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audrey [oh babe]

I don't know that I would call this productive, exactly. Maybe "time-consuming."

Even when I'm not writing much (so much for that vacation!) I'm a pretty avid reader of le fic, in a thousand and one different fandoms. Mostly it's whatever tickles my fancy--right now it's a lot of The Eagle, a lot of Glee, mixed in with the Inception-Social Network (FPS/RPS)-Hawaii 5-0 trifecta that's pretty much defined 2011 for me. I'm attached to my iDevices like many a modern bibliophile, and I use Instapaper and Read It Later on a daily basis to queue up the fanfiction I want to read, which means I end up reading a lot of fic. Though arguably not more than when I was a procrastinating college student, I suppose. It's harder to justify fucking off when you're at a job you like and have a good support system in your life.

Anyway, I just wanted to mention this in case any of you folks are of the always-looking-for-something-new to read types. Here's where I obsessively maintain links to stories I've read and liked enough to want to read again.

Livejournal Memories - say what you will about LJ, but it is where all the fic is, at least from 2001 to now. This is probably my most comprehensive obsessive archiving--not just of fic, but of art and vids and the kitchen sink. Apparently I have 5191 memories? whew. You don't have to tell me it's inefficient and one of those weird legacy "features" LJ threw in like the unneeded extra bow on an overwrapped birthday gift--trust me, I have spent more time with LJ's memories function than any sane person should. But I started using memories before delicious was a gleam in some developer's eye, and it's too late for me to care to switch now.

With this, sometimes I just like to pick a fandom and play roulette. What's this fic that I memorized in 2003? I don't remember! Let's find out.

Dreamwidth Memories - same as above, only with 1100 memories. These days I'm equal opportunity when it comes to memorizing a story--whichever link, DW or LJ, comes at me first, I'll memorize it. I hate every style on both LJ and DW with a fiery passion, so ?format=light&mode=reply is my BFF on the journaling sites. (I know the navbar or whatever will do it for you, now, but a decade-old habit dies not at all. I came about my knowledge of LJ's quirky weird shit the hard way, and damn it all if I'm giving it up just because they've discovered accessibility features.)

AO3 Bookmarks - I am not the Archive's greatest champion, for reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, but I am value neutral about where I'll read the fic. Wither it's posted, so I goeth. It's really only in the last eight months or so that I've noticed an uptick in people posting to AO3 in addition to/instead of LJ or DW, so there's only 587 stories here. ("Only." It's possible my perspective is skewed.) I would endeavor to say that most of these are Yuletides or Remixes, and some five or ten percent are the really really long stories that benefit from the Archive's hyperextended word count limit and "view all chapters" feature. Honestly, the main value I see here is the ability to render a straight HTML page that strips all the nonsense from the page except the story itself. I haven't once, in 2+ years of using the thing, gone back to these bookmarks to find a story, but whatever. There they are for those as wants them.

Delicious Bookmarks - You may ask yourself, "I wonder why templemarker doesn't move her link obsession over to Delicious where it would find a natural home?" And that's a good question whose answer starts with "I hate Yahoo, hate hate hate it." When Delicious was independent, I used it more frequently, but then in order to keep my original bookmarks I had to convert to a Yahoo account, which I was unwilling to do. I grudgingly went back to Delicious a couple of years ago when I did a complete overhaul of my bookmarks/memories/stories I liked, and needed a place to dump links from things that weren't archived on LJ or DW. And then it became more useful when kink memes came into vogue. But because I archive mostly through the LJ memories tool, it's just not needful for me to use it except in those instances.

Of course, the first place I go now when I'm trying to scout a link for a story I can't find is Delicious, but that's because other fanpeople are far more rabidly dedicated to link archiving on there than I am. It's also handy if I'm trying to find a story that's been 404'd out or when the author has deleted their site/journal/whatever and moved to another name or URL with no forwarding information. So thank you, fellow obsessives, for being more willing to overcome the unpleasantness of Yahoo than I am. (I know Delicious and Yahoo are breaking up, but it's too late now!)

DeviantArt Favourites - I really only made this to see NSFW Inception art, but am kind of half-assedly favouriting things now. I am not an artist myself, nor will I ever expect to post things on there, but you can like or friend or whatever over there if you care to. Mostly this is to periodically see if artists I like have made anything new.

So, there you have it. It's a lot of links, and I'm sure if I were to start from scratch I'd just consolidate it in one place, but I guarentee--with these, you will never want for something to read again. True fact.


\o/ !!! Reading!!! This is so awesome, thank you :)

Quick note on the subject of your LJ mems: your link above is to the standard mems page, which actually takes me to my own memories. Here's a better link: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=templemarker

Thank you! ♥
Thanks for the link check--you really can't throw in a dozen links without cocking something up, so I appreciate it.

Happy hunting. :)
I'm hunting happily already ♥ I've been looking for a good but straightforward GK archive, because when I first got into it I really wasn't keeping track of anything at all, and I'm sure I missed... a lot. You have my gratitude :)
I used to do posts and posts of a hundred or more stories of recs--similar to the style you do yours in now, only with a lot more stories in a lot more fandoms--but that was just exhausting so I gave it up. These days I just point people to these links (or my Dropbox shared folder, which is where I store everything I've ever liked) and it's a lot easier. :)

GK will be thorough from its inception to December 2009, and then pick up again in December 2010; I kind of lost track of the fandom after the first yagkyas because it was going the way of fanon and the au, neither of which I was especially interested in. But yagkyas is something I'm still committed to running, and a lot of amazing stories come out of it, so I'll always read there. And occasionally if a strong rec comes my way I'll give it a go.

GK is just--it seems like all the stories have been told, now. When you're working with such limited canon, and with quasi-rpf from a decade ago, it's hard to scare up new avenues to do your characters, and fandom, justice.
audrey [oh babe]

April 2019



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