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Qifrey & Olruggio Skirting the Issue

Noticed a little something while I was skimming through volume 4 that I thought I’d share.

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Qifrey and Olruggio are talking about Richeh here, which is straightforward enough in that first panel, but the bottom two are interesting. Qifrey is very carefully not looking at Olruggio as he says “It’s hard to know how closely to approach” while Olruggio remarks “People aren’t quite as straightforward as spells, are they?” I get the distinct impression neither of them are talking about Richeh anymore, but have instead decided to air their problems with each other under the guise of talking about Richeh instead.

The problems listed fit in pretty well with their continued issues later on in the series as well. Qifrey doesn’t know how close he can get to Olruggio and, in fact, keeps him at a distance. Whether it’s because Olruggio is always busy or because he’s trying to protect him (or just himself) is hard to say, but I do believe Qifrey doesn’t really “get” Olruggio. After all, he asks him later on “Why would you go so far to me” when I have a feeling this is supposed to be something obvious from Olruggio’s perspective.

Meanwhile, Olruggio is very correct in saying Qifrey isn’t straightforward. Qifrey is purposefully keeping all manner of secrets from him, after all, and isn’t letting him in. Not too long ago he brought in a new student (Coco) without even consulting him, which is something that bothers Olruggio up to the very latest chapter.

Interestingly, not too shortly after this, Olruggio gives Qifrey a gift for him and the girls and Qifrey comments his “spells are more eloquent than his words.” So, sort of a quiet way of not-quite-resolving the previous complaint.

There’s also the symbolism of scalewolves, which is brought up for the entirety of this arc. Several characters get tied to them loosely, such as Richeh, Coco, Agott, Qifrey, etc. That idea of protecting oneself with armor, letting that armor go to form a pair, basically letting your guard down in some way. This was very heavily applied to Richeh and her possible budding relationship with Euini, but it could also be applied to Agott and Qifrey as well, so that’s some food for thought. Agott of course is opening up more thanks to Coco and letting some of that armor go while Qifrey is going in the exact opposite direction and rejecting Olruggio’s help and turning ever more inwards.

The one other thing I have to say about this series is that there’s another scene later that makes me feel like something about it just... doesn’t quite add up? Qifrey is explaining Richeh’s situation to Olruggio as if he has no idea what her background is, but later on we see this:

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Olruggio was there with Qifrey when he took her in! XD I mean, that makes more sense actually. Olruggio’s main issue with Qifrey taking Coco in was that he wasn’t consulted, so it would make sense that he was consulted about the other three. I guess Qifrey could be reminding Olruggio of something he already knows in a vaguely snarky way, but I have to wonder if maybe this is a little detail that changed in the series over time.

Anyway, some food for thought.

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Tumblr Ticket

For the first time in my life I actually sent in a support ticket to Tumblr. I figure since they wanted some feedback about the new poster, I may as well share my thoughts. Essentially I talked to them about the concerns I listed earlier about the new backdate feature and my inability to find the HTML/Markdown option. For good measure, I figured I'd ask if they could add a cross-posting feature as well because why not? I doubt it would be compatible with Dreamwidth, but maybe for Pillowfort or even Twitter in the form of a shared link? Guess we'll see. I imagine they're swamped, so I don't know if I'll get a response, but at least a sent it in.'

Edit: Actually, I got a response very quickly! They said that the HTML/Markdown feature will be added, likely within a couple months, so that is awesome! They thanked me for the rest of my feedback, so I think it’s kind of in the gray zone on what they’ll do about it right now, but at least they’re aware. XD
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A Hodgepodge of Updates

I haven't been keeping up on my journal updates as much as I would like of late! As such, I'm going to get an assortment of updates out on this entry. :D

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I think that about covers the general stuff for now. Onwards to more Murderbot!
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Fade Away (WHA; Fanfic)

Title: Fade Away

Rating: M

Pairings: Olruggio/Qifrey

Warnings/Notes: Mild Sexual Content, Chapter 40 Spoilers, Some Humor, Fluff and Angst , Bittersweet Ending

Summary: Qifrey wakes in the dead of night only to find his sight getting worse. He goes to the one person he's always relied upon to confide in and things take a turn. Whether it's for good or for ill remains to be seen.

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I wish there was some way of getting Tumblr’s pumpkin theme to be the default for when I log in. All this orange and black and purple eases my mind...

It's a good theme.
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Which Pronoun?

I got a Tumblr Ask regarding the use of pronouns for a certain character in Vanitas no Carte and I have to admit I'm not actually sure what the right thing to do in this case would be, so I figured I would ask for some advice! (You do not need to be familiar with VNC to give said advice, I don't think.)

Anyway, the scenario is this: a character has come out as not identifying as a man or a woman, but has not expressed any pronoun preference and, indeed, the other characters interacting with this character each use a different pronoun (one going with they're a woman and the other saying they're a man). The character in question does not seem to care about this.

The translation seems to default to she/her since the main character sees them as a woman and as such I was also using she/her in my meta and such. Since the original is in Japanese, it's unlikely any pronouns will ever come up in the text since pronouns are rarely used in Japanese, so that's unlikely to clarify things.

Anyway, the Ask wants me to use they/them pronouns since the character is nonbinary (or similar enough) to reflect they are nonbinary, but I've seen other people who are nonbinary use a host of pronouns while still being nonbinary, so... thoughts? Maybe I should just switch the pronouns up to reflect this sort of like Desire did in The Sandman?
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Francis Bacon

I have a 1932 copy of The Works of Bacon, which is neat, but my favorite thing about this copy has got to be the introduction. Listen to this:

"Few careers as public as Francis Bacon's retain so many dark corners and obstinate secrets, few characters that have been so exposed to the searchlight of investigation remain as difficult to understand. Seldom is one called upon to admire a man, as one must admire the author of "The Advancement of Learning," and at the same time to despise him, as one must despise the betrayer of Essex [...]"

Despise him! I don't know what I expected when I started this up, but it wasn't that. XD And that's just the beginning. It's a solid four pages of backhanded compliments and reluctant admiration, but what drives me nuts is I have no idea who wrote this. There doesn't seem to be any credit given that I can find, which is unfortunate because I like this guy's style. He pulls no punches and he makes me want to read Bacon's work in a way I didn't beforehand. I want to see this apparently duplicitous fellow's beliefs for myself. 8D
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Treasure (VNC; Fanfic)

Title: Treasure

Rating: T

Pairings: Noé/Dominique, Noé/Louis

Warnings/Notes: Angst, Canonical Character Death, POV Multiple, Snippets, Background Relationships, Misunderstandings, Bittersweet Ending, Some Fluff, Tragedy, Chapter 51 Spoilers 

Summary: Dominique had only ever promised herself one thing: she would preserve Noé's happiness. She had no idea the travails that would follow or what they would lose along the way.

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Discordant Waltz (VNC; Fanfic)

Title: Discordant Waltz

Rating: T

Pairings: Noé/Vanitas

Warnings/Notes: Pre-Slash, Angst, Unhealthy Relationships, Chapter 51 Spoilers, VaNoé Week 2021

Summary: Noé, Vanitas, and a ballroom. They'd been here before, but everything was different now. Still, it just might be a chance to rectify things and, maybe, start over again.

Takes place some undisclosed amount of time after chapter 51.

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Impatiens Meaning

Anonymous asked: Wait Impatiens also symbolize motherly love and when you think about how vanitas is reaching towards Luna in the picture and how he thinks of them as a mother similar to how misha thinks of them as a father... it all makes sense

I looked into impatiens a little further (as opposed to “balsam”) and it seems that impatiens do represent motherly love and, in fact, impatience as the name implies. I then looked into what the difference between a balsam and an impatiens even is (Have I mentioned I’m not an expert on flowers?) and it looks like the balsam family includes impatiens. I think.

So, with this in mind, motherly love certainly could be a theme! Impatience could be as well; Noé and Vanitas are both acting pretty impulsively this arc.

I have to admit to you guys that I’m a little iffy on Luna being a purely “good” person, though, so I hesitate to ascribe super positive associations with her such as motherly love (which is usually considered good, but who knows with this series). (^^)” Maybe this is just a result of assuming she must be a bad person for so long, but I feel like Mochizuki is trying to lull us into a false sense of comfort with these current flashbacks.

I’m also more hesitant to consider her the totally evil being I had previously assumed as well, though, so there’s that. I’m putting her in the “complicated” category for now, I guess. I just don’t feel like I know her at all.