Hopefully, they won't wake you up in the middle of the night for a crime adventure (just kidding, hopefully they will), or pretend to poison themselves, or watch/read porn while you're trying to sleep (just kidding again, you'll probably join them).
Word Count: ~4,100 words
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. No profit is made with this and none of this is real.
Summary: Jared tries to convince Jensen that they should sleep together. Jensen is not so sure that's a good idea.
♥ Found an Ender's Game tattoo online that I deeply want. Too bad OSC is such a whatever, and I'll never be able to get it. Alas. Still an amazing book though.
♥ I had all sort of plans for today -- two doctor's appointments, trip to Target, possibly Which Wich, possibly a movie. Instead, I'm waiting for the vet to call me. They're taking chest films of Max because he isn't breathing right. Poor puppy. :( I just...I have so much to say about this and it's all sad and emotional and instead I'm just focusing on denial. It's much easier.
♥ Work continues to be exhausting. I missed my best friend's birthday dinner last weekend because of work and I remain bummed about it, even five days later.
♥ I keep trying to do things I've always done to feel better -- read fic, listen to music, write letters -- and I cannot focus on ANYTHING. It just all seems like a huge effort.
♥ I had to get rid of a couple coffee cups and am contemplating how to replace them. I'd love to see a picture of your favorite coffee/tea cup!
♥ My sis-in-law found out yesterday that she got into nursing school. It's been a bit of a struggle, and I am SO PROUD of her. I sent flowers this morning, very early, and I'm excited for her to get them.
- Current Mood: contemplative
Amazon is working with WB to publish (read: sell) fanfiction from the Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries 'verses. And they said that more "worlds" will be announced soon.
Basically, fanfic writers will be able to sell their fics - formatted for Kindle - via Amazon, and the restrictions are not as massive as you'd think!
No excessive product placement for non-show brands.
But here's the thing about porn! Amazon says they don't allow porn to be sold on their site, so as long as your fic content is no more explicit than anything that's on Amazon's site today (see: 50 Shades and anything in the erotica category) then it won't run afoul of Amazon's content restrictions - and if they say it does, then the Internet will stand behind you as if you were a Nutella fan barred from celebrating its wonderful tastiness.
HOWEVER, each World Licensor will be providing "Content Guidelines" for their specific 'verse - and I can't find those anywhere. THAT might make a significant impact on what types of fanfic one can and cannot sell, but until we've had a chance to look through them, we can't determine the specifics.
I don't think it's realistic to be concerned that the existence of Kindle Worlds will mean that tv show/film/book creators will stamp out freely given fics. At this point, Kindle Worlds will only accept things over 5000 words, anyway, and the longstanding laches issue that protects fics posted elsewhere and given away will still hold.
However, it does mean that people who write in the fandoms covered by Kindle Worlds and sell ebooks of those stories outside of the Kindle license may find themselves dealing with cease & desist letters. But there was always a chance they would because of the commercial aspect of that action.
Also, this will leave fandom with a lot of questions on issues other than legality be on fan-created gift culture, commissions, fundraising for charity, or even the ability of pro writers to write in other universes>
Does this further "legitimize" fan creativity (which I think has long been a pretty legit hobby), will it just create an additional outlet for story distribution, and what other fandoms will WB add?
I wouldn't be shocked if they bring Tomorrow People into this as the show launches in the fall, but what about things that are ending their runs like Nikita, or shows with massive fanbases and almost a decade of fan creativity, like the behemoth that is Supernatural?
Oh, and here't the royalty-related info:
- Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to the rights holder for the World (we call them World Licensors) and to the Fic Author. Fic Author's standard royalty rate for works of at least 10,000 words will be 35% of net revenue.
- In addition, with the launch of Kindle Worlds, Amazon Publishing will pilot an experimental new program for particularly short works (between 5,000 and 10,000 words). For these short stories—typically priced under one dollar—Amazon will pay the royalties for the World Licensor and will pay authors a digital royalty of 20% of net revenue. The lower royalty for these shorter works is due to significantly higher fixed costs per digital copy (for example, credit-card fees) when prices for the entire class of content will likely be under one dollar.
Now, I want to be very clear - I think the possible impacts of this are serious and significant and will change fandom massively - but I'm not sure that it gives any rightsholders any additional rights/chances/ability to go after anyone who's giving their fic away for free - at least not in the US, under current IP law.
- Current Mood:multifaceted
Last night I was talking to my mom while coworker and I were driving to Michigan (we have a four-hour meeting here today). I asked her if on the way back she could perhaps pick me up from a simple intersection near a major tollway in our area - this would save the driver from having to go too far out of the way to drop me off at my apartment, or save me a ton of time so he wouldn't just drop me off downtown then I would have to take the train back home after spending four hours in a car.
I said it would be like 6ish and that she could come over to visit the kitters (who she constantly says she wants to see) and we could do dinner in my neighborhood. Her response was a very unenthusiastic "We'll have to see how I feel tomorrow." Which is pretty much her response anytime I ask her about making plans to do something together. Now, she has MS, and I get that she gets run down easily and is often in pain near the end of the day, but I HATE how this is her patented response to pretty much everything I ever suggest to her, ever. I wish I were joking here. 99.9% of the time, this is her answer to my questions. She doesn't ever seem interested in doing anything unless it's just sitting at their house or going to the movies, meaning I ALWAYS go to them (granted, this is a HUGE chip on my shoulder because my entire family demands this of me; no one ever comes to or is proactive with me).
I just spoke with my dad, who has bowling tonight at an alley that is only 5-10 minutes from my apartment. His response was a happy, albeit somewhat groggy because he just woke up, "Yeah, that sounds like a plan, call me from the road so I know your timing."
And THIS is why he's my favorite and why I spend hundreds of dollars on his birthday presents every year. Did I mention this year I got him Paul McCartney tickets? (okay, so this one is kind of self-serving seeing as I'm dying to see Sir Paul, myself, but still, they cost a pretty penny) That same week I'm seeing NKOTB/Boyz II Men (omg!) and The Script/Train. JULY IS GONNA BE AWESOME.
- Started using Dreamwidth, maybe.
- Decided I need to go through every single SPN vid I have on my computer and delete the ones that no longer speak to me since having fallen mostly out of love with the show.
- Watched 18 of the SPN vids I have, and deleted two.
- Started pondering some vidshow ideas for next vidukon, and mentally putting together playlists.
- Begun looking into vidding software again.
- Tidied about ten vids out of my unsorted vids folder and into my sorted vids folder.
- Downloaded some vids that are entirely unrelated to any vid watching or discussion that happened at vidukon.
Things I have not done since vidukon:
- Downloaded any of the ~90 vids I marked down on my con booklet that I wanted to download.
My personal failiness aside, OMG SUCH A GOOD CON. *__* Watching vids and talking vids and learning about vidding with awesome vid people. I AM SO READY FOR NEXT TIME. :DDD
Gil Thorp, 5/22/13
Guys, remember when Gil Thorp plots used to be bonkers crazy insane? Well, those days seem to be long past, which is why I have been studiously ignoring the spring plotline for months. Here it is, in a nutshell: baseball player Foley Knox is the son of a lawyer and an aspiring lawyer himself, and his lawyer dad is suing the gas station owner father of another player because some guy fell down while pumping gas there, and Foley is being a dick to the other kid about it, the end. The other kid and his dad are Chaldean Christians from Iraq, and it briefly looked like that was going to be a plot point somehow, but it was dropped in favor of a B plot involving Foley’s delusional romantic pursuit of Darby, the softball team’s star pitcher who has a toddler because she was previously teen pregnant, which was briefly controversial last spring. Anyway, today at last these plots collide when Foley decides to win the heart of his fair beloved by defeating her tortfeasor in judicial combat! This will also fail.
Wizard of Id, 5/22/13
So Wizard of Id, which is usually not funny on any level, actually made me laugh in two distinct ways today? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO? I appreciate the fact that the joke hinges on grammatical ambiguity — haha, you think “[a]re protesting” is a verb in the progressive aspect, but in fact “protesting” is a deverbal adjective modifying “drones”! But what really made me laugh was the sign that just says “NOT COOL”. It’s a sign that you can use at any protest and one that lets everyone know that, yeah, you’re politically engaged, but you’re also pretty chill.
Mark Trail, 5/22/13
Meanwhile, the AMAZING FOREST BEAR INFERNO is still going on in Mark Trail! I’m a little confused by the positions of everybody/thing in this comic, but, comparing the perspective in the two panels, if Cherry and Shelly are looking at the water and the tree is directly behind them, won’t they have to run sort of towards the bears in order to get to the tree? I mean, I get that they’re right on the shore and their options are limited. This is like the time my wife and I were in Stanley Park in Vancouver, and these raccoons emerged from the trees and wanted to go drink from the pond we were standing at the edge of, and they were heading right for us and didn’t seem scared of us at all, and we were in their way but there was no way for us to go that didn’t involve getting closer to them at least to start. Sure, they were raccoons, not bears, and nothing was on fire, but I don’t believe I ever pretended to be a brave man.
One of the things I didn’t expect when I recently worked Heathcliff into my comics rotation was the feature’s not infrequent expeditions into the inscrutable. I like this one, even if I don’t really understand it. Ha ha, Heathcliff is voyaging home via hot air balloon! It’s whimsical!
Yes, I’m sure the automated recording that delivered this platitude really feels bad after this sick burn! Basically, pluggers have very little control over their own lives and will sullenly lash out at anybody about it, whether they can hear them lashing out or not.
Family Circus, 5/22/13
“Billy and Dolly and Daddy and PJ are in the basement, right, Mommy? With all the sand? And time’s up for them? They won’t bother us ever again? Oh, also, this hourglass ran out, I guess.”
Spider-Man’s high school science teacher always hoped he’d kill or terribly injure himself in a lab accident.
This post originally appeared as "FINE, Gil Thorp, I’ll briefly pay attention to you" on The Comics Curmudgeon, which is the best blog on the Internet.
Also, an amazing article that I stole from steepholm linking it on Facebook, that helps me put into words a bit why my work is important, and also why 'oh but that's just being realistic' drives me freaking crazy as a defense of misogyny in fiction. (Why yes, GRR Martin, I am looking at you.)
Totally late to the bandwagon for this, but OMG. SEAN ASTIN AS DYLAN, WHAAT.
Second episode of Silver Screen Queens is up! Some Like It Hot.
Five episodes the boys had to hug it out after shooting.
1. Dead in The Water - it was the first Dean heavy episode and the water and clutching the kid wrung Jensen out. Jared was there with a warm towel and a hug and Jensen had a feeling this would work out after all.
2. Heart - Jared was full of tears even after the camera stopped rolling - thinking of his puppies in that situation was a hard image to get rid of, but Jensen was there, talking him down and reminding him that the pups were waiting in Jared's trailer.
3. All Hell Breaks Loose - the two episodes were when Jared and Jensen realized that this was going to be a tough gig. Jared wanted to reach up and hug the man as he was screaming himself hoarse, and Jensen just wanted to hug Jared to make sure he was really alive. They knocked the two episodes out of the park, and Jensen knew that Jared was more than just a friend.
4. Mystery Spot - it was Jared's turn to realize that Jensen wasn't just his brother on screen, but meant so much more off screen. The multiple deaths were messing with his mind and only the reassurance of Jensen warm in his arms after shooting made him realize that he was fine, he was okay.
5. Swan Song - it was an emotional episode with tension ratcheting high and then Jared finally falling in the pit. It had been brother v. brother all season and only when the director called "CUT" and "That's a wrap!" did sheer relief overwhelm Jared and Jensen. They hugged tight, pushing Sam and Dean away and reconfirming that they were both okay and safe. Until the next season's shooting started of course.
Five ways Jensen has to Jared-proof his food.
1. He stands guard, or tries to at least. Jared just comes bounding out of nowhere and startles him every single time. It's like he has a radar for Jensen's plate and always shoots his ginormously long arms, snatching a piece of whatever Jensen should happen to be eating.
2. Jensen makes the dogs stand guard, but they're useless when it comes to their master, just wagging their ridiculous tongues and happily letting Jared go by to steal Jensen's food.
3. Craft services has been told to feed Jared first so he's too full to eat from Jensen's place, but clearly they misplaced the memo and seem to direct Jared to Jensen's plate somehow anyway.
4. He tries escaping to his trailer to pretend to eat in peace, but Jared barges in of course, and settles down next to him, regularly taking Jensen's food in between bites of his own.
5. Jensen hunches over his food as a last resort, trying to eat as quick as possible and Jared seems to have caught on, if the hangdog expression is anything to go by. Jensen slows down and pushes his plate toward Jared who seems to perk up quickly. Damn those puppy eyes. There could be worse things than sharing his food with Jared Padalecki he guesses.
- Current Mood:frustrated - too much to grade!
- Current Location:At work.
- Current Mood: exhausted
- Current Music:Cover Me in Gold - Steve Carlson
Rating: Eventual NC-17, this chapter PG-13
Authors: tini_91 and obstinatrix
Summary/Notes: New York in the late 70s feels like a world away from Europe almost two decades earlier, but when John settles down to write some more of his short 'fiction', he finds that, frankly, he misses Paris. This is 1961, in retrospective. We were also quite inspired by this clip, where John talks about being inspired by the romance of Paris.
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