emmagrant01: (That's hot)
This is mostly because I'm up way too late. And that I thought of this today and was just curious.

So, poll.

[Poll #1767221]

And now I'm off to bed...
emmagrant01: (Cho knows Harry's gay)

It's a powerful image, right? Especially for Americans of a certain generation. But is it a fair one? Are these two movements, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s which fundamentally changed US society, and the current gay marriage/rights movement really analogous? I've heard compelling arguments both ways, and I'm not sure what to think.

[Poll #1294352]

Yes, I'm making you pick a side, but remember that you can change your vote if your position is swayed later on. Please comment with your reasons!

Anon comments are screened, but I will unscreen them if they contribute positively to the discussion.
emmagrant01: (A cutie)
Ever since I started using cloth diapers, I've been thinking about finding a more environmentally responsible way of dealing with menstruation. I'll cut the rest. And there's a poll... )
emmagrant01: (Default)
I'm going to Portus this summer, but it seems like almost everyone I know is going to Terminus instead. I could only afford one and chose Portus because I can drive to it. Since I will have a 6-month-old in tow, being able to be flexible with my traveling (and not being that far from home) was very appealing.

But I'm curious about how other folks chose one con over the other. So, poll! This is intended for people who are going to either Portus or Terminus, but not both.

[Poll #1206336]

Thanks for your responses, and feel free to address other issues I didn't include in comments. :-)
emmagrant01: (ST my turn)
Everyone is putting up these polls asking "Where are you going to do most of your posting from now on?" and I am so reluctant to answer that yet. It feels too soon. There's never an answer along the lines of "I'm going to wait and see what happens." I'm actually starting to get a little stressed about it because I'm watching friends scatter to the horizons while they turn around and say, "You coming or not? Decide now plz."

I'm getting used to having two flists, though I agree with many others that all the crossposting is really hurting the connectivity of fandom. So yeah, maybe it would be better if everyone just picked one place to post and stuck to it. I think this will all settle out eventually, but for now it's a bit frustrating to watch everyone flail.

Okay, then, decision: For now, I'm going to stop crossposting to IJ. If you want to read me, LJ is the place to do it. And I'll read two flists for a while and see how that works for me.

Totally random poll, having nothing whatsoever to do with LJ. )
emmagrant01: (Default)
In the midst of lots of recent interviews with JKR in which she's talked about the futures of the characters (occasionally contradicting herself and canon) and answering questions that were unanswered in the books, I'm curious:

[Poll #1030317]

For the record, I'm in the "no" camp. IMO canon is the books, period. Everything else (including new material in the films) is interesting and potentially useful in fic and art, but isn't canon. But that's just me, of course. What do you think?

(DH spoilers likely in comments.)

Edit: Just to clarify, I personally separate "that which is called canon" from "that which one can write fic about". I don't think that defining canon as being one thing or another restricts or determines what you can write fic about. It just forms a basis we can all use to talk about the books.


May. 17th, 2007 01:01 pm
emmagrant01: (Harry's fucked)
According the the widget on my desktop, HP&tDH will be released in 65 days. I have a feeling those 65 days are going to go very quickly. How will you prepare?

[Poll #986606]

emmagrant01: (Default)
First, quick announcement: [livejournal.com profile] slashyfilm is a new community where slash fans can share our love of gay-themed films, including reviews, caps, and discussion. Yay! Go and post your recs!

Second: I've been wondering what people think the netiquette is on crediting others for content you post in your LJ.

So, Poll! When should you give credit for content in your LJ post? )

As always, additional comments are welcomed and pimpage is greatly appreciated. If you think of a question I didn't ask, feel free to ask it in comments. :-)
emmagrant01: (Default)
I've basically been writing fan fiction my whole life, and when I discovered (at the age of 30) that other people did it too, I was elated. Finally, I wasn't alone in this weird and lonely hobby! And not only could I share my writing with other people, but I could read what other people wrote! And there was art, vids, and more!!! It was a great moment in my life, and it wasn't long before I realized I was in Fandom to stay. I might drift around between small-f-fandoms, but I'm a lifer in the scheme of big-F-Fandom.

Not only am I a lifer, but this is also just a hobby for me. I'm old enough and settled enough to know how Fandom best fits into my life, and I don't harbor any dreams of being a professional fiction writer. Non-fiction is another story, but I genuinely like and am satisfied by playing around in other folks' universes. I really don't have any desire to go out and create my own. I am comfortable here, and writing fanfic is fun. I don't want it to be work.

But sometimes I get the sense that younger fans (and by younger I'm thinking of people who are still in the process of mapping out where their life is going, rather than firmly on that path) are using fandom as a place to try out possible career paths. Some young fic writers are playing with the idea of writing as a career, and some young artists are planning to work in the field professionally. There seems to be a sense in which for some folks, fandom is a stepping stone to a professional writing, art, or graphics career. In some corners of fandom, there even seems to be an assumption that this is the case, and that fen who are just writing/drawing/vidding/whatever for pure fun are wasting their time and talent. I disagree with that perspective (because I don't think sharing something you love is a waste of anyone's time and talent), but of course, I only wish the best to people who really are planning to do this for a living and see fandom as a temporary stop along the way. More power to you and I wish you the best of luck!

Back to my point, though: I'm curious if my theory about this being divided along age lines is correct. I'm not trying to suggest that most younger fen think of producing fan works as a stepping stone to something bigger, but that I would guess there are a larger percentage of younger fen who view fandom participation that way than you would find among older fen.

So, here are two polls. Please be sure you respond to the one appropriate for your age bracket! *pokes flist*

If you are UNDER 25, please answer this one:

[Poll #941373]

If you are OVER 25, please answer this one:

[Poll #941374]

As usual, comments are welcome. I'm sure there are perspectives I haven't thought of, and I'd love to hear them. :-)

Edit: LOTS of people answered the wrong poll, lol! I edited to make it a bit more clear, but I think the numbers are a little skewed, heh. TO UNDO: "You can click the poll link, select "fill-out poll", uncheck your answers, resubmit, and it will remove you," says [livejournal.com profile] helsmeta. :-D
emmagrant01: (Default)
This post that [livejournal.com profile] simons_flower pointed to made me feel really old. So, poll:

[Poll #887759]

For extra credit, answer in comments: What was the first single or album you ever bought?

ETA: If you check "other" above, could you explain? I have no idea what came before 78s. And yes, the last question is totally lame, because you can't see the results until you click submit. It's late where I am. So... guess? :-P
emmagrant01: (got slash?)
Some comments on my post yesterday about slashdar made me wonder to what extent folks in fandom are generally out about being in fandom and about being slashers. I'm sure there've been a gazillion polls like this before, but hey -- polls are fun! Humor me. :-)

For the purposes of this poll, being in fandom (or being a slasher) means you read, write, lurk, draw, whatever. If you consider yourself as being in fandom (or being a slasher), then you are.

Poll here. )

As always, feel free to add anything you like or explain your responses in comments. I'm sure some of your choices were heavily qualified, so feel free to say more. :-)

Pimpage always appreciated.

Edit: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth asks How did you first discover fandom?

Poll time!

May. 5th, 2006 12:19 am
emmagrant01: (Draco sucks)
I was watching the Damon and Hunter movie recently and was really taken with Hunter's comments about how much he loves giving head, because I'm very inclined to agree with him.  And then Damon said that he had heard a lot of straight women say they didn't like giving blow jobs, and he'd been really surprised by that.

Well, I was too.  I don't know many women who don't like giving head.   I know fandom is probably the wrong place to ask this question (and expect an answer reflecting reality), but I'm curious about what all of y'all think, whether you're a straight woman or not.

Poll about blow jobs under the cut, for you naughty folks scanning your flist at work. )
emmagrant01: (writer)
Ever so slightly longer but not quite as thick: Toward a quantitative literary sexology of Harry Potter fanfiction, by Blythe Lee and Circe Tigana. (As seen on [livejournal.com profile] novembersnow's LJ.)

BTW, am out of town at the moment, and probably won't be online much. Have a good weekend, all! :-)
emmagrant01: (Default)
A team of us are hard at work updating the Post-Hogwarts H/D Master List, and a question has come up that we aren't sure how to answer. Help?

[Poll #677090]

Thank you!!

ETA: Just to clarify, we will be marking fics that are password protected or flocked, so readers will know before they click. (In the new system, it will be listed in the warnings.)

The other thing I should say is that this is not really a list of recs, but a list of all fics that fit in that category, so it's intended to be thorough and comprehensive. And in the past, we've looked extensively for the fic off LJ before we had to resort to linking to a locked post. I've always assumed that people were locking their stuff to keep RL folks who read their LJ from finding it, or to try to keep kids from reading/seeing their porn, but maybe that's not the biggest reason people flock?

So I guess the question is, if you lock your stuff for the reason I've listed above, would you still prefer it not be recced?

ETA 2: Meep. No need to get snippy about how annoying you find it to follow links to flocked fic. Please read the ETA above before you tell me how much you hate that. Actually, I'm really interested in hearing from people who flock their work about what they would prefer.
emmagrant01: (twincest)
Disclaimer: The point of this post is NOT to invite bashing of people who write fic that features incest, but rather to start a discussion about what people like and don't like about it. This isn't in response to any particular fic that's been posted recently; it's simply something I've been thinking about. I also want to make it clear that in posting this or expressing my opinion I am NOT judging anyone else's tastes in reading and writing particular kinds of fan fiction.

What is it about incest in fan fiction that appeals to people? It's something that's generally a squick for me, but yet I've read a couple of incest fics that I thought were very well done. Looking back, I think what I liked about those was that they involved some sort of acknowledgment of the fact that the sexual attraction was taboo, but the characters were unable to resist anyway. So I suppose I could say the fics fell into that we-shouldn't-do-this-but-omg-you're-so-hot-I-can't-stand-it category, which I find hot whether the people involved are related or not. In other words, I think that in general, I'm not a fan of incest, but if incest fics happen to hit some of my other buttons as well, I may enjoy them. (A profic example of this I often see cited is the Flowers in the Attic series by the late V. C. Andrews, which fascinated, horrified, and intrigued me as an adolescent. Some incest in fan fiction seems to be written in the same spirit, but not all.)

But of course, I'm really curious about what others think. So, poll. )

Please feel free to add any comments you have. I realize my poll wasn't complete, so feel free to add in things you think I didn't cover. I know I'm by no means the first person to ask questions or put up a poll about incest, so if you can direct me to other polls about incest, I would appreciate it. :-)

Note that IP logging is on, and I will not hesitate to delete comments that are wanky or mean-spirited. I'd like everyone to feel comfortable commenting, whether incest is a kink or a squick for you, or something else entirely. If you would like me to screen your comment, just ask, but be warned that I might not be able to do it right away.

ETA: Holy shit! This post pretty much exploded! I'll go ahead and apologize right now, because there's no way I'll be able to respond to all of these comments. But they're fascinating to read, and I appreciate so many people taking the time to write out their thoughts in such details! I hope everyone else is finding the results as interesting as I do! *memories*

Poll! :-D

Jan. 17th, 2006 07:35 pm
emmagrant01: (Default)
This idea was gacked from [livejournal.com profile] se_spotwood, and it was totally fun to put together.

Poll: How well do you know me? )
emmagrant01: (A cutie)
Wow, it's been quiet around here lately. Are we all busy with other things? Is it post holiday exchange burnout? Maybe it's just me. Hmmm.

[Poll #649104]

ETA: Hey, who had a baby?
emmagrant01: (That's hot)
Until GOF starts ten minutes of previews start!!!

On my way to lunch today, I saw a building with a movier theater marquee on it (not a theater anymore) that said "Durmstrang stinks!" on one side and "Beauxbatons sucks!" on the other. I love the fact that HP is a cultural phenomenon, you know?

I'm wearing my Ravenclaw t-shirt and a rainbow scarf, but that's the extent of costuming I usually do, heh.

[Poll #614923]

ETA: Because it apparently isn't obvious, that's a Napolean Dynamite reference up there... People who costume aren't idiots. ;-)

Oh, and vote for Pedro.
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
This is copied directly from [livejournal.com profile] jedirita's journal. Go vote in their stupid poll, and then pass it on.

Dear friends,

My local Clear Channel-controlled media outlet is doing one of those stupid online polls on the proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only "one man and one woman."

If you want to participate in a largely meaningless but fun act of sabotage, please go to http://www.woai.com and vote NO in their instapoll "Do you support the gay marriage ban?"

Avast ye! Prepare to be boarded! Arrrr!!!

--Jedi Pirate Rita

PS If you are a registered voter in Texas, please vote AGAINST Proposition 2 on November 8. Voting in an online poll means nothing. Voting in an election counts.

ETA: It was 65% for when I voted, and now it's only 61% for! We rock, y'all. Oh, and because it isn't clear, this is a very conservative website running the poll. We're just trying to fuck up their results. ;-)

ETA 2: Now only 56% for!!! God, I love fandom!

ETA 3: 54%! Mwahaha. Not much further, and we'll be the majority!

ETA 4: They took the poll down and I can'r find it -- of course, it was 50.5% NO by then. Mission accomplished, folks! *grins*

Hug me?

Sep. 25th, 2005 10:49 pm
emmagrant01: (shattered)
I have borrowed this idea from [livejournal.com profile] se_spotwood.

So the thing is, I could use a hug right now. Sorry to be cryptic -- some of you will understand why. (Again. *sigh*) Even if you don't understand, hugs are appreciated. Thanks in advance...

[Poll #577421]

ETA: Thank you all so, so much! *loves*

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