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KimberlyFDR
Sat, Dec. 13th, 2014 11:00 am

I officially completed my first semeseter of grad school at 12PM yesterday, and I got my syllabus for next semester at 8PM. Oh, well, it was a nice 8 hour break ;) But I got a High Pass in my class, so that's awesome! Thanks to the people who took part in my pilot study survey. It noted a number of areas that I need to look at, improve, and rethink before taking it on for a larger study. I am still fascinated by the topic and I want to persue it if I can. I'm pondering whether I can use the same area for my next class, where we have to create a Best Practices Manual. That's a "think about over holiday" thing.

Speaking of college, I'm currently watching the documentary Ivory Tower, which looks at the cost and value of higher education, as well as the area of MOOCs. I am a fan of online education (it's how I've earned all my post-BA certificates and my current MA, as well as what my job is), and I think some Massive Open Online Courses are beneficial for "extra" learning, but the structure needs to be formalize for required coursework to make sure students learn what they need to. College costs have definitely gone up, and some new avenues need to be explored. Even between the time I earned my last grad certificate and my current degree I see how drastically the tuition bill has grown.

In other news, I signed a contract for a short ebook (transgender fiction) to be released by Less Than Three Press next year. I am trying to concentrate 2015 on royalty-earning contracts, as opposed to the close-ended payments of anthologies that I've done prior. Not that I'm closing myself off to anthologies, but I want to start long-term earnings, so with the short ebook and the novel to be released next year, it's a good start on that :)

And I've really been enjoying using my Amazon Echo (Alexa). I've put my SPN and Jensen playlists on there so I can listen to those along with my Prime music/radio/etc. She's also learning! Alexa couldn't pronounce Mebane correctly, so I sent Amazon a note. Three days later, they updated the cloud and she's now saying it correctly when I ask for the weather. The future is here! :D I think it's going to continue to evolve and learn, so the potential for where the Echo will end up is interesting to watch. 

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Current Music: Ivory Tower

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KimberlyFDR
Tue, Dec. 9th, 2014 10:37 pm

Less cliffhanger, more teasing for things to come. I like the potential here!

[The past will never leave you.]
I love Rowena, let's address that first. She is a fantastic character and so manipulative. She is the female version of what I love in Crowley. You know she's bad, but you love her wicked ways. And to see her twist up her little boy into all different shapes, just to get her way? Perfection. I look forward to seeing how she will wield her power over him, and others, in the upcoming eps. There's just nothing like a mother's love, even when it's tainted with poison :)

And on the opposite side, we got Cas trying to be a good father figure for Claire. She has certainly grown up to be a messed up teenager, huh? But with an absent mother and a father who got possessed by an angel, you have to expect that she would be negatively affected. I like the Cas was trying to reach out, to make things better, but that it's not going to be an easy road. She is deeply damaged, and a quick hug isn't going to fix it. [By the way, I took way too long to recognize Roark Critchlow as Randy. You would think, with as much as I love Mike Horton, that I could recognize him on sight...but alas, he has changed and the glasses threw me off :) ]

Speaking of fatherly figures, it was nice to take that trip down memory lane and recall John, huh? It's nice to see not only Dean remembering his father fondly, but also Sam. For all of John's faults, he did try to be a good protector and a good provider. He just went about it in a very strict, military sort of way. He was on the path of vengeance, and sometimes his boys paid the price for that. John did what he thought was best, even if it always wasn't.

If only John could see his boys now, especially Dark!Dean. I am really loving the fact that they're continuing this storyline, especially seeing how it affects not only Dean but those around him. (Poor Sam) Dean knows he's got the risk of going dark again, and he needs reassurance from Cas that the angel will take care of him permanently if it comes to that. I hope Cas doesn't make good on that, since we saw how far off the reservation Dean has gone now. Sam just wants reassurance that it wasn't the Mark, that Dean was forced to slaughter everyone, but Dean cannot give his brother that peace of mind. He is controlled and, unless something can be done about it, he will continue to slip right back into his old patterns.

So, there are some good teasers for things to come, even if the cliffhanger nature wasn't so strong as I was expecting. Onward through hiatus!

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Current Music: Little Couple

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KimberlyFDR
Fri, Dec. 5th, 2014 08:40 pm

I got my new Paperwhite 2 on Wednesday, and I'm still getting used to it. I've moved the Kindle 4 to my carry-around device, but haven't decided yet whether I'll use it for writing group as well. The in-house Paperwhite 2 is slowly being filled up with my Calibre library and some of my Kindle books. So far I like it. A big improvement from the Kindle 4, with the integrated vocabulary look-up and Goodreads and cloud collections [though most of those are filled with non-synced Calibre contents]. The response time is much improved, too. I didn't think I'd like being without buttons, but the page turns are actually quick and seamless. And with my cover, it's smaller than my Kindle 4. Nice!

And then, two days later, I now own an Echo :D I talked about it on November 8th, when I signed up for an invitation, and I got my invite on Wednesday. I've been listening to music most of the day, in between asking her the weather and news and random facts. She's got a very simple sense of humor, which is amusing when she's trying to tell jokes. I'm still training her for voice recognition because sometimes my accent makes her confused on what I'm asking for (though the fact I can ask for The Ballad of Jensen and Jared and have it play immediately is hilarious.) I think I'm going to really enjoy it, especially the music on-demand nature of it. And the song quality is good, too! I see great potential as they continue to improve the software.

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Current Music: Blame It On The Night

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KimberlyFDR
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2014 09:32 pm

This is just a reminder that my survey about Content Ownership in the Fandom Community is closing on Friday. If you haven't taken it yet and are interested, please take it before that time. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!

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Call For Vidders!

I am a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Masters of Arts program [Technology and Communication at the School of Journalism] and am also a fandom member, writer, vidder, and an aca-fan. I am currently conducting a pilot test of my survey instrument for a study on content ownership in the fandom community. I would appreciate if you would take my survey in order to help me solidify and refine my data-gathering approach. Any questions can be directed to me through LJ or by email at kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com.

Please Note: As this is a pilot study, the follow-up portion of the survey (if you choose to participate in that component) will focus on feedback about the survey construction rather than the topic areas being surveyed. The full data collection, with initial survey and follow-up interviews, is scheduled for Fall 2016 if I pursue this avenue for my thesis. Thank you ahead of time for your consideration to participate in this study.

[Read Consent Form]
Implied Consent Form for Social Science Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Title: Content Ownership In The Fandom Community

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this research study is to gather information about fanvidders' engagement in fandom as a result of their fanvids, the vidders' understanding of fair use concepts, and the views of content ownership within the fanvid community.

Overview: You will be asked your opinion about the three target areas listed above, as well as an optional section to self-identify and/or consent for follow-up interview questions.

Duration: This survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete.

Statement of Confidentiality: Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may cease completion at any time and your answers will not be saved until your final submission. You have the option to self-identify with a name (real name or fandom name) and provide an email address for follow-up questions, but this section is not a requirement for completion of the survey. All data collected from this survey will be reviewed by the principal investigator only, accessible through a password-protected site where all survey data will be stored. The information will be summarized for a report that will be presented to fellow students, as well as made publicly available online.

Qualifications: In order to participate in this study, you must be a fanvidder above the age of 18. Fanvidders are defined as those who have participated in the act of vidding, creating music videos that combines source content from popular media through video and audio materials and re-purposes it in a new way.



Current Mood: working working
Current Music: Movie

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KimberlyFDR
Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2014 10:28 pm

I like Jody and Donna together. Always nice to see strong women on Supernatural.

[Sheriff Convention!]
I forgot that Jody still had Alex. Sounds like she's just as disruptive and aggravating as any other teenager :) Jody's got a rough life, what with losing her husband and son and boyfriend, but she's also got a daughter and friends and is still alive. There are things to be thankful for. And now she's got a new friend in Sheriff Donna, even though they didn't start off on good terms. Sharing the truth about the supernatural helps lessen the load.

In the first appearance of Donna, I liked her, but I didn't grow attached to her. This time around, I love her, and I am so glad she was the take charge one that saved the day and chopped the vampire's head off. She was trying so hard to get Jody to like her, and then she naturally freaked out over witnessing a monster [Sheriff Len, aka Hank from Corner Gas] killing the cop, but she got her nerves under control and now she's hunter-worthy. I wouldn't mind seeing her team up with Jody again. Now we've got two female cop characters that can come back and help on a hunt.

I'm not sure if I believe Dean about the mark not affecting him. I mean, he tells Sam that, and Sam doesn't seem like he believes it either. Based on the preview, I guess we're right to doubt it. I want Dean to get better, to not be controlled, but it's good to see they didn't drop the storyline entirely. He's got his demons to deal with, and we're in for a nice midseason finale to see how it all plays out.



Next week...midseason finale!

Current Mood: geeky geeky
Current Music: Parents

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KimberlyFDR
Wed, Nov. 26th, 2014 11:18 pm

Aquarium has been set up and running for almost a week, so today (since it was the last day of the sale) I went over to the pet store and got my five fish :)


Dean and Sam are Black Mollys. Sam eats ALOT (maybe I should've named him Jared) and Dean rivals him in the eating department. And I'm pretty sure both of them are pregnant. Hey, instant MPREG!
Baby is a Dalmatian Molly. Very laid back, happy to chill with the others and settle in.
Gabriel and Cas are Red Platys. They are both pretty active (though Gabriel is moreso). Cas eats just as quickly as Sam and Dean, while Gabriel is happy to just grab what he can when he can. Also thinking Gabriel might be pregnant, too, but that might just be a sizing difference between him and Cas. I guess we'll find out if babies start showing up!

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Heater

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KimberlyFDR
Tue, Nov. 25th, 2014 10:24 pm

The plot for this episode felt drawn out, but there were definite up points that made up for it.
[What a twist!]
Despite the ads, there was a lot less sex in this episode than I was expecting ;) More like none. And it was more about three distinct storylines that didn't intersect that much. But, still, we learned a few things and closed out some plots, so I guess it was good?

Hannh/Cas: Well, Hannah's storyline is over. Her attempts to woo Cas went nowhere (reminder: sister/brother relationship...let's not promote angel incest?). With her vessel (Caroline)'s husband showing up, it brought out all her human emotions and made her realize how she's lost sight of her original mission of protecting humanity. The little tidbit of Cas looking up Jimmy was interesting, and I already know it's leading into something, so I look forward to seeing where we go with that. Poor Cas, all alone again.

Cole, Dean, and Sam: Nice to see Cole back, especially because they closed out his storyline in a satisfactory way. His whole life has been focused on his revenge mission, but now when he's confronted with the truth he's had to let it go. For myself, if I've spent my entire life trying to track down my father's killer, and the guy tells me dad was a monster...I'm not sure I'd believe him and let it go as quick as Cole did. Good for Dean, though, since he didn't die at Cole's hand. Still sad that he doesn't value his life for very much (a repeated fact). Sam is sad over hearing that, too. He's going to make his brother see his self-worth, even if it's the last thing he does.

Rowena and Crowley: I like Rowena, she's sassy and take-charge. Her attempts to use the hookers to her advantage was par for the course, and I'm glad she escaped Dean so that we can continue to see her in the plotline. All the way up to the end I couldn't figure out how Crowley was going to fit into all of this, since his storyline seemed to be off to the side other than getting mad over the brothel. But then his minion captured Rowena and he confronted her and the truth came out! We always knew Crowley's mom was a witch, but we just didn't know which witch she was. Now we see that Rowena's got more going for her than just a nice accent and some neat tricks. She is the mother of the King of Hell, and she's just as condescending on her boy as one would expect. This is going to be interesting!

So, for the most part there weren't many "wow" moments, but the end made up for it. Not a bad episode, just more like a bridge one. We have to get from one spot to the other in some fashion. Tonight's episode was just that vehicle.

Current Mood: mellow mellow
Current Music: Parents Talking

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KimberlyFDR
Fri, Nov. 21st, 2014 07:53 am

Back in 2011, after I had completed writing my first novel, I had this crazy idea to do NaNoWriMo because I was struck with a story outline that I couldn't shake. This is the entry regarding that idea from my Livejournal:

In other news, I've never done NaNoWriMo. It took me three months, off and on, to get my first draft of the novel up to 65,000 words and another three rounds of edits to get it to 81,000 solid words, so trying to get a 50,000 word rough draft in one month is insanity to my writing speed. However, I got struck by this gender fetish thing (not bad, but not usual erotic fiction) that I sketched out on Saturday morning and it's got 30 well-defined plot points and could theoretically become a novella or full-length novel if I set my mind to it. No agent's going to touch it, probably no publisher will either, so it might well become a self-published venture under a pseudonym if it gets to a point of completion, but I figure it'll be a fun little venture for November and I can pretend to take part in NaNoWriMo in between editing my urban fantasy novel to start the query process. ~ October 23, 2011

As I was writing, it turned out to be not just another entry into the genderswap genre, but something else. It became aligned to being transgendered, something that I found missing in the overall genre. You switch bodies, your brain doesn't match your body anymore. Feeling like you don't fit, instead of jumping right into acceptance, was something I wanted to explore more.

I did finish the novel (won NaNoWriMo) and it finally ended up being 65,000 words after polishing (apparently I have a thing for that wordcount). And then I set it aside and moved on to writing my next novel, and then my next. I've queried Novel 1, I am currently editing Novel 3 to start querying next year, and Novel 4 needs some serious reconstruction because of the way the plot ended up. But I decided that, after having been published in 11 anthologies under my K. Lynn name, I might as well throw out the NaNoWriMo novel and see what happened.

What happened was I got three contract offers! This was quite unexpected and I've spent the last week going through all the contracts, contacting authors that had worked with each press, and then deciding what I wanted to do. In the end, I chose the press I liked the most, and had the happiest authors, had a wonderful contract negotiation that I handled on my own, and finally signed last night.

His Womanly Ways is to be published by Torquere Press next year. I am very happy and very excited!


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Current Music: Heater

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KimberlyFDR
Thu, Nov. 20th, 2014 07:19 pm

Call For Vidders!

I am a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Masters of Arts program [Technology and Communication at the School of Journalism] and am also a fandom member, writer, vidder, and an aca-fan. I am currently conducting a pilot test of my survey instrument for a study on content ownership in the fandom community. I would appreciate if you would take my survey in order to help me solidify and refine my data-gathering approach. Any questions can be directed to me through LJ or by email at kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com.

Please Note: As this is a pilot study, the follow-up portion of the survey (if you choose to participate in that component) will focus on feedback about the survey construction rather than the topic areas being surveyed. The full data collection, with initial survey and follow-up interviews, is scheduled for Fall 2016 if I pursue this avenue for my thesis. Thank you ahead of time for your consideration to participate in this study.

[Read The Consent Form]
Implied Consent Form for Social Science Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Title: Content Ownership In The Fandom Community

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this research study is to gather information about fanvidders' engagement in fandom as a result of their fanvids, the vidders' understanding of fair use concepts, and the views of content ownership within the fanvid community.

Overview: You will be asked your opinion about the three target areas listed above, as well as an optional section to self-identify and/or consent for follow-up interview questions.

Duration: This survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete.

Statement of Confidentiality: Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may cease completion at any time and your answers will not be saved until your final submission. You have the option to self-identify with a name (real name or fandom name) and provide an email address for follow-up questions, but this section is not a requirement for completion of the survey. All data collected from this survey will be reviewed by the principal investigator only, accessible through a password-protected site where all survey data will be stored. The information will be summarized for a report that will be presented to fellow students, as well as made publicly available online.

Qualifications: In order to participate in this study, you must be a fanvidder above the age of 18. Fanvidders are defined as those who have participated in the act of vidding, creating music videos that combines source content from popular media through video and audio materials and re-purposes it in a new way.

Current Mood: determined determined
Current Music: Christmas Music

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KimberlyFDR
Wed, Nov. 19th, 2014 09:02 pm

I forgot to mention that I saw John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman at NC Comicon this past weekend.

John is just as filthy as I imagined :) He arrived late beause his flight was delayed, so he went straight from the airport to the stage. It was an entertaining opening hour where he talked about his time on Who, his singing, his life, and his current stint on Arrow (I really need to catch up on that). I am glad I got to see him because I never had before. Hoping I can do a repeat performance if he comes back to North Carolina.

Carole ended the day (for me) with a panel on writing. She got a lot in during the 45 minutes she allotted, and it was all good advice that I follow already. Zoom in on the action, don't overuse -ly words, have fun and show your love through your writing. I've enjoyed her writing prior and I'm sure she's a great creative writing teacher for her students. Good teachers are worth their weight in gold :)

In between, I also got to see a panel with Fiona Staples (Saga), which I was really looking forward to, but she spoke so softly and it was so loud around us that it wasn't as expected. The adminstration of the convention overall left lots to be desired, and was quite a difference compared to the first year of the convention (the only prior time I've attended). Yes, they're bigger now and can afford to bigger stars, but at the cost of functionality in many aspects. I shouldn't complain too much, though, since I got in free with my media pass. It was a worthwhile experience for the good points. I'll concentrate on that.

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Current Music: Momma Watching Movie

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