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I don't know if it's just me, so here goes:

A certain fandom-notorious author has been the subject of apparent threats of physical violence at an upcoming con, with a bit of shit-posting on Twitter about how folks planned to gang up on her in the bathroom. Anyway, other well-known authors flock to her defence, posts are made telling Twitter support to delete the accounts, and so on (as you'd expect).

Now maybe I've been in fandom too long and seen too many things to take everything immediately at face value. You see, I remember the girl in SG-1 fandom who tried to tell people she'd lost family in 9/11 and then maybe she had cancer too, I don't recall the exact details.

Maybe it's genuine and we certainly know there are enough stupid folks out there on the interwebs but did anyone else think 'uh oh, could it be sockpuppetry?' or was that just me?
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What is it about a piece of media that grabs me and makes me want to interact with it in any way? I've been thinking about this quite a lot because there's not really been anything new that's made me want to write, at least since the Man from UNCLE movie and you could possibly argue that was just an extension of an older interest, though the movie versions of the characters and the TV show versions were also different enough to argue the exact opposite!

Anyway, for me there are various levels where source material is concerned:

Level 0 - I have no interest in interacting with it, despite (or sometimes because of, I'm looking at you Firefly fandom) other people's views on it

Level 1 - I read/watch the source material and have no interest in further accounts of the characters

Level 2 - I read/watch the source material and read fanfic

Level 2a - the source material carries on but I stop reading/watching at a certain point and carry on reading (at least some of) the fanfic

Level 3 - I read/watch the source material and both read fanfic and write it myself

I'm a bit of a completist so I tend not to want to write about something till I'm sure I have a real grasp on everything about it, so that's not really a good marker for live source material, which is probably why I've more recently been writing stuff from closed canon. I'm not sure I could cope with the level of assholery often shown by showrunners any more - it was bad enough first time around and few of them seem to have learned anything from their own and other's mistakes.

The problem is, that even if I were inclined to start writing for a new live fandom, there really doesn't seem to be anything out there that I actually find engaging enough to kick me up to Level 3. There's plenty of stuff which has made me get to Level 2 but no further - for example, I love the Peter Grant books and really like reading the fic but have zero interest in trying to write my own.

There are no stories out there for me in that material. Where Level 3 is concerned, some of it is 'I've got this great idea and other people would mess it up if they wrote it, so I need to write it' - thoughts of 'I could do better' were certainly how I got started writing in the first place, even though I subsequently discovered it wasn't as easy as it looked! I wonder if also I am less inclined to have those stories if I see other people producing them and doing it well? Though that wouldn't explain wanting to write UNCLE, which always had a plethora of quality fic I enjoyed reading.

So, what makes a set of source material move from one level to the next? Well, for starters there needs to be a set of characters who I am interested in and want to get to know - usually if I find them aesthetically pleasing that also helps immensely, though that's not sufficient in itself. For example, I've been watching Legends of Tomorrow because of a couple of characters and despite a couple of others: I immediately wanted more of Sara Lance and also liked the whole Snart & Rory dynamic (I've always had a bit of a thing for bad people trying to do good things despite their nature). Sadly, there are also a couple of characters on the show who are interchangeable bland generic white bread hetero males, one recently introduced because of [something spoilery] because there weren't enough on the show already I guess?

There also needs to be some chemistry between the characters I like and of course, as with anything subjective, YMMV whether particular characters have that special something going on or not. That's probably part 2 of the previous point, really, since it goes hand-in-hand with the 'characters I'm interested in' aspect. I can be interested in the character but if there's no spark, then nada in terms of moving on to even Level 2. It doesn't have to be romantic or sexual, just something that tells me character A gives a damn about character B and then hello 50k word angst fest as character A is kidnapped and loses their memory and character B has to rescue them. Or something else, possibly involving naked sexy times but I can live without that.

The one I still don't quite get is that step between Level 2 and Level 3, whatever constitutes the tipping point between reading and writing. For example, I've been reading lots of stuff set in the MCU (including a shedload of Sam/Steve, Steve/Bucky and Sam/Steve/Bucky but other stuff too) and still have zero stories for it myself. Nothing, nada, zilch. Even though I've read stuff that was so relentlessly mediocre it made my eyes water, so it's not the 'I could do better' aspect, that's for certain!

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!
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I really don't know. I can see a bunch of folks resolutely declaring that they have no intention of shifting off LJ and others moving over here, but maybe this isn't quite as much of a devastating blow to fandom on LJ as it would have been five or ten years ago. The days of the massive communities which were the heart of any given fandom seem to be in the past, unless there's stuff going on (which is quite possible) in fandoms I'm uninvolved with to give the lie to my opinion.

For myself, I really don't know either. I'd backed up to this account so my personal stuff isn't an issue, but I'll probably end up going over to LJ and having to agree to the TOS one way or another - I have a couple of communities which are slash-heavy but also not active for years, so perhaps it's time for some housekeeping. And then there's Danielpix, which I stopped posting to in January but feel differently about because of the significant part it played in my life for so long and the sheer size of it. Because it's picture-heavy rather than written, I doubt it's in such a vulnerable position unless LJ decides to start going after people for copyright violation, I guess. I'm tempted to just archive it, by removing everyone's posting rights, because deleting it seems wrong somehow.

In other news, I have escaped being saddled with the most annoying guy on my course as we get ready to do small group presentations. Just a couple more sessions of tedium and then I'm done for the year! And an observation tomorrow, which naturally comes when I'm tackling how you plan writing, possibly the most dreary part of the curriculum. Pah.

Better news came around when I told my boss I was probably going to need some more Saturdays off because I wanted to do some competitions - I've entered the first proper non-beginners one, which is in July but on a Sunday - I was pleased that her immediate response was 'well, I believe in work-life balance' and then she suggested we just list the course as less classes overall for the year and adjust the dates as required. Naturally, the competitions are not quite spread out evenly, because I'm roughly looking at one in early November, another early February and one late March, but that's also not too close together either. We're starting to plan next year's classes, so at least I should know within the next month or so what I'm likely to be asked to do from September, even if the exact Saturday dates may need tweaking once competition dates are finalised.
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As we rapidly head towards the Easter break, I am looking forward to trying to get ahead of the game in terms of course preparation for the two classes I'm teaching - I'd already got a lot of material I could use since I'd taught stuff at a similar level in the last academic year but (of course) no two courses are completely alike. I've also had to adjust what I'm doing for one class because it's being taught alongside functional maths and ICT classes, which means teaching the kind of vocabulary that you need to be able to follow instructions around those subjects and also talk about what you're doing. So that's a bit of a work in progress!

In theory, there's a bit of an overlap in terms of ability between my two courses but the extremes at both ends drag things out of a nice sensible shape. At one end I've got a chap who says he's bored because he knows everything I'm teaching - though when I get him to do stuff in class, that's not always borne out by his work, so I'm taking that with a big pinch of salt - and at the other end I've got folks who sit and look at me like rabbits in the headlights. So there's a lot of repetition in that class. A lot of repetition. *sigh*

Anyway, at least I've started getting paid again, that's the main thing - the outstanding wages from the university turned up, I got paid for the hours I taught in January and I'm looking forward to wrestling with the tax office soon about the money I've given them which I'll be having back. Unfortunately for them, I keep meticulous records of all my incomings (good thing too, since I got paid by three different employers last year) so it's not as much of a chore as it could be.

In other news, my aged computer finally fell over and breathed its last, just refusing to boot up at all. Considering it had gone through various bits being replaced over its lifespan, not to mention outliving the company that made it by a matter of 7 years, I decided that enough was enough. So now I have a refurbished Windows 7 computer that cost me less than a night in a London budget hotel and so far, so good.

Speaking of London hotels (see, what a neat segue!) I'm still currently undecided about what to do about Nine Worlds this year. I enjoyed last year's convention, mostly because of getting to hang out with folks, since a lot of the fandom panels in particular were quite basic in nature. And this year, after a bunch of understandable complaints regarding the hotel it's moved to, of all places, Hammersmith. Very convenient for the folks running it who I assume mostly live in London but a little more difficult for the rest of us who weren't able to get a hotel room in the hour that the discount rate rooms were on sale.

Being in the hotel itself makes a big difference to the experience (in my opinion), both in terms of being able to disappear off for a bit of peace and quiet if needed and also not having to worry about carrying everything you're going to need for the day. A list of back-up hotels has gone round but I've yet to organise anything, so who knows if any of those other places even still have space? I was also underwhelmed by the concept of having to phone to book stuff, because phones... bleurgh. So I may or may not be going, I really don't know right now.

If nothing else, I will be going to Helsinki next year. I'm already starting to look at what else I'll be doing while I'm there, though sadly I think I'm missing the main season for spotting flying squirrels!
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Well, this whole 750 words thing still really seems to be working - as I write this, I'm on a 33-day roll and have written just over 35,000 words during that period, pretty much all of which is UNCLE movie fanfic.

To date I've posted 6 stories for that fandom on AO3, though one of them is incomplete - that latter one started because someone suggested there should be a fic collection celebrating Napoleon Solo's apron and that started me thinking about fantasies and suddenly I was writing roleplay fic (of which the apron-related story is chapter 1). The only problem with continuing that has been thinking up suitable roleplay options, particularly for the OT3. Any (non-rapey) suggestions gratefully received...

I'm also writing something else for the kinkmeme, which has all sorts of ideas posted to it - it's a real microcosm of current fandom interests in a lot of ways, especially with the appearance of ABO and its associated issues that will probably get handwaved over because of reasons. Still, plenty of ideas out there for when I get the current one written, though I still have 1930's AU fic to finish (damnit!). I have a printout of what exists so far for that one and just have to take a good run at it - I can get that started at least by the end of the month. *sigh*
graculus: (olivia)
A lot has changed since I got into fandom, back in the late 1990's. That was also when I first got online and it was dial-up, which seems like another world completely - I regularly ended up paying extra at the end of the month because I'd exceeded my allotted time online.

At one point we were downloading episodes of SG-1 in what everyone referred to as 'squinty-vision' because the resulting files were huge (in relative terms) but the video produced was tiny and so you'd have to squint to figure out what was going on or even to tell non-speaking characters apart sometimes (the joys of a series that takes place mostly in a setting where people wear uniforms, I guess!). Those files still used to take literally hours to download, so I used to set them up before I went to bed and hope the download wouldn't crash overnight.

And then there were the mailing lists, long before the advent of LJ, and their own particular way of doing things. Some fandoms still have them and they're ticking over, but most of them have (understandably) gone the way of the dinosaur when LJ became the main place for fandom to be.

Now, bypassing the rise and fall of LJ, a lot of fandom is on Tumblr, which is by no means the right place for anything other than lots of 'ooh shiny' given the way it does things. And there's definitely a place for shallow and pretty, but that doesn't mean it works for anything else. So it's quite amusing (in a sad head-shaking and remembering we've been through this before) that some folks now on there are all 'oh, Tumblr is changing and fandom should leave'. This started last year, iirc, when Tumblr was bought by Yahoo and people starting having minor freak-outs. Yes, you should leave and come back to LJ and/or Dreamwidth where we can have proper discussions about things without horrible nesting issues.

I wonder where we'll end up next? ;)



Meanwhile, in related news, I'm happy to say that I'm managing to write at least 750 words every day and am currently on a 16 day streak. After a very scientific method of tossing a coin on August 31st, I also signed up for the month challenge on 750 Words, which gets me another badge and my name on the Wall of Awesomeness if I manage it. I am apparently much more easily motivated (in this case by small internet pics of animals and birds) than I ever imagined would be the case!

Now, after months of my subconscious going 'pfft, call yourself a writer, you can't even manage to sit down and do anything!', we've now moved onto 'oh, so maybe you can write everyday, but what you're writing is shit' which I guess is an improvement? Yep, just over 15,000 words and maybe some of it is crap, but at least it exists.

Been posting on the new UNCLE kink meme which is a bit of an odd experience, all this anonymity and so on - boy, there are some really 'interesting' prompts on there! And yes, I'm writing movie fic but plan to use the same method to break the deadlock on my two existing public WIP as well as clear out some of the other stuff I've had lurking on my hard drive, some of it literally for years.
graculus: (olivia)
Yep, still alive... ;)

1. Graphic designers who think that using the Cyrillic alphabet wrongly to 'Russianise' something is cool beans. A case in point recently - there were a couple of really nice faux Soviet propaganda posters up on Tumblr, one for Winter Soldier and one for Black Widow. Good use of design and restricted colours but the graphics! *flails*

Russian has letters English doesn't have. Also the Cyrillic alphabet (the block version at least) has letters that are shaped differently to the Roman alphabet. So, anyone 'ironically' using the Cyrillic backwards-R (which actually represents 'ya') or the Cyrillic capital D (which kind of looks like a squashed capital A) is actually making a real dog's dinner of things to anyone who can read even a little Russian.

See also: use of other non-Roman alphabets to exoticise text, as I've also seen the same thing done with Hindi.

2. Door to door salesmen who are apparently unable to read the sign on my door which basically tells them to bugger off (politely). I don't want to buy stuff on the doorstep, if I need a quote for something I am able to organise that myself and I definitely am not going to give you my bank details. Not even for the starving children.

3. Speaking of the starving children, there's the plague that is charity collection bags. I don't know if they do this outside the UK, but I regularly get 2-3 a month, sometimes more, begging me to put out stuff (usually clothes) for a variety of charities. There surely has to be a law of diminishing returns for these, that the more we get the less like that particular charity is to get anything at all? And yet still they come...

4. Ridiculousness on the internet - some days you just need something dumb/entertaining, hence my now following WorstCats on Tumblr, as well as Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary) and My Sad Cat (@MYSADCAT) on Twitter. All 3 are recommended!

5. Rampant creativity all around me. I might be about as creative as a bag of pondwater at the moment (at least that's how it feels) but that doesn't stop all sorts of things going on around me, both in fandom and in the wider SF community. Whether it's Patrick Rothfuss planning to kiss a llama for charity or singing chickens, action figure theatre with Star Lord and a velociraptor or lots of really good fic (pro and otherwise), all human life is there, on the interwebs. ;)
graculus: (Snape)
The fandom meme )

Day 27 - Best pilot episode

A solid pilot episode is a must for me - if I can't even make it through that, then I'm never going to watch the show. I think I'm going to have to go with Person of Interest for this, with honourable mentions for White Collar and Life - it does a really nice job of setting up the characters of Reece and Finch, as well as their relationship, while teasing for some of the things we now know about them and the world they inhabit.


In other news, I had a trip out earlier this week for what was supposed to be a job interview but was more an informal guided tour of a possible workplace, leaving me really uncertain about whether or not I'd hit the right note with the guys I saw. However, I just got a call from the agency who were arranging this to say that I've been made an offer and so I should be starting work mid-October!

Basically, it's student wrangling in one of the libraries of a local university - the money's not great and the hours are crazy, but it's a foot in the door if I decide I want to go into this line of work in general as I need practical experience for the MA I've been looking at. It's also experience for applying for similar jobs with better pay and less crazy hours, so we'll see how things work out as we go along.

Meanwhile, I've also started that preparatory adult teaching course (which is 14 weeks) and there may be the possibility of some work via someone I met there too. Because it's shift work, we'll see how knackered the odd hours leave me and go on from there...


In other, other news, I've also just purchased my ticket for Loncon next August, so I'm sure I shall see some folks from my flist there - this year is the first since the very early years of me being in fandom proper that I haven't been to a con and I don't like it. How could I miss going to an actual WorldCon when one's so close(ish) to home? Meanwhile, regardless of that, this con will be made possible by a substantial and extremely unexpected cheque from my former employer, who apparently has to pay me for the annual leave I didn't get to take... ;)
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Yes, more for the list I started here:

  • Orphan Black, which is all sorts of awesome and when the hell is season 2 airing?
  • Welcome to Night Vale, ditto on the awesome.
  • That I am left wondering why more show-runners aren't like Bryan Fuller rather than Steven Moffat?
  • That show premiere dates may seem a long way away but...
  • That I have been spamming my Tumblr with Pacific Rim stuff, though I have no shame in relation to this! Anyone on my flist who hasn't seen it yet, why not?

    More [community profile] trope_bingo thoughts - over on Tumblr, someone kindly posted a diagram that sorted out the whole crossover-fusion thing I was asking about Read more... )
  • graculus: (sarcasm)
    *points to title of this post* Though I'm not certain it's really a Bank Holiday as the sun is shining...

    Been back just over a week from my trip to the Outer Hebrides but still haven't quite got my bearings yet or indeed unpacked completely. It was an odd trip, mostly because I'm not that used to staying in B&B - hotels have been much more my thing and it's quite a different approach, particularly for the anti-social amongst us (me, in other words). The only downside about travelling on your own - which is otherwise great, because you get to do exactly what you like, no need for negotiation or compromise - is that you get to listen to the inanity of other people without any kind of buffer.

    The Hebrides themselves are extremely beautiful. I have hundreds of pics I need to sort through and that was despite the fact there were a couple of days where the weather limited what I could do. The way of life is like stepping back in time - the resident population of the entire archipelago is only about 28,000 and even when you add tourists (considering I was there at the start of their tourist season) it's never going to be that busy. Most of the time, wherever I was, I had the place to myself. The top half of the islands, everything is closed on Sundays and even outside there, most shops close at 6 and restaurants don't serve food after 9.

    There were lots of people cycling the islands (which seemed like quite a masochistic pursuit to me - they're not that hilly, but the weather is very changeable and the wind can be evil) - not to mention the hordes of folks with campervans. This is a place where the majority of the roads are single track with passing places, which takes a little getting used to, as does the cavalier attitude of the livestock to the concept of vehicles. I'm used to sheep, though the Hebrides sheep are much more cocky than any I've encountered before - I'd been told that sometimes you have to 'nudge' them with the car to get them to move, but fortunately I didn't meet any that were quite that recalcitrant - and then there's the Vatersay cows. Yes, the cows on that particular island are notorious for their liking to lie down in the road, not to mention apparently making a special detour to it when it comes time to defecate, since there seemed to be more cowpats on the road than in the surrounding fields.

    I'd hoped to get the chance to do some kayaking while I was up there, but sadly it was a little too early in the season, so if there's anything that gets me back there then it'll probably be that as much as anything else. That and just how relaxed the place is, if you get into the swing of things there, not to mention the fact that while it's supposed to be one of the best places in the UK to see otters I didn't manage to spot a single one. :(

    In other news, before I went away I've been doing some work on the house and garden, discovering yet more joys of BIY (bodge it yourself) from the previous owner. This is a guy who thought it was a really good idea to just plaster in water pipes running along an outside wall without insulating them first, so that when the inevitable burst pipe happened one winter I ended up with a massive mess before I could get the burst fixed. Those pipes have now been boxed in instead, in case of future calamity.

    He'd also built a raised bed in the garden which was falling apart, so this year I decided to pull it to bits and replace it. Digging down, I discovered that he had pulled up a bunch of paving slabs underneath it (fair enough) but had then just thrown the resulting rubble into the raised bed with the earth. I now have a nice pile of broken slabs to dispose of, but I do have a proper raised bed in which I am attempting to grow vegetables. At present, pumpkins (which are finally coming up even though I planted them before I left for Scotland, delayed by the poor weather), garlic and beans.

    I had all sorts of plans for catching up with various shows and writing too while I was away, none of which really amounted to anything, though I did read a lot of fic. When it came to updating the recs pages on my website, I discovered all sorts of issues with them which led to a complete overhaul and this led to a general sort-out over there. All sorts of things were on AO3 that weren't on my site and vice versa, though the latter is mostly stuff I can't quite bring myself to re-read (SG-1 fic, I know your ears are burning...) and I'm not sure if it should be more widely shared. Or if there are even still people reading that fandom, fcol. ;)

    Also I have written a thing, (a Magnificent 7 fic) which makes me hope that I can continue to make some progress on the other stuff I need to finish.

    Okay, I think that's sufficient rambling for now...
    graculus: (sarcasm)
    First off, still no sign of the missing ferret - not good but not particularly surprising. I was asked by the guys who found the second one if they would stick together or come if I called and neither apply. No, ferrets are pretty dumb in many ways so the other one could be anywhere. Anyway the missing posters are still up in the area, I've spoken with every vet in the city and even emailed the folks who remove roadkill so I don't see what more I can do...

    In work news, I've now been off for almost 6 weeks after my GP signed me off due to stress a month ago. I'm definitely feeling better but still not 100%, with a planned return to work next Wednesday in a non-management job at another office, which basically means 6 days there (because of Christmas) then I'm off again on annual leave. Never having to deal with my current manager ever again (fingers crossed) is looking extremely like a very near prospect.

    One of the things the whole work scenario did was squash any creative urges and pretty much grind them underfoot. Which is why the last thing I posted fanfic-wise was April, which should probably have been a sign if I'd been anywhere near seeing it. Anyway, I'm tentatively thinking about stuff again and have signed up for [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 (now in it's 11th year, can you believe it?) and am actually sort of looking at other challenges/fests in the thought that having a deadline might help me push myself into actually creating something again. Anyone else experienced this, if so then any pointers/suggestions would be much appreciated!

    No signs of a new fandom (thank the elder gods) despite/because of my time on Tumblr which I am still enjoying immensely in all its superficial idish glory. :)

    Finally, I realised today that I've only been to the cinema once this year (Avengers, natch!). 2013 looks like being different, though, given that May sees the release of Star Trek and Iron Man 3 and July gives us Pacific Rim. Which looks awesome in the way only giant robots, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi could be. Here's the trailer if you're still not convinced: )
    graculus: (sarcasm)
    Where to begin other than 'still not dead'? *sigh*

    I can't believe we're already 12 days into August with no significant progress in terms of anything except the ongoing cleanliness of my house (thanks to UFYH, if anyone hasn't come across it yet) and that's pretty much it. Part of this was to accommodate the lovely [livejournal.com profile] obelix coming to stay/go to Connotations, then I found out a couple of weeks ago that she's not able to, which was a massive disappointment. *shakes fists at [livejournal.com profile] obelix's unreasonable employer*

    Have been reading lots (both fic and otherwise), as well as working my way through various tv shows, including my current favourite Person of Interest - I was considering pimping this at Connotations however when I started wondering just how I'd do that in a meaningful way without spoiling it massively, my brain ground to a halt. Meanwhile, I suffer from a dearth of good fic in that fandom (in other words, fic where the characters actually sound like themselves at all rather than over-excitable hipsters, since both our protagonists are pretty taciturn in the show itself) and pondering over the stories with John Reese being a shapeshifter who can turn into a snake. No, I have no idea either unless it's all about snakes having two penises.

    I've also had to move my website, after I got notified that BT are shortly not going to be offering free webhosting any more - if anyone's interested, the new site is here on hosting I already had to upload photos, though I still need to get my fic updated there since there's a bunch of things on AO3 that aren't on my own site. However, I was getting way more traffic to my recs pages than I was to my fic, so I've just put redirects on those pages just in case.

    Work continues to be significant amounts of rampant stupidity, one way or another. Whether it's a pissing contest with a manager elsewhere (who then ran off to whine to my managers when he didn't get what he wanted from me, without telling me he was going to do that - twice now and it's really hacking me off) or just general idiocy, I think I need a holiday. So I'm currently looking at where I can go over New Year, possibly India since I don't really want anywhere that isn't warm.

    Okay, think that'll do as an update for a few weeks... ;)
    graculus: (geek love)
    Honest.

    Not that there's much to say other than that. Work remains a constant mix of 'wtf are you doing you dumbass!?!' and 'oh my team is so awesome, thank all the gods for that' because seriously, if the latter were not true, I'd probably now be in all sorts of difficulties. As I keep telling people, much as I'd like to take credit for it (see! see! awesome manager here!) I was incredibly lucky to have had no hand in who I've ended up with and still had awesome folks who bug the crap out of me at times but still do the business.

    In other news, things I am liking much at the moment:
  • Getting back into baking (also appreciated by folks at work)
  • The sun being out finally
  • The fact there is a metric shit-ton of Avengers fic out there
  • That Grimm got renewed for another season, because I am in love...
  • That we're only days away from Suits season 2
  • That Patrick J Adams is a massive photojunkie and keeps posting pics from behind the scenes while they're filming
  • That the whole UFYH thing is having a massive impact on my house and its overall cleaniness and order
  • That [livejournal.com profile] obelix is planning to come over for [livejournal.com profile] connotations this year! \o/

    Not so good:
  • 15,000 words into my 1930's UNCLE fic and haven't touched it for a couple of weeks, though apparently the whole UFYH 45/15 thing does work when I try it
  • That we're still days away from Suits season 2 (and if they push the whole Mike/Rachel thing the way they're teasing I will not be pleased)
  • That I'm not at MediaWest or another con at the moment (envious of both [livejournal.com profile] sithdragn and [livejournal.com profile] xochiquetzl in different locations)
  • That I'm saving up for future holidays and can't make my frakking mind up what I want to do, other than the Trans-Mongolian railway and I'm worried I won't be able to sleep on the train and will commit multiple homicide somewhere across the steppes...

    So, how's it shaking with all you good folks? ;)
  • graculus: (geek love)
    Because, damn it, that last post has depressed the hell out of me...

    I think I've found my fandom to pimp at [livejournal.com profile] connotations this year. :)

    Also, the deadline is rapidly approaching for the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, for which I'm writing dystopian!AU Wild Wild West. It's currently standing at about 12,000 words and I'm pretty happy with it so far - not really sure how many more words I'm going to need to finish it but it's got to be done by the end of the month.

    Thirdly, one of my new favourite shows (though don't spoil me, as I haven't seen the entire season yet) got a second season - yes, Grimm got picked up again! I have a bunch of other stuff to watch over the summer too, as I think the only shows I'm actually up to date with are Community and The Big Bang Theory. Everything else is stacking up on the external hard drive for the summer when the telly is crap, though at least I also have season 2 of Suits to look forward to!

    In non-fannish news, I have recently started following Unfuck Your Habitat, which is well worth a look if you're like me and tend to drop things and leave them. My house is a hell of a lot tidier than it's been for ages and the whole 20/10 and 45/15 method also works for writing, I've discovered - hence adding 4,000 words in one day to my WWW fic.
    graculus: (Snape)
    As I'm at home sick with lack of lungs, having coughed them up over the long weekend (true story!), I thought I'd try and recap the year in terms of fannish crapola, because why not?

    However, first things first, most awesome Yuletide story of this year imho - I love Master and Commander and I don't see how that will ever not be the case but then someone goes and writes a story where Stephen gets turned into a penguin! \o/ Hijinks naturally ensue. If you like that fandom even a little, chances are you'll like this.

    Anyway, on with the recapping...

    Returning TV show of 2011: no competition, it's Fringe all the way. Spoilers! )

    New TV show of 2011: again no competition, it's Suits. Heard good things, didn't expect to fall the way I have, but damn the vast majority of the fanfic is mediocre. Not that this stops me reading it, but I digress...

    Best purchased movie of 2011: I didn't buy that many this year but the best of those I did get would have to be Di Renjie zhi tongtian diguo (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) which I desperately wish I'd had the chance to see in the cinema. Given my love for wu xia movies, it was hardly surprising, I guess...

    Best LoveFilm movie of 2011: tie between The King's Speech and Toy Story 3, why yes I am behind the times, thanks so much for noticing...

    New fandom surprise of 2011: in terms of reading fic, I picked up two unexpected new fandoms this year, namely The Eagle (if only the quality of Suits fic was as good as much of what's in this fandom!) and one for which I totally blame [livejournal.com profile] katemonkey in Steve Rogers/Tony Stark. No, I do not wish to go through the many and various comics incarnations of the characters, I'll stick with RDJ and Chris Evans (actor, not ginger DJ) for my mental imaginings. :)

    Old fandom recurrence of 2011: it's Magnificent Seven, if the small amount of fic I've written in any fandom is anything to go by. The majority of it has been cowboys. This is not never a bad thing.


    So, that was 2011, apparently. 2012? God damn, that Avengers movie needs to live up to the hype or you'll be able to hear the screams of a million fanboys and girls across the planet.
    graculus: (Snape)
    Hell, yeah it's October and I just woke up after getting back from [livejournal.com profile] connotations yesterday, not that I went to bed immediately on getting home from dropping off [livejournal.com profile] katemonkey and [livejournal.com profile] gumbie_cat (who I know were planning a MLP marathon on the Wii because they started talking about it as we turned into [livejournal.com profile] katemonkey's street, so mock them as they so richly deserve!) but you know what I mean...

    Booked the week off because a) I knew it would be A Very Good Idea after the con (awesome as always, guys!) but also b) because I have Stuff To Do which I never seem to get done at the weekends. Like I broke my bed a few weeks back, though sadly not in a fun sexytiems way, and it needs replacing and I can't even begin to consider going to Ikea except during the week. Also nobody told me that being a grown-up would involve taking stuff to the tip recycling centre and having to be Responsible and stuff like that. Or if they did, I ignored it in favour of 'but you can spend all day in your jammies and nobody will give you shit about it!'.

    Back to the con, I somehow ended up modding/co-modding two panels, which went way better than my half-arsed preparation could have possibly allowed me to hope - for those who weren't there, they were on 'Kink meme culture - creative wellspring or inspirational cul-de-sac' (or it may have been the other way around...) and 'What, if anything, has fandom learned from various fails or does it just make us more prone to navel-gazing?' At some point this week there will be summaries of the main points and links to stuff on [livejournal.com profile] connotations, though I have to say after someone at the Crack Fic panel talked about the Merlin/Arthur AU where Arthur is a BNF in Camelot fandom and there was also discussion about the various Charles/Erik fic where one or other of them is a kitten, how is it that all of those ended up being recced on [livejournal.com profile] epic_recs the past few days? Fandom Hive Mind, we haz it. And there was also (finally, after many years of threatening to do so) pimping of Wild Wild West and it was good. :)

    In short, it was once again good to be Among My People and I am already looking forward to next year, though my brain still refuses to accept that this will be Connotations X - yes, the con is 10 next year! *wibbles*

    In other news, work continues to be just like working for local government, but with more chocolate and biscuits. Buzz the psycho loner ferret has now decided his latest trick will be to go blind in both eyes, which means he has a tendency to run into things since his only paces are either complete stop or full-out run. And there must and will be fic. Along with consideration of whether I want to attempt Nano this year, which will depend on whether I can storyboard the idea (in the movie version of which, in my mind at least, the male protagonists are currently played by Takeshi Kaneshiro and Paul Bettany, no I have no idea how that happened either...) I have and convince myself I can get a novel out of it, which I probably can if I put my mind to it.

    Thoughts? Comments? Brickbats? I could probably do with more of all of those, except maybe the latter. ;)
    graculus: (sarcasm)
    5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

    The most obvious case of this was when I was writing Obligations which essentially started life as an idea of rewriting the Mag7 pilot and having Ezra save Nathan's life at the beginning. Completely different dynamic within the group, yadda yadda.

    I had thought it would be a good set-up for a lengthy E/N story where both of them have to come to terms with the fact that Nathan literally owes Ezra his life and meanwhile Ezra is managing to get himself well and truly embroiled in life in Four Corners. While it's true Ezra and Nathan do deal with that particular complication between them, suddenly I found myself with a certain gunslinger intent on muscling in on the new sheriff in town. What's a girl to do when her subconscious decides this would work better as E/C instead? ;)
    graculus: (Snape)
    3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?

    Stargate SG-1 - I've always been a Daniel Jackson fan, from the movie, so it won't come as a surprise to anyone if I say how much I enjoy writing Daniel, but as time has gone on I've also very much enjoyed trying to get my head around how to write Teal'c without him taking on the role he does in many of the episodes (standard line of dialogue - "Indeed.").

    Man from UNCLE - I've told so many people by now how Illya Kuryakin was my first crush when I was too young to know what the hell was going on, and as time has gone on I've come to appreciate the devious and sarcastic person inside the lovely packaging. So he's my absolute favourite to write, as a result. However I've also grown to appreciate Napoleon Solo more, as I've grown up myself, and see more depth in him than a cursory Illya-focussed watching of the show allowed, so I find I also enjoy writing him as well.

    Magnificent Seven - I wish I could say that it's a close contest between Ezra Standish and other characters, but that would be a terrible lie. I can't imagine writing Mag7 without Ezra as the focus of the story and I particularly like the chance it gives to stretch my vocabulary writing dialogue. ;)

    Wild Wild West - I love Artemus Gordon but then I find that I also very much enjoy writing Dr Loveless, because his particular variety of (mostly Jim-obsessed in some way) crazypants is just so much fun!
    graculus: (UNCLE)
    2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

    Stargate SG-1 - the grand total appears to be 16 gen stories, 38 slash (some novel length), 2 co-authored slash stories. I still have a few ideas knocking around but am not convinced they will ever be completed... :(

    Man from UNCLE - at present I've got 21 stories in this fandom, again ideas knocking around but I fell apart horribly around the DTC challenge (first time I've ever bodged something I've signed up for) and that didn't help at all.

    Magnificent Seven - 12 stories at the moment (mostly Ezra/Nathan, my pairing of choice of which I dare say more will be said at some point this month, but also two Ezra/Chris). And I just signed up for Mag7 Bingo on [community profile] mag7daybook.

    Wild Wild West - a grand total of 6 completed fics in this fandom, which is immense fun to write in. I have more ideas and want to get more written.

    And I also have one stray Criminal Minds AU where I started the story and will hopefully at some point get around to writing more. Other than that, I'm pretty faithful to my fandoms once I get going. ;)
    graculus: (sarcasm)
    I'd already spotted someone else on my friendslist doing this meme and thought it sounded interesting (more interesting than some that do the rounds, imho) but wanted to start it on the first of the month; apparently [livejournal.com profile] nakeisha had the same idea...

    1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

    Sheer bloody-minded arrogance, I think. I was reading Stargate SG-1 fic at the time, having stumbled across fanfic as a concept just a few months earlier and then got sucked into SG-1 in a big big way, before I decided I could do much better than a good chunk of what I was reading.

    So I started to write, gen initially, and then within weeks of that I found myself collaborating on what was meant to be an on-list slash round robin but which ended up being a two-hander (oo-er matron) between myself and Jennifer Lyon and then I was in the Dark Side proper. Not that this stopped me still writing gen, when the mood struck.

    For me I think what attracted me to SG-1 as a fandom was that this was around season 2 when the universe available to write in was pretty much unlimited, with very little having been messed about with by TPTB. Now, I appreciate the wonders of a closed canon and the delights of not worrying about being Jossed at every turn, but then it seemed like an exciting merry-go-round! ;)

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