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Hi, I'm V. It's not my real name - not even close - but I'm Vigilo here, and I've been other V-beginning pretentious Latin usernames elsewhere on the internet for around six years now, so V works!

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I have no more tongue than a wound

Mon Oct 27, 2014, 7:00 AM


So, I've had a really weird, painful and yet oddly euphoric, and all-together very confusing sort of week.

OK, bad news first. Essentially, I had a seizure last (last?) Sunday (on the 19th) at 8AM because there was a (false! ugh) fire alarm at 4AM and I couldn't go back to sleep after. One ambulance, hospital visit (hospitals are free here! that's so weird), few tests, etc., later, I was deemed to be fine and let go, but, the rest of the week has been ... painful. The good news: it's not as bad as July.

Unfortunately, it's pretty close, though I am getting slightly better now. Basically, I have a lot of mouth ulcers, so I can barely talk, forget eat. I used up all of the medicine I ordered for my mouth ulcers, which really didn't help matters.  I also ended up resorting to eating cereal (Rice Krispies and milk and sugar) for lunch and dinner as well as breakfast for about five days, because it's the only thing I could eat relatively painlessly. To add to all this, my back has decided to give up the good fight of not hurting at utterly random intervals, regardless of whether I'm walking or sitting down. Still, I should be fine by Wednesday. I hope.

Enough of that, time for good news. It's really good news. I came out to my parents! (...and they reacted well, of course. Otherwise it would be bad news and I would be a horrible mess. More of one, anyway.) Well, to my mother anyway, and she told my father, because that's how communication generally works in our house — via mum. The reason for this was, well, like I mentioned in my previous journal, there's an LGBT Society here at King's, and it's... fantastic. It's really lovely. They have coffee socials as well as clubbing events (the latter of which I can't go to) and as film nights, both of which are wonderful, but. I was getting seriously stressed about not telling my mother about any of this.

So, there was a Bicebreaker (I know, how amazing is that, right?) coffee social - called that because it was the first bisexual meeting sort of thing - on Saturday (18th October) in the afternoon, and seeing as I usually talk to my mother in the early morning, because she's at home and I'm in my dorm, I told her before I went to it. She's okay with it, thankfully, obviously not over the moon because it creates Complications (read: my extended family, yes, all of them) with a capital C but she's not angry or disgusted or anything and I am really happy about that.

I'll do the other happifying news in bullet points, otherwise this will get really long!

  • :bulletred: My course is so, so amazing. Linguistics is the best thing in the world and no one can convince me otherwise. We analysed a Tupac (2pac?) song (that is, Black English Vernacular) and compared it to a song by the Arctic Monkeys (i.e., Sheffield English) a few weeks ago. Oh, and I'm also one of the two student rep(resentative)s for my year, because I figured why not, right?


:bulletorange: I have friends, and they are as amazing as linguistics. Maybe even more. Apart from the LGBT Society, I'm also in the Geek Society, which is really fun - they had a Board Games session on a Sunday, and I went and it was really fun! I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time with a lot of other people, and it was great. Terrible, but great! (I, uh, won second place.)

:bulletyellow: Netflix is a thing. Wow. I'm sharing an account with four other friends so the price is, like, £1.5 per each of us per month after the free month trial, which is great. Terrible for my ever leaving the dorm, but great.

:bulletgreen: There's a statue of Sappho in the Strand campus of King's. Also, one of Sophocles, but I don't know anything about Sophocles apart from the only surviving fragment of one of his plays, which is something like, love is like ice in the hands of children, but, more importantly: Sappho. A statue! I adore this university. On the subject of Sappho, the book of poetry I have of her, If not, Winter with translations by Anne Carson, about which I talk way too much — it's one of about two, three books I originally brought with me to London. So, I lent it to a friend of mine (who is really cool) and long story short, I have officially convinced someone to join me in the Sappho Appreciation LifeTM. I'm so proud of myself.

:bulletblue: Wednesday recommendations will (hopefully) restart this week or (far more likely) next week, which is my reading week. Sorry about the abrupt hiatus!

:bulletpurple: I miss talking to all of you, how are you, what are you up to? :heart:

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love people"We call everything a river here."
                    --Richard Brautigan
there's a love parade
this sunday
beautiful blue and white houses
spill children into the street
like beads of happy colored glass--
music all over.
the trees are spring,
fall, and summer,
apricot angels
green yellow maples
all love people
two moons to a face
I think of a quiet
pebbled stream in this moonlight
and a younger woman,
like a single brush of ink,
dipping softly,
as the pebbled stream dips,
into winter, or untimed wild.
  How to Be a Smoker    I fucking hate the rain. Some people like how it sounds and that’s nice, and some people say it cleans up the streets. All I know is that my shoes are dirty enough without having mud on the inside, too.
    Students are already filing out the door when I figure that it’s been another hour of class wasted wondering how nasty my socks are now. The rain is pounding against the thin roof of the lecture hall and as I head toward the doors, sidewalk outside soaked already with footprints and puddles, I realize that I don’t own a fucking umbrella. It’s the beginning of the fucking rain season and all we’ve got to show for it are two hoodies and the jacket Pierre eats in, sleeps in, and probably shits in. And before I know it, I’m bumping into the girl to the right of me with the bright yellow umbrella still tucked into her backpack. Her books spill out of her hands and I motion towards them, picking up a couple an


The title is from a poem by W. S. Merwin, The Nails, mostly because I like the last line, not in the least because it's ironically literal if you consider my current condition.

Skin by SimplySilent
  • Listening to: Bottom of the River by Delta Rae.
  • Reading: The Hindus: an alternative history by W. Doniger.
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender, the TV show (shush).

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Solarune Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014   Writer
I am so sorry for the lateness, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope it was wonderful and full of sunshine and nice things. :tighthug: I hope you're enjoying London, and that all is perfect in your life. :heart:
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AriTheNorseman Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Far from home, time zone-
ing across the sea, new home;
happy birthday, you.


Welcome to London! Enjoy the rain~ :cake::heart:
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VFreie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Happy slightly late birthday! c:
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pazlowq Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Writer
Happy Birthday, Ilo-bear. <3
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Happy Birthday!!! :cake:
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cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconcakeplz:  (advance) happy birthday! have fun. :party:
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for featuring me at Written Revolution! Every comment was really thoughtful, it was lovely to read =)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Writer
Thanks for the :+devwatch:
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
comment here for you, miss.
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VFreie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Hi! This is right out of the blue, but I just thought this upcoming comics anthology might be of interest to you: teamparvelo.com/lepakkoluola/e…
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
It's been a breath of fresh air to see you around again, V. You know we missed you more than any of us - even those that are writers! - can put words to, right?

Anyways, you favorited a piece of my writing, and seeing a favorite from you always makes my day. Actually, just seeing anything from you makes my day, but don't let the diminish my appreciation stemming from the fact that you actually took the time to read a piece from me. ;p

All the :heart:s, V.
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Writer
You've been featured on my blog:la: Come check it out if you'd like. :heart:
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HtBlack Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
PS SOUND NEEDS TO BE TURNED ON.
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HtBlack Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Thank you SO much for the points! :hug:

Also random link: www.omfgdogs.com/ .
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Darling, I was looking for that lovely poem you wrote based on Federico Garcia Lorca's poem about green. Can you point me in the right direction? Or possibly remind me what the form is called? I'm thinking of writing something like it :)
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Thank you, love. :coffeecup:
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you had a beautiful birthday, sweetheart! :heart:
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Happy Birthday!!! :party::cake::happybounce: … I hope you’re having a beautiful day!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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doughboycafe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Writer
Happy super awesome fellow september virgo birthday!! :party: :heart:
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deinktvis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Writer
!:cake:! happy b-day!
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Happy birthday from me too - hope you had a great day! :hug:
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Happy Birthday!
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