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13 June 2010 @ 02:02 am
Fandomy bits, and HAIR  
I just thought to actually read through my notifications, and there was a sweet wee lemur there from filmatleven , thanks love! But it had a twin! romaine24  had also sent me a wide-eyed wacky mammal, with a note, to tell me that Snatched was this weekend's fic at hp_weekend_fics , which both made me do a mad little dance of glee at the same time as hang my head in shame, since I have meant to read several of the last weekend fics, but have instead been writing selfishly.

But THANK YOU, Roma and Maggie! I have such love for that mad Next-Gen set in their studio of Great Ego and Peril. Having spent most of the time since writing that working with a TV team as well as my mag set, I have mentally revised the level of ego I ought to have included upwards, but these are newspeople, who are usually a little saner ;-) And touched does not begin to describe my response to your words. Charmed and filled with love is a bit closer.

All of which reminds me that there are other fandom things Of Great Import happening! gunshandcuffs  has the fandom-wide H/D Most Read Bookshelf poll still underway! If you've not voted, please go over there and do so now! However, you don't need to vote for me -- in fact, I'd probably not cope, I like thinking of myself as a slightly acquired taste, like pismanye or Kurt Weill (NOT like Marmite! Bleagh!) What I DO ask is that if you have ever followed my previous recs, you vote for some of the other great fics out there that SHOULD be on the bookshelf but which look like slipping off due to lack of promotion. 

In particular, I would love to see  A Tale of Horns by pushdragon , Crup-tion of the Not-So Innocent by calanthe_fics , and The Simple Joy of Living by mahaliem  make it on. They're all everything that fandom generally loves: tightly written, well characterised, funny and porny, and all had massive responses when they were posted, but are all dropping off for some reason or other (probably because they are from 2008). Go and read them if you haven't -- each and every one is a complete delight (and none are awfully long). There are a bunch of other fics on that list that I would also be pimping were it a best fic list,  but these are the three that I remember having fantastic public responses and recs abungo, which seem to be merely in need of a bit of publicity.

So if you've ever trusted me on a rec and felt it worth the hour of your time, trust me again on these three! (Or check out the gunshandcuffs list for any number of great fics!)

In hair news, I now have dark brown-black hair with pillar box red racing stripes. It is FANTASTIC. I may have found the style I wish to keep for the next decade! (Unless the red runs out as quickly as the old 80s bright colours used to, in which case, expect griping and possibly an experiment with white badger stripes ;-))

And Rage, the Friday and Saturday night music clip show on the ABC, has an all-covers special on which has been unbelievably brilliant. Right now they are playing the Housemartin's version of Caravan of Love -- I am filled with joy!
Cheryl Dysondysonrules on June 12th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh, I love Snatched! I'ma read it again!

*runs to waste loads of writing time on fandomy miscellany*
emansil_08 on June 12th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I've not read Simple Joy of Living, so another to add to the ever growing list. I did however read one of her others, the name escapes me at the moment, that I fraking adored!

you have red strips in your hair? how awesome is that!

Congrats on the weekend fic of the weekend. I never have time on weekends to read anything. *wipes tear from face* lol.

Edited at 2010-06-12 05:58 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 15th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the stripes! They held up to washing *Sighs of relief*

And yes, I spent last weekend running around like a headless chicken, so the idea of having a lovely read makes me very jealous indeed: I have a long list to get to!

SJoL is BRILLIANT, I thoroughly recommend it. Mahaliem is one of my reliable authors -- but there are stacks of hers I've not read doe to the aforementioned time issues ...
Vaysh Swiftstorm: a.New H/D Favesvaysh on June 12th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!! ♥

Will. Read. Snatched.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 15th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Indeed! It will change forever your appreciation of Finnish jokes ;-)
calanthe_fics on June 12th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
I must see the hair! Photos please.

Guns N Handcuffs has astounded me. I think what makes me sad about it is that 4 or 5 authors will have big/ish multiples of fics on the list. I wonder if that means that there are less writers, less people writing reader pleasers, fewer 'good' authors. I just think that overall it's a sad trend. It was there in the first bookshelf, but not to this extent. It doesn't blow the trumpet for genre diversity much does it?
maggiemarguerite_26 on June 12th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
i've been thinking about this...
I wonder if that means that there are less writers, less people writing reader pleasers, fewer 'good' authors.

hmm.. you know, I don't think so at all. I think it shows that there are a few really great writers who also happen to write in a style that pleases the masses. They are romance fics, passionate and funny with clever plots and great characterisation and really hot sex. crowd pleaser, yes, but for good reason.

The reason there are few of them, well... there aren't that many writers that churn out LOTS of great long fics. Years of consistent writing of fics that people remember get you a following. Add to that writing in a genre that gathers more readers than others, they will always be the most read authors because ppl know they can click that 30k and it's a guaranteed good read and they will remember reading it.

If the poll were different (favourite 'author'/favourite 'fic'/fic you've read the most number of times) the results might have been different. but we didn't do that because that shit gets wanky. This was 'have you read' and yeah - those authors get read. A LOT apparently. LOL. but I do not see that as a bad thing. I see that as an indication of who readers know to click and remember clicking.

Edited at 2010-06-12 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: i've been thinking about this... - calanthe_fics on June 13th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Oddly enough.... - wemyss on June 13th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Oddly enough.... - calanthe_fics on June 14th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Oddly enough.... - vaysh on June 14th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
You're already thus scheduled. - wemyss on June 14th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: You're already thus scheduled. - vaysh on June 14th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: i've been thinking about this... - blamebrampton on June 14th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
... but two of them were not memorable. - wemyss on June 14th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: ... but two of them were not memorable. - blamebrampton on June 15th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
gracefulfoolgracefulfool on June 13th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Ooh, new hair for you, too? It sounds awesome! Everything is better with red racing stripes. ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 13th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
You inspired me! I was going to faff about with the same old style, but I went back to my old hairdresser and was richly rewarded! :-)
Hueyphoenixacid on June 13th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
I TOTALLY SECOND Snatched, Simple Joy, Horns and Crup-tion!!!! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 13th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
That's because you have excellent taste ;-)
It's a Deensedeensey on June 13th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
I need to see the hair!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 13th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what we are doing tomorrow (er, today, I am up watching the Grand Prix), but will catch up with you v soon so you can see it!
(no subject) - deensey on June 14th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
drgaellon on June 13th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
I thought the point of the poll was to find out which are already the most read fics - to click on the ones you've already read and remembered, not to go read them now then click on them. (And that may be why they've dropped off - lack of memorability. I've only read "Crup-tion," so I can't say for sure.)

I thought the Housemartins' version of "Caravan of Love" was the original. I've never found an earlier.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 13th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
Came out a year earlier as a much less good tune: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caravan_of_Love (I couldn't begin to tell you who it was by without looking it up!)

And, well, I think that was theoretically the idea, but the polls don't seem to be reflecting that at all. When you look at the polling numbers for The Price We Pay for Wings and compare it to the comments on its original hd_hols appearance alone, they are nothing like. It is certainly a very memorable fic, as are Simple Joy and Tale of Horns, though I would understand people who mixed up Cruption and Bryoney's Bunny fic that came out about the same time.
Personally... - wemyss on June 13th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally... - blamebrampton on June 13th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - treacle_tartlet on June 22nd, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on June 23rd, 2010 02:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - treacle_tartlet on June 23rd, 2010 11:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
uminohikariuminohikari on June 14th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Pics or it didn't happen! XD

I haven't read most of those fics! I'm a bad fic reader~
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 15th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
I keep trying to take a photo that does not show my face! Will try again outdoors tomorrow, in hopes the natural light makes everything work better.

And there were a shocking number that I had not read -- I am a bad fandomeer!