5x17: kindred spirits

I feel like this is how the naming of Diana and Fred's daughter went.
  • Diana Barry to Fred: (abruptly) "We're naming our daughter Anne."
  • Fred: (slowly) "Oh? Okay, I like th-"
  • Diana: "Her middle name will be Cordelia."
  • Fred: (resigned) "Well, as long as we don't use the 'Cordelia' it's alrig -"
  • Diana: "And we'll use her full name, Anne Cordelia."
  • Fred: "But who do you know named Cordelia?"
  • Diana: "Does it matter?"
  • Fred: "..."
In Which I Have Too Many Thoughts About Half-Ghost Clones

AKA. An analysis of Kindred Spirits, because I watch that episode too much and have many ideas about it.

First off, Vlad, what is this room? Is this your lab? Where is the giant digital screen? What is up with those cloning/holding chambers? 

First appearance of the clones! The way they call him “father” is quite important, for understanding how Danielle thinks about Vlad later on. This is also the only time we hear Muscles speak, and one of only two times Bones speaks. I’m not sure if Spark is capable of speech at all; I can only pick out two voices when they say “Yes, Father.” Regardless. It’s pretty clear right away that while they call him father, he doesn’t think of them as children, despite how he “loves” the term.

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1 Ivy, hi! I'm a great fan of your works & writing. Want to ask someone for writing advice & chose you because I'm scared/insecure& you always reply in a considerate, yet firm way & that encouraged me to write you. I love writing whenever I have the time to & like my ideas, but I suffer from mental health problems, including self-destructive tendencies - which often prompt me to abandon my own writing because "it's shit," "not good enough," "too stupid," "nobody will want to read it." I always

Hi there, givershand! Don’t beat yourself up. I know exactly what you mean. In fact, I think you’re just like me. 

You’re at a critical point in your writing life; you’re struggling to cross the distance between what you can do and what you want to do, but don’t know how. What sets you apart is your identification of the problem and your desire to overcome it. Every time you feel angry and sad, remember that it’s that anger and sadness that is going to propel you to become a better and better writer. Your anger and sadness is your ambition and drive to be more and be better than you are right now. No one is born with these skills. The only thing we can do is keep committing to pushing our boundaries and getting better. 

We all write stupid things that are crap. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t get the skills we need to write things that are neither. Whenever you look at something you’ve written that you hate, remember that you’ve already written it, so you can cross that level of crap off your list, and you’re better than that now. But you wouldn’t be better than that if you hadn’t written it. So in the end, you have to be grateful for that terrible piece of crap. 

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