This year I had the delight of recording in-person collaborative podfic with knight_tracer, the24thkey, anatsuno, myira, jelazakazone, blackest glass, hananobira, waiting4rain, and girlwithabubblegun. Creating co-podfic through the internet wonder of Skype & g-chat with Analiese010, and then finishing up the year with hilarious podfic recording with a lovely group of people. I also produced not!fic recordings with Opalsong (crafting a story, live!). Apologies to knight_tracer, the24thkey, and anatsuno since I haven’t edited everything yet so stats are not reflective of those numbers (and I don’t know what they are).
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I had about 65k of writing output, of which 35k was fic. I wrote in 5 fandoms, and everything I wrote was either femslash or gen. I finished my 4th novel revision, meeting my goal of last year. I got some really great feedback and have some small revisions left before I start querying it. I did some work on my second novel (still ~1/2 done), and enjoyed bringing it to my writers group (which I was living in a different city from all but the summer sadly). I had 2 professionally published articles this year (geoscience related), one of which was a cover feature article which was very exciting! I also put out a lot of words for two separate job positions, both communications/public relations work and both for various types of news reporting. I continued with submissions, submitting a rehabbed short story (rejected) and submitting the short story I was working on last winter (accepted!).
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This year I made vids in 4 fandoms for a total of 8 vids. I have managed to post 1 of these to the internet. I still haven’t figured out where/how I want my vids hosted. I hope to submit one of the vids I made this year for Bitchin Party in 2016, though I sadly will not be able to attend.
Think of England:
Think of England was wonderfully fun, but I want to know more about the lives of our awesome ladies Patricia Merton and Fenella Carruth.
What do they get up to in the rest of their lives? I can just image that they have lots of interesting adventures. Or if you want to go the more PWP route that would also be great. Or some combination of those two things ^___^
If for some reason you wanted to write me a story where they go to Australia and hang out with Miss Phryne Fisher that would be amazing.
I really dig the sci-fi details/background/trappings of this series. If you want to write more exploring the ramifications of the war/the ships/Abel's weird semi-magical tech skills, that'd all be super cool. And I also ship Cain/Abel, particularly in iterations that make Abel's interest in Cain's domineering tendencies clear (potentially topping-from-bottom scenarios?). Their relationship is super hot, so porn is more than welcome as well. Exploration of the emotional balance of these characters and their mental/emotional connection and significance to each other is also interesting to me. Overall: Some combination of sci-fi world building exploration and porn would be wonderful. Cain/Abel is my OTP so please don't split them up. (I would rather this stay a closed relationship rather than adding other characters to the mix). I would be interested in seeing a Keeler/Enke fic if that's more your interest.
Want to write something about our wonderful Justice Husbands post-series, I would be so into reading that. How does Masayoshi continue his superheroing? How does their relationship change. How do Gotou's co-workers react to his new fiancé at work gatherings? Slice of life moving in together/domesticity with a side of superhero justice shenanigans would be lovely.
I also find Mari and Moe's relationship interesting. I kind of disliked Mari as a character for a lot of the series, but I think this relationship has potential for a lot of growth for both characters, again a post-cannon fic would be interesting, to see where these two go with their potentially budding romance.
The Curse Workers
I really enjoy Lila and Cassel's relationship, how in charge she is and the very kinky overtones they get. Something exploring that would be cool. I also really love the magic system of this world, wether you want to elaborate on that in a sort con-job scenario, or in a look at Danika's crusading and the social justice issues around working & workers.
General requests: Please no nonconsensual sex. I'm fine with suicide attempts/ideation but would like not to have character death. I don't like humiliation, whether verbal or situational (this applies to both porn and non-porny stories). I'm not fond of age-regression/kidfic. I *really* dislike communication failure as plot.
I love voice-on-the-radio/falling-for-the-DJ stories. Groundhog day fic is lovely. I love found families. Fake marriage/dating(leading to the real thing) is definitely a favorite! Enthusiastic consent is always great.
Usagi Drop live action movie:
I think this film is adorable. I love Daikichi and Rin's growing trust and familial relationship. Families of choice are an absolute favorite for me, and how they learn and grow together is awesome. Also Rin is the absolute cutest kid ever. It's just adorable and quirky and fun and anything that captures that emotionally poignant happiness and joy of family in a vid would be lovely.
Musically, something sweet and feel good: emotionally uplifting family happiness. For some reason this movie puts Ingrid Michaelson's "Everybody" into my head, but that's more a "something like this" rather than a specific request (unless that moves you too).
Fly Away Home:
This film is gorgeous and Anna Paquin is awesome. A fanvid focusing on her, her relation to the geese, and her growing up would be lovely. Or her and her changing relationship with her father could be sweet as well. Anything heartwarming, like the film itself. Musically, I imagine something by the Indigo Girls or Vienna Teng or Sarah Harmer some other female solo-esque, folk-like artist, but that doesn't have to be true, if you want to go with a Amy character study, possibly something girl-power-esque?/with an "I can do it!" vibe. Or on the other hand, it'd be really neat to have a pop-y fun vid about just how awesome this movie is.
The Raven Cycle:
I love this series so, so much. I'm a big fan of both Blue/Gansey and Adam/Ronan. I love all the characters in this series. If you wanted to do a Piper Greenmantle vid or something, that'd be super cool too. I really enjoy a lot of the atmospheric tumblr posts, so if you want to do a tree-magician-Adam + forrests vid I'm totally hear for that. I'm also all about drag-racing-Ronan & dreaming Ronan & surreal magical dream creations.
Mushishi Zoku Shou:
I loved the first season of Mushi-Shi tremendously and the second series definitely delivered on the same quality. There are so many beautiful images in this show! Whatever you'd want to do would be cool (lots of birds and oceans and random bits of flora and fauna!). I love the pacing of this show, so something also with that similar vibe would be cool, or perhaps a faster vid taking the more energetic parts? Whatever strikes your fancy, I'm sure to be excited about it.
I ship Cain/Abel OTP, so if this will be a ship vid please keep them together? An ensemble-gen vid could be super cool if this isn't your ship. (Enke/Keeler is also fun, but probably doesn't have enough images yet?).
Maybe something by Little Mix, or some other popy music, or trashy pop music also totally works. Or if you wanted to take this an emotional acoustic route, that could be sure neat to see!
This show is gorgeous, I love the imagery, I love the folkloric sense of storytelling, I love the surreal interesting creatures and weird creepy/gorgeous plotlines.
Last Exile: Fam the Silverwing
Last Exile was awesome so of course I had to watch Silver Wing, I loved the geopolitical struggles and world-building taking Exile and moving it through to wider conclusions and a grander scale. For a vid, I love the girls, Fam is great, Liliana is pretty badass awesome. I ship everyone (i.e. I basically ship any permutation of the girls, or OT4, whatever), I also love how wonderful and strong the characters friendships are if you don't want to do something shippy. I'd love something about the Sky Pirates and flying and races. Musically maybe Owl City? Venus Hum? The Postal Service? Lisa Mitchell?
I love Kuranoske a lot. I ship Kuranoske/Tsukimi. Any vid focusing on Kuranoske would be awesome, whether serious or whacky hijinks/funny; I'd be totally down for either. As for music, it depends on the tone you want for a vid (silly vs. serious). Something from Owl City might be very sweet? Or Weather Girl by Fruit? Or something by Lily Allen? I'm failing at suggestions here, you will clearly know better than I!
YAY Festividder, I'm so lucky to have you!! Looking forward to it!
Podfic in 2014
This year I recorded 53 podfics in 46 fandoms for a total 44 hrs 17 in 59 seconds (11 hrs of which was all in ITPE). This is ~60 hours less than last year, and half as many podfics as well. Productivity way down, seemingly. However I also recorded 7 professional audiobooks in the last year for a total of 35 hours, and narrated and produced a podcast for the National Parks Service, which brings up total time up to 80 hours. That’s only 24 less than last year. The shortest podfic I made this year was less than 2 min, longest just shy of 10 hrs. Majority of podfics are under an hour this year. The main fandoms I was in this year were Curse Workers, Attack on Titan, and Free!. Really only Attack on Titan saw a boost in podfics made though.
This year I had the joy of going to Bitchin Party. I was the narrator for a Brooklyn 9-9 multi-voice podfic there: a distinct lack of tutus by Fahye, and vastly enjoyed being part of/spearheading a podfic of To make us public sport by Petra which was super fun. I love multi-voice projects and that was a great one for so many characters and lots of fun!
By AO3 stats my top fandoms to podfic of all time are: Teen Wolf, Hockey, & My Chem
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This I feel that I had very little writing output all told, which in retrospect isn’t quite true because I wrote 90k (about the same amount as last year). I didn’t generate a ton of new content but I re-wrote and revised quite a lot. I spent a lot of time this year on a 3rd and 4th draft of my novel. I wrote 40k of a new novel and 18k of a currently-being-edited fic, I also wrote a short story to submit to an anthology and my yuletide fic. I wrote podcasts for work this fall so I professionally scripted/produced content as well. This summer I found an awesome writers group and rehabbed a lot of old short stories into something reasonable through their feedback. I had a goal to submit things and I submitted ~12 different poems to various magazines none of which have been accepted. We’ll try again next year. So I actually did quite a lot of work this year. In the coming year I hope to finish this fourth novel revision and
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This year I made vids in 9 fandoms for a total of 11 vids this year. 6 of which will be posted in 2015 with Festivids. I premiered my first fanvid at a con (Wings) and that was super exciting. This year I hit 50 fanvids available online with 2 not yet re-upped and 9 for Festivids so a total of 60 vids I’ve created so far. That’s quite a decent number! In addition to this I made 4 professional promotional videos for the National Parks Service that will be revealed online in the next year. Vidding levels this year: high.
Favorite vid posted this year, obvs. Wings (it’s also top hits & kudos stats wise). Favorite vid actually made this year is probably my Gravitation on an idea I had in high school. 6 years later it’s completed, though not yet posted.
I wrote up a recs list for tumblr but never posted it here. After Sakura Con last year I was thinking about how amazing, unique, and wonderful anime can be. I don’t think as many people know about some of these awesome series as should, so I decided I’d make a rec list. They are in order of re-watch value which I think speaks highly of a show (and how much I personally like it). Hopefully if you’re into anime this list might give you a few new things to be excited about, or to remind you of how much you also love them. If you’re not into anime, I think this is possibly a good range of shows to consider. If one particularly speaks to you, maybe it might be worth giving a shot! I think all of these shows are particularly unique and I love them. Each entry has the show, a brief description of the show and why I love it, and either image showing the shows art or a vid that I believe showcases the show well, the re-watch value of the show, the fannish reason to watch the show, and the number of episodes.
(the list: Mushi-Shi, Baccano, No.6, Usagi Drop, Tsuritama, Last Exile, Eve no Jikan, Gankutsuou, Utena, Star Driver, Mawaru Penguin Drum, Free!, Moyashimon, Jellyfish Princess, Tiger and Bunny, Cowboy Bebop, Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
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General requests: Please no nonconsensual sex. I'm fine with suicide attempts/ideation but would like not to have character death. I don't like humiliation as a focus or aspect in stories, whether verbal or situational. I'm not fond of age-regression/kidfic. I really dislike communication failure as plot.
I love voice-on-the-radio/falling-for-the-DJ stories (though that doesn't really apply to any of these fandoms except for *possibly* Killjoys). I love found families. Fake marriage/dating is always fun! Enthusiastic consent is always great.
Song: Wings by Little Mix
Fandoms: Firefly, Kamakazi Girls, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Miss Congeniality, Charlies Angels, Bend It Like Beckham, The Matrix, Hex, Star trek TOS, Teen Wolf, Torchwood, Merlin, Casino Royale, Avengers, Battle Star Galactica, Skins, Glee, Xena Warrior Princess, 10 Things I Hate about You, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Chuck, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Friday Night Lights, Buffy, Legend of the Seeker, Middle Men, Game of Thrones, Slings and Arrows, Alias, The Losers, Whip It, Themla & Louise, Sanctuary, Doctor Who, Dark Angel, Fast and the Furious, Farscape, Primeval, Leverage, Star Trek: Voyager, Hunger Games, Bones, Gravity, Lord of the Rings, Smallville, Underworld, Stargate Atlantis, Wonderfalls, Stargate SG1, Once Upon a Time, D.E.B.S.
Summary: A celebration of female characters with focus on showing their competency not just through violence but through their friendships, determination, self confidence, intelligence, leadership, and skills. Part a remix, part a conversation with the vids that have come before, and part love letter to these awesome ladies and the people who vid them.
Warnings: some fast cuts ~.2 secs per image
Vidder Talk: This vid came out of the fact that I *love* mutlifandom vids about ladies. There are some amazing vids out there! But one thing I noticed was that often demonstrations of female agency and celebrations of women were celebrations of females showing their skills/agency/badassery through violence. Sometimes that was beating up men, sometimes that was overcoming an attacker, sometimes it was just "I look freaking cool with this gun/martial arts form, watch me conquer". I am all for awesome aggressively competent ladies but I was saddened that in some of my favorite vids I didn't see the thinking or other moments of brilliance. So, I decided I was going to try to make a celebration of women vid with no violence. Obviously I missed that mark, this vid includes 1 rocket launcher, some dragons, and one scene with shooting. That said, I think I did mostly create the vid I wanted to see, and having ~20 seconds of that whole have some violent connotations was, in the end, something I felt okay with.
I do think (or hope!) I managed to include female characters who don't always show up in these kinds of vids. The list of characters I "must have" in this vid was about twice as long as the number of awesome ladies actually appearing, so this is by no means a 'only these characters' there are so many others who could/should have been included. The other challenge that I worked on in this vid, was creating a vid that only used footage from other vids. So the end credits work a bit like a rec list of all sorts of vids with amazing female characters.
I wanted to talk about what images we find iconic and emblematic of our fannish experience, and in doing that talk about how vids show agency (relating back to the lots of violent images), because beyond just violence there are so many vids that show women being awesome in all sorts of different ways, and I wanted to bring all those moments together into one vid, so why not make a shout out to those vids for having those moments? This is another area in which I didn't precisely succeed. There were no vids of Gravity at the time I made this video so I used the movie trailer, similarly Perks of Being a Wallflower. I had a vid with a particular moment from the Hunger Games that I wanted to use, but my computer couldn't convert the file (not divisible by 16). Happily the Hunger Games trailer also had that moment so I used that (though it was inspired by the original vid!).
I hope that this vid gives you as many positive, happy, awesome female character squee feelings as it does for me! I think this was a well spent ~3 months \o/
Appreciation: Thanks to Beckaandzac for introducing me to Little Mix and therefore being directly responsible for the existence of this vid. Thanks also to Myira and Paul for beta.