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24th-Apr-2015 09:59 am
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It’s celebratory, and instructive. It motivates some and comforts others. It sparks imagination, excites, confounds and infuriates – sometimes all in one breath.

It’s fandom – and we want to talk about it with you here on LiveJournal in a way we hope will support and encourage your fan art journey.

I'm thatwasjustadream, and I'll be here every week to share fannish ideas – stories that caught our eye at the OTW, meta articles, fan studies links, videos, and images that capture what’s most compelling about fandom; the things that spark action and make us want to create rather than just consume. To take the characters and stories we love somewhere new.

I’d like to start by asking for your thoughts: What topics, ideas or concerns would you like to talk about? Are there meta writers and forums that you’d like to share with others? Comment right here – and help get the conversation going!

My own fan work is about writing fanfiction and making videos. It's mostly TV shows and movies that inspire me, but I'm fascinated by the range of amazing fan art I see from gifs and other animations to graphic novels (in print and online), video blogging, and non-linear/interactive storytelling. While this is my background, the OTW Communications team would like to talk about and feature a variety of fandoms and creative mediums. Please tell us what communities or meta writers we should be following at this site, to help us showcase that diverse body of fanwork.

Fandom First Friday

And on the topic of sharing: There is a monthly event coming up next week called Fandom First Friday that you can be part of. On the first Friday of each month, the OTW has highlighted a fan topic on its Tumblr account. Next month, the topic is genderswap, and fans will share thoughts, articles, and art about it May 1st.

We'd love to bring this event here to LiveJournal each month. Please leave your thoughts and links to more on the topic right here this week leading up to Fandom First Friday!
24th-Apr-2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
Welcome thatwasjustadream! I enjoy reading the OTW posts here although I am afraid I cannot point to any resources.

24th-Apr-2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
That's okay! Thanks for the welcome. Hopefully I'll add more interesting posts to the mix.
24th-Apr-2015 10:49 pm (UTC)
2 things:

1) FWIW, one of my favorite ongoing discussions is the art and craft of writing itself: how to build a story, the elements that make up scenes, foreshadowing and how to use it, picking apart details in a story and discussing how it contributes to one idea or another.

2) wneleh does an article round-up every Friday on articles mentioning fandom and fans. You may want to talk to her about it.

25th-Apr-2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! And I'll keep your first suggestion in mind as I'm gathering ideas. It's a topic of interest to me, too.
24th-Apr-2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
This lady writes thought provoking meta.
25th-Apr-2015 12:09 am (UTC)
That looks promising. Interesting topics right from the first glance! Thanks for sharing it.
25th-Apr-2015 09:04 am (UTC)

I hope the First Friday thing catches on for LJ! My internet time is kind of spotty, but I have much love for how richly fandom can work on LJ and how by default LJ encourages conversations among people.

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