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‘Scuse me while I jam my arm into this emotionally caustic metaphysical goop.  It’s fine.  Totally fine.  Ignore the shakes.

Kali has been very anxious about getting water to her tribe.  So this could be pretty handy…but is it too good to be true??

On the topic of gifts, my birthday is coming up this month.  I used to be very superstitious about my birthday, because for a string of years really bad things happened on my birthday.  I became convinced that it was a bad luck day.  It’s very hard to celebrate myself in general, and a day dedicated to doing that has always felt a little intolerable.  Cory’s helped me learn to be okay with it, and his family are good about making birthdays special without them being too over the top.

I have even, in recent years, occasionally treated myself to a present.  This is the rarest of gifts, because I struggle mightily to even buy bare basics for myself.  I used to joke that the only people keeping me clothed were Cory’s parents, because they would give me shirts or sweaters for Christmas.  I will wear a thing to rags and still not be able to give myself permission to buy a new shirt.  So to get a gift — especially a frivolous gift — for myself is like…it’s a Big Deal, friends.

And this year.  This year I have…a plan.

I was looking for gift ideas for folks in my life for the upcoming Christmas year.  There are certain individuals I know that have no such qualms about buying themselves things, and as a result they are also somewhat hard to shop for.  However, they have a pet they adore who chews through toys like a blender chews through ripe peaches, and it occurred to me that a service like Bark Box might be a good fit for them.  It’s a monthly shipment of dog toys and treats.  Loot Crate has one too.  I’m still trying to determine where on the Nerd Scale these particular individuals are, so I haven’t settled on what to go with yet.

Now, I’m not generally one for Stuff.  The “it’s pretty, but useless, and now you have to dust it” kind of Stuff.  I’m not a duster.  And my memory is bad, so often I’ll forget where Stuff came from.  I like consumables and wearables (see previous statements on shirts and sweaters) because I get a frequent reminder and memory when I use that object or eat that food or whatever.  So a lot of these monthly subscription things are not really my cup of tea because do I really need a bajillion figurines??

But then I had a thought.  A dangerous thought:  What if…there was one for tea?

And then I couldn’t resist the temptation to look.  And what I found was even worse.  EVEN.  WORSE.  Than simple monthly tea subscription services….

I found one that does both tea AND BOOKS!

I’m doomed.

So I think for my birthday I will save up and treat myself to Muse Monthly.  The more I’ve looked into what they do, the more excited I am.  Especially when I discovered they put an emphasis on debut writers and minority authors.  Like, BAM, that’s been my entire Book List Mission Statement for the past several years.  And they pair the tea WITH THE BOOK!  Flavor (literal) to flavor (figurative).  Like –  AUGH! – Did these people COME INTO MY HOUSE and do a study of EVERYTHING I LIKE?  Am I being watched??  Do they know the size of my tea cabinet and bookshelves???

So I’ve kinda been obsessing about it.  For weeks.  I’m going to save up.  I hope that I can get enough cash together by the end of the month to get whatever they’ve got planned for November.  And that will be my big gift to myself this year.

Have you ever given a gift to yourself?  What was it?


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First off, absolutely treat yourself. I’ve considered trying out Muse Monthly myself. Let us know if it’s any good!

Second, I.. may have binged the entire comic in about two days. I started off really wary of Dream Eater, yet now all I want to do is give him hugs. He has absolutely done wrong, but how wrong depends on who you ask. From Zhiro’s perspective? very wrong, potentially unacceptable. From his own? What he did was underhanded and dishonest, but not against any of the (lack) of terms set.
Also, after seeing him kind of in his element, I’m far more tempted to call him Dream Weaver than Eater. He fell into that teaching role so easily, and that’s kind of the foundation for actually achieving any kind of dream. Knowledge is what makes them attainable, and without that foundation, you end up just chasing the initial dreams in circles without ever really getting closer.
On top of all that, he seems to be put under the trickster title, and typically tricksters are the ones that actually getting things done, and intentionally or not, are the ones that end up helping humans the most, across a lot of different cultural stories.
Poor Dream really got his world flipped around :(.

I will definitely let you know my thoughts on Muse Monthly! And also welcome to LeyLines! I hope you enjoyed your archive dive and I’m delighted to hear how your impression of DE has evolved over time. I have a lot of fun writing characters that people change their minds about. It’s one of my favorite things. People are complicated messes, and Dream Eater is no exception. I love your thoughts on the Dream Weaver name. If DE was to create a new name for himself, that’s one I think he could make peace with.

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