A couple of weeks ago I gave a sneak peek of a shrine that has yet to see the light of
day blog. You suggested that I only reveal the RAPS *after* the recipient has had the privilege of unwrapping it. *impatiently taps fingers* The package was sent on April 12th, it celebrated Easter in a warehouse somewhere in the US, and now An Post’s track & trace facility informs me that it has been delivered at its destination. Hooray. I haven’t had confirmation yet from the recipient, so I have to forego the reveal for the moment.
Instead, I have decided to embark on a new multi-day fandom challenge. Just to pass the time *sigh*. My attitude is positively schizophrenic. On the one hand, I am glad that Mr A is not dominating the Twitter discussion anymore. On the other hand, it feels as if he has gone the other extreme – no personal tweeting since December, and a retro-sanitised TL, too. As everything in life, the right balance is in the middle: a mix of promotional information and an occasional glimpse of the man behind the @RCArmitage handle. It doesn’t have to be selfies or revelations of opinions and philosophies, but just a look into the ordinary day-to-day life would be great. Take @LelandOrser, for instance – I am really enjoying his way of handling Twitter. He tweets the promo stuff, of course, but he also tweets his own photos, which both entertain as well as allow the followers to feel as if they are knowing what he is up to during his time in Berlin. From showing the results of his cooking (the request for asparagus recipes was a great way to engage followers), to a picture of the Stolpersteine (brass plaques in the pavement for the Jewish citizens of Berlin who were victims of the Nazis). I can piece together the impression that beside his work on BS, Leland is engaging with the culture and history of his current environment. Fans *love* that kind of insight.
Anyway. So back to my time-filler tactics. I have decided to amuse myself with another fandom challenge. Fandom challenges are nothing new. I remember doing one in my early fandom days in 2012. For this new challenge I have looked for new questions to answer – although some old favourites remain. After all, RA’s oeuvre is constantly growing, so new chaRActers come to the challenge, as do new pairings, and storylines, costumes and what-have-you. So there is scope to reassess how likes and dislikes have changed. Pantarei. I may even link back to my old answers if and where they overlap – just to see how my opinions have changed.
My adjusted RA-specific challenge is based on a non-specific fandom challenge I found at heckyeahtumblrchallenges. Those of you who enjoy cross-blog projects may like to pick up the mantle and do the challenge with me. You can find the questions on the graphic I designed. (Feel free to copy and use the image for your own blog.) There are no rules as to whether the challenge has to be done day-by-day. You could also do 5 questions at a stretch, if you so like. And for commenters – I hope you take the opportunity to answer the question in the comments. Feel free to take as much space as you need. To ease
me us in, I am kicking off with the basic questions of how it all started.
♡ #1 The First Encounter
I am answering this differently this time. I’ve written about my first encounter before, so I’d rather like to say it in gifs this time ’round.
So, first there was a capitalist millowner who couldn’t really sway leftie me. (ca. 2009)
Then there was Captain America in 2011. Sorry, but I don’t like cardboard Nazi baddies
never mind those glasses…
And then there was this (all gifs by ghisborne):
Enigmatic Lucas North in Spooks season 9, episode 6. Maybe I was not hooked yet, but I can tell you, I had the first whiff of something really good…
So, now over to you – your first encounter? Say it in a gif – or a comment.