gnomi: (gone_to_dark_side (shoegal-icons))
A question that was randomly bouncing around my head recently: when did RPF/RPS become something people wrote? I don't remember it being a big thing in the fandoms I was active in when fandoms mostly hung out on USENET. And up until (probably) the time period of the beginnings of the UPN/WB/CW fandoms, I don't remember it having such a presence in the fandom landscape. Part of my brain thinks it may have started in earnest when bandom became a thing, but I may be totally making that up.

Anyone have any more specific memories?
gnomi: (boston_skyline (shoegal-icons))
Do canons with established romantic relationships lend themselves more to AUs because otherwise you don't have the opportunity to write the how-they-met story, the how-they-got-together story? I mean, yeah. Many canons have the how-the-characters-met story in canon. But why, for example, are there a ton of Glee AUs for Kurt and Blaine but not nearly as many in, say, White Collar for Peter and Neal?

(I don't know that I've ever met a fandom as full of AUs as Glee.)
gnomi: (alternate_kitty)
So this is my first entry. I'm not quite sure just how I'm going to use this new toy of mine, but for now I'm just going to ramble a bit. I have no idea how often I'm going to update it, nor whether anyone's going to bother to read it, but for now this will be my random rambling spot. I figure everyone needs one of those; it keeps us from rambling at people randomly.


That was the first thing I ever posted here, on 23 July 2002. Not much has changed -- I still ramble here, I'm still never sure how often I'll post or how many people will read each post. However, I have met many, many people through this forum whom I would never have otherwise had a chance to meet, and I am grateful for all of you who are reading here.

I am also on other fora now, but this remains my main thinking place, the site I go to when I want to talk to people about stuff that's on my mind. So I'm gonna keep posting here, and I hope you keep reading here.
gnomi: (mousie_with_bear (lanning))
Or, recursive blogging about blogging.

I am considering doing this, but I cannot figure out (a) if I will keep up with it or (b) what I would choose as my overarching topic. So, I turn to you, my readers, with three questions:

1. Should I do it?
2. What should I write about, should I actually choose to do so?
3. Will you guys keep on my case to write about the [whatever]?

I know I still owe 14 posts on topics provided by [profile] twitch124 and [personal profile] dpolicar; I hope to start those in the next day or so.
gnomi: (Default)
Link to YouTube

Statement of belief that Title of the Song should appear on the soundtrack.

Expression of gratitude to [profile] affinity8 for the link.
gnomi: (gone_to_dark_side (shoegal-icons))
When last we left our heroine, she had the following list:

-- Knitting. Lots and lots of knitting.
-- A post on "Who writes your dialogue?"
-- Figuring out menu for the Shavuot meal we're hosting.
-- Taking the photos that were requested a while back.
-- Figuring out the Happy Monday gifts for the folks due them.
-- Trying to figure out what I'm going to give my d'var Torah on this week.

Plus lots of work stuff.

And so there has been progress. To wit:

-- Work stuff: Good progress made. No longer panicking about next week's deadline.
-- Knitting: Still knitting. Cast on the back of my sweater-of-the-miserable-gauge and have been working on the Complex Scarf of Much Cableness.
-- Shavuot menu: Have figured out dessert, but not much else. Will ponder over next day or so.
-- D'var Torah: Have idea. Will spend 5-10 minutes geeking about Hebrew grammar. So there. :-)

Other stuff still in progress. But at least there's been some movement, so I'm feeling (a bit) less stressed.
gnomi: (lose_your_mind (myinadequacy))
I know things have been sparse around here other than birthday greetings. Life's busy, work's busy, and Shavuot is coming. But I'm working on a number of things (some of which I'll be posting about soon):

-- Knitting. Lots and lots of knitting.
-- A post on "Who writes your dialogue?"
-- Figuring out menu for the Shavuot meal we're hosting.
-- Taking the photos that were requested a while back.
-- Figuring out the Happy Monday gifts for the folks due them.
-- Trying to figure out what I'm going to give my d'var Torah on this week.

...I have my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wife to murder, and Guilder to blame for it. I'm swamped. :-)

Most of the above is short-term stuff, though, so I'll soon be back to posting regularly (she says, with great hope).
gnomi: (penguin_girl (shoegal-icons))
I've picked up a bunch of new readers round these parts recently, so I figured it was about time to rerun the "General Guide to the [personal profile] gnomiverse" post (now updated and expanded! And 20% more expensive for a slightly smaller box!).

Things One Should Know About [personal profile] gnomi:

-- I'm originally from Burlington, Massachusetts.
-- I have the following relatives that hang out on LJ with varying levels of regularity: [personal profile] mabfan (my husband), [profile] lcmlc (my mother), [profile] beckyfeld (my sister), and [personal profile] osewalrus (my brother-in-law, married to [profile] beckyfeld)
-- There are folks on my friends list who I have known since elementary school or even before.
-- I am a word nerd and an inveterate punster. I wrangle words professionally, both as a technical writer and as a freelance editor.
-- I grew up functionally bilingual in an English-speaking household (a story unto itself). This means that I occasionally run into words in my vocabulary that don't have English equivalents, and this will spill over into my LJ. As a general policy, if I use a word/phrase/concept that needs more explanation, please tell me.
-- I'm an Orthodox Jew, and I have been known to yammer on about obscure Jewish topics here.
-- I knit (a lot), I sew (less than I used to, but still a decent amount), and I'm occasionally dabble in beading.
-- I have an inexplicable love of penguins.
-- I have a standing policy on icons in comments.
-- My life is one long musical cue. Anything and everything is a prompt for me to break out in song (or, as it manifests itself here periodically, in random lyrics), and I'm hugely susceptible to earworms.
-- I will break out into song at the smallest provocation.
-- I encourage discussion in comments, as long as everyone stays civil. Disagreement is good; ad hominem attacks will not be tolerated (and will be deleted).

Recurring Features in the [personal profile] gnomiverse:

-- "No, Really, We Talk Like This" (oddball conversations, usually between [personal profile] mabfan and me)
-- Language-related polls
-- Menu planning (usually for Shabbat (the Sabbath) or Jewish holidays)
-- Rambly Bits (catchall posts of stuff I've been thinking about that don't merit their own posts)

As a couple of people have pointed out, "Narf" is always an appropriate response to a question I ask.

So, pull up a seat, grab a drink or a snack, and enjoy yourself!
gnomi: (cable_scarf_on_needles)
-- My post about the No on #1 sign was apparently picked up by both Universal Hub and the Brookline TAB blog, so welcome to anyone who's wandered over here from there.

-- [personal profile] ragingpixie asked for a photo of the tastiest thing in my fridge or pantry, but at the moment all she'd get is a photo of aluminum pans (containing baked ziti and chocolate carrot cake cupcakes), so I think I'll hold off until I cook something more photogenic.

-- Speaking of photos, I took this one this morning:


Do Not Disgard...



-- I've discovered that the most convenient place to store the cable needle I'm using to make the scarf in my icon when I'm between bits that require it is between my teeth. I'm trying to decide how odd that is.
gnomi: (exhausted_monkey)
I ended up stopping for red thread on my way home on Monday, and then I put said thread to use on Monday night.

Last night, I went to the library with [personal profile] mabfan (and, yes, I know he set out to rig my poll). In the end, I didn't actually write anything while I was there. I websurfed for a bit, and then, once the network went down, I ended up browsing the stacks. Because, well, when the network went down, so did the online card catalogue, so I was on my own trying to find stuff. The reference librarians are good and know their stuff, and to some extent they know Dewey by heart, enough to point someone in the right direction, but I wasn't going to play "stump the librarian," so I wandered in and around the stacks until I found one book -- a biography of Oliver Cromwell -- that I felt I wanted to take home with me. And, having chosen a book, I had the added pleasure of a brief shmooze with [personal profile] devoken.

By then it was 9-ish and the library was closing but [personal profile] mabfan's meeting was still going, so I went upstairs to the Trustees' area and sat and knit until the meeting ended.

So, thanks for the guidance on what I should do with my past two evenings. Tonight, I think I know what I'm doing -- after work, I'm getting the mail at the PO, then stopping for veggies, and then going home to make a side dish for Friday dinner (we're going to friends).

And, so far, I have been unable to track down Narf!-colored thread, but I did look for Narf! at the library last night. :-)
gnomi: (hypotamoose)
I've picked up a bunch of new readers round these parts recently, so I figured it was about time I did a "General Guide to the [personal profile] gnomiverse" type of post. I'm not sure I've ever done one of these before, so some of the folks who have been around here for a long time might find stuff they didn't know, either (though I'm not sure).

Things One Should Know About [personal profile] gnomi:
-- I'm originally from Burlington, Massachusetts.
-- I have the following relatives that hang out on LJ with varying levels of regularity: [personal profile] mabfan (my husband), [profile] lcmlc (my mother), [profile] beckyfeld (my sister), and [personal profile] osewalrus (my brother-in-law, married to [profile] beckyfeld)
-- There are folks on my friends list who I have known since elementary school or even before.
-- I am a word nerd and an inveterate punster. I wrangle words professionally, both as a technical writer and as a freelance editor.
-- I'm an Orthodox Jew, and I have been known to yammer on about obscure Jewish topics here.
-- I knit (a lot), I sew (less than I used to, but still a decent amount), and I'm getting into beading.
-- I have an inexplicable love of penguins.
-- I have a standing policy on icons in comments.
-- My life is one long musical cue. Anything and everything is a prompt for me to break out in song (or, as it manifests itself here periodically, in random lyrics), and I'm hugely susceptible to earworms. (not to be confused with ear mites, to which Yofi, the cat in my default icon, was susceptible.)

Recurring Features in the [personal profile] gnomiverse:

-- "No, Really, We Talk Like This" (oddball conversations, usually between [personal profile] mabfan and me)
-- Language-related polls
-- Menu planning (usually for Shabbat (the Sabbath) or Jewish holidays)
-- Rambly Bits (catchall posts of stuff I've been thinking about that don't merit their own posts)

As a couple of people have pointed out, "Narf" is always an appropriate response to a question I ask.
gnomi: (hypotamoose)
A number of years ago at this point, I ran a poll to find out which people would prefer to see at their door, Dinah Shore or Dinosaur.

Well, in every issue of mental_floss magazine, Ken Jennings is asked to connect two disparate items in six steps (they call the feature "Six Degrees"). And in the current issue, the two items are… Dinah Shore and Dinosaur.
gnomi: (Default)
Today marks the fifth anniversary of my starting my LiveJournal. It's hard for me to believe it's been that long, and simultaneously it's hard for me to believe it's been that short a time. This place, this forum, has become a home, a place I can talk to my friends and family. Folks here have shared in my joys and my sorrows, have been there for me in good times and bad, and have indulged me in my weirdnesses.

I've met some wonderful folks through my LJ, and I've gotten to better know others whom I had known only in passing before. I've made new friends and rediscovered old ones. I've discovered people with similar beliefs and interests and people with wildly divergent beliefs and interests, with members of both groups becoming close friends and confidantes.

I thank [personal profile] eal for bringing me into this world of LJ. It happened kind of like this:

[personal profile] gnomi: ceases to respond to e-mail due to crazy schedule stuff

[personal profile] eal: You there?

Time passes.

[personal profile] eal: Everything OK?

More time passes.

[personal profile] eal: You still alive?

Still more time passes.

[personal profile] eal: OK, here's an LJ code. Go online and *tell* me you're still alive.

…and so I did.

When I started here, I had doubts I'd use the journal frequently, if at all. And here I am, five years and 1,335 (this one is 1,336) entries later, firmly ensconced.

Thanks for having me!*

*I'm torn between "I'm just happy to be here and hope I can help the ballclub" and "I'll be here all week; don't forget to tip your waitress!"
gnomi: (Default)
...I have a number of things on my mind that are too long to go into a Rambly Bits post. I have a follow up to yesterday's poll. I have a non-language-related poll I'm pondering. And I have a proto-menu building. So please forgive me if you find me being SpamGirl today. :-)

Consider this a warning. :-)
gnomi: (yeshiva_stewart)
...a poll poll

[Poll #884021]
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
Background: [personal profile] gnomi and [personal profile] mabfan are watching the pilot of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

Contains spoilers for Studio 60 pilot )
gnomi: (thinker (lanning))
Fanfic-meta posts I hope to do in the relatively near future:

-- Closed canon vs. open canon: pros and cons of each

-- Why I adore first-time stories

-- Fanfic pairings, blendings, and codes

No specific timeframe on any of them. I've been working on the pairings/blendings/codes one for a bit on and off, with some progress. But I wanted to jot 'em down here so I don't forget them.

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