such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (skins: emily/naomi)
[personal profile] oxoniensis's Porn Battle is open for business! In light of recent discussions, do you know what I think that means? Everyone should go write me femslash. *g*

I draw your attention to the fact that not only are there a bunch of femslash prompts for individual fandoms, there is a lot of seriously great crossover potential there for the writing. Starbuck/Zoe! Martha/Uhura (okay, admittedly those prompts are mine, but you know that would be awesome)! Kara/Sam Carter! Teyla/Buffy! Kahlan/Xena! Anya/Parker, which is hilarious and wonderful! Go, fandom, and do my bidding. :D (I also say 'yes, please' to Kaylee/Jack and Martha/Hardison and Kirk/Sheppard and Serenity/Enterprise, omg win.)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (m: morgana [wtf])
*facepalm* Okay, look. I am both queer and female, and you know what's not okay? Implying that one of those things is more important than the other and should more strongly dictate my reading and writing habits.

Intersectionality: it's a thing.

Also, can we stop phrasing this whole mess in terms of a gender binary? There are a lot of gender identities represented within fandom, and plenty of them are being erased right now. Stop it, fandom!

In the great sprawling land that is the internet, it makes no sense to say 'there should be more x!' and mean 'there should be less y!'. There is, in fact, room enough for everything. I think there should be more femslash, I think there should be more genfic about female friendships, I think there should be more women-centric vids. That doesn't mean I think there should be less of anything else, because I am not a fan of lecturing a majority-female community about what they can or can't do.

Besides, I don't want there to be less slash anyway - it's about people like me, it's relevant to my interests! (Which is not to say every queer person connects with guyslash in that way.) No type of fanwork is the distinct product of a particular group, and as such you can't dismiss anything as having less value in terms of identity politics - 'straight women write slash and are anti-feminist!' etc. Um, no.

I tell you what there should be less of, though: misogyny and character-bashing and double standards! That's the stuff that makes fandom feel hostile to female characters sometimes, and you see it in guyslash and het and gen and poly and even, depressingly, in femslash. (I read a femslash story this one time that didn't even pass the Bechdel test, it was tragic.) And I think it's overly simplistic to talk about fandom just in terms of fanworks, when people's meta and squee and discussion has just as much impact on the overall environment. LJ/DW/IJ fandom is more than a fic archive!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to the Kahlan/Cara fic I've got open in tabs, whilst listening to the song I'm about to vid Merlin/Arthur to. I never before though that would make me feel ~edgy~.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (bsg: our new cylon overloads)
+ [ profile] sheafrotherdon: "It's now time to tell." trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence.

+ on Angry Asian Man: ... and Harrison Ford as Dr. Chen, in which a real person's life is getting white-washed.

+ an AfterEllen interview with Jane Espenson, writer of Caprica: "It's Time for Sexuality To Be Incidental">. Given BSG's track record of evil (dead) queers, that interview does not exactly inspire me with confidence, but, maybe it won't be so awful. We will see! And as we know, I will put up with a lot for canon queer and robots, heh.

+ in fannish news, Torchwood/Doctor Who comment!porn battle VI is a go!

+ via [ profile] lazy_daze, Everybody's Free (To Be Fannish) by [ profile] elizah_jane, which is SPN-specific in places but delightful all over.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: coffee spoons)
+ Oxfam and Red Cross, amongst many other charities, have launched emergency appeals to help with the crisis in Haiti. [personal profile] musesfool links to more ways you can help.

+ Turns out this became headline news overnight: Google: A New Approach To China.

+ FWD: Disability and Domestic Violence.

+ Questioning Transphobia: is a dream a lie if it don’t come true / or is it something worse [trigger warning: harrowing content discussing forced detransition]

+ There seems to be a debate going around the published m/m novel sphere, which I honestly have neither time or energy to get into - there are many links at [community profile] linkspam for the interested. But this post resonated with me:

Slash works for me, in a way that het doesn't. See, for me, being gay isn't just about how I prefer boobs over penis. It's how I see relationships. It's how I relate to everyone around me, how I lost friends when I was eleven and didn't know what the hell was going on, how I see myself and my future. Someone once wrote in a fic about how when straight kids grow up they know about marriage and expect subconciously to go there someday, but gay kids don't have that. I didn't have that.

That's really fucking important.

So to read slash, to see other gay people come together in relationships portrayed as normal, as good, was invaluable. My knowledge of The Gay as a child was limited. I'd been to San Francisco once when I was nine and heard warnings about all the gays wandering around the wharf, and I heard one kid in Sunday School get called a queer even though I didn't know what it meant. By the time I figured out what it was, and that it was Wrong, I'd figured out about myself.

[ profile] maryaminx: In which I rant. A lot.

There's a lot of stuff I could say on that general subject, admittedly more to do with slash fandom than the profic world, but basically it comes down to wishing that certain areas of slash fandom/some people who talk about slash fandom stopped ignoring or being actively dismissive/hostile towards the queer chicks that hang out in those parts.

+ It's More Joy Day tomorrow, where you challenge is to bring joy to someone else, somewhere, and spread the joy out. This year it means [ profile] festivids amongst other things. \o/!

+ Speaking of, [ profile] fan_eunice has a brilliant post on why all vid-watchers should be excited. To which I say: SET ALL PHASERS TO FLAIL OH MY GOODNESS YAY.

+ [ profile] purimgifts is open for sign-ups. It's a small gift exchange in which works feature characters who are Jewish and/or women and/or persecuted by evil viziers.

+ Rumours of Will Smith playing Captain America have prompted a bunch of picspams of fantasy chromatic casting for Marvel superheroes. The awesome includes John Cho as Tony Stark, Indira Varma as Phoenix and Dulé Hill as Reed Richards. A lot more shiny at the links!


Jan. 10th, 2010 01:48 am
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (heroes: hiro [yatta!])
+ Thing the first, I had a very fun day in London today crashing a Supernatural meetup - fandom is my fandom, after all. It was lovely to see [personal profile] secondsilk, [ profile] lazy_daze and [ profile] fleshflutter again and also to meet a bunch of new people! Observations: wow, I really do still know a heck of a lot about SPN and its fandom just through fannish osmosis; I have a sudden craving to read a bunch of J2 AUs; no matter what the fandom, fan meet-ups tend to be made of A-grade win.

+ Thing the second, my festivid is done and submitted! *falls over* omg yay. They're due to go live on the 14th, I AM SO EXCITED eee!!!

+ Thing the third, I am up past my bedtime hanging out at the [community profile] camelot_fleet party, which is especially delightful this week. I am also taking prompts over there in order to have something fun to do in study breaks tomorrow.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (lots: jennsen [lion-hearted girl])
From various folk:

Ask me one fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general.

Just one question, please, but it can (and perhaps should) have sub-parts.

Question can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you want.

Fandoms include but are not limited to: HP, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Merlin, SGA, Firefly, SPN, Star Treks, T:TSCC, BSG, Legend of the Seeker and Leverage, though I'm not up to date on all currently airing shows either out of choice or lack of time.

*omg you guys, omg. This is so scary, I do not feel up to this! But it's about 2/3 done, maybe.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (m: wenches before brethren)
+ I appear to have agreed to be a co-mod of the newly-created [ profile] merlin_femslash! \o/ Go forth, join, and slash, my friends.

+ This weekend I have been hanging out at [community profile] camelot_fleet's weekly party post, which I highly recommend for anyone missing their week's Merlin fix.

+ Ahahahaha, okay, let's play a game: YULETIDE FANDOM CRACK BATTLE. I am browsing through the Yuletide nominated fandoms list and trying to find the crackiest fandoms. This is a seriously diverting pastime. Anyone want to join me? See if you can beat my opening gambit:

Never Gonna Give You Up (music video)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (who: martha [something wicked | elen_anc)
Gacked from [personal profile] amathela, this looks like fun.

Ask me a fandom, and I will tell you:

+ Runner-up
+ Honorable mention(s)
+ Crack pairing(s)
+ Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't

eta: so far!

Star Trek DS9
Harry Potter
New Who
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (m: katie/angel [hugs!])
+ [ profile] oxoniensis is hosting a Fall Fandom Free-For-All - you go, you leave a wishlist, you grant others' requests, it's fun!

+ I totally missed this earlier in the month, but [community profile] queerlygen is taking prompts for another week. The comm's designed to promote genfic of all stripes about sexual and gender minority characters - canon or fanon - and the prompts there so far are fantastic. I want the Gus & Shawn are queer BFFs story! The asexual John story! The Watchmen AU where Silhouette's alive! So help me, the Wittgenstein & Russell story would make me the happiest panda in ALL THE LAND.

*runs off to leave prompts*
such_heights: a girl reads a book in the grass (stock: fairy tales)
* From [personal profile] astolat, OTW owns the goddamn servers! Which is very cool to behold.

* Gordon Brown has released a statement in response to the petition for an apology for Alan Turing. It makes for heartening reading.

* Merlin promos/behind-the-scenes pictures continue to induce glee! Here are some pictures of Gwen and Morgana, and here's the whole cast with guest stars (general premise & casting spoilers for the first three episodes). I have to say, casting spoilers )

* Lastly, because this looks amusing (please play so I can spam you with bizarre feedback!): Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (tw: toshiko [shine on | nextjuly])
Home Team 2009 Round Two is now up and oh god, so many are so close! Like, three votes in it. *refreshes obsessively* I'll tell you who needs your vote this time: Tosh. Vote Toshiko Sato for great justice! /PSA

Here are the first batch of Five Fannish Things responses, keep them coming if you like!

The top five things you would change about New Who/Torchwood. )

Top 5 awesome female characters )

Top five fics )

Top five Potter moments )

Top five Merlin moments )
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)
I am offline for a scant few days and missing all the fun!

* [ profile] magnetic_pole is hosting [ profile] hbpchallenge, a low-stress HBP-based fest. Check out the prompts already left and leave some of your own.

* This week's Star Trek Rewatch is The Naked Time, hosted by [ profile] rowena742/[personal profile] miramira, so keep your eyes peeled for that over the weekend!

* [ profile] remixredux09 goes live on Sunday. Dear Remixer, if you are reading this, the only thing preventing me from flailing all over your story straight away is the fact that I will be in a field.

* I hear there is new Leverage! I hope that it was sparkly.

Have a good weekend, all. ♥
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (tw: gwen [fucks shit up | paperthinxfgx])
Today, half of my flist is full of discussion on warnings and triggers. And some of the comments from the anti-warnings side are really making my head spin.

headers, warnings, triggers and codes of fan culture: links to material that readers may find triggering )
such_heights: a woman, sitting, holds a standing woman's hand (stock: make a stand [mignolagraphics])
I keep trying to write a post about Battlestar Galactica, because I want to talk about it, and how it pains me tremendously but also I can't let it go. I'm trying to work how best to explain the former, and I'm still not sure why the latter is the case. All I can really tell you is that I'm clipping episodes for vidding and I keep crying at random screenshots of characters giving DRADIS readings and other such mundane moments. :/

ANYWAY. Let us move to happier subjects! Hi guys, I'm super excited that there are so many people coming over to Dreamwidth right now. I'm enjoying watching all of this unfold. And while I still don't know where I see myself based long-term, it was nice to have this place as a reassuring background presence when I read things like this. An anti-gay marriage ad has surfaced on the rota of LJ's ads -- Marta, one of the LiveJournal staffers, is to be very much commended for jumping in quickly and directly and sorting it out, but it highlights a basic problem that LJ don't have all that much control, apparently, over the content of their ads. It gives a certain extra bigotry-flavoured spice to checking your flist in the morning, you know?

Okay, that wasn't especially happy either. Take three! I thought maybe I would post some sort of introductory-type thing for anyone that's new around here.

ten things about me )

If you would like to introduce yourself here, please do!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: gay as in adorable [visualwit])
Let it never be said I do not leap upon bandwagons. (How do you think I got into any of my fandoms in the first place?)

I would not be writing fiction at all were it not for the help and enthusiasm I received from the people who read my decidedly mediocre fanfic in my early days of fandom. I remain enormously grateful to those kind souls to this day, especially as some of them continue to put up with me now. *g*

Fandom has given me such a lot that the idea of expecting anything back from all of you is entirely bizarre. I post things because I hope that someone might find the content interesting, or happy-making, or enjoyable in any sense. If they take the time to hit reply and tell me so, that is a welcome and added bonus, and I'd hate to think that anyone ever felt obligated to drop me a single line. I'm thrilled to hear from anyone at any time, but I post in hope, not expectation.

I'm consistently delighted and honoured by the notion that someone would like to read my stories, or to link them to their friends, or to add me to their friendslist, and so on. I'm as pleased by my lurkers as I am by my serial commenters -- the fact that anyone might find something they like in the course of stopping by is the entirety of the reason why I'm here and posting in a public setting. I want to share, and to interact, not to receive. The span of people's lives and habits is far too diverse and complicated for me to impose any sort of standard or demand on any of you, and so all of the time that you give me, in any capacity, is much loved.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (doctor who [companions | le_lovecats])
I think we can sum up my state of mind over the last two days (namely feverish and furious refreshing of flist and Twitter) by saying that I just popped over to [ profile] who_anon for kicks. Um. Anyway, they were talking about the companion in the latest episode, and blah blah blah -- my favourite was the cries of 'elitism!', what? -- but I got to wondering about the most popular one-off companions (for a generous value of companion that includes Elton and Sally), and companions generally. Thus: Dreamwidth poll! I'd imagine we can assume spoilers for 'Planet of the Dead' in the comments.

who's your favourite? )

This post on LiveJournal. I'll be interested to see how the results differ!


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