kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Pinboard
I love pinboard. Social bookmarking FTW! ...and social bookmarking that is aware of and paying attention to fans. There is a popular bookmarks page for fandom. I'm just incredibly appreciative of the way that Maciej Cegłowski, who isn't fannish, values the fannish community and what they bring to his site. He gave a talk called Fan is a Tool-Using Animal this past year that is exactly what's on the tin, basically. It's about fans and technology (and is mostly accurate) and very enthusiastic. I spend a lot of time on pinboard; it's a very important communal space for me. I get most of my fic recs from there.

[community profile] kink_finders
I've actually recced this comm before. It combines two things I love: recs and tropes/kinks. [community profile] kink_finders "is a multi-fandom fic-finder community to help you find fics that match a kink you might have -- for a broad definition of 'kink' meaning 'anything that presses your buttons and gets you excited'. That might be something that fits the traditional meaning of kink, or a narrative technique, or a type of character, or whatever." Basically any time any one searches for anything is pretty interesting to me. Kinks! Recs! (It's awesome.)

[community profile] imadeathing
It's a multifandom crafts festival. Multifandom! Crafts! There have been two rounds so far and people have made some amazing things. I love me some things. I love ceramics and knitwear and cake. I am really into going to metalwork museums and textile museums and design museums. Objects are pretty great, is what I am trying to say here, so I've really enjoyed those two rounds that have happened. Fans making things is really exciting for me.
kiki_eng: Annie Monroe of The Like wearing sunglasses (bandom) (Annie wearing sunglasses)
I'm doing what I inaccurately refer to as "Femslash February" again this year. It's a month where all of the fannish content I consume and produce is focused on female characters, either gen or femslash.

This year is such a contrast to my first year of doing that in February; I feel like there is so much going on this year. It's awesome.

Femslash February is a thing on tumblr this year (I think it started last year but it seems to be taking off a lot more this year?) where you pledge to create at least two f/f fanworks in February. [personal profile] calvinahobbes has posted a rundown here with all kinds of handy details and links.

In response to Femslash February [community profile] femslash_kink (for kinky femslash) is running this month and [personal profile] sophinisba is hosting a Merlin Femslash Promptfest on her journal. [livejournal.com profile] xlivvielockex is hosting SHE'S GOT LIPS LIKE WINE NOT SUGAR: A Multifandom Comment Ficathon for Femslash February.

As usual, [community profile] halfamoon/[livejournal.com profile] halfamoon (a 14 day challenge celebrating women, with all of its content focused on female-characters) and [livejournal.com profile] 14valentines (It's " based on the idea of fandom as a community composed of women and their allies and the power of the relationships there. It's meant to raise awareness -- and hopefully as a result increase participation in organizations devoted to women's causes." A wide variety of content is accepted.) are, as usual, running the first half of this month.

[community profile] audiofemme is running a gen f + f audiofest - Arm in Arm // Fist to Fist that you can still participate in. Posting runs the 8th - 14th of February.

[profile] rarewomen nominations are happening right now, closing on the 7th. [profile] rarewomen is a 1,000 word fic gift exchange that focuses on the rare women of fandoms large and small.

[livejournal.com profile] fluffyfrolicker is hosting a multifandom women comment ficathon right now.

Author signups for [livejournal.com profile] heroinebigbang opened on the 20th of January.

This isn't, strictly speaking, female-centric, but [community profile] tightpresent is a Sarah Connor Chronicles vid exchange; sign ups are open 'til the 16th of February.

There's a lot of stuff happening. It's exciting. There's a lot of buzz around Femslash February, which is really cool, and is a post that I need to reblog, as I will be posting two femslash fanworks this month, barring unforseen circumstances. (There was an attack of unforseen circumstances this January; I'm wary.) I also want to remind people that recs are fanworks; there are all kinds of ways besides writing fic to participate in this challenge. (You should participate in this challenge.)

[personal profile] ein_myria maintains a really awesome list of Dreamwidth F/F-related community links on [community profile] girlgay that's a good resource.

I'm really excited about February! I am considering running a fest called "Lady Werewolves for Lupercalia", the post and promo for which would need to be done, like, yesterday, since Lupercalia is the 15th of February, but lady werewolves. (I have started writing a fic.) I've also got a list of all of the female-centric content I've created over the last few years that I was going to post here but I think am psyching myself up to post on [community profile] halfamoon; I like it when other people post those lists of their works, I just do not entirely like the idea of doing it myself.

Is there any female-centric gen or femslash content you've created? (Links are awesome, basically.) Or do you have fandom or fanwork or character recs? (Laaaadies, essentially.)

Signups

Oct. 14th, 2012 05:33 pm
kiki_eng: striped mug held by a woman wearing a sleeveless top (Hawaii Five-0) (mug held by Kono)
Yuletide signups are open! Woo! Now I just need to figure out what I want to request and offer out of all the possibilities and figure out my optional details before signups close on the 28th of October and write my letter.

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin has a post up about signups as well as one about optional details. Also: I wrote a meta post last year - Optional Details and the Dear Yuletide Writer Letter - that may be useful to some people.

Yuletide is going to be the fourth thing I've signed up for recently and brings the total of things I've signed up for this year up to six. It's a little weird for me, as in the previous three years yuletide's been the only thing I've signed up for, and was the first thing I ever signed up for.

The other things I've signed up for this year are the St. Trinian's Fic Exchange (which is past), [community profile] kink_bingo (which I'm planning on doing an amnesty submission for), [community profile] femslash12 (I got my assignment a few days ago), [community profile] imadeathing (signups are still open, the due date is in February, and I am pretty excited: crafts!), and [livejournal.com profile] bandomstuffsit (assignments are supposed to come out this week). I've got this doc with all of my due dates written down in it; it's great. I'm kind of nervous and tentatively excited.

ETA: The yuletide signups summary, which shows the number of requests and offers for fandoms with at least one request, is here. [livejournal.com profile] yuletide's Dear Yuletide Writer letter collection post is here.
kiki_eng: striped mug held by a woman wearing a sleeveless top (Hawaii Five-0) (mug held by Kono)
I feel like someone on my reading list was recently discussing the lack of a Shakespeare community on Dreamwidth. It is so no more! [community profile] thegreatglobe is a thing now and there is a The Hollow Crown reaction post, for those of you interested in that sort of thing.

I have decided that I am actually going to attempt a bingo for [community profile] kink_bingo using my middle column: scars/scarification, roleplay, wildcard, obedience, and sensation play. I'm going to end up with the multi-media achievement; I'm planning on doing a rec set for roleplay as I want to do a rec set for something and I've written roleplay recently, I'm sewing a shirt for my wildcard, and planning on writing a fic for sensation play. I don't know what I'm doing for the other two, though. I could go for the multi-multi-media challenge and do a different type of fanwork for each square. Mostly I don't know what fandom or characters I want to use for obedience or scars/scarification, though. I'm pretty multifannish and am trying to come up with characters who have scars. I've got Kate and Vera from Bomb Girls and am pretty much drawing a blank, otherwise. Any suggestions or ideas for those two squares or fanwork recs for any of them?

This weekend the goal is to finish my St. Trinian's draft.
kiki_eng: light purple lilacs with soft unfocused blue-purple background (lilacs)
[community profile] fanart_recs "is a community for fanart recommendations. It is intended to be a collective, multifandom rec repository akin to the Crack Van-type communities, only for fanart. It is open for fanart recs from all fandoms (whether books, comics, cartoons, live action, anime, games, RPF...), genres, styles and ratings." The recs tend to be a really cool mix of things. If you're interested in fanart you should check it out; there tends to be a lot of shiny.

[community profile] metafinders is the meta-equivalent of a story or genre finding community. So if you've read a piece of meta but haven't been able to find it again or are looking for meta on a specific topic it's the place to ask. It's relatively new so there isn't much of a backlog of entries yet, but its existence is really exciting.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)
kiki_eng: text: "i ate ALL your bees" (Black Books) ("I ate all your bees.")
[community profile] kink_finders "is a multi-fandom fic-finder community to help you find fics that match a kink you might have -- for a broad definition of 'kink' meaning 'anything that presses your buttons and gets you excited'. That might be something that fits the traditional meaning of kink, or a narrative technique, or a type of character, or whatever."

I really like it, because the entries are basically an ongoing list of themes/elements in stories. Recent searches have included love at first sight, crossovers with withheld knowledge and clues, het fic with bi-identified characters, and unaware d/s.

New entries are really exciting to me, actually, because it's a trope, basically, and I love tropes... and then if I recognise it or recognise that I've read a story containing it I get to rec somebody something (I love reccing people things!) and other people recs things (I love recs!) and it is all very exciting to me. (I love excitement!) You should check it out. You, too, might find it exciting.

(...it is probably a really good thing that I did not actually caffeinate today.)

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)
kiki_eng: light purple lilacs with soft unfocused blue-purple background (lilacs)
So I feel really strange writing about reccing, but it's something I've been thinking about lately. I've been reading challenge and festival guidelines, which is what's sparking this post.

There's a new comm that I'm actually really excited about and interested to see how it develops and what its community looks like and I have all the excitement about this comm. It looks really, really cool. So, this is a community pimp and then some meta.

[community profile] fan_flashworks is an all-fandoms multimedia flashworks challenge community. "The goal of this challenge is to produce all kinds of new fanwork, to encourage play, practice and experimentation." The guidelines page is really long and I've only skimmed and read sections of it at this point, but you should check it out because it is awesome. No, seriously. It is.

I really dig the guidelines. This is, in fact, a guidelines rec. They have a mission statement and a really wonderful quote. It helps, a lot, that I really like both of these things; I like what this comm is setting out to be: a place to foster creativity and creators. It is all kinds of friendly to people who are new. The guidelines are well-organised, and as I was skimming over them I was thinking one of the mods totally hung out at [community profile] kradamadness, didn't they? [personal profile] sprat did and the guidelines are adapted from [personal profile] jerakeen's. It shows. A lot of the things that I really loved about [community profile] kradamadness and its guidelines are carried over, including the friendliness and emphasis on and encouragement of different types of fanworks.

One of the sections that I have read in full is the guidelines for rec sets and something that threw me was that "you can’t recommend a fanwork if it has already been recommended in that round."* I can see the logic behind that rule and I'm not suggesting that it be changed, but I also think that it's really, really interesting.

[ETA: Update: [community profile] fan_flashworks has removed this rule from their guidelines because they didn't feel it was in the spirit of their comm. ([personal profile] china_shop replied here in the comments.)]

I think that the rules and guidelines that get drawn up for challenges and communities and bigbangs, etc. are significant. I think that they work to set the tone of the community and that where there are breakdowns of different types of fanworks that those are really interesting. One of the things that I've seen meta about has been the role of artists in bigbangs, that a lot of these fests are very writer-centric in a way that's not friendly to artists.

There are opinions and biases at work when rules and guidelines get drawn up and, where there are breakdowns of different fanworks, I think those rules and guidelines say something about how different varieties of fanworks are perceived.

[community profile] fan_flashworks' rule* about not re-reccing things in the same round would never have occurred to me. I think it ties in with a specific approach to reccing. I think that there's something in there about recs serving to promote works and I think that that's a rule that ties more into the role of recs as promotion rather than recs as fanworks themselves. ...and this is where I start to feel awkward writing this, because it's personal.

Meta )
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
[community profile] fancake is a multifandom reccing community that has a theme that changes. Right now the theme is Crossovers and Fusions. (As you might imagine that is going quite well.) You should head over and read and rec some.



It's pretty amazing. Previous themes have been amnesia, telepathy, and superpowers. It's a great fannish resource and becoming continually more awesome. I'm really excited about it and really excited that it's on dreamwidth. You should really go check it out.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)

Fresh Recs!

Mar. 9th, 2011 08:42 am
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
There's a Dreamwidth comm for them now, awesome new fics. [community profile] bestthingever's running a spam week up until the 14th to catch up on the last three months of recs. You should head over there and read and rec some.



I'm kind of fiendishly excited about this. I'm having fun watching fandoms and pairings come in and looking at other people's rec styles. Dreamwidth comms are exciting, recs are exciting, and I really like the idea behind this; it's new and shiny. You should go and check it out.
kiki_eng: black and white, a man in a suit stands in an office building at night, his back to the viewer (Torchwood) (Ianto in an office)
Fandom Nominations for Yuletide 2010 Are Now Open! I'm really excited, but haven't submitted my rare fandom nominations yet, because I am made of indecision, and also the possessor of a not-so-surprising agenda that means that means that I'm really interested in character nominations as well, and kind of want to nominate "RPF - Hockey", just so that I can add Foster Hewitt to that character list, or, oh, Maurice Richard. *Ahem.* So I am mulling over my options.

Over in [community profile] asexual_fandom the Ace Manifestos Project is starting up, wherein people will be writing meta about characters they think of as asexuals. It's pretty exciting. Sheldon Cooper, Fox Mulder and Neal Caffrey are among the characters that have been claimed so far; I'm really looking forward to reading these posts.

[community profile] kradamadness' monthly multimedia challenge's theme this month is toys and there are some really amazing entries over there. There is a picspam of little foxes. Seriously. It's awesome. (Also: I wrote fic. It was late, the prompt was hilarious, [personal profile] sobluethesky will be getting that meta post... eventually. I swear.)

(ETA: Aside: Random Canadian Census Update is Random: Motherfuck. That is all.)

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