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So. I have seen all the Avengers Universe Movies.

I've also started writing fanfic again.

These two events are not unrelated.

I'm going about the fanfic thing in a...slightly different way, though. I have had such a huge problem the last several years with messing around and fiddling and tweaking stories that I end up never finishing them, or if I finish them I never post them. I have a finished Stargate: Atlantis story that I've never posted anywhere but here, and two finished Lord of the Rings stories I've never posted anywhere because I'm just endlessly fussing with them.

So, I'm trying something new. First, I decided to try my hand at posting anon on the kink memes (okay, so I'm telling everyone *here* that I'm posting anon, which is probably defeating the purpose, but never mind), so I feel a little freer for the story to not have to be absolutely totally 110% perfectly perfect with every word delicately crafted into place. (It only has to be 105% perfect.)

Second, I found a prompt that was really detailed. Like, really, really, really detailed, as in pretty much the entire story outlined down to how it ends. The OP has firm ideas on the shape of things, which is great because it means I don't have to make up everything myself (seriously, the OP is getting co-writing credit when I clean it up and re-post it). But, the OP also isn't dictatorial about the little details. So long as I hit the main plot points (which I wouldn't have picked the prompt if that was a deal-breaker), they're happy.

Cut because I discuss (non-graphically) writing non-con )

Fourth, I'm posting it as a WIP. Yes, I know, I KNOW!!! Vows are made to be broken, etc. But I feel like I need to try it and see if it works, if it kick-starts that ten-year-dormant fanfic-writing part of me and gets me over the fallback of "Well, I can always post it ten years later..."

So, yeah, I'm excited about writing again. Who knew? :)
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Um. Hello. Yes.

So. It's been approximately 10 days since I started watching Supernatural. Watched the latest aired episode last night. I think even for me that's a record for mainlining a series.

First impressions, which, if you have been a fan of the show for more than five minutes, you have no doubt read a million times already at some point in the last five years )

Skip=339 ?!

Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:24 pm
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So, after watching the Supernatural* episode "Faith," I was reminded that I really needed to get a Julie Benz icon (because I adore her). I did an interest search on LJ, found several different potential icon communities in quick succession, and then saw the following horrifying information:

6,659 Journal Entries, 0 Tags, 0 Memories

and only slightly less horrifying

3,217 Journal Entries, 0 Tags, 0 Memories

And they were all like that. What the hell, icon journals? (You will note that I am not, in fact, showing off a spiffy new Julie Benz icon. :( )

*After all the miscellaneous information I've absorbed about the show over the years of not watching it, why have I not heard about those set designers dreams aka the motel rooms? Did they stop doing them after the first season? I was thrown into some kind of 70s flashback by the panes of orange ripple glass in one of the first episodes, and have watched in fascinated horror ever since to see what kind of monstrosity was coming next.
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My New Fanfic folder, it is clean! Okay, it's supposed to be clean, because it's supposed to be just a temporary holding area for stories while I get their Smart Quotes brainwashed and labels assigned before sorting them into their Proper Places. If this is done as stories happen, it takes about a minute a day. When it's not done, and the folder is bulging with over six hundred stories, it takes four or five days.

The tedious details of how it took fifteen years to realize that sorting by an author's full name is a Good Idea. )

Now all I have to do is work my way through the 1,700 untagged stories in the Torchwood folder...
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I just finished adding publication years to all my Delicious bookmarks. I started doing it to the new bookmarks back in November, but I had an enormous backlog that could only be tackled by loading every freakin' story and looking at the date on it. (If there was an easier way, don't tell me. Please.) I was able to use the bulk edit function, so at least I only had to make two or three passes to get a bunch of bookmarks done at a time. It was the only thing that saved me.

It was tedious as crap, but the task did give me a chance to check for broken links, and also replace all the "+" signs with spaces on the Livejournal tag links so they'll actually work again.


Bookmarks updated: 1 Gazillion (Okay, about 1,200. It just seemed like more.)
Broken links deleted: 13 (Surprised it was that few, actually)
Journals deleted while I was updating links to them: 1 (ETA: Journals un-deleted the following day: 1)
Bookmarks eaten by Delicious: 1
Number of times same link subsequently eaten until successfully re-added: 3 (Suspect Delicious may be getting wise to 50-tag workarounds. Also, yay for backing up Delicious bookmarks a lot.)

Breakdown by year, if you're interested )
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To keep myself distracted from the gloomy world outside, I've been combing through old [ profile] torchwood_three posts for stories I haven't read. Which are many. (Seriously, I thought I was keeping up with Torchwood fandom back then.) Even though I was involved in the fandom at the time, and remember a lot of this stuff while it was being discussed, in retrospect it's a bit surprising to see where fans thought things were going, and where they ended up.

Gwen/Owen 4Evah!!!!! )

Lots of things you can do with a stopwatch )

Leakage )

One day I'll watch you suffer and die )

Drabbles and WIPs )

At the time of this writing, I've only just gotten to the days right after the airing of the season finale, so I don't have any post-Series 1 hiatus data yet. But it was fascinating to look back at something that I was actually in the middle of, and look at the patterns that only clearly emerged months later.

ETA: Less than a week into the hiatus. Apparently "hiatus" is code for "Begin posting all your WIPs,!"
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Okay, so I'm sort of caught up with all my immediate things-I-want-to-be-caught-up-on. I have hit my NaNoWriMo goal for today (35,106 words!), and if I just write a little more than 1,000 words a day I'll get it done.

I have also uploaded all my stories to Archive of Our Own. So far, I'm pretty happy with it. I didn't have any technical problems getting my stories on there, and I like most of the tagging and labeling features. There are couple of things that I suspect still need to be refined a bit, notably what, exactly, the various warning options are supposed to mean, but on the whole what's there is workable.

So long, Usenet formatting, I shall miss you )

Also, why the case sensitive option is your friend )

My thoughts on AO3 tagging )
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Right. I'm going in. Eleven days of Torchwood fanfic, waiting to be read and tagged. And because I love my mother and am currently using my Mac to rescue the files from one of her iPods, I'm even doing it without TextWrangler. Think of me fondly.
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I am slowly plowing through stories from the TARDIS Big Bang. As I read, I'm tagging the stories I liked on Delicious, under the "tardisbigbang" tag. (This tag does cover stories from both rounds, although I haven't got around to wholesale tagging of Round 1.)

Recommendations so far )

I've also finally cleared out the 300+ stories from the folder where I dump newly saved stories, and as a result there are quite a few new Torchwood recs up. While they're skewed towards newer stories, there's a mix of older stuff in there as well.
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I've opened a Delicious account. I did it out of sheer practicality, since I've gotten a second computer and suddenly needed to find a way to merge bookmarks without tearing my hair out. I've been hearing about Delicious (also, grateful that they changed the site address) for years but never took the time to figure out how it worked. I *still* don't know a lot about how the social aspect works, but the bookmark tagging is completely awesome and I've been experimenting with bookmarking and tagging the Torchwood stories I have saved.

So far, I've tagged around seventy stories, most of them recs. I've poked around enough to know a bit about the tagging conventions, but I'm wondering if I'm making egregious mistakes. My intent is to have my story bookmarks be functional to others as a search and rec list, so I'm a bit worried that I'm doing something weird that will make my bookmarks fall through the general tag-search cracks.

In fact, if those of you who use Delicious have a moment, I'd really appreciate some seasoned tagging/searching hands looking over my bookmarks and letting me know if I'm doing things that will confuse or annoy potential searchers. I'd rather find out now when I've got seventy stories to be fixed than after I've (potentially) tagged a thousand.

My goal is to, at least, tag the stories that I've flagged in my folders as being notable, and if I'm still crazy enough I'll try to tag the rest of my stories, too. But that's 1,500 in my Torchwood folder alone, so I'm not holding my breath. So, if you're interested, please feel free to subscribe to my tags. I'm focusing on getting older stories up right now, but I'm also trying to add notable new stories as they come along.
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In honor of [ profile] coreopsis, who has inspired me never to confuse "ground" and "floor" again. :)

A brief public service announcement about prone vs. supine.

Prone = face down

Supine = face up

These terms are not interchangeable. They both refer to a person lying down, but in very specific and different positions. If I read that someone is lying prone beneath their lover's body, I'm going to be very confused if the two are suddenly face to face. Likewise, I'm going to think that giving someone a back massage while they're supine is quite the challenge.
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I am almost finished watching the second season of Man from UNCLE. I wince when I consider all the wasted years of my life when I was *not watching this show.*

On a mildly related note, I have just finished watching the entirety of NCIS. All of it. From start to finish. I only meant to watch a couple of episodes, just to see if David McCallum was still sexy (he is), and fell to my arch-nemesis the Police Drama. It was like having a bag of Doritos. I had to watch

I have also watched the entirety of Life on Mars (the UK one). It was, possibly, a mistake to watch this before NCIS, because about 75% of time I was watching NCIS and wondering when the plot was going to twist next and then it never did. (This isn't necessarily a criticism of NCIS--Life on Mars had 5-7 extra minutes for their story, and a lot more leeway when it came to what they could say and do on screen. It's apples and oranges where I had to remind myself every now and then I *was* eating an orange and not an apple). Life on Mars was amazing and awesome and I'm now more than a little in love with John Simm.

Also, Doctor Who is making me nervous. I keep thinking "Okay, there's no way they can top *that,*" and then they do. It's like watching someone juggle plates and wondering how long they can keep it up, and also wondering if the answer is "forever, baby!" :)
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You'd think I would know better than to say things like "I can still talk." And, okay, granted, I can still talk, but my voice is not, at the moment, at its most aesthetically pleasing what with the coughing and wheezing and phlegm. So, the [ profile] amplificathon is on temporary hold.

Temporary, I say, because after the third time I've had bronchitis in less than nine months, I actually recognized the signs without the requisite "let's wait a week until I *really* feel like crap and only then go to the doctor." Three days after starting antibiotics, I'm cautiously optimistic that I might not end up flat on my back coughing miserably for two weeks, and might in fact be getting just a wee bit better. Maybe. (Eyes above statement about talking warily.)

The really good news, though, is that the steroid shot seems to be working pretty much as advertised on the carpal tunnel issue. I haven't quite dared to start knitting yet, but I've been able to type painlessly for some shockingly long stretches (while, obviously, trying not to overdo it :)). This post, for instance. So, on the whole, things are improving.

While I've been not-podficcing and not-knitting, I've been doing some reading. I would therefore like to gently remind some members Torchwood fanfic community that a new speaker requires the dialogue to be in a separate paragraph. Really. Line upon line of single returns, when all other paragraphs in the story are double returns, doesn't count.

Also, while I enjoy the Captain's Blog as much as the next fangirl (i.e. lots), I would actually like to see more stories/discussion explaining why Jack still has a fat lip four weeks after Ianto punched him in the face than stories/discussion that blithely assume that secondary canon written two years after the fact trumps the show (and guts the whole point of Ianto sucking it up like the super-secret android spy painfully emotionally repressed guy that he is and coming back to work the next day as if his cybernetic girlfriend hadn't horribly murdered two people and been gunned down in her borrowed pizza-delivery-girl body by his boyfriend fuck-buddy whatever-the-hell boss* the day before).

(Yes, it's been bugging me, don't ask me why, when there are at least five thousand other things I could be wasting my energy being annoyed by. Apparently I picked this one.)

*I love this show. :)
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David Nykl will be at Dragon*Con.

So will Gareth David-Lloyd.

I'm just going to be over here in the corner, quietly hyperventilating.
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For [ profile] coreopsis, some Torchwood recs. You requested long, plotty first time Jack/Ianto, so I've tried to indicate when stories were not, perhaps, long or plotty or first time. I got to somewhere around the M's in my Torchwood folder, so there'll be a second post in the future.

Torchwood Recs Ahoy! )
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Okay, so how on earth did I fail to know about this?

First of all, the news that Big Finish is going to do some Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis audios is awesome. That alone would make me a happy, happy Atlantis fangirl.


David Nykl is going to perform the second Atlantis story. And it's a Zelenka-centric story.

Please excuse me while I say

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It's possible that I'm simply the last to know, but apparently there's going to be a Three Investigators movie. Soon. As in, it's actually been filmed and stuff. No firm release date for the US yet, because the Germans are getting it first, but there's a trailer and everything (The trailer is dubbed in German, but the movie is apparently filmed in English). Possibly it will be out for Christmas this year.



Oh, who am I kidding....

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In case you've missed it, it's been a busy month in on-line fandom. First, there was FanLib. Then, Strikethrough '07.

In response to the latter, a couple of fans decided to see if there was a way to assess exactly how many of Livejournal's journals belong to fans or are used for fannish purposes--discussion, roleplaying, fan fiction, gaming, anime, etc. So, they created [ profile] fandom_counts, and asked fans to join with all their fannish journals. As of this posting, less than 48 hours after the journal's creation, there are over 31,000 members.

If you'd like your journal(s) to be part of the count, just go to [ profile] fandom_counts' profile page and join with all your fannish journals.

Or, if you're bored, you can just keep refreshing the page and watch the numbers go up.
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Have I mentioned that I've been watching Stargate: Atlantis? Finally? No? Well, I have. I'm up to the second season now, and just saw "Trinity."

So. That's where the McKay/Sheppard comes from.... Okay, yes, there among many other places. :) I admit, I appear to have latched onto the good Doctor Beckett as a particular focus of my fannish squishy glee, but it's really an embarrassment of riches, character-wise. Rodney is my snarky hero, John my laid-back badass, Teyla my goddess of cool, and Ronon my big lumpish cave bear. With brains. Also, I would like to pack Radek Zelenka in my luggage and take him home. For one thing, he'd be great at fixing stuff around the house.

I find it reassuring that I'm dipping back into fannishness again. It feels very nice. I've got a couple of shiny new fandoms to explore, a huge pile of SGA slash fic to read through, and the nice Comcast man is coming next week to hook us up with cable and broadband intranets. I'm even writing a prompt for the Porn Battle. It may not work out, but I actually had a) an idea, b) inspiration, and c) enough interest to flesh it out in my head. If I end up posting it, that'll just be a bonus.

Hi, fandom. Welcome back. I've missed you. :)
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I was pretty bummed to learn this morning that one of my favorite authors, Lisa A. Barnett, died of cancer last May. Just last night, I'd picked up one of her books to re-read, wondering if and when she'd write another one, and then this morning stumbled over an old newsletter with the announcement of her death.

She was a co-writer with her partner, Melissa Scott, on all three of her books. Their first book, The Armor of Light, is set in Elizabethan England, and features a certain Christopher Marlowe--in this book, still alive in 1596. You can see already why I liked her work. :)

Truthfully, I think The Armor of Light is possibly one of the catalysts of my decades-long obsession with Marlowe and his works. Certainly I'd already fallen in love with his writing by the time I read it, but there's no question that Scott and Barnett's portrayal of him fueled the fire of my obsession.

Their next two books, Point of Hopes and and its sequel, Point of Dreams, are set in a purely fantasy world. I admit, I picked up Point of Hopes hoping that it would continue Marlowe's story from The Armor of Light, but I think it says something about Point of Hopes that by the time I was a few pages into it, I didn't care whether Marlowe was in it or not. The world they created was wonderfully realized and intricately detailed, the kind of place I couldn't wait to re-visit. I was so glad to have the chance when Point of Dreams came along several years later, and wasn't in the least disappointed. I've practically worn out all the copies I have of her books (I think I've gone through two copies of The Armor of Light, in fact), and I'm sad to realize that there won't be any more.
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Henry Jenkins recently posted an interview with Matt Hills about the new Doctor Who. I found it an interesting read, so I thought I'd share:

Trimuph of a Time Lord (Part One)

Trimuph of a Time Lord (Part Two)

Hills makes some interesting points comparing the old series to the new one, and while I don't agree with everything he says 100%, I did find many of his insights enlightening.
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I'm preparing to launch a project that's been in the making for several years: converting all my VHS tapes to DVD.

I've been wanting to do it ever since the DVR technology came out, but for ages the recorders and the media were just too expensive to justify scrapping my considerable investment in VHS. I mean, I've got four VCRs and 1,200 video tapes. That's a lot of converting. Plus, so long as I could buy a video tape for less than a dollar, it didn't make sense to spend $5 a pop for a recordable DVD disc (which, admittedly, was a drastic drop from the $20 they used to cost).

But now, the time has come. DVR machines are becoming reasonably priced, the CD media seem to be settling into a more or less consistent group of recording formats, and said CDs are pretty darn cheap. I am poised to enter the Age of DVD.

Well, except for one thing )If I decided to eliminate redundant episodes, I would pretty much have to start the whole hundred-page Catalog over from scratch. I would have to track down the episodes I needed on a tape and isolate them from the episodes I didn't need, and figure out how to compile the former in their own DVDs without losing track of them. I could do it, and it would really be the best way, but it would also take buckets of time. Not only time spent re-configuring the numbers and re-typing and re-printing, but in hovering over the DVRs to swap out tapes.

On the other hand, if I just slavishly copied the entire collection, I could slap a tape and a disc in, hit Record, and forget about it. The Catalog is already done, and the only work required would be to write a number on the disc.

So. Spend hours slaving over a hot DVR, losing reading, viewing, and (most important) knitting time in order re-organize the enire collection, or keep the old Catalog and scribble a number.

Dude, even I'm not that anal.

Vive le Catalogue!

Doctor Who

Sep. 12th, 2006 08:54 am
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Note: No real spoilers here, even for those who haven't seen the David Tennant episodes. Unless saying that David Tennant has sexy hair is a spoiler, in which case it's already too late.

Okay. Why didn't anyone make me watch the new Doctor Who ages ago? No, you all merely taunted me with your gushing and squeeing and nifty icons without ever saying, "OMG your life will have no meaning until you've seen the new Doctor Who!"

I love it. I love all of it. I love Chris Eccleston. I love David Tennant. I love Rose. I love Jack. I love Micky, and Jackie. I love the new TARDIS. I love the stuff they kept. I love the stuff they changed. I love the stories, and the acting, and the special effects.

I'm actually not sure where to start talking. Okay, so it lacks the plastic rocks, suspiciously fruit-shaped planets, and spaceship crashes rendered by dropping models into oatmeal. )


Feb. 9th, 2005 11:45 pm
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Funny this meme should come around just now, since last week Melissa and I were discussing this very thing. So, in chronological order of crushing, here are five crushes I've had on fictional characters:

Age 11: Hawkeye Pierce, from M*A*S*H. I even read all the M*A*S*H novels, which I suspect I wouldn't have been allowed to do at the age of 11 had my parents any idea what went on in them.

Age 12: Dan Mangan, from the Trixie Belden series. Thus begins my career of crushing on secondary characters. Dan didn't even show up until book eight of the series, and after that he kept being left out whenever the other characters would travel somewhere.

Age 13: Bob Andrews, from The Three Investigators Series. Records and Research. Woot!

Age 14: Peregrin Took, from The Lord of the Rings. I also had a crush on Frodo, but I crushed on Pippin something awful for many years. Strangely enough, never really had a crush on Legolas, even though he became my favorite character sometime in high school.

Age 14: Saul Panzer, from Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels. To steal a phrase from someone's Vetinari icon, "Competence is sexy."

Strangely enough, none of these crushes has really faded, except for the one on Hawkeye. Well, I suppose I can be forgiven for being fickle at age 11.
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We discontinued the cable. It's probably a sign of the apocalypse.

I did it, though, because I hadn't watched anything for weeks. Not even the History Channel. The only thing I used the cable for was the weather, so we replaced our $50/month cable bill with the one-time purchase of a weather radio and an outside thermometer.

I don't actually miss it yet, but I miss what it represents. I mean, there goes my last pretense to being an up-to-date media fan. :) I haven't seen more than a handful of episodes of any show for probably a year, and I don't seem to be eager to change that. I do get frustrated because I don't know what's going on, but every time I think, "I need to start taping and watching show X again," I realize how much effort that would be.

On the other hand, maybe with the extra $50 a month we can afford to buy the seasons as they come out of DVD.

In other money-saving news, I replaced the broken defroster and heater vents on my car with a $20 ceramic heater that plugs into the cigarette lighter. It's very spiffy, and it was nice having a fog-free windshield that didn't necessitate me continually rubbing with my sleeve or driving in cold rain with the window down. Much cheaper than $1200.
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On an impulse, I started poking around for information on an old favorite, Heather Gladney, today, and found out that she delivered the manuscript of the third Naga Teot book to DAW back in January. Squeee!!!

For those of you now scratching your heads, Heather Gladney is the author of Teot's War and Bloodstorm, books one and two of a series called The Song of Naga Teot (published by Ace Books). Bloodstorm, the second book, was published in 1989, and as one might imagine I'd long ago given up on the series being finished.

Some more about the series )

So, with any luck at all, the third book might be out within a year. Here's hoping. :)
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I seem to have agreed to run a panel at next year's Xanadu. In fact, I think the words "I'd be glad to help with the media panels" at one point escaped my lips. (And if not, they have now because [ profile] pktheater will have just read them.)

More about Xanadu and my panel idea )

Anyway, I'm pretty excited about it. I've rather enjoyed getting up and talking in front of strangers since that speech class I took in 10th grade, and it'll be nice to get the chance to meet and talk with some of the local writers.
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[ profile] z_rayne posted this link to "Television's Afterlife", an article from the Toronto Star about fan fiction. I read it and thought it was well worth spreading around. Unlike many articles, this one seems fairly well-researched and is nicely un-sensationalized. A nice change of pace, that.


Apr. 23rd, 2004 10:24 pm
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What? A fandom-related post, you say? Shock! Horror!

I finally had the chance to see the second X-Men movie on DVD this past week. I should say that I am in complete ignorance about the comic storyline, apart from what I've absorbed simply by being in fandom for many years, so any canonical lapses will have gone over my head. So, with that caveat in place:

There's something different about you.... )
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Cause, you know, I don't have any unpacking to do and therefore have lots of time for memes )

And now, the "fandom" mini-rant. Recently someone in Harry Potter fandom--I think it was [ profile] heidi8, but it doesn't really matter because there are many other Harry Potter fans who do this--posted a survey to find out how long fans had been in Harry Potter fandom. But the posts about the survey, and the questions themselves, sometimes referred to how long the person had been in fandom. Not, as in some cases, "Harry Potter fandom," or "the fandom" but fandom, when in fact the question was only about Harry Potter fandom. Grr. Just...grr.

I guess I can understand that some fans who fall into the hugeness that is Potter fandom never see beyond its edges to the rest of the fannish world, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the fannish world doesn't exist, and in fact existed long before Harry Potter was ever written. Huge as it is, Harry Potter is only one part of fandom, and I guess I just wish that some of the more myopic Potter fans would acknowledge that "fandom" and "Harry Potter fandom" are not the same thing. Or maybe it's just the English major in me. :)

Off to knit now....
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Sobel, Dava. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. New York: Walker and Co, 1995. (Also available in an Illustrated Edition, which I recommend. The A&E network also made a very good four-hour movie based on the book, which you might be able to find for rent or at a library.)

This lovely little book chronicles the story of John Harrison, the man who finally created the first reliable marine timekeeper, and thus solved the problem of finding longitude at sea. Along the way, Sobel gives a concise yet detailed picture of the "longitude problem" as it stood in the 1700s, managing to convey the enormity of the issue, and the effect it had on the lives of every sailor who braved the seas. Very good for getting a feel for the methods of navigation that weren't possible in the 1720s.

The Cliff Notes Version )
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So, being the committed slasher that I am, one of the first things I did when beginning my Pirates of the Caribbean research was look for books about pirate sexuality. I found and read two that addressed the subject in detail, and thought I'd give some summary/review for the benefit of those attempting to discuss 17th Century pirates and their sexuality.

(Note: I should probably mention that there was no equivalent term for "homosexual" or "gay" in the 17th Century. Not only did the words not exist in their current meaning, there was in fact no actual formal concept of same-sex sexual preference. Same-sex sexual relationships were instead defined in the courtroom by the legal definitions of sodomy, which is why that term is used so frequently in my summaries.)

Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition by B. R. Burg )
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Picked up four books on piracy from the libaray yesterday, just before coming down with this wretched cold. Still, it means I've had time to read. I just finished Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly, which [ profile] pktheater was kind enough to lend me.

More about Under the Black Flag )

More Pirate Research: Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash )

So far, the research has been fun. I've never known what the heck a sloop or a brigantine or a carrack was before now, and it's really kind of cool. I also found out that the local blacksmith was in charge of custom-making the iron cages that hanged pirates were displayed in, so that's a brand-new little morsel for thought. So many trivial facts, so little time....
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The Seven Deadly Fanons of Characterization: A Spotter's Guide

I. Preface

Although this Guide was prepared by observing these interesting and prolific creatures in the Domain of Slash, they are to be found throughout Fandom, and inhabit almost all genres. Although some of them are more difficult to find in certain fandoms and genres, on the whole they are a hardy and fecund species, and are also prone to migrate and colonize new fandoms with astonishing swiftness.

The following Guide is intended to help identify these curious beasts, since they will almost always take the names of actual Canon characters and--sometimes, but not always--adopt their physical appearance as well. This checklist will hopefully enable the cautious Explorer to distinguish those characteristics most often demonstrated by a typical Fanon, and thus avoid being deceived into thinking that they are an actual Canon.

The Seven Deadly Fanons )
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Excuse me while I wax rhapsodic for a few moments about the Nashville Public Library. I know that there are places with niftier and more extensive facilities, but it's only in the last two or three years that I've realized what a godsend it is to have a kick-ass public library system.

It doesn't matter that their actual collection isn't anything as impressive as even a half-decent academic library when I can get on the Athena system, browse the catalogs of darn near every local university for books about pirates and 17th century history, and inter-library loan what I need without even getting out of bed. Much better than driving the forty-five minutes to MTSU or paying $20 a year to Vandy for a max of four visits and no borrowing priviledges (both of them are on Athena anyway :)). Public library cards are free to residents of Davidson County, so it's like getting borrowing rights to every local academic library for free. How cool is that?

(No, I'm not obsessively researching POTC, why do you ask?)
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Going to see Pirates of the Caribbean for the fourth time was definitely a mistake. The fact that I took along a mini notebook and scribbled notes in the dark was merely the symbolic white flag of my surrender to a new #!@$$%! fandom.

So, how long to December 2? )

So, there it is. Shiny new fandom. Curse it.
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Popslash--One of them's named Justin, and there's another named Nick. Oh, and last month was Howie month.

DragonballZ--It takes many episodes to power up. All the characters are screwed up in the head. And there are Dragonballs.

OC--Some people like this show. Others do not.

M15--Some people like this show very much. I think there may possibly be guns involved.

West Wing--It's about the President. Aaron Sorkin created it.

Farscape--There's this guy who got sucked through a thingy and ended up on a ship with some aliens.

Firefly--Many people were upset by this show's cancellation. There are frequent analogies made by its fans to both pirates and cowboys.

Harry Potter--There's some guy named Snape who's got long, silky, black hair, a dazzling smile, a fantastic body, and who appears to be a prick but is really sweet, kind, and tragically misunderstood.


Sep. 4th, 2003 03:14 pm
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I'm still working on the detailed daily reports, but here's the overview:

DragonCon, so much fun.... )
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Whew. Just got back from DragonCon. I have more detailed reports to post later, but right now I'm just glad to be home with Albert and Boo. We all had a great time, despite it being an experience unlike any other DragonCon.

Talked to lots of people I wanted to talk to, met people I wanted to meet, did stuff I wanted to do, and managed to get home with $10 in my wallet and all of Melissa's paintings intact. Yay!

Anyway, off to do some more LJ catching up and to try to write stuff down before I forget it all. More reports later.
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Spent the day with [ profile] coreopsis and had a blast. As she says, it's nice to talk to real live people every now and then. I am so lucky in that I can geek out with my other buds on almost any geeky topic, but my crazed obsession interest in the minutae of fan fiction and media fandom is something they don't share. Fan fiction and media fandom are a big part of my fannishness, so it's great to have someone with whom I can get that fix. So, we talked about stories and fandom and fans and shows, and it was all good. I even finally learned what GIP means. :)

Boo had a great time, too. She played and crawled and got into stuff and ate probably one of her messiest meals ever. She's trying to feed herself, wanting the spoon so she can put it in her own mouth and even wanting to dip it in the food herself, but usually what she does once she's dipped it is to wave it around and splatter food everywhere. It's a good thing [ profile] coreopsis has family friendly kitchen furniture, that's all I'm saying.

More non-visity details of the day )
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I have finally finalized my plans for Dragoncon. I know that [ profile] graculus and [ profile] xochiquetzl (and, of course, [ profile] pktheater) will be there, but I'd like to alter my usual strategy of wandering aimlessly hoping to meet people I know among the 25,000 attendees. So, in hopes of increasing the odds, here is my schedule, such as it is:

Albert and I will be driving down on Thursday. We'll be bringing some of my friend Melissa's art, so we'll most likely be hanging around the art show helping her and Todd for at least part of the afternoon. I'll be at the con until Monday morning, then I plan to stay at my sister's Monday night before heading back home Tuesday. (Not sure if I've actually remembered to tell my sister about this part of the plan. Hm. Probably ought to do that.)

It is likely that on most evenings I will be found in the open gaming area, roleplaying. There is a high probability that I will be knitting. I plan to go to at least some of the Stargate panels, and I'll definitely be at Christopher Judge's panels if at all possible. At the moment I'm unaware of any organized gatherings of slashy folk, so if any are in the works I'd be interested.


So much fun
Lots of gaming
And no slee-eep

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