[le sigh]

Dec. 15th, 2006 02:25 pm
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (house - cuddy - cane)
Dear fic writers,

Why do you make it hard for me to find your fic when you post to a community?

So, it's possible that in the course of studying for finals I re-watched the entire first season of House and then proceeded to buy myself the second season as a post-finals "congrats for not dying" gift to self. ;) And it's similarly possible that I'm reminded how much I love House/Cuddy and have been poking around the [livejournal.com profile] house_cuddy archives.

It is so hard to find fic there.

If I'm reading an archive page looking for fic, I am looking for something with "fic" in the subject line. I'm not going to click on every subject that looks like it's a title - I don't even know the episode titles well enough to separate those out. And I'm probably not going to click on entries that just say "my new fic!!" because that looks amateurish. Ideally I'm looking for "Fic: Title (rating)," though I don't expect it and am pleasantly surprised when I find it. That's what I'm used to from newsgroups waaay back when, and it covers all the bases. It tells me it's a fic, the title is there if it's a series or something, and the rating tells me what I'm getting into. It also provides most of the info for the fine folks doing newsletters. On a pairing-centric comm pairing and/or character doesn't need to be mentioned, but on, say, [livejournal.com profile] dw_femslash it probably should.

I'm not saying my way's the best, I'm just saying - isn't that what other people look for when fic-hopping? The subject line is the first thing people see of your fic - why make it hard to find or remember or recognise? Fic-writing is, after all, all about promoting yourself.

Bonus mention for tags. I realise not all comms have tags and authors posting to the comm are at the mercy of the maintainers on that one. But if the comm has tags, for god's sake why not use them? Again, it makes your fic so much easier for people to find. Also it makes the mod less annoyed. *is of course not speaking from experience* ;)

Anyways. This has been a mild annoyance lately as I attempt to decompress from exams. Am I just overly finicky? Is there a hip new reason for not using the subject line this way? *g* Thoughts?

[le sigh]

Dec. 15th, 2006 02:25 pm
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (house - cuddy - cane)
Dear fic writers,

Why do you make it hard for me to find your fic when you post to a community?

So, it's possible that in the course of studying for finals I re-watched the entire first season of House and then proceeded to buy myself the second season as a post-finals "congrats for not dying" gift to self. ;) And it's similarly possible that I'm reminded how much I love House/Cuddy and have been poking around the [livejournal.com profile] house_cuddy archives.

It is so hard to find fic there.

If I'm reading an archive page looking for fic, I am looking for something with "fic" in the subject line. I'm not going to click on every subject that looks like it's a title - I don't even know the episode titles well enough to separate those out. And I'm probably not going to click on entries that just say "my new fic!!" because that looks amateurish. Ideally I'm looking for "Fic: Title (rating)," though I don't expect it and am pleasantly surprised when I find it. That's what I'm used to from newsgroups waaay back when, and it covers all the bases. It tells me it's a fic, the title is there if it's a series or something, and the rating tells me what I'm getting into. It also provides most of the info for the fine folks doing newsletters. On a pairing-centric comm pairing and/or character doesn't need to be mentioned, but on, say, [livejournal.com profile] dw_femslash it probably should.

I'm not saying my way's the best, I'm just saying - isn't that what other people look for when fic-hopping? The subject line is the first thing people see of your fic - why make it hard to find or remember or recognise? Fic-writing is, after all, all about promoting yourself.

Bonus mention for tags. I realise not all comms have tags and authors posting to the comm are at the mercy of the maintainers on that one. But if the comm has tags, for god's sake why not use them? Again, it makes your fic so much easier for people to find. Also it makes the mod less annoyed. *is of course not speaking from experience* ;)

Anyways. This has been a mild annoyance lately as I attempt to decompress from exams. Am I just overly finicky? Is there a hip new reason for not using the subject line this way? *g* Thoughts?
tellitslant: (wonder woman - wonder)
[livejournal.com profile] fox1013's excellent post here asks what people would consider "early femslash texts," and if they even existed. I skimmed through the comments and not a lot of people seem to be touching on that question, so I am throwing it out more widely in its own post because I am really curious.

Xena was the given (and, dude, I just noticed that [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty's fandom chart doesn't even have Xena on, which is odd as there's a very clear Xena to Buffy connection in my mind though I don't know about anyone else), and I came up with Voyager and [livejournal.com profile] quasiradiant with West Wing and the Wing Swing, but those are all 90s fandoms, and we know the m/m "We all started with Kirk/Spock" fanthropological statement. So. Cast your minds back, those of you who can (I, unfortunately, cannot). [livejournal.com profile] cdybedahl suggests that there was Uhura/Rand. Anyone else verify that? I'd be shocked if there wasn't a Charlie's Angels movement or something around Emma Peel, say. *g* Or, hell, Wonder Woman comics, if there was a comics "fandom" as such.

So. First femslash fandom you can think of. Go.

(all this femslash meta! It's like, my god, we do exist! *g* Loving it!)
tellitslant: (wonder woman - wonder)
[livejournal.com profile] fox1013's excellent post here asks what people would consider "early femslash texts," and if they even existed. I skimmed through the comments and not a lot of people seem to be touching on that question, so I am throwing it out more widely in its own post because I am really curious.

Xena was the given (and, dude, I just noticed that [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty's fandom chart doesn't even have Xena on, which is odd as there's a very clear Xena to Buffy connection in my mind though I don't know about anyone else), and I came up with Voyager and [livejournal.com profile] quasiradiant with West Wing and the Wing Swing, but those are all 90s fandoms, and we know the m/m "We all started with Kirk/Spock" fanthropological statement. So. Cast your minds back, those of you who can (I, unfortunately, cannot). [livejournal.com profile] cdybedahl suggests that there was Uhura/Rand. Anyone else verify that? I'd be shocked if there wasn't a Charlie's Angels movement or something around Emma Peel, say. *g* Or, hell, Wonder Woman comics, if there was a comics "fandom" as such.

So. First femslash fandom you can think of. Go.

(all this femslash meta! It's like, my god, we do exist! *g* Loving it!)
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (doctor - romana I - heart)
So interestingly enough, someone who hadn't run across any of the recent femslash discussion asked me yesterday why Doctor Who femslash was so much better - bigger, easier to find, etc - than Stargate. I don't necessarily agree with the statement, but I understand where the perception comes from, and that is really making me think about femslash in general.

To an extent, I had the same experience - Who femslash was much more 'out there' than Stargate when I first went looking - and that was entirely contrary to my expectations. )

This is a post that I want people to tell me I'm wrong about and why. It's hugely subjective, so I want to see comments. Also, if those comments included Vala fic or a link to the huge SG femslash site that I'm obviously missing (and this would be a good time to mention both [livejournal.com profile] sg_femslash and [livejournal.com profile] dw_femslash), that might be nice too. ;)

Also, I have just discovered the [livejournal.com profile] fish_like_bikes SG Female Characters Kink and Cliche Challenge, ironically enough while I wasn't looking for it, so YAY for that.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (doctor - romana I - heart)
So interestingly enough, someone who hadn't run across any of the recent femslash discussion asked me yesterday why Doctor Who femslash was so much better - bigger, easier to find, etc - than Stargate. I don't necessarily agree with the statement, but I understand where the perception comes from, and that is really making me think about femslash in general.

To an extent, I had the same experience - Who femslash was much more 'out there' than Stargate when I first went looking - and that was entirely contrary to my expectations. )

This is a post that I want people to tell me I'm wrong about and why. It's hugely subjective, so I want to see comments. Also, if those comments included Vala fic or a link to the huge SG femslash site that I'm obviously missing (and this would be a good time to mention both [livejournal.com profile] sg_femslash and [livejournal.com profile] dw_femslash), that might be nice too. ;)

Also, I have just discovered the [livejournal.com profile] fish_like_bikes SG Female Characters Kink and Cliche Challenge, ironically enough while I wasn't looking for it, so YAY for that.

[meta]

Jun. 15th, 2006 10:49 am
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (dh - breeism - moral hardline)
I've been turning over in my head for a while a meta post in response to the hatememe chatter going around, because it profoundly disturbs me to see people saying that they feel they can't express their own opinions – and it's not that I'm appalled on behalf of these poor oppressed fans, it's that frankly I think they're creating and inflating injustices to explain themselves. To put it diplomatically. And maybe I don't really have a reason to be saying this, because I don't do the hatememes, nor have I yet been signled out in any sort of meaningful manner, but it's been bothering me and it's really been bothering some of my friends. So. My points basically boil down to this:

If hatememes are about expressing your fannish opinions, then leave people out of them, or have the courage to insult people with your own name behind you. If everyone is running around talking about how fantastic Supernatural is and you hate the show but don't want to harsh your friends' buzz, maybe, or don't want to get mass defriended by these newly-obsessed people who talk about other interesting stuff too? Well, honestly, I think you're missing the point of a fannish community if you think a dissenting opinion is an automatic ticket to pariah-land, but whatever. Post "OMG I never want to see Jensen Ackles on my flist again ever!!1!" in a hatememe, fine.

But the moment you make a personal attack on a fan by name, then you're done. You are finished. You have left the already miniscule realm of what might be acceptable anon chatter. There is absolutely no excuse for rudeness in a medium where it is so incredibly easy to avoid people you don't like. Anon posts favour the accuser by failing to give onlookers the chance to understand which and how many people espouse the negative opinion. It prevents the accused from defending herself. And it is just bad fucking form, especially the lengths to which some of the posts I saw went. Attacking mental illnesses – which I saw in two different, totally unconnected fandoms? No excuse. Debating histories of abuse? No excuse. Smearing someone due to her sexual orientation? Absolutely no fucking excuse, especially in this particular community. Do it with your name attached or don't do it at all. I promise I will tell you to your face if I don't like you, believe me.

And you know what? Don't ever shut your mouths. I mean it. If you're in fandom and you're not talking or are agreeing with opinions that aren't actually yours, for the sake of creating harmony – then you're just missing the point. Get involved. Be loud. How on earth else do you ever expect to get to know anyone? The best part of fandom is all the smart people in it – if I disagree with you about something, then I want to be able to discuss it with you. Maybe you'll change my mind, maybe I'll change yours, maybe we'll continue to disagree. But the discussion is the fun part.

I… wanted to be a lot more eloquent than that, because I thought the hatememes were fucking hilarious when they first showed, and then I watched them turn disturbingly ugly. I didn't quite make the points I wanted, but I tried.

And now as a highly appropriate followup, my next post will contain porn.

[meta]

Jun. 15th, 2006 10:49 am
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (dh - breeism - moral hardline)
I've been turning over in my head for a while a meta post in response to the hatememe chatter going around, because it profoundly disturbs me to see people saying that they feel they can't express their own opinions – and it's not that I'm appalled on behalf of these poor oppressed fans, it's that frankly I think they're creating and inflating injustices to explain themselves. To put it diplomatically. And maybe I don't really have a reason to be saying this, because I don't do the hatememes, nor have I yet been signled out in any sort of meaningful manner, but it's been bothering me and it's really been bothering some of my friends. So. My points basically boil down to this:

If hatememes are about expressing your fannish opinions, then leave people out of them, or have the courage to insult people with your own name behind you. If everyone is running around talking about how fantastic Supernatural is and you hate the show but don't want to harsh your friends' buzz, maybe, or don't want to get mass defriended by these newly-obsessed people who talk about other interesting stuff too? Well, honestly, I think you're missing the point of a fannish community if you think a dissenting opinion is an automatic ticket to pariah-land, but whatever. Post "OMG I never want to see Jensen Ackles on my flist again ever!!1!" in a hatememe, fine.

But the moment you make a personal attack on a fan by name, then you're done. You are finished. You have left the already miniscule realm of what might be acceptable anon chatter. There is absolutely no excuse for rudeness in a medium where it is so incredibly easy to avoid people you don't like. Anon posts favour the accuser by failing to give onlookers the chance to understand which and how many people espouse the negative opinion. It prevents the accused from defending herself. And it is just bad fucking form, especially the lengths to which some of the posts I saw went. Attacking mental illnesses – which I saw in two different, totally unconnected fandoms? No excuse. Debating histories of abuse? No excuse. Smearing someone due to her sexual orientation? Absolutely no fucking excuse, especially in this particular community. Do it with your name attached or don't do it at all. I promise I will tell you to your face if I don't like you, believe me.

And you know what? Don't ever shut your mouths. I mean it. If you're in fandom and you're not talking or are agreeing with opinions that aren't actually yours, for the sake of creating harmony – then you're just missing the point. Get involved. Be loud. How on earth else do you ever expect to get to know anyone? The best part of fandom is all the smart people in it – if I disagree with you about something, then I want to be able to discuss it with you. Maybe you'll change my mind, maybe I'll change yours, maybe we'll continue to disagree. But the discussion is the fun part.

I… wanted to be a lot more eloquent than that, because I thought the hatememes were fucking hilarious when they first showed, and then I watched them turn disturbingly ugly. I didn't quite make the points I wanted, but I tried.

And now as a highly appropriate followup, my next post will contain porn.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - laura - airlock)
...dude, BSG spoilers already? That's just rubbing salt in the wound, you know.

Which is to say, OMG MYTHOLOGY KINK OMG OMG and, um, also other plotty stuff happens! Definite major s3 spoilers ahoy! Discussion follows... )

I am UNHEALTHILY EXCITED about this show.

In related news, the first BSG novel has a release date, and I may have just made an embarassing squeaky noise at finding out that Peter David is writing the second one. (Plus comics soon! *geeksquee*)

I need a specifically Greek mythology-squee Laura icon, I think.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - laura - airlock)
...dude, BSG spoilers already? That's just rubbing salt in the wound, you know.

Which is to say, OMG MYTHOLOGY KINK OMG OMG and, um, also other plotty stuff happens! Definite major s3 spoilers ahoy! Discussion follows... )

I am UNHEALTHILY EXCITED about this show.

In related news, the first BSG novel has a release date, and I may have just made an embarassing squeaky noise at finding out that Peter David is writing the second one. (Plus comics soon! *geeksquee*)

I need a specifically Greek mythology-squee Laura icon, I think.

[on RPF]

Apr. 12th, 2006 11:37 am
tellitslant: (muppets - fork in the road)
Man, you know, I never can stand it when those dirty dirty RPF-writers try and justify their actions. Like, doesn't everyone know how wrong that is? A celebrity's public image is totally their private property. No one else but them should be able to project or theorize about or parody that image, because it's certainly not a commodity upon which they and/or their publicists and/or companies trade. It is completely and inextricably entwined with their true soul-self. And nothing can really be fiction if it's about someone real, too, so everyone writing RPF is putting stuff out there that other people could believe is true, and that would do so much damage to a celebrity's reputation.

All RPF is horrible and a blight upon the Internet, but some is worse than the rest. You know what's utterly terrible? The way that so many of those dirty writers pick on the poor kids who were Mouseketeers. I mean, sure they all grew up pretty damn gorgeous. But Mouseketeers, man! Don't you understand how damaging that can be? Especially since so many of them have careers in the entertainment industry beyond that one TV show. Writing fiction about them is especially heinous. Well, maybe it's a little less so if it's parody fic. But any sort of fiction that seems to be meant to pass itself off as a real representation of events in a Mouseketeer's life? Anyone who writes or supports that is cruel and evil and could never have any good in their soul. I bet they just don't realize how much that hurts a celebrity, to see their public image - I mean, their name and likeness and pure sense of being - used to tell stories about things they never did.

I have decided to take this opportunity to share some images from something that I consider one of the most horrible examples of the above and that is for reasons unknown to me often overlooked. If you are faint of heart or deeply attached to any of the former Mouseketeers, you MAY NOT WISH TO CLICK ON THIS CUT. Those who are brave enough may continue. )

[on RPF]

Apr. 12th, 2006 11:37 am
tellitslant: (muppets - fork in the road)
Man, you know, I never can stand it when those dirty dirty RPF-writers try and justify their actions. Like, doesn't everyone know how wrong that is? A celebrity's public image is totally their private property. No one else but them should be able to project or theorize about or parody that image, because it's certainly not a commodity upon which they and/or their publicists and/or companies trade. It is completely and inextricably entwined with their true soul-self. And nothing can really be fiction if it's about someone real, too, so everyone writing RPF is putting stuff out there that other people could believe is true, and that would do so much damage to a celebrity's reputation.

All RPF is horrible and a blight upon the Internet, but some is worse than the rest. You know what's utterly terrible? The way that so many of those dirty writers pick on the poor kids who were Mouseketeers. I mean, sure they all grew up pretty damn gorgeous. But Mouseketeers, man! Don't you understand how damaging that can be? Especially since so many of them have careers in the entertainment industry beyond that one TV show. Writing fiction about them is especially heinous. Well, maybe it's a little less so if it's parody fic. But any sort of fiction that seems to be meant to pass itself off as a real representation of events in a Mouseketeer's life? Anyone who writes or supports that is cruel and evil and could never have any good in their soul. I bet they just don't realize how much that hurts a celebrity, to see their public image - I mean, their name and likeness and pure sense of being - used to tell stories about things they never did.

I have decided to take this opportunity to share some images from something that I consider one of the most horrible examples of the above and that is for reasons unknown to me often overlooked. If you are faint of heart or deeply attached to any of the former Mouseketeers, you MAY NOT WISH TO CLICK ON THIS CUT. Those who are brave enough may continue. )
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - laura - presidential leg)
It's Friday! That must mean it's time for me to post meta before it all gets invalidated by new canon.

Mythology in BSG, Part I, or, How I Don't Really Ship Lee/Laura But Can't Help Getting Smacked In The Face With The Metaphor Hammer

vaguely spoilery through 2x12, speculative for 2x13 )

Next time, why Zeus is an entirely inaccurate descriptor of Adama (because it is), and possibly why you should not leave a girl with a Classics minor alone with BSG DVDs for too long. Oh wait, you already get the last part. ;)
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - laura - presidential leg)
It's Friday! That must mean it's time for me to post meta before it all gets invalidated by new canon.

Mythology in BSG, Part I, or, How I Don't Really Ship Lee/Laura But Can't Help Getting Smacked In The Face With The Metaphor Hammer

vaguely spoilery through 2x12, speculative for 2x13 )

Next time, why Zeus is an entirely inaccurate descriptor of Adama (because it is), and possibly why you should not leave a girl with a Classics minor alone with BSG DVDs for too long. Oh wait, you already get the last part. ;)
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - laura - presidential leg)
OK, I started talking about Cain as a mannish woman stereotype here, and [livejournal.com profile] jennyo spun off and started talking about Roslin and cancer here, and now I have more thoughts. )
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - laura - presidential leg)
OK, I started talking about Cain as a mannish woman stereotype here, and [livejournal.com profile] jennyo spun off and started talking about Roslin and cancer here, and now I have more thoughts. )

[fannish]

Dec. 29th, 2005 11:58 am
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - roslin - sweet)
I finally finished watching BSG season two yesterday (while hauling about eighty pounds of clothes and trash out of my room, holy shit I am a packrat), and yay I can't wait till Friday. *g* (I think it's Friday. I have this sudden horror that the reason the box set release was delayed in Canada is because they're delaying the broadcast, and that would make me sad.)

cut because I know some people on my flist haven't finished yet, and also discussion of spoilers )

[fannish]

Dec. 29th, 2005 11:58 am
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (bsg - roslin - sweet)
I finally finished watching BSG season two yesterday (while hauling about eighty pounds of clothes and trash out of my room, holy shit I am a packrat), and yay I can't wait till Friday. *g* (I think it's Friday. I have this sudden horror that the reason the box set release was delayed in Canada is because they're delaying the broadcast, and that would make me sad.)

cut because I know some people on my flist haven't finished yet, and also discussion of spoilers )

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