sistermagpie: Moon magic (Moon)
( Nov. 27th, 2012 02:50 pm)
Hey! So the amazing [personal profile] pts had an idea a while back. The idea was:

It occurred to us one bourbon-seasoned afternoon in March that Kissing and Adventure make really excellent partners—you know, in stories. And we thought to ourselves how grand it would be to assemble an anthology of fiction dedicated to making that case.


And lo, this idea became a reality--in e-book form! Seven tales of ships (as in vessels), and ships (as in kissing), all for under $3.00.

You can check out more details right here. There's story excerpts and links to get a copy of your own in multiple formats. So much kissing in a convenient format and a really low price!

Also, I'm in it. That is, I wrote one of the stories. As did other terrific people like [profile] aliwildgoose and [personal profile] jlh. I'm pretty excited about that part, actually. So I'm shamelessly plugging it. Proudly plugging it, in fact.

The Ships We Sail. Get your copy today! If you would like! No pressure!
So Yuletide really is fun, I find. :-) I read a lot of stories I really liked. Once again I'll pimp my Nero Wolfe story, Furlough, which I now know was written by Re_White.

I wrote two stories, one as a treat. My treat was in the English and Scottish Popular Ballads fandom. [personal profile] measured_words talked about a fic based on the song Lamkin/Long Lankin that made sense of some of the plotholes. If you don't know the song, someone put up a video to the Steeleye Span version, the one I know, here. Lots of blood! Anyway, this is the solution I came up with:

December 8, 1957 (1966 words) by faviconsistermagpie
Fandom: English and Scottish Popular Ballads - Francis James Child
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lamkin
Summary:

Fred told Gloria to beware.



There's canon level violence (which means some character deaths) in that one. Also misogyny.

My main assignment was really exciting because it was for one of my favorite books and movies, The Haunting of Hill House. I was watching this movie nonstop around Halloween so I was in the right headspace for the assignment and a nice reread. I love Shirley Jackson! And [personal profile] ava_jamison and [personal profile] jlh for showing me what didn't work.

Fear and Guilt Are Sisters (4345 words) by faviconsistermagpie
Fandom: Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eleanor, Theodora
Summary:

Theo thought she got away from Hill House just in time.



It takes place post-canon so there's mentions of character death and suicide as a subject.

I love bringing a little Halloween to Yuletide!

I hope everybody had a happy new year! I've started the new year off in the traditional way, housecleaning while watching a Hoarders marathon. I'm not sure how I ever cleaned before Hoarders.

Hopefully I'll get it together enough to do a list of some of the stories I loved this year, though I'm still making my way through the collection!

I hope everybody had a great
Today I had one of those thoughts that's kind of stating the obvious so there's little need to write it down, but it was in response to many people implying it wasn't true so I'm writing it down. It has to do with female characters. Or rather, the perfect female character. )
Today I had one of those thoughts that's kind of stating the obvious so there's little need to write it down, but it was in response to many people implying it wasn't true so I'm writing it down. It has to do with female characters. Or rather, the perfect female character. )
I read a post today that got me thinking about the subject...here [livejournal.com profile] jarodrossell refers to a conversation he was having about archetypes. Specifically, characters that can redefine archetypes. The context of the original conversation is regarding African American nerd characters, of whom there aren't that many. The one everyone usually points to is Urkel, and he was on TV in the 90s. [livejournal.com profile] jarodrussell points out Alec Hardison from Leverage as an example, but since Hardison is a supporting character and a member of an ensemble, he doesn't have the power to redefine an archetype like a lead. Which got me thinking about supporting characters in general and how they often outshine the lead--which should not be taken as an argument for white leads.... )
I read a post today that got me thinking about the subject...here [profile] jarodrossell refers to a conversation he was having about archetypes. Specifically, characters that can redefine archetypes. The context of the original conversation is regarding African American nerd characters, of whom there aren't that many. The one everyone usually points to is Urkel, and he was on TV in the 90s. [personal profile] jarodrussell points out Alec Hardison from Leverage as an example, but since Hardison is a supporting character and a member of an ensemble, he doesn't have the power to redefine an archetype like a lead. Which got me thinking about supporting characters in general and how they often outshine the lead--which should not be taken as an argument for white leads.... )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Poison Pen)
( Nov. 14th, 2010 09:05 pm)
It's been a while since I've updated, I just realized. But I'm still here and commenting! December is coming, and every year I feel a little left out of the gift exchange at Christmas since I don't write fic. Not the stress when everyone seems to be worried about their fics--but the present opening seems like such a fun part of everyone's Christmas day!

So this year I decided to take the plunge! Here I am writing my very first Yuletide letter.:-)

Dear Yuletide Author... )
I've been having these vague thoughts lately on "realistic" drama, and how it is or isn't realistic, or how real life does or doesn't get considered realistic. And seeing a couple of comments on the last couple of episodes of Mad Men spurred me to actually write some of them down.

Basically, it just occured to me how when you think about great dialogue, it's usually dialogue that is either witty and subtle or incisive and sharp. Dialogue or drama that's sentimental, clunky, or too on the nose is fake or inept. Yet so often in real life people are all those things. More stuff in here--but no real spoilers. )
I've been having these vague thoughts lately on "realistic" drama, and how it is or isn't realistic, or how real life does or doesn't get considered realistic. And seeing a couple of comments on the last couple of episodes of Mad Men spurred me to actually write some of them down.

Basically, it just occured to me how when you think about great dialogue, it's usually dialogue that is either witty and subtle or incisive and sharp. Dialogue or drama that's sentimental, clunky, or too on the nose is fake or inept. Yet so often in real life people are all those things. More stuff in here--but no real spoilers. )
This is just somehow hilarious to me:


I write like
James Joyce

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I write like
James Joyce

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I'm going to try to put down some complicated rumination on the finales of SUPERNATURAL and LOST here--with spoilers for both. Watching the The End finale last night it reminded me of Swan Song. In the end I feel like Swan Song was more successful as a narrative in delivering what it promised.

I apologize for how long this is. It was probably a bad idea to try to talk about two such important finales in one post, but they seemed really ripe for comparison.

Spoilers for The End (LOST) and Swan Song (SPN) )
I'm going to try to put down some complicated rumination on the finales of SUPERNATURAL and LOST here--with spoilers for both. Watching the The End finale last night it reminded me of Swan Song. In the end I feel like Swan Song was more successful as a narrative in delivering what it promised.

I apologize for how long this is. It was probably a bad idea to try to talk about two such important finales in one post, but they seemed really ripe for comparison.

Spoilers for The End (LOST) and Swan Song (SPN) )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (100% Ravenclaw)
( May. 3rd, 2010 11:49 pm)
Just read a great post by [livejournal.com profile] mrs_laugh_track on a subject that I think doesn't get covered enough. In a nutshell:

"There is a LOT of people who are GOOD at things on television right now. People who are naturals. Who are the best something to ever something. And in order to emphasize that we don't really get presented with them working really hard to get there. And to me personally that can lead to a lot of genericness. Because by removing the hard work you are removing the part of them as a person that is heavily influenced by whatever it is that they do. So you end up with these very interchangeable characters having very interchangeable banter. And the banter is interchangeable because it's barely about their jobs because the character isn't ABOUT the job."

I have to say, I've felt that same frustration. I love characters that are what they do, whose personality has developed around their profession. I feel like this also connects to the competency porn idea. In case you've never heard that, that was a term I think made up by the Leverage writers who said that they originally worried that the audience would be bored by too much exposition in an ep, but then discovered that the audience loved scenes where people who were damn good at they do discussed their plans. I think what turns something from generic talented people banter to competency porn is making us believe that the characters love what they do, find it fascinating to actually do it in ways they can only do because of years of study and discipline.

Read the actual post here

What I love, too, is that she zeroes in on this being about characters caring about something and not just characters being too talented.
I was having a conversation today about something completely unrelated, and it made me think about first time stories or new relationships vs. old relationships with a lot of baggage. Thinking about it...warning: these thoughts go all over the place and wind up somewhere I did not even expect. )
Last night I was talking to [livejournal.com profile] jlh about...well, as usual with us the conversation was all over the place but going back a few steps: Susan Boyle. And what dream it was that she represented. Ferretbrain did an article about her as a symbol of being a success without work, that a woman who hadn't studied and worked for decades could walk out on stage and be the equal of someone who had. And Clio said she thought that actually it was about the more realistic dream that you could start a successful career or even hobby when you were older. Which has gotten me thinking more about that... )
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sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Pica loquax certa dominum te voce saluto)
( Nov. 18th, 2009 02:24 pm)
This is related to a discussion in another lj, but I realized it was really a tangent, so I thought I'd put it here. The discussion was about all-human AUs, where fanfic authors take non-human characters and make them human due to the setting. For instance, if you have everybody from Star Trek in high school, Spock might be an exchange student from some other country, but he's not half Vulcan. Likewise, Castiel isn't an angel, Spike isn't a vampire, Frodo isn't a hobbit, Zuko isn't a fire bender, etc. It's taking fantasy or sci-fi characters and putting them in a real world settings. Many people don't really see the point in that--which I can understand, even if I like those stories. If a character has an alien mindset, the logical question is, how can s/he be the same character without that alien mindset?

Which led me to an answer that's not really relevent to that discussion, which is that they're actually human to begin with. )
sistermagpie: Might as well be in Chinese (Chinese)
( Nov. 18th, 2009 02:22 pm)
This is related to a discussion in another lj, but I realized it was really a tangent, so I thought I'd put it here. The discussion was about all-human AUs, where fanfic authors take non-human characters and make them human due to the setting. For instance, if you have everybody from Star Trek in high school, Spock might be an exchange student from some other country, but he's not half Vulcan. Likewise, Castiel isn't an angel, Spike isn't a vampire, Frodo isn't a hobbit, Zuko isn't a fire bender, etc. It's taking fantasy or sci-fi characters and putting them in a real world settings. Many people don't really see the point in that--which I can understand, even if I like those stories. If a character has an alien mindset, the logical question is, how can s/he be the same character without that alien mindset?

Which led me to an answer that's not really relevent to that discussion, which is that they're actually human to begin with. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Magpies in the library)
( Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:27 pm)
Having just read a bunch of posts on warnings in fics that didn't actually cover my own feelings about them? I thought I would share them!

A lot of the discussion has centered around triggers, which I think is important, but even as someone who doesn't think of herself as really having any triggers, warnings are still important to me. Just as they are in non-fanfic )
sistermagpie: WWSMD? (Nun)
( Jun. 9th, 2009 05:37 pm)
I was reading a conversation that brought up that old standby "character flaws" that made me think...this is probably obvious but I'll put it out there anyway. In the conversation someone asked about a character's flaws said "The character's greatest flaw is X...but that's also the character's great strength." Bzzzt! Wrong answer! )
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