(As recommended by several people, I went with a set budget in cash, and so my haul isn't *large*, but I also don't need huge quantities of yarn right now. And someday I will buy myself some qivit, but that is not this day.)
( Loot pictures )
It's so lovely to see all of these wonderful people and the new faces as well.
I put together a tribute to Leonard Nimoy for a wake we held last night and it went over well. I may post the file later.
As for the request, I need to refuel my music tanks for future vid purposes and I'm having some trouble doing it on my own. Any good bands, albums, or songs that folks can recommend? Doesn't necessarily have to be good vidding music... I just need to start getting into that headspace.
devildoll texted me about Harrison Ford, and I discovered I was way more upset about him being seriously injured than would normally be warranted. It seems like he's going to be okay, but I was like, "That is not all right!" when I heard the news. I mean, he's been in five of my favorite movies!
I enjoyed Elementary, but I don't really have much to say about it. I do like how they handle Sherlock's ongoing recovery a lot, though.
Also, last night, I dreamt that we all went up to visit my nephew at UMass because Chris Evans was getting an honorary degree there and meeting with all the students, and I wasn't going to pass that up.
This morning was another horrible commute - another 30 minutes waiting for the bus, which this time actually came and I actually got on (and walking wouldn't have helped - according to the emails the MTA sends me, there were delays on the 6, the C, and the 1, all of which are the trains I can take), but I was still half an hour late for work. And it was freaking freezing out there. I don't know what's up with the M79 these past few weeks, but I don't like it.
But my board packets are done and Boss1 left for the day, so now I can relax a little. The weekend is going to be busy - tomorrow night is the joint 50th birthday party for my sister and her husband, and they rented a hall and we have to dress up etc. It'll be fun, but ugh, it means schlepping all weekend.
Only two more hours until I can go home! Woo!
"The Erasure of Unemployment"
The loss of a job is
also the loss of self --
tossed away, discarded,
abandoned on a shelf.
Nothing is left secure,
and nothing still feels safe --
not home or friends or food --
those losses have to chafe.
It is no small thing when
jobs define who we are --
losing one's the worst thing
that can happen, by far.
* * *
Unemployment shuts people out of society and ravages their sense of self-worth. There are tips for maintaining self-esteem during unemployment.
I am not sure I believe in the Hound of the Baskervilles. I am sure I do not believe in being terrified by a dog painted over with luminous paint. But I am sure that I believe in Mr. Sherlock Holmes and in the strange friendship between him and Dr. Watson.
--Jorge Luis Borges: This Craft of Verse.
(I'd feel bad about employing Borges to discuss my latest pop culture interest, except that he's already talking about frivolous pop culture in the above quote.)
So this is probably my motto for all of my fandoms? I'm a character-centric girl. Granted, I have a weakness for a clever bit of world building, but if the people aren't there, I get bored and wander off pretty quick. It's why I tend to only read short stories for old-school space and lasers SF. But give me a character I believe in, I'll follow them to the ends of plot and reason. (Conversely, if you give me a character that I believe and and don't LIKE, I'm also gone, see Rochefort and why I'm coming up on three episodes behind on The Musketeers).
So, Sinbad. Why it's my favourite show ever.
Here's the thing: it's got flaws. It's never met a theme that it didn't want to use for two episodes, drop, and them bring back long enough to fub the ending; the plots are silly; the logic doesn't; it has a gleeful disregard for period and historicity; it erases Islam (probably the only thing on this list that I actually find annoying), and it just generally embodies the term, "hot mess." But do I ever believe in those characters.
Part of it is the cast. They're good actors across the board, and they're committed to this nonsense, and does that ever make a difference. Other than the odd unconvincing guest star, no one's phoning it it, and they all have great chemistry. (Also, PRETTY! if you're into that kind of thing). But beyond that, pretty much everyone of them has a story and characterisation that hits one of my narrative kinks, and just makes for great storytelling. Plus the combination of them is shipping gold.
So you have a young man, a boy really, who's spent his whole life counting on good looks, charm and luck to get him out of the scraps his brashness gets him into. He says he has dreams of bigger things, but honestly he's never really thought that far ahead because he has what he wants: a family who loves him, a city full of adventure and sometimes even food on the table. Then he makes one bet too many and loses everything. It's his fault, and there's nothing he can do to fix it. So now he has to decide what that means to him, if he should just carry on as he always has, or if he has to change, if so how much (what parts need to go, and what parts he needs to stay alive), and how the hell to do that? Or is there someway he can make everything not have happened (Oh, God, make it not true), and just be the same as he always was.
There's a girl of high birth, the daughter of one of her city's rulers. Even when she decides to flee her home, she expects the world to bend to her because of her power and position. That's how she's learned to deal with impossible expectations: keep your head up and don't ever let them see you bleed. If the world is what you make of it, she's still a princess, and her heart isn't broken; she doesn't miss her home and her family, and she's still in charge. Really, she is. You can tell because she'd not crying, and she never asks for help.
There's boy who read every book in his parents' library and dreamed of adventure. He's smart and good at puzzles and thinking everything through, and that's always made him the golden boy. But the thing is, when you read about an adventure, you can always work out what the hero should or should not have done. When you're in an adventure, you never have time. Now, he's running as fast as he can just to keep up, and he's terribly afraid. What if really he's a failure? What if because he's no longer the best, no one will love him?
There's a girl who's never had anyone and told herself he never wanted anyone. She learned young never to dream of anything past a full stomach and a safe place to sleep, and most days she didn't get either. There's no sense in relying on other people because when everyone's in it for themselves, it's only a matter of time before they sell you out. The smartest thing is to keep everyone at a distance, push them away before they can figure how to hurt you. Better still, stab them in the back, steal all their stuff, and run like hell. It's worked so far.
There's a man who may be a dragon, or a jinn. He knows how to pretend, and generally he's pretty fond of the swirl of humanity that always seems to wash up at his feet, but he's never quite part of it. If you asked him what mattered, he'd say his ship and the sea surrounding it, the waters he was born to. Still, he needs people to survive, and this bunch in particular always seem to need his help, so he looks after them as best he can, and in exchange they mostly pretend not to notice how he's not quite human, or ask why he doesn't have a name.
There's a girl who was once a feral child, until humans found her and taught her that there was more to the world. Somewhere along the road, she decided that she wanted to see everything that could be seen, and go everywhere that could be gone. She doesn't have a home, and is pretty happy to rely on herself and not to worry too much about anyone else that might get stabbed along the way. People are kind of odd, and a lot of work to understand, and it's not like she minds them, she just doesn't really get them either.
There's a man who used to be a monster. He knows that he can never make up for the things that he's done, and he can't run from them either, and isn't sure what to do about that. He's trying his best to carry on as a new person, but that's hard when he has to weigh every instinct against who he used to be, and whether it fits his new morality. Sometimes he thinks he should just die, but he can't quite bring himself to give up like that. He still has friends to protect, and maybe there's hope for them, even if he himself is damned.
And then you take all these people, put them on a boat, and force them to rely on each other to survive, and it's fascinating, because they all react completely differently, and they all find different ways to integrate into the group. Plus they're all from different cultures and classes, and thus have, on top of their varied backgrounds, entirely different ideas of social norms and to some extent morality.
It's one of the tropiest, ficciest, most interesting fandoms I've ever been in. And you should be in it too!
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I. LEGAL MOVES
Legal submitted the comments in support of our Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemption petition with the U.S. Copyright Office. This submission contained 93 pages of supporting content in appendices, and was part of the every-three-year process of renewing the exemption that makes it legal for fan video makers to break encryption on DVDs to create their work. This process will continue in coming months and, as always, these documents are available for fans to view on the OTW website.
Around the same time, OTW Legal joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation in filing an amicus brief seeking rehearing in the case of Davis v. Electronic Arts, a case that deals with the relationship between free expression and right-of-publicity law.
Legal also had a few projects relating to the information part of our advocacy mission. They created two educational posts on fair use and misconceptions about it for Fair Use Week, as well as another about the recent phenomenon of Tumblr account deletions. Legal also responded to a few media requests for interviews.
Legal's working with a number of organizations to prepare a letter to the U.S. Congress regarding copyright policy. And besides helping several individual fans with queries about the law and their fan projects, they helped the OTW purchase the domain name "fandom.org".
II. AT THE AO3
Accessibility, Design and Technology started February with Release 0.9.46, which focused on resolving January's spam issues and allowed them to re-enable the Archive's invitation queue. They followed up with two more releases that included a variety of enhancements and bug fixes before finally wrapping up February releases with a brand new homepage and Favorite Tags feature, which were received with overwhelming positivity. 1,500 Favorite Tags were created in the first 12 hours alone!
The Archive also reached 17.5 million kudos during February and has now passed half a million registered users! If you don't have an account yet, here are some reasons you might want one. The @AO3_Status Twitter account also flew past the 25,000-follower mark with 27,000 and counting.
Support has been a little bit busy with 780 tickets in January, and received about 550 tickets in the first three weeks of February. Abuse received roughly 350 tickets in February. They have recruited for new members this month, and are currently in the process of sorting through their most recent applicants. Thanks to all that applied.
Tag Wrangling answered some questions from users on Twitter and helped Support respond to several tickets. Wranglers continued to help each other out by providing translations for tags in many different languages. Additionally, some new wrangling merit badges have been added to their just-for-fun collection on the OTW's internal documentation wiki.
III. PROJECT NEWS
Open Doors announced the moves to the AO3 of the Monaboyd.net and Table for Three archives. They also continued to work with moderators of pending and in progress archives. Content Policy finalized a proposal to revise the Open Doors terms of service with Open Doors.
Translation worked with Communications on International Fanworks Day, preparing several news post translations, and were happy to see the celebrations were a success! They have also been restructuring their glossaries and all language teams are working on discussing the new terms. Our team Portuguese has also split in two to better cover language variations, leading to new teams for European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. Translation also started testing a new committee-wide team chat tool, which has already provided improvements in their day-to-day communication.
Communications was hard at work last month preparing for International Fanworks Day events and publicity. Our staff has begun planning for April Showers so if you have any suggestions of older fandoms to highlight, please contact us.
Wiki is also planning for April Showers, and ideas for specific challenges were proposed in a chat held on February 21st. The Fanlore twitter account participated in International Fanworks Day by retweeting a number of IFDrabble submissions.
Fanhackers has been working to induct two new volunteers and is brainstorming ways to develop the fan studies bibliography into a more useful resource. Journal is hard at work on production for the March and June issues.
Development & Membership is excited to be training nine new staff members and are looking forward to the next drive which will happen on May 1-6. They are currently working on theme related issues and hope to have it nailed down soon.
Elections has been busy conducting a small-scale test for our preferred voting software option and writing reports about its functions and suitability. They’ve also started cleaning up the Elections website and writing instructions for how Elections team members can post there.
Strategic Planning just finished collating all feedback offered to them on the first draft of the OTW strategic plan, and are putting together a second draft. They plan to have a second review period, so once the new draft is released in March there will be another three-week discussion and feedback period.
Strategic Planning is in the process of training three new staffers and a new chair. They hope OTW volunteers and supporters alike feel able to come to them with any questions or feedback about the strategic planning process.
New board director Jessica Steiner began holding open office hours once a week. The OTW Board continues holding the open session of their weekly meetings in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom although hours have been changing in the past month in an effort to accommodate the different timezones of its members. Board's meeting minutes are always available on the OTW website.
V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS
Volunteers & Recruiting prepared and opened recruitment for four roles this month, while inducting the new recruits from the previous round, including welcoming new staff of their own. They said farewell to departing personnel, answered questions about recruitment and volunteering, helped people with their access to tools, and provided feedback on proposals.
New Committee Staff: C. Ryan Smith (Volunteers & Recruiting, Development & Membership), 2 other Volunteers & Recruiting, Jillian Jacobs (Development & Membership), Nica Dobles (Development & Membership), DeeCharlotte (Development & Membership), Alex Carlin (Development & Membership) & Marian H. Dews (Development & Membership), 3 other Development & Membership, and 6 Translation staffers
New Communications Volunteers: Kat St Pete
New Translator Volunteers: Marta Cardoso, Noura, and 4 others
Departing Committee Staff: Meep (Support), Megan Cummings (Open Doors), Elliot Oberholtzer (Translation), Ehryn (Support), Jennifer Radecki (Communications)
Departing Workgroup Members: 1 AO3 Documentation volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Cassandra Chan
Departing Translator Volunteers: birggitt, Carpelia, Hirannis, DeeCharlotte, timetowakeup, and 5 others.
This image of Ceres was taken by the Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored world. The image shows Ceres as a crescent, mostly in shadow because the spacecraft's trajectory put it on a side of Ceres that faces away from the sun until mid-April. When Dawn emerges from Ceres' dark side, it will deliver ever-sharper images as it spirals to lower orbits around the planet.
The image was obtained at a distance of about 30,000 miles (about 48,000 kilometers) at a sun-Ceres-spacecraft angle, or phase angle, of 123 degrees. Image scale on Ceres is 1.9 miles (2.9 kilometers) per pixel. Ceres has an average diameter of about 590 miles (950 kilometers).
Dawn's mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate's Discovery Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The University of California, Los Angeles, is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, the Italian Space Agency and the Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team. For a complete list of acknowledgments, http://dawn.jpl.nasa.g
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/ID
Studies show that people will often act in ways consistent with how they are treated. Therefore, treating someone according to a stereotype will likely produce behavior that confirms the stereotype. This is called a self-fulfilling stereotype.
Consider Rick Genest:
I hated pretty much everything and everybody. I just wanted to pass out in the gutter and swear at cars as they went by, shit like that. I wasn’t a happy person at all. That’s why I got the skull tattooed on my face in the first place, I suppose—I wanted to fucking kill everybody.
But that’s not how it worked out. His tattoos didn’t freak everyone out and ruin their day; people loved them. They flocked to him. They complimented him and took pictures with him. And Genest began to feel… good.
…since having them done I’ve become a much happier and nicer person… I started getting all this positive feedback – people would come up to me and say how cool they thought it looked. I started getting invited to parties and bars all the time. Strangers ask to have pictures taken with me.
I’ve been having so much fun with it that life has definitely changed for the better. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing… not that I have much choice in the matter.
So basically his tattoos were a big fuck you to the world. He “hated pretty much everything and everybody.” But they inspired others to start treating him positively and, in response, he became a positive person.
Sometime after this article was published, Genest was “discovered” and since then he’s done quite a bit of modeling and acting. His life is certainly different now, but the happiness his tattoos brought him didn’t come from the fame and fortune, it came before all that, just from people being friendly. An awesome example of the self-fulfilling stereotype.
NOTE: This post appeared in 2009 and was fleshed out for a two-page essay for Contexts magazine.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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.
( Mild incoherence and gay wizards under cut. )
... Seriously, though, this sounds like it could be incorporated in some kind of story.
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.
"You know, you are allowed to use the front door, no matter what your father may tell you," Charles says, but it's a token protest. Wanda is sniffling and there are tears in her eyes. Pietro, as usual, looks surly and defiant and so very much like Erik, even if he imagines Erik was not quite this petulant at Pietro's seven years. "Oh, come here, darling," he says, and Wanda jumps down allows Charles to hug her. It's a little awkward--she's hugging him from the side, leaning up against the wheel of his chair--but he can feel some of the tension dissipate as she sniffles against his shoulder.
"Papa is mean," Wanda says, her voice wobbling.
"I’m witness to the commons and the institutions of the people’s rule
the parents take their kids to local parks and then their kids head off to school
you might see the same old story, greed and profit’s allegory
I see kids who go to school
a vote for one, a vote for all, a right to silence, one free call
you’ll need a warrant for that, no, she won’t sit in the back
and yes, we’re still abolishing all slavery
every kind of slavery"
♥ Little Birds by winterhill
"Bird AU. Erik is a lone kestrel on a mission to destroy the great golden eagle who killed his mother. Charles is an abandoned pet dove with no fear and a dream of making a place where the little birds can fly free. They don’t quite want the same thing, but together they’ll change the world."
Today on What Cake Frosting Makes More Delicious: peanut butter sandwiches. Brilliant.
'cause they ain't never seen nothing like us, ain't heard loud 'til we turn it up
I got the wild, you got the crazy, you know that's why I love you baby
'cause your motor runs just as fast as mine, pedal to the metal
keep your throttle down all night and we only get one life
ain't scared to ride this train, make a few marks, leave a few stains
might slam just a little too hard, might take it just a little too far
might burn out like a firework, like a shooting star across the sky
and we may not be around in 20 years but they're sure gonna know we were here
yeah, they're sure gonna know we were here"
--jason aldean, "gonna know we were here"
Alex and I went to the Chinese American Museum today, which was lovely, and walked around Olvera Street after (IN A T-SHIRT!!!), which was incredibly charming, if touristy. All in all it was a great afternoon. Hilariously, they were filming on the street where the entrance to the Chinese American Museum was, so we had to go in through a random emergency exit door. Hashtag L.A. problems.
I've caught up on Agent Carter, which I really enjoyed, though I'm still really disappointed by the lack of POC.
I've been really terrible about being on DW/LJ. Sigh. Fandom feels broken for me, but I don't know how to fix it. MJ is soon, so hopefully that will help, but I've always felt pretty isolated and detached from fandom even before it fractured and migrated to either twitter or tumblr, so who knows.
In the Flesh has taken over my life. The only Luke Newberry/Emmett J. Scanlan RPF on AO3 is in Russian, so obviously I've started a WIP because I am trash. I am also continuing my yearly tradition of finishing my picfor1000 story late, but I didn't really have any inspiration until I jumped headlong into In The Flesh, so I have about 250 words of that and will probably finish it soon.
Then it was delayed because the pilot was arriving late from Houston. Then it was delayed as they packed it full of refugees from delayed and canceled flights. Then it was delayed while they straightened out the multiple people with duplicate boarding passes. Then it was delayed because the tug that was supposed to pull us back from the gate couldn't budge the plane in the snow. Now it's delayed because the bigger tug they sent in can't do it either, and they're trying to plow the tarmac so the tug can make headway.
When we finally manage to get out of the gate, we'll be delayed further while we line up for de-icing. But since we have in fact closed the jetway, United considers us to have "departed."
WAIT WAIT WE'RE ACTUALLY MOVING. On to de-icing. With luck we'll be off the ground within an hour? Our row-mate is off a flight that left the gate, went to de-icing, sat around waiting so long it had to go to de-icing again, and then had driven around the airport so much that it had to go back to the gate to refuel. At which point they gave up and canceled the flight.
They still maintain that they will get us to LA tonight. Fingers crossed!
(We've stopped moving again.)
ETA: it's 8:50 pm and the first officer just came on the PA and told us that we're next in line for de-icing, but also getting close to the time when he and the captain will be unable to fly the plane, because of how long they'll have been working nonstop by then. So if we can keep moving forward, we might be off the ground in 45 minutes, but if not it's game over.
OMG ITS 9:10 AND WE'RE TAKING OFF NOW
Go Canada! I support you in your Spockish endeavors!
1. Close loopholes on corporate taxes
2. Significantly increase taxes on the top 5%
3. Use increased tax revenue from (1) and (2) to employ people for massive infrastructure repair
4. Raise the minimum wage
5. Nationalize all banks and major industries under workers’ control without compensation and install a workers’ government that will use state power to protect the working class from the police, counterrevolutionaries, and other thugs of the corporations
In a pinch, we could probably skip 1-4.
And, of course, the recipe. (Which, for the record, is my great-grandmother's, and everyone who has ever tried them agrees they are the Best Possible Hamentaschen.)
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine (Crisco if you want ’em pareve)
2 T orange juice
Filling of choice– poppyseed, prune, blueberry or cherry pie filling, various jams, chocolate, Nutella. My personal preference is for good-quality jam or preserves, the kind that use real sugar and not corn syrup. I have had especially good luck with peach, raspberry, and lemon curd.
Mix sugar, flour, BP, salt in bowl; work in softened (NOT melted) butter
separate bowl– mix egg and OJ, then add to rest of ingredients; mix until it’s dough.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Roll out, cut into circles– use a cookie cutter or a large drinking glass for this. Place large spoonful of filling in center of each circle, and pinch dough into a triangle around it. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
Cookies will be crisp when they first come out of the oven, but seal them in Tupperware for the night and they will get soft and ridiculously delicious.
I think applause could be incorporated into a comedy vid (and, again, I'm pretty sure it has been...The Man Song vid for the Sentinel, maybe?), but what about a serious bizness vid? Is it too disruptive?
The Free State has closed for the day and I would be tempted out by the smell of snow-scrubbed air except that I'm sick and in pain - have a cold and stepped on black ice Tuesday night - only my backpack saved me from a concussion - was okay yesterday, but today I just hurrrrt. Trying to write.
- Writer Shawna Benson examined patterns of fandom growth and activity that she'd observed while moderating social media for The 100's Writers’ Room, as well as social media lessons learned. "Yes, we sell the US shows to other countries, but what do we do to accommodate those fanbases which spring up in other countries? Suddenly, the 'official' accounts feel less useful. They don’t get the CW in the UK, Australia, Brazil, France or Spain, or even Canada — the main countries which outside of the U.S. watch The 100. How do we accommodate those fans? The official accounts are restricted in this. Guess what? Writers’ rooms are not."
- As part of International Fanworks Day, LiveJournal community Mari di Challenge interviewed OTW Translation Committee chairs Hele Braunstein and Priscilla del Cima about the committee's work (article in Italian). Both spoke about their fannish backgrounds, how AO3 fits together with the OTW and its other projects, how the organization sustains those projects financially and personnel-wise, what the OTW's vision of fandom is, and what changes might happen in the next five years.
- Book review blogger Traci began a series of posts about the OTW. "I was recently reading an article and it was mentioned that media seems to 'see bronies as far more newsworthy that Organization for Transformative Works or the Vlogbrothers' Nerdfighter movement.' Now, I see a lot of things about Nerfighters, and the Green brothers in particular, but have not seen much on OTW outside of those in the know. So I decided to fangirl all over one of my favorite organizations for a post. Then I realized that I would need at least a couple posts to fully share my love and appreciation."
- The Verge's Entertainment Editor Emily Yoshida discussed her discovery of fanfiction on the StarWarsChicks.com posting board. "One of the first things I was drawn to besides the message board was...The Library, it was a fanfic archive of the stories everyone in the community had written." She was asked to speculate about why fanfic writers seemed to be mostly by female writers. She suggested that the medium of writing was better suited to women. "It's non-visual, it takes a long time to read somebody's whole novel...and that's the payoff is this expectation and this waiting and this buildup...but it gets that same kind of following and addictive aspect to it." (No transcript available).
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