Here you will find all my various fan works organised by type. I'm working on the second half of the post, which will let you browse by fandom.
I haven't included all possible information etc here for the sake of brevity - but ratings are provided, and all pertinent information (e.g. warnings) will be included at the post. In any case, very little of what I produce is in any way triggery or controversial. (If you see something you think I should be flagging up, please let me know and I'll gladly add a warning.)( Fanworks by typeCollapse )
1) I am really happy with the casting for the Twelth Doctor. :]
(I want to write a post about My Thoughts On Doctor Who and why I actually prefer the Moffat era to the RTD one and why I think you can be a feminist and want a male Doctor, and things like that, but I'm struggling to do so and also I'm still always a bit scared of wank so I might come back to that one.)
2) It has been SO LONG since I did a rec post and I have no idea if this will be of any use to anyone, but I am doing Welcome To Night Vale fic recs below this cut!( Haven"t done recs for AGESCollapse )
I haven't been in Harry Potter fandom for a long time, and therefore haven't really been paying much attention to Pottermore
. However, from time to time stuff from it comes up on my Tumblr or Twitter feed so I end up reading it.
One of the latest sections unlocked is a biography of Remus Lupin, which -- if you can be arsed -- you can read here
My few thoughts on this, under the cut for old times' sake:( Read more...Collapse )
Like much of fandom, I've drifted away from LJ/DW in recent months and years, in favour of various combinations of Twitter, Tumblr, anonmemes and AO3.
I'm feeling especially grouchy about that today because I've ended up caught up in a duststorm of wank, and it's put me in a bad mood.( I will summarise.Collapse )
The thing is -- this is a pretty small issue in some ways, but there has been a lot of argument recently about Tumblr being taken over by Yahoo, and how that might affect the adult/explicit material hosted there. (As well as the fandom presence, which includes as much NC-17 fic and art as you might expect, there are also many porn blogs, educational sex blogs, and so on.) I reblogged this because I found it worrying that something utterly SFW would be censored (especially as the bits that seem to be censored are the bits where the soldier is saying "I'm gay").
(The thing is, and this probably makes me a shitty person, but I've found myself hoping, wishing even, that a Tumblr exodus would mean everyone coming back to LJ/DW and that everything would be as lovely as it was in the good old days, which is never going to happen and those days weren't that
good anyway, but I still find myself thinking it.)
Anyway! I actually do feel better having had a little rant about that. It's probably silly to be so wound up about it; there are wanky types everywhere, and fandom has always been full of people like that, and I really do feel like there are a lot of quite young people on Tumblr who have just started to learn about social justice and are very passionate but not enormously knowledgeable, and I know that I was exactly the same at that age (e.g. a boy at school might ask me what feminism was, and I would slap him in the face and call him chauvinist scum, and he was genuinely asking, and I had a book in my bag called "Feminism for Beginners" and I'd only read half of it). In any case, Tumblr isn't always a great place discussion and that it's very easy to be misconstrued there. So I'm not going to dwell on it.
Let's talk about something else. Recently I have been watching Avatar: the Last Airbender, which I had never seen until now, and it's so good! I am about to finish the final series and I will miss it very much. I love all the characters, and the weird animals and the awesome setting. It's GREAT.
I have also jumped on the Welcome to Night Vale bandwagon and I regret nothing. It's also GREAT. I have always had a thing for eldritch abominations and for incomprehensible horror and/or strangeness mixed with the very ordinary (see also my love of Murakami, for instance), so it's perfect. It's also lovely to have something I can obsess over and get excited about and enjoy immensely while also not taking my eyes off my knitting. Radio shows and podcasts are the best for that, haha.
Enough of this, anyway; how are YOU?
- that's I Made A Thing, not I'm a'deathing, for example - is having another round! I am totally going to participate, so long as there's a prompt I can claim.
We need prompts. You should totally prompt fannish crafty prompts over here
(Sorry, I'm not around much. Not much to say. Keep thinking I might post something here or there, just writing I've been doing, but it seems odd to post something like that out of the blue.)
posting is go!
I made a lace shawl, from floaty kidsilk, intended to fill the prompt of "Harry Potter, abstract, knitting". In short, I wanted to make something that was a little bit random and imaginative, and a little bit airy and light, and a little bit tiara-like, to represent Ravenclaw, because Ravenclaw rules, yo.
Here is one picture:
And here is my post
where you can see more pictures and, if you're interested in that sort of thing, read about how I made it and the materials and so on.
I have no idea whatsoever what I'm going to do with it. Might whack it on my Etsy shop and see if I can sell it.
OK, so my snowflake_challenge
posts have completely fallen by the wayside, and my imadeathing
project has been sadly neglected the last few weeks. There is an excellent reason for these things, though: I have come down with a fucking horrible case of the flu, with an ear infection chaser, meaning that I have spent the last two weeks in bed, popping ibuprofen and sleeping twenty hours a day. This all meant that I missed that much-anticipated singing weekend, and I am a little bit heartbroken.
I will catch up on all them posts and what have you when I am back on my feet. :(
In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish.
Here are some things I would like. I have listed five things because I am greedy (and because I don't expect to get any of my wishes granted, so why not go all out?).
♥ Recs for Community fic or art for the ensemble cast, or pretty much any pairing, or something gen. I love this show and would be really excited to get into the fandom.
♥ Recs for Tangled fic, art etc. I'd be especially excited for some Rule 63 of one or both the main characters.
♥ Recs for decent Legend of Zelda fic that doesn't pair Link/Zelda (unless it's for one of the games where it's canon).
♥ Horrible Histories vidding. Like, I want it to exist.
♥ For someone to draw fan art of something I've written.
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.
I admit I've been pretty slack at reading any sort of fic lately. And when I have, because I've been so crap at keeping up with fandom, I have no idea what's good and what's not. So some of the fics I will list here will not necessarily be new or lesser-known or anything -- but they're all fics that I have loved and that I can come back to again and again.( More than three, too!Collapse )
Day three's task was to friend some new people. As I recently gained lots of new flisters via that there friending meme, I am counting this one as done (which I believe brings me up to date). Woo yeah!
As part of my usual resolution to post moar, I am taking part in snowflake_challenge
. Here is my day 1 post, which is a day late. I may not take part every day, it depends on how hard the questions are, but I'll give it a pop. :)Day 1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.( My answersCollapse )
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It's only a bloody fandom craft fest! You can grab a prompt or just make something to an idea you already had, and you've got until February to do it. I'm in. (More info at the info post
I'm really excited to take part in this - I've been feeling myself drifing away from fandom recently, and I'm hoping this will help me to come back a little. I'm also really, really stoked that someone thought to do a craft-based fest, because - well, when I first joined fandom many years ago, I always felt a bit like I couldn't really participate because neither fic nor art comes naturally to me. Crafting does. :)
(Well, it used to be a council estate, though it's mostly privately owned now, as far as I can tell.)
We have moved! We have left renting behind, hopefully forever. We have our own house and nobody can sell it out from under us, or evict us, or let themselves in to look around, or redecorate without our permission, or tell us we're not keeping it clean enough, or take money away from us for no reason.
We got the keys on Friday 17th and moved in the following Tuesday. In the interim we painted and painted and painted, and also sanded and ripped up carpets and caulked and cleaned and packed.
(Moving was stressful and shitty and I will say nothing of it here. Also, letting agents are twunts. That is all.)
Anyway! Good things! Here are some pictures.( The above image was my very useful contribution to painting in the bedroomCollapse )
Still to do: finish painting the stairs and upstairs floors; get the roof fixed; completely remodel the bathroom (it's small and damp and smells of white spirit and drains at the moment), tile the hearth, sort out the craft room completely including buying myself a table for sewing and a desk for resin-work, make curtains, and remember to keep it clean and tidy. Oh, and we're getting a cat tonight. (I'm so nervous, what if I step on the cat or hoover up the cat or set the cat on fire, but also, CAT!)
In summary: tired and oh god scary, but what a wonderful adventure, and how lucky we are to be embarking on it. :3
So I didn't say anything about this before because I didn't want to jinx anything or be too excited or anything, but here is some news: my gentleman friend and I have bought a house.
We actually don't officially buy it until a week today, which is the date we complete, which always sounds faintly sinister to me. But we have exchanged contracts and paid our deposit, and are now frantically packing up our flat and giving things to charity and selling other things and organising vans and buying paint and generally running around in circles. This is more than a bit stressful.
This is going to be such a good thing when it's done, because we won't have to pay some money-grubbing bastard rent any more, and I really do hate paying rent because it's ridiculously high and I've never rented from any landlord who wasn't either useless or an arsehole.
(Stupid thing: our mortgage payments will be something like £150 LESS per month than our rent. I'll spare the major rant, but seriously, renting is such a fucked-up business, at least in this country and this part of the country, I don't know about other places. It's so high you end up living hand-to-mouth half the time, and you are utterly at your landlord's mercy. A few years back we were kicked out of our flat just before Christmas, and a few years before that we waited over a month for a landlady to replace a broken boiler in the middle of winter. You get scared to complain and demand is so high that you can't get away with withholding rent or threatening to move out. Maybe it's just where I live, but it's a shit situation.
And while I'm on the subject: we couldn't have bought this place without money that my parents have basically given us - although we do intend to pay them back - and that is fucked up too. We're lucky, lots of people aren't. Again, rent is so high it's impossible to save up. It makes me really cross.)
Anyway anyway - this is exciting! Our house is a nice one, nicer than we thought we'd manage. It is an ex-council house (built in the 1930s under the Homes For Heroes movement), and it even has some original features - notably the open fireplace in the living room, and the wooden floorboards, ahhhhhh! And a huge garden in which we plan to keep chickens. We are going to have a vegetable patch. WE ARE GOING TO GET A CAT. SO EXCITING.
Seriously though, this is really exciting for us, and tiring and stressful at the same time, but ultimately it will be wonderful, I hope.
SHIT SHIT SHIT I'M A FUCKING ADULT WHAT THE FUCK DO I DO
In my last post, which was a heap of wangst, I promised myself I would post some of the fic I’ve written and never done anything with. This is the first one.
(Although I wrote this one recently -- apropos of nothing and about five years too late to be of any use to anyone. And I'm not sure it's even worth much. Posting it really to prove to myself I can.)
Thanks to lefaym
for the beta.Title:
A Letter of June 9th, 1994Author:
Remus/Sirius (I don’t even know)Summary:
Having made it to safety, Sirius writes a letter.Words:
G( Perhaps I should elaborate.Collapse )
This is wangst; apologies in advance and do feel free to ignore it.
Over the last few days, as a way of passing the time while I'd had very little to do at work, I've found myself going through old LJ entries, organising the tags and updating links and so on. This has unexpectedly left me in a state of horrible depression, the likes of which I have not seen in a long while.
I've thought about it, and I think I know why this has happened, and it's because -- dear god, I'm not even sure I should be posting this because I feel like an idiot -- I miss LJ fandom so fucking much.
I miss the way we did fandom then (by which I mean only a few years ago, but it seems so much longer). I miss comment threads. I miss the days of squeeing over Remus/Sirius and drawing silly steampunk fanart and attempting to write fic which I was then too embarrassed to post because people would maybe read it and it wouldn't be as good as all the other things out there. I miss it all, I miss it so much. I feel terribly, horribly lonely, and I dearly wish I could claw back the good things from a few years ago, but it's mostly all gone.
I mean -- I am still in touch with some of the closest of my friends from that time. We speak on Twitter almost every day, I see their posts on Tumblr, or on Facebook (and those are not bad ways of communicating; I use them all). Other friends, though, I don't know what happened to them. I miss them. My heart hurts when I remember them. I'm not saying I'm not grateful for the friends I still have, because I know I am so, so lucky to have them in my life, and I wouldn't change them for the world, and I am touched that they would want to have anything to do with little old Fera. (You know what? Most of them won't see this, because they don't use LJ/DW any more. I'm not sure if anyone will see this at all, if I'm honest. I think maybe I'm screaming into the void.)
(And the thing is, it took me a long time to find any really good fandom pals, and by the time I'd done that, the fandoms themselves had moved on or were over or we'd all got into different things, and then I didn't know how else to meet people, and for all that fandom is a big place, it's easy to feel rather isolated, especially if you're lacking in confidence and not so able to easily bound up to people and introduce yourself.)
I'm rambling all over the place here. And overusing brackets.
(A possible positive side-effect of all this: I might actually have the confidence to post some of that fic that's been hanging about on my hard drive for ages, because the chances of anyone actually reading it are slim anyway. In fact, this is a promise. I'll post fic.)
I'll stop here.
Apropos of nothing (although inspired partly by a discussion over on my Twitter a couple of months ago), I have decided to make a post (actually two posts; it got long) about the worst films I have ever seen.
Before I begin, I want to explain that I’m not using any precise definition of a bad film, except that these are all films I hated; my reasons for hating them vary from film to film. Moreover, there are films I’ve seen and hated but that were excluded from this list, which largely fall into three categories:
- Films that were sufficiently shite that I couldn’t watch them all the way through. For this reason, Love Actually -- up there with Triumph Of The Will for audience manipulation, with Deep Throat for egregious male gaze, and with the first trimester of pregnancy for nausea and vomiting -- is not on the list, even though I loathed it, because I ended up leaving the room and doing something more enjoyable, which if I recall correctly was either grating off my kneecaps or punching myself in the kidneys again and again and again.
- Films that I strongly suspected I would hate, or that got terrible reviews, so I didn’t waste any time with them in the first place. Examples include Mamma Mia, the Sex And The City films (and anything other film based on a television programme I loathed in the first place), Titanic, the movie version of Avatar: the Last Airbender, and so on.
- Films that are so bad they go right through awful and become good. For instance, I recently watched a film called Hercules In New York, which is Arnold Schwarzenegger's first motion picture. It is quite unbelievably terrible. The horrendous acting, ludicrous plot and rock-bottom cheap production values of this film mean it’s actually pretty hilarious, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (Highlight: Zeus makes some proclamation or other from his throne on Mount Olympus, and in the background, an angry car horn sounds.)
These posts, then, will contain films I’ve watched properly, and formed an opinion on, and hated. Some of them were offensively bad; some were laughably so, and I hope that comes across in what I’ve written. As with everything I post here, this is utterly an opinion thing, and if you loved one of the films I hated, it’s not a personal attack on you. That said, discussion is - again as always - very welcome.( Slumdog Millionaire, Grease, Forrest Gump, American Tail 2, The HangoverCollapse )
The second half of this post, i.e. five more films I thought were shit, coming soon.