Ten minutes later...
"WAAAAIIIIT! This is supposed to be a short smutfic with minimal lead-up."
*scribbles notes for longer epic foodporn fic to write later*
Also I actually managed drafts for two locations for the gazetteer in the Black Hack hack omfg 83~
So, progress! Little progress but still progress!
On top of this stuff, I have my prompts for spook_me (let's go, not-at-all-cute Genealogy fic ~~), and -- all things being equal -- it just might be time to think about buckling down and dead tree'ing Equinox after all. Lol.
Basically, I have to keep reminding myself that not only can I be flexible, it's okay if I am. So if this layout isn't working in a few weeks, I can try something new.
Just unpacking and sorting, I've pulled out three books to go already. Well, for one, I read one chapter and immediately deposited it in the 'take to pagan shop' basket. Not my cuppa. I suspect this will happen more and more as I keep going, especially with reference books that are interesting but not the sorts of things I'll ever need to reference that often, or that seem impressively redundant (like the dozens of gardening books).
Other than that, words! I'm sort of trying for the impossible, lol. Wish me luck! (And words!)
... And then promptly gutted it of all the ridiculously over-specific questions, and tweaked a few others. You know, like one does with memes ~
That said, this is still 25 questions about FE, and that's kind of a lot.
So, this is now an Ask And Answer Meme! 83
Comment with the number or numbers of the questions you'd like me to answer, and I'll respond back. (no asking for every single one in a clot, that's just mean.)
( Fire Emblem Questionnaire ~ )
Harmony Gold's Macross, Mospeada, Southern Cross Licenses Still Expire in 2021
-- so this is the part where Harmony Gold needs to either get ready for a final winding down (unless things do actually wind up getting renewed after all, and I don't know how likely I find that), or (and I bet you can guess which option I favour at least trying) use the creations it has and build a proper 'new' Robotech.
I'd like to think that the new comic is an intermediary step -- changing up events and character details and such while retaining, for the moment, familiar trappings -- but somehow I don't know that I'd be so lucky.
Also, the bit in the article about "Harmony Gold owns the title Robotech in perpetuity, but when its license expires it will no longer be able to use or exploit works that are derivative of the three anime titles" is so disingenous I could chew up swords and spit out tacknails.
But I really shouldn't be surprised that the anime news site does its best to passive foster the continuing bullshit misinformation that Robotech has nothing of its own addition and creation, right? *snort*
This is, frankly, depressing as hell and I'd like to get my groove back. There are critters I do miss.
I'm open to thoughts on the subject?
"Robotech was Harmony Gold's edited and rewritten 1985 adaptation of three separate anime science-fiction series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The producers have yet to announce which, if any, of the three anime that the proposed live-action project will most follow, or how it will deal with the copyright issues between Harmony Gold's partner Tatsunoko Production and the creators of Macross (the most popular of the three anime)."
In a perfect world?
Hit the ground with "Zor's ship is sent out of his Masters' clutches, crashes on Earth with the pursuit hot on its tail space-travelingly-speaking, dude check out this alien tech and the whacked-out shit that powers it" -- and then run from there.
Make the fucking thing Robotech and shear as much of the borrowed details off as fucking possible. Keep what Macek wrote and others have elaborated on. Season with mecha to taste.
Of course I suppose that's easy for me to say because my own two most beloveds can skate through a purge like that untouched, but I don't care. I want it and would want it anyway.
Cut off the limb to save the body, it's already on fucking life support.
Hello Trick or Treater! Thanks in advance for writing me a story in one of these awesome fandoms! All prompt ideas are suggestions only, so you don’t have to follow them if you don’t want to. If for whatever reason you need to ask me a question, I have anon asks enables on my Tumblr and will get back to you as soon as possible.
I like plotty fic, ship fic, character studies, fluff, most AUs, romance, BDSM and dub-con.
I don’t like gore/detailed descriptions of violence, major character death, rape, infidelity, a/b/o or watersports, so please stay away from that.
Now, Sunvault is a "solarpunk" anthology and when the Kickstarter launched I was all for the concept as explained by the publishers then, because the general gist could be boiled down to "cyberpunk but with an ecological bent and we're gonna fight to un-dystopia the place because wallowing in grimdark misery is not fun yo RISE UP" and bloody hell is that notion basically my jam. More diverse settings, people, etc etc.
It also wasn't going to be all perfect hearts and flowers -- one of the examples of "solarpunk" given on Upper Rubber Boot's blog was Paolo Bacigalupi, whose short works I'm very fond of and then I was surprised how hard I bounced off of The Wind-Up Girl because, meh, gengineered sex worker is not my bag and the book didn't have the verve of the short-form I'd read. But this was nonetheless a good sign for me also. It said (then) that things could even be post-apocalyptic or fighting losing battles as long as people were fighting those battles and doing it for each other. I am all in for that shit.
... You all know there's a 'but then --' coming, don't you.
But then, with the Kickstarter ending/ed and the submissions call rolling (and yes I did submit a work, which had some significant fuckups; most notably accidentally using a surname from a Syrian politico because I didn't check to see if my random stuff actually existed in the real world *facepalms* *has since altered placename*), I started being not so sanguine.
The concept seemed to be rapidly flanderizing into extreme diversity representation above all, and a drive to excise everything but the most ... I don't even know how to describe it, really. But the impression I had by the end of it all is that by the time the project was a wrap, Bacigalupi's work would be considered anathema for not toeing the line. In fannish terms, not "pure" enough.
What bothered me in a different way was watching the sunvault twitter spend the last ~three weeks or so calling again and again and again for more insert-minority-here submissions. Again and again, this was the only drum they banged on. This was and is discouraging.
I sent in mine, and was rejected; I was never told even the vaguest idea why, except that it "wasn't what they were looking for" -- but was that because it wasn't a perfect progressive utopia? (there's some fights in mine, and people get injured; again, see frex Bacigalupi) Because of the name gaffe? (understandable, but I could have changed it then also.) Just not up to par as fiction? (definitely possible, hi I am an amateur author.) Or was it because even after swallowing my distaste for needing to wave a laundry list of where I fit on the progressive minority scales, I wasn't high enough on those scales? Or didn't have enough entries on them? Or something?
So, essentially, what started out as sounding like A Damn Good Thing slowly mutated into a weird purity-utopia cult (from my vantage point) and it makes me cranky and uneasy. And now I have a book that I don't know if I really want to even read, which then makes me feel guilty and kind of like a betrayer because I have Issues[tm]. That and I still am totally onboard for what this was all said to be initially.
I just want my eco-bio-everythingelse duders fighting against The Man[tm] like any proper child of the 80s, damnit.
Ironically, there's another Kickstarter currently running, this time for a translation of the very first solarpunk anthology to use the word -- which was a Brazilian specfic anthology and hell yes, I want to read this. So I'm doing it again and going back to the well, because I still want this shit and want it to pick up steam.
But note that this translation team is also running their own anthology, and their submission guidelines seem, again, painfully narrow-focused for a genre and not what I was hearing just a year and a half ago. So I want to see that anthology translation, to -- if nothing else -- find out if it's just my understanding that's off-kilter. (will I submit? probably not; small window, and I'd rather clean up Equinox and add Lion's Teeth to it in that timeframe, which is also a 'real life continues to mess with my shit' timeframe. maaaybe if I have a sudden crazed inspiration for something short. not getting my hopes up this time, though.)
Related: this "hopepunk" thing is also going the rounds and just reading this thing is tiring. Look, it's everything that I want but all wrapped up in some ridiculous performative bull and I can already see potential battle lines being drawn over just what is "real" "hopepunk" and *puts bandsaw through skull*
Basically, coming down to points I guess my point is: why do we need entire fucking genres -- and performance, and purity, and etc etc -- just to write and read and have media that isn't a fucking cesspit of misery. Why. I just. Baaaaaah.
(if you haven't yet, go read Kings Of The Wyld, by the way. this book was fucking everything that these people could have wanted for inspirational and it is fucking amazing.)
Unrelated but intriguing and awesome, Iraq + 100 is an anthology of science fiction -- the first one from Iraqi authors -- and does exactly what's on the tin: what might Iraq be like in a century?
(Science Fiction in Arabic Literature)
The TOR release is dropping on Sept 12 -- this Tuesday -- but there's a 2016 release from Comma Press on Amazon so I'm guessing this is a wider-release sort of thing and I am all for that. And yes, this is something headed for my mailbox --
Hilariously, eight out of those nine are L5R drabbles -- the exception is a lone Robotech drabble when I needed to flip a bloody table -- and seven of those eight are characters I've pulled out of the aether or a scene with unnamed characters. I expect more birbs incoming.
Well, it's a thing at least? X3
There's already a lot of people who need help.
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"Yes, which is why we had a multi-year fight to get original work allowed on AO3 even though not allowing it was causing problems and alienating chunks of fandom. At the same time, people who didn't know it was banned were busily posting it because it never occurred to them that AO3 would have such a weird rule. (And nobody reported them most of the time because it's not like it was clogging up specific fandom tags.)
Basically, while there are some fandoms where "original het"-as-fanwork is a thing, the best way to understand why original works = fanworks in many parts of fandom is to look at how hard it was to publish tropey m/m romance novels before ebooks became widespread. (Outside of Japan anyway...) There used to be this whole thriving subculture of slash and yaoi writers moving on to original writing but staying in fandom. Nowadays, a lot of people just go publish on Amazon and make a few bucks, but it wasn't like that a decade ago.
Yes, ff.net kicked off original work ages ago, but including "original slash" was the norm on many older multifandom slash archives and mailing lists (and, way back, zines), which means that those old archives AO3 likes to rescue often had problems being imported. Boys in Chains was a particular sticking point: the maintainer wasn't willing to put it on AO3 unless all of her writers were welcome. Meanwhile, this major piece of fannish history remained offline.
The only reason original work wasn't allowed in the first place is that the pro-original work contingent were coming from non-English-speaking fandom and anime fandom, while the anti-original work contingent was from ye olde US TV show megafandoms and was much better represented among OTW staff.
You'll notice that people who think it's a fanwork don't actually call it "original works" except when they're quoting the AO3 canonical. They call it "original fic", "origfic", "original slash", and other terms that make it clear that it is its own distinct thing, separate from both fanfic and non-fannish original writing. And, yes, it does operate very much like people writing fairy tale fic or anthropomorfic or fanfic of songs for Yuletide."
"The TOS does say that it only hosts fanworks:
"Because our long-term plans include hosting fanworks of all kinds, not just fan fiction, we concluded that it was better to draw a line between fanworks and non-fanworks and only host the former, in order to avoid becoming a general repository for all sorts of creative works."
However, it also says (beginning with "however"):
"However, there are a number of varieties of works produced by fans that do not fit comfortably into a narrow definition of fanfiction, fanart, vids, or other types of fanworks. Some of these do fall within our mission. In particular, original fiction that is part of an Open Doors project is allowed, as are types of original fiction and quasi-original fiction produced within a fandom context. Examples include such things as anthropomorfic, original fiction that is produced as part of a fandom challenge, exchange, or charity event, and genres such as Original Slash, Original BL, and Regency romances produced in Jane Austen fandom."
Which means that you can post original fiction to AO3. It is defined in this case as a fanwork not because it is fanfiction of original work, but because it is original work by fan written in a fannish context.
By definition, then, it is still a canon. And it is like fictionpress and fanfiction.net before they split fictionpress off, not as the arrangement is now."
"I was in the orig slash/orig BL scene back in the day, and it's difficult for me to explain but it was definitely a fannish genre and a fannish community. A lot of things are different these days -- for one thing, writers are more likely to think of original m/m as something widely/easily publishable, which somewhat changes the conversation and community expectations.
I like that AO3 respects the fuzzy context lines in this situation, and would hate to see fannish-context origfic banned."
It was banned at the start.
We had to explain for years to get it allowed, and it was only by threatening precious ~anthropomorfic~ that the BNFs finally caved and listened to someone from a different part of fandom than themselves."
Today was a lot of reading and, quite thankfully, a lot of sleeping. I finally, belatedly, got to the new Robotech comic, which was, by necessity of the plot, a lot of set-up and character positioning. I'm looking forward to the next issue. ^_^
I also finally read the third volume of The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth, which was... very wtf and enjoyable. I still adore our cast and the next volume can come out ASAP. (I guess that's a bonus to getting to it a little late? Not as long to wait...)
And! After many months of just not being in the right mindset to tackle a heart-breaking and gorgeous chunk of sci-fi, I finally finished Triskelion. And it was good. I mean, I've spent days sobbing over the darned thing, but that's a feature, not a bug. But yes! How do I describe this? It is id-soup! *laughs* Space battles, mecha galore, an awesome cast of all sorts of folks... *rolls around*
Plans for the weekend = trip to Hobby Store for Gunpla and paint and whatnot + sushi dinner. Mmm~ Other than that, gunpla, maybe I'll try to finish up Baccano! and a lot of house-cleaning. I should take pictures of what I've been doing in the bookroom so it's not just vaaaguespace babbling.
So much to do...