sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (azula by casanovababy)
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Title: If
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Wordcount: 825
Rating: PG
Starring: Longshot/Smellerbee
Contains: maybe underage characters?
Notes: My first Avatar fic, for the "temperature play" square on my kink_bingo card! This completes my second bingo this year! \o/ It's also part of a still incomplete trans*/genderqueer characters bingo going in a different direction.
Summary: A missing scene from "The Drill": Longshot lets Smellerbee blow off some steam.
Links: Read it on the AO3!

Jet thinks he knows what's best for everybody, but if you ask me he's being stubborn and shortsighted. )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (greed by moiraes)
I was looking at my journal last night and thinking how boring I must have become for people who aren't interested in podfic or Merlin. Well...that problem will not be solved by this post. :/

This has not been an awesome week for me offline (the previous week was though so that's okay) but it has been awesome here in fandom!

The most exciting thing is that [personal profile] meri made a podfic of Believe This Is Real, the Freya/Merlin ficlet I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon. Meri is one of the people I was thinking of when I wrote (in terms of wanting to see people like us and our friends in fanfic) that so it is especially lovely for me to hear it in her voice.

a little more podfic talk )

Well! On Wednesday I got a comment from [personal profile] manifesty, whom I'd never interacted with before, saying they'd made a cover for Late Night Games, an Avatar podfic I'd made last July! So that was awesome and I went and added it to the mp3 file and re-uploaded, so now that podfic is no longer naked.

And then the very next day I was posting that Gwaine/Merlin podfic and said on Twitter that I was too lazy to make a cover, so [personal profile] leish volunteered to make one for me, and she did and it is just right.

And if everything goes according to plan, this weekend someone else will make a cover for a longer podfic that I haven't posted yet, and another person will record one of my fics as their first podfic!! And I will get my Remix to the 1000-word minimum at least. I feel like everybody else is getting theirs done early and I am a bit anxious about being behind, but mostly I feel good. My remixee and I are well matched and I'm excited about the plan I have for the remix I want to write.

I really love this feeling of interacting with each other's work, being part of the conversation.


Then also there are things that I read and think about but don't comment on (except maybe to say "I agree!" or "I enjoyed this"). Maybe you will find these interesting too!
-[personal profile] bookshop at MangaBookshelf: Fannish Inquisitions: Countering Assumptions About Fandom - My favorite is False Assumption #3.
-[personal profile] cesare: in the fandom afternoon - Ces and I both have feedback angst (you probably do too!) and we manage it in very different ways. I liked this post a lot.
-[personal profile] elf posting in [community profile] ao3some: What's the collective noun for kudos? - Kudos you guys! So awesome!!!
-[personal profile] thingswithwings: Community thoughts, and most especially Britta thoughts
-[personal profile] leish: The Trouble With Witches, podfic of the story by [personal profile] netgirl_y2k.
cut for quote and <3s )
-Nicola Griffith: Lame is so Gay: A Rant (from July 2011, thanks to [personal profile] sasha_feather for linking this at [community profile] access_fandom) - "Using lame as a derogatory term is as dangerous and ill-considered as using the term gay in the same context."
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (toshiko by hermitsoul)
Okay, so I participated in the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology II and it was (and continues to be) awesome!

Cover art by [personal profile] bessyboo
Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology II, text over collage of 144 women's faces
Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology II


Those links go to the post on [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, where you can see the list of readers and download a podbook or a zip file or browse by fandom and download individual MP3s. The total running time is over 7 and a half hours and there are 47 readers and 86 authors in 64 fandoms. Some of these readers are brand new to podfic and I believe this is the first podfic that's been made in some of the fandoms. I have been listening on my way to and from and around work and it's really a wonderful experience, to hear so many different voices and ways of reading. A lot of the fandoms are unfamiliar to me and some of the readers are people that I know on Twitter or whose names I've seen around, but I've never listened to them read before because I'm not into their regular fandoms. I love that there are pieces about motherhood and fighting and having sex and saving the world and all kinds of other things women do. It is making me very happy. [personal profile] fire_juggler has a really nice post about it and how listening to an anthology is different from listening to a long podfic.

I contributed seven pieces in seven different fandoms, several of which were new to me! They are each between 1 and 10 minutes long.

seven short podfics: Avatar, Doctor Who, Merlin, Northern Exposure, Pan's Labyrinth, Torchwood, X-Men )

Another awesome thing that happened was that [personal profile] fitz_y made a podfic of I Ache Myself for More a piece of Gwen/Morgana noncon that I wrote last year. I believe it's the only noncon piece among the 104 podlets in the anthology and both [personal profile] fitz_y and I feel a bit self-conscious about that, but, well, Guinevere is still awesome even when bad things are happening to her. I loved hearing Fitzy read this as well as a very porny Gwen/Morgana fic of her own, and there are several other Merlin podfics in the collection. In conclusion, yay ladies!!!
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 (vastra jenny by winterfish)
Oh hey, I was just tagging the post for my new bingo at [community profile] kink_bingo and I started to wonder if I could count it for the rare ship/rare characters Achievement. The rules say, "You define what is or is not a rare ship/rare character; this, like so much at Kink Bingo, is on the honour system."

Ahhh, I don't know! Will you help me decide? I feel pretty secure that Inara/Zoe from Firefly is a rare pairing and Annie from Treme is a rare character in fandom. If I were looking at the other squares I've filled so far I would also count Merlin/Will, Gwen/Lancelot, Freya/Merlin, and Freya/Morgana.

But what about Gwen/Morgana? It used to be a relatively popular pairing but it's never really been big compared to Arthur/Merlin, and there isn't much at all being written these days. Then there is Gus and Shawn, who are the main characters on Psych but don't actually get written about that much. And I just don't know much about Avatar fandom. Also, do you think the medium should matter? The Audiofic archive has one Azula/Ty Lee podfic and five Gus Shawn ones (two of them by me, all of them shorter than the one I posted yesterday). Gwen/Morgana poetry is certainly rare, but then any fannish poetry is rare, so, I don't know!

So here is a poll! Who doesn't like filling out a poll? Please be honest and don't vote yes just because you think it's what I want to hear! I am already getting a bunch of Achievements on this bingo so I will not be sad if I don't have this one as well.

Poll #7561 Rare pairings
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


Should I count Gus/Shawn as a rare ship?

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Yes
6 (33.3%)

No
3 (16.7%)

I don''t know
9 (50.0%)

Azula/Ty Lee?

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Yes
4 (22.2%)

No
1 (5.6%)

I don't know
13 (72.2%)

Gwen/Morgana?

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Yes
10 (43.5%)

No
9 (39.1%)

I don't know
4 (17.4%)

Ticky?

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Sophia/Vivian
15 (71.4%)

Gwaine/Merlin
7 (33.3%)

Arthur/Percival
12 (57.1%)

Arthur/Gwen
4 (19.0%)

Ticky!
12 (57.1%)

sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
You guys look, [personal profile] cantarina recorded my Gwen/Morgana sonnet Where History Ends as part of the Peck on the Lips femslash podlet fest for International Day of Femslash yesterday!!!! Go listen and tell her how awesome she is! (She has a Box link there so you can listen online without having to bother with downloading and syncing, although I obviously chose to download for keeps.) Yay!!!

Also I made these two podfics!

Title: Late Night Games
Author: [personal profile] dagas_isa
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Characters/Pairing: Azula/Ty Lee
Rating: mature
Contains: D/s, verbal humiliation, electricity play
Author's summary: Azula sends a flash of light through the sky to indicate that she wants to play.
Reader's notes: Made for the Kisses fest at [profile] podfic_project and International Day of Femslash, and for the "humiliation (verbal)" square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card!
File info: mp3, 7 minutes, 3.3 MB
Download link: Late Night Games at Mediafire
[Link updated July 17, 2012 to include cover by [personal profile] manifesty]

Title: Open (Filthy Reverence)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kick_flaw
Fandom: Merlin RPF
Characters/Pairing: Bradley James/Colin Morgan
Rating: EXPLICIT LIKE WHOA (This one rivals Experienced for porniness you guys.)
Contains: mild powerplay, barebacking, butt-plugging, roleplay
Author's summary: "I'm going to put it in now," Bradley says.
Reader's notes: Made for the "sex toys (worn under clothing)" square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card!
File info: mp3, 23 minutes, 10.6 MB
Download link: Open (Filthy Reverence) at Mediafire
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (kaylee shiny by secret nazgul)
You guys, I am so happy with what I've gotten for Purimgifts! Three Avatar ficlets and three graphics with so many of my favorite things, including both thoughtful character-focused genfic and an explicit kinky threesome!
-The Moon and the Ocean, Katara and Yue gen
-An Ounce of Blood, gen about wee!Mai and her uncle the Warden
-'Bending, Katara/Mai/Zuko!!!

There is also moar Avatar fic!

Here are a few other fics I've enjoyed:

-The Jewish!Lestrade series - Sherlock (BBC): Sherlock/Lestrade with Jewish!Lestrade! Smart and funny and nicely achy in parts.

-Ten to One, part 1, part 2, and part 3 - Doctor Who: the Doctor/Queen Elizabeth I with Liz Ten! So clever and fun but also with some angst! I love the character voices in this.

-Tickle Me Ink - Harry Potter: Hermione/Luna with writing on the body.

There are also about a hundred other fandoms, with a few more fics going up soon! Please post recs if you got 'em. I've had some trouble navigating the collection on the AO3 so I'd really appreciate extra pointers.




Speaking of cool collections on the AO3, a friend recently pointed out hetnotstraight and I was happy because I was able to add several stories that fit, that is, het fics where at least one of the characters is not straight. I have also bookmarked a few to read.




[personal profile] havocthecat is thinking about running a multifandom femslash challenge, either mini-big bang or a remix! What would I like more than a femslash remix? Not very many things! I told her that I have already twice remixed non-femslash fics into femslash remixes, I've needed this so much in my life. Go vote for the remix in the poll at [community profile] girlgay and give her your thoughts!




ETA: Look at [personal profile] frigg's new Gwen/Merlin art, Rosebud with a flush! Winged messengers omg! His suit!
sophinisba: Katie Jackson as wide-eyed hobbit girl in FotR (wee hobbit lass)
Dear [community profile] purimgifts writer/graphics person!

Thank you for signing up with one or more of my fandoms! I hope you will find I'm easy to write for. I love gen and ships of all kinds. I said I'd take a maximum rating of Explicit and I've been on kind of a porny streak in my journal lately, but I really am a big fan of friendship stories and character pieces too. I like happy stories and sad stories, h/c, kink, and stories about identity, community, and belief. For the most part I do not like torture in interrogation scenes or cheating in relationships.

I had a really good time with this challenge in 2008 and 2009 and I'm excited about coming back to it. This year I requested only fandoms where I like pretty much all the characters, so even though I'm listing some of my favorites under the cut, I'd be really happy to read about or look at any of the others too. All these fandoms have ladies and a few also have Jewish characters, though in most cases that isn't really developed so there's a lot of room for you to do more, if that's where your interest lies. I'd also be really interested in bringing out Jewish themes or parallels to the Esther story in shows like Merlin or BSG, or casting say Long Feng from Avatar as an evil vizier. Also do whatever you'd like with the pictures!

fandoms )
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
Title/Author: Silk by [personal profile] glim and Silk (The Strage Magic Mix) by [personal profile] glinda
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Gwen/Morgana
Rating: R
Contains: No standard content notes apply
Summary: It's just a silk ribbon, but it's hers to keep, to value in rare and hidden ways. | It's just a silk ribbon, barely a favour to unknowing eyes, but so much more to them.
Audiofic downloads:
Silk (original) mp3 (1.5 MB, 3:10 minutes)
Silk (The Strange Magic Mix) mp3 (4.9 MB, 10:40 min.)
Silk and Silk (The Strange Magic Mix) mp3 (8.2 MB, 13:50 min.)
Silk and Silk (The Strange Magic Mix) m4b (7 MB, 13:50 min.)
(I recommend the last one for most people!)

Reader's notes: Thanks to the authors for writing, participating in [personal profile] camelotremix, and letting me record these, and thanks to [personal profile] themadlurker for beta listening. I accidentally said or wrote "Remix" in some places even though [personal profile] glinda's title was "Mix." Sorry!

Hmmm )

Poll #5431 Please take my poll!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


Should this podfic count for my "sensation play" square?

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Yes
5 (45.5%)

No
0 (0.0%)

No opinion
6 (54.5%)

Downloading some podfic?

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Yes!
5 (38.5%)

No, but I'm glad you're having fun with this.
6 (46.2%)

Ticky box!
5 (38.5%)

How did you get to this post?

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It was on my Dreamwidth reading list
9 (69.2%)

Dreamwidth network or latest posts feed
0 (0.0%)

I clicked through from your LJ post
2 (15.4%)

Browsing through your journal or tags
0 (0.0%)

Link from [livejournal.com profile] merlinpodfic
1 (7.7%)

Link from [livejournal.com profile] merlin_femslash
0 (0.0%)

Link from another comm
0 (0.0%)

Link from another journal
0 (0.0%)

Link from the Audiofic Archive
0 (0.0%)

Other
2 (15.4%)

Zuko

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OMG love I want to wrap him up in blankets and hug him forever
5 (38.5%)

Jerk
2 (15.4%)

Naw, dork
5 (38.5%)

Boring
0 (0.0%)

It's complicated
3 (23.1%)

AZULA
4 (30.8%)

??
6 (46.2%)

Pie?

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Apple
7 (53.8%)

Blueberry
3 (23.1%)

Cherry
4 (30.8%)

Key lime
5 (38.5%)

French silk
5 (38.5%)

Lemon meringue
5 (38.5%)

Pecan
5 (38.5%)

Pumpkin
8 (61.5%)

Cake!
6 (46.2%)

sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen answer by redscharlach)
This icon and the one on my previous post are from this icon post by [livejournal.com profile] redscharlach. Thanks to [personal profile] sally_maria for the heads up.

Now let's have a meme! This is not the fic year in review meme yet because I still hope to write more fic. :) I saw this on [personal profile] cereta's journal.

A year-in-fandom meme )

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