I had a whole post written up about the death of my uncle the night before last, but I'm trying to make my journal more of a lighthearted place, so I think simply mentioning it is enough. He was the last remaining link to the people who raised me, and now that he's gone, my brother and sister and I occupy the positions of elders in my family. It's unfathomable, and the rest of my life to the visible horizon feels different already.

In other news - well, not news, since my flist is far ahead of me on this front, but [livejournal.com profile] lokifan's Love Meme is busy spreading joy and providing a chance to comment with fondness and admiration to friends and vaguely familiar names you know only from this one memorable fic or that beloved piece of art. I was very touched by the sweet words people left for me, considering I've been an unproductive member of fandom for a couple of years now (something I hope to change with [livejournal.com profile] hoggywartyxmas, because by God, I really like the fic I'm writing, and I want to do it justice for my recipient's sake <3). Go over there and scatter some love if you haven't already, or add your own name. Don't be shy. I'm a little behind on paying compliments, but I'll get there.

Lastly, I'd like to point you to a marvelous short comic on deviantArt, although I suppose I ought to warn the unwary that Snape/Dumbledore is one of my favorite pairings, and you'll get an eyeful by clicking the link. It's beautifully drawn, amusing and poignant by turns, with a sprinkling of winter and a dusting of romance. And I urge you to read the artist's tongue-in-cheek description of what the heck led to this unconsummated kiss.

A cringeworthy event by lifeofapottedplant. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

From: [identity profile] akatnamedeaster.livejournal.com

I was very touched by the sweet words people left for me

You deserve every one of them, my dear!

I'm sorry for the loss of your uncle. I imagine how difficult it is to now be considered the "heads" of the family. *hugs* I hope you've had some time to yourself to grieve.

On a sort of related note, I'm always so happy to see you on my feed. Best of luck with your fic!
Edited Date: 2016-11-21 04:52 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com

Thank you so much, dearest Kat. It was a happy accident that the Love Meme came along at a time when I really needed it to counter the latest shadow on my life.

I'll feel my uncle's loss for a long time to come, but he was 93 and had been waiting to die; he was just too stoic and stubborn to let go. His departure signals the end of 13 years of watching my mother, my aunt, and my uncle suffer horribly as they struggled toward their separate ends. There's freedom in that, in not being caretakers anymore, but it will take some getting used to.

Ah, my fic. Me and deadlines, aaargh. This story can use big helpings of luck. It's got promise, but it's also got me as the writer bringing it into the world, and my track record hasn't been good lately.

*hugs back*

From: [identity profile] therealsnape.livejournal.com

You being a great writer is what I was thinking of, dear. You'll manage, I'm sure of it. Just think of all the Hoggywarty fun ahead.

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com

My ego is blushing, but my inner critic is folding her arms, tapping her toe, and sneering, "Yes, well…" I have a multitude of bits and pieces and not enough time to weld them all together. I fear this will be the sketchiest and least coherent fic I've produced yet.

But yes indeed, I'm absolutely looking forward to the Hoggywarty delights that lie in store!


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