The stupor is over! My modus operandi over the last couple of weeks was mainly characterised by rage. I wasn’t in a good place to write. And so I didn’t. Everything just enraged me so much, thanks to the frustration of powerlessness and despair I feel myself in currently. I won’t spoil the intro with it all now, if you want to read more, rant follows below the round-up 😬. Instead I’d like to thank lovely fellow fan Korinka who yanked me out of my above mentioned rage and stupor with her e-mail this morning, sharing a dream she had had that featured me and a certain someone. All fully above board, of course 😅. It really cheered me up and I finally felt like tackling the round-up without having to scream 😉. So, thank you to Korinka – and a little apology to all readers for missing last week’s round-up. At least that means that we will have double the fun today…
- Never mind the caption, but just the b/w dark negative space gif with Thorin like a ghost looks great. Posted by yourqueenunderthemountain
- One of the lesser known characters – a gif set of Tom Cahalan, by whumpneto
- Maybe for some of you who are more recent fans, here is a gif set of a delectable looking RA during Hobbit times at a promo for NZ. Gifs by mezzmerizedbyrichard
- A digital painting of Trevor Price by astrovian
- Richard and horses… or steel steeds? Pictures put together by mezzmerizedbyrichard
- And another, definitely really lesser-known character. Craig Parker. Ok, in fairness, he really was just a walk-on. Posted by riepu10
- Last night, UV aired on public TV in the US, if I am not mistaken. Good enough reason to include drldeboer’s set of Astrov screenshots
- I might have to call in Dr White, considering my problems with rage and sleeplessness. Gif set by riepu10
- Mininottingham goes Vitruvian Man
- Thorin spring time art work by lathalea
- An interesting post on the symbolism of Guy of Gisborne’s coat of arms, by medieval-sharktheme112
- Angelicstellarr on the mullet
- Is Guy a misogynist? What a Guy wants by nfcomics has an answer
- “Merhobbit”. Now, there’s a ship I haven’t seen before. By corruptedchopsticks
- Super cute tiny Thorin by temporoyales
It’s so quiet on that Stay Close set, isn’t it? Not much news coming out regarding RA these days, and the one time something came up this week, it was tainted by casual misogyny. If you are neither on tumblr nor on Twitter, it may have passed you by – unless you read Kate’s spot-on post. For me, it just totally fit into my current state of outrage. In a nutshell, Adam Deats, one of the directors of Castlevania, felt it necessary to get a cheap laugh at the expense of both Richard and his fans by labelling the latter “the mom segment”. Kate has already made all the necessary points about the inappropriateness of such remarks; her reaction is well-worth reading. – Unfortunately, of course, this is not the first time RA’s fans have been given this unflattering, condescending and rather sweeping characterisation. What flummoxes me is why people feel the need to label and deride others in this way? What do they gain? If we are an embarrassing audience segment to have, then why mention us at all? I don’t expect any special thanks from producers for being a viewer (or even a consumer of their merch), but I’d like to be treated the same way as everyone else, and not be reduced to my reproductive organ. But if that is the only language they understand, then here’s my message to Adam Deats: You’re a dick. (And a rather flaccid, small one at that, who isn’t even big enough to apologise when it is needed.) Suffice to say that Castlevania is not exactly top of my list anymore. Sure, the mom dollar won’t be missed by the “penis brigade”.
[Mega rant following – tune out here if you want]
Granted, I am easily outraged these days. The rage is simmering very close to the surface, much like a volcano in Iceland. It is now six (6!) weeks since my hubs “missed” his vaccination appointment (because of no fault of his own) and nothing has happened ever since. The vaccination people never rang back with a new appointment. Two weeks in, we flagged it with his GP who fobbed him off, saying that she couldn’t give him a new appointment, he had to wait his turn, and “please don’t contact me again”. The respiratory department in the hospital knows, as does the outreach nurse, they have said they have put Mr Guylty back on the list, yet nothing has happened. It’s hard to maintain my trust in them. I have been on to the HSE (Irish government health service) hotline twice and spoke to someone. “He has to wait his turn for his age group.” I’ve DMed the HSE on Twitter. “Nothing I can do, it’s the GPs who put the patients on the list.” I have even asked my own GP who immediately declined on the basis that Mr Guylty is not her patient. It doesn’t seem to matter that husband has been classed as Group 4 (= very high risk patients) and is a virtual prisoner at home, dependent on oxygen. Meanwhile the vaccinations in Ireland have moved on and we are already on Group 7 and we get triumphant news from friends with this or the other ailment (non of which on the scale of husband’s life-threatening lung condition) who have received the vaccination. It also doesn’t help to read on Twitter that people (not in Ireland, granted) who are not in immediate physical danger, have received vaccinations on the basis of their mental health.
It enrages me so much that I am powerless to get my husband, who really needs it, vaccinated. I’ve tried all avenues, but (for obvious reasons) the public cannot get in touch with those who make the vaccination lists. This frustration is what makes me so easily outraged these days. Aside the obvious danger for Mr Guylty, it is basically my daughter’s life that is on hold. She is extremely concerned for her father – and who can blame her for that – and as a consequence has become a hermit herself. In the last 14 months she has seen her friends only a handful of times, afraid that she could catch the virus and bring it home to her dad. She’s missed out on a whole year in college (which only took place virtually), and with her long summer holiday now starting after her second year, she is not making any plans. No backpacking around Europe, no summer job, no visits with friends “until Papa is vaccinated”. In essence, it is not just the people who are very high at risk from the virus, but also their immediate family whose lives have been put on hold. Because we need to protect them and have to act accordingly. I understand and accept that that doesn’t justify me or my daughter jumping the vaccination queue, and I would never ask for that. But it would already help if at least our husband and father had the protection of the vaccine. As it stands, we are waiting for next week when the self-registration for vaccination is opened to the 55-50 yo age group. Who knows how long it will take from registering to actually receiving the vaccination.
I apologise for my selfish rant here, but in all honesty, I needed to vent my frustration. I know that none of you can help, and that many of you have experienced similar delays, or even worse, losses. And it is not an attack on anyone who is lucky enough to already have received their vaccination. My rant is not to diminish your needs, your right to receive the vaccination or your relief and joy that you have already been vaccinated. It is just an expression of frustration and powerlessness.
[Rant over – you can safely resume reading here]
I don’t like finishing on a low, so here’s something that makes me happy: I have started preparing for the birthday fundraiser. Yes, indeed, we will have another of those community drives this August, not least because one kind fellow fan has disclosed to me that she has already dispatched a package of goodies for the auctions to me. Some crafty souls have also hinted at their contributions, too, and so I put on my thinking hat this week and am currently in the process of creating some prototypes for the fundraiser sale. Some orders for the necessary crafting materials have also been put in. I’m starting early with the production, but then again, we want to have a nice number of “mass items” at our disposal. If you feel like you have an idea for contributing to the fundraiser, you are very welcome to get in touch with me – you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Twitter @GuyltyPleasure.
Phew, with all that said –
have a lovely weekend!