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02 - a song you like with a number in the title
  Pixies - No. 13 Baby
  That outro. That outro. That outro. That outro.

06 - a song that makes you want to dance
  Members of Mayday - Sonic Empire
  Twenty years after I first heard it, this track still blows my mind.

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Let's start chipping away at the ever-expanding backlog of things I mean to post by dipping a toe in with this music meme. Thirty days, thirty songs.

01 - a song you like with a colour in the title
  Siouxsie and the Banshees – Silver Waterfalls
  Siouxsie at her buoyant best. This song just sparkles.

05 - a song that needs to be played LOUD
  Crystal Fairy – Necklace of Divorce
  I am proud to announce that Teri Gender Bender is my future wife.

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I am kinda loving the mini-revival non-tumblr, non-twitter fandom's been undergoing recently. In that retro spirit, let's do a meme. Pick a fandom you know I like and I'll answer the questions below:

Fandoms include (but are not limited to): Akitsuki Koh, Baldur's Gate, Blake and Avery, Discworld, His Majesty's Dragon, Injection, MCU, Onmyoji, Saiyuki, Sherlock (BBC, Ritchieverse), Sugiura Shiho, The Goblin Emperor, The Queen's Thief, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, WWE (Raw, Smackdown, NXT)

1. The first characterI first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't
4. The character I love that everyone else dislikes
5. The character I used to love but don't any longer
6. The character/person I would shag anytime
7. The character/person I'd want to be like
8. The character/person I'd slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I dislike

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Let's have some Sherlock meta. Be warned; some explicit spoilers for the first two episodes of series 4 throughout.

The Six Thatchers )

The Lying Detective )

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


Hands down, the Beamdog Forums are the fannish space I've hung out in the most over the past year. The world has had almost two decades to come up with a series of games I'll love more than Baldur's Gate and it has yet to succeed. That these forums are so active is testament to the fact that many others feel as I do. As an added bonus, after you're finished playing through with a variety of party and alignment configurations, there are tons of mods for you to explore.

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Eep, I'm behind. Let's see if I can clear out the backlog, back to front.


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Day 14
Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.


I fed the neighborhood Little Free Library.

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Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


By far my favorite trope is the antagonist's redemption. Give me a character who seems like an asshole until that critical reveal, and then rake them over the coals as they try to right things; you will have my rapt attention. Think the Winter Soldier remembering flashes of Bucky Barnes, or Cho Hakkai trying to nice his way out of who he slept with and how many people he's killed, or Sugiura Shiho's Blood or Chigusa learning humanity, or Zuko questioning whose side he's really on, or Snape bullied and shafted and snarling at everyone while fighting the good fight solo...the list goes on.

If you then write me a plot arc where that character reconciles with their former nemesis, I will eat out of your hand. God, I have such a thing for people at each other's throats working their way through misunderstandings and shitty circumstances and external threats and realizing the other has decency and worth and that they need them. Thor and Loki, Mulder and Krycek, Snape and Harry, Attolia and Eugenides, Jane and Mr Rochester, Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, SHIELD reuniting, every one-shot Naono Bohra's ever written, the glorious cluster of an Akitsuki Koh or Mizuno Tohru novel... I want the antagonist brought low, and then the protagonist taken apart when they're forced to reevaluate everything they've ever thought they knew about how horrible the first character is. Let's wallow.

It's a fine line to walk, though, because there really does need to be transformation, redemption, and catharsis for it to work for me. (Hence my eternal gnashing of teeth at the typical Kdrama story where the lead chooses the abuser because she knows he means "I love you" when he's humiliating and degrading her. No bueno. Nor does having the character die at the end, a la Snape, do anything for me--that's not redemption, it's authorial cowardice.) But show me two characters coming together and softening each other's edges where they couldn't do it on their own, and yes, please. Every time.

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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 am very enthusiastic about things I like.
2. I like a lot of different things.
3. For the most part, I am happy if other people like them too and unconcerned if they don't.

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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.


- More fanworks in minor or non-existent historical fiction fandoms (e.g. The King and the Clown, Onmyoji, The Song of Achilles).

- Revive an older fandom. They're not bright and shiny any more, but I love it when a new fanwork shows up in my older favorites (e.g. Antique Bakery, Onmyoji, Saiyuki, Silver Diamond).

- Start a new fandom. I can think of any number of books, manga, or movies that I wish had fanfics or fanart. So if there's something you've always wished there was fanfic/fanart for, get that ball rolling.
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Oof, I should really be in bed. But before I head there:


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Day 5

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



A Hymn to the Endlessly Falling - Katie Forsythe, Sherlock Holmes. In 1927, a funeral, a wedding, and Sherlock Holmes teach John Watson how to let go. An older one, but so good. It became my headcanon, even when I only knew about the existence of the first 6500 words.

Say it With Flowers by Serenade, The Goblin Emperor. Maia gives Csevet a somewhat unusual plant. If you've ever found yourself saying, "Delightful tentacle monster fics? I don't believe they exist" then this is the fic for you.

A Weakness for Lies by uistic, WWE. It turns out that from this side of it, betrayal fucking hurts. Seth feels gutted. Humiliated and wrecked, torn between disbelief, misplaced shame, and rage so all-consuming he thinks it might eat him alive. A perfectly executed post-SHIELD fic that slots seemlessly into the timeline.

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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. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


And I did it!

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


Several of these are the Ghosts of Fandom Snowflake Resolutions Past, but if nothing else I've made year-on-year improvements on them. My goals for 2017 are:

- Write a minimum of one completed fic a month (I managed eight last year)
- Complete rereads of at least three favorite manga/manhwa series (candidates include Antique Bakery, DVD, Fullmetal Alchemist, Planetes, 終点 Unknown, 氷の魔物の物語, and 竹光侍)
- Finish one WIP
- More fic reading and more fic commenting!


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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.

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Day 11

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 am not afraid to be a geek.

2. You know how when little kids get excited about music or a book and run around the room in circles? I never grew out of that.

3. I'm an introvert.

4. I have a green thumb.

5. I get really enthusiastic about the stuff I like.

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Day 10
In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


This is a little tricky as I've not been actively participating in fandom for the past several years. So let's see where I can take this.

In terms of general hanging out and squeeing, nothing beats LibraryThing for finding new reading material. I spend hours stalking people's libraries, tag surfing, reading reviews, writing reviews...

The only thing I've written in, erm, a year, was a Watchmaker of Filigree Street Yuletide fic, but here's what I'd recommend for digging up canon facts. )






In terms of general squeeing, I've been following this blog for the better part of eight years: ボーイズラブを読む.

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Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


My goals for the year (public, to help me hold myself to them):

1. Write and post one standalone fic or chapter of a fic each month.

2. Post more.

3. Rec online, and not just in person.

4. Review the canon stuff I am reading and watching.

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Day 08

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


Done! And I am going to try to continue doing this throughout the year, and not just on special challenge days.

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Day 6

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


Start a fandom! I personally have spent a goodly amount of time going, Where are the Ouchou Romanse Moroe/Narushige/Senju threesome fics? and, If only someone would write fanfic from Naono Bohra djs about Karaku and Kichiza and the gang.

Maybe the trick is that if one person starts the ball rolling, other people who've been thinking the same thing will come out of the woodwork. They'll probably never be large fandoms, or even particularly active (especially if the source material is older), but they'll be bigger than they were before. And sharing the love is good!

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Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

This book is wonderful in about all the ways a book can be. First, let's talk about the beauty of Pulley's writing. It's spare, without a word out of place, but so, so richly descriptive. Here's our main character, Thaniel, on page 15 discussing filing mandatory wills with a coworker while they wait to see if Irish separatists make good on a bomb threat against their employer:

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Just, guh.

Not since Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief have I read a book that gets so much better with each read. I'll never be able to re-experience the initial discovery of reading Watchmaker for the first time but having read it three times now, I realise how ridiculously tightly plotted it is with each new read. I never skim; if I'm reading something I'm reading it damn closely, and it's a rare book where I miss things on the second read, to say nothing of the first.

And Pulley is a joy; she never tells you anything. She just quietly shows (and boy does she know how to show) and trusts her readers are smart enough and careful enough to catch it. Here are some of my favorite examples of this with bonus gushing. If you haven't already, READ THE BOOK FIRST. You won't regret it. Now having properly caveated, Bonus gushing. )

TL;DR: Pulley is talented. Watchmaker is damn good. Read it.

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Day 03

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.


The prompt has three categories of fanworks, so I'll do one from each.

Favorite Fanwork: 年末怪奇事記 (A Record of Unusual Occurrences in the Eleventh and Twelfth Months) - Onmyouji/陰陽師
This was so much fun to write. I had a clear understanding of how the plot would develop early during the writing (a rarity for me), an uninterrupted week to devote to getting it down, and a blast incorporating all the litte references and in-jokes. And I just love this fandom and these characters, and they were so cooperative while I was writing! At the time, it was the longest fic I'd written in the least amount of time, and the process just flowed.

Fanwork No One Ever Saw: Memory Remains - Gensou Suikoden/幻想水滸伝
There aren't very many people in this fandom, and probably far fewer into this pairing, but the interactions between McDohl and Gremio were my favorite thing about the game. Plus, I'm a sucker both for hurt/comfort and younger servant/devoted master pairings, and boy does this pair bring both in spades. Some day I'll get around to writing about what they get up to after the game's conclusion.

Defining Fanwork: King - MCU: Thor, Avengers
By far the longest and most ambitious thing I've written, or rather, am writing, because it's still a work in progress. This fic is unusual for me in that I had pretty much the whole story arc plotted out before starting to write (and if I hadn't I doubt I would have even begun), and because it has a large cast of characters (including multiple OCs) when I'm most comfortable working with four characters, max. This fic is teaching me a lot about continuing to write even when I can't get the ideas down the way I want them, and knowing when to jump ahead in the story to write the parts that are clearest right now, even if it will be months before I can post them.

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