Time Is Not My Friend pt2 (AKA the one in which Emily turns up more than 15 minutes late, and she doesn’t even have Starbucks)

Standard

So, I know I claimed the hiatus was over. I remember. And then I haven’t said much else since. I remember that too. But life and time are weird and they do strange things

As I said last time I was here, time is super weird. The way it passes at different speeds in different places, all depending on your mood and the weather and how much you ate for breakfast that morning, or if you even ate breakfast at all.

Time has always seemed like an oppressive force in my life. I never had enough, or it wouldn’t quite move fast enough. And over the past few months it’s felt that way even more so, as many people I care about move away and move on in their lives I’ve been left behind, unable to find a way of moving forward. I mentioned last time that I didn’t know how to feel about that. I’d like to say I have a clearer picture of my feelings on that, but I still really have no clue. Sometimes it’s like emotions are like trying to decipher the future from runes. They’re there, and they are definitely trying to say something, but I’m struggling to read exactly what.

But I’m trying my best. Or at least trying to try my best, because it all gets a bit exhausting kinda quickly. But I’m here now to say I’m doing things, stuff is being planned or made or whatever, so I thought I would share.

First, I made a film with Kat from Blink.Whiskers, which you can watch  here

This was a project that combined two.of my favourite things – fairy tales and fake blood. We’re hoping to make this a series, so keep an eye out for more over the next year! For more info about the process of making this, check out Kat’s blog

I also finished a short story, which I haven’t posted anywhere, but I may upload to this blog once I’ve finished editing. It’s something I’ve been working on for a while and I’m quite proud of it, like me it’s a little strange and more than a little queer.

Podcasts! I’ve been developing those beautiful things! Norse Encounters is back on the planner, and the second episode should be up within the next couple weeks. Also new podcasts, including an Avatar the Last Airbender rewatch podcast I’ve started with my brother. Uploads will start in the New Year, but you can follow us on twitter or tumblr @podbending for any updates!

So there are some things. And there are more things, but they are less concrete. Once they are more pavement-like you all will be the first to know, but for now, time ain’t waiting. So I gotta go.

Till next time, whenever that is,

Emily

Xxx

Advertisements

Fiction vs the Patriarchy (AKA Emily continues to be a dork, even on International Women’s Day)

Standard

Happy International Women’s Day!

I originally had a heartfelt ramble about my personal experiences with feminism written for today, but it was rather depressing and serious, and I believe today should be a celebration of women, not a time to dwell on how awful everything is. So I thought I would list some of my favourite (what I would consider feminist) creations that seem to be widely unknown by people. Please check them out and let me know what you think!

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I know this may not be a particularly unknown one, as back in the nineties it was (according to my parents at least, I was still an infant and so do not recall) exceedingly popular. However these days I know very few people under the age of 30 who have watched it. Please do! This show defined how I view strong female characters from the age of 10 ( when i started watching it, I was probably too young – thanks dad for the nightmares) One of the best examples i know of demonstrating strong, powerful women who also are girly. Plus strong female friendships! A variety of different women who play principle roles! And vampires! All wrapped up in nineties fashion, what more could you want?

  • The Final Girls

This is a fantastic horror film that came out in 2015, about a group of friends who get tapped in an eighties horror film. This film knocks the Bechdel test out of the park, centres around the importance of a mother/daughter relationship, and also as Taissa Farmiga swinging around a machete. This is also a beautifully cheesy homage to eighties horror movies such as ‘Evil Dead’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Friday 13th’. Absolutely awesome!!

  • Lumberjanes

If you like comic books and you haven’t read this, please go fix that immediately. Mysterious bear-ladies, three-eyed foxes, Greek gods, mermaids, and much more wierdness ensues at the ‘Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types’, the five Lumberjane scouts of Roanoke cabin are on the case! Beautiful artwork and hilarious stories, with predominantly female characters driving the project!

  • Giant Days

I adore Lumberjanes, but this is probably my favourite comic book of all time. A (mostly) realistic story about a group of friends at university, what makes this comic so fantastic and hilarious is how purely ordinary the characters are, in way you rarely see women depicted as in any kind of media. Also one of the funniest things I have ever read, if you want to start reading comics but don’t want superhero stuff, this is your best bet!

  • The Awesome

Buffy the Vampire Slayer with more sex and she can say f*ck. I don’t really have to say more that I hope. Also bloody hysterical, one of the best YA books currently being published!

I know this is a bit different from my usual style of post, but I think it’s really important that we celebrate the strong women in fiction, as they help make the women strong in real life!

Thank you for reading, and here’s to a future of strong women continuing to do amazing things!

See you soon,

Emily

xxx