Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I am feeling writerly, but am soon for bed… anyone who wants to leave some small/short prompts in my inbox, I’m actually off tomorrow and the plan is to try and smith some words.

shenanicats:

inner—utopia:

Bless that one person in every group that is like “keep going, I’m listening” and encourages you to finish your story even when everyone else is talking over you.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Anonymous said: tell us a random fact about 3 of your OCs

I’m assuming you mean a random fact each about three OCs, so

Ummm, let me try to think of some things I might not have posted here?

Aelethenn’s father was a very powerful apostate who never married her mother and left when she was very young. She has always tried to live up to be the kind of person she thought he would be proud of.

Aeron had the last of his baby teeth knocked out from tripping over a root and falling face-first into the ground. He was terrified he’d never get adult teeth in and was inconsolable until Malcolm showed him he had a fake tooth (from a particularly nasty fight in his youth).

Gawyn was teased about being a chubby kid for years before he hit puberty and ran around being a courier for a number of years. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014
In the Fan Fiction Writer Feelings corner, there is a deep sense of shame and disgust. Fan fiction writers know (or at least, they should know, else they should not be writing fan fiction) that every piece of fic you write is done out of respect and nostalgia for the original show. You realize these are not your characters, and that it would be wrong to make a profit off them. And if you don’t know this? Congratulations on being the biggest dickhead, ever. While the rest of us were out there, trying to make fanfic appear harmless to creators, you were proving to those same, litigious creators that everything they thought about us was right all along; we’re not in it for love, we’re in it for the money. Their money.

Jenny Trout, in 50 Shades of What the Fuck Did I Read, and Is Everyone Huffing Gas?

YES. This is a major part of why I have such a huge problem with fanfic writers filing the serial numbers off of their fics and then trying to get and/or actually getting them published. (The other major part is that I firmly believe that if you can file off the serial numbers and your fic still works severed from the source material, you are doing fanfic wrong because by definition fanfic requires the source material that inspires it - even AU fanfic.)

This is why when I see fanfic authors whose work I enjoy freely admit that they’re going to file the serial numbers off of a fic of theirs and try to publish it, I get incredibly disappointed in them. It genuinely sours me on them as a fic writer and as a member of fandom, because it pains me to know that they either don’t understand or don’t care that actions like that can be genuinely harmful to the fandom community.

(via surrexi)

Oh no. Fuck this. FUCK THIS.

Okay, if all a person does is take the exact thing they wrote and change some names? Yeah, that’s lazy bullshit, and if you don’t take care to remove the trappings of the original world, you could have some issues.

But if you create an AU world, or a plot that takes off from canon in new and exciting directions, or take a minor character and give them some kind of rich life and backstory and interesting things to do …. fuck yes, do WHATEVER YOU WANT with those things. Change names and universes, take that Supernatural plot and give it to renamed characters and go to fucking town, because Supernatural isn’t the only story that ever existed about people traveling the country fighting urban legends and angels and demons and all that shit. There are a million werewolf stories in the world. A million fantasy worlds that feature dragons and brutal war that aren’t Game of Thrones. You can start an idea for an original story ANYWHERE YOU’D LIKE, even in a fanfic.

Fuck you, OP, and your terrible understanding of copyright and law and its relation to fanfic. And fuck you for thinking there’s some kind of sacred trust amongst fanfic writers that means we all have to be some kind of hive mind that writes for the exact same reasons. Yes, we may all start writing fanfic for love of the show/characters/world. But some of us can look at what we write and go “… I can do something else with that.” And we are ALLOWED TO DO THAT. And that decision has jack shit to do with you or anyone else in the fandom. 

I’ve been in fandom a long damned time. I lived through the years when creators were likely to bitch and moan and attempt legal action. And you know what? Other than the apocryphal MZB case, I can’t remember one legal case even being officially brought against fic writers, much less actually won. Bullshit legal scare tactics are so 1999. Go read up on the OTW and enter the 21st century.(See their legal advocacy page - everything they’ve worked on has been regarding fair use of images and video clips. If there was some kind of recent-ish legal challenge to fanfic itself - much less original fic inspired by fanfic - I’m pretty sure it would be there.)

So no. Taking words that you wrote and rewriting them for publication is not harmful to anyone or anything. Obviously, not even E.L. James has done anything that’s actionable in a legal sense, no matter what you think of her books. She wrote stories that she liked enough to rewrite and turn into her own thing, and she published them. Good for her for that part. (Not so much the terrible gender roles and perception of BDSM, but that’s not the part we’re talking about here.) Dozens, if not hundreds, of fanfic writers have done the same thing over the last decade, two decades, even farther back. If you have any fantasy, urban fantasy, or romance novels written in the last decade on your shelf, chances are better than average you have a story that got its start in fanfic sitting there. 

Seriously. Fuck this entire idea. Writers, do whatever the fuck you want with the words that you write. No, you can’t publish a book in which characters name Sam and Dean drive a 67 Impala around the US killing demons, but you can damned well write about a brother and sister team who take on demons in your hometown, because the CW doesn’t have a copyright on demon stories or sibling teams or anything like that. You’re not breaking some kind of ~sacred fannish trust.~  You’re writing your own damned story. Every story is inspired by SOMETHING. You can absolutely begin a story by using inspiration from a work that you love. It’s what you do with it that makes it original.

(via minorearth)

This is really important, especially as someone who HAS wrestled with making an idea that was originally spawned by fanfiction into original fiction—more than a few times, in fact. And I wondered what people who had started reading that initial fanficiton story would think if I were to turn it into original fiction, wondered if those readers would think less of me, of my work… AND THAT IS A TERRIBLE THOUGHT. It took me quite a while and many conversations with people I trusted whose opinions I valued highly before I felt okay enough to make the decision to springboard off my fanfiction idea and put it into my own universes.

To shame a writer into not writing—that is the worst thing you can do. Think of how many people have started a work of fanfiction, but loved it so much and wanted to make it into their own (we’re assuming for this it’s NOT the lazy-ass way where someone is just straight-up stealing, but using their own plot that happens to be using characters and setting of a work not their own), but were terrified by comments like "if you can file off the serial numbers and your fic still works severed from the source material, you are doing fanfic wrong”, or It genuinely sours me on them as a fic writer and as a member of fandom” and as a result didn’t write anything at all.

Unless you’re legit stealing, there is no wrong way to do fanfic. Unless you are legit stealing, there is no wrong way to write original fiction. If you write fanfiction with an original plot or idea and decide to turn it into your own fiction in your own world with your own characters, you are not “filing off serial numbers” because no matter what you write, you wrote it, and no one can take that away from you.

Friday, July 25, 2014
…and you drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, That was fine. And your life is a long line of fine. Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl.  (via wordsnquotes)

(Source: wordsnquotes)

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Some stories are so familiar it’s like going home. Louisa May Alcott (via aedancousland)

(Source: wordsnquotes)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Anonymous said: You are extremely intelligent and read Old English literature for fun?

That’s a damn awesome assumption, anon!

(and even partially accurate)

I wanna know what people assume about me because of my tumblr.

losed:

Put an assumption in my ask. I’ll confirm or dispute it. I’m not gonna be mean or anything, I’m just very interested. You can go anon if you want.

(Source: beautifulandscary)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Monday, July 21, 2014
cephiedvariable:

I’ve spent the last fifteen years of my life slowly amassing a ludicrously expansive collection of inspirational instrumental music to back the epic fantasy novel that’s always being written in the back of my mind. So much so that when I sat down and decided to make a “Swashbuckling Fantasy Music” playlist, I had to split it into four parts. Here for your listening pleasure is the final part!
If you play D&D, or if you’re writing a sprawling genre saga, or if you just really, really like listening to beautiful soundtrack-style music, I made this playlist for you.

EPIC INSPIRATION FANTASY PLAYLIST ❧ ACT IV: WINTER
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll
Sample Songs: Journey of Solitude, Moribound Tree and the Toad, Elba
[ ► LISTEN NOW! ]
FULL TRACK LIST

act i: springact ii: summeract iii: autumn
4/4

cephiedvariable:

I’ve spent the last fifteen years of my life slowly amassing a ludicrously expansive collection of inspirational instrumental music to back the epic fantasy novel that’s always being written in the back of my mind. So much so that when I sat down and decided to make a “Swashbuckling Fantasy Music” playlist, I had to split it into four parts. Here for your listening pleasure is the final part!

If you play D&D, or if you’re writing a sprawling genre saga, or if you just really, really like listening to beautiful soundtrack-style music, I made this playlist for you.

EPIC INSPIRATION FANTASY PLAYLIST  ACT IV: WINTER

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
― Lewis Carroll

Sample Songs: Journey of Solitude, Moribound Tree and the Toad, Elba

► LISTEN NOW! ]

FULL TRACK LIST

act i: spring
act ii: summer
act iii: autumn

4/4

Monday, July 14, 2014
YESSSS. is this the first you’re attempting to knit (sew? stitch? crochet? jury rig? idk)? and I was referring more to the tendency to fly by the seat of one’s pants, but, yes, I think you can guess which of my projects might be smoking rn. xD

Oh, not at all! I’ve been knitting for years, but this is a new technique I’m using and did not account for a couple new things. This is technically also the second design in this theme, but I also need to finish/tweak the first one, as well.

/sensing a theme here yet?

ahaha, you and me both. but what was the pattern meant to look like?

One of a growing set of secret Arthurian/Celtic patterns! :P

(no, but I will post the picture that inspired me along with the finished pattern—which hopefully won’t take me terribly long to finish.)

What projects are puffing up smoke (or blowing up) in your face? Or can I guess at that, heh?

Sunday, July 13, 2014
wait, what?

Working on a sweater of my own design and flying by the seat of my pants, as per usual, and it mildly blew up in my face?