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15th-Aug-2015 08:43 pm - Got any old Xena vids lying around?

[personal profile] morgandawn is looking for old Xena vids to help preserve fannish history!
" I'd like to help build up more Xena content on Fanlore. To do this I need vids. Preference is for older Xena fanvids - yes those really old 6MB rmb (Real Player) or wmv (wndows media) files. Most likely these vids will no longer be available online . If you have any vids downloaded and squirreled away and are willing to share them (via one to one upload or by USB/disc), ping me at morgandawn @ gmail.com We hopefully will have a good enough cross-section to create pages on Fanlore. If we get enough pages we can create a Xena Fanvid category on Fanlore . (Note: we will not be uploading the vids to Fanlore - the copies will be used to help the editors add the pages. Also Fanlore cannot host vids so there's that.....).

I am also looking for people to create fanvid pages on Fanlore for under represented fandoms. It can be done at your own pace and all you need to do is copy and paste a template (and of course fill out the fields- vidder name, vid title etc)." 

So this is NOT about uploading vids anywhere without the vidder's permission - this is about documenting those older vids on Fanlore, which I am so very much in favor of, and I've already messaged Morgan.

I looked and I have a whole bunch of old Xena vids - most of them I don't even remember, but some I remember so fondly! Matt Savelkoul's con vids were great, particularly "Discotheque", and the "She Bangs" vid by another vidder where Xena breathes fire in time to the music.

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cold hill side AO3
Hooray, my Gimli/Legolas Big Bang story is live, with wonderful art from cybersuzy!

On the Cold Hill Side (24938 words) by marycrawford
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types, The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gimli/Legolas Greenleaf
Characters: Gimli, Legolas Greenleaf, Aragorn, Arod
Additional Tags: Dwarves, Elves, Dwarf Culture & Customs, Dwarf Courting, Slow Build, Slow Burn, Pining, Angst, Eventual Happy Ending, Tourism, fangorn, orthanc - Freeform, aglarond, Hurt/Comfort, Snark, Banter, Competence Kink, gimli is a BAMF, so is Legolas, Gimli/Legolas Big Bang, Big Bang Challenge, Friendship, Friendship/Love, Secrets, Canon - Book, Mythical Beings & Creatures, Ents, Talking Trees, Tree Climbing, Walks In The Woods, Caves, Dwarf/Elf Relationship(s), Missing Scene, First Time, Canon Related, gigolas bang 2014

In the end, Gimli thinks, Legolas will steal his heart and sail away with it, and even the wonders of the Glittering Caves are not enough consolation for that loss. But when Aragorn calls for Gimli’s help in dismantling the hidden traps of Orthanc, everything changes.

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13th-May-2014 10:40 pm - That movie thing
I know I haven't posted in ages, but apparently I can be gotten by a good meme. To wit:

Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

"It's not fair!"
"You say that so often. I wonder what your basis for comparison is?"

Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous
(anyone who has even seen this movie is probably in my karass)
"Watches are a confidence trick invented by the Swiss."

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
"Are you deaf?"
"Did you speak?"

"If he's a Polish count, I'm Greta Garbo."
"Well, Greta, I think he's divine."

Some Like It Hot
*sound of maracas*

Lawrence of Arabia
"Thy mother mated with a scorpion."

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan
"What do you think of my solution?"

Desk Set
"I bet you write wonderful letters."

My Neighbour Totoro

Spirited Away

(...okay, and basically the rest of the Ghibli catalog, or is that cheating?)

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Jaw-dropping realization of this morning: the number of fans participating in Yuletide is bigger than the number of fans who vote for the Hugo awards.

Last year's Yuletide participants: 1995
This year's Hugo voters: 1800 or so - ETA: 1848, by official report.

I'm not even sure why I'm so surprised by this random comparison. Probably it's because I roamed around in SF/F con fandom before media fandom, and this feels like such a strange crossover.

It's also boggling because the Hugos carry a lot of prestige (I think, still?) and yet the group that votes for them is so small, and confined to people who are paying either tons of money to go to Worldcon, or $50 for a 'voting membership' that won't let them go to the con, but gets them copies of the books.

And I don't know how big the overlap with Yuletiders is; I'm betting it's there, but not huge. But I'm fascinated, anyway.

(What do you think the chances are of John Scalzi winning a Best Novel Hugo for Redshirts, if the Yuletide participants were the ones voting?)

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9th-Sep-2013 01:46 pm - Pomodoros and planning
[personal profile] astolat posted about the Pomodoro method, which I've also been using for a while now. Basically: concentrate on work for 25 minutes, take a break for 5 minutes, repeat. It works!

I'm using Focus Booster for Windows, which is just a little free timer that counts down the minutes for you and dings when you're done. I also use Workrave to deal with RSI, so I still take microbreaks in between.

Now here's a related question: what software or apps can I use to plan stuff better?

I don't know what terms to use for googling - 'open source planning software' gets me stuff designed for entire teams and whatnot, but I would like something a little simpler that's just for me.

What I'm looking for:
  • Software that's preferably free, preferably open source, but if it's awesome and paid I will shell out for it.
  • Works on Windows XP (which they will pry from my cold, dead hands, or at least I will wait until Microsoft sees fit to repent from their Windows 8 sins before buying anything else.)
  • Something that lets me keep track of hours worked, weekly and monthly deadlines, maybe a daily popup to remind me of my goals for the day?
  • Something geared toward fiction and wordcounts would be awesome, but probably not necessary.
  • Something that keeps my data local and not in the cloud, if possible.
I'd appreciate any tips you have!
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11th-Aug-2013 07:40 pm - Snady recs! (slightly late)
I really like the idea of everyone leaving fannish recs on Sandy's birthday. Of course, by the time I saw people's posts, it was already a day later (timezones are so handy that way) and now it's a day later still, but I'm sure Sandy woudn't have minded. I visited her recs pages so often, back in the day.

So have two recs for stories by the same author, both in Tolkien movie/book fandom.

First, an adorable Legolas/Gimli story where, as the author says, Gimli is a BAMF. This is an important part of his characterization for me, and I'm always happy to find fic that showcases him that way.

From One Age to Another (12118 words) by determamfidd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types, The Hobbit - All Media Types, The Hobbit (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gimli/Legolas

Summary: Upon their return to Eryn Lasgalen and Erebor respectively, Legolas and Gimli each have a new adornment. Their fathers would like an explanation.

The second rec is for a much longer crossover-ish story where Thorin and crew are all kibitzing from the sidelines as the LOTR storyline progresses. What with being dead and all, there isn't much else left for them to do - or is there?

This one's a WiP, and we haven't gotten to the point yet where Legolas and Gimli are even friends, much less anything closer than that, but I cannot WAIT for that to happen, and to see the reactions from the other dwarves. And then there's the question of whether Bilbo will be allowed into the Halls of the Dead...

Sansûkh (94511 words) by determamfidd
Chapters: 14/?
Fandom: The Hobbit - All Media Types, The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types, The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (Jackson movies), The Lord of the Rings (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply, Major Character Death
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Gimli/Legolas Greenleaf

Summary: The battle was over, and Thorin Oakenshield awoke, naked and shivering, in the Halls of his Ancestors.

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This is so cool, and I think it's a first for me: a podfic of one of my stories! With multiple readers, even:

[podfic] The Tough Guide To Fantasy Cities (24 words) by klb, reena_jenkins, Wesle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Podfic, Collaboration, Humor, Fantasy

You will not encounter any rustic taverns, bards, or bowls of stew on these tours! Instead, expect nightclubs, rock singers, and lots of gourmet coffee."
It's been snowing hard, pretty much for the first time all winter, and there's a ton of traffic jams and train delays and all kinds of badness.

But here in the city, the roads are slurry but otherwise clear, and people are industriously shoveling the sidewalk in front of their houses.

Best of all, the world's tiniest snowplow just drove by. Seriously, the thing was the size of a Smart car with a little plow stuck in front.

Why so small? Because it was PLOWING THE BIKE PATHS. <3

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2nd-Jan-2013 09:17 pm - Yuletide reveal!

This year, I wrote one story for Yuletide, in a favorite book fandom - the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy by Martha Wells. It was a lot of fun revisiting this universe and working on a possible future for Tremaine, Ilias, and Giliead after the end of the third book.

When the Sea Is (7183 words)
Fandom: Fall of Ile-Rien - Martha Wells
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ilias/Tremaine Valiarde
Characters: Tremaine Valiarde, Ilias (Ile-Rien), Giliead (Ile-Rien)

Summary:  Tremaine had been living in Cineth for more than a month now, and so far, none of her more pessimistic predictions had come to pass. She hadn’t gotten anyone killed, not even Cletia; she hadn’t added Ilias to her previously dismal record of broken relationships; and she hadn’t been homesick for Vienne at all.

Thanks to dorinda and flambeau for cheerleading!

5th-Dec-2012 07:56 pm - Happy Sinterklaas! Also, ebook news
I posted earlier about two of my favorite writers' new books, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold and The Siren Depths by Martha Wells.

At that time the ebook for The Siren Depths wasn't available yet, but it is now - yesterday was the official release day, and Baen has it for $6.00 in all formats, Kindle included.

Go Baen! Their ebook service is the best, and they don't use any of the mean tricks Amazon does, like raising the price just because you're downloading the ebook from another country. (Because...bytes are more expensive when they're crossing the ocean?)

See also lots more links to hardcopy books, earlier books, free preview chapters etc at Martha Wells's journal. I love these books, and reading a couple chapters of the first Raksura book will tell you a ton about the world and the characters without spoiling you too much.

I'm having some RSI issues, so won't be posting a ton the coming weeks (ha, like I did before) but I wish you all a happy Sinterklaas! In accordance with tradition, I put my shoe out for the Sint and got a chocolate letter, yay.

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