heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
In 2007, I first did this particular meme, then did it again in 2008 but I don't remember doing it in 2009 or 2010, and for some reason I am in the mood to do it again. To update from what I wrote back then:

Name a character in any of my fandoms* and I'll tell you 3-4 things about them from my personal fanon-take on said character.



*Back then, the list was: HP, New Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes, Supernatural, The Eight or Tomorrow People (heck, I'll even throw the Star Wars original series and Batman Begins in for a lark).

In 2008, the list was: HP, New Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes, Supernatural, The Eight or Tomorrow People, Star Wars original series, Batman Begins, PotC, Indiana Jones, Dark Angel, IronMan, Gilmore Girls (S1 - 4 only) or Chuck.

Now the list is: Harry Potter, New Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes (yeah, still. So?), Supernatural, The Eight, Tomorrow People, Star Wars, Batman Begins-verse, Castle, Glee, Chuck, Merlin, White Collar, Leverage and heck, I'll throw in Inception too. And Disney Princesses.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
In 2007, I first did this particular meme, then did it again in 2008 but I don't remember doing it in 2009 or 2010, and for some reason I am in the mood to do it again. To update from what I wrote back then:

Name a character in any of my fandoms* and I'll tell you 3-4 things about them from my personal fanon-take on said character.



*Back then, the list was: HP, New Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes, Supernatural, The Eight or Tomorrow People (heck, I'll even throw the Star Wars original series and Batman Begins in for a lark).

In 2008, the list was: HP, New Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes, Supernatural, The Eight or Tomorrow People, Star Wars original series, Batman Begins, PotC, Indiana Jones, Dark Angel, IronMan, Gilmore Girls (S1 - 4 only) or Chuck.

Now the list is: Harry Potter, New Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes (yeah, still. So?), Supernatural, The Eight, Tomorrow People, Star Wars, Batman Begins-verse, Castle, Glee, Chuck, Merlin, White Collar, Leverage and heck, I'll throw in Inception too. And Disney Princesses.
heidi: (Audrey)
Off to Disney and Universal in a few hours but before I go:


The French Mistake Fanworks Fest!

At [livejournal.com profile] j2_fpsfest we are open for prompts focused on fictional!Jared, fictional!Jensen and the other fictional people who exist in the universe of The French Mistake.

We're donating a dollar to the NZ Red Cross and a dollar to the Japanese Red Cross for each fill posted in the next week (possibly longer, not sure yet).

Speaking of Japan:
DH is on the west coast - was in downtown LA and is now in SF so I was worried for him this morning but it looks like the US coastlines are going to be mostly ok, i hope. Prayers to all those in Japan, or with friends and family there - some fandomers have already set up [livejournal.com profile] help_japan and they're looking for a US based moderator to help out.

Safe weekends, all of you!
heidi: (Audrey)
Off to Disney and Universal in a few hours but before I go:


The French Mistake Fanworks Fest!

At [livejournal.com profile] j2_fpsfest we are open for prompts focused on fictional!Jared, fictional!Jensen and the other fictional people who exist in the universe of The French Mistake.

We're donating a dollar to the NZ Red Cross and a dollar to the Japanese Red Cross for each fill posted in the next week (possibly longer, not sure yet).

Speaking of Japan:
DH is on the west coast - was in downtown LA and is now in SF so I was worried for him this morning but it looks like the US coastlines are going to be mostly ok, i hope. Prayers to all those in Japan, or with friends and family there - some fandomers have already set up [livejournal.com profile] help_japan and they're looking for a US based moderator to help out.

Safe weekends, all of you!
heidi: (fandom)
Summer is ending, fall is beginning.

Or if you're in the other hemisphere, happy spring!

So, what was your best fannish memory of the summer/winter?

A new fandom, a rekindled love for an old one? A particularly wonderful big bang you read, or the accomplishment of finishing one? An event, con, concert, meet-up? A new friendship, or finding someone you'd lost touch with popping up in a new one?

Links greatly appreciated!

And... What are you looking toward most this fall/spring?
heidi: (fandom)
Summer is ending, fall is beginning.

Or if you're in the other hemisphere, happy spring!

So, what was your best fannish memory of the summer/winter?

A new fandom, a rekindled love for an old one? A particularly wonderful big bang you read, or the accomplishment of finishing one? An event, con, concert, meet-up? A new friendship, or finding someone you'd lost touch with popping up in a new one?

Links greatly appreciated!

And... What are you looking toward most this fall/spring?
heidi: (SQUEEE)
So so proud of Show! I swill remember sitting with fangirls at Phoenix Rising watching Dean make his deal and Sam come back from the dead and them shut the trunk and say "We've got work to do!" without being 100% sure that Show would even be back for a third season. I remember reading my first SPN fic back in January of 2007 only because it had Jack Harkess in it and I shipped Jack with everyone. Then there's the first eyecon, the amazing second eyecon and the omgwtf third eyecon, watching Long Distance Call with fangirls and PIE in NYC in May of 2008, doing my first SPN vid to Pleasure and Pain and my first J2 vid to The Pina Colada Song for [personal profile] deirdre_c's birthday, interviewing Sera and Kripke at Comic Con, drinking test tube shots with fangirls and cast in Orlando, my first Jason Manns cd, my first Jensen Ackles cd, reading fics and watching vids and loving art and boggling at Jensen and Jared moving in together and giggling at icons and sharing this amazing experience with so many of you!

Show! I love you so much!

Earlier today, I posted a What icons suit your mood question and I'd love to see how y'all feel right now - and I also posted an update of a vid I did about a year ago - now updated to include clips from all 99 episodes! Click here to see Always Keep an Edge On Your Knife before Episode 100 airs in just a few hours!

SQUEE! SHOW!
heidi: (SQUEEE)
So so proud of Show! I swill remember sitting with fangirls at Phoenix Rising watching Dean make his deal and Sam come back from the dead and them shut the trunk and say "We've got work to do!" without being 100% sure that Show would even be back for a third season. I remember reading my first SPN fic back in January of 2007 only because it had Jack Harkess in it and I shipped Jack with everyone. Then there's the first eyecon, the amazing second eyecon and the omgwtf third eyecon, watching Long Distance Call with fangirls and PIE in NYC in May of 2008, doing my first SPN vid to Pleasure and Pain and my first J2 vid to The Pina Colada Song for [personal profile] deirdre_c's birthday, interviewing Sera and Kripke at Comic Con, drinking test tube shots with fangirls and cast in Orlando, my first Jason Manns cd, my first Jensen Ackles cd, reading fics and watching vids and loving art and boggling at Jensen and Jared moving in together and giggling at icons and sharing this amazing experience with so many of you!

Show! I love you so much!

Earlier today, I posted a What icons suit your mood question and I'd love to see how y'all feel right now - and I also posted an update of a vid I did about a year ago - now updated to include clips from all 99 episodes! Click here to see Always Keep an Edge On Your Knife before Episode 100 airs in just a few hours!

SQUEE! SHOW!
heidi: (sidekick)
Gah, I am spammity today!

Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ladylisse, name a character in any of my fandoms (HP, New Doctor Who, Torchwood, Heroes, Supernatural, The Eight or Tomorrow People (heck, I'll even throw the Star Wars original series and Batman Begins in for a lark)) and I'll tell you 3-4 things about them from my personal fanon-take on said character.
heidi: (Books by Copperbadge)
Did you read the article this week about the upcoming episode of Cold Case which is based on a selection of Springsteen songs? The episode, news articles report, was written around, or based on, Springsteen songs through the ages.
An ex-jock sits around a bar talking about his athletic glory days as we hear "Glory Days." Four high school friends skip school and drive around listening to "No Surrender," a song about skipping school and driving around. A couple enters an unhappy marriage to the sounds of "Brilliant Disguise," a song about a young couple keeping secrets from each other. The husband leaves the wife and steals a car as we hear "Stolen Car," a song about... well, you get the idea. Though "Cold Case" takes place in Philly, the plot veers off to the Jersey Shore just long enough so "Atlantic City" can pump up a scene about a mob shooting.

Is this the commercial equivilent of songfic?

If someone told you they wrote a story about her family being the inspiration for The Graduate, and that in the movie version she'd be played by Jennifer Aniston, would you say "self-insertion, Mary-Sue"? Would you say "meta"? Would you say "Hey, that's in a theater near me right now!"

The person who wrote in to Since You Asked on Salon Magazine this week admitted to an obsession with celebrity gossip and perhaps an over-reliance on IMDB. The advice columnist responded by saying, Perhaps you could embark on something akin to fan fiction, using the gods and goddesses of our media world as characters in tales of your own creation.

Cary doesn't seem to be aware of the term RPF (real people fanfic, as I am sure some of you are aware), but could her suggestion be read as anything else?

Of course, movies that refer to other films are nothing new - remember Scream? And Miami Vice built a story around Glen Frey's Smuggler's Blues back in, what, 1984? 1985? And I've read novels with celebs are characters - one of my favorite books is Peter Lefcourt's Di and I, about a screenwriter who falls in love with - and runs off with - Princess Diana.

It's not something new to the mainstream. In my estimation (and YMMV) it isn't edgy or subversive, but I know others may disagree. If you still think that it is, why do you think so? In what context is it, because I am sure there are some. Is it the NC-17 arm of things that would still be deemed "unmentionable-in-public"? Or is it sort of like ordinary sexual behaviour before Kinsey - people didn't know what was normal, so they fretted that everything they did was abnormal, wrong, edgy or unmentionable?

Wow, I think this is the most meta I've posted in a year. Or at least six months. Anon posting is on, IPs are being logged but I promise not to check on anything that isn't a full-on threat of death or serious violence.
heidi: (chess)
But it won't always hurt this bad.
- song #2, Grace of My Heart


It's a year tonight - not to the date, but to the day, this third Friday in June - that so many hundreds and thousands of us waited in lines and grasped and devoured our copies of OotP. Fueled by caffine and sugar and companionship - whether in the same room, over the phone or oer the internet - we made it through those hundreds of pages.

And I don't know about you, but I was devestated. I'd been listening to the Grace of My Heart soundtrack on the way home and when I stopped short, while A Boat on the Sea was playing, my copy fell onto the floor and opened to something in the 820s, and I still remember what I saw on the lefthand page. That Harry hadn't spoken to Hermione and Ron much "since Sirius died."

And here's how the song goes:

There's a lamp that won't light in my poetry room and children out playing in a big full moon. My man's barricaded there in his room. He'll be coming out soon.

I remember when I met him, he blew in like the wind. No-one was more beautiful or dangerous than him. He blew through my soul with a tangerine wind. He's coming out soon.

Luxury looms on a fogbound day. I am not alone now; I am not afraid. I'm clean and I'm free - it's all stripped away. All debts are paid.

I wonder if he ever looks down at the sea, thinks about the time that he spent with me. I know everything's exactly how it has to be. All's right with this world.

I never knew I was built so strong. My heart is a boat on the sea. I never thought I was built for hurricaines. My heart is a boat on the sea, through the cold and the dark, with the grace of my heart.


I can't songfic it; I've tried. I know some of the lines are Remus. Some are Harry. Some are Sirius. Some are two, or all three of them. And the rest of the soundtrack is no different. Every song, by this point, gives me the vaguest of plot bunnies but when I try to pin them down, well, it's like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands.

I thought at a year, I'd hate it less, that ending, but every time I see PoA, the stab into my heart is still there.

If I had one question of Cuaron and Kloves, it would be, how much did you change the last scene with Harry and Sirius, and what was it like, originally. Because the way it is now is painful with its foreshadowing - a foreshadowing *all* of us know. And hell, one year on, I still can't bring myself to reread those pages. I wonder if I'll eer be able to. Maybe after Book 6?
heidi: (June)
Ten opinions that I hold or have held which may not be held by many others in the fandom?

1. You shouldn't write fanfic if you haven't read the books. (I held this opinion circa 2001)

I used to be very very irked by people who wrote Harry Potter fanfic without having read any of the books; I would see a fic that placed James Potter and Tom Riddle in the same year, and I would say, "Meh!" Now, it doesn't bother me as much, but it still is a bit of a pet peeve. You don't have to love all the characters or even all the books, and I do understand why some people read the fanfic without having read all the books or listened to the audio versions, but I don't really understand why someone would want to write fanfic or read copious amounts of it, without having enjoyed at least one of the HP books.

2. It's fine to write posts and/or fanfic in Netspeak.

While I'm not bothered by using "0" as a replacement for "o", or things in netspeak or l33t when they're (a) on LJ, (b) brief in nature and (c) clearly meant in good fun and bereft of seriousness, I despair when I see such things in actual discussion threads or (even worse) in a fic. Put it in your sigfile; don't make me translate your post to see the point you're trying to make.

3. If you want to discuss the books, discuss the books.

Book discussion written in role-play style is another thing that I have to more or less translate before I can see the point someone is trying to make. Yes, I think it is possible to make a point or an argument about canon using narrative (fanfics do it all the time) or in a role-play, but it sets up one additional level that I have to parse through to reach the argument, and I really don't see the point of it. At least if I'm reading a good fanfic or an RPG that admits to being an RPG, I can enjoy it for the story contained therein, even if I'm not interested in the argument being made.

And speaking of things where I don't really care about the arguments...

4. The R/Hr vs H/Hr thread on FA, and the "I Hate H/Hr" and "I Hate R/Hr" threads? I. Hate. Them.

Yes, FA hosts them. No, I don't enjoy reading them at all. Look, I didn't even see Ron's interest in Hermione in GoF before I started reading posts on HPfGU professing that he was crushing on her, so clearly, my initial reads of the books were pretty much devoid of focus on the romance-stuff. And I still think that ship debates are the cause of more angst, agiata and animosity than any subject that doesn't even have an answer yet deserves to have.

5. FFN and the Evil That Lurks There

Why do people post their fics on FFN? WHY? WHY? WHY? Apart from all the reasons that I think FFN is a bad place (their nonresponsiveness to their users is a big buggaboo for me, as are their seemingly capricious rule changes) I know that it's completely self-centered of me to want people to not post their fics there - and the reason is because I cannot read fics on FFN on my Sidekick at all. Post to FA. And if you hate FA, then post to Skyhawke, LJ, Pumpkin Pie, SQ, UR.net - put it in the FILES for the HP_Fanfiction Yahoogroup. Just not on FFN. And if you want to put it on FFN for a public beta or something, fine, but make sure that when you hand the URLs around, you don't only give the FFN one. Because if you do, I, and I'm sure others, will *never ever read it*.

6. We ARE All Reading The Same Book.

We are. Really.

7. Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] viola_dreamwalk, "I don't believe that slash, het and gen are or should be separate 'genres.' I'm not too fond of classifying fics by ship, either. If a story is entirely determined by who's sleeping with whom, you're doing something wrong."

8. People who delete their FA activation emails, which requires us to send them new ones, sometimes 5, 6, 7 times in a week, are utter t00bs.

9. There were some great fanfics written before you joined the fandom; go read some of the oldies and see what the cliches looked like when they were shiny, new and not overdone.

10. I'm upset with myself, because I haven't had time this year to reinvigorate The Unexpected Task. Perhaps it would work better as an LJ community?




And speaking of LJ communities, look for some news from FA about communities and codes. Also, is anyone interested in being inspired by [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge and doing a 50 Film Challenge in 2004? I'll create a community if I know it'll have interest and posters...

Also, when I was installing WINXP earlier this week, I found the Very First Trailer from PS/SS, from back in Spring, 2001. I remember wondering along with everyone else who Draco was turning his head to, and who was slamming the door down and why Dudley had dark hair and just how joyous Harry looked, leaping on the table to get one of those ruddy letters. Has everyone seen it? Those of you who came into the fandom after PS/SS was released, did you ever get a chance to see the early trailers?
heidi: (JustMyType)
As I'm someone who perfers to point to original sources rather than try and sum up what someone else thinks, I'm not going to expound here on what Michela Ecks (aka Laura Hale) - who is one of the administrators (she's called herself the visionary) for fandomination has said in the past about HP, about slash and about HP slashers.

Instead, I'll just give you these two urls:
http://www.engl.niu.edu:88/~writersu/read?106950,4006
copied here: )
http://www.engl.niu.edu:88/~writersu/read?110998,4006
copied here )


And then read this one:
http://www.voy.com/36422/128.html

And then decide if you're comfortable giving her hosting power over your fics.


Note: I wasn't going to post this. I don't want to seem like I'm still imbibing sour grapes over something that happened a long time ago (in fandom years) and it's certainly possible that people can change their views on things (at one point, I didn't think Draco was redeemable!) - but when I was Y!Ming with [livejournal.com profile] nmalfoy this morning, she said that this information needs to be known, because everyone needs to be able to make an educated decision. As she said... "so they'll know."

So now, you do. And I leave the decision about what to do with your fics up to you.


I've made this a limited-friends-only post (limited versus all because I have a lot of people on my friends list from outside the HP fandom, and I didn't want to spam their LJs with this) so it doesn't get misconstrued - but the urls link to public pages - and you should feel free to disperse them however you wish.


Edited to add: someone asked me in a private conversation about the relevance of these posts to the HP fandom - and pretty simply, it's because she's plugging fandomination as the site for hosting of NC-17 material, but I've hardly seen her attitudes about some of the fics that people might want to host mentioned at all. Now, why is her attitude relevant, you might ask. It's because the Terms of Use for that site say that they can remove any story if they don't think it's a good story, or up to their quality standards (they won't host songfics, as a general rule, for example).

Their site is down while they ramp up, which means their ToU is down too - perhaps they'll revise it or make their standards more concrete or comprehensible - but for now, I really think that anyone considering fandomination as an archive for their stories ought to have a fuller picture of the site's admins perspectives on these fics.
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