emilianadarling:

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND READ THIS BECAUSE HOLY SHIT MY WHOLE LIFE JUST CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.

So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008. 

Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, Transformative Works and Cultures is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.

Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.

And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.

Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.

These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you. 

winterwombat:

morkaischosen:

myrastuff:

tacticalnymphomania:

viridian-sun:

tacticalnymphomania:

viridian-sun:

tacticalnymphomania:

Chejop Kejak goes clubbing: Triphop Flipback

Chejop Kejak in high school: Thejock Lineback

Chejop Kejak asks for his socks back: Mysock Givethat

Chejop Kejak knife-fighting TakeA Stabat

Chejop Kejak makes hors d’oeurves: Kumquat Cheesehat

Chejop Kejak makes breakfast: Crêpeflip Flapjack

Chejop Kejak takes up a career in petty crime - Chipshop Hijack

Chejop Kejak collects baseball caps: Truckstop Hatrack

Chejop Kejak rocks out: Cowbell Hi-hat

tacticalnymphomania:

viridian-sun:

tacticalnymphomania:

viridian-sun:

tacticalnymphomania:

Chejop Kejak goes clubbing: Triphop Flipback

Chejop Kejak in high school: Thejock Lineback

Chejop Kejak asks for his socks back: Mysock Givethat

Chejop Kejak knife-fighting TakeA Stabat

Chejop Kejak makes hors d’oeurves: Kumquat Cheesehat

Chejop Kejak makes breakfast: Crêpeflip Flapjack

My second laser project, a 1/3 scale BJD chair! This is definitely just a first draft, a number of things have to get changed before the final version:

  • Correct alignment of seat slots, as you can see here the seat doesn’t fit properly
  • Lower tops of side pieces and then lengthen legs by about a centimeter
  • Change back design (more intricate, add engraving)
  • Alter laser-cutting settings to prevent tiny corner-fires
  • Buy better plywood/fancy wood

Still, this proto-chair chair is functional, sturdy, and not too fragile. Not a bad first draft!

(Whatsisface is also sporting a new grey shirt, as I slowly work on his stupid rock star outfit)

shiftingpath:

myrastuff:

So, this is what I spent my afternoon doing today! Thanks to the Ottawa Library’s maker space, I can now book time on a laser cutter. Cue the development of cute laser cut jewellery involving flowers and dragons.

These are just test pieces, next up is buying some real wood to cut things out of. I also completed one other project test with this same booking session, though it wasn’t quite as successful. Pics of that tomorrow when I have marginally better lighting :P

Are these leather or wood or what are these?

It’s a kind of pressed particleboard/cardboard-y stuff they had on hand for testing. The machine CAN cut leather, tho, so I have Plans for that eventually.

So, this is what I spent my afternoon doing today! Thanks to the Ottawa Library’s maker space, I can now book time on a laser cutter. Cue the development of cute laser cut jewelery involving flowers and dragons.

These are just test pieces, next up is buying some real wood to cut things out of. I also completed one other project test with this same booking session, though it wasn’t quite as successful. Pics of that tomorrow when I have marginally better lighting :P

Reblog if you are female and play D&D/Pathfinder/Table Top Games

jessicalprice:

girlgamemaster:

I want to see how many of you are out there and to show there are more of us than people think.

I play them, I GM them, and I work for a company that makes them (founded, incidentally, by a woman).

Play, occasionally GM, write and occasionally illustrate professionally :3

Busy + sick = beh, not a fun combination. Barely done anything these past couple days but work and sleep.
Drew this fairly recently, gonna get around to updating my various sites with this as my new ID pic one of these days…

Busy + sick = beh, not a fun combination. Barely done anything these past couple days but work and sleep.

Drew this fairly recently, gonna get around to updating my various sites with this as my new ID pic one of these days…

shiftingpath:

We were discussing how some of our character feel the same, and how after awhile you kind of get a feel for what kind of character you find easiest and most enjoyable to play. I’m kind of curious how people would succinctly describe their types…

I read a quote ages ago by some writer who suggested that we all have a limited number of actors in our heads, and as we get better at writing we don’t gain any more, we just get better at casting the ones we have. I don’t know if I entirely agree with the sentiment, but I tried making a list of my “actors” about half a year or so ago, and it was really pretty helpful with a novel I was working on at the time. I realized that two of my major characters were the same “actor”, and thus came out being very same-y themselves, so I changed one up to add variety to the cast.

Anyways, I’ve been able to pinpoint four “actors” that I like to use:

1) Emotionally distant and bound by duty, a force for good (usually) but not a pleasant person to be around. Confident in who she is and why she’s made her choices, sometimes but not always to the point of utter arrogance. Generally found in a position of leadership. Usually 40+ years old and female.

2) Compassionate and somewhat naive, sometimes hides these things under a mask of disinterest but often ends up wearing them on his sleeve. Often has a strong spiritual/religious side, and a storyline about personal growth that involves exploring that belief system. Often a doctor, priest, academic, or some other profession of helping/teaching/learning. Usually 18-28 and male.

3) Complete jerkbutt, of the sort you’d probably hate to meet in real life but who’s funny when directed at your enemies. Sarcastic, maybe crude, maybe a little bit mean. Usually has some reason for acting out, often because he was treated in a similar way before by others who were close to him. Usually has a good heart underneath, or at least some limits to how far he’s willing to go with his jerky behaviour, but probably has issues interacting with people in healthier ways. Usually 25-35 and male.

4) Sweet, nurturing, very openly feminine, the Team Mom sort. Often an actual parent as well. Extroverted and very sociable, helping others gives her energy rather than sapping it and she’s very happy with her Team Mom position. Usually capable of kicking a fair bit of ass on the side, tends to wield a very large weapon if she needs to wield one at all. Usually 25-45 and female.

Of my current characters, The Iron Demon is probably a #3 and I think Mordecai is a #4. My vampires have Elizabeth as a #1, Daniel as a #2, and Genevieve as a #4, but they don’t have a #3. I think Clara falls outside my usual types, or at least into a type I haven’t been able to pin down yet.

Just got to the coffee shop to work on editing my Beast writing, only to find I’d pulled the battery pack out of my laptop (which was in sleep mode) along the way. Cue a weird restart that reverted my Scrivener file back to a version from several days ago, losing me about 10K worth of words I’d already spent hours editing.

10K that I had recently backed up to Google Docs so I still have all my edits saved. Yesssss!

Moral: back up your writing. Do it now. Go.