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Holy cow, another year gone.  *shaking my head* 

It's been a better year than the one before, and for the most part I can't complain.  Cari and I made a pact that this would be the year of random concerts and it really was.  Starting with Fun. and ending with Steve Carlson in England, and pretty much all kinds of random and wonderful in between.  The William Beckett and Fun. gigs have special places in my heart because Brandi trusted me blindly and went along even though she had no idea who they were... and loved both of them.  It was another year of not being able to see My Chem, and the Green Day concert got cancelled, but i have high hopes that 2013 will be the year for both of them.  

Travel wise, it was another busy year.  Highlights of the year were trips to be part of the wedding of people I love, my first ever trip to Canada, a return to England and shenanigans all over the place.   I hate that my friends live all over the world, but combining my love of travel with the chance to see them?  Made of awesome.   

Work?  Ups and downs, lots of them.  But I survived and I realized that it's ok not to have a consuming passion for my job.  It pays my bills and lets me do the things I want to do.  I am lucky in that regard and I am trying to keep that in mind when it drags me down.   

Mostly this has been a year where I realized that the most important parts of my life aren't whats, but rather whos.  I know, I know, I'm a bit slow on the uptake sometimes.   I'm getting there tho.  Just know that I love you, yes, you.  And you.  And you.  And I am thankful that you are in my life, in whatever way.   

I'm spending tonight with friends and (my second) family.  There will be ridiculously competitive games, drinks and food, probably Eddie Izzard playing in the background at some point and lots of laughter.  I don't have anyone to kiss at midnight because I don't have a boy, and all my girls are scattered to the winds and the people I have here don't understand that sometimes a kiss is just a kiss and doesn't have romantic connotations.  Sometimes it just means I love you and I am glad you are here with me in this moment.  But thats ok, because I will have people I love near.  I hope you have love and laughter tonight and all year long.  

(And if you are the kissing type and in the same boat, know I would give you a kiss at midnight if I could.)

I'm off now, so I'll end with my traditional wish (stolen, as ever, from Neil Gaiman):

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art,or love, or work or family or life
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
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It's not nearly enough, but I wanted to share some pretty today with you, my darlings. I hope your day is filled with beautiful things and people who love you - regardless of whether you have a "Valentine" or just friends and family who let you know how much you mean to them. And if you are reading this, then know that I definately all into the second category for you.

And now for the pretty.... )
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It's the final day of the Snowflake challenge and for today, the challenge is to share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fangirls (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone.

So many wonderful memories, I'm gonna kind of hit the highlights by fandom.

It all started with Steve Carlson oddly enough... )

And then there was the first Kane gig in Portland... )

Oh Wincon... yes, Wincon is totally it's own fandom! )

Fanfic, oh you glorious beast you... )

Heh, ok I kind of babbled a bit there, didn't I? I'll stop there but let me just say before I do that I am thankful to all of my fandoms for bringing me the friends I have. Even if you are just someone I know online and we've never met face to face, or if I did meet you but it was at a horribly loud party and I had a migraine at the time, or if we shared a drink at sound check waiting for the boys, or you commented on my icons, etc... I am so beyond grateful to have you part of my fandom family. *hugs you all*
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Stupid migraine, why don't you fuck off and leave me alone? I need sleep. And to not be in pain. Arrgh

Ahem, anyways.

Day 10 of the Snowflake Challenge is up and it's about fanwork creators and why we love them.

Share a creator with us. It doesn't have to be your absolutely favorite creator, because I don't know about you, but I have a long list of absolute favorites. Maybe pick someone less well-known, or someone who does something unique in terms of media or pairings or ships or fandoms.

In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Make a recs list, create a Fanlore page for them, link to their archives or masterlists or websites. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two.

This is another hard one because I have so many people that I love and devour everything they write with glee. So I'm going to cheat a little and rec a few in varying fandoms... a little something for everyone :)

To save your flists...

cherrybina )

havenward )

tsukinofaerii )

Ok, I'm going to make myself stop there or I never will... seriously, I have some amazing writers as friends (I'm looking at you [livejournal.com profile] caarirose and [livejournal.com profile] phantisma and I could go on all day about them, but I am already pushing the boundaries of what this day was supposed to be *grin*
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Ok, so day 7 of the Snowflake Challenge is a hard one for me.

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. Drop a link to your wish-list in this post. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Maybe you will grant a wish.

Ever wanted a header for your journal centered around your fandom or favourite pairing? What about art for one of your stories? How about a fanmix that reminds you of the way Character A and Character B in your favourite movie keep making *heart eyes* at each other? Would you love icons? Podfics? Fanvids? Wallpapers? Paper dolls? Cupcakes?

I suck as asking for things I want. Like, kind of a lot. *laughs* And we won't talk about how long it took me to come up with these, but here goes...

These are mostly Bandom related because I tend to bug bribe enable beg ask my friends for things I want in fandoms we share *laughs*

1 - I'd love some artwork (or links to existing) done in a chibi or Powerpuff Girl style of My Chemical Romance. A fantastic example of what I'm talking about is here: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lx1cnrqavL1qg5fcmo1_500.jpg.

2 - I love angsty fic, like really. And I'd love some My Chem or Fall Out Boy fic. It doesn't have to be written for me (altho I wouldn't turn that down) but recs would be fantastic. My preferred pairings are Gerard/Frank, Mikey/Frank, Mikey/Pete, Pete/Patrick, but honestly I will read anything if it is well written and guaranteed to make me cry.

3 - I want anyone who reads this who aren't taking part in the Snowflake Challenge to put up a similar list on their journals. I love giving people things, it makes me happy. And I really like the idea of being able to hit up someones LJ/DW/Tumblr/whatever randomly and maybe give them something that makes them smile. (If you do put up your own list, could you comment here or link me or something just so I know that it's out there?)
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Even tho this has been one of the roughest years in recent memory, I have so much to be thankful for. I have my family and have been gifted with the most amazing friends. I am relatively healthy and I have a job that pays me well. I get to travel and see boys in concert and attend weddings of people I love or just explore the world we live in. I am so incredibly thankful for the life I have and the wondrous things in it.

I hope you get to spend today with people that you love and that there is plenty of laughter and good food. I wish I could spend part of the day with you all, but know at least that you will be in my thoughts today. *hugs*
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I haven't sent out holiday cards in a few years, but I'm feeling like I want to this year. So if you'd like a card, just leave me your name and address (comments are screened) and I'll be sending them out in a week or two. No need to reciprocate if you don't want to, I just want to let everyone know I appreciate them this year :)
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So there was a movement to share the pretty on Valentine's day... yeah I kind of missed that due to a migraine from hell. But just because the day has passed doesn't mean I can't randomly share pretty, right?

Cut because I love you and in case it's not obvious, lots of pictures below here, some big, but all should be pretty work safe (boy kissing and one shot of people in underwear just as an FYI)... )
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Sorry about the delay in getting this up... real life has been playing hardball this week. But here we go :)

SINTE masterpost )
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Ok, so here we go :D

General Info
First off, all the prompts are coming from the super awesome tumblr Sex is not the enemy, and that is the inspiration for this ficathon in the first place.

Also I am shamelessly stealing this idea from [livejournal.com profile] villainny who hosted this last year and I only found out about it too late by clicking on a link from a friends journal, but I thought it was fantastic and have been wanting to hold one of my own ever since.

How it works
As for how it works, you comment here with the info I ask for below, and in return, I'll provide you an image prompt from the Sex is Not the Enemy tumblr. You will then write a story of at least 500 words inspired by the image and post it on your LJ/Dreamwidth/AO3/website and post a link here in a comment. (If you wish, once you have completed your story, you may ask for another prompt.) On Feb 13 I will collect everyone's completed prompts and post a master list.

You can write your prompt in any fandom that you wish, including original fiction. I do ask that you keep the genders the same as in the original image ie: if you receive an image of a woman astride a man, you write a story with a woman and a man in it. However, feel free to swap the roles/positions at will ie: the man is astride the woman wearing a strap on.

Sign ups will be open from now until Feb. 13th, and you can post your responses until the 13th as well if you wish to be included in the master post that goes up on the 14th. If you don't make it by then, well I'd still love to see what you come up with and you can link your finished story here at any post and I'll update the master post as fic comes in. This is very much a no harm, no foul ficathon. ;)

Sign ups
Still interested? Copy and Paste this into your comment below; delete anything that you aren't interested in writing.

If you change your mind after you have written a prompt, then you can sign up again with a new comment.

Participants: Solo - Two - Threesome - Group Sex
Sex: Male - Female - Male/Male - Male/Female - Female/Female - Male/Male/Female - Female/Female/Male - Male/Male/Male - Female/Female/Female - Male group - Female group - Mixed group
Nudity: No Nudity - Implied Nudity - Some Nudity - Full Nudity
Level of Intimacy: Bodily contact - Kissing - Implied sex - Full sex

Any quetions? Ask them below and I'll do my best to figure out an answer for you *grin*

Oh, and please feel free to spread the word on this one, I think the more people that play the more fun for all of us. I'm gonna try and come up with a little banner today, but I've got to work so we'll see. Now with 3 banners below the cut... )
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Earlier in the month, I put up a post offering art for my flist as a holiday present... these are the pieces I created for them.

Massive amounts of art below the cut )

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