I'm trying to do a few more Fandom Snowflake thingies! I'm just doing whatever I have the brain space to do now, so there's stuff in between I might yet do.Day 6
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.
Well, I've already done fannish wishlists recently, over at my Fandom Stocking
(you can still post fills until January 19!), and the recent Chocolate Box letter is also a nice collection of fannish wishes I have - although I didn't include everything I could have because I was too tired to write up new prompts! So anything I requested in those is something I wish to receive - I'm especially a fic reader, but I enjoy fan art as well. In my stocking I also request other things, like recs for podcast drama. Also, anything else I've requested in other exchanges and such is still wanted, even if it's not on these lists.
But here are a few other things:
1) I would love icons based on some of the fan art I recommended in the Day 2 post
, in particular some of the Doctor Who Flowers series (esp. Nyssa, Martha, Vicki, Victoria) and the picture titled Velcro-Scot. And if someone wants to make me icons of some of my favourite Two/Jamie fan art, I can quickly get together a few more links!
2) I've been thinking of wanting new writing or reading themed icons, and possibly a ballet icon or two. If you know where I can get some, let me know!
3) I could use more beta readers! I have some lovely ones, but sometimes I'm writing a lot at once in the same fandom, or my betas are busy, or I write in a fandom I don't have a native-speaker beta for. I'm not a native English speaker, so native speaker betas are particularly needed, to weed out the instances where I use a word in a way that Just Isn't English, or structure my sentences weirdly. I write especially for Doctor Who, both Classic and Modern. I used to write some Torchwood but it's been dormant since I discovered Classic Who, which is way healthier for me. The rare lit fandoms I also occasionally write in include Becky Chambers's Wayfarers
series, Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo
, various Jane Austen works, and I'd also like to give a try to writing for the Murderbot series and the Imperial Radch series. I tend to write gen, f/f, m/m, and the very occasional m/f. I never write graphic violence, but I do sometimes write Mature or Explicit level sexual content. My AO3 page is here
if you want to check out more before volunteering. You can comment to me here or send a PM if you'd like to beta for me sometimes!
4) Recommendations of historical novels or other written historical fiction. I love history and historical stuff, but I mostly find recs of science fiction and fantasy, meaning I probably don't know about many of the things I'd love to read. So rec me historical fiction you think I might enjoy! It doesn't have to be available in English, either - I'm Finnish, so I'll find out if it's translated into my language, or is written in another language I speak. I should specify a few requirements:
- Takes place preferably before the 20th century, or possibly very early 20th century or 1920's/1930's. I'm not interested in recs for fiction about either of the World Wars or post-WWII world - I get those far too easily, and my historical interest is in earlier eras.
- Preferably something other than US history, because it's so prevalent it's not hard to find recs for that. Although I might make an exception for 18th century or earlier, if it sounds tempting enough.
- I'm looking for pure historical fiction here, not historical fantasy, steampunk etc. I do
love those genres, but I have a lot of recommendations for them already, because there's so much awesome SFF fan media that I read or listen to.
- I don't
want to read works that contain: graphic violence, gory stuff, torture, sexual violence, or a lot of war. (War in the background for home front stuff might be okay if it's not too depressing.) Also, I generally don't want to read something that focuses much on depictions of cruelty towards women, children, animals, LGBTQ+ folks, and other vulnerable groups. Of course people being people, there's a lot of that in history, but I can't read stuff that gets really graphic or detailed about it or implies that life was nothing but
that ever in the past. There are so many books that seem to be just collections of Horrible Stuff That Happens To Women In History, and I want something else. And yeah, I know I've now disqualified a lot of works - that's why I have to ask for recommendations! I've got mental health beasties that are activated and make my life very unpleasant if I read the aforementioned things, so that's why I have to be careful. If you'd like to rec something but aren't sure if it crosses the line of having too much of the thing I don't want, tell me about it with that caveat. I can look around for reviews, descriptions and such and make my own call.
- I'm not terribly interested in historical fiction that's primarily male/female romance. Doesn't mean it can't have such a romance, as long as there's enough other stuff going on as well.
- Stuff I'm especially much into: awesome women, women learning and reading, female scientists and inventors, scientists and science in general, arts and culture, LGBTQ+ stuff, people of colour, history of everyday life.
- I'm mostly not a very literary fiction reader, I tend to look more for good-quality genre fiction.
Feel free to also direct me to an already existing rec list that might help me!
5) Recommendations for good Second Doctor era genfic, or Two/Jamie or Zoe/Isobel or other Zoe femslash that's not
on AO3 or Teaspoon.
6) More people to post recs in tardis_library
7) Crossover fics between the fandoms I love! Basically I love Doctor Who (Classic, New, some Big Finish) and then lots of rarelit fandoms: Becky Chambers's Wayfarers
series, Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate
, Custard Protocol
and Finishing School
series, Martha Wells's Murderbot
novellas, Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch series
(I'm still reading the last book of the trilogy, but I expect I'll have finished it within a couple of days), Jane Austen's novels, Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo
ETA 8) I knew I forgot something... Feedback for my fan fics
always makes me happy, whether it's comments or kudos or recs or what. I'm sometimes a bit slow at replying to comments (I'm so behind right now) but I really appreciate them. Also, feedback for the fanfics by my friends, or the fics I've recced at tardis_library
or bookmarked on AO3.
Okay, enough! I'll do
another day yet, but in a different post, because this got a bit lengthy.
more tomorrow, because I accidentally deleted the other thing I'd written and I'm too tired to rewrite it now. It was shorter, thankfully, so it won't be hard to recreate it once I've slept and stuff.