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No doubt a lot of you have seen the posts about Sandy [personal profile] sherrold today, whom we often typed as Snady (if you see people referring to her that way, don't freak -- it was a thing). For those who haven't seen the others posts, [personal profile] movies_michelle has an update here with some info on things you can do, and why it's been so quiet about this. I hope people can understand how difficult it's been to watch this unfold, and how much those of us in town wanted to respect privacy, and also, simply, that we had hoped this was just a temporary setback.

I was talking about this yesterday with some other fans -- how, even though she and I lived ten minutes away from each other, and saw each other all the time, I didn't really enjoy going to cons when she wasn't there. Which is completely nuts, but as so many others have noted, she IS fandom to a lot of people, and her presence at a con was undeniable. You could hear here everywhere, her loud laugh (she once joked to me, the first time I had the Media Cannibals at my house, "Now you know why everyone wishes I came with a volume button!"), her infectious enthusiasm. And up till, really, two days ago, she was still planning to go to VVC. And who knows? Maybe she will. She has gone far beyond their predictions many times already in this.

Snady is the very definition of the phrase "force of nature." When we started hanging out, she welcomed me in and let me participate in making vids with the group, and even though for years we bickered and quibbled about things, she was always this person who meant so much to me that the bickering and quibbling weren't enough to drivve me away. And she and I made good vids together! I loved working with her on them, and I always, always learned something I never thought of before.

One thing I don't think many people realize is how influential she has been even to vidders who don't know her. Sandy was one of the early vidders who pushed this fannish art form into new directions, did things no one else had done previously. Her ideas about technique and style and theme have flown down to younger vidders, and they don't even know it. I wish more than anything I could spread that word -- that a lot of what many of us do right now came about because of Sandy pushing those envelopes back in the days when we made vids with bearskins and knives. Sandy is the original vidding hipster, babies.

I chatted with her yesterday and told her about remastering Hair and the new Media Cannibals site we're putting up with all the old vids. I could tell she wasn't well enough to see what I've got so far with Hair, and I'm really sad about that, but I could also tell that made her feel so comforted and happy. Even though she may not get to see it, I'm still going ahead with it. She is, and always will be, fandom to me, and to so many others, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that her legacy is not forgotten.

Date: 2011-07-08 07:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marycrawford
*hugs* I'm sorry it wasn't feasible to show her, but I'm so glad you got to chat with her and tell her about the big MC project and about the Hair remaster. She's made and done such a LOT of awesome things, and should know how much we treasure her for it.

Date: 2011-07-08 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adair
Thanks for the post. I had not heard anything, but I suspected this was the situation. I sent an email for Sandy through [personal profile] talking_sock. it's been a long time since we spoke, but Sandy introduced me to fandom when she invited me to Virgule - I must have seemed slash-friendly on the old B7 list. I owe her a lot, as so many people do. Fandom won't be the same.

Date: 2011-07-08 08:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meri_oddities
I'm so glad you took me to see her when I was there. And that she was okay to see us. It's hard, I know. I'm hoping that she'll be there when I come back in the fall. Maybe we can have lunch. I sent her a card today.

*hugs*

Date: 2011-07-08 11:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cesperanza
You know that I will totally preach the gospel of Snady till my dying breath. I'm not kidding.

Date: 2011-07-09 11:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nagasvoice
Thanks for the info, have crossposted

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