Fanvidding: A Navel-Gazing Post

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:29 am
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So at one point I said I was going to talk about vids? My vids? I've made two FYI - or maybe five depending on how you count them.

I made my first (four) vid(s) in 2009. I only made a second vid this year. There’s an eight year and some months gap in between those two data points. That's not because I haven't had ideas. My spotify "VIDDING" playlist is currently over two and a half hours long. I have another spotify playlist where I quarantined most of my Star Trek ideas. It's called "USS SHAME SPIRAL." I have an iTunes playlist for some songs that aren't available on spotify. Probably ~30% of these ideas are more or less immediately viable, where "immediately viable" means I'm still full steam ahead with the idea, I already have the skills and tech to make it, I've watched/read all my source, all I need to do is acquire everything in the right format, clip, and vid. I'm just clinically bad at being self-motivated.

So, I'm going to talk about what motivated me those two times I did actually vid and maybe it will unlock the secrets of brain.

Enter the Wu-Tang )

Desperado )

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:29 pm
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books
Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon writing for older audiences). An excellent reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that turns sooo many tropes on their heads, yay! I do wish (for once) that there had been an epilogue. OTOH, fairytales don't, so maybe that's why this one doesn't?

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon. Wonderful! I love the verse, I love the characters, I love how Molly builds herself a family, and the art is fun, too.

probably next: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, conclusion to the Broken Earth series, which was what I did for last Yuletide. Actually, I don't know if I dare read this during the present news cycle? I may need more kidlit first. But soon!

dirt (aka plant log) )

yarning
I thought I was going to be done with current project today but nazis happened, and it turns out I can't crochet and do twitter at the same time. Still, what I have is deep brick red and extremely satisfying. *pleased*

other
tomorrow is my birthday and I want 45 out of office, so if the universe could arrange that for us, I'd be really grateful.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:43 pm
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reading
I've been reading a LOT of news, houseplant research, and fic. No new books yet. Still slowly working on Arendt, except every time I look up from her, I see that 45 has done/said something ELSE improbably horrifying and need a break from Nazi/Soviet state terror.

yarning
Grandma loved the garland and it received a lot of compliments from people at the nursing home. (If she's healthy enough, she gets to go home next week, yay!) I have other yarning in progress, but nothing to talk about yet.

dirt
Outdoors, the esperanza & plumbago FINALLY have new flower buds! Lesson: I need to get them on a stricter watering schedule. Indoors, oh my goodness. Since last week, my baby lemon trees and dying arugula have been joined by an aloe, a sansevieria, asterisk ivy, a white jewel dracaena, dracaena marginata, ficus benjamina, a foot and a half tall (above the soil) peace lily, and a foot and a half tall (above the soil) burgundy rubber tree (f. elastica). I also repotted my kitchen pothos for the first time in the 14 years I've had it. (Hi, I'm feeling geeky enough about this right now to put Anthropomorfic: plants on my Yuletide noms list. I mean, these little trees are having so many opinions!)

writing
I put some words on a page. I think all the oxygen from all the plants is making a difference. I mean, green growing things make me happy, so that's a thing, but I reread some fic I devoured wholesale back in the years when I was at my most prolific and I've been remembering how it felt. Retracing neural pathways, maybe. Considering characters and plots and whether/how to share some of the stories swirling around my head. Truth: I am out of practice. Truth: the solution is to resume practice. No rocket science required.
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