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Dept. of Getting Back on the Damn Bike

Things I Have Done Lately

1. Obsessed over every episode of Game of Thrones, without ever watching a single episode. Yes, I've watched every scene on YouTube that YouTubers can offer me, loads of reviews and responses. No, I don't have HBO, and ... it's stupid of me. But I'm going to be so upset at the end of the season next Sunday.

2. Thrown out all the Marion Zimmer Bradley books I've had on my shelf for years. I'd thought I'd keep a couple of books of hers that were important to me because of how they shaped my love for SF&F, and for the sense of wonder they engendered in me. In the end, I couldn't keep any of them. It was a decision a long time in coming, and it was the first time in my life I have ever thrown books out. I don't believe I shall ever do it again. But for me it was the right thing to do. I couldn't stomach giving them to a second-hand store.

3. Picked up the partly empty drink cup a well-made up gym rat had left on her seat as she headed out the L train door to get to a Cubs game, handed it to her (or her friend, the even more made-up gym rat) and "asked" her to throw it away in a garbage can once she got onto the platform, since "I believe it belongs to you." She did. I am ashamed of being petty about their looks. I
should not be that way, since I support anyone's right to decorate their body in the way they see fit. I can only point to my upbringing and say it's hard to escape the attitudes I grew up experiencing when it comes to make-up. On the other hand, I am very glad I told her pick up her damn trash. Politely.

4. Became an employee of tronc. Yes, tronc. tronc. tronc.  Mother of fucking god.

5. Wrote a little more of "Hearts & Moons." Go, me.

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Jun. 23rd, 2016 04:02 am (UTC)
Good on you for asking her to take her trash... I probably would have wimped out :(
Jun. 23rd, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
I find that being 60 is remarkably freeing. I wish I'd realized years ago that I had the freedom to do it, but I think knowing that the chance of argument declines when they see it's an older woman doing the chastising has helped me not wimp out.
Jun. 23rd, 2016 11:11 am (UTC)
Hee! A unique way to get turned onto a fandom, bb! :D

Dude. I just went and read about her...what the everloving fuck!?! *bangs head against desk* This is terrible. And the only thing that shielded her for the longest time was her talent. Not a good excuse. Not at all.

UGH. Seriously?! Are the execs brain-damaged where you are? O_o

YAY!! Proud of you, bb!!

Jun. 23rd, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
Are the execs brain-damaged where you are? O_o

I need say nothing. I need only point to the stories and nod my head. And the fact that I've had to deal with the chief clown in the clown car for going on three years (back when he owned the Sun-Times and now as a Tribune employee (I refuse to call myself a tronc writer)) gives me a little perspective on the matter.

As for MZB, yeah, reading about what happened came very close to making me physically ill. As for the talent, she has only herself to blame if people decide to let her name be forgotten. Of course, she's dead now, but if one believes in an afterlife, I believe she's in for a long period of remorse.
Jun. 23rd, 2016 11:52 am (UTC)
1. ??? I get fandom by osmosis, but how does that work? (Also, are DVDs not an option??)

*hugs for the rest* I am 0_o at your continuing workplace saga... (Who needs Game of Thrones? Oh, sorry, wait, you...)
Jun. 23rd, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
I get fandom by osmosis, but how does that work?

To be honest, I really have no idea how this happened. I've read all the books, although I should probably reread them more carefully, but they've become fairly separate from the show at this point. What's really odd is that BB downloaded the first four or five seasons (all of 50 episodes, since they only run 10 episodes apiece) - and yet I've not watched them. I've seen the first episode and that's it. There are always other things to watch, and up until this season I was a far more desultory fan.

It is a thing that I cannot explain. And thanks for the hugs. They're always appreciated!
Jun. 23rd, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
It's one way to do fandom I guess! GOT does seems to be everywhere though.

I thought it was odd throwing out books and now I know why:/ I don't think I would have been able to keep them either.

Oh dear, sorry to hear about tronc too.

Go you for trash responsibility and fic writing:)
Jun. 24th, 2016 12:17 pm (UTC)
It's one way to do fandom I guess!

It's actually a pretty silly way to do fandom - but then fandom is kind of silly, isn't it? Heh.

Ah, you checked out the reason I threw out the books; a truly and tragically monstrous person.

tronc sounds like an upset goose. I'm afraid that's what it looks like to the rest of the journalistic and business world as well.
Jun. 24th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
Silly is good, on occasion:)

I've not heard anything about MZB on this side of the pond so I did a quick google.
Jun. 24th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm beginning to think that Silly At All Times should be the world's motto. Instead of, you know, Heartbreaking At All Times.

Silly it is, then ....
Jun. 23rd, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
Tronc would be very funny if it were not for the harm it does to it's staff. I can only imagine coming up to someone in the street and saying "I am the man from T.R.O.N.C.! Let me interview you!" Makes U.N.C.L.E. seem positively normal.
Jun. 24th, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC)

That made me smile, and so very little about tronc (no capital "T" one must remember *rolls eyes*) does. Thank you!
Jun. 23rd, 2016 06:29 pm (UTC)
LOL and kudos to you on how you handled the gym rats.

I've only heard sketchy things about MZB, but your post makes me glad I gave my copy of the only book of hers I owned to a used-book-seller friend in 2001.

I can scarcely begin to fathom GoT--I suspect it's something where you have to read all the books, then watch the TV series, and accept that the TV series (from all I've read) deviates significantly from the books. That said, I've watched almost every single "Mother of Dragons" scene that's posted on You Tube, and cheered at all of them. : )
Jun. 24th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
You don't really want to know more than sketchy things about MZB, trust me. It's soul-deadeningly awful.

I've read the Song of Ice and Fire books, although it's been a while, and I should reread them carefully. The big deviations from ASOIAF in GoT have accelerated this season, but luckily enough, both are high quality. My problem is getting so far into the GoT fandom without actually watching the show the right way. You know - one minute after another in a continuous linear fashion. Heh.
Jun. 24th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
This makes me feel better for never having been able to really get "into" Mists of Avalon...for one thing, it was a ridiculously long book. So, clearly I didn't miss much.

GoT also looks like one of those huge things with a zillion characters and sub-plots. I've joked that I'll start reading the books when a publication date for book 7 is announced. Which means I'll probably start watching the series sometime around 2025. In the meanwhile, I'll enjoy watching You Tube videos of dragons burning shit. : )
Jun. 24th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Watching Danaerys and her dragons burn shit is definitely part of the fun. I hope that she ends up on the Iron Throne (maybe along with Jon Snow, but I think he'll ... whups, never mind, I just lost my head there, and started talking about it.

I am pathetic. Heh.
Jul. 5th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
As much as I'd like to see Dany on the iron throne, something tells me it won't happen (maybe it's just too obvious?). It'll be interesting to see what happens when she and her armada/ dragons arrive in Westeros, though. Heh. I suspect the show will end with all the main players dead, nobody on the iron throne, and Westeros reduced to a frozen wasteland. Because it just seems like that kind of show.

That said, I adored (and have watched more times than is good for me) the scene from this past season when the dragon flies up onto the palace roof, makes a dramatic landing next to Dany, and turns his head/ holds out his wing, as if to say, "C'mon, Mom, let's go burn stuff!" You could see the three slave masters just about shitting themselves, especially the one guy who'd seen the dragons when they were younger/ smaller. And now they're like the size of a building. : )
Jul. 5th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
Heh; and I think the guy who had seen them when they were much smaller was not long for this world, if I recall. (Go, Grey Worm!)
Jun. 24th, 2016 02:59 am (UTC)

I have yet to watch an episode of Game of Thrones myself, although I eventually want to. So you're not alone there. :P

Jun. 24th, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
Heh - thanks. The sad thing is that I figured out I've watched significant amounts of each of this season's shows simply by hunting down individual YouTube clips. I might as well sit down and watch the whole thing properly, but nooooo....
Jun. 24th, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*

Yay for writing!

Fandom by proxy is fun :) I haven't seen much of GoT, but the books are so good.

Jun. 24th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Fandom by proxy is indeed fun, but I really, really want to see the final GoT episode this season in its entirety. I may pick it up on HBO on demand, if that's possible.

And you're right, the books are really fantastic.

*hugs you back*
Jun. 26th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Indeed, that'll probably be even better ;)

Jun. 28th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Normally I would be against throwing out books, but given the author... I can't think there was anything you could have done. And, for what it's worth, I'm sorry that you had to give up something that was important to you because MZB turned out to be such an awful person.

As far as Tronc... Well, I've said plenty on LJ and Twitter already.
Jul. 2nd, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
Just getting back to commenting; this spring and summer appears to have taken all my spoons, but I do have some residual energy. Yes, it was difficult to throw them away, but now, when I look at the gap on my bookshelf, I'm seeing more room for other books, rather than mourning their loss, so that's progress.

I've enjoyed reading your commentary about tronc, especially since even in f'locked posts I tend to be at least a little measured. Not much, but it's great to read someone who shares the same contempt for the whole circus.
Jul. 4th, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
Back when I was still writing for Chicago Journal, I wrote a pretty scathing post about Splash (this was around the time it first came out). When my editor brought me on board at Pioneer Press, I admit that I was scared that it would come back to haunt me. Then, when Pioneer Press was sold to Tribune, I was scared that some of my less-then-nice posts about Tribune was going to come back and haunt me. Which is around the time that it occurred to me that there is no way to know where I would wind up a year from now, or two years from now. Maybe the smart thing to do would be to refrain from criticizing anyone in Chicago media... but that would be boring. And those posts get views. And I admit that having an ex-STM staff member tell me privately that I was right about many things made me want to keep going.

On the other hand... There is a reason why I don't put my name on my LJ. Or my twitter. And why I never mention people who told me behind-the-scenes stuff by name.
Jul. 5th, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)
I'm probably a lot more outspoken than I think I am. Part of that comes from being a union rep, and having years of not-so-pent-in frustration for management types. But I do try.

I think the way you handle your Chicago journalism reportage very well.
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