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Pausing to Laugh

So my boss wandered innocently into my office a while ago. (Please keep in mind that my boss, while completely BAMF, is also the most perfect and proper British man and English professor you have ever SEEN.)



Boss: Ah, you've been quiet all day. What are you up to?

Me (blinking owlishly over book fort): Well I'm trying to figure out how to rewrite my paper for an article...

Boss: Oh! Excellent! And what's it on, then?

Me: Well, uh, it's the Star Trek paper I presented at PCA a couple months ago. The tropes in fanfiction...

Boss: Oh really? [He picks up nearby book on Boys' Love Manga, just picked up from the library yesterday.] Hemm.

Me: Yeah, I'm looking at the differences in Original Series versus Reboot fiction. I was rereading Joanna Russ's essay on slash--she published an informal version in Nome #8 and then an academic version in one of her volumes of essays.[Warming to my subject, I pull out another book from a stack and have it with the open zine on my desk.] You can definitely see how tropes have changed over time, but I've been wondering lately how much if any it's influenced by the translation and import of Japananese yaoi manga.

Boss: Which, are, uh?

Me: Gay romances.

Boss: ...What does that have to do with Star Trek?

Me (more enthusiastic than ever): Oh Star Trek has a HUGE history of fan-written gay romances going back to the 1970s! [Pulls some more zines.] It's really interesting because they are all--well, almost all written by women. And there's a huge following of this sort of material in Japan as well, almost concurrently, but it doesn't start getting imported into the US until later, so I'm not sure what's going on, but you definitely see a number of tropes crossing from yaoi into slash in the last decade or so. Like there's wing!fic and--

[Lyndsey stops outside my door and peers in.]

Lyndsey: Wing!fic?!

Me: Yeah, I was just telling Boss about my research. [Brief recap.]

Lyndsey: Oh yeah, good times. You should check out ... [Rattles citations.]

Me: Oooh!

Boss: ... [He looks back and forth between us.] I see I'm quite in over my head here!

Lyndsey looks at me suspiciously.

Me: [To Lyndsey] I kept it tame. [To Boss] It gets much, much weirder, I promise.

Lyndsey: It does. You don't want to know.

Boss: ... And on that note, I believe I shall take my leave. [He does.]

Lyndsey: No tentacles?

Me: Not yet, I'm still looking at the pon farr stuff.

Etc etc.

Yeah. *looks sheepish* Then I had to double-check a couple of citations for novels and decided to write to one of the official authors, and apparently Simon & Schuster only does snail mail, so I had to write to someone on paper. On the plus side, that meant it looked a bit more professional than "I liked your book, now was this one line a joke or actually subtext, and also, can I quote you in my next article?!" but STILL!

So. Uh. What are you guys up to?

Comments

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aadarshinah
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
oh my god. What is your job and how do I get one like it? Because I'm in total spasms of jealousy that you get *paid* for this.
caitri
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
This is a drop in the bucket of my professional life. This was last week (well the activities, this year's photos aren't up yet). Next week I'm going to corrupt high schoolers with rare books. *G*
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(no subject) - caitri - Jun. 1st, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - karraparis - Jun. 1st, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
karraparis
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
Me, put up books, tried to talk coworker into writing McCoy/Sarak fics. Then Delt with a few newschool fan boys woh think the comic world is at an end because DC is rebooting or moving over to a new earth. They make me feel old when I tell them about how ICoNE was a reset and they go Hunn?

So when are you going to shock him with ST IX Jane Austen? Then go for the tentacles?


caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
XI/Jane Austen kinda makes my brain hurt, and I'm not into tentacles! ;)
ladyfanfiction
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Well, just another day at the office then?
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
An exceptionally boring day, really. ;)
(no subject) - karraparis - Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC) - Expand
lauriegilbert
Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Can I come be your assistant please? I do windows, clean keyboards, and can follow intellectual ramblings! :D
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
*wistful sigh* I'd love an assistant. I might almost be sane if I had one!!!!!
joirerson
Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
*giggles* I join in the envy of your job! That sounds like a hilarious way to bring up tentacle fic and yaoi.

And hee, I believe I shall take my leave. I'm stealing that line.
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
*G*G*G*G* You must say it with a slight English accent and very slight upwards tilt to the head, as if you're looking upwards bemusedly. :D
alder_knight
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
I would like to read this paper. haha.

Need a proofreader?
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Not currently. I do have an initial draft of the paper here. The entry is f-locked because when I'm done rewriting I'm going to publish it, but if you want to read it let me know and I'll friend you. :)
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(no subject) - caitri - Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:36 am (UTC) - Expand
suddenlyswept
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
I miss you. That is all.

Oh, except can we both move to San Francisco. Please?
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
**EPIC SQUISH** Yes please!!!!!!!!!!
hyde_the_body
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
I want your fucking job.
>.>
<.<
>.>
........
That is all.
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
*reassuring pat* You want the fun bits. I bet you don't want to meet with eighty high schoolers next Monday. *perks slightly* Do you?!
(no subject) - hyde_the_body - Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
amine_eyes
Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
Dude, I want your life.

Awesome stuff :DD
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
*SQUISHES*
pepper18
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
Hahaha
It does get weirder.

I'd like to read the paper when you're done :D
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
I do have an initial draft of the paper here. The entry is f-locked because when I'm done rewriting I'm going to publish it, but if you want to read it let me know and I'll friend you. :)
(no subject) - pepper18 - Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
littlemissgriff
Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I hope you realize I will forever picture you and your boss as Buffy and Giles. There's no going back.

Edited at 2011-06-02 10:56 pm (UTC)
caitri
Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Soooooooo this makes Lyndsey Willow and Todd Xander?
(no subject) - littlemissgriff - Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - caitri - Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
gadgetorious
Jun. 4th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
::chinhands:: Can I come hang out in your office? I'll file, and I take dictation...
caitri
Jun. 4th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
PLEASE DO. *CLING*
spockelle
Aug. 25th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
:D That's great! Your boss must be bamf for not freaking out! I know for a fact that no adult male that I know would have lasted past the yaoi explanation.
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