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Kate Orman
News From the House of Sticks
 
18th-Jun-2009 10:33 am
HOLD ON
Saw the endocrinologist. My long-term average blood glucose is OK (HbA1c = 7.1), my triglycerides and cholesterol are OK, my kidneys are undamaged, and I've lost five kilos in six months. In short, diabetes is under control at the mo. Yay me.

Alas, I have some sort of bug, which is making my innertubes a bit wobbly, and worse, has given me joint pain all over. Nurse Jon has provided massage and hot water bottles, not to mention making his own dinners, gods bless him.

I would post something coherent about wider society's contempt of fandom because it's play engaged in by adults (I think it was The Joy Of Sex which said bed was the only time grownups get to play), the relationship between fan fiction (play) and writing for publication (work), the contempt of each age group for the next younger group, and the hierarchies of literary snobbery in my head, but frankly I'm too knackered. *goes back to bed*
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18th-Jun-2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I think there's a real problem in fandom that a lot of people in it don't approach it as play -- or more specifically, approach it as a playground game of the "Let's All Throw Rocks At Timmy Cos We Hate Him" variety...
18th-Jun-2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Tru dat. It just becomes a new version of the same Vry Srs Bzns that was engaged in when most of the persons concerned were in high school - just that there's a new hierarchy...
18th-Jun-2009 07:53 am (UTC)
The Joy of Sex also had a really really questionable beard on the cover. Beware of questionable beards.
18th-Jun-2009 08:17 am (UTC)
19th-Jun-2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Depends on your definition of grownups. I am 40; up until 2 years ago I spent a great deal of time doing RPGs, vidgames, watching anime, reading SFF and comics, doing medieval reenactment, yadda yadda. This week I've spent the last hour of each day writing HTML code before bed... I've played one hour of Xbox during the entirety of two sick days... and I've read 1 1/2 e-books while riding the bus and at other "waiting" moments. All other time has been chores, work, sleep, and parenting. Grownups with kids have very little time for play.

I still don't think of myself as a grownup. But I have grownup responsibilities. Back in 1979, fandom was a lot more marginalised than it is now. In 2009, I have no interest in society's opinion of my personal choice.
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