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Title: The Infinity Between Us (Sharp With the Glitter of Memory)

Fandom: The Vampire Diaries (TV)
Relationships: Damon Salvatore & Stefan Salvatore
Damon Salvatore, Stefan Salvatore, Giuseppe Salvatore, Mrs. Salvatore
Category: Gen
Rating: General
Length: 6,659 words
Contains: mild spoilers, canonical character death that occurs offscreen
Summary: Life changes you, and some things are irreversible.

Author’s Note: I stopped paying attention to cannon for my writing a while ago: my stories go AU during Season 3 and I don’t consider this series to be at all compliant with ‘current’ canon after Season 4, and I stopped incorporating flashbacks into my stories after Season 5. Therefore, my ‘Mrs. Salvatore’ is different than Lillian Salvatore as depicted in Season 6. In fact, I only discovered her existence in the series by accident just before posting this story, as I am currently way behind on TVD. I like the way I’ve written her and have no wish to catch up on months of show before posting, so consider yourself warned that she will likely be considerably OCC, starting with her name. Also, other characters may become OOC as I continue to write this series.

I’ve adjusted Damon’s birth date from 1839 to 1843 to make him closer in age to Stefan. I always thought of them being relatively close in age until I learned (again, while writing this) there was actually a larger age gap, but by then my impression of them was cemented. I don’t feel it has any bearing on the actual story the show presents, so I’ve decided to leave it.

Beta by [ profile] scorpiod1.




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Apr. 22nd, 2015 01:07 pm
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Stolen from [ profile] thalialunacy

1. Go to page 7 (or 77) of your current WIP.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy the next 7 sentences or paragraphs and post them as they’re written.

Lol, this is totally random.

“Yes, M’am,” Fidelia said from where she was standing quietly beside the buffett. She curtsied and left the room.

“You may go no further than the back meadow, and I expect you home by mid afternoon,” Father said.

“Yes, Sir, we understand,” Stefan said eagerly, grinning across to Damon. They hurried through their breakfast and raced out to the stable.

“Young Masters! I hear we have a fine outing planned for today,” James said, tightening the buckle on the strap holding Damon’s holstered rifle on the side of his saddle. “We’re escaping to the meadow and away from our lessons,” Stefan said, reaching up to pat Blaze’s noze.

James laughed, his dark face crinkling with a smile, and pulled the step stool over to Stefan’s horse. “Climb up, then, and let’s go.” They swung up onto their horses and James mounted his.

“I bet I can beat you to the meadow,” Damon said, and heeled Blaze and took off.

“No, you can’t!” Stefan shouted from behind, and then the pounding of hooves started up.
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Title: I am My Beloved’s, and My Beloved is Mine
Fandom: Star Trek: AOS
Relationships: Christine Chapel/Leonard McCoy/Spock
Rating: Explicit
Length: 5,285
Contains: PWP, sex pollen, spoilers for TOS
Summary: There’s a Tribble in Sick Bay that makes for a very unusual day at work.

Author’s Note: Hovering over the Hebrew will provide an English translation. Beta by [personal profile] sangueuk, with help for the pop-up html from [personal profile] xela_fic. This was inspired by a random comment by [ profile] seashadows during a [ profile] st_respect Ship Olympics party post. This proves that my brain is indeed random as fuck since this stuck with me for so long, and since I actually got my shit together to write this before everything else that needs to be written. 

Also, after 6 years of St:AOS fandom how am I putting the first Chapel/McCoy/Spock fanwork on AO3? Shame on you fandom for not living up to IDIC! ;D


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Writing is like meditation.  You sit down to do it knowing that it will take your whole concentration to do it well, and yet you know you can never give your whole concentration for the time that is needed.  Random thoughts pop up, you get hungry, you remember something you really need to do, or suddenly doing this other thing seems REALLY FAR MORE INTERESTING and you click over to it.

So you do like you do when meditating: recognize that your attention has wondered, bring it back to the task in a neutral way without guilt or shame, and start over again like you never strayed, even while you know it will happen again and again despite your best intentions.  This is how you write, one little block of time after another.

But that is ok, it is just how the mind works and you have to accept it.  At least, it's how my mind works.  I haven't meditated in years, but I did get better at focusing then and I have gotten better at focusing now while writing.  I'm much better at catching my attention wondering at the beginning, instead of realizing 60 minutes later that I was way off track and stalled.  I can't tell you what a relief that is - I was convinced for years that I couldn't write because I couldn't keep my focus on the screen long enough to actually write something.  I've learned the hard way to catch myself wondering, and to learn how to keep the words flowing (often- but I'm still really working on this).  Throwing up a [research this later!] type thing really helps me keep momentum - I think if I'd known about that years ago, and really understood that your first draft doesn't have to be perfect!, I'd have kept writing instead of convincing myself for years that I couldn't do it.  Also, I have really learned the value of a good outline, and that I am an outliner to my core.  Again, even though the outline was overstressed in school I somehow MISSED THAT FUCKING CLUE as to how to actually get stuff done.

Eh, what can you do?  Life is about learning, there's just no other way to do it.

And now for some inspiration.  I found this interesting Goodreads post: Keep Writing! Authors Share Their Best Advice on Overcoming Writer’s Block.  I love these:

Writing is a job. Some days you don't feel like doing your job. But there is no "teacher's block" or "dentist's block." I can't figure out why we have created this mysterious phrase .. only for writers .. which only means "don't feel like doing this right now." - Lois Lowry

The trick is to identify what is holding you back, and address that issue separately. Usually, 90% of the time, it is fear — and usually (again 90% of the time) it is fear that your work isn't good enough. Whenever I encounter that fear, my response is: "Who cares?" I'm not in charge of whether or not my work is great, or how people will like it. I am only in charge of the process. I came here to be a writer, and so I write. Set your kitchen timer for 30 minutes a day, and write something. It doesn't have to be good. It doesn't even have to be finished. It just has to BE. - Elizabeth Gilbert

ARGH! There's no such thing. Seriously: THERE. IS. NO. SUCH. THING. You know what there is? There's a bunch of problems, creative and otherwise, that can stop you writing. They are not block. They are important skills. For example: very often, around the middle of a book, I grind to a halt. I can go no further, everything I write is catastrophically stupid. I tend to get very upset about that, and I'm unmentionably annoying to be around for a few days. My wife generally has to remind me how to fix the problem.
The way you fix it is you go back to the beginning and you get rid of all the junk, broken stuff you put in back before you understood what the hell the book was actually about, the stuff that is now preventing you from doing the really amazing things that will make the book special. You have to re-envision the whole thing, understand what you meant but could not at the time express. Sometimes that means cutting heavily, sometimes it means changing great swathes, sometimes it's a question of reading that crucial passage that carries your book in potential and taping it up over your desk.
Calling that moment "writer's block" is slandering yourself. It's not a block, it's the process. Don't demonise it! Beg for it! It's what stops you from writing lousy prose, saggy plots, unsatisfying endings. LOVE YOUR CRITICAL FACULTY.
Alternatively: at any time in the course of a book, I may find I cannot write it, bash away at it, hate myself, and then realise it's because I haven't done my chores. I haven't paid the credit card bill or whatever.
Understand: your ability to write is bound up with who you are and with your moods. It is tied to whether you are happy, sad, tense, relaxed, blah. It is you. So when something is wrong with your inkflow, that means either that you've goofed creatively or that you're not fixing something broken elsewhere in your world.
Love your mutant power. Do not try to force it to do something. Learn to listen. - Nick Harkaway

And now I have to get off the internet for the night :)

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A while back I requested fanfic recs for my bookclub book choice.  I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to update y'all on the event, but in case you're still interested here it is.  Thank you [ profile] fleete and [ profile] lazlet for the recs!

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Fanfic comes from an impulse to expand upon the original work that inspired the fic writer.  It can be written to fill in a gap in 'canon' (this is how fans refer to the original work that inspired the fanfic), to correct what the fan sees as an error in canon, to ask ‘what if?’ and take that new scenario anywhere the fic author wants to go with it.  Fanfic authors also love exploring the mundane details of regular life that you don’t always get to see in canon - ex. what is daily life like for an Avenger?  Also, pairing anyone together in romances that weren’t in the canon.  Fanfic is what you get when someone explores their ideas in a publication that is not restricted by traditional publishing.
Reading fanfic differs from reading original works of fiction because it is based so heavily on the canon.  Most fanfic won’t include quite the same level of detail you’ll get from original fic because the writer presumes that almost everyone reading already knows what X character looks and sounds like, or the details about Y event that was so important to the story or character.  Therefore, I’ve tried to pick fandoms (what we call the communities that build up around a particular canon) that most of you have at least some passing knowledge of, or can watch relatively easily.  The exception to that ‘rule’ is the Alternate Universe genre, which is where the fic author puts the characters into a brand new situation completely unrelated to the one in the original work.  Taking the characters from "Lord of the Rings" and writing about them in outer space is an example.  This makes almost any fandom accessible to someone who has never seen or read the canon, and I’ve included one in my selection - "A Place Where We Only Say Goodbye".
As a whole, there are no censuring limits on what can be written in a fic.  Fanfic writers often include explicit violence or sex, or content which can be disturbing in any number of ways.  To the best of my knowledge none of the stories I’ve picked are explicitly erotic, but some contain other mature content.  This content is often communicated to readers through the 'Tags' or in the 'Notes' at the top of the story and is usually thorough.  I've included relevant tags in the story headers below.  If you have any questions about any given story please ask me about it.  I've included some notes about each fic selection (including the length of time it would take you to watch the source material for each story), and indicated them with asterisks.  Reviews by other Fanfic readers are italicized and have been gently edited to remove 'spoilers'.

My Fanfic Bookclub Submission List

Freezer Burn by Domenika Marzione | The Avengers all fandoms | 194,178 Words, ~746 pages | Action/Adventure

The adventures of Steve Rogers, defrosted soldier, who is missing time but not really all that lost. He's got a surprisingly broad knowledge of lettuces, a working grasp of modern technology, and may or may not be using both to mess with his teammates and save the world.
**Set directly after The Avengers movie, run time 143 minutes.  It also includes stuff from the comics, but I don't think you need knowledge of the comics to enjoy the story.

“This is possibly the most articulately adult, mature, rational, and believable fic I have ever read.
I am so intrigued by the slow build of crime/thriller elements, the artful way you threw in the politics of agencies and made steve NOT. DUMB. but in a rational way without being bound by hyperbole emotions.
Also the perfect balance of the avengers being a decent team but also having their own lives- as a group of people in their 30's-40's is wont to do. LOVE. IT.I feel like i'm reading a sydney sheldon novel with how believable your male leads are in action and thought, and how matter-of-fact your female leads are.
The military life details and understandings are EXCELLENT. I am engaged to an airforce engineer and I truly appreciate that you have given this facet of steve's life depth, insight, and details!” – Elemenohp

“Breathtakingly done. Thank you for writing such a fantastic, immersive, engrossing story with a layer of realism you rarely find in the canon works, nevermind the fanfiction. I've been enthralled with this since I started it, and have been reading as voraciously as my schedule would allow. You do good work.” – PrimaryFeather

“Wow, that was seriously epic. Loved all the day-to-day details of Steve situating himself in the "now," with the food details (OMG, totally drooling over all the food descriptions) and picking up art again. You write great characters - loved all the team interaction, the insight into Natasha and Bruce, Tony and the way different people react to him - all very believable and honest. Loved your OCs as well (um, I think they're OC's; I'm not well versed on the comics), and all the bureaucratic/ military hierarchy details came though very well. Thank you for sharing this!” – joyouslee

“I am really enjoying the MCU but have never read any of the comics (don't get on with the media), so I suspect there are lots of references I'm missing, but conversely there is undoubtedly benefit in being able to be surprised by what happens next more so than I might otherwise be.
Your writing is always like catnip to me, I always end up more invested in your characters(/characterisations) and universes than the source materiel. As always, I am in love with your characterisation, your long and wonderfully plotty story arc, the funny, the accuracy and realism you bring; you have this knack for lots of detail without unnecessary exposition, and, particularly in the more person centred scenes, leaving just the right amount up to the reader's imagination, and that brevity always seem to pack a more powerful punch.” – vonknibble

“Wow, this was without a doubt the most ambitious, amazing, detailed and awesome story I have ever read in Avengers fandom. It took me ages to get through (which is a good thing!!) and I don't even know what to flail most about. The whole thing is simple awe-inspiring. Thanks so much for writing and sharing it.” – pulangaraw

A Place Where We Only Say Goodbye by weezly14 | Dr. Who | 59,486 words, ~245 pages | Angst, Romance
""And I knew that you were a truth I would rather lose than to have never have lain beside at all."  He's served Rose Tyler coffee almost every day for a year, but he's never worked up the courage to really talk to her. Then he finds himself stuck repeating the same day a year in the past. Is this a chance at a different ending?"

**Fanfic can take the characters from the show and place them in a completely different setting so you can see how they stand up to entirely new circumstances. This is called an Alternate Universe - in this case it's a Coffee Shop AU, which is a common fanfic trope.  It's a great way to get into a new fandom if you haven't watched the show because you don’t need any knowledge of the show to understand the plot of the story, as is the case for this fic.  The 'Angst' tag is often used for situations of emotional difficulty.  If you're interested in checking out the characters you can watch Dr. Who 2006 (Season/Series2) on Amazon Prime, iTunes, or Netflix - a good one to start with might be School Reunion.  Runtime for each episode is about 45 minutes.

"God, I am so in love with this verse. And I'm going to be that person who'll suggest you just go right ahead and sell this to publishers. Get an editor, an agent, anyone. Because if something like Twilight or 50 Shades or Mortal Instruments got published, I don't see why the hell this can't. Because the premise, the pacing, the characterizations... as a fellow writer and storyteller, I am just so, so in love with this.
At one point, I was reminded of Audrey Niffenegger's book, The Time Traveler's Wife. I know that the plots are quite different, but this story has encouraged a similar level of emotional attachment to the protagonists as with that book. I do not doubt for a moment that if you let someone who has not even heard of Doctor Who or the term 'fanfiction' read this, it would still be much appreciated. I could go on and on, but let me just end it with a thank you. Thank you for giving us this absolutely wonderful story. I look forward to the day you'll get to treat us to a brand new literary journey with The Doctor and Rose." – rarelycanon

Dudly Dursley and the New Normal by alikat522 | Harry Potter | 53,167 words, ~226 pages | Drama/Tragedy
Bad things happen. Life gets strange. Dudley tries to carve out a little bit of normality in a world that has gone mad around him.

**Fanfic can redeem characters that are portrayed as bad or difficult in the book by putting them through events that give them the opportunity for growth.  This one is not offered as a download at  If it is chosen you can either read it on the web, or I will make sure an ebook copy is available to anyone who wants it.  There are 7 books and 8 movies in the series - obviously a lot to watch if you're starting fresh.  I know the club read most of the books together and I think most of you have seen all the movies so I thought I'd take a chance and include it.  We'll see if it gets picked :)

“Thanks for this unusual story! I think what I liked most is how you stayed in character for Dudley AND combined that with the important after war themes. Great original characters too.” – Mari83

“An excellent tale, well told. I thought you did a good job of providing a realistic journey for Dudley to choose to step up instead of passively fading away. I like that you ended with hope and that you didn't brush away the aftershocks of the war and the cultural divides as if everything would go back to just fine after Voldemort was dead. All in all, thank you for writing!” – Phoenix Flight

“Great story. Dudley's journey just fits - no hurried redemption, no overdose of angst, a good, logical mix of drama and evolving characters.” – Starfox5

“Great story! I loved the format you used with news articles at the end of each chapter. And the final one - Molly's article was a perfect ending to the story, put the message of the whole fic into perspective. You are so right about Dudley's "side character" status, which is not only limited to canon. Even in the HP fanfic community, his story is rarely explored and his character seldom a protagonist. So bravo! Great fic all-around!” – Inexplicably Waiting

“I have not read such fanfiction in a very long time. Incredible portrayal of characters. Dudley's transformation from Big D was the in-depth reveal that I always wanted from jkr. And making him a werewolf? Clever. I also loved how you let readers learn what happened to other characters though Dudley did not realize the significance. Very well done. I will be keeping my eyes open for new posts!” – bloombaby26

“I was lucky enough to stumble across your story today and got to read it all at once. It was heartbreaking and warming all at once.
Your characters didn't pull a deus ex machina and make everything perfect at the end or "magically" make everything better by getting involved, but they did make a difference by moving past apathy and taking action.
You showed Percy finding the cause he was looking for. Loose ends that bothered me in the books were neatly wrapped up or proved to not be loose ends at all. And, quite importantly, Dudley found a new normal. That's not an insignificant achievement.” – Code Aster

An Avalanche Of Detour Signs by gyzym | Sherlock (TV) | 56,053 Words, ~267 pages | Romance, Sexual Trauma
In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.

**Fanfic gives minor characters, particularly women in this case, a lot more life than they are given onscreen.  An audiobook version of this story is available here, recorded by magicranberries.  This story comes after the season finale of Season/Series 2 of BBC Sherlock.  Each season consists of 3 1.5 hour episodes, totaling almost 9 hours for both seasons.  You can stream/buy them on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Netflix, or you can borrow my copies if needed.

"How do you take these characters that we know relatively little about, and breathe life into them, and make us care about them, and put them in relationships that are loving and wonderful and amazing and fully complement the characters?" - Wex

"What an utterly gorgeous piece of work--the story and the art. Love and adoration to you both! I wasn't intending to read all of this in one go, but there wasn't any way to stop. The whole arc unveiled itself so smoothly, so effortlessly--just spot on, from start to finish." – sheffiesharp

Kista by Jane Land | Star Trek Original Series | 94,060 Words, ~365 pages | Romance, Drama
Spock and Christine are stranded on a planet with a paleolithic technology level, they have to adapt to the local culture and a relationship develops between them.

Kista is " attempt to rescue one of Star Trek's female characters from an artificially imposed case of foolishness. Try to think objectively for a minute about what we know of Christine Chapel's background, education, accomplishments... and you will come up with a far more interesting character than she was ever allowed to be...I like her. I hope you do too."

**Kista was originally published in 1986 by Jane Land in a Zine she put together herself and mailed out to those who wrote to request it.  This was the way fanfiction was widely dispersed before the internet came about, and the way fans kept in touch with each other.  The story has since been put up on the web, where you can download your own copy.  It does contain romance with at least a couple of sex scenes, but best I can tell they aren’t explicit.  You can read about Chapel here (including some of the most significant episodes for the Chapel/Spock relationship) and you can stream/buy original episodes from Amazon Prime, Netflix, or iTunes, or stream the episodes for free on YouTube.  Each episode runs 50 minutes.

“So good to see this wonderful piece of writing published here, and now easy to read!” – Jackie


We Two Alone by Shoreleave | Star Trek 2009 | 101,877 Words, ~350 pages | Angst, Slavery, Major Character Illness/Injury, Hurt/Comfort, Dark, Drama, Action/Adventure, Friendship
"Academy fic. Dr. Leonard McCoy thinks he has nothing in common with command-track cadet Jim Kirk, until a series of events forces them together. When a simple training mission is derailed into a seemingly hopeless situation, both have to learn to trust one another, and they’ll need all their wits and survival skills to stay alive.
Author's Note: I love plot holes, and here’s a biggie:

Pike: “And if all else fails, fall back and rendezvous with the fleet in the Laurentian system. Kirk, I’m promoting you to first officer.”

Huh? I mean, that doesn’t make any sense! Jim’s just an untried cadet, and surely there are more seasoned officers on the Enterprise who should be first officer. Unless… does Pike know something about Kirk that we don’t? If he does, it must be pretty compelling…

That got me thinking, and it was the inspiration for this story."

**Fanfic of reboots re-imagines the cannon, just like the reboot itself does. In this case, Jim Kirk's time in Starfleet Academy and on Tarsus IV.  'Hurt/Comfort' is a tag that indicates one of the characters has gotten sick or injured, often significantly, and is cared for by another character.  This is a prequel to the 2009 movie, which runs 126 minutes.

"Hello new head canon. This was absolutely fantastic! One of the best survival stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading!" – dentalfloss

"Superb characterization, clinically tidy, excellent work with the storyline, I'm definitely coming back to this one later. Also, I would totally watch this movie. Even if it wasn't Star Trek." - casicastiel

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Hi folks!  Long time no see!  I come asking favors.  Pretty soon my bookclub will be going through our selection process for the next year.  My list of books is due at the end of April.  I've decided to do something wild and put fanfics on my list this time around.  My book club is awesome - they all know I read and write fanfic (though I don't tell them what I write, I'm not that ballsy) and they think it's cool.  They encouraged me to make Fanfic the theme for my list this year and I decided to do it because I'd love to introduce them to some amazing fic.  There are just two issues:

1. I'm not comfortable putting slash or femslash on the list.  I'm not ready to fess up to that in our group meeting, and I'm definitely not interested in putting something on the list that I think most of them really don't want to read.  I think a couple of them would be cool with slash if it was well written and maybe not too overly erotic, but not everyone.

2. The only rule of our club is that the book has to be brand new to everyone, so that means I can't just rec the few Gen or Het fics that I know are good.  I'm not the biggest Gen or Het reader, so I don't have much in my To Read file that I can go to.  Thus, I need help!

The club members read all genres, from romance to action, so feel free to rec anything that meets the above criteria.  Here are some fandoms that I think would work for the group at large:
Harry Potter (the club read the first 4 or 5 books together so this is a great choice - except I don't know the HP world well enough to get to the good stuff easily)
Star Trek (amazingly, I'm not finding as much Gen or Het that will work as I expected)
Star Wars (Ditto the HP note)
Avengers (Probably best to stick with movie-verse, but I know one member has comics knowledge)
Sherlock BBC (They are short enough to binge watch if they go with that choice, and I can loan them my copies if needed)
AU's from any fandom that don't require any cannon knowledge

I've got some choices lined up at this pinboard tag but I'd love some more to pick from.  Oh, also I'm trying to pick novel-length stories.  The definition of a novel-length story apparently varies greatly, so I'm going with 40,000 words because it's what the SFFWA specifies.  If it's a couple of thousand words short I'd still consider it.

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“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”
~Octavia E. Butler, from Bloodchild and Other Stories

Butler is one of my favorite SciFi writers.  She writes female characters that are amazing: always of color, almost always queer in some way (bisexual, or polyamorous and living in alternative relationships, or shape-shifters who push the boundaries of what it means to be male or female), always complex with an arc for growth, always the main character.  Her words are often simple and bare, but she has a way of cutting through to the very meat of a character or situation that is extremely powerful.  She can be very dark at times, but there is always something - some strength or hope for the future - that I can connect with to carry me through the struggle.  I always finish her books and mull over the characters and world for days after.

She is an inspiration to me, and even though my style is different I always hope my writing is as powerful as hers.  In the process of looking for the source of this quote, I found out that each of the short stories in the collection listed above have essays by Butler after them.  I'm very excited to read them and see what else she has to say.
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I've just finished the book Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider, and found it to be wonderfully inspirational.  I also thought that a lot of her beliefs on writing belonging to everyone, and how to encourage the beginner to write, have a ton in common with fandom - but that's a post for another time.  Right now, I want to highlight one of the many things I marked as inspirational:

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening which is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist.
~Martha Graham, p. 60 of Writing Alone

This reminded me of the Hummus Essay, aka: Slash Fiction Is Like a Banquet ("the hummus essay") by Arduinna:
Slash fiction is like a banquet. It's wonderful. A big, pot-luck banquet. There's everything from appetizers to mashed potatoes to curries to stews to green-bean casserole to peanut-butter sandwiches (apologies to the UK fen who just cringed ) to fifteen different kinds of pasta to cookies to cheesecake to soup to bread to couscous to smoked salmon to black forest cake to tuna salad to BLTs to.... you name it. Wonderful food. Some of the dishes are just basic, hearty comfort-food; others are exotic and heavily spiced; others are spiced so delicately you can't even tell why you're reacting to it the way you are, you just know it's wonderful; others are sweet and smooth and hit that sugar craving perfectly. People who come to this banquet are welcome to just wander around the table and eat, or to bring their own favorite dish (i.e., write a story and put it on the "table" for others to enjoy).

I've always loved that description of fannish writing - there is room for all kinds of storytelling, and kinks, and characters, and story types.  There is room for me, who may not write exactly like XYZ BNF because I am not XYZ BNF.  But I don't have to be her to write wonderfully.  I don't have to sound like anyone else in the world except like the best version of myself that I can possibly manage.  This is true for fanfic, and I believe it is also true for original fic.  This is a heartening belief.
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"Creativity comes from trust.  Trust your instincts.  And never hope more than you work."
~Rita Mae Brown

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I found this quote in a magazine with a lovely picture of a girl wearing wings.  In the process of finding a similar picture to use that I liked, I found this and thought it was appropriate.  Pic came from wonderwall-daisies at this post.
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This may become a recurring thing with me.

[personal profile] thefourthvine  recently put up a meta post that struck a chord with me.  She is endlessly entertaining and smart and on-point about lots of things, but this post was about writing - it was also a rant about people being assholes on the internet, because people suck, so I'm pulling out the positive bits in case you want to skip the rant:

Sturgeon's law is right, but it misses the point. Ninety percent of everything has to be shit. That's how you get the 10% that's good.

Your favorite writers, fan fiction, published fiction, published fan fiction, whatever -- they didn't start out writing that way. There was a time when they wrote unspeakably awful crap. Writing unspeakably awful crap is how you learn to write only moderately awful crap, and then eventually maybe decent stuff, and then, if you're lucky, actually good things. There are not two classes of people, those who are good writers and those who are bad writers, so that all you have to do to have only great stuff is scare away all the bad writers. There are people who used to write bad stuff, and there are people who are currently writing bad stuff, and there's a lot of crossover between the two. Some of the second category will one day be the first category. (Also, tomorrow some of the first category will move back to the second. No one hits it out of ballpark every time.) If you want to read new good stuff tomorrow, encourage the people writing bad stuff today. (And also maybe help them get betas. Betas are great.)

And, no, those people don't have to hide their work away until it gets better. They can share it with anyone who wants to read it. If they want to post it, they should. Wanting to is reason enough. (Although if you want another reason -- posting is how community happens. Which is how things like betas happen. People who share their work get better faster.)

Underlined emphasis mine because I need to remember both of those points.  And that post linked to Not your usual "morality in art" debate by [personal profile] staranise :

It's just a fact of life that teaching or trying to find art that satisfies you is going to be full of setbacks and frustration, so if you want to do those things, you have to deal with it.

And for artists and students and everyone else the truth is, You have no moral obligation to please everyone. You do not have to make everyone like you to be a good person. You are allowed to meet your own needs at the cost of meeting someone else's.

Which is another thing I need to remember: while I feel the need to honor my craft by doing the best work I can, I also write for me.  The body of work I put out is my experience.  It reflects the characters and stories that interest me at the time, my thought processes at the time, and sometimes the things that I wrestle with mentally and emotionally that I put into fanfic because fic is yet another outlet for understanding myself.  While I do seek positive feedback (otherwise I'd never publish it), I need to remember that creating the work for myself in the first place is reason enough to exist, and let it be reward enough to me.  In the words of Joss Whedon:

I  write to give myself strength.   I  write to be the characters that I  am not.   I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of.

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Here is something that I find inspirational when I have doubts about my ability to write anything worth reading.  Also, when I get the "meh, I just don't feel like fighting with it today" ambivalence.  I must do it anyway, and do a lot of it, if I expect to get anywhere at all.  I thought I might share it in case it inspires anyone else.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

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Anyone know how to make Google Docs show the paragraph formatting so that when I copy/paste to AO3 all my paragraphs don't disappear?
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Via [personal profile] cesperanza :

Joseph Gordon Levitt and Jay Smooth are making a Remix documentary, and Cesperanza points out that it would be awesome to see representation of fannish remix on it.  I concur.  Record yourself answering these three questions:

EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: RECord yourself on Camera answering these 3 questions:
1) Give an example of a remix in history. Think of something that many people might not think was a remix.
2) When did you remix something that someone else created? What was that experience like? Be specific.
3) When has something you created been remixed? What did it feel like? Be specific.

Speaking of JGL, I just saw an ad for his new movie Don Jon and the web url listed for the movie was a tumblr address.  Now there's a man who knows his audience, and where to target his advertizing.  Phenomenal.

Also, the OTW's Legal team are looking for your personal fandom stories:

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) are seeking public comments on copyright policy issues, including the legal framework for the creation of remixes.... Our attorneys will use your stories to explain to these agencies, which are likely to propose new legislation about copyright, why any change in copyright law should favor freedom to make transformative works. We succeeded before with the DMCA remix exemptions, but only because we were able to share specific stories from vidders. Now we need stories of all kinds.

They need your stories by October 10, more info here.

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I came across the Everything is a Remix videos recently, and that made me remember some others I'd wanted to share but never did:

Everything is a Remix by Kirby Ferguson, and the related TED Talk he gave on the same topic which includes a few different examples.  He did an excellent job showing the way some of the most influential art and technology 'stood on the shoulders of giants'.

Larry Lessig's TED Talk on copyright - this one is from 2007, but I think it's still relevant.  His argument for a common meeting ground between the extremes is appealing.

A Broad Abroad's comment on Robin Hob's fanfic rant. - I had never seen the remix of that painting before, and I think it's amazing

[personal profile] bookshop 's I'm done explaining why fanfic is ok - brilliant response to the whole 'fanfic is immoral and illegal' argument.

The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Letham

I'm not entirely sure what to think of copyright.  I believe firmly in creators making a living off their work.  But I also believe that remix culture - which includes parts of fandom, in my opinion - is an inherent urge, and not one that anyone has the right to stamp out.  The more I read/watch about it, the more amazed I am to find examples of remixing all through history.  So where do we draw the line so artists get paid, but no one is getting sued for making fanvids or referencing the great art that came before by sampling and so on?  I certainly don't have the answer to that, but it's something I ruminate on occasionally.

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Hey all, in case anyone is thinking of podficcing any of my work, or anything like that, just a heads up.  I've just updated my Transfomative Works policy.
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The popular vote poll is up at #st_respect Trekstock! It closes on 7/11 and is your last chance to participate!  Anyone with a LiveJournal can vote in this poll, so feel free to bring all your friends.
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I've discovered that Goodreads has recently updated it's rules to allow Fanfic to be listed on the site.  There are now five lists for voting for your favorite fic (up from two in the last couple of weeks, Goodreads must have just changed the rule because I know that previously Goodreads was deleting fanfic off the site), but here are the three biggest: Fanfiction.  You know you want to, Favorite Fanfiction (Completed only), and M/M Supernatural and J2 Fanfic Compilations.  You can find more by searching "fic", "fanfic" or "fanfiction" on the Lists page (you may need a Goodreads account for this).  I'm not sure how I feel about all this.

On the one hand, I think fic is just as deserving of praise and recognition as published fiction.  It takes just as much skill to write good fic as good published fiction, it's just a little different.  And I have to admit, showing the world that fanfic can be WAY better than 50 Shades of Grey appeals to me greatly.  I've really enjoyed reading some of the comments on some of the fics listed. 
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Also, I'm curious to know what you think of people adding fic to Goodreads, either adding other people's fics, or adding any fic at all.
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Looking for something to do tonight?  Voting for Trekstock Prompt 3 closes tonight at midnight.  Only logged-in kudos count as a vote, if you need an AO3 invite let me know :)
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Submissions are starting to come in for Prompt 1 at Trekstock!  If you're interested in voting, any logged in Kudos for a work counts as a vote.  The voting period is marked on our calendar.  If you happen to need an invite, check out this post.

If you're interested in participating, we're open for signups through the whole thing, with the last prompt coming due on 6/29.

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I just got back from the theater, and I loved it!  Majorly spoilery discussion:

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There's been recent news discussion about Netflix mining data on user viewing habits with streaming video, and how that may or may not affect users.  I'm not sure what I think about the whole thing overall, but:  I've been doing a lot of rewatching The Vampire Diaries S3 episodes because the fic series I'm writing (and am so close to finishing!!!) is closely tied to cannon.  I'm lifting all kinds of dialog and such from my viewing.  I dare Netflix to make any sort of sense from all the pausing, rewinding and fast forwarding to various scenes, rewinding the same ten seconds over and over, and such that I've been doing.  That kind of behavior makes no sense to anyone not engaged in fannish activity.  I got a sort of  "Ha.  Haha!  Ahahahaha!" *evil Mr. Burns hands* moment from someone over there scratching their heads at all the randomness we probably generate that screws with their stats.  :D
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Hey hey Shippers!  We Admirals at [ profile] st_respect are getting together another round of Ship Games!  A little more info and a poll up here.  OMG it's gonna be FUN with the new movie coming out!  The excitement is palpable.

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