So I just now started reading about this kerfuffle and it has caught my interest in a curiously annoying way, though only slightly. I don't have much to say that isn't in one of those two well written posts, except that the whole thing is a little sketchy and the fact that it is for a book deal means - well. I don't know, I wouldn't want someone reading into my pron preferences as a basis for my desires in real life. The smut I have written is largely for (i) a pairing in which one of the people is underage or (ii) sadomasochistic and semi-nonconsensual. I would really rather not have that represent me, kthanks.

I think people who try to analyze fanfiction think a little too much about it. It always seems a little silly to me, all the people going on about the phenomenon of fanfiction as if it's the next...I don't know. Even. I don't have the words.

It's a hobby, if kind of a weird one, and I think people who have never tried it just don't get the appeal for the people who do. My thoughts, anyway. I'm aware of how subjective those are. And often irrelevant ahaha.

I will let people more eloquent than I express my problems with this shit.

Apparently I'm in a cranky mood today. Bitchbitchwhinewhine.

ETA: Also! This guy. *headdesk headdesk headdesk*

Son of Edit: A post summing up the fail going on here, and some more conversation at unfunnybusiness.

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.



They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.



The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.


For more information:
PICTURES:
here and here
NEW INFORMATION:
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
ON TWITTER:
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp


دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election


- original post by [livejournal.com profile] one_hoopy_frood


My heart goes out to these people. I want to be there. I want to fight for something this right. This, this, this. Is why it pisses me the fuck off when people don't appreciate what we have.

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP

# The most obvious thing to do is stay informed. Keep an eye on reliable sources on Twitter, refresh blogs and news sites that are covering the stories.

# If you are on twitter, retweet information from reliable twitters, but REMOVE THE USERNAME if they are in Iran. People have died because of the lack of responsibility by fellow tweeters and the media in this front. They can be tracked down by the government of Iran.

# Spread the information elsewhere. Repost this article or write your own on Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, or anywhere else you can think of. If you write your own, make sure you are concise and accurate. Link to your sources for people to learn more.

# Change your location on Twitter to Tehran or Iran, and your time zone to GMT +3:30.

# DO NOT auto-refresh and take down websites, even if you are asked. It slows down the internet for the rest of the people in Iran.

# If you make a proxy DO NOT post it publically, otherwise it is useless. Send it in a direct message to a trusted source.

# DO NOT spam the hash tag #IranElection with useless things to "confuse the government". This does not help at all.
minviendha: (mat read)
( Dec. 4th, 2007 09:07 pm)
Ranting ahoy.

As per usual, it is fandom related, and I'll pull a [community profile] fanficrants and write it in letter format.

Dear Black Jewels Trilogy fandom,


I should be working on Christmas fanfiction...but you know, I just can't concentrate. I got one done and one started...that's good enough for now, right? I'll get the rest done this weekend, probably.
minviendha: (lucius=not impressed)
( Aug. 8th, 2007 10:21 am)
"I do know what I'm talking about; I've read many many of these communities. It's sad, I know it is. But it's not illegal to aspire to be thin. It's not against the ToS to give people bad advice.

LiveJournal does not support girls harming themselves. There is a line where we will suspend a pro-ana community or require removal of an entry. That line is when content is specifically instructing or inciting self-harm. Generalities aren't against the ToS, but specificities may be."

...

WTF?? )
People on the beach with small children:
 
PLEASE DO NOT TO BE BRINGING YOUR DOGS IF THEY ARE:
    a. badly trained
    b. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO EFFING PLAY WITH THEM, SO EVERYONE ELSE ON THE BEACH HAS TO ESSENTIALLY TAKE CARE OF YOUR TWO GODDAMN GOLDEN RETRIEVERS.

RARGH. AND SO I SPENT 20 MINUTES RUNNING ALL OVER A VERY ROCKY BEACH IN BARE FEET AFTER TWO DOGS WHO ARE NOT MINE AND ONE WHO IS MINE, WITH THE FORMER STEALING MY TREATS, TOYS, AND TRYING TO KNOCK ME OVER BY JUMPING ON ME WHILE SAID DOGS ARE SOAKING WET. NOT TO MENTION THAT KEELY WAS EATING FISH.

Mmmph.

Meanwhile, I am also sort of depressed because I am lonely and forlorn, which I usually am when I am condemned to spending an evening alone. Well, with my family, but since my family doesn't really talk to each other during the evenings, they don't count. And to top it all off, I'm pissed because Julia's off getting paid for jobs (as in $600 paid) and I'm stuck home doing the drudgery, thankless jobs, so I'm saddled with all the chores that "we're" supposed to be helping with. Ah, yes. The phantom "we." How quickly it becomes "me."

I'm just so tired of it all. And that makes me feel horrible and ungrateful and all that jazz. Sigh.

Maybe I'll go start a thread at [profile] desperatefans. After all, it's not like I have anything better to do.
What people are thinking. Exhibit A: [community profile] fanficrants.

I feel abused right now, because of my book interests. When people hate fantasy, it makes me want to smash things, but only really when they insist that everyone who reads fantasy must be a dumb-ass who reads it for teh pronz or a D&D nerd. Just in case the issue was unclear, I am neither. Unfortunately, I seem to get this feeling a lot around my friends, when we get into discussions of books. And when Lina goes off about sex in books, I just sort of cringe and hide my copies of books with sex in them, because I really don't mind. I mean, I don't just read it to get off, but I don't mind if there's gratuitous sex in my books, as long as the rest of it is good. Really.

RRRRR. >.<

Original Characters meme, stoled (for once) from [profile] princeralis.

Is this a reasonable thing to get angry at? Not the poster, but a few of the comments and the article itself, the general tone of the writer, etc.


So yeah. I'm done...and maybe I can get back to life now. Or something. There was something meaningful I wanted to say here, but I forgot what it was.
Finally.

A response. Nice going, LJ. I think we're still pissed, though.
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ICONS.

Bases by [community profile] originality, last one quote by [profile] flusterdance.

Here you are. Enjoy, and hoist the colors high!



Strikethrough '07. The days that shall live in infamy. And by the way:

http://www.greatestjournal.com/community/fandomtossed/13080.html

Good idea. We should try it.
minviendha: (bitch)
( May. 30th, 2007 10:39 am)
Because we all hate LJ right now.



And for more information and tips on how to support this mass fandom movement (because this is intense and pretty awesome how even though we all ship different pairings and wank each other, we can still band together and fight a common cause.

I'm going to join the rant community against this, to show my support.
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minviendha: (tact)
( May. 26th, 2007 10:59 pm)
What the HELL was this person thinking?

Srrsly. That's almost as bad as anything I've seen on teh [community profile] fanficrants, though on a smaller scale.

Lolz, his/her tact is tacked on. Definitely.

Ha HA. I laugh at that. Though I am a little offended at the implication that at 14 my writing automatically sucks, which is what I got from it. I'm not great, but I would like to think that I am good, at least. And I have a long way to go, but that doesn't mean - I hope - that I'm at the same level as Paolini.

Argh.
minviendha: (tact)
( May. 25th, 2007 06:45 pm)
Can someone more knowledgeable than me please explain exactly how Anti-OTP chat works? Is it private messages or general chatroom or...what?

*feels ignorant*

On a completely different note...this has been bothering me for a while. I am so sick of having to always be the one to make the plans, initiate contact, set up outings and movies and what have you. Why can't someone call me for once? I almost wish I had the dedication to just stay at home and not call anyone and see how long it would take for them to call me, but 1) I'm not that bratty and 2) I'd get lonely very quickly. Sometimes I just want to scream "PEOPLE! LEARN HOW TO USE A PHONE, MKAY?" Even when I do call them, I have to call repeatedly until I actually have them on the line, because if I don't, they never call back, with few exceptions. Now, I understand you're busy, but can you at least make time to tell me that you're not coming tomorrow, so I actually know that I can't count on having company?

My friends always wonder why I have no problem with inviting myself over. It's because if I don't, no one does.

And I have one friend who sometimes complains about people not calling her, and I sometimes just want to say, "Maybe they got sick of having to call you. Maybe you should call them."

But I don't, because my tact is tacked on.

*sigh*

Plus, everyone's pissed for some reason and taking it out on me. This sucks.

Mimi, email me. We're going to the city to shop, whether you like it or not. If I don't get an email by 8 tomorrow morning, then I AM CALLING AND WAKING YOU UP, GODAMMIT. I want to plan my weekend early.

Caro and Lina are gone. This is sad. Mimi has play all weekend, so no sleepovers. This is sad too. *bitchwhine* I hate this. I need something to look forward to. I need a life. I need school to be over.

*sigh*

Going back to whatever I was doing, i.e. nothing.

Wow, a real update! *feels speshul, like Eragon*
I have not posted a proper rant in a good, long, time. So I decided to get around to that. Hence:

My Five Most Despised Stereotypes

1. All Fantasy is ripped off of Lord of the Rings.

2. All 13-year-olds are fanbrats.

3. Emotional=emo

4. Skinny=anorexic, or stupid "dumb blonde" type

5. Curvy=not allowed to make fun of. Skinny = juuuuust fiiiiine.

Anyway, I'm not supposed to be on right now. G'night.

And by the way, would anyone recommend the Pern series? I've heard conflicting things about it.
minviendha: (minbitch)
( Mar. 1st, 2007 08:14 pm)
Courtesy of heartless-bitches.com rant archive.

On Skinny

All I can say is: FTW. This is what I've been trying to explain to my friends for months.

Hello, double standard.
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I hate guilt education.

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I am. I am such a masochist. I see a [profile] canon_sues report for Wheel of Time, and what do I do? Ignore it? Pass it by? No. I click on it. And read. And read. And read the comments bashing Wheel of Time. And get mad. And madder. ARGH.

ETA: Negated. You saw nothing. Except Elise trying very hard to put her foot into her mouth.

Tags:

There have been so many posts about this that I thought I might devote one of my own to it...just considering the main points that seem to come up that I, personally, agree with. 

1. As long as you can write it well, everyone has the right to write what they want to. i.e. Slash, het, whatever. But then there's the places where slash just doesn't  float, (i.e. fandoms where it is exclusively heterosexual, no mention of slash) in which you must be veeeeery careful about what you write, since it is incredibly easy to make it OOC. You can still write it, but consider the reactions of readers/the in-characterness of your pairing very closely.

2. Slash is not a plot device in the same way suicide, depression, sex should not be a plot device. So don't use it as such.

3. One pairing is not inherently better than another, either just because it is canon, just because it is slash/het, or just because "I wrote it and it's good." Pairings should be judged based on their merit and writing quality, not based on what kind of pairing they are. But some crack pairings just should not be touched with a ten-foot-pole.

4. Please don't put your political views onto fanfiction - for example, "gay love is WRONG so don't write slash" or "if you don't like slash you are homophobic because slash is the same thing as being gay in real life." It's fiction, not politics. I don't care if you're against gay marriage (well, I do, but that's beside the point) as long as you don't use someone's fanfiction to advertise it.

5. Also, please find another reason to flame a story other than the pairing. For example, flame because it is OOC, or is lacking in research about its topic, or is horrendously written. Not just because OMG IT'S A NON CANON PAIRING.  I've probably said this before, but saying it again just for the heck of it. 

6. There are rabid slashers. There are rabid het-ters (?). There are rabid anything. Personally, I don't think either one is louder than the other - they're both equally loud, and can be equally obnoxious. Just something to consider.

Mefh. Felt good to say that. Arguing, away!

I have many things to get mad about in fanfiction, so I decided I might as well complain about all of them in the first post...


Got a little wordy...felt good nonetheless. Whew...
  1. I can’t read it – it’s too long! No, it’s not. Even if it is long, try it. It might be worth it. Don’t just toss off a book based on length. It might take you a while, but Wheel of Time, for example, is definitely worth it.
  2. It’s fantasy! I don’t like fantasy! I. Hate. This. This is probably my least favorite one. Fantasy books are as different and varied as other genres. There’s your sword and sorcery stories, your derivative Tolkien fantasy, your really awful sex fantasy…yeah. Just because you don’t like one kind doesn’t mean you won’t like any of them. Try. It. First.
  3.  Only stupid people read trashy teen romances. ARGH! No. You don’t have to be smart to read these novels, but you don’t have to be stupid either! It’s fun to let your brain have candy sometimes. Sugar is fine in doses. So are teen romances. Exclusively doesn’t build your brain, but doesn’t mean you’re stupid, either. Smart people don’t have to be smart all the time. That would be pretty stressful.
  4. You have to read long, weighty books to be smart. Fiction books that take place in our time and look "fun" are not intelligent reading. So. Not. True. Look at Annie on My Mind, for example. Best. Book. Evah. Read it. Anyway, books can be light, and make a point. Often, light humor is the best way to make a point. What do you remember, in the long run? Those conversations that made you laugh, or the ones that upset you? Yeah.
  5. I don’t understand the words. Look at the context. The context, people! I don’t understand a lot of the words in Wheel of Time (i.e. couldn’t define them if you asked me to) but I zip through them just fine, because they fit in the sentence, and I get the idea. If you flip through a book and notice long words, don’t put it down on that basis. Try. Reading. It. That’s all I can say for books – read it first, don’t just toss it. Or you’ll lose a lot of good books that way.

 

 

  1. Just relax your mind and let the words flow. If I did that, I’d never get anywhere. Words don’t just come out on their own. They require thinking. If you’re really good, the thinking comes right on top of the talking, like right now, but not always. Sometimes you have to think. If I relaxed my brain and just wrote, my stories would need to be killed dead for their awfulness. Maybe this is just me, but I don’t like sitting in front of a compy waiting for my brain to think before I start writing. You write, and then you think.
  2. Writer’s Block? Just write – it’ll work itself out. ARGH! I hate it when people say this. I cannot force my writing. If I have writer’s block and I try to write anyway, it. Sounds. So. Forced. It’s clunky and ugly and doesn’t flow, and that just depresses me and makes me more blockedified. You have to wait and let the story figure out what it’s doing. Then you can write. Let your brain sort it out, and then write. Don’t try to work while you’re sorting. You’ll just tie yourself in knots.
  3. People who talk about famous “child” authors who aren’t actually that good. Yes, we know C.P. was fifteen when he wrote Eragon. Yes, I know he’s only eighteen and has a bestselling series. THAT SUCKS LIKE CRAP. I would like to think I can write better than that, or at least more originally, and I’m thirteen! Is the fact that other authors have gotten published at my age supposed to make me feel better? Sorry. Just makes me jealous and depressed, and probably mad at you. Not a good thing.
  4. Try branching out into new genres for writing! No. Just…no. I can’t, frankly. Right now in my life, I’m at a stage where I connect with fantasy, and can write it VERY COMFORTABLY. So when I want to branch out, I’ll branch out, okay! And for now, it’s NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS.  
  5. People who can’t write for shit criticizing your writing and expecting to be obeyed. Basically, someone who doesn’t write telling you what to do and expecting you to do it. Sure, I love concrit as much as the next person, but I’ll take the advice that I want. If you’re a better writer than me, I’ll be more likely to take it. If you don’t write much…well, I probably won’t. Unless it makes sense, which it rarely does. Not always even concrit. Sometimes just telling you what to name your characters without being asked. This is what I like to call, a “backseat writer” – as annoying as a backseat driver, but often worse.
Okay, got some of my anger out. Bye.
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