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I just spotted this meme on [community profile] fandomcalendar, and I thought I'd give it a try since I hardly ever link to my fic on this journal. Go read my inconsequential fluff and angst and leave feedback if you can. Concrit is welcome and encouraged!

I have also come to the conclusion that I don't need to bother with tumblr to enjoy fandom. There is a lot of fun and friends here if you know how to look. Sure, I may be missing out on new shiny things on tumblr, but I'm not going to be too upset about being active there. This may change in the future, but if DW stays as my main fandom hangout, that will be okay.

On the other hand, I've been kicking around the idea of turning [tumblr.com profile] anelusivedreamer into a writing journal. The posting interface still gives me grief, but time will tell, I suppose.

Do I contradict myself? Well then, I contradict myself. I am large; I contain multitudes!
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I have gone to bed after 1 am consistently for the last few days, which does not bode well for when I will have to be awake and functioning before 10 AM next month. -_-; I'm still wondering how July is almost over and where the time has gone. Time has always been my enemy, but maybe we will be able to reconcile someday.

Last weekend, I house-sat for my aunt and uncle, which meant AC for a few days! *cheers* Naturally, it started to cool down outside just when I finally got access to the air conditioning. I'm home now, but I was able to enjoy it for a few days at least. It's so much easier to accomplish things when you're not hot and tired all the time.

So, after my previous post, I actually did go to the fair on Saturday and had a lovely time.Read more... )

I also signed up for the [community profile] hp_creatures fest, so hopefully I can get started on that. I will be in Oregon Thursday through Saturday for unpleasant personal reasons, but I'd like to get started before then. I have until October, but it is better that I use my time wisely, especially before school starts and consumes me. I need all the help that I can get when it comes to actually sitting down and writing anything that's over ~500 words. At least it's a pairing that I feel relatively comfortable with.

I'm supposed to go to a HP trivia night tonight at 7:30; my life is so interesting now. XD;
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I made the last minute decision to go to the OC Fair to watch full-contact jousting. Here is an article about it. This may not be such a good idea because I am officially sick, so I probably won't spend as much time at the fair as I normally would even though full fair admission is included with the tickets. Regardless, I am psyched. My medieval/early modern England/fantasy-loving heart is made happy. <3

On a related note, there is a Shakespeare fic exchange going on! I probably shouldn't participate based on the schedule, but it will be hard to resist. I will try to participate in the madness collection at least. I will be taking another Shakespeare class this fall, so this can count as... um, research?

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CW: Suicide:

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington commits suicide at age 41

Regardless of what you thought of their music, this is tragic. Another life lost to suicide... I don't know everyone else's experiences with the band, but I can't imagine my adolescence without them. There was a time in the 2000s when Linkin Park and Evanescence songs reigned supreme in AMVs, which is how I discovered both of them. As cliche as it may sound, their music *spoke to me* at a very emotional part of my life. They were the soundtrack for many nostalgic Yu Yu Hakusho AMVs (especially those made by Maze Castle back in the day) as well as many angsty nights. While my musical taste has shifted away from them in recent years, they were a formative band for me. I've spent the afternoon listening and singing along to Linkin Park songs old and new in his memory.

Maybe nobody cares about this band in fandom anymore, but I just did not expect to wake up to this news today, especially since I can relate to his mental health struggles. Somehow, I made it through all those trying years, and I hope you all do, too.
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JOIN THE [community profile] hp_creatures Halloween Fest 2017!
Claiming: July 20 - September 20
Fest Posts: October 15

Visit the comm at: [community profile] hp_creatures for more info!

I... will probably participate in this. I haven't had the best luck with writing as of late, but a fair few of the prompts have caught my eye...
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I stalled out on the [community profile] snowflake_challenge last week, but I have every intention of seeing it through again this year. I don't like doing multiple days under cuts in one big entry, so I will probably continue to do them in individual posts and won't try to catch up before it's over. I probably won't post more than two entries per day, so there's no need to worry about spamming, either.

In the absence of posting, I haven't exactly been idle. Theme park blather )

Then, I woke up the next morning and realized that the deadline for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm was that Saturday. Since that was my one successful exchange last year, I didn't want to break with something that could soon become a tradition, so I panicked and threw together a sign-up at the last minute. I... probably requested too many different pairings and fandoms for my own good, but it's just so fun anticipating what random surprises I might receive. Of course, it was a pain to scramble to throw together a letter for all those pairings in such short notice, but I did it and sincerely hope it doesn't suck.

I got my assignment on Monday. I'm both excited and nervous about it because I want to produce something good. I was already planning on treating my recipient before I got the assignment, so I already have an idea and have written some of it out. The trouble is pulling it all together and making it into something that lives up to the expectations in my head. I think canon review will help because I feel uncertain about writing for this fandom and want to get the characters just right.

During all of this excitement, I've been trying to keep up with my reading and writing goals for the year. I still have some comments that I need to reply to as well. I also started binging the podcast Wolf 359 last week, so I should make a post on that soon or whenever I'm caught up.
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[personal profile] st_aurafina is hosting a friending meme. Those of you who are reading this probably already know about it, but I thought I'd share anyway because I think it's neat. :D I've never participated in a friending meme before, so I'm pretty excited. I already posted there, but I have yet to look through all of the other comments and start friending. Go check it out if you haven't already! This is the perfect time to make new DW friends after 2016 had so many nasty surprises for us and after whatever the hell is going on with LJ right now. Let's stick together in 2017.
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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.

This... is hard! To be honest, there are so many creative works that have changed my life in some positive way. I could list so many! In fact, that is what draws me to storytelling in the first place. I am an English major because I believe in the power of stories and creativity to change minds and hearts. It may sound silly, but I'm going to talk about Digimon now.

I'll become a happy butterfly and ride on the glittering wind )
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How may I fail? Let me count the ways...

Well, because of my persistent lack of time management skills, some setbacks have come on the heels of my other successes. I had to default on all of the exchanges that I signed up for. I think this is a matter of biting off more than I could chew and not taking into account that my assignments would be due not long after finals' week. Plus, I'm still not a very disciplined writer. I had quite a bit of anxiety to deal with regarding both school and fandom as well. I feel like I'm getting past that now, and I'm hoping that I will be able to be more productive this summer.

In the future, I think I will focus on writing treats for exchanges. That way, I can simply focus on the writing aspect without any consequences. I really have loved the gifts that I have received from the few exchanges that I've done, but my purest joy comes from writing itself. I don't need something in return to be happy.

In other annoyances, something is very wrong with the Internet here. The speed is really slow for some reason. I'm convinced that it's down to dial-up speeds, but I don't remember what that was like except that it was horrible. I remember that it took ~30 minutes to download a 4 MB song, and anything larger was out of the question.

In spite of everything, I was able to finish some writing, so I'll post that shortly.
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My motivation has taken a nosedive and my sleep schedule has been all messed up ever since I finished finals' week. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy to be out from under the demands of the semester, but it feels like a great driving force has been removed from my life. There's a million things that I either could do or should do, but I don't have any structure to it. I did graduate last week, so at least that's one thing I've done. I have that on Intern Maureen, and I didn't even have to lead any army or anything!

Speaking of which, I am very happy with the way that Night Vale is going. I think there might have been a dip in quality around the time the book was coming out, but events are working their way into something exciting. The format of the last episode where it's just Cecil calling a bunch of people really appeals to me to shake things up a bit. I am worried for Cecil and Carlos, though. I also desperately want to know what's going on with Chad and the evil puppy he's summoned. I am extremely proud of myself for being suspicious of the overly cute puppy in the first place. Likewise, I'm really enjoying where the new podcast, Alice Isn't Dead, is going.

Just writing these two paragraphs helped boost my mood. I'm still kind of bummed about not being able to finish my assignment for [community profile] space_swap. I'm trying not to feel too horrible about it because I have two other assignments that I need to finish. The idea I was working on just got away from me, and I wasn't sure I could do it justice in the remaining time. I have almost a thousand words written now, so I intend to turn it into something eventually.


Mar. 18th, 2016 04:19 pm
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I've done some of my homework today, but the entire time I have been anxiously awaiting my assignment for [community profile] space_swap. ;3 The exchange is going to be smaller than I originally thought. Apparently, there will be 25 participants including myself. I'm guessing that I'll be writing something for Doctor Who or the Star Wars prequels because I'm the only one who requested Madoka. I'm probably not going to get a Madoka fic either, but that's okay because I haven't even read any of the fics that are already out there.

Signing up for this exchange has made me wish that there was a fantasy-based counterpart. Maybe that is too vague of a subject, but I'm tempted to start one of my own. If I did, I might want to call it magical exchange, so that it contains some kind of magic in the fandoms as a theme. I would be tempted to call it Equivalent Exchange, but I'm sure that something already has that name and that it might be too specific to FMA. Besides, is the alchemy in FMA really magic? From what I remember of the 2003 anime (even though I have watched Brotherhood), alchemy is supposed to be a kind of science that just doesn't exist in our world. I would want my exchange to be focused on real magic rather than technology that is so advanced that it appears to be magic. There is a name for that, right? Magic that is really just new technology? I must investigate...
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Since I've been varying levels of sick this week, my spring break has evaporated away like melted snow. I planned on updating my journal all week, but I'm just getting to it now after two other failed attempts. I hope this writing will do me some good.

Once again, I signed up for a fanwork exchange against my better judgment, but hey, it's writing. Just in the nick of time, too! I totally forgot about [community profile] space_swap with the full intention of doing a leisurely and well-thought out sign up earlier this week, but I didn't realize that sign ups were closing today until last night. I got my sign up in, but I was unable to take the time to put prompts or do not wants, so I'm bracing for anything. I just hope that I get something other than smut, but if I don't, it's my own fault for not planning ahead. Fortunately, I do not have many hard-and-fast triggers, but I would prefer that my fics don't get any darker or more adult than the original source material that I requested. Just in case my spacer is reading this, I am not down with incest or underage.

I also signed up for [community profile] myoldfandom, but I have plenty of time to fiddle with the sign up for that and write a proper letter with prompts and everything. At least, I have until the 25th.

Anyway, I want to write more about my fannish activities, but this is just a brief recap of the little that I've done this week. I also need to post my fics from [community profile] chocolateboxcomm now that they've been revealed for over a month now.
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I received my [community profile] chocolateboxcomm gifts last night and read both of them this morning. With one main gift and a treat, I feel like I really got more than I deserved. The FMA fic that I received was over 3,000 words! I wasn't even expecting a FMA fic at all, so that kind of knocked me off my feet. The Harry Potter fic was a real surprise as well. I'd never even thought of Millicent/Hermione until I requested it, so I was happy to read something new. I guess these can both count as rare pairings, too. I've already left comments and kudos, so I hope that my mystery authors continue to get lots of love for their work.

Fullmetal Alchemist and Harry Potter )

Fortunately, I was able to give two gifts in return. I've already gotten some lovely comments and kudos, so I guess that means that they don't suck!

What next? [community profile] halfamoon is extending its run until the end of February, so I may do something for that. I'm also seriously considering participating in [community profile] once_upon_fic.
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No, I never saw the movie that I'm quoting right now, but perhaps I should.

As the previous post indicates, I finished [community profile] snowflake_challenge. The only problem is that I forgot to post about it over there, so I should probably do that today. By some miracle, I was able to fulfill my assignment for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm and write a treat as well. Both of my works exceed the 300 word minimum, and I'm desperately hoping that they don't suck. I did not go looking for a beta for either, but I proofread them as best I could. Now, it won't be much longer before they are revealed anonymously. I wrote for one fandom that I've written for before and one that I never wrote for because it always intimidated me. That could apply to almost anything because of how little I've written so far. I would very much like to write another treat, but we'll see how time goes as I have many more important things to do in my real life.

AO3 says that I have two gifts waiting for me. :D I guess that I must have picked fandoms that were easy to write for because I had my main gift and another treat uploaded before the treat list went up. I'm guessing that they're either Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Doctor Who, or Fullmetal Alchemist. Unfortunately, no one except me offered or requested Welcome to Night Vale. Regardless, I'm still very excited because I've never participated in an exchange before. It's just so brilliant to have one like this around Valentine's Day. Even if I don't have some great love of my own to look forward to, I can share a little love with my fellow fans through my writing.
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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.

Be kind to yourself today. Say some nice things about yourself, without any caveats.

This kind of thing is slowly becoming easier for me as I learn to recognize and appreciate my strengths.

1. My resilience: There have been so many times when I wanted to give up or could have given up. In fact, there were times when I did give up for a while, but I never let it stay that way even if it wasn't easy. I continue to pursue my dreams even though the path has been twisted and forked to the point that it has led me through territory I never thought I'd cover. At times, I have struggled with depression and anxiety that felt soul-crushing, but I never let either of those things destroy me. Now, I realize that some of my best experiences come from times that felt both good and bad in the moment. If I hadn't stuck it out through the difficult times, I would have never experienced the high points. It's this quality that allowed me to sit through my two-hour Intermediate Spanish class tonight even though I felt like running away or hiding under the desk.

2. My intelligence: I am a self-proclaimed Ravenclaw, so of course this is important to me. ;) It's not just the knowledge that I've obtained but the curiosity that has led me there. I'm proud of my grades and what I have accomplished because of them.

3. My writing: I can now call myself an award-winning writer, but I'm just happy that I'm still writing. after all of these years. I'm proud of where my writing has taken me for the last three years. I realize that each attempt is one step toward becoming better and remembering that I have words worth sharing.

I just realized that I typed "words worth" and immediately thought of Wordsworth. It must be my subconscious trying to get me to think more about poetry.

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.

There usually has to be at least one character or characters that appeal to me. I feel like I need to have someone to root for. I'm trying to think of examples where the plot has been more appealing to me than the characters, but in those cases, it seems like I would be less fannish. I love a good plot and a world that I can play around in as much as the next fan, but I feel that the characters can make up for a lack of those things. I'm not so sure that a good plot or world-building can make up for not liking the characters. As soon as I start enjoying a new fandom, I'm trying to pick out who will be my favorite character. It's typically that love of characters that drives me to seek out fanworks.
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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 day's challenge puzzled me at first because I don't know what I can say that isn't blatantly obvious. Maybe that's incentive to check out other people's posts. Anyway, DW and AO3 are my fannish homes at the moment. I have a tumblr, but I visit it rather infrequently because of the pic-spammy nature of that site. I still go to FFNet on occasion. I know that there is still good stuff there, but it's kind of overwhelming to search through everything. I think it was this year that I finally realized you can order results based on the number of reviews or favorites, so I have been trying that to help. It's not a guarantee of quality, but it can make finding something easier. I still prefer Ao3 because I find it to be a more comfortable place and easier to use.

I use Twitter when I want to keep up with official fannish news. The Daily Dot and The Mary Sue are useful to find news and meta. The AV Club is a great place to go for reviews. The Nerdist and Den of Geekare worth a mention for a mixture of both. I follow all of these on Twitter, so that's why they are all lumped together. ;)

TV Tropes is probably the first place that I go when I get into a new fandom. It helps me pick up on details that I may have missed and see what other people think about the fandom or characters. It has also been useful to find fanfic recs, and I would like to see their fanfic rec pages get more attention. A lot of the Night Vale fics that I have listed as recs were found there.

of course, fandom-specific wikis are a great resources as well, but I won't take the time to list them all. They are very easy to find through Google. I will give a shout-out to Fanlore, which has helped me learn about many fannish things.

Speaking of Dreamwidth, I just went over to [community profile] fandom_stocking and said thank you to everyone for all of my gifts. I loved everything, and more importantly, I loved the generosity of people who took the time to create something for me or give me holiday greetings. As it is, my stocking got more attention than I was expecting. I just wish I had made the time to gift something in return.
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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.

I've been meaning to write up a New Year's resolution post, so I'm glad that this was today's challenge.

Goals for 2016 )

I could put more, but it's good to start small, isn't it? I will have my hands full with these goals already, and any additional goals could probably fit under the above categories. At least I know that many of these goals are common, so I won't be alone in trying to live a better life in 2016.


Jan. 8th, 2016 10:43 am
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[community profile] chocolateboxcomm sign-ups closed last night, so I'm currently waiting for my assignment with bated breath. Needless to say, I'm excited. I hope that everything goes well and that I will be able to create something good for my recipient. I'd like to write treats as well, but we'll see how time goes.
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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.

To be honest, this is kind of hard. What do I want to have more people doing in the fannish world? Well, this is a new year, so it's the perfect time to try new things. I was finally able to sign up for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm, a multifandom fic and art exchange. I am still in the process of editing my sign up and thinking about writing a letter for it, but the point is that I've never participated in an exchange before. I wanted to participate in Yuletide, but I was too busy/intimidated at the time to do so. Even though I missed out on that opportunity, I took advantage of this new one.

My challenge is to try something new in the fannish world. Make afanwork in a fandom you have never created in before, or try a new type of fanwork altogether. Is there a fandom that everyone's been talking about that you haven't tried yet? Give it a try. Heck, participate in the above fic exchange if you are so inclined (although I must warn you that the deadline for sign ups is tomorrow). Start playing Falen London because before that was what was consuming my mind before this challenge. Do anything you want as long as it's new to you. Kudos will be given if you feel like posting about it here.

I got this idea from [personal profile] analise010, so I will give credit where credit is due.

Old fandoms

Jan. 1st, 2016 01:21 pm
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fancake banner for round 62 old fandoms: thematic multifandom recs

I'm actually kind of excited about this theme. It looks fun and relatively easy to do, so I think I'll participate this time. I'm happy for the excuse to look back on my fannish history. Plus, I voted for this theme, so I feel like I ought to participate. Now, I just have to start brainstorming on what fandoms I want to read and rec. I'm pretty sure I will go back and look over Yu Yu Hakusho and Harry Potter if not many more of my older fandoms.


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