dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
[personal profile] dorinda
Another of the commentfics from More Joy Day 2017, this one for [personal profile] mollyamory. ♥ Backstory: there's a videogame series called "Dragon Age". And in Dragon Age II, you play a human character named Hawke (you can choose a male or female iteration). Hawke ends up super-besties with the dwarf character Varric Tethras, who is a storyteller by avocation, and in his spare time writes books--hard-boiled detective stories, romance-adventure, etc.

In the next game, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Varric and Hawke are separated. But in some circumstances, male!Hawke shows up again for a particular portion of the game, and it's still obvious that Varric loves him soooOOooo muuuuch.

And yet, neither of the games allows Hawke to romance Varric, the way Hawke was able to choose from so many other characters! Unfair, unjust. And given Varric's devotion and heart-eyes-admiration for Hawke, plus Varric's subtle ongoing sense of loneliness, mollyamory thought that should be remedied.


The Epic Tale of Jeon the Giant (1603 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hawke/Varric Tethras, Male Hawke/Varric Tethras
Characters: Varric Tethras, Garrett Hawke
Additional Tags: Requited Unrequited Love, Writing, we already know varric writes rpf

Why couldn't the stupid character stay where he was put? No, all that work to get him face-to-face with the bad guy and into a final battle, and afterward there he went, waltzing away into the wilds to...~~do good~~ or ~~fight the good fight~~ or ~~be brave~~.

Screw Jeon, anyway. That big dumb brawny nug-licking Fereldan. That hero.

morgandawn: (Ariel Yes?)
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UPDATE: I heard from them. The archive is closed to new submissions but the admins are still there and can be reached via their Help Desk. There are no plans to move the archive.

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Jul. 16th, 2017 08:07 am
missizzy: (padme)
[personal profile] missizzy
Title: Habeas for Superheroes
Part: 3: Day One
Fandom: Daredevil/Avengers
Characters: Matt/Foggy, Karen, Marci
Disclaimer: Now Disney owns them.
Warning: References to Raft-related nastiness
Note: Third installment in my Femme!Foggy series.

The footage dropped when Foggy was in the middle of a meeting with a woman who had been arrested for heckling Ross. )

Disney Parks news from D23

Jul. 15th, 2017 04:32 pm
destina: (mcu: captain america)
[personal profile] destina
Disney is its own fandom, and OMG there are AMAZING things happening. As I said on tumblr, Disney is about to back trucks up to the parks and shower money on them, because some of our wildest dreams are happening. Including the one I predicted long ago. *g*

cutting to spare those who don't care, but a list of the confirmed changes is behind this cut )

WELL. This is a great day to be a Disney Parks fan. Meanwhile, I have reblogged lots of Infinity War and Star Wars stuff on tumblr, too, as have 1 million others. If you like that stuff but you aren't hanging out there today, you might be missing out just a little. (Unless you're not into squee, capslock and keysmashing; then you're good.)

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Jul. 14th, 2017 10:00 pm
missizzy: (blahblah)
[personal profile] missizzy
Second date tonight. We went to Old Town again, trying out the Bilbo Baggins restaurant there, where the food was a bit fancier than I would have expected in the Shire, honestly. When I got to King Street and off the train it was pouring, but I immediately got onto the trolley, rode it all the way down to the river, since the restaurant was near the water, and got off to light rain and the day's infernal heat completely gone. I was even able to give him a little tour of Old Town after dinner. So that worked out.
Surprising number of things worked out this week. Started it thinking I'd have to cancel my planned New York holiday at the end of August, then discovered I couldn't, and then figured out a schedule workaround. Went to the new hair salon I wanted to try out Tuesday, and they were so far behind schedule I ended up going back Thursday, but because of the inconvenience they let me get my hair trimmed for free! The date was rescheduled too, actually, but that really was for the better, I think. I also got a jury summons on Monday for the end of July, but who knows if anything'll come of that. Last time I didn't even have to go in, after all. Even if I actually have to go in this time, the lawyers get out of me I worked in a law office for two years and they'll strike me fast.

A poll about AO3 norms

Jul. 13th, 2017 06:24 pm
destina: cherry blossoms (Default)
[personal profile] destina
I anonymized it for your truth-telling convenience. I'm just curious, really; these are things I've been wondering about, so why not ask?

Poll #18575 AO3 norms, part 1
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 81

I've heard that a 'good rate of return' is considered to be one comment per 100 hits. Your thoughts on this number?

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12 (16.7%)

60 (83.3%)

Which is the most valuable fannish currency for your story in order to attract readers?

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40 (56.3%)

11 (15.5%)

4 (5.6%)

10 (14.1%)

Tumblr reblogs
6 (8.5%)

Do you ever read bookmarks to see the comments people put there even though they haven't commented on your story itself?

View Answers

49 (67.1%)

7 (9.6%)

People do that??
17 (23.3%)

Tell the truth: which method do you personally use when you want to read fic in a new fandom?

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Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by kudos
43 (53.8%)

Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by comments
9 (11.2%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by bookmarks
7 (8.8%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by hit count
7 (8.8%)

I use other tags to sort and I will explain in comments
14 (17.5%)

I have the hit counts turned off on my stories.

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6 (8.5%)

65 (91.5%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the kudos button.

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7 (9.3%)

68 (90.7%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the comments on a story, not just moderate them.

View Answers

15 (20.5%)

58 (79.5%)

Freeform tumblr-style tags suck and should not be allowed.

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36 (47.4%)

40 (52.6%)

How do you use tags the most?

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To find things I want to read
46 (56.8%)

To avoid things I don't want to read
15 (18.5%)

To sort or filter things
9 (11.1%)

As red flags to warn me off immature writers
10 (12.3%)

As green lights to find things that are funny or delightful
1 (1.2%)

Which of the following is the most irritating to you as a reader?

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Failing to warn properly
3 (3.7%)

Putting the wrong indicator on a story (gen when it's m/m)
9 (11.1%)

Super-long summaries which explain the story for you
3 (3.7%)

Super-long notes or footnotes
2 (2.5%)

Fics without proper spacing or paragraph breaks
29 (35.8%)

Fics without proper dialog punctuation
9 (11.1%)

Self-deprecating author's notes
8 (9.9%)

'Comment and I might write more haha'
18 (22.2%)

Last question: what do you discern from the order of pairings listed on the story?

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I assume all the pairings listed will be in the story, period
42 (51.9%)

I assume the most important/primary pairing is listed first in order
53 (65.4%)

I don't assume; I check notes to see if there's guidance about it
9 (11.1%)

I assume there could be a mix of past and present pairings for any given listed pairings
27 (33.3%)

destina: (mcu: spidey)
[personal profile] destina
I wanted to read this story, but it didn't exist, so I wrote 8,600 words of it. And then I rewrote it so it was Homecoming-compliant. And now here we are, in the handbasket.

100-Point Restoration (8691 words) by Destina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Parker/Tony Stark
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Ned Leeds, May Parker (Spider-Man), Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Karen (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Future Fic, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort

Tony needs a happiness upgrade; Peter wants Tony. These goals might be compatible. (This story is set roughly five years post-Homecoming.)

What are the odds that I'd write two MCU stories and they'd both be (different) rare pairs?? Or that the unfinished third one will be, too?

Calibre and Kindle for PC or Mac

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:04 am
morgandawn: (Default)
[personal profile] morgandawn
 Copying and pasting from [personal profile] arduinna

"I somehow missed that this was happening a few months back, so maybe other people did, too.

My Kindle for PC updated itself silently to version 1.19, which is compatible with Amazon's latest formatting. This is great for being able to use the new formatting! This is not so great if you use Calibre to manage your library. Calibre can't read or even recognize the new format, so can't import your books.

If you use Calibre, the easiest thing to do is to uninstall Kindle 1.19 and reinstall the older version, 1.17, and make sure that the "automatically update" box is unchecked. 

Mobileread forum has a thread on how to do this, including direct links to safe downloads of v 1.17 on Amazon. It also has instructions for other methods, if you don't want to downgrade your Kindle for PC/Mac."

Captain Nemo

Jul. 10th, 2017 05:21 am
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[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: on July 09, 2017 at 09:22PM

Tags:IFTTT, Fauxthentic History, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)


Jul. 7th, 2017 11:36 pm
sakana17: nicholas tse in 2002 (nicholas-tse-2002)
[personal profile] sakana17
The Promise - Oscar Isaac on the big screen, not a bad thing. A good but flawed period drama with solid production quality.

Wonder Woman - I wasn't even planning on seeing this, I am so burnt out on superhero movies and comics-based movies (I'm not into comics). But I saw intriguing positive headlines, so I went and I loved it. You can nitpick it to death, it won't change my reaction. I simply loved it. Can't wait for the DVD.

Cars 3 - I liked this as much as I liked the first one. It was fun, funny, and touching, with introspective themes handled so well in the classic Pixar way. Definite thumbs up.

Genius (just finished airing season 1) - I was completely engrossed in this, very impressive, really handled the complexity of Albert Einstein's personality so well. Worth tracking down if you missed it. Excellent cast.

Night Shift - Sadly overlooked medical drama with an excellent, diverse cast and good writing.

Black Sails - Yes, I finally finished season 3, and have started season 4. Still impressed. I was quite iffy about the show in season 1, but Captain Flint kept me going. I'm so glad I did.

Star Trek: Voyager - Ha! You didn't see that one coming, did you? But no, seriously...thanks to BBC America's sadly limited schedule variety )

Dark Matter - Speaking of sci-fi, I'm still enjoying this, despite some annoyances with it. But... )

Shadowhunters - I won't apologize for this one. First of all, I didn't read the books and am not planning to. Second of all, I gave it a wide berth until last week when I marathoned everything aired so far. I won't proclaim it's a great show, but I will say I've unexpectedly been enjoying the hell out of it. Reasons. )

Besides, there's Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus:

Harry Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario (Alec):

Yuri!!! on Ice - This was just the funnest, happiest thing ever! And right as we watched it, my schoolgirl crush skater Yuzuru Hanyu climbed back up and killed it in Helsinki. So it seemed like the stars were aligned. :)

The Spirit of the Sword (浣花洗剑录) - 40-episode wuxia drama with Nicholas Tse. It was fun and entertaining, but was one of those dramas where things changed dramatically halfway through. Which... )

Edited: I knew there was a reason I chose a Nicholas Tse icon, then forgot to include him! Took care of that. :)
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