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Nov. 25th, 2012 08:27 pm
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This made me squee happily: a network of old ladies is looking after Sherlock Holmes (crossover with everything, and I am so not sure I caught everyone, but)

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Jun. 25th, 2012 06:50 pm
taelle: (Leningrad)
It's amusing to read an Avengers fic set in Palanga. I keep thinking "But I've _been_ to Palanga!", and also "But -11.1 degrees Celsius isn't bone-chilling! Cold, yeah, but not _that_ cold!"

... but the Russian language in Avengers fic is mostly tiresome. Though I get that Natasha's peculiar patronymic is comic book canon.

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Apr. 20th, 2012 09:46 am
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So, inspired by the meme, I went to see how many hits my stuff on AO3 had. Not top 10 - I have too little stuff for that, but...

... no surprises - mostly Yuletide stuff. 575 hits for the Juuni Kokki fic for Yuletide 2009, 255 fics for a friend's Bujold fic I translated into English (the list of fics shows it as mine. It's disturbing), 216 hits for Derkholm fic for Yuletide 2010, 202 hits for last Yuletide's Miss Pym fic and 168 hits for the Evgeny Onegin ficlet for Yuletide Madness 2009.

I don't know what that means except for proving that things for ficathons and fests are read more often.

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Jan. 26th, 2012 05:23 am
taelle: (crafty)
Today was a terribly sleepy and slow day, with nothing in particular achieved. Well, some work. And some answering letters and comments - why do I keep delaying answering? Sometimes it feels like such a burden...

Oh, important goal reached: my father and I put up a set of my 'seasonal' cross-stitches. We've only been working towards that for about a year - that's how long they've been framed and a place has been chosen for them. Oh well, now I have a couple cross-stitchings that need to be framed - I wonder how long it will take (what with framing being expensive). But, well, I have decided that for a cross-stitcher's room mine is too bare of the fruits of my labour.

Speaking of the fruit of my labour, finished a sweater for a doll. Made from a sock, and not particularly delicate work and all, but - a result! How inspiring. And I need practice: I have a couple more blouses planned for this doll, and then I should move on to the other ones.

Reading Liz Williams's Precious Dragon and enjoying it very much, though today I made a detour for a Sharpe/Temeraire crossover - great work (and great dragons).

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Oct. 8th, 2011 02:56 am
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Will this job ever end? ... at the speed I am working now, it probably won't. I'm not sure whether I'm writing today, though I have another silly drabble idea.

BTW, Yuletide time soon. Maybe it'll be saner not to participate. It'd be sad - I participated in each one since the first one, and I do love me some personal tradition, but. I don't even know what I want (except for Takarazuka, and no one's writing that). Oh hell, maybe I should offer War and Peace, if I finish it by then... Do _I_ want a War and Peace fic? I think I want a Fforde crossover, and the things people do write for Russian classics for Yuletide tend to be slash.  No, seriously, I googled War and Peace fanfics and found some slash. Which is awesome - I love other people's squee and I love that someone's excited enough to write fic for that - but that particular pairing leaves me cold.

I am so confused. And tired.
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Got it from [personal profile] rhi

Bold any reasons that apply to you, strike out any that don't (if you feel like it), and add three (or more, or less) reasons of your own to the bottom.


1. To explore themes that I don't get to see in mass media using characters I love.
2. Because it's fun.
3. Because mass media does a crappy job of representing my race, gender, and sexual orientation.
4. Because I can get more people aboard my ship writing a story than a manifesto.
5. Because TV science-fiction doesn't explore its science-fiction premises in enough depth.
6. Because it's a gift I can give a stranger and know they will enjoy it.
7. Because I resonate emotionally with the characters what I read and watch, and want to find out why by writing about it.
8. Because every tale is a universe, often with fascinating nooks and crannies that the original author never explored.
9. Because I've made some of my best and dearest friends through this very whacky hobby.
10. Because the world the creator made is vast, and I want to see more of it.
11. Because writing as a communal experience is amazing.
12. Because I can.
13. Because I get so much enjoyment from reading fan fiction that I want to contribute to the community by providing enjoyment for other fans.
14. When I become interested in particular actors and/or characters, sometimes I want to explore them in different contexts than their canons would ever allow.
15. I enjoy writing but I feel ambivalent about trying to get published; writing fan fiction frees me by removing the pressure to sell from consideration.
16. Because every time I write something, I learn more about writing. And myself. And my readers.
17. Because someone can find it and know that there are other people out there who respond to media that way.
18. Because writing porn and having someone say, "this is hot!" is an empowering experience.
19. Because telling stories is what I do, and I base my stories on the world around me, including things that I read, watch, and listen to.
20. Because sometimes I just want to focus on the story itself rather than getting bogged down in the backstory.
21. Because as a person of color, I am invisible in nearly all science fiction and fantasy, on screen or in print, and I want to see myself reflected in the stories I love.
22) Because I like the challenge of it and that sense of accomplishment when I finish.
23) Storytelling using mythological, folk, and culturally constructed worlds and characters is ANCIENT and germane to how humans relate and make meaning with each other. I write fanfic to participate in that process.
24) The fanfic world is a community of interpretation and meaning, an Agadic process with its own rules, customs, ethics, jokes, and history. It's participatory in a way that the writing and reading of commercially based productions, with its clearly demarcated lines between "writer" and "reader/consumer" can never be.
25) Writing and reading fanfic is empowering.
26) Because mass media does a crappy job of representing my religious affiliations or lack thereof.
27) Because my show is *over*. There are no more series eps coming out. (And the movies are ohimgod bad.)
28) Because I want stories about the secondary characters, and the tertiary ones too -- the old friend de jour, male or female, the fascinating villain, the sidekick who had such possibilities.

29) Because sometimes I find that no one, in any of the discussions and stories, had said the thing I find the most important and evident about a character or a plotline.
30)  Because I want to explore connections between characters that do not fit in the canon plotlines.
31) Because I know people who would enjoy it.

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Apr. 24th, 2010 04:34 am
taelle: (reading)
Listening to a weird mix of klezmer, some musicals and Russian and Ukrainian folk rock, only I just remembered I can't write with music - it imposes trains of thought quite unlike those I need for writing. And I have to write - I stumbled into a fandom with almost no decent fics, especially in Russian.

Also, reading: I have these ... binges, perhaps, of reading books of a type - there was a period once, almost half a year, when I could not read fiction. And then - I was ill and had difficulty sleeping because of a cough - there was a time I read fiction, and finished all the fiction part of my TBR pile in a week.

And now I read mostly-trashy Russian fantasy. Which is at times comforting and at times distracting. This time it's not so total, since I read a bit of other stuff too, like the biography of the Duchess of Marlborough. But still. I have other things to read - and reread, I have stuff I want to reread only I grew out of the habit of rereading - but not just yet.

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