Nominations are open!

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:34 pm
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Nominations Phase:
The Nominations phase for D/Hr Advent has begun! Nominate your favorite D/Hr author or artist to write a seasonal one-shot or draw a Christmas pic. Use the comments below (which will be screened) to pick your favorite authors/artists. The ones that receive the most nominations will be invited to participate in this year's D/Hr Advent Calendar.

This year, you can nominate through a poll at type form!

Commenting at Typeform:

You can go to the typeform by clicking HERE. You can nominate as many people as you'd like. Fill out a new form every time you nominate another author or artist.

Keep in mind that the purpose of the nominations phase is to get your favorite authors and artists to participate in the D/Hr Advent Calendar. Please keep that in mind when choosing your nominees. Nominations in the comments section either here, tumblr, or on dreamwidth will NOT be counted.

The Nominations phase will be closed on September 24, 2017 at 5 PM EST!


Sep. 14th, 2017 08:29 pm
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These are the summaries we've received from August participants for those who need beta readers. Beta claiming is currently open!

You may claim up to three works and a minimum of one work (at the moment.)
There is a max cap of two betas per work (at the moment.)

Please use the following form and leave a comment for your claim!
Indicate whether your three claims are in order of preference and you'd like only two or one, or you're willing to handle all three.

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Disingenuity or insight?

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:57 am
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I want to discuss how some fans have claimed that 9/11 has created an impact on fandom attitudes, as mentioned on this Fanlore page and this Tumblr post.

To be blunt, I find the opinion that 9/11 has had any direct and effectual impact on today's fannish attitudes to be incredibly fallible.

This supposed new attitude is that the results of 9/11 has directly influenced later fandom—say, those born in 1996 and later—to be concerned (overtly and disingenuously) with the "safety" of people within fannish spaces, while the generation that entered or were in fannish spaces prior were much more concerned with discussion, freedom, and freedom of speech. These fans claim that the concern of safety at the expense of speech or expression is part of the aftermath of 9/11 and has directly been transferred to post-9/11 fandom.

The most glaring problem I have with this claim is that if 9/11 truly did influence fandom at such a scale, you would see it only amongst American fans; and it would be a very alienated perspective with non-American and older American fans. However, I've seen the concern of "safety" in fandom among Australian fans, European fans, Singaporean fans, Brazilian fans, and fans from many other countries. For 9/11 to have the effect that many claim it does, the result would have to be uniquely American. And if one specifically American event has had an impact on global fandom, it would also have to be argued that events from other global powers around the world have created a similar impact.

And I'm not saying that that's not possible. It's certainly a probability that many world events have affected fannish attitudes—the 2016 election, the 2010 Haiti earthquake. But this is why I have issue with the idea that 9/11 was so influential on fannish attitude - it whittles down the views of a very broad demographic to be the result of this single event, not to mention that it is very American-centric and neglects to discuss the effect of any other factor at play.

I don't have any sources at the moment (aside from my non-American friends), but from my own experiences with fandom interaaction, I don't think that the concern of "safety" within fandom is a uniquely American (and post-9/11) experience—I have encountered non-Americans and older fans who also have this attitude, as well as younger fans who do care more about freedom of speech than safety, though both are admittedly minority opinions within their demographic. But I think the recent concern of "safety" has come as a result of changing platforms. I've discussed this at length—but tl;dr, fans migrating from platform from platform, from LJ/individual-focused spaces to more communal and immediate spaces like Twitter/Tumblr/AO3, does have evidential impact on fans, in that recent discussions of "safety" have primarily arisen on the platforms in question.

It's likely not the only factor, but the move from individual spaces to communal newsfeeds is so drastically obvious, as compared to a supposed attitude shift come post-9/11.

I'm not saying that the (though very American) event hasn't had any effect on fandom at all—just not at the scale that many claim. Where past discussions within fandom have been much about censorship, the migration of discourse to morality and safety I think has very little to do with the September 11th attacks. I'm not trying to disparage those who have been affected by it, in a fannish sense or not, and for whom these factors coexist—but there is not much basis for its global, non-American fandom influence without disregarding many other factors at play.

Beta for a Steven Universe fic

Sep. 11th, 2017 11:22 pm
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairings: Rose Quartz/Pearl (one-sided pining from Pearl's side), Rose Quartz/minor original male characters
Rating & Warnings: None
Estimated Fic Length: 1,000-2,000 words
Notes: There are multiple minor original male characters. The fic basically focuses on Pearl being jealous of all the other humans Rose Quartz has ever been interested in. The story is set pre-canon so there aren't really any spoilers.

The fic is only halfway done; aside from the usual spelling and grammar checks, I'm looking for someone to give feedback on whether characters are OOC or not and comment on the story's flow. I don't mind harsh critiques :3


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