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Annoucement part 2: friending
Marlene Dietrich
To expand on what I've said, I'm friending everyone on my citrinesunset account whom I have friended on missdeanna . I'm also friending the few people who have me friended but whom I hadn't gotten around to friending back. There's no obligation to add me back, even if you did in the past.

Important Announcement: New Account
Marlene Dietrich
I've mentioned to some people that I've been really tempted to change usernames for a while now. I've never been too happy with this one.

I decided to act on it. I have a new account: citrinesunset . It's not as ideal as a name change token, but it should do the job. I don't know if it's a perfect name, but I like it, and I'm going to try to transfer all activity to that account. I'm going to friend everyone I have friended here, and I absolutely encourage people to friend me back, especially if you have me friended here, but I won't be at all offended if you don't. Just realize that I'm probably not going to be using this account much.

I'm going to be transferring over most of my fics, but I have no plans to delete this journal. All posts will remain intact, so no links will die or anything. Again, I'll just be posting new stuff at my new journal.

Thank you.


Doctor Who stuff
Marlene Dietrich
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The Great Dilemmas
Marlene Dietrich
Dilemma #1: Fringe and Supernatural are on at the same time, on the same night. For the past couple weeks, I've sat down with the intent of watching only Fringe, but have ended up flipping between the two. The result is that I see both, but at the expense of missing some scenes and important details. Which sucks.

Now, on the one hand, Fringe is on Hulu, which is a convenient way for me to watch TV shows. I'd rather mess with that than take my chances with the CW site. So this suggests that I should watch Supernatural and watch Fringe online the next day.

On the other hand, I only started watching Supernatural like, a month ago, and I'm still catching up. I pretty much understand what's going on in the recent episodes, because I don't exactly try to keep myself from getting spoiled, but there's something to the idea of holding off on the new episodes until I finish the older ones. This suggests that maybe I should just watch Fringe.

Dilemma #2: So I'm reading this novel right now, and to be honest, I'm not that crazy about it. I kind of want to see how it ends, though. I've read ahead a bit, so I have some idea. I don't want to read anything else until I'm done with this book, but I don't really like the idea of actually reading the book. I can suck it up and diligently read the last hundred pages or so, or I can skip through it, getting the main points, and call it done. I'd like to do the latter, but I always feel a little guilty about that.

I really have more important stuff to worry about than this...

Anti-fan fiction criticism, and how it hurts writers.
Fountain pen
By now, I suspect just about everyone has heard about Diana Gabaldon's rant about fanfic.

A lot of people have addressed the issues with her arguments: the way she states as fact that fanfic is illegal and compares it to breaking an entering. Or the way she likens porn about her characters to someone writing porn about her daughter, even though Gabaldon herself has apparently written her characters in plenty of sexual situations. Or the way she suggests that fanfic writers should just change the names of the characters, because apparently she publishing/posting a fic that was clearly based in her world with her characters, but with different names. Or the way she unfortunately chooses to address fandom fundraisers in her post (because the best way to convince people that something is immoral is to point out some philanthropy!). I'm not going to get into that, because everyone has already said everything I could say about it.

But what bothers me the most isn't the flimsy arguments against fan fiction, but the assumptions about its quality and the writers. It doesn't just insult fans and fandom to equate us with burglars and creepy stalkers -- it hurts young writers by perpetuating stereotypes about what it means to be a writer.

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Experimental porn!
Jack/Ianto collar
I wrote a bit of porn. It's short, and not terribly polished. It's Jack/Ianto, and it has explicit watersports. It's not really part of a larger fic or anything. It's just something I felt like trying, and it really wouldn't fit in the sequel to the D/s fic.
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Fic formatting
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Okay, so I know a lot of you guys post fic. How do you format them, in terms of making sure they show up correctly on LJ? In particular, how do you format your paragraphs? And if you write in Word, what steps do you take to make everything compatible? (I've turned off smart quotes.)

I'm not a total HTML noob, but fic formatting is enough to drive me up the wall. I never know what's going to work best, and it takes me forever to get everything to look right sometimes. With my most recent fic, I never did get it exact. Dreamwidth seems a little more user-friendly, but there's still some difficulty.

And is it just me, or is there some difficulty lately getting AO3 to put spaces between paragraphs?

Torchwood fandom has spoiled me...
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Torchwood was the first fandom I'd gotten involved in in a while, and also the first fanfic I'd read after some time of not reading much fic. Here's the thing about Torchwood: yeah, the fandom can be a little crazy, especially since COE, but it's a really nice fandom. And it's great reading fic for it, because so much works okay. I can believe these characters being dark. I can believe them being funny. I can believe them being kinky. Not that there isn't some OOC and unrealistic fic out there, but conceptually, it doesn't feel like there's much that can't be written and written in a way that I could like. It's a show with sex aliens, arguable references to mpreg, hockey sticks used as sex toys, a zombie weevil king, crack, and lots of angst, for goodness sakes.

So I guess maybe it's not too surprising that I'm a bit hesitant when seeking out fic for other fandoms. Don't get me wrong -- there's a ton of good stuff out there. I'm just...pickier when it comes to a lot of stuff?

And since I'm posting this, and I trust my flist's taste in fic, I'll ask: Any good Merlin or Supernatural recs?

Torchwood fic: "Culpability", R
Title: Culpability
Author: [personal profile] missdeanna
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters/Pairing: Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness
Rating: R
Word count: 5100
Warnings: Some violence and gore. Mental torment. Language.
Summary: Jack wants Ianto to regret his actions. Ianto thinks he's wasting his time.

Notes: Spoilers for "Cyberwoman." I do not own Torchwood. Many thanks to my beta, [personal profile] kahtyasofia. This was written for [profile] dark_fest. The prompt was: Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, Post-Cyberwoman, Jack sends the others home and unleashes his fury on Ianto, in whichever way you wish. Non-con is okay but has to plausibly end with Jack suspending Ianto.

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Doctor Who
Marlene Dietrich
I saw the new episode.
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