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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.
Dec. 1st, 2016 10:58 am

NaNo 2016

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I tried for NaNoWriMo again this year and didn't quite make it to the 50,000-word goal. I came in 3,406 words short but that still leaves me with $46, 954 more words than I had at the start, and is much closer than last year's effort, which came in at about 10,000 words short. Also, this year's effort has more of a plot to it - I just need to figure out how the monster connects to the mystery door connects to the mine and how I'm going to sort out the socially imposed power imbalance between the leads and the demands of their respective professions to keep them together. Oh, and how the magic one character apparently has fits in - I write stream-of-consciousness and sometimes it makes for interesting results. The time I had to edit the line 'falafel would be good for lunch' out of a training doc on my editing pass particularly stands out.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerDay 10

In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Well, I mostly lurk so here are some resource links.

If this first list looks familiar, yes, it's the one I posted in answer to this question last year. :)

  • Wikipedia - I know, I know, but if I just need to check, say, the history of tools or clothing, or the basics of an illness or injury it's good enough.

  • TVTropes - In addition to their Useful Notes sections, the pages on the works themselves can be useful if you need to look up something about the material you're working with without having to risk checking it and winding up watching or reading it and not working on what you started out with.

  • Google - If Wikipedia doesn't have the information, or the depth of information, I want I head to Google. Someone, somewhere, knows the history of crinolines, or the frequency of inside shutters in old houses and they may not have been interested enough to put it on Wikipedia.

  • Fan wikis, if they're available. One of the downsides of smaller fandoms though is they tend not to have large wikis, if at all, and when they have one it's often not been updated recently.

  • Pixlr.com - This is an online graphics editor I use for doing simple things, admittedly largely at work but it technically could be used for fan stuff. It's pretty much a Photoshop clone, but not as powerful.

  • GIMP - A much more powerful Photoshop clone, it's more complex than Pixlr and needs to be downloaded to be used but it has a lot more features and you can do more with it.

  • My husband. No, really. He's a fellow nerd and has an encyclopedic knowledge of whatever fandoms he's interested in. (The trick can, in fact, be getting him to stop.)

And here are some resources I picked up from the 2015 Snowflake Challenge, and over the rest of the year:

  • The Domesday Book - Medieval Demographics Made Easy - Put in your kingdom's name, weather type, population density, type of law enforcement etc. and it will generate the demographics for your fictional land! Useful if you're writing original work or trying to figure out how something would work in a fanwork when the author didn't give you exact numbers.

  • List of Random Names - Why bother spending hours thinking up names for incidental characters when you can have a tool that does it for you?

  • Words - Translate Latin to English - It only lets you translate one word at a time, but it does give you a list with a short description of how that word would be used. For example, I put in 'time' and got not only 'tempus' but that 'tempus' refers to 'time, condition, right time' but 'aevum, aevi: time, time of life, age' plus several more.

  • Random Title Generator - Does what it says on the tin. Mind, the titles might not be useable for what you're doing, since you just click a button and don't give it any information but you never know.

  • Online Etymology Dictionary - Words come into use at different times, and change meaning through the centuries. This will give you the history of the word, including when it's first attested, and the meanings it had at different times.

  • Gode Cookery - Want medieval recipes? An Elizabethan dinner conversation? A description of food in the works of Chaucer? Here you go.

  • Georgian Jewelry - Actually a business site not a reference page but it includes clear pictures of the antique and estate jewelry (as far as I can see 'estate' is something like 'gently used') from multiple angles, plus the age of each piece and a little bit of history on it and its style. Plus, it's just lovely to look at. [Edited to add 1/10/16.]

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerOh, man, we're past the halfway point already? :(

Day 09

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.

  • Get at least 2 more fanworks done than I did last year. I miss being creative.

  • Get some original fiction written. I actually did fairly well on that last year, coming in around 40k words in NaNo. The world isn't as developed as I'd like and the plot wasn't strong enough to hold an actual book together, but hey! 40k is nothing to sneeze at.

  • Learn to knit socks. I have a sock started, I just got distracted with dice bags. :P They're so easy! Plus, if I can knit socks I can knit stockings and I'd really like a pair or three of pretty, lacy, stockings.

  • Find a job. Easier said than done in a province with an unemployment rate hovering around 9%.

  • Meet or exceed my Goodreads 2016 challenge. Well on my way so far, but it's early days.

  • Get back into scale model building. We've got a workroom and an air booth set up, I really don't have any excuses!

  • Be better about commenting. [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now linked me to this post on commenting and it made me feel much less nervous about leaving short comments. It's also got suggestions for things you can leave, which is great if you're like me and you go 'but what do I sayyyy!' before losing your nerve and clicking away, vowing to come back - really! Kudos are lovely to get too, mind, but sometimes I want to leave words.

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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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Well, I didn't make it to the 50,00 word count. I came in 8k and change below it at 41, 619.

See what happens when you go outside and talk to people?

On the other hand, that's 41,619 words that I probably wouldn't have written otherwise, almost certainly not consecutively. It's also far above last year's attempt of 11K and giving up after the first week or so.

At least now I've got some time to catch up on other things: reading, finally playing Halo 5, finishing up the Christmas gifts I'm knitting. Two are ready for steam-blocking and final stitching, once I've got some buttons, and the third has a mistake that I'll have to unravel back to to fix. If I have time I'll try to make mittens for my brother's girls, although they're still quite young and might not appreciate something handmade. Failing that, it's educational toy/new book time again! Though honestly, the toddler probably won't care either way. I've noticed that holidays don't really start to have meaning for very small children till they're about four or so. While I'm knitting, I can finally catch up on all the subtitled stuff that's backed up on my Netflix queue! I can knit and read the screen at the same time, but even though I'm a touch-typist I always wind up reading what I type as I type it.

So there's December, and then January brings us the Fandom Snowflake Challenge again! Always look forward to that.
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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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29. What is your current project or projects?

NaNoWriMo. I keep telling myself I'll get the word target for the day done and then maybe switch to something else but it's actually quite difficult to write 1,667 words per day which is annoying because I used to be able to write 2-3,000 per day no problem. Plus I fell behind a couple of days and it was hard to catch up.

Still. ~1,667/day while waiting for the increased antidepressant dosage to kick in is better than 0/day without them. (For me, at least. This is not true for some people, please don't say to someone 'you'll be more creative if you take your meds!' Might not be true.)

Next year I think I'll start with a structured outline instead of stream-of-consciousness and see if that changes anything. Well, and for anything I might write in between. It's not like I wait till November to write stuff.
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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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27. Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I like to write on a laptop with a movie or a show playing in the background. (Netflix is so great for this.) I usually prefer to write stream-of-consciousness so having something to distract me works very well. Sometimes if I've had an idea floating around in my head until it solidifies I'd rather use music and have nothing else to distract me so I can get the words down right.

I'll sometimes write by hand if all I have available is a notebook but my handwriting is atrocious and I tend to run into the problem of not being able to read it afterwards. :S
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26. What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

Underwear in the 19th century. Turns out, they often didn't wear any. Men, depending on their class and what they were wearing, would wrap their shirttails around their legs, where women were just starting to wear things like bloomers.

So yeah, if you're watching a period piece and there are hot people in sharp clothing? Probably all commando. Enjoy.
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25. Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Sometimes, sometimes not. I don't have playlists right now (since Grooveshark shut down and I'm still building up on Spotify and Windows Media Player) but I'll often just put a whole album in and let it play. I do like to have some background noise when I'm working. Netflix is great for that: I can marathon a show (How to Get Away With Murder S1 right now) and just type stream-of-consciousness while I'm half distracted.

What I can't deal with is frequent interruptions: phones, timers, people trying to talk to me but coming and going at intervals just long enough to derail my train of thought.  Especially if they're coming and going but on the same topic. For the love of god, put together your thoughts, decide what you have to say, and then come tell me.
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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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21. Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I haven't, no, though I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea. Sequels can be good - Aliens is a classic example, same with Star Trek III - but if you're not careful or you're just doing it to get hits/money they're probably going to go downhill pretty fast. Witness many of the sequels to slasher films in the 80s, or the progressive degeneration of the Jaws franchise.
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20. Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

No, not that I can recall. From movies or television, yes, and sometimes music. (If I could draw, I have an entire storyboard in my head for Rush's Red Barchetta.) If there was an instance where I got bunnied from someone else's work it never came to fruition.
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19. When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

It depends where I am and how much of an impression it makes. Quite often I'll wait - I figure if the bunny stays in mind for a bit it'll be something I can work out. If not, it probably wouldn't have developed anyway.
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18. Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

It's an even split between prompts, challenges, and whatever pops into my head which is sometimes inspired by things that are happening in real life, usually as a way of working out something I feel frustrated about. (Oh, terrible expansion project, you were at least good for fodder.) Sometimes it's just an idea, sometime's it's an entire scene or - very very rarely - a complete story. (So that's two things you were good for, terrible expansion project. Though I see that even now, your scope cannot help but creep.)
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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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