OF: Buffy (Giles & books)

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 22

22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favourite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

I have participated in various fests and Big Bangs. I have also organised and ran a few fiction exchanges for Gibbs/Ducky and also Rare Pairs.

When I first got into fandom on LJ, I took part in a Christmas exchange for three different fandoms. Whilst I enjoyed writing stories for other people based on their wishes I hadn't realised how stressed and upset I would get over the fact that the stories were posted by the organiser, thus making them anonymous until the big reveal. I hated not being able to personally thank the people who wrote my stories. I know it sounds silly given everyone was in the same boat and everyone knew the rules, thus they wouldn't be expecting a 'thank you', but it really troubled me and thus spoilt the whole experience. I vowed I would never take part in an anonymous exchange again - and I didn't. It's a shame as I always loved writing stories for other people, but given how I felt I wasn't going to do anonymous ones again.

I really loved running and organising the exchanges I did even though that was very stressful, especially on the occasion I ended up having to write three (it may have been four) stories due to people having to drop out for various reasons.

I think the Big Bang I enjoyed most was the NCIS 2008 one. It was a multi-pairing Big Bang and all authors were matched with artists who would do some artwork for the story. I wrote My Son's Boyfriend (Gibbs/Ducky) and it was illustrated by moregoth. The story was over 45,000 words long and given I'm fairly sure G/D was not a pairing moregoth read/liked, the fact the artwork showed the story had been read, it wasn't just generic banners really added to the pleasure and fun of the whole experience.

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Raffles: Hand on shoulder

Favourite Pairings Pictures: Raffles/Bunny

In many ways Raffles/Bunny was one of my really early fandom pairings long, long before I knew fandom even existed or indeed sometime before I had any real idea of 'pairings'. I first came across them through books (around about the same time as I was reading Sherlock Holmes), a few years before I saw Starsky & Hutch and The Professionals. Despite being young and not really knowing much about sex, etc. both Holmes & Watson and Raffles and Bunny struck me as being 'together'.

Fast-forward several decades and Raffles/Bunny became my main pairing and my passion; it led me to write 65 stories about them that majority of which were first time (very unusual for me) and also led me to venturing into writing about them whilst they were at school together as well as when they were adults (another change for me). Another change for me was that in truth, Raffles and Bunny were on the 'wrong side of the law' as they committed crime, they didn't solve it. Their only 'saving grace' is that Raffles only took from those who could afford it and wouldn't burgle a home in which he was a guest.

There was a TV series in the late 70s and the actors playing Raffles and Bunny were extremely well cast (especially Raffles). The script-writers deviated from the books in one significant way insofar as they kept throwing 'the girl of the 'week'' in, which was somewhat annoying as women didn't feature highly (if at all) in the stories. However, there was also a lot of fodder in terms of intimate looks and touches not to mention Anthony Valentine

Arm arond shoulders  Umbrella

S&S: Gaze

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 21

21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Yes. I have written a number of sequels, companion stories and series, across several of my fandoms.

As to why I wrote them, there are a number of reasons:

- I had always planned to write a sequel, companion piece or series.
- Someone asked me to write a sequel.
- Once the story was finished I had an idea for a sequel/companion story.
- I got an idea for a sequel some time after I had written & posted the original story.

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Gibbs/Ducky: Broken Bird Manip

Weekly Icon Posting Project

This icon was made by adriannacoylho.

Adrianna was one of the close group of Gibbs/Ducky writers who kept our little part of the NCIS fandom alive and well. She also produced graphics, this icon being one of them. It's a manip from the episode Broken Bird where we have Ducky calling Gibbs 'sweetie'. Need I say more?

I like the way Adrianna put together the icon; it works really well in my opinion, showing Gibbs concern and as gazes down at Ducky before he gently puts Ducky's glasses back on for him.

It's a lovely icon and a fond memory of one of the many canon Gibbs/Ducky moments.

Favourite Pairings Pictures: Hawkeye/BJ

Another of my bitter-sweet favourite pairings as it is somewhat difficult to give Hawkeye and BJ a 'happy ever after' - at least not without some hurt involved.

From the very first meeting between the two I saw a relationship in the way I had never seen it with Trapper and the more I watched the show, the more I saw it. I even felt the friendship, the interaction and the balance between Hawkeye and BJ was better than between Hawkeye and Trapper. Given how much of their lives was taken up with operating, I thought it only right to use a picture of them in 'scrubs' and the second picture of them saying goodbye is just lovely.

Hawk-BJ Sleeping  Hawk-BJ Goodbye