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Greetings from rural Maine, where the seafood is plentiful, the speed limit is 70 mph and the highway signs warn of possible moose in the road. Local streets include Raspberry Lane and Otter Pond Road.

On the drive up I was thinking about a summer exactly 20 years ago, when my family took a vacation in Acadia and Bar Harbor. I had read Stephen King's The Stand that spring and delighted in seeing signs for Ogunquit, which had featured in the book. But more so, my memory of that trip is of being lost in my imagination as I wrote part of my first really long fanfic, for the Vampire Chronicles, back before I joined any online communities (or at that time, web rings and mailing lists), when our newfangled laptop computer weighed about 10 pounds and I could curl up in the back seat of the minivan and spin any scenarios I wanted. I had written stories and fragments for years by that point, but I'll never forget the rush of liberation I felt for the first time that summer when, in writing a vignette for the Vampire Chronicles, I realized I could write whatever I wanted. That anything I wanted to happen in the story could happen, however sensual/explicit or personal or "weird" or "wrong"; it was that simple. It didn't matter how it might be perceived by others, because I didn't have to show it to others.

This week I'm taking an After Effects course for work, which I expect will also boost my vidding skills. I had visions of attempting to dabble in some fic writing in the evenings, given those geographic echoes, but life had other plans. This post comes to you from one of the campus computer labs because when I got here my laptop decided it didn't want to boot up anymore. TBD whether the school's IT team is willing and able to assist or if I'll need to make my best attempt after returning home. I did back it up about a month ago, but I'd like to at least recover the newer files, if not rescue the whole machine. (It's not my vidding machine, which is a desktop computer, if you're wondering.)

This is extra fun because it comes on the heels of another equipment failure: My apartment refrigerator quit last week. Thank goodness for friends and neighbors who were willing to host my most valuable frozen and fridge items -- at one point my meat and fish were upstairs, my cheese and yogurt across town, and my lunch ingredients at work in the next city over, heh -- and for a responsive landlady who, despite dealing with a health issue at the same time, managed to have a replacement installed within a week. Fingers crossed that I don't return home to a kitchen lake in which swim my defrosted chicken thighs.

Meanwhile, education + excellent food that I didn't have to cook + adult students from across the country + walks through the nearby coastal towns = a good start to the sort-of vacation. Yesterday we saw a groundhog/woodchuck clambering up the wooden steps to someone's deck at dusk and visited a statue of Andre the seal. I went for a swim at the local Y and discovered that despite being in the middle of nowhere, it puts my regular Y to shame. Eight 25-yard lanes instead of three 20-yarders! Actual windows! Water that tastes like water and not chlorine (which is really chlorine bound to everyone's contaminants)! Friendly lifeguards! And the workshop lodgings are country-inn lovely.

Off to dinner in a bit. Hope to check in again soon.

Date: Jun. 19th, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kass
Ugh, equipment failure. Yay Maine!

Date: Jun. 20th, 2017 12:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marginaliana
I'll never forget the rush of liberation I felt for the first time that summer when, in writing a vignette for the Vampire Chronicles, I realized I could write whatever I wanted

This is such a lovely description of that moment of realization that I think a lot of people in fandom have had. The moment where we take control out of the hands of someone else and put it in our own hands. It's one of the things I love about fandom as a community - I feel like we are at our best when we say to each other, explicitly or implicitly, "you are in charge here and you can do whatever you want."

The equipment failure sounds hella frustrating, though! I hope you can get it fixed quickly.

Date: Jun. 20th, 2017 02:41 am (UTC)
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Date: Jun. 20th, 2017 06:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shati
Oh nooo. Your pipes froze a while back too, right? Not that either is that unusual, but may your home be reasonably free of temperature-related malfunction in the future. That's awesome that so much of your food found a home, though.

Date: Jun. 20th, 2017 06:45 am (UTC)
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*waves* :)

Date: Jun. 20th, 2017 03:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ldthomps
Oof, having a fridge go out is rough, so glad you weathered it with help from friends! Here's hoping the computer is rescue-able, and the time in Maine lovely.

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