Tag Archives: Shannon A. Thompson

August Recap

Series

Interviews

Publications

Contributions to Other Blogs

Photo Credit: Rayi Christian.

Photo Credit: Rayi Christian.

Next Week on the Blog

Next week, I will post the highlights of August’s blogging. On Thursday, there will be the Digital Quill Answers feature.

Blogging is a tad slower these days because of how much I have going on on the writing/revising/book marketing front, but I am very excited about all that will happen in the upcoming months. So be sure, there will be much to read!

And if you missed it this week, I was a guest on Shannon A. Thomspon’s blog on Monday, where I discussed writing about real and imaginary locations.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Links: Writing, Feminism, Bullying

Links: Writing, Feminism, Bullying

Photo Credit: Paweł Wojciechowski.

Photo Credit: Paweł Wojciechowski.

Links: Writing, Fangirls

Link: Writing, Fangirls

Photo Credit:  Jonas Nilsson Lee.

Photo Credit: Jonas Nilsson Lee.

Links: Writing, Star Wars, Feminism

Photo Credit: Angelina Odemchuk.

Photo Credit: Angelina Odemchuk.

Links: Writing, Star Wars, Feminism

Upcoming Blog Series Progress, Tumblr Questions, Links: Diversity, Writing, Social Media, Tinker Bell

Preparations for my upcoming blog series A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom are going well. The logo is ready, as previously mentioned and I have the musical “theme” for the short videos. I have now done more than half of the scripting for the introductory video segments. Once they are all ready, I will move on to the preparation of the actual posts. After much deliberation, I have decided that I will work on having everything prepared before the launch of the series (posts and videos). I will of course edit certain posts as time goes by if the characters I’m analyzing undergo significant changes, but with much up in the air in my life, I don’t want to see the quality of this series diminishing or lacking time. This is why I am unsure of when exactly this series will be launched, though it will be this summer for sure. The more I work on it, the better it is coming along, so I am pretty optimistic about the final results and am looking forward to all the discussions it might spark.

Photo Credit: Sonja Langford.

Photo Credit: Sonja Langford.

In the past months, I brought up the possibility of expanding my online presence to another platform (I am not willing to add more than one as it is important that I can really engage with people without spreading myself too thin). I am still debating over it, but I might decide to go for a Tumblr account. The one time I tried it, I ran away screaming (and this isn’t stretching the truth much). I tend to love how it looks and I know quite a few people I interact with are also there. So I would be interested in having feedback from you Tumblr users. How flexible is the platform? Any recommendation for a theme/place to find free ones? How easy (or not) is the tagging/queuing system? I’d set up automatic shares on Tumblr like I have on LinkedIn and Twitter, but I’d look into being a bit active there. I also wonder how the sourcing aspect of Tumblr works. I know that I could just simply Google all of this, but being able to have actual input from users would be extremely useful. Thank you!

Links: Diversity, Writing, Social Media, Tinker Bell

Writing, French TV, Dragon Age: Redemption and Links (Religion, Feminism, Writing)

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Last week, I had the impression I might have a measure of burnout lurking, but I got confirmation this week. While I managed to have the structure and almost complete introduction for my next paper, I just meet a dead end whenever I try to work on it since then. It’s not as severe as the burnout I had back in December, but I understand that I need to take it easy and give myself a few days. I’m still learning to recognize and accept such things, despite my workaholic tendency. So I made the decision that my writing goal this month will be the Lost Girl/Once Upon A Time paper and that I will postpone work on my Scully book proposal to May.

Of course the moment I understand I need a break and accept to take it, my creativity starts to fire up again. While I was on my way back from a walk today, I suddenly remembered a video idea I have for a character in a French TV show that lasted four season (and whose cancellation is still a shame as they already had so much to make at least one other season). And right on cue, I have an idea of paper to defend this series. This cop/investigation show called Les Bleus: Premiers Pas Dans La Police (“bleus” here means “probies”) followed new recruits in national French police in Paris, and also their superiors.

The show made decent audiences but it was considered a “bad” show by anyone who was supposed to have a brain and also considered as impossible for exportation. I beg to differ on both accounts. I don’t see why our own judiciary and police systems would be more complicated for other countries to understand that US ones to non US viewers. Cop shows like that are all the easier to bridge between countries in my view because of the general story devices behind them.

So I want to write a paper to defend this show, because while not perfect, it had many good moments and many solid and layered characters. It was also great in terms of diversity: gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation representations were diverse and in the main cast. It also brought up topics such as motherhood and going back to studying/work, dealing with one’s roots and a life different from one’s family. It didn’t only present one or two romances that was all chase. At least a couple relationships lasted even after the characters actually got together, through the good and the bad, even when they didn’t always end well.

I fell in love with the Dragon Age universe from the moment I started playing the first video game of the franchise, Dragon Age: Origins. Not only is this one of my favorite video games, but I love all that followed, from the expansion, the second game (I can’t wait for the third one!). I also liked the animated movie Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and I have the three novels on my to-read shelf. Yet, I hadn’t seen Dragon Age: Redemption until earlier this week.

I admit that I’m not a big Felicia Day fan. Yet, I wanted to check this short series because I love the universe. And for the first time, I actually liked Day in a part. I didn’t like her more than the rest of the cast, and my two favorite characters were the male Templar and the female Reaver. I think that the series was very in tune with the rest of the universe and tapping into my knowledge of the franchise to recognize places, specialties, organizations was really neat.

Links: Religion, Feminism, Writing