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Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so


Dear Star Wars,

Besides my hubby and my sweet departed daughter, you are the one constant love of my life. I still remember the complete awe I felt when I saw that Imperial Star Destroyer fly over my head the first time in May 1977. Then there was cute little Luke and dashing Han and a Princess who was a snarky smartass as all princesses should be.

I remember waiting and waiting for more... and the rumors of who Luke's father was, rumors of Leia being his sister and them all coming true.

Then life happened. I finished high school, went to college, had a child and became ill. During my illness, I spent a lot of time reading and watching videos. Of course I had managed to nab the Star Wars trilogy when it came out on video and I watched it endlessly while I was sick... just the sound of the music soothed me. You rescued me from my own doom by giving me something to think about. A few years later, I found the extended universe and learned to love you all over once again as i went on adventures with Luke and the rest... and saw them marry, form a government based on freedom.

I even loved the second trilogies in a way - they were all new material that no one had seen before and there was plenty of good in with some pretty awful. Who couldn't love the dear Queen and handsome Obi-wan?

When Disney acquired you, I was and still am apprehensive. The Extended universe had some great characters and story lines which seem to have been tossed aside for some trite retelling of the original story...I was not thrilled with The Force Awakens. It was same old/same old. BUT then Disney surprised me with Rogue One.

I have fallen in love all over again with the idea of freedom and hope.

May the Force be with us all!

Love always,
Alex

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Day 14
Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.


Well, I do always try to do things for my family and friends. I suppose those kindnesses as much for me as for them but that's the way kindness works. In particular, I made jenny a fresh cup of coffee while she's working at the table.


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Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


In June 2005, my 16 year old daughter was killed in an auto accident. The outpouring of love and concern from the OEAM fandom was amazing. I got cards, letters, flowers, phone calls, songs, poetry, stories and so m,uch love from so many people that there aren't sufficient words to thanks them all That is what fandom has done for me. That's why I don't just throw in the towel and leave it.

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Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Of Elves and Men

Everything OEAM! It was originally an LOTR site but over the last 13 years it has grown and expanded and just this fall, we went live with a brand new self upload site.

Here are the links to our various sites:
Of Elves and Men: a multi-fandom self upload archive. Check it out!
Livejournal|Dreamwidth Communities - The places where all OEAM news and info are shared.
We still have several old Yahoo groups that you will find listed on the footer of the homepage.
We also have a Cafe Press Store
And a brand new Tumblr page, too, though I still have no clue what to do with it.

Come visit one and all of our pages. They are all up and running with LOTS of help of many dedicated people over many years.


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Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.M


I'm sort of at a loss here. My favorite creators probably stopped 10 years ago and I stopped reading most fanfiction 10 years ago as well. I like some artists and some writers but I mostly dabble in hosting and doing fannish stuff rather than being so involved in creating and readiung any more.

I think I mentioned one old fave last year so I'll mention a different one this year. The story is RPS though it's all AU and very original in a world of it's own. It's called Prophecy, Destiny and Design by Pecos. You can find it here: http://www.blueskydancers.com/adult/pecos_fiction.htm It's novel length as well and there may or may not be a sequel done.


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Day 10

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


No idea what to post for this one. I'm not eve sure wth a trope is and as far as I know, I have no cliche, kinks or themes... well, maybe humor. I like humor. Life sucks too much to read sadass fic too. I don't watch sad movies or read sad books either, as a rule.

Humor...
Wake Me When it's Over by LadyHawkShadow - a spoof of Marty Stu and Mary Sue.
Forever - Give or Take by Ignoble Bard - Gil-galad and Celebrimbor have a great life together in Aman, until a certain person from the past shows up.

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DAY 9:

Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work.


I did. I sent a thnaks to someone for all their help and I fan letter to an artist who does great Babylon 5 stuff.




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Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


1. I am loyal. I do not have many friends because I tend to be a loner, but I am loyal to those I do have and I'll fight a buzz saw for them, if need be.

2. I find that as I grow older, I am less tolerant of bigotry and willful ignorance but more tolerant of human foibles and faults.

3. I can write at will - maybe not Shakespeare always but I can put out a decent tale almost anytime.



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Day 7

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



My icons can be found Here They are Steve and Tony - my Avengers OTP.




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Day 06

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.


1. Sadly there is a lack of icons these days so one of my wants is icons:
Princess Leia
General Leia
Carrie and Gary together
Luke with beard
Babylon 5 - Marcus
Babylon 5 - Ivanova
Tolkien - anything
General writerly icons

2. A cover art for Lord Celeborn's Book.

3. Prompts and ideas in my fandoms:
Tolkien, Avengers, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes(any version), Alexander(movie/history), Firefly, Babylon 5.
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Day 5

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I am going to rec some gift fics I've gotten from [community profile] yuletide and Slashy Santa, among others, in various fandoms.

Home Comforts by [personal profile] keiliss - Tolkien. A nice little family story with Gil-galad and Cirdan.

What he Believed in. by Joanne_c. Arthur (2004). "What do you believe in?" Guinevere had asked. Lancelot only believed in one thing. Arthur. This is a moving and very beautiful fiction! It was my 2016 Yuleride gift.

The elven kings under the sky by Cirilla9. Tolkien. Gil-galad and Oropher. A wonderful humorous interlude. My 2016 sultry in September (Slashy Santa) Gift.

Making Connections by ancarret. Star Wars.
Leia and Han and the gang. Leia flies. My 2015 May the 4th Be With You story.

Go read them all here: https://archiveofourown.org/users/alexcat/gifts

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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


I went to this friending post: http://st-aurafina.dreamwidth.org/241564.html, as someone suggested, and friended four folks and was friended by several others.



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Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I absolutely hate resolutions but this sounds less... stressy.

1. Write more. I tend to write only challenge fics these days and I want to do more.
2. Clean out my basement and get rid of things I not longer need or want.
3. Be more activist, more revolutionary. We may need revolutionaries.
4. Lose more weight and exercise some.
5. READ MORE BOOKS!



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Day 2

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




I was 17 when it came out and I was amazed. The story - a quest story delighted me and I adored them all. It became more over the years as I read the actual interesting books that were published and loved the movies(Before Didney screwed them up). For me, there is a part of Luke in all of us. Leia was more than just boobs(even in her metal bikini) - she was a fierce and brave freedom fighter who was willing to give up everything for right.
Rogue One actually made me feel the same way about the heroine as I did about Leia.

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Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


1. The Case of the Yankee Spinster - What if Sherlock came to investigate the Borden murders?

2. The Case of the Stolen Heart - Sherlock and Watson take on London's most famous murders.

3. Dawn of Hope - Before he was famous, Luke Skywalker was just another little boy on Tatooine.

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