I don’t think I’ve ever done an introductory post before, seeing as I’ve known most of my flist for years and have survived internet kerfuffles, raging forest fires, and DoubleMeat Palace viewings with them. But I recently gained a few new flisties from a Merlin fandom friending meme and apparently an introductory post after that is what All the Cool Kids Do.
So if you know this stuff already, feel free to move along.
I am [bleep]-year old woman currently living in Tempe, Arizona, USA. I day-job as a software developer and write fiction obsessively the rest of the time. Most of my squandered youth was spent getting various college degrees, which include experimental psychology, philosophy, and computer science. I have lived in Iowa, Arizona, Texas, California, Quebec, Nebraska, California again, and Arizona again over the years (California girl originally). I have worked on and off in software development jobs, and was a college professor for three years before I realized I didn’t have the personality for it.
I entered the world of online fandom in 1998 shortly after season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended. I was looking anxiously for spoilers to reassure me that Angel wasn’t gone forever, and stumbled across the Bronze Posting Board at Buffy.com, the official WB network BtVS site. I posted there primarily during season 3 of BtVS, and was known for pointing out random philosophy references in the episodes we discussed.
One day, some of my friends on the board suggested I start listing them on a webpage. I sort of suck at brevity. “All Things Philosophical on BtVS/AtS” was born on January 1st, 1999. I posted cross-referenced episode analyses on the site for about a year and a half, and interacted with other fans via the Bronze board and emails with readers of my site. It was those email correspondents who urged me to start a discussion board for my site so they could talk to each other.
The ATPo board is still around, though it doesn’t get much action these days since I added the Captcha to get rid of spammers. Back in its hey-day from June of 2000 to Spring of 2004, it was the place BtVS and Angel: the Series fans went to when they wanted to discuss show at a deeper level than “OMG Angle is so hot and needs to have SeXX0rs with Spike!!!!” Essays posted there brought in philosophy, psychology, politics, critical theory, literary analysis, you name it, somebody did it. The archives are a good read.
I joined LiveJournal in April of 2003 when ATPoers started coming over here. Alas, LJ sort of spelled the demise of the board, because it was frankly a better forum for getting to know each other on a personal basis, and not feeling the need to stay “on topic.” But that’s also when the ATPoers really started to become friends and started getting together once a year in various cities across North America to hang out, see the sights, have BtVS/AtS marathons, drink, and sing “Once More With Feeling” chanties into the wee hours.
BtVS/AtS is really the only “fandom” I’ve been a part of. I am a Trekkie from way, way back, but I never felt the need to make my fannishness social. I actually disdained the idea of going to a convention. I have shamelessly forced friends to sit through marathons of many a TV/film series I love just so I can experience it for the first time all over again, but that’s about as “social” as my love for these stories typically gets.
Well, that, and writing essays in my LJ so I can interact with whomever may care to reply. I have tags on on BtVS: BtVS; Angel, Angel Reviews; as well as Harry Potter; Highlander; The L Word; Lost; Star Wars; Terminator; The Dresden Files; Star Trek; and, of late, Merlin and Once Upon a Time.
I’m not much of a fan fic reader, although I have dabbled in writing it, both solo and as part of a group:
Well, that’s enough shameless self-promotion for one day.