Tonight while we were hanging around in the kitchen, baking the egg-shaped cupcakes, I told the kids the story (that you guys have all heard) of the time my high school boyfriend tried to pick up my husband in a bar. If you have not heard the story: he tried it on by using the line, “you look so familiar to me, where do I know you from”, and the answer was “you were there when I married your ex-girlfriend”.
They are at that age when being embarrassed is the worst thing that can happen to a human being and I thought they were going to die of horrified laughter. It was amazing. (Also because embarrassment is the only thing they thought a person could be afraid of in that story, which is a story about how things have changed between my generation and theirs, and where that story took place and here, probably.)
Only now I really want to find more embarrassing stories from our youth to tell them, but my brain has spent the last 20-odd years trying to forget all of my adolescent shame. Why did nobody tell me to write that stuff down because I would want to access it later?
And on how many of those drafts did you get halfway through typing then throw your hands up at the screen and make un-typeable noises whilst saving them to draft?
OMG it’s like you read my folder!
There are a lot of those drafts that just end mid-sentence. I’m pretty sure that if you graphed profanities per sentence, it would increase dramatically toward the truncated end of those posts.
firesnaps replied to your post: A quick accounting of the drafts folde…
But I’d read like 90% of those
Right?! THANK YOU. QUALITY BLOGGING.
The problem is that so would other people, and it would be TOTALLY WRONG, WHAT AN IDIOT or (far more rarely, lbr) TOTALLY RIGHT, WHAT A GENIUS (see point 3), when actually it would just be more of my reasonably-well-educated bullshit that I was only 85% sure of, so.
Sometimes you just have to put the post away.
(PS: fess up, the other 10% is my frothing about the word “Chillarren”, isn’t it? And I’m pretty sure that’s actually the closest I’ve come. I find this hilarious.)
A quick accounting of the drafts folder suggests the following themes:
- stuff I wrote surrounding Cory’s death that I wasn’t sure tumblr was ready for
- stuff I wrote about how fucking stupid the word “Chillarren” is - I found 3 separate rants about this before I got tired of scrolling (pretty sure I finally just broke down and posted something about this once in a moment of weakness, but I don’t remember)
- stuff I wrote about tumblr’s habit of wanting to dichotomize everything ever, even while it’s asking for intersectionality in all things, and how it’s wrong wrong wrong (that I still have not made this post after as many times as it has irritated me means I deserve all the cookies)
- stuff I wrote about the break-up and the Boyfriend Olympics
- stuff I wrote about work stuff that is really fucking cool that I was pretty sure nobody would care about
- stuff I wrote around representation that I was pretty sure nobody needed to read because who the fuck cares what I think
I’ll be over here, patting myself on the back for my good life choices.
if you ever leave fandom (please don’t ever, by the way) you should post them all and really go out in a blaze of glory
That’s pretty much what it is, right? Flounce ammunition.
Duly noted, on all fronts. <3
klainalsex replied to your post: My drafts folder has reached 100. …
Mine has 424. *buries head in hands*
You clearly have far more restraint than I do.
I’m looking through it and I just found this super weirdo prose poem thingy that speaks a little too directly to something that just crossed my dash. *shoves that one to the back*
My drafts folder has reached 100.
That’s 100 posts of things I wanted to say but didn’t.
And this will be one of the many things fandom universally ignores because it MAKES NO SENSE.
*does mental math*
*brain tries to jump through a million plot hoops*
*brain gives up and melts down*
Reblogging this for, just… so many reasons.
I want to be your kid.
I hear that a lot (too many babynerds born into the wrong tribe, is v. sad), but you should be aware of the fine print:
- Yes, there may be a potential negotiated payoff for straight As if you lobby your case hard enough, but if you show up around here with a C on the report card, you can say goodbye to internet access and your phone for a while. Can you really live with that hanging over you?
- We will take you to awesome stuff like SDCC (oldest kid is going for the first time this year), but first you have to prove your fitness by going through a long and arduous quest chain that involves solo navigation of the public transportation system and prompt check-ins via text message.
- You will be forced to sit through Battlestar Galactica because it’s really important to me that you be just as outraged about the finale as I am because that is how values get passed on around here, but we will make you wait to watch S6 of Buffy for way too long because somehow that seems creepier and more harmful to tweenish eyes.
I’m just saying: know what you are getting into. I mean, we are doing the best we can to make it awesome and also useful, but I do sometimes wonder what our kids are going to think about their upbringing in retrospect.
thetalkingmalibustacydoll asked: Not a question, more of a thought I've had in my head since the most recent Glee episode: the more we see of Kurt and Blaine now in New York together makes me think of the opening paragraph from your story "The Smallest Bones" about them taking turns with who is the more besotted one in the relationship and both tending to prefer it when Blaine is. It feels even more on point now than it did back then.
Hooooly shit, I completely forgot I wrote that.
But I totally did.
It’s the summer before their junior year in college and Blaine still can’t get enough of Kurt. They pass their affection back and forth like a gift, each of them taking a turn to be the most besotted, but for some reason that they don’t examine, this is the version they both like most, where he is sick with love for Kurt and Kurt is free to live his life and glory in it. When it’s the other way around, when Blaine is busy and distracted and Kurt is the one who gets stuck staring at him across a table, it leaves Blaine feeling guilty and unappreciative, and Kurt feels desperate, clingy. This, this works for them, and it’s part of why coming home has its upsides, because it’s so easy to fall back into who they were just after he kissed Kurt for the very first time, like each small visit here is a chance to remember why he fell in love with Kurt in the first place, and to celebrate how far they’ve come.
OK, seriously, how do you remember that? Your powers of memory are astounding. Thanks so much for pointing it out; I will now proceed to feel very smart. :-P (Sort of, while I try to remember stuff I did three entire years ago. I have such a leaky brain.)
alyjack80 replied to your post: Fandom ouroborus
THIS IS AWESOME
AND YOU WERE THERE FOR THE FIRST ONE!
She was so tiny, omg. We still have that painting she did when she got back that features the world’s most fucked-up Tardis as well as a dragon.
Baby nerds are a gift to the world.
Under this cut is a picture of my kid and a small story.
I have always been one of those nerdy people who gets overly excited about school supplies. When I discovered these highlighters, I was completely beside myself. My poor roommates had to tolerate my ramblings about how cool they were and demonstrations of how they worked even better than the liquid markers I used to be overly attached to.
I am obsessed with these highlighters for a few reasons. Most notably, they do not contain any plastic. They are also free of harmful chemicals and dyes. They smell slightly of wood instead of that horrible chemical highlighter smell. They are made of wood that will easily biodegrade, and they will last quite a while because they cannot dry out. On a practical level, they are great because they travel well, don’t bleed through pages, and are easy to use both to underline or completely color a line. While they do not erase completely if you make a mistake, you can significantly lighten the marking and make it less noticeable. They are also priced well for their durability and the amount of highlighting you can accomplish with each pencil.
For more information or see the other cool colors these highlighters come in, visit Stubby Pencil Studios.
MAGIC FUCKING WAND PENCILS
We have three sets of these highlighters in our house (one each for me and each of the kids), and they are seriously awesome. The pencil highlighters I used before these were from Moleskine, the flat ones, and these are much, MUCH better - the lead is less grainy.
If you’re going to buy them, I recommend the 4-pack. We have the 5-packs and all agree that the blue is a little too opaque. If you get the 5-pack, you’ll probably end up using the blue for non-highlighting purposes, but the lead is a little too soft to keep up a clean line for writing.
Strong recommend for all your highlighting needs. (Writer friends: I am a BIG FAN of printing out a complete draft of your work when it’s in the big editing stages, and doing a first read-through with a set of highlighters. Pick a color for each theme or problem area you might want to come back to or make sure is really tight, and then go to town - maybe one is romantic arc, one is plot a, one is plot b, one is backstory continuity or timelining or whatever you really want to clean up and pay attention to. Which is to say: YOU ALL NEED THESE PENCILS IN YOUR LIFE, even if you are no longer a student.)
No seriously, I am going to go work in a second, I really am, but first I need to tell you all that this just happened.
And then the sky opened up and a whole heavenly host began to sing and it was awesome.