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After the shock of the U.S. election results started wearing off, I began considering what I could do to help the situation.  Eventually, I hit upon the idea of a fandom charity effort, wherein volunteer fic writers and artists would create commissioned fic and art, and the money would go to various charities supporting the causes and groups that That Man is against and seeks to victimize.

However, I am not a superlative organizer and wasn't sure how to manage the logistics.

Happily, a group of wonderful people on Tumblr had the same thought I did and created fandomtrumpshateAuthor and artist sign-ups begin tomorrow, and I will be signing up to write Housefic.  I'm posting this here in hopes that some authors who remain in House fandom might be interested in getting involved.

Date: 2016-12-19 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cool! Thanks for the notice!

Date: 2016-12-19 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're very welcome! House fandom is unfortunately small these days, but I'm hoping at least some of us will turn up for this, whether to write or to commission writing.

There are some, I know, who would prefer not to mix fandom and politics. But as a scholar of literature, I see participation in fandom as a radical act. Fan fiction reinterprets stories in ways capital-L Literature rarely dares; it transgresses against the arbitrary boundaries that attempt to dictate whose stories can be told, and what forms those stories can take.

There's a song ( I love that encapsulates this for me, called "We Are Who We Are." My favorite verses read:

"Do you believe in a world
Where every person has a place?
Where everyone can find their story,
And see a reflection of their own face?

Where nobody has to hide anymore?
You know this is what our tales are for:
To teach ourselves that there's so much more
That we can be...
Until no one's voice is silenced,
Until no one has to fear,
We'll raise our voice; we'll draw the line right here."

That's exactly the kind of world I want to live in, and the world I see the administration-to-be standing against. And I believe my words are the best tools of resistance I have.

I believe that the only effective way to defeat the story of fear, hatred, isolationism and violence that brought That Man to power is with a stronger story of acceptance, love, unity and understanding.

And I believe that that latter story is ultimately stronger.


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