2) Has anyone bought the paperback novels? I wanted to, because the maps and covers look pretty, but for some reason never did. I have no idea whether the Penguin editions will use her covers etc, so maybe I should buy them while I can.
3) coffeeandink said maybe the publishers are hoping for another Fifty Shades. It would be so awesomesauce if the book was popular. And gay romance novels become more mainstream.
4) I'm wondering how much they'll edit?
5) Book 3, you guys. Guys, book 3.
6) Once on my way to Portland to see my brother, I'd just gotten off the bus, and checked my ipad. I saw there was an update of Captive Prince. I walked to the rental place, rented a car (Okay, I know, environment, but the train was booked for the time I needed it and renting a car and driving it to Portland is actually cheaper than taking a train there), got in the car, and then drove to a parking lot. And then proceeded to read the update before starting my drive because I JUST COULD NOT WAIT.
6) In other news, I think Kindle Worlds is hilarious.
Lots of “original canon” fans don’t like reboots, adaptations, sequels, reinterpretations, prequels, et al of their canon. It’s understandable, but I’ve never really understood it when original!fans claim that the new!canon “ruined” their canon. I understand the disappointment, but not the way original!fans seem personally offended, as though their feelings have actually been hurt.
I understand it a little better now.
I’m not saying it’s logical. New!canon can’t change original!canon. I’ll always have original!canon. I’ll always be able to go back to it. Different people like different things. Not everyone has to like the thing I like; I don’t have to like the thing they like. These are just two different canons. I can play in my original!canon sandbox. No one’s telling me to get out.
So, it’s not rational to feel personally hurt right now; I just feel that way. I feel affronted and betrayed and resentful and bitter and angry and most of all just really sad. No one did that to me but me. But I’m still sad.
So, if you want to talk about Star Trek: Into Darkness like a rational person, I highly recommend going elsewhere. If you wanna get your rage on, welcome!
likeadeuce linked to two articles about sexism in media. I found them fascinating partly because both articles seem to be a point in the middle of larger arguments that cycle through fandom (and elsewhere) constantly, but imo neither article does a great job of setting up those larger arguments. They left their straw men at home, either because they assumed we’d encountered the arguments so frequently we didn’t need an introduction, or because they didn’t think context was important.
What interested me most about these articles was that they’re talking to each other from opposite sides of an issue, without really seeming to acknowledge or understand each other. I think context is the most important part of these arguments, and part of the reason people so often disagree.
False consciousness is the idea that the oppressed (you, me, women, queers, people of color, most of the planet) cannot recognize the tools of our oppression. That the downtrodden participate in oppressing ourselves while falsely thinking we are making free choices. The lack of diversity in female action heroes means that we are forced into upholding unrealistic standards of appearance, youth, and gender. False consciousness is the idea that we don’t know this — that we can’t see the problem. False consciousness tells me that I can’t admire female action heroes without buying all the rest of the crap. This is, frankly, bullshit.
[. . .] Could I wish that not every female action hero be scantily clad? I could. I do. But I refuse to agree that the clothes a woman wears — even a character in a film, dressed by corporate filmmakers — somehow makes her less of a fucking badass.
I started writing this because I realized the in-universe and out-of-universe responses to Iron Man 3 could possibly bear some similarities. Which I then found hilarious. And then I went too far. It ended up facile, stereotyped, and self-affirming, but I had fun thinking about it and trying to put my head in the universe.
For two summers in a row my_daroga and I put on an episode of Star Trek outdoors in a park. We started the theater company, Hello Earth. We are the sole producers, and for Outdoor Star Trek (so far) I have been the director. We were inspired by Atomic Arts, a Portland theater group, who gained national attention through doing Trek In The Park. Trek In The Park does an episode of the original series of Star Trek in the park every year.
We do the same thing (though not the same episodes), except we tend to be looser in our interpretations. Instead of trying to make something that looks like the original, we use the ideas of the original to create something else, that hopefully captures the love but also provides new food for thought. For instance, we cast blind. That is, we pay no attention to race, age, sex, ability, size, etc. In some respects, this has led to our cast being less diverse than I hoped; instead of searching out people who look like the original cast, we just cast whoever gave us a fantastic audition. This has, however, led to a lot more females being cast--for all three years, Kirk and Spock have been played by females. This year, McCoy and Scotty are also female.
The plays have been successful in the past. Last time we made over 2K in donations. We're non-profit, so all the money went toward this year's production.
This is a shit-ton of work, and most of the time, I stress more than I have fun. For instance, this year, I couldn't cast some awesome and lovely people we have worked with in the past. This year's episode is 'Devil In The Dark'--the one with the Horta--and there just aren't a lot of speaking roles. But I love Star Trek; I love getting out of my comfort zone (even though I hate it), and I love love love transformative works. So, here I am.
Why did I make this post? I have no idea! But if you live in the Seattle area and would like to be involved or know someone who would like to be involved, we love volunteers. We especially love volunteers who could help us with our PR and fund-raising efforts. And we love people who spread the word, so even if you're not in Seattle but know someone who is--let them know about us! We're @hello_earth on Twitter and Hello Earth on Facebook. Oh, I guess we need a Tumblr now, huh.
Hi, so, I went and saw Iron Man 3 Thursday night, and I’ve been trying to write my reaction ever since! Things were really busy, so I was just snatching time here and there, but after a while I realized I’d sort of snatched a lot of time. More time than it would take a person who is normal to write a reaction post for a movie they loved.
Thanks for the prompts, everyone! I'm trying to work on them.
What do you call it if someone thinks they're awesome, beautiful, brilliant, creative, and hilarious, but just assumes no one else thinks these things about them? Because when people talk about self-confidence, you hear a lot of, "I think I'm awful so I think I can't be loved," and you hear a lot of "If you love yourself, you can believe other people will love you."
But you don't hear a lot of, "I think I'm awesome and terrific, but I also have these faults, which I know all humans have, but they make me feel like I can't be loved." And you definitely don't hear, "I accept and even love my faults; sometimes I find them interesting, and I struggle with them and attempt to overcome them, which is something I am proud of myself for doing and I deeply care about myself. But I still don't think anyone else could possibly get over them, because they're not me so they don't have to in order to live a healthy life."
Is there a name for that?
Also, is there a name for how Angel thinks he's the best at being the worst? I really like characters who think they're the best at being the worst. They never understand how self-centered and arrogant they are for thinking they're so awful, and if they do realize it they just think it makes them more awful. It's much better though when the author doesn't agree they're the best at being the worst and acknowledges the arrogance in some way.
Pick a fandom, character, ship, plot, trope, and/or concept (any combination of these things) and I'll try to write a drabble/short fic/poem/something based on it.
I've been trying to work on Sick of Shadows, the next Responsible Science fic, an H/D fic, and two original stories for the past month and it feels like beating my head against a wall. This hardly ever happens to me. Usually I'm writing something, even if it's not the thing I should be writing. I figure drabbling is better than nothing!
Since I tend to be . . . really overwhelming in my capacity for meta, I split all my first-lines thoughts up! So here's part two of thoughts on first lines.
In the comments to my post on first lines, people quoted two first lines I really liked. Since my whole post was about how I didn’t like first lines, it was a welcome surprise, and it made me remember there is a certain kind of first line that I like very much indeed. However, while I love this style of first line, it’s not really always what’s best for the story, so I’m glad not all first lines are like this. ( The first lines were:Collapse )
The AO3 stats meme is going around. I love this meme because people talk about their stories and their readership(s). I always sound like I'm whining when I talk about readership, but sometimes I really just want to make observations about why people read the things they do. Also, apparently I don't like to do memes I just like to do meta on memes. So here we go!
Please comment to this post with a link to a fic/art/meta you're really proud of having created, that hasn't received the attention you felt it deserved. Tell us what the story/art/meta is about, what you really liked about it, and tell us why you think it didn't get as many hits/kudos/comments/replies/recs/etc as you'd secretly hoped.
I'm not promising to read your story/meta/look at your art, because I might not have time, but I find this interesting and cathartic to talk about. If you are not a writer/artist, comment with a fic you like that you wish had gotten more love. Please feel free to direct people to this post so that they can share the fic they're proud of and discuss things like readership.
ETA: The fic doesn't have to be on AO3. Also, the hit/kudos/comment/whatever count doesn't have to be low. For instance, the fic I have that feels under-appreciated got a lot of nice comments and nice attention. I still feel sad that it didn't really get the wide readership I feel it deserves. This is your place to talk about that without feeling self-conscious about wishing something got more attention.
A little over a week ago I did a post about first lines. It took me a while to get to all the comments, sorry! Now I have more thoughts.
I have two different modes when reading. One is "committed" and one is "shopping". I am usually committed when I start reading because: 1) the summary was interesting!, 2) It's by an author I like!, 3) It was recommended by someone I like or respect!, 4) other. When I am committed, it doesn't matter what the first line is, because if I've clicked on the fic or opened a book for that reason, I'm planning to give it a chance, and I don't think just one line is much of a chance.
When I'm shopping, I'm looking for something specific. carmenwoods brought this up. I might be looking for a particular ship, character, characterization, trope, treatment of a trope, kink, etc. The first line also doesn't really matter to me when I'm doing this, because I have a tendency to skim until I find what I'm looking for; then I read that part, and if it seems to be what I want, I'll go back to the beginning.
These two different modes are probably better explanations for why I don't care about first lines.
ETA: Oops. The point of this post was to ask: are either of these modes familiar to you? Do you have another reading mode? What are your feelings when beginning a new story, what influences those feelings? If you "shop," what methods do you use to find what you need? And if you "commit," what are things that will cause you to commit?
That first line meme is going around. I never think much or care about first lines, but I went and looked at mine anyway, and they sucked. Then I thought, even though I suck at it, I should dig up first lines I loved from other fics--and came up with exactly nil. It's not that you folks haven't written some great first lines; I'm sure you have. It's just that I, personally, dislike first lines.
I just wanna be inside the story already; I don't actually like the slow get-to-know-you dance; the "do I like you/do you like me?" kind of thing. I hate it in real life too. I hate meeting people and I hate, "So what do you do? Are you married? Where did you go to school?" I even hate the, "How are you?" part of conversations, because the part of a conversation where you get to talking about how someone really is isn't until the meaty part of a conversation, which is often in the middle. (Even if someone answers, "How are you?" with "Dismal!" the part that's interesting is why.)
I participated in the Three Sentence Fic-a-thon hosted by rthstewart! Now over, sadly. I believe these were all my contributions. I tinkered with a couple for reposting. Two of them (West Wing and Robin Hood) went over three sentences.
Sometimes I'm very confused about what I want from writing fanfic. Sometimes I want to write Careful Stories and other times I want to satisfy my id. I think a lot of people would say that fandom is about the latter, definitely, but it never really has been for me. My absolute favorite stories in fandom are the ones that a) make me think, or b) leave my id wanting more. I have loved (b) type stories as much as canon sometimes, because it produces that same feeling of wanting to fill in all the missing pieces. I love that feeling; it's part of why I've always been so fannish.
So when I go to write, I always feel like I'm making the choice between filling in those pieces (an id-pleaser), or creating more stories with carefully crafted missing bits (a Careful Story). My id is pleased by both, just in different ways. And I generally do write both, but when it comes to which one I'm going to do the work to finish, a decision has to be made. I'm only ever pleased by 60-90% of writing stories. I'm never pleased over the last 10-40%. If I just did whatever I wanted, I'd never have a single story finished. That would also ultimately be displeasing.
For the most part I choose Careful Stories, though I have to say with HP fandom it was id-pleasers. And I have to say that I feel the id-pleasers were better received. I felt like they got more love and attention than other things I've written in fandom, and love and attention is of course very pleasing. But in the long run, I feel less satisfied with those sorts of stories. When I look back on them they don't make me very happy; maybe it's because they give you so much there's nothing to chew on later.
So then there's this constant pressure of but-if-you-just-wrote-that-Tony/Bruce/Pepper-D/s-it-would-make-you-so-happy-and-you'd-get-so-many-kudos-and-then-maybe-more-people-would-read-your-other-stories, and I feel like I have to turn it off because it's not what's going to make me happy in the long run. But then I find myself almost being too careful and not writing anything I want, just because I think it's "better" for me. That happened with Let's Stop The Time Warp Again, which got very difficult and depressing for me to write. Which makes me sad, because I was having a lot of fun with both it and the series, and trying very hard to write only what pleased me, but now what pleases me is very fraught with being careful and good enough and whether people like it or not.
Wow, that was a whole lot of angst, but it felt very good to say. I do recognize that all of this matters very little in the scheme of things.
laurie_ky did an Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes fic, Every Thirty Days. It's Hawkeye/Bruce, and lemme tell you why I like it so much:
-I love Hawkeye on Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Love him. He's hilarious, and more of him is always better.
-I didn't really love Bruce on Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Personally, I'm not a fan of the "Bruce and Hulk are different people" trope. This fic is really in character for Bruce, so it has that trope, but it really made me realize that the other thing I didn't like about EMH!Bruce is that he isn't very well treated, both by the other characters and by the writers. On EMH, people do shitty things to him. A lot. And he's (seemingly) forgotten about for episodes on end (several times). Smaller on AO3 called Every Thirty Days a "fix-it fic" for EMH!Bruce, and that's what it is. He gets all the love and attention I always want Bruce to get; plus he get everyone saying sorry and realizing they've been dickly. It's very, extremely pleasing to the id.
-In other words, hurt/comfort so thick you can eat it with a spoon. I LOVE IT. And if you like Bruce and h/c, you'll probably love it too.
-Plot! Action! Suspense! Comic book plot with villains! The action scenes were especially well done.
-And an excellent supporting cast. My favorite was Maria Hill, who is such a badass on EMH, and a badass in this fic. I really enjoyed everyone though.
There's not nearly enough EMH fic out there, so I wanted to call attention to this addition. If you like these things, give it a try.
Okay, so it has recently come to my attention that this guy:
And this gal:
have the same surname. And Derek is a werewolf by birth. And the Hales could possibly have a long bloodline, and Margaret is part of it. Which means Margaret might be a werewolf.
This certainly works with some of the themes of family shame and secrecy in North and South. For instance, Richard Hale isn't a dissenter to the Church; he's a werewolf, and his parish is close to finding out or something, so that's why the family has to go north. And Frederick didn't mutiny; hunters found out about him, so the Hale family can't talk about him.
And the night Thornton sees Margaret and Frederick, it's a full moon, and Frederick (or Margaret) kill Leonard because Leonard's a hunter. Which fits perfectly with what actually happens in N&S; Frederick accidentally kills Leonard, because he's trying to get away from Leonard, because Leonard knows his true identity.