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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

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
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Dear Fandom,

I love you for letting me be myself. When I sit on the floor, climb stairs on all fours, describe things by scent, or codeswitch into alien languages, you don't look at me funny. You think it's cool. I don't have to waste so much energy pretending to be human. You read my fanfic, and feedback is candy. You buy my original writing, and that puts beans on the table. I squish you, and some of you know what that means, and that's awesome too.  You bring out the best in me.

I love you for being yourself. When you squee over cool things, throw NASA parties, talk about ten million years in the future, and jerryrig solutions, I think it's fantastic. I look in the art show and the dealer's room and the impromptu jam sessions on floors and in stairwells, and I'm reminded how creative you are. How boundless. How infinite in diversity and combinations. And I'm a xenophilic, sapiosexual kind of sophont so that really lights my warpcore.

Love,
Ysabet



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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
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* I recommended [community profile] allbingo to several folks seeking fan-friendly communities to join or read.

* I found some house icons for someone seeking those.

* I've been helping a friend with a family emergency.  As part of this, I assembled a list of self-care and related support materials.  This is useful to anyone in a stressful situation.


For extra credit: I invite my readers to go out and also commit a random act of kindness, then post below about what you did.


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The January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now live on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "laughter." Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration!


What I Have Written

"The Earth Laughs" -- A grieving Demeter finds laughter and life again.


From My Prompts

[personal profile] alexseanchai wrote the lovely story "The Silent Laughter of Her Hands," about an autistic girl interacting with other students.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

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
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* My first gaming convention when I was in high school, I mentioned to a vendor that I made up my own monsters.  He said, "Doesn't everyone?"  :D  It was the first time I was in a place where creativity was assumed as the norm.

* My first science fiction convention, around the same time, one of the dealers scrambled under a table to measure an anklet on me.  It was enlightening to see someone else move through space the way I do, looking for the most efficient route instead of the most socially approved one.

* Several years later, in college, I noticed that pros were consistently picking me out of a field of 400 people in a con.  I had no idea why, so I asked one, who explained, "It's because you treat us like people.  Everyone else here only wants to talk about our work.  You let us talk about the weather."  So now I know why famous people like me.  \o/


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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
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[community profile] allbingo is a community that usually posts one challenge a month, but you can also play cards from any other bingo event or make your own.  We have folks doing fanfic, fanart, original work, arts and crafts, all kinds of stuff.  Come play or host a fest.  This is a low-pressure, high-inspiration community.

[community profile] crowdfunding and its LiveJournal counterpart [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding are communities for cyberfunded creativity.  Folks post about their activities there, and there's usually a Creative Jam midmonth with a theme where folks can post prompts and make goodies.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith and its LiveJournal counterpart [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith are my blogs, which have a thriving community of creative, geeky people.  How geeky?  Some of them are writing fanfic of my original work.  I host a Poetry Fishbowl once a month, usually on the first Tuesday.

Queer Sci Fi on Facebook has lively discussions for writers and readers.  It covers fannish and original topics from the whole QUILTBAG.


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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
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I actually have several people writing fanfic of my original work. Two of them have written book-length contributions to Polychrome Heroics.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer tends to weave in stories with my own.

[personal profile] siliconshaman is more prone to branching off.


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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
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Hurt/Comfort -- I love this because it allows ratcheting the tension a lot higher without burning out the author, the characters, or the reader. I learned this from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Thank you, Master Tolkien. See my series Love Is For Children.

Fish Out of Water -- This is a favorite because of how it makes the ordinary extraordinary or vice versa. The Chronicles of Narnia is a good example. A lot of my writing in Schrodinger's Heroes uses this motif because it's quantum science fiction about alternate dimensions.

Enemies to Friends/Lovers -- I like the idea that nothing is carved in stone, and people can change. It's harder to find good examples of this one. Maybe How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In my work, see Antimatter & Stalwart Stan. Because all the unresolved sexual tension in Clark/Lex and Charles/Erik is heartbreaking.


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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
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I have thanked [personal profile] kiki_eng for helping to run the Fandom Snowflake Challenge.

I have thanked [personal profile] hc_bingo_mod for running the Hurt/Comfort Bingo, which just wrapped up its 7th round.



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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
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Although the label says this is a hard one, for me it's easy.  I know myself very well.

So okay, that's the first thing: I have high intrapersonal intelligence.  I am my own person.  My identity is indelible.  The fact that this also makes me social teflon has its pros and cons, but I wouldn't trade it.

I'm wordsmith.  I'm an adept-level poet.  I'm a master at nonfiction.  Fiction, I haven't done as much with, so maybe master, maybe still journeyman.  I'd feel more inclined to claim master status if I'd actually finished a fiction book on purpose.  I've written more books by accident than on purpose, but oh well.  Wordsmith is me!  :D

My detritus food chain is 3 days to apex.  That's my proof of skill in rough-and-ready permaculture.  I don't do the fancy stuff. I'm looking at raw nature for my inspiration.  I've turned part of the yard into a full 7-layer jungle, it's just ... shorter than the Brazilian kind.  But it's all there.  My little modular, model ecosystem in a not-quite-bottle.  \o/  My observation and naturecraft skills have paid off.

On the interpersonal level, I love my audience.  I love that if a flamewar breaks out on my blog while I am asleep, someone else usually puts it out before I wake up.  I love that if someone asks a question I can't answer, another reader usually can. I have a whole handful of folks who fill in descriptions of cartoons or images for my vision-impaired readers, when I don't have time to post more than a summary.  I love how people pull together for the Hard Things and Good News posts, sharing the ups and downs of their lives, and sometimes kick-ass problem-solving.  And I have this awesome audience, because I put some serious effort into developing online community parameters.  The first time I posted a draft of those, I think it was 1995.  Wow.  So, it's gone through a lot of evolution since, but if you open my profile page you can see some of it in action, and the parameters are in my Memories.  Thus, my people skills have gotten pretty good at least online.

I'm crafty.  I can make some things on my own, like scrapbooks or hand-sewing.  I also know enough about other crafts to make knowledgeable contributions.  I like making things, and I like supporting other people who make things.

I am a crowdfunder!  I hit the glass ceiling of "there is no money in poetry" and smashed it to bits and used the bits to make sparkly decoupage ornaments.  But more than that, it ties into my audience, my support of the arts, my creativity -- it's a whole field of awesome where I do all kinds of things as a creator, prompter, and patron.  \o/  And I helped build it from the ground up.  I encouraged people to get into crowdfunding back before it was even really a thing, and that worked.  I just got into it later myself because I didn't want to start a blog before I had something serious to sell on it, which was my first book.  After that, things kind of ... mushroomed.

I am a competent priest/ess of Pagan ways and also fairly fluent in interfaith work.  I like studying different traditions and taking the best from each.  And I can explain   how things work if other people get stuck.

I could do this all day, but I should get back to the fishbowl I haven't even finished writing for.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

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
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Well, this ran slow due to me having a ton of fishbowl work to do, but I managed to squeak out something. It's tough going because Hulk is working through some serious trauma from the fast, but he's found a clever way to do that and Uncle Phil is awesome.

Read more... )
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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
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* I love fanart and fanfic of my work.  If you want inspiration, here is a list of photogenic scenes from Love Is For Children.

* I would enjoy reading a story where the Avengers move in together and it's a disaster because almost none of them have the skills needed to make a shared household actually work.  All the fic I've seen seems to ignore that.

* Another fun motif would be someone giving a copy of The Joy of Gay Sex to Charles and Erik or Clark and Lex.


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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
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"This, You Protect" by Owlet
Meeting Captain America on the Helicarrier jolts the Asset back into being Bucky Barnes. Sort of. This story is dark and funny by turns -- often in the same scene -- and gives a wonderful look at how Steve and Bucky deal with their trauma.

"The Burdens We Long to Carry" by Arcapelago
Charles and Erik struggle to work out their differences by sharing their superpowers.  It's a favorite example of compromise and making amends.

"Practical Angora Goat Raising" by Lavvyan
John is sexual; Sherlock is asexual; they find their common ground. This is one of my all-time favorite acefics.


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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

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 read and commented on the story "Cotton" by [personal profile] copracat, which is an adorable piece of Clark/Lex romance written from Martha Kent's perspective.

My own bit of awkward affection between Clark and Lex is "Coming Together at the Seams," which has a very similar tone and grounding in prosaic farm tasks. Clark quilts.

I spent the entire time I watched Smallville wishing I could haul those boys behind a barn and hand them a copy of The Joy of Gay Sex. Because OMFG I grew up around farmboys and I have seen that painful refusal to acknowledge relationships. Clark/Lex, along with Charles/Erik and others, has been an inspiration for my original series Antimatter and Stalwart Stan. Which is why Antimatter has that book on his shelf.



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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
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My 2017 goals are here. A few of the writing-related goals:

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.

* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection. Add supporting materials as necessary. Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.

* Write at least 400 poems.

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month.

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.


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Bingo

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Here is my banner for the iPod Shuffle Music Bingo.

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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
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My mother read me The Hobbit when I was four.  This is an early benchmark for several things that have spread throughout my life:  I associate reading with love and intimacy.  I love xenolinguistics, and I still like referring to a museum as a "mathom-house."  I learned the mechanics of hurt/comfort from Master Tolkien, so if you like the way I write it, make your bow to him.  I observed that by providing moments of comfort, it was possible to crank the tension much higher without burning out the author, the characters, or the audience.  I learned worldbuilding and poetics here too.  I love creating detailed landscapes and characters, then just watching what happens.  I love the sound and the mouthfeel of words, twining them into intricate shapes like dwarves making treasures out of metal.  I don't think reading this book "changed" me, but it did resonate deeply and leave a mark.  It was more like a reminder of who I am.  Oh yeah, I remember that -- I'm a storyteller, a worldwalker, an adventurer.  Yes, when I was four.

If you want to see some of where this has gone ...

A Conflagration of Dragons is directly inspired by an analysis of the economic impact of Smaug on Middle Earth.  I multiplied the intensity by about 400.  I also used many of Tolkien's worldbuilding techniques, which you can see in some of the notes I have published for this series.

Love Is For Children is one of my spectacular hurt/comfort series, Avengers fanfic.  The Moon Door is original, about lycanthropy as a chronic disease.

Path of the Paladins is an example of my fantasy writing in a rather messed-up world.

Some of my lyric poetry:
"Folk Tales in 4/4 Time"
"Salt from a Dead Woman's Table"
"Like Jewels on a Ring"

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Here is my card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This fest will run from January 1st through January 31.  It focuses on the creepy and phantasmagoric motifs in storytelling.  (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.


Underlined prompts have been filled.

DARK FANTASY BINGO CARD 1-1-17

DarkCaptivePanicScientistTrust
AngstGothicPsychological turmoilVampiresChance
Blood?
Wilderness
WILD CARDTransformationShapeshifters
Drama?
Vulnerable
TraumaBetrayalRain
PowersMagicDragonsGods / GoddessesSensory
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge 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.

Love Is For Children series
The first story is "Love is for Children." The Avengers use nonsexual ageplay to recover from all the horrible things that have happened to them. This is my most popular fanfic series, which many fans use as comfort reading. Even if you don't normally like ageplay, it's recommended because it doesn't read like most ageplay, and many readers who aren't into ageplay have enjoyed this one.

Frankenstein's Family series
The first poem is "Victor(ia) Frankenstein." I call this series gothic fluff because it uses a lot of very dark elements in mostly lighter ways. It tells the story of Victor Frankenstein as a transman in a queerplatonic relationship with Igor, and their son Adam whom they made from spare parts.

Schrodinger's Heroes shared world
This began with someone proposing ideas for acefic, and I built an apocryphal show and fandom to give those ideas a home. It's quantum science fiction about saving the world from alternate dimensions. It's also designed to be crossover-friendly and I have mixed it with many other fandoms, along with original work.
"THE Woman" -- first in the Herolock series
"Safe Keeping" first in the Schrodinger's Hulk series
"Sloppy and Wet" -- first in the original Don't Try This at Home series

The Ursulan Cycle shared world
This is genderbent King Arthur. Almost all the characters have their sex/gender flipped. It changes the plot a lot, but some things maintain.
"Of the Line of Danu" is my contribution, about Morgause and the birth of Morgan.
[personal profile] clare_dragonfly has written many pieces in this series. "Recruitment Day" is the earliest, about lady knights. "The Shield in the Flame" is the retelling of the classic "The Sword in the Stone" scene.

For more fanfic, see my AO3 page. I usually post things here first, but it's easier to find them all together there.



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See my bingo fests from 2013,  2014, and 2015.

These are my bingo fests from 2016:



Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir
This fest deals in espionage and subterfuge.

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[community profile] trope_bingo 

Here the focus is on tropes and motifs.
Card requests: until April 15 (first card) or April 31 (later cards)
Bingo posting: January 15-April 31 for Round 6
Round 6 Amnesty: May 1-June 31
Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

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Valentine's Day Bingo
This year's fest has four categories (Romantic, Erotic, Heartbroken, Platonic) each with 3x3 cards.  I am playing a Romantic card and a Platonic card.

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Villain Bingo
This fest deals with antagonists and their traits.

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Archetypal Characters Bingo 
This fest features classic character types.

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[community profile] genprompt_bingo  

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Solo Celebration Bingo
Enjoying things that can be done alone.

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Finish It Bingo Fest

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Cottoncandy Bingo Fest

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[community profile] trope_bingo 
In this fest, we celebrate the common motifs of writing.  Play them straight or twist them into pretzels.

All fanworks and original works are allowed, including poetry; poems can be any size, while fiction should be 500+ words. Original works and poetry allowed 500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry
Dates for Round Seven:
July 1: Signups open
July 15: Bingo posting begins
Oct 15: Last day to request a first card
Oct 31: Last day to request a second card
Oct 31: Last day to post bingos for this round

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Winter Fest in July
This fest celebrates winter and all its holidays, in summer.

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[community profile] hc_bingo 
Round Seven: June 18, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 5, 2017
Amnesty Period: Jan 5, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Minimum 500 words for fiction.

This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW.

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Group Dynamics and Character-Building Bingo

This is actually part of the setup for fests in September and October, for which [personal profile] magibrain has created two new prompt list and posted a couple of public cards.  I couldn't wait.  :D  The idea is to flesh out characters and their interactions.

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Survival Bingo
This fest focuses on danger, endurance, and survival.  No special requirements, just get your characters in trouble and see how they cope (or not).

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Worldbuilding 4x4x4 Festival
The idea is to combine four prompts into a single fill, one from each of four cards.

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Games and Sports Bingo Fest

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Fall Festival Bingo
This fest celebrates autumn, its holidays, and related concepts.

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These are my bingo fests from 2017:


Dark Fantasy Bingo Fest
This fest explores the creepy and phantasmagoric motifs in storytelling.

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I also run the [community profile] allbingo  community.  Use this to share your accomplishments for a custom-made bingo card, for old cards from other communities, or to echo your current bingo activity. 

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