avengers: natasha explosion

Assorted Questions

1) Should I even bother to post fics on LJ anymore? I'm considering posting exclusively to AO3 and putting up a link on LJ. It seems like the vast majority of views/comments are on AO3.

2) Anyone know of comms for Elementary fic? I wrote one for Rare Women, but I'm not quite sure what to do with it.

3) Is it inherently problematic to write a story about Natasha being kidnapped by the North Korean government when a mission in Pyongyang goes wrong? I feel like the North Korean government would really like to possess a Natasha, but I also feel like using real political situations for entertainment purposes is dodgy.

4) Can you participate in 5 Acts if your kinks aren't very kinky? I mean, so non-kinky that they don't contain any sex at all.

Not a question: Female Fest looks cool and fun. Leave prompts!

Also not a question: I got my tickets for the midnight premiere of Star Trek! I should probably lay in a case of Red Bull or something so I can stay awake at work the next day. Or not go to work. Also, I wish we could call it ST: XII instead of STID. My brain keeps parsing that as STI or STD and getting confused by why people are excited about a venereal disease movie.
I've been thinking about posting just at AO3 too. At least with certain fics....
Yeah, I think some fandoms read there almost exclusively, like Avengers. On the other hand, I don't get many AO3 hits on Harry Potter stories, so maybe I should keep those on LJ.
1. Everyone seems to be doing that these days. It used to be if you posted it on AO3 and just linked it here, people would be reluctant to follow a link elsewhere. Now that most people are on AO3, no one seems to mind.

3. If your purpose is entertainment, I would say the answer is most likely yes--it is inherently problematic. However, if you are interested in exploring the history of relations between Korea, Russia, and international political agencies, or problems of communication, government intelligence, and cultural understanding of North Korea, then it is not inherently problematic. It could still be problematic, but plenty of great lit uses real political situations. While the purpose of such lit is to create insight and perspective, it is also to entertain, which I think is important. And I also think that it's just as legitimate to do so with fanfic, as long as that is really a goal. If the goal is to write a fun spy story, my guess is you should do something else. This is of course, just my two cents.

4. I don't know what 5 Acts is, but imo there should be more unkinky kinks :o)
I always read on AO3 if I have the choice. The interface is cleaner, it keeps a browsing history for me, I can leave kudos when my brain is too tired to generate a coherent content... I like posting there better too.

I think you're right about the NK story, I mean, if I have to ask myself if something is dodgy, it probably is. I may end up writing it just to entertain myself but not post it anywhere.

5 acts ia a meme where people post 5 kinks plus favorite pairings in their journal, and then people come write them kinky stories. I want to participate, but my kinks are things like "two male friends have an honest, open, emotional conversation with each other," which I think is not the point fo the meme.
Ad 1) - very good question. I just testrun this with some ficlets. It might be the future road to go indeed.

...Which is IMO sad, because it truly means LJ and the great discussions one could have here are dying out - I don't like tumblr and I rarely have discussions in the threads of a story at AO3 :/
I have actually had some good discussions on AO3, but you're right - it's not the same as LJ. LJ is a better discussion tool since it's more personal and it contains content BESIDES stories. I'm with you though - I don't like tumblr. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I really don't understand it.
A friend and I were talking about the AO3 thing the other week. I think we concluded that if people want to comment on LJ, they can use the crosspost-post to do so, but maybe a poll is necessary to find out if people would really mind that? I suspect not.
I agree it would be tough to write an NK story that isn't problematic, but I'm struggling to come up with a setting that isn't problematic somehow. The story I keep imagining is one where Natasha is sent to rescue a prisoner, but it turns out the prisoner doesn't exist at all - it's just bait to get her to visit a military prison in country X. Once she's there, they kidnap her on the theory that if she was brainwashed once by Red Room, then they could manage to brainwash her too. I may end up writing the story just for myself and not posting it anywhere. The idea won't leave me alone, but I'm not sure there's an acceptable way to tell it.
*raises hand awkwardly*

Um, I read all of your fic here? I'm terrible at commenting because I'm uncomfortable with IP-logging, but I always mean to message you. Um, just letting you know? Do whatever is easier for you.



That makes two of us - I cross posted my stuff to AO3, but I haven't the faintest idea how to really use it yet, and I'm comfy on LJ.
Good to know! AO3 is pretty addicting once you get used to it - it's so easy to browse, and the interface is so nice and clean.
Thanks! I was curious if anyone read over here, so it's good to know that you do. And I understand about the IP logging - I leave it on because I had a cyberstalker on my personal LJ, but I totally understand wanting to shield your privacy.
I feel like the North Korean government would really like to possess a Natasha, but I also feel like using real political situations for entertainment purposes is dodgy.

Well, they've been scary for about 60 years, so they've got longevity going for them. They might last another 40-50. And if so, then by the time your story eventually appears dated, you'll probably be so old you won't care :)

My brain keeps parsing that as STI or STD and getting confused by why people are excited about a venereal disease movie.

::gigglesnort::
Well, I'm not so worried about the story being dated. It's more that the North Korean government causes real people to suffer, and I feel weird about using their repressive regime essentially as a movie set. I may end up writing the story just for myself and not posting it anywhere.
Ah, I see, dodgy in that sense. How about Nazi Germany or Cold War Russia? They're always good "stock" villains :)
Since it's easier on my eyes, I pretty much read fic exclusively on AO3 these days b/c it's easily downloadable to my Kindle. If it's on LJ, I'll copy/paste it into a .txt and then convert it to a .mobi. So I've mostly said goodbye to consuming fic here.

Also, I wish we could call it ST: XII instead of STID. My brain keeps parsing that as STI or STD and getting confused by why people are excited about a venereal disease movie.

I am so glad I am not the only one who feels this way!!!

Edited at 2013-05-11 05:20 am (UTC)
I only usually read on AO3
No matter where you post, I will always read every single Gaila fic you ever write. Ever.

Really.

(And a lot of the non-Gaila stuff, too.)

(You get too many comments to remember everyone, but just in case, I'm LemonScience33 on AO3.)

Oh and I should also note that I have twelve of your Gaila fics on my Kindle, which is another huge perk of AO3. :)