wilderthan: ((Mitsuru) Angry)
When someone on the internet says something you don't like -- whether it be something prejudiced or discriminatory in some way, or whether it just disses your favourite tv show -- you probably make the assumption that they are willing and able to participate in a discussion about it/defend themselves. You probably don't even consciously think about it: they said something wrong, and they should be ready to stand by their words.

Let's stop and think about that. )
wilderthan: ((Books) Open book)
Posted about my love for The Dark is Rising for the Three Weeks for DW event on [community profile] overlooked, here.
wilderthan: ((Delirium) Fish)
There's this SPN artist I kinda like. And so when she posted on [livejournal.com profile] deancastiel, and the warning was "BAMF!cas", I clicked on the pic she posted. Because I like BAMF!Cas.

I got this. For those who can't see or don't want to click, it's a picture of Castiel with the text: "Maybe I can't trust you, Dean, but I can rape you."

And the text, in case she changes it? "If you don't agree you're probably crazy somewhere up there there's probably a button with a strike on it...it will help you to go back."


I left a comment. Here. Text:

"I don't agree. This is not because I'm "probably crazy", this is because I've been raped. And I don't find it funny. And I don't find the culture of finding rape funny amusing either.
"BAMF!Cas" does not cover "lol you're about to get triggered and I think it's funny"."

Not asking anyone to dogpile the artist about it, but nor do I think blithely letting it be okay is a good answer.

Happy Sexual Assault Awareness Month...

Edit: There's now a warning, which is good. The humour is still unfunny and irritating.
Edit #2: Plenty of people weighing in over there, and the artist is quite contrite and has removed the non-funny text. Yay for daring to speak up.
wilderthan: ((Dr Horrible) Status quo)
Big Bangs I'm participating in, or thinking of participating in:
-[livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang: Beta'd. [15,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] hardmode: Planning stage. (Not signed up yet.) [10,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] kinked: Planned and titled. [10,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] ladiesbigbang: Planned. [15,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] scifibigbang: Planned. [25,000 word minimum.]
-[livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang: Beta'd. [15,000 word minimum.]
-[livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang: Beta'd. [20,000 word minimum.]

Due dates:
-April 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang sign-ups begin.
-April 3rd: [community profile] kinked sign-ups begin.
-April 6th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang rough drafts due.
-April 9th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang rough drafts due.

-April 12th: [community profile] hardmode sign-ups begin.
-April 27th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting date selection begins.
-May 1st: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang rough drafts due.
-May 3rd: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang final drafts due.
-May 4th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting begins.
-May 10th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang posting begins.
-June 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, a third completed is recommended.
-June 7th: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang posting begins.
-June 15th: [community profile] hardmode check-in.
-July 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, two thirds completed is recommended.
-July 30th: [community profile] hardmode writing period ends.
-July 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang writing period ends. [community profile] kinked writing period ends. [community profile] hardmode rough draft due.
-August 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang rough draft due.
-August 15th - August 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang posting schedule announced.
-September 1st: [community profile] kinked posting period starts, [community profile] ladiesbigbang final draft due. [community profile] hardmode posting begins.
-September 10th: [community profile] ladiesbigbang posting begins.
wilderthan: ((Mitsuru) Angry)
Destiny shows up a lot in two of the shows I'm watching at the moment: Supernatural and Merlin. And in both, it's pissing me off. It seems it's inescapable. So, here's a scenario. Someone tells you that your friend Jim is destined to destroy everything you've ever worked for. So, you decide to kill Jim, to prevent that coming about.

And apparently, you (and the canon) ignores that the very act of doing so could be what causes that destiny to come about. You kill Jim, he dies, and thus everything you've ever worked for is destroyed. Or, you try to kill Jim, and then Jim escapes, and understandably is a bit pissed off.

Okay, maybe Jim is going to go evil whether you do anything or not, but by trying to kill him, you've abandoned the moral high ground and you might have caused his betrayal.

I could also bitch about the way that nothing is developing from episode to episode in Merlin. In "To Kill The King", Morgana learned that Uther will listen to her. Uther promised to. S2, we get to "The Witch's Quickening", and Morgana and Uther are clashing in just the same way all over again. Arthur never really becomes less of a prat. Merlin's magic is never revealed. The whole show seems to be upholding the status quo, unable to rock the boat enough to provide any kind of satisfying character development.

Two episodes left of S2, and I hope they make me happier than the ones so far...
wilderthan: (Default)
Okay. This is ridiculous. I need to catch up with Supernatural S5. There are three problems with this.

a) I'm not sure I'll have the time, once I've finished watching Merlin. Exam/essay-time coming up.
b) The more I avoid watching it, though, the more reluctant I am to catch up, because after each episode everyone says it will break my heart.
c) I am terrible at watching things without pausing. I regularly get too embarrassed for the characters, or too upset, or just too damn wriggly. I paused in the middle of Free to be Me and You, the day after it first aired, and I never unpaused.

There is possibly also:

d) If there are gross/frightening/upsetting parts, I won't be able to watch it when alone in my flat because it may increase my anxiety.

But I think I'll take that as it comes.

Help? Give me incentives? Tell me how awesome it is and promise that Kripke will heal me as much as he hurts me (ha, ha, not likely)? Help!
wilderthan: ((Delirium) Fish)
I am a Scrooge about April Fools Day. I don't, in general, find it funny, and I don't participate. Some pranks websites do raise a smile, but for the most part, no. For the most part, I just try to ignore it.

I will not appreciate people telling me to "lighten up" or "ignore it" about this one.

It is not funny to "announce" that Nomura (or whoever) said in an interview that the main character of an upcoming Final Fantasy game is going to be gay. It works because it produces excitement and outrage -- and what it's essentially saying is, "Haha, no, like that would ever happen."

I'm splitting my sides here, really. Just for a second, I thought my favourite game series would actually start representing more of the people who play it.

But the idea that people believe they ever would is supposed to be funny?

Tl;dr: Think what message you are sending with your oh-so-hilarious April Fools joke.

(And if you think this is meant to draw attention to that fact and be awareness-raising or something, you have much greater faith in humanity than I do today.)
wilderthan: ((Books) Stack)
In suggestions from people who've done several Big Bangs, someone always seems to mention the idea of a PDF version. I'm definitely pondering this.

I'm also pondering doing a version with a bigger font, a better font, whatever's necessary, so that partially sighted people would be better able to read it. With all the fic I post, it would be hard to provide this for every fic I post, although I am planning to -- when I have chance -- disable viewing posts in the journal layouts, so you get the site scheme. Then there's no problem with faint colours or the wrong font, hopefully.

But with a Big Bang, and providing PDFs, and reaching a wider audience, and especially considering that two of my Big Bangs focus on less-abled characters (Dean is mute in Right Where We Belong, and blind in the SPN/J2 Big Bang fic), it would be appropriate to provide a more accessible option. It wouldn't matter to me how few people needed it, I would like the option to be there. I know my mother, if she read fanfiction, would probably have to copy and paste things into Word and make them bigger/change the fonts.

Now, I haven't tried making my fics into PDFs before, and I suspect I will have to do more wrangling than I'd like, so the PDFs won't necessarily happen this time, or next. But I'd love to do it at some point -- even just as an experiment, to see if anyone needs it. I'm going to consult with Mum about what would help her in terms of font, font size, spacing, italicisation or no italicisation (maybe bold for emphasis instead of italics?), but... if anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it. If you think this is a terrible idea for some reason, don't be afraid to say that, either. I am putting out feelers!

(I have been steadily growing horrified at how unreadable some of my various LJ layouts might be to anyone with sight problems. I am probably going to be changing those, too. Just in case you are viewing this on the DW version of this journal, and thinking that I could start with actually making my journals more readable.)

Edit: And someone suggested .rtfs so that people can edit it however they want and of course that would be better -- I think? Any reasons why not?
wilderthan: ((Delirium) Fish)
Big Bangs I'm participating in, or thinking of participating in:
-[livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang: First draft complete.
-[community profile] hardmode: Not open yet. Idea hatched.
-[community profile] kinked: Planning stage. (Not signed up yet.)
-[community profile] ladiesbigbang: Planned. (Not signed up yet.)
-[community profile] scifibigbang: Planning stage.
-[livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang: First draft complete.
-[livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang: Planning stage.

Due dates:
-April 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang sign-ups begin.
-April 3rd: [community profile] kinked sign-ups.
-April 6th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang rough drafts due.
-April 9th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang rough drafts due.
-April 27th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting date selection begins.
-May 1st: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang rough drafts due.
-May 3rd: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang final drafts due.
-May 4th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting begins.
-May 10th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang posting begins.
-June 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, a third completed is recommended.
-June 7th: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang posting begins.
-July 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, two thirds completed is recommended.
-July 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang writing period ends. [community profile] kinked writing period ends.
-August 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang rough draft due.
-August 15th - August 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang posting schedule announced.
-September 1st: [community profile] kinked posting period starts, [community profile] ladiesbigbang final draft due.
-September 10th: [community profile] ladiesbigbang posting begins.
wilderthan: ((Dr Horrible) Status quo)
I haven't updated properly about progress in a while, so here goes. The SPN/J2 Big Bang fic has progressed no further than a handful of paragraphs. I've decided that my approach to it is no good, and sometime today I'm going to fit in sitting down and working it all out, including making sure there's an actual plot.

Proving that that method works for me is the AU Big Bang, which only needed to hit 15k words and is, in fact, closer to 20k, at around 18.5k, and bound to get a bit longer when I do last edits. Which, yes, I am trying to say it's finished. And edited, somewhat. It acquired a title in a burst of inspiration just before bed the night before I finished it, which is unusual for me. The title is "Right Where We Belong", but it should also be affectionately known as "The One In Which Hugs Saved The World". That isn't a joke. Hugs save the world, and everyone (except the demons) gets some hugging time. It ended up being genfic (I thought for a while it might be Dean/Castiel) and involves Ellen and Jo both being badass. Ruby even gets a line or two.

I have also jokingly created drinking game rules for it, which I think I'll post as a promo, nearer the time, like I posted the author's fanmix for the [livejournal.com profile] kink_bigbang fic.

The SPN Crossover Big Bang still has no title, but we'll see. I need to add 300 words of padding to satisfy the mods, since it came in juuust under 15k.

I've also signed up for [community profile] scifibigbang, and am eyeing [community profile] kinked and [community profile] hardmode. I'm doing an apocalyptic Firefly fic for the SF/F Big Bang, dunno what I'm doing for [community profile] kinked, and the FFX-2 cyberpunk AU for [community profile] hardmode. In theory.

(And by the way, if anyone wants an DW invite code or a couple of codes, you just need to ask me. I give mine out randomly on twitter, so I am obviously not averse to handing them out to relative strangers.)
wilderthan: ((SamDean) Facts and weapons)
(This was originally posted to [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang_vent, but it can go here too.)

In my AU Big Bang fic, a character (Dean, for those who know SPN) is mute from a very young age. I thought I'd have it be psychological, but further into the fic I'm just not sure. Possibly a combination of that and damage to his throat, given that I've described him as injured in other ways.

Anyway, the point is, I'm having difficulty writing conversations between him and the other characters. He's using sign language, but from what research I did quite a while ago into ASL, it wouldn't necessarily 'sound' like spoken discourse if translated literally. So far in the fic I've been having him 'speak' basically normally, with the difference between his sign language and the other characters' speech shown like this:

'Everything is going to be alright,' he signed, determinedly, and then jumped up.
"Where are you going, honey?"
Her smile was weary, this time. "That might help a little."

I don't want to ignore that it just isn't that convenient, but I don't want to make it too difficult to follow as a story -- and the amount of research to have him say only things that can be expressed in sign language in those terms is impossible, given my other commitments. The way I'm thinking of it is that I'm 'translating' his sign language for the reader to make it clear what he's saying.

I'm also starting to be horribly afraid that I'm just going to mess up and offend someone.

Any thoughts? My only thought so far has been to continue the way I'm doing it, and to put a note explaining that and apologising for the lack of realism.
wilderthan: ((Yuffie) Whoa)
I've been pondering this since I did my Robin Hood module, last semester. My lecturer talked about Robin Hood stories and King Arthur stories as opposed -- never popular at the same time, rarely appearing in the same text. King Arthur stories are generally popular when there is a perceived need for order. Robin Hood stories are generally popular when there is a perceived need for change. Yet the BBC's Merlin turns this on its head because Merlin, a symbol of disorder, is the main focus. This is especially clear in the BBC's Merlin because magic is explicitly figured as disorder by Uther: the kingdom was in a state until he got rid of magic.

Merlin is rarely at the centre of stories, but usually on the edge, where he can't disrupt the order of the established Camelot. In fact, the story generally has him imprisoned, relatively early in Arthur's reign. Not just in traditional stories -- in The Dark is Rising, Merriman, who is Merlin, leaves the world as soon as the Dark has been banished and order established. Merlin helps restore order and then he has to leave/be taken out of the story.

However, this Arthur story isn't about Arthur's Camelot. It's about an established order, yes: Uther's court. It is ordered, but it's cruel. It's ordered wrongly, and the very principles used to establish it are now tipping over into injustice.

Given how much I've been writing to my MPs and getting involved in grassroots campaigns at the moment, it's apparent to me that people want change, which would normally mean Robin Hood stories. However, by focusing on Uther's court, before Arthur's reign, the BBC can use Merlin as the instrument of change, rather than Robin Hood, whose thievery is illegal even now. It's still a desire for order, but a different order -- changed, not destroyed and then rebuilt.

That reflects what I've been seeing: by and large people don't want to destroy the current system in Britain, they just want reform. Arthur instead of Uther, so to speak.
wilderthan: ((AxelRoxas) Together)
A quick thought, that I should perhaps spend more time with sometime soon -- I basically write two kinds of fics: the kind I work really really hard on, and try to craft carefully, and the kind that I write for a quick smile, as a little gift. And I think they're probably comparable to, say, a fully-finished piece of artwork and a quick sketch, a doodle. I share my 'doodles' all the time -- the things I write for [personal profile] feywood when she gets up on time are 'doodles'. There's an opinion I've come across, when getting concrit and from people on my flists, that 'doodles' aren't worth sharing: they're not fully finished shiny products, I don't really expect concrit on them, etc, therefore I shouldn't share them at all.

And yet. I know people enjoy my little 'doodles'. I often get more comments on the 'doodles' than on a completely finished fic. I'm sure I've had more comments on my short Firefly fics than on my 20k, carefully crafted Big Bang fic. They're brain candy for me, writing them, and probably for the people reading them. I don't see why that should be so illegitimate a thing, in fandom. I might not be using my talents to the best of my ability, and my fics might end up a little self-indulgent, here and there, or perhaps (dare I say it) a bit pointless. But people enjoy them. And every single one of them is practice, even if ultimately it's not as shiny and interesting as it could be, because it might find for me an idea that I want to expand, or make me focus on dialogue, or on a strong opening line or ending line.

It's true, really, that I wouldn't publish them. I wouldn't expect, say, Neil Gaiman, to post little snippets of what he's working on while he's still working on it, or his practice pieces, or the things that didn't ultimately work out the way he wanted. That's true. But that's not what [personal profile] edenbound is for -- [personal profile] edenbound is an archive of everything I write, as long as I completed it and could stand to let anyone read it at all. It suddenly clicked with me that that's the case, and that I've openly stated that's the case, on the userinfo of the journal, and so people don't really have any right to come into my journal and tell me that I shouldn't post my 'doodles'. Which people have.

(It would be different, on a comm. I only post things to comms when I think they're worth spreading to a wider audience. And my Archive of Our Own account is the same thing.)

So I've just now realised that it's okay for me to write 'doodles', and to post them, because I know people are interested and enjoy them. And that I shouldn't feel slightly ashamed of it, because if you've friended that journal you can check the userinfo to see that that's what it may sometimes contain.

I can use my own ficjournal the way I want. What a revelation.
wilderthan: ((Dr Horrible) Status quo)
In the light of finding this on my flist today, I'm going to post about Dreamwidth and why I love it. But before I do, I'll explain the link -- it goes to a round-up of links about another of LJ's cockups, in which they started redirecting links, via a process that I don't understand, to increase their own revenue -- and preventing people from getting the revenue themselves.

That aside, and since I've been accused of being a "Dreamwidth fangirl"... Well, I am a Dreamwidth fangirl. I don't see how that could be a bad thing. It's not like I'm forcing anybody onto Dreamwidth: I keep up the mirrors of all my journals on LiveJournal, I comment on LiveJournal, nobody is ever forced to come to Dreamwidth to read my stuff. I do offer my invite codes whenever I see someone who already wants to move over, and I'm happy to talk about why I prefer Dreamwidth.

Here's a top ten list, let's see if I can manage it.

Why I love Dreamwidth -- cut for length )

You can see other people's loved features in the comments to this news post.

If you'd like an invite code to come and join, I have at least four going spare.

(Cross-posted, with a few tweaks, from my personal journal, so it is now public and linkable.)
wilderthan: ((Gale) Demons)
I made a lot of progress today on my crossover Big Bang. The kind of progress where, you know, it's finished. Or the first draft is, anyway. And it's been looked at by [personal profile] feywood, and duly nitpicked, and my typos have been corrected. I'm now going to put it away until a week before the due date and then edit it with fresher eyes. It still needs a title, which is something I guess I need to ponder.

I'm pretty glad at how it turned out, anyway. It is more towards the Supernatural end of things than the TDIR end, but Bran and Will have their own scenes and they have scenes together and alone with the SPN characters. Perhaps if I were to write another scene, it would be a conversation between Castiel and Will. I'm not sure if I will: I might decide that when I've got a week to go and it's time for my final edits.

I haven't worked on the AU Big Bang for a while, really. I have the irrational urge to delete what I've got and start again, so I'm waiting with that one until I feel a bit better about it. I got the first paragraph or two of the SPN/J2 Big Bang written yesterday, on the other hand, so that's going to be my focus now for a while. That's the longest one anyway, so if I can get that to 10,000 words by the end of the month, or something like that, and get maybe 5,000 words on the AU Big Bang, that'll be good.

Writing marathons for the win.
wilderthan: ((Books) Open book)
The site goodreads is now blocked in Iran. Let's get this straight before we begin: I don't think that's a good thing. I don't think that's right. If I could wave a magic wand and fix the world, me being me, I'm afraid that might be one of the first things I'd fix right now, just because it would spring to mind. The Iranian government are seeking to prevent discussion, specifically of books -- although the goodreads site is a great forum for all kinds of discussion, because of the kind of people that populate it and the kind of space it is. That's wrong. It isn't going to stop people discussing books or whatever it is that the Iranian government don't want discussed, anyway, not if those people passionately want that discussion. But it's throwing a spanner in the works, disrupting existing conversations, blocking people from finding other people who share their opinions or who might revolutionise their opinions.

I am absolutely opposed to the fact that goodreads is blocked in Iran. However, this post is not directly about that. The post is about something an Iranian member and the goodreads staff both asserted:

One Iranian Goodreads member wrote to us and confirmed the news: "your site is recently been filtered by our horrible govrnmt. pls help us! spread it...books make no harm."

We couldn't agree more. Books make no harm.

I disagree. Books can make harm, just as they can make good. If they can't do the one, I don't believe they can do the other, either -- if they're a force for good, they can also be a force for bad. I say this while loving books -- everyone on this journal's flist probably realises that -- and ranking reading as one of the most important things I do every day, right up there with "waking up", "eating" and "breathing". I say this while thinking that books are my best friends. So please, please, don't make the assumption that I'm saying books are universally a bad thing, or anything like that.

It goes on... )
wilderthan: ((Books) Stack)
The only Big Bang I've been working on in the last couple of days is my [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang. It's going okay, I have about 2,000 words for it. The fact that I'm writing in past tense, which is unusual for me, is making it feel a bit dry and a bit less dynamic, to me, but I'm pretty sure I can fix it with editing and poking, when the time comes.

I'm nowhere near the recommended word count for the check in tomorrow, which is 5,000 words: I'll probably write another scene or two before I check in tomorrow, but that'll still be only 3,000 words. Still, I'm getting somewhere.
wilderthan: ((AxelRoxas) Together)
Final Fantasy VIII's Rinoa is often quite disliked. I can see why people dislike her character, too, though replaying the game once I was slightly more mature I tried to look for what was interesting in her, what was realistic about her. I don't mind, though, when people just can't stand her.

What I mind, though, is when someone says they don't like her because she's [quote] "a silly slut". There is absolutely no evidence for that in the game -- she has a romantic plot with Squall and a past with Seifer is implied. If that makes her a slut, I despair of the world entirely.

I hate the trend of flinging the word "slut" around, in its entirely -- I hate it when I see it applied to any female character because nine times out of ten, it's just knee-jerk "oh noez [female character] stole my bishie, fuck u wh0re diiiie" and/or "oh noez [female character] broke up [slash pairing], fuck u wh0re diiie".

This just in: Rinoa Heartilly is not a slut. Switching fandoms, neither is Anna Milton, or Jo Harvelle, or Cassie Robinson, or Jessica Moore... (SPN fandom is a big culprit.)

Dean Winchester? Probably a slut.

When/if I run the Women of SPN Big Bang, I think I'm going to ban the word slut.
wilderthan: ((SamDean) Facts and weapons)
I'm a little stalled on my Crossover Big Bang. I've done some editing and some minor adding of words, but I have a bunch of scenes I'm vaguely planning to write and nothing's coming of them. I think I'm going to give it a couple of days and then look at the plan with fresh(er) eyes, and edit it as needed -- and in the meantime, read over what I've got and streamline it or add to it where necessary.

In the meantime, and since there's a check-in on the second of February, I'm working on the AU Big Bang. I only have a handful of paragraphs so far, the opening stuff, because I'm quite sleepy this evening.

Have a tiny, tiny snippet.

Fandom: Supernatural
For: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang
Quality: Barely checked
Characters: Ellen, Dean

Sealing her fate )
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I just wrote the last scene of my [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang. Not because I'm actually finished with it, of course -- there are plenty of scenes left to write, and there's only 8,080 words overall, but I wrote the last scene! And the last couple of lines, I think, are already perfect. I kind of want to share them with people -- but it'll be best to wait, and let people have them in context, so I will try and contain myself.

Still! Over halfway done, now, and before long it can go to [livejournal.com profile] feywood for nitpicking and reactions...


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