littlemousling: Cartoon beaver joyously waving a Canadian flag (beaver)
I wrote a ridiculous comment-ficlet over at Cherrybina's journal yesterday.

Thanks to the long weekend (yes, that's right, still Canadian!), I've also pushed the 1D fic I'm working on to 14K, which feels seriously good, because it's been a long while since I've written a fic that long (and I'd say this one's halfway done or a little less). I've written a bunch of 5K stall-out starts to longer fics lately, too, so it's REALLY nice to write something where I can see the arc and I like the arc and I don't think I'm going to suddenly decide the arc is a fail idea and I should write something else.

It's weird to be writing a long piece in such a fast-paced fandom, though; I stopped and wrote Stand Up on Saturday evening because of this feeling that I should be POSTING, you know what I mean? Like, it's not writing until people can see it! Which is silly and all, but otoh I think the boost of posting something and having people respond well to it helps me push through longer fic, so. I will endeavour to keep a good balance.
littlemousling: Black square with "DO IT NOW and DO IT LOUD" written in white (MCR)
Bandom Voice Meme by LittleMousling

Enjoy my giggles at the idea of [personal profile] mistresscurvy's parents giving her that name at birth. (NB that is not her actual name.)

And now I get to go listen to everyone else's! EXCITING.

(Meme deets are here. Great idea, [personal profile] janesays!)


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 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.
littlemousling: Cropped photo of four colorful hacky sacks (juggling)
I promised, on Twitter, to host a POV discussion, since it doesn't really work well in 140 characters. So let's do this!

Possible starting points:

1) In a first-time romance, what are the potential benefits of single POV vs. dual (or multi) POV?

2) Do the benefits change based on the conflict used in the story? That is, might a single POV be better when the conflict is "I don't know if zie likes me back" and dual when the conflict is "we both know we want to, but we can't because of this outside force"?

3) Might single POV be preferable for a story in which one character develops more than the other(s)?

4) When do you tend to notice use of POV--only when it's done poorly (eg "wait, why did I just read Joe's thoughts when it's Sally's POV?") or at other times?

5) If you write, how much do you think about POV and how much just happens?
littlemousling: Photo of apples with flowers behind them (food)

So to follow up on a fascinating Twitter conversation: as a reader or as a writer or both or other, how do you think you fall on the "canon <---> fanon" spectrum?

What aspects of canon are most important to you? Characters' personalities? Characters' relationships (platonic and familial as well as romantic)? Characters' defining statistics (age, height, detailed history)? Settings? Major events? Minor events? All of the above?

For instance, here's my response. )

So, basically, I operate both in reading and writing as a gleeful slacker on dates/ages/heights/settings/etc, but fixate instead on the conceptions I have of the characters and their relationships, especially the most prominent/clearest aspects of those personalities and interactions. I'm all fanon on the first, and more of a canon stickler for the second.

I would love to hear where y'all think you sit on the spectrum(s), whether you want to talk about it in the comments or take it up in your own journal.
littlemousling: Still from a Cobra Starship video, shows Vicky-T with the caption "Feeling ... kinky" (kinky)
So there's been kind of a spate of awesome fic lately involving less-common kinks.

As a reader, I think one of the great things about fic is that it can make things that I'm not into hot, because it's not about whether I'm into it, it's about whether the characters are. So a hugely wider range of kinks and just general interests become not just academically interesting but sexy, because it's about how much they get the characters off.

(I mean, I'm a strict lesbian who primarily reads and writes dudeslash, so--yeah. I don't just mean really unusual kinks, I also mean fic makes me find cock hot.)

In fact, I'd say that it's one of the marks of a really great fic if it can take something that I find either neutral or kind of squicky and make it both realistic/believable (for the characters) and hot (for me, because it's hot for the characters).

I think this is part of what makes uncommon-kink fic so great: it's a wonderful boon for the people who are really into that uncommon kink, and it can also be a great and perhaps unexpected reading experience for people who aren't.

On that note, here are three recent fics that may be about things you Are Not Into, but which I think take those things and make them hot for the general audience, too:

Bad Boys, by [personal profile] lalejandra: This is Spencer/Brendon/Sarah daddykink where Sarah is the "daddy," and it's about as unexpected and original as that implies. Fascinating setup, and great follow-through (and hot as fuck).

Doggy Style, by [personal profile] fifteendozentimes: Spencer/Nicole Anderson--you probably don't know who Nicole Anderson is, and you really don't need to. The point is, she's willing to try out Spencer's petplay fantasy, and it's really, really hot. (Spencer's the dog, btw.)

Operating Instructions, by [personal profile] mistresscurvy. This is a follow-up to my Spencer/Brendon daddykink story, and it takes that universe and runs with it--"little" Brendon gets a lesson on how to deal with unexpected erections. Seriously hot.

Just saying

Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:09 pm
littlemousling: Street sign from Toronto's gay village (Church and Wellesley)
So I imagine everyone saw that Brendon Urie got nearly naked on stage night before last?

And it was glorious )

But here is the part I've been wondering since it happened, and that photo is HQ enough for me to verify: he is, indeed, wearing 2Xist boxer briefs.

In other words, he is wearing, like, the official boxer briefs of Pride, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

Just. This makes me ridiculously happy. From now on bi Brendon is totally my new canon, and I shall not be swayed. (I'm thinking that Shane introduced him to them, yes? Yes? Good, we are all in agreement.)

ETA: And [personal profile] fictionalaspect points out that he also seems to be VERY manscaped. Just saying.

::does a little happy dance::

littlemousling: Image of the word "frak" (from Battlestar Galactica) (frak)
How do you get past the feeling (I'm making an assumption that other people have this feeling) of "what gives me the right to post this at all, then?" when you've written something that requires specific and perhaps extensive trigger warnings? Do you think there's merit to that feeling such that the decision to post the fic should be re-evaluated?
littlemousling: Animated gif of Adam Lambert saying in an interview, "I like the top" (Adam likes the top)
I love the idea of this meme (which I first saw at [personal profile] woldy's journal), because I have definite Thoughts about what draws readers in. However, my top ten are pretty much all the same, so instead, I'm gonna do top five/bottom five.

My top five stories by hitcount )

My bottom five stories by hit count )

Thoughts about same! )

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