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Oh, god, I honestly can't believe it's 2017 already. Thank whatever powers might exist that the clusterfuck of 2016 is over - and that's honestly all I want to say about the past year. Pretty sure most people agree with me.

But! Snowflake is back! :D This is honestly one of the highlights for the start of the year and I'm grateful to everyone who stepped up as a new mod because I really needed this. That's definitely not a criticism of [personal profile] akamine_chan and co-runners! I understand they've had a tough year, and I also get that if you don't have the spoons, you don't have the spoons and need to step back and engage in some self-care. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that and whoever tells you otherwise is lying. *hugs for you all*

Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerDay 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.


I'm still pleased with The Longest Night, a LoTR fanfic I wrote in 2015 for the International Fanworks Day challenge over on [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community. It came in 2nd place in the Tree and Flower Awards 2015 for Favorite Story Featuring a New Author, which was a most pleasant surprise!

Honesty, an SPN fanfic that I really need to remember to post on A03, is one I think I include in this challenge every year but it's one of my favorites. It's a drabble based around Dean and Future!Cas' conversation in the truck during 'The End'. Future!Cas breaks my heart, he truly does.

Through the Gates, a Goblin Emperor fanfic written for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest Round 19 and based on the prompt 'It's not quite love, but it's not just duty, either.' It's about Maia and Csethiro's developing relationship, because I wanted to see more of that, dammit!

Calling Frequency, a Dead Space fanfic also written for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest Round 19 and based on the prompt 'Trapped on Tau Volantis after the events of Dead Space 3, an injured Carver has to rely on Isaac for help.'. This one was challenging because a) I've only played DS3 single-player and thus only really know Carver through cut scenes and b) it's mostly dialogue and I had a hard time remembering to include actions and descriptions and not wind up with something that read like, as How Not to Write a Novel says, two disembodied brains in a jar having a conversation. But I succeeded!

For the curious, previous versions of this challenge are at the following links: 2016, 2015, 2014.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerDay 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.


When it comes to things I want to pursue in a fannish way, good characterization and an engaging plot are definitely driving factors. (Including pretty doesn't hurt, no not at all.) Despite that, it's kind of hard to pin down exactly what attracts me. There are some things that feel like they should and just don't. Being attracted to a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc. is like being attracted to a person: you either are or you aren't and while you have guidelines for what attracts you, there's more too it than that.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerDay 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.


I left a comment on [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now's Style, which has a lovely use of taste to pin down a character's personality, and [livejournal.com profile] mizface's amazing TARDIS cake, which I have to keep in mind next time my Whovian friends come over, Doctor-related reasons or no. Also given a friend praise for an AU they're planning. I think I've left more feedback elsewhere recently, but can't remember where? Kudos on AO3, most likely. Perhaps I should make a resolution to leave at least one instance of feedback (more detailed than likes or kudos) on a fanwork each week? Might help work past the anxiety I sometimes feel about it.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerDay 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.

Some of these are repeats, both because I still like them and because I got a grand total of, um, two fics done since the last Snowflake Challenge. 2015 sucked and from a lot of people's Day 1 posts I see I'm not the only one.

To Chain Together
Fandom: The Doctrine of Labyrinths
Summary: What do you say when someone you never expected to see again shows up to say what you never expected to hear?

This one is was written for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest in 2015. Mostly. The beginning was supposed to be the answer to the 2015 Snowflake Challenge's Day 6 but the opening paragraph wouldn't yield to anything larger. I ended up using it as a jumping-off point for the fic for the challenge just because I liked Mildmay's description of the lighthouse. The rest of it is because I wasn't satisfied with one of the plot threads I felt was left dangling - though to be fair it is the kind of thing that happens in real life - and because, dammit, Felix and Mildmay deserve a happy ending!

Well, reasonably. It is Doctrine of Labyrinths, after all. I'm sure something will try to possess or kill them soon.

Decisions
Summary: Erestor decides what to do with his day.

Written for the 2014 February Fanon Busters challenge on [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community. The idea of Erestor spending all his time inside and buried in paperwork never sat right with me: if you're immortal you're probably going to develop process improvement at some point, after all.

Honesty
Summary: Cas has his reasons for letting Dean see what he does.

Sad drabble based around Dean and Future!Cas' conversation in the truck during 'The End'. Future!Cas breaks my heart, he's the wreck and ruin of everything Castiel was, and I'm firmly convinced that the entire conversation in question came about because he knows that and wants to change it.
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It's back, it's back! :D

Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerDay 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 first saw a reference to it in 2014, posted in the Site News over on Faerie. I was curious and checked it out, only to find interesting questions and challenges, and many, many, lovely people to be fannish with. :) I like the informal structure: do a challenge or don't, leave a link or don't, come back to a challenge later if you didn't feel like answering it right away. I like the push it gives to be creative, and to interact with other people. Especially this year, where I've been so busy and distracted with personal issues I haven't done nearly as much fannish stuff as I wanted. (New year, new beginning, maybe?)
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I finally got curious about the appeal of Tumblr. I'd read a few Tumblr blogs but I honestly didn't see the appeal because while you could reblog and add notes while you did it didn't look like you could talk to anyone. I'm used to things like LJ, mailing lists, newsgroups, and forums, you see. (Though I think I saw a post from Tumblr staff that a threaded comment feature might be rolled out? Don't quote me on that.) I was also curious about how it worked, so I went ahead and made one: hoursgoneby.tumblr.com. Come by and say hello. (So far I've mostly been reblogging neat things from archaelogy blogs. There are some jaw-droppingly beautiful things from antiquity.)

I've found Tumblr easy to use, so I see the appeal there, and it's definitely more useful as a newsfeed than LJ or Dreamwidth would be. I like the 'like' feature because sometimes you don't have something to say  about a post, you just like it. I'm definitely a fan of being able to queue or schedule your posts and reblogs instead of just postdating them. But still, you can't have a conversation the way you've been able to in every other fan-favorited media I've used. I'm not sure I get the point of having a thing for fandom if you can't discuss it with your fellow fans. I suppose were I to post something fannish I could always direct people here for conversation though that seems a bit awkward.

If the threaded comment feature does come to pass, I wonder if k-memes, challenges, etc. will move over there as well? And how well it will work.

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