September 13th, 2006


teenchristine brand fanfic = my dignity, lost forever on yellowed notebook paper

In the mid-60's there were no personal computers or word processors of any type available. Indeed, most regular middle-class families did not even own a simple typewriter ~ and, if they did, it was a manual Remington or Royal or the like (the model pictured here was very similar to the one I used in typing class). Electric typewriters, at least in my world, were very rare indeed ~ I don't think I'd ever heard of one during my teen years, although the research I just did today reveals that they were invented years earlier.

So, if you wrote stories, you used a pencil (or pen if you were foolhardy brave) on notebook paper. If you didn't want to look like a semi-literate imbecile to your readers*, you had a wastebasket next to you overflowing with discarded, overly crossed-out, erased and rewritten papers.

*At this juncture, I must comment that I cannot help but notice that today's amateur writers don't care if they do look like semi-literate imbeciles. Which is just one of the reasons why fanfic makes my teeth curl up. Sorry.

I say that to say this.

Recently while on a "treasure hunt" through the ancient ruins of my life, I unearthed an aberration from my high school days. I feel both highly amused and greatly humiliated at the same time.
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*the eppylover blushes bright crimson and disappears behind the couch*

The gay difference between now and then

My answer to a question by neongoddess:

I read that post once before, and wanted to ask...

Was being gay really that "frowned upon" in 1983? I was only four years old at the time. I thought the 80's were more "modern" than that. I mean, people liked Queen, and Freddie Mercury was gay, right?? And, of course, Elton John...and people have always seemed to accept Mick Jagger...the list could go on and on.

Also, if the Beatles, Brian's friends, etc. all knew he was gay, how did it remain a secret for so long anyway, especially with all his alleged "indescretions"?

[[ NOTE TO ALL: If there are any people reading this who are closer to my age, who were fully adults in the 1980's, and who remember those years as being different or less repressive that I do, please speak up. ]]

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I hope this answers your question, and if anyone knows better on the subject, I'd like to hear it. After all, I admit to being quite overprotected as a teenager, and I'm sure that fact had some bearing on my perception.