Haven't been on LJ since 2012. What are the good comms for fic writing and spoiler-free Doctor Who now?
Just got a Tumblr. Does anyone on the flist understand Tumblr? There is so much I don't get that isn't covered in the help and I can't find any good newbie guides that answer the obvious questions instead of regurgitating the site help pages.
Like how do you reblog a reblog so you are actually reblogging the person's response and not just the original post? Is there a way to browse a tag that has a hyphen in it? Why is it that when I upload something high-res, you can click on the thumbnail and it pops up a version scaled to your screen (clearly down and not up), but if you right-click on that and select "view image" you get the 400px thumbnail? How do I make it simple to get the full image without uploading it somewhere else and just linking? Is there a free layout that actually shows all of the things, like all the tags and an obvious "next page" button and the date of the post and the like and reblog buttons and a direct link to the post? I can fix an ugly layout that works, but I can't do anything with a pretty layout that cuts half the information and features.
I don't expect someone to answer all that. I just can't even find where to ask questions aside from abusing their support email and if you learned how to use Tumblr, how did you do that?
Other sites make sense. :(
Anyone know a general anime- or animation-themed 20-in-20 that's still active? Or an unthemed one that regularly gets anime entries. It's kind of hard to just search for comms sometimes.
So while I was busy ignoring everyone again, Remix happened. My brave remixer decided to tackle Integration in Reverse, which a couple of you will remember is that thing I wrote once that almost nobody knows wtf even happens in it. So I was kind of already impressed before I even read it. The result is a neat fixity remix which, given a certain line from The Neil Gaiman Episode, is probably a good prediction as well.
It can be found here: Disintegration (The Next Chapter Remix)
(Doctor/River and characters from the Library episodes, gen though I suppose it's also het, probably around PG just for one character hitting on another, no warnings I can think of, about 2k words).
That was one concise mini-header I just wrote.
I really wish I still had my data ghost icon.
1) It's going to be hilarious when he doesn't actually set off the bomb, and nearly all the fic out there is instantly Jossed. I may applaud.
2) Have strong desire to write genderswap fic in which John is still named John but Sherlock has a feminine equivalent of his name. It will be plotty and not just a weirdly structured essay on feminism. Sherlock will actually be a sociopath.
I don't know how to write genderswap. I almost never even read genderswap. Is there a manual somewhere? Have any advice? What would I know if I were familiar with the genre? And what can I possibly call Sherlock?
Title: The Rooftop Scene
Characters: Jo, Eleven, Mickey, Lazarus
Rating: PG for a monster?
No warnings, spoilers only for The Lazarus Experiment
Summary: A scene from The Lazarus Experiment, with the cast swapped out for The Eleventh Doctor, Jo Grant, and Mickey Smith.
Notes: For the Doctor Swap Fic Meme
. Though I'm not sure I really changed enough. It's pretty much all little character stuff.( Jo admired him, her boss, the sponsor of the new life she was making for herself.Collapse )
I need some kind of writer's group thingy, but for fic. Or just like, a good fic-discussing friend or two. To bounce ideas off of each other, and so there's someone to lament to and ask for advice when I realize hours into a project that it's deeply flawed and I can't fix it. Where do I find such people? Are you interested? (And familiar with Doctor Who?) Are there any active comms for this?
(To be clear, I don't mean a beta. I mean for discussion way
before finished fic appears.)
And apologies in advance for the four or five posts I'm going to spam up your flists with this weekend. Blame Remix. And procrastination.
edit: There's a fanfic writing support comm on Dreamwidth called writethisfanfic
. In case anyone wanders by and wishes this post had had more resolution. It seems to work like fic_rush
, only never-ending and in slow motion. Their resources post
looks great, too.
I direct everyone to this nifty fic meme
where you post a mix of Doctor and companion(s), and then someone gives you an episode and you stick your team into a scene from it. Yes, it is available to you new series-only and Torchwood types. If you get there quickly enough, you can tell me to use your favorite episode and there's a chance I'll actually do it.
Also once I stop being angsty over the fact that the Doctor doesn't sound like the Doctor and the second half has almost nothing to do with the first, I need a beta for a 1700-word fic where Mickey gets Ten hooked on Super Mario Bros., and then Rose saves the day.
(Yeah I know, way to sell it.)
0 words. Seriously.
A big cold hit me when I was supposed to be planning. Then IRL stuff came up, which is why I haven't posted since October.
I also defaulted on a ficathon. Go me.
My River fic is at 5,688 words and nothing close to done. I may cheat and try to make that 56k words. I want to get it done before it gets jossed by the Christmas Special. 56k would take a pretty serious B plot though.
I need guidance. Or like, words. :(
There was an RTD quote from an interview, or a panel, or a commentary, or a confidential, or that book. It was along the lines of:
'There were so many times when I almost put in a line saying "Thank goodness we all got 200 extra regenerations to fight in the Time War."'
I would like the exact quote. Does anyone know where this is from? Anything to narrow it down would help. Google gives me lots of Rassilon and Master stuff with "for the time war" and lots of spoilers for about anything else I can think of to try.
The quote is at least as old as 2009. (I found someone else referencing it in December.)edit from the distant future:
I found the quote here
. It's apparently from DWM 415.
Hey everybody, check out eleven_romana
, a ficathon about like some time lords or something. Signups are open until the 23rd and due dates are scattered throughout November (you claim a day). They take pretty much any length and genre, too. They even take art and graphics, but you should do fic because then I could read it.
There's still most of a day left of fic_rush
. The perfect way to work on your eleven_romana submission! There will also be a round in the middle of NaNoWriMo. The perfect way to work on your nearly overdue eleven_romana submission!
1. Find a sentence / stanza / paragraph from a book / poem / what have you that you adore.
2. Write it out, along with the name of the source and the author's name, using your usual handwriting (and for extra points, your favourite pen)
3. Scan it / take a picture of it / etc. and post it in the comments.
4. Copy this to your journal
I present to you the following IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.( Mediumly big image.Collapse )
Was going to just post "Not dead. More later" and then vanish again, but realized I was a bit lacking in the "more later" department.
Basically I didn't ever pop back in and let people know I was leaving because I was sure I was a couple days away from coming back anyway, and then after the first month or two I forgot all about it. Then I didn't come back as soon as I could have because that involved 116 gmails and figuring out what to put in this post and how to apologize to all the people who I was supposed to be helping run comms and stuff.
Now I will go start leaving comms I'm still in and shouldn't be. Then I will ponder the expense of getting my paid account and icon expansion back. And whether I should continue where I left off in the 30-Day TV Meme even though it probably wouldn't be funny to anyone but me if I did.
Hilariously, nowgold still
hasn't noticed that I accidentally got left as maintainer of wlbronze
after helping run a game one afternoon in May.
Procrastinating on the 30-Day TV Meme because I can't think of a best scene ever. Might cheat and do a top 10 good ones I can think of right now, or something.
In the meanwhile, I want to ask the world where all the Squall's Dead
-compatible fic is. Come on, people!
I'd probably write some myself (ad for fic_rush
here) if I had any ideas for it. Which I'm open to, btw.
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
The original Star Trek.
Star Trek is the great grandmommy of all those other scifiish shows about a crew having a series of adventures in space. You know, Stargate. Battlestar Galactica, mostly. Babylon 5. Blake's 7. Farscape. Other versions of Star Trek, and Andromeda. Basically an entire genre -- a big, popular one -- is copying, drawing from, and attempting (attempting) to improve upon Star Trek, directly or indirectly. I know Gene Roddenberry didn't invent the concept, but he did permanently make it a part of TV by creating a really good show.
Which also, as a bonus, has Uhura in it. <3
For such an old show, Star Trek holds up really well. The pacing doesn't suck, like with a lot of other old shows I've seen. The plots often make sense. While imperfect, Star Trek is a lot more politically correct than you'd expect for its time and even beats some shows being made today. The characters were so memorable that they've stayed in the public's mind for 40 years. Everyone knows who Spock is.
So basically, taking "everyone" to mean "people who have ever shown an interest in scifi" (other people don't count anyway), Star Trek is something everyone needs to see.
In an effort to spend at least five minutes today not
thinking about awesometopia
(which you should all join, especially if you're into pirates, fish, or dragons), I'm going to catch up on a couple days' worth of this meme. I keep forgetting about it. :\
BTW, since I'm advertising things and the rest of this post is about RTD-era Doctor Who, I might as well mention rewatch_tennant
. It's a live-blogging-style rewatch of Tenth Doctor episodes. We meet Sundays at 9AM PDT. I think Gridlock
is next. Some of us are conspiring to make the mod do Hamlet at some point.( My most & least favorite Doctor Who episodes. Virtually no RTD hate this time!Collapse )
I have no idea what to do for the next two days, but I'm sure at least one of them won't be about Doctor Who. This meme starts with the obvious questions and then gets more creative, so my answers will get more varied as it goes on.