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First and foremost, welcome to the Shoobie comm on DW! The mods and I are still figuring out the finer points of how things work here, so bear with us.

And speaking of trying new things, guess what we’re doing this month?

New Frontiers Challenge photo New Frontiers Challenge.jpg

That’s right! It’s May here on the comm which means we’re encouraging you to step outside your comfort zone and write something you’ve been too afraid to try. For example: a pairing you’ve never written before, your fave characters as inanimate objects, a new fandom, a new trope, an original fic.

Since we are all busy Shoobies with a lot of irons in the fire, we’re keeping this roughly drabble-sized. Of course, if you’d like to do something longer I’m certainly not going to stop you. LOL!

We will share links/post our offerings at the last workshop day of the month, May 26th. Let’s explore some new frontiers! You know you want to! ::grins::

If you’re looking for some inspiration, may I suggest the daily prompts at [community profile] comment_fic, or [community profile] whatif_au which just put up a new AU theme for this month?

Anyone else have suggestions for inspiring some new fic directions?

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Date: 2017-05-01 04:14 am (UTC)
ashen_key: ([OB] all just tiny dots of light)
From: [personal profile] ashen_key
I think currently, stepping out of my comfort zone is 'write fic'. BUT HEY, I also have a new fandom which is scary, so maybe, 'write more Dragon Age fic' will cover it.

Also, HELLO. Second check-in in a row, maybe I can do this...

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Date: 2017-05-01 04:18 am (UTC)
rootsofthestories: "If you are reading this, then you are awesome." (personal: awesome)
From: [personal profile] rootsofthestories
*cheers you on!* You got this, friend. Write your fic and explore your shiny new fandom with love in your eyes.

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Date: 2017-05-01 08:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] china_shop
Ooh, yay new fandom! \o/

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Date: 2017-05-01 01:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wildpear
Yay! New fandom and showing your beautiful face! (Um, metaphorically I guess.)

It's good to see you. <3



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Date: 2017-05-02 01:58 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (fangirl (bisty_icons))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
New fandom! Yay! ^_^

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Date: 2017-05-01 04:21 am (UTC)
rootsofthestories: (misc: create caffeine and crash)
From: [personal profile] rootsofthestories
So, fun fact: I used to do an RP with my friends where we RPed the inanimate objects of various characters from RENT. Yeah, I don't even know, ya'll.

As for new frontiers, uhm....I have no idea what i'm doing right now. I feel like I'm in the 'writing fic' is my new frontier but hat's not entirely true. I just fell out of the habit of regularly writing for a while there. However, I think my attempts will be to work on the fic I've started already, which is kind of new and kind of comfortable at the same time (new pairing, old themes.).

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Date: 2017-05-01 08:59 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
I used to do an RP with my friends where we RPed the inanimate objects of various characters from RENT.

Hee! That's awesome!

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Date: 2017-05-01 04:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blueraccoon
ahahaha I forgot it wasn't my turn to post so I did the whole thing then saw you'd just posted and ran to delete mine. *facepalm* It's been a Weekend, okay, and I'm not quite sober.

Honestly I could use some spare hugs or sympathy today, I've had a really rough weekend and am just low.

New fic directions: Well, my 21st century AU has turned into kidfic, does that count? And I keep thinking over this idea for a slightly different twist on something but I can't make it work past the opening scene so I think maybe it's not meant to be.

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Date: 2017-05-01 05:13 am (UTC)
rootsofthestories: Two cats hugging. (misc: cuddling cats)
From: [personal profile] rootsofthestories
I'm offering hugs. Lots of hugs. Because while this weekend has not been too bad, tonight got kind of rough for me too and if I can help someone else feel better, i wanna do it.

So there are hugs. I can also provide cute cat pictures of my very own and happy music if you'd like.

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Date: 2017-05-01 04:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] owlmoose
I just want to say that I'm so happy that this community has moved to DW (even if the circumstances were less than ideal), and I hope that gives me incentive to start participating again. :)

I'm not sure if I have anything to do for the challenge, but I will definitely think about it.

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Date: 2017-05-01 05:16 am (UTC)
green: Peter Hale with the text "Satan in a V-neck" (teen wolf: peter (satan in a v-neck))
From: [personal profile] green
*dances around in new space* YAY!

I guess going outside my comfort zone would be writing... het? Or maybe a crossover? I have other things I need to work on but I'll maybe jot something down for this.

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Date: 2017-05-01 08:34 am (UTC)
fengirl88: (seriously)
From: [personal profile] fengirl88
*waves*

current fic (previously known as three fics fighting in a sack, for a pairing I haven't written before) is proving to be outside my comfort zone to such an extent that I keep not writing it, and have even resorted to trying to write the next part of Patterns of Light instead.

these are desperate times, Shoobies...

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Date: 2017-05-01 08:57 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
is proving to be outside my comfort zone to such an extent that I keep not writing it

Ahaha. I know that feeling so well! *cheers you on*

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Date: 2017-05-01 08:56 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
Ooh! Frontiers! Okay, then! I will try writing something a) for a Kdrama, or b) original, or c) in Korean. Or maybe two of the above, together. Not sure which, yet, though. :-)

Another suggestion for inspiration is [community profile] fan_flashworks, which has a new prompt every 10 days or so, and you can earn achievement badges, if that's your jam. (Full disclosure: I'm one of the mods.)

I spent today proofreading and formatting, so no writing happened, but I'm going to do at least 10 minutes tomorrow... and I just started reading Romancing the Beat (How to Write Kissing Books) by Gwen Hayes, so I'm hoping that'll kickstart something.

*waves to everyone*

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Date: 2017-05-01 09:03 am (UTC)
smallhobbit: (Edel Lion)
From: [personal profile] smallhobbit
Fully endorsing Fan_Flashworks (how do I incorporate the comm thingy on DW, I know how to do it on LJ). But then I'm what's known as an over-achiever (I may just have earned my 91st badge). Not that I'm obsessed or anything ;)

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Date: 2017-05-01 09:07 am (UTC)
smallhobbit: (ferret)
From: [personal profile] smallhobbit
Since I cannot post on May 26, as I am away, does that mean I'm excused this month's challenge? I could bring a note from my mother, but the poor old dear is confused enough already without me adding to it. (Her opening gambit when I saw her last week was "I successfully got rid of the two old mattresses." A bit like a fic where the author has failed to provide any background information.)

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Date: 2017-05-01 10:27 am (UTC)
prisca: (ava - terrible life)
From: [personal profile] prisca
Not sure if it is a good idea to try something new in the moment. I'm still struggling with words. All I managed to write last month were minifills and drabbles; everything which might turn into a longer fic discourages me :( I miss my old writing mood.

But maybe, just maybe, I could try to challenge myself with watching movies I always wanted to watch but never did and to write at least drabble for these movies afterward. New challenge, new fandoms. Hmmm ... we will see.

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Date: 2017-05-01 10:40 am (UTC)
smallhobbit: (dragon)
From: [personal profile] smallhobbit
Writing drabbles for movies is a brilliant idea. I nearly always begin in new fandoms by writing drabbles.

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Date: 2017-05-01 12:18 pm (UTC)
nagi_schwarz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nagi_schwarz
I am excited for new frontiers, for reals. New comm location, plus new fandoms! I have a couple of new fandoms I want to try out, so this will be the best chance to do it. Gonna start small, either with drabbles or with crossovers. Good times!

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Date: 2017-05-01 12:58 pm (UTC)
moth2fic: quotation: so busy I don't know etc. (minifesto_busy)
From: [personal profile] moth2fic
Wildly excited not only that you/we are here, but that I'm getting the posts! No idea what was wrong on LJ but here you are, all safe and sound!!

I kind of got ahead of myself this year in stepping outside my comfort zone. I am co-authoring a BB fic which is quite a new departure for both me and co-author. By the way, it doesn't halve the work so much as double it! I am also uploading an SGA fic as a WIP, which is something I don't normally do, and it is also completely based on prompts so that I have very little idea where it's going. So that's both scary and interesting and is a kind of writing experiment.

I'm all snarled up in publishing, too, so I really don't have time to do anything particular this month but will watch others with interest!

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Date: 2017-05-01 01:01 pm (UTC)
moth2fic: quotation: so busy I don't know etc. (minifesto_busy)
From: [personal profile] moth2fic
Also, I forgot I was going to tell you guys about a new collection on AO3. I'm one of the mods and we want contributions - all fandoms welcome!! Please visit:
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/aintnorestforthewicked/profile

It might suit some of you as something new to try - drabbles are fine.

So please advertise it far and wide!!
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Date: 2017-05-01 01:29 pm (UTC)
thewhitelily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewhitelily
Hooray for Dreamwidth!

Ah, new frontiers month. I had such a great time with this last year, I've been looking forward to doing it again. And... well, I know what I've always been too scared to try, but I'm not sure I'm ready for that so I'll make that a stretch goal to mitigate the risk of ending up with a nervous breakdown instead of a story. ;)

I do have a whatif_AU story in the works (for last month's challenge, but still), but it's not especially new to me. What to try, hmmm... New fandom, perhaps? The inanimate thing is intriguing, I've never done either inanimate object perspective or a characters-as-inanimates-AU. I wondered about a fairytale fusion/magical realism AU, or something like that, all of which would be pretty new for me. So many options--but then, I've got the whole month to procrastinate do it...

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Date: 2017-05-01 01:39 pm (UTC)
wildpear: (Blue sky raven (nomnomicons))
From: [personal profile] wildpear
Hello!

*breathes deep; stretches out into new space*

New Frontiers, huh? How appropriate! Well, for me, I started my first poly fic last month (at least I think that's where it's going, the characters aren't entirely sure) and that's, yeah, so new and challenging for me that it got me working on the novel again?

Well, only sort of. Actually getting actual words on the page on something, anything, jump-started me again, and the fact that the fic is difficult for me has definitely encouraged jumping back and forth some, anyway. Also I am trying to properly outline the novel for once, and actually outlining fiction is totally new for me. I always mean to, but as soon as I get a sort of feel for the story I just wind up writing until I get stuck. So that's actually a new frontier for me as well!

And I'm trying to start blogging semi-regularly, just to get over the hump of always feeling like I have to have something important to say before writing, and to practice brevity, and to connect with folks a bit more. Jumping ship from LJ to DW definitely inspired me: now that most of us are all in one place, it felt like time to give blogging a chance.

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Date: 2017-05-01 02:40 pm (UTC)
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So many comments! (therearewords on LJ, give me a moment to get myself a more familiar face)
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Date: 2017-05-01 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Yay! So glad to see you guys posting here!

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Date: 2017-05-01 05:49 pm (UTC)
credoimprobus: Text: Writing! 90% failure & agony, 10% dubious triumph (( writing! ))
From: [personal profile] credoimprobus
I have no idea what I'd do for this, but I could seriously, seriously use something to shake things up. I have kind of been wanting to write again lately, but for lack of anything (appealing enough) to write, nothing's really happening. The one thing I do know is that I need something new and fresh to properly cleanse my writerly palate with if I ever want to return to my languishing WIPs.

(Fanfic has usually been great for this, but I alas haven't met any new fandoms I've felt driven to write in quite a while. Doesn't help that my current main fandom is one I'm emphatically not transformative-fannish about, heh.)

Actually, on that note: anyone wanna rec me some shiny new femslash fandoms? Bonus for easily-consumed canons, like movies or short-season tv shows.

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Date: 2017-05-02 02:05 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (Middleman - Lacey and Wendy (meganbmoore)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Doesn't help that my current main fandom is one I'm emphatically not transformative-fannish about, heh.

Yikes, that really doesn't help. Good luck finding something you click with in that way!

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Date: 2017-05-02 01:54 am (UTC)
aome: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aome
I've been bitten by an original fic plot bunny recently, but I'm still not entirely sure the overall path I want the plot to take. Like ... I have the main character in mind and the main issues that will happen, but not the filler, and not how I want the resolution to go. Or how long I want it to be, lol.

Of course, this presumes I find time to write again, which I haven't done in basically a month. :P And I missed commenting on the last two Shoobie posts at LJ. *cries*

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Date: 2017-05-02 04:01 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
Or how long I want it to be, lol.

Hee! Good luck figuring it out, and finding the time! ♥

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Date: 2017-05-02 02:03 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - box of zombies (kasmir))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Late-ish reply (it was a day), but I can't not comment on the inaugural "we're here now!" post, no matter how quite I've been for the last...while.

I haven't written a word (literally, I think) for a few months; IIRC my total for the year so far is only a few thousand words, and I'm not at all happy about it, but my brain is just refusing to cooperate. Like, I haven't even been opening WIP files and staring blankly at them, which is my norm. (I'm not sure if not doing that is an improvement. I guess maybe in some ways.)

Given that I mostly just want to be writing SOMETHING, I'm not sure how much outside my comfort zone I'm likely to get. I'll be happy if I just get some damn words.

But all of that aside, I'm so happy to see people here on this side! Folks who know me know how much I love it on Dreamwidth. ^_^ I hope those of you who're newer come to love it too.

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Date: 2017-05-02 03:58 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop


*wishes you inspiration*
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