In other news, I've agreed to do a fanfic documentary, and talk about my life in fan fiction before the internet. Should be a hoot, and I'll see if I can dig up some fanzines and letterzines for show and tell. I met the woman doing the documentary at Norwescon, which is just amazing to me as in my mind, it's such a straight up SF con. How the world turns.
In home news, the backyard cottage progresses. Work still sucks, but I am not as stressed out by it as I was; can't say the same for the spouse. We'll see what happens in the next month, once the buyout is complete.
Hope your weekend is a good one.
On the cottage front, we finally have the fire sprinklers installed! That means we need a plumber and the insulation guys in, and then we can get it inspected for final framing and cover. So the water issues have been resolved, which caused a 4 month delay in the project, but things have moved at last. Once Dad's house sells, we hope to put some of our own work into the finishes and get that wrapped up by fall. I have hope again!
For my dad's house, last week was my last weekend cleaning and repairing the place. My sister-in-law did most of the on the ground coordination, as well as boxing up all of the old junk, organizing last month's estate sale (which we all worked and did well at), getting a realtor in, and being on site for every single contractor we had out to the place. It was a huge undertaking, and if she hadn't been willing to bail on some of her substitute teaching opportunities, I don't know how we would have managed. She and my brother live an hour away from Dad's, so it was a pain in the butt for her to do stuff, and I am super thankful that she got it done.
Last looks this weekend, new carpet and vinyl installed Wednesday June 1st, official photos June 2nd, and the house is on the market. Dad's a little freaked by it and has been very hand's off about selling the house; he wants it done as soon as possible so he can feel more financially secure again. He's doing well, but I can see his inner kid a lot, especially now that his big sister passed. He's really emotionally vulnerable, and I am so glad he's living in assisted care now and has friends now to support him. He's doing much better than he was last year when he was living on his own. He'll feel a lot better once the house is sold, his HELOC paid off, and he doesn't have to worry about paying for water, electric, or the taxes for owning it.
And after it all I will get back to fandom again! Real life just sometimes does a meltdown, and coping is all you can do. See ya on the flip side.
So. Now I need to work on the vids, which will have to start with setting up an account. But that'll bea goal for another day.
With that in mind, let's see where I was....Ah!
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.
The problem for me is that this one specifies 'fandom' as the challenge space, and for me, I don't know of a thing that I am not getting enough of in fandom. I have more vids than I can watch, more stories than I can read, more pictures and interesting facts than I can really spend the time to enjoy. Y'all are massively creative and darn motivated, which is why I love fandom so.
Hey! There's an idea for a challenge: find me more fannish time! What can I ditch from my life that will give me time to read and enjoy stories and vids and episodes and conversations? Can't be my husband, the cats, the kid or my job, but everything else is a go. For example, should I invest time in the KonMari method of tidying my house to gain more time to read? Inquiring minds want to know!
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.
( It's A Party! )
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.
Okay, cool! I am going to use this as an opportunity to point out some of the stories in my backlog, as I finally have most of them posted on A03. There are still a few SGA stories (less than a dozen!) still sitting in drafts, so I will work around those.
1. So this is my favorite of my alternate universe romances, complete with a steampunk-flavored arranged marriage for political purposes. I just got it posted on A03 too!
The Spare (13319 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Radek Zelenka, Teyla Emmagan
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, when enemies marry, Community: undermistletoe, Harlequin, Fairy Tale Elements, Marriage Contracts, Arranged Marriage, Steampunk
Summary: "It is your duty to the empire to marry Rodney McKay."
2. Next up - Have I mentioned that I love poly relationships? Here, have a Leverage threesome, complete with roller derby.
A Casual, Easy Thing (5298 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Additional Tags: I Saw Three Ships, Threesome, Character of Color, Domestic, Humor, Established Relationship, Angst, Polyamory, Jealousy, Undercover As Gay
Summary: "You conferenced my freak out?"
3. Finally I had to pick out one of my hurt/comfort stories, which of course has a heavy theme of second chances.
Waiting Place (24651 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Fandom: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Qui-Gon Jinn/Obi-Wan Kenobi
Characters: Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, First Time, Adventure, Bonding, Scars, Angst, Second Chances
Qui-Gon had to choose: Obi-Wan or himself.
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.
Sure! Why not.
1) My icons are aging, just like their owner. :) I would love an icon with Miss Fisher looking fabulous, ladies wearing menswear, something in the JediStormPilot line, or people reading. (I love icons with books in them.) Freshen it up as it were.
2) What is the most recent fanfic story under 20K words that you'd recommend?
3) What is your favorite non-fiction book at the moment? I enjoyed both Flash Boys and the Big Short last year, so I am looking for something with a solid narrative thread, but I'm thinking about branching out from financial disasters. Other disasters might be good for me too. :)
For Dira Sudis (dsudis)
Fandom: The Martian (2015), The Martian - Andy Weir
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chris Beck/Beth Johanssen/Mark Watney
Characters: Beth Johanssen, Chris Beck, Mark Watney
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Bathing/Washing, Team as Family
Summary: Mark didn't come away from Mars completely unscathed.
When I saw the pinch hit come through for H/c the Martian - with one request per the book and one per the movie -- I jumped at it. Because...H/C! Science Fiction! Potential Threesome! So totally in my wheelhouse, I had to jump at it.
Of course, once I got it, I had a rush of anxiety over writing. There was the little matter of my writing speed being glacier-like, and having less than a week to write it in -- given that I would be out of town on deadline weekend. It was at that point that I recognized the requester, and started banging my head on the desk for not really looking at that first.
So I grabbed a couple of people off the yuletide beta readers list -- alina and Celeste -- just to make sure I was writing something intelligible. Then I asked Gwyn to beta it, as I knew she could whip the story into shape, and find all the missing emotional holes that I initially forget. I worked on it right up until deadline, and am pretty proud of how it turned out.
Dira liked it, and I felt good about my writing process. It was a good Yuletide for me.
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV), Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jake Peralta/Amy Santiago
Characters: Amy Santiago, Jake Peralta, Gina Linetti, Rosa Diaz, Charles Boyle, Ray Holt, Madeline Wuntch
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Ensemble Cast, Magical Affairs, Misses Clause Challenge, Comedy
Amy Santiago is under investigation by Magical Affairs.
I wrote crackfic for yuletide! This was so much fun. Strix alba requested a Harry Potter/B99 crossover, 'or as much as you can do for yuletide', and that was my cue to make this a walk on the silly side. I'd also been reading some of the spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so I had some fresh ideas of how the magical culture might be different in America. I ran with it all, and tried to frame up the B99 crew as if they had magical powers. It's short - just long enough to get in, do the joke, and move on. :)
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'm doing the challenge this year because I like the structure of a daily challenge, and I want to be more an active participant in fandom. With the stress of the past year (Moving Dad to assisted care, his being hospitalized three times, the issues with work, and building the ADU) I am feeling fragile. Fandom can be my happy place if I work at it, so I'm hoping that this set of challenges will help me do that!
As for what I wrote, I finished An Earthly Harvest Festival for clopoleLis. It's a slice of life story wherein our intrepid adventurers are forced to attend a very dull holiday party on Earth. I got a real kick out of writing it.
Husband is safe too. New manager (again), and he gets to work with a new analyst...Me. Now that is gonna be weird.
Hi! I am so glad you found your way here. I cribbed this from former years, but if you are stuck, I hope this letter gives you some ideas for things you can write. If you have an idea for an AU or off-the-wall scenario or future fic that you are dying to see with the characters I asked for, go for it. I want you to have fun writing and not to stress it – I want you to enjoy yourself.
I’m a character-driven, relationship focused story fan, so if you stick with that – from a small friendship story to epic romance – I will love it. I love all types of intimacy from gen to explicit erotica; my favorite kink is D/s, and I also like hurt/comfort, just not of the illness kind.
I love worldbuilding, and all of the fandoms I’ve asked for involve rich worlds to explore. You can also build yourself a new one with alternate histories and timelines, or make them all members of the same band. Feel free to bring in other characters if you want, including original characters; my selected characters should be the focus, but that doesn’t mean they are all alone in the world.
Tropes I love: First times, teasing, banter, dark pasts, found families, self-realization, wistful regret, pining, old hurts, second chances, dreams, adventure, ass kicking, angst, exotic settings, outsider POV, wacky undercover situations, steampunk, horror, other worlds, whumpage, hurt/comfort, themes about friendship, trust and love. I'd also prefer a happy ending.
I do have some dislikes: heavy illness (cancer, AIDS, etc), pregnancy, public humiliation/embarrassment, death and permanent disability. I'm not keen on first person POV or all dialog stories, though I am fine with a story narrated by an original character, animal companion, or inanimate object.
I’ll try to give you a little more background on what I like in my chosen fandoms.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries : Phryne is my girl. I love her looks, her attitude and her innate desire to help others. Her relationship with Jack is one of my favorite things about the show as 'banter! banter! banter!' could be one of my favorite tag lines. Plus with both of them it's a 'second chance' story for me. Things that would work could include a dare that's a date, or something that involves some ass-kicking. Prefer for Jack to be the one hurt in a hurt/comfort scenario, if you go that route.
I'm happy to have any of the other characters in the story, but I really want it to focus on Phryne and Jack. I think they have serious chemistry, and I love the way she handles him.
Killjoys (TV) : I think Dutch is fantastic, and I want to know more about her. I'm also very interested in their relationship, whether you want to go with 'found families' or a more intimate act. Their universe is worth exploring, and I'm happy to see where you take them.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) : I admit that this one really hit my 'everything old is new again' vibe. The old version and the new are someone intertwined in my head, so this isn't a canon-based fandom for me, and I'd love to see this taken in a more SF bent. You could also do a Steampunk-ish AU with this, which could be really fascinating. Any tack you want to take is fine by me, but I would like to have this slashed.
Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells : I love the universe, I love the characters, and I'd love to see Shade visit some with Jade and Moon. Maybe a visit somehow caused by the birth of Moon and Jade's clutch?
Enjoy writing your story and I'm sure I'll love reading it. All of the details are optional, and I’m happy to leave specifics up to you. Like I said, I love these characters and I'll love whatever you choose to write in any of these fandoms. I'm really looking forward to it!
And if I get this done, then next year, it's vids.
( can I remember how to use this thing... )
Second, I had my five year post-treatment appointment with the oncologist yesterday, and for once there was absolutely no problem with my bloodwork or anything else. Everything looked great, and when I was asked if I wanted to keep seeing her for maintenance appointments, I said: "No."
So that's it! Done. Done. Done. Checked out and gone home, and hopefully I will never see her cute little elfin face again. The past few weeks I have been going crazy with this stuff, and now I am finally through it. W00t!
I am still missing one story written by many people -- suze, lum, bone, maybe Zen and Nancy,maybe others -- but I no longer have a copy of it myself and will have to pull it from the internet archive.
So with that, I am down to just my SGA stories, and I want to get those done this year. Afterwards, it'll all be about moving the vid site to creative commons, and setting those up in A03 too.
Twenty or so years worth of fan works. It's still a lot of stuff to do.