Saturday, 29 April 2017

This Month In Fandom

This Month In Fandom

2018

April.
May.



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Friday, 28 April 2017

How To Post Fanart on Archive of Our Own

How to post an image to Archive of Our Own in 5 easy steps

AO3 - the Archive of Our Own - has never been the most obvious platform for hosting artwork or other media. There is no simple upload method, and no separate fanart category. I really love browsing through the art tags on the site though, so I figured I would put together this little tutorial post for anybody googling for a solution.



STEP ONE

Create your artwork and save it as a digital file. .jpg, .png, or .gif are the easiest formats.

(If you're looking to create fake social media posts / texts, etc, check out Simitator.)



STEP TWO

Upload your artwork to the internet. You can't store your artwork on AO3, you have to upload it elsewhere first. This could be somewhere like DeviantArt or Tumblr, or a dedicated hosting service.

My favourite is imgur.com as it's reliable and has no storage limits. (Note: if your image is sexually explicit it may fall foul of Imgur's Terms of Service, but in general they only take down if something is reported to them.)



STEP THREE

Get the URL of your image. If you used an image hosting website, you can just copy and paste from the relevant box. You want to use the direct link, AKA the URL with the file format designation at the end.

Direct Link option on Imgur

If you uploaded to somewhere like DeviantArt just right click on your image. It will result in a pop up with a short list of options - choose 'copy image address'. Alternatively, you might want to be able to actually see the address. In that case, choose 'open image in new tab'. Go to that tab and you will be able to copy the URL from the address bar at the top of the page.

How to get your image URL



STEP FOUR

Get ready to post your new work to Archive of Our Own. In the Rich Text editor there is an easy option to help you post your image. (If you want to use HTML instead please skip ahead to Step Five.) Click on the little picture on the tool bar and it will bring up a box asking for a few details.

Uploading an image to Archive of Our Own

The 'source' box is where you paste the URL from Step Three. The 'image description' box is what will display if the image itself doesn't, or if somebody is using a screen reader to view the page. The 'dimensions' are how big the image is going to be. This will input automatically when you put the URL in the source box.

The problem with designating size in pixels is that it will not be responsive in mobile view. (i.e. it will stretch the page out, or mean people have to scroll to see the whole thing.) It's better to use % for dimensions - just fill out the left hand box (width) and leave the right one empty. 100% will mean the image always takes up the full width of the page, regardless of how big the page is.



STEP FIVE

(If you followed Step Four and are happy with how your image looks, feel free to skip this step! If it still needs tinkering, read on...)

Switch to HTML view and use the following template to display your image. (You can copy and paste it from the box.) For 'width', choose the percentage width of the page you want your image to cover.

<img alt="description of your image here" src="URL of your image here" width="100%" />

Other things you're likely to want to do is align your image (left, right, or center) -

<center><img alt="description of your image here" src="URL of your image here" width="100%" /></center>

Or make it so that text continues to flow around the image. You do this by adding in a 'style' attribute. In this example I've aligned the image to the left, but you can easily change it to the right by switching out 'left' for 'right'. I've included a border of blank space because otherwise the text butts right up against the image and looks messy - you can experiment with how big you want the margin by altering the number of pixels.

<img alt="description of your image here" src="URL of your image here" style="float: left; margin: 10px 10px" width="100%" />

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below or drop me an email at jess@babiafi.co.uk. :)



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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Friday Frivolity

Friday Frivolity

TBA



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Friday Frivolity - Rain

Friday Frivolity

I'm forever playing catch up with the linky the last few weeks - it's election season. I'm standing for re-election in the local council elections (two weeks to go!) and the Prime Minister has just announced a snap general election (six weeks to go!).

Rain is kind of summing up my mood every time I think of all the canvassing still to come...

Who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Primrose Day

primrose

Did you know that today is Primrose Day? As lovely as the primrose is, it's not a day of celebration for it either. Instead it marks the anniversary of the death of former Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, in 1881. The primrose was his favourite flower, with Queen Victoria regularly sending him bunches in life and a primrose wreath in death.

Although, in more recent years some people have had cause to question the card the Queen sent with that wreath, stating that they were 'his favourite flowers'. Because she might not have been talking about poor old Disraeli but her own personal obsession, the late Prince Albert. There's nothing a man wants more at his funeral than a wreath made up of their Queen's dead husband's favourite flowers, after all.

Either way, the primrose became indelibly associated with Disraeli's memory and people marked the day by wearing a primrose and decorating the bronze statue of Disraeli in Parliament Square with the flowers.

In the 1880s a number of Newlyn School post-impressionists immortalised the day in pieces originally titled 'Primrose Day'. They had probably used up their quota of creativity on the canvas... Below we have Frank Bramley, Ralph Todd and Fred Hall tackling the subject.

Primrose Day paintings

It wasn't just Disraeli himself these paintings were attempting to commemorate though. In 1883 the Primrose League had been established, an organisation invested in promoting Conservative principles and protecting the traditional Britain the modern age was attempting to sweep away. (Sound familiar?) By the end of 1884 the League had 957 members. In ten years time that figure had ballooned to over a million, doubling in size again by 1910. After that there was steady decline until the League was finally brought to an official close in 2004.

So who was Disraeli, and why did he become such a potent symbol of British traditionalism?

Born in 1804, Benjamin was the son of solidly middle class stock. He was educated at average boarding schools, and at the age of 12 grew closer to the British ideal of conformity when his father fell out with synagogue authorities and had the family convert to Anglicism. At 16 Disraeli Snr fixed his son up with a position as solicitors' clerk at a firm belonging to one of his friends, and there was even talk of marriage with the boss' daughter.

Benjamin Disraeli

Then in 1824 Disraeli tired of toeing the line. First he tried training to be a barrister, then turned his hand to literature. From there it was dabbling on the stock market and pamphlet writing. He anonymously published his first novel, the satirical Vivian Grey, in 1826 leading to both a flourishing writing career and a major bout of depression as a result of the book's harsh critics. As he moved into politics in the 1830s he was interested in radical reform policies but, like so many politicians past and present, when he couldn't get elected under the Radical banner he switched allegiance and joined the Torys.

The thing about Disraeli is that he always had multiple plates spinning. Even as he was first elected in 1837 he was churning out light rom-com novels to help pay the bills. He married in 1839 and became an outspoken critic of Peel, all while preparing himself for a future ministerial appointment. When the Tory party split over the Corn Law repeal in the mid 40s all the hard work began to pay off - he was basically the only guy ready to step up and be the voice of the opposition. By spring 1852 Disraeli was Chancellor.

In 1868 he became Prime Minister.

With hindsight, Disraeli was a pragmatic politician. He had his principles, sure, but he also wanted to get things done. His immediate legacy, on the other hand, was that of a great British statesman. It was Disraeli's quick action which helped to secure the Suez Canal and, though it did him no favours at the time, it was Disraeli who had enabled Queen Victoria to officially call herself Empress and inspire all the fervent jingoism which went with it. Disraeli kind of became synonymous with Empire, and the romantic ideal of Britain as a great ruling nation.

Decades later, in 1928, Primrose Day was still a big state occasion with an annual procession and wreath laying. In fact, Pathé also has coverage of the day from 1916, 19211923, and 1926.



Saturday, 15 April 2017

That Sucks Day

That Sucks Day

April 15th has historically been an unfortunate kind of day. At least that's how it seemed to Bruce Novotny, the webmaster of www.thatsucks.net. It was the day the Titanic sunk, the day President Lincoln was assassinated, and in the good ol' US of A it's the day your tax return needs to be in by.

So, Bruce chose the date as the foundation for National That Sucks Day, the day to 'reflect on the many things that suck in life'. With that in mind, here are five things I think really suck!


Getting up early

#1. Getting up early. I love my bed and my bed loves me. I don't like to leave it until it becomes absolutely necessary!


coffee

#2. Coffee. It smells so bad, it tastes so bad, and it's absolutely everywhere.


(No Image!)

#3. Spiders. They perform all kinds of vital functions. But they're gross and disgusting and we'd both get along just fine if they'd stop thinking it acceptable to live in the same space as me.


Frozen

#4. Frozen. When I saw it pre-parenthood I thought it was awful. A few hundred viewings later and my opinion has changed only in that I now think that it's really awful.


Being Cold

#5. Being cold. Maybe that's part of why I so dislike Frozen...






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Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Frivolity - Easter

Friday Frivolity

I'll edit - and catch up with comments - in the morning! x








Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Country Tag

Country Tag

Tag challenge I found on Tumblr: Let's celebrate all our countries and nationalities - with all their quirks and vices and ridiculousness, and all that might seem strange to outsiders.



#01. Favourite Place In Your Country?

My hometown. :)


#02. Do you prefer spending your holidays in your country or would you rather travel abroad?

If I had the money I'd prefer to travel abroad. As I don't, I'm glad there is plenty to see and do in Wales.


#03. Does Your Country Have Access To The Sea?

Yep, the UK is good for that!


#04. Favourite dish specific for your country?

Bakestones. (AKA welsh cakes.)


#05. Favourite Song In Your Native Language?

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog are one of my fave Welsh bands -



#06. Most hated song in your native language?

Calon Lân. It's not that I hate it, it's just that I'm sick of hearing it!


#07. Three words from your native language that you like the most?

From so called ‘Wenglish’ -

Ych a Fi! (Lit. It disgusts me!) You use it with little kids, like: ‘ych a fi! we don’t eat sweets we find on the floor!’

Cwtch. It’s kind of hug, cuddle and snuggle rolled into one, like: ‘don’t be sad, come over here and give me a cwtch’ or ‘they looked so cute all cwtched up together.’

Tamping. Angry, like: ‘He was so ignorant (lacking in manners) to my Mam, I was absolutely tamping!’


#08. Do you get confused with other nationalities? If so, which ones and by whom?    

People from outside the UK often use 'English' as interchangeable with 'British'. It's not, and is almost guaranteed to piss someone off into the bargain!


#09. Which of your neighbouring countries would you like to visit most/know best? 

I’d like to spend some time in Ireland.


#10. Most enjoyable swear word in your native language?

Bollocks. 100%.


#11. Favourite Native Writer/Poet?

I dunno. Definitely not Dylan Thomas though!


#12. What do you think about English translations of your favourite native prose/poem?

My Welsh isn't great, so very useful.


#13. Does your country (or family) have any specific superstitions or traditions that might seem strange to outsiders? 

I don’t think so.


#14. Do you enjoy your country’s cinema and/or TV?

Yes! I like S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru - Channel Four Wales) and BBC Wales output like Stella, High Hopes, Young Dracula, and Hinterland. We don't have much big budget stuff, but I enjoy it anyway.


#15. A saying, joke, or hermetic meme that only people from your country will get? 

I’ll do it now in a minute.

(What you say when you’re going to do something soon but not the next instant, as in: 'Oh my God stop nagging me, I said I’ll do it now in a minute!’ It’s kind of a UK national joke that Welsh people can’t see how nonsensical the statement is.)


#16. Which stereotype about your country you hate the most and which one you somewhat agree with?

The sheep shagger thing was never funny... The one I agree with is that people will just talk to anyone. It's hard work not to talk to strangers in Wales.


#17. Are you interested in your country’s history? 

Yes! I think it’s hard not to be in Wales with so many castles all over the place and the national ability to hold a grudge for centuries.


#18. Do you speak with a dialect of your native language?

Wenglish. It's the type of English spoken in South Wales.


#19. Do you like your country’s flag and/or emblem? What about the National Anthem? 

 It has a dragon, it’s hard not to like. :)

Welsh Flag


#20. Which sport is THE sport in your country?

Rugby!


#21. If you could send two things from your country into space, what would they be? 

Arriva Trains Wales (there would be no noticeable impact on service) and the nasal mutation.


22. What makes you proud about your country? What makes you ashamed?

I'm proud of how we can punch above our weight on the international stage in so many area, but I'm ashamed of the xenophobia and bigotry which exists across the nation.


#23. Which alcoholic beverage is the favoured one in your country? 

Beer, I guess.


#24. What other nation is joked about most often in your country?

In Wales it's the English. For the UK as a whole it's the French.


#25. Would you like to come from another place, be born in another country? 

Not really.


#26. Does your nationality get portrayed in Hollywood/American media? What do you think about the portrayal?

Occasionally. Sometimes it's done well. Sometimes it's just, er, not.


#27. Favourite National Celebrity? 

Derek the Weatherman.

Derek the Weatherman


#28. Does your country have a lot of lakes, mountains, rivers? Do you have favourites?

Yes, it's what it's famous for!


#29. Does your region/city have a beef with another place in your country?

Us against Them is how the Welsh roll. You only unite with your neighbours against some place you dislike more.


#30. Do you have people of different nationalities in your family?

It's mostly Welsh and Irish, to be honest.



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Sunday, 9 April 2017

This or That Challenge

This or That Challenge

Highlight your preference!


1: HUGS OR KISSES?

2: NIGHT OR DAY?

3: INTERNET OR TV?

4: SWEET OR SOUR?

5: RED, WHITE OR BLUE?

6: 1800S OR 1900S?

7: SPACE OR THE OCEAN?

8: ICE-CREAM OR FROZEN YOGURT?

9: READING OR WRITING?

10: RAINING OR SUNNY?

11: WINTER OR SUMMER?

12: SPRING OR AUTUMN/FALL?

13: TOO COLD OR TOO WARM?

14: ELEVATORS OR ESCALATORS?

15: APPLES OR ORANGES?

16: FIRE OR ICE?

17: LAND OR SEA?

18: PLANES OR BOATS?

19: THE SEA OR A POOL?

20: SINGING OR DANCING?

21: LONG HAIR OR SHORT HAIR?

22: JANUARY OR DECEMBER?

23: YOUR FIRST CHILD - BOY OR GIRL?

24: CHOCOLATE SAUCE OR STRAWBERRY SAUCE?

25: COFFEE OR TEA?

26: IN YOUR COFFEE/TEA - SUGAR OR NO SUGAR?

27: GIF OR JIF?

28: SCIENCE OR RELIGION?

29: RICH TEA OR DIGESTIVE?

30: BLACK OR WHITE?

31: LAPTOP OR DESKTOP?

32: CAT OR DOG?

33: CHICKEN OR TURKEY?

34: SHOWER OR BATH?

35: DISNEYLAND OR UNIVERSAL STUDIOS?

36: POTATOES - MASHED OR BAKED?

37: EGGS - FRIED, BOILED, SCRAMBLED OR POACHED?

38: CAKE OR PIE?

39: BEN & JERRY'S OR HÄAGEN-DAZS?

40: CHRISTMAS OR HALLOWEEN?

41: BOOKS OR MAGAZINES?

42: INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?

43: MOVIES OR TV SHOWS?

44: MCDONALD'S OR BURGER KING?

45: THE PAST OR THE FUTURE?

46: SUPERPOWERS - FLY OR READ MINDS?

47: PIERCINGS OR TATTOOS?

48: END OF THE WORLD - ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE OR WORLD WAR 3?

49: STARBUCKS OR SUBWAY?

50: LOVE OR LUST?

51: KITTEN, PUPPY OR MICROPIG?

52: ITV OR BBC?

53: MERMAIDS/MERMEN OR UNICORNS?

54: AMERICA OR BRITAIN?

55: DUMBLEDORE OR GANDALF?

56: NINJAS OR PIRATES?

57: FIREFOX, SAFARI OR CHROME?

58: MARVEL OR DC?

59: PEPSI OR COKE?

60: CIRCUS OR AMUSEMENT PARK?

61: EBOOK OR PHYSICAL BOOK?

62: GREEK OR ROMAN?

63: THOR OR LOKI?

64: STAY UP LATE OR GET UP EARLY?

65: LAUREL OR HARDY?

66: BROWN OR WHITE BREAD?

67: SUNRISE OR SUNSET?

68: ALDI OR LIDL?

69: TRAIN OR BUS?

70: KIDS OR PETS?

71: POETRY OR SONG LYRICS?

72: HORROR MOVIE OR CHICK FLICK?

73: PLAY VIDEO GAMES ON - PC OR CONSOLE?

74: COOKIES OR DONUTS?

75: SATURDAY OR SUNDAY?

76: LORD OF THE RINGS OR HARRY POTTER?

77: BANDS OR SOLO ARTISTS?

78: ART OR MUSIC?

79: GET LOST IN - LONDON OR PARIS?

80: NEW YEAR'S EVE OR CHRISTMAS EVE?

81: MUSEUMS OR NATURE PARKS?

82: LIGHTNING OR THUNDER?

83: LIONS, TIGERS OR BEARS?

84: POPCORN OR CANDY FLOSS?

85: BE STUCK IN A ROOM WITH - CLOWNS OR INSECTS?

86: SOUP OR SALAD?

87: ASKS OR FANMAIL?

88: SCOTTISH ACCENT OR IRISH ACCENT?

89: 'FRIENDS' OR 'THE BIG BANG THEORY'?

90: SUPERMAN OR BATMAN?

91: 'THE SIMPSONS' OR 'FAMILY GUY'?

92: TOOTHACHE OR EARACHE?

93: 'X-MEN' OR 'GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY'?

94: FACEBOOK OR TWITTER?

95: PENGUINS OR POLAR BEARS?

96: 'FROZEN' OR 'TANGLED'?

97: SNOWMEN OR ICEBERGS?

98: HANDWRITTEN LETTER OR EMAIL?

99: APPLE OR ANDROID?

100: THE END OR THE BEGINNING?








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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Fandom Tag Challenges

Fandom Tag Challenges


30 Days of...

 Books.
 Disney.
 Doctor Who.
 Fanfic Writing.
 Film.
 Gotham.
 Horror Films.
 Music.
 Pokemon.
 Television.
 Tumblr.
 Video Gaming.


Top Ten...

 Comedy Songs.
 Fandom Favourites.
 Frog Movies.
 Mermaid Movies.
 Unicorn Movies.
 Video Games.


Top Five...

 TV Dads.


Various Numbers of...

☆ 7 Deadly Sins Book Tag.
 8 Writing Asks.
 12 Days of Christmas Songs.

Other

 A - Z Fandom Ask Tag.
 A - Z of Creepy Retro Television.
 Bands / Singers You've Seen.
 End of Year Fandom Meme.
 End of Year Writing Meme.
 Favourite Female Characters from Childhood.
 Shipping Ask Challenge.
 Stupidly Long Fandom Ask Meme.



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Fanfiction Author MemeFic Writers Week 2017







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Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday Frivolity - Spiders

Friday Frivolity

This week's theme is my greatest fear - spiders! Man, I hate those creepy crawlies. Just the thought of them makes me feel ill, and look around the room to check there isn't one lurking... The only spider I'll give the time of day is Anansi and, even then, I try not to look at the illustrations!








Thursday, 6 April 2017

End of Year Fandom Meme Masterpost

End of Year Fandom Meme


 2016.
 2017.




Which TV shows did you start watching this year?
Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't this year? Why?
Which TV show impressed you least this year?
Your favourite TV show of the year?
Your main fandom of the year?
Your favourite book read this year?
Favourite male character of the year?
Favourite female character of the year?
Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?
The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?



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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

End of Year Writing Meme

End of Year Writing Meme


☆ 2017.






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Monday, 3 April 2017

8 Writing Asks

8 Writing Asks

Originally posted to Tumblr, 06/04/2018.


☆. What is your total word count on AO3? 

1,395,062. AKA a lot. xD


☆. How often do you write? 

Most days. I tend to write in the evenings when I’m doing all my various online shizz - comping, ebaying, working on my parent blog, etc.


☆. Do you have a routine for writing?

Nope. I just write until it feels done. If I do spend time plotting something out, it’ll be in my head on the bus or in a boring meeting at work or something. (Unless I’m chairing. Gotta at least try and be professional then…)


☆. What’s your favourite kinks/tropes/pairing?

 I am ridiculously predictable. I like pairings with hero worship on one or both sides, preferably with an age difference and / or a suitably angsty reason why they can seemingly never be together. Class difference is a particular favourite, and I will always take historical homophobia - I never tire of retro buddy cops.

Same with tropes. Fake dating, misunderstandings, identity porn. I love it all.

Favourite Fictional Tropes


☆. Do you have a favourite fic of yours?

 It changes all the time. Right now I’ll go with the Tucker’s Luck fic that was just exactly what I wanted it to be, and the WW2 AU I wrote for Gordlock. Basically the most self indulgent fics!


☆. Your fic with the most kudos? 

Kink Meme Fills - collection of The Hobbit oneshots, mostly Boffins


☆. Anything you don’t like about your writing? 

I really struggle to write anything of a decent length. The longest individual fic I ever wrote was still only 39k, and I never actually finished it. Usually it’s more like 1 - 4k.


☆. Now something you do like? 

I think my stuff flows nicely. That sounds like the dumbest thing ever, but I feel like it’s an easy read because of the ~flow~.


☆. Tag some of your favourite writers.

Open tags to anyone who wants to do it - I love you all!










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Sunday, 2 April 2017

This Week

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water
Life This Week

It's been a long week. We've been out canvassing every day for the council elections in May which is always a slog - let's face it, nobody really wants politicians banging on their front door! We've pretty much finished the initial knocking now, so it will be leafleting next week and that's both quicker and easier.

On Wednesday a water pipe burst in the kitchen. We spent the night at my mum's and the landlord got it all sorted the next day so it was fine; the only real victim was my stress levels. I've done something to my leg too, so the end of the week had me hobbling about the place, and then I almost bust yet another laptop. I dropped my own in the middle of March and have had to share with Anthony which has been just as awful as you might imagine. Then that one wouldn't load... thankfully my dad fixed it.

Pay day has finally arrived though so today I'm ordering a new laptop, and doing nothing but sitting on the sofa entering competitions. I mean, I might have to move at some point, but I won't be happy about it!

Photo of the Week
Marianna and Anthony
Marianna and Anthony. :)
I Have Been Mostly...

☆ READING: I've reviewed what I've been reading this month HERE. Mostly kids books, and a critical study of existing LGBTQ themed children's and YA books by B. J. Epstein.

☆ WRITING: I haven't had much time to write this week to be honest!

☆ WATCHING: Check out my monthly film review post.

 LISTENING: You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon.

☆ WEARING: Labour rosettes. :)

☆ EATING: Sandwiches.

☆ REVIEWING: N/A.

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