thedeadparrot
31 March 2015 @ 06:50 pm
OMG, guys. Thank you so much for the advice and support. You have no idea how much it means to me in that I can sort of ramble miserably into the void and the void gives me hugs and tasty baked goods back. I've just been blown away by all your responses.

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thedeadparrot
26 March 2015 @ 07:12 pm
Welp, I guess the one upside of today is that I know the reason why I've been an emotional basket case all week is because my hormones were because my body is an asshole.

Also, I should be packing, but I am not packing. Story of my life, I guess.

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thedeadparrot
25 March 2015 @ 08:49 pm
I wrote some things! It took me two weeks, but I did manage to write some things!

Jane and Roderick bonding over video games (Glee)
Bucky makes waffles (MCU) - kind of a timestamp on Hand Covers Bruise
Matt and Julie are confused by the New Directions (FNL/Glee)
An examination of the impact of the Federation-Cardassian Treaty of 2370 (ft. Kurt and Blaine) (Star Trek/Glee)
Mark and Dustin being horrible nerd bros (Social Network)


Also, I am having kind of a difficult, shitty week, and then I'm going to top it off with my parents, who are really not going to help with my terrible mood. Though it's probably just a hormonal thing, so it might go away soon. Hopefully.

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thedeadparrot
22 March 2015 @ 07:42 pm
Just got back from MJ! 'Twas good, especially now that I've embraced my inner BOFQ. I might have a more detailed con report written up later, but for now I'm just relaxing and mentally preparing myself for work again tomorrow.

I guess the biggest sign that it worked is that I just pumped out something close to 2k of words today of this prompt fic (last one!) that has been kicking my ass all week. I am crossing my fingers that I can get through the first draft by the end of tonight, but that may be a futile goal.

Watched the end of Glee as well. I have decided that Glee is basically that drunk person hogging the mic at karaoke. Sloppy and not really coherent and kind of offensive, but every once in a while they manage to hit just the right note. Not entirely convinced that the last two eps overall managed to hit more than one note, but the final number tugged gently at my heartstrings.

Thanks for the good times, show. I'll do my best not to remember the bad.

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thedeadparrot
10 March 2015 @ 08:36 pm
I'm avoiding this longer fic I'm working on because it's full of all this obnoxious plot nonsense. Give me some other prompts to write? Any fandom I've written in before.

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thedeadparrot
09 March 2015 @ 07:14 pm
So this was my first PAX East, a huge fan-focused gaming convention that happens in Boston every year. I've been tempted to go before, but I've definitely been intimidated by the crowds and the general tone of gaming discussions online before.

This year, I decided to go mostly because my coworkers goaded me into it, and I'm glad they did. But I guess I'm feeling ambivalent about it, too.

The Good:
- Lots of games everywhere. I liked the energy of the place, that we were all there because we love games in all their various forms. There's nothing quite like a gathering of nerds.
- Being able to awkwardly fangirl some studios/devs there who have made games that I really liked in the past and were making cool games again in the future. Mostly. It was generally me being like, "I really liked your game." and them being like, "um, thanks."
- Running into random people that I wasn't necessarily expecting.
- Introversion-friendly areas with lots of beanbags and power strips for charging your cell phone/handheld gaming device.
- Seeing other people wearing the Gaming's Feminist Illuminati T-Shirt.

The Bad:
- The heat was kind of unbearable. The crowds were intense. I had to wait in line for 15 minutes to get into the convention hall on Saturday.
- While mostly without visible douchebaggery, there were definitely a few assholes here and there.
- The few panels I went to were pretty meh.

The Ugly:
- I guess one thing I wasn't expecting was the orgy of consumerism on the expo floor. I've only really been used to the low-key indie-focused gaming festival that goes on at MIT every year. The Indie Megabooth was basically like that, lots of smaller lower-key games showing off their wares at their own short tables. But the rest of it? Hoo boy. I'm someone who can deal with Times Square without getting too bothered by it, but this felt like a constant, neverending assault on my senses. So many screens everywhere.
- Plus, I am still totally confused by who goes to PAX to buy their computer hardware.
- Though I did totally shell out money for merchandising, so I guess I can't say anything.

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thedeadparrot
04 March 2015 @ 07:23 pm
My ability to be fannishly involved and/or invested tends to swing back and forth these days. IDK. I still have that thing where I still feel cut off from the energy in my fandom(s) for whatever reason, so after I post something, I just feel burned out and exhausted, regardless of the feedback I'm getting. There's not a lot of people around to pump me back up.

I find that video games are excellent for filling that void, though. Just in time for PAX East.

Anyway, some links to things:

- The Double Fine Adventure documentary is being posted for free on Youtube. New eps go up every Tuesday and Thursday. I have already extolled its virtues. I know that almost none of you guys care, but too bad! It's my blog and I'll pimp the things that I want to.

- I feel like Sex Box might very well be the encapsulation of everything that is wrong with America today. Why is there a pastor around to be a talking head on a show called Sex Box? America, that's why.

- The Alps of MIT have their own TripAdvisor page. That is a thing that now exists on the internet.

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thedeadparrot
28 February 2015 @ 07:18 pm
So here's me talking about the big Connor/Oliver spoiler in the season finale. Probably even more about fandom's reaction than my own. There's a lot of other stuff we could unpack in these two eps, but this is the one that brings the most baggage, I think, for lack of a better word.

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thedeadparrot
28 February 2015 @ 11:41 am
I know I just posted fic in this fandom, but shoot, the finale gave me a lot of complicated feelings. I might write things up from a more analytical place later on, but for now, this is all I've got.

Title: Just Mangled Guts Pretending
Fandom: How to Get Away with Murder
Pairing: Connor/Oliver
Word count: ~1300
Summary: Oliver wakes up, and everything is different, and nothing is different at all.
Notes: Major spoilers for the season finale. There are many post-ep reactions, but this one is mine. Title stolen from this quote.

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thedeadparrot
26 February 2015 @ 06:41 am
So I kind of figured I'd put in a post about writing WiPs and my experience with posting them vs. posting a long fic in one go. I'm usually someone who dumps everything all at once, but this time around, it was just such a miserable slog to get from beginning to end (and the timing was so wacky with the end of the season) that I wanted to get things out sooner rather than later. I feel like I know very few of you guys probably care, and that's okay!

Stuff that I have learned:

1. The way people comment is different. I don't think I've been told that I'm an awesome writer this often since, ever. I usually get comments that are like, 'this fic you did is awesome!' but this time around it was a lot of 'you are awesome at writing fic!' I suspect it's because the way people engage with WiPs are so much more personal. When you invest in a WiP, you are investing in something that may or may not ever reach completion. Also, the expected update-begging shows up the way you'd expect.

2. People comment a lot more. At first. Related to the above, I think more people comment then because there's a worry there, that you won't post everything or that you'll give up on it. At the end, they don't have to worry about that anymore. If you're lucky, you'll have some commenters willing to stick with you and give you lovely feedback on every chapter, but that's a little rarer. There's also this thing. It happens to me when I read WiPs. At the beginning, a story is wide open, and as fans, we naturally tend to start filling in the rest of the story in our heads. As the WiP progresses, the many and varied stories we write in our heads start shrinking and shrinking, to be replaced by the one version that the author writes. Sometimes, that version that the author writes is disappointing. It happens. You can't always match people's expectations. I'm sure I did it with this fic. Plenty of great writers have done it to me.

3. You stay visible longer. I've talked about how quickly fandom moves, and writing a WiP means that you stay on people's radar for longer. Or you might end up in a position where you end on people's radars at all. You get to stay at the top of AO3's most recent works for your pairing/fandom. Your fic goes by on people's tracked tags. In Glee fandom, it's customary for writers to reblog their own fic so it won't get buried so easily on people's dashes. Writing a WiP is like that. You give people a lot more chances to find your fic and decide if they like it.

4. The high lasts longer. This is probably also kind of obvious. You're posting a whole bunch more times. You get feedback for each one and not just the whole thing. It keeps your energy up when things are annoying or difficult or just don't seem worth it.

I know there are readers who get frustrated by the way WiPs work. You're not guaranteed to have them finished by the end, and it can be so long between updates that you forget what happened in the last chapter. But like, unless the incentive structures change, I don't think it's likely that writers will stop posting things that way.

Oh, and I'm super super glad that I finished posting that fic before the finale. Phew. What a bomb to drop on people.

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