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Fanfiction Paradise at My Blog Story!

I’m slowly starting to compile notes and summarising thoughts that were a result of our brainstorming on blogging/reading/commenting.

I’m so happy we had a chance to exchange ideas and opinions, so thank you for engaging in the discussion and I hope we can all learn from it.

In future it’s BYOB (bring your own booze) and a pot luck.

Or we should organize it as a huge online sleepover, again, it’s BYOS (bring your own sleeping bag).

I’ll be posting on issues from the comments in the next few weeks, but if there’s anything else you think would be worthwhile mentioning, please let me know!

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One of the notions that came up was that fanfiction writers often don’t get feedback on their work.

There are many reasons for this, often it’s just a case of traffic: if no one knows it’s there, they aren’t going to read it.

Understandably, fanfiction writers are adamant about “putting themselves out there” and promoting their stuff, so apart from word of mouth and recs, the fanfic ends up gathering dust.

Often times readers aren’t or don’t want to log in to leave comments (Guilty!), so although they enjoy the work, there’s no tangible proof of that.

Maybe you’re just like me and you do a quick “grab and read” without acknowledging the writers at all.

My Story Blog Armitage

To help solve some of these issues,  The Arkenstone has created My Story Blog, a place where fanfiction writers can post links to their work, but also where readers can recommend their favourite stuff.

It’s so easy: all you have to do is leave a link to the fanfic, with a short description and a link to an image that suits, if you like.

The comment will go into moderation to be picked up by TheArkenstone and featured in a post.

How snazzy is that?!?

Please remember that YOU (yes, you!) provide the content!

Add it to your daily blogroll and make sure you check in regularly as there’ll be some delicious fanfic goodies waiting for you.

Remember that you can either press the “follow” button or follow the blog via email so you get updates regarding new content.

The success of this enterprise depends on us, so in the words of the wonderful Tim Gunn: “Make it work!” 🙂

Calling All Kind-Hearted Fanfiction Writers!

I’ve been missing from here and I truly wish I could attribute it solely to writing my MA thesis paper.

The truth is so much more embarrassing, but I guess as the author of this blog, I’m way past the feeling of shame (got lost, along with my dignity around the 7th time I wrote about Richard Armitage’s behind…).

What actually happened is I got into The Forsyte Saga, bitten so hard that I ended up having to download all the episodes.

There WILL BE a post on this, as I don’t remember the last time I actually started watching a series around 8pm and had to force myself to unstick from the monitor at around 6am.

Oh, the riveting social life I lead….

After watching The Forsyte Saga I just had to get my hands on more ginger hotness meaning Damian Lewis and ended up downloading Homeland.

Well, at least part of it as by the time I was half way through season 1, I had used up all of my allotted internet connection.

I have been surviving the past week on an internet connection no doubt powered by a very knackered hamster on a wheel trapped within my laptop.

Lesson learned, do not fall for the charms of ridiculously talented red haired British actors if you have other things to do online.

Anyway, my available communication technology is back to the standards of the twenty-first century and I can now return to the (somewhat) civilized world.

As I’ve hinted before, I’d love to hear from you regarding fandoms, so I’ve written a questionnaire for fanfic writers.

I am calling upon all fanfic authors who would like to participate in my MA thesis paper study.

I’m on the last chapter and I ‘dreally love to hear from fanfic writers to pick their brains regarding their opinions on fandoms and fanfiction.

Apart from helping this poor gal out, I will also be your best friend for life!

BFF’s, I tell you!

We’ll be like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan… Ok, maybe that’s not the best example…

The questionnaire consists of 10 questions, so if you feel up to it, or know someone who’d be interested, please leave a comment and I will get back to you via email 🙂

You can also email me directly at iwanttobeapinup[at}wp[dot]pl

I really do hope to hear from you!

UPDATE:

Thanks so much to all the people who have either left comments or have emailed me directly!

I very much appreciate all of those who have taken the time to complete my questionnaire.

The answers just prove what I have known all along:

This fandom comprises of incredibly intelligent, witty and opinionated people, and I am incredibly thankful that I could take advantage of that!

BBC’s Sherlock Fanfiction Recs

As I slave away at my thesis, here are some more reading recommendations.

I’ve mentioned my ever growing love for fanfiction on a number of occasions, and I have also recommended some to date, but here’s another batch.

I’m not sure why, but I tend to read ones that are connected to BBC’s Sherlock.

There’s just something about the relationship between the characters that lends itself so well to fanfiction, but please be warned, all of these have mature content.

Like many readers out there, I’m terribly greedy about the amount of words the fic has and, no surprises, I like a multi-chapter one that has a rich story.

Luckily many authors tend to spoil us readers, so here’s a bunch of my favorites.

I’ve already mentioned the first Shelock fic titled A Cure for Boredom by emmagrant01.

It’s Johnlock, meaning it follows the evolution of the relationship between Sherlock and John Watson, and the rating on this is explicit.

This fanfic is a wonderful example of fandom collaboration, as you are linked to art pertaining to the story.

Just when you thought you’d hit naughty fanfic jackpot, the author adds Alternate and Missing Scenes from “A Cure for Boredom”.

I guarantee you’ll never look at cinnamon the same way again.

Sticking to the Johnlock theme, I’d also recommend Performance in a Leading Role by Mad_Lori.

This is a AU story and the answer to what you would get if both Sherlock and John were movie actors starring in a film together.

It’s quite touching and worth a look.

If Johnlock isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe the next fics are more to your liking.

This Sherlolly (Sherlock and Molly) series titled Sustain was written by maybe_amanda, and is one of my favorites.

It comes in 4 parts:

Sustained (or Concerto for the Famished in D Minor)

Sustain II – Refrain

Sustain III: Obbligato

Sustain: Coda, Variation One

If you’ve never imagined Sherlock as a fool in love and a family man, maybe_amanda will make you eat your words.

I’ve left this story for last because it’s a bit of a heartbreaker.

Alone on the Water by Mad_Lori is possibly the best known Sherlock fic around.

I’m not saying anything more about this one, apart from the fact that it is touching, beautiful and very sad.

After reading it I suggest you check out this fanvid (ya know, just cos you won’t be sobbing enough…)

These are just the fics I find myself going back to (more times than I care to mention…).

There are also tumblr pages such as Highly Functioning Fangirls  or SherlockXJohnRecs who specialize in fanfic recs.

If there are any more you’d like to add, pop them in comments 😉

Happy Sherlock Day! Now give me some smutty M/M fanfics to make it all better…

The post title refers to it being 02/21/13 (as written in the US) today, meaning 221 13 (B) meaning the house number of Sherlock’s residence on Baker St.

Most people don’t know that I’m actually quite a potty mouth in RL, but I don’t really feel like going back and deleting.

Not today anyway…

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It never ceases to amaze me, at the same time freaking me the fuck out, how life, and the way you look at it, can change in a matter of minutes.

Things are definitely pants right now and I’m still figuring out how to cope with certain situations.

I know some of my fellow RA blogger find comfort in writing posts, either as a way of escaping RL crap, or as a means of actually understanding the whirlwind events in life.

I’m not sure I’m able to do that (or maybe not just right now…), not because I don’t believe that I would find comfort in my online friends or doubt the sincerity of their words and wishes.

It’s just that I have a very hands-on approach to any crises situation, not allowing myself a moment of weakness.

OK, I did totally lose my shit when I called my BFF to tell him what was going on, probably freaking him out as I doubt he’d ever witnessed me crying during our 12+ year friendship…

When you insist on being strong for everyone else, there comes a moment when you have to react, and passivity is my way out.

Tumblr is perfect for that, impersonal, somewhat smutty, not too challenging.

Escapism at it’s best.

It’s not so much the need to run away, at least for some time, but what I find most soothing, that has raised my internal eyebrows (whatever the fuck internal eyebrows are…).

You’d think I would retreat to RA, his characters, The Hobbit, Aidan Turner, or something down those lines.

I really can’t explain my sudden interest BBC’s Sherlock.

I think it was spurred on by a Hobbit/Sherlock crossover fanfic I had encountered, but not bothered to read.

I’d seen the series a while ago and absolutely adored the modern take on my beloved Doyle stories, not to mention how lovable I found Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s Watson.

It’s not the series itself, however, that seems to capture my interest.

I’m so much more interested in Johnlock (a combination of John and Sherlock).

Now, I blame Durincest and Bagginshield for my sudden interest in: fanfiction in general,  M/M character pairing specifically, usually of explicit nature, but I’ll go for some angst every so often.

Damn you: Peter Jackson, Hot Dwarf Armitage and Hot Dwarf nephews, and especially talented smutty fanfic authors who know no boundaries!

What can I say?

There’s nothing like a character played by Martin Freeman finding himself utterly wrecked by another male character to brighten up an altogether grim day.

For the record, as much as I like Freeman as an actor with his wicked sense of humour, and he’s appeared in some of my favorite TV series (UK The Office) or films (The Hobbit), I’ve never really found him attractive as a man.

So how does he end up popping up in my favorite fanfics, usually in some compromising position (and I AM smiling and smirking as I type this…)?

Anyway, the first Johnlock fanfic I’d read, and one that I’m afraid has ultimately spoilt me for all others,  is A Cure For Boredom written by emmagrant01.

Just so we’re clear, this is definitely explicit and covers a range of topics of a sexual nature that some may find disturbing, but I found wonderfully distracting.

Just when the author deserved an online hug from me for perfectly capturing the characters of Sherlock and John while still managing to place them in the smuttiest (and sluttiest) of circumstances, it turned out she’d also written Alternate and Missing Scenes from “A Cure for Boredom”.

These extra chapters are mostly written from Sherlock’s perspective and it was just what I needed to find today.

Oh, it was like finding a banknote stuffed in the pocket of an old jacket when you thought you were skint.

“I was Wats-off, but then you turned me Wats-on.”

My delightfully weird escape, which I can’t explain, even if I tried.

BTW, the way I’m feeling now, I’d sacrifice Martin flying all the way to New Zealand to continue filming The Hobbit just to have him stay in London to film season 3 of Sherlock and provide a new fix.

That should tell you something about where I’m at at the moment.

I’d still love for Richard Armitage to make an appearance in the BBC series though, so maybe I’m not a hopeless cause…

Fifty Shades of Blushing Red

As I’m enjoying my looooong May weekend (can I categorise 9 days as a weekend?), I decided to treat myself to a book that wasn’t connected to fashion, my thesis paper or looming end of year exams.

I don’t really know fanfic, I’ve read the odd story here and there, usually written my fellow RA bloggers ( Hello Ladies!).

I decided to take a peek at Fifty Shades Of Grey by EL James as it’s been causing quite a stir.

What was supposed to be a few hours of relaxing read turned into a 2 day reading marathon.

I was hooked!

Illustration for Fifty Shades of Grey

I’m not going to write a review of the book, many others online have done it very well.

I’d just like to skim over the issues that came to my mind when reading.

You may have heard that the books have a very strong S&M flavour.

This is true, but before you dismiss it, I think you should give it a try.

I’m not really one for whips, handcuffs and plugs that don’t exactly go in the drain or socket (I’ll let you guess where these go…), but the story really is captivating.

Does it get ridiculous at times?

Sure!

Some moments are hot, some are…well…not so much. At times it get a bit predictable.

I never though I would say this, but found myself wishing that instead of the pages upon pages of sex scenes, we’d get more insight into the characters.

And these I find quite fascinating.

I had heard that the story had started out as a Twilight fanfic.

As much as I do love the Twilights books and films (don’t judge me!), I really didn’t see Bella or Edward in the characters of Christian and Ana.

I really enjoyed the complexities of Mr. Christian Grey and couldn’t wait for his story to unfold.

I found him to be manipulative, mean and controlling.

But he’s also sexy, daring and sensitive.

I think it’s important to remember that the sex is (mostly) a medium to convey an array of emotions and issues that have little to do with the bedroom… or playroom…

So if you’re looking for some escapism and need to let your mind get away from the here and now, I definitely recommend this trilogy.

Is it the best book you’ll ever read?

No.

It won’t expand your vocabulary I was so sick and tired of the Oh my! Enough with that already!

It just gets really silly at times and it’s quite predictable.

But there are just days when indulging your inner goddess is what you deserve, and this will do it!

And if I’m wrong and you don’t like it, you can always spank me 😉

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