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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-06-16 02:12 pm

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You can still add prompts to the Sedoretu fic fest! Well, I can't, because I might have hit the prompting limit already, but you can!

If you're new here and have never heard of Sedoretu, it's a concept from stories by Ursula le Guin set on the planet O. Marriages there are four people: two men and two women; with four sexual relationships: two m/f, one m/m, and one f/f; and two non-sexual ships, the other m/f pairs. (There is more to it than that in canon, but that's what makes it really fun to play with as a fandom poly AU concept.)

There are currently 132 prompts in 75 fandoms for the fest, plus several for "any fandom"/"original work", so there is probably at least something you know, and if not you should add it. (Or 137 fandoms if you count all of the Old Norse sagas as their own fandoms, and can I say that I feel like the fact that Old Norse Sagas are the now third most popular fandom in the fest is a dagger aimed directly at me? It's not my fault that Njal's Saga is basically set on O already! I was only trying to taunt the mod a little bit!)

(In other news, we watched the documentary Hvellir last night, about people trying to stop dams on the Laxá,and it is very good, and quotes Njal's Saga, and also only in Iceland would a bunch of protesters trying to destroy a dam just go grab the dynamite that the dam developers had left in small unattended caches all over the protesters' land. And not consider this a particularly noteworthy part of the story.)

So I keep wanting to kudos prompts and accidentally almost claiming them, argh, I wish there was a way to feedback prompts without having to go on and write the darn things. :/ Unfortunately, writing any of the many ones I really want to read would require a ton of canon review that I don't want to commit to. (Although, tbf, anything other than "one of my recent fmk reads" would require a ton of canon review at this point...) Let's face it I will probably just end up writing for Gisli's Saga since at least it's relatively short (and also basically set on O already, fair.)

(I feel like there is probably a reason Le Guin decided to set her stories about four-person marriages and complicated kin relationships among sheep farmers and fishermen in decentralized farmsteads on marginal land.)

(although I want to make the post about the real life basis of moiety a separate post.)

So instead of reviewing canon I have just been reading all the sedoretu stories in fandoms I am at least somewhat interested in. And I have been rec-bookmarking a lot of them to the sedoretu collection linked to the fest. But I am running up against the fact that some of them... are not the quality that I would normally put my rec-heart on, even by my relatively lax standards. So here is a poll for the room: if somebody is going through and bookmarking all of the stories on ::theme:: to a collection,

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


Is it better (by whatever definition of 'better') to:

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Bookmark the less-good ones to the collection but as Not A Rec
18 (66.7%)

Don't bookmark them at all
9 (33.3%)

alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)

[personal profile] alexseanchai 2017-06-16 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
by which you mean "one f/f" of course :P

Is it that big now, prompting-wise? *investigates*
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[personal profile] cypher 2017-06-16 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Please make the real-life basis of moiety post, omg. Learning about how many different ways people have structured kinship and community is one of my favorite things.
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[personal profile] lady_ganesh 2017-06-19 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Hilariously there are two prompts (only one is mine) for The Raven Cycle which is basically already a sedoteru except with maybe less sex.
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2017-06-16 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Let's face it I will probably just end up writing for Gisli's Saga since at least it's relatively short (and also basically set on O already, fair.)

You have no idea* how happy this would make me, OMG.

I was only trying to taunt the mod a little bit!

Taunting successful; I ditched my Doctor Who prompt to sign up for Njálssaga.

Now in research hell trying to track down a full copy or searchable scan of Landnámabók and see what I can do with Rannveig's parentage. In Njálssaga Mord Gigja and Sigfus are sons of Sighvat the Red, making Rannveig and Thráin Sigfusson siblings and Rannveig and Unn parallel cousins, meaning they and Gunnar all have to share one moiety. Hrut and Hoskuld are half-brothers with the same mother, meaning Hrut and Hoskuld's kids have to be of different moieties, meaning that either Unn and Hrut's marriage or both Gunnar and Hallgerd's and Thrain and Thorgerd's are same-moiety.

Landnámabók, as far as I can tell from snippet view on Google books and one full-text version in what I think is a Danish half-redaction of the ON with medieval Latin translation, neither of which is terribly readable, makes Mord Gigja Sighvat's grandson via a son Sigmund, and makes Sigfus and Rannveig Sighvat's children, so Rannveig, Unn, and Gunnar share a moiety but Thráin doesn't, and you still can't make all the marriages work.

(The Wikipedia article on Njála, meanwhile, claims that Landnáma calls Rannveig Sigmundardóttur, which would mean Rannveig, Gunnar, and Thrain all shared a moiety but Unn was the opposite, WHICH WOULD MAKE ALL THE MARRIAGES WORK OUT without my even having to speculate that anyone was the child of a hypothetical other half of the sedoretu. But I haven't found any support for this claim yet.)

(I will probably just end up introducing two more partners for Sighvat the Red--he's got enough kids that it's pretty plausible--and deal with the problem that way. Though I'm still stuck getting around how many people in this saga appear to have multiple opposite-sex partners or spouses compared to the number who appear to have full sedoretus. Things would be so much easier if I could just say that Hoskuld and Hrut and Jorunn and Melkorka were a sedoretu, but no, it's a dude and his same-gender moiety sib and his two opposite-sex opposite-moiety partners and WHAT KIND OF HOUSEHOLD EVEN IS THAT?)

*You probably have a very good idea.
Edited 2017-06-16 20:34 (UTC)
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2017-06-16 08:54 pm (UTC)(link)
the YA fantasy novel version of Njal where he is a trans dude

!!!!!!!

WOULD. READ.

What sort of fantasy? Just the sort of ghosts and sorcery that are already in the saga?
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2017-06-16 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I will totally pick it back up if I finish the Njalssaga one (and don't get tempted by someone else), but I have not managed to write anything outside Yuletide in four years; finishing one story is a stretch.
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[personal profile] sheliak 2017-06-16 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, that looks fun! And I can think of a few prompts to leave, too.

Please write the post about the real-life basis of moiety! That sounds very interesting.

(Hi! I've been an off-again on-again lurker on Dreamwidth for a while, and am trying to un-lurk now that I have a journal.)
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[personal profile] beatrice_otter 2017-06-17 05:04 am (UTC)(link)
Here's the thing: if people are looking for any and all sedoretu fic regardless of quality, they can do what you did, and check the tag. There's already a simple way for them to find stuff like that! What differentiates a collection from a tag is that a collection is CURATED in some way. Other people may or may not agree with your selection criteria, but a tag is EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK and a collection is not. If you just bookmark everything, there is literally no difference between what's in the collection and what's in the tag, so why bother having a collection at all?
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2017-06-17 09:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Huh. That is a very good point!

Thanks for making it.
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[personal profile] lannamichaels 2017-06-17 07:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I've still got slots if you want me to prompt something for you :)
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2017-06-17 09:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I so want to reading the real-life version of the moiety, in case you're tracking that as well. :,)
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[personal profile] umadoshi 2017-06-18 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
It sounds so neat! I haven't read any of the Le Guin canon or any fanworks or anything (I should read the canon; I should read more Le Guin in general!), but every time I hear about it I'm struck by how interesting the idea is.

So I'm not participating, but I love that this fest is happening. ^_^
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[personal profile] umadoshi 2017-06-19 05:20 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, I've just done some poking around and I think what I've figured out is that "Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" is available in the novella installment of the new "Selected Short Fiction" set of books, and the other two stories are not available in either volume, but they're both included in The Birthday of the World, which my library has. So that's good.

(I've been planning to pick up the two-volume "Selected Short Fiction" anyway--although I'm sad about it being only a selection of short stories to go with all of her novellas--so I can avoid unnecessary duplication if I wind up just buying The Birthday of the World as well.)

And! "Mountain Ways" is available online--I found it in my list of links to short fiction to read. ^_^

Which leads to, do the three stories have a reading order?
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[personal profile] umadoshi 2017-06-21 03:25 pm (UTC)(link)
As far as I know, they don't have any reading order - they're about completely different characters, places and times.

Okay! That's good to know. ^_^