Hello LJ, long time no post.
My kids have been keeping me busy. I feel like a taxi driver. They've started at a new school this year, a private school that specializes in children with 'learning differences'. It's like a whole new wonderful world to see my kids excelling in school for once in their lives, now that the public education box they've been not fitting in is gone.For those who don't know, my older two children Gwen (13) and Morgan (11) are trauma survivors. Their birth father hanged himself while they were alone with him at ages 2 and 4. They were alone with his body for up to 12 hours before they were rescued.
Morgan has high functioning autism. He's very high-functioning and I'm so happy we were able to get him involved in special services from a very young age, but the way the school system works around here, if you need extra assistance or can't keep pace with the majority, the teachers simply don't have time to slow down and help you and you slip further and further through the cracks, until you feel you might as well not even bother trying. GRRRRR…
Gwen has ADHD which manifest differently in her than in the classic "type" you think when you hear the term. Her mind just gets overloaded by distractions, that it's easier to pretend to be invisible than to speak up and ask for help.
Mark and I had a talk about the education dilemma and realized that what we needed to do was invest in their needs NOW, so they'll make it to college age, rather than saving for college. Thankfully we are both blessed with family who is generous and gung-ho about education and we are not suffering financially. It makes me so very ill to think of all the people with children like ours who don't have our resources and that their kids do fall through the cracks. What the fuck is wrong with this world?
so yes.. driving half an hour each way to drop kids off at school (sometimes more than once a day because of appointments) has been sucking my energy. Then we have a 2-year-old… (nuff said?)
I have been busy in fandom with alpha reading for more people than I can list and I have to tell you, it's my favorite part of fandom. Like, really. I adore watching the creative processes of other writers and helping feed the fire of fandom feels by cheering them on and pointing out all the areas I love. The biggest boost for me is when I see them have an "aha! I've jumped to the next level of writing" moment! It is THE BEST! jad
has recruited me to watch the new Star Trek movies so I can cheer her on in a monster of a fic she's writing for that fandom. I now understand the Benedict Cumberbatch obsession I've seen happening to so many of my f-listers. I am now a Khock (Khan/Spock) shipper (at least in my pants. I doubt I'll ever write fic for the fandom) As a thank you she drew me a lovely bit of Khock love. So please check it out on tumblr and reblog, comment, or like it because it's gorgeous. Khock Sketch
If you're just here for the recs, here they are! Three lovely pieces from the exchange that just wrapped up at hd_tropes
. I'm still not finished reading everything there, but I have adored what I've read so far.
Contains: Angst, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
Summary: Draco has been forgetting things lately and when Harry insists that he see a Healer, the couple are given news which will test their relationship and threaten all that they hold dear.
Word Count: 8300
Why I loved it: This fic is brilliant and sad. But don't let that stop you from reading, it's not a tragic sadness, more a mature slow loss type. Even though you know it's only going to get worse after the fic ends, you also are left with the sense that no matter how much they lose, they'll always love each other, and that's sort of a magic in and of itself.
Title: I am My Boyfriend
Contains: body swap trope, white!blaise,
Summary: Harry and Draco are in a bit of a predicament, they keep swapping bodies when they, ahem… fuck. Explaining what's happening to their friends is rather awkward, and they rather fail at trying to stop it happening.
Word Count: Doujinshi style comic
Why I loved it: This comic is beautifully illustrated and so lovely and fluffy, with snark and banter, hotness, and love. It's great if you're in the mood for a light bit of feel good reading. Give it a look, and leave love for the artist!
Title: What's New, Buenos Aires?
Contains: public sex
Summary: Draco and Harry are in the Portkey business! Hijinks ensue, Draco has a few panic attacks, Harry is seriously fit, and somehow they're stranded in Argentina.
Word Count: 9300
Why I loved it: Draco works so hard to prove himself worthy of Harry, but is in complete denial that that is what he's doing. Jealous!Draco, and Protective!Built!Harry make a formidable team working together amidst a cloud of sexual tension. You need to read it because it features Draco being forced to take a Muggle airplane for the first time in his life! I won't say more so I don't spoil the plot, but it's definitely a fun and flangsty read!
These recs are crossposted to my tumblr rec blog mabs-recs Be sure to follow me if you don't already. I'm up to 219 followers! I love you guys!
and last of all…I'm way too excited!