wahlee: (Default)
I have a catching-up post in draft, but I thought I'd just pop in for a second to ask a couple of quick questions.

1) Are any of you thinking of going to LeakyCon this summer (you totally should if your aren't; it's a blast)?

2) If you are, would you like to be on a "I Survived the Harry Potter Shipping Wars" panel with me and [livejournal.com profile] connielane?

Let me know so I can add you to our programming proposal. :)
wahlee: (Default)

A little less than ten years ago, I got on an airplane all by myself and flew to a place full of people I'd never actually met before, but who I felt like I knew better than many in my real life. It was, barring meeting up with one local fan on a book release night, my first experience meeting people in real life that I had only known on the internet. Some I had interacted with for years, through a tiny little message board thread for a fifth-year fic full of the usual fifth-year-fic cliches--new DADA teacher who turns out to be a Weasley cousin, Voldemort fathers a child as part of his evil plan, "I'm serious, Black," etc.--but where some of the best and brightest of fandom gathered. Others I had admired from afar until thrown together by a momentary impulse which launched me into the bloody morass of the shipping wars. Some were only vaguely present to me-- a semi-familiar screen name from a fanfic archive forum. And then there were some that I had never encountered at all before I shook hands with or hugged them that night.

I discovered that weekend, and in the years since, that the line between internet friends and real friends is extremely nebulous, if it exists at all. As I greeted each new-old friend, finally putting faces and voices to screen names, it felt like I was greeting someone who I had seen weeks, if not days before, and we were just catching up. I never would have guessed, though, that ten years later, some of those people would have disappeared from my life, while some I see on a yearly (or more!) basis. Or that I'd be getting on a plane, all by myself, on my way to a place full of people I'd never actually met before. Again.

I'm missing the friends I met ten years ago, and the ones I met in the amazing gatherings that have happened since then. I'm marveling that the friend who slept on a roll-away bed in my hotel room ten years ago is now standing in front of 4,000 people, welcoming them to a convention celebrating all things geeky. I hope I'll be able to talk to her, once, this weekend. I look forward to Saturday when I'll see another friend I haven't been able to have actual face-time with for entirely too many years. But I also hope that this might be the beginning of friendships that will last as long as the ones I forged all those years ago. Because no one can ever tell me that true friendship can't start online.

I have ten years of memories to prove it.

(Yes, this post means I'm at LeakyCon. It's awesome so far, if a tiny bit lonely).

wahlee: (Jo's fan. . . through and through)
This little idea has been rolling around in my head for the last couple of weeks, and I decided to write it out today. :) Do you all realize that it's twenty years to the day that Harry found out he's a wizard? Amazing.

Happy birthday yesterday to Neville Longbottom and today to Harry Potter and Jo Rowling. This fic is for you.

Unexpected Legacies )
wahlee: (Jo's fan. . . through and through)
This little idea has been rolling around in my head for the last couple of weeks, and I decided to write it out today. :) Do you all realize that it's twenty years to the day that Harry found out he's a wizard? Amazing.

Happy birthday yesterday to Neville Longbottom and today to Harry Potter and Jo Rowling. This fic is for you.

Unexpected Legacies )

Ummm. Hi.

Aug. 27th, 2008 08:15 am
wahlee: (OBHWF Puppets)
So I'm about to embark on a day-trip down to Cedar City to see Cyrano de Bergerac again (yes, it was that good), and I realized that I hadn't posted something that I intended to post. So.

A few months back I got an inquiry about helping to co-host a radio program for KBYU-FM, which is a public classical music station originating from my Alma Mater. I'd been recommended by my thesis advisor, because the subject was Harry Potter. Karen A. Brown, who did her undergraduate degree at BYU, has written and published a book called Prejudice in Harry Potter's World, and they wanted to interview her for it.

Due to the fact that she was in London and I work full-time, it was hard to schedule a time to actually do the interview, but we finally managed it on Saturday morning. The interview is 26 minutes long (with me providing what I like to call "color commentary"), and will air today at 11:00 AM mountain time on KBYU-FM (89.1 and 89.5 here on the Wasatch Front). It will also be replayed at 8:00 PM, and will eventually be uploaded as a podcast to the Thinking Aloud website. If you'd like to hear it live, you can get the streaming audio from the Classical 89 website. There are hints on the site that it might also be available via BYU radio, which is available on Dish Network at least, but we haven't been able to find any confirmation of that.

So. Just in case you're interested.

I'll do a real update soon, I promise. :)

Ummm. Hi.

Aug. 27th, 2008 08:15 am
wahlee: (OBHWF Puppets)
So I'm about to embark on a day-trip down to Cedar City to see Cyrano de Bergerac again (yes, it was that good), and I realized that I hadn't posted something that I intended to post. So.

A few months back I got an inquiry about helping to co-host a radio program for KBYU-FM, which is a public classical music station originating from my Alma Mater. I'd been recommended by my thesis advisor, because the subject was Harry Potter. Karen A. Brown, who did her undergraduate degree at BYU, has written and published a book called Prejudice in Harry Potter's World, and they wanted to interview her for it.

Due to the fact that she was in London and I work full-time, it was hard to schedule a time to actually do the interview, but we finally managed it on Saturday morning. The interview is 26 minutes long (with me providing what I like to call "color commentary"), and will air today at 11:00 AM mountain time on KBYU-FM (89.1 and 89.5 here on the Wasatch Front). It will also be replayed at 8:00 PM, and will eventually be uploaded as a podcast to the Thinking Aloud website. If you'd like to hear it live, you can get the streaming audio from the Classical 89 website. There are hints on the site that it might also be available via BYU radio, which is available on Dish Network at least, but we haven't been able to find any confirmation of that.

So. Just in case you're interested.

I'll do a real update soon, I promise. :)

HAH.

Dec. 7th, 2007 08:27 am
wahlee: (Champion)
So, back right after DH came out, I posted an entry about how I thought the whole AK-in-the-forest thing worked. And now Jo has posted an explanation on her site.

And it turns out that DUDE, I WAS RIGHT. MOSTLY.

My explanation.

Jo's Explanation )

HAH, I TELL YOU. HAHAHAHAHAH!

HAH.

Dec. 7th, 2007 08:27 am
wahlee: (Champion)
So, back right after DH came out, I posted an entry about how I thought the whole AK-in-the-forest thing worked. And now Jo has posted an explanation on her site.

And it turns out that DUDE, I WAS RIGHT. MOSTLY.

My explanation.

Jo's Explanation )

HAH, I TELL YOU. HAHAHAHAHAH!
wahlee: (Champion)
DH spoilers, related to the discussion on mrs_bombadil's journal )

I think it makes sense. What about you?

Dumbledore essay is still coming.
wahlee: (Champion)
DH spoilers, related to the discussion on mrs_bombadil's journal )

I think it makes sense. What about you?

Dumbledore essay is still coming.
wahlee: (Champion)
DH spoilers, related to the discussion on mrs_bombadil's journal )

I think it makes sense. What about you?

Dumbledore essay is still coming.

GAH.

Jul. 23rd, 2007 12:10 pm
wahlee: (Dumbledore)
I have an inexpressible desire to write a Dumbledore defense essay.

But I must finish my reread first.

GAH.

Jul. 23rd, 2007 12:10 pm
wahlee: (Dumbledore)
I have an inexpressible desire to write a Dumbledore defense essay.

But I must finish my reread first.

GAH.

Jul. 23rd, 2007 12:10 pm
wahlee: (Dumbledore)
I have an inexpressible desire to write a Dumbledore defense essay.

But I must finish my reread first.

Done.

Jul. 21st, 2007 05:59 am
wahlee: (Jo's fan. . . through and through)
Total time: 5 hours, 15 minutes.

Reaction: HOLY HECK. THAT WAS AWESOME. I WAS WRONG. BUT I WAS ALSO RIGHT. AND I DON'T CARE THAT I WAS WRONG CAUSE JO IS A GENIUS.

Yes.

I'm sure I'll have more to say later.

Done.

Jul. 21st, 2007 05:59 am
wahlee: (Jo's fan. . . through and through)
Total time: 5 hours, 15 minutes.

Reaction: HOLY HECK. THAT WAS AWESOME. I WAS WRONG. BUT I WAS ALSO RIGHT. AND I DON'T CARE THAT I WAS WRONG CAUSE JO IS A GENIUS.

Yes.

I'm sure I'll have more to say later.

Done.

Jul. 21st, 2007 05:59 am
wahlee: (Jo's fan. . . through and through)
Total time: 5 hours, 15 minutes.

Reaction: HOLY HECK. THAT WAS AWESOME. I WAS WRONG. BUT I WAS ALSO RIGHT. AND I DON'T CARE THAT I WAS WRONG CAUSE JO IS A GENIUS.

Yes.

I'm sure I'll have more to say later.

Wow.

Jul. 11th, 2007 02:58 am
wahlee: (Dumbledore)
Just. . . wow.

Well played, David Yates and Michael Goldenberg.

Wow.

*tips hat to awesome screenwriter and director*

Wow.

Jul. 11th, 2007 02:58 am
wahlee: (Dumbledore)
Just. . . wow.

Well played, David Yates and Michael Goldenberg.

Wow.

*tips hat to awesome screenwriter and director*

Wow.

Jul. 11th, 2007 02:58 am
wahlee: (Dumbledore)
Just. . . wow.

Well played, David Yates and Michael Goldenberg.

Wow.

*tips hat to awesome screenwriter and director*

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