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Monday, February 18, 2013

PCA/ACA 2013: More Fairy Tale Prep

Now that I've gotten a bunch of big deadlines/projects out of the way, I can now focus back on my paper for PCA/ACA conference at the end of March.
The original title was:
Let Me Tell You a Story: The Function of  Digital Narratives as Oral Narratives in
Once Upon a Time and Grimm
The original argument was that technology, and digital narratives, have allowed the collective US to approximate closely the original environment of how fairy tales were told. Given that there are currently two fairy tale based television shows on, this gave me a lot to work with.

But here's what always seems to happen to me during research- one idea leads to another, which leads to another, which leads me down a seemingly neverending path into the dark forest, never to be heard of again.
One of the ideas that became the dark path in the forest was this:
Revolving Narratives: How the Matrix of Fan Fiction Narratives Influences the Narratives of Fairy Tale Television Shows

In researching WHAT exactly oral narratives were defined as, and WHO the audience was, in order my original query, I started thinking about how audience influenced the teller, and how technology these days mimics that original response. But the rabbit hole of fan fiction is a deep one, and I just can't go down it. Plus, I'm really more interested in the "other" stuff that's not really fan fiction- the discussion board posts, the comments on articles, that sort of thing, and how that influences the story of the show.

Now that I'm diving back into all this though, I can't get this image out of my head:

Maybe it's because stories started around fires. Maybe because they're primitive. Maybe I just have a Joss Whedon obsessed brain.
But I'm pretty sure I'm going to have kick the first slayer out of my head before the real work can happen.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

How Twitter Affected My Academic Life (part 2)

In December, I wrote End of Year Review: Epiphany by Happenstance which discussed in detail how one little event had a cascade effect on my academic life. Truth be told, it's also a little bit of fangirl love.

That one event continues to bring me good things, another  article for William Proctor's Infinite Earths,

continued work for 8DAG 

Although now that I'm back at work and teaching full time (at three different jobs) not as much as I'd like.

A week and a half ago, another call out popped up on my Twitter feed. This time, there was a book chapter that needed a co-author as the original author was unable to complete it. I jumped on that with a reply, got sent what had been completed on the chapter, read it, made notes, and replied back a few hours later with my thoughts on where I would take it.

Later that night I was told I had a green light to work on it.

That was Wednesday. By Thursday I had tapped a friend who's a senior programmer at Activision for an interview. By Friday afternoon I was hip deep in research. By Monday, I had finished the chapter, and submitted my draft back to the editors. Back and forth between the original author and editors. Notes by Friday, revisions over the weekend, [brief pause for plague-like flu] and back to editor by Thursday.

Now it's back to the original author for some final tweaks.
The book comes out later this year, and hopefully I'll have some announceable news soon with links and such.

Now, I'll confess right now, I have no clue how any of this works. But if someone is willing to give me a chance to work, I'll beat myself to death getting it done.
What's the quote? Anybody can get you in, but only you can keep you there?
I plan on keeping myself there.
For now, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that all this goes well and gets done.