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Ever since E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey shot to the top of the best-seller list, publishers have been struggling with the tantalizing prospect of bringing more fan fiction writers into the traditional publishing fold.

Part of the difficulty comes from the persistence of negative stereotypes around fan works, which range vastly in terms of the quality of writing. Rather than hide their connection to fandom, the new independent publisher Big Bang Press is counting on the fan community for its talent and the buzz its wide audience can potentially create.

The women behind Big Bang, all connected to fandom in various ways, took a specific tack when entering the publishing fray. First, recruit the best writers from the world of fan fiction. Second, give those creators the support, through professional editing and marketing, to publish original work. Big Bang will publish paperback and ebooks for YA and adults.


Big Bang Press, a New Publisher for Fan Fiction Writers and Artists, by Robin Brenner at School Library Journal. (via bigbangpress)

The Big Bang Press website is here!

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The fact that it budged leads me to believe one thing.

If Steve Rogers managed to make Mjolnir budge when even Hulk’s strength couldn’t…..

Something tells me Cap didn’t lift the hammer on purpose.

Lets see what we know about the scene. Thor and everyone else are getting drunk and having fun, yet We know for a FACT that Cap can’t get drunk. He has ALL of his faculties about him.


Thor agrees.

Nobody can even move it, except Cap. Yet he doesn’t pick it up.

My guess, he knew what kind of implications him wielding the hammer could mean, and he is not about to steal Asgard away over a drunken bet.

He faked not being able to pick it up. He must have been stunned when he realized he could, hence why we see his fingers slip up the handle.

He CAN wield the hammer but doesn’t want to brag about it.

In my humble opinion, this only makes him ALL THE MORE worthy.

In the comics he wields the hammer at one stage


Nov. 1st, 2014 02:07 am
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What is with all these trifling, trifling men scoring in Shondaland? So far the only credible hookups on this show have been Connor's.

October update; November goals

Oct. 31st, 2014 10:53 pm
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October 2014: the month my writing goals fell off a cliff.

Days written: 11/31
Words written: 2,224
Words of fic written: 1,886
Stories worked on: Two and ficlets
Stories posted: Just the ficlets

I don't even want to look. )

Specific goals:

1. Write five days a week -- that's per week, not on average -- except while traveling. I actually did manage this before the trip. But not after. I have written exactly one day since getting back, and that was some character headcanon meme stuff on Tumblr today.

2. Finish two of three pending giveaway stories. Worked on one, haven't started the other.

3. Finish MCU story that I started late this month. Made a little progress but only a little.

4. Work on Wardens of Ivalice. Didn't even open the file.

Fail, fail, fail. I can give a litany of reasons: broken finger, travel, two contract jobs, baseball playoffs, two profit pushes in Flight Rising. All good stuff, except for the injury of course, but it's all cutting into my writing time, and I haven't figured out how to work around it.

November. Well, that will be interesting. Both contract jobs will continue. However, no travel, probably no major Flight Rising projects, and the splint will come off my finger... just in time for a concert week and Dragon Age: Inquisition! Nothing cuts into my writing time like a new game, and I can't imagine that DA:I will be any different. So, modest goals. Super, super modest. Setting the bar so low that I should be able to fall over it when I get out of bed in the morning.

1. Write an average of five days per week.

2. Work on, in priority order: MCU story, first giveaway story, Wardens of Ivalice, something for Chocobo Races, second giveaway story.

3. Post to my journal every day in November. Okay, yeah, I suggested I might not do this, but now that the time is upon me, how can I not? Besides, I'll be on Tumblr hiatus very soon, so that should help. No length restrictions this time, though. I just have to post something each day. :)
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So... about, dear lord, three years ago, I had a bad case of sciatica. Scary bad. "Am I disabled?" bad. I said it was in "my hip" but my doctor told me, no, that's my lower back, or my leg.

Well, I understood what she was saying, but... damn it.

Well, a massage therapist finally wrung the tightness out of my piriformis muscle, and that stopped a lot of the pain, but I still felt something was "wrong" with my leg. It felt turned out.

I went to a few physical therapists, but none of them seemed to have any idea what was going on. One thought that I was having serious hip issues - while I was running 3+ miles a day! Others just never seemed to approach the area having problems.

I later learned that there are two big, major muscles - the psoas muscle, and the ileacus muscle. They attach through your pelvis to your upper thigh. And I became a bit obsessed, because they both pass through the bottom of the pelvis in the groin region, and I felt like I had a steel cable embedded in my left groin.

I can't explain what I did. I just kind of kept up my awareness of the muscles that seemed too tight, and not working quite right and kept trying to find the way they should work. I kept thinking about lengthening and strengthening them.

And the pain got better, and started to shift.

This past week, I suddenly realized I could kind of shift my hip in a way that wasn't painless, but felt like it was close to where the hip was supposed to be, and it felt like I had some muscles fighting back, but... well, they weren't fighting *quite* so hard any more.

Previously, I'd been working mostly from the leg - trying to use the leg to force how the hip moved, but now, I feel like I'm engaging the lower back/hip. I feel like I'm knocking on the door of having a normal stride again. (Not that you would have noticed my stride being *ab*normal before now... but I'm starting to think that dancing, or martial arts, might not be out of my reach. Assuming I can ever handle the physical exertion without going all fatigued, of course!

Adding to this, I pushed my doctor to let me try Provigil which seems to be having good effects, and Monday, I do my four day EEG. I'm kind of hopeful that things might be on an upswing for me.

Here's hoping life is treating you all extremely well - I know I haven't been "here," in both senses of the word, that much recently and hope to be more present, more often, in the future.

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Nov. 1st, 2014 12:01 am
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time to begin procrastinating on NaNo! (I have really low expectations given how very little I've been able to write in the past several years, but I don't have to work so I'm gonna at least pretend to be trying.)

#nanowrimo2014 because I don't have
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x-kit guy: *sighs loudly, stares wistfully out the window, rolls up sleeves*


Oct. 31st, 2014 11:59 pm
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A quieter day, with some shopping and whatnot.

I need to spend a few more hours grinding out some pixel candy to buy a pixel ghost cat for my kid. -_-

(Spouse keeps griping that I'm not advertising stuff enough -- especially that Crucible is out. 'Cept I dunno where I'd ask to see if they'd care to review it, y'know? O:p )

Havva Quote
All I know is money means coffee. And sweets.

INwatch+Bookwatch )
Adopt one today!
Dragons under fold )

I am so anti

Nov. 1st, 2014 12:05 am
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Said fuck it to the NaNo party I was going to be goignto.

Anyone wanna have a writing (not necessarily NaNo bt all writing!) party via the internet? We should do the thing.
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usa gets silver:


russia gets silver:


chinese get silver:


british get bronze:


actually, it’s been psychologically proven that bronze winners are happier than silver winners! silver winners see themselves as being “so close” to gold, while bronze winners are just happy they won a medal. so any silver medalist isn’t as happy as a bronze medalist!

Canada gets silver:image

ok but it’s canada

Nouveau Rogue by HanieMohd [sfw]

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:24 pm
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Fandom: Marvel Comics [X-Men]
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Rogue
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] HanieMohd
Why this piece is awesome: The artist has lots of work in a series that is sorta superheroine art nouveau crossed with fashion illustration. This flowy example caught my eye tonight.

Link: Nouveau Rogue

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 27

Oct. 31st, 2014 08:23 pm
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Happy Halloween, guys! Looks like I didn't manage to get Gunjo in before the end of the month, but hopefully soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this next chapter of Himegoto. :D

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Krim + Kurokishi Scans
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: The next day at school, Kaito waits excitedly to see which of the new outfits Yoshiki will wear.

Chapter 27: Stifling


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