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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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Important Writing Tip: If you decide to update your stories on an archive (that you kind of forgot you had them on) and need to use a different HTML tag than the one you just laboriously replaced your ancient ASCII asterisks with, make sure you copy the files to the new working folder. That way, when you inevitably screw up the search and replace (as usual) and need to trash the duplicate files and re-copy them from the originals, you won't go back to the original folder and say, "Hey, where are the originals..." and have to spend twenty minutes replacing the old HTML.

(Yes, yes, I have backups. But they were across the room. And I possibly didn't think of using them until I was almost done.)

No, really, I've been using computers for twenty-five years. Honest.
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I saw this on [community profile] metafandom, and think it's important to share:

Nerdy PSA by [personal profile] hope

It's a brief guide to some important information about using the right HTML to make your posts and/or pages more accessible to people who might, for instance, be using text-reading programs. I was really embarrassed to not know that the em and strong tags have an important function for text readers, that they actually affect the inflection of the reading, unlike bold and italics tags. I also wasn't using the title tag for my links--at least up until now--and I wasn't always careful about making the linked text informative. This is what happens when you learn just enough HTML to be dangerous around 1997-8 and never upgrade.

A lot of the information in [personal profile] hope's post is from the HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. I feel that this will be an invaluable resource to help me join the 21st century. :)
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I am actually caught up listening to Dan Patrick. For a while there I was so far behind that I was listening to them fill out their brackets after North Carolina had already won the championship. Now I can get back to the three weeks of Science Friday I'm behind.

Speaking of catching up, I am now *back* up to 37 stories under my "totag" tag on Delicious. I'd knocked the list down to nearly twenty last week, then I did some story finding and committed my usual shortcut of throwing up the tag that fit with the search with a "totag" slapped on. I think I'll make it my goal this week to finish the tagging, because it's not very useful if all my new links just say "totag."

I've also been reading some of my old fanfic, as I prepare to post it on Dreamwidth. It doesn't suck nearly as much as I thought it would (or perhaps as much as I thought I should think it should). Granted, I have fifteen glorious years of suck-filled fanfic lurking unposted and (thankfully) unseen behind the first stories I post ten years ago, but on the whole, it's not so horrible that I feel the need to purge it from the internet. I itch to do some revising, mind you, and there are a couple of early stories that really do need to sort of be re-done top to bottom, but more in a "let's scrub everything and re-paint the walls and get new furniture" kind of way rather than "my god we're going to have to raze the site and start over."

The experience, though, kind of led me to thinking about certain truths I think about myself as a writer, which I may elaborate on later. Or not, depending on how the re-tagging goes.
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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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Well, in a fit of efficiency, I not only updated my page, I finally formatted and posted my last long-expired zine story, "Passing." It's a Stargate SG-1/Due South crossover, Jack O'Neill/Ray Kowalski and a bit of Jack O'Neill/Daniel Jackson UST. It's about 50K long, so I'm just going to link to it on my newly-restored website for now and post it here in a few days.

I also, in a further bit of efficiency and/or avoidance, created a quickie gallery of Boo pictures:

I should probably mention that "Passing" is the last of my zine stories waiting to be posted. Any productivity I seem to have exhibited in the last couple of years has been mostly illusory, since I've merely been posting old zine stories as they've expired. I haven't completed a new Stargate story--or a story in any fandom, for that matter--in, um, something like two years (Geah!). It's not that I'm not writing. I've spewed out oodles of the stuff. It's just that I haven't seemed to be able to produce anything but my cathartic Bad!Fic that I will nevernevernever be cruel enough to expose on anyone's eyes but my own. I'm not discouraged or depressed or anything about it, though. I seem to be just as happy and fulfilled writing horrendous Bad!Fic as I am writing "good" stories. This should probably worry me more than it does.

That said, one of my goals is to finish something, anything, and get back in the groove again. I love writing fan fiction, and I'd love to get back into public production. We'll see how it all goes.
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Yes, I finally got off my butt and told the server owner about the issues with my website, and it took him approximately .03 seconds to fix it. Now all I have to do is update it for the first time since, oh, June 27. Maybe plunging myopically into updates will keep my stomach from knotting up every time I look at the television.

Edited to note that last update was June 27, 2002. Need to be a geek more.
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I have the flu. It's meme time.

I have written.... )
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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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