I had an idea for a character, a gardener who has no magical abilities, no dryads or elves in their heritage, no gifts bestowed upon them.
Just hard work and a talent for growing things normally not grown by mortals.
Her name is Nicole and she is known far and wide to be “Favored by the Fair Folk” She keeps an iron shovel nearby and grows miraculous fruit that is too delicious to be eaten by mortals. Using her green thumb, she keeps the fairies satisfied and away from the human population.
She is often called to settle disputes, negotiate contracts, and to cater midnight parties. Being the human liaison to the fairy world is a stressful job but she manages.
While she has no real magic, the Fey are drawn to her and often treat her with more respect than average humans, maybe her absolute lack of magic is an abnormality that they find fascinating.
Either way she is proud of her hard work and knows to never eat any of her own fruit.
oh! i forgot to post about this!! a few days ago my AO3 account hit (and then quickly passed) 1500 subscribers!!! THANK YOU SO DAMN MUCH!! I hope I continue to make whatever it is you’re hoping or expecting of me ♥
(I think new people are finding me through both Of Shampoo and Fruit Flies and Welcome All Winchesters right now, but I don’t know how or why. someone enlighten me?? whO SENT YOU) (only thing they have in common is asexual-spectrum Cas, if that narrows it down? but they’re very different ends of the spectrum so idk)
and since we’re on the subject, i have a new fic coming soon!! (well, an old one from 2014 that i resurrected, and i rewrote the second half). it’s currently 82k and “finished” but i’m trying to FINISH-finish it, which means 5 more scenes, editing, then betaing. the plan is to RELEASE IT INTO THE WORLD by the end of june. (it’s a commission for @cassammydean, and the plan is to launch my patreon right after that fic. hopefully.) it’s called What We Ache For.
one more thing, since i’m feeling sentimental – you guys. YOU GUYS. you leave the best comments?? THE BEST. nearly every single day you remind me how important the themes in my stories are, how much the inclusion of a simple concept can change something for someone who reads my fics.
making someone cry with a story used to be a gleeful experience for me, satisfying because i wrote something powerful. now, after years of helping people kind of… release their feelings? it’s powerful in a whole different way, i don’t know how to explain it. but it means so much to me, not only as a writer, but as a person. every day you make me desperate to be a kinder person, and devote myself not just to my stories, not just the characters, but you.
i know a little about a lot of you. but the small facts i do know are life-changing in the masses. no, this isn’t directly relevant to my subscriber count - it’s just something i think about every day, more so recently as my faith wanes in my newer writing, and i never found the right way to just say it. i get obsessed and upset about people not leaving as many kudos as they used to. butalmost every day someone reminds me why i really do this, why i really love it. it’s the comments. not the kudos. it’s the secrets you tell me, the way whatever spilled from my heart can change your mind, and help you figure out things you never understood about yourself, and the tears you shed because you feel some part of yourself aching when you read a certain combination of words.
anyway, thank you. i just really, really love you all.
RULES: Answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you’d like to get to know better.
I was tagged by @jiminicriket thank you so much for the tag! I always get excited when people tag me in these things :D
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Height: 171 cm
Favorite fruit: Watermelon <333
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Book/s: Hmmmmm, I have to say Six of Crows (and Crooked Kingdom) because I never had more fun than when I was reading those <33333 but like also Dark Matter and The Darkest Part of the Forest (that was such a good one!!)
Favorite Flower: ngl I love all flowers? Like, every single flower is the best flower
Favorite Scent: When it’s raining and you can smell the damp and cold air and the grass
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Animal: This is always such a tough question because I love all animals?? Like dogs and cats and alpacas and all animals <333
Coffee, tea, or hot cocoa: tbh hot cocoa
Average Sleep Hours: During the school year 6 hours, during the summer I can get to 10
Cat or Dog Person: Both tbh, but I gotta say I love dogs a tiny tiny bit more?
Favorite Fictional Character: This is also a super tough one? Because like on the one hand I love all the Doctor Who companions, but on the other hand there’s the entire Dregs and I ??? How to choose???
Number of Blankets you sleep with: 1
Dream Trip: Anywhere? Like I want to see the entire world
Blog Created: It’s been like 3-4 years and I look it up every time there’s this question and I forget it every single time
Number of Followers: 187
Random Fact: I once solved the Rubix cube in just under a minute and was very proud of that?? Or a real random fact: Shakespeare didn’t know how to spell his last name
RULES: answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you’d like to get to know better.
Name: I’ll tell you if we’re friends
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Orientation: Aromantic Asexual I guess
Favourite Fruit: Mangoes? Cherries, bananas, I like lots of fruits.
Favourite Season: Summer. I can’t stand the cold and even if it’s scorching the sun fills me up with so much energy and I love having longer days. I become much more alive, happy and productive in the summer.
Favourite Book/s: I like ‘I Kill’ by Giorgio Faletti and the trilogy of ‘City of the Beasts’ by Isabel Allende too. I haven’t read a bood that blows my mind in a long time.
Favourite Flower: Morning glories, plumeria, does lavender count?
Favourite Scent: (natural) lavender, vanilla, the roses in Paris smell like heaven.
Favourite Colour: Green, pink, and pretty much any pastel color.
Favourite Animal: Cats for sure
Coffee, tea, or hot cocoa: A drop of coffee drowning in a big cup of milk, chai tea also drowning in a giant mug of milk, and hot cocoa with milk to dip my churros in. So milk. The answer is milk.
Average Sleep Hours: 8-9 hours. I need more sleep than average not to be a dying zombie all day. If I could sleep more I would for sure.
Cat or Dog Person: Cats, but I love dogs a lot too. I love having one of each, being dumb friends together.
Favourite Fictional Character: my own freaking ocs
Number of Blankets you sleep with: Spring and fall just with a fluffy blanket, summer with only one sheet (or none, it gets really hot here) and winter with the sheet, the fluffy blanket and a comforter. I hate cold.
Dream Trip: I’d like to visit Holland someday, Japan too, Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa, the Loire valley in France and Tuscany in italy.
Blog Created: This one is relatively new, but I’ve been on Tumblr since my first year in college so probably 2008 - 2009. I’ve dealt with people stalking me in the past so when I find out they are lurking I just delete or change urls. So far so good.
Number of Followers: This one has a little less than 400, so does my secondary art blog, my art reference tumblr has only like 50 but that’s because i don’t like sharing it, and my old ac/ current art blog has almost 5000 followers, that I keep gradually losing because of lack of activity oops
I suffer from anxiety and depression and functioning is really difficult for me
I can’t stand repetitive noises, like a drippy faucet, feet tapping, people counting for more than a minute, a ball hitting a wall again and again etc, ESPECIALLY if I’m trying to sleep it makes me go crazy mad and sometimes even cry
Toothpaste (and most mint flavored candy) makes me sneeze
I can’t think of anything else now
I tag my mutuals, or pretty much anyone that wants to do it (:
There’s a general sentiment in queer spaces (although not specifically in ace spaces) that religion and queerness are mutually exclusive. As an asexual Jew I wanted to talk about this a little bit for Preservation Day, but I find that in my life there is actually nearly no conflict at all between my Jewish identity and my asexual identity!
There is one particular mitzvah (commandment) in Judaism that seems to preclude asexuality: “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 9:7). Now, plenty of asexual people have (biological) children, but it’s not something that I want to do. So how can this be reconciled?
A general approach: adoption - and don’t let anyone say that adopted Jews aren’t “really” Jewish.
A less observant approach: it doesn’t need to be reconciled - seriously, I wear mixed-thread fabric, I turn on lights on Shabbat, I don’t keep kosher. I don’t fulfil any of these commandments and yet I still feel strongly Jewish. The commandment to be fruitful and multiply is not inherantly more important than any of these other ones.
A more observant approach: be fruitful in other ways. The general purpose of the commandment is to spread Judaism in the world and to help ensure it’s continued existence. But there are dozens of ways to support Judaism without having children: learn about Judaism, write about Judaism, teach about Judaism, be a dedicated aunt or uncle, etc.
Thoughts from other ace Jews? I’m lucky enough to say that my Jewish friends/family don’t reject my asexualiy, and my ace friends don’t reject my Judaism, but I’d love to hear from you if your experience is different.
(Any aromantic Jews want to chime in either? I don’t know enough about either (a)romanticism in Judaism or my own aromantic identity to have informed things to say, but I’m definitely interested in hearing more.)