Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing or trope. Try creating a different kind of fanwork. Or check out some types of fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 1, Day 3, and Day 9 might be a good place to start!) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.
I've been in online fandom for...well, if it was a kid, it'd be in uni. So there's not a whole lot out there I haven't given a try. I ended up sticking with fanfic, because reading is pretty much my favorite thing ever, but in a fandom for a non-fantasy, non-SF book: L.M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle
. No particular reason, it just happened to be what my brain came up with for random association. Found a dozen or so fics on A03 (what IS it with me and the teeny fandoms lately?) and these are the four that really stood out:A Mouse Gnawing in Her Ches
t, by ThiaSummary:
In a shameful, private little corner of her heart, Cecily raised up an altar to unbeautiful, skittish, kind Valancy Stirling.
A sweet and sad short fic about need and unrequited love.Moonlight Shining
, by AmyfortunaSummary:
Barney remembers a night long ago, the first night after his marriage to Valancy.
I like first-time fics, and this is a lovely one, reading like a real love story and not a Harlequin. Unusually, both parties are virgins and even more unusually, it's told from the man's
point of view.Muskegee Twilight
, by SangerinSummary:
Secrets fell from each girl's lips to float out on the grey summer air.
An absolute tearjerker about a canon death. How the artist managed that in only 100 words I don't know.Nor Custom Stale
, by slightlykylieSummary:
Another look at Olive Stirling.
This is an excellent behind-the-scenes look at a character who is intentionally one-dimensional in the book, where she serves as a foil to the protagonist. The protagonist was always harangued to be more like her cousin Olive: here we see the mirror of that her cousin experienced.