30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 9

Favourite LGBTQI pairing using canon characters

Reading fan-fiction doesn’t just allow us to explore the possible outcomes of different decisions or events, it also allows us to explore the characters in different ways. On of the scenarios authors often write about is how things would play out if two characters become involved romantically, or refrain from doing so, as the case may be. Continue reading

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30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 8

Favourite non-canon pairing using canon characters

I don’t have one. It’s as simple as that. I do, however, have a shortlist. Some of them even involve the same characters. I got home really late, and I’m running out of time to publish this blog, so I will just present my favourites in list form: Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 7

Favourite canon pairing

Let me just start out by saying that I am not a big fan of the Hermione/Ron pairing, nor am I overly fond of the Harry/Ginny pairing in the books. However, I am a fan of Harry/Ginny pairings in fan-fiction, where her character is fleshed out a lot more and she becomes a strong young woman instead of a simpering fan girl. I don’t think that’s my favourite pairing, though. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 6

Story you’ve read the most number of times

I actually have quite a long list of stories I have read several times over. Pretty much every story on my favourites list has been read at least twice. However, some have been read more than others and there are a few that I’ve read so often, I’ve lost count. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 5

Story you like better than the source material

Ok. As a massive fan of Harry Potter, it comes as no surprise that I think J.K. Rowling is a brilliant storyteller. However, even I can admit that her writing does have room for improvement. I have, therefore, read several stories that were technically better-written than the original books.

I won’t be using that as my goal-post, though, because a book, or story, can be technically well-written while still being about as entertaining as watching grass grow on YouTube. Just as stories, or books, can be technically poorly written, while still providing a highly entertaining read. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 4

Favourite Crossover Fandom

Hmmm… I don’t think I can actually choose just one fandom for this question. My favourite three, and certainly the three I most often seek out, would have to be (in no particular order) The Walking Dead, SVU and Supernatural, with NCIS following closely behind. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 3

The longest story/series of stories you’ve read

I completely lost track of time yesterday, so I didn’t do my blog post for this challenge. I shall not be defeated, however, and shall simply acknowledge my setback and pick up where I left off.

The theme for day three is to write about the longest story or series of stories I’ve read. This is actually a difficult question to answer for two reasons. Firstly, I have read so many fanfics over the years that I simply can’t remember every single one of them. I will solve this issue by simply choosing from the stories I’ve kept as favourites.

Secondly, this question could be interpreted in several ways. Does it mean the series with the greatest number of stories? Does it mean the story with the highest word count? Or does it refer to overall word count, regardless of the total number of stories? Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 2

Favourite character that is developed in fan-fiction but barely mentioned in the source material

Almost every book, movie and game has at least one character that is mentioned once by name before being completely ignored from then on; or maybe has one or two lines, or cuts the protagonist off in traffic, or has some other minor interaction with one or more of the major players.

These minor, to barely existing, characters are a major boon for fan-fiction writers as they allow the inclusion of an OC (original character), without them technically being an OC. Sometimes, though, these characters are used so much, they begin to develop common characteristics which are gradually accepted as fanon. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 1

Favourite Fandom

Anyone who has spent any amount of time talking to me or reading my blog, Facebook or twitter, knows that I am a big fan of Harry Potter and, by extension, Harry Potter fan-fiction. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge

Around five years ago, I completed a book challenge, which I originally found at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic. Basically, the idea was to post every day for 30 days, with a set theme for each day. I had fun participating in that challenge, and a fair bit of time has passed since then, so I figure it’s about time to complete another one. Rather than looking up another book challenge, however, I decided it might be nice to do something a little different. My challenge is still related to reading but, instead of blogging about books, I (and anyone else who chooses to participate) will be blogging about fan-fiction. Continue reading

Blog on Hold

Hi, just a quick note to let all my loyal readers know that I won’t be posting for a couple of weeks. I really need to put all my efforts into getting on top of this bed bug problem and, at the end of the day, I won’t have the energy to devote to blogging. This is especially true when you consider that my Top Ten lists often take 3-5 hours, and my Fiction Friday’s can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours.

I’ll get back into it as soon as I can Thank you for your patience.

I Need Another Holiday

Once again I find I must begin with an apology. I missed Fiction Friday again this week, for the same reason as last time. My day was spent saying my goodbyes, flying home, unpacking and spending time with my family. I had neither the energy nor the inclination for blogging anything, let alone a story that was likely to take me an hour to write.

I should, hopefully, be able to post something this week. Unfortunately, I am unable to make any promises. It depends on how busy I am with cleaning out my home. You see, I have returned from holiday to a plethora of problems. Continue reading

Top Ten MAFMAD Winners

MAFMAD, short for Make A Film, Make A Difference, was a campaign run by the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Australia from 2003 to 2013. It called on young people under the age of twenty-five to make a short film with the theme ‘Your Mates Life is in Your Hands’. Continue reading

Monato Zoo and Other Places I’ve Seen

First off, I just want to begin by apologising for not posting this yesterday. I’ve been feeling unwell the past couple of days and I just didn’t feel up to doing much of anything yesterday except sleep and read. Still, better late than never, right?

Aside from that, my holiday has been going quite well so far. On Tuesday, we took Wolfie (my sister’s dog) to the beach for a walk, along with a neighbour whose dog he is friends with. Afterwords we went for a drive to check out a few little towns. We drove through Victor Harbour, Port Elliot and Goolwa. Continue reading

Ashfall

Ash.

I am so sick of the sight of ash. It’s worse than sand, you know. It gets into everything. Cleaning it is a never-ending chore, since it just keeps on falling. It’s in my clothes, my hair, even my food. I can’t remember the last time I ate anything that didn’t taste of ash. Continue reading

Top Ten Breakfast Cereals

Whether it’s a broiled egg on toast or a full English, everybody loves a home-cooked breakfast. Unfortunately, we are often in a bit of  hurry and do not have enough time to sit down to a delicious meal. This is where breakfast cereal comes into its own. It’s quick, it’s easy and there is enough of a variety to please almost any taste-buds. Variety, being what it is, also means choice and everybody’s choice of favourite cereal is different. Continue reading

Mt Barker

First off, let me apologise for not posting a story for Fiction Friday this week. I spent the morning travelling to the airport and, due to a delayed flight, the entire afternoon at the airport. By the time I arrived in Adelaide, I was simply too damn tired to write anything.

Anyway, I’ve been here a few days now. It’s been great seeing my mother, sister and brother-in-law. Today, Mum and I took the bus into Mt Barker. The route took us through Harndorf which seems like a pretty little town. I hope we get a chance to visit while we are here. Continue reading

Top Ten Fan Songs

Anybody who regularly reads my blog will tell you that I am heavily into fan fiction. However, fan fiction is not the only form of fan labour out there. Fans of almost any show, book, movie, game, or even band or actor, can continue to get their fix in almost any medium. Continue reading

Middle Names

A conversation with my son:

Son: It totally sucks. Everyone at school has three names but I have four. I don’t have a middle name.

Me: You have two middle names.

Son: No I don’t. I have two right names and two left names.

They Came

The day before they came was the same as any other. I woke to the sound of my alarm blaring at six a.m.. Grumbling about the unfairness of life, I stumbled blearily into the bathroom where I performed the usual morning functions before showering and dressing for school. Continue reading

Top Ten SasuNaru Doujinshi

Many fans of anime and manga also enjoy reading doujinshi. For those who aren’t in the know, doujinshi is the Japanese term for self-published works. While doujinshi can feature an original cast, they are also often used as a type of fan fiction. Many people who create doujinshi publish on the internet, either on dedicated websites or, in many cases, edited together with background music to make a video. It is video doujinshi that are the subject of this post.

Many fans of Naruto are perfectly happy with his relationship with Hinata. However, as with any fandom, fans like to explore relationships other than those shown in canon. Even fans who are perfectly happy with the canon relationships sometimes like to explore other scenarios. It is just such a pairing that is the subject of this post. Continue reading

Running Away

All kids run away from home at some point, right? I know my siblings and I did so a few times. There are two times in particular that come to mind. Continue reading

Sunlight

Sunlight filtered through the partially closed blinds, creating a pattern of artificial lines across her pale skin. She lay still upon the bed, arms out-stretched, hair framing her face, like a sacrificial offering. His eyes roamed her body, flawless, save for a small yellow tattoo above her left ankle. Leaning closer, he noticed a small yellow star smiling up at him, dressed as a cowboy, with a ten gallon hat on its head and a gun in each hand.

He snorted, amused, reaching out to caress her leg with a calloused, but gentle, hand. Such exquisite beauty deserved to be displayed, admired, like a priceless work of art. He took a step back and gazed at the traces of confusion still lingering in her warm brown eyes.

“Perfection,” he whispered.

Silently, he placed the photograph carefully between her developing breasts. Satisfied, he made his way to the street, blending seamlessly with the crowd outside. Leaving the door open would ensure that she would be found quickly. He smiled.

Let the games begin.