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Feb. 21st, 2019 08:37 pm
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• Watched most of Umbrella Academy. I confess I started skipping around a bit by the end; I liked it but not enough, and the pacing was too slow for that lower level of engagement. I seem to be cursed with finding Netflix series just a few too many episodes long for my liking.

• Planning on queuing up Russian Doll as my next to-watch though, it seems to be well-received.

• I'm still enjoying Tyranny but oh my god. Oh my god it's so stressful. "I want choice-based roleplaying games with consequences!" I cry, and then chew my fingernails to sad nubs when a game actually delivers. And everyone's awful, including me, and I'm doing such awful things, nominally to serve my end goal of getting into a position where I can strike at my enemies from within, but at what point am I no better than them, huh? Huh??

• I have no intentions of picking up Anthem, which judging by the reviews has turned out to be exactly the Destiny copycat everyone feared, insofar as it's copying all of Destiny's worst flaws too. I'm nursing some real sorrow over this. Mass Effect was one of the two series that catapulted me into gaming with a will as an adult; I still hold ME2 dear as one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had. The wild lack of logic behind forcing a company like BioWare to create a game with little focus on story, characters, or choice is almost unfathomable.

• Sea of Rust is terrible and I don't recommend it. Speaking of wild lacks of logic: why would you write a series about robots and make them think and feel exactly like humans?

Hankcon Beauty and the Beast AU

Feb. 18th, 2019 08:47 pm
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I wrote this a while ago and realized I never posted it here. A short hankcon AU
Words: 750
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: alcohol, drunk driving
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In the future, Detroit has been completely hollowed out as life there grew further towards the suburbs. No one lives in the city center anymore, buildings standing vacant, pieces of decades past left untouched for years.

It’s night and Hank’s too drunk to drive but he’s driving anyway, the opposite direction of where he needs to be going, to these dark, old parts of the city. He passes the last functioning streetlight into a half darkness, the moon illuminating the ice on the road that his headlights can’t reach. He swerves off the road, smashing into a tree growing through a gap in the concrete, stumbles out into the rain, and falls to his knees, too sick of himself to stand.

He thinks he’ll just lay there, let the rain freeze over him in the dark . . . except he sees a light at the end of the road. He pulls himself up and stumbles towards it, curious why there would be a light so deep in the city. He finds a window glowing from the front of an old factory building, white paint peeling off of brick, except the longer he looks at it, the more the building seems wrong, nicer than a factory, closer to a large townhouse maybe.

Continue reading )

TWiM, Issue 13: February 17, 2019

Feb. 17th, 2019 03:08 pm
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A mini issue today!


Abigail Nussbaum posted It's Easy to Be a Saint in Paradise: Thoughts on The Good Place's Third Season: "All of which is to say that it can be a bit intimidating to express criticism or skepticism about The Good Place's worldbuilding, because odds are that your reaction is the point, all the way back to "wait, the afterlife in this show doesn't make any sense" in the first season. Nevertheless, I find myself troubled by some of the conclusions the show reaches in its third season and where it proceeds from them."

Clare McBride for SyFy Wire posted How genre has failed and served queer representation: "It’s been a slow, uphill progression for queer representation in genre literature. Genre television and genre film lag a little behind genre literature, but we have more options than ever. But the very variety we have lays bare the two major problems facing queer representation in genre fiction: the limitations of metaphor and the limitations of accessibility."

[tumblr.com profile] itsladykit posted Have you ever changed the direction of a fic you were writing based off of audience reaction to a part?: "Accepting criticism from trusted sources is an important part of the creative process, especially when producing a commercial product. But the key phrase there would be “trusted sources”."


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im writing a thing

Feb. 17th, 2019 08:42 pm
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 Support Group For Troubled Geniuses by SkyStrolling
(aka me)

Chapter 1/?

Summary:

Bakugou Katsuki is a rising star struggling with the pressure of voicing the character of Ground Zero in the upcoming sequel to a nationally beloved anime.
Midoriya Izuku is an assistant comic artist about to release a story all his own for the first time and worrying about being able to engage people with his art and writing.

Ochako senses a pattern and decides to set up a sort of two-person support group. Maybe it won’t crash and burn and they’ll actually help each other not drown in their own heads. Maybe.


 
Rating: T (for now?)
Content tags: Slowburn, Actors & Artists AU, Confidence Issues
No warnings at this moment.

(Weekly updates, hopefully.)

Feat:
subconscious pining,
comfort,
personal struggles,
everyone making some poor decisions, 
and most importantly
softness and laffs

Support Group For Troubled Geniuses

Feb. 17th, 2019 08:29 pm
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Support Group For Troubled Geniuses by SkyStrolling
(aka me)

Chapter 1/?

Summary:

Bakugou Katsuki is a rising star struggling with the pressure of voicing the character of Ground Zero in the upcoming sequel to a nationally beloved anime.
Midoriya Izuku is an assistant comic artist about to release a story all his own for the first time and worrying about being able to engage people with his art and writing.

Ochako senses a pattern and decides to set up a sort of two-person support group. Maybe it won’t crash and burn and they’ll actually help each other not drown in their own heads. Maybe.


 
Rating: T (for now?)
Content tags: Slowburn, Actors & Artists AU, Confidence Issues
No warnings at this moment.

(Weekly updates, hopefully.)

something fun

Feb. 15th, 2019 01:16 pm
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Link me to a fic you've written, and I'll tell you something I like about it! c:

All fandoms and original fic welcome - though if you're going to link me to your 300,000 word magnum opus, a nominated chapter would be nice.

TWiM, Issue 12: February 13, 2019

Feb. 13th, 2019 09:39 am
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[personal profile] alisx posted Consume, create, curate.: "Consumptive fandom, is primarily concerned with having “the most” of something. For example, “the most comics books”, “the most Lord of the Rings trivia”, “the most Supernatural convention attendances.”"

fluffysheap for Purple Row posted Fandom in the Time of Money: A rebuttal: "I guess I have a little issue with this notion of "exploiting" fandom. Exploiting implies a one-sided or unfair relationship which I don't think actually exists. The implication here is that owners are manipulating fans into siding with them, when in a fair relationship the fans would side more with the players. But I really don't think this is the case at all. Fans don't care about owners or players, they care about the sport itself."

[personal profile] gunsnships at [community profile] fan_flashworks posted House MD: Meta: On Autistic House & Stimming: "The concept of House as an autistic person is toyed with in the show, especially in season 3 episode 4 Lines in the Sand, but there it’s dismissed as ridiculous. I’d like to put that as the fact that men in their forties addicted to painkillers aren’t the poster child for our diagnosis, and so it’s easy to miss obvious signs on them— it’s the same case with woman-presenting people, because of sexism in psychiatry and the study of autism."

Ia Cabarle at RareJob Scribbles posted TV, Fandom, and Shipping: "I would be remiss to say that there is not a bit of schadenfreude on my part because of all this…straight-baiting, but the Elementary writers being adamant about Joan and Sherlock’s friendship opens up another avenue that is also rarely explored in media: platonic love between a man and a woman."

[personal profile] minim_calibre posted [Meta] The State of Fandom, as seen by me, reported by me, & experienced by me. Opinions are my own.: "Because there's nothing new under the sun, just different variations on the same old song."


Flashback - June 4, 2013

Adi Robertson for The Verge posted How Amazon's commercial fan fiction misses the point: "In May, Amazon announced Kindle Worlds, a fan fiction wing of its publishing program. In exchange for work written for three Warner Bros. shows, authors will receive between 20 and 35 percent of the revenue from each sale. Rather than existing in legal limbo, stories will be officially sanctioned by copyright holders. And it's one of the only ways for fan fiction authors to easily sell their work. But to some authors, Kindle Worlds is still a step backwards — an effort to monetize fan fiction while stripping out its best features."

More: Kindle Worlds entry on Fanlore.


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The FAQ can be found here, and our editorial guidelines can be found here. Questions, concerns, and feedback are all welcomed.

(no subject)

Feb. 11th, 2019 01:52 pm
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"Likes are nice but the reality is that they mean nothing as they do not help broaden an audience like reblogs do."

I do sometimes wonder whether this particular subset of online creators sees any discrepancy at all between frequently complaining that they don't get enough feedback and frequently complaining that the feedback they get is wrong. 'They mean nothing'. Spare me.

TWiM, Issue 11: February 10, 2019

Feb. 10th, 2019 10:59 am
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Happy Sunday! I'm trying really hard to stick to the tentative posting schedule, which at the moment is Sundays, Wednesdays, and the occasional Friday.

Thank you to everyone who suggested links over the last few issues! I'm particularly thankful for links of off-Dreamwidth meta. I haven't been finding as much new stuff on Tumblr/Pillowfort/etc., suprisingly; if you happen to run into anything good, please send it along for possible inclusion in a future issue. ♥


[personal profile] cimorene posted Rivers of London: shipping in canon and fanon (the role of fan favorites): "This fandom seems like a perfect example to me of that situation where people like the woman in a f/m relationship - I'd bet that probably everybody who ships the protagonist with Nightingale instead (or in addition but not in OT3, as in... will read both/either) likes her - but are more interested in the other ship because of (1) interest in the other character (and a desire to put that character in a pairing) and (2) screentime and story weight devoted to the relationship."

Claire Rousseau (Youtube) posted Hugo Awards Nominations 101 - Who, What & How Can You Nominate?: "Time for a deep dive into the hugo Awards nomination process!!"

[personal profile] jadislefeu posted On setting up Calibre for fanfic: "was asked on Discord for a tutorial about using Calibre for fanfic in general! Please feel welcome to share or link this wherever, because it was more work than I realized it would be when I started and I want it to be useful to people."

[personal profile] lovetincture posted The Ethics of Monetizing Fanworks: "Leaving aside legality, because I think that’s already been discussed by people who are much, much smarter than I am, my primary concern about the monetization of fanworks is ethics."

[personal profile] naye posted Guardian meta-meta: Censorship and Homosexuality in China: "However, given the political situation in the People's Republic of China, every interview touching on sensitive subjects (and homosexuality is absolutely a sensitive subject) must out of necessity come with an aspect of performance, as there are things you absolutely cannot say. My thoughts on that kind of spiralled out of control, and so here's a long meta (meta-meta?) about Guardian, censorship and homosexuality in the PRC."

[personal profile] nostalgia posted It's A Topic ("You wore your soldier-hat!"): "I come at this mostly from Dr Whom fandom, which has been monetising fandom in one way or another since at least the 90s. (It use to be fairly easy to find old bits of fic by NA/EDA/BF writers online, and some of it's probably still there.) I once got into a fight on Outpost Gallifrey because I called the tie-in books "published fanfic" and one of the authors assumed I meant "they're shit, because all fanfic is shit.""

Rowan Ellis (Youtube) posted The Evolution Of Queerbaiting: From Queercoding to Queercatching: "From The Hays Code to the new phenomenon of "queercatching" - here is the history of queerbaiting. Including all your favourite like every Disney villain ever, Destiel, Valkyrie, Johnlock, Sterek, Le Fou, Sulu, the Yellow Power Ranger, and more!"


Flashback - April 1, 2015

A nostalgic look at LiveJournal:

Lindsay Gates-Markel for The Toast posted In Celebration of Old-School LiveJournal: "I can’t shake the memory that writing was easy in the LiveJournal days; I remember sitting at that computer desk in my childhood home, writing about my innermost joys, and pausing at the keyboard, my fingers poised over the keys. I shut my eyes and waited, knowing the next words would come soon—and they always did. Whether they came only because I believed they would, or vice versa, I still don’t know. But in the same way I knew the words would come, I knew that life would always be good to me, that its riches would always be clear to me; or at least that I could be “poet enough” to seek them out."


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(no subject)

Feb. 10th, 2019 10:22 am
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Took a stab at the Fanfic Trope Showdown meme floating around and the results look about right.

Top 10:
1 Hurt/Comfort
2 Found Families
3 Loyalty Kink
4 Friends to Lovers
5 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
6 Polyamory
7 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
8 'Falling For A Coworker/Teammate Is A Bad Idea' Except This Is Fiction So It Works Out
9 Accidentally Fell In Love With The Mission Target
10 Seemingly Unrequited Pining

Bottom 10:
28 Daemons
29 Body Swapping
30 Pride and Prejudice AU
31 Hogwarts AU
32 Soulmate Identifying Marks (Tattoo, Red Thread of Fate, etc)
33 They Break Up (but then They Get Back Together)
34 'They All Work In An Office' AU
35 Actually Unrequited Pining
36 Selfcest (possibly due to time travel)
37 A/B/O

discussion below )

(no subject)

Feb. 9th, 2019 08:23 pm
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Whoo. I don't think anyone's quite so good at taking me outside my own head as CJ Cherryh is. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say no one is quite so good at taking my head somewhere else. I still remember being in the middle of reading the Finisterre duology and waking mornings wildly disoriented and thinking tall grass, tall grass because I didn't want to broadcast awkward truths or alert what might be out there. For a short while she damn near rewrote my brain.

I love books that can do that to me. I'm human and I relate, very much, to being human; I've had issues with my society and my culture and my fellow humans, and I've felt odd and lonely at times, but I've never really felt outside it all. I say this because I know people for whom that isn't true! And it's something that informs the way media touches me.

The joy of alien sci-fi and inhuman fantasy lies in how they're some of the few things that really challenge me to go elsewhere. I struggle with wrapping my head around social structures and ways of thinking that are truly different from what I know, and in that struggle I learn a little something about myself, on top of getting to feel like my brain just did push-ups for a few hours. Even fairly simple stories and writing, like the Books of the Raksura, can throw me if they're sufficiently Not Human. I reflexively read everything in the patterns of feeling that I'm used to, and it's a thrill when something successfully forces me out of that.

I don't know if I'd be any good at writing it myself; but how would I know? Anything that comes from my own head will feel familiar.

...anyway. I finished Cuckoo's Egg. In many ways it was a repetition of other books of hers (easiest to see echoes of Foreigner in there), but it was a good ride and the climax still managed to fling one last little twist at me. On to Serpent's Reach! >:)

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