evandar: (Company of Wolves)
It's that time of year again ~

If you would like a Christmas/Yule/holiday-of-choice card this winter then comment down below with your address (comments are, of course, screened). I'm going to be including ficlets in the cards, so if you have a particular pairing or scenario that you would like to see and have as your very own, then just let me know. (You all know my fandoms by now, I think, so...)

Also, my apologies for being a total flake with reading/writing/commenting/EVERYTHING this year. It's been...not good.
evandar: (Red Ribbon)
Remember this?

My postgrad symposium was last Wednesday. It was a long and exhausting day, but everything went off without a hitch and we've had some really good feedback from our lecturers and supervisors.

My paper...went very well. Far better than expected, given my issues in regards to public speaking (read: crippling anxiety). The paper itself is something that my supervisor is encouraging me to publish once I reach PhD level - and that is incredible.

And.

And none of this could have been achieved without you guys. Your responses to my interview questions, your signal boosts, and your words of support have all meant so much to me over the last couple of months. I couldn't have done any of this without you guys, so thank you. Thank you all so much for your help and support.

Thank you


Programme Photos )


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evandar: (Itachi)
Remember this?

My postgrad symposium was last Wednesday. It was a long and exhausting day, but everything went off without a hitch and we've had some really good feedback from our lecturers and supervisors.

My paper...went very well. Far better than expected, given my issues in regards to public speaking (read: crippling anxiety). The paper itself is something that my supervisor is encouraging me to publish once I reach PhD level - and that is incredible.

And.

And none of this could have been achieved without you guys. Your responses to my interview questions, your signal boosts, and your words of support have all meant so much to me over the last couple of months. I couldn't have done any of this without you guys, so thank you. Thank you all so much for your help and support.

Thank you


Programme Photos )

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evandar: (Red Ribbon)
Hi everyone!

Just a quick reminder that this is still a thing.

On the 27th April, I'm going to be presenting a paper on how members of online fan communities feel about their representations in mainstream media, and I'm still looking for participants for qualitative interviews. You would be kept completely anonymous, and all you have to do is watch a couple of video clips and answer a few questions on fandom and its place in your lives.

If you want to sign up or find out more, please comment here or on the original post with your email address. Comments are, of course, screened.

Many thanks to those of you who have already signed up and agreed to participate - you're awesome.
evandar: (Red Ribbon)
Hi!

I'm writing (and presenting) a paper on fannish views on their representations within mainstream media. This includes representations from characters such as Becky Rosen from Supernatural and the Big Bang Theory guys, to newspaper articles.

To complete this paper, I'm looking for anyone who would be willing to discuss fandom and its place in their lives with me in a qualitative interview. Any and all participants will be kept entirely anonymous - they will be allocated a random number, and all RL names and online handles will be kept entirely confidential.

If you're interested, or want to find out more before committing to anything, please comment below with an email address. Comments are (of course) screened. Also, please pimp this out to anyone who you think might be interested in participating.

Due to ethical considerations and the UK's Data Protection Act (1998), all further information and interviews will come from my university email address, so keep an eye out for anything ending with northumbria.ac.uk

Thank you!

Cards

Dec. 12th, 2015 11:24 pm
evandar: (Windspun)
 I'm sending out Christmas/Winter Holiday of Choice (personally, I'm a Yule girl) cards in the next couple of days, and I was wondering if anyone on my Flists would like one. If so, please comment with your address, including country. Comments are screened! 

<3

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Jan. 13th, 2015 02:06 am
evandar: (Bard x Thranduil)
The World Hobbit Project is a team of researchers looking into audience responses to The Hobbit movies, and - whether it's good or bad - they want your feedback so that they can explore the impact that fantasy has on global audiences and what it means to them.




This genuinely ended up in my university inbox today. Fan studies is definitely an interesting track...
evandar: (Itachi)
This year's Yuletide marked a year of fest craziness during which I branched out into more genres, pairings and fandoms than I'd anticipated, wrote some extremely rare characters, and drove my poor beta to distraction with my shameless flakiness. I should probably write a list of all the things I did to put it in perspective, but since that requires effort, I'll save it for when I don't have an essay deadline in two days.

Instead, I'll write about this year's Yuletide. This will make a lot more sense if you've read the fic, which can be found here.

This year, I prepared. This year, I didn't stumble across a reference to Yuletide in a fit of depression while half-way through eating a bag of fried insects. I actually nominated fandoms this year, and while no one wrote for most of them, it meant that I was actually keeping track of things. There was a level of organisation which was unprecedented.

This meant that this year, I signed up for fandoms I was more comfortable with and didn't panic over what my assignment would be. I still, miraculously, ended up with Discworld again - Monstrous Regiment, to be exact, because the tagging was different this year. Cool beans, thought I, reading through my prompt. This is awesome. I can totally do this.

So far, so good. Right?

I re-familiarised myself with the book. I read it during the painful, hour-long lunch breaks my employer has only recently started to give, and it brightened my days. I read Carpe Jugulum as well, for further Disc-vampire mythology, and whaddaya know - it mentions Borogravian vampire lore. (Incidentally, I not only got egg wash all over both of these books, but discovered that I am the only person in my workplace to have read them.) I got started, in a fit of enthusiasm, on a 'five times' fic that involved underwired nightdresses.

Now, if you clicked the link above, you know fine well that that's not what I wrote. So. What happened?

As mentioned in last year's version of this post, I have an attention span of roughly the same length as a mayfly's life. I left the fic. I got distracted. I failed.

I flailed about over my degree for a (very necessary) bit, wrote about five (six?) other fics for other fests and deadlines, did all the hours at work, and then worked my way back around to Yuletide only to discover that what I'd started was not the fic that I wanted to write. It's...not terrible, but it wasn't something I could continue. The moment had left me, and in its wake was the cold, sinking feeling of having to start all over again.

So I did. My prompt asked for H/C and vulnerable!Mal, so I gave that as best as I could. I thought about Strappi and the possible psychological effects of slowly losing your mind while trying not to eat the buffet surrounding you; I thought about Polly and her tough-as-nails attitude. I dragged in some references to Borogravian gypsies from Carpe Jugulum, drank a lot of coffee, and wrote.

I ended up with Faith, and you know what? I'm pretty pleased with that.
evandar: (Itachi)
Because it's apparently impossible to entirely avoid Shakespeare while studying English literature, I'm writing an essay on him. More specifically, on the Sonnets and how the ho-yay is really obvious if you look for it. Then again, the same can be said for every literary trope/theory/convention ever. If you look for it: it will be there. It has, basically, nothing to do with my thesis aside from the use of Queer Theory, but it's turned out really interesting as most of my research has gone into Renaissance views on homosexuality.

This, combined with the start of a new round at SmallFandomFest, has made me want to try my hand at writing Pocahontas fic.

There's no hope for me, is there.
evandar: (Directions)
Went to go and see Dracula: Untold today. I really enjoyed it - was kind of disappointed that it didn't mention Vlad's brothers, but eh - and I especially enjoyed the break from crazy-ass study habits.

But now all I want to do is write vampire!Bard. Just...yeah. That. Only that.
evandar: (Windspun)
Personality-type Meme )

As it turns out, my itchy feet haven't left me. I have a burning desire for road trips and living abroad again. The most realistic of those would be Scotland, but America again is also appealing. Who knows what opportunities postgrad could bring? Come on, uni, answer me. My brother wants us to go to China together - we have such different ideas of travelling that it would be a case of arguing in China rather than travelling.

And, of course, there's Japan. I feel cheated of the honeymoon that never was XD
evandar: (Itachi)
Oh dear, it's all catching up on me again... )
evandar: (Itachi)
Again with the finding it invaluable.

Still really long though... )
evandar: (Default)
Updating this solely because I find it invaluable. It seems to be both getting longer and shorter at the same time. Like, I cross one thing off and sign up for two more.

So here it is... )
evandar: (Directions)
*stretches* Hobbit Big Bang can now be officially ticked off the list. It needs editing (like woooooooooah) but it's over the word count, at least, and complete.

Now it's a case of giving the rest of my to-do list the side eye and knuckling down to the HP Horror Fest that - while I at least have an idea of what to do for it - so far remains completely untouched. This is bad. (Deadline in five days, must be complete and edited by then, and oh look! Tonsillitis!) This whole fest thing I've got going at the moment is becoming a slight problem.

But yay! The Big Bang is all banged out! XD

And on a completely different note, I told people I was numerate on a job application today. I can barely count to ten when stressed... Yeah, I don't think I'll be getting that one, somehow.
evandar: (Company of Wolves)
Ah, that wonderful moment when suddenly - bam! - you're halfway to completing a Big Bang and you finally know that it's all going to be okay.

Not that, with a 1st April deadline, I haven't left it to the last minute or anything... Me? Do that? Nooooooooooooo ~
evandar: (Itachi)
I'm...intensely disorganised and attracted to shiny things, and at the moment, that includes writing challenges and fests and suchlike. So this is me attempting to be all organised by listing everything and scaring myself in the process.

There is a scary amount of stuff on here that's not even started. Oooooh yikes.

I should definitely get started on some of these, like, yesterday... )
evandar: (Kakuzu/Hidan)
I'm going to tell you a little secret. Shh, come closer. You've got to promise not to tell anyone.

I have zero attention span.

Seriously, most of the time I can barely focus on anything long enough to paint my nails. I wander through life surrounded by half-finished projects, traipsing through my own mind for days while remaining incapable of counting to ten while someone is speaking in the background. When, on the rare occasion I actually do sit down and focus on something, it earns me odd looks from assorted family members because still - after twenty-something years - they aren't used to how I can go from ditz to pathological obsession in .5seconds. On that note, my brother's reaction to seeing me watch last night's Sherlock episode was hilarious. There was actual terror on his face.

Obviously, when this comes to writing, it can make life very, very difficult. For me, it has to be done all in one go. I have to start, flesh out the middle, and then wrap it up in a neat little bow all at once or I'll never go back to it and never get it done because sorry, the moment's passed. Time to move on. I can go back and edit, obviously, and I do, but stopping writing to go and, oh, have a drink? Cook dinner? Nope. Too long. Bye bye fic.

My hard drive is a mess. Just putting that out there. I have entire folders dedicated to unfinished fic.

With all of that in mind, writing for Yuletide (along with the other gift-exchanges that I entered) was a bit of an experience. I knew that nothing I produced would be very long - see above for reasons - and I knew that I would find it difficult writing anything because a) I jump around fandoms like a weasel on crack, and b) I wasn't overly familiar with any of the fandoms I signed up to write. (By which I mean, I'd loved the series/movies/songs, but had only ever been on the periphery of their fandoms - and I'd only ever written for one of them before.) I signed up to be a pinch-hitter too because this was my first Yuletide and I wanted to do things properly. I wanted to write.

I was praying, praying for Discworld. (The fandom I'd written for before.) Praying.

Guess what? I got Discworld. Twice, in fact, as Discworld was on my pinch-hit request as well. There were celebrations. There was jubilation. There were infinite self-recriminations because holy crap I was suddenly writing for a fandom that I barely had any experience with and which had always felt very complete to me and dear gods why did I sign up for so many of these festive challenges WHY?!

*deep breath*

Writing Gaps Between Grief and Wrath let's go with the one I wrote first, shall we? That makes sense was difficult. I mean, how do you characterise a quasidemonic entity of pure vengeance? Since that was what was requested, that was what had to happen, but I spent a good portion of December gaping at the enormity of the task and trying to hide from it under the blanket.

Inspiration struck, as it often does, in the shower. Getting into the 'head' of the Summoning Dark meant understanding its origins. It meant understanding why anyone would draw it on a wall or door or invoke it in any way. The Dwarves of Discworld are a suspicious and insular lot and they would never do anything like that lightly. Hence the idea of it being a curse as well as a warning was born. Gaps Between Grief and Wrath became an exploration of that. With a touch of outside inspiration courtesy of The Ring it started developing into an idea of it being a virus being passed on from Dwarf to Dwarf to Vimes, its current host.

You can't write about the Summoning Dark without mentioning Vimes. Trust me, I tried.

It was Vimes, and the connection to him, that ended up making the fic just that little bit more poignant. It's mentioned in the books that they develop a sort of respect for each other, but the Summoning Dark isn't going to put up with that for long. It's quasidemonic. It's going to try to break free, even as it learns from - mutates within - Vimes.

And Vimes? He's learning from it too.

*insert interlude where fluffy-dark time-travel romance was written for challenges elsewhere*

The Mud and The Blood and The Struggle was my way of clawing slowly back into my comfort zone after Gaps Between Grief and Wrath. I'd written about Polly before, in a fic done about a year and a half-ish ago, because femmeslash OTP and sudden inspiration and all that jazz. I like Polly. She's tough as nails.

The request was (to paraphrase): Discworld, anyone, anything, I like footnotes. So really, it was an open book, and I chose Polly to work with. The thing was, OTP or not, I'd already written my Polly/Mal fic and didn't want to write another even though that was a fully plausible option. Instead, I shoved the pairing into the background and thought about who Polly was and why I liked her in the first place.

I like her because she's a soldier. She's strong and determined and awesome, and as a soldier, she's familiar with death. That was literally my train of thought at the time. Polly=awesome=soldier=fighting=death=Polly meets Death. I wanted to show the strength that made her such an appealing character: her stubbornness and her faith in her comrades (and yeah, Mal). Polly facing off against Death and resolutely not letting herself be afraid became such a strong image in my mind that, as soon as the thought had finished processing, I had to write it.

So that was it. I wrote both fics in a single sitting each. One curled up in a corner and the other on the top of the stairs, creating a hazard with my laptop cable. I then left them to cool for a bit before editing pretty much last minute because that's how I roll.

And posting them...that was both nerve-wracking and relieving at the same time. They were done, they had filled the prompts and barely made the word-count, and all that was left was for their recipients to (fingers crossed)like them.

Will I be doing Yuletide again next year? A thousand times yes...unless I get distracted by something really, really shiny and skip off into the sunset with it.

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