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9th-Mar-2012 11:14 pm
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... very random.

It's Friday night. There's no SPN tomorrow (again BOOOOO!!!! How is this hiatus worse than the last?!!), it's been a stressful week (I'm now feeling pleasantly buzzed though...) and I haz random thoughts...

How do I get those fandom "mood" style thingies? Those little rectangle mood gifs? Is there a place to go to get those? I can't believe I (still) feel so newbie about LJ stuff. What the? I've been here for 5 years... /o\

There are times I really want to comment on a flister's post but because I don't know that person that well I feel like I'm intruding. Weird.

I've been working on a picspam that has taken more time than any other fandom thing I have done. I thought vidding was time consuming (which it is...) but this has been such a massive learning curve that it's taken twice as long as anything else. I suppose if I look back to my first vid and that learning curve, then it's probably a bit the same. I've made picspams before but this is, idk...more thorough or something (and the coding has been killing me....)

I need a way to remember all the fic I want to read. I often save them to memories in my "to read" file...but then that file gets so big I'm too afraid to got back. In short....just not enough time.

I talked about fan fiction to my class today. I have a student who is obsessed with Twilight and she is writing stories about the characters. She is an amazing 12 year old who struggles to put pen to paper - (quite literally, as she has cerebral palsy). It triggered a discussion about taking characters we love and writing about them. Interestingly, I then had many of my boys writing Black Ops stories. (I take it there are gaming fics? I have no idea..). Anything that gets them writing or reading works for me. :)

I hope you are all well. I have been reminded lately how fragile life is. How intolerance and prejudice are possibly the worst of all human traits. But I've also seen how compassion and tolerance are the best. Man...if we could all only aim for the best....
9th-Mar-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
YES this hiatus is definitely worse than the last hiatus. It feels waaaaaaay longer.

Sorry have NO idea about fandom mood thingies - although if you find out I'd love to know. Also feel ridiculously inept when it comes to LJ stuff and I can't even remember how many years I've been here.

I am the same re fic. Totally disorganised about saving links and fics that I wanna read in a fashion that makes them easy to track. And yet I have the distinct impression that there are others in fandom who are completely brilliant organised fic keepers. Hmmmmmmm.

That is awesome that fanfic has come to your class. Like you I'm all like whatever gets reluctant writers/readers writing and reading is a good thing. Think I am going to use it more in the future.

Only 8 more sleeps till new episode. And counting! <3

10th-Mar-2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
Looks like others have some ideas about the mood thinges, I'm going to give them a go. (If they work I might just do a post on how to do them...)

PDF's are my fav way of tracking fic. If it has a PDF I dl it immediately and it goes into my iPad library. If it doesn't, I try to file it in memories and hope that I get a chance to go back to it. I still have Big Bangs from 2010 to read../o\

It's interesting to me that kids are naturally drawn to writing in universes that already exist. The penny dropped that this is how fan fic works and so started to encourage it. The boys seemed to love writing about Black Op scenarios. The girls - Home and Away and Twilight.

7 more sleeps!
9th-Mar-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh using fanfic as a teaching tool, awesome.

Regarding mood themes, try this animated spn mood theme , and using her tags, you'll be able to find a non-animated one as well. With the download, lidi also has great instructions on how to upload them.

These are "older" mood themes. You may be able to find newer ones by maybe looking through spn newsletters to see if any have been posted up more recently, but that might be a big chore.

Edited at 2012-03-09 06:21 pm (UTC)
10th-Mar-2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh using fanfic as a teaching tool, awesome.

I remember creating scenarios in my head of shows I loved when I was their age. It makes sense to me that if kids love certain shows or universes then it might be a way to engage them or get them interested in writing.

And thanks so much for the link. At least it's a place to start. <33
9th-Mar-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'm also mostly LJ clueless despite having been here for five or six years too. There have been some articles recently about using fanfiction as a teaching tool, at every level from elementary to grad school, so I think you're on to something. Hey, it gets all of *us* engaged and passionate, so it makes sense, right?

Ack, agreed that this hellatus seems endless. More time to catch up on everything else, I guess. An extra hour anyway! Good luck with the time consuming project! *hugs*
10th-Mar-2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, it gets all of *us* engaged and passionate, so it makes sense, right?

Yes. Exactly. I think it's an amazing way to share what we love. I reckon if kids are passionate about a show or film then it might just help them write something about it.

In some ways I don't mind the breaks - it is good for catching up with other stuff, but on the other hand... WITHDRAWAL! :(

10th-Mar-2012 01:21 pm (UTC)

So if you figure it out - please tell me.

Indeed. I'll post about it if I'm successful. :)

I imagine fanfic has helped many people who don't usually read, read. I know I've heard of people who have never written anything start to write. I'm thinking if kids discover it early they know what's available to them.

9th-Mar-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
10th-Mar-2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Woot! This link is awesome. Thanks BB! (you're a wealth of info honey <33)

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9th-Mar-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
I've been so busy with my own crazy life lately. And just today I was thinking of you, how you might be and if things are affecting you, too. By your last sentence I would say yes...

So from me you get a huge hug *squiiiish* (because I could do with one, too ;) )
And you might enjoy THIS. (It's only a minute long) I made it today to cheer myself up (SINCE FRIGGING SPN IS ON FRIGGING HIATUS! *cough*).
No SPN or rainbow unicorn in it but a lot of love... ;)

9th-Mar-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
PS. Sending You lots of light... wouldn't want you melancholic on the weekend.. ;)

9th-Mar-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
That unicorn is pretty!

I agree about the fanfics, and yes on ff.net there is gaming fics as well as ones for books. If it encourages kids to read and write, even if they don't do it well, I'm all for it.

Oh and test driving my BB icon...hehee
10th-Mar-2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
It's great to see them writing. (hee... and I will not be encouraging them to post anything just yet. Most of their writing is truly...um...awful. But they have to start somewhere).

And YAY BB writer!! Can't wait to see what you write!
9th-Mar-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
You can get the fandom mood things by going to journal style then customize your theme.

You can look around livejournal, pepople make SPN mood themes or whatever basically. Just type into google spn mood themes lj or to some degree like that. I use a mood theme from vt_graphics then go to edit/create custom mood themes and you upload the mood theme of your choosing and in the little bar above (that lets you pick the mood theme you choose the custom mood theme instead) and then walla!

If you're still confused or need help just email me, if I must I can just go into your account and upload it for you (I do that sometimes for people who are confused with customizing things are their journals)

Edited at 2012-03-09 10:50 pm (UTC)
10th-Mar-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much for this hun. I will be investigating this as soon as I have a sec. I'll certainly let you know if I have any trouble.

10th-Mar-2012 01:56 am (UTC)
I think this hiatus feels longer because we had Christmas and New Year's, and associated fanfic challenges, to keep us occupied last time. There aren't any similar diversions in Feb/Mar!
10th-Mar-2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That time of year is always so busy, it's actually good that the show gives us a break. But now... especially after THAT ending... *grabby hands*

I've been SO close to spoiling myself for the next ep, but I have been strong!

10th-Mar-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
I have a mood theme post on my LJ if you want to check it out: http://callme-k.livejournal.com/tag/mood%20theme%3A%20supernatural

There's also a link as to how you go about installing it.
10th-Mar-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
OH YAY!! I'd love to use them (assuming I can successfully install them). I much prefer using graphics from people I know.

Thanks hun.

As soon as I get a chance I'll snag them. (They look awesome btw).

10th-Mar-2012 09:03 am (UTC)
There are times I really want to comment on a flister's post but because I don't know that person that well I feel like I'm intruding. Weird.

Yes. This.

I have a relatively small flist, all people I know quite well now and thats how I like it. I don't friend back people I don't know who randomly friend me out of the blue - except recently I did!!

A girl I have never heard of, never even talked to, asked if she could friend me in a message, which I thought was awfully polite and sweet of her, so I said yes and friended back, only now it feels almost intrusive to see her real life posts on my reading list.

I commented on one of her posts, because she is doing something she should be proud of, and I just wanted to say, 'yay, good for you', but all the same, I felt slightly weird doing so!!

10th-Mar-2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yes. Exactly that. With flisters I chat to regularly I have no problem . But with people I don't have a lot of contact with I feel a bit weird.

Mainly because if it's a personal post I'd hate to say the wrong thing , which could happen if I don't know the person so well.

10th-Mar-2012 11:58 am (UTC)
About the mood theme- I tried. I failed. But with the links provided in these comments, I might give it another shot...

About intruding other's LJs- I am here because I want to share my fandom, and I only friend people who I am willing to share some of my RL with as well. So when I post something personal and my flisties DON'T react- then THAT feels weird for me. I keep asking myself if they aren't interested, if that was TMI, if they maybe didn't even read it. And sometimes I am even hurt because I feel connected and participate in their lives while they seemingly don't share the same feeling. And in addition if I want to exclude flisties from some entries, I can always set up the entry accordingly! So my advice would be, if you like to comment (
but only then, you should never feel forced to!), just do it!

Edited at 2012-03-10 12:04 pm (UTC)
10th-Mar-2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
I have a good link for some themes and info on how to use them etc, If it works I'll let everyone know. :)

It's a good point you make about posting info and not getting responses. Sometimes, if I read a personal post and don't feel like I have anything meaningful to contribute I won't comment. Sometimes I just don't know what to say...

If it's someone I don't know very well I'm usually extra careful because I wouldn't want to say something that could potentially be taken the wrong way.

Sometimes, it doesn't even have to be a personal post. If it's someone I've friended then I feel like I might be intruding if I comment on something that is meant for their other flisties.

Man... that was confusing. /o\ I probably just over think it all too much...


10th-Mar-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
I saw you got a lot of great advice on moodthemes, but if you need any additional help with it, feel free to shoot me an email. ;) Haven't done it in a while, but I should be able to walk you through it.

Speaking about picspam, I still owe you one, right? *facepalm*

Heeh, I have, like, several hundreds of fics tagged with "to-read". So, uh. I feel you. ;) And wohoo for talking about fanfic in school, and so great that it worked!
11th-Mar-2012 09:45 am (UTC)
Thanks hun. I have had a lot of advice and as soon as I have time to scratch myself I'm going to give it a go.

And DO NOT WORRY about the picspam. After doing one I know how time consuming they are. (though having all that extra research added to it I think...)

If the say ever comes when we are idle, THAT's when we can pull out all those picspams, fic, vids (well for me *g*) and stuff that we yearn to do.

18th-Mar-2012 06:40 am (UTC)
FYI, fandom_moods has mood themes for just about every fandom you can think of, including at least 44 entries at present for Supernatural, according to their tags. So you should definitely be able to find something there. :) It's much easier to install them with the admin console though, instead of uploading every image separately with the mood editor. It's really slow and annoying. (If you need any help, just let me know, I can walk you through it.)
Oh, and you might also find this helpful.

Edited at 2012-03-18 06:45 am (UTC)
19th-Mar-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks so much. I really have to get my act together and sort this out. Thanks so much for the link.
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