[twelve] days of christmas

[EDIT: WAIT. OR IS IT WEEK 13.]

This has been A Joke™.

I’ll be here til December 19th.

Hope everyone had a lovely break and didn’t experience an overwhelming shock of plunging back into work life.

It feels like a lot but also not much has happened… Lemme explain.

Things You Missed/What’s Goin’ On:

  • I got a heater for my office bc it’s Dang Cold nowadays and this building doesn’t know what proper heating is.
  • Social Stress and I will leave it at that.
  • I got a touch-up on my tattoo. And now I want more tattoos. I have my eyes on Friday the 13th flashes but don’t tell my mom.
  • I put up all my animeNYC prints in my office. I think I’m the official weeb (please see Definition #2) of the English department. Fun fact: the definition relates to some things mentioned in a few interviews ayyyy we love when things come together in a tight knot of nonsense.
  • I have! Eight (8)! Interviews! Done!
    • And! Three (3)! More! Planned!
      • I know we said I’d do 10 in class but I lowkey highkey forgot that one of my friends said yes and my best friend was like “why don’t you interview _____?” and I was like. Well heck. That’d be pretty cool. And so now I have 3 more planned instead of 2. Resulting in 11 … I also have like 4 more in mind and 11 is a gross number and 15 is so nice but Would That Be Too Much? Honestly I’m like JennaMarbles. I too have a Too Much Gene. So I’m like Numb to thinking so.
        • Wait hold up that’s a cool thing to talk about, actually. Lemme link some stuff.
          Jenna Describing Her Too Much Gene (2:08-3:27) [there she is. the queen of my life]
          The Too Much Gene – Sarah Doty [wow did I ghostwrite this]
          I’m getting flashbacks to all the time I was extra as hell about projects. Like when I made a Wind Waker Link out of equations for my math class. Or the time I made a 7 foot long scarf that looked like the sword from Transistor for my Secret Santa. Or the time I made a 20 foot long 4th Doctor scarf instead of the actual 10 feet it’s supposed to be. Or the time I wrote 12 pages for my middle school “complete the horror story” project and my classmate wrote 2 sentences and it ended the story way better. Or any time I cosplay. Or the time I-
      • Anyway, it’s a thing.
      • But. Hm. Maybe 11 isn’t a gross number? Or I can just get 12? We’ll discuss in class, I guess.
  • I’m annotating my research. There are a bunch of post-its sticking out of Participatory Culture now. This week, I wanna see where I’m at. Get everything organized that I have so far research-wise and make an outline of sorts of the general ideas that are sticking with me. It feels like a broken-record effect since I did a similar thing at the beginning of the semester, but I suppose all research is broken-record like once you go from general topic search to narrowed focus. Anyway, I’m rambling.
  • I’ve started drafting the outline for my Self Documentary (or whatever it’s gonna be called) posts. I’m kind of using my interview script as the guideline for the posts, but not completely, as we’ve talked about. I want to have an intro post of sorts–an Episode 0, if you will–describing my overall experience with fandom in general, hitting questions like:
    • What does it mean to be a fan of something?
    • Have you been part of a fan community?
    • How important is/are your fandom(s) to you? Why is it important?
    • Has fandom experience played a part in your identity/how you identify yourself today? How so?
  • And perhaps the content creation question as well? Just for an overall view like how the other interviewees tackled the question. Then, in the later, fandom/era-specific posts, I’ll give more detailed case-by-case experience.

So. I think it’s coming along. I’m excited for the direction it’s taking but also scared I’ll overwhelm myself.

But hey, never stopped me before, y’know?

CM

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