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.