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But, never fear! I am here now and I will give you all the love, encouragement and helpful tidbits to help make this an amazeball Yule Season for us both!


I'm so glad we have at least one tiny fandom in common, that means I already love you and think you have impeccable taste!

So, I guess I bit about my likes/dislikes in general and then I'll wax poetic about my fandom loves and give you some ideas and whatnot, yes? Okay, let's begin:

Things I'm a fan of:


Character studies
Characters dealing with their shit
Relationships that just barely work, or shouldn't but somehow do.
Found families/chosen families
Journeys (both the physical of travel and also spiritual/mental)
A/Us (both canon divergent, what-ifs and completely taking the characters--though retaining what makes them them obvs--out of the canon and dumping them anywhere else (I'll give specific ideas below).
hi-jinks and shenanigans
witty dialogue
epistolary stories or elements
geography or location so rich and real it's another character

Everything on the gen list still applies, but also:
coming out
dealing with new feelings
mixed signals
sexual exploration

Things I'm less a fan of:

PWP-- I don't mind sex, or kinks, but I'd also really like some substance and reasoning coming into play. But if you're here for treats, ALL THE PORNZ!!
Incest/chan/rape fantasy
Extreme kinks-- sexual exploration is one thing, watersports/pony play is quite another. Worried you might cross the line, contact [personal profile] redsnake05 she knows where my line is.
sappy, happy, overly fluffy-- unless you're here for treats, then tell me a cute little happy story about bunnies and kitties if that's your thing. :)
character bashing

And I think that's about it. Now, on to the fandoms!

Sirens (Brian and Voodoo)

Ace myself, I'm always looking for my representation in any show I watch, so imagine how fucking jazzed I was when I met Voodoo and how very sad I was that the show was so short lived. I'd love, love, love to see anything with these two-- or even just one of them if you wanted to do some sort of character study--either more during the show's run that we didn't see, or expounding on what we did see, or, or taking us into the future. Maybe they get back together and how does that work? Can they make each other happy and if not, why not? If they just remain friends, how would that work?

Hart of Dixie (Wade, Lavon and George)

I just discovered this show a few months ago and DEVOURED it! It hits so many of my favorite things. Quirky towns people (though a bit more Gilmore Girls than Northern Exposure) and fish out of water, and also that teen-romance type thing like Dawson's Creek--it is really SOO very much Dawson's Creek for adults (I mean, come on! Zoe/Wade are SOOOOO Joey/Pacey, imorite?!?!)

And while I just put these three boys, don't feel that you can't include anyone else, or that you have to ship them with each other, or really anyone else, though you certainly can. I just really like the idea of hearing more about the town before Zoe came to town and brought us with her. So, feel free to explore more of the Lavon/Lemon relationship, or the George/Lemon or I'd love to hear about some of the shenanigans Wade, George (and Lemon) got into in highschool. (And while she wasn't nominated so feel free to ignore, I am a big, big fan of Annabell so anytime you want to include her in the shenanigans, feel free.) ♥

Really, I just want to live in the world of the show for a bit more to get over the fact that I have no more canon to consume.

Mary Poppins (Bert and Mary)

Now this love has been in my soul for pretty much my whole life and still dominates my thoughts and feelings. Basically, I still want to be Mary Poppins when I grow up.

A few ideas for you:
The Mary was Bert's Nanny Theory

Mary is a Time Lord and Bert was a Companion

Mary Poppins got expelled from Hogwarts

Basically, I am giving you permission to get freaky with this one. ;)

Dawson's Creek Any

This has always been my guilty pleasure as I was WAYYY past the age of its target audience by the time it came out. I just couldn't help it, I loved the language of it and the self-awareness of it. During the run of the show, I shipped Joey/Pacey pretty hard, I loved the relationship between Dawson/Jen in the college years and would have loved to see that played out more. I loved Jack (though I can't remember if he was actually nommed) and pretty much shipped him with everyone. Pacey and Joshua Jackson is my boo. ♥ So, any fun you want to have with any of that, go for it!

In the years that have passed since it's end, I've also toyed with the idea of Pacey/Jen after I wrote a story for Yuletide once. I'm also in love with the way the actors (mainly Joshua and James) reference and pay tribute to their time on the show. (I just mainlined the entire Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 and it made me love JVB in a way I never did while he was Dawson.) So, if you want to do something with that--not RPF really, but you know in that last episode where there were actors playing their parts? What if Dawson and the gang were just actors? What sort of hi-jinks would they get into off-set.

Or you know, a bakery AU or something. ;) Whatever... I just love these knucleheads. ♥

Northern Exposure (Joel and Marilyn)

Okay, I know I'm really limiting myself by only signing up with these two characters, so truly, write whatever inspires you in this fandom and I will love it. Last year I got this piece of amazing NE/WTNV fusion that not in a million years would I have been creative enough to actually request. So, part of me wants to just leave you a blank slate.

But... I guess I should clarify a bit why I asked for Marilyn and Joel specifically. I just love their relationship soooo much. How puzzled and frazzled she made him, how they cared about each other in a very bizarre and endearing way. Remember that time that Marilyn went to Seattle and Joel was so worried he followed her there? How adorable and unnecessary that was? God I loved that episode.. them just walking down the street doing exactly what she wants to do. ♥ ♥ So, anything that explores that relationship would be amazing.

Wonder Boys Any

I love Terry/James, but what I really, really love is the relationship between Terry and Grady. I'd just love to read more about their takes on the author/editor dynamic, more drug fueled shenanigans. Maybe they go on a road trip? Maybe they have to go and save James again in some way... or maybe he's lost somewhere and they have to piece together clues to sort out his truths and fictions to collect him. I also really love Hannah, so feel free to throw her into the mix if you'd like.

So, those are just a few ideas and suggestions, take what works, dismiss all that doesn't... or all of it really. I trust you. I trust your judgement, I mean, you love what I love, you have to be awesome. *nods*

And again, I apologize that this took so long to get up and finished. :(
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Day 13

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

Yes! This gives me an opportunity to share my lovely good fortune from Day 2's bounty. See, karma, it's a ~thing~. ♥

Icons, art and a fic rec under here )

Day 14

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

So many choices. But, let's talk about fanvids.

Vids for ALL THE FANDOMS under here )

Day 15

In your own space, talk about what you're taking away from this challenge. Did you learn something? Did you interact with new people? Or did you try out different fandoms or formats or relationships? What's changed between Day 1 and Day 15 of this challenge?

It's said, that it takes 3 weeks to turn a behavior into a habit, so this was a great start to make a few things habits. The habit to be here and participate in fandom in many different ways, the habit to think about things in new ways, to reach out to new people and the habit to not take things to overly serious all the time. To take time to concentrate on the positive, to tell people that you love them while you still can and to cherish the little things.


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Day 12

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?

For me, it has always been, and always will be, about character. Back in school, character driven fiction was called "Literary Fiction" and that's what I read, what I wrote. It was much later--something about a boy wizard and the magical world he lived in--where I discovered that character driven fiction was also called "fantasy" and "sci-fi." That pretty much all genres had character driven stories, whether they had to build the world around them or not.

But, character is so all-encompassing. There are certain kinds of characters (and group of characters) that do it for me. Broken. Lost. Desperate.

While signing up for the ChocolateBox fest, and writing up all the many, many fandoms I requested (seriously, I was super greedy), I realized what all my fandoms have in common. Found families. I am a OMG!Sucker for people looking for (and finding) family, a place to belong, a place to call home, people to connect with and become important to and for.
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Day 11

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

I remember a few years ago when I started doing this challenge and how hard these particular ones were to do, the reccing yourself, asking for things and singing your own praises. I don't know if I just took it all more seriously all those years ago, or if I've gotten better (with practice) at this whole "I Rock!" thing. ♥

1.) I am a good friend. I like that my friends know that I'm there for them, no matter what, and while I don't always know what to say, and I'm pretty much consistently socially awkward, I still drop what I'm doing and put in the effort.
2.) I have a good sense of humor. If you're into sarcasm that is. Some people aren't. I don't get those people. Those people really don't get me. But other than them, I'm fuckin' hilarious. ♥
3.) I am a good writer and strive everyday (mostly) to be better. I love that I can make people cry, laugh, think. I like that I can be much more serious and contemplative in fiction than I am in life. I love that I have a imagination and friends who will help me with the tricky comma placement bits. ;)

See. Easy-peasy.

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Day 10
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?

Honestly, when I'm looking for resources and creative spaces, I come here, to you all. ♥ When I need a canon fact and I can't remember the exact chapter/episode, I come here, I come to you. Or Google. Or Wikipedia.

To squee and whatnot, I also like to come here, but when I need a quick fix, I hit up Facebook or Twitter--where I have enough of you and other geeky types who get me and my level of... ah... ~enthusiasm~ for things. When I discover a new obsession and don't know where to go with my feels, I go to Tumblr. As a place to connect with other fans, Tumblr blows. But as a place to find an oddly large number of people already geekin' about something you've just discovered and already has gif sets and meta all around it, Tumblr is the place to go.

Even though my fannishness is spread out all over these days, my first instinct is to come here and squee with you. ♥
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Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon and explain why you love it so much.

I love the idea of this challenge, you know how I love to wax poetic about things I love. I am finding it hard, however, to narrow it down. And I could just go on and on about everything. But, well, I got to catch up and I got to do a million other things, and also, I'd like to do this sort of right.

I've already done this for White Collar, and I've already gotten ridiculous about Squishy-Face's era of Doctor Who, and in my RL that I can't link to on this public accessed post, written about my life long love of Han Solo and just reviewed the newest movie on my website--which again, can't link to on this post.

So, I thought I'd take this time and space to talk about a piece of canon that broke my heart, haunted me for decades and that I have just, a few weeks ago, worked up the nerve to watch again for the first time since it aired many, many years ago.

M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen )
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In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something 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 wasn't going to do this one. The first thing that came to my mind was that I'd like to challenge myself to actually fuckin' be here. But, that seems sort of a intangible thing that I'm either here for or I'm not. But, that's not what they're asking here for anyway. They want a challenge, like a fandom thing.


Here's my thing. I have a few ideas. But I don't want to start a thing that goes no where. And I'm not... somehow I'm not the sort of person that gets people rallied around things. So, I guess I'll just throw this challenge out there and see if I get any interest in it. If I do, then I'll put the work in and I will rock the fuck out of it.

Geeky Gift Exchange

I've been involved in a few through the years. A group from a Harry Potter conference who a few times through the year, holds one, a friend here on LJ held a Snape/Sherlock one for a few years that was fun. What usually happens, everyone who signs up, answers a questionnaire about fandoms, likes and dislikes and whatnot and then are matched with someone based on that and you are required to craft (or purchase--or most cases, I bit of both) something for the other person and send it to them. Kind of like a Fandom Secret Santa thing.

I like fic exchanges, I do, but it's also fun to do arts and crafts and to support Fandom crafters on Etsy and whatnot. Plus, I love getting mail.

If that doesn't work, maybe I could challenge myself to send random postcards to any flister who is trusting enough to give me an address. I like to send mail, and I have just discovered while cleaning out my office, that I have a shit ton of postcards and whatnot.

So, that's Day 6 done. Now I do the 7th by the end of the day and I'm totes caught up. I didn't post about the 5th day--leaving feedback--but it's something that I do almost religiously. I don't understand writers and artists who don't. I really don't. I'm not being snotty about it, I just know what makes me happy and try and do likewise to people who give of themselves for my enjoyment and whatnot. It's a karma thing.
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Day 4

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 might come back and create something later. All those above suggestions sound fun and doable... but not right now. Right now I'm going to spend this time and space to pay tribute to other people's creations.

Recs Under Here )
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Day 03

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.

This is perfect actually. I had a lot of different posts I wanted to make today: A rec list, a post about the things I've recently written, and whatever the Snowflake challenge was today. So yay, two birds in one stone. The first two aren't the best I've ever written, but they are the most recent I've ever written (and I do like them a lot).

From Yuletide
Magic Mike XXL

The Zen of Losing Everything (4239 words) by tjs_whatnot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Magic Mike (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Big Dick Richie/Ken (Magic Mike)
Characters: Ken (Magic Mike), Big Dick Richie
Additional Tags: Blow Jobs, Hand Jobs, Yuleporn, Porn with Feelings

Losing everything has never been this freeing.

&hearts♥♥ KEN ♥♥♥

For [ profile] akatnamedeaster who at yesterday's Snowflake Challenge requested fic, and since her OTP is Snape/Black and she had mentioned having a shaving kink... mmmmm... shaving...

Close Shave (1467 words) by tjs_whatnot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sirius Black/Severus Snape
Characters: Sirius Black, Severus Snape
Additional Tags: Shaving Kink, Hurt/Comfort, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Hand Jobs, Established Relationship

Severus likes when Sirius has a little bit of the animal in him, he's just not a fan of the scruff.

And this third one is just something short I wrote this year that I really sort of like a lot, but I don't know many people who read Doctor Who stuff, so it didn't really get too many reads. It was written for May's Merry Month of Masturbation... so there is that... ;)

None More Than Me (784 words) by tjs_whatnot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Characters: Eleventh Doctor
Additional Tags: Merry Month of Masturbation Challenge

The Doctor spends some ~quality~ time with his TARDIS and his imagination.

Now on to a rec post. ♥♥
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How are you? Excited as I am?

So, I guess this is a little different then Yuletide and some other fests I've participated in. So, maybe I should shake it up a bit and not just cut and paste previous letters, yeah?

I'll just give an overview of the things I like in each fandom and then give you a tiny prompt for each relationship that you can do with what you want.

Harry Potter: There is really nothing I don't adore about this fandom and am pretty easy to please. Specifically though, I love witty dialogue and people dealing with their shit and friends becoming lovers, enemies becoming lovers against their better judgement. I like crossovers, AUs, fusions or canon divergence. I also like some kinky-ass shit, but what I don't like is incest, chan and the usual, and in the cross-gen pairings, I'd like the student in the student/teacher to not be a student anymore, cool?

Harry/Ron: Stand by Me
Luna Lovegood/Harry Potter: She's Got a Way About Her
Lily Evans Potter/Severus Snape: Sorry Seems to be the Hardest
Remus Lupin/Severus Snape/Ron Weasley: I'll Make a Man Out of You
Remus Lupin & Severus Snape: Giving up the Gun
Draco Malfoy/Ron Weasley: Kiss with a Fist
Lily Evans & Severus Snape: Season in the Sun
Remus Lupin/Minerva McGonagall: Bad Moon Rising
Remus Lupin & Harry Potter: The Living Years
Hermione Granger/Remus Lupin: I was a Teenage Werewolf
Luna Lovegood & Severus Snape: C'est la vie
Draco Malfoy & Ron Weasley: Fuck You (Very Much)

Holy crap that was a pain in the ass. Maybe I shouldn't have nominated so many people. :(

Doctor Who: The thing I love most about Doctor Who is the relationships, the way they work, the way they don't, the way you think you know who people are in relation to others and yet, things are always changing and becoming... I love that this show and the people in it makes me regularly cry, laugh and think.

Eleventh Doctor/River Song : public flirting
Amy Pond/Rory Williams: roleplaying
Twelfth Doctor/River Song: A 24 year night sounds better in theory
Eleventh Doctor & Amy Pond & River Song & Rory Williams: Family
Eleventh Doctor & Rory Williams Amy Pond & River Song:
Eleventh Doctor & Amy Pond & Rory Williams: Power of Three
Twelfth Doctor & Clara Oswin Oswald: The lies we tell
Eleventh Doctor & River Song: Traveling
Clara Oswin Oswald & River Song: Comparing Notes and Reconciling the Doctor they knew
River Song & The Doctor's TARDIS: Daughter of the TARDIS
Eleventh Doctor/Amy Pond/Vincent van Gogh: The mightest Gingers
Twelfth Doctor/Missy: Didn't we Almost have it all
Twelfth Doctor & River Song: Who in the Gorram universe who haven't you married?
Missy/ River Song: The Crazy is Strong in You
The War Doctor/River Song: She was determined to met them all, whether they went by Doctor or not.
River Song & Brian Williams: Years later, there's a knock on the door and a granddaughter with quite a story to tell.
Eleventh Doctor & Tenth Doctor & War Doctor: It's like looking in a funhouse mirror

Firefly: Ah, Firefly. The love I have for this show and these people will live forever. I love them all as I love almost all things having to do with "found families" (as you might have guessed by now), but I also really love how each character is a different person depending on who they're interacting with.

Wash Washburne/Zoe Washburne: My Autumn Flower
Jayne Cobb/River Tam: Killing you with my brain is not the only thing I could do to you.
Kaylee Frye/Simon Tam: Playing Doctor
Malcolm Reynolds/Inara Serra: Second Chances
River Tam & Simon Tam: You are such a brat.
Malcolm Reynolds & River Tam: Going to need a new pilot
Kaylee Frye & Malcolm Reynolds: Captain Tightpants
Kaylee Frye & River Tam: Sister I never knew I needed
Kaylee Frye & Hoban "Wash" Washburne: They both love Serenity and it's quirks differently then the rest of the crew.
Badger/River Tam: Sad Little King
Shepherd Book & Jayne Cobb: Confession is Good for the Soul
Kaylee Frye & River Tam & Simon Tam: Families we Make

MASH: God I love this show! Everything on this list, every fandom I devour ties back to this one. The thing I seek out, the thing I need is to laugh, cry and think. I need a Benjamin Franklin Pierce in every fandom. Things I like in this fandom specifically (i.e. I'm not too lazy to give you a prompt per relationship) are post-canon stories, epistolary stories, hurt/comfort, missing scenes.

Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan/Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce:
Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan & Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce:
"Trapper" John McIntyre & Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce:
Sidney Freedman & Father Francis Mulcahy:
Henry Blake & Radar O'Reilly:
Radar O' Reilly & Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce:
Charles Emerson Winchester III & B. J. Hunnicutt:
Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce & Sidney Freedman:
Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce & B. J. Hunnicutt & Charles Emerson Winchester III:
B. J. Hunnicutt & Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce:

Star Wars Series (Movies>: I have fallen in love all over again and I just want all the fic, all the stories, all the holes filled, all the aches of my heart fixed. In this one, I don't want to guide you at all. I want whatever you're willing to give. These are just the characters and relationships I'm most interested in exploring or reading about/viewing.

Leia Organa/Han Solo:
Finn/Rey Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey:
Poe Dameron & Finn:
Leia Organa & Luke Skywalker:
Poe Dameron & Finn & Rey:
Leia Organa & Luke Skywalker & Han Solo Luke Skywalker & Han Solo:
Chewbacca & Han Solo:
Finn & Rey:
Chewbacca & Rey:
Han Solo & Kylo Ren:
Leia Organa & Rey:
Rey & Han Solo:
BB-8 & Rey:
Chewbacca & Han Solo & Leia Organa:
Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker:
Chewbacca/Maz Kanata:

Agent Carter: I just love these characters and would love any interactions with them, either canon or AU/crossover with any MCU thing. :)

Peggy Carter & Howard Stark:
Peggy Carter & Edwin Jarvis:
Peggy Carter & Ana Jarvis:
Edwin Jarvis/Ana Jarvis:
Edwin Jarvis & Howard Stark:

Daredevil (TV): Just finished this series and have so many angsty feels about these relationships (especially Foggy and Matt) either romance or not. For Fisk/Wesley I think unrequited pining would be awesome.

Matt Murdock & Franklin "Foggy" Nelson & Karen Page:
Matt Murdock & Franklin "Foggy" Nelson:
Franklin "Foggy" Nelson & Karen Page:
Vanessa Marianna Fisk/Wilson Fisk:
Wilson Fisk/James Wesley:
Matt Murdock/Franklin "Foggy" Nelson:

The West Wing: Josh and Donna are the only people I ship in the show for legit, but I am curious to how Toby and C.J. would work as a couple. I am particularly partial to the first 4 seasons, but love it all, so go crazy.

Josh Lyman/Donna Moss:
Jed Bartlet & Mrs. Landingham:
C.J. Cregg & Josh Lyman:
Jed Bartlet & Leo McGarry:
Bruno Gianelli/Margaret Hooper:
C. J. Cregg/Toby Ziegler:

White Collar: My heart belongs to this show forever and ever!! I would LOVE Mozzie and any/all other people. But I also love all the listed characters and love canon, AU, crossover/fusion, fluff, angst, h/c, kinky WHATEVER!!

Elizabeth Burke/Peter:
Burke/Neal Caffrey:
Peter Burke/Neal Caffrey:
Elizabeth Burke & Neal Caffrey:
Neal Caffrey & Mozzie:
Elizabeth Burke & Peter Burke & Neal Caffrey:
Elizabeth Burke & Mozzie:
Peter Burke & Mozzie:
Diana Berrigan & Mozzie:

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Day 2

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Blah, blah, here is where I proclaim that I have a hard time with this challenge...

But today, I have the entire day to write, so I'm going to go and try and fill a shit ton of requests myself and am hoping karma (and you lovelies) will do the rest.

This is going to be pretty heavy on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens side, so I'm going to put it under a cut and put a bit of a scroll down for those not wanting to be spoiled (is there people who haven't seen it who still worry about spoilers? There must be...) Anyway...

Help Me Through These Star Wars Feeeeeels )

THANKS IN ADVANCE! And since karma and everything, please link me your Challenge 2 post too, cool?
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Day 01

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? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

A few things. First, I want something that requires me to be here everyday and since I sometimes struggle with having things to say that aren't boring (even to me), I need some direction from time to time. Secondly, I'm trying to bring more balance to my life and fandom and the people I've met through it/them are important to me and I need to make myself more available to it/them.

Wow. Day 1 done.

Easy Peasy.

Who else is doing this? Let's keep each other company out there, yes?
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Just under the wire... so the answers will probably be brief.

From [ profile] thefridayfive

1. What’s your favorite part about taking a vacation/holiday?

I might be projecting based on going on holiday in a few days, but honestly, my favorite part of most vacations is getting there. I love to drive long distances. I like to soak in the scenery, find local-flavor type restaurants, get lost and whatnot. I love driving with others, but I also really love driving long distances by myself (I take a lot of vacations by myself... they're lovely). I get a book on disc, or download a bunch of Welcome to Nightvale (the only way I can listen to Cecil's voice without falling asleep) or Cabin Pressure (Which reminds me, I need to find all the seasons of that... I only had one that I listen to WAYYYY too much already). This time, I'm bringing the last half of the second, and the third book of the Inkheart series. ♥♥ It's a great book to listen to aloud.

2. What’s your least favorite part about taking a vacation/holiday?


3. What’s the farthest you’ve traveled on a vacation/holiday?

I've driven a lot of long distances, but the farthest I've ever gone for vacation is when I took my niece to Ireland/Scotland/London for her 18th birthday. That was amazing.

4. Have you ever taken a vacation/holiday (spent time in a hotel for pleasure) in your own town/city?

Haha. Most of my 20s were spent either living with a bunch of roommates wishing I lived alone, or living alone being bored and depressed. So, to break the cycle, I decided to live with people but one weekend a month or so to just go away... down the street. I figured I could spoil myself at a nice local hotel, or I could spend the money on gas and at the time, I really loved the idea of room service. :)

5. If you could go somewhere right now, where would it be?

Again, probably projecting, but talking to my bestie on a box on my computer--the only way we've ever seen each other--and I'm definitely saying, if money and time weren't an issue, I'd absolutely be on a plane for New Zealand right now. ♥
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Every time I think I'm out. They pull me back in.

J/K I'm never leaving! NEVER!

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Let's Talk About Books, Baby )

And yes, I did just waste a whole day talking about books instead of, you know, writing them. :((

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How are you? Good? I hope so. Excited to write something magical? Awesome! I'm dying to read something glorious myself. This is going to be awesome! ♥

In general I am very hard to disappoint and am VERY enthusiastic about the things I love, and of course these things I requested are things I love--A LOT. So, this should be easy and fun for you.

First, I'll give you a bit about my likes in general and then I'll get into the nitty-gritty specifics. I like STORY and CHARACTER and character development. I like dialogue heavy stories and emotional turmoil stories and characters dealing-with-their-shit stories. I'm not too fussed with happily ever after, but am a sucker for hopeful endings, or endings that leave something to the imagination (without reading as unfinished).

I'm equally jazzed for witty dialogue and hijinks as I am in angst and working through trauma, so where ever your inspiration takes you. I also am a lover of fusions, AUs and crossovers as well as world building and character study. Like I said before, there is really very few ways you can disappointment me.

But I guess that leads into what I'm not really looking for... PWP (I mean sex is fine, lovely even, but it's got to have more than that, cool?), incest in anyway, sugary-sweet fluff (funny is great, happy is lovely, but I'd like some depth with my fun little happy story).

Basically, think of all the rest of this letter as helpful suggestions and nothing more. If you love the characters, are tender to them and weave them around a story, wrap them lovingly with language and consideration, I’ll be the happiest recip ever.

Hmmm. Now, what did I request again? Let's see.

To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus and Scout Finch

I love this book so very much! SO VERY!! And I know that I put Scout and Atticus, but it doesn't need to be both of them. And you can add anyone you want (especially Boo Radley, OMG, I love me some Boo!) but I'd like the story to feature either Scout or Atticus (or both).

Now, if you signed up for this in hope to write a story that encompasses both TKAM and GSAW let me tell you that I fully support this and would LOVE that. But also to tell you that I have not read GSAW. I want to, I really do, but I'm terrified. So if you want to write an in-between story, a story that would help ease me into taking the plunge to read the sequel, I would love you forever. But, if you too haven't read it, no worries, I'm very happy to get anything in this universe. Want some prompts? Canon through Atticus' eyes. Or something about the family before the story began. Maybe Atticus starts seeing someone and how does that affect the children? Or maybe Boo and Scout become some sort of pen pals? Scout takes it upon herself to befriend Boo in different ways and Atticus trying to stop her to no avail.

Glass Family Saga - J. D. Salinger Buddy Glass

Again, I put Buddy, but that doesn't mean all the others can't be involved as well. Buddy is just my favorite and I'd really like a story where he's the protagonist, not just the narrator or the piece-picker-upper. I'd really like a story where they all have to rally together on his behalf, either before or after all the Glass family canon. I know some people don't like kiddie fics, but I'd be fascinated to read a story about this family as children geniuses. How must it have been to be in the family, to raise that family? Maybe some Glass style shenanigans, or bonding... or both. Or maybe just a Buddy character study. I'll admit, it's been a really long since I've read these books--but back in the day, I read them ALOT-- and I'd really just like to revisit them for a while. ♥

The Way (2010) Any character

I'm pretty sure no one signed up to write this, so I'm pretty sure you're not here for this detail, so I'll just use this space to recommend highly this amazing movie. And also to inform that it is now streaming on Netflix and Amazon... and if you were wondering, I would have ABSOLUTELY no problem with a RPF of this story and will point out to you while the father and son Estevez and Sheen were making this gorgeous movie, Charlie was having his very famous meltdown... Let that soak in... ♥

Miranda (TV) Miranda and Gary

Miranda♥Gary. I love them so. And yes, it seems as if their story is complete and they live happily ever after (and I am beyond happy about that) but that doesn't mean I don't want more of their shenanigans--just maybe without some of that last few episodes angst please. Does Gary actually get Miranda out of the country FINALLY? Do they take Stevie on their honeymoon? Do they ever have their two kids Cliff Richards and Richard Richards, or Orlando and Bloom? Really, any bit of these two would be just lovely. And I'd totally be up for a crossover/fusion or A/U with these guys, or maybe a pre-canon uni type thing.

Northern Exposure Ed, Chris and Joel

I just finished a complete rewatch of this series and am now ready to delve wholeheartedly into fic based on it. And while I love all the characters (well, most of them, Maurice skeeves me more and more as I get older), I'd really love something that focuses on any (or all) of the listed characters. I don't care if it's gen, het or slash, whose in a relationship with who, I just want to read about these quirky and crazy people. I love Joel's transformation throughout the series and wouldn't mind anything with him from any time period, though this time watching, I gotta say, I wish there was more of his time in the woods becoming one with Alaska. I'd love to see more of Ed and his obsession with movies--what would he think of modern movie making? Does he ever make his blockbuster? IF so, what does that do to him. And Chris, sweet crazy Chris. There is literally nothing you could do with that man that I wouldn't adore.

And though they weren't nommed so you can do with this what you want, or nothing at all, but I love, love, love beyond reason Marilyn and would love to see her featured some way in this--especially if you focus on Joel. I love them together. ♥ ♥ And again, I would be quite okay with crossover/fusions or A/Us.

Just go crazy!

And above all, HAVE FUN!

See you on the other side with a crap-ton of squee and devotion!

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Week Two: White Collar Recs

Okay, so I just went back and checked my tags because I didn't want to rec things I've already gushed about, and was horrified to discover that I have recced very little of what I have read and loved over the years.

So, brace yourself, this is going to get ridiculous!

Shit Ton of White Collar Recs Under Here )

And holy crap that took longer than I had planned. In fact, this has taken so long, it might have to be my contribution to Caffrey/Burke Day. :( I had planned for so much more, which is sadly these days, the story of my life. *sob*
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Week One: Random Fandom

I was going to go back and read all the yuletide fics from fandoms I love in all the years I've participated. Yeah... I only got through half of the first year. Oooops.

But I do have 3 very different stories to share with you from that small amount of fic I read. Basically, in my experience, yuletide (at least in the fandoms I enjoy) almost always puts out the very best fic. So, mostly I'd just like to recommend going to the list of fandoms and finding your faves.

Recs Under Here )

Now I'm going to go and READ ALL THE WHITE COLLAR FIC!! w000000t!
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There are things that happen every year that I forget about until they are upon us and then I scramble to make them work. Things like Fandom Snowflake Challenge and Rectober, that I love the idea of and try and participate, but don't get done half the things I wanted.

Then there are things that have become habit and have helped me mark time in fandom for so long that I start gearing up for months (and sometimes up to almost a year before) like Yuletide.

This year is no different. It is October 2nd and I am just now reminded that Rectober is a thing that exists in the world and that it is an awesome thing that I totally want to do.

This time, unlike other times, I actually have the time and ability to really do it right. I even have built in things happening that will help me organize themes.

Week One: Random Fandom

As Yuletide noms are upon us and I am once again getting that Yuletide frenzy that washes over me from the moment noms open, I will devote the first weeks recs to stories that were written for the fest. I have a lot of things bookmarked to read from the years I've participated that I will devour this week. Also, I'll probably rec things that I already have, if there things that even now I go back and revisit. Chances are the people who visit my journal now aren't the same that were here last time. The ones who are will forgive me this, yes?

Week Two: White Collar

Columbus Day weekend I will be at the White Collar Meet Up here in the D.C. area hanging out with other fans, writers and artists and we will be writing and squeeing like mad, and I will be reading ALL THE FIC! I'm super excited about this! I will be back at the end of the week with recs of the best of what I read.

Week Three: Harry Potter

By the end of the month I will be (hopefully) done with my HoggyWarty Thinger Bobber fest fic and will be ready to read all the HP fics I've missed, or (lets be honest) go back and re-read some of my very favorites. And so I will be back here giving you a (hopefully) huge list of HP stories of many pairings and genres that you should probably just take my word for and read. ♥

Week Four: MishMash

Because, lets be honest, the chances that I make it to the fourth week are extremely slim, but on the occasion that I do, I'll keep it open to what I rec... what I read and fall in love with. Maybe some Sherlock, maybe some Doctor Who... who knows.

This shall be fun, yes?

Who else is doing this? Anyone?


Aug. 19th, 2015 09:19 pm
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Man, it's been a looooong time since I've done this!

But, it's also been a long time since I've been in a fest, and I like to read stories in fests that I've participated in. Of course though, I do have delicate sensibilities about some things, but I do like to push some other limits.

So, the fest is [ profile] hp_crossgenfest and it's a bit of a strange one, ngl... or maybe it's just an indication of where the fandom is right now. It is nice to see Harry get so very much love though. I've never seen a fest filled with multi-generational pairings that had Harry in such the epicenter. There was Harry with pretty much all of his children in some way or the other, if that's your thing. There's Harry with Voldemort, which I haven't gathered the nerve to read yet. Then there were these ones that I did gather enough nerve for. I'm usually really delicate about Harry pairings and all of these are pairings that I would have never considered reading before, but all of them, I'm glad I took the risk and encourage you to as well.

Recs Under Here )

That's it for now. The fest runs for a little longer and I've just discovered that there is now another Remus story! This one with Ron--HOLY SHIT! And also, holy shit, turns out, this is the first story in the entire run of this fest to include Ron. WHATTTTT?!?!?!?!

Gotta go!

Please do check out these stories though! And if you love them, love the author who wrote them. ♥


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