Ugh, last week. Don't even ask. (Seriously, don't.)

Day 3
Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"
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.


Day 4
Introduce yourself to someone you admire and friend/follow them on whatever platform you use - journal or Twitter or Tumblr or whatever. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


Day 5
In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There is no such thing? "Fannish", to me, is like kinky, a reading practice and a mode of engagement with material-semiotic worlds and participation in a potentially-but-not-inherently radical social project, and for me personally there's genuinely not much distinction between feeling "fannish" about something and feeling "passionate" about it. It's all just a kind of crush. But, here are a few things that put one kind or another of good fire in my belly that might not fall under the 'traditional' purview of media fandom: kink, knitting, anthropology and pop culture studies, pit bull rescue and anti-BSL activism, other kinds of political and especially feminist and sex positive activism for particular example the Slutwalk movement, the NDP, music especially live and especially plugged in to the Canadian folk music festival circuit and associated cultures, geek/internet culture, yoga (in no particular order).

Day 6
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) and that you ended up loving.

This is tricky because I don't have a lot of hard boundaries when it comes to reading/media consumption, though there are definitely things I need to be in a receptive mood for, but I don't tend to chance on things that I don't think there's at least some likelihood that I will enjoy or appreciate. I do, however, consume outside "my fandoms" pretty regularly, including for sources I've never seen before, though that seems to have more bearing on whether I'll understand/expect to understand it than whether I'll enjoy/expect to enjoy it. I also am not a diligent bookmarker and maybe don't have such an awesome memory for keeping track of fanworks I've enjoyed/not enjoyed? I do occasionally read in fandoms I don't like (or the fandoms of sources I don't like, because it's not always the fans' fault), and a couple of examples I can remember from that slant include [ profile] frostfire_17's "Hi, I'm Jack Harkness" (Torchwood/Star Wars, Jack Harkness/Chewbacca, posted for "plushie or furry kink" [community profile] kink_bingo 2009), which I was skeptical about less because of Chewbacca's involvement (apparently unlike several of the commenters and perhaps even the author, so bear that in mind when reading notes and comments) than because I've always been rather "meh" on Star Wars and I kind of loathe Torchwood, and various Supernatural fanvids (mostly Wincesty) by deirdre_c (e.g., "Supernatural (In My Pants)") because they are funny and irreverent and show a sharp editorial eye, and . . . can't think of a third thing right now. Will try to edit if inspiration strikes like a brick in the middle of the night. (I can think of plenty of "proworks" that I enjoyed much more than expected, why are fanworks more difficult?) ETA: Oh there was some bandom (mostly Panic! at the Disco, I think?) story I read like maybe three years ago that was a Western AU in which somebody had to marry somebody else to protect their reputation, or something? That impressed me, though I was less not in bandom then than I am now.

Day 7
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. Drop a link to your wish-list in this post. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

1. Well, if anyone reading this makes mash-ups (like, actual musical mash-ups), I'd love a mash-up of "Boys Wanna Fight" (Garbage) and "Chick Habit" (April March) and maybe scraps of some other snarkily angry feminist/gender violence songs (perhaps "U + Ur Hand" by Pink, etc., or even "Mercy" by Third Degree), around five minutes long, for vidding purposes.
2. ANYTHING AT ALL based on or inspired by this picture of Dames Helen I LOVE YOU Mirren and Judi YOU ARE ALSO AWESOME Dench in some sort of butch/femme film noir universe OF AWESOME. Icons, art, Brown Betty-verse Fringe crossover fic where Dame Helen I LOVE YOU Mirren is Olivia's mentor in love and sleuthing, anything.
3. The Ritchie-verse Sherlock Holmes OT4-no-wait-5 fic where after Reichenbach Holmes attempts to delight Watson and Mary on holiday by leaping out of a wardrobe and shouting "surprise!" but in the process catches them in bed with Sim. Holmes is all "WTF Watson, I can't believe you a) fell for that and b) are so sentimental as to seek comfort with this charlatan just because we had adventures with her before you thought I died, and anyway I thought all new partners had to be approved by the Council of Girlfriends?" to which Mary responds, "she was approved, unanimously"; Holmes retorts "by a Council of one, that's not fair" and Mary answers, "well the rest of you were dead at the time and besides Noomi fucking Rapace", which Holmes has to concede is an excellent point. Then Irene returns from where she's been hiding out and recuperating in, I don't know, Knob Lick, Missouri or somewhere funny, and catches them all in bed together (it's like it's a farce or something!) and is all "WTF Holmes and Mary, I can't believe you a) fell for that and b) are so UNsentimental as to replace me so quickly; ballsy non-English brunettes are not actually fungible goods you know" but then Sim is like "hi, I'm Noomi Rapace; and by the way we just invented dubstep by running away in slow motion from some really loud guns", which Irene has to concede are two excellent points, and they all have sexy sex forever, the end. Except I think maybe I just wrote that story, right there, there it is (go to sleep!), so instead of that maybe

3. Prompts? I feel a drive to be creative right now but no specific projects to work on (okay, that's not true, I have loads of specific projects at various stages of inspiration or completion, but they're mostly huge or not fic or both and right now I crave instant writing gratification). Or suggestions of what and how to remix for this month's [community profile] kink_bingo mini-challenge.

Day 8
In your own space, talk about a talent (or talents) you have. Everyone's got something they're good at. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I can ruin anything. Okay, fine, I know that's not in the spirit of this meme (although I do believe in my widely applicable ability to sabotage, wittingly or un-). I am more than usually flexible, physically. I'm a pretty skilled knitter, with naturally even gauge most of the time. I have a pretty good, though largely untrained and under-practiced, singing voice, and ditto a drawing hand. I give good blowjobs. I'm a pretty good cook and baker and an ace (ace as in top, not ace as in Ace or top as in top, though maybe the latter a bit) procrastinator. I'm better than most people I know with a hula hoop, though not nearly as good as the others. I can walk very far rather fast, farther with good shoes and no foolish people in my way, and the less I sleep the funnier I get.

Day 9
In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, 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.

Man, I'm already doing that. I submitted my Festivid this weekend and now I'm looking at knocking out a treat before go-live but first aiming to finish my [community profile] ante_up_losers fic and maybe some treats for that scramble first, you just can't see any of that for a while. Ffff. Maybe I'll come back with an actual answer for this later. For now, just see Day 7 above.

Day 10
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I did that for Day 2! Way to keep up, meme :P (just kidding, I love you). I suppose I could rectify this by reccing specific works now, but instead I'm going to half-assedly rec more creators for their non-fic contributions:
[personal profile] isagel for vids
[personal profile] anatsuno for recs and general awesomeness as well as podfic
[personal profile] garden_hoe21 for modding and promoting stuff (like [community profile] scarleteenfans fundraising auction supporting freely accessible quality sexual health education on until January 23rd go go go) and being a good friend and an awesome enabler

* Stolen from [personal profile] commodorified, because fun.
Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

I am not unusually surrounded by bookpiles so grabbed either the topmost or the most protuberant of the three closest, which were:
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jennifer Grant: "Here is something to do if you are unslept and have a ponytail: Bring that ponytail around under your nose like a moustache."
Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Patterns by Alyce Benevides and Jaqueline Milles with photos by Rob Benevides: [full-page photograph of a young white woman with downcast eyes crouching gargoyle-fashion on what appears to be a rooftop in front of a background of industrial twilight (low sun, orange sky, tattered clouds, and shabby buildings) wearing a black leather aviator's cap with goggles, silver eye makeup, spiked collar with ring, black fabric bat wings, layered fishnets and ripped pantyhose, bikerish boots, and the featured knitting pattern, a "cobweb-inspired" "loose-knit tight-fit holey jumper" called "Goth Girl", over a black tank top]
The Slave by Laura Antoniou: "'Now,' he said, when she returned, 'you're in serious trouble.'"

* More Joy Day is coming up on Thursday. I have some ideas about what I'm going to do.

* Handmade meme people (you remember who you are?) who have not already PMed me with your addresses, please do so soon. I have or shortly will have stuff to mail you.
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From: [personal profile] akamine_chan

I did that for Day 2! Way to keep up, meme :P (just kidding, I love you).

Man, I swear, everyone's a critic! *g*

ETA: Also, where the hell is that picture of Dames Judi and Helen from? I...I think I need to do something with that.
Edited Date: 2012-01-11 07:07 am (UTC)
sher_khan: (Happy Grin)

From: [personal profile] sher_khan

Page 45 meme!

I am at work. Book closest to me and accessible is on my desk, "Cybercrime and Espionage". First Sentence on pg 45: " is not cheap, which could lead to decisions based on economics, and what is deemed reasonable from a security perspective is a risk that some security professionals are willing to take"
However, since my bag is by my foot and technically closer to me than that book, and there happens to be a book in there, let me try that.
Jacqueline Carey's "Saints Astray", first complete sentence is below (as the fragment on top of the page doesn't have much context, "...excitement and a multitude of questions, all wanting to know how she'd beaten a bigger, stronger opponent")
"Enough!" Marcella shuddered when Loup described letting Miguel Garza hit her with buckshot-weighted gloves to get used to the sensation."

Woo Hoo! I get to use my gloves more!


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