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2016-05-25 12:45 pm

Letter for Seeing Color fanwork exchange!

Dear Seeing Color writer and/or artist,

Thank you so much for participating in this exchange! I am so happy that it is running and excited for all the great fic and art that will result! I am going to be over the moon with however you want to proceed with the prompts so please feel free to take whatever cues you want from this letter and disregard whatever you feel is unhelpful! Also of course I hope this exchange leads to lots of likeminded people connecting so I'm totally up for post-reveal squeeing!

Likes and Dislikes for Fic:

Likes: I read pretty broadly so I'm good with most genres of fic so either canon fic or AU's are fine. I have a weakness for smut but it isn't a necessity if that doesn't fit into your writing style or idea. I love developing relationships where characters find out unexpected things about each other, whether it be sexual or just a secret talent for needlepoint! Kink-negotiation is something I really enjoy within a consensual space but again that's not required at all if it isn't your thing. Competence being displayed in any area is a definite plus point for me. I'll expand on specific pairing related tropes I love below but mostly I'm down for most tropey goodness. I am fine with some angst but would appreciate a happy-ish ending. Het, slash, poly, gen is all good as well.

Dislikes: I have a few hard limits that probably won't be relevant to your story but I'll list them anyway. I cannot engage with non-con/dubcon, major character death, scat, bloodplay, bestiality, slave au's and extended torture scenes. I am also uncomfortable with fetishization of race or ethnicity unless it is approached specifically as an undermining of the same.

Likes and Dislikes for Art

Likes: I am new at requesting art so I hope I can phrase this correctly! I would really sincerely love any style or genre that works for you. Movie style posters, sketches, character studies, comic panels, abstract art etc! If you would like to include a note to explain/direct my attention to anything I would really love that as well.

Dislikes: I don't really have any hard limits that haven't been covered in my fic description.

I hope that's been helpful!


1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I have nominated Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron and I am good with whatever combination of the trio that works for you but would prefer Finn to be a primary character in the fanwork. My delight in TFA is very much linked to the fact that the movie took all my love for space adventures and found families and worldbuilding and finding allies in unexpected places and expanded all those tropes by casting the people they did! I'd love for this to be explored in the fic, even within AU scenarios. Mission fic is a particular jam as it allows for exploration of unknown competences and like undercover kissing but like I said the galaxy is the limit here! I would prefer no woobiefying or overtly sympathetic portrayals of Kylo Ren or Hux.

2) Clean Bandit RPF

The nomination process got a bit mixed up for this but I would like Neil-Amin Smith and Olly Alexander to be the pairing in this fandom. Again both canon and AU's about how they met, got together etc is totally fine but I would ask for a happy ending if in canon-verse. I love this pairing primarily for their ridiculous chemistry and their care for each other so anything that builds on that would be great! I would also appreciate any exploration of Neil's relationship with his family if that's something that interests you.

3) Hockey RPF

Hockeyyyy! PK Subban and Carey Price in my opinion lend themselves to a whole host of canon and au scenarios but if within a hockey scenario I would prefer it not to be about career-ending injuries as that hits a bit too close to home. Other things I love about this pairing is their banter and goodnatured ribbing of each other as well as the pride each of them take in their own identities.

4) Marvel Cinematic Universe

My nominated characters for this are T'Challa, Sam Wilson and James Rhodes. Any combination of the above would be amazing. If set within Wakanda I would ask that it's relationship to the outside world as an isolationist advanced society be kept in mind i.e. their (justified) suspicion of outside interference, especially from Western powers. That being said it doesn't have to be a super heavy story! I'd just prefer Wakanda to be space to explore afro-futurist ideas whatever shape they might take.

I am also a complete wreck about Rhodey/Tony so I would love to see this relationship be explored from Rhodey's point of view. I would prefer it to be a strong connection based on both their needs without Rhodey being too long-suffering about things. I'm pretty convinced their time in MIT together was full of mutually-encouraged shennanigans!

5) Shadow Hunters (TV)

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are my current happy place and I would adore pretty much any story you told me about them! They seem pretty perfect for mission fic as well, especially if it leads them discovering unexpected stuff about each other. Anything that highlights their mutual competence is also very welcome. In terms of sexual dynamics I would prefer Magnus to not be depicted as predatory towards Alec but anything in line with their canon interactions would be welcomed, especially if it lead to a turning of the *ahem* tables.

Thank you so much again! I can't wait to squee over the fic or art!
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2014-10-18 10:20 am

Fandom interview project! Pinging Fans of Colour/Other non-white racial, ethnic, cultural identity!

Hi! I know this dreamwidth/lj is pretty dead but I needed somewhere to put this that it wouldn't be lost in the ether of twitter and tumblr! I'll try to be brief in this post but I welcome any questions or clarifications about what I'm doing in case I'm not clear!

What is this about?

So! As I said I'm looking to talk to fans of colour (I use the term only due to heavy US-based fandom usage and fully recognise its limitations!)/fans of other non-white racial/ethnic or cultural identifier of choice, about the way we choose to engage (or not) with fandom on issues that impact that part of our identities. Academic work in fan studies is distressingly white (hah surprise!) and so I'm trying to rock that boat in this part of my PhD.

I have Indian, Australian and Singaporean fans who I'm interviewing but I've realised I don't know people in North America that might be open to talking to me! And I was hoping this would get the word out!

ETA: If you're not from North America please do drop me a line if you're interested! The more people I can talk to the more representative my project will be!

What am I trying to do?

I'm basically trying to record non-white experiences of fandom and hoping to show that there's a whole range of ways in which people deal with these highly flawed texts that we love, as well as how that's reflected in fan work and fandom communities. I want to show that we've always been here, whether as lurkers, creators, beta-readers or what have you. That there is no one way or "right way" to approach issues of race in fandom but it is and always has been something that impacts our experiences in a whole host of ways.

That seems like a lot! What is going to be involved?

I'd like to make this as low stress as possible! I'm happy to conduct the interviews in any way that is comfortable to people, either as a chat or Skype or through a google form etc. You would be absolutely free to back out at any time in the process.

Who are you anyway?

My fandom name is zorana and always has been! I was a lurker for a very long time until I got involved in Adam Lambert fandom and so this journal was born. I don't write fanfic anymore though there is some terrible old stuff floating around sssssh. I was born and brought up in India and am currently doing my PhD in Australia.

Also of course the project has been approved by the university ethics board and I will be following extremely strict confidentiality procedures to protect everyone's identities as well. I'd be happy to expand on any part of the project and its aims with anyone with further questions!

If you'd like to email me directly I'm zoranakill@gmail.com! Or you could just send me your email and we could set something up.

If you find yourself unable to talk to me and know someone who might be interested I'd be very grateful if you could pass it on! Thank you!

ETA: This has come up a bit so I thought I'd clarify! I would like to interview who engages with fandom in any way - lurking, creating, cheerleading etc! My only requirement (for ethics guideline reasons) is that you are above 18. Thank you!
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2011-04-16 03:18 am

Oh look a TV show!

Ok so I’m sure a lot of you saw the fabulous meme going around lj a little while ago in which you were to be prompted with awesome actors and you could make up your own tv show! This led to some truly fabulous concepts, notably by [livejournal.com profile] leupagus and others, including my good frond and evil-enabler [livejournal.com profile] tanndell (who btw came up with a FABULOUS Flygirl AU so y’all should check that out right here). She in turn prompted me with the absolutely lethal combination of pretty and talented people namely – Scotty Caan, Gina Torres, Martin Freeman, Maggie Q, Joe Flanigan, Matt Bomer and Beth Riesgraf!!! Now before you all click the cut below expecting something that makes sense, be warned that THIS IS COMPLETE CRACK! Like I was going for something that had a semblance to plot and belivablity but then Beth put this up on her tumblr and well...




Ahem..so that said..welcome to the wonderful world that is MAGIC-PROOF!! WARNING EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY )
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2010-07-06 07:56 pm

Well there's always Wimbledon

Since the footie gods seems to want to break my heart into a thousand pieces and stamp them into the ground I'm just going to celebrate my bb Rafa's back-to-back victories at the French Open and Wimbledon!!! FUCK YES!!!! I'm so, so proud of him for fighting back after all his problems with injury and really it couldn't happen to a nicer guy!!!
See he's so pretty ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!!!

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Also link to this article which explains exactly why I love him so, over and above the technical perfection of the Fed-bot, and why I think it was so essential for men's tennis that he came to the forefront when he did!! VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOS RAFA!!
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2010-07-02 10:52 pm


Brazil have exited the world cup and I am gutted. They played like shit though but that doesn't make it easier. My mother however may have shed light on the situation as she keeps insisting that they should have stuck to their "tango style" of playing. Maybe she has a point lol, coz they sure as hell have forgotten how to do the samba.
Casilas is expressive of my emotional state at this time

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P.S: Argentina don't fail me now
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2010-06-29 01:27 pm

Happy Birthday to me

I am in the middle of thesis panic so its not the most celebratory of times but one must mark these occasions I guess :D

Also Adam decided to give me a birthday present all special so I really can't complain!!! Thank you bb..

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Follow cut for moar hotness )
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2010-06-17 06:23 pm

Adam Lambert is not Shahrukh Khan

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It seems inevitable that my first actualfax post on what has been a lurker/creeper/reader LJ should be about Adam Lambert, since he represents pretty much everything that has attracted me to fandom and kept me engaged with it ever since I first watched Weiss Kreuz (see icon). I love Adam for his bravery and his honesty and that motherfucking voice of course, but the reason I have stanned him quite as hard as I do is that he makes me have thinky thoughts all the damn time.
So here goes...and yes the gif below is very relevant to this post :D )

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