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Need to stop getting hung up on what could have been and focus on making the best of what is.

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My intro post was overdue an update, and I'm using Day 1 of the Snowflake Challenge as my incentive to finally write a new one! I'm enchantedsleeper, a fic writer, occasional vidder and general fandom enthusiast. My main fannish home these days is The Strange Case of Starship Iris, and I'm also into Marvel, The Murderbot Diaries and a sprinkling of other small fandoms.

I can be found on AO3, YouTube, Fanlore, FF.net, Dreamwidth and pretty much everywhere under this handle. Come and say hi!

Me when pigeons fly down to our deck expecting food: No, I'm not putting any food out for you, ya freeloaders

Me when a crow flies down: Omg there's no food for you 🙇 I'm sorry that our offering is insufficient 🙇 I have failed in my duties

Need to stop getting hung up on what could have been and focus on making the best of what is.

On this day in 1985, London Pride was led by miners in solidarity with LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), something that was depicted in the movie Pride and is well documented to have led to many gay rights in the UK

That was also my first ever pride. In a sling, as a baby, I marched alongside the miners and the queers.

Today, exactly 37 years later, I helped to lead and organise a trans rights protest outside Downing Street in London.

Solidarity forever.

ugh i was gonna do a thing but then instead of doing the thing i did not do the thing for an hour

Me, shoving my phone underneath something to stop it distracting me while I'm working: I'm going to forget this is under here

*predictably, two hours later* Where the hell is my phone?

PARENTS BEWARE
is YOUR child using the internet to search for and talk to others about "E"??
Watch for these signs in your child's messaging history:
-"I'm looking for the new E" = I'm looking for the new Evanescence
-"come do E with us later" = You're invited to my Evanescence listening party
-"U R M I" you are My Immortal
-"BMTLWMUISMCMNASMFTD" = bring me to life wake me up inside save me call my name and save me from the dark

cloud.tomasino.org/apps/forms/

I've put together a survey about the Small Internet (#gopher, #gemini, individual webpages, small community sites) and I would love your input. If you are a small internet user, please spend a few minutes and fill in your thoughts. I'm especially interested in the open response questions. This will help inform an upcoming conference talk I'll be giving at mch2022.org

Also, please boost this on fedi as much as possible and feel free to re-share on other social networks and in other communities. The more responses the better.

#smallweb #smallinternet

Can’t believe that English Literature degrees at Sheffield Hallam are being “suspended.”

This is the outcome when the government says it will will no longer fund degrees where 60% students don’t end up in “highly skilled” jobs within 6 months.

Utter travesty.

...him also hits very differently when you're an adult reading the book and know the character is at most 12 or 13.

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Another thing that hits very differently reading these books two decades on: wow, all these characters are just kids. I mean, no shit, Sherlock - but it reads very differently when you're the same age as the protagonist. You *buy* that Tracy Beaker is the toughest toughie to ever tough (even if you know she's crying when she says she has hayfever), instead of just being a scared and lost little kid.

A scene where another kid's mum calls him "rubbish" and shouts that his father doesn't want...

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*Footnote to that last post is that I haven't read past Book 2 - I know there were other Tracy Beaker books - so I can't say whether they gave Cam a het romance, but it seems like pretty blatant queer-coding (in hindsight; I wasn't attuned to it when I was 9 xD) so I don't know why JW would undermine that.

Also, apparently JW is a lesbian? I learned this years after the fact and wondered why there'd never been any queer characters in her books, but... maybe they were just hiding in plain sight

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(For anyone who isn't familiar with the Tracy Beaker books, Cam is the main character's foster mum, described as having short sticky-up hair, always in T-shirts and jeans, never wears makeup, is "single" without ever having a boyfriend/male love interest described* - but the real kicker is this line:

"Cam's mum is this weird old posh lady who lives in the country somewhere and doesn't want to see Cam any more because she disapproves of her lifestyle."

That's the bit that made me go: ohhhhh)

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Me reading The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson in my 30s: Oh my god, Cam is totally a lesbian

We must learn to be kinder to ourselves. Sometimes that means staying in with a good book. Sometimes it means eating, drinking, remembering to take your meds.

Other times, self care means SUPPORTING CALLS FOR STRIKE ACTION SO THAT WORKERS CAN DEMAND BETTER PAY AND CONDITIONS.

abortion access volunteering, PSA 

Midwest Access Coalition isn't taking new volunteers right now but they linked me to digitaldefensefund.org/ and I just filled out their volunteer application form

They're looking for anyone with tech skills and a strong belief in safe access to abortion and I am pretty sure there are some other people on here who fit that description :BoostOK:

USpol, UKpol 

Opened up a Google News tab to look up recent studies for an article at work and saw both the news about Roe v Wade and also the Conservative losses in by-elections. "Fuck" on the one hand, and "fuck yes" on the other. Talk about mixed emotions. But "fuckkkkkkkk" is winning right now as I watch the news coverage of the Roe v Wade decision

Birdsite 

My boss linked me to a work-relevant piece of news on/about Twitter (Notes; apparently Twitter is doing blogging now...) and within minutes I found myself scrolling zombie-like through doom-laden proclamations. I need to set up Blocksite again to break this cycle. It's just frustrating when social media is a chunk of my work (coverage-wise, although I also do a bit of posting) but it can take huge chunks of my time and energy if I'm not careful.

Goodreads: "We no longer want to be a book social network, we're just a funnel for Amazon purchases. Fuck you."

"Why are you removing multiple features on Goodreads?"

The alternatives are looking better each day.

help.goodreads.com/s/article/W

Illness & food/appetite 

Good news: the paid tests are already here, so I was able to take another one and it's come up negative. Meaning it's most likely just a bad cold after all.

One thing that's weirding me out, though, is that I almost never lose my appetite when ill; colds in particular just make me extra hungry. Yesterday that was the case, but today? I'm struggling to finish even a small amount of food. And the weird thing is that I'm sure I *am* hungry? I need food, I just can't... eat

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