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Because I was stupid and managed to give myself the same cold/fever again with my own toothbrush (don't ask), I decided to make productive use of my lying-in-bed time by making a post to share some of my favorite fanfic-reading Firefox utilities (plus a couple of random things). Unless otherwise indicated, everything works on both Mac OSX 10.14 and Windows XP running Firefox 3.5 or 3.6 (some of the add-ons need to be the latest version to run on Firefox 3.6).

Firefox Add-ons )

Greasemonkey Scripts )

Other Stuff )
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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 )
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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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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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(Yes, one of my guilty pleasures is advice columns.)

The first two letters are an exchange that was published in Dear Abby's advice column yesterday, August 16, 2006. The third letter is a copy of the one I mailed off today in response.

Dumbfounded: Abby, my husband had a relationship with his male roommate 20 years ago! OMG! )

Abby: OMG! He might be unfaithful! Get tested! Get therapy! )

Me: Dear Abby, Bite Me )
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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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In response to the responses to [ profile] destina's already-famous post, [ profile] zvi_likes_tv said in this post:

Underlying my viewpoint is a distrust in the ability of authors to argue from the text they actually published as opposed to the story in their head. [...] Too often, I think authors take the position that their intentions, motivations, and interpretations are the important part of a story, regardless of whether or not those are communicated to the audience.

This got me thinking )

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