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Round 28 of Seasonal Spuffy is open

Just a reminder that our affiliate seasonal_spuffy is kicking off their latest round. The Spring 2020 round of Seasonal Spuffy runs from today (Sunday, May 10) through Monday, May 25, on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth. The theme for this round is Enemies with Benefits. As always, creators are free to interpret the theme however they like or do something else altogether.

If you didn't sign up, you're still welcome to post on the free-for-all days: today (May 10), May 24, and May 25 (plus, occasionally, an extra free-for-all day appears in the middle of the round, so you might want to keep an eye out for news).
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Other Events Around the Net

Our affiliate Seasonal Spuffy has announced that the Spring 2020 round will run from Sunday, May 10, through Monday, May 25, on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.

The theme for this round is Enemies With Benefits. Creators are free to interpret the theme however they wish or do their own thing instead. Original, never-before-posted Spike/Buffy fanworks of any format: fic, art, and beyond are welcome.

You may sign up for a posting day by leaving a comment on the Signup Post on LiveJournal. (LJ login is not necessary for that.)

There will also be free-for-all days on May 10, May 24, and May 25. On those days, anybody may post without signup.

Also, just a reminder that the March Meta Matters Challenge has begun! Anyone can join in anytime this month so dig up some of your old meta!
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The March Meta Matters Challenge

March Meta Matters Challenge banner by thenewbuzzwuzz

Dates: March 1 to April 1

Hello Top 5 Participants!

I would like to let everyone know of a new challenge I am running in March. This challenge was actually inspired by my experience with Top 5 and adding recced works to our new AO3 Collection.

While creators have often used multiple sites to host their works, one type of work has generally been left out of fans' efforts at archiving and preserving fanworks -- meta. In many cases, meta posts have not been copied anywhere else other than the location where they were first posted, leaving them particularly vulnerable to loss. I found, while searching AO3 for content recced at Top 5, that I was finding a good bit of it. But none of it was meta, even though meta has been recced at every session we've held.

So what if we can make a small dent in getting it saved? The March Meta Matters Challenge is focused on not just new meta, but making sure older meta gets a chance to be read and remain a part of fandom history. That's also why the challenge will be using the Archive of Our Own as a destination site.

The MMM Challenge will be a low stress event that provides you reminders and company as you locate and copy over your content. The challenge will also give you an opportunity to promote the meta you're preserving as well as some prompts to write new meta!

Find out more at our introductory post and get some detailed how-to's in our FAQ. The challenge is open to fans at any online location.

I have also attempted to start a feed for the community here on LJ but it seems like there's some sort of error with adding feeds. Would anyone be willing to try adding one? It requires a paid account.

Buffyverse Top 5 Is Now Closed

That groaning squeak you hear is the door being closed on this 2019 session. Although you'll have to put away the pumpkins and trick or treat bags until next year, don't forget to let the creators know how much you've enjoyed the tasty goodies that have been shared.

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We want to remind anyone watching that the only reason membership has become moderated on our LJ account is due to spam accounts (we had one attempt membership just this past week). Actual people wanting to join and post are very welcome and they should get approval notices within 24 hours.

Also, by this time tomorrow all content posted on LJ will be backed up into the Dreamwidth account. petzipellepingo and I urge you to visit the community directly to find additional recs that got posted only on Dreamwidth as you'll find quite a few more works.

buffyversetop5 will reopen for its 2020 session on October 23 at midnight UTC (check when that is in your time zone) and run through November 3. Thank you to everyone who shared lists or stopped by to chime in about them!

Buffyverse Top 5 Closes in 9 hours!

We're down to the final hours of our session, and here's one last recs list of 2019 works from me.

Thanksgiving with the Burkles, 2019 by shadowscast. This ficlet is not only a new work from her in the Buffyverse but it's a sequel! (And also perfect for this new month).

Villains by electric_heart. Fun icon of the Troika. Also I quite liked her pairing icons.

Excardiation by beer_good_foamy. "After Buffy runs away from home, Joyce finds herself bringing home a curious flowerpot from the gallery." Well you know that's not going to go well.

Roses Are Red, Angelus Is Blue by thenewbuzzwuzz. A series of scenes tied together with roses, covering up the scent of denial.

Change, Like Sunshine by still_lycoris. "When Wash first joined the crew, he thought Zoe was Mal's lady. He was quite wrong about that." And Mal was quite wrong about it disrupting a smoothly working ship.

2019 Recs, Post 2

Buffy, Slaying Vampires Since 1996 by shiruji. I have to quibble about the date since it was either earlier with the movie or the TV debut was in 1997, but a cute icon nonetheless!

All the Children I've Had to Say "Good Bye" To by protoneoromantic. Such a strong finish to this, and a title with such a punch when you know who it's said by.

Comics Buffy by misbegotten. Lovely set of Buffy comics icons. No. 5 is my favorite but the Xander one is also striking.

Night Flight by JolieMariella. Wing AU Spike fanart.

The Ballad of Wishverse Giles by thenewbuzwuzz. Giles POV poem. I'd say "fun" but the episode theme wasn't on the happy side, so I'll just point out that it's clever instead ;)

Five multi-chaptered Spuffy fics

I have already recced five short Spuffy fics and this is will be my last entry for this year. It's a list of five multi-chaptered Spuffy fics. All of them have been published and completed in 2019. Hope you enjoy some of them!

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5 random fics in 2019 I enjoyed

This is my last set of recs for this session of buffyversetop5. Thanks as always to the brilliant mods for hosting this every year, and thank you to everyone who has added wonderful recs, both old and new, to my ‘to read list'. Anyway, on with the motley...

Confidence by Deangerous - nice, believable moment between Cordy and Xander when he tells her about sleeping outside at Christmas.

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5 vids by 1SnoWhiteQueen1

1SnoWhiteQueen1 has been on a roll making Buffy and Angel vids this year. I just don't understand how it's possible to create so many vids in such a short time AND with such terrific quality. The editing is fantastic, the colours are gorgeous, they're filled with action and/or drama, they let the characters shine... It's simply amazing and I'm totally in awe (and very envious) of 1SnoWhiteQueen1's skills!

The following 5 are just the tip of the iceberg; all 1SnoWhiteQueen1's vids come recommended (and there are a lot of them).

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5 Spuffy one-shots

Can you believe that more than twenty years after the show first aired numerous fanfics are still being written and published? It shows that BtVS really has stood the test of time and that the fandom is still alive and kicking. Yay! So from all those wonderful new stories here are five which are short and Spuffy and have been first published in 2019. 

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