the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Running total: 5,426 pages



Stuff I read in 2017:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )

Series Completed/Current )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Total: 10,032 pages


In order to keep my giant pile of unread things from getting any bigger, my resolution for 2016 was to not buy a new book until I'd read at least one I already own. How did that go?

The answer is... )

Stuff I read in 2016:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Total: 10,062 pages


Last year I struggled to hit 6,700 pages due to the unusually large number of books I read that I didn't like very much. This year I discovered Listopia, and in particular the list for Gay Romance Featuring Psychics/Mediums/Shamans/Spiritualists, and read an absolutely record number of things for me without even trying. Unfortunately out of the staggering number of things I read in 2015, only about five of them were things I owned when the year started, so the giant pile of unread things has not been reduced at all.

Towards that end, my resolution for 2016 is to not buy a new book until I've read one I already own. Since there are at least seven books I know of coming out in the next year by authors I like, I have little hope that the giant pile of unread things will be hugely reduced, but at the very least it won't get any larger.

Stuff I read in 2015:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Bodie and Doyle reading, captioned Reading Fic (Fic)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] gottalovev.

50 Questions for fic readers. Put a number or two in the comments for me to answer.

[ETA: I found out the hard way that LJ won't let me post comments with hyperlinks in them today, so I am adding my answers to the body of the post instead. ::kicks LJ::]

List of questions )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Total: 6,705 pages


Rather than setting a page count goal this year, I decided to focus my efforts on catching up on series I'm behind on (I read a lot of series books) and books I've owned for a long time but hadn't gotten around to reading yet (Why had I not started reading the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling before now? OMG, it's awesome!). In those aspects the year was a smashing success, even if I am a little disappointed with the total page count.

Stuff I read in 2014:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Total: 9,079/10,000 pages


I'm a little disappointed, but I discovered last year that I have a hard time motivating myself to read when I'm not really enjoying the book, and I hit a record number of books I just didn't like very much this year. Why didn't I just give up on them? Some were books in a series I have otherwise enjoyed, some were by authors I have otherwise enjoyed, and some were books that were recommended to me and I kept waiting for the awesomeness I'd been promised to turn up (spoiler alert: it didn't).

I'll probably track what I read next year just because it's kind of fun to see what I've read over the course of the year, but next year's goal will be slightly more nebulous and difficult to quantify. I want to read some things I've been meaning to read for a long time but just never got around to.

Stuff I read in 2013:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
 Total: 10,062/10,000 pages 


I did it! This was my third consecutive year of setting myself a reading goal to try and make a dent in my giant pile of unread books, but it's the first year I've actually accomplished the goal. *\0/* Of course, I had to cheat like whoa and read manga for the entire month of December to get there, but those manga were on the pile so they totally count. Unfortunately, 12 of these books were bought this year, so I didn't make quite as big a dent in the backlog as I would have liked. I really have to learn to read the books I already own.

Stuff I read in 2012:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
the_other_sandy: Bodie and Doyle reading, captioned Reading Fic (Fic)
The BBC is starting up the new season of Sherlock on New Year's Day. The last I heard, we're not getting it on PBS until May. That means that in order to avoid spoilers, I won't be able to read Sherlock fic for five months. Five months. Yes, there are tools like Read It Later or Delicious where I could stash fic to read later, but five months. There will be so much fic stashed after five months that it'll be too overwhelming and I'll just wind up deleting it all without reading it anyway. I'm going to miss five months' worth of fic. And yes, I would like some cheese with my whine.
the_other_sandy: Bodie and Doyle reading, captioned Reading Fic (Fic)
It will come as no surprise to most of you that I read a lot of fic. Many, many years ago, I used to read a lot of Emergency! fic. Then TV Land started showing reruns and instead of fire/rescue and medical stories, my lists were inundated with 'Johnny goes on a date with his girlfriend, Mary Sue' fics, so I moved on.

I don't know what made me think of them lately, but I started getting nostalgic for a trilogy of stories I read back then. But of course at this point I couldn't remember story titles, the author, or even the archive I found them on (after all, it's been 6 or 7 years since I read anything in that fandom). I couldn't even remember enough about the stories to hit up a storyfinders comm, so I resigned myself to never seeing them again.

I found them last night. On my hard drive. Where I'd saved them in the Emergency! subfolder of my fan fic folder. Yeah.

::iz a jeenyus::
the_other_sandy: Bodie and Doyle reading, captioned Reading Fic (Fic)
So, you know that 50 books a year challenge that I rarely post about because it hasn't kept me away from the fic as much as I'd hoped? I've only been at it for 4 months. I do not want to quit after only 4 months. But I have an e-reader now thanks to eBay, and I have a tagging system that I seem to have finally worked the bugs out of, and I have a whole hard drive (and 2 email accounts, and a Delicious account, and my LJ memories) full of fic I haven't read, and I have an attention span that makes people with ADD look focused.

I'm already getting zine pre-order notices for MediaWest (I've only pre-ordered 2 so far, but the con is still 5 weeks away). After MediaWest, I will be knee deep (quite literally) in brand new zines. This is the hardest time of year for me to stay away from fic.

I DO NOT WANT TO QUIT AFTER ONLY 4 MONTHS, but the fic...it's calling to me...

Well, Huh

May. 29th, 2009 07:13 pm
the_other_sandy: Bodie and Doyle reading, captioned Reading Fic (Fic)
Have you ever read a fic and really, really loved it--'saved it on your hard drive, read it over and over' loved it--then gone back to read it again after a couple of years away and thought 'what the heck did I ever see in this fic?' Or is that just me?
the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
Today started way too early in the morning with a 9:00 a.m. panel on how we fans would improve the SciFi Channel if it were up to us. Obviously, it was not a business-oriented panel so our ideas may not be money-makers, but we would definitely like to see more actual sci fi programming on the SciFi Channel instead of wrestling or Z-grade monster movies like Mansquito. People also thought it was kind of sad that most of the innovative science fiction programming airing right now is not on the one station that specializes in science fiction.

Read more... )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Chibi Agt. Paper)
This is a slow year. Being on LJ has been very bad for my fic blooper collection. Certainly, no one on LJ is perfect, but the bloopers here just aren't as plentiful or hilarious as they are on FF.net.

These bloopers come from both online fic and printed zines in a multitude of fandoms (I read a lot). Titles and authors are not included. This isn't done with the intent to be malicious. Think of it as TV's Censored Bloopers for fic.



He shuddered as John pulled the boots onto his feet that Rodney proffered.

She did everything she could think of to get his temperature down: she turned the air conditioner up all the way along with a fan blowing directly at him, and she brought him a picture of ice water.

The fruits they found growing nearby were so sweet that they had gouged themselves on its flesh.

His hand brushed over the paper plane sitting on his desk that he made four days ago.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Kaboom!)
Deb Walsh posted to her announcement list a couple of days ago that Vendredi Press will no longer be publishing zines. She said that it was too hard to recruit enough writers and to sell enough zines to make all the hard work of putting a zine together worthwhile. I also heard that the zine dealers at Kazcon had low sales and were surprised by how many fen didn't even know what zines were. This really surprised me, since I bought so many zines at MediaWest this year that I had to go out to the car and empty my backpack 3 times in the first hour and a half of the con.

From a writer's standpoint (not that I'm a writer, I'm just sayin'), I can kind of see the problem. Why submit a zine fic, wait months for the zine to be published, and wait after that for letters of comment from the few (percentage-wise) readers who comment on zine fic, when you can post a fic on your LJ (or Web site or Yahoo!Group) and be knee deep in feedback within hours? You can even discuss points of the fic with your readers while the fic is still fresh enough in your mind to remember the details of what you wrote.

But as a reader, I still love my zines. For one thing, they're more portable than a laptop. I'm no technophobe and I do plenty of fic reading online, but whenever I hit some 87,000 word epic, I wish it came in zine form. I can't read that much in one sitting, and it's hard to mark your place when the whole massive fic is on one big Web page. I'd much rather be able to relocate to the couch or my bed or the lunch table at work and read the fic in installments like a regular book. For another thing, electronic fic is highly perishable. I read somewhere recently (and I wish I could remember where so that I could link it for credibility's sake) that the average lifespan for an individual Web page is 3-5 years. How many times have you gone back to a favorite bookmarked fic, only to find it (and possibly the archive it was on) gone? Sometimes the fic (or archive) has just relocated to another domain and can be found with some Google-fu, but sometimes the author has pulled his or her fic off the 'Net for whatever reason. Sometimes the archivist is no longer willing or able to maintain the fic archive he or she was presiding over and can't or won't find a replacement archivist, and then all the fic on that archive is lost. Even if you save the fic on your hard drive, that's no guarantee that it's safe. Hard drives crash, files get corrupted, and CD-ROMs that you burned fic on get lost or broken. Yet, no matter how old my zines get (and some of them are over 25 years old), I've never opened one up and gotten a 404 File Not Found error.

Zines are expensive, and the current increase in shipping rates make them more expensive yet if they're not bought at a con, so I can see why some people aren't willing to chance buying a zine they might not like when they can get fic on the 'Net for free. But if we turn out to be the last generation of zine consumers/producers, that will make me very sad.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Default)
I suppose at this early stage in my blogging career, I should warn all two of my readers that I'm a fandom ho'. I've followed a whole lot of fandoms since my first con in 1984. Sooner or later, I'm bound to discuss yours. I'm also bifictional, so discussions will include both slash and gen fandoms (never did find a ship that sent me anywhere).

I spend a lot of time puttering around in Stargate Atlantis and Supernatural fandoms these days, but today's discussion will involve my first ever slash fandom, Due South.

There have been a lot of first time stories posted lately in the tiny little corner of dS fandom that I still keep track of. I read quite a few of them but ultimately came away unsatisfied, even though a number of them were reasonably well written. I used to love first time fics, so it took me awhile to figure out what the problem was.

Fraser/Kowalski )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Sly Souji)
There's a grammar panel at MediaWest every year that includes a Bring Your Own Fic Bloopers segment. I've been collecting bloopers for it for years, but the panel wasn't held this year. I have homeless fic bloopers...until now.

These bloopers come from both online fic and printed zines in a multitude of fandoms (I read a lot), with an occasional side trip into non-fandom bloopers. Titles and authors are not included. This isn't done with the intent to be malicious. Sometimes the typing finger slips, and the results can be pretty funny. Think of it as TV's Censored Bloopers for fic.

Here's hoping I did the cut thing right.

Bloopers )

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