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ARStechnica is doing a weekly podcast about it....I'm not usually one for podcasts (as it hits my same issues I have with talk radio) but I might check it out.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/02/our-next-podcast-takes-to-the-skies-ars-decrypted-on-the-expanse-season-2/

Friday!!

Feb. 3rd, 2017 08:18 am
jebbypal: (fs clouds from both sides)
Yay for friday.

Boo for Wednesday night charlie horse in my calf that still has my calf sore. I've never had issues with charlie horses until I got the sports massage back in December. Which really did help my back, but she only spent like 5 minutes on my legs and my calves have never been quite the same. sigh. I really want to figure out if I can find a sports masseuse that can do the necessary things without reducing me tears though.

About half way through the first episode of S2 Expanse. spoilers for comparison to book 2 of Leviathan )

Regardless, still good TV! And Nick E Tarabay, more often known as Ashur from Spartacus series, is in this!! He's such a great actor, I hope he has more than just an occasional part.
jebbypal: (ff trap)
 25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Again, depends on the era. When I started out, I absolutely had music going and would have playlists. Nowadays, music can be distracting.


26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

I honestly can’t remember…The amount of time I spent trying to determine the Firefly galaxy system in the days before actual show bibles were published were kind of crazy.


27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

No true favorite place to write. The last few years have proven that a laptop is better than being chained to a desk in a specific room. Always always computer. Writing by hand makes my hand hurt and I can’t write fast enough to keep up with my brain. The only time I’ve written stories by hand was when I went to a few science conferences, ODed on science and subsequently had bunnies attack me while at sessions.


28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

Flight of the Poisontaster started as a collaboration with Poisontaster that subsequently we pulled in a few other writers we had in our circles at the time. Did we ever get this accumulated in one place PT? We should for our own amusement if nothing else.

Then, my long languishing work in progress Twin Regrets, a few different artists made me art work for it. And Cassiee has made me artwork to serve as bunnies/encouragement for various stories. That’s about it.

jebbypal: (elisha and puppy)
Actually week hasn't been that bad, just comedy of miscommunication errors with teams...Sigh. Though I don't know what possessed the account person on our new business pitch (who is probably 50) to throw a ball of aluminum foil at me at the end of the meeting. Fortunately I wear glasses so I only got a scratch on my cheek, but wow. 1) out of character for her. 2) what the hell? I mean yes, I've had jokes of throwing paperclips at an old boss and stuff, but this was just out of the blue.

Had departmental happy hour last night, which, ugh. I mean, all was fine and everything, but yeah, as much as I want the high end local bar to be okay for me, my body was so not happy with their version of a cheese steak. It didn't taste that good either. Though the 2 rounds of fries also probably didn't help. Not a horrible reaction but by the time I got home all I wanted to do was find a way to drink a ton of water while laying flat if possible (which isn't) so instead I just passed out on the couch till I woke up from pain of a charlie horse. And no, I didn't drink that much - 1 glass of tequila over 2 hours while actually having enough food. I wasn't even buzzed.

Needless to say I woke up this morning in pain and no desire to wake up really. And still had to hurriedly put my house in rights so that the landlord can get in with the repairman this morning. Sigh. But managed and I won't even be too late for work. We'll just ignore the pile of clean clothes occupying half of my sectional. :)
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 23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

It depends on the era…..Nowadays, my rule of thumb is WIP are posted to my fanfic journal. Completed fics get posted to AO3. And as much as I love the Blue Sun Room and Cortex for having started off there, it’s too much of a pain in the ass to code for all the other sites.


24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

At least 1…I’m usually too impatient for more than that. (I wanna post when I finish for instant gratification). All of my betas have been absolutely lovely. Me being a beta? Whoo boy, I have a few there. Pro tip: if you actually get a beta, this does not mean they will turn your stream of consciousness writing into grammatically correct, legible prose. Please at least use period punctuation, or run it through grammar check first if you are that grammar illiterate. Otherwise baby fic bunnies die….

jebbypal: (tw weevil note)
The Expanse S2 premieres in the US tonight on SyFy!!!!

If you didn't catch S1, you should totally watch it. I'd say try S2 and see if you can jump in, but if it doesn't make sense or doesn't catch you, go back and watch S1.

It is awesome. Has awesome actors. Is a bit of a rework, but relatively faithful to the books. They've created their own language from scratch for it.

I really can't say enough about the show.

And now I need to track down some Expanse icons.
jebbypal: (evil is tiring)
Wow, did I not want to work yesterday, or at least not on what I needed to. which resulted in too much time wasteage at work. Bleh

I did not watch anything to do with his orangeness last night. From what I've read of the supreme court nominee it looks to be a cross between Scalia and Roberts possibly. Sigh. I do love how the republican/conservative dream for right to privacy and small government only applies to white men and corporations.

Need to make time for the chiropractor I guess later this week. Since about day 4 of being sick, I've woken with a migraine every morning -- fortunately excedrin is actually working (unlike my lovely hormone induced ones) so i don't suffer all day, but yeah, hopefully he can poke something and make it stop. And given I'm only taking the one excedrin a day, I don't think it's just rebound headache (doesn't feel like the rebound headaches I remember from college either). It is probably time to buy a new pillow or two...which I hate doing between offgassing and never knowing if the manufacturer i like still really makes the pillows the same way they used to since BB&B doesn't carry them in their stores anymore.

Workout yesterday was good and needed, and I didn't feel like crap as badly as I thought (haven't been as frequent since new year and then with a week off and being sick, had no clue how well or bad the day would go). Slept like a baby, but also had zero motivation to do the cleaning up I needed for the repairman and landlord...fortunately landlord texted and said he had to reschedule to thursday so yay!

Can I say, very quietly, that global warming aside, I love this winter? Only getting 2-3 inches of snow at at time is so much lovelier for driveway cleanup than the >6inches of the past few winters. I'm totally behind this being the case for all of 2017 for NJ.
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 21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Have I planned sequels? Absolutely. I don’t know that I’ve always actually followed through. I usually get the sequel bunny midway through lengthy stories and then I have to be careful that the muse doesn’t get too enamored with the sequel to get bored of writing the actual original story. As to sequels in general, omg, yes, I love them. If I enjoyed a book/fic/movie enough to finish it, the best thing ever is for the universe to continue and continue. You know, as long as you aren’t George Lucas screwing up your own trilogy


22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

I’ve participated in several fic-athons or exchanges, and even completed a few. Never fully tried on a big bang. Favorite experience? Hmm. That’s a hard one. I guess as far as writing, it would have to be the Supernatural genfic-athon I did a while back where I wrote a SPN/CSI crossover in response to someone’s prompt. Which required watching CSI and brushing up on Vodun. 

minutiae

Jan. 31st, 2017 06:06 am
jebbypal: (bn waiting)
Okay, DW posting interface hijinks. If using rich text, don't put in any html code as it doesn't read. But if cutting and pasting formatted word document, it actually works right unlike html. Sigh.

Last antibiotics were last night. Yay!!

Going to work out again for first time in over a week, yay!! Especially as my body seems to have recovered and so the lack of exercise is making my sleep like crap.

Yogurt shakes -- after over 8 years of them, i found the secret to keep them from wasting a lot of food with undrinkable froth -- you have to add some banana. It smooths it all out. This nugget is brought to you by the fact that the end of my last box of oatmeal got infested with ants or weevils or something and so I haven't braved opening another box yet.

I was lazy all weekend and did not unfuck my habitat at all. Which means I need to hurriedly clean at least the kitchen tonight and make space in the foyer for the dishwasher repairman to get in on Wed.
jebbypal: (bang xover)

19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

Again, this depends on when you met me. When I first started, I’d sit down and start writing right away….but that resulted in a lot of lost sleep and procrastination. *ahh, grad school. When I could do what I wanted, when I wanted, and still get paid…that was about the only thing good about that 7 years of depression and misery*

Now, I’ll try to sketch down what the idea is and any key lines or anything that is occurring to me. Basically, I decided that if an idea was truly good, it would stick around. If it wasn’t, well, I can’t go chasing after every single bunny if I want to pay my real life bills.


20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Yes, sometimes. And sometimes, I’ll tell someone a bit about a bunny, and then they’ll produce art to egg me on. *looks at cassiee*

jebbypal: (war president)
wow. take a break for news, and the return is like cold acid in the face.

Rather than belabor the horror of the latest from Drumpf, I will just point out something that may not have occurred to anyone: for any music group that has shown support for Trump, it's not like we can retroactively get our money back. However, we can blacklist them from any streaming site we use so they are getting the percentages of a penny any time one of their songs shows up.

it may be a petty way to resist, but still.
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 17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

The bane of my existence. Sometimes, they just show up. Other times, I’ll have something written (though maybe not complete) and will be itching to post it, but won’t have anything decent to name it. Chaptered fic….it depends. For certain fics, yes, but sometimes no.


18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

Now or in the past? In the bad old days of 2000-2007 when I still just watched TV over an antennae and got Netflix by a DVD? Back then, I didn’t have a DVR so I was judicious about what I recorded on VCR during the season run. And so there was always commercials. As annoying as they are to me (and oh the fights I have with my parents when I mute commercials when I visit them), those 30-90 second intervals always give me time to daydream. What was Mal thinking in the scene that just cut off? Why did Mozzie lie to Neal about that?

And then there was always the attack plot bunnies that would appear just as I was closing my eyes for sleep. *glares at River*

Now? Every once in a while one will just occur to me, usually as I’m in an airport or something. But again, my frog muse has been in hibernation for years, so I’ve also been asking people to throw bunnies to try to get him to wake up.

jebbypal: (beaker)
Day 6, and I almost feel normal. Except for waking with a migraine, but taking excedrin immediately seems to have nipped it in the bud. Please, hopefully.

Got a call about the culture, and it was negative for strep. Which, really, not sure how unless they did the culture wrong. Because by looks, let me tell you, it was classic by Sunday.

Went back to work yesterday and was surprisingly not entirely wiped out by it. Also made a big thing of beef vegetable stew that hopefully turns out yummy (I'd already eaten a second helping of chicken soup at work so wasn't really hungry).

Lethal Weapon last night!!! Read more... )
jebbypal: (don't mess with the smiths)
15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

Anything consent related should be warned for definitely. Being older now, issues such as suicide and grief should also warned of so people can judge adequately if they are in the place to handle it.

The strangest thing I’ve warned for in a fic? Given that I’ve spent over 20 years reading fanfic, yeah, I don’t even think anything I’ve ever written or warned for could even be judged as weird.....Errr...Okay, warnings of extreme meta and crack from when when we did the round robin of Flight of the Poisontaster with <user name=poisontaster>


16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

See now, is this in general, or just the writing of them? Because honestly, it’s cheesy to say it, but your summary is the most important part of a fic when you post it. Granted, I know some archives have word/character limits on them, but I swear, a baby plot bunny dies every time someone writes a summary saying “X and Y are in love by X doesn’t know about Y’s history with Z. When Y disappears, will X learn the truth in time?” *bangs head*

If you can’t come up with a good summary to describe the overall plot, then just pick 1-2 good lines from your fic and post them. Something funny, or provocative. Something that if it was a gif or a quick scene from a commercial would have you wanting to see that episode. But please, not a bad 2 sentence description that would appear in a TV guide synopsis of a Big Valley episode.

How do I come up with them? Fortunately I didn’t stick around posting in any archives that had that level of character limits, and already knew I hated that type of summary by the time I started writing. So either my summary is in essence whatever popped into my head as the plot bunny, or it really is the catchiest bit of the chapter I just wrote. It’s not like we are advertising our fics to the unconverted and need to convince them to come into the fandom. We’re writing to fans who have probably seen at least 50% of the show we are writing about before looking for fanfic, and so they don’t need to be sold hard to. 


jebbypal: (bn I spy)
12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

I’m presuming crossover doesn’t count here, but rather a true fusion verse fic? Not really…probably the closest I’ve come is my one Jingle Bells Burn Notice song fic but I really don’t think that’s what you are going for.


13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write?

It depends on the fandom. Fanon, in and of itself, is problematic because you have to identify it and not all the fandom will know or buy it. And is different than writing a true AU of a character or what have you. But then again, we also have source materials that are deliberately obtuse about telling us certain things for ages and ages *side eyes Supernatural, Teen Wolf* resulting in you having to start making up your own stories about certain characters like Mary Winchester’s family or what the hell is Sheriff Stilinski’s first name. And some of those become widely enough used that there are certain levels of fanon about them *Tom Stilinski* while others no one ever completely agrees upon and the show eventually catches up and Josses your universe *Mary Campbell from the Campbell hunting family*

Other times we get left enough vagueness that everyone comes up with their own theory, and the different settings/tropes themselves are fanon but everyone handles them differently – Shepherd Book as an Operative for example.

So yeah, it depends. I like to be able to use canon for the timeline or different things, but unless all you write is episodes, missing moment fics, or introspective pieces, at some point you have to pull away from canon to say X was off doing Y here.

Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I don’t know about changed my opinion of the source the material. Writing from different characters POV has changed my opinion of different characters to an extent. But not really the source material



jebbypal: (h kiddies fly)
And yet I'm exhausted.

I have a feeling that I will either be leaving facebook, or simply unfollowing everyone that isn't Dan Rather, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood.

Between being horrified by finding out who is likely a Trump-ite or exhausted by my paranoid friends extolling the need for apocalyptic prepping (which, you know, I get, but yeah, I just don't have the energy to deal), I'm finding reading the DailyKos more relaxing. Well, at least as long as they stay off the topic of Hillary since Kos and co have never given Hillary a fair shake for one reason or the other.

*shakes head* Oh well, all things that make me flee my happy place that are likely to wake my muse up, right??

ION, I realize now part of the reason why this administration will be so much worse than the Bush era:

the lack of:
1) daily Jon Stewart sanity check on a semiregular basis depending on the High Holiday schedule
2) the death of cuteoverload. Do you know how much time I spent on cuteoverload during the Bush administration?

Oh well, at least I'm not in grad school this time around. I'm not sure I could have survived the grad school years and this cluster at the same time.

In the theme of happy place
--I watched the finale of The Good Place. I only intermittently watched it, but it ended really well. Hope we get more
--Sneaky Pete? Is anyone else watching this?? I watched I think 8 episodes yesterday. It is soo awesome. It's like Burn Notice crossed with Justified with a sprinkle of Leverage spice. It's on Amazon Prime, so go watch if you have time. I'm pretty sure they already green lit season 2.
jebbypal: (fs john chi hug)
Today is not a day to read the news. Seriously. I think I've decided I need to dedicate just 1 day a week to news so that my days aren't ruined in this administration

But today, I randomly checked, and found out that [community profile] crack_van  has been backed up to dreamwidth. Maybe I'm late to this party. :):) Still regardless, this one one of the things I was worried about. Priorities man. So many good historical crossover recs. LOL.

 
jebbypal: (bang xover)
 <b>11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?</b>

Well, if you’ve read much, then you know yes, there are certain genres I prefer with 2 standouts.

 

  1. Crossover. *grabbie hands* I think finding crossovers was one of the things that completely sold fanfiction to me when I first found it online at 16. As long as the hook for it is vaguely plausible, I’m in for reading them. For writing, I’ve found I really need a good backstory or way to interweave the universes, but my muse has gotten better and better about that as evidenced by the Burn Notice/Firefly bunny I have languishing in WIP purgatory.
  2. Drama/action. It’s my bread and butter. And if I look too hard, I’d say I write the “X goes missing, everyone else has to save them” trope waaaay too often. But hey, I enjoy telling myself the story enough to write it down and I usually get at least a few comments. 
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 <b>10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?</b>

So again, in my MIA rewrite of the Serenity pilot that I did for a gift exchange, not only did I have to write Jayne, but it was also Jayne/Kaylee. So yes, I wrote a pairing I wasn’t crazy about, and found I could. Well, at least the head space….not sure I’m any good at writing it.

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 <b>10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?</b>

So again, in my MIA rewrite of the Serenity pilot that I did for a gift exchange, not only did I have to write Jayne, but it was also Jayne/Kaylee. So yes, I wrote a pairing I wasn’t crazy about, and found I could. Well, at least the head space….not sure I’m any good at writing it.

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