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One day fine day... We were talking about making a Jun/Ohno fic exchange on LINE chat - that ended up becoming FishingMJ, and them folks were asking around for mods when I came up with a new idea for a revival of a comm similar to the arashi rainbow exchange. So the topic turned to one of LJ mods and what they do. Many people were curious, because they've never been mods before.

What exactly does a mod do?

Answer: Everything and anything. There is no one single answer because it differs for each community.

But since I have a bunch of communities under my belt, either as owner or mod or one of the creators... I thought I'll answer some of the mystries.

This post is also coupled with the fact that we mods at [ profile] storm_freaks are pretty desperate to hire new mods. So if you are interested, please read this post on SF.

Let's see... How many comms am I in charge of? I've kinda lost count...

First I need to apologise though. [ profile] arashi_bangumi has gone inactive again. I've not done anything there in a long while... I know... I'll try and look at it someday before the year ends.
So since I mentioned that... I'll start with arashi_bangumi. It's basically a community for everyone to post their Arashi reviews there. And there's nothing much for me to do besides maintaining the masterpost. I also made a twitter account and tumblr account for the site, so ideally I would post/reblog something random on tumblr (which then crossposts to twitter) every few days, but I've been pretty busy, and no one has posted a new review in quite a while... (Since 27th of Feb gosh!)

Oh wells. It's not a really active community but... Hey, all those old reviews are there to stay. At least fans can still look at the old reviews and maybe discover a little something.

Then there's my now inactive subbing comm. Don't ask for a link, you'll just be ignored. It's completely inactive now anyway. I'm even more than a whole freaking year behind on my Arashi shows. Time to sub or translate? Pfft. None. And as much as I try, I really don't see myself having the time for it anymore. But it'll still be there and I'll keep the links alive but don't expect anything much new.

Oh but we're talking about what the mod does right? Well, I'm the owner of the comm, as well as the translator. So I translated stuff. And did all the posts. I did some random posts, though J and octavia did some random posts too. I credit those random posts to the start of what became Storm Freaks... I organised the occasional contest too. What else? I posted some article translations, but those translations are right here on my blog too. Oh and member apps. I do all those too. At the start it was a nightmare. Like over 100 applications overnight and I did them all. J and octavia did the comm layout since I was too lazy to learn and fiddle with the CSS... But the intro and all the content... Yeah I did those.

Then there's [ profile] nutty_arashi. The fic comm. Again, nothing much for the mods to do after the initial set up. Like posting the intro and masterposts and transferring all our fics there. And J did the layout again (yes, she's the layout master), as well as the banner and wonky nutty cursors and avatars. Yeah it was my idea I think, but we all brainstormed together and J/octavia were to ones who executed it. Nowadays I just update the masterposts when I have a new fic. And promote the fic to arashi_rabu and kotobayori of course.

So that's three comms down.

Next we have... Hmm, the most recent one, [ profile] fishing_mj. I helped to write the intro and rules posts and some advertisement posts... That's about it. The other hardworking mods did the match ups and answering the emails. I've been quite a lazy mod yeah... But then SF takes up so much time...

Finally, the elephant in the room! Storm Freaks! It started off as a comment in sholicious and wanting a similar comm for all of Arashi. A few people replied that they wanted to do it too. So we did. And we dragged people we knew in. Once again, J did the layout - and has been doing one for each new cycle! I wrote the content of the rules and intro post (yes, that's basically the same formula repeated each time), I did the advertising... J did the avatars. I came up with the points system... And set up the google docs for counting the points and stuff. The rest of the mods helped with the membership and posting. In the beginning we had a schedule. One post per mod every two weeks. There were 8 of us so we'll get 4 posts in per week. Then I came up with the idea of games, which I slotted in between the regular posting days.

Then I disappeared.

It was a particularly rough patch at work so I just disappeared from LJ for a bit. Thank goodness we started out with so many mods. They filled in a posted for me. Particularly all the news, because even on my good days, I'm still NOT updated with Arashi news. Like now. I hardly do any news. But people get busy in RL and our mods have been disappearing one by one. I don't blame them, but unfortunately we really need to hire more mods. Like whole weeks would pass by with nothing but games from me. Which really detracts from our original goal of making SF a one stop shop for Arashi news and discussion.

What the mod does in SF is really varied. Initially we counted all the points ourselves but that got too much, so we now have two volunteers to help out. The mods still has to manage the membership applications though. And gather and post all the news you see on the community. The games too. They don't appear by magic. I make them. Think of the words to hide for word search. Or words plus clues if it's a crossword. Or take photos for Guess Which Item (I went out to buy those sushi/food erasers just for this too). Or roll the dice. And then the points have to be tabulated and entered (reasons why I now have volunteers for all those things!) Of course, at the end of the cycle gifts need to be bought/made and sent out. (Also why it's still not been sent - I've been busy... I think I'll give up and just go with simpler gifts...) The money for the gifts comes from my own pocket too, and previously someone else got the magazine, which they paid for. I have a really bad memory and I forgot who is it now. We've been talking about having an SF paypal account and all to pay for the gifts but... Who's going to donate? :X It's not like we can solicit for donations because that's generally frowned upon in the Arashi fandom. Maybe we could sell some merchandise but... Nah. What we really need right now is just fresh mods to keep the community going. No mods, no community. It's that simple.

In short for SF, we need mods to post Arashi news, posts to stir up friendly discussion... Maybe even post mag scans, screenshots and what not from weibo, their shows and so on. We could certainly use more activity there... And I can't promise when I'm around to post too. Many a times I forget to post something all week...

It seems like it's all giving, with nothing in return. Well, I guess you can say that. Then again I've gained much too. I made new friends. If I have something to rant about I have chats to rant to. And even though we've never met, having someone just say a few kind words helps. Even if just a little. I started out doing things I never thought I would do because of people like J and octavia. Yeah, maybe I'm famous in LJ now? I don't know. But what is that fame for anyway? I didn't do this for the fame. And if you're one of those who's out seeking easy fame... Then shame on you. It's a lot of hard work. (That's why I've been posting on SF over and over about hiring new mods.) But what I do get is new friends, a place and outlet to write about Arashi, to discuss, to have fun, to practice my writing skills... To pick up some Japanese and learn how to translate from Japanese to English. It's been a lot of fun, but also a lot of work gone in. Personally I focus more on the other thngs that I can gain from doing all these, so to me that's what makes it worth while, and that's why I'm still continuing with what I do. When I made dna, right from the very start, I told J and octavia. Let's make this the very best comm that we can. With the best translation, typesetting etc. Because someday we'll quit doing subs and although we can't put all these illegal crap in our CVs, the skills that we learnt and hone will come with us. I improved my Japanese (and English too), J improved her typesettng skills - and tried out new software and all that came along with it. Octavia... Well, she was an annoying mascot. Lol. So while I don't know if I'll still continue subbing, I do know that I've learnt stuff and the time was never wasted.

So if you have some time, and want to challenge yourself to do somethng new, why not become a mod at SF? Not good at writing posts? Then practice! And what better place than SF, with a bunch of friendly mods and members to encourage you.

So that's all. Now you know what a mod does. At least what this mod does anyway.

Oh yeah... The comm idea. I'll just share it here because heck, why not? Just like the Arashi rainbow exchange, but with all 10 Arashi pairings. Something like 10shades for the name perhaps? :P So fic authors will have to write all 10 pairings to complete a card. Maybe we'll give them a bunch of prompts to choose from. Or maybe we can have a variation of the theme and give points for each pairing completed, but structure the points according to the popularity. So that each author will be forced to write fics for the rare pairings. I've yet to hash it out properly but the key point is that, I CANNOT do this alone. It'll just die a miserable death (or I would). If anyone thinks that this is a good idea, and would like to take part, let me know! I just feel sad that the rainbow exchange is pretty much dead now... I wonder how many authors would take part though because I've been told that some people write certain pairings and certain pairings ONLY. And refuse to write other pairings... *shrugs*

Personally I've gone past that stage and I can do things both ways. Either start with a pairing in mind, or as more often is the case, start with the plot in mind and the do a 'casting' among the five and see which member fits the role I have in mind best.

Alright. It's Friday. Time to head home!


Feb. 9th, 2015 11:03 am
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What a busy weekend.

And I never do get to do any of the things I should have done.

Tweets not posted - heck I still have two tweets to translate.

Postcards not written, and gifts not sorted and posted.

Holiday photos too. Maybe I'll post them on work time...

All I did get done was THAT subs. Which... not sure if J has finished working on it yet. And I gathered a whole, long list of words from that one episode, maybe if I'm free this afternoon I will sort them out and post them. Got more mail in my inbox to reply to too.

Meet up with my sec sch CCA mates last night and we had great fun. We basically just talked and talked for like... almost 5 hours? It's been so long since the three of us last gathered together. It was crazy fun. Talking about then and now. And politics... and what not. We talked till it was past 11pm... before we finally decided to go before the trains stop. I'll like to hit them up again soon. Maybe a couple of times a year would be great.

Finally cross posted my recent fics here... it's been like two weeks since I last posted anything? And there was so many fics! Hahaha! So far so good in terms of keeping up with my one fic a week resolution. In fact last week I had two. I'm still keeping that 1 week piority on RNA though, please check Random Nutty Arashi out if you have no already! Membership is open! XD Octavia writes some really good fics there. And in a completely different genre and style from me! I really like her cracks, they are first class I tell you. And if you are in the mode for some dark stuff, she writes a lot of that too! XD 
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On my way to work:
I'll try and clear/visit those games/apps that needs daily 'care'. Also I'll find some picture in my camera roll to post to instagram and weibo. So far so good. Been making my daily two posts to weibo to earn those experience points so far. Sometimes just a short post with a random sentence in Chinese. Totally random sometimes because I have nothing to say. Maamaa. It's letting my practice my han yu pin yin a little. BUT with the unwanted side effect that sometimes instead of typing romanji into, I end up typing han yu pin yin. Which obviously doesn't work. Like, liu instead of ryu for example. -.-'''

Still. Loads of interesting stuff on weibo. Like just today on the way back home, I read a fan report on the filming of today's VSA. In Chinese. It was really interesting and I do feel like translating it. Maybe.

When I'm too free at work:
Like it has been recently. I either write loads of fics, or read loads of fics, or try and find something to translate... or end up bumming around... spamming aibakaland and maybe. Or reading ebooks. Yes. I love ebooks. Or reading the news. I read techland daily (at least daily when I'm free). And today I read this long report on huffpost on the sad state of the US health care system for heroin addicts. It was really freaking long! Took me so long to finish reading, much longer time spent on that one article than I originally intended, still, it was interesting.

And yeah. I find stuff to translate... stuff to put on this blog. Or fics to write and finish and post on RNA. Then I look at the rankings. Of my blog. Of RNA. I look at the visitor counts. Because I have nothing better to do...

Speaking of rankings.

My post was freaking ranked 4th! And it was only advertised to a_ra_shi. I posted to arashi_on of cos, but it needed approval. PLUS. Somehow I've been getting more absentminded lately. Maybe cos I've not been sleeping enough or something. I keep forgetting to put things in my post (like webclap buttons etc)... and yes, after posting to a_ra_shi, I copied the html text over... and FORGOT to put in tags. And it's been so long since I posted a photo to arashi_on that I forgot they have a picture width limit. *face palm*. Silly me. Of course I had to repost later on. The power of Arashi! Thank you everyone!

Been thinking of... translating some magazine scans... I'll try that someday. But I have no idea which mag scans to translate. And I don't really know which ones have been translated already... hmm...

When I'm at home:
Either... watch Arashi shows, or try and finish that vacation posts. Day 4 is only halfway done. Or less than halfway. I did manage to catch up to all my shows though! Except for VSA of course, but that JUST got aired! So yay me!

Alrights. Time for a bath now. Got library books to read and posts to make after that!


Jan. 27th, 2015 12:18 pm
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I'm happy! Managed to finish writing a fic this morning!

A simple mental calculation shows that I need to write at about a fic a week to reach my goal of having 100 fics by the end of the year. Well... I'm not really picky on the length of the fic though, so it's really not too hard. I just want to keep writing. Now I'm kind of worried though! I've been writing so many fics... But not doing any scientific writing at all! Ahhhhhhhh... Yabai naaa... Sigh.

Going for lunch now! Then gonna head to the school career fair! Hahaha! Just pop by a little I guess... Gotta be in the lab at 3 to do lab duty. Drop by and get some freebies! Yes! Hahaha! The more interesting career fair for me would be Friday's. They split it up jntk three says. Friday is when all the bio related institutes and companies will come!


Nov. 18th, 2014 10:37 am
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Including the latest two fics posted to RNA, I now have finished and posted a grand total of 50 one shots and drabbles! That's not counting Spy Arashi.... since that's not really complete yet. But 50! Whoo hoo! And I still have so many more fic ideas that needs to be completed...


Finally, finally finished that 'birthday' fic.... for... *drumrolls* Matsumoto Jun! Hahahaha! Nope not Ohno. Gosh speaking of which it's his birthday really soon... o.o

But well... ended up doing my fic last night instead of catching up on my TV watching. Oh wells. At least I finally finished that 1000% smutty fic. It's like what... 6-7k words of SMUT. That's minusing the non-smut parts. No wonder I took so long to finish it hahahaha! It's been in the making for what... almost 3 months now! *phew* At last it's completed hahaha!
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Let's go crazy crazy crazy till we see the sun...

Ho! Including the latest fic I've just posted in RNA last night, I have a total of 47 fics now! Hurrah!

So yesterday's fic was the first that I've written with a camo character... so I'm so glad Aya loved it because I didn't ask for her permission. Well it's supposed to be a surprise... and yay it worked! I'm waiting for your part 2 Aya! XD No hurry though! Just know that I'd love to read it no matter how long you take! XD

Initially I was thinking of hiting the 50 fics mark before the year ends, but now that seems like too easy! 60 fics then? I don't know hahahahaha! 13 more fics in 2 months seems a bit hard? Oh wells. Depends on how many short fics I come up with, and whether I can actually FINISH them. Yes. Finishing them is the key. Ha. Let's see if I can finish any fics today...

To do list

Nov. 3rd, 2014 11:06 am
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1) Sub AnS. Went out yesterday with my family and that was pretty much my whole afternoon gone. And since I woke up really late, my whole morning was gone too. In the end I only did FIVE minutes of AnS. FIVE MINUTES. Trying to finish it before the next one comes out on Thursday is almost mission impossible now. I did copy the vid to my phone but... see the next point.

2) Lit review. I reached the office really late... at what, 9:40am? But well the rest of the ppl were even later! Beside the senior research fellow (who's now an assistant prof or something). She was looking around the office for ppl to delegate tasks to, but there was no one around. And well... since my experiments are all finished besides the ones waiting for the machine to be fixed... I got a lit review to do now. Lit scan more like? Either way. Work. *groans*

3) Fics. Loads of half written fics...

4) Reply to comments in DNA, and clear my LJ inbox. I cleaned my inbox down to 450, and now it's back to 500 again...

6.3k comments posted! Whoo hoo! And what? Crazy! I'm under 900 in user ranking?! Since when! Last week it was still 900+++. Wah! Thanks minna! For visiting my LJ and reading my random posts. How did that even happen? I've not even posted anything particularly exciting in my LJ recently. No news translations of any sort.

Speaking of news translations. Remember the news article I translated about the AnS Hawaii special? I was struggling with the part on Aiba and the surfboard. I couldn't figure out (see, my Japanese grammar still sucks) if it meant Aiba went with Jun, or he bought it for Jun, or whatever else. After watching the episode, clearly they meant he bought it for Jun. Oh wells. I'll go back and check on my erroneous translations again. Edit: Reading the article now, it all seems so clear. How the sentences were 'split' and all. Arghs. Hindsight hindsight hindsight. It's always much easier to understand when you already knew what happened. Tsk.

And I just checked, RNA is at what, 613 ranking? Crazy! It was 700s last week! Darn. I so very much wanted to be post more on LJ this week. Like actually upload and post all the photos that I've been promising since weeks ago. But I really should shut up now and work on that lit review. *hhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa* *sighs like Sho did in Abunai*


Oct. 27th, 2014 11:10 pm
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I was pretty much only able to write Ohmiya. Then later on I wrote Yama too. And then I started writing more and more pairings. Now it's like, I don't even limit myself to a particular pairing anymore. Once I have an idea, I let the idea interact with the five boys inside my head, and see which pairings emerge out of it, if any at all. Of course some ideas are trigger with particular pairings attached, such as when the idea came about because of something the members actually said or did in real life. But otherwise I'll pick the member whose character fits the purpose of the story rather than stick to a pairing because that's the only pairing I can write. Still, some pairings are missing from my list of fics, while others are only side pairings. I guess someday I'll get around to writing one fic with that pairing as the main, for all the 10 possible Arashi pairings. Someday...

I have written over 40 fics now! Hurrah! Slowly but surely it does...
coolohoh: Biohazard (Ohno Acorn!)

Yay! Just a quick one, because I am intending to leave the office early today...

Been wanting to make this entry for a while now!

From the makers of DNA, we bring you RNA!

Random, Nutty Arashi!

Yes! A new community, for all the random fanfics by myself, and [ profile] octavialao!

The four fics that I posted last night were all up on RNA some time back. And all my future fics will be posted first to RNA, then to my own lj.. membership is OPEN so just hit up the join button.

And well, not only will you get to read all my fics on RNA first, there's the really lovely fics written by octavia too! Who is mch less a mascot in RNA than in DNA. She writes great fics, and A LOT of fics. Like just yesterday NIGHT, she wrote three fics! Just one night! And they are really good ones too. So do check it out! Plus, the comm has a really nice and nutty layout, a much more organized masterpost and everything. All my old fics are there too. I've tidied them up, edited them a little as well.

We have fics of almost ALL the Arashi pairings now. 8 out of 10 pairings, and the remaining two would be filled in the near future! Well one of the pairing that we are missing has been addressed in a fic that... I'm hoping to complete in the not too distant future. I said before that I'd like to write one fic of each pairing, and looking at my personal masterpost I'm actually not too far off :P

Anyway, please check out RNA, and join us in the awesome, nutty, Arashi fun!

Looking forward to seeing ya all there! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

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