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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)

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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.

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April 6th, 2014 02:29 pm
Today, I:
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?

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November 20th, 2013 10:16 pm - "Things", said Montparnasse
1. I went to a Les Mis fan meetup in DC on Saturday! We went to the National Gallery of Art and then to dinner in Chinatown. It was fun! Since it was mostly Tumblr-only people I wrote it up on tumblr first, but reposting here for posterity, because Tumblr.

Les Mis DC Meetup )

2. I know there are some of you who would find this relevant who wouldn't have seen it on tumblr, so I just thought you ought to know that Diane Duane wrote about marriage in the Five Kingdoms, including a tiny ficbit of Herewiss/Wyn that is ADORABLE.

(...I still want to write fic someday that covers all the sub-relationships in that marriage. Series of 128 drabbles?)

3. I got a new computer mike! It's ... much better than the inbuilt one, though not exactly a paragon of quality. Anyway, if I'm really doing this podcast thing, I should practice sound editing, so the first five people who give me a comment selecting 500 words or so of fanfic by either them or me will get a beginner's podcast of it. :D

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June 18th, 2012 01:42 pm - home again
This is not a con.txt con report.

This is just me saying some things.

First and most important: at the dance on Friday, I was sitting around in the quiet area (and can I say how wonderful it was that the ballroom had a little area that was isolated enough from the music that you could hear yourself think, but close enough that you could feel like you were part of things, and had a conversation area? That was the best, and all dances should have it. The previous dance I went to I spent most of the time huddled in the cloakroom area.) Anyway, I was sitting there chatting with a bunch of people about Media Steve Rogers Would Have Been A Fan Of, and somebody said, "Steve would love the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow because he would be like, "Wow, somebody made a movie of -----"!"

Only I didn't catch the -----, and now I need to know what it was, for reasons. Reasons entirely unconnected to Steve Rogers. Anybody remember? Is the person who said that reading my journal, as an astonishing proportion of con.txt already is?

(people I am pretty sure were there, but I could be wrong, because I am terrible with names, and there were also others: [personal profile] elspethdixon, [personal profile] holli, [personal profile] viklikesfic, [personal profile] my_daroga, [personal profile] ambyr, [personal profile] grey_bard, [personal profile] lettered...)

...and on that note, if I met you at con.txt, I would love to add you on DW, because pretty much everybody at con.txt is brilliant and wonderful and I have social-awkwardness-inducing levels of intellectual crush on you all, but if I did not already know you by your badge name chances are I will not remember it, so feel free to PM me and tell me we should add each other (or I should add you back.)

..umm let's see. There were panels. I paneled a lot. I am pretty sure I babbled and was terrible (and probably misgendered people, augh) at both of the ones I moderated, as well as many of the others, and nothing anybody says will convince me otherwise, sorry, but it was still incredibly fun and I learned a lot. Also the adrenaline rush of the babbling means I don't remember enough about them to do a proper report, but there will at least be "leave your comments and links here" posts going up on [community profile] con_txt in the next few days.

more on panels, mostly in the general. )

...that was a lot of complaining. I loved the panels! Really I did! And whoever organized the panels on the concomm did a great job and a lot of hard work with people like me who are difficult to communicate with.

Other stuff: The Sufferer cosplay was a hit, even if there was less Homestuck familiarity among congoers than I expected. I was going to pick out the stitches and horns and return the cape to normal afterward, but it's so adorable that I'm tempted to just keep it that way. On Saturday I decided to go with "Dress as you and see how many people ask who you are," and I got three asks. (yes, I do dress that way in the Muggle world - especially the red fedora, I love that hat - which may have something to do with my inconsistent employment history, come to think of it.) On Sunday I chickened out on the antique dress because I wasn't sure what I'd be doing after the con, so I went with the less-authentic version that used a relatively modern jacket and long skirt and shirt, but everybody know who I was anyway. I think the magnifying glass helped.

The QUILTBAG sold at auction for a ridiculous amount of money! THANK YOU so much to everybody who bid on it, that was an amazing start to the last day of the con. That plus the other two things I had in the show that sold meant I covered all my food for the weekend + plus next time's pre-registration, without feeling guilty about frivolous spending, which is yay. I even remembered to take a picture of the bag five minutes before the auction started, so I have documentation that it existed, yay. (There should be an upcoming post on Stuff I Have Made Lately, pictures will be there.)

I meant to buy some raffle tickets, but never got around to it, ditto for the amazing orphan zine collection. But I pulled some fun stuff off the swap table, although nothing all that fannish (well, except the coloring book zine, because it's a coloring book!) The thing I'm most excited about is the purple wool roving, I've actually been doing some spinning and was on the verge of running out, so that was great. I didn't realize until after Dead Duck that not-taken stuff from the swap table just gets thrown out, though. I totally understand not wanting to deal with it, but if I'm commuting again next time, I might offer to take care of the swap leftovers myself - a lot of it probably was not worth doing anything else with, but the books could go to Book Thing, the new-in-box toys could go to a toy charity, the zines could surely go to a zine library or something, and a lot of the rest could be recycled.

What else, what else.

Oh! This was officially the con of people Reminding Me About All of My WIPs And How I Should Finish Them Already. I am not complaining - I don't mind people doing that politely, it is totally justified, and I will be honest with you about my plans if you do - however I still maintain that all my WIPs on the Dresden anon meme are anon, and whichever ones you might think are mine are totally some other unknown person's. PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY.

I'll also repeat what I said to somebody at the con, that the absolute best way to prod somebody you don't know very well about a possibly-abandoned WIP is to leave a comment on it (no more than every couple of months) saying, "Hey, I was just thinking about this fic again, and I still really like it!" If the author is still wanting to finish it, that by itself will be enough to prod their guilty conscience/reassure them that people still care about it. If the author is sick of it or anxious, that is least likely to poke a sore spot.

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April 5th, 2012 06:15 pm - spring things
1. Worked the election again. Am very, very glad this was just a boring primary and we had less than 20% turnout, if the general election goes the same way it's going to be a disaster. Vote early, vote often! Just like I did.

2. Did I mention Homestuck fandom is dangerous? At election day set-up I used the word "cull" to mean "kill for incompetence and the good of the gene pool" without even thinking about it twice and confused several people. (Of course the supervisor I was paraphrasing used the words "go to your house and beat you to death" instead, so really I was just trying to be more polite. And that should tell you all you need to know about my election judging experience)

3. I posted a thing tracking the plants that are blooming on my weekly walk to [community profile] common_nature. Hopefully this will be an ongoing monthly update right through November! I have a spreadsheet and all.(In fact currently I have recreational spreadsheets going for books read, things bought at yard sales, wildflowers seen, records owned, and words written. It's like a festival of spreadsheets!) It's going to get harder as the months go on, though, because I know early spring weeds the best, and also, mosquitoes and poison ivy.

4. [personal profile] princessofgeeks made some posts about nuts and bolts of betaing and different sorts of betas because of my request for behind-the-scenes descriptions of the beta process! It was exactly what I was looking for, and I want more of this type of stuff. (Incidentally, I am slowly trickling my con.txt panel ideas onto the official con.txt website suggestions page, but I think I'm going to put only a few more in, so if there's another one you really want to see go up, speak up! Or submit it yourself, I'm not possessive. :D

3. I've been listening to the Pinkwater Podcast's audiobook of The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror lately. I hadn't re-read it in years (actually, I first encountered it in audiobook form, so maybe that's re-listened) because I had found the plot rather thin and boring, compared to most of the other Pinkwater books I'd read.

I still find the "plot", what there is of it, rather thin. On the other hand, it has hipsters - real hipsters, the kind who hang out at a coffee bar/bakery called the Dharma Buns, have deep thoughts about communism and read bad free verse poetry to each other, rather than being ironically racist on Tumblr. And it has a teenage boy who has conceived of a passion for a girl he barely knows who doesn't like him and insists on pressing his suit even after she repeatedly tells him she isn't interested in him or in boys in general, and this is presented as obviously creepy, possibly dangerous, and reasonably terrifying rather than an epic romance, which there needs to be more of in YA fiction in general. (Come to think of it, maybe we weren't supposed to immediately assume stalker-boy was also the overall villain, and that's why the plot always seemed thin to me? But it's pretty damn obvious.)

Also I had forgotten how very OT3 Rat, Winston and Walter are in this one, and how awesome and hilarious their OT3 dynamic is. When I was walking home today I dreamed up a futurefic story for them wherein they're all in their late twenties or so, and Walter and Winston are still renting the house near Blueberry park that they moved into after college )

Also, Rat ⋄ Dirk "Bro" Strider. Somebody get on that.

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March 26th, 2012 09:32 pm - Paaaaanels!
It's early spring in an even-numbered year! You know what that means - Con.txt is looking for panel ideas!

I gave myself the length of the walk to the library where I was TAing a computer class tonight - that's 1.8 miles or about 40 minutes, if I don't dawdle - to come up with panel ideas, and decided that would be it, no more.

I have 22 listed.

I have come up with a couple more since then but they don't get to go on the list! 22 is enough dammit!


Some of them are resubmits that didn't get in two years ago, some of them are similar to panels that have been at Con.txt before but I think would make a good repeat, some of them maybe shouldn't even get in but I at least want to see them on the list for people to think about, some of them are similar to suggestions already up, some of them are things I'd like to see more discussion about, some of them are things where I think existing discourse could be expanded with some non-computer-mediated interaction, some of them are just fun... but I thought I'd post them here, because I'm currently kicking myself over the fact that I didn't save a copy of my panel suggestions from last time.

(also I may not actually be able to submit them yet because I only just got around to registering for con.txt and now I have to remember to mail them a check tomorrow because PayPal, there goes my election judge pay!)

Anyway. Panel ideas! Under cut! (Also if anybody at all is looking around for meta prompts lalala feel free to yoink any of these.)

con.txt panel ideas )

I haven't actually submitted any of them yet. Anybody have any suggestions/critiques/comments/wording tweaks about any of them, while there's still time?

Also I considered listing "No-name newb to panel moderator in just one convention!" but really I should just write that one up as a journal post already.

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October 30th, 2010 09:43 pm - That. Was. Awesome.
...although to be honest I would have seriously considered going just so I could jump for Adam and Jamie. :D

Some notes from the Rally, mostly covering things that wouldn't have shown up on the TV coverage:

Some random notes on the Rally )

Anyway: Jon and Stephen live are adorbs. I hope Mitchell and Brooker are that adorable when they get their live show. And are forced to sing just as much.

12 photos, mostly crowd shots )

Current Mood:: [mood icon] exhausted

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June 29th, 2010 03:44 pm - Sort of a con-txt report
First: Asexuality prompt fest!

I will be hanging around there as soon as I get my head together enough. Losing most of a week to brain-destroying heat has left me feeling completely off-kilter in terms of writing and otherwise accomplishing stuff (I'm about twenty pages behind on the kinkmemes I'm already keeping up with...) On the other hnad, I've been reading real books! (Easier to handle in hammock than laptops are, see.) Apropos of that:

Dear Mr. Leonard R. N. Ashley, who wrote "The Complete Book Of Werewolves" that I picked up from the con.txt swap table:

You invited people to talk about your book on the Internet, so I think I'll take you up on it.

While I generally agree with you about the terrible state of the American educational system today, I have some objections to your statement that American schoolchildren ought to "tackle Henry James' The Turn of the Screw instead of reading Alice Walker's The Color Purple and other politically correct assignments."

Speaking as a young(ish) American who tackled both of those books in school (though neither as an assignment), Turn of the Screw is not actually a particularly good novel. It is, in fact, a fairly standard Gothic novel that has had all of the actually interesting elements of Gothic novels taken out, so that it can pass as proper men's literature. If you would like to read some good, serious gothic novels that are stylistically excellent, fun to read, and have serious things to say about both the genre and the state of humanity, I recommend Austen's Northanger Abbey or Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Oh, wait, those were both written by women, so I suppose that would be too "politically correct".

As for The Color Purple, I will grant you that, particularly in terms of pacing and structure, it has a certain lack of polish. On the other hand, it's an absorbing book that takes risks, tries things that had almost never been done before, says things that nobody else was trying to say, speaks to people nobody else was speaking to, and does it all very, very well, if not perfectly. I am sorry if there was not enough girl-on-girl, racism and gore in it for your tastes (per your previous recommendation of Moon Dance*, with its lesbian cowgirls and savage Sioux tribesmen.)

Also I am not entirely sure why you felt the need to make that comparison in the middle of what was ostensibly a survey of werewolf literature, but I am sure you had your reasons.


P.S.: I am actually working on a lesbian werewolf novel myself (scattershot and very slowly, but I am), since con.txt - two years ago? Four years ago? I forget - when one of the mods in a panel about original writing said that she was still looking for the first Great American Werewolf Novel, as she'd never seen one. I suspect it won't have enough girl-on-girl or racism for you, either.

I am used to books about the paranormal and anomalistics, especially ones about "savage monsters", having at minimum a fairly high level of passive background racism (along with fairly high levels of ablism and often misogyny and classism), but this one was toddling along being reasonably okay, if extremely and smugly idiosyncratic, when suddenly, *pow*, right in the face. Repeatedly. (The 'politically correct literature' rant was only the start :/ )

I would like to state for the record that the books I left on the con.txt swap table were books I actually liked that I happened to have extra copies of, or not enough storage space for, or to have left the fandoms of. Unlike apparently nearly everybody else who left books, who appeared to be clearing their libraries of authors who had proven to be homophobic/racist/misogynistic/pedophilic and/or copyright hypocrites. (All that Card and Bradley and Gabaldon and Heinlein and Bear and etc, it was like a nostalgia trip through the last two years' worth of fail.)

...Oh, and while I am at it,

Dear Mr. R. D. Schneck, author of 'The President's Vampire', )
*I have not actually read Moon Dance by Somtow, or any of his other work; it's possible it's a very good book, but Ashley's description somehow did not give me confidence.

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June 22nd, 2010 07:01 pm - Con-txt report
Back from con.txt! I survived! Okay, I came home on Sunday, fell in to bed at about 6 PM, and slept though until Monday morning, but still, I survived!

...and now there are two years to wait until the next one. ):

I went to sixteen panels (and modded or co-modded six of them); still managed to go out to an excellent lunch with [personal profile] starlady and an excellent dinner with [personal profile] zana16, [personal profile] erinptah, and [personal profile] nakedbee; taught my self to fold dirty origami at the dance, then some stitch'n'bitchery downstairs with [personal profile] synecdochic, [personal profile] sarah, and some of the other usual suspects; then there was the vid show, the Dr. Who viewing party, and the late-night trivia quiz; cosplayed, dropped off and took some stuff at the swap table, sold something at the art auction; got a lead on Dr. Who slash 'zines from a dealer, stayed for Dead Duck, and even did a little bit of freeform socializing.

I think I used up all my extroversion points for about two months. There's a reason I've spent all my free time the past two days basically lying on my bed watching UK Parliament.

Also, my laptop didn't *technically* completely die! I had to stop using the heavy-duty replacement power cord (which now emits sparks and smoke, and never quite fit the socket) and go back to using the original power cord (which atm transfers current only through creative placement of electrical tape and bulldog clips) but at least the cooling fan motor didn't actually burn out like I thought it had! I mean, unless I'm wrong about that and the whole thing's going to melt into my lap as soon as I post this - I'm not sure how I'd tell, given ambient temperature around here.

A few more details under the cut, through Friday )

Anyway. That's Friday. I think I'll stop here - there's a werewolf book I pulled off the swap table that's calling to me. And precious sleep, of course.

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June 20th, 2010 05:33 am - Fandom, Copyright and Copyleft
This is the handout I wrote for Sunday's panel on fandom and copyright. I am posting it here because it is fifteen freaking pages long and I hope some people will read along on their netbooks and I don't need as many paper copies. But people not at con-txt are welcome to enjoy.

This is html-converted using OpenOffice; I apologize if it's ugly, I cheated because it's, um, 5:30 AM the day of the panel and I haven't slept yet. If you would rather download a .doc file, click this link: Copyleft and Copyright Handout.

Fandom, Copyright and Copyleft: The Basics of Intellectual Property for Fans )

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June 17th, 2010 09:05 pm
OMG, con.txt starts tomorrow!

....crap crap crap con.txt starts tomorrow.

I will not mention the number of things that still need to be done, because it's just embarrassing.

However: I am commuting from home, carpooling with [profile] erin_ptah, and should get there sometime before 11 AM tomorrow, will be staying around at least until after the dance, and then back early the next day, etc.

If you are going and would like to find me, tomorrow is cosplay day, and I will be dressed as Miss Madelyn Mack, Detective. :D In an actual, non-reproduction, period black dress, so you will probably be able to pick me out of the crowd.

Here's my rough schedule for the weekend as it currently stands )

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June 2nd, 2010 08:36 pm - Con-txt! doodedoodedoo!
So, con-txt is coming up! Sooner than I want to think about!

And I am modding or co-modding five panels!

(sometimes I hate myself.)

These are the five panels:
Fandom, Copyright, and Copyleft (with lightgetsin)
Fanmixes and Mashups (with Erin Ptah)
Procrastinators' Party (with Dee Laundry)
Sinister Ducks (no co-mod)
What We Talk About When We Talk About Slash Fandom (as a panel)

Procrastinators' Party should be easy, as a total lack of any sort of preparation for it is part of the fun! (although. Um. I have just noticed I apparently have a co-mod, and I have no idea who she is. I should shoot her a note, probably.)

Fanmixes and Mashups should be fairly easy, as I assume [profile] erin_ptah is doing any necessary prep work. :P (And if she doesn't, I can just ramble about fanmixing for as long as necessary, and then toss in a few extra handouts from the copyright panel.)

WWTAWWTASF requires me to, like, communicate with individual people on a business-correspondence level, and this terrifies me. Letters out tonight! If I have tie myself to the keyboard in the process!

And then the two panels I would like to do real prep work for, and for which I am begging for help:

Fandom, Copyright, and Copyleft: I am planning to make up a web post/handout which covers a) the basics of copyright & intellectual property in general, b) copyright issues as they apply to fanworks and fandom, c) current issues in copyright and fandom, d) intellectual property resources online and activism opportunities. [personal profile] lightgetsin will use her newly-minted LAWYER POWERS to check it over, if I get it to her in time, and if I don't get it to her in time, will at least be there at the panel to stop me if I say something very wrong. If any other fan-lawyer types would like to volunteer to beta it, I would be well pleased.

I have some (badly organized) bookmarks, some idea where to look for more, some printed handouts from other cons, and a vast collection of uncited info in my head. I would be really, really grateful if other people who are interested in this sort of stuff helped me out with links to resources, to important fannish discussions, and to recent events, especially: both the obvious stuff (so I don't miss it) and things I might not know about.

(especially if they are other fan communities where I could post this request!)

Sinister Ducks : this panel was submitted as a total joke! And now I have to actually make up a presentation for it! *gulp*

So, basically, the idea is that Con.txt's theme and mascot is ducks. And I have to put together a convincing (well, Discordian-style convincing) argument for how ducks are secretly plotting to take over slash fandom (hence their infiltration of Con.txt), and possibly, thereby, the WORLD. Multimedia especially needed!

Here's what I've got so far:
Warning: contains panel spoilers )

I know there's more than this, I just haven't kept proper track of where they are. I can take a side turn here - either by way of Red Green's giant Duct Tape Duck, and then on to duct tape in general (hello mythbusters!) - or by way of comics, everything from Darkwing Duck to Talespin - or veer off into swans (the Swan Boat Of Doom on Top Gear! Anything involving J.Weir! Hot Fuzz! The Pirate King!) Also there is a Creepy Duck Puppet that will be watching you. But it would be much more convincing if I had more video footage from classic slash fandoms.

So! Internets at large! I call to you for help! Where are the scenes in your fandom of choice (of any sort of fandom) in which ducks appear? It doesn't have to be pivotal, it doesn't have to be sinister, it doesn't have to be slashy (though any of those would be great, of course) they just have to be there. Were there ducks on the Starfleet Academy grounds, or in the holodeck? Have any of House's patients ever been infected by a duck? Is there a video game with ducks in that I should know about? Has Merlin ever turned into a duck? Are there "atmosphere" scenes with Vs of ducks traveling overhead that you wouldn't even notice unless you were visually oriented and watching very closely? Is there a sound effect that is eerily ducklike?


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April 28th, 2010 11:18 pm - 3w4dw and con.txt, also baby daleks
So, 3w4dw is happening, yeah? I'm not changing my crossposting because I already don't post anywhere except DW and sometimes JF, and I seriously doubt anybody is staying away from DW because JF is too active. :P

(well, and a certain anon kink meme I can't stop refreshing, but I can't give that up. This is how much I can't give that anon meme up: as you may know, I have had javascript turned off on LJ for quite some time now, because the crufty javascript they've been pushing in made the site stop working with my browser. With javascript off, I can read my flist and post signed comments, which is usually all I do. Until I got tempted by this anon meme.)

This is what you have to do to leave an anon comment in LJ if you don't let the site use javascript: )

...yes, I have fallen for current tiny RPS fandom hard enough that I go through that voluntarily anyway. And no, it is not the least bit exaggerated. (and yes, it's almost as annoying to do with js off in DW - but oh, look, I don't have to turn js off in order for DW to function! Amazing.)

So anyway, right now the thing I love most about DW is I can post anon comments on it without wanting to commit murder. There are a lot of awesome DW anon memes going on for 3w4dw right now, incidentally. Far too many to keep track of, in fact - just reload the 3w4dw tag on latest - when I am still reloading the lj ones for tiny-fandom-of-doom and also [livejournal.com profile] forsciencememe, the anon meme for rock-star scientists, literal or otherwise, which I would be *all over* if it didn't take me about ten minutes every time I try to post a comment on it. Especially I would be all over it requesting epic Othniel Charles Marsh/Edward Drinker Cope hatesex, about which more anon (in the other sense of anon), possibly.

ANYWAY ANYWAY. My actual point, when I started all this, is that there's so much going on for 3w4dw that I have decided, with the exception of a few community events and some anoning, to save most of my effort for after the event is over, where things will probably be quieting down and everyhing won't be getting lost in the rush. (That, or I am bone-idle and/or exhausted). So it will be business as usual here - i.e., long rambling posts every ten days or so.

My contribution to cross-site-ness for the time being is probably going to be going through the flists of the small-fandom lj communities I'm busily stalking and dw-watch everyone who crossposts. :D


And now for [community profile] con_txt! If you have been following this saga, you will know that I submitted an utterly ridiculous number of panels (in the non-david-mitchell sense of panels, though do you know how tempted I am to suggest a fannish panel game for Saturday evening entertainment? So tempted) to the concomm, and I have just gotten the first voting-results email.

...ten of my panels are either in, or possibly/probably in, and by con-txt tradition, they are now asking *me* to volunteer for or find mods for them all. I know some of you are going to con-txt, or know people who are: anybody interested in modding or co-modding any of these if they get in?

Panel Fun )

And now for a cute and cuddly baby Dalek! )

If I made a small flock of these daleklings - say, 4-6, in a rainbow of bright cheerful nursery colors - would it be worth submitting to the con-txt art auction? Would anybody bid? I have been messing with the pattern for so long that I've lost all perspective on it, I have no idea if it even looks like a Dalek anymore, because I've forgotten what Daleks look like when they aren't pink crochet. Oh, I know! Poll!
Because this entry wasn't long and scattered enough already! )

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February 22nd, 2010 03:08 pm - Wulf and Eadwacer
So, a long, long time ago, before I had an online journal or interacted with fandom in any way, back before Wikipedia ruled the internets, I used to post on Everything2, which is a wikipedia competitor with a very different structure, ethos, and culture. (As much as I do like the Wiki system, I wish more sites used an E2 framework instead - I think it would've worked really well for fanlore, for ex., with its emphasis on multiple voices and automatic flow.)

Anyway, one of the things I posted there, over eight years ago (!!!), was an attempted translation of the Old English poem Wulf and Eadwacer into poetic Modern English. I'm no Anglo-Saxon scholar, but I go through phases of reading lots of early English poetry and poking at the language, so it may be a bad translation, but I like the poem, and I like my version better than any of the other translations I've found, and I have nothing at all staked on it being a good translation, so critique it all you want. (I am, oddly, very fragile when it comes to criticism of my fiction - I can get scared into writing nothing for months even by *effusively good* feedback - but have a very thick skin about my poetry - say whatever you want about it, it won't change what the poem means to me.)

So there's this translation, that's been sitting pretty much ignored on a website that's been slowly dwindling in readership, until [personal profile] shanaqui with her riddles on [community profile] poetry inspired me to look it up again and repost my Wulf and Eadwacer there.

And what should I discover but that someone has quoted my translation in an academic paper, as far as I can tell from Google pretty much in full, and published it in the journal "Language and Literature" only this month.

I am trying to articulate why this pisses me off so much. Given that I generally approve of fair use and quotation and derivative/transformative work with or without permission, and am pretty radically anti-intellectual-property in general, and strongly support acafandom in using internet postings in published papers, I ought to just be happy that somebody (somebody who I rather admire as a writer and scholar) has noticed my un-expert little translation and thought it worth talking about.

But, well, what pisses me off? Is that the journal's publisher wants 25 dollars from me in exchange for the privilege of looking for only 24 hours at the article about my work that they published without even notifying me.

<I>That</i> pisses me the hell off (pardon my Anglo-Saxon. And Old French.) Cue rant. )

Short version: if Transformative Works and Cultures was pay-only, I would be a lot less supportive of it, that's for darn sure.

(I tend to think that fanacademia, even beyond TWC, tends to be fairly good about freely sharing info - even when papers are published behind pay-only, it's been fairly easy for me to get copies for free - but that might be because accumulated fanmeta rep has gotten *me* inside several locked walls of access that I don't even see any more.)

(Also, said fan network has already gotten me a copy of the paper about Wulf and Eadwacer that discusses me. I am now officially recorded in the ongoing conversation of Western Thought as "Melannen, a kind of 'groupie' for wit and wisdom" --- I'll take it! Could be worse. Also, my e2 post is "not exactly post-structural exegesis," but rather "a crude recommendation" to "make the empty room exciting with your own furnishings". Hmm, you know, I don't have any titles on my DW journal pages yet... :D But seriously folks, it's a reasonably good paper which is doing pretty much the same thing I tried to do in my e2 post but better - the quotes are actually a compliment, because I'm the only one of six translators - including Burton Raffel - he actually discusses at any length whatsoever. Even if he is baffled by the internets and the way learnings happen there. And he got the date of publication of the E2 entry wrong by five years somehow. And altered my translation in a fairly significant way without, apparently, noticing.)

...er. Speaking of the value of a public domain, last weekend I was at Farpoint - my first ever sci-fi con! - and spent most of the time trying to pretend it was con.txt, which meant hanging around the do-it-yourself panel rooms and figuring out how to talk about fanfic in them without outright admitting I'm a fanfic writer. (Panels I either gave or attended: Writing SF Erotica, DIY Social, SF Worldbuilding, Webcomics 101, Sex and SciFi, Not Everyone's a Pro, Copyright/Copywrong, Convention Sales for Creative Types, and Sherlock Holmes. I want to talk more about the con later, but this post is going to be long enough already.)

One of the coolest ones I attended was The Copyright, Copywrong panel, which was recorded and is available as a podcast. )
...anyway it also features me as "person in audience who wouldn't stop talking". Hear! Me attempt to talk to Marc Okrand without getting squee all over him! Hear! Me slip slash discussion in under the radar by casually mentioning the OTW without explaining what it is! Hear! Me get scolded for talking too much and not letting other people participate! Hear! Me completely fail to mention Interrobang Studios, which is ostensibly why I was at the con!

(and for the record, if I was not so lazy I would officially put all of my work under a creative commons share-alike license, the share-alike being most important and the attribution being least.)

Current Mood:: [mood icon] amused

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January 15th, 2010 02:15 pm - Con.txt !!!
[livejournal.com profile] con_txt has their first call for panels! Hooray!

Con.txt is a small slash con held near DC every two years, if you haven't heard of it. (badge prices go up at the end of the month!) It is my happy place.

I ran an utterly ridiculous number of panels at con.txt two years ago, and I have, um, kind of been thinking about panels I want next time ever since then. The first call is for panels that might require extensive preparation by the mods. Here's what I'm thinking about submitting: any thoughts or suggestions?

1. Ducks!: From Star Wars to Good Omens and beyond, ducks permeate all of our fandoms. What is their sinister plan of total domination? And is there still time to stop it? Your moderators will present extensive evidence of the conspiracy, including handouts, followed by group discussion about such important questions as "Jensen Ackles and David McCallum: Double Agents?" and "Did Bert and Ernie curse Slash fandom?"

2. GIMP graphics workshop: Offering another Fannish Graphics in GIMP, the open source graphics editor, this year; either a "basic crop & text icons" like last time, or even a slightly less basic one (easy photomanip techniques or getting started with coloring scanned lineart.) Or *possibly* a basic & a less basic, if there's demand.

3. How To Build a Community: How to start a fannish community, gather a tightly-knit membership, and keep posting active in the community; strategies, methods, and examples. You don't have to go viral to thrive. (Preferably, have at least one moderator who has done this successfully!)

4. Cosplay: why is there so little visibility of costuming in (most of) media fandom? Where is the cosplay for these fandoms? Can we have some at con-txt please? (Also, come to the panel in costume! Show off!) Plus, cosplay & crossplay basics for newcomers to the art, fannish fashion, and perhaps a box of dress-up clothes. ETA: with emphasis on cosplay strategies for people who don't have Hollywood-standard bodies.

5. Vidding for the Technically Inept (and Flat Broke): How to start with a DVD or download, and rip, clip, and synchronize to music. Overview of free or cheap software for clipping and video and audio editing; making do with limited hardware; good resources for self-teaching.

6. Finding deep time: Sometimes it seems like all of fandom before 2003 is invisible these days - and even more recent events are more difficult to document than they could be. Resources & techniques for learning and/or sharing about pre-lj (and pre-internet) fandom; ethical questions in informal fandom research; and a beginner's guide for contributing to Fanlore & TWC. Aimed at non-academic contexts but aca-fen welcome.

I volunteer to mod 1 & 2, unless someone else wants to; will mod 3 & 4 only if they can't get someone better-qualified; and am totally not qualified to mod 5 & 6, but I could flip flip-charts!

(Ideas I have for less-prep-intensive panels for the later call for panels: Fanmixer's round table; when RPS isn't real aka "Stephen" vs. Stephen; attempts at defining this thing we call 'fandom'; "Boston Marriage", or, when the subtext goes too far; and discussion circle on asexuality & slash )

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September 26th, 2008 02:39 pm - Weekend Plans!
Tomorrow, I will be at The National Book Festival on the National Mall! In the rain!!

There's nothing particularly I need to schedule around this year (except the Librarything Meetup at 2 pm at the NMNH) so if anyone is going to be around and want to meet up, leave me a comment and I'll give you my cell number.

Sunday I will be at the Baltimore Comic-con, spending most of the time being eye candy at the Interrobang Studios booth. Come say hi! (They will be there without me on Saturday, too.)

(Interrobang Studios re-opens this month!)

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June 16th, 2008 12:21 am
So rather than going home, packing some, working up a real con report and doing the follow-up stuff I promised, I went to [journalfen.net profile] stellar_dust's apartment and she mixed us both Sonic Screwdrivers and we watched DW 4x10 and Torchwood (Meat) while I taught myself how to tie cherry stems in knots with my tongue. (It seems like a useful skill.)

DW was generally good, and we spent about ten minutes afterward being annoying-sisters to each other in one of the traditional ways, but it was *creepy* this time (seriously, I bet all the mothers in Great Britain are cursing RTD by now) but OMG, Rusty, spoiler )

Meat was awesome, my first actual Torchwood ep after lurking the fandom for two years, and Rhys rocks, and I agree with sister (and Jack!!) that Rhys and Jack have mad, mad UST and need to do something about it STAT, preferably with Gwen in the middle and Ianto and Owen off having sex somewhere else, because OMG.

I remember the reaction when the episode first aired - the old-school macros, the anti-gwen panic - but am I the *only* Torchwood fan who's read enough bad Highlander fic to immediately realize why immortal Jack was so determined to give that story a happy ending? God, talk about nightmares, and I hope it never comes out that it actually *did* happen to him (or, bad thought but knowing Jack, he *volunteered* for it.)

So anyway sister also downloaded a bunch of John Barrowman singing showtunes which I need to steal off her hard drive and then bed. But first, for my own memory, list of fics I was told I needed to write while at the con:
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June 15th, 2008 02:50 pm - con.txt day 3
So we all know that the tenth Doctor is (supposedly) dating his his own daughter, but he's (supposedly) only dating her because he's in love with the fifth Doctor?

Consensus in the Dr. Who panel today was that the boy that Susan married way back in the 60s (and One avoided rather abruptly) looked *an awful lot* like David Tennant.

...just so you know.

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June 13th, 2008 10:19 pm - con.txt day 1
Disco night at the slash con : even better with zombies! (I thought the dancing was awfully smooth for a bunch of geek chicks.)

Current Location:: crown plaza, silver spring
Current Mood:: undead


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