Jul. 14th, 2014 02:59 pm
emmagrant01: (DashCon)

So. Wow.

Surely by now you've heard about the surreal meltdown of the Tumblr con called DashCon in Chicago over the weekend. So I was there, along with many friends, and it was quite an experience.

I was invited to be a special guest over a year ago, and I was really flattered. TBH I might not have attended the con otherwise, because I generally enjoy smaller single-fandom cons more than big, multi-fandom things -- as this one was being marketed to be. I should note at this point that I was never offered any kind of comps. Apparently other special guests were flown out and had their rooms paid for and everything, but I was not offered any of that. I paid my own way -- which is totally fine, I should say. A couple of months ago more friends from [livejournal.com profile] threepatch decided to go, and we asked DashCon if TPP could be listed on the special guest page like the Baker Street Babes (and I) were. We were declined, something we were later grateful for.

This is gonna get long, so I'll cut. )

NOTE: I will probably continue editing and adding stuff to this post as I think about more.

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[livejournal.com profile] pennswoods is collecting your thoughts over here!

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DH and I are really interested in musical theatre and so we follow the careers and the blogs of some writers we've discovered along the way. Theirs is a really hard life, and they sacrifice a hell of a lot to practice their art.  And so I found the following blog post about criticism of writers within the theatre community really interesting: http://newmusicaltheatre.com/greenroom/2013/09/three-shit-talkers/

So first, go read that. It's a fantastic post, and I think you'll enjoy it.

As a member of the creative community of fandom, that blog post really resonates with me. Obviously fandom isn’t plagued by competition for financial success the way professional creative communities are, but the attitude he describes here is still present. People so often forget that behind the fics, art, vids, gifsets, costumes, filks, and crafts (and more) are actual human beings who worked very hard to create these things, and then offered to share them with the rest of us — for free.

That  generosity and creativity and shared joy is something I fucking love about us. I love that we celebrate it all and take it in directions the creators would never even imagine. Even if it’s not my thing, I know it’s someone’s thing — and how fantastic is it that they get to enjoy it and talk about it with others who also get it?

I know we have our share of folks who sit at that virtual coffee shop table and like to criticize and look down on the way other fans participate in fandom. And trust me, I know it’s not always easy to ignore them. But I also know that the vast majority of us are genuinely nice, welcoming, awesome people who are thrilled to have found a community of our own. Rock on, fandom.  :-)

Posted to Tumblr here.

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My 5yo son LOVES My Little Pony. He's been going strong on it for a year now, with no signs of stopping. He has all the episodes on his iPad and watches them constantly, can recite dialogue by heart, can mimic Applejack's accent with frightening accuracy, can sing all the songs, and so on. When we play together, I am almost always asked to be either Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash, so I've had to get good at impersonating those two. We tell MLP stories at bedtime and have even started reading some of the tie-in chapter books.

But despite all of this, until last night, he hadn't watched the last episode of season 3, "The Magical Mystery Cure."

He was worried about the fact that all the ponies' cutie marks were mixed up in the beginning and found it too scary to watch, so he'd always turned it off. As a result, he didn't know that Twilight Sparkle becomes an alicorn at the end of that episode. This was a problem because all of the tie-in books we're reading refer to her as "Princess Twilight Sparkle" and to her wings and so on. I hadn't watched the full episode either (he would always get upset and turn it off), and I really felt like I needed to see this important piece of canon in order to understand some of the things happening in the books. So last night, I talked him into watching it with me. He hid for some of it and was really worried, but once Twilight got the cutie marks straightened out, he was fine. At least until the point when Twilight was transformed into an alicorn.

And then he started to sob and say, "No No NO!!" He was completely distraught, inconsolable. I held him and we watched it until the end, and he continued to cry for a while. I asked him why it upset him, and he said that he didn't want it to change, that Twilight being a princess and having wings would make it all different, and he wanted the old Twilight back. All I could do was nod and say that I understood -- which I do, of course. Who hasn't had their heart broken by the direction canon went at some point in their fannish lives?

Through all of this, my husband just shook his head and said, "He is just like you." Which he totally is, at least in this way. I guess it's a good thing he has a mom who really understands how much fictional universes can get inside your soul and bring you so much happiness... and sometimes, so much pain.

Welcome to the fandom life, kid.

Crossposted to my Tumblr here
emmagrant01: (woman)
Two recent comments on A Cure for Boredom:

→ "I'm pretty new to the Sherlock/Johnlock thing and a lot of fics I find Sherlock to be somewhat.... out of character. Sometimes a little, sometimes a whole wonking heck of a lot. I think this is the best characterized Sherlock I've ever seen. I love it."

→ "While this was certainly really hot, the characters, for me, felt OOC. I still liked reading it. But it could've been anyone, really."

And two on Just a Kiss:

→ "Ahh so brilliant!! This is definitely one of my all time favourite fics, it's just so awesome and very in character."

→ "by the end your John was an out of character asshole and there's no two ways about it. Normally I don't bother saying anything if I don't like something I've tried to read, but this was just ridiculous. I don't know why people even bother to write in fandoms if they're going to turn the main characters into out of character wankers who deserve to be slapped with sexual harassment suits. [...] at the very least for those of us who care about characterization MARK YOU WORK AS CONTAINING CHARACTERS WHO ARE BEHAVING OUT OF CHARACTER!"

I've talked about this before in various venues, but it really amazes me how widely people's ideas about characterization in fanfic can vary. What is completely OOC to one person can be perfectly IC to another. How can that happen when we all watch the same show? Assuming that most* people who write fanfic are actually writing the versions of the characters that are in their heads and are convinced that their version is as in-character as they can possibly make it, why is there so much variation?

My opinions, let me show you them )
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Since today is apparently the day that everyone is talking about how important fandom is in their lives, I'll throw my hat in too.

(Possibly triggery stuff about infertility here. )

Also on Tumblr here.


Jul. 15th, 2012 09:45 pm
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So, Ascendio was fantastic, and I'm really feeling nostalgic tonight. It's the end of an era, you know? If you've ever been to one of the HPEF cons, you know that it was a really unique kind of con. The cons were large and included people from across the Harry Potter fandom, and were fan-run. There are lots of small fan-run cons and big industry-run cons, but I'm not aware of any other large cons that were so focused on the fans of a single fandom and the things they create.

The Ascendio staff did a fantastic job of making sure that every subgroup of the fandom felt welcome, IMO. The programming was well-organized and scheduled in ways that made sense (props to [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic and [livejournal.com profile] nqdonne). All of the panels I attended or participated in were fantastic, and having a slash track meant that there was almost a mini slash con inside the larger con.

There was a distinct multi-fannish feel to Ascendio (thanks in large part to [livejournal.com profile] noeon, I understand) that I haven't seen at an HP con before. People talked about the Avengers and Sherlock just as freely as HP. Though we were all clearly there because HP is our home fandom, we also celebrated the new fandoms we love and obsess over, and it was SO much fun. It was fascinating to see the shift visually through the costumes people wore. In the past, most of the cosplay tended to be HP-centric, but at this con, people wore costumes from a large variety of fandoms. I'm still amazed by the woman who wore a replica of Princess Dianna's wedding dress!

Cons are always about the people, of course, and this one felt like a reunion in a lot of ways. I roomed with [livejournal.com profile] chaeche in the Sherlock suite, which was AMAZINGLY decorated by [livejournal.com profile] pennswoods -- I think she took pictures of the room, and I'll link to those when they're posted. I got to be on panels with [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic, [livejournal.com profile] bookshop, [livejournal.com profile] pir8fancier, [livejournal.com profile] noeon, [livejournal.com profile] starlitshore, [livejournal.com profile] sugareey, and others (I know I'm leaving people out and I'm so sorry!). I got to see friends old and new: [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa, [livejournal.com profile] geoviki, [livejournal.com profile] meri_oddities, [livejournal.com profile] goseaward, [livejournal.com profile] pinkfinity, [livejournal.com profile] lampblack, [livejournal.com profile] novembersnow, [livejournal.com profile] stormwynd, [livejournal.com profile] foxestacado, [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa, [livejournal.com profile] potteresque_ire, [livejournal.com profile] jlh, [livejournal.com profile] gatewaygirl and and and... shit, there are faces whose LJ names I can't match up and I'm exhausted and will have to edit them in later. So sorry if I left you off!

I've always felt sadness at the end of a con, but this is the first time I've cried when saying goodbye to people. Seriously, there were so many tearful hugs this morning, and the emotion caught me by surprise. I think that everyone felt it, that feeling of it being a sort of end of an era for the HP fandom. Not that it's over or that there won't be other cons -- hello, [livejournal.com profile] lubricus is in just a few weeks! But it definitely felt like we're all scattering now, that there may not be another con like this where so many people whose home base is the HP fandom get together and celebrate our collective creativity and geekiness. I know I'll see people at [livejournal.com profile] lubricus next month and then at WinCon in October, but there's no "see you next year". And yeah, I'm a little sad about that. *sniffle*
emmagrant01: (Sheldon fangasm)
I'd love to know how many of these he gets. And to hear what his reaction was. :-)

My postcard under the cut )

Here is the info post, in case you want to do it too.
emmagrant01: (Sherlock: J/S through the bars)
Passing on this reminder that if you're going to participate in this postcard project for Martin Freeman, it's time to send them! Click the banner for more info.

emmagrant01: (Sherlock: J/S couch)
Because I think it's one of the sweetest and most adorable fan acts ever. Campaign to send Martin Freeman postcards from everywhere, all at once. He's going to get one from Texas. :-)

Two things

Jan. 19th, 2012 09:50 am
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1. If you'd still like to leave a comment on the last episode of [livejournal.com profile] slashcast, today would be a great day to do so, since we're recording the Mailbag segment tonight. Click the banner below to go the the episode post. :-)

2. Have you ever noticed that falling into a new fandom is kind of like falling in love? The emotions are startlingly similar, and that OMG-read-all-the-fic binge is kind of like the way you have sex like bunnies at the beginning of a relationship. I lose my appetite; I get giddily excited just thinking about the characters, I fantasize about them during sex, and everything everywhere seems to make me think of them. Oh, the obsession -- it's so much fun!


Jan. 12th, 2012 04:10 pm
emmagrant01: (Spock: Bitch please)
I just spent my commute mentally working out a Zach/Benedict on-the-ST-set fic. I don't even KNOW where that came from. My brain has apparently already decided that whoever Benedict plays in the next ST film, he will be slashed with Spock. Like, without even consulting me. Just BAM, here is your new pairing. :-P

It also wants some Spock/Sherlock crossover smut. That must exist. *considers where to look for it*

My brain, it scares me sometimes.

But you know, one of the awesome things about fandom is that I know I'm not alone in this crazy descent into obsessiveness over something new and shiny. Before I found online fandom 10 years ago, this kind of thing would suck me under and I felt so alone. I had no outlet, no one I could explain the feelings to. It was crazy being trapped in my own head like that for weeks on end, the outside world a little hazy and foreign, and I both loved and hated it. Knowing that there are other people out there who get this feeling is such a tremendous relief. It keeps me afloat, it really does. And it's SO much more fun!! *snuggles fandom*

On a related note, is there some super-secret way to watch Sherlock live from North America that I just haven't figured out? Not that I mind waiting a bit to get a copy, but if there IS a way, I thought I should ask.

Posted via Vita for iPhone.

Edit: OMG, this exists: [livejournal.com profile] zqcumber.
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Hear me interview [livejournal.com profile] lauramcewan about vidding and being a beta reader, learn about Ass Creed, listen to me, [livejournal.com profile] wook77, [livejournal.com profile] kriken, and [livejournal.com profile] midnitemaraud_r reminisce about Lumos 2006, hear how [livejournal.com profile] djin7 and [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose survive the holiday feet season, and more. :-D

Posted via Vita for iPhone.
emmagrant01: (Slashcast)
Episode 23 of [livejournal.com profile] slashcast will be released tomorrow, yay! You guys, I'm so proud of this little podcast, I can't even tell you! This will be our first truly multifandom episode, and I hope that whatever you're into, you'll download it, listen, and enjoy. :-)

And then leave us feedback *cough*

Also, I wrote for this fest that begins posting tomorrow, yay!

"Scared?" - "You wish!"
The Harry/Draco Canon Fest

H/D Canon Fest
Art by [livejournal.com profile] reira_21, banner by [livejournal.com profile] vaysh11

How do we define canon? | Fest Information, Rules & Timeline | Join [livejournal.com profile] hd_canon_fest

Fest starts posting October 1, 2011
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I have my OTPs, of course, but for the most part I'm all about my OTCs. That is, I tend to have a single favorite character whom I pair with anyone and everyone.

In Star Wars, it was Obi-Wan. Het, slash, whatever - I was happy to pair him with anyone. (And in Queer as Jedi, I think we did!)

In Harry Potter, it was Harry. Again, I'm happy seeing Harry with just about anyone (including Ginny), even though H/D is my favorite.

In BtVS, it was Buffy. Oddly, I was mostly into het pairings in that fandom. I did read some Buffy femmeslash, but mostly it was about Buffy/Angel, Buffy/Spike, and even Buffy/Xander.

In Star Trek, it's a bit more complicated. McCoy is my favorite character, but it's Kirk I can ship with anyone. Maybe that's because Reboot!Kirk is canonically slutty, combined with my huge crush on Karl Urban. I have a hard time seeing McCoy with anyone but Kirk, but Kirk can go with anyone.

Now that I think about it, I feel the same way about Draco in HP. I prefer him with Harry, but Harry can go with anyone else. Hmmm.

Anyway, I've recently started reading a lot of Big Bang Theory fic, and I'm finding that my go-with-anyone character is Sheldon. That's perhaps bizarre because Sheldon is presented as essentially asexual on the show, but I think that's why I like seeing him put in sexual situations. One of my all-time favorite kinks is awkward first-time sex, and with Sheldon that's pretty much a given. It's almost like pairing anyone with Sheldon is slash, because his sexuality in canon is so nonexistent. So if slash is about subverting the perceived sexual orientation of a character in canon, then even Sheldon masturbating is arguably slash. (I'm sure people in that fandom are smirking at my naive attempt at meta there, but whatever. ;-)

Anyway, this seems to be a consistent shipping pattern for me. What about you?

Posted via Vita for iPhone.
emmagrant01: (Bones: not a n00b)
After this rush of excitement about Google+ being a good Facebook alternative for fandom, there are now lots of reports of Google cracking down on people using pseudonyms on the Google accounts. Here are a few, gathered from various places on G+ and LJ:

Looks like Google is starting to enforce a "real name" policy despite the actual, stated policy that you should use "the name by which your friends etc know you".

gFAIL: Sorry but I cannot use +1 because I don’t meet community standards

Why is my name on my google profile "violating the community standard"? All I did was try to change my name!

Your name and Google Profiles

Google: Go public on Profiles or we'll delete you

So... yeah, second thoughts here. I've had a gmail account for 8 years with my fandom name, and I've never had an issue, but I know lots of fandom folks WILL have an issue with this. Maybe we should just stay on Twitter, LJ, and the LJ clones, where we're wanted. Yanno?

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] elke_tanzer and [livejournal.com profile] capra_maritimus for these links.
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I've had a twitter account for almost 48 hours now, and I've been amazed at how much I'm using it already. It's like a nice blend of LJ and FB, somehow, and easy to use on my phone. :-D

On a related note, I had a bit of an epiphany this morning. )
emmagrant01: (Draco sucks)
I've been away from the HP fandom for three years, more or less, and one of my fears about getting involved again was that there would be no one left to squee about H/D stuff with. I am so, SO happy that this was not the case. I mean seriously, check out this list of planned H/D fests in the next year (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] vaysh11).

The H/D part of fandom is still amazingly active, and though it's definitely a smaller community than it was five years ago, it feels tighter somehow. It seems like everyone knows everyone else, and I haven't yet sensed the same level of politics and BNF-ery that there used to be. Maybe it's there and I just haven't seen it yet, but I sincerely hope not.

I'm so excited to be back, and so grateful that everyone has been so incredibly welcoming. I'm looking forward to getting to know new friends and reading and writing lots of fic!

*snuggles fandom*
emmagrant01: (Kirk: Milkshake NC-17)
I've been in big-F Fandom for 7 years now (OMG), and I'm really enjoying rolling around in all the shiny new-ish-ness that is ST:XI. Not new in that the characters have been slashed by people since before I was born, but new to most of the folks on my flist who are reading and writing it after watching the film. I've never managed to come into a fandom in the beginning before (and I do consider the reboot a new beginning), and so I'm really enjoying this moment.

Some thoughts on this fandom, in no particular order. Lots of navel-gazing. )
emmagrant01: (hand of glory)
I'm a bit hesitant to post about this for fear of instigating wank, so I'm going to flock it. If anyone else wants to pass it on publicly (or flocked too, whatever), feel free to do so.

Edit: Since the Y!group has now been deleted, I'm unlocking this post.

I saw this posted on a non-fandom comm I'm in. The Yahoo group Severus Snape's Slytherin Society (a gen Snape discussion group) is being closed by the moderator because she is so completely disgusted with JKR's "Dumbledore is gay" revelation that she just can't go on, basically. She wrote an extremely hostile anti-gay post, the text of which is publicly available here.

I'll post it here under the cut, in case it gets deleted or something. )

Okay, so why should we care what a nutjob who wants to shut down her nearly 2000-member Y!group says? Maybe we shouldn't, but I think we should at least be aware that parts of the fandom (I'm sure this isn't isolated) are reacting this way to JKR's comments. It's so easy to get isolated in your own little corner of fandom and to think that WE are fandom. But really, we're not. We're still outliers, on the extreme side. We're those pervy slashers, and fucking proud of it! But I think it's good to be reminded of that every once in a while. If nothing else, we can see how far we've come since the days when we couldn't have our own panels at cons, yeah?

I guess we could also be happy that people like this are leaving the fandom. Heh.

There has been a lot of wank about the issue among slashers, and many of us wish JKR had handled the Dumbledore situation differently (or even not done it at all). But this? Is batshit insane. This is not us, and I am SO grateful for that! If I've disagreed with a post you've made in the last week, I want to tell you that it's really no big deal. THIS is what I'm talking about in my posts and comments -- these bigots. Not you wonderful, intelligent, thoughtful people.

As an aside, I'm so sorry for any of you who are Christians, that this twat thinks she represents you. I know she doesn't, but it must make you crazy. *hugs*

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