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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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Title: Calling Frequency
Author: Hours Gone By
Fandom: Dead Space 3
Pairing/Characters: Isaac Clarke and John Carver.
Rating/Category: PG for swearing
Prompt: Carver’s always had an issue with trust, and he’s not one to rely on anyone but himself. Now that he’s doing just that, he finds Isaac’s a lot different than what he imagined.
Spoilers: For the Dead Space series, up to the post-credits scene for Dead Space 3.
Summary: Trapped on Tau Volantis, an injured Carver has to rely on Isaac for help.
Notes/Warnings: Probably very mildly AU: I haven't played Dead Space: Awakening yet.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfestRound 19, June - July 2016
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Title: Through the Gates
Author: Hours Gone By
Fandom: Goblin Emperor, The (Katherine Addison)
Pairing/Characters: (use full names rather than initials) Maia/Csethiro
Rating/Category: PG
Prompt: It's not quite love, but it's not just duty, either.
Spoilers: (if applicable) Takes place after the end of The Goblin Emperor.
Summary: It's not quite love, but it's not just duty, either. Maia and Csethiro’s relationship develops.
Notes/Warnings: (if applicable) Fun fact: my spellchecker kept trying to change Csethiro to ‘Cset Hero’ and ‘Csevet’ to ‘Clever’.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest Round 19, June - July 2016.
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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.

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.

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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As it says on the tin, answer one question about fandom for the next 30 days. The list of questions is below the cut.

30 Days of Fandom Questions )
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30. Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link.

Despite all the trouble it gave me actually getting it down that would be The Longest Night. I think I did a good job capturing the feel of a cold winter's night when the sky is clear and the stars are out.


Ouff! And that's 30! I'm both surprised and pleased I managed it without missing a day and having to catch up.
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28. Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

Yes, a couple of times. Did a humour piece for Transformers wayyyy back in the mid-nineties and I've played in a couple of shared universes as well. Never had an artist work on a piece for me, though I wouldn't object if someone did!
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24. Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

Well...the past couple of years I've been bad about using a beta just because I've been writing for challenges and I've always - always - managed to finish it just before the challenge closes, meaning there's no time. But normally I have a close friend who betas for me and isn't remotely shy about telling me when something doesn't work, has a weak premise, or just plain doesn't make sense. I might have to find a new beta or two just becaue I'm writing in some fandoms she isn't familiar with. Which makes me sad because she's so much better at writing IC than I am.
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22. Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

To Chain Together was written for Small Fandom Fest earlier this year, and I've done a few challenges through [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community and one for [livejournal.com profile] snowflchallenge. I've never signed up for a Big Bang, though I did look at [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year. It just looked like too much. I tried NaNoWriMo last year and it ended up falling apart because a) I didn't have the interest to write 1,667 or more words per day and b) the plot didn't make sense to the point the characters started to argue with me.

I don't know that there's a favorite experience. Not to say that fests and Big Bangs and such are bad, but I've been having a problem writing for the past couple of years and have had to pretty much force things out.  I'm hoping increasing my antidepresssant will help again, as it did when I first started them four years ago. Some people find themselves less creative on psych meds and that's completely valid, but it seems to work the opposite way for me. At least, I'm trying NaNo again this year (see the shiny icon!) and so far it seems to be going better. Far too early to tell, though, as we're only 3 days in.
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17. Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Bane, definitely! I try to use something descriptive or a line taken from the fic and I always do titles last. Most of my stuff in progress is saved under things like 'challenge fic #X', 'so-and-so go to/in *wherever*', '*something* happens' and I have a shameful amount of things saved as 'untitled'.

I haven't done chaptered fic but if I ever do the answer will almost certainly be 'not', unless it started life as a connected series of challenges or prompt responses or such.
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16. Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

I don't like summaries, no, but I know how important they can be to help a reader decide what to pick or not pick. (Which is probably why so many people avoid or backbutton away from fic that includes crap like 'lol i suck at summaries'.f you can't be bothered to tell me what it's about why should I be bothered to read it?) When I write summaries I try to come up with a brief description of what happens, without spoilers should they apply.
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15. Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

I think it's important to warn for things that are major phobias and/or commonly experienced and the reader has a reasonable expectation to have a heads-up about. Sexual assault, suicide, abuse, violence etc. You can't warn for everything - you really can't - because people are so varied and have such a wide variety of personal experiences.

Nothing I've written has really warranted warnings. I think there's a note on To Chain Together about cursing, but to be honest if you're a Doctrine of Labyrinths fan you should expect that.  I checked all my stuff on AO3 and it's all 'No Archive Warnings Apply'.
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14. Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

Most of what I write is G, with a PG-13 for language and a Mature scattered in there. Given that I'm actually considering giving writing Harlequins (I know, I know, but the job market sucks and there will always be a market for porn, however softcore) I should hope I'd be comfortable with going higher.

Unless I can't stop laughing, which is a distinct possibility.
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13. Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

Usually I prefer canon, but I'd incorporate fanon if it made sense or were useful to the plot, or wasn't annoying me. Fanon tends to run the risk of taking one trait from a character (or even making some up) and blowing it all out of proportion. For example, in the early years (and possibly still, I haven't been paying attention) of Supernatural, fandom latched on to Dean's liking for pie and made it into a constantly referenced obsession. I counted once on a rewatch, up to the end of S3, and I think he mentioned pie maybe five times? And there was a sharp increase in S3 as the writers caught on.

Writing fanfic for a fandom has changed the way I saw a character, slightly, yes. When the idea for what would become the opening of To Chain Together popped into my head, I wondered what Mildmay would have to do at a lighthouse. Felix has his research, but Corambis clearly has a thing for magical machinery so I didn't think there would be a whole lot of upkeep or whatever for Mildmay to do. Maybe some stuff around the house, but he wouldn't have to light the lighthouse every night, probably. Plus, you can only do house repairs for so long. That ties into an underlying theme of the series: everyone, including Mildmay, tends to focus on Felix instead of thinking about Mildmay's needs. To be fair, Felix is hard to ignore. I did some thinking about Mildmay and his actions through the series, and realized he has a semi-suppressed nurturing streak. So I gave him a garden.
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11. Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No, but I've helped a friend plot out a few fairy-tale adaptations, and I've enjoyed adaptations others have done. A favorite is Of leaves of Gold and Petals Red by Ithilwen of Himring, a LoTR-style adaptation of Tam Lin. This one also goes back to the question about OCs, in that it features one used to good purpose.
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11. Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Well, apart from that one Musketeers PWP, and things I wrote as a teen that shall not be spoken of, everything so far seems to be gen and slice-of-life. Oh, and some comedy: I've got a Supernatural fic about preventing the breaking of a Seal that's definitely crackfic. Also under Supernatural, Once Around the Block is light comedy, I guess?

I used to have more ideas for larger, plottier things but it's been a bit hard to write these past few years. I'm going to see about increasing my medication - not a joke, I've been on antidepressants, and stable, for about four years now - and see if it helps. I was fine for a long time, but the whole unemployment thing and associated stresses is not helpful to, well, anything.
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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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9. Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Hmm, that's a tough one since I never seem to write pairings.

Transformers...can't really think of any. There were canon couples - Optimus Prime and Elita One, Ironhide and Chromia, Firestar and Inferno, Spike and Carly, Arcee and Springer - but I'm not particularly interested in writing any of them.

For Supernatural, Dean & Castiel. I'm quite convinced that Castiel is utterly in love with Dean, but I don't think it's sexual (I read angels as asexual (generally, yes, I see you there, Gabriel) but that doesn't necessarily equal aromantic) and I am certain he has no idea what to do about it. I guess Sam and Jessica and John and Mary Winchester since  they're canon? For a show with so many chicks of the week there aren't a lot I'd want to come back to. I would have liked to have seen more of Sarah from the creepy painting episode in season 1 though.

Lord of the Rings is another one where I'm kind of coming up blank. I do like fic with Elrond and Celebrian, and I'm definitely a fan of Erestor and Glorfindel. I like Celeborn and I'm not as sold on Galadriel but I do like her in the hands of the right writer.

In the Doctrine of Labyrinths we have a number of canon couples but none of them seem to end well. Sometimes that just means a breakup and sometimes it means horrible tragedy. I wrote To Chain Together about the aftermath of the end of Felix and Shannon's relationship, as canon didn't quite satisfy me. There's also Mildmay and Mehitabel (breakup), Felix and Gideon (horrible tragedy), and Felix and Malkar (nightmarishly abusive). Felix and Mildmay (incest) was more than hinted at through most of the series but I'm not sure it applies by the end, if that makes sense without spoiling the books for you.

The Iron Elves didn't really have couples. Konowa wound up with someone, and his parents were in the novels but one of them was a squirrel at the time.

Yeah. It makes sense in context.
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3. For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

  1. Transformers: It's been so long I honestly don't remember.

  2. Supernatural: Castiel. Because I can sympathise with a poor confused bastard who doesn't quite understand humanity. The drabble I wrote about Future!Cas, Honesty, is still one of my favorite things I've written.

  3. Lord of the Rings: Erestor, who's actually a character I fell in love with via other people's fanfic, which is also the reason I ship him with Glorfindel. Erestor's an interesting character to write because he only had one line in the books, we don't know that much about him, so despite that he's canon you can pretty much give him whatever characterization you want.

  4. Doctrine of Labyrinths: Mildmay. Writing Mildmay means you don't have to worry as much about grammar (he doesn't have poor grammar, necessarily, it's just very very casual) and you can swear a lot. Mildmay is a good character to write when you're frustrated.

  5. The Iron Elves Trilogy: Well, by default it'd have to be Konowa Swift-Dragon, since he's the only character in the one drabble I wrote for it. XD

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A great big thank you and hugs (if wanted) to those who nominated my fic, and thank you muchly to the mods for all your hard work!

Tree and Flower Awards, New Author, Second PlaceFor The Longest Night.


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