gaila: orions have more fun

Postity post post!

I do not really have anything to say. I just want to post for the sheer joy of posting. Maybe LJ downtime is good for me? I certainly cleaned lots of things in the house and pickled lots of things in the fridge. I even finished a draft of the story where Sulu thinks his mom is dead. (The link goes to an excerpt I posted a week or so ago.) It still needs a lot of work; the end is kind of sketchy, and the story shifted from past to present tense somewhere in the middle, and I cannot decide which is better. I think I am going to leave it alone for a week, tinker with it some more, and then send it to beta.

My big bang remains stalled at 15K words because Spock refuses to speak to me. This has never happened to me before (look at my user name!) and I am kind of traumatized, so I am coping with this problem by ignoring it. And let me tell you, trolling the make me a Monday posts at sherlockbbc is an excellent distraction. Basically, it is a little weekly kink meme without bizarre requests involving vampirism. (Those things always put me off browsing kink memes for prompts.) I picked up a Sally Donovan request and promptly wrote about half a story. I know exactly how I want it to end, but the words won't come out yet. I am sure it is not a surprise to anyone that the first thing I do when I pick up a new fandom is start writing stories about minor female characters. I like Sally though; she really puts her whole heart and soul into being a bitch.

When I was not writing stories, I discovered the joys of using delicious to find good fanfic to read. (How did this escape me for two whole years?) It's especially nice if LJ is down because it's easy to see which bookmarks go to AO3. Clearly, my ability to be fannish was not overly harmed by the absence of LJ. Also when I was not writing stories, I developed an alarming obsession with watching Hoarders on Netflix. I feel certain that I should find this how morally objectionable, or at least morally questionable, and instead I am enthralled. It's like watching endless variations of my family, except the people on the show have too much junk instead of too much alcohol.

What did you guys do with yourselves while LJ was down? And where can I find you on DW?
Oooh, I am so looking forward to the Sulu story! \o/ Sounds like you had a very productive and fannish time during the LJ outage. Except for sulky Spock. Maybe he has his pon farr and needs a few days off? Let's hope he returns in time.

I spent the outage on DW, on the AO3 with RPF and X-Men stories and socialising in person. It was fun though I missed LJ a bit.

[personal profile] illariy
I hid out on AO3, trolling for my favorite pairings and rereading the archives of a few favorite authors.

Can't remember whether we're already friends over at DW, but I have the same user name.
I definitely see more people on AO3 reading stories, which is a good thing :)

My big bang remains stalled at 15K words because Spock refuses to speak to me.

Maybe we could him put in a cage together with my refusing-to-speak-to-me-Pike and kick them both until they comply! :P

I started reading In Loco Parentis on ao3

which has just astoundingly good narration from Hermione's pov. It's over 80,000 words and I'm maybe 10,000 in and I don't know where it's going, but Hermione's voice had just Drawn Me In.

Also cogitating on my Samhain Smut piece, which I haven't started yet. I feel my prompt may be too complicated for the deadline and I may have to go to something a bit simpler.

And I'm looking for movie ideas to illustrate Rousseau's Discourse on the Origins of Inequality and The Social Contract. Any suggestions, anyone?
Let me know if you come up with something for Rousseau. He is my least favorite social contract philosopher of all time, but I should probably not just omit him from my curriculum because of that...

Thank you for the HP rec! I just might need to download something like that to my Nook...
Oh really? I love teaching Rousseau! I mean his gender politics are dreadful, but the Discourse on Inequality into the Social Contract usually gets a bunch of my kids excited, and several Defenders of the Free Market all up in arms.

I was going to do 12 Angry Men to illustrate democratic deliberation, but that movie gets so obnoxious I honestly didn't feel like watching it again, lol. So I'm showing portions of The Corporation to open a debate of corporate personhood and public vs private goods and services. It's Rousseau's economic theories that the kids are most interested in anyway.

Who are your favorite contract theorists?
Hoarders! It's totally addictive; I cannot stop watching that show -- maybe because I understand how easily and gradually one could reach that state. I definitely have a "collecting" impulse myself. The thought of falling into the hoarder trap is a scary one -- so if anything, I'm overly-vigilant about not keeping too much stuff and about keeping my counters and tables totally free of clutter. But that acquisitive urge is a powerful one.

I do think there are some ethical problems with Hoarders, though. I think the dramatic structure sets people up for failure. It's simply not possible for the hoarders to agree to part with as much stuff as they need to part with. If they were psychologically capable of getting rid of their hoard, they would have done so before now. So asking them on-camera to throw things away is cruel -- it puts them in a very stressful position, where they know they are being watched and judged. It's exactly the sort of situation that is going to make them desperate for the security and comfort that their hoarding behavior brings them. So of course they can't succeed. I think it would be much better for them if the crews just came in and did the cleaning-up with the hoarder being totally off the premises. But then, of course, there would be no show.

But still, I'm like you -- enthralled by it.

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I thought that it was bad to just throw out all of a hoarders stuff while they are gone because half their problem is failing to take responsibility for the clutter? But I do agree that the TV situation is weird. On the one hand, most of the people on the show are in crisis situations that require immediate intervention. On the other hand, a TV show seems like the most stressful way anyone could possibly choose to resolve a serious mental health issue. But they are choosing it freely...but then, the young children in the households are *not* choosing to have this problem exposed to all their classmates... From an ethical perspective, it is very confusing!
YAY about the Sulu story!! Sending you good creative vibes.

My sister (whom I live with) watches Hoarders. I can't bring myself to put on an episode personally, but when she has it on... I am compelled to stop whatever I'm doing and watch. Like you, I feel some moral twinge, and yet I'm fascinated. I'll confess that there's a trainwreck element to it, but also I never know if I'm going to be kind of heartbroken watching the featured hoarder in action (like the guy who hoarded rats) or if I'm going to want to smack them into the next zip code. Plus, as someone with packrat tendencies, there's also the "there but for the grace of God go I" factor.
Thank you for the encouragement about the Sulu story on my last WIP post. Your comment was one of the ones that inspired me to finish it!

I agree -- part of what's so fascinating about the show is that we can all empathize with it. I think everyone has too much stuff, and I really understand the people who say they need possessions to hold onto their memories. Even though I am definitely not a hoarder, I did just completely let my old apartment go. I never swept or dusted or put away my stuff, and somehow I did not realize how disgusting it was until I was moving out. So, even though I doubt I could ever let a house get as extreme as some of these people do, I can understand the mindset that helps them get there.
Yay, I'm happy to help :)

part of what's so fascinating about the show is that we can all empathize with it. I think everyone has too much stuff, and I really understand the people who say they need possessions to hold onto their memories.

Yes! Especially in cases where the hoarder is holding onto something from a dead loved one. Like there was one woman where two of her grandchildren had died, or another whose husband had died. It's like - I haven't experienced that, and who knows if that would push me over the edge from pack-ratting into full-out hoarding?