caitri: (Printer)
All Star Trek stories are Kirk/McCoy unless otherwise stated.
All Avengers stories are Steve/Tony unless otherwise stated.
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caitri: (Books)
Over at Bustle: "Why Fan Fiction Shaming Is A Feminist Issue" by Emma Lord


The two most "famous" fan fictions aside, the shame associated with fan fiction originated long before these works reached readers outside of their usual sphere. Unfortunately, fan fiction at large lends itself to mockery in a much safer and subtler way than other forms of female desire-driven works: the writers are, for the most part, anonymous and unpaid, with little training. They are often young women, subjecting the works to the same dismissive attitude society frequently takes over things that young women enjoy. And while there is a wide range of writers and types of fic on the internet, a majority of fic — the fic that most people are aware of — is written primarily by women, for women, holding it to the kind of scrutiny from people who do not consume it that makes it all too easy to mock. ...

If you don't think that fan fiction shaming in particular is a feminist issue, then consider what we're really doing when we shame fan fiction writers: we are shaming women — often young women, who are just starting to get a sense for what they want not just in a narrative, but in their adult lives — for expressing their desires. We are setting up women to apologize for their writing before it even leaves the keyboard. We are attacking them not only personally, but professionally; we are discouraging them owning a part of themselves, and from profiting from it, should they ever decide to write their own original work down the road.

More than that, though, we are discouraging them from engaging in the incredibly diverse and open learning environment that fan fiction provides. Fan fiction has historically been a safe place to experiment with and read about all kinds of romance — no matter the gender or the orientation, be it the cheesiest trope or the most specific kink. It is a place without judgment, and a place that introduces young writers to perspectives outside of their own — sometimes normalizing diverse relationships for writers who would otherwise not be exposed to them, ultimately making them more accepting and empathetic not just as writers, but as human beings.

With that in mind, it is all the more disheartening that the judgment of others so critically affects the writers and readers of fan fiction, which itself is such an open, nonjudgmental place. But once that misplaced shame is there, it never really goes away. Even now, fully aware of the root of my feelings, I see it in motion in myself and the people around me. I write my own fiction now, and whenever somebody asks about it, I frequently preface any plot descriptions with "it's silly," or "it's dumb". I hide my fiction writing with the same kind of crippling embarrassment that I shielded my fan fiction usernames. And I hear the same apologies from other female writers everywhere I go — be it with other fic writers on Tumblr, or fiction writers who write in genres targeted at women that I meet out in the real world, there is all too often a disclaimer to soften any exchange of their work. The very work that should empower us and embolden us, the same work we feel safe celebrating in anonymous corners of the internet, often makes us cower in the light of day.

Of course, ending the fan fiction shaming isn't going to solve everything; fan fiction shaming is just one of countless things lurking under the umbrella of things women are conditioned to feel shame for. But it is high time to recognizing fan fiction shaming for what it is at its core: the shaming of women's desires, and their daring to take control of them.
caitri: (ample nacelles)
So I entered that Strange New Worlds contest for Star Trek stories and didn't get in, so I thought I'd go ahead and share the story I wrote anyway because I'm still proud of it. It's gen, TOS though it could also be read as Reboot. Many thanks to the lovely [ profile] abigail89 who heroically beta'd and encouraged me to finish!! <3

The Drowned and the Saved )
caitri: (books)
This is what happens when one reads the following texts in quick succession:

Anne Jamison's Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking over the World (**Note, this book is AWESOME, covers academic subjects in a popular voice, and is massive in its undertaking. So. Much. Love.)

Arthur Marotti's Manuscript, Print, and the English Renaissance Lyric (About the shifts and overlap in manuscript and print culture, specifically the compilation and sharing of texts.)

The Sherlock Holmes Fracas (See Why fans are outraged at Sherlock and Watson reading sexy fanfic. See also [ profile] marthawells's awesome round-up on the incident.)

So I've had multiple ideas about all this stuff for a while now, many of which I am still trying to get a handle on aside from saying "hey lookit all these things that are SO ALIKE!" Specifically: gendered writing, gendered publication, sharing texts, transforming texts, the uses of authorship, the socio-political implications of all of these things.

Now, Sheena Pugh has another great book, The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context, which looks at a lot of this issues of authorship in shared texts and transformative works, and a lot more has been published on fanfic generally and specifically--we're finally getting over the questions of "why fans do they things they do" and into the "how fans do the things they do" which I think is WAY MORE INTERESTING. I mean it's one thing to say "women like to create things with their friends" but it's another to talk about how they do it.

Now Marotti and others are interesting in coterie writing in the 16th and 17th c.--where basically poets and their pals and patrons would share works, have ongoing conversations with texts, etc. etc. 1) A lot of this activity is by women 2) in manuscript rather than print. (Eg. They could to some extent control the circulation of their works.) A popular idea behind this behavior is what's known as the "stigma of print"--having "private" materials by a literary class (often upper class but also some middle-class participants) circulate publicly was seen as problematic, and in the case of women writers it could be politically and socially harmful. (Because if we attack "egotistical women writers" now, imagine what they did then: oy!)

So you have all of these women writing quietly, with men usually oblivious and occasionally condoning or praising.

[Sidenote, Marotti provides this fun poem by Henry King, who was also John Donne's friend and literary executor in addition to being a bishop:

To a Lady

When your fair hand receives this Little Book
You must not there for Prose or Verse look.
Those empty regions which within you see,
May by your self planted and peopled bee.
And though wee scarse allow your Sex to prove
Writers (unlesse the argument be Love)
Yet without crime or envy You have roome
Here both the Scribe and Author to become.

Things I particularly like: Hey, he's talking about women confined to genre back in the 17th c! And also, why doesn't anyone ever give me notebooks with poems? Sigh.]

Alright, now then you have Ben Jonson, who did something scandalous: He printed up a volume of his Works (also egotistical, because the implication of printing one's Works is that one had carefully DIED and your loving friends did it FOR you, see: Philip Sidney), which Marotti argues helped solidify not only the sociocultural impact of vernacular literature/literary history but also of professional authorship.

This segues to EL James, who did 50 Shades and broke the internet and also publishing because OMG this woman wrote a fanfic of a woman's books and then she published it and made money OMG, and 1) who does that and 2) what kind of a FAN does that?!

Leading BACK to the stigma of print with Caitlin Moran having the Sherlock actors awkwardly read some fic in front of an audience of hundreds, humiliating the fan, making the actors uncomfortable, and acknowledging the "silent" work of fans broadly and problematically, and ALSO without the CONSENT of that fan.

Mirrors in mirrors, man!

But also, let's look at the gendered interplay here: 1) Doyle's work 2) transformed by Moffat and Gattis 3) transformed by women fans 4) mocked by a woman writer 5) who then gets (reportedly) chewed out by (male) BBC controllers.
**A great big part of the problem of the fracas is the silence of both the Sherlock actors and writers on all this. Make what you will of this specifically male silence.

Okay here's another interesting book I also highly recommend: Fandom At The Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships by Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larson, which goes into ALL of the breaking the fourth wall/stigmas in Supernatural. Which, if you've never seen it: Um, women fans love this show about pretty guys fighting things, then in the show itself they wrote women fans interacting with texts about the protagonists, who were squicked, and again with the mirrors in mirrors. The book discusses not only this but documents reactions in fandom, where again you had something like the stigma of print because how could these people write about what women were doing and mock it, etc. etc.


Okay, so that's about as far as I got because my brain just went pfft but these are some things going on in my brain. So there.
caitri: (Cait Yatta!)
Title: Processing Time
Author: caitri
Rating: G
Word Count: 974
Summary: For the Comment Fic challenge at [ profile] almosthumantv. [ profile] honor_reid’s prompt: "Dorian gets loaned out to another detective (who is a jerk) against the wishes of Kennex, the assignment goes badly. Dorian is injured, and John is ticked. Epic h/c and bromance ensues.”
Disclaimer: I am the farthest thing from a writer or employee of Fox as it is possible to be. So.

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caitri: (Charles mouse)
Title: The Shopping Trip
Author: caitri
Rating: G
Word Count: 1291
Summary: Abbie knew that taking Ichabod shopping was going to be a long, painful process, which is why she put it off for as long as she could. And when Crane has been in the twenty-first century for two months, when he has been locked in cars and shot guns with more than one bullet, when they have fought demons and the undead together, surely a trip to Beekman’s Grocery can’t be that bad--can it?
Disclaimer: I am the farthest thing from a writer or employee of Fox as it is possible to be. So.

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caitri: (Dorktastic Chris)
So in trying to get over my block I'm just writing weird snippets of things all over the place, including a Reboot/Sherlock fusion fic that began through a series of texts with [ profile] 100wordspermin. I hope to finish it, but in case I don't, here, have a thousand words of ridiculousness.

17A Riverside Drive )

IDEK, you guys.
caitri: (Is that a Firefly)
So we got the internet today (YAY); we're partially settled into the new apartment, with a lot unpacked and a lot still scattered around all higgeldy-piggeldy. The apartment is small so one of my tasks as I've been unpacking is identifying stuff that can go into our storage unit at the complex, while also trying to bring order to....everything else. Which, considering it's a mixture of my stuff from Texas and Scott's stuff from Atlanta means easy culls (we need one toaster and one iron, not two of each) and more problematic ones (the spice racks: augh).

I'm still studying for my language exam next week and alternate between feeling pretty good about it and freaking out. Because I am a spaz.

Anyway, in a fit of pique I tried writing a little bit and ended up with a scene between Jim Kirk and River Tam, for some unplanned post-STID crossover (no idea if it ties into the previous crossover or not). Anyways, for kicks, here you are:

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caitri: (Steve and Bucky)
So for about a year now it's been my headcanon that Cap liberated Magneto from the camps when he was a young boy in the war, and that they'd meet again in the twenty-first century. In an awful meeting today, I finally got to write that out:

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Anyway. Life remains ridiculous. Funny how fic helps, isn't it?
caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
Title: Start As You Mean To Go On (Five Questions, One Statement, and One Answer, All in a New York Minute)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Pepper/Happy, Bruce/Darcy, Thor/Jane, Natasha/Rhodey, Peter/Gwen, Clint/Coulson, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 2,915
Summary: New Year’s Eve at Avengers Tower. Movieverse.
A/N: With some Science Bros especially for [ profile] tocourtdisaster because I never finished her birthday present, and Bruce/Darcy and Clint/Coulson for [ profile] gadgetorious on principle.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.
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caitri: (Is that a Firefly)
Mal: "Ain't all buttons and charts, little albatross. Know what the first rule of flying is? Well I s'pose you do, since you already know what I'm 'bout to say."

River: "I do. But I like to hear you say it."

Mal: "Love. Can know all the math in the 'verse but take a boat in the air that you don't love? She'll shake you off just as sure as a turn in the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughtta fall down...tell you she's hurtin' 'fore she keens...makes her a home."


And lookit what [ profile] avictoriangirl made!!!!!

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caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
Skinny!Steve was responsible for art like this until he got in the army:

(Headcanon 2: The model for the guy in that pic was Bucky. "Geez, punk, d'you gotta put me in all your slinky pictures?")
caitri: (Can't Talk Busy Getting Tenure)
“If loving Dickens is wrong, I don’t want to be right,” Charles said primly.

Steve chuckled, but Clint looked directly at a passing innocent bystander and said, “No, don’t get too excited, he said Dickens, geez.” Scandalized, the person walked quickly away. “So easy.” Clint smirked.

“You’re impossible, Professor Barton,” Charles said.

“No, only improbable, Professor Xavier.”

“Don’t get a room, ladies,” Tony said as he joined them. “Unless Lehnsherr’s here.”

Charles glowered.


IDEK. I always write Clint ragging on Charles in this fic. Also, I’m abruptly shifting two of the pairings to make [ profile] gadgetorious happy. There, now also Clint/Coulson and Bruce/Darcy, just for you.
caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
Because today was ridiculous and fic helps fix things, sometimes.

From my current Avengers WIP Friends, Lovers, or Nothing, in which Tony met Steve first, and...they actually get along.

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caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
Title: Golden Rule Days (Our Modern Family Belongs To Us)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Clint/Natasha, Steve/Tony, Bruce/Darcy, Thor/Jane, everyone and the kitchen sink basically
Word Count: 2,589
Summary: How Kat Barton comes to realizes that her very large “family” maybe isn’t normal—but that’s what makes it awesome. Movieverse. Inspired by [ profile] workerbee73’s Career Day, but it got out of hand. >_>
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.

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caitri: (We'll Never Survive)
Title: In the Belly Of
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Kirk/McCoy, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 741
Summary: Because space whales…fish…are a thing. In multiple universes. (Look, Todd asked and I said Okay, and this is what happened. I don’t know either.)
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Bad Roboy, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.

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caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
Title: Under Your Influence (The Way It Works Like Caffeine)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Bruce/Darcy, background Clint/Natasha, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 2,114
Summary: Movieverse. The one where Bruce and Darcy try to have a date. Written for [ profile] gadgetorious.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.

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caitri: (Hawkeye)
Title: You Know These Words (Like an Old Country Song)
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Clint/Natasha, Steve/Tony
Word Count: 4,833
Summary: Movieverse. The one where Clint Barton used to be a Hunter. A crossover of sorts with Supernatural.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Eric Kripke, or Marvel Pictures. Just so you know.

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