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Anti-wangst post - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Anti-wangst post
You know, I was going to post about how much I hate fanwangst, but it occurs to me that that would be a pretty surefire way to get more fanwangst. So instead, ten things I really like about being in fandom:

1. Feedback. Lots of it.

2. A sense of not being the only weird person who's thought about the fallout of Vader's injuries or just how contageous Lupin is.

3. A chance to keep my imagination in high gear and not turn into some thirty-four-year-old midlife crisis candidate.

4. Reading past the surface of everything is a good way to look at the whole world.

5. Creative people everywhere.

6. Art! Lots of art! Bask in the glory of the fan art.

7. And costumes. I love grown-ups who love costumes. I don't care if they're fans or actors, there's just something about an adult person who likes to dress up that makes me happy, even though I don't do it myself (largely because I'm inept at it).

8. People who are serious about their writing, but not wrapped up in writing abstract nihilist minimalism.

9. Knowing that if I randomly post a theory about why I think Peeves is the half-blood prince and Malfoy will bear his love child, most people would get the joke and still go after canon to back it up or refute it. I dig that.

10. That my friends-list includes people from teenagers I work with to people I went to high school with to college friends to post college friends, and many people I've never met, from every age group and all around the world. It's funny that I don't even think it's impressive anymore, but when I told a colleague who's interested in illustration that I'd commissioned art from a friend in Melbourne, Australia (she'd wondered if it was someone local) her eyes got wide and she said, "Really? So far away!" And I'm like, "Huh. Yeah, I guess it kind of is, isn't it?"

Anyway, that's ten things I like. Add things you like as you please.

PS: Gave up, joined NaNoWriMo. This may slow down fanfic, but I'll try not to let it get too much in the way of Shift-yness, at least.

I feel a bit...: cranky tired and cranky

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From: jetis Date: October 25th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally respect someone who can list 10 things that they love (and I do, too!) when they feel like being a bit wanky.

jiminyc From: jiminyc Date: October 25th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, this cricket is always in favor of putting a positive spin on things...so you get the Golden Crown of Joy from me for today for this list. And your list is awesome - I have nothing to add except my enthusiastic agreement.
seangaffney From: seangaffney Date: October 25th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
With fanart, sometimes it depends on the fandom. Finding genuine Buffy *art* is difficult in the fandom, as so many fanart pages are all photoshopped art, especially a lot of the slash pages, and no pencil/pen/brush art per se. Harry Potter, obviously, doesn't have this problem as much, since so much of it started with the written word and left more to the imagination.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
It's true to an extent in Star Wars as well--when I came over to HP fandom, the disdain for photomanips and the overflowing of traditional art just floored me. (Sniff, and I'd gotten good at photomanips for awhile there...)
sreya From: sreya Date: October 25th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there is still a difference between simply throwing together photos in Photoshop, and really manipulating photos. Your manips have always been way cool. :~)

I adore the artwork in HP, too, but it does make me feel a little left out. I'm much happier being artistic on the computer than I am on paper, which is probably why I've been having so much fun making icons lately of other people's fanart.
miyeko From: miyeko Date: October 25th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Pardon my ignorance, but what is "fanwangst"? Google turned up absolutely nothing.

(Oh, and while I'm posting instead of lurking, I've been reading your SW fic for a couple of years now, and I'm in awe of your talent.) (^_^)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Drama, whinging, whining... the usual run of fandom irritations. Mix of "angst" and "wank."

And thanks. "Awe"=quite a good cure for crankiness. :)
ajaxbreaker From: ajaxbreaker Date: October 25th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Great list! And numbers 2 and 8 are basically why I'm in the fandom.
Oh, and Fern, I'm in awe of your talent too :)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: October 25th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Will the NaNo book be the novel you hinted at last week?

[rubs her hands with hope]
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
That's where my brain is. Now, if only I can find a plot with high enough stakes to be interesting, but not so high as to hit melodrama.
riibu From: riibu Date: October 25th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a great list. Just how I feel about fandom.
strangemuses From: strangemuses Date: October 25th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant list! Thanks for posting that.
prettyveela From: prettyveela Date: October 25th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great list! Yeah the fandom can be pretty cool sometimes.:D
sreya From: sreya Date: October 25th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, just what is NaNoWriMo? I've seen that thrown around quite a bit lately by several writing friends. My first reaction was that it's something anime related, but that doesn't seem right.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
National Write a Novel in a Month. Which should be NaWriNoMo, but it's not as easy to say. Basically, write full tilt for thirty days and come up with a totally unedited 50,000 word block of text that resembles a first draft of a novel. Hopefully.
sreya From: sreya Date: October 25th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
*jaw drops*

A whole novel in a month???

Wow. That's incredible. Good luck with that!
From: hobviously Date: October 25th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am in big fat agreement with most of those. I always forget how mundane the mundanes are until somebody makes fun of my Buffylove and I'm like, "...buh?"

My current favourite thing is that a third of my flist is not American, but I've also found fandom friends in my very town.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always forget how mundane the mundanes are until somebody makes fun of my Buffylove and I'm like, "...buh?"

Yeah, my Mom, bless her, is a pretend-fan. She enjoys SW and HP and, in fact, Buffy, but when I told her that I'd been spending hours at Slayage, reading serious articles by people who were examining modes of communication in "Hush," she was like, "Er... I like it, but isn't that, er... taking it a bit too seriously?"

Buh? What's the fun of it if you don't find it amusing to study Spike in the romantic literary tradition? I mean, really! :)
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: October 25th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

*sniff* *sniff*

PS: Gave up, joined NaNoWriMo. This may slow down fanfic, but I'll try not to let it get too much in the way of Shift-yness, at least.

Fern, I must admit I feel a bit put out. ;-) Sort of like when I found out my beloved and prized baby-sitter was also sitting for a family down the street. Sure she says she'll still be there 100% for my kids, but the doubt always creeps in. What if they pay her more? What if they get her first for Friday nights? What if she just likes them better??

Seriously, though - I wish you all the best with your NaNoWriMo, but I can't help but worry just a little for my beloved Shifts! Please don't leave us hangin'. ;-)
myf From: myf Date: October 25th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *sniff* *sniff*

This made me giggle.

The conflict! Yes, we wish Fern well in all her writing endeavours, but dammit, what about us? *giggle*

Good luck, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *sniff* *sniff*

Well, if it helps, I'm going to practice by doing a "Shifts" post every night this week.
mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: October 26th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *sniff* *sniff*

bless you, m'dear!! ;-)

mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: October 26th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *sniff* *sniff*

This made me giggle.

The conflict! Yes, we wish Fern well in all her writing endeavours, but dammit, what about us? *giggle*


Precisely! :) What kind of a fan would I be if I said, "Jolly good, Fern. Have a lovely month off Shifts. Why don't you take two while you're at it, as no one's reading your twaddle anyway."

*gasp!*

Never!

From: roseblue Date: October 25th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just signed up for NaNoWriMo also. That's neat that we're both doing it. Got a plot yet? As for your list, I agree with number 2. I love reading people's ideas about things like that. Seeing well written articles on something in the story reminds me of why I went online in the first place.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, although it's not the one I thought I'd be doing. Should be all right, though I have a feeling 50,000 will only get me halfway through, or give me a real skeleton of a plot only.
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