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Hello everybody and welcome to 2017!

Hope you have your New Year’s resolutions ready. Our own 2017 plans include a lot of reviewing and improving of Fanlore to make sure it’s as accessible as possible. We’re starting off with redesigning of the Main Page as well as the New Visitor Portal.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

    Visit our new draft of the Portal page as well as the the old version we are trying to improve upon and let us know if you have any suggestions! What should we include in there? Do you have any ideas that could help accessibility? What do you think new and potential editors could really use? Leave your comments in the Talk page for the draft.

    Take a closer look at the Main page and think of what is missing there. Share your suggestions in the talk page.

Please remember, your input is incredibly valuable; not only due to your fandom knowledge (which we hope you’ll share on the various Fanlore pages), but also because sometimes, two heads are better than one. With that mind, try checking out recent questions asked in various Fanlore talk pages. Your voice and opinion matters more than you think!

As of January 22, 2017, Fanlore has 40,734 articles which have undergone 709,760 edits. See you on Recent Changes!

mirkwood by faQy (SFW)

22 January 2017 19:53
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Bilbo and Thorin & Co. in Mirkwood
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: liner & digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] faqy / [tumblr.com profile] chechula

Why this piece is awesome: I love the storybook feel of this work and the warm, earthy colours. It would be so cool to have The Hobbit with illustrations in this style.

Link: mirkwood
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[personal profile] ratcreature posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have four volunteer reccers who signed up for February with these fandoms:

* Harry Potter ([personal profile] thady)
* Sense8 ([personal profile] ceares)
* Steven Universe ([personal profile] juniperphoenix)
* Westworld ([personal profile] mific)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in February, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for March, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for February, March or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of January. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ron Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional I think
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: it seems I'm on the quirky bandwagon this month. This is a beautifully illustrative piece, and I could easily see it in a version of the Sorcerer's Stone. It has lovely color palette that standout wonderfully against the dark background and strong but simple line work.
Link: Wizard's Chess
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin & Co., assorted goblins & wolves
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] breath-art

Why this piece is awesome: This is a little different to this artist's usual works. The composition is more informal and the dark background echoes Russian and Japanese laquer work rather than of Western Art Deco. It's a very striking piece in any case and I love the way it mirrors the combination of danger and humour present in the book.

Link: fifteen birds in the trees
[personal profile] carthaginians posting in [community profile] poetry
You put on some new pants. I put
on some sunlight. I put on a coyote. You
put on a bigger coyote. You put on all
of the coyotes! You put on the sand as it flies
beneath your incredible little paws. I put on
rain not reaching the desert. You put on how we
feel sad after this. You put on the sadness. You
put on methods for dealing with it. The sadness tries
to put you on but you say No! You wrestle
the sadness to the ground. You are big and need
large wings. You put on the large wings. You are still
a coyote. You put on the howling. You put on
things that howl back. There is nothing
you won’t put on. You put on the darkness.
You put on some stars and even what
is between them. You put on the moon. The moon
that shines! You put on how we want
to stay here! You put on how we forget where
we were before. You put on the earth how
it cracks. You put on its face when it sees us.
[personal profile] jazzfish posting in [community profile] poetry
The Unquarried Blue of Those Depths Is All But Blinding
by Ashley Anna McHugh

for John Fogelman

There are some things we just don't talk about--
Not even in the morning, when we're waking,
When your calloused fingers tentatively walk
The slope of my waist:
                                How love's a rust-worn boat,
Abandoned at the dock--and who could doubt
Waves lick their teeth, eyeing its hull? We're taking
Our wreckage as a promise, so we don't talk.
We wet the tired oars, tide drawing us out.

We understand there's nothing to be said.
Both of us know the dangers of this sea,
Warned by the tide-worn driftwood of our pasts--.
But we've already strayed from the harbor. We thread
A slow wake though the water--then silently,
We start to row, and will for as long as this lasts.

Spuffy happy places

16 January 2017 21:14
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[identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
Because nothing takes my mind off things like combinations of crack, fluff, smut, and Spuffy. When I think of every one of these fics, one of the first summaries that come to mind is "everything is happiness, and nothing hurts". None of the stories take themselves too seriously. Most of them are full of smut. All of them make me smile and laugh. (It's late. Sorry! I somehow thought the end time was midnight local.)

1. 10 Ways to Defrost Your Vampire Boyfriend by TerrusDacktellus (DactylGirl, [livejournal.com profile] lady_sybyl). I think the title says it all.

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Buffyverse Top 5 is Now Closed

16 January 2017 15:06
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[identity profile] yourlibrarian.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
Another annual session has come to a close, and we'd like to thank everyone who contributed a list, as well as all the friendly voices welcoming the posts. This community would not exist without each of you.

We also need to announce a slight change in the community. Read more... )

Top 5 will open again on October 28th at midnight UTC for its Classic Recs session over Halloween. If you have any yet unposted lists for this session, please remember us then as we'll be looking forward to all your treats!

Some awesome fanwork creators

16 January 2017 10:01
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[identity profile] feliciacraft.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
I want to thank the mods for keeping this comm open for all of us to look back and celebrate the wonderful works and people in our beloved fandom. It's all too easy to dwell on the negative, and forget all the amazing things happening all around us.

So, may I have your attention a little longer for some awesome fanwork creators worthy of wider celebration and special mention:

From [livejournal.com profile] thenewbuzwuzz: Blackout Spuffy poetry made from shooting scripts. Such creativity!

1. Fool for Love (VAMPIRE...)
2. "Angel", "Doppelgängland" and "Welcome to the Hellmouth" ("what's it like where you are?...", "good girls...", "past SHATTERS...")
3. "Hush" and "Some Assembly Required" ("- CONTINUING - MORNING...", "at the graveyard...")

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[identity profile] feliciacraft.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
I'm a fan of the [livejournal.com profile] giles_shorts community, especially the "first line last line" challenge, where the last line from someone else's drabble becomes your first sentence. It takes a lot of discipline, something our favorite Watcher would surely have approved.

For your divertion, may I present five drabbles inspired by prompts from Giles-shorts:

Inherited Skill by [livejournal.com profile] quaggy_mire

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Top Five 2016 Gen Fics

16 January 2017 07:02
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The Final Cut by [livejournal.com profile] aadler: Dru is going after Jenny and Angelus is playing taunt the watcher. It’s Jenny, Giles, Ethan and Xander on a wicked adventure set in S2 after Angel lost his soul.
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Again, Forgetting by [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (aka Gabrielle) or AO3 link. What if getting a soul didn't make Spike just temporary crazy? And Buffy was the one who had to deal with it.

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1. The Heart Stone, by [livejournal.com profile] carlyinrome, (Kendra/OFC) is a tale of a budding romance between Kendra and an unforgettable OFC. It's short but manages to pack in heart-thumping action, humor, and all the feels in the world.

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Just a reminder to everyone that the 2016 annual session will be closing in approximately 24 hours, so if you've got any last posts to share, send them out :)

Favorite shippy things from 2016

14 January 2017 20:01
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[identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
Five favorite shippy shorts from the past year, and one vid as a bonus.

very good bad thing by spangel. Cordelia's POV on Buffy. So accurate that it hurts.

Waylaid by [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy (or AO3 link). Faith/Tara in the Wishverse, and it's surely the lightest and most hopeful Wishverse story I've ever read.

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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Bilbo's first meeting with Gollum
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] vilva73

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool and scary work. I love the creepy lighting and the glow of Sting and the eyes of Gollum.

Link: Hobbit - chapter 5
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Temeraire
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Temeraire
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Chromamancer on DA
Why this piece is awesome: I really like the strong, warm colours and the dramatic design with Temeraire poised on the battlements before flying. But what fascinates me most about this is that it brings home how weird the anatomy of dragons is - this type of dragon, anyway. This art, more than most, lets us see clearly that dragons are animals with two sets of front legs - the wings are clearly elongated limbs as in bats, and behind them are the forelegs. Some dragon art I've seen (not specific to any fandom I don't think) has only the wings and no forelegs, so the dragons walk on their elbows like pterodactyls. I think they're almost a bit humanoid and might tend to be more upright than 6-limbed dragons which tend to stand on 4 legs (here's an example). Six-limbed dragons as in Temeraire would move more elegantly on the ground, but they're less evolutionarily likely, in that we don't have any 6-limbed lizards, dinosaurs, birds or mammals (AFAIK anyway!). And of course this is fantasy, but still . . . interesting and in an artwork like this, it makes Temeraire more alien, I think.
Link: Evening Flight

Jaylah (Star Trek Reboot) (SFW)

12 January 2017 23:22
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[personal profile] musyc posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Jaylah (Gen)
Content Notes/Warnings: None.
Medium: Digital drawing
Artist Website/Gallery: o-zimina on deviantart or andy-wendigo on tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Jaylah was a new, fantastic character in Star Trek Beyond. I loved her uncompromising nature, her strength and and her skills, and her sheer cheekiness. This art of Jaylah with a boombox shows both her grit and her playfulness.
Link: Jaylah, on deviantart or on tumblr.

Destovky(earthworms) by Suwi(SFW)

12 January 2017 15:34
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hagrid, Harry, Ron and Hermione
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Tumblr HP tumblr tag, DA
Why this piece is awesome: This artist has such a distinctive style, tight and curvy and askew, almost surrealistic. At the same time there is just all this wonderful detail. Like the leaves in Hagrid's hair. I love the flat/muted colors, and the way they've left the sketch lines in the piece. I've recced this artist before, but they certainly earn a second rec.
Link: Destovky(earthworms)
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Five favorite Angel/Spike things of the past year. Well, actually, six. Ok, probably seven.

Someone I Know by [livejournal.com profile] verucasalt123 Angel should stay away. Of course. He doesn't. Of course.
Just a short and very possible encounter set somewhere around "School Hard".

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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: landscape with dwarves - illustration of the song the dwarves sang in Bilbo's home
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: Watercolour & digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] norloth / Norloth Art

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a pretty work. I love the combination of the black silhouettes and the richly coloured background. It makes it look like an illuminated glass window.

Link: Far Over the Misty Mountains

Top 5 Icons

11 January 2017 10:51
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[identity profile] yourlibrarian.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
Who ever gets tired of icons, or amazed that we can still find new and interesting takes on images that have become very familiar over the years? Well, here are some that definitely caught my attention.

Buffy #10 by longerthanwedo. I liked the psychedelic, cosmic look of this icon. Also #14 of Willow and Tara looks particularly dreamy.

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