Reading (Willow)

Dear Yuletide author...

Hi! I told myself, no exchanges this year, but I'll happily make an exception for Yuletide. I love you, just for caring enough about these fandoms to want to write in them.

I use fanfic as an escape; while I like dark fic, I only like them when I can be sure a happy ending is guaranteed. The ideas below are just a couple of things that I like about the fandoms; feel free to write something completely different than what I’m asking for!

A couple of my favourite things in fics are: soulmate AUs, Hogwarts/magic AUs, fake dating, rain setting, non-chronological writing, letters/epistolary. If inspiration strikes, I'm also definitely a crossover person.
I do have a couple of do not wants: graphic self-harm, zombies, bullying, genderswaps, character bashing, mpreg, and cunnilungus.

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Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
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Books - August (Romance)

I wrote this, then forgot to post! XD These were the books I read this month:

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Next month (ehm, this month) will be all about retellings!
Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
Reading (Willow)

Books - July (Historical Fiction)

What have I learned from this month? That historical fiction just really isn't my genre. Even though I read some great stories, I noticed that as the month went on, it got harder and harder to motivate myself to read. :-D So this month's books, in order of how much I liked them:

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See you next month for Romance month!
Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
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Books - June (Pride)

As of last month, I started reading books following a theme. For June I picked pride month, and these were the books I read, in order of how much I liked them:

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See you next month for Historial Fiction month!
Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
Reading (Willow)

The June Something - June 7-15

Instructions are simple. Once a day, starting June 1st, post the question and then post your response in your own journal. Others will be participating, so drop in on their journals and check out other people's responses while you're logged in!
You can find the post by squidgiepdx here.

So... LJ didn't crosspost for a bit there. This is my catching-up post! I skipped a couple of ones, but I'll add all the questions I did answer here:

What is your favorite celebrity interaction from any fandom you've had?
Meeting Nathan Fillion at FACTS was a dream come true. The man just oozes charm and, honestly, I was high for days after meeting him. I was wearing my Castle shirt and he complimented me on the shirt when I had my Firefly DVD signed and recognized me when we met again for a photo shoot (or at least did a very good imitation of recognizing me!). He made me feel at ease as I could be in that situation, and it was just so lovely and wonderful. That photoshoot picture with him is still my FB profile pic.
Jewel Staite is a close second, by the way.

Is there any fandom that you regret getting into?
I don't think so? I guess the closest I can think of is the annoying side effect of the Very Vocal and Loud and Everywhere Nathaniel/Rebecca shippers on Tumblr kinda turning me off from a pairing I actually quited liked.

Besides deathfic, rape/non-con, what is something that, no matter the pairing, you nope out of when it comes to reading?
Mpreg. It just doesn't interest me *at all*.

How open are you about being in fandom to your non-fandom friends/family?
Very. My mom sometimes asks whether I'm still writing those stories. Like I mentioned last time, my profile pic on FB is a picture with Nathan Fillion. I often talk about it with my therapist. I've explained about fanfic to coworkers before who saw me reading and asked me what I was reading. I've never felt the need to hide it.

What is something you consider headcanon that was never truly resolved in canon?
At one point in his life, Harry will go back to Hogwarts to teach. No way will being an Auror make him *happy*.

What is something you think fandom, as a whole, needs? Either literally, like a service, or figuratively, like a 'head slap'?
Fandom - or at least, huge parts of fandom - needs to learn to live and let live. Or, in other words: kinktomato (Your Kink Is Not My Kink And That's OK). PLEASE. Also, related: fiction is fiction. Shipping underage characters does not make people pedophiles. Writing or reading non-con does not mean you suddenly want to rape people. The whole anti-movement is so. freaking. ridiculous.

When it comes to writing or art, what is your source for ideas/inspiration? Do you just brainstorm? Rely on talking to others? Workshop? Or do you hang out in prompting communities?
I think my main source of inspiration is... canon? As in, I'll be watching something or reading something, and then later on I'll be thinking about it and the ideas will pop up. Other fics or meta on Tumblr can also help to jiggle something free.

And of course, I spend time in 1_million_words!



Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
Reading (Willow)

The June Something - June 6


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Instructions are simple. Once a day, starting June 1st, post the question and then post your response in your own journal. Others will be participating, so drop in on their journals and check out other people's responses while you're logged in!
You can find the post by [personal profile] squidgiepdx here.

What is something that has surprised you about a fandom? Like, you expected the main fandom pairing to be X/Y, but the main pairing in fandom is actually X/Z. Or a pairing you expected to be slashed together isn't very popular?
Hmm. While it didn't surprise me that Penelope/Schneider was the main pairing in the One Day at a Time fandom on AO3, it did surprise me that there was no Penelope/Max at all (at this point there's 1 fic out of 286). Oh, and Jake/Amy actually being the main ship for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, since it's so rare for a canon ship to take that top spot!
Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
Reading (Willow)

The June Something - June 5


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Instructions are simple. Once a day, starting June 1st, post the question and then post your response in your own journal. Others will be participating, so drop in on their journals and check out other people's responses while you're logged in!
You can find the post by [personal profile] squidgiepdx here.

You get to fuck/marry/kill in one fandom. What's the fandom, and who in the fandom fits each item?
Hmm. Let's do Scorpion:
Fuck: Happy
Marry: Cabe. Obviously.
Kill: Walter. I'd say sorry, but really he's the whole reason I picked this fandom. There are few fandoms that I still enjoy that have a main character that I loathe this much. xD
Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
Reading (Willow)

The June Something - June 3 & 4


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Instructions are simple. Once a day, starting June 1st, post the question and then post your response in your own journal. Others will be participating, so drop in on their journals and check out other people's responses while you're logged in!
You can find the post by [personal profile] squidgiepdx here.

Who is the first character that you fell in love with?

That is probably Scully from Dr. Quinn, also the start of a life-long obsession with men with long hair. He was caring and considerate and *hot*.

If you were introducing your favorite fandom to someone new, what one episode would you make them sit down and watch?
I always find this such a difficult question, because I'm the kind of person that just wants to start a series at the beginning and then watch it all in order. I mean, that's the whole *point* of serealised TV, at least, I'd think so. You always miss stuff when you skip episodes.
So, let's adapt this question to something that I *can* answer, which is: what pilot do you think does a great job of introducing the series? And that's actually quite an easy answer, that's A Million Little Things. It sets up everything: the characters, the friendships, the emotions. A perfect episode.
Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.
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The June Something - June 2


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Instructions are simple. Once a day, starting June 1st, post the question and then post your response in your own journal. Others will be participating, so drop in on their journals and check out other people's responses while you're logged in!
You can find the post by [personal profile] squidgiepdx here.

You're stuck in quarantine with two people from different fandoms. Who are they, and who "breaks" first?
I'd quarantine with Hermione Granger, Joey Potter and a huge stack of books. Honestly, I doubt any of us will break. There's a quarantine out there? Really? Huh, we hadn't noticed. (Until we've gone through all the books. Then all bets are off.)
Oh, LJ and DW, I love you both. Thank you for keeping my social life, well, alive. Feel free to comment on either site.