Final Vote: Main Round Two

Aug. 18th, 2017 07:26 pm
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SASO 2017 MR2 Final Vote

The top 15 teams have been decided! It's time for the last vote of the event to determine final rankings.

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Going on Holiday

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:20 pm
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I’m going to be taking a break from Tumblr for a while. The polarization of the politics there has convinced me that it’s not a safe or sane place to be right now.

According to the dictates of what’s become known as “purity discourse” on Tumblr, media that contains elements deemed to be “problematic” is a direct threat to human life and civil liberties, and fans who create work referencing the wrong character or romantic pairing must be violently called out for the good of the community. This is why, between April and October of 2016, I received messages containing murder and rape threats on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis. In addition, multiple Tumblr users who didn’t even bother to send messages anonymously bombarded me with detailed instructions on how to commit suicide.

Although these intimidation tactics reflect those of alt-right communities on 4chan and reddit, they are a direct result of global reactionary political movements. In other words, people who justifiably felt as if they were under attack in the real world vented their frustrations on the targets within their reach, many of whom unfortunately happened to be members of other marginalized groups on Tumblr.

In the wake of the American presidential election, this activity intensified, and many people have responded to aggressive radicalism by discounting progressive ideas altogether. Since purity discourse has shut down a number of conversations concerning issues such as race and representation, what has filled the void is content that has become popular because it presents a facade of the diversity privileged by Tumblr culture while actually supporting conservative beliefs.

Within my own particular corner of fandom, almost every progressive voice was driven away by the same sort of harassment I suffered; and now, in the absence of these voices, expressions of white supremacy are tolerated and occasionally even tacitly encouraged. To speak out against these sentiments is tantamount to identifying oneself with purity discourse, thus inviting backlash and ostracization.

I refuse to choose between ideological purity and casual racism, and so I think it’s best if I distance myself from Tumblr until I can clear my head a bit.

Is This Cool, Am I Doing It

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:53 am
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I think one of the main problems with getting older and listening to NPR on my car radio all the time is that I don't know whether songs like this are actually popular or just widely appreciated within the subset of internet people who share my particular interests.

Bonus Round 7: Free For All

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:01 pm
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Let's finish SASO 2017 with a bang. This bonus bonus round allows any kind of prompt imaginable in any format. The sky's the limit!

This round closes on 29 August @ 7PM EDT. (Countdown Timer.)

Please read this whole post before commenting to ensure that your team gets the most points possible.


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Bonus Round: Recs Round 2

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:50 pm
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SASO 2017 RR2

Once again, let's look back and admire all the amazing fanwork we've produced this year!

This round closes on 22 August @ 7PM EDT (Countdown Timer).

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 59

Aug. 15th, 2017 03:09 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Hugo Awards wins for women of colour, casting news for the Good Omens tv series, and more:

2017 Election Results

Aug. 14th, 2017 06:04 pm
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The Elections Committee is proud to present the following new Directors: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, and Jessie Camboulives. Learn more here:
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The Fandom Haven Story Archive, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here:

2017 Weekly Writing Log Part Thirty

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:39 am
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I wrote some words of some things, but I didn't get around to finishing anything because

It was just that sort of week this week, I think everyone knows why.

Five Things Chien Said

Aug. 13th, 2017 12:38 pm
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

In Five Things, Chien discusses life as an OTW volunteer without wifi, & how her work can be a conversation starter

Otakon 2017

Aug. 11th, 2017 09:48 pm
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Every illustration I commission is my favorite commission, and I say this with absolute sincerity. The love I feel for the artists who work with me is so pure that it would be creepy if it weren't a platonic manifestation of overwhelming goodwill. I appreciate and treasure all of my commissioned illustrations equally and infinitely. Still, this drawing from lovelylandfill may just be the brightest light in a sky full of stars.

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Aug. 10th, 2017 02:08 pm
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Preliminary Vote: Main Round Two

Aug. 9th, 2017 02:32 pm
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SASO 2017 MR2 Prelims Vote

Congrats, you've survived both Main Rounds! These entries are just stunning, and we're excited to begin voting on them.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 58

Aug. 8th, 2017 02:25 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Betsy Rosenblatt & Francesca Coppa on podcasts, Mary Sues vs Gary Stus, and why you need to know your fandom history:

Training Montage Part Five

Aug. 8th, 2017 03:14 pm
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I'm still thinking about doing an informal meet-up at Otakon (the big East Coast anime convention, which happens to be in the DC Convention Center this weekend), something along the lines of "Let's Draw Zelda Characters from Memory." The idea would be that I go to one lobby or another, sit myself down under a hand-painted sign, take out a bunch of art supplies and clipboards, and wait for people to bring their talent (or lack of talent, whatevs, it's all good). I haven't made any concrete plans yet, but does this sound like something people would be interested in, or would I just kind of be lurking by myself in a corner like some sort of creepster?

Please consider:

- I am a rubbish human.
- I will probably die of anxiety.


- How would the social media aspect of this work?
- Should I host this via Tumblr or Instagram?
- Do I create a hashtag? Or something?
- It's not weird if I don't cosplay, right?

I'm actually leaning toward doing a trial run at Anime USA in December and then maybe proposing an actual panel/event at Katsucon. If I do end up doing this on the spur of the moment just to see how it goes, I'm thinking about (a) doing it relatively early in the morning, (b) limiting it to an hour, and (c) not announcing it anywhere so as to not embarrass myself if it's a failure.
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- Someone invited me to give a talk, and even though I'm feeling kind of done with speaking engagements it's not too far away and the money is good. I accepted and wrote them a short abstract for publicity purposes. I sure hope they're ready to listen to me talk about Zelda.

- I put up another guest post on my professional blog. The person who wrote this one can actually write, praise Cthulhu, and I hardly touched her piece at all.

- I had A Very Bad Day at work on Monday, and I wrote some self-insert fic about Ganondorf burning down his office (link), Zelda quitting her job (link), and Link leaning out of his career to become Instagram famous (link). This is all a lie though, really my deepest fantasy is to eat a whole bag of barbecue potato chips and then sleep for an entire day. What can I say, I am a very basic bitch.

- I posted the tenth chapter of The Legend of the Princess. I cut a lot of corners in this chapter, but the most important thing was to finish it and keep moving forward.

- I started taking art requests on Tumblr, and a friend suggested a picture of Link and Marin. While I was working on the initial sketches, I realized that I didn't know how to draw Marin, so I did a simple front-facing illustration (link).

- A very kind person sent me a lovely message on Tumblr, so I responded with a sketch of Groose from Skyward Sword (link), who I think I'd like to use to represent myself. I was planning on creating a cartoon t-rex as an avatar, but when push came to shove I just really wanted to draw Groose. This was 100% done in Photoshop, and even though I'm getting marginally better working with the program I still suck, alas.

- I commissioned Yappatan on Tumblr to draw a New Yorker style comic of a stupid idea I've had buzzing around in my head for a while, which is that, in Breath of the Wild, Princess Zelda and Calamity Ganon were just hanging out around Hyrule Castle and playing video games for a hundred years. Yappatan did a brilliant and phenomenal job (link), and the only reason her post did not go instantly viral is because the philistines in the Zelda fandom have no appreciation for True Art.

- I cleaned up my account on DeviantArt. Yeah, I still post stuff on DeviantArt, whatever. Basically I use it as an archive in the same way I use FFN. I don't engage with the platform at all, but every tiny extra bit of positive feedback is super important to me. I feel like I should say something self-deprecating about my pathological need for attention, but fuck it, haters gonna hate. 

- I also cleaned up my online professional portfolio. Unlike Ganondorf, I can't get away with burning down my office, but I am so totally going back on the job market this fall.

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