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Year's End Round-Up Post

This has been the shittiest year I've had in ages, and I am so. fucking. glad. it's over. Well, almost over. You know what I mean.

The big thing by far this year was losing my good friend Candace to cancer. Fully recovering from that is an ongoing process; there were weeks immediately after her passing where I kept catching myself that I couldn't send a text or geek over something. She had spent the last few Christmases with us so I was straight up dreading the holidays even more this year. I actually managed okay, so I think I've...gotten to something like peace. At any rate I'm not in a borderline nonfunctional headspace, so there's that.

And I feel like this really overlooks the ongoing hell that is contemporary politics and so on. But I don't have the spoons to go into that. Suffice to say we've upped our contributions to the ACLU and try to keep fighting the good fight.

I remain Behind On All The Things, but especially the diss. *deep breath* Well that is something I can take care of. Time and patience takes care of a lot. Giving myself space/time to breathe is a thing I recognize as necessary. So there's that.

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My year in publications was shinier. Enough to offset the feeling of being a flake and whatnot.

*“The Mako Mori Fan Club: Pacific Rim Fandom Online” in Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction ed. Isiah Lavender III..

*“Trek Fandom Always Wins!’ The Literary Legacy of Star Trek” in Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles ed Paul Booth. (Short: 1000 words)

*“The Problem with Aliens in Brownface” in Outside/In Makes It So ed. Robert Smith. (Short: 1000 words)

*A pre-print of “Gendered Spheres: Theorizing Space in the English Printing House” is online at The Seventeenth Century

*“The Margins of Print? Fan Fiction as Book History” in Transformative Works and Cultures.

*With my colleague Karen Viars: “Welcoming the Dark Side?: Exploring Whitelash and Actual Space Nazis in TFA Fanfiction”.

I also have several other things accepted that will come out next year. So. *flail*

With my colleague Kate Ozment we also pushed through a pretty big update to our Women in Book History Bibliography. We've gone from about 150 sources in May 2016 to over 1000 in August 2017, and also added a little storefront with merch from Teepublic with proceeds going to pay for our domain space etc. We're talking about building on a blog to the site next year as we keep updating, so that's exciting. We also got a positive review about the first iteration of the site over the summer in SHARPNews.

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Not publications, but interviews:

*An interview with me on SFF archives and collections makes up part of a chapter in This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information by Kyle Cassidy.

*A Guest Post at the OTW. Most interestingly to me, on their social media they described it as piece about "discovering fandom at Walmart." I feel like there's some interesting stuff to unpack there....later.

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I also finished my first fic in AGES for Space_Wrapped:

(‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and) All Through the Snowglobe...
Rating: PG (Language, Violence, Smoochies)
Word Count: 12,452
Summary: It’s holiday season on the Yorktown as the crew waits for the Enterprise’s refits. Unfortunately, amid crises personal and professional, there’s a lot less mistletoe and good cheer and a lot more...explosions, fistfights, and drama. Jim Kirk and his crew have saved the universe on multiple occasions, but this year can they save….Christmas?

A proper fic, ya'll. I haven't finished anything longer than a couple thousand words in freakin' ages.

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NGL I look at my list of writings and stuff there and can hear the insidious whispers of people who want to downplay or insult or dismiss my work. I know that makes up the minority of all reactions, but still. But I know that it matters to some of you here, and maybe also to some who aren't around yet. So I keep fighting and trying to signalboost things!

I don't know what else to say except: My Gods I hope 2018 is kinder to us all. And if it's not, I send you light and protection with what I have. So.

Happy New Year, folks. Hang in there.

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caitri
Dec. 31st, 2017 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, bb, and best wishes to you too in the new year!!!!!! <3

So I'm really not sure what's up with other SW posts? I might have been the only person to finish, it sounds like from convos in word wars in the chat rooms. I'm looking on AO3 now with stories sorted by date and the "latest" entries are all 2016...
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caitri
Dec. 31st, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was surprised by the number of people who signed up because the groups in the chat room were teeny. *wistful sigh* Oh for the halcyon days of new fic every day!!!
avictoriangirl
Dec. 31st, 2017 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oooh, congrats on all your publications and interviews! I have yet to finish your fic. I started it with good intentions to finish it, but it hasn't happened yet. I'm so behind on everything. *sigh*

Happy New Year, bb! I hope 2018 treats us all better. *hugs*
caitri
Dec. 31st, 2017 10:31 pm (UTC)
*squishes* Here's hoping for us all, bb!!!!!!! <3
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