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20 July 2015 @ 08:43 pm
let us dream of evanescence  
  • NON-BINARY REVIEW TOOK ME UP ON MY SCHEHERAZADE PIECE. i know i was writing about scheherazade here the other day; that was actually part of my ramp up to writing something else entirely. from their email: ...editorial commentary included, "Have I ever mentioned how seldom it is that I'm envious of someone else's words?" and "DAMMIT. I wish I'd written this." goddamn did it feel good to get an acceptance, it's been a hard few months. details to follow. we also reserved an author site for me with my name but i keep looking at the URL and thinking, do i really need this? who would look at it? what do i even put here? my hilarious credentials? a link to my essentially abandoned twitter account? some glam shots?! isn't this more the kind of thing real authors have? don't i need an MFA to even think about a dedicated author site? and then! i feel insecure. not that this feeling is unusual.

  • anybody else having notable synchronicities and/or dreamtime cameos related to or involving peacocks, lately? because wow, is something ever trying to tell me something. something about peacocks.

  • increasingly when i observe something curious in my living space, i assume it must be related to the mouse. this afternoon i discovered coarse white hairs, about two inches in length, underneath the dish drainer. my first thought: clearly, the mouse had something to do with this, and i started scenario building. then i caught myself and felt embarrassed by my nonsense, which i obviously blame on the mouse. what, the mouse is grabbing handfuls of hairs from a nearby dog with the express purpose of putting them under my dish drainer? maybe he's a serial killer mouse and this is his calling card. or maybe he's confident enough in his new living space to grow some hair out, start a mousey hair band in the HVAC? what do you think he should call his band? i'm thinking the pernicious rodents might be a go, but am open, as ever, to input.

    what should our mouse call his hair band?

    the hairs were from our disintegrating oil brush. that does not mean the mouse is off the hook.

  • my three year old niece walks up behind me, tenderly rests her head on my shoulder and happily announces to the room, we're married. apparently there was a little more going on with our shared viewing of frozen than i realized? ben initially laughs it off, saying she's been exploring relationship roles for a few months; everyone gets to be mom or baby or grandma depending on her mood. i remind him that when we showed up for our surprise visit, she'd been intently talking about me to his brother, suggesting i should babysit for her more often, and cite a few other instances that might indicate a growing obsession. ben squints, realizing i'm right. three year old stalker niece jokes result. "if there's a knock on the door when i'm not here and it's her," he warns me, joking aside, "i mean if it's her by herself. maybe don't open the door." what is it with me and little children? when my nephew was four, he lured me up to the top bunk of his bed, telling me it was a safety zone from the zombies we were pretending were out in the hallway. once i was up there, he threw a blanket over me and announced i now lived at his house; he ran downstairs to tell my dad to go get my stuff. maybe the babies are trying to forcibly recruit my maternal services. not real sure how i feel about that.

  • seriously? seriously. the mouse is fucking around underneath my secretary desk as i write. what could it possibly want underneath my secretary desk? oh god.
    music: Juanita/Kiteless/To Dream Of Love - underworld
    translucentflowerfalls on July 24th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
    Hahaha you can put "author website" under ways that extroverts and introverts differ. I googled my name, saw it was available, purchased the domain, and immediately started building a website. With zero credentials or plan.

    So maybe I can be your little extroverted bird (peacock?) on your shoulder saying "dooo it, do it!"
    selva oscuraanonymousblack on July 24th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
    I've seen plenty of introverts with fairly elaborate name-based websites, though. I think it probably relates to some ugly combination of my self-esteem issues and my ongoing anxieties regarding visibility.

    Just since I started incentivizing myself to post public LJ content again, I've had a significant increase in nightmares where I discover that two of the individuals who sexually assaulted me have been using FB to hurt me more. (It's usually the individual who caused me to deactivate my account for a bit in 2009 with that kind of behavior, but sometimes it's... somebody else. I'm not even sure he's alive anymore and have NO INTEREST in looking.) So of course I have layers of confidence, anxiety, and value stuff rattling around in my gut, it's a HUGE, complicated, and incredibly sneaky sort of trauma-related psychological block. There's certainly some fear of failure in there, too, but I'm not as worried about looking like a failure as I am, like, afraid of hurting people or not being able to support myself because of my ineptitude.

    Is our hour up? And can I have that tissue box with the carnations on it, please? ;-)
    selva oscuraanonymousblack on July 24th, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
    Also I already got me this thing going on with a peacock on my shoulder, pathwork-wise. You should continue to be my friend in the Aloha state who offers me love and support and general awesomeness from afar. ♥
    translucentflowerfalls on July 27th, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
    sorry about the anonymous reply, that was me, and that was me drinking beer at three in the afternoon.
    selva oscuraanonymousblack on July 27th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
    it was awesome, k, but for sake of some complicated business, i'm viewing the questions as rhetorical checks (or questions that are answered in other entries over time.) thank you. ♥
    selva oscuraanonymousblack on July 27th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
    ALSO i assumed you intentionally posted it anonymously because you knew my journal would automatically screen it from view, which was much appreciated. ;-) beer intuiting.
    translucentflowerfalls on July 27th, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
    I will remember to do that in the future when I post a similarly... complicated reply