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Dept. of Holiday Fun

Fandom Stocking ... Dooooo iiiit!

No, really! A bunch of folks on my f'list have already "hung up stockings" over at the fandom_stocking community, and I'm urging more folks to do so, because I believe I'm getting the urge to do some stuffing of stockings. Ahem. The nice thing about this community is that you don't have to hang a stocking to drop goodies in others' stockings and conversely, you can hang a stocking without being pressured to stuff anyone else's. It's pure fun, she coaxed, lured, inveigled and importuned.

No matter what books, movies, television shows or what-have-you might be your cup of tea, you're guaranteed to have a good time if you get involved in this. No, really. I did this last year, and it was one of the highlights of my holiday season.

I've also hung my own stocking
here, but — and this is, oddly, the truth for me this year — it's not the getting of fannish stuff, but the giving of it.

You can be as secular as Richard Dawkins, as faith-oriented as My Sainted Mother, or as cheerfully, skeptically, deeply certain there's something out there ... maybe ... as Yours Truly — it doesn't matter. This is the darkest time of the year, and something in human hearts and souls needs light and joy. I consider
fandom_stocking one of the many wonderful little candles out there to light and warm the long winter night.*

* Well, if you're in the southern hemisphere, your long dark nights come in June, but the need is the same. Perhaps we should send friends on the south side some stocking stuffers then, too ... ponders ... oh, now, I've just gone and confused myself.


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Dec. 7th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
I'm excited to give gifts too! That's why I made that list at betterwiththree. I was going to make a list of OT3 requesters anyway for my own reference, then thought I'd share.
Dec. 7th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I saw the list over there, and thought you were wonderful to post it!
Dec. 7th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
I signed up, too! It's a lot of fun, isn't it? :)
Dec. 7th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Oh my, yes!
Dec. 7th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Yep, I signed up also.

I've made a few icons for people already.
Part of me wants to apologize for not writing fic (since it does seem to be a fic-oriented thing) but, well, I want to make icons!
Dec. 7th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Good heavens, no! Don't apologize for not writing fic — I was amazed last year at how much fun there was to be had in getting and giving holiday wishes and such. I know folks have asked for recipes, for fanmixes, for vid recs, for drive-by greetings, so it's bound to be a wonderfully shiny mixed bag.

And icons are always wonderful!
Dec. 7th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
I don't get it :(
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
I was initially confused last year, when I first got involved. But it's quite lovely.

If you have a fannish interest - say, if you love Doctor Who - you can post to the community and say, in essence, "I'd love to someone to write me a story about ____" or "I'd love icons about my favorite characters" and so on. You let people know what characters you like/love/aren't interested in, and what kind of stories you love/definitely don't want."

That post is your "stocking" and people from all different kinds of fandoms have posted stockings.

The next phase comes when the stockings are "posted" and people get the chance to look over other folks' stockings. They can then say "Oho! I can write this person a drabble (a 100 word short-short story) with her or his favorite pairing, or story idea!" or "Aha! I can create an icon/wallpaper/creative effort and it will be just the thing for this person!"

You go and write the story, make the item, whatever: and then you go to the person's "stocking" post, and "give" your gift to them as a reply to the post. (If you've written something long for them, you can post it elsewhere and leave them a link, or post it in two replies.) That also allows you to simply post holiday wishes, or whatever.

As I say, you don't have to post your own stocking, nor are you required to stuff anyone else's, but it's fun.

It does have its roots in communities who write fanfic, but it spills over into the general fannish world quite nicely.

I'm not sure if you can still post a stocking, but you might be.

Was that too much information?
Dec. 7th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
I probably won't be participating. However, I must comment to say "Awwwwww! Christmas Totoro!!" So. Cute.
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful? My Best Beloved made it for me! (Sorry to hear you won't be participating, but I know you have been incredibly busy and involved in other things.)
Dec. 7th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Well, if you're in the southern hemisphere, your long dark nights come in June

Actually, all nights all year are pretty much long and dark here. 'Winter' nights (yeah, right, as if they know what winter is here) aren't as long as the ones back home, but the summer ones are a dead disappointment - here we are within two weeks of the summer solstice and it's pitch dark by 21.30 and still dark until 05.30. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it...
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I had wondered if the tilt of the earth was such that the north-south hemisphere seasons weren't really the exact mirrors of each other that we often think (when we think of the discrepancy at all.) What you're telling me is that my suspicion was right — although the light/dark hours you're describing for your near-solstice summer day is roughly equivalent to what I remember growing up with as near-soltstice summer in Nova Scotia. Are you in what might be called the southern hemisphere's temperate zone?
Dec. 8th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
We're at something like 38 South, so I suppose yes. But people often describe the climate here as being similar to that of Los Angeles - which it isn't. For all that Australia is water-poor in the sense of suitability for supporting a large population, the south-east is much wetter than Southern California. And much milder in the winters.

Back home, summer sunsets are well after 21.30 at the peak of it, and summer twilights go on and on and on. Of course, we barely get eight hours of daylight at the bottom of winter, but those endless twilights and endless dawns in summer paid for it all!
Dec. 7th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!
I really was running short of ephemeral time sinks.
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Shall I stuff you a stocking, then?

Edited at 2011-12-07 08:38 pm (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Being a total fandom newbie and never having seen one of these before, what's the protocol on fics that you write for a stocking? Do you put them up on your own site after a while, maybe in late January so that the recipient has a while to enjoy being the sole owner, if owner is the right word? Does the recipient put them up on their LJ? Or do they just keep them on their computer as a private gift?
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
I had wondered about that, too, last year. What tends to happen is that you can indeed put things up on your own site after a while. And some people who write longer stories for someone, one's that would require a whole lot of reply posts to complete because of the character limit in replies, will put their gift story up on, say, their AO3 site, with an author's note that it's a gift for so-and-so, and simply post the link in the stocking reply.
Dec. 8th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Ah, cool! Thank you. *wanders over to the stocking site to look at everyone's preferences*
Dec. 8th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
My work here is done ....
Dec. 17th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Don't despair - remember, you won't be able to see anything in your own stocking until the comm mods unscreen everything!
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