January 3rd, 2018

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Hard Things

Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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Trope Bingo Card 1-3-18

Below is my card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This fest features fundamental motifs that will be familiar to most readers. It encourages writers to analyze storylines and characters, then reinterpret them in new ways. It is open to all fandoms and to original work; and open to fiction, poetry, art, and all other media. Read the rules. See the list of tropes. Request a card of your own. All fanworks and original works are allowed, including poetry; poems can be any size, while fiction should be 500+ words. (See all my bingo cards for 2018.)

Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

Round 10 schedule:

Jan 1: Signups open
Jan 15: Bingo posting begins
April 15: Last day to request the first card
April 31: Last day to request a second card
April 31: Last day to post bingos for This round
May 1: Amnesty beings
June 1: discussion period begins
June 30: Amnesty ends
June 30: discussion period ends

I'm hoping to attract some new readers through this fest. People are starting to show interest in specific prompts. If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl. Any other ideas for monetizing this? Let me know.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


TROPE BINGO CARD 1-3-18

IN ANOTHER

MANS SHOES
AGAINST

ALL ODDS
ART INITIATES LIFEEPISTOLARYDEAL WITH

THE DEVIL
HISTORICALLANGUAGE/

TRANSLATION
LOCKED INREUNIONIN VINO VERITAS/

DRUNK FIC
TWENTY-FOUR

HOURS TO LIVE
EXTORTION/

BLACKMAIL
FREE SPACETALL TALESOUL BOUNDING/

SOULMATES
ACCIDENTAL

HERO
MIND CONTROLAMNESIAMIND GAMESPERSPECTIVE FLIP
MATCHMAKERTRUTH OR DARERITES OF PASSAGE/

COMING OF AGE
ALTERED STATES

(OF THE MIND)
BUBBLE BATH

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 3: "Fanwork Recommendations"

Day 3

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


The Turing Test by NiennaNir (The Avengers / MCU)
JARVIS forms a romantic relationship with the Avengers' new messenger girl. It is adorable acefic, but also gives a great view of how various people take care of each other.

This, You Protect by owlet
Winter Soldier comedy-drama as Bucky secretly tries to protect Steve; yes, that actually works, and is some of the most touching fanfic I've seen between them.

Touch by Thorinsmut, and Touch Side Stories by Thorinsmut (The Hobbit book / movies)
Nori and Dwalin have a harsh but beautiful relationship. This story pays extensive attention to the intricacies of Dwarven culture.

Free Orcs AU by Thorinsmut (The Hobbit book / movies)
Some of the orcs have broken free from the hold of Mordor. This is some of the best "always chaotic evil" subversion that I have found.


I am also honored that some of my fans have written in my settings, primarily Polychrome Heroics, but they get around.  The two folks doing novel-sized stuff are [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] siliconshaman.  Actual canonization varies, but in any case, these are fascinating works inspired by something I wrote.  The transformative aspect really comes through in Terramagne because some of my fanwriters are dealing with tones and topics that I usually don't, which greatly increases the diversity, which is what I love most about fanfic to begin with.  \o/  It's also a tremendous verification that if you build a solid foundation, other people can easily and accurately extrapolate from it to produce strong narratives.  Scott McCloud's excellent discussion of the Six Steps of comics illustrates the possibility of building from the core out, which is what I do even though most folks don't.  Hence how I write fanfic by drilling to someone else's core -- "derive in, extrapolate out" -- and enjoy fanwriters looking for the core of my works.

The Maldives story arc by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer features a diver who meets a pair of telepathic superwhales.  Among those, Aida flies to the Maldives in "Freeclimbing" and the dive incident itself is in "Catastrophe!"  Original canon for the Maldives appears in the Aquariana thread, of which the superwhales Steel and Moderato are introduced in "Extraordinary Experiences."

[personal profile] siliconshaman has written primarily in my Berettaflies thread, which lists works by various authors.  His main character Ashley first appears in "Black and White" on Day 1 of the Berettaflies incident.  The first canonical entry for that thread is my "Berettaflies," in which venomous gengineered butterflies are released into Easy City (New Orleans).


What are some of your favorite fanworks by other people?


Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner 2018

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Iceland Passes Equal Pay

Iceland is now the first country to require equal pay for equal work. All of the other so-called "civilized" nations still allow cheating people who don't have a penis.  (I know, penis =/= man, but lots of people think it does and they're the kind of people who like to pay women less.  May as well call a spade a spade, when they intend to pay for pecker.)
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Poem: "The Best Type of Intimacy"

This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "cuddling" square in my 5-19-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Soupshue. It belongs to the Kraken thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Hoof Study

I was delighted to find this infographic about how My Little Pony hooves could work in all the ways shown in the show.  It's charming to see that I am not the only person who thinks deeply about things created by people who probably wrote them from the surface in.  But if I were writing people-ponies like that?  It is very much the kind of arrangement I might have made.