aadler: (Default)
 
This year’s Circle of Friends Remix — at [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix — is now finished, though both I and [livejournal.com profile] sroni had our stories grow to the point where we’ve posted openings rather than the completed fic, with more to come. Additionally, some of our alumni are no longer active on LiveJournal, so [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix is now mirrored at [community profile] circle_of_friends. Anyone who actually follows this event is urged to check at both sites.

This year’s listing, then, is as follows:
    • [personal profile] dragonyphoenix: remix of [personal profile] deird1, with “All Hail the Queen
    • [personal profile] deird1: remix of [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup, with “Dreadful Duty
    •  [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup: remix of [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq, with “Paying It Forward
    •  [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq: remix of [livejournal.com profile] sroni, with “Age and Treachery
    •  [livejournal.com profile] sroni: remix of [livejournal.com profile] aadler, with “As Water Unto Wine” [WIP]
    •  [livejournal.com profile] aadler: remix of [personal profile] dragonyphoenix, with “Friends with the Monster” [WIP]

All are encouraged to read these submissions, and leave feedback for the authors. I hope it’s as much fun for you as it’s been for us.
aadler: (Morning)

As with so many others on my friends list, I found my Photobucket account throwing up an ugly “you need to upgrade” graphic in place of all the images — mostly story covers and award graphics — for which I created my PB account in the first place. And, as all those other folks had to do (those who didn’t throw up their hands and write it off as a bad loss), I’m painfully creating a new account to accomplish the same thing, and going back to change the links in various areas. (No fun, folks; counting my own personal website, I have graphics being displayed in four completely different locales, and I can only hope I catch them all. Plus, I used my PB account to hold a couple of markers for [livejournal.com profile] sroni, and I’ll have to duplicate that and get the new links to her as well.) I started off on Flickr, but it was really cumbersome, so I tried something I’d seen referenced and signed up at Imgur, and that’s working out with much less hassle. Photobucket actually was better, darn it, but their price hike is simply beyond belief.

Susan has finished her first year in California, and is moaning over whether or not she can last two more, as per the original plan. She loves the climate and the scenery, but the prices are horrendous and the prevailing political attitudes do NOT agree with her … and, when you work for the government (even the federal government) on the Left Coast, you darn well don’t rock the boat. She always talks politics during my weekly phone calls, just to have someone to whom she can vent.

Kevin is currently planning to make a vacation trip, along with Mei-li and Amber, over the next Chinese New Year (February), and he’s said he hopes some of us can join them. I’m probably better able than Susan to manage something like that, simply because my income is lower than Susan’s but I save at least a third of it every month, but a trip to Thailand is not as casual for us as it is for Kevin. The flight cost wouldn’t be that much more than to China — if at all — but other expenses … let’s face it, whenever we visited in Shenzhen, we stayed in Kevin’s apartment and his in-laws provided all our entertainment and most of our meals, which I don’t think we could count on in Thailand. I’ll have time to get ready, but it’s a substantial enterprise.

(It would be really nice if [livejournal.com profile] sroni and Conal could also make the trip. Even apart from my son-in-law and daughter-in-law, my own immediate family — me, Susan, Kevin, [livejournal.com profile] sroni — have never all been in the same country together outside the US. This would be an event.)

Finally, [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix is reaching the end of its sign-up period, and we’ll be starting the remix at the beginning of August. We already have enough participants to go on ahead … but if anyone would like to try something new, it’s not too late to jump in!

Oh, yeah, and my submission for this year’s Summer of Giles is due in four days. Don’t want to forget that.

Hard to believe how time has passed. It keeps on doing it, though.

aadler: (BNL)

Sign-ups are now open here. All previous participants are welcome. Anyone who is interested — and has enough Buffy or Angel stories to qualify — is invited to check us out and make inquiries. [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix is deliberately kept small, but we’ve never turned anyone away and never hit our maximum number.

This event was originally intended to supplement RemixRedux, since I enjoyed remixes so much. Now, with that remix seeming to be in abeyance (and I hope that’s only temporary), it’s my main fix. Come one, come all, invite your friends and spread the word.

It’s always been fun. Time to go for one more.

aadler: (MutantEnemy)

These are the remixes I’ve written, in the order they were done.

   B = Backstage story   —   I = Independent story   

  B26   –   Walking After Midnight    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] bastardsnow]
  I06   –   An’ Foolish Notion    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] sroni]
  B27   –   X-Factorial    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen]
  I07   –   Jasmine Tears    [remixing Morphea]
  I08   –   Family Skeletons    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq]
  B30   –   Otherwise a Perfect Sky    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] deird1]
  B33   –   Hungry Like the Wolf    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] sunnyd_lite]
  I10   –   Best Foot Forward    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] lwbush]
  I11   –   Mortal Coil    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] soundingsea]
  B35   –   And Your Enemies Closer    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] selenak]
  I12   –   Yet They Grind Exceeding Small    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] sroni]
  I14   –   In the Air Tonight    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog]
  B38   –   Bitter from the Sweet    [remixing LookingForOctober]
  I15   –   Subject to Change    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] nothorse]
  I16   –   Under the Gun    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] slashmarks]
  B39   –   Shock to the System    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] comlodge]
  I19   –   Man in Motion    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] deird1]
  I20   –   Long Time Passing    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip]
  B42   –   Rough Trade    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq]
  I21   –   Phantom 309    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] sunnyd_lite]
  B43   –   Just Can’t Kill the Beast    [remixing SevenDeadlyFun]
  I22   –   Tea and Oranges    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup]
  I25   –   There Ought to Be Clowns    [remixing [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq]
  I27   –   Friends with the Monster    [remixing [personal profile] dragonyphoenix]

aadler: (ChainGiles)
 
This year’s Circle of Friends Remix — at [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix — is now finished. This was a thorny one, for three reasons. First, one of our intended participants vanished after signing up, and we’ve heard nothing since. Second, [livejournal.com profile] sroni (who finished her own assignment handily enough, and did a pinch-hit for [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq to tide things over) has had occasional health issues that prevented her from another pinch-hit she fully intended to do, so that the circle is, for the first time, not complete.

The third reason was me. I had serious problems.

I knew the story I wanted to tell. I knew how I wanted it to end. Getting there, however, fought me every step of the way. Even when I finally had the story finished, I wasn’t confident in it, so I sought opinions elsewhere and let it sit for a while so I could go back to it with sorta-fresh eyes … with one thing and another, I now have it posted exactly two months after the announced deadline. Need to not do any more of that.

At any rate, the listing is as follows:
    • [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq: remix of [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup, with “Memories of a Fallen Technopagan
    • [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup: remix of [livejournal.com profile] sroni, with “Some Reassembly Required
    • [livejournal.com profile] sroni: remix of [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun, with “Bittersweet Symphony
    • [livejournal.com profile] sroni: remix of [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq, with “Sharp Knife of a Short Life(‘filler’ story while [livejournal.com profile] aadler’s fic was still in process)
    • [livejournal.com profile] aadler: remix of [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq, with “There Ought to Be Clowns

I recommend that anyone who hasn’t already done so go check out these stories, and offer your appreciation to the authors.
aadler: (NightWatch)
 
While I was focused on finishing my [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles story, I didn’t do anything else on LJ (as a way of staying focused), including answering any of the comments people had made during the meantime or offering any details regarding current events in my life. Brief update, then:

Susan is in California now, suitably installed and bringing in enough pay to cover the cost-of-living difference and maybe a little extra. Unfortunately, before the move she made a trip to Ireland to present a paper at a conference, so that she was essentially broke by the time she got back. So, it cost me a thousand dollars to get her to Cali, and then close to another thousand to maintain her until her higher pay started arriving. Her pay dwarfs mine, always has … but I save when I can, she spends every cent she can lay her hands on, so I keep winding up having to bail her out. I haven’t expressed any of this frustration to her (no point, it isn’t going to change), but there are issues, yes.

I knew I had fallen substantially behind on my planned twelve-stories-in-2016 program, but hadn’t realized just how far behind till I took a look at where I stand. Not good. I won’t quit, because I still know I’m capable of delivering what I promised … but one of the stories is a major undertaking, and I’ll be having to do multiples before I even get that far. The last several days have been a good solid kick for me, I’m accomplishing things that had been allowed to languish for far too long; still, odds are not favorable at this point.

Also, no response so far on [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix sign-ups; even [livejournal.com profile] sroni is out of touch at the moment (in Ireland). I only just got out the actual invitations — though the post itself was an open invitation — so I can hope for some response within the next couple of weeks.

We’ll just have to see how it goes.
aadler: (ChainGiles)
 
I had originally intended to start [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix (the Circle of Friends Remix) substantially earlier this year. Then, just about the time I was ready to announce sign-ups, there was a post from [livejournal.com profile] remixers_lounge that RemixRedux would be running this year, albeit later than usual. So I waited. Then I got caught up in [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles, then in finishing my story for [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles, and now it’s September.

Sign-ups are now open here. All previous participants are welcome. Anyone who is interested (and has enough Buffy or Angel stories to qualify) is invited to check us out and make inquiries. [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix is deliberately kept small — the original aim was ten to a dozen people — but we’ve never hit our maximum number, and every year has been fun, so let’s hope we can get some new blood along with the old favorites this time.
aadler: (ChainGiles)
 
This year’s Circle of Friends Remix — at [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix — is now finished (though [livejournal.com profile] sroni may tack on another story if she ever recovers it from her crashed computer). [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup was a new participant this year, and this was her first full-story remix (she had previously taken part in a drabbles-only remix); the results, I would say, speak for themselves.

The listing is as follows:
    • [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup: remix of [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix, with “For They Shall Be Comforted
    • [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix: remix of [livejournal.com profile] sroni, with “The Letters” [Part 1”, Part 2”, Part 3”]
    • [livejournal.com profile] sroni: remix of [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq, with “Give Me Three Steps
    • [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq: remix of [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip, with “Regrouping
    • [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip: remix of [livejournal.com profile] aadler, with “Déjà Without a View
    • [livejournal.com profile] aadler: remix of [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup, with “Tea and Oranges

Originally it was set up so each participant would be remixed by someone who had never remixed him/her before, but we had one person drop out (real-life pressures, I believe), so [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq was once again remixed by [livejournal.com profile] sroni. What the heck, they like each other.

I recommend that anyone who hasn’t already done so go check out these stories, and offer your appreciation to the authors. I thought [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip did a nice job remixing me (there was real power and real tragedy in “Déjà Without a View”); [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup’s first full-scale remix was expertly crafted, and [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix did a nice job under some unexpectedly trying circumstances (referenced in my LJ and hers).
aadler: (Bonk)
 
It’s posting day for Round 5 of the Circle of Friends Remix [[livejournal.com profile] cof_remix]. As it happens, 1) I’m doing a morning shift at work today, and 2) there are some last-minute edits I want to do on my own story, so it’ll be up into the evening before I get mine posted. I do look forward to seeing what the other participants have done.
aadler: (Muse)

Over the past few days, [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix has made a couple of posts about complications arising from the story she was doing for [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix. Let’s start by saying a few things. First, the problems go back almost entirely to me, since she corresponded with me regarding the rules about remixing remixes, and I thought I’d covered all the necessary angles but clearly did not. Second, the original original author (author of the story the remix of which [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix proposed to remix) is entirely justified in her position regarding remixes of her work: okay with permission, but permission basically restricted to remix events in which she is taking part. (I would be likewise protective of my work, there just haven’t been that many requests or inquiries.)

It does raise a question, though: is it possible to remix the remix (the derivative work) in a way that doesn’t impinge on the territory of the original?

The best remix I ever did, no question, was “Otherwise a Perfect Sky”, a reworking of [livejournal.com profile] deird1’s stark, haunting “Come Crashing Down”. I call it my best remix because it took her story and put my own cast onto it. (I’ve done other remixes based entirely on some single note or concept from the original, but in OPS I remixed the story, to great effect since it was a great starting story and I’m halfway competent myself.) If someone wanted to remix OPS, then, and [livejournal.com profile] deird1 was either unwilling to consent or just simply out of contact, how could that be done without — in the absence of her permission — plagiarizing her work?

Basics of [livejournal.com profile] deird1’s story repeated in OPS:

  • Post-apocalyptic wasteland. Okay, that’s generic enough that anyone could work with it.
  • Willow maintaining a mystical barrier that protects the refugees in the compound. Particular to the story, but also obvious enough — who else would do it? — to not be an offense if repeated.
  • Buffy killed by a demon after sending a truck convoy ahead of her while she stayed to fight. Not copyrightable, but a bit too close; better if it could be changed to deliver the same flavor and consequences without actually using the same scenario.
  • Xander’s staying to fight a vengeful Spike, and being killed by him. Yeah, that one is clearly [livejournal.com profile] deird1’s. Change it, delete it, or work around it.
  • Memory of the post-Glory portal-opening apocalypse being stopped by Anya’s killing Dawn, only to be immediately killed by Buffy. Perfectly reasonable, but still something that [livejournal.com profile] deird1 did first, an identifiable part of her story. Lose it.
  • The sky being green inside the safety zone. Not exactly a major plot point — I used it more than she did — but still identifiably hers. Has to go. Even just using a different color wouldn’t really be enough to provide the necessary distance.

Elements of OPS not present in [livejournal.com profile] deird1’s original:
  • Story from Tara’s POV, and ultimately about her.
  • The Xander/Tara pairing.
  • Tara — instead of Xander — killing Spike.
  • Fred’s suicide.
  • The discovery that Willow is the Big Bad here, and her reasons for doing what she’s done.
So, lots to work with, right? Full bang ahead, remix “Otherwise a Perfect Sky” in a way that veers far enough from [livejournal.com profile] deird1’s original that there’s no conflict.

Except …

Even in this example, there’s the same complication that [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix ran into. In OPS I mentioned a character named Jacie Li, as a sidelong tribute to [livejournal.com profile] deird1 because it came from another story of hers. (I’ve done the same with other authors, including the first remix I ever did — of [livejournal.com profile] bastardsnow — and most recently of [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip.) What if a prospective remixer didn’t know that? [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix found herself faced with her remix-source including elements from several different original-source stories, which complicated the problem enormously. I suspect that she’s still trying to make it work only from unwillingness to see the writing she’d already done go to waste.

And, just as I (and she, but mostly I) had failed to foresee those first two complications, there may be yet others lurking to trap the unwary. This is uncharted territory, and the rules are still being discovered.

So, in conclusion:
  1. It is, in fact, possible in certain cases to remix a remix without sinning against the original story.
  2. An author who chooses that course of action isn’t in the wrong, even if the OA doesn’t necessarily agree.
  3. Doing this can be extremely ticklish, and except in unusual and extreme cases it would be a lot less work and less risk to just skip it and remix a story that isn’t a remix.
[livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix has pretty much already covered these points in her own posts. This is just me owning up to the problems I unleashed with my blithe Sure, go ahead. My feelings now are quite a bit less carefree, and can be summed up thus: It’s not easy, and snares abound, so why look for trouble? Get advance permission from the original-original author, or just find a non-remix story for your source.

It’s easier all around.

aadler: (ChainGiles)
 
Though delayed by my and [livejournal.com profile] sroni’s travels, [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix is now soliciting sign-ups for Round 5 here. Yes, we realize this will put us in competition with Yuletide and NaNoWriMo (if the latter is still going on, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it referenced on LJ), but we didn’t manage to do Circle of Friends any earlier this year, and we certainly can’t afford to wait any longer, so let’s just see how this goes.

All previous participants are welcome. Anyone who is interested (and has enough Buffy or Angel stories to qualify) is invited to check us out and make inquiries. [livejournal.com profile] cof_remix is deliberately kept small, but we’ve never hit our maximum numbers, and every year has been fun, so we hope we can get some new blood along with the old favorites.
aadler: (ChainGiles)
 
I’m pleased but not surprised to learn that [livejournal.com profile] deird1 was the author of the remix done for me, the effective and intriguing “One to Go (the Junior Watcher Remix)”. Once again, well worth a look for anyone who hasn’t checked it already.

My own entry, as can be seen at the Remix itself, was Just Can’t Kill the Beast (the Green, Green, My Jealous Heart Remix)”, done for SevenDeadlyFun. My treatment, I fear, ranged far from what was done with the original story (“Weaponology”); this is a continuing theme with me, enough that I’ve sometimes wondered if what I do actually meets the definition of ‘remix’. Still, I followed the basic theme, and took Faith to a place of sort of comparable satisfaction …

Well. As usual, [livejournal.com profile] sroni has provided cover artwork, which I’ll be applying to the AO3 version now that the author reveal is done.

Remix recs

Jun. 29th, 2015 11:24 am
aadler: (ChainGiles)
 
After a little time to go browsing through this year’s RemixRedux offerings, I have some recs to make. I didn’t try to read everything, I just 1) looked to see what was done for me, 2) looked to see what was done for various people I know and like, and 3) checked what was available in the fandoms that interested or intrigued me. The result:

Buffyverse stories
  • One to Go (the Junior Watcher Remix)”, of course. The remix done for me, but well worth reading even if it had nothing to do with me. As I mentioned already, it left me wishing for more, always a sign that someone has found a rich vein of possibilities.
  • Unintended Consequences (the Ghost in the Shell Remix)”, for [livejournal.com profile] eilandesq. Ingenious application of an Eiland short to a later and larger event.
  • Just Can’t Kill the Beast (the Green, Green, My Jealous Heart Remix)”, for [livejournal.com profile] sevendeadlyfun. Faith drops in for a visit while Buffy’s away, with unexpected results.
  • Letters Never Sent (the Crumpled Sheets Remix)”, for [livejournal.com profile] texanfan. Short, awful, and hopeless. Just thinking about it still hurts. Read it.

Non-Buffyverse stories
aadler: (ChainGiles)
 
The stories in this year’s Remix Redux are now open for reading. I of course went immediately to see what had been done for me, and I wasn’t disappointed.

One to Go” re-interprets my story “Into the Abyss”, in ways that excite the imagination. Shorter, focusing on the essentials rather than on the peripheral issues that gradually became prominent themes in my own story, this nonetheless introduces two departures that both work, and work well. Seriously, as soon as I finished it I was wishing I had written this one myself, because then I could go in and explore all the lovely possibilities that had been opened up.

Go and read it. You’ll see what I mean.
aadler: (T&D)
 
Posting for Phase 3 of this year’s Circle of Friends Remix ([livejournal.com profile] cof_remix) was today. Newcomer [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip was the only participant who managed to meet the Phase 3 deadline, though [livejournal.com profile] sroni and I are still working on stories we may add later. See [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip’s submission, “Defining Moments”, and offer the feedback it deserves.