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1. Your main fandom of the year?

Still AtLA/Legend of Korra, ie, exactly what it's been for the last few years! But, with new material in that universe limited to a handful of comics, I've enjoyed returning to fandoms past for brief periods through the year. 

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

That's a toss-up between Ghostbusters and Star Trek Beyond, with Rogue One a close third.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

THAT IS A HARD CHOICE. But according to GoodReads, I've read 84 books so far this year -- started a lot more, but as I blogged recently, it's been a difficult year for settling into and finishing books -- and I gave 24 of those books five stars. I'll probably do a full book post at some point, either here or at No Award.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's such a great show -- especially when you skip all the episodes you don't care about. Close second: Star Trek: Deep Space 9, which I watched through to the end for the very first time. 

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

I found a bunch of cool new people in LoK fandom, plus the friends I had there already. 

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?


Turns out that when people said DS9 was really, really good, they weren't lying!

I mean, I wouldn't call it better than TNG, because the two shows are completely different in terms of goals and contexts, and they complement each other so well that it's almost missing the point to set one against the other. And I was very disappointed in DS9's treatment of the female characters in its last couple of seasons -- obviously I was spoiled by Voyager, which was female-driven in a way that none of the other Treks have been. But it's very good! I'm glad I finally watched it all the way through.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I got a few episodes into season 2 of Supergirl and realised it was no longer working for me. I was mad about the sidelining of James in favour of introducing new white guys, I missed Cat Grant even though I was horribly ambivalent about her, I find Katie McGrath a distractingly bad actor even when she's not trying to do an American accent, and the overall girl-power-optimism-cute-clunky-dialogue clashed so badly with my perception of the world that I just couldn't keep going. 

All of which is as much about me as about the show itself, and after the fourth week of finding myself live-tweeting "why am I not having fun?" I realised that I was probably stopping everyone else from having fun, so I ... stopped. I got to the first scene with Maggie Sawyer, and it was ALIVE and VIBRANT and AMAZING, and then the next scene was so flat by comparison, I really couldn't ignore my feelings. 

Anyway, I'll probably pick up season 2 at a later stage, but I'm more inclined to wait for it to hit Netflix than go through all the trouble of acquiring it through other means.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Draco Malfoy. Yes, I'm as surprised and appalled as you. He was just so great in Cursed Child! (Honourable mention to Scorpius Malfoy, the most precious cinnamon roll of all.)

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

I remain faithful to Lin Beifong, as always.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

I was pretty happy that the Smoke and Shadow arc in the AtLA graphic novels ends with Mai single and on speaking terms with Zuko again! 

Other sources of squee: 
  • The grimdarkest timeline in Cursed Child
  • Actually, I spent a lot of Cursed Child wriggling in glee and sending happy texts to my increasingly exasperated BFF
11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

The Avatarverse fandom for sure. So much of the fic is (highly westernised) Korrasami college AUs, and that's not my thing at all. I miss having a wider range of fic (about characters and pairings I'm invested in).

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

Meh. I feel increasingly disengaged from the whole concept of fandom. 

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII! NEW STAR TREK ON THE TELLY!
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I can barely remember how to do cut tags! )
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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!

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?
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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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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?
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[personal profile] attackfish tagged me for this meme, and it is EXCELLENT, except I'm way too lazy to do the bit where I make up 10 new questions and tag more people.

1. Favorite place.

I am fond of libraries, book stores and my house, but choosing one specific favourite is HARD.

2. Favorite fanwork you made.

By a very long margin, "The Princess of the Dragon Flats". I mean, I know everyone goes for the one they did most recently, but I was really happy with the way it turned out. My previous longer fics have always dragged in the middle, and while the pace slows at a couple of points, I don't think this actually drags.

Additionally, I've been getting lovely feedback praising my attention to the tropes and nuances of noir and hardboiled detective fiction. This is especially great because my research consisted of: (1) reading a lot of Raymond Chandler in my early teen; and (2) reading a bunch of essays about features common to the less well-known hardboiled detectives. (Which is how I discovered that a considerable portion of such characters have disabilities as a result of WW1. This cemented my plan to make it a story about Lin without her bending, permanently as far as she can see, and also The Thing That Happens At The End.)

(I did just re-read some Chandler while plotting out the possible-sequel-if-I-ever-have-time, and realised that I did make one genre/setting booboo -- Chandler's detectives drive everywhere, and the car is really important to every aspect of the plot and setting. Whereas I have Lin driving very little, and the plot actually depends somewhat on Republic City's public transport systems. Oooops.)

3. Classical novel you wish you never read.

I can't think of any classical novels I regret reading, but I do wish I could wipe my memory and read Pride and Prejudice for the first time again. I was given an abridged and bowdlerised copy when I was about seven, and I've often wondered what it would be like to read the original and not know how it ended.

4. First fandom.

Officially Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I was engaging in fannish behaviour about kids shows and my mother's soap operas for as long as I can remember.

5. Do you collect anything? If so, what?

Postcards? Here in Australia -- this may be universal, IDK -- cafes have stands of free postcards, some of which carry stylish advertising and some of which are art prints. I have a whole box of them, along with the many, many postcards I buy whenever I'm in a museum or art gallery store. One of my vague plans for this weekend is to actually put them on my wall.

6. Favorite book/movie/tv show/whatever you never managed to be fannish for.

There are lots of things I love without feeling fannish, but I guess the big one is the Marvel Movieverse? I like it, I have lots of opinions about it, I very occasionally read fic, but I've never felt compelled to make anything myself, and I often Tumblr save it just because I get tired of the same faces.

7. Favorite season of the year

Spring and autumn!

8. Mountains, or ocean?

Ocean. It's probably an Australian thing, but I don't like living more than an hour's drive from a large body of water.

9. Has there ever been a book/movie/tv show/whatever that was so bad you couldn't stop watching?

The Last Airbender. Man, that was so bad, but it was like a scab I couldn't stop picking. I couldn't seem to stop myself from first ~acquiring it, and then torturing myself by skipping through scenes. (It didn't help that I have a longstanding crush on Dev Patel, and he and Sean Toub were actually doing decent work with terrible writing.)

Finally I persuaded [personal profile] weaverandom to come over and watch it with me, but that kind of backfired, because she was driving, so we couldn't drink. We made it nearly all the way through, but then Yue said, "We need to show the Fire Nation that we believe in our beliefs," and the DVD player just went, "Yeah, nuh" and died.

(Speaking of Yue, Seychelle Gabriel also worked very hard at not being terrible, and it's really depressing how the few actors of colour were so much more talented than the white kids playing whitewashed characters.)

10. Ice cream, cake, or pie?

This is a big call, but while I was in Canada, I came to the conclusion that pie is the best dessert there is.

Of course, then I found out I'm gluten-intolerant, and I've yet to find a GF pie that isn't terrible, but I still stand by my assertion.
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I am SO busy at work at the moment that I spent most of my day off yesterday playing Mass Effect 2, just because it was quite soothing, driving from planet to planet, stripping them of their natural resources. (I call it Gina Rinehart mode.) I've been doing a lot of overtime, and I'm so fatigued my cheek is twitching.

HOWEVER, later this month, I will be on leave. Very likely unpaid leave, at least for part of it, because the decision to close down the office for the first time EVER was made after I had used up a whole lot of leave going to Japan and then dipping into it here and there for sick days. (I only get 10 sick days a year! I mean, I know that's standard, and some people don't even use half of those, but I'm a delicate cupcake, dammit!) At this stage, I'm thinking, at least it's a holiday.

So these are my leave days! Claim a day and suggest a topic for me to blog about, and I'll do my best to answer your prompt!

21 December - Australian popular music for [personal profile] philippos42
22 December - favourite female characters in Star Trek for [profile] crossinghades
23 December - two or more Doctor Who companions
24 December - my thoughts on a female Doctor for [personal profile] kerravonsen
25 December - NOT FOR CLAIMING, not that I have plans yet, but if all else fails, I shall drink champagne and watch Legend of Korra in my pyjamas at home
26 December - Avatar for [personal profile] amaresu
27 December - Dance Academy for [personal profile] rj_anderson
28 December - favourite books set in Australia or written by Australians for [personal profile] nonelvis
29 December - [personal profile] melwil wants to hear about memorable birthdays celebrated by my favourite fictional characters. PURELY BY COINCIDENCE, the 29th is also her birthday!
30 December - vidding for [personal profile] fred_mouse
31 December
1 January - NOT FOR CLAIMING, because I might just be sleeping
2 January
3 January
4 January
5 January

You know, for the life of me I can't remember when the office reopens! I think it's Monday 6 January. MAYBE I SHOULD CHECK THAT
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...only I often find my first lines don't stand all that well on their own, so I'm being self-indulgent and doing first ... bits.  Lines, paragraphs, whatevs.  Includes completed stories, early drafts that were sufficiently different to get a separate file, etc.  Going by the date the GoogleDoc was last changed.

Here is a cut tag! )

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Your main fandom of the year?

AVATAR/LEGEND OF KORRA. With Doctor Who a close second.

Your favorite film you watched this year?

A very close tie between The Hunger Games, Avengers and Brave.

Your favorite book read this year?

It's so cute how you think I can choose!

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?

I rediscovered a lot of old favourites when I found a file of mp3s I had misplaced. Love Outside Andromeda's self-titled debut is still amazing, and it worries me deeply how you could make a Community vid to pretty much every single song Regurgitator have ever released.

Your favorite tv show of the year?

Legend of Korra, Doctor Who, Dance Academy, Elementary.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Dance Academy! Which takes a whole lot of YA and teen TV cliches and executes them with heart, and I'm absolutely devastated that season 3 will be the last, even though it's a natural place for the story to end.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Fandom itself, really. The fake geek girl stuff has been horrible, and a lot of fannish discourse, though it has roots in social justice, has been giving me flashbacks to my ultra-conservative Catholic childhood. And when I say "flashbacks" I mean "actually triggery", so I've had to disengage from a lot.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

♥ TENZIN ♥

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

♥♥ LIN BEIFONG ♥♥ -- with Amy Pond, River Song, Joan Watson, Abigail Armstrong, Natasha Romanoff and Toma Saya as very close runners up.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?

ChicagoTARDIS -- I met people I've known for years online! I was in a book! IT WAS AMAZING!

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Mary Russell. The new book sparked some life back into my love, but Holmes fandom in general seems even less welcoming of female-dominated reinterpretations than it was a few years back.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I really need to watch Breaking Bad and Warehouse 13. I am aware that these are slightly different. And I plan to read Saga and Captain Marvel over the Christmas break.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

MOAR KORRA. Season 7.2 of Doctor Who. And I live my life in an eternal, probably futile wait for Marvel to do a Black Widow film.
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Give me a character and I'll tell you a piece of my personal headcanon.

(Digression: I really hate the term "headcanon".  For years and years it was called "fanon", and that was fine and clever, and then some whippersnapper on Tumblr reinvented the wheel and came up with "headcanon", which, on account of containing "canon" seems to imply a higher level of entitlement than "fanon".  And no matter how much I complain, these damn kids won't get off my lawn!)

(New trends from Tumblr that I also hate:  "X pairing is endgame!"  Not least because it seems to be applied a lot to pairings that have no chance whatsoever of becoming "endgame", ie, Zutara.  And that's coming from someone who quite likes the idea of Katara and Zuko being a thing in old age, and Tenzin's head turning ALL THE COLOURS when he finds out.  But calling it "endgame" implies that they spent the intervening decades waiting for their spouses to drop dead so they could hook up at last.)

(Also not "endgame":  Tenzin/Lin.  When a couple broke up over a decade ago ... and one half is now happily married with an army of children ... and they're only just now back on speaking terms ... that's not a pairing with much future, sorry to say.  Chances that Bryke are gonna canonically break up Tenzin and Pema so Tenzin can get back together with his ex: PRETTY SLIM.)

(I guess that means Pema/Tenzin is endgame?  But now I want to conduct some kind of penance for saying that, so.  Suffice to say, the Tenzin-related tags on Tumblr are ANNOYING and still there is no shirtless Tenzin art because fandom HATES ME PERSONALLY.)

ANYWAY, a bit of a meme to fill out a Saturday that's already looking a bit full!  Here's what else I have planned:

- write minimum 1500 words of novel
- scout journals accessible via public library for research for novel (OH GOD)
- chapter 3 of the Malory Towers reading at the pro blog
- bring in laundry
- tidy room, since I moved furniture on Wednesday and now the Lizcave is CHAOS and this could actually take all day
- (bonus) type up handwritten pages of Detective AU
lizbee: (Avatar: Li or Lo)
The current meme is the one where you look at your top 10 stories on AO3 by hit count and draw conclusions accordingly. (If you did the same meme last year, you can also compare, but I'm pretty sure I didn't.)

Leading the pack at 673 hits (240 more than the next ranking fic) is Solution. Call me cynical, but I can't really say I'm shocked that 650 words of explicit boyslash is in first place. It's not even especially good, having been dashed off for the AtLA kink meme and given a cursory edit, but there you go.

On the other hand, the rest of the top 10 is an interesting mixture of femslash and OC-heavy kiddie fic. In fact, fics #2 and #3 are both Tophzula -- "Inheritance" and the high school AU, "Core Skills" Both of these were comment fics, I think from the same "prompt me" post. I'm trying not to draw too many unflattering conclusions about the fact that my top 3 fics are essentially flash fics.

Number 4 is where it gets odd: "Firstborn Son", a Russell/Holmes babyfic from 2006. And number 7 is "Shabbos", a kidfic/case file/family dramaaaaah from the same series. Either Sherlock is sparking interest in other Holmes pastiches, or I'm getting a boost from [profile] bnharrison posting her own fics with the same OC.

Between them, we have "Another Life-Changing Field Trip" (Zuko/Mai/Toph, again from the kink meme), and number 6 is Yet Another Damn Flash Fic, "Daring Rescues Our Specialty". It was the very first Tophzula fic I ever wrote, and while I'm fond of it, I feel like it deserves to be overtaken.

Number 8: "You Had A Boyfriend (Who Looked Like A Girlfriend That I Had In Er Yue)", my girl!Zuko/Zhao fic. I'm pretty proud of this fic, and pleased it's in the top 10. (It's also the first AtLA fic in the list that went through what I persist in thinking of as a "proper" writing process.) A het genderswap fic with a bisexual protagonist isn't something I'd have expected to be popular.

Fic 9, "The Weight of the World In Her Hands". Mary Russell, a resolution of sorts to the events of LANG written well before GOTH came out. When I say I prefer this version to what we actually got, it's more an indication of how unimpressed I was with GOTH than anything else. *mimes sharkjump* I'm still interested that Russell is in my top 10 at all, let alone three fics in that fandom.

And, finally, number 10 is "Family Reunion", which was technically commentfic, only the scenario had been in my head for so long that all I needed was an excuse to put it on the page. It's yet another OC kiddiefic, in this case Zuko discovering his mother had a third child after her banishment. The whole concept is so self-indulgent that I'm still shocked whenever I get kudos for it. Maybe it's a sign I should write my id more, I don't know. I like stories about children and siblings and inherited problems.

The shorter meme: boyslash predictably popular; everything else kind of unexpected. I was quite interested to realise that my Tophzula series is actually quite popular in the general scale of things (the general scale of things being a comparison with my fics in general, not the fandom as a whole or on AO3). I wouldn't have predicted that for a non-canonical f/f pairing, but there you go.

(Here is a casual mention that the first third of the Epic Tophzula has been edited and posted at AO3, sort of on the down-low in case I wind up going back and rewriting parts of it. But I haven't had any energy to edit, let alone write, for a few weeks, so the rest will be slower in coming than I'd like. ENDINGS ARE HARD.)
lizbee: (DW: Mesh)

I haven't done a straight up Q&A meme in ages!  And there is a kitchen FULL OF DISHES crying out for my much-overdue attention, so I can't think of a better time!

1. Sherlock or Doctor Who

Oh, Doctor Who by a million miles.  Unless by "Sherlock" you're referring to this upcoming Kpop album:

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In which case I'm open to be persuaded.  

2. Moriarty or the Master?

Isn't that like choosing between Madonna and Lady Gaga?  Anyway, the Master, because at least with him there's a reasonable chance I won't want to throw rotten fruit at his actor every five minutes.

Continues below. YES, THERE ARE MORE PICTURES. )

lizbee: (Random: Daria hug)
Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

"But in the BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina in 1977 one effect probably sailed through without anyone noticing it was an effect -- though, of course, the aim of any effect is always to be 'invisible'."

VFX: The story of the BBC Visual Effects Department, Matt Irvine and Mike Tucker

So basically, my sex life this year will resemble a model train in a miniaturised Russian landscape.  I'm not quite sure what to make of that, except that in some ways it's probably business as usual.
lizbee: Comic scan of Sokka, with a bubble that says SQUEE! (Avatar: Sokka SQUEE)

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if I have that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! (Or use this to ask your flist to ask you questions).

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.

This is a pretty great meme!  Especially as I've just finished the draft of my [community profile] white_lotus fic, and am tossing up whether I'm ready to go back to completing the Epic Tophzula (aka the Avatar Big Bang fic) or make a start on the next project. 

Of course, if anyone did want to ask, "What happens next?" or "Tell me about Character A", that's cool as well. 

Questions relating to my Avatar fic will be especially well-received, mostly because I'm more likely to remember what I was thinking with those.

lizbee: (Random: The Queeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen)
(It's my day off! I'm killing time until I need to leave to catch the train to drop off my crutches and pick up a parcel! INDULGE MY SPAM!)

My thread at the anon-or-not love meme, open for business.

ICONZ

Aug. 31st, 2011 09:15 am
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[personal profile] terajk gave me five icons to talk about!



This was said by one of my friends, possibly [profile] nostalgia_lj around 2007, summarising the fandom's tendency to focus on the sex life of a character who was intended to be depicted as asexual for long periods of his existence.



Another one from 2007! It was the year when "your face" and "your mum's face" were our standard responses to everything. She had a similar icon that said, "All your face are belong to us". I had this one. IT WAS GREAT.



Maybe I should just admit that 2007 was a really good year for icons! This was from the concept or promotional art from the Doctor Who comics featuring Ten and Martha. I really liked the art, and the way Martha is looking behind her with a sense of knowingness or anticipation.



This one's probably going to come down next time I need a free icon slot, so I'm a bit embarrassed that it was chosen! I made it in 2008, when a group of us were watching The Little Mermaid and came to the conclusion that Triton is a bit of a pimp -- not only in the way he's a badass mofo with some impressive accessories, but the way he puts his scantily-clad daughters on display. But since that time I've become more inclined to side-eye the glamorisation of men who profit from prostitution, so I don't use this much any more.



RIVER AND ELEVENTY! There's just something really awkward about this that I like -- she's grinning like it's a posed picture, but her gaze is off-camera, and Eleventy looks like he just got snapped sniffing her neck like a creeper. Or he's about to start nuzzling her. Either way, there's something down to earth and casual about it, like they're an everyday couple at a barbecue. But of course, the full image had River in handcuffs and the wreckage of the Byzantium all around them, and this is the end of a day where lots of people died.
lizbee: (Avatar: Azula on the cliff)
Day 12: If you could challenge anybody to an agni kai, who would you choose and why?

How do I choose? M Night Shyamalan? But despite the overall movie fail, I kind of doubt that he was the sole force behind racefail. So, the casting director? Paramount executives?

There was this quote from Dee Dee Ricketts, who was responsible for casting the extras:

"[We want the prospective extras who show up at the casting call to] dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire... If you're Korean, wear a kimono. If you're from Belgium, wear lederhosen... We're trying to create these four different nations so we're looking for different skin tones, and features, and bone structures... It doesn't mean you're at a disadvantage if you didn't come in a big African thing. But guys, even if you came with a scarf today, put it over your head so you'll look like a Ukrainian villager or whatever."

But I really don't know if I want to challenge her to a fight to the death, or maybe just hit her in the head with a hanbok.

Day 13: If you could make up an episode right now, what would be the title and what would it be about?

It would be called "Azula Alone", and it would be set between "The Boiling Rock" and the finale. And it would, obviously, have Azula as the protagonist, and would have scenes between her and her father, and flashbacks to her childhood, and a subplot about Mai and Ty Lee in prison.

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