Another day of Happy Meme!
This one is a two-fers... well, maybe a three-fer, because two-fers make me happy... And it'll be a long one, because of it's Importance to me and my life, and how while I do try and keep a bit of distance between Fandom!life and Real!life, it's really hard to do that because the one feeds the other. Addendum-1:
In a fit of self-editing, I'm putting all the ho-hum stuff behind a cut. Feel free to read it if you like, but you'll get the jist of what I'm trying to say [which is surprisingly difficult for me, actually, considering] by what's left out
of the cut.Audio Books & Harry Potter
I like audio books. I was never much of a reader until, oh, probably HP:PoA. [Seriously, I'm one of those statistics you read about when they say "HP made people read again!"] I read what was required of me and what I did read was mostly things about programming, HCI, and AI. But I had read HP:PoA after reading PS and CoS [the first two, I preferred the movies, I think, more than the books], and it was PoA that got me really interested.( Collapse )
The problem was that I was traveling a lot, and by car. So I opted to buy the audio books. Jim Dale's characterization, more than anything, made me like the story more than I probably would have had I just continued reading. But HP wasn't enough! So I started downloading lectures from The Teaching Company and the Modern Scholar, stuff that interested me: ( Collapse )
But then my traveling life changed and I was no longer trapped in a car for long periods of time. So I read. I wasn't really interested in the 'classics' quite yet—that wouldn't come until much later—but I needed to read something. Fandom pushed that need over the edge.
Now this is where circuitry crosses and things get a bit
hairy. My re-interest in learning German hits about the time of HP:GoF. Buying the UK editions helps me realize my interest in the evolution of the English language. ( Collapse )
Then I got into Fandom, because waiting for HBP just... wasn't on. I mean, I didn't appreciate OotP as much as many others did, but I felt some
thing was happening... probably because something was
happening. Fandom helped satisfy my hunger, as I'm sure it did with most of you, until a new book could be released. And that, of course, brought me into writing, which got me closer to grammar, because I wanted to understand as much as possible about the nuances of BE vs AE. ( Collapse )
The point here isn't to pat myself on the back; rather, I want to point out that Fandom [which I'll always capitalize for its importance in my life] by way of Harry Potter, by way of audio books, has opened my eyes to a part of my creativity that had been forgotten. ( Collapse )
I don't want to say that I was lost before Fandom; I was perfectly happy in my chosen degree and field. But it has re-opened my eyes to new-old possibilities. I do want to be an editor, I think, even if freelance, but an editor like Perkins was for Fitzgerald—and believe me when I say, you lot should be studying Perkins, not Fitzgerald. I wanna hole up in some mountain retreat for two months with pir8fancier
and be there when she creates her Magnum Opus, which I've a feeling is soon coming.
So because of audio books, I get into Harry Potter. Because of Harry Potter, I get into Fandom. Because of Fandom, I get into the English language in all its glory—and German, too—and it reinvigorates a desire to learn more, write again, and edit. Basically, because of audio books [and Harry Potter], I am where I am today.
Oh, and this post is proof that even 'editors' need editors. I basically could have just let it stand with the last paragraph and you lot would have gotten my point. :lol: Rambling!Gabe does it again.Sidepoint:
Maybe this should be a fourth-day Happy post, but it's tied directly to reading, about which, as I've already prolixed* is directly related to my life in Fandom. But the love of new words.( Collapse )
Challenge us! Were that a necessity, to write only with words we already know, then we'd be reading stories that have "see draco, see harry, see draco stick it in harry pooper. harry like it in pooper."
Actually, that could be quite funny, but I digress... er, too late, huh?
Anyway, my point is that Fandom—and reading, in general—should remind us English-speakers that English has the most words of all the languages. Some of it useless, some of it weird, all of it wonderful. If it fits your story and any less than that word would dull the shine [nice title, by the way!], then use it! Don't be scerd. For every one person who complains, they'll be at least three persons who love you for it, and at least 2 ESL'ers who appreciate—and rise up to—the challenge.Big Gay Footnotes
* Yes, I know 'prolix' is not a verb, but hey... you can forgive me! I mean, it's English. If we can't make verbs out of nouns, then what's the point in living!!?!?!?!? ;-P