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I'm starting to feel I just come here to rant (or rave) about the morals in a kids show.  I can't help myself.  As usual, this post will assume you don't know much about My Little Pony because I'm assuming no one here does.  

 I just watched the season five episode of My Little Pony titled "Tanks for the Memories" and I immediately had to find out if other fans had the same reaction I did.  Amazingly, it seems almost everyone did: The My Little Pony universe apparently doesn't view eco-terrorism as a serious crime? I mean, really????? How does this show keep managing to bring up these questions in the first place?

First, the episode is fantastic and the moral is actually sound it's just some of the stuff swept under the rug that leaves me unsettled. The episode starts with Rainbow Dash finding out her pet has to go into hibernation for the winter and Dash is devastated.  The episode is clearly supposed to be about grief and loss without actually having someone die.  I have to give kudos to the writers for playing this well and honest with all the stages of grief portrayed in the episode for kids to see.  I know some kids that just lost their dad and I think an episode like this could really help them.

Second, this episode has Rainbow Dash having a complete and total mental breakdown and destroying a lot of public property.  

cut for length )
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 I ran across this 2011 article today about how The My Little Pony universe is awesome in that all characters are mostly assumed to be female unless purposely defined as male.  It is also true that nearly all of the rulers are women.  I hadn't really thought much about that, but I am glad my girls have a fantasy world like this available to them.  The show is full of strong, well-defined women with essentially no focus on romance.  (Although I just watched an episode that I am fairly certain was supposed to be Fluttershy dating another girl but they never really come out and say that is what is happening.)

This article helped me feel a little better about the fact I am starting to be more fannish about this show.  Yes, it is made for kids but it is well done and has themes most shows don't deal with by creating a female dominated world.  It is refreshing to see some American made shows that don't fall back on either mostly male characters or female characters all worried about romance and/or frilly princesses.

Interestingly enough the show does have princesses but it focuses on the great responsibility that comes with the crown vs. just the pretty appeal.

I should mention Steven Universe has similar appeal.
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 I need to get some new icons. All the ones I have here are for fandoms I haven't been part of in a long time. I think I might make some from my own drawings.  

Ah yes, drawing!  I am excited to say that I'm finally learning to draw.  I've been telling my math students that they can't say they are bad at math.  Instead they can say, "Math is a challenge."  It's all about a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.  With a fixed mindset they can't do anything about their math abilities. In a growth mindset they realize it comes down to the work they put into the subject. I realized that if I am telling them this, I need to also do the same in the areas where I have a fixed mindset. How often have I said that I can't draw? Too often! And yet, it turns out I've just not worked much on drawing. I always found the idea overwhelming.

So the last two years I've set my mind to seeing what artists see and trying to make what I draw look like what I meant to draw. It's slowly working. I'm definitely not great and my learning curve is taking longer than average, but slowly I think I'm starting to figure this out. I'd say I've gone from preschool level to about 2nd grade level in those 2 years. It may be sad, but I am proud of my progress!

As for fan updates: Nothing I'm a fan of is really updating except My Little Pony so not much to update.  I want my Steven Universe!  

As for My Little Pony, I have another rant of a moral the show completely got wrong!  Once again, the text below will assume you do not watch the show.

gaslighting and poisoning, this is a kids show right? )On a side note, my kids are convinced Rainbow is a boy and it's really hard for me to remember she is a girl and her preferred pronoun is "she" and not "he".  So every time I write this, I have to go back and change all my "he's" to "she's".
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Not much to update today but I really want to keep up here.  Work is at a high stress so I am finding little time for fun stuff.  

I am excited for Stranger Things and Steven Universe to come out.  Otherwise not much in the way of fannish interests to update

Husband is making fun of me for liking My Little Pony.  We saw the pony movie again because why not.  I saw several adults come in after the theater was dark and then leave right before the lights were came back on. Apparently many of the adult fans have been doing similar since they are too embarrassed to go without kids and some are too embarrassed to come at all. Thankfully, I have kids.  

The moment I realized this movie was made more for the adults was during Twilights moral dilemma scene when the audience all gasped and this poor four year old kept shouting at Twilight, "Don't hurt Pinkie. Please don't hurt her."  I think this went on for a good three minutes past the scene.  For a show written for the younger crowd they seemed to have made this movie far too gut wrenching and scary.  My littlest still loves it despite a few afraid moments but some of her friends were too scared.  
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 I'm off to a business conference this weekend so I don't know how often I will get to check in here.  I haven't really been to a conference for my field of work before and I ended up actually having nightmares about it!  Hopefully it will all go well.

Have any of you been watching Orville?  What do you think?  I'm still trying to decide what I think of this show.  I do think Seth is not a great actor even though he is a good voice actor.  He is so stiff in scenes it's sometimes painful to watch. However, I do seem to be enjoying myself watching the episodes?  
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So I managed to finish the fic for my kids to help explain Twilight's moral dilemma in the My Little Pony Movie. I think it sets up well how Twilight can still feel she isn't the wrong but everyone around her does. The only problem: I seem to be incapable of making fanfiction that is not emotional h/c.  The whole thing is emotional h/c.  All of it.  So I have a fic that is what I wanted but I'm not so sure it is for my kids.  Now I'm left wondering what to do with the fic.  I guess post it somewhere.  I'm a little terrified because I've never written in the pony universe. 

The more I think about it, the more I realize I like My Little Pony because it has a lot of emotiolna h/c.  I think that may be the basis on how I choose all my fandoms...

Meanwhile, I did start the W359 podcasts that [personal profile] frith_in_thorns suggested.  I don't think I've ever listened to a show as a podcast before.  It's a different experience.  So far fun.  I think I need to listen to more episodes before I know what I think.

I guess I should head off to bed now.  

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 A few updated on my fandom squees:

(1) I'm watching the last season of Agents of Shield again.  I just am in complete awe of the end of this season and it's fun to watch with a friend who doesn't know what is going to happen next.

(2) My Little Pony movie was great and I'm really glad I read the prequel comics and book before going.  I feel more people would have loved this movie if they had the background that makes the character motivations more clear.   It also helps if you've at least seen an episode or two of My Little Pony to understand what it is all about (yes, they do sing in many episodes). It does seem all those in the fanbase are super happy with the movie, even those who thought they would hate the whole thing.

The music keeps playing in our house and the orchestra on the songs sounds amazing.  I don't see why some critics don't like the music.  Maybe they just don't get My Little Pony but I think the music was spot on and lots of fun.  My daughter who never dances even danced to the music!

The villain song gives me such chills.  My daughter loves to sing it over and over so now the lyrics are stuck in my head.  I think it is one of the best villain songs I've heard in any movie.  Some of my favorite lyrics:  (though I love the whole song and it's not as powerful without the orchestra and strong vocals to go with the words):

lyrics cut )

(3) I think we're almost caught up on Elementary.  They seem to be struggling for good writers these days.  My husband and I joke that if a song ends with pop music you can tell who wrote the script.  They need to remember the heart of what makes these characters and have fun with their dialogue.  If I can hear anyone say Sherlock's lines, they probably aren't written well.

(4) I've seen a few episodes of Black Mirror and that seems like a creepy but fun show.  I want to see more.

(5) I need Steven Universe to start back up again. So much love for this show.  I think I just like shows with lots of music.
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First,  I think I only have 2 or 3 people who read this page so I keep forgetting to come back.  I really would love to build community again so if anyone you know likes Steven Universe, My Little Pony, Stargate SGA, Red Dwarf, etc appreciates gen, and would be good for me to friend, please feel free to send them my way.

On to the point of this post:

The kids and I (and several adults) went to see My Little Pony and loved it.  Upon our return we started talking about the movie and I discovered something: One of the moral dilemmas was not as clear cut for the kids as it was for myself.  For once the message the show hoped to send was so well framed in reality that my kids came to the opposite conclusion!

Any attempts to talk about this moral conundrum are usually met with eye rolls and grunts of despair.  So while the movie framed a great talk for me to have with my kids, my kids refuse to have this talk.  In specific, my 7-year-old says it distresses her to talk about these things and cannot explain why. She says she doesn't know how to have these conversations.

So I realized there was only way to reach a kid who will read any My Little Pony book set in front of her. I need to put the discussion in writing.  So, much to my shock and amusement, I am up early to write pony fanfic.  

So what is the moral dilemma?  The following is cut for spoilers and is written on the assumption you don't really know My Little Pony very well:

cut for spoilers )So now I have to figure out how to make a fic about all of this...


Jun. 30th, 2017 07:46 pm
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It amazes me how much I keep forgetting to check in here.  I want to squee and talk about all the fun shows I am watching, but july brain feels melted.  Apparently I am teaching  too much or just not relaxing enough or something.   I guess this is all to say I feel burned out.   Three more weeks until I get a break.
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It's been a while so I thought I'd drop in and talk about my three favorite shows right now. (actually Master of None should be on this list but that is more difficult to post about.)

I finished SHIELD. All I can say, is I LOVED it and I was really expecting not to like the finale much at all.

SHEILD spoilers )

In other fronts, I'm loving Steven Universe. This show is possibly one of the best ever made. Rolling Stone just did an article on the show's creator, Rebecca Sugar:  Apparently this is the first show created by a woman on Cartoon Network.  (Which is sad when you think about it.)

The article is well worth the read and I'm glad the show is getting the attention it deserves. It is smart, funny, and a show for the rest of us. The feels and team love are perhaps the best I've ever seen and I keep waiting expectantly for more while listening to the music over and over. The last few episodes

mild spoiler )

Let's see...I'm also into My Little Pony now. My kids are huge My Little Pony fans and the more I watched the more I got sucked in. The characters are actually interesting and have depth, the music is fun to listen to, and the stories aren't as sappy/fake as I'm used to from kid's TV. So maybe, just maybe, I'm now an MLP fan and loving it.
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 I've been thinking a lot about the fanfics I've been reading in response to Agents of Shield, "The Return" and I can't help thinking that there is one large point being overlooked. I'm hoping the show considers this:


Spoilers for The Return )
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 While I was gone it looks like LJ changed their TOS and I'm not interested in dealing with that, so I'm posting only on DW now. That means I only have two people on my "reading" page.

I need to seek out some Agents of Shield stuff and other fun fandom people.  I also need to see if I can find the people who are on my LJ and see if they are also on DW.  Otherwise I guess it will be fairly lonely here.
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 Ever since the last episode of Agents of Shield, I've been going completely mad waiting for the next!  

Spoilers for The Return )
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  I am now caught up on SHIELD and desperate to find others caught up as well!  This show!   I had given up on it for a while but it is just so awesome now.  All the feels.   Anyone else here caught up???


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I wore my Steven Universe shirt and I've had so many people stop me and say "nice shirt"! Even G's teacher liked it and talked about how much she likes the show.

The show has also been in the news a lot lately.  Rebecca Sugar, the show's creator, came out recently and had this to say about the show. It's so amazing, I had to share it somewhere (and it does seem to be all over the internet). I took the quotes from this article from LA Times.

“These themes have so much to do with who you are. There is an idea that these are themes that should not be shared with kids but everyone shares stories about love and attraction with kids. So many stories for kids are about love.

“It really makes a difference to hear stories about how someone like you can be loved. And if you don’t hear those stories, it will change who you are.

cut for length )At any rate, it was nice today to see there are people who share my love of this show. :)
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 Hey, I finished one of the three SGA stories.  This is the one I had to write for catharsis.  3-year-olds can be ridiculously difficult!

Tite: Rodney's tactical list for surviving 3-year-olds
Author: Tazmy
Characters: John, Rodney, Torren
Description:  John and Rodney try to get Torren to sleep.  It doesn't go well.

AO3 link
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 So I'm attending a wedding this weekend during a hurricane watch.  I think the wedding is scheduled for the beach so this should be interesting?

I'm loving writing fanfiction again.  I've spent a lot of time writing children's stories lately so it's nice to get back to grown-up issues for a little while.  I've started two completely different George stories: George with Rodney in the isolation room after the events in my story Above All Else (the story where Rodney decides to save Elizabeth and the IOA is pissed) and then George with the team on an island in the future where they're all part of some rebellion against Earth's current leadership.  Neither of the stories are coming out how I want but they're sure fun to write.  I think I'll start a different one tonight: John and Rodney watching Torren by deciding the best path to avoid tantrums is to avoid making him do anything. 

Oh, and I want to write more in my musketeer stories as well. 

What will I do when vacation is over?
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 Apparently I was on a role yesterday as I wrote 3,030 words in my George story.  This is about as long of a story as I wanted to write but for this storyline it's about only 1/3 of the way through.  It's not the storyline I wanted and John and Rodney keep making my story serious when I wanted it to be silly and Rodney is talking to himself through George and it's all kind of weird.  I don't know whether to continue (3,000 words is a lot of work!) or scrap and start again.  The trouble is, I'm not convinced scrapping the story is going to help.  This just seems to be what my mind wants to write right now. 

I miss sga fandom and all the support that came with it.  Everyone is on Tumblr these days.  I've created an account but I don't understand Tumblr at all much less how to be part of a community there.  Maybe I'm writing moody stuff because I feel moody.

I think my story needs a second pair of eyes and a cheerleader/beta...
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Ten years ago, I wrote about George the Turtle on our honeymoon.  I sometimes go back and read those stories and they still never fail to make me happy and excited.  I don't know what possessed me to write about a monster turtle (tortoise really) but I'm glad I did. 

Today I am off in Hawaii for my anniversary.  We have a nice airbnb next to the ocean.  The plan was to swim but with two nearby hurricanes the surf isn't going to be safe.  My husband suggested I bring along my computer and write fanfic while he illustrates my children's story.  He's been helping me think of how I can write George and the sga team in the future. Have I mentioned how amazing my husband is?

I haven't written much but I long to find the right story.  So far I've decided it is from Jeannie's perspective about how the team has changed after many years.  Usually my George stories start to form slowly but then take off quickly once I find the right voice.  I just need to figure out what to incorporate.  I'm very much hoping I can pull this off. 

On another note:  I read a Musketeer fanfiction that was amazing and well researched.  It may be the first fanfic I've ever read that lists about ten to fifteen first source references at the end of the fic in a bibliography.  The author traced tetanus writings from throughout the centuries so they could create a vivid, real picture of how tetanus would affect a person in the 17th century and what options the people would use to treat the affliction with. 

In short, this fanfic was completely awesome and makes me want to do similar type research for another fic.
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I am impressed at how well my daughter's book came out!   She is so excited that it worked.

It feels like quality and the color printing is better than on the ones I printed at a local copier.  The cover feels nice.  I can't believe I can get lots of author copies for cheap.  I sense lots of gifts for family.

She is excited to see it listed on Amazon as a "real" book.

Link to the book on Amazon.
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