Snowflake challenge Day 13

Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There are so many wonderful moments that fandom has given me, so it's hard to pick one.

One that really meant a lot to me was the second SHAM (Sherlock Holmes Annual Meetup), the first of those that I organised. I was living in Colchester at the time but for some reason organising an event that took place in London seemed like a good idea at the time.

Fifty people came. We went on a guided walk of Sherlockian locations, went to a pub, hung out in the National Gallery, and had dinner together. Oh yeah, and we stood in front of Speedy's and held up signs with letters that spelled out "I believe in Sherlock Holmes". Series 2 had just finished airing so there was a real big buzz. It was so good to see so many fans in one place, to feel like I was a part of something. I am still getting used to the fact that there are people in the world who want to spend time in my company so it was also very overwhelming at that point, but in a very positive way.

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Snowflake challenge Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out.

In real life, I mostly hang out around the filk community. I've been to the UK filk convention a few times now and it's intense but lovely.

[community profile] fan_flashworks and its social comm [community profile] ffw_social are really nice places to hang out. There's a prompt every ten days and you create things in any fandom, any medium, in response and post to the comm. It's introduced me to people that I don't even share fandoms with but I read their work and talk to them socially in the social comm, and in turn I get some people reading my fic or listening to my mixes who wouldn't otherwise. It's very friendly and welcoming. There is also an intricate badge system that rewards you for creating certain kinds of fanworks, so if you're looking to challenge yourself, or you want to try out different genres or styles, there are incentives and resources that can encourage you to do it.

[community profile] getyourwordsout - not strictly a fannish comm but one that helps you stay focussed with writing.

lost_spook runs the Obscure & British Comment fest once a year and it's always a riot.

[personal profile] ruuger runs the Friendship Fic Fest for the International Day of Friendship in February, also always a nice one, particularly for the ace-spec folk among us.

[community profile] jukebox_fest is the best exchange in the world! It's an exchange where you write stories based on songs. It's essentially o-fic and the amount of talent and variety of the output is stupendous every time.

Sadly I am not sure what happened to [community profile] invisible_ficathon, which was also the best exchange in the world. People write fic for stories that don't exist but are mentioned in the canon of existing works.

thisengland Is a small but lovely exchange focussed on Shakespeare's history plays.

And obviously, since last year [community profile] stageoffools is a thing: a Shakespeare fic exchange for anything that's not a History or a Roman play, run by yours truly.

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Snowflake challenge Day 8

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.

1. I like that I can run 10 km in just under an hour. I also like that I managed to stick with the training programme for this and that I've kept up with running for six months now.

2. I like that I am so musical. Playing the flute and singing have been constants in my life for as long as I can remember and I get so much joy and human connectedness out of performing with others.

3. I like that I got a tattoo last year. I'd been wanting one for ages and I like that I got over whatever was blocking me from getting it, because I am also super pleased with it and I like that I have it on my arm now forever :)

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Snowflake challenge Day 6

Day 06

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.

I think I'll go with some old classics.

1. Music recommendations. I am always looking for good instrumental music to put on while I'm writing or relaxing. My staple is Balmorhea but I would be very happy for some recommendations from fellow instrumentals fans!

2. In the same vein, fanmix/playlist recommendations are also always gratefully received! If it's any of the "big" fandoms of recent or indeed not so recent years (think Trek, LoTR, SW, Harry Potter, Hunger Games), any of "my" fandoms, or anything folk/instrumental-ish that is a bonus, but I would be equally happy if you rec me some music/fanmixes that you're super into and want more people to know about. I got such brilliant recs off this one last year, please don't be shy.

3. More people to participate in small-fandom/kooky exchanges and comment memes! Three Sentence ficathon, the Obscure & British comment fest, Fic Corner, Invisible Library, Jukeboxfest... so many awesome things to do if you're like me and don't really have a "main" fandom but still want to play.

4. More Shakespeare fic. I know, I know. I ask for this every chance I get, there's just never enough. And I realise people may not write it because they find the canon intimidating - believe me, I have struggled with this particular one a lot myself - but especially after running the exchange I feel like encouraging people who are maybe on the cusp of wanting to write something but for some reason don't. If you want a really specific request, all the prompts from the exchange are over here Stage of Fools prompts and I'm sure people would love to get something even after the main exchange (I know I would!). Or, well. Yuletide requests. That kind of thing. I'm not even asking for myself here, I just feel that more Shakesfic would improve my world, it doesn't need to be something written specifically for me.

5. More people to squee about theatre with. Idk, we used to watch TV shows as livestreams, I kind of want to do a similar thing with DVDs of theatre productions, where people watch them together and chat along while they do. I know that theatre isn't as accessible as other forms of fannish entertainment but 21st century technology has done a lot and I feel it's time fandom took advantage of that.

6. Podfic of any of my fic always makes me happy! A few people have podficced my stories in recent years and it made me appreciate the medium of podfic at a whole new level - there's truly something added with the way a performer reads my words and puts their own spin on it. (I would be super extra over the moon with podfic for any of my Shakespeare fic. But I will also be over the moon with podfic for any of my other stuff.)

Now to check out everyone's wishlist!

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Snowflake challenge Day 5

Day 05: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

This is easy, I shall rec things that were written as gifts for me!

1. Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter: Draft 2 (With Comments) (901 words) by ryfkah
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Romeo Montague, Benvolio Montague, Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Ethel the Pirate's Daughter, William Shakespeare, Philip Henslowe
Additional Tags: Screenplay/Script Format, Abandoned Work - Unfinished and Discontinued

What has occurred to bring me to this pass?
For on my life, I cannot make it out.


This one, I got for the Invisible Library exchange, where you have to write fic for things that don't exist In the real world, such as William Shakespeare's sadly lost early work Romeo and Ethel The Pirate's Daughter from Shakespeare in Love. The work is not only in pentameter, but it has the poet's original mistakes and redraft in it, so there are bits that have been crossed out, verses that aren't finished because he's trying to decide on a word (naturally scribbled in the margins) plus annotations from Henslowe, the long-suffering editor of our beloved poet. It's really fun and I re-read it regularly whenever I need a giggle.

2. Rrh-thanai (4487 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: Rihannsu - Diane Duane
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ael i-Mhiessan t'Rllaillieu, Spock, Arrhae i-Khellian t'Llhweiir, Ffairl, Aidoann t'Khnialmnae
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Diplomacy, Telepathy

After the war, Ael welcomes the Federation to ch'Rihan.

My first ever Yuletide gift. I fell in LOVE with Rihannsu that year and requested fic about Ael and Spock. The yulegoat provided and gave me a fic full of everything I love about Ael and Spock's dynamic. I was over the moon when I got it and I am still so happy whenever I remember that it exists.

3. Hollowed-By-Love (1296 words) by fresne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Oberon/Puck, Oberon/Titania
Characters: Indian Youth (Midsummer Night's Dream)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2013, Shakespeare, Cat2, Literature

Puck knew full well that King Oberon, inconstant as the seasons, in that he changed constantly, would accept nothing less than everything. Puck gave that and more.

This one has Puck as the jealous lover who gets back at both Oberon and Titania by seducing the Indian boy. I love this exploration of his character and the extension of his story beyond the play. Oberon is really manipulative to Puck, or at least he can be played that way, and he is like that here. I am a big fan of Puck and was very happy when I got this!

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Snowflake challenge, Days 2 and 3

Day 02
In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

I guess the one that really impacted my *life* is BBC Sherlock. It was the first fandom that I properly participated in after dabbling in LOTR as a tween. I went to fan meetups and participated in online communities and challenges. Pretty much all of my London friends are people that I met through Sherlock fandom. I ran an annual Meetup for a couple of years. I got involved with a semi-professional podcast and got to do cool stuff like interview cast and crew and review pastiches, and I served on the council of a local Sherlock Holmes society. I went to BSI Weekend one year. I even went to the Reichenbach Fall with a group of fangirls! I went on trips with the society including one last year where we stayed at a Cambridge college.
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Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

This is always a fun one at the end of every year or the beginning of a new one.

Fannish goals:
I signed up to [community profile] getyourwordsout again this year, with a 75k pledge. I would love to achieve that goal.

Another goal is to participate more in challenges. I didn't manage as many last year but I always love them.

Write for [community profile] fan_flashworks again! I failed myself out of it last year after a 20-month streak and I was super bummed, but this is clearly the year to pick up my arse and get back into it. One of the things that made it really stressful for me in previous years is that I am so chaotic in my approach. I need to sit down and plan which badges to work towards, and schedule writing time and all that.

And an easy goal: I want to run [community profile] stageoffools again! I just kind of threw it together because I was fed up and sad that there wasn't a Shakespeare exchange and I wanted there to be one, so I created one. It went really well so I am looking forward to doing that again.

Non-fannish goals:
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Snowflake challenge Day 1

First post for this year!

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.

I am in a lot of small fandoms so I do a lot of things that I feel no one ever sees. Which is fine, I like it that way, but here are some things that I am proud of and would like more people to read.

Oath of Allegiance (3747 words) by Lexigent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Queen and the Soldier (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: The Queen/The Soldier (Queen and the Soldier)

Max, a young female soldier from a lower-class background, starts a romance with a mysterious woman in a tavern. At first, it's only a game to Max, but as time goes on and things become more serious, there are important questions to be asked.

I always enjoy Jukebox Fest, and I enjoyed writing this one because the prompt was for f/f and I was in a f/f mood. I was also able to fancast Maxine Peake as the soldier, which made writing this easier.

The Quality of Mercy (1002 words) by Lexigent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hamlet - Shakespeare, SHAKESPEARE William - Works
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hamlet/Horatio
Characters: Hamlet, Horatio (Hamlet), Laertes (Hamlet)
Additional Tags: Alternate Ending

"You will lose this wager, my lord."

I recced this last year as the one that defines me as a creator. I'd been trying to write a fic that fixes the ending of Hamlet for about a year before I wrote this, but somehow I never quite got there. Watching the Peter Brook production finally unlocked that door for me. I felt really proud and accomplished after writing this. I had a real block about messing too much with Shakespeare canon, and this was the first fic I wrote where I got past it and really said something I'd been trying to say for a very long time.

Five Things That Never Happened To Ophelia (587 words) by Lexigent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hamlet - Shakespeare, SHAKESPEARE William - Works
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ophelia (Hamlet)

AU wherein Ophelia says what she thinks.

This one is really short but I had so much fun writing it. I don't write female characters very often so I made concerted efforts to change that last year. This was one of the results.

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Sign-ups open now for Stage of Fools

I've opened sign-ups for the Shakespeare fic exchange I'm running this year, Stage of Fools. Please click on the graphic of pop-art Willy Shakes to get to the comm or go to [community profile] stageoffools.

Sign-ups are open until August 20, minimum word count for fics is 100 words, works are due October 21. More info is here in the Rules & FAQ post.

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So it's been a week and we have learned a few things if we didn't already know them.

We're about to be governed by an unelected PM chosen by Tory party members, we haven't actually triggered the legal process that means we are leaving the EU but people, businesses, universities, ... are behaving like we have, because in their own best interests, they have to. And however it plays out, whether we actually leave or not, the people of this country will suffer the consequences for at least a decade.

And all because two privileged white men from the same drinking club got into a fight and played a game with the country's interests, with people's lives. And now they've both walked away from the mess they've created, leaving it for someone else to deal with.

No one is apologising for what they've done. No one is even taking responsibility. No one is admitting this is what they did.

I'm furious and helpless. And personally, all I want to know is if I should be looking for my next job over here or at home. Is there something about this country that I feel is salvageable, that is worth staying for, that is worth me making an effort to make things better? Or is there simply not enough, do I feel that everything is so broken it's not even worth trying to help fix it? That whatever goodwill I have will go to waste because nothing will change anyway?

I don't know. But at the moment, every day I wake up thinking things can't possibly get any worse, and then they do.

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