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Not sure when exactly the phrase neurologically atypical originated, but it is surely one of the most absurd examples of newspeak I've ever run across. Anyway....

Weird thoughts this morning. If I'd had children in my twenties, today they'd be in their mid or late twenties, and they might have kids of their own (though I'd hope not), who could easily be somewhere around five years old. Now, it's possible I might live to see 2034. Those kids I didn't have, they might have lived to see 2054. Of course, all sorts of assumptions are being made here. I'm assuming, for example, they'd have a life expectancy of ~70, but, obviously, it could be much more or much less. Anyway, my hypothetical grandchildren – assuming my children bred – could live to see 2074. And were great grandchildren to have been spawned, we get to 2094. The great grandchildren I'll never have, they'd possibly live to see the next century. And we have at least some idea how unpleasant that world is going to be – by our own hands – and, so, I am very grateful that I never had children.

That's the thought I woke to this morning.


I am told that today is the street date for the Alabaster: Wolves hardcover, even though Amazon still says February 26th. So...well, I don't know. Street dates seem to mean less and less. Either the book is out there, or it isn't. But, regardless, if you do not yet have a copy, please find one. Thanks.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,128 words on Chapter Two of Red Delicious. This puts 516 words in the word bank.

Okay. Enough for now.

Wishing She Were Otherwise,
Aunt Beast


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Feb. 13th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)

Alabaster: Wolves is definitely out - I picked up my copy from my local comics store on the way in to work this morning. I haven't yet had a chance to look at it.
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)

Weird. No one tells me anything.
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)

I'd send you a pic, but I left it in the car so I wouldn't be tempted to read it when I should be doing work...
Feb. 13th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)

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Feb. 13th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)

For me and the planet.

Feb. 13th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
I pre-ordered Alabaster: Wolves and I'm told it isn't scheduled to ship until 2/26, yet I received Blood Oranges before the street date from the same retailer.
Feb. 13th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)

As the publishing industry collapses around us, the dates becomes ever more arbitrary. Which causes me all sorts of problems.
CA Schmidt
Feb. 14th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
we have at least some idea how unpleasant that world is going to be – by our own hands
Maybe. But bald eagles now live on parts of the James River that stank of kepone when I was little. Maybe having a kid of my own makes me get out and fight when I'd rather stay home and write. I dunno. But if the only people having babies are silly Mormon twits . . . I'm not saying people who care about the planet "should" have kids. Just not sure that they "shouldn't" either.
Feb. 14th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)

Just not sure that they "shouldn't" either.

~20 billion human being = nothing much else on earth.

~7.6 billion equals everything going to shit very, very fast.

What a few million, or even a billion people do, is irrelevant.


Edited at 2013-02-14 03:50 am (UTC)
CA Schmidt
Feb. 14th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
Period? As in social movements are irrelevant to the fate of the planet? Mobilize a billion people and nothing changes? Sounds like futility thesis, rhetoric of reaction.
Feb. 14th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Looking for depressed angry futile statements about life, the world, and the future? You've come to right place, my friend! I don't even post to LJ anymore, I mainly just come to read the entries here and feel better about my own life in comparison.
CA Schmidt
Feb. 15th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know about that. I find it all rather bracing.
CA Schmidt
Feb. 15th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
Personally, I come here because I read The Drowning Girl. It's the most beautiful thing I've read in years.
Clare Cumming
Feb. 14th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
Not sure when exactly the phrase neurologically atypical originated, but it is surely one of the most absurd examples of newspeak I've ever run across.

You know how sometimes you're reading something and you come across a word or phrase that makes your brain catch or grate and you fall out of what you're reading? That's what "neurologically atypical" does to me.

Y'see, I'm a crazy person. I'm comfortable with that, and have accepted being lumped in with all the other flavours of loony with phrases like "the mentally ill". Then, along comes "neurologically atypical" and suddenly I'm in a bigger group with people on the Autistic spectrum, people with learning difficulties, people with epilepsy, and fuck knows what else.

It's taken me weeks to work out why this bothers me so much. I eventually realised that lumping so many kinds of people into one massive group reminds me of the way "normal" people lump all those kinds of people into one massive group (typically known as "I think there's something wrong with him"). It seems...dismissive, somehow, rather than sensitive or inclusive or whatever it's meant to be.

If we really need a phrase to cover all those disparate illnesses, why can't we come up with some godawful acronym, which at least gives a nod toward the fact that the group is made up of very different people? Only problem with this is it'd probably end up going the way of LGBTQIIAAIIIWTFBBQ*^".

(Edit: I keep using the wrong parentheses when quoting.)

Edited at 2013-02-14 01:05 pm (UTC)
Feb. 14th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up, Beast; I'll have a look in my comics shop tomorrow.
Feb. 14th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
I was reading along and your time line seemed so strange. I had a kid in my early 20s, and he is now over 55. He married someone with a child and she is around 30. The line probably ends there. I keep forgetting that I am getting along in years (my 80th is tomorrow).
Feb. 14th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
My Alabaster came today - pre-ordered back in October.
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