FMK #15: LGBT& Content

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Last week's F winner was Journey to the Center of the Earth! K was Malevil, which means another giant tome I no longer have to shelve, yay.

I am still behind on reviewing stuff because I had Six Wakes and All Systems Red and A Close and Common Orbit all in at the library, plus All The Sedoretu, and sometimes you just have to priortize?

But in honor of the Tiptree anthology I picked up for the sedoretu story in it (and Pride), this week's theme is LGBT& content! (Most of these are Tiptree or Gaylactic Spectrum finalists, in fact.)
How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll! Bear, Chabon, Doran, Gerrold, Lackey, Monette, Orlando & Rebelka, Scott, St. Clair )

more sedoretu

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:02 pm
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So instead of an FMK review this week you get more talking about sedoretu (not the moiety post yet, that's coming. Probably.)

The opinions on the poll about bookmarking were interestingly split - pretty consistently 2-1 in favor of bookmarking, but the anti-bookmarking people seem to feel more strongly about it. I guess the only solution is for more people to start adding stuff to that collection so mine don't stand out as much!

I also finally read Another Story, or, a Fisherman of the Inland Sea, which is the first and longest of Le Guin's O stories. Or possibly I had already read it and then blocked it out. I am... not sure how I feel about it? It is definitely the most SF-based of them, with quantum physics and interplanetary travel and so on (and probably the most useful for people who want to think about sedoretu in the context of a much larger and more cosmopolitan society than we see in either "Mountain Ways" or "Unchosen Love".)

blehhhhh )

Anyway, I still really really like the worldbuilding!

I have managed to narrow it down to ten prompts in the Sedoretu fest that I probably *could* write. (As opposed to the ones I most want to see written, which includes many that I am definitely not the person to write.) They all have pros and cons, which I shall now ramble about here:

Discworld, HP, Sagas, O, LM, Nimona, SW:TFA, Barrayar )

...this is weirdly stressful compared to a prompt meme community where I can just blather on in comments without committing to anything until somebody else either writes the thing or I know exactly what I am doing

Projects

Jun. 20th, 2017 02:01 pm
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So here's my problem: I've got three big projects that I want to work on, and I can't decide between them. In the past I would have tried to do all three at once, failed at all of them, and then spent a year kicking myself for failing before starting the whole cycle over again. I've developed at least enough self-awareness that I'm not going to do that, but I can also tell that, the way I feel now, I'm still setting myself up to fail. So this is me, working through my options.

The projects are:

1) a serial-web-fiction space opera, designed to kick me out of the writing rut I'm in and have been for the past couple of years. I miss writing, I miss finishing things, and I have that problem right now where I have such a massive proliferation of ideas that I don't have time to write them all and then get bogged down doing no writing whatsoever. The way I have this in my head would help solve that problem (basically, create a massive universe, drop every single idea I have into it and let them start to merge around the edges), and, if I could build an audience for it, would also be a "throw myself in the deep end and start writing rope" kind of project. Has the potential to support a Patreon, again if it finds an audience. Startup costs: several months of worldbuilding, committing all my spare energy to writing. Web hosting, which I already have. Would give me the chance to play with marketing, different story lengths/types, and as many aliens as I want.

2) a podcast on end-of-the-world movements and cults. I've been kicking this idea (or something related to it) around for years; I have been known to talk the ear off of coworkers, friends, and random strangers on the subject whenever it comes up even marginally. And the more podcasts I listen to, the more I want to make one. Also has the potential to support a Patreon, depending on audience. Startup costs: lots of research and writing, time spent re-learning audio editing, probably some trial-and-error time in the recording studio. (I have two libraries within reach with recording studios available, so that shouldn't be a cost issue.) Web hosting, which I already have. Committing all my spare energy to research and writing. Would give me the chance to learn a new medium, play with marketing, talk endlessly about and learn more about things I am already interested in.

3) re-opening my Etsy shop. I like to make things, but eventually I build up a large stock of things I've made and have no actual use for. Right now it's stitch markers for knitting, relatively low-end blank books, and now I'm looking at yarn dyeing. Fortunately, these are all things that have a reasonable price point and do well on Etsy. The last couple of times I did this I sold only a handful of items, but I think I have a better handle on how to do this properly this time. Startup costs: supplies, time to perfect designs, business registration fees and the hassle of dealing with paperwork and taxes, committing all my spare energy to making things instead of writing. Would give me the excuse to play with new and different materials, learn product photography, help me straighten out my craft situation, bring in a little money if it takes off.

I started writing this thinking that each one of these was a solid six-month commitment, but looking at it now I can tell that that's just to get the thing off the ground - it'd need a year after that probably to see if it's got legs. This is the part that scares me: what if I put a year and a half into a project and it goes nowhere? (Well, that doesn't leave me worse off than I am now, putting a year and a half into nothing in particular and having it go nowhere.) What if I spend a year and a half on the wrong project, and one of the other ones would do really well right now but won't in the future? What if I can't focus on one project and run myself into the ground again trying to do everything? What if I pour myself into a creative project for a year and a half and nobody likes it?

Obviously some of this is bog-standard creative anxiety, but some of it's also my total loathing for long-term planning. I've never been very good at thinking long-term, and even worse at making commitments. If I've stuck with something for any length of time, it's been out of momentum, not dedication. (Ask me sometime about the number of times I've decided to buy a condo and then changed my mind.) Large projects are awesome, I know I could do something better with a large project than I could with one that just took a couple of months, but I'm terrifically afraid of making that commitment. I can always come up with reasons why it doesn't make sense to plan that far ahead, now more than ever. (Hell, what if civilization doesn't exist a year and a half from now?) I know that's pointless, paralyzing worry, but I haven't been able to stop it.

This is the part where I start wondering if it's possible to prioritize one project and low-key work on the other two, which is where I always start to fall apart. I mean, yes, it probably is, but I have never been good at that and starting that way is never going to go well. So instead, this time, I'm going to take a hint from Designing Your Life (I knew that reading trendy self-help books would come in useful at some point) and plot out a timeline and series of next actions for all three of them, and see if that helps me decide.

(Thanks for listening, y'all, and being part of my public accountability process. If one of these things makes it big, you'll be able to say you were in on the ground floor.)

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Jun. 16th, 2017 02:12 pm
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You can still add prompts to the Sedoretu fic fest! Well, I can't, because I might have hit the prompting limit already, but you can!

If you're new here and have never heard of Sedoretu, it's a concept from stories by Ursula le Guin set on the planet O. Marriages there are four people: two men and two women; with four sexual relationships: two m/f, one m/m, and one f/f; and two non-sexual ships, the other m/f pairs. (There is more to it than that in canon, but that's what makes it really fun to play with as a fandom poly AU concept.)

There are currently 132 prompts in 75 fandoms for the fest, plus several for "any fandom"/"original work", so there is probably at least something you know, and if not you should add it. (Or 137 fandoms if you count all of the Old Norse sagas as their own fandoms, and can I say that I feel like the fact that Old Norse Sagas are the now third most popular fandom in the fest is a dagger aimed directly at me? It's not my fault that Njal's Saga is basically set on O already! I was only trying to taunt the mod a little bit!)

(In other news, we watched the documentary Hvellir last night, about people trying to stop dams on the Laxá,and it is very good, and quotes Njal's Saga, and also only in Iceland would a bunch of protesters trying to destroy a dam just go grab the dynamite that the dam developers had left in small unattended caches all over the protesters' land. And not consider this a particularly noteworthy part of the story.)

So I keep wanting to kudos prompts and accidentally almost claiming them, argh, I wish there was a way to feedback prompts without having to go on and write the darn things. :/ Unfortunately, writing any of the many ones I really want to read would require a ton of canon review that I don't want to commit to. (Although, tbf, anything other than "one of my recent fmk reads" would require a ton of canon review at this point...) Let's face it I will probably just end up writing for Gisli's Saga since at least it's relatively short (and also basically set on O already, fair.)

(I feel like there is probably a reason Le Guin decided to set her stories about four-person marriages and complicated kin relationships among sheep farmers and fishermen in decentralized farmsteads on marginal land.)

(although I want to make the post about the real life basis of moiety a separate post.)

So instead of reviewing canon I have just been reading all the sedoretu stories in fandoms I am at least somewhat interested in. And I have been rec-bookmarking a lot of them to the sedoretu collection linked to the fest. But I am running up against the fact that some of them... are not the quality that I would normally put my rec-heart on, even by my relatively lax standards. So here is a poll for the room: if somebody is going through and bookmarking all of the stories on ::theme:: to a collection,

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


Is it better (by whatever definition of 'better') to:

View Answers

Bookmark the less-good ones to the collection but as Not A Rec
18 (66.7%)

Don't bookmark them at all
9 (33.3%)

FMK #14: SF in Translation

Jun. 13th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Hi all! I am back. I did not get my birthday candle wish of having a different president when I got back to the USA, but at least Theresa May is in deep hot water now, so I guess you all did what you could.

The FMK #13 winner is Discount Armageddon, pulling ahead at the last minute in a very close race! The loser was Pawn of Prophecy, in a not-very-close race, although Man-Kzin Wars put up a good fight.

I brought Rocket Ship Galileo and Tarnsman of Gor with me on the trip as two K winners that I couldn't bear dumping without Having Read. I... am about 30% through Tarnsman of Gor; so far it is not bad enough to make me hate-read it or throw it at the wall, but also not particularly compelling a read. I still want to Have Read it though, I think.

Rocket Ship Galileo is going to be K for Keep, I am afraid. I tried! But Jews vs. Moon Nazis! )

Anyway, in honor of my international travel, today's theme is SF In Translation.

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Allende, Chang, Chessex, Enjoe, Gakov, Hugo, Lem, Merle, Nomura, Ogawa, Strugatsky, Verne )

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