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Mon, Mar. 27th, 2017 08:45 am
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Cordelia stopped using crutches entirely over the weekend. Today, she’s trying school in a light knee brace. She carried all of her things to school and didn’t want me along.

That last was just as well because my back spasmed last night and is still giving me huge problems when I move. I can sit as long as I sit still. I can lie down as long as I don’t change position much. It’s going to make the various household chores I want to get done today problematic. Right now, I’m applying heat to see if that will loosen things enough for me to do anything. It’s the muscles in my lower back, the ones just at and above my pelvis. When I stand up from sitting or lying down, when I sit down, when I turn over in bed, when I bend at all, that area hurts at about a 7 on the pain scale.

Last night, while I was showering, my right hand got so painful that I couldn’t move it at all. I’d call it an 8 or a 9 on the pain scale. It was better if I didn’t so much as wiggle my fingers. That made the process of drying off… interesting. I thought I was going to have to yell for Scott to come help me. My left hand hurt more than usual then, too. I couldn’t even put lotion on my leg without agony. I thought I should be able to because I could just use my fingers and not my thumb and because I had my heavy braces on.

The combination of the hands and the back has me wondering if I did something full body stupid. I can’t think what apart from, you know, taking Tamoxifen.

Feedly, one of the apps I use most on my phone, updated last night and now no longer works at all. Well, I can see that there are articles waiting for me to read them and what the titles and sites involved are. I just can’t open them at all no matter what avenues I try, including forcing the app to quit and restarting it.

We got bubble tea yesterday after our library trip. That was a nice treat. I miss having it weekly, but it is expensive. I’m pretty sure the price has gone up since we were last in there.

I wrote almost 1300 words last night. Sadly, none of them were for the thing with a deadline (though I just now added a sentence to that). I’m having trouble finding the character voice for that because I’m trying to write a character I don’t sympathize with at all. There’s just not much beyond cardboard cutout for the character in canon. I suppose that adding depth to the character that isn’t in canon isn’t a terrible thing. I just worry that it may not be what my recipient wants.
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In the twelfth chapter of Wizard’s Holiday, the truth is told. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to read Young Wizards

Well, this hurt.

Alaalu

I suspected that the truth about Quelt’s world would be hard to hear. I could tell from how much Kit and Nita fretted over it that the best-case scenario would probably not happen. Yet the sheer awkwardness that just transpired was so much more brutal than I expected, especially since I totally understand why Quelt reacted this way. Initially, though, I had not even considered what would turn Quelt against these two because it had been so long since she questioned them about Earth.

As the two of them began to share the truth of what they’d learned with Quelt, I read Quelt’s silence as a number of things: confusion. Resentment. Even anger! When I’m angry, I tend to get very quiet first because I’m trying to clamp down on my anger before I explode. But I thought maybe I’d misread Quelt. Maybe she was just taking it all in! However, this part sealed the deal:

“And you believe this?” Quelt said at last. “You believe these things It told you?”

That’s the beginning of end, isn’t it? See, Quelt knew these two couldn’t lie, so she frames her concern in a fascinating way: did they believe what they were told? Not only does this call into question their perception, it’s the formation of what she ultimately sensed of Nita and Kit: that they’d had the wool pulled over their eyes and couldn’t even see that it had happened.

The more Quelt spoke – and the angrier she got – the more I felt that I should have seen this coming. But I’ve got the same flaw here that Nita and Kit did: I didn’t anticipate what this would sound like coming from someone from Earth. Sure, Nita and Kit are outsiders, so this would affect what they said, but Quelt makes in much more personal than that. In doing this, Duane offers up perhaps the most cynical view of our planet in this series. The Young Wizards books have largely been full of hope, albeit a realistic approach, since they tell us that both big and small acts can slow down the entropy of the universe. That’s a touching thing to think about, you know?

Yet I felt personally attacked by this, and I think that’s a good thing. I try not to think about the awfulness of our world too much because I can get overwhelmed so quickly. (THANKS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION.) But Quelt has an outsider’s perspective, and by contrast, Earth is a waking nightmare. I had to think about how terrible this world can be for people, how much of that terribleness I’ve been on the receiving end, how much of it I’ve spread myself. How would all of this look to someone who lives in a world where things like crime, murder, or plagues existed?

Kit and Nita seemed to have the sense not to defend themselves too much, and to be honest, I don’t even know what they could have said. Quelt was too raw. Too shocked. And from her perspective, she’s just been asked to sacrifice the tranquility of her world for the violent chaos of Earth. Why? Why would she ever make a decision like that based on the Lone One saying the Alaalids might evolve into something better? Which one of us would take that sort of gamble?

I suspect that Druvah will provide some insight into this, but I’m at a loss, y’all. How will they ever be able to convince her after this?

Preparations

I was already quite vulnerable after this intensity, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the emotional devastation of Dairine’s conversation with her father was LITERALLY TOO MUCH for me. Part of the reason it was so heartfelt was that in it, you could see Dairine’s growth. Her walls are coming down, and she’s discarding her usual prickly self so she can be real with her father. In short? What she’s about to do scares the hell out of her. Even admitting that seemed hard for her, but it’s a testament to the relationship she has with her dad that she can do this. Through the growth of her wizardry, her Ordeal, the many trials she’s been through, and the loss of a loved one, Harry and Dairine have built the kind of loving, supportive relationship that anyone would love to have. Maybe it’s just me, but I love seeing happy familial relationships like this.

Anyway, IT’S HERE. THEY ARE GOING TO THE SUN TO SAVE EARTH. I’m genuinely frightened that Duane is gonna fuck me up, y’all. WHAT IF ONE OF THEM DOESN’T MAKE IT I’m sorry, I can’t help it, I HAVE TO PROTECT MYSELF.

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Mon, Mar. 27th, 2017 01:42 pm
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There is a website which regularly recommends "Spartacus Gods of the Arena" to me, because it knows me well. But its link always gets shortened to 'Spartacus Go' and I never even bothered to learn how pokemon go really worked, because I'm old and who cares, but if there was an app that let me sometimes find Gannicus leaning against a wall, or Crixus bleeding to death in the park, oh man I would be all over that.
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March 27th, 2017: This weekend I got to hang out with 3 (THREE) different dogs and watch a friend pet a new type of dog for the first time, so it's been a great weekend for dogs. I hope yours was the same!!

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I realised yesterday that it was the last of Nicholas's swimming lessons for the term and we hadn't been given a re-enrolment form at any point.  On further checking, we've completely missed his re-enrolment window, and the class he was in is completely full now.   These lessons are always oversubscribed, and the idea is that once you're in the system you get priority to stay in and progress up the classes, but that doesn't help if no-one (me) checks when the deadlines are. 

So I think by default I have to make a note to check for enrolment day at the end of next term, in hopes of getting him back into classes in the autumn term.  That seems ages away.  I suppose I can also look at the holiday "crash courses": four or five daily 30 minute lessons on weekday mornings.  Great for learning but a bit of a logistical challenge for us.

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Capitalism is so bad it creates populism.

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RIP, George Weinberg, who shook things up in the 70s by writing a book whose title seemed to many to be a contradiction in terms: Society and the Healthy Homosexual
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The World Baseball Championships were just concluded. USA Today reports:
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