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My husband has been working something like 60 hours a week since he started this new job. Yesterday, I told him that, in his absence, I had been spending lots of time with my first love.

"Star Trek, huh?" he said.


I've said before that Star Trek was the closest thing I had to a religion in my teenage years. Maybe that's why I never really participated in Trek fandom as an adult, for all that I still have battered notebooks with my sixth-grade TOS Mary Sues. Lately I've been devouring fanfiction though. Anything with Vulcan culture. I have a one-week break between two intense weeks of training, and if I want to spend it drinking spiked lemonade and reading Kirk/Spock fic on the porch, I will, dammit. This is what being a grown-up looks like. 

I also discovered that two of my favorite authors have blanket permission statements up.

Tomorrow I might have to suck it up and turn the fan off for a few hours to record, even though it's crazy hot here. 
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 I'm going to start sprinting from :30 - :00 for the next several hours, if anyone wants to join in. Ping me here or on gchat. I'm Piscaria there, too.
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We finished The Raven King last night. Part of me wanted to get the book when it first came out, but I'm so in love with the audiobooks that the thought of reading, rather than listening, struck me as faintly wrong. Besides, [livejournal.com profile] oddmanrush and I both wanted to experience it at the same time. Unfortunately, choosing the audio version meant spreading the listening out between our schedules, while desperately avoiding any source of spoilers. But we finished it.

Spoilers )
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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.


Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year.

About a week ago, I committed to write 150,000 words in 2016 with [community profile] getyourwordsout. My smaller goals within that were:
  • Finish Distance Makes The Heart
  • Finish the sequel to Safe to Sea
  • Draft the original novel I started planning.

    Since committing, I've been writing every day. Typically I aim for 800 words or so, but I sometimes do more or less, depending what else is going on. Today was pretty low-key, so I managed to knock out 1,900 words. My goal is to hit 12,705 by the end of January to be on-track for the rest of the year.

    A few days ago, I also started up 750 words again. I'm not counting the 750 words in my daily counts (it's more diary writing, and just for me), but I am definitely noticing a difference on the days when I manage to journal first thing in the morning. The mindfulness carries over to the rest of the day, making me more productive.
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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.

    My absolute favorite piece of Kuroshitsuji canon in terms of pure re-watch value doesn't come from the anime at all. It's the second musical, The Most Beautiful Death in the World (that link takes you to YouTube, where you can watch the whole thing). This is what I watch when I'm sick or down. I listen to the soundtrack all the time on my way to work. Basically, this is the Kuroshitsuji equivalent of a warm fluffy blanket for me.

    I even made a little soundtrack cover for it because I didn't like the official one.

    To paraphrase [personal profile] dustofwarfare, The Most Beautiful Death in the World tells the bittersweet love story of two death gods, Alan and Eric, and how Ciel and Sebastian fuck up their lives. Thanks to the travesty of the first musical, I had low expectations going into the second one. But it absolutely blew me out of the water. It hits several of my favorite notes from the anime, and it does it with singing! IT HAS AN OPERA SINGER!

    Yana also released some cute cover art for it.

    My favorite song from the musical is Checkmate, which has the entire ensemble singing, including the afore-mentioned opera singer.

    But my husband said I couldn't post about the musical without also embedding the Shinigami Dispatch Society theme:

    Seriously, if you like the anime or manga but haven't seen the musical yet, go watch it! You won't regret it!
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    Day 5

    Leave feedback for a fanwork.


    Day 6

    In your own space, create your own challenge.

    Oh God. So, this tab has been open since yesterday afternoon because I saw that challenge and couldn't help making this.

    And then I remembered that the last time I tried this, about three people joined in. Am I crazy? I don't know. I'm really tempted to start it up again, but I don't know if there'd be any interest. Would anyone join in if I got it running? (I will ask on the mailing list, too.)
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    Day 4

    In your own space, create a fanwork.

    I wanted to write something new for Day 4 of the Snowflake Challenge, but instead I stopped posting entirely. Work is even more hectic than usual, and my personal life hit me a blow this week that I'm still struggling to recover from. I'm hoping the snowflake challenge can be the ladder I use to climb out of this murk of inertia. So in that spirit, I'm saying fuck-it and posting a snippet from my WIP.

    This is from the sequel to Safe to Sea, which I'm hoping to post later this month. Warnings for major character death and underage.

    Ciel has woken up in the middle of a vast ocean )
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    Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner

    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.

    How about my three best Kuroshitsuji fics?:

    Later Sebastian/Ciel. Rated M. 2,196 words.
    In which Ciel is poisoned and Sebastian tends him quite attentively.
    Recommended because: Stylistically, this one is a bit more experimental than the others, written primarily in future tense. I like the way it turned out, and I'm also fond of the hurt/comfort. My goal was to write an in-character hurt/comfort fic (the prompt was, Sebastian comforts Ciel after a nightmare), and I think the poison hallucinations and Ciel's mortification afterwards kept it from being too schmoopy.

    Centuries and Seconds. Gen, Sebastian-centric. Rated G. 1,146 words.
    Time meant little to a demon.
    Recommended because: Character studies can be hit or miss, but I feel like this one works because it focused on introducing new information about Sebastian and his relationship with Ciel. It was fun to examine how a demon might sense time, and how much that would contrast with Ciel's perspective. I also like my prose here.

    Safe to Sea. Sebastian/Ciel. Rated M. Warning for major character death.
    "The aesthetics of leave taking, Sebastian had explained once, were as intricate and demanding as a Japanese tea ceremony, every gesture precise and deliberate. He was arranging Ciel’s death as beautifully as any of the bouquets he’d fussed over back at the manor, and the concern in his eyes was simply that of an artist examining his work. Nothing more."

    Coda to s01e24: "His Butler, Fluent."

    Recommended because: This was the first Kuroshitsuji fic I wrote, and I'm still fond of it. My goal is to get the sequel to it published this month. It deals with the culmination of Sebastian and Ciel's contract, so warning for major character death, but it ends with a hint that their story isn't entirely finished.
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    I'm another person who doesn't find this particular challenge all that difficult. IDK, I feel like I ask for things all the time. I'm kind of a needy person, TBH. At least I'm honest about it? But anyway . . .

    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.

    1. Cheerleading! I know this is a popular request this Snowflake Challenge, but I would love to have somebody to bounce around ideas with or to send snippets of my Kuro fic. It really does help to keep me on track. I am also happy to return the favor.

    2. Someone to beta my first vid, once I get it done. It's Kuroshitsuji (of course), and I basically have no idea what I'm doing because baby's first vid and all that.

    3. If you've been looking at the Snowflake Challenge posts on your flist/reading list and thinking that it sounds kind of fun, join in! It's only Day 2, so it's still easy to catch up, and I'd love to see more content on LJ/DW.

    A lot of people doing this challenge are asking for Transformative Works statements. I've had one on my profile here and on AO3 for a long time, but since I'd love to see more of them in fandom, I'll go ahead and post it here for visibility's sake:

    Feel free to create remixes, podfic, artwork, translations, or other types of secondary fanwork off any of my stories, but please provide a link back to the original work. I would also appreciate it if you would send the link of any derivative fanworks to me, so I can ooh and ah over them. Podficcers, feel free to repod anything I've recorded, as long as it's okay with the author.

    You're welcome to copy and/or modify mine if you want to create one of your own. Also, if you're not cool with your work being transformed, blanket no statements are also cool.
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    Day 01

    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?

    For me, much of the appeal of the Snowflake Challenge is in being the change I wish to see. Despite the siren call of Tumblr, Dreamwidth is still my favorite fannish hangout. Partly it's because of the ease of conversation, and partly its because of the absolute shit hole of the #sebaciel tag on Tumblr. (Trust me, guys, I know my ship is fucked up. Screaming about what a horrible person I am for writing it isn't going to change my mind!) Hell, I still check my DW reading page every day, though I only check my Tumblr dash once a week or so. I love that I always see more people posting during the Snowflake Challenge. One of my fannish goals is to be more active on Dreamwidth, so I'm hoping this challenge can help to get me in the habit.
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    2015 was a slow year for fanworks. I only posted a handful of stories, most of them gift fics, and did no podficcing at all.

  • Gambit. Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler. Pre-Sebastian/Ciel. Rated T. 1,422 words. After "Phantom Image," Ciel tries to find a way to turn the photograph Sebastian took to his advantage.

  • Later. Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler. Sebastian/Ciel. Rated M. 2,196 words.
    In which Ciel is poisoned and Sebastian tends him quite attentively.Written for Fandom Stocking 2014 (although I didn't post it until 2015!)

  • Tricks and Treats. Labyrinth. Gen, Sarah-centric. Rated M. 2,196 words. After her journey through the Labyrinth, trick-or-treating is an entirely different experience. Written for Trick-or-Treat 2015

  • Holding Darkness Within (chapter three) -- co-written with [personal profile] dustofwarfare. Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler. Sebastian/Ciel. Rated M. 18,273 words (so far). While investigating a haunted house, Ciel and Sebastian face an enemy who threatens even Sebastian’s considerable abilities.
  • The Light on the Sea. Long Live the Queen. Selene/Julianna. The queen is dead and the future uncertain. Written for Yuletide 2015
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    Not to brag, or anything, but I received pretty much the most awesome Yuletide story ever this year.*

    Title: I'd Rather See Her Lovely Step
    Fandom: Kuroshitsuji (2014)
    Pairing: It could be interpreted as gen or pre-femslash
    Rating: General audiences
    Length: About 7k

    Summary: Lin and Shiori, post-movie, maneuvering closer and together.

    I finished the live-action Kuroshitsuji movie wanting only one thing: femslash between Shiori and Lin. (For those of you who haven't seen the live-action movie but know the anime, Shiori is basically an older, female Ciel, and Lin is Mey-Rin, but with a background that's a little more plausible, IMHO.) And this Yuletide, that need has been fulfilled!

    This story has everything that drew me to the Shiori/Lin pairing in the movie. It has the loyalty kink. It has the master/servant dynamics. It has your cross-dressing heroine. YOU GUYS, IT EVEN HAS DANCING LESSONS! One of my favorite things about this story is how masterfully the author handle that central contradiction to Lin's character in all versions of canon, how she is both an incredibly precise and deadly sharp shooter, and at the same time, a stunningly incompetent maid. This has the best explanation for Lin's clumsiness that I've ever seen, and a backstory for her that feels absolutely right. This story is a beautiful examination of how Lin's relationship with Shiori changes after the revelation of the movie, and though it's labelled gen, it reads more like pre-femslash to me. Sebastian was also a treat in this story, without ever stealing the show from Lin or Shiori.

    This fandom is so tiny that the story hasn't gotten much attention yet, which is a shame because it's SO good. If you like femslash, or the Kuroshitsuji movie, please take a chance on this one! It deserves a lot more love than it's getting.

    *Again. Seriously, I'd be embarrassed about how lucky I've been as a Yuletide recipient, if I weren't so busy being thrilled about it.
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    I didn't sign up for the December talking meme this year, partly because I failed so magnificently the last two times I tried to do it, and partly because I'll be without internet for a week or so as we (finally) get settled into our little house this weekend. I am trying to post more though -- my goal is at least once a week during December. I miss you guys!

    My life over the past few months has pretty much consisted of work and construction, not necessarily in that order. I'm really looking forward to moving out of my parents' place tomorrow. We need to wait until my next paycheck to put down the floor and the tongue-in-groove ceiling paneling, but I'm 100% okay with living in an unfinished space if it means getting my life back. I just want to be able to cook my own food and keep my own schedule. It will be really nice to get writing time again -- there's no quiet place to write in my parent's house. It's kind of a miracle that I even managed to get my Trick or Treat assignment done on time. I'm hoping to use my time without internet to get some writing done.

    Speaking of which, is anybody else doing [community profile] fandom_stocking this year?? My own fandom stocking is here, if you're curious.
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    I'm so excited for Yuletide this year!

    Dear Yuletide Writer,

    Thank you for writing me a story! All of these fandoms are very dear to me, and I would be thrilled to see a story in any of them. I've included prompts for each fandom because I know some writers prefer them, but feel free to ignore them if you've got another idea. I'm sure I'll love whatever you come up with.

    Likes: In general, I prefer character-driven stories that are strongly based in canon. I enjoy world-building and plot, but I also get a kick out of your garden-variety fanfiction tropes. I especially love hurt/comfort, bed sharing, huddling for warmth, pretend!relationships, loyalty, and power dynamics. Sex is awesome, but I usually prefer it to advance the story somehow. I'd rather read a G-rated fic with some kind of plot/conflict/characterization than an explicit fic without. Similarly, I like happy endings, but only when they fit the story -- I'd rather read a melancholy ending than a happy ending that feels tacked on. If you're bored, feel free to check out the list of 101 favorite kinks, tropes, and devices I posted last year, but please don't feel obligated to read it. Really, the requests themselves tell you pretty much everything you need to know!

    Dislikes: Setting is a huge part of what attracts me to my various fandoms in the first place, so I'm not a fan of most AUs. Non-con between my OTPs is also a DNW, although I love dub con like burning. I'm a bit squicked by a huge focus on bodily fluids. I'm kind of hit or miss when it comes to kid fic and pregnancy -- in general, the fluffier that kind of story is, the less likely I am to enjoy it.

    Kuroshitsuji (2014) )
    Long Live the Queen )
    #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives )
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    Who's ready for some trick-or-treating?

    Thank you for making something for me! I'm sure I'll love anything you come up with!

    General treat preferences: Autumnal themes -- cider, caramel apples, pumpkins, falling leaves, etc. Food. Domesticity. H/C, heavy on the comfort. Literary, experimental, or otherwise interesting prose. Art. Mythology or Tarot references.

    General trick preferences: Demons. Ghosts. Werewolves. Melancholy. Unhappy endings. Body horror. Hallucinations. Fucked up relationship dynamics. Dub-con. H/C, heavy on the hurt. Insanity. Murder and mayhem.

    DNWs: High school, coffee shop, or otherwise mundane AUs. Scat. Zombies, except in canons that already have them. Non-con between my OTPs.

    fandom-specific prompts )
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    Me: Have fun tonight!

    Baby Sister (heading out clubbing): Thanks! Have fun writing porn, or whatever it is you do all day.
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    Dear Creator,

    Thank you for writing or drawing something for me!

    Likes: In general, I prefer characterizations and settings that are based on canon. I enjoy world-building and plot, but I also get a kick out of your garden-variety tropes. I especially love hurt/comfort, bed sharing, huddling for warmth, pretend!relationships, loyalty, and power dynamics. Sex is awesome, but I usually prefer it to advance the story somehow. I'd rather receive a G-rated fic or drawing with some kind of plot/conflict/characterization than something explicit without. Similarly, I like happy endings, but only when they fit -- I'd rather see a melancholy ending than a happy ending that feels tacked on. If you're bored, feel free to check out the list of 101 favorite kinks, tropes, and devices I recently posted, but please don't feel obligated to read it. Really, the requests themselves tell you pretty much everything you need to know!

    Dislikes: Setting is a huge part of what attracts me to my various fandoms in the first place, so I'm not a fan of most AUs. Sexualized non-con or non-con between my OTPs is also a huge DNW, although I love dub-con. I'm a bit squicked by a huge focus on bodily fluids, so please no scat, watersports, snowballing, blood play, red wings, etc. Death fic is also a DNW except in Kuroshitsuji.
    Kuragehime | Princess Jellyfish )
    Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler )
    FoxTrot )
    Calvin & Hobbes )
    Random Option: FoxTrot/Calvin & Hobbes Crossover? )

    I am laid back and super easy to please, so whatever you come up with, I'm sure I'll love it!
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    I guess that means I need to get off my ass and sign up. Is anybody else joining in?
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    When you see this, post three lines from three separate WIPs.

    1. Kuroshitsuji: Sebastian/Ciel )
    From the sequel to "Safe to Sea," tentatively titled "The Days of our Temporal Breath."

    2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Adult!Charlie/Wonka )
    From "Distance Makes the Heart"

    3. Teen Wolf: Derek/Stiles )
    From an old WIP where Derek and Stiles pretend to be boyfriends on a couple's cruise because of Reasons


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