dira: Allison Argent, smiling delightedly (Allison - Smile)
I'm doing a give-me-topics meme, and I have several days left, so feel free to ask away!

February 3: [livejournal.com profile] chelletoo asked, What was your first fandom and how involved are you still in it?

There are a few answers to this!

My first fandom that I participated in online, shared with real-life friends, and wrote fic for was The X-Files, starting right around the premiere of Season 3 in 1995. I gave up on writing fic, and mostly stopped reading it, after a year or so, when my canon-consistency-loving heart was broken by trying to keep fic in line with a canon that was not in line with itself half the time. Also of course I was going to be a Serious Writer and I had a novel to work on. I kept watching the show and squeeing about it with Iulia for years afterward (although the squee declined considerably toward the end). My current level of involvement is "sometimes but not always reblog when it comes across my Tumblr dash."

The first fandom of my continuous involvement in slash fandom--the one where I got my name, Dira--was popslash, although I never wrote in it and deleted the LJ I used to participate in it due to interpersonal drama. But it brought me to fandom and gave me my name, so &popslash;. My current level of involvement is "...is that still a thing? Huh. I wonder what those guys are up to these days."

The first fandom where I posted fic online and other people read it was Buffy. This is also where I got the Sudis part of my name, so it's the real start of my current fannish identity. My current level of involvement is "sometimes but not always reblog when it comes across my Tumblr dash."

But I think none of these is really the true answer, because the first fandom of my heart, the one that was really formative--and the one that came first chronologically, if we allow me trying to be like my big brother by literally stealing his books when he wasn't looking as a fannish act--was the Vorkosigan Saga. This was the first fandom that I was really involved in in terms of being part of a community and getting to know people--fic wasn't a big part of the mailing list at the time I was first participating, c.1995-1999, so I didn't write fic, but I began relationships that still persist to this day. Just the other day I had a Listie background-checking someone I was going to stay with via another Listie, because Listie family never quits. I am still writing Vorkosigans fic, and the Vorkosigan Saga will always be a huge huge part of my fannish heart.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Feminist Me by fairestcat)
A meme, swiped from [personal profile] hafital, which I hope lots of people will do at least the first day of because I want to know EVERYONE's fandom origin story! I love fandom origin stories! I love them so much I HAVE TWO.

1 - How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

The really original one, when I was thirteen, two and a half years younger than the child in my icon... )

The one that actually stuck, when I was twenty... )


All 30 questions under the cut, for your meme-repeating convenience )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Reid & Prentiss - Ha!)
(Although, apropos of my icon, I have also started catching up on season 5 of Criminal Minds.)

Okay, a) this was possibly my favorite episode ever and b) possibly a spoiler, depending on your perspective. )
dira: Billy Tallent's life is so complex. (Billy - Complex by pearl_o)
There is something so viscerally unpleasant--so nearly physically painful--about the title no, don't look under the tag, really ) that I am looking forward to the day when I might quit this job with all-new fervor.


On the other hand, for almost entirely work-related reasons, I now have a photocopy of the cover of the Jan/Feb 1997 Skeptical Inquirer--a photo of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, with insets of the X-Files logo and Chris Carter--on the bulletin board above my desk. So there.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Don - Happy! by meletor_et_al)
All week, recording today's date, October 4, on various things at work, it's been niggling at me. October 4, there's something significant about October 4. Something important happened on October 4. There was this iconic glow around the date in my head, faded and unidentified but not unlike the one surrounding December 25 or October 19. October 4.

Finally, just before leaving work yesterday, I gave in and checked my best guess of what the important thing was, and I was right: The fourth season of The X-Files premiered on this date, ten years ago.

[livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis pimped me into The X-Files during our first or second week of friendship, coinciding with our first or second week of high school. I first heard David Duchovny's name while lacing up my saddle shoes in the locker room after gym class. She convinced me to watch "Anasazi," the S2 finale, when it reran, and I was baffled but hooked; she inundated me with tapes of the first two seasons and by the time the second episode of S3 aired, I was essentially caught up. Halfway through S3 I started writing fanfic (painfully clean and chaste and earnest Mulder/Scully, oh yes) which I thankfully could not quite figure out how to post to the internet. And that spring, as shows do, The X-Files went off the air for the summer with a cliffhanger, and for the first time in my life I spent months counting down to a season premiere.

October 4.

Happy Fall TV Season, everybody.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I officially have [livejournal.com profile] con_txt Friday off of work! w0000t!

Now I just have to persuade them to let me have a week for the Midwest Travelstravaganza that will be [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis's wedding shower followed by [livejournal.com profile] vividcon with maybe a quick jaunt to Canada to say hello to my country next door and pick up those work visa application forms.

I received a comment on my very first due South story today, which made me realize that said story is a couple of months past three years old. It reminded me of that meme-ish thing that went around a while back, people describing their successive fandoms as children--at the time, I think I just had the one, and in its infancy, which wasn't terribly interesting.

But now I'm imagining due South as a spiky-blond-headed three-year-old with a perpetual Kool Aid mustache and a dirty t-shirt, feeling sorely neglected in favor of his dark-haired baby brother Numb3rs, almost fifteen months old now and toddling around the place bouncing off walls (if I didn't keep a sharp eye on them, I suspect Numb3rs would be taking an oh-so-accidental trip down the basement stairs, diapered ass over teakettle, not that this ever happened between my next-younger and very-youngest brothers or anything).

(Meanwhile, somewhere far away in the care of nice, loving people, The X-Files is a red-headed girl turning ten, and wondering who her mother was and why she gave her up.)

(Why yes, it's a horrendously slow morning at work.)

a dilemma

Jan. 29th, 2006 02:46 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Brad - Hoodie by greensilver (GQ June 20)
On the one hand, clearly I should not be allowed to wander around unsupervised: I went grocery shopping and came home with Mountain Dew, bananas, and four kinds of chocolate candy including an Almond Joy from the checkout lane (but NOT the Enquirer about Angelina's sonogram OR the InStyle about Brad and Angelina's wedding, GO ME).

On the other hand, clearly my friends are a terrible influence, because Giddy and I started plotting X-files fic last night and HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO STOP SINCE.

Send help. Or tabloids.

o.O

Jan. 6th, 2004 02:32 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Callum Keith Rennie was offered the role of Alex Krycek.

(Scroll down to the end of the second article.)

My worldview is officially shaken. Although - man, I can picture it. That very first handshake and golden boy grin...

And for [livejournal.com profile] helaaspindakaas, That article about placebo effects.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
The smallness of it, that is. Everyone's talking about their first fandoms, and their subsequent ones, and here I am on, like, number three. Four, maybe.

My first fandom? The X-Files. I was thirteen. Aside from voracious reading at Gossamer and my brief experience of AOL chats and forums, my fandom consisted of me, my best friend, and maybe two other people at our high school. We were obsessed - counting minutes until the next episode, buying all the merch we could lay hands on... I hosted 'marathon parties' at my house, where we would spend an entire weekend without sleep, watching episodes continuously. Aside from, y'know, breaks to freak out from sugar and caffeine overload. I wrote fic, copiously, which thankfully didn't circulate outside my tiny tiny fandom.

The fandom faded before the show did - by seasons eight and nine, I was feeling karmically responsible for the train wreck, wondering if I'd somehow brought this upon the world by wishing so hard, back in season three, that this show would never end.

Maybe it's that that lets me anticipate tonight's Buffy and think, no, really, I'm sure this is for the best.

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