mijan: (Kirk: o hai!)
Apparently, I don't suck, and someone out there feels that my contributions to fandom are worthwhile, so the prestigious Emmagrant will be interviewing me tonight for Slashcast. For those who don't know, slashcast is an inter-fandom slash-based podcast. It started out in the Harry Potter fandom, but as the writers of the HP fandom branched out into other fandoms, our prestigious hosts expanded the scope of slashcast itself.

The topic for which I'm being interviewed? BDSM in fanfiction. I'm going to give a personal and in-depth look at what I write, why I write it, and what my purpose is for what I write. If you've ever wondered how I tick when it comes to fanfic, listen in. (I'll link the podcast once it's edited and posted.)

Also, Kriken interviewed me for a brief soundbite for slashcast while I was at Arisia, so listen in for that, too.
mijan: (Kirk: o hai!)
I posted pictures from the presentation of this skit HERE. But I didn't give you guys the ACTUAL skit. I'll post video soon, but for now:

(NOTES: Words in RED are overlapping dialogue, where you have both characters talking over each other. Words in GREEN are where my sister, standing behind the screen, off-stage, throws stuff at me.)

TITLE: “NO WIN SCENARIO.”

Tanya: No, I don't want to hear another word, James T. Kirk! Obnoxious, pig-headed, hormone-driven – AAAH! I knew I couldn't trust you! OUT!

Kirk: But if you'll just listen, it's not what it sounds like! I swear, hey, ouch! Easy there! WHOA!

(Kirk stumbles onto stage, as if just shoved out a door. He's wearing nothing but his jacket, boxer-briefs, and one sock. He's trying to zip up his uniform jacket as he stumbles and talks.)

T: I thought you weren't seeing that Orion girl!

K: What?!? I'm not! That’s just Gaila from my seminar! She's just... I mean... she was walking by and... have you ever seen an Orion?

T: I knew it! (THROWS BOOT)

K: (*dodges boot*) HEY! That almost hit me!

T: GOOD! Maybe you'll learn not to go messing around with other girls when you're already spoken for! So-called advanced civilization, and you men are still acting like Neanderthals! (THROWS SOCK)

K: Spoken for... what? You and I went out on two dates! It's not... Neanderthal? Come on, Tammy -

T: TANYA! My name is TANYA! AAAA!!! (THROWS OTHER BOOT)

Kirk: (*dodges again*) Come on, Tanya! Can we talk about this??

(Sound of door hissing shut.)

K: (dejected) You have got to be kidding me. (*bends over to pick up a boot*)

Uhura: (*cat-call whistles*) So, not only farm animals?

K: (startled, turning around) Uhura! (embarrassed, but trying to flirt) Nice to see you! So... now that I've bared all for you, how about that first name?

Uhura: (MOAR disgusted) Ugh. Put some pants on, Kirk.

(sound of FASTER footsteps walking away, three to four second of footsteps, fading off.)

Kirk: (grumbles) Great. Just great. (shakes head as he turns towards "Tanya's" side of the stage.)
(at Tanya through the door, sounding PATHETIC) Can I at least have my pants?

(THROW PANTS - HIT KIRK IN THE FACE)

K: (Sarcastically) Thanks. (Mumbling, while trying to put pants on) I barely looked at that Orion... (Pause) Pheromones... it's just pheromones.  (Pause)  Uhura is never gonna let me live this down. She’ll tell Bones. Pike. CUPCAKE. Gaila.  (Another pause. Suddenly, Kirk looks really pleased.) GAILA.

mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
Anybody? It's a long project, but there's no actual deadline. I'm at 74,000 words now, and it's getting exciting. Would anyone like to beta?
mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
I'm going to a convention in Boston next weekend. At that convention, I'm going to be on several panes, but in addition to that, I'm doing a fanfiction reading. Yep, people are going to listen to me while I read my fanfic. Why would anyone want to do that?

So, I have 25 minutes in which to present a group of listeners with the best possible selection of my writing that I can read in that 25-minute window.

SUGGESTIONS???

FANDOM

Jan. 6th, 2012 06:17 pm
mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
My wife just defined fandom. We were watching THIS amazing video, which is a tribute to the entire history of Doctor Who. It was made by a FAN. It's incredible. And then my wife defined fandom in a nutshell.

She said: "People who get paid don't make shit this good."

And that is the definition of fandom. That's why we write fic, make vids, draw fan art, and CREATE.

And OH, my fandom, it is GLORIOUS.

mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
Commence. Epic. Road trip.

I've been wanting to do a road trip to LA for a long time. Never made it. This spring, that will change.

I'm going to Costume Con in Phoenix, AZ on May 11th through the 14th, and from there, I'm hitching a ride with a friend straight to LA. I plan to stay in the area at least five days. Depending on what happens with another friend of mine, I might stay longer and take either a rental car or the train home by myself, or I might road-trip back to Kansas City with that friend around the 20th.

I know a bunch of you live in southern California, and some right in the Los Angeles metro area. So... the question is...

Who has crash space for one Mijan?

All I need is a couch, access to a bathroom, and a towel. A bed is nice, but not necessary. I don't smoke, I don't mind pets (I worked at a zoo and I've had pets from snakes and horses to cats and dogs), and I will only be carrying a small suitcase and a backpack. If you have access to a clothes washer and dryer, or can point me to a laundromat at some point during my stay, that would be great. If you have time to show me around the city, that would be awesome, but NOT required or expected. If you have a bike I could borrow, again... awesome, but not required or expected. I leave things as clean as I find them, and will be flexible around my host(s)'s work schedules.

I know I can't see, do, and experience everything... but my goal is to try my damnedest to do it all while I'm there. I'd like to catch the essential "tourist" sites that are worth seeing, but also see the cool local things.

So... who would be willing to let me stay for a day or more during mid-to-late May?
mijan: (Kirk: Gotta be fucking kidding me)
Aaah, you know what time it is. The Family Research Council (a homophobic organization in bed with the National Organization for Marriage and other fundamentalist dominionist Christian groups) had their head honcho post this piece of trash on CNN.com:

Apparently, Jesus was a free market supporter. Christ for Capitalism! WHEEE!!!

This is such a juicy piece of religion-twisting-for-propaganda. I've seen stuff like this in recent months - lots of folks pretending that Jesus was a pro-capitalism financial cheerleader. It's hilarious. Did you see that billboard? Yeah, that sort of shit.

See, just because I left the Jesus Fan Club years ago doesn't mean I don't remember all those years of Bible studies. I also happen to have a mother (Hi, Mom!) who was the odd combination of rational and religious. So... for being raised in the Jesus Fan Club, I had a very practical application of it. Science was reality. Religion is morality (sorta). But anyway...

This article twists one of the parables. Go on, read the article.

...

I said read it. Otherwise, how else will you know what I'm ranting about?

Read it? Good. So... here's what I want to say to the knucklehead who wrote this:

The parable of the King giving the minas to his servants wasn't about monetary profits. The parable was about growing the numbers of followers, making a spiritual investment, and also making the most of the gifts God gave to you such as your intelligence and compassion.

As far as the business of making money was concerned... wasn't Jesus the guy who threw the merchants out of the temple? Didn't he say (regarding money and taxes), "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's?" Didn't he say, "Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor?"

And... doesn't the Bible condemn usury? It does. Repeatedly. You see, we don't have a capitalist system. We have a corporatist system, and our entire financial structure is based on the lending of money at interest... a practice condemned in multiple places in the Bible. In fact, the Bible is significantly clearer on its stance against usury than "hot button" issues like gays and abortion. Go on... do a search for "Bible usury." Those two words will bring you plenty of references.

The Bible specifically condemns usury in regards to lending money to the poor. Good followers of God are supposed to lend money to those in need, but NOT at interest. NEVER at interest. Not to the poor, nor to family or friends. And if you charge interest to a wealthy person in a business transaction, the interest rate must not be excessive. Have you seen the interest rates on credit cards? THAT is usury, NOT free market as Jesus would have recognized it.

Of course, I'm not Christian. Wise man said, "I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ." Well, just because I'm not part of the Jesus fan club doesn't mean I can't read and comprehend. It doesn't stop me from holding your own behavior up against the religion YOU CLAIM and seeing whether or not you're full of shit. And having come from a Christian background and knowing your religion inside and out, I KNOW YOUR HYPOCRISY. It's an ugly, ugly thing you have going.

Someday, you're going to have to accept that the biggest reason (other than the Constitution) that we're not a Christian nation is because a nation that actually followed Christ wouldn't treat the poor, the sick, the hungry, the homeless, the outcasts, and strangers as we treat them. And as for OWS... yeah, Jesus would have been down in the Occupy Wall Street protests. Not just protesting along with them, but leading them through the lobbies of the huge corporate banks and throwing out the CEO's who are raking the poor people of the nation over the coals. Jesus would condemn the entire mortgage industry, the credit card companies, and all those making money through the exploits of usury and investment trading. Jesus would be a socialist.

Talk about an inconvenient truth.

The point is that we're dealing with people who have no qualms about manipulating and completely twisting the nation's dominant religion in order to sway public policy in the most insidious way. The point is that people listen to this shit. It's bad enough that people want to base public policy on ANY religion... but once there are no rules, and the religion can be bent to the whims of the people in power, completely gutting ANY positive message that the religion once had... we're in trouble.

So... in conclusion, I bring back this oldie-but-goody. Take it away, Stephen:

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.”
― Stephen Colbert
mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
Hey all! It's time for the USS Macchiato's annual holiday party!

This year, I'm trying to see if we can launch something a little bit special, a little bit crazy. The PLANNING POST is up, so go over there ASAP and respond to the poll. Help us pick a date. Let's get this party started!

Hailing frequencies open!

mijan: (Kirk is Awesome)
81 words

typing test



I thought I'd never learn to type. Apparently, I'm not half bad.

Also, life has been weird lately, hence my lack of posting. How is everyone?
mijan: (Kirk Jizzed)
Awareness is good. The extreme reach of breast cancer awareness (everything is fucking PINK right now) sometimes irks me slightly, and makes me feel like the real health message of breast cancer awareness gets lost in the marketing gimmicks. (Yes, they're marketing gimmicks, and companies make more money off of them.)

But this? This is hilarious. I LOL'ed. Seriously LOL'ed.




Now I want to slash every person in that vid.
mijan: (CP: Power of Pine)
There are enough explosions to satisfy my need for action in a movie. It won't be anything particularly profound or thought-provoking... but action, explosions, and Chris Pine? I think I can ignore the blatant romance theme just for the sake of that, plus the ludicrous antics.



(And, by the way... hi! I'm still alive!)
mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
Dragon*Con or bust! If you're going to be there, and you want to see me, and we haven't pre-established plans to meet, send me a PM. See you there!
mijan: (Kirk: o hai!)
Okay guys, the party is ON! The date is Saturday, August 13th (this upcoming Saturday).

Details HERE.

Please RSVP. See you this weekend!

mijan: (Kirk had a blast)
I got everyone's comments on my last post. I've only been online sporadically because I'm on vacation at my mom's house now, and have been running around seeing friends I've not seen in a long time. I'm going to try to reply to some of them in a minute, but there's no way I'll be able to reply to everyone. Please don't be mad at me for not replying to everyone. I feel bad because it feels like I'm ignoring people, but I'm not.

Anyway, even though it doesn't seem like it now, there was more to the convention than just meeting Shatner. It was the singular most unexpected thing, that's for sure, and the flashiest occurrence, but it wasn't the whole story. Not even close.




So, that's it. Fantastic time at the Trek convention. I wish I'd been there for the whole thing, but how can I regret anything? It was fun. :)

Shatner.

Jul. 17th, 2011 08:51 pm
mijan: (A ship and a star to steer her by)
I met William Shatner today.

I managed to get in line to ask him question during his presentation at the convention, and was close enough to the front of the line that I got to the microphone.

I asked him the question I've wanted to ask the man for years -- in short, does his portrayal of Kirk mean something to him (beyond just a paycheck), and what aspect of his role in Star Trek does he want to be remembered for. I told him that his role as Kirk had an influence on my military career.

He asked for me to tell him about that, in more detail. I said it was a long story and didn't want to monopolize the microphone. He said to break it down into one-liners and tell the story anyway. So I did. A very abbreviated version, but I told my story, and explained the key things that Kirk did or said that had the most direct impacts on my life and career.

The Shat had a moment. He really did. I watched as the wall came down, and he looked at me as I told this story, with this look of complete enthrallment on his face.

And yes, the wall came down. He talked about how he talked with Patrick Stewart, who spoke of his role as Captain of the Enterprise with pride, and said that yes, the role meant something more than just a paycheck and a simple sci-fi role, and that it matters. And that hearing it from another "serious" actor like Patrick Stewart made him think about it, and reconsider.  And that he started hearing the stories from fans who have been deeply inspired.

And he said that after the original series was over, people would shout out to him, "Beam me up, Scotty," and stuff like that, and he started to wonder if people were mocking him. And suddenly, I understood why Shatner would be defensive and stand-offish to fans. It makes sense.

We chatted back and forth, and he held out his hand and asked me to come up and shake his hand. He gave me a strong, warm handshake, and I looked at him, and I just wanted to give him a hug. So I asked.

He pulled me up on stage and gave me a hug that felt like the sort of hug you give to a friend you haven't see in years but miss dearly. And I said in his ear, "Thank you." And he said, "Thank you."



(By the way, he isn't tall.)



I cried. I think he got misty eyed. Everyone in the room had a moment.

I'm still a bit in shock.


I've said many times that I wasn't sure what I thought of Shatner. I'd heard enough stories back and forth, positive and negative, that I didn't know what to think. I said that I would reserve judgement until I met him for myself.

I've met him now. And I have nothing but love for the man.

mijan: (Kirk: o hai!)
Take a look over HERE.

So true.

Jun. 20th, 2011 01:48 pm
mijan: (Kirk: o hai!)



Click to see the full-sized version.  Now I want to make "formulas" for all of our favorites.

mijan: (Kirk: o hai!)
Okay, it's a Saturday. You know what that means: PARTY. Impromptu party seems to be brewing at my house. There are already six of us here. Three more are coming. The more, the merrier.

COME ON OVER!
mijan: (Kirk/McCoy: "Bones come back to bed")
Hey bb's... it's been a hellish week for a lot of people. Anyone want to swing by the Jim and Bones chat room? I'm in there, and it's instantly available for anyone who's a member of the comm.

I hope to see you in there!

mijan: (A ship and a star to steer her by)
The following message comes straight from the director of Trek Fest (he and I are in touch), and he asked me to post it to my groups:
_______________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

William Shatner and fans help save TrekFest XXVII (June 24-25, 2011)

TrekFest is a small-town festival with a Star Trek theme. Riverside, Iowa is the official Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk - the character played by William Shatner in the original 1960's Star Trek television series.

Riverside, IA (June 15, 2011) - The Riverside Area Community Club (RACC) in Riverside, Iowa (the small town known worldwide as The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk) almost canceled TrekFest XXVII due to lack of funding. The news hit the media and then local businesses, organizations and fans worldwide stepped up with donations allowing TrekFest to take place this June 24th to 25th.

The amount needed was at minimum $10,000. Mindbridge Foundation graciously donated $5,000, the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort $3,000 and The River Products Company of Iowa City gave $1,500. Several contributions from local businesses and residents flowed in along with online donations from people worldwide (as far as Australia) to help save the event. The Iowa City Yaht Club opened its doors for a special concert performed by local bands to raise money. Actor William Shatner also playing a part in keeping TrekFest alive.

In 2004, William Shatner (who played Star Trek's Captain Kirk in the 1960's TV series) filmed INVASION IOWA in Riverside, IA (a Spike-TV reality show). He developed a bond with the local townspeople and promised he would one day come back to Riverside for TrekFest after the casino was built. Since then, RACC invited Shatner to attend each year, and each time he has declined due to his busy schedule. This prompted a Star Trek fan from Kansas to start a Facebook page called “William Shatner should keep his promise and come to TrekFest.” Members of this page and other online fans worldwide ended up donating over $700.

Shatner responded to this year's invitation in a letter to RACC, “Once again I have to tell you that I'm not able to make it to Riverside. I certainly remember you all fondly and hope everyone is in good health and happy. If there is something I can send for you to auction off to help with your community fund, I'd be delighted to do so.”

RACC accepted and Shatner sent two items to be auctioned off and will be announced in the near future.

Bands performing in Hall Park will be Friday: INSECTOID (9pm). Saturday: SYNTHAHOLICS BAND (11:15am); FIVE YEAR MISSION (9:30pm) is a band based out Indiana who offered to come to TrekFest to keep the event alive. Their Mission: Our goal is to take every episode of the original Star Trek, write a song about it, record it, and play it. In the end, there will be five full-length CDs full of Star Trek goodness for all to enjoy. The popular WHO'Z PLAY'IN will take stage at 9pm.

TrekFest highlights include a Demo Derby (Fri, 7:30pm), Saturday Parade at 10am (theme “Assignment Earth” - candy will be tossed to the kids), a Sci-Fi Swap Meet (11am), Costume Contest (1pm). BBQ meals and carnival rides. The event will end with a fireworks show (paid for by the City of Riverside) at 10pm. For an extensive list of TrekFest's family-friendly events, visit www.trekfest.com.

The Riverside Area Community Club is grateful to all their fans (local and worldwide) for keeping TrekFest alive. Ken McCracken (president of RACC) said, “Without the fans, there would literally be no TrekFest.”

TrekFest hopes to continue to live long and prosper. And who knows, maybe one day in the near future William Shatner will accept RACC's invitation to TrekFest and once again come home to The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.


About

In 1984, former city councilman, Steve Miller, came up with the idea to dub Riverside, Iowa - The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. This far out idea was approved by the city and by Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. The town's annual River Fest celebration was renamed TrekFest and has lived long and prospered ever since. The Riverside Area Community Club (RACC) plans and implements TrekFest annually. Money raised by RACC is used to help out the community with academic scholarships, new playground equipment and other events.

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