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Snowflake challenge day 2

I probably should do a big dump of days, shouldn't I, to catch up? But I'm not. I am a contrarian, I guess.

Day 2

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

1. I would love beyond reason, and I feel really ridic asking for this, but spirit of the challenge, yadda yadda, to see some fanworks inspired by my fanworks. I thought it was so interesting and cool to have podfics of a few fics this past year, and the fanmix playlists inspired by Things We Lost in the War literally made me cry, it was so amazing. I don't really know any artists in my current fandoms, so I know it's really unlikely to ever have art or story covers based on anything I wrote, but wow, that would be beyond amazing. One can dream (and I think that's the fan writer dream, isn't it? Art inspired by your writing? And the artist's dream, fic inspired by your drawing?). I confess I've considered even commissioning someone to draw something (is it weird that I want to see the scene where Steve and Bucky eat ice cream in the Groundhog Day fic?), but I don't even know how to go about doing that, so mostly I just dream.

2. I really miss collaborating on vids. I've never collaborated on fic. But I think collaborating with someone for something would be a wonderful thing to do that I miss. There are ways to do vids over the interwebs, I think, and though I've never done it with fic, I see people do it all the time, so that seems like something fun to try.

3. Comments. Recs. Not for me, necessarily (though I'm never gonna turn that away), but sperrywink inspired me to remember that this is a thing I want for the world: I want people to comment or make recs (whether it's a formal rec on a list or a reblog with your comments about it) for a fanwork or a creator's body of work, especially someone who's not a BNF who's already drowning in comments and is recced everywhere in the universe. Because yeah, the kudos button is great, whatever, but so often, even if anonymous commenting is enabled--yes, that's a thing you can do sometimes!--people won't do it, even if they like something. Or they stay silent and just hit a like button on tumblr or never post a rec to a community they're part of for various reasons.

But there are a lot of things out there that just don't get the love or attention they deserve, and knowing that so many people sort for things based on hits to comments ratios or what have you, that those works will never get the love they deserve makes me really sad. And those comments sometimes can be the difference between that creator feeling hopeless and worthless and never creating again, and feeling inspired and worthwhile and eager to keep going. There are communities out there that exist just to shit on creators ("this person should kill themselves" was a line a friend saw once), and I would like those of us who aren't vile, disgusting people to counteract that and spread love instead of nastiness. I know sometimes commenting seems fraught--there are people who'll be crappy if you commented on an old fic, or who never respond, or pick fights, or whatever. But those folks, I think, are outliers, and for the most part, people are thrilled to receive even a tiny "I liked this!" It's often the same fics or the people getting all the comments, so it would be even cooler if you commented or recced something that is under-recognized.

But that's what I wish for--that you will make the effort to leave even a tiny comment, or reblog a fanwork announcement post with at least "rec" on it. For anyone, even if, yeah, it's already got a million notes, but someone who might be under the radar is even better. Just…let people know you value the time and effort. Because fanworks come from the heart. They are not paid for except by sharing love. And I am sad at how one-sided a lot of that squee and sharing love has become. It's a gift economy, and your gift can be a comment or a rec.

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