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NorWesCon, Friday, Shocks and Slides. - Elf M. Sternberg
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NorWesCon, Friday, Shocks and Slides.
Omaha, Kouryou-chan and I all made it to NorWesCon on Friday. We missed out on Thursday, sadly; the kids were tired then. The place was packed and busy, full of lovely men and women in all manner of costumes. We got there just around dinner time, so after saying hello to Edd Vick and a few others we wandered over to Jack in the Box, which was Kouryou-chan's pick. The food was as awful as ever: even Kouryou-chan regretted the decision.

After dinner, we ran into tabbifli, and Omaha and she sat down to talk for a bit. I took Kouryou-chan to Kinderfilk, which is filk for and about kids. We sang Never Set The Cat on Fire and Little Fuzzy Animals, along with some others, one of which I must find on CD. jenkitty was also there, and I convinced her to sit next to us. We also learned (and this utterly shocked me) that Heather Alexander underwent hormone therapy and is now Alexander James Adams. It's, uh... I'm still processing that.


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Afterward, I took Kouryou-chan to "Be A Bug!" in which she and I got to make bug-eyed face masks. Becky, the woman who led the craft session, basically admitted that it was an excuse for her to make stuff; the kids just got to come along for the ride.

After that, I foisted Kouryou-chan off on Omaha so they could go to the dance and I went to the "Writing a Sex Scene" panel, which was more on "How to deal with it when your parents find out you've written a sex scene" panel. It was kinda fun.

We went home after that. It was late, and Kouryou-chan was showing signs of readiness to fall over.

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sirfox From: sirfox Date: April 7th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just curious, is there any story or reference behind "Never set the cat on fire" or was it just random sillyness? I know the song, but not much more about it.
riverheart From: riverheart Date: April 7th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am given to understand from friends in the transgender community that the correct exclamation is "congratulations". Given that we are talking about Herself and her Heir, perhaps the phrase is also "welcome".
omahas From: omahas Date: April 8th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
The correct "exclamation" is different for different people. Not everyone is able to process a change as great as this as quickly as some people. The correct response is to allow someone to process change at their own speed.
jenk From: jenk Date: April 8th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes ... I think that is why it's been mostly metaphor and faerie-tale on the Heatherlands forums, to allow people to go at their own speed.

This has been a topic of discussion on alexanderfans (formerly HeatherFans) for a bit too.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 7th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm also a little bit gobsmacked at the news about Alexander. I wonder if the transition has affected his vocal range yet; it's going to be intriguing to hear the differences.

I'm also curious about "how to deal with it when your parents find out you write erotica". I have the inverse problem - my grown son found out that I've written erotica. I don't think he's actually read any of it... yet...


jenk From: jenk Date: April 8th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
His voice is deeper than Heather's, tho it doesn't have the power Heather had yet. Time is on his side there....
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 9th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I happen to have a good friend who was born female, and is now transitioning. He's been taking hormones for about two years now, and his voice rapidly went from identifiably female, to something resembling the voice of a very young teenage boy, to identifiably male (although still sounding a bit younger than his actual chronological age). It's not only the overall pitch range that's changing; it's more complex than that.
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acelightning From: acelightning Date: June 15th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Having one's assumptions challenged is always good for the soul, though.

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 9th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I know I can't be the only person who never suspected that about Heather, but from my limited experience with other transfolk (see above), it's no surprise that he's much happier now, as he becomes his true self.

(Alas, I have a couple of dreams I've had since my earliest childhood, that I'm almost completely certain can never come true...)

From: hsifyppah Date: April 14th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Frank Hayes has released a cd titled "Never Set The Cat On Fire" which has both those songs on it. Or was it a different song you wanted on cd? I was one of the kinderfilk panelists, I can probably help you figure out at least the title & artist if you remember anything about the song you want. :)
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