pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
For my birthday, I commissioned the glorious Mark of Mark Read and Mark Watches fame to read my shory, fluffy story, The Dursleys' Worst Nightmare. And he liked it! Woo!

pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
I'm sure you've all heard about it by now. The cry goes up. New canon is coming. As a writer of fanfic with an extensive personal canon of her own, such announcements hold the excitement and terror of a tornado siren. "Get in the house, Dorothy, Toto (Remus, Sirius)! There's a cyclone coming!" And then you wait, clinging to your OTP and trying to assure them and yourself that it's going to be OK. After, you come out and check your stories to see what damage has been done, what precious ideas have been ripped loose from canon. Maybe you do some repair work. Maybe you give a weary sigh and slap an "AU" label on a story. Or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who weathers the storm with all your stories intact. Maybe the storm leaves you something new that you can use to build from. Or maybe you're like me, and you just stay in the basement and pretend nothing ever happened.

Somewhat ironically, JKR herself says it best, with relation to the upcoming movie: "Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt."

(Yes, I know it's not my world and that my feelings about it are selfish and possessive. I'm not saying JKR should stop doing All Things Potterverse, and never mention it again. I'm just exorcising my personal feelings in the face of canon that appears to be perpetually open when I would find it much more convenient closed.)
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: (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*
pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
So this is a thing that exists, and I just have to share because Mark gave me a shout-out, and because he's basically my favourite person on earth today for doing so. Keep being beautiful and hilarious, Mark. You are amazing.

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 - RL/SB - Tender)
This is so clearly a picture of Remus and Sirius that I can't see it as anything else. The artist was clearly a puppyshipper, or is just messing with me, right?


St Polyeuct & St Nearchus


(Also, cutest pair of queer saints ever? Y/Y?)
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: (Grindelwald Won)
I feel guilty when I notice it's the full moon, and I haven't written anything lately. And I feel guilty that I didn't realise before this minute that today is Remus's birthday. I *knew* there was something important about the date.... Happy Birthday, Remus! I haven't forgotten you! I will try to write something about you later today.

Geekery

Feb. 18th, 2012 11:28 pm
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Magpie Lewis)
So I got my hair cut last week. My roommate says I have "anime boy" hair, but clearly she is wrong because she hasn't read Harry Potter. What I have is more correctly termed "James Potter" hair. It's actually pretty tame here. You should see what it looks like most of the time.



pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
I fell asleep on the sofa just now while my roommate was watching Up With Chris Hayes (who I have a total schoolgirl crush on, by the way, because he is fucking adorable and dorky and OMG, so smart!), and I had a dream that he and his panel of political experts were critiquing one of my fanfics. They had completely misinterpreted the scene I had written, and Melissa Harris-Perry was saying I had used the character of Remus Lupin to make a really interesting point about race, and I was explaining rather desperately that, no, that was not what I meant at all, and how I needed to go back and edit the whole thing, because obviously I had failed miserable to get my actual point across....

I am such a dork in every possible way. I am going to bed.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - RAB - Dalton)
So my last iPod, purchased in early 2006, was named Sirius. Unfortunately, it died about eight months ago, and I have been without portable music since that time. I'd like to get an iPod Touch with all the bells and whistles, but I just cannot afford that right now. So as a sort of interim measure, this week I got myself a refurbished green Nano. So, smaller than the last one, and green. And what did I name it? Why, "Regulus" of course!

It will be so nice to have my music in my truck again. I've loaded my "best of the 70's", "best of the 80's", Leonard Cohen, Queen, Jason Webley, Pete Seeger, and Great Big Sea playlists. I am ready to go!

This song is killing me and is clearly about Remus... )
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - SS - The Plot Bunny)
I really wish I could come up with an excuse for Natalie Lupin to meet Helsing Gandolfsson. Would his rank misogyny be any match for that fierce little girl? We'll probably never know.

Geeky confession: Sometimes I forget that Natalie is an OC.

ETA: In other dorkery, I'm also researching what is the optimal day of the week and time of day to post new chapters, based on patterns of internet usage. Looks like Mondays at around 2:00 PM (Pacific Time), since most of my readers are US-based (according to ff.net stats), but I still haven't broken the statistics down by age and gender (here assuming that most of my readers are women in their 20's and 30's).

Huh

Oct. 21st, 2011 02:08 pm
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - RL/SB - F***ing Serious?)
It just this moment occurred to me that I am currently the same age as Remus and Sirius would have been in Prisoner of Azkaban. It's easy to forget, since the actors who played them in the films were so much older. But I am not that old. Why are they so young and tragic all the time? *snuggles her puppies*
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Default)
Over the last couple of days, I've hunted down a bunch of old LJ entries on my personal journal and on [livejournal.com profile] remusxsirius (among others) from 2004, before I officially started [livejournal.com profile] pica_scribit, and I reposted them onto the back end of this journal (check it out if you dare; some of this stuff is pretty frakkin' hilarious, especially the very first entry). I can't help cringing a little at some of the early stuff I wrote, and also laughing at my own innocence and complete n00bitude when it came to fandom and slash. I was a Precious Flower, so I was.

But one thing I wanted to check up on was whether there are any patterns to my writing. Maybe some predictors that could tell me what my optimal writing conditions are, apart from what I already know (middle of the night, total silence, no distractions). Obviously there were some factors that would be too fiddly to figure in (How happy was I at the time? Was I having drama in my own life? Was I employed? etc...). What I ended up doing was running the numbers by month, and also by season.

I have been writing fanfiction off and on for more than seven years. My best ever month was 7/04 (the month after I started writing) with a total of over 37,000 words. My most productive months are June-October, and my worst month is March (in a total of seven Marches, I've written fewer than 5,000 words; consider for a moment that my next-least-productive month is May, with over 32,000 total words).

But by far the best predictor of whether I will write in a given month was whether I wrote anything the month before that. Observe:

6/04-6/05: 13 months, 153,704 words, YAY! :D
7/05-6/06: 12 months, 9,314 words, BOO! D:
7/06-10/07: 16 months, 157,749 words, YAY! :D
11/07-1/10: 27 months, 24,475 words, BOO! D:
2/10-12/10: 11 months, 215,822 words, YAY! :D
1/11-9/11: 9 months, 862 words, BOO! D:

So, the best way to get myself to write something ... is to write something. Hmmm .... If the pattern holds, you should get about another 150,000-200,000 words out of me before I evaporate again!

ETA: I figured it out; writing dry spells coincide with periods where my emotions were getting all used up on a daily basis by DRAMADRAMADRAMA! Hmmm ... who could have predicted that spring would be a traditionally high-drama time? Long stretches without drama, or when drama was happening at a distance with minimal emotional outlet, were apparently GREAT for my writing! So I either need to be left the hell alone, or I need another turbulent long-distance romance.
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 (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Hermione)
I've spent the last several days reading over entries for the [livejournal.com profile] rs_games. One of my tasks is rating the level of angst in each fic on a scale of 1-5, just to be sure we don't post big wodges of angst all at once, and can intersperse them with lighter stuff. Anyway, just for fun, I thought I'd share the scale I'm using:

1 - Rainbows and puppy snuggles! *glitter*
2 - Minor character conflict resolved. Yay, happy ending!
3 - Moderate conflict, likely positive resolution.
4 - Consistent conflict/downer themes, positive resolution less likely.
5 - Unrelenting tragedy and heartbreak. I'm never coming out from under the bed.

I read a longish 5 earlier today, and I think I'm done for the night as a result. It's just ... I can't even .... You guys are killing me dead.

But taking the night off from reading means I'm planning on putting a few hours in on ACOC, which I assume is fine with most of you.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD - Wardrobe)
I blame the HP fandom for turning me into a glam rock star. Goodwill was very good to me today. Dumbledore would be proud. That is all.

ETA: evidence of my insanity under cut )

If I were to tell you I was sort of goth in college, would you ever believe me?
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.

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