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.
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What is ritual? Most people think of religion, but in anthropology the definition is much wider.
Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, The Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, Path of the Paladins, The Steamsmith.
Polychrome Heroics features a wide range of ritual elements, of which the more salient examples include Calliope, Cuoio and Chiara, Dr. Infanta, the Iron Horses, Officer Pink, Pain's Gray, and Shiv.
I have a linkback poem, "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (10 verses, standalone).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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Talk about why you participated in Snowflake &/or what you got out of it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
My reasons include but are not necessarily limited to:
* It's fun. I find the prompts amusing to write about myself and entertaining to read in other people's posts.
* For networking. I usually pick up a handful of new readers each year, and I subscribe to a bunch of new blogs. Almost all of those will go dormant by the end of January -- there are scads of journals with nothing but the Snowflake on them. That's okay. At least one or two new contacts tend to stick.
* New reading material. Unlike the fast die-off of blogging activity, the rec others, rec your own, and post new work challenges give me goodies to savor for weeks to come. \o/
* Daily activity. I try to post at least one new thing per day. Some days I have things scheduled, others not. I like having a topical fest feeding me prompts for a couple weeks.
* The discussions. Almost invariably, one or more of the posts will spark a big discussion. This year it happened when I mentioned that some people were being obnoxious in the Snowflake, which I hadn't encountered before. The depth of that discussion, and some ideas for future action, greatly outweighed the momentary irritation of finding a few jerks online. It's like sitting on burrs, you know? You pull them off your butt, drop them in the trash, and move on. I fly my freak flag proudly, and I was warmed by the reminder that my fans love me just the way I am. Be yourselves, beautiful people. Nobody else can be you-er than you.
These are all my Snowflake posts this year ...
Snowflake Challenge Day 14: Future
Snowflake Challenge Day 13: Set Goals
Snowflake Challenge Day 12: Own Challenge: Tikkun Olam
Snowflake Challenge Day 11: Creative Process
Snowflake Challenge Day 10: Create a Fanwork
Snowflake Challenge Day 9: Acts of Kindness
Snowflake Challenge Day 8: Self-Recommendations
Snowflake Challenge Day 7: Something New
Snowflake Challenge Day 6: Fannish Wishlist
Snowflake Challenge Day 5: Promote Others
Snowflake Challenge Day 4: Interact
Snowflake Challenge Day 3: Favorite Piece of Canon
Snowflake Challenge Day 2: Rec Fanworks by Someone Else
Snowflake Challenge Day 1: Happy Place
I hope to see you here next year.
In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Ups and downs, really.
Fandom started out as a close-knit community. It isn't anymore. That makes it a lot less fun for me. That trend is continuing.
I see more sexual harassment, behavior policing, and other obnoxiousness; and I expect that will get worse before it gets better, if it ever does. People would rather write very troubling "policies" into convention paperwork to make it look like they're doing something rather than say: "If someone has touched your sexual parts without your consent, he has committed a crime, and you should call the police should you wish to do something about that. We are not trained to judge fault or enforce laws." They'd also rather look like they're doing something than take actual action, such as presenting workshops on responsible interactions. Years ago, I was at a con that had instruction flyers on that and other topics; very prudent of them. I can't really blame them for not wanting to teach the topic, though; I doubt people would listen.
On the bright side, there is a fuckton more fanwork out there, and it is massively easier to find than it used to be. I think this trend will also continue. We don't have to pass it around via copy machines anymore. \o/
I also like the rise of content notes, especially when they are searchable, another rising trend. It's more efficient to tell what's in a story before you read it, if that's what you want. Perhaps someday we'll have really good AI helping us find exactly what we want. Then again, maybe people won't want to tell a bot about their secret love of tentacle hentai.
One thing I would like to see is curated collections of fanfic. The rise of Kirk/Spock. The old Sime/Gen zines. Major developments in modern canons, including "So You're New to Fandom X: Start Here" stuff. That's very doable.
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.
See my goal list for 2019. That is quite enough, but none of them are fannish.
So for the purpose of the snowflake_challenge, I will add a goal to post at least one new entry to my most popular series, Love Is For Children.
In your own space, create your own challenge. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Storytelling can change the world. Sometimes it's little stuff, other times big stuff. I credit fanfic with changing the public perception of homosexuality from something unspeakable to something cute.
Judaism has a tradition called tikkun olam, or world repair. It's all about making the world a better place. Everyone is responsible not just for keeping it good shape and avoiding actions that would harm it, but for adding to the beauty and functionality in some meaningful way. You don't have to be Jewish -- I'm not -- to grasp the usefulness of this phrase. It's very popular among my fans. So I'm making this my challenge for today...
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Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Gods know, the world needs more kindness in it, so here are my recent activities:
* I compiled some resources on kindness to fulfill a Snowflake wish.
* The Cuddle Party is open today! Come be excellent to each other. I host this every third Wednesday for people who need contact comfort. In between are Good News and Hard Things posts. These social posts help folks get the support they need to get by in a world of fraying bonds.
* Be kind to animals too. I stock birdfeeders (a small metal tray feeder, a suet cage, a hopper feeder, and a fly-through feeder) here at Fieldhaven. They're loving it.
* The biggest thing is one I can't talk about openly, because privacy maintains, but I've been working on it for a while and it came to a peak over the last week or so. Just remember that kindness is essential.
Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty! What have you done recently?
Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "That's not a mistake!" I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.
Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Frankenstein's Family, Hart's Farm, The Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, The Steamsmith, and Tripping into the Future.
Polychrome Heroics focuses so much on choices that most threads and many individual characters relate to this theme. Some good examples include Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, Berettaflies, Calliope, Officer Pink, and Shiv.
Currently eligible bingo card(s) for donors wishing to sponsor a square:
Click to read the linkback poem "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" (10 verses, standalone).
What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?
Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.
In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "That's not a mistake!" I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.
I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:
1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.
In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
As always, my list begins with my largest and most popular series, Love Is For Children. This is Avengers fanfic about what would happen if our heroes actually got the mental support and comfort they so desperately need. It centers on nonsexual ageplay as a healing experience. If you're sick of the canon turning into wall-to-wall domestic abuse, and you like hurt/comfort, read this. Just be aware that there is a LOT of it now, and my work has been described as "flypaper for eyeballs."
Frankenstein's Family is fanfic of Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus. It's genderfuck with Victor as transgender. He and Igor have a queerplatonic relationship and have constructed a son, Adam. This is gothic fluff.
Over in Schrodinger's Heroes, the crossover page has a handful of one-shots and two of my series:
Herolock crosses over with Sherlock, bringing Sherlock and John into the Teflon Tesseract. This is science fiction, a little mystery, and mostly sociological dynamics amongst the characters.
Schrodinger's Hulk crosses over with the Incredible Hulk (primarily Marvelverse). It posits that Hulk is Bruce's animus, and therefore Bruce must actually be feminine. So it's heavy-duty genderfic about what would happen if Bruce got tucked into a safe place with gender-aware friends to take care of them. If you want to wrap Bruce in a blanket, this is your fic. If you like Thunderbolt-bashing, at least read the first story for its conclusion.
I also have a couple of Star Trek entries, one Supernatural, one Batman, and miscellaneous others on AO3.
Want more? The Poetry Fishbowl will be running today with a theme of "That's not a mistake!" Drop by my blog and give me prompts, enjoy the crosstalk, or watch for free poetry to appear.
Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 2 might be a good place to start.) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I am neither into baseball nor into real-person-fanfic, but I stumbled across this:
"I've Traveled All this Way for Something" by Telesilla
Technically baseball real-person-fanfic, but since I know none of the characters, I read it as original fiction. Smokin' hot M/M consensual slavefic.
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.
* Fanart of any of my writing. I have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from my most popular fanfic series Love Is For Children. Everything else is fair game too. While I love great art, quality is not a concern; folks are welcome to use my work for practice projects too. I link all of it to the work that inspired it. (AO3 has a dedicated function for that, if you're drawing LIFC. DW just gets regular links.)
* If you prefer writing to art, fanfic of my work is also welcome.
* Any of my lyrical poetry set to music and/or sung. I don't have them all gathered in one spot, but the Six Poems of the Fall from A Conflagration of Dragons have some options. "The Janardanakavita" is for singing. "The Chant of the Return of Sebak," "the chain of cicada shells," and "The Harrowing of Hildeburh" are meant to be declaimed rather than sung, if anyone's into that. "The Nesting Urge of Aluzza" could go either way. Hunting around, I found a few miscellaneous ones: "The Bonecage," "Fiorenza and the Sea," "Still Growing Strong," "Let's Make Lemonade," "We're All Mad," and "Light the Match."
* Fanfic of someone making Kylo Ren go clean his room because he is acting like a pouty teenager instead of a respectable martial artist. Wish granted by meridian_rose
* We watched Into the Spider-Verse recently, and I loved the storyline despite the eye-searing artwork. I would like to see fanfic of Miles Morales and his uncle actually having to work through the horrible relationship tangle instead of following the standard Spider-Man plot. Write fresh or recommend something already written, I'm not picky.
* Stuff you made. It's fun having little bits of things from my friends -- music, books, fibercrafts, artist trading cards, etc. It doesn't have to be big or fancy.
* So I have this thing about encouraging people to do heroic stuff in everyday life. By heroic I mean skills and virtues, not deeds of derring-do. Pick any item from "How to Be a Hero in Real Life," "Become Like a Comic Book Superhero," "25 Virtues Found in the Best of Men," "How to Make Your Home Town More Like Bluehill," or any similar list of emergency skills or world repair. Learn it or do it, and that counts. The world needs more heroes, superpowers not required. Oddly enough, I have found that writing about heroes and healthy societies is a lot more effective than picketing or writing letters. I'm a practical activist; I do what works. And I want to live in a world where, when a hero says "I just did what anyone would have done," it's generally true.
I just updated my DW profile for Snowflake.
My transformative works policy is here. Other people who wanted the TWP: wenchpixie, kaixo, paradoxial, silveradept
Sustainability resources for beginners.
See allbingo to find writing prompts.
Active DW communities include allbingo and crowdfunding. Other people who wanted this: isabellerecs
Resources on how to deal with writer's block.
How to care less about what other people think.
How to be kind to each other. Other people who wanted this: cornerofmadness, silveradept, skytintedwater
Writing about nonmale, nonwhite, and/or nonbinary characters.
Art-friendly inspiration communities include allbingo and crowdfunding.
A variety of things.
Asexual, aromantic, etc. characters. Other people who wanted this: venusinthenight, marzipan77
Talk about writing.
Torn World is a shared world that lends itself well to collaboration.
World peace. Some assembly required.
In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
allbingo hosts a fest every month with a different theme. Some are specifically for fanfic, like last year's Winteriron Bingo Adventure; others are general, like the currently running Untranslatable Words fest. You may use the public card or make your own. You can also use bingo cards from another fest, old cards, or things you make entirely on your own. All types of fills are welcome, fannish or original. Fills don't have to be posted to claim them, although if you're calling bingo, it's polite to have at least one item posted where viewers can find it. Come join the fun!
crowdfunding connects creators and fans of writing, art, music, and other material. You can boost your projects there, talk about projects you've sponsored, or find new ones to support. The third weekend of each month (except December, when everyone is busy with holiday stuff) we hold a Creative Jam. Come give us prompts to make stuff, or claim prompts for your own inspiration. Currently running, the Rose and Bay Awards recognize excellence in crowdfunding; come nominate your favorite projects and patrons from 2018.
dialecticdreamer writes mostly fantasy, some science fiction, using a crowdfunded model. Ask for what you want to read and get it! Sponsor to let everyone see it, and there are perks if donations reach a certain goal. The two regular projects are Magpie Monday with a rotating theme, and Feathering the Nest about nonsexual intimacies. If you're into cottoncandy fic or acepr0n, here it is, although there's very serious stuff in the mix also. In today's age of McFantasy, I have walked out of bookstores with empty hands to come home and dig into this stuff instead. dialecticdreamer is also one of the folks who regularly writes in my settings, so if you want more of that, look here, and this is on the list of projects I support.
siliconshaman writes science fiction and some fantasy, with a particular knack for getting the science details right, including some pretty advanced stuff like nuclear physics and aerodynamics. It's a little darker and edgier, too. He only does occasional prompt calls, but it's totally worth watching to see whatever comes up. I always look forward to seeing something new here. siliconshaman is another person who often writes in my settings, and this is on the list of projects I support.
bairnsidhe writes poetry and fiction about a range of topics, often including QUILTBAG issues and superheroes. Currently running is a prompt call about Personal Loss. This is another project that I support, and you scroll down a bit you'll find "Chaos Out of Order" which I sponsored last year.
Science News Daily is where I go when I want inspiration about the world around me -- or when I'm too fried even to read fanfic and I just want something neutral to roll my eyeballs over. You can browse by topic or just read the current feed of everything in order.
Soothing Things is a post listing lots of places to relax online. There's probably something for everyone on here. I always keep a stock of things to cheer up myself or my friends, like the meeping otters video which never fails to make me smile. It's good to find new ones now and then.
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.
Among my favorites is the episode "Darmok" from Star Trek: The Next Generation. It presents an alien race whose language is untranslatable because they speak in metaphor and allusion. Within seconds I was yelling possible translations at the screen. Some of these turned out to be accurate. I'm pretty good at picking up languages on the fly, and I love xenolinguistics. Other people have subsequently explored Tamarian grammar and vocabulary.
I love this episode because it's one of the few that truly conveys a species that "thinks as well as a human, but not like a human." It leaves us with questions, not answers; puzzles, not solutions; and yet at the end of the episode ... Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel.
If you haven't seen it, watch it. This episode works pretty well even out of context, and it's one of the greatest pieces of science fiction ever made.
B1 (visiting family) -- "The Heart to Rejoice" (Polychrome Heroics)
B2 (friends) -- "Life in Quicktime" (LIFC)
B3 (avoiding work) -- "Batting Around" (standalone)
B4 (summer colors) -- "Pipecleaners" (Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta)
B5 (managing free time) -- "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors" (Schrodinger's Heroes)
I2 (sweat) -- "The Ramifications of That State of Mind" (Not Quite Kansas)
I5 (sidewalk chalk) -- "Cruel Intentions and Difficult Truths" (Not Quite Kansas)
N1 (relaxation) -- "Stick Like Glue" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope)
N2 (camping) -- "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" (standalone)
N4 (walking) -- "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (standalone)
G1 (sunshine) -- "The Reality of Cruelty" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)
G2 (minimum effort) -- "The Perfection That Eludes Us" (Polychrome Heroics)
O3 (summer school) -- "The Shadows on the Wall" (Monster House)
These are my bingo fests from 2018:
Slice-of-Life Bingo Fest
Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest
Winteriron Bingo Adventure
Card 6-23-18 on original community
Winterfest in July Bingo
Fairy Tales Bingo Fest
Cottoncandy Bingo Fest
1000 Words or Less Fest
Fall Bingo Fest
Family Ties Bingo
Summer in December Bingo Fest
These are my bingo cards from 2019:
Untranslatable Words Bingo
I also run the 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.