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  1. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 5 days ago

    Happy Holidays to you all! This year was over in the blink of an eye for me, or nearly.

    The human mind is so malleable at times, that it’s scary. One thing happens to knock you slightly off orbit, then another, and one day you wake up an acid cynic, or a “monster of habit”, a sycophant…endless possibilities. It’s disheartening. Even someone who lets others make their decisions can crave control and then be paralyzed with feelings of fear and loss when they realize how little they’ve got. Can the butterfly effect apply to the soul? to the course of a lifetime? Does it only apply when we let it?

    I’ve fallen prey to both Anxiety and Apathy (other demons from the Mountains of Ignorance, I expect), and I’ve come to three conclusions: they consistently become the genesis of each other. Ergo, they are two sides of the same coin, A Desire for Control over One’s Life. Lastly, I have no idea if this condition is preventable. Which makes me afraid. Which makes me hopeless. And the cycle begins again. The soul, consumed by worries of its own significance “in the grand scheme of things”, tries to self-preserve by slowly dropping everything else, like reaching out to other people or making the best of what one’s got. It convinces itself that those things were meaningless in the first place. One’s perspective of what’s important gets smaller and smaller. One becomes the center of one’s own world, and if you’re the center of a tiny world (whether that’s an office, home, nation, ice cream factory or miserable blue-green planet), then obviously you’re in control again and the unpredictable forces of life can’t reach you. And you feel safe.

    What I’m trying to say is, at times the Gelatinous Giant and the Overbearing Know-It-All can be the same creature.

    Maybe I shouldn’t post this…well, I guess I will. Goodbye. :)

  2. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 24 days ago

    @sukiec: Oh, that’s not good. I hope you feel better soon.

    @Kzin: ;) Thanks for the interview. It’s great to find new info; otherwise this would be a very long wait.

  3. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 30 days ago

    @Love_LSoS: Thank you. I return my deepest sympathies. I think Kzin is a lovely and unique name for a little tiger, and that it would make a good ‘handle’ as well. That’s a wonderful thing to do for her.

    I live with a tabby sweetheart myself. It’s been around seven years now since I brought her home. Her name’s Silkie. She’s not exactly warrior material, but every now and then she gets that gleam in her eye…

  4. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    @sukiec: Oh, but of course there will be. :) And a year is an awful long time to wait for it—but I can do it. That just gives me more time to make sure that as many people as possible know.

    It looks like you, sukiec, and sukieDC are in fact one and the same. Is that right? How did this communication between you and Kory happen, by the way? Just curious.

    Glad to know Dickens’ “ghostly little book” is a favorite. I shouldn’t fret like that. Happy reading.

  5. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    @sukiec: That’s quite a hobby. Good for her!
    Hm….I’m not really sure what sort of literature you like—besides the Lost Side. On the other hand, you have many, many, many choices. It’s nearly that time of year again—you could always start with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which is a bit longer than the average short story but isn’t a full length novel. But you probably want to read something you don’t already know the plot of. Perhaps you’ve already read it; it isn’t exactly obscure. Maybe you don’t even like Dickens.

    Come again? A book? A physical book? Dream come true! Ohmigosh, I am jumping up and down! Any idea when the pre-publication sales date is? Is it Cork? Is it one of Kory’s past books, for instance Heckbender? Is it an entirely different book altogether? Is it independent of The Lost Side of Suburbia?
    Ooh, this just made my year…this is so wonderful. I can’t wait. I’ll be sure and get the word out as soon as I possibly can, in any way I can…for instance, by business card.

  6. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    @sukiec: That’s amazing! What an accomplishment for the both of them! Give them each my best (if you want…)
    I believe you’ve talked about marathons and races a number of times in the past. Is this a family thing or is it all Magi(?) I can’t quite remember at the moment (apologies.)

    Hm…could be anything. I don’t really know. Maybe you’ll find $100 bill on the sidewalk. Maybe you’ll set out to read 100 books over 100 years old in one year.

    @Blymie:

    Mr. Wilde has nailed it.

    Well, I was a little “out of it”—I think I looked dazed to other people—in the couple of days following Henry’s passing (it was a car.) But after that, I was mostly fine. Sad, but not weeping. I was almost thinking there was something wrong with me. Glad to know I’m okay, as far as reacting goes.

    It’s in perfect working order now. I’m going to go look at your links, at least some of them, right now.

  7. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    Just popping by to wish you all a very Happy (Belated) All Hallows’ E’en. Now we can all watch November slide by. 23 degrees tonight where I am…brrr.

    Not to worry, Blymie, I’m sure your links work perfectly well and the culprit is this iPad. But, I have news: my laptop (drumroll), which had been hospitalized with viruses, is (fanfare) finally fixed! (huzzahs) Now, if I can get it acclimated to the wifi around here, I can look at the articles and things you posted. Can’t wait!

  8. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    Thank you, Lexi. I appreciate it very much. I’m okay now, more or less. He wasn’t in pain for long. Sometimes I worry I haven’t been sad enough, but people tell me to think of his life, not his death, and I agree.

    Yeah, that’s probably true. When I look at it that way, it almost makes me glad that the return date is going to be a surprise. Like a Christmas gift. (Whoa. Cheesy!)

    In 99% of human beings, the desire for perfection and certainty—for things to “turn out right the first time” is in constant conflict with a need for spontaneity and a little trial and error. Is it a rough situation to be in? All the time. Would I want to always know what is going to happen? Never in a million years. Now, I just need to learn to keep that in mind the next time I make a mistake, because knowing which mindset to adopt and a usual inability to hold on to it is also part of being human.

    I remember that arc. It’s not easy coping when you’ve been blindsided like that. Unfortunately, after such an event, whether it’s being the victim of a burglary or losing someone important to you, it can be remarkably easy to go to great lengths to ensure that nothing unexpected ever happens to one again, forgetting that:
    “…what they call confusion I just call, the sweetest blessing of youth…” According to a singer from somewhere I used to live…or according to Dory, the fish, as Marlin bemoans his perceived failure as a parent to Nemo:
    “Huh. That’s a funny thing to promise. I mean, if you never let anything happen to him, nothing ever would happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”

    I have younger relatives, so I’ve seen Finding Nemo a few times. Not that I need to rationalize that, though, right? ;)

    Maybe I should try and visit Lio. I haven’t been by there in a while. And no one can have a Happy Halloween quite like him! Goodbye, everyone. I’m really glad I could end my week this way. I’ll be back soon, I hope.

    Cheers,
    LittleCatFeet

  9. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    Oh, looks like we just missed each other by a few hours. I’ve been gone for nearly a month, haven’t I?

    I was swallowed up in my other obligations and work, which has really been frustrating me lately. Sometimes, I didn’t want to come on, even when I had a chance, for fear I would simply gripe all over you all. I would find myself thinking some fairly self-deprecating things…thank you for the words of encouragement. :)
    My canine companion of eight years recently passed as well, and I needed to dwell on that a while. But I’m back now, because Kory is a storytelling genius, you are all wonderful people I’m proud to call friends, and this place helps me stay sane, because my life is a bit sideways right now.

    Costume’s not likely to happen, but I’m anticipating having more time next year. I’d planned to say a lot more, but once again I’ve got to go much sooner than I thought. packs up some more SICC cartons Bye, all. Be back much sooner than the last time. Maybe later this week.

  10. LittleCatFeet commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 3 months ago

    @sukiec: I should really try to catch an episode. That sounds intriguing.

    Mmm, too many things to do lately…I need some ice cream before I depart. Grabs a carton of Charleston Chewbacca