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Day 4 - The meaning behind your Tumblr name

There's nothing very exciting to tell ...

My Tumblr name is the same as my Livejournal name, Dizzojay.

Dizzo is a nickname based on my surname that I've had for years, long before I joined fandom and I'm just Dizzo on Fanfiction.net which was my first fandom online home.

When I decided to join Livejournal, there was already a Dizzo on there, so I added my first initial, J, or Jay.

Ever since then, I've been Dizzojay on most of the online platforms I've joined, including Tumblr, which I no longer use or hardly ever visit because there's just too many crazies over there for my liking!

Day 3
dizzojay: (Dean)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sasha_dragon, [livejournal.com profile] wings128, and dugindeep


These ladies make a very valid point in this piece, that the nature of fandom is changing.  It's a slow, insidious process, but I can notice the difference from the six years that I've been in fandom.

Feedback is the lifeblood of creativitiy, and creativity is the lifeblood of fandom.  Without feedback we are, as cherie_morte so beautifully put it, 'just shouting into a void'. I'm only active in the Supernatural fandom, so I can't say if this is a universal trend or just one within our fandom, but it's a sad one in any case.

A lot of people do seem to be migrating over to Twitter and Tumblr.  I won't be one of them.  Although I have accounts which I rarely use on both, I also loathe them both.  I dislike the impersonalness (is that even a word??) of those platforms, and the brevity which they encourage, to the point that I don't actually even get the point of them.

When you have put your heart and soul into writing a story, or creating art, you want to know what people think.  What do they particularly like about it?  What do they think you could have done better?  Did it make them laugh?  Did it make them cry?  Did it provoke thought?   This kind of feedback is the fuel that keeps the engine of fandom running.

A one-click A03 kudos, or 'like' on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, while a decent gesture which is nevertheless appreciated, is an easy get-out which removes that interaction; that chance to brighten someone's day with a positive comment.  It could be the difference between a writer being inspired to carry on, or giving up.

That's why I love Livejournal.  Quite apart from the fact that I've met an inordinate number of extraordinary people through it, it promotes interaction.  It doesn't give you the one-click easy option of a 'like' button.  It's a platform for giving and sharing and making friends, not just for 'shouting into the void'.

So I'll echo these lovely ladies and say, let's keep commenting, keep reviewing, and leaving that feedback.  Whether it be here on Livejournal, or on A03, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or wherever - when someone's spent a month writing a 10,000 word story, surely they deserve two minutes of your time to say thank you.

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't been as active on reading and commenting of late, real life has seen to that; but even if it takes me a month to get round to it, I always try to leave a few words of encouragement whenever I read something.  Reading these posts has made me even more determned to stand by that pledge.

So please, let's keep our wonderful fandom active and motivated.  We all owe this fandom so much, we've all benefited from being part of it; so let's pay a little forward, and make sure everyone else gets as much joy and inspiration from our fandom as we all have.

It's the least we can do!

This ...

Jan. 1st, 2016 09:32 pm
dizzojay: (Dean)
This turned up on my Facebook newsfeed yesterday. It seemed quite relevant given that Sherlock is airing now, as I write!

dizzojay: (Dean)
I've just got in from a wonderful day in London with

[livejournal.com profile] amberdreams
[livejournal.com profile] herminekurotowa
[livejournal.com profile] big_heart_june
[livejournal.com profile] alexisjane
[livejournal.com profile] deceptivemirror
[livejournal.com profile] andiivalo
[livejournal.com profile] deanshot
[livejournal.com profile] the_rant_girl
[livejournal.com profile] riyku

and with us in spirit [livejournal.com profile] jj1564 (feel better soon hun x)

For those of you that I knew already, it was awesome to catch up again, and for those of you that I met for the first time today in real life, my life became a little bit richer today for having you guys in it.

You lovely ladies rock; the Supernatural fandom rocks.

I'm a lucky, lucky Dizzo!


(ps - I don't think I forgot anyone, but if I did, it's not because I don't care about them, it's because I'm a pillock!)
dizzojay: (Dean)
This was a question posed at [livejournal.com profile] positively_spn and it really made me think.  In the end I decided that I wanted to share my answer (with some embellishments now I've had time to think about it) with my F-list seeing as it concerns you all ...

What our little show means to me ... )
dizzojay: (Dean)
Yesterday was Fanfiction Writers Appreciation Day and it's fantastic to have the opportunity to thank all the great writers we have floating around in this deep pool of talent that we call the Supernatural Fandom.

I think it's fair to say that pretty much the only reading I've done in the last couple of years is fanfiction, and that is because it's wonderful and fascinating, and whether it be J2, Destiel, Wincest, Casefic, Crack, or my personal favourite, Hurt Comfort, I can't get enough of it.

As a general rule, I try to comment on everything I read; as a fanfiction writer, I know exactly how some nice supportive feedback can make your day, and it gives me deep joy to return that favour whenever I can.

So here's a list of some of the fabulous, talented writers that I really love to read; you guys have given me endless hours of enjoyment, and I hope you will continue to do so, so here's a big thank you from me.

[livejournal.com profile] vansgroi
[livejournal.com profile] herminekurotowa
[livejournal.com profile] amberdreams
[livejournal.com profile] sasha_dragon
[livejournal.com profile] jj1564
[livejournal.com profile] etoile_etiolee
[livejournal.com profile] disneymagics
[livejournal.com profile] milly_gal
[livejournal.com profile] tifaching
[livejournal.com profile] leighannwallace
[livejournal.com profile] firesign10

I have lots of other great writers on my F-list, and I may not have got round to reading all of them yet, but there's plenty of time ... I think it's safe to say that the only reading I'm going to get done over the next couple of years will be Fanfiction as well  :)
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Well, it's over.  GISHWHES 2015 came and went.  It was the first GISHWHES I've actively taken part in as a team member, but I had an idea of what to expect as I've always been there on the periphery to help out if needed in the past.

It's been an amazing and mind-expanding (or is that mindbending) blast, and our team, SPNFamilyBusiness, including jj1564, amberdreams, and theymp among others, eventually managed to complete a fantastic 111 tasks out of the 218 (I think) that were listed.

Misha's goal when devising GISHWHES was, not only to compel people to perform random acts of kindness but also to develop and challenge individuals; drawing them out of their comfort zone and making them do things they would never otherwise think of doing.

Um, yes, Misha; I think it's fair to say you certainly succeeded in your grand plan!!

So for your delectation, here's a pictorial rundown of my own personal humiliations achievements.  Feel free to laugh and point; I won't mind ...

Silliness here ... )
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dizzojay: (Dean)
It was lovely to meet up with my gorgeous ladies,  jj1564 and  milly_gal, together with the little plastic people on Sunday to celebrate JJ's birthday.  But although she was the birthday girl, it wasn't just JJ that was treated with some scrummy gifts.

I am now the proud owner of this fantastic picture by Milly of my Doctor Who OTP - The Tenth Doctor and Rose!  Me loves it :)

Aren't I a lucky Dizzo!!!

Sorry about the reflections - that's the problem with taking photos of pictures under glass!
dizzojay: (Dean)
You know you're lost to the world of normal people when you go out for lunch with a couple of friends, and instead of asking for:

You ask for orange J2 instead.

dizzojay: (Dean)
It ocurred to me yesterday that this week marks a momentous anniversary for me ...

It's five years since I entered fandom. That is to say, five years since I posted my very first Supernatural fanfiction over on Fanfiction.net, and that was my first step on this amazing journey I've been on with all you amazing and wonderful guys.

That journey has brought me lots of great friends, taken me to conventions, rekindled my love of creative writing, taught me how to make digital art, brought the little plastic people into my life, and generally been one of the best things I have ever done.

And yet, at the beginning of it all was one little story.  Something that came to me quite randomly one evening and just nagged and niggled at me, until it insisted on being posted online for posterity; and in celebration of my five year anniversary - this is that story, exactly as I wrote it five years ago!


Rating: K+
Genre: Humour
Characters: Sam, Dean, Castiel
Spoilers/Warnings: none
Word Count: approx 700
Disclaimer: I don't own them

Poor Castiel gets it wrong again. Dean gets cross. Sam gets pizza. )

dizzojay: (Dean)
Well, that's it, JIBCon is over for another year, and yet again, we have a treasure trove of memories to pack in our excess baggage for the flight home.

Happy post here! )
dizzojay: (Dean)
What's the collective noun for hyper-excited fangirls?

Whatever it is, this is what it looks like:

L - R: yours truly, Elisa, xlittleangx, Viv, milly_gal, sasha_dragon.  Absentees include amberdreams who was at the VIP table and jj1564 who had retired to the hotel for a very well-deserved rest.

Taken at the Jason Manns concert around the time when it had become pretty certain that Jensen was going to be appearing!!!

My beautiful girlies!


Apr. 28th, 2015 10:27 pm
dizzojay: (Dean)
This is Cole, my latest picture for A14,.
This was a second attempt; I abandoned the first attempt about half way through because I wasn't happy with it, thankfully it seemed to work out second time round!

Cole )
dizzojay: (Dean)

There are a few basic facts in life that everyone accepts.

Rain's wet
Politicians lie
Gravity sticks you to the ground
All the nicest food makes you fat
Death and taxes are the only certainties

and ...
Jensen wins the E!Online Alpha Male competition

Yes, it's that time again.
Jensen, Jared and Misha have all made the final 64 and now voting is open in round one.
You can find Misha in game 1.4, Jared in game 4.2 and Jensen in game 6.3 - but ultimately this competition is all about Jensen who has
OWNED this title ever since its inception in 2009!

So *cracks knuckles* here I am to preserve the natural order.
I'm ready, willing and able to do my duty for his Alpha-Ackleness

are you?

You can vote HERE

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Can I just say a big thank you to the guys who gave me the heads up that five of my works were among many that had been filched off of AO3 by some bot-ridden sinkhole called http://www.ebooks-tree.com/

The good news is, it looks like our little crusade worked, and thief-site got the message.  As at my last check, my stories have gone and so have those of a couple of other authors I know had the same problem.

Thanks also to the ever-awesome AO3 who took the problem very seriously and posted all sorts of useful advice.

I guess we'll never stop this sort of thievery from happening but it's good to know that our voices are heard when it does!

And now, have some complimentary Jensen to celebrate ... )

Oh Dear ...

Apr. 6th, 2015 06:01 pm
dizzojay: (Dean)
ATTENTION: Asylum 14 girls ... we'll have to be gentle with Jensen this summer.

... we're obviously working him far too hard.
dizzojay: (Dean)
I've said it before and I will unashamedly say it again; I have been overwhelmed by the embarrassment of riches that my gorgeous f-listies have treated me with for my birthday.

I said I would make sure I thanked each and every one of you in person, and I'm working my way through, but I thought that first I would make up a masterpost because it would be an act of supreme selfishness to keep all that pretty to myself - particularly as much of it seems to revolve around a certain bow-legged gentleman whose name begins with 'J'.

So, with further ado ...

From jeweledvixen                Birthday shiny here
From milly_gal                      Mini fun here
From milly_gal                       J2 Gorgeousness here
From jj1564                            Mini fun here
From alexisjane                     Animal magic here
From cassiopeia7                  Birthday shiny and Jensen love here
From jj1564                            J2 scrumptiousness here
From sasha_dragon              Jensen deliciousness here
From big_heart_june            Jensen dreaminess here
From blackrabbit42               Birthday bunny here
From fireheart13                    Birthday shiny here
From chellexxx                      Birthday shiny here
From metallidean_grl            Birthday cupcakes here
From vexed_wench               Jensen cuteness here
From 999alena                       Birthday shiny here
From heliokleia                      Adorable cakes and J2 here
From emmatheslayer            J2 huggableness here
From casey28                        Jensen being irresistable here
From vansgroi                       Mini fun here
From vansgroi                       Fab fic here

And this list doesn't even include all the PM's and virtual gifts i received, or the amazing presents from various f-listies including stickers, badges, temporary demon possession tattoos, a year's paid account and an offer of a funko mini of my choice!  You awesome guys know who you are ...

So, as you can see - I am, indeed, a very, very lucky Dizzo; allow me to illustrate my feelings toward my f-list through the medium of Jensen Ackles ...

If I've missed anyone's submission off this list, it's not because I didn't like it, it's because I'm a nit; so please let me know so that I can add it!
dizzojay: (Dean)
I'm just dropping by between spoiling myself and being spoiled, to say thank you.  I am overwhelmed by all your lovely messages, cards and gifts on my special day!

I'll respond to each and every one of them personally, I promise, but that might take a day or two as I'm going to be out of circulation for a good lump of tomorrow, so in the meantime, I'll leave it to Dean to sum up my thoughts in his usual eloquent way:

My amazing f-listies, whether I've had the good fortune to meet you out there in the real world, or whether you  live in my laptop ...


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