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Reviews of everything I read in February! It was an absolutely monster reading month... I should note that four of these were audiobooks, including two I listened to nearly all of in January. But I can tell I've been doing some serious stress reading/procrastination reading to hit 20 titles in the shortest month of the year.... Read more... )
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I participated this year in the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology, a celebration of female characters in fandom which is in its NINTH YEAR. I have only participated one other time in the past (I think 2015?) but it's rad and you should check it out if you like podfic. You can find the collection here on AO3, or download the whole anthology here .

The Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology IX podbook, (m4b format, 64 kbps 273 mb, 9:27:12), with chapter stops for individual podfics. That link is to a mod post, which also has links for all of the individual contributors and a spreadsheet of all the stories recorded :D
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I happened to be hanging out with a friend on the day that Netflix released it's new TV show The Umbrella Academy. I had read and really enjoyed the comic series back in 2009, enough so that I later got my copy of the first book signed by the artist (Gabriel Ba) at SDCC. My friend said "Do you want to try the first episode of this?" at about 10 or 11am, and I said "Sure." We then proceeded to watch the entire 10 episode show all in one day. I haven't enjoyed a TV show binge this much since I first watched all of Firefly in under 24 hours.
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All the books I read in January! Thoughts and reviews below the cut.
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I listen to a lot of podcasts while I draw, and this is one of my absolute favorites. The hosts are Hannah McGregor and Marcel Kosman, both PhD scholars of literature and professors at two different Canadian universities. In February 2015 they began re-reading and re-watching all of the Harry Potter books and movies in order and discussing them at the level you might expect in a college class. They particularly focus of themes of race, gender, sexuality and power, picking apart places where the books stand up to their own progressive ideals and where they fall down. Each episode is broken down into cleverly named segments from "Sorting Chat" to "Final Revisions". In "Potions Class" they critique the pedagogy and teaching techniques exhibited by the Hogwarts professors (it is a school after all). In "The Boy Who Narrated" they reveal Harry to be a deeply unreliable narrator of his own story. In "Granger Danger" they discuss what we all already know: that Hermione is the true hero of the HP series. The whole podcast is infused with feminist glee, peals of witchy laughter and repeated calls to burn down the patriarchy >:)

There are currently 59 confusingly named episodes available on their website: ohwitchplease.ca. Highly recommended!
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Annually participating in the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange ( ITPE) has been a joy and a delight these past few years. It's the only fandom gift exchange I've done more than once, and the only one I still do as my fandom participation has waned. The masterlists of new podfic created this year are up and they are a treasure trove. Find the main gifts here and the treats here .
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One of my favorite tumblr blogs, archivistic, posted this quote today:

“Culture requires memory. Memory requires an archive. If, as Jacques Derrida proposes, the archive is a structure that exists because it is under house arrest, where did lesbians domicile their culture? Two or three things, at least, we might say to each other on this subject. Many of us, one way or another, are bibliophiles. We find our archive between the lines. We sample. We stare. We make lists. We collect language. Heartlessly, we confess. Constantly, we distract. We also obstruct. We skirt the cringe factor. We lie. We cite. We copy. We read footnotes. We underline. We speak across generations and genders and nations. We fashion lesbian culture from whatever we find, and we insinuate it wherever we can, whenever it is needed.”
— Catherine Lord, “Medium: Ink on Paper,“ GLQ 17, no. 4 (2011): 639-647, 639. (via lesbianartandartists )

It reminded me of this really excellent (short, accessible, well-written) scholarly paper by Rachel Fellman. The article focuses on the relationship of two queer writers and their joint relationship to the practice of archiving. James Tiptree, Jr, was the pen-name of Alice Sheldon; he or she (it's hard to say how James/Alice personally identified gender-wise) wrote more than 20 books of short stories, poetry and essays. Tiptree's contributions to the genre of gender-expansive science-fiction are celebrated by the Tiptree Award. Tiptree had an intense relationship with the writer Joanna Russ, who also authored more than 20 books, and their conversations are documented in a huge collection of letters now held in the archives of the University of Oregon. Rachel Fellman pulls out relevant quotes from these letters to illustrate her central thesis: Queer identity is liminal and complex; archiving material related to queer identity is a way to give it shape and form in which to last into the future, beyond the life of it's collector/author; and the very act of archiving material, creating a "found family" of otherwise unrelated material is in itself a queer activity. I loved this article. It made me want to read some the work of Tiptree and Russ, whom I had heard of, but have not yet explored. Reading this article helped me contextualize my own tenancies towards self-archiving.

I spent most of 2018 working on my first book, which is a memoir of gender identity, sexuality and coming of age (Gender Queer: A Memoir, Lion Forge, May 2019). I have always been an almost excessive journal-er and collector of personal ephemera. I used my journals and my collections when I was writing my book, and looking back find it almost inevitable that I would someday write a book about myself. I have worried at times that writing a memoir before age 30 is self-indulgent, or self-involved, but I found comfort in Rachel's article framing it rather as an act of queer scholarship. Rachel quotes from author Valerie Rohy near the end of her article something I found especially poignant: “it should be no surprise that queers are liable to an intense library cathexis. What sort of people, after all, must research who they are?"
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Bim Adewunmi is a writer I first became aware of via her sexy accent and insightful contributions to the Around Round podcast from Buzzfeed. I follow her on twitter and also subscribe to her newletter, which remains the only email-newletter I consistently and unabashedly enjoy reading. I wanted to re-post her latest newletter entry, another salute to the passing of tumblr. It's titled "Tumblr's Many Gateways":

No fewer than four people sent me little messages about Tumblr removing its adult content after December 17. The laments had been long and loud all day on social media, from people in various marginalised groups, as well as those who were just mourning the end of an era, and on that score I have nothing to add. There are some great reads exploring all sorts of ideas out there — seek them out.

The thing about the messages I got: they were all from women. And they all expressed the same thing: Tumblr had been for them (and for me) a really soft and accessible entryway to pornography (and by extension our own sexualities), and navigating that world without Tumblr's very specific hand-holding left us more than a little sad. That's it. That's the whole thing.

I could wang on about how we first stumbled upon those smutty black and white gifsets back in the day, and intrigued, followed them to their original sources. I could go long on how we all learned the names of the accounts that gave us what we needed but never followed them (instead choosing to type out the usernames every single time). I could talk about the way Tumblr made it so you never had to see the shit you didn't like (raceplay, shudder). I could explore the ways in which Tumblr-found porn made it easier to talk to your friends about sex and desire, without feeling like a monster (good or bad).

I won't, though.

Porn is still a deeply complex (and yet so simple) product of our culture, and just as privy to all the real world fuckery as anything else (see Zoé Samudzi's excellent piece here). Tumblr was imperfect in the small ways (THAT TRASH iPHONE APP 😡), and the massive white supremacyish ways. Tumblr was a blessed haven for many unlucky and unloved folks, at the same time as being a lucky refuge for the worst of humanity. It was not a straight Good. But when it was good, it was sublime. In 2018, it was often the best place on the internet.

I just wanted a small place to thank Tumblr, for what it did for me, and some of my female friends. Whatever becomes of the platform after mid-December, I appreciated that.

by Bim Adewunmi
A cube in motion, USA
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I logged out of tumblr for 24 hours during the recent boycott, and it left me with a lot of time to think about what I would miss most if my blog was gone by the time I tried to log back in. One thing that kept coming to me was the great pieces about fandom history that I often see floating around on my dash. This article is a good example (and also a very heart-warming read about inter-generational fandom friendships):

A 50-year Trekkie bestows Star Trek history upon the next generation: How fandom and fanfiction sparked the galaxy’s most controversial romance By Alissa Smith (@AlissaS1701 on twitter)

It's a bit long but give it a read if you are in the mood, it's worth it.
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I might start using this blog again more. We'll see? Anyway, if you followed me on tumblr and looked me up here, please do comment, I'd love to add you back.
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Dear Podficcer,
I am excited that it's ITPE time again! This is my fourth year doing ITPE, it's the only fandom exchange I participate it and I love it so much. Here's a summary of my fandoms and ships:

-Merlin! I know the show ended ages ago, but Merlin/Arthur is the OTP of my heart. They are my boys forever. I much prefer modern AUs to stories set in the canon of the show, especially college AUs or ones where they have interesting jobs. Modern royalty stories make my heart melt with happiness <3 Also I like Morgana/Gwen as a side ship. Or Morgana/Morgause. Or Morgana/Gwaine. Or Morgana/Leon. (Basically I just love Morgana, or any story which includes a wide secondary character cast.) For this fandom, I am happy with stories of any rating from PG to NC-17.

-Check Please. I adore this comic and this world and all of the characters. My main ship is Ransom/Holster. I'm much less interested in fic about Jack and Bitty because I feel their story is being perfectly told in the comic. But there are so many side stories about what Hols and Rans could be doing when the camera is elsewhere :3 I would also be happy to receive any gen story set at Samwell! For this fandom, I am happy with stories of any rating from PG to NC-17.

-The Adventure Zone podcast. I am caught up through the end of the Bureau of Balance arc. I love all of the canon ships of the show, particularly Taako/Kravitz and Carey/Killian. I'd be delighted with a missing-scene fic, a short head-cannon story, or a story set after the events of the final episode. For this fandom I would prefer a story rated between PG and PG-13. Extra bonus love if it includes dumb jokes and sound effects <3

-Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Obviously I ship Simon/Baz. I have read almost no fic in this fandom, so anything you pick would be new to me! I'd be interested in an AU or a story set in the canon world, either during the events of the book or after the end of the book. For this fandom I would prefer a story rated between PG and PG-13.

-Harry Potter, but I'm VERY PICKY about what I like, haha. For Harry Potter (just the 7 books) I don't want any ship-centered stories, only stories focused on character building or world expansion. I like very short stories which show how secondary characters witnessed events (things Harry maybe wasn't aware of, because he is oblivious). I also like stories set after the book series that are like tiny windows into what secondary characters are doing as adults. But no shippy stories- gen only, please, and nothing over a PG rating. I'm also not interested in the characters from Fantastic Beasts.

Things I like in fic in general:
I love stories that make me laugh.
I will pretty much always take fluff over angst.
Happy endings.
AUs.
Fake-to-real.
Cross-dressing.
Boys in lingerie.
Genderplay, genderqueer, trans and bisexual characters.
Side-ships. I love it when I've got two teams to root for!
OT3, OT4, etc only if EVERYONE IS VERY HAPPY and there is no jealousy.

Things I'm not into:
Omega verse.
Pregnancy- male or female.
Character death.
Love triangles in which one person is doomed to be unhappy/alone/excluded.
Non-con or dub-con.
Serious BDSM.
Underage.
Excessive pain/torture/abuse.
Derogatory or demeaning language between lovers.

That is- everything I can think of right now. YAY! I can't wait to hear your podfic :D
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Dear Podficcer,
I am delighted to be doing this for the third year in a row! This is the only fandom exchange I participate it and I love it so much. Here's a summary of my fandoms and ships:

-Merlin! I know the show ended ages ago, but Merlin/Arthur is the OTP of my heart. They are my boys forever. I much prefer modern AUs to stories set in the canon of the show, especially college AUs or ones where they have interesting jobs. Modern royalty stories make my heart melt with happiness <3 Also I like Morgana/Gwen as a side ship. Or Morgana/Morgause. Or Morgana/Gwaine. Or Morgana/Leon. (Basically I just love Morgana, or any story which includes a wide secondary character cast.) For this fandom, I am happy with stories of any rating from PG to NC-17.

-Check Please. I adore this comic and this world and all of the characters. My main ship is Ransom/Holster. I'm much less interested in fic about Jack and Bitty because I feel their story is being perfectly told in the comic. But there are so many side stories about what Hols and Rans could be doing when the camera is elsewhere :3 I would also be happy to receive any gen story set at Samwell! For this fandom, I am happy with stories of any rating from PG to NC-17.

-The Adventure Zone podcast. I am caught up through the end (WHAT A FINALE). I love all of the canon ships of the show, particularly Taako/Kravitz and Carey/Killian. I'd be delighted with a missing-scene fic, a short head-cannon story, or a story set after the events of the final episode. For this fandom I would prefer a story rated between PG and PG-13. Extra bonus love if it includes dumb jokes and sound effects <3

-Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Obviously I ship Simon/Baz. I have read almost no fic in this fandom, so anything you pick would be new to me! I'd be interested in an AU or a story set in the canon world, either during the events of the book or after the end of the book. Any rating :)

-Yuri on Ice! Anything Victor/Yuri, any rating :3

-Harry Potter, but I'm VERY PICKY about what I like, haha. For Harry Potter I don't want any ship-centered stories, only stories focused on character building or world expansion. I like very short stories which show how secondary characters witnessed events (things Harry maybe wasn't aware of, because he is oblivious). I also like stories set after the book series that are like tiny windows into what secondary characters are doing as adults. But no sexy stories- gen only, please, and nothing over a PG rating.

-Wolf 359 podcast. I'm honestly not sure if there is much fic for this show, because I've never really looked, but I've gotten completely hooked on listening to it recently. I don't ship any of the characters, and am not interested in any shippy story, but would be very interested in a gen story set in the world of the show.

Things I like in fic in general:
I love stories that make me laugh.
I will pretty much always take humor over angst.
Happy endings.
AUs.
Fake-to-real.
Cross-dressing.
Boys in lingerie.
Genderplay, genderqueer, trans and bisexual characters.
Side-ships. I love it when I've got two teams to root for!
OT3, OT4, etc only if EVERYONE IS VERY HAPPY and there is no jealousy.

Things I'm not into:
Omega verse.
MPreg.
Character death.
Love triangles in which one person is doomed to be unhappy/alone/excluded.
Non-con or dub-con.
Serious BDSM.
Underage.
Excessive pain/torture/abuse.
Derogatory or demeaning language between lovers.

That is- everything I can think of right now. YAY! I can't wait to hear your podfic :D

ITPE 2016

Oct. 10th, 2016 11:07 pm
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Dear Podficcer,
I am so excited to be doing this for a second year! Here's a summary of my fandoms and ships:

-Merlin! I know the show ended ages ago, but Merlin/Arthur is the OTP of my heart. They are my boys forever. I much prefer modern AUs to stories set in the canon of the show, especially college AUs or ones where they have interesting jobs. Modern royalty stories make my heart melt with happiness <3 Also I like Morgana/Gwen as a side ship. Or Morgana/Morgause. Or Morgana/Gwaine. Or Morgana/Leon. (Basically I just love Morgana.)

-Check Please! I adore this comic and this world and all the characters. My main ship is actually Ransom/Holster. I'm much less interested in fic about Jack and Bitty because I feel their story is being perfectly told in the comic. But there are so many side stories about what Hols and Rans could be doing when the camera is elsewhere :3 I would also be happy to receive any gen story set at Samwell!

-The Adventure Zone podcast. I JUST found this and am currently caught up only through episode 30, but will definitely have it finished by Candlemas. I don't ship anyone in particular but I would be delighted with a story about ANY ship, either serious or crack, or a gen story. Extra bonus love if it includes dumb jokes and sound effects <3

-Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Obviously I ship Simon/Baz. I have actually never read fic for this pairing so anything you pick would be new to me!

-Captive Prince by CS Pacat. Hell yes Damen/Laurent. I'm especially interested in stories that fill gaps in the books, or take place shortly after the end of the books.

-The Raven Cycle. The only ship I'm interested in here is Adam/Ronan (though it's fine if Blue and Gansey are a couple in the background, I just don't read hetfic). Bonus love if it has a happy ending!

-I read a lot and love many book series. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Vorkosigan Series by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Montmaray Series by Michelle Cooper (Toby/Simon), all of Tamora Pierce's books, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and also The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein (which is practically a Merlin AU already...) I would enjoy any stories based on these books that fit in with the tone of the books.

Things I like in fic in general:
I love stories that make me laugh.
I will pretty much always take humor over angst.
Happy endings.
AUs.
Fake-to-real.
Cross-dressing.
Boys in lingerie.
Genderplay, genderqueer, trans and bisexual characters.
Side-ships. I love it when I've got two teams to root for!
I like Teen and Mature ratings more than Gen but also more than NC-17.
OT3, OT4, etc only if EVERYONE IS VERY HAPPY and there is no jealousy.

Things I'm not into:
Omega verse.
MPreg.
Character death.
Love triangles in which one person is doomed to be unhappy/alone/excluded.
Non-con or dub-con.
Serious BDSM (exception: Captive Prince).
Underage.
Excessive pain/torture/abuse.
Derogatory or demeaning language between lovers.

That is- everything I can think of right now. YAY! I can't wait to hear your podfic :D

ITPE 2015

Oct. 8th, 2015 10:47 pm
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Dear podficcer,
I have been a podfic listener for years, but am very very new to making podfic, so you probably do not know me! This is my first year doing ITPE and I am very excited.

Here's a summary of my fandoms and ships:

-One Direction :DDD I've been completely sucked in for the past year (since release of Four). My main ship is Ziam, but I also love Larry, Lilo and Zarry. I cannot see Niall as a sexual being, he is too much of a dandelion, so I do not want him shipped with anyone, but obviously I enjoy him as a side character. For stories, I mostly prefer AUs to canon-compliant. This is the fandom in which I read the kinkiest stories. I dip into dom/sub and bondage with these boys, which I do not read for any other fandom.

-Merlin! I know the show ended ages ago, but Merlin/Arthur is the OTP of my heart. They are my boys forever. I also much prefer modern AUs to stories set in the show, especially collge AUs or ones where they have interesting jobs. Modern royalty stories make my heart melt with happiness <3 Also I like Morgana/Gwen as a side ship. Or Morgana/Morgause. Or Morgana/Gwaine. Or Morgana/Leon. (Basically I just love Morgana.)

-Sherlock BBC. This one is a bit trickier because I am a huge Sherlock fan and do ship John/Sherlock but I only like really lighthearted stories. Because of this, I actually have not read very much fic, as so much of it is very dark. So I ship them, but only if it's silly, like in the "Two Coffees, One Black, One with Sugar Please" series.

-J2. Basically J2 is for porn and pining. I love AUs of any kind.

-Avengers. I love the Avengers as characters and have seen almost all of the movies, plus read Matt Fraction's Hawkeye series, but I don't have a strong ship preference, so have only read a few mostly plot or team focused stories here and there. I would probably enjoy any story that focused more on plot with only a light dash of shippiness... Tony/Steve, Steve/Bucky, Tony/Bruce, Bruce/Natasha, Natasha/Clint... I'm pretty open.

-I read a lot and love many book series. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Vorkosigan Series by Lois McMaster Bujold, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Simon/Baz), The Montmaray Series by Michelle Cooper (Toby/Simon), The Raven Cycle, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and also The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein (which is practically a Merlin AU already...) I would enjoy stories based on these books that fit in with the tone of the books.

Things I like in fic in general:
I will pretty much always take humor over angst.
Happy endings.
AUs.
Fake-to-real.
Cross-dressing.
Boys in lingerie.
Genderplay, genderqueer, trans and bisexual characters.
Side-ships. I love it when I've got two teams to root for!
I like Teen and Mature ratings more than Gen but also more than NC-17.
OT3, OT4, etc only if EVERYONE IS VERY HAPPY and there is no jealousy.

Things I'm not really into:
Omega verse.
MPreg.
Character death.
Love triangles in which one person is doomed to be unhappy/alone/excluded.
Non-con or dub-con (except sometimes in J2).
Serious BDSM (light BDSM in 1D is good though).
Underage.
Excessive pain/torture/abuse.
Derogatory or demeaning language between lovers.

That is- everything I can think of right now. YAY! I can't wait to hear your podfic :D
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Okay, clearly I have not been active here lately but I'm getting into podfic and I think I'll start posting here more because of that. Most active current fandom: One Direction. Other fandoms I still love and dabble in: Merlin, Sherlock, J2. I'm on twitter now: https://twitter.com/akikotree8. :D
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Title: Hipster Merlin and Arthur
Artist: akikotree
Rating: G
Spoilers/warnings: None
Character/relationship(s): M/A
Content notes: line art
Summary: hand holding :)

Full art below the cut :)
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Title: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, a 12 page comic
Artist: [personal profile] akikotree
Rating: G
Spoilers: None.
Full comic below the cut!
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My latest art for “The Blog of Eugenia H Watson” by Madlori. Tried out something more ambitious with watercolor on this one :)

Full drawing below the cut. PG, no spoilers, no warnings
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My largest Night Circus-inspired project so far: I wrote a letter to Friedrick Thiessen, clock maker for the circus and founder of the rêveurs, from my great-great aunt Elise McBride. Elise McBride was fictionally born in 1881 in Forrestville, California and was able to visit the circus three times when it came to San Francisco. Elise's letter relates the tales of her three circus visits to Herr Thiessen. The experiences I wrote for her are based on experiences from my own childhood. When the letter was finished I hand wrote it in cursive and decorated an envelope for it.

Pictures of the letter below the cut.
The text of the letter is posted to AO3.
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