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  1. I really have to stop pretending Tumblr isn't my fandom home. All the fic will remain over here, anything actually interesting will eventually end up over here, but that's really where I'm engaging the most, although LJ is still close to my heart as a site. However, if you are desperately interested in every random, pointless thought I need to share with the world, Tumblr is now the place to find it first. (This is, doubtless, hardly a loss to LJ - although as this post demonstrates, you are not safe.)
  2. I'm currently away from home! I have been for a little over a week, actually. It is miserably hot.
  3. I kneel humbly before ye and confess, for I have succumbed to the wiles of fictional teenagers and joined the ravening hordes... or, in other words, I've spent the past three weeks marathoning Homestuck, and am now caught up, or will be as soon as I finish today's update, which is open in the other window. I'm also a teeny tiny bit entirely obsessed.
  4. Shortly I will be seeing Deathly Hallows: Part Deux. Oddly enough, I haven't really been feeling that nostalgic for it; I guess I never really thought of the movies as part of the franchise in the same way I thought of the books. I may have been missing out.
  5. The actual purpose of this post - I'm currently writing a bit of origfic and beating my head endlessly against the wall in terms of plot, because I have two characters, I have vague hints of a world, I have a dynamic between said characters that I kind of love, but I'm not one hundred percent sure what they do for a living or how they fit into their world or what is actually going to happen in this story (that needs to be a) shortish and b) done by tomorrow.) So. ARGHHH. Also their dynamic is sort of stable, meaning that even if I get an action-plot there will still be nowhere emotional for the story to go. I have a couple of ideas for both, but the problem is that I can't start writing them because they feel like a total cop-out. It's frustrating.
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Probably won't significantly affect anyone, but I look to be incommunicado until Friday, should anyone want to say hello. Catching up on everything should be fun.
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Dialogue from the family on X-Men: First Class:

My youngest brother: All the superhero girls in that movie were evil or turned evil, though!

This was after five minutes of gushing, but the dude is ten - if he's having that thought process at that age, I'm keeping him.

Further thoughts on the movie include that it could have been a truly incredible story about oppression and intersectionality and how a lack of privilege in one area does not mean you can't be a total asshole in other areas, particularly by combining the mutant stuff with the real-world stuff and making the gay text, so you'd have the mutants and the presence or absence of visibility and also being gay or Jewish or non-white or female or any and many combinations of all of it, which sounds really dull on paper but could just HURT SO GOOD on screen. It'd be about both those moments when someone says "I understand" and you know they don't and can't, and those moments when someone tells you their story and you love them incredibly in that moment because you've felt the exact same thing and finally someone else does, and most of all about the incongruity of having both of those moments with the same person.

And I'm not sure that that sounds any more interesting because it's a hard thing to sum up, but if the movie had gone there and been that story I would be flapping my hands and shouting "MY BOOOYYYSS, MY GIIIIRLS" for about six months. As it isn't, I really want someone to write fic about that, one that leads up and builds up to a satisfactory conclusion where they all understand as much as they can and grasp that some things they can't understand and everybody builds the school all together all at once and a lot of people get married.

For those who don't feel like reading or writing an epic novel but got annoyed by Charles's smarmy arrogance and its general acceptance by everyone who wasn't a villain, have Strategy by [livejournal.com profile] apiphile, which dives into those, explores it, and ends up quite terrifying.
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THE FANFICTION LOVE MEME


(The title line is a lie; I will probably do this again eventually. I'll try not to do it too much, though.)
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Lest you think I actually despise my mother:

[paraphrased, because I sadly lack an eidetic memory]

Her: [In regards to Inception] I thought they were going to leave Saito down there for a sequel. But I guess it's not really a movie you can make a sequel to.
Me: Yeah, probably not.
Her: Unless it was that girl, Ariadne, starting her own...

Why yes, Internets, I did indeed just wish that the collective fandom consciousness had more in common with my mother. Also, I would watch the hell out of that movie.

(Serious note: I think Ariadne is actually far and away the best suited to lead a team. She plans well and thinks fast, it's automatic for her to try and keep track of everyone else's roles as well as her own, and she's both invested in preserving the safety of the group and quite good at that. Far better than Cobb, for sure.)
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I just realized something about my shipping preferences: I will ship anything, but I can't seem to have a true hardcore I-wish-to-write-epics-and-manifestos-about-it OTP unless the relationship between the characters is the emotional core of the story. See also: Revy/Rock, Michael/Francis, etc.

How dreadfully unimaginative of me.

(The source of all the my-shipping-tendencies-related grumbling that has been spread across various sites lately: I'm trying to decide whether to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] thelittlebang. The thing is, six months ago I would have scrolled on by under the assumption that I don't have a 15,000-word fanfic in me, but - apparently I do. Only, that was an accident, and I'm not sure I could actually do it on purpose. Especially because I have no idea what I'd write.
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1) As a variation on flat-out raging: I really want a panfandom comm that is devoted to going into stories and finding the girls who are mistreated or abandoned or fridged or underdeveloped or otherwise get the short end of the narrative stick, and picking them out, telling their stories, giving them - not necessarily a happy ending, necessarily, but giving them a voice. Making it be their story for once. The Bella Swan And Sisters Rescue Society. (The whole idea puts me in mind of a line from one of [livejournal.com profile] gyzym's poems - "we unclipped girls from magazines and set them free.") Can someone make that exist?

2) This one is less grand and sweeping, but... femslash. Er... perhaps of a not completely worksafe nature. Just shameless and eager and enthusiastic and detailed and a little bit rough without a whole lot of (admitted) emotional involvement and maybe some banter or one-upmanship (one-upwomanship?) as they go. I would like to say that this is about empowering the characters sexually and all but... basically I was reading some really great boyslash and wishing for the same general thing with different people and anatomy because I have been single for a very long time and that's what I'm in the mood to read.

3) A DAMN MAGIC-WORK-DOING-POOF WAND.
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D'awww, lookatdacutething!



*cough* Sorry. I should be more sane than this... I should be more sane than this... BUT LOOK AT THE CUTE CARTOON ALLIGATOR WADDLING AROUND!

(For those wondering, this was an icon of somebody or other over at [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants (somebody, I believe, being [livejournal.com profile] staringiscaring, about whom I know nothing other than that they have an adorable icon.) I was poking around. (I may also join the comm, having complaints to make. See my icon).
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"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them

I'm curious about how they determined this list. )
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Well, this is rather amusing. I do not have a Twitter and do not intend to acquire one, but if I do, I will definitely be following this.
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- I have, once again, run headlong into the question of how one refers to non-white people without causing offense when things are set in a fantasy world. I mean, say you have an African-American character. Wait... this world contains neither an Africa nor an America. Huh. In that particular case, I guess "black" could be the solution, but I'm never sure whether that's okay or not. But, say, you have an Asian character. Wait, there is no Asia. Hispanic character? ...What Spain? I mean, there are areas in the world that are similar to these areas in culture and geography and whatnot, because I am too lazy to make up a whole boatload of fresh cultures because other cultures are awesome and deserve to be glorified in fiction. (Down with the standard pseudomedieval Europe setting, I say!) But these places aren't actually called any of the above. So how do I refer to these characters without falling headlong into racefail? I mean, I hear about the lack of minority characters in speculative fiction, and I think it's bad, and it shouldn't stay that way. Not fair. And I want to be a part of the solution, but I can never figure anything out. So far, my method has been to mention, say, chocolaty skin while describing my non-white characters, but it always feels inadequate. And a really cliched description. (And let's not even get into the persistent little voice at the back of my head going "You're a WASP. You live in a tiny town where almost everyone is either a WASP or a white middle-class Catholic or an archetypal redneck. What makes you think you can write these characters without doing everything Wrong?")

- In much less serious stuff, I was (in the depths of my disease) slumped on the couch flipping through Netflix's Watch Instantly thing. In the recommendations I see Firefly, which I've been wanting to see just to find out what the fuss is about. One very long pilot later, pretty much the entire household has trickled into the living room and is enraptured. I believe the household has a new favorite show. Excuse me while I go feel smug beyond belief or reason.

- On the Warfront is now at 1,208 words. 4,000 looks like it might be a possibility (if I could just stop feeling brain-dead and stuffy, IMMUNE SYSTEM). I absolutely love putting two characters together and just letting them talk. It almost always creates several hundred words of dialogue that I had absolutely no intention of writing when I sat down. It just sort of... shows up, under my fingers.

-I have got to track down that "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia" icon that somebody had. And come up with some clever text to go with the Liberty/Justice femmeslash painting so I can make it into an icon too. Does anyone else think it looks an awful lot like the sailor/nurse end-of-WWII shot?

- MOCKINGJAY. It has finally come into my possession; priorities will be skewed highly for the next few days.

- I should just sneak around the house with a camera while people are reading, and send all the resulting stealth shots to people who claim that boys don't read books about girls. Between one of them hooked on Beka Cooper and the wars over Katniss, this house is plain old proof of how stupid it is.
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I have "Party in the USA" stuck in my head.

S.O.S.

Crackpost!

Aug. 10th, 2010 11:20 pm
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So, due to a buildup of moroseness of varying levels of justifiability, I set myself an assignment. Now, and whenever else I feel mopey, I am going to take a stupid premise and not leave the computer until I've posted at least 1,000 words running with it. I'm posting this now so that I can't back down. Today's premise:

The entirety of one school's GSA, i.e. one lesbian cheerleader, one probably-bi school newspaper geek, and one back-of-the-classroom easy-to-miss gay guy, set off cross-country in a miserable clunker with nothing to keep them from killing each other but chocolate, the summer reading, and an iPod full of songs from old movies and every cover ever done by Glee

I told you the premises were stupid.

Edit: I actually did it, too!
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So, if anyone wants to get in contact with me between the 24th and 31st of July, or randomly comments something I wrote, and I fail to respond, I'm not being unfriendly or anything. (I try to respond to every comment anyone posts.) It's just that I'm not here, and will not have Internet access.
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Discovery: Feet of Clay is the name of a Discworld novel. It is also the name of a rather melodramatic detective novel by Ruth Birmingham which contains quite a few improbabilities and stereotypes about small towns. Should you, perhaps, go to request a novel through an inter-library loan system... always check the author as well as the title.
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So, I'm thinking about posting  some of my fanfic (the halfway decent stuff) over here as well as the Pit of Voles. Anyone of the eight or so people occasionally glancing at this have a thought?  (If it matters, it'd be a Death Note piece I'm kind of proud of, a Sherlock Holmes (2009 film) one, and maaaaybe a Kingdom Hearts fic).

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