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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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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. 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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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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Master post is here.

2. Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Let's see...

  1. Transformers, when I was younger, but that's all offline now and either intentionally deleted or wiped from existence by a harddrive that turned into a brick.

  2. Supernatural, five fics and a couple of WiPs, though I haven't written anything in SPN since mid-season 5. I really should upload those to AO3 at some point.

  3. Lord of the Rings, three fics, including one I just finished recently for the LOTR Community September Challenge.

  4. Doctrine of Labyrinths, one fic, and I can't say if I'd keep writing in DoL or not because I just find it so hard to write Felix and do him justice.

  5. The Iron Elves, one fic, written for a Snowflake Challenge back in 2013, and I don't know that I'd write more because I find the story pretty complete as-is.

Jan. 23rd, 2015 08:13 pm

WiP Meme

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When you see this, share 3 lines from each of 3 WIPs

Uh..I only have 2 WiPs (for fanfic and that I'm willing to share) so should I only do 2 lines? If not, we're good. If yes, bonus line!

Snippet #1: From Doctrine of Labyrinths, post-series. I started for the Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 6 and I'm still working:

Felix was pretty okay with being near the ocean, mostly because he didn’t go outside and look at it. Virtuer Hutchence hadn’t been kidding around when he’d said there were centuries worth of records, and Felix seemed determined to go through every shelf and box before he saw sun again. I dragged him out for food and sleep often as I could but half the time he’d go on about some new hocus thing he’d found until I was ready to put him back again.

Snippet 2: From Supernatural, AU after mid-season-5 and, frankly, most likely doomed to stay WiP:

Dean tossed his own duffel down on one of the beds, and yanked the zipper open, making a show out of searching for something. They'd been having this argument all the way from their last hunt in the Midwest all the way out here to the California coast. Dean was tired, in a way that only months of little sleep and long hours of driving could make you, and going over this again wasn't something he particularly wanted to do.
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It's back! :) So let's see if using this to kickstart me back into fandom works a little better this year. (Did not have a 2014 conducive to creativity, let's put it that way.)

Day 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.


So these are largely repeats from last year: like I said, not a big year for creativity. But hell, doesn't make me any less pleased with them.

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. One of the few things I managed to actually write and finish last year, the rest being non-fandom related.

And repeats from last year:

Once Around the Block
Summary: AR/AU: Castiel is a socially awkward computer programmer who is working on artificial intelligence, Dean is one of his AIs that takes on a mind of its own.

Written for the 2009 AU/Fusion Challenge over on [livejournal.com profile] deancastiel. I don't even remember where this came from, but I think I managed to take both characters, drop them into an entirely different situation, and still keep them IC. (This is something I struggle with, and betas are wonderful, beautiful people.)

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

Sad little 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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Day One

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.

Finally nerved myself up to do this one. These were all written/created under my old journal, before I found a link to it in a relative's computer history and went "oh, god...no" and moved them over here.

Once Around the Block
Summary: AR/AU: Castiel is a socially awkward computer programmer who is working on artificial intelligence, Dean is one of his AIs that takes on a mind of its own.

Written for the 2009 AU/Fusion Challenge over on [livejournal.com profile] deancastiel. I don't even remember where this came from, but I think I managed to take both characters, drop them into an entirely different situation, and still keep them IC. (This is something I struggle with, and betas are wonderful, beautiful people.)

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

Sad little 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.

Cover graphic for [livejournal.com profile] evening_bat's ongoing AU Fullmetal Alchemist series, Courage So Rare. Does it count as a photomanip if no actual photos were manipulated? Just because I'd not done anything like this before.

I backdated this post to Jan 1, just because having the challenges out of order would bother me.
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Note: I originally wrote this under my other journal, but since I'm moving all my fannish stuff over here, it makes sense to mirror it here as well. Too many RL people know about the other journal anyway.

Posted here 1/10/14 and backdated to the original publish date.


Title: Honesty
Characters: Future Cas
Rating: G
Word count: 100
Spoilers: Season 5 episode 4
Author's Notes: Written for prompt #18 at [livejournal.com profile] deancas100: pills
Summary: Cas has his reasons for letting Dean see what he does.

Cas isn't lying )
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Note: I originally wrote this under my other journal, but since I'm moving all my fannish stuff over here, it makes sense to mirror it here as well. Too many RL people know about the other journal anyway.

Posted here 1/10/14 and backdated to the original publish date.


Title: Focus
Characters: Dean, Castiel
Rating: G
Word Count: 100 (drabble)
Summary: Castiel's attention is always on Dean.
Author's Notes: Written for prompt #017 at [livejournal.com profile] deancas100: Snow, forest, winter, park bench.

This deep in the park forest, the winter air was still and frigid )
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Note: I originally wrote this under my other journal, but since I'm moving all my fannish stuff over here, it makes sense to mirror it here as well. Too many RL people know about the other journal anyway.

Posted here 1/10/14 and backdated to the original publish date.


Title: Chthonic Seal, or, How Dean Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept the Insanity
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Crack/Humour
Word Count: 1620
Summary: Castiel recruits Dean to help stop another seal from breaking. It's not what Dean expects.

Dean blinked at Castiel.  )
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Note: I originally wrote this under my other journal, but since I'm moving all my fannish stuff over here, it makes sense to mirror it here as well. Too many RL people know about the other journal anyway.

Posted here 1/10/14 and backdated to the original publish date.


I posted this over on [livejournal.com profile] deancastiel about, um, a month ago, and I completely forgot to mirror it here. Oops?

Title: Untitled Drabble #1
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Crack/Humour
Word Count: 100
Summary: Castiel has always had a good sense of timing, just not always on purpose.
Author's Notes: I totally blame [livejournal.com profile] evening_bat for this. Leads me on, she does.

Read more... )


That line about being back there as a passenger? Not going to lie, that came out of my mouth once. Oops.
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Note: I originally wrote this under my other journal, but since I'm moving all my fannish stuff over here, it makes sense to mirror it here as well. Too many RL people know about the other journal anyway.

Posted here 1/10/14 and backdated to the original publish date.

I wrote this for the 2009 AU/Fusion Challenge over on [livejournal.com profile] deancastiel, and it is ALL [livejournal.com profile] intravox's fault for showing me the prompt list.

Minor spoilers from Supernatural Seasons 4/5. It's AU, so nothing from the show really is referenced except the names of the characters.

Title: Once Around the Block
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hours_gone_by (originally published under Seryan)
Rating: PG
Genre: AU/AR (AU: Castiel is a socially awkward computer programmer who is working on artificial intelligence, Dean is one of his AI's that takes on a mind of its own.)
Word Count: 1614
Summary: Approximately 25 years in the future, a shy artificial intelligence programmer named Castiel designs an AI to run his computerized house and serve as a companion, housekeeper, and occasional sounding-board. The results aren't quite what he expects.
Author's Notes: Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] intravox for beta-ing, catching where I'd messed up 'it's' and 'its', and correcting my tenses. Of course, it's also her fault for getting me into this... Also, I may love the Impala just a little too much.

Castiel had wondered about five minutes after the AI came online if it had been a mistake. )

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