Flipping Through the Pages

Well, we are in mid-November now, and there is nothing that signals the coming end of a project than receiving the due date for it. I have one full month (and a few days) left to work on the story. I haven’t made it into the final “strides” of the “race” just yet, but it’s really close. I can actually see the “finish line”.

I’ve begun to look in to some of the available applications online that I could use to present my work. My idea, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, was creating a digital flipbook. There appears to be a lot of websites that provide applications that create flipbooks by converting PDF files. Each one seems to have its own set of customization options, which is good. Though, I’d be lying if I’ve said that I had no concerns whatsoever. The first concern of mine consists of the requirement of purchase for the full version of the application, which I’m not fully convinced that it’s worth it for now. Every website that I’ve managed to find, even the Top 10 Free lists, only includes link to Free Trial version of the application that seems to leave watermark on the pages, which I honestly do not want. I appreciate the company that designed the program but I do not feel the need to promote them. Or perhaps, they’d be promoting me? Speaking of, my second concern is about the copyright issue. Before digging into this whole Flipbook land, I had a slight trepidation on whether the available applications were going to allow me to play with certain ideas that I had for the presentation or not. The little did I know that the real concern was actually with the Terms and Conditions Agreement of the usage of the application. I haven’t had a chance to read every single one but some of these agreements allude to the fact that they share a claim on the product once you use their program which is not too hot for me. Unless I actually manage to find a (truly) free application with more fair(?) terms, I might actually go with the suggestion of creating a simple proof of concept, basically creating a few pages based on the prologue of the story, and submit the rest of it in a Word document. In case you’re wondering what a digital Flipbook looks like, there are some samples on this website, right here: https://flippingbook.com/online-flipbook. There might be some compatibility issues with the browser. In that case, you might want to try it on another one. It looks neat though, doesn’t it? I have to admit, checking out all this design applications made me want to go back to the art aspect of the project and continue to do some drawings for it. Once I finish writing the portion of the story that I’m currently working on, I might actually focus on that for a while. Why not? A little change of pace can help… even though the time is of the essence.

Since we’re on the topic, I guess a little bit of update on the writing aspect is expected. I’m happy to say that I’m almost done. Obviously not done by the overall story (I wish) but reaching the goal that I had set for myself, which was getting to Chapter 30. I feel like I need one final boost of energy-filled and inspirational writing day to finish it all. If only I could create one for myself on a whim. It’s not very fun to put words on a document with utmost reluctancy. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: “If you’re going to do something, then do it right.” I don’t want to write for the sake of writing something. The result is never on par with my expectations. Still, I’m quite certain that I’ll be able to finish it by due date. Ironically, I’ve begun to worry about something else now. It’s no longer the completion of the project but rather completing it in a satisfying way that concerns me. I’m getting the feeling that the final portion of the story is going to feel a bit rushed. I’m basically trading one concern for another, it seems. As I’ve talked about it in one of my previous blog posts, the story sometimes takes on its own life and new things that were not expected come to fruition, which in turn prolongs the process. There are always new developments in the story that I find myself working on, and they may (or may not) alter some of the outcomes that I had planned for the characters, which could also change the ending in a way. If I had more time to work on it —which is certainly the classic excuse of every writer out there, I could flesh out certain aspects in more… breathable space, so to speak. Of course, just because the story needs to be completed by a certain date does not mean that I’ll be abandoning it once I get my grade. I have every intention of expanding and revising it, even after I graduate. I’m just not so sure about how I personally might feel about the version I submit as my thesis. Then again, it might end up being (much) better than I fear. We’ll see when we get there… by December 20th… only a month away… Oh, no!!!

[ten] Legit Progress, It Seems

Don’t really have much to say this week aside from that I got two interviews done! And it was a really cool experience, and definitely as difficult as I thought it would be to not jump into a conversation with the person.

Podcast is sounding more and more tempting as this project develops.

I’d love to do more of these interviews. Now that the initial Fear is gone, I’m hyped to get more people’s stories and perspectives. For now, though, I’ll start transcribing those interviews and see about setting up more in the upcoming weeks. [thumbs-up]

Also! I was able to renew Participatory Culture, so I have more time with that. I’ve been reading through and marking passages that go with my project and found a quote I like:

Fandom is born out of fascination and some frustration. If you weren’t fascinated, you wouldn’t continue to engage as a fan. If you weren’t frustrated, you often wouldn’t continue to rewrite and reinvent. (Jenkins, Ito, & boyd, 2016)

And wow if that ain’t true.

Take that one fanfic I wrote 9 years ago. It stemmed from my frustration in a series (which was 100% separate from the original manga) that killed off a main character that I thought was so weirdly interesting and such a terrible person and had z e r o redemption. Nope. Just killed off. As far as I remember of the season…

So! I continued his story. Oop, he didn’t die, surprise! Now what happens? And it went from there and has not ended. Maybe one day, but not today.

So this idea of a thriving fandom being born from fascination + frustration? I get it. It’s The Truth. More to come from my fandom readings soon.

Oh! Another thing that I discovered over the week: the LiveJournal Strikethrough. Similar to the recent mature content ban on Tumblr, as I understand it. I haven’t looked into it too much yet, but LJ Strikethrough ’07 was Apparently Very Bad for fandoms across the board. That’s definitely something to bring up in the realm of exclusion that I want to highlight in my project. I’ll look into it more over the next week.

JK I looked into it more now. And woAH, apparently Ao3 was born from the chaos of the Strikethrough. Bigger WOAH there have been a lot of purges like this over the years. Sites banning particular content and basically forcing fandom/participatory communities to flee the spaces they’ve created to other platforms. At first, I believe, the ’07 purge was specifically directed at users with highly sensitive sexual interests, but it crossed over into fan blogs, sexual abuse survivor blogs, book discussion groups, etc. There’s. A lot to unpack here. Okay, now I’ll look into it more over the week.

Last thing! I’m going to an anime convention this weekend! Haven’t been in Years. And I’m actually cosplaying. We Love Participation. (And Field Research. We Love That, Too.)

L8r.

–CM

P.S. someone stop me but I lowkey have an idea for how to set up a website for this project. Kind of similar to our Bites of Knowledge site from last year… I know it’s w a y too early to be thinking about this, but sometimes just imagining the final product can give a boost of confidence and … another word I can’t remember. Too much brain power this early in the morning. [Note: it’s 11:20 AM]

[ten] Legit Progress, It Seems

Don’t really have much to say this week aside from that I got two interviews done! And it was a really cool experience, and definitely as difficult as I thought it would be to not jump into a conversation with the person.

Podcast is sounding more and more tempting as this project develops.

I’d love to do more of these interviews. Now that the initial Fear is gone, I’m hyped to get more people’s stories and perspectives. For now, though, I’ll start transcribing those interviews and see about setting up more in the upcoming weeks. [thumbs-up]

Also! I was able to renew Participatory Culture, so I have more time with that. I’ve been reading through and marking passages that go with my project and found a quote I like:

Fandom is born out of fascination and some frustration. If you weren’t fascinated, you wouldn’t continue to engage as a fan. If you weren’t frustrated, you often wouldn’t continue to rewrite and reinvent. (Jenkins, Ito, & boyd, 2016)

And wow if that ain’t true.

Take that one fanfic I wrote 9 years ago. It stemmed from my frustration in a series (which was 100% separate from the original manga) that killed off a main character that I thought was so weirdly interesting and such a terrible person and had z e r o redemption. Nope. Just killed off. As far as I remember of the season…

So! I continued his story. Oop, he didn’t die, surprise! Now what happens? And it went from there and has not ended. Maybe one day, but not today.

So this idea of a thriving fandom being born from fascination + frustration? I get it. It’s The Truth. More to come from my fandom readings soon.

Oh! Another thing that I discovered over the week: the LiveJournal Strikethrough. Similar to the recent mature content ban on Tumblr, as I understand it. I haven’t looked into it too much yet, but LJ Strikethrough ’07 was Apparently Very Bad for fandoms across the board. That’s definitely something to bring up in the realm of exclusion that I want to highlight in my project. I’ll look into it more over the next week.

JK I looked into it more now. And woAH, apparently Ao3 was born from the chaos of the Strikethrough. Bigger WOAH there have been a lot of purges like this over the years. Sites banning particular content and basically forcing fandom/participatory communities to flee the spaces they’ve created to other platforms. At first, I believe, the ’07 purge was specifically directed at users with highly sensitive sexual interests, but it crossed over into fan blogs, sexual abuse survivor blogs, book discussion groups, etc. There’s. A lot to unpack here. Okay, now I’ll look into it more over the week.

Last thing! I’m going to an anime convention this weekend! Haven’t been in Years. And I’m actually cosplaying. We Love Participation. (And Field Research. We Love That, Too.)

L8r.

–CM

P.S. someone stop me but I lowkey have an idea for how to set up a website for this project. Kind of similar to our Bites of Knowledge site from last year… I know it’s w a y too early to be thinking about this, but sometimes just imagining the final product can give a boost of confidence and … another word I can’t remember. Too much brain power this early in the morning. [Note: it’s 11:20 AM]

Week 10: 5am Religious Writing…. uuugh


This week has been particularly intense at my new job. The learning curve is high and almost everything has been unfamiliar. I am getting great comfort out of structured time to write in the morning. I know my morning hours are most efficient. I can get so much more done in that early morning time than hours spent in the daylight.  Every morning I get up at 5am so I can spend an hour writing before I go to work. 

I have let go of chapters for the moment and am working in three sections. I have identified three phases of development within the life of LS. I have been working religiously three documents but I am not yet ready to share. In these documents I am beginning to weave in the chronological information from the interviews I have summarized, theoretical themes and selective stories. I am also flushing out my Intro/ thesis/abstract. That will definitely be ready for next week, maybe before.

Also, this week I will have completed 10 articles for Dr. Nelson and will begin the task of putting them together for my thorough lit review.  

·      Intro/Thesis/Abstract
·      Early Years
·      Woodshedding: Adult beginners in Amsterdam, BAC (will explain & expand) begins to develop the festival circuit.
·      Golden years/ Dance Space: Becomes fully formed
·      Appendixes