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[livejournal.com profile] snickfic instituted this meme, and others are following:

“I think that many of us like talking about our and linking to our work but are embarrassed to do so without excuse, so I am making us an excuse. Behold, the Seven Days of Self-Promotion Meme, inspired by another recent meme but with more categories, all obviously customizable as you see fit. Notice that the categories are very broad, so you can talk about your art or vids or meta or whatever if you don’t write fic.

The Days:
     1. Something old
     2. Something new

Something you made for someone else:

I suppose you could count any remix for this, but I’ve done so many remixes since I first discovered the category, I’m going to cross that off. To date, not counting remixes, I’ve done four stories ‘for someone else’. Two were literal gift fics, for members of my family: “After-Action Report”, a Magnum: PI fic for my wife, and “In Words of Light and Flame”, a Book of Eli fic for my daughter [livejournal.com profile] sroni, who showed me the movie. Of the remainder, one was “Echoes from the Battleground”, done for [livejournal.com profile] tiny_white_hats at the [livejournal.com profile] cya_ficathon; and the last — a which ‘sort-of’ qualifies as a gift — was “Under the Gun”, which I made serve double duty: it was my entry for the 2013 [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles, but was also an unsolicited gift for [livejournal.com profile] slashmarks, who had participated in buffy-remix without receiving a remix in return.

As can be seen with that last, I am willing to consider a remix if there’s some other element to it that makes it explicitly “for” someone else, and that’s the determinant I’m going to use in making my choice. “An’ Foolish Notion” was done for [livejournal.com profile] gen_remix in 2007, but — even though she was legitimately assigned to me — was intended as, and felt like, a gift to [livejournal.com profile] sroni. It was the first example of something I’ve done periodically in remixes since then: taken the original author’s idea and run with it, run wild, carried it in directions and to extremes that gave it only tenuous connection to its source. That may be a failing, but in this particular instance I had great fun, and still enjoy the story. (Of course, I’m such an egotist, I still like all my stories … but some more than others, and this is one of the leaders.)

Done from [livejournal.com profile] sroni’s ficlet “Trick or Treat”, the story posits a Hallowe’en costume party at the Hyperion Hotel, in a BtVS/A:tS crossover that nonetheless focuses almost totally on Buffy. I used some of [livejournal.com profile] sroni’s costume ideas, straight or with expansion, and created others myself. Threw in backstory — or hints thereof — and personal interactions, then added an action sequence because I’m ME and that’s almost mandatory for me, and then wrapped it up by coming back to [livejournal.com profile] sroni’s original conclusion. As storytelling, I’m quite proud of it; it was more multi-layered than I really appreciated at the time, and I think I captured the basics of several characters who spoke only briefly (or, in one case, never). And did I mention fun? I had fun writing this story, fun watching [livejournal.com profile] sroni read my [livejournal.com profile] gen_remix submission and discover it was for her, and still have fun re-reading it seven years later.
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     4. Something you made just for yourself
     5. Something for a major fandom/pairing/character
     6. Something for a minor fandom/pairing/character
     7. Something you’re just really proud of

And then other people can read your discussion and follow your links to your fanworks (and maybe comment on them?) and you can read their discussion and follow their links and comment on them, and it will all be lovely.”

Date: 2014-06-03 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
I wish I liked all my stories. You're a fortunate man... and a talented one.