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Dept. of Still Aten't Dead

I Still Exist In Pixels, And Elsewhere

It's been rather a long time. So what have I done lately?

I've finished Chapter 27 of Hearts and Moons, (it's waiting BB's copy-editing and fresh-eye look). One of my longest chapters yet. While doing it, I realized I'd managed to spell the last name of one of my characters not two different ways, but three. Go, me. Once the story's over, I'll go back and correct it everywhere, but I did manage to fix it in 26 and 27. Now I'm thinking of putting up 26, while I work on 28. I figure if I have one in the can at all times, I can get this done. It's helped to talk to at BB about the difficulties I'm having with words, and how I work when I want to get someone expression right, etc. etc., blah-de-blah. It's also worth noting that I abandoned caring for the house and putting regular meals on the table while I got this done. 

I've sporadically done union things. I deliberately did not go to two union events that I probably should have attended this weekend. It was partly because I thought this weekend was Father's Day weekend and therefore a time I should spend with BB and FB - mistake, obviously - and partly, I acknowledge it, because I gave nary a fuck. *looks around for stray fucks, sees none, shrugs with Gallic insouciance* 

I received a book in the mail, out of the blue, from the long ago. Specifically from a man I knew through RASFF on Usenet back in the 90s, during the time that lovely community was alive, and during an even shorter time during which I wrote one or two things for one particular fanzine (hi, [personal profile] gerisullivan ! I forgot to tell you about this, while we were at the Chinese restaurant!) His name was, and is, Bill Breiding, and he was a far more prolific fanzine writer than I was. He also had been very involved in traditional fandom. He liked one of the pieces I wrote, and we corresponded a little via email. It was humbling to get the book - a collection of his 'zine pieces over the decades - with two boxes checked at the front, under the "Why You Got This" banner: "I owe you" (he didn't); and "I admire you/your work." I've read two or three of them, and have been reminded of fanzine culture in a largely positive way. Mr. Breiding and I definitely don't have the same outlook on life, judging by the pieces in the book, but I think I find him admirable. 

I rediscovered another long ago friend on Facebook. The friend I rediscovered left Chicago possibly 15 years ago, and she underwent vast changes in her life. I often thought of her, and wondered where I might find her, but various Google searches under the name I recalled her choosing at the time she left the city turned up nothing, and I thought that I would never find her. And then she turned up in a Facebook thread from a Steve Brust post. I've friended her on Facebook, but have yet to initiate conversation. Her life has changed in so many ways, and I want to be sure I respect those changes. She accepted my friending, so I think communication will be possible; still, it has been a very strange rediscovery.

Finally, I read a wonderful post about Sapphire and Steel, thanks to a post by [personal profile] lost_spook . I need to go back and leave a comment there; I share her admiration for the writer. 

Oh, and I've kept up with the most recent season of Who. I have ... mixed feelings. Not about the Doctor, who remains wonderful. And not too much about Bill, who is still rather good. Not because of Nardole, who is much, much better than he has a right to be. And not because of Missy, who is horrible and magnificent. I do have problems with the overall weariness I'm feeling, and seeing, and hearing, in the stories and the arcs. Please, Moff; go out with a bang, not a whimper!
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Jun. 12th, 2017 02:26 pm (UTC)
I used to love fanzines. I enjoy the immediacy of posting things online, but there was something amazingly tactile about holding that zine in your hands. And some of the artwork could be really glorious.

Glad to know you're still there! I enjoy reading your posts. I can't wait to read Hearts & Moons, once it's all finished. : )

Watch your mail. I sent out the Special Thing again on Friday, priority this time. You should have it by tomorrow or Wednesday. If not, let me know, and I'll consult the tracking number to see where it is.
Jun. 12th, 2017 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks; I'll keep an eye on the mail this week.

I didn't know you'd had contact with the world of fanzines - it's good to know someone else knew and liked/loved them. I was involved with them for a very short time, probably two or three years, but I really loved getting them in the mail and going through all the articles. Every fanzine had a different personality, of course, depending on who was putting it out.

As for Hearts and Moons, I'm so close I can almost taste it. Argh....
Jun. 13th, 2017 03:53 pm (UTC)
My first fandom forays were mainly with Robin of Sherwood, which had a huge culture of fanzines and fanfic. I also contributed to a number of multi-fandom zines. My last years of fanzines were with Hercules/ Xena fandom and later Buffy, although at the same time I was also beginning to publish things on line. There were a couple of lovely women who ran a now-defunct publishing site called Unicorn Press, and they bravely continued producing zines into the early 2000s. They finally went out of business, and I've been unable to reach them since then. It's really a shame--they published my last hard copy fanfics.

I even was co-editor of a Hercules and Xena fanzine where all the stories were humor/ parody. It was great fun!
Jun. 15th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
The fanzines I was involved in were more general SF fandom, and therefore had very little fiction, but lots and lots of letter columns. Letter cols and LoCs (letters of comment) were the way people in general SF fandom communicated in the long-ago days before Teh Intarwebz, and in general SF zines, they were almost more important than the articles (almost being the operative word.)

I salute the ladies you mentioned; perhaps they're still out there, publishing at least their own zines, just for the love of it?
Jun. 15th, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, there was also a short-lived but really wonderful RoS newsletter that kept the fandom connected. By the time I got into another fandom (Xena, several years later), fandom had shifted online. Most of the zines I was involved with were all fiction.

The women who ran Unicorn Press are not publishing anything. Part of it was the expense of producing the zines, the declining sales as more people turned to the web for fanfic (and it's amazing the press lasted as long as it did), and the physical work/ expense of schlepping many boxes of zines to conventions and back again (and these were not young women). Plus, I think fan-run conventions were shrinking as well, and some were being discontinued, and those were the only venues where fanzines and fan art could be sold.
Jun. 12th, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC)
*waves and hugs*
Jun. 12th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
*waves and hugs right back*
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