lizbee: (Music: 2ne1 (CL))
Things I love:
  • pop music
  • non-fiction about the pop industry
  • covers
  • demos
  • guide tracks
Accordingly, I am reading The Song Machine by John Seabrook, which looks at the evolution of song factories -- providing pre-fab pop songs to artists, constructed to a carefully calculated formula. This started in the '90s, and is obviously a Really Big Thing in pop right now. I have a Spotify playlist of songs written by Sia for other artists, so clearly the whole concept is relevant to my interests.

Being American, the book largely overlooks the UK pop scene, which I think is a mistake -- the Swedish song factories that made Britney Spears famous refined their art in the UK, and StarGate, for example, who are currently massive, started out with acts like S Club 7, Samantha Mamba and Billie Piper.

Overlooking the UK seems to me to be especially a mistake because there is a chapter on K-pop, which also embraced the Swedish machine. Don't laugh, there are pretty striking similarities in production between Billie's "Something Deep Inside" and Girls' Generation's "The Boys".

Anyway, I find it really interesting that many songs are written with no particular artist -- or even language -- in mind, and it might get shopped around to a variety of artists before it gets made. (Or, sometimes, it's written with one artist in mind, but they pass on it -- "...Baby One More Time" was written for TLC, who rejected it, so it went to Britney. Some years later, Britney turned down a little ditty called "Telephone", so its lyricist claimed it back or herself.)

A (sort of) more obscure example:

A quintet of Swedes wrote a track now known as "Genie", or, sometimes, "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)", depending whether you're looking at the Korean or Japanese version. It was shopped around in various countries, and eventually purchased for Girls Generation. New lyrics were added. It was released in 2010 to considerable success.

But in 2009, Uzbek artist Dineyra had recorded it herself. Her producers didn't secure the rights, so there were legal kerfuffles when "Genie" came out. As usual when you go up against the Korean pop industry, she came off second-best.

And just before the Girls Generation version was released, a Dutch artist named Nathalie Makhoma released a version with the original English lyrics.

And finally, a UK hip hop artist named CJ Lewis released a track called "Genie" which heavily samples the track, and -- instead of the English lyrics -- translates the Korean back to English. And so we come full circle.

This is all particularly interesting to read on the same day that Beyoncé releases a new song -- because, while she presumably uses the services of song factories, her process is much more opaque, and she is far more likely to make significant changes from the creators' versions. (Especially since she ran into problems when it turned out the writers of "Halo" had written a remarkably similar song for ... Kelly Clarkson? Someone of that ilk.)

Meanwhile, in the Anglosphere, the current fashion is for singer-songwriters, so there's a certain amount of controversy over the use of song factories -- especially because the factories mostly employ men, who literally put words in the mouths of female artists.  (Women in the business of songwriting tend to either have been successful performers themselves, eg Linda Perry, or go on to become successful performers, eg Jessie J, Lady Gaga.  Sia's an odd case, having been a successful alternative performer before becoming accidentally successful as a pop writer.  And Carole King was an unsuccessful performer who became a major songwriter, and then became a successful performer.)

IN SHORT -- because my dinner is getting cold -- there are a lot of interesting and meaty issues underlying the current state of pop music construction, but since the things I love include everything on the list above, this book speaks to me. 

lizbee: (LoK: Daughters of Toph)
I started a new job this week! It's very exciting, and I was quite prepared to weather the lean period of transitioning from fortnightly to monthly pay.

Unfortunately, due to the peculiar nature of my employment, I don't actually know precisely when I'm going to be paid. Rather than being employed by a company, I'm working for four individuals. Everything is done manually, and judging by my predecessor's emails, a couple of my employers are not great maintaining a consistent payment schedule. My predecessor had a partner, so she apparently didn't mind occasionally being paid late, but I don't have that safety net.

I'm going to be discussing this with my employers next week, and explaining that my rent is due on the last day of every month and I would like to be paid at least 48 hours in advance. But between that and the fact that the bank won't let me put my loan repayments on hold until I can give a specific resumption date, I'm suddenly quite stressed about money.

Accordingly:

My RedBubble store is here.

Quilt commissions

I am now taking commissions for machine-pieced, hand-quilted quilts. Specifically:

iPad/tablet/eReader pouches: AU$75 + materials

Hot water bottle cosies: AU$100 + materials

Cushion covers: AU$100 - 150 + materials, depending on size

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This hot water bottle cosy and cushion cover are basically prototypes -- which is to say, I had a cushion and a hot water bottle and needed something to put over them.

Baby blankets (approx 40 x 60 inches): AU$200 + materials

Other: let's talk about it.

You can find some photos of my old work at Flickr.

Now, quilts take a long time to make. My cushion cover and hot water bottle cosy took about two months each, although they were hand-pieced -- I'd estimate about a month with machine piecing. I'm about to finish the baby blanket I started in October 2015. I work for at least two hours a night, at least five nights a week. So, depending on the size of the project and the complexity of the piecing, you might have quite a wait.

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This is the baby blanket on the verge of being complete. I have some ... regrets about the colours.

And as you can probably guess, they will not come from a pet-free home. I'll wash them and aggressively lint-roll them before I send them out, but if you are deathly allergic to cats, I would not recommend my quilts.

As for patterns and colours, I am ... not great at geometry. Despite my ongoing attempts to figure out hexagons, I'm best with squares and triangles, and also very specific colour schemes from which I am absolutely not allowed to diverge, or else I end up with weird multi-coloured monstrosities.

Art commissions

For AU$25, I will create a digital Tiny Mood Person, as demonstrated by Tiny Mood Stephanie over at No Award. If it's a Tiny Mood You that you're after, I'll obviously need some photos, preferably at least three of your face and one full body.

Fan art: let's talk about it.

Books

Finally, if you're in Australia or New Zealand, I have half a dozen copies of Companion Piece: Women celebrate the humans, aliens and tin dogs of Doctor Who, going for $25 each plus postage and handling. I can't get Minotaur's site to load right now, but from memory they were selling it for about $40.

Updates

May come, because somewhere around here I still have some of the jewellery and badges I made for the Continuum Sunday Markets in 2014.

Queries, questions, liz.barr (@) gmail.com
lizbee: Black and white Edward Gorey illustration a person falling from a high place. Only their black robes and shoes are visib (Random: The Sirens Sang of Murder)
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1WIZTFa at January 25, 2016 at 05:42PM

Ganked from [personal profile] sorryforlaughing

1. Your 3 fanfics with the most comments:

Makes A Battle Like A Song” (aka the epic Tophzula, with 39 comments)

The Princess of the Dragon Flats” (aka the Private Detective AU, with 15 comments)

Disengagement” (aka 2100 words around one weak joke, with 7 comments)

2. Your 3 fanfics with the most kudos:

“Disengagement” (okay, this is legit weird now, with 208)

Solution” (aka 650 words of a kinkmeme fill that gets praise all out of proportion with its quality but it’s m/m so, like, of course it does, with 161)

Escapee” (aka the AU where Mai and Ty Lee escape from the Boiling Rock, with 120)

3. Your oldest fanfic:

"The Proposal” (extremely weak Snape comedy fic from back in the days when such things were not unspeakably problematic; dated 25 March 2004)

4. Your latest fanfic:

After Total War Can Come Total Living” (aka the Lin/Mako timeskip fic with bonus Cold War allusions, dated 16 January 2016)

5. Your proudest fanfic:

“The Princess of the Dragon Flats”. I recently got a lovely comment remarking on how hard I must have worked on it, and you know what? I did!

6. Your longest fanfic:

“Princess” again, beating the Epic Tophzula by about 4000 words.

7. Your 3 fanfics with the most bookmarks:

“Disengagement”

“Escapee”

Evidence” (my very first White Lotus exchange fic! Oh God, I’m having so much trouble with it this year!)

8. Your top 3 crossover fics:

I only have one, although that’s technically four ficlets posted together, and only two are crossovers: “Fics That I Would Never Write

9. Your favourite characters to write in fanfic:

THAT’S REALLY HARD. Lin Beifong, Mai and Azula tied, Romana. YES, I CHEATED.

10. I tag:

As usual, no one!
lizbee: Lin Beifong, hands raised for a fight (LoK: Lin fights)
Title: After Total War Can Come Total Living
Author: LizBee
Rating: R
Notes: Many, many thanks to [personal profile] nonelvis for the beta. This was inspired just over a year ago by a piece of art posted by storyboarder Will Ruzicka, depicting a 50-something Chief Mako. Suffice to say, I had some feelings. Mostly, "Um, it's a shame about the age difference, Lin would be totally into that." Fic has, at last, happened. Title is from a 1943 advertisement that probably wasn't meant to sound totally terrifying.

Summary: Thirty-five years ago, Lin Beifong gave her life for Republic City. Except ... she didn't. Chief Mako takes his old boss out for a drink.

Mako gave orders that he was to be contacted if Beifong went near the spirit portal, but three weeks passed before he got the call. )

Meme of 7

Jan. 10th, 2016 08:44 am
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Rules: go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, share 7 sentences, and tag 7 more writers to continue the challenge.

From the Lin/Mako timeskip fic, where spirity shenanigans happen and the next thing Lin knows, it's 35 years later.

Regarding Suyin's run for the presidency of the United Republic, and the ugly bit of history that brings to light:

Mako shook his head.

"When that business came up, her opponents tried to put it all on you. Destroy your reputation, damage your sister's chances. Su told the truth, and Tenzin backed her up. And -- well, Toph made that choice a long time ago."

She nodded, slowly.

Mako added, "As for her legacy -- well, there's a new Beifong statue down at headquarters."


I tag ... NO ONE. If you are so moved, meme away.
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FANDOM

Your main fandom of the year? Still Legend of Korra and the Avatarverse as a whole.  I'm also dipping a toe into Star Wars, and expect to have a lot of feelings about Rogue One at this time next year.

Your favourite film you watched this year?  I didn't get to many movies, but I've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice in a month, so I guess that's the winner!

Your favourite book read this year? Liu Cixin's Three-Body Problem was absolutely bonkers and I loved it.  I also adored Laurinda by Alice Pung and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  It was a good year for books!

Your favourite album or song to listen to this year? According to Spotify, my top artists from 2015 were Dessa, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.  (That last because I mostly had "Wild" on repeat from the day I first heard it.)  But obviously I also have to mention the Hamilton cast recording, which absolutely blew me away even though I'm not into musicals or the American Revolution.

Your favourite tv show of the year? Ready for This, ABC3's delightful and almost perfect 13-episode series about five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids who share a house in Sydney as part of a program for gifted ATSI teens.  Every character was a perfect cinnamon roll, even the Token White Guy, and I was continually pausing episodes to tweet or text about how great it was. 

Your best new fandom discovery of the year? Probably that obscure space movie series, Star Wars.  A work colleague sold me on The Clone Wars, and then obviously I went on to Rebels, and they're just great.  I mean, for a given value of great.  I just adore Ahsoka and refuse to believe she's not kicking back, alive and happy, by TFA-era.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? The MCU.  I was incredibly disappointed by the mediocrity of Agent Carter, and then Age of Ultron just decided to ... pretend a bunch of movies just didn't happen?  Because it's not like they contained important character development or anything?

Daredevil was interesting but dudecentric, Jessica Jones was great for (white) female characters but I didn't love the overall structure.  And then it came out that the government is cutting Screen Australia's funding and giving it to ... Thor 3? (And the next Alien movie.)  And I'm like, seriously, my tax dollars are going towards this?  At the expense of local works?

So while I know it will have even less effect than the MRA boycott of Star Wars, I'm not consuming any MCU products until that changes.  (And also doing more effective things, like Writing Angry Letters To My MP.)

Your fandom boyfriend of the year? I just sat here for five minutes, completely stumped by that question.  Pass.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year? Lin Beifong, same as every year. I am a one-cartoon-girl sort of lady.

Your biggest squee moment of the year? The Mai/Zuko pining in the "Smoke and Shadow" arc of the comics.  I mean, Zuko is pining, Mai refuses because THAT WOULD INVOLVE FEELINGS AND SHE'S NOT WASTING THOSE ON ZUKO ANYMORE, HONEST, FOR REALS.

The most missed of your old fandoms? I miss being excited about new Doctor Who -- my dislike for Clara and the gross subtexts that kept popping up in the second half of the season, including the finale, made it hard to enjoy this last season.  (Here is my rant about the final few episodes -- I like to pretend the season ended with "Face the Raven".)  

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to? I have no interest in getting into a new fandom just for the sake of getting into a new fandom. But there are things I'm looking forward to consuming -- The Expanse, various books and TV shows, that sort of thing. 

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year? Going to Contact 2016 in Brisbane and squeeing at Ben Aaronovitch about Rivers of London/making him sign my Remembrance of the Daleks DVD cover; the new companion announcement for Doctor Who (please not another twenty-something white girl!); maybe actually finishing a fic one day, who knows?
lizbee: (LoK: Daughters of Toph)
Title: Oasis
Author: LizBee
Rating: all ages
Notes: Set during the Book 3 finale. Apparently, in the last week of NaNo, I had a lot to write about Lin and her sister.
Summary: Pema overhears a fascinating conversation.

Su was saying, 'Look, what I said when we had that fight…' )
lizbee: Lin Beifong, hands raised for a fight (LoK: Lin fights)
Title: love, left out, gone to vinegar
Author: LizBee
Rating: all ages
Notes: Set during the Book 1 finale, because apparently I'm never going to be over Lin losing her bending. Title from "The Crow" by Dessa.
Summary: Su visits Republic City in the aftermath of Amon's revolution, and completely fails to learn an important lesson about her sister.

As soon as the newspapers said Republic City was stable, Suyin ordered her airship to be readied. )
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1HJ0aoz at November 14, 2015 at 05:55PM
Cheating: I wasn’t tagged, and I tag no one!

“9 Crimes” - Damien Rice feat Lisa Hannigan

“Prettier Face” - Hawksley Workman

“You Sound Like Louis Burdett” - The Whitlams

“Marble House” - The Knife (thank heavens!  I was afraid I was in an eternal spiral of Sad White Guys!)

“Too Many Women” - Rachael Sage

“Gloria” - Patti Smith

“U-huh” - Tkai Maidza

“Madonna” - Secret (no, I haven’t gotten title and artist mixed up)

“Change” - Hyuna & Joon Hyung Yong 

“LES Artistes” - Santigold

Tags:music, memes, and dreamwidth
lizbee: (B5: Delenn (White Star))
7,000-odd words so far. If you ever find yourself thinking, "You know, for NaNo, I should write historical fiction whose main character is from a culture other than my own" ... well, it might actually work out for you.

The advantage of NaNo is that you don't have the luxury of sitting around being paralysed by all the things you don't know, and just writing helps narrow down the things you need to learn. And, for example, no matter how much you might want to print out a series of incredibly detailed maps of the Hoddle Grid c1910, then annotate them based on archives of The Argus until they're more or less current to 1924, those shenanigans will just have to wait until December.

Helpfully, my main character is no longer the nebulous blob of vague likability and stereotypical spunkiness she was when I first had this idea. I mean, she's still not what you'd call multi-dimensional, but this is Draft Zero, a chance to outline, get to know the characters and see where the plot takes them. (You could call it Outlining Via Pantsing.) She's getting there, and so am I.

*

Other updates:

- I've worked out that the terrible nerve pain I've been getting in my hands for the last few weeks is psychosomatic and stress related. I've turned into the Mrs Bennet of legal assistants.

I have a job interview on Friday, which I won't discuss in a public post except to say that, while it looks like an interesting role, the potential for dysfunction is quite high, so this is much about me interviewing the employer as vice versa.

- Aldi's $5 rosé is indeed excellent.

- Mary S. Lovell's book on the opium wars is informative and often entertaining, but also full of patently untrue statements, like "nobody in this day and age is still angry about British imperialism." Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ...

(I was going to say, has she even met Tumblr, but aside from the strong likelihood that the answer is no, I will never forget the post about Empress Dowager Cixi that said she was a terrible and problematic leader because she refused to let the British take control of China.)

- today I bought milk that was already sour, and cheese that was already going off, and earbuds that just plain didn't work. I am possibly cursed. Although I exchanged the earbuds with no dramas, so maybe it's just random bad luck that's mainly attributable to a probable overnight fridge failure.
lizbee: (LoK: Lin and Tenzin (back to back))
(via [personal profile] sqbr)

Automatic Dreamwidth to Tumblr crossposting.

I'm not sure how much I'll use this, since I tend to mostly use DW for locked posts and Tumblr for random flailing and No Award for actual coherent content, but I like to have the option.

Actually, a widget that cross-posts selected Tumblr posts to DW would be handy also. Get on that, technical geniuses!
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1MnAcmb at October 31, 2015 at 01:51PM
liz-squids:

@actualmermaid​ tagged me!

In no particular order because I just finished tidying up my GoogleDrive so there are old fics at the top because they were the last to move.  

I like to interpret “first line” as “first line or whatever seems to make the most sense and produce a good effect, eh, I’m not the meme police.”

*

The first time Pema met Lin Beifong, Beifong had a black eye and blood streaming down her face from a cut on her cheek.

*

“Tenzin.”

She hardly recognised him, lean and hollow-cheeked, greying hair pulled into a short ponytail.  He was clad in faded greys and blues, and if not for his pallor and the tattoos he could not quite hide, she might have mistaken him for his brother.

*

“They’ve seen us,” Beifong hissed. “Run.”

Mako didn’t need to be told twice.  He could hear them giving chase, but when he turned to see where they were, Kita swept up a dagger of oily water from the gutter and threw it at him.  He stumbled, pain blooming in his shoulder and chest, but Beifong grabbed him, keeping him upright.

It had been drizzling all night, but now, at the worst possible time, it started to rain in earnest.  Beifong pulled him into a narrow alley and said, “Did they see your face?”

*

The morning of the trial, they brought her uniform.  Lin dressed slowly, appreciating the feel of real clothes on her skin instead of a rough prison jumpsuit.  

It wasn’t quite the uniform she remembered.  The cable spools on the back had been removed, along with the metal bands on the sleeves and legs.  Even the buttons had been replaced with bakelite.  

Phuong, her lawyer, if she were here, would frown and say it was an insult, a demonstration of distrust.  Lin’s only reaction was disappointment.  After eight months in this glass-and-wood-and-bakelite cell, it would have been nice to touch metal again.

“General Beifong?  Are you ready?”

*

Huan liked to think that his creativity peaked between the hours of midnight and four in the morning.  He worked outside, inasmuch as any of Zaofu could be said to be outside at night.  At least it never rained, and his projects were always returned to their wooden plinths before the sprinkler system was activated at four-fifteen.  

His mother complained about the wet, grassy footprints leading from the back door to his bedroom, but affectionately.  She liked that he had a passion, and anyway, she wasn’t the one cleaning the floors.

*

If anyone had asked, Bumi would have said the days were long past when he had to worry about interrupting his baby brother in the middle of a romantic moment.  Years past.  Decades past.

No one had asked him, and no one had warned him, either, that there was a risk of (embarrassing, highly awkward) interruption, or that someone (presently lifting her head from Tenzin’s chest and giving Bumi a death glare) might go around rearranging the terrain on Air Temple Island in the middle of the night.

*

Zaofu, Pema decided, was a big, metallic, flower-shaped oasis.

It was the perfect refuge after the nightmare of everything that happened at the Northern Air Temple.  A modern, well-equipped hospital for Korra and Tenzin, an efficient security force if the remnants of the Red Lotus tried again, and Su Beifong’s personal estate had more than enough room to hold the various refugees – airbenders, Mako and Bolin’s family, Korra’s family … Meelo.  

*

Prince Wu didn’t stay on Air Temple Island for long after the revelation that the Avatar was missing.  He declared the dinner boring and set out for a nightclub, promising Mako a cocktail that would taste like his head was on fire, but in a good way.  Mako gave Lin a pleading look as he left. She ignored it.

*

“Look at that storm!” Meelo shouted.

*

Bumi waited until Tenzin and his kids had vanished into the crowd before he said, “So I’ve been seeing Lin, sort of.  Informally.”

Kya said, “By ‘seeing’, do you mean ‘sleeping with’?”

“Yes.”

“Oh, Bumi,” she said, “that is such a bad idea.”

*

I tag … look, just do the meme if you want to.  Say I forced you if you need an excuse.

Tags:and dreamwidth, (reblogging so it hits my DW)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1M1Qemu at October 31, 2015 at 01:28PM
liz-squids:

I am testing it right now.  How great is IFTT, though?

(Also, I will be editing my DW->Tumblr cross-post to strip out images so it will be a bit easier on the eyes.  If I can do that.  Whatevs.)

I stuffed up the first round, trying again now. 

Tags:and dreamwidth
Tumblr post
lizbee: (LoK: Young Lin)
Title: Gravity and Lin
Song: "Into the Spin" by Dessa
Warnings: cartoon violence, needles (acupuncture), fast cuts, white flashes
Notes: Vidding is easy, everyone should do it. *weeps quietly into wine*

Streaming at YouTube | Download (98MB mp4) from Dropbox

Lyrics and more detailed notes )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin and Tenzin (back to back))
So what have you been up to? / Major life changes? Same old same old?

Oh, you know, work, sleep, watch TV, write.

I'm trying to get fitter and a bit healthier, on account of all the heart disease and DIABEETUS in my mother's family. To that end, I've invested in a Fitbit One, a bike pump and a key to the locked bike cages at the station three kilometres away.  It's going well!  I seem to have more energy, and I cracked 16km/hr on my bike last night. (Admittedly by taking a different route, one with fewer stop lights and more trucks, but, you know.)

I can't remember if I blogged about it here, but in April I moved out of my last sharehouse and into a tiny flat in the inner west.  It is DELIGHTFUL, except that it's always my turn to clean, and for reasons I guess I'll discuss below, I did no cleaning at all last week, and have regretted it ever since.  I'm basically procrastinating right now, before I start washing ALL THE DISHES.  (Literally.  All the dishes I own.)

ETA: I have washed all the dishes.

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?

Legend of Korra!  Specifically the Lincentric part, because cranky middle-aged superheroines are love, and I still adore the complexity of the Beifong family's dysfunctions and the impact they had on Republic City.  

Where do you hang out online?

Twitter, Tumblr, and I'm still blogging about social justice, pop culture and auscore with [personal profile] yiduiqie  at No Award.

What are you reading?

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA

I started The Dark Forest, the second book in Li Cixin's Three-Body Problem trilogy, but the library's ePub is super buggy -- turning pages takes 15 seconds, and it loses my place every time I put my Kobo to sleep.

I meant to try it on my iPad, but accidentally started reading The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett instead.  Only a million years after everyone I knew in Harry Potter fandom was obsessed with Dunnett's books, I'm finally reading them myself.  They are quite hard work!  Rewarding, but also a challenge, especially if you're an instinctive speed reader like me.  I really have to force myself to slow down and find the plot hidden in the dense prose. 

Oh yeah, and I'm also reading A City Lost And Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne, which is a combination of urban archaeology, local history and a working class-eye view of the twentieth century.

So, you know, just a few things. 

What are you watching?

I've been watching The X-Files!  I'm into season 9, and ... look, I knew the last few seasons had a bad rep, but there was a point back in season 4 when I really looked forward to Mulder leaving.  

I have regrets.

But I am determined to finish the damn series, and I really like Doggett, and Reyes has a lot of promise, although she feels like a much more nebulous character than any of the others.  And I liked the bit in the season 8 finale where Skinner shot Krycek in the head. 

What are you making?

So the reason I cleaned nothing last weekend is because I needed to finish revising the novel I wrote and submit it for the Ampersand Prize.

It is a middle-grade contemporary boarding school novel, which I started back in 2012 and kept having to put down because I was busy with other projects.  I finished it a few months ago, knowing that it needed heavy revisions, and when I found out that the Ampersand Prize existed, I realised that I absolutely had to enter it. 

You see, my original pitch to myself with this novel was "Malory Towers with a social media policy", only as it turns out, the school is co-ed and social media isn't really a factor in the story at all.  And the Ampersand Prize is run by Hardie Grant Egmont, which publishes the Enid Blyton school stories that inspired me. This could work against me, but I figured that made it worth a shot. 

Anyway, it was finished last week, and while I don't expect to win, long-listed titles often get editorial notes, which I would value a lot.  I'm trying not to think about it too much until it's all over, though.

Now I'm tossing up three ideas for my next project, trying to decide which to write next.  All require research, and I plan to use NaNo as a time to do a very rough first draft/outline/getting to know the story and figure out what it wants to be type of thing.  

Since I'm equally excited about all three projects, I'm thinking that I'll go with the one that has the most international and commercial potential -- I guess I'll talk about it in more detail in a locked entry -- but it's hard to choose. 

What are you squeeing about today?

I'm honestly pretty excited that the bathroom is clean. 

(Signs you may in fact be a grown up...)

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...

[personal profile] violetisblue has taken out a restraining order to make me stop recommending the Avatarverse to her. 

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!

This was a recurring theme at Continuum, and I'm speaking to the choir a bit here, everyone should read The Steerswoman and sequels by Rosemary Kirstein.  

What else is on your mind?

Why do I have so many surfaces that require dusting?
lizbee: (LoK: Lin smiling)
Title: The Sisterhood
Author: LizBee
Rated: general
Warnings:
none
Spoilers: book 4 of Legend of Korra
Notes: So the idea that Zuko is Lin's father started out as a joke, and then I kind of fell in love with the idea, and now I can't see it any other way.

Summary: Lin wants something Izumi can't give her. 

The moment she stepped off the royal airship, Fire Lord Izumi, in defiance of protocol and family tradition, threw her arms around Chief Beifong. )
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I haven't completed a vid in aaaaages, but I have the urge. Of course, I vid rarely enough that every time I try, I find I've gone and changed operating systems, and have to start all over from scratch.

(Why isn't Sony Vegas available for Mac? It was such a NICE program. Then I found a site that said Kdenlive, the delightful Linux video editor I used a few times, was available for Mac ... and it is, but via some high-level workaround stuff. I just want to vid, dammit!

Anyway, my n00b level question -- when you real vidders talk about clipping, what do you mean? And what software do you use?

What I THINK you mean is that, before the vidding begins, you go through and cut out the clips you want to use, so you're not sitting there with ENTIRE EPISODES or ENTIRE MOVIES in your video editor when you're making the actual vid. Is that the case? Because it certainly seems like an easier way to go about it. But what software do you use if you're on a Mac? Or am I heading off in the wrong direction all together?
lizbee: (Random: lush (Lalla))
On No Award, about 5000 words of discussion of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. All those words, and we didn't even get around to complaining about the Ghost Gate, and foolish persons who DON'T GO THROUGH THE GHOST GATE WHEN IT'S RIGHT THERE, I MEAN, COME ON, PEOPLE.

Companion Piece is now available for pre-order from Amazon and BookDepository.  These are for the hardcopy editions; ebook pre-orders will be available in the near future.

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