Fic as meta

May. 1st, 2017 10:04 am
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I was writing a fic yesterday (another Bill fic, I know, apparently I love her that much) and I was reflecting on the things that trigger me to write about a particular character or fandom. I mean, there are a lot of characters out there that I love, but I never write fic for them. Ditto for fandoms and universes. Why do particular ones grab me and make me write?

And one of the conclusions I reached is that I use fic as a way of writing meta. I'm not a person who writes meta essays particularly well. It's not my thing. So when I need to think about a character and their reactions or backstory or my headcanons for them, it comes out most effectively in the form of fic.

Sure, I'm shallow, and sometimes I just want to write a silly or fun story. I've got a fair few of those.

But a huge chunk of my ficcing is about me working through thoughts about a particular character, or relationship, or fandom universe. Even my AUs seem to stem from that.

And I think that's why I'm writing Bill fics right now, because I have so many thoughts and feelings about her and there are so many things I want to explore about her. It's the first time I've had a Who companion I wanted to write about since Donna! I loved Amy, but I never had that itch to write fic for her because I didn't feel any great need to expand on what I saw onscreen. There was nothing in her character that made me think.

But Donna? And now Bill? Even when I wrote my one Clara fic, it was actually about Bill, because it was the only way I could discuss what I was feeling about her. I have thoughts. So many thoughts. And writing them into a meta essay isn't a format I'm comfortable working in, but putting them into fics?

That's how I meta.
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*blows dust off blog*

Ahem. Yes. I am terrible about updating. BUT. I figured it might be handy if I listed somewhere which panels I'm on at Nine Worlds THIS WEEKEND OMG HOW IS IT SO SOON. Don't believe the schedule - there's a small back-end issue with one of my panels, where I had to turn one down due to a clash but the listing still has me down on the turned down one. Woops!

So, if you want to see me be geeky, here's where you can find me:

Friday, 3.15pm: Writing Superheroes

Join Emma (signe_chan), Ollie, and I as we discuss writing superheroes in our fic. The ins and outs, the interesting aspects to explore, the way fic explores superpowers. However you define superheroes and superpowers, whether it's DC/Marvel or Buffy, this is the panel to be at.

Friday, 5pm: WILD SPECULATION: Star Trek

Round-table speculation about the movies and the forthcoming TV series. The wilder the idea, the better!

Saturday, 11.45am: History of Femslash

Llyn, Cleo, Roz Kaveny and I will be talking about femslash and its history, discussing where it began, where we all began in it, and how it has changed over the years. Whether you're new to femslash or an old hand, this is a panel for you! Wanna know what the first written femslash pairing probably was? Or what in heck a Xena Uber was? (And why so much lesbian fiction from the early 2000s looks suspiciously Xena-like?) Audience participation is encouraged and we'll be trying to put together an actual timeline on a large piece of paper during the panel.

Sunday, 9am: Why we love femslash

Despite the early hour, this is a celebration panel! Why do we love femslash? What are the tropes and stories we adore? Come and spend 45 minutes squeeing with Llyn, Cleo, and I about the joys of f/f romance in our favourite shows, books, and movies. There's only one rule: the phrase "femslash is better than dudeslash because..." is outlawed :-D
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The weekend was largely spent veging out, for once. I spent Saturday morning taking down the last of the Christmas decs and stashing them under the stairs, did a bit of writing...and then huddled up with a book for the rest of the day. It was lovely, even if my reading material was about the history of cholera.

I needed something slightly brainless on Sunday morning, due to recovering from a migraine, so I dragged out a puzzle and put on some podcasts. It's been ages since I last faffed around with a puzzle, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. This might be my project for a while, but I'm already trying to work out when I'll next have a couple of hours free to continue working on.

*sigh* I have a feeling that I'm going to be buying more puzzles. I do have a bit of a softness for the Thomas Kincaid designs.

My brain returned enough yesterday to finish the cholera book, so that's all good. And even though I only actually wrote new words on Saturday, I did make a ton of notes on a potential new novel idea. I've got a broad outline of what I want it to do, some characters, and a list of stuff I'd need to research in order to write it, anyway. I've made all the notes and firmly put it into the idea queue so it can ferment a bit.

There's a blog in my head post on DS9 season 3 and why it's an important turning point for the show, but that's best written on another day. When I have enough brain for it.

Instead, I'll leave you with a new essay by Foz Meadows on fanfiction, which I thought was fascinating and thought provoking and worthy of much discussion.
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Ganked from [personal profile] sineala last year, and repeated due to cool questions :-).

Writing meme below the cut )
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Happy Holidays, everyone!

And I got the BEST Yuletide gifts :-) I can't believe I actually got fics in the tiny fandom that I'd been super hoping just to get one little thing in.

I got two!

skies above can't be stormy and Love-All are both based on this awesome little film, and my heart is filled with joy by them :-)

Hope everyone else is enjoy their day, and finding amazing fics in the Yuletide collection to read. Just don't forget to eat delicious food and watch Doctor Who, okay?
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Today for the December talking meme, [personal profile] captainhillshipper asked me for my favourite fic and why I love it. Which is basically impossible to narrow down to just one fic, in the same way I can't pick just one book or movie (anyone who wants the rundown on those - I'm still taking topic suggestions!), so it has to come down to a list.

Most of these fics are ones I've read in the last five years or so, because my memory for fics I read further back than that is...hazy. Any older fics on this list stood out like woah. Sadly, that means fandoms I was active in for a long time (SG1, Buffy) are not represented well. Er, at all. Everything blurred into a mush.

Also, bookmarking and Kindling today makes remembering newer favourites so much easier than it used to be. There are fics that I remember loving at the time, enough to reread multiple times, but all I can remember is fandom, pairing, and maybe a vague premise. Maybe. The archives they were on are long gone, which makes them pretty much impossible to trace. Hence the bias towards newer fics.

The fics below are the ones that I've read a dozen or more times, the ones I open when I need a pick-me-up or a cosy afternoon with a cup of tea. I love them to little bitty pieces and keep going back to them. Bashing my favourite fics ain't gonna win you points here, is what I'm saying :-)

Launch Your Assault: I've lost count of how many times I've read this. It's a Clint/Coulson college AU by one of my favourite fic writers, and there's something about the mix of angst, porn, self-discovery, and porn, that really registers with me every time I read it. (No, it's just just the porn.)

Ordinary Workplace Hazards, Or SHIELD and OSHA Aren't On Speaking Terms: I might have read this one as many times as LYA, it's hard to tell. It's a Clint/Coulson fic that has one of the hottest non-sex scenes I've read, and it's the fic that launched this ship for me. I love it enough to have it on my Kindle and in two different podfic readings on my iPod.

Motion Practice: An Avengers lawyer AU sounds like it should be the most boring thing ever, but it really isn't. Loads of well-written, novel-length fics. My favourite pairings. Emotionally difficult but hugely satisfying stories. I've read the original fic multiple times and most of the others at least twice. They're gorgeous.

Men of Our Word: I read this so many times when I was Sparrington shipping hard. And then last year I got a craving, spent an evening tracking it down to reread, and I still love it to a ridiculous degree.

#435, The Atlantis Local Stitch'n'Bitch: I'm linking to the text of this, because I have no idea where I got the podfic version of it from. That's the version I've listened to fifty billion times, though. It's maybe my favourite McShep fic and I can't even articulate why.

Drastically Redefining Protocol: By the same author as the last fic, this is the Merlin Royalty AU of my heart. It's my favourite Merlin fic. It's ridiculous and awesome and I'm never, ever getting over it.

So there we go, this is my list, and in about five minutes I'm going to realise there were a dozen other fics that I wanted to list here as well, but never mind. This list is the fics that came immediately to mind when I was asked this question, which speaks to how much I love them.

Anyone else want to share some favourites?
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For the first time since my wisdom tooth extraction, I actually feel pretty good. My face doesn't hurt, I can eat reasonably well, I spent the whole weekend sleeping so I'm not totally exhausted...I feel almost normal. Fingers crossed, this will last all week!

Or at least, through today, because we're having a team pizza lunch and I need to be in top condition to enjoy it. Heh.

My weekend was pretty much sleep, sleep, recover from sleep-induced headache, sleep some more. With a lot of catching up on Strictly. And, obviously, watching Doctor Who, which was thoroughly weird and strange and I loved it.

(I might be biased, but I'm really loving season eight. I know it doesn't suit everyone, but I think there's been some great stuff this year. Then again, Doctor Who is something I can rarely look at with a critical eye until a couple of years after an episode first aired, so it could just be the DW joy speaking *shrug*)

I'd summarise last week's teevees, but I haven't seen Once Upon a Time yet or NCIS:NOLA, so I'm going to wait until tomorrow for that. It's just so lovely to have stuff on my telly box. My poor Netflix subscription hasn't been touched for ten days.

Clearly, they know that having actual teevees might be an issue. Otherwise they wouldn't have told me that S2 of Ripper Street and three more Midsomer Murders series are up. I promise, Netflix, I'll be back soon.

I was also going to do another topic post, because I've got some good ones burning a hole in my planning sheet, but...it's Monday. Thinking is overrated on a Monday. You can have a thoughtful post later in the week.

Instead, I'll let anyone who might be interested know about my Marvel Big Bang posting dates:

25th October
Winter Soldier's Redemption: a 40k Steve/Bucky steampunk AU fic.

10th November
A Thousand Miles and Poles Apart: a 45k Clint/Coulson actor AU fic.

I can't believe how much I wrote for MBB this year. It was a 10k minimum. Clearly, my brain knows nothing about minimums.
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Every now and again, I look at the responsibilities I have and the number of people who come to me looking for guidance or consultation on projects...and I have a momentary freak out. Why do people keep thinking I know stuff? Why do they want my approval before they do things? Why do they think I can fix this?

And then I do it, fixing the things and providing answers and showing people what to do, and I realise...yeah. This has happened because I'm actually pretty good at my job.

In my head, I'm still that scared seventeen year old kid who'll never figure out what she wants, and is about to spend around eight years going down various paths before settling into something. In my head, I don't have eight years of experience in IT and a bunch of successful projects behind me. My headcanon for myself doesn't match reality.

It's a little odd, sometimes. Hopefully I'm not the only person who feels that way :-D

In other news…

I have finally broken ground on my [community profile] femslashex fic. This is possibly the latest I've ever got before starting an exchange fic, so I'm slightly freaking out, but it'll be fine. It's not going to be a novel, but that's probably a good thing. I'm trying to edit several long fics (two over 40k) and taking on another big fic just before NaNo might break me. It's not the pairing or the POV character I thought that I'd pick when I got my assignment.

I'm actually pretty happy to have picked it, though. Even if it means I'm going for a rarepair within a fandom with a really low femslash percentage.

At some stage, I really need to write a sequel for last year's femslashex fic.

At some stage, I need to write that Jane/Sif role reversal fic I keep getting bunnied for with gifs on Tumblr.

At some stage, I need to work out what will be my Christmas fic.

There are two many 'at some stage' notes in this post :-D
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It's autumn so it's getting to that seasonal time of year, when all the holiday exchanges and ficathons start opening up sign-ups and it gets tempting to SIGN UP FOR EVERYTHING OMG...

But I'm being sensible.

I'll sign up for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and that's it *puts on determined face*

This is not to say that I'm not over-committing myself. Let's face it, I'm still going to do that. I'm planning to do NaNo and write the library urban fantasy novel. So that'll eat up November quite nicely. And I'll attempt to get some kind of MCU fic written and posted as a Christmas treat, because that's the way I roll. Plus, I've got two Marvel Big Bang fics to finish editing and post before November, so that's going to keep me occupied.

But Yuletide will be my only seasonal exchange this year. You all heard me, right?

Today we're endlessly waiting for test data and twiddling thumbs. So I'm writing some of the AU prompts I got on Tumblr. And somehow the little ficlet I'm writing has turned into a meta discussion about masks and their wearers.

Hmm.

How do people write short? HOW?
selenay: (writing)
*blows dust off the furniture*

Hello! Yes, I aten't dead. Again.

But I have been finding it increasingly difficult to put together anything approaching an actual blog post. One with words and thoughts and so on. It's much easier to chatter on Twitter and reblog stuff on Tumblr and my brain has been on a "do the easier things" setting for most of the winter. There's a lot of reasons for my absence and lack of braining, including (but not limited to):

WINTER - This has been the worst winter since my first one in Canada. So, so cold. So much snow. Constant, unrelenting snow and ice and shovelling and falling over. I've been feeling quite low a lot of the time, with occasional forays into irrational dread when another snow storm is forecast. If we can please not have another winter like this for a few years, that would be great.

If spring could start to show up, that would also be great. It was -15C this morning, before windchill was added. There's another big snow storm predicted for later this week. IT'S FRICKING MARCH.

So yes, winter. My brain got eaten by winter. And also...

Writing - Cut for lengthy stuff about writing )

My current plan is to mostly take April off from fanfic and concentrate on an original story. It's something that's been rattling around my brain for a while and I'm reaching the "must write this" stage now. This week I've been writing a short story connected to it, just to get it out of my head, and I'm itching to get to the main piece. I don't know whether it will go anywhere beyond the hard drive of my computer, but I want to try and I'm planning to use Camp NaNoWriMo as the motivation for it. AFter all, the regular NaNo got me mostly through writing a fanfic novel. Hopefully it's baby cousin can keep me on track for something original. At least for the first month, anyway.

(I'm not calling it a novel, in case it gets intimidated and runs away from me before I finish it. Set the bar low and all that.)

If people see me chattering about Zombie Circus, that's what I'm doing. There are no actual zombies in the circus. My working titles only make sense to me :-D
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Help needed!

Specifically, anyone with any kind of familiarity with the American schooling system would be massively appreciated right now. I'm plotting out a high school AU and for various logistical reasons (namely, 90% of the canon characters are American and my brain would hurt too much trying to shoehorn them all into an English sixth form college) it's going to need to be set in an American high school.

I mean, I can vague my way through a fair bit based on watching and reading a fair bit of stuff set in high school, but there are some specifics that I feel like I may need solid info on. At least, enough that I don't sound entirely crazy to actual American readers. High school AUs are a fantasy version of high school anyway, but accidentally having my kids writing UCAS applications that don't exist may be pushing the bounds. A bit.

So.

Questions under the cut )

Seriously, any help with any of this (even just links or snippets that I can pull together to build my verse) would be hugely helpful.
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NaNoWriMo is going surprisingly well. I started this with no actual expectation of hitting 50k - I was aiming for maybe 30k and managing to write at least some words most days. I'd hit a slump after the massive push to finish the steampunk AU and even though I'd been writing and prodding at bits and pieces, I hadn't really been able to throw myself into anything for a couple of months.

Elizabeth Bear often talks about post-novel ennui, that state where you've put so much into the big push to finish a novel and you've thrown so much of yourself into said novel that all you want to do is slump on the sofa with a stack of DVDs, books, and food until you've recharged.

That's where I'd been for a couple of months and I was struggling to get past it so I decided to do NaNo and see if that jolts me out of it. I'm doing it rebel style, working on multiple projects including finishing a WIP that's been in hibernation since June due to the steampunk AU.

The WIP has a working title of Match Made in Heaven but I usually just call it the crackfic wingfic AU. I wrote 10k back in June and then had to put it aside to get the steampunk AU written. I had this idea that it wouldn't be a long fic, definitely under 20k, and it would be sweet and fluffy and silly. I poked at it a bit in October, added an extra 5k, and put it aside again.

Since the beginning of November I've added 27k. It's definitely not *short*. With the other short little things I've done, I'm at over 30k for the month already so I've more than hit my original NaNo goal and I may actually be thinking that 50k looks achievable now. I'm even far enough ahead of goal that if I lose a couple of writing days this weekend, I still might make the 50k.

Most excitingly, I've remembered why I like writing big fics and why it's so much easier to just power through one huge project rather than prodding at half a dozen things at the same time. It's the main thing running through my mind whenever I have time to think - thinking about how the next scenes should run, rehearsing dialogue, picturing things, nudging at plot barriers and finding ways over them. This is the part of writing I really love and I guess my big learning from NaNo will be that while I *can* flutter around projects, I enjoy writing most when I'm focusing on one project at a time.

I said that after the steampunk AU, didn't I? One day this message will actually stick.

The other learning will be that when the fic calls for it, I can actually write smut. I'll need my beta to tell me whether it's good quality smut, but this fic? Yeah, it's getting a high rating. Oops?
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Ugh. I've spent half the morning feel utterly icky (shivery, cold, sniffly, sore throat) and wondering why the hell I'm so tired and gross feeling.

Then I remembered that yesterday was Humira day and therefore I'm probably having a bad post-Humira day. Mostly I feel fine the day after I take it, but there are some weeks where the day after is fairly miserable. Fingers crossed this is the problem and I'm not getting an infection.

The joys of taking immuno-modulators. You never know whether you're feeling icky because of actual infection-type illness or your meds. Blergh. Hopefully I'll feel fine by this evening because I'm supposed to be going out for Thai food with my aunt to celebrate her birthday.

I'm now well into the process of editing my Marvel Big Bang fic. Or at least, I've read through and made dozens of notes on the first few chapters and now I've hit the part where I got into my writing stride so the remaining chapters shouldn't be as messy. Oddly, it's chapter two that needs the most work and some actual wholesale rewrites. I've also discovered there's a scene missing that I was sure I remembered writing (maybe I just wrote it in my head?) and I used some information from it in a later chapter but IT'S NOT IN THE MANUSCRIPT. So now I have to work out where I can slot that scene in or, if I can't, where I can slot in that information without inserting a random infodump. This is probably the downside to my writing habits, where I start writing and keep going until I hit the "Ooh, *that's* what I'm doing" stage and suddenly everything takes off and pulls me along with it. On the other hand, at least this habit still nets me completed fics even if the clean-up work in editing can be a bitch.

On the very positive side, my fic got an art claim within a couple of hours of claims opening so I feel much more relaxed about that side of things :-D Last year mine was one of the last and I got worried nobody would want it. Apparently this year I mastered the art of writing an enticing summary. Woot!

I'm incredibly tempted to put my name down for [Unknown site tag] because it's such an awesome ficathon, but that would probably lead to deadline burn out if I also want to do Yuletide. I've got bingos to write for and I'll probably be working up a gift fic or two for Christmas, so adding in the femslash ficathon would just be overkill. I'm remembering November and December last year and kind of shuddering. So many deadlines. So much flailing.

So I'll pass this year and preserve my sanity. After all, I've got ladies_bingo to write for, which should spur me into some femslash, plus some Darcy/Natasha plot bunnies biting my ankles and I have a horrible feeling I might possibly be looking for Darcy/Sif fics as well after Thor 2 :-D
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Today I am having the fun of arguing about the existence or otherwise of a table with the DBAs.

Hint: it exists.

Hint 2: half my code would be broken if it didn't exist.

Conclusion: clearly someone here has gone blind and it ain't me.

The argument is because I need them to change some columns and apparently if they declare it non-existent, they won't do the change. Except, uh, it's there. I'm looking right at the data I just selected from it.

*headdesk*

And people say my job doesn't require deep and meaningful thoughts on the wider issues at hand. I'm debating the nature of existence, guys! Totes deep and meaningful :-D

Cut for witterings about fanfic and writing in general )
selenay: (writing)
This week's work clusterfuck is too complicated to detail so I'll just summarise: nobody knows what the hell they want us to launch on Canada Day weekend so my team is being pulled in half a dozen different directions at once.

It's exactly as fun as it sounds.

I'm blaming this in part for the fact that I've started writing the crackiest, daftest fic I could possibly think of. It's probably also contributing to me getting a lot of words down on my Marvel Big Bang fic at the same time.

Well, the work stress and the sight of my editing notes on the fic I finished last week. It's not that it's a bad story and I know that it's salvageable, but it needs some serious work. Several sections need rewriting, there are two new scenes needed and a heck of a lot of other scenes need tweaking and smoothing before it will even be ready to go to my beta. Otherwise it will be a four rounds of betaing fic and Fahre will kill me if we do that again :-D

So I'm spending all my spare minutes writing total crack and the Marvel Big Bang and for some reason, because they're both weird and silly and fun fics, I think I'm producing words that aren't terrible. The crack fic has same feeling I had writing Dreams and Circus Crowds: it's fluffy and silly with maybe a hint of angst and I'm having so much fun the words just flow. And as with that one, I thought it would be a short silly fic but I suspect it will be something more significant.

I'm flying by the seat of my pants on it and seeing where it takes me :-D

This year's Marvel Big Bang fic is also proving to be fun now that I'm getting some momentum on it. I knew going in that it would be a long fic, but I'm getting a better feel for just how long now that I'm really working on it: Very Long. Oops. I've got nearly three months to get the first draft together, though, so it's definitely doable.

It's reminding me of why I enjoy writing after a few weeks of working on something that I think will be good when I've kicked it into shape, but was definitely hard work rather than fun. The hard work fics aren't bad to work on, not at all. Sometimes they produce something that I didn't think I was capable of doing.

But I'm starting to notice that the ones that start out as weird crack fun fics and then somehow grow into something deeper (but still fun) as I write seem to produce my best writing. I wonder why?
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Oh look, it's 2007 all over again. Well done, Amazon.

Cut for length )

Hopefully Kindle Worlds will go the way of Fanlib and die a quiet, ignomnious death. At the moment that seems the most likely future for it, given the level of uproar and the fact that 99% of readers/writers are already planning to simply pretend it doesn't exist. Fingers are all firmly crossed.
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Over the last two weeks my stress levels have reached the kind of levels where I'm either going to end up sick or fall over in a heap of crying. Last night I bowed out of knit night early because I was so tired. I had a browse in the bookshop we meet in and *the books scared me* because of all the words. That's how overwhelmed I am. So this weekend my plan is to do everything I can to de-stress. Tomorrow is my day off and, touch wood, I'll actually *get* my day off. So I've got three days to get less stressed :-D

Plans tomorrow include:

- Hairdresser for colour and cut
- Sleeping in
- Quality time with my unread comics and stack of books from the library
- A long, long soak in the bath with some kind of bath melt that includes lavender
- Yummy pasta carbonara for supper

I'm terrible at staying the bath. No joke, I'm never able to do it unless I've got something to read or listen to. So I'm looking for recs!

Audiobooks! Podfic! Stuff that will make me laugh or sigh but absolutely no nightmares! What should I be listening to in the bath tomorrow? And in the car next week and so forth? (Don’t worry, the iPod sits well away from the bath and I listen to it on speakers).

Also, if anyone has favourite headphones they love then I'm looking to replace my iPod earbuds with something that isn't falling apart. They need to be small and compact (so I can throw them in my handbag easily) but comfortable. And if they've got noise cancelling dodads then that would be awesome. Tell me about your earphones, I need some guidance.

Saturday's plans currently include:

- Comic shop
- French patisserie (it's been months since I did that)
- More reading of library books and comics
- Watching Iron Man 1 & 2
- Ordering takeout for supper

I'm going to need to make some granola and visit the bank and buy light bulbs over the weekend, but those are tiny little things. Mostly this weekend will be about relaxing and trying to get myself back into the habit of sleeping at night.

Apart from anything else, if I'm this exhausted and stressed at the end of next week then Iron Man 3 after work on Friday may not go well. Exhausted me plus 3D glasses seems like a bad combo. I want to squee, not fall asleep midway through because I was so tired I couldn't keep my eyes open even for an awesome film.
selenay: (writing)
The emails came out today with dates and details for this year's [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang! Author signups open on May 1st, close on May 8th. If anyone else is interested :-D

Cut for slightly lengthy fic discussion )

Does anyone know if/when any Avengers-specific Big Bangs are running? I liked Marvel Big Bang last year, but it would be good to know what all the options are before I commit. Or, you know, have some idea on whether I want to do more than one BB this year :-D

It might be fun to try out a reverse big bang, if that's running again.

Fahre, stop looking at me like that. I vowed not to sign up for any challenges until after March. It's after March. No, don't shake your finger at me. I'm not going to overload myself again this year, I promise. Um.

In other news...

I'm so freaking happy that it's Friday and I can sleep for a long time tomorrow. So damn tired. There are things I need to do (specifically, do the paper edits on the mechanic AU) but my major aim tomorrow is to catch up on some sleep and read the latest Fables tpb. With Doctor Who as the highlight of the day, obvs :-D

Last night I did some housekeeping on my PVR and officially broke up with Gray's Anatomy. It's gone. All episodes deleted and setting removed. This way I won't decide to watch the last few episodes, just for completion, and end up getting sucked back in again. Nope.

I'm also seriously considering breaking up with Bones at the end of the season. That will leave me with NCIS, CSI:NY, Arrow, and Once Upon a Time as my regular cable tv shows.

Er, yes, I have noticed that frees up some time and space for the SHIELD tv show :-D

OK, maybe I should also admit that I intend to add Teen Wolf to the schedule when (if *sigh*) it starts airing up here in June. MTV is, apparently, completely different up here from what's shown in the States so I'll just have to wait and see what airs where. Oh, Canada, you continue to baffle me five years after moving here.

At least SHIELD will be on ABC and that means we'll definitely get it up here :-D

And I'll be recording it off ABC if at all possible, particularly if CTV gets it as well, because I don't trust CTV with things after the clusterfuck that's been their Arrow broadcasts.

*looks at previous journal entries* Wow, this week I've apparently been obsessed with TV despite not watching much. Must be the total mind-melting exhaustion. Next week I'll be talking about something much more sensible.

Like comics :-D
selenay: (anti-social)
Xena fandom, I love you. And I want to go back and reread old favourites.

But most of the best older Xena/Gabrielle stuff has never been put up on AO3. I am woecakes over this for I want Kindle-compatible Xena fic. Drat.

This brought to you by me rewatching Xena on Netflix. Now I have cravings. But very little fic :-(
selenay: (avengers 1)
The problem with working from home due to snow is that I get to find out how many awful things my cats do during the day when I'm normally not here. Guys, please, is all that really necessary?

The other problem is that when a deployment to a higher-level test environment goes wrong due to DBAs being less than helpful there's no facility for me to walk over to their cubicle and express my displeasure in a calm, rational, controlled manner. Which leads to me venting on IM to my co-project guy and then on Twitter.

The last problem is that I think a lot about non-work stuff because I'm sitting here silently fuming at people I cannot physically glare at because they're in their homes 30km away.

Like today, when I've been thinking about what I write and why and what kinds of fanfic I read and why.

And why I sometimes feel like my gen Doctor Who adventure writing had more artistic merit than my slashy Avengers fic. Except I'm pretty sure my writing is better in my slashy Avengers fic but yet my confused little brain still feels like the Doctor Who stuff was Proper Writing and the Avengers stuff is less writerly.

It's possible that this is because the Avengers stuff comes easily and the Doctor Who stuff was like pulling teeth sometimes.

And then there's trying to work out why I read what I read, why I just skip over things, and thinky thoughts about why I feel odd reading slash for some fandoms and not for others.

See? Working from home generates too many thoughts and no answers at all.

*wanders off to play with a circus AU fic and look at Tumblr and say really bad words about DBAs preventing me doing any proper work because grr*

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