So Finding Atlantis is basically just my love letter to John Sheppard being a father. I can't even pretend otherwise:
You can check it out on RT here: Finding Atlantis Project File
Art by Polaris
Art by Polaris
I had to force myself to click on the Facebook link today. Beyond the whole list of crap the company has done over the last year or so (and the recent censorship bullshit), I've started to see it as a burden.
I made a FB account originally to connect with my readers at their request. I had a lot of requests -- I have a personal FB account that I log into once a quarter so it wasn't a big part of my life until fandom. And really, fandom is the only reason I find any sort of joy out of this place.
On MeWe, I haven't liked any pages for politics or news. No one is posting bullshit on my feed and none of your fucked up friends are responding to said bullshit in such a way that I want to stab people.
I barely tumbled so deleting my Tumblr was more a statement than a genuine loss. Most of my posts were either reposts or auto-posts from my various sites.
Livejournal -- I really miss what they were when I first joined fandom but we're not ever getting that back and I've come to terms with it. As much as I wish Dreamwidth was a viable replacement, it just doesn't have the participation that LJ had back in its heyday.
So, I'm settling in on MeWe and we'll see how it goes. Since it is so much less stressful, my participation on Facebook is going to decline just based on the fact that I don't set out to make myself freaking furious on a regular basis and having somewhere else to go is very fucking appealing.
That is all.
Here I am: mewe.com/i/keiramarcos
I got an "anonymous" comment form on my site berating me for complaining about the plagiarism on the story on AO3 (that finally got removed).
Apparently, I'm a selfish bitch for filing a complaint and ruining a story they'd been reading.
Yep, I sure am. Maybe if that word thief spent more time writing her own work instead of stealing mine you'd still have something to read you self-absorbed twat.
Fun fact, my comment form records IP addresses and I just banned yours from reading on my site (after I deleted the account you created a few years ago).
I'm sure you won't miss reading on my site, hell you only logged in once a week for the last three years.
I certainly won't miss you.
I checked the link and the story is no longer on a03. I'm relieved but also still irritated by the plagiarism and the four month wait on a response.
Title: Darkly Loyal
Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Harry Potter
Relationship: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Content Rating: NC-17
Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Fantasy, Menage, Fix It
Word Count: 181,154
Body Count: 73
Warnings: Character Bashing, No Beta, Violence, Explicit Sex, Dark Themes, Temporary Main Character Death, the death of a pregnant character, homicide, and permanent character deaths.
My name is Keira and I'm fed up with the beta process.
Don't get me wrong, I totally love my betas. They're great. I just hate the process itself.
I have to ask myself, who in fandom decided that beta was a thing? Who thought -- oh, I'm getting free stuff to read but this author really should do a bunch of extra work to make sure my free entertainment doesn't have any typos!
I'm currently in beta for my QB fic. I mean, like I'm on part 2 of 6 in that process. I just finished Darkly Loyal and it's twice the length of my QB. If I actually put that in beta -- it wouldn't be ready to post until probably April. Fuck that noise.
I settled at Ello for my Tumblr replacement. I like the interface and the conversation potential at least. Still figuring out how it works but I like the artist/creator vibe from the outset.
Here's me: https://ello.co/keiramarcos (My site is marked NSFW so you'll have to create an account AND agree to see such content in your profile settings before you can see my blog -- this is their rule not mine. I can't control it no more than I can control my foul mouth.)
I've finished the second draft of my QB and I've started three different plots for next year. We'll see how it goes. I'm already considering a sequel to my QB and I'm wondering if it'll be a fit for next year's November RT (canon divergence theme).
Anyways, that's all from me.
I'm toying with the next part of Hold My Coffee, meandering through my plot document for the next part in Ties That Bind, and I've got an original story for Declan Frost and Sean Taylor in the early "cloud plot" stages. I'm having to do some world building but it'll be a paranormal romance though it won't be set in the same 'verse as my first original project, Fall For You. But speaking of Law of the Pack, I do have original novellas in the works for Jared Cameron and Lawrence Harper but I don't have enough of either to currently share in any sort of way that would make sense.
Regardless, I'm currently trawling my WIP folder looking for stuff to share on EAD.
I asked myself, how many times can I bitch and complain about reader entitlement before I start to bore myself?
On a for real note, donating to Rough Trade or to the Wild Hare Project doesn't equal any sort of ownership on your part. I appreciate the much needed donations as it keeps everything running but that doesn't mean you're entitled to a fucking thing in regards to the works produced there.
For fuck's sake.
Summary: James Potter took his family into hiding abroad when the prophecy was revealed. Hidden for nearly seven years, the Potters come home when it's announced that Tom Riddle has been captured. Their return brings changes to magical Britain that no one is prepared for.
I could spend a whole year talking about the fetishizing of men in fandom because it is wide spread and it leads to some truly ugly behavior on the parts of fans. It breeds contempt for show creators and sometimes obsessions with actors that can and have gotten dangerously out of hand. Actors sometimes get melded with the characters they play in a fan’s mind, and that can lead to the fan believing they know them in very intimate ways when it simply isn’t true.
One of the most distressing things I see in fandom is the objectification of the real people who play the characters we love. I can’t really do anything about the problem but I notice it, and it’s often utterly appalling. I want to just lose my shit sometimes and point out—hey, that’s a fucking human being you’re talking about there. He’s not some puppet you can play around with like a goddamned toy.
You probably think it doesn’t matter what you think in your head or what you put on Tumblr regarding an actor or actress. You think it’s perfectly okay to write a fic about Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett cheating on their wives/girlfriends/families because you’re just writing fiction. It’s not hurting anything. Except they both have children and one day one of those kids might stumble across your fucked up little short story about their dad cheating on their mom, and of course, because you’re an asshole you’ve made sure to insult and degrade their mother as much as possible to justify the cheating. I’m sure that’s going to be a fun conversation for everyone involved.
Explicit sex in fan fiction plays a role in objectification, and I acknowledge this. I’ve always known that there is a subset of people who only read my work for the sex. They make it clear in their comments and in specifically in the parts of my stories they remember. I once saw a “find a fic” request on an LJ community that outlined five sex scenes and not a single plot point. All they remembered was the sex. It wasn’t my story they were looking for, but more than one person suggested that I might be the author of this missing fic. I’m glad I wasn’t. I felt let down and terrible for the author it was though because one person after another on that thread would comment about having read the fic. Not a single one of them mentioned a plot point or a bit of characterization that wasn’t sex.
I knew the story they were looking for—it was a beautiful piece of work with excellent characterization and an engrossing plot that was utterly breathtaking. I never commented on that thread with the answer because I wanted no part of the conversation. I think it took six or seven weeks for someone to provide a link. I don’t want to discuss the title or author here because it’s not fair to her or her work. That thread on that fic finders community wasn’t fair to her work either. But it did highlight something I’d noticed about a few readers on my site. The sex stood out for them. Specifically, the gay sex stood out for them, and nothing else was really important.
Early on, I had to figure out where my hard line was regarding objectification in my fandom work. I decided that I would write about characters, not actors. I don’t read or write “real person fiction” as a result. For example, John Sheppard is a character—a fictional person who exists in the Stargate fandom that I know well. Joe Flanigan is a real person—he has a family and a personal life that is none of my business. I don’t know him at all, and honestly, I have no interest in knowing him. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but I’m not here for Joe Flanigan. I’m in the Stargate fandom for John Sheppard.