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June 13th, 2006
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More on Con.txt and some miscellaneous fanfic stuff
I'm going to Con.Txt this weekend and quite looking forward to it. I had suggested a bunch of panels and two were chosen, so I will be leading or co-leading the following:


X-Men: Where's the Slash?

By the time con.txt happens there will be three X-Men movies as well as two cartoon series and a gazillion different (and sometimes contradictory) comic books. Which version of X-Men has the best slash potential? Why are some characters and pairings slashed more in comicsverse and some in movieverse? How to explain the relative dearth of Ultimates slash? What about mixing and matching between different forms of canon? Come to this panel to share and hear opinions on where to find slashy subtext and slash fic for X-Men and related Marvel characters.


Complicated and Conflicting Canon: Harry Potter, X-Men and Star Wars

What do you do when your fandom includes several versions of the same story, and they don't agree? When "canon" includes books, movies based on books, comic books, tv cartoon series, books based on movies, movies based on comic books and/or books based on movies based on comic books, what do you do? What is canon and what isn't? What if the different canon sources don't agree? Is there a distinction between primary and secondary canon? Are the contradictions so great that you find you are writing AU before you even start? This panel will explore the issues surrounding contradictory canon and the diverse approaches that three different fandoms have taken to addressing those issues.

Anyone reading this coming to Con.txt and interested in co-leading? Anyone have ideas for handouts to prepare?


Other fanfic stuff:

- I finished posting my new post X2 series. I'm quite pleased with it and very happy to be finished. I had worried that no one would read it because all the interest would be in X3 fic, but I'm pleased to see large numbers of readers on my web site and I know at least some others are reading it on lists (since they're responding via email to the list mail) and assume others are reading it in lj. I've seen a really different pattern in responses, though, from what I've experienced previously. I've always gotten most feedback via email. Since I started posting on lj, that's been the second source of feedback. I've rarely gotten reviews on my website. This time I got the most feedback in website reviews, some email and not one lj comment. On the whole series! I don't know what to make of that. I actually thought I'd get more comments on lj, since now that I'm putting the pictures in the journal entries, too, there's no real advantage to reading on the website.

- I'm seeing a dramatic uptick in my website usage - not just the new series but previous stories as well. It started a couple of weeks before the new series was posted and I'm wondering if it's due to X3 sparking interest in X-Men fanfic in general. On my old website, each series was a page, so looking at which pages were viewed didn't let me know whether people actually read the stories or just clicked and then lost interest. The new one tells me story by story how many times it is read, which I like a lot better. Of course I still don't know if people are really reading the stories or just looking at the pretty pictures :-), but I feel fairly confident that if they keep clicking on "next story" until they get to the last one they've read it. It's interesting to see patterns - some I can explain and some I can't. As I suspected, not that many people read the lit guides compared to those who read the fic, but I'm pleased to see that some do!

- I'm trying to decide what to write next. I like to take a week or two off before starting a new project, but I'd like to start mapping one out after Con.txt. I'm considering a couple of ones in my X1 sequence:

- Alex joins the X-Men. It's going to be a bumpy ride. I have a scene in my head where he makes a fairly inappropriate comment about Scott and Logan. To Logan.

- Charles Xavier's take on the early days of the X-Men. Now that he's dead, I miss him. I think Scott puts off reading Charles's old journals for a long time after his death, partly because the stage he's at in his grief is such that he's not ready to, and partly because he's just so busy trying to take over for Charles. But, eventually, I see him reading them and I'd like to reproduce part of them as fic. I might alternate between journal entries and Scott's memories, or even Charles's journal entries and each one is matched by a first person account of the events described, from a different X-Man's POV for each.

I've also got some interest in writing X3 fic, particularly about Hank. And I've always got lots of meta to write, so I might be posting some of that in the near future.

I'm also very available for beta reading. I've been an ongoing beta for talktooloose's Bobby fic, which I think is just wonderful. I think he is so good at writing adolescents. If I didn't know better, I'd think he's a teenager himself.

I did a first pass beta for a new fic from marag where she was asking for a Jewish beta in particular. I can't wait to see the final. It's a very cool piece and its form is as interesting as its content. It also was fun to me that although it's not RPF it does have mention of some real people, and one of them was a guy I know.

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From:inathunderstorm
Date:June 13th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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There needs to be Ultimate Slash! There does. Scott/Logan in Ultimate, Colossus/Wolverine...where is it? I want it! Colossus/Warren--I was all about that idea because, hello, the pretty.

I ponder this. I wish I was going to the con so I could attend your panel :)

I have your X2 series bookmarked to finish :)

And you're available for beta'ing, eh? *keeps in mind*
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I've only read (actually watched - the talking DVD version) the first year of Ultimate but I really liked it. I think they did a good job of reimagining the characters.

I'm indeed available as a beta and also available for detail stuff about NYC and environs. I don't remember where you're located, but since the X-Men are based in a suburb of my city, I often help with details about travel routes, stores, etc.

I posted something to fanthropology about one of the panels I'd suggested that didn't get chosen: lesbians writing slash.
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From:executrix
Date:June 13th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Would you like to co-mod my Politics of Slash panel on Friday at 4? I know you have two panels of your own so it's a lot, but I know you proposed some great political meta-topics.
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I'd be happy to! I would attend it anyway, and I'm very glad to help facilitate.
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From:executrix
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Frabjous! And we can definitely make "lesbian boyslashers, wazzup with that?" a talking point.

I was planning to write down some "prompts" on index cards and throw them out, and just be the ringmaster who calls on peopleso they don't all yell at once--how does that sound as a modding style?
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
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Sounds fine. People like handouts. Can you think of any? Should I xerox part of Textual Poachers or something?
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From:executrix
Date:June 13th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I can e-mail you some bullet points tonight or tomorrow? I'm definitely doing handouts for the Copyright panel, although my impression is that people HATE handouts.

I have to confess that a lot of fen don't think very highly of Jenkins so I don't know if it's worth your trouble. Maybe the Russ essay even though it's prehistoric?
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From:chimosa
Date:June 13th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Hey boo! I'll repeat *so* *jealous* about the con thing but I know you'll have an amazing time esp, with those panels. You'll do beautifully.

As far as the fic, I didn't even *see* it come up on my flist! I had no idea there was this much up on your lj, so I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but I'm totally taken by surprise that this is done and out! Of course, I'm also mad excited and will be devoting so much time to reading it this evening and that makes me happy :-). But yeah, no, I totally didn't see those posts until I came directly into your lj. Strange.
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
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That's so weird. What would it be about those posts that they wouldn't show up on your friends page? Do you have some sort of filter that doesn't show posts with images?
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From:chimosa
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Want me to go even weirder? After I posted that I went back in my friends page and suddenly there the posts were like magic! Even though I *know* they weren't there before so now I think I've lost my mind. Ahh! Freakin me out, yo!
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Explain the towel thing, please. I feel like I've missed some major pop culture referent. (Well, actually, I often feel like that, but right now I feel like everyone's talking about towels).

I'm sorry my funny magic trick of making the posts disappear and reappear in your friends page freaked you out. I was just trying to be amusing.

So are you working? I hope they hired you.
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From:chimosa
Date:June 14th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
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Oh, the towel isn't that important. He's a character from South Park, Towlie. There was most recently an episode with him where they did this amazing spoof of the controversy surrounding "A Million Little Pieces," so maybe that's why you've been hearing about him lately? But yeah, not much, he basically is a talking towel that gets high a lot.

I just got a job today and I start tomorrow. Express didnt hire me so I'm boycotting them... after I bought some pants from them this evening. But now I'm *really* botcotting them, I *swear*...

I'm gonna be a hostess at this restaurant. So, yeah, its not retail which kinda sucks but hey, it's a job. :-)
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From:mofic
Date:June 14th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you got a job! I wish my son would.

What makes retail better than restaurants?
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From:talktooloose
Date:June 13th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Alex joins the X-Men... would that be picking up from your X1 storyline?

I am excited to carve a space and read "Summers" though space may be hard to find before I relaunch my website.

Also, I am trying to find time to work on DOB 4 (I began on the weekend).

All by way of apologizing for not jumping right on it!
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Alex joins the X-Men... would that be picking up from your X1 storyline?

Exactly. And don't apologize for not reading yet - I wasn't fishing for that. I'm just musing on why sometimes feedback comes through one channel and sometimes another. I actually expected more readers on lj this time, because I put the pictures in. AFAICT, that was the only real advantage of reading at the website.
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From:talktooloose
Date:June 13th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Also, thanks for the plug and kind words. My Bobby fic, I swear, will be a Bobby and John fic before long!
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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I never doubted you!
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From:talktooloose
Date:June 13th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Also, also...

You're finally going somewhere you can wear your t-shirt!!!!
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From:mofic
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I thought of that right away! Umm, I did wonder what to say if asked who the people were. I thought of "My friend ::insert actual name here, first name only:: and his lover." Is that okay?

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From:talktooloose
Date:June 13th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
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heh. no one will ever recognize me, so say fanficcer Talktooloose if you like. Pimp my story!

Have a great time!
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From:penknife
Date:June 13th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
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So, apparently I'm co-modding the X-Men panel with you, which should be fun. Want to talk about plans for that? penknife@livejournal.com, or we can set up a time to chat if you want.
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From:mofic
Date:June 14th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
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Cool! I'll email you, and then we can talk, too.
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