owlmoose: picture of a snow leopard (cats - snow leopard)
Hey remember how on "create your own challenge day" I suggested participating in a friending meme, but I thought it might take some work to find one? Turns out it was actually pretty easy.

If you're here via the meme, welcome, and say hello! :)
owlmoose: (teamoose)
Day 15: Talk about why you participated in Snowflake &/or what you got out of it.

I participated in [community profile] snowflake_challenge for two main reasons. First, given the recent Dreamwidth renaissance, I wanted to get more connected to people and communities here, and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity. Second, posting to this journal more often is a significant goal of mine this year. Participating in Snowflake seemed a good way to begin as I meant to go on.

Only time will tell if I'm successful in my second objective (although I'm pretty proud that I posted on more than half of the days of the challenge), but I feel confident in saying that the first one was a win. I had the opportunity to interact with many folks I'd never met before, and I look forward to meeting even more in the upcoming friending meme. I got out of my comfort zone a little bit, and also made some practical updates that came directly from challenges (updated my friending policy and my transformative works statement).

Thanks to the Snowflake mods for creating a great challenge, and I hope to participate again in 2020. :)
owlmoose: (da - hawke squares)
The Day 13 challenge is to set some goals, but I've already done that, so instead I'm backing up to Day 10: Create a fanwork. Possibly this is cheating, because I didn't write this today, nor on the actual Day 10 -- most of it was drafted over a week ago, and I've edited bits of it over the intervening days. But I polished it up yesterday, and got it posted, and editing and posting is an important phase of creating a fanwork, at least for me. So here it is!

Title: Constructive Solution
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: Teen
Wordcount: 660
Characters: Isabela/f!Hawke
Spoilers: Yes, through All that Remains
Notes: Written for [community profile] ladiesbingo, "Episode Tags and Missing Scenes" prompt. Starts in the final moments of All That Remains. I have now committed fic of this moment for every romance I've played. The Hawke is Sylvie, my purple mage; I haven't talked about her much here, although I'm sure I will once I finish her playthrough.

On AO3.
owlmoose: (avengers - a little help)
Day 12: Create your own challenge.

Here's my thought, and it's fairly simple on the surface, although harder for some than others, and it might take a little research to complete. But since my hope for 2019 is to see a more active Dreamwidth community, I think it's a worthwhile one:

Comment on a friending meme. Then read through the meme and find at least one person to add to your circle.

Where does the research come in? Finding the friending meme! There's usually at least one or two running, and it's been more of a thing lately with the recent migration from Tumblr, but I admit that it might be a challenge. Try searching interests, or browsing your network page, or checking out communities like [community profile] fandom_on_dw and [community profile] fandomcalendar. Or if you can't find one, create your own and promote it in the communities above! (And on that note, if anyone knows of and/or decides to start a Critical Role or Dragon Age friending meme, hit me up.) I've met some great people through friending memes, and I highly recommend participating whenever you can.
owlmoose: (owlmoose 2)
By the rules of the challenge, I know it's okay to skip days and go out of order, but I still feel weird having passed up Days 9 and 10. Oh well, here goes.

Day 11: Talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it?

I feel like I've written a fair amount about creative process over the years, but it's been awhile, and I have a feeling a lot of what I've written has been in response to Tumblr memes that are now lost to the ages. (I've been contemplating exporting all my original posts from Tumblr and crossposting them somewhere, but it sounds like a lot of work, and I'm not sure what I would do with them. It's weird, knowing how fragmented my online presence became for a few years there.) So this seems like a good opportunity to put a bunch of thoughts in one place.

Unsurprisingly, this got long. )

So that's my process, more or less. Feel free to share yours, whether or not you're participating in Snowflake. I always enjoy learning from other people's experiences.
owlmoose: (ffx - shiva)

Day 8: Post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created.

I'm going to approach this differently than I normally would, thereby also embracing the spirit of the Day 7 challenge ("Try something new"*). Instead of rec'ing fic, I'm going to rec some meta and non-fiction that I'm particularly proud of.

1. Comparative Religion: Spira vs Thedas -- For a journaling meme back in 2015, I was asked to compare and contrast the main religious orders of Yevon (from Final Fantasy X) and the Chantry (Dragon Age). It was a fascinating exercise, and I was really pleased with the result.

2. The Tyranny of Do-It-Yourself -- This might be my favorite thing I've ever written for [community profile] ladybusiness. It's an essay about the "do it yourself" response to requests for more and better representation in media, and why I hate it so much.

2a. Also, if you aren't already familiar with [community profile] ladybusiness, check it out! I've been a contributing editor since 2016 and an occasional contributor for much longer, and we post some pretty great stuff if I do say so myself. :)

3. Doing Battle with the Little Hater -- some thoughts on creativity, popularity, and self-doubt, with links to some of my favorite resources on those topics.

* I did something else for Day 7 yesterday, too, but it's a long way from seeing the light of day. Sometime soon, I hope.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - paine with nooj)
(No post for Day 4 because it was a non-journal posting activity. I did it, though!)

Day 5: Promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

1. [community profile] ushobwri is a DW support group for writers. The community was born out of WriSoMiFu (Write Something You Miserable Fuck), a companion of sorts to NaNoWriMo in which the sole challenge was to write something every day in November. When WriSo ended a few years ago, many people decided they would miss the community that had formed around the challenge, and yoU SHOuld Be WRIting (USHOBWRI) was born. Members call themselves "Shoobies" and continue on with supporting each others writing in many different ways, with posts for chatting, sharing snippets, and checking in at least three times each week throughout the year, and regular challenges (including daily writing in November). Although I haven't participated as much in recent years, I found it a wonderful and supportive home for awhile, and I'm so glad they're still out there, doing their thing.

2. [community profile] remixrevival / The Remix Revival challenge is a successor of sorts to Remix Redux. Remix is a type of fic exchange in which you take someone else's story and put your own spin on it. I participated in multiple rounds of the original Remix, so I was quite happy to see it live on in Remix Revival -- especially since Remix Revival is also open to fan artists. As an author, I often find fanart a great source of inspiration, and love getting fanart of my own work, so as far as I'm concerned, the addition of fanart to the mix is brilliant. Remix Revival usually runs from summer through early fall, and I will certainly be keeping my eye out.

3. Fangirl Happy Hour is one of my very favorite fannish podcasts (that counts as a sort of blog, right?), and I'm not just saying that because [personal profile] renay is a co-founder and co-host, or because I'm an occasional guest. Renay and Ana (of The Book Smugglers) have wonderful conversations about books, movies, and happenings around fandom, and I always look forward to hearing what they have to say.

Day 6: 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.

1. Fanart of any fic I've ever written, but especially of my two MegaFlare* stories that were left unclaimed by artists: Reconcilable Differences (Final Fantasy XII) and The Joining (FFXII/Dragon Age crossover)

2. Someone to run a Reverse Bang in a fandom that I participate in, especially Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, or Critical Role. (Or, if such a thing currently exists, a pointer in that direction.) Reverse Bangs are maybe my favorite type of fic challenge, and it's been ages since I've done one.

3. This is an oldie but a goodie, but I've always wished for more people to write Paine/Nooj, my Final Fantasy X-2 OTP and one of my top pairings of all time. It's an under-loved pairing in an under-loved canon, and it would be so great to see more out there.

*A Final Fantasy Big Bang challenge that I ran with [personal profile] renay for two years, in 2010 and 2011.
owlmoose: (ff12 - balthier)
Day 3: Share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

I thought about sharing a number of things here: a few books, a few quotes, some key moments from Critical Role Campaign One. But I decided to go a little further back, to a scene that shaped my approach to one of my core fandoms, and launched me into one of my all-time OTPs: Final Fantasy XII, the cut scene of Ashe and Balthier on the Phon Coast.

I enjoy so many things about this scene. The casual-yet-momentous reveal of Balthier's true backstory. A few moments to develop Ashe's character, both in real time and in flashback. The tenor of their interactions -- the first time I played this game, right when it came out, I hadn't particularly noticed any vibe between these two characters... until we got to this scene. Their measured but honest words, the way Balthier is forthright with her about his identity and his fears, her reactions to everything she learns, form the groundwork for a relationship between them. (On later replays, I noticed earlier indications that there might be something between them, but this moment is still where it all comes clear.) So it's a scene I adore not just for itself, but for everything it represents to me: a pairing I love, that got me writing for a fandom I love.
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
Day 2: Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

I am totally going to cheat for this and pull my recs from past Lady Business columns. Shameless plug: [community profile] ladybusiness has a regular fanworks recommendation column, typically every two weeks, where various editors share things we love. You can find them at this tag.

Okay, but the point of this is to rec works by other people, not things produced by myself and my colleagues. ;)

One fic, one cosplay-based vid, and one visual artwork behind the cut )
owlmoose: (cats - tori sun)
I've been seeing this annual fandom celebration festival around for years, but I've never participated before. Given the current resurgence of Dreamwidth, and my desire to get more connected to fandom in this space, this year seems like the ideal time to give it a try.

Day 1: Talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane.

I have a number of Happy Places. The corner of my couch downstairs, curled up with a book, a show, or a game, ideally with my spouse in the other corner and our cat snuggling between us. A couple of local cafes, with a cup of coffee in hand, a laptop in front of me, and a view out the window to watch the world go by. At a friend's house, or out to dinner with one person or the whole gang, sharing our lives and talking about the world. The private Slack where I spend most of my online time, where we've built a really fun and supportive community, where we can discuss almost anything. Out on the streets of San Francisco, soaking in the views and the atmosphere. Bryn Mawr College, my undergrad alma mater, which still feels like home every time I go back for reunion or some other gathering. No one of these places would suffice by itself, but all of them together make up a life that I'm quite pleased to call my own. It's a good life, really. Not a perfect life, but the one I've built, and it works for me.

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