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Friday, November 4th, 2011 02:27 pm
Okay, now here's a link I find really useful:
FLAG - Fanfiction Lightweight Automated Grabber

The site allows you to download entire stories from fanfiction.net and a few other archives in one single file. You just enter the ID number of the fic and select the format you like: voilà, instant fic, ready to read/print.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 12:24 am
OTW is having its annual membership drive, with most of the donation money going toward the AO3. I love that archive! I go there almost daily by now, and it makes me happy to watch it grow and develop and become more awesome bit by bit.
Not gonna lie, the thought fills me with pride that fandom is creating something at this level.
So, here's to more servers! (And hopefully a kick-ass bookmarking feature, if they can work out the kinks in the tagging system...)

OTW logo: red circle with an arrow. Text reads: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive October 9-16, 2011
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Friday, July 8th, 2011 01:45 pm
Taking a short break from reccing fic to point to this article in Time Magazine which is making the rounds:
The Boy Who Lived Forever by Lev Grossman

A mainstream article about fan fiction that finally gets it right! Balanced, entertaining, informative, at no point did I cringe or feel the urge to protest. The article does away with many of those pesky common misconceptions about fic, shows both the fans' and the creators' point of view, talks a little about the legalities, but most importantly the motivation behind writing fic, the joy of creating and playing in an established universe, really come across. None of that "it's like training wheels until they become real writers".

Lev came to LJ last week to interview fic writers to get firsthand accounts and quotes for the article. (Revolutionary new approach - to get an idea about what fanfic is, talk to actual fanfic writers and readers!) He seemed sincere and determined to get it right, but after reading article after article that made me want to bang my head against the keyboard I was still a little sceptical. But he really pulled it off, gotta say. Great job.

The interview questions are still up at [livejournal.com profile] lg_interview; lots of interesting answers. It's a closed comm but you can read the posts once you join.

Imagine how Harry Potter's story would have played out if on his first day at Hogwarts he'd been sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor.
I'd read that scenario. Can anybody rec me a fic like that? (gen preferably, plotty, not interested in a shippy exploration)
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Saturday, June 25th, 2011 12:02 am
A meta rec today: [personal profile] sholio has a very useful post on the writing process, with a detailed example.
Last year I read about the snowflake method, where you start with a one-sentence description of the plot, then expand it into a paragraph, then expand each sentence of the paragraph into a new paragraph, and so on. I kinda wanted to try it on something, and decided to use my SGA Santa story, because I had NO IDEA what to write about, and I figured that it would be a good idea to put it into practice.Since I kept all my notes, I basically have the whole process documented, so why don't I share it?
Interesting stuff. I'm a storyteller, not a writer, and the few times I set out to write my own comics have been a bit like pulling teeth (though, granted, not as painful) but that post really makes me want to put fingers to keyboard right away and try out the method she describes. I have one original comic and one fanfic project to try it on...
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Saturday, December 11th, 2010 02:07 am
All my Fullmetal Alchemist fic recs, collected in one post for easier access. Hope I didn't forget any.

~40 recs right now: lots of gen and Roy/Riza, plus a few other pairings )
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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 10:15 pm
Sorry 'bout the spam. I'll be back at work as of tomorrow, so there'll be much less of that.

Question: Has anyone tried to post images to fanfiction.net? I can't find a FAQ, their posting guidelines don't mention it, and I don't know how to do a test post that won't show up in the archive. It just bugs me that I can't post my fic to the biggest fanfic site. AO3 makes it so easy to post graphic novels.
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Friday, June 11th, 2010 01:57 pm
first, a DW question: what do I have to do to have my posts on DW include a tag with a link to the LJ mirror? Looks like that's a new feature but I can't find the settings for it.
[[personal profile] sqbr has the answer:
Account Settings-> "Other sites"
Where it has your lj-nick click "Change" and tick "Display Cross Post Links"]

I had no plans to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo but then you all did, so...
card behind the cut )

Nothing that jumps at me yet, but those look quite doable, nothing that makes me go eeeep?! And it looks like it's a good time for fanart as I finally finished the brunt of my work \o/ and am stuck until I get the last script. Maybe I'll even try that prose thing *gulp*. I have this totally self-indulgent ficlet that I wrote in my head the other day...

And I got Vol 25 of FMA in the mail, and it's sunny outside. So I'll celebrate my new freedom with manga, fanart, and maybe a nice tour on my rollerblades.* :)

* And distract myself from how very freaked out I am about ch108 (for which I am still 100% unspoiled - but just seeing all this talk behind cut tags makes me nervous.
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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 11:06 am
My to-rec folder is once more overflooding so it's time for another link dump. Fic recs will probably be next. Or vids. Or both.

fanfic and copyright
[livejournal.com profile] jimhines: Marion Zimmer Bradley vs. Fanfiction - If we’re going to toss this story around every time we talk about fanfiction, it would be nice to have a few facts to go with the fourth-hand accounts, guesswork, and rumors.

fandom and female characters
[livejournal.com profile] rawles: A Quick Note
The erasure of female characters from a narrative is never feminist. Period. The end.

If you're only interested in writing about dudes, go ahead, and work out how you feel about that with yourself. But please stop pretending you're doing this all for the ladies.
[livejournal.com profile] impertinence: impertinence: linkin' some links
White men are cultural blank slates, of course. Buddy cops, the anti-hero, the odd couple...they're all white guys. All of those dynamics fandom likes, and turns into fandom-specific tropes, can be traced back to wider cultural tropes. And they're coded as being for white men. Obviously, I think that's part of it. But I think the other part requires being critical of fandom itself.

Here's the thing: what we do isn't just transformative. It's really heavily derivative, both of the source material (obviously) and of other fanworks. [...]

Stepping out of that mold takes EFFORT.
[personal profile] ar: way too much rambling on mozart and mary sues
For him to write that 40th symphony, though, he first had to write his 4th. And just there's no shame in young Mozart writing some derivative stuff that sounds cool while he's working his way to writing really original stuff that also sounds cool, there's no shame in writing female characters (or any characters, for that matter, but the discussion hasn't been about writing Gary Stus) who might not be entirely plausible. You should totally write stuff that sounds cool to you, and you should write a lot of it--and the more you write (and the more you read!), the more you'll figure out how to make your characters plausible even as they're awesome. Same with your descriptions, your plots, your everything.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 02:45 am
Damn. This had started out as such a productive day. I sketched a cover art and it turned out nicely; I caught up with a lot of my email and LJ comments, I went to the gym and did the back exercises I neglected last week; I enjoyed an hour in the sauna, watched two eps of Fullmetal Alchemist with my friends, and was juuust about to sit down and get a lot of work done, and then I made the mistake to just quickly check my friends list. And found a bunch of links to this post by Diana Gabaldon - well, you've probably seen it by now. If you haven't: Pro author shares her thoughts on yaoi: OK, my position on fan-fic is pretty clear: I think it’s immoral, I _know_ it’s illegal, and it makes me want to barf whenever I’ve inadvertently encountered some of it involving my characters. And it only gets worse after that.

Cue comments along the lines of "I have never heard of this thing called fanfic until just now, but that won't stop me from explaining how immoral, lazy, and badly written it is, and while I'm at it, let me proudly display my ignorance of intellectual property law."

I spent hours reading&refreshing. I can't help it, I find anti-fic wank oddly entertaining and addictive. And some of this shit is involuntarily funny. My favorite part is Verna, who is of the opinion that... wait, I'll quote, no one's gonna believe that otherwise..."
Diana is pointing out that wrong is wrong, no matter the circumstance. And she is right. Murder is no more wrong than stealing. Stealing is no more wrong than lying. It is all the same. Many here have said that fanfic is "grey" in regards to legality. If one is not sure the rightness or legality of an action, then said one should not be doing it. [snip] So, if there is a hell, is there a worse hell for murderers and a lesser hell for liars?

[eta:] Ahahaha... my new fave comment: Chip Michael explains that 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead' isn't a derivative work of fiction because the story is basically the same, but the characters are the heart are not the lead characters and are fully developed in and of themselves. (link)

And of course developing minor characters is not something done in fanfic, ever. Uh-huh.

meta rec: [livejournal.com profile] bookshop - I'm done explaining to people why fanfic is okay.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 01:13 pm
Fandom: where other people write meta so you don't have to.

Recommended reading:
boosette: Storming the Battlements or: Why the Culture of Mary Sue Shaming is Bully Culture.
Calling "Mary Sue" in this environment is shaming women for empowering themselves.

There is no substantive harm in writing a "Mary Sue" -- there is no substantive harm in creating a character, original or otherwise, who "warps the world around them", who is "adored by all for no particular reason", who wins the day.

There is substantive harm in bullying and shaming real people for empowering themselves through their writing. Words have power. Words cause harm. Words hurt, and the wounds they leave are deeper and longer-lasting than many physical wounds. I nearly stopped writing entirely, as a teen, after having my work and my OC called "Mary Sue". I have friends who did stop writing because of it.

Before anyone says: "Oh, they/you should just have sucked it up and grown a thicker skin! Learn to accept criticism!"


You are blaming the victims of bullying for their bullies' behavior.

That is Not. Okay. Ever.
goldjadeocean: Also, one of these days I'm going to write up a big damn meta post on why the culture around Mary Sue shaming has huge misogynist overtones all over it
Because when I was a 13-year-old getting indoctrinated into fanfic, it seemed to me that the takeaway lesson wasn't "write nuanced characters that make sense in their environment". It was, "don't write about women being awesome"
Such stuff as dreams are made on
Mary Sue these days isn't a criticism of skill. It isn't a criticism of writing ability. It doesn't teach the writer how to build convincing character detail. It teaches her to reduce her expectations for her characters.

When she sits down to write, she thinks, "I can't have this character be too awesome. I can't have her achieve too much. I need her to fail, just a little bit, so people don't yell at me."

And then she never learns how to take risks as a writer, and eventually succeed. And she doesn't gain the skills or the confidence to eventually write a woman who kicks ass, takes names, and is a real, full-bodied character while she's at it.
niqaeli: on mary sue policing and why i cannot abide it
I'm a fan of realistic characterisation but as much as I am one, I am NOT simultaneously a fan of hurting other people, of tearing them down, of saying, you are a silly and overwrought woman who needs to learn her place in life, you shouldn't have dared to even daydream about better.

Life's too short to read bad writing; it's also far too short for me to spend time and energy enforcing attitudes about writing that are on their very best days still deeply tinged with misogyny.
Some of my own thoughts, copypasted from a comment elsewhere )

[eta: Rules of this journal: do not bash Jennifer Keller or Sam Carter (or other characters for that matter). Do not call any female character a Mary Sue.]

[eta2: anonymous comments are screened]
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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 11:13 pm

spreading the word: Sign ups for the [livejournal.com profile] sga_genficathon are open until Friday, Feb. 26. Stories are due Saturday, May 22.
Info and signup form, prompt list
You can now choose to pick your own prompt or have one randomly assigned. Stories should be at least 1000 words long (no upper word limit) and will be posted anonymously by the mods (authors to be revealed at end of ficathon).

Genficathon is my all-time favorite ficathon so I hope sign-ups will be plentiful! :o)

fic recs x-posted from stargategenrec:
Squonksgiving by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
gen; G; team; humor, crack; 1,800 words
Summary: Sometimes John just gets a feeling that this is going to be yet another day that's not going in the mission report.
Why rec'd? This fic is seriously hysterical. I just read it for the second time, and I was again giggling the whole time. The team are offworld and confronted with yet another alien custom. How will Atlantis' finest deal with this challenge?

Piece by Piece by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
gen; G; Characters: Teyla and ensemble; Spoilers for major events through all five seasons; 4,900 words
Summary: Teyla makes an afghan, and Atlantis learns to crochet. Seasons one through early five.
Why rec'd? This is a beautiful Teyla fic that spans the entire past five years... everything she has lost, the friends and the home she has found. Just like the zhadani blanket that Teyla is making, this fic is made of many little details and snippets that together make a whole.
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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 12:04 am
Sign-Ups for the fourth annual Rodney/Teyla Thing-a-thon are open until the 14th of February. This challenge accepts fic, art, icons, and vids, and this year it accepts Rodney&Teyla friendship as well as ship. (Which is cool, 'cause I'm just better at gen.)
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 12:22 am
I found a program that allows to download an entire fic at ffn (and other sites) into one textfile. I just downloaded a 15 chapter fic with three or four mouseclicks. No more pasting together 29 chapters one by one! I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

link: Fanfiction Downloader 4.0.3