A top tip: if you want an account but you don't want to buy one and you're uncertain about getting an invite code, create an OpenID in the next day and 8 hours (and counting). All OpenID accounts without personal accounts will be sent an invite code when Open Beta launches. It's super easy! Also recommended if you've got folks on your flist who are migrating their comments over there. An OpenID account also allows you to make a subscription list and upload a few icons, write a profile, etc. Really, the only thing you can't do is post yourself. eta: Be sure to validate your email address, fyi! /eta
As soon as I have invite codes of my own, you guys will know about it.
For lots of thinky stuff both pro- and anti- Dreamwidth, I recommend metafandom and their dreamwidth delicious tag. I'm not going to say anything particularly intelligent on the subject, because I'm not migrating over to Dreamwidth per se. I think that the site is a great idea with a lot of really cool and interesting things going on, and I want to be a part of that. But the majority of my friends are still LJ-only, and there are some things I participate in on LiveJournal that won't migrate fully in the foreseeable future. Thus, I'm not going anywhere, but I am hanging out over on Dreamwidth because I am meeting new people and joining new communities etc. Multi-platform is my way forward! It's nice to start up on a site when I actually know what the hell I'm doing, also.
I am still dithering hugely on cross-posting and importing and a bunch of other stuff, but I shall spare you the flaily details. However, it's worth noting that I will be cross-posting entries like fic, vids, meta, recs, etc, and so if you only want to follow me on one service, please do. I won't be unfriending/un-accessing (or whatever the term is) anyone, so you'll still be able to drop in and see if you've missed things, if you like. I suspect I'll continue to have more LJ-only content than DW-only content, both public bits and the occasional flocked RL whatever.
Every last one of my WIPs, both fic and vid, is amazingly stressful to me right now, I know not why. Oh, right, deadlines. (Seriously, though, making things to submit for this year's VVC is probably the most terrifying fannish thing I've ever done. Especially as I'm still not quite sure about what it is I'm working on to that end, nor the tech specs I'll need to meet. Eeep!)
On that note, I am posting my lgbtfest story tomorrow. It is Merlin fandom and it is multi-shippy, the prompt being Any historical fandom, any characters, It's true that their marriage isn't a passionate one; one or both of them prefers the attentions of their own sex. That doesn't mean they're unhappily married. Would anyone be able to look it over quickly when I finish it up later this evening? It also looks like it's going to be R-rated, which I wouldn't warn for except that it's out of the ordinary for me. I appear to be, well, not fading to black. Madness. All extra pairs of eyes much appreciated! eta: all sorted, thank you! /eta
Finally, a rec of the 'yay they wrote my prompt!' variety.
Untitled fic, by harwhon [Torchwood, Jack/Ianto]
*happy sigh* These days, it's very easy for me to forget just how much I ship these two, but harwhon's extract of melanchonic romance captures it perfectly. ♥