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For today's recommendations by other people, I'm going to confine myself to non-Harry Potter stories not written for me or by friends.  One below, two under the cut for spoilers.  All gen (or with background pairings), and content shouldn't be problematic unless you're really just in the mood for fluff.

Chasing Normal
 by dotfic - "There was this one time I saved the world..." (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited)

I don't remember how I stumbled across this one at all, but I love it.  It's probably the most accessible of these recommendations if you're not familiar with the canon, and you don't need to have read the other stories in the series to follow along.  The plot is simple - ordinary guy gets superpowers through freak lab accident - but the "ordinary guy" is simultaneously relatable and more special than even he realizes in the way he handles the situation, and the powers are really clever, and it's just a ton of fun.

Homeward Bounders and Neverwhere recs )
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Unfashionably late, as usual.  But I'm trying.

Day 1 )

Day 2 - Fandom Communities/Fests/Resources/etc. (no idea why the cut won't work; sorry)
[insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder is my favorite fest because it simultaneously ensures that my favorite minor characters get love (literally), and forces me to consider characters even I wouldn't think of as having hidden depths in situations that I wouldn't expect to find them in.
[community profile] scans_daily has introduced me to a whole bunch of awesome comic book series and creators, while allowing me to keep up with what's currently going on in those fandoms (and warning me about what to disregard).
TV Tropes may ruin your life, but it's also a useful resource and gut check when I'm not sure whether a certain plot twist or character type has been done to death.

Will catch up on Day 3 when I have more thought to spare.
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Okay, so official Yuletide prompt? General plot is in place (though some very critical details remain to be hammered out) and I have some key anchoring lines of dialogue, but that's as far as I've gotten. Crazy crossover treat inspired by other fandoms the recipient's mentioned in his/her journal? Rapidly spiraling into an intricate multi-fic AU involving characters s/he hasn't even mentioned. I'm beginning to think the reason I've never felt the need to "expand my creativity" through recreational substances is that my muse drops enough acid for the both of us.

Anyway, meme entries!

Day 13 )

Day 14 )

Day 15 )
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Welp, so much for getting things done in their allotted time frame. (Don't even ask about NaNoWriMo. I've decided that if I do the writing prep that would have allowed me to get further than a one-paragraph concept pitch had I done it in advance, I'll count that as a win.)

The good news is, I do have some reason for distraction: I start work on Monday! And I have been writing little bits of fic in the meantime, including a couple of pieces on my favorite Harry Potter family, the Boneses. Very depressing pieces, granted, but I had to balance the 2001: A Space Odyssey crossover somehow.

Anyway, I promised myself I'd finish this meme, and I will. Just not on any guaranteed schedule. Let's see how far I can get today before I get bored or devolve into rambling.

Day 10 )

Day 11 )

Day 12 )
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Day 9 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Yeah, definitely seeing some assumptions on the part of the question writer(s). Gen needs (platonic) love, too, people! And defaulting to that when I'm not writing for a fest or challenge also means there aren't many pairings I go back to on a regular basis. I mean, I loved writing Grey Lady/Sir Cadogan, but there's no real room for a sequel.

I tried making a list anyway, but apparently Dreamwidth doesn't like when you try to remove extraneous spaces from bulleted lists, because it refused to save the stupid thing.  Twice.  So I'm taking that as a sign and sticking to my original protest.  Sorry, all.  I'll put more effort in tomorrow.

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Sorry for skipping yesterday; got a little distracted by Lev Grossman's The Magician King. (Also finally bought Dance with Dragons, but that's going to take longer to get through, and I promised I'd hold off on really delving in until the job search was going better.) I'll probably post a proper review in a bit, but I think I need to digest it a little first. Initial reaction: much like the first book, while I love several of the parts, they don't add up to a satisfying whole. Only this time, I have much more concrete reasons for finding the whole dissatisfying, and I really wish someone had warned me about one of them in particular.

In the meantime, onward with the meme!

Day 7 )

Day 8 )

*glances over last question* Wow, that came out more confrontational than I intended. Maybe I'm angrier about the book than I thought.
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Before I get to the meme, I saw this on [community profile] fandomcalendar and had to share: We Love the Women that the Fandom Hates. Pick your favorite unfairly maligned female character and creatively express your appreciation! (And it's running in multiple languages, too, which is cool.)

Day 6 )
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Whoops, fallen a bit off-schedule. Let's fix that.

Day 4 )

Day 5 )
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Before I get on to Day 3, I'm going to take care of this meme from [livejournal.com profile] nialyind. If you'd like to play along:

• Reply with "Fuck yes fierce ladies* (and awesome dudes, too)" and I'll give you four fandoms.
• Write about your favorite character from each fandom.

*I'm sticking to women, just for the heck of it. Here we go!

Fierce Females from Favorite Fandoms )

And now back to our regularly scheduled questionnaire:

Day 3 )
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30 days hath September, and so does this meme. A sign? I think so. *cracks knuckles* Let's do this.

Day 1 )

More Memes

Aug. 24th, 2011 11:36 pm
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What the hell. This one's borrowed from [personal profile] musyc:

Pick one of my fics, and I'll give you three details that didn't make it into the fic. Background canon, deleted scenes, or a look into the future. My choice, but if you have a specific question you can ask it in your request.

Unfortunately, I don't have a master list (should probably fix that, shouldn't I?), but you can browse through my Ao3 collection here.
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I really want to do the 30 Days of Fandom (Fanfic?) Meme that [personal profile] woldy's been going through; I just need to work up the energy. But according to [personal profile] such_heights, now would be a good time for me to post this fandoms-as-relationships meme that I filled out but never got around to sharing.

Click here for all the sordid details! )
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