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17 January 2010 @ 02:38 pm
Five Reasons We're Lucky to have Moscow Watcher  
1.  Her rec lists!  Moscow is a voracious reader who searches fandom for entertaining fanfic and brings back the spoils to share with us all.  (She's also a die-hard commenter and aren't we lucky to have her feedback, writers?)  Here are her Summer and Fall Fic Rec lists for 2009.  She's been doing these for a few years now so be sure and check out the older lists too!


After years of reading and sharing recs of the fic she's enjoyed, Moscow finally conquered the English language and started writing fanfic to share with us English-speaking folk (she's been writing Buffyverse fanfic in Russian for many years).  She doesn't merely write stories with fascinating plot twists - she writes layered meta wrapped up in wonderful characterization and laugh-so-hard-you-might-die hilarity.  Her humor, insight and brilliant mind are on display in all their glory in these two seasonal_spuffy  installments that explore magic and memories:

2.  She Will Remember Him?  -  As we know, in summer of 2000 monks had rewritten everybody's memories. What do characters remember about the events of season 2 now?

3.  Tabula Not Rasa  -  Xander hasn't stepped on the memory-wiping crystal, so Willow had to find another way to restore their memories. All their memories.  Post-Tabula Rasa. 


The next story is a personal favorite of mine.  I don't think I've truly voiced how impressed I am with how Moscow took an AU idea and created a mystery of Season 5 where Faith is pregnant with the Key and Xander is left wondering how the hell he became the hero of the piece.  Two beloved characters become leads in this season-long tale filled with angst, betrayal, desperation and the true test of an individual's humanity: how far would you go to protect your child?

4.  Black Magic, White Lies  -  Xander thinks he has a little secret. He doesn't know that his little secret is a part of a big fat conspiracy. 


5.  Her icons!  Moscow creates some of the most hilarious and poignant icons and guess what?  They're animated!  Many of them can be found at fantas_magoria  but I'm holding out hope she'll do a wrap-up post soon.  Here are a few offerings I've collected of her work.


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(May I include a Dollhouse one?  Or two?)

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moscow_watcher  =  

She's a chronicler, a fabulous author and an artist.  She makes our fandom a better place.
 
 
 
 
Rebcake: doll_adellerebcake on January 17th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
May I present another magnificent 2009 icon from the lady of the piece?

You are right on all counts, of course. We are very, very lucky to have her on our team.
Emmie: Buffy and Willow Gossipangearia on January 17th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was looking for that icon but couldn't find it!

*nods* I'd vote her for MVP. ♥

She's also responsible for bringing me into LJ-land.
(no subject) - moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, Emmie. I'm so embarrassed, and thrilled, and flattered with this post. I love my fandom so much - it's so creative, so passionate, so clever, so full of wonderful people like you.

*hugs tightly*
Emmie: Scoobies Unconditional Loveangearia on January 17th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
*hugs you even tighter* You give so much of yourself and your talent to us, lovey. I wanted you to know we appreciate you madly. ♥

On a list of the best, your name is at the top for me.

Edited at 2010-01-17 08:07 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - angearia on January 17th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kallysten: *glomps*kallysten on January 17th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
*nodnod*
WORD
Elenamoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: *nodnod*
*hugs* thank you, hon.
Mrs Darcy: OT3 by moscow_watcherelisi on January 17th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I APPROVE OF THIS POST!

And this icon is yet another one of hers, that - as far as I can remember - she knocked up on the spot because I thought a S/B/A icon would be neat to own.
Elena: Spangelmoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I'm ogling these scenes so often I think I could draw storyboards from memory. So, capping the right frame and then cropping it was a matter of minutes. :)
(no subject) - elisi on January 17th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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petzipellepingo: buffyversetop5 snow by eyesthatslaypetzipellepingo on January 17th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
She makes our fandom a better place.


She does indeed, thanks for this post.
Emmieangearia on January 17th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I find it wonderful that one of the Queens of Recs (bah! you're rec royalty, too, didn't you know?) is so very rec-a-ble herself.

Edited at 2010-01-17 08:41 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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beer_good_foamy on January 17th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
I whole-heartedly agree with and endorse this list. :-) And use a moscow_watcher icon, of course.
Elena: Fuffy kissmoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'm endorsed by The Great and All-Mighty beer_good_foamy! *iz proud*

Thank you! :)
brutti_ma_buoni: naughty rulesversebrutti_ma_buoni on January 17th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hear hear!

Spontaneously generous icon-donation too (see icon for just one example). The rec lists are marvellous, and the overall fandom support is greatly appreciated.
Elena: Scoobiesmoscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)

It's a priviledge - to be a member of such a great fandom and to make icons for such exceptional fanfiction :)
Pam V: Happy Butterfliespamsblau on January 17th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Moscow rulzzzz!She is really very talented and is the one who showed me the lj land,too!*sends hugs to her*I hadn't known that she's an artist as well.I've only seen a few things, i know her as one of the best writers, though.

Anyways, Word, Emmie, Word!
Emmieangearia on January 17th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
*nods* She's very diverse in her talents.
(no subject) - moscow_watcher on January 17th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
penny_lane_42 on January 17th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I always say that she's the most accommodating person in fandom: it blows my mind the way I'll off-handedly mention that I'm looking for a specific kind of fic or a certain icon and BOOM! Within moments, she's produced a link or a graphic! We are blessed to have her as part of our fandom!
Emmieangearia on January 17th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yes! And if there isn't an icon like the one you're looking for, she'll make it for you.
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yourlibrarianyourlibrarian on January 17th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Top 5 is certainly better off for all Moscow's contributions :)
Emmieangearia on January 17th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Indeed. :)
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Emmieangearia on January 17th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Bright spot indeed. :)
verity: do you wannaladyofthelog on January 18th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Excellent post! moscow_watcher's recs list have been an invaluable resource in working my way back through the annals of Spuffy fic (as I just entered the awesome world of Buffy fandom in May - geez, it seems longer). Her fic also rocks. Yay, moscow_watcher! <3
Emmie: Buffy Happy Superheroangearia on January 18th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Yay Moscow!
(no subject) - moscow_watcher on January 18th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Caroline: Dark Kissjamalov29 on January 18th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
Fandom wouldn't be same without Moscow's briiliant presence.
Emmieangearia on January 18th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Yes yes.
(no subject) - moscow_watcher on January 18th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Elenamoscow_watcher on January 18th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs*
lusciousxander: Xander by moscow_watcherlusciousxander on January 18th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
Awww, Moscow! She made me my first S8 icon *points at icon* and other beautiful icons as well. She has amazing ideas for fanfic and she's always there to help! She's amazing!
Elena: Scoobiesmoscow_watcher on January 18th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I remember our first encounter on elisi's LJ about three years ago. There was a discussion of a not-yet-published Buffy comic. I predicted that Joss will go for a Buffy/Xander romance; you predicted that it won't happen. Now, three years later, Joss has realized both our predictions. Evil Joss! :)
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