowflake day 5
Thursday 7th January 2016 9:50 pm

Finally getting back to these!

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.

I did a few of these. In trying to catch up with the sga-secretsanta stories I went for the shortest one that I haven't read yet and it turned out to be really good! It's Nash Equilibria Are For Losers and it's 1500 words of hilarious Shep/McKay.

Then I worked through some of the other things I have starred in my RSS Reader:
just_ann_now's Swordspoint story in quotes and pictures.

dbskyler's Sarah/Doctor fanvid, which has the clips matching the words, which is how I like my fanvids.

(I don't know why my LJ user etc code has randomly stopped working and am not inclined to fix it now, but it's very annoying!)

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Fandom snowflake day 1
Saturday 2nd January 2016 12:19 pm

In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges?

I think I'd seen it around and thought it looked interesting, so a couple of years ago decided to do it myself. I find that the prompts are interesting and make me think (and therefore blog about) the sort of things I don't often think about.

More than that, though, is seeing what other people do with the challenges. It's interesting to read their thoughts. And it's a great way of interacting with people when we all don't comment enough.

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Fandom snowflake day 7
Sunday 25th January 2015 5:30 pm

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.

The reason I've left this one is because I've been struggling to think of one. I like angst and friendship and families, not necessarily all at once. But which I want when depends on the fandom and the characters and the mood I'm in at the time. Aliens made them do it can be great crack in Stargate and canonical in Blake's 7, but I wouldn't want to see it in LOTR, for example. I love body swap episodes on TV series - Farscape and Red Dwarf and The Avengers did it brilliantly - but it's never the same on paper.

And with that, I have now completed every Fandom Snwoflake challenge for this year!

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Fandom snowflake day 6
Saturday 24th January 2015 6:32 pm

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.

I wrote a Librarians fanfic:
Worst Case Scenario (1227 words) by paranoidangel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Librarians (TV 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Eve Baird, Cassandra Cillian, Jenkins (The Librarians), Jake Stone, Ezekiel Jones
Summary: Eve Baird's job is to protect the librarians.

For some reason manages to be something I'm not good at, in that it needs a lot of description. I'm sure I still don't have enough, but the final draft is just over twice the length of the first draft. My final drafts are always longer than the first drafts, due to the need to add the description, but not usually quite that bad. But it was a nice change to write something short that's not Lynda Day at the Chalet School, which sort of took over my life for about a week and a half at the start of this month.

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Fandom snowflake day 4
Friday 23rd January 2015 7:30 pm

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them.

I finally did this! One of The Librarians stories (Mathematically Improbable) I liked and wanted to comment on, rather than just kudos. At least partly because a lot of the stories in this fandom on AO3 have massive amounts of kudos, the likes of which I've never seen before, but very few comments. Although it does seem like a lot of the authors (including this one) never answer their comments, which might have something to do with it. I've never even heard of PunkHazard before, let alone ready anything they've written (which is not a surprise, given that I don't know any of the other fandoms they've written).

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Fandom snowflake day 10
Thursday 22nd January 2015 7:30 pm

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you.

I have done this! Oh, boy, have I done this. I watched The Librarians, which is a new fandom to me (although the first film, The Librarian, is ten years old, I'd never heard of it). And then I liked it so much I went in search of fanfic. Well, I looked on AO3. I didn't get any further than that because based on the summaries, quite a bit was what I was worried I'd find.

Based on AO3's filter list, of the 73 fics currently in there, 23 are Stone/Cassandra and 22 are Flynn/Eve, 20 are gen. I'm not sure I care enough about Stone/Cassandra to read any of that. The Flynn/Eve relationship I like better, but I like it really subtle and fanfic is generally just not that subtle. It took me a while to work out that a mysterious mention of Evlynn was not someone's Tumblr name, but the ship name for Flynn/Eve. Ugh. (And then I found Jassandra, for Stone/Cassandra. I don't know which is worse.)

I read some, but there was nothing particularly outstanding. Or perhaps I'm just not invested enough in this fandom. But these are the ones that weren't too terrible. If you only read one, read the last one on this list, it's the one I liked the best (but only if you've seen the last episode in the series). Read more...

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Fandom snowflake day 15
Monday 19th January 2015 7:36 pm

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?

I'd like to see more people challenging the status quo. Just because lots of other ficathons are exchanges and have an anonymous period doesn’t mean they all have to be. Stand out from the crowd, do something different with yours.

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Fandom snowflake day 13
Saturday 17th January 2015 8:43 pm

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

After I eliminated the people who sprung to mind first that I talked about last year, the next person to spring to mind was [info]llywela13 (Llywela on Teaspoon, Llywela on AO3).

They write amazing, long stories with the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry (and some other people and other fandoms too, but it's the Four, Sarah and Harry adventures that have stuck in my mind). Such as: Read more...

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