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[personal profile] norah has reminded me that last year, prompted by [personal profile] cesperanza and others, a bunch of us did a "post each day for 30 days" challenge that started shortly after VVC and ran right through September. She's suggesting that we revive the challenge, to which I say YAY.

I am comitting to a start date of September 1, because my time between now and then is more than usually tight. But I may try to do at least a few lines daily in the next few days, just to get back in the swing of things a bit.

Who's in?

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Tuesday will mark five straight weeks of daily posting for me (...assuming I didn't just jinx myself), and I am going to try to continue to post regularly, but I am also giving myself permission to skip days as required to maintain functionality in other areas -- including the sequel challenge that [personal profile] mollyamory has proposed: responding to at least one DW/LJ post every day. My personal goal is to comment on at least one newly-posted post and one of the many (many, many) posts that I have open in tabs that I have been meaning to comment on for weeks, in some cases. At least one of them is from before VividCon. *facepalm*

I'm generally pretty good about responding to comments on my own journal, but my commenting elsewhere is... intermittent. And people on my reading list have been posting so many interesting things! So: time to look outward as well as inward.

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It's been a week, people. There's been the obvious emotional upheaval -- I have been on a hair trigger all week and on more than one occasion have had to excuse myself from a meeting or whatever to cry in the bathroom: dignified adulthood, party of 0 -- but also straight-up physical exhaustion; I brought home 40 student drafts last week and 2/3 of them had to be handed back on Tuesday and the other 1/3 by today, so I have been staying up past midnight and getting up at 5am and that is just not the way I live my life under normal circumstances, okay? I am really, really tired. (I do get a bit of a break this weekend, which is good.)

That I have survived as well as I have has been largely due to my students, who have gone above and beyond this week. I am so proud of them and so glad I get to hang out with them. Being in the classroom has been extra-draining, because I don't feel up to being ON like that, but it doesn't really matter how I feel, I *have* to be on -- and the reward is that by focusing on them, I can get out of my own head for a little while.

ETA: I should say: I am probably not going to be up to answering individual comments on Monday's post, but I appreciate them all so, so much. Thank you.




...so, hey, thirty posts in thirty days! Weird. I still have things to post from VVC and from London, I have some thoughts on Glee I want to try to post before the new season begins, and I will probably have at least a few things to say about the season premieres of some of the other shows starting up next week. I want to keep posting regularly, though perhaps not daily; the problem with daily posting is that I end up prioritizing posting over commenting, and thus I have weeks' worth of other people's posts open in tabs waiting for me to have the time *and* brainpower to comment. If the goal of 30-in-30 is to make things feel more friendly around here again -- and that has been the goal for me -- commenting is at least as important as posting.

Also important: vidding. My reasons for not-vidding lately are many and varied and only some of them have to do with being busy with other things -- pretty much all my vids have been made when I was busy (...or should have been busy) with other things anyway, so that excuse has always been flimsy. I am no workaholic and I do not live a life of constant toil, but I also don't generally have great sweeping vistas of free time stretching out before me, and yet somehow vidding has happened, albeit intermittently, over the last eleven years. I need to remember that that wasn't magic; I made it happen by making specific choices about my time and what I do with it.

...I have posted some version of that paragraph an embarrassing number of times over the years, but I'm largely at peace with that at this point; it is clearly one of those things that I just have to go on re-learning periodically. Ah well.

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It has been A Day. Not a bad day, just... A Day. I am really tired. But! Today marks daily posting for three weeks in a row, which I have never done before -- not even back in my heyday, circa 2003-04, when I posted several times a week. The only other time I've managed anywhere near this many consecutive posts was in 2011, the 30 Days of Vidding meme, when I managed to post daily for two weeks.

Anyway, my point is: I am tired, but I want to post! So here, have a here's luck and renenet show™ exchange that I found scribbled on the back of a receipt when I was clearing my desk the other day:
renenet: Wait, you're growing HOW many kinds of tomato?
here's luck: Seven!
renenet: Seven. And five kinds of eggplant.
here's luck: Yes!
renenet: You're crazy.
here's luck: Oh, and two varieties of spinach. But I'm only growing one kind of cucumber and one kind of melon.
renenet: Well, add all those up and you're 73 kinds of crazy.


I can tell this exchange is at least two years old because this year I am growing nine kinds of tomato and three kinds of melon, but only one kind of eggplant.

...what?

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I am going to try to post every day for 30 days -- thank you [personal profile] cesperanza for the push! -- though the sad thing is that I am way behind on DW/LJ (as in: have read hardly anything in the last week) because, first, VividCon, obviously, and then I got home late Monday night and as of Tuesday morning my life has been doing that pre-semester ALL THE CHAOS thing that it does every year (you would think I would learn! but no, apparently I will go to my grave surprised and indignant that the end of August is REALLY FUCKING BUSY). So people have been posting, which is awesome!, and I haven't had a chance to read, let alone comment, which is sad-making.

I don't feel especially sad about having been away from Tumblr for a week, though, which is actually what tipped me over into committing to regular posting for the next month.

Anyway! The problem I have been having with posting, as with so many things, is that I set completely unmanageable goals, like WRITE A BIG CON REPORT WHEE, and then it's too much and I can't do it and I feel like a failure. This is the problem -- really the only problem -- with having overachieving friends who write amazingly detailed con reports. *cough*

So -- I am going to try to post in bits and pieces, which means that I may be writing about VVC for weeks, to say nothing of the theatre productions I saw back in June and really do intend to finish posting about... eventually.

I want to post at some point about panels (so many good panels omg) and vidshows and individual vids, and those posts will probably be of more general interest, but this post is about the people, because that's what I most want to remember.

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...and I've stayed up past my bedtime writing just that much, but -- VIVIDCON, you guys. One of the best weekends of my entire year.

More tomorrow.

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First: hi, new people! We've reached that point in the semester where I vacillate between posting nothing (because I'm busy grading) and posting a lot (because I'm avoiding grading). This year I'm trying to limit my procrastination to vidding rather than random posting. We'll see how that goes.

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Ten years ago today I made my first LJ post.

Reading LJ posts by vonniek and [personal profile] coffeeandink and [personal profile] bonibaru was my first exposure to fandom beyond the Nummy Treat mailing list for Buffy vidders. Every Tuesday night after Buffy aired I'd load up their LJs and hit refresh until they posted something (which I could do with impunity because sometime in 2001 I'd ditched my 56k dialup and acquired a cable modem, ooooooh). And then I managed to weasel an invite code out of somebody and had my own LJ. Whee!

Fandom's changed a lot since then. I have a whole post brewing about DW/LJ and Tumblr, and how I have come to genuinely enjoy and value Tumblr (even as I am occasionally baffled by it and frequently frustrated by its culture of sloppy metadata) but still experience it as supplemental to DW/LJ.

But I don't have the brainpower to finish that post right now, so instead I'll just say, to all the folks I followed here and the ones I've hung out with since: It's been a blast. It still is. Having this venue in which to share and celebrate things I love (and occasionally vent about things I don't) has been one of my great joys (and stress relievers) of the last ten years, and has buoyed me up at some really critical moments.

I can't imagine my life without fandom. And whatever form fandom takes in the next ten years, whatever platforms we adopt or adapt or invent, I'm grateful to have had this space in which to develop so many of the best fannish relationships -- and friendships -- in my life. ♥

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I've had DW crossposting set up for a while now, but haven't fully made the move to DW — largely because I couldn't get my journal and reading list to look the way I wanted them to, which is to say to look basically just like my LJ. I didn't realize until I started trying to use DW just how completely I associate the layout of my LJ with the experience of reading it; everything else (even perfectly nice layouts!) just looked... wrong. I've had the same LJ layout for at least seven years, okay? I don't deal well with change!

So I have poked and prodded the DW CSS and come up with a reasonable facsimile. And now I am ready to officially make the move to DW! I will still be crossposting to LJ, and at this point I'm not even going to bother to consolidate comments, but I am shifting to thinking of DW as "home" and LJ as "auxiliary."

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Dear kind anonymous donor,

Thank you for the Dreamwidth points! If your goal was to nudge me to move over to DW more quickly than I'd planned, I think you've achieved it.

gratefully,

h.l

...and while I'm at it: another thank-you to [personal profile] damned_colonial for the gift of paid time at DW!

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So for a while there I was checking in with Teh Internets only sporadically, and thus I kind of missed the whole Dreamwidth thing, except that then I somehow ended up with an invite code. (I don't even know.) So I have set up shop at Dreamwidth, where by "set up shop" I mean I copied over my LJ bio and some interests and thought briefly about adding icons or trying to port over old content or figuring out how to crosspost... and then came to my senses and realized that there's no way any of that is getting done for a month or more. Not that it makes much difference either way, given how little I've been posting lately.

All of which is to say that I am LJ-only for the foreseeable future in terms of my reading list, but I'm logged into DW in order to be able to read and comment on DW posts whose authors are centralizing comments at DW. So if you want to grant me access to stuff, knock yourself out. I have no idea how this works in terms of crossposts showing up on my LJ reading list, but I'm sure those of you actually crossposting have figured it out; I leave it in your capable hands.

Setting up my DW account got me thinking about my handle, and how if I had it to do over again I would choose an actual name rather than the title of a Honeydogs CD. Though actually this is probably wishful thinking on my part, and I would simply have ended up with a different album title, like kitchenradio or emblems or longknives or softlife or wehavethefacts or paratodavida. That last one would actually have been sort of convenient — I could have gone with paratodavids for the vid site domain.

It's possible that I've thought waaaaaaaay too much about this.

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July 3, 2007: I reported on handing off the BMVD. (Still happy about that OMG.)

July 3, 2006: No post; I was having a meltdown about moving and vidding and, uh, pretty much my entire life.

July 3, 2005: Okay, this one is the reason I decided to do this post. I reported on my sudden tumble into mainlining Gilmore Girls and mentioned my first Gilmore Girls vid idea... which is the vid I finished last week for this year's VVC Premieres show. Whee!

July 3, 2004: I reported on my farmers' market visit and on preparations to help get truepenny and mirrorthaw's house ready for move-in.

July 3, 2003: I moved my vids and vidsite to my very own domain.

July 2, 2002: Didn't have an LJ yet, but I posted a new vid ("Real"). It was the second vid I'd posted within ten days. (Pardon me while I weep with laughter for a moment.) I'd posted a puzzled musing on blogs and LiveJournals on June 26; I got my own LJ account about seven weeks later. Heh.

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Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, or haven't blogged about recently, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on slash, favorite type of underwear, vidding techniques, etc.

Repost in your own journal if you are so inclined.

Of course, I haven't really written about much of anything lately, but spring break is coming up and I'll have to take at least a few breaks from vidding, right? So even though I have a giant backlog of partially-written posts (last count: around 40), I hereby invite you to add something to my list.

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sdwolfpup and boniblithe have been posting in the last few days about reaching LJ milestones; out of curiosity, I checked my own stats, and discovered that today is the fourth anniversary of my first LJ post.

In honor of the occasion, I have pulled out and spruced up one of the many little ramblings currently in my folder of LJ Posts To Maybe Someday Finish. I'm not sure I've finished this one, exactly, but here you go.

This post began as an attempt to think through the question: How well do people know me if they don't know about my fannish life?

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I finally got tired of the underscore. heresluck it is.

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I've been enjoying reading and responding to this meme in others' journals (partly because renenet has been doing a lot of the work for me...), so sign me up too:

Part of being on Livejournal.com is inevitably gaining a number of LJ buddies. Unfortunately, as time wears on, it's easy to forget where all of them came from. Post this in your journal and have your friends respond with how they recall first 'meeting' you.

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Having spent some time this afternoon doing actual work, I'm now back to goofing off. I made the mistake of opening the folder of "LJ posts in progress," which is a weird jumble of stuff about music, books, politics, academia, Firefly, Farscape, and squash soup. I promptly felt overwhelmed.

This got me thinking about LJ audience and the relationship, if any, between what I post and what people read. I mean, I study rhetoric and rhetorical situations, including the tension between actual, narrative, and ideal audiences. This stuff interests me. I know how *I* perceive this blog, but I realized that in most cases I have little to no idea how the folks on my "friends of" list got there or why you've stayed, whether there are additional lurkers about, etc.

So, in the spirit of academic inquiry, I thought I'd just ask. Just so you know, answers probably won't influence what I actually post; I'm merely curious. I don't know whether people without LJ accounts can vote in the poll, but anonymous comments on the subject are welcome.

Poll #290940
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 75

why did you originally start reading this blog? (check whatever's relevant)

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"um... you added me first?"
0 (0.0%)
bonibaru linked to something
0 (0.0%)
coffeeandink linked to something
3 (4.0%)
truepenny linked to something
3 (4.0%)
saw vids online
11 (14.7%)
saw vids at VividCon
2 (2.7%)
met at VividCon
0 (0.0%)
BtVS musings
2 (2.7%)
Farscape episode notes
5 (6.7%)
stuff about books
0 (0.0%)
stuff about academia
0 (0.0%)
stuff about food
0 (0.0%)
other (explain in comments)
3 (4.0%)

what do you actually read for now that you're here? (check whatever's relevant)

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pretty much everything
29 (38.7%)
commentary on the vidding process
0 (0.0%)
vid announcements
0 (0.0%)
posts about BtVS and/or Firefly
1 (1.3%)
posts about music
0 (0.0%)
posts about books
0 (0.0%)
posts about movies
0 (0.0%)
Farscape ep notes
0 (0.0%)
farmer's market posts
0 (0.0%)
recipes
0 (0.0%)
monday poems
0 (0.0%)
general academic geekery
0 (0.0%)
teaching-related geekery
0 (0.0%)
fascinating details of personal life
1 (1.3%)

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I noticed recently that more folks have added this LJ to their friends list, and since explanations of friend-list policies have been going around (coffeeandink beat me to it earlier this morning), I decided it's time for one here as well. So, at the risk of being typically meta but perhaps more than usually self-involved:

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Swiped from everyone under the sun...

jess79 95%
stakebait 95%
sisabet 91%
velvetglove 87%
boxofdelights 85%
elynross 84%
tzikeh 84%
green_luv 76%
sockkpuppett 76%
renenet 76%
overworked 75%
pdcawley 69%
jainieg 61%
bonibaru 60%
How compatible with me are YOU?


:::looks at results:::

Clearly, it's time for VividCon.

I should note that I am inherently skeptical of any quiz or other assessment mechanism that forces me to choose between "emo," "geek," "grrl" (which should be "grrrl," by the way), "indie," and "slacker." A case could be made that much of my life has been the carefully negotiated suspension of self amongst the different yet not incompatible qualities represented by those so-called "genres."

Of course, if they hadn't meant music, the fact that I just used the phrase "carefully negotiated suspension of self" is a pretty clear indicator that I would have had to choose "geek."

ETA: updated to reflect that renenet and sisabet are now on my list!

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I have six — yes, six — posts in progress, sitting on my desktop and looking at me accusingly. Topics: quality, part 2 (a follow-up to the original post about quality; more observations about The Two Towers; thematic stuff in BtVS S7; two music roundups; and, of course, vegetables.

I had fully intended to finish and post at least one and possibly two of them by tonight. But no, I've spent half the afternoon and most of the evening coding a website for my labor union. I actually spent time on it and made it look nice and stuff. I probably shouldn't have bothered, because, honestly, who's gonna care? Grr, argh.

Now it's approaching bedtime and I'm filled with a sense of vague irritation that's only slightly offset by the pleased-with-myself "I made this!" feeling that usually accompanies coding. And am I working on any of the posts I wanted to finish? No. I'm sitting here foisting my crankiness on you, poor unsuspecting reader.

When I'm annoying even myself? It's time to call it a night. I'm going to go get under the covers with a cat and a Jane Austen novel and see if I can attain a little sweetness and light, or at least dry humor, through sheer force of will.

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So I've just designated a bunch of LJers as "friends," which feels weird, I have to say. It's much easier than walking up to someone at a party and introducing oneself (although I find stabbing myself with a fork easier than doing that--I'm much more reserved than you might guess from reading my chaotic ramblings over at paper cup), but it's still weird. I mean, with a few exceptions, these people probably don't have the faintest idea who I am, which is fine, of course, but I'm thinking about what it would be like to have some random person suddenly appear on one's "friend of" list... hmmm.

I'm not ambivalent about what the designation does; these are folks whose blogs I've been reading sporadically for some time now, and being able to have their most recent entries all in one place rather than having to make the rounds is definitely convenient. It's the term "friend" that feels a little strange to me. I mean, it'd be great to become friends, or friendly, with these people--they're smart, and thoughtful, and frequently weird. All good things. But it's a really... I want to say "arbitrary" but that's not what I mean... It's just misleading. (Then again, "people whose LJs I've been lurking on for a few months with little to no commenting" is a pretty cumbersome phrase.) Plus it's a really specific kind of speech act, one not usually associated with friendship. "You are my friend!" Not unlike "I pronounce you husband and wife." Except, of course, requiring much less mutual feeling.

Good god. I just referenced speech act theory in my LJ. I'm not sure whether this is completely inevitable or a sign that the final days are upon us. To the probable dismay of anyone reading this (except renenet, who's used to it and does the same sort of thing), I'm fairly certain it's the former.

And here I promised laundry and salsa. Well, maybe salsa narrative later this week (it turned out very well, as did the roasted eggplant pizza I made for Sunday Night Pizza & Buffy). Also maybe nice normal things like commentary on books I'm reading.

In all seriousness, I'm still trying to figure out what this journal is going to be and do--what relationship, for example, it will have to my paper journal. The theme at the moment, in the icons at least, is music obsessions, which is certainly important and is likely to get a fair amount of my attention. I think almost if not entirely all the people on my friends list are folks I found through links to BtVS analysis, commentary, ranting, etc, but I'm not really sure how big a part of this LJ BtVS fannishness will be; I spend so much of my online time thinking about and working on that sort of thing, and there actually are other things I'm interested in. No, really. I promise.

Yeah, whatever. We'll see how long I can stick to my goal of well-roundedness once Season 7 starts. Is it September 24th yet?

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