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Day 5

In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I think that most people on my friends list know that my big passion these days is offshore sailing, but before that it was caving (or spelunking, for those of you across the Pond).

I started caving in my late teens, and it pretty much consumed my life right up until I got pregnant with my first child. It gave me everything I was looking for - a close-knit 'tribe' to belong to, the excitement of risk and of pushing myself, and the kick of doing something that most people found slightly (or very) odd and didn't understand. I caved mostly in the Yorkshire Dales, and spent a lot of summers on expedition exploring new cave in the Austrian Alps (that's me in my icon, abseiling into the entrance of 164, a cave we were exploring in the Austrian Totes Gebirge mountains). I love sporting wet caves and big shaft systems best. I've seen some strange and beautiful things, and I've stood where no-one on this planet has ever stood before. I've also faced some dangerous situations and handled them; that's a good thing to know about yourself.

These days my passion is offshore sailing. The sailing I love isn't gentle sailing from one marina to another, sipping G&Ts while moored each evening. The sailing I love is the more serious stuff, the long passages, the night watches (I *love* night sailing). I get the same things from my sailing as I got from caving - the tribe, the excitement, the pushing my limits, physical and mental. My idea of heaven is beating to windward in a Force 6 with waves crashing over the deck. At that point you really know you're alive :)

Snowflake Challenge Day 5
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Day 4

Introduce yourself to someone you admire and friend/follow them on whatever platform you use - journal or Twitter or Tumblr or whatever. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


Did it - followed someone I admire on Twitter :)
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Day 3

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.


Done.
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Day 2

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.


Recs from three fandoms: two works from some time back (it's always nice as an author to get a comment on a fic you'd almost forgotten about) and one from my current fandom that deals with a hard kink in a very sympathetic way.

Pirates of the Caribbean from 2003: Bluebird by [livejournal.com profile] hippediva. Sparrington, PWP, Smut, sticky steamy sex, references to body adornment. Another encounter in another port, Norrington's crew being naughty and rum for breakfast.

Supernatural from 2007: Blood and Roses by [livejournal.com profile] mickeym. Sam/Dean, NC-17, incest, mild bloodplay. Dean needs some help, and Sam's more than happy to give it.

Hawaii Five-0 from 2011: The Blood and Love Theory by [livejournal.com profile] portraitofafool. Danny/Steve, NC-17, bloodplay, knifeplay, language, S&M.

Challenge details: Day 2
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Day 1

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. Drop a link to your post in the comments.


The Overturning Moment. Danny/Steve, R, mpreg, serious angst. This series of fics is the work I'm probably proudest of; it was the hardest to write and involved me confronting a lot of personal demons and issues. From the comments I received I think that I brought a new perspective to the whole mpreg thing.

The call of the running tide. Danny/Steve, PG-13, selkie!fic. Steve can't stay. A ficlet that says a lot in a few words. And still brings a lump to my throat every time I read it.

A stitch in time. Danny/Steve, R (for a surgical procedure), h/c. Danny's never been able to stand needles, but Steve needs him. A fic that stems from a personal little kink of mine. I just have a particular soft spot for this story.

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