Jul. 5th, 2013 09:22 pm
black_lodge: (hannibal yellow)
I might be showing my age but I'm sad to see most of fandom moving to Tumblr. I love the Tumblr experience, don't get me wrong; I can tumbl all day if you let me, and its image-based content design encourages some incredible fanart. But I also miss the days when fandom was heavily text-based, when people had long conversations (in full sentences, sans hashtags) about their favorite characters' neuroses and predilections, when fic was gloriously long.

We were spoiled with the Harry Potter fandom, I think.

For the first time in too many years, I'm excited to be part of a fandom. Excited isn't even the right word -- these characters are lodged so deep in my brain that I have difficulty filtering them out in daily conversation, and everything I experience goes through the "idea net," processing situations and sensory details that might work well in potential fic. I remember when I first read the Hannibal books and watched the films and how into it I was back then (I actually wrote some fic, which never got noticed by anyone but my dear friend and beta reader [personal profile] lavinia). The new show is all-consuming. I find myself longing for the weather to change and the cold creeps into my bones so I can use that, too, as fuel for the desolate rural landscapes where these flickering images keep playing out against the pale cave of my skull.

The Hannibal fandom is promising now, and to add to us folks in the older fanbase, the reboot has spawned a new generation that has the potential for monstrous growth. The body of fanworks out there, however, is still quite small, and I'm half-worried that the instant gratification of Tumblr and its focus on receiving content instead of creating it is doing a great harm to the fandom as a whole. This is partly why I've come out of fandom retirement, so to speak, to start writing again.

Having said that, it's still frustrating to see really excellent but badly-tagged (or untagged) fic getting lost in the bowels of Tumblr. So, not to lead a one-woman charge back to more traditional blogging sites, I've rounded up some Dreamwidth links for the old-school users who still love a text-based fandom experience. Thus:

The Hannibal Exchange: Hiatus Edition
Signups end July 12 and gifts are due September 14. Minimum wordcount is 1500. I'll be signing up soon.

The Hannibal Big Bang
I already posted about this, but just as a reminder: the minimum fic length is only 10k and work isn't due until January. You can write 10k words in six-ish months!

The Hannibal Kink Meme
Everybody loves a good kink meme and we could use all the writers we can get! This is also a great resource for ideas for the exchange and the bang.

Hannibal Fics
Very young tiny community but might be a good platform eventually for reccing fic.

Hannibal Fans
General Hannibal-related news, interviews, and fangirl forums.

Fic updates

May. 1st, 2013 07:47 am
black_lodge: (tp damn fine coffee)
Last night I started transferring some fic from my old LJ archive to AO3. Fandoms include Watchmen, Hannibal (the books), Pirates of the Caribbean (be still my teenage heart), Pan's Labyrinth, and of course Prometheus. The transfer project is not yet done; I still have some Hellsing stuff to switch over, and I'm debating whether or not to transfer my Harry Potter stuff.

The thing is that my HP fic is very much associated with a different username and I'd kind of like to let it go. I have dreams of one day being able to finish it but at this point my life is far too busy and complicated to work on a novel-length fic that I started when I was fourteen. My writing has changed a lot (it's been almost ten years since I started it) and I find it really hard to work on something I am not one hundred percent proud of anymore.

In any case: currently I have a couple of fics in the works -- one-shots for Twin Peaks and Noelle Stevenson's most amazing webcomic Nimona, which I recommend to anyone who likes fun and gorgeous art and more fun.
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Not only am I a connoisseur of fine fic, but I am also a fan of life hacks, so I'd like to take a moment to elaborate on my current favorite gadget and accompanying programs. I got a Kindle Keyboard for my birthday last semester, which I wanted for the enormous amount of internet-based reading I have to do. (God save me from PDFs of badly-scanned Frakturschrift.) Since then, however, I have discovered that it is a far superior device for reading fic on the go. I've sort of fallen out of the habit of reading fic, though I was obsessive about it when I was younger (er, much younger). The thing is, the glare from the screen really gets to me after a while and a laptop, though my lifeline, is pretty cumbersome. I want to curl up in bed with a good story and I spend 70% of my time on the computer as it is.

With the Kindle, which is extremely affordable by the way, I don't get any glare, and the operating system is simple and the whole device feels super low-tech, which is nice if you're a neo-luddite like me. I like being able to underline and make marginal notes with the weird little keyboard, but I like to have minimal access to the internet when I'm reading, because I'm a notorious procrastinator multi-tasker.

I find two programs indispensable for use with the Kindle. The first you should have whether or not you choose to read fic on the device: Send to Kindle. It's the coolest, easiest-to-use program I can imagine, and it integrates amazingly into your workspace. With Send to Kindle, you can open up a folder and find a document -- PDF, .rtf, .doc, .txt, .mobi, whatever -- right click, select "send to Kindle," and -- you guessed it -- it sends it to your Kindle. It's that easy! And you can input a title and author but the program is pretty decent at figuring out that information on its own.

The other program, which is just as cool, is called FanFictionDownloader. With FFD you start by simply inputting the link to a fic. Actually, you don't even have to paste -- just copy the URL in your browser, toggle to FFD, and it automatically inserts the link from your clipboard. That's a nice feature. Once you finish geeking out about that, you select which chapters you want to download, select the output form (.rtf, .mobi, html, whatever), and hit "download," whereupon it grabs the fic and all its accompanying info for you and packages it up and sticks a nice ribbon on top. You can even set it up so it automatically includes the author, title, fandom, etc in the document title.

(It should be noted that FFD supports a number of archives: FFN, Mugglenet, AFF, FictionPress, Ficwad, and, of course, AO3, among others.)

Even if you don't have a Kindle, you could benefit from this program. Got a favorite 200k fic that you want to be able to access offline? Use FanFictionDownloader! No more copy/pasting tons of text one chapter at a time. RELIEF AT LAST.
black_lodge: (tp audrey shoes)
Doing a rewatch of Twin Peaks. Wanting to surround myself with this show, just immerse myself in it completely. There's a redness to its palate that shadows even the mist-draped blues and greens of the mountainous, wooded Pacific northwest. I want to wrap myself in chevrons. I want to take my coffee black. (I never take my coffee black.) I wish I could forget everything so I could watch it for the first time again.

Trying to get back into fandom after a too-long hiatus. Reinventing myself somewhat (?) in the ether. I seem to recall it being easier than this - I had much more confidence when I was a child.

I'm a fan of genius, filmic poetry, rich colors that hide many secrets. I'm an academic. I'm not a fan of blogging. I need to write more. I consume too much. I want to dip my toes in someone else's world!

My fandoms are legion: dystopian literature, post-apocalyptia, thin white dukes, alienation, the eyes behind the mask, nostalgia for other people's pasts, strangers' souls. (I'll show you mine if you show me yours.)

More to come...?


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