Ok, really this is mostly Sherlock.
Also featuring Dr Who, Whedonverse, BSG, Harry Potter, Star Trek (TNG and reboot mostly), Supernatural, and a dash of feminism.
Linking to this post rather than reblogging, because I’m about to take it off-topic and that is part of the problem with tumblr, really. :-D
But the turn that the conversation takes toward the end of the original response and throughout Emma’s follow-up comment into what makes tumblr so ill-suited for long, complicated conversations is (a) a thing that so many of us who have been doing fandom for a long time and across multiple platforms have observed, but also (b) a framing for it that I’ve never really seen before, and I think it’s interesting.
This is really fascinating! I’m reblogging for people in the Sherlock fandom who may not follow Wordplaying.
My grandmother once said to me, in that dignified, calm way of hers, “I love truck nuts.”
And I was like, “Wha- Excuse me?”
"I love those little plastic testicles that people can buy and put on their truck hitches," she said. "Because I can tell at a glance that the person is a horrible, offensive moron, and save myself from having to find this out via a conversation. It’s a wonderful time saver when you belong to a motor home club, dear."
She is right. Every time some idiot comes up with a t-shirt that says “Go make me a sandwich” or “No fat chix,” that is a kindness on their part. They are doing women, right thinking men, and society in general a great public service.
So that we can tell the douchebags at a glance. So we can determine, without a single word, that this person:
A. thought that this shirt was funny
B. no, seriously, they found that funny enough to SPEND MONEY ON IT
C. and has no one in their life to tell them that wearing it out in public is unacceptable
And is therefore not likely to be someone anyone wants to interact with. Turns out Gramma was right; it’s a great time saver in fan circles, too.
ARTICLE IN THIS WEEK’S ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY FEATURING MARTIN FREEMAN
This is such a great example of how you really can’t assume that you know celebrities based on what you read about them, because articles never really tell the truth.
This one makes it sound like he’s a rageball angry at anybody who presumes he might be a nice, polite sort of person. Other ones make it sound like he’s a ball of cuddly fluffiness. Other ones yet make it sound like his primary characteristic is being an escapee from the mod 1960s. Concepts that continuously crop up include “ferociously intelligent,” “vulgar to the point of it being on autopilot,” and “outrageously witty and funny.”
And by all accounts, he is a polite, generous, down-to-earth and appreciative person when approached courteously by fans.
It bugs me both that fans make assumptions about their favorite celebrities based on material they should know is unreliable because it’s profit-driven, and that these articles get written this way in the first place, flattening the complexity of a real human being down into some kind of artificial bite-sized chunks. People aren’t consumer items.
Sometimes what I learn about myself in my work as a children’s book editor is downright embarrassing and cringe-worthy: that despite my best intentions, my predominantly white upbringing, educational background, and chosen profession have not adequately prepared me to be as racially and culturally sensitive as I would like.
I don’t want to admit that about myself. And I really don’t want to admit it publicly on a diversity-themed website in front of the children’s literature community.
But I’m never going to make progress if I don’t call myself out and invite others I work with to call me out as well. And more to the point, since it’s not all about my personal development here, the books I help make aren’t going to reflect reality or drive change in our society if this important process doesn’t happen.
So let me share three lessons I’ve learned from working with Mitali Perkins, a writer as talented as she is kind and ebullient. Her books are terrific: vibrant characters, exciting and believable plots, natural pacing, clear themes—the whole literary package. Mitali is also a passionate advocate for inclusive literature, and she’s not afraid to let me know, in the nicest way possible, when I get in the way of that goal.
Btw, our tickets to England have been bought! Officially going August 6-18.
God, I hope I can get some Richard III tickets for those days.
So, I’ve set up this weekly schedule, with times to do dissertation work and times to write (fic, etc) and times to do other hobby stuff and a couple hours of unscheduled time per day.
And even, like, thinking about following it is freaking me out a little.
I have such problems with priorities. Like, anytime I think about actually working on ANYTHING I freak out a little b/c it means I’m NOT working on some other thing, and I wind up getting nothing done because I can’t give my permission to start any of it. So IDK if the schedule will free me a little because okay, I can work on X because that’s the point of right now, or if I’ll just keep staring at it freaking out.
And I look at it and there’s so much stuff I want to do that’s not on there at all, but I have to tell myself that if I can get the stuff that’s on there done (or at least worked on), then I’ll free myself up to do other things.
When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett [Johansson] does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that. There’s so many of these little people out here doing awful things for money in the world of being famous. And little girls see that. They should have the opposite spectrum of that to look up to.
Dreamboat, check, awesome human being, check.
#look at your favorites#now back to mackie#sadly your favorites aren’t mackie#but if they stopped being misogynistic assholes#they could be like mackie#look back at this post#this post is now that piece of furniture you’ve always wanted#and he found it in a dumpster#he doesn’t need a horse because he flies on the sighs of angels