Fandom Snowflake #11: life changers!
Day 11 - Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life.

As a lifelong fannish person, I feel like my life has been changed by books, songs, movies, tv shows, and fanworks so many times in life!!!!!   My whole life is like a chronology of being swept away by the most amazing creations of art, music and literature.

Maybe a simple timeline this time:  :D
1968: born.  Didn't see Star Trek until many years later though.  Subliminal memories of Dark Shadows.
1972 - 1975 Kolchak the Night Stalker.  Learned many valuable techniques to foil zombies, vampires, and runaway homunculi.  A few years ago I did a really fun cosplay as Kolchak, complete with hat, seersucker suit, camera and tape recorder!
1972 - 1975 Kung Fu.  Learned many valuable Zen precepts; also knew I needed to play the flute.
1973 - 1978 The Six Million Dollar Man.  My first cyborg boyfriend. :)

During this time period watched many key ABC made for television movies including Isn't It Shocking (1973), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), Killdozer (1974), Planet Earth (1974), The Stranger Within (1974), A Cry in the Wilderness (1974).   All three of my above favorite shows started out with Made for TV movies as pilots.  I lived in a rural area where we only got one tv channel (ABC) and didn't have a movie theatre except for the drive-in in the summertime.  :)  There were also movies about the Bermuda Triangle and Killer Bees.... don't exactly remember them, but those were certainly big topics in my childhood brain.

I started reading comics at this time, and I still have the outside cover of my copy of Killdozer!  the comic book adaptation of the made for tv movie based on the Theodore Sturgeon short story.  :P  My favorite comics as a child were Swamp Thing (1972-76), Dr. Strange, Starfire (8 issues 1976), Son of Satan, and anything that looked scary.  "Vault of Evil"? Lemme at it!!

1977 Star Wars -- I actually saw this in the movie theatre, walked in just as C3PO was staggering across the desert. wow!!!  It didn't transform me in a huge Star Wars fan but I did read all the novelizations, and my favorite was Splinter of the Mind's Eye (1978) by Alan Dean Foster.  :P

Top Favorite SF books as a kid: A Wrinkle in Time and lots more by Madeleine L'Engle; The X Factor and tons more by Andre Norton...  The Tombs of Atuan is my favorite Ursula LeGuin book....  and I loved animal stories like The Rats of NIMH and Watership Down... but my husband reminded me to add The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee, one of my favorite books of all time.  Lee wrote slash and was to my mind a pioneer in gender fluid characters...  so good!  Sometime during the 80s I read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I freaking memorized.  :D Another favorite was the parody Doon by the National Lampoon.  so funny!

In the 80s I read Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and thought it was pretty cool he chose My Favorite Comic to rebuild comics in from the ground up. :D   Also collected a complete run of The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, and John Constantine Hellblazer as they came out. Constantine  was a Moore creation who first appeared in Saga of the Swamp Thing #25 (1984) when I was a sophomore in high school.

My favorite sf movies to come out in the 80s
Dune (1984) dir. David Lynch, starring Kyle McLachlan, Brad Dourif, Jose Ferrer, Patrick Stewart, and Sting
Buckaroo Banzai (1984) starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown, Christopher LLoyd
Starman (1984) starring Jeff Bridges
Altered States (1980) dir. Ken Russell, starring William Hurt

1986 Graduated from high school
1987 - 1994 -- Star Trek the Next Generation.  I still remember where I was (the TV common room at my college) when I first heard Patrick Stewart say "to boldly go where no ONE has gone before!!"
1990 - 91.  Twin Peaks.  I was already a huge David Lynch fan, so I was ready for it, but wow, what an amazing show!!
1993~  the year I got married, the XFiles started.  It was everything I always wanted in a show.
Mulder/Krycek was not my first slash pairing though, because I could always sense the slashiness between Kirk and Spock, regardless that I had never heard of slash.  I knew what t'hyla meant from Gene Roddenberry's own footnote (in the Star Trek Motion Picture novel i think, 1979).

Probably around 1994 when the internet was born, I first found slash and fandom.  This undoubtedly changed my life. :P The X Files was perfectly positioned as a show fascinated by all the 1970s SF I was steeped in as a kid (even going so far as to acknowledge their debt to Kolchak the Nightstalker) but also, it was one of the first Vancouver shows (which gave birth to my beloved Supernatural through the influence of directors like Kim Manners).

My favorite movies are mostly comedy, like Peter Sellers and Mel Brooks, but one of my top favorites is Desperado (1995), dir. Robert Rodriguez, starring Antonio Banderas, Selma Hayek, and Steve Buscemi.  I remember so well seeing this in the theatres and laughing at the over the top violence while everyone else was expecting a romantic comedy!!

The Sentinel (1996-1999), another Vancouver show, introduced me to subtle cosplay, as I went about dressed as Jim for several years (you can tell us apart because I am 5'1").

In the 90s there was also Buffy of course (1997-2003) and Angel (1999-2004), and my favorite Whedon product, Firefly (2002-3). I love me some Jayne Cobb. 

In 2002 I finally completed my dissertation on Mary Shelley and feminist utopias. :)

One of my favorite writers is Ben Edlund, who wrote for Angel and Firefly, and went on to write for Supernatural. He started out in comics with "The Tick" (14 issues ~1991), the Tick animated series (1994), The Tick live action with Patrick Warburton (2001), and now, there is a current Tick show on Amazon.  He also worked with Christopher McCullough, who with Doc Hammer makes the Venture Bros (2004~), one of the most biting parodies of fannish concern ever made. :)

In 2005 Supernatural went on the air, combining my love of tormented warriors, legendary monsters, rock music, and muscle cars.  In 2007 I started watching it and soon started up on LJ after about 15 years of lurking behind the scenes, and starting writing fic of my own.

April 4, 2014: The Winter Soldier -- YES.  Give me all the Buckys!!

2017 - ten years on LJ

2018 -- I will turn 50, my marriage will be 25 years, and my son will turn 18!

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MCU action figure roll call
Here is a roll call of my 3.75" MCU action figures:
1,2. Bucky and Steve of course. 
(I also have secret clone!Bucky and Steves lying dormant just in case of emergency.)
3, 4.  Clint and Natasha.
5, 6.  Loki and Thor (in his snuggie)
7. Valkyrie.  this is classic blonde comics Brunhilde.
8, 9, Wanda and Vision.  This is MCU Wanda, not comics Scarlet Witch.  I don't have a Pietro . ):
10. Dr. Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts.  Both Strange and Wanda come "magic"  which is delightful.
11.  Sam Wilson aka Falcon (his wings don't come off)
12. James Rhodes aka War Machine, unfortunately you can't see his face.
13.  T'Challa of Wakanda aka Black Panther (fully suited)
14.  Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel
15. Sharon Carter
16. Elektra
17. Antman (he also came with his Giant Ant, Ant'ny)
18. Spiderman
19. Gamora (she is slightly too tall.... )
20. Tony (to get him with a face, I have a little action guy
21. Hulk (not an action figure, but a pvc)
22. Deadpool (a Dorbz)
23. Lucky (Clint's dog) and 24, Scraps (Bucky and Steve's little dog they adopted)
25. Some guy. Idk who he is, but he is the right size.  Our luck he works for Anvil. ):
26. Peggy Carter (a felt version)
27. Foggy Nelson (a paper doll version)
28. Daredevil  (he is always in such a bad mood and won't go near the other figures esp. if Elektra is there)
29, 30.  Groot and Rocket -- It's the Funko baby Groot in the pot and a tiny Rocket to be his BFF

My extra figures include :   three extra Captain America figures, an old Clint, a Loki whose horns don't come off, and an Iron Man in his suit.  Let me know if you need any of them or would like to trade.  :)

You may see my action figures and their tea parties at AO3 in my series,  Bucky and Steve: Relaxation figures.

Fandom Snowflake #10: favorite tropes
trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme

My number one trope or motif is psychic connection.  I love when two characters can understand each other on a psychic or spiritual level.  I write psychic connection stories very consistently across fandoms.  Probably I should tag for it more. :P

My very favorite aspect of kink is the basic kinky power dynamic--- one person takes control while the other submits.  All the kinks, for me, are essentially ways to get inside the other person's defenses, to open them up and let them free.  See above about the psychic connections and below about the redemption.  :D . If you are curious about kink, see my Kink List challenge on AO3 where I have challenged myself to WRITE ALL THE KINKS.  I was trying to go in ABC order, and kind of ran into a wall, so if you'd like to poke me about anything, please do.

My ultimate theme is redemption.  I believe we are all prone to fucking shit up but I also believe that we are capable of forgiveness and growing past our mistakes. Thus the long line of tormented warriors in my fannish dreamscape, ie. Dean Winchester, Bucky Barnes, the Doctor in his post Time War aspect... and now Eliot Spencer.  Oh Krycek, I am sure no one ever shot you in the head, that was a double I'm sure.

My favorite cliche of all time:
"It's easier to pull the trigger than to play guitar -- easier to destroy than to create." -- El Mariachi in Desperado.  Something so true and yet so cliche in this.... but I can't stop watching action films like ballet (John Wick anyone?) even though Atomic Blonde gave me very unsettling nightmares that my chihuahua was taking on bad raccoons way out of her weight class.  :(  Another version of this cliche is when, when Kwai Chang Caine would stroll barefoot into town with his bamboo flute strapped to his back, and say "I do not wish to fight" and then bad guys would end up flying in slo mo and hitting the ground in big clouds of dust.  The wider culture took away the term "grasshopper" and I took away "I really need to know how to play the bamboo flute" as though that were the key to knowing all the Kung Fu.  (It was one of my earliest fandoms, along with Kolchak the Nightstalker and the Six Million Dollar Man.)  I guess it's really more of a catch-22 than a cliche though, when my beloved tormented warriors do not wish to fight, but are really, really good at it  (see Redemption, above).   If anyone has not seen "The Quick and The Dead" I recommend it.  Interesting how Russell Crowe isn't even mentioned in that trailer! while to me he is a very central character....

This is a very thought-provoking question and I'm going to have to come back later even though this tab has been open all night as it is. :)

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Fandom Snowflake #9: self recs :D
I actually love self reccing, so here is a little breakdown of some of my work.

1.  My one piece that I would love more readers and feedback for is my psychic powers Avengers AU, Therapy. I put this first because I truly crave readers for it.   In it, Steve is a super soldier who is thawed out after a big all-out war against Hydra.   His "therapist" is Natasha, who was given powerful psychic powers by Hydra.  The story considers the parallels between the serum given to super soldiers vs that given to Hydran agents, the importance of agency, and how one recovers after fighting in a war.  The story features some polyamory but the endgame is Bucky/Steve.   Bookmark and read later! 

1.5.  Another Steve/Bucky story that I really love is Longing, in which Steve and Wanda help dismantle Bucky's trigger words.  Canon-compliant. 

2.  I love to take pictures of my Steve and Bucky action figures.  One of my top favorites is called Moonlight Serenade in celebration of Moon Day. The series name is Bucky and Steve: Relaxation Figures.  I would love subscribers and prompts for action!Bucky and Steve, as well as for my other MCU action figures.  :)

2.5.  I also have a kink project, that is, to write stories that incorporate kinks in a way that is as valid as I can make it.  My favorite is probably for "caged and confined" The Madman, a Steve/Bucky AU that takes place in Cleveland in the 1930s, and incorporates true facts from the horrifying Murders that happened there, with Eliot Ness in charge of the investigation. At 54K, you can Bookmark for later!  or, browse my other kink list inspired stories, which have been pretty well received as my stories go. 

3.  My biggest project for SPN was my Women of Supernatural project.  In it, I tried to give each woman character a voice and a backstory.  I pretty much got through the first three seasons before I bogged down.  However if anyone has a woman character they would like to see a story for, I am up for rewatching old eps and trying to write for any woman character (including female monsters, named or unnamed).  My top favorite in the Women of Supernatural project was The Promise post s5 series, in which Dean goes to live with Lisa Braeden and things turn out quite differently than they did in canon.  I just want Dean to be happy, is that SO WRONG??  That's what Castiel said!!

4.  I also have a lot of Doctor Who stories, especially featuring the Ninth Doctor, Rose, and/or Jack. Plus, I celebrated the 50th anniversary by writing for each and every Doctor!!  :)   A lot of my work features psychic  or spiritual intermingling... and I think my Doctor Who work is especially like that.  I guess a favorite would be ... Always the Fire, which is about Romana behind the time lock.  My whoishness is very much informed by classic Who, including some of the novels, particularly Lungbarrow.  :)

As always, I love prompts and will try my best to write for you if you have a burning desire....  

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5, 6, 7, 8 who do we appreciate, Fandom Fandom Snoowwwflake!
Day 5 - Recommend a fannish or creative resources.
I realized I have a resource to recommend!
Rise Up Singing and Rise Again are two really great folksong source books.  They are a great place to learn new folksongs. Each book contains the lyrics and chords for 1200 beloved songs, along with notes on sources for listening. They also have an online presence now.  Here is an example of the song Across the Universe by the Beatles.

Day 6 - Leave feedback for a fanwork.
I make this a habit!  :)

Day 7 - Create a love meme for yourself.
Okay - if anyone would like to leave love for me, that would be very nice!  :D

Day 8 - Share a favorite piece of original canon.

 I really love that Leverage gave us a canon OT3.  When Eliot says "Till my dyin day," I don't really see how else you could possibly interpret it. Here is a favorite fanvid for the ot3 by thingswithwings, and it is so good! to the song Parachute by Ingrid Michaelson.

I also love that Jim and Blair on the Sentinel have canon spirit animals that merge onscreen.  In the 90s no less!!
The vid is a fun song vid with a lot of Blair dancing.  The vid ends with a lot of explosions which is true to the show! The spirit animals merge at minute 1:07 in the vid.  :D

One piece of canon that I think has been overlooked regarding Iron Fist season one, is that there are so many important women characters.  For every man (Ward and Harold Meachum) there is a woman of equal or greater importance (Joy and Madame Gao). Danny has not just Colleen, but also Claire and Jeri Hogarth as allies.  (He calls Hogarth J-Money!!)   When Danny needs help (which he needs a LOT), he turns to his most trusted advisors -- all women.  I also think it's really important to note that if you went to Iron Fist looking for an Asian martial arts master, you should not overlook Colleen Wing.  Also, Colleen puts Claire in training for self defense!!  So many great moments in the Iron Fist.  Also I think Madame Gao was much more interesting and nuanced in Iron Fist than in Daredevil (and I liked her a lot more than Sigourney Weaver's character in Defenders). I could talk all day about Iron Fist, but suffice it to say, I really liked the show and a lot of that was down to the amazing women characters.

EDIT: Post Golden Globes, I read an article about the lack of women writers and directors being recognized at the awards.  So I wanted to go back and check on that in the imdb credits for Iron Fist.  From Imdb, I find several directors and writers named for the series who are women, including directors Uta Briesewitz, Deborah Chow, and Jet Wilkinson, and writers including Tamara Becher and Cristine Chambers. For what it's worth.  :)
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illustration: a Birthday Balloon for Natasha

This is an illustration for  ysabetwordsmith for her series, Love is for Children, in particular the story, Birthday Girl, part 2.   In this story, Hulk wants Natasha to claim a birthday for herself, and he offers her a birthday balloon.

I'm so happy to make an illustration for someone with my MCU action figures!  :) 

snowflake day 4: fannish wishlist
I wasn't sure I had a wishlist, but I actually do!!!!

#1: I collect 3.75" action figures of the folks in the MCU.  What I want most are two that don't exist: Peggy Carter and Foggy Nelson.  I would also love to have Karen Page, Claire Temple, and Colleen Wing.  If you know of anyone who mods figures or who would make any of them for me, I would be so grateful!!  I would also love any form of doll, felt, paper or otherwise, that is in the right dimensions to go along with my MCU 3.75" figures.   Funko are too large for my purposes.... but I do like Dorbz!

#2: I would love any of Christian Kane's albums from prior to The House Rules.  I am primarily listening to him on youtube, but I prefer actual CDs. Anyone out there who wants to give me their Kane album? (I doubt it, but it could happen!)

#3: a Tardis key?

Perhaps you will see this wishlist and want something I might be able to make for you
1.  Photoshoot of your favorite MCU characters getting up to Hijinks?  Represented by my cast of 3.75" figures.  Also, I have a few extra figures from an Ebay lot I needed to buy... so let me know if you need a specific figure (especially of Cap!)
2. Original song -- based on your story or scenario
3. Postcard from SPN characters
4. Fic, especially Steve/Bucky, Eliot/Parker/Hardison, Matt/Foggy, Danny/Colleen.
5.  Valentine -- a pretty collage customized to your tastes and interests
6.  Jewelry -- especially earrings or bracelets in your custom theme.
7.  Mix CD (old school, actual CD)  based on your theme.

Sorry there will be no entry for Snowflake 5, because I can't think of any resources. :P

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end of year TV meme
thanks to frelling_tralk for the meme

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2017?

Blacklist. Red did a thing we couldn't forgive.

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2017?
Iron Fist, The Defenders, The Punisher, Leverage, Portlandia, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Blacklist, American Gods, the OA, Stranger Things

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2017? Why?
I was eagerly anticipating Twin Peaks, but want to watch it with a friend who is super busy, so we haven't started it yet!

Which TV show impressed you least in 2017?
The Punisher, but I have to admit I'm not finished yet.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2018?
Twin Peaks, Xfiles, The OA s2, whichever marvel show is up next

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2018 unless things significantly improve?
?  I am quick to drop and forget about shows that underwhelm me.

Which TV shows do you think you’ll never let go of no matter how crappy they get?
I'm actually always shocked at how much I love Supernatural every time I watch.  Apparently it never gets old for me!!  I love it.  I love the stories, the plots, the arcs, the characters, the cinematography, the jokes, the family business, the relationship the show has with its fans, the fandoms, the Impala, the Bunker, even the Men of Letters. I freaking love it all.

Your favorite film you watched this year?
Baby Driver.  LOVED IT.
The documentary about Jane Goodall from National Geographic.
Thor Ragnarok was very entertaining.

Your favorite book read this year?
Hidden Figures, which I read for my book club last January.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year
the newest album I've recently bought is Imagine Dragons Evolve.  I really like their songs "Thunder" and "Believer"

Your favorite TV show(s) of the year?
I shotgunned Leverage this fall and adore it.
My love for Supernatural will never die.
And Iron Fist.   I love naive, young, idealistic Danny and his amazing friends, especially Colleen and Claire, but also Geri Hogarth.  And I loved Madame Gao most in Iron Fist. I liked that they portrayed the good side of the Hand as an organization.

Your favorite online fandom community of the year?
I was mostly on AO3 in 2017.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Leverage.  But despite the love its fans have for it, I'm surprised there are not more stories!

Your fandom that made an unexpected comeback this year?
The X-Files!  I was not expecting it!

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Looking forward to Avengers Infinity War, because BUCKY AND STEVE.

snowflake day 3 for realz: recs
Here are some recs I hope you will enjoy.

#1. I want to rec milly_gal for her amazing jewelry.  Milly made me pendants both for Bucky and Steve, and for Team Free Will, Sam Dean and Castiel.  Plus she made them so the individual pendants can be worn separately or all together. She has an Etsy, but you can also just contact her with a request.  :)

#2.  I love the continuing series, the adventures of Tiny Loki and Thor (and friends) by 100indecisions on AO3.
I myself have action figures who go everywhere with me, but she does it so well, with such fun pix and great dialogue.

#3.   Sing Me the Alphabet by thesardine.  One of my top favorite stories ever because of the very quirky and interesting Bucky.
I dare you to read it and not want to immediately begin labelling things with an old fashioned tape labeller, and making shrinkydinks.  You will.

#4.  A work in progress where Parker and Spencer have a slow burn. Excellent characterization and pacing.  I'm enjoying it!
Feels like Home by Daniellemydear.

fandom snowflake #3: goals
HAHA no, day 3 was for RECs.  Goals was from the 2017 challenge.
Hmm.  Anyway here are my goals for 2018.  These are Big Hairy Audacious Goals!
Hope I'll have some time later today to post some recs.  I read a lot so I feel like I should have no problem making 3 recs.  Anybody want any specific sorts of recs?

--eat better and exercise more, with the goal of achieving a healthy blood pressure according to the new revised standards.
-- sell my completed novel and revise my novel in draft; research my new idea; and draft a pulp. :)
-- participate in at least four fandom challenges in 2018. Please friends, help me participate in some good fandom challenges -- I especially like ones that raise money for charities, for example to help Puerto Rico.
--Post at least one story a month (or write at least 10,000 words each month)
-- post more (at least once a week), read my flist more, comment more. :D
-- meet up IRL with at least one internet friend in 2018.  :D
-- study my Hebrew more diligently. Here is my favorite Hebrew resource:
Note that it has a link for you to listen to the Hebrew read out loud. So awesome!
--practice my instruments -- and subgoal, record me playing them. :D . Thanks to amberdreams for the hint about the subgoal!
--get my kitchen actually done in 2018 and not feel guilty about it!  It is a gift to my husband and son so I need to focus on that.

wow that's a lot of goals!

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