morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
Megan Kent, one of the organizers of the Escapade convention is looking for anyone who might be interested in helping her  with a fandom  research project.

"I have a vision of some kind of graph/diagram showing conventions over time, and which ones influenced others, etc"

Please contact her directly at megan@escapadecon.net 
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Connie Faddis has graciously offered to allow us to post her fic online. For now, they will be available in PDF format download. If someone wants to convert them to html and post them on a fic archive, I'd be happy to put you in contact with her.

First up: The Place of Men-Made-Stone by Connie Faddis

Spock joins an anthropological landing party on a desert planet in hopes of a bit of R & R and ends up experiencing an episode from the planet’s past in which the indigenous Ummir drive the lizard-like Kivari to destruction for having enslaved them - creating the rock formations in the valley.
 

Dropbox link to PDF
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
Connie Faddis has graciously offered to allow us to post her fic online. For now, they will be available in PDF format download. If someone wants to convert her Star Trek fic to html and post them on a fic archive, I'd be happy to put you in contact with her.

Second up: The Third Wheel  published in the print fanzine Interphase.

Two reviews from Fanlore:

  • an excellent story, 'The Third Wheel' written from McCoy's point of view, which captures well the deep-down feeling between McCoy and Spock that we all expected was hidden there somewhere (1976)

  • It also follows Connie's pattern of both De Profundis and Mojave Crossing -- starting out good, and then somehow, magically, late in the story, something inside the story fuses and melts and transforms into something incredible and breathtaking and very different. And in the last conversation between Spock and McCoy it's no longer idfic but it's a pitch-perfect moment of connection, really sincere, meaningful, and just plain lovely. Like a plot twist, except it's not the plotline that gets twisted. An emotion growth-twist? A character-relationship-arc twist? I don't know, but the ending of The Third Wheel is the most heartwarming new thing I've read in some time (2014)
You can download the fic here.




morgandawn: (Cat Sleepy)
 If you are designing an Excel database with creator names how do you handle entries where the creator is listed as "possibly Morgan Dawn"? 

I can think of several ways...

Creator:  Unknown-Morgan Dawn might be best.  That way if you sort, all the Unknown-Morgan Dawn works will still be listed together.  They won't be listed next to the confirmed Morgan Dawn works, but still searchable. If and when the ID is confirmed it could then be moved to "Morgan Dawn" or even updated to "Mary Sue Lamb". It could also handle multiple guesses: "Unknown-Morgan Dawn-Mary Sue Lamb

The idea is to leave "Unknown" for those were we have no clue, and keep the ones where we are guessing in another grouping.

The other way is to have a second column that would add a Y/N in  "Presumed Creator" but I don't like separating data. Plus one more cell to fill in is a pain.


morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
The Media Fandom Oral History Project is in its 5th year. This  summer we were graced with a wonderful intern, Megan Genovese who was able to dedicate full time to the project. . Megan is returning to school and we would like to find 2-3 more interviewers to help interview those fans who were not able to schedule a slot with Megan over the summer. The interviews would be conducted over the phone using a dial in conference call system.

The commitment is modest - we're looking for someone to do 2 interviews a month over the phone. You would be responsible for contacting the fans, collecting the permission forms  and  scheduling a time to be interviewed. The interviews are 1-2 hrs long.

If interested, please email me at morgandawn @ gmail.com

Read more about the project here:  http://fanlore.org/wiki/Media_Fandom_Oral_History_Project

Please feel free to forward this info to anyone who is interested or link to this post.

We're also looking for fans willing to transcribe the summer interviews.


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 If anyone is going to fandom conventions and wants to help promote Fanlore, I have two flyers from 2011 that were approved by the Wiki Committee to hand out.

I also have flyers for other projects - 
Fanzine Preservation (multiple universities), the Sandy Hereld Digitized Fanzine Archives at TAMU, the Media Fandom Oral history project, the online zine about vidding, Videlicit etc. PM me or email me at morgandawn @ gmail.com and I can email you the flyers.


August
Vividcon - Aug 4-7, 2017 - Chicago (vidding) 
[personal profile] morgandawn 

WorldCon Aug 9-17, 2017 - Finland - anyone going?

Confluence 4-6 August, 2017 - Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel - anyone going?

September
Dragon Con -- 1-4 Sept, 2017 Atlanta, GA - anyone going?

World Fantasy Convention 2017
 -- 2-5 November 2017  San Antonio, TX. - anyone going?

Other lists of conventions: 

https://www.findcons.com/sci-fi/

http://fancons.com/events/
morgandawn: (Ariel Yes?)


UPDATE: I heard from them. The archive is closed to new submissions but the admins are still there and can be reached via their Help Desk. There are no plans to move the archive.


morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
 Syn Ferguson passed away on Dec 9, 2016. I reached out to her quilting group and they confirmed it (they did not provide any further details). She was 74 years old.
 
I had hoped to interview her for the oral history project this summer. 
 
I've updated her Fanlore page and have added a Memorial section. Please feel free to share this news and encourage fans to add their memories to Fanlore.
 
 
morgandawn: (Fair Use)
 The earliest date I have for AMV.org is Dec 4, 2000. Does anyone know if it was online earlier?

Also, when did AMVs start appearing online (either streaming or downlaod) and where? Examples wopuld be great
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hYX2fC at January 05, 2017 at 10:04PM

Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2hYX2fC at January 05, 2017 at 10:04PM
 

probablyintraffic:

I have been rereading the MsScribe saga today, which I now believe was so much more than an account of fandom because to have been able to write it is to understand fandom as it operated. This is important because we spend a lot of time on this website talking about how fandom should be, not about how it currently exists, as actual fact. Charlotte Lennox’s analyses of fandom, particularly, of how MsScribe was able to manipulate fandom, were very sharp, and talked about things that fannish people were not necessarily willing to talk about. 

A few things struck me as particularly prophetic about this current state of fandom.

  1. The fandom community is completely defenseless against bad faith actors who know how fandom works. 
    1. Consider MsScribe’s meteoric rise. Consider how knowing the right words is the one and only condition to being considered Good.
  2. Fandom operates on a couple of perverse incentives:
    1. Trauma will earn you not only sympathy, which it should, but also earn you authority to speak to a number of topics. 
    2. Trauma had become the only way that you earn authority to speak to those topics.
    3. In the times of MsScribe, this manifested in her story about her accident and her stay at the hospital, but it was very interesting how she trotted out the story in irrelevant contexts.
    4. MsScribe has also claimed to have experienced sexual assault.
    5. Now, this is combined with fandom’s de facto policy of Always Believe. This set of rules on which fandom operates does not mean that Always Believe should be done away with, but that we have to understand that it should come as no surprise that bad faith actors will exploit this rule.
  3. Accusations of racism and bigotry elevate fandom to a higher level of importance than it actually is.
    1. I have a post or two about how fandom is not actually important in the grand scheme of things, so I will not belabor the point here.
    2. Fandom still plays a huge part in the lives of fans, however, so it must be important, right? How do we make it seem more important?
    3. I believe MsScribe’s stunt with the racist and homophobic sockpuppets presages fandom’s abuse of social justice language. This is not a new point, but by elevating shipping wars to the levels of racism and homophobia, people can claim righteousness and justify their overzealous reactions.
    4. The thing is that nowadays, fandom no longer even requires sockpuppets to be made. Offences in order to generate appropriate outrages do not need to be odious neo-fascist statements; they are everywhere, manifest. You need to keep up with the latest non-ablest language, or you’re out. This is why fandom will never be able to surpass MsScribe’s sophisticated level of wankatry–there is simply no need for it.
      1. Separately, it amuses me to no end that fandom remembers Dan Savage as the guy who said some unwise things about asexual folks, and not one of the media dipshits who championed the Iraq war.

So a lot of the dynamics that we’re talking about right now have already been in existence in fandom, literally as early as the first true fandom history was written. Scary, no? But this is also why I completely reject analyses like Devin Faraci’s that paint this generation of fans as particularly “entitled,” as though “entitled” is not the right wing’s favorite bludgeon with which to hit Millennials. I also reject Aja Romano’s lol-tastic version of how fabulous and important fandom is in her numerous, brazenly ahistorical posts for Vox.com. I invite the likes of Charlotte Lennox, who has a real understanding of fandom and its history, as well as a willingness to talk about oft avoided things, to contribute to the discourse instead.

****Coming to you soon, maybe: A long ass post about everything wrong with Faraci’s and Romano’s takes on fandom.


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