josephine_marrs: A series of red knives against a black background (pic#6492387)
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

I don't know why I'm even attempting this when I can't put much more praise together than 'It's really good *smiley face*', but goddammit, I shall forge ahead.

First up is Parhelion. I first discovered Just Another Evening at Home with Evil Manifest. And I think what I love the most about it, other than the fact that it contains sauce and cheeky and bickering and cheerful menace, is the fact that it is from something I have never heard of, with characters I'm not familiar with, and yet I could soak myself in it and understand it ever so easily from the first word onward. That tends to be hard for me, and I don't know whether it's because I'm especially obtuse or just is.

Then you can read a fic like Collared and experience yet more writing that is accessible and straight-forward (for lack of a better term) and yet so incredibly detailed. Like, the way they describe the collar coming off -- wonderful details, all contributing to the flow of the story. You'd think that detail would be an easy thing to do if you're into it, but sometimes it's just not, sometimes you find yourself just plumping up the word count with it as you write around in circles. They don't have this problem. (At least, not in the finished work. :D ) And then there is the understanding of history. My little heart, which holds a B.A. in history, loves them for this.

The other author I'd like to briefly celebrate is kindkit. You want fics in mainstream fandoms? He does Doctor Who and Harry Potter and X-Men. Have a hankering for something based on the epic of Gilgamesh, do you? He can help with that. He even wrote an Arthur/Uther fic that is just as lovely as everything else.

I'm just going to throw some more out here:
Shoes For His Feet
The Undone Years

I think I like his stories so much because there is just such an elegant sadness to these, an understanding of aching and loneliness and want and mortality, of scars and flaws and vulnerability. They are like little memento moris for love.

I'm going to flail and start crying if I keep at it, so I'll leave it at that.
josephine_marrs: Merlin peeking around an ivy-covered something. (pic#6262690)
Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

I posted a comment on someone's podfic, thanked someone for sharing links to a really cool artist, perhaps rather foolishly sorta-kinda volunteered to be a co/beta (because I want to write things again, but OMG SO TIRED ATM), and gave love on a Day 8 thread. And now I shall retreat behind this ivy-covered tree again. *plays at being ninjas with Merlin*
josephine_marrs: Colin Morgan looking handsome in a red and black beanie, quilted leather jacket, and brown shirt. (pic#7225161)
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

Abandon by stories(afinch) (no fandom, gen) Brief and sad, with a pointed message thrown in.

...And All Things Will End by Saturnyn (Norse mythology, M/M, R) I like how the first couple of paragraphs look like verses from the Voluspa.

accustom me to joy by Morbane (Germanic mythology, gen) Likewise, I like the use of alliteration in this one.

So, I like stories that are succinct, that have something to say, that are technically elegant, that are poignant and sad and full of feels. Bonus points if everyone dies.

I also like silly things.

Curs'd Crustaceans by unhurt (Deadliest Catch, Sig and Edgar Hansen, PG) ...really fucking silly things. Also, terrified Edgar.
josephine_marrs: Close-up picture of Colin Morgan (pic#6262684)
In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

I am going to be a dirty dirty cheater girl and promote slightly more than three. Ha.

A Shot Of Colin There are of course many sites that have pictures of Colin Morgan on them, but this is the one that I check damn near every day. You just never know what is going to show up next, and that gives it the air of being on a treasure hunt. Then there the excitement when everyone squees over a particularly good snapshot or a new development in his career, and it's lovely. The person who runs it seems to be a very lovely, respectful person as well, which is always a plus.

A Year's Bill Of Fare A blog about a daily menu from a 19th century cookbook. I love things like this, seeing what people ate/actually wanted to eat at various points in time. Admittedly I have not been keeping up with it much, and I mostly want to put it here to bookmark it for later. *selfish*

The Mid-Century Menu Something similar, only for mid-20th century food. That is a brave, brave woman.

Gode Cookery And this is for medieval food. They also have an AMAZING amount of woodcuts and illuminations. Beautiful beautiful art.

Lastly, This community focuses on perfume from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, which is how I initially got into wearing (and loving) perfume. One caveat is that I haven't had the money or mental energy to buy any perfume for the past year and a half, and so I just kind of bowed out and haven't been hanging out there anymore. But when I was there, they had all kinds of reviews and perfume recommendations and squeeing over other things like soap and books and gardening, and there was a Walking Dead thread that I loved reading/posting in. It was my one-stop shopping for hanging out, for a long time. Every now and then I consider going there and just poking around for the occasional perfume swap or maybe even someone who likes fanfiction, but I haven't gotten around to it, yet.

And those are the types of things that I consider fun/interesting.
josephine_marrs: Colin Morgan wearing a dark-colored beanie, apparently at night (Default)
So, yeah. I think I am going to change tack a little and perhaps post a bit more personal stuff here, just because I feel weird enjoying reading about other people and not sharing, myself. It's just that when my life is not being depressingly stressful, it's just really dull, so...yeah. Not gripping. Also, I really suck at responding to people and keeping up with things, sometimes. Fair warning.

But anyway, I think I will try Snowflake Challenge because it's short and low-maintanence and may actually help me to reach out better to people.

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

Hmm, well, number one would be Pray You, Love, Remember. (Merlin, Merlin/Gwen/Gaius, PG) It's my firstborn, so it will probably always be my favorite. It was my way of dealing with maybe the most clumsy awkward botched way of ending a series ever, and was cheaper than therapy. When I first wrote it, I was of course focusing on Merlin, but when I re-read it now I focus a little more on Gwen, too, and how she really kind of got a raw deal the whole time, including the end, and then I hope that at least my story helped make things a little better for her, too. Also, Gaius. <3

As far as things people won't see as much, I like Caturnalia. (Cats On The Internet, Lil BUB/Grumpy Cat, G) I will tell you right now, if I am not staring at pictures of Colin Morgan, I am staring at pictures of cats on the internet, and these are my two most favorite cats in the world (well, after my own cat, but he doesn't do internet). It's silly, which is nice, because my writing is usually so SRS BSNS and ponderous and this is just light and goofy and dumb. And I like the title.

Now, as much as I want to play it safe and just recommend innocuous things, I think I will put a porny one up for my third one. My current favorite in that category is Stick Shift. (Merlin, Merlin/Arthur, PORN) I like it because basically Merlin is being a huge dork who wants Arthur to read his mind...and then on top of it Merlin realizes that he's asking Arthur to do something that neither of them really has any idea how to do and they have to figure it out and there is much mental flailing on Merlin's part and OMG I heart them both so much. So even though, as I said, I write with all the grace of a battleship trying to turn a hairpin corner, I giggle inside every time I read it. And then I need to go spend time alone in my bunk. This pleases me. Also, I LOL at the title. Stick. Stiiiiiiick.

Anyway...this actually cheered me up quite a bit writing this. Yay! Hopefully I will have time to do Day 2 today, too.


josephine_marrs: Colin Morgan wearing a dark-colored beanie, apparently at night (Default)

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