2. I also got my California tax refund!
3. Because of 1 & 2, we got pizza for dinner.
4. I had a whole bunch of expired pound cakes that I wasn't sure the vendor was going to give me credit for, but not only did he give credit, but he left the pound cakes there for us to eat. :D I've been having some for breakfast the past couple days.
I was going to write up something about each song except it was all just "it's catchy!" (Though I will say Feel This Moment is particularly notable for its sampling of Take On Me.)
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera - Feel This Moment
Kelly Clarkson - Heartbeat Song
Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
Bryan Adams - Here I Am
Brandon Heath - You Decide
Okay, this next one was not actually new to me, apparently. But I shazammed it more than once because the title just would not stick in my mind, and then today when I went to download it I found I actually already had it on my harddrive! But it's really good so I wanted to include it. :D
Celine Dion - That's the Way It Is
I just had a really liberating thought.
I meet with people at my practicum site tomorrow andIwas talking to a friend about how I'm worried they'll think I'm disorganized and not good enough blah blah blah, and she asked what I'd do if they said something about it.
AndIsaid, "Honestly, I wouldn't fight them on it. I am disorganized and I do need to be prodded into producing paperwork and I need my butt kicked to be productive. So if they want my work with them to be a success and I'm being unsatisfactory, either they need to give me more support so I can do my job, or we should call the whole thing off right now."
Because right now the option of "do better" is beyond my capacity right now. I am working as hard as I can and my brain alone cannot do any better.
Oh my god, the amazingness of saying, Yes. I'm doing the best I can and here are the burdens I'm carrying. You can help me or I can walk. Those are the only two options.Being a grownup is awesome.
Joking aside, part of our fundamental operating principle is in real life people are many things simultaneously. That's interesting and hard and complicated. It's easy to say, "That person is sleazy" or "That person is tender and loving." To the extent this is a show about undermining one's preconceptions of the enemy, it's really even more about undermining this binary view of people. And accepting that humanity is a very nuanced thing.
THIS SHOW. THESE SHOWRUNNERS. HOW DO THEY EVEN EXIST? *shakes head*
Our work is not for you. I know this one is hard to understand. If someone’s written a story, or otherwise created art, surely that’s for the whole world. Surely we want everyone to see it, like any other novel or piece of work. You need to stop thinking that way. Fandom doesn’t create work for the whole world. It creates work for a specific community, and that community has expectations, norms, jargon, customs, traditions, ethical rules, and structures that you don’t yet understand.
If you’re a fan of “alternative” and bluegrass anti-folk music and you listen to rap for the first time and are like, wow, this isn’t music, this sucks! you already know you’re being an asshole for judging something you have failed to explore fairly on its own terms. It’s not that different when you turn your eyes to fanworks. Before you can judge us, you need to understand where we’re coming from, what our own strictures are, and what we’re trying to achieve. Don’t barge in and tell people what you think they could do better. You don’t even understand what we’re doing in the first place, okay?
This part of ivyblossom's post has been going around and around in my head ever since then, and I've been thinking about the extent to which the "our work is not for you" tenet holds true for me (since my approach to fandom and fanfiction is often rather different from the approaches that are held up as "typical"). And the verdict is: it turns out it actually does hold somewhat true...more so than I might have expected at first.
I mean, on the one hand, there are plenty of ways in which this clearly does not hold true for me. For one, I am not at all the sort of fan who looks at, say, a mainstream article about yuletide that links to fanworks, and thinks "oh my god, that is such an awful thing to do!" (I am instead the sort of fan who gets a little wistful that my own story wasn't one of the ones linked to *g*). For another, I've never been terribly enthusiastic about many of the standard fannish expectations, norms, bits of jargon, etc., and so they don't really apply to my stories. And for yet another, I've always encouraged my non-fannish friends and relatives to read my stories once they have expressed an interest in doing so, and I've never felt a need to explain any sort of surrounding fannish context for those stories first (beyond "have you seen the show/read the book it's based on? okay, good, that's important!").
And yet when I think about the sentence "fandom doesn't create work for the whole world," I have to say that statement holds true for me as well. Example: I live in total irrational fear that people I work with will find out that I write fanfiction, track it down, and read some of it. And you can attribute this in part to me being in a profession that tends to think that if you're not either working or sleeping or spending time with your family, you're slacking off (I am incidentally currently thumbing my nose at this tenet of my profession by sitting in my office while writing up this post: ha-ha, take that!), but I think it probably has at least as much to do with the fact that I know many of the people I work with would read what I write and not get it at all. As things stand currently, you don't have to be a participant in organized fandom to read my stories, but you have to at least know enough about organized fandom to find them: you have to follow a link from my journal, or know (mostly fannish) people who can recommend them to you, or know about the Archive of our Own and use the search tools to find them that way. And those gatekeeping mechanisms make it much more likely that the people who do come across it will be the kinds of people who, as ivyblossom says, "know what I'm doing in the first place." Even in the case of a mainstream journalism article about yuletide, there would be some basic form of gatekeeping mechanism through the topic of the article (which is why that idea doesn't bother me). If one of my colleagues were to send a URL to another and attach my name to it, though, without any sort of intentionality behind seeking it out in the first place...ugh, that very idea just horrifies me (and not at all because I'm embarrassed by anything I've written, because I'm not).
I guess what it comes down to is that while I don't really write "for fandom," I do write for a certain type of reader: the sort of person who gets something out of thinking about a television show, book, or film long after they've stopped watching or reading it, and who prefers to conceive of and talk about the characters in those source texts as full-fledged people with rich internal lives. If you are the kind of person who takes said television shows, books, or films much less seriously than that, you are very unlikely to find my fanfiction worth reading, and there is at least some chance that you might find it weird and off-putting. Fandom is where I've found an audience for what I write, so clearly there are plenty of readers like that in that community. It's clear to me, though, that there are lots of people who participate in organised fandom who are not readers like that, and it's also clear to me that there are people outside of organised fandom who are readers like that. So for me, the issue isn't that my work needs to be read within its fannish context, but that my work needs to be read by...the sorts of people who will appreciate the sort of thing that it is? And at the moment, this means the fannish context is important because it works as a gatekeeping mechanism that keeps away most of the kinds of people who won't tend to get it. (It unfortunately also probably keeps away a lot of people who would tend to get it, but hey, I never said it was a perfect gatekeeping mechanism.)
To bring things back around to the "fannish studies" course that was the original topic of the discussion I lurked on, then: when I asked myself if I would have been upset by one of my stories being included in that syllabus, my answer was both yes and no, with a tilting toward yes. On the "no" side is my knee-jerk "moar readers yay!" reaction, but I think that's more than drowned out by a real distaste for the idea that these people would have to read my story in order to get course credit (ugh) and the fact that they were required to leave comments in order to get that credit as well (double ugh). I enjoy being read, so I'd always love to get more eyes on my stories, but if the cost of that is a whole bunch of people reading it who won't be able to wrap their minds around why I might want to write something like that in the first place, I'd much rather languish in obscurity!
2) Because I couldn't start watching House of Cards since Mike was away, I decided to instead check out The Fall. It had been in our queue for a while but I watched now because I saw in a news report that E.L. James wanted Jamie Dornan for the part of Christian Grey after seeing him in it. ( Read more... )
3) Downton Abbey's finale (Christmas ep in UK) was pretty sentimental but enjoyable. ( Read more... )
Dunno how useful it'll be, but hopefully a couple people will find it so! :)
- Total Eclipse of the Heart (literal version): Revolutionary Girl Utena thanks to the vid Total Eclipse of the Heartsword
- Girl With One Eye: Vriska from Homestuck via the fanmix Just As Horrible as Me (it's a Terezi/Vriska mix but I think of it as more of an Aradia/Vriska song)
- Hide and Seek: Battlestar Gallactica via Meant Well: The Occupation despite TEN MILLION "mmm whatcha say" videos on tumblr
- Cosmic Love: Puella Magi Madoka Magica (and Homura/Madoka in particular) from the vid Mahou Shoujo Requiem
- Handlebars The Doctor, though I've seen it fit well for a number of characters.
- Seamstress: Nikita&Alex from Nikita from the vid Seamstress
Does anyone else have any examples? Preferably where the lyrics really do fit surprisingly well. Or just songs which are remarkable fits where you thought of the connection independently.
If you don't do fanworks, I guess songs from movies/tv where it fit the scene PERFECTLY and you no longer hear it as being about the original subject. But songs written for the soundtrack don't count :)
Cool Stuff Friday jumped the gun this week, on account of something else Jim will be announcing tomorrow.
- Russian Photographer Captures The Cutest Squirrel Photo Session Ever (Link via Cats, Beavers, and Ducks.)
- Pets Interrupting Your Reading (Also from Cats, Beavers, and Ducks.)
- Cats Using Dogs as Pillows
- LEGO TARDIS Interior, by Thorsten Bonsch. I’ve seen LEGO builds of the TARDIS before, but this takes it to a whole new level.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes/Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: War is hell, Please Heed Archive Content Warnings, Soldier Boys, Love under fire, To the end of the line, Threesomes, winterwidow - Freeform, Dancing, Realpolitik, We're All In It Up To The Neck Darling
This is a war story.
.... I fell asleep and dreamed that the latest Captain America movie featured a scene where Bucky, Natasha, and Steve all fell asleep together in the same bed, and then Natasha and Steve woke up and had sex, while Bucky watched - and the scene was filmed so as to suggest, but never really show explicitly, that Bucky joined in (because the filmmakers needed to protect their PG-13 rating). And of course fandom went crazy, but mostly I was upset because the lighting was so dim that I couldn't figure out how I was going to effectively vid it.
But seriously, it's an excellent story - Ces's particular preoccupation for these characters is to really get inside the history - what it was like during the war years, and what kind of people came out of that era - both in terms of core characterization and also in terms of basic mannerisms. So this story really explores the horror of war, and how it impacted Bucky and Steve's relationship. It's beautiful.