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Fri, Nov. 21st, 2014 07:53 am

Back in 2011, after I had completed writing my first novel, I had this crazy idea to do NaNoWriMo because I was struck with a story outline that I couldn't shake. This is the entry regarding that idea from my Livejournal:

In other news, I've never done NaNoWriMo. It took me three months, off and on, to get my first draft of the novel up to 65,000 words and another three rounds of edits to get it to 81,000 solid words, so trying to get a 50,000 word rough draft in one month is insanity to my writing speed. However, I got struck by this gender fetish thing (not bad, but not usual erotic fiction) that I sketched out on Saturday morning and it's got 30 well-defined plot points and could theoretically become a novella or full-length novel if I set my mind to it. No agent's going to touch it, probably no publisher will either, so it might well become a self-published venture under a pseudonym if it gets to a point of completion, but I figure it'll be a fun little venture for November and I can pretend to take part in NaNoWriMo in between editing my urban fantasy novel to start the query process. ~ October 23, 2011

As I was writing, it turned out to be not just another entry into the genderswap genre, but something else. It became aligned to being transgendered, something that I found missing in the overall genre. You switch bodies, your brain doesn't match your body anymore. Feeling like you don't fit, instead of jumping right into acceptance, was something I wanted to explore more.

I did finish the novel (won NaNoWriMo) and it finally ended up being 65,000 words after polishing (apparently I have a thing for that wordcount). And then I set it aside and moved on to writing my next novel, and then my next. I've queried Novel 1, I am currently editing Novel 3 to start querying next year, and Novel 4 needs some serious reconstruction because of the way the plot ended up. But I decided that, after having been published in 11 anthologies under my K. Lynn name, I might as well throw out the NaNoWriMo novel and see what happened.

What happened was I got three contract offers! This was quite unexpected and I've spent the last week going through all the contracts, contacting authors that had worked with each press, and then deciding what I wanted to do. In the end, I chose the press I liked the most, and had the happiest authors, had a wonderful contract negotiation that I handled on my own, and finally signed last night.

His Womanly Ways is to be published by Torquere Press next year. I am very happy and very excited!

Current Mood: excited excited
Current Music: Heater


Thu, Nov. 20th, 2014 07:19 pm

Call For Vidders!

I am a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Masters of Arts program [Technology and Communication at the School of Journalism] and am also a fandom member, writer, vidder, and an aca-fan. I am currently conducting a pilot test of my survey instrument for a study on content ownership in the fandom community. I would appreciate if you would take my survey in order to help me solidify and refine my data-gathering approach. Any questions can be directed to me through LJ or by email at kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com.

Please Note: As this is a pilot study, the follow-up portion of the survey (if you choose to participate in that component) will focus on feedback about the survey construction rather than the topic areas being surveyed. The full data collection, with initial survey and follow-up interviews, is scheduled for Fall 2016 if I pursue this avenue for my thesis. Thank you ahead of time for your consideration to participate in this study.

[Read The Consent Form]
Implied Consent Form for Social Science Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Title: Content Ownership In The Fandom Community

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this research study is to gather information about fanvidders' engagement in fandom as a result of their fanvids, the vidders' understanding of fair use concepts, and the views of content ownership within the fanvid community.

Overview: You will be asked your opinion about the three target areas listed above, as well as an optional section to self-identify and/or consent for follow-up interview questions.

Duration: This survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete.

Statement of Confidentiality: Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may cease completion at any time and your answers will not be saved until your final submission. You have the option to self-identify with a name (real name or fandom name) and provide an email address for follow-up questions, but this section is not a requirement for completion of the survey. All data collected from this survey will be reviewed by the principal investigator only, accessible through a password-protected site where all survey data will be stored. The information will be summarized for a report that will be presented to fellow students, as well as made publicly available online.

Qualifications: In order to participate in this study, you must be a fanvidder above the age of 18. Fanvidders are defined as those who have participated in the act of vidding, creating music videos that combines source content from popular media through video and audio materials and re-purposes it in a new way.

Current Mood: determined determined
Current Music: Christmas Music


Wed, Nov. 19th, 2014 09:02 pm

I forgot to mention that I saw John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman at NC Comicon this past weekend.

John is just as filthy as I imagined :) He arrived late beause his flight was delayed, so he went straight from the airport to the stage. It was an entertaining opening hour where he talked about his time on Who, his singing, his life, and his current stint on Arrow (I really need to catch up on that). I am glad I got to see him because I never had before. Hoping I can do a repeat performance if he comes back to North Carolina.

Carole ended the day (for me) with a panel on writing. She got a lot in during the 45 minutes she allotted, and it was all good advice that I follow already. Zoom in on the action, don't overuse -ly words, have fun and show your love through your writing. I've enjoyed her writing prior and I'm sure she's a great creative writing teacher for her students. Good teachers are worth their weight in gold :)

In between, I also got to see a panel with Fiona Staples (Saga), which I was really looking forward to, but she spoke so softly and it was so loud around us that it wasn't as expected. The adminstration of the convention overall left lots to be desired, and was quite a difference compared to the first year of the convention (the only prior time I've attended). Yes, they're bigger now and can afford to bigger stars, but at the cost of functionality in many aspects. I shouldn't complain too much, though, since I got in free with my media pass. It was a worthwhile experience for the good points. I'll concentrate on that.

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Current Music: Momma Watching Movie


Tue, Nov. 18th, 2014 10:22 pm

This was a fun episode. Quite a change from the first few heavy-emotion ones.

[Supernatural Clue!]
I had a lot of fun matching up all the Clue elements in this: Candlestick, wrench, rope, pipe. Nice tribute, and a nice jaunt into a lighter fare compared to the heaviness of Demon!Dean. Lots of deaths, lots of twists, and lots of surprises. My mother identified the maid as the killer straight off, because she wouldn't touch the silver. And then we found out it wasn't even real silver, to anyone could be a potential suspect, but alas the first guess was right. I did enjoy the backstory, though, how she was the hidden-away daught of Bunny, half-shifter, and that Bobby saved her in exchange for her mother kepping her locked away.

The boys had some nice exchanges, and it was nice seeing Dean working on the car at the start. You give them the promise of an inheritance and they're on the road! If only they knew what they were getting into. They didn't fit in, and Sam was just a piece of meat to the frisky women, but in the end they saved the day and that's all that matters. I wonder, along with Sam, if Dean's over-reactions in killing the main have to do with the Mark of Cain. It's still holding power over him, so we've got to deal with it sometime. Onward to more adventure!

Current Mood: mischievous mischievous
Current Music: Christmas Music


Tue, Nov. 11th, 2014 10:21 pm

That was an absolute fantastic tribute to the show and its fans.

[Carry On My Wayward Son]
A Supernatural musical episode had the potential to be very, very good or very, very bad. And with the amount of promotion the 200th episode had, there was a lot ot live up to. Thankfully, we fell on the side of VERY, VERY GOOD! So many shout-outs and meta moments that it's hard to keep track, stgarting with the run of all the title cards from over the years! "There's too much drama in the drama department."

Love the repeated mentions of the Samulet, between the fact it kept hitting Fake!Dean in the mouth (Jensen's repeated compliant), that Dean should have never let it go, and that Dean doesn't need a symbol to show how much he loves Sam (though we do love it). I liked that Dean hung it over the rearview mirror as they left town.

The scarecrow being the visual of the monster was perfect, since it's long been a favorite scary monster from the series run. This interpretation with the vines was even more scary, and with Calliope as the one pulling his strings he had even more power behind him. I did enjoy Calliope, too, even if we didn't get a lot of time with her. Great duality of having Fake!Sam killing the scarecrow at the same time Sam killed Calliope. Quite a way to end the musical!

Nice arc of having Dean being unamused over the musical at first, with Sammy being into it, then Dean finally learning to live and let live with the different interpretations of their life. Fanfiction of the Winchester gospel, quite an embellishment, with its catchy songs (sing man tear!) and the reminder of Adam (remember, your half-brother, still stuck in the cage?). And the discussion over the proper Dean/Cas ship name and the slashy subtext of Dean/Sam was so fun to watch :D Sam was having too much enjoyment over that.

The ending was picture perfect. The chorus of "Carry On My Wayward Son" was so touching and even the boys were tearing up. That would have been enough, but then...THEN CHUCK SHOWED UP! That was the best ending I could have imagined. I did cry then, really and truely.

Thank you, Supernatural, for 10 years of happiness and joy, tears and sorrow, and above all -- family. The Winchesters have travelled far and they've got a long journey to come. We're still along for the ride.

Current Mood: jubilant jubilant
Current Music: Carry On My Wayward Son


Sat, Nov. 8th, 2014 12:40 pm

Okay, I haven't seen anyone on my friendslist talking about it, so I'll bring it up :) Who's kinda curious / interested in the Amazon Echo?

I'll admit that the commercial is laughable (for the acting), but the device intrigues me a bit and feels like it has the potential to expand into a marketable product if it keeps evolving. The downside is the security concerns, but I'd like to see what the early feedback is on that, as well as the usability of the device. Taking away the verbal feedback for questions, the ability to get news and weather, the fact you can set timers or alarms and keep to-do lists, as well as stream your Prime music...a $99 bluetooth speaker that you can pair with your mobile / tablet device is a good bargain if it works as well as they claim. But having a personal assistant feature is nice, too :D And I do hope they allow changing of the name, as they claim in some ads, because I think there would be a whole lot of JARVIS Echoes out there in the world this Christmas if so.

And, yes, I did sign up for an invite. I can't help it, I'm intrigued!

Current Mood: curious curious
Current Music: Words with Friends


Wed, Nov. 5th, 2014 10:02 pm

Insight Editions sent me a promotional copy of the updated and revised edition of The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester today.

I reviewed the original version for Fandomania back in January 2013 and have been promoting it ever since as the best SPN related book ever put out. I still stand by that, and the revised/updated edition lives up to that high quality. With the same abundance of extras (stickers, postcards, etc.), this edition is current up to the end of season nine. If you loved the original, or if you are a newbie to the book, either way you won't be disappointed. Totally worth every cent of the asking price. This is a coffee table book at its finest!

Current Mood: pleased pleased
Current Music: Chef


Sat, Nov. 1st, 2014 08:15 pm

The temperature has dropped dramatically in North Carolina as we welcome a new month. 80s last week turned to 40s today. I have been inside today, but am venturing outside tomorrow for writing group.

Today has been spent making cookies and writing and sending queries (2 novels and a new anthology sub). I wish I could end 2014 with a novel acceptance :/ Maybe one day.

And with the clocks being turned back tonight, I get to look forward to coming home from work in the dark every night. Joy. At least there's an extra hour of sleep tonight, though!

Hope everyone's having a lovely weekend!


Tue, Oct. 28th, 2014 10:39 pm

Tonight was the return of a former character and some heart-to-hearts between the boys.

[Werewolves of London!]
The opening was in true SPN form, with a pretty girl and a bloodbath. I did enjoy the music overlay, though :) And it set us up for the mystery of who did it. I'll admit that I've never really been a fan of Kate and this episode didn't make me love her any more. I mean, it was nice that she was trying to be good and not kill innocent people, but I've never been invested in her well-being. And the situation with her sister felt contrived, like I knew how it would turn out. Anyway, it's done until next time, because I'm sure Kate will pop up again.

Onward to more important matters--the Winchesters. We start off with the boys in relaxation mode, hanging out at the water's edge in their sunglasses. But of course they can never just take a break, not when there's a hunt calling. I understand Dean's need to get back into it, since he's shown that before. Do the job, take your mind off the issues. And I really appreciated the half-uniforms (game warden shirts, blue jeans). But case aside, the heart-to-hearts the guys had throughout the episode was worthwhile. Dean wants to confront the issues of Sam crossing the line in his pursuit of Dean, and Sam wants to talk about how unsteady Dean's mental state might be when dealing with the whole post-demon thing. In true Winchester form, they ignore everything until they do the unconscious acknowledgements.

All in all, I'm unsure what to think about this one. Need some time to process and do an official review.

Current Mood: relaxed relaxed
Current Music: Carol Burnett


Tue, Oct. 28th, 2014 08:23 pm

It's taken me a while, but I FINALLY have a piece of Steve Walker art in my house :D He's been one of my favorite artists ever since I saw the first book cover he did, and then I found his full gallery and fell in love.

It's an authorized print of Greece 1996. I am particularly drawn to the perspectives and lines drawing you to look forward, to the future. His originals are going for multiple thousands now that he's passed, but I always aspire to have an original one day. I love my first piece of his work and I can look at it every day. He was such a talented artist, and gone too soon.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Clock Ticking