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Jun. 3rd, 2013

I read the strangest things sometimes...

So, someone on Plurk linked me to a post on Tumblr on Homestuck!troll* linguistics by a biologist ([tumblr.com profile] xenobiologistforhire) who wished her fandom aliens were a bit more alien (basically 'why do semi-aquatic insect aliens handle English so well when their breathing apparatuses evolved under potentially way different conditions?'). Ended up reading the entire blog, because while all I know about Homestuck is from RP and my friendslist, I am a sucker for xenobiology. And the author did cool things with parasites, which I always like. (See also: why I love reading [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's writing.)

A lot of the thinking paralleled some stuff I was working on in some of my writing (not the insect-y bits but how species that evolved from aquatic critters might gain vocal cords, and also why terrestrial vertebrates evolved with our food and breathing tubes attached and how that's not necessarily an obvious choice for aliens.

I really ought to write more about fictional species biology, especially if folks can comment on it.

* I'm kind of fascinated by the Homestuck fandom, despite being unable to get into the canon. Mostly because the bits I find interesting (weird imperialistic aliens who are forced to interact with humans or possibly just decided to invade) don't occur until well into the story (about kids in a world-creating/destroying video game with time shenanigans) and the story itself seems like an exercise in 'what the hell is going on now?'. And given how finicky I can be about fan shipping wank** and crotchety I can be about Tumblr, I don't really want to get involved in it directly. But I find it interesting from a meta point of view because it seems like there's extensive gardens of fanon and convention that may or may not exist in the canon. But that's just my outsider POV.

** See: the Avatar fandom. Any of it.

Apr. 21st, 2013

I am cleaning today

So, have a few fanfiction things, since I am too busy or tired to be coherent.

These include banners )

Feb. 17th, 2013

I never know who to ask about this, but...

Anyone want to beta-read a 50,000 word Slayers fanfiction? (Mostly featuring Zel and Amelia, though Lina and Gourry have a sideplot. It's a sequel to "The Sun, Half Covered" if it helps...)

Jan. 2nd, 2013

2012 Fiction and Art

On the one hand, I did manage to restart my NaNo habit and finish editing a fanfic I've been working on for years. On the other, this is probably the shortest list of fiction I've written in a while. Some of that is because of a lack of shorter works, I think. Also four new fandoms (Chrono Trigger, Kino's Journey, the Inheritance trilogy, and Twelve Kingdoms), plus Legend of Korra, as well as my forever fandoms of classic Avatar and Slayers.

As for art, I seem to have slipped off the Art Exchange habit, which disappoints me, since it feels like I'm no longer finishing as many pieces. I want to get back to things... but part of the problem is that I no longer feel as connected to my original characters as I used to. So in order to feel like drawing them (and getting art for them), I need to write more original fiction.

Complete Fiction List )

Oct. 22nd, 2012

Dear Yuletide Author

Okay, so time for my annual Yuletide letter. I have four requests. Unfortunately, three of the four have some canon investment, so if you want to check them out, it might be a stretch to do so between now and Yuletide. But I'm listing them in general.

Here's my last year's letter and here's a list of things I like in stories. Obviously they aren't going to be complete guides to what I like, but give you some samples of 'things that appeal to me'.

As I note, I'm not much of an erotica or pure bitter angst reader, and I love female characters being awesome.

So, onto the specific stuff. )

Jul. 1st, 2012

100 SF/Fantasy Stories 013: A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

So, somehow the whole 'lover who knows what you want better than you do' trope has come up, thanks to Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray, especially with the side of '... so he doesn't need to ask permission'. In response, I started rereading A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Spoilers for A Civil Campaign and Komarr )

Jun. 24th, 2012

Fatherhood and Brotherhood in AtLA and LoK

And also the absence of motherhood in both series.

Spoilers for the Legend of Korra finale )
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Jun. 20th, 2012

So, a week(ish?) ago, I happened to get into a fan discussion about Reborn!/KHR on Plurk. Now, all I know about the series is from friends, but it's about Tsuna, an unlikely Japanese schoolboy discovering he was the heir to a Mafia family and that it started as a gag comedy manga but the author eventually decided to try to plot something. One of the points of Tsuna's characterization was that he was a good kid who was determined to not compromise that even if he was the head of a Mafia family.

So my Plurk friend was ranting about how fans of the series were all 'Mafia = serious business' and therefore that the logical thing would be for the series to crush Tsuna's innocence until he had to act all ruthless and how a Mafia boss should act, rather than have the plot be about Tsuna's conflict between duty and idealism* and let that take it where it may.

I commented this is a lot like how some Avatar fans reacted to the end of Season 3 of Avatar: the Last Airbender.

Spoilers here! )

And I'm still going! )

* I mean, this isn't an uncommon theme, especially in shounen anime/manga. The protagonist is an idealist. Usually he has an ally or rival that is a pragmatist. When he confronts the antagonists, he has to choose if he wants to compromise his ideals for a better shot at winning, or try to stick to his guns and win.

May. 26th, 2012

Sketches 1/2

A long time ago, I asked for sketch requests. Well, 'name a fandom, and I'll draw you my favorite character'. I also used it as practice for poses. I'm half done, and used the end of a sketchbook to switch.

Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena by [deviantart.com profile] beccastareyes for [info]halloweenfox

Tazendra from Dragaera books by [deviantart.com profile] beccastareyes for [livejournal.com profile] ankewehner

Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon by [deviantart.com profile] beccastareyes for [livejournal.com profile] dark_skada

Amelia from Slayers by [deviantart.com profile] beccastareyes for [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_moon
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May. 15th, 2012

Korra!

So, um… thoughts! About Legend of Korra!

Spoilery thoughts! )
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Apr. 27th, 2012

Accomplishment.

I finished editing my [livejournal.com profile] casestory fic, and it went to [info]yuuo, who is beta-reading. Anyone else who wants to help beta-read a novella-length (23,100 words) Slayers fic is welcome to volunteer.

The start of the fic may well pre-date my graduate school career; I know it pre-dates my master's degree and had to be edited for continuity since it was written before Slayers Revolution was even a rumor*.

I could probably look in my writing journal -- the LJ one, since it was before I had even heard of Insanejournal, let alone Dreamwidth. Neither may have existed back then. But, I'm tired. I'm going to bed.

* Well, besides the standard 'they'll make another season Any Year Now' that's been happening since Try.

Apr. 22nd, 2012

On Trilogies

I'm reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, specifically the final book. And I got to thinking about the structure of trilogies. It seems like, even if each book in the trilogy has a plot, the trilogy itself has a pattern of the first book ending on an up beat, and the second on a down beat.

Some examples to explain what I mean )

So, I wonder if this is inherent to the construction of a trilogy. I can think of counter-examples: N. K. Jemisen's Inheritance trilogy doesn't quite have a downbeat second book, but I might have to reread it as a trilogy, rather than as a series of stand-alone novels. The Lord of the Rings... well, I have to go back and see where Tolkein cut the story, since the films changed things up. And discussing the differences there might be a post into itself. I can think of plenty of trilogies that do do this -- even darker stories, like [profile] seanan_mcguire's Newsflesh trilogy have a more upbeat first book end than second book end.

Feb. 5th, 2012

Dreaming

Had a dream that my mother, my adviser and I were eating out together. I don't know why.

In other news, I also had a dream where I was the castle warder at Cair Paravel in Narnia the day that the Pevensies left for their world (unintentionally). Like a lot of dreams where I'm someone else, there's this sort of split-personality thing; I-the-dreamer knew that the High King and his siblings were never coming back, and that Narnia was heading into a dark age/invasion, but the character just assumed something happened on the road, and they would be back soon.

If I cared more about CS Lewis**, it would make an interesting fanfic to write about what happens when the Kids from Another World (tm) go home. [livejournal.com profile] swan_tower linked a Narnia fanfic that told more about how the Pevensies established themselves as Kings and Queens of Narnia beyond 'defeated the White Witch and had Aslan's blessing'*, but it would be interesting to see the other end: what are these fantasy realms like from the native POV, rather than the kids who stumble into it?

* This probably was what prompted the dream.

** I used to when I was in grade school, but, man, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle just depressed me. I'd try to apply the concept to some of the anime series that feature 'person from another world', but of the only two I know well (Escaflowne and Fushigi Yuugi -- I've also seen the El Hazard OAV), both seem to have a set-up designed for the person from our world to go home at the end.

Nov. 17th, 2011

Yuletide Letter

As is customary, I am signing up for Yuletide. Sort of surprised at some of the fandoms that made it -- I was just telling [info]yuuo that Legend of Zelda: the Ocarina of Time would be way too big for Yuletide. Oh, well.

Dear Yuletide Writer,

I want a pony! )

Nov. 5th, 2011

Yuletide

So Yuletide Treasures/[livejournal.com profile] yuletide is an annual fandom thing, where 1000+ fanfiction authors* sit down and do a secret-Santa style exchange focused on rare fandoms. Basically, with the idea that there are boatloads of Harry Potter stories, and you could even find a decent number of, say, Discworld stories***, but finding a story for Beyond Good and Evil (example chosen to tempt [Bad username or site: yuuo @ insanejournal]) is harder.

Now, every year, it seems like two things happen: )

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* And others. I mean, you could probably fill a request/offer sheet with just Fairy Tales and Mythology, which is technically fanfiction but most people won't object to, say, retellings or 'with a twist'. Or, for that matter Historical** Real Person Fiction. Or 'fiction based on songs/music videos/commercials/gmail themes'. Yes, seriously.

** Or modern, but most people seem to treat writing about modern celebs or politicians different than Shakespeare or Queen Elizabeth I. Probably because the latter have been dead for ages, and half-mythologized.

*** Though part of that is that Discworld got a lot of attention in previous Yuletides, so it's kind of aged out.

Jul. 25th, 2011

Oh, fandom...

So, Comic Con had the first trailer for The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra*.

Spoilers for the trailer and interview )
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Apr. 15th, 2011

Fic meme!

Taken from [profile] sabinelagrande

So there's this meme going around where you sort your AO3 fics by hits (yes you can do this automatically, which I did not know, and I spent a couple minutes sitting around going "BUT HOW WOULD I EVER HAVE THE TIME") and analyze the top ten. So, here we go!

For a lark, I'm going to compare my ff.net and AO3 accounts, though, even if you ignore the different audiences, a lot of my old fic got dumped on AO3 at once, rather than posted as I wrote it. That and I didn't upload any of my really old work.

So, counting down from number 10... )

Mar. 25th, 2011

Fanfiction Thoughts

So, I'm doing [livejournal.com profile] 31days_exchange as those of you who follow [personal profile] invoking_urania might have noticed. Basically, everyone got 33 (31 and two alternates) from a partner, and a list of fandoms the partner read in. For me, the only overlap was Firefly and Star Trek, so I tried my hand at those, and wrote some original works, but also accepted that sometimes I'd just write what I could.

The person writing for me has nothing in common with me, but I've commented on the two fics she's written so far, even though one of the fandoms I hadn't even heard of.

One person right now, though, and I don't want to name names*, just admitted for a few of the fics sie posted that sie was writing from Wikipedia descriptions. Which... if it were me getting those fics, I think I'd rather sie just wrote fandoms sie knew, rather than going by text descriptions. Though I've avoided clicking on the links that say 'I haven't seen the canon'.

Granted some of my Trek fics make me worry that I do this, since it's been a dog's age since I've seen Star Trek. But I did see the original material at some point, and was a big old Trekkie.

* Though... seriously, you can look at the community and see who I mean.

Feb. 6th, 2011

My dreaming brain is cynical...

And also needs to get the hell out of fanfiction.net.

I don't mind dreaming about plot ideas. But ideas where dream-me is typing up a review with 'You haven't seen the rest of this series and aren't delivering what was promised anyway, and YOUR FIC IS BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD'... no. Seriously. When you dream about snarking at bad fiction, it's probably time to turn off the computer before bed.

This fic doesn't exist and I'm glad... but now you have to suffer with me )

So, dear writer-brain-subconscious. If you are going to give me dreams with Utena characters, can they stay in-character* and consistent with the setting? I mean, I know how much I love eye-rolling at Terrible Ideas, but I don't want to do it in my sleep.

* Okay, Touga taking advantage of the situation to further his own goals and Anthy being cryptically faux-submissive are pretty IC.

Jan. 30th, 2011

Another meme

Taken from several people...

Name a fandom that I am familiar with and I will tell you:

My M/F OTP:
My M/M OTP:
My F/F OTP:
(Addition: If I have a 'doesn't slot into male or female' OTP or OTPs, I'll mention it.)
My endgame OTP:
My original OTP:
My crack OTP:
My guilty pleasure OTP:
My anti-OTP:


Some may be OTXs, or just Favorite Pairings*. And feel free to to cast a wide net on fandoms, even if you don't know if I know them. If all else fails, you'll get my opinion from three episodes, Wikipedia and Fanfic Rants.

* I tend to distinguish OTP as the pairings I won't split up. But a lot of fandom seems to use it as a Favorite Pairing. The two aren't always the same for me -- for example, Slayers fandom.
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