Smorgasbord Saturday: Shameless Self Promotion

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I was at a loss over what to talk about today for Smorgasbord Saturday, so I decided on a short, sweet, and total cop out post. This isn’t my only blog, far from it. So, I decided to do a little shameless self promotion. You’re welcome to visit these links, or not.

The Lady is a Dork, my personal blog
Fangirlism Afflicted Slash Addict, my fannish musings blog
The Cross Stitch Geek, my cross stitching blog
The Write of Way, my writing blog

Smorgasbord Saturday: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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A Christmas post in September? What about Halloween? Have I forgotten? Oh no, I haven’t. This is because I am not talking about Christmas per se, but Yuletide.

The Yuletide I am referring to is the Yuletide Treasure fanfiction exchange. I have been writing fanfiction for about 16 years, and I have participated in Yuletide Treasure since 2008. (OMG this’ll be my fifth Yuletide? I’m a veteran now!)

For those who don’t know (most everyone reading, methinks), Yuletide Treasure is a fanfiction exchange for rare fandoms (TV shows/books/movies/what have you that didn’t even come close to, say, Harry Potter levels of popularity. Many of the fandoms that get written for during Yuletide only get written for during Yuletide). It falls around Christmastime every year and is done like a secret Santa (you don’t know who is writing for you, and you won’t know until after the New Year).

The process is thus: First, participants first nominate rare fandoms they would like to see fanfiction written in (used to be six nominations, it has now grown so much that the mods had to limit it to three in order to not kill their servers). Then, they sign up to participate, requesting a minimum of three but no more than four fandoms they definitely want to have fanfiction written in as well as offer a minimum of four but no more than ten fandoms they are willing to write fanfiction in for someone else. Participants are then matched with a) a recipient that requested fanfiction in a fandom they had offered, and b) a writer that offered fanfiction in a fandom they had requested. Then, we write, with stories due right before Christmas. At this point the stories are visible only by the author and the mods. On Christmas Day, the stories are revealed (but still anonymous), and the authors go public on New Year’s Day.

So, that still doesn’t explain why September? Well, the pre-nominations brainstorming post went up yesterday. This was pretty much my face:

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I’ve then spent the last 24 hours coming up with nominations, and commiserating with other participants, and squeeing and just being all, YAY YULETIDE ZOMG.

Smorgasbord Saturday: As long as there’ll be music…

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I couldn’t do my first Smorgasbord Saturday post about anything else.

It’s no secret my musical loves are the Backstreet Boys. No secret at all. They have been since I was in the eighth grade (I got into them late). I’ve stuck by them through the highs and the lows, through AJ’s rehab, the hiatus, Kevin leaving, Brian’s swine flu, four of them marrying and having babies, and now Kevin’s return.

It took me a while to accept him coming back. My status as a die-hard fan was even questioned because I was apprehensive about it (my two favorite albums are the two they did as a quartet), but I get it now, now that they’ve done a performance, an official performance, as five again. I was a ball of emotion yesterday (my feelings, let me show you them), but it was worth it. My Boys are back and better than ever.

Backstreet’s back, alright! ♥