I wrote a remix of velvetine01’s story Medium-Sized American Heart: The Differently There Remix, PG-13, gen with erotic codependence and vague S6 spoilers.
And I also wrote a remix of who_favor_fire's And time yet for a hundred indecisions: the yellow smoke remix, an AU S2 Sam/Dean and Sam/Jo/Dean story, NC-17 and possibly disturbing sexual situations.
Sweeney Todd fic! The Keys to the Kingdom, by athousandwinds
Fic that is also meta: in the future, fanfic will be different (Sam/Jess/Dean, kinda sorta), by ciaan. I have Thoughts about this scenario—I hope there will still be fanfic of the kind I recognize, but as soon as I saw this I thought: of course this will happen.
Me: Gmail’s new offline browsing has a “Flaky Connection Mode.”
Z: I think I spend most of my life in Flaky Connection Mode.
Me: Me too.
In other news: I was reading Livia’s latest DCU fic, and it clarified for me the existence of yet another bulletproof kink of mine: nobody’s wrong, or “the opposite of a profound truth is often another profound truth.” That’s why I like enemies, and Mulder/Scully.
( Fandom wish list: )
Today 1.0 had an asthma attack and now has four separate prescriptions, plus a steroid shot. He’s holding up like a trooper, but still not pleased.
Anyway, I’d love to be cheered up: comment porn, links to places you get your SPN recommendations, anything that is making you smile.
( Dear Yuletide writer! )
"Kurt Opsahl, a staff lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, [says] 'You have of course a Constitutional right not to incriminate yourself, but you have to exercise that right by not incriminating yourself.'" (story about naughty deeds documented on MySpace)2. It seems that Six Apart thinks LJ, though wicked convenient, has an adolescent/niche rep. Vox is the proposed answer. I'm not sure adding "family" is going to do it. "Neighborhood" is an intriguing concept, but what the heck is wrong with "reading list"?
3. My G-d this is a good story. Your Cowboy Days Are Over, by M. SGA: What if the Wraith learned all about genetic experimentation from the Atlanteans? Or: what could be enough to send John and Teyla into exile on a world where safety from the Wraith is purchased one memory at a time? Great John, great Teyla, fantastic original world with aliens who are not as dangerous as the Wraith, but arguably a lot more evil. Nearly 60,000 words, so set aside some time.
New episodes begin on June 12th and all 3 previous seasons are out on DVD; now would be a great time to get into the fandom. Also, the official website is fabulous, with full scripts, deleted scenes, and lots of other goodies.
Another really good show you're not watching -- this time probably because it's damned hard if you're not Canadian -- is The Collector, about Morgan Pym, a man who's just renegotiated his deal with the Devil so he gets to try to save people's souls before he takes them to Hell. They're going to Hell ten years after they bargained with the Devil -- his standard term -- and, while they always get what they asked for, they rarely get what they want, because the Devil likes nothing more than to make your wishes into nightmares. Some of the dealmakers are good people and others are bad, but Morgan tries to save them all by getting them to atone for the harm their deals caused (apparently the Devil works by moving luck around, so good luck for the dealmaker entailed bad luck for someone else). Because this isn't an American show, Morgan doesn't always win (one can indeed question whether he ever wins, since the Devil makes all the rules), and while the Morgan backstory is a lot lamer than the show thinks it is, he's still a compelling character and there are plenty of neat plot threads. Also, Morgan/Devil slash would work well, if you were into that sort of thing; the Devil is played by many actors, including cute little Emily Dinsmore, but often enough by the devilishly handsome Colin Cunningham.
According to the text they sent me, "The conference offers an exciting mix of performances, demonstrations and discussions examining how digital technologies are enabling new forms of creativity by a broader group of people. Cultural, business, legal and ethical implications of new genres and new forms of authorship will all be covered." I'm supposed to say something about fan fiction; we'll have to see what I come up with.
The conference is hosted by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and registration is extremely cheap - $10 for students and $20 for nonstudents. The amazing naominovik will be there too. In case you don't know her, according to the conference website:
Author of the fantasy series TEMERAIRE, coming in Spring 2006 from Del Rey and Harper Collins UK, Naomi Novik has been writing fanfiction for more than a decade. She is also the founder and organizer of Vividcon, the annual convention for digital video enthusiasts who create music videos and other short films based on their favorite television shows and movies, and of the Commonverse, a project dedicated to applying the "open source" approach for software development to the writing of commercial shared-universe fiction.
Okay, now I feel unworthy.
( Here is the graphic they sent me. I have the vague feeling it was supposed to embed a link to the conference site, but that's beyond my capability. )
Highlander, Star Wars, Star Trek: TNG and XF were the main fandoms I saw -- Highlander is not explicitly listed, but it's the main entry under "slash." There also was some X-Men in there randomly. As for the XF, the selection principle was mysterious at best, though there were some good ones in there that I actually remembered.
I'm going to write and demand the removal of my story. Who knows what will happen next. Any UK folks out there willing to help a girl out with UK notice-and-takedown procedures? (Or perhaps general principles for getting the offer to sell withdrawn, since it's not clear the story is actually online.)
I understand the need for a hook for a story, and I have no beef with anyone who does write and/or read CSI fic, but that's just annoying ignorance. (OK, when I checked on ff.net, CSI was a lot closer to the top of the list than I thought it would be, but even assuming ff.net is a good bellwether for overall numbers, Buffy beats it by an order of magnitude, and the Slate story's links to two archives with a total of about 300 stories between them does not help persuade me.) I'd be interested in a story about Grissom's attractiveness, but not a story that has to get its punch by making up an exclusivity/preeminence that doesn't exist.
( completely random grouchy RL rant about revolving doors )
Blame Sarah T. for She-Hulk: Single Green Female -- bought at the comic store earlier this week; at checkout, guy said, "You've got some good stuff here," specifically mentioning Powers, Y: The Last Man, and Rising Stars -- to wit, everything I was buying except for She-Hulk. Well, She-Hulk is a lawyer; was worth a try.
Must find someone who can make me animated icons. I have the pictures for "Supreme Power" and "redheads" icons, but no ability to do it for myself.
Oh, I am so far behind in my reviews. The stack on my desk is about three feet high. And the Deep Discount DVDs arrived today, tempting me away from writing ...
( A little bit of fiction: Sean Stewart, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, F. Paul Wilson, Guy Gavriel Kay )