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So, it looks like it's been a little over a year since I posted a blog entry. Good thing my word for 2016 is "consistent" -- maybe it will help me be more consistent in updating! I'm mulling a catch-up post that will update any readers I have left on what my year was like in 2015, but that will be for later in the week -- or next week, after I decide what's important to share and what isn't!

For now, to get the ball rolling, I want to share some responses to the [community profile] snowflake_challenge , a fannish challenge that is taking place for the first few weeks of January. In spite of my intentions to be more consistent this year, I fell behind in posting my responses to the challenge almost immediately! But no matter -- this is a fun challenge, with no pressure, so I'm going to go ahead and share what I share and go from there!

Day 1

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?

The main reason I am doing the challenge is that it is a good way for me to get back to thinking of my fannish pursuits at a time when I am already setting goals for the new year. I have been a writer of fanfic for a number of years, and have several works in progress that always need more attention than they are getting, so time to refocus on what I am doing in my fandoms and why I am doing it is welcome.

Day 3

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.


Dreaming New Dreams

I have written exclusively in the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit fandom, except for this story. It is a bit of a gapfiller for characters who feature in Major, a baseball anime and manga series. My love for the Major anime series (and later the manga) was such that I braved writing something unfamiliar and totally different than what I am used to and comfortable with -- that's why Dreaming New Dreams is one of my favorites of my own creations. It is not quite finished, as Real Life got to be demanding and I let my muse go dormant -- but finishing the story it is on my List of Things to Do this year. This is a fandom that seemingly has very few fans and even fewer stories written for it, so this story has gone largely unnoticed. I also haven't shared it in my normal circles -- mostly because I never finished it, but also because it is so different from my usual LotR stuff. I am very fond of it, however, and feel it does justice to the series and to the characters.

Lords of Gondor

This is my longest running WIP, that had its start in days of old when I first became a fan of Tolkien and wished that he hadn't killed off my favorite character. I dreamed of what the story would have been like if that character had lived, and eventually, I decided to write that story myself. The tale is far from complete, but in spite of it being in process for more than 10 years, I am committed to finishing it one day! Many of my shorter pieces in the Lord of the Rings fandom are actually part of the "canon" I have established with this tale.

Evil Undone

This was done for a Big Bang challenge. I took a one-shot story I had written previously and fleshed it out with more back story. I had a lot of fun with this one! It was a challenge to make a few changes to canon that altered the story in a very extreme way and then make it work, but I like to think it turned out to be (mostly) believable. I am considering returning to this someday and maybe writing a sequel, since I left it rather open-ended.

Reforged

This story came out of a plot bunny that I'd been nursing for a long time and finally developed for a Finish-a-thon challenge. It is tied to an older story that I am also very proud of -- The Best Sword Ever -- but the two stories diverge in how they end. This is very much one of my favorites, because it deals with an intriguing possibility that I haven't seen explored very often.

Day 9

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

Basically, one of my goals for the coming year is to be consistent in spending time with my writing.  Doing so should produce actual written words, which will lead to finished WIPs.  Specifically, I want to be consistent enough in my writing habits that I am able to finish the WIPs that are really quite close to being done, as well as continue to add to my other WIP on a regular basis.

That's probably enough for one post!  The challenge continues for a few more days, so I may be adding to some of my fannish thoughts this week.  Until then, thanks for reading and have a great day today!

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