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I would like to know: if you were talking to someone who had never watched any Dr. Who (such as myself), what would you extol as the primary virtues of the canon? for [personal profile] lassarina

I could take this question of "virtues" one of two ways: it either means "what's good about the series?" or it means "what's important about the series?"

"Good" is a lot more subjective. I could point to different narrative methods or characters, but there's always gonna be someone who despises Matt Smith's Doctor even though I adore him. There are probably people who hated the episode 'Blink,' though I honestly haven't met any yet.

If we're talking about virtues in terms of what makes Doctor Who really "important" and, to me, worth watching... the two words that come to mind right away are hope and inspiration.

Doctor Who encourages its viewers to explore, to move forward, to take chances, and to stand up for what has to be done. It encourages us to see the universe and the world around us as a place full of wonderful, joyous, terrifying possibilities, but also to see the value in what's already close to us. It teaches us that to think we don't need anyone is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. That no one is unimportant, that compassion must always be the first resort, that fear is a superpower.

As much issue as I take at times with current show-runner Steven Moffat, he has one quote that gets right at the heart(s) of it:

“When they made this particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray, they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts. And that’s an extraordinary thing; there will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the doctor."

And I'm going to add in a few images for good measure:

GIFs under here )

Those are the real reasons to watch.

Also, it's hella fun.

(ADDENDUM: Classic Who — that is, everything from the beginning in 1963 up to the start of New Who in 2005 — did get a bit left out in this post. It was a lot more focused on the ADVENTURE TIME IN THE UNIVERSE aspect and less so the heavy stuff — at least that's been my experience so far. But it's great to watch in itself, because ADVENTURE TIME and the little inspirational moments that sneak up on you.

And if you're ready to make the leap, I generally recommend beginning from the start of New Who. It's easy 'cause that's where Netflix starts it off!)
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Kingdoms - 10th Kingdom based invite only game

The industrial revolution has been brought about, something involved with that is bringing in characters
Network devices = magic mirrors
Super Steampunk
    Industrial level technology
    Tech + magic
Permadeath unless otherwise circumvented by a special event
Monthly optional events
No limits on OCs or types of AUs
    -The idea is we all trust each other enough to play our characters properly
    -Doubles allowed?? Maybe two of any given character allowed
    -Muncest allowed within reason: if it's a short thread, or if at least one other character is involved
AC is check-in only, no minimum comment count
    -If a player does not make the check-in date for two months, their characters are swept

Invite System
-5 initial players
-Every two months, they may intro a new character
    -It is possible to intro a new character outside of that window, but only by dropping another character first
-Every four months, they may either intro a new character or invite a new player
-Character/Player cap?
    -100 character cap
    -When the character cap is reached:
        -players may not invite new players
        -new character intros slows to every four months
        -mass event allowing for permanent death/leaving the kingdoms?
            -would let people have their characters go out with a bang
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I am really interested in how you write music, so I'd love to hear you talk about that! Like, how you go from "song idea" to "playable song." for [personal profile] yaysunshine

This is a question that comes up a lot during (the few) interviews Time Crash has done, so luckily I have a back-pocket standard answer... though at the same time, the process is so amorphous that it's still difficult to describe. But I can try!

Obviously it always starts with an idea. "We should write a song about Donna Noble," or, "I want to write a song that evokes I Am the Doctor (without committing copyright infringement)." In the first case, when I'm writing about a specific thing, I look to come up with themes, musical styles and lines of lyrics that fit the character: what does Donna Noble sound like? If I can land on a particular musical genre, what are some common tropes of the genre we can work to our advantage? In the second case, when I'm starting from wanting to write a song not about a thing but evoking something, I'm more free to let my mind float around the question until it snags on an idea.

Once I know what I'm writing about, in the case of a Time Crash song, I'll revisit the relevant episodes and take notes. Then it's a process of really starting to write the song, and that's where things get amorphous.

I usually start with lyrics, just 'cause that's how I do. Sometimes I freewrite to see if anything interesting comes out. Sometimes I'm lucky, and bits of the song just come to me in a burst of inspiration (the entire bridge of Who Am I came to me on a bike ride). Sometimes I come up with a line that needs a rhyme and make lists of words that might work. The rhythm and structure of verses and choruses comes pretty naturally to me. I might write a line and think, "That's it that's the chorus hook," or, "That's got real impact, but it'll be diffused if the line gets used too much, so that should be saved for the bridge/a verse."

The melody doesn't come after the lyrics so much as evolves alongside them. Most of the time, as soon as I've written a few lines I start to sing them in my head, and a melody forms. This sort of organic growth process will continue until I've got, like, a complete melody but one-and-a-half verses and also the last chorus has one missing line (because I seem to be allergic to repeating choruses whole-cloth, which is probably a symptom of being a musical theatre kid). So I need to play around with possibilities, let things marinate. If I can't find words to fill the holes, a few lines may need to be scrapped and re-written. This sort of puzzle assembly goes on until I have something I'm satisfied with.

Writing solo (read: non-Doctor-Who-based) music is more or less the same, but with less structure. It's pretty much just the "here's a line, here's another, here's a melody, oh look it's a song" process all on its own. That's how I've wound up with a number of songs that aren't any of them about one thing, because at any given point in the songwriting I could have thought the song was about something, but then it veered off in A Direction and I let it because it was neat.

That there's the most detailed description of my songwriting process I've ever given! Since in interviews there's usually more questions than that to be asked =P It's a very rewarding process, and I'm proud that I'm even able to describe it -- it means I've been writing enough to notice the patterns! And now I'm inspired to go home and write some more.
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Every week in December I'll write a post about a specific topic. Because I don't wanna force myself to do a post every day <<

But you still get to choose the topics! Pick a week at random or roll a die or w/e. Tell me what to write about. Challenge me~

Dec 1-6:
Dec 7-13: I am really interested in how you write music, so I'd love to hear you talk about that! Like, how you go from "song idea" to "playable song." for [personal profile] yaysunshine
Dec 14-20: Off-limits due to Yuletide
Dec 21-27: I would like to know: if you were talking to someone who had never watched any Dr. Who (such as myself), what would you extol as the primary virtues of the canon? for [personal profile] lassarina
Dec 28-31:
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Just back from Chicago TARDIS, the biggest Doctor Who-specific con in the Midwest. As for what happened there -- so, so many things. But this is the story of one specific thing.

How I got recruited into the Masquerade the day of... )

2013 Books

Feb. 2nd, 2013 12:27 pm
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Hey, remember when this used to be a thing? I don't imagine I'll get to 50 (I don't think I ever managed that once, even when I used to tear through books at a much faster pace), so I'm setting the bar at a modest 25.

2013: Books Read )
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Spoke to my dad yesterday about the CD (Ronen's debut album! Now available for $15 if you happen to run into me in person). We're working on the process to get said CD onto iTunes for online purchase, which also involves setting up an account with CDbaby. They want a profile, a list of similar artists and such. Should be fun, right? Until my dad (who, yes, helped me work on the album) comes out with this gem:

"I know there are some -- political things you like to do, but I think it's a good idea to avoid those until you have a following."

In other words, I shouldn't put stuff in my bio that might scare people away like, for instance, any mention of my gender identity.

My initial internal reaction was irritation but, because even after years of painstakingly growing the beginning of a spine I still have a crippling fear of confrontation, all I said was "That's a school of thought."

And then I spent most of this morning being fucking pissed off.

As if gender is purely political. As if my own thoughts on my own gender are something open to interpretation by anyone else. As if honesty is a luxury only reserved for those with a healthy fan base. And if anyone is going to avoid my artistic work based on which pronoun I use - because that's a subset of the people I'm going to attract if I avoid mentioning it - why the fuck do I want their 'support' in the first place?

I think my dad thinks he's approaching this from a business standpoint. He thinks there won't be enough out there for me if I'm honest from the start. I disagree because I know the queer community and its allies, I know fan culture and Tumblr culture and I know that all of them are huge, but I don't know how to get him to understand that. The fact that he's my dad in addition to being my business partner doesn't exactly make it easier. cut because this gets further into emotional territory from here. )

I've been calling 2012 the year I learned how to grow up (by my definition). I wonder if 2013 will be the year I learn to use my anger.

God, I hope so.
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Living off of others' words until I can get my own in order:

I'm trying to find my peace,
I was made to believe there's something wrong with me,
and it hurts my heart.
((Janelle Monae, 'Cold War'))

Push back, push back, push back,
in every word, in every breath.
What God doesn't give to you, you've got to go and get for yourself.
((Against Me!, 'Bamboo Bones'))

I know I am different! I have tried to be the same, but I am different! Why can I not be who I am?
((The Creature, 'Frankenstein' adapted by Nick Dear))

...yeah, having an angryemotional day.
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2012 has been a good year for theatre, hooboy.

I have to say that for being a supposedly cursed play, Macbeth sure does get produced a lot. I'd seen... four? Maybe five productions of it before last night. Way more than I've seen of any other Shakespeare, either way. It might be because I've seen so many interpretations (some better than others) that I'm rather fond of it. Or maybe that's the witchcraft.

Anyway, last night John and I went to see - 'experience' might be a better word - a wholly unique adaptation being put on in New York City: Sleep No More. It is truly an adaptation in that almost none of Shakespeare's original text is present, and in that the format is unlike most theatre. The production takes place on several floors of a building, and the audience - given white plastic masks and instructed not to speak - is free to wander around the space, to poke into drawers and around set pieces. You may or may not run into an actor or two at any given time, and you can try to follow a specific character when they leave the space, but... that doesn't always work.

When you add up everything that happens in Sleep No More, there's over 14 hours of material, but each guest only gets about a two-and-a-half hours' worth of experience. Before the experience begins, guests are advised not to 'cling to each other,' and John and I got separated about as early on as you possibly could...

Here follows spoilers, of a sort. )

That's enough for highlights, I think, but man, I'm still remembering all the little things I saw and felt and experienced while I was there. I would definitely go again - so long as the run keeps getting extended into infinity, the way it has been all year.
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I don't know that this dream necessarily meant anything (it might, it might not, who knows), but it certainly left a mark.

Doors that are not meant to be opened, places that are not meant to be explored. )
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(Note: This is a cross-post from my more public Wordpress blog.)

"You have a very active imagination."

That's what my dad said to me. We were sitting in the car (where we have most of our important conversations these days) on a rainy day, talking about my genderqueerness, and what my dad saw as the reasons I started identifying that way.

He was referring to the fact that I never grew out of playing pretend, and even as a child I took it very seriously. I put on a costume and I would become that costume. I would allow my outward appearance to transform my behavior. According to my father, my active imagination had led me to choose genderqueer as an identity I had wanted to put on. He wasn't saying there was no internal basis, but he was using my imagination as an excuse. In essence, he was saying that what I thought of as my Real Self wasn't 'really' real.

Read more... )
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Went and registered this journal on a whim. I haven't touched my personal Livejournal for anything like a real update since May. No big deal, I was just drifting away from it. Communicating through other avenues, Facebook or texting or Plurk or (gasp) actual real-life interaction. Trying other forms of blogging as well. Plus taking part in LJRP, which made logging into the RL journal seem like a chore.

But here I am now. I'll give it a go and see how long it lasts. Most of my entries will be locked, but I'm likely to leave one open here and there (mostly the fandom-based stuff).

See you next time!
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