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26 January 2007 @ 12:21 pm
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God knows why, but it's in a mood. :( Rats.

maygra, are you out there? I emailed you late last night...

Other stuff:
The Prison Break Fic Exchange Round 4 signups are closed, and we have 40 authors participating in this round. *thud* Guess what I'm going to be doing this weekend? I can feel my head splitting from here. :(

I'm catching up on "Plastic Winchester Theater" episodes right now (oh, yeah!), I'm thisClose to finishing up a Wincest 1-sentence piece, and I'm hoping to see a movie during date-night with my husband. WHICH movie, I'm not sure yet. "Children of Men" and "The Last King Of Scotland" are big contenders.

I have recently seen "Babel" (Hmmm. Overwrought, in a word. Morality tale perhaps in how a single seemingly-small moment of poor judgment can nearly destroy you), "Pursuit of Happyness" (very good, and you just nearly bleed for that main character, waiting for a crumb of good news), and "Bent" (Clive Owen kissing men-- yum!-- which sounds shallow, because the story is angsty and drama. Too much of the staginess of the play was retained for the movie, though, and that worked less well in this rendition).

Girl Scout Cookie Sales are OVER after Sunday, so my life becomes my own again! Unfortunately, it will be shaped like rose-pruning in the near future, but still...
 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: 1ww secret smilethelana on January 26th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Awwww, you poor thing! Heh, reminds me of somebody who actually devised an algorithm for establishing the best match for a ficathon. Of course the algorithm probably is more complicated than the whole thing and the bigger the ficathon is the less you probably know about the people. Which in turn means that you might be missing out essential information when you try to match them (like writer X prefers writing stories about character B and any pairing as long as it includes B. while writer Z is willing to do pairings as long as they don't pair somebody from their OTP with somebody else; while Y only writes their OTP anyway).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Of course the algorithm probably is more complicated than the whole thing and the bigger the ficathon is the less you probably know about the people.
Oh, I can't imagine these comms where you get HUNDREDS of stories to match up. Usually, they go the other route: post the prompts, and let people claim them or not. That way you definitely know the writer likes the prompt. Of course, whether all the prompts get written (even the claimed ones) can be pretty random.

The matrix for this always makes my brain hurt, and this time there were at least 12 of 40 requests that were for pure porn, which is new, and a lot of new writers who ONLY wanted NC-17 or R-NC17 porn. Which I'm going to have to post a warning about next time, because that's too inflexible when assigning the stories. :(
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 29th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'd probably just be mean and assign those people to each other. I mean if they only want NC-17 then they must also be prepared to write it, right?

And if some of those people drops out, go and beat their asses. Because requesting porn and then potentially not being willing to do anything in return is just mean.

But that's probably just me being a mean paranoid bitch :D I think it needs people with the soul of an angel, like you, to be in charge of stuff like that :D I'd probably just have a hate freakout anytime somebody is really late or somebody hands something in that obviously isn't spellchecked. LOL, I'd probably request all people who sign up to sign a "I solemny swear that I'm in posession of basic writing and grammar skills". Which of course would make me a hypocrite, considering that my grammar and especially my typing can be a bit, errr, spotty, at times :D

Ah, *strikes evil thoughts from head*, just think of the good stuff, namely hopefully all the nice stories that will come out of this :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'd probably just be mean and assign those people to each other. I mean if they only want NC-17 then they must also be prepared to write it, right?
Oh, some of that definitely went on. Especially the person (whom I don't know) that had the most outrageous request for porn, and then said she would personally only write 3 of the characters. I totally had a "So what do you bring to the table then, lady, huh?" moment over that.

I'd probably just have a hate freakout anytime somebody is really late or somebody hands something in that obviously isn't spellchecked.
It's the leading on that's worse, actually. I've had a dropout in both rounds who promised, promised, any-day-now, and then stopped responding to emails and such. Last round it was aspensnow, which is so unlike her that I wonder if RL ambushed her badly. :(

But I must admit, I do employ the "remind, nag, guilt" techniques as we get closer to the date-- because not only is it my stress, mainly it is just not fair to someone not to have their story written.

The pervious round-- 27 authors-- I had a TON of people who did the LJ encoding before they sent the story to me, and I wanted to offer up novenas to them because that was so sweet and so helpful, you can't imagine. I had to actually ask for it this time, with 40 people. Posting the encoded stories takes enough time as it is (and I do tend to skim over them to see if they're coherent enough to post). If I get something totally lacking (didn't happen last round), I intend to send it back and tell them to get a beta and rework.

namely hopefully all the nice stories that will come out of this :D
We always get some fantastic ones and a lot of good ones, and I so wish you were still in the fandom! *cries* I think you would have liked my M/L "Icicle Palace," and I know you would have loved ferrynheit's CrackHumor piece (so creative), and the outstanding Kellerman&Hale piece that msgenevieve wrote that worked the socks off of her prompt and was just a terrific style, format and unfolding. *Sigh* I wish I'd written that one. :)
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 29th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
You know, when the big christmas exchange wank happened on Fandom_Wank, my first thought was why people find it so hard to drop out officially. I mean, yeah, people bitch, but I think most people would prefer it if people like aspensnow or almostforgiven said "Okay, that's it, I'm dropping out" and then drop out/stop responding to emails.

That whole Harry Potter wank could have been avoided if that person had just been honest enough to say "Sorry, I can't do it" and had turned the prompt back in. I mean, not that I would wish that on any poor organizers such as you, but for the person who received the story it surely would have been easier if the story had just been turned over to a replacement writer on time. Or you know, make a compromise by privately asking the author (while no revealing your identity) whether they would be okay with something different. I remember when clex was asked to write something she was really unhappy with, during the very, very first exchange, I asked the person in question on her behalf, if there was anything else she would like.

If I get something totally lacking (didn't happen last round), I intend to send it back and tell them to get a beta and rework.

I guess that is one advantage of having so many writers. If you post only a bunch of stories a day, you can easily send a fic for rewriting/beta/assign it to an ersatz writer and nobody will ever know because it will just be posted at the end of the line. (provided of course it gets handed in in time; though I'm guessing if somebody is very late with their request, chances are good that it might also be of poor quality)

I think you would have liked my M/L "Icicle Palace," and I know you would have loved ferrynheit's CrackHumor piece (so creative), and the outstanding Kellerman&Hale piece that msgenevieve wrote that worked the socks off of her prompt and was just a terrific style, format and unfolding. *Sigh* I wish I'd written that one.

Heh, you should encourage people to do a "Top Three Stories from the exchange" meme at the end of the exchange :D

ferryn is mean. Didn't she write a *great* piece for the previous exchange? And I still remember her Sucre/LJ fondly. She really seems to have a good hand for writing intimacy yet she so rarely writes anything.

BTW, I'm catching up on season 5 of 24 and wow, I'm loving it. So much fun. I'm just at the part where the badguy revealed his reasons to the president. In episode 6!!! And of course the nerve gas that they sold to the terrorist to use against the Russians got used in a way they didn't intend to and *damn*!

I totally expected to hate the whole plot with the president's wife, but at the moment I really like it. And I'm actually starting to understand the Chloe like. She is much cooler and much prettier in season 5. And so far Audrey doesn't bug.

I have to say though, Kiefer looked much prettier and younger in season 5. Which I'm guessing makes sense because after all he was supposed to be tortured for 20 months, but still, the difference is impressive!

They do seem to have the oddest casting choices. I constantly go "OMG, I know that guy from there and there!". Which is funny since I remember stories of them rejecting a bunch of actors who wanted to be on the show for being too recognizable. Obviously I watch too much tv (what else is new?).
aeroport_artaeroport_art on January 26th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Lol, at least the cold snap is over so you won't be freezing next to your rose bushes.

I watched Children of Men, and it was pretty good :D Not life-altering, but a very solid, well-made film.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
I actually GOT to some of the rose-bushes today.

Sadly, my tardiness means that the gardeners took the initiative on the walkway rose-trees (instead of the bulk hedge-like things around the corner-- don't know why they did that). I hope those rose-trees survive. They were cut back MUCH farther than I do them. :0

We didn't get out after all this weekend-- our babysitter cancelled! Rats. Forrest Whittaker will have to wait for another day...
aeroport_artaeroport_art on January 29th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Lol, I babysit on the side! Of course, it would also be kind of strange to meet you in RL :0 Lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hee! *ponders* *wonders what Li charges, and how long she's going to be at UC Davis* ;)
aeroport_artaeroport_art on January 29th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Lol, my current employer pays me about $12/hr :D Yes, I realize I have a very generous employer. But I'll be around until June this year, and I would be down for babysitting, hahaha. Saving up for post-graduation traveling :3
mooyoo: Julia&Elissa did aquatic M/L!mooyoo on January 26th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, 40? Awesome. I admit, I've been reading some of the prompts ;) Exciting stuff (though probably a pain to organize who gets what. Let me know if you need any help with anything).

Saw Children of Men a few weeks ago and really liked it, though it was way more violent than I'd expected it to be. Everyone in it was excellent, and fantastic directing (I adore Alfonso Cuarón), very interesting story (and some pieces very relevant to current world events). Haven't seen The Last King of Scotland, but I hear good things. Saw The Pursuit of Happyness this week and really liked it a lot too. The kid was adorable. It was almost hard to watch at times, with just how difficult things were for him and how it seemed like every move he made just dug him in deeper, but you knew things would work out for him in the end (otherwise they wouldn't have made a movie about it :P).
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: cuuuuuute kajol k3gthelana on January 26th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
*points*

Everytime I see that icon it still makes me smile. Elissa and Julia deserve some sort of "increasing the happyness of the world ratio" award for it.
mooyoo: Heroes - We both flewmooyoo on January 26th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes. I don't use it as much anymore, so I thought I'd whip it out just for the hell of it today.
Ice-T: an actor, also a refreshing beveragefiddleyoumust on January 26th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Aww. Very sweet.

I actually took mine out of my rotation the other day and it made me a little weepy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: M/L postcoital crawdadshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
What? NOoooooo! *sacrilege*

*weeps for the loss of Julia in fandom* :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Saw Children of Men a few weeks ago and really liked it, though it was way more violent than I'd expected it to be.
It looks kind of moody and fascinating, and I have a ridiculous weakness for Clive Owen that I really can't explain.

"Pursuit of Happyness" was really good, and not "feel-good" or trite the way it could have been. More drama than melodrama. And Will Smith's son was SO cute in it, and he did a great job with the acting. You really felt for that poor little guy...