Characters: Fiddleford McGucket, Pacifica Northwest, Candy Chiu, Grenda
Summary: When Pacifica, Candy, and Grenda approach Fiddleford for help, he discovers one more horrifying outcome of the secret society that he founded.
Notes: This story was originally posted on 3/21/17, for Week Three of Fiddleford Appreciation Month, and requires full knowledge of the series. Also, please heed the content notes in the AO3 header; I've portrayed Pacifica's relationship with her parents as even more sinister than it is in canon.
That’s how they found themselves slipping into the history museum just before closing time, pressing the stone that opened the secret passageway, and descending the staircase.
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Number One and the United Delland Coalition (I
Style over Substance (Durable Medical Equipment)
Death, Will, and the Girl
I've had long hair my whole life, and generally have had a preference for it, for myself, and for the majority of women whose appearance appealed to me. I went from hip-length with bangs that ate my whole head in my childhood to growing out the bangs to cutting it to shoulder blade-length in the beginning of college. For years I'd relied on long layers that I never got refreshed often enough. The failed attempt to turn it blonde two years ago and the much more successful dyeing it to pink last year were the only major changes I ever made to it as an adult.
I don't know what possessed me to hack it off. Probably mostly just craving a change, but also because I just wanted to look a little bit "cooler" somehow— whatever the hell that even means. I'm a vain enough person that I get really upset if I don't think I look good according to my own particular aesthetic. If I ended up appreciably less pretty, I would be pretty grouchy until it grew back out to something I found flattering.
But my whole adult life, I've been wishing for, and trying to do everything to make, my appearance to be less "soft." I like my weight low to keep my figure lean and hard; I don't want curves, I want lines and angles, flat planes, defined bones. When I think of the things I'd fix about my face, it's always wishing for my features to be "sharper" and "tighter"— a more angular face shape, a more pointed nose, for the line of my jaw to be harder (with less of a hint of age-related jowliness in my future). I wanted to try and see if "harder-edged" hairstyle might help take away some of that "softness" I see.
I didn't like it when I first walked out of the salon. But learning how to try to style it has made me come around, especially because I have a lot of options to try. It has been kind of fun learning to do it. I was never really able to execute anything with my long hair and tended to default to down, in a ponytail, or in mashed into a messy bun. I’m finding the short hair responds to products a little more easily and am trying different things. I like it best, I think, when it stands up like a bird crest. It makes me look more ferocious, which is kind of the effect I’m hoping for.
Though I do wonder if men will find me less attractive. I mean, not that I want to make strangers come up and talk to me or anything, but I like it when people who look at me across a room think I'm pretty. I wish I didn't care about that, but I do. I’m not actively pursuing modeling right now, but I bet I’d get less work. I so miss the way the long hair framed my face, which probably ultimately was prettier. Of course, I spend so much goddamn time staring at my face it doesn't look like a face anymore. Sort of like when you say a word over and over again, it starts sounding weird and loses all meaning.
I will probably not keep it this way forever. But it’s fun to play around with for now. I’m particularly hoping that as I get better at styling it, I will get happier with it.
- finished drafting for new storyline for Susurrus game
- editing for Gilded Cages, version 3
- 1 blog entry for Mrshawking.com
- 1 fighter abs routine
- 1 two-mile run
- listened to episode 128 of Tom and Lorenzo’s Pop Style Opinionfest
- taught 4 English Comp classes and 2 Writing and the Literary Arts classes
( The Politics: why this argument doesn't make sense, even under its own logic. )
( The Facts: twenty-plus years of non-DID multiples using 'system.' )
Namely: we will be deleting our Facebook, and drastically cutting down our tumblr time (if not ending it entirely).
But my reasons for it aren't the same as theirs. Biff just doesn't like the Internet in general, and Mac noticed that it wasn't making us happy. Rogan has said he finds internet stuff increasingly overwhelming, and I think I know why: the newer generation of social media sites are designed for constant interaction.
We grew up in an older Internet time, where you weren't expected to be online every day. You could take a break for a week, and quickly catch up, no problem! Forums, DeviantArt, Livejournal, all of these sites are (or were) not intended to be used multiple times a day, every day. (Unless you're a HARDCORE user.) The sites were also designed for specific things: to make posts, or put up art. They weren't expected to be everything for everyone, and while DeviantArt had forums and chatrooms, you could do perfectly fine without them. (And I don't think the chatrooms were there when we first joined.)
However, as time has gone on and more folks are on the Internet more often, these sites have changed their design philosophy. Instead of being made for folks to interact maybe a few times a week, they're now made to be posted on multiple times a day for long stretches. They're also more generalized. For instance, Facebook was originally intended for folks applying for college, or in college; now it's used to organize offline events and work engagements, catch up with people from your past, and have heated political arguments. It has groups, events, chats, games, individual pages, all with very questionable security and ethics, and they sell the information for profit.
I don't think it's paranoid to say that a site like Facebook designs itself to be as omnipresent as possible so they can get as much information (and therefore as much profit) as they can from their users! But I can say that it makes the site not a lot of fun to be on, for us anyway. Even the nicest site in the world would get overwhelming and tiresome when you're encouraged to be there all the time! And by trying to be everything for everyone, their designs tend to fall apart, because they're trying to do so many things at the same time. So it becomes awfully byzantine (in the case of Facebook) or just plain incoherent and broken (like tumblr)!
Arguments and conflict happen on every website. But when a site is designed to be used all the time, the rate of interaction as high as possible, then it means that instead of seeing conflict maybe once a month, you see it all the time, and that's its own kind of draining! On the whole, I think that we are just not able to keep up with sites like that, and that it's bad for our health to try.
In other words, it's time to refocus our online energy to websites that are designed for fewer, more specific interactions! Therefore, I personally vote in agreement for deleting our Facebook, continuing our low/no tumblr usage, and refocusing our attention on sites like Dreamwidth.
Also there's a sale going for about nine more hours, so snatch one on the cheap!
--Sneak and Mori
Characters: Fiddleford McGucket, Ivan Wexler
Summary: Fiddleford only wants to keep the townspeople safe from troubling memories. His own past shouldn't matter anymore... should it?
Notes: This story was originally posted on 3/18/17, for Week Three of Fiddleford Appreciation Month. It requires canon knowledge through episode 2.07, "Society of the Blind Eye."
...He figures that he wiped those memories for a good reason.
I am delighted to announce that Team Hawking is undertaking preparations to begin putting together our next round of production for Arisia 2018! We will be continuing our tradition of performing the two most recent installments, the part we debuted the previous year as a lead-in to a brand-new story, in order to make hook audiences into the flow of the series. So we are proud to present Mrs. Hawking 3: Base Instruments along with Mrs. Hawking 4: Gilded Cages, in its very first public peformance!
Soon we'll announcing the cast, featuring an array of both familiar faces returning to their roles as well as new stars bringing their talent to the table. And we'll make sure to keep you up to date on scheduling, development, and process as it unfolds. Until then, I hope to leave you all in anticipation of the next direction the Hawking story is about to explore!
And make sure to join us at Arisia 2018! this January the weekend of the 12th-15th at the Westin Boston Waterfront!
- The con went very well. The entire trip cost us less than thirty dollars, thanks to Rogan selling well. Huzzah!
- We took all the photographs we needed of our childhood neighborhood, and I daresay we are now prepared for future comics set there. Well done, dears! (However, we did not get to visit Candle Cave. That's all right, Biff got a good hike, and regardless, we went in presuming it would be a bonus, not a given.)
- We got to see some people of our past, including a couple high school friends, and Dr. Drag. (Dr. Drag was our first therapist, though we have not had that sort of relationship in years. She has mentions on this blog, probably buried under the 'therapy' tag.) Their generosity allowed us to make this trip, and we are very grateful.
- Rogan finished Alter Boys In Love, but due to the printer's website being broken on Mozilla and some truly peculiar requests regarding our formatting, we have not managed to finish the order. We hope to complete that today.
- Due to the intense work schedule, and the emotional challenge of returning to our hometown, Rogan has been worn out. He will not be fronting for a bit, and Mori, Biff, Sneak, and I will manage things until he has rested up.
Thank you for your patience!