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.
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: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merry!)
I made so few fanworks in 2013 that it doesn't make sense to do the questions meme, as much as I normally enjoy that, but I can't resist making a list and a graph.

a list and a graph )

So, you know, just my least productive year in fandom ever, but what are you gonna do. I would like to say some positive things:
-Lots of ladies!
-I like making sets of things! I think my [community profile] kink_bingo blackout with 25 different femslash ships for 25 different kinks is really, and so is my set of podfics in space.
-I had fun with that Amy/Rosa podfic last week, and it's made me want to get back into podficcing again. Conveniently, I expect to have a little more time alone at home over the next few months than I did the last few months.
-I know I will make at least one vid in 2014, because I'm signed up for [community profile] festivids and they are due in... ah ha ha less than two weeks! No, but it's cool, I have clipped and I have a song. I will manage something.
-Having just made a bunch of links, I think I will update my podfic index today, and maybe even post to [community profile] amplificathon
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
[personal profile] leish asked me to talk about "a story you would really like to read that doesn't exist yet, or doesn't exist quite how you want it to" for the 17th.

stories about girls )

Then I was going to complain about this other pairing that scandalously had no fics for it last time I looked, but now there is ONE so I'm going to go read that, hooray!
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
For December 15th, [personal profile] fitz_y asked me to name my top five femslash ships in any fandom, ever, and this caused me to reflect that I don't have much experience with what I think of as the big femslash ships. I like femslash and I think a lot of people see me as a femslasher, but I don't have the really strong feelings about any femslash pairings that I have more often had for boyslash pairings.

I mean other than Gwen/Morgana )

So idk trying to answer this sort of made me feel like a bad femslasher. :( I really do like all kinds of ships! Just not usually in an epic way.
sophinisba: Troy and Abed from Community sitting on a couch with a computer in front of them (troy abed by carly-icons)
[personal profile] eruthros asked me to say "something about vidding? Maybe how you think about the process of vidding vs the process of writing or podficcing? Or a vid commentary? Or something like that?"

idk )

There is my post about vidding! [personal profile] emei also made a post about vidding for the December meme today, and it's much more coherent than mine, hurrah! Now I shall go rewatch some source! And maybe tomorrow I'll see about making some clips and even putting them into iMovie, and then I will feel better about the Festivids checkin this weekend. Thanks, [personal profile] eruthros!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (winter tree by liviapenn)
[personal profile] via_ostiense asked me about my favorite flavor of ice cream. If I had to choose one I'd probably say coffee, but I also appreciate strawberry, cookies and cream, and some other flavors. I used to go to Dairy Queen and get mud pie Blizzards, or peanut butter cup ones, those are awesome. But there aren't a lot of Dairy Queens near where I live now and I guess I haven't missed it much. Frozen yogurt is bigger around here and I've always thought fro-yo tasted kind of weird.

I'm not really into ice cream in general these days. I used to buy cartons and then it would stay in the freezer for months and months and get gross. B buys it and I'll have a little dish from time to time. I also used to really like gelato from certain fancy gelato places, but on the other hand never really got excited about the fancy local ice cream places that B and other friends of mine love. One of the flavors my friends get excited about is salted caramel and I can't stand that stuff, ugh.

And since it's a Wednesday let's do a quick reading meme. I finished Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, continued to like but not love it. I read a pretty good chunk of Purple Hibiscus this week and just a little bit of Claire of the Sea Light, still haven't really gotten into that one. Then last night the ebook of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places became available through my library, so I expect to be reading that and nothing else for the next few days. Right now I'm about a quarter of the way through and pretty well engrossed, though so far I'm not enjoying it nearly as much as I did Gone Girl, which kinda ate up my life when I read it last year.

Oh, and I skimmed a library book called 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget which I'm pretty sure is just a compilation of blog posts from Wise Bread. It's pretty repetitive and silly but, you know, nice for glancing through, lots of lists of little tips for saving money on groceries, gifts, etc.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (fyff one day)
I hadn't read any fic in ages, but I had some insomnia Friday night and went looking around the AO3 and ended up with a really nice long X-Men WIP called Pantheon by [archiveofourown.org profile] Yahtzee. It's a Roman slave AU mainly an Erik/Charles love story but also featuring Logan and Rogue and Emma and some other people. At the time I was reading over the weekend it was at four out of eleven chapters but the author just posted another one tonight, so it's now up to just under 50K and I have more achy sad fic to read while curling up with my cat and ignoring my other responsibilities tonight.

I also started another Erik/Charles fic, it's like one of us woke up by [personal profile] kaydeefalls the other day. It's a long canon-divergent AU and all Charles POV (Charles is my favorite) with peril and feelings and I'm enjoying that one a lot too.

I never really got into this fandom but now I feel all nostalgic for it. :) I guess there's another movie coming out next year and ... I can't even really say I'm looking forward to it because I kind of expect there to be a lot of disability fail along with the same kind of gross sexism and racism we saw in XMFC. But also James McAvoy's beautiful face! Feelings about found family and community! Erik and Charles and their doomed love! <3 <3

I've only read a few more pages of those novels I mentioned last week, Flight Behavior and Purple Hibiscus. Man, life is different when you're not traveling.

In other news, I am happy with my Festivids assignment. B suggested a song that I like a lot and we're planning on rewatching the source together soon. I have a bunch of ideas for treats I could make but I think making my official assignment plus one treat is a good goal to aim for (you know, after not making any vids all year).
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (time lord by keksx)
Okay, well, I'm still hoping to write and vid a little more before the end of the year but I'm pretty sure I'm done podficcing, so here's the Year in Podfic meme! Previous editions are on my meme: year in review tag.

list )

stats (and graphs!) )

questions )

Would you like to do this meme? Here are the questions I used. Obvs you can adapt them however you like!

fandom

Sep. 25th, 2012 07:57 pm
sophinisba: Lancelot with text: Chicks dig scars (lancelot scars by miakun)
Hey all, thank you for your sweet birthday wishes last wee. My day off was not too awesome but I had nice days before and after and a lovely, fannishly productive weekend. I finished my first bingo for this round of [community profile] kink_bingo! And I feel pretty confident that I can finish two more (top row and middle row) before the end of October. I have ideas for all the squares I need to fill except for:
-temperature play featuring a trans or genderqueer character, or
-sex toys (non-penetrating) featuring a character of color. Suggestions welcome!



It's been a rough week for many people in podfic fandom. And even for folks who are doing well otherwise, it's always nice to have some extra love! Thus:
'Podficcers Love Meme' over sky and wheat field
Podficcers Love Meme: ON DW | ON LJ

Here is my thread. ♥ ♥ ♥



[personal profile] fitz_y got me signed up within an hour after [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays opened yesterday! As often happens when I decide to go be social in mainstream Merlin fandom I felt very out of place at first, but I did see some more friendly names and signups later on. It looks like there are still five spots left for writers and unlimited spaces for artists and vidders with signups closing Thursdays. And it will probably turn out to be a lot of fun in the end, just like [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon was even though signups freaked me out both years. :)



Today I watched the second-to-last episode of the first season of Teen Wolf and stuff happened that either
-I'd been really frustrated hadn't earlier before because come on, people, or
-I'd heard vague things about before and was glad to finally see what the fuss is about,
so that was nice. I enjoyed it.
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: 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!

icon meme!

Sep. 4th, 2011 05:13 pm
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
So [personal profile] paraka decided to throw an impromptu "Podfic a novel in three days" fest this weekend and, since I was behind with my [community profile] ladiesbigbang project, I sorta joined in. It's been nice keeping tabs on each other on Twitter; I tend to make a lot of "Editing is hard! Podfic is a stupid hobby!"-type Tweets whenever I'm doing this stuff, but this weekend other people are actually responding and tweeting about similar things, both good and bad. So that's been a lot of fun and I'm feeling pretty good about being able to finish my rough drafts by the end of the long weekend.

Even so, my goodness is podfic editing time-consuming and tedious! So it's time for an icon meme! I asked [personal profile] such_heights to pick five of my icons because we have an amusing number of icons in common. Let me know if you would like to play and I will pick five of yours!

icon talk! )

book meme

Aug. 13th, 2011 10:48 am
sophinisba: Wil and Ma from Saving Face watching TV (saving face by glass_icarus)
I have written most of a personal update type post. Maybe I will finish that sometime. Things are going well though!

Also I have started watching Mad Men (all four seasons available on Netflix streaming) and I love it.

Now here is that NPR SF/F book meme! This is a list of Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books as voted on by more than 60,000 people at npr.org. For the meme, strong the ones you've read, emphasis the ones you intend to read, underline the ones you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read. (I'm not really bothering with the strike because I don't have strong feelings about most of the ones I haven't read, but I probably will not read them.)

a bunch of books mostly by white guys! )

I've been enjoying reading this meme and reactions to it on other people's journals and I liked Glen Weldon's explanation/commentary. (Glen is part of the NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour so it is is fun to imagine it in his voice - especially the line "Be a dude.") [personal profile] eruthros is starting up a top 100 speculative fiction works as chosen by people in fandom list, now in the nominations stage.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen smiling by hermitsoul)
Here is a fun meme that I saw on [personal profile] torachan's journal and since then on a few others'. My top-ten fics by AO3 hitcounts:

List and thoughts )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
[personal profile] anatsuno made up this meme:

Tell us about your open tabs without editing (unless you really need to).

This is fewer tabs than I usually have open. )

Memetastic

Feb. 13th, 2011 09:49 pm
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (frodo writing by nefithilwen)
First, here is another fest link:



[Multifandom friendship fic fest]


Yay, something to do on Valentine's Day besides thinking about romantic love!

Now let's have another meme! From [livejournal.com profile] rubynye,

Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

I don't actually have a WIP folder, but here are a bunch of file names of unfinished fics. Some of them are very old! I put fandom folders in bold and subfolders in italics.

LOTR FP )

LOTR RP )

Faculty )

HP )

Firefly, Lost, Supernatural )

Merlin omg )

That took a long time but it was fun!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (monica awesome by lay_of_luthien)
I've already recorded three short podfics for the [community profile] chromatic_podfic challenge (without having signed up yet ha ha)! Editing will come later but shouldn't be too bad (I mean, one case looks like it'll be challenging but in a good way). What I've done so far has been fun but does not fit too well with my NYR to make more podfics of over 30 minutes. Maybe you can help me out by recommending some good fics starring characters of color or from fandoms where the creators are people of color, and that are between 5000 and 10,000 words, any genre.

One character I'm especially interested in is Martha Jones, but strangely enough (or maybe just because I don't read a lot of Whofic except for multifandom challenges I'm in) my favorite Martha fics that I can think of are all remixes or remixed, and I don't want to record one of those stories without its complement, but because of the old remixy POV shift and most of the other characters being white, one of the two stories is not really appropriate for this challenge. (Maybe I can do them later though!)

And now, let's have a meme!

Name a character from one of my fandoms and I'll give you:
a) a fact about them from my personal canon
b) a reason he/she sucks
c) a reason he/she is amazing
d) a thing that I'd like to see happen to them
e) someone that I can't ship that character with

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