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Stolen from [personal profile] selenak, the End of Year Fannish Meme!

1. Your main fandom of the year? Old Star Trek: DS9 and ENT. I had a huge personal loss and massive life-change this year, as well as some resulting depression, and the combination sent me scrambling for comfort in the form of both the familiar and long-beloved (DS9) and the familiar-but-slightly-new (ENT).

2. Your favourite film watched this year? I'm terrible at picking only one favorite, so instead I'll list a few: Arrival, Moana, and Hail, Caesar! come to the top of my mind.

3. Your favourite book read this year? Again, terrible at picking only one, but I developed a passion for Georgette Heyer this year, and probably my favorite of her books is either Arabella or Frederica.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year? I'm going to go with "favorite new to this year," so that would be the short-lived but marvelously underrated BrainDead. Seriously, check this out if you missed it, it's hilarious, has a marvelous cast, and is perfectly delightful.

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year? Meh, I have honestly not been that terribly involved in online fandom this year, apart from individually with a few friends. Mostly I love that there are still fans of the old stuff floating around putting up occasional new things.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year? Uh... The Force Awakens taught me that sometimes I really like Star Wars?

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? Uhhhhhhhhhh... does the ENT finale count? Because wow, that was a piece of shit. I was prepared, and I was still horrified.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year? 2016 shall go down in my fandom history as the year that I coped with my messed up life by falling head over heels for Commander Shran, and Jeffrey Combs in general.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year? Hmm, let's say Mary Elizabeth Winstead, because I loved her character in BrainDead and was thrilled to see her doing something better than Scott Pilgrim.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year? Seeing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Globe Theater in London, and then watching the same production several months later when its final performance was streamed by the BBC. That was fucking fantastic.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms? The most missed would probably be Babylon 5, which I've been somewhat restraining myself from (just the thought of the DVD menus is enough to keep me from pulling them out, even though I'd love to rewatch some of my favorite episodes, and I'm a little afraid of falling face-first back into all that madness) and whose online camaraderie I really missed from the old days of LJ.

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to? Hmm, dunno. We've been trying Leverage, but it's not really clicking yet? I know, that doesn't totally count. Uhhhh... I might watch Rogue One once it's on Apple TV? I'm afraid it'll be too Saving Private Ryan for me.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year? American Gods and Star Trek: Discovery. I suspect the former will surpass my usual levels of accepted violence/gore and the latter will disappoint me in some way, but I am still ridiculously excited for both and will do my best to stick them out regardless. Also looking forward to the as-yet-untitled (as far as I know) spin-off from The Good Wife, because damn but I miss that show. Oh, and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Man am I excited for that game.
rivendellrose: (books)
Snagged off a link from Io9, here's a pretty nifty flow-chart for choosing where to start in NPR's recent list of the Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

The list was created by poll, and therefore has something that positively everyone will consider incorrect. The flow-chart, however, is pretty cool. (Although I'd like to put in that LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness is not, IMHO, about feminism. It is about gender. There is a difference.)
rivendellrose: (flowers)
Seattle's 14 year-old superhero died this morning.

From the Seattle PI article:

Last April, hundreds of volunteers in Seattle and Bellevue came together to make Erik's superhero story come true, in an elaborately-choreographed event created by the Washington chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wearing a handmade superhero costume that he helped design, and riding in a DeLorean sports car, Erik rescued the Seattle Sounders from "Dr. Dark" and "Blackout Boy." He saved a Puget Sound Energy worker stuck in a bucket truck, rescued a group of people trapped on the observation deck of the Space Needle, and captured the villains, played to the hilt by Edgar Hansen and his sidekick Jake Anderson, both of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch."

The story of his big wish went viral on the Internet. The foundation was swamped by people pledging money and offering to volunteer.

A group of independent comic-book creators inked and published a real comic book of his exploits. And the "Fans of Electron Boy" page, still active on Facebook, drew thousands of members — today, its fans number nearly 12,000.


I love my city, but that day last year was a particularly proud moment in my life as a Seattleite. We did good on that one. ♥ Bler, I'm all weepy thinking about the whole situation.
rivendellrose: (Dalek is in trouble)
On the subject of Doctor Who, I have determined that I simply don't care enough anymore. This may change in the future, but for the moment... I just don't give a damn. It has turned out that I would rather watch Mad Men (quite a good show, as it turns out, and not only because Christina Hendricks is damned sexy and appears to be making a good go at taking over the world via a secretarial gig at a 1960s ad agency) and continue to write vastly extensive fan-fiction for a slightly dodgy '90s sci-fi than go to the effort of tracking down the latest episode of Doctor Who.

I'm not sure what the hell went wrong. And it feels very awkward, because I know that a couple of my co-workers are going to be very excited tomorrow about asking me if I've seen the latest episode, and I feel a bit weird about saying "No, and I don't really have any immediate plans to do so." So I'm writing this entry to try to see if I can't bring myself to some sort of understanding of what's going on in my head, as regards this show.

My feelings on Doctor Who, let me show you them. Contains spoilers (big surprise) )

Also, I have a headache and wish my fall allergies would go exterminate themselves. Nrgh. Going back now to the happy world of fic-writing. And possibly of having a late lunch, so that I'm not starving in a few hours when I go to make dinner.
rivendellrose: (companion cube)
Portal fans! Go watch this video right now. No, seriously. Go. Right now. Enjoy. It is a thing of true beauty.

We can has a full movie now, right? With that actress and production staff? Come on, please?
rivendellrose: (growth)
Yawn. I'm afraid I have to categorize the new design of the "sylvari plant people" from Guild Wars 2 as How Not to Design Really Alien Aliens.

Or really alien fantasy creatures. Or really anything at all interesting.

I repeat. Yaaawwn.
rivendellrose: (Default)
It didn't take me long to get behind in the fanfic meme, but I'm picking it right back up and making up for a bit of lost time!

2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

AND:

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Oh boy.  Okay, in my world, fandoms never really die - things I don't write for anymore are marked as "on hiatus," because I never really know whether or not I'll come back to them at some point, if someone requests something or if I come up with a new idea or decide to finish something that got dropped partway through.  If I mark something as "still writing," it's because I either have something I'm currently working on, or I'm actively seeking and looking forward to new ideas in that fandom. A Lot of Fandoms )
rivendellrose: (seeress)
Just finished the first panel of the "test" lantern, painting the glass with Gallery Glass in amber. Now I'm going to be staring at it for the next few hours, wondering what it will come out looking like...

In other news, our big actual book release over at Royal Archivist is THIS WEDNESDAY, OMG. 90+ pages, full-color illustration, cover art by Julie Dillon (and I am still so in love with that cover...) - and this one includes lifetime updates to the guidebook and its expansions. Which is a huge deal, as we're always doing something! We're still editing and adding to this one up to the minute (...well, a few hours ago, for me, but I know I've got a few more sections coming at me, still!). Super exciting. Lots of really interesting worlds and concepts are coming out, and it seems like every time I get a section there's something new that makes me go "oh, cool!" ♥
rivendellrose: (computers)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] heeroluva at "Suspicious comments" and "Spam comments": LJ decision to 'block' spam is a big FAIL!
So I've been noticing in both my own journal and communities that I haven't been able to see some comments even thought it says there are more comments there than are actually showing up. Instead I'm getting a place holder that says (Spam comment) or (Suspicious comment).

Why are these showing up like this you may ask? In their rush to fight spam LJ has created a new filter that're AUTOMATICALLY TURNED ON in ALL journals and communities, which screens comments that are made with 'suspicious links' ie links that are not on their safe whitelist, so pretty much the majority of the internet. There is no noted way to add to the 'whitelist'.

What really gets me is that they didn't inform people that they were doing this until a week after it was done and that it was automatically turned on.

So how do I turn it off you might ask.

That's simple. Go to your Settings, click on the Privacy tab, and half way down where it says Spam Protection uncheck the box next to "Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section." This applies to both personal journal and communities and the opinion has to be manually changed in each one.

While I understand how this could be a good idea, I think they went about it in a very backhanded way, and have implemented it poorly. There was no message to anyone that the link has been screened. It's automatically done. This went on for over a week before they said anything about it. There is still nothing in the FAQs about it even. The only way I found out about this way going through the support pages where people were reporting similar issues.

Please share this!



ETA: This links really illustrates the problems.


Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] seachanges for the heads-up!
rivendellrose: (Dalek!Love)
File under "why I like these guys": BioWare staff give an outright smackdown to an annoying, privileged straight male gamer who insists they need to pander more to his wants in their games.

Relevant quote:

The romances in the game are not for “the straight male gamer”. They’re for everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and they deserve no less attention.

Thank you, BioWare! Can't wait until MassEffect 3 comes out (and I hope you'll take this path further and clear up that little problem of offering male/female and female/female, but no male/male romantic options, too! Come on, guys - after a statement like this, you've got to go the last yard). ♥

No, I'm not a gamer. But almost all my friends are, and I'm marrying one, and BioWare has the distinction of making some of the few games friends and The Boy play where I actively follow plots, become very attached to characters, and get frustrated when I can't sit and watch the game progress. I loooooooved the Mass Effect games.
rivendellrose: (Grey)
Ever have that experience where you're working on writing a (non-original) character you've never written before, but you have a strong mental image of in your head... and about halfway through writing, you think "well, it's been a while, I'd better watch a few clips to make sure I'm getting their voice right and all." So you pop in the DVDs, watch a few bits... and are immediately taken by the shocking realization that although technically your mental image of them was correct, you had somehow completely neglected to remember about a zillion little details about them, and they actually look a hell of a lot different than how you'd been recalling them?

...Yeah. That's what I get for starting to write fic in a fandom I haven't touched in a while without getting the DVDs out first.

The irony is, I'm pretty sure my voice was right all along. I'm just kind of boggled by how wrong my mental image was, physically. Very strange.

Also, I cannot find my home headphones. I know precisely where the pair at work are (on my desk, where they always are), but the pair at home has vanished. So much for my plan of listening to faintly embarrassing YouTube videos and such while I write... of course, at the moment, my brain is still reconstructing what I'm writing and considering the possibility that I have a highly revisionist hind-brain. Seriously, what is it about B5 in particular (for that is the fandom in question) that causes literally everything in it to be remembered in my mind as about 50% more awesome and attractive and visually appealing than it really was? Is it some kind of magic? And, if it is, can I borrow it? I can see how magic like that could come in seriously handy...

And then, if you're me, you're left wandering around vaguely wondering if you've misremembered other things, and muttering things like "I could have sworn he was taller than that." Bit unnerving. ...And very confusing to one's fiance, when one tries to explain why one is wandering around in a vague state of confusion.

What I have decided: is to borrow a line from that beloved children's book, The Velveteen Rabbit, about how when you love something, it's real. When you love something, it's just that much more beautiful in your mind than it "really" is. The sets often appeared to be made of cardboard and the costumes were often couch fabric, especially early on, and the guest actors often chewed the scenery (hell, so did some of the main actors), but I love this damned show so much that in my head, it is absolutely untouchable. In my head, it is myth and legend and sheer beauty. ...Even if, occasionally when I go back and look carefully at the details, the ink is a bit runny and the pages are more than a little careworn. And possibly someone scribbled a bit in the margins. That's okay. It's good. It's been loved.
rivendellrose: (sunny)
Royal Archivist has had its website face-lift and is live, with fun columns and an FAQ about the project and the universe!

The official guide book (source of recent comments about how much I love editing) will be available Wednesday, for free download. Because what better hook could there be for a new shared universe than a free guidebook?

Anyway, bookmark the page, sign up for their newsletter, and keep your eyes out for future developments - we've got a lot more coming up soon!

Now to finish my rounds on the net and get my lunch packed away before I'm back on the clock. ♥
rivendellrose: (Dalek!Love)
The Kickstarter project for my friends over at Royal Archivist has less than a week on it, and only $450 left to go before they reach their goal. They're so close!!!

I've known most of these folks for a really long time, and I know they'll do great stuff with the project... oh, and did I mention that I'm proofreading for them? Yeah, full disclosure there. ;)

If you're interested in a unique project creating a shared universe for writers, artists, and gamers, please consider supporting them on Kickstarter, checking out their "create with us" page, or signing up for their newsletter (on the main page).
rivendellrose: (Eowyn)
And with the addition of the latest actor rumored to play the voice of Smaug, the complete cast and production design list for "The Hobbit," comes just a few people away from needing to be retitled "Almost every fandom that [livejournal.com profile] rivendellrose loves most working together on a single project just this once."

Yeah, sure, it's only a rumor - but I squeed so hard I think I scared the cat.

Please, please, please PJ? Can we please have this rumor be true? I promise to be a good little geek and stop making nasty comments about how you'll probably make it too dark and serious, if you just make this one little casting choice the truth... ♥

Hmm. Awkward, though - I'm pretty sure they're missing one casting choice that was confirmed on TheOneRing.net a few weeks ago, which... makes me wonder about the validity of their "rumors." Siiiiiiiiiiiigh. But, still, a fangirl can hope!

...I'd better go do some of the work I swore I'd do tonight. My sideline projects have all decided to collide at once, lately. Oops.
rivendellrose: (BOOM)
So, as some of you know, I completely dropped the freaking ball on [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking due to a combination of family/holiday stress, crazy life events (read: omg!engaged!), and a pathetic and debilitating bout with writer's block. In short, I suck, and I apologize for that.

But do you know who doesn't suck? Freaking everybody else over at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, that's who! They (including several of you!) freaking rock, because when I went my guilty little way to check my stocking this evening, I had a ton of absolutely freaking amazing stuff. I'm serious, there was wibbling. ♥

[livejournal.com profile] icepixie wrote me the most fantastically adorable Marcus/Susan fic ever, designed around the five poems that Marcus Cole knows by heart (and oh, are they perfect, and it's all so very Marcus. ♥

[livejournal.com profile] sophia_sol, who I don't even know, is my hero because she wrote me this awesome little Expendable drabble, and it made me very happy. ♥ Likewise [livejournal.com profile] sentientcitizen (whose username alone makes me grin), tried to write Expendable fic, only got one good sentence out of it, but it is one hell of an amazing sentence. I'm going to have to keep an eye on her from now on, because I bet the rest of that might come out eventually.

[livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42 wrote me Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith and space octopi!!! And [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin wrote wrote Ace and Romana!

Lastly but not in the least bit leastly, [livejournal.com profile] isilrandir, who I must clearly keep an eye on in the future, wrote me an absolutely beautiful bit of Abe/Liz from the Hellboy comics, and I squeed a lot because this is my favorite little slightly-canon and oh-so-perfect pairing. Seriously, I love those two, and this fic just catches them perfectly.

So much wonderful fic! ♥ So happy!!!
rivendellrose: (octopus curly)
Don't worry, the Vatican is ready to baptize aliens if they ask!

It's... good to know that all other, more pressing moral dilemmas have already been solved, I guess?

Is there some kind of contest at the Vatican right now for "most befuddling press release?" or what? I'm guessing this is one of those "any PR (that isn't talking about sex scandals) is good PR" kind of things...

Edited to Add: So... I've been thinking. The Vatican astronomer said:

Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.

Any entity. Any... entity. So either there's a missing adjective there (like, say, 'sentient' or 'self-aware' or something like that), or this is a major change in theology, isn't it? I could have sworn the existing doctrine stated that animals don't have souls. I'm not going to complain, but isn't that going to be a tad bit problematic for them?

Also, I forgot to say that I snagged this link from [livejournal.com profile] deborah_judge, and that it's her fault that I'm now picturing the Pope attempting to baptize Londo. It was the "tentacles" remark.
rivendellrose: (winter by Mucha)
I've never done [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking before, but my post is over here, if you'd like to see it / leave something.

Please leave me a link to yours if you're participating - I'd love to leave something for everybody I know over there, even if it's just something small. :)

Today we bought a tree and put it up for the holidays. I can't find most of my ornaments, and most of The Boy's are in storage, so with the exception of a few things I could find and the lights, and some new little things that we bought today, it's pretty empty, but it's very pretty, and I'm happy to have it.

Image under the cut, with Attendant Cat )
rivendellrose: (easy my ass)
Dear universe (or possibly just LJ):

Would you please stop thwarting my efforts to reward myself? I've been a good girl this morning, I have written over a thousand words *beyond* my required word count for the day, today is Sunday, and I would damned well like to go through this random person's nice BSG fic. And possibly related posts. Please? I'm asking you this because every time I hit their tags for the relevant subjects, you give me three entries and nothing more, even though the tag system says they have 58 entries under that tag. Excuse me, I would like my shameless fangirl happiness, now, please.

...Come on, please? I've already finished my lunch and should get back to work, but I really want some nice quiet time with my fangirl brain. Pleeeeease...?

(*Coughs* So, yeah, if anybody else has had this problem and knows how to make it work, I'd love some advice... I thought it was her layout maybe, but style=mine is not solving the problem... DX)

Edit: Problem somewhat solved for the moment (archives are a good thing, as is viewing with no style), but I'd still love to know wtf was going on there. ...And also why my stomach suddenly hates me, but that's an unrelated (albeit very disturbing) issue.
rivendellrose: (Ravenclaw)
Tip of the hat to [livejournal.com profile] lizbee for linking to this.

Oh, look. FictionAlley seems to think that their need for server fees and shit is more important and worthy of charity dollars than... well, pretty much anything else, it looks like. Wow. I guess nobody told them that there might be more important things in the world than porn.

If you want to vote on Pepsi's site, please pick a different charity (by which I mean an actual charity, not a fan site who can't be assed to do a fund-drive among their own members to pay for their server fees). Want to do something for arts and culture? Check this list. Want to pick a charity that helps with education? Look at all of these. Or there are causes for the environment, or food and shelter, or health>. I'm pretty damned sure all of us could find something more interesting and important than helping out a fan-fiction site.

There's a thing on there, top of the health page, for students supporting brain tumor research. Competing against groups trying to actually do something to better the world in order to get money for your fanfiction site is just plain wrong, I'm sorry.

And if you feel like reading more about this, the email exchange that [livejournal.com profile] nextian had with them (copied in this entry here) is certainly an eye-opener re: the level of rationalization these people have about their entitlement. Wow.

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