holdouttrout: (blue_saturn)
Yesterday I was convinced I should have studied computer science and today I think I should be a professor of fandom.

Infinite Possibilities )

Sam and Jack and Laira )
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (oops)
I'm sorry about this, but I just can't let it go. I put together some thoughts about the cost and consequences of magic in Once Upon a Time and some reasons why I think the magic system in the show is broken and terrible and needs to be fixed. I did this mostly from memory and my own impressions, so if you think I'm wrong about something or am missing important examples, please comment!

In which I am a wordy, enchanted fish )

P.S. I know it's "Rumplestiltskin" and not "Rumpelstiltskin" in Once, but is it shortened to Rumple or Rumpel?
holdouttrout: (Skeptic)
My question, brought on by boredom and a leftover cupcake from yesterday's birthday celebration, is this:

Would Jack count cupcakes as cake?

Because they really are cake, in one sense, but...they're cupcakes. I never think of cake and cupcakes as essentially the same thing, even though they are.

Right?

And now I've decided I want cake-themed fic. *trundles off to search the web*

Okay, so this post makes me look crazy, too, but trust me, the other one was crazier.

ETA: Wait! Have a couple of sweets before you go. I'll share! I'm nice!

A Stargate-Themed Wedding Cake.
[livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum wrote What Would Jack Do? (A series of ficlets) that mentions cake. A lot. *grins*
[livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum also wrote The Lollipop Guild, which ALSO mentions cake.
Jojo wrote Just Don't Eat the Cake, which is Sam/Jack under the influence of really delicious pastry, and one of the most hilarious fics EVER.
holdouttrout: (Skeptic)
My question, brought on by boredom and a leftover cupcake from yesterday's birthday celebration, is this:

Would Jack count cupcakes as cake?

Because they really are cake, in one sense, but...they're cupcakes. I never think of cake and cupcakes as essentially the same thing, even though they are.

Right?

And now I've decided I want cake-themed fic. *trundles off to search the web*

Okay, so this post makes me look crazy, too, but trust me, the other one was crazier.

ETA: Wait! Have a couple of sweets before you go. I'll share! I'm nice!

A Stargate-Themed Wedding Cake.
[livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum wrote What Would Jack Do? (A series of ficlets) that mentions cake. A lot. *grins*
[livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum also wrote The Lollipop Guild, which ALSO mentions cake.
Jojo wrote Just Don't Eat the Cake, which is Sam/Jack under the influence of really delicious pastry, and one of the most hilarious fics EVER.
holdouttrout: (team_shoes)
Each day of being sick brings a new and inventive horror. Today, it's a headache with coughing, and some kind of weird backache for no reason I can reason out. I'm doing my best to avoid coughing, which seems to help a bit. As long as I don't lay down.

Also: I have been informed that you're not supposed to do chores when sick, where chores means doing laundry and/or vacuuming. But I say that even when sick, and maybe especially when sick, things sticking to the bottom of feet is really, really, really annoying. And also laundry is not that difficult. Taking showers is way harder.

Don't take showers when you're sick. Unless someone is home to drag your naked, wet body out of the bathroom when you faint.

Not that I did that*.

I have been using my time home wisely and watching a ton of SG-1. I decided I needed to see all ten seasons from the beginning, in order, which is a new experience for me. So I started with CotG on Saturday and am now in the middle of "Bane."

rambling about episodes )


*I actually didn't do that. Faint, I mean. I did take a shower, which was a mistake today. Yesterday, however, it was bliss.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (stately_trees)
There's been a lot of discussion lately about Merlin, and whether or not this is a good fandom for people to start loving. From what I can tell, this is largely about the same issues that most fandoms have some amount of trouble with: racism and misogyny. Oddly enough, Arthurian legend has never pinged me as much as everyone, including myself, would think. Mostly I read because the women interested me and wore long, pretty dresses. (Note: My involvement with fandoms hasn't gotten much deeper over time.)

Long meta underneath the cut )
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (stately_trees)
There's been a lot of discussion lately about Merlin, and whether or not this is a good fandom for people to start loving. From what I can tell, this is largely about the same issues that most fandoms have some amount of trouble with: racism and misogyny. Oddly enough, Arthurian legend has never pinged me as much as everyone, including myself, would think. Mostly I read because the women interested me and wore long, pretty dresses. (Note: My involvement with fandoms hasn't gotten much deeper over time.)

Long meta underneath the cut )
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Thinky Daniel)
Guys, I REALLY like this show. Like, a lot. I like AT's accent, I like Will, I even kinda adore Ashley's annoyingness. That's leaving aside all the other awesome characters. I just watched "Requiem." spoilers ahoy! )

I was thinking today about shipping, and about writing gen as a shipper first. Yes, let's talk more about shipping and the lack thereof )

TL;DR= I'm bad at gen but like it a lot.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Thinky Daniel)
Guys, I REALLY like this show. Like, a lot. I like AT's accent, I like Will, I even kinda adore Ashley's annoyingness. That's leaving aside all the other awesome characters. I just watched "Requiem." spoilers ahoy! )

I was thinking today about shipping, and about writing gen as a shipper first. Yes, let's talk more about shipping and the lack thereof )

TL;DR= I'm bad at gen but like it a lot.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (stabler_yeahyou)
Well, crap. I already did a weekend post, didn't I? Okay, well, Sunday was spent chasing down my boss who was running a marathon, going to church to stand in the front and have one of the elders say nice things about me becoming a member, getting my hand shaken (not stirred--you may groan), and then going back for a pizza party celebrating the fact that my boss finished said marathon. (His first.)

This morning, I had pizza for breakfast and watched 'Guilt,' from third-season SVU, in which Alex (who is working her way up my list of favorite female characters who also happen to be blonde--it's a short list--) breaks laws so she can put a pedophile in jail.

Female Characters Who Are Not Perfect and How to Do Them Right )

I have a few recs for fics I've read recently. Actually, if you have delicious or are thinking about using it, I'm holdouttrout over there, too. All of the fics I put on there are ones I've enjoyed--it's not an exhaustive list by any means, but I saved the ones that are on there for a reason. :-)

You can find fics I think are particularly awesome by following my ficrec tag. This is kind of a whimsical tag--some days I'm easier or harder to impress, or I just forget about using this tag. You can combine tags and search for stargate angst fic, or by authors I have in there (again, this is whimsical and somewhat based on critical mass), and you can probably find out entirely too much about what I find funny. *g*

Okay, onto the recs:

Stargate:
A Step Ahead of You, by [livejournal.com profile] mrspollifax. Sam/Jack, spoilery for Ark of Truth and some of SGA season 4 (AU). A very good look at Sam and Jack in the "current" timeframe--kinda twisted and complicated and frustrating in all the right ways.

kings until the power failed, by [livejournal.com profile] _astralis. Sam/Jack, Daniel (Sam/Daniel). From [livejournal.com profile] apocalypse_kree, this has a tone I wish I could capture--all soft and meaningful and really, really quiet while packing a punch.

Iron Man:
Chloe Liked Olivia, by [livejournal.com profile] marinarusalka. Gen. The summary kinda says it all: "One is the personal assistant to a billionaire-playboy-turned-superhero. The other is an ambitious journalist with a political conscience. Together, they fight crime!" It's not as cracky as it sounds, and it is really very awesome--two women, defined partially by Tony Stark, who find their way around that difficulty.

Also, if you have any SVU ficrecs--especially Alex/Olivia--please rescue me from the voles and send them my way. PLEASE. I'm reading mushy romantic fic and it's just not right.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (stabler_yeahyou)
Well, crap. I already did a weekend post, didn't I? Okay, well, Sunday was spent chasing down my boss who was running a marathon, going to church to stand in the front and have one of the elders say nice things about me becoming a member, getting my hand shaken (not stirred--you may groan), and then going back for a pizza party celebrating the fact that my boss finished said marathon. (His first.)

This morning, I had pizza for breakfast and watched 'Guilt,' from third-season SVU, in which Alex (who is working her way up my list of favorite female characters who also happen to be blonde--it's a short list--) breaks laws so she can put a pedophile in jail.

Female Characters Who Are Not Perfect and How to Do Them Right )

I have a few recs for fics I've read recently. Actually, if you have delicious or are thinking about using it, I'm holdouttrout over there, too. All of the fics I put on there are ones I've enjoyed--it's not an exhaustive list by any means, but I saved the ones that are on there for a reason. :-)

You can find fics I think are particularly awesome by following my ficrec tag. This is kind of a whimsical tag--some days I'm easier or harder to impress, or I just forget about using this tag. You can combine tags and search for stargate angst fic, or by authors I have in there (again, this is whimsical and somewhat based on critical mass), and you can probably find out entirely too much about what I find funny. *g*

Okay, onto the recs:

Stargate:
A Step Ahead of You, by [livejournal.com profile] mrspollifax. Sam/Jack, spoilery for Ark of Truth and some of SGA season 4 (AU). A very good look at Sam and Jack in the "current" timeframe--kinda twisted and complicated and frustrating in all the right ways.

kings until the power failed, by [livejournal.com profile] _astralis. Sam/Jack, Daniel (Sam/Daniel). From [livejournal.com profile] apocalypse_kree, this has a tone I wish I could capture--all soft and meaningful and really, really quiet while packing a punch.

Iron Man:
Chloe Liked Olivia, by [livejournal.com profile] marinarusalka. Gen. The summary kinda says it all: "One is the personal assistant to a billionaire-playboy-turned-superhero. The other is an ambitious journalist with a political conscience. Together, they fight crime!" It's not as cracky as it sounds, and it is really very awesome--two women, defined partially by Tony Stark, who find their way around that difficulty.

Also, if you have any SVU ficrecs--especially Alex/Olivia--please rescue me from the voles and send them my way. PLEASE. I'm reading mushy romantic fic and it's just not right.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
You know that lesson you've heard, sometime, about good poll questions? Yeah, that first one on yesterday's poll does not qualify. What happened is I had another one that was slightly better, but lj ate it. Anyway, what I was trying to get at was actually a few different questions, which of course I didn't realize while writing the poll. Well, and it was supposed to be fun, not a lot of meta work. ;-)

Anyway, here are some of the questions that I jumbled into that first question. I also have to say that I am primarily thinking about established media--television, movies, published books. Fanfiction carries a whole different set of expectations.


  1. Do you enjoy fiction with unrealistic premises? (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror)
  2. Do you enjoy fiction where the outcome is certain?
  3. Do you enjoy fiction where main characters can die?
  4. Do you enjoy fiction where it is expected that the "rules" are the same as our reality? (i.e. no one comes back from the dead)
  5. Do you enjoy fiction where a satisfactory resolution takes precedence over realism? (i.e. some crime dramas)
  6. Do you enjoy fiction that doesn't necessarily make realistic sense, but has a greater artistic or emotional mood/resonance?
  7. Do you enjoy fiction that bends/breaks the fourth wall (is self-aware and comments on itself)?


my (brief) answers, let me show you them )

So...feel free to answer one, some, all, or none of these questions.

Also, I have to say that some of the fill-in answers are hilarious. [livejournal.com profile] likethesun2, I agree that it's probably a good thing most television/movies don't deal with literary criticism. Hah! [livejournal.com profile] pcrackenhead, I knew you'd tick (check) that box. *grins*
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
You know that lesson you've heard, sometime, about good poll questions? Yeah, that first one on yesterday's poll does not qualify. What happened is I had another one that was slightly better, but lj ate it. Anyway, what I was trying to get at was actually a few different questions, which of course I didn't realize while writing the poll. Well, and it was supposed to be fun, not a lot of meta work. ;-)

Anyway, here are some of the questions that I jumbled into that first question. I also have to say that I am primarily thinking about established media--television, movies, published books. Fanfiction carries a whole different set of expectations.


  1. Do you enjoy fiction with unrealistic premises? (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror)
  2. Do you enjoy fiction where the outcome is certain?
  3. Do you enjoy fiction where main characters can die?
  4. Do you enjoy fiction where it is expected that the "rules" are the same as our reality? (i.e. no one comes back from the dead)
  5. Do you enjoy fiction where a satisfactory resolution takes precedence over realism? (i.e. some crime dramas)
  6. Do you enjoy fiction that doesn't necessarily make realistic sense, but has a greater artistic or emotional mood/resonance?
  7. Do you enjoy fiction that bends/breaks the fourth wall (is self-aware and comments on itself)?


my (brief) answers, let me show you them )

So...feel free to answer one, some, all, or none of these questions.

Also, I have to say that some of the fill-in answers are hilarious. [livejournal.com profile] likethesun2, I agree that it's probably a good thing most television/movies don't deal with literary criticism. Hah! [livejournal.com profile] pcrackenhead, I knew you'd tick (check) that box. *grins*
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Why fic? Why not original stories?

Ahem. These are original stories. Just not original characters, situations, or, er--universes, for lack of a better word. Mostly, it's about love. I love the characters/situations/universes, and I want to spend more time with them. Same reason I watch/read the source material, really: I love it.

Do you, as a fanfic writer, write for feedback?

No. I write because I must. I write because stories bubble up inside me and spill out my fingers (I WISH, although that might be a little weird, come to think of it). I write because I can't not write.

Do you post fanfic for feedback?

Partly. I love like think feedback is okay. All kinds of feedback--even the ones that annoy me, because I know someone read it and cared enough to drop me a line or two.

Do you expect reviews?

Never. Sort of. I have an assumption of how many reviews a piece might get, but I never expect any one person to reply. And if fewer people respond than I think will, I have to assume the fic didn't resonate the way I hoped it would, or that I was mistaken about its appeal. I never assume the problem is with the reviewer who didn't respond, but with the story.

Why else would you post fic?

I post it because I write it, because I want to share it, because I hope that it will satisfy something in the reader, like writing it satisfied something in me. I post it because to do otherwise means that no one can read that story/interpretation/mood and recognize it and share it with me. I post it because I love it, because I want others to love it, too.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Why fic? Why not original stories?

Ahem. These are original stories. Just not original characters, situations, or, er--universes, for lack of a better word. Mostly, it's about love. I love the characters/situations/universes, and I want to spend more time with them. Same reason I watch/read the source material, really: I love it.

Do you, as a fanfic writer, write for feedback?

No. I write because I must. I write because stories bubble up inside me and spill out my fingers (I WISH, although that might be a little weird, come to think of it). I write because I can't not write.

Do you post fanfic for feedback?

Partly. I love like think feedback is okay. All kinds of feedback--even the ones that annoy me, because I know someone read it and cared enough to drop me a line or two.

Do you expect reviews?

Never. Sort of. I have an assumption of how many reviews a piece might get, but I never expect any one person to reply. And if fewer people respond than I think will, I have to assume the fic didn't resonate the way I hoped it would, or that I was mistaken about its appeal. I never assume the problem is with the reviewer who didn't respond, but with the story.

Why else would you post fic?

I post it because I write it, because I want to share it, because I hope that it will satisfy something in the reader, like writing it satisfied something in me. I post it because to do otherwise means that no one can read that story/interpretation/mood and recognize it and share it with me. I post it because I love it, because I want others to love it, too.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
It's one of those days again, where nothing is actually wrong with the world, and yet I feel slightly down. So here are some things that are causing me joy despite myself:

rough drafts, snow, and DragonCon )

Moving on, I have a short meta about canonical ships )

And now I'm going to talk just a little itty bit about het, slash, and gen, and why slash is artistically superior.

Just kidding.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
It's one of those days again, where nothing is actually wrong with the world, and yet I feel slightly down. So here are some things that are causing me joy despite myself:

rough drafts, snow, and DragonCon )

Moving on, I have a short meta about canonical ships )

And now I'm going to talk just a little itty bit about het, slash, and gen, and why slash is artistically superior.

Just kidding.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Prompt Responses

Several lovely people gave me some great prompts. Here are a couple of the responses. My brain quit on me today, so the rest of them will have to wait. (Sorry!)

For [livejournal.com profile] daisycm83 Touching

Touching )

*_*_*_*_*


For [livejournal.com profile] cminor131 Guitar, But it can't involve any major character playing a guitar. And it especially can't have Sam pining in a corner marveling over Jack's amazing singing voice as he ministers in song to offworld orphans. Cause that would suck.

Play it again... )

*_*_*_*_*

I wrote what she didn't want, too. You can find that here:
http://holdouttrout.livejournal.com/22561.html?thread=196897#t196897

*_*_*_*_*

The four five stages of fic in fandom, for [livejournal.com profile] geneeste:

Read more... )

*_*_*_*_*
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Prompt Responses

Several lovely people gave me some great prompts. Here are a couple of the responses. My brain quit on me today, so the rest of them will have to wait. (Sorry!)

For [livejournal.com profile] daisycm83 Touching

Touching )

*_*_*_*_*


For [livejournal.com profile] cminor131 Guitar, But it can't involve any major character playing a guitar. And it especially can't have Sam pining in a corner marveling over Jack's amazing singing voice as he ministers in song to offworld orphans. Cause that would suck.

Play it again... )

*_*_*_*_*

I wrote what she didn't want, too. You can find that here:
http://holdouttrout.livejournal.com/22561.html?thread=196897#t196897

*_*_*_*_*

The four five stages of fic in fandom, for [livejournal.com profile] geneeste:

Read more... )

*_*_*_*_*
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (nogoodbyes)
I just finished reading "A Stargate Primer for the Farscape Fan," by [personal profile] katie_m, and I have to say it was one of the more hilarious things I've read about Stargate and the fandom. I wish I'd had this around when I first stumbled into Stargate kinda sorta almost maybe through Farscape (but not really). On the other hand, I can now appreciate all the humor in it, so that's pretty sweet.

Am now going to read "A Farscape Primer for the Stargate Fan," by [personal profile] cofax7, and hope it's even half as funny. Which it ought to be, considering it's about Farscape.

I'm sorry if y'all have seen these about a million times. I'm new-ish, and I like spreading joy. *waves hand cheerfully*

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