If you listen closely you can hear the almost relief that is actually still stress. I have 5,000 words left to write by the end of tomorrow. I’m feeling confident though I’m sure it will take a late night. Mostly it feels good but also I’m sick to death of my story. So let’s talk about something else.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you haven’t been watching these then you should have been. (Go! Go now!) In short: a webseries telling the story of Pride and Prejudice, modernised and in vlog format. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s clever. It has Hank Green’s name on it so I’m not at all surprised. But really, what it has done for me is given me a whole new list of Internet People to care about and trust to make me delightful things. Rachel Kiley, Ashley Clements and Mary Kate Wiles in particular. I now want to follow the three of them around and watch/read everything they ever do from this point on. Is that creepy? I already feel the same way about Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer (that link is never safe for work) and the Green brothers.
I find it weird that there are other artists I admire to the same degree yet I don’t have that same devotedness to and it took me a little while to work out why. The artists I’ve mentioned are all accessible online. I’ve been retweeted by both Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. I’ve had tumblr interactions with Rachel Kiley, Ashley Clements and Mary Kate Wiles. And I’ve seen evidence that the Green brothers talk regularly with fans online too. It’s easy to admire someone from afar but when they’re right there, tangible, when they’re living in your world, it’s as if they’re just a little bit more real.
Eventually I’m going to run out of entirely unrelated pictures from my trip to Europe. But that time is not now.