I don’t mean to brag or anything, but when I got my wisdom teeth removed I was so high with the sedation drugs that I flirted with the next patient and got his number. I don’t remember anything except that I woke up clutching a piece of paper with his name and number.
I just realized that if I do have myasthenia gravis, it might explain a lot of things. Including…
When I was 19, I started having this problem where I’d get really weak sometimes I’d fall, lots of other things. But the thing I’m remembering that I never connected to it at all. Was that my speech would get so slurred that it was impossible for even close friends to understand it. One of my friends said it was like I got “instant cerebral palsy” or something, from the way I sounded. It was very severe.
And now that I don’t speak at all (for reasons unrelated to MG), I don’t notice whether my speech is going to be slurred or not. So I totally forgot that was a symptom. But for a couple years when I was still speaking part-time, I’d sometimes end up with speech so incomprehensible that friends would tell me to use my keyboard even when I could technically talk, because the keyboard voice was more understandable than my voice. (Which given that it was old-school DECTalk, is saying something.)
I wish I remembered to tell my neurologist this stuff. There’s other stuff I know I told my case manager to put on the list to tell him, that didn’t make it onto the list. Like the right-sided drooling. And the way my head tilts to one side. And other stuff.
What about everyone's reactions to Malec's engagement for a prompt? Just a thought...
I’ve seen a few fics/drabbles/headcanons where it’s Alec telling Izzy, Jace and Clary, so I decided to have Magnus telling his friends instead. Plus, you know… Raphael.
Her mouth dropped open and Magnus grinned. It took a lot to get through Catarina’s defences, to make her really react to something, but this had done it.
‘You’re actually getting married?’ she said, numbly.
‘But… Magnus…’ She seemed to be fumbling for words. ‘After all those years, all those centuries, all the people you’ve loved and never married. Why now?’
Magnus’ smile softened as he thought about Alec. The concentration on Alec’s face when he practiced archery, the way his speech slurred slightly when he was tired, the way his eyes watered when he laughed or yawned, the way he rested his elbows on the table and buried his nose and mouth in the overlong sleeves of his sweater.
‘None of them were Alec,’ Magnus said.
‘You’ve never had it this bad have you?’
‘You were the one telling me to forgive him when we split up.’
‘Which means I deserve credit for this engagement,’ Catarina said.
‘What do you want?’
Catarina grinned. ‘I want to be there when you tell Raphael and Ragnor.’
‘This better be good, Magnus,’ Ragnor grumbled, dropping down into an armchair. ‘I’m very busy.’
‘And I would simply rather be anywhere else but here,’ Raphael said. He sat on the floor in front of the fire. He always seemed to be attracted to light and heat, almost like a cat. Magnus wondered if it was to make up for his inability to go into the sunlight.
‘What did I ever do to deserve such wonderful friends?’ Magnus asked.
Catarina stifled a laugh.
‘Time’s ticking!’ Ragnor said.
‘It’s about Alexander and I,’ Magnus said.
‘I’m not sure I want to know,’ Raphael said.
‘Awww, Magnus, are you getting married?’ Ragnor asked teasingly.
There was a pause.
‘Seriously?’ Ragnor asked.
‘Why?’ Raphael asked. ‘Is one Nephilim really worth eventually getting your heart broken over?’
Magnus glared at him. Raphael was silhouetted against the fire, but his face was turned up to Magnus with a look of pure angelic innocence.
‘Okay, first off,’ Magnus said, ‘I dislike you. You are every bit the insufferable brat you were when I first met you. Second, hypocrite.’
Raphael grinned, showing his fangs.
‘You’re really going to do it?’ Ragnor asked. ‘Getting married?’
‘Don’t worry, Ragnor,’ Catarina said. ‘You’ll still be his favourite, right Magnus?’
‘I’m really going to do it,’ Magnus said, ignoring Catarina. ‘I asked him last week, he said yes. We’re thinking maybe next year, or the year after. He’s telling his family right now. It’s happening.’
‘He’s telling his family, you’re telling your friends,’ Catarina smiled.
‘You three are the closest thing I have to family.’
Ragnor and Raphael both made noises of disgust.
Magnus laughed. ‘I hate you just as much, don’t worry. We can’t choose our family.’
Raphael got to his feet. Magnus thought he was going to walk out without a word, but to his surprise Raphael looked up at him with his head cocked slightly to the side.
‘I am happy for you,’ Raphael said. ‘You are right that we don’t get to choose our family, but we do get to choose who we spend our lives with. Alexander – Shadowhunter or not – is lucky to have you, and you are lucky to have him. I wish you all the best.’
‘Gracias,’ Magnus said, not knowing what else to say.
‘Now excuse me while I go and wash this moment off myself.’
‘Well… that was nice,’ Catarina said, looking stunned. ‘Ragnor?’
‘Do I have to make a big soppy speech too?’
‘Well if you did it would just look like you were copying Raphael,’ Magnus said. ‘So you’re excused.’
Ragnor stood up. ‘Thank god.’ He walked to the door and then turned back to face Magnus. ‘Raphael is right though. Alexander may be mortal, but that just means you don’t have time to waste. Have the wedding next year. Don’t wait any longer than that. And I better be your best man!’
Then he followed Raphael out.
‘Well,’ Catarina said, in the silence that followed. ‘That went better than expected.’
@other white people: like yes we’re free to say whatever we want but why in the hell would you so desperately want to say the n-word after it’s been explained time and time again that it’s harmful, racist and comes from disgusting, violent and racist history???? Like. That’s really disappointing and you’re racist trash.
I read (and agree) with a lot of opinions that say phonetically writing accents is a bad idea but it makes me uneasy about how I write certain characters. What's your opinion on phonetically writing the dialogue of a character who slurs their words?
I believe that slurred speech can be written in a way that doesn’t make it impossible for people to read. Visually portraying slurred speech (say for instance with a character who’s drunk) would look something like:
“H-h-heeeeeeeey, buddy! What are youuuu d-doing,” he slurred obnoxiously before fumbling forward.
Which is fine. It’s not entirely hard to read as it would be to erase certain letters and fuck up the words being said entirely.
Another way to get around butchering up standard word spelling to display slurred words is to use dialogue indicators, which can allow the writer to completely omit using phonetic nonstandard spelling.
Take into consideration that some readers are dyslexic and fucking up these words will be even harder for them to get around. If I literally have to read the words aloud and throw what I know of the English language out the window to make sense of what’s being written, I don’t want to read it.