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End of Year Fandom Meme 2017

I did this meme last year and really enjoyed it. So, here's to another 12 months of fandom! :) Which TV shows did you start watching this year?  I don't think I watched that many new (to me) shows this year. I re-watched some stuff, watched the latest developments from others, but new shows were kind of thin on the ground... Almost Human, Ladykillers (1970s), Public Eye, Real Crime. I might have watched more if retro crime shows were easier to get hold of! Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't this year? Why?  No new shows but there are lots I wanted to catch up with but didn't find chance - e.g. Endeavour, Grantchester, Hinterland, Midsomer Murders, etc. Fingers crossed for 2018! Which TV show impressed you least this year?  Legends of Tomorrow. It's awful yet Anthony continues to inflict it on us. Your favourite TV show of the year?  Public Eye . This originally aired on ITV between 1965 and 1975, but I caught all the remain

Fandom Snowflake Challenge 2018

A/N: The Snowflake Challenge is an annual fandom event, run over on Dreamwidth. In fandom circles 'speshul snowflake' is something of a derogatory term. The challenge basically seeks to reclaim the term, and turn it into something positive by encouraging people to celebrate their own involvement in fandom. (Note: although the challenge runs from January 1st - 15th, it's super low pressure and you can go back and finish it any time you like.) Day #1 : Talk about why you're participating in Snowflake and, if you’ve participated in the past, how the challenge has affected you. What drew you to it? What did you take away from it? What do you hope to accomplish this year? Taking part in the Snowflake Challenge is kind of a tradition for me -  I've taken part regularly and still have the posts from  2013 ,  2016 , and  2017 . I like looking back over the fannish year and checking out the comm to see what everyone else has been up to. In years when I was onl

Multifandom Events and Exchanges 2018

(A/N: This is an updated version of the original post I made for 2017.) Mostly for my own reference, here is the big ass list of multifandom events and exchanges likely to run in 2018. Most are based on Dreamwidth or Livejournal, the former fandom bases of choice, though some have an increasingly large presence on Tumblr. These are listed in roughly chronological order, in terms of posting dates, and I've tried to split the months up with sections on other fandom things to check out like Big Bangs and Bingo communities. When it comes to the exchanges, etiquette is pretty standard across all of these. If you don't want to sign up yourself, most welcome additional treats - you can go through the requests and the 'Dear Author' letters (if the exchange has them), find something you feel like writing, and just gift it to the relevant recipient. Low pressure and you know that you're making somebody's day. :) ETA: My interest in fic exchanges has dropped off

End of Year Writing Meme 2017

Here's the lowdown on what I wrote in 2017... ☆ Total number of completed stories: c. 190 ☆ Total word count: c. 510,000 ☆ Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?  More. So very much more. In 2016 I wrote c. 125,000 words so this year was a huge increase. ☆ What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January? Almost Human. Mostly because I didn't even know it existed in January! ☆ What's your own favourite story of the year? Not necessarily the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest? WWII Gordlock AU set on the British home front. It doesn't get more self indulgent than that. ☆ Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them? I signed up for lots of exchanges this year and, for the most part, it was really good fun. I suppose I learned how much I really enjoy the idea of fandom as a community, and t

Tesco - Turkey, Every Which Way - 2017

Tesco's Christmas ad for 2017 featured various families struggling to get Christmas dinner sorted. Here we have a same-sex couple and their baby heading for Christmas dinner disaster... A spokesperson for Tesco said: "Everyone is welcome at Tesco this Christmas and we’re proud to celebrate the many ways our customers come together over the festive season." The couple attracted little comment - the vocal moral conservatives of the British public were too busy tweeting racist outrage about the inclusion of a Muslim family to have the energy left over for homophobia. You can watch the full ad below: For more like this, please click the image below:

Sainsbury's #everybitofchristmas 2017

Another year, another round of Christmas advertising. Sainsbury's went the low budget option in 2017 with clips of the public - and a few well known faces - singing their Christmas song. The ad gets an inclusion in this series for a brief clip of real life couple Michael and Wes Johnson-Ellis and their adorable baby daughter Talulah. You can watch the full ad below: For more like this, please click the image below:

Policing in Miniature

After seeing some of the awesome new Metropolitan Police Service 1/6 scale figures on the market I got to wondering what other police figures, vehicles, accessories, etc, were available in the world of miniature. It turns out it very much depends on where you want your miniature police officer to be from. For the UK it's fairly slim pickings, but there are so many options for the USA I had to split the posts up by police department! Hopefully these will serve as reference guides for anybody looking to kitbash their perfect petite officer, or are simply interested in seeing what kind of merchandise is available. ☆ British Police in 1/6 Scale . ☆   Canadian Police in 1/6 Scale . American Police in 1/6 Scale: ☆   GCPD - all scales . (DC Comics: Batman) ☆   LAPD . For more like this, please click the image below:

30 Days of Fanfiction Writing

#01 - How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about fandom that pulled you in? Basically from the time I discovered fanfic - aged about 10, almost as soon as we got home internet - I wanted to write my own. I really liked the idea of exploring a setting / ship / character I already loved, and it quickly became clear that the genre conventions suited me down to the ground. #02 - Name the fandoms you've written in, how much you've written in them, and if you still write in them. Oh, man, we'd be here all day! My main fandom at the moment is Gotham - I've written almost 700,000 words of fic for it so far! - but in the past I've written for Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Life on Mars, Young Dracula, etc, etc. Check out my answers to the shipping ask challenge for more on the fandoms I've been involved in. #03 - Have you ever deleted one of your published fics? Yes.

Dear Santa

Marianna wrote her first letter to Father Christmas today. Well, she dictated and then decorated it, and I helped her write her name at the bottom. I'm not sure what unicorn stars are, but the rest is already bought and wrapped - mostly by my mum, suggesting that Nanny Wendy is not good at keeping secrets! ;) When I prompted Marianna to give a reason for why she was a 'good girl' she came straight out with the being brave line. The thing you have to understand about Marianna is that she is terrified of mascots. While the other kids are having the time of their life meeting Paw Patrol characters or Minnie Mouse, Marianna is shrieking and screaming. We went to Pontypool Christmas Cavalcade on November 25th and there were mascots everywhere. Marianna was so scared she was sick down herself. We went on stage after the parade to help switch on the Christmas lights so there was only Santa and Mrs Claus up there to worry about. Until all the mascots - Pikachu and all the ot

Sainsburys The Greatest Gift Advert, 2016

TV Christmas ads for the major retailers are big business in the UK, with fierce competition to be the biggest, the best, and the most tear inducing. Leading supermarket Sainsbury's 2016 offering was 'The Greatest Gift', a heartwarming affair about a guy who wants to spend more time with his family. The three and half minute long ad also showcased how other local families were spending Christmas. This is where we briefly see a same-sex couple with a baby. Some press outlets reported that the next family up was also a same-sex couple and child, although it was less clear cut with others interpreting the family dynamic as father and son. You decide! Head of Broadcast Comms at Sainsbury’s, Sarah Kilmartin, said at a press conference: "We wanted to reflect a modern Britain and a diverse Britain. That’s what we feel like we’ve done throughout the whole piece of work. We’ve made sure we’ve got a true reflection of what we see out there every day." You can

O2 Oops Campaign, 2017

The kiss above generated 125 complaints to the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) in 2017, making it the eighth most complained about advert of the year. ASA said in respsonse: "Many felt the scene was too sexually explicit and scheduled inappropriately at times when children were likely to be watching. Some also felt the portrayal of a same-sex relationship was offensive to their religious beliefs. We noted that the scene in question was brief and did not contain any graphic or overly sexual imagery. We ruled that it did not require a scheduling restriction and the depiction of a gay couple would not cause serious or widespread offence." O2 launched their multimillion-pound 'Oops' campaign created by VCCP London in September 2017, promoting their free screen replacement service. The 30 second TV ad running for four weeks - as well as across O2's social media channels. Nina Bibby, O2’s chief marketing officer, didn't tout the diversity angle in press

Torfaen Summer Reading Challenge 2017

I had a really lovely event to attend recently - presenting the prize to the winner of the Torfaen Summer Reading Challenge 2017. I was asked earlier this year if I'd supply the prize through the Mayor's budget and I was happy to do so; getting kids reading is such an important agenda, if a difficult one to crack. What made the presentation extra special was that the winner was from my old school, Maendy Primary. (Okay, I went to a few primaries, but Maendy was the best!) Marianna is now attending playgroup there, and I'm currently the vice-chair on the school governing body. So, as you can imagine, it was lovely to go along to an assembly and hand over a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. The library service told me that they don't tend to get many entries from Maendy, so hopefully seeing Anita win the star prize will encourage more pupils to take part next summer! The South Wales Argus covered the story on December 12th : The winner of a summer reading challenge has be