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I am home and not-home simultaneously. I am home because hey,… 
23rd-Dec-2010 01:58 pm
I am home and not-home simultaneously.

I am home because hey, birthfamily! They are awesome. That's a win. There is comfort and laughter and a lot of wine.

I am not-home...

...a thing you should know is that North/Central Florida is a foreign country. The Christian Fiction section of the bookstore is bigger than the SF/Fantasy section. There are stores on Main Street that sell pork rinds next to stores that sell genuine mink cell phone holders. (I see more real fur products here than I do the whole rest of the year.) I vacillate between "yeah, I could live here" and "oh hell no". At times, this place is an exercise in keeping my mouth shut - about my politics, my sexuality, about a lot of stuff. Not with my family (who voted for Bush and know I didn't, but we love each other anyway), but pretty much everywhere else. There is raging Palin fandom around here. It is freaky.

It is not my place.

So. Home and not-home.

And I miss Boston (except for the weather). I miss feste_sylvain, and my community, and sindrian (my mind still equates him with Boston; he left after me). I miss my cats.


My aunt and uncle are at work; my birthmom's running errands. I have buckled down and gotten a lot of work done today, especially on my writery website. I have more to do, particularly Arisia stuff. I may need a nap.

First, I will clear some tabs!

* New issue of Stone Telling!
* #MooreAndMe: And Then He Came Down.
* Not Your Mom's Trans 101.
* New meme: Incredulous Kristy.
* In Yogi Bear, Jellystone Park is District 9 (for bears). In all seriousness, read that it is awesome.
* DC Comics-inspired jewelry.
* Video of the solar eclipse.

Brain is too tired for lace shawl knitting and dead-easy knitting will put me to sleep, so: reading, napping, or Arisia track management, here I come!
23rd-Dec-2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
The Christian Fiction section of the bookstore
We just call it The Bible.
23rd-Dec-2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Ha! Indeed, good sir. Indeed.

(They have a separate section for that. It is also enormous. And Children's Religion, which is all Christian.)
23rd-Dec-2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
I continue to be amused. All these sections are basically either edited, censored, or biased reinterpretations of the same book.
23rd-Dec-2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to be sorta impressed by the sheer dedication.

Trying. Sorta.
23rd-Dec-2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
And I thought the "Christian Fiction" section would be like the subcategory of "inspirational romance," which... just trust me, if you look at the category guidelines for writers someday, your head might asplode.

(Just because I think that Richard and Alec in Swordspoint are the most inspirational romance EVER does not mean most people use those words the same way I do.)
24th-Dec-2010 01:11 am (UTC)
In Mormonland, they just have separate bookstores altogether, although some of the Waldens and whatnot have an LDS books section just because it's profitable. You can't be a really good Mormon unless you have all billion parts of The Work and The Glory which is pioneer-porn for Mormons. (No sex naturally, but a lot of pioneers suffering and dying and bearing their testimonies on their dying lips.)
23rd-Dec-2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, you went there before I did. (In this crowd, not surprising, though.)
23rd-Dec-2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
"Incredulous Kristy"? *Googles*, Oh, now I get it.

And in Shit That Actually Matters news, thank you for the Tiger Beatdown link.
23rd-Dec-2010 09:14 pm (UTC) - home and not-home
I get that. Central Florida became home for me, and sometimes I wish I'd never left, yet at times it still maintained some sense of surrealism. Orlando is so full of transplanted Northerners that it feels familiar. Outside of Orlando, however, there were many places in which I felt conspicuously like a foreigner.

Still, Elizabeth City is so much more "southern" than Orlando; I'm starting to understand why stereotypes exist. I can't tell if people are having me on or if things really are as they seem. And I am much more wary about what I reveal to people now, because in the back of my mind, I expect there to be a witch hunt.

Boston will always be my home, and leaving it again was much more difficult emotionally this time around. I spent years trying to get away, not knowing what I'd been running from, only to find that it's where I most want to be.

24th-Dec-2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, how much is Florida actually like a Carl Hiassen book?
24th-Dec-2010 01:16 am (UTC)
You know all Carl Hiassen books are secretly nonfiction, right?
24th-Dec-2010 03:38 am (UTC)
I wondered. ;)

(I was trying to describe the books to John, who has been lured in, now that he read that Terry Pratchett ALSO recommended Hiassen. And I said, "So you know how Fark had a Florida tag?")
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