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Happy International Women’s Day and Book Release Delay

Happy International Women’s Day!

I was planning to release Sci-Fi Women Interview: The2015  Collection today to celebrate it, but due to design delays, the free eBook gathering all 2015 interviews for the monthly feature is postponed until later this month. I will share details as soon as I have some, and I know that it will be worth the wait!

In the meantime, feel free to check the first amazing guest ladies I had since January 2016: Robin Rivera and Heather Jackson, and Jennifer A. Miller. You might also want to check out Rose B. Fischer’s blog series Fangirl: Doing’ It For Herself – A Writing Journey.

I am grateful for all the amazing women I have got to interact with on the blogging scene and I am looking forward to all the future collaboration there is in store for us!

Delenn

Delenn from Babylon 5.

TV Thursday – Letter B

Babylon 5 (1994-1998)

A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. – IMDb

Source: Babylon 5 Wiki.

Source: Babylon 5 Wiki.

Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurfaces and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet – the last of humanity – as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth. – IMDb

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Beauty and the Beast (2012-Present)

Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. – IMDb

Source: Beauty and the Beast Wiki.

Source: Beauty and the Beast Wiki.

Bionic Woman (2007)

A reimagining of the popular 1970s TV series about a female athlete who is given bionic strength. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Birds of Prey (2002-2003)

In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey–Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

A young girl, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Shows I want to check out starting with a B: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990).

Quotes For The Day

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

– Leia Organa

Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander. Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you will ever see. God sent me.

– Susan Ivanova

I don’t doubt what you saw, Mulder. I don’t doubt you. I’m willing to believe, but not in a lie and not in the opposite of what I can prove. It comes down to a matter of trust. I guess it always has. […] I’m asking you to trust my judgment. To trust me.

– Dana Scully

Source: cap-that.com

Susan Ivanova. Source: cap-that.com

 

Book Update, Falling Skies and Intelligence TV Reviews

My Iron Man upbeat video (yes I can make some of those sometimes) is a good way to illustrate how good and accomplished I am feeling about the progress of my Women in Science Fiction Television book project! I finished all the formatting today after having worked a lot on it for the past week. I reviewed everything again today, chapters, illustrations, bibliography and assorted documents. I was able to send everything to the collection’s director who is my contact with the publisher. I am really glad of how this project has gone over the last six months and I am looking forward to hearing back from my contact, to know what I can do to improve the book.

Last year, I finally arrived to the Falling Skies party. I fell in love with the show and watched the first two seasons back to back as soon as I could. Yet, I didn’t get around watching the third one until this week. I couldn’t stop as soon as I started the first episode. I liked how they had developed the characters, their dynamics and the stories in the first two seasons, but in my view, they have really pushed things even further with this latest season. Is it June yet so we can have the fourth season?

Having a jump in time, seven months further after the end of the previous season was a risky move, but they handled it really well. The information and developments were well set. I smirked when picking on Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica and assorted references and nods throughout the season. Anne’s baby scared the living hell out of me. I tend to be scared with such things, as weird as it might sound. I also was glad that the season finale didn’t end with a nasty cliffhanger. I’m grateful when a show has some mercy on its viewers.

I also got to watch Intelligence season finale, 1.13 Being Human. I loved it and it was great to get to see more of Gabriel’s past and family history. Seeing the whole team be so close and work together to save the day also was a real treat. Mei Chen is still an interesting character, and while I wasn’t surprised so much by the final scene between her and Lilian’s father, I am still curious of the exact game at play there, besides the remaining Tigers. The last scene between Gabriel and Riley reminded me of some Mulder and Scully scenes in the X-Files. It was a lovely moment between the two. I hope that not only the show gets renewed as it’s one of my favorites in the shows that premiered this season, and that if so, we get to see more of Gabriel’s mother!

Guest Lecture – Vidding: The Stories We Tell

On March 26, I gave a guest lecture at the University of Texas at Dallas, for the ATEC graduate class Transmedia Worlds, taught by Adam Brackin, Ph.D. In this talk, I drew parallels between the fan activity of vidding and narrative creation and work, generally speaking. Below, I share notes from my PowerPoint slides.

Fan artists appropriate ‘found footage’ from broadcast television and re-edit it to express their particular slant on the program, linking series images to music similarly appropriated from commercial culture. […] The creator’s primary contribution, in most cases, comes in the imaginative juxtaposition of someone else’s words and images.

– Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers, 1992, 225.

STORY

VIDDING: PRE-EXISTING ELEMENTS / CANON

  • žCharacter(s)
  • žSpecific narrative arc
  • žSpecific episode/season
žžNARRATIVE TOOLS
  • žScript
  • žKey moments
  • žCharacters
  • žDialogs
  • žSong use
NOTABLE ELEMENTS
  • žDana Scully centric
  • žCore aspects of who she is: Scientist/doctor, FBI agent, reconciling the unknown and her Christian faith
  • žLyric interpretation as to show her dedication to her work, her calling
  • žPanning over both the TV series and the movies

WORLD BUILDING

VIDDING: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE / WHAT IF

  • žFan fiction based
  • žRole playing based
  • žVidder’s idea
žžNARRATIVE TOOLS
  • žFictional universe Imagery
  • žGenre codes
  • žVisual immersion
  • žTrademark music and/or sounds

NOTABLE ELEMENTS

  • žTechnical tools to blend the fictional universe of the video (Star Wars) and the external sources / new characters
  • žIconic images: stock shots from the universe.
  • žAdded characters ‘cast’ by joint decision between fan fiction writer & vidder (creative team work)

MESSAGE

VIDDING: ‘MARKETING’ /  TOOL APPROACH

  • žTrailer (fan made canon, alternate universe)
  • žAca-Vidding (vidding as an educational instrument)

NARRATIVE TOOLS

  • žPromotion or illustration?
  • žFormat: single unit, multi segments, flexible storytelling?
  • žAudio and/or visual communication (dialogs, voice over…)

NOTABLE ELEMENTS:

  • žKey moments to introduce the visual style and the character(s)
  • žImages and dialogs picked from the examples cited in the actual paper
  • žTrailer parallel to a bullet point approach

EMOTIONS

VIDDING: VIDDER’S EXPERIENCE

  • žCreative outlet as self-exploring and/or coping method (i.e. fan creation’s personal dimension no matter the medium)
  • žMusical emotional impact: adding to the state of mind’s depiction

NARRATIVE TOOLS

  • žExpected audience’s response
  • žTranslating personal into universal
  • žMusic use as emotional underlining?

NOTABLE ELEMENTS:

  • žThemes and emotions can be easier to translate than some specific narrative content, especially in short format.
  • žMusic, including lyrics, can be pivotal in translating personal to universal

MORE ON VIDDING

RESOURCES PAGE:

žOTHER READING:

Writing, Website Content Musings, Frozen Review And Links

To start this weekend post, I had to share music I have been listening to for a good part of the day, while working on the introduction of my contracted book Women in Science Fiction TelevisionTranscendence (Orchestral) by Lindsey Stirling. I love Stirling’s music and this new version of a beloved title was another great one. I also like what she explains at the end of the people she collaborated with at the end of the video. It is always nice to see people support worthy causes and projects.

On the writing front, I have started the introduction for my upcoming book, as mentioned right above. I am very happy with the Leia (Star Wars) and Ivanova (Babylon 5) quotes I have picked to open it. I believe it sets the tone and idea for the whole volume. I am so happy that I now have written 95% of this book. I started it in October last year. Knowing I will be done with it this month is wonderful. Once all is polished after going through my usual amazing proofreader, I will first work on the screen capping for the illustrations (a little over twenty, plus a personal graphic about Science Fiction hybrid nature). Then it will be formatting time. I am grateful I have specific and clear guidelines about how I shall set things. I am planning to send everything to the collection’s director at the publisher before the end of April.

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I have been thinking about ways of improving the website content in the near future. I have been more actively networking and interacting both on WordPress and Twitter and am glad that I was thus introduced to quite a few very interesting people. I am looking forward to continue to get to know them as well as future new persons.

I have an upcoming blog series for this Spring if all goes well. I have regular content between my writing and also some media reviews: TV, movies, book and sometimes video games. Making sure to have some link roundups of interest is something else I am trying to do on a regular basis.

I’m not sure of what else I could do. I considered the possibility of inviting some other bloggers for guest posts but I am not exactly sure how it works or how I would go about it. I feel a bit shy about this, just like I have always found podcasting fascinating but very daunting. I know it might be ironic because I have extensive video editing experience, but this seems something completely different. I guess that I also consider podcasting something that needs a team behind, so unsure of what little sense me working on something like that would do.

Anyway, I am open to suggestions and input if any of you has any, as a lot of you have very interesting blogs! I am not set on anything particular besides the usual type of posting I am doing, minus that future blog series, so the thinking process is full blown these days, as I find that WordPress and actual blogging give me more room to bring worthy content than how my old website did.

This week, I was able to finally watch Frozen. I was blown away. I admit that past the first sequences between the sisters as little girls, I had about 10-20 minutes when I wasn’t so sure about whether I’d like the movie. From the moment Elsa freezes things again and runs away, soon followed by Anna going after her, I was won over. I had already listened to “Let It Go” way too many times (wait, is there such a thing?!) before even watching the movie and had been curious about it. I didn’t have that many expectations, though I had read some interesting pieces about it (which also made me aware of the other clever idea of the film of having gay characters featured!). I loved it. It is really smart that Elsa wasn’t made the villain as I read it was the original idea. The fact that the sisters are able to rescue each other and their people is brilliant and empowering. I laughed at some of the banter between Kristoff, Sven, Olaf and Anna. It had brilliant moments.

Elsa and Anna were compelling characters and seeing them able to fix things on their own, without belittling others’s support (such as Kristoff’s and Olaf’s) was very positive. To me, that was well thought feminism and egalitarian thinking. Elsa and Anna are both layered, they make mistakes, they learn from them, they are strong and yet have weaknesses. Neither of them needs a man to get things done, but it doesn’t mean they spit on them when they are positive figures, such as Kristoff. Elsa doesn’t need a king to be a queen. Anna learns that rushing into things can be trouble, as with the so called prince. Yet, Anna and Kristoff actually start a relationship at the end, without rushing into marriage right away (which was a good thing to see them both willing to take their time). Elsa and Anna make their own choices and deal with them, in the bad and the good.

And just because I can, sharing the Let It Go sequence from the movie, because this is still such a strong song and also sequence. It gives me so many goosebumps!

Links: Video Games, Writing, Feminism

Studious Weekend

Getting up early on a Saturday morning, feeling awake and inspired is a blessing. I even started the day by baking apple and cinnamon cupcakes and an almond/chocolate/chocolate chips cake. The sun has been gone for quite many hours already, but a sunny morning was enjoyable nonetheless. Did I mention how I can’t wait for Spring?

Since I am a little itching to work on that blog series about female role models when I grew up, I took some time to sit down and go through my music collection to try to get song ideas for the four videos I need to make for this blog series to get started. I might have songs for three of the four characters. By the way, Rose, I think that they are all Genius material, and at least two of those songs I picked, you’re the one who made me discover them! Now I just need to find the missing song for the final character. Of course, I also need to make the actual videos, but everything in due time, right? I don’t plan on starting working on these videos before I’m done with my current book chapter.

I am taking a break from writing to make this post, as I already reached the goal of the day, i.e. a subsection of the chapter. Given how inspired I still feel, I am going to tackle another one, as soon as this is posted. Like it happened with all my previous chapters, this one is turning out even better than I expected! I also realized how I still remember Farscape by heart, and that I already want to go through a Babylon 5 rewatch – once I am done with the TV movies I didn’t see of course. The first TV show rewatch which will probably happen though, especially as it is on top of my list, will be The X-Files, but this is another story!

I realized that so far I have no Farscape video posted to my YouTube channel – and there might be only one I deem good enough to be ever posted, since I especially vidded this show in my early vidding years. I will work on a new one within the next months – hint, hint, blog series – but until then, I will leave you with the only Babylon 5 video I made, which I posted last summer for my 8th vidding anniversary.