De-clutter and be inspired

I love sitting quietly on Friday night and reviewing a productive week. It is always a nice feeling and tends to inspire me to have a productive weekend as well. I completely reorganized my work space – i.e. my room as I work from home for the time being – this week. It had been on my mind for a while, and for different reasons, including a talk with a documentary producer/director who is going to come interview me next month as a vidding expert for a project about fandom. I needed to reorganize things so I basically turned half the room upside down and except for a small shelf, I finished to set everything up today. Sorting many personal papers, rearranging all my book collection and also computer station did wonders to de-clutter not just my space but my mind as well. I feel even more eager to work on my writing now, and I will also be able to vid more easily with the new layout. So it was quite a wonderful idea!

I am still feeling accomplished with the publication of my eBook Gender Dynamics in Star Wars: The Old Republic, A Focus on Female Characters with Thought Catalog. My first ‘solo’ US publication is quite a big step for me, and made me reflect on how far I have come since April 2012 when I was published for the very first time. It is very encouraging and comforts me in my desire to focus on my passion of writing, especially on Science Fiction, Transmedia, Gender Studies and Fan practices and communities. As much as I hope to delve back into fiction one day, I know that non fiction is really something I enjoy tremendously and don’t consider stopping doing at all now. I believe that this is a way for me to blend both my scholar interest and my fields of predilection when it comes to my media consumption.

Speaking of writing, I have finished the first draft of one of the chapters for my upcoming book on Women in Science Fiction television. It is the seventh one (as I decided to begin by this one since the different chapters aren’t actually related to one another) and it will probably be the longest one in the book. I still need to add a good many quotes and references to it, but this is one of my favorite pieces I have ever written. While the topic (a comparison between Caprica Six in Battlestar Galactica and Dana Scully in the X-Files) was inspiring to me to great extents, it went beyond my expectations. I hope to complete the second draft, with all end notes included, some time next week, so I may being to write the third chapter, which will focus on Kara Thrace in Battlestar Galactica and Jaime Sommers in Bionic Woman.

I also had that idea nagging at the back of my mind when I went through my book and DVD collection, to write a book about both Ridley’s and Tony Scott’s movies. I have thought a lot about their filming styles over the past few years, and since Tony Scott’s passing, I have been itching to write something about his work. Since Ridley Scott has been one of my favorite film makers since I was a teenager (my first inspirations to get into media studies were the original Star Wars trilogy by Lucas, Kershner and Marquand, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Gladiator) I have also wanted to write about his movies as well. So I guess this will give me further food for thought. I can foresee note taking in the upcoming months, but it might be a venture to explore end of 2014 after I am done with the current book project I have under contract!

Now that my computer station is reorganized, I feel the vidding bug biting even more than during the past few weeks. I still want to work on my 300th video, which will be a Scully tribute, but there are other ideas swirling in my mind. I am currently toying with the idea of allowing myself a “vidding retreat” some time during the upcoming couple of weeks. I tend to have a blast when I mostly vid more than anything else during a few days. It tend to work wonders for my muses. So once I get to where I want with the book chapter, and likely more eBook editing work, I will see about putting on my vidder’s cap!

On that vidding note, I shall leave you with one of my latest videos, which I posted on YouTube a couple days ago. It is my first Game of Thrones video, which I made this summer. It is a Daenerys tribute on Set Fire to the Rain by Adele. It only features clips from the first two seasons, which reminded me that I still need to watch the third season. I am hoping to make more Game of Thrones videos in the future, as there are so many characters I like and so much epicness on screen, but this song always sounded so fitting for Daenerys that I had to start with this one.

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