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Day 10: Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you.

So... it's not really new, per se, but I've never written in this fandom before so I gave it a shot. In all honesty, I almost did something based off of Agent Carter because I loved that pilot episode so much, but I figured I already had an idea for this pairing, why not get it out.

So I wrote a small (small) fic in the Merry Gentry series, found here.
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Day 9: In your own space, talk about what surprises you about fandom. It could be a pairing or fandom you never thought you'd like. A fanwork type you never knew existed.


I think the biggest surprise being in fandom was just how varied and interesting everything was. Slash was the first big surprise, then came the tropes like love potions (Harry Potter), mpreg (Harry Potter introduced it), Sentinel/Guide, learning about A/B/O, and honestly, at the start Severus/Harry was a surprise that I ended up liking, and then Danny/Steve from Hawaii 5-0 (especially since I don't even watch Hawaii 5-0). Then there was Clint'Coulson, which really took me by surprise.

I was surprised with how many plots I could come up with, and how my adolescent crush manifested into a type that followed me through every fandom I entered. I became that friend that drifted away from many people, and who found roleplaying a way to build plots.
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Day 8: In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and asesome and loveable you really are.

This... feels ridiculous. But. Um. Here you go?
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Day 7: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliche, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us someexamples and recs.

Tropes:
There are... a lot of tropes I really like. I love AUs. I especially love high school/university AUs. Miscommunication and misunderstandings and idiots being oblivious are also beautiful. Specifically for kinks, I love D/s, or A/B/O. Power dynamics, protectiveness and caring and intimacy... Threesomes. Polyamory.

For AUs, I love the mutliple settings. The way the dynamics remain the same, the intricate plots replayed and remade to fit in a different setting.

Miscommunication - I love angst, I love to see characters brought low, and I like to see the stupidity, the sheer idiocythat my favorite characters can (canonically) get themselves into.

D/s, A/B/O, power dynamics, even Sentinel/Guide - I really, really love to see that play out. To see the intricacies, the love, the protection the dom/alpha gives... I just really like that. It's something personally amazing and lovely.

Polyamory/threesomes is fun for the same reason I like (mis)communication, because seeing people fit together is amazing.

(Also, through all this, angst and pain that characters get over or are comforted for - that goes through everything.)

Recs:
I... don't know. Like, I know what I read, but they're so far back in my history on Ao3...

I'll try and do at least one fic for each one I listed, though. So:

AUs: High fantasy story Descent, by Teyke and a utopia story (and the problems with utopias) New Metropolis by Amuly. (both Avengers)

Miscommunication/misunderstandings/obliviousness: Cornerstone by Vendelin (another AU, too, from Teen Wolf) and His Fate Will Be Unlearned by Scifigrl47 (just... assume almost all of these are AUs unless otherwise. Also, Avengers.)

D/S / A/B/O: Hello, Heartbreaker by Astoryaboutwar (Teen Wolf) and this absolutely beautiful story The Edge by Ladygravy99

Polyamory/threesomes: Put Away Childish Things by Arsenicarcher (suprisingly, not built like an Avengers AU, but the polyamory aspect is in fact downplayed; it's focused more on rebuilding a broken OTEveryone).
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Day 6: In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art, meta, or a rec list. A picspam. Something.

Okay, I don't want to say I have OCD because that's a self-diagnosis and discrediting to people who legitimately have that - but I can't do things out of order. It pisses me off and makes me feel as if I failed at the thing I'm trying to do.

So I'm days behind because I'm still trying to do this. But. Here's my link.

Also, yes, it was written for another challenge (pic for 1000 words), but I figure I can count it here, right? Since I did write it within the last two or three days.
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Day 5: In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity?

Goodness. Trying to remember my fannish origin story. Eesh.

The Very Beginning
Well, it started with X-Men. Specifically, the 90s television show. It also started with Digimon, Power Rangers, Dragonball Z, and my sister. We actually weren't allowed to watch television all that much, so we snuck episodes when we could and built our universe when we couldn't. From there, which was to me like a very early form of roleplaying (verbalized roleplaying, with each of us having different roles [I was Gambit and Logan and she was Android 18 and Sora, for example]), I began writing stories loosely based on the television shows I watched or books I read. One of my earliest attempts at fanfiction - and my only actual finished work from the age of 11 to I think about 19 or 20 - was an 'origin' story of Logan (called Solo in my fic because I was a dramatic teenager). Other ideas included cars that were bodyguards to the descendents of a royal alien line (transformers), a group of pre-teens captured and taken to a French castle and they had to get free in medieval england (Robin Hood) and a ham-fisted attempt at writing a story that wasn't too much like Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail but failed miserably at being distinctive, really.

My Chosen Pseudonym
But I suppose what I really have to thank, for my original name L'Ange Noir, was finding fanfiction on the internet. It was Gambit fanfiction, and it was him in a relationship with Wolverine, which was amazingly hot and dirty to a very young pre-teen who knew exactly what my religion said about such relationships and what my father would do should he catch me sitting on the family computer reading such sites. (I learned how to wipe my history, wipe the site from the internet file folder, and remove any cookies - if there was another way my dad could have found which site I was on, I didn't know it but neither did he.) L'Ange Noir comes from Gambit, and a very old story I had about him - in the comics, Remy LeBeau is sometimes referred to as the Le Diable Blanc, the white devil, because of his eyes. In my fanfiction story, L'Ange Noir was Remy's lover, a winged mutant with black skin. My current fanfic penname is AngeNoir, as I fell out of writing fanfic sometime in the last years of my undergraduate degree, and when I came back it was to Ao3, not the other sites I posted on. Those stories... well, I still know how they end. I remember most, if not everything, about their plots. I just... haven't completed any of them.

Defining Influences
But yeah, without that one author, Ximeria, and another archive, LeDiableBlanc, and one last author who was a defining influence on how I wrote and really started me on my worldbuilding kink, Lightning On the Wave - these three are really the beginning of my origin story in fandom.
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Day 4: Comment to someone you haven't interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.

I'm horrible at talking to people. x.x;; help. this challenge is the hardest so far.
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Day 3: In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing?

Inspiration:
So first thing I guess I should say is that my (tiny) party trick is that I can take a character, a setting, and an adjective or mood and come up with a fairly good plot (to my way of thinking, but I'm biased, so). Inspiration has never been the problem - songs, other movies, other fics, gifsets, kinkmeme prompts: all of it and none of it can create plot ideas.

Motivation:
This is where the problem comes in. I'm an inherently selfish person, I'm learning, and I like praise even if I don't think I deserve it, so a lot of my motivation gets hindered by the fact that my fics are actually not as great as I think they are. I know not much will come of them, so it makes it hard to push through. Add to that I'm supposed to be in grad school (hah) writing a respectable prospectus, I'm teaching fourth grade and coming up with lesson plans, and I'm just plain lazy, and a lot of motivation is gone. I have over forty, I think, unfinished original and fandom fiction sitting on my desktop.

Writer's Block:
Hah. I don't really push through? When I have to - for challenges that I signed up for, for example - I can do it, but in general if it's a personal project, there's not much that happens. Generally speaking I try to write at least one sentence a day if I want to finish a story, and I don't close the document until it's complete or at the point where I'm not going to continue it ever or at all.

Types of creation:
I'm a very limited individual. I don't have any interesting skills, really, beyond being able to type fast. I only write fiction, so my process more or less remains the same regardless. The only variance is between challenge fiction and personal stories and plots, because fiction challenges I more or less finish, while personal stories almost never get finished.

My Writing Process:
In short, the process on the whole looks like this: I find a plot idea I'm actually willing to open a new word document for, and begin typing. Depending on how late or how much time I have, I normally get at least a page before I minimize the document and move away. I'll come back over the next couple of weeks, depending on how much that plot has weighed on my mind versus my teaching responsibilities (because let's face it I'm ignoring my graduate student responsibilities so hard). Eventually I'll either have that idea pushed out of the front of my mind by a different idea, and it will languish in my unfinished fic folder, or I'll complete the story.
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Day 2: 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.

I feel like there's not a lot of point of putting down what I want but maybe I can use this as a reference to go back to for fic ideas?

Prompt 1: I'm still desperately interested in seeing a polyamorous fanfic from the Losers, with Pooch, Cougar, and Jensen all interested in Jolene, who just moved to their small town. She doesn't know how to pick and doesn't really want to pick just one, and they move towards a foursome with one another in the end.

Prompt 2: I love modern AUs of all kinds, and particularly would love a modern AU of the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. Worldbuilding is a serious kink of mine, so seeing how they travel in a 'modernized' Middle Earth would be amazing, let alone rethinking the quest (either one) and remaking the obstacles faced.

Prompt 3: I like the concept of Teen Wolf, as I love werewolves/shapeshifters in general. I only watched season 1, though, unable to really stomach the ridiculousness of it so far (I keep making half-hearted attempts; who knows, one of them might succeed). So any AU, from coffee shop to high school, veternarian to dystopian future, centered around Derek Hale in a leadership position he never wanted but feels he should keep because he's the last survivor of his family, while Scott is a better choice and someone Derek would love to give the leadership to if only he could find a way to do so without betraying his parents'/sister's/family's expectations and legacy...

and because I'm greedy

Prompt 4: Tony Stark is my surefire, almost-never-miss-the-mark, character, so him at the center of any MCU fic, canon or not, AU or not, would be amazing. But a particular plot that has currently kicked me in the gut recently was a Star Wars-themed Avengers fic, perhaps incorporating all Phase 1 and Phase 2 movies currently out...
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So basically I saw this and thought why not? Maybe I'll actually finish this challenge... even though yes, I'm a day behind. I figure I can try, right?
Day 1: 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.

A Broken World (Can Be Rebuilt) - I just... really liked the idea I had here. Sorry. I was very physically and emotionally disappointed at the effort I put in vs. what people actually thought of it.

The Animal Within - This one, I'm actually really proud of. It's the first fic I actually finished, and it made me confident. Maybe too confident, but there you go.

Lion's Shadow - I liked this one. I like shapeshifters, and it was fun to write, even if it felt like a lot of effort on something not well-liked.

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