Jan. 7th, 2016

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I’m in catch up mode again...

Snowflake Challenge Day 6

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

At the risk of being dull and repetitive, I would probably say something very similar to last year. Which basically is to appreciate each other. We’re in fandom because we love to be here. We create and consume, lurk and engage because hopefully it makes us happy. So it seems only right that we should give something back. If you see something you love, then comment. It doesn’t have to be an essay or even a lengthy paragraph. Just let the creator know you liked their thing, whatever that thing is – say thank you, say I loved it, say something.

And if you get a comment like that, as a creator, thank your audience – all you have to say is thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to comment – it’s not hard and it might just encourage a lurker to become a participant.

I can honestly say that back in the day when I plucked up the courage to tell [livejournal.com profile] thismaz how much I loved one of her early stories, if she hadn’t replied, I would never have written any of my stories, because it was the fact that she replied to my comment on her fic that opened a dialogue between us. Without that dialogue I would stayed a reccer, but I probably would never have started writing.

So yeah, say please, say thank you, say you’re welcome – it doesn’t take much and it can make a huge difference to our fandom experience.
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Snowflake Challenge Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

Well everyone knows I’m a Xander girl and the piece of canon that really got under my skin is from Restless. For sure there were lots of other pieces that did it for me before then – the power walk in Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, the gatecrashing Buffy and Angel drama-fest in the Zeppo and a pile of other scenes in between. But the thing that always strikes me about the Xander segment in Restless is how economical it is in portraying his character in all his insecuritites, his obsessions and his strengths. If you hadn’t come across that character before and someone sat you down and made you watch that segment, I think you’d have a pretty fair picture of who Xander Harris was as a person, and that’s why it’s a favourite piece of canon for me.


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