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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.

For this one, I went back and compared my responses to this challenge from last year to see what I had and hadn't accomplished because, for the most part, they've remained the same. So:

  1. Get at least 2 more fanworks done than I did last year. Including the TARDIS blanket I knit for a friend's baby (pics incoming) I managed...one more than I did the previous year. So 50% of the way to the goal? And with an eye to that... [Edit: I forgot to include the dice bag I knit last year. So I did meet my goal!]

  2. Sign up for more writing challenges. I'm more likely to get something done if I have a deadline to feel guilty about, honestly.

  3. Write more original fiction - and finish it! I actually did write a fair bit last year, including coming in ~3K words shy of the goal in NaNo. TBH, it's probably because I got a smartphone in the fall and can now write stuff wherever I please and without having to balance a pen and notebook. So, yeah, an incredible piece of technology that the past could only dream about and I'm using it as a word processor. Um, sorry futurists of days past?

  4. Find a better job. I'm stuck at a call centre and we hates it precious! We hates it forever!

  5. Add my SPN fic to A03. I've been meaning to for years but I always forget it. Now, I've publicly set it as a goal and will probably feel guilty if I don't do it.

  6. Finally get around to playing Mass Effect - I know, I know! But I tried to start with 1 and apparently I should have started with 2?

  7. Code a browser-based game using HTML, CSS, and Javascript, or at least plan it out. Ouf, that one's ambitious! But I'm working my way through Free Code Camp & I've signed up for #100DaysofCode so we'll see. I've got a year.

X-posted from LJ.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerDay 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.


Star Trek. Definitely Star Trek (TOS) but there's one scene in particular that leaps to mind: in the episode Who Mourns for Adonais the communications console is down and Uhura has to rig a subspace bypass circuit to fix it. Not have it fixed, not call up an engineer to do it for her, but do it herself. And she does. By herself, without help, and without anyone trying to take it away from her or asking if she's tried *screamingly obvious thing* already and then insisting on trying it themselves before they believe it doesn't work. In fact, Spock compliments her - yes, Spock! It was probably the first time I'd seen a woman on television doing something with electronics/computers that wasn't typing - and not much of that because we're talking circa 1984 here, max. Uhura working with computers meant I could work with computers, no matter the social cues already saying they were 'boys only', although of course social pressure happened and life happened and I wasn't able to get into the IT field when I wanted to. But I can strip and rebuild a computer tower, upgrade parts, and troubleshoot most of my own problems and this past year I began to seriously learn to code with an eye towards freelance web development. All because of one character and one scene.

You can watch the scene in question here, time index 3:59.
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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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