intrigueing: (calvin & hobbes)
Although I was not a first-generation fan, Star Trek TOS was my first fandom (along with M*A*S*H and Harry Potter), and probably out of all my fandoms, the one that is most consistently near the front burner.

And so much of the appeal and timelessness of TOS was the characters and the ideas they embodied. Spock was a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable performance by Mr. Nimoy, alien-ness unsurpassed by any other Star Trek actor, in my opinion. Out of every single actor who I have seen play an alien character, Spock stands out, because of Nimoy.

It was the little things -- the way he moved, the way he held himself, the way he talked, the way he paid attention to the tiniest little details to imbue them with consistency, to make them Vulcan, so clearly and firmly committed to making every gesture and word authentic to the core, no slips into who's-going-to-know-the-difference laziness about keeping up the illusion of alien-ness -- no "normal", human-esque behavior, no moments where he broke character while in the background, or because the temptation to take the easy route and react the way humans would for dramatic effect was too great.

This happens so often with other actors playing aliens -- even the really, really, really good ones. There's always those moments, little moments, when their mask crumbles and that regular ol' 20th-21st century human actor peeps through. Often so small you don't notice it until you compare it to the sheer airtight-ness Mr. Nimoy brought to his illusion. It was a case of perfect plausible deniability -- there were none of those moments (after the Pilots, of course), that I can recall, where I could point to as a "tell," a moment of "oh, look, he's not an alien after all." Even his most human moments, like the single moment of absolute joy at the end of "Amok Time", the human-ness is still Spock's particular, unmistakable brand of humanity -- the character's humanity.

The performance of Vulcan-ness -- or Spock-ness, rather, for Spock's humanity was crucial to the character -- was absolute, and that made all the difference. I could believe with 100% unshaken suspension, in spite of cardboard sets, ridiculous special effects, garish makeup, and general '60s hilarity, that Spock was really a half-Vulcan scientist from the 23rd century. It sounds like a modest accomplishment, but when I try to think of any actor who played an alien the way he did? It's rare, so rare, so memorable, and so unique.

Sorry for the rambling entry, but I'm sure some of you know what I mean. I know I'll definitely be rewatching some of his best episodes tonight, and over the weekend. RIP.
intrigueing: (doctor who: magic box)
I remember when I was younger I used to always laugh at the bits in Sherlock Holmes stories where Holmes would deduce some person's belongings successfully because all the belongings made sense together. I'm sure he could have made lots of deductions about people's bookshelves. I don't know about mine though. Here are all the books just on my bedroom bookshelf, in the order they're sitting in at the moment, from left to right and up to down (which doesn't include all the books of mine in the apartment). What would Holmes deduce about me?:

Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" (Calvin and Hobbes collection) by Bill Watterson

Pogo by Walt Kelly (no title, copyright page says these strips are from 1949-1951)

Transmission of Light by Zen Master Keizan

The Best Illustrated Cocktail Recipes

Don Quixote Volume I by Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote Volume II by Miguel de Cervantes

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Zebra Three #1 (Starsky & Hutch fanzine)

Zebra Three #3 (Starsky & Hutch fanzine)

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

Avengers: The Kree/Skrull War

Five Great Short Stories by Anton Chekov

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC Comics)

"Is This Your First Purge, Miss?" (Doonesbury collection) by Garry Trudeau

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Helen's Babies by John Habberton

The Chocolate Lover's Cookbook (why the fuck isn't this in the kitchen...)

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J .K. Rowling

GRE Premier 2015 with 6 Practice Tests

The Complete Works of Beatrix Potter

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk by Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess


IDK?
intrigueing: (tww: 20 hours in america)
So, like several people on my flist, I'm jumping on the "when you see this, post 3 lines from 3 WIPs" bandwagon. This has the added benefit of motivating me to finish them faster, because I don't want to go around for months with those lines out in the open without posting the fic that goes with it. And of course, not exactly random selections, but lines that hopefully make a bit of sense in context.

1. The West Wing, prequel fic, Jed and Leo-centric

He made a stab at pulling himself to his feet on a nearby shopping cart before Jed's voice got any louder, but forgot to take the cart's wheels into account. He found himself deposited back on his stomach as the cart rolled out from under him with a half-hearted clatter, rolled a few parking spaces away, and came to a squeaky halt.

"Jesus Christ," growled Jed. He walked back, grabbed the back of Leo's belt, hauled him up like a duffel bag and propped him diagonally against the base of the streetlight. "I said just sit still. You got that through your fucking head?"

"Sorry," Leo sat still, feeling bad and then progressively worse about letting Jed down. He desperately wanted to ask Jed to get him a drink so he could stop feeling bad about it, which made him start laughing.


2. Starsky & Hutch, long decades-spanning snapshot series

"You kiddin'?" Starsky's eyes were dancing, and either didn't know or didn't care that Hutch could see it in the mirror's reflection. "Listen, Blintz, you better get all your romancin' in now, because if you're seen around with me after I'm back in shape, there ain't a woman with a lick of taste who's gonna take a second look at your ugly mug. On the beach, next summer? Who's gonna go for some balding chump with a mustache like that over a gorgeous guy who's clearly the biggest badass in California, and got the scars to prove it? Chicks can't resist the sight of 'em."

"Right," said Hutch, appraising Starsky's reflection with one raised eyebrow over the top of his newspaper, "I forgot that it's every woman's dream to sleep with a guy with only one nipple."

"Hey, that's one and a half nipples," muttered Starsky, frowning mournfully at his chest. "The doc said I'm gonna be able to see most of this one again once all the stitches come out."


3. Harry Potter, several decades post-epilogue

But at the end of the high table, Potter had his glasses tilted so that only one eye was covered, and was holding a piece of treacle tart aloft in one wizened hand. He was closing first one eye, then the other, as though he was taking turns between gazing at it like he'd never seen food before, and letting it go blurry.

"Well, they wouldn't let him teach if he was a complete nutter, would they?" said Neil, "My granddad was in the war, there's some times where he starts talking about stuff and can't stop, but he knows he's doing it."

Sean shook his head. "Nah, not like that. I don't mean he loses his grip or anything, it's just...well," Sean jabbed his fork in Potter's direction. "He always acts like he's just taken a swig of Felix Felices."
intrigueing: (spider-fail)
As usual for the past month or so, I only had the time to pop onto Fandom!Secrets for a couple minutes this evening, and I've been avoiding the GC thread because I know I will get stuck there forever when I don't have time. But a couple minutes was long enough to remind me of two fannish memories that make me very happy:

1. Krazy Kat is a thing that exists. If you have never read or heard of the comic strip Krazy Kat, it was a newspaper strip by George Herriman that ran from 1913 to 1944. It is about a cat, who is sometimes a male and sometimes a female, and has made meta jokes about this gender confusion, who is madly in love with a male mouse named Ignatz, who despises Krazy and conspires to throw a brick at her/his head in frustration for being hit on, in irritation because Krazy is sort of a dimwit, or just for the lulz. Sometimes, a policeman bulldog named Offissa Pupp will then chuck Ignatz in jail for said brick-throwing, while Krazy invariably thinks that the brick-throwing means Ignatz loves her/him back and cannot be convinced otherwise because of perfectly elegant and simple communication-fail of the most absolute kind: in Krazy's reality, every brick Ignatz throws is a declaration of his love, so Krazy pursues him more, and Ignatz throws more bricks at her/him, ad infinitum. Some variation or portion of this sequence of events happens or is referenced in every single strip. If you're wondering how a newspaper strip can survive for 31 years on that gag, let alone be named the greatest comic strip in history, all I can say is you have to read it. But remember the Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner cartoons where the entire plot of every cartoon was Wile E trying to kill or catch the Roadrunner and getting horribly injured by Acme products? Like that but about 500 times more complex on all levels -- visual, artistic, cultural, linguistic, structural, philosophical, logical, social, characterization-wise, etc. This is a good, though not definitive or complete, analysis.

Also, Ignatz does return Krazy's feelings, though he'd never ever say so. Just look:




2. Every time I re-read "I Don't Need Your Civil War" I start to wonder if, maybe, Marvel's Civil War just might be justified in existing because without it, "I Don't Need Your Civil War" would not exist. If you ever asked me to try to explain what that ineffable, glorious thing is that makes the Marvel comicsverse have such a distinct flavor that I cannot fall out of love with, ever, I would probably flail around vaguely about J Jonah Jameson, New York City, the epic Rube Goldberg-esque, Big Bang-esque explosion of a fictional universe that takes place between the 2nd and 7th years of Stan Lee's run on the Fantastic Four, and then try to show you "I Don't Need Your Civil War." I mean, just reading all the thumbnails in order is hilarious enough in itself.



intrigueing: (the simpsons: daddy's girl)
I literally spent several straight hours last night out dancing, and then danced some more with my dad after crashing at my parents' in anticipation for our big family dinner today, because of all the jazz being played on NPR on the drive home. Remind me to look more into Cab Calloway. As a consequence, I was out like a light when I got into bed and slept better than I have all month. Hopefully this will be good motivation to be more busy and active. It makes me a lot happier. Anyway, my belated 2014 fandom reflection courtesy of [personal profile] selenak :

Your main fandom of the year? I haven't had any new ones, but I have been indulging very deep in three old ones: Star Trek TOS, Starsky & Hutch, and Star Wars (mostly original trilogy).

Your favorite film watched this year?  Newly released? Guardians of the Galaxy by default (because I only watched three new movies this year). Old but new-to-me? Double Indemnity. Love it so much. Would've tempted me to go on a noir kick if I had the time :)

Your favorite book read this year? Don Quixote volume I. Basically dying of laughter on every page, which I did not expect because you know, old wordy translated tome of satire that was topical in 1605. I only bought the books because they were ancient (undated, but god knows how old given the physical state they're in) copies of an 1847 translation and I cannot resist stuff like that, and I only started reading it so I could truthfully tell people that I read part of it. I didn't expect them to be actually hilarious to me.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?: There are only three newly released songs I even know the names of off the top of my head: The River by Son Little, Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde, and All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor. IDK.

Your favorite TV show of the year?  Haven't been watching any new TV, but I did rewatch a lot of Star Trek TNG in order during the summer when I was staying with my family after graduating, and I swear it just gets better every time (and more ridiculous, but I can't begin to articulate how little I care about that.)

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?  I wouldn't say I discovered fanlore.org this year, because I've known about it since 2011 or 2012, but I only recently discovered what an amazing resource it is for information about old fandoms. Hence my in-depth revisiting of the three 2014 fandoms listed above ;)

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? I...can't think of many. Perhaps, simply a dark aspect of my best new fandom discovery: getting a nasty kick in the teeth on the subject of just how nasty the character-bashing fights in Star Wars fandom in the early 1980s, before and after Return of the Jedi was released were. I mean, I knew it by hearsay, but never read through the kind of ugliness it consisted of.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?  In September, buying a fanfiction zine that was first published in 1977 on ebay. I don't recall ever being that excited and squeeful - heart pounding, unable to sit still - about anything fandom-related since I was 16 or 17. Have you ever planned out a day carefully to be perfect in order to enjoy something you were anticipating? It was like that for me. I ordered it so that it would arrive when I had a half-day at work, made sure to have the afternoon and evening free, and then in order to savor it all alone in perfect solitude, I parked in a quiet spot and spent about half an hour just looking at the little details of it, the crumbling yellow pages and peeling faded ink, before even reading the stories. Because I am a dork.

The most missed of your old fandoms? This is going waaaay back, but I've been recently thinking about M*A*S*H a lot. M*A*S*H was one of my very first online fandoms ever, and the first one where I regularly participated in a discussion and interaction-heavy way, rather than only reading other people's fanfic. I was 14-15 years old (wow, 8-9 years ago, really?) and I participated and discussed and fanned on the bestcareanywhere.net forums. We had an amazing tight knit lively little community there, and I lied my ass off about my age (I think I said I was 20) and we talked about everything, absolutely everything, there were episode discussions, character discussions, fanfic reviews, general topics, off-topic/personal, and people would bring up and post new topics and activities almost every day. There was a completely insane guy (or probably a troll, but I was 14 and didn't get it yet) named John Cooper II aka Radar's Election Campaign Manager who wrote all characters' names in ALL CAPS and wrote the most befuddling posts and fic (google it and you might find some stuff about it) that we all mocked to death. I think forum style was probably even then (2006) getting outdated by LJ, and it saddens me that it has mostly gone by the wayside.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?  Specifically, I think The Americans. I've heard so much good stuff about it. More broadly, next year's Yuletide. I've been eavesdropping on my flist and other members of my communities' participation in it closely, and scooping up recs by the handful. But I am commitment-phobic and also too fucking lazy to ever learn the rules for exchanges and fests, so I've never actually done anything in it. Next year!


My Vaguely Fandom-related Resolutions

Daily
Write for either at least 40 minutes or at least 500 words, depending on the nature of the writing

Weekly
Make at least one DW post
Comment in more than one of my flist/circle's journal posts
Edit/revise a discrete section of something I've written so that the section works as a readable excerpt

Monthly
At least one new-to-me movie watched
Either one short fic posted or 3 chapters (or the equivalent length) of a long fic written
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Here's my overview of Issue #2 (first published in 1975) of the Star Trek TOS zine "Contact." I wrote about Issue #1 back here. This issue differs from the previous one mostly in that it has a larger variety of authors and artists. There are a lot more stories, and they have more variation in plot as well. The contents are pretty similar though - stories, art, several poems, songs, and the answers and winners of the games from Issue #1, plus a parody. Unfortunately, none of the stories in this issue were transcribed in regular text on contactzine.com, so you'll have to open the pdf on the page for issue #2 to read them. Issue #2 can be read as pdf and cbz over here, if you're interested. Fascinating stuff!

I like them better that way, to be honest -- I love the feeling of reading those old typed pages, with the same old typeface, formatting, and little visual quirks that the actual physical copy had. The little doodles, the way the poems' layout looks, etc. See for yourself! It has a very different and far more memorable effect than reading just the text copied into a modern blog post, stripped of its context. The feel is not nearly as palpable as the Zebra Three zine, since that was an actual physical vintage copy from 1979, and this is just an online PDF. Zebra Three I could hold in my hands and smell it and feel how soft the pages had been worn, how carefully I had to turn them, how old and faded the ink was, but it's still miles more "atmospheric" or whatever than a transcription of the text.

The artwork is leagues better than Issue #1. One of the artists (and poets) is Signe Langdon, who did a number of gorgeous illustrations for Zebra Three #1 and #3 as well. Some of the other illustrations, by Leslie Fish, have a really weird, distinctive woodcut-ish style that's pretty cool.

This issue was apparently dedicated to "Dr. Leonard McCoy, for the special contribution he brings to the Kirk/Spock relationship, and to DeForest Kelly, for making "Bones" such an integral part of the triad."

Awww!

Of course, in the actual zine content, there's just a couple of poems and one story (The Third Wheel) that really indicate this spirit. Most of them, like in issue #1, are focused on Kirk and Spock. However, it's really sweet to see how the editors and various authors have framed the "Kirk/Spock" relationship (btw, back here, lots of people back in this time apparently used the signage "Kirk/Spock" to just refer to the relationship, not to slash in particular) through McCoy's eyes.


All About That Bones )







intrigueing: (buffy eww)
Perhaps this is a good time to put out a post on my current (and everchanging) fannishness, as I've just acquired several subscriptions/accesses from the good folk at [personal profile] theladyscribe 's "if you build it, they will come" friending meme:

My journal looks pretty empty, yeah. All my fannish stuff is public, but I have written a great deal of fic unattached to this username in previous years that I will never 'fess up to. I have written a gigantic quantity of meta, but alas, it is all in the form of comments on various comms and journals (especially [community profile] fandomsecrets , [community profile] fail_fandomanon , and various non-DW/LJ platforms. My profile tells me that as of tonight I have logged 5,856 comments on this profile since July 2012. My eyes sort of bugged when I saw that.

So, I'm in transition at the moment: it was only this fall that I am finally starting to post my fic, meta, fic reviews, random fannishness, etc, on my journal. I'll update fairly regularly, and have sworn to complete a certain number of fics and fic reviews in the near future. My current interest is fandom history - old, old fandoms, old, old fanfics, and the whole culture they occurred in, which I've been studying through fanlore.org aka the most awesome fandom-related site ever. I'm in the middle of reviewing two 1970s Star Trek TOS and Starsky & Hutch fanzines. My plans after I finish doing that will be to write fics for Guardians of the Galaxy and Harry Potter and then more fic for several other fandoms as fast as I can, and post a wide variety of shortish fannish thoughts every few days. Sample thoughts I'm planning:
  • I've been feeling incredibly nostalgic for my time when I was immersed in DC and Marvel comics fandom - my happiest fandom time by a long shot - so there will probably be long rambling meta on Gotham City and Metropolis and the DC Universe as a whole and how Crisis on Infinite Earths is so important to its character and several other ideas. And about the Marvel Universe and community and how citizens can adapt to anything, including superheroes, as business-as-usual. My love for these fictional worlds knows no bounds.
  • I need to write that long fandom manifesto about how Starsky & Hutch is glorious and still compelling and underexplored in many different ways that are simultaneously not about and all about the unparalleled central partnership because it's all interconnected and essential for creating the context in which said partnership can exist. Half of that post will probably be eaten by musings about Watergate and me telling people to just read The Ollie Report instead.
  • I really honestly do need to write that Star Trek essay about the extremely enjoyable brain-bending one needs to do in order to suspend one's disbelief about a show about the future written by writers in the present. Which has been percolating in my brain since around 2009. I keep forgetting parts of it because I'm too lazy to write it down, eep!
  • I am strongly considering writing a series of fairy tale AUs/retellings for every single canonical work I have ever been fannish about. I can't figure out if this is a terrible idea or not
  • The sometimes Twlight-Zone-ish experience of being a gen fan who actually does love the hell out of slash and het and femslash, but gen just has that special place in one's heart that has nothing to do with being disinterested in romance and everything to do with that elusive vibe that's so hard to articulate in the context of shipping-heavy fandom.
  • A bunch of old classic movie reviews centering on "so I've watched this movie about 5 times but this time I noticed this other thing..."
  • It has only just occurred to me recently that I have never told a single soul anywhere, online or off, how much the character of Buffy Summers meant for me.

I'm mostly just saying this stuff so that I have at least perceived peer pressure to actually do it instead of just privately telling myself I'm totally going to do it, someday, for reals.

And while I probably can't do a specific day-by-day version of the December Talking Meme, I would be very open to suggestions for topics that I'll promise to answer sometime in December...

Thank you so much to everyone who subscribed. I am awkward about stuff like this, so I guess, Welcome!

ETA: Guess I should also pimp this friending meme from LJ:


( multi-fandom friending meme. )
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My first zine review was of the 1977 Starsky & Hutch zine "Zebra Three #1" which can be read here, if you're interested (always open to more comments!). However, since the zine not posted online, I unfortunately can't link to it and go "Read This!" The 1974-75 Star Trek TOS zines Contact #1 and #2 (and the rest of the issues), on the other hand, are posted online at contactzine.com - pdf and cbz scans are downloadable there, and several of the stories have been transcribed and posted in normal text too. I'm reviewing Issue #1 and Issue #2, so this time, you can read them yourselves if you want to see what I'm talking about. I'll review Issue #1 in this post, Issue #2 should be finished in a day or two (since this post was getting just way too long).

Briefly, from fanlore: Contact was perhaps the most influential Kirk & Spock relationship zine, and it has a well-deserved reputation for “heavy” stories that lavished a great deal of hurt/comfort on the characters...and the readers.

Yeah, that's pretty much Contact in a nutshell. It was all gen, mostly h/c, with a large number of proto-slashy fics. It was edited by two sisters, Nancy Kippax and Beverly Volker (both have since passed away, but Nancy Kippax has many glorious posts about old early fandom memories in a series called "Reminisce With Me" on her LJ.) Contactzine.com is run by Steven H. WIlson, Beverly Volker's son-in-law who is now a pretty big fanfic writer Star Trek tie-in writer and sci-fi profic writer. I peeked into the zine scans for the first time this past summer, and then read issue 1 and 2 cover to cover this October. While I'm a fanfic omnivore, gen is my biggest fandom love and my slash goggles have heavy-duty black spray paint on both lenses, so usually the only way I can ever really get into a slashy groove is when reading 100% unambiguous slash fics with a big black label reading "TYPE: SLASH" at the top, so if even I was eyebrow-raising Spock-style on multiple occasions, that's saying something. Not that every fic in these zines is like that, of course, but there's a distinct pattern.

Star Trek: The Original Series was one of my very first online fandoms. The very first fics - ever, in any fandom - I remember reading were the gen stories dating from 1975 by Sheila Clark and Valerie Piacentini at Scotpress.co.uk when I was 14. Back then I had absolutely no idea what a zine was, or for that matter what fanfic was, even though I'd been "writing" it in my head since I was 6 (fix-fics/missing-scene fics of Grimm's Fairy Tales, natch), so it was complete coincidence that some of the first fanfic I ever read was also some of the first fanfic ever published. However, given how interested I am now in fandom history, it's a pretty appropriate coincidence. I can't remember for the life of me what my reaction to the revelation that fanfic was a thing that existed outside my head was, but after all these years I still remember that my reaction to Scotpress was that I was taken aback by the description at the top: "stories mostly involve character interaction in an action-adventure format, leaning heavily on the relationship between Kirk, Spock and sometimes McCoy." I basically huffed "Sometimes McCoy? Why's Kirk and Spock the center of everything? Huh, these two chicks be crazy, with their weird Kirk & Spock obsession which sure as hell isn't shared by all TOS fans, right? Right?"

The Cult of Kirk & Spock, Kirk/Spock, and Kirk@Spock, if that's a thing )

Contact #1 The Party Post Deluxe )


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I recently found in my documents a 1/4 finished entry for a very old LJ meme (at least three years old and probably totally defunct). It asked to pick your favorite TV show fandoms and then answer the questions:

Show Title:
Episode Most Dear to Your Heart:

Episode You Think is Objectively the Best Quality:
An episode everyone likes that you don't:
An episode no one likes that you do:
An Underrated Episode:
The Series Finale: Good, Bad, or Ugly?
First Episode You Ever Watched:
Impression the
First Episode You Ever Watched Gave You: Good, Bad, or Misleading?

I decided to fill as many of them out as I could think of:

Read more... )

ETA: Added The X-Files at the reminder of [personal profile] wendelah1 
intrigueing: (mutts: little pink sock)
Remember that Starsky & Hutch zine review I posted a couple of weeks ago? The one where I referenced and linked fanlore.org a bunch of times? Well, I just discovered that some fanlore editor person apparently read that review and posted excepts of it to the fanlore pages for Zebra Three and hurt/comfort. Fanception! (...Do people still even make references like that or is that so 2011?)

I now feel a weird combo of super-self-conscious and ridiculously flattered. I mean, it was a lot of wordy emotional flailing, and if I ever realize that I got something that's now quoted there massively wrong due to the fact I was just shooting my mouth off for the whole review, I'm gonna be so embarrassed. But seriously, whoever you are mystery person who linked and quoted it -- thanks a hell of a lot. ♥

(It also occurs to me I have no idea whatsoever what the fanlore editing policy is. Which is probably good or I might not be able to resist wasting loads of my time info-dumping on the West Wing page...)
intrigueing: (tww: 20 hours in america)
My default state is to have about 5-8 plotbunnies for fanfics, usually very well fleshed-out in places and with some scenes written out in my head in painstaking detail, right down to the wording, floating around in my brain. I almost never actually write them, because I'm a lazy procrastinator, and turning my disjointed mental movie clips into fanfics written in actual goddamn words is like pulling teeth. But in moments when I'm bored or want to feel a certain way or think about a certain thing, I metaphorically pull one of them out and go over them, tinker with them, work on them all in my head. Barely ever write any of it down.

However, I've really come to the conclusion over the past few months that my procrastination wreaks havoc on my self-esteem. Whenever I succumb to it, I feel useless and small. I've just gotten so used to doing it for college papers during the past four years that it's etched into my self-perception - "lol, I'm not the type of person who can actually work on a writing project in a sustained way, and then finish it! Other people can do stuff like that, not me."

So, I think that working on actually writing my fanfics and completing them rather than letting them sit in my head gathering dust will be a really good self-esteem boosting exercise for me. And saying so to other people will give me the illusion of peer pressure, which is helpful. I felt really good about succeeding in writing and finishing that zine review/meta thingamajig in my previous post, after not posting any meta -- other than long boring analytical comments and PM exchanges -- in about a year. I haven't finished and posted a fic in about two years, so...we'll see.

Anyway, there was a thread on fandomsecrets the other night asking for fanfic plotbunnies and I contributed a less-detailed version of this list, and swore that I totally, seriously, genuinely am planning to write all of these at some point in the next...lets say 6 months. There, I said it. Now I'm much more likely to actually do it:

The West Wing, Harry Potter, Star Trek TNG and TOS, Starsky & Hutch, Doctor Who, and Frasier )

I'm detecting a distinct pattern here? I don't know what's with my thing for prequel/future/missing scene fics....


intrigueing: (harley quinn wants you to put on a happy)

A few weeks ago, I ordered a zine. Well, two zines, actually.  Issue #1 and Issue #3 of the Starsky & Hutch zine Zebra Three. They were published way back in 1977 and 1979 and issue #1 was the first Starsky & Hutch zine to ever be published. I guess I'm a huge nerd, because I was like OMG HISTORY and think this stuff is cool.

If you don't know what a zine is, just go here or here, because this post is already too long, tbh. And if you don't know much about Starsky & Hutch (hey that rhymes!), skim this, because the info there is a hell of a lot more relevant to the interests of someone reading about fandom than stuff like wikipedia.

See, for the past year or so, I've been on a huge fandom history kick, waxing and waning depending on how busy I was. I re-read the MsScribe Story for the ninth or so time of course, but I started reading up on a lot of older stuff too -- information about the history of certain fandom/fanfic tropes, and of old fandoms I was in. (You can’t grasp the sheer awesome that is X-Files fandom without understanding Usenet.) Out of the fandoms I'm in (not counting Sherlock Holmes, whose fandom was just...different) the oldest ones are Star Trek TOS, M*A*S*H, Star Wars, and Starsky & Hutch. And the goldmine of info about these is fanlore.org It has been my new addiction, the past few months.

I got particularly fascinated by the fanlore pages that had loads of excerpts from various old Starsky & Hutch letterzines, which were the discussion forums of the time, arguing about analyzing the show and the characters and the fandom and sending in envy-inducingly long and detailed reviews of then-current popular/good fanfics. The biggest takeaway I got from all this nerdy research was that a) seriously, zines were fascinating things, and b) the text of lots of fanfic in those zines has never made it to the internet and that is the saddest thing. Obviously, I just had to get my hands on one. So I did, and read it.

There were a whole bunch of different aspects to this, uh, experience, I guess. So I separated them out by category so you don't have to read the whole thing if you're not interested. But really -- no matter how long it's been since posting when you stumble across this review, I just wanna say that if anyone who reads this has read this zine or the stories in it before, I would be delighted to have your input and opinions in the comments :) There's just not enough of it online!

 

Zines and Fandom History: in which I use the word “old” to describe stuff from the ‘70s several times and piss off everyone who remembers the decade )


The Content of the Zine: Let’s party-post like it’s…uh…1977? )


Review of “Bomb Scare:” In which I compare Fanon to folklore to sound more self-important, and also make wild generalizations about casefic )


Review of “Mojave Crossing:” In which I claim sublimity is impossible to define, but then spend six paragraphs yakking about it anyway. Also, musings about the hurt/comfort genre )

 



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