Today’s post is an amalgamation of things – fangirling, updates about my life, questions, et cetera. They’re too minor to warrant their own individual posts, so I’m putting them here. Prepare for few or no transitions between subjects, because none of this stuff is really related. It’s all just stuff that’s been on my mind a lot lately.
Last Saturday, I watched the local high school’s Quidditch Cup! It was a ton of fun. I hung out with a friend, tried butterbeer, bought a Slytherin shirt, and cheered for my House. (They won, by the way.) If you’re friends with me on Facebook, I posted pictures there a few days ago.
It was funny to see what kind of brooms the players had, too. Evidently they were expected to supply their own because while a few had ordinary brooms or the plastic Harry Potter replicas, a bunch of kids had feather dusters or mops or sticks with streamers attached to one end. One girl just had a tree branch.
I feel like such a nerd. I’d never so much as walked on a football field before (I don’t like most sports so I’ve never been to a football game) so of course the first time I did, it was for a Quidditch game. Ha.
A few weeks ago my brother Quentin and I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier! It wasn’t the greatest movie ever – but then, I think sequels rarely live up to the reputation of the first movie. It was enjoyable enough. I liked seeing my favorite superheroes, Captain America and Black Widow. And I stayed long enough to see BOTH end-credits scenes. So there, Quentin. I told you there would be stuff at the end.
I have a question about vlogging (video blogging). Several questions, actually. The first concerns everyone who reads this blog: Would you be interested in occasional vlogs from Musings From Neville’s Navel? I have neither the time nor the interest to make a lot, but they might be nice supplements to my usual posts. I think I’d probably use them for fangirly posts or as a substitute for writing out all my answers to blog-meme questions.
Or maybe I could begin acquiring footage during my upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. That would be fun. On the other hand, I’ll be super-busy each and every day of that week, so perhaps not. I don’t know.
The second question is for those of you who already vlog. What kind of technology (video cameras, editing thingies, et cetera) do you use to make videos? I’m trying to figure out if my camera’s video function is good quality or bad, and if there are any ways that good editing would negate the other issues.
And now for something completely different! LGBTQ+ Pride Month begins tomorrow and I think I’d like to write some queer-themed posts. (Well, I already do that anyway, but I was thinking of writing about that topic more than usual.)
I am certain about one post – tomorrow’s is about how to write LGBTQ+ characters. And I have a few other ideas, one of which is to discuss the fantasy fandoms mentioned in my earlier post, Representation And Disappointment, but in way more depth. Not just listing the (very very minor) queer characters, but analyzing them. A lot. Also, there would probably be fangirling over Renly and Loras.
What I would like you readers to do is to comment with suggestions for Pride-related posts – not because I don’t have ideas (I have plenty) but because I want to know what you’d like to see. Sometimes I feel like I’m just talking to myself on this blog. I’d like more reader input.
So, suggest away! Do you want more book-/fandom-related LGBTQ+ posts? Thoughts about stuff that’s been in the news lately? Or posts about something else entirely? Something serious or something funny? Lists? You tell me.
I’ve decided that once I have read seventy-five books, three-quarters of this year’s reading goal, I can begin my epic Harry Potter rereading session. Less than ten books left and I can start!
Recently, I read:
+ The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. I had no idea what this book was about until I started reading it, which made things… very interesting. I thought the narrator’s relationship with her boyfriend was a bit lacking in chemistry, but I did like her attitude and style of narration.
+ The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester. If you’re a fellow word nerd, you have to read this book. Its subject matter could have easily turned the book into a lecture, but thankfully this didn’t happen – it’s told like a story, not a collection of facts. Highly recommended to those who like offbeat books, nonfiction or otherwise.
+ Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. A wonderful play. Reading it was bizarre, though, because one of my favorite books ever (All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen) is partially based on this story. Every so often I’d go, “Ooh, Toby Belch! I know that name!” or “Wow, Sebastian and Antonio are totally in love here just like they are in All Men of Genius!” It was great.
Well, that’s it for my updates. What has happened recently in your life?
P.S. I would really appreciate answers to the question-update-things, hint hint. Plus, I have received hardly I can’t reward you people with anything meaningful, but here are some imaginary cookies for the commenters.