Yeah, I know. I’ve gotten to where, on my blog at least, I’ve been talking a lot about my other interests. And I hope that’s okay. I hope that’s a contributing factor as to why I’ve had a serious upswing in my followers and traffic to my quaint little blog. The fact is, I’ve gotten to where I hate reading the same things over and over on every writing blog that I follow. I’m going to list some topics and… stop me if you’ve heard them…
* Where do you get ideas?
* How to get the most bang for your marketing buck?
* Various sex topics (BDSM techniques, positions, sex toys, etc.)
* How to get published.
* I hate/ love social media.
I bet they sound pretty familiar huh? Yeah, me too. And everyone has the same old answers. So recently, I just decided, fuck it. I’m going to blog about stuff that interests me, stuff that I observe, things I see online or on television, music… whatever. Now don’t worry… I will still pop up with little pearls of wisdom about my writing, my process and of course my books (duh… I’m a whore just like everyone else). And I always try to tie it to writing in some respect. After all, pop culture inspires the hell out of me. So coming up this week, I will post my hot and heavy, drooling review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug entitled: How Benedict Cumberbatch Laid Waste to My Ovaries.
And speaking of Mr. Cumberbatch, I have to make some noise about the weirdest thing I saw on the internet via Facebook on Sunday. Y’all know that I am a fangirl. I admit it. I’ve even come out in defense of Fanfiction (scroll backwards in the posts, you’ll find it). My Pinterest and sometimes Facebook feed are awash with my little obsessions. I livetweet about Sleepy Hollow and American Horror Story and I’m sure that I’ll be livetweeting about BBC’s Sherlock in a couple of weeks (any of you in the UK, if you give me spoilers before Jan. 19th, I’ll kick you til yer dead). Anyway, I digress.
On Sunday, I was reading a blog post that was relating the story of a Q&A done right after the screening of Sherlock, Series 3, Ep.1: The Empty Hearse. The Q&A panel was “moderated” by Caitlin Moran, a fairly well known writer/interviewer/some might say feminist. The long and short of it is, Ms. Moran thought it would be a laugh to have the show’s stars read a fanfiction aloud to a crowd of many. I haven’t watched the Q&A in question because I’m avoiding any spoilers of any kind, but from what I hear– it was pretty damn uncomfortable for everyone. For one thing, the hot rumor is that she told the actors that it was not explicit. Apparently, her definition of explicit was not shared with the class and it quickly descended into a Brokeback Mountain kind of uncomfortable (remind me to tell you sometime about that). Anyway, from what I understand, the actors were good sports, though they did politely scold her for the pointless endeavor that kind of lessened what should have been a serious discussion. But of course, just like with anything “fandom related” (insert dramatic music here), that was just half the story. The real story is the… what’s a good word to describe it… RABID twitter/ tumblr battle that ensued in the aftermath. In fact I think we could call it “The Q&A: The Desolation of Twitter” (see what I did there?)!
Now I’m in some fan groups. I’m on Twitter. I wouldn’t say I have my finger on the pulse of the “Collective.” I can just observe when their eyes are dilated (hidden obscure references abound). And lemme tell ya, it got a little bit out of hand. People ridiculing fanfiction, people ridiculing slash fanfiction, people ridiculing feminists… honestly, the Twitter board I saw yesterday read like a girls’ locker room throw down over the captain of the football team. So what do I think about all this? As if anyone cares…
1.) Essentially, the actors in question (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, in case you’ve been under a rock this year), had their say and have moved on with their lives. We should too.
2.) Bullying and mudslinging from both sides is just stupid. Take off your sheet, put your big girl pants on and be fanWOMEN, not fanGIRLS. That goes for you too, Ms. Moran. 😉
3.) The writer of the fanfiction had nothing to be ashamed of whatsoever. She’s a good writer and should be proud that she’s brave enough to put herself out there for strangers to read.
4.) You guys know what I write and I’ve had to read it in public before. They were my own, original words and it still made me blush. Putting unsuspecting people on the spot like that is just cruel. And also seems to diminish what they do. I’m just sayin’– all the artists in that scenario were insulted.
5.) Everyone makes mistakes and looks like a big ol’ donkey butt every now and then. Granted, they don’t usually do it in public in front of international stars, fans, television executives and journalists… but we do act like cunts from time to time. I’m sure that the world isn’t going to fall apart any time soon just because this was Ms. Moran’s turn.
All righty, then…so yeah, the blog. I’m going to try to do some updating this week. My shows are in hiatus for the holidays, so nothing on that. But I’m sure I can find something to talk about. Probably mishaps with tree decorating, the recipe for the best fudge ever, more fangirling… no, fanWOMENing. OK, I’m not sure that’s going to catch on. It’s kind of awkward…