Hi! Selling some doujinshis because i need the funds! T^T [last updated on 25/05]
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In Kindle Worlds flourish hits every point where Amazon's new effort is different from Fanlib. |
Amazon agrees to compensate fanfic writers. Not Fanlib's vague "hey, we're connected to publishing companies that might, somehow, benefit you as a writer. We think. Use your imagination how!"
With Kindle Worlds there's actual cash money going to the fic writers.
Problems with it? Oh, heck yeah, I'm sure. I haven't researched it much yet (read: at all). But I'm willing to bet plenty of broke fic writers will be sniffing around this offer.
I'm tempted. Four years of working part time with no benefits? A temple where we're going to be doing practice outside with the cicadas? Yeah. Cautious. But interested. And I don't even write those fandoms.
I never expected anything like this, not in my wildest "the truth is we're out here" posts.
Personally, I credit The Organization of Transformative Works for the fast and recent shift in attitudes about fan writers, treating us as writers, wow.
Remember, it was only 2003 when Raincoast Books sent Cease & Desist orders to The Restricted Section for its NC-17 Harry Potter fic. In 2004, Yahoo Groups TOS'd one fanfic Yahoo Group after another, driving fans to Livejournal. In 2007 came Fanlib, which hoped to profit (from ads? it was never clear how) and exploit fanfic writers but viewed them as teenyboppers complete with their "Hey, Kids!" Disney layout. OTW got off the ground almost immediately afterward, and the archive went into beta testing in 2008.
By 2011, 50 Shades Of Gray was able to openly acknowledge its fanfic roots. That's a big change, very, very quickly. It's not all OTW. We have the aca-fen and new generation that's grown up on the internet coming of age. But I believe that the newly positive attitudes toward fanfic have a lot to do with the OTW.
I need to renew my membership.
ETA: Scalzi weighs in on the downsides for writers. His perspective is not the fanwriters, but the lowering of standards for prowriters. Right off the bat (I may change my mind), it seems to me that the prowriters need to stop sneering at the fanfic writers and include them in their union (how? I don't know how...) or risk watering down the protections that writers get in general. I'm pro-union and these are hard-won protections. We need to not have a lower class of writer called "fanfic writer" ripe for exploitation.
Here the work-for-hire authors who were contracted to participate ahead of the release weigh in. They consider it standard ghost writing and are pretty positive about their experience.
I've been so busy lately, never home, that I didn't realize till now that I live with a baby.
I mean, technically I knew it.
But now that I'm actually here, I now know that:
1) Said baby shrieks. Frequently.
2) That my apartment is directly below the baby bouncer, and
C) Said baby bouncer sounds rather like a three-legged Pogo-stick
L) Directly overhead.
Sigh. Remember how happy I was that I never had kids?
Multiply that by ten.
Oh, now with the fussing and crying. And intermittent bouncing.
Make that twenty.
I've taken time off to write fic. I find that Jim and Kirk will not get down to business. No, no, they want to talk about Vulcan, and the Vulcan perspective on humans: |
"Checkmate," Spock said, placing his final piece.
"How is that Vulcans play a human game?" Jim asked.
"There are those on Vulcan who feel the existence and popularity of chess on Earth demonstrates that there's hope," Spock explained.
"Hope for?—ahh," understanding dawned on the captain's face before he even finished the question.
"Yes. Hope that, one day, humans may embrace pure logic."
Of course, Jim can't resist prodding at that, does Spock think it likely?--and really, guys, there's a plot that's supposed to happen. I realize it's not much of one, but interesting as you are, you're interrupting.
I'm a window washer outside your fandom.|
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Other than Dragonlord, my fics have been "surface stories."
There are stories that you pull out of your gut, that are saying something even if you're not sure what, and then there are stories where you're just diddling on the surface. Moving the furniture around.
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So I'm the window washer outside your fandoms, looking in, while I'm working, working, working.
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I find that without writing and creative work ... I starve. I left this temple, which I always loved, fifteen years ago because I starved here.
So I took today off. Cancelled chauffeuring Ani Samla. Rescheduled practice to Saturday night. And I'm taking time to write.
* i.e. became a closed canon.
Usually I do it but lately I'm really busy and I haven't got time to post the new episodes every week, I know it doesn't seem like much time or effort to watch a 5 min episode and link it to the lj comm but it is, so from now on I probably wont be posting the new episodes.|
I haven't actually seen the last few episodes, it's hard to find time to watch them and I've already read the strips their animating from so I'm not reallly bothered about it, when I can find time, I'll catch up on them.
Just thought I'd announce that I'm no longer posting the new episodes.
Also, what should I tag this as?
psanon, posting in hetalia||
Woahhh! Lots of merch update today -- my wallet is crying!|
First off, change of release dates for the Char CD II:
New release dates:
- France & America: 24th July 2013
- Russia & China: 25th September 2013
And there might be a possibility that these might be delayed also, but they are not sure at the moment:
- Germany & England: 29th May 2013
And then all merch news under the cut as per usual:
(Slightly image heavy!)
P.S. You can get the Gift brand items from http://1999.co.jp/eng/ (which ship internationally C:)
But if you'd like to order them with me anyways or the items that are not available there, then drop me a comment in this post !
(i.e. I'm in Australia, so if any Aussies would like to save on shipping and join in my order, let me know!)
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The car was in mid-to-light traffic on a four-lane divided highway. The speed limit was around 50mph.|
Under a bridge the driver started waving to a pedestrian, honking. Then he stopped to let his friend in.
Grinning, he drove off, talking excitedly to his friend.
Curiously, the cars that had collected behind him didn't move.
That's because six of them had ploughed into each other. Dented fenders, one crushed front bumper, a mangled rear door, pieces scattered on the ground. The owners got out, cell phones in hand, to survey the damage. Behind them, the late afternoon traffic backed up because the pileup went right into the intersection.
The guy didn't even notice.
Continuing the How Decorate series (see How To Decorate: Phase One and Phase Two, and Phase Three here)....|
We've figured out the practical stuff: how we're going to use the space, what we have and what we need. Now we're on to style: figuring out what we like.
I guess we've spent three years doing this.
Well. I did say take your time....
I suggested in Phase Three that you come up with words to describe what you like. synecdochic pointed out it might be helpful to have the official terms. Good point. Others asked for a browsing guide. Another good point. Why get catalogues when you look online?
Here you go:
Possible words you chose - stark, New York penthouse, urban, cool, sleek, metal and glass, monochromatic, abstract, high contrast, IKEA-esque
Contemporary (I don't have a link for this one because it's often mixed up with modern)
Possible words - suburban, updated, practical, uncomplicated, basic, overstuffed, warm, cushion-y, relaxed, normal, JCPenney-esque
Possible words - sophisticated, mature, British-y, formal, fancy, dignified, old fashioned, the-furniture-with-little-feet-that-look-like-they're-going-to-walk-away, Sherlock Holmes-y
Possible words - detailed, oriental, hand-carved, lacquered, solid, lots of red and black, intricate, very Chinese-y
Transitional (note the big difference between this and Asian)
Possible words - Zen-like, streamlined, artsy, unusual shapes, simple curved lines, Japanese-esque
Country (decorator!mom says most people mix contemporary and country; it's hard to pull off)
Possible words - farm furniture, down home, woodsy, old west, grandma-like, cutesy, kitschy, handmade, southern, cabin in the woods, Bed & Breakfast style
Possible words - artistically beat up, French-looking, washed out, not everything matches but it still goes, acid washed, lots of white cottage stuff, Anthropologie-esque
There are many other styles, but these are a few of the popular ones. Some of those other styles are pretty self-explanatory: Retro or Tropical, for example? Others tend to be included with the major ones above: Mission style (included with country), French Country (which shabby chic elaborates on), Queen Anne (included with traditional), Chippendale (also included in traditional).
That should get you started.
The next part I've had the hardest time with: Phase Four: Layout. The actual placement of furniture.
Yes. Finally we get to decorate.
kinda bored tonight
Lately, I had been dabbling in drawing national personification and they are pretty good. They are a bit stiff though but I'm improving. My most current one is Austria. He turned out well. The only thing I am having trouble with are the hands. But as they say, "There is always room for improvement."