spock: keep calm and carry on

Catching up on fandom snowflake

Day 3: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.
I did a big rec post less than a week ago. You can find it here.

Day 4: Introduce yourself to someone new.
No thanks! Much like a cat, I have very limited abilities to interact with new people. I did fill some fandom stockings for people I don't know, so we'll count that instead.

Day 5: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.
Okay, I know it's kind of unsporting to choose a BNF for this challenge, but Yahtzee is the writer I admire most. She writes beautifully crafted stories in lots of different fandoms, and she makes me interested in things I never knew I would like -- like, Joan and Sherlock on the eve of the apocalypse, or X-Men in weird British royalty AU's. She was one of the first writers I discovered when I found fandom over ten years ago, and I still remember hte first time I read her stories.

Day 6: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

1. Star Trek: I grew up in a small town among people who would swear they were open-minded and accepting but were actually very ignorant, and sometimes outright prejudiced. Star Trek: The Next Generation came on when I was five, and without knowing it, I began absorbing messages about a more inclusive world. By the time I was a pre-teen, I understood Star Trek's broader message of equality, and I knew it was the world I wanted to live in. Spock became a kind of role model for me. I was smart, nerdy, and an outsider in every way. Spock was too, and he made it look cool.

2. Star Wars: When I was very young, I loved superheroes and action movies. Even before I started school, I noticed that there were almost never girls in the shows I liked, and they never got to do anything important. I always wanted GI Joes, but my mom would never let me have them because they were boy toys. Star Wars was the first time I got to see a girl who was just as tough and important as all the guys. Princess Leia was kidnapped because she was strategically important, and she sassed Darth Vader. She was rescued and she sassed her rescuers. She could fly a ship and shoot a gun and lead a whole rebel alliance. I have never forgotten how much it meant to seea character who looked like me doing the things I wanted to do. Because of that, I do my very best to include every race, sex, and culture in my curriculum so my students never have to wonder why we don't read stories about people like them.
I love your Day 6! Spock was my man also, but I grew up watching him in TOS. Yeah, I'm that ancient. :) Leonard Nimoy rocks the world.

Great list. Thanks for sharing.