blacksquirrel: (Adventure Ahead)
My article, "Seriality and Transmediality in the Fan Multiverse: Flexible and Multiple Narrative Structures in Fan Fiction, Art, and Vids" was just published by TV/Series. It's a free, open access journal, so anyone can follow the link - feel free to link, distribute, and pass it on. As always, I'm very happy to hear all comments and questions, so please drop me a note here, or by email.

Very special thanks on this one to all the vidders and fic authors who gave me permission to screen and discuss their work, both in the article and when I gave this paper as a talk in Paris, the UK, and Canada. And another special thanks to SGA fandom, for celebrating what was fun and silly and crazy about the show, and being so very much better and more complex than what was repetitive and slapdash about the show. All of you gave me many years of joy and lots to think about.

I wrote this piece for the Transmedia Serial Narration seminar and research group to fit the session's themes, but ended up finding the combination of seriality and transmedia a really fruitful framework for thinking about fandom. I'm very excited about this piece and hope to follow it up with more pieces talking about what fan works do in terms of structure and storytelling that really sets them apart. I think I was able to start explaining some things about how fan works are distributed and how the community collectively imbues fan works with meaning over time without a completely shared core narrative or cannon through this really flexible negotiation between personal interpretation and collective themes and genres - in a way that I really struggled with before. I don't think it's perfect yet in this article, but hopefully it may be the start of a conversation.

See the rest of the issue here.

TLDR: Thank You Fandom!
blacksquirrel: (Don't Understand Phallogocentrism)
My article "Domesticating Hermione" is at last available on-line, and will be officially "in print" with Feminist Media Studies in June of 2015. This one was a long time coming, based on research done on the WIKTT Hermione/Severus list from 2003 through 2005.

For those of you with institutional access, the link is here:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2014.945605#.U-uekGOpetc

But for those of you who hit the pay wall, I get 50 free electronic copies. Comment or e-mail me, and I'll give the link to anyone who wants access - fan research should be available to fans!

It's rather nostalgic thinking about the fandom I loved a full decade ago. Many thanks to everyone on WIKTT - I read such wonderful stories there and enjoyed all of your company immensely.

PS - Just a reminder: Please feel completely free to discuss the article anywhere, under any circumstances that interest you, but I prefer to keep overt, searchable links between my fan name and RL name out of public posts. Thanks!
blacksquirrel: (Scopophilia)
In happy, non- job or hair related news, I am going to VidUkon again this year, and I'm looking for a roommate or two. I arrive Friday and leave Sunday. Anyone have space?
blacksquirrel: (Default)
So my upstairs window just exploded. I did not know windows could do that. It is two panes of glass and only the inner layer burst - the outer layer isn't even cracked. But the inner layer very dramatically shattered while I was eating dinner, making a huge boom and raining glass down through my drying laundry and the spiral staircase to clatter onto my living room floor.

I've just finished over two hours of cleaning and I am now having a beer, watching Arrow, and eyeing all the rest of my windows suspiciously. My landlord says it can't be fixed until later in the week and that he's "not liable" so there might be a fight on the horizon over who pays to fix an exploding window.
blacksquirrel: (French Winter)
Dear Beleaguered Yuletide Writer,

I'm very sorry the remainder of this letter is so late - do feel free to ignore it completely - that would be completely understandable. But if you would like a few more ideas, here are my further thoughts on my four prompts:

General likes: politics, historical detail, unconventional relationships that uniquely suit the people in them. I'm more than ok with slash, het, femslash, 0T3s - all of it, at any level of explicitness. But if that's not your thing, a gen story further exploring any of these tiny fandoms will also make me happy.

Le Pacte des Loups | Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) )

Chocolat - Joanne Harris  )

Wire in the Blood )

Elementary (TV) )

Yuletide

Oct. 19th, 2013 11:25 am
blacksquirrel: (French Winter)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

I will have more information for you very soon! But until then, here are links to my previous Yuletide letters, since I ask for mostly the same things every year:

2012 - Wire in the Blood, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Casino Royale, Joanne Harris

2011 - Links to previous years, Wire in the Blood, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Casino Royale, Lost Girl
blacksquirrel: (Lost Girl)
Hi Everyone,

I'm VJing a vidshow for Vidukon on the themes of bisexual desire/relationships, and poly desire/relationships. If you have favorite vids in either of these categories, please point me to them!
blacksquirrel: (AI Black Swirl)
My article “Homonational, Queer Nation, Glam Nation: Adam Lambert and American National Imagery” just came out in Queering Paradigms III. It is a v expensive book, so drop me a note if you'd like a copy of the article.

Many thanks to all members of the Glam Nation. You all helped make the very sparkly couple years when my mind was all-Adam-all-the-time into a fantastic adventure in excess, fashion, slashy goodness, and so very much fun.
blacksquirrel: (P and P Thought)
For the last year or more I've been working on a crazy article comparing Lady Gaga to the crash in the derivatives market. Thanks to many of you who read drafts and helped translate what makes sense in my brain to something that would make sense on the page, it's now been published in the peer-reviewed, but free and open academic journal NECSUS.

My article is available here: MP3s, Rebundled Debt, and Performative Economics: Deferral, derivatives, and digital commodity fetishism in Lady Gaga’s spectacle of excess

Here is the whole Autumn issue on Tangibility

I welcome and comments, questions and critiques here or by e-mail.
blacksquirrel: (French Winter)
Thank you for writing for me! I so appreciate your work on one of these neglected little fandoms and whatever you write, I cannot wait to read more about these stories and people. If you want freedom, feel free to explore, safe in the knowledge that I will appreciate your story no matter what. If you want more direction, read on:

Since I tend to request a lot of the same fandoms over time, here are my previous Yuletide letters, many with very detailed information on how I generally see these characters:

2008
2009
2011
99 Kinks Meme

And this year's two cents )


That's it - Thanks again and I hope that you enjoy exploring these story worlds as much as I'm looking forward to reading in them again!
blacksquirrel: (Kitchen)
By way of [personal profile] heresluck:

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of. (I also put *s around the ones I used to have, used all the time, miss, and couldn't bring with me to Amsterdam)

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, *pastry brushes*, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, *slow cookers*, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, potato ricers, *creme brulee torches*, miniature food processors, bundt pans, *angel food cake pans*, *fluted tart pans*, mandolines, and waffle makers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

Other kitchen oddities I love and use all the time: custard cups, tea pots, electric kettle, tea bag holders, mini spring-form pans
blacksquirrel: (French Winter)
Sorry for the delay, Yuletide writer! First, let me just thank you for writing a story for me in one of these small fandoms. They need all the love they can get, and your story will brighten my day no matter what because it is such a gift to have something special to read in a fandom for which there is so little. Thank you!

However, if you would like some specific ideas and guidance, read on )

So, the main message here is that I am so very grateful to have someone writing for me! I appreciate all the time and effort you will put into this story, and I will love it no matter what :) Happy Yuletide!
blacksquirrel: (Kitchen)
I've been a little out of sorts with food since I got here, bouncing between the joy of discovering Dutch cheese and yoghurt, and the frustrations of new stores, new ingredients, new pans, and a teeny tiny oven. I've ended up in a bit of a rut, mostly eating a number of variations on pastas and sandwiches that involve eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and basil - which is delicious, but rapidly loosing its charm.

So tonight I made curried cauliflower with potatoes and pomegranate, and it was wonderful. There's just something whimsical and decadent about pomegranates. They feel like such a treat.

Recipe Here )
blacksquirrel: (Laptop Veronica)
Ok, I have purchased a smartphone running android. Any suggestions for must-have aps?
blacksquirrel: (Lavandar Field Saignon)
I didn't know Sandy well, but she touched me deeply and I will miss her.

All my love to those mourning her loss.
blacksquirrel: (Foods - Sangria)
I have been enjoying summer back at home. Things are still quite busy as I'm trying to reconnect with all my family and friends here all at once, while also squaring away a million little details of the move. We've gone on a number of surprisingly fun and harmonious family trips up North and to the zoo, among other places, and I've gone to the farmers' market nearly every weekend, which has been lovely.

And, of course, I'm cooking quite a bit.

Because it's summer and it's unbelievably hot out at the moment, lets talk about ice cream.

I adore my ice cream maker, and some of my very favorite summer places around the cities (Grand Ole Creamery, Crema, Sebastian Joe's), and in France (l'Art Glacier) are ice cream shops.

So here are some of the ice cream recipes I've been making and enjoying lately :)

Lavender Ice Cream )


Salted Caramel Ice Cream )


Sweet Corn Ice Cream )


Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet )


Gazpacho with Basil Sorbet )

Enjoy!!
blacksquirrel: (Buddies)
Just saw the VividCon membership announcement and *Sadness* I will not be able to go this year! For the best of reasons as I will already be in Amsterdam by then, but It feels very strange and empty to not go for the first time in ... 7 years? 8 years? A *long* time! I will miss you all fiercely in August - please dance a little harder, squee a little longer, and smile a little wider for me.
blacksquirrel: (Hornblower ? !)
Please rec me slashy or otherwise queer (broadly defined) vids to music in the top 40 of the last two years. I am particularly looking for Lady Gaga and/or Ke$ha (sp? Can you incorrectly spell something spelled so egregiously?). Also, I am looking for accessible source, but that's negotiable. However, I already have vids for the following fandoms, and I'm trying not to repeat: Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Merlin, Star Trek, Highlander, Xena, Smallville, White Collar, Stargate: Atlantis, Lord of the Rings, Sara Connor Chronicles, Harry Potter, Buffy, Hercules.

So, top 40 music to none of those fandoms - if anyone has an awesome Inception/Dark Knight slash vid to Bad Romance, that would be perfect.

So, nothing too difficult, then ;p
blacksquirrel: (Holiday - Cake)
I am so very sorry for not putting this up earlier! And for continuing to cop out, really, because I'm not actually going to write a full letter this year.

First off, let me just assure you that if you've already started or finished a story for me, I will love and adore it no matter what because I am so excited to read a story in one of these underserved fandoms - that it's a present for me just makes it so much more special.

However, if you would still like some guidance, I'm going to refer you to Last Year's Yuletide Letter, my 2008 Yuletide Letter, as well as my 99 Kinks Meme because my tastes really haven't changed much and I've been waiting for the perfect moment to draft this year's letter, but finally accepted that there will be no time between now and the deadline when my life won't be completely crazy.

Thank you!
blacksquirrel: (Adventure Ahead)
I am currently traveling and will post a letter as soon as possible.
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