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coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Sunday, January 4th, 2015 01:54 pm
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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Ahh, I keep going back and forth on how much I want to participate this year. I'm not even sure if I'll end up linking this in the comments of the challenge post. But I think writing out a wishlist will be good for me.

1) I wish people in fandom would stop calling themselves trash for liking something. I think this is more of a thing on Tumblr, and I get that the people saying this are just trying to express "I acknowledge that I am super overinvested/emotionally invested in this thing" with a side of "please don't ridicule me for my investment, I already know I am being ridiculous." But it always makes me so sad to see people insulting themselves like that. Be enthusiastic! There's no reason to put yourself down just because a canon/character/setting/plot/whatever has taken prominent residence in your brain! There's nothing wrong with that! Just think how much duller life would be if nothing ever captured people's imaginations.

2) I wish I had a cheerleader to help me get the courage to actually work on the epic thing. I love it, I want to write it, but every time I go to actually work on it, I get paralyzed by anxiety. And I know I'm being silly, but there it is. I'm not sure that having someone to tell me, "No, stop interneting and actually write. Dooooo it!" would help, but sometimes having someone I'm close to tell me to stop procrastinating does help me actually get stuff done, so maybe. The trick is there's only one person I'm close enough to that I'd be comfortable putting in this role, and the thought of asking her is a whole 'nother kettle of anxious fish.

3) I wish I could make the type of fic I want to read appear magically on the internet somewhere, haha. Every time I finish a canon, I am like, "Man, I wish for epic-length fic about ____," and I am almost always disappointed when I go searching. (It would probably help if the ____ got filled in with "post-canon gen" less often.)
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 02:09 am
In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some." Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Hmmmm, what to ask for. My wish from Day 4, for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles recs that aren't turtlecest or explicit, is definitely still in effect, but what else? Pairing conversion fics, those stories that converted you to an OTP or convinced you that some crack pairing actually totally worked, would be fun. The only example I can think of off-hand at the moment is [livejournal.com profile] maldoror_gw's Diplomatic Relations, but it is a superb example. As far as fandoms go, I'm passingly familiar with a lot of fandoms and am totally willing to read in unfamiliar canons if the fic sounds interesting enough.
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 01:22 am
In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I chose Nero Wolfe for this, a mystery series by Rex Stout. I find the books a joy to read, and I highly recommend the A&E television adaption. (There are other adaptions, but I'm not familiar with them.)

-The Orchid Thief by [archiveofourown.org profile] Leviathan0999, a Doctor Who/Nero Wolfe crossover. Crossovers can be a great intro to a new fandom: read it for the characters you already know, get interested in the new characters in the process! This story reminds me a bit of "Blink" where it's definitely a Doctor Who story but the focus is more on the OCs (here, they're the Nero Wolfe characters) than on the Doctor.

-Aesthetics by Jennifer Lon, a story about how Archie came to work for Wolfe. Another great intro to a fandom is the pre-canon story: you can't get confused by references to canon events if none of them have happened yet. There are several good "how Wolfe and Archie met" stories; I chose this one because I like Saul's voice here.

-Hostage by Parhelion, where Wolfe gets taken hostage in his own office. The final way I like to get familiar with new fandoms is the "just like canon but with added slash" type of fic. Fun!

And a Nero Wolfe primer featuring cookies if you'd like a little more information before trying the stories.
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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 02:57 pm
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two. Make a recs list, link to their archives or master lists or websites, maybe create a Fanlore page for them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There are a lot of authors (and some artists) whose names stick in my head and whose works get given a higher consideration when choosing what to read. I have no author that I'll read automatically no matter what, but these are some of the closest I have to that.

-[personal profile] bluflamingo: Her Cam Mitchell/John Sheppard fics made me love this somewhat niche pairing.

-[livejournal.com profile] hyarrowen: I am going to convert a series of LJ posts into epub format just so that I can read her latest Henry V fic. I've never felt the urge to do this for any other long fic on LJ-only, so I think that's a pretty good indicator for how much I like her writing.

-[personal profile] torachan: I find just reading his Daily Happiness posts to be a good reminder of events' silver linings and that I should try to do the same in my own life. I also really like reading his reviews and recs, even for things that don't especially interest me, because they are so thoughtful.

-[livejournal.com profile] mad_martha: She has a bunch of different Harry Potter AUs, and each one has a lot of depth and obvious thought put into it. I enjoy reading each one and seeing in what direction she's taking Rowling's universe.

-[livejournal.com profile] maldoror_gw: She converted me (as well as many, many others) to the idea of Lee/Gaara, she got me interested in One Piece, and I really should read her Gundam Wing stuff as I'm sure I'd love that too.

-Jess's (Somewhat) Grown-Up Type Blog: She has thoughtful, insightful, interesting, informative, and fun-to-read reviews of musicals, Disney movies, and comics.

-[livejournal.com profile] the_dark_cat: I so wish her version of the DCU was real; I'd probably still be reading comics then.

Sorry if something doesn't make sense. I've been running a low-grade fever for the past week, and this is the best I can do.
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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 01:56 pm
In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some examples: complete a bingo, sign up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep putting off. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback or answering comments. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Ahh, the obvious answer is to get back into reccing because I have been trying to do that for years now. Maybe aim for around 10 recs per month? That seems doable. I will also try to be better at posting stuff in my own journal; I like writing reviews of things I consume (books and video games, mostly) because it makes me think and quantify what I did and didn't like. And maybe posting recipes so that I have them in a format that's less likely to get lost. Just, posting in general I would like to do more of.

So my goals are: start reccing again and post more frequently than once in a blue moon.
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Monday, January 7th, 2013 11:15 am
In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This was tough because I tend to be very close-lipped about my non-fannish life on the internet, but I eventually figured out that I could talk a bit about math, which was my major in collage and something I've always found fascinating.

I actually chose my username, [personal profile] coprime, because it was a math term that was unique and that I liked the look of. Two whole numbers are coprime if the only whole, positive number that divides both of them neatly is one. As an example, 9 can be divided by 1, 3, and 9 while 22 can be divided by 1, 2, 11, and 22. The only number in both those lists is 1, so 9 and 22 are coprime. (As a counterexample, 9 and 15 are not coprime because both are divisible by 3.) It's not a term or idea that I ever used in my studies at school, but as I said I liked the look of the word.

I've also dug out some math-related links from my bookmarks that I think laypeople might also find interesting or fun (as well as two more math-intensive links).

-A video about the surprising Menger Sponge and its cross section. If I were a cartoon character, I would have had hearts in my eyes while watching this video. It does a good job explaining what's going on in friendly terms, and I think the cross sections are beautiful to look at. (Sorry to any visually impaired persons reading this because while there is narration explaining things, it's a bit of a brain-twisting idea even with being able to seeing the model. I doubt it's easily understandable without the model.)

-What the Tortoise Said to Laurie is an Alice in Wonderland-esque look at the idea o infinity via an infinitely long, two-inch piece of string. Infinity is one of those ideas that's fun to explore because it lends itself to all sorts of mental diversions.

-How to make your bagel into a Möbius strip, for those who like a little math with their breakfast. Neat looking even if you don't have a bagel yourself handy to experiment on.

-Finding Point Nemo, the spot in the ocean furthest from any land, and the answer is not where I would have guessed. There's not much explanation here of how the computer calculated this point, but I find it an interesting bit of mathematically discovered trivia.

-A function that is continuous at only one point, and this link is something you need some higher math (basic calculus) to get. But if you do understand calculus, I think this is a pretty nifty function.

-The Tau Manifesto, positing a replacement for π that makes a very compelling argument. This is super-math geeky, I'm afraid, but the basic idea is that π is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter while τ is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its radius. And by changing π to τ, a lot of things found in trigonometry (which are then populated up into higher mathematics) get simplified. I find it an interesting thought experiment, even though I know π is not getting replaced anytime soon.

-A comic poking fun at the word problems you used to do in elementary school, to close out my links. This one should be understandable to everyone.

Transcript under here )

And two book recommendations! Fantasia Mathematica and The Mathematical Magpie, both edited by Clifton Fadiman. They contain short stories, cartoons, poems, and other things that have a mathematical bent. A lot of the things in these books are laypeople playing around with ideas like infinity or multiple dimensions, so I don't think any extensive math knowledge is required to enjoy them. I adore these books because of the imagination and the fun the various authors have with all these ideas.
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Sunday, January 6th, 2013 06:07 pm
In your own space, pimp recommend three comms or challenges and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1) [community profile] fandom_on_dw & [community profile] fandomcalendar are both great resources for finding fannish activities. [community profile] fandom_on_dw focuses on any sort of fannish activity as long as its on Dreamwidth, and [community profile] fandomcalendar focuses on fannish events (e.g., big bangs and fests) no matter the location. It's fun to see all the different activities and a good way for me to increase the chance of coming across something I find interesting.

2) [community profile] month_of_meta is a fest in March that seeks to produce and promote fannish meta. I like seeing all the thinky thoughts fellow fanpeople have, so I think [community profile] month_of_meta is a great idea and would love if more people participated.

3) [community profile] shakydismount/[livejournal.com profile] shakydismount is a comm for fannish, feminist parents (and others) who are concerned about gender representation in the media that their little ones consume. It's not very active and I feel that I have to add the caveat that I don't have any kids myself, but I think it's an important community. I'll probably make more use of it once I'm an aunt and wanting to find things for any nieces and nephews I have.
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Sunday, January 6th, 2013 04:59 pm
Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven’t before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

This one was tough to think of something to do! I read pretty widely and capriciously, so stretching my fic-reading boundaries was out. I thought maybe I'd try recording a short podfic before remembering that I really don't like listening to my own voice. In the end, I stuck Pokémon White in my DS and started playing my first Pokémon game.

I bought my DS used, and it came with several Pokémon games (Pearl, HeartGold, and White) that I have been side-eyeing for the past month and a half. I had no clue whether I would like playing Pokémon or not. On the one hand, lots of cute things to collect! I like cute things! (They are possibly my favorite part of video games.) On the other hand, I have a couple friends who are way more into Pokémon than I will ever be who put me off the series. And a third friend scoffed at me when I told her I might play one of the games.

But I'm about two hours into it and thoroughly enjoying myself. I have a fluffly little otter as my main pokémon! So far I have been able to navigate the menus and win battles with relative ease, so I am doing pretty good skill-wise I think. And it is free to stay at the inn! I do like that. I only have four pokémons on my team so far, so I expect things will get slightly more complicated after I capture my seventh pokémon. But yes, I have enjoying what I've played of Pokémon White and am glad I didn't wait for months on end like I probably would have without this challenge spurring me on.
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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 06:47 pm
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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

1) Recs for reccers! I've subscribed to a bunch of reccers on DW and friended a bunch on LJ, but I'd love to follow more.

2) I've been on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick recently because there's a new show and I will never not love the ninja turtles, so if anyone knew of good stories, arts, communities, or whatever turtles-related, I would be ecstatic to know about them too. My only caveat is that I'm not really into turtlecest or anything involving turtle penises. (I am totally fine with other people enjoying those things, but they are not my bag.)

3) Video game recs! I am finally getting into playing video games after years of thinking they were just not for me, and I would love some titles that you think I could play. I have access to a lot of systems (Nintendo DS, NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, XBox, Game Boy, Game Boy Advanced, probably others too), but I'm really bad at things that require fast reflexes (platformers, most modern RPGs) and have no patience for things that punish death severely (e.g., NetHack). Some games that have worked for me were Katamari Damacy, Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, and Scribblenauts. The Professor Layton games are on my "to get" list, but I don't know what else I should put on it.

Bonus) Not exactly fannish, but I'd love any delicious dessert or snack recipes that you know of. I like to collect recipes, and when I'm called on to make something (for a party or because I want to) I just browse until I find the perfect thing to make. I'm reasonably competent in the kitchen but lack the patience for anything super involved. And for anyone reading, this peanut butter fudge is both incredibly delicious and incredibly easy to make.
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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 06:21 pm
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!"

All the interacting I have been doing due this challenge fits this one! I have even commented on some other people's posts. (DW's latest things tagged "snowflake challenge" page has been fun to browse.) It has been a lot of putting myself out there for me and nerve-wracking in its own way, but I am really glad that I'm actually following through on something.
coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 12:24 pm
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. 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 and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

1) Eternal Friends by [fanfiction.net profile] simounsibylla is an Aria fanfic featuring Alicia/Akira. Aria is an anime/manga in the slice of life genre where the characters appreciate the beauty and simplicity of everyday life, but this one is set on a future version of Mars that's been colonized, terraformed, and is now mostly covered by water and the characters are all Undines (gondoliers). It's a gentle and optimistic series, and "Eternal Friends" captures that feel perfectly. It's lovely to see Alicia and Akira, two of the secondary characters, given a chance to shine with the glimpses of their past together and also looking forward towards their future. I really don't know what else to say except that I think this could fit into the canon beautifully.

2) Put away childish things by [livejournal.com profile] sophiap is an Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic looking at Monk Gyatso after Aang ran away. It's sad, but it's perfect in its own way. Gyatso doesn't get a lot of fanfic written about him, but the few things I've found have all been brilliant. "Put away childish things" even has some worldbuilding to make it feel like, yes, this is exactly how Gyatso dealt with his grief and how could it be any thing else.

3) Tape Madness by [archiveofourown.org profile] jmtorres is a Sector General fanfic starring Dr. Conway. who is having a problem with one of the tapes in his head. Sector General is a science fiction series by James White set on a huge, interspecies hospital/space station. All the alien species White came up with are imaginative and different, so the way canon works around having different species operate on each other is via tape technology. A tape is basically a psychic impression of a person's mind which is then overlaid onto another person's mind. The tape contains all the knowledge of the original person (hence letting vastly different species understand each other's anatomy), but it also contains all the instincts, drives, preferences, etc. of the original person. So there are pretty much always conflicts between a person's own needs and what the tape is telling them they need, like carnivore vs. herbivore or oxygen-breather vs. nitrogen-breather. I hope that explanation made sense because "Tape Madness" is a brilliant bit of fanfic dealing with one possible problem from a tape that has an even more brilliant ending. It is, if fact, the only fannish thing I have ever found for this canon, and I wish more people were familiar with Sector General because "Tape Madness" is just plain old fun.

Bonus) Did you ever wonder, if there were people like you? by [archiveofourown.org profile] Qem is a super short crossover between Azumanga Daioh and Hikaru no Go. It's a perfect little morsel of a fic, especially the last sentence, but I think that a passing familiarity with both canons is required to enjoy it.
coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 12:14 am
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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1) The Spring Thaw, a Mushishi fanfic featuring Ginko and Tanyuu in a rather shippy but still ultimately gen sort of way. It is far and away my favorite thing I've ever written (not that I've written all that much). I tried to pour all the love I have for these two into this. Mushishi is such a small fandom, but it really is the fandom of my heart and I think (I hope) my small contribution can stand tall next to the other great fanworks people have created for it.

2) [personal profile] coprime_recs, just the entire thing. I have always been proud of the amount of work that I've put into my recs journal, especially considering it started out on DeadJournal without any metadata beyond the fandom name. I've always thought of myself as a reccer primarily and keep intending to get back into it regularly (although not managing quite yet). However, even if I never rec another thing, I still think there are a wide variety of gems in that journal that I tried to bring to people's attention as best I could.

3) The icon on this post. It's from a panel in Mushishi that I colorized. I will probably always be ridiculously proud of this icon because it took so much work for me to make. I find graphics editing programs very counter-intuitive to use and struggle pretty much every time I try using one. (There is a reason why any icon I make nowadays is simply me cropping, resizing, and adding a border to an image.) I like all my icons, but this one is my favorite. I think it's pretty and, well, it's Mushishi.


...It was surprisingly difficult to write that without adding a lot of hedging.