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First off, happy birthday, Harry! (And best wishes to you, too, Neville and Dudley.) Hard to believe you're 35 today. For some reason this morning I remembered that a few years ago I had written a tiny fic about July 31, 1980--both baby Harry!fic and a little celebration of the birth of my first nephew--and it shocked me to realize the nephew is now eight and the oldest of three (the oldest of five, if you count nieces and nephews on both sides of the family).

That was fast.

I've been feeling a little adrift fannishly lately, flist. I haven't written a word of fic yet in 2015, which may not come as too much of a surprise, given how little I write in any case, but writing is what makes me feel like a fan, and I miss it. Even worse, though, I'm not reading much, just keeping up with journals on LJ/DW. A few of my seasonal activities have fallen by the wayside--no [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder this April, and I didn't run lgbtq_recs this June--and I haven't been good about trying cool new(ish) things, like hp_silencio or reading221b. How do I get my fannish enthusiasm back? How do you do it, flist?

That said...

I was lucky enough this past weekend to have lunch with kellychambliss, who updated me on her whirlwind trip to Florida earlier this month, and I shared a spectacular diner breakfast (berries! waffles! french toast!) with onehundredmoons, who listened to me prattle on about my little nephews yet again. Last week, closer to home, I met up for the first time with [dreamwidth.org profile] king_touchy, who gave me the most lovely orange-flavored decaf coffee and reassured me that fannishness ebbs and flows over the years. (And who might be able to keep me company at Gridlock in Bethesda, MD, in August, so that's something to look forward to.)

On vacation in June, I met up with whymzycal, enjoyed some Ben and Jerry's and gorgeous weather, and revisited the book store where I used to work more than fifteen years ago (now a trendy bar-and-games locale). And earlier in June, I crashed a Snarry meet-up and *finally* got to meet flisters torino10154 and alisanne as well as new fannish comrades [dreamwidth.org profile] lilyseyes and emynn. And even earlier this summer, I spent a weekend with rose71 and talked until I felt slightly light-headed. (Thanks, Best Listener Ever.)

In short, it's been a lovely summer, filled with fans, if not with fic or my favorite fictional characters. I can't feel too bereft looking at this list--I may not be reading and writing the way I used to, but you folks are still there, and even more brilliant than ever.

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brighty18
Jul. 31st, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
I've been feeling a little adrift fannishly lately, flist. I haven't written a word of fic yet in 2015, which may not come as too much of a surprise, given how little I write in any case, but writing is what makes me feel like a fan, and I miss it. Even worse, though, I'm not reading much, just keeping up with journals on LJ/DW.
I feel you here. I haven't written anything, either, and, other than [Unknown LJ tag], I've barely done anything - including reading. Hell, I might not even write until rs_small_gifts.

My gawd, though... Harry would be 35!
magnetic_pole
Jul. 31st, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
35!!! I know. I think part of my confusion is due to the fact that Dan Radcliffe is significantly younger than Harry--born in 1989, not 1980, just looked it up--and part due to the fact that, for me, Harry was 11 in 2001 or 2002 or so when I started to read the books (and was about 30, myself).

Re: fannish blues: you're such a great journal-writer, though, B! Is that keeping you feeling connected? You're one of the folks I log in to read about--you've been so good about updating and so thoughtful about doing so. M.
torino10154
Jul. 31st, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
It was so awesome to see you!! <3

I now have so much modly stuff on my plate that I don't write as much as I'd like which makes me sort of sad. That said, someone's got to do this stuff, too, and I do get satisfaction from presenting a good fest.

As for getting my mojo back, I tend to re-read favorite fics, especially OTP stuff but not always. I actually re-read my own stuff, too. I do know that some people those things don't work though, reminding you of the good old days when you actually wrote stuff. LOL Fortunately for me, it doesn't work that way.
magnetic_pole
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I was able to meet you at last, T!

I've seen you juggling modly duties (and have so much admiration for that)! Perhaps I should get back in the business of tiny fests or challenges? I used to do that and enjoyed it. But I'm definitely going to re-read some of my old fic, as you suggest--if only to remember the good feeling I had on finishing it. :) (Writing, not so much...) M.
kellychambliss
Aug. 1st, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
It was such fun seeing you, my dear!

I enjoyed your Happy Harry Birthday fic -- they all sound just as I would expect.

Not sure how to get the fannish enthusiasm back. I've been fighting the down-turn myself. I want hp_beholder back!
magnetic_pole
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun seeing you again, too! Though we've got to stop meeting on the hottest day of the year.

Thanks for reading the ficlet! (I know they're not your favorite characters.) My friends and family were just starting to have kids at that point, and it's funny how different it all looks now.

I miss Beholder, too. I think that's partly why I feel so rudderless. M.
write_out
Aug. 1st, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
You used to work at a book store? So did I! Have we already talked about this?

I'm sorry your fannish enthusiasm has waned this year. Would rereading the books or watching the movies kickstart things for you? I was never in HP fandom even though I love the books. For me, watching eps, reading fic, and seeing all of the pretty on Tumblr helps keep my fandom spirits up. I get moments of burnout too, but for the most part I am still pretty excited. I am not a creator though, so I'm sure it hits harder when you have created things and then stop. I hope you do find a way to get your enthusiasm back.

It sounds like you've had a fantastic summer so far. Lots of great get-togethers!
magnetic_pole
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:47 pm (UTC)
Did you work at a bookstore, too? Yet another example of our parallel lives! Though I have no indie cred whatsoever--I worked at two chains, one right out of college, one about a year later. Still, I loved it. (Grad school had not yet killed my infinite capacity for reading.) What about you?

Now that I look at my own post, I think I've been using fannish get-togethers to spark some of the old excitement, and I started re-reading the HP books this weekend. I think I'll also go see Mr Holmes--have you? It would be fun to create a little comm and report back to other watchers.

I wish I were more into fandom on tumblr, but I'm just...not. I don't mean to belittle anyone's enjoyment, but...so many boys. I guess that's true of fandom in general, but I find it easier to overlook my own contradictions with with fic and discussion. :(

I look forward to the day that travels bring you to this part of the world! M.



splix
Aug. 1st, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
Sorry you're feeling adrift. When I start to feel that way I go back to the source material - the show, book, movie, whatever - and usually remember what it was that attracted me in the first place. Hope you can find something to help!
magnetic_pole
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
You're absolutely right about going back to the books or the shows--and I started an HP reread last weekend. Perhaps it's just mid-summer blues, as I put my nose to the grindstone and gear up for the semester. Another chapter of The Green Gown helped, too! :) M.
splix
Aug. 5th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm glad you got a bit of a boost. I'm having midsummer blues myself, so I totally get that.

And it's so good to hear that you're still reading! From your post I sort of thought you'd decided it wasn't for you, but it's a thrill to know you're making some exceptions. :)
magnetic_pole
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
I saw your post about the midsummer blues (sorry to hear that, S) and the comment that you wished the semester would start (which made me laugh). I'm treasuring every day and trying to get *just* a little more work done before then! To each their own.

I'm definitely still reading and still enjoying The Green Gown. (Mostly my malaise has to do with having little energy for exploration or new authors.) But let me leave a comment at AO3, rather than chatting here, which seems a little tacky of me. More soon. M.

minervas_eule
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
You know what your post made me do?? I picked up the first HP book of my "adult collection = fancy cover" and started to read it again (this collection of my own for the first time) after probably 10 years :-)) - "Happy Birthday, Harry" indeed!!
magnetic_pole
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
Me, too! I started with the first books this past weekend, and I'd forgotten just how humorous the books are. Silly jokes, social satire, surreal juxatpositions, you name it. You'll have to let me know how you're enjoying them... M.
minervas_eule
Aug. 5th, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
I am in the middle of Book 3 now. It is so good to be back on the Original again; to have the places described in words is just delightful and there is so much more of dialogues and so on...
magnetic_pole
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
Book 3!?!? I'm on, mmm, Chapter 5 of Book 1. (Of course, reading before bed doesn't always guarantee speed!)

The places *are* delightful. It's interesting to realize what parts of canon fandom *hasn't* picked up on--the humor (for the most part), the interest in world-building, Hagrid (who's huge! in a major character-sense, not just physically), the Quidditch (ergh, thank goodness), etc. You'd never realize what the books are like from reading fanfic. M.
islandsmoke
Aug. 2nd, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
We're out here, just a little drowsier than of old. ;)
magnetic_pole
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it! Enjoy a little of that mild New England weather for me! DC is all heat and humidity these days (perhaps one reason I'm feeling the blues...) M.
whymzycal
Aug. 3rd, 2015 07:00 am (UTC)
Meeting you was AWESOME. You are a most splendid human being, and I hope to see you in person again sometime. ♥
magnetic_pole
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
Meeting you was SO MUCH FUN! Thank you so much for doing all that driving (ugh). I'm glad the stars aligned.

Meanwhile, what was that wonderful ice cream flavor you suggested (and I got)? I'm getting so old--I can't remember! M.
whymzycal
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
So worth it! I would have driven twice as far for a chance to hang out. For real.

Ooh, it was Hazed and Confused. It's fantastic, right?!
magnetic_pole
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
Hazed and Confused! Excellent! I'm trying to type up a diary/notes from the trip and could not for the life of me remember the flavor--and it's not that I just couldn't remember the name, I couldn't remember tasting the actual flavor, even though I remember sitting on that bench and thinking "I'm so glad D mentioned this to me." Now it's all coming back. *sigh*

Are you getting ready for a new semester, or are you on to new career adventures? I've been thinking about you. M.



whymzycal
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's the one that has what amounts to a Nutella core. Om nom nom.

Getting ready for a new semester. Alas, the new job didn't pan out. I am bummed! But it means I get to keep teaching, and I'm going to apply to All the Places this upcoming term. My fingers are crossed!
magnetic_pole
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:59 am (UTC)
Go, you! I have all appendages crossed, pretzel-like. :)

And, honestly, I don't think I've ever encountered a bite of Nutella that didn't make me blissfully happy. Excellent suggestion. Mmmmm..... J.
cranky__crocus
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
Looks fannish in the best possible way to me!

But I'm with you on the writing thing. I'm hoping that if I really do manage to keep up on LJ in the future, I'll find some fests I'm interested in, whether HP or femslash or whatever else.
magnetic_pole
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
Looks fannish in the best possible way to me!

*nods* After I typed up all those meet ups, I actually felt better. I'll find my spark again somehow, in HP or something else, but in the meantime I've got some of the best company possible.

Meanwhile, I've been thinking about you because a former student just started a grad program in your city and was telling me how very excited he was about living there.

A friend made a comment the other day about "dead" blogging platforms like LJ, and I just winced. I'm trying out Facebook this summer to keep in touch with some folks there, but they do some seriously dubious stuff over there, and I just *like* the format and folks here. I'm hoping reports of LJ's demised have been greatly exaggerated... M.
cranky__crocus
Aug. 5th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm excited for your former student! It's an exciting place to live and, from what I've heard, an exciting place to do a grad program (regardless of which university).

I just grin when I hear people make digs at "dead" blogging platforms, too. I've seen the rise and fall of plenty of blogging platforms--xanga, deadjournal, insanejournal, others--and though I've never remained those places (as many others haven't as well), I've always stayed here/dreamwidth (which is not so difficult to pair together, as we've seen). Tumblr may be popular, too, but there are plenty of people who are good at doing both.

I've been here for more than 10 years; it'll be a bit hard to dislodge me now.
magnetic_pole
Aug. 5th, 2015 01:29 pm (UTC)
Actually, K, now that I think about it, I've been here a little more than nine years, which is longer than I've lived anywhere as an adult. And while folks have come and gone, there are a handful I've known since the beginning, as well as a few who, like you, are so chatty and delightful they feel like long-time friends. *hugs* This all may just be a mild mid-life crisis on my part.

The student's at the design school in your city (I suppose I don't need to be quite so tight-lipped in comments) and I'm excited for him. It's a good place to think about city. M.



cranky__crocus
Aug. 7th, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)
Same! I've been on LJ through junior high, living with my parents, graduating high school, university in England, my first (rented) house in Providence, and now the house that has actually been purchased by my household. That's a lot! *Grins.* Always happy to be a new-or-old friend! :D *Hugs back.*

Ahhh that school! Very good one. Closer to my old house, I think, but still fairly close. If he happens to need any quirky/weird young adult friends, send him to my castle! :P
secretsolitaire
Aug. 11th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
Hey, you! Glad you're having a good summer. I have not found too much success in getting fannish enthusiasm back once it's started to fade; I usually end up floating into some other more shiny fandom. :/ (I am on the hunt for a new fandom at the moment, actually, though it would make life easier if I could just fall back into HP!)
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