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Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so


Oh fandom how I love you. Let me count the ways.

1.Writing fics has helped me get to know myself and becoming the woman I want to be. It has also made me a better writer and helped to improve my English, as it is not my first language.

2.Reading fics has given me countless hours of pleasure and entertainment.

3.Discussing fandoms have opened my eyes to other viewpoints and given me the opportunity to see books/movies/TV-series in new and interesting ways.

4.And last, but not at all least, it has put me in contact with so many wonderful people all over the world.
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Day 14

Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.


I’m merely continuing to go through the responses to this challenge and leave comments when I have something to say. :)
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Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


If we have been friends for a while, you have probably already heard this.

Talk about infant death, so be warned )
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Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


If we have been friends for a while, you have probably already heard this.

Talk about infant death, so be warned )
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Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


And

Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I didn’t do Day 11 on the day because I couldn’t come up with what I was to write until I had gone to bed. And then came day 12 and it overlapped with my idea so much I thought it suitable to make them into one post.

I’d like to make a shout-out to the awesome people who run a couple of communities I have had great fun in the last couple of years. I’m in awe of your hard work to create an interesting community with a friendly atmosphere!

[livejournal.com profile] dancingdragon3 who runs [livejournal.com profile] myth_fan

A community for fans of myths, fairy/folk tales, and urban legends in classic and modern media.

And also [livejournal.com profile] terror_scifi

A community for gothic, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror appreciation.

[livejournal.com profile] misura who runs [livejournal.com profile] fandom_of_one

A community for pimping out your favorite teeny-tiny fandoms to other interested fen.

And for more specific fandoms;

[livejournal.com profile] paynesgrey who runs [livejournal.com profile] who_contest, a challenge community for Doctor Who.

Every other two weeks, we'll alternate drabble and one-shot challenges with a variety of themes. Drabble (or more appropriately, short fic) challenges will vary in maximum word counts under 700 words. One-shot challenges will always be 250 words or more.

[livejournal.com profile] lost_spook who runs [livejournal.com profile] dw_guestfest

The ficathon for minor/guest characters from any part of the Doctor Who universe!

[livejournal.com profile] bleodswean who rund [livejournal.com profile] verbis_diablo

A Penny Dreadful comm. for anything Penny Dreadful; fic, meta, icons, fan art, fanvids, discussions, fanon, canon. Everyone is welcome!

Apart from that I hang around on AO3 under the nick Dancingsalome. I cross-post to FF.net out of habit- it was my firt fanfiction archive after all, but I rarely go there to read fics. I also post my Doctor Who-fic at A Teaspoon and An Open Mind.

I do a couple of fic-exchanges, all of them multi-fandom: Yuletide, Chocolate Box, The Darkest Night, Rare Pair Fest and Remix Redux
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Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


And

Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I didn’t do Day 11 on the day because I couldn’t come up with what I was to write until I had gone to bed. And then came day 12 and it overlapped with my idea so much I thought it suitable to make them into one post.

I’d like to make a shout-out to the awesome people who run a couple of communities I have had great fun in the last couple of years. I’m in awe of your hard work to create an interesting community with a friendly atmosphere!

(They are all located on Livejournal)

[personal profile] dancingdragon3 who runs [profile] myth_fan

A community for fans of myths, fairy/folk tales, and urban legends in classic and modern media.

And also [profile] terror_scifi

A community for gothic, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror appreciation.

[personal profile] misura who runs [community profile] fandom_of_one

A community for pimping out your favorite teeny-tiny fandoms to other interested fen.

And for more specific fandoms;

[personal profile] paynesgrey who runs [community profile] who_contest, a challenge community for Doctor Who.

Every other two weeks, we'll alternate drabble and one-shot challenges with a variety of themes. Drabble (or more appropriately, short fic) challenges will vary in maximum word counts under 700 words. One-shot challenges will always be 250 words or more.

[personal profile] lost_spook who runs [profile] dw_guestfest

The ficathon for minor/guest characters from any part of the Doctor Who universe!

[personal profile] bleodswean who rund [profile] verbis_diablo

A Penny Dreadful comm. for anything Penny Dreadful; fic, meta, icons, fan art, fanvids, discussions, fanon, canon. Everyone is welcome!

Apart from that I hang around on AO3 under the nick Dancingsalome. I cross-post to FF.net out of habit- it was my firt fanfiction archive after all, but I rarely go there to read fics. I also post my Doctor Who-fic at A Teaspoon and An Open Mind.

I do a couple of fic-exchanges, all of them multi-fandom: Yuletide, Chocolate Box, The Darkest Night, Rare Pair Fest and Remix Redux
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Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Nowadays I think I’m more character motivated than anything else. If I like a character or pairing I’ll probably read the fic. It helps that I generally go for characters and pairings which are less popular, so there are usually not a lot of fic to be found. I definitely prefer good characterization over plottiness.

Basically I like to read what I like to write. I have a fondness for characters who morally grey, straddling the line between good and evil, and I also like competent female characters who doesn’t need a man to fix things for them. I enjoy darkfic and angst, but it really depends on how it is written. When it comes to smut, BDSM is very welcome. But I also really enjoy more humorous fics where the characters banter with each other.

Here are two examples of what I enjoy, one of the angsty kind, the other of the funny.

Title:and love said no
Author: ShariAruna
Fandom: Once Upon A Time in Wonderland
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 525
Characters/pairing: Anastasia/Jafar, Anastasia/Will
Warnings: Non-con/rape elements, spanking, violence
Summary: Her golden crown rolls away, clinking hard against the stone floor, and that's the only sound filling the room. She won't beg.

Title: The House Always Wins
Author: lost_spook
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: General audience
Word Count: 639
Characters/pairing: Liz Shaw, The Master (Delgado), Third Doctor
Warnings: None
Summary: The Master and Liz, on a mission to save the Doctor (maybe)...
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Day 09

DAY 9: Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange, a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work.



Easy. I picked up two fics on my to-read list and left comments.

I got my assignments for Chocolate Box and I am pleased. There wasn’t that many requests that overlapped with what I want to write and of those there was only two letters which really spoke to me. And I got the one I wanted the most! Wohoo! I already have a good idea of what to write. (It would be ironic if I would manage to write something the recipient hates…)
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Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I have nothing finished, but here, an excerpt on a Classic Doctor Who fic in which Sara Jane goes to Perivale, meets the Master and has some unscheduled time-travels back to the Third Doctor’s time.

“You smell of the Doctor,” a man said close to her ear.

Before she had time to react, someone slammed into her back, pushing her head first into a wall and held her there. Unrelenting fingers kept her still as her unseen assailant pressed close to her. He pressed his face into her hair, nuzzled her neck and inhaled deeply, then without releasing her, he took a step back.

“Yes, you definitely smell of the Doctor, but very faintly. You must be one of his discarded pets. Still, what an unexpected stroke of fortune for me.”

She was spun around and saw her attacker for the first time. He was a pale, dark haired man her own age with a lean bearded face. He was dressed in black, clothes which was well cut and probably expensive, but they were also worn and dusty. And though he restrained her without difficulty, she got a strong impression he wasn’t in his full strength. His blue eyes burned with fever and there were dark patches underneath them as if he hadn’t slept for a long time. And, Sarah Jane realised, he wasn’t human at all, despite looking the part well enough. She also had an uncomfortable feeling that even if he knew about the Doctor, she didn’t think he would turn out to be one of his friends. It was always so much more likely to run into someone the Doctor had peeved off.

“My name is Sarah Jane Smith”, she said, remembering a piece of advice someone at UNIT had given her a long time ago; always try to make an opponent see you as a person, not a disposable thing. “Who are you?”

He flashed her a smile which looked distinctly unassuring. “I am the Master. You have probably heard of me.”


Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


My imagination. I’m very rarely bored, because I can always daydream.

That I’m very level-headed in a crisis.

My analytic ability.
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Day 06

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.


If you read a fic of mine and liked it; leave a comment. It truly makes my day! Even if it’s only “Nice work!”.

Do the same for someone else’s fic.

And third, last year I made an icon for this challenge, but foolishly neglected to keep it for myself too. I’d dearly love a Miss Fisher icon with the text “Every lady needs a hobby.”
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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


Well, I’m (very slowly) working through the comment on this challenge, and comment when I have something to say, regardless if it is a person I know, or not.

Day 5

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I love reccing and try to do it at least semi-regularly. If you want more recs you can find multifandom recs here.

Title: Atonement
Author: LadyOfGlencairn
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Mature
Genre: Angst
Word Count: 5403
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont
Warnings: None
Summary: Sophie de Clermont has no money, no family and no prospects. Desperate to save herself from squalor she offers herself to Fabien Marchal, head of the king's personal guard, in exchange for his protection. A dangerous, emotionless and solitary figure, Fabien trusts no one. Rejecting Sophie's offer, he makes one of his own - the consequences of which he could never have foreseen.
AN: I’m sure the show won’t go there- this pairing can’t possibly be anything that dysfunctional, but I like it nevertheless. I like it anyway and was very happy to find this fic which is well-written and the characters in character. Unfortunately, as far as I know, this fic is 50% of all fics written with this pairing, and the other 50% is mine.


Title: Two Fisted
Author: Missy
Fandom: The Mummy, Indiana Jones
Rating: Teen and up
Genre: Humor
Word Count: 560
Characters/pairing: Marion Ravenwood, Evy Carnahan O'Connell
Warnings: None
Summary: Evy walks into Marion's bar. The experience is educational for both women.
AN: I don’t read crossovers much, mostly because it demands knowledge and ability to write two fandoms at once. This one is perfect, though. Exactly as I would imagine a meeting between these two to turn out.

Title: The Broken Hearts Case
Author: smilebackwards
Fandom: Miss Marple
Rating: All ages
Genre: Crime
Word Count: 1830
Characters/pairing: Miss Marple, Dolly Bantry, OFC
Warnings: None
Summary: Very distressing things happen in villages sometimes and Market Holbrooke is no exception. Miss Marple is on the case.
AN: This is a Miss Marple story Agatha Christie never wrote. Very enjoyable!
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Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


This is an excellent challenge as I have thought of making this kind of post anyway. ;)

Fannish goals Continue to write fanfic and try to improve my writing. Not join in on too many fic exchanges. I think they are a lot of fun, but too many can easily become stressful. I’ll definitely do Yuletide. ANd also Chocolate Box, which you can sign up for right now up until the 7th. Multifandom and both for fanart and fanfic. And the fics only need to be 300 words long.

I also plan to start up “What I have been reading Wednesday” again. I did so during 2015 and it was great fun, but fell off the wagon in 2016.

Life goals Well, I’ll continue what I strated during the autumn. I had to take a break from my de-cluttering due to being ill and the holidays, but I plan to finally finish sorting my sewing supplies this week.

I’m getting back into taking long walks with the dogs now and by the end of this month my belly dancing course will start. I will also aim to do my Pilates regularly. I seem to have reached the point where I have slowly started to lose weight and I will aim to continue to do so during the year. As I’ve mentioned before I want to change a few things in my life, but I want those changes to be sustainable, so I will allow everything to take it’s time.

I’ve also started my no-spending year. Apart from bills and food, I will only purchase what I absolutely need. My goal is to be debt free by the end of the year and also do some more serious saving.
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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I think, if I must boil it down to just one thing, it would be Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, which I read when I for the first time when I was fourteen.

It’s a crime novel published in 1935. Sayers got famous writing about Lord Peter Wimsey, gentleman detective, but though he is in this book, the novel is really about Harriet Vane, the woman he is in love with. She gets involved in a mystery at her old college in Oxford, where someone writes poison pen letters and do other kinds of mischief. It’s not a murder mystery, though and what this book really is, is a discussion of women’s role in society. Basically every conversation in this book is about that, and so is the mystery. Being more than 80 years old, some of those discussions are dated, other parts are depressingly still relevant.

When I first read it, a lot of it went over my head, but I still loved it and felt I would understand more eventually. And I did, because I have re-read this book every two or third year for the past 30. But most of all I fell in love with Harriet Vane. I admired her objectivity and her determination to keep to the point and tell the truth. And I admired her struggle to be a person in her own rights and not one to define herself through someone else. She’s certainly not without faults, but I felt then that those qualities were something to strife for. More than anyone else, Harriet Vane has been my role model in life.
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This is my third Snowflake Challenge. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this previously, so I’m sure I will this year too!

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Let’s have my three favourites of the last year:

Title: Darkness and Light
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: All ages
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 7072
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Claudine Masson, Monsieur Bontemps
Warnings: Mentions of blood and violence.
Summary: Fabien Marchal kills for the King. Claudine Masson saves people’s life. They are very different, but both search for truth.
Why I rec it: Versailles was last year’s big fandom surprise for me. I didn’t expected to like t so much, but I did. This is also the first happy (if angsty) love story I have ever written. I think I did a decent job keeping them in character and not making the love story too sappy.

Title: Ghosts
Fandom: The Mummy
Rating: Teen and up
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 5499
Characters/pairing: Evy Carnahan O'Connell/Rick O'Connell, Imhotep/Evy Carnahan O'Connell, Ardeth Bay/Evy Carnahan O'Connell
Warnings: Character death in the prologue.
Summary: Evelyn returns a widow to Egypt after World War II. And the past reaches out to greet her.
Why I rec it: I rewatched the two first movies (the third I pretend doesn’t exist) during the spring and I felt fannish about them all over again. Evy is one of my favourite heroines ever. It starts out sad, has a bit of horror in the middle and end on a happy note.

Title: A Place in the Shadows
Fandom: Penny Dreadful
Rating: All ages
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 1216
Characters/pairing: Vanessa Ives, Sembene
Warnings: None
Summary: Cold in both body and soul, Vanessa finds an unexpected comfort.
Why I rec it: I think this turned out a nice tale of friendship. It also makes me crave sponge cake and tea.
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This is my third Snowflake Challenge. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this previously, so I’m sure I will this year too!

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Let’s have my three favourites of the last year:

Title: Darkness and Light
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: All ages
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 7072
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Claudine Masson, Monsieur Bontemps
Warnings: Mentions of blood and violence.
Summary: Fabien Marchal kills for the King. Claudine Masson saves people’s life. They are very different, but both search for truth.
Why I rec it: Versailles was last year’s big fandom surprise for me. I didn’t expected to like t so much, but I did. This is also the first happy (if angsty) love story I have ever written. I think I did a decent job keeping them in character and not making the love story too sappy.

Title: Ghosts
Fandom: The Mummy
Rating: Teen and up
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 5499
Characters/pairing: Evy Carnahan O'Connell/Rick O'Connell, Imhotep/Evy Carnahan O'Connell, Ardeth Bay/Evy Carnahan O'Connell
Warnings: Character death in the prologue.
Summary: Evelyn returns a widow to Egypt after World War II. And the past reaches out to greet her.
Why I rec it: I rewatched the two first movies (the third I pretend doesn’t exist) during the spring and I felt fannish about them all over again. Evy is one of my favourite heroines ever. It starts out sad, has a bit of horror in the middle and end on a happy note.

Title: A Place in the Shadows
Fandom: Penny Dreadful
Rating: All ages
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 1216
Characters/pairing: Vanessa Ives, Sembene
Warnings: None
Summary: Cold in both body and soul, Vanessa finds an unexpected comfort.
Why I rec it: I think this turned out a nice tale of friendship. It also makes me crave sponge cake and tea.
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Day 15

In your own space, talk about what you're taking away from this challenge. Did you learn something? Did you interact with new people? Or did you try out different fandoms or formats or relationships? What's changed between Day 1 and Day 15 of this challenge? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I have had a great deal of fun! And I anticipate more of that as I’m still working through all comments made on all the challenges. (I’m also a bit tired, there has been a lot of impressions the last 14 days.) I have found new friends and talked with a lot of strangers. And my list of fanfics to read has grown a lot.
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Day 14

In your own space, share your love for something fannish: a trope, cliché, kink, motif, theme, format, or fandom.


Read more... )
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Day 12

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?


Hmm… On a general level I tend to enjoy media which is well written. I enjoy character’s who are a bit ambiguous, or at least well nuanced with both good and bad characteristics. I like, if not exclusively, media with fantastic elements. I like visual media where care has been put into what we see. I loved Hannibal for example thought it was far too bloody and violent for my usual taste because it was so heartbreakingly beautifully filmed. And I can’t stand period dramas like The Tudors and Reign because they so blatantly disregard what fashion actually looked like. It’s not that I have to have historically accurate costumes into itty bitty details, but I like costumes who has a message and are thought through and at least gives the basic idea of what a certain fashion looked like. I love Reine Margot for example, despite not being HA, because they are so visullý stunning and fits into the narrative. And the Man in the High Castle show us what an early 60’s fashion may look like in a culture that has stagnated under dictatorship.

But what it is that makes me actively fannish, well, that is harder. There are a lot of media I adore that I never feel inclined to write for, or often even read fanfics about. But most of the fandom I have felt compelled to write in (and all I have written a lot in), have characters with a moral ambiguity, regardless if they are good or bad ones.
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Day 11

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



My goodness, this was hard! even worse than making a wishlist.

1.The way I look. It took me many years to actually really like that. I’m not conventionally pretty, bit some people think I’m handsome. i think i have personality and is happy with it.

2.My integrity.

3.I’m a good friend. I have awesome, wonderful, supporting friends and I know I can be pretty awesome, wonderful and supporting too.
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Day 10
In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I usually check Wikipedia when I do my research. I know it isn’t reliable, but as a starting point it works well. It all depends on what I’m trying to find too. A tool I use a lot more is ProWritingAid . I’m not a native speaker of English and I spend a lot of time trying to catch my mistakes. The site isn’t perfect, by far and I know I make mistakes that it doesn’t catch, but it’s still a useful tool.

My squeeing is done on Livejournal/Dreamwidth. :)

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