sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin chainmail by gwy)
I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon! I didn't do it last year but am really looking forward to going back. You know, a few months back [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat and I tried setting up a weekly writing challenge but it didn't really come to anything, and I had a few other fannish disappointments around that time (February/March), well, you know how it is, it's hard when you're away from a fandom for a while and you feel like when you come back it'll be exciting but it turns out in the meantime your friends also left so it just ends up being extra lonely. But whatever this is pthon and it will be awesome.

Maybe you would like to join too! Signups are open through July 10th.

It's funny to me that it's starting so late because I've had a pretty long and enjoyable summer that's pretty much over at this point, but I'll talk about that more in another post.

I was thinking that since I'm going to be hanging around here in fandom more for the next couple months I should do a general update about what I've been up to, but then thinking about all the different things started to feel overwhelming, so I think I'll make a series of shorter posts with topics such as:
-work
-volunteering
-the World Cup!
-other TV?

And so on, and most of those will be f-locked.

I don't have much more to say in this post about fandom because, you know, I haven't been fannish! It's funny, I don't know if it was two years ago or three years ago at pornathon, but as I getting to know the other people on my team I just boggled at how many said oh yeah, I haven't really been in fandom in the last year and I don't read my flist, I just come back for pornathon. Like, at the time (whenever it was) I could not even imagine not keeping up with my LJ and Dreamwidth friends. But here we are, I've been away and I'm back for pornathon, but who knows maybe it will lead to me being more social and creative in general, at least for a while.
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 (gwen merlin steps by vicky_v)
UNTOLD LEGENDS: MERLIN RAREPAIR FEST
[livejournal.com profile] untold_legends
a Merlin fest that aims to explore and to celebrate
the rarepairs of the fandom through fanworks of all kinds.
Coming January 2014
(see the rules and schedule)




sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
I'm not signing up for anything right now, but [community profile] pod_together is a really cool challenge. If you like writing, making podfic, and/or collaboration, you should check it out!

pod_together: a collaboration for writers and podficcers.
Open for sign ups June 9 to June 22 on DW, LJ, or tumblr
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!!!

Theatripod

Oct. 14th, 2012 04:01 pm
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (tiana tired by hermitsoul)
top text: A multivoice podfic challenge to create theatrical podfics; image: a microphone in front of a red curtain; bottom text: Theatripod. Mic. Story. Action.
FAQ|Sign Up|Suggest Story


[community profile] theatripod is a cool new comm for organizing multivoice podfic projects and right now they are looking for directors and editors - directors will put out calls for actors and other folks later.

I was going to link to some other cool things but I'm super tired now and I don't remember what they are, so I will probably just watch Teen Wolf for a while or something.
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
So idk this is maybe not wise but I can't help it, I really want to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays this year!

Merlin Holidays: An Exchange Fest, image of tower in frozen landscape
Sign-ups for [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays begin Sept 24 at 10 am Eastern


This is a mostly-Arthur/Merlin-but-other-pairings-are-okay-too fest in its third year and it is for fic, art, and vids. (I also plan to do the informal Twitter podfic exchange but have decided not to sign up for Yuletide and Festivids. I can do this. I am not out of control.) The comm is on LJ with fic and art posted on the AO3, and you can follow [syndicated profile] merlin_holidays_feed if you prefer to read on Dreamwidth.

Unfortunately I probably won't be able to be on LJ for about 9 hours after signups open tomorrow. Would anybody be free to do a proxy signup for me? I'd send you an email with my info and you could just drop it in an LJ comment tomorrow. (I have it all filled out except for the actual prompts.) ETA: Thanks, I am set! /ETA

Who else is playing?
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (monica awesome by lay_of_luthien)
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day to sign up for [community profile] pod_together!

image of headphones around a stack of CDs on top of books, text: pod_together, A collaboration challenge for authors and podficcers.
Open for sign ups June 18 to June 30 on DW and LJ


This is the second time this challenge has happened. I looked at it last year but was too intimidated to sign up. But this year [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat and I have signed up as a team and I think it will be great. Besides more philosophical things about the relationship between text and audio I am excited that for the first time I as a reader will have power to ban the words "gasps, gasped, grasps, grasped, clasp, and clasped". Maybe I'll even get rid of "asked", who knows! Maybe I will help write and she will help read! Maybe we will make some Arthur/Gwen porn, or maybe we will do something else!

If you have a buddy or a favorite author or podficcer that you want to sign up with, you can do that, or you can sign up as an individual and the mods will match you with someone! You can work in any fandom or even do meta! You can expand the definition of podfic! You, yes you!




And! [personal profile] cantarina and [personal profile] nickelmountain are hosting femslash podfic fest for International Day of Femslash, moved this year from [livejournal.com profile] podfic_project over to [community profile] audiofemme! Make some f/f podfic to share with the world on July 14th. "We especially encourage fanworks about women with disabilities, women of colour, asexual women, transwomen, women over forty, and other under-represented groups. Let's get more kinky f/f podfic out there too!"

The Kisses II Multifandom f/f Podfic fest, audiofemme.DW with collage of photos of ladies making out

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I want my [community profile] kink_bingo card so bad and I have to wait till Sunday for the new round to start man oh man oh man.
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is an annual thing to celebrate Dreamwidth, which opened up around this time three years ago, and add some fun content here. The person who set it up isn't around this year but it's nice to see the tradition continuing anyway. Here are three multifandom fests that I would especially like to pimp:

-Transfic Mini Fest 3, hosted by [personal profile] torachan, is accepting prompts and fills: "Prompts do not have to be "about" being trans. They can be something as simple as a pairing or a pairing + word/kink/lyrics. The point is simply to have more stories starring trans people."

-The Female Character Trope Fest 2, hosted by [personal profile] such_heights is now taking prompts and will open for fills on Wednesday.
Katara and Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender, trapped in a wooden jail cell

We all like our thoughtful characters studies but let's also have some ridiculous fanworks about ladies huddling for warmth in Canadian shacks, undercover in a gay bar, or getting turned into cats.

-The 3rd Annual Femslash Mini Meta Fest! hosted at [community profile] fem_thoughts. Post some short meta about femslash!

[personal profile] sqbr has kicked things off with a good post about some if the challenges of writing "happily ever after" femslash in historical fandoms like Pride and Prejudice: Lovers in a Dangerous Time.

And finally (not Dreamwidth- or fest-specific) here is a wonderful and uplifting post by [personal profile] fire_juggler: Meta: Confessions of a Podficcer with a (mostly) ex-speech impediment.

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.

Ladies!

Feb. 11th, 2012 07:43 am
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (vastra jenny by winterfish)
Podficcing!
The Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology is coming along very well! So far people have listed 65 different podfics in...MANY different fandoms they're working on or have finished in our spreadsheet. This is not quite as many as [personal profile] klb managed to gather on her own last year, so if this year's team of four mods doesn't match that we will feel pretty bad about ourselves. However, there seem to be quite a few people who are planning or hoping to make something this weekend but haven't put their information in the spreadsheet yet, so I am almost certain we will beat last year's anthology.

I've made four pieces in four different fandoms so far and will probably do one or two more this weekend. Short podfics are so much fun, such a nice accomplishment from starting and finishing something within an hour or so.

I've talked to a few people who are making their first podfic for this project! Are you interested in doing that? Remember, you could read one of your own drabbles or something by someone who's given blanket permission. This is a nice project to be part of because a lot of people are likely to download it, whereas if you put out a two-minute podfic on your own you don't normally get as many listeners.

So if you are interested in joining us drop a comment at the amplificathon post and get your podfics uploaded by Sunday night. I should be around a fair amount this weekend if anybody needs help figuring out the basics on GarageBand, and other people are around for handholding on Audacity.

Fanlore!
Meanwhile, some of us will be making a Nimueh page at Fanlore this weekend to document how fandom has dealt with her character. I used to edit at Fanlore and I stopped because the lack of interaction made me lonely and anxious. HOWEVER, a small group of folks getting together for a concentrated effort can make a lot of improvements there and also be a lot fun. If you aren't into Fanlore or wiki editing but you have a link to (or even a vague recollection of) a good post about Nimueh or a vid you saw once, stop by the chatroom and say hello, drop a comment on the [community profile] camelot_fleet post or add some a line to the google doc, and we will do the formatting and stuff for you.

Last weekend a few people put together a Percival page and this will probably be going on for a few more weeks. You can follow the project at the Fanlore challenge tag on [community profile] camelot_fleet.

Recs!
I am in the middle of reading The Adventure of the Hopping Vampire by [livejournal.com profile] hradzka, a long, plotty fic starring Jenny and Vastra from Doctor Who (my icon on this Dreamwidth post). It has a nice light tough and a lovely Jenny POV, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

ETA: I re-listened to [personal profile] intransitive's reading of Give Me My Sin Again by [personal profile] viklikesfic the other day. Cate Blanchett/Miranda Otto D/s and leather fetish, an hour and 9 minutes, OMFG SO HOT. I was riding the bus and I was so turned on I thought I was going to combust. It was awesome
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
Hey guys, [livejournal.com profile] podficbigbang is starting up another round and this year they're mirroring it as [community profile] podficbigbang here on Dreamwidth! I made three podfics for that fest last year, including probably the most popular one I've made, and I got to work with both Yues as cover artists and it was generally great!

Signups are open now and final drafts aren't due until May 25th. They are also looking for cheerleader/betas, visual artists, and people who can do other types of complements and collaborations like adding music or sound effects or making vid-type trailers. The minimum podfic length is still 1 hour (about 10K words of text) but I'm hoping to do something bigger this year - we'll see! Who else is gonnna play?
sophinisba: Lancelot with text: Chicks dig scars (lancelot scars by miakun)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] baranduin! You are a good friend and a talented, thoughtful person. I feel lucky to know you and I'm so glad we'll get to hang out again in a few weeks, even if it's just a brief visit this time.




I wrote another Lancelot ficlet!

Title: Perfect
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Ships: Lancelot, Arthur/Gwen (IT CAN BE ARTHUR/GWEN/LANCELOT IF YOU WANT)
Rating: G + 1 swear word
Contains: n/a
Wordcount: 500 (five drabbles)
Notes: Part of my series of five 500-word Lancelot AUs (three finished so far) inspired by 5x09. This one less spoilery than the others, written for the "humiliation (in public)" square on my second [community profile] kink_bingo card. My first G-rated kink-bingo fill! Thanks to [personal profile] claudia603 and [livejournal.com profile] bessyboo for their help. Dedicated to [personal profile] meri and also written out of great affection for [livejournal.com profile] baranduin though I know it's not your fandom so don't feel obligated to read it or anything.
Summary: Figure skater AU!




I had kind of a rough day offline today, but I've been having a great time in fandom lately. Look at these awesome things my friend have made!

-So this weekend I asked [personal profile] yue_ix to look over the Arthur/Merlin ficlet I had written with five squares from my kink_bingo card, If I Cannot Be Your Queen. While we were chatting about it she started drawing a picture of Gwen, inspired by my story but using five kinks from her card and with ending up with a more kink-positive message than I had been using (I was expressing some of my angst about 4x09 and Yue was using kink to turn it into something less angsty). So yeah she came up with this beautiful picture where Gwen has sparkles in her hair!!! If I Can't Go To Your Dungeons by [personal profile] yue_ix, probably not safe for work Gwen art yay!

-Another thing that happened recently was that [personal profile] anatsuno and I were chatting and she said she wished there were more fic with top!Merlin and I said indeed it is a rare and beautiful thing, but that I also thought she would like some of [livejournal.com profile] lolafeist's fics where Merlin is such a strong sub that Arthur's kind of in awe of him. And sure enough anat went and podficced The One at a Sex Club where Merlin anon!fails because she liked it so much, and it was very sexy in anat's voice and I loved listening to it, as well as the Community/Doctor Who crossover podfic that is also at that link.

-Then another thing that happened was that I read this beautiful intense Gwaine/Merlin bdsm fic by [livejournal.com profile] leashy_bebes and I tweeted that it was great and might be of interest to other fans of top!Merlin, and that I'd love to listen to a podfic of it. So then [personal profile] meri decided to record both that and a lovely safeword fic set in the same universe for me!!! So the other day I got to listen to the very warm and lovely (Safe) Words and then this morning I got to listen to the sexy sexy A Force When We're Together. I feel so lucky!

-Okay and I didn't have anything to do with this thing getting made but it needs to be talked about because GUYS DID YOU SEE THAT [personal profile] dodificus MADE A PODFIC OF VOID AND THAT IT IS 9 HOURS OF SQUIRMERRIFIC TEENAGE DUBCON? If you were in Faculty fandom I'm sure you remember this. But even if you've never seen the movie or read another Faculty fic you can still understand and admire this one. Here is the podfic and here is the podbook and here is the text. ;skljd;flkjs ls

-Oh and hey, there is an informal podfic gift exchange going on right now and I hope the person assigned to me does not feel pressured to record kinky fic or porn if that's not what they're into. I really love all kinds of things including hurt/comfort and gen. This person is probably more organized than me and has already picked out and recorded something, but if they're feeling lost they might find the posts on my dear creator letter tag helpful. <3
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
-[livejournal.com profile] aralias has started up [livejournal.com profile] podtor_who, a new comm for Doctor Who podfic! Sign up for a day between Nov. 20 and Dec. 19 to post a newly recorded Doctor Who podfic! Wouldn't it be great if we had one for every day?

-The Kaleidoscope fanworks exchange is probably going to go live this weekend! In the meantime, they are looking for pinch hits in the following fandoms:
十二国記 | Juuni Kokki | Twelve Kingdoms
青い花 | Aoi Hana | Sweet Blue Flowers
NO.6(ナンバー・シックス) | No. 6 (anime)
Epic of Gilgamesh
Dragon of the Lost Sea - Laurence Yep
Static Shock
サイレン- | Psyren
東海道HISAME | Toukaidou Hisame
姑獲鳥の夏 | Ubume no Natsu | Summer of the Ubume - Kyōgoku Natsuhiko
The mods would appreciate it if you'd pass on this info to people who might be able to help. You can also browse all the requests and make extra treats if you want. ETA: I am so amused by the two Y tu mamá también requests, right there one after the other. That is fandom, right there. God bless. /eta Some of the requests are open for art and fanmixes and vids as well as fic. All the links you need are at [community profile] dark_agenda.

-Speaking of rare fandoms, Yuletide is open for signups! I'm not especially in a writing place these days and the nominations process looked scary, so I've decided to sit out official participation again this year, but I do hope to write a treat or three! You can get the links you need for that at [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin. The years I participated in Yuletide I had a really awesome time!

-OMG OTW elections! If you're a member, you should have instructions and useful links in your email.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sam rose steven by crossedwires)
Yesterday [personal profile] eruthros and [personal profile] thingswithwings posted the Round Four Prize Announcements, including the Arbitrary Mod Prizes. This works as an arbitrary recs list of some of the exciting things posted at [community profile] kink_bingo this June-September, and I was thrilled to get a prize for Best Praxis for my essay about the kinkiness of podfic and my verbally humiliating Azula/Ty Lee podfic. Thank you mods! Look at the sexy banner [personal profile] eruthros made me under the cut!

prize banner )

I am also getting ready to run a podfic for beginners workshop at the [livejournal.com profile] pornspiration comm on LJ next week. I was thinking a series of posts over the course of the week. Let me know if you have suggestions or would like to help out (or make a promo banner)! Anyone over 18 can join the comm, they just keep posts locked for the sake of teambuilding and all.

some pro-Dreamwidth anti-LJ grumbling )

La la la. Oh hey speaking of user interfaces, how about the new gmail? I'm keeping my sophinisba account the same for now (cherry blossoms!) but on my other account I switched to the new look and the Oceans theme. It's so pretty! I love the bit of translucency and the way the modules sometimes seem to be floating over the background - I find it very soothing (even though I don't like being on boats etc. in real life).

Okay so back to podfic talk! The reason I want to do that workshop next week is that it'll overlap with [community profile] pod_aware/[livejournal.com profile] pod_aware! Mod [personal profile] paraka and friends have been working on some podfic meta podcasts that will be posted then, and I'm looking forward to hearing how those turn out. (I will tell you a secret: I spend a lot more time listening to non-fandom podcasts these days than podfics. I find the conversation style easier to follow when I'm riding the bus or whatever than a fic. There are times when I listen to a lot of podfic but I am not doing that now.) [personal profile] paraka would also like to emphasize that you don't have to be a podfic maker to participate in this. You might be someone who likes to listen to podfic, or an author who is okay with people making podfics of their work. As far as I understand it, all you have to do is post something during the week (the something could be a fic or a picspam and doesn't need to be podfic-related) and include a little blurb and a link to a post at the comm. It should be fun and will help us out.

podfic and fic I'm working or not working on )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (greed by moiraes)
I think I am finally starting to get the hang of [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon! At first I wasn't seeing the entries because of a filtering mistake and then I wasn't seeing them because I'm just not on LJ that much and anyway I was feeling very angsty about not fitting in and about my writing not being good enough or have enough penises in it or whatever. I did create [syndicated profile] summerpornathon_feed so the entries would show up on my Dreamwidth reading list, but that's not ideal in that these posts with 9000 (?) words of fic show up uncut. But it's okay because I'm getting used to the schedule now so I know when to expect stuff. Also having the results of the first challenge go up on Friday made everything make a lot more sense to me.

more about pornathon! )

pornathon and kink-bingo plans )
sophinisba: Kalinda in a black bra, orange neon sign says "HOT" (kalinda hot by winterfish)
I got my [community profile] kink_bingo card! Here it is below the cut, not entirely safe for work:

kink-bingo card )

kink-bingo thoughts )

In case you missed it, [personal profile] bironic has an excellent essay On Noncon and Noncon Play in Fanfic posted as part of the ramp-up for [community profile] kink_bingo. Lots of stuff there that I identify with and it felt really affirming to read it and have other people articulating things I feel in comments; I also think it could also be really illuminating for people who don't share or understand that kink. As a reminder, I'd ask you to avoid commenting to my posts to say "I can't stand noncon" or "I'm not reading/downloading this because..." Obviously everybody's free to consume what they want and skip things they're not into, but I'd just as soon you not tell me about your dislike/squick for what I'm doing, especially on a fanwork post where I probably feel exposed and squirmy enough already. :)

summerpornathon thoughts )

ETA Signed up for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon, woot!
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
-Last night I went back on Tumblr after a hiatus provoked by rumors of Merlin spoilers. There were no Merlin spoilers and there were lots of pretty pictures, and it seemed to me that more of them had image descriptions than last time I was on, so triple yay.

-[community profile] kink_bingo is starting up again on June 1st. I hadn't been so excited but with the ramp-up posts and new kinks and changes to the rules and all of that now I am. I especially loved [personal profile] pinesandmaples's and [personal profile] rooibos's essay Opening the door, or how fanfic changes everything about what finding kink on the Internet has meant in their lives.

-[livejournal.com profile] lgbtq_recs is also starting up again on June 1st and could use recommenders. I've found out about a lot of cool stuff through this comm.

-[community profile] dark_agenda is planning the first Kaleidoscope Fanwork Exchange for rare fandoms with chromatic creators and characters.

-[personal profile] themadlurker made An Incomplete and Highly Subjective List of Reasons Why I Love the AO3. Yay AO3!!!

-In less squee-inducing news, [personal profile] facetofcathy linked to a really interesting essay about working with mostly white feminist organizations who wanted to help adding more diversity (until they realized that would mean doing things differently and prioritizing the needs of women of color): White Feminist Privilege in Organizations.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (frodo flare by annwyn55)
Image: photo of some guy maybe from Hawaii 5-0, text: Running Hot: A multi-fandom fever fic comment meme.  The only prescription is more fic

Running Hot: A multi-fandom fever fic comment meme. The only prescription is more fic

So far this meme has lots of prompts for Hawaii 5-0, Supernatural, and White Collar, and just a few for Merlin. NEEDS MOAR HOBBITS.

In related news [profile] multikinkmeme now has a meme for Lord of the Rings and Lotrips and another one for Merlin and Merlin RPF. Neither one's really active yet but they are full of possibility.

BUT SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS, FEVERISHNESS IS MY FAVORITE. LET'S GO.

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