Q:So, how goes the progress on "A Witch Comes To Sunnydale"? :D So excited to read it! And honestly, no pressure, get to it when you get to it! ;) Just excited!
I’m excited too honestly! Honestly once I’m done with my other story’s next chapter it should be done in few hours of my beginning to type. Only thing I’m not sure of is Chapter screenshot. Chapter Thirteen involves a lot of interaction between two characters who never actually met on the show, so I might do some kind of split picture like the title one. Thank you so much for your support, it’s the reason I’m still chugging along. :)
Q:Any way I can convince you to update A Witch Comes to Sunnydale? I just really love where you're going with the story! I can pay you in terrible jokes
I would love to hear some terrible jokes. :D
Personal note on delays:One of the main reasons I haven’t updated anything in so long is the current situation of my best friend/roommate. She has severe mental illness and at this point I’m pretty much the only support system she has. She’s estranged from her family, and I actually draw a lot of what Tara’s going through emotionally from what I’ve seen her go through (except the ovarian cancer, which was an illness my mother suffered from. Thankfully she’s still a live and will have passed the five year mark in a few weeks) In the Spring I was busy finishing up the last of my vet tech classes, and when Summer started I hoped I’d have more free time. Unfortunately things have been getting worse for my friend and I’ve been trying to keep her company as much as possible, as well as helping getting her to doctor’s appointments. It’s hard for me to focus on writing fiction after the emotional drain and I spend most of my free time being a passive observer to entertainment like movies or comics rather than being a creator. She’s been seeing a new therapist for the past month, and they’re making a lot of progress. As much as I love my stories, I love my friend more. I do hope she’ll be back on an upswing soon, but life isn’t always fair, something being an observer to her life has made abundantly clear.
I have been plotting out scenes and typing up words in small bursts when I can. If nothing else, that should mean new chapters eventually. Thank you for reading!
I think tumblr has left a lot of us emotionally stunted. This is a great community for empowerment, catharsis, or coping, but those things aren’t recovery in and of themselves. Comparatively, they’re easy when compared to the painful self-reflection and real-world scenarios you’ll have to encounter on the road to true recovery. Not only does Tumblr not focus enough on recovery, but there’s almost a disdain here for the very notion.
There’s a lot of time spent validating everything. “Your symptoms are valid! Your responses are valid! Your depression is valid! Your coping is valid!” Well, yeah, all that stuff is definitely valid, and understanding that is important step in recovery, but it’s certainly not the final step. All that stuff is valid in the same way a baby chewing on a teething ring is valid, and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about if your recovery is still in its infancy, but Tumblr almost encourages you to stay there, to never grow out of it.
There’s a difference between what’s valid and what’s healthy, what’s best for you. I recently saw a post that validated people who stay in their room all day. Is that a valid response to anxiety? Sure. Is it a healthy response? Hell no, and there isn’t a person on Earth who can convincingly make the argument that the best thing you can do for your anxiety is to never leave your room.
Or how about those “how to care for a _________” posts? They’ve got some great tips there, and a lot of what they say is true, but you cannot reasonably expect people to coddle your issues, insecurities, or self-perceived inadequacies. Your recovery has to come from you. It has to be a difficult decision you make with yourself and carry through with because you need it. Your recovery can’t come from hoping other people will validate you.
No one should be ashamed of where they are in their recovery process, but there’s also no reason why you should be in the same place with your issues as you were in 2010.
Your final goal is not validation. It isn’t empowerment. It isn’t finding a way to get through the day. It isn’t being comfortable with your problems, nor is it accepting that they’ll never go away. The final goal is health. The final goal is happiness. The final goal is contentment. The final goal is recovery.
Posts like this make me wish I could like something more than once. Far, far to relevant to the lives of me and mine.
According to GleekOutBR, there is a candlelight vigil being held at Paramount at 8 PM PST to honor the life and death of Cory Monteith.
For anyone who is not able to attend this vigil in Los Angeles, please light a candle at 8 PM PST, adjusted for whatever timezone you’re in, and share it with Tumblr and/or Twitter via picture, Instagram, or Vine.
If you’re not able to do so, simply reblog this post or post a picture of a candle. I encourage any person who was affected or touched by the loss of Cory, no matter what fandom or part of fandom you’re a part of, to take part in this movement. Let’s make this the biggest Tumblr-wide vigil in history. For his family. For his friends. For his co-stars. For his fans. For Lea. For Cory.
I’ve talked in the past about starting Glee! projects, both out of a desire to mash it up with the Buffyverse and to create a better version of Season Four, which despite having a good two first episodes and a good three last episodes was pretty awful. I knew the future of the show was uncertain, for starters Heather Morris being pregnant and it being unsure who out of the actors playing the graduated characters would want to return for the remaining seasons or even be written in. And then of course, there was today’s tragic news.
A show can go on without one of its lead characters, but there’s no denying Cory Monteith was at the core of the show. I can’t imagine a direction the writers were planning on taking the show that didn’t include Finn Hudson. I personally am grateful he shared his talents with the world and brought joy to so many people during his time on this planet. And I am deeply saddened whenever someone dies without growing old.
When I told my friend the news, she said that yes, she’s sad that a man died, but that she could think of many sadder things. And she read me one the many great quotes from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
“There was a girl, and her uncle sold her. Put like that it seems so simple.
No man, proclaimed Donne, is an island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other’s tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived and then by some means or other, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience. As unoriginal as any other tale, as unique as any other life. Lives are snowflakes- forming patterns we have seen before, as like one another as peas in a pod (and have you ever looked at peas in a pod? I mean, really looked at them? There’s not a chance you’ll mistake one for another, after a minute’s close inspection) but still unique.
Without individuals we see only numbers, a thousand dead, a hundred thousand dead, “casualties may rise to a million.” With individual stories, the statistics become people- but even that is a lie, for the people continue to suffer in numbers that themselves are numbing and meaningless. Look, see the child’s swollen, swollen belly and the flies that crawl at the corners of his eyes, this skeletal limbs: will it make it easier for you to know his name, his age, his dreams, his fears? To see him from the inside? And if it does, are we not doing a disservice to his sister, who lies in the searing dust beside him, a distorted distended caricature of a human child? And there, if we feel for them, are they now more important to us than a thousand other children touched by the same famine, a thousand other young lives who will soon be food for the flies’ own myriad squirming children?
We draw our lines around these moments of pain, remain upon our islands, and they cannot hurt us. They are covered with a smooth, safe, nacreous layer to let them slip, pearllike, from our souls without real pain.
Fiction allows us to slide into these other heads, these other places, and look out through other eyes. And then in the tale we stop before we die, or we die vicariously and unharmed, and in the world beyond the tale we turn the page or close the book, and we resume our lives.
A life that is, like any other, unlike any other.
And the simple truth is this: There was a girl, and her uncle sold her.”
Cory Monteith is not the only person who died this weekend before his time. He happened to be well known because he could sing and act and was hired to do so for a show watched by millions of people. We won’t know the names of everyone who died today, and we can’t carry around each of their stories. It’s just as tragic that all of those lives ended as it that Cory’s did, and if I’m going to keep Cory’s family and friends in my thoughts and prayers I should be doing the same for all of them as well. So when I say, “rest in peace Cory Monteith”, I don’t intend to forget all the people who have died anonymously from disease, hunger, war or accidents today. I long for a world where as few people go through that as possible, and think that should be the goal of society. But still, I will say it.
Rest in peace, Cory Monteith. You will be missed.
Updates coming this week, and new things coming
I know there’s been a lot of call for me to hurry up and continue with A witch comes to Sunnydale, and honestly the biggest stumbling block is simply that I wanted to update I made a promise to a lady since that story has been languishing for two months longer than Witch and I’ve been stuck on it. Well this week I finally starting writing it again and got a 1000 new words I’m happy with. As soon as it has been posted I’ll set to work on Witch and they should both be up in a matter of days. My next post is not as happy, and felt it should be separate.
Q:Any chance of continuing your fanfic "A witch comes to Sunnydale"? :) I'd really love to read more!
Absolutely! My other story has been languishing a bit longer, but I will be posting Chapter Twelve of “A witch” just as soon as I update “I made a promise to a lady”. There will be fourteen more chapters set in Season Two, and at least two sequels. Thank you so much for reading. :D
So, unforeseen complications have arisen and I got busy helping a friend and my family this weekend. I hope everyone had a good Mother’s day. Work on all projects will proceed, further content to be posted as it is completed.
(Someone get me a cattle prod or something, I need to stop getting off task.
So I know it has officially been past forever since I made any status updates, let alone posted a new chapter. I don’t know why, but I just can’t seem to sit down and make myself type. I at least want to finish up Season Six before the anniversary of my first chapter of I made a promise to a lady and finish Season Two of A witch comes to Sunnydale before its anniversary. I am committed to both of these stories and their eventual spin offs, and since my classes are done (for the most part) my lack of homework should give me more free and less stress so I can get back in habit of writing. I think a chapter each week for every story I have going seems reasonable. I’ll have to post some extras of Promise to catch up, but hopefully the next two seasons of it won’t take a year to finish.
I also have a new project that will be posted after I make updates to each of my Buffy stories. If you came to this tumblr through a certain wiki, you know what it is. I’m very excited to start it, but I definitely owe my Buffy followers new content before it goes up.
So Friday will have Chapter Fourteen of I made a promise to lady, and will have moments for all three couples and some other character dynamics.
Saturday will have Chapter Twelve of A witch comes to Sunnydale.A lot of it is very dark, but I promise it is a turning point to better things, some of which I hope will surprise you.
Sunday will launch my semi-secret project unless I haven’t updated both Buffy stories. My eagerness to get to it should help motivate me to finish the chapters.
Thank you to everyone who reads, reviews, or follows. I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.
Progress March 19th
3395 words into Chapter Fourteen of I made a promise to a lady. I might make more progress tomorrow, but I have appointments and homework to take care of so I might not. There’s a lot going on at home, so updates will be kind of random.