[sticky entry] Sticky: Podfic masterlist

Nov. 7th, 2021 05:07 pm
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
ETA (Jan 8, 2017) I'm currently (actively re-)engaged in the process of 1. uploading my old podfics to webspace generously hosted by [personal profile] paraka and 2. creating pages for them at the AO3, and will update this post when I have finished. As of today, approximately half my podfics are available on the AO3. All of them are listed in this index, which mostly links to old Dreamwidth posts. Please let me know if you have trouble with the download links. /ETA.

Here are links to my podfics! If you're looking for a podfic that's not listed here, try the podfic tag. If you're looking for fic written by me, the best place is [archiveofourown.org profile] sophinisba, but I also have an out-of-date fic index that mostly links to journal entries.

intro )

podfic links, sorted by fandom )


Sep. 29th, 2017 11:04 pm
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
Dear podficcer,

Thank you for making something for me! I am a person who used to be active in Merlin fandom and dabbled in a lot of others but has been quiet for a few years. I'm a little nervous to be trying out a challenge again but I love podfic and I've had great experiences with #itpe in the past. I love the mods and the podfic community.

Here is an excerpt from my 2012 #itpe letter which still applies:
I like feelings and people being good to each other. I often enjoy stories about queer people and trans people and kinky people, whether or not there is sex in them. Straight cis vanilla people are also lovely! I like established couples trying new things. In porn some of my favorite things are submission, name calling, and spanking. Please stay away from electricity play or situations resembling interrogation of prisoners.
I'm a multishipper and I like femslash, boyslash, het, gen, poly, and other kinds of stories. As I said in 2015, I'd just as soon skip white dude/white dude pairings, but that should be pretty easy given these fandoms. :D

fandoms )

Oh podficcer, I hope you have a great time!
sophinisba: Troy and Abed from Community sitting on a couch with a computer in front of them (troy abed by carly-icons)
I posted last week that I hadn't made any fanworks in 2016, completely forgetting how much I'd struggled to eke out a fic for [profile] camelot_remix:

Title: tell me the story you'd like to hear (the picture's worth a thousand words remix)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: Elena/Mithian, secondary Gwen/Morgana and Vivian
Rating: PG
Summary: Mithian's watched other couples come together through fandom.
Content notes: N/A
Author's notes: A remix of tell me the story you'd like to hear by the fabulous [archiveofourown.org profile] growlery. I loved this original when it was first posted and I feel that my remix had potential that it didn't live up to, and in some ways regret the negative attitudes about fannish experiences that it contains. On the other hand, omg I finished a fic in 2016!

hesitations and podfic talk )

So whatever, fannish resolutions 2017:
  • post on Dreamwidth every month

  • make a fanwork

  • archive and post my old podfics at the AO3, five works every week until it's done

Currently feeling very optimistic that if I make it a regular thing most of them won't take nearly as long as last night's. If I stick to five per week I should get them all finished by halfway through the year and I could well finish much sooner.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
Hello, LJ and Dreamwidth! This is me trying to get over not posting inertia by making a short post (using my phone, even!). After all I Tweet just about every day, so why go for almost a year without posting here?

Also I can go ahead and take care of something else that usually takes me a lot of words around this time of year: I have no year-in-fic or year-in-podfic meme to share because I didn't write any fic or make any podfic this year. I also barely read any fic or listened to any podfic this year.

The one big fannish thing I did do this year was to go to Minneapolis for [community profile] podfication in October. This was a late decision on my part but a super great one. The organizers did a fabulous job balancing programming with free conversation and opportunities for making things. I loved getting to see folks I'd met at previous Minnesota gatherings and meet some dear online friends like [personal profile] yue_ix and [personal profile] cantarina in person for the first time, and in general getting to hang out with so many kind, creative queer women and others. Even though I'm not a person who makes podfic these days I sure love the podfic community.

This year has had a lot of good stuff for me personally even though it's been mostly horrible for my country and planet. Maybe I will make some other posts about that soon.
sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
I usually do a fic year in review meme around this time, but in 2015 I only wrote five ficlets and I already listed and reflected on them back in September. In order to have a graph to post I went ahead and added up the wordcounts for fics I'd posted in previous years and confirmed that, yes, this was the least I've written since I started in 2005.

fic by year, fandom, and wordcount

I was definitely surprised by the big numbers back in 2006 and 2007. And there was even more LotR and Faculty podfic I wrote and posted back then but that doesn't show up here because I never finished them or posted them to the AO3. I was also surprised by how multifannish I was from the beginning -- I'm used to thinking I fell for the hobbits in the beginning, then sort of lost interest and wandered in the wilds of multifannishness for a while until I fell for Merlin. But there was Faculty and Firefly mixed in all along. And back in 2007 I would like, watch a movie or an episode of Lost and then write a fic -- it didn't matter that I wasn't *in* the fandom. I was also a little surprised to see that I was never as prolific in Merlin fandom as I had been earlier.

So anyway, I didn't write much fic at all this year but I was happy to have [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon and [livejournal.com profile] team_gluttony bring me back to fandom and its joys for a few weeks. Alas, the excitement did not continue and when I got within a few days of the [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays deadline in November I realized there was no way I could write the fic I'd promised (even though I had an excellent assignment). I hope I'll write some more Merlin fic again at some point though I'd be too embarrassed to sign up for that challenge again. :(

I made eight short podfics this year. The last five haven't been posted here before:
I can't do a graph comparing this to previous years because I haven't finished (or gotten anywhere close to finishing) archiving my old podfics at the AO3 so the numbers aren't handy. (I used to do a lot more but whatever.) I like that podfic lets me continue to be multifannish, that I stay in touch with other podficcers through Twitter, and that I can contribute to the community in small, sporadic ways like recording a five-minute thing for the the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology ("The Mechanic") or the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange ("Wings" and "Learn to Fly"). I did have a horrible time with technical issues "Someone Special" but have since acquired a nicer microphone and gotten a little more practice with the latest version of GarageBand so I'd like to make more podfic in 2016, perhaps a few more substantial things for Femslash February.

I'm not going to make any fannish resolutions for this year because I don't want to feel bad about failing at them like I did last year.

book recs

Oct. 31st, 2015 07:39 pm
sophinisba: Kalinda in a black bra, orange neon sign says "HOT" (kalinda hot by winterfish)
Here is another weekend without a fanworks rec post from me, but also here are two books I've recently enjoyed:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a novel that takes place mostly some years after a flu pandemic wipes out most of the human race and civilization. Most people in North American survive in tiny little towns built up in places where there used to be businesses, and there's a group of actors and musicians that travels from town to town. There are also parts that take place before and during the pandemic but the focus is mostly on human relationships rather than science or illness or worldbuilding. I loved this book a lot!

I heard about The Turner House by Angela Flournoy just recently when it was nominated for a National Book Award. It's about a large black family in Detroit and takes place mostly in 2008 when they find out they owe more on their old house than it's worth, but also some in the 1940s when the father first moved Up North from Arkansas, plus some memories in between. Again, it's not heavy on plot so much as what the people in this family mean to each other, and they all felt so real and human. It reminded me a little of the TV show Treme with its large cast of characters who are all flawed but basically decent people trying to get by. Also an interesting and sad look at changes in some of Detroit's neighborhoods over the decades that made me want to learn more. (I might try reading The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas Sugrue the next time I feel like reading a nonfiction book not for work.

In between Station Eleven and The Turner House I read another novel that I liked less, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I think I saw [personal profile] chaila say a while back that anything the publishers try to sell as "the next Gone Girl" will inevitably turn out to be disappointing and that's how this was for me, though it definitely kept me turning the pages. Nevertheless the next book I'm looking forward to reading is Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, which is also being marketed that way (and also a finalist for a National Book Award).
sophinisba: Troy and Abed from Community sitting on a couch with a computer in front of them (troy abed by carly-icons)
Failing out of my pledge to make a fanworks recs post every weekend this month. I just haven't been consuming fanworks lately so I don't have recs on my mind. But in the interests of continuing to make journal posts here are some podcasts I like!

Auralphonic is a monthly podcast about podfic hosted by our own [personal profile] dodificus, [personal profile] jenepod, and [personal profile] paraka. I don't make or listen to a lot of podfic these days but it's still fun to hear people talk about it and one time Dodie recced one of mine and also I love the way she laughs all the time, it makes me happy.

Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race is a fairly new biweekly podcast with co-hosts Baratunde Thurston (black dude), Tanner Colby (white dude), and Raquel Cepeda (Latina) and sometimes other guests having honest conversations about race and racism, often involving recent news items and debates. It is one of my favorites.

Slate podcasts including
-Slate's Political Gabfest - weekly, a little repetitive but generally very good
-Slate's Culture Gabfest - weekly, would be great except one of the three regular hosts is insufferably pretentious
-Mom and Dad Are Fighting, - biweekly parenting podcast which I LOVE despite not being a parent myself
-DoubleX Gabfest - biweekly conversation about issues affecting women, has been kind of uneven in the past but I think it's improved and I like two of the three current co-hosts a lot

Slate makes a bunch of other podcasts too that are all good quality shows. In general the format is that they have two or three regular hosts having a conversation about two or three items in the news, and sometimes someone's on vacation so they invite on another Slate staffer or journalist buddy as a sub host, and as you listen to more of them you start to feel like you're getting to know this whole Slate family and it's fun to check in with them from week to week, whether you especially care about the thing they're currently discussing or not.

And now the people who make those also run this larger network called Panoply that includes Show About Race (above) and some others like Open Accounts (about money) and Happier with Gretchen Rubin (about how to be happy) that I like less because they have less real content and seem more trying to sell you something.

A newer and smaller podcasting company that I also like is Gimlet Media, which has
-Startup, two seasons so far, each about a couple people trying to start a business, way more interesting than that sounds, and
-Reply All, a Podcast about the Internet. This one is a little uneven since each episode is about a different story but it's offbeat and often super interesting and I like the hosts. A recent episode that I recommend is What It Looks Like, which discusses depression and suicide and (in the second segment) Gamer Gate.
-Gimlet has another podcast called Mystery Show that I'm not into but some other people really love. You might want to give it a try.

And then of course there's NPR! which makes about a million great shows but my favorites are
-Pop Culture Happy Hour, which sometimes talks about the same new movies and shows as Slates Culture Gabfest but gosh with so much more love and good humor, I really love this show and its hosts a lot, and
-This American Life, which is so well known I feel a little silly mentioning it, and which I sometimes think is the greatest radio show ever but then sometimes, especially when they decide to tell lighter stories, I don't really find it that interesting. A recent two-parter that I recommend liek whoa is The Problem We All Live With and The Problem We All Live With Part Two, both about current-day racial segregation in US public schools and attempts to combat it.
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
Whelp, time to do another recs post but I haven't read anything but that one Merlin fic in weeks! However also I was realizing that when I recced the fic Exiles a few posts ago I forgot to mention the great Art for Exiles by [archiveofourown.org profile] DYlogger/[livejournal.com profile] dylogger. This art has the same things I loved about the fic -- the complicated mix of relationships among the OT4 and the feeling that it's its own fantasy world and slightly less connected to Merlin the TV show than most fanfic and fanart I consume. My favorite of the pieces is the one of ARTHUR AND GWEN DANCING because the COLORS and the sweep of her skirt. <3 <3 <3 Also if you scroll down through this art you will get an idea of what the character death warning on the fic is about.

So since I wanted to mention that I figure I should also tell you about some other fanart I have recently <3ed. This is pretty much all stuff I've seen on Tumblr (which I've been using semi-regularly for the past couple months even though I still don't get Tumblr at all) so if you're following me there you've probably seen these already and if you're not into Tumblr you might not know what to do with these links. Also one of the things I don't get about Tumblr is whether any of these arts have titles and it's possible that I'm not understanding who actually drew some of them so if you notice that please correct me. /o\ Anyway:

-My new friend [livejournal.com profile] pktsknd made ot3 on a lazy afternoon for my birthday last month!
-She also made ot3 for Mirror, Mirror, one of my favorite art pieces from this year's [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon
-knight Morgana and queen Gwen by [tumblr.com profile] kosmonauttihai
-GWEN/MORGANA MERMAIDS which as far as I can tell is by [tumblr.com profile] niunae but like I said Tumblr confuses me.

MANY YEARS AGO like maybe in 2007 or something there were a lot of discussions about racism in fandom that I lurked in kind of obsessively and I think that was where I came across the idea that from the descriptions that JK Rowling gives of Hermione it's totally plausible that she's black. It hadn't occurred to me at all before (I saw the first movies before I started reading the books and anyway I'm like most white people in that I tend to assume book characters are while, though I'm working on that.) So I've sort of had that in my head ever since and I think I wrote one or two fics where she was a minor character and in my head she was black but I didn't actually write that out or talk about it, and I only ever saw one or two pieces of fanart following that idea UNTIL RECENTLY and now they're all over and it's awesome! You can see a bunch of fanarts as well as some meta and cosplay and other great stuff by searching for the tag black-hermione. For example:
-"smol-squad" by [tumblr.com profile] dellbelle39
-Ron meets Hermione by [tumblr.com profile] refrigerator-art
-Hermione spelling her hair by [tumblr.com profile] drea-arts2

-Amy Santiago and Rosa Diaz star in their own 60s teen detective series by [tumblr.com profile] celestedoodles
sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
Rectober: share the magic
banner by [personal profile] capitu

(Eh, I said I'd do a rec post every weekend in October and it may seem like I'm not sticking with that but I had this Monday and Tuesday off so it's still sort of the weekend for me, so yay! I will probably have more trouble next weekend but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.)

Today I want to rec two super-long new/in progress Merlin fics that will take you back to season 1 in very different ways. I loved our characters from all five seasons and at times I missed some of them but I'm tickled by the energy and creativity that these authors have put in to building their own worlds and sets of characters starting from that other, smaller canon that first delighted so many of us.

Exiles by [archiveofourown.org profile] story_monger, Arthur/Gwen/Merlin/Morgana, 51178 words, mature
I found this browsing through the After Camlann Big Bang listings for pairings other than Arthur/Merlin and was surprised to see so few comments on an OT4 fic, especially once I dug in and realized the writing was excellent. I did see that there was a warning for noncon but that turned out not to be very explicit (and it's an OC bad guy so you don't have to worry about any beloved characters turning evil). In fact most of the fic reads a lot like gen, but with that delightful level of shippiness that season 1 canon gave us so much of. As I saw someone say on Tumblr a while back, it was that time when Merlin cared about other characters besides Arthur. REMEMBER? The strongest relationships here are Arthur/Merlin and Gwen/Morgana, but there is all kinds of flirting and caring and possibilities and it is just lovely. In some ways it didn't feel like a fanfic so much as a fantasy novel, the author just seemed so in command of the setting and the plotting and everything. (Sorry that is sort of phrased as if I didn't love fanfic. Obvs I do love fanfic.)

I should say that it starts out with an OC POV and that may have turned a few people off, but that's really just a framing story and almost all the fic is spent with the main characters.

But, um, somehow when I started reading I saw the noncon warning but missed the major character death warning, and there is MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH. It happened and I was like, okay, these things happen in fanfic sometimes but there is magic etc and there is going to be a way to work this out and have a happy ending, but then I read and read and read and got to the end of the 51K words and it was to be continued. So, you have to be okay with living with some angst and uncertainty because I have no idea when the author plans on writing the next part (it would be a major undertaking -- maybe for next year's big bang challenge?) BUT I personally found it to be totally worth it, I'm super glad I read this and highly recommend it!

Falconry by [archiveofourown.org profile] versaphile, Arthur/Merlin with I guess eventual Gwen/Morgana, 492,451 words and counting, explicit

Okay, so then I'd enjoyed a couple of big bangs so much I was browsing through the Gwen/Morgana tag on the AO3 and came across a 260K WIP called A Bird of Paradise and thought hey why not. I started reading late at night and I was like hey Arthur/Merlin after a magic reveal it doesn't get any better than this! And I was so tired and distracted I didn't realize until the next day when I was several chapters in that this was actually the fourth huge story in an epic series. (Yes, this is the recs post of me not reading AO3 tags very carefully.) I was a little reluctant to go back because, you know, what's better than a magic reveal? Who wants to go read the hundreds of thousands of words leading up to the magic reveal? But it turns out I do! Sadly the first three parts don't have any Gwen/Morgana to speak of, and really this is a very different kind of season 1 vibe from Exiles, like something to get into if what you miss about season 1 is the Arthur/Merlin without other ships getting in the way.

But it's really good! I especially loved part 2 because there was SO MUCH SMUT and plus it's this old-fashioned OTP smut where Arthur's really toppy and Merlin's all yes I would give my life for you and I belong to you and so on. Super hot!! Right now I'm in the middle of part 3, which is plottier and involves a lot of fighting and some magic. To me it is a little weird to read about all these adventures with Arthur's knights who are not the knights we know and love but hey, that is what we did after season 1, and it was great! This series actually takes its turn after the first episode of season 2 and it's just hugely impressive how much the author has developed their own world. Also there are regular updates! I almost feel silly reccing it because I guess it's hugely well known but hey, I had to stumble into it so maybe you haven't read it either and maybe you will love it too.


Oct. 9th, 2015 06:26 pm
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
I just signed up for the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange for the first time since 2012 I guess! Thank you for making something in one of my fandoms, secret person! My requested fandoms are Merlin, How To Get Away with Murder, Orange Is the New Black, The Hour, and Hamilton! My general preference is not to have a white dude/white dude pairing (Hamilton/Burr would be a-okay though) and in the case of OITNB I'm not too interested in Piper, Alex, or Stella. Also here are two paragraphs I wrote three years ago:
I like feelings and people being good to each other. I often enjoy stories about queer people and trans people and kinky people, whether or not there is sex in them. Straight cis vanilla people are also lovely! I like established couples trying new things. In porn some of my favorite things are submission, name calling, and spanking. Please stay away from electricity play or situations resembling interrogation of prisoners.

I like very short podfics and longer ones. I like podfics with or without music and sound effects. I like all kinds of accents. I hope you have fun!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
Rectober: share the magic
banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu

Okay, so I guess a bunch of people are doing recs this month. Yay recs! I said I would do a recs post every weekend and here we are at the end of the weekend so here goes!

A couple months ago I wrote a little ficlet of a modern AU where magic is regulated by the government and drug companies, and I was reflecting that I love these kinds of AUs with a passion and wish they would get written more. Most Merlin fics are either canon-era with magic banned or modern AUs without magic, and of course there are many other variations but DAMN, MODERN AUS WITH MAGIC ARE THE BEST.*

  • My all-time favorite, as many of you could probably guess, is the 2010 classic 125K fic Arcane Asylum by [archiveofourown.org profile] new_kate. It starts with Arthur, who's been framed for a magical crime, going into a prison for magic users that's mostly been taken over by the inmates and especially by the most powerful wizard among them, Merlin. There is some threatened non-con early on and then there is an epic Arthur/Merlin love affair and adventure. This fic, as they say, gives me all the feelings. To be honest my favorite parts are not the main plot of the story but the flashbacks to Merlin's childhood and the way his mother tried to protect him, then to his youth on the run before he got caught. It seems to me that these parts of a very strong "magic as metaphor for gayness" feel and that has always been one of my favorite things about this fandom and I love it. Then also much later in the fic there's the amazing Arthur/Sophia noncon flashback. The podfic I made of it in 2012 is by far the longest podfic I've ever made -- it sort of took me six months -- and I imagine you can sort of hear my voice flagging in the second half and then picking up again when Sophia shows up. Anyway, the whole thing is glorious really and if you came in later or just somehow never got around to this I recommend it most highly. As an anon once commented on my podfic, "this is such a satisfying fic! it is the thanksgiving meal of fanfiction."

  • Here is another old favorite: Seasons by [profile] wangler who used to go by another name though I'm not sure we're supposed to connect them. This is another long (40K) Arthur/Merlin fic with some other pairings mixed in. It is really good for crying though at times it will cut away when you are wanting to see more. Besides loving this fic in a way that makes me feel like a mess all over the floor I really admire it for the way the author shows us little pieces of the universe through tiny details, like Nimueh telling the paramedics that Merlin is Class Four even though his driver's license says two. That is just fabulous. For a while I thought I would make a multi-voice podfic of this and I even recorded the Merlin parts years ago so if you want to do Arthur let me know and I'll see if I can salvage those files. *sigh*

  • Okay so then later this summer a few weeks after I wrote that ficlet we were leaving prompts for each other on Team Gluttony and [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell wrote me this gorgeous little piece of Hunith and Freya gen with background Freya/Merlin, Forget the World. And I thought wow, Hunith and Freya and modern AU with illegal magic my life cannot get any better, and then...

  • A few days later I got the notification that my new friend [livejournal.com profile] polomonkey had posted a new fic called In Spite of Everything, the Stars and oh it was just 82249 words of Arthur/Merlin tagged Kidnapping and Hurt/Comfort and Alternate Universe - Modern With Magic. On top of the fantastic story this has really gorgeous artwork by [archiveofourown.org profile] mushroomtale and I just got to sink into a really long fic and read all weekend in a way that I have not done with a Merlin fic probably in years. Part of what was so fun was squeeing about it on Twitter and realizing that other people who barely read Merlin fic anymore were just as excited and it was so satisfying and good.

  • (*omg if you are my [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays writer or artist and you are freaking out because you already started making something for one of my other requests please don't worry, when I say "the best" here I really just mean "awesome" but I also feel that magic reveals are the best and gen is the best and kink exploration is the best and so on.)

    Anyway yay recs! If you would like to feel responsible for doing a certain number of recs posts this month you can go tell [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore or else you can just start making some recs posts!
    sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
    So what have you been up to? / Major life changes? Same old same old?

    Stressed about work (for no real reason tbh, just bad feelings), but things are pretty good on the home front. Tomorrow we're planning to buy a tree!!

    What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?


    Where do you hang out online?

    Still mostly just hang out on Twitter, and for the last month or so I've also been checking in intermittently on Tumblr, but I would still say (no matter how much people explain it to me) that I don't really *get* Tumblr. I've checked in at the [livejournal.com profile] merlin_writers chat room a few times and might get more into that, idk. I was sad when [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon and the Gluttony chat room slowly emptied out.

    What are you reading?

    A really long Merlin series that I will talk about in another post since I think I'm about to sign up for Rectober.

    What are you watching?

    Excited about the new seasons of How to Get Away With Murder and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Also this week I enjoyed two season 2 episodes of Elementary and might eventually catch up with that.

    What are you making?

    I have a good assignment and I think a pretty strong bunny for [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays but haven't actually put down any words yet. I have intentions of making some podfics and recs.

    What are you squeeing about today?

    Got through another work week intact oh yeah. Also ran for several minutes (not continuous) this evening.

    If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...

    To be honest I wish someone could rope me into a new fandom but nothing seems to stick. Mostly I just love Merlin. Oh but I listened to some Hamilton this week and like I don't think it's going to become my new fandom but I like it and am supportive of people getting into it, if that makes any sense.

    sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
    Oral fest on [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves's LJ:

    >> Panfandom Lip Service Commentfest <<
    Give me your kissing, licking, sucking, biting, blowing, dirty-talking mouthy goodness and let's call it an early birthday present.
    sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
    The latest round of [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon wrapped up yesterday. It was shorter this year and I didn't make anything much for the bonus challenge, so I just have these five fics, all Merlin fandom and approximately 750 words each. Title links go to the fics on the AO3.

    Title: Travel My Way, Take the Highway
    Ships: Gwen/Morgana
    Rating: R
    Contains: references to racism and homophobia
    Summary: Gwen and Morgana on the run in 1950s Texas and New Mexico.

    Title: Early Results of Clinical Trials
    Ships: Arthur/Merlin
    Rating: NC-17
    Contains: potentially disturbing metaphors and no happy ending
    Summary: Pendragon Pharmaceuticals manufactures the drugs that allow carriers of magic to participate fully in society.

    Title: Let's Be Rational About This
    Ships: Arthur/Gwen
    Rating: NC-17
    Contains: Aliens Made Them Do It-style dubcon (but mostly consensual)
    Summary: "You see, I've been doing a lot of research on their lifecycle so they... they've suggested a reciprocal arrangement – which is really only fair, in principle!"

    Title: Better
    Ships: Elena/Mithian
    Rating: NC-17
    Contains: mistress/slave relationship, orgasm denial, fic doesn't make clear how consensual it is
    Summary: "I'm not angry at you, dear, it's only the way you were raised. But you admit it yourself, you have no self-control. Well, from now on you won't be able to disobey me. And won't that be better for both of us?"

    Title: A Happy Arrangement for All
    Ships: Merlin/Elyan, past Merlin/Gwen
    Rating: R
    Contains: n/a
    Summary: Merlin returns to Camelot to find that Princess Guinevere has married another. Her brother, however, is still single.

    thoughts )

    Just like last year pornathon leaves me wanting to write more Merlin fic and [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays is nicely timed. I will sign up again and really hope that more multishippers decide to join this year!
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
    I made a podfic this week and realized I had two other shorter podfics from the last year that I hadn't posted here. Here they are!

    Title: Her Masterpiece Is the Mess Inside You (text, download, and streaming links at the AO3)
    Author: [livejournal.com profile] teprometo
    Fandom: Merlin
    Rating: NC-17
    Ships: Gwen/Morgana (noncon), Gwen/Arthur
    Size: 5.2 MB, 5:37 minutes
    Summary: "There's an ugliness in Arthur."
    Notes: Mind control/noncon, see AO3 tags for more content notes. This was a gift at an anonymous fest so I didn't put my name on the recording. It's locked to AO3 users because I feel kind of weird about that but, uh, can't seem to be bothered to fix the recording.

    Title: The Mechanic (text, download, and streaming links at the AO3)
    Author: [livejournal.com profile] i_claudia
    Fandom: Merlin
    Rating: NC-17
    Ships: Gwen/Everyone
    Size: 5.2 MB, 5:36 minutes
    Summary: The grease gets under Gwen's fingernails and works its way so deep into her skin that even a dedicated scrub can’t clean her up completely.
    Notes: I made this as part of the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology V, February 2015!

    Here's the new one!
    Title: Someone Special (text, download, and streaming links at the AO3)
    Author: [livejournal.com profile] teprometo
    Fandom: Merlin
    Rating: NC-17
    Ship: Arthur/Merlin
    Size: 13/19 MB, 25:45 minutes
    Summary: Merlin’s best mate’s older brother is really hot. It’s sort of a problem.
    Notes: Underage/age difference and some other issues, see AO3 listing for details.
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
    Well it's a good thing I made a New Year's resolution to post a fanwork each month, or I wouldn't have edited this last night and posted it this morning:

    Title: Fall of Princes
    Author: [personal profile] kaizoku
    Fandom: Merlin
    Rating: NC-17
    Ships: Arthur/Gwen, Gwen/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen/Merlin
    Summary: Arthur wants to see Gwen with another man.
    Notes: OMG you guys this story is so hot.
    Links: Text, download, and streaming links at the AO3

    Another one of my resolutions was to repost twenty of my old podfics to the AO3 each month until it's done. Well, work has been busy and I've been putting it off so I didn't really try until today, and so far I've done three. Lots more uploaded to the webspace [personal profile] paraka's giving me, but it will take a long time to fill everything in, especially with some authors having left fandom and/or taken down their fics, and with the files on my own computer being way more disorganized than I'd realized.

    Anyway, here are my works tagged podfic on the AO3. It will be gradual. I'm using a posting skin that [personal profile] eosrose made and shared at [community profile] podfic_tips a while back, with the colors tweaked by [personal profile] fire_juggler and I really like how it looks. I sure regret not doing this years ago.

    The Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology is happening again this year with submissions due by February 8th. This is a fun thing to participate in even if you haven't made podfic before. I am happy to have a deadline to motivate me to make something in February.
    sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
    fic by year, fandom, and wordcount

    I made more fic in 2014 than the year before! That is not to say that I made a lot or that I feel like I'm on the upswing, creativity-wise, but hey it's a new year, let's have a list and some graphs and commentary! I'm not doing a separate meme for podfic or vids this year because I made very little of them.

    List of previously posted fanworks, January through September )


    -Pets (The Remix As Nature Intended), Merlin fic with many pairings
    -Her Masterpiece Is the Mess Inside You, Arthur/Gwen and Gwen/Morgana podfic


    -Dragons Aren't Extinct, Arthur and Morgana gen fic

    I'm not going to answer the old meme questions about which ones I like best and all that, because there aren't really that many to choose from, and because I'm kind of tired of thinking about those questions. Basically I liked everything I made but didn't feel like I broke through any big boundaries with things I hadn't done before, and nothing I did was popular. Anyway here are some more graphs and thoughts.

    statistics!! )

    So idk, feelings are weird? I kind of don't want to write fic ever again? Or make podfic? But also I want to do both more often? I've been sketching a bit for the last couple weeks and would like to learn to draw fannish characters, and I have some leftover Merlin vid ideas. Also this spring it will be 10 years since I started participating in fandom and I think it would be a shame to stop now.

    So here are some resolutions that are more about staying in touch than anything else. For every month in 2015:
    -make another journal post that is not a fanwork
    -comment on a journal post by someone else that is not a fanwork
    -post a fanwork that I made
    -comment on a fanwork by someone else
    -answer all new comments on my fanworks!
    -repost my old podfics on the webspace generously provided by [personal profile] paraka and create pages at the AO3, 20 per month until I'm caught up

    I'm not sure I've ever had a year where I posted a fanwork every month but I mean, I can always make time for a five-minute podfic, can't I? And, if I'm going to, my best chance to record something this month is probably going to be today. Hmm.
    sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
    Well, [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon ended a few weeks ago. Here are the fics I made for it this year.

    Previously linked here on my journal )

    Also written for this year's pthon and posted on the AO3

    Title: Live by the Sword
    Ships: Annis/Gwen (other pairings mentioned)
    Rating: NC-17
    Contains: Reference to canon character deaths, grief, object insertion
    Wordcount: 750
    Summary: If ever there was a time to take a young ruler under her wing, it is now.

    Title: Trading Day
    Ships: Gwen/Morgana, offscreen Arthur/Gwen
    Rating: NC-17
    Contains: nonmonogamy, can be read as infidelity
    Wordcount: 750
    Summary: He can't begrudge her a kidnapping or two, not with so little else to stand out from the flatness of life on the colony. (FEMSLASH IN SPACE.)

    Title: Build a Better Bicycle
    Ships: Gwen/Morgana
    Rating: R
    Contains: slight dubcon due to mistress/servant power dynamic
    Wordcount: 746
    Summary: Morgana can trust Gwen to make the necessary adjustments.

    Title: This Is a Recording
    Ships: Arthur/Gwen/Merlin and subsets
    Rating: NC-17
    Contains: spanking and a teensy bit of D/s
    Wordcount: 750
    Summary: This is new for her, Merlin thinks. She only half believed him when he whispered that they were lovers first.

    Thoughts )

    Ooh, I was just going to say I hope [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays runs again because I'd like to participate again, and it looks like signups open tomorrow! I need to think about what I want to request ack. Also gosh that deadline is going to come up quickly. But anyway yay Merlin!!!

    Sign-ups for [community profile] merlin_holidays begin Sept 22 at 10 am Eastern
    sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
    At the end of [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon challenge two (Secrets & Lies!) I decided to podfic a couple of my favorite entries (yeah, I like the one I wrote!). They are my first podfics since February! :D And it happened that I was finishing them up around the time [livejournal.com profile] teprometo posted the week 5 bonus challenge, which is fanworks that pass the Bechdel Test. (There are many delightful fanworks over there, and also some heated discussions and a wee bit of trolling.) These first two podlets fit, and the third doesn't but I really like it so I posted all three of them over there.

    And here they are on my journal! Um, putting them behind a cut because the display is fucked up on Dreamwidth and I can't with coding anymore tonight. For once I recommend viewing this post on LJ (though sadly I lack any lesbian icons there)

    Elena/Vivian, Gwen/Freya, Arthur/Morgana, ~five minutes each )

    So far I like the entry I've started for this week's main challenge and I'm excited to see what other people come up with. Personally I think [livejournal.com profile] teprometo's prompt of "Snatch" is a brilliant way to encourage people to try out making ladyporn without requiring it, and I'm proud of her for how she's been handling everything.

    I do hope some people will feel inspired to try something new this week and have fun with it. Others will decide they'd rather write about capers than vaginas and that's okay too. Femslash has always been part of my Merlin writing experience (not so much in my previous fandoms) so this week's prompt isn't a stretch for me, but I'm grateful for other ones that have been, at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon and at [community profile] kink_bingo and [community profile] camelot_fleet, and elsewhere.

    I also ♥ my buddy [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat like whoa.


    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
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