littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
So after some, ahem, lively discussion over at [personal profile] bethbethbeth's awesome Kudos/comments poll, I decided we should all have a poll about the most common meaning(s) people assign to the Kudos they give.

When you click the Kudos button, what are you trying to express? Go click some ticky boxes about it! Let's de-murkify the average use of the button, shall we?

Also, since this is my journal and I can be opinionated here (I'm trying to be pretty neutral in the poll post):

FTR, I would way, way, way rather have a Kudos given in joy than a comment given in guilt or obligation. I want you guys to read happy!

OTW

Nov. 14th, 2011 07:05 pm
littlemousling: Organization for Transformative Works symbol superimposed with "OTW early adopter." (OTW)
Found on my circle:

Dear everyone involved with the Archive of Our Own,

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who's ever written a line of code, fixed a bug, wrangled a tag, answered a support ticket.

Thank you to the back-end coders and thank you to the front-end coders.

Thank you to everyone who's ever brainstormed about what the archive might do, and thank you to everyone who's poured their hearts, souls, and spare time into trying to make the archive do all of those things and more.

I use the AO3 every day. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for building it for me and for everyone who uses it -- and for everyone who doesn't use it yet but might use it someday.

This archive isn't something to which fandom is entitled. It's a labor of love. You make the archive as your gift to fandom, and I appreciate that gift so, so much.

Even though it isn't finished yet. Even though it isn't perfect yet. It's still awesome, and your hard work is tremendous and admirable, and I just want to say thanks.

(Dear everyone else: if anything in this post resonates with you, feel free to signal-boost or repost.)


All of that. I love the Archive with every fiber of my heart; it takes a lot to get me to read fic that isn't hosted there, these days, and I can't imagine posting my fic anywhere else. I'm so unbelievably happy it exists, and so unbelievably grateful to the people who made that happen.
littlemousling: Organization for Transformative Works symbol superimposed with "OTW early adopter." (OTW)
I am not an OTW volunteer, staffer, or Board member. I am one of the handful of people who reads (and even comments on, sometimes) OTW blog updates; I'm one of the people who has read the "About" page, and can talk for a couple of minutes about the OTW's mission and projects. I have an OTW sticker on my laptop, and I've had this icon for years now.


I've been trying to keep up with the election, though mostly through secondary sources. Because I'm not a volunteer/staffer/Board member, the candidate Q&As and even statements mostly read like unintelligible jargon to me. The posts other people made ABOUT those posts were much more intelligible.

Here's the thing I keep butting up against, though: I think the level of overestimation about fandom* knowledge and investment in OTW is running very high.
*I'm only talking about Western media fandom here--I really can't speak to anything else at all.

Here's a sample of responses I got just now when I tweeted about Bookshop's very interesting post about the election [all usernames redacted]:

Person A:
"what is OTW? I know its about AO3 I'm just...a little unsure."
"But like...what does OTW stand for? Where's the site? I read her post about why I should vote but not where or how. :|"

Person B:
"I don't know if it makes me a 'source of the problem' but it's all about AO3 for me."

Person C:
"I would definitely agree with that*. Most people I know (including myself) are like "yay AO3!" and that's the extent of it."
(*That = "People outside OTW don't have the same level of "yes, we should do this" about non-AO3 OTW projects. I don't think that's wrong or bad.")

Person D:
"I still don't get what it is or how I become a member / vote... what being a member means etc"
"yeah I've read [the transformativeworks.org homepage].. I mean I get a vague idea that its this fandom based organization and such but... so what? like i mean.."
"Mmm. I guess I just am like... probably not the kind of fan they're looking for. I'm happy to stick with all the projects I run / am involved in in fandom -- but on a large scale I dont get it. heh."

Commentary (still not a volunteer/staffer/Board member, so I understand if you are and don't want my thoughts on the matter) )


Vaguely related PS: The mobile version of the new AO3 has been fixed and it's GORGEOUS. Much love.

Comm rec

Oct. 30th, 2011 10:32 pm
littlemousling: Dreamwidth D with rainbow shading (dreamwidth)
Because it's a seriously great comm that's been a bit quiet lately:

Best Thing Ever Promo Banner


Basically, when you're reading something that makes you go "HOLY SHIT OMG EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS," you pop over there and type up a review (there's a simple post template in the user info) and then: everyone reads it!

I've found some AMAZING stories, in and outside of my usual fandoms, by following it, so if you don't, you may well want to.
littlemousling: Organization for Transformative Works symbol superimposed with "OTW early adopter." (OTW)
OTW logo: red circle with an arrow. Text reads: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive October 9-16, 2011

If you love the AO3 and you can spare the money, please consider donating. There's a donor offering to match up to $3000, so now is a really great time to donate.

I post to AO3 because I love reading on AO3, and because I want fandom to have stuff that's by us, for us. The Delicious fail, and the long-standing LOTR archive being bought up by a venture capitalist--these worry me. I like having my fic on an archive that's run by a 501c3 non-profit. No one can buy it; no one can sell it.

The idea that a charity hosts my fic is a microcosm of how I think of fandom: it's entirely made up of things that we give each other, because we want to. Not just fic and art and podfic, but meta and picspams and support and shared joy. The OTW represents, for me, the best of what the giving, supportive atmosphere of fandom can be.

... plus, donations --> better servers --> fewer 502s. JS.

(And $10 gives you a vote! Not sure you're quite as sold on the OTW as I am? You can change it. Become a member and vote new people in. Can't say that about Delicious!)

Dude!

Sep. 25th, 2011 09:19 pm
littlemousling: Image of Jon Walker, formerly of Panic at the Disco, with googly eyes. Word "lol" is next to him. (lol)
Via a link via a comment via a whole series of links in comments (it's been a good day), I heard about how tag-nesting works on Dreamwidth, and now I have done it, and it is fabulous. I had to give up my favorite funny tags, admittedly, for length reasons, but I will eulogize them below and move on with my life.

How to nest: Go to this customization page and look for Main Module Section: Tags (there's a 6 in the box next to it, at least on mine). Choose multilevel view.

Then go into Manage Your Tags and rename as many or as few of your tags as you want. Colons create a new level. Go wild! I separated mine into four groups (fandom, RL, isms, and other), but you can do whatever.

And now the tag eulogizing )

Commentfic

Jul. 29th, 2011 10:51 am
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
So I've been putting up some older (as in, a month, tops) commentfic at AO3, lest I lose track of it.

But this one is so short I'm not sure about putting it up, which makes me think that I should instead expand it into an actual story and then post it:

Spencer/Brendon/Ian double penetration )

And then that reminds me that I posted a The Good Wife drabble forever ago, and I'm definitely not expanding that, but the idea of archiving a drabble feels odd. Hmm.

... okay this post has no conclusion so instead here is a kitten gif:


ETA oooh, there's a several-scene Spencer/Brendon/Ian idea from [personal profile] fifteendozentimes in my to-write list; maybe I'll combine them into a vignettes piece.

LJ

Jul. 28th, 2011 02:09 pm
littlemousling: Drawing of genderswapped Brendon and Spencer done by Saint-vee, with caption "Cute Girls" (cute girls)
As [livejournal.com profile] ladyfoxxx put it, "Oh man, trust us to have our porn housed on 'Russia's last truly free and public space for political debate.'" For Russia's sake even more than ours I hope LJ comes back soon.

Right before LJ went down, a lovely LJer named [livejournal.com profile] fanplankton messaged me there because she's done some really gorgeous art for Cute Girls--a couple of "before" and "after" portraits of Brendon, and a lovely group sketch.

I want to link to her post with them, but I can't get it to load (nor do I imagine y'all could even if I did) nor can I send her another message TELLING her I'm linking to them (she did, at least, receive my first OMG GORGEOUS THANK YOU message, phew). So, uh--[livejournal.com profile] fanplankton, if by any chance you're out there, I look forward to getting to link to your post! Someday! When Russia's last truly free and public space for political debate is restored!


ETA: Ooh, hey, this is cool:
littlemousling: Organization for Transformative Works symbol superimposed with "OTW early adopter." (OTW)
From the comments of the LOTRFF post on the OTW blog:

I hope it was clear that we at the OTW see social networks and online businesses as part of the ecology of the web and that we believe fanfiction or other fanworks posted to these sites are still fair uses.

That being said, we have seen negative outcomes from people viewing fandom as a business; for example, removing content that offends advertisers, removing content because of cease-and-desist letters regardless of the validity of the claim, or simply closing down entirely if they turn out not to be very profitable. To give just one example, the video streaming site iMeem closed after discovering that hosting fan video wasn't very profitable, and vidders lost their entire network as well as their videos. YouTube takes down many things that are fair use under pressure from its business partners. So we have reason to be wary that business interests and fandom interests may not always coincide.


Accurate. And definitely why I've stopped trusting LJ with my stuff, among other places. The next time they go through and delete everyone some religious group doesn't approve of, I could be on that chopping block.

(Also, the new funniest part of this fail? The business dude is of the opinion that FF.net offers a "better product" than the AO3. Does anyone, even the OTW haters, actually think that? You can't post RPF or porn and the format is downright shitastic, but okay, "better product.")
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
So Wired just ran this piece on Five Reasons Why Ebooks Aren't There Yet.

Overall, I think it raises some good points, but I think it's missing my main bugaboo.

Formatting horrors )


Unrelated point about the Wired piece: I'll know ebooks have "made it" when it will be normal and expected, instead of AWESOME and JOYMAKING, to be able to download long fanfic (or, heck, short fanfic) in a common ebook format (by which I don't mean pdf). I don't mean that everyone will be posting to AO3, necessarily (although that would be awesome), but that it will be expected that there will be a one-page version of fics, in addition to or in the place of LJ-posted parts.

Since getting a smartphone, I have come to revile the posting-in-parts norm--never the fics themselves or the authors, just the commonality. I have, a thousand times, been trapped somewhere without internet access only to find a "Part Two" link in the middle of a heartbreaking or hilarious or sexy scene, and IT IS SOULCRUSHING YOU GUYS. One-pagers make me so very very very very very happy, and for that reason they're the only way I post fic.

So that part's less about ebooks, but definitely about the ebook revolution. I think it will come with one-page fic norms! I can't wait to be living in that future.
littlemousling: Cropped photo of Bebe Rexha, showing her (hotass) torso. The word "please" has been added. (bebe rexha)
From the kink/BDSM FONSAQ, prompt: What does 'headspace' refer to? I've seen it in some prompts above and it's not the first time I hear about it, but I don't really have a clue about what it means.

For disclaimers and a discussion of “flying," or endorphin-rush headspace, see Part One.
For an introduction to D/s headspace and the first two stages, see Part Two.
For what it's like being under, see Part Three.

The last stages )

Conclusions and a Few Resources )

If anyone has any other resource recommendations, please feel free to link them in the comments!
littlemousling: Cropped photo of Bebe Rexha, showing her (hotass) torso. The word "please" has been added. (bebe rexha)
From the kink/BDSM FONSAQ, prompt: What does 'headspace' refer to? I've seen it in some prompts above and it's not the first time I hear about it, but I don't really have a clue about what it means.

For disclaimers and a discussion of “flying," or endorphin-rush headspace, see Part One.
For an introduction to D/s headspace and the first two stages, see Part Two.

Stage three: Being Under )

Next up: coming out of D/s headspace, plus a conclusion.
littlemousling: Cropped photo of Bebe Rexha, showing her (hotass) torso. The word "please" has been added. (bebe rexha)
From the kink/BDSM FONSAQ, prompt: What does 'headspace' refer to? I've seen it in some prompts above and it's not the first time I hear about it, but I don't really have a clue about what it means.

For disclaimers and a discussion of "flying," or endorphin-rush headspace, see Part One.

Type two: D/s )

Next up, the main jazz: being under.
littlemousling: Cropped photo of Bebe Rexha, showing her (hotass) torso. The word "please" has been added. (bebe rexha)
From the kink/BDSM FONSAQ, prompt: What does 'headspace' refer to? I've seen it in some prompts above and it's not the first time I hear about it, but I don't really have a clue about what it means.

Now there's a meaty question! Luckily, someone else also claimed it, so I'm mostly going to ramble about what it can feel like, in two different situations. And because I am a long-winded person, four different posts.

Okay! So this won't cover everyone, and especially won't cover topping. But here are two possible headspaces, and what they feel like for me. I'll note that it's generally been my impression that my experiences with these are not (at all!) unique, but that nonetheless, this isn't meant to be a description of What Headspace Is For Everyone.

Type One: Flying )

Click for part two (intro to D/s bottom headspace, aka “subspace”)!
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Panic!)
You GUYS!

Dreamwidth-hosted bandom comment-fic fest ahoy!

It already contains fills by [personal profile] fictionalaspect and an anonymous awesome Gabe/Vicky-T writer and yours truly, I'm just saying.

(Mine is also posted at the AO3 now, because I ... just really really like archives. They're so pretty and searchable and nice. ::pets it::

So! Go forth and prompt and fill! Let's have a grand ol' time!
littlemousling: Cropped photo of Bebe Rexha, showing her (hotass) torso. The word "please" has been added. (bebe rexha)
For the Three Weeks for Dreamwidth FONSFAQ on BDSM/kink hosted by [personal profile] sassbandit, from the prompt here: "I'd be really interesting in reading about how people discover their particular kinks, whether it was a lightbulb moment or a gradual process, that sort of thing."

I said there and still think that this is the kind of topic that lots of people should post about, because it's really a question about how different people experienced the process. Therefore, I'm not going to try to cover the field; I'm just going to give a representative personal story.

Cut for mondo TMI (and hilarity, js) )

Like an apple falling out of a tree and hitting me on the ass )
littlemousling: A long joke about kiwis the bird and kiwis the fruit being the same thing. (kiwi)
If y'all have a moment, would you think about heading over to take this poll about where you prefer to read fic, given a choice? Because I, for one, am super super curious about how it will come out if a very wide fic-reading audience takes it.

(I'm also curious about the poll idea it makes me think about, which is "Where do you want your fic to be read?" but that is another topic for another day!)

Shiny!

May. 19th, 2010 11:36 pm
littlemousling: Cartoon of person with two creatures ("alots"), says "I like this alot more." (things I like)
Just found out about [community profile] create_my_comm! Think I'll post there about the music comm idea, see if there are any takers.

If anyone knows of any other relevant comms, please feel free to let me know.

Idea time!

May. 17th, 2010 08:42 pm
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Thanks to [personal profile] merisunshine36, I saw this post by [livejournal.com profile] amazonziti. (Which is great, BTW, check it out.)

And through talking totally past her point the first time through, whoops, and via her enviable patience in walking me back, I started to think how cool it would be if there was a DW comm that does for music what [livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc does for books (and its sister comm for movies)--created a little impetus for interested people to actively diversify their music collections, and a place to go for reviews and recs for music created by people of color.


Only, I know nothing whatsoever about music except "pretty!" vs. "unpleasantly concordant!" (and sometimes most of the time "Adam Lambert!"). When people talk about genres, I am totally lost. And I still don't get how anyone can tell the difference between "the one and the three" and "the two and the four" without actually counting off from the beginning.
(Mock as you will, I'm used to it.)

Also, I'm white, and that probably makes me a subpar person to run such a community. A comm maintainer who stands a good chance of tripping over her own white privilege (ie me) isn't ideal. I'm happy to do the work of maintaining, I just don't want to have the sole power over the comm.


So ... um, anyone want to try this, either with or without me?
Or just want to talk about it with me?

(Or alternately, you can say I'm an idiot and it already exists. That would be cool.)
littlemousling: Organization for Transformative Works symbol superimposed with "OTW early adopter." (OTW)
So apparently when you add feeds it grabs the last ten posts all at once? Um, sorry, network. Won't do two at a time in the future.

But, hey, now y'all can watch [syndicated profile] bradam_lj_feed and [syndicated profile] teamcockbert_feed (both of which are NSFW in the sense of losing all the LJ-cuts on explicit fic, etc), so there's that.

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