Thu, Apr. 3rd, 2008, 04:22 pm
Now serving: prawn!

Two ficlets for the IJ Porn Battle:

Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack/Elizabeth, pistol

and

DC Comics, Donna Troy/Koriand'r, alien

There are lots and lots of prompts to check out if you feel like writing porn of your own!

Mon, Mar. 31st, 2008, 08:51 pm
Prawn!

Porn battle! Someone go leave prompts for something I write, pretty please? So that there can be porn. *nods seriously*

Sun, Mar. 16th, 2008, 04:15 pm
Precautionary measures

I've just backed up a bunch of LJ entries over here, inspired by LJ's latest rounds of skeevy behavior (eliminating Basic account creation with no warning, and apparently censoring interests like "bisexuality") from the "most popular interest" list), so I'm sure there's a bunch of "poll does not exist" and pointing to communities that don't exist on IJ and so forth. Will fix that when I get a chance.

I keep meaning to remember to cross-post here, at least my fiction and meta, but I keep not doing it -- the irritation factor of managing to keep up with entries and comments and people across two journaling services is high for me. Oh, LJ, why must you be so full of fail?

Sat, Mar. 15th, 2008, 05:46 pm
Miscellany

We've opened up a post over at [info]lgbtfest where you can link your stories or rec other people's stories that focus on LGBT issues. Whether or not you're participating in the fest (and sign-ups are now closed), you're welcome to link LGBT-themed stories there, or just check out other people's recs.

In other news, today I have persuaded the IKEA delivery people that our address does indeed exist so they could bring me our new couch, made focaccia, and done various domestic things. I have high hopes for more fannishness tomorrow.

Fri, Mar. 14th, 2008, 11:02 am
Going once, going twice ...

If you're planning to claim a prompt for [info]lgbtfest, this is the last day for claiming! (We'll be allowing late claims if there are any slots left, but we won't be opening additional dates after tonight, so if you want to be sure you get in, claim today.) We're now into the week of May 18-24 for posting dates (nothing earlier is open.)

ETA: By my best count, we have 151 people signed up now. Whee!

Mon, Mar. 10th, 2008, 12:05 pm
On letting the characters you love be wrong

I've heard people say a writer can't afford to be in love with her characters, but I don't think it's being in love with them that's the problem -- it's being stuck in the infatuation stage, where their faults are either entirely invisible to you or all, without exception, strike you as cute.

The problem with this is that you need your characters to be able to do actual bad things, things that you and your readers will both recognize as wrong. This is true for several reasons. First, it helps you set up conflict or complicate your stories. If you need conflict, or a reason for two characters not to cooperate to end your story very prematurely, you can't beat someone acting -- for reasons that are in character for him -- like a big enormous jerk.

I say this not just because I have a weakness for characters who are *often* big enormous jerks )

Sun, Mar. 9th, 2008, 07:22 pm
This post in lieu of actual content

Done today:

--Added claims for [info]lgbtfest to the claims list.
--Worked on Remix story, and resolved one of its problems through the method (which I should have tried sooner) of actually doing half an hour's research about the thing the character was doing. Still up in the air about its other problem, which is that I can't figure out to what extent a particular pairing belongs in this story. (Lest I risk the pointy stick, I will say that it's in the original story, but not prominently.)
--Worked on a meta post about letting characters you like do bad things in your stories.
--Refolded and returned the entire contents of the linen closet to the linen closet. (Don't ask.)

To do tonight: more of the same, except for the linen closet. (I hope and trust.)

Sat, Mar. 8th, 2008, 09:46 am
We can has policies.

New draft LJ policy document went up this morning, with a note that it's just a draft, and that they want feedback on the policies from users.

Points probably relevant to the fan community: )

Sat, Mar. 8th, 2008, 08:38 am
LGBT Fest prompt claiming open

Prompt claiming is now open for [info]lgbtfest! We have over 900 prompts in over 200 fandoms, including everything from rare fandoms I've only ever seen in Yuletide to a ton of prompts for fandoms like Harry Potter, Stargate: Atlantis, Torchwood, BtVS, Doctor Who, and just about everything but the kitchen sink. Plus "Any fandom prompts"! And crossovers!

The prompt claiming post is here. Go! Claim! Spread the word!

(I love this list of prompts, I truly do.)

Fri, Mar. 7th, 2008, 08:12 am
Last call for LGBT Fest prompts

Okay, this is it, folks -- if you plan to submit prompts for [info]lgbtfest, do it today. We'll be posting the list tomorrow for claiming.

ETA: Prompt submission is closing at 5 PM Eastern Standard Time -- this is really and truly the last call.

If you submit prompts, please, for the love of small fuzzy animals, use the format "Fandom: Character/pairing. Prompt." and use full (first and last) names for fandoms and characters. If somebody doesn't have a first/last name, tell us.

We are under seventeen million prompts, and if your prompts aren't correctly formatted, we won't add them to the list. Also, the small fuzzy animals will be sad.

Prompt submissions go here. Questions go here. Claiming will open tomorrow as early as we can get ourselves sorted out.

Thu, Mar. 6th, 2008, 08:33 pm
There are lots of things I should be writing instead of this.

I was thinking about suggesting a particular prompt for [info]lgbtfest, but I decided it probably wouldn't stretch beyond ficlet-length, so I wrote it instead. Apologies to [info]killabeez, whose fault this sort of is in a very roundabout way.

Star Trek (pre-STII), Kirk/Spock, 415 words. One thing Kirk never expected.

Shotgun )

Tue, Mar. 4th, 2008, 07:07 pm
Miscellany

Remix is at 3700 words, but I've hit structural problems -- I have the rough shape of three more scenes, but no idea how to glue them together, and at least one major issue that I still want to bring up but don't know where to put (or whether I am going to get into at all, but then avoiding may just be letting my main character's talent for denial win). But it's coming along.

[info]potc100 is back in business, yay! Piratical drabbles! ([info]blackpearlsails also has weekly drabble prompts, but is het and gen only, rated R and under.)

Sun, Mar. 2nd, 2008, 08:42 am
Ficathonage

Yay, remix! Have my remix assignment; am full of glee. So much glee that I have picked a story and written about 1500 words so far. Although just picking one was not easy.

Remixer, if you're reading this, do whatever you want with my stories; really, I don't mind you pulling them apart and building something totally different out of the pieces. My website is up to date, and if we matched on Pirates of the Caribbean or X-Men movieverse, you should have plenty of choices. My Harry Potter stuff leans toward the Remus-centric, but there are several pairings and a fair number of stories about other characters. If we matched on Star Trek and you don't like Kirk/Spock, umm, sorry? There's a little bit of het and gen. *makes apologetic hands*

[info]lgbtfest has a wonderfully scary number of prompts at this point in a bazillion fandoms. We're still collecting prompts until Friday, so I think people should be able to find prompts they want to play with.

O my flist: if you know you're planning to write for [info]lgbtfest, could you go ahead and join the community? You don't have to at this point -- you can decide to claim a prompt any time until prompt claiming closes March 15 -- but we're trying to work out how many people we're going to let sign up for each posting date initially, and seeing how many community members we have going into sign-ups will help us guesstimate that.

Fri, Feb. 29th, 2008, 01:00 pm
Black Ships

Hi, folks!

I promised myself I would refrain from pimping [info]jo_graham's Black Ships until it was actually available, but Amazon is now shipping for Monday, so I will stop refraining.

I can't pretend to be objective, here, both because [info]jo_graham is someone I know exceedingly well, and because I've read every draft of this book since its very early incarnations years ago. I still think it's fabulous, and I love the fact that it's now an actual book that I can actually, you know, read in the bathtub rather than over her shoulder.

Black Ships is a retelling of the Aeneid, and I'll give you the Publisher's Weekly review rather than trying to sum up myself:

Graham's exquisite and bleak debut views the events of The Aeneid through the oracle Gull, a disciple of the Lady of the Dead. Taken to the Lady's temple after being lamed in a chariot accident, Gull quickly displays her power to see the future. Her first vision—black ships fleeing a burning city—lets her recognize Aeneas when he arrives after the fall of Wilusa (the Hittite name for Troy), hoping to save those sold into slavery. Gull joins Aeneas, and they take the few remaining people of Wilusa on a glorious journey to find their scattered brethren and a site where they can found a new city.

Instead, I will tell you that the book is realistic without being depressing, is enormously entertaining to read, and deals interestingly with the ways the characters are shaped by and navigate their cultures. (You might also be interested in knowing that Xandros -- one of Gull's two main romantic interests -- is canonically attracted to both men and women, and that slashing him with Aeneas is pretty much like shooting fish in a barrel.)

It's also the first book in what promises to be a really interesting series involving reincarnation, games gods play, and lots of different fascinating bits of history. The next book is Hand of Isis, about Cleopatra's handmaiden and half-sister, which I am eagerly reading pieces of as it is being written.

You should read it! Available now from Amazon, or check your local Giant Soulless Chain Bookstore! (Although it may not be on shelves yet -- the official release date is the 10th.)

(If you know [info]jo_graham's other LJ name, please don't connect the two in public; she'd like to keep her two identities separate.)

Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008, 07:28 pm
People more responsible than me about doing recs should do recs!

Cool thing:

[info]crack_van now has "Literary/Book Fandoms" as an ongoing fandom for recs. I have promised myself I will not sign up to do Crack Van recs for a while, after not doing too well at posting regularly the last couple of times, but you should! Pick a book fandom! Sign up for a month of recs! Patrick O'Brian! Temeraire! Mary Renault! Discworld! Etc.!

Also, PotC has no volunteers to do recs after March -- somebody go make sure it stays an active Crack Van fandom!

(Sorry about all the exclamation points! Fielding prompts and questions for [info]lgbtfest has fried my brain! But in a good way! You all have shiny, shiny brains, and I love them very much. Mmm, brains.)

Wed, Feb. 27th, 2008, 07:50 am
LGBT Fest

Hi, folks!

I've been saying for a while that I'd really like to see a fest or challenge for fanfic that focuses on what it's like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. I certainly don't need all my slash to be about being LGBT, but I really like stories that are.

So! [info]mireille719 and I are running [info]lgbtfest, for stories that focus on the experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The fest is multi-fandom and open to stories about any characters you want to write as LGBT, whether they're canonically LGBT or not.

The introduction/FAQ post and prompt submission post are up, and I encourage you to check it out. Prompt submission starts today, and prompt claiming will start March 8.

Come play with us! Tell your friends! Spread the link around! I'd love to see prompts and writers from a variety of fandoms, more than just the ones represented on our own friends lists.

Sun, Feb. 24th, 2008, 12:57 pm
Drabble comm?

Does anybody know if there's a currently-active PotC drabble community? [info]potc100 seems to have keeled over and died at some point, and I have the urge for an excuse to write teeny-tiny stories.

Mon, Feb. 18th, 2008, 02:14 pm
Remix pimping, plus a selfish request

It's that time again! Sign-ups for Remix Redux are now open!

If you've never done Remix, it's great fun: you get assigned an author who shares the fandoms you offered to write, and you remix one of that author's stories. You pick the story, and you can play around with point of view, characterization, writing style, structure -- whatever you want, as long as the basic plot of the story (and pairing, if any) stays the same. And someone else remixes one of your stories. It's fabulous.

To sign up, you need to have already written five stories of over 500 words in one of 40 largeish fandoms (listed here), including Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men movieverse, Good Omens, and stuff that I am not into but I know a bunch of you are, like SPN and SGA and Doctor Who and Torchwood.

Now for the selfish part: in the smaller/newer fandoms, the trick is always getting enough people who've already written five stories to sign up, so that there's something for people to remix. So, PotC folks, go sign up! You will enjoy it! There will be new (… ish) stories for people to read! Everybody wins!

Mind you, there's a certain amount of flexibility required, because you can't specify pairing or genre preferences, so you may get assigned a writer who only writes a single pairing that isn't usually your cup of tea, or only writes het when you write slash, or vice versa. But be brave! Be piratical! Be remixy!

(… it's possible that it's time for someone to take the caffeine away from me for the day.)

Tue, Feb. 12th, 2008, 10:11 pm
Fic commentary: "Musica Humana" part 2

Commentary for "Musica Humana," Melissa Scott's Roads of Heaven trilogy, Silence/Julie/Denis, rated R. In two parts, because LJ says it is too big for one post.

part 1

Musica Humana (with commentary) part 2 )

Tue, Feb. 12th, 2008, 10:10 pm
Fic commentary: "Musica Humana"

Commentary for "Musica Humana," Melissa Scott's Roads of Heaven trilogy, Silence/Julie/Denis, rated R. In two parts, because LJ says it is too big for one post.

Musica Humana (with commentary) part 1 )

part 2

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