i love tags so much tags are the fourth wall it’s like tumblr has developed a spectating sub-culture where it’s more generally acceptable to write your comments in tags rather than in the caption making us aware of the differences between content and commentary and when to use one or the other and the act of copy-pasting someone else’s tags is to capture a thread of discussion like being in agreement with a stranger on something that brings us together i just love tags so much
#the content is the push back and transformation between the text and the viewer #then the tagging is the dialogue between content creators and other viewers#it’s another level beyond #where we’re commenting on our own culture and the narratives that have sprung up in reaction to the original text #so it’s narratives upon narratives upon narratives #and the constant dialogue creates so much wank and hate#but it also drives us to ever greater heights of creativity #because a gifset capturing this particular thing; through the selective eye of the gifmaker #generates tides of commentary based around that narrative #and so the gifmaker becomes better; to better capture what they want to capture #and taggers become ever more delighted and inspired or intrigued or sparked up for whatever reason #and it’s a feedback spiral (not a loop) because it goes ever forward and upward #it’s a conversation about ourselves through narratives #it’s glorious and th e best eveerrrr
#the best part is that when people post the tags #they’re taking someone’s commentary #and they’re saying this deserves to be content #like it’s a blatant endorsement of the words #and saying that they need to be more permanently attached to that post #for more people to see #and so not only have we developed a vague system about what goes where #but the language is different #and we know when it’s acceptable to break those boundaries #and what that means #the amount of linguistics that can be found by looking at tumblr meta #is fucking amazing
Some general thoughts on fiction and the questions of fiction from today
- I love artifice and devices in fiction- a lot of episodes I love use devices that are used for fascinating storytelling experience, most notably in episodes like Hush and Once More With Feeling on Buffy, or The Girl In the Fireplace or Midnight in Doctor Who, or Tall Tales or What Is And What Should Never Be from among recent Supernatural episodes I watched. Those are the more overt uses of devices though, even much subtler use of devices can be really interesting
- In re detournement- probably not often used in this context but it seems like the right word, and I wrote at length about why Supernatural fascinated me in re using the tools of the television medium to tell stories of the novel medium sometime before. I don’t do it really consciously and to some extent I think that way in my daily life too, but I think I use that a lot and in a more overt if sporadic way- using terms and tropes of movies when I write and characters themselves using the terms and tropes of movies or books or general pop culture in the medium of their own lives
- In re the realism versus formalism issue of the narrative voice (when in first person), where going for realism entails trying to sound more like a character and less like a writer and thus not being able to use the kinds of phrases and language a writer would use, which is limiting, versus the flip side of how using such language would make it harder to believe that it is the character speaking- Nabokov handled that in Lolita by making the narrator an egomaniacal and brilliant writer (“you can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style”) and by making it a written statement by the narrator, which kinda reconciles the two, and while I’m no Nabokov that is a perfectly fine solution for me. Let the narrator be a writer doing writing
- In re postmodernism as writing deconstructing all prior fictions because fiction is seen at best as only an artifice that vaguely approximates life but can never faithfully portray it so writing to be faithful to reality must try dismantle all of fiction- my feelings in re that is that fiction is still very relevant to our lives in that often we think in terms of fiction and use the cliches and expectations of fiction when thinking about our own lives and the people around us, so instead of trying to completely remove fiction with its history from a story actually including it as an in-universe aspect, which it often is
i’ll just leave this here because i want this on my blog
So I ended up cutting it. I liked it as an idea but then it did feel like an insertion and sometimes you just have to be ruthless and cut things to keep the story tight I guess and I’m young I will start writing another story soon maybe in some months time like later this year so this can be on the cutting room floor potentially for polishing up and using in that instead of being shoehorned into this one.
also today i just cleared up some more errors and tied up some more little loose ends in the story- corrected some small bits, wrote the age for a character, and mentioned the second sem exams instead of leaving them completely unmentioned so the story fits the timeline right. so it’s saved as that now, if you click the download links from before (namely this or this) now that’ll be the version with those corrections
also i really need to come up with a good title everything else is done (well except for the waiting to hear feedback/thoughts from at least five people bit) aside from the title and i need to have a title to send it in to the agents
any good ideas would be met with utmost gratefulness
Have I discussed my love of the word ‘nice’ here before?
Nice is supposed to be such a weak word, a watery-pretty-meaningless word, one where if you actually felt anything about what you thought was nice you’d use one of the few dozen other words that are stronger synonyms of that very word, but for a while I’ve thought of just… nice as a word that you say when all those other synonyms don’t really cut it, and it’s the biggest thing you can say. Nice is a simple, understated word. Nice is a confession. Nice is the one nice thing you can say about something and not draw attention to yourself, and you say it’s nice because that something nice is much too nice to draw any attention away from how nice it is. Nice is when you’re too happy to go through your brain for a synonym so you just say what you’re thinking and that is, this is nice.
I like using nice that way, sometimes in speech and often when writing.
I like Nicest Thing by Kate Nash cos it uses nice the way I like to use nice sometimes.