sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
One of my first Merlin fics, written a little while after I watched season one, was about Gwen figuring out that Merlin was gay and telling him she was fine with that. I'm so pleased that my [personal profile] camelotremix remixer decided to write another version of that, with lots of Lancelot being a dear and Morgana being fabulous and warm season one feelings. It is called My Friends, They Are So Beautiful (the Belle Epoque remix), and it is awesome.

The last remixes went up last Saturday and the authors' names will be revealed this coming weekend. Some others that I enjoyed a lot are Be Thy Mercies Known (Send Her Victorious remix), which takes a fun Arthur/Merlin + friends party fic and remixes it into something super sad, Danger Zone (The Being Safe is Overrated Remix), a longish Arthur/Merlin high school AU (with magic!) that just has a really nice deft touch, and Falconress (the wind beneath your wings remix), a lovely short post-canon fic about Hunith and Merlin. But I'm sorry to say I've only read or looked at a small fraction of them. What are your favorites?
sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
Oh for goodness sake, I forgot the other half of what was supposed to be in my previous post:

I'm excited about the new round of [personal profile] camelotremix!

I was feeling a little weird about signing up when I hadn't written any new fic since last year's remix, but [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat and I decided that was fine, and also that I would go ahead and post those Freya ficlets, and that we would both write some other new stuff. Yay!

[personal profile] camelotremix/[livejournal.com profile] camelotremix! A comm I helped start, now modded by the fabulous [personal profile] venivincere and [personal profile] sapphirescribe, who did such a fine job with it last year. Signups are open through Saturday the 1st.

The many comments on the LJ signup and the handful on Dreamwidth are a beautiful microcosm of the fandom.
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
I'm so happy to see this challenge going ahead with fic and art again this year!

camelotremixCamelot Remix is back![personal profile] camelotremix
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (arthur shirtless by redscharlach)
Title: Red (The Gift That Keeps On Giving Remix)
Fandom: Merlin
Ship: Arthur/Percival, Arthur/Leon
Rating: NC-17
Contains: BDSM, kink negotiation, a little bit of impact play
Wordcount: 5176
Notes: Remix of Red Jacket by [livejournal.com profile] riventhorn, written for [personal profile] camelotremix with wonderful help and support by [personal profile] roughandtumble. (Also thinking about using it for the whipping/flogging square on my second kink_bingo card but I think that would be stretching the erotic focus rule pretty far.)
Summary: "I don't hit people I'm having sex with, or people I care about," says Percival. "Or at least, I haven't, up till now."

Read it at the AO3!

Or read it here! )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (toshiko by hermitsoul)


More Information

AiA//FtF is a multifandom podfic fest celebrating non-romantic relationships between female characters. Join us over at [community profile] audiofemme as we pay tribute to the bonds of friendship, family, work, and rivalry between women!


Relatedly, [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon will again be celebrating ladies of our fandoms for the first half of February. And is there another edition of the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology in the works?

There is also Femslash February is a Tumblr-based campaign to encourage new femslash fanworks! As I said when I reblogged the post, I hope people will also make commenting on femslash part of their month.

And signups for [personal profile] camelotremix close tomorrow (Saturday) at noon EST. Please join us, whether or not you like making fanworks about ladies. (But ngl I'm always especially happy to see people who do.) :D
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
Hey Merlin fans, remember back in 2010 when [personal profile] netgirl_y2k and [personal profile] lilian_cho and I ran a Merlin remix fest and a bunch of you participated and it was awesome? Well it's okay if you don't remember but anyway [livejournal.com profile] sapphirescribe and [personal profile] venivincere just started up a new round, and this time it's gonna be EVEN MORE AWESOME because besides fic there will be fanart!

So, a remix challenge gives you a chance to transform someone else's story by writing it another way, or by drawing your version of it, or to write or draw based on someone else's art! [personal profile] camelotremix/[livejournal.com profile] camelotremix is for fanworks about Merlin characters and actors!

Signups are open on LJ and Dreamwidth from now through Saturday and the works will be posted on the AO3 in March. Minimum wordcount on the fics is 500. YOU SHOULD ALL SIGN UP OMG!!!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (kink corset by visualwit)
I feel good about the things I've been accomplishing in fandom lately! On Sunday I posted one of my longest Merlin fics and submitted my [community profile] podficbigbang project - posting for that should start very soon. I doubt I'll ever take on a podfic this large again, but it's been a good experience, and one nice effect is that now I can look at a 10K fic and thing, pshaw, that's nothing. In fact, I recorded one that's a little under 9K yesterday and am hoping to finish the edits and post it today. With that I will have only one square left to fill on my kink_bingo card before the June 15th Amnesty deadline. That square is guns, and I would like to fill it with a podfic, fic, or poem about a character with a disability. I would be grateful for podficcable story recs or writing prompts! You can also help out other people who are trying to meet their amnesty goals over at the Amnesty Boogaloo reverse promptfest at the comm.

kink_bingo and hc_bingo musings )

[livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon signups are open!!! Closing Thursday night! I hope lots of my friends will sign up, though to be honest I also have some hope that we might have a slightly smaller group this year, which would make teams more intimate and reading more manageable. Super excited for the reading and writing, not so much for the pages full of flashing gifs but what are ya gonna do. :)

Lots of activity planned for International Day of Femslash coming up on July 14th! It would be neat if we got a ton of femslash at the pornathon that week, though it would be better if we got a ton of femslash at the pornathon every week. :D

podfic/remix/lady-centric fests )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by inwhatfurnace)
I wrote two pieces for the Reverse Remix comment fest over at [personal profile] bessemerprocess's journal. The way this works is that you list fandoms you can write in and someone else links you to one of their fics and you try to write a quick remix!

Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: Beginning Partner Dancing (The Teacher's Always a Learner Remix)
Fandom: Community
Wordcount: 577
Rating: G
Characters: Madame LeClair, Troy, Britta
Contains: n/a
Notes: Remix of Beginning Partner Dancing by [personal profile] cantarina. The sensible thing would have been to remix Ca'rina's Troy/Britta fic from Britta's POV but I got sidetracked so this happened instead! Might not make much sense unless you read the original, which is lovely.
Summary: Troy and Britta's dance teacher confronts a class with more men than women.
Links: AO3 | Dreamwidth comment

Title: One Year (The Two Girls Remix)
Fandom: Merlin
Wordcount: 1400
Rating: G
Characters: Gwen, Morgana
Contains: n/a
Notes: Remix of One Year by [personal profile] wintercreek, with a big old rec for that beautiful Merlin friendship fic.
Summary: During her first year as Morgana's maid, Gwen finds out she doesn't have to be alone.
Links: AO3 | Dreamwidth comment
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen answer by redscharlach)
Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: Son of Camelot (Quiet the Whispers Remix)
Fandom: Merlin
Wordcount: 2369
Rating: R
Pairing(s): Arthur/Gwen, Arthur/Gwen/Lancelot
Contains: selective acknowledgement of series 4 canon, brief reference to potential of dubcon, OCs talking smack about Gwen
Notes: Remix of Son of Camelot by [personal profile] arobynsung, written for Remix Madness 2012. Thanks to [personal profile] themadlurker for looking this over for me, to [personal profile] arobynsung for writing and participating, and to my Twitter followers for putting up with my laments.
Summary: Camelot needs more people like us.
Link: Read it at the AO3!
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: Waking Up Stories (A Dancemix with Dragons)
Fandom: Merlin
Wordcount: 4378 (same as the original! and yes, it did take me several extra hours to get that to work out)
Rating: PG
Characters: Morgana, with girl!Aithusa, Kilgarrah, Uther, Arthur, Hunith, and Morgause
Contains: series 4 spoilers
Notes: Remix of Here Be Dragons by [personal profile] selenak, written for Remix Redux 2012. Thanks to [profile] flammablehat for beta and encouragement, and to Selena for writing and participating in the challenge!
Summary: Each parent has their own version of this story. If they wanted their children to fall asleep, they should have talked about something else.
Link: Read it at the AO3!

Remix!!

Apr. 26th, 2012 09:27 pm
sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
You know how the other day I was saying there wasn't a lot of overlap between my popular fics and my favorite fics? One that comes pretty close to having that overlap is We'll Slide Down the Surface of Things, in which our characters love each other very much but being in a relationship is hard, and some people are queer and some people are straight and then really strange porn happens. It's at number 14 if you sort my fics by hitcount and I went ahead and tagged it as One of My Favorites last week.

Well THAT, my friends, is the fic that some fabulous person decided to remix for this year's Remix Redux! It is from Merlin's POV and instead of focusing only his feelings about Arthur and Gwen it goes and does the sex scene my fic only mentioned in a throwaway line: LANCELOT/MERLIN with Merlin temporarily having girl parts!!! Oh my god their relationship is imperfect and Lancelot is chivalrously concerned for Merlin's virtue and comfort but so so so hot for him and it's glorious.

We'll Sink to the Surface and Hold On. by anonymous, Lancelot/Merlin with Arthur/Gwen (+ unrequited Arthur/Merlin and Gwen/Lancelot), 2320 words, Explicit.

I always angst so much about Remix but it is still the best! I love remixing and being remixed so much. Like all of the fics at Remix2012 and Remix Madness 2012 (including the two I wrote, heh), this one could use a lot more love! There are 16 Merlin fics including several about our awesome ladies of Camelot (not only Gwen and Morgana but also Freya and Hunith) and hundreds of stories in other fandoms. Go read and be generous with your kudos and comments!

Oh, and I think I'm pretty guessable but if you guess what I wrote I will podfic a fic of your choosing if I ever finish Arcane Asylum, or if that's not what you're into I will just tell you you're great.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merry!)
Hey all, if you are participating in Remix Redux please note that the deadline is midnight Eastern time TONIGHT (four hours from now as I'm making this post), not tomorrow night as some of us sort of thought when we looked at how it was written.

Whether or not you're participating in the main challenge, you can leave a comment at the Remix Madness post on LJ if you want to participate in an informal remix free-for-all (no assignments and no minimum wordcount). Then comment here to let me know that you're in!

URGENT

Mar. 11th, 2012 03:10 pm
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (fmm by turtle_goose)
LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR REMIX REDUX X!!!

ALSO I DON'T KNOW HOW THE SCHEDULE WORKS BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE FOR ABED AND KALINDA AT THE FANDOM STEEL CAGE MATCH with your main LJ account.



Kalinda is currently losing to some dude who is not Kalinda, but it's not too late to turn it around. Abed is in the lead but it's way closer than it should be, considering that he is Abed. THEY NEED YOUR HELP!!!

Remix!

Mar. 7th, 2012 08:15 pm
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merry!)
You guys, it's Remix time again! Remix is a challenge where you get assigned to an author and you write a new version of one of their stories, like doing fanfic of a fanfic. IT IS AWESOME! I love remixes so much that I have helped run a hobbit-centric remix, a Merlin remix, and a mini-remix challenge. They were all awesome, but the most exciting is Remix Redux, the big Remix, because you get hundreds of people from all kinds of different fandoms coming together to do this awesome thing. Besides that, this is the TENTH YEAR IN A ROW THAT [personal profile] musesfool and friends have put this on for us. That is pretty amazing!

I had to sit out last year because I had some other stuff going on, BUT NOW I'M BACK! I can't wait to give this another try! I hope that lots of you will also sign up because you, my friends, are my favorite authors and you write about my favorite things.

You can read more about this challenge at the LJ comm [livejournal.com profile] remixers_lounge (or subscribe to [syndicated profile] remixers_lounge_feed on DW), or you can sign up at the AO3 until Sunday night.

In preparation for this I've been taking care of a bunch of old drabbles that I'd never archived at the AO3. If anybody's subscribed to me or to the Faculty or LotR fandom feeds I am sorry about the spam.

The Remix rules are long and can seem overwhelming, but it's not really that complicated and I am pretty familiar with them. Let me know if you have any questions and I promise not to be like "omg it's right there in the rules!" :D
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
Looket you guys! [personal profile] eruthros made me a banner for my Gwen/Morgana story Be So Bold because it won an Arbitrary Mod Prize at [community profile] kink_bingo!

A banner with the words 'be so bold by sophinisba' across a waterfall; on one side of the banner, Morgana is pulling her shirt down over her shoulder; on the other side, Gwen is looking at her out of the corner of her eye. Gwen's shirt is from REI.

Later I need to put together the links to all the great stuff to do with that story but I don't seem to be up to it right now. But yay! Look, they are out hiking! And look at Gwen's little face! :D :D

I was a little sad that I didn't make my personal goal of finishing a blackout during the amnesty period, but I'm still really happy with how much I did do for that challenge. They'll be starting a new round soon (June 1st?) and I will sign up again! I don't expect to get as much done for it as I did my first time but I will try to go for at least a bingo during the scoring period and maybe I will do more too.

I have been busy offline recently and have fallen behind with the podficcing I was doing for [community profile] amplificathon, so it'll be fun to get back to that soon. I also think I'll have two big podfics going live at [livejournal.com profile] podficbigbang in the next day or two!

[community profile] pod_together is a new comm for fic authors and podficcers to collaborate on a project that's written specifically so it can be read and recorded. I don't really think this challenge is for me but I hope a lot of people sign up and I'll look forward to listening to the results.

Someone asked me recently if there would be another round of [personal profile] camelotremix and I, um, didn't answer them. I had figured there wouldn't be because I don't really think there's that much interest. I definitely wouldn't be able to mod in the fall again, but the summer might work if people are interested. Are people interested?

[livejournal.com profile] thelittlebang is now also [community profile] thelittlebang on Dreamwidth and opening a new round for big femslash fics and art! Yay )

[community profile] ladiesbigbang is also starting another round! Besides fic and art they allow podfics and lots of other things as the primary works. I think I will make a big podfic!!! (Maybe Merrily on High!!)

Now here is something I'm feeling indecisive about! Maybe you can help me decide whether to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon. some pros and cons )
sophinisba: Wil and Ma from Saving Face watching TV (saving face by glass_icarus)
I watched Whip It last week and it was great. Even the things that bugged me about it in the middle worked out in ways that I liked. briefly, with spoilers ) I would ship Bliss/Maggie but I haven't found any, but I did enjoy this Maggie/Pash fic, Searching for Something That Makes Hearts Move by [archiveofourown.org profile] mazily.

Then last night I rewatched Bend It Like Beckham, which I had just seen once a long time ago. It's similar movie in a lot of ways - the girl's joy in finding out she can do something she loves with other girls, the lying to her parents so she keep doing it, the inevitability of the MOST IMPORTANT THING in her sport happening on THE VERY SAME DAY as the MOST IMPORTANT THING in her family life, and other stuff. Like femslash ) Anyway, that was fun. It was neat to see the girls so young and cute and, well, kind of awkward and amateurish, after years of watching Parminder Nagra on ER and so many other movies with Keira Knightley. Oh, and what a trip to realized that Jess's older sister Pinky (the sort of ditzy one who doesn't care about anything but her wedding) was played by Archie Panjabi, whom I've been fangirling as Kalinda on The Good Wife. The characters couldn't be more different and I seriously wouldn't have recognized her if I hadn't gone to look up something else on IMDB.

Hey, I think a lot of you saw [archiveofourown.org profile] Philipa_Moss's Yuletide fic Looking Behind Now, in which Tony from BILB meets Johnny and Omar from My Beautiful Laundrette, but did you see that they posted a sequel last month? Bring Your Mother to Work Day is similarly clever and adorable.

So yeah, Kalinda's pretty awesome, isn't she?! And how about that Diane Lockhart?! Actually I love pretty much everyone on The Good Wife except for Peter, and he's okay too. So much chemistry between everybody too. I'm about two thirds of the way through the first season now. The show took a little while to hook me, idk, at first I thought the way they'd do the exposition was awkward and kind of boring. But the characters have really won me over and I've also really gotten to like the balance between the case of the week plot and larger arcs. It's become my go-to show when I'm ready to be entertained (and not challenged too much) for an hour before I go to bed, the way I sometimes watch Law & Order and used to watch House.

(Is it me or has House been really bad lately? Like, a lot worse than it used to be?)

I'm also watching the first season of Community! I don't usually watch a lot of sitcoms but I decided to check this out after all the campaigning for Troy in Fandom March Madness. All those gifs etc. had led me to believe that Troy and Abed were the main characters so it was sort of disappointing to watch the first few episodes, which were so much about Jeff trying to get in Britta's pants. Still, the ensemble stuff is wonderful and Abed is the wonderfullest (I hope he wins March Madness next year!). Besides the main characters, Señor Chang and Professor Whitman make me laugh a lot.

Speaking of people who want to be the guy from Dead Poets Society, [personal profile] cereta had a really great post a few weeks ago on Why I hate "one teacher who made a difference". I also really liked reading the discussions over the last few days in her Grading Hell Theater: Misconceptions post, especially the stuff about what English teachers and professors do in real life and what people think they can/should do.

[A smooth transition,] I am so excited about [community profile] remix_goes_wild, an open-ended challenge for writing lots of different kinds of remixes, for points! I think it'll be really good both for those of us who are remix addicts and also for folks who like the idea but have not wanted to deal with the deadlines, restrictions, and other pressures of the big exchanges. (Actually, I guess I'm a bit of both - I have done a lot of remixes but I decided I couldn't handle the pressure of Remix Redux this year.) Anyway, signups will open on April 1st and posting will be open through the end of the year. You can sign up to write and/or to make your some or all of your fic available to be remixed.
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
-Aaaaaahhhhhh [community profile] purimgifts deadline in less than 15 hours! Well, I feel better about mine right now than I did last night. Have finished the first of the three posts anyway, and have a general idea of what to do with the other two.

Several participants have defaulted and [personal profile] roga could use help with pinch hitters in fandoms including Inception, Leverage, Community, and Treme (SO MANY awesome womens to be written about!). Drop her a comment on DW or LJ if you think you might be able to help out!

-Signups are open for Remix Redux 2011: Love Potion No. 9!! You guys, I am probably not signing up this year because deadlines, but Remix is my favorite! So much fun! Please sign up and I will cheer you on! Yay, Remix!! The challenge is being hosted at the AO3 but you can follow the [livejournal.com profile] remixers_lounge community for announcements and discussion.

-I finished a draft of my podfic of The Universal Language this weekend! I had an awesome time making it!! Am still hoping I might do a third project for [livejournal.com profile] podficbigbang since it's another month before they start posting, but we'll see.

I left a comment over at the comm requesting cover art for [livejournal.com profile] srin's fic, and [livejournal.com profile] eosrose is hoping an artist can help her out with another big Merlin podfic, [livejournal.com profile] seperis's Tale of the Sea Serpent. There are also these other requests in other fandoms for art or music/sound effects.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (frodo writing by nefithilwen)
Fic rec! Last night I read the first 18 parts of a new WIP at the kink meme, The Map of Love. It's, um, Arthur/Merlin in which Arthur is a doll, but it's quite lovely and achy rather than creepy or cracky (not that there's anything wrong with crack or creepiness). It's from Arthur's POV and it has great supporting characters (FREYA!!) and in general is just very interesting and enjoyable. It just got updated with with another 8 parts a little while ago, so I'm looking forward to reading some more of it tonight. ETA: Note that it starts out with cancer and death - if you'd rather not read about that you can skip ahead to the middle of the third comment, and the story will still make about as much sense.

Podfic rec! Earlier this week I finished listening to The Student Prince, fic and podfic by [personal profile] pandarus, and that was also wonderful! It's a very long fic and I liked some parts more than others, but I was completely charmed by the end, as I pretty much knew I would be. I was sort of laughing at myself and how predictable my reactions were, as in getting bored with the love triangulations and the drinking, then happy with the romance and the porn, and over the moon whenever glbt issues came up. Anyway, FayJay's reading is totally smooth and fun and happy-making, and I highly recommend it.

Podfic progress! )

Lack of Writing Progress :( )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin by brightedelweiss)
Title: Four Times Arthur Was Seduced By Magic, and One Time He Wasn’t (the five things remix)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Harlequin/[livejournal.com profile] slashweaver
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin!
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Contains: Sex between animals, tentacles, dubious consent
Summary: Arthur didn't mind so much about Merlin changing him into a shark or a wolf when needs must... if only Merlin would quit making him come as well.
File info: mp3, 13.5 MB, 30 minutes
Podfic link: Download from the Audiofic Archive!
Reader's notes: A second fill for the "animal play" square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card, for the October mini-challenge, Pick One Kink!

ETA (Nov. 4): Re-uploaded with cover art!

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sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
I just unchecked the anonymous box at the CamelotRemix collection (man, the AO3 makes that part easy!) and posted an updated fic masterlist at the [personal profile] camelotremix journal. Yay!

Now I can praise [personal profile] significantowl by name for writing Be So Bold (The Boys' Own Remix). I was really happy to see other people enjoying and reccing this throughout the week. I love it so much. ♥




Here's a repost of my fic, for which I have a very appropriate icon. This is is the shortest and silliest of the non-[livejournal.com profile] remixthedrabble remixes I've written, and I had a lot of fun with it. I'm curious as to whether any of you guessed it was mine.

Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: Slipped the Dragon's Mind (The Sekrit OTP Remix)
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing(s): Gwen/Morgana
Rating: mild PG-13
Contains: meta and silliness
Wordcount: ~1500
Summary: Morgana finds a boy in her bedroom. But what's he hiding? And why shouldn't ladies write about whatever they want, anyway?
Notes: Remix of The Dragon's OTP by [livejournal.com profile] otempora42, written for [personal profile] camelotremix and originally posted at the AO3. Thanks to [personal profile] themadlurker and [personal profile] claudia603 for looking this over.

Slipped the Dragon's Mind )

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