Almost two weeks on from the auctions and a week after the final donation – it’s taken a bit for me to recuperate from all the excitement. Apart from all the admin there was trouble with my newly bought Macbook (which failed upon set-up and is still with the Apple repair service as we speak – talk about a bad start…), meeting an old friend, a recording session in the studio (watch out Armitage, my voice career is taking off), and seeing off Linda60. Busy busy busy. Before that, however was my little trip through Counties Mayo and Sligo with Linda60 the weekend before last, and here is the customary, quick photo gallery before I finally launch into the Fan A to Z.
The next trip through Ireland is already looming on the horizon. I’ll be exploring the Northwest corner of Ireland – Co. Donegal – with dear CraMERRY. The car is booked, accommodation is reserved, and if this whole journalism malarkey isn’t going to work it, I think I might have a career in tour guiding…
In any case, I am finally picking up the Fan Challenge again. Good thing that I scheduled that thing – it may have been ages since I wrote the last instalment (23 July, actually *eeek*), but at least I now have something to write about while we are apparently again in a drought.
I – What made you come out as a fan and participate in the fandom online?
Two things: The irrepressible urge to talk about this fascinating
and desperately hot actor I had just discovered, combined with Murphy’s law purporting that you *must* totally waste time when you really do not have any extra time at your disposal *at all*. Armitage mania hit me in spring 2012 – just as I was slipping into the last throes of my degree finals. I was busy photographing my final project, writing photo analyses and visual diaries for assessment, as well as studying for my written exams. All that on top of my usual work load of writing articles and looking after my family (with two teenagers). I think it is totally comprehensible that a woman needs something pretty to look at in such times. A distraction from the pressure of day-to-day life. The infatuation with Armitage rabbit hole consumed me. Reading through the entire back catalog of posts on me+richard, losing myself in slash fan fiction about Guy and Robin, catching up with three entire seasons of Spooks, and clicking through each and every gallery on RAnet was all done without coming out from Lurkerville. But the need to respond to all the intelligent and interesting things that were being said about my new movie boyfriend on various platforms online finally overpowered me. I think I left a comment on one of fedoralady’s fics first, then a comment on me+richard. And when I saw this little gem, I capitulated and posted.
That whole interview practically slew me. If you need a reminder: Here it is on YT.
Forever thankful to bccmee2 for this fangirl cut!
OMG, just rewatching this now gets my pulse speed up again… the deep(er) voice, the shirt sleeves stretched over the bulging biceps, the whole chunkiness – combined with the reserved, almost shy demeanor. Chr*st, that even makes me forgive and forget the beard and just helplessly fall for that irresistible guy…
Ok, I am rambling. So, to wrap it up – I threw myself into the fandom online when I quickly and eventually realised that I wanted to contribute to the then-lively discussion and production of fan content beyond leaving comments. My gif-making skills are nil, I hate Photoshop with a passion (not ideal for a photographer, I know), and the fan fiction corner was already occupied by better writers than me (not too mention my lack of patience for long-form writing), but I realised that my background as a photographer might give me something original to contribute – in-depth analyses of photos of Richard. And thus a terrible beauty was born…
No regrets, though. Even though the analyses have been replaced by funky little shrines and the occasional poetic outburst, the interest in fandom and movie boyfriend is still going strong. I’m glad it happened this way.