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I've added a bunch of new people as a result of [personal profile] st_aurafina's recent friending meme, so I thought it was high time to introduce myself.

Feel free to skip if you've had me in your circle/flist for a while )

I'm really looking forward to getting to know you! Please feel free to ask whatever questions you like.
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Hello to all the new people now following me as a result of the friending meme (and for those of you who haven't seen the meme yet, it's here).

I thought I'd introduce myself to all of you. Feel free to ask me questions about anything.

Feel free to skip if you've had me in your circle/flist for a while )
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I've picked up quite a few new readers due to the friending meme mentioned on the last post, so I thought I'd post an updated introduction with more information than I provided on the meme.

My name is Ronni, and I'm a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. My thesis is on representations of exile in medieval Irish literature. I'm in the final stages of my research (as in I should be completely done in the next few months), so I'm not posting as much as usual, but I read my flist every day and am a fairly regular commenter. I'm from Australia (I grew up in Canberra, went to university in Sydney, moved back to Canberra for a year for work, then moved back to Sydney for another year) and have lived in Europe for the past five years. Four of those years have been in Cambridge, and I also spent one year on academic exchange as a visiting scholar at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Germany. A lot of my posts are about my experiences of life as an academic, and as a migrant living in a foreign country, and I'm always very interested in hearing about other people's experiences of similar things.

I currently work part-time in an academic library, and am hoping to work in this field full-time after I've finished my PhD. In the past I have worked as a newspaper subeditor (copy-editor), a tutor of children in maths and English, a childcare worker, selling food and drink at a Cirque du Soleil show, and as a sales assistant at several bakeries. I also work as a freelance book-reviewer for an Australian newspaper, a job I've had since I was in high school.

My partner's name is Matthias, and we've been together for just under three years. When we met he was still working on his own PhD on Old English in my department. Since he finished, he's worked in a variety of jobs in Cambridge, mainly as a librarian and university lecturer. We currently work together in the same library.

From time to time I talk about my family: I'm the oldest of four sisters. Mim is in her twenties and works in the public service in Australia. Kitty is nearly eleven, and Nell is six. The youngest two are half-sisters; my parents divorced when I was ten and my father has been with my stepmother for about twelve years. Apart from the initial shock at both events, I've always been very happy that my parents chose to divorce and that my father has a new partner. I'm pretty close to my extended family, especially on my mum's side, although living overseas has made it harder to stay in touch, especially with my youngest sisters and cousins. I go back to Australia about once every two years, and my mother visits me every year.

This blog is a pretty mixed bag, content-wise. I'm pretty scrupulous about tagging entries, so if you're interested in reading back, but only on particular subjects, my list of tags is fairly self-explanatory. I post about my own life, reviews of, or commentary about books, TV shows, films, music, internet and fan culture, about politics (mainly Australian or British) and social justice, as well as the odd meme or linkpost. I'm very passionate about feminism, and from time to time I post about rape culture, misogyny, and other potentially upsetting topics. However, these posts will always be behind a cut, tagged appropriately and warned for, so they will be easy to avoid if they're not your cup of tea.

One final note. I often post about 'sraffies'. Sraffies were originally people who hung out on this Philip Pullman fansite, but these days, we tend to socialise elsewhere online, or in 'real life'. When two or more sraffies meet up, it's called a srafcon. My closest friend and sister in all but blood, [personal profile] bethankyou, is a sraffie.

Since the meme seemed to be focused on blogging more as a public journal, rather than about fandom, I won't discuss all the things I'm fannish about here, but my profile page should give you a fairly good idea of my fannish interests.

My LJ is a mirror of my Dreamwidth blog, so if you're also on Dreamwidth, feel free to add me there too. I comment and reply to comments on both platforms.

You can find me elsewhere online at:

My Wordpress review blog, where I post longer, more serious and in-depth reviews and essays.

My fanblog for [livejournal.com profile] sophiamcdougall's Romanitas trilogy.

Twitter.

Tumblr.

Last.fm.

Feel free to add me on any of those places if you're interested. I should warn you that I don't really use Tumblr all that often.

Anyway, that's probably enough from me for now. Feel free to ask me anything - I'm fairly open about my life and am always happy to meet new people.
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I've just added a whole bunch of new people on Dreamwidth (and LJ people, if you're considering making the switch, you should head over to the friending meme to meet awesome people), so I thought I should do another intro post. Feel free to ask me anything - I'm a very approachable person (or so I like to think) and I'm really keen to make some good new friends here on Dreamwidth. Ideally, I'm hoping to find something like the sense of community I felt on LJ circa 2006-9, when journal-based fandom was so vibrant and eloquent and communicative. Although I have a Tumblr account, I'm very ambivalent about its effect on fandom and online communities in general and am taking an extended break from it.

Cut for photo and long post )
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^Me. I figured since I've probably got a few new people reading here since the [community profile] fandomsecrets friending meme, I might as well do an intro post of sorts, so that you all know what you're getting in for!

So, my name is Ronni and I am a PhD student working on medieval Irish literature. While I normally study at the University of Cambridge in Britain, I am spending this academic year on exchange at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, in Germany. And I'm actually Australian. I also work as a freelance book-reviewer and features-writer for a newspaper back in Australia, a job which I've had since I was sixteen. (I also spent a rather miserable year working for that paper as a sub-editor, but the less said about that, the better.)

Surprisingly enough, I enjoy spending my spare time reading/watching/listening to/otherwise engaging with texts, and writing about them. I follow a ridiculous number of literary, pop cultural or social justice-related blogs, as these are the topics that interest me the most. My own fannish writing tends to be mainly meta and reviews.

The big fandoms in which I'm involved are the Whedonverse, Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, Once Upon A Time, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf. I lurk around the Harry Potter, Daria, Supernatural and Avengers fandoms. But to be honest, I'm much more involved with, and emotionally invested in, my tiny fandoms, which are mainly for various Australian YA books from the 90s, Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Lexicon series, [profile] sophiamcdougall's absolutely breathtaking Romanitas trilogy (my default icon on DW is from that series) and deadish fandoms like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Veronica Mars, Being Human (UK) and Robin Hood (BBC). I'm always looking for more fandoms, and I mostly get into things through other people's recommendations (mainly through the incomparable [personal profile] thelxiepia), so I look forward to hearing about other people's fannish interests.

I am absolutely obsessed with music, and you'll find that I quote song lyrics a lot (this post's title, like a lot of my titles is a quote) and write over-the-top emotional reviews of certain musicians and HOW THEY SPEAK TO MY SOUL. I also adore '90s culture in general, and in particular have never met a '90s teen movie that I didn't like.

Other than fandom, I love travelling, cooking (and eating), hiking, swimming in the ocean, history, linguistics and dancing (badly).

Up until this point, my LJ has been my primary blog, because most of my friends are there. If you're on LJ, you can add me here. Here is where you can find me elsewhere online:

My Wordpress blog, which is where I post longer, more serious, essay-like posts.

Longvision, my (deadish) fanblog for the Romanitas trilogy (told you I was obsessed).

Beyond Selidor, my blog about my experiences here in Germany. When I post on these three Wordpress blogs, I always link to them on my LJ/DW.

Twitter.

Tumblr. (I should warn you that I'm taking a break from Tumblr because I follow too many social justice blogs there and it was starting to cause problems for my mental health.)

Last FM.

Feel free to add me on any of these places if you'd like. And also feel free to ask me any questions you can think of.
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Since I've just gained a few new friends in the recent ATLA friending meme, I figured it was a good time to do an updated 'about me' post.

I quietly observe standing in my space, daydreaming )
dolorosa_12: (una)
Since I've just gained a few new friends in the recent ATLA friending meme, I figured it was a good time to do an updated 'about me' post.

I quietly observe standing in my space, daydreaming )

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