Did Dean just learn how to tie Windsor knots recently or sommat? He looks like Dean Smith every week and it is KILLING ME. Hnnng.
For a little while now I've been pestering [livejournal.com profile] fossarian about the idea of adapting When Play Turns Bitter into an actual novel, and thought I'd consult with my lovely flisties about the relative insanity of this latest brainwave.

Those interested in my idea, carry on. )
Whee, I hit the 15, 000 word mark! I'm in the middle of a porn scene, so that'll probably go up a bit by the time I'm done (or by the time someone's done, at any rate), but nevertheless I felt like this was a landmark worth sharing. :)

15000 / 20000 (75.00%)

However, since it's unlikely that I'll be finished at 20, 000 words, the counter should probably look more like this:


15000 / 40000 (37.50%)
So, durr. Back to work.
Hey y'all,

I've finally given in to the pressure and created a Twitter account. I'm still figuring it out how it works, but I wanted a way to keep track of all the dumbass reference questions I get asked on a daily basis at work. There won't really be much about my writing or personal life, but hopefully it'll be good for a laugh.

So, if you're keen, follow me! I can be found
@infohead_desk
In the spirit of my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang AU, I thought I'd share this video of the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my life. My new life plan has officially expanded to include, "Purchase a lake and build a wave garden." I'm sure "Learn to surf" is on there too, don't worry.



If you're a big geek like me, you can check out more videos at Wave-Garden.com. If you already happen to be in possession of a lake, I expect this to be installed immediately. I shall await my invitation in the mail.
So, this is sort of apropos of nothing, but I wanted to make a post regarding When Play Turns Bitter. I know I have been awful about updating - I probably spoiled everyone with the once-a-week thing, heh - but I am still working on Chapter Twelve, albeit slowly. Ironically, it's pretty much all finished except for that one damn chapter (hell, even the chapter is almost done - I have over 7000 words of it written, and there's just this wee hump at the end that's giving me grief), and I have no other reason for stalling than, well... it's sad. And I've had a lot of bad news lately in my personal circle, including my best friend having cancer, so it's been a) difficult to concentrate on something so emotionally wrenching and b) beneficial to my mood to take a break with writing happy things. We like happy things, right?

Anyway, I know it's only been a few weeks, but that's the story with my WIP. I will finish, I promise, and thanks so much to the regular readers for being so patient and supportive of the process. I've been having an overactive Catholic guilt thing happening with how long I've been keeping you waiting, especially after I established the expectation of weekly updates, but rest assured I haven't given up. I just need to get my shit together a bit more before I can do it justice, since I can't justify posting something that feels sloppy or rushed, just for the sake of hitting the finish line a bit faster.

So, yeah. Sorry, I guess? It'll be a little while longer, but don't give up on me yet. And while it might not be Kurt, my [livejournal.com profile] d_hearts_c entry is due this week, and after [livejournal.com profile] fossarian and [livejournal.com profile] tracy_loo_who helped me pretty it up real nice, I'm really excited to post it. There is lots of AU cuteness and food porn. :)

In the meantime, you should go listen to the new Radiohead album, okay? It'll make everything better.

Woohaa!

Feb. 18th, 2011 02:28 pm
Somehow managed to finish Chapter Two of my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang entry last night. I don't know how this happened, but I sort of expect it to backfire on me really quickly, either through my inability to finish, or by exploding the total wordcount (I doubt it'll end at 20k).


 
9152 / 20000 45.76% Done!

I'm sort of bored at work and trying not to check my phone obsessively for messages from the bestie, so let's talk about political affiliations instead. Doesn't that sound fun?

Actually, I'm just going to post the results of a quiz I found on [livejournal.com profile] takadainmate's LJ, which you can do for yourself here.



It's just me and Ghandi here on the left, bb's (does that mean haters to the right?). Green is my political affiliation of choice, usually, unless there happens to be a Liberal candidate that's slightly less of a fuckwit than the others (realistically, it's only ever going to be them or the Conservatives in power, so sometimes I like to feel less like I'm voting passive-aggressively) and it's sort of satisfying to know that you've been voting for the appropriate party this whole time. Except, of course, for those times that I just spoil my vote, but I usually reserve such behaviour for municipal elections involving homophobic asshole mayors. Oh hey, Rob Ford.
I want to share a blog link I stumbled across recently about one gay man's experience in the porn industry, specifically for Sean Cody.

Now, obviously gay porn is a significant part of fandom, especially as a slash writer, and I won't deny that it's something I take a personal interest in both as a viewer and as a commentator. We all take our cues from somewhere, so it's interesting to consider, from time to time, the behind-the-scenes aspect of the gay porn industry - call it a meta approach to porn. There's no shortage of commentary out there about the straight porn industry which can cover everything from its injustices and exploitation practices, to issues about the male gaze, to how it's become a lot more mainstream in Western culture in the last decade or so. (Hell, I myself own a pair of Miu Miu's that could pass for stripper shoes any day of the week.) It seems to me like gay pornography - and here I'm talking specifically about gay male pornography, because writing "lesbian pornography" just makes me want to put quotes around the word 'lesbian', and f/f pornography for actual women is still a very emergent niche, even with the growth of the porn-for-women industry - is both a very different animal and the same old story, but there's a less discussion about it in the media, either because it just hasn't come under the same widespread scrutiny as straight porn, or because people assume that it's just the same old story. I don't know.

Either way, I've tried to cobble together a few interesting links which discuss some of the less-well-known, or less-considered aspects of gay male porn, including a blog from a former Sean Cody model about what it's like to be an actual gay man in a gay-for-pay industry.

Devon Hunter's blog: "Know Before You Go"
- Devon's experiences modeling for uber-porn director Sean Cody. It's a surprising - and funny! - read with a lot of really interesting insights into the industry and its relationship to actual gay men.

Gay 4 Pay in Prague by Iva Skoch
- Great article about the porn industry in Europe, specifically Prague. Naturally Bel Ami features heavily.

Lance Bennett bottoms for the first time - stolen from [livejournal.com profile] bauble. This video is graphic and very NSFW, but is nevertheless an interesting shot of a gay-for-pay actor bottoming for the first time. It's surprisingly intense and probably a lot hotter than most edited porn I've seen, and yet it's still fascinating to watch him go from angry to mindblown as the other guy starts pushing the right, erm... buttons. The "hungry hungry hippos hole" line made me LOL, and there's a facepalm moment at the end when he asks, "Does this make me gay?" Shut up, Lance.

Arpad Miklos Conquers Pussy Victoriously
- NSFW, kinda. Gay pornstar Arpad turns the tables and goes straight-for-pay. Woman says it's the best sex she's ever had.

And finally, Jasun Mark talking about how straight actors needs to butch it up when doing gay porn. I find it really interesting that straight male actors will sometimes act more feminine when having sex with a guy, because that's what they've learned from straight porn and women in the sex industry. Actually, all of Jasun's YouTube vids are worth a watch.



ETA: I also forgot to add this article from the Daily Beast that I read a while ago: The Lesbians Who Love Male Gay Porn. It's pretty thought provoking, although one point that's raised - about how some lesbians like gay porn because they don't have to think about the politics and sexism involved in straight porn (be it m/f or f/f porn for men) - gave me pause; as much as I understood the point, I thought it wasn't fair to dismiss the politics and sexism and homophobia also inherent to the male gay porn industry, which shouldn't be undervalued in comparison to misogyny. But anyway, still a good read.

I'll be less meta tomorrow, promise.
The other night I had two of my dearest friends in the world round my flat for some drinks and Xbox funtimes, and at some point Luke brought up this question he'd found somewhere on the internet. It's likely that everyone else has seen this by now, because I'm often last to the gate, but it was such a good discussion-starter that I thought I'd share.

Which ONE of these ten magical items would you choose? Why?
  1. A pot that can produce 1,000 kilograms of any food a day.
  2. A bracelet that keeps weather perfect wherever you go and within a 250 kilometre radius.
  3. A necklace that allows you to touch books and instantly absorb knowledge from them, without reading.
  4. An unlimited bottle of perfume that will make you wildly attractive to the opposite sex (or same sex if you’re gay), which cannot be used on anyone you love.
  5. A watch that allows you to reverse time by a minute or less per day.
  6. A bell that when rang fixes any one object at a time, excluding living things, within a minute.
  7. A chocolate bar, with twelve pieces, that makes anyone who eats a single piece invincible and youthful until the age of 160.
  8. A no fuel required, maintenance free, eight person van that can take you anywhere on the planet within one second.
  9. A remote control that allows you and another person to change, superficially, into anyone you want; the effect lasts until you decide to revert.
  10. An immortal dog that poops out one gold coin every time it goes to the bathroom.
At the time, I said that I would likely choose #8, because I love to travel and never get to do enough of it due to time/financial constraints, but I'm still hung up on #7 (as, I suspect, would anyone). Apparently the condition is that you can a) share the chocolate or b) eat all twelve pieces yourself and live to the age of 1920, but I still dunno. Outliving my loved ones is a major phobia of mine, and I suppose I could then share the rest of the chocolate bar with them, but choosing who to let live would be hard, as would knowing everyone's expiry date. Plus I'm sure there'd be some kind of cult inquest if 12 people who knew each other dropped dead on the same day. Regarding #3 - Luke said he was surprised I didn't choose that one, but what kind of writer would want to absorb a book's information without being able to READ it? It'd make my job kind of redundant.

Did anyone else automatically think about changing into Jensen or Misha regarding #9? I did. I don't know how I'd be able to leave the house afterward, though, or step away from the mirror.

Anyway, I hope this is as entertaining to someone else as it was to me; but then again, I've been up since 6am and haven't finished my coffee yet.

Wellp.

Jan. 28th, 2011 07:41 pm
For anyone has ever wondered what getting a tattoo feels like, let me just say that it can hurt a hell of a lot less than getting a massage.

Also, what the fuck?
Whee! Stolen from everyone.

Here's where I've visited (abysmal, I know):


visited 7 states (3.11%)
Create your own visited map of The World


visited 4 states (30.7%)
Create your own visited map of Canada


visited 10 states (20%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

I need to get out more.

FINALLY.

Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:02 pm
This took SO many bloody tries to finally upload - my determination is questionable.

Sorry for the choppiness of the audio, the upload process didn't seem to be working all too well tonight.

As always, no judgement, chickens.



Durr.

Jan. 22nd, 2011 08:59 pm
Was anyone else completely fucking destroyed by Never Let Me Go? Jesus H. I just devastated a whole box of tissue.
Just found this really interesting article on io9.com about self-publishing to the Kindle. I've heard about it before, as well as reports of the varying degrees of success associated with self-publishing by this method, but it's kind of interesting nonetheless, and great to have a step-by-step overview of how it's done if you've got a book that you're keen to get out there. Now all I have to do is finish one!

How to Publish Your Book on Amazon Kindle @ io9.com
I have a funny story to share with y'all.

I run a writing group at my library for a small number of people from the community, and I have to say that so far it's been a really positive thing. I've tried to draw upon my own experiences with writing groups from when I was doing my degree in Creative Writing - although it was a bit different and we were obviously graded and guided by a professional writer, I still got a sense of what worked well as part of the group dynamic, and what to try and avoid in the future. Everyone in my group seems to get along and have really warmed up to one another; what started off as a group of fairly apprehensive people has turned into a positive, fun environment.

That is, except for Betty.

Betty is a woman in her late sixties who is known, by name, to all of the library staff here, as she can be extremely demanding and difficult to please as a customer. My stomach definitely sank when I saw her name on the sign-up sheet for the group, but I figured, Whatevs, maybe it won't be so bad, or she'll turn out to be an amazing writer. Yeah, right.

Not only does she snap and get defensive about every line of concrit provided to her at our meetings, she simply refuses to give feedback to the other group members, and makes it pretty obvious that she hates discussing anyone else's work but her own. We all know the type from fandom. Last month she said, "I have no interest in reading anyone else's work because I find it boring. Can I just skip reading it, or should i write, 'BORING' in my comments?" I politely told her that if she was unable to address herself more politely to the other group members, or fulfill group expectations, that I would have to replace her with someone else from the waiting list.

At this stage, I should also add that I regularly hand out samples of poetry and short stories from various well-known authors such as W. H. Auden, Hemingway, Shakespeare or T. S. Eliot so that the group members can think about different styles of writing, especially since some of them are still getting used to different poetic forms, etc.

Today I get a package in my mailbox from her, containing not only this month's writing sample, but all of Betty's comments on the other members' work, and the handouts I prepared. At first I couldn't figure out why she would have returned the handouts to me, but then I had a closer look and realized that she had not just discarded them, but gone and written her critiques on everything - even the Auden and the Eliot and the Hemingway. I guess Shakespeare passed muster for her.

All over the Auden poems were notes like, "This is unclear - explain what you mean," or, "Why would we stumble when the musicians are playing? This makes no sense," or, my favourite, "What are the clowns supposed to signify?" Regarding the lines from The More Loving One, "Admirer as I think I am/ Of stars that do not give a damn," she responded, "This is an undesirable emotion - your whole poem is unclear. Please clarify."

Her notes to Hemingway were definitely my favourite, though. She wrote a bunch of stuff in the margins about the title of Hemingway's A Very Short Story demanding to know what it was about, or if it indicated sexual abuse, or who the hell he was talking about (not even paraphrasing there). She accused him of using 'unnecessarily long sentences', and, regarding the deaf old man in the story A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, "What does it matter what time of day it is, or if the night is more quiet? It would be quiet any time of the day since he's deaf."

I just... in between wanting to piss myself laughing, I have no idea how I'm supposed to look this woman in the eye tonight. This is either the most blatant show of passive aggressiveness I've ever seen, or the most blatant display of utter stupidity. All I can think to say is that her notes were well-taken, but that Hemingway and Auden might have a few problems addressing her concerns due to a severe case of being dead.

Day: Consider yourself officially made.

ETA: Tonight she asked, "Who's Ernest? I don't remember meeting him at one of our sessions."
How the fuck did I not notice that the actress who plays Meg 2.0 is the smokin' hot Suicide Girl/agent from Californication???!?!?!

Facepalm.

Gawd. My enjoyment of this show just flew through the roof.
[Poll #1666489]
Stolen from [info]cautionzombies[info]obstinatrix and no doubt a slew of other people by now.

Make a voice post with the following things so that your F-list can hear how you pronounce them (and laugh at you, of course):

- Your name and/or username
- Where you're from
- The words "roof", "aunt", "direction", and "naturally"
- Your favorite song
- Your favorite character
- A word in a different language

Voiceposting seems to be utterly fucked at the moment (probably because us nutters are crashing it), so I just uploaded a voice recording from my mobile to MediaFire. Sorry that you have to go through the trouble of downloading this just to hear my old hag's voice, but you can do so
here.

Feel free to point and laugh now.
Should I do [info]spn_j2_bigbang  or not?

I've never participated in this kind of challenge before. How does it compare to, say, [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang?

Input appreciated as always. Apparently I start novellas without provocation, so it'd be nice to actually do one for a reason.

ETA: What if I did them both? Can someone volunteer to see to my estate for when they take my rights away?

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