timepiececlock: (S/U - I set you apart)
So, la la la! Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] irrel drew and posted a gen Kirk + Spock BFF comic strip for me. It's the most LOLtastic present I've gotten in ages, inspired from HIMYM dialogue and illustrated with ridiculously amusing expressions. Totally movie spoilery.

Go check it out and have a giggle!
timepiececlock: (Uhura Fucking Rocks The Universe)
1. http://nkjemisin.com/2009/04/ways-to-describe-characters-of-color/ [note: read comments for diverse examples/opinions]

This is a link I am posting for myself, so I can add it to my LJ memories. I have started a memories section specifically for posts that focus on writing/describing Characters of Color. I've read many of them this year, and probably should have started bookmarking them ages ago.

If anyone has more recs along this topic, I always appreciate new information. Book recs too! Particularly since this applies to two of my current OTPs: Katara/Zuko and Spock/Uhura. With K/Z fandom I've had my first experience of writing about CoCs in a world where the CoC's point of view is predominant and the palest characters are still CoCs by white viewing standards. I've been mostly able to skate by on the whole description thing because a) you generally don't have to describe characters much in fanfic, and b) the ethnic baseline is Asian, not White/European like I'm used to, so I more described the differences between the Asian cultures represented than the difference between White and Asian. Also, the darker half of my OTP--Katara--- is visually presented as South Asian / Inuit, not Black, and I'm just realizing now that until Uhura/Spock, I've never had an OTP with a Black female character before, at least not one that I've written fic for. It's always been White, Asian, or Latina...mostly because I watch a lot of anime. I've also tried to convey culture through clothes and food and objects more than physical indicators, which basically means that I've never really forced myself to look into that aspect of description.

I'm not only interested in the nitty gritty details of description because of my new love for Star Trek's rockin' communications officer, but because I have started outlining a novel. A big, scary, superhero novel which I text [livejournal.com profile] irrel about at odd moments of complete terror. Brief outline of the ethnicities of my characters and how I feel about writing them and why the idea of writing a book at all terrifies me, and a bit about the ethnic make-up of where I was raised. )

I may add to this post as I find more blogs/sites that are not LJ-based and wish to include them. I know there are already several lists out regarding the cultural/philosophical/moral wank of RaceFail and how to avoid it; for my own purposes I'm trying to collect some links that deal specifically with writing fiction rather than the larger communication-between-fans kerfluffle of FAIL, which multiple people have already covered nicely.
timepiececlock: (Live long and suck it! - Spock)
I am trying to write a fanfic where it involves an epic make-out moment, and... I don't know what to listen to!

Music is VITAL to my writing process. And all I can seem to find to listen to on my comp is break-up songs! ARGH!

I need some quick recs. Something sweeping. Romantic. Swooning. Swooping. Other cleaning & vertical movement metaphors, I don't know. I'm not asking for links, just names I can play from youtube or something. Anything to jolt my brain into the right sphere of sappy romantic thinking! They can be totally mainstream, too. I don't discriminate in my pop.


ETA: The pairing I'm trying to write for is Uhura/Spock, if that helps.

ETA 3: 1. You guys are so thoughtful for responding! 2. I don't think my romantic vernacular matches everyone else's, apparently. I should figure out how to fix that. To clarify my confusing and incomprehensible request above: Not slow songs, because slow songs tend to be sad even if they are romantic and my brain thinks sweeping/swooning/epic = big music and energy. Seventy-six bloody trombones.
timepiececlock: (Barney&Robin - Maybe I Even Love You)
Spock is Jim Kirk's best friend. Jim is Spock's really good friend.

This is a distinction that will cause Kirk some anxiety in upcoming sequels, I can tell. He will cling too hard to the captain's chair arm-rest and monopolize the comm to whine about it to Bones (his really good friend), who will in turn complain to Spock, who will calmly inform Kirk that having a friend be arbitrarily set above other friends in a rank of personal value is illogical, and if he'd be hard pressed to do so, he certain that the communications lieutenant's ranking would render the exercise moot by creating a positive outlier that disrupts the entire scale, but Jim Kirk doesn't believe in no-win scenarios.
timepiececlock: (Barney&Robin - Maybe I Even Love You)
I've rewatched ST, and then rewatched little bits and pieces of it again, and I can tell you, in a tongue and cheek way, that although there are many reasons why I liked the film, there's only one reason (honestly) why I'm fangirlling it. I would love it either way, but for all the other reasons I'd simply enjoy it as any other movie, whereas it takes a particular kind of thing to make me go into fandom mode.

In fact, I think it can be best expressed with a quote from an entirely separate fandom! Because I love quotation crossovers.

Spoiler Alert! )

Yeah, I'm easy. This hits movie hits at least half a dozen of my fandom kinks in this regard.


Call up the captain we've got Krueger on the line
He's got a box of chocolates and a valentine
And MI5 have got a bone to pick with Moses
While Matthew and the big guy just play ring-around-the-roses

A pearl knit sweater and a gasoline rag
He's got a fistful of stars and an old dog tag
Get to Parchman Farm by a number 9 bus
And send the children to the gum tree to wake up Nicodemus

So blow the man down boys
Yeah blow the man down boys
And the tricks that he employs
Are buried in this St Luke's summer's noise
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
Rashaka: "...blah blah depends if they're really into the ho yay...."

ShakaDad: "What's ho yay?"

Rashaka: ..."Um..." *momentarily stumped as to how to explain* "Eh...Homosexuality Yay!"

ShakaDad: "Oh. Okay. That must be some kind of generational slang, never heard it before."

Rashaka: "Um, don't worry. Most people probably haven't heard it."

This is what happens when you allow fandom to bleed into your normal habits; it pops out at unexpected moments. I wish I could remember what prompted the tangent in the first place, but it's already slipped my mind. Probably something to do with movies.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
Oh. My. Gosh.

Steven Brust wrote a Firefly/Serenity fanfic media tie-in novel that is available legally for free on the internet.


Steven Brust! I love Stephen Brust!

This feeling is like...like waking up to find out Steven Brust wrote Firefly fanfic! There is so much delight in my heart!
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
I still ship Mai/Earth King.

I still think that somewhere there's the unwritten tale of a political marriage and tense interactions and his silliness softening her sternness and her analytical and ruthless mindset guiding the EK into a shining era of political badassery...basically, forced marriage trope that we've seen a bajillion times for Zuko/Katara, Zuko/Song, Toph/Zuko, Katara/Aang, etc. But gender flipped.

With Mai and the King of Ba Sing Se!

And his bear. Sadly no one has written the fic for me, yet.
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
I remember reading reactions from the comics fans on my flist when the cover for Marvel's new potential series Divas was leaked. It seemed pretty offensive, but I was prepared to dismiss it as used-to-it-whatever stuff from media entertainment, but today I saw a quote that prompted me to make login accounts with a bunch of different websites just so I could shout back at the stupidity. And I'm not even a comics reader! But the sad thing is, I'm so close to being one. I even considered it after watching the Wolverine movie. And yet, every time I almost jump in, something sends me running in the opposite direction. Like this.

"If you're [a] Marvel reader and truly feel we're sexist, then why are you reading our books? Now, perhaps you're not a Marvel reader, then if that's the case, I'm not quite sure what you're criticizing if you don't read our books?" - Joe Quesada

I could go on about Quesada’s dispiritingly poor use of hypothetical "logic" to make his point, or I could talk about the sexism *in* the argument he advocates. Or wait, I could do both! Read more... )

Yeah, nothing sexist there. ^eyeroll^ You can read the full statement here, scroll down near the bottom. It actually gets worse with context.

The thing is, here, I am the perfect candidate for Marvel to build their female audience up. I'm a nerd girl with long fangirl history. I love geek stuff. I watch the movies. I read the books. I watch anime and read manga. I go to conventions. I talk and talk and talk about the geeky media that I love. I harp on continuity and I applaud characterization. I will spend money. I'll by junk just because it has a character's face on it. I'm a freaking dream to these companies. Why aren't they courting me? Courting us?

I was discussing with [livejournal.com profile] irrel why both of us like manga (well, I like anime, and I sort of like manga in conjunction with that) but neither of us can really get into American comics or comic-based cartoons. And what we both agreed on was that we just don't feel welcome. Just looking at the art, it screams "FOR BOYS FOR BOYS FOR BOYS." At least with manga, even with all the sexism I complain about, I still can tell that manga exists for both male and female audiences. It has both male and female creators. It sells, and sells well, to male and female readers. There's gender divisions in the material, but there's still manga writers and artists who cross those divisions. Women who write shonen series like FMA and Ranma. Even if the communication is rough, I feel that at least they know female readers exist.

I have had a limited amount of exposure to American comics. It's all what seeps in through pop culture and shows like I Love The 80s. I know the big characters, the ones on t-shirts or in the movies, and the ones from occasional viewings of tv cartoons. That's where I come from when I say that I look at Marvel and DC comics in the bookstores and all I see is "Not for you! Not for you!"

So instead, I watch anime, and sometimes, if I buy anything in a drawn format, I buy manga. There's a few titles I'm very loyal to. Some of them are overtly for girls (Furuba) and some of them aren't (Blade of the Immortal), but both types invite me in rather than pushing me out.

This is just a question, but... are the American comics industry even bothering to ask themselves why girls and women are latching onto Asian comics, cartoons, and fetishist stuff? Is that discussion happening?

Because I can see the reality of it in comic stores and book stores. And I can promise you that it's not the submissive-clumsy female leads or the influence of a sexist culture that's attracting me, because I can find that in American entertainment media just as easily. It's something more. And if the comics industry in America could convince me that I'd find that something in American comics, and if the art wasn't quite so off-putting with the asses and the boobs, I'd probably try picking up a comic book. But I'm not feeling the love from Marvel and DC, not really. And that's their loss.

ETA: I have read one Western comic series--I read several volumes of Elfquest in middle school because my local library had it on the shelf. Loved it. Whatever the "something" was, they had it.
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
For this meme, pick a fictional character and any fandom (excluding the fandom the first fictional character hails from) and I will tell you who is that fictional character's favorite character from that fandom.

For example, if I was given the Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who) and Heroes, I would go:

"The Tenth Doctor's favorites would probably be Ando and Claire. Ando because he tries hard, makes up for his mistakes, never gives up, and is loyal to the end. Because he's a bit like Donna, with his attitude and clear thinking. The Doctor would have a soft spot for Claire, though, because she's brave and true (and blond.) He would totally ship Nikki/D.L./Micah as an OT3 family."

I'm good for anime/manga, tv, book, and movie fandoms, though not for comics. gakked from [livejournal.com profile] redbrunja
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
Going purely from ff.net here, since I've religiously archived 95% of my fanfic there.

1. How many words of fanfic have you submitted? 266,675 words

2. How many people have you on alerts? 429 alerts

3. How many people have faved you? 514 favs

4. Which fandoms do you write for? *current
Gundam Wing/AC, Sailor Moon, X-overs, X-Files, Dragon Ball Z, Blue Seed, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Inuyasha, Trigun, Fushigi Yuugi, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Cowboy Bebop, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Naruto, Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist, Princess Tutu, Avatar: Last Airbender, Doctor Who, Ironman, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Dark Tower series, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

5. How many stories have you written?
144 stories under two account names, but at least five of those are drabble collections with multiple ficlets contained within.

22 questions in total, because I added 2 at the end that I felt like including for completeness. )
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
[livejournal.com profile] autoschismatic wrote a thoughtful and thorough analysis of why so many fans think that the Naruto manga marginalizes and sidelines its female characters, and why that is a problem that should be discussed, not ignored. Many people have replied, including myself, and there's an active debate going on about the issues discussed.

I only occasionally make my feelings on these topics known in my LJ, because I mostly squee about fandom and shipping, and politics are, at best, a distant third. I'm more likely to discuss those issues in reply to someone else's post than my own. But, just for full disclosure, I'd like to make a general reply to the people on that thread and to fans of manga and anime in general--and fictional in general, on both sides of the Pacific---about why I feel these issues matter as talking points in fandom and IRL.

For the ones who say that padding extra development into the lone female character is overdoing it just to make her PC for the feminists:

I don't think that feminism requires people to change their stories to make female characters more PC by "stretching" them to the detriment of the plot around them. I want stories written from the start by an author who recognizes that women are people too, and live in that world, and matter to that world. It shouldn't have to BE a stretch at all. Women aren't added to anything--we're already here.

Let me say that again:

We are already here.

For the ones who are content with shonen manga as is, or Hollywood movies as is, or comics or TV as is, feel it's already good enough, and by including a few women are doing all they really need to do:

I think it's great that you love how Naruto handles gender in the workplace, and that you love the series as it is. I love this series, too, and I don't want to take away someone else's love. But I can't be as satisfied as you are. Because--I'm not satisfied. Almost isn't enough. And yeah, my voice here won't change the story, won't make anything better. But we've got to "complain", we've got to scream it from the mountaintops or the messageboards every. single. time.

Or nothing will change. Because:




And I will never, ever, stop complaining until I get what I want. You can't shame me into silence, because I am not ashamed to call out the problem when and where I see it. This, dear world, dear internet, is what I demand. Me: one person. And us: oh, so many more.

We are here.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

[livejournal.com profile] irrel gave me:

1. Zutara
2. BrOTP
3. Doctor Who
4. Farscape (don't spoil meeee)
5. Harry Potter

brief discussion of above fandoms )


Apr. 11th, 2009 11:26 pm
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
I opened an OpenID on Dreamwidth and imported most of my bio from LJ.

Interests: "freedom truth justice reasonably priced love and a hard boiled egg" was too long for their 50-character limit on Interests, so I shortened it to "reasonably priced love and a hard boiled egg" instead.

I plan to grab a free account when DWth starts and double-post there and here. Sort of feel out the situation. Fandom and my wider circle of flist are entrenched in LJ, as am I, but this is a shine new thing to try and it's the first alternate LJ-style journal system I've been attracted to. I am hoping the purpose of openID is to secure usernames before they get snagged. I could think of a new one...but I've put so much work into Rashaka. I've been Rashaka for seven years.

Note- I think DWth is a simple abbreviation to discuss the site without confusing it with Doctor Who (DW), so that's what I'll be using from here on out. Make it a fad!
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
Watched Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix tonight. Still my favorite of the movies. It made me want to reread The Halfblood Prince before the 6th movie comes out this year.

As I watched this time I idly kept an eye open for shipwatch. I saw the one look Ginny gave in the Room of Requirement (oh, the dramione smut fics I've read set in that room!), but that's all really. I think it's too bad they didn't have a bit more of her in this movie, even scenes of her looking at him fondly or them being friendly in the background. I fear that the sixth movie will make the same mistake as the book, and drop the romance on us like a pink brick from sparkly heavens above instead of building to it. I hope it's not like that; it'd be nice if they improved on one of the books most annoying subplots.

While watching OotP, however, I had the same experience as I had reading the book: I shipped Harry and Luna. I can't help it! It's like she popped into their universe just at the right time to be a love interest! Someone who rapidly becomes drawn into the group but is odd enough that she stands out from Harry's normal circle. That's what a love interest character often is: someone who fits in with your best friends well enough but isn't the same as your best friends. And whether the book intended it or not, Cho and Luna were the only two non-Trio females that Harry spent any significant time with in this book/film. One can't help but make parallels. Lots of parallels. Presumably Harry hung out with Ginny plenty as well since he's so close to their family, but we never see it. No screentime! These inconsistencies just make me gnash my teeth.

It's the same problem I have with Avatar and K/Z pairing, only for HP it's worse. Because with K/Z I could always understand that as clear as it is why they're shippable, there were also enough plot reasons to reasonably interfere with anything in-series, and Zuko did have an on-off girlfriend, so I understood why they weren't for other viewers. For Luna and Harry, in the course of the fifth and sixth books, none of that is evident. There's no betrayals or warring nations or anything to say they can't hook up, and they clearly got along (if anything, even moreso in the movie...I loved her barefoot in the forest). The same could be said of Ginny, except that Harry and Ginny have very little screentime together in the until halfway through book 6, whereas Harry and Luna actually seem to interact. And then when I see how his romance with Ginny was eventually written...it feels so arbitrary.

I still want to grab JKR by the shoulders, shake her hard, and say "Look, you can't play with your audience this way! Relationships are not like murder mysteries. The point isn't to be surprised at the twist ending, the point is for everything to fit together and the relationship to feelgenuine to those characters involved."

Anyway, it's an old complaint. It seems I still can't watch OotP without having the uncomfortable feeling that maybe something's wrong if the ship that seems so evident to me in the character-plot positioning, the themes, the camera's eye POV, and the acting isn't the relationship that's supposed to be the hero's true romantic love. Half my brain watches in amazement and says "Seriously? SERIOUSLY?" even still. Ah, well! Perhaps the HBP movie will fix it for me and sell the H/G relationship as something sweet.
timepiececlock: (Between the Bars)
Fandoms I put forth for [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon ficathon:

Dr. Suess fandom (The Cat In The Hat, etc.)
Doctor Who - Pete's world / AU
Fruits Basket
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
(always almost happens in canon but never does)
Princess Tutu
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Sailor Moon
Cowboy Bebop (solar-system-wide apocalypse, not the kinda-sorta apocalypse that caused everyone to leave Earth in the first place.)
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Kill Bill
Spirited Away
How I Met Your Mother
Blood Ties
Fight Club (predicted by canon)
Iron Man (movieverse)
Pride And Prejudice (movie or book)
Once Upon A Time In Mexico
A Nightmare Before Christmas

The bolded choices are the ones I really, really would love to read in fanfic.
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
Character: Billy (not Horrible)
Fandom: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

1. Do you like this character?
I feel for him more than like him. I sympathize with him, I like writing fic for him, but I don't know if I'd want to be his friend IRL. He's pretty selfish.

2. What name/s do you call this character?
Billy [Buddy]

3. What image-color do you associate with this character?
Gray & Blue

4. What image-song do you associate with character?
"One Headlight" by The Wallflowers: "I'm so alone, and I feel just like somebody else / Man, I ain't changed, but I know I ain't the same / But somewhere here in between the city walls of dyin' dreams / I think her death it must be killin' me."

5. What blood-type do you think this character is?
B-. I don't know what that means in terms of culturalization, but if B comes after A in the alphabet, Hammer would be A and Billy would be B. Negative, obviously.

6. Of all of the titles that this character appears in, what character do you like to put this character with?
I'm not sure I understand the first half of the question...Penny?

7. What would you want to say to this character?
Let's talk. I brought comfort food. Someone, right here, is listening to whatever you have to say.

8. Which do you want to do with this character: Shake hands, hug, or kiss?
HUG. He needs a lot of hugging, this guy.

9. Please choose 5 friends with your choice of character.
Your choice: [livejournal.com profile] hakeber, [livejournal.com profile] riddering, [livejournal.com profile] donna_c_punk, [livejournal.com profile] jaina, [livejournal.com profile] lilyayl
timepiececlock: (Rashaka is my name)
In an effort to convert [livejournal.com profile] irrel to all my favorite shows, she and I have embarked on a massive and intense Farscape viewing project. For her it's the first time, for me it's a rewatch. I originally saw all of FS when it aired--I think I even recorded the miniseries on a VHS tape, as we didn't have DVR at that house. While I've seen a few odd episodes here and there (I've seen "Crackers Don't Matter" about four times), most of the show I've only seen once, and sometimes out of order. I remember season 4 very clearly, but seasons 1-3 are more muddled in my recollection. Nevertheless, it remains probably my favorite tv show after Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fullmetal Alchemist. It has one of my dearest and truest OTPs of all television history, and it broke my heart a thousand times over only to patch it up again with clay hands, booming laughter, and tentative smiles.

When I've pitched Farscape to people before, I've warned them that the first season isn't the strongest. However, having finished season 1 tonight, for the first time in complete sequential order and in a relatively short viewing period of a month, I have to eat those words. Yeah, the first half of season 1 is weak. But the second half starts to kick major, major ass. And the season as a whole is better than its disparate parts. It's full of little gems like "The Flax" and "A Human Reaction", as well as the epic, emotional rollercoaster of the final four episodes that I watched today. Man are they great! I'm noticing tiny details of characterization that either skipped my mind entirely on tv, or faded in memory. And the acting--oh, the acting. John Crichton and Aeryn Sun are stunning, together and apart. D'Argo is unrecognizable as a human actor under all that make up, but his emotions seep through. Especially in the second half of the season, once he's made his peace with Crichton and Aeryn as companions. Zhaan has almost as difficult a role of being a mystic archetype while still being multilayered character: she's not quite as subtle as D'Argo, but she's getting close. Rygel and Pilot are wonderfully orchestrated with talented voice actors giving them expression.

With season 1 of Farscape, I rediscovered the little things... Read more... )

I can't babble about my show anymore because I have to go to bed, but I'm planning a massive season 2 marathon with [livejournal.com profile] irrel this weekend, so I wanted to write down all these squishy, squealy fangirl feelings before the new season started. My love is back on, baby. I never did fandom for this show, never felt the need to because every crazy thing I could possibly imagine the show eventually did. But after I finish this rewatching journey, I might just dive into some rec lists. Because this is good eatin' my friends.

When new Doctor Who first aired, I thought it reminded me a bit of Farscape, if FS lost all its sex and its violence, if it cut out the intense moral issues and the gray-area decisions the characters make (the entire galaxy for a single person, the Doctor would never do that), if the black leather and the excessive use of explosions were traded for cleaner, clearer moral choices with deus ex machina devises that made the culpability dwindle to negligable. I love new Who like a beloved thing, but it was only ever the romance that made me actually cry. Farscape is so ambitious...it has its flaws like any show, but it just reached higher and that paid off. I will always compare DW to Farscape, not the other way around. And it wouldn't be a stretch to compare Battlestar Galactica to it too, because BSG was not the first misery-laden, wonderfully acted, heartbreaking I-can't-believe-how-angsty-and-how-great-this-show-is epic subtle insane adventure space opera I ever saw. It was #2.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
From [livejournal.com profile] vickiso.

1. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.
2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

Tagging: [livejournal.com profile] the_spin, [livejournal.com profile] meksuchinae, [livejournal.com profile] irrel, [livejournal.com profile] _jems_, [livejournal.com profile] taraljc, [livejournal.com profile] chase820, [livejournal.com profile] clodia_risa and [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar

1. If you could bust into three songs before to a crowd, and sing them beautifully and stun your audience, what would those songs be?

For the sexy opportune moment in a bar: "Mein Herr" from Cabaret.

For bursting into a bombastic ballad while strolling down the avenue sidewalk: "Somebody to Love" by Queen

For the romantic couple in the park: "The Rose" by Bette Midler

15 more questions. I don't usually indulge in memes, but I'm bored. )
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
I usually avoid these things due to a crushing insecurity of the soul, but sometimes you gotta suit up. And hell, after 10 years of fanfic reviews I should be able to take anything.



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