ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
Hallo all! I'm sorry that this is not nearly as exciting as any of the rec sets which are in progress (and are totally going to be awesome, sez me, just as soon as they are finished, drat), but since I do seem to be doing things slowly, and since I've just realised that my private bookmarks are not visible to people not me... *facepalm*

I do try to keep my past rec posts updated with additional related works as they are produced and as I come aware of them (so, things like podfic versions, remixes, commentary, blah blah blaaaaaaah), but I don't always update the entry quickly, plus lately I've only been privately bookmarking things and not updating the posts. This, of course, is not at all useful to anyone who'd like to follow those nonexistent links :( And since I assume that a peruser of my recs would prefer to have a link now even if it isn't very snazzy rather than to wait until I have time to do all the coding to prettify things, here's a small policy change:

I've gone through my 'update recs list with this' bookmarks and dropped all the links into comments to the corresponding original recs post. I'll continue to do this whenever I run across a link if don't have the time/brainpower/whatever to actually insert the link properly into the post. As I have the brainpower/etc, I'll add the links from my comments to the posts (and unless someone has responded to my comment, I'll delete my comment, just for neatness's sake). Unlike with links in the post proper, it is quite possible that the works linked in my comments might not be in the tags.

Okay, perfectly clear like mud? Good! *goes back to poking a rec list with a stick*

[here's an example post that has an updating comment, if you'd like to see what I mean]
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
Because all the cool kids are doing it...

If for some reason you'd like to contact the mods of this comm*, you can leave a comment here (anon comments are on and IP logging is off) which will be automatically screened. Because replying to a screened comment automatically unscreens it, if you'd like a response to your comment, please leave some way to contact you. You can also reach the mods via the email address given in the profile or via PM.

*currently this is me (fish-echo) and I don't have any plans to change that. But since it is possible that this could change in the future (e.g., if I have a planned hiatus from fandom I'll ask someone else to mod the comm in order to ensure that there is someone actively in charge of it.), I've decided to phrase it this way.
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
I have my rec prompt from the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti auction and I'm having fun assembling that. But in the meantime, the OTW is running a fundraiser this week and for the next fortnight [I'm bribing folks with recs to make donations (details at my LJ)]. I will repost those recs here after the end of the fortnight.
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
*blows dust off comm* Er, it's been a while, hasn't it? I've got a few different rec list ideas burbling in the back of my brain so hopefully I'll be able to start working on one of those in earnest just as soon as I'm done with the fic I'm (frantically) writing up for the [community profile] you_know_thats_right fest (due date: this weekend! eeep!).

Or if you don't trust the depths of my subconscious to come up with themed recs (I wonder if I still have the 'pudding' rec list, or did it get combined with the 'pie/cake' list into a 'delicious nommy foodstuffs' list?), you can make me do what you wish! I'm offering another rec set up at [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust. The auction closes Saturday, March 13, 11:59 p.m. Eastern. [Another rec set offer by Fish!]
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[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
There is now a Dreamwidth feed of this comm which can be found at [fish-recs-feed], courtesy of [personal profile] starlady.

I have become less and less comfortable on LJ lately, so I am planning on moving the comm over to Dreamwidth at some point. When that happens, I will still have some way of notifying LJ users of those posts (I need to look into what the different options are). This is all still in the early planning stages and I'll keep you updated. Your thoughts, as always, are welcomed.
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[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
There was an earthquake and it wasn't pretty. And so, fen, doing what fen so often do, decided that a fanworks auction ([livejournal.com profile] help_haiti) was the thing to do. I can only do so much to help with my own pocket book, so I'm hoping to encourage someone else to donate as well.

[My link at the help-haiti comm]

I'm offering up a rec set to prompter's specifications! Anything you want, I will answer to the best of my ability! This is a great way to, for example, ask me for zombie fics *shudders*. Or really, anything else you think I wouldn't normally do. Or! You can ask for something that I might already do but this way you will ensure that I do that rec list next! I imagine the bidding for me is going to be less than fierce, so why not donate something small and watch me dance to your bidding. *Dance, puppet, dance!* :)

And you might be saying, but Fish, you are busy? To which I reply: Yes, yes I am. That's why I specifically state that it will take however long it takes.

My thoughts on fan auctions such as these and why they don't bother me (NB, this gets a bit rambling but I think I used up my coherence on the rest of this post so I daren't chance editing it. Oh well, should be amusing?) )

Cut text hides my advert info )
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
(NB: If you want to see this post with all the cut tags in place, go to [the 'journal policies' tag] and scroll to the bottom.)

The title of this post makes it seem much more, I don't know, authoritative and official than it actually is. I have spent a while thinking about recs and how I rec things and what I want to be doing with my recs-- I just haven't come to lots of final conclusions. But since you may care, I'll share what my current thoughts are. These may change, and if they do I'll update this. If you have feedback you'd like to give me, I'd be more than happy to hear it!

Warnings, Spoilers, Contains
I had a lot to say on this topic )

This got really long. Amazingly long, in fact. )

This one is so short it doesn't really need a tag but it looked lonely without one. )

'Ships, pairings, the definition of gen
Yay for nested bulleted lists taking up space )

Misc (Specifically: the sorts of things I rec, where I rec, cut tag policy, frequency of posts)
Ahahahahaa, a cut tag that contains info about cut tags! I crack myself up sometimes. )

At this point I'm just cut-tagging left and right. )

cut tag left. )

Your opinions and feedback
cut tag right )

Most recent update: 26 July 2010
changes: Fixed a rogue 'small' tag. Added podficpool as a crossposting comm. Put the 'journal policies tag' statement at the top. Futzed with the wording of the Accessibility section. Did some stuff in the 'tags' section [clarified the difference between 'type:' and 'type[assoc]:' tags; hyperlinked tags given in the 'tag' section; very minor edits in the 'wip' tagging section; clarified LJ's 'searching by multiple tags' thing; made tags with action I need to take prefaced by 'fish' for easy searching]. (Oy, now I remember that this is why I haven't done a change log before-- because I always end up futzing with way more stuff than I initially intended to and then the log gets ridiculous-looking).

Previous updates:
a small, informal change-log, why I'm maintaining this, I don't even know.... )
ext_14845: betta fish (Default)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Here's a bit of meta on the topic of RPF and some fic recs.

RPF (real person fanfiction) kind of freaks me out. I know that the stories are fake, made up, pretend. That they're based off of the public persona and then filtered through the author's brain. I know all of this. It doesn't stop it from being really weird for me to read RPF-- the back of my brain is screaming the whole time: this is a real person. I suppose it's related to the part of my brain that had issues with me initially reading fanfic written in universes with actors (I've never had issues with fanfic where the canon is solely textual-- they're the canon author's mental playthings and now they're ours because we've read the books too. Regardless of if we write about them, we were going to be thinking about them anyways, so may as well put the words on the page. *derails this discussion* nb: this is not discussing the *legal* complexities of fanwork)-- because actors actually exist! And one of the things that can squick me out when reading fanfic based on live-action canon is too-true physical description (especially in a sexual context... When CharacterA is lusting after CharacterB's wrists or elbows or whatnot, there's the voice in the back of my brain going 'ummm, real person!')-- it simply feels like an invasion of privacy to me. So generally I've steered clear of RPF. But as I'm sure you know, even if you are avoiding reading something in fandom, you'll run across it eventually and then just sort of randomly read it.

But I have discovered that there's a few ways I can read RPF and not be squicked out by it:

  1. If I have no idea who the real people are, this bothers me less-- because then (as far as my mind knows) this is simply a fictional story with fictional people set in the present-day. (But then I do the canon-osmosis thing and then it sometimes starts being weird again.)
    1. The story has to stand entirely on it's own without knowing the 'canon'.
  2. If the rating is somewhere around PG-13-- keep the sex off-screen and keep the laudatory physical descriptors minimal-to-nil-- because then it feels less voyeuristic.
    1. If there is explicit-ness in the story, I'll likely skim over it or skip it entirely, so it cannot be crucial to plot.
  3. It's a cross-over into something clearly not of the real world-- Buffy/Angel, Farscape, Stargate, etc., etc., etc., because then it's clearer to my brain that the entire thing is fiction and thus I can treat the RP as fictional people. (Oh is there an RPF/Valdemar or Pern crossover anywhere? Because the reactions of the RP could be awesome!)
  4. If it uses a plot device that I love. Because I'm willing to venture into scary RPF-land for the sake of a damn good trope. (Some day I might well list the plot devices I love, but this entry is long enough already.)

Hmm, *ponders* evidently this translates roughly to 'I'm okay with RPF when I can pretend it's original fiction'.

To my surprise, I've come across RPF fics that I can read without hitting the back button. I haven't really been looking for them, so I don't know how exactly I've found these, but all's well that ends well! And if you know of other good RPF fics that you think might meet some of these criteria, then let me know :)

RPF fics I like despite being wigged out by RPF:

SGA RPF/SGA crossover, 1 fic/podfic )

Supernatural RPF, 1 fic )

6 American Idol RPF fics, including 1 podfic and 1 cross-over with Merlin )

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 6 March 2009.
ext_14845: betta fish (fish)
[identity profile] fish-echo.livejournal.com
*insert placeholder post here*

Wow, somehow I still haven't written this post! (It's been so long that I'd forgotten that I hadn't done it yet, oops.)

So, yeah, this is where I rec things. The profile page probably has a better summary at the moment, and I'll get around to writing a proper intro post at some point (hopefully). In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, have a gander at the recs which are already up, and enjoy! :)

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