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


I think Snowflake Challenge is a reminder of all that is good in fandom and also a reminder that WE are the fans in fandom so in the end, it's what we make it in our own little corner of the universe.

I made a few new friends, whose journals I enjoy reading already. I love meeting new fans of anything.

I feel rejuvenated after I do this challenge - feel ready to go out there and do things, write, host challenges and such and become more involved than I already am.

Thanks to the mods for their kindness and encouragement and I look forward to next year!
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Day 14

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


I decided to tell you of my love fro drabbles or 100 word stories. I love ficlets and a such but drabbles, to me, are tiny workshops in control. If I can tell you a story in 100 words and it makes sense, then I can tell you a much longer story without excess verbosity.

I love the writing style of Annie Proulx in Brokeback Mountain and Flannery O'Connor. Their work is raw and spare - it implies feelings that they manage to convey in few words. I only hope that my opwn work will be anywhere near that good.

And I feel that drabble writing is a good way for me to work on that.
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Day 13

In your own space, post a rec 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.




1. The Empty Vessel By Zeedrippyvessel. It's a long retelling of The Lord of the Rings with Bronwyn dropped in from this day and age. It's a bit of Mary sue but it's also a delightful romp that will make you laugh out loud and cry a few times as well.

2. Wake me When It's Over by LadyHawksShadow is a Marty Stu and is a laugh out loud comedic romp through Middle Earth. It is complete and utter parody and a must read.

3. The Unspoken Arc by RuneDancer is a classic in LOTR fiction. It is beyond description. You simply must read it.
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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?

In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I had to think about this one for awhile.

What makes me want more? I tend to feel a sort of longing to be in that place with those characters. When I read Tolkien as a girl, I felt that way but I had no idea what a fandom was... this was 1974 or so. I was transported to Middle Earth.

The same for Star Wars though I've very seldom written any SW fiction. I watch the movies over and over, read the books and have a massive collection of stuff.

Babylon was a place I wanted to be, as is the marvel world.

Honestly, I think I love heroes in one form or another.
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Day 11

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 to my fandoms - I've been on some of the same fandom for 12+ years and I still write and run fansites for them.

2. I am not a drama queen in fandom though I am rather high maintenance in real life.

3. I have been accused of corrupting het writers... and I see this as a good thing.
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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? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I have several fandoms so where I go varies.

Tolkien: The Source! I also have some reference books here at home. I google and real all the entries on someone obscure usually.

Babylon 5:
The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5.
The Babylon Project(wikia).

For squeeing, we still squee a little at OEAM, which is the Lj community for Of elves and Men, whic is actually a multiofandom site which will be going to a self jupload format this year.

I need to learn how to use Tumblr as well... any advice?
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Day 09

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.


My main goal is always to write more but I then tend to wrote mostly challenges and big bangs. I do a lot of drabbles though. This year I want to write some longer fics and to perhaps branch out into some new fandoms as well as keeping up with my old ones.

I also would like to meet more fandom friends = perhaps someone can teach me HOW TO USE TUMBLR!

I hope to work on some editing for an original story I wrote for Nanowrimo a few years ago, I'd like to actually publish it one day.
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Day 08

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 chose a request from day 2, read her story and liked it very much so I subscribed to her work at Ao3, commented on the story and will possible ask to be friends later.
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Day 7

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


Babylon 5 is a tv show from the 90s that rings as beautiful and true today as it did the first time I ever saw it. It is a story not of good verses evil but of grey - those things that fall in between. This clip is Delenn(Mira Furlan) and John Sheridan(Bruce Boxleitner) and Delenn is telling him that we are all made of star stuff.



It's a great show with a 5 year arc. Watch it if you can. (I run several B5 groups as well - contact me if you're interested.)
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Day 6

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


Drabbles!

I dare you all to write drabbles and ficlets galore. Try doing one every day for a month - randoms ones, one that make a single story, ones from a single fandom.

Why?

I feel like they are wonderful lessons in learning the use of words. Too many of us use too many words. We waste words all over the page and sometimes, we can bore our readers to tears with too much description of things not really important to our tale. Only being able to use 100 words helps you learn to pare a story down to its bones. When you can do that successfully then you will be more able to write well and concisely without losing the heart and soul of your story.

I mod a wonderful LJ group called [profile] drabblechalleng (the e wouldn't fit) in which we write drabbles to a couple of photo prompts every month. Drop by, if you wish.
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Day 5

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.

If you've already left feedback in the course of a previous challenge, it totally counts. But you're free to leave more feedback.

Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!" If you feel so inclined, leave a link to the fanwork you left feedback for so others can check it out.


I read Pearl by ysse(on Ao3)and left her some feedback. You should read it too!
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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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


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Nosy Muses


“What are you doing?” Legolas Greenleaf looked over my shoulder as I typed.

“I am writing a short piece for Fandom Snowflake Challenge.”

He looked puzzled when I turned and looked at him. “Fandom?”

“Yes. Fandom is a gathering in real or online of people who are fans of a certain thing such as a movie, book or television show. “

He still looked puzzled but he nodded. “So are you a fan of me then?”

“Sort of.”

“Sort of?”

“Well, many years ago I read about you and, honestly, Aragorn and Elrond made more of an impact then.”

He snorted.

I held up a finger. “But when I saw the movies, you stood out with your silky blond hair and husky voice.”

He smiled. “Did you know that my hair was always brown until the movie? Suddenly, overnight, it turned blond.”

“How about your father?”

“He was always blond. He always looked exactly like he did in those Hobbit movies. He always was sort of stuck up and snobby. I took after my mum’s people.”

“What about Tauriel?”

He laughed. “She wasn’t real at all, just a figment of your imagination.”

I heard a commotion in the doorway. Steve Rogers in complete Captain America getup came in the door. “What are you writing?”
~end~
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Title: Dream Lover
Fandom: Babylon 5
Disclaimer: I do not own nor do I profit from these characters.
Rating: PG-13
Author: Alex (alex_cat_45@yahoo.com)
Type: 100 word Drabble
Summary: Talia is having dreams…
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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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



1. Til the End of the Line is a MCU story with Steve and Tony paired. It takes place post CA: Winter Soldier and is also a story of the friendship between Steve and Bucky. Contains some porn, some of it slash, some het.

2. Lingering Shadows is a Babylon 5 - Crusade story. It is the ending of the Crusade series, or how it would have ended if I'd written it.

3. My Grandfather's Letters\ is a collection of letters written to Dr. Henry (Indiana) Jones, Junior over the course of his lifetime.

I'd actually love your comments if you get a chance to read any of them.
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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.


1. Artwork for any of my stories would be lovely.

2. I'dlvoe to read any Jurassic Park/World stuff and any Indiana Jones stuff. Recs or new.

3. I'd love to see fandom become more community oriented as it was in the days of LJ and such. There is nothing but snark at places like Tumblr or FB.
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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.


I have done this challenge for several years and have had a lot of fun. The challenges make me think about why I am in fandom, about where I would be without fandom. Sometimes I just need a refresher as to why I do so much work in fandom and why I am committed to so groups within fandom. I am here in fandom because I want to be here. The people are more family to me than my own relatives are and I can be more my real self here than anywhere else.

At the end of the day, fandom is home and I want to do this challenge to make me appreciate it more.

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