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U.S. politics has (have?) washed over my head again, as it does periodically, rising from the baseline fear and disappointment that mounted during election season and spiked in November.

I don't talk about it much here. This blog, and [ profile] bironicwastaken, are my dedicated fannish spaces online. It looks like we all understand that media consumption, fannishness and other creative pursuits are permissible hobbies, community building in an environment of divisiveness, necessary breaks and even artistic acts of resistance as we struggle with current events. Still, I sometimes (1) worry that fannish-oriented posts strike the wrong tone in wider context, such as yesterday's, and (2) feel a defensive urge to point out that I'm doing things "in real life" to fight what's happening, even if they may not be enough and even though no one has said anything.

When I get down on myself about not doing enough, I focus on things like these, in addition to thinking through how I can have a greater impact:
- Since November, every feature article I’ve written at work has made an explicit or strong implicit political statement
- This auction vid not only raised money for a good cause but is also about celebrating many characters of color in current genre sources, and that's not for nothing these days
- Every month, I donate to activist, investigative journalism and/or minority-support organizations
- I talk to people, including family and friends who voted in ways I am trying to understand
- etc.

That is all. It's a[nother] tough day. ETA: Not least: Event & dream involving anti-semitism )
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[personal profile] stultiloquentia clued me in to Readercon, an SF/F book-focused con that takes place locally: this year in Quincy. For my own mental health, I decided at the last minute to take a day off work and give it a try. Then it took more than a week to summon enough energy and semi-articulateness to write a post. Sorry about that.


- Meeting Rosemary Kirstein, author of the ongoing Steerswoman series! She spoke on a panel about how to motivate female protagonists besides trauma. No blockbuster notes from that session, but I went up afterwards along with a few other attendees to say how much I liked her books. She was nice. She mentioned how difficult it's been to pick up the next draft after her health scares etc., and agreed with a laugh that it's hard to sign an e-book since the series is largely out of print. Also I learned that it's Kir-stine, not Kir-steen.

- Meeting Kelly Link (author of Get in Trouble: Stories, among others)! She took part in a big, fun panel about "bad influences"—more on that in the next post—and agreed to sign books for two of us afterwards. Hilariously/embarrassingly, a combination of weeks-long brain struggles and being in passive panel-listening mode meant that I totally blanked when she asked me a few questions, like whether I write, what sources I've written fanfiction for and what town in Texas my friend lives in who recommended the book. *facepalm* At least her signing the other guy's book gave me the moments needed to recall a few books and TV shows I've written fic for lately; then we talked for a minute about The Vampire Diaries and how that introduced her to online fandom. She wore deep blue lipstick.

- Joining [personal profile] stultiloquentia on Saturday for lunch she arranged with people who turned out to be [personal profile] kate_nepveu, who runs Con or Bust, and [personal profile] yhlee, founder of [community profile] festivids, whose book Ninefox Gambit just came out. (I haven't read it yet but have it on order at the library.) I'd learned from the #readercon hashtag that [personal profile] yhlee was coming and I'd hoped to meet him, so lunch was serendipitous. And they knew my vids (!!!). An unexpected moment of LJ/DW/AO3-style fannish connection at a con focused on pro SF/F authors and editors and publishers. We talked SGA, metatagging, vidding, panel moderation, math and English education, storytelling in different media, recs for a project stulti's working on... They were both a delight to meet, if briefly. ♥ our people ♥

- Panel about robot narratives as slave uprisings, with bonus etymology + awesome Seder reference. Details to follow.

- Seeing Catherynne M. (Cat) Valente on a panel after our book club read Deathless. It seems Samuel R. Delaney was also a Readercon guest, but I missed him. :( :( Also Junot Diaz, obviously, but he's local and so I've been adjacent to him on many occasions, heh.


- Personal: I'd thought that, if anything, being around so much enjoyment and analysis of science fiction and fantasy texts would boost my motivation to get back to my own writing. Instead, I felt something closer to despair at the whole endeavor of publishing. So many authors and books I'd never heard of, current and past, even in my favorite genre; so many people struggling for their work to be recognized, or who've published numerous books to little effect… I asked myself, as I do every so often: What's the point? What are the chances of conceiving a compelling story, and telling it so well, that it rises above the voluminous mediocrity and makes a lasting mark? Is there a point to writing a book if it doesn't? Did I just go to a bad combination of panels for thinking about these questions? Does Readercon attract mostly a certain level of author that made this stand out to me? Is part of my brain simply trying to talk me out of attempting a novel one day because not trying is better than failing? When did I stop believing that I could produce something extraordinary?

(And yet, the satisfaction of producing a fic or a vid or a creative product for my job is often enough in itself, which suggests that it would be the same for a book, and I get all "eeee" inside when a single stranger compliments something I've made, especially if I trust their judgment. It's all very confusing.)

- Cultural: As a first-time attendee who didn't do her homework, I had no connection to the communities of panelists or attendees and only afterwards began to learn about other people's histories with the con (fx, I'd forgotten that Readercon was the one with the notorious harassment case), about what was going on around me, behind the scenes and in panels I didn't attend. I only witnessed a few of the instances of racism, sexism and lack of discussion on intersectionality that other attendees wrote about at length. I'd accepted that the con was book-focused, only to learn that others were expressing their frustrations with its reluctance to embrace other SF/F media and with some panelists' literary snobbery.

Further reading:

- The aforementioned mental health/biochemical stuff meant I missed Sunday's programming—panels on magic in space, blue collar SF and short story anatomy—the latter two of which seem to have been notable. Sad face.

Next post: Panel notes
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I previewed some pix on Twitter, but posting about Friday's visit to the opening of the Vancouver Art Gallery's giant multimedia exhibition on 20th-21st century mashups felt daunting until I realized I don't actually have to write an essay on that history and the place of vidding within it, nor an analysis of the objects the curators chose for inclusion and the way they organized the collection. Because I am interested in and have thoughts about those things, but don't currently have the wherewithal to explicate.

Suffice to say that it was satisfying to see the curators acknowledge fan vidding as a notable form of remixing with artistic merit worthy of being placed alongside household names like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Brian Eno. Fanfiction and especially the annual Remix Redux would have had a home as well. Starting on the fourth floor and working down provided a more or less chronological tour through the many ways people have appropriated existing media materials and subverted, built on or otherwise transformed them into something new and wonderful. I nodded at familiar examples of fan practice's cousins (e.g. Jamaican dub, William S. Burroughs' cut-ups, T.S. Eliot's dense intertextuality, Quentin Tarantino's metacommentary on film history) and ancestors (e.g. Victorian photo collage, by women, fittingly*) and learned a lot about other fascinating members of the family tree both close and distant. I was particularly entranced by a sound poem written and recited by Kurt Schwitters presented alongside a song version composed by Brian Eno, Kurt's Rejoinder. Little change through time of the kinds of critique, censorship, copyright battles and celebration their -- our -- works have engendered.

*I'd been worried about how male-centric the exhibit would be, based on the promo materials and early exhibit descriptions, so I was glad to see that it pays homage to the critical contributions of women from the very beginning. The introductory curator's card on the top floor begins with Georges Braque and Picasso, but then in the second paragraph, there are the women collage-makers. Cuttin' up ur magazines, shakin' up ur art. "These collages were often enclosed in personal albums, made more for the amusement of small social circles than for wider public exhibition and appreciation" -- sound familiar? While gender wasn't balanced overall, many women were nevertheless featured on each floor. [ETA: More on that from] Heavy on Western work, though.

And now I will switch over to glee at seeing Starships! and six other vids by five other vidders on the walls of the museum! My original announcement here if you have no idea what I'm talking about. Also a more recent one from [personal profile] heresluck.

About the opening reception, how people interacted with the vids, and some pictures & video clips! )

More about the rest of the trip at some point. So much good fish, two excellent plays, contagious vowels, and a lot of beautiful First Nations art.
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(Because it's finally winter outside, and because this post contains... well.)

I don't tend to make New Year's resolutions. When I do try to change a behavior, I don't wait for January. But I've been thinking about whether there's anything internal I'd like to work on this year, and one thing is to continue to learn how to be nice to myself, and another is to think more seriously about, & then be more proactive about, dating. Which is why I was re-reading some Captain Awkward posts this afternoon about dealing with feelings of unattractiveness while dating (example). Because while I have gained a lot of confidence in the last 10 to 15 years that my hobbies and tastes are OK, largely thanks to fandom, and while I'd like to think I have developed pretty good social skills despite being a natural introvert, I do have a lifelong deep-set conviction that I am not good-looking, not helped by some health-related body changes in recent years, and people say there is nothing like entering an urban dating pool full of strangers to undermine your self-confidence in any and all areas, including the above.

Anyway, that is all still academic at this point. What I wanted to say is that the posts include people's anecdotes about eventually finding well-matched partners due to being one's authentic -- in many of these cases, geeky -- self in online profiles and/or in person. A practice I fully subscribe to. And then this very evening on the bus ride home, a young woman in a nearby seat wearing a knit Pikachu hat leaned over and excused herself and asked what I was reading because every time she'd glanced over it looked more interesting. (It was Saga vol. 4.) We had a little conversation about it, she mentioned that the wait between issues wouldn't be a problem considering the wait she is dealing with for The Winds of Winter (next Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones book) and some other stuff I wasn't familiar with, and then we went back to riding the bus. It was like an object lesson in how merely doing something you like in public can attract someone's attention, in this case in a good way and not a creepy way, to back up the Captain Awkward post. Same as last year when a dude I think of as Big-Headphones Guy saw me working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire series and asked me a couple of times on our way off the bus how I was liking them.

(I actually later learned Big-Headphones Guy's name because he sometimes orders breakfast at the same counter-service place I go to when I am not able to pack mine. But that is not important here.)

Number one, both of these are examples of how to talk to someone on public transit about what they're reading without being annoying or creepy. Number two, they were just nice encounters that served as reminders that pop culture is my favorite conversation topic with unfamiliar people, when in the mood to converse with unfamiliar people or when forced to at a party or whatever. (Not that that prevented me from being all flustered and nervous when replying.) Number three, they bolster the argument that displaying something you like could be enough to make an unexpected connection with someone. (Once again, assuming you are in the mood.) Which is nice. Even though I also understand that dating partners generally do not fall from the sky and so some effort is required to find interesting ones. Fortune favors the prepared mind, and whatnot. There was a good post about that somewhere but I don't think it was Captain Awkward.

Like I said: Rambling. :)

tl;dr someone asked about Saga on the bus today and I think she's going to try it out. Payin' it forward.

Also I hung up some curtains tonight with the hope that this side of the room won't be eight degrees colder than the other side anymore. It is not a big room. Must say I am not a fan of the cold-air waterfall that has been pouring down my neck on the few days this winter that it has been wintery. N.B. by "hung up" I mean "nailed to the window frame" because there are no rods yet.
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I had a great weekend at [ profile] con_txt. It was so nice to see friends again, and to make some new acquaintances.

I was concerned about the programming because I haven't been feeling enthused about any particular canon on the docket in a communal-fannish way lately, and because mass squee can be scary; but there turned out to be plenty of meta panels and entertaining moderators to make the experience enjoyable.

I also appreciate how, while con.txt is a slash con by definition, those of us who do not exclusively enjoy slash are welcomed and able to have discussions about a variety of sexual identities and relationship types in fandom (and life), plus gen topics.

In case you are interested, I jotted down some notes. Nothing fancy or thorough. has panel descriptions and mod names.

Werewolf Torts and Undead Annuities )

Small Fandom Dating Game )

Fannish Pictionary )

Vid Show )

Monetizing Fandom )

Inverting Tropes )

D/s in Fandom )

Not My Fandom's OTP )

Awesome Robots )

Checking in on the Fannish Diaspora )

Small Fandom and Between-Fandom Support Group )

Dubcon F***ing: How Does It Work )

Rule 34 in a Magical Universe )

Bi-invisibility )

Also attended a panel about tagging and another about AUs.

Note to self: Action items:

- DS9 essential episodes list for [ profile] corbae (post likely to follow)
- Riddick recs list for [ profile] monkey_pie (ditto)
- Read [ profile] bmouse's Garak/Bashir collection
- Check out stuff from Small Fandom Dating Game
- Figure out naming issue and start a new Twitter to keep in touch with fan friends?
- Grin and bear it open a Tumblr account???
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[ profile] kassrachel asked: Reminisce about your first fandom: what did you love about it?

This is much harder to answer than anticipated, because my entry into fandom occurred stepwise across 15 or 20 years.

There was the first canon I obsessed over and daydreamed about and encountered ancillary storytelling for in the form of tie-in novels (Star Trek), the first for which I found fic online and engaged with my best friend in what I now recognize as RPing (Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles) [and I started writing stories for Trek and the VC around the same time, as a teen], the first for which I inhaled fic and couldn't figure out how to stop (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the first I wrote meta/acafan stuff about and went to cons for (Harry Potter), and the first fandom I fully participated in on LJ, including writing fic and commenting on other fans' posts (House).

When I asked [ profile] kassrachel if she could help narrow down the definition of "fandom" in this case, she said: "First canon you fell in love with and wanted to tell stories about? First canon you actively wrote stories about? First canon about which you wrote stories which you shared with other fans?" Fortunately, for all of those, I think I can answer Star Trek.

About that: )
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A little reminiscence for Poetry Month, because some of my favorite fanworks that I've posted have been poems. Let's see: Spanning 2006-2011, I appear to have posted nine complete poems, one unfinished poem, one set of haiku, one "found" poem, and one poetry-inspired fic.

T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens and Shakespeare; sestinas, heroic couplets, haiku, a sonnet and a found poem; SGA, House and Harry Potter )

Lots of people don't like fan poetry. Probably a lot of it sucks, just like a lot of any category sucks. But I think it can be great, and I'm so happy to have found so many LJ/DW/etc. friends and community members who welcome, enjoy, read, write and critique fan poetry as well as regular fic. And I am proud to have work featured in the Fanlore article on fan poetry. Here's to more yet. ♥


Jan. 19th, 2013 02:01 pm
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[ profile] festivids is live, and you need to know that someone made for me a Der Himmel Uber Berlin/Wings of Desire vid that is gorgeous beyond words: What No Angel Knows.

It's just. Okay, so here's part of my Dear Festividder letter: "This movie has some beautiful imagery, and so much can be done with it. A meditation, as the movie was, on the recent history of Berlin. A story of wanting to be in the world. A story of feeling fiercely protective of the beautiful, fragile humans. […] A study in contrasts from black and white to color, or from looking down (angel POV) to looking up (human POV)." This vid is all of that and more. It wants to be explicated, and really, what more could you ask from a gift vid? I've watched it maybe five times so far and I know there's more in there I'm not getting yet.

What I can say is this: It gave me shivers, and it made me grin. It uses a range of striking imagery from throughout the film, takes the dense, mortal-centric beginning and distributes it throughout the vid, people of all ages with their gamut of emotions good and bad, their lonelinesses and their intimacies, building and building, showing how the world reels in Damiel. Showing all these attempts by Damiel to sense the world the way mortals do, a rock, a pen, walls, a kiss, a handshake, a baby's gaze, hands on shoulders - Cassiel cradling him - these ways he tries to touch and connect. His breath and his grin when he decides to dive in at the end. So cool.

It starts with the angel POV and then grounds itself at human/street level; ebbs and flows more in the middle. It pops with color when people experience vibrant emotions. It manages to preserve the power of the shots of all the angels' gazes in the library. It connects through simple visual parallels the angels themselves with the winged statue overlooking the city with the costumed trapeze artist. And bringing it all fully to life is this beautiful song in English and Yiddish. "My child, your Father sends a message" as Damiel comforts a man on the subway. "He's neither the first nor the last to fall," and there are Peter Falk and Cassiel.

It's just fantastic. I hope you'll give it a try.

*goes back to watching entries and collecting favorites*
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In addition to the wet/messy/dirty character/actor cups, I made items for last night's birthday party to score a line bingo. This is a diagonal on my card from upper left to lower right, filling the squares for anonymity, confined/caged, tentacles, medical kink and breathplay.


Photobucket   Photobucket   Photobucket   Photobucket   Photobucket

Close-ups and step-by-step processes behind the cuts:

Anonymity )

Confined/Caged )

Free square: Tentacles )

Medical Kink )

Breathplay )

Guest contributions

Of course, I was not the only one who brought stuff to the party. Among the other amusing, clever and/or delicious offerings were:

vanilla kink from alpheratz, a plethora of kinky drinks and ageplay items from deelaundry, a gag/blindfold combo from cinco, sort-of-vehicular from v_greyson, a furry cake from synn, and more. )

And that, I believe, about covers it! It was great fun, and I'm glad to be able to share it with you.

Will post the vid list at some later point here.
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Festiviiiiiiiids went live yesterday, hooray. Some of the vids are full of Julian Bashir and some are transcendent and some are creepy and some are toe-tappin' and some are eerie and some are action-packed and some are brain-bending and some are thoroughly satisfying (warning, warning, graphic sexual violence) and some are instrumental -- and that's just the ones I've watched from the fandoms I know. There are 100 more I haven't even tried yet. At some point there will be a proper recs post.

My Mystery Vidder made me a sweet, sentimental, happy-teary Star Trek: The Next Generation vid, Lullabye. One of my requests was for 'something about the kids' on the show -- and this delivers everything about the kids on the show: the ones the crew encounters on missions (especially Data's little buddies, *sigh*), the ones they take in temporarily, the ones they raise as biological parents (Wesley! Molly O'Brien!), the ones they raise in alternate realities, the ones their brothers and sisters raise (René!), the ones they build (Lal!), the ones who built them (Data's mom!), the ones they become (de-aged Ro and Guinan!); even their own parents make appearances (the Roshenkos! Riker in his ridiculous gladiator gear!), sometimes caring for one another's kids (Lwaxana and baby Alexander!), and I can't quite express the emotions stirred up to see these grown-ups suddenly become adult children. I think the vid does a great job of encompassing all the facets of childhood and parenthood and family and tension and fear and comfort explored on the show, and personally, I am basking in the nostalgia, remembering what it was like to experience all of this as a kid when the show first aired, wishing I could be one of the cared-for on the Enterprise. And all set to Vienna Teng. Like I said in my comment, I love Trek for plenty of perverse reasons, but it's so nice to go back to this innocence and love.

In other news, I am loving this anonymous-posting thing. Have only done it for Remix before, and that isn't a high-volume commenting community. Whereas here, comments have been coming in in a steady trickle. So when friends leave praise on a vid, I know it's genuine, and when big-name vidders drop in to say something, I can do a little private dance of joy.

I think one of my two vids is so obviously mine that I'm hesitant to do that thing where you invite friends to guess which one you made. But then, lots of people say that when it's not true. So -- want to guess? I'm curious what you think. If you guess the second one, I'll be super-impressed. Here: I'll screen comments until reveals on Feb. 5; if a comment doesn't have a guess, I'll unscreen.


And soon, Porn Battle XI!
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (wilson embarrassed) is a glimpse in the form of my Porn Battle prompts.

...I might fill some of them myself.
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[ profile] son_of_darkness, who is a great go-to guy for things kinky & thinky, has an interesting topic up for discussion today. He writes:

Most of the geeky people I meet are kinky, but not a lot of the kinky people I meet are geeky. [...] I wanted to ask if any of you had noticed something similar, and if so, why do you think there seems to be such a correlation between being a geek and being kinky?

I replied: I know I found a lot of consolation in geeky settings because I didn't feel I fit in to mainstream culture -- which included, in large part, things that turned me on. There's a huge overlap for me between wanting to explore the subtext of movies/TV/books/etc. and wanting to explore the kink lurking in things like villains and vampires and intergalactic space exploration and what have you.

Fannishness and kinkiness have always been intertwined for me. I told [ profile] cryptictac once that the most important, life-changing thing about fandom for me has been to meet people, from home and from the other side of the world, who share a fierce love of the same things I do, that I was told when I was younger -- by my parents, by my best friend, by teachers, by culture -- were strange, deviant, not okay. I never had confidence in myself like I've had since finding fandom. For one thing, I can read wonderful, amazing, hot, kinky fic whenever I want, and share my own when I want, and we have this community that celebrates it.

There is so much more to say, some day. But I thought some of you might want to share your thoughts and experiences, here or there. I know I want to hear them.
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This work business tires me out, but I wrote 400 words of a kink_bingo fic tonight, and I may be co-vidding on something that I think could be very cool, so I am happy.

Are you happy too?
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So so so—things that are awesome about this week:

- [ profile] jadesfire2808, bless her talented soul, translated Thirteen Ways of Looking at Rodney into Latin (Tresdecim Modi ut Rodneius Videre Posset), and then into a script form of Ancient—she studied screen shots from the show and taught herself the Ancient alphabet a while back, which is just cool—and then wrote an absolutely fantastic expansion/remix which is not poetry called Rodney's Poetry Months, about Rodney and Atlantis and John and Elizabeth and friendship and the transition from season three to four and you should go read it immediately (and then tell her how great it is) if you are a fan of any of the following: poetry, SGA, Latin, language, fictional world-deepening, sticky notes, Rodney, John, remixes, illustrated fanfic, heartwarming...ness, the way creation inspires creation from person to person in fandom.
From the translation:

Inter viginti physicos castigatos
solum manus
Rodneii movebant.

From the story:

Once he'd finished yelling at Simpson over the radio, untangling Miko's math so that it was at least close to making sense, and yelling at Radek over the radio, in person, in the control room, in the mess hall and in all four of the engineering labs, it had been too late to go to bed. So he'd hunkered down with a not-too-stale sandwich and his laptop, and spent what remained of the night making yet more adjustments to the gatebridge macro.

He'd only stepped away from his desk for five minutes, to get the first good coffee from the mess hall, and he'd come back to…this. It vaguely resembled Ancient, and one of the words could possibly have been his name, almost, but he couldn't make sense of it.

Big thank yous to Jades for both of these delights and to [ profile] nightdog_barks for starting it all.

- [ profile] roga's photo tribute to the varied beauty of the U.S. based on where she's been. Which is a hell of a lot of places.

- 475 words of Remix written. Yeah, so that was all done on Sunday and I haven't added a word since then, but it's still about a third of the way complete, so, yay.

- I'm going to Poland and Israel in a couple of months with International March of the Living.

- Completely unexpected bonus at work that may cover the trip.

- Thanks to a tip from [ profile] savemoony — Someone "confessed" to liking No Pain more than they should over at [ profile] fandomsecrets, #41 here, which made me smile all day.

- Creamy tomato pasta sauce we made last night with a recipe from Cook's Illustrated. Holy tomato, it is delicious like a delicious thing. Tangy and rich but not too rich, with onions and sundried tomatoes and pepper flakes and mmm. I want to put it on everything forever and then lick the plate.

- Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around. I know it's a cover, I know it's not quintessential/classic country Cash, but my heart lies in folk, and I can't stop listening to this song.

- Fangirl brunch this coming Sunday.

- And one more little ficcy thing that I get to talk about on Friday.

These are the good things, and much more enjoyable to focus on than the stressful.

How are you?
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You may recall that on the first day of September I woke up to find some reviews in my inbox of my very first House fic from back in April. Over the past few weeks, I've continued to discover the delight of receiving unexpected comments on various "older" pieces of fanfiction. Someone dropped by just last night to say that one of my stories is one of her favorites of its type; she just hadn't gotten around to leaving a comment. She said (and I hope she doesn't mind if I quote her), "One of these days I'm going to just go around trying to catch up and review all the House fic that I read and liked and failed to review."

Now it's almost the end of the month, and I have a cunning plan for all of us. To bring things full circle and share the joy of surprise feedback with others, I would like to declare the start of


We all have them: fics we've read and re-read, fics that make us laugh or cry or clench our teeth or squirm (for several reasons), fics with spectacular characterizations or beautiful passages, fics with images we just can't shake—but for whatever reason, we never left a comment on them. Maybe we didn't know what to say, or didn't have time to leave feedback, or felt silly saying something when the story had been up for so long, or didn't bother because there were "so many" other comments already, or didn't know what kind of lasting effect it would have on us, or hit the "back" button after reading because the story was posted somewhere other than LiveJournal. Maybe we keep meaning to but somehow never get around to it.

Well, this is the week to remedy that. From now until next Monday, October 9th (Columbus Day here in the States, Thanksgiving in Canada, I think), I challenge you to go back to some of those stories and leave a comment. Whether it's one fic, or two, or five, or twenty—whether you write a sentence, two sentences, a paragraph, or half a page—tell those authors how much you've enjoyed their work. Use this as an excuse if you feel awkward.

Think of it—if you take a few moments to review one story a day from now till then, you'll have brought a little jolt of unexpected happiness to ten people. Even if you take the time to tell just one person you're still thinking of their story months or years after it was posted, you'll surely be brightening their day. Make someone happy, ease your conscience: everybody wins.

So hop to it, people! And spread the word if you think this is a good idea. There's still lots of time left to get other people involved and make fandom that much of a happier place.

Many thanks to [ profile] fallen_arazil for the graphic. Feel free to copy text and/or image (no hotlinking, please) or link back here in your journal or comment or wherever else.
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- "Dissonance" got recced at [ profile] crack_van last night! Thank you, [ profile] pun, for your review and for encouraging feedback, even though you are probably not reading this because you have disappeared from LJ forever a while. I woke up this morning to the wonderful surprise of comments in my inbox—what better way to start a new month?

- [ profile] fallen_arazil wrote me a fun little drabble with House and Faith (BtVS/Angel) way at the bottom here and you should go witness the madness. Then read the rest she did (in all sorts of fandoms), if you haven't already, including the brilliant one with Wilson/Spike.

- [ profile] synn brought me the House Season Two DVD promotional poster she claimed from Borders. It is big and it is orange and it is on my wall.

- Thank you to [ profile] usomitai for uploading that book. I'm still only on page thirty-something but it's a great read so far. Anyone interested in what it's like to be a doctor, nurse or technician at a sizeable medical center—or if you're already one of those, then what it's like to be one at a different sizeable medical center—, or who wants to read some enlightening parallels to the characters on House, should check it out.

- Thanks entirely to [ profile] daasgrrl's vivid fic "Goodbyes"—which you should all go read if you like your slash with an edge of non-con, even if you haven't seen the movie it's based on—trust me*—, I've picked up Killer: A Journal of Murder to watch tonight. Hm, will need to do a media update soon.

*And I'm not just reccing it because [ profile] daasgrrl has been added to my list of people to Internet-marry when virtual polygamy becomes legal. P.S. If you're reading this, D., sorry for spamming your inbox today.

Long weekend through Monday with the promise of hurricane-remnants rain and wind. Going to spend it holed up comfortably in my room writing the third and final challenge for [ profile] slashfest. Which means I'll probably also be refreshing LJ pages obsessively and answering a backlog of emails. So if you get a reply to a comment from last week or, uh, June, don't be surprised; it's just me getting my brain in order while working on a story.
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
Oh my God. Con.txt. I heard about it months ago when people were recapping Escapade and then I completely forgot to check back to see what the programming would be like, and now it is this weekend and it is filled with fandom panels that sound so wonderful I'm tearing up with longing. Woe!

But look. Look! --
  • Did I Mention House and Wilson Should Make Out On Screen?
  • What Were They Thinking?: When Subtext Becomes Text
  • Canon, Fanon, and the Suspension of Disbelief - The Role of Research in Contemporary Fanfiction Writing
  • The care and feeding of OT3s
  • Slashing the Past
  • Allure of the Other (or, What's a Hero Got to Do These Days to Get Some Fannish Loving?)
  • Complicated & Conflicting Canon
  • Firefly: Sexual Ethics of the 'Verse

I shall hug my WIPs for comfort and hope that con-goers do write-ups after.
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (house wilson slash)
Serendipity! Someone started a thread on the [ profile] house_md community for people to post their House-related dreams, so you are all spared the detailed description of the one I mentioned on Wednesday. There are eleventy-million comments already and it's only been up a few hours. A few of them are hilarious and some others are drool-worthy.

Isn't fandom wonderful? I really do mean that.

Have spent a relaxing weekend reading House fic, listening to Death Cab for Cutie's "Soul Meets Body" and The Raconteurs' "Steady As She Goes" (fic-reading marathons just beg for small playlists on repeat, don't you think?), having a sushi/Blade Runner/Hustle evening with [ profile] synn, planting tomatoes, sawing flakeboard, sneezing (gah, allergies finally kicked in), ordering some fun stuff from the library and, and getting started on my Slayage conference paper, not that it needs to be done and polished for presentation at the end of the month or anything.

Oh yes -- and I made this icon, which I adore beyond reason. That scene in "Euphoria" Part 2 was begging for it.

The glorious thing about being increasingly obsessed with House and its fanfiction, I am finding, is that it doesn't entail the angst/depression/longing of Buffy, the Vampire Chronicles or Wolverine/Rogue (X-Men movieverse), or the all-consuming heart-tugging tragedy of the Marauders or the darkness of Snape-centric Harry Potter fic. House... just makes me feel good. Don't get me wrong, the show and its fic isn't brimming with sunshine and daisies -- hell, House is a tragedy in himself, and these characters deal with death on a daily basis --, but I enjoy the stories wholeheartedly and guilt-free. It's nice.

And gods, but there's a lot of excellent House fic out there. Maybe it's because I'm starting from people's rec lists and a few fests, but really, it's amazing how much quality work there is, or rather how high the proportion is of great fic to hit-"back"-button-after-the-first-paragraph fic. I'm collecting links to my favorite stories as I go. Soon I'll compile them into a post, but for now if you're interested, and if you don't mind that they're in no particular order and all the non-LJ ones are left out and the tags probably make no sense to anyone but me, you can look here.

Either way, I want to rec a few at the moment as stellar examples of the sort of literary experiments authors are conducting and pulling off, and the sort of constraints they're voluntarily working within. Namely:
  • "Moments" by [ profile] thewlisian_afer - Part of the [ profile] 1sentence challenge, this consists of 50 discrete sentences, each stemming from a prompt word. It's not in chronological order, everything ties together, and her writing is alternately stark and lyrical. Beautiful. Wilson/Cameron.

  • "Counting" by [ profile] stormmedicine (my lovely House het ficathon prompter) - Told backwards in segments like "Memento." Wilson/Cameron.

  • "Seconds (of Chinese food and Cameron)" by [ profile] pennycase - Part of the James Wilson Fic100 challenge, this is told in 100-word drabble segments. House/Wilson/Cameron.

  • "Ballerina" by [ profile] finding_jay - Series of interconnected drabbles that made me think of a sestina for its recombination of words and images. Cuddy/Stacy.

  • "House in haiku" by [ profile] simple__man - As you might have guessed, it's told entirely in haiku. House/Wilson.

  • I am also going to mention, though I haven't read it yet, "UBI AMOR IBI OCULUS EST (Metaphysics: The Ticket That Exploded Remix)" by [ profile] rue_de_hoquet. No ordinary remix, this was cut up by hand in the tradition of William Burroughs and re-arranged and fleshed out, turning the original work into something entirely new but composed of the same pieces. She explains in her author's notes.
'Tis all. Night!


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