Comment here with your location and whether you want to organize or just attend a writing meetup.
I'm in the Boston area, and would like to organize a ~bi-weekly writing-and-coffee/tea meet-up. Likely in Cambridge, flexible to Somerville/Watertown/Boston proper/etc, depending on what people want.
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Now in its seventh year, the Misses Clause Challenge was created to promote the inclusion, expansion, and celebration of women in fanfiction. We'd like to challenge you all to think about the ways women are represented in fanworks, and write fic either centered on female characters or fic within a fandom with a rich and diverse cast of characters that includes valuable and important female voices.
Participation is easy! Initially, the challenge set out to include more female characters in fic using the Bechdel Test as a barometer. But honestly, plenty of sources can (and do) successfully pass without putting female characters anywhere near the forefront. So the general rule for participating in the Misses Clause Challenge is simple:
That's it! Write women who are celebrated, who are unsung, who are the heroes of their own stories or the unfortunate victims of circumstance. Write women talking, fighting, saving the day, or just going about their business. Write women of all ages, shapes, sizes, races, creeds, sexual orientations, mental and physical abilities, or moral fiber. Write women, full stop.
Easy enough, right? So if you’re willing, and we hope you are…
· Write a Yuletide assignment or treat with one or more women as the focus. Femslash, female POV, ensemble fic, whatever works for you — as long as there's a female character front and center, your fic fulfills the challenge.
· Tag your finished fic with "Misses Clause Challenge".
There is still maybe time to nominate women, if you're so inclined. And there is definitely time to think about requesting prompts that feature female characters so that the letters post is full of options.
From there, search out those that request women, maybe bookmark one for later, or even start a treat. There's a lot of female characters nominated annually and a number of requests will coincide with that. Maybe one of the letters might start or keep the creative juices flowing.
And to all of those who have taken up the challenge, or who are considering doing so this year, I just want to say, on behalf of both myself and freneticfloetry, Thank You. We try to keep this very low key with absolutely no pressure to participate, and yet we're continually blown away by the support and the number of folks who take on the challenge as well as the types of awesome fic that you guys create year after year. So, thank you, again, for your participation, your openness to the challenge, your totally legitimate concerns and critiques. Here’s to Yuletide 2017, and another great wave of new Misses Clause stories.
G (hauntedd) & Court (freneticfloetry)
*The challenge name was meant to be a punny play on the fic season and a bad movie, and was not meant to be exclusionary in any way. (And yes, the "e" was intentional.)
We may not get more Jude | Zero | Zude in canon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get them in our fic/art/vids! This round of Team Zude Comment!Fic & Art Fest is for virtual season four-related prompts where Jude and Zero are both still on the show.
Leave a prompt in comments to this post at team_zude. If you find a prompt that you like, go ahead and fill it!
The Fest will run for ~6 weeks, beginning today, Friday, September 15th, and running through midnight Tuesday, October 31st. See the post linked above for more information.
Escapade is coming to KiScon (www.kiscon.org) this weekend! If you’re attending the KiScon (or in the area) come join us Saturday from 6-7 PM in the bar at the Holiday Inn LAX (9901 S La Cienega). If you haven’t registered for Escapade 2018 yet, register at KiScon and we’ll buy you a drink!
Get people into your canon! Tell them what's awesome about it!
Tell them where to find it!
Tell them ALL ABOUT IT!
Please use this format:
<b>What's awesome about it:</b>
<b>Where to find:</b>
Thank you and have a great yuletide!
(ALSO: Please feel free to ask for specific recs too! Like post a thread going 'hey I'm looking for canons with bisexual leads' or something!)
This is a post I've been meaning to make for a few years now. Every year we have great challenges and collections, such as Misses Clause (promoting fics that pass the Bechdel Test) and collections for characters of color. However, the posts for those come during sign-ups, when people only have the tagset to work from. If nobody nominated any women or characters of color for your favorite small fandom, you're out of luck.
Look over your own nominations in these next three days. Look at the spreadsheet and the nomiations post on DW and LJ. Are these the characters you want to make requests for, write for, or both? Did you have a free slot and are you nominating them after looking at the requests tab on the spreadsheet? Are you already coordinating with a friend, or friends, to cover a big cast list?
Consider coordinating with fellow fans using the nomiantions posts and spreadsheet in these final days. Who is your cast list comprised of for your fandom? Are there women, are there characters of color, are there characters with disabilites? If someone who likes this fandom wants to participate in Misses Clause, will they be able to? If someone who likes this fandom wants to participate in a chromatic challenge, will they be able to? (Obviously not all fandoms can do this, some fandoms only comprise of a few characters at all, sometimes no one can find someone else to help with nominations. I mean this in general terms.)
I know every year only about 1/3rd of people nominating end up using the nominations coordination posts and spreadsheets. This year, why don't some of us help each other out to make the tagset more inclusive?
Edit: tl;dr: If you want to nominate more characters from a fandom, it's best to coordinate with fellow fans on the nominations pages I've linked above. If you don't want to, you don't have to.
(I hope no one's toes are dented.)
(I'd add tags, but I'm not authorized.)
ETA: I should make it clearer that you can edit the spreadsheet directly. I am trying to add things people posted who didn't get them there, but I am not fast. The links are so if people want to ask you to add or change a character they can.
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There will be many other events this month celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Organization for Transformative Works. Check out the others, too!
RevelCon is raising money to help Harvey victims. If you can donate, please do. Whether you can donate or not, please share this in your communities and conversations.
#TeamRevelCon Working for Houston!
There are a lot of really great organizations on the ground responding to Hurricane Harvey. So, why has RevelCon chosen Convoy of Hope? Last year after the Tax Day Flood one of our committee members found herself in the unfortunate position of needing their help.
While it is great to have someone drop off water and cleaning supplies, answering a knock on the door and having 30 people swarm in to clean out your house is overwhelming. They accomplished in 2 hours what would have taken days.
Convoy of Hope had supplies ready to go before the storm hit. The food, water and cleaning supplies they hand out in the immediate aftermath of the storm is a wonderful service. But the organization will be on the ground here in Houston for weeks as they help people clear out their homes, remove wet drywall and tear out wet carpeting. Your donation will help pay for materials and support the volunteers on the ground.
Convoy of Hope has a four star 96.4% rating with Charity Navigator. You can be sure that your donation will be responsibly used to support people impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Can you help spread the word? If you are on any fan mailing lists or Facebook groups could you share this page?
I thought it was the coolest thing ever when we were writing it, the idea of doing a 'lost episode' of The Next Generation, but they're going to the holodeck to look back at Enterprise, Rick and I thought was a great sendoff to Star Trek [the franchise as it existed in 2005], and it didn't work out so well...It was a kind of a slap in the face to the Enterprise actors. I heard it from everybody, it was the only time Scott Bakula was ever mean to me. I regret it.
read the rest here.
from what i've seen & heard scott bakula is a ridiculously nice guy so for him to be "mean" to someone is a major thing.
cross-posted to my journal & startrek