I originally began blogging regularly on LiveJournal in 2002
. It began with a few dribbles and drabbles and some waxing about a now-ex boyfriend that makes me cringe to this day, then eventually grew into something more. Sometimes, I was really consisted about it. Other times, I wasn't. There was one three-month period in 2005 where I pretended to make an "grown up blog" (aka non-fandom one) and detailed the first part of my life in Maine. That was quickly abandoned.
My LiveJournal is a time capsule of my 20s and first couple years of my 30s. It spanned two failed relationships, hilarious attempts at online dating, extreme fandom squee, lots of fanfic, just as much meta as there was fanfic, five major moves, a long-distance marriage, the beginning of Namesake, and coming to grips with infertility. But as time passed, and various fandoms moved elsewhere, so did I. I still read it every day, even if I don't comment. But I went from posting nearly every day to just 21 times in 2013. Out of those 21 entries, 14 were personal posts or reflecting on Doctor Who. At least two of them are apologizing for not updating more often. The other seven are fanfics.Like Neil Gaiman
, I stopped blogging, but I hadn't gone silent. I'm very active on Tumblr and just as engaging on Twitter. I interact with the necessary evil that is Facebook and try to remember the wallflower that is Google+. I secured a Medium account
, had a very brief fling with it, then was so afraid of being judged that I haven't found a reason to write anymore. My thoughts are scattered among Tumblr text posts, jotted down in 140 character bites, reblogged in epic fangirl squee, and disguised as alt-text in Namesake pages. Gather all those together and you have the snapshot of my life in 2013.
It was a good year. I drove to Toronto, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Montreal. Mike and I flew to Phoenix to surprise one of my best friends for her birthday, then drove to Tucson. I started a new position at PennLive and published the second book of Namesake. I penned my first solor comic script (lovingly drawn by Isa, of course.) I designed three more books beyond that. I drove into Manhattan for the first time and kept driving back. I got to visit the premature infant daughters of another good friend a couple weeks before they passed away, something that will continue to touch my heart. I wrote and wrote and wrote -- both original work and fanfic. I got back into embroidery and tried other crafts. I gained my first crown and lost a mole through surgery. I accepted the fact I might never have children of my own, and that's OK, because I have my books. Plus, there's adoption.
I gave up resolutions a long time ago, but I don't want to bypass blogging any longer. So, like with exercise, I'm going to ease back into it. It's a good way to let people know what I'm up to with my work, and it helps me to keep my thoughts focused.
And, yes, I'll make sure entries get copied back over to LiveJournal.
First thing's first: Isa and I have set our first con dates for the year. We'll be at MoCCA Fest in New York City on April 5-6
and TCAF in Toronto on May 10-11
. We've applied for Dragon*Con but have not heard back on that. There's a few more cons we're interested in, but registration has not open yet.
I am working on the script to "The Run," a comic that is debuting at TCAF. We're looking at roughly 28 pages right now, and the script has been painfully slow. I need to knuckle down and finish it within the week. Here's what's up on the immediate writing list:
- Finishing "The Run." It's about a quarter written.
- Finishing the chapter 17 script for Namesake
- Finishing the Chiseri/Adora side story, which is about 1/3rd done
- Editing/lettering "Knotted," a 12-page mini comic Isa is doing for the con season. She did the initial text, and I'm doing the dialogue editing and lettering.
- Lettering "Monster," the solo comic I mentioned early that was originally slated for an anthology. I'm not sure if the anthology is still happening. If it's not, we're also going to release this for the con season.
And, yes, I'm still penning fanfic. I'll never move away from it. It's a good writing exercise overall, and it helps spark my muse in other areas. Current items on my plate there include:
- A rewrite of "The Time of the Doctor" with Ponds instead of Clara. This is about half written and most likely the first to be posted.
- A rewrite/overhaul of "Take the Long Way Home." I'm not sure if I'm going to pull down the first version entirely or just overwrite what's there. I don't want to lose the reviews. I'm two chapters and an epilogue away from finishing it.
- A "what if?" fic set during "The Stolen Earth," exploring if Ten regenerated into Eleven instead of having "vanity issues." It's been interesting to see the ramifications, and I feel like all the characters that got the shaft: Rose, Donna, Harriet Jones, etc., have much better endings. At least endings where they maintain their own agency, which is a good thing.
- Assorted one shots. One shots are my meta vehicle.
I have procrastinated from sleep long enough. Until the next time!