Fandom nostalgia

Jan. 19th, 2017 11:36 pm
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So for Christmas, I finally got round to digging up all the old photos of trips I had taken with a friend back in 2012; this involved digging up the converted-to-external hard drive of my computer from that era and browsing through it.

(I'm organised, in my own very unique way. But it's the kind of way where four years later my filing system may defeat rational analysis, and "where did I put that? What did I NAME the folder for that?!" is a common refrain.)

While I was doing this, I of course ended up browsing through a lot of other stuff as well, including a whole bunch of my earliest fandom-related folders, when I was just a young serpent learning how this whole 'online fandom' thing worked; I've got canon materials, fan art, LJ icons, drabbles I was working on, and miscellaneous tangential materials all saved together in a jumble. (This post was almost a "political cartoons about Harry Potter" post. Why do I have so many of them? Why were there so many of them? One forgets just how much of a sensation HP was, until things like this crop up to remind one!)

Anyway! I felt such a wave of fandom nostalgia while going through this stuff. So many names I remember: Snaples, Brevisse, Seviet, Lizard, Raven Dunbar, Dovie, sine_qua_non767, Nimori, wikdsushi, Telanu, amethyst_lupin, Donna Bond, Gwyllion, Yukipon, Cybele... I remember them all so fondly, and can't help wondering where they are now, and missing them, and just generally missing the way fandom was, in those days. We were all so joyfully talkative, the fic and art and meta and casual LJ posts just pouring out of us! They felt like friends, though we never met in person.

(A few of you are still around! Hi, [personal profile] isis and [personal profile] dementordelta! There's fanart for your fics stored on my external hard drive and it gave me so many lovely feelings to see it again!)

Seeing "c.2003" and "[name] '04" on so much stuff is kind of mind-boggling, too, because I'm not a person who Has Skills when it comes to tracking time; I joke about being an Old Fan, but it's still a little bit shocking to realise that I was downloading explicit fanworks in a year when half of Homestuck fandom was in elementary school. And HP fandom wasn't my first fandom, but it does seem to be the first one where there was a wealth of fan-created artwork as well as fic - especially explicit fanart. One day I should put together a timeline!

It's really interesting, looking back at it so discretely; one notices trends and little signs of the times... The aforementioned increase in fan art generally, and in explicit fan art. A huge amount of fan art done in traditional media, with all the little things that go with it: handwritten captions and speech in comics, scanner blur. Long-URL personal websites under the artist's signature. Lots of meta-jokes about fandom itself.

Anyway, this post doesn't really have a point. I just tripped over some old fandom stuff and fell headlong into ~~emotions~~ and wanted to fling names out into the void in the faintest hope that they might not be gone forever; someone might know where (and who) they are these days, and pass the word that someone still thinks of them and their work from time to time.

Tell me about your old fandoms, and whether you ever peek into the souvenirs of your past fannish days!
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[Art] A Corvid's Growth

Jan. 20th, 2017 12:28 am
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Ballpoint pen on acid-free sustainable forest paper (courtesy of Paperblanks).
This corvid has already been spoken for,
and couldn't be going to a more awesome person.
It actually started out as a doodle,
and I didn't expect anything to come of it at all.

But it's left me thinking I should sketch/illustrate in cheapie ballpoint more often...

A Corvid's Growth

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Wizard's Chess by coralie muce(SFW)

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ron Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional I think
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: it seems I'm on the quirky bandwagon this month. This is a beautifully illustrative piece, and I could easily see it in a version of the Sorcerer's Stone. It has lovely color palette that standout wonderfully against the dark background and strong but simple line work.
Link: Wizard's Chess

Critical Role fic: "Sibling Rivalry"

Jan. 18th, 2017 10:29 am
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Hmm, I need some Critical Role icons.

Title: Sibling Rivalry
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: GA
Wordcount: 2011
Characters: Percy and Cassandra, mention of Percy/Vex
Spoilers: through episode 73 ("The Coming Storm")
Notes: Written for the 2016 round of Winter's Crest gifts, to a request for a story about the complex relationship between the de Rolo siblings, especially in light of the revelations in episode 73. Set in a slight AU of Episode 74 (giving Vox Machina an extra day in Whitestone).

Summary: Percival and Cassandra sometimes have different ideas about how much information she needs to have to properly rule Whitestone. A conversation, a fight, a reconciliation.

On AO3

Babylon 5 fic: "Bridges"

Jan. 18th, 2017 10:17 am
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Title: Bridges
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: 838
Characters: Susan Ivanova, Elizabeth Lochley
Spoilers: Whole series
Notes: Written for the 2016 round of Fandom Stocking, to a request of Ivanova and Lochley meeting for the first time. Apologies for any canon errors, particularly station geography.

Also on AO3

The Warlock popped out of the jumpgate, and Captain Susan Ivanova's hands tightened on the rail at a too-familiar sight: Babylon 5, spinning off in the distance.

When the orders had come in to make a pit-stop at Babylon 5 the Warlock's last port of call before returning to Earth, Ivanova had been tempted to toss them out of an airlock, or send them back with a few choice words scrawled on top. She'd taken this assignment to get away from her memories, bad and good alike; she'd planned to come back for a visit someday, but not yet. Not when the wounds were still this fresh.

But she hadn't. )

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Jan. 18th, 2017 10:40 am
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Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin & Co., assorted goblins & wolves
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] breath-art

Why this piece is awesome: This is a little different to this artist's usual works. The composition is more informal and the dark background echoes Russian and Japanese laquer work rather than of Western Art Deco. It's a very striking piece in any case and I love the way it mirrors the combination of danger and humour present in the book.

Link: fifteen birds in the trees

This Week in Fandom, Volum 38

Jan. 17th, 2017 12:06 pm
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Emerald City?

Jan. 15th, 2017 10:33 pm
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Dark and gritty Oz-inspired TV series: not sure if want. But The Mary Sue's enthusiastic review is promising. Anyone watching? Any thoughts?

For reference, I enjoyed Wicked as a musical but HATED the book, largely because it had no sense of wonder whatsoever, and that is an absolute must in an Oz adaptation for me. I read the books many, many times as a child; I like the classic movie well enough but find the differences from the book jarring (especially the end).
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I'm back from holidays and trying to squeeze in a couple of recs for the yuletide challenge! There is still time if you want to rec your favourite fic from yuletides past!

FANDOM: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
FIC LINK: Ask Memes and Bonding Exercises
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] aderam
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1734
MAIN CHARACTERS: Rosa Diaz, Gina Linetti, Amy Santiago, Jake Peralta, Terry Jeffords, Ray Holt, Charles Boyle

FIC SUMMARY: The game is simple: Whoever answers the most questions correctly wins. It's time for another edition of Who's More Cryptic Anyway!


This is such a fun little fic, and the character voices are perfect. I can totally see this being a missing scene from canon - Terry accidentally sends everyone an ask meme, and they turn it into a challenge to prove how well they know each other. It's perfect and lighthearted and suits canon down to the ground.

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Another stimming video

Jan. 15th, 2017 04:02 pm
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Link to Tumblr

Happy hand flapping to Parachute, a Leverage fanvid. I love the vid itself, but the song is just as pleasurable to me. Stimming with my only remaining intact Tangle - the new Therapy I just got out of the box the other day. New purchases will have to wait - I’m probably going to put an order in for a range of new ones in two to three months. For now, I’ve got this one and I’m going to do a dollar shop/toy shop/office supply shop run to find a collection of things I can fit in my pocket for under $5. Wish me luck!

(Originally posted yesterday morning)

So, yeah

Jan. 15th, 2017 03:45 pm
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I was hoping I could get the crosspost to work properly, as tumblr's easier for me to use right now, but I just can't make it work the way I want it to. So I'll try to get things up here, too, but I may only sometimes succeed. I'm in burnout, something I predicted I would be months and months ago, and it's only luck that it didn't happen earlier.

Sorry about the junk that has come up on here the last few days - I mean, sometimes it worked fine, and others, it's so messed up it's almost unreadable, so until I can resolve that, the experiment is over.

I check this daily and get comment notifications. Sometimes I don't have the energy to reply, see: burnout, but this account isn't inactive just because I can't always type up what I want to say.

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