#CelebRAte Love: Armitage World Fandom Love 2017

I have always said that my favorite part of this fandom has been other fans, followed very closely by fan creativity. You all knock me out pretty regularly with whatever it is that you do, be it blogging or vidding, writing fic or tweeting snark. One of my favorite forms of fan art is, as far as I know, unique to Armitage World: the Richard Armitage Portable Shrine, each one lovingly handcrafted by our own Guylty. A couple of summers ago I was lucky enough to score a RAPS of my very own and as I was thinking about what to blog for this event it occurred to me that I’ve never shown any of you my prize. Ready?

I don’t remember when she put this up exactly but the theme of Hippie Flower Child Thorin Oakenshield was irresistible to me. I HAD to try for this one. I mean, really.

He’s perfect from his disco ball (for emergency parties) to his word magnets (for emergency poetries). The matching daisies just slay me, too, though hopefully the one on his sword is for love instead of war. 

Thorin wasn’t alone in the package Guylty sent me, either. She also enclosed a framed and matted copy of my very favorite photo of The Dude, taken by Guylty herself at the Berlin premiere of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. 

There were a few other little things she added, too, but by far the one that means the most to me was the sweet note. Guylty’s creativity is warm because she is. She’s one of my favorite fans and I’m thrilled she’s still organizing events. Thanks for hosting us all, G, and for spReAding the love. ūüôā

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Look! It’s Elvis! Or, Yes I Am Totally Cheating

Okay, Guylty issued this awesome new challenge last week and most of the participating bloggers have been posting daily and I swear I intended to do that but then I didn’t and now I’m cheating by answering all the questions at once. Yes, this is going to be long because there are fifteen questions so make a snack or something, I’ll wait. Ready?

If you haven’t run into this before, this is what Guylty came up with. I know she intended introspection but I’m not planning on going too deep here because, well, have ya met me?

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1. What made you start blogging? Encouragement from Judiang and pi mostly. Oh, and Servetus because she had to Google Soundgarden and I decided that was wrong. It started out as a music and general goofiness blog.

2. The significance of your blog’s name? I am funky, my favorite color is blue, and the original blog layout had a graphic of dandelions blowing in the wind, which reminded me of Bloom County. ¬†

3. What’s your (usual) blogging process? I start snickering about something and then start writing in my head. When I have a paragraph or two I write it down. Sometimes I publish it and sometimes I don’t.

4. What’s your favorite post? Um…I think it’s still the Magic 8 Ball one, Signs Point To Oh Hell No

5. ¬†Which post got the most views? The Many Loves of Lucas — What Were The Writers Thinking?

6. Which post continues to give?¬†A Moron In A Tizzy,¬†which I wrote about Joan Jett in late fall 2013. It sat unread and uncommented upon because, well, it wasn’t about RA. A week or so later something happened that really threw me. While I was dealing with the emotional fallout from that thing, an anonymous commenter left a very kind note on my Jett post. I¬†don’t know what moved that¬†commenter to encourage me at that moment but I¬†needed it more than I can¬†express. Anonymous, if you’re reading this, thank you. You have no idea¬†what those few words meant¬†to me right then.

7. ¬†Which post has the most comments? Not sure and don’t feel like looking.

8. Which post was the most difficult to write? In My Life, which is about the way my grief for my mother has changed over the years.

9. Which post do you regret writing? At this moment, none of them. Some are definitely crap but I at least learned something from each one.

10. What do you find most difficult or challenging about blogging? Self-doubt, same as with other writing.

11. Your favorite aspect of blogging? Not the pay, for sure. ūüôā Um, just hanging out with you all mostly.

12. How — if at all — has blogging changed your life? It’s given me a place to put all of those ridiculous¬†bits of trivia that have been rattling around my pea brain.

13. What have you learned from blogging? That I remember more about The Chicago Manual of Style than I thought I did.

14. Any plans for your blogging future? Write more stuff. Be funny sometimes.

15. Any blogging role models? I don’t know if I’d say role model. I learn from everybody I read, though, so everyone? Everyone is good.

Okay, so, on that note, I’m spinning some Bangles. You all have a great night.

 

And More Fandom Collaboration Awesomeness: The Thorin Project Speculative Playlist

The fabulous kelbel and the equally fabulous Guylty are conspiring¬†collaborating on a project that you can find out all about here.¬†¬†Have I mentioned how much I love these moments when the fandom works together to create amazing coolness? Total sucker for it. Let’s kick them off in rocking style, shall we? If you’re new, I occasionally do¬†bullshit¬†speculative playlists for Mr. A’s characters and this time, again,¬†it’s Thorin.

Thorin’s gonna be bonkers in the next movie, right? The question is exactly how bonkers he’s going to be. Like, will he be barking at the moon?

Just how destructive is his paranoia going to be? And have I mentioned how much I love the Kinks?

Is he going to be a full-on basket case? I have nothing else to say here because this song just rocks.

So, what do you think was on the Dude’s playlist? Comments are open. Be sure to check out that link up there, it’s truly awesome, and have a great Monday!