Jan. 8th, 2017

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So, I've always thought the Snowflake Challenge looked like a really fun thing to do, but I've never managed to do it, through the usual combination of too little time and too much "I have to think and ponder over stuff so much before I dare to dive and do something, and by the time I'm halfway ready to do it so much time has gone by that the opportunity is past..."

Considering the above, the Snowflake Challenge now being on Day 8 and me being on Day 1, I'm not even that far behind!


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."

Since this is my first time doing this, I'm going to lean towards the "fanworks that define you" side of things:

The Be the Light in My Lantern | Raise Your Lantern High series (read on AO3 | read on LJ)
     This, this is the story that defines me. 200k words written with a lot of love and hard, hard work and intricate worldbuilding over the course of SIX YEARS. Once upon a time I thought: it would be interesting to see what the adults of the Order were doing all that time while the narrative of HP books was with Harry, wouldn't it? ...and thus the next six years of my life and my journey into fandom were shaped. I'm also really proud of the world and culture I created for the werewolf pack Remus lives with during HBP. I haven't seen many people do that.

Neville Longbottom and the Year That Was (read on AO3 | read on LJ)
     I've experimented with setting myself different limits and challenges and found that they do surprisingly good things for my writing. Especially word limits – when I set myself a word limit, they turn into really good words, because I have to craft and weigh every single one. So I've discovered kind of a thing for telling a whole story through a series of related drabbles – like this one, which essentially tells all of Harry Potter year seven in 14 x 100 words. And I think it works quite well! Also, it's gen, which has always been my first love as a writer.

On a Windswept Cliff (read on AO3 | read on LJ)
     My first Remus/Sirius, my first slash, my first true AU... All things I wasn't sure I dared to do, or could do justice to, so it was a big deal to break that barrier and see that I could. Plus, it's a gothic romance, so I got to be all dramatic and sexy and romantic, stuff that's way outside my usual wheelhouse. And I like it! I'm quietly proud of this little AU world I created, and the way Remus and Sirius (and Harry and the Weasleys!) slot into it. 

In the Wrong House (read on AO3 | read on LJ)
     This was one of my earliest fics – my very first multi-chapter fic! – and to my surprise, I think it still holds up. It's a slightly alternate imagining of how the Marauders became friends almost despite themselves, and it's young, angst-filled 11-year-old Remus newly at Hogwarts and convinced that friends are not a luxury his life will allow him, no matter how desperately he might wish it, and, yeah. All my Remus love, condensed into wee!Remus form.

The above fics were all Harry Potter 'verse and very male-character-centric (because, well: Remus!), so I feel a need to mention:

1) I'm also all about the strong female characters – for example I have a bunch of stories about my other character fascination, Andromeda.

2) I also write Sherlock and Torchwood; for example the "Brothers, Bitter and Sweet" series about Sherlock and Mycroft's brotherly relationship over the years.


That's me! ...Other Snowflake Challenge days will be less wordy, I can almost definitely guarantee it. :-)
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Okay, I'm going to try to run through a few of these somewhat quickly, since I'm so far behind...


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