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2013 marked my 5th fanniversary on LJ. Here's what I did.

I made a whopping 13 posts in 2013. Fanfic output was down, for RL reasons. Temporarily, I hope. I finished four stories, one of which — The Vamp Around the Corner — I already claimed was a 2012 story, so really, it's just three. Here's the complete list:

For Buffyverse Remixes

Title: Love Is (the Death is My Gift remix)
Original story: Enemies by sroni. (In this alternate reality Spike, Riley, Andrew, and Wood die in the Hellmouth, while Anya survives.)
Rating: PG13 for “language”
Word count: 1014
Characters: Xander/Faith, mentions of everybody
Summary: Xander gives this love thing some thought just as his life takes a turn.

For Seasonal Spuffy

Title: The Sleepless Beast Knows Best
Characters: Buffy, Spike, and a bunch of Angel Season 5 folks.
Rating: PG
Word count: 2350
Summary: It’s the 2003 Wolfram & Hart Halloween Party, and Buffy’s been invited.
A/N: For Angel non-watchers, it’s the one where Lorne accidentally starts broadcasting destinies rather than just reading them.

For Noel of Spike

Title: Midwinter Plunge
Word Count: 3,300
Rating: PG13
Characters: Spike, “Doyle”, Faith, various bystanders. Any pairings are off-screen, but Spike/Buffy-ish.
Prompt: Spike, Doyle or Faith, Hot Chocolate
Summary: Spike catches a chill while helping the helpless in Angel S5, more or less circa Soul Purpose. Faith knows just how to warm him up.

Two are Angel Season 5 episode rewrites. Two are Faith-based. Heh. Buffy only takes action in one. There's no Dru. I will endeavor to correct that in 2014!

One of my old fics, No Regrets, won the Round 10 Running With Scissors "Unsung Hero" Award in the Who's Huh with What?! {Unconventional Couple} category. The story features Mr. Gordo/Miss Edith. No pretty yet, but I have hopes because the RWSA awards are really quite beautiful.

I posted several Buffyverse Top 5 lists last year, but need to get more up this round. fantas_magoria which I co-mod, finished its review of each episode of Buffy and Angel. I wrote a bit about movies and TV.

I didn't go to any "mainstream" fandom conventions. I did go to a film festival screening of Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, with a squeeful write-up here. I also attended a performance of The Bells of West 87th in LA, but did not report on it. Here you go: It was supposed to star James Marsters and Juliet Landau. After I got tickets, Ms. Landau dropped out. The production was poorer for her loss, IMO. The lead actress was not able to convey the quality of personality that would attract the devotion of Mr. Marsters' character, alas. Mr. Marsters was wonderful (English accent!), as was Carol Locatell who played the mother. Another Buffy alumna — Dagney Kerr, aka Buffy's college roommate Kathy — did a fine job with not much to do in the role of the sister. I saw a lot of plays this year, most of them more entertaining and cohesive than this one.

Real life stuff is fine. Just sort of immersive. Family is employed and healthy. My work got very busy for, well, the entire year. That's good, but does detract from my fandom involvement. In addition, it's been the year of college applications for McDiva, an undertaking in which I am overly involved. It's exactly the kind of thing I get obsessive about, with tons of research to do, data to sift, trips to plan, etc. Since she's applying to programs that require interviews and portfolio reviews, there's such a level of complication that I find it hard to believe that many teenagers could navigate the process unaided. She finished her applications a couple of weeks ago, and received her first acceptance — to Rutgers — on Friday. Now I get to obsess over the financial aid side of the equation. Lucky me! We have trips to Chicago and New York planned in the next few months, and some big decisions on the horizon, but I am likely to have an empty nest come autumn.

Whatever shall I do with myself?


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shapinglight
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:15 am (UTC)
Obviously, write more fanfic. :)

Congratulations to McDiva on her first acceptance. The whole college application process sounds unbelievably stressful, especially when such huge distances are involved. You all seem to have coped with it very well, though.

Hope everything goes as you would wish this year.
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:03 am (UTC)
I was thinking fanfic, too! Amazing! Fantastic!

I'll convey your congratulations to McDiva. I'm not sure who was most stressed by this whole thing, but hopefully it'll all be over soon. Then the excitement will begin!

Thanks for your good wishes, m'dear. Is the big event for your crew happening this summer?
shapinglight
Jan. 15th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
Is the big event for your crew happening this summer?

It's early in September, but before that we have a huge house renovation project looming. I will probably be absent a lot from fandom myself this year.

Hope it'll still be around when I get back.
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
Hoo boy. Nothing like doing it all at once. Who knows? You may find solace in fandom while all is madness around you.
shapinglight
Jan. 16th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Nothing like doing it all at once.

I know! It wasn't meant to happen like this. When K told us she was engaged last June I thought we had plenty of time left that year to get stuff done. But it didn't work out. And then we had the accident. :(
petzipellepingo
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
Rutgers - very impressive!
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
It's a venerable institution. But it's on the other side of the country! *clutches baby*

I am rather impressed, myself.
ceciliaj
Jan. 15th, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yay for you and McDiva! I'm excited to hear how the process turns out for both of you -- and excited for you to enjoy some aspects of the empty nest! Maybe someday we can really meet up in SF and do something awesome :-D. (That is, I can stop being such a Berkeley homebody while I am there, hehe.)
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
You're not here now, are you? When you do come, allow me to take you museum hopping or somesuch!

I've talked with parents who were completely "¡Yay!" about the empty nest, and others that were alternately "¡Yay!" and "Life Has No Meaning". So far, nobody has admitted to being in the LHNM camp all of the time. I doubt I'll be the first. ;-)
ceciliaj
Jan. 15th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
Not there now, but I hope to be soon! My sister, who lives in Berkeley, is applying for jobs right now, so I don't want to contribute to her stress by lounging around her house all day :).
frelling_tralk
Jan. 15th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
2013 marked my 5th fanniversary on LJ

Happy anniversary :)
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's been fun, and will continue to be so.
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