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New Media Rights & JK Rowling offer advice to fanfic authors while an activist shares her experiences: http://bit.ly/1rPOCqc
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Writing Wednesday?

Reading Wednesday

Jul. 30th, 2014 07:30
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Avengers Assemble, vol. 1 - I believe this was intended to be a jumping off point from the "Avengers" Whedon movie.

While it's a crossover event with Guardians of the Galaxy, I was able to follow the plot decently well despite being unfamiliar with the GoG.

This book is high on action but low on characterization, making me feel kind of "meh" about it. Clint Barton constantly cracking jokes about his own stupidity, Hulk did nothing for me, etc.

I don't regret having read it, but I'm glad I got this from the library & didn't buy it. The art didn't do much for me, either. I have higher hopes for DeConnick's run, which I believe follows this one.

Anne of Green Gables - I know I read this at some point in my childhood, but it was never a favorite series for me, even though my sister had them on the shelves.
It was my sister's copy that I borrowed; I picked it up while sitting in her living room during some family function.

I loved it, all of it. Anne herself is a critique on the silliness of Victorian society, & she also grows up into an understanding and gracious woman.

I'm really excited to read the next books in the series - I can't remember ever having read them, & I'm eager to see what Anne & Marilla do next.

The Kingdom of Gods - I'm having a hard time figuring out why I disliked this book so much, especially considering that I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy quite a bit.

The dialogue, the endless exposition, all of it - I got two-thirds of the way through & just cannot stand it, cannot finish it. I think it's the pacing that's throwing me off, or perhaps Sieh's voice, I'm not sure.

Saga #21 - I miss Lying Cat.

Filing off the slash

Jul. 30th, 2014 08:21
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Just come across the case of Kryptaria, the latest fanfic writer to file off the serial numbers and get their work published as original fiction.

The twist in this case is that the fic, Northwest Passage, is slash - but the novel, The Longest Night, is het. Hmmm.

Has anyone come across any decent meta on this? I have the feeling that most of the discussion has been within Sherlock fandom and I just haven't seen it.

On the other hand there may not be much to say other than "artistic integrity clearly not a priority here."

Another writing meme

Jul. 29th, 2014 21:40
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Pick a character I’ve written and I will explain the top ~three to five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

With caveats:
• "Accurately" is relative to my own writing goals and not a requirement for everyone in the world to write the character the same way I do!
• I'm off on holiday in c. 24 hours so there may be a cut-off with delayed responses after that.

My fics can be found here.
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How's your Tuesday going?
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I'm getting closer to the required word count for that stupid essay. How's your writing project going?

OTW Fannews: Global Fandom

Jul. 28th, 2014 11:34
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OTW Fannews Banner: Global Fandom

Conflicts occur while fans try to pursue their fandom, whether due to copyright or because of gender: http://bit.ly/1qHmDJR
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How is is Monday again? How is July going by so quickly?
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Happy Monday. How's the writing going? I'm in the position of needing to add words to this blasted essay but frankly I'm not sure what to add. *sigh*
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Is anyone writing this weekend?

Happy SysAdmin Day!

Jul. 25th, 2014 09:53
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Happy SysAdmin Day from the OTW! http://bit.ly/1pSVw9k
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TGIF! How's your day going?
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Happy Friday! Is anyone writing today?
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Chief and I have been working on more precision stuff. We walk over brightly painted poles, most of which are on the ground, but some of which are a few inches off. Sometimes, we work in the indoor arena, and sometimes in the outdoor one. We also still go for trail rides once in a while.

When not going over poles, we switch between walk/trot/canter. Chief is a gaited horse, so his trot is very smooth.

Last night, I rode one of my instructor's other horses, a white horse named Jesse.
Jesse is 2 years older than Chief (so, Jesse = 20). The other person who rides Jesse is an 11-year-old girl, and as such he has six braids in his mane lol.

When we brought Jesse inside from his pasture, my instructor told me not to be surprised if he fell asleep in the cross-ties while I brushed him, and...THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED! I'm kind of shocked that he's able to fall asleep while I'm doing my thing with him, but I guess it's probably soothing. We had to wake him up a little aggressively so that he could cooperate with putting his bit/bridle on.

Jesse and I rode in a small circular gated thing that I'd never rode in before. With Jesse, I rode on an English style saddle, which so far I don't like at all. There's much less between you and the horse, and I feel less secure.
However, this didn't go as poorly as my previous attempts at English style riding, which was on a different horse (Jake).

We worked on posting, which is difficult for me. I have a hard time finding the rhythm unless I'm actually looking at Jesse's legs to see when the "outside" front leg is moving (aka, when I should stand up). This is super frustrating to me, because I'm used to having good rhythm musically.

We also worked on a position called two-point, which is sort of like the "standing" part of posting, but involves hovering over the saddle. This position is generally used for jumping. It takes a lot of muscles to do it!

Jesse's trot is MUCH more bouncy than Chief's. So far I really dislike English-style riding, I think. The bouncing makes me feel semi-out of control, although Jesse is a good horse & if he feels me losing balance, he'll slow back down to a walk right away.
Jesse is also a legit horse (remember that Chief is technically a pony), so when riding, I'm about seven inches higher off the ground, which feels like A LOT!

I guess one thing I do like about English-style is that the saddle is much less involved & therefore lighter, and I can carry it with no problem. (I struggle a lot with the Western saddle lol.)

I felt as though I had deeply betrayed Chief when I walked Jesse back to the pasture and gave him a cookie, but had none to offer Chief. I'M SORRY, CHIEF!! I AM A MONSTER!

Other points of amusement last night included the fucking cats. One cat would sit in the circular pen we were in, right in the path Jesse & I were walking, and even though we kept steadily approaching, the cat would get all, OH SHIT!! when we were right about to step on him, & then run off.

One cat also kept crouching in the weeds, & then when a few birds flew overhead (way overhead), he jumped into the air & swiped, as though he would get one - he must have really poor depth perception, idk.

I'm so grateful for this time, every week.
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As part of the recent writing meme that I did, [personal profile] heartofoshun asked me for some background on one of my stories:
I really am not doing very well sorting out the cave scene and how MR might have thought it would be read. As much as I love her writing, I don't admire her assumptions and vagueness/subtlety as much as she admired them herself. I don't care for the sense she at times gives me that she is speaking to choir and I am some heathen who wandered in out of the rain. So how you read it and took off on it would be of great interest to me--personal inspirations, what was the original plot-bunny that bit you, insights, Meta, and always writing choices (words, style, what you would think of as extrapolation or deepening or even departure if there is any) are all things I'd love to read about.

Dreamwidth comments can be pretty long but I just posted this story yesterday and these are great questions! So I will ramble below at self indulgent length...

The foggy, foggy dew (5324 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Return to Night - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Hilary Mansell/Julian Fleming, Hilary Mansell & Lisa Clare
Characters: Hilary Mansell, Julian Fleming, Lisa Clare

What happened after the cave: chapter twenty of Return to Night.

Discussion of canonical suicide attempt, claustrophobia (literal and metaphorical), and always, always, mother issues )


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