It seems that for the last few weeks the only days that I manage to blog are Wednesdays. Clearly my fifteen minute Fridays are going well! It’s hard to imagine that I can’t set aside 15 minutes to write a quick something, or even snap a picture. I don’t have that much knitting news to share, even though I’ve made quite a lot of headway on my Moyen Age sweater. I’m working on the second sleeve, and because it’s knit all as one piece, it’s a little too big to carry around with me and knit when I have a few minutes on the subway. I have a feeling that it will be done by next week though, and with the way this winter’s been going, I’m sure I’ll get plenty of chances to wear it. Other than that there’s not a whole lot of progress, or excitement, right now in my knitting life. But that’s not to say that there aren’t other things I’m excited about.
One of the many YouTubers I follow, Tessa Violet (aka Meekakitty) just released her first album Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled, which I bought yesterday and have been listening to it non-stop. It’s a mix of upbeat songs that get stuck in your head, and more mellow country-ish songs, and of course a song about robots, because why not? I’d have to say that my favorite song right now is Broken Record, and I’m hoping she’ll be coming out with a few music videos soon. Definitely check her out on iTunes, they give you a nice long clip of the songs to see if you’re into them.
Now, if you’ve been around here for a little while, especially if you follow me on twitter, you might remember my excitement over the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a vlog style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The actress who played Lydia, Mary Kate Wiles, is now in a new series called Kissing in the Rain, which follows two actors that keep getting cast in movies where they end up kissing in the rain. Like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, it’s also a bit of a transmedia experiment, where there are new episodes posted every week, the director writes character drabbles to go along with each episode, but then the best part is the fanfiction. The fanfiction is posted on tumblr with the appropriate tags, and the director goes through them all and makes the ones that mesh with the rest of the story into cannon. This means that instead of all the fanfiction that people normally write, where it just hangs out online to be read, this becomes a part of the larger story, it fills out the space in between the episodes, behind the scenes, and gives backstories to the characters. To me this is a mindblowing experiment, although each episode was filmed in advance, I’m sure if this team takes a second go at this transmedia experiment, they’ll be writing each episode in real-time, as the fans fill out the canon for them, making it a truly collaborative piece.
Now we’ve got music/video/writing, what type of media is there left for me to talk about? Comics. Or more specifically, the graphic novel Watchmen. It’s been on my list for a while, and along with all the other comics I’ve been getting into (Saga and Ms. Marvel at the top), I figured it was beyond time that I read one of the most well known series. I haven’t gotten that far into it yet, but it’s definitely been an adventure so far.
What are you excited about right now?