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Sometimes when fandom drama gets me down, I go looking for people arguing just as voraciously about an issue I don't care about. And then I observe that it's kind of the same argument, but with different nouns inserted.

It turns out that this is a really good way to regain my perspective.

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

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So far, I'm really loving this technique. I've recently started knitting socks using Magic Loop, and I've always wanted to try two at once. I'm really enamored with the idea of getting them both done at the same time!  If these work out well, I've got some gorgeous yarn that [livejournal.com profile] helens78 gave me, and I'm going to knit a more complicated pair with that.

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Americans Will Tolerate a Variety of In-Laws. One Exception: Atheists.

Other good news is that opposition to interracial marriage, at least overt opposition, is also fairly low, with only 11 percent of Americans balking at the idea of a new family member of a different race. (How likely you are to bothered by racial mixing rose with levels of conservatism, with only one percent of strong liberals opposing interracial marriage and 23 percent of strong conservatives doing so.) And Americans are even more welcoming to foreigners, with only 7 percent of respondents opposing marriage to someone born and raised outside of the U.S.

There's one group, however, that continues to cause fear and loathing across the land: atheists.

I don't even know what to say about this.

No: actually, I do. I'm pretty sure that several members of my mon's family would completely disown me if they knew I was an atheist. Which is why I just shrug off questions of religion whenever I'm with them.

But still, wow.

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One of the bedtime things I do with BG is that once the lights are out, we get under the covers and I tell a story. He picks the theme or topic and often the main character, and I tell a story based on that. It's kind of like writing original fic on the spot, given a prompt. Sometimes the stories are mediocre (I can't figure out how to wrap up the plot and just give it a crappy ending), but sometimes they're rally good. The good ones we end up telling over and over and embellishing, improving, and so on.

So it has occurred to me on many occasions that those are the stories I should consider actually writing and trying to get published. I have no idea about children's lit, but it's always there in the back of my mind.

Anyway, BG really liked last night's story about a little squirrel named Sammy who started sneezing and couldn't stop. He loved it so much that he just presented me with fan art for it:

My kid's art: let me show you it. )

I love it! Getting fan art for something I've written is so amazing always, but this was extra special. :-)

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Every now and then I go peek at the parenting forums I used to frequent, and they're all full of questions along the lines of, "My 25.3-month-old daughter, who is a complete genius, is not yet doing [insert skill most kids can't master until they're 6 years old]. How can I force her to master this skill years before she is developmentally ready?"

Clearly I'm done with parenting forums. 0_o


Apr. 1st, 2013 07:04 pm
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I thought today would be a good day to announce that I am retiring from writing fanfic in order to focus on my true passion: drawing fanart.

I am proud to present my first piece, which I have titled Penguinlock.

Thank you for your support over the last decade! ;-)

This piece has also been posted to Tumblr, should you wish to reblog it in all its cracky glory.

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I've been asked to warn for dub-con on something where there isn't any dub-con. There isn't even any actual sex; there's just a mention of a character's memory, and the character's memory is intentionally vague. In this case, it seems that this reader is filling in the blanks in the story and assuming something that isn't there explicitly, and from my perspective, not even implicitly. I have a backstory in my head for what happened, and there was never any dubious consent, in my mind.

I'm not sure how to proceed, honestly. It seems like labeling the fic with a dub-con warning would be disingenuous, because there isn't any actual dub-con content. Some people might then look for it, and not find it, or maybe even make assumptions about what is happening or will happen in the story that aren't going to happen. OTOH, I get that for this person, there was something triggering in the text, something that made her think this, and it bothered her enough that she decided to comment.

Add to all of this that this is a continuing story and that eventually I intend to make it clear what happened in the past, and it will (I hope) be clear that there were no consent issues.


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A few days ago I asked what your fic-reading back buttons offenses are, and the response was kind of overwhelming. And they say LJ is dead, really?

But I felt bad about it because it kind of turned into a bit of a snark-fest of negativity, and that wasn't my intention at all. So now I want to try to ask another question. I'm very curious to see if this one will get a similarly enthusiastic response. :-P

What about a fic makes you want to keep reading? What are the things you see in those first few paragraphs that suck you in and make you think, "Oh, this is going to be good!"?

For me, it's a strong opening with good action or perfectly IC dialogue, where the author is showing (rather than telling) something happening that I haven't seen before and simply can't look away from. A really good fic throws me in the middle of an interesting situation from the get-go and gets me invested in the plot and in the characters immediately.

What about you?

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What are your back button offenses in fic? Things that will make you hit the back button and stop reading, no matter how promising the premise/summary/pairing?

A really big one of mine is the use of epithets for characters. No, seriously: a single instance of "the blond Slytherin" or "the detective" (or god forbid, "the older man" - especially from said older man's POV!) and I'm out of there. I can put up with too many adverbs, overuse and abuse of dialogue tags (meaningful glance at JKR here), and even every other sentence starting with a gerund (though I mentally restructure the sentences after a while), but not character euphemisms.

In my decade of reading fanfic, my experience has been that epithet use is typically a symptom of a larger problem and is almost always accompanied by a whole host of other writing problems that will distract me from the fic to the point that I don't enjoy it. At all.

So I back button. :-P


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Edit: I finally got home from work and got everyone fed and had a chance to sit down and check email, and y'all have been having a whole huge conversation on here! Carry on, then. :-P

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I always feel weird linking to things like this, but this is such an amazing review of A Cure for Boredom that it left me a bit speechless.

Link to website || Tumblr post

So, yeah. Wow!

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When I was in the Harry Potter fandom I always found it interesting how there were so many ways to participate in fandom. You could be into wizard rock for Quidditch or cosplay or meta about the book or the movies, and so many other things. I sometimes felt guilty that all I did was read and write porn. Sometimes I thought I was just a bad Harry Potter fan. But of course the Harry Potter fandom was so huge that it seemed okay; no one could do everything.

And then as I branched out into other fandoms, I got that same sense that there were segments of fandom that seemed to think you had to pay your dues somehow in order to play. You couldn't just jump in and write fic without going through all the canon and reading all the fic or whatever.

So now I'm in the Sherlock fandom and I see it here too. Everyone is into reading the original canon, and watching other versions of the series, and watching the damn mouse movie and all of these things that I really don't give a fuck about. I really just want to read and write porn, you know? There are only so many hours in the day that I can devote to fandom and that's how I want to spend them.

And I'm kind of tired of feeling like I have to apologize for the fact that I'm basically here for the porn. I'm not pushing it on other people. (Well, if you follow my Tumblr, then maybe you think I am - but if you follow my Tumblr, odds are that you agree with me on some level.) But honestly, it's just what makes me happy.

Just to be clear, this post wasn't brought on by any particular post or comment. It's just that every now and then I get the feeling that other people think that you're not a good Sherlock fan if you haven't read the original books or watched the other series or whatever. I get a little tired of other people telling me what I should be doing in my precious free time, but moreover, who decided that one group in fandom gets to be the fandom police and tell others how they should and should not participate? Yeah, no: fuck you. You're not the boss of fandom.

So yeah, I'm here for the porn. If someone doesn't like that, that's fine. There is an unfollow button for a reason. I'm done apologizing or being made to feel like a second-class fan, I really am.

Edit to add: This is why I love [livejournal.com profile] lubricus so much. That con is a safe space for people like me, and I'm constantly reminded how important that is.

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If I were Christian and lived in Kentucky, I'd totally go to this awesome church, which has pledged to marry no more straight couples until gay couples can be legally wed. ♥

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Apr. 5th, 2011 04:42 pm
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I was on the verge of giving up on my H/D Big Bang fic, but last night it all came together in my head while I was folding laundry. Now I'm going to have to write like crazy to get the first draft done by the deadline, but at least I know I have a fic now.

Don't you love it when that happens? :-D

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Mar. 10th, 2011 11:20 pm
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Grandma: "Have you got all the Harry Potter books?"
Me: "Yes, I even have several copies of each. American editions, special editions, the British editions..."
Grandma: "Oh, wow! You can read British?"
Me: "Ummm... Yeah."
Grandma: "Can you speak it too?"
Me: "I can, actually."
Grandma: "You're so smart! What other languages can you speak?"
Me: ... 0_o

I love her to death, but really? Seriously, this is the stock I come from?

FTR, she realized her mistake a few minutes later...

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Forget the homophobes. I want some of this action!

Revolutionary New Therapy to Treat Homophobia

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Feb. 25th, 2011 12:43 pm
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I'm pushing BG around Wal-Mart in a shopping cart, and he's saying, quite loudly, "Mommy, you have a vulva for peeing on the potty. You don't have a penis. *I* have a penis for peeing on the potty. You have a vulva, right there." *points to my crotch*

The looks on other people's faces are priceless. :-D

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