aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (random - feminist killjoy)
About a week ago I had to make the decision to skip WisCon this year -- my job won't let me ask off two holiday weekends in a row and I had to go with the vacation that was better for me overall. So... CONvergence is on and costumes are slowly being worked. Mini-vacations with WisCon people are potentially being wrangled through the wonders of MegaBus. Seriously. I can get to Dallas/Fort Worth for UNDER $20 (and since I actually find car rides relaxing, this is perfect.).

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Final day of [community profile] snowflake_challenge : In your own space, share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone.

... remember when you would pass hand-written fics around your friends for them to beta?
... remember when you had binders full of printed fics and read them in class on bad days?
... remember the countless times when fandom friend turned into real life friend turned into best friend turned into girlfriend turned into family?
... remember how writing about these characters you knew better than yourself felt like coming home?

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It is nearly rarewomen time again, and I AM EXCITE.

However, tonight I am going to watch some TV and knit, and then attempt to take-two today with tomorrow.
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (cougar - ellie and jellybean)
[community profile] snowflake_challenge day 9: In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.

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And here is my Day 7 video, as promised. I actually like doing this. So. It may be a thing that I do periodically. Hello, and welcome to my room mwahahaah

As for snowflake day 10 talking about someone whose fanworks/presence you want to CELEBRATE.. skipping, for now, because I want to rave on [personal profile] gloss some more, but lack the spoons at the moment! And really, I do it quite often. :P

And Day 11 has now posted while this window has been open, waiting for me to finish: In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Here, have the entirety of The Inside available on YouTube. If you require downloads, I or[personal profile] prozacpark would be happy to hook you up as the series is very unlikely to receive a DVD release, and the creators encourage finding the series by whatever means.

Oh, look, Day 12! In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. If at all possible, try to pick a smaller or rarer fandom, one that maybe doesn't have the following you feel it should.

To switch things up, I am going to link to three beautiful arts!

under the cut because of PRETTY -- one image has drawn gore )


Day 13: In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some."

I am perpetually looking for:
  • The Office fic with IC Karen Filippelli
  • Parks & Recreation fic where Ann has agency
  • Community fic where Britta is fallible but not pitiable
  • Excellent books that I can read for free as EPUB
  • Any/All roller derby femslash AUs
And finally, for now, day 14: 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. Skipping this one as well, though if you'd like to leave a comment with the name of a character, I'll write a short drabble about someone/something THEY love!
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (ahs - lana in double)
Day 5: Try something new. I asked for atypical requests on Tumblr, and have a pin in the request to draw the Baudelaires. I just can't find my sketch pad. AND ONE CANNOT DRAW WITHOUT ONE'S SKETCH PAD. I've also been reading like MAD in a new fandom (Community) and am delighted to find porn and quite a bit of fic that is feminist and wonderful and BRITTA.

Day 6: In your own space, pimp promote three comms or challenges and explain why you love them.
~ rarewomen (on LJ) is gearing up again! There will be some administrative changes this year, but the heart of the challenge remains the same. An annual exchange for rare women in large and small fandoms. 
[community profile] fandomcalendar  is extremely helpful.
~ musemostwanted (on LJ -- no idea if there's a DW equivalent) is a life-saver if you've ever dabbled in text RP. It's wonderful to stumble across someone who just happens to be searching for interaction in the same rare fandom you are. Even wonderfuller when ships align and sparks fly.

Day 7: In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. I have a similar problem to [personal profile] summerstorm , here, in that I talk quite frequently about my personal life, as it were. I also think that most of you have seen at least one picture of me. So I'm going to go ahead and copy Lix on this one and do a little video. If there's anything you want me to talk about or do, leave it in a comment. I'll try to have it posted by the end of the week.

Day 8: In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some examples: complete a bingo, sign up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep putting off. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback or answering comments. I'm working on setting more doable goals this year, and not letting myself get overwhelmed by something that's supposed to be an asset to my life. Fandom, I remind myself, is something that's supposed to be fun. A celebration. A gathering. So I'll organize when I can, write when I can, promote when I can, donate when I can, and not get so worried about the rest. The beginning of the year will consist of rarewomen organization and writing, galentinesday writing, and hands-on crafts.

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For this year's fandom_stocking, I wrote one thing (I'd meant to write a lot more but WINTER BLUES YOU ARE THE WORST): you take a bite out of all the candies (Bunheads, Michelle/Truly) for [personal profile] credoimprobus and received many lovely things including icons and recs and tropey Annie/Britta fic by [personal profile] scintilla10 !!
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (degrassi - clinging)
I skipped day 3 because it involved the equivalent of DW cold-calling, and that makes me feel a little like vomiting. However, if you know someone you think I would like & vice versa, please make introductions.

As for day 4: [community profile] snowflake_challenge : 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.

I'm also, for the record, not participating in the comments because of anxiety, but maybe writing this out is fun?

I want queer gen, and queer people, and not giving so much of a fuck about labels and what other people think. I want women, and families that are chosen not baggage. I want love, different kinds of love, celebration, and touching. I want consent and discussion, and trust, and the freedom to explore and try and fail and try again. 

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No, that wasn't fun. 


aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (tipping the velvet - sexytimz)
Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge : In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

I decided to rec the oeuvre of three people rather than just three works. Enjoy!

FANFICTION
I'm sure you all are getting tired of hearing me brag on [personal profile] gloss , but seriously. Here are a few of her lesser-appreciated works (that I love most!)
Women Who Run with Whywolves (Adventure Time, Fionna & Cake &/ Marceline)
The Sparkle that Stings (Happy Endings, Penny/Alex)
Halfway to human (Homestuck, Jane gen)
Heartbreak Jamboree (Parks & Recreation, Ann, Ethel/Muriel)
Built to Last (Our Idiot Brother, Ned/Liz)
she is the list of my voyage (She's the Man, Olivia/Viola, ROLLER DERBY)


META
[personal profile] prozacpark  is the best in the business.
tv rec: "Pretty Little Liars" + why you should be watching it
more on fandom and slash, this time with stats and numbers (yes, this is the one you keep seeing on your tumblr feed, and for good reason!)
the rape of Inara: on heroines, consent, and women's sexuality
her pieces for BitchFlicks: a feminist reading of "The Ring" and madwoman's journey from the attic to the television - feminism in horror films
most developed character on "Buffy": on Joss Whedon's wisdom
gender, fantasy, and the women of Dragon Age
women, race, and agency in narratives: or why I stopped reading vertigo's Fables
tv rec: "The Inside" - seven reasons you should watch it now (I believe she has another Inside meta, but LJ is so iffy right now it's hard to track down)

FANVIDS
This is starting to sound like rec-your-friends-hour, but [personal profile] chaila  is a legitimate talent. I love that she vids in small fandoms, and that her thought processes are so carefully played through. 
Parable (Octavia Butler's Parables series)
Keepsake (Never Let Me Go)
Rabbit Heart (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (community - britta smiles)
Today's prompt for [community profile] snowflake_challenge  is: 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.. didn't read the prompt closely, and so I just spent three hours narrowing down my favorite fics to a list of just three that I consider my best. I suppose it's a worthwhile effort, in any case.

In no particular order:
you have always worn me well (She's the Man, Olivia/Viola/Duke)
a pinch hit (actually I don't remember if it was my assignment or not!) for last year's 3_ships. Probably the first time my initial idea actually made it to 'paper' in a way that didn't make me feel like I'd failed somewhere along the line. I'm also incredibly proud of the gender discussion here. It's not an idea I would have even considered a year or two before writing it.

A Lack of Color (The Office, Gen, Pam & Karen, Pam/Jim background)
written quickly after 6x9 "Double Date" which left me an emotional wreck of anger and sadness... but I think this fic moves far beyond cathartic working through of issues. I was quite kind to Jim, actually, which is the first sign of approaching fic in a bit more levelheaded way. I don't know. This just feels incredibly real to me, with a few moments that just scream 'The Office' for good measure.

Replacements (The Inside, Rebecca/Web, Alvarez/Web)
My first Yuletide fic, and my introduction to [personal profile] prozacpark ! Aside from that phenomenal, life-changing thing, the story that came out of her prompts is, other than being a little uneven, one of my best. I worked over section 2 with my creative writing class, so I don't think the writing is as even as it could be, but the short bits about Rebecca, and all of the implications... If I didn't write this, I would be obsessed with it. I kind of am anyway.

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