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First and foremost, there's my website on Fancrone Net, with my blog, Juno's Magic, my icons collection, my quotes collection, and most of my fanfic. (You can also read my blog/LJ by adding my feed as junomagic to your reading list.)
Apart from that you can follow my daily discoveries and everyday adventures on Google+ and over on Tumblr, peek at what I find Pinterest-ing, or discover what I'm reading at Goodreads.
In Farmville on facebook I'm always looking for nice, helpful neighbours.
Last but not least I have acquired a Second Life as Diovona Czernowitzer, the owner of several virtual galleries. Take a look at my Picks and drop by for a visit!
“At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.”
—Christine Mason Miller
Happy birthday, dear Apollinav, dear Nelyo Russandol, and dear Marta!
I hope you’re having a wonderful day. All the best wishes: health, happiness, and the best of luck always. Many gorgeous, joy-filled moments, especially when you least expect them.
Today is my 10th fandom anniversary!
In the last ten years fandom has given me so much.
Stories (both reading and writing them), ideas (oh so many amazing and crazy ideas!), friendship (I’ve met my best friend in fandom!), knowledge (from comma rules to literary history to Sindarin to social theories), skills (from beta-reading to Photoshopping to webdesign).
But most of all fandom has given me uncountable hours of squeeful joy.
To celebrate I have given away three Good Gifts:
- text books for a school in Africa
- a year’s schooling for a child in Africa
- support for a mother learning how to read in Africa
#it’s so fascinating how different the vegetation is every summer #last year there were barely any cornflowers or poppies #this year they are everywhere #i guess because the winter was so mild #poppies and cornflowers are surface dwellers #they grow where the earth has been moved #that’s why the grow on fields and battle fields and construction sites
I posted a little drabble rant over on Tumblr because sometimes I just can’t shut up.
A drabble is exactly 100 words long. Not one word more, not one word less.
Look, you wouldn’t call a haiku a sonnet, would you?
(At least I hope you wouldn’t, oh god.)
Of course that promptly raised some concern, because Tumblr. (And fandom.)
So rant #2 happened. Because as we know, sometimes I just can’t shut up.
Certainly there’s a better way to gently disagree with someone’s use of a word without implying that they don’t respect an art form? Especially when the word is used so differently in fandom that the person might not KNOW the original definition. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel alienated from fandom or nervous about writing fic just because someone has a pet peeve about a certain term, you know?
Sure there is a better way to disagree with the wrong use of the term “drabble”. There’s a better way to do almost everything!
Thing is, I don’t gently disagree in this case. I most PASSIONATELY disagree with the misuse of this particular term. I’m fucking pissed off at the lack of interest in the literary history of fandom.
Because “drabble” is NOT used “so differently” in fandom. When I was active in LotR and in HP fandom during the last ten years a drabble was always a true drabble of exactly 100 words. There are whole LJ communities to prove that. I have no clue where the current ignorance of what constitutes a drabble comes from, but you definitely cannot claim that it’s just “used so differently in fandom”.
Now, I’ve never studied literature at university, so I can’t give you an impromptu coherent answer about why it makes even sense that we call a novel a novel and a short story a short story and a haiku a haiku and a sonnet a sonnet.
Why do we have specific literary forms? Why does it make sense, why should it be important to have definitions for literary forms? When does it make sense to break those rules and ignore those traditions? When is it cultural disrespect not to educate yourself about a literary form? (One click only, Wasily. Just look it up on Wikipedia.)
So many questions. Probably not enough questions, probably not the best questions. And I definitely don’t have the answers.
But a drabble is a unique literary form with its own cultural and literary tradition. I think that deserves both recognition and respect.
Especially since a true drabble is damn hard to write. Telling a whole story in just one hundred words, to offer a twist, a question, a challenge, a resolution at the end? That’s damn difficult.
Plus, looking up what a drabble is on Wikipedia is seriously not that hard. Honestly, if people can’t be arsed to be just a tiny little bit curious about fandom terms, I also sincerely doubt that one fancrone’s kvetching about literary ignorance will make them feel alienated or nervous.
But just in case:
If my being pissed the fuck off at literary ignorance concerning drabbles has made you feel alienated or nervous, please consider:
- reading the entry about drabbles on Wikipedia
- calling short pieces of prose “ficlet”
- ignoring crotchety fancrones like me
- Awesome commentary by thatmysticbafflingwonder on the topic of prayers.
- A brilliant article/interview on the history of sexuality over at Salon.com (from 2012; link via doctornerdington – thank you so much!). Seriously, if there’s one thing you read today, read this. I’ve ordered the book to go with the article right away.
- And last but not least, some musings of my own about online communication under the cut.
“Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.”—Edwin H. Friedman
“Communication barriers will always exist between people. The goal is not avoid them or expect them to disappear. But to learn how to climb over and through them with our integrity—and relationships—intact.” —Christine Mason Miller
Some thoughts on communication.