pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
I've been slacking on updates, I know. But last night, I went over my notes for Year Two, and I'm finally confident about what happens in the next chapter, so stay tuned for that.

In other news, Mark (Does Stuff) made a video for me of him reading the first chapter of ACOC! How chuffed am I?
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Y'all ... y'all ... Mark (Does Stuff) just announced on Twitter that he is about to embark on reading/reviewing The Shoebox Project. Be still my fucking heart!

ETA: ON VIDEO!!!!!


pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
This is the video I ended up commissioning Mark to do for Mark Does Stuff. $25 well spent. Y'all might remember when I posted about this paper originally last year. Enjoy!

pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Reasons not to buy a Mark Reads video of one of my fanfics:

1) It would look really egocentric. (Don't want people knowing how vain I really am!)

2) I would be devastated if he didn't like it.

That being said, which stories would I be least embarrassed to have Mark read ~20 minutes of? Nothing R-rated, because I would have to hide under the bed, and I wouldn't be able to stop blushing until I was 90 or so. Probably one of the short, silly ones, like The Dursleys' Worst Nightmare or M.A.R.Y.S.U.E. Must Die! But it might also be cool to hear him read the first chapter or so of A Conspiracy of Cartographers. And then I'd have the video to post on my web page forever and ever. Hmmm....

I do want to buy a video, but I'd sort of like to pick a book that I think Mark and his followers would actually like, and that isn't already on his reading list. Maybe give David Levithan a plug. It would be a real treat to see and hear Mark's reaction to Boy Meets Boy. Would he squirm with happiness like a puppy over it, the way I did the first time I read it?

*ponders*

Podcast!!!

Mar. 28th, 2012 11:39 pm
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
Incidentally, the second podcast on A Conspiracy of Cartographers, including an extensive interview with Yours Truly, has been posted on Potterfic Weekly! Go forth! Listen! Thank you again to [profile] sueatducksfoot and the other wonderful people at Potterfic Weekly for doing this. It was an awesome experience for me. I am moved and humbled.

[podcast the first]
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
The first of two Potterfic Weekly podcasts of A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year One is now up and available for your listening pleasure! If you want to hear drunk people take apart my fic one chapter at a time, you can find it here. I am deeply amused. Also, my ego can currently be seen from SPACE!

I'm also deeply excited that Mark of Mark Does Stuff and Mark Reads Harry Potter fame has announced a tour date of May 3 for Seattle! I finally get to meet that darling man, bake him a cake, and possibly even hug him in person. This is a thing of great joy for me.

OK, so I have a "weekend" coming up starting tomorrow. The plan is to disconnect myself from all things internet to minimise distractions and get some writing done. Er...all things except for Mark Watches Buffy and Angel posts, that is....
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Tender)
It occurs to me that I've been sort of quiet here lately when it comes to publicly talking about where I'm at with my writing. I am working on some things, as many of you will no doubt be happy to know. The mid-March deadline for [community profile] black_circle_dj R/S fest is looming, so that needs to take top priority at the moment. Since it's a fest fic, I'm been trying not to say too much about my plans publicly, but I have about 2500 words written so far on that, and I plan to work some more on it today, since I'm off from work for the first time in six days.

I've also been informed that PotterFic Weekly podcast will be reviewing A Conspiracy of Cartographers, Year One for the first and second episodes of their fifth season, and I am deeply excited about this. I got to listen to the rough cut of the first episode last night, and it made me very happy in my belly, and excited about getting back to work on ACOC (once the fest is out of the way).

Since my brain doesn't like to listen to me, it's been working on fine-tuning ACOC Y6. This is Not Helpful. But I do have a much better idea of what the overarching themes for that year are going to be, and how I'm going to turn that into a plot. However, the only way to actually get there is to go through Y2-Y5. So yeah.... Just have to keep reminding myself of that.

I wish I had more to report, but that's about it for now. Trying to stay focussed and not get overwhelmed.
pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
Anyone thinking of going to Lubricus this summer? For those who don't know, Lubricus is a Harry Potter slash convention held every August in Seattle. This is the last week to qualify for the early-bird registration discount. You can register and get more info here. There seem to be a lot of Draco/Harry and Harry/Snape 'shippers involved in the planning, but I'd love to have a strong Puppy 'shipper presence there, if possible!

pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Default)
I just flung a few communities across from my primary (read: non-fannish) LJ. So I just wanted to let y'all know about some of the awesome (if small and not-especially active) comms I mod.

[profile] faerie_founders - For fans of pre-WWI fantasy literature
[profile] fantasyclassics - For fans of pre-1990's fantasy books and films
[profile] silverscreenfic - Fanfic and art based on pre-1970's movies

Please feel free to join! Relevant fanfic and art is always welcome in any comm I mod for! Bonus points if you have Rebel Without a Cause slash to share.
pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
A few years ago, when Prince Caspian hit the theatres, I was struck with a thought. The creators of the film made the interesting decision to invent a bit of a romance between Caspian and Susan which was not present in the source material. And no one really batted an eye. (Well, hardly anyone.) As someone who grew up reading the Narnia books, and who now writes fanfic, I am totally cool with this sort of non-canonical romance. But the portrayal of Caspian/Susan on the big screen made me wonder how long it would be before we would see, say, Caspian/Peter. It's just a different pairing, not present in the source material. What's the big deal? But it would be, to some.

I'm starting to think that the day may not be as far off as I once thought. Because Sherlock Holmes. The Holmes fandom is one of the oldest out there. In fact, it could be argued that it was the first true fandom, as we think of the term today. More than eighty years after Arthur Conan Doyle's death, his books and the characters he created are still enormously popular. We see them brought to life time and again on the big and small screens. In just the past few years, we have Fox's House, the BBC's Sherlock, and a pair of Guy Ritchie films. And the subtext is getting closer and closer to the surface, to the point where it's barely "sub" at all. The actors, writers, and directors talk about it. Fandom is ablaze with it. Hell, I haven't even seen the Ritchie films, or the new episodes of Sherlock (DO NOT SPOIL ME!), but there's no way to avoid hearing that Holmes/Watson is practically canon anymore.

Is this progress? What would Doyle think, and does that really matter? Will we start to see similar things happening in other popular adaptations of beloved classics? I guess we'll see.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Default)
Updated my profile to add the following info:

I have been politically left-of-centre for almost my entire adult life, but in 2010 I had what I tend to think of as a conversion experience to leftist politics. I consider myself to be a proudly pro-queer, pansexual (or perhaps more accurately, "heteroflexible") feminist socialist, with religious beliefs falling somewhere between liberal Episcopalianism and pagan nature-worship. My politics do affect my fandom experience in notable ways. For one thing, I spend a lot of time these days noticing and thinking about subtle instances of misogyny and heterosexism in fanfiction. I feel that this is something that fandom really needs to work on, since we are a majority-female community who tend to think of ourselves as pro-queer.

I've made a commitment to avoid falling victim to these issues in my own writing. That being so, when I talk about pairings, I tend to list the characters alphabetically (Ginny/Harry, Remus/Sirius), rather than male/female, dom/sub, experienced/inexperienced. I will also try to avoid instances of slut-shaming and other forms of misogyny, or at least when I write misogynistic characters, make sure they are framed as such. Finally, I am working on not centering penetration as the only "real" sex, which is a common manifestation of heterosexism in fanfic. If you catch me doing any of these things, or anything else of a questionable nature, please do not be afraid to call me on it! I appreciate the input.
pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
OK, y'all have been holding out on me. I've been writing HP slashfic for over seven years now, during which time I've been active in several large HP slash-related LJ comms, and yet somehow, it was only just today that I learned there is an annual HP slash con right here in Seattle. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

ETA: Oh, arse! I just realised it's the same weekend as my sister's 30th birthday!
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD - Dumbledore's Army)
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Default)
Fans of Buffy and of Mark Watches/Mark Reads take note! Mark Watches Buffy starts Monday! Woo!

If you're not familiar with Mark's work, he is made of pure awesome, rainbows, joy and fandom. He has taken it upon himself to get caught up on, and write detailed, thoughtful, often funny reviews of all the pop culture he missed out on in his youth, one episode or chapter per day, and he approaches these projects spoiler-free, with a childlike wonder and innocence that is a joy to behold.

He's already covered Twilight (which is the only thing he has disliked so far), Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Avatar, as well as several smaller projects, and is currently working his way through The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings.

If you can read his reviews without wanting to hug him and have him be your best gay boyfriend, you have no heart.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Badfic - Sparklypoo)
Is it just me or does this article contain an unusually high bullshit quotient? It purports to be about the psychology behind the popularity of slash fic among female readers, but it doesn't sound like the authors even talked to any slash fans. Instead, it sounds like they had 22 members of a romance novel fan club read a gay romance and then fill out a survey about it. They also assume that what appeals to us sexually is based entirely on evolution; there's nothing to address cultural influences at all. A few stellar quotes:

"As time went by, virtually every cop, spy, adventure, and science fiction television series featuring two male partners was "slashed" [...] by some of its female fans."

- That's right; all slash is based on TV series, and only characters who are close friends or partners in the source material are ever the subject of such stories.

"One hypothesis that might account for the existence of slash is simply that the women who write and read this erotic subgenre are, in some yet-to-be-determined way, psychosexually unusual--analogous, for example, to male paraphiliacs."

- OK, I had to look up that word. Apparently we're possibly sexual deviants, similar to people who are attracted to inanimate objects or exploitative sex (rape, child molestation). Fortunately the authors consider this unlikely, since it turns out "normal" fans of romance novels can also enjoy romance between two male characters. Oh, thank you so much.

more ridiculousness under the cut )

The authors also wrote a book on the subject. It's called "Warrior Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution, and Female Sexuality" (free e-book at link). Which has rave reviews at the posted link. If you can stomach reading 100 pages of this trash, please consider leaving a review to balance the others.

([livejournal.com profile] elanya, I still love you, even if there's stuff here you agree with.)
pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
If you haven't seen it yet, you need to go check out this post on [livejournal.com profile] hp_love_anon. It's a place for people to leave secret admirer messages for their favourite fandom folks. Who doesn't love that kind of self-esteem boost? Who knows? You might even find your own name in the comments! I did. *glows*



Banner by [livejournal.com profile] pirateveronica.

[livejournal.com profile] hp_love_anon is a Harry Potter Love Meme. Come and share your love for members of the HP fandom.
pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
No, I'm not talking about copyright laws.

Y'all may have noticed I haven't been around in a while, and maybe some of you wondered what I could possibly have been doing that was more important than writing fanfic. Yeah, I wondered that, too, sometimes. The answer is that I've been doing a lot of reading over the past year. Blogs. Articles. Non-fiction. I've always considered myself fairly liberal (when I gave it any thought), but I'd never really taken the time to do much research or think very deeply about my politics and why I felt certain ways about certain things. The reading I've been doing has ... I don't want to say it's changed my views, because it hasn't much. But it's helped define them and bring them into a sharper focus.

So now, here I am, starting to read and write fanfic again, but completely different things pop out at me now than would have a year ago. I'm asking myself different questions and noticing things in my own writing and other people's that I never paid much attention to before.

Obviously a lot of fanfic, especially the sort that I'm personally invested in, is m/m slashfic, and one of the most basic questions I ask myself is why this is the case. I'm a 30-something mostly-straight, cisgender woman, and yet my fascination is with relationships between young gay men. I have a lot of thoughts about why this might be, but no definitive answer.

Something I've started to notice recently that is sort of tangential to this first thought is how heteronormative a lot of the sex written by slash 'shippers is. I've been guilty of this myself. You know what I'm talking about; when sex happens or is discussed between the male characters, it often isn't considered to "count" as "real" unless there's penetration. Which is a little bit ridiculous, am I right, ladies? Two people (or three or more) getting one another off (or attempting to do so) in any way involving physical contact, no matter how they do it IS SEX. There's no reason why penetration should receive any sort of special status.

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, an unfortunate instance of slut-shaming found its way into one of my stories a while back, and a couple of people did point it out to me, for which I am grateful. I'm now looking back and pondering (and occasionally cringing) over where else I've subconsciously propped up or reinforced gender stereotypes. I need to unpack why I don't feel as drawn to writing female characters, my feelings about Tonks, the way I write male characters.

Anyway, I just got home from work and I'm incredibly exhausted, but I knew if I didn't get these thoughts out, they would keep me from sleeping. So what about you guys? Noticed any subconscious cultural weirdness in the fandom lately?

ETA: Hi, still awake and having additional thoughts.

One thing I worried about at one point was whether I was writing Remus or Sirius as too much "the girl" in the relationship, but I think I've actually avoided doing that. I thought hard about which of them I feel I identify with, and came down on the side of Sirius, but only just barely, and only in certain moods. From where I'm sitting, it seems like the characters, as I write them, are both a good blend of traditionally masculine and feminine traits. I hope I'm right.

One thing that I strangely enjoy is the fact that I write Sirius as a consummate and unrepentant misogynist. He has literally no use for women. I'm fine with that. It's who he is in my head, which probably has a lot to do with how I perceive his relationship with his mother and the sorts of girls his parents would have considered to be appropriate matches for him. Later on, he becomes attached to Lily, but only through her connection with James and Harry. Remus, on the other hand, is thoroughly egalitarian. I must remember to have them have a conversation about this at some point. I can see Remus finding it amusing or maddening, depending on the situation.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Movie 7 - Joss Whedon)
Went to see Deathly Hallows, part 1 at the Pacific Science Center IMAX tonight with the [livejournal.com profile] seattlewizardry/MRHP bunch. Good times were had by all while waiting in line. It's nice not to necessarily feel like the biggest geek in the room for once. Lots of people in fun costumes. I wore my wizard robes (thank you again [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang) and my purple top hat, modified with a silver ribbon and black feathers by [livejournal.com profile] mizufae, so it invited fewer Johnny Depp comments than usual. Anyway, the movie....

Some things were done very, very well. Some things I expected were missing entirely. Some things I was glad were missing. My only serious complaint is that a lot of the really poignant moments from the book are missing entirely, and many of those that are present have lost something in translation to the screen, which was rather disappointing. However, Death Eaters that look like glam rock stars make Pica very, very happy. Yum.

ARGH!!!!!

Nov. 10th, 2010 02:40 pm
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - Get Fuzzy)
My mother has been watching Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged. I have a headache.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Wizards Dressed as Muggles)
I seem to have achieved some sort of low level of internet fame. I don't know what it means, but in the past few weeks...

...someone has asked to use one of my OCs in their own story.
...someone has asked if they can translate some of my stories into Italian.
...someone has asked if they can use my stories for a Potterfic podcast.

Guess I did something right!

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