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 [ 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!


Feb. 11th, 2012 07:43 am
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (vastra jenny by winterfish)
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.

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.

I am in the middle of reading The Adventure of the Hopping Vampire by [ 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: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin by brightedelweiss)
So, I would like to run a Merlin fandom remix later this year, probably with signups in early August and fics posted in late September. It would be like RemixRedux in that the fics themselves would be posted at the AO3 and you'd need to qualify by having written a certain amount of them already, but different in that it would be just for Merlin FPF and Merlin RPF.

It's possible also that we'd do the matching in such a way that people could specify shipping/genre/rating preferences, whereas the big remix says that if you sign up you have to be able to work with anything in the fandom. Hand matching worked pretty well for us at [ profile] a_conspiracy, but we only had 13 participants there. (I also did hand matching for 78 participants in...a very large number of fandoms at [ profile] remixthedrabble round 6, but I'd rather not do something like that again!) I'd prefer to use the AO3's matcing process if we got more than 30 or so people, but I don't know how flexible that set-up will be since they're still working on it for RemixRedux.

Anyway, that's all a long way off, I just thought I'd mention that general intention in a public post, in case it helps people plan their commitments. Let me know if you're interested in participating or helping out, or of course if someone else is already planning to do something like this. And don't forget that sign-ups for RemixRedux end this Wednesday.

I've spent most of this weekend editing the Merlin pages at Fanlore, hanging out at the Fanlore chatroom and collaborating with some [community profile] camelot_fleet peeps and Fanlore regulars like [personal profile] facetofcathy and [ profile] frogspace. I still find Fanlore editing to be frustrating in a lot of ways but it's helped to have that interaction by gathering to do it as a group. Tonight some of us were talking about giving it another push in a month or so, not trying to work on it all the time or we'll burn out. I think we've gotten a lot of good stuff done this weekend and I'm especially impressed with [personal profile] heathershaped's work on the Gwen character page and [personal profile] ara's on Arthur and Merlin.

If you're curious, you can see the pages I've been editing on my user contribution page. I'd be especially grateful for any feedback or suggestions (either there on the wiki or here on LJ/Dreamwidth) on the Merlin/Gwen and Merlin/Uther pages. They're both pairings I ship and pages where no one else has written anything, so I feel very much like I've just written a "This is why I like this pairing! Here are some of my favorite fics!" but dressed up in fake neutral language. :)
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
Remix sign-ups are open!! The sign-up form itself is on the AO3, but the detailed instructions are at the LJ comm [ profile] remixers_lounge and other news and announcements will be posted there too. I love Remix! Who else is playing?


I'm also starting to get really excited about [community profile] ladiesbigbang. [personal profile] trascendenza started talking a few weeks ago about running a Big Bang for female characters, and I was all, Ho hum, if I want to write a Big Bang fic I'll sign up for [ profile] thelittlebang (for femslash) or [ profile] boxofmagic (for Merlin fic). However! It's turning out to be a very different and innovative kind of thing with lots of possibilities I hadn't thought of before. Besides being open to all fandoms and genres of fic, there are options for doing meta, recs, art, podfics, vids, art, graphics, picspams, and multimedia projects! And any of these projects could get a complementary piece in another media, besides the traditional set-up of a large fic being accompanied by a piece of art.

I had thought I'd just cheer [personal profile] trascendenza on from the sidelines but right now I'm seriously considering trying to do a set of podfics. Never mind that I don't like reading aloud and I don't like hearing myself recorded and I have no idea how to work Audacity - I want this stuff to exist! And there's a podficcing workshop coming up soon at [community profile] camelot_fleet, so that should help.

Go check out the comm and even if you don't feel like taking on a big project yourself, consider giving permission for your fic to be recorded or leave some lady-centric prompts, or helping [personal profile] trascendenza out with some graphics or a layout. Note that you don't have to be a Dreamwidth user to participate. Sign-ups will run all through April.


Also! [personal profile] briar_pipe is gathering a bunch of people together to swarm the Fanlore Merlin pages next weekend. We want to get some good multiple perspectives and information on lots of different pairings and types of fan activities. I've done a little editing at Fanlore in the past and in general found it frustrating - overwhelming because there's so much to be done, lonely because other people aren't working on the same things, and then stressful because when other people do come along they're more likely to criticize ("Why is there so little there!?") than to collaborate or offer support. So! I'm really excited about this as a way of getting a lot of work done in a short time, introducing some new people to wiki editing, and giving each other help and encouragement. If you're interested in joining in, check out the discussion and planning post at [community profile] camelot_fleet.
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
I've been having a really nice week. I've been blowing off exercise (eh, the gym is closed and it's too cold to run outside) and rl work (eh, no excuse there), staying at home and throwing myself into some fun fannish projects. I started a new Merlin fic on Monday and another one yesterday and have been writing a ton on both. \o/ I haven't posted anything new but I've had new comments on a few older fics that made me feel really good. I've been archiving my old fics at the Archive of Our Own and exchanging e-mails to brainstorm for a small fic and art fest to be held at [community profile] camelot_fleet next month.

I finally finished watching Noah's Arc on Netflix instant viewing a few days ago. I liked the movie a little less than most of the episodes because (skip) of all the relationship/infidelity angst and because I was disappointed that Junito wasn't in it and that Noah ended up with Wade, who I still think is an asshole. I did like the part with Wade's mom though, and Chance's student Brandon was a cutie. It was still fun and I think I might request Alex fic for Yuletide next year.

On Tuesday I went out to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie and I liked it pretty well, though not as much as I'd hoped. Comments on style and characters but no real spoilers )

I thought uploading my fic at the AO3 would be really tedious but it's mostly been easy and occasionally fun - I like skimming my old fics and deciding on tags for them. lots of AO3 talk )

Speaking of LotR, [personal profile] franzeska commented on the Dreamwidth side of the Fanlore post I did a couple weeks ago to ask whether I remembered the vampire hobbits fad from a few years back, and I had to say no, I think it was before my time. Does anyone else remember who the authors were, when that happened and where they got archived?


Dec. 27th, 2009 09:47 am
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (frodo writing by nefithilwen)
Yesterday I did some editing at Fanlore (the OTW wiki about fan history and cultures) for the first time in a few months. I did a bunch of editing back in the fall of last year and at the time there were a lot of other people working on subjects I was interested in, so when I felt like going in I would always just click on the Recent Changes page and go from there. These days though most of the edits are about zines, which I don't know anything about, so that doesn't work. Still, I was inspired by [personal profile] facetofcathy's idea of keeping a Fanlore log on one's journal, since it's so hard to be social about it over there on the wiki (where for the most part you only get any feedback when you've done something wrong). Like even yesterday I was doing edits and then someone else was responding to them - fixing my mistakes and adding other content - and that was great, but I couldn't really figure out the space to say thank you.

Yesterday I added some content to the main Merlin page and a few of the LotR subpages about hobbits. If you read my journal maybe you're interested in some of the same fandoms, so you could check out my user contributions page to get links to what I've been working on. Fix my mistakes, fill in my outlines, or suggest new topics that needs to be added. You could do some editing yourself or tell me here about what you think should be done.

I'm leaving town tomorrow and won't be online much this next week, but I'm around today and happy to answer any questions you have...though I don't especially know what I'm doing either. :)
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (martha by prettyquotable)
I found these parody Kirk/Spock pon farr stories yesterday through a link on a Fanlore page (lots more variations listed there) and they made me laugh a lot, so I thought I'd pass on the links. Logic and Lubricity, or, K/S as told by Jane Austen; with some less seemly parts, by Mary Ellen Curtin. And, for you academics out there (and those who like to laugh at academics), Unpacking Pon Farr: Kirk, Spock, and the image of the female void by Brancher. (My favorite line: "Jim, is it possible that within the structure of this text, we could engage in the free play of signifiers?")

And just now ran into this article in The New York Observer analyzing the U.S. presidential race in terms of Kirk and Spock: Be Logical, Captain! by Jason Horowitz. (That article doesn't take a slashy angle, but someone else sure could.)


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