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Ooh shiny!

[Multifandom friendship fest]

Multifandom friendship fest for Valentine's Day! Gen friendship fic FTW?? I need to think of some prompts ... :D

ETA: I have finished the section of my novel I wanted to edit today (♬ this is the book that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends ♪), so let's see if I can knock out a Chocolate Box treat or two before the deadline!

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Just out of curiosity ...

I remember there was a meme-type thing going around a long time ago on this general premise, though perhaps phrased a bit differently ... but if you could get me to write anything at all, what would it be? Like, a fandom I'm not (still?) into, a pairing I don't normally write, tropes that aren't my usual thing -- or maybe an even more indulgent version of something I do write, or that epic 300K post-Agent Carter fic that addresses all the plot points in the series finale, or whatever.

Let's say you could commission me to write anything at all. I'm not looking for prompts because this is likely to be things I probably wouldn't write. I'm just curious. :D And procrastinating.

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Predictable? Me?

After making the previous gen tropes post, it occurs to me that, not in all cases, but in a lot of them, you can probably accurately identify things I'm going to fall for by the number of those top-10 tropes they have ...

Agent Carter: 8
GotG: 9
Iron Fist: 9
Stranger Things: 8
Heavy Time/Hellburner: 8

(Taking a generous definition of some of these tropes in some cases ...)

... Though I tried to do Dark Matter and my brain broke at how to apply any of these, between the amnesia stuff and the fact that they're basically ALL antagonists in various ways, at least until the found-family stuff starts to kick in. It also works better on longer works than shorter ones, because shoehorning all of these into, say, a single 2-hour movie is tough.

But yeah. I also frequently find myself gravitating towards new things to watch/read based on various combinations of these things, so it's not like it's a tremendous coincidence that I keep finding them. I guess it's good to know what you like ...?

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Trope meme: no-romance version

[personal profile] trobadora found a no-romance/all-gen version of the other trope sorting meme (I did the "short" version; didn't try the long one), which is even more fun -- and more accurate for me than the other one, though you'll notice a handful of suspicious similarities ...

All of the top 10 are ride-or-die narrative kinks for me (mostly in no particular order, though Found Family probably DOES belong at the top):

1 Found Family
2 Antagonist Turned Weird Uncle/Antihero/Reluctant Part of the Hero Group
2 Childhood Friends Reunited
4 Casefic
4 Sleepovers/Stuck In A Tent Together/Bed Sharing
4 Bonding Through Adversity
7 The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend
7 Platonic Cuddling/Hand-Holding/Skinship
9 Mentor Fic
9 Antagonist Saves Hero ('nobody is allowed to kill you but me'/'I still need you around for my grand plan')

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So yeah, this one's more accurate than the other one, I'd say! And breaks down quite well into sections that consist of "things that you could use for bait in a [personal profile] sholio trap / things that will entice me in a summary if everything else looks good / things that are NOPE".

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Trope sorting meme

Seen at [personal profile] snickfic! You can sort yourself here.

The incredibly (well, mostly) unsurprising results:

1 Found Families
2 Amnesia Fic
2 Hurt/Comfort
4 And They Were Roommates!
5 Vampires/Werewolves AU
6 Daemons
6 Polyamory
6 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Loop
6 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
10 Body Swapping

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Writing minifics

One thing I've been doing quite a lot of, over the last few years, is writing vignettes for prompts, usually on Tumblr (which is well suited to it) but occasionally here on DW as well. It's interesting because these usually aren't complete stories (if they do end up feeling like a complete story, I'll generally post them on AO3), and yet, there is technique to making them feel complete even when they are clearly just a small scene from something longer. Because it's not just a random scene that starts in some random place and stops equally randomly. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end; there's a little bit of scene-setting at the beginning, there's some sort of point to it (even if it's just a joke), and then it ends on a note that feels like, if not an actual ending, then ... punctuation, I guess. It doesn't just stop; there's a little bit of a "pop" at the end there.

Not that I always succeed at this. But this Agent Carter one I posted last night is a good example, I think, of a minific that I'm really happy with; it's clearly a scene from something longer -- it's not complete enough to post on AO3 as a story -- but it's enjoyable to read on its own and doesn't feel unfinished. At least I don't think so.

It's fun. I think this is part of why I keep doing it -- well, that and I love the prompt inspiration and really enjoy writing things for people. But it is an art form of its own, a little bit apart from the skill and technique of writing a fully developed story.

(I need to do a roundup post for last year's ficlets. I kinda meant to do that and then January got away from me and now it's February, help.)

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Vid: Iron Fist - Ward Meachum - Carry On

Festivid #2! In an incredibly unsubtle plot twist, the Iron Fist/Ward vid not for me was by me.

Title: Carry On
Fandom: Iron Fist
Artist: .fun
Content notes: visuals of drug/alcohol abuse, needles (briefly), violence
Summary: Ward Meachum and his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad life.

Streaming: (password: ward)
Download: Download 124 Mb MP4 (zipped)
Tumblr: here

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Vid: MacGyver - Workin' for a Livin' (Festivids)

Festivid #1 - my actual assignment! This was why I was asking for fun, bouncy pop songs a little while back (I have gone back and unlocked that post; once I found my song, I locked it down to be sneaky). I'll put up another post in a little while on making this, because this show was my Big Thing when I was a teenager, and while I've rewatched episodes here and there over the last couple of decades, I hadn't actually sat down and watched this much of it since the 80s. It was a lot of fun.

Title: Workin' for a Livin'
Fandom: MacGyver
Artist: Huey Lewis & the News
Content notes: Contains scenes with flashing/flickering lights.
Summary: Someone give this man a vacation already.

Streaming: (password: macgyver)
Download: Download 64 Mb MP4 (zipped)
Tumblr: here

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Fandom things that are making me happy (a list of squee)

1. [personal profile] sheron wrote me a late Fandom Stocking fic and it is WARD AND A CORGI PUPPY and I'm dead from adorable. ♥

2. This Agent Carter thread by [personal profile] booksarelife at the Three Sentence Ficathon, which is delightfully and gloriously Team SSR. (Peggy would totally do this just to prove to Jack that she's right and he's wrong.)

3. An ongoing discussion about Iron Fist with [personal profile] sovay (spoilers through the end of season 2) that's a lovely opportunity to revisit all the happiness the show gave me the first time around.

4. Two Iron Fist gifsets I made recently on Tumblr: Ward big-brothering Danny and Colleen and Ward.

5. [community profile] hc_bingo is doing their 4-square "postage stamp" cards for February (request one here!) and I got a very inspiring one.

6. I'm currently taking prompts on Tumblr for Iron Fist, Agent Carter, or Stranger Things if anyone wants to put one in my askbox! (Anon is turned on, if you don't have a tumblr account.)

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Heads up re: Gofundme

So here's something you should know if you use Gofundme: they can charge a credit card, then decide ~for reasons~ to refund the card and take the money away weeks later. Which I now know because when I went to check my end-of-month credit card statement, it looked ... not as expected ... and trying to track down what was wrong, I eventually figured out that all the charges I'd placed on various fundraisers on Gofundme this month had been reversed at the end of the month and re-credited to me for NO REASON.

I contacted Gofundme about it, and the answer I got was that this usually happens when they're unable to verify that a transaction is not fraudulent, and I need to send them a scan of my ID and a link to a realname social media account such as Facebook to prove that I'm me.

First of all, what the actual hell. Especially since I've been donating to them just fine for years.

Second, wow, way to fuck over the people I donated to! Even if I get them to start accepting donations from me again, this doesn't automatically restore the donations I made; I'd have to go back and find those fundraisers and donate again.

So basically, yeah, that sure is a thing that happened, and something you should be aware of if you use Gofundme on either the donation or the fundraiser end. Just because the card has been processed and the donation credited to the fundraiser total doesn't mean the money is guaranteed, even if (as in my case), there is absolutely nothing hinky and no reason why it shouldn't go through.

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Festivids recs

I don't know if this is a particularly good Festivids year or if I'm just in a particularly vid-watching mood, but I ended up wanting to rec most of the ones that I opened in tabs in my first exploration of the archive, even the ones for shows/movies I've never seen (of which there are several below). I am looking forward to getting a chance to download a number of these when the anon period is over! In addition to my wonderful gift, I also loved:

Don't Stop Me Now - Blues Brothers
Is this not the perfect song for this movie?? So much fun!

smile (the worst is yet to come) - Dead Like Me
This is just SO pretty and so gorgeously edited, a perfect match for the show's hopeful/bittersweet tone.

All Star - The Good Place
If there is a more perfect Jason song, I can't think what it is.

May the Living be Dead (In Our Wake) - The Princess Bride
Vidding Princess Bride to Flogging Molly = pure brilliance, the perfect match for the movie's medieval-yet-irreverent tone.

Old Time Rock and Roll - That Thing You Do
I have no clue what this movie even is, but this vid is delightful anyway.

Woo Hoo! - Archer
I can't believe this vidder gave me this much enjoyment from a vid about a show I haven't seen set to a song with no lyrics except "Woo hoo!" The editing on this one is incredible.

Elevation - The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne
The show looks total crazypants and the vid is delightful!

am I only dreaming? - Glow
Gorgeous F/F vid to another show I don't know, but it looks so sweet and pretty!

Doodle Song - George of the Jungle
Silly and wonderful and fun.

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Festivids 2018/2019 is live with 79 vids in a bunch of rarely-vidded fandoms - and I am completely over the moon about my gift!

Say Amen (Saturday Night) (Iron Fist, Ward character study)
IT'S SO GOOOOOD. Great song choice, great editing, and while I am sure I would've been delighted with anything I asked for, if I could've said "out of all my requests, this is the one I want most", that WOULD be the one I wanted most, so I am just ♥ ♥ ♥.

*showers it with hearts*

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Alliance Rising is out now (\o/). This would be considerably more squeeful, I think, if I hadn't just read most of Alliance-Union, and a number of the books for the first time ever, over the last year, so the impact of getting a new book in the series isn't as great as it would otherwise be, but still, NEW ALLIANCE-UNION, and it wasn't until a certain character shows up that I realized ... Kinda spoilerish but only for the first 20 pages and one thing in FINITY'S ENDCollapse )

Can someone more Alliance-Union-savvy help me figure out where this book takes place relative to Heavy Time/Hellburner? The timeline is not helping me a lot. When exactly did the war break out? I think it might be about 20 years earlier ... does that sound about right?

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A random poll

I clicked on this article because of the mention of "nude" shopping - disappointingly, they are referring to vegetables, not people - but I went ahead and read it because it was interesting, and I got to this part:

A new refrigeration shelving system for displaying fresh fruit and vegetables was installed along with a process known as 'misting' to help keep items fresh.

... and I thought, wait, is that not a thing everywhere, those water sprayers to keep vegetables moist? Every grocery store I've shopped in since I was a kid had those ... I thought. Or is that only a thing we need here because it's so dry? It's the fact that the article's author felt a need to explain it that made me think these might not be so common as I had always assumed. I always assumed it was basically universal but now I'm curious.

Obviously this would not apply to places like farmer's markets where you have fresh produce in baskets and bins, just to grocery stores with a produce section.

Feel free to elaborate in comments.

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Fandom Stocking - Fic I wrote

(Nothing for Agent Carter this year. I just wanted to use another new icon. ♥)

Iron Fist

Cat Fancy (gen, Ward + Joy, pre-canon, 1600 wds)
Joy smuggles a stray kitten into the Rand offices. Ward is Not Happy, but not for the reasons you might expect.

Shaking It Out (Misty/Colleen, mature, 2K wds)
Post-canon. Misty and Colleen undercover as a couple in a nightclub.


Helping Hands (Frank/Karen, 3900 wds)
A hurt/comforty sequel to Lifeline, my hurt/comforty Yuletide fic in which Frank is blinded by a flashbang.

Once a Year (Frank + the Liebermans, 2300 wds)
The Lieberman kids throw Frank a birthday party.

Misc short ficlets
Stranger Things - an AU bit of dragon!Steve (also posted on Tumblr)
MCU - Wanda and Bucky in Wakanda
Stargate SG1 - a Jack/Daniel AU twist on "Abyss"

And one more thing, a Trollhunters vid which I'll give its own post, but tomorrow because I need to sleeeeeep.

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Fandom Stocking!

Fandom Stocking was so good to me this year! (My stocking is here.) I got a BUNCH of icons, so now I have a slew of Iron Fist ones (see post icon!) and I've already swapped out my [ profile] sholiofic icon for one of the new Agent Carter ones that [personal profile] leesa_perrie made me.

And I got an embarrassment of riches for fic - seriously, I am SO LUCKY and you guys are SO great. ♥


Come Around by [personal profile] xparrot (Trollhunters, Barbara/Walt, 10K!!!)
Xparrot wrote me 10K of Trollhunters fic for my OTP and it is SO GOOOOOOD. (Canon) babies and slow relationship-building and cool alienness and Changeling angst!

One Shot Over the Line by [personal profile] chomiji (Hellburner, Ben/Dek + canon pairings, 1400 wds)
Not gonna lie, I ship it, and this is so sweet and prickly and funny, and so them; an absolute total delight.

First Aid by [personal profile] glorious_spoon (Stranger Things, Steve + Dustin, 1100 wds)
SO CUTE OMGGG. ♥ Steve is the best big brother.

you’re calling to me (i can’t hear what you’ve said) by [personal profile] maplemood (Punisher, Frank + Leo,
Lovely and heartbreaking in all the right ways, and perfectly in character.

We're heading for something by [ profile] nanasekei (Stranger Things/Avengers, SteveH + Dustin + Tony + SteveR, 1700 wds)
Their lives continue to be The Actual Weirdest. ♥

Plus a sweet lil Punisher ficlet.

I'll be back in a minute with what I wrote/made!

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Mar Delaney debuts at last!

Last summer everyone watched me suffer through the process of choosing an F/F romance pen name (Mar Delaney was what I ended up with) and now Mar officially has a novella out, as part of a benefit anthology for Outright International.

Lesbian anthology cover

Her Wild Soulmate features the same tropes as the het shifter romance I've been writing (fated mates, etc) but in an F/F flavor.

My story in the anthology, Moose Madness, is blurbed thusly:
Shy, clumsy, closeted moose shifter Maggie can't believe out-and-proud, motorcycle-riding werewolf Fiona is her fated mate, but even if they can overcome their differences, the town's chaotic moose festival and Fiona's overprotective pack just might break them up for good!

It's basically 20K of F/F romcom shifter shenanigans in a small Alaska town.

There are 8 stories in the anthology, each one complete with a happy ending, including a really delightful dragon firefighter one that's the only one I've read so far (but they all look great!). It's $4.99 and all proceeds beyond Amazon's cut go to OutRight.

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Perhaps useful for vidders

I've noticed a trend lately with downloadable vids getting huge, like around 200-250 Mb.

It might be that this is completely intentional and people are putting them out in the highest possible quality, and no one is really that concerned about bandwidth/disk space anymore. I'm also not sure if anyone but me still downloads vids anyway. But it might also be, for some people, that it's just what your vidding program does and you can't get it smaller without a major loss of quality, or you don't have the option to make it smaller at all. I have that problem with mine and I have a couple of simple workarounds for making smaller vids without too much loss of quality, in case you wanted to offer people a less enormous download.

#1 - Upload it to Youtube, then download it from Youtube, by prefixing "ss" to the "youtube" part of the vid URL. This will take you to a page where you have the option of downloading it. (Or using whatever other means you normally use to gank stuff from Youtube, if you do that.) The size and quality you get is a bit hit or miss, but usually you'll end up with a decent-quality file that is much smaller than the original, and it's easy and free. You used to be able to do this even better with Vimeo (and from within the Vimeo site itself, with the option of choosing your vid size), until they did away with downloads on the free version, but I'm pretty sure the paid version can still do it if you happen to have that already.

#2 - On a Mac, you can export it from Quicktime. I'm not 100% sure this feature is free, because over the years I've paid for Quicktime Pro on several different computers and I honestly can't recall if this computer is one of them or if they've added a bunch of the Quicktime Pro features to the standard Quicktime installation. However, if you have the option, what you want is Export under the file menu. I usually export to iTunes, in which case it shows up in the iTunes music folder, in a folder called Home Movies, and you can then drag it anywhere. With my older copy of Final Cut, exporting a full-size MOV from Final Cut and then using this to make it into an MP4 often got me a nicer-quality file for its size than Final Cut's native export options.

And of course, if it's intentional, then no need to worry about it. I do kinda want to put out there that offering a smaller sized download option is something that some of us still appreciate, if you can. (This is not aimed at anyone specific, and it's not even something I've run into that recently; it's brought to you by me smallening a downloadable version of a vid that had exported from Final Cut as a 240 Mb MP4, because no.)

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