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Thursday, September 21st, 2017 08:05 pm
I didn't forget about [personal profile] luxken27's annual summer prompt tables, but I've just been so... flat that I couldn't even anything.

Tomorrow is the due date. I am going to be downright hellbent ridiculous determined.

TABLES! )
Thursday, September 21st, 2017 11:33 am
It occurs to me that I've spent half of my life assuming that Mary Anne and Wanda from Goodbye Earl (Dixie Chicks) begin a romantic relationship after they reunite mid-song. They plot murder together, start a business together, and even go on vacation together. How romantic! I think I just assumed they were as close to married as two grown women could be back in 2000. In retrospect, this is probably not the subtext that I was supposed to get out of the song.
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 04:34 pm
"Oh, I know just the menu to use for this... I can have them order..." *digs out fancy restaurant menu, starts perusing*

Ten minutes later...

"WAAAAIIIIT! This is supposed to be a short smutfic with minimal lead-up."

BUT FOOD.

*scribbles notes for longer epic foodporn fic to write later*

...

*sigh*
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 10:08 am
I received an email last night which politely said that I am not suitable for a particular job at a local firm. This morning, that company's HR department called to ask for a phone interview. I think someone goofed on the hiring process. Oops?
Monday, September 18th, 2017 07:10 pm
Well, I need to go back to it at some point and rework it into a list for this week, but I'm pretty confident in saying I didn't get most of my weekend to-do taken care of. ^^;; I did get a lot done in the bookroom, which was definitely one of the most important things. However, a lot of it involved unpacking and sorting books and now my bedroom is a disaster of bookpiles (whoops?). I ended up moving a couple of bookcases and the desk twice, because I had ~~different ideas, and then I had one more but ended up not doing it, because instead of trying to incorporate the cedar chest that's been floating around, I should see about parting with it. I don't use it, stuff gets piled on it, and like many pieces of furniture that came over here, it's not actually in very good shape. Well... I don't have to decide on anything today.

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!)
Saturday, September 9th, 2017 05:47 am
Some choice quotes from a very long thread on FFA:

"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."

~*~

"No.

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."