Sticking with Another Brief One

“Remember when I said that [insert whatever was promised in previous post]? I lied!” – Terry Meena the Third

Did you get the reference? No? Dang… I might be getting old.

Well, I’ve got some good news and a bad one. I guess I should start with the bad one and get it out of the way. Sadly, I was not able to get into the research mode as I had hoped. So, I won’t be able to share much in this post, or any for that matter. That was whole reason for that silly start on this post, to ease the blow a little I guess. Did it work? Oh, well. I still have the book that my classmate, Jeanne, trusted me with (and I promise to keep it safe) for at least another week, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to go over it this week, especially now that I have quite the spare time, which I’ll get to in a minute. I also managed to find a couple of more interesting articles to go over. They’re relativly short, so it won’t be too much of a burden (hopefully).

Now onto the good news. I’ve finally completed Act 2 of the story. Man, it really feels great to be able to say that. It’s over! Well, at least for now. Until I began to dread my time limitations for the next act. A couple of things that I’ve “discovered” (re-discovered?) this past week, that I should mention, include my method of writing, or rather the strategy of how to approach it, and once again the implementation of themes. Let’s actually get into that first. I had been concerning myself over how to implement the themes that I wanted to… well, implement, into the story. As I finished Act 2, I realized that all my worries were naught. As in, I do not need to do anything specific to accomplish what I need, the themes basically implement themselves, as long as I’m conscious of them while writing. I just wish that everything else in life were that easy. Then again, perhaps that’d a bit too steal, right? You need a little bit of challange every once in a while. What am I saying? I love challanges.

Anyways, the other so-called “discovery” was in relation with relocating, the strategy to boost creativity. I’ve mentioned in my previous post that the approach, or the strategy, or whatever you wish to call it, was becoming less effective somehow. Again, I came to the realization that it’s not necessarily the relocation, it’s the campus. It’s too crowded. During the summer time, when we had that (awesome) Writer’s Retreat course, the campus was quite empty, and I could just find anywhere to sit and enjoy myself writing. Now, I need to find a space and it’s really difficult. The library is always full until around the evening. The Starbucks is also full. Even some of the chairs and desks randomly placed on faculty floors are often taken. That unfortunately causes me to lose inspration and the will. So, in the end, after waiting for someone to leave so I can take their spot, I could not bring myself to get into “the zone”. However, I manage to find a comfortable spot right away, I’m good to go. With my computer in front of me, and a cup a coffee to boost by the side… Let’s go! Or, at least that’s my theory for now. I could be totally wrong, and what I claimed last week, having assimilated into the whole thing, might turned out to be true after all. Let’s hope not.

Is that everything? You know I’m begining to feel as if I’m repeating myself. I really miss quotations and citations (oddly enough), so I’m hoping that I’ll get some research stuff done for the eventual Lit Review. The fingers… no, I refuse to say it!

[six] MORE PROGRESS kinda

Well last week was great for revelations, huh. Now that I’m on a Path, I’ve got an idea of where to go, but…

whERE DO I  S T A R T.?

Just kidding, I have places to start. Been looking up Henry Jenkins and his research. And by that I mean I have one book on its way via interlibrary loan, and two others of his in my tabs. I think I actually cited one of his works, Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture, in my NetNarr Field Guide post from last semester.

So… that saves me from searching for one link. I actually just re-found that link… now. As I write this. I’m like banging the table I’m so happy. LESS WORK FOR ME. LOVE THAT FOR ME.

Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers (thank you, Mr. Jenkins, for using the Oxford comma; you’re cool) will probably do me a better service this time around, actually, since the Field Guide post was about fandom in general and my thesis is more about the participatory culture within it. And since participatory culture is, ah, in the title… It’s a no brainer, y’know?

So that’s cool. Felt like checking off a box even tho that box is just part of a bigger box that’s part of a bigger box that’s probably part of an even bigger box we’ll call Academic Part of Thesis. Smol achievements are achievements.

And speaking of smol achievements, I got to work on Creative Part of Thesis this week, too. More than anything I pretty much just rewrote/updated/changed up/cleaned up the portion that I already had done from E-Lit. I know it was originally a children’s story, and I do still want to maintain elements of it (like a false promise as the reader gets further and further from the owl story) but I’ve found myself having a bit of fun with it–adding a bit of sass from the narrator, mostly.

It just feels nice to get back to this story, I guess.

Anyway, I hope to finish Baby Owl’s main route for next week, maybe start on some of the offshoots from it (still BO’s POV, just working on the different choices) and start figuring out some other POVs, maybe working on Mama Owl’s.

Regardless of what I get to, I’m hyped.

Before I go, though!

I wanted to pop back to our discussion in class last week. We started a chat about online fandom discourse and exclusion. I could go on for a while about it, but in my recent perusals of KPOP Twitter (ok mostly BTS Twitter but don’t tell ARMYs I said that), fans can be found excluding other fans based on:

  1. Race (don’t get me started on the cultural appropriation arguments, do not)
  2. How much excess information you know
  3. How long you’ve been a fan (something I’ve struggled with, believe it or not)
  4. If you’ve gone to concerts, bought 878497 albums, bought merch, spent that $$$$$
  5. Whether you vote on music shows/award shows (it gets to a point where you need to block the voting hashtags)
  6. If you give attention to a group that is Not Your Group (I’ve seen notices going around warning fans not to do this… seriously…)
  7. Multi-fan (liking more than one group) v. “pure blood” fan (I have literally seen this term used)

Yeah. There’s a chance you could be targeted, reported, and kicked off Twitter for any or all of this. It’s a mess.

So… exclusion? We got it. It’s a sport at this point.

I just go on there for artist and fanfic updates at this point. Big shrug.

Sigh. Well, I don’t think I really had a point to this little rant, so I’ll leave it there.

L8r, y’all.

CM