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♣ The only (AWESOME) Yuletide story I've read so far this year: Our Voices Raised in Song by [personal profile] jibrailis! AHHHH ARCHANDROID-VERSE CROSSOVER ♥ ♥ ♥ :D

♣ Via angry asian man: Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie, by Arthur Chu

Gorgeous pic of the Grand Canyon after a New Year's snowstorm *___*

♣ Really cool Papaoutai remix by Pentatonix & Lindsey Stirling!
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1. OMG YOU GUYS, [personal profile] crossedwires WROTE ME A NYR STORY FOR RED CLIFF! &hearts &hearts &hearts ride until we fall is so utterly glorious (Shangxiang! *______*), I can't even tell you. *flails* Go forth and read!

2. I was thinking about putting up a post for this year's Yuletide friending meme, but [personal profile] sarashina beat me to it! :D &hearts If you're interested in meeting new people who share your tiny fandoms, hop on over!

eta: 3. [community profile] dark_agenda's Chromatic Yuletide 2010 Challenge Summary & Discussion post is up! If any participants or readers have time to hop over and leave feedback, it would be very much appreciated. &hearts /eta

... I had a couple more roundups I meant to do (2010 book log, & perhaps one for icons), but eh. Will get to those at some later date.

hello 2011!

Jan. 1st, 2011 03:15 pm
glass_icarus: (carpet feet)
Happy Gregorian New Year, and happy Yuletide reveals! :) This year I wrote filial daughters (Saving Face), which I'm sure surprises exactly no one; thanks to ellen_fremedon for my lovely Yuletide gift!

2010 writing roundup )

2010 wasn't exactly a high-output year for me! Not that I'm terribly prolific anyway, but this is a bit less than I usually manage, seeing as I dropped Remix & [ profile] rs_small_gifts & also didn't get around to Yuletide Madness. On the other hand, I spent a lot of time figuring out what I want to do with my life, taking steps to do it, getting to know my circle, and flailing my way into A:TLA fandom, so it's not as if I regret anything. Er, other than that help_pakistan fic I haven't finished yet (sorry Amy! It's coming, I swear!).


Dec. 25th, 2010 02:50 pm
glass_icarus: (fireworks heart)
Oh, man, one of the best Christmases I've had in a while; )

I'm trying to keep myself off the AO3 today, but I did manage to read a couple of Yuletide stories, and they are glorious! I received The Sugarcane Drive, which is utterly delicious intriguing and politicking with Eugenie and Jessaline and HOMG YOU GUYS, I GOT EFFLUENT ENGINE FIC, HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!?!? I also managed to read Sincerely, Cindi, a Metropolis: The Chase Suite fic which is one of the best love letters to visionaries and revolutionaries that I have ever come across. I plan to hit up [community profile] dark_agenda's Chromatic Yuletide masterlist and trawl through the Chromatic Yuletide Madness prompts next! :D

Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating, and happy Yuletide/happy Saturday to the rest of us!


Dec. 20th, 2010 10:21 am
glass_icarus: (holmes: holmes/watson excited)
Yuletide draft is preemptively uploaded! I'll have to go back in for some more edits later, but still: YAY.

Now to tackle all the other stuff I have to do today, and to decide whether I'll be awake enough to watch the full lunar eclipse...
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glass_icarus: (hp: mwpp up to no good)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] magnetic_pole! &hearts I hope it's a good one.


Things wot I did yesterday:

1. Finished my goddamn personal statement!

2. Got my Yuletide assignment!

(One of these things is more exciting than the other!)

\o/ Bring it, Monday. >:)
glass_icarus: (freida legs)
1. It is generally a terrible life decision to go to work on 2 hours of sleep, y'all. Also a terrible life decision? Staying up until ass o'clock in the morning reading epic 100,000+ word A:TLA fic when I still have to do ALL THE THINGS. It's a good thing I was productive yesterday, otherwise I'd be kicking myself really hard over that "writing break."

1a. In unrelated terrible life decision news, I have been neglecting to back up recent icons and music & video files to my external hard drive, and now my creaky 6-year-old desktop where most everything is housed is suddenly refusing to turn on and I have no idea what is wrong with it! Probably it's not worth fixing since I need a new computer anyway, but argh. 6 years' worth of ahemmables! And now I will not be able to check which media files I need to re-ahem, sigh. At least I use googledocs/laptop/thumb drive religiously these days, I don't know what I would have done if actual important things (like my personal statement!) were on it.

2. [community profile] dark_agenda has a useful AO3 invites and reminders post! Which actually reminds me that I have an AO3 invite, should anybody need one. *g*

3. Still debating Yuletide signups. /o\ None of my Deadlines coincide with the fest deadline this year, so I will technically have enough time to write fic! Must ponder requests...

* &hearts
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[personal profile] dhobikikutti has laid out much food for thought in Yuletide, AO3, and me, and [personal profile] bossymarmalade is brainstorming alternative rare-fandom challenges. That said, a recovery of my productive braining ability means I need to drop most of my fannish concerns for the moment, because I have so much to do omg. /o\

Some things to amuse you:

+ Sirius birthday fic!
+ 50 Fatwas for the Virtuous Vampire, by Pamela K. Taylor
+ [personal profile] yeloson: "too asian"
+ With Love from Mr. Hyphen: API/A Love Letter Project. (I've linked the project previously, but it's worth linking again.)
+ [ profile] sheafrotherdon posted dear ______, a collection post for messages to survivors of sexual assault.
+ A:TLA fanart I've reblogged- this one is my current favorite! Ovary-exploding cuteness + foiled!Zuko = two great tastes that taste great together, okay.
+ [personal profile] wistfuljane has a list of Asian & other chromatic authors and illustrators!
+ angry asian man: Saving the Wat
+ [community profile] white_lotus has a poll to gauge interest in an A:TLA fic exchange, possibly to coincide with Lunar New Year. To which, of course, all I have to say is *\o/* *\o/* *\o/*!!!!

Annnnd now I must be off to get some work done. I'll see you when I see you! &hearts
glass_icarus: (saving face: wil train)
Nota bene: I love Yuletide, and I like the AO3; there is no need to defend either to me.


This is how I personally define Yuletide: a rare fandom fic exchange, where rare fandoms are "rare to the best of my knowledge and google-fu" as opposed to "on AO3/ of your choice/LJ/DW/IJ/JF/etc.", and keeping in mind that I am only a part of English-language fandom. To me and to many others, this is what we understand to be the purpose of the Yuletide challenge- to write and receive fic in fandoms that we (members of English-language fandom) cannot otherwise find, or find very little of. This is what we love about Yuletide.

The AO3, on the other hand, is a tool. Yes, it is very shiny, and yes, I do like it there- as behind on my uploading as I am- but it is not the end-all and be-all of Fandom Everywhere. If the parameters and purpose of the Yuletide challenge are indeed supposed to be what I have laid out above, I find the sole use of AO3 statistics to be disingenuous*. It is illogical to claim that the AO3 is any more than a subset of fandom, or that it can, will, or should be the One Heart of Fandom to anyone and everyone, when our individual needs and preferences are so varied. (I don't have the time or words to express this properly at the moment, but if you're curious, my thoughts are along the lines of [personal profile] wistfuljane's here and [personal profile] troisroyaumes's here.)

Obviously, the parameters of Yuletide are the sole decision of the mods, but in my opinion it would be to everyone's benefit to have a clear outline of what the parameters are, if only so we can make informed decisions about whether or not this challenge is for us.

* If you're wondering why I'm "only bringing this up now," well, I'm not the first. Many people brought it up before this Yuletide season began (I seem to remember a round of questions in August?), and also suggested that the rarity of fandoms could be confirmed by some organized crowdsourcing- with two thousand-odd members of [ profile] yuletide, not to mention their flists, there is a very large pool of potential volunteers. I don't know of any response to their concerns.
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+ DADT enforcement struck down by California federal judge
+ Wisconsin law challenges race-based school mascots
+ [personal profile] mercredigirl: ontd_f fail
+ [personal profile] such_heights: let's talk about awesome ladies* [brief linkspam]
+ [personal profile] musesfool: but they will never be what she was to me
+ kristina wong, asian american women, and depression
+ Jenna Ushkowitz & Harry Shum Jr.: "Sing!"
+ artists interested in a nanowrimo-type challenge may want to check out [ profile] nanomango!
+ [personal profile] zephre: Blue Violet Study [Gwen, Gwaine, G]
+ Camelot Remix at the AO3
+ W. Va. senate candidate has a little trouble with names (LULZ FOREVER)
+ ladies at centre stage
+ Sara Bareilles: All the Single Ladies
+ Disney-Mulan!Inception, ahahahahah!
+ Only Poems Can Translate Poems: On the Impossibility and Necessity of Translation
+ via [personal profile] yeloson, MJ/Fela Kuti mashup
+ South Korean kimchi crisis
+ [ profile] sheafrotherdon: 1824, incoming
+ Katara Toph Loathing, a fanvid of shiny and hilarious!
+ [personal profile] the_future_modernes has some links on Wiscon
+ [community profile] access_fandom is looking to start up a challenge similar to [community profile] dark_agenda for disabled characters & creators! If you happen to have time or resources to spare and would like to offer a helping hand, please hop over to this post!
+ & speaking of [community profile] dark_agenda, we now have a nominations spreadsheet & masterlist of promotion posts!

This is quite possibly the last linkspam I will do for a while, as life just got BUSY. I may not fall off the face of the internet exactly, but will probably revert to relative radio silence, so. &hearts!
glass_icarus: (aishwarya)
Presumably y'all have seen the Yuletide nominations post, but have you looked at the Chromatic Yuletide 2010 Nominations post?? Because I will tell you right now, there is A LOT of shiny floating around in the comments!

My noms:
- [personal profile] glockgal's Supernatural [Winchestgopals ftw!]
- Monga (film) [wikipedia, movie website]
- N. K. Jemisin's The Effluent Engine
- Red Cliff [[personal profile] crossedwires has a picspam and an icon set for Part I]
- Saving Face [my tag is a good place to start!]
- Minekura Kazuya's Stigma [haven't seen any intro posts for this, but last year I made an icon set that includes some of the art?]

(I know I said I'd nominate Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid, but someone- multiple someones!- beat me to it, so I went with some other tiny beloveds.)

This was a super hard decision, but I think it is my final one? if only because I'm not sure I have the fortitude to go through the nominations list all tactically-minded a second time. Unless... is anybody nominating My Name is Kim Sam Soon?? Because several of you would probably enjoy that, and I am pretty sure more people have watched it than Monga... (But, but- Monga, omg, I really want fic for it, and also to see a subtitled version, askldfj!) I don't knowwwwww, ack! Maybe more people will nom these other tiny things than I think? /o\

A-anyway! Dilemmas aside, there are OH SO MANY SHINY CHROMATIC FANDOMS on (and off!) that list, omg. Please please consider nomming some of them, I will *______* and &hearts &hearts &hearts and incoherently keysmash at you forever!
glass_icarus: (bibliophile)
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Lillian Faderman.

I'm not finished reading yet- I'm taking my time for once, because there's a lot of information to turn over in my head- but points for talking about intersectionality with regard to race and class, even though I'm not yet entirely positive about how deeply it's been explored! This one's tentatively going on the reclist of doom.

In other news (while I'm compiling my next batch of recspam), a quick poll, since it's nearly time to do that Yuletide friending fest again:

This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10

Where should I host the Yuletide 2009 friending fest?

View Answers

on Dreamwidth
8 (80.0%)

on LJ
0 (0.0%)

2 (20.0%)

glass_icarus: (fireworks heart)
Happy new year, loves! :)

We spent the night at home, my sister and I, with cheap lobster and unopened wine, nearly sleeping through the last few seconds of 2009. (Our parents rang in the new year at Taipei 101, in the company of old and rarely-seen friends- a getaway that they fully deserve, although my dad remains chained to his work and his laptop.) I passed the time watching CSI and NCIS and (ha) The Replacements rather than any of the new year's countdowns, and was quite content with that.

2009: me and you )

Anyway! Moving right along, here's a fandom/writing retrospective:

Fic )


On race )

Phew. Apparently I wrote a lot more than I thought I did. *g* Icons and more Yuletide recs to come later!

ETA: Yuletide reveals! This year my assigned story was five exercises in aggravation {Junjou Romantica), and I also wrote eating together (Saving Face) for Yuletide Madness. I find it inordinately amusing/amazing that all of the Saving Face fic this year was written either for or by me. &hearts &hearts xD
glass_icarus: (mango cubed)
+ Yuletide Madness: go, go, go! *\o/*

+ i'll be heading down to philly sometime tomorrow, and i won't be back until sunday, so merry christmas to all of you who are celebrating! &hearts

+ also, happy birthday to [personal profile] bossymarmalade! some more mango-happy for you, including promised icons: )
glass_icarus: (freida)
Attention Yuletiders:

If you've seen any prompts that fulfill the Dark Agenda challenge and you happen to have a bit of spare time on your hands, please help enter them into this convenient spreadsheet of chromatic prompts!

[source; contains more handy links]
glass_icarus: (aishwarya)
1. The submission deadline for the 4th Asian Women Blog Carnival is coming up; NOVEMBER 1st is just around the corner! Once again, the theme for this edition is storytelling, or reclaiming our selves through our words. Women and men of color and allies are welcome to participate so long as the focus of their contributions is Asian women. The definition of Asian, within the scope of this carnival, includes people from East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, North Asia, Southeast Asia, Far East, Middle East, Near East and people of Asian descent living in non-majority Asian countries. The definition of women, within the scope of this carnival, includes trans women and cisgendered women. More detailed submission guidelines may be found here.

2. ATTENTION YULETIDERS: [personal profile] dhobikikutti has begun a list of chromatic Yuletide fandoms! This post sums up the reasoning behind it quite well:
First and foremost, I am doing this for myself and others like me who don't often get the opportunity to be fannish online about our source cultures, and rarely see good examples of it being talked about. I am also doing it because I want to find more of us, and lure in other international fans who understandably might perhaps have no interest in fanfiction about English, Western sources, but have never had a chance to see fanfiction written about people like them.

This is why I am centring around non-English (or Indian-English/Chinese-English/etc) sources - where the original creators (authors, directors, actors) seem to be doing an adequate job of representing their story. Yuletide is a celebration of source as much as it is about fandom, and I want to emphasise the sources that should be celebrated, in contrast to the ones that often get talked about instead.

It's rather appalling how often a source that exoticises, flattens, or misrepresents a culture gets picked up and praised over and above more accurate work, and that choice, subconcious as it might be, furthers an agenda of cultural imperialism and colonialism (not to mention racism). For a long time, we sourcelanders and diasporians have had to make do with subverting the source - trying to critique C.S. Lewis's portrayal of the Calormenes or Joss Whedon's erasure of Asians in Firefly or Pirates of the Carribbeans' racist and Magical Negro tropes, through fanfiction that challenges and questions and rewrites.

So please, if you adore source materials and/or characters that are non-Western and non-white, do consider writing about them, and do consider how you're going to portray them. Yuletiders on my flist, you can take this as a challenge: I am going to do my level best to enable you into my obscure fandoms. How are you going to enable me into yours? ;)
glass_icarus: (cupped hands)
Title: light all around them
Fandom: Guy Gavriel Kay- The Sarantine Mosaic
Rating: G/PG
Summary: Aliana and Crispin, the days after. Written for [personal profile] telesilla's NYR 2009 prompt; posted here because I couldn't for the life of me stretch it to 1,000 words. /o\ I hope you like this!

Caius Crispus surveys the dome of the modest church with hands on his hips. )
glass_icarus: (saiyuki: makai tenjou)
- Shakira!fail on DWTS results show last night = this is why i'm hot; this is why you're not. )

seriously, lady, you need to NOT take a page out of Gwen Stefani's book, 'kay? i love you and your music and your GQMF dancing lots, but gimmick!Asians are not cool.

- it's Party of Mock time for this latest gem of misogynist SF bitching. how many ways can these entitled white male assholes come up with to be complete fuckmuppets (tm [ profile] yuki_onna) on the internet? oh, that's right; COUNTLESS. *is utterly UNsurprised*

- and now for the happy; fellow Yuletiders who haven't already seen this, Yuletide nominations are OPEN! :D mine are as follows:

Saving Face (film)
Guy Gavriel Kay- Ysabel
Patricia McKillip- Riddlemaster Trilogy
Kuroshitsuji aka Black Butler
Shounen Onmyouji
Cain Saga aka Count Cain aka Godchild

how about you? :)
glass_icarus: (ofelia)
as I am taking a brief emotional health break from IBARW. (The post I planned is draining, is all; I shall recommence tomorrow.)

1. Have purchased and devoured Jaidani's SHADOW MAGIC, OMG! SO GOOD. SO SO GOOD. I MIGHT LOVE IT EVEN MORE THAN HAVEMERCY, FOR SRS. If any of you guys have read it, BRING ON THE SQUEE. :D SUBTEXT! SUBTEXT EVERYWHERE, IN LARGE AND SPARKLY LETTERS! (I am resisting [ profile] thremedon at the moment, as I don't want to accidentally spoil anybody.) Also, I have some flaily race-related thinky-thoughts (of the win variety) just waiting to emerge, so, y'know, let me know when more of you guys have read it! A party of one ain't a party. *g*

2. Also! I received a NYR story today: Deserving, by mechaieh! It's Haru wo Daiteita, and features Yoshizumi, and is just about making my life- outside of the aforementioned, anyway. ;)

PS- I have been failing MASSIVELY at reading things other than [ profile] ibarw lately, so please hurl your links at me: fic must-reads, personal posts, lulz, macros, music/picspams, rants, whatever. I promise I'll play catch-up after this week is over! &hearts

ETA: WIRELESS!FAIL, omg. Have been trying to post this for an hour.


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