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I'm working on getting a girls read comics too poll up, and then have to queue the rest of the women in comics posts we have ready to go and ping a few more people on their answers. Plus I'm doing all the EXCITING NEW GAME stuff, and... can I say I'm thankful it's a dead day at work?

So, fandom meme
First TV show I had self-insertion fantasies about:
Thundercats and Voltron. Seriously, I was about 8.

First fandom in which I interacted (online and in person) with other fans:
Online: Anita Blake, back when the books weren't that bad. So um... 1998??
In person: Robotech. I was a teenager and a bunch of my friends got into it and we'd get together for watching parties and to rave over it.

Pairing in the first slash fanfiction I read:
Harry/Draco? Aziraphale/Crowley? Hrm. I cannot remember.

First fanfiction I read that made me think, YES, this is exactly the kind of fanfiction I'd like to write...
It was a Crowley and Aziraphale that [personal profile] frogmajick linked me to. She so used to be my pusher.

Pairing in the first fanfiction I wrote:
My first fanfiction was all Harry Potter and a very very long time ago

First OTP:
Buffy/Angel

First fannish friend I met in person:
Ishara and Mikey

First character I formally roleplayed:
Anita Blake or Pansy Parkinson. I honestly cannot remember. It was 2002ish?
deense: Sinfest - dominate or not? (Alan - Shine - Default)
There's an article going around about the 'Gay Twist on Sherlock Holmes' and while it earned a giggle from me at first, something has been bothering me about it all day1.

I quote:
...Michael Medved, a former Post movie critic, says Downey and Law must be joking. "There's not a seething, bubbling hunger to see straight stars impersonating homosexuals," Medved told us. "I think they're just trying to generate controversy . . . They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office. Who is going to want to see Downey Jr. and Law make out? I don't think it would be appealing to women. Straight men don't want to see it."

I'm not sure where to start with this. There's the fangirl reaction which involves a lot of squealing and thinking that man, that's hot. Then there's being offended at the pigeonholing of female sexuality that happened so easily there. Woman must not like that sort of thing? Has anyone noticed how many straight (and actually, not-so-straight) women are very very intrigued by things like Adam Lambert's hips, or homo-erotic fiction? Or the proliferation of things like slash-fiction on the internet.

But wait for a moment. Let us take this out of the realms of fandom, and fic. How about the fact that bastions of supposedly straight and conservative women like Young and the Restless have featured storylines involving gay teens dating and *gasp* kissing, earning the show some of it's highest rating in a very long time. It was more about the relationship than the simple appeal, but those two boys being attractive wasn't a detriment. Things like this are apparently also forgotten.

Moving on from there, is the unspoken assumption that it's going to somehow be some sort of orgy filled snogfest. That the story won't be interesting or compelling enough that any homo-eroticism in their relationship, overt or covert, would be the focus. It's Sherlock Bloody Holmes, for god's sake, and Guy Ritchie. I mean, I was already going to give it a go.

Then is the assertion that the actors and director mistakenly think there's some sort of clamoring to see straight stars impersonating homosexuals. Whilst I won't even touch on fandom here, I will say that isn't that part of what acting is about? Being something that you aren't to tell a story? Every day people pretend to be straight or gay, victim or bully, jewish or christian, when their own lives might not reflect this at all. The studio and director made the choice to go for two big name actors. If they'd wanted Sherlock to wear an eyepatch, speak in a norweigan accent and hop around on one leg all whilst bemoaning his traumatic childhood, RDJ would have.

There doesn't need to be a seething, bubbling hunger, there simply needs to be a way to make it fit in with the story Ritchie is trying to tell. I would have said there wasn't a seething, bubbling hunger to see a show about polygamists either, but look at Big Love, and how successful its been for HBO.

There is some baffling about the statement that 'They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office'. Do they really? All straight men will forgo seeing this? That's a fairly broad, homophobic and sexist assumption. Do those straight men also wear anti-gay wards, to keep away those pesky gay germs that might infect them? What about gay men and women? Are they considered? Or the straight woman that do want to see them make out, or even don't care one way or another?

Finally, it's a bit insulting to those of us who actually want to see the movie because it looks, if nothing else, intriguing. Those of us that like or love Sherlock Holmes and are curious about this re-imagining. Yes, some of us are maybe preparing to be horrified, but it's there. The people who are Guy Ritchie fans, or Law and RDJ fans, and would doubtless go to see any movie they were in (please remember, I have Heart and Souls on my computer. Don't judge me, I beg of you). Or those who simply want to see one of the highly touted movies of next year, and don't care one way or the other as to the romantic inclinations of two men.

I do wonder about quotes like that. I realise they are in part ot stir up controversy, and in that they succeed. But I wonder how any sane person can make such a statement, and on the record.

1 No, it's not the differentiation between gay and homo-erotic, that's a rant left for [livejournal.com profile] birkentree to make
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First of all I have to link to Two Boys the Berlin by Christmas fic that [livejournal.com profile] agapeflower117 wrote for me. Just amazing, really it is. Bill and Babe friends-fic and exactly what I'd wanted. In fact more than I had hoped for.

Then, there's posting the fic I wrote. I fail at titles, so it has none.

PROMPT: Joe/Bill
WRITTEN FOR: [livejournal.com profile] pouiksyland for [livejournal.com profile] bbc_exchange
RATING: PG
GENRE: Het fic
PAIRING: Joe/Bill centric


Ain't you gonna get up and dance... )
deense: Sinfest - dominate or not? (Quotes discworld education)
Spending the evening watching more West Wing and reading linguistics blogs. Much better than last night which was spent trawling my way through West Wing and NCIS fic, the majority of which was DREADFUL. TOTALLY DREADFUL.

All the fic really made me do was wonder if these people had ever seen The West Wing OR NCIS. Oh, there was an NCIS/West Wing crossover in which Gibbs and CJ briefly dated (and yes, it was set post season 4). It's what started the reading of NCIS fic. [livejournal.com profile] andrealyn started the reading of the West Wing fic. With her fic. WHICH IS GOOD.

Seven things that should never happen in a West Wing fic and Five things that should never happen in an NCIS fic. Hell, let's just make it a list of things that should never happen in fic, sometimes specific to these areas, sometimes not )

Now onto the topic of Linguistics blogs

The Language Log is a long time fave, especially this entry about Dan Brown as well as this one about about speakers s hearers, or a more recent response dealing with the assertion that feminist ideologues are ruining english. It runs the gamut of the academic to the everyday, the esoteric to the accessible. Often quite amusing, almost always very intelligent, there are a number of contributors, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Evolving English a blog about the evolution of our language. Now, you will likely discover that for all of my quirks I am not a language prescriptive. In fact, they drive me mad. I have grammatical and linguistic pet peeves, as does everyone, but I acknowledge that language shift is an ongoing process. I delight the study of it, even if sometimes some of the shifts make me want to hurt things. This post on corporate speak is interesting, as is the discussion about biscuit and cookie in BrEng

Linguistic Anthropology. My baby, my field of study. How I love thee and how I wish to go back to school for thee.

John Wells daily phonetics blog. Brilliant brilliant man. Don't always agree with him, but wow. Emeritus phonetics professor at University College London and whilst he's one of the 'old guard' of linguistics in some sense, you never could tell by how he writes. I love reading him, even if his simplified spelling ideas sometimes send me around the bend.

Lingformant which gathers linguistics articles and gives synopses of them.

Motivated Grammar. Claiming to be a fiercely anti-prescriptive blog, this amuses me, as he is a bit of a prescriptive himself. An amusing an interesting one though, so I'll forgive him. His discussion of further and farther is neat.

There are a few more I read, but these are some of the more consistent ones. I really don't know if anyone other than [livejournal.com profile] frogmajick and myself is going to care, but hey, I'm here, and it's my blog, and if I want to tell you about linguistic blogs, I will.

Now to bed, seeing as this post has taken me most of the night to type.

Yuletide!

Jan. 3rd, 2008 10:58 am
deense: Sinfest - dominate or not? (geek)
Now that the authors have been revealed, I can say what I've written!

First, my assignment. Written for [livejournal.com profile] penknife I loved her prompts. I'd never written in this fandom before, and I have to say that it's given me about 16 other ideas that MUST BE WRITTEN. I have a list >.>
All things do lead to Rome
Fandom: Diana Gabaldon - Lord John Grey series
Rating: R
Summary: Percy's life had begin again in Rome, yet he still hoped for one from the past to make an appearance. Sometimes one's hopes are fulfilled, even after you give up on them.


Then my Pinch-hit. I took this as it intrigued me. It was much harder to write than I'd expected, but I did enjoy it.
There is always talk
Recipient: Bethos
Fandom: Steven Brust - Dragaeran Universe
Summary: A conversation with Pel, Tazendra, Aliera and Morrolan
Rating: G


Finally my three stocking stuffers. All very fun, and again things I'd never strictly written. I RP a character from Robin Hood (UK), and one from Cambridge Spies, and love both immensely (even if I still hate the BBC today).

Two men get tied to a tree. Wait, no.
Recipient: arllama
Fandom: Robin Hood UK (tv)
Rating: G
Summary: What would happen if Guy and Robin were forced to spend some time together?


Not Always Everything
Recipient: blamebrampton
Fandom: Robin Hood UK (tv)
Rating: G
Summary: In the end there are things that never change.


Six Degrees
Recipient: hammerxsword
Fandom: Cambridge Spies
Rating: R
Summary: A Guy/Anthony fic the only way I could see it.
deense: Sinfest - dominate or not? (Default)
It's boxing day and I just re-read my yuletide fic.

8000 very lovely words on Cambridge Spies and it is R but not necessarily for the reasons you might think. It's rather beautiful actually, and tragic.

I've gotten comments on two of my fics, and only one from the person I wrote for :)

And oh, I have recs already

The Last Rites of Wednesday Addams - Addams Family PG-13

The Eagle Conspiracy Thursday Next - Thursday Next working to save the Lord of the Rings

Intruder Alert Thurssday Next - Short sweet and a bit silly, but I enjoyed it.

Clever Robin Hood UK. The voices on this are so utterly perfect it amazed me!
A Man of middling morals An Alan pov and it works. Lovely.

Ablaze Roswell - Michael/Liz post high school

The Anarchic Cause of Snow Slings & Arrows

Three Bon Cop Bad Cop stories
Bonne Chance
Plus ca change NC-17
An incident of Cancon

Blue Screen of Death Discworld, The Death of a Computer. This made me flail. Srsly.

Nostalgia A Black Adder goes fourth story with spot on dialogue.
deense: Sinfest - dominate or not? (dear santa)
First of all, never make your Yuletide requests post drinking. You'll discover to your horror later that your spelling and use of grammar can be referred to as interpretive, at best.

Sorry for that.

Dear Yuletide Writer )
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Have tomorrow off work, heading down to Melbourne for the weekend with J. It should be fun, have some stuff planned (AQUARIUM! PIXAR! FRIENDS AND FOOD!) and some lazy planned. Good combo of.

I only have 5 days left at this job. *sads* I'll miss it when I go.

Start the new job on Aug 6

Handing in an application for a new place to live tomorrow morning before we leave for the airport.

I wrote a Heroes/SGA crossover fic for a challenge. Finally [livejournal.com profile] technosage you got me to do one! :)

Have lots to do in the morning. Pack, drop off app, mail contract back to Telstra, make it to ariport for 9:20. We can do it. Really we can.

One month today and I'll be getting back on a plane to come back to Australia. Wow. And I haven't even left yet.

That is all. Am tired and off to bed.
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Okay, complete fandom stuff, not fandom-like at all.

Part of an in game meme had us writing backstory drabbles for each other. I'm posting what I wrote here, mostly for my own record.

For Buffy )
For Mark (RENT) )
For Roger (RENT) )
For Violet Baudelaire )
For O-Ren Ishii )
For Elphaba Thropp )
For Ianto )
For Spike )
For Tonks )
For Jack, Harkness that is )
For Claire Bennett )
For Sam and Sybil Vimes )
For Rodney and Shep )
For Dr Carson Beckett )
For Bridget Jones )

Wow. I didn't realise I'd written quite so many...
deense: Sinfest - dominate or not? (Default)
Okay, so it's just a drabble, but it's something.
From here, the challenge from [personal profile] ishara was "what Kitty thinks of Emma in a hundred words"

It's 122 words, and set about the time of Whedon's Astonishing #1


Not only did I write something, but I'm actually posting it. I must be going batty. )
I'm not all that happy with it, but considering i've written all of nothing since, well, I left FT, it'll do.

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