I was just reading a strict little "you may not alter my artwork or display it elsewhere" thing on a site full of images based on Buffy & Angel photos & stills. I had to laugh like a hyena. Good thing you ignored any restrictions on the original material when you made the art in the first place, eh? I could deal with a request not to alter, but a strict "you may not" displays a bit more chutzpah than a fan creator ought to have.
Sorry, didn't mean to go meta there. It just made me laugh.
Today I'm thinking about Xander a bunch, and how to write a complex & interesting Xander without straying too far from canon, or writing an improbable person. Just read the liz_marcs essay on fanon Xander. I haven't read a lot of Xander fanfic, so I'm not sure what the exact common mistakes are, though I can guess.
I don't really have a problem with straying from canon, so long as the characters are recognizably themselves.
Apparently there is a slowdown in Buffy fandom. The main reason given seems to be that the canon is closed, and it closed in an ucky place for many of the interesting character arcs. I guess this just doesn't affect me. I know what happened in season 7; I am ignoring it. I can ignore more than that! I can pick up my stories in season 3 and just follow that trajectory off, in merry disregard for the rest of canon. Doesn't bug me.
I'm interested in Watchers & Slayers, and in the Council. Canon wasn't, except in an inconsistent, poorly-thought-out, plot devicium sort of way. No problem! I'm heading off this way. Maybe you'll find it interesting...
The Buffyverse stories I want to hear have not yet been told by fanfic. As far as I know.
I'm also thinking about a work bug that is baffling the heck out of me. Though really it's time to switch to new implementation mode for mumble. Bleah. Am at home being hassled by the kitten. Husband is also home, with sore throat. He charmingly shared it with me.