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10/29/18 02:20 am - Dear Festividder

What is this???? A post on this journal that isn’t an ITPE letter??!!! No, it’s…another exchange letter, lmao. I’m not branching THAT far out.

The short version is: WHOO VIDS \o/ YAY I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT YOU MAKE ME!!

The long version:

So, before we get into fandoms, general things about me + music + vids! So, I've actually got some lyrical processing issues; I don't tend to hear 80-90% of individual lyrics when I listen to a song—the lyrics are more like another instrument in the music to me, unless I already know what they are. (Musical theater tends to be much easier for me to process. Rap tends to be much harder.) This leads to two things: one, if your vid concept is relying super heavily on the specific lyrics of the song to do the heavy lifting in getting your point across, unless I happen to already be really familiar with the song, it's probably not going to make a lot of sense to me (a lyrics link/transcription is much appreciated!); and two, I'm pretty sensitive to a "tonal mismatch" between the music and the source/message (unless that's specifically intentional and part of the statement the vid is making, in which case, carry on!) The latter generally only happens when the former is going on, but I figured I'd mention both, because this is one of the few things that will genuinely "throw me out" of a vid. (I also want to say that this is only a very small percentage of vids, so I wouldn't stress about it TOO much.)

Beyond that, I'm pretty open to most any kind of music. My "pop music" (and I use the phrase "pop music" here the way my mother does, to mean anything that is not classical or musical theater—which is what I grew up on) knowledge is utterly woeful, and so I enjoy being introduced to new music through vids! I also totally dig vids to really popular songs that I already know (as stated above, it means I'll probably already know the lyrics!) Instrumental is cool too! Basically, don't feel limited by music genre or recognizability (with the caveat that, as previously stated, rap tends to be particularly hard for me to process, and when lacking a melody, it usually just sounds like a lot of percussion to me, so perhaps stay away from that.)

For DNWs, I have severe arachnophobia and an animal death trigger. I also have a host of religion-related triggers; please do not use any Christmas or religious Christian music. I don't think anything else should come up when vidding these fandoms, but if you want details (they may be relevant for BFU, depending on if you try to do something more conceptual/AU/whatever???) see my ITPE letter this year.

Fandom specifics time!

BUZZFEED FANDOMS
Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ruining History, Buzzfeed Worth It, The Try Guys*
* I realize the Try Guys are not technically with Buzzfeed anymore, but by fandom categorization they totally fall under this umbrella

First off, I am so so sorry if you are not here for the RPF/shipping aspect; that is mostly what I'm here for >.> Ryan/Shane and Ryan/Shane/Sara [Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ruining History] are my OTP(/OT3) rn, and I love them so much. The bickery dynamic! Loling at each other being idiots! Being kind of married! It's so good for me. I'm extremely on the Shaniac side of things (I'm fairly positive I'm actually more extreme in my non-belief than he is), and I think the Hot Daga is a hilarious artistic masterpiece. I do actually love the True Crime stuff; the Supernatural stuff is really only interesting to me for the good bickering & relationship dynamics, plus, of course, Ryan's reactions XD Ruining History is also a fun time—the moments when Ryan & Sara team up against Shane are my FAVORITE FOREVER.

I will probably never be over how INCREDIBLY Soft And Married Steven/Andrew [Buzzfeed Worth It] are. THEY ARE SO SOFT AND MARRIED. My GOD, the heart eyes involved here, it's just. A Lot. Wow. I am into anything about them that is about just how in love they are, basically. I do also love Noted Precious Cinnamon Roll Adam, although I have slightly less feelings about him than Steven & Andrew.

I am actually a lot less shippy about The Try Guys, I just think they're fun and ridiculous and would love basically any kind of vid about them + the ridic shit they do + how much they all love each other. Eugene is my favorite (wow, shocker), but Zach is not far behind him at all, and I am also extremely fond of Ned (how has he LEVELED UP in hotness since having a child???); I have fewer feelings about Keith, but I like him perfectly well too. Basically, they're all great, and ridiculous, and I would love a fun and ridiculous vid about how fun and ridiculous they are. If you DO want to go shippy, I'm pretty open but interested in Eugene/Zach and Zach/Ned(/Ariel); also if you just want to make a vid about how DISGUSTINGLY adorable Ned/Ariel are I would be super down for that as well, I love Ariel!!

For all Buzzfeed sources, please feel free to use other videos/sources containing these people as necessary—the Berry Boys video, Shane & Ryan getting styled by Ladylike, any of Sara's Buzzfeed videos (the "Do I have a crush?" series with Shane!!), all of the Sims videos with Kelsey, the Try Guys hosting the Streamys, PLUS all social media content, etc.


NON-BUZZFEED FANDOMS

Billy & Billie

I (and all twelve people on twitter who sent me the links when it was first announced, lol) am pretty sure that this show was ACTUALLY just pulled directly out of my brain. It's sooooo id-y for me. I am super extremely about Billy & Billie's relationship, both in a "I ship them like burning" and "this is kind of fucked up" way. Any vid you wanna make me about them & their relationship would be awesome. I especially love Billie, she is genuinely one of my favorite TV characters and I identify with her strongly in a lot of ways.

Little Big League [SAFETY]

This was one of my very favorite movies as a child, because baseball is the sport of my heart that I grew up on, and the Minnesota Twins were (and are) My Team, and IT'S ABOUT A SMART ALECK NERD CHILD RUNNING THE MINNESOTA TWINS. Also parts of it were shot in places that were like, walkable from where I grew up, lol. Basically, this movie is lovely and nostalgic to me and close to my heart, and whatever vid you wanna make for it I'm sure I'll cherish :)



If you'd like any more details about anything, please feel free to comment here anonymously, or if you prefer, [personal profile] platinumvampyr/[twitter.com profile] platinumvampyr/[tumblr.com profile] platinumvampyr knows my vid taste pretty well, and [personal profile] forzandopod/[twitter.com profile] forzandopod/[tumblr.com profile] forzandopod knows my Buzzfeed fandom taste. Thank you Festvidder, ilu!!!

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9/24/18 12:47 am - It's That Time Of Year Again

Blah blah blah I c/p large parts of this every year, and as this challenge rapidly approaches a decade old—which, what the actual fuck, y’all—it’s actually interesting to see what changes in this and what doesn’t. But I digress.

Usual spiel: 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 *thumbs up emoji*

Here are the fandoms I'm interested in receiving podfic of for this exchange this year (kind of in vague order of preference, but don’t take that too seriously):

Buzzfeed Unsolved: Friends, I am thrilled to report that MY MAINSTREAM SLASH TASTE HAS FINALLY COME HOME FROM WAR!!! Reunited and it feels so good, truly. Gimme that sweet sweet Ryan/Shane—or, for extra bonus points, Ryan/Shane/Sara OT3333333. Gimme TROPES, gimme FEELS, gimme them bickering and being dumb and having at least one (1) whole Feeling. I’m VERY about that slap-slap-kiss and Vitriolic Best Buds vibe, so I would say go for that but lbr, that’s like, most of the (readable) fic. (If it hasn’t already been podficced by now, you cannot go wrong with anything by beethechange.)

Unfortunately, this fandom DOES come with some caveats to keep in mind. I’ve been dodging writing it out for years, but sadly with this fandom in play it’s un-fucking-avoidable—the time has come for me to actually fully, in detail, explain my religion triggers. Please be sure to read those down below in their entirety if you’re podficcing this fandom for me. Given that, there are three broad categories of fics to avoid for me in this fandom:
  • Demon!Shane. This one is dicey, because I’m not INHERENTLY opposed to this concept (although it doesn’t necessarily do a lot for me either), and I even enjoy some of them! But anything that draws too heavily from Christian mythology in a deliberate and/or plot-important way is a no-go. If you want to avoid this issue entirely, just steer clear of all demon!Shane stuff.
  • Anything with strong overtones of Christianity. For simplicity’s sake, just avoid everything that’s all about Angels And Demons, or journeying through literal hell, or Father Thomas, or whatever.
  • Non-believer being forced/converted into a believer. This one can also be tricky, because it’s frequently hard to get around dealing with Shane’s reaction in stories that involve supernatural elements being An Actual Thing. It’s also tricky because this is actually the one most likely to genuinely trigger me REALLY badly. The best way to tell with this one is if it’s A Thing that is made a big deal of or is somehow The Point Of The Fic, vs it being a thing that happens incidentally/is just a plot catalyst, is acknowledged, and then moved past.

I’m sorry friends. I wish the first proper popular fandom I’ve gotten into in years wasn’t a weird minefield of triggers for me, too :\ But look, all that aside, when all is said and done, I’m sure I will be very happy with whatever you come up with in this fandom that is tropey and/or fluffy and/or ~romantic~ :)

Star Wars: My well-documented previous preferences in this fandom still apply—Prequels-wise, it’s hard to go wrong with Padme/Anakin/Obi-Wan (please nothing Obi-Wan-centric or Anakin/Obi-Wan without Padme), but I also love me some good Padme/Anakin AUs where no one dies and they raise Luke & Leia; my Original flavor interests remain Leia And Her Boys (Luke/Leia/Han, Leia/Han, Leia/Luke, or Leia/Han/Lando if you’re feeling frisky)—and this year I’m Mad About It, but im adding fucking Reylo to this list. Look, it’s 2018, no one is giving me the Jaina/Jacen Content I want, so when Rian Johnson is like, “here you go, I’m giving AU Jaina and Jacen the twins’ Force bond, THEY’RE NOT RELATED THO, byeeeeeeeee~” I’m gonna just…squint and pretend they are, and take what I can get. (WHY, Rian?!! IT! DOESN’T! MAKE! ANY! FUCKING! SENSE! FOR THEM! TO HAVE! THE TWINS’! FORCE BOND! IF! THEY’RE NOT! RELATED!!!!!!!!!! no, nope, I cannot start on this fucking rant again, ANYWAYS) Caveats: I prefer Rey to still have agency/largely be the one in control where possible, I’m not about that shit that’s written by the teenies who would’ve been writing Twilight fic if it was a decade ago. (And also, lbr, l m f a o as if Kylo Ren isn’t the subbiest sub to ever sub.) I also highly prefer for them to still have that good good foe!yay aspect, GIMME DAT HATESEX. UNLESS you’re literally giving me the “they’re siblings who were raised together” AU, in which case, *grabbyhands*. I actually really do like AUs—or non-AUs—with these two that deal with The Skywalker Legacy somehow. Extremely all of the bonus points for Ahsoka cameos. Idk, here’s some fics for this ship I actually liked:

Life With Derek: Ahhhhhh, my poor dead Forever Fandom. At this point I largely feel like with LWD that I’m just yelling, “he was a boy, she was his stepsister, can I make it aaaaany more oooobbbbbvious” into the void, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Is it Actual Readable Derek/Casey? I’m not terribly fucking picky, it’s kinda hard to go wrong in this fandom. As in previous years, [archiveofourown.org profile] unoriginal_liz is my go-to author rec for The Good Stuff.


GENERAL PREFERENCES!!

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. Lawyer AUs have a special place in my heart, in particular. (I'm less crazy about the vampire/werewolf/zombie/etc. type, although there are some exceptions.)
  • fusions—the Nine-Nine goes to Hogwarts! The Padres in Pitch are Jedi! 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)

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 (I always forget most of my Star Wars ships definitely have this, but it’s fine there, I know what the deal is in those cases & am fine with it, maybe just don’t choose fic that is like, ESPECIALLY kinking on that?? I mean unless it’s that one Reylo fic that’s a zillion words long and starts with them basically growing up together & calling each other big brother/little sister, but then puberty happens to Rey and it’s awkward for everyone and when they eventually get married everyone just pretends like he absolutely didn’t used to tell people she was his kid sister and she definitely didn’t tell her high school boyfriends that she wouldn’t let her very intimidating older brother beat them up and actually I think all I’m saying here is incest kink >>> age difference squick, although now that I’m thinking about it I think Sara & Ryan are actually five years younger than Shane? I honestly forget that, why the fuck has no one written me the stepbrothers AU I truly deserve in that fandom, wow I’m sorry guys it’s late and I’m digressing real bad), and 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 (please no teacher/student, etc.)
  • 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, and ESPECIALLY MORE THAN EVER not my thing now given the state of...you know, the political everything

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
  • 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.

Okay. Let's talk religion. The timer has apparently run out on my ability to avoid explaining this so let's just do it.

My religious triggers stem from being Jewish and Atheist and growing up in a very very Christian place, and so they pretty much divide into three Types Of Thing:
  1. Strong Christian Themes. It'd be hard to exist in American society and have a problem with LITERALLY ANY MENTION of Christianity, but any stories that are too heavily steeped in either specifically Christian religious experiences/practice, OR Christian mythology are what's going to go over the line here. To give you an idea of where that line is, I have a few examples—first, Supernatural. Anything that’s roughly equivalent to Supernatural S1-3, you should be in the clear; equivalent to Supernatural S4+ is a big thumbs down. Anything like The Good Place is also a-ok! For in-fandom examples (all BFU), Precious metals is totally fine; A Ghoul’s Guide to Life, Death, & Afterliving surprised me with a third act left turn into SUDDEN CHRISTIANITY (much like Supernatural, fuck you forever Erik Kripke) and thus was not fine. I haven’t even attempted The Bonded Series based on what I’ve been told about the world building in it.
  2. Religious Proselytizing. This is pretty straightforward—is someone trying to convince or convert someone to a different religion? Skip that fic.
  3. Non-Believers Being Forced/Convinced/Converted Into Believing. This one is....hard. It can sometimes be hard to identify and sometimes it's unavoidable but actually okay. I think on this I'm gonna just give you examples, and if you need further specific direction, consult forzandopod (listed below). This fic triggered me worse than anything else I’ve consumed in, fuck, years. It was fine until the very end, and then it fucked me up for nearly a whole day. Contrast that with this, where a supernatural thing happens, they’re like “this is weird”, and then they just keep going. I still haven’t really decided how I feel about this—I think it made me uncomfortable and vaguely dissociate??? But I couldn’t tell you why??????? (Actually, nearly everything that author's written has been borderline-triggery, so probably avoid them altogether to be safe, which is a fucking shame because the writing's actually good. scratch that, I fucking LOVED the forced proximity fic & the Indiana Jones AU by them)

As a corollary to the above religion stuff, navel-gazey contemplations of Midwestern cultural stuff can sometimes brush up against/combine with my religion stuff in an unpleasant way. They're not that common, but (going back to Hockey RPF, which was FULL of this) if you want an example of a fic that is a great summation of Exactly My Religion Triggers, go read this fic I guess. Something like this fic is fine. (I mean, at least in terms of Midwestern cultural references. That fic is patently ridiculous, but like, it’s just Be writing her id in a way that just makes me laugh at her so that’s fine.)



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] forzandopod/[twitter.com profile] forzandopod has been prereading for me in BFU, and should especially have a pretty fine-tuned sense of what is/isn't okay religion-trigger-wise in that fandom. [twitter.com profile] queelez/[tumblr.com profile] queelez has a pretty good idea of my general fic taste and is your go-to on Star Wars stuff specifically. If you have general questions, you can also feel free to run them through my co-mod [twitter.com profile] vworpvworp, and if they can't answer them they can properly redirect them. YAY AND THANK YOU \o/

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2/19/17 06:56 am - Fannish Goals for 2017

I realize it's already over halfway through February, but I want to set up some finite goals for my fannish output for the year, to hold myself accountable.

  • Make & post at least 20 podfics. (Crossposting of old podfic does not count.)

    • At least 2 must not be for a fest, challenge, exchange, or anything with a definite deadline.

    • At least 1 must be 1hr+.

  • Cover art, podbook, and crosspost ALL old podfic to AO3 that has not been previously posted. (Lookin' at you, 5 years of Awesome Ladies.)

  • Make & post at least 5 vids.

    • At least 1 must not be for a con, fest, challenge, exchange, or anything with a definite deadline.

  • Write & post at least 2 completed fics.

    • At least 1 must not be co-written with anyone.

    • At least 1 must be a minimum of 5k.


I want to seriously up my fannish output this year. Looking at my AO3 stats, I haven't been very fannishly productive the last couple years, and I want to change that.

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2/9/17 08:24 am - Dear Equinox vidder...

OH HEY LOOK, a dear creator letter NOT for ITPE, a miracle!!! Okay, let's do this.

The short version is: w00t Star Wars feels!! Yay vids!!!!!! I am so stoked you are making a vid for me, I'm sure it's gonna be gr8 :D

The long version is...crazy long, I'm sorry in advance, I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS AND OPINIONS /o\ my apologies for how rambly and like, full of emoticons this is gonna be.


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10/10/16 11:16 am - The Only Reason I Ever Post To Journals Anymore: DEAR PODFICCER...

Ya'll know the drill by now. I run this thing, I'm boring and predictable, I copy/paste most of this every year, blah blah blah.

Obligatory: 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 :)

Here are the fandoms I'm interested in receiving podfic of for this exchange this year (not in any order of preference):

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.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: JAKE/AMY JAKE/AMY JAKE/AMY!!!!!!!!! I love them so much. Actually, I love them entire show so much, but Jake/Amy is the part that I'm interested in fannishly. There is totally a decent amount of good fic for them, and very little 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. All of the podfic for this fandom was made either by me or for me, and I've only made 3 (and 2 of those were specifically written for me to podfic) and been gifted 2, so there's a HUGE amount of untapped potential in Good Fics That You Can Podfic here.

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. IT'S BEEN A YEAR, DOES FIC EXIST FOR THIS YET?!! (It doesn'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.)

Pitch: SPEAKING OF television shows that were PULLED OUT OF MY BRAIN...omg. I am so obsessed with this show. It's my everything rn. It's like my entire fannish sports RPF history has been leading up to this. Ginny/Mike is my OTP—I have SO many feelings about both of them!!!! I have always had a weakness for catchers, it's a Thing, and especially sarcastic assholes who secretly have a soft marshmallow center, and GINNY, omg bb, my presh girl who just wants to play baseball but has all this pressure and attention thrust upon her and...okay, right, I'll stop gushing, PRESUMABLY YOU ALREADY GO HERE and get all of this, so...yes. Yep. Ginny/Mike. Focus on either or both of them totally fine. I also love Blip and Evelyn, and find Amelia really intriguing (and would prefer not to see her villainized—not that she has been thus far that I've seen, but I'm just kind of preemptively anticipating, since the show's only aired 3 episodes so far and the fandom's just starting to take off).

Star Wars: "Oh!" you may be thinking, "hooray! Finally, a nice big, easy fandom to find something in!" I am so sorry to burst your bubble, friend. (Also, please prepare yourself for a goddamned essay; I'm sorry in advance.) My Star Wars wants are VERY SPECIFIC, and they don't really include any sequels/TFA stuff (other than a select few fics about Rey & Anakin's force ghost, and Kylo Ren/Rey stuff but ONLY IF they're related and it's ABOUT them being related, which...yeah I noped out of that side of the fandom in like a week and so far as I know no one actually wrote me the Jaina/Jacen surrogates fic I'm actually looking for). This is actually kind of a throwback fandom for me, because I was in prequels fandom in ~2002-2004 (and ended up branching out into EU stuff), and the rush of new excitement about Star Wars has brought alllllll of those feelings back. SO. Star Wars, for me, is about OT3s and weird space incest. My biggest Star Wars Feels are what the kids these days are calling "happy Skywalker family trash"—basically, yes-I-know-it's-ridiculous-but-WHAT-IF-ANAKIN-DIDN'T-TURN-EVIL-AND-PADME-DIDN'T-DIE-and-they-raised-Luke-and-Leia-and-everyone-was-happy. Or, because a picture is worth a thousand words, basically this fanart. I'm also super here for Padme/Anakin/Obi-Wan, but note that, while I love how weird Anakin & Obi-Wan are about each other, Padme is who I'm here for, so I'm not especially interested in Anakin/Obi-Wan fic that has Padme tacked on. Similarly over on the original trilogy side, I'm mostly invested in both the guys' relationships with Leia. Han/Leia was actually one of my SUPER early most formative OTPs as a bb fangirl, but I feel like the EU Legends stuff kind of gave me what I wanted there, and while I'm super into the idea of Luke/Leia, it's more or less non-existent fic-wise. BUT—OT3, yes, def. SO, TO SUMMARIZE, because this is stupid long: Anakin/Padme! Anakin/Padme/Obi-Wan! Han/Luke/Leia! Nothing too doom-and-gloomy (even though I realize that is slightly ludicrous with the prequel stuff, but fandom is my escapism)! Bonus for Anakin/Padme that has Luke & Leia! Oh, and also I LOVE Ahsoka, so bonus for anything that includes her! ...yeah okay, I THINK that's it XD


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 Padres in Pitch are Jedi! 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)


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--only one of the ships I've listed has 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)


* I wanted to specifically address Ginny/Mike in Pitch, since they're my stated preferred ship and DO hit on the age gap/power differential stuff. Basically, as stated, age gap stuff is super dependent on dynamics for me, so with Pitch fic, I'd just prefer something that doesn't kink on/especially emphasize the age gap/power differential between them. However, it hasn't bothered me at all in the show yet, and I certainly don't mind if the age difference is like, MENTIONED or whatever, that's fine.

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. (Also of note: my triggers here are tied back to stuff with Christianity; if a fic is about a Jewish character having thoughts on Judaism, a-ok! Islam, Paganism, etc. are probably all fine as long as it avoids proselytizing.)
  • 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] mardia/mardia/[twitter.com profile] themardia is your go-to person on all fandoms listed except Star Wars (especially Pitch). [twitter.com profile] queelez understands my Star Wars feels, if you have any questions about that, run them past him. [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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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]

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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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