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because I changed my journal style and this no longer shows up:
my livejournal tags

my stuff elsewhere:
podfic masterlist
dreamwidth account
tumblr account
pinboard account
pinterest account
ao3 account

since the LJ news....
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I have been creating more Fanlore entries for Bandom communities and started a timeline for podfic communities. I tried and failed to connect to my virtual machine Archive Team Warrior thing. I installed virtualbox = no. I installed VMware = no. I left a message on the ArchiveTeam's IRC channel about LiveJournal.

To be honest, I don't think old bandom communities people have forgotten exist are in the greatest danger here. Lots of bandom people already deleted their personal journals and photobucket accounts years ago, leaving devastation in their wake as I look through old picspams and reclists.

supernaturalfic, however, is definitely being deleted after being imported to Dreamwidth. (Fanlore page here.)

Meanwhile, I'm wondering when not!fic first appeared and what the definition of chatfic is. The Yuri on Ice!!! page says it's "fanfiction written in the style of a group chat"

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livejournal: back your shit up
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You may have heard LJ's TOS has changed and people are worried and some people are deleting their livejournal accounts. This is distressing to me as a Fanlore editor and fic reader, and I hope no one is planning to start deleting whole communities without advanced warning (?!!?). In the meantime, I've been looking through my old bookmarks and downloaded ljarchive, which lets you get a local copy of your own lj OR (supposedly) any community you are a member of. But it already choked on geeheartmikey, so I don't know how reliable it is. ArchiveTeam has LiveJournal on their to-do list for automatically backing up to the Internet Archive, but 1) I'm not sure they've started yet? 2) It's the Internet Archive, so no journals excluded from search results or marked as 18+ can be archived. (So, you know, no kinkmemes, assuming the Wayback Machine was able to read all the comments in the first place.) On twitter I think I saw anatsuno talking with some people about starting an informal kinkmeme preservation project? Any other preservation projects on people's radars? I notified Fanlore that they have 42K links to livejournal posts that might or might not be on the Wayback Machine, so they're working on that.... AO3 hasn't posted about it, but I swear to you that someone out there really loved that ficlet you posted ten years ago, so consider uploading it to AO3.

Meanwhile, I'll be checking out ArchiveTeam's Warrior software and writing up Fanlore entries on Bandom communities.

eta: I cannot make the warrior virtual machine do the thing. will not connect to the website.

eta2: so far ljarchive has choked on everything except amplificathon, which is already backed up to dw anyway. it keeps giving me errors like this:

System.Xml.XmlException: There are multiple root elements. Line 2, position 2.
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseDocumentContent()
at EF.ljArchive.Engine.Sync.ExportCommentsMeta(OptionsRow or, ILJServer iLJ, SessionGenerateResponse sgr, Int32& serverMaxID, Int32 localMaxID, UserMapCollection umc, CommentCollection cc)
at EF.ljArchive.Engine.Sync.ThreadStart()

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BBB 2017
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[community profile] bandombigbang is on for 2017! I signed up.

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2017 update
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I continue to be way more active on twitter than here, though post-election I'm thinking Dreamwidth may be a better choice of venue if only more fans would use it. Since finishing bandom big bang I signed up for ITPE and went to Podfication in Minneapolis, where I hung out with fellow podficcers and had a great time. However, after talking to MPH about Fanlore, I came home inspired to write ten million new articles so I sort of forgot to write up a con report for Podfication. Before Podfication was also when I was binge-watching SPN because it was less scary than the real world, but I forgot about SPN too. I'm planning to get back to watching at some point, but the odds of me ever participating in the fandom are slim.

MCRchaeology, wherein I read through old Bandom communities on livejournal and write Fanlore articles about them, has been going well, if slowly. So far I've made pages for chemicalromance, geeheartmikey, mcr_het_fics, mychemicalslash, and yeahchemical. Last week's? Russian server scare made me even more anxious to READ ALL THE COMMS before somebody deleted them out of fear that Russia would actually care about your slash fic. There was already a 50/50 chance that picspams or meta posted to an individual journal were gone.

For ITPE I received a fantastic crossdressing historical AU Frank/Gerard podfic (3 hours!) from opalsong, who has a really nice, clear podficcing voice I don't think I'd heard before: A Lovely Apparition, written by wordslinging. RsCreighton also made me a delightful treat: By the Numbers, written by Shoemaster, wherein Frank is Gerard's accountant. Meanwhile, I recorded A Natural Reaction to Rough-housing by Bexless for duendeverde4. I'd brag about finishing a 3-hour podfic in less than a month, except rscreighton recorded 40+ hours for ITPE???

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multi-voice podfics!
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I recently participated in a few multi-voice podfics for various fandoms.

Edited by reena_jenkins!

5 headcanons from the "Rey and Finn and Poe get space-married via space potato because Jakku" AU 2 minutes, Star Wars
versus by unpretty. DCU gen with a duckling

Edited by Shmaylor!

Interlude (Rise Up) by Fahye. Hamilton's dream about getting it on with everyone

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bandom recs and self-recs!
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A few things I made recently, all for challenges with varying degrees of built-in collaboration:

For Bandom Big Bang
Lyn-Z's Projekt Revolution Tour Diary, a collection of alien!Gerard/Lindsey collages pretending to be a zine
cover art and collage for Ande's podfic

For Pod_Together
podfic with sound effects of a fic akamine_chan wrote for me(!!), i sneak up (and hit you like a fucking tornado) (Lindsey/Kitty)

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A few things made by other people, recently and not-so recently

Gerard/Lindsey
The Hesitant Alien / The Punk Rock Princess, fanmix by akamine_chan. (2016-09-20)

Frank/Gerard
By the Numbers by shoemaster. AU in which Gerard is a fine artist and Frank is his accountant. Very cute. (2007-12-17)
Only Going One Way by ataratah and jjtaylor. A delightful Due South crossover/fusion! Gerard is a mountie, Frank is a Chicago cop, Mikey is missing. (2010-06-16)
Podfic by Rhea314 of Fog, Sheets and Thunder by Theopteryx. Post-apocalyptic postal service AU, with sound effects! Set underground in a nuclear winter, but it ends on a positive note. (fic 2012-03-04, podfic 2013-08-28)
Septicemia by innocent_wolves. A little different from my usual recs, and darker, but it still has a happy ending. No Band AU. Frank is suicidal, and both Frank and Gerard have maladaptive super powers. (2012-2013)
and me here on the ground, podfic by Ande of the fic by ohnoktcsk. Magic AU. (fic 2013-09-01, podfic 2016-09-18)

Frank/Gerard/Grant Morrison
podfic by argentumlupine of Half of Something Else by fleurdeliser and tuesdaysgone. AU where MCR didn't happen, Frank is Grant's assistant, and Gerard is a comic book artist. (fic 2011-08-18, podfic 2016-09-15)

Pete/Mikey
podfic by fire_juggler of Pages In Your Passport by inlovewithnight. AU: Pete is a professional soccer player; Mikey is still in MCR. If anything, it ended too soon. (fic 2011-08-26, podfic 2012-07-13)

Pete/Patrick
Love Will Tear Us Apart by melusina. Pete and Patrick don't notice until FOB goes on hiatus that they're soulbonded. (2016-09-18)

Pan-Bandom
Any Ordinary Stranger by adellyna. Superpowers AU! Pete/Patrick, Brendon/Spencer: one of those early pan-Bandom fics with too much PATD and not enough MCR. I just really love the understated way Patrick pines over Pete. (8th-May-2008)
podfic by reena_jenkins of From Countess to Cabin Boy by formerlydf. GSF Pirate AU in which Brendon is a girl who runs away and disguises herself as a boy to join a very silly pirate ship. (fic 2009-08-12, podfic 2012-06-16) This entry was originally posted at http://aethel.dreamwidth.org/104751.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

books read or not
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The list of books I actually finished reading in 2015 is so sad it's not worth posting. Here it is anyway:

1. Love in Infant Monkeys (professionally published RPF story collection, pretty good, I wasn't bowled over)
2. Free Amazons of Darkover (collection of badfic by various Darkover fans, published by MZB)
3. Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture (really good history/analysis of zinester culture--note that it does NOT focus on sf/media fanzines)
4. The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (comic book by Gerard Way, it was great!)
5. Sandman, volume 1 by Neil Gaiman (amazing and intentionally disgusting, cannot decide if I want to read volume 2)
6. Ancillary Mercy (final book in an amazing trilogy everyone should read by Ann Leckie)
7. The Umbrella Academy: Dallas (sequel by Gerard Way)
8. Uprooted (standalone fantasy novel by Naomi Novik, so good!)

Of course, during the same period I read a ton of fanfic and recced some here.

New Year's resolution is to read all the unread books in my book case so I can finally get rid of them. I think that was last year's resolution, but this time I mean it! And I need to watch all my unwatched DVDs before I buy any more.

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tidbits
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1. The ITPE 2015 masterlist has been posted. I made three MCR podfics for [personal profile] andeincascade (Frank/Gerard, crossdressing Mikey/Ray, gen tentacles), and [personal profile] ailis_fictive made three MCR podfics for me (Cryptophase, Enjoy the Silence, and Like two birds of a feather would be)!
2. I'm slowly editing a very long MCR podfic and wondering if posting it in installments would give me an incentive to work faster. Do people actually download incomplete podfics?
3. Editing Fanlore as always, or I would probably be a lot more prolific as a podficcer. Recently I started pages on bandflesh, helens78, and NPC. Someone else started a page on recent Hermione Granger wank that I hadn't heard about, so someone who knows something about it should go over and help out. Or I could lose another day googling it and writing up my findings.
4. But I have finally seen the new Star Wars movie and would rather check out that fandom.
5. I bookmarked a few Yuletide fics, but haven't read a single one yet.
6. Last year I finished reading maybe ten books that weren't fanfic (including comic books), but as always my new year's resolution is to read the books on my book shelves so I can finally get rid of them and be free of a few earthly possessions.

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1D and MCR fic
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1D

Harry/Zayn
Cool With It by threeturn. X-Factor era cuteness.

Nick/Harry
Most Dauntless, Voiceless Fortitude by mrsronweasley. Regency era AU. So beautiful. I have a lot of feelings about this.
No Power in the 'Verse by waspabi. Firefly fusion. Very ensemble, much science fiction. Also the only fic with Zayn/Louis I've read probably.
The Feeling Is Beating Now by blueandbrady. Fingerfucking. And also feelings and miscommunication.

Liam/Louis
see beneath by daisysusan. Non-famous AU. Louis and Liam are roommates and pretend to be boyfriends.

MCR and friends, all slash
(To Die Will Be) An Awfully Big Adventure by FayJay. Possibly the first story I read in Bandom: now my new fandom I didn't need! Vampire Gerard, fairies, werewolves, polyamory, LynZ Way, plot, intrigue, good stuff. (Note that FayJay was planning to take down all her stuff at some point, so download!)
Gerard Way's (Vampire) Detective Agency [audiobook] by FayJay, fic by jjtaylor. Haven't actually finished listening to this yet, but so far so amazing. world-building, vampires, murder mystery, sexual tension with one's valet! All read in FayJay's masterful voice.
the first rule of broom-wielding by skoosiepants. Very cute AU where everyone in Bandom lives in the same apartment building. No idea who most of these people are.
sing it for the n00bs by jedusaur. MMORPG AU.
Unholyverse series by Bexless. Tattoo parlor/Priest AU with exorcisms, demonic possession, stigmata, Buffy references, etc. Plus pining and drama and romantic stuff. And humor. Basically it has everything you could want except no vampires or robots. That would just be greedy.

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second 1D rec post of 2015
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ROBOTS
Don't Break My Android Heart by balefully. Niall/Bressie. NIALL IS A ROBOT!! You'll never guess what kind. No, not that kind.
dreaming a sympathetic wish by Misprinting. It's gen, but LIAM IS A ROBOT!! The sequel has Liam/Harry and Liam/Louis. Plus Harry is a Veela.
catching stars to keep by teaboytoaliens. Nick/Harry. HARRY IS A ROBOT!! Also Niall is nonbinary.

OT5
forever's gonna start tonight by gorgeousnerd. Vampire AU.

Harry/Niall
once in your life by wearecities. Non-AU. Harry and Niall make a marriage pact for when they're 30. Then Harry realizes he fancies Niall, and they move the wedding date up.
Speak a Little Louder by makesomelove. AU. Harry is a mime.

Niall/Bressie
untitled collaborative Tumblr medieval fantasy AU notfic. also Liam/Zayn
Spies Like Us by Ferritin4. AU in which Niall works for MI6 and Bressie works for the Irish Directorate of Intelligence. Spies in love, awwww.

Liam/Louis
Never shall run smooth by Ferritin4. Set on tour, with cute side Nick/Harry. Louis thinks Liam doesn't love him back. Harry investigates.
Like a Hole in the Head by Ferritin4. AU with backstory where they got married and then divorced at 18, and then Louis ran off to London and became a famous actor. Angst! They get back together of course.
Dust Off Your Highest Hopes by pukeandcry. High School AU.

Harry/Liam
You can stay up there right next to me by harriet_vane. The new boy at Liam's school is very weird. High school AU with kissing practice!

Harry/Louis
Make Tea, Not War by howdoyouwhisk. X Factor bungalow through the X Factor tour. Not an AU. BDSM/service kinkyness and emotional confusion

Nick/Harry
untitled tumblrfic by sparkly-boots. Soulmate AU with red string
Nick/Harry ficlet inspired by Nick’s never-ending list of pet hates by greedy_dancer
untitled tumblrfic by waspabi. Sleeping Beauty AU after Nick wakes Harry up. Harry dozes off a lot.

Harry/Taylor Swift
And we run by becka. Superhero/Secret identity AU.
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1D recs
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Nick/Harry
Like a Lightning Strike by Hllangel. Canon divergence AU in which 1D didn't get past judges' houses. I think you accidentally took my red tartan jacket from Mahiki last night. My keys were in my pocket. You had an avocado in yours, which I'm sure was equally important.

Nick/Louis
Not Your Fault But Mine by sunsetmog. Louis-centric, plus OT5 friendship. College AU with realistic
depression (but with a happy ending; no one flunks out)
Podfic of The Disgruntled Novelist's Bodacious Pornographer (or, that time Nick and Louis were rival romance writers) by greedy_dancer. Beautifully read podfic of a funny AU about rival romance writers by aliferuined.

Harry/Niall

way, no way by irishmizzy and miss_bennie. Amazing sequel to the amazing emotional knapsack. Together they are the quintessential, the ultimate, the standard Narry future fic against which all Narry future fics are measured. In a word, I liked it.
Baby, I by makesomelove. Aka the best babypire fic ever written. Niall gets bitten by a baby at the beginning of tour and starts craving milk. Harry provides. OH YES HE DOES. When Niall grows up, they live happily ever after. All the benefits of a vampire fic, but with none of the woe-is-me-i'm-dead-forever drama. Except for that other Vampire!Niall fic that's also drama-free.

Niall/Liam
One Hundred Per Cent by threeturn. Liam is 100% not gay, but Niall has a plan. Or, five times Niall came up with a ridiculous excuse for him to have sex with Liam and one time aliens did. One of ten delightful stories in the TROPEGATE collection.

Liam/Louis
the pawn to your king by blackwayfarers. Harry thinks Liam and Louis are dating, so they pretend to be boyfriends to get back at him. Then they realize they are dating, so they pretend not to be to get back at Harry.
slow to acknowledge the knots in our laces by dicktective. Liam and Louis play gay chicken; Liam accidentally wins.
Enough to Go By by oliviacirce. Novel-length futurefic in which Liam has been secretly in love with Louis for years, and Louis is going through a divorce and needs a place to stay. Haylor makes an appearance.
Louis Tomlinson and the Upstairs Neighbor by mistresscurvy. an AU in which Liam and his daughter move into the apartment upstairs from Louis. Contains a surprise fusion that's not really a surprise, given that it's right there in the title whoops. I loved it.
Grey sweaters = clones, apparently? by greedy_dancer. Futuristic dystopian notfic, but with happy ending.

Harry/Louis
Trust in Your Dream by disarm_d. Non-AU, sort of. Harry hits his head and wakes up in a world where he and Louis are not dating. Louis is straight, so no happy ending. Very sad.
if it's me you're looking for by eleadore. Non-famous AU. Harry and Louis live together, pine secretly, but never say anything and date other people like idiots. lots of angst, but happy ending!

Zayn/Liam, Harry/Louis, Zayn/Harry, Liam/Louis
Yours Faithfully by threeturn. Space AU with soulbonds. Niall is a spaceship. Zayn and Liam are popstars. Harry and Louis are ex-slaves. Little Mix are resistance fighters. Do you need to know more?
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Pod Aware 2014: day 4 (Thursday)
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My Thursday entry in [community profile] pod_aware, originally posted to Tumblr.

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ridiculous sleep deprived entry for Pod Aware 2014 Day 1!!
i love podfic [by kitty_fic]
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Podfic has a long and varied history, check out pod_aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr to hear some personal accounts of podfic history.

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lately I've been reading some One Direction fic
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Harry/Liam
Even When We Fight by threeturn. College debate club AU.
If I Was Your Boyfriend, I'd Never Let You Go by estrella30. Pretend boyfriends! Not an AU.
around the world in eighty thousand days by fallfreely. Harry falls for Liam on tour and doesn't think Liam likes him back. Not an AU.

Harry/Louis
Purer Than The Water (like we were) by FeelsForBreakfast. Mermaid AU!!! Pensive and lovely.
Soft Like Circles Strong Like Squares by disarm_d. A/B/O X-Factor Era fic in which Harry is an Alpha. Interesting metafic that ended too soon. Labeled "unhappy ending", but no one dies or anything.

Nick/Louis
Wooing for Beginners by sunsetmog. Bookshop AU.

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