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Day 9: Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want. Done and done.

Day 10: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme.

Oh, I don't think you're ready for this jelly... /laughs Actually, that's not true! I'm a big fan of tropes and trope inversion, but I don't actually write a whole lot of it, which is something I'm hoping to change in the coming year.

Segue: in terms of writing, it's hard to look back and pick out patterns sometimes. I've been in fandom more than half my life at this point, and I've been creating for a vast majority of it. And as much as it sucks to watch the years tick by, what's fascinating - on a meta-level - is looking back at your own fannish history and seeing how you've changed. In some ways, it's deeply embarrassing - there's a lot of stuff in my journals that I want to lock or delete or bury deep in the ground - but there's also growth (as a human being, as a writer) and constancy (the more things change, the more things stay the same). I feel crazy lucky to be able to have the benefit of this kind of geological record of myself.

Meta aside - motif-wise, I can't escape from urban and structural landscapes. Just slapping on a "worldbuild is my kink" bumper-sticker isn't quite true: I love worldbuilding when I'm co-writing, but when I'm on my own I think it's the cityscape or the office-entity-scape that I like to poke at. The fuck-you-structural things. Of the stuff I've written, the one fic I love best is all about urban development; the one fic that AO3 loves best is a finance-firm AU.

It's enormous fun to play with the larger picture and see how that affects characters. I think it's why I deeply like characters like Rufus (FFVII) and Balthier (FFXII) and Gregor/Simon (Vorkosigan). They're all integral to or deeply affected by their superstructures: Rufus, by virtue of being Shinra, is the superstructure. Then there are structures themselves: the Turks, the Judges, ImpSec. Prince of Tennis is divided up into schools; Hikaru no Go and Rakugo Shinjuu are all set in and around some sort of association. Homestuck's 100 made up Structural Things, especially relationship structures, are why I've read a lot of fic in that fandom without caring much at all about the canon proper.

*g* I think I'm going to cut myself off before I keep ranting. Got a trope you love? Talk about it in the comments! I'd love to, uh, comment worldbuild...
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Day 08: In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.

I write decently; I've got lots of executive function; I write in British English.

/sniggers That last one is the cross I'll die on, apparently.

The household has been battling intense exhaustion; I think it may be some sickness, but it's hard to tell when there's so much general Stuff That Makes Us Feel Exhausted. At least it's a long weekend!
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[community profile] snowflake_challenge 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.

  • A remix!
  • Someone to illustrate a project with me. Any project at all!
  • Someone to co-write something with.

On that note, if y'all did a day 6 and have requests - link me, please! I'll include stuff in my Pay It Forward challenge if there's anything I can possibly accomplish. :)
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All righty. I'm throwing together some weekly learn Japanese stuff for [personal profile] yhlee, and I'm posting it here for anyone who wants to play along.

This week's post is about hiragana and katakana. I'm going to focus more on drilling and just getting vocabulary out there than how to memorise the shapes and forms; there are many good resources available on Google for that.

In general, I'm going to try to convey what was useful to me as a learner and the methods I used to help brute-force my way to reading competence.

I'm going to try to keep the kid gloves off and throw in real words, with real difficulty, sooner rather than later. The faster we jump into the hot pan of reading real sentences, the faster we'll get to the kick of getting a mental reward for our efforts - without which learning is kinda hard.

Hiragana, Katakana, and Drilling )
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Holy fuck this show is so good I may actually die.

Yotaro. Yotaro. YOTARO. YOTARO!!!!! You wouldn't know heresy if it BIT YOU ON THE FACE but it doesn't matter because you are going to FIX THIS SHITSHOW MY BOY, YES YOU WILL


Jan. 7th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Wow. So. Uh. Those last three eps, eh. Talk about a series that's somewhere in between being baity/trope-inverty/sports-wtf.

So... anyone want YoI fic?
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Day 5: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

This time around, it's going to be fanart!

exp1bds draws the best Tseng I've ever seen. Seriously, I could drool all day.

My utterly amazing friend Crim adapted Executive Reform into doujinshi format. I'd say it's cheating because I'm technically reccing something I helped bring to life, but seriously - Crim did all of the work here, and it's entirely their own, and I can't even begin to express how amazing it is. Giant robots, giant monsters, amazing Hojo.

Meanwhile, for all that I've never quite managed to love the atmosphere of DA:I in terms of its writing - the art it generates is so fantastic, like some crazy, angular, gilted-up world of magic. Which I suppose is what it is.
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I haven't had an anime night to myself in ages, but tonight I SHALL CONSUME YURI!!! ON ICE and the new season of Rakugo Shinjuu. This post exists solely so that I can allcaps my reaction in the comments.

Snowflake challenge stuff to come later. Hi new flisters! Feel free to just jump into the comments here and hang out as well! :D


Jan. 5th, 2017 11:28 am
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New season of Rakugo Shinjuu starts tomorrow! I AM READY*.

*No. I'm not. I'm not I'm not I'm not.
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Day 04: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them.

/goes to friending meme

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So I'm trying hard to make each of these [community profile] snowflake_challenge posts a little bit useful or broadly interesting. Resolutions are a pretty hard one! I've found, ironically, that the major times I've been able to keep up new habits are under extreme duress (schedule is too full, running on empty, head on fire, heart in pieces) or extreme boredom. Funny how that works.

Fandom-wise, pretty much the only time I've been successful at writing at the last couple of years has been with challenges. [community profile] yuletide and [profile] notprimetime aside, anyone have favourites they want to share?

Day 03: In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. )
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Another day of [community profile] snowflake_challenge. As part of it, I'm going to do my damnedest to comment on everyone's entries who are on my reading list. If you've dropped in recently and want to expand your circle, drop me a subscribe and I'll do the same.

Under cut: Le Guin's Left Hand.

Day 2: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. )

On a separate note, I'm going to ping off of [personal profile] yhlee's Pay It Forward meme:

Let's start 2017 off in a positive way with a Pay It Forward meme. The first 6 people to comment (and more if I can manage it) will receive a surprise from me at some point in 2017 - anything from a book, a ticket, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! It will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

(If you don't like surprises and would rather have something off a wishlist and/or some warning, let me know in your comment. The goal is to make you happy.)

If you can, post this in your own journal and pay it forward. Let's do more kind and loving things for each other in 2017, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.

I would be more than happy to buy The Left Hand of Darkness (or one of Le Guin's short story collections featuring the Hainish Cycle; it's not that I don't like Earthsea - I've just never read it) - physical or digital - for someone as part of it.
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It's that time of the year again! [community profile] snowflake_challenge time, that is. Hello to anyone who's randomly drifting by.

If you want to read about: translations, Japanese language stuff, intertextual rubbish - clicky! I talk less about my fics (of which I've picked 2) and more about the background behind their canons and how they're consumed: rakugo stories and the Tale of Heike.

Day 1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created )
karanguni: hooray for the googly eyed (YAMATO banzai)
It was a pretty productive yuletide! I wrote some longish, weirdo things that I'm really quite happy with - not everyone's cup of tea, but I had a lot of fun stretching as a writer this year. Also, my fandoms are Obvious McObvious.

Iain M. Banks - The Culture


Ever-Everland (8843 words, M for asphyxiation)
Reverse soulbond mindfuckery non-Special Circumstances life-romping. Er, I never said I was good at summaries.

Heike Monogatari/Tale of Heike

As Above, So Below (6583 words)
The Genpei War (or, er, a little bit of it, and, er, not actually the war itself) in space. That's right. Because one must always read bungo in order to punt characters into stellar conflict. (On that note, I'm amazed my own DW already has a tag "classics in space.")

Vorkosigan Saga

High Fidelity (3070 words)
Simon and Aral clue each other in about Jole.

昭和元禄落語心中 | Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

A country with no mirrors (3601 words, E for intercrural adventures)
Kikuhiko lets Sukeroku get to him. Or: what happens when K is allowed to translate anything, ever.


and then the cracky gouda answer questions - written with Fram, Kat and Tana - that is just... IDEK man. Cheese. Cheesey?
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Hey, it's never too late to be early to some NYRs, right?


List )


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Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Tools of the Trade (9095 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 昭和元禄落語心中 | Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yotaro/Konatsu
Characters: Konatsu (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu), Yotarou (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu), Kikuhiko | Yuurakutei Yakumo, Yuurakutei Sukeroku, Miyokichi (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Supernatural Elements, Alternate Universe - Theatre, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Background Kiku/Miyo/Suke OT3, Misses Clause Challenge, Yuletide Treat
Summary: All they needed was a prop for the show. But sometimes, those old tools can seem to have a life of their own.

So here's 9K of something far different from the heart-string-ripping of the anime: it's a mundane/supernatural AU in the best of ways. Yotaro is a wonder, and Konatsu both practical and heartfelt. 

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Than Dreamt of in Your Philosophy (1775 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Additional Tags: Crueltide, Supernatural Elements, Lovecraftian
Summary: Stephen could not even have said what woke him, after - he only knew that something had called him and he had gone, up to the deck, barely decent.

So, Lovecraftian/weird fiction has been a sleeper runaway this year for the stuff I've read, and this here. My god. The mystery of the seas combined with just perfect, perfect back-forth dialogue between Stephen and Jack. Subtle and perfect and bless the Tom Pullings cameo. Bless this whole fic, really.

Tang Dynasty RPF

A Change of Season (3456 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Táng Cháo | Tang Dynasty RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Shàngguān Wǎnér/Wǔ Zétiān
Characters: Shàngguān Wǎnér, Wǔ Zétiān
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, Chromatic Source, Chromatic Yuletide, Palace Intrigue, strong women of history, corridors of power, Poetry, Love Poems, Mentor/Protégé
Summary: Shangguan Wan-er could think of no reason for the Empress to summon a palace slave to her presence. No good reason. It would be the first meeting of two of the most powerful women of Chinese history.

Hngngngngngn I'm not even halfway through the historical RPF this year but this one is just. It's Wu Zetian, for one. And has poetry, and court politics.

HP Lovecraft

The Long Summoning (2410 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:Time isn't real. There is only what you need, and what it costs.

I think I said in my AO3 bookmark, "holy crap this is good." Holy *crap*, this is good. 

Batman vs. Superman

Precision (4197 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lex Luthor/Bruce Wayne
Characters: Clark Kent
Summary: Precision. Like a knife sliding through flesh and muscle, avoiding bone and striking a beating heart.

If I chant "this is the Lex/Bruce I have waited a lifetime for" three times in the mirror, will I get more fic?
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I was given a sheer embarrassment of riches this year! Not one but THREE main collection fics, and then another amazing piece in Madness. For the Vorkosigan Aral-Jole-Simon folks out there:

My main gift was A Winding Walk (2936 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Simon Illyan/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Breathplay, Dubious Consent, Mentions of Cordelia Naismith, Mentions of Ges Vorrutyer, Book: Shards of Honor
Summary:Simon didn't deliberately drop in on Aral Vorkosigan while the latter was drunk.

Besides the kink (ALL THE KINK), it's got Simon triaging Aral before Cordelia comes back to kick ass. Self-destructive Barrayaran-ness is a given.

Then there're my treats:

Only Memories Mine (1750 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Oliver Jole/Aral Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan & Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, Oliver Jole
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Time Period: Vorkosigan Regency, Bitterness, Exhibitionism, Aral jerking Simon's chain
Summary: Aral gives Simon enough material to oust him with.

This here is Aral giving Simon plenty to... work with. If you were wondering what Cordelia meant by Simon being in a bit of a tizz when he found out about Jole, this fic presents a wonderful reason why.

Then there's the magnificently cracky and yet poignant Never Getting Back Together (Like, Ever). (1444 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Ges Vorrutyer
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: 2016 Yuletide, Yuletide Treat, Crack, Epistolary, I'm Sorry, Captain Awkward, The Bad Advisor, Advice Columns, Darth Vader Ex, Canon-Compliant, mentions of canon-typical violence
Summary: My dear Captain, I need some scripts for dealing with my Darth Vader ex, who happens to be the brother of my ex-wife.

I'm not even going to try to summarise this guy. Just go read it.

they're changing guard at Buckingham Palace (Christopher Robin went down with Alice) (327 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Simon Illyan/Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Oliver Jole/Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Polyamory
Summary: It was not possible for a man to stop loving Aral Vorkosigan.

This is Simon on the sane side of Providing Good Bad Ideas - another twist on Jole, and a great one.
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Kicked off by [personal profile] astolat, there's now a Slack community – Fan Thursday – for fans in the community who want a place to talk and organise for change in the US.

(If you've never used Slack before, don't worry: it's just a really great chat programme.)

I'd love to get more people onto the community, especially if you're in the Colorado area. Leave a comment on this post on DW (comments are screened) or PM me on Tumblr with your email address and I'll send out an invite.

If nothing else, it's a really great place to meet people in fandom who feel like we have a responsibility and ability to make change happen, especially if you don't have a RL community near you to whom you can vent. :)
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ALSO, if people need a pick me up, I'll take prompts in any fandom I know. Or just ask me to write something original.
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If anyone wants to just talk/vent/talk-vent about other things, feel free to just... come into the comments and say hi and stuff. I'm finding that even if I'm mentally coming around to things, I'm community-starved right now. So, yeah. Open invitation, even if you're just randomly drifting by.

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A universe of unmapped grief and love
And new master light is beyond
The pleiades and plow and southern stars.

O soaring
Icarus of outworld, burn bright
The traceries of known skymarks,
Slide the highway planets behind
Your clear waxed wings.

Go conquer the everywhere left
Beyond your sad confinement
In a predicted bonehouse,
Witch thrown riddle of flesh
And water.

O soar until nothing
remains but great glittering holes
In the black godspun shirt over your head.

- John Fairfax