Mar. 22nd, 2016 10:49 pm
elfinblaze: (zamonia dangerous books)
- This is hilarious:
As question time began, Fairfax journalists walked out on strike in protest against 120 job cuts. The former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan was named and banned from the chamber for 24 hours. His colleague Stephen Conroy played Candy Crush while heckling the defence minister, Marise Payne.

A summary of the last sitting of parliament before the Easter break. And it's all true! (Well, I don't have a second source for the Candy Crush claim, but all the other activities described in the article are true.) They just forgot the mention the pyjama party at the end of the day. Yes, there are photos of politicians in pyjamas in the halls of parliament! I should also point out that Bruce Billson's valedictory speech went for an hour. An hour!

I can't help but think of The Muppets' song Cabin Fever. Imagining politicians as Muppets makes everything less headdesky.

- This is a good read too:
No healthy debate or productive engagement is ever going to be possible when attack on a person is considered equal to criticism of a property. That's flat-out ludicrous.

It a good job of explaining how people can sometimes over-identify with fiction in a way that becomes very personal. Too personal. I get that, but not the need to attack others who disagree. I'm a big fan of love what you love, live and let live.
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New LJ layout. Because it was time to change it again.

I'm very slack at updating this journal more than once a week, so I'm again going to point you to my tumblr., which is updated almost daily, if you want more to read or pretty pictures to look at. But, for now, things I've been reading that might interest some of you:

- This fic is a great example of what intertexual hypertexts (jargon for: fanfiction on the internet) will let you do.

Give it a quick look, even if you don't read it, because I am very impressed with the combination of mediums used to tell the story. Apart from the written linear narrative, there's images of "screencaps" depicting the "fan" blog posts, twitter accounts, etc. Even on the first page there's a "screencap" of a fake IMDB page for the film being created in the story.

This is another one of those instances when I ask, "why wasn't this around ten years ago?" When I could have applied it to Extension English in high school (we studied the evolution and variations of the textual form).

- Did people catch this profile of Alex Day in Forbes? If you're a capital-F Fan, you might remember him from working with the Wizard Rock band, The Parselmouths, or forming Chameleon Circuit, who did Doctor Who themed music. Now his own music is gaining wider success, all without an agent or a label.

"I've had talks with all the major labels," Day said, "but I reckoned they were trying to sign me in order to squash me; they hate the fact that I proved you can get songs out there without any corporate involvement".

- This is a good recap of an issue that's been boiling recently:
A woman declared her intent to publicly voice her opinions about video games. For that, she was called names, racial slurs, threatened with violence, rape, and murder, told to get back in the kitchen, and die of cancer. Her video was repeatedly flagged for terrorism in an effort to get YouTube to pull it. Her Wikipedia page was defaced with pornography and profanity. All for the crime of being a woman who had announced that she would, at some point in the future, be talking about video games.

- And now for something more uplifting: 8 Tiny Things That Stopped Suicides.

- This is probably the best heading ever: How to Talk to Human Beings.
The best marriage advice book I've read is a paperback called How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. As you might deduce from the title, it wasn't meant as a marriage advice book. But the techniques in this book are so brilliant, I use them in every human interaction I can, no matter the age of the conversant.

- Stories like these make me think I had it right when I was considering becoming a nun. With all these stories of awesome nuns, I can't help but think maybe that wouldn't have been such a bad career move. These women rock!

My mother has told me of her Catholic schooling by nuns, of highly intelligent women who taught her maths and the sciences, and it's clear how much respect she still holds for them. I don't disagree.
elfinblaze: (Glee Kurt Blaine)
- Thank goodness it's only 34 degrees (93 Fahrenheit) now. And there's a breeze! Sooo much nicer than Tuesday when it was still 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit) when I left work after 5pm. You know it's hot when 34 degrees is a relief.

On the downside, hello humidity! The joys of living in a sub-tropical harbour city.

You know what? I'm just going to put the rest of the entry under a link. Click if you want to read my letter to doctors everywhere, a link from Metafandom, and my list of favourite Glee songs from season 2 so far, with a few illustrations )
elfinblaze: (Glee Brittany Santana)
- Fandom love! I love all you people and your enthusiasm. It's infectious and it's awesome. The world needs more of people getting enthusiastic about fictional story lines, and speculating about which pokémon are kosher, and discussing whether or not werewolves shift while on spaceships, and just more squee in general. The world could do with a lot more magic in it, and you all rock for bringing it.

- On a Mundane note: thankfully the weather only got up to 39 degrees (102 Fahrenheit, or 312 Kelvin, because I like the Kelvin scale) on Saturday. And I got a lot of reading and some writing done. And thankfully it's much cooler today.

- [livejournal.com profile] viciousdisorder has started watching Glee. ^_^ My plan to infect the world with my brain worms proceeds. XD Now all the rest of you need to get watching too! *shares the love*

- I have a new LJ layout! Glee, season 2, themed of course, but it shouldn't spoil anyone who doesn't care enough to have caught up with the basic storyline of the season by now. The background pictures are architectural shots from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, just because they're pretty and worked well in combination, and the lyrics are from Don't Cry For Me Argentina. The layout turned out more 'shippy than I expected or intended. Oh well.

- I'm really loving these two new Ministry of Magic videos:
+ House Song, featuring Kristina of The Parselmouths, Christian from Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, and Alex from The Remus Lupins.
+ Don't Leave, which is my second favourite song on the album.

- Apparently Darren Criss is an Aquarius. XD This explains so much! Nutter. I say this with affection, as a fellow Aquarian.

- Speaking of Wizard Rock and Darren Criss, I've been rewatching that video of him performing with Lena Gabrielle (The Butterbeer Experience). They need to work together more often. Like, record something properly, or him starring in one of her musicals, or something. Also, her album Love Will Prevail is spectacular. Of course now he's a massive star he probably won't have the time, which is a shame.

I'll just stay in this corner and keep dreaming of my perfect collaboration then.

Queer Gen

Aug. 6th, 2010 05:19 am
elfinblaze: (Imagine Me & You)
On Tuesday this week I set myself a challenge to get over my writer's block, to really put myself under pressure. Last time I challenged myself to write a story in 30 minutes. This time I challenged myself to write a story a day, considering I usually only get 30 - 60 minutes a day in which to write anyway, while having breakfast.

So far all the stories have been more or less queer gen. Apparently that's all I want to write these days.

What is queer gen?

I hate the fact that we actually have to have a label for that, but in fandom you can either read shippy fic or gen, and if you read gen all the minor characters will be straight (unless you're in one of the few fandoms with canonically queer characters). So queer gen are fics with gen stories but queer characters. If I had my way all gen would have a variety of characters (not dominated by straight, white men), but unfortunately that hasn't been my experience. Fandom is still a straight space. Slightly less so than my everyday life, but that's not saying much.

I suppose the other definition would be gen stories for a queer audience, so in other words, stories where queer characters just go about their everyday lives, not any other genre, including romance.

On DreamWidth there's queerlygen (the LJ version is pretty much dead). And then there's [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest, but that's about it. There was an interesting discussion going on in the comments at [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets about how the mere existance of those communities testifies to what a straight space fandom is, and that's influenced my thinking today too.

When I posted the first of this week's fics I started thinking about what other communities it would fit into. It's not explicitly shippy, in fact, that's not the point of the story at all. Is it gen? Well, it's not a canon couple either, which gen preferences. So now I'm not sure what communities would fit such a story. Where does queer gen fit into fandom?

I'm not sure what my point is. I guess it's just another of those little things that reinforces what a straight space fandom is, like the rest of the world.
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Okay... Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be FREAKING AWESOME! See trailer. *bounces with excitement*

It was 1°C when I left the house this morning. Who says Australia doesn't get cold?

I discovered today that I don't like Hurt/Comfort fics. I was reading one today and discovered this. They make me uncomfortable for some reason. Something about making one character (or both) hurt, just as a romantic plot line, doesn't sit well with me. But then, I'm not a huge fan of romance, so maybe I just don't get it. I prefer the romance in a story to be a sub-plot. Should probably have noticed this sooner considering I've been in fandom since 2000, but before now it just didn't register as a sub-genre as a whole that I don't enjoy.

Huh. You learn something new about yourself every day.

Also, I am bored and need a new book.

That is all.

*goes to curl up under warm blanket again*
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Holy crap...

In the past four days:

- I have had an opinion-piece linked in a Metafandom newsletter, resulting in strangers reading my new journal.

- I have had a fic linked in Thursday's The Cortex newsletter.

- I have got two fic-responses for an obscure pairing in a community where zero responses are the norm. One was from someone who's not even a fan of that pairing. What a compliment!

- I have had a request from a stranger to use my icons. *_* She was so sweet and polite when she asked too.

- And in the meantime I have taught myself to rip DVDs which means I can share even more with other people.


My mind is still spinning. What is happening? I've never been popular! Well, okay, I sort of was in some of my uni classes, but generally... @_@

*goes to hide in corner again like the shy kitten she is*

It does feel good to make people happy though... ^.^ And I can feel good about that.
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This post: http://gmth.livejournal.com/223412.html?style=mine, got me thinking about the impact fandom and being involved with it has had on my life, what I've gained and lost. Finally I came up with the following:


- The ability to enjoy most novels

Too many novels reflect conservative society, unwilling to push boundaries. In fact, most of the books I buy these days are books that have cause some form of controversy. In my experience fanfiction is more likely to push boundaries and experiment with literary conventions.

Also, too many novels reflect a heterocentric world view. I have to deal with that in real life, I don't want to experience the same thing in fiction too.


- Computer skills

Spending so much time on the computer and online I've learnt to navigate the internet, use search engines, and learnt HTML. Before that I only ever used the internet for assignments and e-mail. I've also found myself doing things like making videos and icons, which involved learning to use many other computer programs. I never have been interested in computers, so I don't think I would have learnt these skills any other way. Who knows, I may need them for a job one day.

- Writing skills

I never in my life wrote as much as I have in the past six years, and most of that (though not all) has been writing fanfiction. But I think it was writing fanfiction that taught me to craft realistic and believable characters. That may sound contradictory considering I'm using existing characters, but in working with pre-existing characters I've been forced to write characters so that they are just as believable as the original. My own original characters were never so believable before, because I wasn't forced to base them on realism, and I think they suffered as characters because of it.

I've learnt to write dialogue, something I was never good at, and I've learnt to flesh out my stories with relevant detail without going on tangents. Maybe That's part of practicing writing in general, but writing so much fanfiction certainly helped with that.

- Language skills

It may sound stupid but being involved in fandom has taught me various things in other languages. Words like "download", "lyrics", and "film" in Chinese became familiar to me simply because I was seeing them all the time when I came across Chinese websites. Fandom was also the cause for me picking up learning Japanese, maily because I wanted to know what certain artists were saying in their songs, but I've never been that motivated to learn a language before.

- The strength to be who I am

I've learnt that there are plenty of people like in the world, even if they live in America, Japan, Germany, or Malaysia. I've learnt more about myself in the process: that it's okay to be different and not want to be like everyone else, if I want to stay home on a Friday night and don't like drinking, that's okay, I don't have to.

I've learnt to accept praise and not constantly argue and deny it; there are people whom I've never met who genuinely like my writing.

And I've learnt that I may never want to publish for money and I'm okay with that. As long as I can write for any reason at all I can be happy.

- Friends

There are many people I never would have come into contact with had it not been for fandom. They are my friends, my lover, my readers, my inspiration to write, my teachers, and my images of who I never want to be.

Overall I think I've gained more than I've lost. ^_^v


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