Confession time!

Reading last Monday’s classic FanstRAvaganza post of ‘Funny/Embarrassing Fan Stories’ on Richard Armitage Fan Blog reminded me of a slightly embarrassing RA moment of my very own. So, in keeping with question nr 23 of the 30 day Richard Armitage Challenge, I think it’s high time I confessed.

Much as I like my day job, from time to time things get a little fraught. So, one week, when the going had gotten particularly tough and there was precious little to feel happy about, I smuggled in a picture of Mr Armitage to cheer me up. I’d printed out the new headshot from the 2009 promo on some nice glossy photo paper, to do justice to the colour of those wonderful blue eyes, and propped him up on my copy holder. My desk is in a sheltered corner of an open plan office and as my direct colleagues are a liberal bunch who are aware I’m a little fond of Richard Armitage, I thought it couldn’t do any harm. Indeed, most female colleagues who spotted the picture seemed quite appreciative.

One day soon after though, an editor with a desk at the other end of the office came to seek out my direct neighbour for some editorial advice. As she squeezed behind my chair to get to his desk, she spotted Richard’s picture and said ‘That’s a nice picture. Is that your husband?’ I was looking at the editor who has the desk next to mine when she asked this and in the split second of silence that followed I just knew that he, like me, was contemplating this wonderfully surreal idea before we both almost fell off our chairs laughing.  Obviously she’d never seen Richard Armitage on tv before and was totally unaware he’s an actor and I do actually have a picture of my husband on my desk, who as it happens is tall & handsome too, but this was an absurdly flattering and funny thought! Ever since then, however, Richard Armitage is known in our little corner of the office as ‘My husband, the famous actor’.

Although that picture is still sitting on my copy holder (well, the day job is still stressful and/or tedious at times!), rest assured I’ve never popped it into a heart-shaped frame 🙂

Richard Armitage headshot courtesy of RichardArmitageNet. With grateful thanks to Palei-Stock for providing a royalty free picture of the heart-shaped photo frame on Deviant Art.

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Am I getting obsessed with Richard Armitage?

Well, both the day job and my ME/CFS conspired against me this week, so I had neither the time not the energy to contribute to the 30 Day Richard Armitage Challenge, as I had planned. I have, however, spent a little more time thinking about my FanstRAvaganza 3 contributions. Fleshing out some ideas for possible posts got me thinking about the ethics of writing so publicly about somebody else’s life and work, and, not for the first time, about that thin line between between admiration and obsession.

According to the Oxford Dictionary sitting on my shelf, obsession is ‘an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind’. It was first used in Middle English in the sense of ‘to haunt/possess’, referring to an evil spirit. The word originated from the Latin ‘obsess-’, from the verb ‘obsidere’, which means ‘besieged’. That all sounds scarily negative for both the person doing the obsessing and the person being obsessed over but as I’m not thinking about Richard Armitage every seven seconds (yet!), I consider myself still on the right side of that dividing line.

I am, however, getting to be a little bit of an addict. Sure, I fell for Richard’s looks when I first saw him in Spooks, and this is certainly still a big part of his appeal for me, but what really got me hooked on him is his energy. Here’s a talented actor who is always on the go, has bags of determination and works incredibly hard to get where he wants to be. He prepares each part he plays meticulously, jumps in there and gives it his all. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that my ME/CFS leaves me feeling a little drained on most days, but I’m a sucker for energy. Seeing Richard perform inspires me to pull myself together and push myself to regain, if not all, at least some of my former active life. He made me want to return to my more creative self. It was this urge for creativity that made me launch ‘A is for Armitage’. The idea that others had said plenty about Richard Armitage but that what had been said was perhaps still not enough. I wanted to be part of it, I wanted to contribute, I wanted a bit of that fun. Ah, you see… there we go again: Me, me, me! The true addict’s creed 🙂

Talking about having a little bit of fun. As I was pondering the chances of an addiction to Richard Armitage developing into a full flung obsession, I wondered what some of Richard’s fictional characters might have to say about that. Using a little audio clip from ‘Frozen’ Bccmee shared with us some time ago, I had a play in iMovie to create a short vid – with tongue firmly planted in cheek ;-‘)

[Richard Armitage headshot courtesy of RichardArmitageNet]

FanstRAvaganza 3 is coming to this blog!

A is for Armitage is proud to announce it has been invited to participate in the third FanstRAvaganza event. I am so excited! This is a first for me, both as a Richard Armitage fan and an RA blogger, and although I feel just a teensy-weensy bit apprehensive I am thrilled to bits and really, really looking forward to it. An entire week of coordinated VirtualWall-to-VirtualWall Richard Armitage related posts, introducing me to even more wonderful RA blogs and bloggers. My idea of heaven! Of course I’d love to tell you what I’ve got planned for this event but, alas, I have been sworn to secrecy – all very Lucas North! – so I can only advise you to watch this space.

The first FanstRavaganza was organised at the Richard Armitage Fan Blog in 2010 to present a special week of blogging on Richard Armitage and his fans. It proved so successful its organisers decided to run it a second and, you guessed it, a third time! The name of this event was thought up by Servetus, who is the owner of the wonderful me + richard armitage blog. Although she herself feels it’s ‘too long and seriously hard to type’, the name stuck and I’m glad it did as it’s got quite a nice ring to it 🙂

FanstRAvaganza 3 will kick off on Monday 12 March and concludes on Sunday 18 March. This year’s event will be anchored by the following core blogs;

An RA Viewer’s Perspective from 33° 0′ South of the Equator

bccmee’s Richard Armitage Vids & Graphics

CDoart: Richard Armitage & History & Spooks

Confessions of a Watcher

me + richard armitage

RAFrenzy

Richard Armitage Fan Blog

The Squeee.

These anchor blogs will post on most of the days of this event and will feature work from ‘tag teams’ of other blogs, like this one. The tag teams will, in turn, each link to the next blog which is scheduled to post a FanstRAvaganza contribution.

Check out the anchor blogs daily during the event for updates and new posts or visit the FanstRAvaganza Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FansRAvaganza. You can also get event updates on Twitter by following https://twitter.com/#!/FanstRAvaganza or the hashtag #fanstRA.

Only 43 more nights to go! I can’t wait!

[FanstRAvaganza graphics courtesy of bccmee]