Subclauses to Rule 34, Part Two

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:31 am
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My first smutfic was moderately successful. These are the stats from the first 24 hours after posting:

I had trouble with the rapey dominance bits of the formula, so I decided that it was okay to write rough but happy sex between boyfriends instead. I tried to go for a more hardcore BDSM set-up in the story I'm working on now, but I apparently suck at this and instead wrote about the one guy seducing the other guy into admitting his feelings.

For my next story god help me I am just going to write sweet loving consensual fluff about lesbians.

Anyway, these are some phrases I stole from Nidoranduran that I intend to use in this week's story:

Read more... )

Writing these prawns is so weird, bros. It's so weird.

2017 Weekly Writing Log, Part 35

Sep. 24th, 2017 08:57 am
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- I posted the thirteenth chapter of The Legend of the Princess, woot woot.

- I posted it along with the previous two chapters on Tumblr. These three posts got a total of five notes, and I lost three followers. Meanwhile, no kudos were given on AO3. I may have cried, like, a lot.

- I posted my first pure smutfic. I'm not gonna link to that here, though. It got a modest number of kudos, and the hit count is high enough to keep me in business.

- I finished the ninth and tenth stories for my Ghost Stories zine, and then I wrote three more to round things out at a nice even thirteen. I've made the decision to "publish" the zine under my real name, so the next thing I need to worry about is the cover.

- I commissioned Grace Allison to draw me an illustration of Princess Peach, and it has filled me with hope and courage, not to mention appreciation for the incredible quality of the work she does.

- I drew a four-panel comic about how Ganondorf's name is very difficult to pronounce in Japanese. I always try something new in each piece I post, and for this one I took a huge step forward and made the line art transparent so that I could color it with a stylus instead of the paintbucket tool. This was a lot of work; I'm talking hours and hours and hours. I'm not the best artist, but I think the comic turned out okay for my first serious attempt to use Photoshop.

- This comic got twelve notes and lost me five followers. I cried my stupid eyes out.

- I then bought myself some Copic markers and ice cream, because I am having a tough time and I deserve nice things okay.
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I'm reading Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened, and so far it makes sense and confirms a lot of what I've read from other sources, but there's one paragraph almost exactly in the middle of the book (location 3336 in the Kindle edition) that made me go What the literal fuck:

Technologists like Elon Musk, Sam Altman, and Bill Gates, and physicists like Stephen Hawking have warned that artificial intelligence could one day pose an existential security threat. Musk has called it "the greatest risk we face as a civilization." Think about it: Have you ever seen a movie where the machines start thinking for themselves that ends well? Every time I went out to Silicon Valley during the campaign, I came home more alarmed about this. My staff lived in fear that I'd start talking about the "rise of the robots" in some Iowa town hall. Maybe I should have.
Okay, um... I'm glad someone is taking this "existential security threat" seriously. I think Mark O'Connell's To Be a Machine paints a much more realistic picture of where we stand with advances in artificial intelligence, but you can't blame grandma for trying, bless her heart.

For the record, I respect Hillary Clinton immensely, and it's been my impression that the negative reviews of What Happened are extremely mean-spirited and don't reflect the actual content of the book. Still, I got a good chuckle out of this one random paragraph. If I were the sort of person who wrote political fic, I would totally write a story about how Clinton's email server achieves sentience and takes down the current administration. Although honestly, what with the president doing things like making up African countries in a speech to the United Nations, I'm not entirely sure this isn't already happening.

Chris/Georgi Farm AU

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:30 am
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A contribution to the YOI Farm AU! I love this sweet, quiet world so much. And also these two. <3

Christophe/Georgi, rated Mature, 1300 words
Georgi's bees pollinate Christophe's peach trees.

Keywords: sweet, sexy, eerie, a lot of bees

peaches and honey )

Meme: 10 favorite characters

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:00 am
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Okay, this one sounds fun. Favorite characters in 10 different fandoms.

1. Fullmetal Alchemist. Roy. I mean, Ed is huge fun to write, and so is Al when he gets his snark on, but Roy is my most reliable fic-fodder character, plotting creature that he is.

2. Prince of Tennis. Probably Yukimura, with Rikkai as a whole coming close second. They’re just so much fun to write about as a team; tasty dynamics everywhere, especially with the angst-lever to crack it all open.

3. Bleach. Hm. This one is actually a little difficult. I mean, in absolute terms, Rukia, but, again, mostly Rukia in relation to Ichigo and Orihime and Renji. Close second place is split by Byakyua and Hirako Shinji, despite the second’s late appearance.

4. Kuroko no Basuke. Kuroko, hands down, often in relation to Kagami, but also in relation to the other Miracle-idiots. No one can lay the straight-faced smackdown like Kuroko.

5. Angel Sanctuary. Mad Hatter, with Kira following close behind. I have a soft spot for complex motivation, in case that wasn’t obvious.

6. Naruto. Kakashi, closely followed by Sakura, albeit usually in the key of “omfg, move over and let me drive” given that canon gives them both a pretty raw deal, character-development-wise.

7. 07-Ghost. Frau. I also have a /huge/ soft spot for Teito and Ouka, and everything they might make of their world, but Frau is the most fun to play with.

8. Katekyou Hitman Reborn. Gokudera is entertainingly highstrung, but the more I dug into it, the more Squalo showed up with a bagful of plot and emotional porn. 

9. GetBackers. Kazuki, especially in relation to Saizou, Toshiki, Sakura, and Juubei. Also with the emotional porn and fix-it urges.

10. Nirvana in Fire. Lin Shu/Mei Changsu, yes, all the way. A type, I can haz it, and it’s called Magnificent Bastards.

In conclusion, I clearly like the ones who smile politely all the while they’re getting a nice, iron grip on everything around them. Though also the ones whose central motivation is devotion. 

Consider yourself tagged, if you’d like!

from Tumblr

Me and My Trash Ships Are Not Worthy

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:12 am
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The Small Press Expo was amazing this year. One of the highlights of the convention was that I got to say hello to Sara Goetter and Natalie Riess, and they both signed my copy of The Legend of Gay Zelda Zine.

Back in the day, I had Sara draw an illustration for Ganondorf&!, a ridiculous fic I wrote about Ganondorf and Bowser being shitty gay dads together. She remembered this drawing because how do you even forget something like that, but what surprised me was that Natalie remembered it too.

Anyway, they drew me a thing, and it is transcendent.

Read more... )
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Title: A Vice-Captain's Tale - Epilogue
Fandom: The Legend of Sun Knight
Words: 1,580
Summary: The vice-captains of the Twelve Holy Knights never thought that their jobs would differ so vastly from their expectations. Tyler has really been missing out.
Notes: The epilogue is finally here~ /wipes tears. Beware of talking heads in this chapter. :'D

Epilogue: ...Is A Great Vice-Captain )

The Team Tenipuri Swear Jar

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:29 am
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Sometimes, on the internet, emotions can run high, and the salt can make your blood pressure raise to dangerous levels. And sometimes, you just need to avoid certain online forum threads before you get into a fight and make things worse...

The Rules
Any time you feel tempted to read/post in a certain online forum thread, instead you should come here and submit a saso BR minimum fill as a response to this post. Tags are appreciated, on the honors system, and not enforced.

If you actually reply to a comment in a certain online forum thread, triple the saso minimum and post here as your penance.

Am I allowed to post here if I'm not from Team Tenipuri?
I'm making this thread as an outlet for my team to work the sodium out of their systems, but friends of Team Tenipuri are also free to post here.

Can I leave prompts here for salters to fill?
Why not? But also, you don't need to be filling a prompt to post a fill here. This is a lawless wasteland!

Is there a limit to how much I can post here?
I'm your captain, not your mom.

Does it need to be a fill from a saso fandom?
Nope! There are no rules in the swear jar! Any fandom, OCs, whatever.

2017 Weekly Writing Log, Part 34

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:04 am
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- I wrote the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth stories for my Ghost Stories zine.

- I finished the thirteenth chapter of The Legend of the Princess. I'll edit it and post it at some point during the next week. Since it helps me to see text in different formats and on different types of screens, I'm considering setting up another account here on Dreamwidth to post each new chapter as I edit it.

- I edited the eighth and ninth chapters of The Legend of the Princess for continuity. For example, I've decided that the library where a number of scenes take place has two doors and not just one, so I changed "door of the library" to "doors of the library" in the eighth chapter. I also decided (just this past week) that one of the previous Zeldas did not have any children, so I deleted two words from the ninth chapter that suggest that she did. Also, I tried to make some awkward phrasing slightly less awkward. These are small changes, but I'm doing my best, you know?

- The Legend of the Princess is a stupid shipfic that no one cares about, but the reason I'm keeping at it is because I want it to become the framework of my first novel. Turning this fic into a novel is going to involve more than filing off the serial numbers, especially since I'll have to introduce a lot of lore, geography, and fantasy taxonomies to the reader. I hate both exegetical infodumps and stories (especially science fiction stories) that throw out all sorts of nonsense terms without any explanation at all, so I've started taking notes on how I can better incorporate the worldbuilding into the plot. The fic is intensely focused on Zelda's point of view, but in the novel I'll have the opportunity to develop other characters, which is how I think I'm going to tackle issues related to what the hell is going on in this fictional world.

- I wrote about half (maybe?) of a short smutfic I intend to post on a separate account on AO3. I'm doing my best to employ all of the patterns and phrases from the Subclauses to Rule 34. It would be nice if producing smutfic were a skill I could develop. It's also possible that my efforts would be better directed elsewhere, but you don't know until you try.

- I spent more time cleaning up my art gallery and favorites gallery on DeviantArt. This could just be my imagination, but I'm getting the impression that people are starting to migrate back to DA from Tumblr.

- This was a hard week for me. Bad feelings were felt and many tears were shed, but I kept going anyway. I'm not entirely sure this is healthy? I've been watching myself shut down emotionally while I freeze people out of my life, but maybe that's just what needs to happen.

Down Here We All Float

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:50 pm
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I saw the movie IT last weekend, and it was a good, solid, well-made piece of Hollywood cinema.

Twitter has also been a lot of fun this past week, with people making all sorts of jokes and comics about how they could easily be lured into the sewers with promises of controlled rent and affordable healthcare (this is a good example). This somehow (it's a long story) morphed into fan art of Pennywise and the Babadook dating and doing things like reading picture books and holding balloons (and so on). Some people have tried to explain this by saying that the young Scandinavian actor who plays Pennywise is actually quite attractive (which is true), but I think Twitter's recent obsession with Pennywise is nothing more than people playing around with something that is inherently silly and ridiculous.

If I had to read more deeply into this, I might say that there is a long history of horror movie monsters being coded as queer, and so people facetiously shipping Pennywise and the Babadook is about the normalization of queer romance, which was often characterized as monstrous in the era of postwar American horror films that IT references. I might also say that, now that many people have been forced to confront real-life political monsters due to the rise of militant xenophobic nationalism on a global scale, something like Pennywise (or the Babadook, whose film is widely understood as a Marxist-feminist critique of contemporary Australian society) doesn't actually seem that scary. In the end, these comics seem to be suggesting, it may be preferable to hang out with one's fellow "monsters" in the sewer than to be forced to deal with the monsters who are currently in charge of creating public policy.

Meanwhile, on Tumblr, there are several posts in circulation that are basically saying, WHY ARE ALL THESE ASSHOLES WHO SHIP PENNYWISE AND THE BABADOOK RUINING EVERYTHING BY DEMONIZING QUEER ROMANCE. These sentiments are so performatively radical and ignorant of actual queer issues that they read almost as parodies of Tumblr culture, yet they've received tens of thousands of notes and have been reblogged by people in my own circles of fandom who, by all rights, are old enough to know better.

Personally, I tend to think that people who care about representation in popular media would be better served by celebrating all the things that the actual movie did right, especially in its adaptation of the source material. Let's be real, the book was borderline homophobic in its villainization of queer sexuality. To give an example, in the original novel, Mike Hanlon (the farm kid who stays in Derry and becomes a librarian) is only allowed to join the central circle of friends because another kid turns out to be gay and thus too weak, mean-spirited, and cowardly to fight evil. In the movie, however, one of the child heroes is not only very clearly coded as gay but also gets a lot of screentime, character development, and fantastic lines. Also, unlike the book, there is no bizarre and intensely heteronormative child orgy at the end of the movie, thank goodness.

I feel like, if you want to talk about social justice as it applies to IT, there are so many more interesting and meaningful ways to go about it than to yell about how gay artists on Twitter are making jokes about the love life of a fictional clown monster, good grief.

Subclauses to Rule 34

Sep. 15th, 2017 04:19 pm
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This summer I returned from Japan with a small library of Final Fantasy XV dōjinshi, all of which I chose on the basis of their cover art. Now that I've actually started to read them, however, I'm disappointed. I wasn't expecting any sort of gay Japanese Anna Karenina, but the stories and characterizations (such as they are) are obviously based on nothing more than the character description blurbs. That being said, the art is lovely, and I suppose that one can't expect to achieve that level of artistic proficiency while devoting countless hours to actually playing video games. The faces are pretty and the penises are shiny, and that's really all you need.

Meanwhile, I just read a genuinely fantastic literary analysis of My Immortal, and it turns out that the writer also posts smutfic under a different alias, an activity he funds through his Patreon. I'm inspired by his productivity, and I am a whore for kudos on AO3, so I think I'm going to apprentice myself to him. I'm going to study his fic closely, and I'm going to... not plagiarize it, exactly, but borrow heavily from it and repurpose some of the expressions he uses. The goal is to post short smutfic for popular pairings under a separate account on AO3 and see what happens.

I have to force myself to read this sort of thing (seriously, I set a timer), but here are some of the lessons I've learned thus far...

Read more... )

After reading this, you may be questioning the politics of writing this kind of smut, but deconstructing the imperialistic ideology of the Zelda series through fic isn't getting me a lot of kudos, and I need positive feedback to keep writing. We all do what we have to do, bros.

A Prayer for Good Internets

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:03 am
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Do you ever have one of those days where you really encouragement and support?

This is one of those days for me.

If the internet pornbot overlords are listening, this is my prayer:

Please let people leave kudos on my fic on AO3. Please let people like my art on Tumblr. Please let me not lose any followers on Twitter after tweeting about gay comics.

These are such small things, Oh internet pornbot overlords, but they mean the world to me.

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