Links: 100 Days of Painting and Other Thoughts

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice. Fuck around and find out.

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February 11, 2022

I’m not sure where I’m going with this week’s links post, but let us see where it takes me.

Item the first: I am participating in #The100DayProject this year. I think this will be my fourth time attempting it–I completed it the year I did 100 origami cranes in 100 days, but every other year I’ve fizzled out. And the last few years I just haven’t really been up to it. Anyhow, I’m doing 100 artist trading cards in 100 days and I’ve been using the last little while to work on getting back into a daily painting practice. I’ve been enjoying it and I hope I can manage to keep going the whole 100 days. I’ll be sharing my progress over on Instagram, but probably not every day. I’ve discovered that one can post there from the computer, which will help me to not get caught up in scrolling forever and ever.

Item the second: I watched a documentary about the Fundamentalist sect of the LDS and found it oddly affecting and raising a lot more questions than it really answered. It’s called Keep Sweet and it’s on Discovery+. Here’s a much better review than what I can manage right now.

Item the third: Meg Conley posted a follow up to her post about the Magnolia Channel’s show Home Work. In it, she talks a bit about the abuse and harassment she and her friend Aubry received after her initial post. In it, she mentions the concept of context collapse, which is a kind of synecdoche.

I’ve been thinking about context collapse a lot lately, as I’ve become a synecdoche for a vanishingly small group of SFF writer wannabes, and they have been using the context collapse they helped perpetuate to low-key harass me on Twitter for the last almost two months. They’re entitled to their opinion of me–but that’s a road that runs both ways. And boy, it’s rather boring being the target of their obsession with what they perceive to be the SFF establishment. I don’t even think they’ve realized that I don’t write fiction and that I’m a fan. They’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

I also found this essay by Camestros Felapton well worth reading and it’s absolutely a position I endorse.

But I’d like to end this on a positive note and I can’t think of much more positive than drawing a bit of attention to a spiffy fan-authored blog I’ve just discovered: Ena J.’s Fly(er) on the Wall. She has a book purchasing spreadsheet that takes into account international shipping and since she lives in the Philippines, there’s a version in her local currency–Philippine pesos–as well. And if her spreadsheet isn’t your jam, you can check out the others she links at the bottom of the post.

Have a great weekend!


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