Making the “Unknown” Known

This is Alexander Skargård.

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He is a 6’4 Swedish import that packs more talent in his pinky that most actors can find in their entire body.  He is incredibly good looking and by all accounts an all around great guy to know.  I personally have not had the pleasure, but I look forward to the day.  He has a long list of film and TV credits that you can read about at your leisure on IMDB where he is credited as an actor, writer and director.

I read an article today about the current status of his upcoming release Tarzan that made my head explode and my pocketbook clench shut tighter than a virgin’s thighs at a college kegger.

And I quote:  “And a high-level executive at another studio expresses doubt about the viability of the Tarzan property and casting a relative unknown, Skarsgard, as the lead, saying, “You shouldn’t make that movie without an actor you’re dying to see in the part.”

Yeah, I need a minute to breathe….(deep breath in, deep breath out.)

So, I live in a world where political leaders running for office belong in a big top tent more than the White House.  I live a in a world where after seventeen years at a company I planned to retire from just told me to piss off, cause we are selling the place and we don’t need you.  I live in a world where absurdity is the norm and trifling is the flavor of the day.

I can deal with that, ALL of that, and probably even survive it.  Imma big girl.  I know how to bootstrap my way around this fucked up little galaxy but…this?  THIS is over the fucking line!

Let me tell you what I am not dying to see.

I am not dying to see another rehash of Peter Fucking Pan.

I am not dying to see fucking Ben Affleck pretend to be Bruce Wayne and I need no fingers to count the shits I give about Superman throwing down with him.

Frankly, I don’t think my life will be changed either for better or worse by  a Harry Potter spin off, but hey, I could be  wrong about that one.

I AM DYING TO SEE ALEX AS TARZAN! 

How dare you say otherwise?  I have my quickly dwindling funds set aside with a post it that says TARZAN. I may be living in a box come summer 2016 but I will leaving it long enough to see that fucking movie.

I want to see this movie because Alex is in it.  That’s it, that’s all, and I am willing to bet that most if not all of his fans feel the same way.  Which is every single solitary fucking woman I know.  You know the 53% if the voting population that Hillary is always going on about?

In a world where one bad comment can destroy a thing before it even opens it eyes I can’t express how shitty it is for movie execs to be trash talking this film before it even has a chance.  It’s EP passed away, it’s director is working fucking weekends to finish the editing because he has been reassigned and they are blaming the so called “new guy”?

No.  No fucking way.

If they can manage to decide to give this movie its due and finish it and actually let it come to theaters then I will go.  Until then, fuck Warner Brothers, they won’t see a dime of my money.

Again, this is Alexander Skarsgård. He makes great fucking movies.  I will always pony up to support him.

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You Want Blood Awards? They Come with tears of joy and SQUEEEEEE!

This was fantastic! Thank you all so much for reading, and letting me know you liked them.  It is inspiring and humbling!

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But this…THIS?  OMG! For this one, I think I need to have a drink, pass out and then wake up and pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream! *ouch!* It’s not! It’s just an idream ;). There are no words to express how much I appreciate this nomination!  It is beyond inspiring! It is…intimidating as hell to even be nominated here! The first thing I thought was “no f-ing way!” and I still can’t get the grin off my face.  Thank you, all for your support, you readership and your fabulous comments that keep me here trying to find new and cooler ways to impress and intrigue you!

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These are all  just so fucking cool.  Wow.  🙂

Thank you for letting your voices me heard in the nominations! 🙂  You guys are awesome!

Make Art That You Enjoy!

We live in  moments.

Moments when something goes beautifully right, and moments when something goes horribly wrong. They pull us up and they push us down, and if we are very lucky we know that both will happen and that we will have the strength to get up and try again.

The world is full of bullies and nay sayers and critics.  They say things perhaps not thinking of the power of their words or perhaps they know and do it anyway and on purpose.  They don’t matter.  If they did they wouldn’t need to validate themselves by criticizing someone else who is doing something that they love and enjoy.

Rule one:  Make art that you enjoy.  No one else matters as much as you do in the artistic experience.  It is wonderful to connect with an audience because it makes us feel understood and appreciated.  I am just like everyone else in that myself.  But sometimes you are early, or your audience is late but they will come if you believe, hang on and keep trying!

At some point in time if you open yourself up and share a secret part of yourself someone will see it and they will appreciate it and they will be forever changed by it.  Don’t give up, and don’t let ANYONE ever tell you that you are doing it wrong because there is no wrong way to make art.  There are only people who are not equipped to handle it, to process it or to understand it.

Write plot.  Write porn.  Write porn with plot.  The important part is that you WRITE!

Make banners.  Make them as froofy and fantastical as YOUR heart desires because if you love it, and it brings you joy there is nothing else that matters.  Practice!  Play as you did when you were a child and the world was full of every possibility! Take back the magic that the world has taken from you.

I love the things that some of you put out for fan art that showcases drawings, or pictures of sexy people who inspire impure thoughts and late night writing bouts that leave me looking for a smoke at the end. I love that inspiration abounds and I refuse to let anyone else tell me what I should think or how I should feel or what I should do, because that is letting them win.

Faceless anonymous flamers, abusers and passive aggressive people who talk about styles and stories in the open on OTHER authors message boards and Facebook pages amuse me.  Cowards always do.  They amuse me because I know that they have to put their masks on before they come at me, or they come at me sideways and pretend they don’t know that words mean things, that they have power and with that power comes responsibility.

But any time you give them takes away from your time to make art.

They only win if you let them.  They only raise themselves up if you let them knock you down.  Do what they hate most…ignore them…and then make art.

Everyone I have ever met or talked to here has a story to tell and a unique and beautiful way to tell that story in words and banners.  It will be like no one else and that is what makes it special.  That is what makes you all special.

Five or ten years from now perhaps none of you will be writing about the Viking anymore, but that’s ok as long as you keep writing.  Support each other.  Welcome new folks and take them under your wing with the bitch that is WordPress.  When you can, shield them from pointless critics and nay sayers  who might try and take their dreams away. If it was done for you pay it back, and it wasn’t then pay it forward.

Respect yourselves and each other and make art.  Perhaps in a thousand years the server that holds WordPress will be found by some erstwhile archaeology student and they will find the stories we told ourselves and each other and wonder about all the marvelous people who took the time to write down and make banners for these characters in this time and in this place.  I think that would be great.  I think that would be the best thing ever!

I think that can only happen if we tune out the critics and do what our hearts tell us to do. I think that can only happen if we stand together and support each other and keep going with our dreams and the sharing of them with anyone who has the time to stop by, kick their feet up and stay a bit in these worlds we have created.

I love each of you who has ever been kind and supported me and I also strive to love those who have not because they are the ones who have told me that I am really doing something here.  If I weren’t they wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop me, or you for that matter.

Take care all of you, do what you love and believe in yourselves.  The only other thing that matters is the art. 🙂

***Added 2/5/15****

I am ashamed that I forgot to pay tribute to the beta readers who support our dreams by checking our spelling and our plot lines and offering their time and advice on how to make our art better.  They are often the unsung heroes that help and guide us through to the place we are trying to get to.  Thank you, all for everything that you do.  You have maybe the toughest jobs of all and many of us rely on you to do the magic that you do!  🙂

I would also  like to say one last thing.  I appreciate the opinions of each of you, even if you don’t agree with anything I said about our writing and art.  You who have traveled with me are all welcome here to share whatever thoughts and feelings that you want to, need to, or to just read and digest as you move on to whatever is next for you.  My site is set to moderate your comments only the FIRST time you comment.  After that, you are free to post as you wish and it goes right up.

I got a comment on this post from someone I don’t know, who had never spoken here on anything before  and who made it very plain that they were not part of our fan fiction community and had no respect for what we do here.  They were  upset that it was not posted immediately and was pending moderation.  Let me put you at ease.

Your comment will not posted.  Ever.

Imagine this scenario if we were face to face.  I was walking down the street talking to people I know and that I have shared conversations, events and moments with for over a year now  and you just barged right up and became confrontational about a conversation that you had no part in, on a topic that you clearly hold nothing but contempt for.

I don’t know why in the world anyone would think that is acceptable behavior in any venue.  Particularly, when your actions make it seem like you only want to argue and not bring anything productive to the conversation.

Talking to each other on message boards and in comment sections is still TALKING TO EACH OTHER.  You are a person, a real person and so am I, and so are we all.  That was the point of respecting each other and being kind and supportive  when we could.

You are entitled to your opinion and I respect that.  I also respect myself and have no desire to argue about something that I believe in with someone I do not know.  I wish you the best, now move on.

There is some art that needs to be made. 🙂

Fanfiction- What do you think?

Good evening all,

As I was posting my update for Sacrifice last night I saw a link to an article about authors that support fanfiction being written about their stories and ones who did not.  I had never perused the list before so I took a few minutes and read the comments about who felt pro and con toward it and their reasons why.

It made me wonder…if I were published, how would I feel about fanfiction about my stories?  I have concluded that I would like it, very much.  That I would actually take the time to read it myself and comment and support it just like I do today.

First, because it is art.  All art is good.

Second, because as one writer said, I would feel so blown away that I had created something that inspired someone else to sit down and think about it enough to spend their time writing about it, honoring it in their own way.  It would leave me humbled and happy to have touched someone just as I am humbled and happy when someone takes the time to read my story and leave me a comment now.

I was wondering how you all would feel about it?  Would you support it, or would you be against it for your own published original works?  Maybe you are already published and have had to deal with this already.  I would love to hear what you think you would do, or if you shared your stories about how you did deal with it when faced with the choice.

Just to be clear,  I mean fanfiction, not plagiarism.  🙂

Here is a link to the list of those who do and those who don’t and why they feel that way in case you want to check it our yourself.  🙂

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Professional_Author_Fanfic_Policies

 

Happy Holidays From Me To You!

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What a year! I have met so many wonderful people here in Fanfiction Land and done so many fulfilling and pleasing things it’s been like Christmas all year long for me! 

It’s because of that happy glowy feeling that y’all bring me that I want to take a moment and give thanks and hugs to all of you who have read, reviewed, re-blogged and voted for my stories in 2014!

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What I do here with y’all is my favorite part of my day and I appreciate each and every one of you every day, not just during the holidays.

I hope we all get a Viking in our stockings this year!

(if this wish comes true I will be back in March, because I will be very very busy doing other things until then)

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Love and Smoochies!

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In early November there was an art show of movie posters for movies we would love to see and that will never happen.  This one caught my eye.

I had not seen the Labyrinth since I saw it on the original theater run, but this poster intrigued me.  I watched the movie on Netflix this past weekend and I guess I never really fully processed that it was a love story.  There was so much going on and I was so young when I saw it that it all got lost in the puppets and the story of getting the baby back, but Bowie’s lyrics in the crystal globe ball scene and in the Escher like staircase scene at the end sunk in and I thought, wow, this was like Eric and Sookie before there was an Eric and Sookie. The lines (and I am paraphrasing) “That’s not fair!” and his response “Wonder what your basis for comparison is?” as he walked away from her…and his declaration “I’m exhausted from meeting all the demands you have laid on me!” put my little shipper head in a spin.

He had given her everything she asked for, was it his fault that she asked for stupid things and couldn’t make up her mind? She’s too young, he’s too old and why did he really give her special powers to call the goblins forth in the first place.

I now own two songs from the soundtrack and my brain is burning.

Anyway, I wanted to share the cool poster in case there were other fans out there.  Here is a link to the whole show .

Anybody interested in some Labyrinth fanfiction?  Holla back! 🙂

To Photoshop or Not to Photoshop…

…this is the question.

I need some help, so for those who have a few minutes to share their thoughts I would appreciate it, muchly.

I need some banners for a new story idea that I came up with in the wee hours of why the hell aren’t you sleeping?

I used to have an older version of the photoshop software on my old PC that crashed and died, and I was ok, but not super adept with it.  I was into photography and I wanted to focus on getting the best shots I could and not patching them up later.

Anyhoo, I remember reading that some of you guys are kind of leasing the software for a monthly fee, because its like a fortune.  I wanted to get some feedback on the leasing, is that a good way to go?

Are there any sites you can recommend for tutorials on how to create banners and the like?

Most importantly I suppose is can I end the lease when I like or am I under contract?  I have less job security than I would like right now due to changes in my company. I would hate to be stuck with a bill while I stand in line looking for work.

Lastly, if photoshop purchase and lease are not options, are there any takers out there to help me make the banner I need for this crazy story idea?

Thanks in advance for the feedback! 🙂  Happy Tuesday!