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12 April 2014 @ 10:15 pm
Harry Potter - HET

Harry Potter - SLASH, FEMME, MORESOME, GEN, AND OTHER

Other fandoms
Includes: The Avengers (movieverse), The Dresden Files, Firefly/Serenity, The Hunger Games, The Inheritance Cycle, Stargate SG-1, Pirates of the Caribbean (movies), Star Trek (Reboot), Star Wars, Twilight, and 300


Original fiction - to be added at a later date
 
 
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17 January 2016 @ 12:41 am

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Day 15

In your own space, talk about what you're taking away from this challenge. Did you learn something? Did you interact with new people? Or did you try out different fandoms or formats or relationships? What's changed between Day 1 and Day 15 of this challenge? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I got to learn some things about the people on my friend's list, especially some of the newer people I don't know well. I haven't really gotten to interact with many new people, though there have been a few. There have been a few good conversations. I do wish there'd been a few more, or that I'd make a new friend or two, but on the whole I enjoyed getting to talk about fandom things and learning things about others. I still plan on going back through some of people's responses.

Overall though, it was just a lot of fun to do. I'll probably do it again next year. I really love learning more about you all.
 
 
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15 January 2016 @ 05:38 pm
Skipping Day 13 for now, because I don't have time to run down links.


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Day 14

In your own space, share your love for something fannish: a trope, cliché, kink, motif, theme, format, or fandom.


Oh goodness, there's so much I love in this vein. Some of the tropes I love:
~ My absolute favorite must be, I think, two people connecting over a hobby or a love of something else. I loved those old fics where SS and HG connected over music, for instance, even if I can't find those fics anymore. But I like other hobbies/passions too, connecting over animals, or something lesser known. I have several ideas for exploring this sometime.
~ I admit I'm a sucker for Marriage Law fics. Good marriage law fics.
~ Friends to lovers. Um. Gosh, what else. Outside forces bringing people together and them finding that they have things in common.

Honestly, I love me a good romance. I like my happy endings. Of course, I don't mind occasionally having my heart ripped from my chest either. I used to be good at that.I like a relationship where people communicate. I suppose that's a kink in and of itself since most fics don't do that.

Kink-wise? Hmm. Frantic need, half clothed sex, frottage, etc. It really depends on the fic. I'm not heavy on the kink, tbh. Some of the harder stuff makes me shy away. I guess I'm really rather vanilla, when all is said and done.

Plot -- I don't know if you'd call it a kink or a motif or what, but I really like there to be a plot or at least a tangible, believable reason that a couple is together. Make it real.

HP will always be my home fandom, no matter what else I branch into.
 
 
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12 January 2016 @ 02:30 pm


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Day 12

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?

In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


For me, it starts with the world building, usually. The premise, the world, how deep is it, how far does it draw me in. In truth, I think the world of Pern was truly my first fandom, for all that I've never written or played in it. I imagined so many stories, and told my brother so many stories. The world is rich and vibrant and so full of the best of everything.

And Harry Potter. The world with so much left in it to play with. So much fun left to have!

The characters, of course, are the next big thing. But honestly I think they sort of go hand in hand with the world building most of the time.

For a TV show or movie, it's got to be a combination of those things as well, I think.
 
 
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11 January 2016 @ 11:42 pm

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Day 11

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Oh, boy, this is a hard one. I have a hard time not using any caveats, especially since I seem to be an intrinsically contradictory person.

But here we go:

1. Physical - I like my hair. I also like that I'm stronger than I appear.

2. Mental - I like my intelligence, even if it gets me into trouble sometimes.

3. Spiritual/ephemeral - I like that I'm a good friend, or at always try to be. I have faith in my friends.

4. I like my imagination. I like it a lot. It keeps me easily entertained, and I like that too.
 
 
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10 January 2016 @ 11:20 pm


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Day 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.


Honestly, Google is my absolute first go-to, unless I know someone else who has the answer. For Harry Potter, I generally go to the Wiki anymore, though you have to beware interview and Pottermore info. If I don't want that, I'll still go to the Lexicon. Sometimes I refer back to the books, of course.

For others, there's generally wikis even if I don't know them off hand, and google helps find them for me :)
 
 
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09 January 2016 @ 05:32 pm
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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.


I've done this around the new year already, so some of this will be repetition for the regulars here, but as I'm making the entry public, I don't want to just link to that post. Consider this a slightly edited version.

~ Read at least 50 books, and try to be more prompt and thorough in the reviewing of them.
~ Write at least one, preferably two, original short stories, as well as do several fandom fests and maybe start on a larger scale original project.
~ See if there's any interest in resurrecting snape_ldws , and if there is, figure out the specifics and find a partner in crime. Also see if there's interest in a couple of other fandom sorts of things (a Weasley centric something, or perhaps Percy-centric; a sister comm to my favorite but long-retired romancingwizard ).
~ In my personal life -- be brave. Look for a new job, keep self open to relationships, enact vague plans towards the future I want.

I know there's a few other things, but that's a good start, and I try not to let it overwhelm me.
 
 
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08 January 2016 @ 05:32 pm

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Day 08

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!"


I consider this done, with my recently expanded friend's list, my RPG stuff recently, and commenting on a couple of author's blogs :D
 
 
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07 January 2016 @ 05:31 pm

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Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Harry Potter - Oh it's so hard to choose my favorite bit of HP canon, honestly. There's so much of it. I love when Hermione found Crookshanks and took him home. I loved Buckbeak. I love the Weasleys (well, mostly ;) ). There's so much of it, I'm not sure I can choose one part firmly.

StarGate SG-1 - My absolute all time favorite episode of all time is Window of Opportunity, which is the time loop episode in Season 4. Most of my favorite episodes seem to be in Season 4, though given I don't own any of the later seasons, well... But that episode made so much squee for me, and I can watch it over and over again.

The Dresden Files - My favorite book in the series so far is Dead Beat. Sue is my absolute favorite bit of canon, and I will love her til the day I die.

I have so many other favorite little moments in all my favorite things, but these are some of my all time faves.
 
 
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06 January 2016 @ 12:06 pm

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Day 6

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


My challenge is this: Read and/or write pairings outside of your norm. So many people go "This is my pairing and it is all I ever read and write," but I've found from experience that pushing the boundaries of your "box" can really expand your horizons and you can find great enjoyment.

So find something that you wouldn't necessarily seek out, or at least don't turn away when it comes your way. Give it a try! Give it a go!
 
 
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05 January 2016 @ 11:42 pm

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Day 5

Leave feedback for a fanwork. Or multiple fanworks. It can be as simple as I liked this to a detailed list of all the things you loved about the fanwork. The key is to leave some sort of feedback.

If you've already left feedback in the course of a previous challenge, it totally counts. But you're free to leave more feedback.

Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!" If you feel so inclined, leave a link to the fanwork you left feedback for so others can check it out.


I tend to do this anyway, but I definitely left a couple of reviews today. However, it was on my phone, so no linking here.
 
 
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05 January 2016 @ 12:32 am

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Day 4

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Title: Reasons Why Severus Snape Hates the Class of ’98 (that have very little to do with Harry Potter) (3)
Characters/Pairing: Severus Snape, Patil twins
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Absurdity
Word count: Drabble series; 200 in this installment
Summary: Reasons why Severus Snape hates the class of ’98 that have little or nothing to do with Harry Potter.
A/N: 1&2. Suggestions welcome.

3.

Everyone expected the Weasley twins to switch places. It was a running gag.

No one expected the Patil twins to do it too.

Severus caught on first, a few months into their first year. Miss Patil of Gryffindor turned in her first perfect potion. As Severus looked up, he knew. Something—the neatly tied-back hair?—clued him in.

“Miss Patil,” he said as she brewed next class.

“Yes, sir?” Eyes widened in that oh-so-innocent way the Gryffindor-Patil affected.

“Miss Padma Patil,” he said, quieter still. “You are excused from class.”

They improved. Even the Gryffindor-Patil wasn’t stupid, as much as she pretended sometimes. Through the years, he identified them from: hair; mannerisms; knife-work; even scent.

They corrected every time, once they figured it out. At some point, it became a challenge for them, he suspected.

“How do ye find out, Severus?” Minerva asked once. He’d mentioned he’d sent Ravenclaw-Patil out of class again. Other staff knew, now, that the twins occasionally did it in their classes too but could rarely catch them.

His mouth opened, closed. There was no way he could tell Minerva McGonagall that he currently caught them because Parvati Patil wore a perkier brassiere than her twin.
 
 
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03 January 2016 @ 05:39 pm


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Day 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.


1. Taste of the Storm - Arthur Weasley/Bellatrix Black, my secret OTP. I have huge head canon for the two of them, and I really need to actually write it someday, on the off chance someone actually would enjoy it.>

2. Vesta's Flight - SS/HG, my promptfest contribution this year. Sorry, I'm still really damned proud of myself for writing a novel-length work.

3. Well-Behaved Witches - Bellatrix Black and Walpurga Black. One of my darker works, though I have a few more laying around. Occasionally I like to write darker stuff.

4. The Heart Only Breaks When It's Beating - Kirk/Spock, reboot. There's several of my STar Trek things that I'm really proud of.

I really do like a lot of my writing, which I suppose is one reason it bothers me that most people don't give it a read since most of it's rare pairs and not straight up SSHG or something. Anything I ever wrote for [Bad username: romancingthewizard] always pleased me greatly.
 
 
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02 January 2016 @ 01:59 pm

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Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish.


Mostly in the same vein as last year. Not completely fannish.

1. I’d love fanart of pretty much anything I’ve ever written. I think in images a lot, and a few people have said some of my imagery is good, but I have no fanart. Masterlist of masterlists

2. More people reading and leaving reviews. Not just of my fics, but of anything you read. Comments are love. Kudos are nice, but they’re not the same.

3. In the same vein as above, comment on people’s entries. It’s one of my goals for the year, same as pretty much every year – let people know you’re there, instead of lurking. Not all the time, but sometimes.

4. Consider reading thigns outside your box/your typical pairings/etc. You’d really be surprised, I think. Especially if you already like the author's stuff. I've read some brilliant stuff I didn't think I'd like to start with, by doing this.

5. A new layout. Mine is so old now.
 
 
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02 January 2016 @ 01:54 am

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Day 01

In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I did it last year, and I found it pretty interesting. I found a couple of nice people, I got to talk about fannish things, and overall it was a lot of fun. I don't know if I'll manage all of it this year or not -- I think I missed a couple of days last year -- but I figured I'd give it another go.

Fun times. Anyone else want to play too?
 
 
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Title: Reasons Why Severus Snape Hates the Class of ’98 (that have very little to do with Harry Potter) (1-2)
Characters/Pairing: Severus Snape, miscellaneous
Rating: PG, for now
Warnings: Absurdity
Word count: Drabble series; 200 in this installment
Summary: Reasons why Severus Snape hates the class of ’98 that have little or nothing to do with Harry Potter.
A/N: Something I thought of several months ago that I decided to open up and play with. Future installments to be expected, and suggestions for future episodes are welcome. Un-betaed.

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31 August 2015 @ 07:55 am
Title: One Brave Chance
Characters/Pairing: Luna/Hermione, Hermione/Ron
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: femme
Word count: 672
Summary: Luna wins a bet, and she claims it in an unusual fashion.
A/N: Happy birthday, katmarajade ! I know these two aren’t on your fave’s list, but I thought you might like my little bunny. Many thanks to helenarickman for the beta. You saved me some embarrassing repetitions! All mistakes left are mine.


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18 January 2015 @ 12:12 am

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Day 15

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


There are several things I would like to challenge the fandom community to do.

1 – Consider leaving a couple words of review when you read, instead of just hitting the Kudos button. Kudos are nice, but even a few words (it doesn’t have to be an in depth book review!) mean a lot more than just a little click.

2 – Write outside your box. Try a new pairing! A new situation! Even a new fandom! I’m the biggest fan of reading and writing something new if you can. Especially pairings you might not think of right away! Try something new!

3 – In conjunction with the first two, really. If you like an author’s works, give their other works a chance! I have read in fandoms and pairings I never would have tried, and LOVED them, because I loved work by that author already! So don’t say no just because it doesn’t initially look like your thing!
 
 
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18 January 2015 @ 12:04 am

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Day 14

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Instead of individual fanworks, which I really couldn’t decide on, I decided to grab a few communities with a plethora of good fanworks!

1 - grangersnape100 - this community has some awesomely talented drabble writers, and could always do with more participants! I should participate more, but I don’t always have inspiration these days.

2 - romancingwizard - God I loved this comm when it was running. It was my favorite and it made me work on so much variety and emotional impact. I loved it. It helped with my drabble writing skills and short writing and I really, really wish that it was still running.

3 - hp_humpdrabbles - Always good for short hotness on Wednesdays. Definitely needs more love! Good stuff on there to go back and read as well.

These three are full of fanworks! So yes, all the things!