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2010-11-03 09:35 pm
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It's always the little things

And would you believe, the "irreparable markup errors" that rendered my first draft of the rewatch reaction post unreadable, and which I procrastinated for *months* rather than fixing, were because of smartquotes?

Sometimes I really hate computers.
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2010-11-03 09:28 pm
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"Flashback" Rewatch Reaction

I now present an exceedingly tardy rewatch reaction post for Flashback, which we watched on 9/19/2010 (late>=never). This was the last episode of Season 2, and the last episode where Vecchio was our primary Ray. [personal profile] lucifuge5 long ago posted the reaction to the rewatch of "Burning Down the House" from the same date.

Original Recap behind cut )

So that’s it for the Flashback reaction post. Absurdly late, but not never-- we will at least have a complete set. If you haven’t had a chance to join us for the rewatch yet, please feel free to drop by: 2pm every Sunday on Skype. Check out the getting-to-know-you meme on [personal profile] akamine_chan’s journal (on LJ or DW), as well as her excellent list of all posts related to the rewatch. And we hope to see you there!
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2010-09-12 04:20 pm
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dS snippet: "Distancing"

I wrote a snippet in response to [personal profile] helens78's plot bunny from last week's rewatch of "All the Queen's Horses". The snippet won't make much since if you're not familiar with the episode. It's based on a specific moment, when Bolt disconnects the caboose car and leaves Fraser and Frobisher alone to stop a train hurtling towards a nuclear explosion. Bolt keeps Thatcher (with whom Fraser has recently shared a Moment) as a hostage and Frobisher has to bodily stop Fraser from jumping after her, choosing to abandon their main objective in favor of rescuing her.

So, here it is:

Distancing )

Thanks so much to [personal profile] luzula and [personal profile] andeincascade for the excellent beta work. I'll be putting it up on the AO3 as well. Feedback always appreciated!
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2010-09-07 04:25 pm
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Request for beta?

As I said in the "All the Queen's Horses" rewatch reaction post, I've been working on a snippet inspired by 's plot bunny about Fraser watching Thatcher leaving on the train, and the parallels with Victoria. I was wondering if I could impose upon someone for a quick beta. It's about 450 words, and I'd love to have someone take a look at it, point out the rough edges that need a polish, and give an opinion on general workability of style and content (it's sort of stream of consciousness, which either works or it doesn't, and I can never tell with my own writing. . .). Help with a better title also wouldn't go amiss-- I think I stole this one from somewhere, but I can't remember where.

*goes back to canning tomato sauce and editing podfic!*
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2010-09-07 12:54 am
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"All the Queen's Horses" Reaction post

Welcome to the rewatch reaction post for “All the Queen’s Horses”. As usual, most of the commentary is on the lighthearted side. Scoot on over to Truepenny if you want a literary-style analysis of due South. She has an excellent breakdown of what the Fraser/Thatcher kiss might- and might not- mean.

This is, of course, one of the classic episodes of due South, a favorite of most of ours. I think Shar spoke for all of us: “i'm so excited! the singing! the dead!bob! the kiss!” We also agree that this is one of Thatcher’s best episodes. She looks lovely in the serge, and her performance during the action sequences is also something we all would have liked to see more of.

“Commentary_behind_the_cut” )

For information on the actual musical ride, check out the wikipedia page, and the RCMP’s own info page. I, myself, have never seen it, but I understand that a fair number of people in the dS community have.

So, that’s it for this week. Please join us for the rewatch next week, Sunday 9/12 at 2:00pm EST, to watch “The Duel” and “Red, White and Blue.” If you’re shy about joining the conversation without knowing anyone, check out [personal profile] akamine_chan’s Getting-To-Know-You-Friending-Meme-Mixer-Thing-a-ma-bob at DW or LJ. And take a look at the Rewatch Rewrite community for ongoing plot bunny ideas.

We’re coming up on the end of S2, so a big change is on the horizon!
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2010-09-05 02:56 pm
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New Fanfic

I recently posted a couple of new fics to AO3:

Passage: F/K, Teen, set during CotW. More or less a songfic, for which I apologize, but the bunny just would *not* get out of my head till I wrote it.

Often: an explicit F/V UST masturbation piece. I wrote it as a character study for a story that didn't get written, and thought it might stand alone, but it is some fairly angsty porn.

I'm going to have more time for fic in the immediate future-- thanks to an unfortunately serious injury, I'm out of work for the next couple weeks. I'm hoping to be able to use the time to catch up on my reading (both bookish and ficcish), and I'm at least going to be able to keep up with the sunday rewatch!

I'm finishing up a couple of short Speranza podfics for posting some time this week. I've discovered that, as much as I love Speranza's stuff, it's hard for me to read aloud-- her writing and my speaking just don't match up very well. I'd still love to tackle one of her longer pieces, but it'd require even more editing time than is my usual.
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2010-06-27 06:03 pm
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more podfics!

I've recorded a couple more short podfics of [personal profile] arrow00's stuff. Will add audiofic archive links when available.

One Small Thing:
due South, F/K, NC-17, runtime 13:52
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?igmymyjtzhu
Text: http://arrow00.livejournal.com/6771.html 

All of Us Drown:
due South, F/K, PG, runtime 9:35
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?e1omkozmmwy
Text: http://arrow00.livejournal.com/12841.html

In other news, I got an ipad a few weeks ago and it is *awesome* stuff for playing on the internet. And, for a touch typist like myself, it's pretty decent for writing as well. I did most of the work for Transcanada on the ipad, and it was easy-- though some of the formatting errors on AO3 are definitely due to incompatibility between the ipad's pages program, googledocs, and the googledocs program on the ipad. Anyway, as I expected, almost all of the things I would use a computer for I can do just as well, or better, on the ipad-- as well as some things I couldn't do on a computer at all. Which is great, because one of the big reasons to get the thing was to get me off of my partner's computer, so she can use it for her own work.

But, what I haven't found for my new toy- ahem, tool- is any reasonably priced sound editing software. So it's cramping my style, podfic-wise. Possibly, this is for the best, considering how scattered my attention has been, and how limited my time is. So, for now, I'm trying to go with the limits of my tools, and focus my attention on writing.
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2010-06-07 10:37 pm
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Fanfic: Transcanada, for LGBTfest 2010

I've posted my entry for the 2010 LGBTfest!

Title: Transcanada
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 7066
Summary: Fraser cradles Ray in his arms and wonders, desperately, what he is going to do when Ray wakes up. He was certain to notice the breasts.

Links: LGBTfest or AO3

Feedback is always welcome!
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2010-04-03 12:10 pm
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LGBTFest entry

I have volunteered myself for an lgbtfest prompt: "1192. Due South, Benton Fraser, Post-CotW No one in Chicago knew - or needed to know - about Fraser's history, but living off a dogsled in the Northwest Territories made it hard to hide that he'd never been able to afford even top surgery. (Fraser is FtM)."

I've been looking for something to set as a goal for myself, but even the fairly generous timelines of DSFlashfiction aren't something I can usually meet. That prompt put a couple of ideas in my head, though, and I'm confident I can write something in response to it in two (!!) months. I'll probably be stalking people for beta-reads in a month or so. I'll run it by my usual beta-editor, but I suspect this is a bit outside her comfort zone.

I've been really frustrated by my own lack of focus lately. Not that it's unusual but, I've actually managed to complete a couple of projects (modest ones, but still) now. I've probably started more than a dozen story ideas in the last month, put a fair amount of fairly unproductive time into one long piece I've been working on for a while, and I have no less than four podfics recorded and waiting for editing. I just can't seem to get anything finished. Part of it is my god-awful schedule, but a lot of it is just my own inability to focus on anything for more than 30 seconds. Hopefully having a goal will help with some of this.

That said, it's wierd that this prompt is the one that grabbed me. I usually try to write close to canon---it's a major flaw, really, and stops me from making the kind of fantastically creative leaps that characterize the very best fic. So why on earth I glommed on to such a canonically impossible fic idea is a bit of a mystery. I mean, gender identity and the transgender experience is something that's always been of interest to me, but still-- odd. Could be either really fantastic, or god-awful.

We'll see where it goes. Hopefully, I'll get it done in time!
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2010-01-02 01:02 pm
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Podfic: The Question of Ghosts

I've recorded Arrow's The Question of Ghosts as a podfic.
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/RayK
Rated: R
Warning: Primary Character Death (and still a happy ending!)
Runtime: 42:37
Mediafire Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?otwjiwymm4n
It will also be posted on the Audiofic Archive.  

I'm not perfectly happy with it-- my reading rhythm is off in places, I did a bit too much of the monotone thing, and I don't think I really got Ray's voice very well. But it will do.

Feedback, please!
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2009-12-29 09:25 pm
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On Archive of Our Own

I'll be posting my stories on Archive of Our Own: http://archiveofourown.org/users/2corbies/.  The only thing up there at the moment is a Due South snippet I wrote for a friend, entitled Dewey Decimal : http://archiveofourown.org/works/40867 .  It's a teen-appropriate pre-slashy character piece, with references to Fraser/Victoria and intimations of Fraser/Vecchio. 

More to come!