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I'm taking a break from fandom.  Admittedly, I've not been very engaged in these last years mostly due to RL commitments, but it feels like the right time to step back, or at least tell myself that I'm taking a break officially so I'm not feeling a weird sense of obligation to stay half-tuned into what's going on, which I've tried to do even though I've not been posting.  It saddens me a little that I'm not feeling up to keeping up with debates/discussion/meta, something I've so enjoyed in the past.  But I feel a sense of futility when I read wanky, cranky, ranty, accusatory meta and wonder how that's at all productive and enjoyable for me (however, it may be engaging and interesting for everyone else and that's awesome).  I'll still be watching SPN and posting at spnematography, but beyond that I'll be hibernating.  So this is me giving myself permission to sign off from the larger beast that is the SPN fandom for a while.  Maybe I'll catch some of you on the flip side if you're still around, too.  Take care of yourselves, flisties.  I'm hoping I'll eventually wander back, invigorated and bursting with stuff to say, but most of all loving SPN and fandom again. 

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noirbabalon
Feb. 10th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
I know we don't email or anything but i will miss your commentary. have always enjoyed your thoughtful insights. have a great break and take care. Best wishes.
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
So late with this reply it's embarrassing, but thank you for your kind words. It's nice to see old flisters still popping in. :)
galwithglasses
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
I'm gonna miss you a ton but I'm glad you'll be around at spnematography from time to time. I've learned a lot from you about film and it's always nice to hear what's going on in your RL. Take care and hopefully we'll catch up with each other again sometime.
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
Hey you,

You always have such nice things to say. :) I obviously stink at replying in a timely manner, but thank you for making LJ an interesting and fun place to come back to.
brightly_lit
Feb. 10th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I'll miss you, too, but if you ain't feelin' it, there's no sense forcing it. I do hope you feel like returning at some point, though.
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Well, I'm late with these replies, but on the up side, I'm still kicking around somewhat. :) Popping in and out seems to suit me these days.
ash48
Feb. 10th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
Ditto galwithglasses's comment. I'm glad you'll still be around spnematography. SPN fandom has become a difficult place to navigate around. Sadly.

xx
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. I'm lurking around here and there with half of my big toe testing the waters. Here's to hoping for more overwhelming and contagious positivity in the future!
galathea_snb
Feb. 10th, 2014 09:38 am (UTC)
I hope we'll see at least RL updates from you. I always enjoy your posts, fandom-related or not. *hugs*

I very much understand the impulse to take a step back from SPN and fandom. I am doing the same, actually. These last few weeks, I was reminded of a simple truth, namely that a tv show (and fandom) should make me happy and, truth be told, SPN made me mostly miserable since Carver took over. So it's time for me to move on, before he manages to destroy the love and respect I still have for the show and its characters.

I hope I'll see you around. Take care. :)
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks. I hope you've been able to preserve your Show love by stepping back. Not thinking too much about what's been happening on SPN has cut down on my general frustration. I do miss having something to analyze, pick apart, and squee over. Clearly, I need a new fandom in order to put my brain to work.

I hope you stick around on LJ. I've always enjoyed your posts and the fact you articulate your show thoughts so completely such that I felt like most of my replies were long-winded versions of "Yes, everything you said!" Don't be a stranger. :)


Edited at 2014-04-19 02:52 am (UTC)
shorofsky
Feb. 10th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)

I completely understand why you would want to do that. I have retired from reading anything from fandom, too, because it has become nothing but wank over the past few seasons. I will miss reading your insights, though. Take care and I will be here on the flip side :-)

bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
It's good to know that you'll still be around even you've also had to step back from fandom. :) It is tiring to continually run into wanky conflict and tension in a place that's supposed to be fun and interesting. Let's hope that things settle down or at least don't intensive/polarize even more. *crosses fingers*
fannishliss
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
take care! hugs and waves!
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm still occasionally lurking. :) *sneaky hugs*
blackjedii
Feb. 10th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the club! Or... maybe not. It is not such a warm and fuzzy feeling.

HOWEVER.

The World Cup is coming up so you can join me in massive fangirl moments. And besides that I've greatly been enjoying non-large fandom things like Magnum PI and MST3K and organizing my desk multiple times. Miss meta though but I've been able to freestyle that a bit...
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
I feel like "the club" has been a growing with a lot of fandom members from early seasons joining. :( It's too bad bec. it's nice to have fandom members who remember the early days of squee.

So, how's the desk organizing going? My desk is a mess (the entire office, really). Maybe I need to take a page out of your book. :) I miss meta as well. Or maybe I just missing having something to analyze and fill up the void between my ears. Hope you enjoyed the World Cup (I know my reply is super late).
hugemind
Feb. 10th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that negative stuff got to you. *hugs* I keep seeing references to that, but my flist has been sane, so I have no idea what the full extent of the craziness is. It's good that you'll be around at spnematography because you always bring the smart and good stuff. :)

I'll post the prompt tomorrow. The ep broke me into itty bitty pieces and I have yet to pick them all up.
bowtrunckle
Apr. 19th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
Late reply is late. :( I'm glad you've insulated yourself from all the wanktastically wanky wank and that you're still enjoying yourself. Yay!

Like I said before, I wouldn't ever leave you high and dry to mod spnematography solo (unless you wanted me to). But I feel like our poor little comm needs some love and attention, maybe we should re-evaluate in the near future?
hugemind
Apr. 20th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oo, the big friending meme that stir_of_echoes hosted brought even more sane people to my flist, so I'm even better now. :D

*eep* No solo comm modding for me! It's good to have someone to run ideas by and share the load with. But yes, the comm's been really quiet lately, so yes, we should do some re-evaluating. *sadface*
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