April 15th, 2008



I actually did get up at 7 this morning because I had bought one packet of beignet mix while I was in New Orleans. So I made them this morning so that Isabel and George could have them along with Jet. They were good, different than my yeast ones, in flavor and texture, more like deep-fried biscuits than bread dough. So I feel mildly accomplished as it made Jet very happy.

For dinner, we ate early at Saigon Express, and I had soup for my cold, and it helped. Then we went and watched the first grade of Eagle Crest do a musical performance. Jet and 120 other kids all sang and danced and were very, very cute and very, very in synch. The gym was packed full of parents and siblings and was hot as heck as it was 80 today.

It's supposed to be 42 as a high tomorrow, with snow. So it'll be quite a weather change again.

But the performance was good and fun and everyone went to Cold Stone, afterward, for ice cream. I think Isabel and George had a good time, too. Jet went home with Mikayla to play for a bit. So I finished all the scanlated Tsubasa that's up. I'm tempted to volunteer to help scan and clear balloons and do the typesetting if someone else translates... yeesh, just to know what happens next, damnit. It only went to Chapter 187. But it stopped in a not too painful place to stop. So I'm okay for a bit. Now I'll just have to wait.

Visual Versus Textual

I'm starting to really realize that a lot of what fanfic, for me, at least, is about is the fact that both anime and manga simply show you what is said and done. Unlike in textual fiction, where one can delve into the mental and emotional workings of the characters that are involved and know more of why they're motivated or impelled to do what they're doing.

Flashbacks serve some of that purpose in the visual representations, but lots of the actual emotional and mental content is left as an exercise for the reader. And with the internal models that all people build of other people, fanfic writers build those models from what they see and create involved and intricate and quite fascinating representations that they can then send spinning in their own directions. It's a fascinating exercise.

So fascinating that I was a complete fool and just signed up to do ten fics for June for the springkink  community. It's going to be quite a ride. *laughter* And I guess I just kind of decided to explode out from Bleach by working five other fandoms.

Of course, this little discourse does not explain, at all, why the heck I signed up for a Dresden Files (the books) piece, though having it be Murphy/Kincaid is really, truly the reason as I love those two tough characters immensely.
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