ash48: (Oh noes!)
I just agreed to the new Russian ToS (they popped up when I logged in) because I can't just NOT sign into LJ, but what did I just agree to? I tried to read it all but *head spin*. Did I just sign away my life away or something? Or is all much the same as before? I do have a Dreamwidth account but I can't even imagine transferring everything over there (or firing up a place I'm not at all familiar with (is fandom even active over there?)). *sigh* it's all just too hard. I have history here. It's where my fandom home was/is. And it really is a journal and therefore it holds many amazing memories that I don't want to lose.

fandom

Jun. 10th, 2016 08:44 pm
ash48: (Now & Then)
It appears I don't know how to be in fandom any more. It's discombobulating.
ash48: (Purgatory curious!face Dean)
I really don't know what to make of this. I found out today (via a heads up from a flistie <3) that a person that I have been following (though not intently) is not only a fake but a serial LJ plagiarist and sock. It weirds be out because if this is true this person had created a very elaborate back story of his life. The person is [livejournal.com profile] micamonroe and it seems that some of you are already aware of this person - and the allegations that he's stolen stories and art.

I read a story of his (maybe his?) quite a few years ago. It was interesting to me because he claimed it was based on his own life experience. And I believed him.

But it seems it's all false. Well, according to this post (and the many links providing evidence).

His death was announced in a post recently (there's no point me linking it as it's friends locked) and of course many left condolences. He's also claimed to have been abused and has even been in a coma.

I have no idea what's truth or not. It's pretty damn sad if it's all been fake because - holy crap! Why?!!? Just to gather comments and gain sympathy? How sad a person must you been to create such an elaborate "other" life. His stories get A LOT of comments. I'm not sure how I missed the news that he's not who he claims to be.

Anyway. I'm not losing sleep over it. It's just freaking weird.
ash48: (Charlie dancing)
Cannot deny that this made my day.:))

Twitter 2

more here! )

How cool is that?! I love that he was prepared to answer questions and that he took the time to leave lovely feedback.

And yay for happy accidents - how strange that of ALL the clips from the 3 Stooges they happened to choose one with bars. Original post is here
ash48: (Sam with Heron)
Signal boost for the lovely [livejournal.com profile] lyryk who has set up a fundraising for a fan in need.


[livejournal.com profile] cillab42 has posted about her situation on her LJ. You can help raise funds for her by making a direct donation, participating in the auction, and/or spreading the word among your friends.

The auction started, November 20, and will run until November 29 (next Saturday). The last date for the auction is not the date by which you need to deliver your work. It's just the last date for people to bid on offers. You can talk to your winner and decide on the details/due date.


There are some wonderful people offering works. If you have a chance pop on over and check it out!
ash48: (Sam with Heron)
Calling all fandom! To celebrate the SPN Fandom Day of Love, we are hosting a FANDOM LOVE MEME!


[source]


Think about what makes your Supernatural heart tick, and put those reasons out in the open. Let loose, express your love and your glee and your secret SPN-related delights. This means both canon and fandom.

details... )

For me...

I love the way fans share STUFF so we can all happy and come together as a community to celebrate a show we love. Even if we can't agree about certain story lines or ships or characters we can appreciate the work others do and come together to celebrate that.

I love that fans help fans when they are in need. I love that a site like SuperWiki exists and when it needed funds recently we raised DOUBLE the amount that was being asked in such a short time. I love that people will connect on the specific things they love in the show (be it Sam, Dean, Cas, bros, Team Free Will, porn, tentacles...) and share that love in that corner, while embracing other stuff as well.

I love the god damn PASSION we communicate with when discussing the show. I love how these characters are so REAL that we defend them as they would be personally hurt if they heard you SAYING THAT about them.

I love that people can write fix it fics when canon isn't doing what you want and can DRAW and create the most amazing works to make you fantasise, imagine, drool, die, admire and just revel in everything you love about the show.

I love that fandoms are created within the fandom (yes I'm talking about [livejournal.com profile] rlbivob !).

I love that my flist are the most AMAZING group of people who are talented and warm and take the time to engage with me.

I love how fandom makes me feel part of something that feels important - something that's passionate and relevant. I love how it heals me when I'm feeling down, keeps me company when I'm feeling lonely and makes me laugh when I need picking up.

I love that it's a family and that our Show represents all the things that fandom is about is about (for me).
ash48: (OMG)
I can't quite believe I said yes to joining a GISHWHES team! I have no idea what I'm in for or what it's all about, but I believe it's meant to be fun (and a little crazy), so...why not?!

The team I'm with (part of [livejournal.com profile] amber1960's team *g*) is still looking for a few members. 15 people make a team and I believe they have 10 (maybe 11) and would like some more.

Sooooooooo........

If you think this might be something you'd like to be part of (go ooonnnnn, if I can say "yes" so can YOUUUUUU!) perhaps drop a line here or to [livejournal.com profile] amber1960. She's been holding my hand through the process and it looks like the team has some experienced Hunters who will guide us!. :D
ash48: (Sam with Heron)
The Days:
1. Something old
2. Something new - talk about a new fanwork of yours!
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a large fandom/pairing/character.
6. Something for a small fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of

I probably should pick a vid (hee... I do have some I'm proud of!) but I'm going to go with something that I am really proud to be part of.

Just over three years ago I proposed the idea of having a community where hurt!Sam and hurt!Jared fics could be archived. The response and support was amazing. From that [livejournal.com profile] spn_littlebro was born. A community that recs and archives fan works that feature hurt!Sam or hurt!Jared ('cause some of us a suckers for that stuff! *g*).

This community only exists because of all the people involved in getting it there. From the initial brainstorming sessions to the wonderful mods who have contributed to it over the years.

There are now over 1000 fics listed on the site. It has 500 members and is watched by over 600 people. We have a Delicious account, ff.net community and tumblr. There's also a monthly newsletter reccing all the awesome stuff fans make. So much of this is due to [livejournal.com profile] cherry916, [livejournal.com profile] harrigan and [livejournal.com profile] el1ie who have been instrumental in setting it up and continue to help it all run so smoothly. We've had many wonderful mods over the years helping out. Currently [livejournal.com profile] ayane42,[livejournal.com profile] jessm78 and [livejournal.com profile] reggie11 are helping search out all the awesome fan works to share with members and help keep it ticking over.

So yeah. Something that started as a way of having a place to go so I could find all the fics I wanted to read has ended up being a place that I consider an online home. A place I love and a place I love being part of. It's also something I will look back on and know that I will be proud that it exists. *wipes a tear* (haha! I think I got emotional there for a moment...must be the wine..!)

The end! That was a fun meme. :)
ash48: (It remembers me!)
I'm sure you can!! (well, I'm going to anyway...)

My good friend [livejournal.com profile] starrylizard has found her way back into the SPN fandom! YES! She's been watching the show and she's re-hooked! (yay!)

Thing is, she's checking out LJ and has noticed it's a bit like a ghost town (and her flist from a few years ago aren't posting anything SPN anymore). I've assured her that there's still active fans and communities about - you just gotta find them.

Aaaanway. She's looking to get hooked up. She wants to get involved in the LJ SPN fandom again and she is looking for new people to hang out with. She's super friendly, very talented and always so generous. If you have a chance pop over and say hi. She'd love it! And I think the more SPN fans on LJ the better! :D

(also, she has a UK copy of the S7 SPN season if anyone from the UK would like it).
ash48: (Vidding)
Title: Introduction to the OTW (Organization for Transformative Works)
Editor [livejournal.com profile] ash48
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] cupidsbow (and many others who offered suggestions and ideas during the project <3)
Producers: The OTW Communications Committee
Music: Various pieces obtained through Dig CCmixster.org (Royalty and copyright free)
Category: Informative
Length: 7 minutes
Summary: The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures. This is an introduction to their projects: Fanlore, Archive of Our Own (AO3), Open Doors, Transformative Works & Cultures, and legal advocacy.

Other places it appears: OTW website || You Tube || tumblr || Vimeo || Download: Sendspace (135mb),




Notes and thanks )

This is the longest, most complex video I've ever made. Thanks for watching if you choose to do so. :)

New show!

Mar. 9th, 2014 06:33 pm
ash48: (Not SPN icon)
Looking for a new fandom by any chance?! Or even just a new show to watch? If so, check out The Mustekeers. I've totally fallen in love with it.

The men are beautiful, the women are awesome, the production values are high and there's a heap of swash and buckle. Oh and the bromance is OFF THE SCALE! Ok, so it's a little silly and I'm not sure how historically correct it is but boy it's entertaining. :)

And look at this GORGEOUS vid!! It's fantastic!



pics to entice you…(one possibly spoilery if you're worried about that) )

check in

Feb. 7th, 2014 11:14 am
ash48: (Smish the Flist)
Hey lovely peoples. I feel like I'm falling behind and looking at stuff (I see there's a ton of art and fic around) but I am seriously short of time at the moment. My play is in its second week (going really well! We've had some great feedback) and I'm back at work (arghhhhh Year 3! Such a steep (re-learning) curve from teaching Year 7.

The conversation on the last episode has been epic! I'm making my way through all the awesome comments. Once again I thank everyone for being so awesome and respectful of other fans thoughts. It was a pretty divisive episode - I suppose the thing I'm hoping is that at least some people are beginning to see that there are two sides here. Once both sides can be seen it makes things a little easier to accept (maybe?). And even after reading all the stuff I am still feeling positive and excited for this direction. I know in my heart of hearts this isn't the end of their remarkable and amazing love for each other (can't rehash it all here - but it's expressed in much of the replies in the reaction post).

(Just did a small flist tidy. Mostly removing deleted journals, inactive comms etc. If I accidentally removed you (ack!) let me know…)
xx
ash48: (Smish the Flist)
…if you'd like to.

Hey lovely peoples. Hope you are enjoying the lead up to Christmas. Surprisingly, I actually am. Usually I am rather fraught this time of year but I feel pretty darn organised and content. Being on holiday certainly helps with the overall feeling of sheer happiness (and reading the lovely comments on my last vid. I feel no shame in saying they mean a lot to me <3. The love meme thread was wonderful also. THANK YOU for all your lovely comments. The last few weeks of school were rough, so they really helped me through. Seriously. <33).

I've seen a couple of memes floating around - one was the December ask-a-question meme and there's a vidding one which has been interesting also.

I didn't have time to do either of these but I have a little bit of time up my sleeve now so if you wanted to ask a question feel free!. It doesn't have to be vidding related (though if it is I'll probably include it in my end of year round up *g*). I have a few days off before I head to a place called Seabird for some R&R with my hubby and a group of friends - so I'll be looking for something to do (I'm taking some time off making stuff until the new year. I think. I mean, if I can stop myself…)

So. Ask away! It can be anything - fandom related, vidding or RL. Then I'll post the answers (if there's any questions of course…;D) over the next few days.

<3

Poll

Nov. 22nd, 2013 08:59 pm
ash48: (Batcave Sam reading)
Just curious (even though posting it on LJ will skew any sort of "real" results. Though I am hoping to entice some tumblrites to answer also).

I'm thinking about this because I have noticed a lot of LJians migrating to tumblr and it makes me wonder if that's because it offers a more rewarding fandom experience than LJ. For me, it's LJ. I enjoy tumblr but I can (and did!) go days without visiting it, but I can't go a day without checking into LJ.

[Poll #1944482]

I consider "rewarding" to mean where you get the most pleasure. Perhaps your "go to" fandom place. The one that is most satisfying as a fandom hangout. The one you feel most at home or perhaps the place you feel you belong.
ash48: (Discussion / no weapons discharge)
This may not be a "smart move".

But dang it, I'm home alone tonight and I've been wanting to chat about this so I'm posting it.

please scroll on by if you'd rather stay blissfully unaware of SPN controversy surrounding that last episode, or you've had enough of it... )
ash48: (OMG)
This is on tumblr here.

I've uploaded the images here because I NEED these stats on my journal. I can't get over the amount of work that would have gone into researching all this stuff. And then making all the cool graphics. This fandom can be batshit crazy (and yeah, I gotta say I'm seeing it now that I'm hanging around tumblr more) but wow, there are many more who are simply A-MAZING and take the time to give us this incredible stuff!

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more awesome stats here )

Those graphs are amazing! I particularly love the way they provide a great comparison between seasons. Look how much Dean drank in S7! And how many times he said "Sammy" in S2! LOVE IT!
ash48: (Watch for the plot)
So I posted a pimp for a "how to tumblr" recently and it created a little bit of discussion - especially the ideas of "tumblr etiquette". You know me, I love a good discussion so I thought I'd write about my personal views on it.

it's not so bad really... )
ash48: (Discussion / no weapons discharge)
I had a lovely afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] cupidsbow today (yay! another WA vidder!) we chatted all things vidding and I'm excited to be part of a vidding panel at SwanCon.

She shared a vid that was made for her for [livejournal.com profile] festivids and IT IS AMAZING!!! SERIOUSLY! You HAVE to watch this vid. (It was recced to me earlier but I had only got a chance to watch it today).

Staying Low by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl. The footage is from the Alien films and it will BLOW. YOU. AWAY.

I saw a heap of other awesome vids which I will share if I can get my act together. I am playing catch up with a number of things at the moment. /o\


I watched Amour last night. One of the most amazing and affecting films I think I have ever seen. No wonder it won the Palme d'Or and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It's absolutely beautiful - beautifully directed and acted. It's also incredibly heartbreaking and painful. The title is perfect for the subject matter. I couldn't stop hugging my husband after watching this. I recommend it to anyone who likes stories that explore the human condition.


Watched eps of Arrow (I'm getting all the Oliver and Tommy feels now...<33), Haven (an ep that reminded me of Mystery Spot (Groundhog Day). It was wonderfully constructed and I was having all the Nathan, Duke and Audrey feels) and the latest ep of Spartacus (just when I thought it couldn't get any more brutal...*guh*. It was hard to watch, but still amazing).

And now...a brief word about that stupid anon non-comm )

Yay, long weekend! Another day off tomorrow! \o/ I so need it...
ash48: (Oh yeah)


LJ Is Alive!
A Multifandom LiveJournal Friending Meme
Tumblr is great, but my fandom heart is in LJ.


I'm pimping this not because I'm taking part but because I WANT LJ TO LIVE!

I wrote an essay about fan sites and how fans take what they're given and make them work. I haven't posted it because it's a jumbled of thoughts and it's lacking research, but I'm intrigued by the way a platform like Tumblr has been - um- bent to accommodate the way fans want to post. And how Live Journal seems to be trying to accommodate the ways (some) fans like to post with their recent updates. Particularly things like allowing sticky posts to comms and incorporating features that seem popular on other social media sites.

I think I might be one of the rare few who actually like the LJ updates. I haven't used their new friends page (I like viewing it in my own format) but I do like the profile and posting page.

I also pondered if a fan specific platform may ever be created. A place that featured everything we need so we could all hang out in one place. A place that's easy to post (like Tumblr) but allows connectivity (like LJ). Ridiculous thinking really because not only do we all want something different but it wouldn't be cost effective for the developers I imagine.

Aaannnway. The only way LJ will stay alive and kicking is if we keep using it! It's heartening to see over 3000 comments to the above meme. :))
ash48: (Charlie dancing)
BEST SCI-FI!!! BEST FAN FOLLOWING!!! at People Choice Awards 2013 \o/

AAAANNNDDD.....

BEST DRESSED!!! The prom date boys looked AWESOME with their matching colors!! They did that for us yes?!?! GORGEOUS! (ETA: HA! When I typed that I meant it as a joke, but apparently IT'S TRUE! LOLZ)

Another ETA: So...I think the material of Jensen's jacket is the same as Jared's tie and the lining of Jensen's jacket is the same material as Jared's shirt. TAILOR MADE MATCHING OUTFITS!!! Just saying....<333

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ETA: Love this article!" "This definitely earns them a spot on our next bromance list"

And because I need music to celebrate I am shamelessly posting my PCA vid from last year. I just won't have a chance to make one this year so let's pretend it's for this year!



(shame neither one of the boys won best actor but at least they didn't win it TOGETHER! They know we love 'em!)

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