Feet of clay, death of author

Problematic personal behavior on the part of a creator does not mean I can’t like what they create.

This is a thing I tell myself a lot.

Me with Sir Patrick Stewart

“Can you hold this–?” “No.” “O-oh.”

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting or interacting with a few people who were responsible, in whole or in part, for movies or books or stories that I grew up with. When you meet people like that, you have this image built up in your head of how they’ll be, constructed from the work of theirs you’ve consumed and the stories you’ve heard of other people meeting other content creators. Who hasn’t heard stories of, say, Patrick Stewart hugging a survivor of abuse during a panel, or authors who give life-changing advice to fans? We feel like, through their stories, we’ve come to know them, and they’re wonderful and magical and supportive, just like the stories they told us.

Truth is, they generally turn out to be human.

One recent example: I met an older gentleman who wrote a story formative to my youth; he was lovely to me, gave me some words of wisdom, all the good stuff. And then he was casually rude to someone else in line, who had waited hours to get a book signed, just like I had. He was, I was shocked to discover, still fundamentally an old-school white guy who was just as capable as any of us of being thoughtless. (Not to mention he said some things that made me think he isn’t as enlightened as he thinks he is.)

On Tumblr I follow a few content creators, including ones who created work that I love, and will always love, work that molded core aspects of who I am. And sometimes these people post stuff about their fandoms, or their work, or politics, or whatever, and I just stare at my screen in bemusement. How can they think that what they just wrote is okay? How can they behave like that? How can they be so entitled/defensive/condescending/rude/thoughtless/wanky?

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Hello, new followers! Feedback please?

In honor of reaching a milestone number of followers on this blog (50 of you!!!), I wanted to get some feedback from y’all about what you like already and what you want to see more of.

This first poll is specifically for people following me on WordPress, although if you’ve clicked over from Tumblr or Twitter you are welcome to answer as well!

And this is for everyone, including the folks clicking over from Facebook or other sites.

Thanks, guys!

A brief break from banging my head against walls

Dean Winchester: Of course I'm fine! [internally screaming]Do you have any idea how much work it takes to get a project really fully integrated into the Internet?

I’m currently working as a producer’s assistant and Jack-of-all-trades for Burmer Music’s Dante’s Inferno: The Ballet. (Check out our website! Like us on Facebook!) A whole lot of what I’m doing is very similar to what I did working at Alaska Theatre of Youth (like them on Facebook too!): website maintenance, Facebook, mailing lists, merchandise management, a certain level of production management.

The difference here is that, because Burmer Music is a fairly new company, I’m building the digital infrastructure from scratch. That means signing up for MailChimp, creating a Facebook page for Dante’s Inferno (seriously go like us on Facebook!), signing up for eBay and PayPal, attempting to navigate eBay’s stupidly Byzantine interface (I just want to add a listing to my store not my main seller’s account, why is that so hard, eBay?! And what happened to my 150 free listings a month?!), and so on and so on and so on.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m getting paid and I like the project! It’s just so much time-consuming fiddly work, and everything wants everything else to be integrated, and it’s just — Sisyphean.

Wait. Wait. Is this the tenth circle of Hell? The one reserved for Millennials who take pictures of their food and crosspost every thought that passes through their heads on all their social media networks? OH GOD.


You’re in the Social Media generation

Nail art of various Tumblr icons: the Like heart, the Reblog button, the t logo, etc.And so, I finally join the rest of my generation in attaching my blog to a Tumblr.

I had a couple interesting conversations with my mom while back home about self-promotion and marketing your writing; Mom and I both want to make our writing profitable, but Mom has the time and self-motivation to actually take classes and go to conferences and stuff like that to learn about how to do that, while I generally sit around with no pants on going “Eh, I’m a Millennial, I have an intuitive grasp of social media, right?”

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