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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.

Hmmm. I’m trying to think of places that are different from ones I mentioned last year. Maybe this time instead of strictly fannish, I’ll go for creative in general. These are all major sites, so I’ll beg you forgiveness for not linking them.

Wikipedia – While I have warned my students about the veracity of what one finds on Wikipedia, there’s little doubt there’s a lot of interesting information out there.

Pinterest – Pictures to instruct. Pictures to inspire. Pictures that lead to more pictures. Pictures that lead to videos. If you’re at all visually inspired, you could do worse than trolling Pinterest.

LiveJournal – When I squee, I squee here. And so do you. I’ve referred to it over the years as my virtual living room, and I’m always delighted when friends drop by to chat.

YouTube – This is a newer obsession for me. I’ve been doing some research on actors for RPF and on shows for FPF by watching YouTube videos, so it’s a resource, and like Google or Wikipedia, there are always surprises lurking in searches.

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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.

Well, this is one of those challenges like asking for something for yourself. I think most people find it easier to be critical of themselves than they do to talk about positive things. Of course, maybe that’s more “me and some people I know” rather than “most people.” Okay, let’s see.

I like my ability to see connections between things, to spot trends, and patterns.
I like my analytical skills.
I like my laugh (even though it gives me the moon eyes like my mom).
I like my handwriting.

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Day 12

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?

In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I suppose that my answer to this depends on how we define “fannish.” I’m crazy about a lot of shows, shows I’ll watch and rewatch and buy things related to them, but I don’t feel moved to make fic about them. Meta perhaps, but not fic. That counts. Doesn’t it?

The things that move me to engage fannishly with something is definitely a combination of character and story (both the writing/language and actual narrative) in a book/comic and add performance to that for film/TV/gaming.

I want characters I engage with and care about, characters I invest in. They don’t have to be wish-fulfillment or self-insert characters for me, just characters I can love and/or loathe. Or even better, characters who engender a bit of both in me. I’m crazy about CRIMINAL MINDS, not just for its darkness and procedurals, but for the characters, the BAU team. In GAME OF THRONES, I adore most the characters with depth and moral complexity.

I’m a writer, so polished artful dialogue/narrative is going to win me over. And strong performances, whether it’s voice acting, performance capture, or the old-fashioned sort, take me to my happy place. This season, GOTHAM has had strong writing and acting to go along with it. Ditto THE WALKING DEAD and AGENT CARTER.

Another thing that draws me in is mood/voice/atmosphere. I like the blending of different eras (technology, costume, sets, etc.) we get in shows like THE FLASH and GOTHAM. But I also like the powerful evocation of a particular era, like we get in PENNY DREADFUL or CRIMSON PEAK.

While it’s a combination of things that make me fannish, if I had to pick the single most important, I think I’d have to go back to character/performance.

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Day 13

In your own space, post a rec 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.

This year, I think I’ll rec some gift fics that I really enjoyed.

In the Cavern of the King. The Hobbit. Thorin/Thranduil, Thorin/Other. NC-17.
This is a deliciously warped and wicked fic, and I love it more than is seemly.

Counterbalance. The Hobbit. Bard/Thorin. NC-17.
This fic hits so many of my bulletproof kinks. Delightful and well-written.

To Break Like Waves. The Hobbit. Galadriel/Tauriel. NC-17.
This is a fic by the same person who wrote Counterbalance. It has the same appeals as that fic but with a femslashy twist.

So Sweet and Scarlet. Crimson Peak. Lucielle Sharpe/Thomas Sharpe. R.
The language is lush and lyrical and deeply haunted/haunting.