J.M. Frey

And who am I now that I'm not who I was?

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emilianadarling:

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND READ THIS BECAUSE HOLY SHIT MY WHOLE LIFE JUST CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.

So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008. 

Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, Transformative Works and Cultures is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.

Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.

And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.

Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.

These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you. 

(via msaether)

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atlinmerrick:

Fic:  Inspired 
Newsflash: You continue to inspire the holy mother of pearl out of me. I am a suspicious person who apparently needs a pony. And I seem to have A SHERLOCK BOOK available for pre-order.
  ~ Read more: AO3

I preordered it via Amazon.co.uk. I hope it’s available on Amazon.ca too!

atlinmerrick:

Fic: Inspired

Newsflash: You continue to inspire the holy mother of pearl out of me. I am a suspicious person who apparently needs a pony. And I seem to have A SHERLOCK BOOK available for pre-order.

  ~ Read more: AO3

I preordered it via Amazon.co.uk. I hope it’s available on Amazon.ca too!

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madlori:

beautifulfic:

I just got an email from an online friend I’ve not heard from for literally years. It was not the rekindling of the valuable friendship - one that had lapsed through neglect - which I’d hoped for.

The middle and both ends of it was that I’m…

Alright, I’m jumping in here. As a published author who genuinely enjoys reading your fanfic,and a former fanficcer (and sometimes current, though I wish I had more time) I am officially telling your friend to go suck a lemon.

Firstly, messaging you to gloat and simultaneously crap on you and what you’ve achieved? That’s not a very professional attitude on her part. Writing is not, and should not be a competitive sport. Readers who buy/read my book are more likely to buy/read your book, and vice versa - we should be working together, not against one another. It’s not zero sum game. Supporting one another, helping one another, nominating, reading, and talking about one another… that’s what makes writing careers, and more importantly, that’s what makes the community (from fan to pro, at cons and online) a warm, creative, safe space to be. Your former friend better wise up - if she behaves this way in the community, she won’t have much support and her agent won’t be able to do much with her book if nobody likes her and doesn’t want to work with her. Even the most brilliant manuscript will not make up for a crappy work experience for the editors, marketers, etc.

Secondly, your hobby is your hobby.You are allowed to engage with what brings your joy in whatever capacity you want. You can do it for profit, or you can do it for fun, and everything and anything in between is fine as long as it makes YOU happy. I write both professionally and I still write fanfic, occasionally, so you can do both. Anyone can do both. Anyone could do neither. You can do one, and not the other, and still be HAPPY. So your friend needs to step back.

Thirdly, sometimes I email fanficiton writers to tell them that I love their work and that I think they have the talent and wordcraftsmanship to publish if they wanted, and if they did I would be happy to give them advice. But I NEVER posit it as an either/or, or that their wasting their talent in fanfic. I just say, “You’re good enough to go pro, so if you ever feel like going pro, I’m here for a chat and some info if you want one.” That is, I make a point of taking time out of my day to tell authors that I find their work engaging and beautiful. (I send notes to profic authors, too.)

That she took the time out of her busy day to make a point of crapping on you? Man, that’s sad. That makes me feel sorry for her, because if the only way she bring herself joy after getting “The Call” from an agent is to crap on another beautiful writer? Uhg, that breaks my heart for her. She must be a very unhappy person.

The takeaway is this: don’t let someone else’s clear insecurity, lack of professionalism, and cruelty get you down. Your work is beautiful, your joy is beautiful, and we thank you for sharing your talent, your hard work, your ideas, and your skill with us in the capacity in which you choose to share it.

Take joy in joy. We do. I do.

And thank you for sharing.

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adventurereads:


WAITING ON WEDNESDAY [1]
Hellooo everyone this is my first Waiting on Wednesday and of course my first one would be Talon by Julie Kagawa, one of my favorite fantasy authors
Except from goodreads: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St.George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talkn have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rouge dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has even taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St.George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. but he cannot kill unless he is uncertain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give give up to find the truth about dragons.
Okay who wouldn’t get excited over that!?! DRAGONS PEOPLE! DRAGONS! Dragons should appear more often in books and plus it’s by Julie Kagawa! The author that wrote the iron fey series and the immortal rules! And those books are awesomeeeee!!! Julie Kagawa + Dragons? I’m definitely will be reading this!

adventurereads:

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY [1]

Hellooo everyone this is my first Waiting on Wednesday and of course my first one would be Talon by Julie Kagawa, one of my favorite fantasy authors

Except from goodreads:
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St.George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talkn have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rouge dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has even taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St.George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. but he cannot kill unless he is uncertain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give give up to find the truth about dragons.

Okay who wouldn’t get excited over that!?! DRAGONS PEOPLE! DRAGONS! Dragons should appear more often in books and plus it’s by Julie Kagawa! The author that wrote the iron fey series and the immortal rules! And those books are awesomeeeee!!! Julie Kagawa + Dragons? I’m definitely will be reading this!

(via forewordlit)

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dualpaperbags:

paulmcfruity:

This Icelandic police force has the most adorable Instagram account 

Meet the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, serving the capital of Iceland. By the looks of their incredible Instagram account, a normal day includes holding kittens, eating candy and wearing false mustaches.

There’s more where those came from | Follow micdotcom

For the record the Icelandic police are probably the best police force in the world, There has only been one instance where an officer shot and killed a civilian in the entire history of the country (which is nearly a hundred years) and everyone was completely devastated by it, the police especially — because, as made clear in their statements after the incident, they understand their function is to protect the people. Not to mention that their general police go unarmed except for special squads.

Let’s run through some more facts while we’re on the subject: Compared to 31,000+ shooting deaths in the US in 2009, Iceland had… 4, because they have very rigorous screening processes for gun permits. There is very little economic disparity between upper, middle and lower classes, and social welfare programs take care of their people. Drug use affects less than 1% of the population between 15 and 65 years old, and 90% of drug-related court cases are settled with a fine rather than jail time. Violent crime is virtually non-existent. [x]

Iceland is like if you took the entire idea of chill and personified it as an country, and this exemplifies that. 

(Source: micdotcom, via msaether)

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I got profiled! This Magazine’s Sept/Oct features a lovingly written profile of yours truly by Alexander Huls. (website | twitter) I really enjoyed chatting with Alex (I always do), and I think he’s written a great piece.

And yes, it’s true. My crush on Wil Wheaton is the reason I’m a sci-fi/fantasy writer.

To read the full article on my website, click here.

I got profiled! This Magazine’s Sept/Oct features a lovingly written profile of yours truly by Alexander Huls. (website | twitter) I really enjoyed chatting with Alex (I always do), and I think he’s written a great piece.

And yes, it’s true. My crush on Wil Wheaton is the reason I’m a sci-fi/fantasy writer.

To read the full article on my website, click here.

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