sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
I was more fannish in 2017 than in 2016, though it was the first year since I got into fandom in 2005 that I didn't write any fic. Three significant things I did this year were:
  • finishing archiving my old podfics

  • attending [community profile] podfication

  • getting interested in Star Wars

2017 in review )

So! Fannish resolutions for 2018:
  • make ten Dreamwidth or Tumblr posts, of which
    • five are not fanworks posts, and

    • five are not in January or December

  • make ten fanworks, of which
    • one is a fic, and

    • one is a podfic of more than an hour

plans for 2018 )
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?

MERLIN.

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: 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 )

NOT PREVIOUSLY POSTED ON THIS JOURNAL

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

November
nothing

December
-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)
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 (gwen orly by visualwit)
(Okay I'm still not really here but)

Today I read some pieces of a recent discussion over at [community profile] podficmeta and was impressed by how articulate and levelheaded most people were. Nice job hosting and moderating, [personal profile] klb! Nice job respecting differences of opinion, podfic community! ♥ ♥

It got me thinking that, as much as I've advocated for authors being explicit about their desires and expectations in their blanket permission statements or transformative works policies, I've never written the kind of "Dear Author" letter that [personal profile] paraka and others have been advocating for years. I've always kind of thought, "Well, most people in fandom have some idea of what podfic is, and if they have questions they can ask!" But that's silly! That's like not having a transformative works policy because, "Well, I doubt anyone would want to record anything of mine, and if they do they can ask!" Why make each individual person ask when I could go ahead and put it out there? So here's an attempt to do that.

Hey, can I make a podfic of this? )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen answer by redscharlach)
Gosh, I like Twitter and my friends there a lot, but I think I need to step away from it for a bit. I just feel like it eats up too much of my day. I like Tumblr a lot too but I use it pretty inconsistently - I haven't been on much lately because I've had inconsistent or slow Internet. So yeah, I think I'm gonna try not checking either of those for a week (starting tomorrow) and see how that goes. I'm also gonna cut back on how much time I spend in chat.

Maybe I will get better at communicating here on LJ and Dreamwidth! I used to be a lot more conscientious about answering every comment I got, and I'd like to get back into that habit.

Maybe I will get a ton of work done!

Or maybe I will just feel lonely and bored!

This seems like a good time to experiment though because I'll be somewhat busy with work stuff this next week.




In other news, I've started reading the new Crossovers/Fusions challenge at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon and I'm enjoying that a lot - way more than I expected to! I had thought there would be a ton of Teen Wolf and Avengers crossovers and a bunch of other canons I didn't know and that I'd either be resentful or just confused with reading most of them. But there's a ton of variety and most of them are just fun, even for the fandoms I don't care for or am not familiar with. And that makes sense, I mean, of course most people are going to try to write something with broad appeal. Anyway, I recommend checking those out, and I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of them.




I'm still getting over this sore throat and related feeling-generally-awful, but today I managed to record a couple short podfics, so I'm looking forward to editing those and crossing off another two bingo squares! Right now I'm feeling pretty confident about being able to get a blackout done during the regular round, and also hopeful about including five or so different Achievements within that. :)

I never ever spell the word Achievements right on the first try. :(
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
Tomorrow, July 14th, is International Day of Femslash! I am not going to give you a bunch of links because I am sick and very tired, but you can look them up! :D

Sometimes events like this can be weird. Some people do mostly femslash all year round and they don't see the point in doing something extra for one day. Some people have already come to the conclusion that they don't care for femslash, and trying it out for a day also seems silly. But there are also a lot of folks who maybe have some female characters that they like but just haven't gone out of their way to look for fanworks about them. There's so much boyslash on one's flist and one already has one's tastes, so why go looking for more heartache? But this can be a nice chance for all-year femslash fans to celebrate with each other as well as getting in everybody else's faces for a bit.

That's about where I was a few years ago when I first heard of IDF, and signing up for a femslash feedback challenge made a big difference for me. I gave myself something like 2 weeks to comment on something like 20 femslash fanworks, and it was great. It was one of the first times I'd sought out femslash and it started to give me a good idea of the pairings and patterns I like. If you are not normally a femslash reader or listener or looker-at of art etc., maybe you just want to make a point of commenting on one or two or five femslash works this weekend.

If you're participating in [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon, you know that there was some great femslash entries as part of the minor characters challenge this past week. I would guess that a few Merlin fans were writing femslash for the very first time and could use some extra encouragement. It could be fun to make a point of calling out some of those femslash fics in the reveals post tomorrow (along with the fabulous het and boyslash, of course!).

You could also post some recs, or say something about why you like your favorite f/f ship, even if you don't have any particular fanworks in mind. Maybe your flist can help you find those fanworks! Maybe you'd like to post a graphic on Tumblr or tell somebody you know how much you appreciate their enthusiasm for a ship. (Sunday the 15th is also Appreciation Day!) You could host a meme or make a fanmix or a podfic or a drabble or a doodle!

Or do whatever else you'd like to do with your Saturday!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (kalinda alicia by winterfish)
Cover showing two stylised shadowed persons; one is wearing a headset and typing on a keyboard, the other is speaking and hanging suspended. Text: [Exploring, perverting, failing, and sharing] [A podcast by Sophinisba & Yue-ix for kink-bingo]
Cover art by [personal profile] yue_ix!


[personal profile] yue_ix and I recorded a conversation about making/doing things other than fic as a ramp-up post for the new round of [community profile] kink_bingo! It lasts about 33 minutes and talks about bringing fandom kinks into different parts of your life, letting go of the desire to be perfect when sharing fanworks, and some other things. We talked a bunch about transformative works and then totally forgot to ask people to put up transformative works/blanket permission statements lol. Check out the post at the comm for download/streaming/transcription options, links to things we discussed, and hopefully comments from other listeners! There have been a ton of great posts (including audio posts) there in the last couple weeks. I'm so excited to start the new round!

I also made another tiny and not-at-all-porny podfic for the latest bonus challenge at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon:
Kit'n Kaboodle by cat_77 )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin by brightedelweiss)
It rained off and on all day yesterday and was pleasantly cool, a perfect day for sitting inside reading fic, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading [personal profile] piscaria's 50K Arthur/Merlin fic The Apple Grove.

canon-era action/adventure/romance from from post-season 2, hurrah )

In other news, I am clinging stubbornly to this fandom. Avengers non-squee )
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
I did this meme just over a year ago, and I thought it would be fun to come back and compare how it looks this year! My top ten fics by AO3 hitcounts:

list )

thoughts on this list and last year's list )

The other day [personal profile] anatsuno pointed out a great Tumblr post by [personal profile] helens78 about the taboo against saying we like and our proud of our own work. Helens said it would be great if more authors would use the One of My Favorites tag on the AO3 and I agree, so tonight I went in and added it to four of my fics. I had decided to limit myself to five and I can't quite decide between two others. :) And none of those six fics overlap with the ten that are here, but that is okay.

So far only 135 works at the AO3 have that tag. Why not add it to a few of your stories, if you archive there? A lot of readers would like to know about them.

If you are a fan of the AO3 and can afford to do so, consider donating to the OTW! (I just accidentally typed OT3. Seriously, that comes to my fingers more easily than OTW or OTP. My OT3 is in fic #6 in the list above.)


Also also, the OTW is hosting an AO3 Tag Wrangling Open House from 19:00 to 21:00 UTC on April 22nd. In my timezone that is Sunday afternoon or an excellent time for fannish discussion, before frantic Sunday night catchup for the school week and frantic last-minute Remix edits. As much as I love the archive, I rebel a little every time I post a fic because the canonical Merlin character tags are ALL WRONG from my perspective. I am really curious as to why they've chosen to do things that way (and whether they might change it omg!) and also lots of other things about tags. Tags!
sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
So, like I mentioned the other day, I'm going to help out a bit with [community profile] welovepodfic because I think feedback for podfic is a great thing.

But hey, not everybody loves podfic! Are you an author whose work has been podficced, and are you feeling awkward about how to tell the person who's put so much work into creating an audio version of your story that you're not interested in listening? Or maybe you've tried to listen and for one reason or another you just can't get through it. If so, I have good news for you!

secret message for authors )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sinead suit)
Hey, so, I unsubscribed from some people on Dreamwidth last night because there have been too many posts for me to keep track of lately. It wasn't because anyone did anything to upset me or anything! I'm sure I will see you guys around.

Okay, that is still awkward even if you stop using the word "friend".

Oh my gosh I need to make a real post about the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology because it is huge and full of variety and women's voices and seriously awesome! But that post will take formatting and coding and probably thinking, so I'm putting it off. But just trust me that it is awesome, and go and download and listen to it! (Or do that with some of the pieces if you don't want/don't have room on your computer or mp3 player for all seven and a half hours.) I have listened to about a third of it so far and it is bringing me a lot of joy.

I have also been listening to Sinéad O'Connor's new album streaming on the NPR website a lot over the last few days, and I like it very much. My favorite tracks are "Queen of Denmark" and "V.I.P.".

The next [community profile] camelot_fleet Fanlore project is to build up the page for Gwaine. There is a very short page there now but he has become such an important character in fandom, there's all kinds of material we can add. If you can't make it for the editing party tomorrow maybe you can drop a comment at the Fleet post or a link in the Google doc that's linked there. We did a lot of good work on the Merlin pages at Fanlore in March of 2010 but obviously the show and the fandom have changed a lot since then, so it's good to document that.

Hey and speaking of Gwaine, [personal profile] leish aka [livejournal.com profile] quintenttsy aka...omg I cannot even say my newest comrade from Team Merlin Femslash Podfic because there are so many fabulous new people now with the anthology and all... Anyway, Leishy left a ton of Gwaine recs and some Elyan recs in comments to one of my posts from last weekend, so check those out if you are a fan of Gwaine and/or Elyan!
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
This has never come up so far, but just in case: if you ever happen to see people talking smack about me at an anon meme or under f-lock or whatever, please don't tell me about it. If you don't see people talking about me at the memes please don't tell me about that either. I really prefer not to know. Thanks!

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Signups are open for round two of [community profile] chromatic_podfic! Let's participate the hell out of this fest, you guys! I feel like characters of color get even less attention in podfic than in fic, and that's really not very much.

podficcing! )

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I can has a Kindle! For a little over two weeks now, though gosh it feels like longer - I am really reluctant to go back to paper books or reading long fics on my computer screen now (thank you so much to authors who post their fic, especially their long fic, at the AO3!!!!). a couple book and fic recs (Merlin and Merlin rpf) )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin ot3 by melody_icons)
It's possible I've written fewer words of fic this year than any year since I've been in fandom, and most of that has been short PWPs (plus a few other ficlets that didn't have porn or plot). However, I would never skip the fic year in review meme because I love it, plus it is nice to compare from year to year.

List of fics )

Numbers and graphs! )

Questions meme )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (monica awesome by lay_of_luthien)
I made a ton of podfic this year!

a list! )

a meme! )

Tomorrow or sometime soon I'll post the fic meme! Less material to talk about but more graphs with pretty colors, yay!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (annie carnival)
Let's have some memage! First here's the one with favorite shows and stuff. Your main fandom... )

I figure I'll do the one about fics I wrote next week, even though I didn't write much this year, and then I should also do one for the podfics I made, though I don't know of a template for that. Podficcers, what do you think of this?
podfic meme template )

Oh wait, dude, I totally did a podfic year in review meme already last year! Here's the template:

Ha ha I feel like a dork now. Well, use whatever version you like, of course. I hope a lot of people will do it!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
Hey so I unfriended a bunch of people on LJ tonight - but not because I don't want to be friends! In most cases it was just because we communicate on Dreamwidth already and I thought I'd cut out the duplication, and for a few LJ-only folks it was because we haven't interacted in a few years. If you want me to add you back for whatever reason just let me know!

Some links and things, mainly aimed at other folks who are interested in spending more time on Dreamwidth )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
So, say you're a fanfic writer. You watch the latest episode of your show, or something that just happened in your offline life reminds you of the book characters you've loved since you were ten, or you read another fic and it gives you an idea for something you'd like to write. The next step might be to open up your word processor or Google docs or Written Kitten, or maybe you start typing directly into the comment box at the kink meme or at your friend's journal. Maybe it won't come to anything, but you want to get some words down right now. Working on a new project when the idea is fresh can be really exciting and fun (or also really scary and difficult, or both, depending on what kind of writer you are).

Okay and then, say the way you participate in fandom is to make podfic. You are reading a fic and you start hearing it in your head and then you start saying the words aloud and enjoying how sexy/funny/poignant/awesome they sound. You love this fic and you bet other people do too and at least one or two of them would like to listen to your reading of it. You would like to open up Garageband or Audacity right now and start recording, and see how it goes. If you know the author has given blanket permission, you can do that.

If not... )

So, dear authors, even if no one has ever expressed interest in podficcing your stuff, even if you don't think you're intimidating in the least, please take a few seconds to think about whether you're against it. If not, please consider taking a minute to add a sentence to your profile and/or masterlist to make potential podficcers' lives easier (and, possibly, to save yourself the time and effort of answering their requests). Here are some examples of statements that you can copy or adapt if you want:
I give blanket permission. )

And if for whatever reason you don't want to put anything about podfic or secondary fanworks on your profile or index, consider leaving a comment that says something like "I give blanket permission" at the permission to record? *\o/* post on [community profile] amplificathon (Dreamwidth), the permission to record? *\o/* post on [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon (LJ), or for that matter this post of mine that you're reading. We will add your name and a link to the Blanket Permission to Podfic page at Fanlore, and we will be grateful.
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.

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