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Feb. 19th, 2019 11:10 pm
pensnest: Octavia is a bored teenager, caption WHATEVER (Rome whatever)
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Can you help me complete a really unhelpful phonetic alphabet?

A - aesthetic
B - bdellium
C - czar
D - Django
E - ewe
G - genuflect
H - hotel
J - jojoba
K - knife
L - Llandudno
M - mnemonic
O - ouija
P - pneumonia
Q - Qatar
S - sugar
T - tsar
W - wrestle
X - xenophobia
Y - Ygraine

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Feb. 17th, 2019 10:50 pm
pensnest: cartoon Mycroft, caption 'never mind your usual trivia' (Mycroft never mind trivia)
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We stopped watching 'Agents of SHIELD' somewhere in its second season, I think, but my son has been collecting them on DVD. As we gave him season 5 for Christmas, he kindly lent us 1 - 4 and we've been going through those… Season 4 is, at times, delightfully political. (And they destroyed Fox News! ) Also, they got a geek on the writing staff, because someone was dropping in a bunch more references than I'd noticed earlier.


We had another full-day rehearsal for the mixed chorus today. It was fun. It's nice to be able to sing properly after weeks of cough/difficulty getting enough breath, etc.

The day was so pretty, on the walk home. Blue sky, fresh leaf buds on the bushes, it begins to feel like spring.

The cats had to wait three extra hours for their lunchtime snacks, so naturally an hour after that they were extremely keen that I go into the kitchen to prepare their supper.


This is a lovely piece written by an obviously talented person who took a course in stained glass work. Really cool piece of art produced.

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Feb. 14th, 2019 11:18 pm
pensnest: Victorian woman with magic wand, caption Ta-dah! (Victorian Ta Dah!)
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Yesterday evening was completely hijacked by an adorable YouTube series on cats, with a Bengal kitten being introduced to the two resident cats, one a small tiger and the other another Bengal leopard-type cat. Quite fascinating.


This morning I discovered to my joy that there is a Fanlore section on Cramp. It's by no means comprehensive, but it is there.


This evening's chorus had CAKE! It was a big birthday for someone. It's good to have unexpected cake.


Anybody want to join the iconversation? It's worth a read anyway, there are some *excellent* icons in there!


Feb. 14th, 2019 01:52 pm
pensnest: golden dragon (dragon)
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I think I'll try that again, this time with a bit of variety in the icons in comments. Let's see what happens.


Feb. 13th, 2019 10:18 pm
pensnest: Octavian from Rome: Caption It's really perfectly simple (Rome Perfectly Simple)
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How about a completely frivolous icon post? Use your userpic to reply to mine, or any other in the conversation. Now, what shall I start with...?

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Feb. 11th, 2019 10:04 pm
pensnest: a cup of tea and two little biscuits (Cuppa Tea)
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Awesome weekend with [personal profile] nopseud, [personal profile] ephemera and [personal profile] chalcopyrite visiting. We inspected the brand new Viking exhibit at the castle, and had Afternoon Tea at Biddy's for lunch on Sunday (which was excellent) as well as succumbing to the lure of leather jackets and a triceratops skull. Really, Norwich is an excellent place.

Fluffy was kept busy chasing the feathers-onna-fishing-line toy. Sable showed unexpected smarts by visibly connecting the little red dot she had been chasing with the small laser pointer [personal profile] chalcopyrite was holding, but she was otherwise unsociable unless there was cheese on offer.

And a great deal of tea was drunk. I had purchased Yorkshire Tea's Breakfast Blend, to make quite sure that [personal profile] nopseud could wake in the mornings and not suffer from caffeine withdrawal.


There have been various contributions to a more-or-less debate about making money from fanworks, so it's something I've been thinking about lately. In general, I think the argument about monetising fandom activities doesn't actually apply to fanfic, and indeed, when someone manages to parlay fanfic-writing into a paid publishing career, we mostly cheer; I'm not really talking about being paid for fanfic, but about how it feels. And in my mind, it's connected with knitting.

No, wait a sec.

I knit things I want to knit, and offer them to people I think will like them, or else keep them for myself. Occasionally I'll be asked for something - my niblings have expressed a gratifying eagerness to receive aunt-knitted garments, and I have obliged.

But I don't take commissions. I don't want somebody to pay me for my knitting because it would undervalue it. The cost of the lovely yarn is as nothing to the cost of my labour even at minimum wage*. Nobody would pay that. And I don't want to be underpaid - I don't want to say cost of yarn plus £20 or something, because that's ridiculous and insulting, even though it would be £20 that I wouldn't otherwise have for doing something that I'd be doing anyway. Except that if someone's paying me, even if they're not paying me a reasonable amount, there's extra pressure to produce something perfect. It's not 'something I'd be doing anyway' with that amount of extra pressure, or indeed with the extra pressure of someone else being involved in the decisions - which pattern to use, which colours, what kind of yarn. No, thanks. I'll do it for love and keep it or give it away as I choose.

Now, writing fanfic is different in quite a lot of ways. But.

A friend of mine used to be involved with professional publishing, and I well remember talking to her about how things worked, and being glad that I was not involved with all that. No hard, necessary commercial deadlines for me. (I like deadlines, but missing anything except a SeSa deadline is forgiveable.) No word limits - I can write the story until it is done, and then stop, without caring if it is the right size to fit the space available. No requirement to make editorially-requested changes—if I don't like my beta's suggestions, I don't have to follow them. All that.

It kinda feels like knitting on commission. Do you see what I mean? At the moment, I don't want to monetise my writing, I want to do it for love. That could change, but then the writing would also change.

I'm not sure I've made the argument very well, or entirely sure that it's even valid, but in my head (or possibly in my heart) it makes sense.

* 'by the yard' is probably a better way to pay, but I'm a slow knitter so my *time* would still be rated very cheap


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