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And because I'm procrastinating for a few minutes (whee, LJ!), here's my contribution to the

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I'm just going to collate everything here, under cuts, and keep 'advancing' the post by changing the date (I think that will work). I'm persnickety, and hate having to clutter up my journal with multiple entries for the same topic. So!

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.
I'm incredibly uncomfortable rec'ing my own work, for obvious reasons, or reasons that should be obvious. Nor have I actually finished much, so "three" is beyond my capacity. I can manage to suggest that Repast at the Table of Glorious Toxins is the most technically complicated thing I've yet attempted, and I think I achieved my goals with the piece. Creating an Asperger's stream-of-consciousness narrative (that is not my Aspie stream-of-consciousness in any recognizable fashion) was incredibly challenging; building that around the motif of recursion, and the colour/memory symbolism and metaphor, while still creating a [semi]linear narrative with an internal conflict... *flails* To my own satisfaction, the piece met those goals, although I think only a small group of readers recognized what I was doing.

The illustration associated with Repast was a new one for me: portrait work virginity lost, and it's an India ink depth-blocking guide. I routinely put those under my 'Old Masters'-style work (duh), but with the exception of this piece, no one ever gets to see them, because they are fast, slap-dash, and paint exists to make all things better.

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.
Oh, this is hard. I could point to multiple things that informed and influenced various aspects of my identity. I don't think there is a single one that impacted my whole person. Margaret Atwood's This is a Photograph of Me opened my eyes to symbolism and structure in ways that few other subsequent things ever accomplished. (It could be a personalized priority effect, but it was hardly my first encounter with analyzing poetry.)

Day 3: In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.
Finish Inkstains. I can do that, yes I can. Dissertate?

Day 4: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them.
Did that yesterday, actually. Twice. Today, to balance things out, I should cull my friends-list of people who haven't commented in the past 6-12 months. I mean, why do you want to see my updates in your feed, if you don't actually care? It's doing both of us a favour.

Day 5: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.
I haven't been reading fic while I've been actively working on my own things -- and that goes for published fiction as well. I don't want to risk inadvertently snitching a phrase or idea from others, is the logic behind this. So with that in mind, my ability to rec things is rather curtailed. I've scanned over stuff I've read in the past, and found a few things that might be worthwhile reading (although bear in mind it's been years since I've read most of these). I specifically looked for things that are light-hearted, and that I haven't seen rec'd all over the damn place. Links are to ASH, b/c I'm lazy.

A Terrible Temptation, by FriendlyQuark -- I remember this as a fluffy, light read. The plot is a bit clunky in places, but it's a nicely comic piece with a few poignant twists and observations. Plotwise, Snape gets bodyswitched with Harry, and finds himself falling for Hermione.

The Marriage Benefit, by miamadwyn -- A short (14k) fic bursting with hilarity. Hermione Does Not Enjoy Teaching and schemes to make it financially worthwhile.

Finally, one from Shiv5468, that I re-read often: Big Name Death Eater -- if you haven't read this, you must. Glorious crack (or is it? Because I could buy this as legit character interpretation) wrapped around the plot I would have liked to see in Harry Potter.


Day 6: 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. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish.
God. The only things I actually want right now are things that no one, anywhere, has the power to give me. I feel stupid continuing this challenge, given everything else going on, but it's a distraction, and that's kind of necessary, too. So, let me think. I'm not really into supporting the HP Merch Machine, so that makes this is hard. Here are some random ideas that amuse me, but are by no means definite or definitive:
  • Gloves that look like butter bugs
  • art of anything from any of my fics
  • a completed version of Snape's Robert Service-inspired "poetry" from Quando Omni
  • a cezve, because someday, in my quest to consume everything Vlad eats in the books (with possible exception of Dragon because the military delicacies on offer in Morrolan's army all sound comprehensively awful), I want to try klava.



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.

Nope, I'm out. Maybe eventually. Not today.

Day 8: In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.
I have nice fingernails, I can make decisions, I cook well. That was much harder than it should have been.

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Date: 2017-01-03 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenaa1987.livejournal.com
Damn right, 'Repast'! I always feel so proud of that piece. I know I can't have any claim on it, but it ... hmm. I love it. I love that you chose that prompt.

I've never read any Atwood! *scribbles down* Shall try!

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Date: 2017-01-03 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigadenus.livejournal.com
That piece grew right out of your prompt. I thought I maybe knew some things about Severus's childhood (i.e., thought I had headcanon), but the impetus to create that piece solidified it. I'm not kidding in the description of it: when I read your prompt, my first and most immediate thought was literally "what is the purpose of a table that no one eats at?" --because family meals were something that I thought was probably entirely antithetical to his childhood.

ETA: Pretty sure Atwood taught me how to write stream-of-consciousness. I've read other work that employs it (not only hers), but the first time I saw it used to readable, relate-able effect was The Handmaid's Tale, which I read when I was thirteen or fourteen.
Edited Date: 2017-01-03 11:00 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-01-05 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beffeysue.livejournal.com
Repast. It is this amazing story that taught me how to read a stream-of-consciousness narrative and not fall off the face of the earth. I'm grateful to you for writing this story and to [livejournal.com profile] lenaa1987 for posting the prompt.

Edited Date: 2017-01-05 01:49 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-01-05 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigadenus.livejournal.com
Gosh! Now I'm blushing.

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Date: 2017-01-06 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beffeysue.livejournal.com
I've read Miamadwyn's "The Marriage Benefit" and all three of Shiv's "Big Named Death Eater" stories and can highly vouch for their chuckle-worthiness, but I have yet to enjoy "A Terrible Temptation." I'll be checking it out over the weekend.

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Date: 2017-01-06 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigadenus.livejournal.com
Eh, I skimmed it last night. The writing's worse than I thought it was; probably a dud rec.

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Date: 2017-01-07 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beffeysue.livejournal.com
I'd never heard of butter bugs or the Vorkosigan Saga, but those gloves are cute as can be.

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Date: 2017-01-07 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigadenus.livejournal.com
Oh, you should totally read it. Character-driven space opera; fast-paced and light enough for a casual read, but with some interesting thematic explorations that you don't often find in something that tastes like brain candy.
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