Although I've been reading LJ throughout the past month, I took a break from posting (unintentionally). And I'm catching up on email replies, too, so conversations will commence (or continue) on Sunday :)
June has been very good in terms of getting things done. I wrote my entire thesis proposal (identifying with media characters through fan vidding), which was originally not slated for completion until August 1st. However, because of scheduling, planning, and being passionate about my project meant I got it down faster than expected. It's also much longer than the templates we were given. Usual thesis proposals run 16-20 pages. Mine is 70 pages :/ Well, that just means a) my thesis is going to be well-prepared when I get done with my study and b) I love what I'm doing. As I mentioned on Twitter, I never thought I'd be at a point in my education where I'd be defining pon farr for academic research, but there you go. I'm doing edits to the proposal this weekend, thanks to feedback from my advisor, but they're mainly formatting and some conclusion paragraphs for each chapter. I plan to turn it into my full committee by early Monday, then start the study on August 1st. Well, that's the plan anyway. I'll announce when the survey opens for fandom closer to the date. Hoping for some great feedback!
I'm also working on a detailed outline for a novel prequel for an agent. That has reminded me how much I love these characters, as well as reinforcing the knowledge that writing a series is hard :P Changing canon to ease writing is much easier when it's just one book. However, the prequel already had its basic structure in place, considering I made notations of the characters' shared history in the existing novel. Now I get to expand upon it. Much fun. I'm hoping to get that turned in by Sunday, then take Monday off and just focus on relaxing with some Netflix and fanfiction.
Speaking of fanfiction, I've been on a 3-week immersion of Due South again. ALL THE RAY K / FRASER FIC! Well, it started with a random picture of Paul Gross as he looks today (pretty), then me thinking "I wonder if I could re-find that fic where Fraser's bullet moves and he has to get surgery" (yes I can), then more post-COTW fic came up, and finally I found out that Paul Gross is on Twitter
(so much fun). I need his snarky commentary on Canada in my life and on my phone :) Due South is one of those forever fandoms that always makes me happy no matter how many years between fics or vids or rewatches of the eps. (And, yes, I did put 6 Degrees of Canada
into my thesis survey.)
And finally, for someone who didn't really drink coffee much before I got my Keurig...I find that I'm prehaps a bit addicted to it. Sadly, mine died this morning and I was sad. Looking on Amazon, a replacement wouldn't get here until Tuesday. I considered it for 6 hours, but in the end decided that it was simply too long! So, I now have a new (and improved) Keurig machine sitting in a box in my kitchen ready to be unpacked and used for the first time tomorrow morning. Reliance on the convienience doesn't hit you until it's no longer there.