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10/5/15 12:48 am - #itpe letter 5X

Holy shitballs. Five years. When C and I started this exchange I was barely legal to drink. What the shit. Wow. ANYWAY, okay...

I'm...oh my god, I'm so predictable and boring??? WOW. I should probably be embarrassed by the percentage of this letter that gets copy/pasted every year. Oh well. Here we go.

Right, first part: HI, I'M THE MOD, SO THIS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL ASSIGNMENTS. I know who you are! You'll have super special submission instructions! BUT I don't know what you're making me, and I can't wait to hear it :)

I've been in a metric fuckton of fandoms over the years, but here are the fandoms and ships I'm really feeling podfic-wise for this exchange this year:

Hockey RPF: I've essentially retreated into my little Minnesota Wild corner as far as hockey fandom goes, and the ships I'm interested in there are Zucker/Kuemper and Parise/Suter. Because you're probably not familiar with the former, here is my two-line primer from last year: Adorable giant baby goalie. Tiny douchey Jewish American winger. Height difference. And hugs. They were the two members of the bb Wild who bounced between the AHL & NHL last yeara couple years ago, so there's narrative there. I am happy to report that since my 2013 ITPE letter, I have successfully bullied a number of my friends into writing fic about them (although [personal profile] mardia's doesn't really count because she is a terrible person who likes to make me cry). Also one of them is written by me--nearly everyone there has BP. HEY IF YOU PODFIC THE WILD, THEY HAVE AUDIO FILES OF ALL OF THE PLAYERS FROM LAST YEAR PRONOUNCING THEIR NAMES!!! (Except Kuemper, and Harding, for some reason, but you can hear how Darcy's name is said + how he talks here.)

(OF NOTE: other Wild ships I enjoy include Nino/Granlund, Coyle/Brodin, and Dumba/Brodin. Zucker/Kuemper/Coyle = ok, Zucker/Coyle straight-up = REALLY REALLY NOT OK for a number of reasons I don't want to get into here.)

Baseball RPF: Minnesota Twins, Mauer/Morneau—this is my sad tragic sports RPF forever OTP which like literally no one online cares about but me and like 4 local fangirls who indulgently let me scream at them about this, BUT this article is literally a primer of everything you need to know about them, and there is pretty much one single quality fic for them of any substance and it's this.

DCU: Tim/Kon. Oh man, Tim/Kon. I'm constantly like "omg I'M HAVING A TIM/KON FEELS RENAISSANCE" but honestly, I am in a state of PERPETUAL Tim/Kon Feels Renaissance. AND THERE IS ALMOST NO PODFIC. It's tragic. Seriously, give me (pre-New 52 reboot, preferably not oppressively angsty) Tim/Kon podfic and I'll love you forever.

The Flash: BARRY/IRIS 5EVER, THE LACK OF GOOD FIC ABOUT THEM IS TRAGIC. I have so many feelings about how Barry Allen is a puppy dog who is just SO! IN! LOVE! WITH! HIS! ADOPTED! SISTER! *clutches face and rolls around on the floor in pseudocest feels*

Of note for this one: I'm not actually particularly interested in AUs that aren't like, branching canon or whatever here, because a large portion of the appeal to me for this is superpowers + pseudocest, so if you remove one of those—preferably the superpowers—then okay, but both, nah.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: FUCK I AM SO FANNISH ABOUT PERALTA/SANTIAGO RN, IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY, THEY ARE LIKE MY WHOLE WORLD RN, I'M BASICALLY ALL HEARTEYES OVER THEM EVERY GODDAMN SUNDAY. There is totally a decent amount of good fic for them, and almost none of it is podficced.

Life With Derek: THIS IS MY FOREVER SHIP, FUCK MY FUCKING LIFE, IT'S SO SAD, AND YET. I WILL SHIP DEREK/CASEY TO THE END OF TIME, I WILL DIE ON THIS HILL, PUT IT ON MY FUCKIN TOMBSTONE. I am the only person who has made podfic in this fandom, and I've only made 3, and 2 of those were specifically written for me to podfic, so there's a HUGE amount of untapped potential in Good Fics That You Can Podfic here. (Don't forget [fanfiction.net profile] unoriginal-elizabeth over at the Pit of Voles, who actually has some of the best LWD fic out there, and hasn't xposted most of it to AO3.)

Billy & Billie: Okay, so you know how Casey/Derek from Life With Derek is my Forever Ship? Billy & Billie is kind of like Derek and Casey All Grown Up. ...Actually it's more like someone reached into my motherfucking SOUL and pulled this TV show out of it. HAS ANYONE EVEN FUCKING WRITTEN FIC FOR THIS??? (They haven't. I have a google alert on this show. I have read every word on every forum of the entire internet that exists about this show. I have read the ENTIRETY OF THE IMDB MESSAGE BOARDS FOR THIS SHOW. These are the depths of my fishbowling desperation. But like. Just in case someone posts fic between now and whenever your drop-dead podficcing deadline is: I WANT IT. I NEED IT. PLEASE, OH MY GOD.)



A thing you should know: I AM RIDICULOUSLY OTP-ISH. I am not very likely to like something if it's not about one of my OTPs, because I suck like that. I'm really easy about rating--G to REALLY REALLLLLY PORNY is fine (although I usually prefer *some* plot :P), as long as it's *shippy*. Please note that this means that gen is not usually something I read, and even more rarely something I love. I'm not generally interested in OT3s or moresomes unless they're specifically indicated as A Thing I Ship.

Beyond all that, some things I like in general ("Green Light"):

  • AUs of all kinds--high school/college, coffee shop, meta (characters participate in fandom), (insert-profession-here), etc. (less crazy about the vampire/werewolf/zombie/etc. type, although there are exceptions obvs)
  • fusions--the Nine-Nine goes to Hogwarts! The bb Wild operate an illegal salvage ship in the Firefly/Serenity universe! EVERYONE HAS DAEMONS! (oh my god I LOVE DAEMON FIC) Anything like that!
  • recasts--You've Got Mail with Derek Venturi and Casey MacDonald! One Fine Day featuring Zach Parise and Ryan Suter! etc.
  • genderswap, especially always-a-girl but also turned-into-a-girl
  • incest, also stepcest (siblings only, NO cross-generational, but MAN AM I INTO SIBLING INCEST) ((especially twincest)) (((this is a surprise to like literally no one who follows me on twitter)))
  • kidfic
  • domesticity/curtain fic
  • accidental marriage/"woke up married"
  • don't realize they're dating
  • pretending to be dating or married
  • coming out/getting outed
  • outside POV of OTP's relationship
  • soulbonding
  • bickering, competitiveness, possessiveness, jealousy (but not in an emotionally manipulative or abusive way)
  • BASICALLY CUTE FLUFFY THINGS


Some things that are iffy for me/potential squicks ("Yellow Light"):

  • as previously stated, gen--it CAN be fine, but it's not really what I'm here for, so it's probably better to avoid it
  • large (5+ years) age gaps--none of the ships I've listed have this, but I'd really really prefer if you didn't pick something that created an artificial age gap where there wasn't one previously (NOTE that this is BORDERLINE trigger DEPENDING ON HOW IT'S HANDLED and may belong below, but it's not "hard-and-fast", so. It's SUPER SUPER dependent on the dynamics and if it doesn't "feel right" I fail out REALLY FAST.)
  • non-happy endings--I am totally fine with angst or h/c etc., even a lot of it! But ONLY IF A HAPPY ENDING IS INVOLVED OK
  • character death--this is SUPER IFFY and dependent upon who dies, really, but if it's anyone I listed in my ship list, it's a no-go; death of OCs or minor canon characters generally ok though
  • BDSM or D/s themes--I'm REALLY REALLY picky about this and when it doesn't work for me it is squicky, so PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION, BEST TO AVOID
  • semi-related to the above, but I'm generally really not into power differential stuff--this shouldn't generally be an issue for the above ships, but I feel I should mention it anyway
  • dub-con & non-con--not specifically triggery for me, but nearly never something I actively enjoy in fic; if it's something that's there FOR A GOOD REASON then ok, but I don't generally like it
  • A/B/O
  • apocalypse/dystopia fic--really not my thing, I just don't like the idea of the whole world being destroyed (this SORT OF goes along with "non-happy endings", because this is a non-happy ending for the SETTING)


Absolute, hard-and-fast triggers ("Red Light"):

  • animal death/harm
  • severe arachnophobia--mentions of a spider on the wall = ok, graphic description of a tarantula crawling up someone's arm = not ok
  • significant religious themes and/or religious proselytizing--note that this one is very specific and also THE ONE MOST LIKELY to set off a REALLY bad reaction in me, so it's best to avoid altogether, but if you have questions, refer to the people below
  • survival/stuck in the wilderness
  • Christmas. This one is. Uh. I realize the irony of RUNNING A GIFT EXCHANGE WITH REVEALS ON CHRISTMAS and then telling people "I don't want gifts that are Christmas-related," but, here we are. My relationship with Christmas is...complicated. In the bad way. If you make a gift for me that contains Happy Christmas Festivities, I'm sure I will very much enjoy it...in April. I just probably won't be able to listen to it before March or so, and that's kind of a bummer.




I know I've talked a lot about what I don't like but really, if it's a fun, happy story that YOU enjoy with one of the pairings listed above, I am almost surely going to be happy :D Lastly, if you have any questions, [personal profile] bestliar/[twitter.com profile] bestliars can tell you pretty accurately whether I'll like something of the hockey variety. [personal profile] mardia/mardia/[twitter.com profile] themardia should be able to tell you pretty definitively for Life With Derek, The Flash, and B99. [twitter.com profile] whyangiewhy/[twitter.com profile] breakeveryclock generally knows my taste for EVERYTHING and can tell you specifically on religion trigger stuff. If you have general questions, you can also feel free to run them through my co-mod [twitter.com profile] vworpvworp, and if she can't answer them she can properly redirect them. YAY AND THANK YOU \o/

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1/27/15 02:54 am - On Death, Inheritance, Valuing Love With Material Things, Probably More But It's 3AM...

I started to write this into a tweet box, but then I looked up and it was >4000 characters and I thought, “that's a lot of tweets,” so it's going here instead. I'm not sure anyone really uses Dreamwidth anymore, it seems pretty dead to me, I might just be sending this out into the void, but. Oh well.

So I talked with my dad, and it looks like there’s some leftover money in my grandmother’s estate which he’s willing to set aside for me to get LASIK. And I’d like to say I don’t care, that if it’s not coming directly out of my bank account, it shouldn’t matter where the money’s coming from. It should help with my migraines, and also the fact that I break glasses like it’s going out of style, and I should just be grateful I don’t have to finance it myself. Objectively, it doesn’t really matter. Except…it does. That means a lot to me.

My grandmother was really the only extended family member I was truly CLOSE with. (I actually just typed “is” and “am” instead of “was.” She’s been gone over a year. Death is so strange.) I loved her a lot—and I’m not very close with most of my family. I’m not much of a family person, never have been. But I truly adored my grandmother. And it’s probably not a coincidence that I felt like this, because she didn’t do a very good job of hiding that I was her Favorite. (Me and my sisters were her only grandchildren, and one of them was barely 2 when she died, she was already post-strokes, she hardly knew her. The other…well. I was the oldest. I was The First. And I was named for her mother. That was pretty important to her.)

I was supposed to get her car. This was always The Plan. That was the idea when she bought it. But life is funny, and she was a stubborn old bitch, and she held on a little too long, and I bought a new car of my own not 2 years before she died.

So I waived the car to my sister. She got her license this summer, and she had been practicing for it at the time, and she’d been preparing to graduate from college this year, and I had a <2yo car I was still paying on, and it just made sense. But it meant that other than her ridiculous collection of teaspoons—which my grandmother loved and told me many times she was leaving to me and everyone else in the family thought were hideous and I will never get rid of them but they’re in storage because it’s a TEASPOON COLLECTION—she didn’t actually leave anything to me. Oh, sure, I took some things out of her house for myself while we were cleaning it, with my father and uncle’s permission—an old typewriter that I used to write fanfiction on back in the day when I spent my summers with her, a giant glass bottle with SCOTCH written on the side, a white gold ring that I wear every day that’s probably actually worth a little money but not a ton, a pencil portrait of her that hung in her guest room—but nothing, other than those teaspoons (which meant a lot to her, and she really just wanted to make sure my dad and uncle didn’t dump them in an estate sale) that she really left as a last gift TO *ME*, the favorite grandchild. The car was supposed to be her last way of taking care of me, but that didn’t pan out. So I didn’t get anything of value, despite the fact that she had Money. Not MONEY money but. Money.

And that didn’t bother me. Still doesn’t. But.

My dad said, “there’s some money left in the estate, if Conde’s okay with it, let’s use it for this. She would have wanted this money to go to this, if she were alive—she’d have offered to pay for it. She would want this for you.” And she WOULD have, really. And unexpectedly, this made me cry.

Because I didn’t get the car, and this isn’t actually medically ESSENTIAL but it will improve my quality of life (especially, at this point, I’m willing to try ANYTHING that reduces contributing factors to my migraines), and she would have wanted me to have it and it feels so APPROPRIATE that this is the last thing she’ll buy me, even though objectively, it’s no more given than the ring I took from her jewelry cabinet after she died, which I really do wear every day and treasure very much. It…it FEELS like a Last Gift. I’m not quite sure why, but there you are. Emotions are funny. Death is strange.

I don’t quite know where I’m going with all of this, but it’s 2:45 AM and I need to be at work in nearly seven hours, and I’m lying in bed and crying about my grandmother’s death for the first time since the funeral thirteen months ago. So I’ll simply say, goodnight Great Wide Internet.

Goodnight.

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11/12/14 10:32 am - IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN

As the popularity of podfic grows, podficcers start spreading out and popping up all over the place. Where are those interested in podfic hanging out these days and how are they supporting each other, check out pod_aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr to find out.

Two years ago today, I hosted the second podfic Twitter friending meme. Just over a year before THAT, I hosted the first one, which kicked up a minor explosion of podfic-related activity on Twitter.

But we have reached a point where the podfic community has extended beyond like 50 of us all following each other on Twitter. We're spread out across multiple platforms, far and wide, and once again we find ourselves on the community day of , so once again, I present...



But this time we're mixing it up a little bit. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHERE THIS MEME IS TWITTER-ONLY! Let's open this bitch up to connecting podficcers across ALL SITES in the fannish network!!! Feel free to delete whatever lines aren't relevant to you/you don't want to share. Anon commenting is turned on, as is OpenID—you don't need a Dreamwidth to participate here!


HAVE FUN!! [thumbs up emoji]

Comments on this post are closed. Please go to the Dreamwidth entry to participate, so we can keep it all in one place.

10/13/14 04:05 am - Return of the #ITPE Letter

How are we already in year FOUR of this exchange?! Jesus, it seems like yesterday [personal profile] cantarina and I were stepping up to the call of "a winter podfic exchage to replace Podbang!"

Also, large chunks of this thing are hugely copy-pasta'd from previous years, because I'm a lazy fucker. Not sorry.

I am, as always, the mod, so I already know who you are, etc. BUT I don't know what you're making me, so here's some guidelines to choose something fun to surprise me anyway ;D

I've still got a...um...SORT OF up-to-date complete list of fandoms & ships here: LJ / DW. BUT, for purposes of THIS exchange THIS year...

Hockey RPF: The ships I'm requesting this time around are Zucker/Kuemper and Parise/Suter (both of the Wild). (Sadly, nothing currently posted exists for Marco Scandella/Nick Bjugstad, or I would request the fuck out of that. God, I'm turning into a horrible hipster, [personal profile] bestliar is the WORST influence, fuck.) Because you're probably not familiar with the former, here is the two-line primer: Adorable giant baby goalie. Tiny douchey Jewish American winger. Height difference. And hugs. They were the two members of the bb Wild who bounced between the AHL & NHL last year, so there's narrative there. There are six fics for them (although really it's five because [personal profile] mardia is a terrible person who likes to make me cry). HEY IF YOU PODFIC THE WILD, THEY HAVE AUDIO FILES OF ALL OF THE PLAYERS PRONOUNCING THEIR NAMES!!! (Except Kuemper, and Harding, for some reason, but you can hear how Darcy's name is said + how he talks here.)

(OF NOTE: other Wild ships I enjoy include Nino/Granlund and Coyle/Brodin. Zucker/Kuemper/Coyle = ok, Zucker/Coyle straight-up = NOT OK, ZUCK+CHUCK PLATONIC BFFs 4 LYFE!!!! I also like Coyle/Jonathan Huberdeau and Brodin/Sasha Barkov, but those fall in the same category as Scandella/Bjugstad, sadly.)

Baseball RPF: Minnesota Twins, Mauer/Morneau—this is my sad tragic sports RPF forever OTP which like literally no one online cares about but me and like 4 local fangirls who indulgently let me scream at them about this, BUT this article is literally a primer of everything you need to know about them, and there is pretty much one single quality fic for them of any substance and it's this.

DCU: Tim/Kon. Ohhhhh, Tim/Kon. I HAVE RECENTLY HAD A RENAISSANCE OF FEELINGS ABOUT THEM AND SUDDENLY I NEED ALL OF THE TIM/KON PODFIC LIKE BURNING AND THERE IS ALMOST NONE :(((((((( Seriously, give me (pre-New 52 reboot, preferably not oppressively angsty) Tim/Kon podfic and I will love you forever.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Interested in Peralta/Santiago here. I am such a sucker for slap-slap-kiss uptight lady/douchey guy couples, MOAR PODFIC FOR THEM PLZ, there is so much good fic!!! (I mean, needs moar hot banging and PORNY FIC in general, because seriously, but I'm pretty into a lot of the stuff that's out there already.)

Life With Derek: Yeah, that thing, I said above, about that couple type I'm a sucker for? Add some stepcest—a bulletproof kink for me—and, well. I WILL SHIP DEREK/CASEY TO THE END OF TIME, PUT IT ON MY FUCKIN TOMBSTONE. I am the only person who has made podfic in this fandom, and I've only made 3, and 2 of those were specifically written for me to podfic, so there's a HUGE amount of untapped potential in Good Fics That You Can Podfic here. (Don't forget [fanfiction.net profile] unoriginal-elizabeth over at the Pit of Voles, who actually has some of the best LWD fic out there, and hasn't xposted most of it to AO3.)


A thing you should know: I AM RIDICULOUSLY OTP-ISH. I am not very likely to like something if it's not about one of my OTPs, because I suck like that. I'm really easy about rating--G to REALLY REALLLLLY PORNY is fine (although I usually prefer *some* plot :P), as long as it's *shippy*. Please note that this means that gen is not usually something I read, and even more rarely something I love. I'm not generally interested in OT3s or moresomes unless they're specifically indicated as A Thing I Ship.

Beyond all that, some things I like in general ("Green Light"):

  • AUs of all kinds--high school/college, coffee shop, meta (characters participate in fandom), (insert-profession-here), etc. (less crazy about the vampire/werewolf/zombie/etc. type, although there are exceptions obvs)
  • fusions--the Nine-Nine goes to Hogwarts! The bb Wild operate an illegal salvage ship in the Firefly/Serenity universe! EVERYONE HAS DAEMONS! (oh my god I LOVE DAEMON FIC) Anything like that!
  • recasts--You've Got Mail with Derek Venturi and Casey MacDonald! One Fine Day featuring Zach Parise and Ryan Suter! etc.
  • genderswap, especially always-a-girl but also turned-into-a-girl
  • incest, also stepcest (siblings only, NO cross-generational, but MAN AM I INTO SIBLING INCEST) ((especially twincest)) (((this is a surprise to like literally no one who follows me on twitter)))
  • kidfic
  • domesticity/curtain fic
  • accidental marriage/"woke up married"
  • don't realize they're dating
  • pretending to be dating or married
  • coming out/getting outed
  • outside POV of OTP's relationship
  • soulbonding
  • bickering, competitiveness, possessiveness, jealousy (but not in an emotionally manipulative or abusive way)
  • BASICALLY CUTE FLUFFY THINGS


Some things that are iffy for me/potential squicks ("Yellow Light"):

  • as previously stated, gen--it CAN be fine, but it's not really what I'm here for, so it's probably better to avoid it
  • large (5+ years) age gaps--none of the ships I've listed have this, but I'd really really prefer if you didn't pick something that created an artificial age gap where there wasn't one previously (NOTE that this is BORDERLINE trigger DEPENDING ON HOW IT'S HANDLED and may belong below, but it's not "hard-and-fast", so. It's SUPER SUPER dependent on the dynamics and if it doesn't "feel right" I fail out REALLY FAST.)
  • non-happy endings--I am totally fine with angst or h/c etc., even a lot of it! But ONLY IF A HAPPY ENDING IS INVOLVED OK
  • character death--this is SUPER IFFY and dependent upon who dies, really, but if it's anyone I listed in my ship list, it's a no-go; death of OCs or minor canon characters generally ok though
  • BDSM or D/s themes--I'm REALLY REALLY picky about this and when it doesn't work for me it is squicky, so PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION, BEST TO AVOID
  • semi-related to the above, but I'm generally really not into power differential stuff--this shouldn't generally be an issue for the above ships, but I feel I should mention it anyway
  • dub-con & non-con--not specifically triggery for me, but nearly never something I actively enjoy in fic; if it's something that's there FOR A GOOD REASON then ok, but I don't generally like it
  • apocalypse/dystopia fic--really not my thing, I just don't like the idea of the whole world being destroyed (this SORT OF goes along with "non-happy endings", because this is a non-happy ending for the SETTING)


Absolute, hard-and-fast triggers ("Red Light"):

  • animal death/harm
  • severe arachnophobia--mentions of a spider on the wall = ok, graphic description of a tarantula crawling up someone's arm = not ok
  • significant religious themes and/or religious proselytizing--note that this one is very specific and also THE ONE MOST LIKELY to set off a REALLY bad reaction in me, so it's best to avoid altogether, but if you have questions, refer to the people below
  • survival/stuck in the wilderness
  • I've left this off in previous years, but we've reached the point where it's necessary...Christmas. This one is. Uh. I realize the irony of RUNNING A GIFT EXCHANGE WITH REVEALS ON CHRISTMAS and then telling people "I don't want gifts that are Christmas-related," but, here we are. My relationship with Christmas is...complicated. In the bad way. If you make a gift for me that contains Happy Christmas Festivities, I'm sure I will very much enjoy it...in April. I just probably won't be able to listen to it before March or so, and that's kind of a bummer.




I know I've talked a lot about what I don't like but really, if it's a fun, happy story that YOU enjoy with one of the pairings listed above, I am almost surely going to be happy :D Lastly, if you have any questions, [personal profile] bestliar/[twitter.com profile] bestliars can tell you pretty accurately whether I'll like something of the hockey variety. [personal profile] mardia/mardia/[twitter.com profile] themardia should be able to tell you pretty definitively for Life With Derek, as well as religion trigger stuff. [twitter.com profile] breakeveryclock just generally knows my taste. YAY AND THANK YOU \o/

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10/11/13 06:43 pm - Dear #ITPE Podficcer, Part Deux

Another year, another Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange, another Dear Podficcer letter. Has it been a whole year already? Wow.

I'm still the mod, so I still already know who you are (or, don't yet, but. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN) etc. etc. BUT let's pretend I don't, eh? ;)

I've still got a FAIRLY up-to-date complete list of fandoms & ships here: LJ / DW. BUT, for purposes of THIS exchange...

My current main fandom is Hockey RPF. I'm actually FAIRLY monofannish about this right now (in a way that sort of hurts my soul but I can't stop it >.>), and the ships I'm interested in receiving for that are Kane/Toews (Blackhawks) and Parise/Suter (Wild). (I will also HAPPILY accept Zucker/Kuemper (Wild) but I am 99.9% sure that this ship does not exist outside of my crazed twitter ramblings, gdocs that [personal profile] pineapplechild has not made public yet, chatfic I sent to [personal profile] pineapplechild while we were both at work and have yet to clean up, and a tumblrfic snippet that [tumblr.com profile] bestliars wrote for my birthday, so. XD)

In addition to that, here's some (mostly) more obscure, Yuletide-type fandoms (and also just a couple of "forever OTPs" for me) which I've also requested because I ALWAYS WANT MORE FANWORKS FOR THEM:

  • Baseball RPF (Minnesota Twins, Mauer/Morneau)
  • DCU (Tim/Kon)
  • Figure Skating RPF (Johnny/Evan)
  • Graceland (Mike/Johnny)
  • How I Met Your Mother (Barney/Robin)
  • Life With Derek (Derek/Casey)
  • Ouran High School Host Club (Tamaki/Kyouya, Hikaru/Kaoru)
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures (Clyde/Luke)


The rest is cribbed from my letter last year with very minor changes, because it all still holds true, and I am lazy XD:

Next thing you should know is that I AM RIDICULOUSLY OTP-ISH. I am not very likely to like something if it's not about one of my OTPs, because I suck like that. I'm really easy about rating--G to REALLY REALLLLLY PORNY is fine (although I usually prefer *some* plot *g*), as long as it's *shippy*. Please note that this means that gen is not usually something I read, and even more rarely something I love.

Beyond that, some things I like in general ("Green Light"):

  • AUs, particularly of the "mundane" variety--high school/college, coffee shop, meta (characters participate in fandom), (insert-profession-here), etc. (less crazy about the vampire/werewolf/zombie/etc. type, although there are exceptions obvs)
  • fusions--the SJA kids go to Hogwarts! The Graceland fam operates an illegal salvage ship in the Firefly/Serenity universe, but Mike is a mole for the Alliance, oh no! EVERYONE HAS DAEMONS! (oh my god I LOVE DAEMON FIC) Anything like that!
  • recasts--10 Things I Hate About You, starring Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek! You've Got Mail with Derek Venturi and Casey MacDonald! One Fine Day featuring Zach Parise and Ryan Suter! etc.
  • genderswap, especially always-a-girl but also turned-into-a-girl
  • kidfic
  • domesticity/curtain fic
  • accidental marriage/"woke up married"
  • don't realize they're dating
  • pretending to be dating or married
  • coming out/getting outed
  • outside POV of OTP's relationship
  • soulbonding
  • bickering, competitiveness, possessiveness, jealousy--these are all things that are probably going to apply to most fics for about 60% of the couples I listed, so XD
  • BASICALLY CUTE FLUFFY THINGS


Some things that are iffy for me/potential squicks ("Yellow Light"):

  • as previously stated, gen--it CAN be fine, but I'm a LOT pickier, so it's probably better to avoid it
  • large (5+ years) age gaps--none of the ships I've listed have this, but I'd really really prefer if you didn't pick something that created an artificial age gap where there wasn't one previously (NOTE that this is BORDERLINE trigger DEPENDING ON HOW IT'S HANDLED and may belong below, but it's not "hard-and-fast", so. It's SUPER SUPER dependent on the dynamics and if it doesn't "feel right" I fail out REALLY FAST.)
  • non-happy endings--I am totally fine with angst or h/c etc., even a lot of it! But ONLY IF A HAPPY ENDING IS INVOLVED OK
  • character death--this is SUPER IFFY and dependent upon who dies, really, but if it's anyone I listed in my ship list, it's a no-go; death of OCs or minor canon characters generally ok though
  • BDSM or D/s themes--when I like this stuff I REALLY like it, but I am, again, REALLY REALLY picky about this and when it doesn't work for me it is squicky, so PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION, BEST TO AVOID
  • semi-related to the above, but I'm generally really not into power differential stuff--this shouldn't generally be an issue for the above ships, but I feel I should mention it anyway
  • dub-con & non-con--not specifically triggery for me, but nearly never something I actively enjoy in fic; if it's something that's there FOR A GOOD REASON then ok, but I don't generally like it
  • apocalypse fic--really not my thing, I just don't like the idea of the whole world being destroyed (this SORT OF goes along with "non-happy endings", because this is a non-happy ending for the SETTING)


Absolute, hard-and-fast triggers ("Red Light"):

  • animal death/harm
  • severe arachnophobia--mentions of a spider on the wall = ok, graphic description of a tarantula crawling up someone's arm = not ok
  • significant religious themes and/or religious proselytizing--note that this one is very specific and also THE ONE MOST LIKELY to set off a REALLY bad reaction in me, so it's best to avoid altogether, but if you have questions, refer to the people below (srsly, ask mardia, SHE WILL KNOW)
  • survival/stuck in the wilderness




I know I've talked a lot about what I don't like but really, if it's a fun, happy story that YOU enjoy with one of the pairings listed above, I am almost surely going to be happy :D Lastly, if you have any questions, I'm soulbonded to [personal profile] thisissirius/thisissirius/[twitter.com profile] thisissirius and she's a pretty good bet for knowing whether or not I'll like a fic, particularly of the Kane/Toews variety. [personal profile] pineapplechild/[twitter.com profile] madecunningly & [personal profile] mardia/mardia/[twitter.com profile] themardia also know my tastes pretty damn well, if you need help. YAY AND THANK YOU \o/

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7/10/13 05:41 pm - Transformative Works Policy

Welp, I've been part of the podfic community for quite a few years now, and now that I've got Actual Writing up, I guess it's finally time I put my money where my mouth is. SO! Here we go...


FOR MY WRITING:

Anything I've written—be it funny tweets, meta, fic, or anything else that qualifies as "my words that have been posted on the internet"—you are free to podfic/remix/translate/transform in any way, with the following conditions: A) you keep my name attached & credited for the original, and B) you link back to the original work.

You are also free to, like, remove dialogue tags and alter wording or whatever you need to do to make my words work for your voice, or whatever your method of remixing/transformation may be.

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you told me about/linked me to/showed me what you made, but I know that's sometimes stressful etc for some people, so that's not a requirement, just a preference :)

FOR MY PODFIC:

Feel free to repod/remix/autotune basically WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU CAN THINK OF with my podfic/podcasts/recorded works. If it directly uses my original work (so not, for instance, repods), again, A) please keep my name attached, and B) link back to the original work. That's it!

Again, like above, I'd love if you told me about your work, but it's not a firm requirement.

FOR MY ART:

If you'd like to somehow transform/remix my art, I'm open to this, but please contact me on an individual basis—this is a lot more dependent on individual instances.


If you're interested in doing something with a thing I've co-created with other people, know that it's totally cool on my end, but you should double-check with any co-authors/podficcers/artists/vidders I may have as well.


If there's anything else I haven't mentioned that is somehow a thing of mine you'd like to somehow transform, please, contact me! I'm open to it :) Send me an email—my username at gmail—or a tweet or a tumblr ask or whatever!

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11/12/12 09:56 pm - are y'all ready for this

For many of us, podfic is more than just a fanwork, it's a community. We form friendships, support each other, discuss our shared passions and push each other to new forms and heights of creativity. To find out more information on podfic and podfic fandom, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

So, nearly exactly a year ago...this happened. While there were quite a few podficcers on twitter before that, we weren't all amassed, following each other in any organized way. And then...BOOM. SUDDENLY EVERYONE'S FEEDS EXPLODED!

paraka, heard_the_owl, jenepod, happyhanabi and I spent a significant amount of time on today's official podcast talking about how these days, a HUGE PORTION of the conversation, casual socialization, and general day-to-day activity of the podfic community is on Twitter. The podfic community is even the only corner of fandom (that I know of) to have a challenge run entirely on Twitter.

So, here's your chance, guys. WANT TO JUMP IN AND JOIN THE PODFICCIN' FUN ON TWITTER?


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Feel free to also leave testimonials under people's comments!


To start you off: if you're not already following [twitter.com profile] podfic, GO FOLLOW IT! Run by paraka, it's a great way to keep up with what people are saying about podfic "around the town", so to speak.

Alright, LET THE MADNESS BEGIN! \o/

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11/12/12 09:53 pm - POD AWARE 2012

IT'S HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRREEEEEEEEEEE

There are so many ways to create podfic and so many ways to listen. We might engage with podfic curled up in bed, in our closet, while commuting or at the gym, in our bathroom with makeshift soundproofing. To find out more information on podfic and how we podfic, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

....and I have nothing productive to post today /o\ EXCEPT, of course, I WAS on one of the official podcasts, which you can find at the above links :D

Guys. Get ready for some podfic AWESOMENESS up in here this week ;D \o/

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10/16/12 02:58 am - Dear #ITPE Podficcer!

It feels a LITTLE bit silly for me to be writing this since I'm the mod, so I already know who you are XD (well I don't ACTUALLY YET, but I will by the time you read this!) BUT LET'S JUST PRETEND, SHALL WE?

So, first things first, you can look at a list of alllllll of my (hilariously long) fandoms & ships here: LJ / DW. Here is a list of fandoms & ships I am interested in receiving (in alphabetical, not preferential order):

  • Big Time Rush (Kendall/Logan)
  • Community (Troy/Abed, Jeff/Britta)
  • DCU (Tim/Kon)
  • Figure Skating RPF (Johnny/Evan)
  • High School Musical (Chad/Ryan)
  • Hockey RPF (Jonathan Towes/Patrick Kane)
  • How I Met Your Mother (Barney/Robin)
  • iCarly (Sam/Freddie)
  • Life With Derek (Derek/Casey)
  • Newsies (Jack/David)
  • Ouran High School Host Club (Tamaki/Kyouya, Hikaru/Kaoru)
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures (Clyde/Luke)
  • Suits (Harvey/Mike)
  • Swimming RPF (aka DOUCHEBROS) (Michael Phelps/Ryan Lochte)


Next thing you should know is that I AM RIDICULOUSLY OTP-ISH. I am not very likely to like something if it's not about one of my OTPs, because I suck like that. I'm really easy about rating--G to REALLY REALLLY PORNY is fine (although I usually prefer *some* plot *g*), as long as it's *shippy*. Please note that this means that gen is not usually something I read, and even more rarely something I love.

Beyond that, some things I like in general ("Green Light"):

  • AUs, particularly of the "mundane" variety--high school/college, coffee shop, meta (characters participate in fandom), (insert-profession-here), etc. (less crazy about the vampire/werewolf/zombie/etc. type, although there are exceptions obvs)
  • fusions--the SJA kids go to Hogwarts! The Newsies operate an illegal salvage ship in the Firefly/Serenity universe! EVERYONE HAS DAEMONS! (oh my god I LOVE DAEMON FIC) Anything like that!
  • recasts--10 Things I Hate About You, starring Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek! You've Got Mail with Derek Venturi and Casey MacDonald! etc.
  • genderswap, especially always-a-girl but also turned-into-a-girl
  • kidfic
  • domesticity/curtain fic
  • accidental marriage/"woke up married"
  • don't realize they're dating
  • pretending to be dating or married
  • coming out/getting outed
  • outside POV of OTP's relationship
  • soulbonding
  • bickering, competitiveness, possessiveness, jealousy--these are all things that are probably going to apply to most fics for about 70% of the couples I listed, so XD
  • BASICALLY CUTE FLUFFY THINGS


Some things that are iffy for me/potential squicks ("Yellow Light"):

  • as previously stated, gen--it CAN be fine, but I'm a LOT pickier, so it's proabably better to avoid it
  • large (5+ years) age gaps--none of the ships I've listed have this, but I'd really really prefer if you didn't pick something that created an artificial age gap where there wasn't one previously (NOTE that this is BORDERLINE trigger and may belong below, but it's not "hard-and-fast", so)
  • non-happy endings--I am totally fine with angst or h/c etc., even a lot of it! But ONLY IF A HAPPY ENDING IS INVOLVED OK
  • character death--this is SUPER IFFY and dependent upon who dies, really, but if it's anyone I listed in my ship list, it's a no-go; death of OCs or VERY minor canon characters generally ok though
  • BDSM or D/s themes--when I like this stuff I REALLY like it, but I am, again, REALLY REALLY picky about this and when it doesn't work for me it is squicky, so PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION, BEST TO AVOID
  • dub-con & non-con--not specifically triggery for me, but nearly never something I actively enjoy in fic; if it's something that's there FOR A GOOD REASON then ok, but I don't generally like it
  • apocalypse fic--really not my thing, I just don't like the idea of the whole world being destroyed (this SORT OF goes along with "non-happy endings", because this is a non-happy ending for the SETTING)


Absolute, hard-and-fast triggers ("Red Light"):

  • animal death/harm
  • severe arachnophobia--mentions of a spider on the wall = ok, graphic description of a trantula crawling up someone's arm = not ok
  • significant religious themes and/or religious proseltyizing
  • survival/stuck in the wilderness
  • relevant to requested fandoms: Jeff/Annie and Harvey/Donna as sexual or romantic relationships--I'M DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT THESE BOTH; NOT EVEN IN THE BACKGROUND, NOT EVEN IN THE PAST. I make a big deal out of it because these are both aspects of CANON that have triggered me, so if you're doing something in those fandoms, it should either not mention the canon aspect (or otherwise) of these ships or be set in a world where said ship(s) are Not A Thing.




I know I've talked a lot about what I don't like but really, if it's a fun, happy story that YOU enjoy with one of the pairings listed above, I am almost surely going to be happy :D Lastly, if you have any questions, bendtothesun/[profile] war_kitten/[twitter.com profile] war_kitten knows my tastes pretty damn well, if you need help. YAY AND THANK YOU \o/

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8/5/12 09:27 pm - THE DOUCHEBROS PRIMER

(NOTE: written on Thursday night, but then we collapses from FEELS so had to come back & format for posting over the past couple days. We are super great like that.)

Before we start, this will probably require alcohol on your part. So here, have Bess’s complimentary Bartending School Dropout™ recipe for Sex On The Beach:

  1. Fill mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add one (1) shot each of vodka & peach schnapps.
  3. Fill glass halfway with orange juice, and the rest of the way with cranberry juice.
  4. Add a dash of grenadine.
  5. Pour into shaker & shake. OR, if you’re classy bitches like we are (and let’s face it, if you’re reading this, YOU ARE), you can improvise with a wide-mouthed Avengers cup placed over a drinking glass.
  6. Strain into hiball glass, and garnish with an orange wedge if you’re feeling fancy. And have an orange.


OKAY DO YOU HAVE YOUR ALCOHOL NOW

GOOD. STORY TIME!

So once upon a time I did not give a shit about swimming, thought Michael Phelps was a douche, and hardly knew who Ryan Lochte was.

That time was 72 hours ago. And then I incepted myself with/dubconned myself into feels? We’re...not really sure how that happened. It started with ironically hate!shipping them and then there was a dark spiral that we’re all just trying to block out of our collective memories. ([personal profile] pennyplainknits described it as “like seeing a tiny bb animal brought down by wolves”.) Whoops.

BUT I’M BRINGING YOU ALL DOWN WITH ME. *coughpaperclipbitchcough*

So allow [profile] war_kitten & I to introduce you to The Douchebros.

NOW WITH 100% MORE CUT TAGS, WHOOPSCollapse )

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