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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.

My AO3 account looks a little anemic these days, and I'm a little sad I can't blog about something I did for Fandom_Stocking this year, since reveals haven't gone up yet. But, anyway, here are three of my fanworks I'm most pleased with as of right now:

1) Theory and Practice, a XXXHolic story featuring Watanuki, Doumeki, and an OC. This work was for a (now sadly defunct) LJ community, for a prompt that asked for Doumeki caring for Watanuki, showing his feelings through actions. I enjoyed writing this work for two reasons: I got to research first aid methodology, a field which I'd never really investigated other than the two-step process of 1) find band-aid and then 2) use band-aid. This research lead me to the second reason I enjoyed writing the fic, which was sorting out Doumeki's character more. I was actually really reluctant to write him at first; he's so stoic in the manga, and I didn't want to assume too much about him and write him very OOC. But the more I thought about the way he cared for Watanuki, the more his actions made sense, and I grew more confident writing those and giving him minimal dialogue. Creating the side characters, including the OC, was a lot of fun, too, because I got to play with the idea of that manga teases that Doumeki has a lot of admirers (irritating Watanuki to no end, of course) and that this carries over into real life, where it's a bunch of sweet old ladies worried about him because he's so thin. Finally, I'm a sucker for hurt/comfort and this story has it spades, so yay for that! This is probably my favorite piece of fanfic; I was really proud to get the feedback on it that everyone was IC, and that the recip was delighted with it. :)

2) Star Candy, an Adventure Time coffeeshop AU. (The alternate title that I strongly considered was, Perfecting the Twinkle Matrix, which I still love, although it's a mouthful.) This is a femmeslash story between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, although the slash is more in the subtext and ending than in the story itself. I know that some readers have a visceral hatred of coffeeshop AUs, and I thought I did for a long time, too, but than I saw this prompt and found the idea oddly charming; Marceline as slightly harried owner/proprietor was fun to think about, and putting the Adventure Time characters into a less fantastical setting still worked because AT is a show that is strong in a variety of settings, with low or high magic. This was another gift for an exchange, and I'm happy that so many people enjoyed it besides the recip.

3) When Ahiru Met Haruhi, a crossover between The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Princess Tutu, at the request of (I think) [personal profile] lemon_badgeress. This is one of my oldest works. I had asked my friends for crossover prompts, and Lemon asked for this jokingly, and I thought, ha ha, I'm gonna do it! It's one of the silliest, fluffiest things I've ever written, and I wish it would get a little more love. However, both of those fandoms are pretty quiet these days, and this short fic is pretty neglected.

May 2016

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