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Seven Year Itch

It's my fanniversary today!

Back in 2008, at the urging of herself_nyc — whose birthday it is! — I posted my first fic, Becoming Anne. This "urging" is no reflection on her estimation of my storytelling. (I'm pretty sure she thinks I'm too easy on Spike.) At that point, all she'd ever read from me were comments on her work. But she pointed me at LiveJournal and I'll be forever grateful.

This year in fandom is turning out to be fruitful. Last year, I assisted herself_nyc in putting her stories up on AO3, after the BuggerThis site went dark. That led to doing the same for eliade (Anna S.). This year, still lamenting the demise of JustRewards, I did the same for anaross, which was a very good deed for fandom, in my estimation. *pats self on back* Who's next?

I helped launch the very cool BtVS rewatch going on over at fantas_magoria, which is all the sweeter for being run by other fans, namely gillo and shapinglight. Thanks, guys! Then I joined the mod team on seasonal_spuffy, and I'd call the latest round a rousing success! So much good work from so many talented creators! Check out the list of goodies!

I'm pleased to report that there are still excellent new writers joining the BtVS fandom. Just in the last month or so, I've discovered relative newcomers the_moonmoth, solstice, and sigyn, all of whom are doing really excellent, thoughtful work. The last two are over on ElysianFields, but so far their stories don't require registration/proof of age. Go! Comment! Encourage!

I'm writing, too! I posted my first entry to femslash_minis last month, Time is Tight. It almost immediately got nominated for a bunch of categories at Sunnydale Memorial Fanfic Awards! (Best AU, Best Episode Re-write, Best Gen, Best Female Characterization — for Willow.) Thanks, kind nominator! It turned out to be not a mini, because I am apparently contrary and end up writing the opposite of what I set out to. Ah, well, life is full of the unexpected, right? I had trouble getting started, as I don't usually write Willow, except in her "best friend" capacity. I'm Team Buffy, and am miffed on her behalf at later season Willow. But I also adore Nikki Wood, and realized while writing that I love, love, love Bernard Crowley! He never appeared on screen, but he does get some attention in one or two of the comics. I riffed on that, and came up with somebody who is very real in my head. I'll probably do more with him, sooner than later.

New fic!

For seasonal_spuffy I did a short update to my WIP, Fire in the Soul:

Title: Fire in the Soul (6a/9)
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2075
Pairing: Spike/Buffy, with Dru and OCs.
A/N: Thanks for the quickie beta by MiAmor. NOT comics compliant.
Summary: A few years after Sunnydale’s spectacular demise, Buffy and her crew are getting on with their lives in San Francisco. A not entirely unwelcome blast from her past (Spike! It's Spike!) blows into town, but he’s brought more than the generally allowable amount of baggage with him.

6a — In which our heroes get closer to the source of the big, brewin' evil, if not each other.

To start at the beginning: Chapter 1 on LJ / Chapter 1 on DW / On AO3

This chapter was a bit of an obstacle for me. I think it came across okay, and now it will be much easier to get on with the next parts! I knew what I had to do to get to the next bit, but doing it wasn't going to be very action-packed or even filled with relationship issues. Why are we here, except to see the characters do fun stuff? Since I'm sort of fired up, I've decided not to wait for the next round of seasonal_spuffy to continue, which I've done with the other chapters. It's time to put this puppy to bed!

That means I'm down to just the 2 WIPS: 3½ chapters of the afore mentioned Fire in the Soul, and the last chapter of When You Wish Upon a Bar, which I started posting at noel_of_spike last December. After that, I've got other stories that I'd like to do, even without looming deadlines. So, things on the fandom front are looking pretty good. I'm still not done.

This entry was originally posted at http://rebcake.dreamwidth.org/38573.html. Please comment here or there using OpenID.

Comments

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feliciacraft
May. 24th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
Please take a bow to the standing ovation here (at least in my office)! :)

I'll be eternally grateful for your effort in archiving anaross' work on AO3! Re-reading her stories in late February, mere weeks after my joining both LJ and Elysian Fields (in order to post my very first story on Valentine's Day, my own Valentine to Spuffy) inspired me to write the second fanfic I've ever written, and keep going from there. I love it that my fandom has no shortage of great writers, but anaross ends up being a touch more personally significant. So I'm beyond grateful to have her work archived and more accessible than ever.

And thanks again for organizing seasonal_spuffy. I've read EVERYTHING (fics, artworks, vid--whatever) posted this season (could not hold my breath, like a kid on Halloween), and now I'm suffering from withdrawal, whimpering, "Moar please, and soon?"

Must echo the rec for the_moonmoth. I just started her The Soul Lies Down last night and it was so good I think I did the virtual equivalent of weeping at her feet. Please continue to rec writers I have yet to find. I'm gobbling it right up!

And seven years is such an accomplishment! (*Checks calendar to find that I haven't lasted 4 months!*) And I so enjoyed "Fire in the Soul" at seasonal_spuffy, I need to start at the beginning. It makes me love my city all the more, even with all the unseasonal gloominess lately. (Worts and all, or it's not love, amiright?)

Congratulations on your nom at SunnyD awards! Are you bowing? Because I'm still applauding! Bravo!
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
Aww shucks.

I sometimes feel like my most effective role in all this is archivist/cheerleader/glutton! There are so many delicious things already out there, and I want them to last forever and share them with everybody, and still want yummy new things!

So I'll just keep pimpin' the good stuff, and giving people ample opportunity to come up with more. Sometimes, that's even me!

Thanks, sweetie!
the_moonmoth
May. 26th, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
OMG!



Thank you!
feliciacraft
May. 27th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Heh. Just telling it like it is. :)
petzipellepingo
May. 24th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
Happy Faniversary!
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! Wheeeeeee!

And thanks for everything you do everyday to get the word out about the good stuff!

Edited at 2015-05-26 12:38 am (UTC)
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rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thanks, my dear!

Edited at 2015-05-26 12:37 am (UTC)
rbfvid
May. 25th, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
Happy Faniversary!
And yay for the upcoming chapters =)
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll get right on that!
baudown
May. 25th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And I'm incredibly grateful to you for archiving herself_nyc and Anna S. I was really bummed when BuggerThis disappeared, and am always fearful of Anna S's stuff disappearing (I've converted a ton of her stuff to PDF, but I can't stand the format). Thanks so much!

rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 12:44 am (UTC)
Oh yes! You've reminded me that I still have a few Spander things by Anna S. to put up over there. I was having a problem with getting the dates right, and then I saw something shiny…

Herself was in contact with Anna S., and she pretty much gave blanket permission to archive her work, as long as she is clearly credited, which wasn't always the case. I wonder if more of her stuff could go up on Spanderfiles, too? Hmmmmmm.
baudown
May. 26th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
There is quite a bit of her stuff on Spanderfiles, actually, although not everything, and I don't think there is any updating being done there. She also has a bunch of non-Spander stuff scattered throughout her livejournal -- not just Season Noir, but many other parings, both with and without Spike -- as well as some stuff from other fandoms (besides the Sentinel stories that are upon AO3). I've collected the links to a lot of this -- if you do want to continue, I'd be happy to provide them. No pressure, though!

rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
I would definitely be interested in those links! Do you need email? Or PM?
baudown
May. 26th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm at baudown1@yahoo.com. Just send me an email, and I'll reply. I have some questions about what in particular you'd like, because when I say I have a lot of links, I mean A LOT.
chasingdemons
May. 25th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
Happy fanniversary!! And thanks for what you add to the fandom. Every time I think the old fandom has taken its last breath, I am proven wrong. Case in point - seasonal spuffy.
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
It's true! Things seem to get awfully quiet, and then something great comes along and gets everybody all fired up again! knifeedgefic single-handedly did it a few summers back, I remember.

Summer is looming, and that tends to be very slow, but good stuff does seem to be coming thick and fast the last few months, so maybe we'll get lucky.

seasonal_spuffy was really great this round, but I'm pretty sure the next round is going to be even better! 10 years! It makes me wanna break out in song.
shapinglight
May. 26th, 2015 08:15 am (UTC)
You have been so busy! And putting Anna S's fics on A03 is such a wonderful thing to do. If they'd been lost forever it would be so tragic.
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad those writers agreed to have their work archived someplace more current. I have hope that AO3 will stand the test of time, since new fandoms will keep popping up. It really would have been awful if any of it were gone forever. Who do you think I should go after next?

It looks like my writing will be more plentiful this year, as well, which is nice. I forgot to mention in the post that I've done a little beta work, too. ;-) With everything, I do feel as if I'm holding up my end!

shapinglight
May. 26th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
You are. I don't feel I am, but anyway. At least I've signed up for summer_of_giles.

I am going to re-read your story this week so I can read the latest part.
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the summer of giles! I'm mulling over whether to sign up. *sigh*

You may want to wait to re-read "Fire" until after I post the next bit. It's bound to be more exciting.
shapinglight
May. 27th, 2015 01:16 pm (UTC)
Ok, any idea when that will be?
herself_nyc
May. 26th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thx!
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
My absolute pleasure! I hope you had a great birthday!
the_moonmoth
May. 26th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
*wild applause* I love fanniversary posts :) And well done for the nom - isn't it nice to be in a fandom where people take the time to celebrate the creations we all enjoy? Thank you also for the mention :D

This chapter was a bit of an obstacle for me. I think it came across okay, and now it will be much easier to get on with the next parts! I knew what I had to do to get to the next bit, but doing it wasn't going to be very action-packed or even filled with relationship issues.

Meh, I feel your pain. This is a big part of what's been holding me back from the next chapter of my WIP. Congrats for getting over the hump! I am looking forward to reading this one :)
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
It is indeed a wonderful fandom!

Yeah, I usually write short things, so getting through the "bridge" in a longer story seemed really, really hard and stuff. Now that it's done, I have to admit it wasn't really very difficult at all. *sigh*
sjp9920
May. 26th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
Happy belated fanniversary! Your enthusiasm with Seasonal Spuffy, archiving, rewatching and cheerleading after all this time is aspirational. Plus, I am forever grateful to you for connecting me with anaross to get permission to put her stories up on EF.

--Susan :)
rebcake
May. 26th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
What you've accomplished on ElysianFields is totally wonderful. It's definitely become the Spuffy go-to archive, and I think that's entirely down to your efforts, openness, and responsiveness. Hurrah!
feliciacraft
May. 27th, 2015 07:13 am (UTC)
OMG Susan, I had no idea you were on LJ! I'd like to second what rebcake said. Thank you for giving us ElysianFields!! It's so awesome I still consider it my home base, even though I've branched out and started writing non-Spuffy stories (but Spuffy will always be my OTP, naturally). :)

I was so happy to see anaross archived on EF and new readers introduced to her wonderful writing! Thank you!
relurker
May. 27th, 2015 08:54 am (UTC)
You're one of my great LJ heroes!
Congratulation on your fanniversary, and I'm looking forward to reading some of your Fire again.
I didn't know you were behind all those "classics" resurfacing on AO3: like many other people, I'd downloaded most of them to PC, but how much better is it to be able to have them on Kindle?
: )
So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for that, too
Still more Thanks for the Seasonal, which I'm still slowly reading with pleasure and commenting whenever I can.

I'm really, really happy to hear that you are not done with this beloved fandom...let's keep it that way!
rebcake
May. 27th, 2015 09:27 am (UTC)
Yes, and my enthusiasm for putting them all up on AO3 had nothing to do with wanting to download them into iBooks…

Hee. Thanks, sweetie! I so enjoy your comments.
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