Fanfiction and PTSD: Going Beyond The Winter Soldier

I gave this talk at Nine Worlds in August 2016.

Hello everyone, and welcome to my talk. Before I go much further, I’d just like to say that I am going to be discussing traumatic acts and their impact in detail, so if you want to leave at any point, please feel free to do so. Take care of yourself.

Firstly, I want to explain that when I say “Beyond the Winter Soldier”, I mean in terms of how fanfiction goes beyond what is shown in the film and answers the questions that many of us have. I will also be reading you some fanfiction – I was going to use multiple fanfictions, but in the end there was just one really good one that I had to go with.

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Digging A Hole: Minecraft and You

I first gave this talk at Videobrains in November 2015.

There are many different things I want to say about the concept of creating homes in Minecraft – or whatever you want to create, which might be nothing at all. I’m going to talk about home, about creativity, and what your creativity can mean. However, for the second half of this talk, I am essentially going to be talking about myself – really the title should be Minecraft and me, but you live and learn.

My basic premise is this: what you create can be a reflection of you.

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