my job is a fandom

ouma is already a problem, but I’ll never get over little kiibo;; hang in there saihara! 

So, serious talk.

How is anyone supposed to both have a full time job and be a solo 1d fan?

Like… how?

How?

I owe the life I live today to fandom. It’s a bit complicated.

I am an artist in her late twenties, working as an illustrator full time (meaning somehow I actually convinced people to pay me for drawing all day). I own a decently sized flat in a big city and while I struggle with mental health issues, I am coping and getting better. I get to see the world and work with international teams and have close friends I can count on. And that’s all because I was brave enough as a teen to post some fanwork on the internet.

Let me explain myself some more. 

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I’m reading The Lost Hero again and… Wow. There are so many things I had forgotten!

Well, this is how I see Piper in my mind now. Smol kiddo 100% ready for a fight.


She’s not the kind of girl I would befriend in school though. In Brazilian portuguese we have a word that kinda fits her: “Barraqueira”.

 At the beggining of the book she wants to fight every single girl who looks at her and especially every girl who looks at Jason, and this is really annoying. She basically wants to punch everybody to “show the world she’s strong". Of course I understand that, suffering from bullying all her life, it’s natural that she’s always in a defensive mood, but c’mon girl, just calm down. Pls.

 And to make it better, she kinda demonizes everything girly. I don’t blame her, the damn Riordan wrote her this way, but WOW it pisses me off. It starts with her judging Drew by her looks. “Too pretty, makeup, fashion style. Hum, must be evil.” And this judgement is then applied to almost every female character who does not follow the line “100% good”.

 And oh well, Aphrodite and her children. Do you guys remember the Hipnos Cabin? These guys sleep all the time, and do not seem to be good at battles. But still, whose fame is it to be useless in fights? Aphrodite’s children.

 “Ah but Hipnos’ children can make the enemy sleepy, blah blah blah”

 Aphrodite was born from Uranos. She’s probably as powerful as Zeus, or even more, because as we all know, even the gods can’t escape from love.

Love is a powerful thing. Love can be BRUTAL. So that story of Aphrodite’s children being always portrayed as supermodels who only care about their looks and boyfriends and can’t fight a bug is just RIDICULOUS

Sorry about it, is just something that really bothers me.

SPN Love

So I had lofty aspirations this week.  I wanted to go through the list of Tumblr’s I follow - 162, and send love individually.  I made the message pretty much the same but tried to find gifs that each person would enjoy.  If the Tumblr didn’t accept messages with someone they don’t follow, I sent a prayer up to keep their creative hearts safe - there are only 8 of these folks <3  If there was a KoFi link, I hit it.  My tax refund check allowed this sharing of cash, plus Creation hasn’t released a new campaign, so it’s like I am flush :P                                      I do not write fanfic or create beautiful aesthetics or anything like that.  What I want to do is help foster all of the creative souls sharing their efforts.  I want the Tumblr world to feel the appreciation I have for angst, fluff and smut in all of its forms that represent the Supernatural Universe.  I am constantly astounded at how deep these stories go, how detailed and how spot on the characters are portrayed.  AMAZING!  I love how every one is supportive and I feel voyeuristic as I follow the interactions you guys share.                                                             Things I learned in the process, Tumblr has a limit on how many individual messages you can send in a day - I think it’s 100.  That was disappointing.  There truly is a SPN gif for everything, if your search is specific :)   Doing this was fulfilling and I understand why people share.  Creating that connection is wonderful.  Hopefully I didn’t scare anyone off by being so direct.                       I truly do appreciate the hours of enjoyment I have found here and if anyone needs encouragement or a giggle, please call on me to assist.                                                          All the love <3   Michelle xoxoxoxo

Your creative fandom pursuits are not a waste of time.

I hand-coded a fansite in 2001. The results would make your teeth hurt today but I learned about HTML and CSS.

A piece of meta went semi-viral in 2003. That taught me about traffic and analytics and what the Internet likes. Consulting to improve web site traffic was a tidy side income for me last year.

I never made the leap from fanfiction to original fiction, or writing for novelisations of Star Trek and Doctor Who - but I have fandom friends who did.

I got my last job because of Wordpress and Tumblr. I explained what tags were as part of an information architecture demonstration. Yes, I know. Still: hired!

I got my current job because of the online content skills gleaned over 15 years in fandom. “You’re a digital native.”

Creating art, stories, meta, videos, zines, shirts, RPing, managing a series of stories, tracking your traffic, responding to comments and debate, being part of a community - it’s all good.

Your creative fandom pursuits are not a waste of time.

Hello. My name is Paige. I play The Sherlockian Game which is a game that’s been around for over 100 years. I attempt to solve puzzles in the BBC Sherlock universe by cross-referencing Victorian literature and modern Holmes adaptations. On Tumblr people who do this are referred to as “conspiracy theorists” – which can mean many things, both good and bad, depending on your perspective.

I also ship Johnlock like it’s my job.

However.

I really like Adlock. It’s what brought me into the online Fandom.

To think one must be a certain kind of fan with very distinct fictional character loyalties in order to play the Sherlockian Game or to be part of TJLC is ridiculous.

What kind of fanfiction you read in your freetime should not negatively affect how people interact with you online.

If you disagree, that’s fine, just don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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Imagine outsmarting Stephen Strange but him being proud of you instead of annoyed.

You pressed your hand against Stephen’s neck, panting softly. “You’re getting predictable, Strange,” you chuckled breathily, taking a step back and dipping your head. “Soon I’ll be able to beat you without even using sorcery.”

Stephen arched a brow and straightened his tunic, “Do you speak to the Ancient One like that?” he asked, gaze flickering briefly with amusement.

You smiled, smoothing your hair down, “No. You’re just special.”

Stephen readjusted his sling ring. “That move you used was unconventional.”

“It worked, though, didn’t it?” you pointed out, blinking at him.

“In a real battle, it may not have worked so well,” Stephen warned. You wilted slightly, a frown creasing your features. Stephen’s expression softened and he rested a scarred hand on your shoulder. “Still, I’m impressed. Good job.”

Gif Credit: Strange

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Up for a writing challenge? Use this click and drag AU generator to discover an AU that’s a little out of the norm and write something! Long or short, it’s still a good writing exercise. This includes 60 items.

  • So how did the musician fall in love with veteran?
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You tell their story!

Because my OTP is never STRAIGHT


And is always RIGHT


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Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto [2016.07]
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Thoughts while playing The Freshman Book 3 Chapter 15: Take A Chance on Me

Chris is about to present and Zig hasn’t been replaying to our texts. Why do I have a feeling he’ll stride through the auditorium just when someone’s gonna say “Speak now or forever hold your peace”? You know, like in the movies when the bride and groom are about to kiss and the old lover comes along? Okay back to the game…

Awww, poor Chris. He’s so deflated. :(

Dean Stafford looks like Dustin Hoffman. But scarier. And with sleeker hair.

Of COURSE Sebastian is buttering up to him.

Eek, diamonds scene. Why do we need diamonds to get a word in with the Dean? *buys diamonds anyway*

Smart move, Chris. He’s telling the Dean that he’s defending other scholarships too in addition to Second Chances, but Sebastian’s been against it. The Dean looks shocked.

“Before I even realized it, I was was writing because it was fun.” - MC talking about how her scholarship helped her discover her passion. I guess we know what major she’ll choose soon! 

Chris has really evolved from being “just” a football player, hasn’t he? Very nice character development, PB. Very nice.

Sebastian’s being a dick already. “I propose we cut all scholarships…”

15-minute recess! Let’s go get Zig!

“Hey, I have a concept for you. It’s called giving me my space.” I like that line. I will use that line. *makes mental note*

MC and Chris are trying to convince Zig to go and I’m super liking the interaction. “As if someone who’s had it as easy as him could relate to me.” I think Zig just voiced out a thought many of us have had in our lives at some point.

“Zig, we aren’t mirror images of each other, but I still want you to succeed.” - Chris. Awww. They actually kinda are mirror images of each other. Right, @lanapowellblog​? ;)

And he’s in! Woohoo! Let’s do this! Zig’s speaking now. He works as a barista on campus, he says. Okay that’s ONE question outta my head. The coffee shop is within the University, not outside. Canon now. Got it.

“It feels like a bookend in my life.” Zig says about his criminal record. :(

Tripp is asking if he had put any dreams on hold. “I may not look the type but I’ve always loved math.“ I HC Zig majoring in statistics. Please make it happen, PB. He’d be so kickass in it. He’d be the sexiest statistician ever. Oh my god.

GOOD JOB, ZIG. WE’RE SO PROUD OF YOU. THE WHOLE FANDOM IS CHEERING FOR YOU, CAN YOU HEAR IT? Thunderous applause for you from all the timezones in the world!!!

Success! The Dean liked the proposal, encouraged Zig to apply and that he’d go over his application personally.

Okay, one on one time with Zig… they’re patching things up. Good for them! Friendship restored.

Chris comes up saying he got a text from Darren. Darren!!! Oh he just wants to hang out with Chris, not us. Hahaha. Toink. *bops self on head* Me and my wishful thinking.

Kaitlyn wants to go shopping for Spring Fling! *prepares to mine for diamonds*

Bonding time at the store! I love that the three girls can hang out together without getting into a catfight. THERE IS PEACE! And shopping! Lots of shopping!

Ooooh nice! Abbie and her orange dress! STUNNING! Tyler’s gonna go speechless when he sees her.

Kaitlyn’s dress is gorgeous too!

YAY OUR TURN. Hmmm… They’re all gorgeous! I’m gonna go with the sparkly blue one. My MC looks like an Egyptian princess in it. 25 diamonds will be well spent.

Someone’s at the door. There’s a hipster on the steps. Oh wait it’s James. Whuuuuutttt.

“I’m back from LA for good… and I want to talk.”

The end.


Final thoughts:

*throws confetti in the air* So much closure on so many levels! Chris’ presentation went well! Zig came through! We made up with Zig! The dance is happening soon and we have new clothes! James is back! So many quotable quotes from this chapter. We will be very screenshots-happy this week. :D I LOVE YOU PIXELBERRY! Thanks for this wonderful chapter!

I know everyone here have had heard about the drama involving me and some anti. Here’s my side of the story. If anyone is trying to offend me the first thing I’ll do is to defend myself. Trying to hurt me by talking about my fave and comparing it to yours, will not get sympathy from me. I’m not going to apologize for what I did when I’m the one who got provoked on the situation. Poke the tiger and the tiger will bite back. And to the antis who don’t like to be called out names. Maybe you should do the same too and stop calling out me names just cause you don’t like my ship. Respect goes both ways. I’m not going to bow down to some haters just cause I hurt their feeling. cause when you think of it none of them apologize when they attack and bullied me and hurt my feelings.

No one apologize to me when they called me homophobic -I’m a trans woman
No one apologize to me when they called me white racist cis - I’m Filipino born from a Chinese mother and a Spaniard dad
No one apologize to me when they called me a nazi sympathizer - my grandma was a WWII survivor who almost became a comfort woman to Japanese soldiers when they invaded Philippines
No one apologize to me when they called me abuse apologist - I just escape a 10 years toxic abusive relationship and I’m still recovering from it
No one apologize to me when they called a rape apologist - I was rape by my filthy landlord when I was 18 and no one was there to help me

Ok not saying this to get sympathy. I’m saying this so I can explain why I reacted the way I reacted to the anti. I had enough. I had enough of their drama and their bullying. So to my followers if you were offended by what I did. You are welcome to unfollow and block me if you wish. I’m not going to stop and change your mind or say the right thing just to earn a follower. This is me and this is who I am. If you don’t like me for who and what I am. Unfollow button is just right there. I am a bitch to a person who is a bitch to me. I’m not fake I’m not going to sugarcoat anything just to appear perfect in your eyes. I am human I could make mistake and say the wrong things, but one thing for sure I’ll admit to my mistake if there is and I would not play the victim. I’m done being the victim.

And to the anti, almost a good job trying to turn my fandom against me. You guys can’t push me away so you guys resorted to acting like the victim and making me look like the evil incarnate. And like you guys have done nothing wrong at all. And asking the karamel fandom to block me. Nice try. But your not getting rid of me that easily. Whether you like it or not