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 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.
My best received fics happen to be the fics I had the most fun writing, always and without exception. Ones like:
- Naruto: Model Behaviour (finance AU Kakashi/Iruka)
- Discworld: 'Tis Impossible To Be Sure Of Any Thing (Moist, Vetinari)
- Hikaru no Go: Machine Learning
Fun things flow, and things with flow write better and read better and lend better to just... everything. They might not be the most "hard hitting" of fics, and they might not be fics that ventured to say something important, but they are important and hard hitting to me (and hopefully some people out there!) because they stretched the imagination and were fun; they were play!
My personal favourites?
FFVII is my homeground, and Empery - a Tseng backstory AU - stands out in my memory. While it's not my best written piece anymore, or the subtlest crayon in the box, it helped me find my headspace on a lot of issues, including bicultural things and post-colonial things, and I just remember sitting down at 12 in the morning and writing it all in one long, electric go. A similar fic, Year One (Reeve and Midgar), also hits the list for similar reasons, though I like it better as an objective piece of work. If you like Midgar worldbuild, I can rec that one in all good conscience!
That said, I'd written in FFVII for so long that I never really quite feel like an... independent? Or mature? writer in that fandom - so much of what I write is derivative of derivatives, and while that's not a bad thing, it's not my own voice, per say. Batman Beyond (and DCU in general) is where I hit my stride, and Counting Down The Hours (Terry, Bruce, looking into the past) lives on in my memory of being lyrically strong and emotionally plugged-in.
Without a doubt, though, collaborative works are where I feel I learned the most, was pushed the most, and had the most fun. Executive Reform (FFVII/Pacific Rim apocalyptic AU) was born from a prompt from Elemental, is the gen fic I never knew I could write, and was somehow the seed inspiration for Crim drawing amazing doujin. It's strange, it's tiny, it doesn't get read by many people, but I love it to the bottom of my black heart and it's been a joint fandom bus effort.
And what an ingrate would I be if I didn't mention Nasdack, the FFVII/FFXII stockmarket AU (Tseng/Rufus, Tseng/Balthier, Tseng/Rufus/Balthier???) that I swore nobody would read but me and pendency. It was born out of the '08 crash, written on what I'm pretty sure were the dregs of the dregs of whatever energy she and I had leftover from real life, the desire to see Balthier fuck anything that moved and a good few systems that couldn't, and was just one giant route from beginning to badly defined, never written end.
If you do decide to try and give this a go, ignore the AO3 order and start with:
Is that a trust fund in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? (18393 words) by karanguni
Fandom: FFXII, FFVII
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Balthier/Tseng/Rufus, Tseng/Rufus, Tseng/Balthier, Balthier/Rufus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Real World, Stockmarket AU
Series: Part 4 of Nasdack
'He's a Bunansa. You're a Shinra. Tell me how this will go well, Rufus.'
Tseng's in New York, Balthier's in London, and Rufus is in the sky as the world burns around them. Hedging on futures can be such tricky things.
There is No Witty Euphemism For Dividing And/Or Conquering (15382 words) by karanguni
Fandom: FFXII, FFVII
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Balthier/Tseng, Tseng/Rufus, Balthier/Rufus
Characters: Veld, Reno, Elena, Rude
Additional Tags: Stockmarket AU, Alternate Universe - Real World
Series: Part 13 of Nasdack
Tseng's in New York, and so is the fledging Shinra-Bunansa empire: whether that is the point or the problem is anybody's guess. Hedging on futures can be such a tricky thing.
The fact that these collabs end up crossovers more often than not is a strange quirk of fandom that I will roll in till the day I'm too old to type. Good times!
(As I dug back through my AO3 to find all of this stuff, I've got to point out that AO3 isn't where the story begins: as much as I'd like to imagine I was always a decent writer, I started off with a Mary-Sue more-or-less self-insert Lord of the Rings fic on FFN. If that's not wince-worthy enough, I even stuck in little A/Ns involving the words "slash" and "yuck." I'm grimacing even thinking about it now, but that's really the fic that opened my eyes: I got flamed about flaming slash, and it made me think about why I'd said "yuck," and here I am like a million years later. I also got defended - people stood up for my (really shitty) writing, and told me to keep going even if haters were going to hate, and I wonder what might've happened to me if I never did get that boost of encouragement. I might never have written another word. My whole life would have been different – and that's... not really an exaggeration? I've met my best friends through fandom and fic; I've become an excellent academic writer (with third-party whatevers to prove it) because of writing fic; the way I think changed because of writing and fandom.
But that's not so much a rec as self-reflection. *g*)
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?
I've been out of fandom a long time! I've never totally gone, except maybe in 2012, but I've effectively been a ghost since 2009 for a whole host of personal/professional/educational reasons. It's strange, considering that I've made very good friends through fandom, learned my voice through fandom, and been given more joy/hilarity/wtf in fandom than a lot of things in my life.
While it'd been very nice to sort of have five years of not caring much about what was going on online, I suppose fandom is... a great big creativity dump? No matter how good my RL friends are, unless I'm creating with them, something's missing. It's the special K, the little something-something, the rocket fuel for my brain, and I'm so glad I got my writing together because of fandom and the people I've met through it. Serendipitous things have happened to me because of fandom, and coming back is a bit like... coming home?
I'd like to just get writing more, honestly. Once a day, even if it's just a post like this, and since fandom_snowflake runs for the first half of January that should be easy enough!
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 sort of object-permanent no-frills chat space where fandom people can just hang out. I'm thinking of putting together a Slack for it! Since sometimes it's nice to just see if people are about and to talk, regardless of common fandoms/whatever.
- Porn prompts! I read a ton of it, but I never write a lot of it publicly - I'd love to just get (back?) into the groove of it and get used to writing pieces I'm proud of, because god was it a fun way to explore things and it's still fun and I hope it continues to stay fun. COME LEAVE SOME, random comm people! I have really got no squicks, and if I don't know the fandom I'll just say "pass." Or be convinced...
- More canon/ship introduction posts. Pimp posts, manifestos, whatever they're called these days - it feels like on tumblr I'm just meant to get into something by virtue of having had my eyeballs bombarded with a bunch of gifs and fanart and it just straight up doesn't get me involved the way a good post or fic used to?
- ONE DAY, TO COMMISSION ART FOR MY OCs. I have a whole... series and set planned out.
This is oddly cathartic! Looking forward to day 3.
Again, word count is not an indication of bias (FOR SERIOUS THIS TIME), and nothing is really read through or fully thought out. Experimenting with a few new styles, too!
( Gundam Wing: Treize lives! But Zechs takes huge political falls. (And I somehow manage to write only the introduction, where Treize doesn't appear at all, huzzah!) 1031 words. )
( Trek: Flying-o-phobic McCoy, meet Starfleet! 437 words. )
ALSO WIK!!!: it is imperative (see the number of exclamation marks I used there?) that you give me your addresses for the Great Mailer if you wish to receive mail! SHYNESS IS NOT AN OPTION. I love sending mail, so indulge my sad little life and go paste yourself there. 8D
- While bureaucracy is very fun to write fic about, waiting 3 hours for a 2 minute interview at the American Embassy is not. D:
- Discussing the philosophy of mathematics is a bit like a snake trying to eat it's own tail. *insert FMA reference here*
- Retail therapy sort of fixes everything
- On my to-read list:
[x] Haruki Murakami - After Dark
[x] Neil Gaiman - Coraline (WHY YES I AM SLOW ON THE UPTAKE)
 Homer - The Iliad books 12-24
 John Steinbeck - East of Eden
- On my to-procure list:
 Terry Pratchett - Nation
- On my to-complain list:
 Boss being unbearable
 Quitting now moving up on list of priorities
And, for fandom exercising, DIALOGUE MEME - comment with a character, a situation, a prompt, and I'll write you a one-line bit of dialogue! Feel free to PARRY/BANTER/COUNTER BACK. :D TARGET THE FOLLOWING FANDOMS FOR EXTRA POINTS: Discworld's Moist and Lu Tze books, Lucifer.
 ALSO, everyone should go read today's xkcd, and then Wiki Erdos number, and THEN wiki Erdos-Bacon numbers (as in, Kevin-Bacon-the-actor Bacon), because that article is hilarious for the following paragraph:
( The only ways a lower [Erdos-Bacon] number could be achieved would be: )
Also, the new Fullmetal Alchemist:
This is why I put off watching it for so long:
*rocks back and forth* I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO HURT ME, I KNEW HUGHES WOULD TAKE MY HEART AND STOMP ALL OVER IT LIKE IT WAS NOTHING; I KNEW THAT WATCHING HIM AND ROY AND GRACIA AND ELYSIA WAS GOING TO HURT; I KNEW THAT ED WAS GOING TO MAKE ME MENTALLY EXPLODE; I KNEW THAT IN SPITE OF LOVING OKAWA TORU FOREVER THAT MIKI SHIN WAS GOING TO TAKE ROY AND DEVELOP A FACET OF HIM THAT MAKES ME WANT HIS ROY AND OKAWA'S ROY TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM VIOLENTLY MAKING OUT AND AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH
RIP ME APART LIKE A BODICE, GO! It's on LJ, but there are anonymous commentseses, so you can go suck their server power if you'd so like! 8D
Must... catch... up... with... fandom... this... weekend...
1. Ursula K Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness
2. JRR Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings
3. Nancy Farmer - A Girl Named Disaster
4. Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull
5. Ursula K Le Guin - The Wind's Twelve Quarters
6. Madeleine L'Engel - A Wrinkle in Time
7. Neil Gaiman - American Gods
8. Will Shake - Julius Caesar
9. Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
10. JRR Tolkien - The Hobbit
11. Roald Dahl - Going Solo
12. Terry Pratchett - Thief of Time
13. Terry Pratchett - Small Gods
14. Madeline L'Engel - Many Waters
15. Ursula K Le Guin - A Wave in the Mind
Drabbletimes for these fifteen! Leave any character(s) and a prompt; they can cross on over if they like! \o\
AND TO ANY OF MY FRIENDS WHO ARE UNDER THE WEATHER, OR WHO ARE HELPING ME THROUGH MY TIME OF WEIRD HORMONES, OR WHO WILL EVER BE UNDER THE WEATHER: ♥ You are all and each of you beautiful people, articulate in your own ways, and a gift to this small green planet of ours. ♥
To relieve my brain and celebrate going on vacation for four days (hee hee, I get away with going on vacation the day after I start work?), I join the memesheep flock: request a drabble from any one of my fandoms, the more situational and hilarious the better. :D I will try and get it all out in between flailing madly at having to leave the country tomorrow evening with so much work still needing to be done.
Things to do tomorrow:
 Testimonial for that teacher
[x] Email that PR person
[x] Pack a bag so that you do not go forward unclothed
Things to do when I get home:
 Subscribe to mobile broadband; this is no longer an option, this is a necessity
 Update Roads Diverged + new layout for it
 DREAMWIDTH I have this irrational fear that, since I will be away on the 30th of May, someone will SWOOP IN AND TAKE MY USERNAME, which is insane, and probably more a reaction to having to sleep in the same room as my parents for the May Day Holiday than anything else.
Oh, but I come here a-spamming tonight: I'm thinking of taking up an MMO - never played one before in my life - and am going to try (the very free, from downloads to playing) Granado Espada, which looks wicked cool. Anyone want to join up with?
Proceeds are going to RAINN, which is full of worthiness.
Also, I JEDI MIND TRICK all of you into pitching in and putting your very noble selves and services up as well! More people = more fic/goodies = more money to people who need it = MORE EXCELLENCE IN THE UNIVERSE.
♥ See y'all there. Auction's on the 28th - 31st of March, and you can sign up any time until then! It's not just fic and graphics - you can offer jewellery, art, cloth, food & drink, vids, and the ambiguous+ubiquitous "miscellaneous".
Feel free to shoot me questions about my offer in this post!
I know that I know very little about all you amazing people on my flist - the things you care about, the matters that hit home, the way you live and sometimes even where you live. This post is open, and anonymous commenting is open -- go 'head, tell me a bit or piece of your story: post about why you're here on LJ, or what you fear the most, or just CHAT IN CAPSLOCK; tell me about the fandoms I'm not in that you want to share, or about the charities you'd support (like the one up there? :D?). I SEND ♥ OF INVITATION 'specially to those of you whom I don't cross-fandoms with very often! :D :D :D
Comment with a story I've written, and I will tell you one thing I knew, learned, or wondered about while writing the story that didn't make it onto the page.
[Alsowik: could anyone rec me some good Serenity fic? Simon-fic in particular? :D? :D?]
dnatio_memoriae generously donated her art skillz for a couple of these, and may be contributing more in the morning! IS THE WORLD NOT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. OH YES, IT IS. ♥
( numinicious - Lucifer (Lucifer, postcard) )
( dnatio_memoriae: Baccano! (Luck, Claire, writing on the wall) )
( white_jenna: Final Fantasy VII (Tseng, cocktail napkin) )
( muse_lightning: nasdack FFVII AU (Tseng, Elena, post-its) )
( knightlineninja: Cowboy Bebop (Spike, short letter) )
( voksen: Baccano! (Czes, longhand letter) )
( logistika_nyx: nasdack AU (Elena/Tseng: he's full of wishful thinking) )
( misura: nasdack AU (Dark Nation, Rufus) )
If you feel you have been deprived a present, feel free to dump a prompt of any sort on me! After all, Chinese New Year (ha! coming from me, least traditional of people!) lasts a good long while, technically! :D Right now I am going to lean back in my seat and let my eyes explode for a while. ♥
I am indeed home, and sweltering for more reasons than one! Work and the weather being the absolute bestest combination of things on earth. But, with the new year dawning and all sorts of interesting prospects on the horizon, I look forward to delving back into writing and stuff with a lot of ink, but mostly with my keyboard. :D
I know I owe a lot of you real-life mail -- I'll ship off the things I have on hand, but if the others take a while, it's because I'm trying to start earning a bit of my own credit; just something to do for my family in this time of ROCKS FALLING AND EVERYONE DYING. :D Not that we're in any trouble, just that my mental guilt is strong.
So, to get back into things:
Give me a character from any one of my fandoms (though I will love you if you select the ones I love in my heart *coughTSENGcoughESTRAVENcough*), and a medium of correspondence (email, longhand letter, memo, post it note, writing on wall, &c.), and a prompt. I will zoom something back to you! Multiple requests are welcome; I will write at my descretion. ♥
Postscript: pssst, and if you feel in a generous mood after the meme, you can head over to this fanficcers meme and help tell me what you think of my fic! 8D *SHAMELESS*
Batman Beyond: Terry, longhand letter to Bruce
Left Hand of Darkness: Genly, writing on the wall to Sorve
Final Fantasy VII: Tseng, longhand letter by candlelight
Batman: Jason, leaving writing on the wall
That said, might as well make someone else's day! :D paceus asked for a DVD commentary for Ho ho ho (Discworld). Here it is:
( Things I do when low on sleep )
\o/ I am a pretty pathetic commentary writer for drabbles. *g* If anyone else wants one - for any fic, really - feel free to poke at!
Alternatively, if you feel like making a sick girl's day:
 While I'm in the meta mood, might as well do the 2008-fic-roundup thing that everyone else and their mother has probably done. 8D
( The year in a couple of words )
(this goes out from under the cut, because people need the love:)
Things I love - again and again and again I have struck gold with the people I've met. It's insane - everyone seems to talk about fandom wank and such, but I've never encountered anything other than squee and constructive crit.
pere_chan: my most amazing Pere! I do not know if you are home to read this right now, but thank you so damned much. You went from being one of the first people that I felt comfortable squeeing with on AIM to being one of my closest friends outright. ♥ Your Batman art blows my mind away - your art in general blows my mind away - but not more than your generosity of spirit and optimisim.
dnatio_memoriae: I am so glad you came out of the woodwork! Thank you so much for the last couple of months; it has been one hell of a ride. *g* You're always around with something to say about Turkfic, for which I am ETERNALLY GRATEFUL IN ALLCAPS, and I love love love the concrit you gave for Restorations. I love you art so much that I have this entire folder with nothing but your pieces. I look at it and it brings a warm glow to my stomach. TOGETHER WE WILL MUSH LUCIFER AND FINAL FANTASY VII AND BLIND THE WORLD. *g* *rolls*
logistika_nyx: you are the master, and I, merely the little slavegirl thing. *g* You have constantly been around to flail at and with, and to have endless comment threads when one/both of us are bored at school/work, and god knows you've made me a better, more thinky writer than I would've been otherwise. I hope you and the Boy are home and settled into House! :D I am blessed to have got to know you. And, you know, write copious amounts of (mind)porn with you.
kabuki_chan: I hope that you are alive! And that the world has not eaten you! ♥ Thank you so much for the co-squee and the amazing art over the past year. You are the bestest!
_ice_lady_: LET YOUR THESIS NOT EAT YOU, PLEASE. ♥ Thank you for being around and always having time to comment spam and grin and glee. ♥
maho_kiwi: kiwi! I am so glad to have got to know you and Laylah - the both of you are such landmarks of fandomy goodness, and the both of you work so hard that I feel kind of star-fishy and useless in comparison. You guys have been amazing generous with your time and yourselves, so ♥ ♥ ♥!
My nose is starting to clog up and object to a lack of medicine, and I'm running out of the braincells needed to do a proper thank-you list, but nonetheless:
white_jenna, puella_nerdii, aikonamika, guingel, mithrigil, shadowwaker -- and everyone else that my brain's not remembering: thank you so much for the past year. ♥
To all the new flisters, especially the Yuletides mjules, numinicious, elishabet, liviapenn, dhaunea, kangeiko, deepad, autumn_belias, okay here I really *am* running out of braincells - I love you guys for #yulechat, and I lookforward to mm.org, and the next yuletide, and all the OTHER CRAZY. Oh, and five million NYRs. ♥
Here, have a meme. Anonymous comments are on, and every reply makes me tingle with non-hangoverness. 8D
What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since joining my flist/"friending me"? Was anything completely unexpected or have I always fit the picture of me you have in your head?
now, back to passing out jaslfja
IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON, THEREFORE: goodwill times! I'm a big proponent of sending stuff off to all ends of the earth. Most human beings I know are big proponents of receiving stuff in the mail. ERGO:
LIST OF FUN FREE THINGS
1. If you haven't already, there my seasonal card-and-bits sending list. I don't care how much you speak to me, I LOVE YOU ANYWAY, and want to send you shiny things in the mail.
2. Or, if you would like something fic-like instead, head over here and I will try to fulfil writing wishes!
3. Even more alternatively, if you'd prefer a couple of icons? Hit me over at shifgrethor FOR GREAT JUSTICE. Just leave an image in a post, any post!
If, for bizarre reasons, you want to spread joy and give back, there's this beautiful meme below. Comment below, or leave a link to your own post,(with or without requests from above!) and everyone can LINK BACK AND FORTH FOR GREAT JUSTICE:
Make a post to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 unlimited holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related to medium to really big. The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real life things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa could get in touch with you.
Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.
Surf around your flist to see who has posted their list. & now here's the important part:
If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.
scheherezhad's is here!
And eska_rina's is here!
( List! )
FEEL FREE (