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2016 was:

the year I planned and everything went pearshaped

the year I watched M.A.S.H., 3rd Rock from the Sun, That 70s Show (mmm, Jackie and Hyde, ohmy), Still Game, Stranger Things, The Gilmore Girls Reunion, The XFiles Reunion and lots more

the year I lost two more dear friends to cancer

the year I got fed up with myself (once again)

the year I got fed up with the world (once again)

the year I started working on The Producer and The Guard (Pros fanfiction) again

the year I recommitted to myself and my writing and my art

the year when my depression stepped up its game

the year when I am missing my mum so much I can't even say it or I will cry

the year when once again Fandom is still the best, with all the pros and  (nothing in particular happened, just. Fandom. My Tribe.)

the year I want to learn from, and do better next year

the year when I feel I'm getting old and it scares me

the year when the man I love has a problem I can't solve or help with and it's hurting us both

the year when I remember myself Fandom Is A Way Of Life (FIAWOL) and all that it meant for me

the year when I will try not to overplan 2017, but focus on small plans, baby steps, on what's is truly vital, because I have no energy and I need to parse it

the year when Spaceman left us

another year in my life. In your life.

I love you all, and YES, once again, I apologise for not reaching out. It's not that I didn't want to, but I just couldn't (see depression, above).

Yuletide. Yuletide is here.

Hugs to all :)
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I can't but shake my head at me.

Look at that, two months passed by, and no update, no interaction, just a mute silence on this wall. And here I am, again , apologising for being absent..after all the plans, and the good intentions!!!

Well, I know where the time has gone (list below), some activities necessary, some for leisure, some just because - do I regret it? Yes and no. It is clear to me my main and primary difficulty is to apply myself regularly, methodically. I am a mugpie, I see the shiny, and if I'm tired by RL, I just give in.

Therefore, a stern discussion with myself is needed, and a DAILY LOGGING IN. Even just to say...Good day to all.

List of Things Distracting me for All that I Want to Do, in no particular order:

1) Temeraire, by Naomi Novik (one of us!)  I started my spring annual reread of the Temeraire books, in anticipation of the forthcoming one. Oh, how I love these books, I can't express (and if I am writing somewhat weirdly, it is because the language of the books is affecting me - mugpie and imitating monkey, that's me ;) is doing a re-read of them -- although i find these rereads always disappointing, too short, too careful not to give important points away (which is, I understand, somewhat of a necessity, but still). I encourage everyone to grab these books and read them to pieces, like I have been doing, they are so good: inventive, historical, funny, moving, fantastic, gender-progressive, and the dragons, oooh, THE DRAGONS.

Not just Temeraire, who is a wonderful, round character, full of ingenuity and good heart and such a dragon ;) but all the others too, Maximus and Lily and Arkady and Lien and Iskierka and Kulingile and Volly and Levitas, oh, Levitas... I have sobbed my heart out every time I read his part of the story in Book 1, and I don't know that I can ever forgive Novik for that (in a not-serious way, of course).

Novik's world of dragons is magnificent, funny, unique. I hope she never stops writing about her dragons, although I suppose it will happen eventually. But, oh, what books, what stories.

2) Destiny. I am afraid I fell headlong into this video game, almost like a new fandom. It feels like it.

I've been playing it (on PS3, can;t afford a PS4 yet) since last July, and it is very addictive and mind-soothing; I found a clan of like-minded players, and, does take away hours of my time (although, since I started playing it, in all I have played something like 17 days, which, in almost ten months, it's not too terrible...but I also spend time chatting with the clan I joined about the game, the lore behind it, the different tactics, etc etc.

SO, yes, a fandom of a sort...up to and including my writing three very short stories set in the universe and an article (all to be put up online on the clan's website, and the stories on AO3 as well). What can I say?...Fandom happens. It doesn't delete my previous fandom loves (never), hence my posting here, but it adds to it, and takes a share of the time.

3)TV watching. Really, how blessed are we, with TV series, these days? There is so much good telly to watch!!! I am so behind with some of my staples, because I keep getting distracted by new offerings. I've been watching:

Mr. Robot -- watched the whole first season, it's brilliant, quite scary in its technological representation of what can be done, and has wonderful photography. Any budding filmographer out there, don't miss it.

Vikings -- up to date with the latest season. Ragnar. And everyone else, yes, but, you know, Ragnar. But also, Ragnar because of Fimmel's acting, which has grown season by season and lets you see Ragnar's thoughts with a glance. Brilliant. 

Badlands -- only six episodes, watched the first two. Production values (costumes, scenery) are really good, and Marton Csokas is great in it. The story is okay, but because it's short, well, it's on the list.

American Horror Story Asylum -- I just started watching it, and I love it. I know I should watch the seasons in order, but hey, it's not doctor's orders ;)

Lucifer -- so much fun! Watched it all, looking forward to a second season.

Jessica Jones -- watched it all, loved it.

Daredevil season 2 -- The PUNISHER. Was looking forward to John Ohbernthal (sp?)'s performace as the Punisher, and I was sooo pleased. Couldn't ask for better. A touch disappointed by Electra, storyline and performance, nothing specific, but you know when something just doesn't click? Yes, like that.

Walking Dead -- up to date. Waiting for next season.

The 100 -- up to ep 13. I have a soft spot for Bellamy. I can't help it.

Supernatural --  need to catch up with the second part of season 11. I will marathon it during the summer. Love the boys, always will.

And some more. Don't want to bore you :)


- with Melissa Mcbride, Jason Statham, Jude Law, etc. I did not know I needed this film in my life, but I did, and do. Made me laugh lots and I needed it.

Civil War -- I can see Bucky lining up with Krycek as a Little Black Dress of Fandom ;) I can only imagine the fanfiction, and eventually I will browse for it. Really liked the film, love how they manage the conflict, and felt for both parts. There were FEELS, I tell you, FEELS.

Antman --  so funny. Loved it. Worked really well.

And yes, my dad has been to hospital again, and I almost flew out again, but he is back home already, and I can keep stressing from afar :(

The novel has not proceeded as I wanted (see the above lack of regular discipline).

But I have written something (the Destiny stories) and submitted a couple of original short stories to competitions. Fingers crossed. I should submit so much more/often!

Still editing/rewriting/writing The Producer (Pros fic). I need to check the Pros Big Bang journal to see where we are at.

I will be at two art fairs with my artists books: 18/19 of June in Newcastle, and 7/8/9 of July in Liverpool. I have projects to finish! /o\

Love you all.
Still here :)

ETA...also got the first book of the Bujold's Vorkosigan saga...erm. *headdesks on self*

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30: Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link

Uhm. I'll revisit AO3 and see how I feel about it.

*pauses to go looking*

If I have to choose one, then at the moment my choice is Can't Answer That Question, Sir

But, I have to add, it changes. At the end of the day, I write my stories because I like them in my head :)
What makes this one a favourite right now?

In part, because I am soon working again on a Pros story which has a similar theme, so my brain is very much oriented in this direction.
In part, because I love this image of the two of them, each waiting on the other, so to speak. Indissolubly tied together, whatever happens.

(and, I'd like to take this chance to say THANK YOU to all those who left kudos and comments to my stories, it's very appreciated :) :)

ETA: more writing meme? Oh noes!

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Day 14

In your own space, share your love for something fannish: a trope, cliché, kink, motif, theme, format, or fandom.

Ooooh :)

I suppose, I love things being difficult between characters.
Whether it is because of amnesia, being on opposite parts of a all works.

For example, I know I am not in the Winter Soldier fandom just because lack of time, because the history and dynamic between Cap and Bucky?
Perfect :)

I like the 'being stuck somewhere and having to interact' trope very much :) (is it still called  the 'cabin' trope?)
I also like the 'having to work together' trope ;)

I love also the experimenting done in fandom: genderswap fiction, for example, and crossovers, crossovers are amazing :)

I love that fans can think of writing fiction about the SPN Impala67and Truckzilla, and having little baby cars running about ;)

I love that fans play around with what they love :) What Ifs, AUs, all of that :) It's amazing.

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VIDUKON Auction is still open :)

You have the chance to bid on a vidder and own her for life have her make a vid just for you :)

I only got a supporting membership* this year because I have no way to plan for it (read: finances)...but it's a VIDDING CON!
In the UK! \0/

I went twice and I loved it dearly both times, so much vidding enthusiasm, and no, you don't have to be a vidder to go, just a vids enthusiast :)

(I hope in my heart that I will have money by then, and manage to attend, but as it is, nope. Oh well :)

*The supporting membership gets you a lot! Not just the official vids, but also a virtual link to the con as it happens :)

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So, back in Day 2 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge, this was the challenge...

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.

At the time, I found it hard to come up with something, but as I was browsing through the playlists on Youtube...

...I'd love a songvid done to Sex on Fire and/or Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. I like the group's music in general, although I am not up to date with their output.
Fandom-wise, well, at least a fandom I know ;)

Oh, and if you know of any songvids made to one of these songs, let me know, thank you!

I just remembered VIDUKON has an auction going on....

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Day 13

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

I fear I will have to bypass this one, for the moment. Right now, my fannish brain is empty. I do solemnly promise, however, to post here recs for everything fannish I shall encounter this year. There are vids I want to watch and fanfic I want to read, but right now is all work, work, work.

In general terms, the only fanfiction I have read in the past couple of years has been on AO3 - all I could find about Jake/Sherry (Resident Evil 6) and Bellamy/anything (The 100). And I have left at least kudos on what I read. Same re: vids, I went on Youtube and looked for vids on the same characters/fandoms as above.

Okay, so, I do have a rec to make here, because it's a fantastic vid, full of energy, great timing, choice of song...everything I want in a songvid, there it is.

ETA: four vids rec under the cut :)

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Do you ever have this feeling, of always being running to catch up with your life?

I do, very often.

Obviously something not working in my plans (and yet, I am smiling as I say this, go figure).
February is at count Zero Words for now.

I suspect the combo: work+mediocre health has to be fought with a major injection of Stubborn Motivation, Miracle, Reduced Expectations, Very Strong Coffee Early in the Morning.

How to be strong?  Who knows :)

Anyway, just an update to moan whine complain say work should considerably diminish in the turn of a week, and that I'm not doing great at managing, but still at it :D

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Festivids 2015 is open :) (webiste link, or DW and LJ)


New vids to enjoy in rarely-vidded fandoms :)

Also from the organizers "Please also keep in mind as you watch the vids that recs are great – we love recs, rec away! – but we prefer you do so by linking back to the fv-poster post either on LJ or Dreamwidth, and not by linking directly to the streaming or download versions of the vids. The anonymous versions of the vids are only up temporarily; many will be deleted once the anon period is over and will be replaced with credited versions, and often the vidder does not have control of the account where the anonymous vid is located. So, we ask that recs link back to the fv-poster post, which will remain up and current even after the anon period ends."

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Day 10
In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing?

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Day 11
In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.

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Day 12
What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?

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27: Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I prefer to write directly on the computer. I can and have jotted down quick ideas in a special purple notebook ;) but very rarely I write by hand unless it's my To Do list for the day/week or mind maps etc.

As to favourite places...not really, I['m just happy to write wherever. Usually at my pc, even though the desk is messy. But I can use the laptop in the kitchen, or on the sofa, there is no particular place.

28: Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

Yessss! Yes :)

I loved co-writing. I co-wrote a few of pieces with another writer in the HL fandom (alternating chapters); co-written another couple of things in the Pros fandom (different characters' point of view); and as mentioned before, wrote for three/four intense years in the Theatrical Muse community: role play writing. 

It was brilliant, exciting, and the truest character-making experience I can imagine. I was co-writing with several writers, some on a regular base, others just a one off. With some we had some story-lines drafted before hand, with others it was just true improvisation. I didn't know, initially, any of my co-writers. With some I am still in contact, via social media, others have disappeared along the way.

Art-wise, I have made some art (covers) for a few fics I really loved along the way, but I haven't had the pleasure of collaborating with another artist on a piece of my own writing.

29: What is your current project or projects?

I have a novel to finish. Re-writes, polishing, editing, re-rewriting...whatever is needed. It has to be finished :)
It's an original fiction novel, literary with Gothic sensibility, set In Victorian Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, about conjoined twins.

A collection of short stories in the making (original fiction/sci fi) - some written, some not, some just ideas: it's a thing that is shaping up.
Two more collections projects (I know what to do and how, but only after the two above are done)

I have a Pros novella to finish, and a Pros Bingo card to work on during the year :)

Once the Pros novella is done, I may like to get a Bingo thingy for SPN.

I know it sounds like a lot, and it is..but believe me, I have more projects stuffed away waiting to be looked at. Ideas are very rarely (if never) the problem for me, the issue is time: 
a low-paying job with erratic hours+low energies due to health issues= little writing time.

But this year I am working on it, and if not yet results, changes are afoot :)

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Pros 2016 Big Bang announcement in ci5_boxoftricks

Looking at the links from previous years....

Wow, there is no way I can read all of those stories, but so happy to see how the fandom keeps thriving!
The Lads have stamina...;) ahem.

Anyway, anyone out there willing to give me a few recs from those links? If you have a favourite, let me know :) I want to at least read a few, and recs are gooood :)  thanks!

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26: What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

In this precise moment, nothing that I can think of!

I don't think I have ever done lots of research for fanfiction, tbh. For my novel, lots and lots of Victorian surgery, freaks show, conjoined twins history and pathology.

I'm generally curious, so I look up odd things quite often. For fanfiction, I think I have mostly done a fact-checking control, whether for canon facts (getting them right) for fandom I didn't know well (for example, I wrote a Sandman short thing a few Yuletides ago, and I had to catch up with the Sandman's comics world pretty quickly) - or once a piece is finished, a fact-checking that what I put in was correct.

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This castle here...

If we all chip in, it would make a great House for Older Fans :D

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Okay, Final Revisions to 2016 Plan not completely finalised yet*, but to put it simply...

writing to do in 2016:

original fiction

- finish my novel (gywo as support community)
- write my short stories collection (gywo as support community)


- finish The Producer and The Guard (Pros novella) as Pros Big Bang (if the mods agree to me using something I already started)
- after that, write more Pros using the Pros Bingo card [personal profile] byslantedlight gave me :)

Once I catch up with SPN (haven't seen any eps from season 11 yet), possibly some of that, or whatever else strikes my fancy.

This does not include the fact that I have to catch up with the following TV series (in no particular order):

MASH (season 5 to 11)
Daredevil (new season)
The Flash (current season)
Arrow (current season)
Agents of Shields (current season)
Walking Dead (second part of current season)
The 100 (new season)
X Files (new short season)
Gotham (current season)
SPN (current season)
Z Nation (only seen the first 6 eps)
From Dusk till Dawn (only seen the first 3 or four eps)
Fargo (season 2?)
True Detective (season 2?)
Legends of Tomorrow (current season)
Vikings (current season)
Agent Carter (new short season)
24 (season 4 to 7 plus film plus new recent season)
Fallen Skies (from season 2 onwards)
Jessica Jones?

...and I think I'm forgetting one or two, and a suggestion (bounty hunters in space, I think, but no idea of the title)

*mostly, I need to put it into a shiny format so I can relish the 'preparing to doing' instead of the actual doing ;)

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Massive catch up.
By Jolly, by Jove, by Gemini Cricket, this will be done :)

19: When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

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20: Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

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21: Sequels: Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

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22: Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

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23: When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

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24: Betaing: How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

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25: Music: Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

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In the next ten days, I will slowly go through the Reading Page (DW) and Friends List (LJ) and slim it down.

Many names there are not active anymore, the same for many's sad and hard, and there is no one specifically I do not want to communicate with, but I also want to sort of start anew with a manageable Reading Page/Friends List.

Please, if you see this and you're quiet/silent (as I have been for many years :)  but still there, let me know and I will keep your journal friended/subscribed :D

(all part of my Revised 2016 Plan)
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Entry here.

    What name do you go by?
    Phantomas on LJ and DW (Sil on AO3, also phantomas and castalia)

    Where in the world are you located?
    (country or continent if you don’t want to get too specific)
    Scotland, UK but I am originally Italian

    Have you done something similar before? (previous GYWO years 2009–2015; NaNo; something else?)

    Nope. Tried and failed NaNo a couple of times (also CampNaNo, once). I was and can be fairly productive, but a few years ago there were significant changes in my life, one being embracing a pro writer life...and it has been hard to find a balance, for a number of reasons.

    Why do you write? (storyteller? canon fixer? AU maven? slave to the muse?)
    Because :)
    I love stories, I want to tell stories, and also, it's the one thing that makes me happy.

    What genres and/or story lengths do you usually write? (genres? fanfic/original? short stories/novels/scripts/etc?)
    I write original fiction with a literary flavour, scifi and dystopian realities especially. One novel in the works and lots of short stories,
    I love both forms.
    I also write fanfiction, a genre of its own, and wonderful.

    What story is currently on your mind?
    My novel, set in Victorian Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
    A fanfiction bingo challenge (been too long since I wrote regular fanfic).
    A collection of short stories.
    A fanfic novella sitting unfinished.

    For people who are writing fanfic, in which fandoms do you think you'll be writing?
    (in case you want to share snippets or finished products)

    The Professionals (Pros) and Supernatural (SPN), my two main fandoms :)

    What sorts of writing-related topics would you like to see discussed during the year?
    All of them! I offered help with titles in the Frolic post, because I love titles and I know many struggle with them.
    Something about the mechanics of self-publishing would be very interesting - I plan to pursue both traditional and self publication,
    but technicalities (formatting, etc) scare me a bit.

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16: Summaries: Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

I generally hate them when I have to write them, mostly because lately I have only written short pieces, so it's even harder to give a summary of something that's already quite short.

If had to write a summary for a longer piece, then I would be fine: a summary only needs the setting, the conflict and characters involved, and no giving away twists or plot points.

I tend not to read summaries in other people's fanfiction, or skim them as fast as I can. Once I know it's a Pros story, slash or gen, that's all I really need to know. As I said previously, I prefer not to have warnings for this or that or the other thing. If the story grabs me, I'll go with it, if it doesn't, I'll just leave and move onto another one.

17: Titles: Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

I love love loooove titles. Perhaps because they are very rarely difficult for me. They just appear in my mind, most of the time, already formed and ready to be loved by me. Sometimes I have to think about it a touch more - again, often it's the case for shorter pieces.
To me, a title has to suggest, evoke but don't reveal.
Many times, if one is really stuck, picking a line that you like from the work will work.

As to chapters, again, usually short stories, so no chapters.
Would I title them? No. Not unless they are such long chapters that they have a life of their own, so to speak.
I don't mind if I read a work with titled chapters, I suppose they tend to be quite invisible to me.

The one exception that comes to mind is actually A Song of Ice and Fire, the GoT books by G.R.R. Martin. Each chapter is titled after the character's pov, and since there are MANY characters and some are picked up after lots of events have happened, that works for me, and it is a useful quick reminder for the reader of where you were with that specific character.

18: Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

The short, honest answer is: everywhere.

It can be another film, media presenting a situation that makes me go 'what if x and y where in that situation?'
It can be another fiction, making me go 'oh, that could go that way'....
It can be an article in the news, it can be a dream, it can be a random thought formulating in my mind as I drink coffee.
In many cases, for me, it's an image. Sometimes it's an image I see, other times it's an image that forms in my head of its own volition (I am, after all, an artist).
Sometimes, especially with fanfiction, it has been a classic case of 'But, what happened after?' or 'But, that's not what I think would happen...' or  'Well, of course that is what was going on behind the scenes..'
Other times, wanting to know more about a given character not very relevant in canon, or simply a response to screen chemistry.

Wanting more is often a good motivation for coming up with bunnies :)


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