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3rd-Mar-2010 04:25 pm
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THIRTY DAYS OF MEME: 20: A hobby of yours

Really, I was inclining towards making this a knitting post, but that's not really my main hobby, now, is it? It's not where most of my extracurricular energy is channelled, in any case. It's not how I meant at least half the people reading this and it's not how I met my girlfriend, flatmate and many of my friends.

I don't talk much about it on this blog, however, mostly out of respect for the fact that those people not involved don't care, and out of fear of stigma - after all, those people who don't care can be quite rude about not caring at times. But pffft to that, say I. If you have a problem with the fact that I'm an enormous geek, go find yourself another corner of the internet to hang out in.

My name is Debi and I pretend to be someone else on the internet.

It all started when I first laid eyes on milliways_bar and thought it sounded like fun - like writing collaborative fanfic but without any of the pressure to create cohesive plots or to follow narrative convention. Like roleplay but without the worry that comes from creating a character from scratch, or having to deal with other people's Mary Sues. So I thought I'd give it a go.

Suddenly, I was interacting with other people and with my fandoms in a way I hadn't done before. Thought a fictional character -  I started with a character from an early Discworld book  - I was exploring the nature of fictional universes and how they intersect with other, making new friends based on their ability to turn a phrase or sense of humour, and watching friendships and animosities grow among characters as I engaged in telling stories that were by their very concept, driven by character above all.

It's like playing with dolls, but on LiveJournal.
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3rd-Mar-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Like roleplay but without the worry that comes from creating a character from scratch, or having to deal with other people's Mary Sues.

ahahahahahahaha

ahahahahaha

I'll just be over here, laughing my butt off -_^
3rd-Mar-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
OH SHUSH YOU.
3rd-Mar-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
:3c &hearts
3rd-Mar-2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I brow-raised a little at that one, too, but I get what you meant. XD
3rd-Mar-2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
I meant original characters SUCK. I mean, who;d play with THOSE?

>_>
3rd-Mar-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
YEAH, you're RIGHT, it'd be silly to have like 5 LJ accounts for characters I made up in a secret rabbithole but never and/or rarely play in a formal game, rather than an RP comm I made for our own personal sandboxing fantasy lives.

I MEAN WHAT?
3rd-Mar-2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED NICE THINGS.

Like Avatar, Batman and/or Buffy
3rd-Mar-2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
ALL NICE THINGS, FOREVER.

I feel like I should pay more attention to Buffy but then Mel's all "HEY LOOK AT ME" and I forget.
3rd-Mar-2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I totally missed an "n't" there.
3rd-Mar-2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Hah! HANDWAVE IT.
3rd-Mar-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
It's entirely possible that if I hadn't had to give up Barbies before I was ready, I never would have really gotten into roleplaying.
3rd-Mar-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Me and my Sylvanian Families, too.
3rd-Mar-2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
(I had to google that. They're adorable.)
3rd-Mar-2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Me too! OMG how cute are they!

**had to google as well**
3rd-Mar-2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, not nearly as cute as that icon.

*tickles hedgehog feet*
4th-Mar-2010 09:57 am (UTC)
Oh thanks! It's my icon for general cuteness (as opposed to cat- or kid-related cuteness; I have them, too).

Talking of cats and kids, I do consider getting my niece a cat Sylvanian Family for her birthday at the end of the month. She is just old enough to enjoy them for the meta, not just the straight saccharine. Luckily, Amazon imports them.
3rd-Mar-2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Anonymouse
My sister still has all hers. Just waiting until my niece is older enough for them. Myself I was She-ra dolls (which I still have all of them) and my little pony.
3rd-Mar-2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
My sister had those and is waiting till my niece is older enough to have them. She had a lot of them as a family of complusives we had to get entire sets if someone gift her a single one. Heh.

Didn't realise that comment earlier had posted.

Edited at 2010-03-03 18:48 (UTC)
3rd-Mar-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I used to enjoy roleplaying a lot, but I only ever indulged in the "six people in a small room, throwing dice" variety.

In my experience, the people who reacted to it with scorn and ridicule were always very boring people with no imagination.
4th-Mar-2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Hi you. :D
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