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So, as you may or may not be aware, fandom is in the midst of an enormous wank about fanfiction starring characters of color, if there is too little of it, and why that is. (I will spare you my own thoughts on the topic, mainly because I am annoyed with the whole debate.)

But! Much more productive than endless circles of wank is actually producing new fanworks! And so I present to you Seeing Color, a brand-new exchange focused on characters of color. It is operating, basically, on the Yuletide format: sign-up, get matched to someone, turn in a 1000 word fic to receive the same. Except in this case there is art, too! :D

Currently nominations are going on (until May 20th), so get your favorites in there, even if you're not sure you're going to sign up. I of course have totally already nominated Ben January and Underground, but I'm sure the tagset could use more characters in those fandoms. Plus, you know, other fandoms. That's good too.

Useful links!
The main DW comm through which Seeing Color is being run
The exchange FAQ
The tagset
The nomination form

And even if you're not interested in participating, I'd really appreciate it if you could signal boost this information, either on LJ or tumblr or wherever else. It's hard to get out the word about a new exchange, and I really want to see this one get enough participants to take off.

Smut Swap

Feb. 22nd, 2016 03:56 pm
brigdh: (by hotter winds fiery hearts are fanned)
Is anyone else signing up for the [community profile] smutswap exchange (which I keep accidentally typing as "shipswap", I have no idea why)? I'm not 100% committed yet myself, but it looks like a lot of fun, and I definitely want to play if I decide that I have enough free time available next month.

It works pretty much like Yuletide – there's a whole bunch of fandoms nominated, you choose which ones you want to write (1000 word minimum) and receive, a week of being anonymous after stories come out, except that a) fanart is also allowed, b) it's all about the porn. And there's a lot of really great fandoms nominated: Benjamin January! Leverage! Goblin Emperor! Hamilton! Yami no Matsuei! Penny Dreadful! Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Here's the whole fandom tagset, so you can see what's available.

And here's the very fun tagset of kinks, so you can see what options you have for combining with your fandoms. I didn't hear about SmutSwap until nominations were over, but there's still so much I like here: Hair kink! Bath sex! Crossdressing! Wall sex! Honor bondage! Praise kink! Bed sharing! Arranged marriage! There's got to be something you like.

Sign-ups are here, and you have until Feb 29th to sign up. Stories will be due April 16th.

Exchanges!

Mar. 29th, 2015 01:58 pm
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
Is anyone else thinking about doing Night on Fic Mountain? I haven't 100% decided if I'm going to commit yet, but it looks like a lot of fun.

It's basically Yuletide for summer. Nominations are open here until Tuesday, and sign-ups will run April 1-15. Follow along at [livejournal.com profile] ficmountain or on Dreamwidth.
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
Femslash Exchange: Nominations are open for about seven more hours, and then sign-ups will run from 24 August to 3 September. I'm considering signing up - is anyone else doing this? I do see that someone (not me!) has already nominated a couple of Ben January ships.

[livejournal.com profile] polybigbang: Argh. I've been waiting all year for this, but it's running late, so now it's going to overlap with Yuletide, which I did not want to do. I still might sign up though. I dunno. I haven't decided. They need artists too, if anyone else wants to sign up!
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
[livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo is starting its new round! Go here for details and to sign-up to get a bingo card. You'll have all the way until January to write your stories (or art, or whatever).

[livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest is taking nominations until Sunday! It's basically the same thing as ShipSwap or Yuletide: an exchange for rare pairings (or threesomes!), with 250 stories or less on AO3. I'm resisting the urge to nominate Ben January pairings until I've decided for sure if I want to sign up, but I've been watching the tag-set eagerly to see what other people nominate.

Any other exchanges or fests going on now that you're participating in?
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Some upcoming exchanges:
[livejournal.com profile] not_primetime: An exchange for fandoms that are too big for Yuletide but too small to run their own exchanges. Currently doing signups (closes April 30th).
[livejournal.com profile] ficmountain: Yuletide in June, basically. This is the first year for this exchange. Currently doing signups (closes April 30th).
[livejournal.com profile] jukebox_fest: An exchange for stories about songs. Currently doing nominations (closes tonight at midnight EST).
MM-Rares: An exchange for rare slash pairings. This is the first year for this exchange. Currently doing nominations (closes May 2nd).

Is anyone participating in any of these? I'm considering Night on Fic Mountain and M/M Rares, but I haven't made up my mind yet. Also, whoa, someone who is not me nominated Ben January for Fic Mountain! This is very exciting.

Links

Mar. 1st, 2014 04:39 pm
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
Some random unrelated links I've collected and want share:

Final Hour - really lovely BtvS vid.

A wonderful rec list of SFF books by female authors.

An interesting post about sex in Colonial America.

An incredibly sad but true comic. It's hila-terrible!

The Uncharted Sea by Mahoni. Bandom (though I totally just read it as original fic), M (for violence/non-con), mostly gen (with subtext), 118k. Absolutely fantastic story. I love the worldbuilding in this- it's a mix of steampunk, sci-fi, and fantasy elements, which seems like it shouldn't work, but which really, really does, and is constructed and revealed in such an well-done way. The backstories and central mystery are given a slow-burn tension that's rare to see so well-done in fanfiction (like, I love fanfiction, but it does tend to specialize in shorter formats). It has many of my favorite tropes- found family, honorable criminals, desperate rescues. There's action and fight scenes and travel and it's just basically a fantastic novel.

Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child) by zamwessell. Les Miserables, E, Javert/Valjean, 36k. Well, the subtitle really says it all, doesn't it? I haven't read much on the JVJ side of Les Mis fandom, but I'm so glad I read this one. It does a wonderful gradual build of affection and love between the two main characters, and the writing is lovely and in-character.
brigdh: (Koumyou laughs *with* you. Not at you)
[livejournal.com profile] shipswap! It's like Yuletide, but for rare ships instead of rare fandoms, plus they take fic and art. Sign-ups close on Monday; sign up here.

[livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo! Hurt/Comfort Bingo is running a February mini-challenge! Sign up here to get a card with three prompts.

Ship Swap

Jan. 24th, 2014 03:13 pm
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Because apparently my job right now is to pimp fic-writing challenges, let me tell you all about [livejournal.com profile] shipswap! It is an exchange much like Yuletide, except that it's for rare ships rather than rare fandoms. Sign-ups are open from now until February 10th, and you'll have nearly two months (Feb 14 until April 11) to work on your assignment.

Neatest of all, Ship Swap takes both fanfic and fanart!

Nominated fandoms and pairings here! (Also, yes, I totally nominated a bunch of Ben January ships, do you even have to ask?)
Sign up here!
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Porn Battle 15 is now taking prompts! I've already seen prompts for all sorts of fandoms, from mega-huge ones like Supernatural and Teen Wolf, to itty-bitty tiny fandoms. Crossovers and RPF are also allowed! There's no limit to the number of prompts you can leave, nor does leaving a prompt oblige you to come back later and write a fic. You can leave prompts until Sunday, 14:00 GMT.

So go! Leave some prompts! Give me stuff to write. :D
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I am way behind on this. In my defense, I am dying of consumption have the flu.

Day 2: In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Antagony & Ecstasy is a very, very wonderful movie review blog that I have been reading for years and love no less today than I did long ago. Tim (the reviewer!) is hilarious, thoughtful, and full of all sorts of film knowledge and insight. In particular, I recommend his in-depth series on all of the Disney animated movies; Summer of Blood, where he reviews horror movies; or, because reviews of bad movies are always the best to read, this take on Homefront.

The Comics Curmudgeon - Josh reads daily newspaper comics. Which I can't deny is kind of a weird thing to write a blog about, and yet somehow it is SO FUNNY. I never knew I could be so invested in the plot of Mary Worth.

Fallen London - a very entertaining and addictive (also free!) browser game. Imagine a crossover between a Steampunk London, the Cthulhu mythos, the revolutionary parts of Les Mis, and Good Omens. I have recently married a Master Jewel Thief, and am spending a lot of my time in Mahogany Hall, performing on stage.
If anyone else already plays, feel free to send me actions. I am Draupadi, an irresistible, breathtaking, inescapable and sagacious lady.

Two links

Jan. 1st, 2014 07:49 pm
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I have a ton of things I should post, but I'm being a bit lazy and don't want to type them up at the moment. So instead, have links:


Yuletide Friending Meme | My Thread






I am/will be doing both of these, so come and join me!

Vid Recs

Sep. 10th, 2013 04:44 pm
brigdh: (best thing evar)
Here are some vids I have liked recently! You should watch them and like them also, or tell me more vids to watch.

Homewrecker by [livejournal.com profile] fahrbotdrusilla. Anna Karenina. So, I may be the only person in the world in love with last year's Anna Karenina movie (Even though I didn't like the book? But the movie! I totally saw it multiple times in theaters shut up it is SO PRETTY), but even if you didn't see it and/or like it, this vid is awesome and kickass and I love it.

Supremacy by [livejournal.com profile] rhoboat. Craig James Bond. I haven't seen most of the Craig Bond movies, and also I have a sort of inexplicable hatred for Muse, but somehow none of that matters because this vid is amazing and perfect and so well-constructed.

Devil Wouldn't Recognize You by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24. Elementary. Another one where I haven't seen the canon (though I've been meaning to watch it), but the lyrics and the images are just put together so well you get the story from the vid alone. [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 is one of my favorite vid makers.

Alice by Pogo. Disney's Alice in Wonderland. This is weird and not at all like most vids, and yet I find it somehow fascinating.

Va Va Voom by Jetpack_Monkey. I Love Lucy. It's I Love Lucy to a Nicki Minaj song! What more do you need to know? Funny and brilliant.

Run Boy Run by [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl. Game of Thrones. This is by far my favorite; if you only watch one vid from this post, make it this one. Beautiful and smart and horrifying, it's a commentary on violence and women in the GoT world. I love the parallels set up between such disparate characters.
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[livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest is currently taking prompts for small fandoms (basically, anything more or less Yuletide sized). You can submit prompts until the 21st- that's Tuesday- and claiming will begin a few days after that. Have an idea for a fic in a small fandom? Looking for more stories to read and write? Come and play!

Here is the post with the details of how and where to submit prompts, or see what's already been submitted.

Kiva

Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:10 pm
brigdh: (happiness is a kind of holiness)
Kiva.org, which most of you have probably heard of, is a very cool organization, which allows you to lend microloans to people over the world, who are starting businesses, farming, making crafts, etc. As the person uses that money to improve their circumstances, they repay the loan, allowing you to lend money to someone else.

Right now, however, Kiva is having a sale where you can lend $25 to anyone on the site - for free! And if 5 of you do it through my invitation, then I get a t-shirt. But more importantly: helping people! Just by signing up! If you're interested, here's the link.

Things

Jun. 16th, 2011 12:49 pm
brigdh: (I am zen dammit ZEN)
1. I am so heart-broken about Terry Pratchett's illness. He's now considering assisted suicide.

2. In less tragic news, this Let It Dough thing from the New York Times is super-old but very cute.

3. If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses. Hilarious.

4. This nail design is so cool.

5. Speaking of, this blog is great: Stupid Nail Polish Names.
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
1. 10 minute preview for HBO's A Game of Thrones. I am super excited for this!

2. The French Revolution (Bad Romance). A music video which is a history lesson about the French Revolution set to Bad Romance by Lady Gaga!!! INTERNET WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME.

3. Speaking of awesome things on the internet, this is the best academic paper ever published. Ever. I love it so much. I wonder if the author lists it on his CV?

4. This store is so cool! I can't believe it really exists.

5. I AM SO COLD. ...I could probably just add that sentence to every post I'm going to make until March. Thank you for tolerating my whining, o LJ.

6. [livejournal.com profile] 31_days is a panfandom (or original) writing community that I really enjoy, and right now they're trying to get more followers, so I thought I'd mention them. There's no rules or deadlines or wordlimits; every day comes with a prompt, and if you want to write a story to that prompt, you post it on that day. Easy! It's a fantastic place to get inspiration, and whenever I want to write something but don't have any particular ideas, I go there. Here's the list of prompts for December, if you'd like to see the sort of thing they use. I love the community, so I hope it gets more active.

Things

Nov. 24th, 2010 02:24 pm
brigdh: (a woman who cheats at tarot)
1. I have been traveling a lot the last few days, and so have not been checking my work/school email (which is a separate account from my fandom/friends email). Also, I have not been checking it because, you know, avoidance. But now I have finally done so and there are two hundred emails to read and deal with, ARGH.

2. Yuletide assignments! Yay! Mine is good; it will be easy to come up with something, at least, though I think I might have trouble coming up with something particularly inspired. I'm still waiting for my assignment to post a Dear Santa letter, though, so maybe I will have more thoughts after I read that.

3. National Geographic Photography Contest 2010. Some of these pictures are amazing; I particularly like the one of lightening striking the Statue of Liberty.

4. This blog, which collects images from Google Maps Street View, is completely fascinating. There's everything from cars accidents to crimes in progress to people posing.

5. What the Bible Got Wrong: awesome infographic of contradictions in the Bible.

6. Did you know Swordspoint fandom now has a high school AU story? I LOVE CHEESY HIGH SCHOOL AUS. Riverside High by Snow. LOOOOOVE.
brigdh: (I am hopeless. Yay!)
1. Not with a Bang - Alec, Swordspoint, PG-13. By me! I posted this story last night, but you know, time zones. Anyway, I wrote something! This is deeply and terribly exciting to me, in sad way. So you should comment.

I was rereading my old Swordpoint stories the other day, because clearly that is a productive use of time, and I noticed that I'm often quite vague about when any particular story is set. This despite the fact that, of course, I have quite specific times in mind when I'm writing. It's because I think I'm 'subtle'. Anyway, to correct that, I actually gave a clear setting this time, in the notes and all! Go me. These are the things I'm working on this week, because otherwise I have to try and understand quantum physics (I AM NOT EVEN EXAGGERATING I AM LITERALLY READING A 400 PAGE BOOK ON HOW X-RAYS ARE FORMED AT A SUBATOMIC LEVEL AND ELECTRON SPIN AND OH GOD KILL ME NOW). So they're probably going to kick me out. And then I have to move to the inner city and live with a swordsman? I think that is my life already. My point here*, though, is that the prompt was from 'Heart of Darkness', which is a book that I hate, partly because I've had to read it four or five time- Heart of Darkness being one of those books that every literature class ever has to assign- and partly because I just hate it. However, those multiple readings did mean I now get what it's doing, at least, and I do not hate it quite as much as I did the first time I read it. I still think it's racist, though, which lead to a disagreement with a professor in my undergrad and then he gave me a C on the paper because he said I clearly wasn't reading deeply enough. Not that I'm holding a grudge.

Anyway, none of that has absolutely anything to do with my story. On to the next link!

2. A bunch of art that the Nazis described as 'degenerate' and dumped in a cellar has been uncovered in an archaeological dig, and is back on display: photos here. Really neat.

3. The 50s Housewife Experiment - this is a very cool blog. She decides to try actually living like a 50s housewife- including cooking from 50s cookbooks, taking 50s beauty tips, cleaning based on 50s household advice books, and so on- to see what it's like, and then blogging about it. Also funny!

4. FCKh8: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage (NSFW) I love this video so much.



*Okay, clearly I have no point and am rambling, but bear with me.
brigdh: (the city)
1. Snake has virgin birth. This is even creepier than that shark virgin birth a year or two ago, because these babies also have freaky genes. MUTANT SNAKES: DO NOT WANT FOREVER.

2. Kids Reenact Project Runway (video) - Hahahaha, this is hilarious. And helps me get over my bitterness regarding the winner of this season.

3. Towards a Steampunk Without Steam
4. Stupid Things We Say - Two articles about the imperialism/colonialism/racism/sexism/etc of unexamined steampunk. I love the idea of "cotton gin punk" so much. I would totally be all over that genre. Whereas steampunk- there's a lot of interesting things happening in it, but the genre itself is not what I would have chosen to be the next big thing. I still miss cyberpunk! Why did we get tired of that?

5. 50 Reasons to be Pretty Damn Euphoric You Live in New York City - OH GOD I MISS NYC SO MUCH. (Although Jesus, what's with the bitterness in the comments?) Cardiff can bite me. I want New York.

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