Day 20 โ€” A Hobby Of Yours

Gosh! This one was way harder than it should be. ๐Ÿ˜€

I mean, I do kind of have hobbies. I read, write, listen to music, go walking, watch movies, watch rugby games, enjoy baking… but they’re pretty normal things to do. I used to collect stamps and coins, but gave them up loooong ago ( my brother now collects coins though! :)) Sports aren’t really my thing, I’m far too uncordinated for them – although, I did used to really like volleyball.

But… a hobby. Something that I regularly do for pleasure in my leisure time, so Wikipedia tells me.

Okay.

The most obvious thing – and one of the only things I could think of, aside from wasting time on the internet – was writing fanfiction.

Now, before you all start groaning at the thought… let me explain ๐Ÿ™‚

My involvement with fanfic began way back when I was in my first year of high school – so, 13 years old! Back then, I was into the Harry Potter fandom. It’s rather hilarious when I re-read the journals I used to keep at that age – according to my journal, reading fanfic gave me “enjoyment, and ideas”. Uh huh… not exactly the biggest revelation in history ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was into the normal ships, Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione. Crazy to think of now, of course… heheee, but it seemed like a natural step from the original stories.

It was during this time that I started writing my own fanfiction too. I would absolutely cringe if I were to read THOSE again – they were terribly cliched, and short, and… just. BAD. I mean, the title of my first one: “Daybreak Duo”. *awkward cough* Lovely alliteration… heh.

But anyway, I do remember having a wee trouble over my budding fanfiction addiction – because back then, I didn’t have my own laptop, so had to use the family computer. So, of course, my Mum found out what I was doing – and I remember her saying “I’m not paying for internet just for you to read stories!!” Hahaaa. This makes me feel so old. ๐Ÿ˜€ I also got into trouble for trying to get into “Mature” rated stories – I was completely innocent at 13, you know, so I had no idea what it would even entail ๐Ÿ˜‰ (*cough* Different story now…) Luckily I didn’t corrupt myself that early on, so went back to reading nice fluffy stories about Harry and Ginny declaring their undying love for each other… *shakes head*

But yes, so it wasn’t until I was 14, or nearly 15, that I really started writing fanfic, properly. It was then that I discovered my ‘true’ calling, as it were, in Harry/Draco fanfic. I’ve almost given up trying to defend this pairing to people, especially my fellow die-hard Harry Potter friends. I just like it, deal with it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I also turned my eyes to Remus/Sirius, which is brilliant because it is – I believe – a LOT more likely to be canon… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gasp, the horror! But honestly, what a delicious couple.

And, when I was 15, I started my major break-through as a fanfic writer – my first chaptered story – called ‘Not A Malfoy Anymore‘. It was – and in a way, still is – my most successful/popular piece of fanfic. Most hits (currently 200,000+) and most reviews (currently 400+). And most chapters (23) and words (86,210). However, when I look back on it now, I can’t help but cringe!! I guess it’s encouraging to see that during the story – which I began in June ’05, and finished in April ’08, so it took me nearly three years to write!! – that I do improve and progress as a writer. The beginning chapters are AWFUL to me now, but by the ending, I think it’s safe to say that I’m getting better. If I’m allowed to say that about my own fic! ๐Ÿ˜› This is one of the reasons why I think that fanfiction has truly changed me, in helping me to write something at all, and therefore helping me to get better!

Practice makes perfect, after all. (And yes, I’m still practicing ;))

So, I finished that during my last year of high school, but by this time, I was writing less and less fanfic. The main reasons for that were because I was studying a lot, to get good grades to get into university… but also because the Harry Potter fandom was dying, just very slightly – in comparison to when I’d first entered it, that is. So there was less compulsion for me to write fanfic.

My first year of university was a complete fail when it came to writing. I was busy… experiencing everything – living away from home for the first time, making a bajillion new friends – I had no time for writing. Plus, the Harry Potter fandom was incredibly dead now, in regards to my pairings and interests anyway. Why should I keep on writing fanfic?

Another year of uni started – a much less social year, I screwed my head on properly – and along came Torchwood.

Oh! It was marvellous. I devoured the series in a matter of a week or two. I watched, and rewatched. And then I went fanfic hunting, and liked what I read.

I watched some more.

And then, I was ready to write my own fanfic. That’s one thing that I’ve always felt it quite important, to me. In writing fanfic, I always try to be as faithful and as true to the actual characters as I can, no matter how much I’m actually changing the plots and situations of the original series. You have to get the character right. Which is why I spent so much time studying the series. Anyway, obviously my interests lay in Jack/Ianto – although, of course, I just adore Tosh, and Owen, and don’t worry, I’m not a Gwen hater either! ๐Ÿ™‚ My first Torchwood fic, ‘Need You Now‘ was a two part fic, inspired by Lady Antebellum’s song. I was absolutely bowled over by the fantastic response to it, particularly considering that it IS only a two part thing, not with many chapters. I think it’s still my most ‘popular’ Torchwood fanfic, if you’re working out the average reviews per chapter. Crazy stuff!

With such a delightful entrance into the Torchwood fandom, how could I not keep going? Since then, I’ve written the most fanfic I’ve ever written, consistently, regularly. Which still isn’t as much as some people – but I really can’t spare the time to make it a full-time job.

Hence, the hobby ๐Ÿ˜‰

My longest Torchwood fic is currently my musical, ‘Torchwood: A Musical!‘ which I am completely surprised that people actually read!! I wrote it for Script Frenzy this year, which was HEAPS of fun, and I’m actually still in the process of writing it now – it’s not finished yet! (gosh, I better get onto that…!) It’s at 24,758 words so far, but as it’s a script, not prose, it’s not really going to be an epic 100,000+ word project.

So, that brings me to where I’m sitting now. I still occasionally go back and re-read old Harry Potter fanfic favourites, as my recent Fanfic post indicates. I am obviously comfortable in the Torchwood fandom, still writing and reading.

And yet…

I feel like I’m almost on the cusp of a new stage in my affair with fanfiction. Lately, I’ve been really getting into the Sherlock fandom. I’ve been finding more fics to read, and watching the series more and more times over. As yet, I don’t have any plans for a Sherlock fanfic – although I have had some ideas! – but who knows what the future may bring. Plus, with the new series of Torchwood, and all the controversy that entails, I can’t help but notice that the Torchwood fandom seems to be dying just a tiny bit now. I, of course, will keep on writing what I’m writing, and I have many other random ideas for new Torchwood fics, but the fact remains…

Ah well. Only time will tell! Crazy things do happen. In fact, sometimes I just get this random urge to go back to my abandoned Harry Potter fic, that I began just before beginning university ie. when everything went crazy. Hahaa. I’d have to completely scrap it and start again. And that is highly unlikely to happen. But one never knows…

Sooo… any closet fanfic writers out there? Please, come out! ๐Ÿ˜€ Or, alternatively – any other interesting hobbys that people have? ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun!
Bri xx

(*wipes forehead* Phew, longest post yet, I think! Do hope I didn’t bore you!)

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Day 18 โ€” Whatever Tickles Your Fancy: Can Haz Pretty?

I Feel Pretty!

Eeeeee. Okay, so this song was stuck in my head, and I was also stuck for ideas for today’s “freebie” post. So… I decided to be incredibly random and make a post of teh prettyful! ๐Ÿ˜€

First of all, watch that video and listen to the song. Doesn’t it just make you happy? So darn catchy too – I take no responsibility for it getting stuck in your head ๐Ÿ˜‰

On with the pretty!

Emma Watson: Awwwww. She’s naturally very beautiful, and her smile always makes me smile. So many pretty pictures of her just being herself ๐Ÿ™‚

Rupert Grint: Ginger = YUM. And he has such a warm smile. Cutie!

David Thewlis: Lovely in many pictures, but this one with the glasses makes him look intelligent – and we all know that intelligence is sexy!

John Barrowman & Scott Gill: Cutest. Couple. Ever. God, I seriously don’t know if I’d be able to choose between them.

Gareth David-Lloyd: He makes such a pretty fairy, doesn’t he? ๐Ÿ˜‰ As gorgeous as those beautiful Welsh vowels.

Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie: Simply a marvel! They are both remarkably handsome back in their ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ days – not that they aren’t still… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Benedict Cumberbatch: Those cheekbones, that smile… those eyes! Delicious.

Martin Freeman: Can’t have one without the other. Just adore everything about him – including his height ๐Ÿ˜€

And… to finish up…

Cuban Blue Kitty!! Just look at those EYES.

*melts*

Yep, so. That’s today’s post. I realise it’s all just the smallest bit shallow, and completely pointless… but at least it’s pretty pointlessness ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posts of substance will return tomorrow (good or bad thing…?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 15 โ€” A Fanfic

*bounces*

Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this day of the Challenge for aaaages ๐Ÿ˜€ The only problem with today is the difficulty I had in choosing just a few fanfics!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Decided that I should pick one or two from my three favourite fandoms. It’s only fair, after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

Harry Potter

Title: Bond
Author:
Anna Fugazzi
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: M
Word Count: 183,676 words (complete).
Summary:
In which Harry and Draco find themselves forced together as victims of a sinister spell – that is, a bonding spell. Like a marriage. Because that’s always going to go down well ๐Ÿ˜‰ But is it just a mere accident, or will things turn deadly?

Bloody love this! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s technically an AU, as it’s only canon compliant up to OotP. But then, it was started before HBP and DH were even released, so not surprising! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve re-read it more times that I care to count – it is a long fic, but deliciously so!

I just adore how in character both Harry and Draco are, and how convincingly they wade themselves through their situation. Of course they’re going to hate each other, and try to kill each other, if they’re suddenly thrown into a bond. Anna gives us some really really sweet moments too, nice fluff to counteract all the angst going on. The way they interact with each other is just utterly perfect. Plus, the fact that life still goes on around them – the politics with Death Eaters and Voldemort and all that – really shapes the fic’s universe. The picture is from an illustration made especially for ‘Bond‘ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s one of the more famous Harry/Draco stories, as the amount of reviews clearly shows!! If you’re into Harry/Draco fanfic, and you haven’t read it, or heard of it, something must be wrong with you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Title: Eclipse
Author: Mijan
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: T
Word Count: 287,717 words (complete).
Summary: Draco thinks he’s doing the right thing, kidnapping Harry and taking him to Voldemort. It’s the perfect plan… but when Draco’s world turns upside down, the fight to save himself – and Harry bloody Potter! – begins, and the battle will take them to hell and back. That is, if they come back.

This fic is also canon compliant up to OotP, and is even longer than ‘Bond‘ – but this is definitely a good thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Once again, Harry and Draco are forced to work together, but this time, they’re completely on their own. The setting is the outdoors, for the most part, which is magical! There are some super cute moments, and some angsty moments, both of which satisfy the squee. I remember staying up until around 3am many nights – it’s true!! – just to read more of this. Truly addictive, one that I’ve re-read many times too. This is also an illustration done especially for the fic. Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Torchwood


Title: To The Sticking Place
Author: Zephyras
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: M
Word Count: 105,814 words (complete).
Summary: AU. Torchwood One Agent!Ianto is a ruthless bastard. The end justifys the means. Failure is not an option. There is always a choice, except when there isn’t. This is Ianto Jones – on the surface, at least – and no one seems to be able to get near enough to get deeper than that. Not even Jack Harkness. Right?

*fangirls* Okay, this is one of the most bloody believeable AU fics I’ve read, for any fandom! Ianto in this fic is completely the opposite of what he is like in Torchwood – he’s a BAMF, but sometimes, it’s easy to hate him. He just seems so damn cold! Of course, the magic of Zephyras’ skill is the unravelling of his complex character… gosh! I just love it. It’s wonderfully written, and don’t let the length of the chapters put you off. It definitely doesn’t have as many reviews as it deserves, but it is a relatively new fic. And her first Torchwood fic, believe it or not! This pic wasn’t made specifically for this fic – it’s actually a sketch of the 1×12 “Captain Jack Harkness” episode, where Ianto is about to shoot Owen for opening the rift. Basically, BAMF. And I thought this pic suited the fic perfectly ๐Ÿ˜€

Title: Jones and Harkness
Author: Furious Dee
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: T
Word Count: 157,199 words (now complete).
Summary: AU. Based on Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series! Jack Harkness is a rich, foolish and flirtatious layabout. Enter Ianto Jones, professional valet and master of subtlety. The mismatched pair becomes impossibly close, but at what cost in 1930’s Wales? Hilarity, fluff, and the odd dash of angst – perfect combination!

Squeeeee!

Okay, so this fic is still in progress, but it is already that good! It is written by the gorgeous, talented Furious Dee, who I frequently am distracted by on Twitter and Skype ๐Ÿ˜‰ She’s combined Jeeves and Wooster with Torchwood, altering both canons perfectly to suit the story line of ‘Jones and Harkness‘. I delight in finding references to Torchwood quotes, or even Jeeves and Wooster quotes – this fic has converted me, you see! I particularly adore the way in which she gets inside Ianto and Jack’s heads – so convincing, so easy to imagine and live! As Bertie would say about Jeeves, what a marvel! ๐Ÿ˜‰

[EDIT: This fic is now FINISHED! Which is both sad and wonderful. Luckily she’s planning a sequel or two… *dances*]

Sherlock (BBC)

Title: A Love With No Name (series)
Author: aceofhearts61
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: T
Word Count: 49,955 words (WiP?)
Summary: In which Asexual!Sherlock and Straight!John are platonically in love life partners. Involving cute moments of love and understanding.

Aaaah!! Seriously, this turns me into such a fangirl, it’s embarrassing. It’s. Just. So. Cute! The idea of Sherlock – a sociopath, by his own diagnosis – caring so much about a human being – John, no less – is very sweet. I like the angle that the asexual element brings to these fics too. It’s by no means essential to reading the fics, but it’s an apt way of describing how far the fics will go. There’s no sex here – I know, the horror… ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s all about the emotional connection. Which is true to their characters, in every version of Sherlock Holmes really. Their relationship really is unique, and fascinating to explore. Love this! I just found this fan art, wasn’t made specifically for this series. Wonderful, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Phew! So, that’s a short, selective list of my favourite fanfics. It’s funny to realise that they’re all kind of AU, to some extent. I think the most important thing to me, though, is how faithful the fics are to the characters. Honestly so believeable, and wonderful.

I’d love to hear from you guys!! Have any of you stumbled across these ones before? Do you have any fic recommendations yourselves? Super keen.

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 03 โ€” Your Favourite Television Programme

Ahhh, this is too easy! Mostly, anyway.

Torchwood

Best. Show. EVER.

I think what I love most about Torchwood is the beautiful, complex characters of the team – Jack, Ianto, Tosh, Owen, and Gwen. Even the minor characters of Rhys, ‘Captain’ John Hart and Andy are adorable! They all have unique elements to them and the interesting thing is, we never find out everything about them. There are several questions or aspects of their personality/past that are left unanswered. Although I would have loved more shows/seasons to explore these characters, I also like that we’re not told everything – leaves us plenty of room for fanfic, after all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the risk of sounding cliched, my favourite character is Ianto Jones. Obviously, he’s gorgeous! Loving those Welsh vowels. He’s witty, and caring, and seems to know exactly what any member of Torchwood needs at any moment. Plus, he looks good in a suit. But, more than that… he is so incredibly fascinating. His past is littered with mystery, and tragedy – his family & childhood, Torchwood London and Canary Wharf… and on top of all of this, there’s his relationship with Jack.

Which is a whole other story! ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, I adore Captain Jack Harkness, the sexy beast. No doubt that there’s plenty to be explored there, regarding his past – there’s so much of it, see… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also have a soft spot in my heart for Toshiko Sato – she’s super cute, and makes for a great ‘different’ perspective on Torchwood. If I had to pick a favourite season, I would pick Season 2, and if I absolutely *had* to pick a favourite episode… aaagghhh… I would pick… Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. But that was a hard choice!

I’m currently watching Miracle Day (Season 4), and have yet to make many judgements yet… it’s still early days. I am enjoying it, but there is something about it which makes me a tad uncomfortable… but it’s hard to explain. Just have to keep watching ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sherlock (BBC)

*coughs*

Second. Best. Show. EVER!

Gosh, I just adore the chemistry that these two have! Their characters make the whole show, really. Plus, their banter is brilliant. Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing in regards to his attention to detail. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most portrayed literary figures, with over 200 different actors having played him. And yet, he still manages to perfect the role. The way his eyes are always flickering, scanning his environment… everything! Martin Freeman gives us a stunning Dr John Watson – he’s not a bumbling idiot, for one! And he’s just so endearing… come on, those smiles! And the knitted jumpers! Wee cutie.

Another of my favourite elements of Sherlock is the way in which Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also plays a perfect Mycroft, who is Sherlock’s brother!) managed to update it, so that the world of Sherlock Holmes could still operate convincingly in our modern society. The way that they’ve altered details from the original series is spectacular, really very clever.

I cannot wait for Season 2!

So, how about you guys? I am admittedly rather fanatical when it comes to these two shows, so I would definitely be up for discussing them! ๐Ÿ˜€ Leave a comment, or give me a shout on Twitter ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ah, and don’t forget to check out the lovely FallenRedNinja’s own 30 Day posts… her latest one features a stunning picture from my home town!

Have fun!
Bri xx

Sherlockology Trailer

In case anyone is interested…

A trailer for a new, upcoming website called Sherlockology (catchy, right?!) From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be an absolute pool of information – a guide, really – regarding the BBC series Sherlock. It sounds like exactly what I would enjoy, as a fanatic of the show. Hell, I was excited enough to find out that the websites mentioned on the show, Sherlock’s Science of Deduction, and John Watson’s Blog, were REAL! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m such a fangirl.

Have fun!
Bri xx