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I saw this meme somewhere a while ago:  List the names of all the files in your WIP folder, and offer up a sentence from any of them if requested.

I'm omitting drabbles, since there would just be too many.  Also, I'm using bold italics with stars** for the ones I'm going to finish someday if it kills me; bold italics for the ones I think there's at least some chance of finishing; and regular italics for ones I think about finishing, but probably won't. The rest are most likely permanently abandoned.

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There's a homeless man who's been living in my neighborhood for the last couple of months.  He's very nice, and every time he sees me, he says, "Hey, silver fox," which never fails to amuse me and brighten my day.  It's been very, very cold for the last few weeks, and I noticed he hasn't been wearing gloves, so a few days ago I gave him a pair that I had ordered on line in the wrong size and never bothered to return.  When I saw him today, he was wearing them tied around his knees, like kneepads.

Whatever works, I guess.
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I was walking back to my office from court this morning, talking on the phone.  I was only about half a block away from the courthouse, which means that there were a lot of court officers and police in the area.  Suddenly, a guy in a down jacket and a hood ran by me, incredibly quickly.  He was really sprinting, which got my attention, and as he reached the corner, he passed a woman, snatched her purse, and ran down an alley.  I saw two detectives that I know, just standing on the corner, watching and doing absolutely nothing.  I was stunned, and began shouting to the person I was talking to, "These assholes just stood by and let a crime happen right in front of them," and I was gesticulating angrily in their direction.

And then someone yelled, "Cut!"

Yes.  There was a movie being filmed.  The cameras were down the alley and I hadn't seen them.  Needless to say, the detectives mocked me for the next few minutes.  Deservedly.

Pretty much the highlight of my day.
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I'm temporarily back in my apartment.  Kitchen floors are done -- beautiful-- but there is dust and debris everywhere. I'm in a cleaning frenzy that has been going on for about three hours so far, and it's not even close to clean in here.  Aargh!!

So I'm just gonna give you a quick best-story-I-heard-today:

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Have you seen the new HBO series Looking? If not, it's about three gay male friends in San Fransisco, and it's directed by Andrew Haigh, who directed the movie Weekend.  Weekend is about two gay men who meet for a casual hook-up, and end up connecting emotionally.  I had mixed feelings about the movie -- I thought some of the dialogue about gay issues felt a bit forced, but I thought there were a lot of moments that felt very real, and the sex scenes seemed both sexy and realistic.  So I've been looking forward to seeing this new series.

I watched the first episode just now, and sensed the faint stirrings of fannishness.  It's a pilot, so of course there's a lot of setting up who the characters are, etc., but I think the potential for something good is there.  I felt a zing of excitement at the episode's final shot.

Try it!  And if you've seen it, what do you think?
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My feet and brain are frozen, so I thought I'd try this meme I saw [livejournal.com profile] comlodge do a while ago:


1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain anything unless someone asks in comments
3  Flisters may ask you to expand on ONLY ONE of your yes/no answers each.


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There is a snowstorm in NY, and my apartment floor is ripped up, and everything is covered in plastic sheeting, and I'm spending the week living out of backpacks at a friend's house.  This is an excuse for not having much time to post.  But I'll just share the best conversation I had with a client today, about his former employment as an emergency services technician.

Me:  So, you used to be an EMT?

Client:  Yeah, but I had to quit.  You know what the problem is with being an EMT?

Me:  What?

Client:  Emergencies every day.



*waves from a snow fort*
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Watched the first episode of Sherlock last night.  I'd managed to stay spoiler free, and still haven't read any reviews or fan reactions, so I imagine thoughts similar to mine have already been expressed by many, many others, and probably much more incisively.  But I'm going to express them, briefly, anyway.

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I'm getting this one in under the wire!


I saw a meme a few months ago, which asked that you post the beginnings of a few WIPs (and sorry, I don't remember who it originated with, or where).

Since my goal with this daily posting is to get me writing/completing/posting fic, I thought I'd pull up some old WIPs that I've more or less abandoned, and see if I get re-inspired.  I'm including the names of the folders they're kept in, which never have anything to do with the final story title.  So here are  few:

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Title: Heredity
Author: baudown
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Character: Sherlock
Disclaimer: Not mine
Note:  A 221b ficlet (221 words, the last word beginning with the letter b).  Posted as part of my attempt to post everyday in January.  No spoilers for season 3 ( or any season, really).

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So, I'm trying to stick to my goal of posting something everyday in January, be it fannish of non-fannish.  This is non-fannish:

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Day 15 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Want to see more femmeslash? Challenge your friends list/feed/followers/snowflakes to create some. Love Cthulhu Mythos fusions and are saddened by the sheer lack of them? Make a challenge for it, though I suspect this will be more along the lines of a dare. Want more comments, more transformative works policies, coffee shop AUs? You know the drill.
Last day!  And this one was easy.  I want Spander vids and podfics!  Someone make Spander vids and podfics!  (And by the way, if you happen to have working links to any Spander vids and podfics, I'd appreciate those too).

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Day 13 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some great examples include: complete a bingo, sign-up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep postponing. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback, or answering comments.


I started this challenge as part of my goal to post every day in January.  My hope was that daily posting would encourage me to complete/post some fics, as well as push me to become a little more connected to others in fandom.  So, my fannish goals, more specifically:

1.  Finish and post at least one of two particular stories that I've been toying with forever.  Actually, I have many, many stories lingering in a "WIP SX" folder, but there are two I would especially like to finish.  And maybe it will help if I:

2.  Work with a beta -- which I never have.  Last year, [livejournal.com profile] dimestorefind was nice enough to offer. Last month, I asked her if the offer was still open, and she said yes.  And now, for weeks, I've been dithering about sending her something.  I think my nervousness is partly about...I guess, letting a story go out into the world before it's done (in the sense of being unpolished as well as missing big chunks that still need to be written), partly about my fear of cutting stuff (I'm a terrible self-editor -- I get attached to lines that I know should be cut, and I can't bear to let them go), and partly because I'm not really sure of how the process is supposed to work.  Any thoughts or suggestions about the process would be greatly appreciated. [livejournal.com profile] dimestorefind, I promise I will do this!!!!

3.  Friend more people.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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Day 12 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom?

I'm pretty new to fandom, if not fannishness, so I haven't experienced how things ebb and flow.  I can't really offer any useful predictions about what the next five years will bring, although I think BtVS will always be an active fandom, because the show is just that special, and its themes are pretty timeless.  I hope, hope, hope that people will keep writing and creating and reading Spander and other BtVS/AtS slash pairings, and I hope that it keeps happening on livejournal.

And I'm a tad rushed because I have guests coming over, so apologies for giving this less attention than I'd like.
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Day 11 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing or trope. Try creating a different kind of fanwork. Or check out some types of fanworks that are new to you.

I've only recently discovered velvet whip's fic, so for this challenge, I decided to go waaay out of my comfort zone, and read some of her Willow/Angel.

Not only is this a pairing I've never read, but I really don't read het.  I mean, I have in the past, but I really haven't for the last few years.  Gen, yes, but not het.

Anyway, I read In the Dark: What's a Nice Jewish Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This .  As it turned out, this story (at least in my view) is really more a character study of Willow, with Angel as the object upon which she releases her pent-up frustration and anger.  It's a very believable take on Willow circa season 4, and the writing is beautiful.

I really, really liked it.  Give it a try!
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Day 10 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: 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.

I'm a bit stumped, actually.  The only thing that jumps out at me is that I want feedback when I post fic.  That's the big one.

Other than that:  I'd love it if someone podficced some old-school, classic Spander, because there's very little out there from what I can see.

And, as part of Day 10, [livejournal.com profile] ashesandghostff on dreamwidth asked for podfic requests (listing proposed fandoms), so I asked for two SGA podfics.

That's my list!  Sorry if it's somewhat lame.  I'll try to do better tomorrow!
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Day 9 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) but you ended up loving. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Okay, I've already confessed to my weird seekrit Spike/Riley ship and offered recs on Day 3.  But it's a new day, so you're getting more.

Now, I have a lot of faults, not the least of which is being judgmental.  However, that does not extend to fandom's tropes, pairings, ships, and kinks.  If you love Conner/Principal Snyder, go to town, I say!  Which is not to suggest that there aren't things that squick me, personally, because there are.  And a big one used to be Xander/Giles.  This pairing just totally creeped me out -- it felt so wrong to me, and not in the good-wrong way.  But of course, [livejournal.com profile] sparrow2000 convinced me to give them a try, and while I don't generally go looking for Xander/Giles fic, I have to admit that some of it is amazing.  I'm going to rec:

1. The Giles Thing, by drsquidlove -- It's sort of a gateway drug to this pairing, because it starts with Xander and a young Ripper.  This story is totally engrossing, has a great, funny Xander voice, and is hot.

Another pairing that makes absolutely no sense to me is Xander/Ethan.  Why, oh why would this ever happen?  Well, these two stories answer that question:

2. Divine Possession, by The Spike, and Sacrament: Initiation Rites, by debchan -- Bizarrely believable and hotter than a hot thing.  Like, burning hot.  Scorchingly hot.  The operative word here is hot.

On the other hand, Giles/Ethan has always made total sense to me.  The subtext in canon feels pretty overt, too.  But despite the plausibility of the pairing, I've never had an interest in reading fic about them, until recently, and now I'm reading them quite a bit.  The story that did this to me is:

3. In the Morning of the Magicians, by Indri -- This is now my head canon about Giles and Ethan.  It's beautifully written, extremely compelling, and feels so dead-on that throughout reading it, I just kept thinking, "Well, of course it happened that way!  Nothing else could have happened!"  Really, an iconic BtVS fic.  A must-read, IMHO, as are the other two stories that along with this one make up The Magicians Trilogy: Halfway There and Ethan Rayne Versus America.


Enjoy!
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Day 8 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.


This one is really difficult for me.  I feel a little sick.

So give me some love.
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Day Seven of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Here's a quick drabble!

Title: Iterum
Author: baudown
Characters: Spike, Angel
Disclaimer: Not mine
Summary: Post-NFA
Word count: 100



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