rynne: (guitar talk)
So it's been about two and a half months since I updated. I think that might be the longest I've gone without updating. There's been a lot happening. The most significant of which is, I'm in Africa. I've been living in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, for the past month and a half, working at a human rights organization. I do like Kampala, and East Africa (a couple weeks ago I went to visit my younger sister in Tanzania), but I am sort of homesick. Living in a country's capital city is not quite the amount of culture shock as if I were in a rural area, but it is still very different. Mostly I'm at the point of appreciating the different while starting to really miss the familiar. Also, I am so done with all the mosquitoes, and I still have five weeks left here. I finished my first year of law school. I didn't do as well grade-wise second semester, but I honestly don't really care all that much. I'm mostly just looking forward to starting my second year, now that I'm taking classes I've actually chosen. I finally finished my [profile] ksbigbang fic. I wanted to have that done back in May, but it didn't really happen. It took me until now partly because of work and Africa, but also partly because I decided to see the Avengers before I left for Africa. Which might not have been a good choice. I have no urge to write any Avengers fic, and no urge to go read the comics, so I think it's not going to be a lasting fandom. Part of the reason I knew Doctor Who and Star Trek would be lasting fandoms was because I started going back and watching old episodes because I wanted to be familiar with the whole universe, not just the reboots. So far, with the Avengers, I've been fine with reading fic based on both the movies and comics universes, and picking up anything I need to know about the comics from context and Wikipedia. Also, Tony Stark is my guy. I probably could have predicted that -- I have a deep weakness for angsty genius. Also, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark as OTP, which I also could have predicted. I just love the complementary opposites, particularly if they're also best friends (as apparently they were in the comics, even if Joss Whedon decided to emulate JJ Abrams and STXI's K/S dynamic with RDJ's Tony and Chris Evans's Steve. What is it with reboots turning the best friends dynamic into antagonistic-until-forced-to-work-together?). I think those are all the things of significance right now.
rynne: (guitar talk)
Okay, so I have lots of news, and have actually had lots of news for a while, but never really felt like taking the time to update. So...here we go, in no particular order.

i. Today I went to see an argument at the Supreme Court. Law school in DC for the win! Also I never want to do appellate advocacy.

ii. I am going to New Orleans for spring break! I am excited. I've never been to New Orleans, and I've always wanted to go. It's for a school-sponsored trip, so I will actually be working at the public defender's office, but I will be in New Orleans and also gaining legal experience so awesome.

iii. Speaking of travel, I have a summer job already and I will be going to KAMPALA, UGANDA to work in human rights. I am also really excited about that for multiple reasons. I'd really like to work in international human rights after I graduate, so it will be great to get some experience. And also my younger sister is in Tanzania again and will still be there this summer and she's already said she'll come visit me. This means I'll actually get to see her before next winter break. :p

iv. I started volunteering for the OTW. As a first year law student, I feel rather out of my depth and like I don't have much to contribute right now, but it's really nice to see people doing actual legal work, particularly related to fandom. I think I'm going to learn a lot.

v. I finally edited the first sequel to Start Infinity Again, one of the ones I wrote last summer. Hopefully I can get that to my beta soon, but first there are some other fics (shorter fics) in the series I want to write. I keep being hesitant about posting my chaptered sequels because, while they're complete, I want the universe to also feel complete whenever I post something. The third fic especially needs more story to round out the universe, but the second also raises some questions I would like to answer before I let it see the light of day. I just really don't want to post another universe that feels incomplete.

vi. Every so often it hits me that I actually am at a religious school. First with the birth control debate (which has been of particular interest for many reasons, one of which is that I sort of know Sandra Fluke. Not well, but we're in some of the same organizations.), and then today people were walking around with dark marks on their foreheads and then I realized oh, it's Ash Wednesday.

vii. More probably (hopefully) later. :p
rynne: (guitar talk)

And then I tell myself, fuck it, it's too late to change MY ENTIRE WRITING STYLE, whatevs.

So...I will keep telling myself that. XD

Some big bang sequel talk and beta request )

In other internet fandom news, I went to talk to the professor who gave the lecture I went to last week, who's a member of the OTW. I can't say I've thought all that much about the OTW since it started up, but after the lecture I went to check it out and I saw that it had a legal committee one could volunteer for, so I went to ask my professor about that. She said there were things even a first year law student could do, and it would count towards pro bono hours. So...starting next semester, I think I'll be volunteering for the OTW.

I just hope that by then the legal side of the internet won't have exploded. Because oh my God, SOPA and its Senate counterpart.... I'm calling my Congresspeople, and everyone else should too.
rynne: (win the internet (kh2))
My lecture on Fan Fiction and Feminism today was awesome (though more about fanart and fanvidding than fic). The professor who gave the lecture said she's a member of OTW, so I just looked her up there and she's even a former board member and involved with several committees.

Why this makes me excited is that the lecture wasn't just an academic look at the phenomenon of fandom from an outside observer. I've been to a few lectures and read several articles like that. Today's lecture was from someone who is actually in fandom, and loves and understands it. It was from a legal perspective, of course, but we talked about fair use and the nature of a transformative work and a lot of other interesting things.

Some highlights of things that amused me:
-The very first thing she showed was a Star Trek (2009) vid, so I knew we were off to a good start.
-Clex fanvid (Clark and Lex from Smallville)
-Wincest fanvid
-Apparently the kind of transformative work than will pass the fair use muster most easily is one involving sex. Meaning, porn will get by the courts the easiest.

There were a lot of other interesting things in the lecture, and the professor chose her examples really well. That was totally worth missing the first half of my Contracts class. :D
rynne: (bookstack)
Yeah, I suck at updating.

We're getting into exam season, so school is getting busier. I think I'm mostly looking forward to the end of exams just so I know what they're like and what I really need to do to prepare for them. I have been outlining and looking at past exams and all that stuff, but I won't know how effective it is until after I actually take the exams.

In school-to-fandom transition news, I'm skipping the first half of my Contracts class on Wednesday (with my professor's permission :p) to attend a lecture on Fan Fiction and Feminism, which is supposed to talk about gender issues in fanfic, plus some IP and copyright stuff. I'm definitely interested in hearing about this from a lawyer's perspective, and in seeing if there's anything that I haven't already picked up just from being in fandom for ten years. :p Still, I'm mostly excited that my school is actually hosting a lecture on fanfiction. :D

I've got my [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang posting date, the 19th. It's one of the last days, which is a bit frustrating because by then I'll have had my story done for almost six months, and I'm tired of sitting on it. I requested a later date because that's what my artist and mixer said they'd be more comfortable with, and of course I want them to be able to have as much time as they need, but I seriously want to post this fic. I mean, I'm losing interest in further fiddling with it, that's how done it feels.

Still, just under two weeks and I can FINALLY POST. :D
rynne: (guitar talk)
I'm tired, and I have to be up early tomorrow, but I don't really want to go to bed. Tomorrow I go to DC.

I'm too tired to do a long post About My Feelings, but...I'm scared. For the past several weeks, everyone has been asking me if I'm excited, and I sort of am, but mostly I'm scared.

I still feel like law school is the best path for me, and there's a lot about it that I'm looking forward to. But I only know partly what I'm getting into. I mean, I've read a lot of people's descriptions of what law school is like, but I don't know how it's going to turn out for me. And that's scary.

There were some one-shots that I wanted to write this summer, but didn't manage. I'm probably not going to get to those for awhile, since my priorities for the next few months are going to be school, work, and revising my Big Bang. I don't know how well I'm going to juggle all of that, but at least I have three-day weekends the entire year.

I'm still tired, but...I can sleep on the planes. I'm going to read fic while I still have time, for as long as I can manage to stay awake.
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
Last night I finished that third fic -- 22,400 words. It actually feels very bare, though -- not a skeleton, but certainly a very gaunt body. I think there might be more to this story, but I also think I need either some distance, some help, or both, to bring it out.

I think that's it for the longer fics in this series, though! Everything else I have planned will be one-shots, and much shorter. There's only one that I think might pass 10,000, but that's still a might. That will make things much easier -- I can do one-shots. :p

But I also think I'm going to take a break from this universe. There are still things I want to write this summer, while I still have time, but those things have nothing to do with Kirk Prime. That will be nice. XD

In more real life news, my job finally decided to actually PAY ME. It's a stipend, but it applies retroactively to the entire time I've been there, so when I'm done in a couple weeks I will actually get a check. So totally awesome. :D

On the other hand, though, they did want me to start coming in an hour earlier. And I agreed, because I would like to be paid. But getting up an hour earlier is going to be hard until I get used to it. *sigh*

I only have less than a month left in Reno, though. In less than a month, I'll be in DC! But this does mean I have to finish the things I want to do before my life gets swallowed up by law school, and I just hope I can get to the things I most want. I think I might. This has pretty much been my most productive summer ever. :D

Oh! And in another awesome turn, there is actually going to be a sci-fi convention in Reno next month! Anyone coming to WorldCon? :D
rynne: (Default)
Star Trek is kind of screwing with my usual fandom MO.

Of course, there's the long fic, which is unusual. And there's the sequel to the long fic brewing in my brain that I think I'm going to try to start soon.

But I also wanted to write some one-shots this summer. I like one-shots, and they're what I usually write anyway.

But -- and this is where it gets weird for me -- the only fic ideas I seem to have are either chaptered fic or porn. I mean, in all of my other fandoms, I've written a whole lot of gen. Even when I'm focused on one pairing, like I was in Doctor Who, I still had plenty of gen, friendship ideas for the Doctor and Rose.

Somehow in Star Trek, my brain wants either plotty chaptered fic (that's still about a pairing), or pure porn. IDEK. Maybe it's just, with Kirk and Spock, pretty much the only thing I did not see them do on screen was make out and have sex. By the time of the movies they were totally an old married couple and it even felt just like RST to me. And this is such an old fandom, where it's hard to find something that someone hasn't already done, and done twenty or thirty years ago.

I think I'm still going to write some porn, because I have actually written very little porn across my fandom years. But as great as [livejournal.com profile] st_xi_kink_meme is for porn ideas that ping me, it's less so for stories without porn. So at some point I might go looking for prompts.

It's been a long time since I wrote off prompts other people gave me. I should totally do that.
rynne: (so. stoned.)
Oh my God, Star Trek is doing what even Harry Potter fandom never managed: I am plotting crazy supernatural AU and also reading mpreg.


I mean, mpreg! I can't say that I never read it, even in Harry Potter, but I still find it so o.O that I could only read parodies. But right now I'm reading actual serious mpreg, and it's not necessarily even good mpreg, it's far too sentimental for the characters involved, but...I am still reading it. I've never been interested in mpreg because I think it's sorta weird and crazy and fucks with characterization, and as a rule I think that's probably accurate. The stuff I've been reading hasn't really even been the diamonds in the rough that I'm sure are out there.

But I am still reading it. o.O Again, IDEK.

Also, for some reason I keep wanting to write fic where James Kirk is a selkie. I have, like, an actual plot and scenes mapped out and everything.

Probably what I need is for someone to remove my brain. Though even that is not too cracky for Star Trek, so possibly I am less crazy by comparison? I won't count on that.
rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
Oh my god, you guys. I must miss academia, because so far in my meta about the Star Trek movies, I have: 1, referenced Aristotle (the Poetics), and 2, quoted Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a Thousand Faces). It's also over 10,000 words and I'm not yet done with The Search for Spock.

Obviously, I am crazycakes. At least with my last 10,000 word fandom essay I wasn't trying to make myself sound reputable by quoting Joseph Campbell and Aristotle. XD I'm probably going to have to solicit someone to read when I'm done and make sure I haven't gone over the top with the academic stuff.
rynne: (i love josh lyman)
Hopefully this time next Friday, I'll be home. Hopefully. Thirteen hours is a long drive for one day (and that's not counting any stops I make), so while I do intend to leave early, I'll probably get in pretty late.

[livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man came over tonight and we watched the first five episodes of The West Wing. I'd almost forgotten how much I love that show. And it seemed to be a hit with her, because she was laughing all the time. We stopped after "The Crackpots and These Women", which is one of my favorite S1 episodes. Mostly for Josh, of course, because I love Josh.

Hah. I told [livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man that I love Josh, and that he's so pretty when he angsts, and she made a comment about me and my angsty boys. This is so true! Give me a fandom and I will most likely glom onto the angstiest boy there. Also the heroes. Angsty heroes are my favorite. I just love it when people hurt and then keep going. Really gets me in my happy place. *g*

I'm...remarkably cheerful right now. I do have to write a paper this weekend, and then study for a bunch of tests all worth at least a quarter of my grade, but I spent time with a good friend and watched an awesome show and am about to read more fic about one of my angsty boys.

And? Right now "Carry On Wayward Son" came on, which is like the theme song of my angsty boys. And one of my favorite songs ever. Things are good. :D
rynne: (rain on me)
Today's Thing of Awesome: my parents typically send me stuff for Easter (though not because we're religious, because we aren't--they send me stuff for Valentine's Day too). My mom sent me an email telling me that this year's offering would be "pitiful" due to the worsening economy. I didn't much care because usually they just give me candy and maybe jewelry, and I don't eat much candy or wear much jewelry. Except today I get my package and it's one of those cool pretty glass/ceramic/whatever eggs that open, and inside it was a few pieces of candy and $100.

I think my mom and I have different definitions of "pitiful". Whoo, unexpected money! :D

In other news, I stopped watching Buffy. I made it to early S3, but I kept getting annoyed with the relationship stuff. Heh. I was expecting to get depressed, if Joss made me care about a ship and then smashed it to pieces, but instead I'm annoyed. Last weekend I was obsessively watching it--watched S2 in two days--and ignoring important papers and all that. Now I just don't really care about watching it anymore.

That does not, however, stop me from wanting to read fic. WTF, self? Well, okay, Joss did depress me a bit because I find myself wanting to read Buffy/Angel, but it's a very new and odd thing for me to want to read fic about a show I lost interest in watching because it annoyed me.
rynne: (dork!)
Recently I started watching Bones. I like it very much, but I don't think it'll become a fandom. I really need to latch onto a ship to latch onto a fandom, and I am strangely not OTPing Booth/Brennan. I like it, but not OTP. I just finished episode sixteen of season one, and that's definitely soon enough for me to know--I think I was OTPing Doctor/Rose within the first few episodes of DW S1. XD

Though on the other hand, Booth? Pretty much hits my hardcore kinks of Fictional Guys I Love. Vague bad past over which he feels guilt and for which he feels he must atone? Check. Frequently fights crime/saves the world? Check. Is intensely loyal? Check. Very pretty when he hurts? Check.


I also really like Hodgins, though he does not really hit my Fictional Guys I Love buttons.

Also, You Know You're Too Obsessed With British Things When...it feels odd to watch a show and hear American accents. :p
rynne: (guitar talk)
Home now. Have been up since six and have not had any caffeine, so am also feeling quite tired. But I got home at about eleven and went to lunch and the mall with friends and in about an hour or so I'm going to go to a bar with one of them, so this might be a day without caffeine. Those don't happen very often.

I don't really have much to say right now, so have the fandom relationships meme I took from [livejournal.com profile] krabapple.

Fandom relationships meme )
rynne: (four chillin')
I AM DONE WITH THE PAPERS. *dances* Four papers in five days. Whew! That was pretty intense. But now I am done with them, and even ahead of the schedule I set out for myself! This gives me time tomorrow to edit them, because though I've finished drafts of all of them, some of them are in serious need of editing. Gah.

Now there's just the rest of the semester to think of. I can do fannish things like [livejournal.com profile] yuletide over Thanksgiving (well, really I can't even start [livejournal.com profile] yuletide until Thanksgiving, because the source for the fandom I was assigned is at home), and my [livejournal.com profile] oh_she_knows secret santa and betaing [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals's fic.

There are only two weeks of classes left, and one week after that for finals. How did this semester pass so quickly? And how did I get so organized? XD
rynne: (winner!)
I just read the most awesomely brilliant fic. And I found it via [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants, of all things.

Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] thanfiction is Deathly Hallows from Neville's point of view. It's very long, but totally amazing. Definitely a must-read for Neville fans, or anyone who is even somewhat fond of him.

It also apparently has more in that universe, which I am going to start on now, but dude, people need to read this fic.

I'm pretty sure there's been more happening this week, but I can't really think of anything. XD This weekend, though, I hope to finally write some fic again. Let's see how that goes! :p
rynne: (ten/rose beautiful)
So I watch [livejournal.com profile] metafandom, and periodically I find something I'm interested in and that inspires some thoughts of my own. Today [livejournal.com profile] cupidsbow posted meta on modes of fannish discourse. I think that's an incredibly interesting topic, though what it made me think about is really only tangentially related.

Some meta about my own meta, plus shipping and fandom in general using Doctor Who and Doctor/Rose as an example )
rynne: (cold Eowyn)
I'm feeling a bit annoyed right now, at myself and at the world. Today I started playing Final Fantasy III for my Nintendo DS, except my DS ran out of battery power. And I must have obviously left the power cord for it at home, because I forgot it needed one. All my other gameboys use regular batteries! XD So I left the cord at home, and I can't really call and ask my parents to ship it because I have no idea where it might be, and I probably have enough cords in my room that they'd grab the wrong one. So I ordered a new cord off the internet, but it's going to take a few days to get here, and in the meantime I can't play my brand new game. *sigh*

Also, I feel a bit urgh with fic. I want to read fic, but it feels like I've already read everything a million times, and I don't feel like wading through a bunch of crap on archives to find something new and good. And preferably long. I love DW dearly, but it has so few really long (as in, over 100,000 words) fics, and those are my favorite kind. So I've been sort of rereading some old HP favorites, but they also fall into the "read a million times" category.

I've been so desperate for things I haven't read/done before that I even DID MY HOMEWORK today. Two papers that I started, and finished, more than a day before they're due! Truly desperate measures. XD

So, anyone want to give me some recs? Preferably long fic, plotty with romance being my favorite, though I will read shorter fics, as long as they're not ones I've already read a bunch. Fandoms I'll read are: Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Wars, X-Files, West Wing, Legend of Zelda, various Final Fantasies, Kingdom Hearts, and...probably a few other things. XD Anyone giving me recs will be much loved.

I also have a bunch of comments to answer, but I'm not really in the mood right now. I'll probably get to them tomorrow.
rynne: (you can't take the sky from me)
I want to say I'll never stay away from the internet for four days again, because skip=600 is sorta ridiculous (especially when I deliberately keep my flist smallish), except that it was rather relaxing. :p I kept thinking about all the fic I was missing, but getting away from the discussion was great.

This is sorta funny, because I pretty obviously love metaing about things, but I think I've hit saturation point. On other people's meta, at least, which I normally find interesting. But I think Journey's End was just so controversial that it's exhausting. I might only read people I already know agree with me, which feels a bit limiting, but is less likely to make me feel depressed and/or insulted.

I hope to get to comments soon, but thinking of replying to a bunch of them just still feels tiring, so it might take me a bit longer.

A few things about my trip:

--Zion National Park is gorgeous. I totally regret forgetting to bring a camera to Vegas, because I would have liked to take pictures. It was just really awesome, and the kind of place that could actually make me appreciate deserts. :D

--It stormed both days we wanted to spend at the pool. That was not fair. :p

--The best deterrent to drinking is actually getting drunk. I've never been drunk before, so that was a bit of an experience--and I'm definitely glad to know my limits (it was either the seventh or the eighth glass of wine, though I had nine total XD). Being drunk was fun when I was stationary and talking to my friend and vaguely watching the movie we'd put on, but it was not fun when I had to stand up and go to bed, since remaining upright in the shower was sort of an adventure, and my head kept spinning once I finally collapsed into bed. No hangover the next morning, though, but I'm not sure if I just didn't drink enough for one, because I didn't really drink much water that night.

So, my first time drunk wasn't bad (definitely not the horror story my friend had), but it did put me off drinking enough to get drunk again. I'm not going to complain. :p

In writing/DW news, I did manage to start one of the fics I was talking about, though I'm sorta iffy on chapter length. I like long chapters--with Feet on the Ground and Burnt by the Sun, the average is about 5000 words, which I think is just right, because I love being able to sink my teeth into a chapter, rather than barely beginning to read it before it's over. I am probably one of the few people who will never complain about chapters in excess of 20,000 words, because in terms of reading, I seriously think the longer the better. And in terms of writing, I dislike the idea of a chapter less than at least 3000 words. For this particular fic, though, I'm not sure how long I can stretch the chapters before they just feel padded, since they seem to not be ending up very long, but are still discrete.

So, have a poll. I don't think this will affect chapter length in my story, but I'm curious.

[Poll #1225463]

In other fic-writing news, this morning I got this awesome idea for a fic that's Eight/Rose and Nine/Rose, which happies me. I have a rather irrational love for Eight/Rose, but there's sadly not that much of it around. And it's nice to have an idea for Nine/Rose, since in canon I have difficulty thinking of a place to insert anything actually happening between them. XD But this fic is decidedly AU, which neatly takes care of that.

And this is not so much fic, but my new spoilery OT3 )

Now I'm going to shut up and go watch more Six. XD
rynne: (stop the world)
I saw a few people post saying what they'd posted on this date in previous years, so I was curious and went to see what I posted...and apparently, in the nearly five years I've had this journal, I've only posted on July 3rd once, in 2004. That was a ficlet. I'm not that surprised, though--summers were my slow period, once I graduated from high school. But apparently I only posted like three times total in July last year? XD I like being more regular.

Though of course, being more regular means that you have to put up with me more often, and right now I am twitchy. There are a lot of things I want to talk about, except right now I'm tired of arguments. (And by arguments, I don't mean heated discussions with other people, I mean creating a conclusion which I will then support.)

Things I want to talk about include:
--How the resolution of a story comes from its themes
--How the two active fandoms with incomplete canon I've been in (Harry Potter and Doctor Who) compare, especially in the lead-ups to their finales, and how accurate I was
--Rose's reaction to the last bits of The Stolen Earth combined with one of Billie Piper's quotes in the Confidential and how I interpret them differently than others I've seen
--The main theories I've seen proposed and why I will be angry (mostly from a literary-analysis point of view)

Except that right now we're so close to finding out exactly what will happen that it sorta feels like it will be a waste of time to go really in depth on any of these topics. Also, I have a budding headache. After the finale, I might talk about these things retrospectively (actually, I probably will), but right now I have so many thoughts in my head that thinking about them more will likely give me even more of a headache than I already have.

I think I'm going to go spend the evening in the bookstore. That always calms me down.

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