So, I now have a new hobby: genealogy. It’s kind of the best/worst thing for someone like me – research intensive, no need to actually WRITE results of the research, and (sometimes) heavy on instant gratification. It’s also riddled with intense wishful thinking and enough group thought that weeding through legends and hopes and outright […]
I’ve been doing this every year since 2015, and it’s a good way of kind of charting for myself what I’ve managed to do over the course of the previous year… although I’m a bit hard-pressed to remember exactly what it all was, tbh. So we can start with: ongoing peri-menopause, which continues to be […]
As some of you know, I’ve been organizing a trip to Japan for a small number of media & fan studies academics which is beginning just under three weeks, on Dec. 15. People will sometimes ask – about anything, not just this – well, how did it get started? And there are three answers: With […]
Despite the fact that I’ve managed to do nothing productive for several weeks now, it’s actually been a busy month or two. I presented a paper on the online fandom of Yuri!!! on Ice at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Toronto; while there, I was also able to hang out […]
If you’re looking not to be spoiled, please go no further. I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone! I will say I liked it, so if you didn’t, more power to you and I really don’t want to debate anything.
I (seem to) do this recap of the year’s milestones every year, and since I don’t anticipate any more happening for the remainder of the year (other than my son turning 10 OMG TEN in exactly one week), this seems as good a time as any to do the thing.
Or, doing what others can’t do. As I slowly make my peace with not being a ‘real’ (read: employed in an institution of higher learning) academic, I’ve turned my attention to what I do want to do. Although financial precarity is always only an unanticipated catastrophe away, I’m blessed with a spouse who believes in […]
Just back from the University of Huddersfield, where the 2017 Fan Studies Network Conference was held this year, commemorating both five years of FSN and the opening of the Centre for Participatory Culture there. My biggest takeaway from the conference was a kind of zeitgeist that, for me, both re-energized my own commitment to what […]
This seems to be a thing I do every year now, mostly to remind myself that I actually have accomplished some things over the past year. I usually just do professional stuff, but this has been one of THOSE years (I mean, 2016, amirite?), so I think this time around I’ll throw in personal stuff as […]