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I'm offering fanmixes on [community profile] harvey_fanaid! They're all really cheap, ranging from $1-$5 depending how many songs you want your mix to have. :3 You don't even have to ask for a fandom! Whether you want a compilation of calm music, LGBTQ lovesongs, or High Octane Nightmare Fuel: The Soundtrack, you bet I'll make it for you~ ♥♥♥

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Sep. 19th, 2017 06:22 pm
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Leave two ships in my replies and I'll choose which I ship more. :)

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Sep. 19th, 2017 04:34 pm
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"Oh, I know just the menu to use for this... I can have them order..." *digs out fancy restaurant menu, starts perusing*

Ten minutes later...

"WAAAAIIIIT! This is supposed to be a short smutfic with minimal lead-up."

BUT FOOD.

*scribbles notes for longer epic foodporn fic to write later*

...

*sigh*

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Sep. 18th, 2017 07:10 pm
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Well, I need to go back to it at some point and rework it into a list for this week, but I'm pretty confident in saying I didn't get most of my weekend to-do taken care of. ^^;; I did get a lot done in the bookroom, which was definitely one of the most important things. However, a lot of it involved unpacking and sorting books and now my bedroom is a disaster of bookpiles (whoops?). I ended up moving a couple of bookcases and the desk twice, because I had ~~different ideas, and then I had one more but ended up not doing it, because instead of trying to incorporate the cedar chest that's been floating around, I should see about parting with it. I don't use it, stuff gets piled on it, and like many pieces of furniture that came over here, it's not actually in very good shape. Well... I don't have to decide on anything today.

Basically, I have to keep reminding myself that not only can I be flexible, it's okay if I am. So if this layout isn't working in a few weeks, I can try something new.

Just unpacking and sorting, I've pulled out three books to go already. Well, for one, I read one chapter and immediately deposited it in the 'take to pagan shop' basket. Not my cuppa. I suspect this will happen more and more as I keep going, especially with reference books that are interesting but not the sorts of things I'll ever need to reference that often, or that seem impressively redundant (like the dozens of gardening books).

Other than that, words! I'm sort of trying for the impossible, lol. Wish me luck! (And words!)

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Sep. 17th, 2017 08:24 pm
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Fandom, personal life stuff, political, and so on, let the opinions fly. No judgement or shaming here, please.

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Sep. 17th, 2017 07:37 pm
shamanicshaymin: "Now make that cute face of yours." (Charasriel :: Danger)
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Send me a canon and I will describe how 4Kids would "localize" it.
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Toxic lessons from dumblr: BDSM is abuse. Um, WHAT?

Talk about NSFW topics and abuse and Puri's enraged screaming. )

I hope to GOD someone types an extremely long and detailed rebuttal to that post complete with links and professional sources, because I can't stand the thought of damaging misinformation like this spreading like wildfire.
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I saw a recommendation on tumblr for Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller and checked it out.



Summary on the back: Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map - the key to a legendary treasure trove - seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

My thoughts: This book had a slow start, and at first glance Alosa had most of the characteristics I dislike in a YA protagonist - too young, far too talented for her age, a violent, unnaturally good fighter, and annoyingly sassy - but I enjoyed the setting so I kept on reading. And before long it captured my interest. Yes, Alosa is all of the things I thought she was, and she is full of herself, but she does improve, and get layers - a tragic childhood of abuse, and a revelation as to exactly why she's so talented and unnatural - that helped change my opinion of her, and even grudgingly admit she wasn't so bad by the end. Similarly Riden starts out as relatively unlikable, but quickly grew on me, with layers of his own to uncover, and some impressive moments of self-sacrifice and honor.

The writing isn't perfect - a bit cheesy and occasionally bland - but there is some witty humor and several moments had me giggling or emotional. The darker moments don't blend well with the overall story - the writer couldn't seem to decide if she wanted a light-hearted swashbuckler or a gritty tale of a very unique girl trying to navigate a man's world - and the brief instances of torture and blood seemed entirely out of place. The real strength of the book, to me, was it's delightful concept, putting a fresh spin on the interactions of pirates and sirens. I'm actually surprised that both don't have more of a presence in YA fiction, but I'm always pleased when they appear, especially with the creativity in this plot. It was also refreshing to see a dash of the darker side of pirate and siren life, even if unpleasant - dubious consent/treatment of both women and men by the opposite gender, and violence. I did have one major issue with the way the topics were handled: while the violence/unwanted behavior of the male pirates to Alosa (and hinted at regarding other women) is rightfully and strongly condemned, the rape/murder of male sailors by female sirens is strangely romanticized as merely the way they reproduce (and one character is praised within the narrative for not trying to fight them off), which made me very uncomfortable, despite the briefness of the scene. But hopefully it's something that will addressed better in the sequel.

Despite its occasional side-eye worthy moments and imperfections, Daughter of the Pirate King was a mostly entertaining, relatively fun read that, if nothing else, left me wishing for more YA pirate books. Particularly ones with sirens.

More on AO3 and Original Works

Sep. 9th, 2017 05:47 am
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Some choice quotes from a very long thread on FFA:

"Yes, which is why we had a multi-year fight to get original work allowed on AO3 even though not allowing it was causing problems and alienating chunks of fandom. At the same time, people who didn't know it was banned were busily posting it because it never occurred to them that AO3 would have such a weird rule. (And nobody reported them most of the time because it's not like it was clogging up specific fandom tags.)

Basically, while there are some fandoms where "original het"-as-fanwork is a thing, the best way to understand why original works = fanworks in many parts of fandom is to look at how hard it was to publish tropey m/m romance novels before ebooks became widespread. (Outside of Japan anyway...) There used to be this whole thriving subculture of slash and yaoi writers moving on to original writing but staying in fandom. Nowadays, a lot of people just go publish on Amazon and make a few bucks, but it wasn't like that a decade ago.

Yes, ff.net kicked off original work ages ago, but including "original slash" was the norm on many older multifandom slash archives and mailing lists (and, way back, zines), which means that those old archives AO3 likes to rescue often had problems being imported.
Boys in Chains was a particular sticking point: the maintainer wasn't willing to put it on AO3 unless all of her writers were welcome. Meanwhile, this major piece of fannish history remained offline.

The only reason original work wasn't allowed in the first place is that the pro-original work contingent were coming from non-English-speaking fandom and anime fandom, while the anti-original work contingent was from ye olde US TV show megafandoms and was much better represented among OTW staff.


You'll notice that people who think it's a fanwork don't actually call it "original works" except when they're quoting the AO3 canonical. They call it "original fic", "origfic", "original slash", and other terms that make it clear that it is its own distinct thing, separate from both fanfic and non-fannish original writing. And, yes, it does operate very much like people writing fairy tale fic or anthropomorfic or fanfic of songs for Yuletide."

~*~

"The TOS does say that it only hosts fanworks:
"Because our long-term plans include hosting fanworks of all kinds, not just fan fiction, we concluded that it was better to draw a line between fanworks and non-fanworks and only host the former, in order to avoid becoming a general repository for all sorts of creative works."

However, it also says (beginning with "however"):
"However, there are a number of varieties of works produced by fans that do not fit comfortably into a narrow definition of fanfiction, fanart, vids, or other types of fanworks. Some of these do fall within our mission. In particular, original fiction that is part of an Open Doors project is allowed, as are types of original fiction and quasi-original fiction produced within a fandom context. Examples include such things as anthropomorfic, original fiction that is produced as part of a fandom challenge, exchange, or charity event, and genres such as Original Slash, Original BL, and Regency romances produced in Jane Austen fandom."

Which means that you can post original fiction to AO3. It is defined in this case as a fanwork not because it is fanfiction of original work, but because it is original work by fan written in a fannish context.

By definition, then, it is still a canon. And it is like fictionpress and fanfiction.net before they split fictionpress off, not as the arrangement is now."

~*~

"I was in the orig slash/orig BL scene back in the day, and it's difficult for me to explain but it was definitely a fannish genre and a fannish community. A lot of things are different these days -- for one thing, writers are more likely to think of original m/m as something widely/easily publishable, which somewhat changes the conversation and community expectations.

I like that AO3 respects the fuzzy context lines in this situation, and would hate to see fannish-context origfic banned."

~*~

"No.

It was banned at the start.


We had to explain for years to get it allowed, and it was only by threatening precious ~anthropomorfic~ that the BNFs finally caved and listened to someone from a different part of fandom than themselves."

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Sep. 7th, 2017 08:36 pm
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It is time to give up on my beanbag, which made it two years and has now split multiple seams and is leaking beans all over. I guess that was a good run, but in the future I'll have to be more careful about flat-out flopping on whatever I get to replace it (hopefully the local store still has some in stock - hey had some nice ones a couple weeks ago). I should try to save the beans still in it, for refilling the next one, though I'm not entirely sure of the best way to do that... every scenario is a disaster, in my head

Today was a lot of reading and, quite thankfully, a lot of sleeping. I finally, belatedly, got to the new Robotech comic, which was, by necessity of the plot, a lot of set-up and character positioning. I'm looking forward to the next issue. ^_^

I also finally read the third volume of The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth, which was... very wtf and enjoyable. I still adore our cast and the next volume can come out ASAP. (I guess that's a bonus to getting to it a little late? Not as long to wait...)

And! After many months of just not being in the right mindset to tackle a heart-breaking and gorgeous chunk of sci-fi, I finally finished Triskelion. And it was good. I mean, I've spent days sobbing over the darned thing, but that's a feature, not a bug. But yes! How do I describe this? It is id-soup! *laughs* Space battles, mecha galore, an awesome cast of all sorts of folks... *rolls around*

Plans for the weekend = trip to Hobby Store for Gunpla and paint and whatnot + sushi dinner. Mmm~ Other than that, gunpla, maybe I'll try to finish up Baccano! and a lot of house-cleaning. I should take pictures of what I've been doing in the bookroom so it's not just vaaaguespace babbling.

So much to do...