Well I think I should start with the basics, no? My name is Emily if you haven't gathered that by now. I'm 24 years old, I'm 5'4 (approximately 162.5cm), I have green eyes and dark brown hair. Currently. I'm kind of a sucker for hairdye. My zodiacs are Pisces and the Tiger and I am extremely proud of both. I live in Southwestern Virginia in the lovely city of Roanoke. I have one brother and one sister, both of them are younger than me, but taller! Not sure how that happened ^_^ I still live with my parents for the time being. We have 15 cats (Rowdy, Sterling, Speckles, Charlie, William, Bean, Flea, Andy, Halle, Bogey, Abby, Jack, Oliver, Punkin, and Hidey), 2 dogs (Bailey, and Boo), and we used to have 3 fish (Groucho, Zeppo, and Mr. Fish Man), but my mother gave them away to a guy who has many koi and I'm sure they are much happier in a pond than our tank. While I do miss them, I know they're better off. I have two jobs currently, one at Texas Steakhouse currently as either a hostess or in the kitchen, and the other I bus tables at Olive Garden. I love listening to music, and I like pretty much all types of music. My favorite band is Deftones, and I also really enjoy Muse, Oasis, Mindless Self Indulgence, the Faint, and Arctic Monkeys.
Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.
Fandom is people you don't tell your mother you're meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.
Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.
Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky's law and Godwin's law and Murphy's law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you've ever had them.
Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn't care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries. Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you're really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.
Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn't create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn't create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissention. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.
Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.
Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.
Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.