|August 10th, 2014 07:59 pm - Camping Weekend in Review|
|July 29th, 2014 07:59 pm|
1. The sheet music offer is still open to people in my circles, since I didn't exactly get overloaded with requests. (and I haven't gotten around to putting the scanner away yet.)
2. The reason I haven't posted anything substantial here since con.txt is... *drumroll* .... I am feeling guilty about not doing the con-txt followup I said I should do. So if there's something I told you I would do at/after con-txt and I haven't done it yet, pls poke me again? Either I've forgotten or I've been marinating in procrastinator's guilt and need somebody to kick me in the reset button.
3. So I finally watched Pacific Rim! It came in at the library, and people were still excited about it at con-txt, and also I acquired this DVD projector I wanted to test, so we watched it projected on a sheet taped up to the screen porch, because that seems like the right way to watch a movie like that. (Then I watched it on my laptop so I could actually catch the details. Like Raleigh's drivesuit scars that there is NO FANFIC AT ALL ABOUT, wtf fandom.)
Anyway not going to bother with a spoiler cut since it's a year old and I'm not discussing plots, but here are my thoughts:
Both the worldbuilding and the plot are 100% incoherent, the giant monster fights were okay but I kept getting distracted from the awesome by trying and failing to make them make sense, they really really really dropped the ball on diversity otherwise even though Idris Elba is amazing and Mako is also amazing, but don't let anyone tell you her story was groundbreaking, it's pretty standard and it's mostly about the men in her life.
This will probably remain a favorite of mine, because it is approx. 0% heterosexuality by weight. And that doesn't mean it's particularly queer either - there's just no portrayal of sexuality in it at all. This is a movie where you can easily argue that not only all the protagonists, but also the entire society, is asexual and aromantic.
And for a movie that is almost entirely about close, intense relationships, that's astonishing - but all the relationships, from Newt and Hermann's working partnership, to the various family relationships, to Mako and Raleigh's adorable bffs-at-first-sight, this is a movie that glorifies the nonromantic and nonsexual to the extent that it seems to forget that romantic and sexual exist. Other than one line in a flashback where a tertiary character casually mentions a semi-successful date, there's nothing - no offhand attempts to establish the heroes' het cred, no background advertisements selling sex, no casual references to attractiveness, not even any mentions of, like, people having parents who were a couple, that I can recall. (Even the Kaidonovskys, iirc, aren't mentioned as a couple in the movie canon, and don't interact in any blatantly romantic ways - taking the movie as a standalone, they could be, you know, cousins.)
And that was - it was so restful, you can't even imagine. Finally a movie that felt like home, it was so great.
..so then I went back to the fanfic and of course it's like 90% shipping by weight. I know I almost always end up dissatisfied with the shippy fic once I watch canon, but in this case it left me ... itchy, probably because of the way the canon just felt so comfortable in its total lack of shipping and sexuality.
So I read some of the Newt/Hermann fic I'd been saving until I saw the movie, and it still did what Newt/Hermann fandom does so well - body mods, soulbonding, relationships with long histories, social maladjustment, disability, extremely smart people who like showing off, competence porn, snark hiding affection, xenophilia, unconventional domesticity, weird telepathy stuff, people two feet beyond the end of their rope who can't even remember how to fall, etc. -- all things I like in a pairing, and it left me deeply unsatisfied.
So then I checked out the novelization because I'd heard it was good and it seemed like it might be what I wanted in terms of More Of Canon, but I still get too antsy to have gotten very far, because something in me knows exactly what I wanted out of Pac Rim fandom, and that's not it.
So finally I sat down and asked myself, okay, what is it you do want out of this fandom that you're not getting?
I want some fanfic that's novel-length, about the doomed, hotshot pilots who risk their lives fighting to protect the defenseless, in the last days of the Resistance, with an aesthetic of abandoned WWII bunker + neon and tattoos + sweeping vistas + SF technology taken for granted, in a war where the stakes are so high that entire planetary ecologies are just minor collateral damage, and a society's been torn apart so long that nobody hasn't lost something, heart and home. With a cast that's blatantly, in-your-face diverse on a bunch of axes, dealing with disabilities and scars both mental and physical and loss after loss of loved ones, but resilient and idealistic despite that, drinking their pain away in makeshift dive bars deep in massive, hastily-assembled military installations. Most of the important relationships aren't romantic, and there's lots of stuff with organized crime intersecting the resistance, plus aliens and robots and maybe some poorly explained psi powers.
..and then I went "oh crap, I know what that is" and started re-reading the X-Wing novels instead.
So there's that.
I did start a Newt/Hermann fic where one of the side effects of Drifting is that you are no longer neurologically capable of finding your Drift partner sexually attractive - because that's the other thing that I *definitely* wanted out of this fandom - but even odds now if I'll finish that before I finish the one about Master Pentecost and his motley band of Jedi Pilot trainees and washouts, one last holdout on the Planet of the Kaiju in the decades after the clone wars, and how former Knight Beckett showed Mako Mori the way to her Jedi trials.
(The X-Wing novels hold up surprisingly well, better than I feared! I'm noticing some of the really awful stuff with how the universe handles aliens-as-metaphor-for-race more now that I did fifteen years ago, but the X-Wing novels try really hard to give you real diversity anyway, even if you do know that one of the nonhuman female pilots is always going to die first.)
|July 27th, 2014 09:09 pm - Music|
I have my scanner out tonight.
I have also put all of the sheet music I own*
into a spreadsheet, so here is your limited-time offer: until I
go to sleep tonight,
get tired of messing with it, anybody who wants can request one song off that list and I will scan it for them. Enjoy!Sheet Music Index
I suggest using full-text search if you want to find a certain song, there's almost 4000 entries in the list. It's heavily skewed toward old standards/broadway and pop/folk music from 1979 and before, because that's what you get when you shop at yard sales for it. Highlights include: a bunch of "buy war bonds!" sheet music from the early '40s, the complete Tom Lehrer collection, Donald Swann's settings of the songs of Tolkien.
...no I am not good enough to play most of this. I am a ridiculous person.
Requests uploaded so far: I Got RhythmThe Sound of Silence*
that's not actually all of it, I haven't put in some of the fake books or the any of the hymnal collection yet. or any of the stuff printed off the internet. or most of the stuff in the lesson books, or most of the clarinet/sax/flute/organ music. but it's most of it.
|July 2nd, 2014 10:55 am|
I spent basically all of my day off yesterday either sleeping or waking up from sleeping because of headache and sore throat, so that was great, my immune system continues to time things so I'm only sick on days I already don't work. :P (I was considering calling in today, if only so I don't wind up in a paroxysm of anxiety over calling in on the day when I'm really really sick
, but I'm somewhat better today and also work has air conditioning unlike home, so I guess I'm going in.)
Anyway, happy Second Half of Year, everyone! July 2nd isn't too early to be planning for Yuletide, right? Here are my current plans for yuletide requests (somebody come talk about these in comments with me....)Fandom: Young Avengers (2013)
(If it makes yuletide quals....)Characters: America Chavez, Kid!Loki
Requests: I would like a story where America punches Loki in the face a lot and they both enjoy it, please. Sex optional (if sex, f/f America/Loki greatly appreciated), punchings required (kicking also okay.)Fandom: Number Munchers
(the original continuity, I never got into the remakes.)Characters: Muncher, Troggles
Requests: Something about the Munchers being UTTER SMUG gits to the Troggles, please. Take your inspiration from the great moments in history, only make it personal. And with more maths. (Human AU where they are all genius mathematicians competing to solve an important problem and they all hate muncher dude is also a-ok.)Fandom: The Asher Novels - Barbara HamblyCharacters: Any
Requests: I would like the story where James and Lydia finally realize that their thing with Simon isn't Simon and Lydia being in love and James being weirdly okay with it, it's Simon being in love with James and Lydia and vice versa, and Simon being "about time you two noticed". (There was even a bit in the Book of the Kindred of Darkness about how when vampires get involved with couples they usually go for both sides of the triangle, idk how Lydia didn't make the connection!)
Alternatively I would like something set during the Great War where James has been called back into intelligence work and is thrown among not just the human war but all the vampires of Europe fighting to survive a war unlike any they have seen before.
Also I would like a story about Simon and Grippen, at any point in their long history together, hunting together in the way vampires hunt together. Alternatively really anything that explores Grippen's feelings about Simon!
Also I would like a story about Lydia's aunts and stepmother finally getting what is coming to them. Say, a story about Grippen deciding to target Lydia's stepmom would be kind of wonderful, wouldn't it?
Basically these stories only have 13 fics on AO3 and that is a crime and a travesty they should have ALL the fanworks.( Let me tell you about Barbara Hambly's vampire novels. (very minor spoilers.) )
|June 12th, 2014 10:07 am - Ten Simple Ways To Get More Attention For Your Fanwork|
I am still not ready for con.txt, so here is a completely unrelated thing that I clearly needed to finish RIGHT NOW.
Ten Simple Ways To Get More Attention For Your Fanwork
(On AO3 and Elsewhere)
I figured I should share these since it took me a long time to figure some of them out. A few caveats before we start:
A few caveats:
1. Some of these are AO3-specific (but can be adapted elsewhere), some of them are pretty universal.
2. I said "simple", not "easy".
3. These techniques help to get work that is in the competent-to-good range, if you're lucky, solidly into the midlist when it comes to hits and kudos. They will not make you the most popular person in the fandom.
4. If the work is bad
(poor grammar and spelling, no character logic at all, etc.), even this won't help. If your work is super-excellent, these will probably work as well as they do for competent-to-good stuff.
5. This is written from the deliberately cynical perspective that one's primary goal in fandom is maximum positive attention. There are other reasons to do fanwork, probably better reasons, as evidenced by the fact that I personally don't bother with most of these things most of the time.
6. Overdoing any of these may backfire spectacularly.
7. Results not guaranteed.( 1. Post Early )( 2. Post Often )( 3. Answer all your reviews )( 4. Talk to people. )( 5. Bring in shills )( 6. Tag for popular pairings, fandoms, and characters at the least excuse )( 7. Tag Lots. )( 8. Put the main character's name in the title )( 9. Craft your summary carefully )( 10. Find your niche and stick a flag in it. )
"If you know all these good strategies, melannen
", you cry, "Why aren't you getting way more kudos than you are?"
"Because I'm lazy and I hate doing them," I say. "Also I decided that getting four or five kudos every single day was enough to keep me in buttpats with minumum effort, and I seem to have already managed that by accidentally doing 1, 4, 6, and 8 a few times. Lazy and midlist is where I've hung my hammock. You should try it."
|June 11th, 2014 10:24 pm - Les Mis at Con.txt|
The Les Mis panel didn't make it in. So... if I unilaterally declared a Les Mis Room Party on Friday night at con.txt, starting about 10:00 or so to give people time to disco first, would anybody come...?
(DC-area Mis people who aren't going to con.txt would also be welcome, they would just have to call my cell to get let into the elevator.)
I figure I will buy a wheel of brie, a can of oysters, a loaf of French bread, and some cheap wine, and if nobody comes, I can sit there by myself getting lonely-drunk, listening to On My Own on repeat and writing Sad Grantaire fic. Which is also a valid Les Mis party if you think about it.
(no, I am not ready for my panels yet. shush. or else give me more help in my plz help post. :P)
|June 7th, 2014 11:14 am|
oh man oh man oh man con.txt is in less than a week how did that happen
1: I still have space in my hotel room if anyone decides to come at the last minute and wants a spot to crash, at this point you can just crash in my room to make me feel less lonely. :P
2: I am running or co-running three panels. Guess how many I have prepped for? NONE.
It would be really, really lovely if my reading list would do my panel prep work for me. :D
Slash Through the Ages: Which is to say, homoerotic transformative works from before the late 1960s. So far I have a dirty limerick about Enjolras/Grantaire and... some vague memories of other stuff. Sadly, I'm not going to be doing proper research for this because proper research would probably involve, like, a doctoral thesis and research trips to the British Library. BUT!
If anyone has any links to meta or sources about m/m (or f/f or other)-fic-and-art before Star Trek, I would really, really love you if you shared them.
Second, could everybody tell me their favorite m/m or f/f or genderqueer pairing(s) from canon that predates Star Trek? It would at least give me a starting place!
How To Put Fandom on Your Resume Without Putting Fandom on Your Resume I'm going to be making copies of my current resume (suitably redacted!) which is full of fandom references, to use as an example. Does anybody else have a resume with fandom-related stuff on it (it could be anything from, like, running a 10,000 attendee con, to selling stuff on Etsy, to "familiar with Tumblr") that they would be willing to share?
ETA: I'm also, per request, looking for ways to leverage fandom experience on an academic CV, especially in disciplines other than fan studies.
And second, anybody have links to useful, fannish-community-literate jobhunting resources of any kind?
Making Story Happen Oh ye gods and little apples, it would be helpful if, like, I could actually write stuff, before I attempt this panel. Um.
Does anyone have links to you favorite how-to-write meta, blogs, or resources?
Can you share with me the specific how-to-write quandary you'd most like to get help with - anything from "how to get a beta" to "how to write a summary" to "how do plot"?
3. As usual, there are about thirty-five panels on the list that I'd like to attend, which is problematic, because there are only seventeen panel slots. I hope nobody expects to ever see me outside the panel rooms. And I'm probably going to attempt an ad-hoc Les Mis one. (Of course, ten of them are panels I nominated or egged someone else into nominating. I should probably stop doing that.)
|May 27th, 2014 06:16 pm - How to graph the spread of a Tumblr post|
A while back, I posted a graph on Tumblr illustrating the spread
of my most popular post ever
via reblogs (it's currently at almost 4500 notes, which is just weird. why
Several people have asked for instructions on how to do the reblog graph, so here they are. I realize this is a post that's all about tumblr but I'm posting on DW. That's because while Tumblr is *great* for virality, I still refuse to use it for long or complicated text posts, at which it is terrible.
This isn't necessarily the best way, but it's the way I can do it at work, with no expertise, without downloading any software. (If you want to play with really powerful network graphs, download the open source package Gephi
- as a bonus its sample data set is a network chart of Les Miserables characters!) But Gephi is hard. Here's how to do it with just Notepad, Paint, and Google.
As my example, I decided to use a post from someone who is authentically popular on the internet, unlike me - friend and artist Kevin Bolk
of Interrobang Studios
. Specifically, his Sexy Astrophysicists Art Card Set
(As of a mid-April 2014 when I started writing this post). I've made the Google Fusion link public if you want to play without starting from scratch: kbonetwork
Here's how to start from scratch:( Step I: Acquire and clean the data )( Step II:Make a spreadsheet )( Step III: Load the data into Fusion Tables )( Step IV: Make the graph )( Step V: Share )
If you try this and have issues, drop a comment to this post, and I'll do my best to answer.
|May 21st, 2014 10:50 pm - Con-txt stuff|
1. I just panicked and booked a room for con-txt. I appear to have a) been too late to get the con rate, but b) have gotten a lower price than the con rate anyway?
IDK hotel booking confuses me, I have no idea if I'm in the con block or not, but I do appear to have reserved a room with two double beds in the con hotel. If anybody is planning to go and also has not booked a room, pm or email me or comment and we can work something out. plz. (We could split it several ways, presumably, if people are okay with sharing double beds.) I am a very accommodating roommate and can basically adapt to whatever sort of roommate you would like to be.
2. Also I am moderating panels! (SURPRISE.)
Is anybody going to con-txt and interested in co-modding a panel about slash before the modern slash era? Stuff like Victorian Holmes/Watson and the shipwars over whether Alexander or Hephaistion topped. Basically if it involves a) transformative works and b) m/m or f/f pairings. Am looking for a co-mod.
Is anybody, uh, not going to con-text but interested in helping me do research for that panel? Because I am not going to have time to do the research it deserves, that's for sure.
And would anybody like to co-mod a panel on nuts-and-bolts writing skills? I'm planning to do that one pretty freestyle too, so it wouldn't be that difficult to co-mod...?
3. There are also a few other panels that, last I saw, were <a href="http://con-txt.dreamwidth.org/25989.html?nc=4&style=mine#comments>still looking for moderators!</a> If you're going to the con and any of those sound like your kind of thing, you should offer! Modding con-txt panels is <i>really easy</i>. You just say hi to a room with a dozen or so fangirls in it, and then talk about your favorite topics until somebody makes you stop. Basically.
|May 13th, 2014 10:44 pm - Menstrual Symptoms|
I was talking to a friend recently about how none of the places that supposedly give you "straight talk on sex and female bodies" actually seem to have an accurate, comprehensive list of menstrual symptoms.
As a teenager I read a lot of that stuff, but I didn't have any female friends I was close enough to talk about it with - I was halfway going by Heinlein's "real women don't have PMS", because it was clear none of the "my body" books were describing my body
in that respect - and as a result it wasn't until I joined a tmi-focused lj community that I started to realize that the things my body was doing were things other people's bodies do, too. Sadly, that community has died down a lot with the exodus from lj and I haven't found a good replacement yet.
But as a service to humanity, here is a list of things that I know for a fact are regular menstrual or pre-menstrual symptoms for more than one person who menstruates, not a symptom of any particular disorder or any problem beyond "having a healthy uterus". If you know of ones I've missed, feel free to suggest them in the comments and I'll add them to the end of the post! Anon is turned on.( Cut for TMI )
Most people only have a small proportion of those at any one time - thank all the gods there are - but if you experience any of them, just know you're not alone. And that it's normal for which ones you experience to change over time.
Just for fun, I've made this a poll, so if you want to register which ones you've experienced at some point in your life, you can!
And then ask why evolution ever though it was a good idea do make us go through that every month
, instead of once a year, like more sensible species. (On the plus side, at least we don't have deal with male hormones, which fluctuate unpredictably ALL THE TIME. Poor delicate males.)
|April 26th, 2014 02:29 pm|stellar_dust
came home for the holiday last weekend!
So Friday we went to meet some friends for dinner in DC after work. Saturday, we went out to lunch, went window-shopping for garden plants, and then I had an OTW meeting in chat. Sunday we went to the Easter service, then did dinner and egg-hunting at my aunt and uncle's, then came home and watched Cosmos. Monday I worked; I thought we were going to go do Interrobang Studios work in the evening, but it was cancelled, so instead we put on Neil deGrasse Tyson's podcast and played SolarQuest for about four hours accidentally (SoloarQuest turns out to be way more fun than an elderly Monopoly variant about prospecting the solar system deserves to be, even if I did keep getting stuck on %$& Triton with no launch fuel left.)
Then on Tuesday morning we met up with old family friends for brunch before I had to go to work, and then a class at the community college that led to me getting home even later than usual.
I don't remember Wednesday at all. Presumably I did something other than work. Thursday I did a whole shift at work and then went to see Captain America with internet people again (no regrets!) and then Friday, which was a day off, I helped mop the floors at church, went out to lunch with family friends again, took a nap and then made up the interrobang studios workday. Oh, also got a passport photo taken for a trip out of the country that might happen soon if I get it together in time, and tried to give myself Bucky feels
Today I'm at work again. I plan to go home and do absolutely nothing until Monday morning. (This isn't going to work because there's a week's worth of backlogged chores waiting but I will TRY MY DARNDEST.)
|April 13th, 2014 03:50 pm - I share|
I saw Winter Soldier last week, as those of you on whose posts I showed up probably noticed! It was good and it was also the kind of story that is going to leave me thinking about what it was trying to do and what it did do for quite awhile, which is a good thing. I did not come out of it with Intense Bucky Feels, partly because when he has his mask on he just looks like Revenge-era Gerard Way and when he has it off I am just staring at his chin going "but why?" But that's okay, because I think the rest of the internet can cover for me on that one.
I did come out of it with intense ( very minor non-plot related spoilers )
So, of course, I came home from the movie at 12:30 AM and wrote a fic. (Fic is minorly spoilery but headers aren't.) Said fic has somehow become second place on the Pinboard Popular Fandom page in the last three days, which I do not understand because it's basically just an extended in-joke with coworkers who theoretically don't even know my fan name yet, *and* it's gen, but I guess I ought to link it here at some point, huh.Modern Careers in the Information Sciences (and Other White Lies)
(3086 words) by melannen
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Random agents, definitely original female characters clearly not based on real people, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Spoilers, Missing Scene, POV Outsider, Libraries, Librarians, Fort Meade
Any agent knows that the most important thing when planning an op is information. Luckily, there's a public library right across the street from Fort Meade.
ALSO! Miseres fest! Went live! I am still reading through all the good fic and art when I can tear myself away from Cap II stuff (and, you know, adulting, which sucks). I got a gift that is so amazing I still don't even really know what to do with it? I keep thinking about bits from it and then going "oh wait no, that's not actually canon." It's one of Pliny's AMAZING Roman poetry works, but don't let the fact that it's poetry scare you away - it's really good epic poetry, which means it sucks you in and draws you along just like really good prose, only better.The Wine-Ship, or, In Which Fantine Is Treated With Fennel And Does Not Die
(4177 words) by PlinytheYounger
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fantine/OMC, Fantine & Cosette Fauchelevent, Fantine & Jeanne Valjean, Jean Valjean & Jeanne Valjean
Characters: Fantine, Jeanne Valjean, Jean Valjean, Mme. Thénardier, M. Thénardier, Cosette Fauchelevent
Additional Tags: Roman AU, Wine, Aurelian Wall, Alternate Universe - Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome
Roman AU. Jeanne Valjean sees a child mistreated; Fantine goes looking for her child with her burial money; a merchant is down on his luck; Javert is serving the people and doing his duty; and Jean Valjean has to escape via the latrine.
I also wrote a thing for Miseres fest, and THEN IRENY DREW FANART, and the fanart is way better than the fic, so I'mma just link you to the fanart, okay (It links back to the fic if you really want to read it.)Le Comte d' Barbarie
: Sister Simplice, Sister Perpetue, Père Fauchelevent, Jean Valjean, Valjean's Guinea Pig
|April 6th, 2014 02:29 pm|
1. played music for the entire church service
2. excavated a squirrel skeleton from the front yard, with the help of the little boys across the street
3. posted my miseres fic only six days past the deadline
4. rode my bike five miles in effort to map out possible bike routes to work
5. watched the new Cosmos episode (I liked that one! possibly only because of joly feels though.)
6. finished putting a new zipper in a favorite skirt
I feel like that's a good day full of accomplishments? Especially the squirrel skeleton.
On the other hand, today I:
1. played music very badly for the entire church service
2. did not write nearly as much miseres fic as would be required for it to be good as opposed to just tolerable
3. discovered that new zipper will not stay zipped and needs a button or something at the top
4. did not do any cleaning that desperately needed doing
5. did not do any laundry that desperately needed doing
6. did not do any of the computer-based, non-miseres-fic things that desperately needing doing
Con.txt is soliciting panel suggestions
for the next week or so! I put a few in (you can probably guess which ones...) and may end up putting more in if the list doesn't get much longer. I feel like the current list is pretty short on specific-fandom stuff? But there are already Avengers-ish, Les Mis, and WTNV panels on there, and I am actively uninterested in most of the other large fandoms that are big enough to have wide appeal ATM, so other than a broader Avengers panel, I'm stuck on ideas. Anybody have any specific fandoms they think should have panels?
(It's going to be really weird going to con-txt as someone who's been basically monofannish in a large-ish fandom for the past year. really weird.)
Also, is anybody going to con-txt and thinking about getting person/people to split a room with? I have income this year (yay!) so can finally justify staying at the hotel, but I have no idea how to go about getting people to room with. I am a very considerate roomie? I will have a car on site? We could have a Les Mis room party? Anyone?
|April 1st, 2014 05:58 pm|
I have left my laptop at a friend's house, and will therefore will only be on the computer at work for the next couple of days until I retrieve it. (No, this isn't an April Fools joke, just me being useless. :P)
|March 28th, 2014 02:03 pm - Dreamwidth!|
Hooray for Tumblr Les Mis fandom deciding to try DW! I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES.
Somebody should start a friending meme on les_miserables
. Somebody who is not me.
Anyway this has guilted me into actually posting to DW. The problem is that I've been avoiding it so long that I've forgotten what I was procrastinating about?
OH RIGHT! invisible_ficathon
! I got two amazing stories which I have not yet commented on, because I am a loser, which is no reflection on the stories I got!The Law of Sympathetic Magic
(201 words) by Remember When
Fandom: The Stonebender Family stories by Jubal Harshaw
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Andrew Stonebender, Ma Stonebender, Alicia Stonebender
Additional Tags: Clothing, Magic Gone Wrong, Books, Literature-Magic, Invisibility, Origin Story, Backstory
The law of sympathetic magic is this: it cannot be undone.I Forgot a Bit of the Title Here, But the Story Goes...
(734 words) by temvald
Fandom: Secret Tunnel (Folk Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Three couples who failed to make it through the Secret Tunnel, and one who did.
You should read them both, and leave comments, because I am still being a failure at that. My contribution to the fest was, well, one of my favorite of the small-fandom-exchange fics that I've written in a state of sheer panic right before the deadline while only vaguely conversant with canon. So clearly this fest was an unqualified success and we need to have it again every year! ^_^
Um, in other news, I've been feeling like life is overwhelming me and I'm drowning in Things Not Done, which was my general resting state for most of my life until the last few years when I started to get a bit of an equilibrium and hoping I'd finally Figured Shit Out, so it's kind of uncomfortable to be back there. But then I realized that I am currently:
1. working full-time;
2. OTW staff;
3. On the executive committee for a small business that's trying to expand;
4. Trying to stay active at church;
5. Teaching myself to play the piano;
6. Keeping up a steady-ish, if scattered, creative output;
7. Trying to go out in the fresh air at least once a week; and
8. Keeping up a semblance of a social life
And I start to think it's actually not that much of a failure that I'm feeling slightly frazzled about keeping up. So yeah, there's THAT. (It is, I guess, a realistic life load *before* I added in the "working-full-time" part. Now it is possibly less so. Although still less than a lot of people I know handle, but those people are MAGIC, which doesn't count.)
|March 11th, 2014 05:52 pm|
Hurrah I have successfully not-defaulted on Invisible Ficathon!
...whether I have successfully anything else related to invisible ficathon remains an open question.
But now that I'm not actively avoiding that, I guess I can post a proper update there, maybe!
Fannishly: On Sunday I watched ( the new Cosmos )
Current Mood:: spacey
|February 27th, 2014 07:22 pm|
Dear invisible ficathon person:
We're just going to accept that this point that I'm not getting any sort of prompts written for you, I think. I am so sorry. :/ WORST RECIPIENT EVER. Whatever you write me, I'm sure will be great, and I will definitely love it. We can pretend this was some sort of postmodern statement about the idea of fanfiction for a tabula rasa?
What you write me will definitely be better than what my recipient's getting. probably. since I still have no idea what that'll be.
|February 12th, 2014 10:26 pm|
I have literally had no time to think since last Thursday. (I have had a small amount of 'free' time but have not had any thinks left for it. sadly.) Hopefully, this Thursday I will have a snow day, and will have time to think!
And I will be able to do things like post a Dear Author letter for Invisible Fication which I almost missed sign-ups for. Sorry, person I matched with!
|January 30th, 2014 07:08 pm - Invisible ficathon!|
I've spent the last couple of days, in my spare time, playing around in the invisible_ficathon
tagset and learning about how to be a tagmod in an AO3 ficathon. (It is an amazing tagset
so far, and you still have time to nominate, if you're lucky! ^_^
I finally put my own nominations in last night, and now I get to convince all of you to sign up to write them! As a lot of the fandoms in this fest will be, most of mine are pretty light on canon, so you should be able to sign up even if you didn't know them already
Here are the four of mine that have the easiest canon - all you need to write them should already be in this post!
- Howard Goldberg, Frontiersman is a book that appears in a couple of Daniel Pinkwater novels. It's the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout in the US. The longest description of its contents is in Yobgorgle, as excerpted below: ( It was a pretty interesting book. )I know there are people reading this who have just been waiting to do justice to the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout. Perhaps you are one of them?
- Wonder Wombat: This is another one that appears in several Daniel Pinkwater novels, as an old comic that people collect. (It is *not* related to the DC animated character or the video game character.) We know almost nothing about their contents - only that by the late 1970s, they were very sought after, and it was very difficult to collect a complete run of Wonder Wombat. Surely you all would like to volunteer to flesh out the story of Wonder Wombat! Come on. WOMBATS. OLD COMICS. What is not love?
- The Stonebender Family Stories by Jubal Harshaw: Jubal was a writer who was a character in some of Robert A. Heinlein's novels, and toward the end of The Number of the Beast, we get to hear a few paragraphs of one of his stories, written collaboratively by himself and an AI. Here is what we get: ( Uncle Tobias we kept in a bucket )
That's it, that's all there is to know about the Stonebender family. Aren't you burned up with curiosity about why Uncle Tobias needed that bucket, or what exactly unsympathetic magic involves, or how Cousin Julius came to fit into the family, or who exactly the narrator is, or any number of other things? Yes, so am I. We should all offer to write this!
- The Jack Colquitt Adventures by Raul Bloodworth The Jack Colquitt Adventures were written under a pseudonym by the Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files. They are only mentioned in one episode, 4x07 "Musing of a Cigarette Smoking Man", which is often taken to be not-entirely-canon by the fandom. We know very little about them, except that they are adventure stories about aliens and assassinations, and that the published version was heavily altered from original manuscripts. Here are some excerpts:
"Jack Colquitt sat alone in his apartment at Christmas. He believed in sacrifice. Yet, some nights, he longed for a second chance..."
"I can kill you whenever I please... but not today"It's implied that the events of the episode, as narrated by Frohike, are loosely based on the Jack Colquitt story that was published. There's a transcript of the episode up at inside the x (hurrah for oldfandom and their episode transcripts!) and it's pretty easy to find the episode online to watch. You really don't need to know anything else about XF to write about Jack Colquitt - frankly, the less you know, the better, I suspect, although if you are as fond as I of CSM, you could also do glorious things with the possibilities.
Hurrah! I see no reason why those can not get many sign-ups. ^_^ Next up: the ones that require a bit more canon knowledge.
|January 25th, 2014 02:48 pm - And in IMPORTANT FANDOM NEWS|jadelennox
is running invisible_ficathon
!!! Yes, it's true, finally the fest we were all waiting for, the exchange for fanfic about those fandoms that don't actually exist! I'M SO EXCITED.
It's running more-or-less by Yuletide rules, I think, so it's currently in nominations. You should all go nominate! I haven't yet because I'm still trying to come up with my list. Current list:
1. Wonder Wombat (the Golden Age comic, not the modern DCU character)
2. Raul Bloodworth's Jack Colquitt Adventures
3. The Lazarus Bowl (Movie)
4. Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure
5. The Stonebender Family stories by Jubal Harshaw
6. Howard Goldberg, Frontiersman
1. Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle (Comic)
2. The Kathy Reichs novels by Temperance Brennan
3. Harriet Vane's Robert Templeton novels (I believe one of these is already nominated but we need the whole series)
4. the Millie books from Chrestomanci
5. The Gray Ghost (TV Show)
6. Wendy the Werewolf Stalker (TV Show)
7. Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan
8. The Six Bunnie-Wunnies book series
9. The short stories of Nal Eiili of Proxima II
10. "The King in Yellow" (play)
11. "The Song of the Twelve" (23rd century song cycle)
12. Troy and Abed in the Morning RPF
13. "The Hobo Wars" (American Experience episode) (or possibly something else hodgmanverse have to check)
14. Supercaptaincoolman (Comic)
15. The Captain Vortalon vid series (and/or The Tales of Vorthalia the Bold)
(And I'm pretty sure there's more I wanted that I'm forgetting, augh, somebody remind me what they were?)
And yes, I will ABSOLUTELY be posting fandom resource posts for all of the ones I nominate - these are by definition almost all five-minute fandoms, everybody who nominates should post intros, I think this ficathon would gain admirably if we get a lot of people writing who know *only* the nominated fandom and not the fandom of origin.
You should all go nominate
too! You can nominate without writing (although you should write too) and I kind of want this tag set to be as large as possible. :D
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