明けましておめでとう, ya'll! Glad it's a new year and glad there's a new Snowflake Challenge to go with it. My thanks as ever to the challenge mods, current and past, for all the hard work you guys do.



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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.


年末怪奇事記 (Record of Unusual Occurrences in the Eleventh and Twelfth Months) For Onmyoji fandom, which more people should know about because the movies are wonderful. I had so much fun writing this fic, half of which came out in Japanese that I had to rework into English, and it was the first time I felt I'd really managed a whole plot.

The New Emperor's Nohecharis For The Goblin Emperor fandom, which has such a ridiculously talented core of writers it's a bit intimidating to dip my toe into. Lawful good Beshelar just hits all of my kinks, and I love speculating about all the implications of the world and social systems Addison set up. This 900-odd-word fic is the result of my paring down over 10,000 words till I thought I'd got it right.


Revisions for The Watchmaker of Filigree Street fandom, which more people should know about because the novel is wonderful. I wrote this whole thing in the browser of a Nexus mini tablet whose text editor and autocorrect functions were clearly designed by a sadist. That was the terrible part. The fun part was the challenge of getting into Mori's head and working through how someone with his abilities would perceive the world. Plus, I got to play around in AU Meiji-era politics.

これで以上です。
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( Jan. 2nd, 2017 03:23 am)
I got two (two!) amazing fics this year

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cetho by DachOsmin in The Goblin Emperor fandom. Oh man, this gift. Social mores! Earnest-and-conflicted-and-grumpy Beshelar! Cala being badass! Oblique backstory! Loyalty! Devotion! Like Addison, the author does a bang-up job of hinting at things and letting the reader work through the implications. So good.

Shine by Cerch in the Captive Prince fandom. What I love especially about this fic is the look we get at Our Heroes learning how to be hopeful and content after everything they've been through, but without glossing over the lingering uncertainties and concerns. And there's some ripping good banter into the bargain, too.

And for those who are interested, my Goblin Emperor story, "A Tale Concerning the Emperor's Wedding," is here.

これで以上です。

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Day 2

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


There's a lot I could list here, from the obvious (The Lord of the Rings) to the niche (Oucho Romanse), but I'm going to go with the Prydain Chronicles. I read Tolkien first, but it was Alexander that gave me my fascination with Celtic languages, cosmology, and history; which led to my learning Latin, which gave me the linguistic grounding I needed to succeed at multiple modern languages, which gave me the opportunity to spend a large percentage of my life abroad and my current career in the bargain. So, there you go: the course of an entire adult life out of a Mabinogion mash-up.

And while not everything came up roses for Tolkien's characters, it was Alexander's books that made the lesson stick, precisely because the good guys didn't always get the grand prize in the end (I can still easily recall how viscerally furious I was about certain events in The Black Cauldron and Taran Wanderer). Bad things happened in Tolkien, but Tolkien was for grown-ups; things always worked out in books that looked like the Prydain Chronicles that were shelved in the part of the bookstore where the Prydain Chronicles were shelved. The fact that they didn't in this case made me realize life was probably like that too.

これで以上です。
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