The Meta Post

I’m not a huge fan of continuously re-hashing my ideas behind blogging, and why, and how – so this one will be pretty short. (When I go meta, I prefer to talk fandom.)

Liebster Award Question #4. What is your favourite aspect of blogging?

My favorite part of having a blog is interacting with other writers. I started TF to share my ideas with others, and to practice writing in general. I even hold out hope that I may find a creative partner somewhere out there in the Interwebs.

Every time I comment on someone’s blog, or someone does on mine, I feel a thrill at the connection we’ve made, however small.

Liebster Award Question #5. Which project, recipe, or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself?

I’m totally stealing Melis‘ “Trail Mix” posts, which she got from her nominator Katie. It’ll do my blog some good to have a wider variety of posts than the geeky thought-experiments that come out of my brain.

There’s also a similar idea I’ve stumbled across since I was nominated (oh, don’t remind me how long ago…) that I would like to mash up with a Trail Mix. It’s called “If We Were Having Coffee”, and I first saw it on Zen & Π.

I’m very drawn to this style of post because 1) I love coffee, and 2) it feels like a personal, intimate conversation versus a bulleted list. I also think it may help me become a more regular poster.

Working on the first one. Stay tuned!

Liebster Award Question #6: Where does your blog inspiration come from?

Believe it or not, my boss pushed me to start this blog. I had the idea for a long time, and shared it with him, and he pushed me to stop talking about it and Just Do It. (Swoosh)

He now also has a blog. You should check it out. So proud.

The inspiration from my blog comes from the random conversation I have with my friends and co-workers; from every argument I have about inexplicable studio decisions; from every detailed discussion about the interplay between the creative and the business; and from my own thoughts about fandom – what it means to be a fan, and how my fandom helps me (or doesn’t) in my chosen career.

TF has been hard to define and harder to explain. Stick with me and I’ll do better.

Liebster Award Question #10: In your opinion, what’s the best blog post you’ve written so far and why?

I strongly feel that my best post so far is “Yugen“, which I wrote at the top of the year in response to a Daily Post prompt. I was unemployed working on my own projects, so I was writing fairly regularly at the time.

What started as a prompt post became an existential exercise on my life-work balance and connected my love of Firefly, reddit, and space.

It’s definitely my favorite post and the one that’s been most liked and commented on so far. I still look at the picture every now and then and it still brings back the FEELS.

Shiny.

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Story of My Life

We should go ahead and just relabel this series an ‘About the Author’. The Liebster Award has long left me behind, nodding on to other writers much more prolific (and timely) than I.

For anyone who’s still following:

1) Thanks! I appreciate you.

2) We know by now that my career is my first priority. Always. For that reason, I’ve knowingly put some parts of my life on hold. The debate about the pros and cons of that is for another post, but I ask that you don’t give up on me! Writing sits always at the back of my mind, constantly brewing. One day sharing my thoughts and ideas with the world will be my job.

One day.

Right now, everything I do is to make me a better storyteller. That often means prioritizing my time – to work, learn, and have some semblance of a life so I don’t turn into a zombie. Which leads me to the next question in our series:

Liebster Award Question #3: What are your favorite pastimes besides blogging?

My life can easily get consumed by The Work*, so I put a lot of effort into keeping up with the things that are important to me. This blog is one of them. But besides that-

  • I like to read the news every morning. It makes me feel accomplished. And I think it’s important to stay informed about what’s going on in the world – what’s real – when you make fake shit for a living. (Also good for striking up conversations at the coffee shop.)
  • I enjoy getting my fitness on. Working long and odd hours can do a lot to your body; I feel better and healthier when I can exercise regularly. It’s a most effective stress-reliever.
  • Though it continues to go down in priority as I learn and grow in my career, I make a point of playing my cello at least once a week. There was a point in time where I was pursuing a career as a musician…to play movie music. Funny, innit?

If I’m not working, chances are I’m doing one of these. As much as #ilovemyjob, it feels wonderful to have things in my life that are not directly related to The Biz. Maintaining a work-life balance is the key to staying successful AND sane, in this dreamer’s humble opinion.

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*That reference is what you think it is.

Title Art

Liebster Award Question #1 and #2: How did you decide on the title of your blog? What is one word that sums up the heart of your blog and why?

(Yup, I’m mashing up the questions. Because I can. Take that society.)

I had been thinking about starting a blog for a while; someplace I could share the stories of things I’ve seen and done as a fan trying to live the dream. (I haven’t written them yet, but believe me, I’ve got stories.) 😉

I didn’t want to do film news and reviews – there are thousands of sites already dedicated to those things, and that seemed to narrow the scope of possible subjects too much for me. I wanted the blog to be both a reflection and a conversation about what my friends and I talk about – pop culture; The Biz; film theory and history; and the latest things that have inspired us. I wanted it to be a celebration of fandom that was positive, inclusive, and passionate. The closest I could come to capturing that idea was by making it “true”.

I wrote more extensively about this process in my About Page — Who?.

Oh I can’t believe it.

Oh I can’t believe it.

The Liebster Award.

I started this blog in July 2014, and only just recently starting posting actively, and so was happily surprised to have been nominated for The Liebster Award by the very gracious Melis, whose blog Infinite Daydreamer I discovered in the #Press’verse and connected with.

We had a discussion about the nature of The Internet, and how the (relative) anonymity of life online levels the playing field – where I can listen to anyone in the world, and where anyone in the world can have their voice heard. We don’t have to be super-famous (yet), or have money, or power and influence. Technology is the great equalizer; The Internet the great democratizer.

Back to the award — insofar as I’ve researched, The Liebster Award is a phenomenon among the online writing community, whereby those nominated go on to welcome and recognize others, and so on. It has its basis in the definition of “liebster”:

liebster | lieb’ste | (German) noun. Dearest, beloved, darling, welcome; adjective. Kind, pleasant, valued.

In reading about it, I came across the opinion that this is something negative – as the award operates much like a chain letter, forwarded person to person across the interwebs. “Not I,” said Kai.

I think The Liebster Award is a solid example of how the interwebs facilitate the formation of worldwide communities. The relationships here are based on a different kind of connection – sometimes more deep, open, and honest than their face-to-face counterparts. I think The Liebster Award is a genuine gesture of goodwill and friendship; a way for us little people to recognize each other; to connect with someone we might never meet in person.

The catch: To accept the award, you must have less than 200 followers subscribed to you; answer a list of questions; and go on to nominate others. The specifics vary, but these are the ones I was nominated with, and so will I follow.

Now, for those of you who are actively following me (all three of you), you’ll know I just started on a new show, and I’m actually in a different city, hence my short hiatus. So, I’ve decided to split up my posting process and answer each question individually, followed by my own nominations. Stay tuned.

P.S. If anyone knows the song I referenced in the title, my hat is off to you. I literally can’t say those words without thinking the tune in my head. Brings me back..

#truefandom