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2016-01-10 05:21 pm
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2016 - DAY 06

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. 

Placeholder post. I'm working on a project that will satisfy this challenge, but said project won't go live until February. 
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2016-01-10 05:11 pm
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2016 - DAY 05

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.
A recent fic that I enjoyed and left feedback for was :
The Only Thing Money Can't Buy by Coragyps (Harold Finch is a shy, sexually repressed shut-in. John is the prostitute he hires to take care of that middle part.)

It is a very well written POI AU spin on how Finch and Reese teamed up. Explicit.
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2016-01-10 03:57 pm
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2016 - DAY 04

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. 


 
Hobo Reese ficlet under the cut )
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2016-01-03 02:27 pm
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2016 - 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.
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 AO3. Person of Interest, Reese/Finch. It's a shiptastic, romantic vid featuring ALL the hearteyes. (Well, not all of them, but as many as I could pack into 3 minutes.)

Float AO3 Harold/Nathan. The wishlist  fic that distracted me from the challenge last year. I like angsty Harold/Nathan. I tend to write a lot of it. I like this fic because I had a lot of fun writing it, I got to do Photoshop stuffs, and I think the recipient really enjoyed the fic. Win-win all around.

A Series of Complete Understandings AO3. Harold Finch, Lionel Fusco. This was my under-appreciated baby from last year. Gen fic, Harold and Lionel, I understand why it got passed over. Still, I really enjoyed writing this and I still enjoy re-reading it.  I love the team dynamics in the story and playing up two characters who don't usually get a lot of screen time together.

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2016-01-02 02:48 pm
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2016 - DAY 02

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. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

1. I would love a knowledgeable and patient person to explain to me how fic exchanges like Yuletide and
[community profile] chocolateboxcomm work. So far, I've taken part in very easy to understand type exchanges: I make a post, I list my likes/dislikes, a mod matches me with someone and I write. Tagsets, nominations....I don't know, I still don't understand how these latger exchanges work or how to participate in them.

2. Fan art for fic is always nice.

3. Podfic of fic would also be wonderful.
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2016-01-01 04:46 pm
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2016 - 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 regret not finishing the challenge last year but I had a good reason. One of the earlier challenges last year was to post a fannish wish list. I found a inspiring project on someone else's list and work on that project took over my January 15. :) I ended up with a couple of fics that I really enjoyed out of that!

This year I'm hoping to complete the challenge and take in all the opportunities for inspiration,.

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2015-01-06 01:50 am
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2015 - DAY FIVE


In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I started out in pro wrestling fandom in 1997 on my WebTV unit. Initially I was all about getting the inside scoops, the backstage news, all that fun stuff. Then I found a messageboard populated by other ladies, "Loco's Stuff". Lady fandom is much different to guy fandom and I loved it. From there I found fanfic, slash, things traditionally associated with fandom.
In my early days I was very much an organizer of things witha a keen interest in panfandom identity. Unfortunately, back then Wrestling fic was very much shunned as RPF. For better or worse, this meant most of my formative years were spent as an outsider looking in. 'Cept in my own fandom where all we had was each other.
So I started posting fic to message boards (that's how we rolled back then). I would go on to ran a massive fic archive, dabbling a bit in automated submission programming. Then I joined the RP fad and within 2 years burned out of fic based fandom.
After that I went back to my webdesign roots and built a massive wrestling fansite. News, screencaps, vids, photos, fan stories, forum - just goofy stuff and I had a blast! Unfortunately, an enterprise like that means eventually I had to mediate fan squabbles. Babysit. I had no interest in that at all. I create stuff, I am not a counselor. So, rather than deal with all that nonsense, I shut the site down and went back to guy fandom. I honed my troll skills in guy fandom and had a blast just being a fan running wild.
 
About two years ago I discovered "Lost" was available for Netflix streaming. Cool, because I didn't watch it when it aired live (a reoccuring pattern for me regarding most network television). Whatever, it's okay, glad I could binge watch it because I don't think I would have been a fan of the week to week format. Then, over a couple of episodes I met Henry Gale, er, Ben Linus, er....this show just got a lot more interesting!

Belatedly, I followed Michael Emerson to POI. I 'm not exactly sure when I started watching, fall of 2013ish. I'd DVR'd some episodes and distinctly remember "God Mode" being the first one I watched, probably in re-run, so I started at the beginning of those DVR episodes and by the end of that first night went ahead and ordered S1 and S2 DVDs from Amazon. I was hooked.
I was also back into lady fandom.
Now I primarily write and dabble. I just enjoy creating things and learning how to create different things. 
 

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2015-01-04 07:07 am
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2015 - DAY FOUR

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!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.

Okay, that was easy - I talked to three stranger dangers this morning, random tumblr fan mail.




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2015-01-04 07:06 am
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2015 - DAY THREE

 In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
 
Wow, the challenge gets harder each day. I'll focus on fannish creation, but I have a lot of overlap with creation for money so yeah.
 
Fic writing is what I do most often, fan and pro. For the most part I start with an idea. The ideas come from everywhere: people on the street, songs, interesting magazine articles, other people's writing, songs, visual media, the world is full of ideas.
 
From there I like to just live with the idea for a while. Workshop bits of the idea (act the bits out). Pretty much all of the ideas go through some dream writing: firming up what I have so far of the idea, planting it in my mind before sleep, then letting the dreamworld sort it out. In the morning I've fleshed out more, or added to it thanks to dreams.
 
By this point I have 2-3 solid scenes: dialoge and action. That's when I open Open Writer and Notepad.
OW is for the actual fic, Notepad is for my notes and a resting place for bits that get cut from the word doc. I can knock out 2500 words per day on a good day. On a bad day, sometimes 5.
 
I tend to write start to finish which means if I get stuck, I'm stuck. In fanfic I'm usually exploring, writing start to finish and allowing myself to be surprised along the way. Profic is a bit different because I usually know the end of the story so I'm comfortable working backward if I get stuck on the front end.
 
Something new I've added this year is using audio in my editing process. I email myself the story and let my phone read it back. Great for catching typos, weird phrasings, repeated words and clunky language.
 
Then, sometimes all of that just goes out the window. I'm working on a story now where I had the idea and a few set pieces but no connectors at all. Because I have more ideas that follow after this story, I had to write it. Ugh, the early bits of it are just ugly, tortured. Now I'm moving into the bits that came through the dream/workshoping and am happy here.
 
Scriptwriting is tortuous for me because I write for a very formulaic medium. I have to come up with 3-4 fresh TV scripts a week and the challenge is not falling into a pattern because I write about 80% of the content for the channel and can't have it all sounding the same. Hates scripting but that's what pays the rent.
 
Podfic - Placeholder. This is a crazy stupid fun process that requires more time than I have right now.
 
Video editing  - Placeholder.
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2015-01-04 06:32 am
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2015 - DAY TWO

 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. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

1. I would like a collaborative writer for a Person of Interest fic project. Specifically, I'd be interested in working with some one, or a (group of someones) to write the kickass Finch and Root fic that I need and would never be able to write on my own. 
 
2. I'd also like icons, 100x100 for DW and LJ: Person of Interest, BBC Sherlock, Homicide: LOtS, TWD, GoT, Mad Men, Top Chef, Project Runway, Rome.
 
3. Finally, I would love Harold Finch charcater analysis meta. Not just episode specific thoughts or shippy stuff, more about what makes him tick. I'm sure it's out there somewhere, there's just so much other stuff to sift through.
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2015-01-01 01:56 am
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FANDOM SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE 2015 - DAY ONE


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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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



The Rest Of The World Out There | Fandom: Person of Interest | Harold Finch

This will always be number one on my rec list because it's my first Person of Interest fic, and the first fic I wrote and posted after a 10+ year hiatus from fandom. This is also my favorite fic of mine. I've heard people say they don't like to reread their own work - not me. I wrote this because I fell in love with the Harold Finch character and I couldn't find anything like it. As I write more Harold fics, I often come back to this story and the notes.



By Your Name by Hagar, JinkyO | Fandom: Person of Interest | Harold Finch | Podfic

Squeeeeeeeeee!! I love this podfic project!! My pod_together partner wrote this fantastic text. I don't know if she ever read The Rest of the World Out There, or even knew about it, but her story thrilled me because, again, I got to revisit my beloved Harold Finch. It was like *finally* getting that fic I'd looked for in the first place. So that's my fannish love for the story - but then I got to read and record it. And there was acting (some of which I'm proud of) - and sound effects - and story telling with sound -and this podfic utilized so many of my creative skills and I will be forever proud of the end result.



Details by JinkyO, sk_lee | Fandom: The Fugitive (1993) | Samuel Gerard/Richard Kimble | Podfic

This is the first collaborative podfic project I worked on and I rec it because this one was a creative challenge for me that led to a really good end result. The main challenge being, as a mono-fannish person, I didn't really know much about The Fugitive. Then I watched the film and hit a huge wall of intimidation because the source is so good, so complete, that it was hard to find an easy entré. Then, I cracked it and ended up writing a story that felt true to canon and that I was proud of. Then my partner went and recorded this beautiful read and I was just all around pleased with the results. And happy to have contributed something new to a small fandom.



The Longest Distance Between Two Places | Fandom: Person of Interest | Carl Elias/Anthony Marconi

This was experimental fic that seemed to work, and by seemed, I mean, other people read it and *got* what I was trying to do. As a creator, that's probably the highest compliment I can get, that one other person out there understood what I was trying to do. I'm very fond of this story.



Ready or Not | Fandom: Person of Interest | Harold Finch | FanVid

This is Mama's favorite at the moment. My biggest gripe is that I had to use standard def footage for the video. Beyond that, I love everything about it. I got lucky in finding a great song to accompany yet another retelling of this Harold Finch story that never leaves my brain.