kalakirya: (Default)

Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner

Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Short and sweet: I met my girlfriend through fandom.  We’d interacted a few times - I’d archived her podfics, and she’d thanked me, and I adored - still adore - one of her fics, and I believe I’d commented to that effect.

And then a mutual friend invited her to a group movie-watching and I thought she was so cute and smart and funny and engineered it so we were sitting together and we were laughing throughout the movie, though only sometimes becfause  of the movie. We gravitated towards each other at various fannish get-togethers, then this time last year she asked me on a date.

2016 was crap in many, many ways, but dating her is the best thing that’s happened to  me in ages.
kalakirya: (Default)

Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner

Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Ok, but Ethan of Athos. I’ve gone on at length before on how much I love Lois McMaster Bujold’s work; it’s fun, funny, snarky, evocative, occasionally painful, and always thought-provoking. Ethan of Athos is technically part of her Vorkosigan series, but only very loosely: it doesn’t feature the titular Miles except by off-hand mention of a pseudonym. It’s been something of a forgotten novel, which isn’t too surprising - it’s of its time, and out of step with current conceptions of sexuality and gender. I don’t know that I would necessarily recommend it, and definitely not over Bujold’s other books. But it was really important to me at a complicated point in my life, because it was step one of “confronting your socialized concepts of gender roles and sexuality.” There have been many, many sci-fi books on that topic, and I’m not saying that this was the best one overall, but this was the first one to get through to me.

The protagonist is Ethan, a bio-scientist from the all-male planet of Athos. The planet maintains its population by in-vitro fertilization of cloned ova, supplemented by very limited immigration (the fact that this should result in in-breeding is explained away via “gene cleaning.” just go with it.) But, many centuries after the establishment of Athos, the cloned ova are breaking down, and Ethan is told to go track down the promised shipments of additional ova. Shenanigans ensue.
The story is good, as expected of Bujold, if not great. From another author it would be a good book, but from Bujold, when I know her more recent work is so excellent, it’s a bit disappointing. But for teen!Jess Ethan’s point of view was bizarre and alien and a revelation, because he’s completely confused, and initially very horrified, by women. His first reaction, upon seeing a woman with a baby, is to want to take the baby away from her. His reaction to the thought of heterosexual sex is slightly disgusted confusion.

That sounds weird, written down, and misogynistic in the worst way, but it’s clearly not a point of view the reader is meant to espouse. Ethan (quickly!) learns otherwise, makes friends (with the girl), gets a love interest (the - bisexual! - boy), gets his ova, and goes home, having now absorbed Gender and Sexuality In Culture 101.

I don’t know that I can fully explain just how eye-opening this was to me. I’d grown up so steeped in the principles of Feminism 2.0 that it was really hard for me to see where I’d internalized some really toxic ideas, but Ethan of Athos was my first step on the way to untangling some of them.

This post is not perfect, but I'd rather get something awkward up than nothing :/
kalakirya: (Default)

Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Rec 1: And Never Been Kissed

The podfic that ate my life for many months (over a year! Spring 2015 to Summer 2016!), kept me going through a period of very dramatic change, including graduation, the break-up of a nearly-three-year relationship, a cross-country move, family drama, several jobs, and a new relationship. I still adore the story with every fiber of my being. I’m very happy with how it came out, I’m very happy with my stick-with-it-ness, I’m very happy that I decided right at the end that it needed to have music, I’m happy that I was working on it as they won the Stanley Cup. It means a lot to me as a story, it means a lot to me as a podfic, and I think that both those come through really well :D

Rec 2: Come Away to the Water

Oh man. I fell super hard for this story several years ago, and always had in the back of my head that it would be an amazing podfic. But I wanted to do justice to it, and asking for permission is hard, and I kept getting distracted by shinies. But one of my resolutions for 2016 was to be more conscious about the media that I produce and that I consume, and part of that meant resisting the urge to get distracted by white male shinies and instead work on this amazing, powerful, riveting, heart-wrenching story. It took me roughly five times as long to record and edit as my podfics usually do, in part because the writing is so powerful and so precise that I wanted to be sure I was giving the text the weight it deserves, and in part because I imposed technical challenges on myself that I do think made it a stronger podfic - no voices and physically “closer” interior voices - but that necessitated lots of extensive re-records. On top of that, it’s a very emotionally demanding and intense story, which both literally slowed down my recording - I spoke everything more slowly and had a lot more pauses - but also sometimes meant more frequent emotional breaks for me to move around and make myself tea and breathe for a few minutes. I’m very happy with how it came out, and I do like to think that I did justice to leobrat’s text, but wow, it was a lot. But I’d do it again in a heartbeat - podficcing it was an amazing experience in and of itself :D

I'm having trouble choosing a third one, because while I love many of the podfics I made this year, these two were really the stand-outs. So instead of angsting over it, I'll stop there.

kalakirya: (Default)
Day 13

In your own space, post a rec 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.

[fanvid] Glad You Came by lillykid - fast and the furious series - several pairings - this vid is a bit tricky, because while it's partly a happy and excited vid about the franchise and the characters and their relationships, it's also something of a eulogy/tribue for Paul Walker (the blond dude - he died while the seventh movie was still being filmed). And while that's not bad, it also hurts, in a way that is more close to home than most fanworks, and more than I generally like my fanworks to get. But at the same time, it's such a loving tribute and such a wonderfully happy vid that I keep coming back.

[podfic] I came to win by exmanhater (from a fic by philyra) - MCU Hockey!AU - gen - this is just so great you guys. so very great. exmanhater is, of course, glorious - her reading is clear and hits all the best emotional notes and her pepper you guys HER PEPPER! so great. so great. the story is great and the plot is infuriating and will make you want to watch all the women's hockey. so great. so great.

[podfic] brothers in arms by reenajenkins (from a fic by copperbadge) - MCU - gen - look guys. it's reenajenkins and robots. and bucky and robots. and robots and robots. I am weak to all these things. also, all these things are great. so great.

[fanfic] Come Away to the Water by leobrat - spartacus - naevia-centric - ok so I'm in the midst of podficcing this so it's eaten my brain a bit but it's just - at its best, or at least what I remember of its best, spartacus had a lot of weight to it. not that it tackled weighty subjects, though it did, but, between the dialogue and the cinematography, it sometimes felt like it edged towards the mildly fantastical (how much blood fit in that body?!). And that made sense in context, but can be a hard act to follow, fandom-wise. But this fic - this fic feels like every word has weight, and every word has an intention, and every word was placed there, very carefully. That makes recording it really, really hard, but reading it is really, really satisfying.

[fanfic] mixtape series by verity - MCU - several pairings - this is just a really, really fun read. It's fun, not over the top, and feels like saying hi to your best friend after a long day.

kalakirya: (Default)
Day 12

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?

In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I originally had a much longer post, but I've lost patience with myself, so here we go. If a canon doesn't show things - the world is fully formed, and makes sense, but there are bits of unexplained detail? Interesting secondary characters? Glimpses of the wider world beyond the story? those are my catnip. For the most part I get into fandom because the canonical story doesn't explore the world that it created. Or doesn't explore the bits that I want to know more about. Or I fall into a fandom first, without any contact with the canon (a short, non-exhaustive list of such fandom-first (or fandom-only) fandoms for the curious: the Dresden Files, Hockey RPF, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Teen Wolf, Fast and the Furious, Mad Max: Fury Road). I fall in love with the characters and the world, always, and everything else follows from there.
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 11

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1. I like my contributions to fandom. I'm happy with the quality of my podfic, I'm happy with the other things I do, and I'm happy with the direction I'm going in (which is currently MOAR FEMSLASH)

2. I'm happy with the amount of selfcare I give myself. It's taken quite a few years to get to this point, and a lot of training myself and my brain and my body, but I'm happy with the balance we've worked out, which seems to be right for me right now.

3. I like that I've found good people to spend time with, whose ways of interacting with the things they like mesh with the ways I interact with the things I like. I'm not tagging anyone, because then I'd never stop, but if you're wondering if I'm thinking of you, then yes, I am <3 (no really, I am - I wouldn't have kept interacting with you otherwise! promise <3)
kalakirya: (aim high: you might miss)
Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I blabbered here about how little femslash I podfic, and how that's disappointing. So now I'm making a goal for 2016 to improve my femslash-to-dudeslash ratio. Which has been getting better! My femslash-as-a-percentage-of-my-dudeslash more than doubled between 2014 and 2015! Which is to say that it went from 0.47% to 1.01%. I've clearly been kicking myself over this, because I want to be podficcing more femslash, on a theoretical level.

There were several hundred words here that can pretty much be summed up as "intense navel gazing". So I'll spare my future self and anyone reading this that effort, and just say that my goal for 2016 is to AT THE VERY LEAST WOW THIS IS SUCH A LOW BAR JESS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS EASILY DON'T FUCK IT UP make the ratio of my femslash-to-dudeslash ratio 2%.

(I'm actually aiming for 10%, but I'm also not really holding myself to that. I try to aim high, but have a lower goal in case I do feel like shooting my foot off [see icon!])
kalakirya: (Default)
I don't know that I've ever explained, really, my deep and abiding love for DUM-E, and this seems as good a time as any! 
Well, okay, there's not that much to explain; it's mostly that DUM-E sits at the junction of a number of my buttons. 
Part of it is my love of secondary characters; they have more places to hang headcanons than primary characters, and there are few things I love more than spinning headcanons. Some of them, my favorite kind, are secondary (or only temporarily primary), but have an outsized impact on the story line. Darcy Lewis, Sif, Frigga, Elrond, H.G. Wells, Kasidy Yates, Garak, Mia Toretto, Saxa, Mira, Kiza Apini; there's so little we know about these people's motivations, their backgrounds, the why and wherefor of them, and everyone will have a different idea of what those are. I can read other peoples headcanons, I can spin multiple headcanons; it's one of my favorite things.
So that's part of it. Another part is that the damn robot is deliberately adorable: the beeps and the headtilts and all of it are carefully calculated to elicit our emotions, and, at least on me, it does so very well. Other robots do it too, and not just to me: there's a reason BB-8 and R2-D2 are the mascots of episode vii and the original series respectively. The iron man franchise already had a faceless mascot, so they didn't do the same thing, but iron man 3 sank the robots (MY BABIES!) to give weight to Tony's house being destroyed (it's also why they had to be recovered at the end! It wouldn't have been an entirely happy ending otherwise). 
The other component, if I'm honest, was making the podfic "Run Program: DUM-E". I liked the fic and the character when I started recording, but by the time I was done, I was in love. Making the podfic was an intensely emotional experience: most of it was recorded during my senior year of college, and all the stress and complicated emotions of that got channeled into working on this podfic. Podficcing has always been my happy place, and this one kept me sane. I recorded the silly thing five times before I settled on the right combination of emotion and intonation and code-speak, and it was the first that I made a cover for (though not the first posted, or the one that made me want to learn to make covers because I had such a specific idea for it [that was Team Building Activities, if you're curious, and it turned out pretty much exactly the way I wanted it to]). When I relisten to the podfic now, there are one or two things I'd change - my mic quality is waaaaaay higher now - but overall I'm still very, very happy with it.
And so, my love of DUM-E, which has spilled over onto some of the other robots, provided the basis for a pod_together project, and why it's been my twitter and DW icon for years. I've been considering changing it recently, which is why this whole thing is towards the front of my brain. I don't do as much in the MCU right now, and it feels a bit weird to have a pseud that's not (clearly) connected to any given fandom, and an icon that is. But I can't think of something I'd like better, so that may never happen. So, um. Those are (some of) my feelings on this tiny robot baby, who is closely enough identified with me that people will write me things about it (<3 akamine_chan <3) and steer me towards fanworks featuring it (<333 my TL).
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 03

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Children of the Lonely Mountain (the hobbit, gen)
This isn't so much a single podfic as it's twenty-seven side-stories set in and around The Sons of Durin, which I did last year. I'm really proud of these: I did a really good job with the voicing and the pacing, I did good editing (a place I tend to be lazy), I like the covers, and I'm really, really pleased with my music choices for each chapter, which sometimes made me cry, and sometimes made me laugh, but that I think just about always fit very very well.

And Never Been Kissed (ch1-3) (hockey rpf, sid/geno) (ao3 locked)
It feels a little weird to rec this one, because it's not done yet. With any luck, I'll be done with it this year, and I'm halfway through, so I think that's doable. I podfic for any number of reasons, but working on this podfic settles me; I don't usually relisten to my podfics much, but I have relistened to this one, several times. I dunno, I just like it.

The One Where Sid and Darcy Wake Up Hitched (hockey rpf/MCU, sid/geno, jamie/tyler, jamie/tyler/darcy) (not!podfic with lavenderfrost)
AHAHAHA ok this premise is bizarre and things only get weirder from there but I really, really love making not!podfics, and this one was a lot of fun to make.

and the grand facade so soon will burn (star trek reboot, nyota-centric)
my feelings about the star trek reboots are very complicated, but I'm very happy with how this came out.

kalakirya: (Default)
Day 2

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Hmm. Like a number of people, this is usually a hard one for me, and I'm always kinda tempted to throw up my hands and ask for something ungrantable. But so far I've always overcome that temptation, and I don't want to ruin my streak, so here goes:

1. suggestions/recs for vidding tutorials. I really want to try my hand at making a fanvid, and have had several ideas sketched out for years, but I've gotten really bogged down at the hunting-for-how-to resources stage. Which is a frustrating stage to get stuck at, because I keep thinking it should be easy to overcome, because I'm fairly sure these resources exist. But it hasn't been. So if you know of a how-to-do-the-thing blog, or tutorial, or list of suggestions, or something, I'd be grateful! (In case it's relevant: I'm a PC person running Windows 8)

2. One of my favorite things are fanworks that mess with the conventions of what that medium is supposed to be: fics that are told in text messages, or computer code, or consist of the same sentence over and over and over; fanart that spills over the edge of the frame, or that interacts with its wider environment, or uses unusual materials; podfic that uses different voices for each character, or the same character at different points in their life, or incorporates white noise, or audio feedback, or shifts between the right and left ears. If you've got a rec, for any fandom or pairing, send it my way please :D

3. Ummmmm I'm trying to keep this a low-stress challenge so I'm defaulting on thing 3. Which I'm decently sure I did last year too. Oh well!
kalakirya: (Default)
 Day 01

In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I'm tired and my eyes hurt and I'm somewhere not my home and I have a headache. But I'm staying with a friend, whom I met through fandom, after getting back from a fannish brunch, where I met a bunch of other fen, and spent hours talking about all sorts of things, and got invited to things that I desperately want to go to even though I really can't, and was too busy to drink enough water, and wore my glasses for too long because I wanted to see everyone. I've added people and tagged people and messaged people and tweeted at people, and I want to keep doing so. And the fandom snowflake challenge is a way of reaching out, and of reaching back, that works for me. So I keep doing it, even when I'm tired and my eyes hurt.
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 7

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

One of my favorite things in the world is when fanworks deviate from traditional formatting; that can mean chat format, multimedia, sound effects, musical interludes, multivoiced, radio snippets, gifs, manips, fanart, clickables, snippets from letters, bits that have been crossed out, emoticons, recipes, comics, chibis, vids, fourth-wall breaking, what have you. I'm not even sure if I could explain why it makes me so happy - something about it being more immersive, or that it surprises me, or that it gives me more ways to come at the story... I don't know. But I literally wiggle in my chair like a puppy when I find a new one :D
I try a lot of this kind of thing in my podfic, which works to varying degrees, but here are some fanworks that I've liked that used it (and one self-rec, because DYWTDMA will never not be something I rec)

Do You Want to Date My Avatar by christy_corr (teen wolf)
Do You Want to Date my Avatar (podfic) multivoiced, directed by me (teen wolf)
Good Help is Hard to Find, or The Hazards of Reading Prophecy by somnolent_blue and fleurrochard my rec (good omens)
Ring (podfic) by lunate8 my rec (person of interest)
Random Craigslist Missed Connections Derek/Stiles Not!Fic of Doom by fire_juggler (teen wolf)
Random Craigslist Missed Connections Derek/Stiles Not!Fic of Doom (podfic) by inkjunket (teen wolf)
Needs More Sparkly Pens by mm_coconut (teen wolf)
#girlavenger, or How Natasha Trended on Twitter and Saved the World by reena_jenkins and sisi_rambles my rec (avengers)
In Love With My Radio by lunchee (merlin)
Pairing Pendragon/Merlin by lunchee (podfic) (merlin)
Friendship Set on Fire by blackglass, circ_bamboo and reena_jenkins (avengers)
Steve Rogers at 100: Celebrating Captain America on Film by eleveninches, febricant, hellotailor, m_leigh, neenya and tigrrmilk (avengers)

Another pretty prominent favorite thing about which I could write for hours is stories about or from the pov of minor characters, especially ones that clearly had their own stories but that the narrative didn't have time (or interest -_-) in exploring. My deep and abiding love for DUM-E is well known (:D), but gimme more fanworks about Armando Munoz/Darwin, about Elrond, Arwen, and Eowyn, about Jenny Mills, about Natasha, Sam Wilson, Pepper, Rhodey, Darcy, Jane and Sif, about Gamora, about Jadzia, about CJ Cregg and Donna Moss, about Stacker Pentecost and the Kaidanovskys, about Boyd and Erica, about Diana Barrigan. I love my main characters, but I know their stories. I want to know about CJ's first crush and if she was nervous when she did her first press briefing. I want to know if Pentecost felt prepared to adopt a kid. I want to know how Gamora learned to pilot a spaceship. I want to know about Jane and Darcy's late night dance parties. I want to know what Boyd and Erica whisper to each other in the middle of the night. Tellmetellmetellme.

Snail Mail by pockyslash (xmen)
Going On by mautadite Sleepy Hollow)
Most Precious by mautadite (spartacus)
the Priming Game by amonitrate (iron man)
That Kind of Day by neery (captain america: the winter soldier)
The Letty 'Verse by merfilly (fast and the furious series)
Heeding the Call by marchingjaybird (Pacific Rim)
ecstasies where they forgot to kiss by citadelofswords (xmen)
so you think (that being alone's the only way to be) by hito (teen wolf)

And you know what - on that note, I'm gonna cross off another snowflake_challenge day and make my fannish wish list.

Day 2

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

I wish for fanworks that focus on minor characters and fanworks that play around with formatting. That's only two, but I gave long lists of example ideas up there if anyone wants more guidance :D
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 5

In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

AHAHAHA so this is a bit of story XD
Ok so back in sixth grade I am a fairly tall kid with zero social skills and I have recently discovered The Best Thing In The World: the lord of the rings. Everyone has been telling me for years that I would love the books, but because everyone was telling me that, I ignored them (this is something of a theme in my life). However, movie one comes out, I completely fall in love, and devour the books like there's no tomorrow. My best (and only) friend is an Italian girl with limited English skills whom I adore (and still do; she was also the object of my first crush and subsequent lesbian panic). She is also deeply in love with lord of the rings. We spend a great deal of time at each other's houses.
Now, at this point my parents are only a few steps removed from helicoptering. As such, I have access to the family computer, but not my own account. Being an as-yet innocent dove, I have no idea what the internet is for (:porn). My friend, on the other hand, has her own computer. She's also way more savvy on it than anyone else in our class.
At some point in the spring of sixth grade (2002) we're over at her house and she wants to show me something on her computer. I happily pull up a chair. She pulls up the internet and opens a page to libraryofmoria.com, then shows me a page of poorly formatted courier new, because html wasn't a thing that happened yet.
Ok, so let me tell you something about this story. Fourteen years later, I would balk at this story - it's not a pairing I'm interested in, and it's got a number of my squicks. I haven't read this story in four years, and before that I hadn't read it in ten (I looked it up to see if it was still on the 'net - it is, though not on LoM). But the details are branded into my brain and at this point I'm convinced that nothing will ever remove them. It was Legolas/Aragorn, and began with the premise that Aragorn was pissed at Legolas for revealing his identity at the Council of Elrond. It quickly descended into spanking and crying, and at some point Arwen came out from behind a pillar (she'd been watching this whole time) and joined in. It's very, very graphic. Because this was the early 2000s, "Elvish" phrases were liberally sprinkled throughout, with a helpful glossary at the end.
Now, remember that I'm reading this over my best friend's shoulder. I have a massive crush on her, though I haven't quite worked out that that's what this is. Remember that I'm maybe 12.
I lapped it up like nobody's business.
Within a month I'm a regular visitor to LoM and I've learned how to wipe the memory from IE on the family computer. I have ships, though I don't know what these are. I know the jargon. I'm having feels. I know way more about gay male sex than any other kind.
A year later I've branched into another 10 or so fandom (I've always been very multifannish) and have an ff.net account. Three years later I'm writing fic, though I don't post it. A year after that I'm posting to ff.net. Three years after that I discover podfic. The year after that I start recording podfic. And three years after that I'm here :D
(I think I counted those years right? *peers at them*)
This all goes some way towards explaining why all my usernames have been Lord of the Rings related - it was my first fandom, and while I wouldn't say I'm still in the fandom, the world that I built for myself there is very near and dear to me. My current username, [personal profile] kalakirya /[livejournal.com profile] kalakirya /[twitter.com profile] kalakirya/[archiveofourown.org profile] kalakirya is the Old Quenya spelling of "Calacirya", which is the name of a pass in the Pelori Mountains in Valinor. It means "cleft of light" (there's a bunch of mythology there), which is where my tumblr username [tumblr.com profile] lightinthemountains comes from (someone is sitting on kalakirya.tumblr.com). The fannish identity herein and the platforms listed are the only ones I maintain (there's also a kalakirya at deviantart, but that's also not me). (Incidentally, it's pronounced "kal - uh - KIR - ee - uh". If I'd known people would have so much trouble with it, I might have stuck with halwen, but it's too late now!)
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 8

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.


kalakirya: (Default)
Day 3

In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing?

In fandom I mostly contribute by making podfic, so I'll talk about that (at great length, and not very engagingly, because I've had a hell of a week. sorry)
When I'm thinking about podficcing something, I let the idea sit for a bit - anywhere from a day or so to a week or longer. Occasionally if a story is short and I'm very bored, I'll record the thing instantly, but I've found that my podfic (and most other things in my life) turn out better if I give it a bit of time to percolate. Before I worked this out I accumulated a lot of snippets that were hastily recorded in a burst of excitement, and pretty much universally I haven't liked them when I listen to them. Giving it a little time lets me calm down, think it through, decide if I really want to spend time with that story, bounce around a few ideas for characterization, and find a good time to podfic. Right now my podficcing space is a corner of an unheated storage room, and it gets quite cold at night, so ambient temperature is actually I thing I have to think about! I used to record a lot at night, but no more XD
Once I'm a little more settled down and have some time, I bundle up (some day I will take a picture of me recording - I'm usually wearing a knee-length fluffy blue coat, fuzzy boots and a hat, and huddle around my computer charger for warmth), make myself some tea (no milk, because it makes my voice weird), and venture out into the frozen wasteland that is my recording space. There I settle in, set up my mic, open audacity, and pull up the story on my phone. The mic goes on a box in front of me, the computer goes on some boxes a foot or so away with audacity already running, and I give the header a review and decide how I want to read it. A few takes later, I start recording the story. If it flows decently well, I'll record as long as my voice lets me. If it doesn't... a number of stories/authors don't click, for whatever reason, and if after five or ten minutes it's not working, I let myself get a little bit frustrated, try again, then put it aside. It's taken me awhile to see this as a mismatch of reader and story, rather than a reflection of my abilities as a podficcer, but I think I'm getting better at it. Then I go on to the next item I was thinking of recording. Since I usually entertain at least three podficcing possibilities at any given time, aside from whatever projects I'm in the middle of working on, I usually can find something to record when I'm in a recording mood :D
Once I've ascertained that my reading style meshes with the writing, I record until I've got the whole thing: I don't edit before the whole thing is recorded. Somewhere in there I ask for permission - usually before I've recorded too much, so as not to waste my time if I get a "no". I keep different takes in different files; they're named according to the title, then numbered. Re-takes get a letter too, so if I do a lot of retakes (or just redo the whole thing) when I start editing I have to go through a morass of "sons of durin1" "sons of durin1B" sons of durin 1C" and so on (note that the last has a space between the title and the number; i don't standardize this, which has led to much confusion). The take of the last piece gets an "x" at the end, so I know that I've finished recording the story (e.g. "sons of durin24Cx").
Once it's all recorded then I start editing. I use the click method (every time I flub or repeat the line, I make a clicking sound that makes a visible spike in the waveform), so sometimes I do a visual pass first, but sometimes I just start listening. I usually have to do at least two listening passes, because I miss a lot of stuff. Sometime during the second or third ones, if I want to make a cover, I'll open GIMP.

aaaaand that was an extremely long and overly detailed explanation of the process of making podfic. I didn't even get into posting. /o\
kalakirya: (Default)
Snowflake challenge 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.

I wanted to do a cute introductory paragraph here, but blanked, and so before I lose my nerve, I'm just going to start typing.

The Route to Advancement series is a set of six Merlin stories from the pov of an original character,  because they're laugh-out-loud funny. While I love the stories, that made them really hard to podfic: I had to do a lot of retakes, which was frustrating, and I had trouble holding onto the pov voice I wanted, so I actually ended up rerecording the whole thing at least twice. But I'm really quite proud of the final products (and the coverart continues to make me happy).

The Sons of Durin is a Hobbit modern AU set in Scotland, and it's another one that I just really really enjoyed making. It was a really easy story to record, I had a great deal of fun with it, and I'm very proud of how it came out :D (another one in which the coverart makes me super happy)

Your Kind Prison is a Supernatural story that haunted me for ages - I really love the story, and had a really specific idea of how I wanted the podfic to come out, so I had to do a lot of retakes (a LOT of retakes /o\) until I got it to come out the way I wanted. I'm really happy with the final result, though :D (also more happy-making coverart :DDD)
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 12

In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I don't spend a lot of time in journaling space – LJ and DW – and do in twitter and tumblrspace. I've seen a lot of complaining about fandom's shift toward the latter rather than the former, and while I can understand a lot of that, twitter and tumblr have made being a voice in fandom a lot easier for me. Those are spaces with a much lower participation threshold, and I've been incredibly lucky to have been able to start in both those spaces with podfic fandom, which gave me a small circle of people to start with rather than just launching myself into the void, which are some of the problems raised with those platforms. I've heard lot of complaining that there isn't as much fan-to-fan interaction, and all I can say is that I was lurking through 2001-2011, and didn't start to really participate until 2012, which is when I found twitter podfic fandom. Maybe there was a smaller, closer-knit community, but I would argue that one of the reasons (among many! Also there were fewer fandoms, a different fan culture (bc fan culture is always changing), etc)) it was more closely knit was because there were people who couldn't figure out how to get in. But that's a discussion for another time and place, and not really one I want to have here. Overall, though, I see fandom expanding – the pie getting bigger, so all the wedges do too, more or less. Some wedges may eat other wedges (my much beloved star trek original series fandom seems to be getting swallowed by reboot fandom somewhat), some wedges may split, so wedges may exist in alternate dimensions than their original canon (looking at you, Teen Wolf). But ultimately, there will be more pie for everyone :D

Day 13

In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some great examples include: complete a bingo, sign-up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep postponing. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback, or answering comments. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm NOT participating in amplificathon this year, EXCEPT for a single long podfic that I haven't asked permission for yet, so I won't name names. I'm not going to jockey for points, I'm not going to record anything I wouldn't have done anyway (looking at you, Five Ways Gabriel Could Have Returned). My plan for this year is to cool my jets a bit. I podfic when I'm stressed and I edit when I'm bored, which is a dangerous cycle for a number of reasons. It's been a cycle that has been really useful for me in the past, and will likely continue to be, but I need to slow down before I burn out. So those are my fandom plans: to slow down, take a little bit longer with my projects, not gorge myself on every new fandom I come across.

Day 11

Jan. 11th, 2014 02:34 pm
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 11

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing or trope. Try creating a different kind of fanwork. Or check out some types of fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 1, Day 3, and Day 9 might be a good place to start!) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

I'm maybe cheating a bit because I started this before I read the thing but after midnight my time on the 11th, so I'm taking it. Long story short, I was listening to a slashreport episode and they started talking about the Dresden Files and though I've never gotten more than three pages into the books the fandom sounded like fun and now it's 14 hours later and I've read some 200K of Dresden fic and now I can't stop.
kalakirya: (DUM-E)
Day 10

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Ack, another hard one. Which is the point, right? Ummm...

thing one: fanworks about DUM-E (the robot from Iron Man, featured in my icon). I have no clue why I'm so damn attached to this robot, but I'm really damn attached to this robot. If someone could write me a mini-drabble about DUM-E, or do a sketch or a DUM-E icon or something (I made this one as a stop-gap measure, but am not too happy with it) I would love you FOREVER.

thing two: fanworks in a funky format. Gimme a list of ten hashtags your favorite character uses too much. Gimme only one side of a phone conversation. Gimme a song for your OTP and thirty seconds of audio that consists entirely of you squeeing over how perfect this song is for them. Gimme an icon that's made to look slightly akilter. I just really like seeing what people can come up with when told to bend some of the rules - just enough that it still makes sense, but maybe doesn't fit quite right. I'm very multifannish and have a bad case of fandom osmosis, so whatever tickles your fancy :D

thing three: I really can't come up with a third thing and it's starting to stress me out, so there is no third thing. #makingloopholes

Day 9

Jan. 10th, 2014 06:23 pm
kalakirya: (Default)
Day 9

In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) but you ended up loving. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Ok, so the easy first choice for this is

5U175, a Suits fic by Closer, which I didn't think I'd be into for the simple reason that I'm not in Suits fandom, nor have I ever seen an episode or read any other fic for it. I had a vague idea that it was a USA show involving legal something and Gina Torres and a redhead named Jessica, and two guys named Harvey and Mike, though I couldn't tell you which was which. But I'm a complete sucker for fandom meta AUs and for star trek, and this has BOTH (be still my heart)! Harvey (older dude?) is a star trek BNF and Mike (younger dude?) is in star trek fandom and they butt heads and then become online friends while also having drama IRL and it's really well written and just hits all my buttons SO HARD.

Second choice is also easy:

Jaws, the podfic, a Hawaii 5-0 story read by themusecalliope. Again, I'm not in H50, and have never seen any episodes. I knew even less about this fandom than I did about Suits, actually, and after reading a bunch of fics I still can't can't keep straight if Danny or Steve is the tall one, and whether that correlates with being a Marine (?). I think Danny has the kid. But who cares, because MERSHARK AU. MER. SHARK. AU.
I'm reccing the podfic over the written story here because while there are some stories that work better as a written story, some work better as podfic. I couldn't tell you why that's the case here, except that themusecalliope is a podficcing goddess.

Ok so three was pretty easy too

The Migratory Patterns of Omegas, a Teen Wolf fic by clio_jlh. I didn't think I'd be into this, not because I wasn't into the fandom, but because it's a/b/o, which is not a trope I'm all that fond of. But there's not a lot of F/F in Teen Wolf, and I really like the author's other work, so what the hell? BUT IT'S SO GREAT YOU GUYS. For one thing it's got section breaks in an academic-textbook style that tell you more about the world the author built, and I'm a complete sucker for that. For another, it's just really, really sweet and cute, and the characterization is adorable. Even the ovipositor was adorable.