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08 March 2008 @ 11:56 am
Happy 1-year-in-fandom to me  

Today marks the year anniversary of my first post to my journal, which happened to be my first fic The Heart of Her. Lots has happened in this last year. Here's a quick recap. 

-- I've written 9 different pairings and about 11 different kinks, including fisting, shaving, mutual masturbation, menstrual play, rimming, sub/dom, non-con, bondage, torture, spanking, and wheelchair!sex. That doesn't include all the vanilla and oral sex Spike and the rest get to have, too. 
-- I've completed 21 different shots/ficlets, am currently working on a series, participated in 1 failed collaboration that never made it past Ch. 1, and a WIP that I've only posted 2 chapters of. In short, I've learned my lesson. 
-- 4 of my fics were based on community prompts, 2 by request, and 2 as birthday presents
-- I've met 20 people or so from the fandom between private meet-ups and the James Marsters concert last summer. Getting a chance to chat with everyone was beyond cool!
-- I've become the beta of two wonderful and talented writers
-- Got over a few pairings that squick me, and pushed myself to write kinks that I normally would avoid

I wanted to have a fic ready to post to celebrate, but I'm up to my eyeballs in midterms at the moment, and really couldn't spare any extra writing time. However, I really liked the idea I came up with, and will post it when life allows, which will probably be in the next week and a half after I hand in my thesis draft. 

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm since my arrival last March. I've found my time on LJ to have been a pretty enjoyable one, and I hope to get to know more you better in the coming year. 

Something fun that I thought we could do is list one or a few of your favorite fandom moments in '07-'08. It could be a story you read/wrote, a comment you received, something humorous that was said - whatever! Just share 'em!

A favorite fandom moment of mine was this summer when

herself_nyc and I took an excursion in her neighborhood to take dirty pics of her Spike and Angel dolls screwing all over the West Village. For the pics, check out THIS post.

While I can't exactly call this is a favorite fandom moment, it certainly was a memorable one. In July, my mom ran across  one of my fics for the first time. Of course, it had to be one of the dirtiest ones I've written, what with the stake up Spike's arse and all. Read THIS post for my recollection of the embarassing experience.  


shawty got flava like a peach lifesaver: btvs: buffy communicatingonly_passenger on March 8th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
this will sound like lip service flattery. it's not. cross my heart.

deciding to ask you to beta is a fav of mine. not the actual asking, but the moment i realized you were the one. i was at work sneaking an e-mail check in between worky-tasks, and you'd left another comment, paragraphs long, on a chapter of one of my fics.

prior, i'd been posting without a beta and looking for one everywhere, e-mailing people off random beta lists, no really know who they were or what i wanted. i was feeling pretty disheartened.

so the moment i read this particular comment, i was like,this is what i want from a beta. pretty much exactly this in depth perspective, except before i post instead of after.

i sat on it for a few days to make sure i wanted to ask you, and read or re-read all of your fic to make sure i felt your writing was of good quality (it was), and then i asked you.

and i thought you would probably say yes. but i had no idea i'd be getting such a good friend out of the deal.

cheers, l.


Edited at 2008-03-08 06:24 pm (UTC)
ClawofCat: hugsclawofcat on March 9th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this, s. It made me smile, and I've been in terrible need of some smiles the last few days.

When you wrote you realized I was the one I immediately thought of Trinity saying the same thing to Neo, and Keaneu Reeves giving her that vacant, yet overwhelmed look that he's perfected. Kinda a random assocation, yeah.

I didn't know you had contacted other people prior to me. Interesting. Did you get any offers or were you met with silence?
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaver: btvs: faith say my nameonly_passenger on March 9th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
some silence, some people saying they could stand in temporarily, some people saying they could do a quick grammar/spelling check, but nothing more in depth. all of them were shots in the dark, though. you were the only person who i ever asked where i was like, damn. i really want *her* to be my beta.

thinking of you. went on date with couple again tonight. still don't really know. is that a bad sign?
ClawofCat: fanged fourclawofcat on March 9th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Regarding the couple, you talk pretty positively about the girl and how much phone time you spend with her, so that doesn't seem to be what's holding you up. Is it the guy that you're not feeling? Is it their dynamic together? Also, another thought is that the idea of some threesomeish thing is a little eh to you considering your own experience with love triangles. Granted, this is about 100x more casual than what went down with you, lisa, and ely, but it still could be a thought or reaction subconsciously bopping around in your head. Some introspection I think is in order here.

Did you get a chance to read the 600 words of Fangel? I want to know what you think. Mostly because I cried for two hours last night with my mom, and have somewhat given up on the trauma paper, and am taking a wack at fetus now. Fic is the only thing I seem to be able to write without much angst lately.
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaver: btvs: faith bamonly_passenger on March 9th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
i read, and liked. yeah, darker than i'd have pictured too, but it works. nice grit.

you use the word "belly" three times in the 1st paragraph. in the last, i think you should change the dialog around so that the last line is said before the final "get out", reworking the descriptions.

you know what makes it so super fucking hot, though? you use the word miasma. where do you get a vocabulary like that? you. so. fucking. hot.
ClawofCat: faith bleedoutclawofcat on March 9th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed the belly thing when I reread. I'll take care of that in revisions. Duly noted about the "get out" line. The scene will probably start and end with a conversation between them, pre and post fucking. The entire thing makes me feel really awful for Faith, and sort of illuminating about Angel. There's a reason why he keeps his emotions in check. When he doesn't, shit like that happens.

lol. miasma. yeah, I dunno where i get that shit. I know all sorts of words and I'm not sure how. The first time I remember using that word was my senior year of high school. I wrote a poem and submitted it to my literary magazine. It was about Gus and my first kiss. I'll send it to you. Disclaimer: I have never claimed to be any good at poetry. It sounds a lot like my prose, just more abstract.
Shapinglightshapinglight on March 8th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh, boy! I think if my mum ever read any of my fanfic, I'd die - or possibly she would, not sure. I'm glad your mum was cool about it and chuffed that she liked my Spangel story.

As for nice fandom moments last year, the one that springs to mind most vividly is JM almost nibbling my ear and telling me I looked beautiful as a way to get me to smile at the camera, when I had my photo taken with him last November. No amount of yelling by my inner cynical old bag about how he says that to everyone could really take the shine off it.

Edited at 2008-03-08 06:24 pm (UTC)
ClawofCat: Laughclawofcat on March 9th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
I'm glad your mum was cool about it and chuffed that she liked my Spangel story.
Well, rec the best, I say. And even though she was cool about it, I'm pretty sure my cheeks were flaming. I would have preferred to skip that encounter altogether!

Thanks for sharing the JM photo op story. It sounds like a ton of fun. I regret not going to the con he was at in NJ when I saw him in concert on Long Island, but I suppose there will be other opportunities. Everyone seems to have their own special stories regarding meeting him in the flesh.

No amount of yelling by my inner cynical old bag about how he says that to everyone could really take the shine off it.
*snorts* You're adorable, Deb. And why should you let self-deprication get in the way of having a good time, hm? Enjoy every nano second with he who spurs you to write.
Shapinglight: Jamesshapinglight on March 11th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
And why should you let self-deprication get in the way of having a good time, hm? Enjoy every nano second with he who spurs you to write.

Yep, I intend to, though if he knew what I write about him, he probably wouldn't have been so snuggly
Shapinglightshapinglight on March 8th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Also, happy fandom anniversary.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on March 8th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
You have an indubitably cool Mom.
ClawofCat: fangel wisdomclawofcat on March 9th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
I'm sure she wouldn't mind me acutally saying it now and again. She also happens to be one of the scariest people I know.
mere ubu: cheerleader buffymere_ubu on March 8th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Happy fanniversary, girlie!

OMG, your little Spangel excursion in the West Village with herself_nyc is priceless. Hahahahaaa! Newbie that I am, I'd never seen those before. M. Mere and I just laughed so hard that we actually cried over those pictures. Good lord. *wipes tears* And the story of your mom finding that story is sooo sweet. She sounds wonderful and supportive. (And kudos to you for not dying of shame. Hee!)

I only found my way to BtVS this time last year, but my favorite fandom moment was the day I discovered that fanfic existed! I Googled the phrase "Spuffy," and lo and behold, I found my way to Kalima's "Mister Talky Mouth" on an archive site. Next, Herself's "What She Deserves." Then I fell into BuggerThis.net and spent the summer printing out stories, reading them with my sweetie and re-reading them. It was a lot of fun (and, um, educational. Hooray for edutainment!) Finding LJ was a big deal for me, and Herself reccing my weird little Spaiku ranks way up there too.

I'm glad you're here. :)
ClawofCat: knowing faceclawofcat on March 9th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! *chuckles* I'm glad you enjoyed the Spangel romp. It was so much fun to do. Even better that you and hubby were moved to tears by the porny antics of the boys. We were hoping to spread the joy. When the weather heats up a bit, perhaps I can persuade NK to come out with me and do it again in a different neighborhood.

*nods* Isn't it great when you realize it does exist! And what great luck that you fell across some of the best authors in fandom on your first go around. I don't think you're the only one that has spent hours blasting through buggerthis.net. I went through the entire Bittersweets 'verse one after the other a few summers ago. And it indeed is a great honor to get a rec from Herself! Be one of the few, the proud.

And I'm glad you're here, too! *hugs* You always leave wonderful feedback, and have a laudable sense of humor. There's never enough to smile about, I say.
mere ubu: spike s2 vamp facemere_ubu on March 9th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
Aw thanks, darlin.' *hugs* Good luck with the midterm madness!
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on March 8th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Happy LJversary!

I actually have no idea what my fave fandom memory of the year was, but you have some memorable ones!
ClawofCat: slut it upclawofcat on March 9th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, honey! Here's to another eventful, and hopefully angst-free year! *clinks glasses*