tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 08:50 am
I'm going through the fic positivity thread, starting with people who haven't got any replies to their comment and seeing if there's anything I can add (if there's anything in their repertoire that I'll read).

In the meantime, I've discovered I'm actually pretty bad at telling people what they're good at in writing as a whole. I can focus in on specific stories, specific characters, specific concepts, but if you ask me for the big picture...? Nope. Can't do it.

It's a bit like my view on bands - I may like most music by a band, but I'm not about to commit to all of their music. There are bands and singers who have a better chance of getting my attention and keeping it and being put on my playlists, but that's still not a guarantee.

Ah well, I'll keep working my way through the list...
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Monday, July 31st, 2017 08:33 am
So I got on Twitter on Friday just as it was announced that the GOP didn't have the votes, and was so relieved for the sake of friends in the US. It was a good point in the midst of a toxic week.

Women Killing It (where 'It' is the Repeal attempts by the GOP)

Here's the thing; the system may be broken, it may not be perfect, it may not work 100% of the time. But it works for some people; covers the gaps that they can't fill themselves, and the alternatives amount to "just let the sick and poor suffer and die" when the rubber hits the road, which may be okay for some folks, but is not my avenue at all.


Sometimes I feel like I'm one of the very few people who ask the question: "But what if tomorrow, next month, next year, next decade, next century isn't like today?"

And most people shrug and don't think about it.

perhaps the last seventy years will be forgotten )


I donated to the #Ham4All "Immigrants Get The Job Done" Prizeo and sang one of my favourite songs from Hamilton: "I Know Him". Weirdly, my favourite songs are the King George ones, The Room Where It Happens, Burn, It's Quiet Uptown, and The Election of 1800. I think it's to do with the style. While I appreciate and am in awe of the complexity and cleverness of the rap songs that Miranda has written, I gravitate towards the songs that I can actually sing and are less likely to trip me up.

Anyway, here's me singing "I Know Him", which I call "the 2016 Election remix":

I probably should have linked back to Prizeo.


I have a thread in the [personal profile] ficpositivity feedback meme.

my thread here


I'm working on another quilt - a commission for a friend's daughter.

needs moar rainbows )


Crossovering is matching!

*crosses fingers*


Warmongers for Christianity... )
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 11:58 am
The original link is here: Basic Income Could Transform Society.

There's a discussion about it on FFA. The conversation threads go in all directions, although the ones that I enjoy reading about are the ones that examine not the economic success/failure of the concept, but the reactions to the concept - their own, the other anons', political groups/societies - and what it says about their own preconceptions, presumptions, and prejudices.

For me, I think, one of the key points is not "does it work?" but "why do so many people want it to fail/rejoice in the idea that it might fail/refuse to even contemplate tests to see if it works?"
tielan: Yoda, deal with it (SW - Yoda deal)
Sunday, January 1st, 2017 09:04 pm
I made a post on Tumblr about this, I'll be briefer here.

Authors of tie-in novels and novelisations of movies have less ability to define and determine the sexuality of canon characters than fans think they do. Kindly don't bitch them out for being 'wishy washy' on character sexuality.

When an organisation (like MGM or LucasArts) hires an author to write a novel based on characters they own, they may be extremely picky about how those characters are depicted. And if the author steps out of the company line on this front, then the company will shear off the author's toes to keep their right to define the characters as they please.

Major characters - particularly those from movies and TV shows - are prone to heternormalisation, even if dynamics suggest otherwise to fans.

Yes, it would really great to have confirmed representation of the things we see in canon that aren't heteronormative; but in tie-ins and novelisations in particular, that decision is very frequently not up to the individual author.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Thursday, December 29th, 2016 08:14 am
Starting a local movement. I know at least one woman living in my area who has many FB people who don't like Australia's current stance on refugees.

Job prospects for 2017.

Working out how to minister more to people-who-are-not-like-me and people-who-don't-have-my-opportunities.

Spending more time in contact with my cousin's wife, who is just starting out writing.

George Michael. Carrie Fisher. Vera Rubin.

epitaphs of heroism )
tielan: (SGA - teyla)
Friday, December 9th, 2016 01:55 pm
Reading up on Ralph Lawrence Carr, Republican governor of Colorado back in 1942 (for Reasons). Most noted for standing up against (Democrat) FDR's institution of the Japanese Internment camps with this speech before Colorado farmers:
But the Japanese are protected by the same Constitution that protects us. An American citizen of Japanese descent has the same rights as any other citizen.... If you harm them, you must first harm me. I was brought up in small towns where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened [pointing to various audience members] the happiness of you and you and you.
It's believed that speaking out cost him his political career.


Some links I've been collecting over the last couple of weeks.

Being White Isn't An Identity, It's Just What You Ought To Be.

Lessons from Jews: What To Do About Trump

Stephen Hawking says it's a Dangerous Time When We Can Destroy The Planet But Not Escape It.

I think the thing that Hawking misses completely is that even if we could escape it, we'd only take our humanity - both the bad and the good - with us.


A little dark humour: For POC, the non-straight, and non-Christian, America died on November 8th, 2016. For white Evangelicals, however, it was just Tuesday.


I admit, I'm liking a lot of what John Pavlovitz has to say about Christianity generally, but American Christianity specifically.

Jesus Is Just Alt-Right: Resisting A Racist Messiah

rambling ruminations )
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, October 28th, 2016 10:04 am
Maps of the World's Countries Rearranged By Population: take the largest geographical countries in the world, and move the countries with the largest population into those spaces.

It's quite fascinating: apparently Indonesia would get China, China would get Russia, the US would remain pretty much the same, while Canada would now occupy Pakistan. (India gets Canada. Man, the US racists would SHIT BRICKS; they've got Ethiopia on one side, and India on the other...)

Australia would end up in Spain (weather's not bad, but this whole 'land borders' business is a bit shoddy), while Pakistan gets our "shores guarded by oceans wide". That'll make a difference from the mountains they're used to...


Thank You, Mr. Trump: A letter about the things that Trump has revealed in US society and the US mindset; while it's not nice to discover You're Actually Not All That After All, it'll be a good kick in the butt for some, even if others drag their feet.
As a middle-aged white woman, I thought we'd come further than we have. I'm grateful that you've shown that I'm wrong. That just means that I have to help the change that should happen.


Unpacking Casual Sexism/Racism In The Classroom: or, how to start a discussion, not a defence.

Some thoughts on how to unpack the way we speak: 'you're such a girl', 'man up', 'that's gay'. I have no doubt it works better on those with a mindset to learn than those who think they know everything or that they're okay, but it's something that I think I'm going to have to try somehow, particularly when dealing with racial microaggressions.


Speak The Truth To Trump: An article from Christianity today, pointing out the flaws in voting for Trump from a Christian (Evangelical?) perspective. I don't agree with all the points they make, but the ones they make about how all earthly political systems are going to be flawed and trying to coerce them into working our society into a theocracy can too easily become idolatry of human processes are very relevant, I feel, particularly for American Evangelicals I know for whom this idea of 'a Christian society governed by Christian laws' is something that they really want.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 09:18 am
My letter to Marvel has become reasonably popular (in that it has a couple of hundred notes to it; that's popular for someone like me): Dear Marvel Movies...

Some good meta about Bucky and his choices here: No, You Move.

Still salty at how Maria has completely fallen off the radar for 99% of fans. And really wanting more Maria fans who want to talk about Maria. There's never enough.

Reblogging vs. liking: admittedly, I have pretty good self-esteem, but I simply don't get how reblogging something is a cry for attention or might be forcing your opinion on someone else. If they don't want your opinion, they don't follow you, right?

Lies, Lies, Wind Machines, and Damned Statistics: Eurovision by the numbers.

And I'm very encouraged by the responses I've seen to John Boyega's casting in Pacific Rim 2. Although I really really want Rinko Kikuchi to come back (at the minimum), and preferably Charlie Hunnam, too.

New headcanons

Wakandan public broadcasting media: I like the idea of Wakanda as the antithesis of commercial Western culture - a country that looks after its people, and whose people look after it, too.

Sam and Bucky's idea of camouflage? Hats. To be fair, they're not exactly alone in this. After all, in CA:TWS, Steve's idea of camouflage is a cap, too. And Natasha's idea of camo for Steve is cap plus glasses. Such spies. Many disguise. Doge.

New plotbunnies

Selina Kyle as a reverse archaeologist makes me wish I wrote Batfic with Selina in it. But a) I know almost nothing about archaeology, b) that's my name and it's rare enough that seeing it as a fictional character's name is weird.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, May 27th, 2016 01:47 pm
(title from "the thargomindah road" - an old Australian song)

The neck always feels a little fragile the day after a visit to the chiro. And I have a headache that I fear would be probably more than threatening if not for the panadol I took a couple of hours ago.

I'm not sure I can write tonight. An awful lot of things are all churned up, including the oncoming winter, the state of Marvel fandom, my feelings about my health, and a lingering feeling of aloneness in fandom.


Have a link: Eleven million deaths as clickbait - a commentary on That Thing What's Currently Happening In Marvel.

And a number of fics:

oh, there's a show alright but it may not be the one you want
“So, after months of trying to keep you lot quiet and under the radar, you’ve managed to completely blow your cover, start a manhunt, and declare yourselves gay for each other in just over fifty hours.”
Sam/Bucky drunk!Vegas!Marriage fic with a side order of Maria/Steve UST that is ridiculously popular considering I dashed it off after an amusing Tumblr post. (Hey, I did say I kind of wanted to write Sam/Bucky, looks like my brain got hijacked with hijinks - and, btw, my fingers just typed 'bijinks' which, um, yeah. Hi, Freud!)

Casualties Of War
It’s better this way. Anything between them could only ever be a casualty of the events and people that need them more.
6K of extremely self-indulgent Maria-Saves-The-Day fic, featuring Valkyrie, all the Avengers, and Maria/Steve. I'm not sure what the first commenter meant; anyone willing to hazard a guess/explain it to me?

Every Breaking Wave
She's thirty-five when she realises he's never seen her as an old woman.
Someone prompted me with "Captain Hill + 'mourn'" and this is the result. It's an AU based off 'The Time Traveler's Wife', and extremely angsty, mentions a character death, and features a character coming to terms with her own death. Same series as Lepidopterae.

Return To Me
Four days is an eternity between ransom message and rescue.
Someone else prompted me with "Captain Hill + 'come back'" and this is quite possibly even more brutal than Every Breaking Wave.

trying to break the mold
Three-quarters of a potential sedoretu, shooting for orbit, burning like fire.
A little Steve/Bucky/Peggy sedoretu ficlet. WARNING: follows MCU canon, so unfinished/unhappy ending.

I'm presently working on:
* a Maria Hill movie plot that would fit into the MCU
* To The End Of Love (need to switch off my inner editor/critic and just write this on out; it's kind of awful)
* the next chapter in the Steve/Maria Neighbors AU, after they went to Italian with her grandparents and kissed
* the next chapter in Sam/Bucky drunk!Vegas!Marriage.
* and to top it all off, someone actually went and asked for "Captain Hill + loss", which involves "one character dying while in the arms of the other". Geeze. This WILL end badly.

So much writing. And BEARS of so little brain.

Plus two quilts to prep for the Sydney Quilt Show which is in LESS THAN A MONTH (what, when did this happen) and which have to be finished, ready to hang, and dropped off in a nearby suburb by the middle of next month. (Oh, geeze, I hope it's the middle of next month.)
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 09:18 am
ACCURATE CAPSLOCK REVIEW IS ACCURATE - linked to by [personal profile] kore, whose rage at the movie is a wonderful and sanitizing thing for me.

My thoughts on what I was hoping for out of an MCU Civil War, and which Captain America: Civil War failed to provide. It was also in refutation of a Captain Hill shipper who thought Sharon was replaceable in the movie. (She wasn't, but the romance was handled with unspeakable awkwardness.)

At some point, I will write the letter to Marvel Movies in which I indicate why a Black Widow movie will make things worse for female characters in the MCU, and you will all bitch me out, then unfriend me, and then blacken my name throughout the fandom.

But today is not that day.

Today I'm going to finish this ridiculous fic, and make more Maria Hill icons, because for reasons inexplicable to a fan such as myself, there are simply not enough of them around.

And then I'm going to see the chiropractor in the afternoon and get a quote for the fence, because in the midst of fannish frivolity, there must also be management of the mundane.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, April 29th, 2016 12:44 am
It was a really, really good movie.

That doesn't make it any less of an insult to a Maria Hill fan: that this was an opportunity for other people to see and admire and appreciate Maria as the Everywoman trying to hold the world together, and it got put aside for more White Hero Guys.

longer: spoilers, themes, thoughts )

Okay, so that wasn't so much about the plot. But then the plot doesn't really bother me all that much except in terms of history that needs to be included if I'm going to be canon compliant. It's the relationship dynamics, the interconnections between people and how they shift that are interesting.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 12:12 pm
So, a few days before V-Day, I posted this on Tumblr. Mostly because I know it's a hard time of year for many, and worse when so many other people clearly have partners, and singles wonder why they're broken, what's wrong with them, why can't they have someone love them?

It's been a pretty popular post, actually; I think I touched a nerve.

I told the truth; I don't have that angst. )

And now it's time to go to lunch and see if there's still chocolate on sale...

(I did like the post that said "Don't call it Valentine's Day; call it 'Cheap Chocolate Eve'.")
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Thursday, January 7th, 2016 11:34 pm
In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

I'm going to talk about a scene that most people wouldn't think is one of my favourites, but it was pretty much the moment I knew I was going to be a little longer in MCU fandom than just that first year.

In the first episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Maria Hill is interviewing Grant Ward to be a part of Coulson's team.

Maria Hill: Everything's changing. A little while ago, most people went to bed thinking that the craziest thing in the world was a billionaire in a flying metal suit. Then aliens invade New York then were beaten back by among others, a giant green monster, a costumed hero from the 40's, and a God.
Grant Ward: I don't think Thor's technically a God.
Maria Hill: Well, you haven't been near his arms.

Frankly, before that point, most of fandom behaved as though Maria was basically scenery; as Ward mocks her later that season: she was eye candy, and barely even that when compared the Black Widow. She wasn't a proponent of the Avengers Initiative, which meant she wasn't one of the Good Guys (like Coulson or Fury), and her most redeeming feature seemed to be that she was one more woman in the movie canon.

I saw more in the character from my second viewing of the Avengers movie.

I saw a very droll, very dry sense of humour displayed in the exchanges with Stark: "When did you become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics?" and "He turns." I saw a deep sense of duty and responsibility to chase down an enemy who's already turned two of their people. And a deep and serious affection for Phil Coulson in her reaction to the news of his death, and in the deadly glare she levels at Tony and Steve from the bridge.

But that scene of Maria interviewing Grant Ward? That was something that other people in fandom could grasp - that Maria Hill had a sense of humour which she could let out to play when the world wasn't at stake, that her connections with Fury and Coulson were deeper than their disagreements over the Avengers Initiative, and that she could put up with shit in the name of getting the job done.

And it brought me great joy to see my view of the character confirmed - and to have the character brought back into the universe.

(I'm debating whether I want to do Challenge 6 right now. Challenge 5 was to make a fanwork, which i have no trouble doing, only all mine went to [community profile] fandom_stocking.)
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Friday, August 7th, 2015 03:21 pm
I've kind of had this in my head since before the MCU AU fest - a little bit of meta on fusion AUs.

Quite frequently my problem with fusion AUs is that writers get too caught up in the plot of the original fusion-universe story and try to follow it too closely.

My view is that once characters have been transplanted into a new, fusion canon from their 'home' canon, all bets are off. So maybe Natasha is a graduate of the Academy in a Firefly-verse; that doesn't mean she needs to be 18 years old, have an (over)protective older brother, and carry the burden of the deepest, darkest secret of the Alliance. She doesn't need to be on the run from the Alliance – she doesn't even need to be a Browncoat!

Just because the storytellers of the fusion canon made certain choices doesn't mean you need to remake them. These aren't the original characters – they're new characters with their own history and background – events that made them who they are

The other thing is that the storytellers of the original canon frequently made sexist, racist, and other problematic choices in the stories they told. An absence of non-white people in positions of significance in the story. Women refrigerated for the sole purpose of increasing male angst. A single female character in the canon who's expected to carry the entire burden of womanhood on her shoulders. Why would you even want to replicate such storytelling? To say nothing of how it completely screws over any sense of surprise in the story if you follow the original plot exactly.

My rule of thumb for writing fusion AUs:

1. Take the characters you're fusing into the AU world and find the best match for the characters given their backstories in their home universe.
2. Take elements of the story of the AU world, and elements of the story of the home universe, and fuse them together.
3. Adjust each as necessary. Go out on a limb. Don't just rehash the original story - make it better!

An excellent example of this is from Heroes In The Sky - a Pacific Rim fusion into the Firefly-verse.

Characters from PR with relevant backgrounds: check.
Echoes of the Firefly universe and the events in it: check.
New dynamics, developments, and interesting/intriguing developments: check.

I don't know why I'm thinking of this right now. I'm supposed to be getting my head into MCU canon-compliance...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Thursday, July 30th, 2015 12:54 pm
Where's My Cut: On Unpaid Emotional Labor

The MetaFilter discussion

starnise's post
elf's post
siderea's post

And this was prompted by another friend's discussion about 'one-sided relationships in fandom', where a friend will happily inundate you with something ze loves (and you don't) for 3 hours, and then vanishes the instant you start talking about something you love and ze doesn't.

Yes, I've been there.

Emotional labour.

I don't get very meta on LJ anymore; my interests are primarily fannish. But this struck a chord for me in the situation I'm in right now, in the situations of my friends that I'm watching unfold before me.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Monday, July 6th, 2015 08:23 am
The movies have set up a very careful yet distinct Maria->Steve dynamic. Logically that should be used in some way or another – good old Chekov's Gun.

me and the dead horse I'm riding )

Monday morning, down with a cold, up at work, hyped-up on coffee, and exhausted, with a full workload.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 11:47 am
This is mildly out of left field, but I’m starting to wonder.

What if the Steve-pairing endgame in the movies really were Maria/Steve?

yes, yes, I know, it's ridic, but WHAT IF? Hear me out! )
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 12:52 pm
So, [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock nails it about Natasha, female agency, relationships, and Age of Ultron.


[livejournal.com profile] scribble_myname is trying to make me sign up for Lost Libraries, which is the counterpart to [community profile] invisible_ficathon which I did last year and which simply didn't gel for me. The premise of Invisible Ficathon is to write fanfic for a non-existant canon that is referenced in a work of fiction. My problem is that all I wanted to do was write the canon into existence, which apparently is what the Lost Libraries exchange is doing this year. (Invisible Ficathon will be run next year again - they're going to swap IF and LL on a two year cycle.)

Which, yes, I could sign-up for Lost Libraries, however see my post last night about writing.

Plus, what I really want to write is the MCU fusion into Fox Force Five:

Maria - leader and operations organisation
Melinda - transport and logistics
Natasha - infiltration and undercover
Sharon - munitions and weapons
Skye - hacker and technology

With Jemma as their medical, Darcy with the research, Pepper as their money, and Peggy as the one who initially recruits them all.


(No, my MCU AU recip did not ask for this. But now I'm wishing I had!)


I have one MCU AU story fully outlined from go to whoa, one that's just a scene, and one which pretty much ends up as an excuse for smut.
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 08:57 am
Jupiter's story in Jupiter Ascending is the same as the technician's story in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier - you know, the guy who has Rumlow holding a weapon to his head and ordering him to release the Insight program to Hydra and says, "Sorry, can't do it. Captain's orders."

A nobody - a cog in the wheel, an unimportant, nameless person - suddenly becomes a key player in massive, unspeakable destruction. And they're faced with a choice: the personal vs the important.

Both of them choose the important over the personal.

Except that women are not usually shown making the choice of the important over the personal. A man may sacrifice everything in order to save the world and still be a hero (albeit an angst-ridden one), but a woman must sacrifice everything to save her family or she'll fail to save the world, fail to save her family, and have nothing but guilt.

It's like the people who write stories want women to feel guilty over being the hero.

Jupiter chooses the important over the personal and is still the hero of the story.

And this is why I believe telling stories about women are important. This is why I write women.