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So, Bandom Big Bang happened! I posted Frank/Gerard genderswap podfic, darkrosaleen made a fanmix for it, and I also made cover art for dapatty's Frank/James podfics.

Then I signed up for ITPE, and since I've already recorded (though not edited) some podfics for it, I'm eyeing another holiday exchange....



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Podfication!
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So I just got back from a podfic con in Minneapolis: Podfication! Like last year, all the congoers found airbnbs near the venue to stay in since it's such a small/small-budget affair ($40 registration, 25-30? attendees). Unlike last year, I actually participated in a group podfic, so I'm looking forward to hearing the results. I also comodded a panel for the first time ever: Podfic Permission Revisited.

I flew to MN on Friday and got there early enough to wander through the city. I saw: Walgreens, the central public library, the Stone Arch Bridge, the "historic" main street (hipster restaurants on a brick-lined road), and a random coffee shop I limped to in desperation. The public library was under construction, but pretty fancy except almost all the electric outlets for charging your phone/laptop were disconnected. Anyway, Minneapolis in the fall is quite lovely.

We all went out to dinner on Friday and Sunday and had programming Saturday and Sunday during the day. By the time I woke up on Monday morning, lovelokest and I were the only people left in our airbnb (which had held 8), so we went out to breakfast and she very kindly drove me to the airport. My favorite part, aside from seeing everyone, was probably the live performances.

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Rogue Archives
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took a peak at Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom, an academic book written by a fan that involved interviewing a number of other fans, some of whom were quoted in the book. I didn't have time to read it cover to cover, but it looks pretty interesting. It is mostly about online fanfic archives, but frames these as an example of, you guessed it, rogue archives--digital archives created and run by non-professional archivists with a goal of preserving "content that has never been, and would likely never be, contained in a traditional memory institution." Other examples include Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and some websites I hadn't heard of. I don't know if this was addressed in a chapter I didn't read, but some fic archives actually wouldn't fit the book's definition of rogue archives--some archives are selective about whose fic is included, whereas the book seemed focused on non-curated archives run by completionists.

I took a few notes:

"Media users have seized hold of all of mass culture as an archive, an enormous repository of narratives, characters, worlds, images, graphics, and sounds from which they can extract the raw matter they need for their own creations"

"Internet fan cultures are archival cultures in multiple ways..." talking about both the actual fic archives and archives as metaphors for the way fanfic functions

putting something in an archive confers status on it. "But Mbembe illuminates the power of digital communities' self-made archives to award those communities with the minimal status of having truly existed ... and therefore of making possible their insertion into history."

quotes Derrida: "There is no political power without control of the archive"

The author talks about failing to notice for years that some fic in an archive was created for challenges and that this oversight was due to her print culture (English lit?) background; she interpreted fic as "free-standing" texts rather than evidence of an event. "So those locked into the Gutenberg Parenthesis look for compositions by single authors and judge them on their originality and uniqueness."

some discussion about performance and body, and a quote from jinjurly about podfic!

Deirdre said in an interview that Babylon 5 was a huge fandom in its day but that you wouldn't know it because the archive went offline.

There was a whole chapter on print fans vs. net fans - transition period 1989-1998 - some print fans felt threatened - Henry Jenkins talked about learning online of an offline Beauty and the Beast fan club and going to meetings where fans had printed out usenet? discussion and read them together - Morgan Dawn was quoted

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lj features
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I said yes to trying out LJ's new new-post design. I have mixed feelings. Also, the date is still in Russian. 


I looked up a way to mass-delete posts without deleting my whole LJ account, but this feature doesn't seem to exist? What does exist is the ability to delete every comment and post you left anywhere on the site when you delete your LJ account.


ETA: Do not use the new post editor! It added a bunch of buttons to enable anyone to easily republish the whole post to another website(??).

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I might actually be running out of things to add to Bandom history on Fanlore! This is a relief! Where not!fic flourished is still a mystery to me--I have skimmed through bandslashmania, damnyouwentz, wolfshirts, and weemo_closet, and none of them talk about it. There are a few not!fics from 2007 and 2008, but maybe it didn't get really popular until later?

Recently created pages: The Dove Keeper, A Splitting of the Mind, we_are_cities, Wednesday-verse, toeveryletter, The Umbrella Academy

Currently on my to-do list: The Heart Rate of a Mouse; check rareslashpairs, slashypunkboys, mychemicalslash for trends; other popular fics not accounted for? I'm Not Okay AUs?

Since I'm not a PATD fan, this timeline is probably skewed in favor of MCR fandom.

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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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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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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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