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10. Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I once wrote a quick fill for a 'd'Artagnan/Constance, cunnilingus' prompt over on BBC Musketeers Kink. Pretty much what it says on the tin. I don't care for the pairing but I was scrolling through the kmeme, came across it, and the idea just popped into my head. It's completely, totally, PWP so I'm not sure how well it fills the 'found you could' part, but there we go.
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Day 10

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 1 might be a good place to start!) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.


I was hoping to cross this with my entry for day 6, but that isn't cooperating and while I know there's no deadline, leaving things unfinished bothers me - for a while, anyway, until I get distracted by something else  - so I went with something I've been meaning to try for a while: podfic.

Gentlemen's Night Out by oshun over on Silmarillion Writers' Guild was the one I chose. (Honestly, I recommend that fic in whatever format, especially if you think Laws and Customs of the Eldar would make immortal life a bit...bland.) I'm not sold on podfic yet - I can appreciate the work that goes into it, and that isn't meant as a shot against the one above by any means - but may try out a few more before I make up my mind.
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Day 8

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.


Well, I'm smart, imaginative, and people tell me I'm funny. Cuddly, too, although that's a bit harder to show over the Internet. :P
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Day Four

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.


Well, I've commented on a few people's challenge posts, even filled a few wishlist requests, so I'll call this one done. :)

Feel free to say 'hi' in the comments!
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Day 9

In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) but you ended up loving. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Oh, good, this is so much easier than yesterday's! My psyche needs a break from all that extroversion.

Dark Prince ~ The Darkness Has Its Own Light by Spiced Wine.
"A half-elven OC who's the son of Sauron, and has purple eyes. Really." That was my first, doubtful, thought when I encountered a description of Vanimórë, the protagonist of Spiced Wine's Dark Prince series and 'verse. I didn't read it the first few times I saw it referenced, because I've just seen so many OCs of this type and generally don't find them to be interesting or unique. Then one night I had a few minutes to kill before bed and thought 'why not?'.

I ended up going to work the next day on about three hours sleep. It was nothing like I'd expected, and I'm so very pleased to have been wrong! You can get started at the link up there, but please do heed the chapter warnings.

Nightfall in Middle Earth by Blind Guardian
A power metal concept album based on The Silmarillion that just blew me away the first time I heard it. I had some doubts about reccing it since it's done professionally and commercially available, but then realized that was silly because those things don't mean it's not a fannish labour of love. I first learned about it when I was surfing through TVTropes (can't remember which trope) and found a link to the song 'Time Stands Still (At the Iron HIll)', about Fingolfin's duel with Morgoth. Metal, concept albums, and Tolkien are certainly all things I enjoy, but...Tolkien's work explored through power metal? Well...why not? So I listened to it.

Then I listened to the rest of the album.

Then I bought it. (OK, I listened to the rest of the band's work, and bought a box set containing Blind Guardian's entire discography up to they changed labels. And I have not regretted it.)

The Call of Cthulu
A short film based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Now, films based on Lovecraft's work range from just bad, to entertainingly schlocky at best. Lovecraft's stories rarely describe the entirety of what the characters are seeing, and when they do it's something that would be difficult and/or expensive to include. His work is largely monologue, with very little dialogue making it hard to adapt to a modern film without lots and lots of rewriting - more, I think, than a major studio would be willing to put in to something they wouldn't expect to have much of an audience. With this in mind, I was not expecting great things.

BUT. It turns out that making a silent film eliminates a lot of the problems above! You watch the characters act and react, and what explanations and dialogue is needed goes on a title card. Adding to the feel that you're really watching an old silent movie are the scratches in the film, and a subtle hiss and pop to the soundtrack. It's surprisingly gripping, and does not feel like it's only 46 minutes long.
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Day 8

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.


Oh, this is a hard one. Really. Bit outside my comfort zone but I hold that doing things outside one's comfort zone can be healthy. ("I'm a little nervous, but I'll push through" as opposed to someone shoving you when you're going "no, please, I really really can't.") So.

I'm a little shy about reaching out, more than a touch introverted, but I do like to talk with people. Kind of the entire purpose of fandom, right? So drop me some love. Heck, go ahead and ask questions: this is a relatively new journal that's just ramping up but I've been a fangirl for a loooong time. We might have something in common. ^_^

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